Learning through doing

first_imgLearning through doingOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Corporate social responsibility forms an integral part of Co-operativeInsurance Society’s HR strategy.  PatAshworth, CIS training manager, explains how everybody benefitsThe values and principles of an organisation are increasingly important inattracting the right candidates for job vacancies. How a company deals with itsenvironmental impact, community involvement and work-life balance are somethinga discerning jobseeker will take into account when deciding which organisationsto apply to. How are the values put into practice once new staff are recruited? One wayis via training and development and volunteering opportunities, which canimprove staff retention and be used to harness the values of the business. CIS has a strong set of values, rooted in the Co-operative movement, whichdrive its commitment to being a socially responsible business. CIS’ communityinvolvement programme is a core element of its HR training and personaldevelopment scheme. Social awareness One specific objective is to develop social awareness via communityinvolvement opportunities. Not only does this enable staff to give somethingback to the community but it also offers an alternative method of team buildingand skill development. Its graduate training course highlights some of the practical skills neededwithin the workplace (giving presentations, time-management) and introducesCIS’ Social Accountability Programme. Graduates complete community challengesas a group, creating a nature trail in a playground or a stimulatingenvironment for a children’s centre, for example. The graduates are required toplan exactly how they will tackle the project and who will undertake whichtasks. The local Manchester and Salford Family Service Unit provides facilities forpre-school children, after-school groups and social groups for older people.Graduate trainees have been involved in brightening the place up. Practical challenges are not limited to graduates. One of the social accountabilityobjectives for last year was for each CIS department to complete a challenge.This included acquiring materials including paints, spades and protectiveclothing, creating enthusiasm within the teams and making arrangements forhealth and safety checks, refreshments and publicity. For those relatively new in a department, it provides an opportunity to takecontrol of a project and to get to know colleagues. For an employee who hasbeen there for years, it is a welcome change from an office environment andgives managers a chance to work as a real part of the team. Staff are able to take time out of the working day to read with children –particularly inner city schools. CIS encourages employees to become schoolgovernors through the One-Stop-Shop scheme, aimed at recruiting those withtransferable management skills to get involved in inner city schools. CIS staff are also involved in mentoring at schools throughout Manchesterand in environmental projects with schools through Global Action Plan. All ofthese initiatives help to build a number of skills, such as leadership, teamworking, organisation and improve self-confidence. Another prime example was CIS’ disability awareness and training programmefor all its 10,000 staff, which concentrated on raising awareness of the issuesfacing disabled people. In conjunction with the North West Disability Service, CIS has alsodeveloped a work preparation programme entitled Return to Work. The three-dayprogramme develops interview skills, confidence and general business awareness.Candidates selected for the course are guaranteed an interview with CIS andsuccessful candidates are placed into a range of permanent positions. So far,10 people have been placed into permanent jobs. These community initiatives complement other forms of development, such asthe introduction of the CIS Training and Development Guide, which outlines therange of learning opportunities. Details for staff are available online,printed or through department representatives. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Australian Open: Tsitsipas knocks out Nadal with five-set win in quarterfinals

first_imgFebruary 17, 2021 /Sports News – National Australian Open: Tsitsipas knocks out Nadal with five-set win in quarterfinals Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty ImagesBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Rafael Nadal’s chance at setting the record for the most men’s major titles will have to wait until the next Grand Slam tournament.The 34-year-old Spanish tennis player, ranked No. 2 in the world, was defeated by fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarterfinals Wednesday. Tsitsipas upset Nadal in five sets, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5.Nadal was on his quest to break the record for the most men’s major titles with 21. He is currently tied at 20 with Roger Federer, who withdrew from the tournament at Melbourne Park because he was recovering from knee surgery.Tsitsipas will now go on to face off against fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals. Medvedev also advanced to the next round of the tournament Wednesday after his three-set win over Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

