Dixons eases HR load viaself-service Q&A on web

first_img Previous Article Next Article Dixons eases HR load viaself-service Q&A on webOn 11 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Dixons has introduced a newe-HR system which answers employees’ questions onthe company’s policies after a successful trial reduced the time spentresponding to staff queries. The system eZ-Answer acts as an interactive web-based Q&A system,answering questions on HR policy and best practice for employees throughout thegroup’s operations in the UK and Ireland. The software delivers answers to common questions via a web browser onissues such as race relations, bullying, grievance procedures and expenses.Responses are couched in conversational language. An initial three-month trial involving 3,500 employees generated manythousands of queries on 35 HR-related subjects and saw 96 per cent of queriescleared up by via the system. John Francis, Dixons Group’s employee relations director and projectsponsor, said the system had reduced the number of simple queries being dealtwith by the HR department. “It gives us the ability to respond to an essential business need 24hours a day, seven days a week – ensuring that knowledge is shared effectivelyand easily available in the workplace,” he said. If the system can’t provide a particular answer, it automatically passes iton to the correct manager who will solve the query. Francis said feedback from managers and staff had been very positive. “Managers feel it helps with encouraging their individualaccountability,” he explained. last_img read more

USS George H.W. Bush Returns to Norfolk

first_img View post tag: USS George H. W. Bush Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George H.W. Bush Returns to Norfolk Authorities Share this article View post tag: americas The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) pulled into its homeport of Norfolk after an eight-day underway, Feb. 18.The ship’s crew conducted various training evolutions and flight exercises throughout the underway, including carrier qualifications (CQ) for three squadrons, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 “Gladiators,” Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 “Grey Hawks,” and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 “Dragon Whales.”CQs train new pilots, and experienced pilots returning to flying from non-flying assignments, for carrier-based launches and landings in preparation for assignments to operational squadrons.Lt. j.g. Shane Brady, attached to the Gladiators, said:VFA-106 is the fleet replacement squadron (FRS) for F-18 pilots. This underway was a lot of our first times landing on a carrier.FRS trains pilots and flight officers in their specific aircraft before being assigned to the fleet. During the underway, extreme weather conditions added to the difficulty of landing an aircraft at sea.Brady said:The pitching deck and high winds created a challenging situation. We had rough seas and winds reaching 40 knots.VAW-120 utilized this underway to train its pilots in transitioning from the E-2C Hawkeye to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.Lt. j.g. Patrick Flynn, said:We just finished the transition to the new E-2D, and this is the first time for our pilots operating this aircraft on a carrier. These CQs are great for maintaining pilot proficiency in both day and night conditions.George H.W. Bush is in port after conducting training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean.[mappress mapid=”15163″]Image: US Navy USS George H.W. Bush Returns to Norfolk View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval February 19, 2015 View post tag: Returns View post tag: Navylast_img read more

HATFIELD SECURES PROTECTIONS FOR CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare State Rep. Ryan Hatfield (D-Evansville) has seen success in his efforts to establish more protections for children from sexual predators.Indiana House members today approved an amendment authored by Hatfield that would give courts the ability to prohibit certain sex offenders from having contact with juveniles under 16 years of age. The prohibition would affect sexually violent predators who commit sexual offenses against children.The amendment was included in Senate Bill 258.“This prohibition would affect offenders while they are on probation,” Hatfield said. “From my time with the Vanderburgh County prosecutor’s office, I have seen the impact of these types of offenses against children and their families, and it seems vital to me that we do everything in our power to keep offenders away from the most innocent in our society.“Some of these circumstances already are covered under orders that can be issued by judges, but I believe it is important to place these restrictions into state law to cover instances where a child’s life may be in danger,” He concluded.The proposal reflects Hatfield’s consistent legislative efforts to bring greater awareness to the problems facing victims of crime in Indiana.last_img read more

O.C. Seeks Volunteers for Planning, Zoning and Other Boards

first_imgEnvironmental Commission: Duties and responsibilities can be found HERE.Meetings: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm at the Senior CenterApply OnlineLocal Assistance Board: Duties and responsibilities can be found HERE.Meetings: Four times per year, 10:30 am at City HallApply OnlinePlanning Board: Duties and responsibilities can be found HERE. (Note: must be full time Ocean City resident.)Meetings: First and second Wednesday of each month,  6 pm at City HallApply OnlineShade Tree Committee: Duties and responsibilities can be found HERE.Meetings: Fourth Wednesdays of each month, 9:00 am at City HallApply OnlineZoning Board: Duties and responsibilities can be found HERE.Meetings:  Third and fourth Wednesday, 7:00 pm at City HallApply OnlineOr Send Citizen Leadership Form to the City Clerk:  [email protected] or drop off to Linda MacIntyre, City Clerk, 861 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ  08226. Call 609-525-9323 for more information.Applications are due no later than Monday, December 14, 2015. City Hall in Ocean CityThe City of Ocean City is seeking applicants for volunteers to fill seats on the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Environmental Commission, Local Assistance Board, Shade Tree Committee.last_img read more

