I got my job… through Personnel Today

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. New recruit Nicola Fleet is the latest reader to embark on a new careerafter spotting the perfect opportunity on the pages of Personnel Today. She nowworks as an HR officer for Hertfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue. Fleet first applied for the post because she wanted a new challenge andhoped to become part of a team, as her previous role involved a lot of timeworking alone. “Really, I was looking for a change in my role. My old position wasvery independent and I wanted to move into a team that would enable me to haveinteraction with other HR professionals. I felt the fire and rescue servicewould be a challenging role that would let me expand on my professionalexperience,” she says. In the new job, Fleet will have far greater management responsibilities andwill specialise in recruitment and employee relations issues. She moves from an HR administration role at a manufacturing firm, where shespent three-and-a-half years, and admits the new job will take some gettingused to – not least because she is now working in a uniformed environment. “I’ll have to get to grips with two sets of terms and conditions(uniformed and non-uniformed) that are currently used in the service. I’ll alsobe trying to adapt to public sector working practices as opposed to the privatesector that I have previously been used to,” she explains. Fleet was interviewed by the assistant chief officer and the seniorpersonnel officer (who she now reports to), but says the toughest part of thewhole process was the gruelling psychometric tests and presentations. She aims to continue studying for her CIPD qualification, and believes herexperience will help develop the HR function at the fire and rescue service. “In terms of what I hope to achieve, the service should view thepersonnel function as a professional and organised department that contributesto the overall aims of the service,” she says. The recruitment campaign, arranged by Manpower, was featured in PersonnelToday last year and attracted the attention of Fleet, as it was exactly thesort of challenge she was looking for. Of course, this is just half the battle, and she offers this tip forsucceeding in the really difficult part – interviews. “Stay calm and find out as much as you can about the organisation inadvance. Be familiar with the person specification because questions are oftengeared around these areas. Finally, make sure you’re up-to-date with currentlegislation,” she says. Did you find your job in Personnel Today? If so, we’d like to hear howyour career is developing. E-mails to [email protected] the best HR jobs visit www.personneltodayjobs.com I got my job… through Personnel TodayOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Key role for OH in new HSE strategy on health at work

first_img Comments are closed. Key role for OH in new HSE strategy on health at workOn 1 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Occupational health is a key element in the most ambitious strategy sincethe founding of the NHS, said Charles Auld, chief executive of the GeneralHealthcare Group and member of the public sector strategy board at the CBI. During his keynote speech, ‘Occupational health, who needs it?’, Auld quotedliberally from the report Securing good health for the population and theearlier ‘Securing Health Together’ strategy, as evidence of how much theGovernment and the economy does indeed need OH. With the NHS currently spending £1m every nine minutes, it is no wonder theGovernment has a long-term commitment to improving the health of the workforce,he explained. OH will be the most important instrument in this policy. This is because theGovernment – and more specifically, Chancellor Gordon Brown, who commissionedSecuring good health for the population – recognises that OH is uniquely placedto promote this message directly to both employers and the workforce. Auld admitted there are difficulties ahead, not least the poor coverage ofOH services among small to medium-sized enterprises, the lack of any legalrequirement for employers to offer an OH service, and limited resources. He said these weaknesses must be addressed, and offer an opportunity forthis sector to get significant Government funding and support. The furthereducation and training of more OH nurses may well be required, he added. Auld also admitted that until recently at the CBI, healthcare was just ashorter word for sickness absence, and hadn’t enjoyed a high enough profile. The Government and businesses’ realisation of the impact of workplace healthissues on the economy, which resulted in Brown commissioning more work in thisarea, has changed this perception, he said. www.hm-treasury.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Troopers find approximately 100 grams of Meth during Traffic Stop, Driver Arrested

