Shocked but unawed by UK waste warriors

first_imgRelated posts: Shocked but unawed by UK waste warriorsOn 16 Mar 2004 in Military, Personnel Today Military strategists call it ‘shock and awe’ – an actual or threatenedassault of sufficient scale to demolish the enemy’s will to resist. The UK’spolitical parties seem to be adopting a similar strategy in their war on publicsector waste. A leaked report shows that the Government’s chief waste-buster, Sir PeterGershon, head of the Office of Government Commerce, has identified potentialannual efficiency savings of around £15bn, which would see at least 80,000 jobsshift from so-called administrative roles, including HR, to ‘frontline deliverypositions’ (News, 24 February). Not to be outdone, the Conservatives gotbusiness troubleshooter David James to make an estimate of waste, and hedescribed the £15bn target as ‘unambitious’. Confronting the waste-warriors is an army of public sector staff whoseco-operation is needed to generate any savings, but whose intransigence couldstand in the way of reform. The ‘shock and awe’ tactic of quoting big numbersof job losses seems so far to have been more successful at creating oppositionthan winning hearts and minds. Not surprisingly, the Public and CommercialServices union, which represents many of the staff directly in the firing line,has already responded by saying that job cuts on the scale said to be proposedby Gershon would be unacceptable. But the CIPD, which strongly supports movesto boost public sector efficiency, is also concerned by what might happen ifthe war on waste turns out to be simply one of attrition. Gershon, for example, claims the public sector typically spends two to threetimes more per HR worker than those in the private sector. He thereforerecommends shifting to a leaner, fitter, more professional and cross-functionalpool of HR staff, with those surplus to requirements retraining to becomespecialist nursing or teaching assistants elsewhere in the public sector. Whilethere is clearly room to boost the strategic role of public sector HR, a largecull of staff would hinder, rather than help, the wider aim of improving thequality of public services. How can it be right to distinguish HR roles from ‘frontline delivery’ ones?Gershon himself accepts that job losses caused by his efficiency drive wouldrequire special measures to mitigate the human and financial costs ofredundancy. But who is to handle this if not a well-resourced pool of HRprofessionals? And who will ensure that redundant employees are trained anddeveloped to be redeployed to the frontline in hospitals and schools, and beempowered, enabled and energised to deliver high-performance outcomes? Those preparing to go to war on waste should hold fire until they can answerthese key questions. By John Philpott, Chief economist, Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment Comments are closed. center_img Previous Article Next Article Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more

Enterprise cancels Midland-to-ECHO 4 crude oil pipeline project

first_imgThe oil pipeline expansion project was originally planned to be commissioned in the first half of next year The M2E4 was proposed to be expandable to as much as 540,000bpd.(Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay) Enterprise Products Partners has abandoned plans to go ahead with the Midland-to-ECHO 4 crude oil pipeline project (M2E4), as oil prices continue to remain weak.The cancellation of the 450,000 barrels per day pipeline project is expected to reduce the partnership’s aggregate growth capital expenditures for 2020, 2021 and 2022 by nearly $800m.Enterprise has also amended agreements with some of its customers to use its existing pipelines to support its crude oil transportation agreements.With the cancellation of M2E4, Enterprise expects to post an impairment charge of approximately $45m in its third quarter earnings.Enterprise stated: “Based on currently sanctioned projects, we expect growth capital expenditures, net of contributions from joint venture partners, for 2020, 2021 and 2022 to be approximately $2.8 billion, $1.6 billion and $900 million, respectively.”Midland to ECHO oil pipeline expansion was announced in October 2019In October last year, Enterprise, through its wholly owned affiliate M2E4, signed long-term agreements for further expansion of the Midland to ECHO crude oil pipeline system.The expansion of the pipeline was planned to connect 6 million barrel Midland, Texas storage facility to its ECHO Terminal through its Eagle Ford system in South Texas.Originally planned to be commissioned in the first half of 2021, the M2E4 was proposed to be expandable to as much as 540,000bpd.Apart from supporting crude oil production growth from the Permian Basin, the pipeline was expected to have allowed Enterprise to optimise its entire Midland to ECHO system.In April, the completion date for the pipeline was pushed back to the second half of the 2021.Enterprise is one of the leading North American provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals.Currently, it has approximately 50,000 miles (80,467km) of pipelines, 260 million barrels of storage capacity for NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals, and 14 Bcf of natural gas storage capacity.last_img read more

