What’s your true vocation?

first_img Comments are closed. The New Year invites reflection on career, life choices and the challengeswe’re likely to face in the months ahead. Margaret Kubicek asks training professionals to take stockResearch from the Training Foundation indicates that many training managers‘fall’ into the profession almost by default rather than by following adistinct career path in the field, particularly if they started in their roleby delivering training. Maybe their subject matter expertise enabled them to fill an unexpected gapon a programme, they were the right person at the right time, or perhaps theywere initially attracted to the idea of retreating from an operational role. We ask what importance a trainers’ route into the profession has on theirperformance, and how practitioners can know training is right for them. David Goodson Director of training, Marriott Hotels, UKI MEAThe majority of our training is delivered by managers who are not full-timetrainers. Marriott has set up a network of managers from all over the world tofacilitate specific Marriott management development programmes. Once certified, each manager facilitates three or four programmes each yearand there is quite a kudos to being part of the network. Because managers are from within the business, it gives the programmes evenmore credibility, and participants often comment on the value of the ‘reallife’ experience that an operations manager brings to the programme. They thinkit is great their trainer spent the previous week dealing with the same issuesthey are learning about – and will be back dealing with them the followingweek. Natalie BeckermanHead of quality and development, The Places for People GroupI’m not interested in how or why people chose to go into the profession.What I want to know is can they relate to the client and can they relate to theneeds of the business. It’s also about being creative and flexible to find theright solution for each client. Influencing, persuasion and negotiation skillsare critical to any training professional because a lot of it is about beingable to get people to sign up to what you’re telling them. Simon Cutler Learning and development manager, Dunlop AerospaceI made a conscious decision 12 years ago to go into personnel and trainingafter being in hotel management and, basically, I fell in love with it and thenprogressed – I found my vocation in life. It felt natural being able to deliverthe training and I felt I could reach people’s level – you’ve got to have thedesire to do that. I think trainers are getting better but I think they need to understandtheir target audience more. You’re on stage and you’ve got to deliver somethingthat participants retain and use to enhance their skillset. Liz Dean Management development consultant, Abbey NationalI was an account manger in sales and, to be honest, I didn’t want anotherwinter on the road. I had got involved in making presentations to clients andcolleagues as well as in cascade training. I got interested and looked foropportunities to move into training. Now I’m very much involved in coaching andone-to-one personal development. I didn’t fall into it – I knew it was where Iwanted to go. For me, developing people is how I get a buzz and seeing someoneyou’ve helped achieve their aspiration makes me feel quite proud. Because I didn’t have previous training qualifications or a typical trainingdegree like psychology, it was much easier for me to move within the companybecause I was a known quantity. My business skills and knowledge were a bigadvantage to Abbey National, and it felt the skills I would need in my new rolewere trainable. Pat Ashworth HR manager, Co-operative Insurance SocietyI entered the learning and development field after having spent severalyears working in almost every other area of HR and having spent six months onsecondment to the business. I know its right for me because I am in a positionwhere I can add value to the business by helping improve their performance and,more importantly, their contribution to the bottom line. I can really make adifference. Some of our most effective trainers are those with a business background. Ithelps them focus on the real issue and instinctively know what will work.Consequently, a combination of experience in both would be my preferred routeinto training. Trainers know its right for them when they finally begin toconnect with people and realise that they have changed hearts and minds. What’s your true vocation?On 1 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

adjusteddevelopment | changing the world of work: one conversation at a time

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Efficacy of δ18O data from Pliocene planktonic foraminifer calcite for spatial sea surface temperature reconstruction : comparison with a fully coupled ocean–atmosphere GCM and fossil assemblage data for the mid-Pliocene