Press release: Phase Two of the Community Housing fund is now open

first_imgThe £163 million fund is available for community-led groups to drive forward their ambitions for delivering new affordable housing schemes across England up to 31st March 2020.Phase One of the fund launched in July, supports applications for capacity building, pre-development revenue funding and capital funding for local infrastructure projects.Phase Two bidding is now open to eligible organisations to bid for capital grants to fund the costs of acquiring land and building community-led housing schemes.The fund aims to give local people a leading and lasting role in delivering local affordable housing.Jackie Jacob, General Manager for Housing Programmes, at Homes England said: “Community-led housing is about giving local people the lead to solve local housing problems and provide affordable homes in their communities.“At Homes England, we’re committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing where it’s most needed. It’s great to make funding available for community groups across England to transform how the homes are delivered locally.”Bidding is open to a range of organisations. Both Local authorities and Registered Providers may apply on behalf of community groups to support them through this process.Bidding for both phases is now open on a Continuous Market Engagement basis via the Homes England Portal. This will remain open to new applications until funding is fully committed or until 31 December 2019, whichever occurs first.Further details are available in the Prospectus and the Addendum to the Prospectus for Phase Two published on Gov.ukFor further media information please contact:Nosheen Haque, 0161 200 6131, [email protected] Patsy Cusworth, 020 7393 2201, [email protected] to editors:In order to ensure that the schemes supported by the Community Housing Fund are truly community-led, proposals should ensure that:• Meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the development process. The community does not necessarily have to initiate and manage the process, or build the homes themselves, though some may do;• The local community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes and in a manner of their choosing, and this may be done through a mutually supported arrangement with a Registered Provider that owns the freehold or leasehold for the property; and• The benefits to the local area and/or specified community must be clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity.Bidding is open to all organisations which are, or intend to become, constituted as a body corporate, or an equivalent form of constituted body. Eligible organisations include, but are not restricted to:• Registered charity;• Company Limited By Guarantee;• Community Benefit Society• Co-operative Society;• Community Interest Company;• An organisation of another type operating as a social enterprise and principally reinvesting their surpluses for social benefit;• Registered Provider of social housing; or• Local authority.Organisations which intend to be the landlord of low-cost rental properties funded by Homes England capital grant programmes must be – or intend to become – registered as a provider of social housing (a ‘registered provider’) with the Social Housing Regulator (‘the Regulator’) before completion of any developments funded through those programmes and any payment of funding. It is not, however, a requirement to be a registered provider before applying for Homes England grant.The requirement to be a registered provider does not apply to organisations that will not act as the landlord of low-cost rental property. Where an organisation is delivering homes for low-cost homeownership – including shared ownership – for example, there is no requirement for that organisation to be a registered provider.Local authorities or Registered Providers may apply on behalf of community groups and other organisations and, in those cases, the lead bidding organisation will remain directly accountable for the funds, where appropriate.For applications not directly submitted by community-led organisations the applicant must demonstrate how the identified community will be engaged in the development proposal and how this will support the objectives of the Fund.All organisations applying to the Fund will be required to submit details of the proposed activity through the Homes England bidding portalHomes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.For more information visit Gov.uk or follow us on Twitterlast_img read more

Natalie Cressman Announces New EP And Upcoming Halftime Performance At MSG

first_imgThough Natalie Cressman just performed at Madison Square Garden, the beloved Trey Anastasio Band trombonist will hit the arena once more at the end of this month. Cressman will be bringing her band to MSG for a performance at halftime for a New York Knicks game coming up on January 27th, but that’s not the only exciting news coming from Cressman and her crew!The accomplished jazz musician will release a brand new EP, titled The Traces EP, due out on March 3rd. Not only that, but she’ll be releasing the first single “Radio Silence” on January 24th, so fans can get a taste of the new music to come. Cressman talks about the inspiration for her powerful upcoming single in a new press release:I wrote Radio Silence about the trials of being a female instrumentalist in the man’s world that is the music business. I often feel a lot of frustration about being being pre-judged because I am a woman playing trombone. The discrimination shows itself in many ways: either by people under-estimating my abilities, or hiring me just because of my gender and looks, as the “token” girl in the band or part of a miniskirt-clad chick horn section, not because of what I can do musically.I’ve been kicked out of backstage multiple times at a gig because the assumption has been made that there was no way that I was one of the performers, because the prevailing and sometimes subconscious assumption is that being a musician is a “man’s job” if you’re not a singer.This song was about not really feeling “seen” or “heard” for who I really am and for what’s really important, the music. And that one day people would come to regret their small-mindedness and prejudice. I think many women both in music and beyond encounter sexism at work in their day to day lives so I wanted to put these feelings into a song in the with the hope that it might contribute to better treatment of female musicians in the future.Cressman will also be on hand for the upcoming Trey Anastasio Band tour dates, which are coming up in just a few months. It’s already shaping up to be an incredible year for Natalie “Chainsaw” Cressman, and we can’t wait for more!last_img read more

