12 May

Brown’s Budget plans get thumbs up from business

first_imgChancellor Gordon Brown’s Budget proposals to increase staff training, cutbusiness red tape and tackle unemployment, have been broadly welcomed byemployer bodies. Brown’s Budget outlined a raft of new training initiatives, includingextending the Emp-loyer Training Pilots, which is likely to be formalised aspart of the Government’s skills strategy White Paper due in the summer. The programme gives state aid to employers who give staff time off to train,and could eventually cost the treasury £1bn a year. John Philpott, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment (CIPD), said the extension of the pilot initiative would helpskills development. He said he would have liked a clearer signal from the chancellor on theissue of whether employers should be forced to give time off for training, andadded that employers need to realise up-skilling staff is in their interests. “The purpose of the exercise is skills increase. Business may beworried about taking in temps and that the training is not on target, but theyneed to upscale their staff’s abilities,” he said. Other measures in the budget include a proposal to give greater discretionto local job centre managers to be innovative, and an additional emphasis onjobless people to search for and travel to work. Philpott said: “The welfare-to-work measures contained in this year’sBudget are the most substantial since Mr Brown’s first Budget in 1997. Theyoffer the best hope of tackling the deep local pockets of joblessness thatblight every region of the UK.” The Government also plans to shift from a national setting to regional andlocal pay settings within the public sector, to reflect local differences ininflation and labour market pressures. This was backed by both the CIPD and theCBI. Importantly, Brown also announced that the UK should resist unnecessaryregulations, such as the working time directive, which have an impact on jobcreation in the UK. By Quentin Reade Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Brown’s Budget plans get thumbs up from businessOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

3 May

Breakthrough for Oxford University chemist

first_imgThe first synthetic retina made of soft materials has been developed by an Oxford University researcher, with potentially life-changing conditions for those with retinal conditions.Vanessa Restrepo-Schild, a doctoral student and researcher at the Department of Chemistry, developed the synthetic retina made of water-based materials, the first of its kind.Her study ‘Light-Patterned Current Generation in a Droplet Bilayer Array’ was published last month in the journal Scientific Reports. The retina is a composition of cells at the back of the eye.Photoreceptors are cells which convert light into electrical signals, before they are communicated into the brain for further processing. It forms the first step in creating the picture of the scene around us is processing in the photoreceptors in the retina—effectively allowing us to see.In degenerative retinal conditions, the photoreceptors are impaired but the rest of the eye is relatively healthy, so only the first step in the vision process is disrupted. In these cases, although light can enter the eye, it can not be transformed into images.To simulate photoreceptors, the synthetic retina developed by Restrepo-Schild contains 16 droplets arranged in hydrogels and bacteriorhodopsin from microorganisms. When patterns of light are shown to the display, currents are generated at each biopixel, and recorded simultaneously in order to represent the original pattern of light. The system works like a camera, with cells detecting and reacting to light to create a greyscale image.A University press release said: “The synthetic material can generate electrical signals, which might stimulate the neurons at the back of our eye just like the original retina.”The journal article notes that this research is following 20 years of research work on bioelectrical imaging devices using bacteriorhodopsin. However, the only currently available synthetic retinas are made of hard materials such as silicon, which are much less comfortable and convenient.The material of the implant is unique to the research. Her synthetic retina contains natural, biodegradable materials, and does not contain any foreign bodies or living entities. Therefore, it is more similar to human body tissues and is less likely to be rejected by a human body.The new synthetic retina is a single device in which the light sensor and current generator are integrated, presumably with no need for a camera or antenna.According to Restrepo-Schild: “The human eye is incredibly sensitive, which is why foreign bodies like metal retinal implants can be so damaging, leading to inflammation and/or scarring. But a biological synthetic implant is soft and water based, so much more friendly to the eye environment.”Restrepo-Schild added that her motivation was not limited to just the eye, saying: “I want to take the principles behind vital bodily functions, e.g. our sense of hearing, touch and the ability to detect light, and replicated them in a laboratory environment with natural, synthetic components.”The next step in the process is to see how this synthetic retina will perform as a bionic implant, and in the future, testing on animals and then humans, to one day improve the lives of those who can not see.last_img read more

