Agency fails to hit absence targets

first_img Previous Article Next Article The government department responsible for helping to reduceabsenteeism in the public sector has missed its own targets for sicknessabsence. Related posts:No related photos. Agency fails to hit absence targetsOn 11 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today But its annual report reveals that sickness absence levelsin 2000 were 13.4 days per member of staff against its target of 10.9 days.center_img The Benefits Agency, which is part of the Department forWork and Pensions, had planned to cut absenteeism by 10 per cent as part of theGovernment’s drive to help tackle high public sector sickness rates. A spokesman for the Benefits Agency told Personnel Todaythat it has brought in a manager, who has a specific responsibility forsickness levels, and has introduced a number of initiatives to try and reduceabsenteeism. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Jimmy Carter Bestows Gregg Allman With Honorary Doctorate At Macon Commencement Ceremony [Watch]

first_imgYesterday, former president Jimmy Carter presented Gregg Allman with an honorary Doctorate of Humanities during Mercer University‘s Spring 2016 commencement ceremony in Macon, Georgia. Carter and Allman share quite a bit of history in the southern town, as the Allman Brothers Band publicly supported the former president there during his campaign in the 1970s.Carter explained to the audience that he might not have won the election had the Allman Brothers not “adopted” him, according to ABC News. The Macon attendees had a laugh, knowing the history of the relationship, as Carter continued to explain that the band’s endorsement let people know he “must be qualified to be president of the United States.”Before the ceremony, Allman played a heartfelt “Sweet Melissa” to the graduating class and explained the origin of the song. He wrote the lyrics about a woman he imagined while living life on the road, and named her Melissa after a woman he saw in the grocery store. He also performed “Midnight Rider.” Watch both performances below!Sweet MelissaMidnight Rider Watch Jimmy Carter present Gregg Allman with an honorary doctorate of humanities:[Videos via The Telegraph]last_img read more

Why DSSD Is a Game Changer

first_imgHere at EMC World 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, there is genuine excitement in the halls about all of the technology announcements we have made this week. Those who follow our company closely see that we are making significant bets in the right technologies for the 3rd Platform of IT. ViPR is a key strategic technology investment we are making today in the future of our storage business, and that is certainly getting a fair share of the attention at EMC World. People are equally interested in our announced acquisition of DSSD, so let me provide a little more color on that announcement in this post.Flash technology is pervasive across our storage portfolio. More than 70% of our storage arrays ship with flash. XtremIO, our all flash array, is the clear industry leading all flash array based on performance as well as market share. Then there is server flash. A number of companies are taking advantage of the performance you can gain from putting PCIe flash cards into the server. That delivers a lot of speed, but here’s the problem: those flash cards have limited capacity, have to be managed as DAS silos, and to take full advantage of the performance, you have to rewrite your applications to get around it. That explains why there was an initial flurry of attention around this technology, but why you are hearing relatively less about it. Until now.With the team from DSSD, we will write the definitive next chapter in server-attached flash storage. Imagine if you could have rack scale flash storage… with game changing bandwidth, IOPS and latency, an order of magnitude faster than anything you can get today… that has hundreds of terabytes of storage that can be addressed as storage, or as an extension of memory… that has the manageability of shared storage… and has native application interfaces. That would be nirvana. And that is exactly the technology the DSSD team has been developing.We are betting on DSSD because we believe their technology is the perfect answer to accelerate a new class of emerging workloads like in-memory databases, very high performance transactional workloads, and Big Data applications with real-time analytics, applications like the ones we are building with Pivotal, SAP HANA and Hadoop. It is too early for us to talk about the product specifically, but our plan is to bring the first one to market in 2015.EMC has been an early investor in DSSD for the last year or so, and we began working with them six months before that. Yesterday, in my keynote at EMC World, I had the privilege of introducing the DSSD founders who belong to one of the best and nicest technology development teams in the industry: Andy Bechtolsheim, Jeff Bonwick, Bill Moore, Stephen Hahn, Chris Hooper and Mike Shapiro. We couldn’t be more excited about having their team join us. They’ve reached the point where they have broken through a technical path and now look to EMC to help them design and execute a go-to-market model to engage with customers. This acquisition is a great deal for both sides. We will accelerate their roadmap. Their technology is very extensible, very disruptive, and we are very excited to have them join us at EMC.last_img read more

