Rochdale Council

first_imgRochdale CouncilOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council is to introduce flexible workingacross the authority after a pilot scheme reduced sickness absence by more thana third. Each of the eight departments at the council will have two work-life balanceprojects in operation by the end of the year. The council has extended office-opening hours to include the weekend andintroduced shorter hours and home-working. These measures were first introduced as part of a pilot scheme in thecorporate services department, where it helped reduce sickness absence from5.63 days to 3.62 days per employee per year. Stephen Harper, head of personnel at the council, said: “We have sweptaside the rule book on when staff can start and finish. It is now up tomanagers to decide if the [flexible] idea is workable.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Can my skills lead to consultancy?

first_imgCan my skills lead to consultancy?On 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article I have an HR generalist background, but have been working increasingly in HRISproject management for the past five years. It is a role that I enjoy and I’mfortunate in being able to handle both the technical and interpersonal sides.How can I capitalise on this? Should I look for similar roles, move intoworking for an HR software supplier, or set myself up as an independentconsultant? Doug Knott, senior consultant, Chiumento You have rightly identified the value of your combination of technical andinterpersonal skills. How you capitalise on this relatively rare combinationdepends upon your future career goals and circumstances and what you want fromyour next job. Given that one of the options you are considering is independentconsultancy, a sensible first step might be to work for a well-known HRsoftware supplier in a project-based consultancy role. This would assist you indeveloping the necessary competencies and contacts to set yourself up as anindependent at a later date. It would also test whether you suffer any seriouswithdrawal symptoms from a more corporate-type role. To become an independent now would be a higher risk strategy as you’d beresponsible for sourcing business as well as project delivery. Potentialcustomers, particularly large organisations, will typically prefer to use aproven brand name for their HRIS projects. Suzanne Taylor, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes These are all options which are available to you. However, you need toconsider the aspects of your role that you enjoy aside from the technicalaspects of HRIS. For example, you enjoy the interpersonal aspects of your work,and this is certainly something that can be hard to find in HRIS specialistroles. If you were to become an independent consultant, you must notunderestimate the sales element that will be called for, even if you alreadyhave a strong network of contacts. The alternative of working for an HR software supplier, could mean you losethe interpersonal aspects of your work. If you have not yet gained sufficientexperience in the field, you may find you would be put on projects just todeliver results, rather than necessarily to consult with clients. One thing that jumps out from your question is that you seem happy in yourcurrent role. I would therefore suggest you consider remaining with yourcurrent employer while you are continuing to learn from the role and beingsufficiently challenged by it. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy If you were to set up as an independent consultant you’d need to decide whatservice you would be providing for your clients. From a technical angle, youcould look at providing consultancy in the specification of systems andadvising on the choice of system. There is a demand for this service, althoughfinding the clients will involve a lot of research and marketing effort. Another area you might like to consider could be providing training on HRsystems. This would utilise both your technical experience and yourinterpersonal skills. Again, the hard work is in finding the clients. Thereare a large number of software suppliers and your skills and experience wouldbe of interest to them. While smaller companies would be looking for sellingexperience, larger companies would have a number of implementation roles thatyou could take on. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The spatial coherence of interannual temperature variations in the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula is a region of extreme interannual variability in near-surface temperatures. Recently the region has also experienced more rapid warming than any other part of the Southern Hemisphere. In this paper we use a new dataset of satellite-derived surface temperatures to define the extent of the region of extreme variability more clearly than was possible using the sparse station data. The region in which satellite surface temperatures correlate strongly with west Peninsula station temperatures is largely confined to the seas just west of the Peninsula. Correlation of Peninsula surface temperatures with those over the rest of continental Antarctica is poor confirming that the west Peninsula is in a different climate regime. Our analysis suggests that only one of five existing ice cores from the region is likely to provide a proxy climate record that is representative of the west coast.last_img read more

The impact crater as a habitat: effects of impact processing of target materials

first_imgImpact structures are a rare habitat on Earth. However, where they do occur they can potentially have an important influence on the local ecology. Some of the types of habitat created in the immediate post-impact environment are not specific to the impact phenomenon, such as hydrothermal systems and crater lakes that can be found, for instance, in post-volcanic environments, albeit with different thermal characteristics than those associated with impact. However, some of the habitats created are specifically linked to processes of impact processing. Two examples of how impact processing of target materials has created novel habitats that improve the opportunities for colonization are found in the Haughton impact structure in the Canadian High Arctic. Impact-shocked rocks have become a habitat for endolithic microorganisms, and large, impact-shattered blocks of rock are used as resting sites by avifauna. However, some materials produced by an impact, such as melt sheet rocks, can make craters more biologically depauperate than the area surrounding them. Although there are no recent craters with which to study immediate post-impact colonization, these data yield insights into generalized mechanisms of how impact processing can influence post-impact succession. Because impact events are one of a number of processes that can bring localized destruction to ecosystems, understanding the manner in which impact structures are recolonized is of ecological interest. Impact craters are a universal phenomenon on solid planetary surfaces, and so they are of potential biological relevance on other planetary surfaces, particularly Mars.last_img read more

