Video links soar after travel fears

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. A third of large companies have cut back on executive travel since 11September and many are harnessing IT to perform overseas business, according toresearch released last week. Over a quarter of the 60 FTSE 500 companies surveyed by telecoms company ACTare making more use of teleconferencing. The survey shows that a quarter are using telephones more, a fifth e-mails,and 18 per cent are increasing use of video or audio conferencing. A separate poll by Wyboston Conference Centre reports videoconferencing isup 40 per cent. Nearly 60 per cent of firms have introduced extra safety precautions foremployees who have to travel. Video links soar after travel fearsOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Top job: Rob Smith

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Rob Smith, HR director, The Number 118-118Robin Smith has been appointed HR director at the new directory assistancebusiness The Number 118-118. He joins from Swiss airline Mindpearl, where heset up a number of contact centres across Europe, Australia and South Africa.In the role, he has been charged with developing HR strategies to sustain UKgrowth until 2004 and then move into Europe. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? While recruiting in Milan in 1999, I set up a simple pin-hole camera with aflip chart easel as a screen so that my recruitment team could watch theeclipse. A group of Milanese gathered to see what was going on – it’s thenearest I’ve come to being a street performer. How do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years? The trend of HR professionals being judged more and more on theirunderstanding of, and direct contribution to, organisational success willcontinue. Who is your ultimate guru? I don’t have any gurus – I believe in learning from clever people,synthesising that learning and being accountable for my own inputs toorganisational development and success. What is your essential viewing? The Brecon Beacons on a bright Spring day. What’s the best thing about HR? Variety … and the worst? HR people who make little attempt to understand the main purpose of theorganisations they work for. Fortunately, they are becoming fewer and fewer. How do you fill your spare time? Music – I play saxophone and I am learning the guitar. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? Leaving the private sector to become personnel manager for a police forcefor two years – the risk did not pay off develop-mentally. But, I left withgenuine admiration for the work of the police and for the professionalism ofmany of the officers and civilians I worked with. What is the essential tool in your job? Perhaps inevitably, the laptop… but it really is surprising how handy theSwiss Army knife is (a friend in my previous company gave it to me, he actuallyis an officer in the Swiss Army!). What advice would you give to people starting out in HR? Don’t necessarily expect recognition for good work. You’ll ultimately getyour rewards through other means. If you could do any job, what would it be? A professional musician or music producer. Smith’s CV2002 HR director, The Number 118-1181999 HR director, Mindpearl AG1996 Divisional HR director, WH Smith Supply Chain, Swindon1994 Personnel manager, Leicestershire Constabulary1989 Personnel controller, Mercury Communications Comments are closed. Top job: Rob SmithOn 14 Jan 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Recruitment: Why the long……….process?

first_img Comments are closed. Read full article Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.center_img Recruitment: Why the long……….process?Shared from missc on 9 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today What’s with the long, arduous multi-stage recruitment processes that seem to be increasingly common place these days? When chatting to job seekers I find that a 6 stage (or more) recruitment process that may incorporate psychometric testing, multiple technical tests, cultural evaluations, competency based screening (to name a few), is nothing out of the ordinary and I can’t help but wonder if it’s necessary?Has the length, rigorousness or even quirkiness of a company’s recruitment process become a marketing tool to tell the world that what lies beyond this extensive screening must be worth all the work and effort put in?I believe that in this day and age we should be striving to create efficiencies, thus not being on-board with what seems to me to be an in-efficient waste of time. The only thing I believe you can be certain of after a 6-8 stage process is just how keen the candidate is on the position/company given the willingness to stick around for that long. I don’t believe that you will gain any more of an in-sight into their suitability to the position, over a well put together 2 stage interview process where the questioning is intelligent, relevant to the role and type of person you are looking to hire, which may or may not include a specific skills based test. Specific preparation is key!last_img read more

