RBS banks on new set of metrics to deliver results

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article RBS banks on new set of metrics to deliver resultsOn 18 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has developed a new metrics system toidentify unmotivated staff and pinpoint specific measures to help improveemployee engagement. The company now has such a commitment to its human capital management (HCM)system that an entire HR data team has been formed solely to collate thefigures. RBS uses data from its joiner, annual employee opinion and leader surveys tobuild a picture of how engaged staff and managers are within the organisation. This is then overlapped with business data and put into context with thecompany’s ’employee proposition’, which highlights the key drivers for staff. The figures can then be used to analyse the performance and engagement ofspecific groups so that HR can then look at the things that motivate particulargroups of staff, such as men in their twenties. RBS group HR director Neil Roden told delegates at last week’s Employers’Law conference in London that it was also a good tool for measuring theeffectiveness of the firm’s £4m investment in people management. “We’re trying to create an employee offering that attracts and retainsthe best talent. Good HR should be able to diagnose business problems and thencreate solutions to people related problems,” he explained. He said the data has also proved there is a link between people drivers andbusiness performance, illustrating the fundamental role of HR within anorganisation. “It lets us tell line managers that if they can focus on one specificthing it will engage somebody and in turn improve their performance. It alsoprovides a rich source of data to benchmark RBS against other companies. “It means that I don’t think things about our people management – Idemonstrate them. We can use the system to demonstrate customer value or costand, best of all, the staff love it,” he added. By Ross Wighamlast_img read more

Structures and profiles of novel sulfur-linked chlorophyll derivatives in an Antarctic lake sediment

first_imgHigh performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry has permitted the identification of a homologous series of novel alkylsulfide derivatives of chlorophyll a containing between one and five carbon atoms, in sediment from a coastal Antarctic lake. The sulfur-containing compounds are present in varying abundance in stratigraphic horizons representing a phase when the lake was a marine basin. Throughout this marine phase photic zone anoxia is recorded by the presence of bacteriochlorophyll c and d-derivatives. Distributional variations between sulfurised and non-sulfurised chlorophyll a-derivatives throughout the sediment section studied indicate that the extent of sulfurisation is not controlled by chlorophyll a abundance alone.last_img read more

Energetic electron precipitation and auroral morphology at the substorm recovery phase

first_imgIt is well known that auroral patterns at the substorm recovery phase are characterized by diffuse or patch structures with intensity pulsation. According to satellite measurements and simulation studies, the precipitating electrons associated with these aurorae can reach or exceed energies of a few hundreds of keV through resonant wave-particle interactions in the magnetosphere. However, because of difficulty of simultaneous measurements, the dependency of energetic electron precipitation (EEP) on auroral morphological changes in the mesoscale has not been investigated to date. In order to study this dependency, we have analyzed data from the European Incoherent Scatter (EISCAT) radar, the Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array (KAIRA) riometer, collocated cameras, ground-based magnetometers, the Van Allen Probe satellites, Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES), and the Antarctic-Arctic Radiation-belt (Dynamic) Deposition-VLF Atmospheric Research Konsortium (AARDDVARK). Here we undertake a detailed examination of two case studies. The selected two events suggest that the highest energy of EEP on those days occurred with auroral patch formation from postmidnight to dawn, coinciding with the substorm onset at local midnight. Measurements of the EISCAT radar showed ionization as low as 65 km altitude, corresponding to EEP with energies of about 500 keV.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/8/18

