Two-way success for CSR initiative

first_img Previous Article Next Article Two-way success for CSR initiativeOn 24 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. London Electricity Group’s middle managers are giving schoolchildren lessonsin business. The scheme, which is linked closely with the firm’s corporate socialresponsibility (CSR) charter, aims to give middle managers skills to becomesenior managers. The company hopes the exercise will improve managers’ presentation,communication and time management abilities. To date, 10 managers have each given lectures on issues including theelectricity business and employment legislation to primary schoolchildren. The managers say the scheme has helped with problem-solving, thinking ontheir feet, communication and simplifying complicated issues. Two-thirds claimit has made them feel better about working for the company. Isabel Brown, employee community involvement co-ordinator at LondonElectricity Group, believes the scheme has helped improve the retention ofmiddle managers: “It has proved very successful and I think has helped thecompany not only to retain managers but to improve their skills and helped makethem better managers.” Next year the project will be rolled out to the company’s graduate traineescheme to teach them management skills while managers may be given theopportunity to become school governors. Other aspects of the firm’s CSR include giving staff two days a year offwork – if they commit two days of their own time – to get involved in communityprojects. last_img read more

The impact of a changing Southern Hemisphere Annular Mode on Antarctic Peninsula summer temperatures

first_imgSince the mid-1960s, rapid regional summer warming has occurred on the east coast of the northern Antarctic Peninsula, with near-surface temperatures increasing by more than 2°C. This warming has contributed significantly to the collapse of the northern sections of the Larsen Ice Shelf. Coincident with this warming, the summer Southern Hemisphere Annular Mode (SAM) has exhibited a marked trend, suggested by modeling studies to be predominantly a response to anthropogenic forcing, resulting in increased westerlies across the northern peninsula. Observations and reanalysis data are utilized to demonstrate that the changing SAM has played a key role in driving this local summer warming. It is proposed that the stronger summer westerly winds reduce the blocking effect of the Antarctic Peninsula and lead to a higher frequency of air masses being advected eastward over the orographic barrier of the northern Antarctic Peninsula. When this occurs, a combination of a climatological temperature gradient across the barrier and the formation of a föhn wind on the lee side typically results in a summer near-surface temperature sensitivity to the SAM that is 3 times greater on the eastern side of the peninsula than on the west. SAM variability is also shown to play a less important role in determining summer temperatures at stations west of the barrier in the northern peninsula (62°S), both at the surface and throughout the troposphere. This is in contrast to a station farther south (65°S) where the SAM exerts little influence.last_img read more

Tenant fees ban will see ‘seismic’ change in employment numbers within industry

first_imgThe tenant fees ban will lead to a ‘seismic’ reduction in staffing levels among the 50,000 people employed by the industry, a leading recruitment company has claimed.Staines-based Property Personnel currently offers nearly 300 jobs within the sector but says the ban will have serious consequences.This will include lower staffing levels as the sector is “battered from all sides” by both the fees ban but also landlords exiting the market and the looming end to Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions.“It’s such a marginal industry – if companies are not earning enough money to pay their staff properly, employees are going to vote with their feet,” says its Managing Director Anthony Hesse.“Within bigger chains, those carrying out tenancy progression will be on a flat salary. But in a small independent firm, that’s often not the case and a level of commission will be involved – which will now disappear altogether.“Lettings agents are having part of their bottom line swiped away, despite the fact there is still administration that they will have to do. They are going to have to do more work for less income.”Fee levelsAgents are having to think hard about whether to pass on the additional costs heaped on them by the tenant fees ban and several major brands have already announced how much more landlords will have to pay.The most recent is Humberts, which has revealed that it will only be passing on the costs of referencing and end-of-tenancy check-outs to landlords, but not increasing its standard percentage-based fees. June 4, 2019Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Tenant fees ban will see ‘seismic’ change in employment numbers within industry previous nextProducts & ServicesTenant fees ban will see ‘seismic’ change in employment numbers within industryClaim is made by leading recruiter for industry which says smaller independent estate agents will be hit hardest.Nigel Lewis4th June 201901,353 Viewslast_img read more

