Training news

first_imgTraining newsOn 10 Aug 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s training newsTraining opportunity passes by one in five workers Two-fifths of workers across the UK are still not getting the opportunity totrain sufficiently for their jobs, according to research from the Department ofTrade and Industry (DTI). More than half of workers (55 per cent) believestructured training would make a significant difference to their productivity,yet two-fifths (37 per cent) admit their employer does not give them theopportunity to ask for a tailored training programme, which many believe wouldhelp improve their overall performance. The survey, which questioned 1,000 fulland part-time workers, also reveals that while employees are aware of the valueof training, they may not be translating that training into success – 85 percent of employees admit they often don’t make the most of it.  www.dti.gov.uk/bestpracticePilot scheme success leads BBC to adopt online route BBC staff will be trained using two new online leadership skills coursesafter the successful completion of a pilot scheme. The leadership courses showhow teams can be more productive when managers use facilitation skills toclarify objectives and improve team relationships. “We believe ourmanagers will be more effective and achieve greater buy-in from their teams ifthey use a facilitative style of leadership, rather than a command-and-controlapproach,” said Louise Katz, learning executive at the BBC. The pilotresults showed that 75 per cent of the participants learned a ‘significantamount’ from the courses. “The feedback was very positive,” saidKatz. “The courses give a very good understanding of facilitativeleadership and team dynamics.” The courses were developed by trainingcompany Balance Learning and ran on the BBC intranet. Council expands in-house social worker programme Barking and Dagenham Council has secured funding from the Department ofHealth to expand its ongoing social workers training initiative. SocialServices in the Borough runs a sponsorship programme for staff at the Councilwishing to undertake a degree in social work. Known as ‘Grow Our Own SocialWorkers’, the programme helps to both increase the number of social workers atthe council, as well as encouraging staff to expand their skills. Tim McCarthy,training and development manager for social services, said the programme, whichcurrently supports 25 people aiming to qualify as social workers, will beexpanded to help more than 40 switch careers. Employees across all councildepartments can apply for sponsorship and McCarthy said the response rate hasbeen good. Health service staff happy with training provision Ninety per cent of NHS staff have received training and development in thepast year, according to a survey of more than 200,000 healthcare staff.However, the just-published 2003 NHS Staff Survey also reveals that just two infive have received health and safety training in the same period. Despite this,most NHS staff are generally satisfied with their jobs. However, staff citedseveral areas where improvement could be made – including addressing violencein the sector, the amount of work-related stress and injuries, work-lifebalance issues, and communication and feedback. The survey shows thatthree-quarters of staff work more than their contracted hours, with one in 10working more than 10 extra hours a week. However, two-thirds believe the NHS ismaking efforts to address the work-life balance issue. The full report isavailable online.  www.healthcarecommission.org.uk/nationalfindings/surveys/fs/en Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Daughter of casino magnate Neil Bluhm buys $20M condo

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Neil Bluhm, a Chicago real estate mogul and partner in Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, started out as a lawyer before co-founding Walton Street Capital, a private equity real estate investment firm based in Chicago, in 1994.He owns several trophy properties across the country, including a townhouse in Palm Beach that he recently bought for $7.4 million.Meredith Bluhm-Wolf is one of three children the magnate had with his ex-wife, Barbara Bluhm-Kaul.Bluhm-Wolf, who is based in Chicago, did not respond to a request for comment about the recent purchase. Brown Harris Stevens agent Louis Buckworth, the director of sales at 520 Park Avenue, declined to comment.Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the condo has 35 units and a total projected sellout of $1.26 billion. Noteable buyers in the building include billionaire investment banker Ken Moelis and PR executive Ronn Torossian.Contact Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Message* Tags520 Park AvenueNeil BluhmNYC Luxury Market Meredith Bluhm-Wolf and 520 Park Ave. (Getty, 520 Park)Meredith Bluhm-Wolf, daughter of real estate and casino magnate Neil Bluhm, has purchased a $20 million condo at Zeckendorf Development’s 520 Park Avenue.Bluhm-Wolf went into contract to buy the sponsor unit on Jan. 21 and closed the next day, property records show.Measuring 4,628 square feet, the 26th-floor unit has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Its original offering price was $24.45 million, a document filed with the attorney general’s office shows.The $20 million sale price means the deal pencils out at $4,321 per square foot.Read moreThe 520 Park posseCenter Slope townhouse leads Brooklyn luxury salesTribeca condo with bumped-up asking price tops Manhattan contractscenter_img Email Address* Full Name* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Oregon State pulls away with 2nd half run to beat Utah 74-56

