e-HR news in brief

first_imge-HR news in briefWho’s installing what… Mercer pilots scheme to capitalise on travel downtimeMercer Human Resource Consulting has completed a successfulpilot of Microsoft-based mobile technology, which allows its workers to betteruse traditional travel downtime. Fifty consultants were issued withWindows-based pocket PCs, which provide access to e-mail and allow them torecord timesheets wherever they are.  www.microsoft.comWBB Minerals opts for Intellect’s Workforce HR solutionCheshire-based WBB Minerals, part of the Belgian multinationalSibelco Group, is implementing Intellect’s Workforce HR and PersonnelManagement software as part of a national strategic initiative to improveproductivity. The system has been installed at the company’s headquarters andwill be deployed throughout regions during 2004.  www.workforcehr.comNew products and services…Round-the-clock summary servicesintroduced by Books24x7ExecSummaries is a new service from Books24x7 (part ofSkillsoft), that offers 140 summaries of the best business books released overthe past four years. Produced by Soundview Executive Book Summaries, thesummaries are accessible online or in downloadable PDF or MP3 file formats, andare paid for via subscription based on the number of users and duration ofcontact.  www.books24x7.com Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. e-HR news in briefOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Leki Fotu Named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week

first_img Robert Lovell Tags: Leki Fotu/Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week/Utah Utes Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO – University of Utah starting defensive tackle Leki Fotu has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week after his dominating performance against California on Saturday night.It is Fotu’s first career Pac-12 player of the week honor. The Utes have earned six Pac-12 player of the week selections this season (three defensive, two defensive line, one offensive) with Fotu joining Bradlee Anae, Francis Bernard and Tyler Huntley as honorees.Fotu was key in Utah’s smothering defensive performance in the Utes 35-0 win over California. He finished the game with three tackles that included 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.His solo sack in the game was for a loss of 13 yards. The play was at the beginning of the second quarter, forcing a second-and-23 on its own 12-yard-line.The Utah defense held California to 43 total plays on offense, which ranks third in school history for fewest total plays in a game by an opponent, also holding the Bears to just 83 yards on offense. Cal’s 83 yards on offense ranks fifth in program history for fewest yards by an opponent.Utah held Cal on five of its nine full possessions to either single digit yards gained (three times) or negative yards (two times).Fotu and the Utes return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they travel to Seattle to take on the Huskies. The game is set for a 2 p.m. MT kick on FOX. October 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Leki Fotu Named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week Written bylast_img read more

Indian Navy Concludes TROPEX

first_img View post tag: Navy Indian Navy Concludes TROPEX Share this article March 5, 2013 The Indian Navy’s major annual exercise TROPEX (Theatre level Readiness and Operational Exercise), concluded on 01 Mar 2013 after more than a month of manoeuvres, weapon firings and tactical evaluation. TROPEX was a theatre level exercise, conducted on the Western Seaboard, aimed to assess the operational readiness of ships, submarines and aircraft from all Commands of the Navy, with joint participation of units from the Army, Air Force and the Coast Guard. Over 50 ships and submarines, and around 75 aircraft participated in the exercise.This year’s TROPEX also included an amphibious exercise, involving about 2000 troops, tanks, amphibious vehicles and their associated equipment.Admiral DK Joshi, Chief of the  Naval Staff, embarked ships of the combined fleet during the exercise and witnessed conduct of various evolutions and firings. Diverse facets of maritime operations were exercised at sea and bases ashore. Key issues emerging would be suitably incorporated by the Indian Navy in its Concept of Operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 5, 2013; Image: Indian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Concludes TROPEX View post tag: Concludes View post tag: Defencecenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: TROPEX View post tag: Indianlast_img read more

US, Bangladesh Navies Commence 3rd CARAT Singapore

first_img Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Bangladesh Navies Commence 3rd CARAT Singapore View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Singapore View post tag: Bangladesh US, Bangladesh Navies Commence 3rd CARAT Singapore View post tag: Naval September 16, 2013 View post tag: Defensecenter_img View post tag: CARAT The third annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh commenced with an opening ceremony at Naval Base Issa Khan, Sept. 16.Continuing through Sept. 21, CARAT Bangladesh 2013 consists of 6 days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces.“Our goal for this year’s CARAT is to continue the process of enhancing capacity and interoperability to address common maritime security concerns,” said Rear Adm. Cindy Thebaud, commander, Task Force 73 and commander, Naval Forces CARAT.“This exercise offers a credible venue to bring our maritime professionals together, share best practices and strengthen our growing navy-to-navy partnership.”CARAT Bangladesh is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. Training events in each CARAT phase are tailored based on available assets and mutual exercise goals across a broad range of naval capabilities.CARAT Bangladesh 2013 will focus on maritime security operations during a sea phase featuring a ship-rider exchange program and flight deck training. A shore phase will allow professionals to share best practices during symposia and subject matter expert exchanges that cover diving, small boat operations, military law and medical training. Receptions, sporting events and community service projects will broaden opportunities to develop personal relationships.U.S. Navy units participating in the exercise include the rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), Commander, Task Group 73.1/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff, personnel from Afloat Training Group Western Pacific, as well as evaluators from Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command.[mappress]Press Release, September 16, 2013 View post tag: Navies View post tag: commence View post tag: US View post tag: 3rd View post tag: Defence Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford in the red in free speech ranking

