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May 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgL’Oreal’s new HR director Nikki Rolfe has had plenty of time to indulge herlove of photography as she is something of a part-time explorer. She loves to travel and her most recent trip followed in the footsteps ofGhengis Khan – a fascinating trip between Pakistan and China via Kazakhstan. She joins the company from Whitbread and is hoping to have a positive impacton the firm’s people and the business itself. Joining L’Oreal is a dream move for Rolfe, as not only does she get to workin a fast-paced and flexible environment, she also gets to see some of herfavourite cosmetic brands first hand. “I was delighted to discover the company produces some of my favouritebrands. More and more I’ve become a big fan of the anti-wrinkle creams!”she says. With a degree in biochemistry and a graduate of the old Institute ofPersonnel Management, Rolfe is excited about taking up the new role. “I love the international dimension and the dynamic verbal culture ofthe company, both of which are new to me. The fast-paced culture here allows agreat deal of flexibility,” she says. One of her main duties will be to encourage diversity through theinternational career development programme and graduate recruitment scheme. She will even be able to toast the success in her new job, as she is also akeen winemaker. CV2001 HR director, L’Oreal (UK)1999 HR director, Whitbread1998 Senior manager, training and development, J Sainsbury1992 Total quality and business improvement manager, SavacentreOn the movePaul Croft is the new head of MitelNetworks’ Training Academy. He will be responsible for building a learning anddevelopment infrastructure that ensures the technical competency of its staff.Prior to taking up this post, he played a central role in setting up thecompany’s leadership programme. Prior to that he was European training managerfor Delco Electronics. The academy will work in partnership with employees tohelp satisfy career aspirations as well as providing the opportunity to developskills.Doug Taylor joins logisticsspecialists Tibbett & Britten as director of operations. His brief is tomanage and co-ordinate operations in France, Iberia, Benelux and Germany.Taylor has previously worked as a director for Hays Group and ChristianSalvesen. The Tibbett & Britten Group employs 33,000 people in 33 countriesand has revenues of over £1.5bn.William M Mercer has added FredMarchlewski to its UK executive team as head of HR consulting. He joins fromTowers Perrin, where he was head of people, performance and solutions. His newrole will focus primarily on developing and expanding the HR consultancy. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. PeopleOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Aerial dispersal and survival of sewage-derived faecal coliforms in Antarctica

May 9, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThis study demonstrates for the first time that faecalcoliform bacteria can survive airborne transfer in Antarctica, but are unlikely to survive for prolonged periods following deposition due to environmental stresses. The dispersal and survival of airborne faecalcoliform bacteria from the sewage outfall at Rothera Research Station (Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula) was examined. Northerly winds created the potential for sewage aerosols to be blown the 150 m from the outfall to the research station. During moderate wind velocities (∼15 m s−1), faecalcoliform bacteria were detected up to 175 m downwind of the outfall amongst the station buildings. However, moderate doses of solar UV radiation (∼20 W m−2) were capable of reduced the number of viable wind-deposited bacteria by up to 99.9%, compared with periods of low solar UV radiation (∼1 W m−2). Further experiments showed that, within 1 h of deposition, desiccation stress and solar radiation independently reduced coliform viability by up to 99.8% and 99.98%, respectively. These results imply that airborne faecalcoliforms are unlikely to survive for prolonged periods following deposition or cause infection of local wildlife or human populations, though this may not be the case for more stress-resistant microorganisms.last_img read more