first_imgSea surface temperature (SST) estimates using the δ18O composition of fossil planktonic foraminifer calcite, within the time slice 3.12 to 3.05 Ma (Pliocene, Kaena Subchron – C2An1r) are assessed for nine Atlantic Ocean sites. These are compared with SST estimates from fossil assemblages for the ‘Time Slab’ 3.29–2.97 Ma and with estimates from a fully coupled ocean–atmosphere General Circulation Model (GCM) for the same time interval. Most SST estimates derived from the δ18O data indicate a cooler ocean surface than at present, through the latitudinal range 69.25° N to 46.88° S. At some sites the temperature difference is greater than 5 °C (cooler than at present). This contrasts with SST estimates from fossil assemblages that give warmer than present temperatures at mid- to high latitudes, and similar temperatures in the tropics, and with the GCM, which predicts SSTs warmer than at present across all latitudes for this time interval. Difficulties interpreting the ecology of fossil foraminifer assemblages and inaccurate estimates of mid-Pliocene seawater δ18O composition (δ18Osw) at some sites may partly produce the temperature discrepancy between isotope-based and fossil-based SST estimates, but do not adequately explain the cool signal of the former. We interpret the cool SST estimates from the δ18O data to be the product of: (a) calcite formed at a level deep within or below the ocean mixed-layer during the life-cycle of the foraminifera; (b) secondary calcite with higher δ18O formed in the planktonic foraminifer tests in sea bottom pore waters. Although these effects differ between sites, secular and temporal oceanographic trends are preserved in the primary calcite formed in the mixed-layer near the ocean surface, witnessed by the latitudinal variation in estimated SSTs. Reconstructing accurate mid-Pliocene SSTs with much of the existing published oxygen isotope data probably requires a detailed re-assessment of taphonomy, particularly at tropical sites. This study also indicates that methods for estimating Atlantic Pliocene δ18Osw need to be refined.last_img read more

The impact of polar stratospheric ozone loss on southern hemisphere stratospheric circulation and climate

first_imgThe impact of polar stratospheric ozone loss resulting from chlorine activation on polar stratospheric clouds is examined using a pair of model integrations run with the fully coupled chemistry climate model UM-UKCA. Suppressing chlorine activation through heterogeneous reactions is found to produce modelled ozone differences consistent with observed ozone differences between the present and pre-ozone hole period. Statistically significant high latitude Southern Hemisphere (SH) ozone loss begins in August and peaks in October-November, with >75% of ozone destroyed at 50 hPa. Associated with this ozone destruction is a >12 K decrease of the lower polar stratospheric temperatures and an increase of >6 K in the upper stratosphere. The heating components of this temperature change are diagnosed and it is found that the temperature dipole is the result of decreased shortwave heating in the lower stratosphere and increased dynamical heating in the upper stratosphere. The cooling of the polar lower stratosphere leads, through thermal wind balance, to an acceleration of the polar vortex and delays its breakdown by ~2 weeks. A link between lower stratospheric zonal wind speed, the vertical component of the EP flux, Fz, and the residual mean vertical circulation, w*, is identified. In December and January, increased westerly winds lead to increases in Fz, associated with an increase in tropopause height. The resulting increase in wavebreaking leads to enhanced downwelling/reduced upwelling over the polar cap. Many of the stratospheric signals modelled in this study propagate down to the troposphere, and lead to significant surface changes in December.last_img read more

In blow to Trump, golf’s PGA strips major championship from Trump-owned course

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmichaelmjc/iStockBy JOHN SANTUCCI, MATTHEW MOSK and PETE MADDEN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As he faces a lonely end to his presidency, Donald Trump learned Sunday evening that, in the wake of last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, he has lost one of the relationships he values most: his partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association.While the embattled president has been hunkered down to try and preserve his political career, the PGA of America, the proprietors of one of golf’s four major championship tournaments, announced that it plans to move its 2022 PGA Championship away from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.“The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster,” said Jim Richerson, PGA of America president, in a statement.Holding the tournament at Trump Bedminster, Richerson said, would be “detrimental” to the PGA of America’s brand and put the organization’s ability to function “at risk.”Shortly after the announcement, the Trump Organization expressed disappointment with the move in a statement of their own.“We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision,” said a spokesperson for The Trump Organization. “This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement. As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. We will continue to promote the game of golf on every level and remain focused on operating the finest golf courses anywhere in the world.”It was not immediately clear whether the PGA of America has found a replacement venue.Trump is an avid golfer, and the Trump Organization owns or operates 17 golf courses around the world, with three more expected to open in Dubai and Indonesia. Before he took office, Trump told his supporters that he was “going to be working for you,” so he was “not going to have time to play golf” — but he has mixed politics with golf throughout his tenure in the White House.According to Trump Golf Count, a website that tracks President Trump’s golf outings, Trump has made about 300 daytime visits to golf clubs during his presidency, teeing it up with world leaders, political allies, business executives, conservative media personalities and professional athletes.Trump has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to a quartet of decorated golfers: Tiger Woods, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam.And, at times, Trump has appeared to use the power of his office to benefit his global golf business, most notably when Trump reportedly directed the American ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, to ask the British government to help secure a future British Open for the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland. Trump denied the report the next day, saying, “No, I never spoke to Woody Johnson about Turnberry.”As of Sunday, the 2022 PGA Championship was the only upcoming tournament listed on the Trump Organization’s website, so the PGA of America’s decision appears to sever his last remaining ties to the golfing establishment, effectively exiling him and his courses from the prestigious and lucrative world of professional golf.The United States Golf Association, which conducts the U.S. Open, and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which conducts the British Open, have not announced any plans to host future events at Trump-owned courses.In 2016, the PGA Tour, golf’s professional circuit, prematurely ended an agreement to stage a World Golf Championship event at Trump National Doral resort in Miami, Florida, after then-candidate Trump made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants on the campaign trail, and moved the event to Mexico City.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img January 11, 2021 /Sports News – National In blow to Trump, golf’s PGA strips major championship from Trump-owned courselast_img read more

