Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article A former US HR Practitioner of the Year is to lead the expansion of theon-line knowledge bank goodpractice.net in North America. Tharon Greene,previously a senior HR director with the City of Hampton, Virginia, has beenappointed goodpractice.net’s chief knowledge officer. Her role will be tostimulate innovative thinking, research and product design. Goodpractice.net isdue to launch in February.Addy Olubajo is the new HR manager for the electricity company 24seven. Olubajo is aiming to introduce a new contract system for 24seven’s 2,500 employees. Olubajo joined from a HR role in West Hampstead Housing and hopes to have the new system in place prior to 24seven’s proposed stock market flotation in two years’ time. 24seven was formed due to the merger of Eastern Electricity and a large electricity company, TXU Europe.Paul Faupel has been appointed as the new president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). During his year in the role, Faupel aims to boost the profile of the institution, which is Europe’s leading body for occupational health professionals.After five years as a freelance HR consultant and locum, Elaine Elliot is joining Field Fisher Waterhouse as HR director. Field Fisher Waterhouse is a well-established international firm based in the City specialising in commercial work, finance, intellectual property, IT and commercial property. Elliot will focus her efforts on performance management and recognition, as well as assisting the partners in senior recruitment initiatives.Top jobAspect Internet has appointed Richard Boon as human resources director. Hewas previously with News, Communications & Media (Newscom) where he heldpositions in advertisement sales before moving into human resources as anemployee relations officer. He subsequently became group training manager,group HR manager and associate director before being appointed director ofhuman resources in 1998.Boon said, “Aspect is an exciting challenge and I am delighted to beoffered this opportunity of working with a talented group of individuals at thecutting edge of technology. “Previous experience in mergers and acquisitions coupled with widegeneralist HR experience should prove useful to Aspect as the company pursuesits ambitious growth plans.”Aspect Internet is an eServices company based in London. Founded in 1995,the company now employs about 120 staff and clients include IPC, Emap,Hollinger and WH Smith.Personal profileKim Freeman is HRD manager, advertising and communications for TMPWorldwide. She has worked in a variety of personnel roles at companiesincluding Parcelforce and GAN financial services.What is the most important lesson that you’ve learnt in your career? Nothingis impossible – think radically and you can find another way.If you could change one aspect of the industry you work in, what would itbe? Helping more people in HR understand the opportunities presented by theInternet, as opposed to seeing it as a threatening, techie tool.What is the best thing about working in HR?Achieving commercial goalsby enabling people to get the most out of themselves. It’s satisfying on allfronts.What is the worst?There are two. Legislation for its own sake andbeing mistaken for old personnel – a systems junkie or a social worker.If you found a time machine hidden in the vaults of your building, whatperiod in time would you visit and why? The 22nd century – to see how theInternet worked out.If you could adopt the management style of an historical character, whosewould you choose and why? It would have to be Shackleton. He had fantasticpurpose and resolve, combined with a passion for people. Sustained effortimpresses me.What would you do if you had more time? Travel with my children, takeup squash again, go to the theatre more, sleep.If you wrote a book, which subject would you choose to write about? GenerationZ. X and Y we know about.What’s your greatest strength? I never give up. And I’m horriblyoptimistic.What’s the greatest risk you ever took? Probably jet skiing with afour-year-old and a five-year-old.CV1998 to date HRD manager, advertising and communications division of TMPWorldwide.1997 Training and development manager, GAN Financial Services1995 Management consultant, independent1992 Customer First training and development manager, Parcelforce, national1990 Personnel and industrial relations manager, Parcelforce, Scotland andNorthern Ireland. … on the moveOn 9 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today
Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Public-sectoremployees are working under considerable stress and pressure to deliverservices to their communities, with nearly three-quarters saying their workloadhas increased in the past year, according to a survey by the union Unison.Thesurvey of more than 4,500 staff was one of the biggest of its kind ever carriedout by the union. Itfound 72 per cent said their workload and job pressure had increased in thelast year, with more than a third (36 per cent) reporting cuts in staffnumbers. At the same time more than half (53 per cent) said the public’sexpectations had increased. Two-thirdsregularly worked extra hours at short notice, 63 per cent said they were notwell paid for the job they did – up from 58 per cent in a similar survey lastyear and 11 per cent worked unpaid for more than four extra hours each week. Unsurprisinglyperhaps, 32 per cent said that they were seriously thinking about leaving theirjob. A total of 38 per cent said they felt less secure in their jobs than lastyear, almost certainly a reflection of the growing threat to privatise councilservices. Three-quartersof those surveyed were women and included social workers, home carers, schoolmeals staff, librarians, classroom assistants and administrative staff.Unison’shead of local government, Malcolm Wing, said: “Managers who are alsoworking under considerable pressure to deliver with shrinking budgets, andstaff shortages need better support.”www.unison.org.uk Dissatisfaction increases among public sector staffOn 1 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.
