… in brief

first_img… in briefOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Thismonth’s news in briefComet’spersonality pushElectricalretailer Comet has introduced a new training strategy, shifting the emphasis onto staff personalities and communication skills rather than building on theirpast work experiences.Comethas committed an average training spend of £1,000 to each of the recruited andexisting staff at its new Destination Stores, and introduced a two-tier careerdevelopment system, offering incentives to improve staff retention and jobsatisfaction.HRcontroller at Comet Ewan McCulloch said, “By employing people with massivepotential and personality, rather than focusing simply on people withelectrical retail experience, we feel we dramatically improve our customers’retail experience.”Fabto work togetherGenericand sector-specific awarding bodies have joined together to launch theFederation of Awarding Bodies, to be known as FAB. The body brings together 37NVQ awarding bodies including Edexcel, the Hospitality Awarding Body and theCITB to champion vocational training issues working with the NTO nationalcouncil and lobbying government. City & Guilds which originally invited allparties to form a united front, will be the secretariat.Maceymotivates ‘athletes’nWorld Championship silver medallist decathlete Dean Macey has been chosen as the team patron for the British”skills athletes” in the forthcoming World Skills competition. Maceywill meet and motivate the 31 team members, all aged under 22, and offerpersonal coaching. The competition will be held in Seoul in September, when 600competitors from 36 countries will showcase their technical skills in theirrespective trades.  www.ukskills.org.ukGuideson developmentPreliminaryrecommendations on management and leadership development are due to bepublished this month by the government-backed Council for Excellence inManagement and Leadership. The consultation paper will look at how companiescan be more effective in monitoring management development and best practice.last_img read more

Proptech student rental app wins £185k funding in 24 hours

first_imgHome » News » Proptech student rental app wins £185k funding in 24 hours previous nextProptechProptech student rental app wins £185k funding in 24 hoursCrowdfunding site Seedrs helps proptech firm quickly raise nearly 90% of its funding target.Nigel Lewis6th April 201702,641 Views A new app that claims to “revolutionise” the way students find and choose homes to rent has raised £185,827 for its proptech developer within 24 hours of launching on a crowdfunding site.SPCE, which describes itself as the Airbnb of student accommodation but within the longer-term rental market, has raised the money via platform Seedrs.The seven-month-old company says it is well on its way to raise the total of £215,000 it has asked for in return for a 17.99% equity in it shared among the 68 people who have invested so far.Landlords and studentsSPCE says it will bring landlords and students together on one platform and enable them to “rent out or search and pay for university-specific student rental properties based near campuses, without using estate agents” it says.Founder and CEO Leon Ifayemi (pictured, left), says: “I got the idea for SPCE when I was at university and I had a job which involved me taking students to view properties near the campus.“Getting the backing of early investors feels like a ringing endorsement of the app and what we are trying to achieve. It comforts us in the belief that SPCE fills a gap in the market.”The money will be used to fund the development of the technology needed to support the app and the company has signed up tech firm Intellectsoft to do the work, with a hard launch due in October this year – just in time for the start of the academic year.SPCE says it already has 800 students pre-sign-ups for its service and has agreements with six of the top 20 UK universities. leon Ifayemi SPCE student accommodation April 6, 2017Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Referencing fraud getting more common and sophisticated, claims TV show star

