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first_img Comments are closed. This week’s letterIIP is well worth the investmentYour article on Investors in People ‘A worthwhile investment?’ could hardlybe more topical (Features, 18 March). We have spent many fruitful hours overthe past two years working towards the IIP award. We received confirmation ofour success on 19 March. If the reasons for gaining IIP status are merely to get the gong, to printnew headed notepaper and to bask in the glory, I would say ‘no way’. However, from the perspective of an employee development adviser in a highlytechnical industry, working towards it has greatly assisted us in getting thethorny subjects of leadership, management, employee engagement with thebusiness, and compliance with good processes firmly onto a crowded agenda. Opening your business to external assessment is both a sobering andrewarding experience – if you are prepared to listen. The considerable strides forward in all of the above areas were fullyevident when I read the employee quotes contained in the report from theassessor. It is for these reasons that I recommend IIP to any progressive managementteam. Future commitment to re-assessment will force us to keep the soft issuesin sharp focus. It is excellent as a business improvement driver and great value for money. Peter Clark MCIPD HR adviser, GlaxoSmithKline Stuff the nonsense start making sense I agree with the points Stephen Overell made about nonsensical talk (OffMessage, 18 March). At Derby City Council, we have had a plain English initiative since 1989.It’s a concerted effort to say what we mean, backed up with a plain Englishstandard and training. All our personnel policies avoid ‘personnel-speak’. We negotiate them withtrade unions, who support plain English as it makes their job easier whenthey’re explaining policy implications to their members – our employees. Theyknow we’re not trying to bamboozle them. We ban Latin abbreviations and only allow acronyms if they are essential andexplained in full the first time. Overell’s article would fail here as he uses‘HR’ and presumes all readers understand this. We have gathered our policies into a personnel handbook, known colloquiallyas ‘Adrian’s yellow bible’ named after its author and colour. And we’ve justcompleted a matching employee handbook summarising the policies into evenplainer English – it has a ‘back of a fag-packet’ style. We’re told we lead the country in plain English in local government andhappily share our advice, guidance, policies and training with councils andother organisations as good practice. Julia Buckland Corporate communications adviser, Derby City Council Good leadership is ultimate motivator The news story, ‘Happier staff to boost profits for big four banks’ (News, 4March), makes an important link between committed employees and improvedfinancial results. It suggests the average high street bank could increase sales by £65m peryear if employee satisfaction were improved by just 10 per cent. It shows howimportant good leadership, a healthy culture and training opportunities are.Leadership is the ultimate motivator. Employees will not go the ‘extra mile’ if they believe their organisation’sleadership is second rate. To win commitment, leaders must provide clarityabout where the organisation is going, what its values are and how the work ofindividuals and teams helps deliver this. Our own research on leadership reveals that up to 70 per cent oforganisational climate is influenced by styles of leadership and, by the sametoken, climate can account for up to 30 per cent of variance in businessperformance. We are increasingly seeing employers with skills shortages improve retentionand gain competitive advantage as they learn what it takes to become an’employer of choice’. Upping the salary isn’t enough any more; creating a climate where employeesgenuinely feel engaged is far more likely to have a positive impact ondiscretionary effort and, therefore, performance. Jonathan Cormack Senior consultant, Hay Group Related posts:No related photos. LettersOn 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

Movebubble uses Quintain cash to set up shop in Manchester

first_imgThe company behind renting app Movebubble has opened an operation in Manchester following build-to-rent giant Quintain’s decision to take a 10% stake in the business last month.Movebubble claims that ‘thousands’ of letting agency branches across London have already signed up to the service including corporates JLL and CBRE as well as many independents. The company also says the service is popular with agents because it offers an alternative and more affordable marketing platform compared to the big property portals.The app is free for tenants to use, currently offers over 25,000 properties to rent in London and has been downloaded over 100,000 times on Google Play.It acts as a lead generator and viewings organiser for letting agents and enables tenants to rate an agent’s service via a star system.Movebubble now hopes to replicate its success in Manchester, which after London is one of the UK’s busiest build-to-rent and private rental markets. Part of the Quintain investment in Movebubble is to help fund the expansion of its separate build-to-rent app for operators in the market, as well as the accelerate the business overall.“The latest round of investment from Quintain has enabled us to take Movebubble UK wide,” says its CEO Aidan Rushby (left).“Manchester has seen huge changes in the property sector over the last few years, and many of our partners are developing purpose-built homes for renters there.”Charlotte Malone, Business Development Director at JLL, says that: “Movebubble’s innovative app technology allows JLL to connect and deliver a seamless service to the next generation of renters.” Manchester proptech quintain movebubble Aidan Rushby April 3, 2019Nigel 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 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 » Movebubble uses Quintain cash to set up shop in Manchester previous nextProptechMovebubble uses Quintain cash to set up shop in ManchesterLondon-based tenant app says new city launch is part of proptech firm’s plans to go national in the near future.Nigel Lewis3rd April 201901,458 Viewslast_img

