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first_img Comments are closed. This month’s news in brief Win a digital camera by giving your views on blended learning Take time over the summer to complete Training Magazine’s blended learningquestionnaire. We have teamed up with blended learning publisher BalanceLearning to carry out a major survey into the application and benefits ofblended learning. The questionnaire was published in the June issue of the magazine, but youcan also complete it online via Balance Learning’s website. Those who returnthe survey by 15 August 2003 will be entered into a prize draw to win a superbNikon Coolpix 4300 – an easy-to-use digital camera .   www.balancelearning.co.uk/People Matter Working in a friendly environment is more important than job security, moneyand training according to the latest Employee Attitudes Survey from consultantsEden Brown. Around 85 per cent of respondents ranked having’ nice people towork with’ as key factors when choosing a job. However, only half said trainingand development was important to them.  www.edenbrown.comDecade with the RAF Development specialist Brathay is celebrating 10 years of delivering ‘trainthe trainer’ programmes for the Royal Air Force and working closely to developan RAF Leadership Centre. Over the past decade it has coached500 trainers fromevery part of the RAF, enabling them to identify and develop high potentialofficers and NCOs.  www.brathay.co.ukLack of ambition? UK employees put less store by attaining further qualifications than theircounterparts worldwide. Only 30 per cent of UK respondents to a survey bygovernment-backed online academics UK eUniversities Worldwide (UkeU) agreedthat degrees were important, compared to 46 per cent of respondents in the US.Employees in Hong Kong and Singapore appear to take greater personalresponsibility for their learning and development than in the UK and US.  www.ukeu.com …in briefOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Evidence for shallowing and uplift from bathymetric records of Deception Island, Antarctica

first_imgDeception Island is a large volcanic centre in Bransfield Strait, a very young marginal basin between the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. It has a historical record of volcanic activity, with the most recent eruption occurring in 1970. The island is a stratovolcano with a large flooded caldera forming a natural harbour known as Port Foster. It has been a focus of human activity since early last century, as a base for whaling and sealing expeditions and the locus of several scientific stations. During that period, many bathymetric surveys were carried out, the earliest in 1829 and the most recent in 1993. This study concentrates on surveys from 1948 onwards. Because Port Foster can be classified as a restless caldera, the bathymetric records were analysed for evidence of volcano-tectonic deformation, particularly caldera resurgence (uplift) which could have significant consequences for hazard and risk assessments of the volcano. The results show that a distinctive pattern of shallowing and uplift is present, correlating well with known and inferred volcanic and volcanotectonic processes on the island. In particular, bathymetric records between 1949 and 1993 show uplift rates as high as 0.3–0.5 m a−1, far exceeding normal sedimentation rates in a caldera this size. Rapid uplift in an arcuate offshore area not affected by the sedimentation of recent eruptions suggests that volcano tectonic resurgence or tectono-magmatic effects of an upward migrating magma chamber present a significant risk to the considerable human activity taking place in the region.last_img read more

Rents rising at quickest pace since 2011

first_imgRents across England and Wales increased by 3.4 per cent in December taking the average to £794 a month, according to latest buy-to-let index from Your Move and Reeds Rains.On an annual basis, rents increased in eight out of 10 regions led by the East of England with a rise of 7.8 per cent, London was up 6.3 per cent, and the East Midlands up 4.7 per cent. Rents dropped by 1 per cent in Wales and by 2.6 per cent in the South East.The figures also reveal that Yorkshire & Humber and West Midlands both saw rents reach a record high in December.The rent increases recorded in 2015 came about despite a month-on-month fall in the latest market rents, dropping 0.6 per cent between November and December.Average rents are now £22 per month below September’s all-time record high of £816pcm, reflecting a softening in tenant demand in the run-up to Christmas.A breakdown of the data reveals that six out of 10 regions monitored saw rents decline on a monthly basis, led by London, with rents down 1.6 per cent.By contrast, Wales saw a 1.8 per cent increase in rents. They also rose by 0.9 per cent in the South West, while Yorkshire and Humber and the West Midlands both saw a 0.3 per cent hike.Adrian Gill (left), Director of Reeds Rains and Your Move, commented, “The fact that the majority of tenants can afford higher rents is certainly good news, and should be seen as a positive indicator as we enter 2016. Yet over the longer term, higher rents also raise a serious challenge for the future affordability of housing in this country.”The index also revealed that the gross yield on a typical rental property in England and Wales, before taking into account factors such as void periods, dropped to 4.9 per cent in December, down from 5 per cent in November 2015. This is also marginally lower than the 5.1 per cent gross yield recorded in December 2014.Taking into account both rental income and capital growth, the average landlord in England and Wales has seen total returns of 11.3 per cent over the course of 2015, up from 10.4 per cent in the 12 months to November 2015 and the highest for a year.In absolute terms this means that the average landlord in England and Wales has seen a return of £21,110, prior to any deductions.Although rents are rising, they are not doing so at the same pace as the purchase market, but Gill believes that could soon change.“Rents have the capacity to rise faster,” he explained. “Gross yields have not been this low for more than five years. In the next couple of months, there will likely be a surge of investment ahead of the April deadline to beat the Chancellor’s new buy to let stamp duty surcharge but beyond that and into the rest of 2016, lower yields may cool investment from landlords.”Gill continued, “Slower growth in homes to let beyond April, in the face of a steady march of new demand from tenants, is likely to continue to push rents higher. There is some potential short term benefit to rising property prices. Conceivably, this might help some existing landlords to grow their portfolio, remortgaging to unlock fresh capital and continue to make use of low interest rates,’ he pointed out.“But over any period of time one thing is fundamental and that is that higher property prices will ultimately be expressed in higher rents, both of which demonstrate a shortage of housing in the UK.”rent increases average rents rents rents rising January 27, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Rents rising at quickest pace since 2011 previous nextHousing MarketRents rising at quickest pace since 2011Average rents in England and Wales rose by 3.4% in 2015.The Negotiator27th January 20160546 Viewslast_img read more

