Germany looks outside EU to fill skills gaps

first_img Previous Article Next Article A radical proposal to allow 50,000 skilled foreign workers from outside theEU to enter Germany every year has been put forward by a high-level independentcommission in the country. The plan has been drawn up to counter rapid population decline and growingskills shortages. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder said the proposal formed a good basis fora new immigration law that the government hopes to pass this year. Germany’s 82 million population is projected to fall by 23 million by 2050,and demographers have predicted that hundreds of thousands of immigrants willbe needed every year to fill the gaps. The independent commission recommends that in the first year of theimmigration programme, 20,000 workers should be granted permanent residency,20,000 be given five-year permits to work in sectors where there are skillsshortages and 10,000 should get temporary permits. European HR consultant Peter Reid thought the proposal was progressive, butwas concerned it could lead to a “brain drain” from countries seekingto join the EU, such as Poland. “I have general concerns that the most skilled members of the workforcewill be the ones that leave these countries,” he said. Related posts:No related photos. Germany looks outside EU to fill skills gapsOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img

Balgores opens in Ongar

first_imgBalgores Property Group has opened a new branch in Ongar, its second opening in the last nine months.The new office, branded Balgores Hayes, is at 134, High Street, on the ground floor of a character Grade 2 Listed building. Ongar is a historic market town situated between Harlow and Chelmsford, with access to the motorway network via Junction 7 of the M11.The new Ongar office is being overseen by Branch Manager, Lee Davey, who has been in the industry since 2008 and is an important part of the Balgores team.Paul Hayes, Director of Balgores Hayes, part of Balgores Property Group, said, “We are delighted to be opening a new office at Ongar, which will enable us to provide our award winning service to buyers, sellers and landlords in the town and local vicinity.“Our marketing is second to none and our offices also provide a dedicated sales progressor, who will track every sale, all the way from offer to completion, making for a smooth, stress free transaction. Homeowners and landlords with property in Brentwood or Ongar, will be offered advertising across both offices, creating maximum exposure, within one fee.”Ongar Balgores Property Group June 11, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Balgores opens in Ongar previous nextAgencies & PeopleBalgores opens in Ongar11th June 20160691 Viewslast_img

NMC EAD Changes Command aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial

first_img August 18, 2014 US Navy Munitions Command East Asia Division (NMC EAD) held a change of command ceremony on Aug. 14 aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). View post tag: Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today NMC EAD Changes Command aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial View post tag: Missouri Memorial View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval View post tag: Battleshipcenter_img View post tag: Command View post tag: NMC EAD NMC EAD Changes Command aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial View post tag: changes Capt. Edward M. Galvin relieved Capt. Michael J. Singleton as commanding officer during the official ceremony.During the ceremony, Capt. Mark Springer, Commander NMC and NMC Pacific, served as the guest speaker and Navy Chaplain Cmdr. Jeffery Logan, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, provided the invocation. JBPHH Honors and Ceremonial Guard presented the colors.Singleton took command of NMC EAD Hawaii in April of 2012. As a commanding officer of the East Asia Division, he oversaw operations in support of fleet units and operational forces in the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) with subsidiary detachments in Sasebo and Yokosuka as well as units in Guam, Okinawa, Atsugi and Misawa and Diego Garcia annex.Singleton began his carrier in the Navy in October 1976 as an enlisted Sailor, advancing in the service to a high-ranking officer. Over the years he actively participated in the Mustang Round-Up Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer recruiting drives, leading by example, helping and guiding Sailors to success in their military careers. Sailors under his command praised him for his leadership.Singleton is planning to retire later this year, making NMC EAD Hawaii his last tour.According to Singleton, his relief is more than capable of doing the job.During presentation of awards, Springer presented Singleton with a Legion of Merit Medal for outstanding services and achievements. Upon receiving his award, Singleton, as his final act as a commanding officer, surprised two of his Sailors by awarding Logistics Specialist 1st Class Alvin Norman with the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Yeomen 2nd Class Ciatta Tucker with the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.In his farewell remarks, Singleton thanked his command and his Sailors and civilian employees, reiterating their importance to success of the command and the Navy as a whole.After the reading of official orders, Galvin said he was honored to relieve Singleton as commanding officer and promised the unit would continue to build on his legacy.Galvin also addressed the men and women of the command as their new leader.Galvin plans to dedicate his first steps as commanding officer to familiarizing with command functions and learning about its challenges, as well as establishing good rapport with Sailors and civilian employees under his leadership.NMC EAD Hawaii is responsible for ordnance delivery to ships, submarines and aviation squadrons based in Japan, Hawaii, Diego Garcia and Guam. Command’s mission is to provide command, control and administrative support to NMC EAD units and detachments, which provide quality and responsive logistics, expert technical and material support of ammunition management and ordnance system components to Fleet customer.[mappress]Press Release, August 18, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: News by topic Authoritieslast_img