Facebook ban after nude Rad Cam forfeit

first_imgA MAGDALEN student was temporarily banned from Facebook after uploading a photo of a Brasenose fresher’s penis taken during a drinking game.The explicit photo was snapped during a naked run around the Radcliffe Camera earlier this term after a night of heavy drinking in the Brasenose bar. This involved a ‘bleep test’ during which, for every two pints a participant failed to consume, that student had to remove an item of clothing. At the end of the game students then ran around the Rad Cam. While three students took part in the run, only one was fully nude. One of the other students used a sock to protect his modesty while the other kept his boxers on.The Magdalen second-year, who wished to remain anonymous, found her account had been disabled by an administrator after uploading the photo.She said, “I tried to log in and it said that the account had been disabled. Someone had to have complained about the photo. I was banned.“We were playing drinking games and later on we decided to do a ‘bleep test’ with shots of beer. There were thirteen levels and people who lost had to run around the Rad Cam naked.” She added that she only regained access after writing letters of complaint to Facebook.Another Brasenose undergraduate added, “He didn’t seem that drunk and backed out quite quickly, he wasn’t pressured into it. Some of the other colleges have quite a bad reputation whereas we didn’t force anyone. A lot of people had told him he didn’t need to do it, and loads of people refused to do it. But he didn’t seem that bothered about it. He did it after the whole thing was finished.”The student involved, who also preferred not to be named, said, “We had been at formal hall where we had some wine and then went on to the bar. I vomited at stage five, and most people did at some point. After the bleep test, as we were heading off to Filth, the forfeits were naked runs around the Rad Cam. I was meant to do three laps and did two.” He added, “I think it was quite funny, but I have no particular desire to be tagged in the photographs. I might not have done it if I was sober.” He said that he did not complained to the Facebook administrator and had not even seen the offending photo.Earlier this year then Union Secretary Ben Tansey received a £50 fine after being caught wrestling naked with two other men.  Tansey was discovered by a porter at Lincoln College during the late-night antics.  The former secretary had returned from sports drinks and was according to a witness, very drunk.  The incident was the second time Tansey has been caught wrestling naked.last_img

Press release: Prime Minister appoints new committee chairs

first_img a chair and four independent members are appointed by the Prime Minister, following open competition for a non-renewable, five year term of office three members are appointed on the recommendation of the leaders of the Conservative Party, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats Lord Bew confirmed as Chair of House of Lords Appointments Commission Lord Evans of Weardale appointed Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, welcomes both appointments and pays tribute to the work of Lord Bew’s predecessor Both roles were advertised on the Centre for Public Appointments website, which sets out further details of the appointments. The Minister also took the opportunity to thank Lord Bew’s predecessor, Lord Kakkar: Lord Bew has demonstrated his dedication to ensuring diversity in appointments in his post as Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. I welcome his clear commitment to the principle that the membership of the House of Lords should better reflect the nation. The Commission’s Chair is appointed for a non-renewable, five-year term of office. More information about the Commission can be found on the House of Lords Appointments Commission website.Lord Evans of WeardaleLord Evans of Weardale is the new Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, to fill the position left vacant by Lord Bew. Lord Evans spent 33 years in the UK Security Service, six as Director General, when he was a senior advisor to the UK government on national security policy and a member of the Prime Minister’s National Security Council. Lord Evans was appointed as a crossbench peer for his contribution to public service in 2014.Minister Dowden also welcomed Lord Evans’ appointment: The Committee on Standards in Public Life is an advisory non-departmental public body. Its purpose is to examine areas of concern about the standards of conduct of public office holders, advise the Prime Minister accordingly, and to promote the highest standards of conduct in public life. More information about the Committee can be found on the Committee on Standards in Public Life GOV.UK page.The Committee has eight members:center_img Today (Thursday, 25 October), the Prime Minister has confirmed the appointments of Lord Bew as Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and Lord Evans of Weardale as the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.The appointments follow open recruitment exercises, including pre-appointment scrutiny by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.Lord BewLord Bew is the current Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Professor of Irish Politics at Queen’s University Belfast and former historical adviser to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. He was appointed as a crossbench peer in 2007 following his contributions to the Belfast Agreement.The Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden MP, welcomed Lord Bew’s appointment: The Committee on Standards in Public Life contributes to the maintenance of the diversity, integrity, and vibrancy of representative democracy in the UK. Lord Evans has demonstrated all the skills necessary for this sensitive post, including the highest integrity and an understanding of the issues of standards in public life. Lord Kakkar’s steady handling of the Commission has been vital to the continued integrity of the appointments process. His advice and approach have been hugely valued. The House of Lords Appointments Commission (HOLAC) has two main functions: to recommend individuals for appointment as non-party-political life peers to vet nominations for life peers, including those nominated by the UK political parties, to ensure the highest standards of proprietylast_img