TKMS, Kongsberg introduce new submarine combat system

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today TKMS, Kongsberg introduce new combat system for non-nuclear subs View post tag: Kongsberg View post tag: ORCCA September 6, 2019, by View post tag: kta naval systems navaltoday TKMS, Kongsberg introduce new combat system for non-nuclear subscenter_img View post tag: Type 212CD View post tag: TKMS Authorities Share this article kta naval systems, a joint venture of Germany’s thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Norway’s Kongsberg, has unveiled a new combat system for non-nuclear submarines at the 7th International Submarine Conference SubCon in Kiel.The combat system is called ORCCA and was developed as part of a joint drive between Germany and Norway who are buying Type 212CD (common design) air-independent propulsion submarines together.In 2017, it was unveiled that kta naval systems would be the exclusive supplier of combat systems for TKMS submarines.ORCCA enables its operator to conduct an integrated data analysis from a wide range of systems on board via one multifunctional console. Subsystems from the respective customer countries can easily be integrated, it was further said.What is more, the system is suitable for all submarine classes of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems – whether newly built or retrofitted. ORCCA enables its operators to interact as part of a unit in multinational missions like NATO or EU missions.“We brought together the expertise of our colleagues at Atlas Elektronik and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace to create a unique combat system,” Kathrin Rohloff, CEO of kta naval systems, said. “We will equip all future submarines from thyssenkrupp with this highly integrated system.”last_img read more

