Manufacturing sector gripped by pay freezes

first_imgFeatures list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Manufacturing sector gripped by pay freezesOn 27 Jan 2004 in Manufacturing, Personnel Todaycenter_img Nearly a quarter of all engineering and manufacturing firms that reportedpay settlements in the three months to the end of December 2003 alsoimplemented pay freezes. According to the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation which collected thefigures, it is the highest level of pay freezes reported since February 2002. David Yeandle, EEF deputy director of employment policy, said: “Thehigh level of pay freezes, together with the continuing low level of paysettlements, reinforces our view that wage inflationary pressures remainbenign, and should not be of concern to members of the monetary policycommittee when they next review the level of interest rates.” Related posts:last_img read more

Keller Williams shakes up its C-suite

first_imgFrom left to right: Keller Williams president Marc King, Carl Liebert, CEO of KWx, the parent holding company of KW and Gary Keller, executive chairman, KWx and Keller Williams. (Keller Williams/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)The restructuring of Keller Williams’ C-suite continues, with the brokerage announcing a new president and a spate of executive promotions.The firm’s co-directors of growth, Marc King and Matt Green, will now serve as president and head of agent and partner experience, respectively. Jason Abrams will assume the role of head of industry, a move up from his previous role as the vice president of industry. And Chris Cox, who previously worked for Bain Consulting, was appointed as the head of technology and digital.The moves come less than six months after another executive shakeup at the firm. Gary Keller stepped down as CEO last October to assume the role of executive chairman of the brokerage’s parent company, KWx. At the time, Josh Team transitioned to the role of company president, and no CEO was appointed.Read moreGary Keller’s second comingGary Keller steps down as Keller Williams CEO brokerageskeller williamsResidential Real Estate Keller said that Team “led the company during a time when agents experienced their most productive quarter ever,” and wished him “all the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his career.”Team announced his move in a Facebook post Monday, Inman reported, but did not say what his next move would be.The moves bulked up the real estate expertise in the company’s C-suite, which could be an asset for Carl Liebert, the CEO of KWx, a veteran executive who does not hail from the industry.“I wanted to surround myself with highly successful leaders and real estate agents to keep me grounded and help me stay in-tune to our agents’ needs across our market centers, realistically understanding their day-to-day business and what they need to stay on top and drive growth,” Liebert said.The real estate brokerage, which has in recent years intensified its focus on building out its technology offerings, announced the executive reshuffling on the heels of its fourth quarter earnings. Keller Williams reported $407.4 billion in sales volume, an increase of 16 percent compared with 2019, and its agents closed 1,222,377 transactions in 2020, a 7.9 increase from 2019.Contact Georgia Kromrei Full Name* Tags Email Address* Message* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Summertime NOx measurements during the CHABLIS campaign:can source and sink estimates unravel observed diurnal cycles?

first_imgNOx measurements were conducted at the Halley Research Station, coastal Antarctica, during the austral summer period 1 January–10 February 2005. A clear NOx diurnal cycle was observed with minimum concentrations close to instrumental detection limit (5 pptv) measured between 04:00–05:00 GMT. NOx concentrations peaked (24 pptv) between 19:00–20:00 GMT, approximately 5 h after local solar noon. An optimised box model of NOx concentrations based on production from in-snow nitrate photolysis and chemical loss derives a mean noon emission rate of 3.48 × 108 molec cm−2 s−1, assuming a 100 m boundary layer mixing height, and a relatively short NOx lifetime of ~6.4 h. This emission rate compares to directly measured values ranging from 2.1 to 12.6 × 108 molec cm−2 s−1 made on 3 days at the end of the study period. Calculations of the maximum rate of NO2 loss via a variety of conventional HOx and halogen oxidation processes show that the lifetime of NOx is predominantly controlled by halogen processing, namely BrNO3 and INO3 gas-phase formation and their subsequent heterogeneous uptake. Furthermore the presence of halogen oxides is shown to significantly perturb NOx concentrations by decreasing the NO/NO2 ratio. We conclude that in coastal Antarctica, the potential ozone production efficiency of NOx emitted from the snowpack is mitigated by the more rapid NOx loss due to halogen nitrate hydrolysis.last_img read more


