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

inbreedR : an R package for the analysis of inbreeding based on genetic markers

first_imgSummary 1.Heterozygosity–fitness correlations (HFCs) have been widely used to explore the impact of inbreeding on individual fitness. Initially, most studies used small panels of microsatellites, but more recently with the advent of next-generation sequencing, large SNP datasets are becoming increasingly available and these provide greater power and precision to quantify the impact of inbreeding on fitness.2.Despite the popularity of HFC studies, effect sizes tend to be rather small. One reason for this may be low variation in inbreeding levels among individuals. Using genetic markers, it is possible to measure variance in inbreeding through the strength of correlation in heterozygosity across marker loci, termed identity disequilibrium (ID).3.ID can be quantified using the measure inline image, which is also a central parameter in HFC theory that can be used within a wider framework to estimate the direct impact of inbreeding on both marker heterozygosity and fitness. However, no software exists to calculate inline image for large SNP datasets nor to implement this framework.4.inbreedR is an R package that provides functions to calculate inline image based on microsatellite and SNP markers with associated P-values and confidence intervals. Within the framework of HFC theory, inbreedR also estimates the impact of inbreeding on marker heterozygosity and fitness. Finally, inbreedR implements user-friendly simulations to explore the precision and magnitude of estimates based on different numbers of genetic markers. We hope this package will facilitate good practice in the analysis of HFCs and help to deepen our understanding of inbreeding effects in natural populations.last_img read more

Cooper Energy begins four-well appraisal programme at Butlers field in Australia

first_imgPEL 92 area is operated by a joint venture of Beach Energy and Cooper Energy Image: The Bulters appraisal campaign which to test field limits. Photo: courtesy of C Morrison from Pixabay. Australian oil and gas firm Cooper Energy and its joint venture partner Beach Energy have commenced four-well appraisal programme at the Butlers oil field located in PEL 92 development area in the Cooper Basin, South Australia.The PEL 92 area is held  by a joint venture of Beach Energy, which has 75% stake and is the operator, and Cooper Energy, which holds the remaining 25% stake.Cooper Energy said that the latest Bulters appraisal campaign, which aims to test field limits, follows the successful completion of the Parsons and Callawonga campaigns.The four wells in Butlers field that are planned to be drilled are Butlers-10, Butlers-11, Butlers-12, and Butlers-13.Located approximately 540m south-east of Butlers-6, drilling of the Butlers-10 well will test the extension of the southeastern field boundary. It is planned to be drilled to a measured depth below rotary table (MDRT) of 1,659m.With total depth predicted at 1,643m MDRT, the Butlers-11 well is located approximately 460m south-east of Butlers-4, It will be tested for the extension of the southern field boundary.Drilling of the Butlers-12 well will test the south-western field boundary. Located 350m south-east of Butlers-1, the well is will have  a total depth of 1,650m MDRT.Located approximately 500m south-east of Butlers-2, the Butlers-13 well will be assessed for a possible field extension to the north, and has an estimated total well depth of 1,662m MDRT.Wells to target primary producing reservoir Namur SandstoneThe company said that the wells will target the field’s primary producing reservoir Namur Sandstone.The Butlers field is connected to the Lycium Hub facility via the PEL 92 pipeline through Callawonga oil field.Cooper said that the appraisal wells will enable selection of development locations for future field development.Each well in the campaign is expected to take nearly one week for completion, following which drilling campaign at the two wells is scheduled to commence at the Rincon oil field.Last month, Cooper Energy started a 10-well appraisal programme in Cooper Basin, South Australia, following spudding of Callawonga-22 by the PEL 92 Joint Venture.last_img read more

