Dixons joins Govt scheme targeting long-term jobless

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Dixons is looking to recruit more than 1,000 long-term unemployed people aspart of a joint initiative with Jobcentreplus. The scheme is part of the Government’s Ambition:Retail programme, whichhelps unemployed people to start a new career in the retail sector. The electrical retail group, which recently announced plans to recruit10,000 new employees in the UK and Europe during the next five years, hopes theinitiative will help to fill 1,370 vacancies across the country and assist withthe screening process. Dixons group HR director, David Longbottom, said the alliance withJobcentreplus would provide Dixons with better knowledge of local job marketsand improve advertising. “Our aim with this process is to make sure we reach as many talentedpeople via jobcentres as we possibly can,” he said. Dixons joins Govt scheme targeting long-term joblessOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

The dating game

first_imgWill the DTI’s plan to introduce legislation on just two dates a year helpor hinder employers? Compiled by Simon KentGerald DawsonPrincipal personnel consultant, Rebus HRThe plans by the DTI to have two specific dates for the introduction of employmentlaw changes hold a number of advantages for an employer. However, it isessential the DTI ensures the introduction of this change does not preventproper consultation with the appropriate parties prior to the legislation beingintroduced. The new system should not be an excuse to rush through legislation,as this will limit an employer’s ability to understand the implications of theproposed changes and thus cause additional work and confusion. The change should allow employers to focus resources at specific times ofthe year. This means we will be able to identify what changes need to be madeto policies and procedures and these can then be communicated to the workforce.Standing dates could be entered into the respective line manager’s diariesto facilitate half-yearly updates on the changes and how they affect theirroles. At the moment, with piecemeal implementation and the increased use ofregulations rather than acts of parliament, it can be difficult for employersto keep track. The disadvantages will most likely focus on the number of updatesimplemented in one go. Widespread changes would place significant strains onresources, particularly if a key number of policies and procedures requireupdating and introducing within short timeframes. This may result in employershaving to prioritise and important areas may get pushed down the pecking order.From the outsourcer’s outlook, it would mirror what currently exists inrespect of payroll legislation. The clear advantage is it allows forwardplanning. As a result, manpower resources can be set aside to update all ourcustomer’s policies and procedures within the required timeframes. It is alsohoped that through having these policies and procedures on a central database,the time spent on updating can be minimised, allowing customers to benefit fromthe ‘economies of scale’ that an outsourced service can provide. The disadvantage is that where the service is tailored to individualcustomer requirements, the economies of scale factor would not be appropriateand this may have resource implications. Mike HindmarshHR president and company secretary, President Office FurnitureIt is a good idea, but will have avery limited impact. The benefit it brings will be offset by trying to rememberwhat you need to do. Giving two dates is really a halfway house – the datewhich is most appropriate for legislation changes is 6 April. If the DTI were to make all changes on that date, it would havea better impact, because employers would know everything happens on that dayalongside legislation on other issues such as tax and benefits. If the DTI wants to use fixed dates, it should limit that toareas where money-related changes are involved. HR and finance directors couldthen remember to make the necessary changes when required. Changes inemployment legislation have a different impact on different businesses, so forother areas of legislation, it is a matter of making sure it has been thoughtthrough.Roger Leek HR director, Fujitsu ServicesIn principle, it is a good idea. Theset dates will allow us to plan effectively for the roll-out of new legislationand arrange communications and training strategy for both HR teams andemployees. The annual statement provided each January with the changesplanned for that year will also help. We, like many other employers, have noofficial way of being notified about what is coming up, and are constantly onthe lookout in journals and liaising with our lawyers for advance warning ofchanges. We have also found the e-mail alert system from the DTI useful. However, the set dates for legislation do nothing to addressthe sheer volume of employment law organisations are forced to deal with. Wehave seen an approximately equal number of laws passed in the last five yearsas in the previous 25. Catherine Glickman HR director in involvement, TescoWe are in support of the two datesand believe it will help enormously. Having certain dates when we knowlegislation is coming in means we can be confident that we have coveredeverything required and can better manage those changes in the businesses. At the moment, we are very clear about when legislation takeseffect, but we are often waiting for codes of practice. The codes are where thedetail is and so they are as important to us as the legislation. I want to seethe legislation and codes aligned so that as employers, we are clear what weare implementing and when. Our personnel managers and stores will know thatrather than this drip of legislation throughout the year, everything will beimplemented on these two dates. Our one concern is that we may end up with enormous chunks oflegislation coming through at once. That could be an issue for us if we don’thave enough notice.Diane Sinclair Lead adviser on public policy, CIPD The DTI should regard this as a firststep in a series of changes needed to help increase awareness and understandingof new employment law among employers and workers. We are pleased the DTI has chosen two set dates for law to comeinto effect, broadly in line with our recommendations. The institute did notfavour a single date each year, which would likely put organisations underheavy pressure if a significant number of changes have to be implemented at thesame time. However, the DTI should bear in mind that the introduction ofnew law will be facilitated by buy-in from employers, so gaining their supportfor regulations is still critical. Fixed dates for implementation is one steptowards achieving this, but the DTI needs to build on this to help ensure wemaintain widespread compliance in the face of new laws. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The dating gameOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

