HR to play vital role in project to tackle bullying

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article HR will play a central role in a £1.8m project to stamp out workplacebullying. Announced by trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt last week, theworld’s largest anti-bullying and discrimination project will be led by tradeunion Amicus. Half the project’s funding – almost £1m – will come from the DTI’s StrategicPartnership Fund, which aims to help strengthen employer-employee relationshipsand improve business performance. Rebecca Clake, organisation and resourcing adviser at the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), welcomed the new project andsaid HR was crucial to its success. “Personal dignity in the workplace is extremely important. One of themain issues from an employer point of view will be communication. Unless staffrealise who they can turn to if they are experiencing bullying, then many mightnot come forward at all.” Clake said that the project marked an important step in the right direction.”The project sends a positive message that the Government is taking theissue seriously,” she added. Chris Ball, national secretary of Amicus, said: “I’m convinced we’llfind many employers willing to work with us to develop human respect anddignity as the appropriate denominator in all workplace relationships.” Related posts:No related photos. HR to play vital role in project to tackle bullyingOn 30 Mar 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Northern Iowa Wednesday

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, Utah State men’s basketball hosts Northern Iowa as part of the annual Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge for a 7:00 pm tip-off at the Spectrum.In this challenge, the Aggies are 1-2 all-time, having defeated Missouri State 69-68 and dropping a 62-61 game to Indiana State and a 72-65 decision to Valparaiso.The 5-1 Aggies will be meeting the 3-3 Panthers of Cedar Falls, Iowa for the first time in program history.The 5-1 start is the best for Utah State since the 2013-14 season.Under new head coach Craig Smith, the Aggies have been exemplary on the glass, having out-rebounded all of their opponents this season. They are 7th in rebound margin nationally at +14.1 boards per game.The Aggies have also been magnificent at the foul line, as they are second nationally in free throw shooting at 81.8 percent (117-143).The Aggies’ reserves have outscored opponents 216-90 as well, as they net 36 points per game early on.Utah State’s star is junior guard Sam Merrill, who has scored in double figures in every game this season and averages 22 points per contest, the second-best in the Mountain West.Smith has also made the Aggies a solid second half team as they are 5-0 this season when leading at the half.The Panthers score 73.7 points per game and give up 68.8 points per contest and are paced by freshman guard A.J. Green (18.3 points per game) and junior forward Lincoln Conrey (10 points per game). Tags: A.J. Green/Craig Smith/Indiana State/Lincoln Conrey/Missouri State/Northern Iowa/Spectrum/Utah State Men’s Basketball/Valparaiso Brad James November 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Northern Iowa Wednesdaylast_img read more

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Jaguars fire Tom Coughlin ahead of season-ending games

first_imgDecember 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Jaguars fire Tom Coughlin ahead of season-ending games Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired their executive vice president of football operations, Tom Coughlin.In a statement, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said he had informed Coughlin Wednesday evening of his decision, which was effective immediately.“I determined earlier this fall that making this move at the conclusion of the 2019 season would be in everyone’s best interests but, in recent days, I reconsidered and decided to make this change immediately,” Khan explained.Khan thanked Coughlin “for his efforts” over the past three years with the team. In his absence, Khan said Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone will report directly to him.The Jaguars have two more games to go before they wrap up the season. Their record currently stands at 5-9.“My expectations, and those of our fans, for our final two games and the 2020 season are high,” Khan said.Coughlin, 73, joined Jacksonville in January 2017. In a statement to ESPN, he thanked Khan “for the opportunity to come back to Jacksonville, all the players and staff for their efforts, and the great fans here for their support.”When asked whether this decision would mark the end of Coughlin’s career with the NFL, his agent Sandy Montag told ESPN, “The only thing I would say is there is plenty of football left in Tom Coughlin.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Something adolescent this way comes

