Sweeping changeOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. West Europe & CEEIn the middle of an economic downturn, today’s graduates are not just looking for an attractive salary as part of a job offer. Personal development is high on their wish list, as Bo Kremer-Jones discoversThere is little doubt that the economic downturn, which started in the US, has made its way over the Atlantic and is now rippling across Europe. There is increasing evidence of companies in the region introducing hiring freezes and initiating other cost-cutting measures as they prepare for bad times ahead. However, despite the gloomy outlook, the so-called war for talent is by no means over.As firms once again struggle to do more with less, attracting and retaining the right people is becoming even more vital. How to do this effectively is one of the biggest challenges companies face. One weapon in their armour for battle is the compensation and benefits they offer.However, this is by no means the only factor people take into account when considering where they want to work – as a recent study by the Community of European Management Schools has found in which pay ranked third in importance of what today’s graduates are looking for in an employer. The top two on their wish list, according to the study, were “an employer that not only offers opportunities for personal development (95 per cent) but one that is innovative (92.5 per cent).”These results hold true in central and Eastern Europe too. “A few years ago people would jump for any amount of money, but this is changing as the market matures,” says an executive search director in the region. He continues, “There’s a shift in terms of what people want. Before it was compensation and pay, now it’s training and development. They are looking for career opportunities.”However, offering good pay and other desirable perks can go a long way to being seen as an employer of choice and helps to hang on to much sought-after talent. Explains Mike Johnson, author of “How to become a Talent Magnet -Getting Talented People to Work for You (Financial Times/ Prentice Hall), “Not getting a raise, getting a meagre bonus can both be time-to-go triggers. In these times of shortage, you can almost guarantee that you can get more money elsewhere, if that is all you want,” he adds.And he continues, “That is also, conversely, another reason people quit – new hires being brought into the company at much higher levels of compensation. This, sadly is almost inevitable as the market for scarce talent moves upwards.”So who are the companies in Europe getting it right? Research-based pharmaceutical firm Schering has introduced a new share ownership plan for all employees, which, it reports, is the perfect solution for rewarding company performance. Above all expectations, three-quarters of employees eligible for the scheme invested in the plan. They clearly believe it’s an attractive benefit too.Market research company ACNielsen has also found a great way to make sure managers keep their employees happy. “Twenty-five per cent of the incentive bonuses of our senior people are based on how satisfied the employees are,” explains Richard Savage, head of HR for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.Sandwich chain Pràt Manger goes one better. “When you are promoted in the company, you receive a cash bonus, but you are not allowed to keep it – you have to give it away to your staff.” Says founder Julian Metcalf, “people have gone out of their way to help you and you should give something back to them.” It is a great way to build company culture.In the UK, DERA – a former part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence – pays considerably below market rates. Retention is very high, however. The reason is that it gives people what they want, including the ability to work on exciting projects, time off to speak at international conferences, encouragement to take lead roles on professional organisations all over the world and the creation of a “fellowship” programme for long stays that allows for time off to do blue sky research (cutting edge research of their choice).Companies in central and Eastern Europe face problems too in retaining key staff. It is made particularly harder in the region as salaries are much lower than in the West. A spokesman for Global compensation adviser Watson Wyatt laments, “Compensation practices are labour-market driven, with qualified managers and specialists in short supply, particularly in Russia. So top management positions are generally staffed by expatriates, especially in start-ups.”Yet, he adds, “There is still a wide differential when comparing local salaries in CEE with those in Western Europe, with local general managers paid 30 to 50 per cent less than in the West. Equally, he continues, “There is a wide discrepancy in wages between multinationals and local companies.”This is especially true in Poland, says Watson Wyatt where, “multinationals’ pay levels are about 25 per cent above local companies. However, the spokesman adds, “Local employers are closely monitoring multinationals’ pay levels, both to compete for quality labour and to establish better salary benchmarks for recruiting.”Recent research by Watson Wyatt has also found that, “The desire to retain key employees may be a driver in the increasing use of long-term incentives and deferred compensation. The use of variable compensation appears to be becoming more widespread, with more than 50 per cent of professionals now eligible.“Although this is considerably less prevalent than in Western Europe, the numerous tax and other obstacles which employers face in implementing stock option plans and similar incentives largely account for this,” it notes.So, no matter where you are, pay and compensation are no simple matters these days. But, they are important if companies want to have its share of the best talent.
