HR developing into strategic player in the US

first_imgHR developing into strategic player in the USOn 3 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today The US HR profession is maturing into a strategic organisational role byaligning itself with business aims, according to a new study. A report by the US-based Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),designed to provide an occupational snapshot of HR as its practitioners view ittoday, shows that HR’s business value in the US is increasing. However, respondents said the perception is that HR is not held in highesteem by many in their organisations, and that the lack of corporate HRstrategy, budget and top-down implementation of people policies, are the mostchallenging obstacles faced by HR departments in the US. Susan Meisinger, president and chief executive of SHRM, said the businessvalue HR professionals contribute to their organisations is growing as morebusiness leaders recognise the power of effective people management. “HR professionals are capable of leveraging human capital,strengthening organisations and improving the bottom line,” she said. “The voice of the HR professional is an important one.” www.shrm.org Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Alright for some! London agent signs deal with £15k-a-week short lets platform

first_imgShort lets Prime Central London (PCL) rentals are achieving up to £15,000 per week according to the luxury estate agency Aston Chase, which has recently partnered with uber-luxe short-term rental firm Veeve.Th upmarket short lets rental platform is working with almost 15,000 wealthy overseas visitors this summer, seeking out ‘home from home’ holidays in prime residential London properties.In this lucrative period for short-term homes, Aston Chase and Veeve focus on marketing super luxury properties to visitors from Asia (China, Hong Kong, and Singapore) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Qatar Kuwait and UAE).Homes in St John’s Wood, Regent’s Park and Marylebone are achieving up to £10,000 per week, a house on Hamilton Terrace would be up to £40,000 per week and a house on Avenue Road can achieving up to £50,000 per week.Some Middle Eastern clients prefer apartments over houses due to the conveniences of 24hr Concierge facilities with some super-luxury Central London apartments achieving rents in excess of £35,000 per week.Creature comfortsVeeve, based in London, LA and Paris, provides hotel-style services for short-term rental clients including a meet and greet service, professional housekeeping, a concierge, home comforts including private airport transfers and fridge stocking and linen, towels and toiletries.It takes care of property management, vets all customers and offer homeowners and vendors a free photo shoot of their property with no sign-up fee.Ben Sloane, Director of Lettings at Aston Chase said that the summer period consistently spikes the short-term rental market with prime properties in London being occupied by International clientele.“By partnering with Veeve we are able to offer our home-owning clients access to a larger platform of International applicants, and provide Veeve customers with more private, safe and luxurious properties with hotel-style amenities and conveniences.”veeve luxury short lets Aston Chase August 28, 2019Nigel 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 » Agencies & People » Alright for some! London agent signs deal with £15k-a-week short lets platform previous nextAgencies & PeopleAlright for some! London agent signs deal with £15k-a-week short lets platformVeeve partners with luxury estate agent Aston Chase to maximise summer lettings’ returns from upmarket foreign visitors.Sheila Manchester28th August 20190605 Viewslast_img read more

RFA Argus completes overhaul after Ebola mission

first_img Authorities Share this article RFA Argus. Photo: Royal NavyUK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus on March 25 departed the Falmouth dock after undergoing a year-long overhaul at A&P’s shipyard.Prior to the overhaul, the 28,000-tonne support ship supported efforts to curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa.During her 172 days in support of Operation Gritrock – the codename for the British military’s response to the disease’s outbreak in Sierra Leone – Argus served as the base for Merlin helicopters to ferry medicine, food and supplies around the country, both to our forces on the ground treating the local populace, and for people in isolated or cut-off communities.In addition, her medical facilities were available to treat any British personnel taken ill.According to the Royal Navy, cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone dropped tenfold while Argus was deployed.Capt David Eagles, RFA Argus’ Commanding Officer, said: “Argus was deployed for six months, during which time she was only alongside for 12 hours.”“This remarkable endurance is testament to the high quality work carried out at A&P Falmouth in maintaining the Royal Navy’s primary casualty receiving facility.”Before Argus left the jetty to begin trials A&P’s Steve Wheeler and Simon Timmins presented Capt Eagles with a print of the ship returning from her Ebola mission. March 30, 2016 RFA Argus completes overhaul after Ebola missioncenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today RFA Argus completes overhaul after Ebola mission View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: RFA Arguslast_img read more

