News in brief

first_img Nile trip winnerThe winner of the recent Personnel Today competition to guess the age of our own ageing workforce has been announced. Elaine Mcvoy, assistant HR officer at Bradford Metropolitan District Council successfully estimated that the combined ages of the six Personnel Today staff members was 245. Around 900 people entered the competition which was run on our stand at the CIPD’s exhibition Harrogate this year and on the Personnel Today website. Elaine wins a seven-night cruise for two people down the Nile.It’s not too late to enter PersonnelToday.com’s prize draw to win a Citroen 2CV or 1,000. For more information, go to www.personneltoday.com/competitionsWork workouts work outA stress-busting lunchtime workout would help employees perform better in the workplace, according to a survey by consultants Croner. Its online poll found that 69 per cent of HR professionals believe providing exercise facilities at work or helping with gym costs would boost productivity and morale.  www.croner.co.ukPeopleSoft rejects bidPeopleSoft has rejected software rival Oracle’s “best and final” bid of $24 per share – worth 5bn – and recommended its shareholders not to tender their shares. The firm’s directors unanimously dismissed the bid, leaving Peoplesoft’s shareholders to decide by 19 November whether to accept the bid. Even if a majority of shareholders decide to accept the offer, the battle between the companies is likely to move to the courts.www.peoplesoft.com Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. News in briefOn 16 Nov 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/28

first_imgJanuary 28, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/28 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls BasketballRegion 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Megan Robins posted 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Juab Wasps bludgeoned North Sanpete 63-27 Tuesday in Region 14 girls basketball action. Brynlee Bender added 14 points in the win for Juab.LINDON, Utah-Jadee Dutson stepped up with 12 points as the Delta Rabbits pummeled Maeser Prep 56-21 in Region 14 girls basketball action Tuesday. Kelly Ha’s 9 points led the Lions in defeat.Region 15MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Debora Reis amassed 17 points and 11 rebounds and Olivia Jessee added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Wasatch Academy Tigers smacked Freedom Prep 72-28 in Region 15 girls basketball action Tuesday.Region 16GUNNISON, Utah-Kamree Brunson posted 17 points as the North Sevier Wolves downed Gunnison Valley 45-35 Tuesday in Region 16 girls basketball action. Kaylee Dyreng had 10 points in the loss for the Bulldogs.Region 18FILLMORE, Utah-Kobree Penney led the way with 14 points and the Millard Eagles got past Beaver 43-36 Tuesday in Region 18 girls basketball action. Avery Brown had a game-high 17 points in the loss for the Beavers.ENTERPRISE, Utah-Averi Staheli stepped up with 11 points and the Enterprise Wolves edged Kanab 39-37 in Region 18 girls basketball action Tuesday. Brinley Cornell had 16 points in the loss for Kanab. Tags: Roundup Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Owners Return for 2nd Try at Six-Story Development Next to Flanders