HMAS Arunta Dusts Off Her Weapons

first_img View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Arunta Dusts Off Her Weapons HMAS Arunta recently dusted off the mount, tested the sensor systems and did final voice procedures prior to firing their five inch gun for the first time in three years during sea qualification trials in the West Australian Exercise Area. View post tag: Naval View post tag: Weapons Share this article View post tag: Asia-Pacific Arunta is the second of the eight Anzac Class Frigates to complete the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) Upgrade Programme. This upgrade significantly enhances the capability of the ship’s weapons and sensors systems.After such a significant change to the ship’s layout and onboard systems the first test is whether the ship is safe to proceed to sea. The ship’s company recently achieved their competency during their mariner skills evaluation, proving navigation and machinery systems as well as the collective training of the crew in the conduct of mariner skills.The next step is ensuring that the final tweaks are made to the systems with the testing of the combat and propulsion systems.Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander Dave Tietzel said part of these tests is the firing of the five inch gun.“We passed so many milestones in the last few months; flashing up the galley, making way under our own propulsion and then heading to sea and passing our mariner skills evaluation.“Throughout this time the crew have been focused, determined and professional,” Commander Tietzel said.“It was that same approach they had to the first surface warfare serial. There was a little trepidation that we could experience a defect because the system had not been tested for a while but the professionalism of the weapons electrical sailors led to a successful and very loud first serial.“It was a great moment to feel the shudder of the firing from the bridge. I was really proud of the ship’s company,” he said.During the last eighteen months every compartment within Arunta has been affected with more than 30,000 metres of fibre optic cabling laid. A substantial maintenance package was also completed to ensure compliance with the tenets of seaworthiness.[mappress]Press Release, June 26, 2014; Image: Australian Navy June 26, 2014 HMAS Arunta Dusts Off Her Weapons View post tag: HMAS Arunta Authorities View post tag: Dusts Off View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australialast_img read more

Adjunct Instructor – Criminal Justice (On-Ground)

first_imgYes Open Until Filled Posting Details • Master’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field from aregionally accredited institution. Physical Demands The Department is using this position announcement to build aqualified pool of instructors to fill teaching needs as they arise.This position is not designated for a specific course orsemester.An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completionof a background screening.Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employmentauthorization will not be considered for this position.Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunityand prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, disability,gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin,race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, orany other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects ofthe employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring,training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, andtermination. Minimum Qualifications Preferred Qualifications Job Summary/Basic Function Special Instructions to Applicants In keeping with our mission and vision statement, Maryvilleactively seeks adjunct faculty members who are experts in theirfields and have a passion for teaching. Adjunct faculty are anintegral part of the University’s learning community and teachdaytime courses on our main campus.The College of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for anacademically/professionally qualified adjunct faculty member toteach Criminal Justice with emphasis on Introduction to CriminalJustice undergraduate courses.Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities:• Teach assigned course as specified in the schedule and coursecontract.• Participate in welcome orientation to become familiar with theUniversity’s mission, academic policies and procedures,expectations, and Canvas (Learning Management System).• Prepare essential learning objectives, lesson plans, andassignments. Develop course syllabus.• Clearly communicate course objectives and learning outcomes,teaching methodology, and assignments and deadlines.• Employ a variety of teaching styles in order to effectivelydeliver course content demonstrating both academic and real-worldapplications of concepts covered.• Encourage active learning through discussion topics, classassignments, group projects, etc.• Provide feedback and grade assignments in a timely and thoroughmanner (with 24-36 hrs.).• Establish office hours to provide additional assistance withstudent questions/concerns.• Report early alerts for students who are not actively engaging inthe course.• Additional duties as assigned. • Doctorate with at least 15 graduate hours in Criminal Justicefrom a regionally accredited institution.• Teaching experience and relevant experience in the field. Advertised: March 16, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