Maintenance Technician III, HVAC

first_imgClose visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparingand analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer terminal, and/orextensive reading PURPOSE AND SCOPE:The Maintenance Technician III, HVAC maint ains and service srepairs on campus-wide heating, ventilating, and air-conditioningsystems. Installs and replaces parts for existing units accordingto specifications and established safety guidelines. Performs avariety of complicated tasks relying on experience and independentjudgmen t to plan and carry out goals. May lead and coordinate thework of other HVA C employees. Assists Senior Maintenance Techs andFacilities management as needed.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS : Ability to receive detailed information through oralcommunication, and to m ake the discrimination in soundExtending hand(s) and arm(s) in any directionExpressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken wordincluding those activities in which they must convey detailed orimportant spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly,or quickly WORKING SCHEDULE AND CONDITIONS: Equipment used includes, PC workstation running on a LAN in aMicrosoft Windows environment, calculator, phone and other generaloffice equipment ; g as and electric powered tools and equipmenttypical in the HVAC industry, including but not limited to airconditioning and heating systems, vacuum devices, saws, drills, andvehiclesInterface with internal and external contacts as needed tocarry out the functions of the positionWork is performed both indoors in a climate-controlled officeenvironment and outdoors with exposure to normal atmosphericconditions, dirt, dust, weather variables, etc.Potential risks exist due to handling power tools, equipment,and chemicalsPosition involves intensive physical labor associated withmaintenance work and requires safety precautions at all times Capable of safely operating powered equipment, such as: saws,drills, and sanders, brush hog, tractor and be able to determinewhich equipment to use for a particular purposePicking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily withfingers rather than with the whole hand as in handlingPicking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with thewhole handExerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/ornegligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry,push, pull or otherwise move obj ects, including the humanbody PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Commitment to MissionThis job carries with it the obligation to uphold the Mission ofLone Star College (LSC) in carrying out the duties of the position.A commitment to positive interpersonal behaviors, professionalcommunication, diversity, integrity, leadership, stewardship,respect and accountability to LSC students and employees isessential.Cultural Beliefs Ability to perform labor intensive work associa ted withfacilities maintenance The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” isdesigned to recognize colleges that have been successful increating great workplaces and to further research and understandingof the factors, dynamics and influences that have the most impacton organizational culture at higher education institutions.Lone Star College was recognized in five areas: Confidencein Senior Leadership; Diversity; Facilities, Workspace &Security; Job Satisfaction; and Work/Life Balance .Campus Marketing StatementLone Star College-KingwoodLone Star College offers high-quality, affordable academic transferand career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSCis training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the communitycollege experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head,Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution ofhigher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impactof nearly $3 billion.LSC, which consists of seven colleges, ten centers, two universitycenters, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online, iscontinuously named Great Colleges to Work For by the Chronicle ofHigher Education. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.Lone Star College-Kingwood, an innovative and dynamic communitycollege located in the pine-forested suburbs of northeast Houston,has an opening for someone interested in working with a diversegroup of colleagues who want to make a difference in the lives ofstudents and grow professionally. Kingwood focuses on fulfillingindividual dreams and enhancing community life and offers uniqueprograms in respiratory care, computer gaming and dentalhygiene.Campus address is 20000 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339.Job Description Directs and participates in preventive, corrective, and generalmaintenance a nd installation of HVAC systemsRecords daily maintenance activities lo g and produces periodicreportsProvides advice and council to HVAC maintenan ce crew relativeto daily tasksAssist other HVAC staff with the performance of their duties asneededAssists in annual inve ntory of maintenance departmentAssists with preparation of Requests for Bids for facilitiesenhancements and equipment/tool purchases. Compiles informationfrom responses to bids and makes recommendations for selection ofvendors and pur chase of equipment and servicesActively follows college, state, and federal guidelinesregarding safety and helps ensure that others in the department doas wellAssists with input of the annual department budgetResponsible for other reason able related duties asassigned Must be well organized and possess int erpersonal communicationskillsAbility to understand and follow and issue directions givenorally and in writing, and must be able to read and understand blueprints One LSCStudent FocusedOwn ItAdvance EquityCultivate CommunityChoose Learning KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Length of time (specific months and years) of employmentIf the position was full time or part timeIf the position was paid or unpaidUnofficial transcript for highest earned degree SalaryHiring salary range is $46,300 – $53,245Lone Star College provides a hiring salary range for all postedfull-time non-faculty positions. Where your salary offer would fallin that range is determined by your related experience andeducation. Should you receive an offer of employment from Lone StarCollege, the resume submitted in the application process will beutilized to calculate your salary offer. The information outlinedbelow will provide the Office of Human Resources everything neededto determine an accurate starting salary.Your resume should provide a complete picture of your workexperience. The resume should include the following information foreach position listed: High school diploma and at least 3 years of related workexperience, or an equivalent combinat ion of education andexperienceHVAC or Type II EPA CertificationMust have valid Texas driver’s license and be eligible forinsurance coverage Additionally, any certifications listed as required or preferred inthe Lone Star College job description should be included in theresume submitted.Benefits Marketing StatementBy joining our top-notch institution, you will enjoy being a partof an organization that offers a supportive, collegial workenvironment and excellent work/life balance. This includes a fullcomprehensive and competitive benefits package, a generous numberof paid holidays and vacation days, wellness programs, tuitionwaiver, professional development opportunities and more.Special InstructionsGo to the Job Search page, click on ‘My Activities’ at the top ofthe page. Under My Cover Letters and Attachments you will click on‘Add Attachment.’ Please be sure to put the Job ID# in the titleonce you name your file for cover letters only, unless you attachedyour cover letter with your resume.If you are applying for an Instructional position (i.e. Faculty,Adjunct Faculty, Instructor), please ensure you include thefollowing to be considered: Resume/CV, Cover Letter, TeachingPhilosophy, and unofficial transcripts.You must limit your file name for any attachment to 40 charactersor less.How to ApplyALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLYWe will not accept application material received via fax, email,mail, or hand delivered.Postings for part-time and adjunct positions are active for theacademic year. By selecting the option to receive notifications onyour profile, you will begin receiving electronic communicationregarding new opportunities with Lone Star College (LSC).If selected for an interview, a recruiter will contact you byphone, or email to schedule an interview.Lone Star College participates in the E-Verify program, under whichLone Star College provides the federal government with informationfrom each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm that the employee isauthorized to work in the United States.More information on the E-Verify program is available at www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .Lone Star College is an EEO Employer. All positions aresubject to a criminal background check.last_img read more

Press release: Seven year framework for Government and public sector development projects launched

first_img Scheme gives both small and large firms the chance to bid to work on projects Framework will support the long-term development of building projects across the Government and public sector estates up to 2026 This agreement will support construction and drive industry growth. Its lotting structure has been designed to maximise opportunities for all sizes of company and that includes SMEs, which play a key role in UK construction. For example, standardised payment terms and other fair payment objectives are embedded within the framework scope. This agreement also facilitates the use of digitisation in construction and promotes the use of innovative solutions via modern methods of construction. It is estimated that over the seven year life of the framework, the cost of the works carried out across the country could be up to £30bn or less – with the projects led by departments and the money taken from existing departmental budgets.The framework has been designed with flexibility in mind to service a range of construction and civil engineering requirements across both central government and the wider public sector.Prompt payment initiatives and project bank accounts (PBA’s) have been incorporated into the framework to support supply chains. Policy like this is embedded throughout to help sustain and grow the market whatever the size of the organisation, but is particularly useful for SMEs and specialist suppliers.Suppliers interested in bidding for this opportunity have to register on the CCS eSourcing system. Instructions on how to access the CCS eSourcing system can be viewed along with the tender documentation by visiting the project webpage:The tender period went live on 31st January 2019. A bidders’ day will take place on Friday 8th February 2019, details are provided within the OJEU Contract Notice.center_img A new funding framework has been developed to allow construction firms, small and large, the chance to bid for work on government projects over the next seven years.The Construction Works and Associated Services commercial agreement will assist central Government and the wider public sector with projects focused on the construction, refurbishment, repair, demolition or decommission of public buildings across the UK.The framework has been designed by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to provide customers and suppliers with the assurances required for long-term projects, and make sure the Government gets best value for money.John Welch, CCS’s Deputy Director for Construction, said: Money for the work will come from existing budgetslast_img read more

