BNFL’s tougher new work culture wins HSE’s praise

first_img Previous Article Next Article BNFL’s efforts to improve work culture and safety atSellafield nuclear plant over the past year have been acknowledged in an HSEreport released last week.Sellafield’s HR team have driven forward a tough new workculture seeking to instill self-discipline and responsibility among the8,000-strong workforce.The “zero tolerance” approach to wilful breaches of safetywas a response to three critical HSE reports in February 2000, and a media scandalabout the falsification of safety data. Staffing shortages and poor managementwere among the criticisms. Last summer BNFL, in co-operation with the unions, developednew standards and expectations for its staff. They came into force on 1 August.Peter Woolley, Sellafield’s head of HR and public affairs,said, “We had to get the employees to understand that there were basicstandards of behaviour that would have to be met.”The standards included adhering to 20mph limits at the site,the proper use of access passes and consuming food in the right areas. In theensuing six months, 20 people were dismissed for non-compliance. But Woolley admits that while the standards have gone a longway to improving quality and safety standards at Sellafield, there has been aprice to pay.He said, “It is medicine that needed to be taken but it hasnot been very palatable. Morale is not high.”The HR team recruited 400 additional staff and hascontributed to significant management restructuring. It is now targeting morale.By Mike Broad Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. BNFL’s tougher new work culture wins HSE’s praiseOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Trey Anastasio Trio Rolls Through Grand Rapids [Videos]

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Trey Anastasio continued his spring solo tour with the Trey Anastasio Trio during a performance at Grand Rapids, Michigan’s 20 Monroe Live, following up Tuesday’s tour opener in Cleveland. Fans have been eager to see Trey, drummer Russ Lawton, and bassist Tony Markellis on the road, particularly given the surprise announcement of the trio’s substitution for Trey Anastasio Band tour back in March—this announcement came on the heels of TAB keyboardist Ray Paczkowski’s emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor. The trio is a throwback to the earliest iteration of Trey’s solo band, which came together after the three musicians first played together at a Vermont performance under the moniker 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes 20 years ago.To kick things off, the band opened their show with “Blaze On” off 2016’s Big Boat, a number previously only performed by Trey Anastasio solo or by Phish. This was followed by another debut for Trey Anastasio Band/Trio, a take on the party anthem, “Party Time”. While the first two songs were new to Lawton and Markellis, the trio followed up “Party Time” with “Undermind”, marking a gap of over a decade since Trey Anastasio Band had performed the number, though even longer since Russ and Tony had performed the tune. The group then performed Trey Anastasio Band staple, “Gotta Jibboo”, and another older classic, “Back On The Train”, which JamBase notes “dates back to the trio’s 1999 tour yet was only performed during solo acoustic sets that run.”“Gotta Jibboo” To close out set one, the group laid out a patient take on “Alaska” before set-closing renditions of Trey Anastasio’s relatively new tune, “Soul Planet”, which was debuted at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in the fall, and a slinky rendition of Trey Anastasio Band’s staple, “Sand”. To start set two, the group opened things up with “Corona” followed by “The Way I Feel”. With an emphasis on transitions during the second set, “Corona”, “The Way I Feel”, “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” (which featured teases of Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”), “Mr. Completely”, and “Bug” were all well-segued across one another, taking up the majority of the second set. Closing things out, Trey Anastasio Trio first offered up “Set Your Soul Free”, which, like “Soul Planet”, was similarly debuted at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas last fall. Fan favorites “Ghost” and “Julius” closed out the frame before an extensive four-song encore.“Set Your Soul Free” In keeping with the trend of the tour opener, Wednesday night’s performance opened with a solo acoustic portion from Trey Anastasio. While in Cleveland, Trey performed “Waste” to open the encore, in Grand Rapids, Anastasio offered up two solo acoustic numbers—”Brian and Robert” and “More”. Drummer Russ Lawton and bassist Tony Markellis returned to the stage for the show’s final songs of “Show Of Life” and “First Tube”.Setlist: Trey Anastasio Trio | 20 Monroe Live | Grand Rapids, MI | 4/18/2018 Set One: Blaze On, Party Time[1], Undermind, Gotta Jibboo, Back on the Train, Alaska, Soul Planet, SandSet Two: Corona > The Way I Feel, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > Mr. Completely > Bug, Set Your Soul Free, Ghost, JuliusEncore: Brian and Robert[2], More[2], Show of Life, First Tube[1] TAB debut. | [2] Trey solo acousticlast_img read more

