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Costain constructs global workforce for UK projects

first_img Comments are closed. Costain is recruiting overseas staff to help it achieve its businessobjectives. The construction firm has estimated that it needs another 400 staff toachieve its aim of doubling turnover to £1bn by 2006. So far it has recruited 40 overseas staff to work on UK-based projects, fromareas including the Middle East and Asia. It costs Costain £80,000 to recruit eight overseas recruits, includingadvertising and interviewing but not counting relocation costs of around£12,000 per employee. HR director Stephen Hall said skills shortages in areas such as projectmanagement make it cheaper to bring in overseas staff on UK market rates,providing the employee is retained for more than two years. “We must bring in the right people or we will have problems,” hesaid. “It is vital that the person, and their family settle in and want torelocate. We have only had a 10 per cent drop out rate in 18 months.” Overseas recruits are put through six months’ training in their role, aswell as in the company and UK culture to help them settle. Costain is alsocareful to ensure overseas employees’ spouses and partners are happy and, wherepossible, place families close to the homes of other staff, delegates heard. Hall told the conference that the company also recruits staff from countrieswhere the company already has operations, including South Africa, so when theyreturn to their country of origin they can continue to work for Costain. Related posts:No related photos. Costain constructs global workforce for UK projectsOn 5 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Conciliation time bomb could lead to more tribunal claims

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Moves by Acas to limit the amount of time it spends on dispute conciliationcould result in an increase in tribunal claims, HR experts are warning. Plans for fixed conciliation periods of seven weeks for fast-track cases and13 weeks for more complex disputes are due to go to consultation shortly. Rita Donaghy, chair of Acas, told Personnel Today complaints not settled inthe time would either be dropped or goto tribunal. “One of the complaints we get is that it takes too long to go throughthe whole process. If we put in a fixed timetable it should make the processrun more quickly.” The move will also focus Acas resources at a time when disputes are expectedto rise following the introduction of statutory grievance and disciplinaryprocedures and equal pay questionnaires under the Employment Act 2002. But the employee relations adviser of the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development, Mike Emmott warned that limiting the conciliation period inthis way could lead to an increase in tribunal cases if the process was rushed.Donaghy also revealed that the voluntary arbitration scheme, which waslaunched by Acas in May 2001 to help resolve workplace conflicts is to bereviewed because of a low take-up from business. “I think people are worried about signing away the right toappeal,” she said. But, she added, it would remain “a tool in the kit” and mightbecome more popular as a way of resolving disputes over flexible working rightsbeing introduced in April. Related posts:No related photos. Conciliation time bomb could lead to more tribunal claimsOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Chief of Naval Operations Visits USS Rushmore

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Chief of Naval Operations Visits USS Rushmore View post tag: visits Chief of Naval Operations Visits USS Rushmore November 22, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: of View post tag: Operations Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert and his wife Darleen visited Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), Nov. 20, while underway in the Arabian Gulf.Greenert, the 30th CNO, enjoyed dinner with Rushmore’s leadership, toured the ship’s engineering spaces, and addressed Rushmore’s crew during an all-hands call on the ship’s turntable. “For all of you who work in the engineering department, I had an opportunity to do a walk-through and visit with the folks down there,” said Greenert. “A tip of the hat goes out to all of you. The engineering spaces were clean, and the bilges were some of the best I have ever seen. The ship is looking really good, and I am impressed with how the crew is working hard to keep it ready to operate forward, and in a direction to support any and all 5th Fleet responsibilities.”As part of the all-hands call, Greenert reenlisted three Sailors, pinned 12 newly qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists and two Surface Warfare Officers, and spoke to the assembled crew about current issues impacting the lives of the Navy and Marine Corps team. Greenert also answered questions on a variety of topics, from uniform changes to manning issues. “It was an honor to be pinned by the highest ranking officer in the Navy,” said Logistics Specialist Seaman Michael Rodriguez. “This will be an experience that I will remember for the rest of my naval career. It made the pin so much more meaningful.”The CNO expressed his gratitude for the Sailors hard work, and showed his support toward the smaller class of amphibious ships. “I am aboard Rushmore today to say thank you to all the Sailors and Marines working hard, and doing an important mission, on the ship,” said Greenert. “What all of you do out here in 5th Fleet is more important than I think you could probably imagine. The international exercise and mission requirements that you all have recently conducted supports powerful coalition partnerships, and enforces our nation’s critical maritime security mission.”Rushmore is a part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th MEU, and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 22, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Rushmore View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy View post tag: chief Training & Educationlast_img read more