Survey asks estate agents to reveal their salaries and help make pay transparent

first_imgEstate agents are being urged to take part in a national salary survey of the industry to find out how much everyone earns.Employment agency Rayner Personnel says a comprehensive survey of pay in the industry has been needed for some time and that its initiative will set the record straight.But equal pay campaigners will be disappointed – none of the questions relate to gender.Nevertheless, once the poll has been filled in by enough estate agents, the data will be published to enable employees to benchmark their own salaries, work out how much a promotion might bring them in extra pay, how much colleagues are probably pocketing and to decide whether it’s better to work for a corporate or independent.It will also highlight the differences in pay between negotiators, valuers, branch managers and how much they vary across different regions of the UK.Eight questionsAgents are being asked to answer eight questions and takes less than five minutes to complete, while the information will be kept entirely anonymous.“The more people that participate, the more compelling and accurate the results will be,” says Josh Rayner, founder and CEO of Rayner Personnel.“This will then provide an accurate benchmark for companies and individuals alike so that both parties will truly know what ‘good’ looks like when jobs are advertised, packages negotiated so that new working relationships start and continue on the right footing.”TAKE THE SURVEY.salary Josh Rayner Rayner Personnel estate agent pay estate agent salaries July 3, 2020Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Survey asks estate agents to reveal their salaries and help make pay transparent previous nextAgencies & PeopleSurvey asks estate agents to reveal their salaries and help make pay transparentEveryone is being asked to fill in an anonymous and short questionnaire, the results of which will be used to nail down average pay across regions, job types and seniority and published for all to see.Nigel Lewis3rd July 202001,267 Viewslast_img read more

Harrison College To Close Operations

first_imgTwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Some Indiana students may be reconsidering their college choice this year.Harrison college announced it’s closing operations.After 116 years serving students in Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina the college will be closed starting Sunday, September 16th.Harrison’s chef’s academy will officially end their term October 14th.For Indiana students, The National American University is Harrison’s preferred transfer institution.Harrison released the following statement:September 14, 2018After 116 years serving Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, Harrison College has made the difficult business decision to close operations effective Sunday, September 16, 2018, and for The Chef’s Academy (TCA )Sunday, October 14, 2018 (the end of their current term).We are working with transfer and teach-out partners including State governing bodies and our accreditors to ensure each student has a pathway to complete their education.National American University (NAU), an HLC-accredited institution, is Harrison College’s preferred transfer institution within Indiana. Please note that NAU is working diligently with governing bodies to expand this list, including further teach-out* arrangements with NAU and other institutions.For students in Ohio, we are working closely with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to identify transfer/teach-out partners.For students in North Carolina, we will be working with nearby institutions for transfer options for our students.For updates in the future, we will be adding information to the website to help students. We will be posting transfer options for each Harrison and TCA campus as well as information related to how to get your academic and financial transcripts.Questions: [email protected]center_img Harrison College To Close OperationsSEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 AMANDA PORTER INDIANAlast_img read more

Potential job losses at Elisabeth the Chef

first_imgAround 200 jobs are potentially at risk after Elisabeth the Chef announced it is to create a new facility in Leamington Spa, which will result in the merging of staff from two existing sites.The bakery and dessert manufacturer plans to create a new facility next to its head office, which would become the sole dessert production site for the business.The transfer of dessert operations from its site in Southam and in St Mary’s Road, Leamington, to the new facility is expected to be completed by the middle of next year, said a spokesperson for the firm.Currently around 100 full-time staff are employed at its Southam premises and around 250 full-time at its site in St Mary’s, with additional agency and temporary staff employed in periods of peak demand. The company has confirmed that the new site will only require around 150 staff, meaning a potential 200 or more job losses.“The skills required to operate the new site will be different to those needed for the existing factories, so a consultation process is required to check which of the current employees are able and willing to transfer across, with training if necessary,” said the spokesperson. Consultations with employees are due to begin this month and are expected to last up to 90 days, with no redundancies expected before spring 2010.Operations at the company’s Broadheath bakery site in Worcester are said to be largely unaffected by the plans, with a £3m investment planned for the coming 15 months. The business, which has a turnover of around £90m, was acquired last year by family-owned French dairy concern, The Senoble Group, and the multi-million pound investment is planned to expand its desserts manufacturing capability. Chief executive Bill Haywood said the company will be looking to add new lines, with a Continental influence, and is looking to increase the shelf-life of its range.last_img read more

