Cutting staff is last resort for struggling firms in US

first_img Previous Article Next Article Cutting staff is last resort for struggling firms in USOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Companies in the US are looking at all other cost cutting alternativesbefore making redundancies in order to cope with the economic downturn. A survey by the Society of Human Resource Management shows that 63 per centof employers use staff attrition to cut costs and 49 per cent opt for anemployment freeze. A fifth of the 570 HR professionals surveyed say they don’t renew contractsand a similar proportion encourage staff to take holidays. More than half of respondents cite declining profits as the main factor thateventually led to the decision to lay off employees and 45 per cent blamerestructuring for having to make redundancies. Nearly 40 per cent of HR professionals who took part in the survey say thestate of the economy led to a decision to axe staff. Helen Drinan, SHRM president, said, “Layoffs are disruptive anddifficult for everyone and most organisations are taking steps to avoid them ifpossible. The majority of those companies that can’t avoid layoffs are offeringseverance packages that include a variety of benefits.” The research shows that redundancies have a serious effect on staff morale,with 58 per cent saying confidence fell after layoffs were announced and 54 percent of respondents reporting in-creased gossip. To combat this more than halfof respondents indicate they tried to improve communication and 28 per centheld morale-boosting events. Drinan said, “It appears most organisations are missing an importantopportunity. They could and should do more to boost morale for employeesremaining with the organisation to stem further turnover and to increaseproductivity.” www.shrm.orgBy Ben Willmott Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Polar lows and arctic instability lows in the Bear Island region

first_imgThe study of the “polar low episode” over the northern parts of the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea from 12 December 1982 to 16 December 1982 is continued. The role of baroclinic instability in the initial formation of a polar low near the ice edge is considered, including a discussion based on a diagnostic IPV analysis. During the polar low episode, circulations develop on different horizontal scales including true mesoscale phenomena. The mesoscale circulations have the character of symmetric vortices of a much smaller horizontal scale, ∼100 km, than normally associated with polar lows. Although, during their initial formation, these circulations may be modulated by baroclinic instability associated with a shallow arctic frontal zone, they are predominantly convectively driven. The term “arctic instability lows” is suggested for these disturbances in order to distinguish them from the more “normal” polar lows. The polar low formations take place within a large synoptic scale cold dome. The importance of this cold dome as well of cold domes in general for polar low formations is briefly discussed.last_img read more

New homes built in 10 days

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » New homes built in 10 days previous nextLand & New HomesNew homes built in 10 daysThe Negotiator23rd July 20190131 Views High quality ‘instant’ homes are now available. ZED Pods’ new concept in low-carbon modular homes has over 60 units already in planning or pre-application. These include one and two-bed units designed for installation above carparks or hard standing, a key design feature for local authorities and housing associations who want to unlock the potential of land with existing uses maintained.We can build a Pod within 10 days and assemble it onsite in 24 hours we are well placed to scale up and deliver rapid, affordable homes.ZEDPods are manufactured in partnership with Lesko Modular Group Ltd., who have developed a housing product that will meet the quality standards demanded by both housing association and private market clients.“Housing associations like the fact that our Pod homes can be built over existing parking or on land outside the development plan. As we can build a Pod within 10 days and assemble it onsite in 24 hours we are well placed to scale up and deliver rapid, affordable, low energy homes for sale or rent.“Since our Pods use quality materials and construction techniques they are as robust as a typical timber frame building. Their durability, covered by BOPAS and a Q Assurance warranty, are key reasons the many of the associations and councils are interested in talking to us,” explains Dr Rehan Khodabuccus, ZED Pod’s Operations Director.”low-carbon modular homes Dr Rehan Khodabuccus ZED Pods ‘instant’ homes POD July 23, 2019The 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 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 2021last_img read more