Revitalizing Mount Auburn Cemetery chapel

first_imgIn 1802, Jacob Bigelow, the son of a farmer, entered Harvard at the age of 15 to study medicine. By 1818 he was appointed professor of materia medica at Harvard Medical School, a post he retained until 1855. During this time he also lectured on botany and eventually wrote “American Medical Botany,” which combined his passions for both plants and medicine.His next project, the Mount Auburn Cemetery, combined those two passions again, but on a much larger scale. Bigelow became concerned with the unhealthiness of burials under churches, as well as the possibility of running out of space. His solutions was to create America’s first garden cemetery. He advocated for a pastoral cemetery where the beauty of nature would comfort the bereaved. Bigelow guided the development of the cemetery, including designing the front gate, the observation tower, and Bigelow Chapel.As part of the restoration of the chapel’s Great Rose Window, conservators from Serpentino Stained & Leaded Glass Inc. remove fragile glass panels from the window’s historic cast-iron frame. Photo courtesy of Mount Auburn CemeteryCommissioned by cemetery founder Jacob Bigelow in 1845 as an integral part of his design of the chapel, the window is an important example of early stained glass in America. Photo courtesy of Mount Auburn CemeteryNow Mount Auburn Cemetery is celebrating the completion of their most ambitious project to date, a $15 million revitalization of the historic Bigelow Chapel. The revitalization includes a modern glass addition, new lighting, acoustics, ADA access, and the restoration of the stained glass Great Rose Window over the chapel entrance. There is also a new, state-of-the-art crematory that is more time and fuel efficient.To celebrate the completion of this revitalization there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by an open house until 4 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and give informal tours of the revitalized chapel and crematory. The event is free and open to the public. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Harvard to steer research collaboration on quantum phenomena

first_imgHarvard University is part of an international team of theoretical physicists from the United States and Austria to investigate fundamentally new quantum mechanical behavior arising in systems of large numbers of electrons or atoms. The collaboration, entitled “Ultra-Quantum Matter,” is supported by the Simons Foundation under the Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and Physical Sciences program, which aims to “stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science.”Herchel Smith Professor of Physics Subir Sachdev is a principal investigator in the collaboration, while Professor of Physics Ashvin Vishwanath, will serve as collaboration director. This new effort signifies an $8 million, four-year award, renewable for three additional years. It supports a team at Harvard and 11 other institutions: Caltech, the Institute for Advanced Study, MIT, Stanford, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California San Diego, the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado, University of Maryland, the University of Washington, and University of Innsbruck, Austria.In a notable reversal of the trend towards increased specialization, the UQM collaboration team cuts across traditional boundaries and consists of condensed matter and high energy theorists as well as atomic and quantum information experts, who will work together on discovering the properties of new forms of UQM and help enable their realization in the lab.last_img read more