Ocean City to Dodge Wintry Mix on Monday Morning

first_imgAreas under a winter weather advisory for Monday (Jan. 11) are designated in purple in this National Weather Service forecast map updated on Sunday.While areas to the west and north are under a winter weather advisory, Ocean City will see only rain as a system moves through on Monday.The precipitation is expected to start in the wee hours of Monday morning and continue through the day. With a low temperature Sunday of 36 degrees and a high Monday of 43 degrees, Ocean City will get only rain.A mix of ice, rain and snow is in the forecast for areas along the Interstate 95 corridor, particularly during the morning commute.High temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday dip back down to the mid-30s, and there’s a very small chance of snow on Wednesday.The ocean water temperature on Sunday was 35 degrees with small surf.Northeast winds on Tuesday and Wednesday could give the waves a little bump by later in the week.last_img read more

Vanessa Hudgens Will Star in Broadway-Bound Gigi at the Kennedy Center

first_img Hudgens is best known for playing Gabriella, love interest of Zac Efron’s Troy, in Disney’s High School Musical movies. Recent screen credits include Bandslam and Spring Breakers. She played Mimi in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. View Comments Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Gigi features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more. Gigi High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, who as you will remember it well, performed in a summer industry reading of Gigi, will headline the Broadway-bound musical when it plays at the Kennedy Center. The tuner will run at the Eisenhower Theater January 16, 2015 through February 12, with opening night set for January 29. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the re-imagined new production has been adapted by playwright and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas. Choreography will be by Joshua Bergasse. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 New York dates and further casting and creative team will be announced later. The workshop’s cast also included Broadway favorites Corey Cott, Kate Burton and Victoria Clark.last_img read more

Onions & cousins

first_imgGrow traditional or Elephant garlicGarlic is easily grown from cloves, or the individual sections of the garlic bulb. You can get these seed cloves from a variety of seed companies, and they may be available at your local feed-and-seed store or garden center.The type that will do well in Georgia is California Early. This is a soft-neck type (it doesn’t form a flower stalk) that matures in late spring. Later varieties don’t do well here because of the hot summers. Elephant garlic is actually more closely related to leeks than to garlic. But it, too, will do well in south Georgia. You can plant it from cloves as well. The bulb, as the name implies, is much larger than the standard garlic. Shallots aren’t baby onionsSow shallots later than onions, in mid-October or later, so they don’t form seed stems, or flower stems, in the spring. Chives also grow in clumps, and that makes it an easy way to reproduce them. Just separate the clumps and replant them to get more plants. You can start them from seeds, too, without a lot of trouble. Leeks don’t produce bulbs at all but instead develop a pseudostem of closely adhering leaves near the base of the plant. They’re grown from seed and should be sown in the fall around the time onions would be sown in plant beds (in September). By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia is known all over for its sweet, mild, Vidalia onions. But onions have several cousins, too, that you may want to try in your fall garden. While south Georgia is an ideal place to grow those sweet specialty onions because of its mild winters, abundant water and low-sulfur soils, the state is generally a fine place to grow the onion’s cousins. With leeks, gardeners often throw up soil to cover the base. They do this to blanch the tissue white, which is considered more appealing.center_img Leeks grow from seed Chives are the smallest plants in the onion family. They’re often available in small pots or packs at garden centers. Check where you’d find normally other herb plants, and you may find chives there, too. Gardeners often think of shallots as small onions, but they’re not. They’re actually a species all their own. They grow in clusters and have a mild flavor, somewhere between an onion and garlic. Leeks have a mild flavor, with the white lower stem the best-tasting. The green tops can be eaten as well, but they generally have a stronger taste and more fibrous texture. If you like onions, chances are good that you’ll enjoy one or more of the plant’s cousins. Give some a try in your fall garden this year.last_img read more

