Oando Plc (OANDO.ng) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgOando Plc (OANDO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Oando Plc (OANDO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Oando Plc (OANDO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Oando Plc (OANDO.ng)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileOando Plc is the largest integrated energy solutions provider in Nigeria and internationally. The company has onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration operations throughout Africa and trades in crude refined and unrefined petroleum products. Separate operations are responsible for storing, hauling and distributing petroleum and gas products; providing logistics and other services; and managing aviation activities. Oando Trading supplies and trades crude oil and petroleum products which includes naphtha, gasoline, fuel oil, gas oil, kerosene and bitumen. Oando Financial Trading & Hedging offers a highly centralised and financial risk management framework and is active in most financial energy markets worldwide. Oando Shipping & Chartering has access to a global pool of shipping brokers and vessel owners which means it is able to offer highly competitive rates for shipping and chartering services. Established in 1956 and formerly known as Unipetrol Nigeria Plc, the company changed its name to Oando Plc in 2003. Oando Plc is a subsidiary of Ocean and Oil Development Partners Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Oando Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Excellent Gio Aplon Try against the Bulls in 2006

first_imgTuesday Oct 17, 2006 Excellent Gio Aplon Try against the Bulls in 2006 Gio Aplon is a young fullback from Western Province (South Africa) with a big future. He’s tiny, but very, very quick and extremely talented. He also is one of the best tacklers around apparently, so size isn’t an issue for him or his coach. This try won Supersport’s Try of Year award. Watch out for this guy in the future. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyOlder Men Need to Know This 1 Weird Tip Before It’s Too LateSmart Life ReportsThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Extension Publication Helps Farmers Price Corn Silage

first_img Facebook Twitter Extension Publication Helps Farmers Price Corn Silage SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Extension Publication Helps Farmers Price Corn Silage As the price of corn goes, so goes the price of corn silage. Knowing how the price of the former will affect the price of the latter can translate into extra dollars in the pockets of farmers.Purdue Extension has a new publication to help dairy producers and corn silage growers determine those prices. Determining a Value for Corn Silage also contains an online Corn Silage Crop Calculator. The publication, AS-611-W, is free and available at https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=AS-611-W.“Corn silage prices depend on the price of grain, and there can be a huge variation in prices,” said Tamilee Nennich, a Purdue Extension dairy cattle nutrition specialist and one of the publication’s authors. “There are a wide variety of strategies out there with which we can price corn silage.”Corn silage, a forage consisting of corn grain and cornstalks harvested when the corn plant is still partially green, makes up about 30 percent of the dry matter in an average dairy cow’s diet. The forage is a good source of fiber and energy for lactating cows.The $40-$50 per ton that dairy farmers typically pay corn growers for silage often turns into $50-$80 per ton once the dairy producer harvests and transports the forage, and then places it in a silo for fermentation and storage, Nennich said. The silage usually remains in storage for months until it is ready to be fed to cows.There are many issues dairy producers and corn silage growers should consider when pricing silage. Buyers and sellers will come at it from different perspectives, Nennich said. One such issue is moisture content.“Corn silage should contain 65-68 percent moisture, but the amount of actual feed dry matter varies and should be taken into account,” she said. “Determining the silage dry matter is necessary for arriving at the actual amount of feed that is harvested from a field.”Grain yield is another consideration. A larger grain harvest could portend a higher silage price.“As a general rule of thumb, you can price silage by multiplying the price of corn per bushel by a factor of somewhere between eight and 10,” Nennich said.The Corn Silage Crop Calculator is a Microsoft Excel-based program that comes in two parts. One part calculates silage price based on silage yield from the field, while the other calculates silage price based on corn grain price. Either part can be used to arrive at a price for corn silage.In both spreadsheets the farmer will enter data such as corn price per bushel, silage yield per acre or estimated grain yield, percent of corn silage dry matter, harvest/hauling/storage cost and the estimated amount of shrinkage during storage. Results appear as cost of corn silage value per ton and the final cost of silage to producer.“There are default values built into the calculator, or a silage producer can adjust the values according to what they save in harvesting, drying and storage costs,” Nennich said. “The dairy producer can make adjustments on what their cost would be to haul and harvest the corn silage themselves, so that they can see how that affects the final silage price at feeding.”Nennich hopes silage producers and their dairy producer customers do the calculations together. “It can help them arrive at a mutual agreement for corn silage,” she said.Determining a Value for Corn Silage is co-authored by Kern Hendrix, a retired Purdue Extension cattle specialist. The publication is among a series of five new dairy management publications written or co-written by Nennich. All are free for download. Others include:* Feeding Distillers Grain to Young Dairy Heifers (AS-609-W) – https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=AS-609-W* Supplementing Young Grazing Dairy Heifers With Lick Tubs: A Case Study (AS-610-W – https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=AS-610-W* Forages and Feeding Dairy Cattle During Drought Conditions (AS-616-W) – https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=AS-616-W* Drought and Nutrient Management Considerations for Dairy Farms (AS-617-W) – https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=AS-617-WSource; Purdue Ag Communications Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Apr 30, 2013 SHARE Previous articleCompliance Deadline for EPA Oil Spill Prevention Rule NearsNext articleSenators Urge USTR to Investigate EU Anti-Dumping Decision Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Spotify Technology S.A. Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter 2020

