At last month’s HR Directors Club breakfast briefing at Chelsea Football Club stadium Stamford Bridge, Richard Needham, a director of Dyson Appliances and vice-chairman of NEC Europe, told members: “The correct design of an organisation is absolutely critical to its success.” Dyson director extols virtues of sound company structureThe key to business success is the structure of the company, according to one of the UK’s leading businessmen. At a recent Personnel Today HR Directors Club breakfast briefing at Chelsea Football Club, Sir Richard Needham, a director of Dyson Appliances and vice-chairman of NEC (Europe), told delegates: “The structure of a company is enormously important if you want to get the best out of people. The correct design of an organisation is absolutely critical to its success.”In a challenging presentation, Michael Heseltine’s former deputy at the DTI said public sector managers were not up to the task.“The majority of the public sector is weak, flabby and inefficient at getting the best out of people,” he said. “However, the public sector is far better than 20 years ago.”He said HR had to deal with too much regulation dreamed up by civil servants with no experience of business and, because of this, “HR spends an immense amount of time doing things with questionable value”.HR Directors Club members have already heard a number of inspiring speakers this year, including Andrew Marr, political editor at the BBC, and Kevin Green, personnel and organisational development director at Royal Mail. We’ve also lined up Clare Chapman, Group HR director at Tesco, to talk about her innovative people strategies at our next breakfast briefing on 28 September. The HR Directors Club also runs evening networking events, where members debate topical issues. At last week’s event, at Trinity House in Tower Hill, London, HR directors heard the latest thinking and shared best practice on human capital management. [Click here to read about the event]In a separate workshop at The Brewery, members shared their experiences of becoming an employer of choice. [Click here to read about the event]The HR Directors Club also ran a recent workshop on HR transformation. [Click here to read about the event] Previous Article Next Article HR Directors Club Breakfast BriefingOn 30 Jun 2005 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Back to overview,Home naval-today UAE: UKMTO Royal Navy Personnel Join Celebrations of Armed Forces Day 2012 On 27 June, Royal Navy personnel deployed to UK Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO) joined in the celebrations for Armed Forces Day 2012 by hosting a charity cake sale and tea party at the British Embassy in Dubai and were joined by some very distinguished visitors.The event took place at the Embassy’s on site community centre, and the team invited Embassy staff, relatives and visitors to join them for tea, coffee and a variety of cakes generously baked and donated by diplomatic staff and RN personnel.The team raised a grand total of 1655 Emirati dirhams, nearly £300, which will be donated to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines (RNRM) charity.Also joining in the celebrations were Henry Bellingham MP, Minister for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Mike Penning MP, Minister for Shipping at the Department for Transport. Both Parliamentarians were in the UAE for an international conference on Somali piracy and, whilst there, took the opportunity to visit UKMTO and see for themselves their contribution to multi-national efforts to counter piracy.Speaking at the UAE conference later in the day, Henry Bellingham commented that it was a “pleasure to tour the UK Maritime Trade Operation (UKMTO) facility based here in Dubai.“Reporting to UKMTO remains a key element of the Best Management Practices (BMP) developed by industry for industry.“I take this opportunity to not only commend the work of UKMTO, but also the ongoing work of industry to encourage ships to engage regularly with UKMTO as part of their wider self-protection regime.”Mr Guy Warrington, Her Majesty’s Consul General in Dubai, added:“I’m very pleased to be able to take this opportunity to celebrate Armed Forces Day alongside serving military personnel and congratulate all those from the Embassy and UKMTO who helped raise money for charity.“Armed Forces Day is not only about honouring serving personnel but veterans, too, and charities like the RNRM Charity do great work for veterans, relatives and all those who have or continue to serve their country in the Armed Forces.”Commander Mark Stuttard RN, Royal Naval Liaison Officer (Gulf), said:“Congratulations to all my team for their hard work in ensuring Armed Forces Day 2012 didn’t go unrecognised and for raising such a valuable contribution to charity. Outstanding.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 11, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Navy Authorities UAE: UKMTO Royal Navy Personnel Join Celebrations of Armed Forces Day 2012 View post tag: Celebrations View post tag: UKMTO View post tag: day View post tag: 2012 View post tag: join View post tag: forces View post tag: Naval July 11, 2012 View post tag: personnel View post tag: UAE View post tag: Royal View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Armed Share this article
