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Looking forward to a diverse future

first_img Previous Article Next Article Looking forward to a diverse futureOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Bill Morris – former general secretary of the Transport and General WorkersUnion, who retired last week – speaks exclusively to Personnel Today about thechanges the UK workforce has undergone during his time as head of the T&G,and outlines why he believes trade unions are failing to embrace the workforce,and what the future holds for UK employeesQ After 12 years as general secretary of the T&G, how has the lot ofthe UK worker changed? A It has changed quite significantly. Now there is a lot moretolerance, acceptance and maturity in the whole employment debate. Looking back, a lot of people on the left categorise the Thatcher years aswasted years; I think they were learning years, because they sent us back intothe workplace to reconnect with our members. They also forced trade unions tolook internally and improve democracy, governance and communication. The Labour Government has come in and made more of a difference. It was boldin combating youth unemployment, signing up to the social charter andestablishing the minimum wage. As trade unions, we have extended the boundaries of bargaining. It is nolonger just about pay and conditions; we bargain about training, theenvironment, job security and a diversified workforce. With work-life balance, time is the new money. Q Is the emergence of the ‘awkward squad’ a progression or a regressionin industrial relations? A I don’t indulge in labels. The so-called ‘awkward squad’ arereflecting the frustration of their members on a whole raft of issues. People are still not getting due respect in the workplace – for example,thousands of people have been dismissed by text message. If I was dismissedunder those circumstances, I would be angry and I would be awkward, and I wouldexpect my representatives to be very angry and awkward. Q Do the unions really still represent the workplace? The number of unionmembers has almost halved in the time you have been general secretary – from 13million to 7 million. Isn’t it true that, these days, employees are in facthappier, and no longer feel the need to be affiliated with a union? A We have a problem – it is an expanding labour market and we shouldhave more members rather than less. Trade unionism has to re-orientate itself and start speaking for workers inall sectors, including the ‘sunrise sectors’ of leisure and IT. Trade unionism has to reclaim the workplace as a legitimate and authenticvoice of all workers, irrespective of whether they are members and whether theyare paying a contribution. Trade unionism is supposed to be about caring, sharing and supporting. If weadopt that model, it will be a return to the 1889 model. That was why tradeunions were started up in the first place. So, rather than people being happier, the new work landscape hasdisenfranchised people from the unions. Q The Department of Trade and Industry has pledged to push on with theInformation and Consultation Directive (ICD). Will it strengthen the unionsthrough increased consultation, or will it serve to weaken them by bypassingunions? A The ICD has been categorised as something for the trade unions.There is no such thing as ‘something for the unions’. They are rights forworkers, and they are mechanisms for the involvement and security of theemployees – the trade unions just happen to be the messengers. It is so important that we embrace information and consultation on the basisof what is decent, what is right and what is good for the enterprise and thepeople who work in it. It is the inalienable right for workers to be consulted and properlyinformed. On that basis, I think you could begin to create a new culture ofparticipation and involvement in the workplace. Q What would you like to see happening and developing in UK organisationsin the future? A The diversity agenda will impact significantly on the workplace asdifferent work groups get more confident about how they contributeeconomically, politically and socially. There is a tremendous under-use of human capital and a tremendous businesscase in recruitment and skills on the basis of new markets you can develop. We must recognise that we are all contributors, however menial it may be.What is just and equitable should be the hallmark of every single workplace inthe UK. If we could establish that, we could add another 20 per cent to ourproductivity capacity; we could enhance our skills base to world-classstandards, and then be in a position to deliver what we all want. I sound like an old man reminiscing for a world that never was and neverwill be, but I just wish that Labour and capital could come closer and identifynot what they disagree about, but what they can agree about, then do it and doit well. www.tgwu.org.ukBy Michael Millar Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Solution of the Fokker-Planck equation with a logarithmic potential and mixed eigenvalue spectrum

first_imgMotivated by a problem in climate dynamics, we investigate the solution of a Bessel-like process with a negative constant drift, described by a Fokker-Planck equation with a potential V(x) = -[b ln(x) + a x], for b > 0 and a < 0. The problem belongs to a family of Fokker-Planck equations with logarithmic potentials closely related to the Bessel process that has been extensively studied for its applications in physics, biology, and finance. The Bessel-like process we consider can be solved by seeking solutions through an expansion into a complete set of eigenfunctions. The associated imaginary-time Schrodinger equation exhibits a mix of discrete and continuous eigenvalue spectra, corresponding to the quantum Coulomb potential describing the bound states of the hydrogen atom. We present a technique to evaluate the normalization factor of the continuous spectrum of eigenfunctions that relies solely upon their asymptotic behavior. We demonstrate the technique by solving the Brownian motion problem and the Bessel process both with a constant negative drift. We conclude with a comparison to other analytical methods and with numerical solutions.last_img read more