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Onsite: CommunityLIVE from Las Vegas

first_imgThis week over 1,500 people came to Las Vegas for CommunityLive. This is much more than an OnBase users conference. People from many different industries came together to listen to speakers discuss how organizations can work better smarter and faster. Credit unions were well represented at the event.Hyland president and CEO Bill Priemer kicked off the conference talking about the power of community. This theme was constant through the entire event. Bill walked through six benefits of community:Collective wisdomPushing our limitsSupport & beliefNew ideasBorrowed motivationAccountabilityAs Bill dove deeper into his opening remarks it was hard not to see how credit unions are perfectly positioned to leverage our community to excel going forward.The keynote speaker of the event was Guy Kawasaki. Guy is the former chief evangelist of Apple and a well know blogger on the art of innovation. I was really looking forward to hearing Guy speak being a fan of his TED talk.The first of his ten points is to “Make Meaning.” This hit home with the credit union attendees in the audience. We all know we have a strong purpose and meaning the question I would ask is are we doing our best to communicate it. I enjoyed his conversation from moving from a mission statement to a mantra. Something simple all our employees and members can understand.Guy’s third talking point was to “jump to the next curve.” When we think of the technological change happening in every facet of the credit union world this could not have been timelier. And in a room full of tech people, you could smell the wheels spinning.The credit union track at CommunityLIVE was packed with chances to network, user groups and breakout sessions. I sat in on one presentation by DFCU Financial’s Elizabeth Hershey. She discussed DFCU’s multiyear transition to ECM and the gains instantly realized moving into a digital world.It was great talking to credit union friends in attendance and hearing why they come back to CommunityLIVE every year. I heard over and over about how great of a networking event it is for them. They not only do they get new ideas, but it has created a community to leverage and accomplish things for the betterment of their CUs. As at any event you could feel the passion from the credit union people. 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Duterte picks Clement as new AFP chief

first_imgClement – who will replace General BenjaminMadrigal Jr. – could move to his new position on the AFP’s change of command onSept. 24. Madrigal was scheduled for retirement when he reached the age of 56on Sept. 28. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte selectedCentral Command chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement as the next chief of theArmed Forces of the Philippines, Department of National Defense secretary DelfinLorenzana said. He, however, was cleared by the PhilippineNational Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for lack ofevidence./PN Lorenzana on Thursday announced Clement’sappointment but his office is still waiting for the appointment papers from thePalace.   A member of the Philippine Military Academy’sSandiwa Class of 1985, Clement commanded the 501st and 602nd Infantry Brigadesand served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the military.center_img Clement previously served as the chief of thePhilippine Army’s 10th Infantry “Agila” Division before leading the CentralCommand in the Visayan region. A dent to Clement’s career was when he waslinked to the April 2007 kidnapping and disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos. Central Command chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement was appointed as the next chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, according to Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana. 10TH INFANTRY AGILA DIVISION PHILIPPINE ARMY FACEBOOK PAGElast_img read more