first_imgAn architect’s drawing shows how the proposed Soleil condominium-hotel complex might look at 11th Street and Ocean Avenue in Ocean City, NJ. An architect’s drawing shows how the proposed Soleil condominium complex might look at 11th Street and Ocean Avenue in Ocean City, NJ. One year after their project was soundly rejected, the developers of a proposed condo-hotel are coming back to seek approval from Ocean City planners.This time, they are not requesting any variances or changes in the city’s redevelopment plan to accommodate construction. They are also promising to do a better job in outlining exactly what they want to build on what is now a parking lot at the corner of Ocean Avenue and 11th Street next to the historic Flanders Hotel.The location of the proposed condo-hotel complex is in a parking lot across 11th Street from the historic Flanders Hotel.Select Properties Inc., of Colmar, Pa., is scheduled to appear before the Ocean City Planning Board at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 13) for site plan approval for its six-story, 111-unit Soleil Resort condo-hotel.The meeting is open to the public and will be held in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall (at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue).In January 2015, the planning board denied Select’s proposed project after the company sought changes in the city’s redevelopment zone to allow construction to proceed on what some thought was purely a condominium project.Joe Ernst, a Philadelphia-area builder who has partnered with Select, said the developers have always wanted to build a condo-hotel, despite the impression among some members of the Planning Board last year that the project was going to be a condo complex.“This project was never, ever going to be anything but a condo-hotel,” Ernst said in an interview Tuesday.Ernst, however, added that Select and its representatives could have been clearer in describing the project to city officials last year.“Maybe we didn’t do a good job in demonstrating that,” he said.He pledged there would be no such confusion this time around.The city’s redevelopment plan approved in 2005 envisions using the site for hotel-resort construction, a key part of efforts to attract more tourists to town.Members of the board were unwilling last year to recommend amending the redevelopment plan to accommodate Select’s proposal. Ernst said the project has been tweaked since last year to avoid needing any variances or amendments.Now much simpler to understand, Select’s revised application gives the city “every aspect” that it wanted for the project’s height, density, room sizes and other elements, Ernst said.The board made it clear last year that it wanted a new hotel project to help draw more overnight visitors and boost other sectors of the local economy.Randall Scheule, city planner, emphasized those same points in a Nov. 5, 2015, report to the board in response to Select’s amended application for site plan approval.“The Redevelopment Plan envisions a first class, year-round resort hotel at the corner of 11th and Ocean that will complement the Flanders Hotel, support Boardwalk business and stimulate tourism,” Scheule wrote. “The resort hotel is to be a destination that capitalizes on this unique location with architecture, amenities and a streetscape carefully designed to reinforce the historic architecture of the Flanders Hotel.”Last year, Select’s representatives insisted that a standalone hotel at this location would not be financially feasible.But now, Ernst says there has been enough improvement in the market to convince the developers that a condo-hotel would be successful.“This is a viable project. I talked to a lot of people who are yearning for a project like this,” he said, referring to tourists and potential hotel guests.Under Select’s plan, individual condo owners would rent out their units to hotel guests, Ernst explained. A professional management company would oversee hotel operations.Ernst said Soleil Resort would operate similar to the setup at the Flanders, also a combination of condos and hotel lodging.City planners have proposed a list of conditions that Select must meet to win project approval. They include a requirement that Soleil must operate as a hotel “at all times.” Also, documentation must be provided to the city each month, if requested, to prove the hotel operations, according to a document that is part of Select’s application.Another requirement is for hotel management to have a list of every hotel guest available for city inspection.Jim Mallon, the city’s business administrator, declined to comment Tuesday in advance of the planning board meeting. He said it will be up to the board to independently weigh the merits of the project before voting.“They have to follow the law and listen to the testimony,” Mallon said.A similar plan for a condo-hotel at the same location was approved by the city in 2007, but the developers, Trier Group LLC, failed to secure financing and the project fizzled.Select principal Clayton Heckler acquired the site in 2009 and teamed up with Ernst’s construction company. In addition to the condo-hotel, Select plans to develop a three-level parking garage containing about 400 spaces, a restaurant, a pool and a fitness center.Soleil Resort’s parking garage would be open to the public. Soleil would have to make 152 of its parking spaces available to the Flanders Hotel as part of the requirements of a 1995 deed restriction for the property.The project would look much the same as the architectural renderings that Select submitted to the city last year, Ernst said.Ernst noted it is not yet clear how much the condo-hotel would cost and when construction would begin.“It depends on city approvals,” he said. “It’s difficult to get financing without approvals.”last_img read more

News story: UK at the forefront of international efforts to tackle corruption

first_img Corruption and economic crime undermine our economy, damage our international reputation and have a corrosive effect on individuals and communities. This report shows our determination to tackle these threats and that the UK remains in the vanguard of international efforts to tackle corruption. I am delighted with the progress made. Tackling corruption at home and abroad doesn’t just keep us all safe; it means our economy grows faster, creates a level playing field for our exporters and shows the world that post-Brexit Britain will always be a fair and trusted trading partner. This is the first annual progress update on the government’s anti-corruption strategy. Together with last week’s FATF report, which gave Britain a top-notch international anti-corruption ranking, it shows we’re steadily making the UK a tougher place for criminals and the corrupt. The government’s 6 priorities under the strategy are: reducing the insider threat in high risk domestic sectors such as borders and ports reducing corruption in public procurement and grants promoting integrity across the public and private sectors strengthening the integrity of the UK as an international financial centre improving the business environment globally working with other countries to combat corruption Of the 134 commitments in the strategy, 30 contained elements due for completion by the end of 2018. Of these, 26 have been completed and 2 have been partially completed. Work has begun on the remaining 2 elements and is on track to be completed by next year, according to the report. New legislation, powers and tools to tackle corruption in the UK have been heralded in a new report, which comes just days after an international watchdog gave the UK top marks for its response to dirty money.Among the achievements across the past 12 months listed in a cross-government review of the anti-corruption strategy was the Criminal Finances Act – which saw the first use of new powers. The new National Economic Crime Centre and a central government network to reduce the risks of bribery and corruption are also highlighted as commitments fulfilled this year.According to the assessment of the strategy, which aims to support national security, prosperity at home and abroad and public confidence in our institutions, nearly all the commitments due this year have been met while laying the foundation for the rest.Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, said: As part of the strategy, which was published last December, the government has brought the Criminal Finances Act into force, including additional powers for law enforcement agencies to identify and recover corrupt and criminal funds. The act introduced unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), which can be used to compel individuals to explain the sources of their wealth. The first UWOs have been issued relating to assets of £22 million.The new National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), housed within the National Crime Agency, fulfils another strategy commitment. Additionally, the UK is strengthening its framework for combatting corruption by evaluating our systems through international reviews including the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard setter for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing. According to a mutual evaluation report published by FATF on 7 December, the UK is world-leading in the fight against illicit finance.A further action taken since the strategy was published is the launch of a new government counter-fraud profession. This is a professional network of more than 3,000 civil servants who specialise in tackling fraud, bribery and corruption. It allows them to access training and share their expertise in order to enhance the quality of their risk assessments and investigations.In addition, last month the government launched the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, which includes an investment of at least £48 million over the next 18 months for a package of capabilities to tackle economic crime and illicit finance.Individual government departments are responsible for implementing specific actions from the strategy and these are overseen by the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion, John Penrose MP. In Copenhagen in October he launched a campaign to make it harder for criminals to hide the proceeds of corruption and crime behind complex corporate structures by increasing transparency of the ownership of companies and other entities.Mr Penrose said:last_img read more

