Boost for budgets as firms train sights on learning

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Learningand development budgets are set to continue increasing over the next two years.Asurvey of 79 organisations by IRS finds that the median learning anddevelopment budget among the surveyed organisations for 2004-05 stands at£80,000. Just over half of the respondents believe the budgets will rise nextyear.Onlyone of the organisations surveyed does not evaluate its learning anddevelopment activity. However, of those that do, the ubiquitous ‘happy sheet’is still the most frequently used tool to assess the success of trainingcourses.www.irsemploymentreview.com  020 8686 9141 Related posts:No related photos. Boost for budgets as firms train sights on learningOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Senior living operator promises vaccine with a lease

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsSenior Living Atria Senior Living promises vaccines to residents. (Getty, Atria) As the pandemic drives down occupancy at senior living properties, a Long Island assisted living community is promising vaccines to residents who sign a lease by Jan. 26.Atria Senior Living included the promise in marketing materials for its Atria Bay Shore property and also listed 60 vaccine clinics scheduled at its U.S. properties through February, according to Bloomberg.Atria has also discounted move-in fees and offered free months of rent at many of its 150 U.S. properties to entice potential residents, some of whom may be hesitant to move in, given the risks of Covid-19 to the elderly.Occupancy at senior living properties dropped to a record low of 80.7 percent in the fourth quarter, partly because of new inventory coming to the market, according to Senior Housing News.A growing share of operators are dealing with low occupancy. Around 40 percent of operators have occupancy rates below the market average of 80 percent, up from 29 percent in the second quarter of 2020.Still, the U.S. population is growing older and long-term demand for senior living properties is expected to remain strong. While the near-term picture is less than rosy, investors have remained active in the sector.Investment sales and developments continue despite the pandemic, including many in Florida.[Bloomberg] [Senior Housing News] — Dennis Lynch center_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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Natural growth rates in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba): II. Predictive models based on food, temperature, body length, sex, and maturity stage

first_imgWe used the instantaneous growth rate method to determine the effects of food, temperature, krill length, sex, and maturity stage on in situ summer growth of krill across the southwest Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. The main aims were to examine the separate effects of each variable and to generate a predictive model of growth based on satellite-derivable environmental data. Both growth increments in length on moulting (GIs) and daily growth rates (DGRs, mm d-1) ranged greatly among the 59 swarms, from 0.58–15% and 0.013–0.32 mm d-1. However, all swarms maintained positive mean growth, even those in the low chlorophyll a (Chl a) zone of the central Scotia Sea. Among a suite of indices of food quantity and quality, large-scale monthly Chl a values from SeaWiFS predicted krill growth the best. Across our study area, the great contrast between bloom and nonbloom regions was a major factor driving variation in growth rates, obscuring more subtle effects of food quality. GIs and DGRs decreased with increasing krill length and decreased above a temperature optimum of 0.5°C. This probably reflects the onset of thermal stress at the northern limit of krill’s range. Thus, growth rates were fastest in the ice edge blooms of the southern Scotia Sea and not at South Georgia as previously suggested. This reflects both the smaller size of the krill and the colder water in the south being optimum for growth. Males tended to have higher GIs than females but longer intermoult periods, leading to similar DGRs between sexes. DGRs of equivalent-size krill tended to decrease with maturity stage, suggesting the progressive allocation of energy toward reproduction rather than somatic growth. Our maximum DGRs are higher than most literature values, equating to a 5.7% increase in mass per day. This value fits within a realistic energy budget, suggesting a maximum carbon ration of ~20% d-1. Over the whole Scotia Sea/South Georgia area, the gross turnover of krill biomass was ~1% d-1.last_img read more

