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Would-be soldiers to ‘try before they buy’ in chatroom

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. An Internet chatroom is to be used as part of an Army recruitment drive inScotland. Glasgow-based recruitment agency Search Consultancy, which recently won aground-breaking recruitment contract to advertise for 2,000 soldiers, is settingup a website where potential applicants will be able to talk to young recruitsabout their experiences. As well as press and TV adverts, Search is instigating more innovativeapproaches, including cinema days which show films about Army life and a”try before you buy” recruitment scheme, which allows people to spenda day in the force before signing up. Peter Cruickshank, director of Advance, the division of Search Consultancyset up to recruit for the Army, said, “The Army offers the widest numberof career opportunities of any UK organisation and provides the chance to studyup to degree level while earning upwards of £198 per week from the age of 17. “Whether it’s electrical or mechanical engineering, telecoms or IT,there is a huge choice for young people looking for a challenge,” he said. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Would-be soldiers to ‘try before they buy’ in chatroomOn 21 Aug 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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The last word

first_imgThe last wordOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Trainer and writer John Charlton gives some advice on what not to wear whenconducting a training course Imagine my horror recently when I unwrapped a birthday present  and discovered a pilot’s shirt. Or rather, ashort-sleeve shirt in the pilot style.  Naturally, I stuffed it in the charity clothes bank. It’sprobably now being worn by a sweaty moustachioed taxi driver in Bucharest’sLatin quarter.The sight of this item set me thinking about  trainer stereotypes and the ongoing debatesurrounding ‘smart casual’ business dress. This phenomenon, too often a socialand professional minefield, is still in favour, according to recent research byIRS. Yet very often good trainers let themselves down by theirchoice of attire and they underestimate the importance of appearance at theirprofessional peril. Image consultant Lesley Everett says 55 per cent of impressionswe form about  people are based onpersonal appearance and 38 per cent on voice quality. That leaves 7 per centfor words. Add the truism that decisions at interviews are made within 30seconds of candidates introducing themselves and it’s clear that we tend toplace far more emphasis on what we see rather than what we smell or hear. Sightis the most powerful sense. So how can trainers hit the right couture note?The simple answer is to dress appropriately for the audienceand environment in which they’re performing. Casual wear is probably OK in a blue-collar type environmentbut not in a business one. There co-ordinated conservative attire is the rule,and ties are a must for males. As Oscar Wilde said : “A well-tied tie isthe first serious step in life.” Although I think he would have made Open University lecturers anexception to that rule.It’s also imperative to minimise colours, wear matching shoesin good condition and to keep clothes clean. In her book Walking Tall – Key Steps to Total Image Impact,Everett recommends an image audit and self-critique analysis which involvesseeking and taking advice from a trusted source. Sounds fine – just make surethat source isn’t an Open University lecturer wearing a pilot’s shirt. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Fixed-term contracts disproportionately held by women and minority groups