Meals on wheels

first_imgA £500,000 TV advert shows the making of a full-sized Skoda Fabia car made out of cake. The two companies involved in ingredients sourcing and baking of the main sponge blocks, are Flour Power City Bakery and the Cake Bake Company. Renshaw supplied sugar paste. See British Baker 8 Junelast_img

Snack firms urged to opt for 30g packs

first_imgSnack manufacturers across Europe are being urged to produce 30g snack packs to help consumers meet dietary guidelines on calorie intake.The European Snack Association (ESA) has announced a change in its approach and now recommends a voluntary move towards a single-portion size of 30g for snacks and nuts an increase of 5g for snacks. The ESA said the 30g size was “in line with dietary recommendations for a snack in between meals and reflects consumption patterns”.Despite the 30g recommendation, the ESA states that bags under 50g would still be classified as single-serve, while snack bags over 50g would be deemed sharing bags.Dr Sabine Seggelke, ESA public affairs & policy director, said: “The change aims to ensure a meaningful, practical and easily understood portion size. Studies in major European markets indicate that the average portion of potato crisps consumed is 30g.”Last year, the FSA launched a consultation, which covered making savoury snacks single packs of 30g or less more widely available; its recommendations on portion sizes are due out later this year as part of the work into saturated fat reduction.last_img read more

Biden to meet Republicans proposing $618 billion virus aid

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday with a group of 10 Republican senators who’ve proposed $618 billion in coronavirus aid, about a third of what he’s seeking.,The Republicans propose slimmer benefits, including $1,000 in direct payments to individuals earning up to $40,000 a year, or $80,000 for couples.,White House press secretary Jen Psaki says Biden has spoken with the leader of the group, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.,The White House invitation came hours after the lawmakers sent Biden a letter urging him to negotiate rather than try to ram through his $1.9 trillion package solely on Democratic votes.,Congressional Democrats are poised to move ahead without Republican support.last_img

Tybee tides

first_imgBy Larry DendyUniversity of GeorgiaAmong the childhood joys for Bob and Maxine Hubbard Burton ofAthens were the fun and friendships of the 4-H program andattending 4-H summer camps.Growing up, Maxine was involved in 4-H in Forsyth County andattended camp at Rock Eagle, Wahsega and Tybee Island. Bob wentto camp at Rock Eagle.As a University of Georgia student, Bob spent the summer of 1968as a counselor at the Tybee Island camp. “I saw what an impactthat camp had, especially on kids from rural areas,” he said.”I’ll never forget watching kids see the ocean for the firsttime. It just opened up a whole new world for them.””Some of my most cherished memories and valuable lifeexperiences,” Maxine adds, “were through 4-H programs andattending camps. I’m grateful for the opportunities 4-H providesyoung people throughout Georgia and the United States, and forthe opportunities that were provided to me.” In appreciation, the university, which runs the 4-H programthrough its College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,will name the camp the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. Aceremony May 28 will make the name official. The Burtons support UGA in other ways, too. Maxine is on theboard of trustees of the UGA Alumni Association. She created ascholarship in the College of Education to help students studyabroad. Bob is on the director boards of the Georgia 4-HFoundation and the Georgia Museum of Art. Tybee in troubleWhen the Burtons learned that the 57-year-old Tybee Island camphad fallen into such disrepair it might be closed, theyimmediately offered to help with a donation to the Georgia 4-HFoundation.Their gift, along with smaller contributions, helped pay forurgent repairs and renovations on the camp’s buildings and fundedimprovements for the camp’s environmental education program. “Thanks to Bob and Maxine’s generosity, new life has beenbreathed into this facility, and it will continue to provideenjoyment and education to Georgia 4-H members,” said UGAPresident Michael F. Adams. “We’re very pleased to honor theseoutstanding alumni supporters in this way.”The Burtons own Flowers Inc. Balloons in Athens, the largestsupplier of balloons and related items in the country. Bobgraduated from UGA in 1971 with a degree in agriculture. Maxine,a former teacher, earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1972and a master’s in ’78.Little campThe Tybee Island camp opened in 1947. It’s one of five 4-Hcenters in the state. On 5.5 acres on a tidal creek surrounded bymarsh, the camp operates year-round. It can accommodate about 145young people at a time.About 1,000 children attend week-long summer camps at the centereach year. Another 6,000-7,000 come throughout the year forthree-day education programs on coastal ecology and the marineenvironment. Around 70,000 have attended these classes since theybegan in 1987.Arch Smith, associate state 4-H leader, said time, weather andheavy use had taken a harsh toll on the center’s buildings. Somewere nearly unusable.Big helpThe Burtons’ gift helped pay for electrical upgrades, new floorsand wall coverings for cabins, Smith said. It helped renovate thedining hall and relocate and remodel a staff house. It will alsohelp pay for environmental education facilities and equipment. “The Tybee camp is very special for rural children because it’soften the first time they come to the coast,” Bob said. “Butchildren come from all over. It’s really a cross section ofAmerica. “The summer after I was a counselor,” he added, “I got lettersfrom kids telling me what an effect that camp had on their lives.It definitely made a difference.”(Larry Dendy is assistant to the associate vice president forpublic affairs of the University of Georgia.)last_img read more

