first_img Comments are closed. With these chocolates you’re not spoiling usl Some companies know how to spoil their employees. Counter staff at Lloyds TSB got all excited when they were promised prizes as part of a new scheme to get customers to take up new accounts, loans and credit cards.But before they could say, “Will it be 1,000 air miles towards my summer holiday?”, mangled chocolate bars started turning up in the internal mail. One member of staff said: “I received a Twix bar – all squashed and flattened – attached to a letter. It wasn’t even the usual-sized Twix, just a single one.”This only goes to prove that what managers think will be a staff perk can become a source of annoyance.Surely Lloyds TSB should have realised by now that if you’re going to spoil your staff (or even the ambassador) with delicacies then it has to be Guru’s chocolate of choice – Fererro Rocher, of course.Losing HR is not good party trickl Just as Guru was starting to take Iain Duncan Smith seriously, he makes a classic mistake. With the coffers of Conservative Central Office not exactly overflowing, IDS has taken cost-cutting steps.A begging letter sent out to party members – explaining that 1,000 leaflets cost £35 – has been followed by the departure of key staff. The personnel manager and a senior librarian are among those who have left – HR will now be handled by the director of operations.Guru would have hoped that the personnel manager’s name had been on a different list. Without wishing to rubbish librarians, HR could play a vital role in fostering the changes needed to make the party credible.Sven habits seem highly effectivel It seems we can’t get enough of Sven Goran Eriksson. Our footballing svengali has been in serious demand after his whirlwind start as England manager.The world loves a winner and, after England’s humbling of Paraguay, Sven has launched his own CD, a range of suits and even given a lecture to the Institute of Directors.He explained to esteemed members how important it is to have inspirational leadership. Guru didn’t realise this also meant getting splashed across the tabloids for (alleged) sexual shenanigans. Could it be a subtle leadership ploy? There is little doubt that his ‘association’ with Ulrika will win him kudos on the terraces, but will it help bring home the ultimate trophy? Guru doubts it.Budget could cause robotic takeoverl Manufacturers are up in arms about the Budget. Just as they were starting to recover from the effects of a strong pound and the economic downturn, along comes the Chancellor and ups National Insurance contributions.It will impose a £4bn burden on business and many hard-pressed manufacturers are worried it will cost jobs – unless productivity can be increased. Others, however, are already exploring alternative routes to productivity. Figures compiled by the University of Warwick show that 1,941 new robots were installed in 2001, the largest number in any one year. The overall tally in the UK is now 13,500.Robots are starting to dominate the production lines of the automotive and food and drink industries, but Guru could think of more than one employer that would like to introduce them into their HR teams if they thought it would cut costs. Previous Article Next Article guruOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Image of the Day: Flight Deck Sprinklers On!

first_img View post tag: Deck View post tag: Sprinklers Taking an unusual shower aboard an aircraft carrier sometimes seems to be just a part of the job in the US Navy.This is exactly what happened when Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Travis Beach, from Redway, Calif., and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Anthony Jones, from Oakland, Calif., unclogged flight deck sprinklers during an aqueous film forming foam test aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).John C. Stennis is completing a docking planned incremental availability maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.[mappress mapid=”14428″] Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Flight Deck Sprinklers On! View post tag: Flight Authorities November 13, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Image of the Day: Flight Deck Sprinklers On! View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: americas View post tag: ON Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Frost View post tag: USS John C. Stennis Share this articlelast_img read more

