first_img Comments are closed. PeopleOn 10 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Guru has graced the back pages of Personnel Today for the last six years,regularly astounding the HR community with his incisive wit, cutting satire andnear telepathic foresight. Tackling all subjects from executive coaching tostrippers’ unions, Guru is never afraid to dodge the controversial questions orcast his educated eye over the issue of the day. Here, in our last issue of theyear, we find out what makes him tick. What qualifications do you hold? It’s more a question of which ones don’t I hold. Who is the ultimate guru? I always like to see myself as the guru’s guru. Michael Porter, CharlesHandy, Gary Hamel and even Dave Ulrich all pale in comparison to the mightyblue head! What is your essential viewing? I really enjoyed the recent six-part documentary The Office. Its findingsshowed me that top-class British managers are alive and well in Slough. I washugely impressed by David Brent’s grasp of HR policy and his ability to bluesky think while on the job. If only all UK managers were as gifted as Brent –there wouldn’t be a productivity gap. How do you fill your spare time? Of course working so hard is a full-time job and leaves little time for MrsGuru, although that luxury is starting to recede since the advent of work-lifebalance. I’m also a keen reader – currently halfway through How to Lose Friendsand Alienate People. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? The greatest risk is probably the annual pilgrimage to Harrogate. Every yearthe faces get younger, the days more tiresome and the expense account moredifficult to explain away. Do you network? Extensively. Only this week I’ve held informal meetings with Jack Daniels,Jim Beam, John Smith, Jose Cuervo and Julio Gallo. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? A reporter on Personnel Today. It must be so exciting, rewarding and wellrespected. Who would play you in the film of your life? Papa Smurf. What’s the worst/best office party you’ve ever attended? Harlequins nightclub onboard The Oriana cruiseship. It was the best oftimes, it was the worst of times. On the moveJackie Arthur has been appointed HR and communications manager for watermanagement firm Ondeo Industrial Solutions. The company is part of the SuezGroup, which employs more than 190,000 staff in 130 countries. Arthur’s time issplit between sites at Durham and Scotland. Prior to his appointment he workedas regional personnel manager for Chubb security in London. He has a degree inmarketing and a post graduate diploma in HR Management. Chartered surveyor and rural property Consultant Smiths Gore has appointedTrevor Richards (pictured) as its new HR manager. Richards will be based at thefirm’s Peterborough administrative headquarters, and be responsible for HRacross the company’s 17 UK offices. His role will encompass a wide range ofissues from recruitment and training policies to the day-to-day management ofemployment issues. As a newly-created position, much of his work will bebuilding best practice. Colin Staffell has been appointed network development manager for theproperty services NTO, Property Learning Network. Staffell holds mastersdegrees in philosophy and education and is a chartered surveyor. He brings adeep knowledge of education and training for staff at all levels, backed byexperience in academia and commercial practice. His last job was training anddevelopment manager at Countrywide Surveyors. He will be visiting employers todiscuss training needs and demonstrating examples of online courses. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Assistant/Associate Professor/Coordinator Health Services Management

first_imgAmong the responsibilities of the program coordinator are theadministration of the Health Services Administration program,budgetary management, faculty development and evaluation,instruction, academic advising, and program assessment, evaluationand managment. Additional duties include teaching undergraduatelevel courses, conducting research, student advising, studentmentoring and recruitment, curriculum development, conductingscholarly activities, providing service to the department, collegeand university as needed, and other activities required for tenureand promotion. The program coordinator will report directly to theAssociate Dean of Nursing and Health Serviceslast_img read more

