DIY retailer B&Q has reduced the chances of discrimination in itsselection procedures and cut the time and cost of recruiting managers after anoverhaul of its recruitment process. Personnel director Mike Cutt said the firm decided it needed to change itsrecruitment practices because the old system was characterised by paper trailsand was “chaotic, messy and ineffective”. Speaking at a Recruitment Society event in London, Cutt told the audiencethere had also been concerns that the previous recruitment system allowedpersonnel to “recruit in their own image”. Using the new system, which has its first anniversary this month, applicantsfor management positions are channelled to a specially designed website, wherethey complete two online questionnaires and receive ‘real-time’ feedback on howthey are scoring and their suitability for the post. More than 50 per cent of applicants ‘self-select’ themselves out of thesystem, cutting down numbers and ensuring only the best candidates continue. The successful applicants are then made available, on a national database,to B&Q’s team of HR regional resource advisers, who are in competition to‘claim’ candidates for interview. Cutt said one of the most important elements in the system’s success is thatkey factors, such as the applicant’s age, sex, ethnicity and age, are keptsecret from recruiters until after they offer the individual an interview. He claims this takes 75 per cent of opportunities to discriminate out of theprocess. The new system has halved application times from 150 days to 75 “almostovernight”, and has cut the cost of hiring managers by 30 per cent.According to Cutt, it also offers better insights into who applies, when andwhy. By Michael Millar Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article DIY system helps retailer save and boosts diversityOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
July 11, 2018 /Sports News – National Football player tweets at TSA, claiming mother’s ashes spilled during screening [email protected]/Twitter(LOS ANGELES) — New York Giants defensive lineman A.J. Francis has called out the TSA on Twitter for how it handled his luggage at Los Angeles International Airport – specifically, he says, a container with the ashes of his mother inside.But the TSA, while expressing condolences, is pushing back on his account.His tweet, full of foul language, says the next time the TSA feels “the need to go through my mother’s ashes for no reason make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes.”Carrie Leanne Francis, who died on June 26, was only 46 years old.During the screening of Francis’s checked bag, the TSA said, video review showed an alarm was called for an unidentified object, described as an “opened, unmarked ceramic container, wrapped in aluminum foil inside a small bag.”Upon further inspection of the checked bag, the TSA said in a statement, the container was loosely packaged, unmarked and the contents were unknown to the TSA officer.After an officer completed screening of the checked bag – clearing it to continue to its destination – the container was carefully repacked and put into place, the agency said.A photo in Francis’s tweet shows clothing in his luggage covered in what he said were his mother’s ashes and a notice of inspection bag from TSA.“TSA understands how painful losing a loved one is, and we express our sincere condolences to Mr. Francis,” TSA told ABC in a statement. “TSA officers are trained to treat all travelers’ belongings with care and respect.”For passengers traveling with cremated remains through a checkpoint, TSA recommends securing them in a container made of a lighter weight material, such as wood or plastic.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund
Home » News » Agencies & People » Agents big and small are closing branches, claims Belvoir previous nextAgencies & PeopleAgents big and small are closing branches, claims BelvoirIts upbeat half-year report reveals increased average branch revenue, although four of its own closed after being merged with neighbouring offices.Nigel Lewis4th September 201901,162 Views Belvoir has claimed that its rivals from both the independent and corporate sectors of the industry are closing branches as the lettings fee ban and slow sales market continue to bite.The claims are made within its half-year trading update for the year in which it reveals four of its own branches have been closed after being merged with neighbouring offices.But its overall national branch count remains at 300 after four new openings via its Assisted Acquisitions programme made up the shortfall. None of the closures resulted in a reduction in lettings book, its report claims.The company also says its franchisees are thriving rather than surviving in the current environment and that average revenue per branch increased by 6% to £133,000 during the first half of the year.A more robust performance by its Belvoir and Northwood franchisees and its star financial services division generated a 48% increase in group revenues.This includes a 5% increase from franchisees and a 200% increase in revenue from its recently-expanded mortgages operation.“I am delighted to report another half year of further strategic and trading progress for the Group, with our diversification into financial services building on the growth of the underlying business.,” says Chief Executive Dorian Gonsalves.“Trading across lettings, sales and financial services continues to outperform their respective markets and deliver strong results for the Group.“The further take-up of property sales, financial services and franchisee-led acquisitions demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit of our franchisees in the face of even more challenging market conditions.”Read more about branch closures.branch closures Belvoir Dorian Gonsalves September 4, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