first_imgHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ozone and Odeon Wands out! Harry is back, older, angrier and with better special effects than ever before. The third film in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban, is a departure from the ‘kiddie’ films that came earlier in the series. It’s probably unnecessary to rehash the familiar plot here, but undoubtedly scary, often funny and always very, very magical, Harry Potter is bound to be the hit of the summer. Purists might not appreciate the omission of various details important to the book, particularly those regarding Harry’s background. A large part of what made the books so special was their richness of detail. Nevertheless, considering the running-time of the film, an awful lot of important stuff has stayed in. The Dementors are authentically chilling (and crusty), and Buckbeak manages not to look like a dodgy animatronics effect. On the whole, the special effects are just what is needed to give the film its proper magical style. Thankfully, however, this film is not just about special effects. There are plenty of real human emotion here: anger, terror and love, all in two hours. The performances from the adolescent actors are nothing short of excellent, even threatening to upstage seasoned performers such as Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore). Daniel Radcliffe, as Harry, manages to capture the juvenile confusion juxtaposed with maturity that is so central to the Harry we are familiar with from the books. Never lapsing into childish petulance or cheesy ‘grown-up’ acting, Radcliffe is Harry. Equally good performances come from Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron) as Harry’s loyal companions. Watson and Grint have a palpable electricity between them which bodes well for the later films. This film also sees the introduction of Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black (Gary Oldman). There were rumours that Oldman was a casting mistake for the role, however his talent shines through as he embodies the dangerous yet affectionate personality of Black very well. There are new characters too, which creates an exciting medley of the familiar, for diehard fans, and the new, for those who might not be au fait with the books. New director Alfonso Cuaron has picked up where Chris Columbus left off, and has twisted Columbus’ fairyland into something much darker. There is still the abundance of magic and Quidditch, but there is definitely a new sense of evil in this film. The cast have responded well to this and the effects have managed to convey a feeling of spine-chilling fear. Yet despite this, it doesn’t prevent Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban from being a truly enjoyable film.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

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McVitie’s launches new £12m campaign

first_imgCute little animals are the focus of United Biscuits’ new £12m multi-media advertising campaign for masterbrand McVitie’s, which aims to convey the ‘sweet’ appeal of the category.Launching today (3 February), it is the biggest campaign of its kind for the manufacturer, with advertising focused on three products: Digestives, Chocolate Digestives and Jaffa Cakes.The McVitie’s brand has been relaunched with a new pack design, which features the McVitie’s wheat sheaf logo, and will promoted via three 30-second televisions commercials, on air from today.The ads feature puppies, kittens, and the planet’s smallest primate, a Tarsier, and adopt the strapline ‘Sweet’, to evoke the same feeling and emotional response to that of eating a simple McVitie’s biscuit, said United Biscuits.In December 2013, British Baker reported that the manufacturer would be streamlining its sweet and savoury operations, with all sweet brands, with the exception of go ahead! to move under one masterbrand – McVitie’s. Its savoury brands, including Mini Cheddars, are to be rebranded as Jacob’s.United Biscuits has also recently migrated to use of flow-wrap packaging technology for the production of all its Digestive brands, as part of a £35m investment plan at its company’s factory in Harlesden.Martin Glenn, chief executive, United Biscuits, said that investment was being made in order to “revitalise the company”, which since the separation of its snacks business over a year ago, has been a “pure-play bakery company”.“Our masterbrand campaign for McVitie’s is the result of 12 months of extensive customer research in which we aimed to get to the heart of the emotional role biscuits play in our lives.“The new campaign aims to tap into consumers’ love for these brands as well supporting our efforts to drive growth for the category.”Jon Eggleton, managing director, United Biscuits UK, said the company currently had a 25.1% of the sweet biscuit market, and a 28% share of the savoury market. “We want to follow up the growth in market share with more and more investment in the business,” he added.last_img read more