University pioneers robotic eye surgery

first_imgSurgeons at John Radcliffe hospital have performed eye-surgery using a small robot operated by joystick. The procedure, the first of its kind, took place on 9th September,  when a device was used to remove a membrane one hundredth of a millimetre thick from the patient’s right eye, restoring his sight.The robot was operated by Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford as well as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Oxford Eye Hospital, who described the procedure as ‘a vision of eye surgery in the future.’ He was assisted by Dr Thomas Edwards, a Nuffield Medical Fellow.The device, known as the Robotic Retinal Dissection Device (apparently referred to as ‘R2D2’) was being trialled in a series of experimental procedures funded by the University, the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs John Radcliffe.The patient in this procedure was the Reverend Doctor William Beaver, a 70 year-old Oxford resident and Associate Priest at St Mary the Virgin, Iffley. Until last year, he had been the chaplain to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. In July, doctors had discovered the membrane growing at the back of his right eye, damaging his vision by creating a hole in his retina. Dr Beaver described the procedure as ‘effortless’ and a ‘godsend’.R2D2 was developed by Preceyes, a Dutch company linked to the Eindhoven University of Technology which specialises in producing precision surgical equipment. Their technology has improved the effectiveness of micro-surgery by limiting the effect of surgeons’ hand-tremors, which can include movements as small as a pulse. Preceyes have claimed that the movement of their devices is precise to within the thickness of a human hair.Surgeons hope that using robots small enough to fit into the human eye will allow for a greater number of intricate procedures to be carried out successfully. Professor MacLaren said that robots may soon treat blindness using gene therapy and stem cells placed under the retina.last_img read more

