Work issues put at heart of government

first_imgWork issues put at heart of governmentOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Therestructuring of Whitehall has placed workplace issues at the centre ofgovernment, claims the CIPD. JohnPhilpott, the institute’s chief economist, explained that the reformed departmentsare better equipped to deliver the Government’s objectives of increasedemployment, improved work quality and higher productivity levels.Themerger of the employment service with the Department of Social Security tocreate a new Department for Work and Pensions will lead to a greater focus onemployment policy.Philpottsaid, “This has completely demolished the old-fashioned concept of socialsecurity and is much more work focused.”Thetransfer of the employment division from the old DfEE is also good news for theHR profession, claims Philpott.Hesaid, “There was a tendency before for the skills agenda to get mixed upwith Welfare for Work agenda. But the creation of a Department of Work andPensions means there will be more scope for workforce development.”Healso welcomed Patricia Hewitt’s appointment as Trade and Industry Secretary andMinister for Women. “Thisis a politically shrewd move. It will provide an opportunity for linkingwork-life balance issues with issues of productivity,” he said.TheDTI has taken on equal opportunities and pay issues as well as work-lifebalance from the Department for Education and Skills.Theshape of key government departments Departmentof Trade and Industry:Secretaryof state: Patricia HewittFocus: Trade, inward investment, equal opportunities, pay, work-life balanceDepartmentof Work and Pensions:Secretaryof state: Alistair DarlingFocus: Employment, with its transfer from DfEEDepartmentfor Education and Skills:Secretaryof state: Estelle MorrisFocus: Raising standards in education in secondary schools and by getting morestudents into higher educationHomeOffice: Secretaryof state: David BlunkettFocus: Tackling crime, reform of criminal justice system and asylum Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Plasma metabolites in macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus) arriving on land for breeding and moulting

first_img1. Plasma metabolites and nutrients of macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus) arriving on land in good condition, following intense feeding, for breeding and moulting were investigated. 2. The pre-breeding female birds had significantly higher concentrations of total lipid, iron, magnesium, calcium, inorganic phosphate and alkaline phosphatase, and lower concentrations of total cholesterol, all-trans retinol (vitamin A) than the pre-breeding males. 3. With the exception of iron, which was lower in the male, the various parameters measured in male and female pre-moult penguins did not differ. 4. Some of the plasma metabolite concentrations of the pre-moult birds differed substantially from those of their male and female pre-breeding counterparts. 5. The observed differences were thought to be the result of mobilization in response to physiological demands for egg formation and moulting. 6. However, it is possible that discrepancies were partly due to selective ingestion of nutrients in preparation for higher physiological demandslast_img read more

Utah State Football Picked Second In Mountain Division of Mountain West Conference

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHENDERSON, Nev.-Tuesday, Utah State football was picked second in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference as selected by media from Mountain West Conference markets assembled at the Green Valley Ranch of Henderson, Nev. for the first day of Mountain West football media day.Boise State was selected to place first in the Mountain Division as the Broncos netted 15 first-place votes. Led by current Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien, Boise State went 7-1 in league play last season, winning the Mountain Division.Defending Mountain West champion Fresno State was selected to win the West Division, as the Bulldogs netted 17 first-place votes from the media.The Aggies amassed six first-place votes. Rounding out the Mountain Division standings were Air Force in third place, Wyoming in fourth place, Colorado State in fifth place and New Mexico in sixth place.The Aggies will address the media Wednesday as has been designated for all Mountain Division schools. Tags: Air Force/Boise State/Brett Rypien/Colorado State/Fresno State Bulldogs/Mountain Division/Mountain West Conference/New Mexico/Utah State Football/Wyoming Brad James July 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Picked Second In Mountain Division of Mountain West Conference Written bylast_img read more