Extreme temperatures in the Antarctic

May 9, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgWe present the first Antarctic-wide analysis of extreme near-surface air temperatures based on data collected up to the end of 2019 as part of the synoptic meteorological observing programs. We consider temperatures at 17 stations on the Antarctic continent and nearby sub-Antarctic islands. We examine the frequency distributions of temperatures and the highest and lowest individual temperatures observed. The variability and trends in the number of extreme temperatures were examined via the mean daily temperatures computed from the 0, 6, 12 and 18 UTC observations, with the thresholds for extreme warm and cold days taken as the 5th and 95th percentiles. The five stations examined from the Antarctic Peninsula region all experienced a statistically significant increase (p < 0.01) in the number of extreme high temperatures in the late Twentieth Century part of their records, although the number of extremes decreased in subsequent years. For the period after 1979 we investigate the synoptic background to the extreme events using ECMWF ERA-Interim reanalysis fields. The majority of record high temperatures were recorded after the passage of airmasses over high orography, with the air being warmed by the Föhn effect. At some stations in coastal East Antarctica the highest temperatures were recorded after air with a high potential temperature descended from the Antarctic plateau, resulting in an airmass 5-7°C warmer than the maritime air. Record low temperatures at the Antarctic Peninsula stations were observed during winters with positive sea ice anomalies over the Bellingshausen and Weddell Seas.last_img read more

Bigberry goes natural

April 21, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgDevon-based Bigberry, part of Extreme Drinks, is to launch its new look smoothies, available in Pineapple & Pear, Acai & Strawberry and Raspberry & Mango varieties. They contain no artificial colourings, preservatives, stabilisers or sweeteners and are packaged in 100% recyclable 250ml bottles.Co-founder Lee Wilson said: “Bigberry smoothies are pasteurised so as to avoid the need for any ’artificial nasties’. This ensures a three to four-month ambient shelf-life, which has no negative impact on taste.”[http://www.bigberry.com]last_img read more

