Guide tips scale towards hitting tough job targets

first_img Previous Article Next Article A new guide for local councillors aims to help them hit governmentperformance targets by offering practical information on recruiting seniorstaff. Recruitment for senior posts is one of the public duties of councillors. Theguide will be launched at this week’s Society of Personnel Officers inGovernment (Socpo) conference, and is available free to councillors. Getting the Right People in the Right Jobs, by recruitment consultantsGatenbySanderson, includes tips on every stage of the recruitment process fromthinking about the job to marketing, shortlisting and selection. The guide also provides advice on induction and ongoing personal developmentsupport as well as case studies of senior recruitment in local authorities. Graham Goodwin, managing director of GatenbySanderson, said that governmentperformance targets were putting increased pressure on local councillors to makesure they recruit the right people. “HR gives advice about recruitment, but the final decision is with the[council] members,” he said. “At present there is a gap in support[for councillors] who also have to look at the wider implications of recruitment.”Socpo’s annual conference takes place in Brighton on 10-12 March. www.socpo.org.uk10 tips on how to attract the top talent 1 Make sure you get involved in the recruitment process 2 Past practice is not necessarily best practice – you need tobe flexible and innovative3 The amount of time you invest will show candidates theimportance you attach to the appointment4 Consider recruitment training for yourself and colleagues 5 Appointing a senior person to your team is a greatopportunity to re-evaluate and refresh your vision6 Recruiting is also an opportunity to generate PR7 Make sure the information you provide is top quality, as itreflects the whole authority8 Recruitment is a two-way process – convince the candidate towork for you9 Follow the law on equal opportunities10 Provide induction, mentoring, coaching and team developmentSource: Getting the Best People in the Right Jobs Comments are closed. Guide tips scale towards hitting tough job targetsOn 9 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Paulson votes against proposed Callon acquisition of Carrizo

first_img Image: Paulson votes against proposed Callon acquisition of Carrizo. Photo: Courtesy of Tumisu from Pixabay. Paulson & Co. Inc. (“Paulson”), as manager of funds holding 21.6 million shares, or 9.5% of those outstanding, of Callon Petroleum Company (“Callon” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CPE), today voted its Callon shares against the proposed acquisition of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (“Carrizo”) (NASDAQ: CRZO).Paulson notes that Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) and Glass Lewis & Co. (“Glass Lewis”) both recommend that Callon shareholders vote against the Company’s proposed acquisition of Carrizo.  Both proxy advisors provide valuable, independent perspectives to constituencies concerning proxy matters.Callon shareholders and analysts have expressed a strong interest in our views and have communicated that they share many of our concerns.  The Callon Board, which has to date been unresponsive to any of our communications, should listen to its shareholders.If, on November 14th, Callon shareholders reject the approval of the proposed acquisition, Paulson requests that the Callon Board should follow the will of its shareholders and direct management to focus on:Reducing G&A costs, which have risen by over $12 million for the first nine months of 2019 versus 2018;Focusing its SIMOPS mega-pad development on its extensive stand-alone acreage;Delivering on generating true corporate-level free cash flow organically starting in the fourth quarter of this year assuming $50/bbl, as previously guided (page 14 of its February 26, 2019 presentation); andEngaging new, independent advisors to pursue a sale of Callon.As ISS states, a standalone Callon would be less risky and, combined with a reduction in its own operating costs, a shorter path to shareholder value than an overpriced acquisition.  As Glass Lewis concludes, investors could be pleasantly surprised once the Company begins to generate positive free cash flow on a standalone basis, or if the board actively solicited interest from would-be suitors, which the board didn’t do before signing the merger agreement with Carrizo. Source: Company Press Release Callon shareholders and analysts have expressed a strong interest in our views and have communicated that they share many of our concernslast_img read more