No To Hate Crimes LawBefore diving into the topic, and the left with their media allies condemning me, I first want to say I fully condemn acts of degradation and hate in all forms.On July 28th in Indianapolis individuals vandalized a Jewish Synagogue defiling it with white nationalist propaganda. As a political consultant who has worked for a dear friend and Jewish candidate for Congress, I strongly sympathize with the congregation of Shaarey Tefilla. However, the so-called solution for this incident is not the answer.Shortly after the incident, Governor Holcomb called on lawmakers to pass “hate crimes” legislation. This call is not shocking seeing the Governors more moderate stance on issues, and recognizing the moves that put him at odds with the faith community and social conservatives in the state. These types of laws have in the past have been used against the faith community, and simply are ineffective.Before I begin I want to state a statistic. The left seems to be passionate about this to “uphold the law,” yet 99.97% of all crimes are not hated crimes. Plus, if the left were so passionate about doing something to uphold law maybe they should tackle illegal immigration.Indiana has a very well put together judicial system. The case Witmer v. State gives judges the power to enhance a sentence if it is deemed helpful, and there is no evidence that crimes are not adequately punished in the Hoosier state. With the broad sentencing power of Hoosier judges a “hate crimes” legislation could, in fact, limit the ability of judges when it comes to sentencing. Hate Crime legislation in the Indiana General Assembly includes a list of politically correct victims. Creating a list for enhancements actually reduces the ability that judges currently have to enhance a sentence involving any victim that was targeted due to excessive animus.But a point that is dear to me is that “hate crime” legislation punishes thoughts, not just actions. Such legislation would find itself at odds with the pulpit. It would encroach on pastors or members of the faith community and their conscience. Indiana has just laws that tackle and punish individuals for their actions, however, this legislation would go farther and begin to attack individuals for their opinion whether it be gay marriage, transgenders, or a range of other issues. Such legislation would draw the state closer to infringing on the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. In fact, Christians have already been prosecuted under hate crime laws for peacefully expressing disapproval of homosexual behavior in Sweden, England, Canada, and even in Philadelphia, PA. This is why we must act and not allow such legislation to pass.As Hoosiers, we must take our rightful place. Legislators answer to us, we the people give them the power, and it would be a shame if allowed such infringement and “denial of equal justice under the law.” Governor Holcomb and many members of the Indiana General Assembly will turn out in favor of this. They will work hard to push forth their moderate and somewhat “progressive” agenda. As Hoosiers, we must work even harder. We can not allow the continual attacks on our values, and those who represent them like Mike Delph and Curtis Hill continue. We must be loud, and that starts with this Hate Crimes Law.Caleb ShumakerMoss For CongressFOOTNOTE: The City-County Observer posted this letter without bias, opinion or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Jack Williamson, aged 92, died recently after a short illness, writes his daughter Pat Harwood. Jack was well-known, firstly in Thames Ditton where he bought his first bakery, originally called Taylors. Jack opened his business just after the war, when ingredients were in short supply – at a time when a tray of jam tarts on display would disappear in five minutes. The business grew to three shops, including one in Ewell and one in Hook. By this time, the coupon books had been thrown away and he was able to produce more exciting pastries, which he learned to make at the Westminster School for Bakers and Confectioners.In 1958, Jack and his wife Ruby bought a business in Streatham Hill, called Rosels. On his retirement, he lived in Storrington for two years, but then bought a small shop in Middleton-on-Sea.After his wife’s death, he lived at St Nicolas Court in sheltered accommodation, but still enjoyed baking cakes for the residents there.
Coffee Republic’s chief executive Steven Bartlett is to stand down at the company’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting. The coffee bar chain’s current executive chairman, Peter Breach, will take over the role temporarily while a permanent replacement is found. Bartlett will remain on Coffee Republic’s board in a non-executive role. It is expected that he will be appointed vice-chairman at the AGM, and will continue to hold shares in the company.Bartlett has been chief executive since October 2006, when he set up a shareholder pressure group which helped to oust founder Bobby Hashemi from the company.In a statement, the company said: “Bartlett has accomplished a notable turnaround and has established Coffee Republic as a major coffee house brand in the UK whilst also establishing the foundation for a strong international brand.”This directorate change will enable Bartlett to dedicate more time to his businesses and family in Plymouth, whilst still providing Coffee Republic with his “expertise and enthusiasm for the brand”.