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsBusiness Total MAUs by Region Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Twittercenter_img Pinterest Twitter Spotify Technology S.A. Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter 2020 TAGS  WhatsApp Previous articleLead Learning Design Company ansrsource Launches Innovative GEM Microlearning LibraryNext articleUnited States Healthcare RTLS (Real-Time Locating Services) Market Report 2020-2027 – Market Opportunities with the Increasing Usage Of Smartphones, Tablets & Pads to Boost Adoption of Solutions – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

After Delay, Powell and Montgomery Noms Proceed to Full Senate

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post January 17, 2018 1,981 Views Previous: Ranking Home Renovation Resale Values Next: Housing Market Gets a Vote of Confidence from Builders After Delay, Powell and Montgomery Noms Proceed to Full Senate The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Brian Montgomery Confirmation Hearing fed chair Federal Reserve Jerome Powell Senate Banking Committee Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Brian Montgomery Confirmation Hearing fed chair Federal Reserve Jerome Powell Senate Banking Committee Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs 2018-01-17 David Wharton Home / Daily Dose / After Delay, Powell and Montgomery Noms Proceed to Full Senate The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs today met to revisit the nominations of Jerome Powell as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Brian Montgomery as Assistant Secretary for Housing – Federal Housing Commissioner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Both nominees were advanced to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.Both nominees previously received yes votes from the Banking Committee late last year, but as the full Senate did not get around to confirming them before going into recess, the Banking Committee had to revote this morning.Powell was approved with a voice vote, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) asking to be recorded as a no.Montgomery was approved with a voice vote, with Sen. Warren, Sen. Cortez Mastro (D-Nevada), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) asking to be recorded as “no.”The Committee also approved the nomination of Randal Quarles for a full term on the Fed’s board. Sen. Warren, Sen. Cortez Mastro, and Sen. Reed were recorded as “no” for Quarles as well.If confirmed by a full Senate vote, Powell will succeed current Fed chair Janet Yellen, who announced her retirement from the Fed’s Board of Governors in early November, following Powell’s nomination as Fed Chair by President Trump. During questioning by the Senate Banking Committee in November 2017, Powell emphasized the importance of looking back over the various regulations and legislation instituted since the 2008 financial crisis and making sure it still makes sense. In response to questioning by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), who asked if Powell believed there were any regulations that needed to be stronger, Powell said, “Honestly, Senator, I think they’re tough enough.”Powell said the Fed would continue to err on the side of caution, but added that “it doesn’t help anyone for banks to waste money.” Powell also said at the time that he was in favor of exempting banks worth less than $10 billion from the Volker Rule, which limits risky trading by U.S. banks, and that he would work to continue shrinking the Fed’s balance sheet, predicting an eventual balance sheet total of between $2.5 and $3 trillion could be achieved within three to five years.Powell also highlighted the importance of tailoring regulations to the size and importance of the institution in question, with a decrease in intensity and stringency for smaller and regional banks. However, Powell pointed out that “Fundamentally, size is only one indicator of the riskiness of a firm and the possibility of it damaging the financial system through its failures.”Brian Montgomery is currently Vice Chairman of The Collingwood Group, a Washington D.C.-based advisory firm that he co-founded, and he previously served as Federal Housing Administration commissioner under former President George W. Bush. In a letter sent to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown endorsing his nomination and encouraging his confirmation, Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute wrote:During my 25 year tenure working within the mortgage banking industry, I have had the opportunity to work side by side with Mr. Montgomery during his times within both public and private service on issues that face the American homeowner,” the letter said. “I can attest to his qualifications as a leader and his devotion to the cause of furthering responsible homeownership in the United States. An examination of Mr. Montgomery’s record will reveal a dedicated public servant and champion for homeownership, fully committed to ensuring the American Dream lives on for generations to come.During his October testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Montgomery said, “Some of my Republican friends and colleagues still ask why I agreed to serve in a Democratic Administration and my answer has always been the same: they asked for my help. It was that simple. Now when I’m asked why I would want to return to HUD, the answer is just as simple: I believe I can make a positive difference.” Related Articles Subscribe Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Oxygen Concentrators Not Classified As ‘Essential Commodity’: Uttarakhand High Court Seeks Centre, State Govt. Response