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Australia: Henderson-based Strategic Marine Wins USD 5 Million Contract to Provide Three High-Speed Patrol Vessels

first_img View post tag: d Patrol View post tag: three March 17, 2011 View post tag: contract View post tag: USD View post tag: million Australia: Henderson-based Strategic Marine Wins USD 5 Million Contract to Provide Three High-Speed Patrol Vessels View post tag: 5 View post tag: Navy View post tag: marine Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Henderson-based Strategic Marine Wins USD 5 Million Contract to Provide Three High-Speed Patrol Vessels View post tag: High-Spee View post tag: wins Henderson-based Strategic Marine has won a contract to provide three high-speed patrol vessels worth nearly $5 million for the Australian Fe…(wabusinessnews)[mappress]Source: wabusinessnews,March 17, 2011; View post tag: Provide View post tag: Henderson-based View post tag: STRATEGIC View post tag: vessels View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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Police pursuit ends with arrest in La Porte County

first_img Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – December 28, 2020 0 316 Police pursuit ends with arrest in La Porte County Twitter Facebook Google+ IndianaLocalNews (Photo Supplied/La Porte County Sheriff’s Office) A wanted man was arrested Sunday following a police pursuit.Officers initiated the pursuit after the vehicle failed to yield for a traffic stop.Tire deflation devices were set up on State Road 249, just off of I-94. The fleeing vehicle struck them, traveled a short distance, and eventually stopped.ABC 57 News reports the driver was identified as Thomas Baskin, 37 of Chicago. He was arrested on a number of charges and booked in the La Porte County Jail where he’s being held with no bond. TAGSarrestedIndianaLa Porte Countypolice pursuitThomas Baskinwanted center_img Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleGoshen man fires shots at family dog, arrested SundayNext articleMichigan woman steals police car, crashes it early Monday Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

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Chicago Town unveils pizza-inspired beer

first_imgSource: Chicago TownChicago Town wants a pizza the alcohol market and has teamed up with Manchester-based Seven Brothers Brewing Co to create a pizza-inspired beer.The limited edition Show Me The Honey beer, which is available for October only, is inspired by the sweet and savoury flavours of the brand’s latest pizza – the Stuffed Crust Takeaway Sweet Honey BBQ Salami. Both were launched to celebrate International Beer & Pizza Day on 9 October.Available now for an rsp of £4.49, the pizza features a tomato sauce filled crust topped with sweet honey BBQ sauce, a blend of mozzarella & red cheddar, as well as salami and red onions.A recent poll conducted by Chicago Town found that 76% of people who drink alcohol with pizza would choose beer.“As we saw in our poll, beer is the most popular alcoholic drink to accompany a slice of pizza. So, what better way to celebrate International Beer & Pizza Day than to create a beer inspired by the bold flavours of our new Stuffed Crust Takeaway Sweet Honey BBQ Salami,” said Rachel Bradshaw, spokesperson for Chicago Town.The first 100 customers to purchase the new Show Me The Honey beer, via the Seven Brothers website, will receive a voucher for a free Sweet Honey BBQ Salami pizza.“We were keen to replicate the pizza’s aroma and taste in the flavour profile of Show Me The Honey. To capture the perfect pairing, the team sampled each of the toppings here in the brewery and mapped out the brew based on the flavour notes we needed to hit,” said Jack Dixon, brewer at Seven Brothers.“Chicago Town pizza dough is made fresh every day in its bakery so was easy to replicate with yeast, the base for any beer. Hops were added to give it a smoky salami bitterness, but not too late in the boil as we didn’t want it to overpower the honeycomb malt syrups. These syrups are added to replicate the sweet, yet tangy, honey BBQ sauce found on the pizza.”The Stuffed Crust Takeaway Sweet Honey BBQ Salami pizza is available across major supermarkets including Amazon, Asda, Farmfoods, Iceland, Ocado, Tesco and Morrisons.last_img read more

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Recovery from Harvey could take years

