People chief attacks BBC for stifling creative talent

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article People chief attacks BBC for stifling creative talentOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The BBC takes the best of the best and then drains the spark out of them,according to Nigel Paine, head of people development at the BBC. Paine, speaking at the Training Insight Conference, launched a stingingattack on how the BBC treats new staff after an internal questionnaire showedonly 28 per cent of employees believe the corporation is exploiting their fullpotential. He said talented new recruits were frustrated with how long it can take torise through the ranks at the BBC. “We have to work out a way of embracing that talent and accelerating itthrough the system, while still registering that there are standards,” hesaid. “We are taking people with a spark and draining it out of them so thereis nothing left. It is not something I am proud of.” He said the BBC needed to change its thinking so that it embracedinnovation, creativity and uncertainty. There has to be greater sharing ofpower and knowledge at the BBC, which would mean ideas would not be rankedaccording to the seniority of the person who had them, he added. “We needto create a culture where 27,000 people’s opinions count, not four people and adog,” Paine said. He also pledged to work hard to promote ethnic, geographical, and agediversity at the broadcasting corporation. last_img read more

Time budgets and foraging characteristics of lactating Antarctic fur seals

first_img(1) We investigated time allocation to parental care ashore and foraging at sea by lactating Antarctic fur seals at Bird Island, South Georgia, during 1988-89 and 1989-90 and related this to foraging behaviour measured in terms of diving performance at sea and growth of pups. (2) The mean duration of foraging trips was 121 h and 100 h in 1988-89 and 1989-90, respectively, while periods ashore were 55 h and 45 h, respectively in the two years. There was a significant difference between these variables in the two years but there was no significant difference in the percentage of time spent at sea. In both years, there was significant variation between individuals in the foraging-attendance time budget. (3) There was a positive correlation between mean time spent ashore and mean time spent at sea for individual seals. The foraging-attendance patterns of seals changed significantly with time through lactation in one year of the study but not in the other. There was no effect of maternal age or size on foraging-attendance time budget. Duration of foraging trips or the period spent ashore had no effect on pup growth rate. (4) During short foraging trips (1-2 d) seals dived for a greater proportion of the time available for foraging than during longer foraging trips (>3 d). Seals fed predominantly on krill during both years. Most foraging occurred at night and this was reflected in diel variation in times of arrival and departure of seals from the pupping colony. Based on estimated swimming speed and travel times to and from Bird Island, it was estimated that seals were normally feeding between 60 and 90 km from Bird Island.last_img read more

Future USS Jackson Launched from Austal USA Shipyard

first_img Share this article Future USS Jackson Launched from Austal USA Shipyard Back to overview,Home naval-today Future USS Jackson Launched from Austal USA Shipyard Industry newscenter_img USS JACKSON (LCS 6)The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program.Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week.These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of “serial production” for the class. With serial production, the Navy is able to realize benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time.“Seeing multiple littoral combat ships on the Mobile waterfront is a beautiful thing,” said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager. “Serial production is in full swing at both building yards and we are seeing ship construction milestones.”Following the launch, the ship will undergo outfitting, and test and evaluation of its major systems at the Austal shipyard.The ship’s christening, a ceremony that marks the official naming of the vessel, is planned for the spring.The LCS class consists of two variants, the trimaran design Independence variant, and the monohull design Freedom variant. The ships are designed and built by two industry teams, led by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin, respectively. Jackson is the third LCS constructed by Austal USA.Both variants within the LCS class are fast, agile, focused-mission platforms designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open ocean operation. The LCS is designed to embark specialized mission packages to defeat “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.The Navy has been able to incorporate much of the knowledge gained in the construction, test and operation of LCS 1 and LCS 2, the lead ships of the class, into follow on ships.Many of those are currently in various stages of construction, and will deliver to the Navy over the next few years. They include Jackson’s sister ships; Montgomery (LCS 8), Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), Omaha (LCS 12), Manchester (LCS 14) and Tulsa (LCS 16).Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships is affiliated with the Naval Sea Systems Command and provides a single program executive responsible for acquiring and sustaining mission capabilities of the littoral combat ship class, from procurement through fleet employment and sustainment. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy.[mappress]Press Release, December 16, 2013; Image: US Navy December 16, 2013last_img read more

