HR still suffering effects of economic downturn

first_imgDemand for HR professionals remains sluggish as the economic slowdowncontinues, according to research. The 2002-2003 Market Survey report also reveals that a lack of confidence inthe economy and the need by some employers to cut costs and restructure tocompete have continued to depress the HR job market. Telecommunications, management consulting, investment banking andmanufacturing are the areas worst affected by the current climate . Michael Pickup, associate director for recruitment consultancy BeamentLeslie Thomas, which carried out the benchmark research, said: “In 2002, atypical job search is more likely to involve increased competition, longer leadtimes, jobs being put on hold and offers being rescinded.” However, the jobs position in the public sector is still fairly healthy, andproviding competitive salaries thanks to the Government’s ongoing modernisationprogramme. The study reveals that 55 per cent of respondents report that theirorganisations had adopted flexible working policies. The number of respondents receiving flexible benefits has increased by morethan 100 per cent during the past year and they now account for 10 per cent ofthe sample. www.blt.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR still suffering effects of economic downturnOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Formation of electron radiation belts at Saturn by Z-mode wave acceleration

first_imgAt Saturn electrons are trapped in the planet’s magnetic field and accelerated to relativistic energies to form the radiation belts, but how this dramatic increase in electron energy occurs is still unknown. Until now the mechanism of radial diffusion has been assumed but we show here that in-situ acceleration through wave particle interactions, which initial studies dismissed as ineffectual at Saturn, is in fact a vital part of the energetic particle dynamics there.We present evidence from numerical simulations based on Cassini spacecraft data that a particular plasma wave, known as Z-mode, accelerates electrons to MeV energies inside 4 RS(1 RS = 60,330 km) through a Doppler shifted cyclotron resonant interaction. Our results show that the Z-mode waves observed are not oblique as previously assumed and are muchbetter accelerators than O-mode waves, resulting in an lectron energy spectrum that closely approaches observed values without any transport effects included.last_img read more

CNPC continues orderly overseas oil and gas operations despite COVID-19 outbreak

first_img Andes Petroleum Ecuador has put two new oil wells into production. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) Andes Petroleum Ecuador of China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation (CNODC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum (CNPC), has put two new oil wells into production in the Province of Orellana, Ecuador, a breakthrough for CNPC in the field of lithologic oil reservoir exploration.As the COVID-19 spreads globally, CNPC is ensuring uninterrupted production and smooth management in its various projects overseas, while introducing China’s effective measures in preventing and controlling the epidemic to other countries, partners and staff. Dai Houliang, Chairman of CNPC, wrote letters specifically to foreign partners and received understanding and support.On January 26, CNODC initiated a Level I public health emergency response and put together a leading group for COVID-19 prevention and control. The most essential task is to implement various preventive and control measures and to guarantee that production and operations are carried out in a highly-organized way.CNODC then introduced telecommuting solutions highlighting the use of a uniform communication and video conferencing platform to support flexible working. The overseas companies and projects also prepared disease prevention and control implementation programs and contingency plans, which include procurement of necessary supplies and paying close attention to staff wellbeing.In addition, CNPC actively reported the situation of China’s fight against the epidemic and CNPC’s people-oriented measures to foreign staff of its joint ventures, local communities and governments, and provided regular briefings on the health conditions of its Chinese staff.CNPC’s refining company in Niger published articles about COVID-19 on Niger’s official website ACTUNIFER and national newspaper Le SAHEL. RAYNATOU MAHAMADOU SALIFOU from the Niger-Benin crude oil pipeline project wrote for the local newspaper on the prevention and control of COVID-19. In Brazil, CNPC sent more than 30 letters to its partners and community residents.“CNPC stands with all of our staff and partners in the fight against the novel coronavirus. We are committed to providing all necessary assistance to keep everyone safe and healthy while trying the best to contribute to the economic and social development of host countries, by ensuring continued oil and gas production from our overseas projects,” said Wang Zhongcai, Vice President of PetroChina & Chairman of CNODC. Source: Company Press Release As the COVID-19 spreads globally, CNPC is ensuring uninterrupted production and smooth management in its various projects overseaslast_img read more