Pre-Applications Now Accepted For New York State Forward Loan Fund

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Photo: Nick Youngson / Alpha Stock Images / CC BY-SA 3.0ALBANY – Pre-applications are now accepted for the New York Forward Loan Fund.Businesses are asked to apply on the state’s website. These working capital loans are aimed at helping small businesses, non-profits and small landlords that did not receive a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for COVID-19.The program targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income.The working capital loans are timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan. Priority will be given to industries and regions that have been reopened.  This is not a first-come, first-served loan program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen.The loans are not forgivable in part or whole.  The loans will need to be paid back over a 5-year term with interest.Five Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) will be processing pre-applications on June 1.The New York Forward Loan Fund is supported by Apple Bank, BNB Bank, BlackRock Charitable Fund, Citi Foundation,  Evans Bank, Ford Foundation, M&T Bank, Morgan Stanley, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Wells Fargo.last_img read more

Rare Longleaf Pine Cones Coming This Fall

first_imgHow many hours have you spent picking up pine cones in your yard or garden? Probablytoo many to suit. But one type of pine has cones so rarely that this fall, cones on theground signal the start of an unusual new crop of valuable trees.”Longleaf pines produce a good crop of cones only about every seven to 10years,” said Dave Moorhead, a forest regeneration specialist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service.”This year’s crop could be as much as three to five times better than the 1987crop,” he said. “That will make it the best in decades.”Longleaf pines are prized for their needles and timber. The needles provide anexcellent mulch around flower beds or shrubs. The straight, knot-free timber is often usedfor poles or high quality lumber.Moorhead figures well-managed longleaf pines in a good site can be worth up to 20percent more than other pines.”About 65 percent of a longleaf pine stand will go to poles,” he said. Slashor loblolly pines can grow to pole stature, but much more rarely.But the longleaf pine supply has dwindled. These premium products are harder to find. About 100 years ago, Moorhead said, longleaf pines covered nearly 60 million acres. Butsince then, their area has declined to about 5 million acres. As landowners cut theirlongleaf pines for their premium wood, they didn’t always replant the land to longleaf pines.”Slash and loblolly pines grow much more quickly and make a good seed crop nearlyevery year,” Moorhead said. As longleaf pines were cut, slash and loblolly pinesslowly took over the land.Farmers or landowners with these pines can help regenerate the species, Moorhead said.”Identify which trees in the stand are longleaf. Then pick out about 20 to keep fortheir cones.”Clearing other trees and brush helps ensure that only longleaf cones release theirseeds into the area. They can also grow without other trees competing for sunlight, waterand nutrients. Seed collectors may approach people who own stands of longleaf pines. The collectorsharvest cones from select trees before they open and release their seeds.Nurseries often buy the cones and plant the seeds. Longleaf pines can grow well innurseries to be transplanted in land far away from the original trees.In September and October, the pine cones open and drop their seeds. But Moorhead saidpeople must start preparing now if they choose to regenerate the trees on their land.”This may be our best chance for another five or more years to increase the numberof longleaf pines in our area,” he said. “So landowners need to act quickly toprepare for this opportunity.”last_img read more