first_img Tags: Oregon State Beavers/Pac-12/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Associated Press Written by February 18, 2021 /Sports News – Local Oregon State pulls away with 2nd half run to beat Utah 74-56 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Ethan Thompson had 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds and Oregon State won its fifth straight at home, 74-56 over Utah.Warith Alatishe added a career-high 19 points with nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals for the Beavers. Thompson scored 15 points in the second half and capped a 23-2 run with a pair of dunks 13 seconds apart that made it 55-39 with 7:59 left.Timmy Allen had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Utes. Branden Carlson added 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line.last_img read more

HollyFrontier to convert Cheyenne Refinery to renewable diesel production

first_imgHollyFrontier estimates the conversion of the Cheyenne Refinery to be completed in the first quarter of 2022 HollyFrontier to convert Cheyenne Refinery to renewable diesel production. (Credit: Pixabay/Frauke Feind) HollyFrontier, a petroleum refiner and marketer, has announced plans to convert its Cheyenne Refinery to renewable diesel production.The firm is also planning to build a pre-treatment unit (PTU) at the Artesia Refinery that will process more than 80% of the feedstock for two of its renewable diesel production facilities.It anticipates to have a total capacity to produce more than 200 million gallons of renewable diesel per year with the new plant as well as the renewable diesel unit, which was announced last year.Additionally, the firm expects to invest a total of approximately $650m to $750m in its renewables business.HollyFrontier to repurpose Cheyenne Refinery to produce 90 million gallons per year of renewable dieselHollyFrontier president and CEO Mike Jennings said: “Demand for renewable diesel, as well as other lower carbon fuels, is growing and taking market share based on both consumer preferences and support from substantial federal and state government incentive programs.“This represents an exciting opportunity to enhance both the profitability and environmental footprint of HollyFrontier through organic investment.“Today’s announcements lay the groundwork for an integrated renewables business at HollyFrontier, including multiple renewable diesel plants with feedstock flexibility.“After 86 years as a petroleum refinery, Cheyenne will take on a new challenge. We realize that this decision affects many employees, their families and the community.”The firm is planning to repurpose the current footprint and a portion of Cheyenne’s existing assets to produce about 90 million gallons per year of renewable diesel, with an investment of approximately $125m-$175m.HollyFrontier estimates the conversion of the Cheyenne Refinery to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.The company is expected to cease petroleum refining and reduce the workforce at the Cheyenne Refinery, following the coversion.Slated to be operational in the first half of 2022, the new PTU will provide feedstock flexibility, mitigating single feedstock risk and generating value through the use of lower carbon intensity feed.last_img read more

USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017 View post tag: Dawn Blitz View post tag: HIMARS October 24, 2017 View post tag: US Navy USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017center_img Authorities US Marines fired the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) from the flight deck of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during the joint US Navy-Marines drill Dawn Blitz 2017.The HIMARS is a weapons system made up of the M142 five-ton chassis vehicle and can carry either a launcher pod of six rockets or one MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).It enables Marines to engage targets within minutes after firing and features a greater range than traditional artillery, allowing smaller units to cover a larger area.The October 22 demonstration on Anchorage consisted of HIMARS engaging a land-based target with a guided multiple launch rocket system unitary (GMLRS-U).“We had two training objectives for today’s shoot,” said Army Maj. Adam Ropelewski, I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), lead planner for sea-based expeditionary fires. “The first training objective was demonstrating this capability and, second, we wanted to have good effects on the target. We achieved both objectives. We destroyed the target at 70 kilometers while at sea.”This portion of Dawn Blitz validated the commander’s ability to integrate HIMARS with ships to conduct a sea-based strike.The shoot was a success from the operator’s perspective as well. “We shot a rocket off Anchorage to validate that we, as HIMARS operators, can shoot off an LPD and successfully hit the target,” said Lance Cpl. Ryan Irving, a HIMARS operator assigned to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines.”Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train and integrate Navy and Marine Corps units by providing a training environment where forces plan and execute an amphibious assault, engage in live-fire events and establish expeditionary advanced bases in a land and maritime threat environment to improve naval amphibious core competencies. View post tag: USS Anchorage Share this articlelast_img read more