first_imgA tenant who tricked a third-party referencing company used by a letting agent into believing she earned £54,000 a year has ended up costing the landlord involved £10,000 in lost rent and eviction costs, it has been revealed.Although not that unusual, eviction specialist Paul Shamplina says the case featured in last night’s episode of Channel 5 show ‘Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords’ is a good example of the increasing sophistication and frequency of rent fraud.It also highlights the increasing number of holes in the referencing system, gaps which several letting agents have been warning recently are getting wider following the tenant fees ban.The case of widowed pensioner and landlord Marilyn Hunter (picture, above) featured in the programme told the ten-month long and harrowing story of her fight to evict a tenant from her rented house in Godstone, Surrey.The tenant had fallen behind with the rent, was subletting rooms in the house and, it later transpired, had used sophisticated techniques to pass referencing.This included registering fake businesses at Companies House which listed the tenant as a director.“Sometimes landlords think they have taken all the necessary precautions but still end up in a difficult situation,” says Shamplina (left).“Technology has made it easier for people to falsify documents, which is why letting agents and referencing companies need to invest in even smarter technology which improves fraud detection.“Landlords should also ask questions, ask to see the full referencing report and take time to grill down any information which does not appear to stack up.”Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords on Channel 5, Mondays at 9pm.Landlord Action Nightmare Tenants Paul Shamplina Channel 5 July 9, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » Crime » Referencing fraud getting more common and sophisticated, claims TV show star previous nextRegulation & LawReferencing fraud getting more common and sophisticated, claims TV show starPaul Shamplina of Landlord Action says case revealed during last night’s ‘Nightmare Tenants’ show illustrates huge problems facing landlords and letting agents.Nigel Lewis9th July 201901,552 Viewslast_img read more

Old Ironsides Gets Its Hull Cleaned

first_img View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today Old Ironsides Gets Its Hull Cleaned View post tag: Cleaned View post tag: Old Ironsides USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” received a waterborne underwater hull cleaning and comprehensive inspection in Boston Harbor, April 6-7 in preparation for its upcoming May 19 dry-docking.Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy, last docked in 1995 and since then accumulated marine growth has fouled her hull. The Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) administers the Navy’s hull cleaning program and provides hull cleaning and inspections services through its government contractor, Seaward Marine Services.Hull cleaning reduces operating fuel expenses, safeguards the environment via reduced greenhouse gas emissions, mitigates the spread of invasive species, and restores the hydrodynamics of the ship to improve its performance. Additionally, once a hull is cleaned, it affords divers the opportunity to assess the condition of the hull, hull coatings, and appendages for any damage prior to dry-docking.The 217-year-old ship, launched in October 1797, is unique because its wooden hull is covered with thin copper sheets attached with copper nails. Historically, copper sheathing was used to inhibit marine growth and Constitution retains the sheathing for that purpose.[mappress mapid=”15684″]Image: US Navy Share this article Authorities View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Constitution View post tag: News by topic Old Ironsides Gets Its Hull Cleaned View post tag: Hull April 17, 2015last_img read more

Assistant Professor of Accounting

first_imgExpectations of the Position:Carthage College’s Accounting major focuses on market-relevantteaching, and the ideal candidate should demonstrate an ability tocontribute to the teaching quality of the Department. TheDepartment focuses on educating the whole person, with our facultymembers facilitating student acquisition of deep conceptualknowledge, their attainment of a broad set of professionalcompetencies, and their development of a clear sense ofprofessional ethics. Therefore, we seek a student-centric colleaguewho subscribes to this holistic educational philosophy, serves asan exemplary role model and can demonstrate a commitment toteaching courses that develop students in all aspects.The duties of a full-time accounting faculty are many and varied.In addition to teaching a full load of courses each semester, theysupervise and advise students, and they will serve on committees atthe department, division, and College levels. Participation inscholarly research is also desired.How to Apply:Applications will be accepted from 1/11/2021-1/31//2021. Allapplicants should submit a cover letter to include teachingphilosophy and plan to create an inclusive classroom environment,curriculum vitae, and three professional references to the “Resume Upload”section of the application. Additional questions can be directed toDr. Catherine Lau, Chair of the Finance and Accounting Department,at [email protected] .About Carthage College:Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment ofreflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation,so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As afour-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutherantradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral andintellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin,midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students theopportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautifulcampus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is hometo 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-timestudents. Our rich academic experience equips students withfoundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to belifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE)dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community.We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, includingmembers of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals withdisabilities. All qualified applicants will receive considerationfor employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,national origin, protected veteran status or status as anindividual with a disability. The Accounting and Finance Department at Carthage College isseeking qualified candidates for an Assistant Professor ofAccounting and Finance starting in Fall 2021. The position will bea two-year renewal contract. The individual will be expected toteach undergraduate required and elective accounting courses.Courses will include but not be limited to Financial and ManagerialAccounting, Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting and IntermediateAccounting. Ability to teach Corporate Finance is not required butis a plus. Candidates should have a master’s degree (or higher)from an AACSB accredited institution in Accounting, plus a minimumof five or more years’ relevant work experience. CPA is preferred.Evidence of prior teaching effectiveness in a liberal arts settingis required.Minimum Qualifications: Graduate degree from an AACSB accredited institution inAccounting.Minimum of 5 or more years’ relevant work experience. CPA ispreferred.Evidence of prior teaching effectiveness in a liberal artssetting is required.Knowledge of teaching-learning principles.Effective written and verbal communication abilities.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s holds memorial service