Hereafter Musical Starts Performances Off-Broadway

first_img Hereafter Musical Hereafter Musical, a new show by Frankie Keane and Vinnie Favale, begins performances off-Broadway on September 13. Directed by Terry Berliner, the tuner’s opening night is set for October 25 at the Snapple Theater Center. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Hereafter Musical follows three women who have come together at the home of world renowned psychic Jason Richards, desperate to make contact with their loved ones who have passed. Unbeknownst to them, the spirits materialize during the reading, and they, like the living, also have a great deal of difficulty moving on. Keane will also appear in the cast alongside Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Jill Shackner, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy Simmons, Margaret Kelly and Alan Kalter.last_img read more

Friendly’s closes two restaurants in Burlington area

first_imgImmediately prior to the Friendly’s restaurant chain emerging from chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, January 9, its corporate entity closed two more restaurants in Vermont. The Colchester (near Costco) and South Burlington (near University Mall) locations were closed without notice Sunday.A story in the Quincy (MA) Patriot Ledger said the Wilbraham, MA, based chain closed the restaurants after not being able to renegotiate rents. Friendly’s filed for chapter 11 in October and closed 63 restaurants systemwide at that time. The action Sunday closed another 37, according to Web site lists six existing restaurants in Vermont: Bennington, Brattleboro, Manchester, Rutland, Springfield and Williston. A Shelburne Road in South Burlington location was previously closed.There are currently 376 Friendly’s restaurants. Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC is itself owned by Sun Capital Partners Inc in Florida, which owns several brands, including American Standard, Boston Market and Hickory Farms. The first Friendly’s Ice Cream Shop was opened in 1935 in Springfield, MA, by brothers Prestley and Curtis Blake.   The closed Friendly’s location at 1 Dorset Street in South Burlington. Photo by Shelby Websterlast_img read more

Clips of the Week: Richmond’s James River

first_imgRichmond’s James River holds some incredible whitewater a stone’s throw from downtown. Videos courtesy of our friend Hunter at James River Video Atlas ‘Pipeline’ from Hunter on Vimeo.And on May 21, you can catch some incredible bike themed films at the James’ Bike-In-Theater.Bike-In-Theater 5/21 from Hunter on Vimeo.last_img

Colombia Bolsters Fight Against Narco-Submarines

first_imgBy Dialogo May 02, 2011 Before the turn of the century, submarines constructed by narco-traffickers couldn’t dive a depth of more than 10 meters. But now, the submarines can dip well below the surface, making them very difficult to detect. “Throughout the years, we have been able to determine that the narco-traffickers have improved the aerodynamics and cargo capacity of these devices,” Willis said. “The strategy we adopted to fight this criminal activity was [to obtain] the support of coast guard forces across the whole American continent.” He added: “These submarines can stay submerged up to 8 days, and they are difficult to detect because they have cameras and highly technological periscopes. But we can’t use that as an excuse in our fight against them. This year, we already have seized two of these vessels.” The vessels also have gotten bigger. Instead of carrying a four-man crew, the newest vessels can transport 10 crew members and an average of 10 tons (20,000 pounds) of cocaine. The newest vessels also are much faster, have air conditioning, a navigation system and diesel engines. “[Those who] participate in the building of these devices are peasants, lured by the opportunity to make easy money,” said Capt. Mario Rodríguez, former commander of Colombia’s Pacific Naval Force. “The shipyards are built in difficult and inaccessible areas of Colombian territory.” Germán Ortíz, an analyst on narco-trafficking in Colombia, said that while nations have joined forces to combat narcotics traffickers, the drug cartels and gangs also have united. “The key to victory for this issue has to be uniting the coast guard forces [throughout Latin] America,” he said. “It is not about just patrolling: The continent also has to have available a satellite used exclusively for this type of monitoring.” BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Hernando Willis, the commander of the Colombia’s Pacific Naval Force, said narco-traffickers throughout Latin America are using more sophisticated means to smuggle drugs. “Without a doubt, [drug traffickers] are investing money and technology into achieving their goals,” Rear Admiral Willis said. Willis said the use of narco-trafficking submarines and other submersible vehicles by gangs, cartels and organized crime organizations have made it more difficult for law enforcement agents to stop the flow of drugs throughout the region. “We have noticed that the Colombian drug traffickers have increased their efforts to improve their submarines,” he said. “These vessels have a propeller, are up to 20 meters long, and can carry up to 7 tons of drugs and are completely submersible.” It is unclear when the narco-traffickers first started using vessels that were at least semi-submersible to smuggle drugs. But this is clear: The Colombian Navy intercepted its first semi-submersible vessel used to transport drugs in 1993, on the island of Providencia, off the Andean nation’s Atlantic coast. center_img Law enforcement agents have since found more than 60 semi-submersibles – all during raids of improvised shipyards on Colombia’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts. One of the most notable confiscations occurred on Feb. 13 of this year in the city of Timbiquí in the department of Valle del Cauca, where military personnel seized the first fully submersible vessel in the Andean nation with the capacity to transport narcotics. The submarine, which could reach a depth of nine feet (three meters), was discovered on the Timbiquí River. The 99-foot-long (30 meter) fiberglass vessel could accommodate a six-member crew, could carry up to eight tons of cocaine and featured two diesel engines, he said. The submarine also had an air conditioning unit and a 16 1/2-foot periscope. The submarine was equipped to travel from Colombia to Mexico. “The engines were already fully installed and ready to go,” said Col. Manuel Hurtado, chief of staff of Colombia’s Pacific Command, according to The Associated Press. Hurtado said the vessel cost about US$2 million to construct. Hurtado said law enforcement officials have confiscated at least 32 semi-submersible ships used to smuggle narcotics during the past decade, including 12 in 2010. last_img read more