USS Michael Murphy joins Carl Vinson CSG for deployment

first_img USS Michael Murphy joins Carl Vinson strike group for Western Pacific deployment Share this article View post tag: Carl Vinson Strike Group Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Michael Murphy joins Carl Vinson strike group for Western Pacific deployment US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) left its homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on January 15, to join the Carl Vinson carrier strike group on a Western Pacific deployment.Michael Murphy deployed with a crew of approximately 320 sailors and a detachment of MH-60R helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 37, the “Easyriders,” based out of Kaneohe Bay. The ship joined the strike group as it transited toward the Western Pacific.“The crew of USS Michael Murphy has trained extensively for this deployment and is ready to execute all missions as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group and US 3rd Fleet,” said Cmdr. Kevin Louis, the ship’s commanding officer.The deployment marks the second time the Carl Vinson strike group will operate throughout the Indo-Pacific region under US 3rd Fleet’s command and control. The strike group became the first in recent history to demonstrate a command and control construct called Third Fleet Forward when units completed a six-month deployment last year.Michael Murphy operates under Destroyer Squadron 1. The squadron is deployed with Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 105). Authorities View post tag: USS Michael Murphy January 17, 2018 View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

Oxford Academics elected to American Academy

first_imgTwo Oxford academics, Professor Desmond King and Dr Keith Stewart Thomson, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, class of 2017.The American Academy is one of the US’ oldest learned societies and independent policy research centres. Membership is nominated and elected by peers within the Academy.The Academy currently has a membership of 4900 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, including over 250 Nobel laureates and over 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Past members have included John Adams, Jawaharlal Nehru, Pablo Picasso, and astronomer Maria Mitchell.“It is definitely an honour and a pleasant surprise,” Professor Desmond King told Cherwell.“My work focuses on the US executive politics and racial inequality in America, which might have been of interest to American Academy members in the political science department,” Professor King added. He is currently the Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government at Nuffield College, as well as an emeritus fellow at St John’s College.Dr Keith Stewart Thomson is an emeritus professor of natural history at Oxford. He also served as the director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, from 1998 to 2003.Dr Thomson specialises in the study of the history of science and evolution.The American Academy conducts research in four areas: humanities, arts, and education; science, engineering, and technology; global security and international affairs; and American institutions and the public good. It publishes the journal Dædalus and the magazine, the Bulletin.The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.last_img read more

WNY Mayor Roque’s son gets $75K job in town clerk’s office

first_img ×Joseph Roque, son of Mayor Felix Roque (center) has become the town clerk and chairman of the local Democratic party. WEST NEW YORK – Joseph Roque, son of West New York Mayor Felix Roque, was given a clerk job in the town clerk’s office in February at an annual salary of $75,000.Joseph, 27, previously worked for the Hudson County Department of Roads at an annual salary of $27,000.Joseph Roque was convicted Oct. 1, 2013 of a misdemeanor, hacking into a political website run by one of his father’s political opponents. (Felix Roque was acquitted of a related charge.) Nevertheless, the younger Roque was also chosen as the chair of the town’s local Democratic party last year.Mayor Roque said his son was qualified for the job and applied when the position opened.“My son is a good worker, and someone who I know will do a good job,” Mayor Roque said. “I have every confidence in him.”Mayor Roque said he did not believe that the public should be concerned since he believes his son will provide good service to the town.Although a municipal clerk can be removed without cause, a person in the position can gain tenure after three years, at which time he cannot be fired without some dereliction of duty.“We all want to see what’s best for our children,” Mayor Roque said, seeing nothing wrong about hiring his son for what is considered an extremely powerful job with the town.Hiring of family members of elected officials is not unusual. The current town clerk of Secaucus was hired at a time when his brother served on town council there. Joseph Roque, son of Mayor Felix Roque (center) has become the town clerk and chairman of the local Democratic party.last_img read more

Handmade touch for frozen range

first_imgA new selection of frozen handmade cakes are the latest offering from Country Range.The cakes come in 14 pre-portioned slices and are available in the following varieties: carrot cake, filled and topped with a sweet frosting; coffee & walnut, with layers of coffee butter icing; Victoria sandwich, with layers of jam and butter icing; chocolate, topped with layers of chocolate fudge butter icing; and lemon drizzle, featuring lemon zest pieces and crystallised sugar.Martin Ward, Country Range brand manager, said: “Market research shows that caterers are more likely to buy own-brand within the frozen category, so we wanted and needed to expand in line with caterers’ needs.”last_img