first_imgIn the past 25 years, the face of retailing across this country has changed completely. In have come the big supermarkets and out have gone the local community shops – bakers often being a typical example. And I see nothing in the preliminary report from the Competition Commission that will change anything one iota (pg 8).It says issues brought to its attention include the character of town centres and high streets and while farmers sometimes may get a raw deal, suppliers, it thinks, are faring OK.No threats or promises though. No recipe for change yet. Plant bakers and ingredient suppliers may have fewer small customers but the best of them also have much larger customers in the supermarkets and are grateful for that. So overall, it’s rather bland.Of more interest is the Sustainable Communities Bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Nick Hurd, which has cross-party support. By its existence, it recognises that something needs to be done. It says local shopkeepers should be among those who have a say in planning, parking and, let’s hope one day, in fair business rates. Furthermore, it specifically recognises the value of local food traders because anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that shoppers follow food.That guardian of local bakery traders, the National Association of Master Bakers (NA), has found that it is time for tough decisions at the top. Recently appointed CEO Gill Brooks Lonican has decided to close the training section of the NA, which has lost a considerable amount of money over the years. Our columnist and past president Tony Phillips has been against the way it was run from day one, despite the talent of its assessors. His views have been vindicated and Gill Brooks Lonican has shown the common sense and courage needed by a new CEO (pg 6). This bodes well for the association.Meanwhile, organic wheat prices are at an historic high (pg 4). There is a global shortage of organic wheat and there is no good news on the horizon. But as we went to press the great news is that the national media is full of stories about how wholemeal bread and a high-fibre diet can help prevent breast cancer in pre-menopausal women. Let’s hope sales of added-value wholemeal simply soar!last_img read more

In my world

first_imgJo Fairley is co-owner of Judges organic bakery and grocery shop in Hastings and co-founded and sold Green & Black’s chocolate firm, with hubby Craig SamsDespite the rise in interest rates and the government cuts, we are all privately or publicly giving three cheers for the fact that the UK is officially out of recession. At Judges Bakery, situated in Hastings a town on the south coast which boasts three out of the 10 poorest boroughs in the UK it has been challenging to compete with the BOGOFs, the sudden middle-class ’fashion’ for trawling the aisles of Lidl and Aldi (where before, the 4×4-driving mob would never have been seen dead), not to mention Tesco online.But we’ve survived and thrived. Indeed, a second shop a ’franchise’ has now been opened 10 miles away. So, how have we managed? Initially, it was all too easy to be lured down the route of price-cutting. In fact, bread is unbelievable value, when you consider pence-per-calorie but we felt we needed to be perceived as truly competing with the supermarkets and bakery chains, even though our organic flour costs more. So our £1 loaf was born: a Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday-only initiative, which offered an 800g (unsliced) sandwich loaf for just a quid.Because we sell a wide range of groceries, we started to offer more goods on promotion: our own two-for-ones, or offering discounts on slower lines to shift stock. The lunchtime ’meal deal’ was created: a sandwich, a drink and a piece of fruit for a very competitive price. But none of this really worked, and turnover fell. The £1 loaf was popular but the customers that bought it didn’t come back, the rest of the week, as we’d hoped. And as for lunch? We all know that, across the land, many people started making their own sandwiches, to save money.So we took a different tack and decided to innovate our way out of the doldrums. Enter the Judges brioche; the seven-seed sourdough; the ’Mmmmmeringue’, as we call it a multi-peaked light-as-air confection about the size of Wales. We ’sexed up’ the sarnies and we introduced innovative and yes, often more expensive grocery lines. And, hey presto! Sales revived beautifully.Because the simple truth is that, while many people are out there looking for a bargain, the majority want to be excited, tempted and delighted when they visit a small, independent bakery/store like ours. BOGOFs don’t do that, but a garlic-and-rosemary ’bread of the month’ another initiative sure did. And if the bread proved popular enough, we kept it as a weekend item. Most importantly, we tasted out our creations right, left and centre because tasting really is believing.So Judges has become known again as somewhere to go to have your taste buds tantalised. The simple truth is, no matter how we cut prices, we were never going to compete with Lidl. But Lidl cannot compete with a bakery where there’s always something new and exciting to try, and where you never know what this month’s bread-of-the-month is going to be until you nip in to find out.They say nothing succeeds like success. But in a recession, I’d say, nothing succeeds like innovation.last_img read more