January 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Routs Colorado Christian Tags: Colorado Christian/Dixie State/Jeremiah Hanson/Matt Conway/Regis Rangers Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAKEWOOD, Colo.-Matt Conway posted 19 points and 6 rebounds on 7 of 9 shooting as the Dixie State Trailblazers routed Colorado Christian 84-48 Friday at the CCU Event Center in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball action. Jeremiah Hanson led Colorado Christian with 11 points as the Cougars fell to 3-13 and 1-9 in league play. Dixie State improved to 6-8 and 4-6 in conference play while they face the Regis Rangers Saturday. Brad James The Trailblazers shot 52.7 percent for the game and built a 34-17 halftime lead against the hapless Cougars.
Chloe Prettyman uses some fancy stick work to move the ball upfield. The Ocean City high school field hockey team defeated the visiting Absegami Braves 9-0 Saturday morning in the second round of the South Jersey Group three playoffs. The Red Raiders, seeded number two, shut out the seventh seeded Braves, for it’s seventh shutout this season.Ocean City scored early and often with nine different players notching a point in the scorebook. Junior captain Tara McNally led all scorers with a hat trick and added an assist. Chloe Prettyman followed suit with two goals and one assist and Molly Reardon had one goal and one assist. Olivia Vanesko, Bridget O’Kane and Alexis Smallwood each contributed one goal. Sophia Ruh, Nya Gilchrist and Morgan DeCosta all added an assist.Tara McNally dribbles through the Absegami defenders.Ocean City got out to a quick 3-0 lead within the first 15 minutes of the first half. Absegami battled to take some control back and allow their team some offensive opportunities but Ocean City wasn’t about to give up their momentum. Tara McNally helped the Red Raiders keep that momentum single-handedly with all three of her goals being scored within the span of six minutes. This extended the Red Raiders lead to 6 heading into halftime.Sophia Ruh moves the ball through an Absegami player.As the second half got underway, Ocean City continued its dominance all over the field. The majority of the minutes were spent in Ocean City’s offensive end allowing the Red Raiders continued opportunities on goal. With twenty minutes remaining in the game, Chloe Prettyman found the back of the goal after a penalty corner for the Red Raiders. Less than two minutes later, Bridget O’Kane tallied another one for Ocean City on a tip in in front of the goal.Ocean City would continue to push the pace of play for the next 15 minutes. The Absegami goalkeeper came up with some big saves late in the game to thwart the efforts of the Red Raiders. As the clock ticked below a minute, Ocean City had one more goal left in their tanks to finish off the Braves 9-0.Molly Reardon with her breakaway speed looks to goal.Head Coach Kelsey Mitchell was happy with the offensive output her team exhibited today. “We played a good offensive game. The girls were ready for rebounds in the circle and we were getting quick shots off,” said Mitchell postgame.As Ocean City looks ahead to it’s next game, Mitchell reminds them that being in the present is crucial for success. “We tell them to take nothing for granted, that every day matters and we need to be aware of that so we can continue on to the next step,” Mitchell said.Morgan DeCosta passes the ball upfield to her teammate.The Red Raiders will play home, Tuesday at 2 pm versus the winner of Mainland/Cherry Hill West.