Crowdfunding helps gluten-free bakery plan second site

first_imgA gluten-free Edinburgh bakery plans to open a second store within the next year following a successful crowdfunding push that has raised more than £30,000.SugarDaddy’s hoped to raise £29,000 to help fund a much larger kitchen, bigger pieces of kitchen equipment and team when it launched its Kickstarter campaign in April, but exceeded the target with 382 backers investing £31,207.The business – which is operated by husband-and-wife team JP and Amy Ranaldi and produces gluten-free cakes, as well dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free and vegan options – first opened the Rodney Street-based site three years ago after coeliac Amy struggled to find suitable bakery items.The duo now plan to use the funds to open a second site in Edinburgh, as well as more than double the number of staff from four, at present, to as many as 10.“We’re overwhelmed to know that we have so many supporters out there,” JP told British Baker. “In the first six months we were appealing to a more niche market and attracted mostly people with allergies, but then their friends then came in and really liked our cakes. Now it’s a 50/50 split.“The problem we have at the minute is that we sell out most days and we’re booked for larger orders three weeks in advance. We also get requests for wholesale and postal orders.”The business is currently in the process of recruiting a full-time baker and would look at hiring an additional two as well as front-of-house staff.JP said the plan was to open the second shop within the year, but it would depend on the right property becoming available.“We’re incredibly grateful and humbled by all the support we’ve had from everyone from the sharing of posts to people who have pledged crazy amounts of money,” he added.last_img read more

Phish Shares Pro-Shot Video Of 23-Minute Baker’s Dozen “Blaze On” With Fully Remixed Audio [Watch]

first_imgEarlier this summer, Phish announced that they would be releasing a comprehensive new CD/LP box set dubbed The Baker’s Dozen: Live At Madison Square Garden. The new set highlights the band’s exploits from their historic 13-night residency at the famed NYC arena last summer, which saw them play two themed sets each night while not repeating a single song.The Baker’s Dozen is available in three different formats: a 3-CD or 6-LP set (with 13 tracks hand-picked by the band) and “The Complete Baker’s Dozen Box Set,” which includes the entire run on 36 CDs. Legendary engineer Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Van Morrison) has remixed each show for the box set.Today, Phish has shared pro-shot video of “Blaze On” from the Baker’s Dozen run’s “Cinnamon” night, the seventh show and midway point of the Vermont quartet’s glorious 13-night run. Returning from set break, Phish laid down a set-opening “Blaze On”, sending the Trey Anastasio-penned tune on a thrilling 20+ minute ride that goes down as one of the best versions in its relatively short life span. The band took their time to patiently navigate through an adventurous and groovy jam, reaching multiple fiery hot peaks to resoundingly cement this “Blaze On” as the crowning jewel of the evening.Below, you can watch pro-shot video of Phish’s “Blaze On” from the Baker’s Dozen featuring fully remixed audio from the upcoming box set:Phish – “Blaze On” – 7/29/2017 (Fully Remixed Audio)[Video: Phish]This week, Phish announced their return to Madison Square Garden for their traditional four-night New Year’s run, beginning on December 28th and culminating with a three-set blowout on New Year’s Eve. For more information on Phish’s upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist:  Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 6 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 7/29/17Set One: Llama, Wilson > Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > Ya Mar, Tela, The Birds > The Line, Water in the Sky, Vultures, Train Song > Horn, I Am the WalrusSet Two: Blaze On > Twenty Years Later > Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues > Meatstick > Dirt > Harry HoodEncore: Cinnamon Girllast_img read more