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Old Ocean City Fire Station Closes by April 15 to Make Room for new…

first_imgThe city has been discussing plans to replace or renovate the fire house since 2013 or 2014, but the project was delayed when an earlier set of construction bids came in exorbitantly high and were rejected, according to Bergen. The station was condemned by the city engineer and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an inspection this week, city spokesman Doug Bergen said Thursday. Murphy explained that the safety inspection was conducted after the union filed a complaint with the New Jersey Department of Labor. Bergen indicated construction on the new station will begin after Labor Day and may be completed by late this year. Construction contracts would first have to be awarded by the city. After the building is closed by April 15, firefighters will shift their operations and equipment to a temporary headquarters in the same part of town. Exactly where they will relocate to is not yet clear. Bergen said the city is analyzing potential sites and will make a decision later. Firefighters have been grumbling for years about the deteriorated condition of the old station at 29th Street and West Avenue. Their union president renewed those complaints Thursday after the city announced in a press release that the building will close down. The city is in negotiations with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its contribution to the project. FEMA stepped in when the old station was damaged by Sandy and has offered about $450,000, but the city is seeking more from the agency, Bergen said. “We had concerns with that old building for at least 10 years,” he said. John Murphy, head of Local 4032 of the International Association of Firefighters, said inspectors condemned the building after finding large cracks in the walls that jeopardized its structural integrity. Demolition of the old station and construction of a new one will cost an estimated $1.5 million. A combination of federal, city and insurance funds will pay for the project. “That’s absolutely far from the truth,” Bergen said in response to Murphy’s allegations. “The city has been working as fast as possible to get this done.” By Donald WittkowskiOcean City will close the fire station at 29th Street next week and demolish it by Memorial Day weekend as plans unfold to replace the storm-damaged building that dates to the 1950s.center_img There will be no interruption of services or fire protection after the old station is demolished, Bergen stressed. People should continue to call 911 for fire emergencies and 609-525-9182 for non-emergency services during the station’s transition to a temporary home. Murphy contended that the city has moved too slowly to build a new station. He said the city is finally “being forced to do this” because the old building has been condemned. Fire equipment and apparatus remained in the old station, even though the firefighters shifted their living quarters into a temporary trailer. Bergen also said that plans were already in the works to close the old station in the spring. Living quarters at the station were ruined by Sandy’s flooding, forcing firefighters to move into a temporary trailer nearby. Firefighters have repeatedly complained that the trailer has been infested with mold and rodents. “We take it as disrespecting and insulting,” Murphy said. Bergen, who also serves as spokesman for Mayor Jay Gillian, said the city government has always been concerned about the firefighters’ safety and is committed to building the new station as quickly as possible. “There’s cracks, everything. There’s been cracks in the walls for 20 years,” said Murphy, whose union represents the city’s 58 full-time firefighters. Bergen said the firefighters are expected to move into a new trailer after the old station is shut down. The new trailer will be located near the temporary fire headquarters once a site is selected. Originally built in 1954, the station was badly damaged by flood waters from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was swamped again by tidal flooding in January during the powerful coastal storm Jonas.last_img read more

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Volumes up, but profits down at CSM (UK)

first_imgRaw material costs have dented CSM (United Kingdom’s) operating profits for the full year to 31 December, despite improving volumes.The manufacturer and distribution of bakery ingredients and products saw turnover increase 21.2% to £188.6m, but operating profit dropped from £7m in 2011 to £4.9m last year.In its full year accounts, just posted at Companies House, the directors stated they expect full-year results in 2013 to show the impact of continuing increases in raw material costs. It said plans were in place to recover as much as possible of these increases through “changes to selling prices, products, or a combinations of both”.The firm added that as of 6 June 2013, the assets and liabilities of its subsidiary Kate’s Cakes Group, are expected to be hived up into CSM (United Kingdom). “From 6 June 2013, the profit and loss account will include the trading results of Kate’s Cakes Group Limited, the effects of which cannot be estimated at this time,” said the firm.The UK business forms part of CSM’s divested Bakery Supplies businesses (European and North American), which was sold to private equity firm firm Rhône Capital LLC for €1.05bn (£900m).The deal, announced in March this year, will see Rhône Capital acquire the CSM brand name. The divestment of the Bakery Supplies business is due to be completed by early Q3 2013.As a result, CSM nv announced yesterday (18 June) that its new company name will be Corbion.last_img read more