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Doughnut firm moves into Camden, makes international debut

first_imgBritish firm Dum Dum Doughnuts is to unveil its fifth London store this weekend and its first international outlet in Dubai at the end of the month.The artisan donutterie, which has shops in Brick Lane, Box Park, Old Street and Westfield Stratford City, will open the doors to its Camden outlet on Saturday.Currently the only doughnut brand to be stocked in Harrods, Dum Dum will also launch an outlet in Dubai within the next two weeks and intends to introduce a further nine stores across the United Arab Emirates over the next five years.The company, founded by artisan doughnut chef Paul Hurley in 2013, claims its doughnuts contain, in some cases, half the fat of its competitors because they are baked, not fried and use classic patisserie methods.The brand has also launched a new website featuring a doughnut courier service, and bespoke giant doughnut cake ordering option.Hurlye said: “I am really proud of the reaction to Dum Dum but our achievement is no accident.“This is an idea, recipe and brand that had been crafted and planned for over a decade. Our doughnuts, frankly, are the tastiest you can find, and they are made with honesty, natural ingredients and real baking passion… This has been a big year for us brand-wise, product-wise and outlet-wise, so we believe that our new website, delivery service and future global expansion plans will only bring us closer to our goal of sharing our doughnuts with as many people as possible across the world.”Dum Dum’s single doughnuts are sold for £2, while boxes start from £10.last_img read more

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MSAD 58 budget meeting is next Tuesday

first_imgSALEM – Voters in the Maine School Administrative District 58 towns will set the budget for the next fiscal year on Tuesday, May 28, at a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. at Mt. Abram High School.As proposed by the school board, the budget for fiscal year 2019-20 includes $9,758,214 in expenditures, including $17,620 for adult education. The K-12 budget, at $9.74 million, would represent an increase of $329,578 in expenditures over the current fiscal year, or 3.5 percent.On the revenue side, the district would pick up an additional $192,000 in state subsidy, up to $3.44 million, with $4.3 million to be raised by the towns of Avon, Kingfield, Phillips and Strong. Another big component of the district’s revenue is the $1.4 million it is projected to receive for student tuition from Carrabassett Valley and the Unorganized Territories.As proposed, the budget would result in $291,000 in additional local assessment – or 7.2 percent – apportioned between the four towns in accordance with their state valuation numbers. Specifically, Avon would see a $45,697 increase in its local assessment, or 9.4 percent; Kingfield would see an increase of $87,224, or 5.6 percent; Phillips would see an increase of $79,695, or 8.1 percent; and Strong would see an increase of $78,305, or 7.7 percent.In addition to rising health insurance costs and negotiated staff salary increases, the budget includes an additional guidance position at the cost of roughly $65,000, as well as $10,000 to add a couple days of clerical support.Directors have opted to utilize a multi-grade class at Strong next year, moving a teacher into a math coach position that will work throughout the district. That decision is budget-neutral, as the individual’s salary won’t change. Directors did increase the district’s contingency from $25,000 to $35,000 in order to be able to cover the cost of an ed tech if one became necessary to help teach that class.The district-wide budget meeting is May 28 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Abram High School. The board’s budget will be presented to those in attendance as a series of cost center recommendations; members of the public will actually set the budget.A validation vote in all four towns will be held on June 11. A ‘yes’ vote will confirm the budget while a ‘no’ vote will reject it, effectively restarting the process.Those attending the May 28 budget meeting will also be presented with information about the Western Maine Regional Service Center. An offshoot of the preexisting Western Maine Education Collaborative, the service center would take on many of WMEC’s roles for MSAD 58 and the other nine districts. In joining a service center, MSAD 58 would recoup $33,000 in lost state subsidy. Joining the service center would not impact this year’s budget.Those attending the district budget meeting will vote on whether or not MSAD 58 should join the service center.last_img read more