The art of keeping employees excited

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I like to say that I have the best job in Washington, D.C. – heck, maybe the entire world. I love my organization, our mission and the mission of our members. But not everyone feels this way about their job, and that probably rings more true the farther down in your ranks you go.How can you keep your employees – no matter what stage of their career they’re in – excited about their job? And how can you do this before motivation is lost?Leadership guru Dan Rockwell shares four questions leaders can ask to energize employees:What is your contribution? It’s important that all employees feel appreciated for the work they contribute to your organization. Part of that is managers recognizing their efforts, and another part is them recognizing it themselves.What are you great at? Reflecting on and acknowledging our own strengths are important for self-confidence. It’s also a great booster to hear your manager share where they think your strengths lie. To further capitalize on these, make sure you’re creating an environment that encourages personal and professional development.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 31

first_imgO’Donnell will push for transparencyDiane O’Donnell is running for Niskayuna town clerk to put an end to a pervasive problem.Our current town clerk has historically provided minutes that are months late and that lack important meeting content and statements made by residents.  Diane O’Donnell will provide complete and accurate minutes within two weeks based on the requirements of the state Open Meetings Law.  She will make them available online and through subscription service.As an elected official, Diane will be accountable and responsive to Niskayuna residents. She will provide communication and information in compliance with the Freedom of Information Law without direction from political parties.She recognizes that Niskayuna residents have busy schedules. She will improve services by providing some weekend and evening hours to make it more convenient for the residents to do business with our Niskayuna Town Clerk.She knows that Niskayuna residents have the right to timely and complete information and quality services.She believes in community service and transparency in government. Join me in supporting and voting for Diane O’Donnell as our next Niskayuna town clerk.Gretchen DeBobesNiskayunaRiggi is one of city’s best council membersVince Riggi has proven to be one of the best City Council members being of high principles and integrity and helping Schenectady taxpayers.Vote for Vince Riggi for City Council in column 13 on the ballot. Do this first and foremost.Then, if you are not satisfied with what the present mayor is doing, especially trying to get himself a 16 percent raise in the new budget, you may let him know by writing in a person’s name like Vince Riggi, who all of you know. (Vince is only running to be re-elected to the City Council.)Make sure you use your privilege to vote on Nov. 5.(Mrs.) Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyGlenville deserves better than KohoutConflict of interest aside, can the head of the village of Scotia DPW hold town of Glenville office?On July 28 of this year, a large village-owned tree fell across the walkway into my house, causing more than $10,000 in damage. I called Andrew Kohout nearly a month prior to inform him of the condition of this tree and of the concern for public safety, as many people walk to Collins Park across the street.He was dismissive of my concern, even questioning why it was the village’s responsibility. A tree fell onto a car on Sunnyside Avenue on April 18, 2019. (The driver luckily escaping serious injury.) I was truly expecting a more concerned response from the DWP head.Due to a lack of action, on July 24, a concerned neighbor and I went to see Andrew Kohout at DPW.We showed him pictures of the tree and reiterated the concern for public safety. After three requests, he agreed to stop after work to see for himself, as he could not leave the office at that time. Andrew never showed.The town of Glenville deserves better than Andrew Kohout.Mike McGeochGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrateful for support after fire claims homeWhere do we begin?As we have been collecting our thoughts these past two months and trying to figure out how to pick up all of the pieces after the fire that destroyed our family’s home, we have been thinking of how to express our gratitude for the outpouring of love, thoughtfulness, support, encouragement and generosity we have received.We would first like to thank all of the first responders and firefighters who worked tirelessly to ensure everyone’s safety and provide guidance and emotional support. Their skills, knowledge, courage and bravery are amazing.Next, we would like to thank After the Fire and the American Red Cross for their support to get us back on our feet. Those who volunteer their time for these organizations are so gracious and caring.To all  our family and friends near and far, to our families in the Saratoga Springs school district and Skidmore College, to the many local businesses and organizations, and to the entire Saratoga Springs community and beyond, we thank you. Your kind words and sincere thoughtfulness gave us strength and hope and faith when we were questioning how we were going to get through this. Your love and kindness gave us the encouragement and motivation to keep moving forward. Thank you all so very much for your unbelievable generosity. We feel very thankful and blessed to be a part of such a heartfelt community and to have such an incredible support system. Our sincerest love and gratitude,The Gonzalez Family(Jose, Abby, Natalie and Harper)WiltonMore on the Gonzalez fire: Wilton fire displaces family, Operation Adopt A Soldier charity, Aug. 18, 2019Patrick an ideal choice for Sch’dy city councilI’m speaking for candidate Carmel Patrick for Schenectady City Council. Mrs. Patrick is a community activist who supports events, institutions and projects that are designed to do good works in Schenectady.She has proven her leadership in her monetary ability already at SCCC and miSci as their development officer. With excellent math skills, she is able to understand and work with budgets and has demonstrated fiscal responsibility in her prior roles.Mrs. Patrick is a very good listener and responds to good and practical ideas, an important trait for good leaders.In short, Carmel Patrick is a doer.Doing the right thing is her mantra. She will work cooperatively with courage and conviction with her colleagues to make sound decisions for Schenectady. She works tirelessly and is on the job every day.I am personally thrilled to have a person of her competence running for office in our Schenectady.Neil GolubSchenectadylast_img read more