Improve education to boost global economy

first_imgDespite progress made in educational systems in recent decades, more than 100 million children are not enrolled in primary or lower-secondary school, and many of those who do attend lack basic reading and writing skills, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Meanwhile, many countries face high unemployment rates, while regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia  have high underemployment rates. In some parts of the world, employers say they cannot fill jobs because job seekers lack required skills.To help nations improve how they educate and train people of all ages to be productive workers, the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills, chaired by David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), released the e-book “Education & Skills 2.0: New Targets & Innovative Approaches” on January 22, 2014 at the WEF Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Topics addressed in the book range from the importance of early childhood education, secondary education, and online education to the economic benefits of investing in girls and women, enhancing youth employment, and tapping the full potential of mature workers. Education and economic challenges in Africa, Pakistan, and Japan also are discussed. Read Full Storylast_img read more

In Africa, the stubborn challenge of malnutrition affects millions

first_imgThe world produces more food than ever before, yet an estimated 200 million people in Africa lack adequate nutrition, in part due to challenges ranging from drought and civil unrest to crop-destroying insects and sanitation problems. A coordinated, interdisciplinary approach among experts in agriculture, nutrition, environment, and public health is needed to help address these complex health and development challenges and to facilitate providing nutritious food to the undernourished, according to experts who spoke at a conference on African nutrition and health.The Agriculture, Nutrition, Health and the Environment in Africa conference was held Nov. 6–7, 2017 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center and at Harvard Kennedy School. Students, researchers, faculty, and public health professionals from around the world participated.“Agriculture is one of the greatest human success stories ever told—how humans modified the environment to generate food and natural resources,” said keynote speaker Patrick Webb, the Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. While the world produces 2.6 billion tons of grains annually, more than 50 percent of the African continent is food insecure, he said. “There’s a huge gap.”In her opening remarks, Harvard Chan School Dean Michelle A. Williams said undernutrition encompasses a broad range of topics that are increasingly important and can’t be addressed separately or by any one discipline. These issues are of critical importance in Africa, where populations are growing and urbanizing rapidly. Food systems must be designed to meet the challenges of malnutrition and noncommunicable diseases and they must be done sustainably, said Williams.In his keynote address, Webb said much of the focus on agriculture globally has been on boosting production to generate income, and less attention has been paid to improving the nutrient adequacy of food and increasing access to the undernourished. “Agriculture is being asked to do a lot more than it used to be,” he said. Webb cited efforts by producers to grow more nutritious food, grow food more sustainably by using less water and fewer chemicals, and produce more crops for growing populations but with fewer greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change….Webb said multidisciplinary meetings like the Harvard conference and more education and training programs for professionals and students are needed. “There’s no one size fits all [solution] but I remain optimistic. We must take it one step at a time.”Other speakers included Wafaie Fawzi, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and chair, Department of Global Health and Population, who co-chairs the Walker Study Group, which brings together students from Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School to investigate domestic and global health systems change at the intersection of nutrition and agriculture; and Ramadhani Abdallah Noor, doctoral candidate in nutrition epidemiology at Harvard Chan  and research scientist at the Harvard-affiliated Africa Academy for Public Health in Tanzania….The event was a collaboration between Harvard Chan School, the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University Center for African Studies, and the Africa Academy for Public Health. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Woman Arrested Following Westfield Stabbing

first_imgStock Image.WESTFIELD – A Village of Westfield woman was arrested early Tuesday morning following a stabbing on Felton Road in Westfield.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Rahcel Blanchard, 37, allegedly stabbed a male victim with a knife before fleeing the scene just after 5:30 a.m.Deputies say sheriff K9 link located Blanchard approximately one mile away hiding in a barn off of Prospect Station Road.Blanchard is charged with third-degree assault and third-degree menacing. She was also charged on a warrant for possession of a hypodermic instrument. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jane Krakowski, Rene Auberjonois & Gavin Creel Set for She Loves Me