Packing a crunch

April 21, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe potential for cookies and biscuits is as vast as the imagination. Indeed, Jania Boyd, marketing manager of Macphie, a bakery ingredients manufacturer, says the possibilities are endless.They come in a mouth-watering array of sizes, shapes and flavours, from Image on Food’s saucy gingerbread Valentine’s Day designs to Marks & Spencer’s pistachio and almond flavour offerings and Greggs’ star-shaped novelty chocolate biscuits.Innovation and novelty are crucial, creating interest and driving footfall. Cookies made with chocolate dough and filled with liquid Belgian chocolate emerged last year, for example. Novelties such as cranberry and white chocolate or cookies with Smarties and spices add interest, but traditional offerings are still important and industry experts say it is perilous to ignore these.Cookies are essentially an American biscuit, or an American version of a biscuit and, as Ian Kevitt, in-store bakery buyer at The Co-operative Food, says a cookie sold in the in-store bakery is different to products that might be sold in the biscuit aisle of a supermarket. “A typical in-store bakery cookie should be soft and chewy in the centre and golden around the edges, with visible inclusions of chocolate chips or fruit pieces. Consumers in the UK would also expect a cookie to be considerably larger than a standard biscuit, he says.” Healthier optionsIn the biscuit aisle, Nick Stuart, commercial manager, at United Biscuits, says consumers are increasingly looking for healthier products that do not compromise on taste. “Whether it’s lower saturated fat, not trans fats, salt or MSG, not artificial additives or flavourings, consumers are becoming more educated and conscious of what they are eating and so the demand for natural or healthier cookies and biscuits is growing, presenting a great opportunity for bakery retailers.”Jeremy Woods, managing director at free-from bakery brand Mrs Crimble’s believes gluten-free biscuits provide an opportunity for growth. He says: “Our research shows that one in five people regularly shop from ’free-from’ counters and there is space in the mainstream market for good quality biscuits and cookies of this type.” Top merchandising tips The marketKantar Worldpanel data covering the grocery sector shows the biscuit market is now worth nearly £2.2bn. Applying average prices to NPD Group data on foodservice suggests all other channels are worth about 10% of this. Datamonitor’s latest statistics show chocolate cookies have the biggest share by value of the UK biscuit market accounting for 22%, followed by cream-filled at 14.9%, plain cookies at 9.2% and butter-based cookies at 6%. Specialist retailers, which include bakery outlets, have 3.5% of the market by value, compared with supermarkets, hypermarkets and convenience stores, which have 92.7% of the market by value between them.NPD research indicates that the afternoon accounts for the biggest number of purchases through all channels, ranging from coffee shops to retail outlets, including over bakery counters. Forty-three per cent of takings in any one day for this category through retailers take place in the afternoon. Lunch-time accounts for 17.9% of purchases through retail, and morning snacks 14.6%.TrendsBig sellers at The Co-op right now are branded cookies, which it started stocking last year, such as Smarties and Rolo cookies in packs of five. Kevitt says these appeal to existing cookie buyers, but also bring in brand loyalists to the fresh bakery category. He says products with chocolate bits perform best and milk chocolate cookies outsell other flavours. The retailer’s best-seller is its Truly Irresistible triple choc cookies and it is looking to introduce new seasonal flavours this year as part of its ’Taste the Seasons’ initiative.Gingerbread baker Image on Food is seeing an increased trend for bakery customers to stock iced biscuits throughout the year and is offering seasonal items at Easter and Mother’s Day, for example. Vhari Russell, sales and marketing executive, says: “The key to capitalising on this trend is getting the mix of product correct and achieving the right level of decoration and price to meet that market expectation.” One trend she has noticed is a move towards natural colours, which is something her own company has embraced.Lorna Culican, senior category manager, at 15-shop Lancashire-based Sayers the Bakers, says that while seasons are important, you have to have the right mix, because people still like to buy traditional products. “You need to make sure you don’t overkill seasonal stuff, because people get fed up with it. People play around with flavours, but they go back to traditional ones.”Macphie says one trend is for taking classic, retro desserts, such as lemon meringue pie, or Black Forest gateau and applying them to cookies, giving them added value and appeal to the luxury end of the market. It says a way of updating cookies is to combine them with perennial favourites, such as chocolate brownie cookies and flapjack cookies.center_img MerchandisingIn in-stores, cookies and biscuits are a great customer magnet and The Co-op’s Kevitt says it is vitally important they are visible to the customer, because they are often bought on impulse. He says merchandising in paper grab-bags conforms to shoppers’ expectations of freshness. He says the bags should also have a clear window in the front to showcase the visual appeal. “Cookies should be easy to locate within the in-store bakery area, with clearly marked pricing,” he says. The Co-op’s standard range has white packaging and its Truly Irresistible premium range, black, for easy identification.This applies to craft retail. Sayers the Bakers agrees with bagging up product so customers can multi-buy. Culican says grab-and-go packaging merchandised as a promotion pack has become more prevalent over the past year and that merchandising in the shop window is important, as well as within the shop counter, so people can see the quality.Patrick Lynch, sales manager at Grandma Wilds, which has 17 bakery outlets, and manufactures for wholesale, retail and export, says: “If you go to any supermarket bakery section, you see bags of Smartie ones, and various licensed brand names. They bake them off in the oven and you eat them in a few days.” Bake-off is the best way to sell them, he says, because of the “aroma and freshness”.Millie’s Cookies’ research suggests people are more concerned about price than a year ago, but are not willing to compromise on quality, presenting opportunities to sell premium cookies as “an affordable treat”. Michelle Graham-Clare, senior brand manager of the 113-outlet brand, says it is important to highlight the quality ingredients that people are prepared to spend more on in point-of-sale and marke-ting material.As for the future, the Co-op’s hot tip is for the whoopee pie, which is popular in US bakery outlets. Although called a pie, it is made by sandwiching two cake-like cookies together with a creamy filling. These have become increasingly available in specialist bakeries in London and, according to the Co-op, demonstrate a trend that appears to be growing. lStock a consistent range of top-sellerslUse well-known brands to attract shoppers in retaillIf selling packs, make sure they are price-marked lInclude new products that refresh the category and drive incremental saleslKnow your customer and stock what they ask forlDifferentiate your offeringlRespond to buying trendslBe flexible and offer varietylShout about your cookiesSources: United Biscuits, CSMlast_img read more

I Took the Challenge

February 27, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgWatch EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci challenge Pat Gelsinger, Paul Martiz and David Goulden to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as he gets doused himself to raise awareness for ALS.last_img