Britons are eating out more as economic conditions improve, according to a new report. A YouGov survey found that 71% of respondents had eaten out in the last two weeks, up from 69% the year before same, and was reported in Horizons’ latest Eating Out-Look survey. Recovery was noticeable outside London with strong growth in Wales, the North and the East of the country.Respondents in these areas, along with the South (72%), reported eating out more often than respondents in London, of which 71% had eaten out in the previous two weeks.Wales also saw a large hike, with 71% of respondents saying they had eaten out in the previous two weeks, compared with just 61% who had done so 12 months ago. Fewer respondents in Scotland reported eating out, however, 64% compared with 67% last year.On average, respondents had eaten out 1.94 times, up from 1.8 times a year ago. Respondents who had eaten out spent an average of £14.48, including drinks, up from £14.41 last year. Consistent with previous surveys, consumers spent more when they dined out over the Christmas period than they did during the summer when the average spend was £12.72 (June 2014).Emma Read, Horizons’ director of marketing & business development, said: “What’s encouraging is that the eating out figures were stronger in the regions than they were in London. Also, given it was Christmas when many people prefer to eat and entertain at home, more respondents said they were tempted to eat out.”While 25-to-34-year-olds were the age group most likely to have eaten out in the previous two weeks (80%), 75% of respondents aged 35-44 had done so compared with 68% last year. Amongst young people aged 18 to 24 the percentage dining out had dropped year-on-year from 81% to 73%.
The Allman Brothers Band announced a new release today, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003, a collection of the best performances culled from six shows in July and August 2003–dedicated to Gregg Allman, who passed away in 2017. Set for release May 16 via the band’s Peach Records (Orchard distribution), the collection includes 36 tracks recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003, in Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; Darien Center, NY; Hartford; Charlotte; and Raleigh, with no song repeated. Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 also features special guest collaborations on four songs with Susan Tedeschi, Karl Denson, and Branford Marsalis.The 2003 iteration of the Allman Brothers Band included founding members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, percussionist Marc Quiñones, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and guitarist Derek Trucks—the same lineup that lasted through the band’s final run in 2014, marking the band’s longest-running lineup and most consistent in its live performances. According to a press release, “The band had just released their first album in 10 years, the Grammy-nominated Hittin’ The Note and were in top shape.”Continuing the tradition of providing quality content for fans, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 will be available in an array of configurations. The full curated four-CD set will be offered, both physically and digitally. Each of the full six concerts will also be available for completists, and this marks the first time any of this music has been made available digitally. Recorded for the then-nascent “Instant Live” CD series (fans picked up copies of the concert immediately after the show as they were being burned on CD), these shows capture the group at full throttle.For this collection, Warren Haynes serves as Supervising Producer and longtime manager Bert Holman as Executive Producer, with Bill Levenson and John Lynskey as Associate Producers.Haynes says in a press statement, “That was an important time in the growth of that incarnation of the ABB. We had just released Hittin’ The Note and everybody was psyched to be playing a lot of new material from an album we all were very proud of and there was new life being breathed into a lot of the older songs.”“Warren was asked to oversee this release because he has a keen ear, a great memory for individual show performances and is a master at song sequencing,” continues Holman. “The entire process went very well; we were all on the same page about what song should be included and in what order, and everybody in the band agreed with the final choices.” For more information on Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003, head to the band’s official website.Cream Of The Crop 2003 tracklist:Disc One1) Don’t Want You No More2) It’s Not My Cross To Bear3) Black Hearted Woman4) Rocking Horse5) Hot ‘Lanta6) Old Before My Time7) Come And Go Blues8) Woman Across The River9) Desdemona10) The High Cost Of Low Living11) Hoochie Coochie Man12) RevivalDisc Two1) Trouble No More2) Midnight Rider3) You Don’t Love Me4) Who To Believe5) Stormy Monday6) Good Morning Little Schoolgirl7) In Memory Of Elizabeth ReedDisc Three1) Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More2) Worried Down With The Blues3) Statesboro Blues4) Stand Back5) Melissa6) Mountain Jam7) LaylaDisc Four1) Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’2) Done Somebody Wrong3) Gambler’s Roll4) Soulshine5) Who’s Been Talking6) Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright7) Wasted Words8) Dreams9) Whipping Post10) One Way OutView All Tracks