“Restructuring” Prepares Argentine Armed Forces for New Challenges

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz / Diálogo October 04, 2019 Argentina set in motion a restructuring process in its Armed Forces to enable them to collaborate on internal security tasks. The goal is to modernize the defense system to confront the challenges of the 21st century, such as narcotrafficking and terrorism.The reform started in August 2018 with the National Defense Policy Directive issued by President Mauricio Macri. Service members have mainly been deployed on the country’s northern border, where they provide logistics support to the Gendarmerie and the Argentine Naval Prefecture in the fight against narcotrafficking.“We face a more volatile environment nowadays. New forms of conflict, as well as rapid technological advances, are factors driving this restructuring process,” Argentine Minister of Defense Oscar Aguad told Diálogo.The minister explained that the goal is to have top notch, flexible forces, capable of withstanding all sorts of conflicts, whether defending the nation or interacting with other countries’ forces in the international arena. “We are acting with a new vision on the use of military resources in the framework of joint military action, which enables us to be dissuasive, with forces that are versatile, agile, and equipped to provide an effective response to national strategic issues,” Aguad said.The plan foresees airspace radar coverage, interagency work, a larger presence in areas with low population density, and maritime surveillance. It also includes assistance to underprivileged communities and those affected by natural disasters. Concern for VenezuelaAguad expressed his concern about the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, one of the issues discussed in his June 2019 meeting with U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command.“Consolidation of the democratic, peaceful, and respectful tradition of human rights in South America is at risk because of the situation in Venezuela,” said Aguad. “Our main concern is that the region does not lose its status as a peace zone. That’s why we are following closely the health situation and other problems that Venezuelans are going through.”Aguad recalled that Argentine service members have a lot of experience in humanitarian assistance, carried out in the framework of peacekeeping operations under multilateral international organizations. Argentine Minister of Defense Oscar Aguad said, “We face a more volatile environment nowadays.” (Photo: Argentine Ministry of Defense)center_img U.S. cooperationAguad highlighted the support the United States provided to Argentina during the G20 leaders’ summit in Buenos Aires in November 2018. “We were able to strengthen our defense capabilities to confront the security demands that such a massive international event required.”Aguad also said that military exercises like UNITAS and PANAMAX help revitalize the relationship between the United States and countries in the continent, by enabling them to analyze strategies in hypothetical scenarios. “These exercises are aimed at evaluating interoperability, exchanging information, and strengthening bonds of cooperation,” he said.The most recent example was operation UNITAS LX 2019, which concluded on August 30 in Brazil, and saw the participation of more than 3,300 service members from the Americas. “There’s a common need to maintain the balance and control of natural resources along the vast South Atlantic coast,” Aguad concluded.last_img read more

Credit unions offer a calming hand to members under financial stress

first_imgBeing there for everyday “moments” in members’ financial lives has never been more critical for credit unions. It’s the key to building trust, which leads to enduring relationships and growth. The pandemic crisis has impacted many vulnerable credit union members across the country. This spring, unemployment soared to a level not seen since the Great Depression and, although it has recovered somewhat, as of August 2020 the rate remains stubbornly high at 8.4%.Meanwhile, families that have the most to lose are feeling the greatest financial pinch. Job losses are highest in low-wage industries at 13%. According to recent Census Bureau survey data, one in four households with children are unable to cover rent, and 23 million adults did not have enough food to provide for their household’s needs.The credit union movement was built to meet the mission of “people helping people.” Here are some ways credit unions can support their members as they navigate these challenging times. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Ken’s Croydon call-in

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