View post tag: Naval April 4, 2014 Guided-missile destroyer USS San Jacinto (CG 56) arrived in Palma, Spain for a scheduled port visit, April 3. View post tag: Spain View post tag: San The port visit is designed to continue Naval Forces Europe-Africa’s efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships with European nations to improve maritime safety and security in the region. During the visit, Sailors will have the opportunity to meet with the people of Spain and to experience the rich culture and history the country has to offer. San Jacinto is on a scheduled deployment as a part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, April 4, 2014; Image: Wikimedia Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS San Jacinto Visits Palma, Spain USS San Jacinto Visits Palma, Spain View post tag: Jacinto View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Palma View post tag: USS View post tag: visits Training & Education
Tedeschi Trucks Band keeps bringing the love in 2016! The band has continued to dominate this year, starting it off with their new album release Let Me Get By. The year has seen them on the road in support, bringing the heat on a nightly basis. Whether it was the two set shows earlier in the year or the current Wheels Of Soul summer tour with so many great guests, it’s been nothing but great music.Today the band has announced the first leg of a winter tour, including eight dates in six cities. The run includes shows from November 11-19, as well as a three night run at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA. Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers will open during the main run, and Jorma Kaukonen and Amy Ray opening the first two nights of the Orpheum run, respectively. These dates come a month after the band plays six nights at the Beacon, and the band has also promised another announcement in the near future.You can see the tour listing below, and head to the band’s website for ticket details.Tedeschi Trucks Band Winter Tour DatesNov 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum TheatreNov 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside TheaterNov 13 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center TheatreNov 18 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic TheatreNov 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum CenterDec 1 – Boston, MA – Orpheum TheatreDec 2 – Boston, MA – Orpheum TheatreDec 3 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
On Friday night, Gov’t Mule continued their ongoing tour, heading down to New Orleans for a performance at Saenger Theatre, which coincides with the tail end of the Crescent City’s annual musical extravaganza, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. During the group’s two-set show, Gov’t Mule welcomed a number of guests to the stage to join them, as is the Jazz Fest way, including Smokey Greenwell, Marcus King, and Don Was.The group’s fiery and tease-heavy first set saw the band offer up a healthy mix of selections from their long-spanning catalog, including numbers off Gov’t Mule’s most recent album, Revolution Come…Revolution Go. The band led by Warren Haynes also pulled from the Allman Brothers Band catalog, given that Haynes was formerly a guitarist for the southern rock icons, including a take on “King Of Bird” halfway through the set.However, Gov’t Mule truly shined during the show’s second set, with the band paying tribute to musicians who passed away in 2017 as well as inviting all three of their guests out. The band opened with Soundgarden’s “Feel On Black Days”, as a means to honor the icon rock act’s frontman Chris Cornell, and followed it up with Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, a song by another hugely influential artist who passed aways last year.During “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, New Orleans-based harmonica player, Smokey Greenwell joined Gov’t Mule, hinting at the string of sit-ins that were yet to come in the night. With Greenwell still on stage, the quickly rising young guitarist and vocalist, Marcus King, came out to join Gov’t Mule and Greenwell for a take on Albert King’s “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home”. The special guests then departed from the stage, leaving Gov’t Mule to lay out renditions of “Millions Miles From Yesterday” and “Traveling Tune”, ahead of their next guest, Don Was, the well-known record producer, who replaced Jorgen Carlsson on bass for renditions of Van Morrison’s “He Ain’t Give You None” and the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha”.With Marcus King as an extended member of the Allman Brothers Band family along with Warren Haynes, after Gov’t Mule’s solo rendition of “Brighter Days”, King reemerged to help the band close the second set out with a take on the beloved classic “Whipping Post”. From there, the band, sans King, ended their night in full with an encore of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground”.