FGS Lübeck Becomes Part of Operation Atalanta

first_img View post tag: Operation Atalanta View post tag: becomes View post tag: EU NAVFOR View post tag: News by topic German Bremen Class Frigate FGS Lübeck joined EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta on 6 October. She relieved the German Joint Support Ship FGS Berlin following a few days of handover in the port of Djibouti. View post tag: part View post tag: Navy The Captain of FGS Lübeck, Commander Peter Christian Semrau, who has been training for the development for several months with his crew, stated:“After nine months of training and preparation the crew of FGS Lübeck are ready to deliver their valuable contribution to the highly successful EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta.”FGS Lübeck will take part in Operation Atalanta until February 2015 when she will be relieved by the German frigate FGS Bayern.[mappress]Press Release, October 10, 2014; Image: EU NAVFOR FGS Lübeck Becomes Part of Operation Atalanta View post tag: europecenter_img View post tag: africa Follow @navaltoday View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today FGS Lübeck Becomes Part of Operation Atalanta View post tag: FGS Lübeck Authorities October 10, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

Hundreds attend ‘Refugees Welcome in Oxford’ rally

first_imgNeville Dowley from Oxford, when asked why he felt it was important to attend the protest, stated simply, “The main thing for me is compassion.”A message from Andrew Smith, Labour MP for Oxford East, asked that a “strong message of support and solidarity for the march” be conveyed from him in his absence owing to a prior commitment. He added “Britain has a clear duty to take significantly more refugees.”He went on to say in his message that he has received more constituent emails and letters on this issue “than any other ever” and that he had already written to the Prime Minister saying that “we can and must do much more”.In relation to the practicalities of welcoming refugees in Oxford, the MP told the assembled crowds “I will work with City and County Council [to enable Oxford] to provide the support that people need.”Bob Price, the Leader of Oxford City Council today told Cherwell, “The Government’s announcement yesterday, while welcome progress, does not meet the expectations of the people of Oxford and their clear will to help.”“As the 20,000 refugees will be accepted over a period of five years, that equates to a very small amount of refuge being offered by the UK in the face of this human crisis, which is disappointing.”With regard to possible challenges facing Oxford in accepting refugees given its existing housing crisis, he stated that, “Since the Government’s plan is to prioritise orphans, the focus of the response required from Oxford will be more on finding foster homes rather than additional housing.”Lucy Brinicombe, who lives near Oxford and attended the rally, told Cherwell, “It’s great to see so many people here showing concern for people who are trying to flee great danger. I’m hopeful that at last we’re going to see Britain being compassionate as opposed to hostile, and the scare-mongering we’ve seen is going to be a thing of the past.“It shows an outpouring of care and people wanting to do something. There is a basic instinct to care for other people.” Hundreds of people attended a rally in Oxford on Sunday calling upon the UK to welcome more refugees fleeing war and desperate situations in the Middle East and Africa.The ‘Refugees Welcome in Oxford’ rally, which took place outside the Sheldonian Theatre, attracted families with young children, secondary school and university students and pensioners alike. The event began at 3pm and finished with a march at 4:45pm.Speeches were made from many prominent campaigning figures calling upon the Government to do much more and were warmly received by the crowds gathered. Messages on home-made posters displayed by members of the crowds included “We welcome refugees (Given the chance),” “We are all human,” “Love not Hate – Refugees Welcome in Oxford,” and “Albert Einstein was a refugee!”The Government announced yesterday that the UK will take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees from UN camps over the next five years. By comparison, it is estimated that 18,000 refugees reached Germany over the weekend alone. Today Sigmar Gabriel, the Vice Chancellor of Germany said that his country can cope with at least 500,000 asylum-seekers per year for several years, while repeating demands for other European countries also to take their fair share.Kate Attwooll from Oxford, told Cherwell at Sunday’s rally “I work as a humanitarian in South Sudan and see first-hand the suffering and dire situations women, men, girls and boys experience on a daily basis. It’s shameful that the UK has taken this long to show compassion and open its borders to human beings in need.“Today the people of Oxford have spoken: we welcome refugees here and the Government needs to take action now.”Eleni Stamou, who is Greek but lives in Oxford, commented to Cherwell at the rally, “The initial response [of the British Government] was quite terrifying and cold but it is still not adequate.“The two crises are coming together in Greece, and it’s making an explosive mix which is terrible for the refugees and is stirring up far right sentiment. Once again you see asymmetry in European policy. We need to realise that Europe needs to share these problems.”last_img read more