first_imgHowever, in a 2016 report the UCU also included open-ended contracts within their definition of insecure contracts, because their “employment is dependent on short-term funding.” “We do recognise that fixed-term work can create uncertainties and practical difficulties. We make extensive efforts to support staff on these contracts, including through personal and career development opportunities. Overall, the proportion of all those of fixed-term contracts has increased significantly from 2008 across all divisions apart from Medical, with the Humanities Division seeing the biggest increase in the use of fixed-term contracts, from 23% to 32%. “Another big factor in my decision to leave after my short-term postdoc was the minimal prospect of ever being able to secure a contract long enough to actually qualify for maternity pay in the near future.” The University’s policy is to ensure departments are “keeping contracts under active review and transferring staff to permanent or open-ended contracts wherever funding permits.” They told Cherwell: “There are plenty of us around, but very little data or interest in us. I left the sector for a range of reasons, but most of them related directly to insecure employment and its consequences: a two-tier system in which casual teaching and research staff undertake work that mainly just enables senior academics to bring in big money projects, lack of respect for intellectual ownership of teaching/research materials produced on these contracts, feeling and being utterly disposable, lack of investment and interest in supporting career progression (why should they, when to offer us more secure employment would be to remove the props fora system which values REF and big grant money above all else?). “There is a significantly higher proportions of women than men in fixed-term contracts across the divisions, and, disappointingly, that proportion has actually increased marginally since 2008 in the Social Science and MPLS Divisions, and increased significantly in the Humanities Division. A greater proportion of women and those from BME backgrounds hold fixed-term contracts at the University. In 2018, just under 50% of staff from the Maths, Physical, and Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Medical, and Humanities divisions, were on fixed-term contracts. In 2018, the proportion of women in fixed-term contracts was consistently higher across the academic divisions, with the sharpest disparities in the Social Sciences where 56% of women were in fixed-term contracts compared with just 45% of men. In the Medical Sciences Division, 85% of those from BME backgrounds were found to hold fixed-term contracts in 2018 in comparison to just 68% of those who identify as white. Their report read: “Employers like to emphasise the degree of choice and agency available to workers on casual or as they like to call them ‘flexible’ contracts, but it is obvious that your enjoyment of choice and flexibility will be shaped by which category you are in. Just under 5% of staff in the Medical, Maths, Physical and Life Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities cumulatively are in open-ended or externally funded contracts in 2018. The figure was just 2.3% in 2008.   One representative of the ‘Academic Precariat’ group, pointed out that these figures fail to account for those that have already left the sector due to casualisation.center_img Employees are informed three months before the end of their contract is “at risk”. When it is not possible to extend or renew the contract, an employee will be informed of the fact a month before its termination. “Equally disturbing is that, despite Oxford UCU’s persistently raising this issue with the administration, and despite various commitments that have been verbalised across the university, the percentages of staff on fixed term term contracts have instead risen since 2008.” “It’s simply impossible to imagine that a workforce of this magnitude is comprised entirely, or even largely of the people who conform to the employers’ caricature of the jobbing professional who relishes the flexibility.” The proportion of staff working on open-ended contracts in the sciences is now growing faster than those on fixed-term contracts. For example, in 2008, 75% of staff in Medical Sciences were on fixed-term contracts and 4% on open-ended contracts; By 2018, fixed-term contracts had fallen to 72% and open-ended contracts risen to 8%. A University spokesman told Cherwell: “Oxford is the UK’s most successful University in attracting external funding to support our world-leading research. The funding packages support jobs for researchers at every career stage, including fixed-term posts. The larger number of fixed-term contracts results from this increased funding success, opening more opportunities for the next generations of world-class researchers. We have had particular success in attracting talented women to progress their careers with us, including those areas of the sciences where they have been traditionally under-represented. “All staff at Oxford, whether on permanent, open-ended or fixed-term contracts, benefit from our generous employment packages and support for future development. We are also working hard on moving staff onto open-ended and permanent contracts wherever possible. A growing proportion of these contracts are held by women, while the proportion of all staff on open-ended contracts in the sciences is now growing faster than those in fixed-term posts.” Thornton continued: “Casualised contracts not only create a two-tier workforce within the university, with casualised members of staff effectively carrying out many, if not all, of the same duties as their permanent counterparts on a day-to-day basis, paid lower salaries and afforded a greatly reduced level of protection (and fewer benefits), but they also magnify pre-existing inequalities within the workforce, like the gender pay gap and the persistent underpayment of minority ethnic staff. “It’s important to note here that “open-ended externally funded contract” staff, whilst sometimes not counted as casualised, effectively face the same level insecurity: their employment is terminated if and when the external source of the funding is withdrawn. The key difference here is that, whereas a fixed-term contract employee is given an end date at the point of hire, the staff member on an open-ended externally funded contract is not; which is arguably even less secure for the member of staff, whose employment can come to an end suddenly and without sufficient warning if the funding is withdrawn.” Oxford UCU representative Patricia Thornton told Cherwell: ”Regardless of whether the University wishes to accept the UCU’s calculation of the HESA data on precarious contracts or not, it’s clear that in many divisions, the numbers of staff on casualised contracts have been rising. The proportions of women in permanent and open-ended positions has increased in some sectors. In Medical Sciences in 2008, 45% of permanent contracts and 53% of open-ended contracts were held by women. By 2018, women held 52% of permanent and 57% of open-ended contracts. The University’s policy on ending fixed-term contracts requires dismissal to be “fair and transparent.” For Social Sciences the respective figures were 66% to 45%, and in the Maths, Physical, and Life Sciences, the figures were 74% to 43%.last_img read more