“Whipping Post” with Marcus King[Video: Brooke Nilson]Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Saenger Theatre | New Orleans, LA | 5/4/2018Set I: World Boss > Mr. High & Mighty, Lay Your Burden Down, Unring The Bell*, Kind Of Bird**, Thorns Of Life, Pressure Under Fire, Time To ConfessSet II: Fell On Black Days, You Don’t Know How It Feels+, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home+&, Million Miles From Yesterday, Traveling Tune, He Ain’t Give You None^ > Bertha^, Brighter Days > Whipping Post&Encore: Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground* with Get Up, Stand Up tease | ** with Happy Together tease | + with Smokey Greenwell | & with Marcus King | ^ Don Was replacing Jorgen Carlsson on bass
Contrary to the belief of many scientists (as well as many members of the public), new research confirms that Africa has two — not one — species of elephant. Scientists from Harvard Medical School (HMS), the University of Illinois, and the University of York in the United Kingdom used genetic analysis to prove that the African savanna elephant and the smaller African forest elephant have been largely separated for several million years.The researchers, whose findings appear online (Dec. 21) in PLoS Biology, compared the DNA of modern elephants from Africa and Asia with DNA that they extracted from two extinct species: the woolly mammoth and the mastodon. Not only is this the first time that anyone has generated sequences for the mastodon nuclear genome, but it is also the first time that the Asian elephant, African forest elephant, African savanna elephant, the extinct woolly mammoth, and the extinct American mastodon have been looked at together.“Experimentally, we had a major challenge to extract DNA sequences from two fossils — mammoths and mastodons — and line them up with DNA from modern elephants over hundreds of sections of the genome,” says research scientist Nadin Rohland of the Department of Genetics at HMS.According to David Reich, associate professor in the same department, “The surprising finding is that forest and savanna elephants from Africa — which some have argued are the same species — are as distinct from each other as Asian elephants and mammoths.”Researchers only had DNA from a single elephant in each species, but had collected enough data from each genome to traverse millions of years of evolution to the time when elephants first diverged from each other.“The divergence of the two species took place around the time of the divergence of the Asian elephant and woolly mammoths,” says Professor Michael Hofreiter, who specializes in the study of ancient DNA in the Department of Biology at the University of York. “The split between African savanna and forest elephants is almost as old as the split between humans and chimpanzees. This result amazed us all.”The possibility that the two might be separate species was first raised in 2001, but the current study is the most compelling scientific evidence so far that they are indeed distinct. Previously, many naturalists believed that African savanna elephants and African forest elephants were two populations of the same species, despite the significant size differences. The savanna elephant has an average shoulder height of 3.5 meters while the forest elephant has an average shoulder height of 2.5 meters. The savanna elephant weighs between 6 and 7 tons, roughly double the weight of the forest elephant.DNA analysis revealed a wide range of genetic diversity within each species. The savanna elephant and woolly mammoth have very low genetic diversity, Asian elephants have medium diversity, and forest elephants have very high diversity. Researchers believe that this is due to varying levels of reproductive competition among males.“We now have to treat the forest and savanna elephants as two different units for conservation purposes,” says Alfred Roca, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. “Since 1950, all African elephants have been conserved as one species. Now that we know the forest and savanna elephants are two very distinctive animals, the forest elephant should become a bigger priority for conservation purposes.”This research was funded by the Max Planck Society and by a Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award in Biomedical Science.Forest elephants (shown) in Africa have now been confirmed as a new species of elephant and have been distinguished from the larger savanna elephant, also found in Africa. Photo by Nicholas Georgiadis