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EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs

first_img Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Share EveryMatrix will boost its player engagement dynamics by launching CompetitionLabs gamification solutions across its CasinoEngine platform.  The partnership will see EveryMatrix make CompetitionLabs’ gamification components (tournaments, challenges, leaderboards and missions) available to CasinoEngine clients. In an update to partners, EveryMatrix underlined the ‘positive effects’ of gamification components in improving player engagement and loyalty beyond standardised bonus incentives. Stian Enger Pettersen, CEO of CasinoEngine, explained: “EveryMatrix helps customers to differentiate and innovate their businesses through our solutions, and CompetitionsLabs’ gamification platform is an excellent fit for us.“Thanks to this integration, our casino clients can now take full advantage of this real-time toolkit to quickly roll out tournaments and missions, and we are confident that players will be excited by the skinnable widgets.”News of the EveryMatrix partnership follows last week’s announcement by the B2B technology group that its CasinoEngine has been selected by Gibraltar-based BetVictor as lead platform to revamp its online casino product.  Operating since 2015, Malta-based CompetitionLabs brands itself as the industry’s leading developer in tailor-made igaming gamification experiences, building new components for Betsson, QuickSpin and RISQ. Julian Steinwender, Chief Engagement Officer of CompetitionLabs, stated: “EveryMatrix is a great partner to work with and we believe that their commitment to both customers and players alike has been showcased for the past decade. ““CasinoEngine is a high-performing product and our gamification platform will help them increase their customer engagement even more. We understand that gamification can be daunting, which is where the CompetitionLabs software and consulting services can help out.”last_img read more

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New Dortmund signing faster than Bolt over 30m

first_imgBorussia Dortmund’s new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has clocked a faster time in sprint training than Olympic champion Usain Bolt ran when he set the world record in 2009.The 24-year-old Aubameyang clocked 3.7secs over 30m during sprint training with the Champions League finalists this week, while Bolt ran 3.78sec over the same distance when he set the world 100m record of 9.58secs in Berlin in 2009.“Pierre is definitely the fastest player who has ever played for us,” Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc told German daily Bild.The Gabon international is not only fleet-footed, as he proved scoring 41 goals and setting up a further 28, in 120 games for former club St Etienne.He cost Dortmund 13 million euros (US$17m) from the French Cup winners.“We’re going to have a lot of fun playing alongside him,” said Dortmund’s Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.But Jamaica’s sprint star may not be too happy that Dortmund have signed Aubameyang: Bolt is a fan of European champions Bayern Munich and friends with their Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger. The 26-year-old sprinter is often in Munich as a patient of Bayern’s team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt.last_img read more

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This is a golden age for MLB’s rookie hitters — and the mediums promoting them