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Cape May County Confirms 16 New Cases of COVID-19

first_imgOCEAN CITY11 LOWER TOWNSHIP73 CURRENT COVID 19 CASES BY MUNICIPALITY MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESRECOVERED TOTAL ACTIVE36 Cape May County reported 16 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday.The people include a 79-year-old female, 49-year-old male, 57-year-old female, 72-year-old male, 61-year-old male, 67-year-old male, 63-year-old female, 72-year-old female, 68-year-old male, 62-year-old female, 52-year-old male, 31-year-old female, 70-year-old female, 46-year-old male, 56-year-old female and 58-year-old male.The latest cases bring Cape May County’s total number to 49, although 13 people have fully recovered, the county said in a press release.Testing is ongoing in Cape May County and elsewhere in New Jersey for people who are symptomatic and meet certain criteria in accordance with current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.For any medical questions, please contact your healthcare provider or call 211 for any general COVID-19 questions.Following is a breakdown of confirmed coronavirus cases for each municipality in Cape May County: UPPER TOWNSHIP41 NORTH WILDWOOD21 WILDWOOD4 TOTAL RECOVERED DENNIS TOWNSHIP3 WEST CAPE MAY0 “Cape May County officials urge individuals to stay at their primary residents. Social distancing remains the best prevention against COVID-19. Refraining from non-essential domestic travel can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help protect those around you, especially those at higher risk of serious complications,” Cape May County Health Officer Kevin Thomas said.If you do decide to travel, be sure to take steps to help prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. For the most up to date COVID-19 travel information, visit the CDC COVID-19 Travel page.Some reliable sources of information are the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at, the World Health Organization at and the New Jersey Department of Health at additional information, visit the Cape May County Department of Health website at WILDWOOD CREST4 WEST WILDWOOD0 CAPE MAY CITY12 AVALON51 The first phase of vaccinations is getting underway in the county. TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY49 WOODBINE0 STONE HARBOR0 13 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP53 CAPE MAY POINT0 SEA ISLE CITY01last_img read more

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China’s HNA Group says creditors want it declared bankrupt

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — HNA Group, a debt-burdened Chinese airline operator that faced opposition in Washington to its attempt to buy a Wall Street hedge fund during a costly global acquisition spree, says its creditors have asked a court to declare the company bankrupt. HNA said it would cooperate with the court and “actively promote debt disposal.” It gave no details of the company’s status or an indication whether the court agreed to the petition.  HNA, which began as a one-plane airline in 1993, was struggling with $75 billion in debt when last year’s shutdown of global travel to fight the coronavirus pandemic devastated its core aviation business.last_img read more

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first_img MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT WHY WE LOVE IT Let’s be serious. If we lived in the soap opera set that Cleo Laine apparently calls home, we’d be total recluses. But not Cleo. Decked out in her finest leopard print onesie, our favorite Tony-nominated dog serenader takes us on a walking prancing tour of the Big Apple. All while singing a Sondheim tune! And while blatantly disregarding security barricades. There’s children falling on ice. There’s children falling on a playground. There’s just lots of children falling, for some reason. OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 300 out of 300 feet (which is about how far she threw that rock at 1:02. Touchdown!) LOOK OUT FOR… 1:57. The sassiest traffic sign in existence. We get it! Everybody and everything says don’t!center_img View Comments We’re gonna be honest: Things around the offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in!last_img read more