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEDetroit 4, St. Louis 3AMERICAN LEAGUEHouston 5, Boston 3Oakland 8, Texas 6Cleveland 9, Toronto 8Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 5Kansas City 4, Minnesota 1L.A. Angels 12, Chicago White Sox 3N.Y. Yankees 4, Seattle 2NATIONAL LEAGUEPittsburgh 5, Miami 1Washington 10, Chicago Cubs 3Cincinnati 7, San Diego 2, 7 InningsN.Y. Mets 10, Philadelphia 5Milwaukee 4, San Francisco 3Atlanta 5, Arizona 4, 10 InningsColorado 4, L.A. Dodgers 2Washington 6, Chicago Cubs 5TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL(1) Alabama 57, Arkansas St. 7(2) Clemson 28, Texas A&M 26(3) Georgia 41, (24) South Carolina 17(4) Ohio St. 52, Rutgers 3(5) Wisconsin 45, New Mexico 14(6) Oklahoma 49, UCLA 21(7) Auburn 63, Alabama St. 9(8) Notre Dame 24, Ball St. 16(9) Washington 45, North Dakota 3(10) Stanford 17, (17) Southern Cal 3(11) LSU 31, Southeastern Louisiana 0(12) Virginia Tech 62, William & Mary 17(13) Penn St. 51, Pittsburgh 6(14) West Virginia 52, Youngstown St. 17Arizona St. 16, (15) Michigan St. 13(18) Mississippi St. 31, Kansas St. 10(19) UCF 38, SC State 0(20) Boise St. 62, UConn 7(21) Michigan 49, W. Michigan 3(22) Miami 77, Savannah St. 0(23) Oregon 62, Portland St. 14Kentucky 27, (25) Florida 16Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img September 9, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/8/18last_img read more

USS Preble, USS Fitzgerald Rest in Darwin, Australia

first_img View post tag: Naval The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a port visit, July 20, after successfully completing Talisman Sabre 2015 (TS15).This port visit follows both ships’ participation in TS15, in which Preble and Fitzgerald were among the 21 ships from the U.S., Australian and New Zealand navies that participated in the exercise that trained more than 30,000 U.S. and Australian Defence Force in planning and conducting combined task force operations.Preble and Fitzgerald are currently deployed to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.[mappress mapid=”16521″]Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Fitzgerald July 20, 2015 View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: USS Preble USS Preble, USS Fitzgerald Rest in Darwin, Australia View post tag: Darwincenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Preble, USS Fitzgerald Rest in Darwin, Australia View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australia Share this articlelast_img read more

Cherry blossoms in bloom Seniors take a trip to Branch Brook…

first_img ×  1 / 5    2 / 5    3 / 5    4 / 5    5 / 5  ❮ ❯ 1 / 5    2 / 5    3 / 5    4 / 5    5 / 5  ❮ ❯ The seniors of Weehawken were treated to a bus trip to Branch Brook Park in Essex County on Friday April 21.Despite the cold and damp, the day was brightened by the blooming cherry blossoms. Many believe there are more cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park than in Washington D.C.Carol Kravitz made the wraps and healthy chips and water were also supplied. The trip was sponsored by Mayor Richard Turner and the Township Council.(Pictures by Angela and Robert de Zeeuw)last_img read more