Music Pier, Ocean City Pops to Benefit From $150,000 Donation

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiThe fund-raising arm of the Ocean City Pops orchestra is donating $150,000 to the city to buy large video and TV screens that will enhance the experience for concertgoers at the Music Pier.Jon Batastini, chairman of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, announced the donation during a City Council meeting Thursday night, drawing praise from members of the governing body and Mayor Jay Gillian.“We’ve taken it to the next level,” Gillian said of the impact on the Music Pier, the Boardwalk entertainment venue.Two, 120-inch video screens will be installed next to the Music Pier stage to allow orchestra fans to enjoy the concerts in an entirely new way. The large-screen format will capture the action on stage much better, right up to the facial expressions of the performers, Batastini noted.Plans also call for two, 90-inch TV screens at the back of the Music Pier to give concertgoers sitting in the “cheap seats” a better view of the orchestra.Batastini said the donation will also allow the city to buy a fixed camera that will be installed in the Music Pier balcony to beam a live feed to the audience. In addition, there will be two new motorized cameras to follow the performers on stage, giving the audience another closeup view of the concerts.“We absolutely believe it will enhance the program and it will enhance the performances,” Batastini said of the new screens and cameras.Jon Batastini, chairman of the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, announces the $150,000 donation during a City Council meeting.Batastini also predicted the big-screen technology will elevate the reputation of the Ocean City Pops by making the performances even more enjoyable.City officials agreed. They hailed the $150,000 donation as a “game-changer” that will help attract larger concert audiences and also strengthen the Music Pier’s status as a top-notch entertainment hall.“I think this is a turning point for the Music Pier,” Councilman Michael DeVlieger said. “I think it’s going to magnify the quality of the acts.”DeVlieger added that he believes the big-screen technology will draw younger audiences to the concerts, introducing the orchestra to a “new generation” of fans.No timetable was given for installing the screens and cameras. The city will have to seek competitive bids for the equipment, using the cash donation from the Friends of the Ocean City Pops as the source of funding.“I’m so happy to see that we’re taking the next step to bring the Music Pier up to its potential,” Councilwoman Karen Bergman said.Separately, the city has made a bigger push to bring high-profile acts to the Music Pier to liven up the summer entertainment scene.Among other big-name entertainers coming to town this summer, singer Vanessa Williams will perform with the Ocean City Pops on June 25. The legendary Beach Boys are scheduled to return to Ocean City for two shows on Aug. 21 and 22. Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills and Nash fame, will be in concert July 24.City Council predicted bigger and better things ahead for the Music Pier and the Ocean City Pops.Also at Thursday’s Council meeting, a new ordinance was introduced to repair old sidewalks on Asbury Avenue and other areas of the downtown shopping district to make them safer for pedestrians.The main areas targeted for an overhaul are the sidewalks on the Asbury Avenue shopping corridor between Fifth and 14th streets. Also slated for a makeover are sidewalks on Eighth Street from West Avenue to the Boardwalk, Ninth Street from the bridge to the Boardwalk and 10th Street from West Avenue to the Boardwalk.Over the past 20 years, some of the sidewalks have settled or shifted, creating a tripping hazard that has resulted in lawsuits being filed against the city.The city blames the damaged sidewalks on decorative features that were required years ago in “bygone ordinances,” before the existing streetscaping standards were put in place.“This is a city-created problem that the city is attempting to address to make it safer for everyone,” City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson told Council.The tripping hazards include sections of redbrick trim, commonly known as pavers, that are incorporated within the sidewalks. Also creating a hazard are small cutouts, or grates, along the edges of the sidewalks for shade trees.“Over time, these pavers and tree grates, or some of them, have shifted or settled, and may, at times, provide an uneven surface, which can be difficult for strollers, wheelchairs and persons using canes, walkers and crutches to easily traverse,” according to the proposed ordinance.Councilman Bob Barr, who was born with cerebral palsy and has used a wheelchair his entire life, explained that uneven sidewalks are particularly difficult for people with disabilities.The city wants to repair uneven or sunken sidewalks in the downtown shopping district.The proposed ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing and final vote by Council on June 22. It authorizes the city to begin removing the pavers and tree grates. A newly built section of concrete sidewalk in front of City Hall on Asbury Avenue will serve as a model for the downtown area.In another vote Thursday, Council introduced a new ordinance that will require homeowners to install smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers if they rent out rooms.The ordinance, scheduled for a public hearing and final vote June 22, responds to an emerging trend in room rentals at private homes through lodging websites such as Airbnb. With homeowners now able to easily rent out rooms using online providers, the city wants to make sure the proper safety codes are met.“The law has not caught up with this new model,” McCrosson said.Under the proposed ordinance, homeowners would be required to have a mercantile license before renting any single- or two-family home. The fee for the license would be $30, plus a $145 Ocean City Tourism Commission fee. There must also be an inspection for smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers in the home.Also Thursday, Council honored the late Ocean City resident Joseph A. Somerville, the vice president of the community-based government watchdog group Fairness In Taxes. Somerville, 79, who died April 28, also had served as president of the city’s Utility Advisory Commission.Councilman Keith Hartzell, a longtime friend of Somerville, read from a city resolution honoring Somerville for his “outstanding service” to Ocean City. Somerville’s wife of 53 years, Susan, and other family members joined Council for the ceremony.“He loved living here. He really did,” Susan Somerville said of her husband while thanking Council for the honor.Councilman Keith Hartzell reads a resolution honoring the late Joseph A. Somerville, while members of Somerville’s family and City Council listen. The Ocean City Pops perform at the Music Pier during a 2017 concert. 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Pork Farms seeks voluntary redundancies

first_imgPork Pie manufacturer Pork Farms is seeking voluntary redundancies for up to 90 of its 300 employees.The Nottinghamshire-based firm said the job losses at its Queens Drive factory were a necessity, due to the adverse affects of the recession and a change in working practices. The company has announced it has now entered a 30-day consultation period.Pork Farms said it has been discussing its required staffing levels to run the business for the short, medium and long term, with its representatives from Unite T&G for some time. The discussions were to “help us to optimise the capacity at the factory and put Queens Drive in a strong position for the future”.It added: “The completion of the commissioning of our £11m investment in the infrastructure and equipment at Queens Drive, together with improved working processes, has released significant capacity into the factory.”last_img read more