Senior proptech player jumps ship to online lettings agency Howsy

first_imgLeading rental deposits platform Flatfair has lost a senior member of its team to online lettings agency Howsy.Adam Ali, who has headed up Flatfair’s partnerships team for the past three years, is to join Howsy as its sales director.Ali is credited with helping grow Flatfair from a proptech start-up to a significant supplier within the lettings industry, signing up several major estate agencies including Haart and Hunters.“I am moving on after almost three very eventful years at Flatfair, where we built up from just four of us sitting in a small office to over 60 people and an $11 million Series A [fund raise],” says Ali.Ali will be familiar to many agents – before joining Flatfair he worked at Fine & Country and The Guild of Property Professionals, and before that ran a London glossy property magazine.ZeroDepositAt Flatfair, Ali has been part of the team that a year ago was involved in a lively war of words with main rival Zero Deposit, culminating in an ASA adjudication in Flatfair’s favour.“Adam Ali joined Flatfair at the start of our journey when we were just a few people with a dream to make renting fairer,” says Franz Doerr, CEO at Flatfair (pictured).“He played a pivotal role in helping the company to grow into the success it is today, and we will miss his hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. We wish him every success in his next role.”Howsy currently has just under 70 employees and has 6,000 properties under management across the UK.Adam Ali Howsy flatfair Franz Doerr zero deposit January 7, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Senior proptech player jumps ship to online lettings agency Howsy previous nextProptechSenior proptech player jumps ship to online lettings agency HowsyAfter three years at Flatfair as its Partnerships Manager Adam Ali has joined Howsy as its Sales Director.Nigel Lewis7th January 20210433 Viewslast_img read more

USA: GDBIW Secures USD 13.3 Mln for DDG 1000 Deckhouse Completion

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Bath Industry news September 27, 2013 Share this article View post tag: 1000 View post tag: works View post tag: Iron View post tag: General View post tag: Deckhouse View post tag: Secured View post tag: million View post tag: DYNAMICS View post tag: DDG View post tag: Navy General Dynamics Bath Iron Works has secured a USD 13.3 million contract intended for material and labor to complete work on the DDG 1000 deckhouse.DDG 1000 is scheduled for hull, mechanical and electrical delivery in fiscal year 2014. Work will be performed in Bath, Maine, and is expected to be completed by June 2014.The mission of the DDG 1000 class destroyer is to provide credible independent forward presence and deterrence. The ships will provide advanced land attack capability in support of the ground campaign and contribute naval, joint or combined battle-space dominance in littoral operations.  In August, the U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics – Bath Iron Works (BIW) a contract for the design and construction of a steel superstructure (deckhouse and hangar) and construction of aft peripheral vertical launching system (PVLS) modules for integration into the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), the third ship of the Zumwalt class destroyer program.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 27, 2013; Image: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: 13.3 View post tag: Defense USA: GDBIW Secures USD 13.3 Mln for DDG 1000 Deckhouse Completion View post tag: US View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: GDBIW Secures USD 13.3 Mln for DDG 1000 Deckhouse Completion last_img read more

