May 12

HR fears more red tape from council NTO plan

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Council HR professionals havecriticised the Local Government NTO’s new plan for developing the skills ofpublic sector employees, claiming that it has been released too late andrepresents more red tape.The plan, calledDeveloping a High Performance Culture, has four key recommendations for HRteams and 27 targets. Its aim is to improve the recruitment, retention anddevelopment of employees to lower council skill shortages. The four keyrecommendations include councils obtaining Investors in People status, adoptingNational Occupational Standards to develop employees’ skills, instigatingregularly reviewed individual development plans and enabling staff to obtainvocational qualifications.Many local governmentHR professionals argue that the key recommendations have been released toolate, with many already being in use.Dilys Wynn, head of HRat Worcestershire County Council, said, “It seems to be shutting thestable door after the horse has already bolted.”Others claim with BestValue and this month’s implementation of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act,the plan’s targets simply represent more red tape.Janvier Hyde, HRmanager at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said, “We have targetscoming out of our ears and do not need any more. LGNTO has missed the boat withthe targets as councils are already using these measures.”Local governmentHRgroup Socpo, however, supports the plan. President Keith Handley said,”To combat the growing recruitment and retention difficulties we need tooffer staff more personal development. Reducing training budgets has often beenthe easy option for authorities facing cutbacks. The recommendations mean wewon’t just be paying lip service.”LGNTO’s chairman JohnStocks thinks the plan will tackle skills shortages. He said, “To create ahigh-performance culture we need to attract and keep people with ability andenthusiasm.”By Paul Nelson Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR fears more red tape from council NTO planOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

September 17

USC to receive master lease for Coliseum

first_imgLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum officials acknowledged Wednesday that they anticipate a modified lease between the Coliseum Commission and USC to be released within the next week.The proposed lease, once finalized, will be subject to a final vote at the commission’s next monthly meeting on May 2 or at a later date.Control · Coliseum Commissioners Barry Sanders (left) and Zev Yaroslavsky (right) discussed the proposed master lease of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday. – Adrian Hoffmann | Daily TrojanUSC has been in negotiations with the Coliseum’s nine-member governing body since September in an effort to obtain operational control of the state and federal landmark, which has been run by the commission for the last 88 years.The university has been a tenant of the Coliseum since 1923, with the Trojan football team playing a majority of its home games at the 93,000-seat venue in Exposition Park.“We hope that through these negotiations the parties can agree upon a long-term lease that allows the Coliseum to be restored to its former glory and ensures its viability for many generations to come,” said Thomas Sayles, USC’s senior vice president for university relations, in a statement released to the Daily Trojan. “Our goal is to make the Coliseum a proud landmark and gathering place for all Angelenos. We support public disclosure and discussion of all lease terms before any deal is approved.”According to a lease draft obtained by the Los Angeles Times, USC would be responsible for staffing the facility, along with day-to-day management, event scheduling and other obligations over the next 42 years. It would also have the opportunity to manage the adjacent Los Angeles Sports Arena or to demolish the facility to construct a soccer-specific stadium or parking lot.David Israel, president of the Coliseum Commission, and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a member of the Coliseum Commission, declined to comment on the proposed lease draft or the negotiations.Under the proposal, the university would receive naming and advertising rights, which would provide a source of revenue needed to fund stadium renovations that are expected to cost several million dollars.In June commission acknowledged that it could not afford to make the necessary improvements to the facility, as required by the existing 25-year lease, signed in May 2008.USC will be expected to cover the costs of the new video board and sound system, as well, according to the Los Angeles Times.City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, a member of the Coliseum Commission and City Council Representative for the 8th District, said he has concerns about the potential of the Coliseum, a public facility, being run by a private entity, such as USC.“It looks like ’SC wrote the lease and we just nodded,” Parks said.USC has attempted to obtain the master lease before, lobbying in 2007 for operational control of the publicly owned venue before agreeing upon its current lease.“It sets a precedent in the fact that folks are trying to work themselves out of a job,” Parks said. “They’re so intent on saying, ‘Well, USC is going to fix this, so let’s just give it to them.’ I think we’re losing sight of what the meaningfulness of the park and the facility is to the community, and they’re not taking that into account at all. The community deserves a bit more sensitivity.”If USC obtains operational control of the Coliseum, public events could still be held at the facility, including the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration, but the university would be given the option of limiting the number of events to eight per year, as outlined under the proposal.USC would also have first-refusal rights if an NFL team were to want to use the facility while a stadium in Downtown Los Angeles is being constructed.last_img read more

December 20

MLB announcer rankings: Kruk, Kuip and company dethroned

first_imgThe website awfulannouncing.com has released its latest in-depth rankings of local Major League Baseball broadcasting crews and — shocker of all shockers — the Giants’ team has bid “bye-bye baby” to the No. 1 spot.That’s right. Duane Kuiper, Jon Miller, Mike Krukow, Dave Fleming, Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez were ranked No. 2 among MLB crews by the website. It’s a stunner, if only because the San Francisco squad was going for a three-peat after holding down top honors in 2017 and 2018.So …last_img read more

December 17

Applications now open for 2019 pork industry scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board announces the opening of the application period of the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships. This program, now in its tenth year, is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. In addition, students who will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis on swine are encouraged to apply. The National Pork Board will award up to 20 scholarships in 2019 totaling $46,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.“Human capital and identification of future leaders is critical for the continued success of the swine industry,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee recognizes this need and continues its commitment to encouraging these students through these scholarships.”The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2019. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April.“Students who meet the scholarship criteria are encouraged to submit an application for consideration.” Hostetler said. “This is an excellent opportunity for financial assistance for our students who are seeking swine-oriented careers.”Approximately 80 percent of the previous recipients of the Pork Industry Scholarship have pursued advanced degrees as they prepared to serve the industry as veterinarians, nutritionists, reproductive biologists and management consultants.last_img read more

December 16

Twitter Speaks Up for Free Speech: “The Tweets Must Flow”

first_imgTags:#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts mike melanson When protests broke out in Egypt earlier this week, microblogging service Twitter was the first thing to go. The country quickly blocked the service to avoid seeing repeats from other Web 2.0-centric revolutions, such as the recent upheaval in Tunisia or 2009’s protests in Iran.Today, Twitter has come forward and with a pledge to “keep the information flowing irrespective of any view we may have about the content.”In the company’s blog post, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone writes that Twitter’s goal relies on the freedom of expression:Our goal is to instantly connect people everywhere to what is most meaningful to them. For this to happen, freedom of expression is essential. Some Tweets may facilitate positive change in a repressed country, some make us laugh, some make us think, some downright anger a vast majority of users. We don’t always agree with the things people choose to tweet, but we keep the information flowing irrespective of any view we may have about the content.According to Stone, not only is it beyond Twitter’s technical abilities to review all 100+ million tweets it sees every day, but it comes down to an ethical believe in the freedom of speech. Twitter does, however, remove “illegal Tweets and spam”, which include impersonation, threats, copyright and trademark infringement and more.Our position on freedom of expression carries with it a mandate to protect our users’ right to speak freely and preserve their ability to contest having their private information revealed. While we may need to release information as required by law, we try to notify Twitter users before handing over their information whenever we can so they have a fair chance to fight the request if they so choose.When a tweet is to be removed for copyright, writes Stone, “We submit all copyright removal notices to @chillingeffects and they are now Tweeting them from @ChillFirehose.”Indeed, when the U.S. government approached the company last month with a subpoena regarding information on a number of people connected with whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, it did something many commended it for – it “successfully challenged the gag order in court, and then told the targets their data was being requested, giving them time to try and quash the order themselves,” according to Wired.At the end of his post on free speech and Twitter, Stone encourages readers to follow along in the discussion by following a Twitter-curated list on the topic, “or better yet, come work with us.”center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

December 16

Milestone: The Web (Finally) Surpasses Newspapers As Source for Americans’ News

first_imgaudrey watters Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The report points to another milestone in 2010 as well: For the first time, more money was spent on online advertising than on print newspaper advertising. Online advertising overall grew 13.9% to $25.8 billion in 2010. Ad revenue at newspapers, however, fell over the same period by 6.4%.The declining revenue and subscriptions for newspapers have resulted in many closures and layoffs. Indeed, newspaper newsrooms are 30% smaller than they were in 2000. But according to the survey, most Americans don’t seem terribly concerned by the loss of this news source. Twenty eight percent said the loss of their local newspaper would have a major impact on their ability to keep up with local information; 30% said it would have minor impact and 39% said it would have no impact.In a report that accompanies the State of the Media report, Pew finds that more people are turning to their mobile phones for local news; 47% of Americans report they get at least some local news from their cellphone, although their interests seem to be in information that’s practical and in real time: weather and restaurant information, for example.Interestingly, while nearly half of Americans say they get their local news via a mobile device, just one in 10 use an app to do so. And of those, an even fewer percentage pay to use those apps. This raises questions for the news industry as it’s unclear whether people are willing to pay for online content, even if their local newspapers disappeared.Nonetheless the Pew Research Center insists that, “Local news remains the vast untapped territory.” “While local has been the area of greatest ferment for nonprofit startups,” reads the report, “no one has yet cracked the code for how to produce local news effectively at a sustainable level.” Photo credits: Flickr user Daniel Blume Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Although digital technologies have been changing the face of the news for at least the last decade, we have finally reached a important milestone: more people now get their news from online sources than they do from physical newspapers.That’s according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which has just released its latest report on the “State of the Media.” The study finds that, “By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010,” but that improvement did not extend to one important sector – newspapers – which continued to see a decline in revenues, readership and newsroom jobs.According to the survey, 46% of people now say they get their news online at least three times a week, surpassing newspapers (40%) for the first time. Only local television is more popular among Americans, with 50% indicating that’s their regular source for news.last_img read more

November 27

FEU holds off NU in UAAP volleyball opening win

first_imgOpening game loss not dampening UE Lady Warriors’ confidence MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The Lady Tamaraws, last season’s runners-up, were quick to recover from their disappointing first set and showed their might in the next three sets.NU fell further in the game when it lost its only setter Joyme Cagande late in the third set after she collided with Roselyn Doria and suffered a sprained ligament in her left knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith the Lady Bulldogs without their only playmaker, their offense quickly fell into shambles while the Lady Tamaraws just took advantage of their wobbled opponent.Risa Sato carrying Cagande to the locker room. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/nayfMfOEjb— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) February 16, 2019Roselyn Doria threw away her toss attempt that put FEU at the 24-12 match point and France Ronquillo ended things with a well-placed service ace.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU head coach George Pascua said NU “was an unfamiliar team” to them with the Lady Bulldogs fielding in just 11 players six of whom are rookies including Cagande.“NU is unfamiliar to us so we had to adjust in the second set and it was a good thing we were able to recover,” said Pascua in Filipino. “I actually criticized them but in a calm manner and of course I just instructed them on what they should do.”Rokie Lycha Ebon led FEU’s charge with 13 points while Heather Guino-o and Celine Domingo added 11 points apiece.Jerrili Malabanan, the Lady Tamaraws’ captain, pitched in 10 points.Ivy Lacsina finished with 14 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs while Princess Robles had 13 points. ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University got off to a good start and dismantled National University, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, in the second game of the opening day of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

October 28

2 days agoRafael Garcia thrilled with first pro Everton deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rafael Garcia thrilled with first pro Everton dealby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafael Garcia has signed a first pro Everton deal until the end of June 2022 after turning 17 earlier this month.A first pro deal is a reward for the youngster despite confirmation that he will miss the rest of this season, having suffered an ACL injury while in pre-season.”Signing a first pro contract is a huge thing and hopefully it will be the start of something big,” Garcia told evertonfc.com.”I’ve had so much help since I’ve joined Everton, from my teammates, my coaches and the staff.”The people at Everton are very nice and very kind. The transition has been easy.”It is a great club to be at, with a brilliant history.”Getting the injury was a blow but the aim is to get back for pre-season next year and be stronger and fitter than I was.” last_img read more