Learn to lead the leaders

May 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgTaking a pop at the quality of HR directors is a favourite preoccupation formany associated with the profession. It’s the simplest thing in the world to dobecause HR has such as poor image, although it is improving. But it becomes a more emotive issue when a former HR director, now chiefexecutive, has a go and is courageous enough to say what he really thinks (page1). Colin Povey’s problems in recruiting a new HR director are all the moresurprising given that it is a board position that’s on offer. The company isCarlsberg UK and, because of his background, he is clearer than most about theimpact good HR can have on the business. Anyone taking on that role with theleading brewer would have a head start in working with a co-operative top teamkeen to deliver change. Most industry leaders haven’t a clue about the compelling evidence linkingeffective people management with strategies to improve bottom line performance.And senior HR executives must take some of the blame for the continuedignorance and shallow view of people issues at the top. Why is it that chief executives and chief finance officers still know lessabout the thing they spend the most on? The main fault lies with a succession of HR directors who have failed tochampion their cause by not demonstrating the value of strong HR in a languagethe board understands and struggling to show how HR works in the organisation. Pockets of outstanding leadership clearly do exist and more must be made oftheir success but real change cannot be achieved with just a small pool ofdynamic HR directors. Our coverage shows a lot of mixed views and possibly a split in theprofession about whether Povey’s criticisms are justified. But he is certainlyon the profession’s side and is a perfect advocate having climbed the ladderfrom HR director to commercial director and then chief executive status. Povey isn’t just moaning and sitting on the case. He is now on the speakercircuit campaigning for HR directors to maximise their influence and he isdemanding “a bit more attitude”. Povey believes HR directors shouldbe leading the culture change and by that he means knowing how to lead theleaders. By Jane King, editor Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Learn to lead the leadersOn 27 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Passive microwave retrievals of precipitation over the Southern Ocean

May 9, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgMany algorithms have been developed to retrieve precipitation and cloud liquid water from passive microwave measurement at mid-latitudes and in the tropics, but these algorithms do not necessarily work well over the ice-free oceans that surround the Antarctic continent where most precipitation falls in the form of snow.It is known that the clouds that produce most of the precipitation over the southern latitudes are thin stratiform clouds and the precipitation they give is of slight intensity (less than 0.5mm h -1 rain equivalent). In this paper the polarization corrected temperature (PCT) method for detecting precipitation is applied and compared with a new physical method that simultaneously retrieves both cloud liquid water and precipitation amount. Both methods are compared with the few in situ measurements available. The new iterative physical method is found to give better results and does not need any empirically derived parameters.last_img read more

Warship USS Shiloh En Route to Sendai

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

first_img April 1, 2011 View post tag: En USS Shiloh (CG 67) Sailors and workers from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East Crane and Rigging Department loaded “tri-wall” boxes on board Shiloh March 17, that are filled with donations from community members of Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY).The donations are headed to Sendai, Japan, to assist those affected by the aftermath of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the northern part of Japan March 11.“We’re doing an onload operation. We’re taking 10 tri-walls that we’ve loaded up from one of the tower donation centers for support for Sendai,” said NAVFAC Far East Senior Chief Construction Electrician Cajan Nelms, one of the coordinators for the event. “They are going to load up these tri-walls and put them on the Shiloh and take them up to Sendai. We’ve got all kinds of clothes, blankets, diapers, and any kind of goods that they are going to need up there and the support to help them out,” said Nelms.While the crew was getting the ship ready to leave for Sendai, even more donations were collected and were ready to get shipped out as well.“We also have another two or three hundred bags of more goods to donate that are over at the tower. Once this is done, this truck is going to go back over to the tower and load up all the other bags and then go to Atsugi. We have on-going [helicopter operations] with the goods up there,” said Nelms.“We’re sorting [the donations] and putting Japanese writing and English labeling on them and we are also weighing them. So any place they have to go, they can get offloaded and sent up there,” said Nelms.Shiloh Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Loughlin was just as excited as his crew to lend a helping hand. “We’re going to get underway and head up and join the effort up north and we are really looking forward to participating,” said Loughlin. “We’re very proud of the Navy effort that’s ongoing and really proud of our association with our Japanese friends and looking forward to helping out in any way we can.”As the last boxes were loaded into the ship’s hold, some of the Sailors said they were happy a little piece of CFAY was heading to the people in need.“I think that just the pure fact that everybody wants to help out and the fact that within three days we’ve had thousands and thousands of things donated, I think that it shows the Japanese we are here to support them,” said Nelms.By Joe Schmitt (navy)[mappress]Source: navy, April 1, 2011; View post tag: Shiloh View post tag: Warship Back to overview,Home naval-today Warship USS Shiloh En Route to Sendai Warship USS Shiloh En Route to Sendai View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Route View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Sendailast_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary’s Nowruz message 2018