18-year-old man fatally shot inside apartment in Hoboken projects

first_img ×Hoboken murder Hoboken murder HOBOKEN — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old male in Hoboken on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24.A spokesman for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said the shooting took place around 3 p.m. inside an apartment in the 300 Marshall Drive building in the Hoboken public housing projects. The projects are located in Hoboken’s southwest corner.The mile-square city usually vacillates between 0 and 1 murders per year. However, drug arrests in that part of town are not uncommon.“The investigation is ongoing but we can confirm that there was a homicide in an apartment of 300 Marshall Drive this afternoon of an 18 year-old male,” said Police Chief Ken Ferrante. “Media inquiries are to go to through the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office but if anyone has any information please contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office of our investigative bureau at (201) 420-2110.”Three years ago, three teens from Jersey City were arrested for an alleged ‘knockout game” assault of a homeless man a few blocks away.last_img read more

Kirk Hunter, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers

first_imgPoliticians are putting the finishing touches to the various parties’ manifestos for the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May.The experts predict that the election result will be too close to call. We are told that the priority battleground will be on who has the right strategy to develop the Scottish economy. The focus on our economic performance is good news. Scotland has lagged behind most other parts of the UK in recent years. Recent surveys of business concerns tell us that top of the list for businesses, including most bakers, is the burden of over-regulation, followed closely by skills shortages. Most of us would not seriously argue with those conclusions.If we know that these are the concerns of business, let us see the political parties step forward with some creative and meaningful proposals to help us. I despair of any politician getting to grips with over-regulation, but skills are different.Real progress for us would be adequate funding of that Cinderella sector – skills and vocational training. In Scotland, particularly in the bakery sector, we have been well-supported by grants from the European Social Fund for many years. Those Funds are about to dry up in 2008 putting all that good work at risk. We have also seen chronic under-funding of Skillseeker programmes for young people and a lack of attention to funding training for older workers. If politicians really want to make a difference in 2007, help bakers to succeed by investing in our skills base.last_img read more

Lecture explores string theory

first_imgString theory, a so-called “theory of everything” in physics, is a popular topic among more than just scientists. Juan Maldacena, professor of theoretical and astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Study and one of the foremost researchers in the field of string theory, delivered a lecture Wednesday on the subject of chromodynamics, string theory and black holes. Maldacena is most well-known for his 1997 paper on the large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity, which is the most-cited high energy physics paper of all time. Maldacena began his talk by discussing the close relationship between quantum chromodynamics, a type of quantum field theory, and gravity theories, namely quantum gravity. “The equality between these two things would be that the quantum field theory living on some space is equal to the quantum gravity living in the interior of that space,” Maldacena said. “The idea is that the physics in the interior can be described by the physics that happens on the boundary.” In particular, Maldacena discussed supersymmetric versions of this theory using the maximum number of supersymmetries, although these versions are difficult to experimentally confirm. One of the reasons for the maximum supersymmetry assumption in the theory is that is greatly simplifies the case and makes complicated physics a more tractable problem, Maldacena said. “There’s this joke about a farmer who had a cow, and he needed to increase milk production,” Maldacena said. “So he hires a veterinarian and a physicist to help him and the veterinarian tells him, ‘Well you should feed the cows better, exercise, blah, blah, blah.’ And then the physicist says, ‘Well, let’s first assume that we have a spherical cow.’ So this theory can be called a hyperbolic cow.” In order to work out these theories, Maldacena used anti-de Sitter’s space, which comes from the de Sitter space used to describe cosmological expansion. “In some sense, anti-de Sitter space is like a gravitational box that does not allow massive particles to reach the boundaries,” Maldacena said. “So if you sit in the middle of anti-de Sitter space and you throw a rock, after awhile the rock will come back to you. If you shoot a gun, then that’s not a very good idea.” Using this approach, a natural duality arises between quantum field and gravity theories, which allows researchers to investigate fundamental questions in physics, he said. “Duality in this relationship means, ‘Take some parameter, and when the parameter takes some set of values, say small ones, then one description is easy,’” Maldacena said. “‘Then if it takes another set of values, let’s large ones, then the other description is simple.’” When looking at systems of weakly-interacting gluons, essentially free ones, the string theory is the simplest description. When there are strongly-interacting gluons, the problem is still well-defined but difficult to analyze with string theory, in which case gravitational descriptions are better because the radius in the space is much larger. This leads to a good approximation of more complicated string theory by relatively simple gravity ones, Maldacena said. “The good thing that gravity does for us is it allows us to solve the quantum field theory in a simple way,” Maldacena said. “However, there are things that we can learn about gravity from the field theory. A particularly interesting thing is that it’s useful for understanding quantum aspects of a black hole.” Black holes are gravitational collapses, where nothing can escape once the event horizon, a sort of boundary of the black hole, is passed, Maldacena said. But according to quantum dynamics, they can emit radiation, where the temperature at which the radiation is emitted is inversely proportional to the size of the black hole. “This effect implies that the smaller you make the black hole, the hotter the temperature is,” he said. “You can have the paradoxical equation of a black hole that can be white. So you have white black holes.” In physics the notion is that whenever there’s a temperature, something is moving, Maldacena said, and one of the hot questions in the field is to describe what goes on in the interior of a black hole. Maldacena said these complex descriptions of black holes can also be applied in a more generalized way to hydrodynamics, underscoring the fundamental nature of his research and the discipline of physics as a whole. “As physicists, one of the laws of physics is that you take a problem and investigate by making it simpler,” Maldacena said.last_img read more