Driven to Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership

first_imgPaul Lawrence, a professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, offers an integrated explanation of both human behavior and leadership using a scientific approach — and Darwin, too! — to illustrate how good, bad, and misguided leadership are natural to the human condition.last_img

When tectonic plates began to shift

first_img From ancient flooding, modern insights Related An enduring question in geology involves the question of when the tectonic plates of the Earth’s crust began pushing and pulling in a process that formed the planet’s continents, oceans, and other landforms. Some researchers theorize it happened about 4 billion years ago. Others say it was closer to 1 billion.Clues can be found in very old rocks. Looking at some, a team led by Harvard researchers show that these plates were moving at least 3.2 billion years ago on the early Earth.In a portion of the Pilbara Craton in Western Australia, one of the oldest pieces of the Earth’s crust, scientists found a latitudinal drift of about 2.5 centimeters a year. They found the motion went back 3.2 billion years and confirmed it using a novel magnetic microscope.The researchers believe this shift is the earliest proof that modern-like plate motion happened between 2 and 4 billion years ago, suggesting that the plates pushed and pulled in ways unlike those seen earlier periods, when the Earth’s crust moved less. It adds to growing research that tectonic movement occurred on the early Earth and offers hints about the conditions under which the earliest forms of life developed.The work was published in Science Advances on Earth Day.“Basically, this is one piece of geological evidence to extend the record of plate tectonics on Earth further back in Earth history,” said Alec Brenner, one of the paper’s lead authors and a member Harvard’s Paleomagnetics Lab. “Based on the evidence we found, it looks like plate tectonics is a much more likely process to have occurred on the early Earth, and that argues for an Earth that looks a lot more similar to today’s than a lot of people think.”,Plate tectonics is key to the evolution of life and the development of the planet. Today, the Earth’s outer shell consists of about 15 shifting blocks of crust. On them sit the planet’s continents and oceans. As Earth formed, the plates drifted into each other and apart, exposing new rocks to the atmosphere, which led to chemical reactions that stabilized Earth’s surface temperature over billions of years. A stable climate is crucial to the evolution of life, and the study suggests that early forms of life came about in a more moderate environment.“We’re trying to understand the geophysical principles that drive the Earth,” said Roger Fu, one of the paper’s lead authors and an assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Plate tectonics cycles elements that are necessary for life into the Earth and out of it.”Plate tectonics helps planetary scientists understand worlds beyond this one, too.“Currently, Earth is the only known planetary body that has robustly established plate tectonics of any kind,” said Brenner, a third-year graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “It really behooves us as we search for planets in other solar systems to understand the whole set of processes that led to plate tectonics on Earth and what driving forces transpired to initiate it. That hopefully would give us a sense of how easy it is for plate tectonics to happen on other worlds, especially given all the linkages between plate tectonics, the evolution of life, and the stabilization of climate.”For the study, members of the project traveled to the Pilbara Craton. A craton is a primordial, thick, and very stable piece of crust. They are usually found in the middle of tectonic plates and are the ancient hearts of the Earth’s continents, which makes them the natural place to go to study the early Earth. The Pilbara Craton stretches about 300 miles across, covering approximately the same area as the state of Pennsylvania.Fu and Brenner drilled into rocks from a portion called the Honeyeater Basalt and collected core samples about an inch wide in 2017. They brought them back to Fu’s lab in Cambridge and placed them into magnetometers and demagnetizing equipment. Certain minerals in rocks lock in the direction and intensity of the Earth’s magnetic field at the time they are formed. That field shifts over time, so by examining layers, scientists glean evidence for a kind of timeline of when rocks were formed and when they shifted in the plates. These instruments told them the rock’s magnetic history — the most stable bit being when the rock formed, which was 3.2 billion years ago.,The team then used their data and data from other researchers, who have demagnetized rocks in nearby areas, to date when the rocks shifted from one point to another. They found a drift of 2.5 centimeters a year.Fu and Brenner’s work differs from most studies because the scientists focused on measuring the position of the rocks over time while other work tends to focus on chemical structures in the rocks that suggest tectonic movement.Researchers used the novel Quantum Diamond Microscope to confirm their findings. That read more