UK: HMS Ledbury Sails from Portsmouth

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval The first deployment by a Royal Navy warship in 2012 begins today as minehunter HMS Ledbury sails from Portsmouth.The small Hunt-class ship is due to take her place alongside similar allied vessels in a NATO mine warfare force in the Mediterranean.Over the coming six months, the force – Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 2 – will sail the length and breadth of the Middle Sea practising the art of hunting mines and other underwater explosive devices.It is practice which paid off in full in 2011. The last time a Portsmouth-based minehunter – HMS Brocklesby – served with the NATO force she found herself ‘in the thick of it’, clearing mines for real off Libya to keep the sea lanes to Misrata open (and, lest we forget, HMS Bangor replaced her later in the conflict and performed similarly sterling work).With the Libyan mission now over, the group will resume its more usual mission – a mixture of exercising, goodwill visits in a multitude of ports on the Mediterranean shore including stops in Italy, Spain, Greece and Morocco, and the hunt for historic ordnance left by wars past.To prepare for her role with the NATO force, Ledbury spent much of 2011 in training. The 31-year-old ship came out of a maintenance period in March then went through the rigours of Operational Sea Training – which prepared the 40-plus ship’s company for deployment.More recently, the ship joined British and international warships for a two-week war game in north-west Scotland, Exercise Joint Warrior, and found time to reaffirm bonds built up over the past three decades with her namesake town in Herefordshire.Ledbury is due to sail past Round Tower around 3.30pm today. She’ll be followed out of Portsmouth later this week by HMS Daring, making the maiden deployment by any Type 45 destroyer, which sails east of Suez.In addition to the ships deployed, there are around 3,000 Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors, Fleet Air Arm personnel and Royal Marines already on duty – as they have been throughout the festive season – protecting our nation’s interests across the globe.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 10, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: Sails Training & Education View post tag: from UK: HMS Ledbury Sails from Portsmouth View post tag: HMScenter_img View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Ledbury Sails from Portsmouth Share this article View post tag: Portsmouth January 10, 2012 View post tag: Ledburylast_img read more

Visiting Instructor Sociology

first_imgPosition Details Teaches classes in the Department of Sociology. Provides academicadvising for students in the department. Provides academic supportto students in the form of assessment, evaluation, and mentoring.Serves on college/school/ and university committees as required.Performs other job-related duties as required. % FTE Requires a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) from an accreditedcollege or university. Essential Duties Summary Posting Details Official TSU TitleVisiting Instructor Sociology It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures Desired start date Position End Date (if temporary) Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. Hours of WorkTBA Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience. N/A Work Experience Education Vary Required Licensing/Certification Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Close Date UA EEO Statement Posting NumberTSU202231 Provides academic instruction in assigned Sociology classes andprovides advising and academic support to students in thedepartment. Will also perform faculty duties associated withservice to the department and college. Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yes Job Description Summary / TWC Summary Security Sensitive Position?Yes Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOfficial TranscriptsOptional DocumentsTeaching PhilosophyOther DocumentReference Letter 1Reference Letter 2Reference Letter 3 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities * Do you have a minimum of three years of experience (fiveyears preferable) as an instructor in a sociology program in afour-year college or university?YesNo Grant TitleN/A Working conditions require following basic safety precautions.Physical demands include moderate physical activity that includesprolonged standing and/or walking, handling moderate weight objectsand/or using or carrying equipment. Work may require routinetravel. Requires a minimum of three years of experience (five yearspreferable) as an instructor in a sociology program in a four-yearcollege or university. * Do you have a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) from anaccredited college or university?YesNo The successful candidate will be required to contribute in teachingand service at a level necessary to help the department functioneffectively. The successful candidate should demonstrate acommitment to advising and mentoring students. Must have excellentcommunication and presentation skills. Must be able to work with adiverse student and faculty population. Must be able to usepersonal computers, Microsoft Office software and have familiaritywith typical academic support systems such as Blackboard and DegreeWorks. Working/Environmental Conditionslast_img read more


first_imgThe Cavs are ahead of the pack, leading the league with an amazing 25 assist per game. They currently have an (2-0) record. From left to right are Jack Flynn, Gee Bucoy, Derick Holley, Kris Kitiquit, Rodney Baptiste, EJ Camaligan, Zack Liu, and Ryean Liu. Missing is Joe Stevenson. ×last_img