Brazil Busts Rio Gang Made of Police, Councillors

first_imgBy Dialogo December 28, 2010 Brazilian police have busted a feared criminal gang which killed at least 50 people and counted more than a dozen officers and some municipal councillors in its ranks, officials said on 22 December. Twenty-five members of the 34-strong gang were arrested the day before on warrants based on wiretaps that found the organization sold weapons to drug dealers in a nest of Rio slums that was cleared by police and soldiers last month. The two local councillors of the Duque de Caxias neighborhood were suspected of running the para-police outfit, while the 13 policemen arrested were part of its “muscle” thought to have carried out hits. “The gang worked like a real criminal enterprise, with roles defined for each member. There were managers and hitmen,” the police chief in charge of the arrests, Alexandre Capote, told media. The gang was one of several comprising police officers that operate in Rio’s notoriously violent and lawless slums. They started activities in late 2006, as militias that forced out local gangs then took over to run extortion rackets. The Duque de Caxias outfit is suspected of killing 50 people, and earning 150,000 dollars a month by illegally selling television cable connections, gas and land to residents, Capote said. According to a former captain in Rio’s elite police unit, the Special Operations Battalion, police-manned militias are present in more than 100 of the city’s 250 worst slums.last_img read more

What Is The Best Chimney Cleaning Service on Long Island?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Clean chimneys not only make your house smell fresher, they also make it safer and look brand new, but which chimney cleaning service is the best?Long Islanders voted Island Chimney Service the Best Chimney Cleaning Service on Long Island in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.Don’t let a dirty chimney spoil your next open fire. Let the experts at Island Chimney Service make sure your home fires are burning bright and clean. The full-service, licensed, bonded and insured chimney, masonry and construction company prides itself on thoroughly cleaning the chimney from top to bottom.Island Chimney Service provides a 13-point safety inspection along with free estimates for any work that may need to be done. They don’t just clean chimneys, they do flashing, masonry, relining, caps, animal removal, water leaks and much more. Island Chimney Service offer around the clock emergency service for unexpected emergencies.To find all the other 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit Vote for your favorite businesses and people in the 2020 Bethpage Best of Long Island program Oct. 1 through Dec. 15.Island Chimney Service is located at 1650 Sycamore Ave. in Bohemia. It can be reached at 631-567-4752 or islandchimneyservice.comlast_img read more