first_imgThe College held a memorial service for Bruno Schlesinger, professor at Saint Mary’s College for nearly 60 years and founder of the Humanistic Studies Department Wednesday. Schlesinger died earlier this month at 99. Judy Fean, director of Campus Ministry at the College, presided during the service. “We are here today to remember Bruno and extend our welcome to his family members and friends who are here today,” Fean said. “We are gathered to remember, and we give thanks to the gifts Bruno left his family and friends.” Gail Mandell, professor of Humanistic Studies at the College, along with Schlesinger’s son, Thomas, gave the eulogies. “Bruno was a man of blatant emotional complexity,” Mandell said. “He could be genial, stern, sweet, stubborn, shy, sly” Mandell was a colleague of Bruno, and said she enjoyed her experiences working with him at the College. “I was privileged to know Bruno for almost 40 years, and privileged to work side-by-side with him for over 30 of them,” Mandell said. “That’s 20 of his seasons and every season I spent with Bruno, I discovered more surprises.” Thomas Schlesinger shared his father’s softer side with more than 85 people in attendance at the memorial service. “Dad’s idea of family nights, he would show us art slides,” he said. He recalled many different instances he spent with his father discussing politics, admiring art and traveling. Attendees remembered Schlesinger for his dedication to both the College and its students. He joined the College in 1945 and taught his final class in 2004. Schlesinger founded the Program for Christian Culture, later renamed Humanistic Studies. He also launched the Christian Culture Lecture series, which was re-established in his honor in 2006. He received several awards from the College including the Spes Unica Award for teaching and service in 1958. In 1994, the College awarded Schlesinger an honorary degree. Donations will be collected in his memory to fund the Christian Culture Lecture series in the future. For more information on ways to honor Schlesinger, please contact Libby Gray at [email protected] or 574-284-4240.last_img read more

Vermont employment outlook shows middle-class jobs shrinking

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has released a report showing that low-wage jobs will provide the biggest share of Vermont employment growth through 2018.‘Unfortunately, many of the new jobs being projected for Vermont and America are low-paying jobs. We can and must do better,’ said Sanders, a member of the Senate labor committee.As the state and nation struggle through the worst recession since the 1930s, Vermont’s 6 percent unemployment rate and the 9.6 percent national jobless figure overshadow a decline in manufacturing jobs and other occupations that once supported middle-class families.The employment structure in Vermont reflects a national trend.‘The structure of job opportunities in the United States has sharply polarized over the past two decades, with expanding job opportunities in both high-skill, high-wage occupations and low-skill, low-wage occupations, coupled with contracting opportunities in middle-wage, middle-skill white-collar and blue-collar jobs,’ MIT economist David Autor concluded in a report on The Polarization of Job Opportunities in the U.S. Labor Market.In Vermont, the greatest demand, with more than 400 new openings a year, will be for cashiers and home care aides, according to the analysis compiled for Sanders using state employment data. Another 362 positions are expected in each of the next eight years for retail sales. The median income for those three fields is $18,730, $21,130 and $22,840The highest number of annual openings through 2018 are for cashiers, who are paid an average of $9.57 an hour. According to the state data, 459 such positions are projected to open up each year.Health care is a bright spot in Vermont’s economy. Nursing is one of the few fields with both high demand and good pay. The projected 214 positions opening up annually for registered nurses pay an average of $30 an hour. On the other hand, home care aides are paid only $10 an hour. There are 426 anticipated openings for home care aides each year, the second highest for any of the almost 500 fields of work in VermontThere are 65 types of positions that are defined as ‘high demand’ in Vermont, but just 10 fields are projected to have more than 100 openings each year through 2018. Just three of those occupations earn an average of at least $20 an hour. Executive secretaries make $20 an hour on average, registered nurses are paid $30 an hour, and accountants typically earn $31 an hour. For a full list, click here.To be considered a job in ‘high demand,’ an occupation must exceed both the statewide average for job creation, having at least 24 openings a year, and the statewide annual growth rate, measured at least 0.8 percent annually.More than four of 10 Vermont jobs created through 2018, or 44 percent of annual openings, are classified as “low paying,” according to an analysis by Mathew Barewicz, the economic and labor market information chief at the Vermont Department of Labor. “Low-paying” in his analysis is classified as any position that earns less than $15.73 an hour, or $32,720 per year.Sanders is working to create good-paying jobs by reforming U.S. trade policies, expanding broadband service throughout Vermont, promoting employee-ownership of businesses and encouraging major employers, such as Sandia National Laboratories, to locate facilities in Vermont. Source: Sanders office. 9.9.2010last_img read more