Rental property dispute sparks street demonstrations

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Rental property dispute sparks street demonstrations previous nextAgencies & PeopleRental property dispute sparks street demonstrationsDisagreement over compensation for tenant between Brighton agency Brand Vaughan and rental union Acorn are ongoing.Nigel Lewis13th August 201801,283 Views A South East estate agent has become involved in a war of words with a leading housing and poverty action group over repairs to a property, and is due to have one of its branches picketed tomorrow by protesters.Brand Vaughan, which has three branches in the seaside city of Brighton and was recently bought by Lomond Capital, rented a property to Ana Sandou who was also a member of the Acorn renters’ union.On arrival at the property she discovered it needed substantial repairs and was missing several essentials including a fridge and a washing machine.Sandou claims it took Brand Vaughan a long time to bring the property up to scratch and a month after she moved in, Acorn got involved. Compensation of £250 for Sandou was then negotiated between the two sides.But it is claimed that Brand Vaughan has attached strings to the deal. This requires that Acorn destroy all campaign materials including posters and banners, remove references to the dispute from its social media and website, and desist from both picketing any of its offices or discouraging “potential tenants from using [Brand Vaughan’s] services”.Goodwill paymentWriting to Sandou, Brand Vaughan says: “Both yourself and Acorn acknowledge and agree that in signing this agreement and accepting the goodwill payment, this will serve as full and final settlement of the matter”.But this offer has now been rejected by Sandou and Acorn, who have said they will demonstrate once more near the agency’s main Brighton branch, asking supporters to bring “noisy” instruments and drums to the event, which is due to take place at lunchtime tomorrow.Acorn is a national membership-based rental union with offices in Newcastle, Bristol and Sheffield which describes itself as a ‘fighting organisation’.The Negotiator approached Brand Vaughan’s Brighton branch for comment but so far has not received a response.Acorn Brand Vaughan Brighton Brighton and Hove August 13, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Teddy Hall reach final with epic performance