SpaceX Crew Docks at the International Space Station

first_img– Advertisement – The crew overcame iffy weather and launched Sunday at 7:27 p.m. Eastern time from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The journey lasted 27 hours.When the Dragon’s commander, Mike S. Hopkins, made radio contact, Kate Rubins, an astronaut aboard the space station, called out, “Oh, what a good voice to hear,” The Associated Press reported. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, a privately built and operated vessel carrying four NASA astronauts, successfully arrived at the International Space Station on Monday night. “Docking confirmed — Crew Dragon has arrived at the @space_station!” the rocket company SpaceX, started by Elon Musk, announced on Twitter. – Advertisement – The trip is a milestone in the effort to bring private spaceflight to reality. – Advertisement –center_img “For the first time in history, there is a commercial capability from a private sector entity to safely and reliably transport people to space,” Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA, said in a telephone interview with reporters on Thursday.In the future, instead of relying on government-operated spacecraft, NASA astronauts and anyone else with enough money can buy a ticket on a commercial rocket.The four astronauts on this flight are Mr. Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Victor J. Glover of NASA and Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese astronaut. They are to stay at the space station for six months. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Show respect for the flag and stand up

first_imgRe May 29 letter, “NFL anthem stance is unAmerican”: As I understand it, Denis Brennan seems to think the “piece of cloth” (the American flag), as he puts it, is just that and that it doesn’t represent the ideals of being an American.  I would ask him to check with the family members of the thousands of men and women who lost loved ones fighting for that flag and what it represents to them. To stand for the national anthem, he says, is forced patriotism. I call it respect for what the flag means to most Americans.Linda CorteseNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

HBS ‘interesting’ but not yet ready for use – Actuarial Association of Europe

first_imgWhile the German pension fund association and PensionsEurope criticised the inclusion of the HBS in the assessment, Valkenburg said it made sense from “an efficiency point of view” to have pension funds calculate the HBS for the quantitative assessment and then use them in the stress test.But the actuary also argued that it was “very difficult to have a single framework for capital requirements” in the pensions sector, as schemes are “executing pension promises in very different ways”.He said using a single risk-free rate would work if all the pensions funds used stochastic evaluations, and the risks were modelled in the same way.But he said this was not the case in reality.“Using a risk-free rate to give a good estimate of the valuation of pension promises that are not fully guaranteed would lead to too high values if the risks are not modelled in the cash flows,” he said. Valkenburg said one of the most “valuable” aspects of the stress tests EIOPA will conduct among European IORPs will be the assessment of defined contribution (DC) plans.While industry group PensionsEurope has questioned whether the stress tests will yield any useful results regarding DC scheme members, Valkenburg stressed the importance of “informing members about how a stressed situation can impact them”.He added: “It is good to see DC is included in the stress tests for the first time because most new accrual of pension assets in Europe is in DC.”One of the goals of the stress test is to assess the impact on the macro economy, which, according to Valkenburg, will not be as great as the impact on individual members who “might have less money to buy a pension” on retirement.“This is important to be aware of, and, hopefully, we can help members to navigate through their lives and minimise the impact,” he said.The AAE issued a paper in February on decumulation in which it warned that the requirement to buy an annuity on the day of retirement might force people to buy at the wrong time.Valkenburg said the stress test might also highlight the problem of guarantees being much higher than the current interest rate. “Guarantees are very expensive, and they were given in times when stakeholders were not expecting a sudden change in the environment like we have seen in the past couple of years,” he said.Valkenburg expects guarantees to come down or be removed altogether in the wake of the stress tests, which he said would, in turn, highlight the problem of people having to work longer. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) needs to “take another look” at using the holistic balance sheet (HBS) approach as a means of calculating capital requirements, according to Falco Valkenburg, chair of the Actuarial Association of Europe’s (AAE) pensions committee.Valkenburg said the HBS was “an interesting concept that should be explored further, maybe as part of pension funds’ risk management”, but he also stressed that the HBS concept was “quite new”.“Not even we at the AAE are fully convinced it will lead to something that can work in practice,” he said. EIOPA announced the details of its first stress test for occupational pension funds on Monday. last_img read more