BRIEFS

first_img ×More than 300 guests recently enjoyed a festive night of great food, music, and dancing at Son Cubano Restaurant and Bar to help raise fund to support Tackle Kids Cancer, which provides support for the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. At the fest were Dr. Michael and Jennifer Farber; Jon M. Fitzgerald, president, Foundation; and chief development officer of Hackensack Meridian Health; and Cara and Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls Goalkeeper. (See brief.) Flamenco music and dance to close Summer Concerts on the Hudson 2017An evening of music and dance with Pedro Cortes’ Flamenco Soul will climax this season’s Summer Concerts on the Hudson, co-sponsored by The Hudson Reporter.Pedro Cortes was credited by The New Yorker for helping to keep Flamenco alive in New York City. He comes from a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the legendary Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. He has had works premiered with the Teatro Albeniz in Madrid and the Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in New York. Cortes was commissioned by the Coen Brothers to compose music for their film “Paris Je T’Aime.”The concert will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Harbor Park, located just north of the Chart House restaurant on the west bank of the Hudson River in Weehawken. Free parking is available at the Weehawken Recreational Park and also in the parking deck behind 1000 Harbor Boulevard. Please use 1600 Harbor Boulevard for GPS directions.The summer long series of open air concerts free of charge are presented by The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. (HRPAC), a New Jersey not-for-profit. The concerts are family friendly. Limited seating is available; however, audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket, if possible, and encouraged to picnic on the lawn. A rain date, if needed, will be scheduled for the following night.For more information please check the HRPAC website, www.hrpac.org, or call the concert info line at (201) 716-4540. Summer Samba Night at Son Cubano supports Tackle Kids CancerOn Aug. 10, more than 300 guests enjoyed a festive night of great food, music and dancing at Son Cubano Restaurant and Bar to help raise fund to support Tackle Kids Cancer, which provides support for the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center.The Summer Samba Night fundraiser was made possible thanks to the support of Son Cubano owner, Alex Duran. Hosts for the event included Cara and Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls Goalkeeper; and Jennifer and Dr. Michael Farber. For more information or to support Tackle Kids Cancer, please call (844)-775-KIDS (5437) or visit online at tacklekidscancer.org.center_img More than 300 guests recently enjoyed a festive night of great food, music, and dancing at Son Cubano Restaurant and Bar to help raise fund to support Tackle Kids Cancer, which provides support for the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. At the fest were Dr. Michael and Jennifer Farber; Jon M. Fitzgerald, president, Foundation; and chief development officer of Hackensack Meridian Health; and Cara and Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls Goalkeeper. (See brief.)last_img read more

Do-it-all Doolittles

first_imgSandwiches might seem a rather stodgy subject for an exciting new launch in a highly competitive market, but that’s exactly what Jenni Timony of Doolittles in Co Donegal has done. She started her firm in 2001 and it has since shown 70% year-on-year growth. It now produces about 110 different product lines, including 21 varieties in the firm’s original sandwich range, and the newest premium line, Bon Vivant, has just been launched.Timony says her underlying aim has always been for the best quality. All the bread used is fresh, supplied by two local Co Donegal bakeries – Gallaghers bakery in Ardara for bread and O’Donnells in Ballyshannon for rolls and baps.Timony’s mother is Indian, her father Irish and she has three young daughters. She was born in Ireland, but lived in Australia from ages 11 to 19, then returned home to open a coffee shop in 2001, at New Row in the town of Donegal.Initially, when she went to the bank looking for a loan, they laughed at her. But on the day she graduated, with a Bachelor in Business Studies degree in 2001, she went back to the bank and got her loan. She started out by doing less than 100 sandwiches a day, as a sideline for local shops. Then, when her sandwich business started to take off, she had a brand new high-tech production unit built, just outside Donegal, in 2003, where Doolittles is still based. All the products – sandwiches, wraps, rolls, salads and paninis – are made fresh every day and are delivered immediately.The firm now makes around 8,000 sandwiches a day and supplies to symbol and independent shops and many other outlets. Around 80% of the business is in Dublin and Galway, with the rest in the north-west, including Sligo and Donegal. This year, she is a finalist in the Ernst & Young ’Entrepreneur of the Year’ competition. n—-=== Going it alone ===The brief: sandwiches that would appeal because of their freshness and high quality. The same concept has been extended to other lines, such as wraps, rolls, paninis and salads.Fillings: in the Bon Vivant range – Pesto chicken and broccoli shoots; Smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives; Medley of cheeses & scallion; Salami, swiss cheese & onion.Typical customers: over 200 symbol and independent retailers, hospitals, universities, contract caterers and forecourts and now, large-scale events.Finance: firstly, a bank overdraft, then a E40,000 bank start-up loan.Staff: MD Jenni Timony, plus 34 staff.Background: Timony worked as a waitress and barmaid before going into restaurant management.[http://www.doolittles.ie]—-=== The pros and cons ===Greatest challengeNot having a brand or even being known. It was really hard to get anyone to give me a chance, but the Bon Espresso chain took us on, and it started from there. I began the business on an overdraft, but we’ve had private funding put into the firm, so that now, we’re truly profitable. Turnover this year is over E2.3 million and the target for 2009 is E5m.Biggest satisfactionIt’s just so satisfying to see the brand recognition. We are now the third-largest pre-packed sandwich producer in Ireland. Maintaining the integrity and the quality of the products and the brand is my biggest achievement.last_img read more