first_imgSt. Edmund Hall 54 – 5 St. Peter’s Some things never change. Teddy Hall are the most successful side in the history of Cuppers, and this dominant display against a confident St. Peter’s team was a performance that any Hall XV of the last century would have been proud of. In confidently racking up fifty four points, they have also sent a warning to Keble, the young upstarts, that this year might be different. The final, to be played in two weeks time, should be a fantastic game. Hall were in no rush to assert their dominance in this match. In fact, for most of the first fifteen minutes it was St. Peter’s who had the upper hand. They dominated territory and possession, keeping the ball close but unable to find a way through. When Teddy Hall scored the first try of the game, it was a breakout that came against the run of play. However, this unconverted score plus a further penalty settled Hall into the game. Even when they began to put pressure on St. Peter’s, it was not as though Hall completely kept them out of the game. Rather, it was the fact that they were able to soak up any pressure that Peter’s could put on them, easily turn over possession and then break down the scrambling defence in a few simple moves. Hall’s second try was a great example of this, with a period of Peter’s possession breaking down, before being penalised for holding on. The kick to the corner, the simple rolling maul followed by a basic switch between scrum half and number eight saw the big back-rower Chris Davies going over to make the score 13-0. With Will Stevens converting and then adding a further penalty, the lead was stretched to eighteen points and St. Peter’s were beginning to seek a score with some desperation. It was Hall that presented them with the opportunity, with the generally outstanding Sam Humphrey- Baker throwing a poor pass out of contact that was snapped up by Peter’s left wing Dawit Demetri, who ran the length of the field to score. The significant crowd, which included a giant orange cat sporting St. Peter’s green, felt that the away side may have had a chance of pulling themselves back into the game, even after the conversion was missed. Half time followed soon after, and with the score 18-5, Hall were certainly well on top. However, it was a strange and fragmented half of rugby, with no clear pattern to the play, and it was certainly possible that if St. Peter’s could find way to hold Hall off and retain the ball, they had the skills in the backs to make it a close finish. However, it was not to be. St. Peter’s crumbled under some sustained Hall pressure in the opening minutes. Some quick lineout ball sent their burley inside-centre Ben Cossey through the middle of the Peter’s defence. Brought down just short of the line, the second phase of possession saw his centre partner Humphrey-Baker running around the outside to touch down. It was the perfect demonstration of their excellent combination in the heart of the Hall midfield. It was this try that opened the floodgates for Hall, and they scored at will for the rest of the half. The St. Peter’s attack, and their defence, fell apart completely. Even their kicking game fell apart; their hurried and conservative kicks were consistently charged down and proved unable to relieve the pressure. A further try for Chris Davies came from a quickly taken Hall lineout catching the Peter’s defence unaware, and when Ryan Buckingham scampered over after some misplaced Hall passing worked to their advantage. It became a matter of damage control for Peter’s, with Hall running through their replacements bench and keeping up the pressure, and consistently running through tackles, with captain Philip Satterthwaite and outstanding number eight Chris Davies both making memorable runs. Further tries kept the scoreboard moving, and by the final whistle it had reached 54-5. This Hall side have shown in the last two weeks that they are far too good for all but one team in college rugby. This final test will come in two weeks time at Iffley Road.by Jack Marshlast_img read more

Bod aims to save English-language opera

first_imgThe Bodleian Library has launched an appeal to raise £85,000 by 6 January 2009 in order to conserve a manuscript of the first opera written in English.‘Erismena’ was written by Pietro Franceso Cavalli and was probably performed in England for the first time during the 1670s.The Bodleian is trying to acquire the manuscript after it was sold from the Music faculty’s collection in 1797.The aim to raise £85,000 for ‘Erismena’ has become part of the ‘Oxford Thinking’ campaign, which hopes to raise £1.25bn for the University as a whole.Emma Kirkby, an Honorary Doctor of Music at Oxford University, said, “I am tremendously excited to hear that an entire Cavalli opera manuscript has survived – in an English translation, decades before Handel came to this country, and that there is a chance for the Bodleian Library to acquire this landmark of our musical history. I earnestly hope the means can be found to achieve this.”last_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE that the Evansville Redevelopment Commission is spending the funds coming into the Jacobsville TIF District like drunken sailors? …by doubling the size of the Jacobsville TIF last year,  tax revenue for 2014 will near $1.4 million?IS IT TRUE two bond requests will soon be presented to City Council by ERC in the near future that will create two bond payments of approximately $120,000 for 20 years and $1 million for 25 years?  …the combined TIF bond repayment will eat up the majority of the Jacobsville TIF revenue over a short period of time?IS IT TRUE of the nearly $14.5 million being borrowed by ERC for the Jacobsville North Main project, $1.5 million will be used to incentivize Haier American to locate in Jacobsville, salvaging nearly 50 jobs that were lost with the remnants of Whirlpool closing its doors?  …the remaining $13 million will be used to redo the 20 blocks of North Main, which is primarily for the addition of trees, improved lighting, new side walks and a two-way protected bike lanes?IS IT TRUE  ERC also plans to take away curbside parking from one side of the commercial corridor?  …it’s unbelievable that the ERC would waste so much tax money on these projects while ignoring the obvious barriers to positive commercial development along North Main, which are neighborhood blight, crime and a broken infrastructure in every direction that leads to the North Main Street corridor is astounding?Is it true that the ERC recently gave nearly $32,000 grant to ECHO Housing Corporation to paint flowers on the side of a building and is planning to give another $50,000+ to ECHO Housing Corporation for an artist’s version of a new bus shelter in front of the McDonald’s on North Main?  … even greater waste of tax payer dollars comes from the ERC’s recent approval of the purchase of the old Integra on North Main for $247,000 so that it could be torn down (at an additional cost) for possible off street parking? …but purchasing the old Integra is chicken scratch compared to the $562,000 the ERC board just approved to buy the old CVS on North Main so that it could be gifted to some lucky entity or torn down for off street parking?IS IT TRUE we wonder why ECHO Housing Corporation spent $31,650 of the Jacobsville Gateway TIF money to paint an abstract mural on the side of storage building behind McDonalds Restaurant?  …this $31,650 would had better spent by ECHO Housing Corporation on additional opportunities for the disadvantaged of Jacobsville area?IS IT TRUE we have attached a link of the Evansville Redevelopment Commission Grant Agreement resolution that gave ECHO Housing Corporation a $31,650 grant for this mural?  …we wonder why the ERC didn’t put in this resolution that the $31,650 grant was for an exterior mural?  …we also wonder who owns the building that the mural was painted on?IS IT TRUE we urge you to pay special attention to the mission statement in this Grant Agreement that these funds should be used for the public good?  …we urge you to look at how the adoption vote was recorded on this agreement?14-ERC-40 Grant Agreement ECHO for Jacobsville Gateway-RDisclaimer* Mural used above is not the one currently on the building.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