first_img View Comments Gavin Creel Related Shows She Loves Me Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016center_img Star Files This casting news is way better than vanilla ice cream! Tony and Olivier winner Jane Krakowski, Tony winner René Auberjonois and Olivier winner Gavin Creel have been tapped for She Loves Me. Directed by Scott Ellis and starring the previously reported Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor, it has also been announced that the revival will begin previews on February 5, 2016. Opening night is set for March 3 at Broadway’s Studio 54.Krakowski will play Ilona. She won a Tony for Nine (which also starred Benanti) and an Olivier for Guys and Dolls. A Tony nominee for Grand Hotel, she has also appeared on Broadway in Company, Once Upon a Mattress, Tartuffe and Starlight Express. Her numerous screen credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock, Ally McBeal and the upcoming Pixels.Auberjonois is set to take on the role of Maraczek. A Tony winner for Coco, his additional Great White Way credits include Sly Fox, Dance of the Vampires, City of Angels, Metamorphosis, Big River, Break a Leg, The Good Doctor, Tricks, Twelfth Night, Fire!, A Cry of Players and King Lear. Screen credits include Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.Creel will appear as Kodaly. He won the Oliver for The Book of Mormon, a performance he is currently reprising on Broadway; no word yet when he will exit the production. Tony nominated for Hair and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Creel has also been seen on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles.The cast will also feature Nicholas Barasch as Arpad and Peter Bartlett (who appeared in a 2011 gala reading of She Loves Me with Radnor and Krakowski) as Head Waiter. Rounding out the company will be Cameron Adams, Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop and Jim Walton.Featuring a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, She Loves Me follows Georg (Radnor) and Amalia (Benanti), two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? The score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Romantic Atmosphere,” “Dear Friend” and “She Loves Me.”The musical comedy is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, whose story was also the basis for the 1940 James Stewart film The Shop Around the Corner and the 1998 Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan film You’ve Got Mail. Ellis directed Roundabout’s She Loves Me in 1993, which marked the first Broadway musical in the company’s history. The show was first seen on the Great White Way in 1963 in a production helmed by Harold Prince.She Loves Me will feature choreography by Warren Carlyle, music direction by Paul Gemignani, sets by David Rockwell, costumes by Jeff Mahshie, lights by Don Holder, sound by Jon Weston, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and dance arrangements and incidental music by David Krane. Jane Krakowskilast_img read more

Call for Exporter of the Year Nominations

first_imgThe Vermont International Business Council (VIBC), a standing committee of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is accepting nominations for the 2006 Exporter of the Year. Given to a company that has contributed significantly to Vermonts international trade stature, the prestigious Exporter of the Year award recognizes the hard work, performance, innovation, and vision Vermont companies display when competing in the global marketplace.Elements of exporting may include: the direct sale of products and services; creating jobs in the international sector; marketing Vermont as a destination for overseas visitors; and increasing foreign student enrollment at Vermonts educational institutions. Companies may nominate themselves. Parent companies, subsidiaries, and/or divisions of other companies are eligible.Criteria used in consideration of this award include:* International trade marketing strategies* Overcoming barriers (legal, cultural, linguistic)* Using local, state or federal resources to expand exports* Importance of exporting to the companys bottom line* Assistance/encouragement to other small businesses entering export markets* Use of Vermont-produced components and/or services in production of export productThe award will be presented on Thursday, May 25, 2006, as part of the International Trade Luncheon at the 2006 Vermont Business & Industry EXPO, at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington. Former Exporters of the Year include Sonnax Industries, Inc., LeCOUNT, Inc., Tubbs Snowshoes, Rock of Ages Corporation, St. Michaels School of International Studies, Fab-Tech, Inc., and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.Now in its ninth year, the award is presented annually by the VIBC and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Since 1993, the Vermont Chamber has explored Vermont business opportunities in Taiwan, China and the greater Pacific Rim area, maintaining an office in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China.The application deadline is Friday, March 10, 2006. Nomination forms are available on the EXPO website ( is external)) or by contacting Curtis Picard at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce (802-223-3443, [email protected](link sends e-mail)). For more information about EXPO 2006, please visit is external).last_img read more