Create your own soundscape

first_imgHumans share ninety eight per cent of their genes with chimpanzees,but according to researchers at Keele University, the latter show no preferencefor music over dissonant noise. By contrast, all human cultures have developed some form of music, suggesting that an interest in melody is a both a universal human characteristic and one which differentiates us from lower primates.In most societies, music is a crucial part of rites of passage, played at partiesand religious ceremonies. Many tunes therefore carry special emotional connotations and significance for the listener. Studies in which scientists monitored the blood flow to different parts of the brain while volunteers listened to their favourite music showed that listening to music can trigger increased blood flow to neural centres linked to reward, motivation and arousal. Increased activity in these centres is also caused by both sexual arousal and intoxication: sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll all have similar effects on the brain.Before the advent of widespread literacy, songs were used to record and recall valuable information. they laboured on plantations in the South, Aamerican slaves sang songs whose lyricsdetailed the location of safe houses on the “Underground Rrailroad”, the network of anti-slavery activists who helped to slaves to escape to freedom in the Nnorth. Eelizabethan balladeers wrote popular songs which detailed the maritime adventures of Her Majesty’s Navy, and the Queen’s visits to army camps. Music, especially in the form of easily-learnt songs, has also been an effective form of propaganda: Rroyalist balladeers satirized Cromwell mercilessly prior to the Rrestoration.So, music has been a fundamental and almost universal part of human society for centuries. But recently, the way that we access, purchase and consume music has changed. Our route of access to music changed in 1999 when an eighteen year old college dropout, frustrated with the difficulty of sharing music over the internet, stayed up all night to write the code for the program that was to become Nnapster. This program allowed users to share their (legitimately purchased) music with an infinite number of other people, via the internet. The upshotwas an explosion in file-sharing. By making it possible to share music for free, Nnapster encouraged listeners to download tracks they wouldn’t have spent money on, or been able to purchase locally.MP3 file compression technology and new mass storage devices allowed users to fit a shelf’s worth of CDds into their pocket. Aas the capacity of portable MP3 players has risen, so has their ubiquity: twenty two million iPods have been sold since the launch of the first generation of players four years ago. Just as Nnapster revolutionised the way people accessed music, the iPod changed the way people stored it. Used in conjunction, these facilities allowedthe user to rapidly and cheaply construct their own extensive, and eclectic, musical library.Until the release of the Sony Walkman in 1979, music was always a communal experience, whether in the concert hall, church or around the campfire. The arrival of the personal music player individualised the experience, by allowing people to listen to music in isolation from those around them. The iPod advanced on its predecessors by letting its owner have a completely unique and individual soundtrack to their life. Rresearch by the government in New Zealand found that people of all ages spent an average of one hour a day listening to music whilst doing other tasks.The absorbing, distracting, mood-altering effect of background music has been recognised for years by store-owners and marketers. The Journal of Business Rresearch published a study showing that shoppers were left with a favourable impression of shops in which they heard background music that they liked. Aas hard evidence of the effects of music begins to accumulate, even more conservative organisations, such as hospitals, are introducing schemes in which music is used to relax and distract patients before and during uncomfortable procedures. The low set-up and running costs for such projects have led to them being introduced in a wide range of areas, from maternity wards to palliative care facilities.It is evident that any soundtrack we construct will affect our perceptions of everyday life. Given that music can stimulate the same brain areas as sex and drugs, the effect of listening to music could change the way we think and feel about our environment in the same profound and transient way. Evidence showing that this change in mindset can influence behaviour comes from research into the synchronisation of body movement with music tempo during exercise. A team a  Brunel University found that listening to music which had a rhythm that matched the pace at which volunteers were exercising improved the subjects’ adherence to their gym programmes by eighteen percent. Eelite athletes have been using this technique for read more