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Arcade Fire Finished Recording New Album, Set Sights On Major Tour

first_imgIn a recent interview with Red Bull Poland, Arcade Fire drummer Jerry Gara revealed that the band has completed the recording of their follow-up album to 2013’s Reflektor. However, the timeline for the release is not something that Gara could elaborate on, since the final mix is still being worked on:“The album should come out this year. At this stage we are still mixing and trying to decide which songs will end up on the record, because we’ve recorded more than we need. But we’re almost finished. I don’t know when it’ll come out, I hope soon. I know we’re a popular band, but we always stick to the same rule; we record until we feel that the music is ready.”Gara did reveal the the group may be preparing for a massive two-year tour, “for obvious reasons [Arcade Fire] is a very important part of my plans, and a quite mysterious one. I don’t know where we’re going to play, I don’t know when we start, or when we finish. From my perspective, it looks like Arcade Fire starts in April and finish around April 2019.”This is certainly news that should excite fans of the Canadian rockers. The group will also release The Reflektor Tapes / Live at Earls Court documentary DVD on January 27th.[via Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

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IDEA Center promotes entrepreneurship

first_imgNotre Dame’s IDEA Center, located on the third floor of Innovation Park on Angela Boulevard, is home to a plethora of whiteboards and colorful markers, Google-esque decor and people with a passion for innovation. A resource for anyone affiliated with Notre Dame, the IDEA center is transforming the way students think about entrepreneurship. The IDEA Center is one of the many offices in Innovation Park — a building and community dedicated to collaboration and business acceleration. Beyond the IDEA Center, the other Innovation Park residents are growing companies that are committed to meeting needs in their respective markets. Karen Slaggert, the director of student entrepreneurship, has been leading the efforts to expand opportunities for students within the IDEA Center and Innovation Park as a whole. In the IDEA Center, Slaggert said there are countless resources for students in any stage of the thought development process — from the inception of an idea to launching a successful company. The Center calls the process of surrounding students with resources part of the “commercialization pipeline.”As with any business development process, funding is an essential resource in the Center’s business-acceleration model. “We have one more pitch event this year and I think at that point we will have given away about $50,000 to our students to work on their ideas,” Slaggert said. Slaggert said one of the most prominent opportunities to gain access to funding is the McCloskey Business Competition, a competition for Notre Dame students, faculty and alumni. Slaggert said that this year the competition will offer about $400,000 in cash and prizes: $256,000 of which is cash prizes, and the rest is in-kind offers — donated services from various alumni and companies. “The prizes are great, but the real value of the McCloskey Competition is getting help and mentoring, judges who evaluate at different stages of the competition and give them feedback,” Slaggert said. Slaggert emphasized the importance of networking and alumni relations, both of which are at the core of the IDEA center programing. “The one thing about Notre Dame people is that they are always willing to help. They are always willing to give back,” Slaggert said. The IDEA Center connections proved to be especially valuable for seniors Luke Maillie and Andrew Munch, Notre Dame students who have developed wearable technology to detect the damage level of UV rays at any given moment. Slaggert said the members of the family behind Radio Flyer — the makers of the little red wagon — are Notre Dame alumni who heard of Maillie and Munch’s creation. Instantly, they said they would love to work with the product.“One thing that resonates with students on this campus, we believe, is that even though you might say ‘I’m not an inventor, I’m not an entrepreneur,‘ it’s safe to say that most students on this campus want to make the world a better place. They want to bring about change, and entrepreneurship and innovation is the way to do that,” Slaggert said. In order to increase exposure to the entrepreneurship process, Slaggert has also been heavily emphasizing internship opportunities in Innovation Park as a whole. “Just in the IDEA center, we have hired just about 60 [interns] since last summer,” she said. “I would love to double that by placing students with other startups in the building, connecting students to other students to work on their ideas.” To this end, the IDEA Center is creating a database to connect students with the internships they are interested in pursuing.“We are going to have a platform so students who want internships can post their resumes and indicate which of those groups they would be willing to intern with,” Slaggert said. ” … Once they indicate what their preferences are, their resume will be available to everyone who is hiring.” Overall, Slaggert stressed that all students should look into IDEA Center and Innovation Park opportunities. “I would want students to know that they have a place they can come where countless people will do anything they can to help them figure things out,” she said. “We can help. Just come check it out.” Tags: entrepreneurship, IDEA Center, Innovation Park, Internshipslast_img read more