Law School students want to blaze trails for those who will follow Choctaw Nation’s Burrage thrives at Harvard Related From Oklahoma to Cambridge, Truman Burrage brought his fervor with him Gabrielle Scrimshaw, M.P.A. ’18, credits the courses with inspiring her choice of career. A co-founder of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, Scrimshaw is based in California, where she works as a consultant on indigenous economic development projects and as a speaker on indigenous issues.“When I took ‘Nation Building I,’ there was a moment when I thought, ‘I can’t imagine doing anything else,’” said Scrimshaw. “And what I loved about Professor Norman’s class was the ability to go out and work with a tribe on a project. Also, as a Native American student, having a Native American faculty was crucial. It’s so important to see yourself reflected in success.”Truman Burrage ’19, former president of the Native Americans at Harvard College, admired Norman’s dedication. “He could have been publishing research papers,” Burrage said. “But instead he’s dedicated to helping native communities.”At his retirement party in late May, Norman was surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues and honored for his work to improve the lot of indigenous communities and make them visible to the general public, who often finds Native American problems easy to ignore. Among those who attended were Harvard Provost Alan Garber and Judith Singer, the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.At the event, Mohegan Tribe Chief Lynn Malerba offered a prayer in Mohegan thanking Norman and wishing him well. Norman received two blankets, one featuring the College logo and the other depicting a turtle, which represents the creation story in some Native American beliefs. Blankets, in indigenous traditions, are the ultimate expression of respect to elders or community leaders; they keep them warm and mark a transition in time.In his new life, Norman plans to live in Colorado and travel across his beloved Plains and mountains in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, the places where he grew up. He looks forward to spending time at Fort Peck Reservation, home to the Assiniboine and Sioux Nations, in Poplar, Mont., where he developed deep bonds through the Harvard course. At Fort Peck, he hopes to launch a rescue-dog training program to help strays but also to offer people a method to heal from trauma.In a surprise ceremony seven years ago, the Fort Peck tribes “adopted” Norman in gratitude for his work, and named him Pejuta Uta Omani, Lakota for “He Walks with Medicine.” The ceremony was solemn and meaningful to Norman, a sort of homecoming for him.“I was a lost Indian without a home,” said Norman. “I didn’t grow up on a reservation. I wasn’t raised in the culture, but I’ve always worked in Indian country. But that day, I felt I had found a place where I could feel spiritually at home. It was like going back home.” Every spring for the past 14 years, Dennis Norman taught a field research course that sent students to Native American communities all over the country to address health and other inequities and improve the lives of the people he calls his brethren.Offered through the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Graduate School of Education (GSE), the course, “Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building II,” is close to Norman’s heart. Not only because of his descent — his grandfather, Pearl Cloud Norman, was born in the Indian territory before Oklahoma became a state —but also because as a trained psychologist, he considers it his mission to help build healthy communities.“I’m trained to be a healer,” said Norman in his Story Street office, decorated with posters featuring past campus events on Native American issues. “Anything I can do to make healthier communities is dear to my heart. And everything we have been doing was helping to build healthier environments for contemporary native communities, respecting their sovereignty and their culture.”Norman, Ed.D. ’81, the faculty chair of Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) since 2005, is retiring from his post and from teaching the course at the end of June. But he will continue working to better Native Americans’ lives, following his students’ example.Over the past 14 years, Norman’s students have undertaken 120 projects in places such as Montana, Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Hawaii. They have helped open health care centers, launch summer youth programs, draft strategic plans for heritage centers and museums, and develop efforts to preserve native languages and cultures.The requests for assistance come from indigenous and tribal organizations, a counterpoint to the history of exploitation of Native American communities by university researchers.Some have been fully realized, such as a day-care center for the Shinnecock Indian Nation on Long Island and a school program for gifted indigenous youth in Ontario, Canada.