As potential next-generation therapeutics and research tools, few life sciences technologies hold more promise than genome-editing proteins — molecules that can be programmed to alter specific genes to treat or perhaps cure genetic diseases.There’s at least one catch though. Getting genome-editing proteins into cells, where they need to be to access the genome, is a major challenge, especially in live animals or human patients.Conventionally, researchers have delivered the DNA encoding these genome-editing proteins into cells and then relied on the cells to produce the corresponding genome-editing proteins. But many DNA delivery strategies cannot be used in animals or human patients. Other DNA delivery strategies such as infecting with viruses that inject DNA into cells can raise complicating, long-term safety issues, especially when editing the human genome is involved.What may be more promising, the new study finds, is the direct delivery of genome-editing proteins into cells, rather than delivery of the corresponding genes that encode these proteins. And a class of molecules that can open the door for genome-editing proteins, as it turns out, is probably already on the shelves of many biologists.Led by David Liu, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology, and group members John Zuris and David Thompson, a team of Harvard researchers has developed a system that uses commercially available molecules called cationic lipids — essentially long, greasy molecules that carry a positive charge at one end — to introduce genome-editing proteins into cells efficiently. The team has even demonstrated that the technology can be used to modify genes in living animals. The study is described in the Oct. 30 issue of Nature Biotechnology.“Current drugs that treat genetic diseases cannot address the root cause of the disease,” Liu explained. “Unlike infectious diseases, for example, which we treat by killing the disease-causing agent, in the case of diseases that come from mutations in our own genes, one has to go into the cells and do surgery on our genomes to fix the root cause. Thanks to recent discoveries by scientists around the world, we now have genome-editing proteins that can do the surgery. But the challenge is that these proteins, like virtually all proteins, do not enter cells spontaneously.“In this study, we describe a method to very potently deliver genome-editing proteins into cells,” Liu added. “And we observed efficient genome modification using this method not just in cultured cells, but also in living animals.”Though he warned that no system, including this one, will be a one-size-fits-all delivery solution, Liu believes that delivering genome-editing proteins into cells could offer hope to patients suffering from a host of conditions, including some diseases of the eye, ear, liver, muscles, and blood.One condition that’s already in researchers’ crosshairs is deafness.Working with Zheng-Yi Chen, associate professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School and researcher at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Liu and colleagues used the new system to modify genes in specialized “hair cells” in the inner ears of mice. Hair cell damage, either from environmental or genetic factors, is a common cause of hearing loss.Graphics by John McCarthy/Harvard StaffA common strategy for introducing proteins into cells, Liu said, has been to rely on positively charged proteins. Because the exterior of mammalian cells is decorated with negatively charged molecules, positively charged proteins stick to them, causing them to be engulfed by cells in compartments called endosomes. Liu and his students previously developed a strategy that uses positively supercharged proteins as delivery vehicles.“The key difficulty, which has been known for decades, is that getting cargo out of endosomes is very difficult,” Liu said. “The efficiency with which a protein will spontaneously escape an endosome is very low — maybe as low as one in a million under normal circumstances.”To develop a system that would allow for the more efficient delivery of proteins into cells, Liu and colleagues took the opposite approach, one that involved mimicking the way scientists deliver nucleic acids like DNA and RNA into cells.That system relies on the positively charged molecules called cationic lipids, which bind with negatively charged nucleic acids to form structures called liposomes. Once formed, there are at least two ways for liposomes to deliver their contents into a cell. In some cases, Liu explained, the liposome may fuse with the cell’s membrane, releasing its cargo. Alternately, the liposome may be taken in as an endosome, and then release its contents if the liposome and endosome membranes fuse.