first_imgNews UpdatesOxygen Concentrators Not Classified As ‘Essential Commodity’: Uttarakhand High Court Seeks Centre, State Govt. Response Sparsh Upadhyay21 May 2021 2:16 AMShare This – xImage Courtesy: UNICEF/UNI41215/RaeThe Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday (May 20) sought response of the Central Government and the Government of Uttarakhand on a slew of issues. The Court had received a letter sent by an advocate Aditya Pratap Singh, wherein he has highlighted certain difficulties being faced by the people of the State while battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma gave Mr. C.S. Rawat, the Chief Standing Counsel appearing for the State, two weeks’ time to file his counter-affidavit in the matter. The letter pointed out that Oxygen Concentrators are not being classified as an “essential commodity”, despite the fact that it can be done so under the Essential Commodities Act. Secondly, according to him, the private laboratories were charging exorbitant fees for carrying out CT scan. Therefore, he submitted that the State Government should cap the fees being charged by the private laboratories. Thirdly, it was stated that RT-PCR test results are forged in order to circumvent the Standard Operating Procedures (‘the SOPs’ for short) issued by the Union of India and the State Government. Seeking a response from the State Government, the High Court asked Aditya Pratap Singh, the counsel for the petitioner to implead the Union of India as a necessary party in the petition within a period of three days. Further, the Court said, “In case, the amended cause-title is filed by Aditya Pratap Singhr, the Registry is directed to issue notice to Mr. Rakesh Thapliyal, the learned Assistant Solicitor General for the Union of India and the Assistant Solicitor General, is directed to submit his counter-affidavit by June 8, 2021.” The matter has been listed for further hearing on June 9, 2021. In related news, the Uttarakhand High Court today made critical observations against the State Government for allowing the ‘Kumbh Mela’, in which over 10 million devotees congregated over several weeks, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court came down heavily on the State Government over its failure to ensure that COVID norms were being followed in the temples and religious festivals. The Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Verma observed that in Badrinath and Kedarnath, the concerned priests were not maintaining social distancing COVID protocols. While questioning the State as to what would happen if COVID spreads among the priests, Chief Justice R. S. Chauhan specifically remarked, “In Kedarnath & Badrinath temples, I have seen videos that social distancing is not being followed by the Priests. Even if diety is being worshipped, you can’t let 23 priests enter the temple. Who is the person appointed by the State to monitor this?”Click here To Download OrderTagsChief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan Justice Alok Kumar Verma Oxygen Concentrators Essential Commodity Uttarakhand High Court OXYGEN COVID COVID-19 pandemic Next Storylast_img read more