Notre Dame remembers Dan Kim

first_imgWei Lin | The Observer Friday night, the northernmost edge of the Grotto glowed with the light of a single three-letter word. Fifty-five candles spelled out “Dan,” a tribute to sophomore Daniel Kim, whose friends had gathered to remember the former business student and fencer.Kim, 21, died at his off-campus residence and was found early Friday afternoon, according to a Notre Dame press release. The South Bend Tribune reported that an autopsy was conducted Friday, but authorities will have to wait for toxicology results to determine exactly how Kim died. Deputy county coroner Michael O’Connell said Kim’s death was not a homicide or a suicide, according to the Tribune.Tonight, a memorial Mass for Kim will take place at 9 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. University President Fr. John Jenkins will be the celebrant and Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick will be the homilist.‘Just a great guy’Junior Paul Grima lived in Kim’s section of Keough Hall their freshman year and said Kim “had a very close, tight-knit group of friends,” though he maintained relationships with other students, like Grima, outside his best friends and fellow business majors.Kim’s FIFA video game prowess and outgoing friendliness made him a well-known figure in their freshman-year section of Keough, junior Dayton Flannery said.“If you wanted to call yourself the best FIFA player in the section, you had to go through Dan Kim first,” Flannery said.Though the majority of their interactions were “lighthearted,” Kim showed a particular interest in philosophy, even trying to take majors-only classes, Grima said.Junior Will Fields, who met Kim through mutual friends in Keough, said Kim’s sense of humor stands out in his memory.“He was just a really funny dude,” Fields said. “When we hung out, he was always funny. … All around, just a great guy. And he was brilliant. Always really smart. All-around great.”McCormick, Kim’s former rector in Keough, said he noted his resident’s confidence and genuine friendliness, particularly with his second-floor section mates, who were “always around the hall.”“Daniel was a young man that had good friends,” McCormick said. “Not only that, but they genuinely cared about him. And he was loyal to them.”McCormick said Kim impressed him in conversations with his openness, humility and authenticity.“What I always appreciated about Daniel is whenever we would have a conversation, he would be willing to own up to his own shortcomings and frailties, and I always genuinely appreciated that,” McCormick said. “Sometimes people are not as willing to own up to what their shortcomings were and what they needed to work on.”“He had a real sense of who he is, and he owned that,” McCormick said.‘A true competitor’Kim joined the fencing team in fall 2012, his freshman year at Notre Dame, after growing up with the sport in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, freshman fencer Claudia Kulmacz said. Kulmacz is also from Upper Saddle River.“Back in the club, he was really good,” she said. “He’d always kick butt, always give us a run for our money. I used to travel to World Cups with him, and he was great. He was a true competitor.”News of Kim’s death reached the team Friday afternoon, just before the DeCicco Duals were held Saturday at Castellan Family Fencing Center, fencing coach Gia Kvaratskhelia said after the match.“I think [the team members] were devastated, and they were crushed,” he said. “All their emotions were flowing. … The reaction was to rally around each other and truly give a tribute to someone we really loved. That was in the backs of our minds today and was truly difficult.”Kulmacz said the team “fenced for Dan” on Saturday.“It was a tough day, but you got to do what you got to do,” she said.Freshman fencer Paul Cepak, who trained at the same fencing club in New Jersey as Kim and Kulmacz, said he traveled to Latvia over one summer break with Kim, whom he called “a really genuine guy.” He said members of the team stood in a circle to offer prayers and share memories at the Grotto on Friday, and though they “came to terms,” the loss weighed on the team during Saturday’s competition.“I guess a lot of people … kind of had Dan in their heart,” Cepak said. “Today, I had a little trouble fencing just thinking about all the things going on, but I think Dan would like to see people move on, do great things and move on from what happened and try to live out part of his life through working hard and making friends and all kinds of different stuff.”Kim, a native of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, blazed the trail for Cepak by coming to Notre Dame as a fencer, Cepak said.“I guess I followed in his shadow,” he said. “[Kim] wasn’t exactly expecting to get in, and neither was I, and we both got in. So it’s kind of hard, but definitely one of the reasons I came here was to be with my friend.”‘Dealing with other demons’Kim struggled emotionally at Notre Dame, making friends but also at times keeping his distance from dorm mates, according to Keough residents.“He was a very good kid,” Grima said. “Most people only saw the troubled side of him, but he was a very good thoughtful person underneath it.“He really was a kind, thoughtful person,” Grima said. “I know I’m using pretty clichéd words, but he really was both of them. The trouble was that he was dealing with other demons. And most people only saw that because he wasn’t going outside in the section lounge talking about philosophy with most people. That’s not something you typically do.”“I would say overall, he was troubled, and that took up a large portion of his life, but it wasn’t malicious trouble,” Grima said. “He never took it out on other people, ever.”Kim’s parents asked “for continuing prayers for strength in this time,” McCormick said.“It means a lot to them that we’re going to celebrate this Mass,” McCormick said. “… At this point, celebrate him. Celebrate who he was at his core.”Associate Sports Editor Greg Hadley and Editor-in-Chief Ann Marie Jakubowski contributed to this report.Tags: Daniel Kim, Remembrance, Student deathlast_img read more