OC Girls & Coaches Ready for Their Shot at Girls Under 15 National Lacrosse…

first_imgNew Jersey South All Stars coaches Abby Mullen.4 Ocean City will be well-represented July 19-21 at the Girls’ Under 15 U.S. Lacrosse Championships, to take place in Westfield Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis.Not only will there be six current or future members of the Red Raiders participating as part of the NJ South All Stars, but the squad is coached by Abby Mullen, the Raiders’ Head JV coach and assistant varsity coach and a physical education teacher at the high school; and Mikenzie Helphenstine, a third grade teacher at Ocean City Primary School and freshman field hockey coach at OCHS.  Mikenzie also coaches lacrosse for the Upper Twp./Ocean City Warriors recreation league squad.“The team looks good,” Mullen said Thursday night following their last formal practice prior to leaving for Indianapolis.The squad then chowed down on pizza provided by Tony P’s House of Pies.Incoming Ocean City Freshmen Abbey Fenton, Emma Finnegan Abigail Bennett and Ashley Devlin will be joined on the All Star squad by Sophomores Danielle Donoghue, and Ali Hendricks.Ocean City participants include (from left) Emma Finnegan, Danielle Donoghue, Coach Abby Mullen, Ashley Devlin, Abbey Fenton and Ali HendricksTeam members were nominated by their school or recreation league coaches and survived a two-day tryout camp. Other local players include Ava Wells, Aubrey Hunter, Kira Sides and Madison Barber, all of Middle Twp., Robin Spector of Mainland, Sophia Facenda of Holy Spirit and Taylor Herr of Ocean Township.The coaches praised the players’ parents, who financed their travel costs, Beth Serughetti of US Lacrosse’s South Jersey chapter, which paid for uniforms and coaches’ expenses, and Seneca High School, which provided practice facilities.The team will fly out of Philadelphia on Monday night and play their first game Tuesday morning in pool play, a 9 a.m. contest against Top Guns Purple of New York. Other teams in South Jersey’s pool include Lacrosse Monkey (Minnesota) and Team 180 2019 of Colorado. Following pool play, the teams are seeded from pool results and they advance to elimination play.Fenton, the goalie, and Donoghue played in the tournament last year and provide veteran leadership for the rest of the squad, Mullen said.“It is an interesting tournament because we get to play against teams from other regions of the country with completely different styles of play,” Helphenstine said. “I think we have a chance to go out there and play well.  But more importantly it is a great experience for the girls and an opportunity for them to have fun.”She said the games take place in the mornings to allow the girls to experience Indianapolis the rest of the day.“We talked about some of the things we wanted to do and the girls really want to go zip lining,” said Helphenstine said.  “So I guess we will be zip lining,” she said with a laugh.last_img read more