Filipino American History Month, 2017

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Proclamations WHEREAS, the earliest documented proof of Filipino presence in the continental United States was October 18, 1587, when the first “Luzones Indios” set foot in Morro Bay, California; andWHEREAS, Filipino Americans make up one of the largest Asian American ethnic groups in the United States with a population of approximately 3,400,000 people; andWHEREAS, Filipino Americans have contributed greatly to the economic, intellectual, spiritual, social, cultural, and political life of the United States by sharing in their traditions; andWHEREAS, Filipino American History Month provides an opportunity to promote the study of Filipino American history and culture, recognize the richness of the Filipino American experience, and honor the contributions of Filipino Americans.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim October 2017, as FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH. I offer my support to all those who celebrate this special time to recognize Filipino Americans in Pennsylvania.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this twenty-eighth day of September two thousand seventeen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorYou can also view the proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — Filipino American History Month, 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd October 04, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Filipino American History Month, 2017last_img read more

Rookie Cop: I followed Veteran Derek Chauvin’s Orders in Floyd Arrest

first_imgOne of the rookie cops charged with George Floyd’s death was only “doing what he thought was right,” his attorney said Monday shifting blame to officer Derek Chauvin who held Floyd down with a knee to the neck. Chauvin is expected to appear in court for arraignment today on second degree murder charges.According to reports, Lane and fellow rookie officer, J.Alexander Kueng, appeared in court Thursday, and blamed senior officer Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death. The third junior officer charged in the case has been cooperating with authorities. All three have been charged with aiding and abetting in Floyd’s killing last month.Attorney Earl Gray tells the Today show his client, former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, was on his fourth day of duty when he responded to the incident involving Floyd on Memorial Day. He says Lane did not “stand there and watch.”https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/AttorneyEarlGray_0608_1.mp3It was Thomas Lane’s third shift with the Minneapolis Police Department when he helped pin down Floyd, 46, leading to the caught-on-camera death that has sparked protests around the world.“He was doing what he thought was right,” Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, said in a “Today” show Monday.“He did not stand by and watch. He was holding the legs because the guy was resisting at first,” he insisted of the 37-year-old rookie, who was fired and then arrested and charged along with the three others involved.Chauvin was filmed keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes — almost three minutes of which the 46-year-old was completely unresponsive after repeatedly begging, “I can’t breathe.”Gray said Lane questioned his superior’s decision to keep the clearly distressed suspect pinned down — but felt he had to follow his superior’s commands.“When he’s holding his legs, he says to Chauvin, ‘Well, shall we roll him over because he says he can’t breathe?’ Chauvin says no,” Gray said.“Now, if you’ve ever been in the military, you ask your sergeant should we do something and he says no, are you going to say, ‘Well no, I’m going to do it anyway’? I don’t think so,” Gray stressed.Lane, Chauvin and two other officers — Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — were fired from Minnesota police over Floyd’s death.Chauvin is due to make his first court appearance Monday on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.The others are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.Under Minnesota law, the charges are tantamount to a second-degree murder charge, so Thao, Lane and Kueng face the same potential sentence as Chauvin — a maximum of 40 years in prison — if convicted.last_img read more