View post tag: USNS Training & Education Share this article View post tag: port View post tag: Navy View post tag: St. View post tag: Maiden View post tag: Pays View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: “Spearhead” Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Spearhead Pays Maiden Visit to Port of St. Petersburg USNS Spearhead Pays Maiden Visit to Port of St. Petersburg View post tag: Visit View post tag: Petersburg February 11, 2013 Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) first joint high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), made its first port visit to the Port of St. Petersburg Feb. 10.U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Mayor Bill Foster and other distinguished visitors from St. Petersburg joined Navy Chief of Information Rear Adm. John Kirby, Capt. Sam Norton, commander, MSC Atlantic, and Capt. Doug Casavant, the ship’s civil service master, during an arrival ceremony in honor of the ship, its crew and the Navy.The three-day port call is primarily a working visit and an opportunity for senior officials and military personnel from U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command to visit the ship and receive briefings on Spearhead’s capabilities.Spearhead is designed for rapid, intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment. The ship is a 338-foot-long aluminum catamaran designed for speed, flexibility and maneuverability. The reconfigurable 20,000-square-foot mission bay area can be quickly adapted to support a number of different missions – anything from carrying containerized portable hospitals to support disaster relief to transporting tanks and troops. Spearhead’s crew of 22 civil service mariners works for MSC which operates, navigates and maintains the ship. “St. Petersburg is Spearhead’s first official port visit and it’s an honor to be here as the master of this great ship. We have a highly trained, experienced and capable crew to operate and navigate her, and we’re excited to be part of MSC and the Navy’s future,” said Casavant.Following its brief stop in St. Petersburg, Spearhead will transit to Mayport, Fla. for a port visit there before arriving at its final layberth, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va., in mid-February.JHSVs are capable of transporting approximately 600 tons of military troops, vehicles, supplies and equipment 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, and are designed to operate in austere ports and waterways, providing added flexibility to U.S. warfighters worldwide. MSC owns and operates Spearhead, along with the nine other JHSVs that are currently under contract.MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, U.S. merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 11, 2013
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Download (PDF, 10.48MB) The City of Ocean City’s historic U.S. Life Saving Station property at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue would be one of the first tests for a potential new bamboo ban on the island.City Council has a full agenda for its public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 28) in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, but here are some items that might be of special interest:Bamboo Ban: City Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the planting of the invasive species in Ocean City and that would require owners of existing bamboo to contain it and to remove it from neighboring properties (or face fines up to $100 a day). Read moreCentral Business Zone: City Council will consider the first readings of two ordinances that reshape and redefine the CB and CB-1 Zones on Asbury Avenue in downtown Ocean City. See the agenda packet below for the full text and documentation on the proposed changes.Beach Project Easements: City Council will vote on the first reading of an ordinance granting the Army Corps of Engineers easements at city street ends. The action will allow the south-end beach replenishment project schedule for November to proceed.Sun Canopies and Pergolas on the Bayside: City Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would allow and regulate sun canopies and pergolas (open-framed archways or canopies) in the back yards of homes on the bay and lagoons.Palermo’s Zoning: City Council will vote on the second and potentially final reading of an ordinance that would rezone a block currently occupied (in part) by an abandoned supermarket to allow the construction of duplexes. Read moreSchilling Estate: City Council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance that authorizes the borrowing of $1.7 million to pay to preserve vacant beachfront lots near 19th Street. The city has plans to recover all but $200,000 of the cost. Read more Rolling Chair Ban: City Council will consider the second reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the use of Atlantic City-style rolling chairs on the Ocean City Boardwalk and streets. The first reading passed unanimously. Police Chief Chad Callahan had recommended that the busy boardwalk doesn’t need another type of vehicle.Community Services Department: City Council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance to re-establish the Community Services Department, which was merged into a new Community Operations Department a year ago. “Construction activity has exceeded what was we expected,” Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said before the first reading passed two weeks ago. Community Operations would continue to deal with building, zoning, public works and engineering operations. Community Services would handle recreation and public relations services, among others.Library Roof: City Council will vote to award a $425,315 contract to D.A. Nolt Inc. of Berlin to fix the roof of the Ocean City Free Public Library.Transportation Center Restoration: City Council will vote to award a $522,820 contract to TNT Construction of West Deptford to restore the historic Ocean City Transportation Center, which was damaged in Superstorm Sandy.Tourism Commission Appointments: City Council will vote to appoint Bill McGinnity and Carol Frank as non-voting members of the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission.