first_imgThe project was led as part of a campaign called ‘Down with Campus Censorship!’, and Rhodes Must Not Fall founder Jacob Williams said he considered it, “A crude measure. The University seems to be waking up to the problem and not before time, but the real issue is how to change attitudes. Actual censorship is only a tiny part of it; we have a culture of dogmatism which makes it hard to challenge received wisdom on subjects like race, gender, and LGBT.” “Spiked are right to raise these concerns. The problem is mainly one of culture, though – the University authorities are mostly reasonable, but our generation has grown up taking progressivism for granted and we can’t empathise with other moral frameworks.” When asked what effects the University’s policies towards freedom of speech have had on the movement he started, he added, “Rhodes Must Fall largely share this attitude. If anything they were helped by it, through making the silent majority found in the recent poll frightened to speak out.” When asked for comment Yussef Robinson, a second year student at St. Hilda’s, told Cherwell, “Given that Spiked arose out of the bankruptcy of its predecessor magazine for losing a libel case, sparked by its denial of the horrors of the Trnopolje concentration camp, it is understandable it would mistaken free speech with freedom from criticism. Unfortatenly for Spiked, legitimate protest is itself a free speech act and measuring trigger warnings as an attack on free speech higlights just how badly they appear to have misunderstood what free speech actually entails.” Amongst the national statistics that the Spiked report released were that, within the past year, 30 universities had banned newspapers, 25 had banned songs, 21 per cent were judged to have safe-space policies and 39 per cent have “no platforming” policies. RELEASED last Monday, Spiked magazine’s Free Speech University Ranking (FSUR) 2016 has claimed that 63 British universities regularly censor their students’ speech. University of Oxford is in this category, shown in red under the survey’s ‘traffic light’ system employed to indicate limitation of freedom of speech, where green indicates a “handsoff approach” and amber an institution that has “chilled free speech”. As was the case last year, Oxford belongs to the 90 per cent of ‘red’ universities alleged to use censorship against students and their campaigns, out of a total of 115 institutions examined across the United Kingdom. The London School of Economics and the universities of Bath and Edinburgh are similarly rated red. Oxford’s result is based on various instances of censorship which caused a debate in the media, including the controversial decision to ban the magazine No Offence from Freshers’ Fair last October. However, the University and the Student Union are counted separately in the ranking. While OUSU and various colleges like Balliol and Pembroke were repeatedly reported as “having banned and actively censored ideas”, the University itself is represented in amber for having “chilled free speech through intervention.” The University’s code of practice protects “freedom of speech, within the law, for members, students and employees of the University, as well as for visiting speakers,” said a University spokesperson, referring to the Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech published by the institution in February 2015. According to this document, Oxford promotes “a culture of free, open and robust discussion.” The idea of a balance between freedom and restrictions enabling large groups of people to interact productively was highlighted by Professor Louise Richardson shortly after her installation as the new Vice-Chancellor: “I think universities, if you like, are the best places in which to hear objectionable speech because you can counter it. If you allow reasonable counter-arguments to those views you will delegitimise [them] and that’s what a university should do.” Professor Richardson equally believes that Oxford’s main aim should be to “ensure that we educate our students both to embrace complexity and retain conviction, while daring ‘to disturb the universe’.” last_img read more