FBI: Pipe bombs at RNC, DNC were planted night before riot

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says two pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees, discovered just before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, had actually been placed the night before. The FBI says the investigation revealed that the explosive devices had been placed outside the two buildings between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. The devices were not located by law enforcement until the next day. It is not clear whether that means the pipe bombs were unrelated to the next day’s riot or were part of the riot planning. Both buildings are within a few blocks of the Capitol.last_img

Seinfeld Creator Larry David Will Star on Broadway in Self-Penned Comedy Shiva

first_img David won a primetime Emmy Award for his Seinfeld episode “The Contest” in 1993. Seinfeld is currently the star of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and the ninth season of David’s HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm is currently in the works. It is unclear if Seinfeld is still attached to the project. In January, David revealed that the play would “maybe” star Seinfeld, but that he could also be a potential producer or director. Larry David is one step closer to Broadway! As reported in January, the Seinfeld co-creator was working with Jerry Seinfeld on a play to hit the Great White Way. Now, Showbiz411 reports that the play, titled Shiva, is Broadway bound with David not only writing, but also starring. Scott Rudin will produce.center_img View Commentslast_img

Hint of muscadine

first_imgBy Dan RahnGeorgia Extension ServiceYou’re a true Southerner if when that first cool breeze hints ofan autumn still weeks away, your mouth starts watering formuscadine grapes.If that’s true for you, or even if you’re just beginning to lovethese uniquely Southern grapes, the season you’ve been waitingfor is here.”The harvest has started in south Georgia,” said Gerard Krewer, aUniversity of Georgia Extension Service horticulturist. “Growersare reporting a fair to good crop this year.”Georgia has about 1,200 acres of commercial muscadine vineyards,most for fresh-market grapes. Krewer figures at least twice thatmany grow in the state’s backyards.Long seasonMuscadines usually begin ripening in early August in extremesouth Georgia. The harvest then moves northward through the upperpiedmont area, where it ends in early October.”It’s a fairly long season,” he said. The sweet, mellow grapesgrow everywhere in the state except in the high mountains.The distinctive flavor of muscadines seems to hint of the yearsthey’ve had to mellow. People were enjoying these Deep Southnatives long before the first European settlers arrived.Over the years, UGA and other scientists have improved whatnature provided. “Muscadines today are bigger than a quarter,”Krewer said.They’re sweeter, too, he said, and come in a range of colors frombronze to red to purple to black. Many varieties have tender,edible skin that makes them prized as table grapes.Favorite varietiesAmong the bronzes, Fry, Summit and Tara are fresh-fruitfavorites. Scuppernong and Carlos are noted for their sweetdessert wines. Many others are wonderful in cider, wines,jellies, preserves and syrups.An important variety now, he said, is Supreme, a large, blackmuscadine. “Supreme is very popular with commercial growers,”Krewer said. “It’s become a standard in the industry.”Krewer cites studies that show muscadines are rich in dietaryfiber and important minerals, low in fat and protein and high incarbohydrates. They’re a better source of calcium, iron, zinc andmanganese than many other fruits.They also have significant levels of resveratrol, which lowerscholesterol and may greatly reduce the risk of heart disease, andellagic acid, which can lower the risk of colon, lung and livercancer.Muscadines are among the easiest-to-grow backyard fruits, Krewersaid. They’re best planted when the vines are dormant in latefall to early winter. Your county Extension Service agent cantell you how to grow them.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img