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David Yazbek, Hal Prince & More Tapped for ATC’s 2015-16 Season

first_img View Comments These Paper Bullets! Related Shows The 2015-16 Atlantic Theater season—the company’s 30th anniversary—will include the world premiere of David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ The Band’s Visit. Harold Prince will direct the musical adaptation of the 2007 film next spring. The season will also feature two New York debuts, including These Paper Bullets! with music by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and a world premiere from Dominique Morisseau.The season kicks off this fall in the Linda Gross Theater with a revival of Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill. Set in British colonial Africa and late ‘70s London, the play explores a hypothetical modern society—one where the characters who have aged only 25 years since the Victorian era. James Macdonald will direct the production.Jackson Gay directs These Paper Bullets!, which premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2014. The show is a modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, adapted by Rolin Jones and featuring songs by Armstrong. It follows four Liverpool band members (the Quartos—get it?) who have seven days to find true love and cut an album—as their former drummer attempts to destroy them. Think the Beatles meet the Bard. Performances will begin in November in the Linda Gross Theater.Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew will begin performances in January 2016 at Atlantic Stage 2. The drama marks the final installment of her Detroit trilogy, following Paradise Blue and Detroit ‘67; it tells the story of a makeshift family of workers at the last remaining auto plant in the city.With music and lyrics by Yazbek and a book by Moses, The Band’s Visit follows an Egyptian Police Band who, after a mix-up at the Israeli border, are sent to a remote village in the desert instead of their expected concert venue. They are quickly welcomed by the locals, and form an unlikely and unexpected relationship. The tuner, which will premiere next spring at the Linda Gross Theater, is directed by 21-time Tony Award winner Prince.The season concludes with the New York premiere of The Purple Light of Joppa Illinois. Written by Adam Rapp, the play follows a Kentucky recluse who is forced to confront his tragic past when two teenagers arrive at his duplex doorstep. The play will run starting in June 2016 at Atlantic Stage 2.Additional information for the five productions, including cast and creative team, will be announced at a later date. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016last_img read more

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Cool Cukes.

first_imgWhether you grow your own fruits and vegetables or not, summeris a great time for fresh produce. To get the best flavor, Universityof Georgia experts say you need to know which fruits and vegetablesto refrigerate (and which not to).Refrigerating some produce (tomatoes, papayas, mangos, avocados,bananas, potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions) hurts their flavor,said Elizabeth Andress, an Extension food safety specialist withthe UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Keep Greens CoolOthers, though, are better kept in the fridge. Andress saidleafy vegetables like lettuce, spinach, collard greens and turnipgreens are among them.”Cabbagenaturally lasts longer, but other leafy vegetables need refrigerationfor best quality and longer shelf life,” she said. “Theylike the high humidity. And the cool temperatures prevent shrivelingand slow the loss of nutritional value.”Don’t place leafy veggies too close to the refrigerator walls,though. “If you keep your refrigerator extra cold, don’tput leafy vegetables in the coldest part, because they’ll freeze,”she said. “Vegetables like lettuce have very high water contentand freeze easily.”Store in Brown or Plastic BagsRefrigerate summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant, okra and zucchini,too. “Protect these vegetables from freezing, too, just likeleafy vegetables,” Andress said. “Place them in brownpaper bags or ventilated plastic bags before refrigeration. Tightlysealed plastic bags keep them too moist.”Unlike their larger bulb cousins, green onions, scallions andleeks should be refrigerated, too. “They like moisture, sorefrigerating them in plastic bags is a good idea,” Andresssaid.Cool Temps are ‘Berry’ NiceStrawberries,blueberries and raspberries should all be refrigerated. “Theyneed the cool temperatures for preservation. But don’t store themwet,” Andress said. “They like humidity, but the wetnesscan promote decay.” Store berries in loose or ventilatedplastic bags.Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits, can be refrigeratedto prolong shelf life.”They aren’t going to keep ripening, so use your own preference,”she said. “Refrigerate them if you like them cold.”Use Caution with MushroomsKeep mushrooms in the fridge, but never in airtight containers.”Raw mushrooms are very likely to contain bacteria that canquickly produce toxins that can cause food-borne illness,”Andress said. “Make sure you refrigerate mushrooms in ventilatedplastic or paper bags.”Andress said ventilated plastic bags are ideal for storingmany fruits and vegetables. “They’re perfect for allowingthe food to get the air circulation it needs,” she said.last_img read more