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Pearl Jam Continues With The Bust-Outs In Kentucky [Watch]

first_imgYou don’t need proof to know that Pearl Jam is a well-oiled machine that, on any given night, will bust-out rarities from their back catalog, or a ridiculous cover to add to their already monster setlist that is typically in the realm of 30+ songs each show. Last night, Eddie Vedder and company continued their dominance of the U.S. with a rocker of a show at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY last night.Members Of Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses And Screaming Trees Form New Supergroup [Listen]With such a massive setlist, you can count on the band playing fan favorites such as “Corduroy”, “Even Flow”, “Daughter”, “Given to Fly”, but also the aformentioned “bust-out”. And last night, Pearl Jam delivered “Education” to the masses, a song that appears on 2003’s Lost Dogs (and originally written and recorded during the Binaural sessions), which hasn’t been played since 2011, and one that Vedder dedicated to all of the teachers and students that were in attendance.Pink Floyd‘s “Comfortably Numb” also had a seat at the table during the first encore. For the second encore the band left the crowd absolutely floored, as the seven songs to end the night included the hits “Black”, “Better Man”, “Alive”, “Baba O’Riley”, and “Yellow Ledbetter” to put a final touch on the night.Pearl Jam with two nights in Philly at Wells Fargo Center this Thursday and Friday, and will head to New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 1st and 2nd. Check out fan videos for “Comfortably Numb” and “Education” below: Setlist: Pearl Jam at Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY – 4/26/16 Lightning BoltMind Your MannersAnimalWhy GoDeepSatan’s BedElderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small TownCorduroySirensEducation  Even FlowSpin the Black CircleArmy ReserveDaughter  1/2 FullGiven to FlySwallowed WholeLukinRearviewmirrorEncore 1:You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away  Just BreatheThumbing My WayComfortably Numb  Do the EvolutionSonic Reducer  PorchEncore 2:SmileLeaving Here  BlackBetter Man  AliveBaba O’Riley  Yellow Ledbetterlast_img read more

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GRiZ And Pretty Lights Surprise 400-Person Room In Denver By Sitting In With Supervision [Watch]

first_img[Video courtesy of Da Bearman]Supervision with Pretty Lights and JuBee[Video courtesy of Pepi Almovodar]Supervision with Pretty Lights and JuBee[Video courtesy of Pepi Almovodar]Supervision with Pretty Lights[Video courtesy of Russ Mullins] [Video courtesy of Da Bearman]Supervision with Pretty Lights and JuBee Since Cervantes’ teamed up with Euphonic Conceptions to debut Re:Search Wednesday earlier this year, a weekly evening primarily dedicated to all sounds electronic, Wednesday nights in Denver, Colorado, have been goin’ off. This past Wednesday brought Mikey Thunder, The Party People, Chill Mickelson, Supervision, and Unlimited Gravity to Cervantes’ Other Side, a 400-person room, and guests who were able to get into the sold-out show certainly got a lot of bang for the five-dollar pre-sale price. In addition to this already stacked line-up, GRiZ and Pretty Lights also surprised the crowd by making appearances during the night, with both of them sitting in and throwing down during Supervision’s set. Rapper JuBee, who was celebrating his birthday that night, also reemerged after his own set with The Party People to lay down some fiery bars alongside Pretty Lights.You can check out some videos from the epic night below.Supervision with Pretty Lights and JuBee [Video courtesy of Da Bearman]Supervisioncenter_img [Video courtesy of Da Bearman]Supervision with Pretty Lights and JuBee [Video courtesy of Da Bearman]Supervision with GRiZlast_img read more