Open Networking – 3 Great Years and Going Strong

first_imgLooking back, it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since we announced our Open Networking initiative in 2014. We embarked on the journey with the belief that our customers deserved more innovation and choice than they were receiving from traditional, proprietary networking vendors. At its core was a simple proposition: decouple networking switching hardware from its software. Simple, yet profound for an industry that inextricably tied, monetized and packaged hardware and software together.Our initial step was launching the industry’s first open networking switch using the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) and could run Cumulus Linux OS from our first ecosystem partner Cumulus Networks.In 2015, we delivered more choice to customers by adding OS partners including Big Switch Networks, IP Infusion and Pluribus Networks and delivering a family of open networking switches with connectivity capabilities from 10 to 100GbE. Today, we are the only OEM networking player in the industry that provides this level of choice, flexibility and infrastructure protection.In January of 2016 we introduced the latest version of our network operating system called Operating System 10 (OS10) which further “disaggregates” the networking stack by separating the base OS from the NOS. The base module of OS10 called OS10 Open Edition is offered to customers for free and runs a fully-open, unmodified Linux kernel and Debian distribution. This base is currently being tested and deployed by several customers.In March of 2016, we announced our collaboration with Microsoft on the design and implementation of modules in the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) to help drive industry disruption and adoption.  Our OS10 Open Edition software serves as the foundational element for SONiC. From this contribution we are helping customers big and small accelerate adoption of fully-functional Linux networking software based on open source components.That same year, we contributed OS10 Open Edition software to the OpenSwitch project, which represents a fully open, fully disaggregated base subsystem incorporating hardware and platform abstraction layers for networking switching applications.The OpenSwitch project running under the Linux Foundation aims to develop a complete open-source network OS.In Q4 of last year we released the beta version of OS10 Enterprise Edition which provides customers with standard networking features, interfaces and scripting functions including Layer2/Layer3 protocols, policy control and traditional networking switch CLI. One of the OS10 Enterprise Edition beta customers is Indiana University who have already published their initial findings while testing our OS10 Open Edition at OS10 – A First Look.Of the hundreds of customers now running Dell EMC open networking solutions, a key example is Verizon’s deployment of the industry’s largest known Network Function Virtualization OpenStack cloud deployment across 5 of its U.S. data centers. Dell EMC and several partners worked closely with Verizon in developing this OpenStack pod-based design that went from concept to deployment of more than 50 racks in the production data centers in less than nine months.Another innovative customer is Netherlands-based hosting solutions company Hostnet, who implemented a Dell EMC open networking solution to help accelerate the development of their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings using DevOps techniques. Their deployment consisted of Dell EMC open networking switches running Cumulus Linux software and Puppet automation software.The 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking report recognized both Dell EMC Networking and VMware companies under Dell Technologies, as the most visionary networking vendors. Together we are helping transition the industry towards a new direction in networking which IDC calls the third platform of computing, and who better to pick than the most visionary ones rather than “me too” networking vendors.To kick off 2017, we expanded our open networking offerings into the campus environment with the announcement of our latest N-Series switches with multi-gig PoE ports, 40GbE uplink ports and support for third party OS’s via ONIE. The simplified scalability and OS flexibility offered by these new switches continues our legacy of investment protection that our customers expect and the tools needed to confidently grow their operations.Indeed, it’s been an exciting journey over the last three years as we continue our market leadership with open networking products, partnerships and open source contributions. We aren’t finished just yet. As recent market estimates claim the use of brite boxes will explode in 2017, we at Dell EMC are leading the charge and it is our full intention to continue raising the bar for others to follow.Looking forward, in my crystal ball I can see images that portray a continuing set of launches focused on extending our open networking vision. Some of these pictures look to me like more multi-rate 100GbE and next-generation open networking switching platforms for the data center and campus, increasing adoption of our products into service provider data centers, and even more customers and partners integrating OS10 software into their solutions.I can honestly say that I’m more excited now than I was on that eventful day three years ago. We will continue to deliver on our promise of empowering customers with the networking choice and flexibility they need to help accelerate innovation and new services within their businesses.For additional information on Dell’s Open Networking solutions visit our home page.last_img read more