28 Sep

Spotted: Capesize Newbuild Joins Berge Bulk

first_imgImage Courtesy: Berge BulkSingapore-based dry bulk vessel owner and operator Berge Bulk has taken delivery of Berge Toubkal, a 210,000 dwt Capesize ship. Constructed at China’s Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry shipyard, the 222,000 cbm vessel was delivered on September 29, 2017.Berge Bulk has joined its sister vessels, Berge Zugspitze and Berge Grossglockner, which were handed over to the company in March 2016 and January 2017, respectively.The newbuilding is equipped with a super-long stroke main engine, optimized for low-fuel consumption. Other features include installed exhaust gas boilers for the generators and an upgraded anti-fouling system, according to the company.Flying the flag of the Isle of Man, Berge Toubkal features a length of 300 meters and a width of 49 meters.The newest delivery brings Berge Bulk’s fleet to a total of 54 carriers, with an aggregate fleet tonnage of 10.6 million dwt.last_img read more

26 Aug

Dodgers turned base stealing from weakness into strength

first_imgA change in personnel is one. Carl Crawford has stolen six bases in seven attempts since he missed 75 games with a strained oblique. Jose Peraza is 3 for 3 and Scott Schebler is 2 for 2; both players were in the minor leagues for the first half of the season.That doesn’t explain everything. Jimmy Rollins was 6 for 13 in stolen base attempts prior to July 1. He’s 5 for 5 since then. Howie Kendrick (4 for 4), Scott Van Slyke (3 for 3) and Justin Turner (2 for 2) haven’t been caught stealing since June, either.“I’m just trying to find spots for the guys to attempt to steal,” Lopes said. “They’ve been picking up on it quite a bit.” Perhaps coincidentally, no Dodger has been caught stealing since Aug. 24, when pitcher Clayton Kershaw suggested the team needed to play with more urgency. “The team in and of itself is a little more intense,” Lopes said. “That’s a good thing.” SAN DIEGO >> The Dodgers’ recent success stealing bases makes for nice statistics. An unexpected streak of 13 steals in 13 attempts entering Saturday’s game against the Padres means the Dodgers are no longer last in baseball in stolen bases or stolen-base success rate. No major league team had stolen more than seven bases in the same span.Going beyond the numbers, this makes for even better strategy.“It’s something that’s small but yet plays big,” Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes said. “Now we keep this approach that we have now and bring it to a playoff situation, now we can manufacture a run here. People can’t say ‘well, they’re not going to run.’ Now all of a sudden they’re starting to run. What’s the deal?’”Lopes identified a couple of reasons for the Dodgers’ newfound success. Harvey dangerDodgers pitcher Brett Anderson can relate to what New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is going through.The two pitchers both went to Dr. James Andrews for Tommy John surgery on their elbows — Anderson in 2011, Harvey in 2013. On Saturday, Harvey was non-committal when reporters in New York asked if he would be willing to exceed a prescribed 180-inning limit to pitch in the postseason.Since the Dodgers and Mets would meet in the National League Division Series if the season ended today, the question is now hanging in the air over two coasts.Harvey didn’t delve into the emotional details of his dilemma, but Anderson understands it’s complicated.“In my opinion, from the outside looking in, you want to do everything you can to help your team get into the playoffs and win in the playoffs,” Anderson said, “but you also have to realize what you’re putting your body through — the stress on that fresh, new ligament. The body can only handle so much pitching, such an unnatural motion, regardless of how clean your delivery is, how flawless your mechanics are.”Ultimately, Anderson didn’t face the same dilemma as Harvey. In 2013, his first full season back post-surgery, Anderson sustained a stress fracture in his foot that caused him to miss four months of the season.Prior to the injury, Anderson said, he never discussed an innings limit with his team (the Oakland A’s) or with Andrews.“It was just kind of one of those wait-and-see-until you get there” scenarios, Anderson said.Now that Harvey is here — he’s thrown 166 1/3 innings during the regular season — everyone seems to have an opinion on what his next step should be, including Harvey, his agent, the Mets and their fans. The Dodgers ought to have an opinion, too, since Harvey’s absence might have a real impact on the NLDS if both teams make it that far.“You wonder if it’s going to have an effect on the team,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”Anderson understands that Harvey’s choice isn’t easy.“You only get so many bullets, the longevity of your career,” Anderson said. “It’s not like he’s 21. He’s 26, 27. It’s such a fine line there.”AlsoActor/comedian Will Ferrell was in attendance for a postgame screening of his HBO special “Ferrell Takes The Field” at Petco Park. The documentary captured a charity stunt in which Ferrell played for 10 different teams on the same day in spring training, including the Dodgers and Padres.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