first_imgAs Beltran traveled from city to city on a bottom-dwelling Royals team, most players around the league did not grasp the full talent level of the eventual Rookie of the Year.“It was really just word of mouth,” said former big leaguer Kevin Millar, who was also a rookie in 1999 and now works for MLB Network. “He did well against somebody in the series before … and maybe you got whispers in the clubhouse, like, ‘Hey this Carlos Beltran kid is a pretty good player.’ But you never had the chance to read about him, see workout videos of him or anything.”Beltran’s experience wasn’t unique, of course. For decades, MLB newcomers — particularly in small markets — needed years of regular-season production or playoff heroics to become household names. The wall between players and fans came down in the late-2000s because of online prospect-oriented websites and social media platforms that allowed a uniquely talented crop of rookie hitters to make a wider-reaching first impression.“Without a doubt it’s been fascinating how much has changed,” said Greg Mize, the Braves’ senior director of marketing and innovation, who oversees the team’s social media production and has worked in baseball for about 20 years. “Our fans now have been following (minor league prospect) progression all the way up, so when they get to Atlanta it’s not like, ‘Wait a minute, who is that guy?’”MORE: Late-round MLB draft steals offer glimpse into scouting processMize helps orchestrate complex marketing strategies for a steady flow of standout rookies, planning out specific social media posts weeks ahead of time with his staff and determining what kinds of behind-the-scenes footage might work best to promote a certain player. He’s been busy. Star second baseman Ozzie Albies came up at age 20 in 2017, outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. earned Rookie of the Year honors last season and outfielder Austin Riley is somehow outdoing both of those players this year, hitting nine home runs in his first 18 games with the Braves.Each year, Atlanta’s marketing team meets with minor league spring training invites in March to establish personal connections with the organization’s youngest players. When someone appears primed for a call-up, the social media staff spends days putting together a package of custom player graphics for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, planning social copy to accompany those graphics and brainstorming how to incorporate the player’s personality into its coverage.“It all sort of culminates with their debuts,” Mize said. “We really like to make a big deal out of those, and we’ve been really lucky that we’ve had a lot of them over the past couple of seasons. We have a good system down.”On May 15, Riley got wall-to-wall treatment from the Braves for his first appearance. Fans who had followed him through Atlanta’s system were given digital access to his game preparation, while more casual supporters were simply introduced to him. It helped the marketing staff that Riley’s first hit was a home run, an outcome for which they had prepared. Among the planned Twitter posts were an official call-up announcement graphic, a video montage of Riley entering the stadium for the first time and the below animated gif/video combination celebrating his fourth-inning home run.How is @austinriley1308’s first big-league game going?Pretty good: pic.twitter.com/kkZ1VUOfyo— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 16, 2019Meanwhile, MLB broadcast its own highlights and graphics of Riley to its 20.9 million combined followers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Braves’ TV broadcaster, FOX Sports South, did the same.MORE: Riley among friends in AtlantaElsewhere this season, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made a much-anticipated debut in Toronto, while top prospect Eloy Jimenez debuted in Chicago. In fact, most MLB cities have tasted the excitement of a star rookie over the past few campaigns. Marketing strategies in those places followed a similar playbook to the one seen in Atlanta, using previously nonexistent mediums to their advantage to capture buzz around a spectacular newcomer. Clubs are benefiting from a golden era of young talent, and the rookies are likely benefiting from the exposure they’re getting.There have been many strong freshmen classes before: 1999 introduced Beltran, and two years later, Ichiro, Albert Pujols, Jimmy Rollins and Alfonso Soriano entered the league. In 1986, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Will Clark and Barry Larkin debuted. Even so, we’re amid the best (and most consistent) stretch for rookie position players since at least the early 1960s, as reflected below. When Beltran began with the Royals in 1999, he did not instantly become a recognizable figure around baseball, even though his play warranted that kind of attention. In fact, Kansas City fans staged a protest that year in response to their team’s lack of national coverage.But like first-year players Walter Johnson in 1907 or Kris Bryant in 2015, Beltran eventually needed to prove himself to the masses. His greatness was established when he forced himself into MVP discussions in 2003 with a 26 home run, 41 stolen base season. It was magnified the next year with his famous postseason showing of eight home runs in 12 games in Houston, which earned him a national reputation as a clutch performer.Guerrero Jr. went 6-for-41 without a home run in his first 11 games this season. Jimenez is still hitting .224. Rookies might attract more immediate followers these days, but they’ll still need to perform at a high level to maintain their substantial hype. That much will probably never change. Like so many exciting rookies before him, Carlos Beltran did not register as much more than a slow-spreading rumor when he broke through with the Royals in 1999.Print publications didn’t closely follow the skinny prospect who flashed almost every tool while he was in the minor leagues, so his debut didn’t attract national attention. There weren’t social media platforms from which fans could gawk at a stellar rookie campaign that included 22 home runs, 27 stolen bases and plenty of long drives into the outfield waterfalls in Kansas City from both sides of the plate. Beyond the occasional “SportsCenter” highlight, Beltran struggled to get exposure. (SN, via Fangraphs) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fc/21/rookie-war-060519-getty-ftr_1qchk3isfwbk91ummb1wrmpgww.png?t=677157851&w=500&quality=80 Though wins above replacement for rookies has fluctuated dramatically from 1900 onward — and eras similar to the past decade-plus have certainly come around — nothing in the immediate past compares with what’s happening right now. The 2015 first-year class that debuted Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Michael Conforto and Joc Pederson stands as one of the best of all time, and this year figures to deliver one of the stronger ones in recent memory if Guerrero Jr. and Jimenez hit their strides in the second half of the season. “I will say the game is in a good spot,” Millar said. “It’s a younger, stronger, selective league now. … You can go into a high school game and watch the strength and the size and the ability of some of these guys. They just don’t look like kids anymore.”It’s no coincidence, then, for MLB’s official 2019 slogan to be “Let the kids play” — it has every reason to amplify the next generation of top performers in order to navigate a highly competitive climate of professional sports teams in the U.S. That mindset also applies to the franchise-specific perspective in ways it maybe didn’t before.Even in 2011, when Mike Trout debuted for the Angels, there wasn’t this level of outside hype, said team broadcaster Victor Rojas. At that point, Twitter was just going mainstream, and Instagram was less than a year old.”You know, it’s interesting because Mike was a prospect coming up, but it’s not like today where, you know, when Acuña is coming up, it’s like ‘Ronald’s coming!’ or ‘Vladdy Jr.’s coming!'” Rojas told Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan. “It wasn’t quite like that. And I don’t know why, because everyone thought very highly of Trout.”MORE: Diamondbacks look like early 2019 MLB Draft winnerOne drawback to the constant attention on the league’s newcomers, Millar said, is the pressure it places on the players he looks at as kids. Padres rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. already has 157,000 Instagram followers. He’s 20. Acuna, 21, is up to 291,000 on the platform. There’s no getting away from the expectations, and their early success likely adds to that weight.last_img read more