What’s In Your Pack: Adventure Philanthropist Steven Reinhold

first_imgSteven Reinhold grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and considers this area and its people as a base camp for life. He recently completed charity expeditions to Mt. Whitney, Mt. Shasta and The Grand Teton. His latest endeavor is The Appalachian Adventure Company, specializing in custom outdoor trips.Our outdoor careers serve as one long product testing session. Eventually, through trial and error, you learn how to pack for every occasion.Don’t you love the feeling you get when your pack is dialed in with the perfect mix of gear for a trip? Whether going for a night of naked and afraid, a weekend of glamping, or an assault in the Smoky Mountain rain, having the right gear makes the experience so much better.The old days of laurel walking sticks, old packs and pads, steel percolators, 7” Winchester knives, massive Coleman camp stoves, hatchets and thick double-knee Carhartts are gone. Now, you’ll find so many synthetic materials in my kit you’ll need an organic chemistry degree to unpack.My passions include snowboarding, backpacking, adventurous travel and the “Great American Road Trip.” Of late I have found myself in the Mountaineering world trying to help spread the word for Big City Mountaineers (BCM), taking underserved urban youth on wilderness mentoring trips across the country. Recently I have opened up The Appalachian Adventure Company in Waynesville, N.C., which offers all kinds of custom trips in this area.My packing rules are simple: if a piece of gear is going to add to your experience, then bring it. Bring gifts to share with your friends at random times on the trip and always be prepared for varying weather conditions. Although every adventure demands a different list of gear, here are a few of my favorites that go to wild places with me.DeLorme inReachThis guy is the life of the party at Base Camp and DeLorme is a huge supporter of Big City Mountaineers. With this incredible unit you can send and receive messages to anyone with a link showing your current position on a remarkably detailed map. The unit pairs with an App called Earthmate on your smartphone so you can see a detailed map of your position and send/post messages with the ease of your phone’s keyboard. It is really special to bring this along on our charity climbs. It gives everyone the opportunity to communicate and share the experience with those who helped support your cause. On Mt. Shasta our team sent dozens of messages to friends, family members and supporters at Base Camp. They were able to follow our climb and know exactly where we were on the mountain at all times and the moment we returned safely.DelormeKeen Marshall Mid/WPDepending on the expedition we wear a variety of footwear ranging from full on Mountaineering boots to lightweight approach shoes. I’ve had some great success with Lowa and Salewa on the mountaineering side and love Scarpas for the latter. For all around awesomeness though I really want to highlight the Keen Marshall series. The Marshalls offer ridiculous ankle support for how lightweight they are. They are surprisingly water proof and have a really aggressive tread pattern for difficult terrain. I can train like an animal in them beforehand and then use them on the approach to camp for a big climb. Keen is another huge supporter of Big City Mountaineers and they give every Summit For Someone climber a discount code good for a free pair of boots!Liberty BottlesI have to say this is my favorite company out there right now. They are very generous sponsors of Big City Mountaineers and are run by some wildly bearded outdoorsmen from Washington. I got a chance to hang out with their crew at the last OR show and it was a blast! They make super lightweight and durable custom water bottles from all recycled materials. You can order a batch to sell for a fundraiser or to promote your business and get anything you can dream up printed on them! The Gold bottle is a one of a kind item that’s special to me. It is the first place trophy from Liberty’s annual Ping Pong tournament at the OR show I was lucky enough to win!Gear TiesThese things are great for just about anything. I usually take two of the orange ones with me since they are highly visible. You can use them to mark a trail, hang a water filter, secure an ice ax and tie just about anything to your pack. I even crossed two in an “X marks the spot” fashion on Mt. Shasta to mark a beer cache I brought to surprise my teammates!Jansport KlamathThe Klamath Pack is Lightweight, versatile and has a super-easy adjustable strap system. Most all of the packs available today are going to be great and you can’t go wrong with an Osprey but this one from Jansport was free as part of the Summit For Someone gear package! Jansport and the legend behind it, Skip Yowell, have been long time supporters of Big City Mountaineers. Skip is just about the coolest guy walking the planet and Jansport is passionate about our cause so it is an honor to have one of these wonderful packs strapped to my back!Light My Fire SporkMost everyone who has camped has eaten with one of the colorful plastic sporks from this company. The President of Industrial Revolutions which owns great brands like UCO and Light My Fire is a Summit For Someone climber himself. Light My Fire provides all of the Big City Mountaineers kids with a backpacking food kit. Check out our video from that Grand Teton climb and see our climb thanks to GoPro!GoProFor me this one is simple. I hope to grow old one day and when that happens I want to look back on all the awesome things I have done in HD. Just be sure to spring for the extra battery.Black Diamond Raven Ice AxAn ax is your best friend and sometimes life saver at elevation. Black Diamond is another generous company that donates an ax to every Summit For Someone climber! There are countless designs out there for a variety of climbing but I have really come to love the Raven series as an all-around great tool for the mountains. I go old school and carry a longer ax for better balance and strong anchors. I heard Yvon Chouinard suggest that in a speech at the American Alpine Club’s fundraising dinner last winter and the advice stuck. I even keep it with me in the back of the truck at night on long road trips as a serrated, razor sharp theft deterrent!–What’s In Your Pack is a regular column on BlueRidgeOutdoors.com. Contact us with suggestions on athletes and adventurists you want to see featured!last_img read more

CUNA urges court to reject request for Wendy’s suit dismissal

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Plaintiffs, including CUNA and certain state credit union leagues and credit unions, urged a Pennsylvania federal judge today to reject Wendy’s Co. request to dismiss a class action lawsuit against the fast-food giant over its alleged inadequate security response to a data breach.Submitting a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the financial institution and association plaintiffs refuted Wendy’s assertion that there are no “legitimate claims” in the lawsuit, which was initiated by First Choice FCU.The brief calls the breach the “the inevitable result of Wendy’s inadequate data security measures and lackadaisical approach to the security of the payment card data it collected.”Plaintiffs purport that the financial costs caused by Wendy’s deficient data security approach have been borne primarily by credit unions and other financial institutions that issued the payments cards that were compromised in the breach that occurred in 2015 and carried over into 2016. continue reading »last_img read more