Research Winner

first_imgUniversity of Georgia plant breeder and geneticist Katrien Devos’ work unraveling the mysteries of pearl millet aims to make subsistence farming communities more food-secure.The pioneering and globally engaged nature of her work earned her one of UGA’s top research awards: the Creative Research Medal.The Research Awards Program is sponsored by the UGA Research Foundation (UGARF). Awards are given annually to honor outstanding faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and to recognize excellence in UGA research, scholarly creativity and technology commercialization.A committee of accomplished researchers at UGA selects these award winners.  Devos, who holds a joint appointment in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, earned her doctorate from Ghent University in Belgium. She conducted pioneering research on the comparative genetics of cereals at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England, before coming to UGA in 2003.In late 2016, Devos received a $1.8 million collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to study the genetics of finger millet — an important crop that promotes food security in eastern Africa — and Magnaporthe oryzae, the fungal pathogen that causes blast disease in finger millet.The resources developed through this project will help breeders create more efficient, sustainable varieties of finger millet that are also resistant to blast disease.Recently, UGA plant geneticists successfully isolated the gene that creates dwarfed varieties of pearl millet. This is the first time that a gene controlling an important agronomic trait has been isolated in the pearl millet genome. Their work appeared in the March edition of the journal, G3: Genes, Genomics, Genetics.The dwarf varieties are economically important in the U.S. and in India in particular. Dwarf varieties are used as forage plants in the U.S. and are grown as a food staple in India.Devos’ team was able to trace the dwarf gene to plants bred 50 years ago by Glenn Burton, a UGA plant breeder who worked on CAES’s Tifton campus.Knowing which gene controls the dwarfing trait will help plant breeders create more efficient, sustainable varieties of millet that have the short stature sought by some farmers and ranchers.“Knowing the actual gene that reduces plant height has allowed us to develop markers that can be used by breeders to screen for the presence of the gene long before the effects of the gene can be visually observed,” Devos said. “In the longer term, the knowledge gained in pearl millet will help to develop semi-dwarf lines with high agronomic performances in other cereal crops,” she said.Dwarf varieties of pearl millet are not ideal for every planting situation. In Africa, many farmers prefer taller varieties because they use the long stalks for roofing thatch and other applications.However, dwarf millet allows farmers to harvest the grain with mechanical threshers where millet is intensively cultivated. Ranchers like dwarf millet as a forage plant because it has a high leaf-to-stem ratio, Devos said.Knowing more about the plant is key to broadening production of the drought-resistant, hardy grain.For more about Devos’ work, visit research.franklin.uga.edu/devoslab.last_img read more