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Too much help

first_imgWhen disaster strikes neighbors, as it did to Georgia’s this month in Louisiana and Mississippi, people naturally want to rush to help. That’s not always the best idea, say disaster experts with the University of Georgia.People who head into a disaster uninvited plague official emergency management teams in every disaster, said Don Hamilton, the homeland security coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “People should only respond under the appropriate authorities,” Hamilton said.An official disaster response is designed to be well coordinated and carefully orchestrated. Having unassigned people and unplanned supplies flood into a disaster area can slow the process.“In many cases, the problem is that individuals just show up and start working without being part of the emergency management agency’s coordinated effort,” Hamilton said. “This can result in a reduction in disaster relief, and even legal problems for those with the best of intentions. People love to show up with chainsaws and get to work, but that’s not always the best response.” It’s one thing to go over and help someone you know remove debris from their yard, he said. But a person shouldn’t start randomly clearing trees that might be tangled in downed power lines.Most people mean well, but some don’t. “In the worst cases,” Hamilton said, “we see groups use disaster to further an agenda such as animal rights, or to raise money falsely under the guise of disaster response.” Training is a must, says Bill Thomas, an agriculture emergency specialist. “One of the things that we found during (Hurricane) Katrina was that the volunteers did not come trained and prepared for the conditions that they had to work in. If they did not have their shots, have sleeping bags, tents, food, etc., then the incident management team had to look after those needs as well as the emergency.”Also, people may do great rescue or disaster work near home, but in a different environment, they may not. For example, during Katrina, he said, the high heat and humidity and 15-hour work days took a toll on many.Preplanning is key to successful recovery. Emergency management can’t preplan for unexpected guests. “In a disaster, there may not be any motel rooms or restaurants open, and there may not be water or sanitation available,” Thomas said. “Basically, you only need the volunteers that you can support. There were situations in Katrina where people were trying to cook the meals of the day on a small grill for a large group of people.”A team is typically requested, not individuals. A team can be more easily tracked by emergency managers. “Tracking individuals can be a major distraction,” Thomas said.Training also keeps people focused on the mission. “One of the main goals in animal sheltering is to reunite the animals with their owners,” Thomas said. “Sometimes, people are willing to supply temporary shelters (foster homes) for animals but then they grow attached and didn’t want to give them up. That is another distraction for emergency management to deal with.” People should only volunteer as part of a group recognized and requested by emergency management authorities, Hamilton said. Those who want to give money or supplies should do it through well-known relief agencies like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or local churches. By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

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Empty Nest Syndrome

first_imgAs any parent will tell you, free time is hard to come by. Occasionally, my wife and I will reminisce about all of the things we did before having twins. Things like Saturday morning yoga class, or aimlessly perusing the aisle of Home Depot, or just sitting down for a damn minute. But this week the stars aligned and both our kids went off for an overnight field trip in the middle of the week. It also happened to be a beautiful 74 degrees and sunny outside, easily the nicest day of the year so far, so naturally, I decided to table any work for the day (I would be too distraught without my kids to focus on writing words anyway) and set out to explore this whole notion of “free time” I’ve heard so much about.At first, I thought about converting the kids’ rooms into something more useful. They’d only be gone for 36 hours, but wouldn’t it be great if my son’s room was a home gym and my daughter’s room was a meditation space/zen garden?Ultimately, I decided that rearranging furniture would be too much like work, so I got on with my day. I rode some laps on the backyard pump track, I played some ping pong in the garage, I threw axes at a target, I wrangled a handful of working dudes to take a long lunch for a road ride, I ate some tacos, then I rode my bike some more…basically, I spent an entire day doing all of the things my 12-year-old self would do if he had the opportunity. The only thing that was missing was chasing crawfish in the creek behind my house and playing ping pong at the Circle K.Because I’m actually a grown ass man, I finished my free day with a few beers at a brewery overlooking the French Broad. But maybe my favorite beverage of the day was this Blueberry Basil Soda from Waynesville Soda Jerks. I found it mid-ride shortly after my taco break and was blown away by how refreshing it was. I’ve more or less abandoned sodas since becoming an adult (all that sugar! All those calories!), but sipping this thing made me think that maybe my 12-year-old self had it right all along. Maybe life is about riding your bike and playing ping pong and draining sodas behind the Circle K. Okay, life can’t be about that all the time, but every once in a while? Like, take a Thursday every two or three months to do the stuff that you used to do when you were in middle school. Maybe pretending to be a kid every once in a while could be part of a healthy adulthood. Balance and all that shit.And besides, this particular soda has blueberries and basil in it, so it’s like I’m getting a serving of vegetables and fruit. One bottle is like going to the doctor.See how responsible I am?last_img read more

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In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, SOUTHCOM Humanitarian Assistance in Uruguay and the Region Shows Friendship and Focuses on Vulnerable Populations