Tabernacle Baptist Church to Host Old-Fashioned Tent Service

first_imgOrganizers (from left) Loretta Thompson Harris, Shari Thompson and Alva Thompson prepare for Sunday’s tent service at Tabernacle Baptist Church. By TIM KELLYTabernacle Baptist Church, one of the oldest congregations in Ocean City, will mark its “re-boot” Sunday with an old-fashioned outdoor tent service.All community members and visitors are invited to the event, a joint service with neighboring Shiloh Baptist Church, to take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Tabernacle Baptist, 760 West Ave.“We are calling this a service of encouragement, during these unusual times,” said Shari Thompson, one of the organizers.“We invite all to come out and to be encouraged by all the wonderful things happening here,” she said. “You’re going to see our doors open here a lot in the future.”First Baptist, one of South Jersey’s oldest African-American churches, had paused operations for a time “to re-organize its leadership,” according to Loretta Thompson-Harris, a local historian and congregant.“We’re open under new leadership,” she said. “It’s exciting. Our family runs three generations deep in this church.”Much is new at Tabernacle Baptist Church, housed in the oldest surviving church structure in Ocean City.Leadership isn’t the only thing that’s new. Tabernacle Baptist, the oldest surviving church structure in the city, sports a new coat of white paint, a complete interior renovation, a new HVAC system including central air, and other upgrades.The building dates back to 1890. The cornerstone displays the year 1908, which actually marks the date the building was physically moved from Central Avenue and placed on its “new” foundation, now 112 years old.With COVID-19 precautions in place, it was decided an outdoor tent service would serve as a reminder of Tabernacle Baptist’s great history, while still making every effort to keep attendees safe using social distancing techniques and encouraging masks to be worn.“We hope to see many friends, old and new,” Harris said.All are invited to Sunday’s old-fashioned tent service at Tabernacle Baptist Church.last_img read more

Jennifer Hartswick Announces Tour With Nick Cassarino In Support Of New Solo LP, ‘Nexus’

first_imgJennifer Hartswick Upcoming Tour Dates*newly announced dates bolded8.5Jen Hartswick & Nick CassarinoNewport Jazz FestivalNewport, RI8.8New Orleans SuspectsNarrows CenterFall River, MA8.9New Orleans SuspectsBrooklyn BowlBrooklyn, NY8.10New Orleans SuspectsThe HamiltonWashington, DC8.11New Orleans SuspectsArdmore Music HallPhiladelphia, PA8.15Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyWoodlands TavernColumbus, OH8.16Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyHi-FiIndianapolis, IN8.17Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyMartyr’sChicago, IL8.18Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyFounders BreweryGrand Rapids, MI8.19Shaun Martin’s Go Go PartyOtus SupplyFerndale, MI8.28Nth PowerTerminal WestAtlanta, GA8.29Nth PowerCedar Street Social ClubMobile, AL8.30Nth Power / Umphrey’s McGeeJoy TheaterNew Orleans, LA8.31Nth Power / Umphrey’s McGeeMoody TheaterAustin, TX9.1Nth Power / Umphrey’s McGeeHouse Of BluesDallas, TX9.2Nth PowerLast Concert CafeHouston, TX9.7Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoIdea WorksMansfield, OH9.8Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoDavid Shaw’s Big River Get DownHamilton, OH9.15Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoJazz On 2nd AveNiwot, CO9.20Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoRoyal RoomSeattle, WA9.21Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoJack London RevuePortland, OR9.22Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoTalent BarTalent, OR9.23Jennifer Hartswick Band w/ Bobby Vega & Nick CassarinoSweetwater In The SunNovato, CA9.25Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoBoom Boom RoomSan Francisco, CA10.9Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoWorld Cafe LivePhiladelphia, CA10.10Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoCutting RoomNew York, NY10.11Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoAcoustic CafeBridgeport, CT10.12Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoRed RoomBoston, MA10.28Jennifer Hartswick & Nick CassarinoSuwannee HulaweenLive Oak, FLView Upcoming Tour Dates Today, the powerfully versatile Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) has announced an upcoming fall tour with frequent collaborator Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) in support of her upcoming solo album, Nexus.The tour will make stops at various clubs and festivals across the country this September and October including newly confirmed performances in Ohio, Washington, Oregon, California, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts in addition to previously scheduled stops at David Shaw’s Big River Get Down, Sweetwater In The Sun, and Suwannee Hulaween.Nexus, Jennifer Hartswick’s latest solo LP, features contributions from Cassarino as well as six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. As the album announcement noted, on Nexus, Hartswick delivers “a powerful and vulnerable performance from the depths of her soul.” The album’s official release will coincide with the tour’s opening night on September 7th at Idea Works in Mansfield, Ohio. Nexus is available for pre-order now via Jennifer Hartswick’s website on vinyl along with various custom merch packages.See below for a list of Jennifer Hartswick tour dates with Cassarino and a variety of other projects. For more information, head to Hartswick’s website.last_img read more

