Firms must get formal on flexible practices

first_img Previous Article Next Article Firms must get formal on flexible practicesOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today As the summer holiday season comes to an end, it is now one long haul atwork until the Christmas break. This time of year makes staff reassess their working lives and considerwhether they have got the balance right between their jobs and their lives outsidework. How can they earn a decent living, rise up the career ladder and havemore time to spend with the family or doing leisure pursuits? As autumn beckons, the Whitehall and Westminster machine is slowly gettingback into gear and the lobbyists are equally hard at work trying to influencethe employment policy agenda and flag up their specific interests. The Industrial Society, which hasn’t stopped churning out its huge volume ofreports over the summer, has published a survey of more than 500 HR professionalson the issue of flexible working (News, p1 & Comment, p21). There is no doubt that both this and the whole work-life balance debate arehot political topics – the party conference season will see some policyannouncements and the Work and Parents Task Force led by Professor Sir GeorgeBain is due to report back in November. The Industrial Society research is encouraging in that it shows that manyemployers are offering more flexibility at work – nine out of 10, in fact. Butthis is on a very informal basis. It is startling that over two-thirds of HRspecialists questioned do not have written or formal policies on flexibleworking in their organisations. HR managers should grasp the nettle and try to formalise flexible workingarrangements that exist in their organisations. This will help retain staff, befair and transparent and allow for more innovative approaches rather than justhaving a definition of flexible working as 8am to 4pm instead of 9am to 5pm. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Jerusalem Football

first_imgJerusalem Footballby Mark Hurt Candidate For The United States SenateWe are approaching the season of the year when many of our thoughts will turn to Jerusalem. Some will sing songs and others will review the history of the people who first declared that city to be holy. The season of Chanukah begins on December 12 and extends to the 20th, and of course we Christians celebrate the Christmas season 5 days later. To this day the typical greeting among our Jewish brothers and sisters at various times but particularly at Passover and at the end of the Seder meal is, “le-shanah ha-ba’ah bi-Yerushalayim,”  “Next year in Jerusalem.” The fact is that Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, and the US Embassy is located in the nation’s capital of every country with whom we have diplomatic relations, except for Israel. That error of history should be rectified.Earlier this year I published a blog outlining my support for Israel, historically our staunchest democratic ally. In that blog I specifically mentioned my support for President Trump’s campaign promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. With so many of the President’s initiatives and campaign promises stalled because of inaction by Congress, both by the recalcitrant democrats as well as republicans who find the President’s efforts to “drain the swamp” personally threatening, this is a laurel waiting to be seized. No Congressional approval is necessary, just a campaign promise the POTUS could honor tomorrow, not by Executive Order, but merely acting to enforce an existing Congressional mandate. He promised he would; now he should.In 1995 the 104th Congress, by a unanimous voice vote, approved the Jerusalem Embassy Act. That act stated that the USA should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there. Did I say it was a unanimous vote? Despite that approval, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump have failed to act to move the embassy. It has become a political football that has been punted for 24 years. Oh, there are a variety of reasons routinely proffered:  Palestine will be upset, it might be considered by some an act of war, it will stall the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks (how are they going?), it will cause hard feelings among Israel’s neighbors, and the old favorite, the United Nations will be angry. Does anyone actually think that not moving the embassy will make Palestine a friend of the USA? The last 24 years suggests not.There is even the fear expressed by at least three administrations that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because of a Congressional vote muddies the water between the auspices of Congress and the sole power invested by the Constitution in the Executive Branch to execute foreign policy. While some of the warnings about such a move may have credibility, I believe it is time to get over this whining excuse and act to move the embassy. Since the 1995 act, the President must stipulate in writing every six months that it is not in the best interests of the USA to make the move at that time. Despite his campaign promise to move the embassy, the last time such a declaration was made, President Trump so stipulated on June 1, 2017.  He must reissue that statement on December 1, 2017. I encourage him not to do so.By beginning the process to move the embassy on December 1, 2017, the current administration will honor one more campaign promise that the electorate voted for and assure Israel, that the USA can be depended on to honor its international ethical commitments. As your senator, I will always stand with Israel on key issues, and should it not occur this December, once I oust progressive Senator Joe Donnelly and become your junior senator I will work to have the administration begin this strategic move as soon as possible.Working for you,Mark HurtCandidate For The United States Senate In The Republican Primary FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Eco-friendly Quangoff

first_imgQuangoff Spring Water Systems will be highlighting its green initiatives at the show, and demonstrating how to serve chilled still and sparkling natural spring water, with minimal environmental impact.Its natural spring water is delivered from four UK spring sources in 20-litre recyclable bags inside boxes, eliminating a need for plastic or glass bottles. It fits on a bar or counter top with no need for plumbing or unpacking.”In the current economic climate, saving energy saves money for business owners who already have pressing concerns. Taking a positive stance on environmental issues is crucial to both customers and employees,” said David Lenderyou, managing director, Quangoff.[http://www.quangoff.co.uk]last_img