first_imgGibson County – Friday night at approximately 10:07, Trooper Ross Rafferty was patrolling US 41 near CR 100 West when he observed a vehicle weaving from side to side in the left northbound lane.  A license plate check revealed the owner of the vehicle had a felony warrant. Trooper Rafferty stopped the vehicle north of the Princeton exit. The driver was identified as Lamarkous Washington, 31, of Evansville. The owner of the vehicle was not present. Trooper Rafferty revealed Washington had never received a driver’s license. Washington was arrested and handcuffed. While searching Washington, an abnormal object was felt in the crotch area of his pants. Troopers did not believe the object was a weapon. Washington was transported to the Gibson County Jail where a further search was conducted. After Washington changed into his jail jumpsuit, troopers and jail officials examined his clothing and found a plastic bag containing approximately 100 grams of meth inside the front flap of Washington’s underwear. Washington is currently being held without bond in the Gibson County Jail.Arrested and Charges:Lamarkous D. Washington, 31, Evansville, IN1.Dealing Methamphetamine, Class 2 Felony2.Possession of Methamphetamine, Class 3 Felony3.Operating a Vehicle without ever Obtain Driver’s License, Class C MisdemeanorArresting Officer: Trooper Ross Rafferty, Indiana State PoliceAssisting Officers: Trooper Nick Hatfield and Trooper Alexander WelshFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Council Paves Way to Improved Roadways

first_imgBy MADDY VITALE and DONALD WITTKOWSKIResidents in the north end of Ocean City, where some of the most spectacular homes are located on the island, have something to be pleased about — throughout the offseason they will see progress to create newly paved roads.As part of three contracts totaling about $3.8 million approved during the City Council meeting Thursday, numerous north end roads from the east to the west will be repaved, sidewalks will be spruced up and other work will be completed. Since Mayor Jay Gillian was elected in 2010, he said a major priority of his will be to improve the roadways and other infrastructure. Throughout his tenure, many projects have been completed to create better roads and reduce flooding with upgraded drainage systems.First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger, who represents the areas in the latest roadway improvement plan, said the city’s infrastructure will continue to be a top priority of the Council and the administration.Some of the roads running through the north end have been neglected for decades. This crumbling pavement is at Edinburgh Road near the intersection of Wesley Road.“It is part of the Council’s and the administration’s ongoing commitment to improve the infrastructure,” DeVlieger noted. “A lot of the roadways have been neglected for decades. We are trying to make incremental progress throughout the offseason to improve them.”He added, “While it creates some inconveniences with road closures and the like, once we get through this, the newly paved roads will be appreciated for a long time to come.”The road improvements planned for the north end of town are broken down into three major parts, including the neighborhoods in the upscale Gardens section.South State Inc. out of Bridgeton, N.J., the lowest bidder, will do the work on various locations in the east section of the north end for $929,972. Several of those city blocks include Seaview, Seacrest, Seacliff, East New Castle and East Belfast roads, Waverly Boulevard and East Little Gardens Parkway.The contract for road improvements in the north end west is for $696,350. South State will also do that work as the low bidder.Some of those roadways include Harbor Road, West Edinburgh Road, Starboard Lane, West Aberdeen Road and Bay Road from Battersea Road to the end.In addition to the roadwork, the contractor will also do curbing, sidewalks and some drainage improvements.South State, as the low bidder, was also awarded another contract for $2.2 million for road, parking, sidewalk and drainage improvements in the area near the high school.Those areas include Atlantic Avenue between 5th Street to North Street, 5th Street west to Atlantic Avenue, 4th Street north to Atlantic Avenue, the Sports & Civic Center parking lot, the 5th Street Boardwalk access ramp and the Beach Road sidewalk.The parking lot at the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center will be one of the areas repaved. Seacliff Road, looking up from Waverly Boulevard, is one of the streets getting new water lines.last_img read more