Indiana Dunes begins coronavirus safety campaign

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Indiana Dunes begins coronavirus safety campaign Facebook Twitter Facebook By Jon Zimney – July 21, 2020 1 285 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest (“Indiana Dunes State Park – August 2014” by sheffieldb, CC BY 2.0) Indiana Dunes’ latest safety campaign has shifted its focus.Park managers have started the “Think Before You Beach” promotion to remind Hoosiers to stay aware of the coronavirus.The campaign makes it clear that visitors can still catch the virus while outside, especially if the beach is crowded.There are several safety posters in and around the Dunes and nearby neighborhoods, as well as an online ad campaign. Previous articlePandemic peaks dictating gas prices increases, decreasesNext articleNew 2020-21 school year plan proposed for South Bend Community Schools Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Welcome to the Maritime 21st Century and the New Quest for the Golden Fleece

first_imgI remember as a child being glued to the TV, watching famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau navigate his way under the sea. I found myself entering this magical world, where I could join endless varieties of fish in their natural habitat and wonder at the strange beauty of the marine landscape.The ocean’s potentialCousteau was a true pioneer, a visionary ahead of his time. Back in the 1970s, he spoke of the oceans’ potential, predicting a time when the world’s energy crisis would be solved by harnessing tidal and temperature changes in the sea; when metal ores would be mined from the ocean bed and when farmers in diving suits would gather food from marine plantations.Fast forward to today and I continue to be passionate about the ocean. As the Maritime Business Development Leader with Dell EMC OEM, it’s pretty exciting that the company I work for plays an important part in marine innovation.Revolutionising deep-sea explorationExactly why The Arggonauts from the Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe are using mobile robotics to revolutionise deep-sea exploration. The team is using customised Dell EMC workstation technology – the Dell EMC Precision  7910 – to power a cost-effective solution that maps the bottom of the ocean at a depth of several thousand metres.Powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, the Dell EMC workstations control remote operated vehicles from the shore as well as capturing subsea data camera images. HPC Datacentre compute renders the images and translates data into maps while Artificial Intelligence is used to quickly classify images from the unstructured data.Unmanned underwater technologies and advanced imaging systemsAs the only German group in the prestigious International Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, the Arggonauts, under the leadership of Gunnar Brink, are ranked as just one of nine successful teams from around the world, who have made it through to the final round from the original line up back in 2016. With a prize fund of $7 million, this marine competition aims to discover the mysteries of the deep by combining the power of unmanned underwater technologies with mapping and advanced imaging systems.A modern day Jason, searching for the Golden FleeceFor me, this is Greek mythology reimagined – picture a modern day Jason on the Argo, travelling in unchartered waters, equipped with robotics in his quest for the Golden Fleece!In the final round, scheduled for this November, the Arggonauts will go head-to-head with the other finalists in a field test. The team’s specially designed, unmanned, underwater vehicles, called, “The Great Divers” will have to measure at least 250 square kilometres of the sea bed at a depth of 4,000 metres within 24 hours, find objects and take pictures that are worthy of an award. After completing this task, “The Great Divers” will be collected by autonomously-operated catamarans. The team then has 48 hours to convert the data into a map.The final frontierI believe that this work is critical for the future of our planet. Did you know that we currently have better maps of the moon and the surface of Mars than we do of the bottom of our oceans? It’s amazing to think that the final frontier may not actually be in space, but right here on Planet Earth. If you think about it, most intercontinental communications use deep-sea cables – you could say that the Internet practically comes from the sea! International trade is also linked to the marine world as import and export trade depend on container shipment.We need to accelerate innovationMost importantly, I am reminded of Cousteau’s predictions. With the development of deep-sea exploration coupled with the increasing growth in the world’s population, natural resources from the sea are set to become increasingly important. In my view, we need to urgently accelerate innovation in order to improve the speed, scale and image resolution that is necessary to truly understand the ocean.Protecting sustainable resourcesThe hope is that over the long-term this work will allow us to discover and protect new species and underwater life forms, along with safer methods of exploration. Of course, the kid in me also dreams that this work will shed new light on the ocean. As Cousteau said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”This project also demonstrates our commitment to Dell4Good, where we put our technology and expertise to work for the good of our planet.  I wish the Arggonauts every success in the upcoming finals and would love to hear your comments and questions.To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Marine Solutions, visit: learn more about The Arggonauts, visit: www.arggonauts.comKeep in touch. Follow us on Twitter and @DellEMCOEM, and join our LinkedIn OEM & Iot Solutions Showcase page here.last_img read more