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Uruguay/Edited by Diálogo Staff November 03, 2020 The Office of Defense Cooperation of the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay is constantly working on building and strengthening bonds and institutional ties to promote the security, stability, and prosperity of Uruguayan citizens through a wide array of programs, donations, and exchange initiatives. The COVID-19 pandemic was not the exception, since the United States and Uruguay worked from the beginning to enhance response capabilities throughout the country.From the moment the Uruguayan government declared the state of health emergency in March, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), through its Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), made eight donations of medical equipment to clinics, hospitals, and Uruguay’s National Emergency System (SINAE, in Spanish) to cooperate with the Uruguayan government’s response plan to COVID-19. The donations, which were made in different stages, included blood scanners, vital signs monitors, ICU beds for hospitals, and personal protective equipment for hospitals and clinics. The most recent donation consisted of 88 tablets so children and adolescents from Uruguay’s National Institute for Children and Adolescent Affairs (INAU, in Spanish) can study remotely during the pandemic. U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay Kenneth S. George presented the tablets to the president of INAU, Dr. Pablo Abdala, in August.During the event, which was held at the INAU headquarters, Ambassador George said it is important to help young people reach their academic goals despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. “We are proud to be delivering these 88 tablets today, which will allow children and adolescents who receive care at INAU centers throughout the country to continue with their studies in spite of the pandemic,” Ambassador George said during his remarks. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particular impact on children and adolescents who do not have parents or other adults taking care of them, or who live in vulnerable situations. This assistance from SOUTHCOM will allow these children to continue participating in the educational process.”U.S. Air Force Colonel Gary Symon, senior defense officer from the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation in Uruguay, expressed his satisfaction with the advances of the many examples of U.S. assistance to Uruguay through SOUTHCOM’s HAP.Col. Symon also pointed out that the joint work done since the pandemic reached Uruguay is just the most recent example of SOUTHCOM’s HAP in the country. During the last 20 years, the Office of Defense Cooperation has managed over $9 million in construction projects in Uruguay, including a medical and dentistry clinic that opened in Santa Catalina (Cerro) in 2007, and renovation work done at the Artigas Youth Center (Salto) to make it accessible. These renovations were presented in April 2010, and they included building an accessible pool, renovating lockers, bathrooms, and running track, and renovating the ring at the Equestrian Center. The work done with the SOUTHCOM funds at this center allowed it to host the first regional paralympic games in October 2010.Other projects highlighted by Col. Symon were the construction of a warehouse for SINAE to use in case of disasters, which opened in 2011, the construction of a medical and dentistry clinic in Chapicuy (Paysandú) for $1.5 million, and the historic donation of $3.2 million to build a kitchen and industrial laundry rooms at the CEREMOS Center (former Etchepare) in San José, which opened in 2018.last_img read more

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Responding to your audience on social media

first_img 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kara Vincent Kara Vincent is a Finance Officer at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union. With over 15 years in the financial services industry, Kara provides an integral role in serving the needs … Web: https://www.lrrcu.org Details Social media should be used to your advantage as a customer service tool and a platform where you engage with your audience. Seventy-one percent of consumers who have had a good social media experience with a company are likely to recommend this brand to others. Individuals trust what others have to say. This is a winning tactic to keep loyal customers or score new ones.Creating Your Company’s Voice When responding to posts on social media, your credit union should have a unified voice that is evident from comment to comment. Try creating a template for different types of posts whether it’s a positive comment, question, or negative review. This way, even if multiple employees are responding as the voice of the company, the general tone sounds identical and cohesive.Positive Comments or QuestionsIf an individual took the time out of their day to leave a positive comment on your page or an individual post, thank them! Not only are you engaging with one person, but the entirety of your followers can see your brand’s genuine engagement. Use the customer’s name and make sure your responses are expressive, individualized, and show your brand’s personality. When responding to any question, make sure to respond by fully answering the question, providing links to your website, or easy to follow, step-by-step instructions if necessary.Negative Reviews or ExperiencesWe’ll say it again, on social media everyone can see what was said and how you respond as a company. No matter what, when responding to a negative review, you should always apologize in a respectful manner even if your credit union is not truly at fault. After apologizing, redirect by offering an incentive or viable solution to their issue. This doesn’t have to be done directly on the specific social media platform for everyone to see, especially if you’re offering a coupon or discount. You can apologize in a comment and ask them to direct message or email to continue the resolution of the problem there.How Often? On Twitter specifically, 78% of individuals who complain to a brand expect to have a response within an hour. It’s not a secret that people use social media as an outlet to release their frustrations. Responses to a post should be completed the day that it was posted. Nowadays, people expect things instantly. Make sure you are present and available to fix problems consistently and to the best of your ability. Be sure to check where your credit union has been tagged and mentioned on a daily basis so you can stay timely with responses.Share your favorite social media customer service responses with us below!last_img read more

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