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Email [email protected] Nowruz Mubarak to all those celebrating Nowruz in the UK and around the world. Nowruz marks the start of Spring, and a time when we look forward to the year ahead, coming together with family to celebrate new beginnings, peace and friendship So, however and wherever you are celebrating, I extend my warmest greetings to you and your loved ones and wish you a very happy New Year! Nowruz pirouz! For journalists The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Further information Media enquiries read more

PHOTOS: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Bring ‘Mettavolution’ Tour To The Paramount Theatre

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOn May 21st, Rodrigo y Gabriela continued their spring tour in support of their new album, Mettavolution, with a performance at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY featuring support from Hudson Taylor.Related: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Announce First New Album In Five Years, Release 18+ Minute Pink Floyd Cover [Listen]Mettavolution marks the experimental classical guitar duo’s first studio release since 9 Dead Alive arrived in 2014. In, 2017 the duo celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their 2006 Rodrigo Y Gabriela LP with a deluxe reissue and celebratory tour. It was during that 2017 tour when the two utilized the opportunity to test out their new material in front of fans in a live setting. For continued work on Mettavolution, they teamed up with Grammy-winner Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem) to help produce the project.Related: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Share Thrilling Video For Title Track From Forthcoming Album, “Mettavolution” [Watch]You can check out a full gallery of photos from the performance below courtesy of photographer Kevin Cole.For a full list of upcoming Rodrigo y Gabriela tour dates, head to their website here.Rodrigo Y Gabriela w/ Hudson Taylor | Paramount Theatre | Huntington, NY | 5/21/19 | Photos: Kevin Cole Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Cutting calories before cutting in surgery

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgDietary restriction has already been shown to extend the lives of laboratory animals, but recent research suggests the beneficial effects of eating less may extend to improved recovery from surgery and better resistance to disease.James Mitchell, assistant professor of genetics and complex diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health, outlined work on laboratory animals that measured whether a restricted diet or restriction of key nutrients to trigger similar physiological responses could protect against organ damage. The results showed improved resistance to kidney damage after blood was cut off to the organs for 30 minutes and then allowed to flow again. In one experiment, 40 percent of the control mice died from kidney injury, while all of the treated mice survived.Though earlier experiments on life span examined long-term dietary restriction, in this case, Mitchell said, the benefit appeared to accrue after only a few days and then disappear again after a return to normal feeding. This raises the possibility, he said, of extending its use to humans by asking them to fast a few days before surgery.Mitchell reported similar benefits in animals infected with cerebral malaria. The animals resisted the ailment better after being on a restricted diet for several days before infection. Though that result raises the possibility of humans fighting disease using dietary restriction, Mitchell pointed out that there remains the practical problem that people would have to know in advance they were about to become infected in order for it to help.Mitchell discussed recent developments in the area of dietary restriction Wednesday at the Fourth Annual Symposium on Nutrition and Global Health. This year’s topic was “Nutrition and Child Health: Undernutrition.” The event, presented by the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Nutrition and Global Health Program, featured presentations on child nutrition in Peru, the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome on growth, premature birth, and HIV and stunting.The symposium was introduced by Wafaie Fawzi, chair of the HSPH Department of Global Health and Population and Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences. Malnutrition remains a problem even as obesity spreads. Of the 8 million children who die each year around the world, an estimated 35 percent of them succumb to conditions directly or indirectly related to malnutrition, Fawzi said.Over the past 15 years, the world has made significant progress in reducing child mortality, Fawzi said, but there is still a way to go to reach the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds from 1990 levels by 2015. Vaccines and nutrition programs have been responsible for significant progress, Fawzi said, but some children have seen little change in mortality: those in their first month of life. Children that young will need interventions aimed not only at them, but at their mothers during gestation.Some nations, such as Bangladesh and Vietnam, have made significant progress in improving child nutrition, showing that gains can be made, Fawzi said. In Bangladesh, the percentage of children under 5 who are moderately or severely underweight fell from 67 percent in 1990 to 46 percent in 2008. Similarly, in Vietnam, those numbers fell from 46 percent in 1990 to 20 percent in 2008.Mary Penny, of Peru’s Instituto de Investigación Nutricional, outlined a successful program to improve nutrition among urban poor children in the city of Trujillo.  The program, conducted at six community health centers, required limited resources because it focused on improved education of mothers, offering no supplemental feeding or money for food. About one in four Peruvian children under 5 are stunted.The program devised three key nutritional messages: to serve children a thick puree instead of soup; to add special ingredients to it, like liver, egg, or fish; and to use patience, love, and good humor to get children to eat. While previously only the clinics’ nutritionists gave out dietary information, they taught the message to everyone at the health center, from the cleaning staff to the physicians. That way, everyone would be able to give the same advice if a mother asked.The educational message, also contained in fliers, was combined with better counseling for mothers, and cooking demonstrations. The program resulted in an improved nutritional profile in the clinics’ catchment areas, which saw moderate stunting — an international measure of malnutrition — 18 months after implementation at just 5 percent, compared with 16 percent for a control area.The study also identified barriers to improved nutritional education, including a lack of even the low level of resources required and high turnover of clinic personnel, Penny said.last_img read more