Vermont achieves EPA air standard

first_imgVermont Achieves Attainment with the Fine Particle Air-Quality StandardsBOSTON – EPA analysis of air quality indicates that Vermont has ambientconcentrations of fine particles that meet current health standards.Fine particles, frequently referred to as PM2.5, are less than 2.5micrometers in diameter (approximately one-thirtieth the size of a humanhair). Fine particles are unhealthy to breathe and have been associatedwith serious health impacts, including premature death from heart and lungdisease, aggravation of heart and lung diseases (including chronicbronchitis and asthma), increased hospital admissions and doctor visits,and absences from work and school. These particles are derived from avariety of sources, including factories, power plants, trash incinerators,motor vehicles, construction activity and fires. In addition, fineparticles are the major cause of reduced visibility (haze) in parts of theUnited States, including many of our national parks.â¬SWe can be proud that air quality in most of New England attains thehealth-based Clean Air Fine Particle standards for fine-particlepollution,⬝ said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA⬔s NewEngland Office. “Even with this success, we need to ensure that standardscontinue to be attained and that, especially in urban areas, we continueefforts to reduce the amount of fine particles in the air that peoplebreathe.”Nationally, EPA is taking numerous actions to reduce pollution from fineparticles, including tougher emission limits for power plants in theeastern U.S. and tougher tailpipe emission limits and cleaner fuels forall cars, light-duty vehicles (including sport utility vehicles andminivans) and diesel trucks, beginning this year. In May 2004, EPA issuedits Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule that will cut emission levels fromconstruction, agricultural and industrial diesel-powered equipment by morethan 90 percent.Even though Vermont will not be required to develop plans to bring theirstates into attainment with the standards, New England states will benefitfrom programs in predominantly upwind states to reduce their fine-particlelevels. Some of the same pollutants that contribute to the formation offine particles also contribute to formation of ground-level ozone,regional haze, and acid rain, all of which have serious environmentalconsequences for New England.With support from EPA, the six New England states currently operate anetwork of over 100 monitors to measure fine particle concentration. Thisnetwork is needed to measure progress in maintaining standards, and toprovide real-time data so that EPA can alert the public when fine particleconcentrations are high in any area of the New England region. During2004, EPA New England awarded $250,000 in operating funds and in-kindservices to Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) foroperation of its fine particle monitors. For Vermont, EPA⬔s 2004 grantfunds are being used for operation and maintenance of 6 fine particlemonitoring sites, where the state operates filter-based samplers,continuous monitors or speciation samplers.EPA issued the fine particle standards in 1997 after evaluating hundredsof health studies and conducting an extensive peer review process. Theannual standard is a level of 15 micrograms per cubic meter, based on the3-year average of annual mean PM2.5 concentrations. The 24-hour standardis a level of 65 micrograms per cubic meter, determined by the 3-yearaverage of the annual 98th percentile concentrations. Scientists, however,have not identified any “bright line” at which fine particle levels arenot harmful to human health so it makes good sense for states to pursuevoluntary measures that further reduce fine particle levels.EPA and states have adopted many measures to decrease sources of fineparticle pollution. These include measures addressing SO2 and NOxemissions from power plants, as well as regulations affecting heavy-dutydiesel engines, highway vehicles, and other mobile sources that willreduce emissions of NOx, direct PM2.5, SO2 and volatile organic compounds(VOCs). Programs that states can pursue to reduce fine particle pollutioninclude retrofitting engines in school buses, diesel trucks, and off-roadvehicles; reducing sulfur levels in diesel and home-heating fuels,increasing anti-idling efforts and vehicle opacity testing, betterenforcement of existing laws, and educational outreach.For more information on today’s announcement, visit:www.epa.gov/region1/airquality/partic.html(link is external)http://www.epa.gov/pmdesignati(link is external)…s/ . National information on EPA⬔s Clean Air Fine Particle standards isavailable at: http://www.epa.gov/pmdesignations/(link is external) .Release # dd-04-12 -14last_img read more

Former South Korean president jailed after losing appeal

first_imgAt a hearing on Wednesday, Seoul’s Central District Court ordered a heavier sentence, saying Lee “did not show a sign of remorse or sense of responsibility” for his wrongdoings.He instead blamed civil servants he worked with and Samsung employees, the court said.Several South Korean presidents have ended up in prison after leaving office — often as a result of investigations started by political rivals.Lee’s successor, Park Geun-hye, is currently serving 32 years in jail for bribery and abuse of power after being ousted in 2017 over a nationwide corruption scandal that prompted massive street protests.Another former leader, Roh Moo-hyun, committed suicide after being questioned in a corruption probe involving his family. Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was taken to prison Wednesday to begin a 17-year term for bribery and embezzlement after losing an appeal against a lighter sentence. Lee, in office from 2008 to 2013, was briefly jailed in 2018 after being sentenced to 15 years and fined 13 billion won (US$11 million), but was granted bail while he appealed.He was found guilty of creating slush funds of tens of millions of dollars and accepting bribes from Samsung Electronics in return for a presidential pardon for its chairman, Lee Kun-hee, who was jailed for tax evasion. Topics :last_img read more