Google+ Ford recalling more than half a million SUVs for potential brake issue Ford is recalling more than 558,000 midsize SUVs in North America because they may have a problem with their brakes.The recall covers Ford Edge models from 2015 to 2018, and 2016 to 2018 Lincoln MKX vehicles.Wednesday the automaker said some front brake hoses can rupture, resulting a a brake fluid leak.The company says they are unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the recall. Owners will be notified starting September 14. By Tommie Lee – August 12, 2020 0 402 Facebook Previous articleGoshen schools working to ensure all students have internet accessNext articleNotre Dame students create masks in school tradition, donate part of the proceeds Tommie Lee Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Twitter
Vermont’s minimum wage will remain $8.06 per hour during 2010, the Department of Labor announced today. Vermont’s minimum wage increases at the same rate as the August Consumer Price Index (CPI) each year or five percent, whichever is smaller. The August CPI fell by -1.5% for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009. Vermont law does not allow the minimum wage to decline, so it will remain the same as it was during 2009, $8.06 per hour. Vermont is one of only 13 states with a minimum wage higher than the $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage.“A steady minimum wage reflects our economic times,” said Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “The cost of living has fallen and the ability of employers to increase pay is limited by the recession.”The basic wage for tipped employees will also remains at its 2009 level, $3.91 per hour. Service or tipped employees are individuals working in places who customarily and regularly receive more than $120.00 a month in tips for direct and personal service.The tipped employees’ total earnings from wages and tips during a pay period must equal or exceed $8.06 per hour. If a combination of tips and the basic wage do not meet that requirement, the employer must make up the difference.All the Department of Labor’s mandatory workplace information posters can be obtained for free from our website at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external).Anyone with a question about the minimum wage can visit the Department of Labor online at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external) or contact the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour program at 802-828-0267.Source: VT Labor Dept
Mountain biking friends, we need to talk. I keep hearing gripes about the “ban” on mountain bikes in wilderness, and it’s time for some real CONVERSATIONI ride bikes, preferably in the backcountry. I’ve been exploring and adventuring by bike for over 22 years and, for reasons you will understand if you’ve ever ridden here, Pisgah is my home. Long rides and the Southeast’s toughest races have given me a shoebox full of belt buckles and countless memories and friends.As a public lands attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, I also have the privilege of working every day to protect public lands for everyone—bikers, hikers, kayakers, hunters, anglers, and the rest. It is a joy and it is a profound responsibility. Part of that responsibility is growing the next generation of the conservation movement, and I’m counting on you recreation enthusiasts to be a part of it. But lately, you guys are making it really hard for me to do my job.It’s this whole wilderness thing.I assume, if you’re reading this, that you know the basics: The Wilderness Act of 1964—the most important conservation law in the history of America or anywhere else—created a system for protecting our most special places. It’s a tough political process; you’ve got to convince Congress to go along and designate each area. That’s why only 2 to 3 percent of the lower 48 is wilderness. But once an area is designated, the Act says no to “motorized equipment” (like chainsaws) and “mechanized transport” (like bikes).Lately, a vocal minority of the mountain bike community, led by the Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC), has worked itself into a lather over these rules. They want to change the law to allow bikes in wilderness.To put a point on it, STC’s bill would neither protect nor grant access to a single mile of bike trail anywhere.STC’s acolytes will tell you that the Forest Service has misinterpreted the law and they just want to restore Congress’ original intent, but (and I wish there were a more diplomatic way to say this) that’s a lie. If Congress had intended to allow bikes, then there would be no