Glee Club, Symphony Orchestra collaborate for Picnic and Pops Concert

first_imgCourtesy of Lauren Bakke The Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra gathers outdoors to rehearse for their upcoming performance in collaboration with the Notre Dame Glee Club. They are bouncing off the heat of last week’s Music Festival.The NDSO will kick off the performance at 2:15 p.m. with a repertoire of music, joined by NDGC at 3 p.m. Led by Daniel Stowe, the Director of both the Glee Club and Symphony Orchestra, the two groups have been practicing pieces that provide a change of pace from their usual collaborations.  “It’s kind of a lighter collection of pieces than we sometimes do at our formal concerts,” Stowe said. “With the Glee Club, we’re doing a mix of folk songs, spirituals and kind of Americana and Notre Dame songs.”After months of uncertainty surrounding the state of the performing arts amid the pandemic, the musicians and singers are ecstatic to share their talents with the campus community in a safe environment, senior NDGC president Philip Lally said. He hopes to bring the energy from last week’s music festival into this weekend. “Both groups did the Notre Dame Music Festival last week as well,” Lally said. “Bouncing off that, we’re excited to do a more expanded set in a performance that’s focused on just the two groups.”Rehearsals and performances have been operating under strict guidelines to protect the health and safety of the community. A large tent on the DPAC terrace, marked with social distancing reminders, is serving as the rehearsal area and stage for this weekend’s concert. Cold weather will pose a new challenge to performing during the pandemic, as it becomes more difficult to spend rehearsal times outdoors. Even as temperatures drop, spirits are high amongst the members of NDGC and NDSO. “The guys in our group were just so happy to be able to rehearse under the circumstances of COVID because during the summer, we had no idea if the group would even be able to meet,” Lally said. “Even if things are cold, I think guys will be happy to try to stick it out just because we love singing and we love what we do.” The NDSO, led by senior co-president Victoria Whitmore, shares this sentiment.“We’ve been able to play together before, usually Christmas music, so this will be a little bit different,” Whitmore said. “We’re just happy to be able to perform together and enjoy music.” There is no shortage of enthusiasm among the NDGC and NDSO leading into the Picnic and Pops Concert. While campus activities look much different this semester, the groups are proud to be providing a setting for students to continue to take in the arts. “It’s a chance to hear some great music performed by some of Notre Dame’s most talented students in a safe environment where you can reconnect with old friends and make new ones,” Stowe said. While some beloved traditions are looking much different this year, the semester’s timeline has not slowed down preparations for the NDGC and NDSO’s Christmas performances. They are looking to contribute their talents to this weekend’s fall festivities but will be shifting gears to virtually spread holiday cheer.“We know that the University community is kind of starved for events, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide that for them,” Stowe said. “We’re going to learn some Christmas music and probably make videos before the end of the term, and then we’ll release them around holiday time.”With a fall weekend ahead, Lally hopes that the concert will bring relief and joy to the campus community. “We hope that it’s a reminder that this too will pass, in terms of the pandemic,” he said. “We’ll do our best to make sure people can enjoy music in a semester when they haven’t really gotten that many opportunities to do so.” Tags: ND glee club, Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, picnic and pops Students are invited to bring blankets to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Irish Green for free burritos and live music as the Notre Dame Glee Club (NDGC) and Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra (NDSO) team up for a Saturday afternoon “Picnic and Pops Concert.” last_img read more Readers Name the 10 Roles They Want to See Taylor Swift Play