North End Project Update – Aug. 10, 2018

first_img4th Street Pipe work is complete, including tie-in to 5th Street pipe.Concrete has been installed.Street is not paved yet. 5th Street Pipe installed and connected West Ave to Bay/Simpson alley.100 Block Simpson Ave paved.200 Block Simpson Ave partially paved.100 Block of Haven Ave paved.Westside of 200 block of Haven Ave paved.Eastside of 200 Block Haven Ave paving pending, for water service to be installed at residential property. Contractor currently working on 3rd Street.Pipe installed West Ave to Bay Ave.Elevation of the south side of 3rd Street has begun.During the elevation of 3rd Street, temporary tie-ins in the alley and street between West Ave and Haven Ave have been created at current elevation to ensure drainage until final elevation is complete.Concrete work on the 300 Block of Simpson Ave has just begun. When they are done Simpson Ave, they will move to 3rd Street. 6th StreetDrainage work has just begun on 6th Street.7th StreetDrainage work will begin on 7th street after the completion of 6th street.Bay Avenue & Pumping StationsWork to begin after all other road work (drainage, concrete, elevation and paving) is completed on the numbered streets.Project DesignSee Design Presentation for Detail Updated 11:45 a.m. Aug. 10, 2018 3rd Street WORK TO BE COMPLETED IN THE WEEK OF AUG. 13 TO 17Feriozzi Concrete will continue work on Third Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue, restoring elevated curb, gutter and sidewalks. Pipe crews will finish installing inlets and main on Sixth Street. Crews will also be starting work on Seventh Street.UPDATE FROM JULY 24, 2018The North End Drainage Project was awarded through City Council on December 28, 2017 to the contractor L. Feriozzi Concrete Co. As a result of the city letting the contractor work during the summer, the contractor has made tremendous progress and is moving significantly faster. Allowing the contractor to work during the summer has also resulted in rapid response time from the utility companies. This is especially true with South Jersey Gas, since gas can’t be shut off without the homeowner present after October 1.2nd Street A photo taken earlier in August shows construction work on Third Street. Contractor currently working on 5th Street.Pipe is complete and tied in to the drainage system, which will eliminate the flooding that was experienced over the weekend of 7/20/18.500 Block of West Ave concrete and base pave complete. It will be top paved at a later date in conjunction with 5th and 6th Streets.Concrete work has not begun as of yet. Concrete work will begin after 3rd Street concrete work is completed. If everything goes according to plan and weather permitting, this project will be complete by the end of the year. The contractor has two (2) pipe crews and a concrete crew actively working. The following is a status update of work by street:last_img read more

Putting history on trial

first_imgWhat can historians learn by being expert witnesses in court? They can learn to cooperate, to state the facts, and to leave their opinions and academic squabbles in the library.“There’s no room for academic blather,” said Caroline Elkins, a Harvard history professor who studies colonial rule in East Africa. In court, she said in a recent lecture, the judge is the “teacher” and the academics — famous for squabbling — have to give up their “sandbox.”In 2008, Elkins was named the first of three “expert witnesses,” historians who were called upon to provide evidence to the High Court of Justice in London. (She and the others are advisers to the British law firm Leigh Day.) At issue is a coming trial that gives aging Kenyan Mau Mau insurgents and sympathizers the opportunity to prove claims of rape, torture, murder, and other crimes that they allege happened in the waning days of British colonial rule in the East African country.The Mau Mau led a 1952-1960 rebellion that British officials at the time called “the Emergency.” In that era, 32 white civilians were killed. At least 11,000 — and perhaps as many as 50,000 — black Kenyans died, half of them children. About 80,000 were imprisoned, and up to 1.5 million were displaced and shuttled into what Elkins called a “pipeline” of prisons and forced settlements.Elkins is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya” (2005). This month, she will send the third installment of her testimony to the court, a 75-page document. The two British historians who recently joined her as expert witnesses, are David Anderson, whose book about Kenya, “Histories of the Hanged,” also appeared in 2005, and young defense studies scholar Huw C. Bennett.Elkins studies the civil side of the conflict: the Mau Mau era’s camps and prisons. Anderson studies capital cases from a time when due process was suspended and 800 insurgents were sent to the gallows. Bennett studies the role of the British Army in putting down the rebellion, including controversial interrogation and intelligence-gathering methods.“We each have our own specialties,” said Elkins during a Jan. 25 lecture, the first in a weekly spring colloquium series sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. But all of them are “revisionists” who challenge traditional interpretations of the war, including the usual assumption that British colonial abuses in Kenya were the exception and not the rule.Collectively, said Elkins during her Thompson Room lecture, their scholarship provides what she called in a recent article an “alchemy of evidence,” a portrait of “systematic violence over time” by colonial authorities against the Mau Mau.On a screen behind her, she showed a chart of how the punitive British pipeline worked, circa 1954. “I had to reconstruct the logic of the pipeline itself,” she said, a task that took her five years in British and Kenyan archives. “This case rests on historical evidence,” said Elkins. Without it, Mau Mau plaintiffs never would have won the right to trial.Contact with the courtroom offers a cautionary tale, she said. The intellectual tumult of historical debate in journals and in the press reveals fault lines, and scholars consider a little battering the price of doing business. (Elkins called such paper battles “a nerd-off.”) But the particulars of such scholarly debates will be used in court. If a book review criticized one of the historians on methodology, for instance, that contention becomes grist for a defense lawyer and is open to legal scrutiny. That’s what makes this case novel, said Elkins. “History is on trial.”Her own use of African oral histories in “Imperial Reckoning” led some reviewers to call the book speculative and lightweight, she said, as if it were “some kind of fictive account of Mau Mau memory.” But if you look at the book carefully, Elkins said, there are 600 footnotes and fewer than 300 citations from oral histories.At the same time, having to send documents to court gave historians lessons in compression. For her first expert testimony, Elkins said, she boiled down her book into a 100-page document. It contained just the facts, without shading, asides, or opinions. After all, objective reasoning is at the core of the legal system, said Elkins. But there can be a culture clash between the law and humanistic scholarship. In the law, she said, “there is none of the kind of indeterminacy that we like.”From 2006 to 2009, critics waged a war of opinion over revised histories of the Mau Mau era. But in the end, the collective evidence of the case “is overwhelming,” said Elkins, and points to systematized British abuse of Kenyan civilians. “Like most things in the British Empire, this was very well thought out.”Last year, more evidence came to light, when 300 boxes of British documents from the Mau Mau era (1,500 files) turned up in a secret repository in a village in Southeast England. It was a rare find. (Elkins estimated that from 1958 to 1963, up to 3.5 tons of documents were destroyed by the British in Kenya.)The new papers are being digitized and assessed by what Elkins called her “Team Mau Mau” at Harvard, as well as by a team at the University of Oxford. The files reveal fresh evidence of torture and cover-up, and detail more than 450 cases of abuse.Her role in the civil court case has shown that history can be a “complementary knowledge set” useful in litigation. At the same time, her involvement with the law provided a rare sort of satisfaction. “There’s nothing more satisfying,” said Elkins, “than doing this kind of work and having it matter.”[vimeo 32749559 w=560 h=315]last_img read more