Hearthside Meal event Saturday, Dec. 6

first_img Hearthside Meal event Saturday, Dec. 6 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Book Nook to reopen You Might Like SING A SONG (Photo gallery) Jacobi Green sings along with others from the Christian Love Community Center on Seagers Street. The group went caroling through… read more Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img Print Article Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:44 am Thursday, December 4, 2014 By Blood Sugar Blaster The old saying, “Did you come for a coal of fire?” will have greater meaning for those who participate in the Hearthside Meals event at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama on Saturday.The old-time saying was often asked when a visitor seemed to be in a hurry to rush off.Back years ago, people would often go to a neighbor’s house to borrow a hot coal of fire to restart their own fire once it had gone out. They would get a hot coal and rush home to get their own fire going once again.Understanding of that old saying will be brought to those who participate in the Hearthside Meal because they will be cooking with hot coals and on a wood stove. And, keeping the coals hot will determine the success of the hearthside meal.B.B. and Nita Palmer will demonstrate the art of cooking over hot coals and on a wood stove but first they will instruct the participants on just how to get started.“You’ve got to have heat to cook and cooking over coals or on a wood stove is not as simple as turning a knob,” B.B. Palmer said. “There’s an art to old-time cooking and to my way of thinking, there’s nothing better than a stew cooked in a Dutch oven over coals or cornbread baked in a wood stove.”Those who participate in Hearthside Meals will have a hands-on experience, from churning the butter to tending fires that cook the stew and bake the cobbler.“Everybody will get a chance to cook and eat,” Palmer said. “We’ll have a one-pot meal that they will be able to cook and enjoy on their own. We’ll demonstrate as we cook and we’ll give everybody a chance to try their hands at all we do.”When the hearthside meal is cooked to perfection or satisfaction, everyone will sit down together for a time of food, fellowship and fun.The Palmers will have several door prizes to give away and all participants in the Hearthside Meal will leave with the knowledge of how to make-do with what you have and enjoy the doing of it.Fives slots are still available for Hearthside Meals from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. Registration fee is $15. For reservations, call 334-566-3597. Next Up Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Letters