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St Johnsbury hospital leverages energy efficiency as prescription for saving $47,000

first_imgNortheastern Vermont Regional Hospital,At Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH), energy efficiency supports NVRH’s mission to provide high quality healthcare services that are focused on community needs at the lowest cost consistent with excellent care. To increase savings and comfort for both patients and staff, NVRH and its team of design engineers collaborated with Efficiency Vermont on its latest project, a large-scale expansion and renovation that enhances 33,000 square feet of the facility.Located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, NVRH is a community, nonprofit, acute care, and critical access hospital. NVRH has long recognized the role energy efficiency can play in helping achieve the patient care mission.‘It was really a no-brainer to upgrade our older, energy-inefficient equipment and lighting to newer, more efficient options,’ said Richard Degreenia, director of plant operations at NVRH. ‘We’re cutting energy costs so we’re better able to serve our community ‘ the patients who come here every day for the best medical care.’NVRH undertook its expansion to improve accessibility and workflow and also to create additional space for treatment rooms, including the hospital’s X-ray area and day-surgery unit. Expanded office space, nurses’ stations and waiting rooms are also now part of the hospital’s enhanced space.  Expansion typically means consuming more energy, but NVRH was able to make significant expansions without increasing energy costs. Working together, NVRH and Efficiency Vermont identified cost-effective energy solutions that would not only benefit the hospital financially, but also improve comfort for employees and patients. Adding a more efficient lighting design and upgrading the hospital heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system were at the crux of the work.All told, the lighting and HVAC measures help NVRH save 431,000 kWh annually, which translates to an estimated cost savings of more than $47,000.HVAC upgrades significantly contributed to those savings numbers. NVRH switched from using a constant-volume air system to a variable-air volume system, also called a VAV system. A VAV system offers two primary advantages: the fan capacity control allows the hospital to control fan speed, reducing energy consumed by fans, which can be a substantial part of the total cooling energy requirements of a building. Another advantage is more efficient temperature control.NVRH engages in ‘daylight harvesting,’ using sensors and controls to keep lights off when the natural illumination from skylights will provide sufficient light levels. NVRH also installed lighting monitors in public spaces, like lobbies. The monitors lower light levels in the absence of activity ‘ for example, when someone leaves a room, or area. This energy-smart approach to lighting was achieved by thinking about energy efficiency and incorporating ideas early on in the design process.”When a design team brings in Efficiency Vermont from the start, we’re able to work together to find the greatest energy savings at the lowest possible cost to the building owner,” said Sheryl Graves, energy consultant at Efficiency Vermont. “That’s because the planning stage is the most cost-effective time to incorporate efficiency. It’s a great feeling to support the design team’s vision for a building that will mean significantly lower overhead for the owners for years to come.”NVRH has worked with Efficiency Vermont since the organization’s inception in 2000, joining several Vermont hospitals that have taken the initiative to install energy-saving measures in partnership with the energy efficiency utility.After nearly a decade of energy efficiency work, NVRH’s Degreenia still has more projects on his mind, including a potential LED installation for the hospital building and parking lot lighting. Degreenia and his team have realized that continuous energy-efficient improvements provide a mechanism not only to achieve business goals, but to serve the patients and employees who come to NVRH every day.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).last_img read more

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