first_img COSETTE (LES MISERABLES) ROXIE HART (CHICAGO) GLINDA (WICKED) LAUREN (KINKY BOOTS) SALLY BOWLES (CABARET) Grammy winner Taylor Swift has been popping up backstage at quite a few Broadway shows this season—most recently, she saw the hit musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and rubbed elbows backstage with the show’s headliner, Jessie Mueller. So just for fun, we asked you guys to rank the roles you’d like to see Taylor Swift play on Broadway—check out the results below! View Commentscenter_img EPONINE (LES MISERABLES) SIBELLA (GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE) BETSY (HONEYMOON IN VEGAS) SOPHIE SHERIDAN (MAMMA MIA!) CAROLE KING (BEAUTIFUL)last_img

LWCF: The Biggest Four Letters in Conservation

first_imgCircle your calendar. September 30, 2015. That date will be one of the most important days in conservation history.Six months from now, the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s authorization from the U.S. Congress will either expire or be re-authorized.That’s right. The 114th Congress must decide whether one of the most successful conservation and recreation programs in history will live or die.Fifty years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act. LWCF is the fund used to create, expand, and protect parks, forests, wildlife, recreation areas, and special places.Most people have probably never heard of the program, but nearly every American has benefited from it.If you have visited a national park, national forest, or one of the 41,000 state and local parks across the nation, you have benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.LWCF is much like the Safe Drinking Water Act. It’s one of those little known successful federal laws that have made an enormous difference in everyone’s day to day lives. Because of the Safe Drinking Water Act, people drink water from the tap, take showers and baths and brush their teeth without having to think twice about getting sick. Unbeknownst to most Americans, because of LWCF, we have thousands of parks, trails, and special places to recreate and fall in love with outdoors.How important is LWCF? The Blue Ridge region is in the midst of a “Clean Water Economy” revolution. Kayaking, trout fishing, greenways, blueways, camping platforms and craft beers are just a few of the recreation industry engines driving this fast growing economy. One of the programs that taps into LWCF is called the Forest Legacy Program.Forest Legacy funds are leveraging private and state funding sources to secure protection of 8,000 acres along the East Fork of the French Broad River. This one project opens up a new portfolio of recreation opportunities and ensures clean water for the region’s craft breweries. Thousands of sustainable jobs are now a reality because we will be permanently protecting the French Broad’s headwaters.Other examples in the region include:Mountain biking—LWCF helped expand Lake James State Park, and in the process, created new areas for mountain bike trails.Hiking the Appalachian Trail—LWCF programs have acquired inholdings protecting the AT’s and the Parkway’s viewsheds.NEW OUTDOOR DESTINATIONS—LWCF funds have been used to help purchase Chimney Rock and save countless special places in the region such as Catawba Falls and the historically significant Overmountain Victory trail.So how do we save LWCF by September 30th?Several senators have championed the re-authorization and full funding of LWCF. Bill S. 338 has garnered widespread bi-partisan support. Support from the South is crucial. This is one piece of legislation the White House and Congress can agree on, but it will not happen if we do not get their attention.If you care about conservation, recreation, a clean water economy, and saving special places throughout the South, make sure your voice is heard. Tell your representatives to re-authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. One of the most successful conservation programs in our nation’s history must not lapse.Learn more about LWCF and how you can get involved at lwcfcoalition.orglast_img read more