Adjunct Instructor, Partnership for People with Disabilities

first_imgDescription of the Job Position NumberJ00001 Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Organizational Overview Open Until FilledNo Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Working TitleAdjunct Instructor, Partnership for People withDisabilities Anticipated Hiring Range$1,100 per credit Special Instructions to Applicants Hours/WeekVaries * The School of Education values the following as our culturestatement, ‘The School of Education (SOE) recognizes that trustamong all members of the SOE community is the foundation of apositive work climate. Realizes that our wellbeing as aninstitution depends upon the wellbeing of our members. Respects allmembers, new and continuing, regardless of status. Values honestcommunication and finding ways to respectfully address difficultissues. Strives to listen without bias and search for commonunderstanding. Is committed to equity, fairness and a level playingfield for all its members. Knows that the SOE community thrives,because of diverse viewpoints and areas of expertise. Fosterscollaboration, collegiality and mutual support among all members ofits community.’. Please describe ways in which you have worked tofoster this type of culture in the professional workplace or inyour everyday life.(Open Ended Question) DepartmentSOESpecEd&DP: PPD Normal work hoursVaries Preferred Qualifications Additional Information Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/100062 Job Open Date08/10/2020 Posting Details Remove from posting on or before08/09/2021 Normal work daysVaries Required Qualifications Master’s Degree or licensure, certifications and/or professionalexperience required inthe content area. Job CategoryAdjunct – Teaching Doctorate in content area and previous higher education teachingexperience preferred. Sensitive PositionNo Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant. Job Code/TitleAJ – Adjunct Resource CriticalYes Virginia Commonwealth University’s School Education Partnership forPeople with Disabilities is a long standing grant-fundedorganization celebrating 35 years at VCU . We employ approximately100 employees, and are located downtown near the MCV campus. Ourmission is to “To partner with people with disabilities and othersto build communities where all people can live, learn, work andplay together.” The Partnership is recognized as Virginia’sUniversity Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD ) by the US Department of Health and Human Services, and ischarged with conducting interdisciplinary pre-service and communitytraining, continuing education, direct service, research andevaluation, policy, and dissemination.The Partnership is recruiting a pool of adjunct faculty for2020-2021 academic year course sections within the Department ofCounseling and Special Education in the Partnership for People withDisabilities. This pool will be utilized on an as neededbasis.Applications will remain active for a year; and may be resubmittedfor subsequent years. Those selected for an interview will becontacted.Position duties include:1) Meet all designated course instruction guidelines.2) Grade assignments and exams in a timely manner based oninstructions/rubric provided.3) Respond to student inquiries within 24 hours.4) Submit final grades according to School policy. CampusOff-site Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther Documentlast_img read more

MLK Day of Service Inspires Volunteers in Communitywide Cleanup

first_imgBy Lisa SpenglerBraving frigid weather, Ocean City organizers and volunteers participated in the New Jersey Clean Communities Program on Monday as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service.“New Jersey Clean Communities is a statewide litter-abatement program,” Ocean City Clean Communities Coordinator Charlotte Moyer said. “Over 30 volunteers endured the extreme weather conditions to participate in today’s citywide cleanup.”The cleanup is in its 12th year. Residents of Ocean City and surrounding communities volunteered to pick up trash and litter at Ocean City parks, schools and other locations on a day that registered sub-zero temperatures with the wind chill factored in. At 9 a.m. the temperature was 15 degrees. With winds whipping at 28 mph, the wind chill dropped to minus-8 degrees.Ocean City Clean Communities Coordinator Charlotte Moyer, right, provides volunteers Alston Wang and Kulan Lin, of Linwood, with their cleanup locations.Volunteers arrived between 9 a.m. and noon at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center. After they received their trash bags, gloves and assigned locations, the volunteers enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate and pastries before departing to their cleanup sites.“We are thankful for those brave souls who came out today,” said Doug Bergen, Ocean City public information officer.Alston Wang and Kulan Lin, of Linwood, arrived shortly after 9 a.m. Wang, an eighth grade student at Belhaven Middle School in Linwood, and a member of the Junior Honor Society, performed his honor society service hours with Lin while cleaning up the grounds of the Ocean City Primary School.Ocean City Councilman At-Large Keith Hartzell fought wind gusts of over 30 mph while walking gingerly on ice patches to clean up the Richards Grimes Field at Sixth Street and Haven Avenue.“Dick Grimes was an important black member of our community from the ‘60s on,” Hartzell said. “He coached kids, cut the grass and fed the kids who were hungry. That’s why the field is dedicated to him, and that’s why I cleaned his park.”From left, Ocean City High School Key Club members Ava Kelly, Noelle Graham and Madison Majors hold trash bags containing litter they picked up.There were a number of warm and comfortable places where three 15-year-old members of the Ocean City High School Key Club could have spent their Monday. But the young women, Ava Kelly, Noelle Graham and Madison Majors, choose instead to volunteer their time on this day of service.Madison’s mother, Anne Majors, and her brother, Ayden, also braved the freezing temperatures to volunteer their time. All five were assigned to the grounds of the Ocean City High School.“It’s good to be cleaning up the high school, since we go here,” Noelle Graham said.With rosy cheeks and smiling faces, Kelly and Majors agreed with Graham and were thankful to be part of the day of service at the high school.As volunteers arrived back at the Senior Center, they were greeted with a feast of hoagies, pretzels, salads and desserts.Rob Malmitano, 12, enjoys lunch after cleaning up the area around the Ocean City Intermediate School, which he attends.With a sense of pride and accomplishment, Rob Malmitano, 12, was ready for some “comfort food.”When asked about his cleanup location, Malmitano said with a huge smile, “I did the Intermediate School, and that’s where I go.”Hopefully, the weather for the next communitywide cleanup, on Jan. 20, 2020, will be warmer so that more people will be able to embody the true meaning of the day of service as envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.”For more information on the New Jersey Clean Communities Program, visit www.njclean.org. Bundled up in the freezing weather, Ocean City Councilman Keith Hartzell is joined by volunteers Kulan Lin and Alston Wang while cleaning up next to the Primary School along Sixth Street.last_img read more