first_img WHAT ON YOUR MIND TODAY?FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming MONDAY ?Todays “READERS POLL’ question is: Do you feel that the Mayors economic trip to Germany on behalf of the citizens of Evansville is worthwhile?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Inspirational young Sri Lankans presented international award by HRH The Earl of Wessex

first_imgThe Awards were presented at the Gold Award Ceremony held at Temple Trees, Colombo on 4 February 2018, by HRH The Earl of Wessex; Chair of the Award’s international organisation, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.Tissa Samarasinghe, National Director of the Award in Sri Lanka says: The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global, non-formal education framework which challenges young people to discover their potential and celebrate their achievements. It operates in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, helping to inspire over 1.3 million young people every year. HRH The Earl of Wessex says: It has been a great honour to meet such inspiring young people, hear about their Award journeys and celebrate their achievements. Achieving your Gold Award is not an easy task – it requires commitment, tests your resilience and challenges you to step outside your comfort zone. But it also opens up many opportunities for young people and enables them to be their own agents of change, both for themselves and their communities. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has significantly contributed towards developing and empowering young people in Sri Lanka; helping them to challenge themselves, experience life and find their purpose, passion and place in the world. The Gold Award challenges participants over 18 months and more, in five areas – physical activity, skill development, service to community and by taking them outside of their comfort zone, through an adventurous journey and residential project.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Kick Off Fox Theater Run With Tribute To Recently Passed Fan

first_imgLast night Widespread Panic rolled their 30th Anniversary Summer Tour through Oakland, CA for the first of a two-night stand at the Fox Theater. With the tour closer approaching fast in Los Angeles on Saturday,  Panic has been unable to miss lately – striking gold with every show. Coming off of impressive runs in Las Vegas and breaking the threshold with 51 consecutive sold out shows at Red Rocks, their home away from Georgia, fans – and as evidenced Thursday night the band, too, have been eagerly awaiting the return to the Bay Area.Before the show started, lead vocalist John “JB” Bell addressed the crowd in memory of longtime fan Justin Schnurr who recently passed away. Widespread Panic busted out of the gate strong with “Heroes”, with guitarist Jimmy Herring taking the liberty of foreshadowing the heavy rock and roll that was to follow. A band of many talents and genre capabilities, the fans take pride in the fact that every night carries its own genre bending mood. Thursday night was heavily themed with rock and roll.They continued with “Send Your Mind” and a sublime “Holden Oversoul” that segued into “Weak Brain Narrow Mind.” JB and bassist Dave Schools picked up on Herring’s acrobatics, and each took turns showing they were ready to keep up. The anticipation was especially high in the crowd. Every lull or slower transition in or out of a jam resulted in the crowd catching their breath enough to let out uproarious applause.Standalone versions of “Walkin’ (For Your Love)”, “Shut Up and Drive” and “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” pulled their weight in the middle of the set as the band settled more firmly into their groove. “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” was an especially large bust out, making its first set list appearance in over a year. They pulled from their latest album Street Dogs for the most mellow tune of the evening with “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues”, but it gave the lighting director a bit of room to flex as the light arrangements and kaleidoscopic tribal fractals morphed spun and melted across three LED screens behind the band.“Angels” led into a smoking hot “Stop/Go” that was treated with a Grateful Dead nod and a “Dark Star” jam before segueing into “Dear Mr. Fantasy” for a raw, Southern rock and roll throw down to close the set. With the set break came a collective sigh of relief – yes, Oakland, Widespread Panic is home and they came ready to melt your face. By 10:15PM, they were returning to the stage.Just as they started the first set, bassist Schools teased some killer Jimi Hendrix riffs before the band launched into the setlist. Coming out and continuing the heavy hand of rock, “Thought Sausage” wasted no time picking up where the first set ended. A spaced out transition had the Fox Theater “Slippin’ Into Darkness” as friend of the band Wally Ingram was welcomed out on stage to assist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz on percussion. Ortiz stuck around and assisted in the stellar transition to “Travelin’ Light”.Widespread Panic “Blight” – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – 7/14/16, courtesy of Mr. Topdogger:On the LED screens behind the band, images of an eclipse and near-outer space dominated the visual representation of weightlessness and deep layers of guitars, punctuated by John “JoJo” Hermann’s saxophone sounding keyboard skills. “That Thang” brought the ruckus, featuring a deeply psychedelic swamp-pop bass and keyboard combo in the transition into “Blight”. “Tie Your Shoes” followed with a monster jam segueing into a giant “Papa’s Home” sandwiched around a ten minute drum solo that featured Ortiz and Duane Trucks going head to head in rhythmic glory as the rest of the band exited.They returned to finish “Papa’s Home” with the energy of an all-out encore before busting into “I’m Not Alone”, almost a collective reassurance that yes, everyone in the crowd feels as good as the person next to them.  A standalone “Blackout Blues” closed the set proper, somehow managing to continue building epic upon epic while JB’s searing vocals weld the whole machine together.After the massive drum break, the actual encore of “Saint Ex” > “Action Man” was an appropriate close that didn’t lose any energy and in fact could have passed as a second encore. With only two shows left in Summer Tour, everyone in the Panic family is excited to see what they have up their sleeves.– review and photos courtesy of Joshua Huver (Must Have Media) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