16 Dec

U.S. Green Building Council Names Award Recipients

first_imgOther award winnersOther projects recognized in the 2017 LEED Homes Awards were these:Project of the Year: The House at Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island, New York, is a 26-story Passive House apartment building.Outstanding Single-Family Developer: Maracay Homes in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company has built more than 9,000 homes in Phoenix and Tucson.Outstanding Multi-Family Developer: The Hudson Companies Inc., which has completed more than 3,500 housing units in the New York metro area, including The House at Cornell Tech.Outstanding Affordable Project: Crescent Crossings Phase 1, Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a four-part project that is helping to transform a high-crime section of the city.Outstanding Affordable Developer Builder: Native American Connection, Phoenix, Arizona. The project offers high-quality, safe, and affordable apartments to both individuals and families. The U.S. Green Building Council has named a high-performance house in a Decatur, Georgia, historic district as its 2017 Outstanding Single-Family Project.The house will be familiar to Green Building Advisor readers. Carl Seville, who built and owns the 2,646-square-foot, two-story home, is a longtime GBA author who detailed the ups and downs of this home’s construction in a series of posts beginning in 2016.Seville is a principal at SK Collaborative, a consulting company that offers a variety of services revolving around green building. The house was designed by Thomas Bateman Hood Architecture in Carmel, California.Seville, a former remodeler, and his partner Abe Kruger offer consulting services to builders, architects, and remodelers. One service is certifying green buildings under a number of programs, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Historic Infill Home, as it’s called, is a LEED Platinum home that has won a number of other certifications and awards.“The Historic District Infill Home manages to fit seamlessly into a prestigious existing historic district while meeting the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainability through its LEED Platinum certification,” the USGBC announcement said. “The 100 percent electric home employs state-of-the-art concepts in design, construction, and mechanical systems.”As Seville described in a 2016 post, the house came after two earlier attempts at construction on the site fizzled. Seville bought a 750-square-foot cottage on the property in 2005. His first attempts to win local approval for a new house on the property failed. Then, in 2013, after failing to get a mortgage from a local bank for a new house, Seville decided to remodel the 1925 cottage. The renovated cottage, protected by historic preservation rules, eventually became an accessory building on the lot when the new house was constructed. Work on the new house started in 2016.Seville started writing his blog series for GBA, the “Green Building Curmudgeon,” in 2008.“I’ve come to think of this project as a ‘stealth’ green home,” Seville wrote a year after moving in, “primarily because it doesn’t have the touchstone ‘green’ features people think about: solar panels, ground-source heat pumps, a heat-pump water heater or tankless water heaters, and maybe that key one, spray foam insulation.“It’s also a very traditional design which doesn’t seem to get as much attention as contemporary architecture these days,” he continued. “But I don’t care what people think about it. We are enjoying the house, the porch, and even the carport and driveway which, it ends up, is an awesome party space.”last_img read more

9 Dec

How to Play the Long Game

first_img“You’re an animal like the other animals or you’re something different, something higher, and known to be different and higher. Someone has to be the good guy.” Peggy Noonan, A Flawed Report’s Important Lesson, WSJ, December 12, 2014Some of your competitors will lie to win a deal. They will say whatever they believe their prospective client wants to hear, knowing it isn’t the truth. You may be frustrated knowing that they’re lying and winning.Some businesses you compete against will act immoral, and some will take actions that are illegal, all to make a buck. Their success may get a lot of press, and it might look pretty in the papers right now.Some of your competitors will speak poorly of you and your business to win an opportunity. You may be frustrated and angry to learn that a competitor is trying to make themselves look better by trying to make you look bad.Some people will tell their prospective clients what they want to hear in order to ingratiate themselves to that person. The would rather have their business than tell them what they really need to hear.None of these tactics are effective long term. In fact, over time these tactics undo those who use them. Someone may effectively lie to win a deal, but over time that lie will be exposed, and the person who lied will no longer be credible. People and companies that try to win by using tactics that are illegal or immoral get a different kind of press when these actions are exposed. Eventually, you are going to judged by who you are, not what your competitors say about you. And, eventually, your dream clients are going to need to know the truth about what they need to change and how much it is going to cost.You can’t control the tactics that other people or companies use to pursue and win new business. The only thing that you can control is who you are going to be. If you decide to be something different and higher, you will be known for being those things, even if it takes time for this to be known.Character is the long game. Who you are going to be has nothing to do with the decisions that other people make about who they are going to be. Your character is your business.Legacy is the longest of long games. The difference that you are going to make is solely up to you, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that other people aren’t considering their legacy. Your legacy is your business. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

9 Dec

A Hierarchy of Leadership Approaches and Their Consequences

first_imgLeadership is based on the ability to get the people you are leading to take action to accomplish specific goals. There are choices available to a leader to motivate their team to act. Some choices are healthier and more effective than others.Force: You might be tempted to think that force doesn’t belong in a leader’s toolkit, that it shouldn’t be in the range of choices available to a leader. But a leader may, from time to time, need to rely on force in emergency situations. If the threat is great and doesn’t allow for time, doling out orders and requiring people to respond might be the right choice. You may need to make people do what is necessary under extreme circumstances.This choice should be used only in the rarest of circumstances, and great care should be taken to ensure that it isn’t needed. The military needs this choice. So do the police and fire fighters. Business people almost never do.Threat of Force: The threat of force, demanding something be done or consequences will be forthcoming, isn’t a choice that should be made often or taken lightly. The price to relationships is too high and the effectiveness too low. Ultimatums are a horrible way to produce results, and long term, they destroy the team you lead. This is the choice of last resort, and should rarely ever have to be exercised.If you’ve gotten to the point where an ultimatum is necessary, you have made mistakes as a leader and allowed a problem to go unaddressed too long.Manipulation: Manipulation is another extremely negative choice. Unlike force, there is never a reason to use manipulation to produce results. It does tremendous damage to your relationships, and it demonstrates to your team that you want what you want, and you’ll make whatever Machiavellian moves necessary to get your result. Manipulation is the choice of the sociopath.Manipulation sits in the middle only because it is something less than force and to remind you that it is a choice you may unknowingly make . . . read on.Persuasion: You might be surprised to find persuasion so close to manipulation. It doesn’t carry the same baggage as “manipulation,” but the only thing separating the two is your intentions. Making a rational, reasoned argument to convince someone isn’t negative. But anything deceptive or self-oriented quickly transforms persuasion into manipulation. Persuasion, in the positive sense of the word, is a choice a leader will need available to her.You will need to make reasoned, rational arguments to persuade others as a leader. But there are better choices that will limit the amount of persuading necessary.Influence: Influence is better than persuasion. When you have influence, your relationship does the necessary work in helping you to achieve results through others. Your character makes it easy for people to follow your lead without your having to persuade, manipulate, or command them.When you have influence, you never have to worry about whether or not the people you are leading are doing what they are supposed to be doing; they wouldn’t do otherwise. They know you care about them, and they would never dream of letting you down.Inspiration: There is a higher choice than influence. That choice is inspiration. When you lead through inspiration, you help people find and develop into the best version of themselves. You help them find meaning in their work, and you help them identify their purpose. The more you lead from this choice, the less you need to rely on any of the other lesser, yet still sometimes necessary choices.When you inspire people, not only would they never let you down, more importantly, they wouldn’t let themselves down.The higher you climb on this spectrum, the greater your relationship will be with those you lead, the better your results, the greater and faster your growth, the more leaders you will create, and  the greater your legacy will be.last_img read more

29 Nov

Bellator begins yearlong heavyweight tournament at Forum

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chael Sonnen. APLOS ANGELES — Chael Sonnen has never fought as a heavyweight at any point in his long careers in wrestling and mixed martial arts. He’ll make his debut in the marquee weight class this weekend at Bellator 192 against Rampage Jackson, who outweighed Sonnen by a whopping 31 pounds on the scales Friday.Sounds crazy, right? Even Sonnen knows it.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Lopez, Markkanen power Bulls to easy win over Hawks “It’s the only fair way to do things,” Sonnen said of the tournament format. “It’s just that in combat, we don’t have to do things fair. We can do things that are good for entertainment and good for business. In this case, (Bellator President) Scott Coker is risking everything. He doesn’t know what the biggest fights are going to be. He doesn’t know how it’s going to play out, but he said, ‘I’ll do it fair for a change.’ And here we are.”While the UFC waits for new stars to emerge — or for its biggest existing star to get tired of spending his boxing money in Ireland — Bellator is building its year around the tournament designed to crown its first heavyweight champion since 2016.The promotion is doing it with its usual mix of sports and spectacle, pitting veteran heavyweights against smaller, bulked-up stars closer to their prime, including Ryan Bader and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.It could be fascinating competition, or it could produce physical mismatches and lopsided decisions. Either way, Coker expects it to be compelling.“It just snowballed into something we needed to do,” Coker said. “We already had good heavyweights, and pretty soon we had eight marquee names. This was the thing that made the most sense, and it’s going to be an all-yearlong story line.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I don’t totally know what I’m getting into, in fairness,” Sonnen said. “I’ve had workout partners that were heavyweights, but I don’t know what that power will feel like. I imagine I’ll move out of the way.”Sonnen just couldn’t resist the chance to chase the Bellator title belt in an eight-man tournament starting Saturday night at the Forum. The Heavyweight World Grand Prix will be the center of Bellator’s promotional efforts in 2018, showcasing a host of well-known MMA stars including Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBellator was founded a decade ago around the tournament concept, but strayed away from it in recent years to maximize its ability to stage big fights.The promotion’s return to something resembling its roots begins in Inglewood with the 40-year-old Sonnen against the 39-year-old Jackson, who tipped the scales at 253 pounds. To Sonnen, the excitement of the undertaking outweighed the obvious drawbacks in competition. MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Jackson is no stranger to weight-cutting struggles — he only recently realized ketchup has sugar in it, he said — but the veteran fighter has no such worries now. He hadn’t even weighed himself in two weeks before his bout, and he munched on chicken skewers before his fight-week news conference.Jackson and Sonnen get along well, but Sonnen still managed to get in an early jab at his thicker opponent: “I agreed to fight at heavyweight, not superheavyweight!”For Coker, there were actual hurt feelings to smooth as well.Sonnen and Jackson are being showcased in the main event after former UFC star Rory MacDonald takes on welterweight champion Douglas Lima for the title. MacDonald had thought he was in the main event until last week.“I was disappointed when I heard about it,” MacDonald said. “I was bummed out. I was a little bit hurt. It didn’t affect my sponsorships, but I felt upset. I just put it out of my mind. These are the moves they have to make. I have a job to do, and their job is to make their business successful.”Bellator 192 is the first event since promotion owner Viacom officially rebranded the Spike network as the Paramount Network on Thursday. While MacDonald and Lima are among the world’s best handful of fighters at 170 pounds, Jackson and Sonnen are stars with far more name recognition, and executives from Viacom understand what draws viewers to this promotion.When asked if he was concerned about the rest of his roster’s reaction to Bellator’s decision to showcase heavyweights in all of their tournament bouts, Coker laughed.“I don’t think they’ll have any problem cashing those checks on Monday,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

28 Oct

9 months ago​Liverpool defender Matip could return for Brighton

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool defender Matip could return for Brightonby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool could be about to get a boost as Joel Matip nears his return from injury.The centre-back is back in training, which means he is in contention to start against Brighton on Saturday.But the Reds will still be without Dejan Lovren, who is not yet fit.Asked about Lovren’s absence, Klopp said in his press conference: “I don’t know [how long]. Yes, it is serious otherwise he could play [against Brighton] but it’s not that serious.”I would expect him back maybe after Crystal Palace but I’m not sure we have to see.”Joel [Matip] trained for the first time yesterday with the team.”That is really good but we have to see. We have to take it day-by-day and see how he is doing but that is good for us of course.” last_img read more

28 Oct

24 days ago​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency looms

first_img​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency loomsby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is coy regarding his future at the club.The Belgian centre-back has been a stalwart for the club in the past few seasons.But with his contract running out at the end of the campaign, there is no sign of him renewing.And the 32-year-old is coy on his future.”I’d prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course,” Vertonghen said when quizzed about his future by reporters.”It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. Maybe the results didn’t come our way [at the start of the season], but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.”[My future is] not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn’t distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more