UK: HMS Westminster Hands Over Gulf Role

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Westminster Hands Over Gulf Role View post tag: HMS View post tag: over Training & Education Share this article She worked for half a year to protect Britain’s interests in the Middle East and Indian Ocean, but now that job lies with another ship. HMS Westminster is on her way home having handed over to Devonport-based frigate HMS Sutherland.During her time Westminster – known as The Capital Ship – has disrupted pirates, seized millions of pounds worth of heroin from smugglers and conducted security patrols in the Gulf.She’s also paid goodwill visits from Aqaba in Jordan to Dar-es-Salam in Tanzania, and conducted numerous exercises with coalition and allied forces in the region.Speaking about the tasking Westminster’s commanding officer, Captain Nick Hine said:“I am tremendously proud of all that we have achieved. “My fantastic Ship’s Company has risen to every challenge that has been laid before them and we have had a tangible effect in making the UK’s interests more secure as a result.” Meanwhile HMS Sutherland sailed from Devonport Naval Base on July 5 after completing her operational training under Flag Officer Sea Training.She picks up the mission from HMS Westminster and is also a highly versatile ship enhanced with a Merlin helicopter and Royal Marines Boarding Team.Since deploying HMS Sutherland, known as “The Fighting Clan”, has been working hard conducting continuation training to ensure she is ready to deal with any scenario.She carried out gunnery drills around Gibraltar and more recently the ship conducted her Operational Capability Confidence Check at the NATO range in Souda Bay, Crete prior to travelling through the Suez Canal.Now East of Suez, the crew of the Fighting Clan is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.Sutherland’s commanding officer, Commander Al Wilson, said:“I intend Sutherland to continue the fantastic work that Westminster has undertaken over the last six months. “We are fully prepared and ready for operations.” HMS Westminster is due home to Portsmouth in mid August.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 1, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic August 1, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Hands View post tag: role View post tag: Gulf View post tag: Westminster UK: HMS Westminster Hands Over Gulf Rolelast_img read more

Gunning for Victory

first_imgJCR by-elections at St John’s College were enlivened this week by a less than serious candidate for the the position of Environment and Ethics officer.Ben Lewy, a second year, grabbed the attention of voters by advocating controversial policies. One poster depicted Lewy holding a gun, next to a caption reading “Divest from arms companies? Bullshit”. Another candidate had called for an end to unethical investment.The by-election, which took place on Monday evening, resulted in the appointment of Edward Love and Shaahin Pishbin to the position.Lewy ran a controversial campaign, choosing to advocate policies that caused a stir in John’s. On a poster, he pledged to “make sure that environmentalism just isn’t an issue in college.” He called upon voters to support him in his bid to tackle the problem that Global Warming poses to Oxford, saying that “As one of the city’s largest sources of hot air, our JCR has a duty to be part of the solution”.During the hustings, candidates were grilled on their credentials for the role. When asked about the most unethical thing he’d ever done, Lewy replied, “I made someone cry once.” The candidates were then questioned over their ability to annoy people, this being a desirable skill for cajoling the College authorities over environmental issues. Lewy duly replied by saying “I am really good at annoying people”. The eventual winners, Love and Pishbin, commented that they did not feel the need to “lecture” on the importance of the role.Phillip Coales came in second place, with Lewy bringing up the rear. Talking to Cherwell about his campaign and defeat, Lewy said, “I thought it was quite funny. Unfortunately, not enough other people did”.Some people did appear enjoy the novelty campaign, with Lewy even managing to glean 21 of the 128 votes casts. David Messling, JCR president, told Cherwell that he thought Lewy’s antics “were great for raising the profile of the JCR.” Helen Austin, a member of the JCR committee at John’s, was sure that no one found the content of Lewy’s campaign offensive, albeit a distraction from the actual process of voting in new committee members.The outgoing officer, Emma Fay, had effected changes to recycling in College and candidates for the position declared their intentions to “continue Emma’s excellent work” in the event of their success in the election.last_img read more