Get Ready for VMworld: be_Tomorrow

first_imgThere are only a few days left until this year’s VMworld (August 28 –September 1) and I couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been working hand in glove with VMware to develop jointly engineered and integrated solutions for the virtualized environment that will help our customers optimize their VMware investments. VCE the Converged Platforms Division of EMC will be out in full force at the event to demonstrate how customers can modernize their data center through converged platforms and solutions, built on a solid foundation of VMware technologies, to reduce IT complexity and drive business value.The amazing success of the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division is based on our ability to constantly evolve our product and solutions portfolio in keeping with the needs of our customers. With every product, solution or platform announced we have accelerated our customers’ journey towards a simplified and faster IT environment, whilst also offering more choice than ever before to meet a diverse range of workloads, applications and use cases. Ahead of VMworld we will make two significant announcements regarding Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud which will further simplify customers’ journey to cloud. Watch this space for more details.At the show itself we have an action packed agenda with the highlight being Chad Sakac’s breakout session – The Edge is Still Bleeding: A face-melting technical smorgasbord of all things Converged, Hyper-Converged, Cloud Native and Software Defined, on Tuesday, August 30 from 1-2 p.m.Another not to be missed and popular session will be the Ask the Experts panel discussion – Titans of Tech, on Wednesday, August 31 from 11:30 – 12:30. The discussion will focus on insights from experts who have reshaped the tech industry. Participating panelists are our very own Chad Sakac, Kit Colbert from VMware, and Rick Scherer from EMC. Bring your questions, learn about what drives their excitement for technology and have some fun in the process.If you are joining us in Las Vegas, be sure to visit us on the show floor, booth number 1223 where you can check out a wide range of our latest solutions including converged systems (VxBlock, VxRack and VxRail) and solutions (Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud), and hear directly from our customers such as NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, Rent-a-Center, Energy Future Holdings, and Insight. These customers will explain how they have partnered with the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division to drive IT transformation strategies which result in simplified IT operations, lower operational costs and reduced risk.In keeping with our firm focus on customers and their feedback we will also host our annual VMworld VCE User Group (VUG) meeting on Monday, August 29, 2-5pm at Red Square in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The VCE User Group (VUG) is an independent, user-run organization dedicated to helpingmembers maximize the value of their VCE deployments. These meetings are a great opportunity for customers and prospects to interact with other customers, and the Converged Platforms and Solutions team members, in order to share best practices and learn what their peers are doing with converged platforms and solutions. Customers such as Rent-A-Center and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union will be sharing their experience of partnering with the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division of EMC.As always we will provide you with latest updates, developments and insight from the show and post-show commentary via Chad Sakac’s Virtual Geek blog posts and other subject matter experts’ blogs on Vblog. Our social media team will live tweet from the converged platforms and solutions sessions at the main booth and breakout sessions. Get real time updates with our designated live tweeters including @youngp2, @sakacc, @JohnPaul_G, @VCE and more!I’m tremendously excited about our presence at the show and believe that it will be an insightful and thought provoking look into how the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division can maximize the value of your investments in VMware.We’re ready for tomorrow…… are you?last_img read more

Nearly 1,500 Students Reached Through Hour of Code

first_imgHour of Code began as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to “demystify” code, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort in over 180 countries reaching tens of millions of students around the world.What began as one-hour coding activities has expanded to all kinds of community efforts that take place all year round, with a special emphasis during Computer Science Education Week in December. Inspired by the Hour of Code mission, global Dell Digital and IT team members banded together to bring the study of computer science to nearly 1,500 students worldwide.In celebration of computer science, Dell team members reached out to local schools in their communities, and in some regions, invited students to the Dell campus.In the United States, our team members worked with over 1,325 students in Texas and Massachusetts, visiting Wells Branch Elementary (Austin, TX), Liberty Hill Junior High (Liberty Hill, TX), W. Edward Balmer Elementary School (Whitinsville, MA) and Northbridge Middle School (Northbridge, MA).In India, 90 students had the opportunity to visit one of three Dell sites in Bangalore and Hyderabad and participate in Hour of Code and one-on-one coaching with our team members. The event was attended by several leaders, including Hemal Shah and JP Sarkis. In Malaysia, our team members joined 35 students in year seven at ELC International School for an Hour of Code session.Lisa Gogolinski, a technology teacher at Northbridge Middle School in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, noted that “the guests we hosted from Dell were fabulous. They were genuine, enthusiastic and were wonderful speakers to my teen audience. What great role models for my students’ young eyes.” She hopes to have Dell back to Northbridge Middle School for another Hour of Code session in the future.Similarly, Shahab Alizadeh, head of computing at ELC International School in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, remarked that students found the Hour of Code session to be both informative and enjoyable and are “now more eager to move towards coding as one of their future ambition careers.”Parents also praised the Dell volunteers, excited to see a passion for technology as a field of study and potential future career begin to develop in their young students. Many parents have inquired to learn more about Code.Org and how their child can continue their education in computer science at home. One parent wrote the following to Mrs. Gogolinski, expressing her gratitude for the Hour of Code session and the impact it had on her daughter:“I just wanted to write you a note to let you know that Sarah thoroughly enjoyed your technology class today and the visitors from Dell!!! What a great thing to do! Thank you very much. Sarah is very proud of her ‘code’ certificate and it sounds like it was a huge success on many levels.Thank you so much for all that you.”Every student should have the opportunity to study computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. We look forward to continuing computer science education in our communities with future events already planned for the new year!last_img read more