Tactical level NATO mine warfare drill kicks off

first_img View post tag: MARCOM Back to overview,Home naval-today Tactical level NATO mine countermeasure drill Dynamic Move kicks off in Belgium Tactical level NATO mine countermeasure drill Dynamic Move kicks off in Belgium The NATO-led mine countermeasure exercise Dynamic Move kicked off on March 19 at Ecole de Guerre des Mines (Naval Mine Warfare School) in Oostende, Belgium.The exercise will see the participation of mine warfare specialists from 16 allied nations and four NATO partners.Exercise Dynamic Move is an annual NATO-led tactical level mine countermeasures command post exercise carried out on a computer war gaming system and designed to train participants from NATO and partner nations on the intricacies of managing multiple mine countermeasures ships in a group to clear minefields and open shipping lanes and ports.Participants will use a special wargaming system designed for Ecole de Guerre des Mines that can simulate the command and control requirements for managing multiple mine sweepers and mine hunters operating in various conditions and locations.Each of the groups is led by a current or former commander of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups. These officers have come through this program themselves, serve as commanders of NATO groups, then return to mentor the next leadership cadre. It’s an excellent opportunity to infuse real-world experience and lessons learned into the exercise.Dynamic Move will run March 19-29 and has more than 160 participants from Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States as well as four observers from NATO Partners Algeria and Morocco. Ecole de Guerre des Mines also serves as NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence which offers recognized expertise and experience to the benefit of the Alliance. March 20, 2018 View post tag: DYNAMIC MOVEcenter_img View post tag: NATO View post tag: MCM Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

Indiana Democrats-Weekly Talking Points

first_img Indiana Democrats-Weekly Talking Pointssent by the State Democratic Party of IndianaOn Friday, November 13, 2015Enthusiastically Supports New Infrastructure Plan by Indiana House DemocratsThis week’s announcement by Leader Scott Pelath and Indiana House Democrats is what everyday Hoosiers demanded: a long-term, commonsense solution that would begin fixing Indiana’s D+ rated infrastructure system.The commonsense plan allows all revenues from the sales tax on gasoline to be put toward our roads, includes funding for local roads, erases any additional burdens on taxpayers, and does more than the bare minimum, late-to-the-game strategy offered by Governor Mike Pence.Leader Pelath and House Democrats now join John Gregg – who foresaw this issue and released his own plan during the 2012 campaign – in the fight to restore Indiana’s ‘Crossroads of America’ reputation.After 127 Days, Governor Mike Pence Remains Silent About Details on Cancelled Contract with Porter NovelliMike Pence had no problem putting Indiana’s ‘Hoosier Hospitality’ reputation in jeopardy last spring, but he apparently does have a problem showing Hoosiers what their tax dollars were used for in the state’s contract with Porter Novelli.For a contract that was supposed to repair the state’s image, Indiana continues to be the national punchline, and all eyes are on Mike Pence as he’s already late-to-the-game…again.With a majority of Hoosiers, top businesses leaders, and third party organizations all calling for protections for the LGBT community, Mike Pence should not only show some transparency in his plans on this issue, but also release all documents involved with the taxpayer-funded Porter Novelli contract.Hoosiers deserve to know everything about the contract that was meant to improve the state’s image that Pence so willingly put in jeopardy.ICYMI: New WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey Shows Mike Pence Can’t Shake His RFRA HangoverThe new WISH-TV/Ball State Hoosier Survey shows the governor’s approval rating dropped 15 points from the same survey a year before.  And not only is the governor’s race a statistical tie, but Mike Pence’s approval rating has not budged since he signed RFRA into law last spring.Governor Mike Pence is simply in denial if he thinks he’s in the clear after bowing to special interests and throwing Indiana into a $250 million economic panic earlier this year.This RFRA hangover has caused Governor Pence to continue his late to the game strategy on solving today’s problems for everyday Hoosiers, including putting our other reputation – ‘Crossroads of America’ – in jeopardy.Simply put, Hoosiers are tired of Mike Pence’s political agenda, and poll after poll shows they are ready to choose a leader who won’t put their out of touch ideology ahead of our state’s overall well-being.ICYMI – Stories from This WeekNWI Times: Democrats raise stakes in road funding contest Indy Star: Gov. Mike Pence still undecided on expansion of LGBT protections  Indiana Public Media: New LGBT Coalition Indiana Competes Joins Civil Rights Fight  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: “That was the perfect opening for Indiana Democrats’ “FixOurRoads” campaign, claiming the state has 1,900 structurally deficient bridges and the administration had wasted millions on faulty asphalt. As Gov. Mike Pence travels around the state, the opposition sends out data on infrastructure in the region he’s visiting, as it did when the governor visited northeast Indiana late last month, “where 116 bridges are structurally deficient,” according to a Democratic Party news release.”Save the DatesDec 11, 2015 – Holiday PartyMay 3, 2016 – Primary June 17, 2016 – JJ Dinner June 18, 2016 – State Convention July 25-28, 2016 – National Convention Aug 25-28, 2016 – IDEA Nov 8, 2016 – Election DayFOOTNOTE:  The City County Observer encourages Republican and Libertarian party leaders to send us press releases and we shall post them without opinion , bias  or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