first_imgTropical storm Harvey has wreaked devastation on Houston, Texas since making landfall as a hurricane on Aug. 26, 2017. Richard Serino, distinguished visiting fellow at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School and former deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), spoke about the response so far and the long recovery ahead in Texas and Louisiana. Here are excerpts from the Harvard Chan School “Big 3” interview:Can you assess the response to Harvey so far? What has been working well, and what are some of the challenges faced by emergency management agencies?Hundreds of thousands of people are involved in the response from all across the nation. One of the things that has been working well has been the coordination—the communication—between the federal, state, and local levels in preparation for Harvey making landfall, and also the coordination in the initial rescue portion of the response.One of the biggest challenges is that the response is very much still in life-saving mode. There are still a number of people that are trapped in homes that need to be brought to safety. Anybody that’s in a flooded home, that’s trapped, and they have serious medical conditions, those are the ones that are going to be triaged and prioritized first. One of the great things that we have seen, along with the federal, state, and the local assistance, is a lot of neighbors helping neighbors, for example, people using their own boats to rescue people.Once the rescue stage is over the focus will shift to providing shelter, food, and water for the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes. There is not going to be a quick resolution to this. This is going to take not weeks, not months, but years for those affected to recover from this disaster.What has made Harvey so destructive? Was Houston well-prepared for a storm of this magnitude?I think it’s multifaceted. These types of emergencies are very complex disasters. With Harvey, it’s the first time that we’ve had a major hurricane hit the United States in 12 years. And then on top of that, it was a large major urban area that has over 6 million people in it, that has received, as of recently, at least 49 inches of rain — and some places have seen more than 50 inches. That’s totally unprecedented.It’s really too early to look at any sort of after-action [assessment]. But Houston has had a number of flooding incidents over the last number of years. They have a lot of experience. When I was the deputy administrator of FEMA, we went down there and looked at some of the mitigation tools they had developed, both for the city and with some of the hospitals, and the tools they had in place were some of the best in the country. So they’ve been preparing for flooding for quite a while. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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The Fuzzy Folk Dimensions of Megafaun

first_imgBon Iver Bros: North Carolina’s Megafaun made their latest album at Justin Vernon’s studio.It’s rare for a band to be able to explore multiple sections of the vast sonic wilderness with tasteful restraint. On their latest self-titled album, Megafaun has found the way to expand the boundaries of American tradition with just the right amount of experimental weirdness. The indie folk expansionists deliver a satisfying base of harmony and song, while still wandering in a variety of free-form directions.“Individually we’re each pretty diverse in our musical interests,” says drummer Joe Westerlund, who formed the band in Durham, N.C., with brothers Brad and Phil Cook. “We listen to all kinds of music, and we’ve never tried to sift out things that some feel may not hang together well. It helps the diversity that all three of us write.”The trio’s third full-length album—also called Megafaun—stays stylistically nimble. The effort starts with the slow-burning psychedelic rock waltz of “Real Slow,” which meanders with a familiar kinship to the Grateful Dead’s “Birdsong.” The piano-driven tone poem “These Words” is enhanced with glitchy atmospherics and crashing industrial beats, while the following “Get Right” cruises for over eight minutes with catchy alt-country pop punch. Later in the set, the band simplifies things with the vintage sunny harmonies of “Second Friend” and the mellow banjo ballad “State/Meant.” In the multi-layered jazz instrumental “Isadora,” it becomes apparent that no sound is too broad to be included.“We grew up listening to a lot of music from the ‘60s, bands like the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young,” says Westerlund. “But in the van we’re always listening to all kinds of stuff, including jazz and different types of experimental music.”Megafaun’s story goes back further than their 2006 inception. The Cook brothers and Westerlund moved to North Carolina from Wisconsin with their former band, DeYarmond Edison, a four-piece jam outfit that also included Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon—now a wildly popular indie rock icon. Together for six years, DeYarmond Edison built an impressive following in the Triangle and beyond, but ultimately musical visions were split. Vernon left the group to move back to Wisconsin and write the songs that became Bon Iver’s acclaimed debut For Emma, Forever Ago, and as a result Megafaun was born.“The way things worked out makes a lot of sense,” says Westerlund. “That split needed to happen. We each needed our room to spread our wings and go into the territory, I think, to find what we each were after all along.”Despite the musical differences, there was no loss of friendship. In fact, Megafaun made their new album at Vernon’s April Base studio in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, close to where all of the band members grew up. DeYarmond Edison also played a reunion show at the music industry’s biggest showcase, the South by Southwest Musical Festival and Conference, last year.Since releasing Megafaun, the band has been continuously developing their live show with tours across the U.S. and Europe. Evolving the live sound to match the expansiveness of the latest record has been a process, one that has included adding a fourth member for live gigs—Nick Sanborn on bass.“It’s freed us from multi-tasking, which has been a little bit of a hindrance in our live shows in the past,” says Westerlund. “It’s a much fuller, more classic rock band sound, which definitely goes with this record.”The band is confirming a slew of tour dates for the spring, but when the road grind calms down they’re planning to revisit another project that took place closer to home. In late 2010, Duke University commissioned the band to perform “Sounds of the South,” a concert based on the rural folk songs collected by the late ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. The band performed three shows at Duke with help from Vernon, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, and the Virginia-based Fight the Big Bull jazz ensemble. The band recorded the shows and is planning a live release, in addition to touring with the concept at some point.“It was one of those big events that felt like a wedding or graduation—so many friends and family around,” Westerlund adds. “We’re definitely planning to revisit it when everybody’s schedules will allow it.”last_img read more