SmartFabric Director: Data Center Automation, Monitoring and Operational Management

first_imgSmartFabric Director – a Joint collaboration effort between Dell Technologies and VMWare – had the following goals in mind, as we embarked on the project:Simplicity: Reduce the steps to deploy a fabric while providing a single point for fabric lifecycle management.Openness: Support for open standards to maximize flexibility, interoperability and technology investment.Consistency: Apply a consistent policy and automation framework across physical and virtual environments to reduce complexity while increasing efficiency.API-First DesignMost Enterprises have a variety of applications and tools to aid the Data Center Networks. It was important for SFD to fit into the Customers’ Software Architecture, which meant supporting programmatic interfaces and not just GUI. SFD has an API-First mindset – anything support through the Graphical User Interface (GUI) is also supported through an API – from Day One. SFD supports a REST based Northbound API to enable orchestration systems to programmatically use the product.gNMIgNMI (gRPC Network Management Interface) is a protocol that provides the mechanism to manipulate (create, update, delete) the configuration of network devices, and state retrieval. The content provided can be modeled with, but not limited to, YANG objects using a path consisting of elements names and map attributes. gNMI uses vendor neutral Openconfig YANG Objects to describe the elements and attributes. gNMI is built on top of gRPC.gRPCgRPC an open source framework developed by Google and managed by CNCF (Cloud Native Compute Foundation). The RPC framework built on top of HTTP/2. The framework allows for Unary, server streaming, client streaming and bi-directional streaming RPCs.  gNMI allows for Multiplexing of RPCs over a single channel provided by library.ProtoBufData exchanged between SFD and Switches is encoded using Google Protocol Buffers. Protocol Buffers (a.k.a., protobuf) are language-neutral, platform-neutral, extensible mechanisms for serializing structured data.OpenConfigOpenConfig started as an informal working group of network operators with the goal of moving networks toward a more dynamic, programmable infrastructure by adopting software-defined networking principles such as declarative configuration and model-driven management and operations. Initial focus of OpenConfig is on compiling a consistent set of vendor-neutral data models (written in YANG) based on operational needs from use cases and requirements from multiple network operators. Openconfig also enables Streaming telemetry for network monitoring in which data is streamed from devices continuously with efficient, incremental updates. Operators can subscribe to the specific data items they need, using OpenConfig data models as the common interface.For more on Dell EMC SmartFabric Director, visit our website here. As modern, open and software-driven networks change how cloud providers and enterprises approach the data center, the need to simplify management and increase efficiency across virtual and physical network environments has never been greater.The Dell EMC SmartFabric Director enables data center operators to build, operate and monitor an open network underlay fabric based on Dell EMC Open Networking PowerSwitch Series switches. SmartFabric Director automates and simplifies the provisioning and monitoring of the fabric using Openconfig based models and protocols. Tight integration with VMware vSphere and NSX-T allows SmartFabric Director to dramatically simplify fabric provisioning for dynamic virtualized workloads and overlays.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students hold top positions in ROTC