49ers’ Katie Sowers becomes first female and first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history

first_img Written by February 3, 2020 /Sports News – National 49ers’ Katie Sowers becomes first female and first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJamie Squire/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Katie Sowers made Super Bowl history in Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.The 49ers offensive assistant coach was the first female to coach a team in the Super Bowl. She was also the first openly LGBT coach to reach the Super Bowl, according to the NFL.Sowers has worked nearly her entire life to be in this moment in Miami at Super Bowl LIV.The 33-year-old, who grew up near Kansas City, told ESPN she remembers picking NFL legend Deion Sanders for a book report in elementary school, a stark difference from her other classmates.Sowers started out playing football, spending eight years with the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) and one year, 2013, on the U.S. Women’s National Football Team, according to her NFL bio.The University of Central Missouri graduate started out her career off the field as the athletic director for the City of Kansas City.Sowers then moved onto the Atlanta Falcons, where she worked with wide receivers during the off-season and spent nine months as a scouting intern.In 2017, Sowers made her way to the 49ers, first as a fellow working with the team’s wide receivers and then as a seasonal offensive assistant. She is in her second season as an offensive assistant with the 49ers.“She has more knowledge than what people expect from a game standpoint, for sure,” 49ers player Richie James told NFL.com. “She works hard at her craft, just as much as [the players] do. She loves it, she loves the game as much as we do.”“You gotta respect it … and she’s really funny, to be honest with you,” he said. “And she can relate to us more than you’d think.”Sowers was seen in this year’s Super Bowl not only on the sidelines but in a commercial as well. Her story of perseverance and breaking barriers was told in a Microsoft ad.“I always wanted to be a coach,” Sowers says in the commercial. “I never saw an opportunity in football because I’d never seen a female coach before.”“All it takes is one and then it opens the door for so many,” she says at the commercial’s end, as the words “Thanks Katie for being the one” appear on the screen.Sowers is only the second female to earn a full-time job as a coach in the NFL. Her trailblazing efforts have not gone unnoticed on social media, where parents and other female trailblazers have shared their appreciation.Reflecting on her achievement, Sowers shared the same message in nearly all of her interviews in the past week leading up to the Super Bowl.“Being the first female in the Super Bowl, it’s surreal,” Sowers said, according to ESPN. “It really is. But what I want to continue to say is that even though I’m the first, the most important thing is I’m not the last and we continue to grow it.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tropicana and Tri-State Ford Dealers Sponsored FREE Downtown Evansville Fourth of July Fireworks

first_imgPlace: Riverside Drive, Downtown Evansville Sponsors: Fireworks will be hosted once again this year. Sponsored by Tropicana Evansville and your Tri-State Area Ford Dealers.July 4, 2017: Event will begin at dusk (approximately 8:50-9 p.m.) tonight.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

O.C. Regional Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Welcome Night Oct. 24

first_imgWelcome Night offers an opportunity for local business owners and residents to get to know each other, the Chamber of Commerce says. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is laying out the “welcome mat” to all Ocean City residents at its annual Welcome Night event.Welcome Night is a great way for local businesses and organizations to let residents know about their products and services and to form a personal relationship by meeting and talking to prospective clients in person, the Chamber said.The event will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, at the Ocean City Civic Center, 6th Street and the Boardwalk. Tickets cost $25 for Chamber members, churches and community organizations and $100 for non-Chamber members.Call (609) 399-1412 or email at [email protected] for more information.last_img read more