“We had the very simple idea to use the same commercially available cationic lipids researchers use to deliver DNA and RNA to deliver proteins. But instead of using superpositively charged proteins, we use supernegatively charged proteins, which resemble nucleic acids in their highly negatively charged state,” Liu said. “The potency of delivering proteins that are associated with highly negatively charged molecules using cationic lipids is approximately 1,000 times greater than delivering proteins using positively charged proteins or peptides.”Importantly, the team’s experiments showed that the new system, when applied to the delivery of genome-editing proteins, results in target gene modification that is at least as efficient as the best results they observed from the delivery of DNA encoding genome-editing proteins. But Liu and co-workers showed that the specificity of genome editing — how accurately the targeted genes are modified versus modification of other sites in the human genome — was much higher from protein delivery rather than from DNA delivery.This outcome was what the researchers hoped to see. “Following DNA delivery, the encoded proteins can be expressed in difficult-to-regulate amounts for long periods of time,” Liu said. “There has always been a mismatch between DNA delivery and the desired outcome of genome editing. In genome editing, the mission is to fix one or two copies of a gene. After a genome-editing protein finishes that mission, you want it to go away, because the only things it can do after that point are undesired and possibly harmful.“So protein delivery, which is transient and short-lived, seemed to be a better match than DNA delivery for most genome-editing applications.”“We hope this approach to protein delivery will help connect where genome editing is now to where the field needs to be in order to realize the therapeutic potential of these proteins to address genetic diseases,” Liu said.
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies hosted the International Conference on Archbishop Oscar Romero on Sept. 25 – 27. The conference included guest speakers from universities and organizations from the United States, the United Kingdom and El Salvador, discussing the life and legacy of Fr. Oscar Romero.Professor of systematic theology Michael E. Lee, Notre Dame alumnus and current professor at Fordham University, gave a lecture on Monseñor Romero’s martyrdom Saturday afternoon.Sarah Olson “In Romero we have … a martyr of solidarity,” Lee said. “We can allow Romero’s death to deepen our understanding of martyrdom today.”According to Lee, some people do not consider Romero’s death to be a martyrdom. Romero was shot in 1980 as he was celebrating Mass and therefore was not called out to directly renounce his faith. However, Lee challenges this event by saying that Romero’s entire life was a testimony to his martyrdom.“Throughout his life, Romero lived a life of prayer and piety,” he said. “The witness of such utter devotion to God has been described as a martyr.”According to the U.N. website, Romero became known as “The Voice of the Voiceless” because he used his authority as archbishop to speak for the impoverished who could not speak out for themselves. Romero’s main focus was to speak out against the injustice and abuse that occurred during El Salvador’s civil war. Romero was also known for believing that no separation should exist between the Church and the poor.“Martyrs confront us with the holy mystery of the Gospel,” Lee said. “Romero’s case demonstrates that there is still progress to be made.”Lee examined two types of poverty: material and spiritual poverty. Lee defined material poverty as a lack of actual finances or possessions, and he said spiritual poverty is a dependence on God that each Christian is called to, a calling which Romero exemplified.“Martyrs function as a sign pointing to the path of conversion,” he said. “Martyrs … reveal the workings and real presence of sin.”Christianity involves an awareness of the preferential option for the poor, Lee said. According to the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) at Notre Dame, preferential option of the poor means “to strengthen the whole community by assisting those who are most vulnerable.”“The call of the Christian today is to make the commitment that is called the preferential option for the poor,” Lee said. “The solidarity called in the preferential option for the poor is essential in Christian discipleship.”Lee said Romero is an example of a “martyr of solidarity,” whose example is relevant today.“Recognizing martyrs of solidarity can even open doors to see how the Spirit moves outside the Church,” he said.Tags: Archbishop, International Conference, Kellogg Institute, martyrdom, Michael Lee, Oscar Romero, poverty