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Saint Mary’s senior and Army battalion commander Emilie Vanneste accepts an award at the ROTC Pass in Review ceremony Wednesday.According to Vanneste, a Saint Mary’s education prepares women to lead effectively by encouraging them to set and achieve challenging goals.“They always say ‘We prepare our students to be confident and go into everything thinking they can come out on top,’” she said. “I really do think that has translated into my role.”O’Bryan said the College’s emphasis on female empowerment enables her to reassure potential ROTC members who doubt their capabilities. “I’ve had to talk to quite a few incoming freshmen for next year about my experiences in ROTC,” O’Bryan said. “The females always ask ‘Should I be nervous? Should I be worried about being a female in ROTC? Will I be treated differently?’ Being in the leadership position I’m in, I’ve been able to show them there is no difference.”Seeing women in positions of power can motivate young girls to unapologetically pursue their ambitions, O’Bryan said.“It kind of shows females the things that they’re able to do,” she said. “Do what you want to do. Do what you set your mind to.”Through helping students discover their passions, Saint Mary’s ensures its graduates are well-equipped to set examples for others, Vanneste said.“When I’m in classes at Saint Mary’s, it’s all females, but when I go across the street [for ROTC], females are a minority,” Vanneste said. “It just goes to show that my confidence doesn’t need to change whatsoever. It stays the same wherever I go.”Vanneste said the lessons she learned from her involvement with ROTC reinforced the values and skills she developed at Saint Mary’s.“It’s definitely opened my eyes and my perspective to what could be out there in the future, and how I could best benefit the greater good,” she said. “A lot of it goes with integrity, with doing the right thing when no one’s looking.”O’Bryan said her peers at Saint Mary’s encourage her to believe she can successfully fulfill the role of Air Force Wing Commander, since female leadership at the College is normal and expected.“I’ve always felt like I have a lot of support for the ROTC program — not even just friend-wise, but from the whole community,” O’Bryan said. “I’ve definitely learned not to be afraid.”O’Bryan’s leadership position enables her to connect with other ROTC members who may be going through personal struggles, she said.“It’s really helped me be able to talk to them and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on? Do you want to grab coffee? Do you want to do something?’” she said. “I might do that normally, but I think I’ve been able to do that more often and be more comfortable doing that kind of thing.”Vanneste said she hopes others realize students from Saint Mary’s are just as capable as those from Notre Dame. She said the Navy Battalion Commander for ROTC is a woman from Notre Dame — senior Katherine Smart — meaning all three of the highest-ranking positions in ROTC are held by women.“Having the three female faces up there shows we’re here to stay, and we’re here to do just as good of a job,” Vanneste said. “It goes to show we are a presence, and we can do just as good of a job as the guy who came before us.”Tags: Air Force, Army, battalion commander, Navy, ROTC Though they hold two of the highest-ranking student positions in Notre Dame Army, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Saint Mary’s seniors Emilie Vanneste and Megan O’Bryan salute the College for providing them with the confidence and leadership necessary to take on the roles of Army battalion commander and Air Force wing commander, respectively.Vanneste said her and O’Bryan’s mental and physical strength qualifies them to play major roles in the program.“It can run in anyone’s hands really, but it’s nice that we can take on that responsibility and put our foot in the door,” Vanneste said. “I think it’s a really unique thing because we’re not just a part of their program. We help develop it, we help improve it and we help make it what it is.”last_img read more

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