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Academy of Crop Production

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Green Industry Association are inviting veteran nursery and greenhouse growers to “get nerdy” with them this summer at the inaugural Academy of Crop Production, June 12-15 at Hotel Indigo in Athens, Georgia.Organized for greenhouse managers, nursery growers and landscape designers who want a more in-depth educational experience, the three-day Academy of Crop Production will include 18 speakers from 14 universities. “Growers across the nation have been asking for more “high-level” education targeted at nursery managers and owners,” said Paul Thomas, an Extension horticulturist at UGA and one of the academy’s organizers. “There are lots of trade show type programs out there that target introductory-type ideas. But our content is more in-depth and technical, while maintaining that friendly and fun atmosphere that we are known for in the Southeast.”The goal of organizing the academy was to give experienced green industry professionals access to the most cutting-edge crop production research available in a non-academic and fun atmosphere.Topics will include employee management, variety trial reports, the best uses of smart irrigation and unmanned aerial vehicle technology.”It’s going to be a great time for people who love plants and plant production to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing their operations, and to learn from some of the best experts in the field,” said Matt Chappell, an Extension nursery horticulturist with UGA Extension.“It is a jam-packed program meant to focus on new products, technologies and processes that will improve profitability of participants,” Chappell said.In addition to the daytime workshop session, the academy will be punctuated by events to allow participants and their families to socialize, including an opening night gala hosted by GGIA at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a pool party at UGA’s Legion Pool sponsored by Harrell’s Fertilizer, an evening banquet sponsored by Netafim USA and the UGA Trial Gardens Commercial Open House sponsored by Ball Horticultural.As with most UGA Extension offerings, this conference will offer five to eight credit hours of pesticide continuing education credits and three to five hours of International Society of Arboriculture regional credits (depending upon state) for Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.Registration costs $400 per participant. To register for the academy and to view the full schedule, visit room rates for conference participants are available at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens. Reservations should be booked separately by calling (706) 546-0430 with hotel booking code “UGA Horticulture Commercial Agriculture.” Conference pricing is available through May 31.last_img read more

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Eurowings will also fly to Rijeka during the winter

first_imgEurowings is expanding its winter flight schedule for 2017/2018. year and for the first time includes the Cologne-Rijeka route.Flights are scheduled from November on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, on Airbus A319 aircraft, and can be booked now.Eurowings now connects Rijeka with its hub in Cologne throughout the year, and as part of the current summer flight schedule, flights are scheduled twice a week, and an additional flight is introduced for the holiday season. In addition to Rijeka, the airline is flying to other Croatian cities such as Dubrovnik, Osijek, Pula, Split, Zadar and Zagreb this summer.By the way, Eurowings currently has almost 100 flights a week (one way) to Croatia.last_img read more

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International wine judge, Saša Špiranec became a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards

first_img“The best years are 2013 and 2016, and we suspect that 2019 could be just like this year, if not betterAnnounced Špiranec, who is also the co-founder of the oenological laboratory Vinolab, which deals with consulting and laboratory analysis of wine. Saša Špiranec is the founder of Vinart Grand Tasting, the top Croatian wine event, as well as the extremely popular summer wine festival Vinski Grad, which is held at several locations, and is the author of the book Wine Routes – Guide to Croatian Wineries and Wines. Saša Špriranec is an experienced international wine judge, and his field of expertise is the wine regions of New and Central Europe with a special emphasis on wines from Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Austria, which is the most common topic of his reports, articles and books. Saša is also a longtime columnist and his texts are read with pleasure, and his opinion is extremely appreciated. We also asked him what the 2019 harvest was like and he was very optimistic and satisfied, so he seems to have something to look forward to in the wine world. He will judge sommelier Siniša Lasan and Marija Meštrović at this year’s prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards., and the third judge from Lijepa naša Saša Špiranec from Vinart. “I am just happy to be invited and to be a part of this story. It is a great honor to be invited to the recommendation of leading authorities Anthony Rose, Caroline Gilby and Andrew Jefford with whom I had the opportunity to participate in the tasting and then recommended and invited me, which I am extremely glad because they are world-renowned experts, ”  pointed out Saša Špiranec who is also our guest at the Day One conference where he will present the 4 wine regions we wrote about here. The most important wine event in Lijepa naša, Vinart Grand Tasting this year is held from 6.3. to 7.3. 2020 in Lauba, Zagreb. Photo: Vinart Grand Tasting Source:,last_img read more

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