Extension announcement

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaATHENS, Ga.– Georgia native Beverly Sparks will become the associate dean for extension of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on June 1. CAES Dean and Director J. Scott Angle made the announcement today.”University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has made a tremendous positive impact on the environmental, social and economic development of Georgia over the years,” Angle said. “The program is one of the leading Extension programs in the United States today, and Beverly Sparks is the right person at the right time to lead the organization.”Sparks has been with UGA Extension since 1989. She has served as an extension entomologist, district director for northeast Georgia and assistant dean for extension. Since April 1, 2006, she has served as interim associate dean for extension.”I’ve been preparing for this position for a long time,” Sparks said in an interview seminar last week. “I didn’t consciously set out to become associate dean, but everything I’ve done in my career has led me here.”Sparks earned undergraduate degrees in horticulture and entomology from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., and UGA. She earned a master’s degree in entomology from UGA before getting a Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University.She began her extension career as an urban entomologist in Dallas, Tex. After six years, she moved back to Georgia to work for UGA Extension.During the interview process, Sparks spoke of her vision for UGA Extension in meeting the needs of Georgians. “Our biggest challenges,” she said, “will be helping the state address issues surrounding our tremendous growth. Those challenges include land use issues and environmental strains and natural resource management issues stemming from rapid growth.” Sparks said population shifts and major demographic changes in both rural and urban areas have brought a host of challenges to many Georgia counties. Innovative new programs like the Archway Partnership Project, a program partnering UGA Extension and UGA Public Service and Outreach, are helping communities find solutions to the growing pains including zoning, housing, health care, child care, education and infrastructure needs.”UGA Extension has a long history of helping Georgia solve problems related to agriculture, environment, economic development, families and children,” Sparks said. “We will continue to be a conduit for the research and education of the university to the people of the state to address these current challenges, too.”UGA Extension is the outreach arm of the UGA CAES and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. It administers the Georgia 4 H program, which provides education and life skills training for more than 183,000 Georgia youths in grades 5 12. UGA Extension has offices in 157 of Georgia’s 159 counties.”Dr. Sparks was known around the state for her entomology work, especially her work with red imported fire ants that proved to be a costly problem in Georgia,” Angle said. “Over the past year, she has become equally well known for her outstanding leadership during this dynamic time for the organization.”(Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Rutland Free Library gets $463,000 to fix roof

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) report that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Friday made it official that the Rutland Free Library will receive $663,000 in federal support for repair of the library’s roof. The funding — a $200,000 grant and $463,000 loan — comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Program as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, enacted last year to promote economic recovery from the recession that began in 2008. The funds will also address the drainage issues of the building, as well as de-humidifying the basement.The award for the Rutland Library rehabilitation project was the second largest nationwide of the investments awarded by USDA on Friday. Collectively, 129 projects in 30 states were funded to build and enhance libraries in rural communities across the nation.USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov(link is external).Source: Congressional delegation. 9.24.2010 # # # # #last_img read more

4 tips for preventing identity theft during the holidays

first_img 332SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Some people love taking what doesn’t belong to them. During the holidays this year, be extra careful to make sure that you’re keeping your finances safe from shady individuals. Here are four tips for protecting your identity during this holiday season…Keep an eye on your credit report: If checking your credit report isn’t something you do regularly, you should change that. If a thief opens up an account in your name, this will be an easy red flag to detect. Although it used to be a hassle, there are a few sites that provide free credit reports these days. If you need a suggestion, check out Credit Karma.Don’t toss it, shred it: When you take your trash to the curb every week, make sure you’re not throwing anything away that a fraudster could find valuable. Anything that contains account numbers, banking information, or social security numbers would be highly desirable to a thief. Make sure anything you’re not sure of gets put in the shredder before the trash can.Be cautious online: Cybercriminals can get your information a few ways, one of which is phishing. Phishing is when a cybercriminal defrauds you of sensitive information by posing as a legitimate company that you trust. Don’t click a link in an email that’s asking you for personal information. Anything that looks fishy should be verified with the company first. Also, make sure you’re not doing sensitive things like logging into your bank website from a coffee shop’s unsecured Wi-Fi.Update your passwords: Password is not a password. Baseball123 isn’t either. It’s time to make better passwords. Think of a phrase or question like, “Can Lebron win a championship in LA in the next 3 years?” Then use the initials, symbols, and numbers to create your password. That would look like this: “CLwaciLAitn3y?” No one can guess that one. According to howsecureismypassword.net, it would take a computer about 415 million years to crack that password.last_img read more