need to change the statute; mountain bikers could simply sue and overturn the Forest Service’s mistaken policy in court. But they don’t, because they’d lose. Because the Wilderness Act means what it says. So, instead, STC wants to change the law, and they’re willing to work with the most fervently anti-wilderness, anti-public lands members of Congress to do it.What could go wrong?I get it. Really. The arguments are compelling, at least on the surface. Mountain bikers are as tough and adventurous as any wilderness hiker, and we don’t necessarily cause any more erosion than other users. Shouldn’t we be able to experience wilderness under our own power?Arguments like these have been distilled, crowd-tested, refined. Everyone on Facebook is newly an expert on the legislative and administrative history of the Wilderness Act. We’ve picked teams, and the only thing left to do is to score points. Pointing out a perceived hypocrisy on the other side? Aha! Reducing your opponent’s position to a strawman like “hikers just don’t like to see bikers”? Bingo.And now we’re eating our own. STC has unleashed the hounds on IMBA—an organization that has helped local chapters keep access to backcountry trails around the country, built support for alternative designations (like National Scenic Areas and National Recreation Areas) that can permanently protect the backcountry trail experience, and has actually succeeded in unlocking wilderness trails for bikes by working with conservation groups.We’ve almost reached a point of no return, where we find a stronger purpose in proving ourselves right than we find on the trail. And that’s why I think this is a good time to point out that getting rid of the “ban” on mountain bikes won’t accomplish anything.STC promises: “One easy trick to protect mountain bike access! Click here!” The fact is, there’s only one way to protect and expand opportunities for backcountry mountain biking: sustained, organized, local advocacy. Wilderness decisions are made by Congress but, for better or worse, the local delegation has the final say. If mountain bikers “lose” an area to wilderness designation, it’s because they don’t have enough local clout or don’t organize effectively to advance an alternative vision.STC’s bill would not change this political reality. In its current form, it would merely change the vocabulary around wilderness and bike access decisions. Instead of “should this area be designated wilderness or something else?” we’d ask, “should this wilderness allow bikes?” Either way, the question for mountain bikers is the same. And, either way, the outcome will depend on how effectively mountain bikers work together and with other groups to solve local problems. Changing the law won’t build relationships. It won’t create a history of shared stewardship between cyclists and other trail users.And STC’s bill would not create the organization or provide the support needed to work with land managers and other stakeholders in the multi-year planning processes that decide where we can ride. It would not be at the table when our favorite riding destinations are proposed for development with roads and logging, mining, or oil and gas development. Once STC’s mission is accomplished, it would simply disappear, leaving the rest of us to clean up the mess.To put a point on it, STC’s bill would neither protect nor grant access to a single mile of bike trail anywhere.So what would the bill do? For starters, it would fracture the mountain bike community and isolate us from the rest of the conservation movement. It would make the politics even tougher than they are now, ensuring that we spend our energy fighting battles we’re likely to lose rather than earning other conservation groups’ support for our top priorities. And, worst of all, it would change what wilderness means.Mountain bikers are new to the public lands management scene. We weren’t around for the 40 years of work that led to the Wilderness Act, in which Americans collectively and nearly unanimously agreed to limit ourselves when it comes to wilderness. Hunters agreed we wouldn’t artificially manage game populations. Anglers agreed we wouldn’t stock trout.We all sacrificed, because that was the only way to keep it. And keeping wilderness was the only way to keep our freedom. We’re a part of our environment, and when we tame it, we tame ourselves. This is the paradox of modern humanity: If we have the power to tame our wild places, freedom can exist only as long as we exercise collective self-restraint.Too abstract? Okay, let’s get specific. Like it or not, the mountain bike is a machine that helps us tame our wild places. We can