New York-Bound The Play That Goes Wrong Extends in London

first_img View Comments New York-bound hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong has extended again in London’s West End and will now play through February 14, 2016. Co-written by Mischief Theatre’s Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, the production is playing at the Duchess Theatre, where it opened in September 2014.Directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, a group attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, what can go wrong does go wrong as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.Lewis, Sayer and Shields also star in the play, along with Charlie Russell, Dave Hearn, Greg Tannahill, Nancy Wallinger and Rob Falconer.last_img

Sensor Placement

first_img“When we create management zones, the typical rule of thumb in precision ag is a range of somewhere between three and four management zones,” Porter said. “If we get much lower than that, then we’re not showing much variability in the field. If we get higher than five management zones, it can be higher than what we can actually manage.” The use of sensors in management zones allows farmers and researchers like Porter and Vellidis to make better irrigation decisions, he said.For more information about irrigation practices or techniques, see Knowing the best place to install soil moisture sensors in fields, and how many, helps farmers optimize their water use, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist Wes Porter. “Basically, what soil moisture sensors are giving us is a point reference in that field, or a one-point measurement from a particular area in that field,” he said. “If we take a bad measurement somewhere in the field, that’s going to affect our entire area.”Sensors are placed in the ground to provide farmers with accurate assessments of the soil quality. With the help of soil moisture sensors, questions of whether the soil is too dry, too saturated or whether certain areas are drier than others can be answered, Porter said.Two different kinds of sensors are typically used for measuring soil moisture. The most commonly used type is called “capacitance,” and it indicates the amount of water available to use. The other type, tensiometric soil moisture sensors, determines the soil moisture that’s available and measures how much energy a plant must exert to extract moisture from the soil. Once this level gets too high, the plant can no longer extract moisture from the soil.Porter, an advocate of sensors, says that to be effective agricultural tools, sensors have to be strategically placed throughout a field to provide accurate readings of the soil. If only one sensor will be used, he suggests picking an area that best represents the entire field. However, multiple sensors may be needed to get the best irrigation recommendations.Making hasty or bad decisions, like installing a sensor beside the road because it’s easily accessible, can cause ramifications later.“If we place the sensor in sandy soils, we might overirrigate the rest of the field. If we place the sensor in an area that has a slightly higher water-holding capacity and the rest of the field is mostly dominated by sand, it’s more than likely that the rest of the field will be underirrigated,” Porter said. “If we pick a lower area, in most cases, it’s going to be wetter. That means we’re not going to irrigate as often as we should. If we pick a higher area, it may be a little drier, so we would irrigate the field more than we normally would.”Porter also stresses the importance of realizing that all fields are not created equal. Soils in the Southeast have extremely high levels of variability. A farmer may have multiple fields physically located near each other but with very different soil types. “My advice is to invest a little bit more money and put a couple of sensors out in the field. If you’ve got a couple of sensors throughout the field, they will better represent the field. Then one can average those and better target what the entire field needs,” he said.Porter and UGA precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis use another management strategy with soil moisture sensors: management zones. They divide the field into zones and place multiple sensors in each zone. The sensors provide accurate information about the soil moisture in their respective zones.last_img read more