Authors’ aerie

first_imgFaculty and students have settled into the new home of creative writing atop Lamont Library. The bright, windowed fourth-floored space featuring a workshop conference room and faculty offices is a move up from the basement of the Barker Center, where most of the program, which is part of the English Department, was previously housed. Michael Pollan, the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer and professor of the practice of non-fiction; Claire Messud, the Joseph Y. Bae and Janice Lee Senior Lecturer on Fiction; Musa Syeed; and Darcy Frey, Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser Director of Creative Writing,  are among those who lead small workshops in genres such as fiction, playwriting, nonfiction, screenwriting, and poetry.“Creative writing has long been at the heart of the Harvard art-making community,” said Frey. “With the Lamont space, we’re now at the heart of the actual campus. A writer — student or otherwise — would be hard put to find more inspiring views than the ones we have from our fourth-floor aerie: sunlight, clouds, the tops of steeples. We feel like we’re looking out on a sky painted by Constable.”last_img read more

Ex-Trump spokeswoman Sanders running for Arkansas governor

first_imgLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has launched her bid to be the next governor of Arkansas.,Sanders said Monday she’s seeking the Republican nomination for the top office in her home state.,Sanders had been widely expected to run after leaving the White House in 2019 to return to Arkansas.,She was one of now-former President Donald Trump’s closest aides, and she launches her bid after the U.S. House impeached Trump for inciting the deadly siege this month at the U.S. Capitol.,Sanders joins a GOP race that already includes Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.last_img read more

Justin Long, Roger Rees & Judy Kuhn Join WTF Season

first_img Rees, Kuhn, McGillin, Opel, David Garrison and Matthew Deming will join Broadway legend Rivera in The Visit. With a book by Terrence McNally, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Tony winner John Doyle will direct the production, which will run July 30 through August 17. The Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced additional casting for their Main Stage productions. Justin Long, Roger Rees, Judy Kuhn, Howard McGillin and Nancy Opel are just some of the names that will join the previously announced Chita Rivera and Renée Fleming for WTF’s 60th anniversary season. As previously reported Chris Pine and Lauren Ambrose will appear on the Nikos Stage in Fool For Love. Other productions at the Nikos include A Great Wilderness and The Old Man and the Moon. Opel will also feature alongside Nate Corddry, Christopher Fitzgerald, Holley Fain, Kate MacCluggage and David Turner in Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman’s June Moon. Directed by Jessica Stone, the play will run from July 2 through July 13. Roger Rees View Comments Star Files The 2014 WTF season is also set to include Just Call Me Nikos, a one-night only tribute to former Williamstown artistic director Nikos Psacharopoulos featuring Dylan Baker, Kate Burton, Olympia Dukakis and more, Living with Lewis, an evening of stand-up with Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black on July 21 and a free production of Robin Hood by Larry Blamire and directed by Stella Powell-Jones from July 16 through July 19 and July 22 through July 25. WTF will also host a series of late-night cabarets from July 10 through July 12, July 24 through July 26 and August 7 through August 9. Long will appear opposite opera star Fleming in the world premiere of Living on Love, a comedy by Tony winner Joe DiPietro and Garson Kanin. Directed by Kathleen Marshall, the cast will also include Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson and play from July 16 through July 26. Christopher Fitzgerald Chita Riveralast_img read more