Arbutus blooms in Cork

first_imgTwo weeks ago, one of Ireland’s leading proponents of artisan breads moved to a new and much larger bakery in Cork city, which he hopes will allow him to continue expanding.Declan Ryan, owner of the Arbutus Breads bakery, has shifted from his previous premises in the smart Cork suburb of Montenotte to a brand new 230sq m (2,500 sq ft) unit on an industrial estate at Mayfield, about 10 minutes drive away. Arbutus Breads was originally set up in September 1999, after the upmarket Arbutus Lodge hotel in Montenotte, which Mr Ryan ran with his family, was sold. He recalls that it closed its doors on a Saturday and that, the following Monday morning, his new bakery was already up and running. The original Arbutus Breads started life in a converted two-car garage on Mr Ryan’s own estate in Montenotte. At that time, it had one employee and deliveries were carried out in Mr Ryan’s jeep after baking. He was in a good position to establish a bakery. Having originally trained as a chef, he also studied at the L’École Française de Boulangerie d’Aurillac in 1996. And, during his time in the hotel, he was renowned for his innovative dishes.Now, he is deeply involved with the artisan bread movement in Ireland and is a strong advocate for craft baking; he is on the academic council at the National Bakery School in Dublin and is also a member of the artisan forum at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Arbutus Breads makes a variety of products, including West Cork soda bread, rye and wholemeal, New York-style sourdough, white sourdough, spelt yeast breads and several continental styles. Speciality breads include a walnut and red wine variety. Mostly, traditional French flour is used, but the bakery also uses organic flour and traditional stone-ground Irish flours. Oatmeal comes from Macroom Mills in Co Cork, which roasts the husks before milling to give a unique flavour.Growing customer baseIn all, the bakery supplies about 25 regular customers, from deli owners and market-based retailers to catering outlets. But now the move to the new premises is complete, Mr Ryan hopes to broaden that customer base. About 50% of sales go through delicatessen outlets in the Cork area, a further 25% through the restaurant trade and the remaining 25% through markets, which give a much wider geographical coverage. Arbutus now supplies weekly markets in places such as Kenmare, Co Kerry and Ennis, Co Clare. And one of the best fresh food markets in Ireland – the English Market in Cork city centre, which is the biggest single customer of the bakery – is almost on his doorstep. Arbutus also supplies the Neal’s Dairy Yard shops in London. Good connectionsSo far, Arbutus has developed its customer base without having a website for the bakery and Mr Ryan has no immediate plans to change that situation. But having good connections with many food writers, in Ireland and internationally, does help. Demand for the products has grown so much, that the bakery now employs four full-time bakers and two full-time van delivery people. “There’s no longer any room for me in the bakery,” he quips.The maximum daily output in the present bakery is 900 loaves a day. Of his breads, leading Irish food critics John and Sally McKenna have said that Mr Ryan bakes “probably the best bread in Ireland”. In their estimation, his top bread line is the wholemeal sourdough loaf, closely followed by a rye and caraway sourdough. “We’ve set up the bakery to do artisan breads. We want it to be like a small French-style bakery rather than an industrial bakery,” says Mr Ryan. Virtually all the equipment that has gone into the Mayfield bakery is new and any equipment being transferred from the old bakery is almost new, as he has always had a policy of trading-up to new machinery whenever possible. One of the ideas that Mr Ryan wants to try in the new bakery is baking boxes of mixed rolls for restaurants, so that they can get a selection of three, four or five different kinds of roll all in the same box. He also says he will probably start doing par-baked rolls for restaurants and hotels.On May 10, the brand new E150 million terminal at Cork Airport is due to open and Arbutus Breads has won a contract to supply artisan breads there. The airport management has planned to build a shopping area in the new terminal that will recreate the atmosphere of Cork’s English Market. So Mr Ryan and his team have worked flat out to get the new bakery up and running in good time.last_img

Pipers signs pie deal at Lord’s

first_imgDevon-based Pipers Farm has signed a deal potentially worth £20,000 to supply a range of bespoke pies to Lord’s Cricket Ground.The pies, which retail for £4.95 each, are made from scratch in the company’s Cullompton kitchen with meat from local farms that has been hung to improve flavour and texture.Available through the cricket ground’s public bars, the range includes Red Ruby Steak & Mushroom, Pipers Farm Lamb & Mint, Pipers Farm Chicken & Saddleback Ham and, Pumpkin, Goat’s Cheese & Spinach. The deal was secured following several visits from Lords’ chefs to the farm. “We believe there is an exciting potential to build a substantial relationship with Lords based on the USPs of our two very prestigious brands,” said Peter Greig, owner of Pipers Farm.last_img

Mike Gordon To Join Phil Lesh & Friends At Terrapin Crossroads For ‘Big Bass Bash’

first_imgSan Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads has announced that Phish bassist Mike Gordon will join Phil Lesh & Friends for a special “Big Bass Bash” at the venue on Sunday, July 17th. The show will take place on the Back Porch Stage, and will see Gordon and Lesh joined by Jackie Greene, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, and John Molo.Mike Gordon Talks Prince, New Phish Album, Dead & Company And MoreTaking on support duties for the event will be The Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm and Midnight North. Gordon will be playing on a Phish off day as the group will have just finished a three-night run at The Gorge before beginning another three-night stint at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Monday, July 18th. Gordon is no stranger to Terrapin Crossroads, as the bassist has played the venue back in 2013 and 2014.Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.Mike Gordon w/ Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads “U.S. Blues” Live 10/26/14, courtesy of jshensa:last_img