Pack Less, Travel More

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSummertime ain’t over yet. If you have a late-season vacation still on the books, check out some of our favorite travel-minded pieces of gear and apparel, so you can focus less on packing and more on adventure. FOR PHOTOGRAPHERSPeak Design CapturePROMSRP: $79.95The Pros: Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, it can be inconvenient to stop and take a picture in the outdoors. The CapturePRO aims to fix that. Quickly access your camera on a hip belt or pack strap with this multi-functioning camera attachment point. Beefy enough to handle the big boy DSLRs, this little clip will totally change the quality, and quantity, of shots you take on your next adventure.The Cons: There’s nothing comfy about swingin’ a DSLR and zoom lens on one shoulder strap. The best cameras for this clip are DSLRs with small, compact lenses, or mirrorless cameras. FOR PLAN AHEADERSGoal Zero Flip 20 RechargerMSRP: $39.99The Pros: Small and light as a feather, as far as most power for your buck, this one’s a no-brainer. A fully juiced Flip 20 can easily charge two iPhones so you can peace of mind in the backcountry, on the road, or anywhere in between. Pair it with a solar panel for totally off-the-grid power or plug it into your computer or wall outlet for a quick fill-up.The Cons: If it was drop proof up to Jess Daddio standards, this little guy would get a full blown A+. As it stands, you can break, drown, and fry these things. Maybe the next version will be totally idiot proof. FOR MINIMALISTSBedrock Cairn Adventure SandalsMSRP: $98The Pros: If you like the solid sole of other outdoorsy sandals but not the heavy weight, let me introduce you to your next favorite sandal: the Cairn. The latest version of Bedrock’s Classic sandal, the Cairn has a simple strap system that is super customizable, versatile, and secure. Unlike most flip flops and other water shoes, the Cairn has an extremely tough Vibram sole. It’s grippy on the most slippery of rocks, and you’ll hardly feel the roots on the trail. This sandal has quickly become my go-to for everyday wear, day hikes, and camp shoe (bye bye Crocs!). The cherry on the sundae is that this little do-it-all-sandal is hand-sewn right here in the USA and packaged in an equally rad box (seriously, you might consider saving it and turning it into some wall art…we wouldn’t blame you).The Cons: The company used to be based right down the street from us here in Charlottesville, Va. Now they’re soakin’ up that golden California lighting. We miss them. FOR FREQUENT FLYERSPacsafe Vibe 40L Anti-Theft Carry-On BackpackMSRP: $139.95The Pros: Travel fearlessly with this compact backpack. Ideal for short traveling stints when you don’t want to check any baggage, this backpack has plenty of storage space for clothes and other everyday necessities plus a padded laptop sleeve in case you have to stay connected. There are more anti-theft features on this backpack than you could ever dream of—puncture-resistant zips, slash-proof straps, PopNLock security clips, zipper locking mechanisms. Read up on all of the features before you travel—there’s nothing more embarrassing than being locked out of your own pack.The Cons: The shoulder straps on this pack are not adjustable enough, limiting the pack fit to those with longer torsos and broader shoulders. Short people beware.center_img FOR EVERYDAY ADVENTURERSRoyal Robbins Diablo ChillMSRP: $78The Pros: Summer tans are cool, but avoiding skin cancer is way cooler. This long-sleeve shirt provides UPF 50+ protection without looking like a dorky khaki scout expedition shirt. Soft to the touch and breathable on the back, this button-up looks more like a casual Oxford than a technical piece of apparel. Wear it on your hike, on the job, or out to dinner. It’s wrinkle resistant, so even if it’s been crammed in your pack for a week, you can still shake it out and hit the town without anyone ever knowing it hasn’t been washed in days.The Cons: It only comes in three colors, so people might start to catch on if you’re wearing them every week. FOR BACKPACKERSBig Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 mtnGLOMSRP: $499.95The Pros: Redesigned just last year, this new take on an old classic is a refreshing, albeit surprising, development in the world of lightweight backpacking. Weighing in at 2lbs 13oz, the latest version of the Copper Spur UL2 is only one ounce heavier than previous models and comes with the added luxuries of groovy mtnGLO technology and steeper walls (tall people rejoice, read “more head space”). There are two vestibules and side-access doors, well-placed interior pockets for odds and ends, and the easy setup and durability Big Agnes has always been known for.The Cons: Because the mtnGLO lights are embedded into the tent seams, if you’re not a fan of them, you’ll have to suck it up or buy an older model. FOR CYCLISTSKitsbow A/M JerseyMSRP: $195The Pros: We. Love. Wool. And you should, too. Odor-resistant, quick-drying, cool when you need it, warm when you don’t, wool is the greatest thing that ever happened for outdoor enthusiasts. This jersey is 46% Merino wool, cut with just the right amount of nylon and spandex to make this riding shirt feel and fit beautifully. The three-quarter length sleeve adds extra coverage from the sun and looks great on or off the bike. Convenient stash pockets on the back are roomy without the bulk.The Cons: Sorry guys, this one’s for the ladies. However, Kitsbow makes an entire lineup of top-of-the-line Merino men’s cyclewear, too. You just have to be willing to cough up the cash for it.last_img read more