A new espresso machine from La Spaziale is available through Café du Monde. The ’Special’, manufactured in Italy, is a fully automatic machine, operated by a push-button. It comes with two frothers as standard and is available in two sizes – the 2-group machine (10-litre capacity) and the 3-group machine (15-litre capacity). “The strength of the euro has made life difficult for customers looking to start a coffee service or to re-equip. The ’Special’ is a basic machine with none of the ’bells and whistles’ associated with top-end machines,” said Mike Osborne, sales director of Café du Monde. “That said, it is manufactured in Italy to La Spaziale’s usual high standards.”Lease deals are also available from the company. The £23.71 per week package includes the 2-group machine and a start-up package, which includes grinder, knock-out drawer, water softener, installation, staff training and a full 12-months parts and labour warranty.[http://www.cafedumonde.co.uk]
Dunstable, BedfordshireMachinery: a bespoke modular plastic belt conveying systemWhy installed: to integrate new packaging equipment for crumpets in production hallsHow it came about: Honeytop Speciality Foods wanted Astec Conveyors to design a conveying system from the discharge of the flow-wrappers in the production hall, through to the warehouse for packing into baskets or cases ready for hand-palletisingWhat it does: wrapped product can be discharged from the flow-wrappers down a chute to a low level conveyor, then transported through the machines, up an inclined modular belt conveyor and on to the warehouse via overhead modular plastic slat conveyors. On entering the warehouse, product is conveyed to low level, where it is transferred into a checkweigher, prior to being packed into plastic baskets or cases for hand-palletisingTech spec: the stainless steel, food-quality modular plastic belt conveying system combines a series of 11.5cm (4.5-inch) slat conveyors plus 90° and 180° bendsProblems solved: the system allows the conveyors to change speed, depending on the production conditions; as one FlexPicker can handle the total production if required, the conveyor system automa-tically adjusts speed to suit Supplied by: Astec Conveyorwww.astecconveyors.com
Google+ Facebook Notre Dame sets the Blue Gold game for May 1 By Tommie Lee – March 25, 2021 0 244 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/University of Notre Dame) Notre Dame Football’s Blue Gold game will be May 1st.Due to the pandemic the only fans who will be allowed are members of the Notre Dame campus community, and family members of the coaches and players.Fans will be able to see the game exclusively on Peacock, for free. The scrimmage is the final spring practice, and will begin at 12:30 p.m.Tailgating will still be prohibited and campus ticketing policies will be the same as they were during the 2020 season. IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleTwo die in Dowagiac house fireNext articleTamm: Expect to still be required to mask up in Indiana restaurants Tommie Lee
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Technical Director, Dr Ian Levy said: The consultation follows the government’s voluntary Secure by Design Code of Practice for consumer IoT security launched last year. The Code advocates for stronger cyber security measures to be built into smart products right from the design stage, and has already been backed by Centrica Hive, HP Inc Geo and more recently Panasonic.The proposals come a day after Margot James held a roundtable on IoT security with global technology companies. As a result Amazon, Philips, Panasonic, Samsung, Miele, Yale and Legrand affirmed their commitment to taking steps to ensure that effective security solutions are being implemented across IoT products on the market.The Government is working with international partners to ensure that the guidelines drive a consistent approach to IoT security. The proposals set out in the consultation have the potential to impact security of devices made across the world to meet the UK’s future standards.Alternative options to the label that Government are also consulting on would be to mandate retailers to not sell any products that do not adhere to the top three security requirements of the Code.ENDSNotes to editors:The consultation document will be available on the Government’s Secure by Design pages and is open for 5 weeks. It has been published alongside a consumer survey report which tested various label designs with 6,482 UK consumers as part of helping to create a labelling scheme that was backed by evidence.The public consultation is part of a wider evidence based approach, to create regulatory proposals for consumer IoT products.In February, ETSI, the European Standards Organisation, Iaunched Technical Specification 103 645, the first globally-applicable industry standard on the cybersecurity of internet-connected consumer devices. TS 103 645 builds on the Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security, but has been developed for wider European and global needs. Cybersecurity Tech Accord signatories endorsed the ETSI TS 103 645 in March 2019.Stakeholders can submit feedback to the consultation via [email protected] UK Government has also updated its guidance for consumers (‘Smart devices: using them safely in your home’) – the guidance has been published on DCMS and NCSC’s website.The Industrial Strategy sets out a long term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. It sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.The Minister made the announcement at the PETRAS/IET Living in the Internet of Things Conference (1-2 May 2019), at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place. IoT device passwords must be unique and not resettable to any universal factory setting. Manufacturers