IMO Eyes Tougher Measures to Reduce Marine Plastic Litter from Ships

first_imgThe International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted an action plan which aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships.The action plan stipulates actions to be completed by 2025, which relate to all ships, including fishing vessels. The concrete measures and details will be further considered by MEPC 74.The reduction measures being targeted on behalf of the shipping industry’s include a review of the application of placards, garbage management plans and garbage record-keeping in MARPOL Annex V. It is also being proposed to establish compulsory mechanism to declare loss of containers and identify number of losses; and consider ways to communicate location of containers lost overboard.Dumping plastics into the sea is already prohibited under regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which also oblige governments to ensure adequate port reception facilities to receive ship waste.Only permitted materials can be dumped and this waste – such as from dredging – has to be fully assessed to ensure it does not contain harmful materials like plastics.However, studies demonstrate that despite the existing regulatory framework to prevent marine plastic litter from ships, discharges into the sea continue to occur. Marine litter has a substantial harmful effect on the marine life and it can also pose dangers to shipping.For example, abandoned or lost fishing nets can become entangled in propellers and rudders.Specific identified measures in the action plan also include:a proposed study on marine plastic litter from ships;looking into the availability and adequacy of port reception facilities;consideration of making marking of fishing gear mandatory, in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO);promoting reporting the loss of fishing gear;facilitating the delivery of retrieved fishing gear to shore facilities;reviewing provisions related to the training of fishing vessel personnel and familiarization of seafarers to ensure awareness of the impact of marine plastic litter;enhancing public awareness; andstrengthening international cooperation, in particular FAO and UN Environment.last_img read more

Youth At New Juvenile Remand Centre

first_img Share Share Share NewsRegional Youth At New Juvenile Remand Centre by: – August 8, 2011 Tweetcenter_img 24 Views   no discussions A section of the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre. Photo credit: Jamaica-gleanerAugust 8, Kingston, Jamaica – The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ) welcomes the renovation and conversion of the former Metcalfe Street Adult Correctional Centre into the modern day Juvenile Remand Centre for Boys. This was funded by the Government at a cost of $168 million, and we see it as a key step in strengthening the structures for rehabilitation for youth in conflict with the law.Youth In Their Own SpaceThe opening of this new facility will see the removal of 208 male juvenile offenders between 13-17 years from adult correctional prisons, which will ease overcrowding in some of our prisons. While such a move is commendable, there is also a need for the upgrading existing juvenile detention facilities to ensure that youth in conflict with the law are provided with the counselling, skills training, and the best opportunities for their rehabilitation and smooth reintegration into society as productive citizens.Trained PersonnelWe note that several persons were recruited and trained as correctional officers, and it is critical that the correctional officers are provided with ongoing training to deal with the juveniles at these remand centres. It is important for our policy makers to note that these remand centres are not an end within itself but a means to an end of the many social ills that plagues us as a nation. While strengthening our rehabilitation mechanisms is necessary, we deem it important that there be corresponding investment in youth programmes, as a means of developing resilience on the part of our youthRyan Small, ChairmanNational Youth Council of Jamaica Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Gascoigne shacks up with glamorous single mum during coronavirus lockdown

first_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By Mystery7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindStunning Wedding Outfits From All Around The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes The implants make him feel sick if he has too much to drink. He said: “It means you can have a beer or a glass of wine and socialise, but you cannot have anymore.” The former idol was seen earlier this year, posing for selfies with drinkers in a bar in Benalmádena on the Costa Del Sol. Since returning to the UK, he has been snapped laughing and having fun in Swinton, Gtr Manchester. Read Also:Sexual assault: Paul Gascoigne found not guilty The twice-married star also hinted at a new romance, saying “there is a girl I like” before admitting he had not been in a proper relationship for 20 years. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Paul Gascoigne has shacked up with a glamorous single mum during the coronavirus pandemic. Loading… The former England and Spurs ace fell for Wendy Leech after meeting her on holiday in Spain. Gazza, 52, and mum-of-two Wendy, 43, were spotted escaping lockdown to take her dogs for a stroll close to her £65,000 flat in Salford, Gtr Manchester. A source said: “Paul looks happy with Wendy. “They met in Spain while he was on holiday earlier this month and have been together now for a couple of weeks.” In January, Geordie Gazza — who has had a long battle with booze and mental health problems — said he had found peace thanks to anti-alcohol pellets.Advertisementlast_img read more