DoD Assistance Team Arrives in Haiti for Post-Hurricane Support

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity October 07, 2016 AMERICA PARA LOS AMERICANOS, AUN CON LAS DESGRACIAS NATURALES QUE LLEGAN AL GRAN PAIS DEL NORTE, ESA MANO AMIGA DE APOYO Y ALIANZA NO FALLA. QUE EL ETERNO SIGA BENDICIENDOLOS CON PROGRESOS Y EXITOS. U.S. military assistance is on the ground in Haiti to assist and support the Caribbean island nation with the impact felt from Hurricane Matthew on October 4th and 5th, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters on October 6th. Cook said as the team is stood up, the United States and Defense Department will coordinate needs for U.S. military assistance with interagency partners and the Haitian government, he added. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is getting regular updates, Cook said. “He and the rest of DoD are tracking the hurricane … as it threatens the U.S. East Coast,” he added, noting that the U.S. Agency for International Development sent a request for assistance, and the secretary has given approval to U.S. Southern Command to spend up to $11 million in overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic aid funds for disaster relief. The funding includes transportation in the Caribbean, airfield support assessment and airfield operation support, he said.last_img read more

4 ways you should incorporate marketing goals into your credit union strategic planning

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMarketing plays an essential role in any credit union strategic planning session. It’s the marketing that gets your message to the masses. Have an innovative new product or service? If nobody hears about it, nobody will care. That’s failure, and it’s not an option. If you want your credit union to lead the competition, make sure you incorporate these successful marketing techniques into your yearly strategic plan.1. Hire a Tech SpecialistIt’s not enough anymore to slip an ad insert into an envelope alongside your member’s monthly statement and drop it in the mail. According to American Banker, as far back as 2013, nearly fifty percent of all banking customers had opted to receive paperless statements. Online banking is quick. It’s convenient. And members can now perform nearly every banking task needed from the comfort of their laptop or mobile phone.The marketing trends that are a part of your credit union strategic planning today must be tech-friendly or nobody will ever hear, see or experience them. This means hiring someone who’s experienced in creating engaging Web content such as e-inserts, re-targeting campaigns, electronic surveys, electronic newsletters and more. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Stay safe on the waters during national boat safety week

December 8, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSince there a pandemic, she says its also a good idea to follow CDC guidelines. Commander Mary Kucharek says its always important to practice some general guidelines like checing the weather before you depart, knowing who has the right of way, and keeping a safe distance from other boats. The Susquenango Sail and Power Squadron usually holds boat safety classes in person, but due to the coronavirus they are on hiatus with few online classes. May 15 is wear your life jacket to work day. “It’s important that we all be mindful of the CDC recommendations for keeping our distance, for wearing masks in the marinas and boat ramp areas and to not raft up as many people like to do during the summer,” said Kucharekcenter_img JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local organizations are saying to stay safe out on the waters as national boat safety week starts May 16. The week was created to serve as a reminder to practice safe boating techniques on all the water ways. If you want to learn more about boating classes you can visit the Susquenangos website, or you can visit the Americas Boating Club website.last_img read more