Feeling Like a Nut

first_imgAs the old candy bar jingle goes so does my persona as an ultra runner. When talking amongst other ultra runners I’m quite normal, perhaps slightly on the “wuss” side. Sub-marathon runners consider me to be a little over the top as they wait for me to come to my senses and return to “normal” distance running. And to non-runners I’m as lunatic fringe as you can get.This disparity hit home a couple weeks ago when I was helping my wife get ready for the start of her 12-hour race at the Black Mountain Monster. As all of the ultra freaks/runners congregated prior to the start, I heard them asking one another whether they were doing “just” the 12-hour race or the “full” 24 hours. Just 12 hours of running, really? I’ve heard this comparison before, especially at the Mount Mitchell Challenge where the Black Mountain Marathon, which takes place alongside the 40-miler, is considered the “fun run”. Nowhere but in the ultra world would a marathon distance be considered a fun run.The fact that distances are so relative from one runner to the next was never more apparent than last weekend. I hung around for one of Anne’s twenty-two 5k laps then I went home and did yard work. Then I went to a beer festival. Then I had dinner and chilled out at home for a couple hours. Then I made my way back to watch her last few 5k laps. That is quite a long day for any runner. Upon returning I still overheard more banter from ultra runners about how running the shorter distance of 12 hours was perfect training for upcoming longer distances!I’m quite used to the differences in how my running is viewed by others. Some get it and some do not. For those who don’t understand, I don’t feel like I owe any explanation, nor could I put it into words if I tried. I usually spend more time pleading my case for rest to other ultra runners who are always asking, what event is next? This usually coincides with some epic run for me that I have just completed.Speaking of which, a couple of weeks ago I finished the 65 mile Pitchell Challenge for the second time. My crew this time was a good friend who has never born witness to anything longer than a marathon. He was awesome help throughout my journey and was quite excited as he waited for me on the summit of Mt. Mitchell and eagerly described my accomplishment to a group of tourists.Later he told me that my 65-mile run didn’t seem to make any sense to those tourists. Apparently these folks thought that the hundred-yard hike from the parking lot to the tower was epic enough. I told my friend, welcome to my world — I’m an ultra nut.last_img read more