Sperm Of A Feather Flock Together

first_imgMales compete for females’ attention. It’s a pattern seen throughout the animal kingdom. But new research shows that kind of male-male competition persists even after animals have mated.Biologist Heidi Fisher of Harvard University sees that competition in deer mice. As it turns out, female deer mice are promiscuous. They will frequently have multiple mates when they go into heat…Read more here (National Public Radio)last_img

Turn off the Lights

first_imgA sustainability music video produced by Harvard University students Akshay Sharma ’14, Maura Church ’14 and Molly O’Laughlin ’11 in anticipation of Earth Day 2011. It was presented at Harvard’s second annual Green Carpet Awards sustainability celebration and recognition event. Miranda J. Morrison ’14 also assisted with writing the lyrics.last_img

Training leaders for malaria fight

first_imgDiscussing efforts to eradicate malaria globally, Ryan Williams of the World Health Organization (WHO) said: “Once you get started, you better not stop, or it will be worse than before.”Success would put malaria in a very exclusive club of human diseases. Only smallpox has been eliminated, though efforts are under way to rid the world of polio and guinea worm disease.A failed effort at eradication 50 years ago resulted in greater resistance to antimalarial drugs by the malaria parasite and increased resistance to pesticides by the mosquitoes that carry it, said Williams, who was among more than 60 mid-career officials who attended a 12-day leadership development course at Harvard Business School (HBS) focused on the eradication of malaria.The course, to run through June 11, is sponsored by Harvard University, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Participants represent a wide array of organizations, including national ministries of health, hospitals, universities, and international organizations such as WHO and the United Nations.Malaria killed 655,000 in 2010, mainly children in Africa. Worldwide, there were some 216 million cases thought to have a major impact on economies and education systems. Harvard School of Public Health Assistant Professor of International Health Economics Günther Fink told participants in the course that the average adult in countries where malaria is common loses some 20 days of work a year due to the disease. The anemia that’s commonly associated with the ailment lingers after they return to their jobs, causing a 10 percent loss in productivity.Program organizer Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Disease at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Malaria Initiative, said the course grew out of a 2011 conference that brought interested parties together to examine progress toward malaria eradication and assess what it would take for the effort to be successful.Wirth said universities such as Harvard can aid international efforts by providing scientific expertise on topics such as the complex biology of the disease, which involves not just a parasite, but also mosquitoes and humans. Harvard can also help by offering guidance in areas where members of other faculties specialize, such as business and government policy. It can also train those in the field, through courses like the one at HBS.Part of the failure in the last eradication effort, said Wirth, was that when resistance to drugs developed, there was no research effort from which to draw new tools for those in the field. This time around, she said, it’s important that universities stay engaged for the decades it may take for the effort to succeed.“This time around, we’re really trying to say that the academic community will stay engaged,” Wirth said. “We need research. We need to monitor. … We have a responsibility to train the next generation and the next generation after that.”Participants in the course heard talks and participated in discussions on a variety of topics, including the history of eradication efforts, the science of malaria, the economics behind the disease, case studies from Zanzibar, Mesoamerica, and the Pacific Islands, supply chain issues, the role of the private sector, environmental issues, vaccines, and treatment drugs.Wirth said the course was designed to bring an array of perspectives to participants, beyond the usual disciplines — public health and medicine. On Wednesday, Michael Chu, senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School, talked about the potential of the private sector in delivering public health around the world. He argued that traditional, government-sponsored public health systems may have accomplished all they can.Chu offered examples from Mexico and India, where private companies offer relatively high quality health services at low cost.The first: Farmacias Similares, a low-cost chain of pharmacies with thousands of outlets across Mexico. The chain is very successful, Chu said, despite government health care that offers free clinics and medicine to the poor. Key reasons, according to Chu: People typically have to wait five to six hours to see a doctor at the clinics, and government pharmacies are out of stock 85 percent of the time.Farmacias Similares has spearheaded the push of generic medicines into Mexico, allowing it to undercut other private pharmacy prices by about 30 percent. Farmacias Similares also has affiliated clinics, at a cost of $2 a visit, where wait times average about 15 minutes. Together they provide an efficient alternative that draws 12 million pharmacy visits monthly and 3.5 million clinic visits. Together, even before the health benefits of treatment are considered, the two practices save the poor roughly $400 million in the cost of medicines and another $400 million in the cost of lost time, Chu said.Aravind read more