Senior Director of Corporate Communications Michael Jamison told 12 News repairs and upgrades were made as needed, as critical infrastructure is a priority on days where losing power is of high potential. (WBNG) — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, NYSEG has taken a number of precautions to ensure customer and employee safety, especially on days where severe weather is causing customers to lose power. “Our crews have been spending a lot of time proactively checking the circuits that provide power to critical infrastructure, so we’re confident we’re prepared for the greatest extent we can be,” said Jamison. NYSEG took a proactive approach weeks ago, inspecting circuits of high priority locations such as hospitals, nursing homes and grocery stores. NYSEG is following CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing. All indoor non-emergency work has been suspended, and employees are encouraging customers to follow these guidelines as well. NYSEG is encouraging people to avoid approaching active work sites, but if necessary, they ask that you maintain the six-feet social distance policy. “If the worst does come we’re prepared, we have nearly 1000 people, field resources state wide ready to respond, and we’ve prestaged crews all throughout the state based on the forecast so we can react quickly is outages do occur,” said Jamison. Jamison says when there is severe weather in the forecast, they plan for the worst and hope for the best, and are prepared for whatever comes their way. Jamison also said you may notice increased traffic. That is due to social distancing policies, which NYSEG has implemented. The company’s new policy is one worker per vehicle, meaning you may notice a NYSEG truck followed by a fleet of other vehicles. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.
The sophomore duo is coming off an impressive freshman season. Tinsley was named America East rookie of the year, and both were named to the America East all-rookie team. Both are entering the season with the team on their minds. VESTAL (WBNG) — Despite Binghamton University going remote for the rest of the semester, the Binghamton men’s basketball team is continuing practice, as they prepare for the upcoming season. ” I think I’m going to have to take a bigger leadership role this year, because obviously we got some older guys but they’re new and coming in,” said Tinsley. “Have to be going for every team,” said Tinsley. “Many teams got the best of us last year, and we’re going to have to bring it this year.” With a number of new faces on the roster, Mills and Tinsley said they are ready to take on leadership roles. “We should be in the mix this year, especially throughout the conference tournament,” said Mills. “I feel like we just need to step up as a team, help each other out, and just keep working hard to achieve our goals.” Mills averaged 9.7 points last season, good for third-highest among freshman in the conference. He also led the team in three-point shooting. “I just want to do whatever I can to win, and to help our team win,” said Mills. “So whatever that is, whether it’s scoring, passing, rebounding, defense, just doing whatever I can to help.” The conference schedule begins with a home weekend series, as the Bearcats host Stony Brook December 19 and 20. “Now that people know how Brenton and I play, it’s not going to be as easy,” said Tinsley. With a unique conference schedule featuring back-to-back games each weekend, they’re embracing the challenge ahead. Tinsley led the conference in freshman scoring, with 11.6 points per game. He was second overall in rebounding (7.4 per game). “I think just taking care of our bodies and having that week of preparation will help us out a lot, and maintain our focus,” said Mills. “I think it’s going to be kind of cool, just to set up the season a different way,” said Tinsley. “No matter what happens the first day you’re going to have to come out and give 100% the next one.” When the season does begin, the Bearcats don’t want to be taken lightly. “Just really staying consistent, I think is a big key,” said Mills. Sophomores George Tinsley and Brenton Mills said the plan is still to play a handful of non-conference games, before conference play begins December 19. “Kind of gives us you know, kind of a tell of where we’re at as a team and what we need to improve on and stuff like that,” said Tinsley. “It’s very helpful to have five or six games before conference.” The non-conference schedule has not been released.