Ocean City Beach Patrol Works Hard, Rescues 557 Swimmers This Summer

first_imgThe innovative design of the lifeguard stand allows Ocean City Beach Patrol members to climb on top of the roof for a clear view of swimmers. By Maddy VitaleOcean City lifeguard Derek Kneisel was climbing up on his stand at 34th Street at about 6:45 p.m. It was some time in early July.He couldn’t recall the date, but the 20-year-old Linwood resident remembered vividly what the experience was like for him and the two people he saved that night.“I saw a kid in the water. I whistled to him to see if he was OK. The boy was in trouble and his dad had gone in to try and help him and needed help, too,” Kneisel explained Sunday. “I sent in a guard, so I could grab my paddleboard. I rushed in.”The father grabbed onto Kneisel’s board with the little boy in tow, and they all safely made it to shore. Swimming was permitted until 7 p.m. that night, but storms created big swells.“The dad was so grateful,” Kneisel continued. “He kept thanking us and said if we weren’t there, they might not be alive.”That was one of the many rescues this summer showing how important Ocean City’s Beach Patrol is in protecting the lives of countless sunbathers who enjoy the beaches every year.To date, for the season beginning on Memorial Day weekend, there have been 557 rescues on the 42 guarded beaches on the island, Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamieson said from Beach Patrol Headquarters at 12th Street and the Boardwalk.Kneisel will certainly never forget the dramatic rescue he was involved in during that July night. It was not his first rescue in his four years as an Ocean City lifeguard, but it was one that caused him a sleepless night.“The whole night I had butterflies,” he said. “I imagined what would have happened if we weren’t there and kept thinking about how nervous the little boy was.”Lifeguard Derek Kneisel, 20, of Linwood, shows a rescue board like the one he used to rush out and save a father and son in July.It was an emotional rescue, but one Kneisel and the other lifeguards under Jamieson know how to handle.“The chief sends emails out to all the guards at the end of winter saying to swim and surf. He makes sure we are ready for the next season,” said Kneisel, who attends The College of New Jersey in Mercer County, where he is on the swim team.Jamieson compared last year’s summer to this one.“Last year we had weekend rain. This year it would rain for a couple of days but there hasn’t been much of a reprieve from the heat,” he said.A couple of bad storms created a system with big swells at the beginning of July. In June and July, the water was rougher, the chief noted. He said that definitely contributed to the rescues early in the season.“August waters have been much more mellow,” Jamieson said.Rescue statistics for August will be available next week, he said.Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamieson sums up the summer as a busy one and said the lifeguards did an outstanding job.While some communities, such as neighboring Sea Isle City, use caution flags to warn of water and surf conditions. Jamieson said Ocean City may use flag warnings in the future, but for now, they are sticking with what works.Paul Gallagher, lieutenant with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, has been a lifeguard for 35 years. He said part of what makes the patrol run so smoothly is good communication between the lifeguards and the public.Lifeguards alert swimmers of rough waters and advise them not to go in, to come in closer to shore or not go in at all.Swimmers take a cool dip on the busy holiday weekend.Currently, the beach patrol is operating with 160 employees, which include lifeguards and administration. Over the last couple of weeks, lifeguards have left for school and fall sports as the summer season winds down.Traditionally, the beginning of school means fewer beaches that are guarded. However, this year, because more lifeguards, like Kneisel, are going to school nearby, three additional beaches will remain open after Labor Day, Jamieson said.Beaches will be guarded through Sept. 16 at St. Charles Place, Eighth, Ninth, 11th, 12th and 34th streets. Lifeguards will be on the beaches daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. on weekends.Jamieson said the shoulder season in Ocean City offers many activities and events for vacationers and residents, and the weather is still warm.“There are a lot more reasons to come to Ocean City post Labor Day with events like the air show and other things to do through the first week of October,” Jamieson said.Depending on the need, lifeguards may be available to protect beaches after Sept. 16. He cautioned that bathers should only swim on guarded beaches.Jamieson summed up the summer of 2018; “It has been a great season.”The Ocean City Beach Patrol can be reached by calling (609) 525-9201 or visit www.ocnj.us/ocbp.Ocean City Beach Patrol Headquarters is at 12th Street and the Boardwalk.last_img read more