At your service

first_img Newly arrived first-years share special mementos from home Service in any language First-year used summer program to teach Arabic language and culture to young students Service time, and the living is easy College launches Service Starts with Summer Program for incoming first-years center_img Some cleaned playgrounds; others painted public schools. They made quilts, volunteered at shelters, and toiled at community farms.More than 1,500 first-years rolled up their sleeves and went to work across Greater Boston on Thursday for the Class of 2023 Day of Service. The students were divided among 64 sites, including the Jackson Mann Community Center in Allston; Cradles to Crayons in Brighton; the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter; Mather Elementary School in Dorchester; Sociedad Latina in Roxbury Crossing; Pine Street Inn in Boston; Josiah Quincy School in Chinatown; and Eastie Farm in East Boston, among others.The day of service was organized by Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship, and more than 200 staff members served as site leaders, helping manage transportation and logistics.“When we started planning this day, we were overwhelmed with support from faculty, staff, students, and community leaders,” said Travis Lovett, who was just appointed assistant dean of civic engagement and service. “We wanted to make a community-wide statement that civic engagement is an essential part of the Harvard experience. I am so proud of the Class of 2023 and the greater Harvard community for showing the promise of what we can accomplish when we work together.”,Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Their favorite thingslast_img read more

Green Mountain Power Increases Quarterly Dividend

first_imgDirectors of Green Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE:GMP) announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on the utility’s Common Stock, payable March 31, 2004 to holders of record at the close of business on March 12, 2004. The new indicated annual dividend rate is $0.88, an increase of 16 percent over the previous indicated annual rate of $0.76.“The Company believes that, in light of the general practice in the utility industry, it should pay out 50 percent to 70 percent of anticipated earnings in dividends. Over the course of the next five years, we intend to increase our dividend in the first quarter of each year in a measured, consistent manner to the middle of this payout range, which we will sustain so long as our financial health seems assured. As earnings grow, of course, the opportunity for higher dividend increases is presented,” said Christopher L. Dutton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power.Green Mountain Power Corporation (www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external) )is a Vermont-based energy services company serving 89,000 electric customers.last_img read more

Gordon’s Window Decor passes company to next generation

first_imgGordon’s Window Decor,Growth is on the horizon as Gordon’s Window Décor, a local family business that has been manufacturing custom window treatments in Essex Junction for 25 years, transitions to the next generation..‘I think our growth is due to the fact that we manufacture insulating window shades that save substantial amounts of energy- a vital component in our country’s efforts to cut our dependence on fossil fuels’ Explains Gordon Clements, owner of Gordon’s Window Décor.And grow they have. With distribution now well established in Ireland, as well as across the US, similar interest from Russia and recent sales in Japan Gordon’s has been hiring and just bought a larger factory/showroom in Williston. They will be moving at the end of March. That is a lot of change for any company especially combined with serious succession planning. It has truly been a busy year for Gordon’s.‘It is all really exciting’ says Kelly Conklin, Clements’ daughter and successor, ‘Buying the new building was a huge step, but we are bursting at the seams in our current building and with our growth we need more space.’ The succession planning is equally as exciting’. ‘We’ve been working with the Vermont Family Business Initiative to help with the planning’ Conklin adds.It is well known that transitioning a business from the first generation to the second generation is no easy feat. But Clements and Conklin have been working vigorously to avoid common pitfalls of succession;with resources like the Vermont Family Business Initiative it looks like Gordon’s Window Décor will be going strong for another 25 years.‘My first child, Silas, was born in August and if all goes well I hope that he’ll be the third generation to run Gordon’s Window Décor’ Smiles Conklin.Photo: Kelly, Silas and Gordon.last_img read more