Pembroke bogsheet banned

first_imgThe Pembroke JCR bogsheet has been banned following serious complaints regarding its offensive nature.Phrases such as “you can tell by the stench she’s bleeding from the trench” have prompted many complaints regarding the explicit content of the column following the publication of the first Michaelmas issue.Several members of Pembroke JCR have condemned the content of the publication, with one third year descrbing the coumn as “vulgar and absolutely disgusting”.However, he did admit that “it’s been always like that” and “people got upset occasionally”.The Bogsheet is a gossip column distributed at the end of each JCR meeting. It is the responsibility of two members of the Committee known as the “Paparazzi”.The writers of the bogsheet, Ed Sorby and Alex Sants, have already issued a formal apology to the members of the JCR for the content of the latest edition. They were also banned from partaking in all forms of student journalism until the end of the year.Sants admitted that “It was a gross error in judgment on our part, and we certainly didn’t think about the impact our actions would have in the wider community.“It was not meant to be a personal attack on any member of the JCR, male or female.”The JCR has decided to voluntarily stop the publication of the Bogsheet until the Trinity term. A new format of the column is to be created, as the writers review what is acceptable under the new college guidelines to go in.Caroline Daly, the JCR President admitted that “Clearly, the old format cannot be resurrected. We are looking to reinvent the format of the Bogsheet in the interim period.“As such, we are looking for suggestions as to what the students would like to see in the new publication.”last_img read more

HarvardX’s fall course lineup includes new HSPH offerings

first_img Read Full Story Harvard is planning to offer a dozen new online courses in the 2013-14 school year through HarvardX—the University’s branch of the online education platform edX— including new courses taught by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty.The new courses are:PH201x, “Health and Society,” Ichiro Kawachi, lead instructor, professor of social epidemiology and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral SciencesHSPH-HMS214x, “Fundamentals of Clinical Trials,” James Ware, lead instructor, Frederick Mosteller Professor of Biostatistics at HSPH and associate dean for clinical and translational science for Harvard Catalyst. The course is being developed through Harvard Catalyst.In addition, educators at HSPH are using knowledge gained from the School’s first edX offering, “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research” (PH207x), as a test case for “flipping” courses, in which students watch lectures in advance to free up course time for hands-on activities, discussion, and faculty student engagement.Read a Harvard Gazette article about HarvardX’s new offeringslast_img read more

Will Flexible Working Work for You?

first_imgExperts discuss the benefits and drawbacks of flexible working in today’s business landscape. In this era of rapid transformation, the answers about what’s right for your business aren’t always clear. That’s why Dell organized a thought leadership track session, moderated by Chitra Thankaswamy, Dell’s vice president of Global Client Solutions Marketing, to have an in-depth discussion about the realities of today’s connected workplaces.With the rise of video conferencing, omnipresent Wi-Fi, and email on every smartphone, flexible working is rapidly replacing the once standard office. By giving employees the option to work in their chosen environment, closer to their families or pets, today’s most successful companies have an easier time attracting top talent.“The majority of millennial workers want remote and freelance work options. Fifty-six percent of millennials would choose more flexibility over more money,” Sara Sutton, CEO of FlexJobs told the audience. But millennials aren’t the only ones, “Half of flexible workers are over 45, so it’s not a fringe conversation anymore.”As the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, an innovative career website specializing in telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time job listings, she knows what she’s talking about. Sutton also founded, a one-stop resource for remote teams and companies and has more than 20 years of experience in the online job market industry.“Remote work can also help improve gender parity and diversity at your company,” Sutton said. “It offers a chance to view recruiting strategies differently. That means hiring women who have left the workforce, military spouses who have to travel, and other overlooked groups.”Home is Where the Work Is According to Brett Hansen, general manager of Data Security at Dell, “Sixty percent of users are now working from home, and two-thirds are working off hours.” Like most of our customers, we’re also transitioning to a remote-friendly setup. By the year 2020, Dell is committed to having at least 50 percent of our global team members enrolled in flexible work programs.“I recently visited a Dell call center in Nashville, and it turned out to be a work from home day,” Jay Parker, president of the Client Product Group said. “I dug into the research a bit and found that the productivity from a sales perspective was just as high if not higher when the employees worked from home.”In addition to your business’ bottom line, flexible working can help the environment too.“I guess you could call it a sustainability or community impact, but we have measured that our employees have saved around $12 million a year in fuel costs and few million round trips to the office,” said Parker. “It adds up.”One Size Does Not Fit AllThere are situations where flexible working doesn’t benefit the business or the employee.“Workers in New York City may not want to work from home,” Sutton said. “Their apartments may be small or filled with family. In those cases, in high-density urban areas, businesses need to provide other options.”Other issues with flexible working are the added logistical and security risks.“Nintey-five percent of breaches happen at the endpoint,” Parker said. “Offering your employees the ability to log in from home or anywhere increases the opportunity for data leaks.” This is why we were meticulous in developing technologies that minimize risk at endpoint to ensure our customers are as secure as possible while working remotely.Regardless of what works for your business, the experts agree that it’s important to connect and form bonds with your team in real life.“In the office, socializing and brainstorming just kind of happen,” Parker said. “When you’re remote, you have to think about it. You have to be purposeful. Invest up front in more face to face interactions, that way it will be easier to be remote later on.”Making the Call To discover if flexible working is right for your organization, read our Realizing 2030 report and get the data you need to make an informed decision. It’s important to think about many factors – the size of your company, security needs, cost and location are all components that need to be weighed. We’re entering a new dawn, with immense possibility on the horizon. The way we work is changing, so make the transformation work in your favor.last_img read more

