Councils say pay is only solution to staffing crisis

first_img Previous Article Next Article Councils say pay is only solution to staffing crisisOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The public sector’s recruitment and retention crisis has prompted all thepolitical parties to promise ambitious increases in funding. But the promises have left local government feeling like a poor relation,and HR professionals in the sector want to see definite increases in payscales. Terry Gorman, assistant chief executive of personnel and corporate servicesat Nottinghamshire County Council, said, “We are having difficulties inrecruiting and this will only get worse, especially in competitive areas of thecountry such as the South East. Extra pay is needed to attract staff to localgovernment.” Adrian Pritchard, county officer of personnel at Suffolk County Council,agrees. He said, “I would like to see real pay negotiations across thepublic sector. The Government is involved in teachers’ and doctors’ pay talks,but local government has to fend for itself.” The sensitive issue of performance-related pay will have to be considered.”Performance pay has already started with teachers and the NHS, and Ibelieve it will move over to local government – it is fitting, as there is atargets culture,” said Gorman. Many do not believe an increase in funding is the only answer. Socpopresident Keith Handley said, “Whichever party is returned to power, weneed more support to provide a better image for local authorities. “Many authorities are really struggling with recruitment issues, and thegenerally poor image of local government being constantly under siege fromcentral government does not help.” Gorman agrees, saying, “We need to be packaged and promoted better toattract younger workers. This should be done by government ministers promotingthe hard work that is being done in the public sector, instead of continuallyknocking us.” The sector is also keen to see the next government address the issue of afixed retirement age to enable the recruitment of experienced staff. Gorman said, “The retirement age was set when life expectancy was 10years less than its is now. Pensions should be flexible and allow older peopleto work part-time. Changing it would help address the recruitment issue thatlocal government has now, although I still believe we need to concentrate onre-branding to attract the younger worker.” By Paul Nelson Labour’s promise to the public sector– Increase education spending by more than 5 per cent each year for the nextthree years– Increase health spending by an average of 6 per cent each year for thenext three years– Increase police spending by an extra £1.6bn a year by 2003– Use a £400m reward fund for local government in return for signing up to cleartargets to improve local services Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

BYU, Utah Football, Represented On Maxwell Award Watch List

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAMBLER, Pa.-Friday, the 2020 watch list for the Maxwell Award was released with BYU and Utah football represented.This award is annually presented to the best overall college football player in the country at the NCAA FBS level.The Utes are represented by senior signal-caller Jake Bentley, who transferred from the University of South Carolina as a graduate transfer.In three seasons with the Gamecocks, Bentley completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 7,527 yards, 55 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.BYU is represented by junior signal-caller Zach Wilson on the list.In two seasons with the Cougars, Wilson has completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 3,960 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.Last season, LSU signal-caller Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, won the award.Burrow led the Tigers to the national championship, completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and six interceptions.Other prominent college football standouts on this list include Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Oklahoma State tailback Chuba Hubbard, Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence, Oregon tackle Penei Sewell, a product of Desert Hills High School in St. George and Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger. July 24, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU, Utah Football, Represented On Maxwell Award Watch List Tags: Maxwell Award Brad Jameslast_img read more

Germany deploys tender to Mediterranean Sea rescue mission

first_img Authorities Germany deploys tender to Mediterranean Sea rescue mission View post tag: German Navy View post tag: tender Main View post tag: EUNAVFOR October 12, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Germany deploys tender to Mediterranean Sea rescue mission German Navy tender Main (A 515) is scheduled to depart its Eckernförde base and head for the European Naval Force’s rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea.Main will sail out on October 17 to relieve sister ship Werra, which has been deployed to operation Sophia since June this year.The two ships will meet in the Italian port of Augusta, Sicily, from where the mission ships operate.Main’s commander said he was satisfied with how the ship’s crew prepared for the mission adding that he was confident the mission would be successful.The tender is deploying to a multinational mission called operation Sophia which was set up by the European Union in May 2015 to thwart the business model of human traffickers off the coast of Libya. Navy ships that are part of the mission rescue migrants sailing on overcrowded unseaworthy boats and work on disrupting the “business model” of the smugglers. Share this articlelast_img read more