Rockland County village rolls back “discriminatory” zoning

first_img Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlink Email Address* A lawyer representing the village, located in Rockland County, disputed the allegations, and downplayed the significance of the new court order.“Freedom of religion doesn’t trump building safety codes,” said Brian Sokoloff of the law firm Sokoloff Stern, noting that the court order still requires Airmont to review and approve plans for constructing residential places of worship.All plans for residential places of worship measuring 1,400 square feet or smaller must now be reviewed on an expedited basis without a public hearing, according to the order from Judge Nelson S. Román. Plans for structures larger than 1,400 square feet will be subject to the village’s 1997 zoning code, which governed residential regulatory approval prior to the allegedly discriminatory rules put in place in 2018.The DOJ alleged that the more recent zoning code aimed to stop Jewish residents from building synagogues in their homes, which in turn would discourage them from moving to Airmont.The court order also requires Airmont protect the right of residential worship per a 1996 decision by the Southern District of New York, after a jury found the village had discriminated against Orthodox Jewish residents.Airmont’s attorney in the case said the DOJ is using “propaganda tactics” to unfairly characterize the village.“The government of Airmont has no problem whatsoever with people worshipping in their homes,” said Sokoloff. “Airmont provided oversight to make sure people’s safety is protected if a residence changed to a more intense use,” such as a gathering place for religious ceremonies.Gary Siepser, CEO of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County, said he was not aware of any members being subject to unfair zoning policies, and expressed confidence that local and federal authorities would arrive at an amicable solution.The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which passed in 2000, allows the Department of Justice to act against local governments that regulate land use to place a undue burden on religious exercise, or discriminate on the basis of religion.Even during the pandemic, when mass gatherings were discouraged to prevent spreading the coronavirus, courts have upheld the free exercise of religion. In October, Jewish and Catholic organizations sued Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration for restricting religious institutions but not secular businesses.Contact Orion Jones The village of Airmont will stop enforcing zoning provisions which the Department of Justice alleges discriminate against Jewish residents.(Airmont)Authorities in the village of Airmont, New York, will stop enforcing zoning provisions that the Department of Justice alleges discriminate against the village’s Orthodox Jewish residents.An injunction entered this week by a judge in the Southern District of New York requires that property owners be allowed to build communal places of worship (such as home synagogues) as-of-right in all residential districts.The DOJ filed its suit against Airmont at the end of 2020, alleging at the time that the village “enforc[ed] its zoning code in a discriminatory manner to prevent Orthodox Jews from using their property consistent with their faith.” It followed 2018 case brought by three Hasidic congregations alleging religious discrimination, after plans filed by several rabbis to build home synagogues were denied by the village’s Building Department.ADVERTISEMENT“We appreciate Airmont’s willingness to agree to cease enforcement of its discriminatory zoning code restrictions pending final resolution of this matter,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.The injunction stops an “arbitrary, drawn-out application process designed to delay and effectively deny” minor alterations to homes, according to the DOJ.Read moreReligious groups sue to stop Cuomo’s new lockdownsState should stop exclusionary zoning in New York suburbs: reportConnecticut reformers turn up heat on housing segregationists Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Residential Real EstateTri-statetri-state weeklyZoninglast_img read more

Martian polar expeditions: problems and solutions

first_imgThe Martianpolar ice caps are regions of substantial scientific interest, being the most dynamic regions of Mars. They are volatile sinks and thus closely linked to Martian climatic conditions. Because of their scale and the precedent set by the past history of polar exploration on Earth, it is likely that an age of polar exploration will emerge on the surface of Mars after the establishment of a capable support structure at lower latitudes. Expeditions might be launched either from a lower latitude base camp or from a human-tended polar base. Based on previously presented expeditionary routes to the Martian poles, in this paper a “spiral in–spiral out” unsupported transpolar assault on the Martian north geographical pole is used as a Reference expedition to propose new types of equipment for the human polar exploration of Mars. Martianpolar “ball” tents and “hover” modifications to the Nansen sledge for sledging on CO2-containing water ice substrates under low atmospheric pressures are suggested as elements for the success of these endeavours. Other challenges faced by these expeditions are quantitatively and qualitatively addressed.last_img read more

Dust and sea salt variability in central East Antarctica (Dome C) over the last 45 kyrs and its implications for southern high-latitude climate

first_imgA detailed record of non-sea-salt calcium, a proxy for dust, and sea-salt sodium, a proxy for sea salt, covering the last 45 kyr is presented. It shows that in the first part of the transition from the last glacial period to the Holocene (18-15 kyr BP), the changes in dust flux mainly reflect changes at the dust source, namely vegetation cover and local climate. The changes in the later part of the transition (12-11 kyr BP) are similar in extent to the changes seen in sea salt and most likely reflect a reorganization of the atmospheric circulation. During the last glacial period, considerable variation of dust but not of sea salt is observed, pointing to climatic changes in Patagonia, the main dust source for Dome C. A comparison of the glacial records from Dome C and Taylor Dome suggests that similar influences controlled aerosol input at both sites during this period.last_img read more

Biodiversity and biogeography of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic mollusca

first_imgFor many decades molluscan data have been critical to the establishment of the concept of a global-scale increase inspecies richness from the poles to the equator. Low polar diversity is key to this latitudinal cline in diversity. Here weinvestigate richness patterns in the two largest classes of molluscs at both local and regional scales throughout the SouthernOcean. We show that biodiversity is very patchy in the Southern Ocean (at the 1000-km scale) and test the validity ofhistorical biogeographic sub-regions and provinces. We used multivariate analysis of biodiversity patterns at species, genusand family levels to define richness hotspots within the Southern Ocean and transition areas. This process identified thefollowing distinct sub-regions in the Southern Ocean: Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea, East Antarctic—Dronning MaudLand, East Antarctic—Enderby Land, East Antarctic—Wilkes Land, Ross Sea, and the independent Scotia arc and subAntarctic islands. Patterns of endemism were very different between the bivalves and gastropods. On the basis ofdistributional ranges and radiation centres of evolutionarily successful families and genera we define three biogeographicprovinces in the Southern Ocean: (1) the continental high Antarctic province excluding the Antarctic Peninsula, (2) theScotia Sea province including the Antarctic Peninsula, and (3) the sub Antarctic province comprising the islands in thevicinity of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.last_img read more