Costa Rica Drug Control Police seizes 100 kilograms of cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo July 09, 2013 SAN JOSÉ, Cost Rica – Drug Control Police officers seized 100 kilograms of cocaine found stashed in a container that arrived at the port of Moín from Colombia. The cocaine was divided among 100 packets and concealed in secret compartments in the container’s walls. Officers searched the container because it arrived empty on a cargo ship, according to Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry. The cocaine is scheduled to be destroyed. It’s the second major bust in Costa Rica in the past two weeks, as the Coast Guard and police teamed to seize about 500 kilograms of cocaine, guns and bullets hidden in a container. [Tico Times (Costa Rica), 07/07/2013; Teletica (Costa Rica), 07/07/2013]last_img read more

Fresh Island Festival nominated for Best European Festival

first_imgGreat news for the development of festival tourism in Croatia.The Croatian Fresh Island Festival has been nominated for the prestigious European Festival Awards and the UK Festival Awards. Fresh Island has been nominated in the “Best Small Festival” category along with some of Europe’s most famous festivals such as Snowbombing, Exodus, Rolling Stone Weekender, EDP Jazz and others.This is one of the most important European awards and an indicator of how the Fresh Island Festival grows from year to year and promotes Croatia as a desirable destination in the territory of over 40 countries. A commendable recognition for the Croatian festival in the form of a nomination comes as a reward for the successful six festival seasons so far, through which 75,000 tourists have passed.In this year’s edition, the Festival was visited by over 25,000 guests during a seven-day stay in Pag, and it was their satisfaction with the festival that launched Fresh Island to the popular European selection of the elite society of the most successful European festivals, including Exit, Sziget, Tomorrow Land, Ultra Europe many Dr. ” Fresh Island has set high standards when it comes to summer festivals. Today’s leading r’n’b and hip-hop music stars such as Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Kehlani, Sean Paul, Rae Sremmurd, French Montana and Young Thug are just some who performed at the festival, and from the seventh edition we can expect the arrival of new musical names that will surely place Croatia high on the list of the most desirable summer music destinations. “the festival organizers point out.You can give your vote of support for the Fresh Island Festival via the website read more

Dutch political group tables legislation for higher discount rate

first_img50Plus, the Dutch political party for the elderly, has tabled a bill that would allow pension funds to use a discount rate for liabilities of at least 2% during the next five years.Currently, pension funds must discount liabilities against market rates with the application of an ultimate forward rate of 2.8%, which translates into a discount rate of approximately 1.2%.The party launched its initiative in order to prevent schemes cutting pension rights after having been underfunded for a consecutive period of five years, as required by the new financial assessment framework (nFTK).Clarifying the proposal, Martin van Rooijen, a candidate MP for 50Plus for the parliamentary elections next week, said that the 2% rate would automatically be cancelled as soon as the European Central Bank (ECB) stops its programme of quantitative easing. The ECB today decided to maintain its programme, which will see it purchase €780bn worth of bonds by the end of the year.The five-year period suggested by the party matches calculations of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Planning (CPB), which found that the effect of a 2% discount rate on the various generations of workers and pensioners would be limited.Van Rooijen, who is currently a senator for 50Plus, also referred to Han de Jong, chief economist at ABN Amro Bank, who recently argued in favour of a higher discount rate.According to De Jong, it would be “historically absolutely unique, if pension funds would not achieve higher returns than 1.2% on a properly diversified investment portfolio”.In other news, John Kerstens, MP for the labour party PvdA, warned against reducing the accrual limit, as several political parties promise in their election manifestos.During a meeting of KPS, the lobbying organisation of pension specialists, he argued that employers and unions need support from their rank and file for adjustments to the pensions system.In his opinion, this won’t happen if politicians start interfering with the level of tax-friendly accrual, which is currently capped at an income of €103,317.The left-wing green party GroenLinks along with the religious right-wing parties ChristenUnie and SGP have all announced that they would decrease the tax-facilitated accrual, while socialist party SP said the issue was “negotiable”.The Pensions Federation made clear that it was still too early to comment on the issue, as the manifestos of the 15 parties likely to win seats following the election varied too widely.PGGM, the pensions provider for the €185bn healthcare scheme PFZW, indicated that the plans to limit tax-friendly accrual were ill thought-through and would undermine support for the pensions system.Meanwhile, the PvdA and the liberal democrat party D66 said they wanted to reduce the income level subject to mandatory pensions accrual.However, Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian democrats CDA, rejected the plan of PvdA and D66, arguing that this would come at the expense of solidarity between higher and lower paid workers within companies.last_img read more