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SAMB skills head warns on funding

first_imgFunding for bakery training in Scotland is “in dire straits” according to Arthur Rayer, head of skills training for the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB). It is in danger of losing all European funding.”The Scottish government has already ceased to fund anyone over 19 years old in all sectors except construction, engineering and automotive trades,” Rayer told British Baker. “In England, there is funding for initiatives such as Train to Gain, but in Scotland the government decided food training could be funded by the Scottish Rural Development Programme. However, this means only primary food producers such as growers or farmers are eligible for European Social Funding now, as opposed to those who ’process’ food such as bakers,” he said.Rayer added: “We have talked to the SNP government in power, and to civil servants who have been in place during the past Labour government, but are not hopeful that the decision will be turned around.”We have been training 800 people a year, but this year there will be a greatly reduced number.”Those in existing training will be allowed to complete their courses, he said.last_img read more

Phish’s Trey Anastasio Briefly Appears In ‘Broad City’ During Abbi’s Bad Mushroom Trip

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Comedy Central aired a new episode of its critically acclaimed scripted series, Broad City. Titled “Mushrooms” (Season 4, Episode 4), this latest installment in the series sees the show’s two protagonists—Ilana Wexler (played by Ilana Glazer) and Abbi Abrams (played by Abbi Jacobson)—enjoying a day off, with the show opening to the girls eating psychedelic mushrooms and following their (mis)adventures as the day unfolds. As their trip kicks in, the episode takes an unexpected turn, eschewing the show’s traditional acting for a trippy, Day-Glo animated sequence created by frequent collaborator and artist Mike Perry.Broad City References Phish, Disco Biscuits, String Cheese Incident And More In New EpisodeThis Broad City Episode Was Chock Full Of Phish ReferencesAs the trip begins to tail off, the Broad City episode returns to its standard live-action format, though psychedelic special effects consistently appear throughout the rest of the show as the girls’ trips wind down. Toward the tail-end of “Mushrooms”, Abbi smokes some pot, which restarts her tripping and kicks off a nightmarishly bad trip. As she tries to calm herself down, Abbi reminds herself of things that soothe her (Oprah, Mark Ruffalo, flutes), and once she is reminded of “music”, images of Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio quickly flash on the screen.This is not the first time that Broad City has given subtle nods to the jam-band community. Abbi Jacobson, one of the show’s lead actresses and co-creators, has been a “phan” for quite some time, telling Relix in a past interview, “I used to go to a lot of jam and Phish shows. . . . That’s what we did on the weekends—we’d see shows.” In an episode first aired last summer, the show’s character Abbi alluded to her jam-band days, namedropping Phish, RatDog, Dark Star Orchestra, the Disco Biscuits, and String Cheese Incident, and Broad City has previously quoted lines from Phish’s “Cavern” and “Run Like An Antelope.”You can watch Trey Anastasio’s super-brief cameo on Broad City last night during Abbi’s terrible mushroom trip below, or watch the episode in its entirety on Comedy Central’s website here.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Ex-EPA official sees narrow openings for climate progress