German army medics arrive in Portugal to help fight pandemic

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German military medical team has arrived in Lisbon to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. The 26-strong German team includes eight doctors and 18 nurses. Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido said Wednesday they would be deployed at an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital da Luz. Temido said the deployment addresses an acute problem in Portugal: a shortage of human resources in the public health system. Services have been stretched to the limit after a January spike fueled by a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant first identified in England.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts yearly Involvement and Resource Fair

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted its annual Involvement and Resource Fair on Wednesday, which showcased over 120 organizations students can participate this academic year. Representatives from school and social clubs, on- and off campus-departments and organizations and local volunteer groups from the South Bend community could be found interacting with students. Students passed the time learning about resources and opportunities available to them. One such volunteer group was called Lot2545. Gina Twardosz | The Observer Saint Mary’s Involvement and Resource Fair took place Wednesday in the College’s Angela Athletic Center. Belles could use the event to survey a variety of extracurricular options, including academic clubs, club sports and volunteer groups.“We work in Uganda with guys that are either currently or formerly called the streets home,” Amanda Jones, the organization’s founder, said. “Whether that’s going back to school, doing vocational training, starting a small business or even reuniting with family.”Other volunteer groups such as conflict resolution program TAKE10 were found utilizing the event to get students interested in their program. “We have volunteers from Holy Cross, Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s [which] go out into the community and teach our conflict resolution curriculum to kids,” Notre Dame junior Madison Kuehl said. TAKE10 operates outside of the Robinson Center on Eddy Street. They have been using the tri-campus activity fairs to recruit for some time, Kuehl said. “We come to these and get a lot of volunteers,” she said.The fair is not limited to volunteer groups, but includes sport clubs, such as women’s water polo, as well. “A lot of people don’t know what water polo is, but I’m teaching them today,” said sophomore and women’s water polo captain Lindsey Shank said. “This is our first year at Saint Mary’s [career fair] because I’m the captain and I just came to Saint Mary’s, so I decided to have a table here. We usually just do the activity fair at ND, but we’re expanding.” Other academic clubs such as Physics Club, Math Club and French Club also sent representatives to the event.“Physics is a small major, and we want to make sure anyone who’s interested in it knows we’re here,” senior Gabi Beach said. “In general, I feel like we’re more of a social club for physics and other STEM majors, to just meet everyone else in it and feel comfortable to ask for help.” She said Physics Club is a good option for students interested in exploring engineering. “Any sort of people who are thinking about engineering, it’s probably a good club to join to just open your options up,” she said.Junior Mary Blake said Math Club is dedicated to helping students identify opportunities related to mathematics.“Math Club is a student-run club that promotes math through the SMC community and helps students know what opportunities are out there for people interested in math,” Blake said. “[The Involvement and Resource Fair] helps students know that we have a math club, and know more about what we’re about and what opportunities we have for them.”The fair also saw some previously moribund clubs, such as French Club, make their return to the activities scene. “French Club is something that was started at Saint Mary’s several years ago, but we haven’t been pursuing French Club for a couple years because it was hard to keep our numbers up,” senior Hailey Cramer-Stevens said. “So we’re just starting the club back up this year and we right now are just organizing things, seeing what people really want on campus.”Some students who attended the event, such as freshman Skye Sharp, said they were seeking to expand their horizons.“I just wanted to enroll in a bunch of different stuff I wasn’t involved in in high school, and I want to branch out,” she said.Sophomore Reina Galvan said she felt similarly and regretted not doing more last year.“I wish I would have done more last year to get involved this year,” she said. “So I guess I can start now.”Veronica Terrell, another sophomore, also said she was trying to expand her involvement from last school year.“I wasn’t as involved as I wanted to be last year, so I just wanted to see what options I could look into this year,” she said.Freshman Abigail Hauser said she left the event having signed up to participate in a variety of organizations represented at the fair. “I was told I should come and sign up for some things from my upperclassmen friends and here I am,” she said. “I joined the Eco Club, [Society of Women Engineers] and I’m thinking about auditioning for the dance team.”Tags: Activities, Involvement and Resource Fair, saint mary’slast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Remediation and Assessment of Former Industrial Sites