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Courts Go Super High Tech

first_imgCourts Go Super High Tech Searching for a secure statewide court computer system Tech Board contemplates digital birth certificates and biometrics Jan Pudlow Senior Editor As a member of the Florida Court Technology Committee, as well as the Supreme Court Committee on Privacy and Court Records, 11th Circuit Judge Judith Kreeger has philosophized aplenty about security and access issues.But those concerns came home to roost when her Miami lawyer husband recently became a victim of identity theft, and it has practically become a full-time job to undo the crime.Calling her husband’s ordeal “a nightmare,” Judge Kreeger told the Article V Technology Board July 15 that “it underscores the need to come up with a unique personal identifier that doesn’t make your hair stand on end.”Scott McPherson, a board member and chief information officer of the Department of Corrections, was pumped up about “digital birth certificates” and “digital privilege certificates” he had learned from Ken Aull, a distinguished technical fellow with the Northrup Grumman Group who made a presentation to the board’s Security and Access Subcommittee.The short version, summed up in company literature: “Each person’s identity is initially established by undeniable documentation, bound to biometric data [such as a thumbprint] and stored remotely under tight controls. This virtually eliminates ‘identity-switching,’ as the underlying biometrics will always point back to the original, ‘true identity.’”The long version of how to create electronic documents that can’t be stolen or forged is expected to be presented at the next meeting, August 19, when Aull is invited to make a presentation to the full board. The meeting’s other goal is to nail down the structure and authority of the permanent court technology governance board.The board’s chair, Second Circuit Chief Judge Charlie Francis, agreed Aull’s presentation would be helpful. But he reminded the board that its legislative charge is from a technical standpoint of “how to do personal identifiers and security and how we track our data through the system” in striving for the ultimate goal of court and state agency computers that talk to each other.“Privacy issues of what should and shouldn’t be done, I don’t think, are within our purview,” Francis said, adding that other groups are grappling with that challenge.McPherson’s enthusiasm bubbled when he described what he learned about the broad applications of the two levels of security:• The machine-level security, what he described as “the big machines talk to each other and the trust relationship that exists in the data between those machines.”• The user-level security maintained by individual entities involved in sharing information with the courts.“The concept is that at birth or first appearance or at your first renewal of your driver’s license.. . you are given what is essentially a certificate that would be held by the state of Florida,” McPherson said. “You would be able to use it in everything from getting your real estate license to getting your driver’s license renewed to proving your identity in court to eventually, perhaps, one day in the future, even being used to trying to reduce the incidences of identity theft within the private sector.”Kreeger, who traveled from Miami to Tallahassee to share ideas on a governance model for the permanent board, said in an interview that her husband’s stolen identity “has certainly caused me to rethink my own prior conclusions about the court system creating an identifier and whether that identifier should be publicly accessible.. . . “What has crept into my mind more and more is the question if government creates an identifier, whether this is a public piece of information. Because then that identifier becomes a key for identity theft, just as good as a Social Security number,” Kreeger said.“If we create it, does it have to be public? That’s a very interesting issue, and I don’t have the answer for it.”In all of the committees Kreeger has served on, she said, she has been an advocate for an identifier, because sitting as a family court judge she sees the need to tie related cases together in a unified family court.“Otherwise, you’ve got the right hand that doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. You have the contradictory rulings that come into play. You have people running to hearings all over the place, having to tell their story over and over again. We need a way to tie related cases together. Social Security numbers are a hot-button issue, and I certainly understand why most people are afraid of that,” Kreeger said.McPherson told the board that, “the good news about the solution that Mr. Aull shows is that this digital birth certificate is a key that represents who you are, and is not something that government issues to you. There is a very subtle distinction, but a very important distinction and one that I feel is necessary to salve over those issues.. . . “If we are able to generate a unique personal identifier that represents what a person is, or represents something about them rather than an arbitrary number that government has thrust upon an individual, then I think we are going to have much more success in getting this concept through the legislature and ultimately accepted by the people.” Courts Go Super High Techcenter_img August 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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NY to Sue EPA Over Long Island Sound Dredge Dumping Plan