first_img What’s next for climate change policy Related A Trump administration can do plenty to undercut Obama’s efforts, but it could compromise too, Harvard analysts say Carbon-capture technology and nuclear power are two potential areas of bipartisan agreement on the environment over the next four years, a period in which progress will likely be slow, according to a former top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official.With the White House and Congress controlled by Republicans who have questioned whether climate change is real, the prospects for comprehensive national policies and a price on carbon to encourage emissions reductions are vanishingly small, said Robert Perciasepe, who now runs a nonpartisan think tank, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, after years of service as deputy EPA administrator under President Obama.But smaller opportunities exist, he said.A significant portion of the world’s power still will be provided by fossil fuels in the decades to come, making technology to remove carbon from their emissions critical if climate change is to be addressed.“There will be coal plants burning in 2050,” said Perciasepe, speaking Tuesday at the Center for Government and International Studies during an event sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. “There is no scenario that gets us to zero by the end of the century that doesn’t deal with those plants.”Carbon capture is important not just for coal plants, he noted. Industrial emissions also need to be addressed, and carbon capture could help. He offered the example of Ford, which this year announced plans to use carbon dioxide captured from its own emissions to create new foam and plastic components for seats and vehicle interiors.It’s also important, Perciasepe said, for the United States to maintain its existing fleet of nuclear power plants — which release no carbon dioxide — largely because the most likely replacement, natural gas, is a fossil fuel that would increase carbon dioxide emissions. Though replacing nuclear power with natural gas is seen as environmentally harmful, that’s not the case when gas replaces coal, another positive trend Perciasepe expects to continue. New natural gas supplies released by hydraulic fracturing have created a cheaper alternative to coal and created market incentives to replace coal plants with gas, which releases about half the carbon dioxide as coal for a given amount of energy.Perciasepe acknowledged a gloomy picture for environmental policy at the federal level. President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change and unravel Obama’s Clean Power Plan. He could open federal lands to drilling and make the EPA, charged with enforcing some of the country’s most important environmental laws, a target. Though abolishing the agency would be difficult, it could be rendered dysfunctional through funding cuts and other measures.“I don’t underestimate the loss of momentum that could occur,” Perciasepe said. “We have to redouble our efforts.”But Perciasepe emphasized openings for progress against climate change. The market forces driving the replacement of natural gas with coal are unlikely to dissipate. Trump’s support for national infrastructure projects could revamp the power grid so it can carry renewable power from the windy plains and sunny southwest to power-hungry cities. Advances in technology have made electric cars more attractive to consumers.The venue for action in the next four years will likely shift to states, 10 of which already have a price on carbon; to individuals, who have the potential to exert vast pressure through their consumer choices; and to businesses like Ford.“I could go on and on about all the things that are happening out there,” Perciasepe said. “Do we think all that is going to stop?”last_img read more

Fairly Quiet Saturday, Some Storms For Sunday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – The first half of the weekend will be mainly quiet, a storm systems moving in overnight tonight will bring rain and a few storms in for the second half of the weekend.For today, partly to mostly cloudy with a few late afternoon showers possible. Highs in the lower-80’s.As the system moves by off to the west, showers and a few thunderstorms are possible overnight. Lows drop back into the mid-60’s. Tomorrow, mostly cloudy with a few showers and storms likely. Some storms may be a bit stronger with heavy rain and gusty winds. Otherwise temperatures will be in the lower-80’s with dewpoints spiking to around 70. So along with the rain it will feel quite sticky tomorrow.As the week begins, the low pressure system will slowly move out. Monday and Tuesday will see a few scattered showers and storms stick around. Otherwise it will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper-70’s both days.The second half of the week will become dry with highs remaining comfortably in the mid-70’s.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.last_img read more

Bill Murray Auditions for NBC’s Peter Pan: ‘I Think I’m the Guy’

first_img View Comments After the mega ratings The Sound of Music Live! garnered with Carrie Underwood last December on NBC, it’s no surprise that the network has another live broadcast in the works. that Peter Pan Live! will broadcast this December 4. Speculation has been rife on who will play the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up, and none other than Bill Murray has decided to throw his hat into the ring. Auditioning in full costume, the Emmy winner and Oscar nominee flew into David Letterman’s Late Show January 31 attempting his best Broadway belt as he sang “I’m flying.” The star later had this message for NBC executives: “I think I’m the guy.” Check out below to see if you think Murray’s next stop will be Neverland!last_img read more

G20 nations pledge ‘united front’ on coronavirus crisis

first_imgG20 nations Thursday pledged a “united front” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and said they were injecting $5 trillion into the global economy to counter the impact of the crisis.”Combatting this pandemic calls for a transparent, robust, coordinated, large-scale and science-based global response in the spirit of solidarity,” the G20 said in a statement after an emergency online summit.”We are strongly committed to presenting a united front against this common threat.”  The group of 20 most industrialized nations said they were injecting over $5 trillion into the global economy “to counteract the social, economic and financial impacts of the pandemic”. “The magnitude and scope of this response will get the global economy back on its feet and set a strong basis for the protection of jobs and the recovery of growth,” the statement said.As concerns mount for poorer countries with little or no access to capital markets or adequate health facilities, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank have urged the G20 to support its call for governments to put debt payments on hold.The group pledged to work swiftly with the IMF, the World Health Organization and regional banks to deploy a “robust” financial package to support developing nations.On the fight against the novel coronavirus, the leaders committed to a number of measures including sharing research and data, strengthening health systems, and expanding manufacturing capacity to meet demand for medical supplies.  “To safeguard the future, we commit to strengthen national, regional, and global capacities to respond to potential infectious disease outbreaks,” the statement said.Topics :last_img read more