“It’s probably the most interesting thing I have done, educationally,” said Norman, who was chief of psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1989 to 2014. “For students, it’s such an unusual opportunity to work on a real-life problem and have a hands-on experience. It’s also a chance to get them out of the stereotypic thinking about Native Americans because they have personal interactions with people who are trying to build better communities.”The class is the second part of the Nation Building courses developed by Joe Kalt, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy Emeritus at HKS. Kalt teaches the introductory “Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building I” during J-term, in which students become familiar with the inequalities Native Americans face, such as high rates of poverty and unemployment, before they go into the field. “As a Native American student, having a Native American faculty was crucial. It’s so important to see yourself reflected in success.” — Gabrielle Scrimshaw, M.P.A. ’18 For Native Americans, a duo represents
The Fab Four will “Come Together” once more! Let It Be, the musical tribute to the Beatles, will return to the West End. The show will begin performances on July 9 at the Garrick Theatre and run through September 21. Opening night is set for July 10. The return engagement follows an 18-week tour of the UK and Ireland. Casting will be announced at a later date. Let It Be originally opened in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre in September 2012 prior to a January 2013 transfer to the Savoy Theatre, where the production ran until February of this year. The show played Broadway’s St. James Theatre last summer. Let It Be uses video footage to tell the story of the band’s rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. The show is packed with classic Beatles’ tunes including “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Day Tripper,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “When I’m 64,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Get Back” and early hits like “Twist and Shout” and “She Loves You.” View Comments
CHITTENDEN BANK CELEBRATES 100 YEARS SINCE CHARTERBurlington, Vermont – One hundred years ago a group of Burlingtoniansdecided that a need existed for a new financial institution in Burlington. On December 7, 1904 Chittenden County Trust Company was established andgiven two years to gather the capital to start operations.The founders of Chittenden County Trust Company were John. J. Flynn,Edward J. Booth, J.H. Macomber, E.F. Gebhardt, W.B. McKillup, E.P.Woodbury, A.O. Humphrey, J.S. Patrick and R.A. Cooke. On March 30, 1906,these individuals organized what is today Chittenden with only $50,000capital.”Chittenden has been a part of the Vermont community since 1904. Onehundred years later, we remain a significant part because of our employeesand our interest in the communities and the customers we serve” saysKathleen Schirling, Director of Marketing with Chittenden Bank.”Chittenden has grown significantly since our start in 1906, but as I lookback at our history through the years, I find one thing that has notchanged–our people! They distinguish themselves by dedicated andexceptional performance across the entire organization. Theyenthusiastically participate in planning and implementing. Thecreativity, dedication and teamwork of our Chittenden family is the reasonfor our past progress and is the foundation of our future growth. Ourpeople have a commitment to change, but we also have a dedication to thosetraditional values, which have always been at the core of Chittenden,”says Schirling.Chittenden is a full-service, Vermont-headquartered and managed bankproviding a wide range of financial services and products to individualsand businesses. As the largest Vermont-based bank in the state, Chittendenoffers over 50 locations. To find out more about Chittenden, visit ourwebsite at www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call your local branch.