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State will sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block the agency’s approval of plans to dump dredged material in the eastern Long Island Sound, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.The announcement came the same day the EPA formally designated the eastern portion of the Sound as a permanent disposal site for dredge spoils—a move that the governor said violates federal law and an agreement the agency made with the state a decade ago. EPA officials have said the move is environmentally sound. Environmentalists cheered the lawsuit, which dozens of LI lawmakers have been urging Cuomo to pursue for months.“Continuing to use this precious economic and ecological resource as a dumping ground is unacceptable and—on behalf of current and future generations of New Yorkers—we intend to fight this decision using any and all legal means,” Cuomo said.The Sound, which lies between the North Shore of LI and the southern shore of Connecticut, was previously deemed an impaired waterway, a designation that qualifies it for funding to address poor water quality.The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers and its contractors have for years used designated areas in the Sound to dispose of material pulled up from the bottom of boating channels that need to be regularly dredged to ensure safe navigation. The EPA noted there are already four other dredge disposal sites on the Connecticut side of the Sound, although two are scheduled to be phased out at the end of this year. The fifth would debut next month.A spokesman for the EPA said the agency does not comment on pending litigation. But Curt Spalding, the EPA’s New England regional administrator, has said the plan balances both environmental and economic needs.“Our decision is based on sound science, reflects extensive public input and strikes an appropriate balance between the need for dredging to maintain safe navigation and protecting the significant natural resources of Long Island Sound,” he said. “The site protections and restrictions we included in the final rule are intended to help meet the goal of reducing or eliminating dredged material disposal in the open waters of Long Island Sound.”State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials counter that the EPA didn’t fully considered the effects of dumping dredged materials into the Sound, didn’t prioritize alternatives to open water dumping and didn’t go far enough in analyzing other disposal sites. There are also concerns about whether the sediment will be properly tested before its dumped.“Long Island Sound is an essential economic and environmental treasure in New York and one in which the state has invested billions to restore,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.New York has to wait 60 days from filing its letter announcing its intention to sue before formally filing suit. It intends to cite the Ocean Dumping Act as well as a 2005 agreement with the EPA that set a goal to reduce or eliminate dumping dredge spoils in the Sound, Cuomo said.last_img read more

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Area Boys & Girls Basketball Results (12-3)

first_imgArea Boys & Girls Basketball Results.Saturday (12-3)Boys Scores.Batesville  53     Greensburg  37Oldenburg  61     Indian Creek  50East Central  69     Richmond  68Lawrenceburg  61     Milan  38North Decatur 75  South Ripley 71 (OT)Franklin Co. 48   Centerville 46 (2-OT)South Decatur  60     Rising Sun  57Connersville  59     Shelbyville  57  (OT)New Palestine  39     Rushville  36Columbus Christian  57     Shawe Memorial  34Borden  65     SW Hanover  53Waldron  65     Edinburgh  59Triton Central  69     SW Shelby  59Morristown  75     Wes-Del  63Girls Scores.Batesville  40     Shelbyville  28Shelbyville wins JV game 24-20East Central  65     Jennings County  49Jac-Cen-Del  65     South Dearborn  30Lawrenceburg  54     Milan  48Greensburg  45     Connesville  31Oldenburg  40     South Decatur  31Rushville  55     Westfield  46Morristown  46     Union County  29Switz. County  51     Christian Academy  50last_img read more

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