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The Main Squeeze And Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Team Up In Georgia [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Setlist: The Main Squeeze at the Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA – 3/3/16Set: All In > Mama Told Me (Guitar) > Afterlife Jam > Dr. Funk > Sweat Interlude, Sweat In A Funk, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Colorful Mist, Miss that Feeling, Ebaneezer > Reubodrums, 2 Steps Last Call, Where Do We Go?Encore: Since I’ve Been Loving You Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at the Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA – 3/3/16Set: Poseidon, Fade Fast, The Liquid, Bad For You, Horizon > Somethin For Ya > Funk E Zekiel > Kashmir > Lightning*, Live It Upcenter_img Last night, two preeminent funk bands Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and The Main Squeeze shared the stage at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA. Expectations ran high as both bands delivered energetic sets, just days before both bands were scheduled to appear at AURA Music & Arts Festival. Pigeons are riding high from their brand new single, “Burning Up My Time,” which premiered on L4LM yesterday. Squeeze is rockin’ it in full force as well, making for a very special evening of music.Thanks to Phierce Photo, we now have a full gallery of images from the funky affair. Enjoy them below:last_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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A call for reparations for Roma slavery

first_img Read Full Story Reparations for historical injustices should extend to the Roma, who were slave laborers in parts of Romania for nearly 500 years, say two human rights researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Roma slavery has left a legacy of troubling consequences, including poverty, homelessness, limited access to fundamental social and economic rights, social marginalization, statelessness, and persistent discrimination and stigma, according to an April 22, 2016 article in Foreign Policy In Focus by two experts from Harvard Chan School’s FXB Center for Health & Human Rights: Margareta Matache, instructor, and Jacqueline Bhabha, director of research.Matache and Bhabha called for “meaningful and enduring reparations” involving “social, political, and educational responses both at an institutional level and as a contribution enacted by ordinary citizens playing a role in whatever way they can to reverse the effects of past wrongs.”last_img read more

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The parrot knows shapes

first_img Researcher explores origins of intelligence by working with parrots Ultimately, Nakayama said, the significance of Griffin’s ability may lie with the way it offers an instructive example of how the brain’s neural network processes complex information.“We’ve presented Griffin with a wider range of tests that have been done before,” he said. “In contrast to studies in animal behavior and the learning in ‘deep networks,’ there is no commonality image-wise between the real 3-D triangle and the Kanizsa triangle. Yet Griffin has made that connection. His visual system has solved a problem yet to be demonstrated by any artificial network. What’s different is that this parrot has some modicum of language ability, so we can communicate in a way that’s not possible with other animals.”By comparison, machine-learning algorithms appear to “learn” very differently.Researchers begin by feeding millions of pieces of data into the systems, and then rely on massive amounts of computer data and complex algorithms to sort through it all, resulting in some truly amazing feats of recognition.“However, this may not generalize to the way we process this information,” Nakayama said. “Machine learning is almost like blind learning. Researchers say if they give them enough information in enough situations, they will learn this … but they just haven’t made an attempt to do what this parrot has done under similar circumstances, and I would love them to try this.”The study was supported by the National Science Foundation and donors to the Alex Foundation. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk9HF0kxX-o” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/Xk9HF0kxX-o/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Related When he looks at a Kanizsa triangle, the famous optical illusion made up of three Pac-Man figures facing each other, Griffin doesn’t just see three figures converging on each other. He sees a triangle.That might not seem significant, until you realize that Griffin is a parrot.Despite a visual system vastly different from that of humans, the bird can successfully identify Kanizsa figures and occluded shapes, said Ken Nakayama, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, and Irene Pepperberg, a research associate in the Psychology Department, co-authors of a study on the subject. The findings, they said, suggest that birds may process visual information in a similar way to humans. The findings are described in a paper recently published in the journal Cognition.“There are 300 million years of evolution that separate us,” Pepperberg said. “Just anatomically, Griffin’s brain is very different from ours. Despite that, these data suggest he is solving these critical survival problems — like avoiding predators and finding food — in ways that are very similar to those of humans.”Besides revealing just how clever Griffin and his avian kin are, the study could offer important guidance for fields like artificial intelligence.“This is important, particularly in the context of our understanding of deep learning,” Nakayama said. “These algorithms can do astonishing things, but they’re very brittle in the sense that they can make terrible mistakes that you and I would never make. We’ve never really tested a human or a machine with this type of test … and if this animal with a relatively primitive brain can perform this task, there may be something here that needs to be explored.”In addition to the triangle, Griffin was able to identify one-, two-, four-, and six-sided Kanizsa figures, and to do the same on such shapes with one occluded corner, Pepperberg said.Griffin the parrot identifies Kanisza shapes Griffin successfully identifies a Kanizsa figure, suggesting that birds may process visual information in a way that is similar to humans, according to Harvard researchers Ken Nakayama and Irene Pepperberg, co-authors of a recent study published in Cognition. The first step in testing whether Griffin could recognize occluded shapes was for Pepperberg to train him to recognize shapes in the first place.‘If this animal with a relatively primitive brain can perform this task, there may be something here that needs to be explored.’ — Ken NakayamaTo do that, Pepperberg and students used wooden blocks, and taught Griffin shapes based on their number of corners. When shown a square, for example, he eventually would respond by saying “four.”While the training ensured that Griffin could recognize 3-D shapes, the occluded shapes were simply printed on paper. That he was still able to recognize them, Pepperberg said, suggests he understood the relationship between the two methods.“He was able to recognize that this flat piece of paper represented the square block on which he was trained,” Pepperberg said. “We were able to do this with one-, two-, three-, four-, and six-cornered objects. We varied the color and size of the objects, the size of the occluders — we never repeated the same trial twice.” Polly want a vocabulary?last_img read more