first_imgLettersOn 9 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s lettersCIPD could learn from other bodiesI read with some interest the article “How can the CIPD boost its clout with the Government?” (News, 21 November). I cannot deny being surprised at the evident reluctance of the CIPD to become more involved in “political” issues. Surely new employment legislation is something the CIPD should and must be concerned with, and if influencing this means becoming more political, it needs to respond accordingly.Maybe I show a certain na•vety, but why does the constitution of its governing council and whether it is elected or not make any difference? If it does, it must be time for a change, and change management is something its members should be well versed in!I must confess I am not a member of the CIPD, but I am a regular reader of Personnel Today and have responsibilities for HR within the organisation for which I work. I am the company secretary and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. This organisation is active in its involvement in the development of new legislation and codes of practice, and is a highly regarded contributor to these processes; the CIPD would do well to look to the ICSA for some hints and tips. Many company secretaries, particularly in smaller firms, have responsibility for HR, a fact that is recognised in our qualification process, and our monthly journal covers HR issues and relevant legal updates. These individuals have grown to expect more from their institute as this is what is being delivered. Maybe it’s time for the CIPD to recognise its wider responsibilities, before we are all suffocated by poorly drafted, hurried, reactive legislation which costs all industries vast amounts in human and financial resources to implement.Rowena Bowman, Greenwich Group, LondonParental laws are killing industryHaving just read your article on the possible right of parents to return to work part time for as long as they wish after the birth of a child (News, 12 December), I wish to say the following.I work in manufacturing. We have just had to shut down a factory and make 211 people redundant from another factory, halving our headcount. One of the reasons is because we cannot compete with countries that have lower overheads and labour costs than ours.As an HR manager, I agree that employers need to treat their employees fairly and give them a life beyond work. But I also believe that to continue to exist the business needs to be able to specify what workers it requires and for what hours. The Government is killing British industry, it offers us no support, and we are continually having legislation heaped upon us that is time-consuming to implement and gives people the right to do whatever they wish.If the Government wants to keep introducing these policies than perhaps it should start paying for them. British industry is already in decline and will not exist at all if the Government continues in the same vein.Karen Parker, HR manager, Via e-mailLook to Europe on childcare issuesOnce again the Government is putting the onus on employers to solve the problems of childcare and working parents. Why don’t they look to our European partners to see how they how solved this problem?In France, for example, the school day is lengthened, with long supervised lunch breaks and the facility to look after children up to 6pm if necessary. For the under fives, they have classrooms with tiny beds for afternoon naps. During the holidays there is the option to go on month-long summer camps, with highly-trained supervisors providing a variety of activities. This may appear to leave little time for child-parent bonding, but it’s not the case, as with all childminding there are evenings and weekends, and the choice to stay at home or work part-time if you wish.Susan Thomas, Personnel manager, SouthamptonFrameworks get us all thinkingPaul Kearn’s article “Face it: competency theories don’t work” (Comment, 5 December) was provocative, but flawed. I agree that the notion of perfection in managers – indeed in humans generally – is a nonsense. We all know outstanding chief executives whose management styles are, to say the least, idiosyncratic and which it would be foolish to publish as a blueprint for others to model themselves upon. But competencies, and the behavioural statements that support them, can provide inspiration and motivation. I see these frameworks not as blueprints for perfection, but more as a way to start managers thinking in a practical way about the possibilities for trying different approaches and pushing themselves out of their “comfort zone”. If you position a framework in this way, it can be used to considerable advantage for management development.While it is true that competencies such as “initiative” are more often than not innate, we shouldn’t give up on getting people to develop these skills. By describing what initiative looks like, ie the things you see people who show initiative doing, others are given the chance to try it for themselves. Most importantly, by describing a competency at different levels, it gives those aspiring to a more senior role the chance to see what will make the difference. When they see the behavioural competencies expressed clearly, at their own level and at the levels above them, they begin to see the real stretch ahead. Suddenly the myths surrounding what makes one person promotable and another not are dispelled and reality kicks in.When we talk about people owning their own development, it makes good sense to give them a clue about what good performance looks like. Let’s encourage individualism and flair, but that doesn’t stop us providing inspiration and guidance for managers who want to give thought to their performance and development. Good competency profiles can and do provide that opportunity.Elaine Wolf, HR consultant, Via e-mailReal-life leaders set best exampleWe were intrigued to read “Tough act to follow” about the leadership course run by Roffey Park that focuses on leaders from the silver screen (Features, 14 November).Undoubtedly actors’ portrayals of famous leaders can be useful starting points for a general discussion and to provide a platform for a critical evaluation of one’s own leadership style. Too much focus on screen leaders, however, can provide an unrealistic portrayal of true leadership. Leaders in films tend to come from the charismatic, heroic mould – such as Henry V and Lawrence of Arabia – rather than the successful, but perhaps less charismatic, leadership we see every day. Although not the stuff of action-packed cinema, there are many examples of great leadership in action, which could serve as more useful case studies than the leadership portrayed by screen idols.We agree that “great stories do not bear much relation to modern management theory, which stresses the role of followers in creating leaders”. What films also don’t generally reflect is the balance between the emotional and intellectual sides of leadership – the head and heart. When you think of the ultimate objective of