Brisbane’s strong prestige market secures spot on top 100 for first time

first_imgAmong luxury homes currently on the market in Brisbane is 50 Dauphin Terrace, Highgate Hill, for $11m. Picture: STRONG performance in Brisbane’s prestige property market has seen the city shoot up the world rankings, overtaking Melbourne for price growth in the luxury home market.Knight Frank will today reveal that Brisbane, for the first time, has earned a spot in its Prime International Residential Index (PIRI 100), which tracks the movement of luxury residential prices in the world’s top 100 cities.“The PIRI 100 is now in its 12th year, however this is the inaugural inclusion of Brisbane in the index,” Knight Frank’s Australian head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said.Five Australian cities earned spots on the index, with Brisbane (31) falling just behind Sydney (30) but well ahead of Melbourne (41) in terms of price growth, according to The Wealth Report 2019. 10. For sale — 90 Virginia Avenue, Hawthorne How a 1940s cottage transformed From pensioner to multi-millionaire 4. Sale by negotiation — 10 Morgan Street, Ascot LUXURY HOMES NOW ON THE MARKET 5. Price on application — 23 Killara Avenue, Hamilton The result is due to a three per cent increase in values in Brisbane’s prestige market last year, with Sydney just ahead with 3.1 per cent growth.Melbourne recorded 2.2 per cent growth, while Perth and the Gold Coast shared 42nd position with 2.1 per cent growth in their respective luxury markets.Last year, Sydney and Melbourne were ranked 9th and 14th respectively. 8. Auction — 39 Griffith Street, New Farm 10 Morgan Street, Ascot, is currently for sale by negotiation.Mr Adcock said interest from wealthy buyers was coming predominantly from Chinese buyers, interstate migrators and expats keen to return home to Brisbane after living abroad.Of the Chinese buyers, he said about half of those were from mainland China and Hong Kong and local Chinese buyers upgrading from the likes of Sunnybank to be close to the city, schools and universities. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago23 Killara Avenue, Hamilton — one of the largest private landholdings in the area — is currently for sale.“There is still a large percentage of local upgraders the big interest in the high-end market is really coming from those groups (interstate and overseas),” he said.“They are happy to splash the extra cash to secure a property.”Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire agrees, saying he expects Brisbane to rank even higher next year. He completed 19 sales last quarter, averaging $3.2 million.“The Brisbane prestige market used to sit over $2 million but now its $3 million plus and a $5 million is the norm, a $10 million sale is also no longer an anomaly. Currently for sale in Brisbane is this riverfront home at 121 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson. This Brisbane riverfront mansion at 90 Virginia Avenue, Hawthorne, is for sale and is on a large 1,619sq m block.Ms Ciesielski said the PIRI 100 focused on the top five per cent of the market by value. She said the Australian prime market continued to track above the global average of 1.3 per cent for luxury residential price growth over the year to December 2018.Australia has also retained its position as the third most popular country for those planning to buy prime residential property globally in 2019 — behind the US and the UK, according to The Wealth Report Attitude Survey. (Source: 1. $11 million — 50 Dauphin Terrace, Highgate Hill 47 Hazelmere Parade, Sherwood, is among sprawling homes for sale in Brisbane.“We have a lot of wealth in Brisbane, old money and new, and I have 30 year olds on my books with $5 million to spend, no problem.“Personally, I think 2019 will be the year for high-end sales in Brisbane.”Both men said they had a database of wealthy buyers just waiting to pounce on the perfect trophy home, with some in the $10 million-plus price range.“Buyers are seeing good value in the Brisbane prestige market,” Mr Adcock said. 7. $6.7 million to $7 million — 17 Julius Street, New Farm Record breaking sale penned for skyhome 33B Harbour Road Hamilton, goes to auction at 6pm on Tuesday March 26.Brisbane’s strong result was not a surprise to two of Brisbane’s leading luxury residential agents, with both expecting another year with big sales.“I have seen a complete resurgence in wealthy buyers,” Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige said. “Just in the last seven days I have sold three multimillion-dollar properties in the $2 million to over $3 million bracket, and have offers on four other properties that I am hoping to finalise in the next 24 hours.” MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS 3. Auction — 33B Harbour Road, Hamilton 9. By negotiation — 47 Hazelmere Parade, Sherwood 6. Sale by negotiation — 47 Longman Terrace, Chelmer 2. For sale — 121 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson NRL captain’s push for side hustlelast_img read more