More alternatives to trick-or-treat for COVID-nervous families

first_img Twitter Twitter By Network Indiana – October 6, 2020 0 179 Facebook Previous articleNIPSCO natural gas forecast suggests rise in home heating billsNext articleQuestions remain about how the next Indiana legislative session will work in the COVID world Network Indiana Google+ (“No More Dermatitis” by Anne Worner, CC BY-SA 2.0) There are many cities and towns throughout Indiana that have canceled trick-or-treating this Halloween, due to the coronavirus pandemic.This might be the perfect time to create a new Halloween tradition with your family, says Jill Walls, an associate professor of early childhood, youth, and family studies at Ball State University.“The most important part of any holiday is spending quality time together and making memories,” Walls said. “COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty for families, but I think it’s possible to still have fun this Halloween season while staying safe. Parents should take time to prepare their children for some new traditions and provide reassurance about the other upcoming holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.”A great way to come up with some alternatives is to ask your children what they want to do.“I asked them, and my six-year-old said ‘we can play a board game and whoever wins gets candy thrown at them,’” Walls said with a laugh.Walls says if you have a child who loves arts and crafts, you can color or paint or create decorations. Other ideas include telling spooky stories, watching Halloween-themed, age-appropriate movies, or still dressing up in costumes and doing trick-or-treating inside your own home.“I’m imagining my husband and I running from room to room and pretending to be different characters and handing out candy,” she said.If you and your family are still planning on going out and trick-or-treating in your neighborhood this year, Walls suggests you take extra precautions.“Remain at a distance from other trick-or-treaters,” she said. “Probably not a good idea to approach a house where there is already a large gathering.”Walls also says if you’re planning on handing out candy in your neighborhood, think about possibly putting pre-packaged goodie bags out, to avoid a bunch of hands reaching into the same bucket.On Monday, the CDC posted guidance for the holidays, including Halloween. They warn people to avoid higher-risk activities, like door-to-door trick-or-treating, attending crowded indoor costume parties, visiting indoor haunted houses and going on hayrides with strangers. More alternatives to trick-or-treat for COVID-nervous families WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Pinterest Google+last_img read more

News story: MAIB Business Plan 2018-19

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News story: 3rd UK-Brazil Economic and Financial Dialogue bolsters ties with Brazil

first_img The UK is a key and natural partner for Brazil, and in the meetings today we had the chance to advance our cooperation in green finance and infrastructure, at a time when we are striving to make Brazil a more open economy. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to strengthen this bilateral and multilateral partnership, one which will mutually benefit both countries. Brazil is our top trading partner in Latin America, with our trade in goods and services worth £5.6 billion. The meetings today reinforced the strong ties that already exist between our two nations and I’m pleased that good progress was made towards our shared ambitions on taxation, green finance and infrastructure. Britain is an outward facing nation and I want to build on the success of our relationship with Brazil and other nations as we prepare to leave the EU. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond progressed the UK’s shared agenda with Brazil on green finance, tax and infrastructure at the third UK-Brazil Economic and Financial Dialogue today (8 August 2018).Welcoming Brazilian Finance Minister Eduardo Guardia to London, the Chancellor used the Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) to strengthen the UK’s partnership with Latin America’s biggest economy, Brazil.Over 1,200 jobs were created last year through Brazilian investment in the UK, which represented almost £100 million of investment into the UK economy.Through the EFD, the UK is deepening co-operation with Brazil on financial services, green finance and tax, to maximise future trade opportunities, as well as build collaboration on infrastructure and further support Brazil’s application to join the OECD.Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said: Today’s EFD presented further opportunities for the UK and Brazil to work together. Outcomes from today’s dialogue include:center_img Finance Minister Eduardo Guardia said: reaffirming the UK’s support for Brazil’s potential OECD accession progressing discussions over a potential Double Taxation Agreement between the UK and Brazil that facilitates trade, investment and helps prevent tax avoidance and evasion, following further work on technical and policy issues continuing to pursue reforms that increase market access for the financial services sector. This includes further supporting UK companies to operate in Brazilian financial markets, including in reinsurance and asset management further enhancing our collaboration on infrastructure, including financing through both the G20 and the private sector, and through the UK-Brazil Infrastructure and Capital Markets Task Force confirm our commitment to explore ways to deepen UK-Brazil trade and improve the business environment for firms from both countrieslast_img read more