Free as a bird? Activity patterns of albatrosses during the nonbreeding period

first_imgThis is the first comprehensive study of at-sea activity patterns of albatrosses during the nonbreeding period, based on data from combination geolocator–immersion loggers deployed on the wandering albatross Diomedea exulans, black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophris, grey-headed albatross T. chrysostoma and light-mantled albatross Phoebetria palpebrata from South Georgia (54°00’S, 38°03’W). Differences in behaviour among species observed during the breeding season were maintained during the nonbreeding period, suggesting a high degree of foraging niche specialisation. Wandering albatrosses exhibited longer flight bouts, and spent more time on the water during daylight, than any of the smaller species. Light-mantled albatrosses were the most active nocturnally. During daylight, grey-headed albatrosses were the most aerial and black-browed albatrosses had the shortest flight bouts. Although all species still engaged in foraging behaviour predominantly during daylight, they spent a greater proportion of time on the water (presumably resting) during the nonbreeding period compared with the breeding period, suggesting that they could more readily meet their energy demands when no longer subject to central place constraints. There was no evidence from activity patterns that might suggest that wing feather moult handicaps flight capability during the nonbreeding period. Individuals of all species engaged in rapid east–west commutes, when considerably higher proportions of time were spent in flight than while resident, in particular during daylight, possibly because birds are unable to navigate effectively during complete darkness. Despite consistency in individual dispersal patterns, there were year-to-year differences in the nocturnal behaviour of black-browed albatrosses, probably attributable to prey variability.last_img read more

Hermit crabs (Pagurus spp.) at their northernmost range: distribution, abundance and shell use in the European Arctic

first_imgHermit crabs are important components of Arctic benthic systems, yet baseline data on their densities and distribution patterns in this rapidly changing region are still scarce. Here we compile results of numerous research expeditions to Svalbard, the Barents Sea and northern Norway that were carried out from 1979 to 2011 by the Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences. The diversity of hermit crabs at the northern edge of their occurrence is very low; in Svalbard waters only one species (Pagurus pubescens) was detected. Another species (P. bernhardus), found in northern mainland Norway, north of the Arctic Circle, is likely to extend its distribution northward as the climate warms. Where the two species co-occur, competition between them probably accounts for the smaller sizes and poorer quality shells used by P. pubescens. The composition of the mollusc shells inhabited by these crabs differs between northern Norway and Svalbard, reflecting local mollusc species pools. Hermit crab densities were significantly higher than previously reported (max. mean 10 ind. m−2), suggesting their increasing level of dominance in benthic communities in the studied areas. The first to report the distribution of hermit crabs among habitats, this study showed that most individuals occurred at shallow depths (5–150 m), away from glacier termini and on hard bedrock rather than on soft substrata.last_img read more

A bioenergetics model for estimating prey consumption by an Adélie penguin population in East Antarctica

first_imgQuantifying prey consumption by top predators is a crucial component of ecosystem-based management in the Southern Ocean. In this study, we developed a bioenergetics model to estimate prey consumption by a top predator, the Adélie penguin Pygoscelis adeliae. Our model predicts prey consumption throughout the breeding season and incorporates uncertainty in model parameters using Monte Carlo simulation. The model was parameterized with data obtained at Béchervaise Island, the site of a long-term monitoring program in East Antarctica. We parameterized the model (1) using 13 yr of penguin population data, (2) for a year in which penguins successfully reared their chicks (2001-2002) and (3) for a year with low breeding success (1998-1999). Daily per capita energy consumption during the breeding season averaged 4269 kJ d-1 (95% CI: 4187-4352 kJ d–1) and 4684 kJ d-1 (95% CI: 4596-4771 kJ d–1) for males and females, respectively. Over the entire breeding season a male breeder consumes 470 MJ (95% CI: 461-479 MJ) compared to 515 MJ (95% CI: 506-525 MJ) for a female. On average, the Béchervaise Island population of 1836 breeding pairs consumes 16447 MJ d-1 which amounts to 1809224 MJ during the breeding season. On the basis of variable breeding success and the proportion of krill and fish in their diet, we estimate that this population consumes 78 to 406 t of krill and 4 to 46 t of fish each breeding season. Our results demonstrate clear periods of peak consumption associated with the penguins’ breeding cycle.last_img read more

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