of IoT products provide a public point of contact as part of a vulnerability disclosure policy. Manufacturers explicitly state the minimum length of time for which the device will receive security updates through an end of life policy. Many consumer products that are connected to the internet are often found to be insecure, putting consumers privacy and security at risk. Our Code of Practice was the first step towards making sure that products have security features built in from the design stage and not bolted on as an afterthought. These new proposals will help to improve the safety of Internet connected devices and is another milestone in our bid to be a global leader in online safety. techUK welcomes the publication of the Government’s consultation on regulatory next steps for consumer IoT. This follows the Government’s voluntary Secure by Design Code of Practice for consumer IoT security launched last year, which techUK supported. The Code advocates for stronger cyber security measures to be built into smart products right from the design stage. We are pleased that the security requirements outlined in the consultation are consistent with the Secure by Design Code of Practice and key industry standards that already exist for consumer IoT devices. This is an important first step in creating flexible and purposeful regulation that stamps out poor security practices, which techUK’s research shows can act as significant barriers on the take-up of consumer IoT devices. The proposals set out have the potential to positively impact the security of devices made across the world and it is good to see the Government is working with international partners to ensure a consistent approach to IoT security. techUK looks forward to responding to this consultation on behalf of our members. Serious security problems in consumer IoT devices, such as pre-set unchangeable passwords, continue to be discovered and it’s unacceptable that these are not being fixed by manufacturers. This innovative labelling scheme is good news for consumers, empowering them to make informed decisions about the technology they are bringing into their homes. Basic cyber security features to be built into products Consumers will get better information on how secure their devices are Consultation now launched ahead of potential legislation Following the consultation, the security label will initially be launched as a voluntary scheme to help consumers identify products that have basic security features and those that don’t.Digital Minister Margot James said: Plans to ensure that millions of household items that are connected to the internet are better protected from cyber attacks have been launched by Digital Minister Margot James.Options that the Government will be consulting on include a mandatory new labelling scheme. The label would tell consumers how secure their products such as ‘smart’ TVs, toys and appliances are. The move means that retailers will only be able to sell products with an Internet of Things (IoT) security label.The consultation focuses on mandating the top three security requirements that are set out in the current ‘Secure by Design’ code of practice. These include that: CEO of techUK Julian David said:
The works of the Dutch poet and mystic Hadewijch inspired Saint Mary’s women to deeply analyze thirteenth century spiritual life Tuesday night. Professor Amy Hollywood of the Harvard Divinity School explored the work of Hadewijch in the lecture “Love Abyss: Hadewijch’s Infinite Desire” in the Stapleton Lounge. She said it is crucial to understand the time period the mystic lived in to understand the poet’s work. “To understand Hadewijch, one must understand the context in which her work was created,” Hollywood said. Hadewijch’s work was sparked by the practices of the beguines in the thirteenth century, groups of women that were semi-religious, but not bound by taking formal vows, Hollywood said. “These women often worked in the cloth industry, took care of the sick or were school teachers,” she said. “They were spiritual women, but since they were not bound by vows there was more permeability between the beguines and the outside world. This is what sparked a movement.” Hollywood said this progress includes the many letters, poems and the manuscript of Hadewijch. Today, the work of Hadewijch is studied and translated into many languages, but Hollywood said experts are still trying to fully understand the poet. “We really do not truly know anything,” Hollywood said. “All we have are these texts and poems. We do not even know if there is a Hadewijch, but we assume there was based on bodies of text with her name.” Hollywood said communal prayer, manual labor and private reading and devotion were the main components in Hadewijch’s texts where she described her divine episodes. “For Hadewijch, communal prayer is a necessary pre-condition for anything to do with the divine,” Hollywood said. “This especially includes psalms.” Hollywood said Hadewijch often referred to the word love as meaning God, and believed love was God’s act. Hollywood said it is through this understanding of love that Hadewijch described her divine mystical experiences. “Hadewijch had intense personal devotion and this allowed for spontaneous mystical ways in which the divine can be encountered,” she said. Hollywood said it is important to study the intense practices of spirituality of the past in order to bring the same passion intomodern times. “For Hadewijch and other women in the thirteenth century, there was an understanding of their own intense amount of labor for being a Christian,” Hollywood said. “By reading material from the past we see this intensity and the vitality it had within Christianity at the time. When we see this intensity we must recognize it and think about it.”