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The magic to breaking down barriers

first_imgUniversities which believe that simply bringing together diverse students in classrooms, residences, and dining halls is enough to make an integrated study body may need to think again.According to Shaun Harper, executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, that simple assumption amounts to magical thinking ― and it has consequences.On March 5, Harper addressed “Fostering an Inclusive Campus Environment: From Magical Thinking to Strategy and Intentionality” as the inaugural presenter for the Harvard College Visiting Scholar Program.Harper said that institutions such as Harvard and Penn often assume that “merely having a diverse student body ensures that [students] will magically benefit from and interact across difference and that the university doesn’t have to do much.” The result, he said, is “Balkanization and inescapable patterns of racial segregation.”Harper said that at schools across the country, he found areas of campus where only white students (or only black, or only Asian, etc.) congregated ― what he called observable trends of racial segregation.“When there is no institutional strategy to disrupt that, or at least raise consciousness, we presume it will go away,” he said.Another consequence of magical thinking is student dissatisfaction and departure. Minority students may feel isolated in classrooms and other campus environments, and attrition rates among blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and others are often due to on-campus diversity issues, Harper said. In addition, many people from “dominant power groups” come to college with racist, sexist, or homophobic assumptions, and schools need institutional strategies to combat these, he said.Harper said colleges and universities must intentionally raise consciousness and battle bias on their campuses, developing strategies that bring principles of good educational practices to fruition. Intentionality requires individual reflection, he said, and also demands that colleagues come together to think and talk about the actions needed to disrupt segregation, assure student success, and nurture racially competent global citizens.“Well-intentioned faculty and administrators are doing things they think will work for students,” Harper said, “But without engaging students as meaningful partners in the design and conceptual building and implementation of these efforts,” they won’t attract students: Cross-sectional partnerships that bring the faculty and administrators together in meaningful and collaborative ways are critical.Finally, a written, actionable plan that identifies key people and collaborative relationships, anticipates barriers, and forecasts how to overcome them is key, Harper said. “It has to have data, an assessment strategy,” and resources attached to it.“Too often, I ask administrators for their plan, and they say it’s all here,” he said, pointing at his head. “It’s not a plan if it is not written.”This program was co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Harvard College, the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Harvard College Women’s Center, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, the FAS Office for Diversity Relations and Communications, and the Public Service Network.last_img read more

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Pre-marital workshop planned at UGA

first_imgIt’s estimated that each year in Georgia, one couple files for divorce for every two couples that get married. Couples who participate in premarital counseling are at a lower risk for divorce.Engaged couples in the Athens, Ga., area are invited to participate in a pre-marital preparation and relationship enhancement program provided by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Aspire Clinic.A day-long program, limited to 10 couples, is scheduled for April 9 at the Sandy Creek Nature Center.Couples can also enroll for a series of six one-on-one sessions with a trained counselor at the ASPIRE Clinic, located on the UGA campus.Registration for either option is $60. Couples who complete the program qualify for a $35 discount on their marriage license.For more information, visit www.gamarriages.com or contact Ted Futris at (706) 542-7566 or [email protected]last_img read more

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Cops ID 2 Men Killed in Hicksville Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police have identified the teenager and 26-year-old man who were both killed when their vehicles collided in Hicksville last week.Kashyan Patel, 17, of Hicksville, was driving an Acura westbound on Old Country Road when he collided with a Volkswagon driven by Nicholas Zarzana of Mount Sinai, who was making a left turn out of Antun’s Catering at 11:37 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, police said.The collision caused the Volkswagon to strike a Toyota Prius driven by a 55-year-old man. Zarzana was ejected from his vehicle into the roadway, where he was struck by a fourth vehicle that was heading eastbound at the time, police said.Zarzana was pronounced dead at the scene, as was Patel, whose vehicle skidded across the road and struck a tree, police said.Two passengers in the Volkswagon were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated for their injuries..Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Make the most of first contact

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Connect with members from the moment you meet.by: Dianne MolvigA new member comes to you to open a checking account or ask for a loan. And you have that person’s full attention.It’s the perfect moment to talk about what else your credit union can do to help the member.But there are some do’s and don’ts in that process, says Carla Schrinner, implementation manager and senior master trainer with CUNA Creating Member Loyalty:1. It’s not about products“What I tell credit unions is, the key is to turn off this concept of product and turn on the concept of need,” Schrinner says. Your task is to find out what that financial need is. The member may ask for a checking account, for instance, but what she’s really looking for is a convenient way to pay bills. What’s the best way for the credit union to meet that need? continue reading »last_img read more

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