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The Posture of Pain

first_imgKenton Stuth, owner of In Touch Therapy, has been a licensed massage therapist for eight years.We’ve all experienced it – a strain in our neck or a pinch in our lower back. These common discomforts can often make daily activities and chores strenuous and difficult. However, Founder and Clinic Director of In Touch Therapy, Kenton Stuth, says there are a few simple changes we can make in our daily movements that can help alleviate and even prevent these common pains.Stuth says one of the most common complaints his clients come in with is in regard to neck pain. He says people often attribute pain in their neck to “sleeping wrong.” This is, however, a common misconception.Stuth says, rather than “sleeping wrong,” people engage in activities prior to sleep that cause tenseness in the neck region. “I can’t tell people to stop sleeping,” he explains, so instead, Stuth suggests changing the activities you engage in prior to sleep that could be causing discomfort when you wake up. “It’s the daily, little things we do,” he says. “You don’t throw your back out from loading the dishwasher wrong. You throw your back out from loading the dishwasher wrong for 20 years.”Stuth continues, explaining that, “People all have postures which contribute to their pain.” Being able to identify where your pain is coming from is a good place to start when trying to alleviate discomfort. Stuth says pain usually travels front-to-back and bottom-to-top.  So if you are experiencing pain in your back, look at your front, and if you feel pain in your knee, look at your ankle.“The biggest thing that hurts people is bending over. When you bend over – at the knees or back – and twist at the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on the discs in your back. This can cause herniations and other painful conditions,” says Stuth. “Try to keep everything pointed the same direction. If you bend over and need to turn, bend, stand up, and then turn your entire body, rather than twisting while bent over,” suggests Stuth.Stuth says a few other good rules of thumb to follow are:Don’t lean over when you brush your teeth. And, if you find yourself leaning over anyway, use your hand to prop yourself up.When you get out of bed, don’t sit up. Turn on your side, then push yourself up.If you work at a computer, elevate the monitor so that it is level with your vision and your head is pointed straight ahead.Find out which of your eyes is dominant and orient your office or workspace so that it accommodates your dominant side, alleviating strain.These are just a few changes you can apply to the way you move your body during daily activities that will encourage healthy body movement and alleviate pain brought on by improper, repetitive motions. Facebook20Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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