Race Ahead: 2014 Road Running Events

first_img18K Hogpen Hill ClimbUnicoi State Park, Ga., January 11When the words “hill” and “climb” are included in the name, you know it’s going to be a doozy of a race. This annual 18K takes place in the rolling hills of northeastern Georgia near Unicoi State Park. The first couple of miles are easy breezy downhill, but don’t let that fool you. The climb starts gradually at first before sharply increasing gradient in the last six miles for an overall elevation gain of 2,500 feet. Veteran hogs cite this race as one of the toughest road runs in Georgia but also one of the most accommodating. Digital timing, baggage check-in so you can have warm clothes at the finish, and organized shuttle buses for spectators make this a must-do for anyone trying to get an early start on those New Year’s resolutions. runthehogpen.orgFoot Levelers Blue Ridge MarathonRoanoke, Va., April 26When the Blue Ridge Marathon began in 2010, the course covered just 6,140 feet of elevation change. Now in its fourth year, this 26.2-miler covers a total of 7,430 feet of elevation change, thus justifying its title as America’s Toughest Road Marathon. The course follows some of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but racers will also find themselves weaving through Mill Mountain, Peakwood, and up to Roanoke Mountain. If this stout marathon is too big of a bite, try the half or new 10K route. blueridgemarathon.comBearwallow Beast 5KGerton, N.C., May 4It was only a few years ago when Bearwallow Mountain was in danger of being lost to development and the prospect of public access, let alone a public trail system, seemed like a far-fetched dream. But with the conservation efforts of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and the Barnwell family, Bearwallow Mountain and the 165 acres surrounding its grassy knob are entirely protected and open to the public. This 5K celebrates that achievement and embraces hard work and persistence. The course is defined by a beast of a climb – over 1,400 feet – to the summit and incorporates asphalt, forest service roads, and singletrack. bearwallowbeast.comHatfield-McCoy Marathon and HalfWilliamson, W.Va., June 14A race named after a legendary 19th century family feud is sure to make for an interesting event. The Hatfields and the McCoys were two families who lived along the Big Sandy River near the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. Their relationship was fraught with violence, murder, revenge, and even intermarriage, resulting in a complex mess of family loyalties and social allies. Although seven of the Hatfields would eventually be sentenced to life in prison and another Hatfield sentenced to death, the family feud would continue for generations. To race in either the marathon or half, you’ll have to take a side. Since the event’s debut in 2000, the Hatfields are up 8 to 6. Choose wisely.  hatfieldmccoymarathon.comBlue Ridge RelayVirginia / North Carolina, September 5-627,000 feet of elevation change. 208 miles. 36 legs. 4-12 team members. 12 hours. 2 vans. And you’re off. The Blue Ridge Relay is truly a one-of-a-kind race, starting at Grayson Highlands State Park near the base of Virginia’s highest peak, Mount Rogers, and winding its way toward Asheville, N.C. From the New River to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, and Mount Mitchell, if you’re looking for a team building experience that will push your limits while highlighting some of the region’s most iconic attractions, the Blue Ridge Relay will be right up your alley. blueridgerelay.comBest of the RestOskar Blues 4 MilerBrevard, N.C., March 15 • pisgahrunning.comCooper River Bridge Run 10KCharleston, S.C., April 5 • bridgerun.comCharlottesville MarathonCharlottesville, Va., April 5. • charlottesvillemarathon.comCredit Union Cherry Blossom Ten MilerWashington, D.C., April 6 • cherryblossom.orgCharlotte RaceFest Half MarathonCharlotte, N.C., April 12 • charlotteracefest.comDismal Swamp Stomp Half MarathonChesapeake, Va., April 12 • dismalswampstomp.comThe Bear 5-Mile RunLinville, N.C., July • hopeformarrow.orgPeachtree Road Race 10KAtlanta, Ga., July 4 • peachtreeroadrace.orgParkersburg News & Sentinel Half MarathonParkersburg, W.Va., August • halfmarathons.netAsheville City Marathon & Half MarathonAsheville, N.C., September 27 • blogs2.citizen-times.comTucker Foundation Run For It 5KDavis, W.Va., September 28 • tuckerfoundation.netThe Genworth Virginia 10 MilerLynchburg, Va., September 28 • virginiatenmiler.comRace 13.1Winston-Salem, N.C., October 12 • race131.com/races/winston-salemGreensboro 5K, 13.1M, 26.2Greensboro, N.C., October 18 • greensboromarathon.comBaltimore MarathonBaltimore, Md., October 18 • thebaltimoremarathon.comAnthem Richmond MarathonRichmond, Va., November 15 • richmondmarathon.com_______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsportslast_img