Subversive education

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgNoam Chomsky on Wednesday joined Bruno della Chiesa, a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), in an Askwith Forum covering the legacy of the radical Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) and his 1968 book, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” The conversation was moderated by Professor Howard Gardner.The book, said Chomsky, linguistics professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sought to overturn the educational status quo that Freire saw as “a banking system” in which teachers deposited knowledge into the passive brains of students. “The scope of action allowed to the students extends only as far as receiving, filing, and storing the deposits,” Freire wrote.And not much has changed since, said Chomsky: “Teaching to test, that’s our education system.”According to Chomsky, known for his outspoken politics, Freire viewed learning as a critical dialogue between teacher and students, with a shared goal of raising consciousness about oppression and social justice. Freirean education is meant to respect and include the oppressed, empowering them to seek social justice for themselves and others, Chomsky added.Freire’s ideas are considered dangerous today, and largely ignored in the United States, because they question authority, Chomsky said. Freire’s book is “an instrument for consciousness-raising, which will lead to change in institutions,” he said, “so by U.S. standards, Freire is a radical revolutionary.”Della Chiesa agreed. “The structure [of oppression] is still exactly the same, and it’s even become more efficient since” the publication of “Pedagogy,” he said.The book is still controversial. In 2012, Arizona officials pulled it from the K-12 curriculum because it “repeatedly reference(s) white people as ‘oppressors’” in violation of state law.Chomsky emphasized Freire’s philosophical connection with the “liberation theology” of the Catholic Church in Latin America, which Chomsky described as “dedicated to bringing the gospels back into Christianity” by helping the poor and oppressed realize social justice on earth. “Pedagogy” told the poor “you don’t have to be passive and oppressed, things can be changed,” Chomsky said.Forced into exile in the mid-1960s, Freire spent years in Chile, and was at HGSE from 1969-1970. Repressive Latin American governments, including Brazil’s, were backed by the United States in carrying out “a vicious war against liberation theology,” Chomsky said. He also described U.S.-based hostility to Freirean ideals.“The ‘crisis of democracy’ was that in the 1960s there was too much democracy,” Chomsky said. Groups in the United States seeking “liberation” — such as African-Americans, women, Latinos, and gays — “needed to be subdued,” he said.A philosopher such as Freire worked in opposition to that attitude, as a driver of independent thought, Chomsky said.“The sciences would be dead if there weren’t constant challenging” of received authority, he said. Also, learning doesn’t happen just with teachers: “A large part of education is peer interaction,” said Chomsky. “My son went to Harvard and said he learned more from fellow students than from classes.”Della Chiesa finished by celebrating Freire’s ongoing relevance for educators and social justice advocates. “What Freire is describing is as old as mankind. What Freire tells us today is that we are spoon-fed” an ideology of capitalist consumerism. The author and his book offer an enduring alternative to conformity, della Chiesa said.last_img read more