14-year-old rape survivor allegedly raped by head of govt-run women’s shelter

first_imgAccording to Indra, the girl had been referred to the integrated care center at the end of last year to receive psychological counseling and treatment after she had been raped. Her rapist had been sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment at a local court.However, during her stay at the shelter, the shelter’s head, identified as DA, allegedly raped her more than a dozen times.”The last time the perpetrator abused her was on June 28. He raped her four times,” Indra said.Read also: Public outcry as House plans to delay sexual violence bill – again Iyan Hermawan, an activist from East Lampung’s Indonesia Youth Activists Community (KAMI), said the victim had been sexually abused over six months.He said the girl had run away from the shelter and returned home but DA continued visiting her. He often stayed overnight and abused her in her home.According to Iyan, the last time DA stayed overnight at the victim’s house was on June 29 claiming that he wanted to help her apply for junior high school.He said the victim was too afraid to tell of the ordeal because DA had threatened to kill her and her father. However, on Thursday, she told her uncle of her experience.”Since the victim comes from a low-income family, we took the initiative to accompany her family to report the case with the Lampung Police,” Iyan said.The victim said DA also forced her to provide sexual services to other men on several occasions. “He picked me up and took me to a hotel. One of the men was a hospital worker in Sukadana. He gave me Rp 700,000 and asked me to give the Rp 200,000 to DA,” she said.She said that DA threatened to kill and mutilate her if she did not do what he said.The girl’s father, Sugiyanto, was enraged by the whole ordeal, saying that he learned of the incidents from relatives because his daughter did not dare to tell him.”I can’t accept this. Instead of protecting my daughter he forced her to do immoral things. He threatened my daughter so she did not dare to tell me. I know the whole story from my relatives. They asked me to promise not to get angry after learning about this,” Sugiyanto said.”I trusted him this entire time because he wears a civil servant uniform, he claims to protect children but what he did was barbaric,” he said. (nal) Topics :center_img A 14-year-old rape survivor from Way Jepara, East Lampung regency, Lampung was allegedly raped and sexually abused multiple times by the head of a women’s shelter run by the regency’s Integrated Care Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children (P2TP2A).Lampung Legal Aid Institute (LBH) activist Indra Jarwadi said the girl’s father had filed a report with the police on Friday. It was also alleged that she was sexually assaulted while undergoing a physical exam at Abdul Moeloek Regional Hospital, Lampung.”We reported alleged sexual abuse experienced by a minor carried out by an official from the East Lampung P2TP2A,” Indra said as reported by kompas.com.last_img read more