film-making – to make money through entertaining the public – perhaps this is not surprising. Today’s inclusive, emotionally intelligent leadership is not as exciting as the swashbuckling, heroic style portrayed in films.The key is not to have an intellectual discussion, but to practise leadership, to review our performance and to learn from that process. John Frost, Course director & director of design, The Leadership Trust (Training) HerefordshireLet’s not lose the personal touchI would like to respond to “HR has to learn the application of presentation”, by Alastair McFarlane (Opinion, 21 November). What a patronising attitude! McFarlane seems to think he is the expert on what HR professionals look for in a CV. Some of his comments are very true, but not many.Why assume that a handwritten letter is “not sophisticated”? I like to see a handwritten letter, not because I hire or fire on how neat it is, but because it shows me a personal side, something our “super-sophisticated society” is starting to lack. And who says “omitting a date of birth displays gross na•vety”? Perhaps it just displays the belief that age is not important, only whether the applicant has the skills and experience for the job. Then we have the “tried and tested CV format”. I work for a company that develops 3D interactive solutions and have seen some great CVs pass over my desk – creative, colourful, interesting. It’s refreshing to have something different – and maybe an HR professional for my company needs to be as creative as the staff she is looking after. “Applicants who zoom in on personal objectives which are of no interest to the potential employer”. Really? My staff’s personal objectives certainly interest me.Katie Bennett, Vice-president of HR, SuperscapeBeer-drinking view is sexistAfter reading Sharon Nolan’s letter which suggested offering a fridge full of beer as a prize in your competition to find the best place to work in IT, was sexist (Letters, 12 December), I felt I must respond. Not all beer drinkers are men and not all men are beer drinkers. I suggest Ms Nolan reconsiders her stereotypical views – I know very few women who do not drink beer (or cider) when they go to a bar or pub.Natasha Goggin, Training co-ordinator and real ale fanDilemma could be easily solvedA possible solution to Sharon Nolan’s dilemma – assuming she was successful – would be to distribute the prize among her team. Her male colleagues could drink the beer and Sharon could have the fridge. I am sure she would recognise the long-term value of such a practical appliance for a modern kitchen. If Sharon and her colleagues still feel uncomfortable, I am prepared to sacrifice my own morals and receive the prize on their behalf.Chris Sharpe, Via e-mail Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Pensions still key concern for employers and workers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Araft of new research shows that pension issues are still a key concern for bothemployers and staff, and also reveals the size of the task facing new work and pensions secretary, Alan Johnson.Lawfirm DLA’s annualindustrial relations survey, which polled more than 300 large employers and 27trade unions, focuses on the key causes of unrest over the previous 12 months.Thesurvey identifies pensionsissues as a cause of concern, with one in five trade unions citing it as a keycause of unrest, demonstrating its continuing importance to employees. It wasonly superseded by issues of pay, working conditions and job security.DavidBradley, head of the DLA’semployment group, said: “Pensions are at the top of many unions’ agendas,and they will feature heavily again at this year’s TUC conference.”Itis hard to imagine an employer being able to significantly devalue pensionprovisions in a unionised workplace without scrutiny by and resistance from arecognised union,” he said.Bradleyadded that as employers continued to look at ways of reducing their increasingliabilities, they were likely to be brought into conflict with unions.Thisview is supported by other research that shows the number of final salarypension schemes open to new members has fallen drastically in the past twoyears.Asurvey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting shows the percentage of companiesoffering them to new members has dropped from 56 per cent in 2002, to 38 percent this year.Ofthose companies with open schemes, 39 per cent increased employer contributionslast year or plan to next year, while 29 per cent have decided to increasestaff contributions. Fifteen per cent have reduced benefits for future service,or intend to do so.PeterBowers, worldwide partner at Mercer, said: “Companies are seeking ways toretain their final salary schemes on a more cost-effective basis. Final salaryschemes are highly valued by employees, and can help to differentiate companieswhen recruiting staff.”Thereis also pressure on the Government to reconsider pensions policy as further research shows UKstaff have saved on average £50,000 less than they need for a comfortableretirement.Marketanalyst Datamonitor saidpeople had saved an average of £30,000 with both private and company pensions,equating to around £13,000 a year once they stopped working.OliverGuirdham, financial analystat Datamonitor, said UKworkers had built up large private pensions savings relative to many European countries,but that there was still a need for the Government to help them do more.Hesaid government initiatives aimed at boosting savings, such as the launch oflow-cost stakeholder pensions, had largely failed.ByMike Berry Pensions still key concern for employers and workersOn 14 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

North Alabama wins first FCS game, beats S. Utah 34-30

first_imgSeptember 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local North Alabama wins first FCS game, beats S. Utah 34-30 Associated Press Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Christian Lopez tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to Dexter Boykin with 12 seconds remaining and North Alabama won its first game played as an FCS member with a 34-30 victory over Southern Utah in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.The Lions moved from Division II and will compete in the ASUN Conference.North Alabama trailed 23-20 late in the fourth quarter when Lopez hit Boykin with a 31-yard touchdown strike with 4:47 remaining.Southern Utah answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run from James Felila that put the Thunderbirds back on top, 30-27, with 2:02 left. Lopez then led the nine-play, 75-yard game-winning drive. Lopez’s pass was intercepted at the goal line with 29 seconds left, but a roughing the passer penalty kept the drive alive.Lopez was 24-of-43 passing for 350 yards and threw three touchdown passes. Lopez also had 15 carries for 105 yards. Boykin had eight catches for 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns.Chris Helbig was 28 of 38 for 316 yards passing and threw two touchdown passes. Tags: FCS/Football/SUU Thunderbirdslast_img read more