Dell EMC Storage: More Power. More Extreme

February 27, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgWhen it comes to life, you can never have too much wine or chocolate… and when it comes to storage, you can never have too much speed or efficiency.That’s why I’m excited to share two incredible Dell EMC storage announcements with you (sadly, no wine or chocolate included) that will open up new opportunities for you in the storage market!  First is the introduction of Dell EMC PowerMax, our new flagship enterprise array as well as two exciting updates to our leading purpose built all flash array, XtremIO.So, if I may, I’ll make the proper introductions:PowerMaxThe highlights of Dell EMC PowerMax are that it is:Fast: in fact, at up to 10 million IOPS and 150GB/sec, it is the world’s fastest storage array[1]  this is enabled by its multi-controller architecture designed for end-to-end NVMe and is ready for storage class memory (SCM)*, which enables new levels of performance today and into the future.Smart: PowerMaxOS includes a built-in machine learning engine that analyzes and forecasts 40 Million data sets in real-time, driving 6 billion decisions per day.   It leverages predictive analytics and pattern recognition to maximize performance with no overhead.Efficient: inline deduplication and enhanced compression enables up to 5:1 data reduction – doubling the rack density[2] with up to 40 percent power savings[3].XtremIOBut wait, there’s more!  I’m also excited about a new entry X-Brick offering, the X2-T, which makes XtremIO more affordable than ever.  It includes all the advanced features and functionality of XtremIO X2, but for a significantly lower price. It’s ideal for customers who are looking for approximately 100TBe to 200TBe, with limited growth expected but who still require high-performance and low latency.I’m also really excited to share that XtremIO X2’s new native replication is unmatched in the industry, it’s:Efficient: Only sends unique data, to minimize WAN bandwidth requirementsConsistent: no performance impact with scale-out architectureSimple as 1, 2, 3: Simple Protection Wizard is built-in to XtremIO HTML5 UIIt’s great news all round for your customers – and I’m sure it will make for great sales opportunities for you, too.For further information, please visit the Dell EMC knowledge center here[1] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of published bandwidth of the PowerMax 8000 versus competitive mainstream arrays, March 2018.*Coming when SCM drives are available in early 2019[2] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis comparing maximum capacity per floor tile of the PowerMax 8000 against the VMAX 950F, March 2018.[3] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, March 2018, comparing a fully configured PowerMax 8000 vs. a fully configured VMAX 950F. Actual power savings will vary.last_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Shepherdstown, West Virginia

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSteeped in history, Shepherdstown is West Virginia’s oldest city, but in relatively recent years it’s become a hub for the arts and an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. One factor that makes the town so endearing to outdoor enthusiasts is its quick and easy access to the C&O Canal Tow Path. Originally constructed to enable horses to tow coal and other goods down the canal toward market, the C&O now serves as a 185 miles bike path connecting Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, D.C. From Shepherdstown you can hop on the C&O, and, within a few miles, find yourself at one of its unique, biker-only campsites.In addition to its bike-friendly nature, Shepherdstown is also situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and easy paddling access to the Potomac can be obtained via the Princess Street boat ramp.Cudas_IB_0814_2Did you know? This area is home to the annual Run Through History 10K, which traverses a scenic path through the historic Antietam National Battlefield.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

Colombia Opens Mobile Drug Treatment Centers

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Bogota Mayor’s Office opened its first two mobile drug treatment units on September 17, a novel initiative in Latin America. The authorities explained that each Mobile Drug Treatment Center for Drug Addicts (CAMAD) has a team that consists of a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a physician, a dentist, and several nurses. This team is authorized to provide prescription drugs to reduce the anxiety caused by cocaine, heroin, and “bazuko” (similar to cocaine paste). The first CAMAD began to operate in a centric area known as the “Bronx”, which suffers from high levels of poverty, social exclusion, and drug addiction. “This CAMAD is an attempt to dignify children, women, men, teenagers. To build peace,” stated Mayor Gustavo Petro, former leftist senator and former member of the M-19 guerrillas, which was demobilized in 1990. The unit assigned to the “Bronx” will not only assist people suffering from drug addiction problems, but also all the population that lives on the streets which varies “between 4,000 and 6,000 people, including children, women, and the elderly,” the local Health Secretary Guillermo Jaramillo told journalists. The first CAMAD patient was a young pregnant woman, informed Colombian radio station RCN. This project is based on the experience of cities in Canada, Portugal, Netherlands, and Switzerland. The first two units were allocated a budget of about US$ 1.3 million. In July, Colombia passed a law establishing that drug addiction must be considered a public health problem, and its consumers must be treated as patients, not criminals. A study carried out by the Mayor’s Office concluded that, out of 7.3 million Bogota inhabitants, 125,000 are drug users. In turn, 70,000 people out of the 125,000 are considered “substance abusers,” and within this group there are 7,000 “bazuko” consumers. By Dialogo September 19, 2012last_img read more