British Baker to stop selling in newsagents

first_imgBritish Baker will no longer be sold at newsagents from the end of September.The last issue through newsagents will be 24 September. Distribution through the National News Wholesale Network is no longer viable for the magazine.However, bakers currently ordering their copy through newsagents will still be able to receive British Baker through subscription.By taking out a subscription British Baker will be delivered free to your door every fortnight. The cost for a year’s issues (25 copies) will be £59, saving £14.75 on the cost through your newsagent of £73.75.To subscribe please call 0800 6526512 now and quote code: ’NEWS3’ for the discount.last_img read more

Former Irish football player Louis Nix III shot; posts video online

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Facebook Twitter WhatsApp (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) Former Notre Dame Football standout Louis Nix III is recovering after being shot on Tuesday night. The news came from Nix’s instagram. He told his followers that he was putting air in his tires. His video was shared by @insidetheirish on twitter:Former Notre Dame DL Louis Nix III just posted this video on Instagram. Pray for him please.(IG/1irishchocolate)— InsideTheIrish (@Insidetheirish) December 9, 2020Nix, affectionately known as “Irish Chocolate” was with Notre Dame from 2011 to 2013 and was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2014. His professional career was largely derailed by knee issues. WhatsApp Facebook By Carl Stutsman – December 9, 2020 1 385 Google+ Former Irish football player Louis Nix III shot; posts video online Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Previous articleFines for leaf burning in St. Joseph County vetoedNext articleCity of South Bend releases latest SBPD use of force policy to public Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Two new recruits at Harris + Hoole

first_imgHarris + Hoole, the new coffee shop concept from Tesco and Taylor Street Barista, has hired former SSP operations director Peter Davies as its chief operating officer.The new coffee shop business, which opened its first outlet on Sycamore Road in Amersham, Buckinghamshire in August, has also hired Eleni Savva, head of the group management reporting team at Tesco, as its finance director.Two employees from Tesco, which has a minority stake in the new artisanal coffee shop business, have been named as directors of Harris + Hoole, according to files recorded at Companies House. They are company secretary Jonathan Lloyd and project manager Michael Holmes.Harris + Hoole will be run by Australian siblings Nick, Andrew and Laura Tolley, who set up Taylor Street Baristas in 2006, which currently operates eight sites around London and Brighton.Outlets in Ruislip and Uxbridge have also been lined up for the Harris + Hoole business, while the Tolleys have been in talks to buy up to 15 of Clinton Cards’ stores.last_img read more

Authorities Bust Major Drug Operation At Bonnaroo Festival

first_imgOver the weekend, local authorities working the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival made a major drug bust on the festival grounds. Brian Anthony Wiley, 29, and Trevor Franklin Watson III, 24, both of Chattanooga, were arrested on multiple drug-related charges after local deputies were tipped off and discovered the two men selling and distributing “a very large amount of drugs” to festival attendees.According to a report from Coffee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lucky Knott via ABC13 News: “Deputies found Wiley to be in possession of 202 jars of THC oil, weighing about 15 milliliters; two bags of mushrooms, weighing about 7 grams each; three bags with about 60 panes of blotter acid; 241 bags of about 120.5 grams of what is believed to be Ketamine; 22 bags of a white powdery substance weighing about 144.5 grams of what is believed to be cocaine; six Xanax bars; and 220 bags weighing about 1,210 grams of a green plantlike material believed to be marijuana.”“Watson was found to be in possession of six bottles containing 15 milliliters of THC oil; 10 bags of a green plantlike material weighing about 20 grams believed to be marijuana; two grams of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine; four Molly capsules; 14 bags of a crystal substance weighing about 14 grams of a substance believed to be Molly; and 13 bags of a powdery substance weighing about 13 grams believed to be Ketamine.”Both Wiley and Watson are currently being detained by authorities on $255,000 and $50,000, respectively, and are due to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on August 12th on charges of manufacturing, delivering, selling and possession of a controlled substance, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.[via ABC13 News]last_img read more