By Dialogo October 08, 2014 Such drug sales harm the quality of life in neighborhoods, said Patricio Bustos, chief of staff of the municipality of Conchali, a community of 120,000 residents on the outskirts of Santiago. “The neighborhoods are undergoing serious degradation processes because of microtrafficking. Young people are leaving school to enter microtrafficking as traffickers or consumers.” Drug consumption is one of the three main causes of crime in Chile, according to the 2013 National Urban Citizen Security Survey (ENUSC 2013), conducted by the Ministry of the Interior and Public Safety. Annually, police in Chile arrest about 85,000 people for drug-related crimes. About 74 percent of the arrests are for drug possession, another 13 percent are for microtrafficking, and 13 percent are for drug trafficking. Hundreds of detectives to investigate microtrafficking Microtrafficking degrades neighborhoods Chilean police are preparing to launch in October a major security initiative to fight microtrafficking throughout the country. The Microtrafficking Zero Plan (MTO), a key component of the National Security Plan announced in June by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, will target streets where microtraffickers operate. Those streets were selected based on a study by the Investigative Police of Chile (PDI), which identified 2,000 areas in 100 neighborhoods where microtraffickers sell small amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and other illegal drugs. The goal is to achieve a 10 percent reduction by the end of 2014 in the number of locations where microtraffickers operate. To crack down on the problem, the PDI will assign 400 detectives to the MTO initiative. These detectives will be part of 98 police teams throughout the country dedicated to fighting small-level drug sales. They’ll be responsible for identifying specific areas where microtraffickers operate and investigating and arresting individuals who sell drugs in neighborhoods. “We want to make these neighborhoods safe again,” said Deputy Prefect Alfredo Espinoza, chief of staff of the General Directorate of the PDI. “Microtrafficking is connected to other major trafficking organizations and oftentimes it serves as the gateway to the commission of other crimes, such as robbery, violence, abuse and murder.” Another aspect of the MTO involves asking civil organizations and civilian members of the community for assistance by reporting criminal activity. People can provide tips anonymously if they are concerned about repercussions from criminals. “People are afraid to file complaints due to retaliations. As they gain trust in the work of the police, this will change,” Bustos said. It’s a good move if cartels, major drug distributors and transnational trafficking are combated on another work front because through prevention, just by fighting micro-trafficking alone, we will be working on the consequences at the end of the criminal chain. Cause vs. effect studies are needed to eliminate problems in each reality. The strategy of prosecuting micro trafficking, or rather trafficking small quantities of drugs should be addressed in a variety of ways.Just one aspect is prosecution of the crime in question, however there are other structural factors which, if they are not addressed jointly, can lead to the failure of these initiatives.It is known that for years we at the Public Ministry of Chile have been working under a policy of prosecution of the trafficking of small amounts in the manner of “urban trafficking”, which has seriously affected our society and above all the most vulnerable sectors where the drug that causes the most damage to public health is cocaine paste. The work carried out by the entity in charge of investigation has been fruitful, however, it would seem that a response from the State as a whole is needed to address the issue in depth.This means that the administrative bodies of the State and not just the police, should attack the phenomenon in a coordinated manner such that once a previously identified sector has been addressed, it is the State which should immediately practically take over those sectors again, which had been dominated before by those who work in that area. This means to take charge of the problems that remain after a police intervention. Minors whose parents have been arrested, abandoned homes taken over to sell drugs, etc. Well done with the news, great job Personally, I would lend my support to fighting those bad guys who day after day leave us without family members and without any desire to move forward honestly. But starting with the policy that helps to finance them, this will never end. So, save your efforts to take care of your families and give them joy since those bad guys are already in power and no one is going to get them out of there IT IS A WORTHWHILE INITIATIVE, BUT IN THE LONG RUN, IT IS NOT EFFECTIVE. AS LONG AS ATTENTION IS DIRECTED ONLY TO THE BRANCHES, THE TRUNK WILL CONTINUE TO GROW STRONG. IT’S THE STORY THAT NEVER ENDS. Very good policy but first they should go for the root and not just for the branch Very good for this measure, but the forces and the powers that are contaminated also have to be cleaned up. CHANGE THAT JUNK POST UP-TO-DATE NEWS
continue reading » A former assistant manager admitted Wednesday in court that she stole more than $170,000 from the $14.3 million Harrison District No. 2 Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs.In a plea agreement, Rhoda K. Pohina, 39, plead guilty to a felony theft charge, said Carissa Cruson, a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office in Colorado Springs. Pohina faces two to six years in prison, but she also could receive probation with or without prison time when she is sentenced in October.Cruson said the theft occurred between December 2008 and June 2014.According to a police investigation, Pohina used her home computer to access the credit union’s databases that she manipulated to funnel cash advances into her account. She used those stolen funds to pay off her credit cards. When Pohina was first accused of the theft last year, police reported she stole $78,000, but investigators determined she stole $173,514. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr