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E-learning firm’s low staff loss is model to follow

first_img Previous Article Next Article E-learning firm’s low staff loss is model to followOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Effective staff development hashelped e-learning and management consultancy Academee achieve significantgrowth since it was established in 2000.Academee, which waslaunched with a staff of just 27, has already grown to employ more than 80people and it predicts its workforce will expand to least 170 by 2002.The company has beenchosen by the Learning and Skills Council as a “best practice”example of the value of progressive staff training.Acadamee’s HR managerBrenda McNamara, who is responsible for designing personal development plansfor all members of staff, believes training has played a vital role in thecompany’s expansion.McNamara said employeecoaching is vital in the e-learning sector. “HR and individual stafftraining is seen very much as the reason for the success of Academee,” shesaid. “We believeinvestment in the people who come to work for us is highly important if we areto continue to grow and keep the talent we need.”Continuoustraining and development is vitally important, especially in our industry. “Staff have tokeep on top of technological developments if the company is to stay ahead ofthe rest and if they are to stay loyal.”The company only lostthree members of staff in 2000. McNamara said, “Ibelieve this is down to our willingness to accommodate the wishes of those weemploy. They too have an interest in the continued growth of the company.”Academee CEO SimonHayward said, “We aim to give individuals the confidence and support theyneed to be innovative, different and daring.”www.academee.com Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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BOARD OF PUBLIC SAFETY 2017 MEETING SCHEDULE

first_imgJanuary: 11th,25th February: 8th, 22nd March: 8th, 22nd April: 12th, 26th May: 10th, 24th June: 7th, 21st July: 12th, 26th August: 9th, 23rd September: 13th, 27th October: 11th, 25th November: 1th, 15th December: 6th, 20th FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare BOARD OF PUBLIC SAFETY 2017 MEETING SCHEDULEcenter_img The Board of Public Safety meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, excluding November and December due to holidays in which they will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  last_img read more

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Where in O.C.?

first_imgA quick test of observation and memory:Where in Ocean City can these fellows be found? Tell us in the comments section.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img

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Greggs remains resilient, despite decline in profits

first_imgGrowth plans for Greggs, the UK’s biggest bakery retailer, are still on track, despite taking a hit on profits due to cost increases and a withdrawal from Belgium, CEO Ken McMeikan revealed to British Baker. The firm has budgeted for marginal like-for-like sales growth in 2009, after announcing a 7.2% fall in operating profit in its full-year results.Despite a rise in year-on-year sales of 7.1% to £628m, including a like-for-like increase of 4.4%, “substantial increases” in energy and ingre-dients costs in the 52 weeks to 27 December 2008, as well as the cost of pulling its 10 shops in Belgium, contributed to the loss“The results are incredibly resilient in the current climate and in line with our expectations,” McMeikan said. “The fact we took decisions last year not to pass extra costs on to our customers was reflected in the continued like-for-like growth last year and into the start of this year.”Chairman Derek Netherton said it had been “a challenging year for Greggs”, but that it was still planning accelerated growth in 2010, as well as streamlining the business.Currently only 30% of Greggs’ products are standard across all its stores but McMeikan aims to increase this to 80% by the end of the year, with the remaining 20% to consist of regional favourites. “We have a dedicated team looking at the products in each of our 10 divisions,” said McMeikan.“We are currently trialling ideas for the 80% national range in 25 of our shops across the UK. By the end of 2009 we will have considered what the range should be, trialled it and then rolled it out.”last_img read more

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Common pots prepared by neighbors feeding thousands in Peru

first_imgLIMA, Peru (AP) — A survival strategy that first appeared in Peru’s capital four decades ago during the country’s civil conflict has become vital since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the South American nation. People across the country are cooking in neighborhood “common pots,” banding together to provide to feed children and adults alike. In Lima, Genoveva Satalaya and her neighbors walk through the food markets hoping to find a kind merchant who will donate food to help fill the common pot for their neighborhood. They can prepare lunch only Monday through Friday because there’s not enough food for other meals. Their pot feeds 120 people, including seniors, children and pregnant women.last_img read more

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David Oyelowo Will Join Daniel Craig in Othello Off-B’way

first_imgIt’s official, 007 is heading off-Broadway! David Oyelowo will play the title role opposite the previously rumored and now confirmed Daniel Craig as Iago in Othello. Tony winner Sam Gold will direct the Shakespeare classic, which is set to begin off-Broadway performances at New York Theatre Workshop in the fall of 2016. Additional casting and dates will be announced later.Oyelowo’s film credits include Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, A Most Violent Year, Default, The Butler, Lincoln, The Middle of Nowhere, Jack Reacher, The Paperboy, Complicit, Red Tails, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, 96 Minutes, The Last King of Scotland, Who Do You Love, A Sound of Thunder, Derailed, Captive and Five Nights in Maine. He received an Emmy nod for HBO’s Nightingale and has also been seen on the small screen in Spooks/MI:5, Small Island, Born Equal, A Raisin in the Sun, As You Like It, Five Days and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Stage work includes The Suppliants, the title role in the RSC’s Henry VI, The God Botherers and Prometheus Bound.Shakespeare’s Othello tackles the universal and timeless themes of jealousy, betrayal, racism and the lure of power. The classic was most notably fairly recently seen off-Broadway in 2009 with John Ortiz in the title role and the late screen and stage legend Philip Seymour Hoffman as Iago, directed by Peter Sellars. View Commentslast_img read more

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US House panel to hold election-security hearing with Facebook, Google, Twitter

first_imgTop officials from Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc will appear before US lawmakers on Thursday at a hearing on foreign influence and election security, the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee announced on Tuesday.The remote hearing will discuss the technology industry’s actions since the 2016 US elections, state-sponsored disinformation efforts, and other related issues as the country moves toward the Nov. 3 presidential contest, the panel said.The hearing will also look at misinformation campaigns amid the novel coronavirus outbreak and recent protests over racism and policing. Topics : The witnesses include Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy; Nick Pickles, director of Global Public Policy Strategy and Development at Twitter, and Richard Salgado, director for Law Enforcement and Information Security at Google.The hearing comes as Americans are increasingly skeptical about social media companies’ ability to make the right decisions about what should be allowed on their platforms, and trust the government even less to make those choices.The debate over content moderation has intensified as Twitter and Facebook diverged on how to handle inflammatory posts by President Donald Trump, who in turn has accused social media companies of censorship.last_img read more

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9 WV COPS FIRED FOR DRUGS

first_img“I am warning policemen who engage inillegal drugs either as protector, user or pusher. Stop, or you will becometargets of antidrug operations,” said Pamuspusan yesterday. The higher headquarters will come upwith “protocols on how to handle these people,” Pamuspusan added, or theregional police offices could submit inputs. According to the police director, hesigned Lupo’s dismissal order on June 29. The most recent to be fired was PoliceCorporal Pedrito Lupo of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), saidPamuspusan. ILOILO City – Since 2016, nine policeofficers in Western Visayas with links to illegal drugs have been dismissedfrom the service, confirmed Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director ofthe Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). Seven more are being investigated. Early this month, Police LieutenantJoem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson, said 30 police officers were linked to illegaldrugs either as protectors or traffickers. Thesepolice officers hold the ranks of lieutenant colonel and patrolman, Malongadded./PN Albayalde’sdrug list contained the names of 391 policemen across the country. The director revealed last week thatthe PRO-6 has started a case build-up against seven policemen involved inillegal drugs.center_img Ofthe 30 Western Visayas policemen, four were Police Commissioned Officers and26 were Police Non-Commissioned Officers, said Malong, and all are in activeservice. The seven appeared in the list of thePhilippine National Police national headquarters validated by the Directoratefor Intelligence, said Pamuspusan. Theirnames were in the list of then PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde, she added. He identified the eight otherdismissed policemen as Police Staff Sergeant Charlie Lamis Blanza; PolicePatrolman Angelo Cañal; Police Patrolman Henson Digon; Police Corporal VictorJimenea; Police Patrolman Kenneth Escolta; Police Patrolman John Paul Talaban;Police Staff Sergeant Jojie Salahid; and Police Patrolman Joelito Colantro. “We cannot just reassign these policepersonnel or ignore the problem. We either have to start adjudicating thesepeople or (start) building up cases against them,” he said. “I assure the people of Western Visayas that we are on target in our campaign against illegal drugs,” says Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, Region 6 police director. “We are really serious in our campaignto eradicate illegal drugs and corruption,” said Pamuspusan. “I can assure thepeople of Western Visayas that we are on target when it comes to our campaignagainst illegal drugs and all forms of illegal activities.”last_img read more

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Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

first_img United drew 2-2 at West Brom on Monday to drop more points as they try to catch Jose Mourinho’s leaders, who they host on Sunday. Daley Blind scored an 87th minute equaliser after Saido Berahino’s sixth league goal of the season almost wrapped up victory for Albion. Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United can still close the gap to Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Press Association Marouane Fellaini scored his first United goal to make it 1-1 but the draw left United 10 points behind Chelsea yet Van Gaal believes they can catch them. He said: “That’s possible but difficult to say because then I am arrogant. But I have done it a lot of times. “It is two points lost. I think we were the better team and I am very disappointed by the result. We were two times behind but I don’t think West Bromwich Albion created too many chances. “We gave the two goals away and we created four chances in the first half and seven in the second. We dominated the game. “That’s what I want as a coach and as a manager but the manager doesn’t want a result like 2-2. “I have said to my players I cannot be happy. I am happy about our play style but not the result.” Fellaini could have left Albion red faced after a tweet from their official Twitter account which appeared to take a dig at the Belgium international. “Fellaini has now taken his tracksuit off, fortunately he has a Man Utd strip on underneath,” they tweeted as he prepared to come on as a half-time substitute. Albion insist it was taken out of context as it was meant to show relief he was not naked but it was still retweeted 16,000 times. The Baggies were good value for the point though and had taken the lead through Stephane Sessegnon’s fine eighth-minute effort. The result lifted them to 14th in the table but head coach Alan Irvine revealed his frustration. “We’re all bitterly disappointed. We were so close to getting a great result against a top team and for us not to get three points feels really tough in this moment,” he said. “The players were terrific all the way through, they worked really hard when we didn’t have the ball and passed the ball really well. We got two great goals and we’ve led twice and I felt quite comfortable on both occasions we had the lead.” Berahino impressed again and Irvine believes he added weight to calls for senior international selection. “He is in great form. He deserves what he is getting, his application as been really top class. He’s behaving like a top professional day after day,” he said. “If he scores goals every week then he has a great chance (of a senior call) but Roy will decide when is the right time for him.” Albion later wrote a further tweet to say they had meant no offence by their earlier reference to Fellaini. “Sorry if a joke about a footballer not having a shirt on under his tracksuit top has caused such outrage. It was not intended as a slur” the tweet read. last_img read more

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Rob Lowe and Tom Barrack speak at USC

first_imgBovard Auditorium was packed Wednesday night with students interested in learning how to “make it big.”Actor Rob Lowe and real estate mogul Tom Barrack came to USC to speak to students and faculty about “Making Movies, Making Deals and Making it Big,” hosted by the Marshall School of Business.Words of wisdom · USC alumnus Thomas J. Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital LLC, and actor Rob Lowe discuss personal and professional success in “Making Movies, Making Deals and Making it Big” on Wednesday night in Bovard Auditorium. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanLowe and Barrack, who is the chairman, CEO and founder of Colony Capital, a private equity real estate company in Los Angeles, have recently acquired Miramax Films, along with USC Trustee Ronald Tutor.“I love the business as much today as I ever did,” Lowe said. “One of the things I love about Hollywood is that there is a grand tradition of people using the platform to transfer their focus into other areas.”Lowe said he will not be forgoing his television shows and movies, but Miramax will be able to offer him another opportunity in the movie business.Miramax has a film library of more than 700 movies, including Kill Bill, Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction.“Where you go to bust in this business is thinking that to sweeten that film library you need one more movie,” Barrack said. “After 25 years of investment, the extraordinary returns are always the investments no one else wants to make.”From his own experience, Barrack said he encourages students to leave their comfort zones.“You have to be willing to take a big risk and you have to be willing to fail. I never knew where I was going and I still don’t know where I’m going,” Barrack said.Lowe, on the other hand, said he has known since he was 8 years old that he wanted to be an actor.“I knew what I wanted to do, but I never had a plan,” Lowe said. “There is no plan. All I know is that I said yes whenever anybody asked me to do something.”Barrack, an alumnus of USC’s class of 1969, understands a student’s goal to graduate school and have an established name for themselves.“Students say, ‘I want the best job and I want it to happen tomorrow, but that doesn’t happen,’” Barrack said. “You have to lay the foundation stones and practice the little things like listening and being on time.”Lowe also cautioned students against comparing themselves and their accomplishments with others.“Never compare your insides to someone else’s outsides because you don’t know what that guy has going on in his life,” Lowe said. “I only know what I see on the outside.”Along the same lines, Barrack impressed upon students to think outside the box.“You have the clubs in your bag, all of those left-brain tools … What I’m here to tell you, the world of the next decade is not going to be run on that,” Barrack said. “It’s going to be run from your right brain — imagination, vision.”Lowe said passion is a driving force to love what one does on a day-to-day basis.“Follow your passion. The problem comes if you don’t know what your passion is,” Lowe said. “Find that and you’ll never work a day in your life.”Students asked questions following the discussion, and the evening ended with a singing performance from Orianthi.Ryan Park, a junior majoring in public policy, planning and management, said he thought the event’s message was appropriate for students.“What I enjoyed most about it is that they personify how to be yourself, be nice, be courteous and that whatever good deeds you do will help you in the future,” Park said.last_img read more