Australia’s Origin says early retirement of 2,880MW Eraring coal plant is possible

first_imgAustralia’s Origin says early retirement of 2,880MW Eraring coal plant is possible FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:The closure of Australia’s largest coal-fired power plant could be brought forward as Origin Energy assesses a “range of scenarios”, including the impact of climate change and the influx of renewable energy, which could influence the timing.After pushing back against a move by shareholder activists last year to bring forward the 2032 shutdown of the Eraring black coal-fired generator in New South Wales by two years, Origin Energy on Thursday indicated it remained open to retiring the facility or winding it down in a staged approach sooner than 2032.Origin Energy chief executive Frank Calabria, when asked about the future of the 2880-megawatt plant, said the energy market was “moving rapidly” and the facility was subject to continual review.The company was considering “various scenarios” in assessing the plant’s future, he said, which factored in the economics of running the plant and the impact of global warming in the wake of this summer’s devastating bushfire season.“We look at lots of scenarios in the way we think about how Eraring should run over time, how we think about its trajectory between now and 2032,” Mr. Calabria said. “Bushfires are another reason why we just continue to assess those scenarios … we are certainly assessing a range of scenarios as to how Eraring runs and operates over the coming years.”Nationwide, there have been growing doubts about whether coal-fired generators will see out the length of their licenses as the transition to cleaner energy sources, including gas and renewable energy, gathers pace, despite the federal government’s insistence that coal is critical to ensuring reliable and cheap electricity.[Nick Toscano]More: Origin Energy says coal plant closure date open to reviewlast_img read more

Court amends the Rules of Judicial Administration

first_img August 15, 2003 Regular News Court amends the Rules of Judicial Administration Rule amendments on when lawyers working for the courts can practice — proposed by the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee — have been slightly changed and accepted by the Supreme Court, which has also added its own changes affecting chief judge selection. The court acted July 10 in Amendments to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (2-year Cycle) , case no. SC03-105. In the emergency rules adopted on its own motion, the court amended the procedure for selecting chief circuit judges. As amended, rule 2.050(c) now provides that all balloting is secret, any circuit or county judge may nominate a candidate for chief judge, proxy voting is not permitted, and any judge absent on the day of voting may vote by secret absentee ballot obtained from and returned to the trial court administrator. The court appointed as ex officio, nonvoting members of the Trial Court Budget Commission the chairs of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges and Conference of County Court Judges. That action “should assist in the flow of information between the commission and the membership of the conferences.” The final emergency change specified the amendatory cycle as “biennial” instead of “biannual.” The court slightly modified the committee’s changes to Rule 2.060(b), which generally prohibits judicial staff from practicing law or, after leaving court employment, from representing parties who appeared before their former employer. Changes clarify that staff includes staff attorneys, law clerks, and judicial assistants, and also allowed them to represent the court or a judge in the judge’s official capacity. The court also said staff could handle cases after leaving public employment which they did not handle personally or have a substantial involvement in. The court said that brings the rule into compliance with Florida Bar Rule 4-1.12(a) and also means former clerks and staff attorneys who worked at the Supreme Court can handle death penalty appeals if they were not involved in the case in their officials duties. “Since there is a shortage of attorneys qualified to handle capital cases, the court did not want to discharge such a valuable reserve of attorneys familiar with this complex area of the law from engaging in such representation,” the court said. The court did not adopt the committee’s proposed amendments to Rule 2.071(d) which would have given the court the discretion to use communication equipment to take testimony, even over the objection of the parties. The change was urged to reduce the costs and time of taking testimony in family law hearings, but it may be inconsistent with earlier court rulings on using such equipment in detention hearings. The court said the proposed amendment should be narrowed and may need to be tailored to various types of substantive cases. It asked the pertinent rules committees to restudy the issue and make recommendations by April 1, 2004. The court agreed with the committee to eliminate the 14-day time standard for domestic relations temporary support or enforcement of support hearings and accepted the committee proposed time standards on juvenile delinquency and detention hearings. The court also asked the committee to work with the court’s Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court and the Juvenile Court Rules Committee on further standards in those areas, and asked for a report by January 1. Other changes approved include: • To Rule 2.160(c) on disqualification of a trial judge to require that when a disqualification motion is filed with the clerk that the movant also send a copy to the subject judge. Subsection (e) was also amended to allow the disqualification motion to be made orally provided it is quickly reduced to writing and filed. • To Rule 2.170 on electronic media, and still cameras in the courtroom to make technical changes and delete references to outdated technology. • To rule 2.060 accepting the committee’s proposals on how an attorney may appear and terminate an appearance in a proceeding. • To Rule 2.070(d) on transcripts to conform with computer age practices. The court, in its unanimous per curiam opinion, said amendments to rules 2.050, 2.053, and 2.130 are effective immediately although interested parties have 30 days to comment. The remainder of the changes are effective January 1. The complete text of the opinion, and the amendment rules, can be found on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. Court amends the Rules of Judicial Administrationlast_img read more

Learn the key solutions to take advantage of the world’s largest source of tourists – the Chinese market

first_imgBut how much do we know the profile of Chinese guests? What do they want? How do they behave and what interests them? How do you even get to the Chinese market and attract attention? How do you tell them your story? How to do promotion in the Chinese market? How do we welcome our Chinese guests? There are many preconditions, consumer behaviors, and potential pitfalls that are unique to how things are done in international markets that are listed in the report. Chinese tourists make up 20% of the global tourism market, which is only growing from year to year. Thus, Chinese tourists are also in the focus of our tourism workers, but in order to capture a part of the market, we must be aware that this is a totally new and specific market. The report is intended for hotels, tourist destinations, caterers and providers of various lifestyle services, and for the Croatian market it is brought to us by ProConcept, which specializes as a leading advisory agency for the Chinese market, and which will soon bring the author to Croatia for a special b2b workshop. One of the important pieces of information in the report that we need to be aware of is how most Western internet and mobile apps, such as Google, PayPal, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Quora, etc., are censored by China’s Great Firewall. Related news: Report Marketing towards the Chinese outbound tourism market – Inside view, you can download for free HERE All in all, the report provides an excellent initial insight into the Chinese market, and it would certainly be commendable for tourism professionals to adopt them, so as not to make beginners mistakes and thus close the door to the day-to-day development of Chinese tourists in their destinations and facilities. People in China are known to have a collectivist approach in sharing personal experiences. They are loyal followers of “promotion by word of mouth,” the report said. For hoteliers new to the field of promotion to Chinese tourists abroad, it would be unrealistic to expect the problem to be solved by simply hiring any traditional marketing agency. This is the only such report produced and published after 2001 when China joined the WTO, which only gives even more importance to the same. The report answers these questions: Marketing towards the Chinese outbound tourism market – An inside look , which she made Joanne Chan of IPPWORLD, which gives us just a look at the Chinese tourism market. Because, as the report says, Chinese tourists are extremely prone to word-of-mouth marketing, ie word of mouth is most important to them. The Chinese Institute for Tourism Research (COTRI) states that the number of Chinese who traveled abroad in 2017 exceeded the figure of 145 million. COTRI also predicts that by 2030 that figure will reach 400 million.last_img read more