What’s in a liquid

first_imgMaterials scientists and applied physicists collaborating at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences(SEAS) have invented a new device that can instantly identify an unknown liquid.The device, which fits in the palm of a hand and requires no power source, exploits the chemical and optical properties of precisely nanostructured materials to distinguish liquids by their surface tension.The finding, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, offers a cheap, fast, and portable way to perform quality control tests and diagnose liquid contaminants in the field.“Digital encryption and sensors have become extremely sophisticated these days, but this is a tool that will work anywhere, without extra equipment, and with a very wide range of potential applications,” said co-principal investigator Marko Lončar, associate professor of electrical engineering at SEAS.Akin to the litmus paper used in chemistry labs around the world to detect the pH of a liquid, the new device changes color when it encounters a liquid with a particular surface tension. A single chip can react differently to a wide range of substances; it is also sensitive enough to distinguish between two very closely related liquids.A hidden message can actually be “written” on a chip, revealing itself only when exposed to exactly the right substance. Dipped in another substance, the chip can display a different message altogether.“This highly selective wetting would be very difficult to achieve on a two-dimensional surface,” said lead author Ian B. Burgess, a doctoral candidate in Lončar’s lab and in the Aizenberg Biomineralization and Biomimetics Lab. “The optical and fluidic properties we exploit here are unique to the 3-D nanostructure of the material.”The “Watermark Ink,” or “W-Ink,” concept relies on a precisely fabricated material called an inverse opal. The inverse opal is a layered glass structure with an internal network of ordered, interconnected air pores.Co-authors Lidiya Mishchenko, a graduate student at SEAS, and Benjamin D. Hatton, a research appointee at SEAS and a technology development fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, recently perfected the production process of large-scale, highly ordered inverse opals.“Two factors determine whether the color changes upon the introduction of a liquid: the surface chemistry and the degree of order in the pore structure,” said Mishchenko, who works in the Aizenberg lab. “The more ordered the structure, the more control you can have over whether or not the liquid enters certain pores by just changing their surface chemistry.”Burgess and his colleagues discovered that selectively treating parts of the inverse opal with vaporized chemicals and oxygen plasma creates variations in the reactive properties of the pores and channels, letting certain liquids pass through while excluding others.Allowing liquid into a pore changes the material’s optical properties, so the natural color of the inverse opal shows up only in the dry regions.Each chip is calibrated to recognize only certain liquids, but it can be used over and over (provided the liquid evaporates between tests).With the hope of commercializing the W-Ink technology, the researchers are developing more precisely calibrated chips and conducting field tests with government partners for applications in quality assurance and contaminant identification.“If you want to detect forgeries,” said Burgess, “you can tune your sensor to be acutely sensitive to one specific formulation, and then anything that’s different stands out, regardless of the composition.”One immediate application would allow authorities to verify the fuel grade of gasoline right at the pump. Burgess also envisions creating a chip that tests bootleg liquor for toxic levels of methanol.The W-Ink technology also would be useful for identifying chemical spills very quickly. A W-Ink chip that was calibrated to recognize a range of toxic substances could be used to determine, on the spot, whether the spill required special treatment.“A device like this is not going to rival the selectivity of GC-MS [gas chromatography–mass spectrometry],” said co-principal investigator Joanna Aizenberg, the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at SEAS and a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute. “But the point is that if you want something in the field that requires no power, is easy to use, and gives you an instant result, then the W-Ink may be what you need.”Aizenberg is also the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, and co-director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard.Burgess, Mishchenko, Hatton, Lončar, and Aizenberg were joined on the paper by co-author Mathias Kolle, a postdoctoral researcher in Aizenberg’s lab.The “W-Ink” research was supported by grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.Electron microscopy was performed at Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems, part of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, which is supported by the National Science Foundation.To view a video of the process.last_img read more

Cool with a capital C

first_imgFresh off his January stint as host of the Grammy Awards, hip-hop star and actor LL Cool J came to Harvard over the weekend, pulling double duty as host of the Cultural Rhythms festival and the Harvard Foundation’s Artist of the Year.“We’ve made a great choice this year,” announced S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, in bestowing LL Cool J with the honor, given for the entertainer’s philanthropy through the Jumpstart program and his work with his charity Jump & Ball.“There’s been no one more committed to young people’s education than LL Cool J,” Counter said. “He’s been an outstanding role model.”Accepting the award, LL Cool J — born James Todd Smith — said, “I’m honored and flattered. Me being here is representative of something truly magnificent about our country. This is proof that if you truly have faith … you can become anything you want to become.”A two-time Grammy winner and a regular on the television show “NCIS: Los Angeles,” he spoke about his youth in Queens, N.Y. “Whether you’re wealthy or you come from meager beginnings, it’s all about creativity,” he said.” You’re the architect of your life. Make sure the blueprint is right, and build well.”As host of Cultural Rhythms, LL Cool J did not disappoint.“I’m like the Dave Letterman of Harvard!” he joked.The festival, which unites Harvard performance groups drawing from cultures around the globe, was held Saturday at Sanders Theatre.“Today we gather to celebrate exactly what makes us different,” said the show’s co-director, Aubrey Walker ‘15.Echoed co-director Soyoung Kim ’14, “Cultural Rhythms is that one time of year where everyone comes together.”The performers included Mariachi Veritas de Harvard, Sadhana, Harvard College KeyChange, Asian-American Dance Troupe, Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble, Harvard College Hellenic Society, Under Construction, Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan de Harvard, EXP, and Harvard Wushu Club. After each performance, LL Cool J interviewed members of the group.Impressed with the talent and generosity of the students, who presented him with a Harvard sweatshirt and a special performance to a medley of his songs, LL Cool J said the arts are alive and well at the School.“This is truly amazing,” he said. “Hey, Harvard, guess what? You’re cool!”last_img read more

#78: Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack

first_imgDell EMC The Source 78 – Microsoft Azure and Azure StackClouds come in many shapes, sizes and personalities.  The Microsoft Azure Stack promises to deliver to users the ability to choose the hybrid deployment that works best for them, with a common process and set of tools for Azure and Azure Stack.  As we have discussed, all clouds run on Infrastructure, and who better to deliver a fully integrated on-prem Azure Stack than Dell EMC.  This week I spent some time with Paul Galjan (@PaulGaljan), Sr. Director Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Solutions at Dell EMC.The Source Podcast: Episode #78: Azure and Azure StackAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_78_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more