go farther, faster and make those places more manageable and fun. My latest race bike is more like a moto than the 26-inch hardtail I first rode (and carried) up the Black Mountain trail. It’s never been easier to transform a wild landscape into an afternoon outing. And we’re not just changing the experience for ourselves; we’re changing it for others too. I’ve seen a lot of changes in Pisgah. Rocky ribbons of trail have become deep gullies. The feeling of remoteness and solitude is gone, too, replaced by a social scene. It’s fun, but it’s not wild.In fact, I haven’t spent much time on the Pisgah district lately. Instead, I find myself on trails that aren’t “on the map” yet, looking for an experience I can’t find on Bennett Gap anymore. I know many of you feel the same way, and that’s why riding in wilderness is such a tempting idea. But while we’ve been chasing the wild, the wild has been fleeing from us. It has retreated across the invisible line, where Pisgah’s designated wilderness areas still offer the same rocky ribbons, the same solitude, the same freedom that they always have.Here’s why conservationists consider the Wilderness Act to be sacred: If wilderness is collective self-restraint, then the law is how we keep each other honest. It’s too easy for a user group to have a blind spot for the ways that its use can change a wild place. Before you know it, those little changes add up. As individuals, mountain bikers love wildness. As a group, we displace it.If we want to ride on the frontier without losing our last wild places, then we need more of it. We need to protect more backcountry, with wilderness and bike-friendly designations alike. And we’ll need to work together to do that. Let’s not alienate our strongest allies by claiming that wilderness, like any other place, is for us, for our appetites, for fun. Let’s stop promoting the voices that benefit from our divisions. Instead, let’s work together to develop a shared vision for how mountain biking fits into the broader conservation movement. And let’s come to the table ready to work.—Sam Evans is a competitive mountain biker and an attorney with Southern Environmental Law Center in Asheville, N.C.
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Devin Selte Devin Selte is a 15 year veteran in the credit union industry all with Servus Credit Union. On top of his position as Branch Manager in Stony Plain, he is … Web: www.servus.ca Details Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a few of our members and business partners at the Servus Credit Union luxury suite at an Edmonton Oilers game.With the Oilers once again eliminated from the National Hockey League playoff race for the 10th consecutive year, the game was not capturing our attention. Instead, several of us were entrenched in conversation on various topics including plans for the upcoming Spring Break. Several of our guests had children around the same age, so we discussed what we would be doing over the next 10 days to keep them occupied. For me, a portion of the Spring Break (which I had also taken off) would be spent alone with my beautiful wife away from the kids in the city of San Francisco. Both of us have been running a million miles a minute and now with the hockey season having come to a close, we have the opportunity for some much needed time away.You would think that visions of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz would be filling my thoughts, but what has truly occupied my mind since that discussion was a question from one of our business partners.“Are you planning to disconnect?”To this point, I hadn’t really thought about it as its become a part of me. If you had seen me at all during the hockey season whether it was at an evening hockey practice or a tournament on the weekend, 10 out of 10 times you would have likely seen me with my work phone. More often than not, you would have also seen me responding to emails.Like many of you, I have created a world where I have made myself accessible at all times.Obviously this has to change.I have taken extended vacation time with my family before, but I can’t say that I have truly felt recharged or refreshed. I would suggest to you that this was likely because of my inability to completely shutoff myself off from my work in the credit union movement.I must fight my urges to stay connected. I must be willing to accept the fact that it’s okay to spend a portion of my first day back to work responding to emails. I must trust in my teams that the branches will continue to function without me.So I am officially unconnecting for the betterment of me. So if you need me, just leave a message.