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Remediation and Assessment of Former Industrial Sites December 12, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced two new approvals through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up a former industrial site in York County and assess the environmental condition of a former Northampton County site to prepare them for occupation by businesses and residential properties.“The process of fully remediating a site can often be difficult and costly, so this program is vital to help get these sites pad-ready,” Governor Wolf said. “Having a collection of former brownfield sites ready for occupation helps attract companies to Pennsylvania and create jobs.”The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.“It’s exciting to look at what the developers have planned for these sites,” DCED secretary Dennis Davin said. “These projects will help transform vacant brownfields into flourishing cornerstones for community and economic development like housing, a playground, and a medical clinic. This is great news for the cities of Easton and York.”“Turning unused former industrial sites into places where people work, shop, and play is one of the Department of Environmental Protection’s longest-running success stories, and I am glad to see new chapters added for Easton and York,” said Department of Environmental Protection secretary Patrick McDonnell.The two approved projects are as follows: The city of Easton was approved for a $153,382 for a Phase II environmental assessment of the 3.9-acre Black Diamond Silk Mill industrial site in Northampton County. Earlier this year, a Phase I environmental assessment was performed which identified areas of environmental concern that warranted further investigation. Phase II will consist of an initial assessment and the investigation necessary to complete the site characterization following demolition.  ISRP funds will be used for site characterization including soil borings, geophysical survey for two suspected underground storage tanks, soil investigation, ground water testing, Phase II reporting, and administration. Once assessed and remediated, PIRHL Developers LLC plans to construct a 60-unit low income housing complex, complementary community center, and a playground. A second phase will be comprised of complementary mixed-uses, including a grocery store, retail and medical office/urgent care clinic.The Redevelopment Authority of the City of York (RDA) was approved for $1,000,000 for remediation of the former Danskin Factory clothing manufacturing facility located at 300 North State Street in the city of York. ISRP funds will be used for removal of asbestos-containing materials, contamination debris, demolition debris, and other hazardous materials. Once the site is remediated, the RDA plans to construct 56 units of affordable housing for families.For more information about the Industrial Sites Reuse Program, visit the DCED website.last_img read more

Carrara property offers idyllic lifestyle for boaties

first_img123 Witt Ave, Carrara. 123 Witt Ave, Carrara. 123 Witt Ave, Carrara.A STUNNING resort-inspired property in Carrara is set to go under the hammer this weekend.The four-bedroom house at 123 Witt Ave features two living areas and a separate dining space as well as high ceilings and airconditioning.The kitchen has been renovated and has plenty of cupboard space and a new gas cooker and oven.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe main bedroom is ensuited while the laundry is recently renovated.Outside there is a salt water pool with timber decking and palm trees overlooking the waterfront as well as a boat shed and pontoon.Harcourts Coastal agent Shaun Bourke is taking the property to auction on February 11 at 1pm.He said the property offered a family-sized home in a remarkable location with boating and water skiing at your doorstep.last_img read more