Countrywide lettings chief jumps ship to Nick Dunning Associates

first_imgAnother Countrywide executive has jumped ship to join rival Nick Dunning Associates to run the company’s lettings portfolio across both of its brands Townends and Stirling Ackroyd.Tim Van der Schyff has enjoyed a stellar career so far including a first job at Foxtons, two years at Savills followed by a four-year stint as Head of Lettings at John D Wood prior to joining Nick Dunning Associates.At John D Wood he looked after 44 branches in London, Surrey and several other Home Counties and oversaw the rebrands of Fitz Gibbon and Faron Sutaria into John D Wood.“We are pleased to have someone of Tim’s calibre on board,” says Nick Dunning (left).“His vast experience of managing large scale lettings operations, and his achievements in growing some of the largest brands on the high street, is unrivalled.“His expertise and knowledge of the London property market will greatly add to our already experienced senior management team, and will assist us in delivering sizeable growth.”Stirling AckroydNick Dunning Associates has also announced that it is to triple the size of its Stirling Ackroyd business over the ‘next couple’ of years.It has already opened a new branch in Dalston, relaunched its New Homes business, spent £500,000 on a branch refurbishment programme and acquired the 1,000-strong lettings book of 16-year-old sales and lettings firm My Home London.It is to be absorbed into Stirling Ackroyd later this year and includes properties in Fulham, Westminster, Nine Elms, Southbank, Tower Bridge and Docklands.  John D Wood nick dunning associates Stirling Ackroyd Savills Tim Van der Schyff September 11, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide lettings chief jumps ship to Nick Dunning Associates previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide lettings chief jumps ship to Nick Dunning AssociatesSouth African Tim Van der Schyff brings 14 years experience to his new job working across both Townends and Stirling Ackroyd.Nigel Lewis11th September 201803,187 Viewslast_img read more

Goodbye ARLA, NAEA and NAVA and hello Propertymark, says chief

first_imgThe new boss of Propertymark, Tim Balcon, has confirmed that the organisation’s plan to jettison ARLA, NAEA and NAVA and create a single organisations is to go ahead, following his arrival four months ago.During an interview with The Negotiator that will be published in full within the next issue of our magazine, Balcon said the dropping of these historic brands was part of a new focus for Propertymark.He said that the organisation wants its core message to come from a single organisation rather than being diluted via a multitude of sub-brands.“They all share the same purpose which is to be professional and we all sign the same code of conduct, and those are the things we’ll share under one brand,” he says.“By coming together it gives us a much stronger voice, but it doesn’t mean we’ll make everyone the same; Propertymark will still recognise those different skill sets.”ProfessionBalcon says Propertymark has achieved a lot of things in the past including adding value for its members, but that the property industry is due to become more of a ‘profession’ in the coming months and years, and that agents will have to prove they are competent, knowledgeable and practice in a way that instils trust in the consumer.“And although RoPA isn’t the government’s highest priority at the moment, it’s eventual implementation will help in this move to greater professionalisation,” he says.“We want Propertymark to take agents from the basic entry-level requirements of RoPA and move them forward a being a professional.”tim balcon NAVA NAEA propertymark ARLA February 2, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Goodbye ARLA, NAEA and NAVA and hello Propertymark, says chief previous nextAssociations & BodiesGoodbye ARLA, NAEA and NAVA and hello Propertymark, says chiefPropertymark boss Tim Balcon tells The Neg that his drive to make property industry into a ‘profession’ will be easier under one roof.Nigel Lewis2nd February 202101,601 Viewslast_img read more

In Their Footsteps Explores True Life Struggles of Women Veterans

first_img ×In Their Footsteps is a Documentary theater experience exploring the lives of Women Veterans of the Vietnam War (pictured: Caroline Peters as Judy Jenkins Gaudino). In Their Footsteps is a Documentary theater experience exploring the lives of Women Veterans of the Vietnam War (pictured: Caroline Peters as Judy Jenkins Gaudino). Veterans Day honors those who served our country, but how many of us know the personal stories of those who served?“In Their Footsteps,” a documentary-theatre piece exploring the lives of women veterans of the Vietnam War by Infinite Variety Productions (IVP), has received critical acclaim at theater festivals in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The production now makes its Jersey City debut in a special co-presentation by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) and Salons for Life (SLF) at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302 (November 9/2:00pm).center_img IVP and SLF are two women owned and operated entities whose collaborations utilize theater, audience interaction and facilitated discussions. IVP is a theatre company whose work spotlights the true stories of women in historical events. SLF is a learning and community design company specializing in experiential workshops and programming. Their collaboration at Merseles Studios will be an interactive theater event featuring a performance of “In Their Footsteps,” followed by a guided conversation and reflection where veterans and civilians alike can gather to reflect on what we mean when we say “Thank you for your Service.”Thousands of American women served in the Vietnam War one of the most violent conflicts of the 20th century, but their personal stories of bravery and survival are rarely recognized. “In Their Footsteps,” based on interviews the scriptwriters conducted with its subjects, portrays the traumas they endured and the healing they eventually found to survive.“In Their Footsteps” has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Border-Light Fringe Cleveland,The Women’s Overseas Service League Conference in San Antonio, and off-Broadway at 59E59th Street Theatre. The Merseles Studios performance marks the first time this play has been presented in Jersey City.The production has received widespread praise for its emotional authenticity – “…relevant, present-day conversations about politics, war, sexual harassment, and PTSD, told through honest storytelling.”  Thereviewshub.com“After over a year of performances, IVP is thrilled to bring our original documentary theatre piece to Salons for Life and JCTC,” said Kate Szekely, Producer, IVP. “IVP strives to make women’s history more than just words, dates and names on a page; to show that the past repeats itself unless heeded; and to connect the human experience inter-generationally.”Since April 2018, SLF has designed salons as “micro-retreats” that combine the transportive power of the arts and storytelling with actively facilitated conversation to create distinctly intimate and engaged experiences. SLF events are inspired by the salonnieres of the French Enlightenment (circa the 18th century) when women transformed living rooms into social spaces that catalyzed a network of ideas and learning.“The larger intention behind the Salon Project has always been to bring us together, as a community in small and intimate numbers so we can start the important journey of healing, reflection and transformation,” said Nirupa Umapathy, Founder, SLF. “The stories of the veterans portrayed in “In Their Footsteps” are stories of extreme transitioning. They go from war to civilian life, but as one character says, how do you separate the war from the warrior? Through the true stories of these veterans we find the human issues of trauma and healing that affect us all.”Realizing the living room inception of their namesake, SLF presented salons in settings as small as  apartments, private rooms of restaurants, college classrooms and design studios.  Previous collaborations between IVP and SLF have been invitation-only affairs in private spaces. The Black Box Theater at Merseles Studios – considered an intimate performance space by most standards – will be the largest venue – not to mention one of the few that are technically equipped with professional sound & lighting – for the IVP and SLF collaboration. In fact, “In Their Footsteps” will be their first public space salon.“I love the idea of theater in someone’s living room and expanding that idea to Merseles Studios,” saidOlga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Theater started with people telling stories to each other around the fire. The lives of the women who’ve been to war are stories we all need to hear.  In Their Footsteps opens up the creative process by inviting people to be part of that process.”In Their FootstepsSaturday/Nov 9Doors:1:30 PM / Show:2:00 PMTickets: $20.00/$10 – Veterans, Students & Senior Citizens (Proper ID Required)To purchase tickets visit: www.JCTCenter.orgMerseles Studios339 Newark AvenueJersey City, NJ 07302(201) 795-5386last_img read more

Vets Invite Golfers to Play in Memorial Tournament Sept. 22

first_imgOcean City American Legion Post 524 will again invite area golfers to support veterans and community activities by playing in the 2014 Jace Clark Memorial Golf Tournament at Harbor Pines Golf Club on Monday,  Sept. 22.The event will be a four-player scramble from a shotgun start with registration beginning at 10 a.m., lunch served at 11 a.m. and tee-off at noon. Following the tournament, there will be an awards dinner and a silent auction.“Post 524 is among the most active in New Jersey, and we are proud of the role we play in the Ocean City community,” Commander Bob Marzulli said. “We are proud to sponsor many Legion programs, including the American Legion Boys and Girls State, and Veterans Affairs andrehabilitation programs, including Operation Wounded Warrior. We are also very active in Holiday Food Drives for our Ocean City families, and last January Post 524 said ‘thank you’ to the town’s Police Motorcycle Squad by donating $1,000 to their privately funded maintenance program.”The tournament will include a putting contest, two hole-in-one challenges, a wine hole, and a unique farthest-from-the-hole contest. Sponsors are still being sought for lunch, dinner, refreshment cart, golf ball giveaways, individual holes and the various tournament contests. Golfers can sign-up for the complete list of activities for $140. Dinner-only guests are invited at a cost of $35.00 each.To sign-up, contact:Post 524 Commander Robert Marzulli at (609) 731-4986 or [email protected] Adjutant Jack Hagan at (609) 304-3088 or [email protected] Jim Sambucci at (609) 304-8076 or [email protected]“Our members are the backbone of our Post,” said Marzulli. “ We are always looking for new members to join us and lend a helping hand. If you are a veteran, the son of a veteran, or would like to join the Ladies Auxiliary, please contact me.”— News release from Doug Otto for American Legion Post 524last_img read more

News story: Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 March 2020

first_img individuals will need to self-isolate immediately if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or, as of today, a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste (anosmia) all members of their household must also self-isolate according to current guidelines, unless the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19 and, after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure.The individual’s households should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell.Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank AthertonChief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBrideChief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Gregor SmithChief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris WhittyFurther informationChanges for the symptomatic individual and their household:last_img read more

12 Days of Christmas Project helps local families in need

first_imgAs a way to reach out to the local community and help those in need during the Christmas season, Saint Mary’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) is holding the 12 Days of Christmas Project. The project began by helping eight families from Resources for Enriching Adult Living (REAL) Services in 2004, said Carrie Call, director of OCSE. “The Primary object of the 12 Days of Christmas is to collect funds, clothing, food and gifts for area families in need,” Call said. “This is done mostly through ‘adoptions’ of families or children by individuals or departments on campus.” Call said the project has continued annually. Each year, students, faculty and staff of the College are invited to participate in fundraisers, gift drives and volunteer opportunities in order to benefit a variety of charities. This year. the project’s proceeds will support Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, REAL Services and the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) partner schools, Call said. “This year we are supporting over 40 adults and over 70 children,” she said. Call said the project offers a wide range of programs aimed to gather resources to benefit the local charitable organizations. A Winter Wonderland event, in which local children came to the College and participate in crafts and other activities, was held Saturday. Ornament decorating is scheduled for Tuesday and a blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday. Also, there will be a Christmas Craft Show Friday and bell ringing for the Salvation Army Saturday. Other events include a toy drive done by Le Mans Hall and a ‘comfort tree’ by McCandless Hall, which collects items such as socks, blankets and scarves for children. “There are so many ways students can be involved,” Call said. “They can attend the social events, sign up to ring bells for the Salvation Army, buy a gift for a child or adult in need, bake cookies for the food tables at the craft fair, attend the Pre-Kwanza event or go to Advent Vespers services or shop at the craft fair.” Call said it is important to have programs like the 12 Days of Christmas Project during the holiday season. “During a season that is often marked by huge expenditures of money, it’s good to remember those who are living without the basic necessitates,” she said. “There are still so many people without work, and there are so many children in South Bend living in poverty. For those of us who have been more fortunate, we need to make sure we lift up others around us.” The program is also important because it allows students to celebrate the Christmas season, Call said. “The events help the students feel closer to the holiday season,” she said. “For many of them it is hard to be away from home or loved ones during December. This gives them an opportunity to experience the holiday season and help out some folks, too.” Call said she hopes the 12 Days of Christmas Project puts the Christmas season into perspective, while still allowing participants to enjoy their experiences. “I hope that we all feel grateful for the many things in life we take for granted and we keep those in mind who are living through difficult times,” she said. “I also hope people have fun and experience some joy.”last_img read more