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How to Create a Service Request

first_imgThe Dell EMC Online Support site makes it easy for you to create and manage Service Requests and get the support you need for your Dell EMC products. To begin, visit the Dell EMC Online Support site at https://support.emc.com/. From the Menu on the left side, under the Support Tasks header, click Create a Service Request. To check on the status of an existing ticket, select Manage Service Requests. If you’d like to have a live chat session with a support technician, select Chat with Support and a Service Request ticket will be automaticallycreated for you.This helpful video walks you through the 5 steps for creating an SR to receive service or to order parts replacements for your products, which include:1. Specify request type (service or parts)2. Select a product3. Describe the problem4. Confirm Contact Information5. Submit TicketBefore you begin, have your Product ID/Name/Alias and Site Name/ID/Location on hand. During the ticket creation process, Knowledge Base articles and self-help resources will display during Step 2 which you can reference before submitting a ticket. After entering all of your information and clicking Submit, you can Add Attachments to your SR on the confirmation page to help further describe the specific needs.Video: How to Create a Service Request on the Online Support SiteVideo: How to Create a Service Request with the EMC MOBILE AppCommunity Tip: Staying informed when you are not the Owner or Primary Contact of a Service Request Did you know you can use the EMC MOBILE app to create Service Requests as well? Watch this quick video on how to submit an SR ticket using your iPhone or Android device. Don’t have the EMC MOBILE app? Download it here: http://www.emc.com/dellemcmobile.Holly AndersonPrincipal Manager, Dell EMC Social SupportFollow us @DellEMCsupportlast_img read more

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Fiorentina: Cesare Prandelli takes charge after Giuseppe Iachini sacking | Football News

first_img“I also want to give my personal welcome to Mr Prandelli.“We believe that his skills, his professional history and his humanity, recognised and appreciated by the whole world of football, make Prandelli the best person to sit on the Viola bench.”Fiorentina did not confirm the length of Prandelli’s contract but said he will be presented to the media on Tuesday.- Advertisement – Giuseppe Iachini has been sacked as head coach by Fiorentina, with the Serie A club appointing Cesare Prandelli in his place.Prandelli returns for a second spell in Florence, having coached Fiorentina between 2005 and 2010.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img He will have the task of reviving the club’s fortunes as they are 12th in the Serie A standings, after two wins from seven games this season.“I want to personally thank Beppe Iachini who, in the most difficult moment of last season, has dragged and guided the team,” club president Rocco Commisso said.“Unfortunately, the current results require a change of technical guidance.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Economou to step down at Switzerland’s CERN next year

first_img“My mission was create a portfolio that could deliver the highest possible return relative to the risk acceptable to CERN. “We now have a risk-based approach that is designed to deliver just that – i.e. the smoothest possible path towards CERN’s objective.”He said he had initially set out to accomplish this task in three years during his first mandate, but that, “due to the complexity of having representatives of 20 countries and some 15 groups of stakeholders”, it took him four years in the end.Economou said he was considering setting up an investment consultancy with a strategy based on the “CERN model”, and that he would decide on his next move some time this year.Last month, the industry veteran was appointed chairman of the investment committee at the pension fund for Switzerland-based Lombard Odier, which cited Economou’s experience in setting risk budgets as “a valuable complement.”He also serves on the $58.4bn (€43bn) Virginia Retirement System’s investment advisory committee. Théodore Economou, chief executive and CIO at the CHF4bn (€3.3bn) European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Pension Fund, has confirmed he will not seek re-appointment to his current position, whose tenure ends in August 2015.Economou said he would stay on as chief executive at CERN for the next 14 months and that he expected to be involved in the selection of his successor.He is currently serving his second three-year term as CIO.“I was brought in [at CERN] in 2009 with a clear mission, which has now been successfully accomplished,” he told IPE.last_img read more

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