Hovis bike boy is back

first_imgBritish Bakeries is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its Hovis brand with limited edition packaging introduced as part of a £1m advertising campaign.The packaging features the ‘boy on the bike’ delivery boy image from a 1973 Hovis commercial directed by Ridley Scott. It will be used on Hovis Original Wheatgerm loaves, available in 800g (RSP 97p) or 400g (RSP 45p). The birthday campaign will also include the return of the ‘boy on the bike’ television advert and new radio advertising to drive sales of the Hovis Brown bread portfolio. The advert will be re-aired for 10 days from May 10 and will highlight the limited edition packaging. Hovis came into being in 1886 when Richard ‘Stoney’ Smith, a third-generation miller from Staffordshire, created a wheatgerm flour. British Bakeries is part of RHM.last_img read more

Doughnuts help The Children’s Trust

first_imgCornish baker, James Barnecutt, from Barnecutt’s bakery visited The Children’s Trust to see how the money raised by UK bakers in this year’s National Doughnut Week was being spent after winning a competition. Throughout National Doughnut Week in May this year, participating bakeries were entered into a prize draw to win a weekend break in London, which included a visit to The Children’s Trust, courtesy of sponsors BakeMark.Around £30,000 was raised from the event, which is in its 17th year. “It was a truly moving experience to actually visit The Children’s Trust and see just how bakers can make a difference year on year,” said Barnecutt. “I feel even more inspired to boost the doughnut sales next year now.”National Doughnut Week 2009 will take place between 9 and 16 May. For further information and to register for next year’s event, email: [email protected]last_img read more

Top 10! Frozen & Bradley Cooper on Broadway and Idina’s Backstage Visit Lead the Week’s Most-Read Stories

first_img 8. FEATURE: Weekend Poll: Which Hollywood Besties Would You Love to See on Broadway Together? Stage fans flocked to Broadway.com’s news coverage this week, getting excited about Disney’s announcement that Frozen may be headed to the Great White Way, Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper’s Broadway return and lots more. If you missed anything, click on the links below for the 10 most-read stories from January 10 through January 16: 4. NEWS: Billy Porter, Jonathan Groff, Jinkx Monsoon and More Top Out’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors List 7. WATCH IT: The Lost Patti LuPone Musical! Watch the Tony Winner as a Lovelorn Laundromat Ghost in Love Cycle: A Soap Operetta 9. NEWS: Lena Hall to Star as Yitzhak in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Neil Patrick Harris Extends His Run 2. NEWS: Bradley Cooper Will Take a Break From Being the Hottest Guy in Hollywood to Be The Elephant Man on Broadway 6. WATCH IT: Amy Adams Takes on Idina! Watch the Golden Globe Winner Belt Out “Defying Gravity”center_img 5. NEWS: Tony Winner Christian Borle & More Join Emma Thompson in New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd 3. PHOTO: If/Then and Frozen’s Idina Menzel Roars Into The Lion King 1. NEWS: Dreams Do Come True! Disney Confirms Broadway Plans For Hit Movie Frozen 10. NEWS: Darren Criss on Glee’s Move to NYC, Being a “Nerdy Rock Musician” and Wanting to Return to the Stage View Commentslast_img read more

‘Valuable assets’: BU says international students are an important part of campus community

first_img“I think it speaks to the creativity of institutions to serve their students,” said Don Nieman, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs for the university. “Our job as educators is to serve our students, so I think a lot of people are looking at creative solutions, we’ve certainly looked at creative solutions.” While the school says the homeland security guidance isn’t final, they say it’s unfortunate as international students play such an important role. Faculty said the past few months have been extremely difficult for everyone, but especially for international students. VESTAL (WBNG) — Colleges around the nation including Binghamton University are facing a unique challenge after the Trump Administration decided not to allow international students to stay in the U.S. if they are only taking online classes. Nieman told 12 News any international students unable to come back to campus will be able to take their courses online. The university plans to hold in-person classes this fall, meaning the ruling would not apply. However, with the changing nature of the pandemic, school officials told 12 News you can’t be too careful. Binghamton University administrators said international students are a valued part of their campus community, bringing different perspectives that enrich everyone’s education. Several universities such as NYU and Columbia have decided to offer a one credit course on campus to keep international students in the U.S., a move BU administrators are in support of.last_img read more