Olympic trading success for bakers

first_imgCustomers have flocked to high street bakeries throughout the UK during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Despite reports of ‘ghost town’ scenes in the capital, Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, said last week’s sales at its London outlets were up over 10% on a like-for-like basis, while growth in shops near Olympic venues, rose between 30-80%.He added that its shop in Westfields Shopping Centre in Stratford, East London, which is located next to the Olympic Park, had smashed all records for the most money taken in one week – double what it would normally take in a seven-day period.Neville Morse, managing director at Jane’s Pantry, said it sold 400 of its gold medal biscuits in the Games’ first two days across its nine Gloucestershire bakeries. “Sales of these were better than expected and we were straight into making a fresh batch the following Monday,” Morse added.Warings Bakery’s six outlets in Berkshire and Hampshire sold Union Jack and gold medal cupcakes, which increased sales by 10% during the Olympics’ opening weekend. Daniel Carr, PR manager at Warings, said: “We did a deal and packaged cupcakes in fours, giving 50p off the usual price. We displayed them in appropriate locations, so that customers would choose them as an impulse purchase.”The Cake Store in Sydenham, London, was required to fulfil a last-minute order for 10,000 cherry, date and mini cocktail scones for the Olympics’ tennis venue in Wimbledon, which it received on the evening of the opening ceremony and was needed for 12 noon the following day.Tim Slatter, director at The Cake Store, said: “We have supplied our scones to Wimbledon for around 30 years, producing 7,000 a day for this year’s Championships. The venue’s organisers knew we were reliable and called upon us to fulfil the order. “It was hard and chaotic, but worth it in case we need to step in for any further shortfalls during the Olympics.”last_img read more

Marvel Hulu Series “Runaways” References Phish Fans & The Eye-Rolls Non-Fans Give Them [Watch]

first_imgPhish fans are an astute bunch, especially when it comes to mainstream crossovers and references. While the Vermont jam legends get notably little public attention for a band of their stature, their fans always have eyes and ears peeled for cultural references to the band and their music. Last Tuesday night, the first episode of Runaways, the new Marvel Universe series on Hulu debuted to the platform’s subscribers, and featured a socially (if not factually) accurate reference to the Phish from Vermont.In the comic, a ragtag group of teenagers teams up when they discover that their parents are part of a crime syndicate known as “The Pride”. Each parent is part of the evil consortium for a reason: because they are time-travelers, dark wizards, mad scientists, alien invaders, telepathic mutants, and the like. While only one episode of the Hulu series has been released so far, it gave audiences a glimpse at the diverse makeup of “The Pride”, helping to illustrate the varying backgrounds and personalities that make up the nefarious organization.In one of the show’s opening scenes, when the The Pride is meeting at a “charity” event, two of the group’s members “nerd out” about Phish in demonstrably cringe-worth fashion. “Just make sure that her music library’s backed up–I mean, she’s got every tasty Phish bootleg going back to Burlington ’92!” remarks one Pride member. As another member responds another in agreement, “If you haven’t heard Trey’s 14-minute guitar solo on ‘Sample in a Jar’, you haven’t heard music.” As is common in real life, the Phish talk sort of freaks out the rest of the guests, prompting eye-rolls, scoffs, and generally appalled reactions from the party’s high-brow attendees.EXCLUSIVE: MSNBC’s Katy Tur Talks Her Love Of Phish & Sneaking Lyrics Into The NewsOftentimes, those references come from Phish fans hiding within the media world, as with MSNBC news anchor Katy Tur and her frequent under-the-radar inclusion of Phish lyrics in her broadcast scripts. But judging by the way that it’s discussed, I’d wager a bet that the reference on Runaways comes from someone who is not familiar with the minutia of the band’s music, but is well versed in the apparent craziness of the band’s fan base and the social stigma and general jargon surrounding it–like, they probably have that one crazy friend who’s way into Phish.So, we’re guessing that whoever that Phish friend on the Runaways writing staff is got a call when it aired that sounded something like: “Duuude, I caught that Phish reference you threw in there! Awesome! For the record, Trey has never actually played a 14-minute ‘Sample In A Jar’ (the only real jammed-out version was on Jam Tuesday at the Baker’s Dozen–definitely check that one out), and they actually didn’t debut ‘Sample’ until 1993, but still, that’s totally awesome, though!”Oh, Phish fans. So crazy, so meticulous, so misunderstood–but so much fun. Never change…You can watch the clip below, and check out new episodes of Runaways, released each Tuesday on Hulu.last_img read more