In Short

first_imgFSA rolls out ratingsThe Food Standards Agency has finally started rolling out its national food hygiene rating scheme that encourages retailers and foodservice operators to voluntarily display their hygiene ’scores on the doors’. The ratings run from zero to five. See for the full story.Pie champ snowed offThe naming of the World Scotch Pie Champion, due to happen on 30 November, has been postponed by the organisers, as the recent snow meant that entrants would have had difficulty attending the ceremony, in Dunfermline. The organisers have proposed a new date of Thursday 6 January.RGFC’s sugar riseReal Good Food Company (RGFC) said its sugar business, Napier Brown had seen strong growth since its interim results on 22 September, despite the significant pressure on prices and margins earlier this year. A global shortage in sugar had driven prices to a 30-year high.NAMB social eventStratford upon Avon again played host to the annual social weekend of the National Association of Master Bakers at the end of November. As well as golf and spa facilities, attendees saw presentations by Sir Mike Darrington, former chief executive of Greggs and Alette Addison from the Department of Health.last_img read more

Press release: UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin visits Zimbabwe

first_imgNotes for editorsMinister Harriett Baldwin is the UK’s Minister for Africa for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin arrived in Harare on 1 February. This is the second UK Ministerial visit to Zimbabwe since President Mnangagwa was sworn in in November 2017 and Minister Baldwin’s first visit since her appointment.Minister Baldwin wants to learn more about Zimbabwe and better understand the context and the challenges and opportunities it is facing as it emerges from 37 years of rule by former president Robert Mugabe. The Minister will hold meetings with business representatives, politicians, human rights groups, NGOs and other members of civil society.She will also see some of the important development work supported by the UK, including visiting a school for children with disabilities. She will see how the UK is increasing its work on reaching the most marginalised children with education, including those with disabilities, in the run up to the UK-hosted Disability Summit.Minister Baldwin said: The past few months have seen momentous change in Zimbabwe and it is a privilege to visit at such a pivotal time. I am looking forward to meeting a wide range of Zimbabweans and hearing from them about the huge potential their country holds and the challenges that must be faced ahead of elections later this year. The UK has a longstanding relationship with Zimbabwe and we are committed to working with the government of Zimbabwe for a bright, prosperous and hopeful future for all Zimbabweans.last_img read more

Pearl Jam Releases Soundtrack For “Let’s Play Two” Wrigley Field Concert Film

first_imgYesterday, Pearl Jam‘s Let’s Play Two made its theatre debut in over 250 cities worldwide. Let’s Play Two is a documentary film that chronicles Pearl Jam’s legendary performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs historic 2016 season. With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs, and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music.Eddie Vedder’s Been Spotted Busking Twice Outside Of Wrigley Field This Weekend [Full Video]From Ten to Lightning Bolt, the documentary film shuffles through Pearl Jam’s ever-growing catalog of originals and covers – spanning the band’s 25-year career. Through the eyes of renowned director/photographer Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam, the film showcases the journey of this special relationship. See the full list of screenings here.Fox Sports will also be airing the new Pearl Jam concert film Let’s Play Two following the ALCS Game 1 on Friday, October 13, more than a month before the official DVD release–which officially drops November 17.Watch the trailer for Let’s Play Two below:last_img read more

The new rules of covering sex assault

first_img Scholars at Radcliffe session examine the deep meaning of a movement The women’s revolt: Why now, and where to Though Weinstein’s alleged offenses were extreme, the universality of his accusers’ experiences seemed to empower many women who had been unwilling or unable to come forward before. It also ignited media outlets that either had set aside reporting on sexual misconduct because they couldn’t get enough credible sources to publish, or hadn’t been interested in pursuing the stories until the Weinstein scandal began garnering worldwide attention.Suddenly, every outlet was hunting down its “Weinstein,” and since then, stories about high-profile men, including “Today Show” host Matt Lauer, CBS news anchor Charlie Rose, former Senator Al Franken, actor Kevin Spacey, and many others have become so routine that their narrative is almost formulaic: “Famous rich man used his power and money to sexually harm women or men for years without consequences. Now he’s been fired.”A panel of journalists who have been covering the #MeToo movement took a rare breather Tuesday evening at a discussion at Harvard Kennedy School to reflect on the breathtaking impact the Weinstein story has had on the wider culture but also on the profession, and to consider where the movement may be headed and what work reporters have before them on this long-overlooked issue.Moderator Genevieve Roth, a spring 2018 Shorenstein Center Fellow, asked Koa Beck, editor in chief at Jezebel; Dahlia Lithwick, a legal reporter and senior editor at Slate; Zerlina Maxwell, senior director of progressive programming for SiriusXM radio; and Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman whether — given the human tendency to apply the “bad apple” label to every new revelation about a sexual abuser, as well as the episodic nature of the #MeToo coverage — reporters and society as a whole are hindered from confronting the systemic problems that underlie sexual misconduct.,Sherman, author of a best-selling 2014 biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who was forced out of his job in 2016 after anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment, said that as the story developed, he realized the bigger news was about the vast system Ailes had created around him: a “whole chain of enablers” made up of deputies, the network legal department, draconian nondisclosure agreements to silence potential accusers, and private investigators to smear women who came forward.“I think that is where the fundamental change happens, because yes, there are predators, there are bad apples out there, but they’re only as powerful as the space in which they operate,” Sherman said. “People like Roger Ailes or Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer, any of these very powerful men operating in this corporate environment, were able to use that corporate environment and the tools, the levers of that environment, to abuse women.”Lithwick said the “desperate desire” of institutions to declare that an accused is a lone bad actor whose dismissal will show the system is working is both understandable and a huge part of the problem.“It means that all of the processes that you’re seeking to put in place, to figure out how is it that we are 40, 50 years into a legal architecture that’s supposed to protect women … is so utterly failed as a legal architecture that we’re doing this kind of internet hashtag parallel justice system? It’s insane.“Instead of saying what is systemically broken, every system that is called upon to assess how it dealt with things tends to say, ‘Hey, we got rid of him. No problem here!’ The deeper conversation we’re going to have to have isn’t [about] the bad apples, it’s the apples in the middle. There are a lot of not-awful-apples-but-still-creepy-apples in the middle,” she said.That the behavior of many of the most infamous #MeToo accused had been long talked about in industry circles suggests that true accountability will have to come from outside corporations, courthouses, and universities.“I just think the presumption that institutions are going to police themselves consistently fails us,” Lithwick said.,In addition to covering the men who have not yet been publicly accused, the panelists agreed that reporters need to expand their attention beyond the famous predators. Where to begin? A good start would be more stories that focus on women of color or women in lower-status jobs who can’t hire a lawyer and create a paper trail or who don’t have the connections to get the attention of the national media; stories that consider the role that men can and should play in the movement; and pieces that uncover what some are doing outside the legal system to stop workplace harassment, they said.Maxwell, a communications veteran of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and a political analyst for MSNBC, said that with a record number of women running for office this November, pundits have already been referring to 2018 as the “#MeToo Elections.”“I think why you see so many women speaking out and why you see so many people stepping up to run for office is because there’s power in numbers. When you see other women coming out to tell their story about the same person who assaulted you, then you’re more likely to be believed,” she said. The end result is the realization that: “We can no longer be passive observers of what’s going on in our country; we have to be more engaged and that also includes telling the truth about sexual assault.”Beyond the splashy and sometimes lurid headlines, how #MeToo creates lasting change likely turns on some fundamental elements, the panelists said.“We have not quite figured out how to invite men into this conversation,” said Lithwick, who wrote about the rare resignation of an appellate judge from the federal bench last December after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Many men who called her with news tips about sexual harassment in the federal judiciary refused to speak on the record, saying the matter was a place for women’s voices to dominate. Lithwick’s not convinced that’s true.“How impactful this [movement] is in the long term — or whether it’s another 1992 that comes and goes — turns on finding a space for men in this conversation,” she said.Sherman, the lone male panelist, said the volatile social media environment makes it particularly fraught for men to wade into the movement in a public way, even when they’re supportive.“This is a double-edged sword. It’s incredibly liberating for speech, but the downside is too much democracy can also be silencing of speech. There is a chilling effect for men, especially white men,” when the default position for Twitter is a mob mentality.“To invite men into the conversation, you have to be willing to hear points of view that you don’t want to hear,” he said. “The way to bring more men in is not to say, ‘I got you. Now I’m going to have thousands of people tweet at you.’” Related Probing the past and future of #MeToo Five months ago, the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal broke open in the pages of The New York Times and The New Yorker, triggering an outpouring of first-person testimonials and claims against others that quickly became known as the #MeToo movement. The #MeToo surge against sexual abuse provides opportunities for pivotal societal change, but challenges too last_img read more

The iPhone effect

first_imgWhat do all these smartphones mean for branch delivery?by: Suzi McNicholasIt is clear that now, more than ever, today’s consumers are heavily influenced by technology that is simple, cool and connected. Take for instance the smartphone. This device has completely pervaded consumers’ everyday lives, and now credit union members expect similar technologies to accompany more and more of their daily tasks, especially when it comes to banking.This so-called “iPhone effect” has encouraged many credit unions to give an enormous amount of time and resources to expanding their online and mobile banking offerings. Rightly so.However, even though foot traffic in retail branch locations has decreased, the branch still remains the No. 1 sales and member engagement channel among credit unions across the country. While digital channels are critical to meeting members’ transactional needs, the physical branch is still a key component of engaging with members face to face. Contrary to popular belief, consumers still value human interaction when it comes to their personal finances. But now CUs must find a way to service tech-savvy members who demand a better in-branch experience.IDC Financial Insights predicts branch transformation will be an area of major investment over the next 12 months, with a 5 to 10 percent increase compared to 2014. Going forward, credit union branches will feature innovative architectural and visual design coupled with advanced technology, with a goal of maximizing the use of a branch’s staff and physical space.Over the last year, some of the largest credit unions have even opened mini branches, providing members the option of face-to-face banking while shrinking their footprint and reducing operating costs by up to 60 percent. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NCUA accepts $29M Credit Suisse offer

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA says it has accepted a $29 million offer of judgment from Credit Suisse to resolve claims arising from losses related to purchases of residential mortgage-backed securities by Members United and Southwest corporate credit unions.The NCUA Board initiated litigation as liquidating agent for the failed corporate credit unions. The offer of judgment includes $29 million in damages plus prejudgment interest in an amount to be determined by the court as well as reasonable attorneys’ fees to be determined by agreement between the parties or by the court.This isn’t a final settlement; that awaits the court’s determination of interest and an agreement among parties on attorney’s fees.“NCUA will continue to meet its statutory obligation to secure recoveries for credit unions and ensure consumers remain protected,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said. “We will continue to aggressively pursue recoveries against Wall Street firms that contributed to the corporate crisis with the goals of minimizing net losses of the corporate crisis and providing a future rebate to credit unions.” continue reading »last_img read more

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