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Charlton reviews

first_imgJohn Charlton settles down with the latest offering from Video Arts which looksat the issues of staff appraisalsSpare a thought for training-video scriptwriters. They have a limitedformat, must create one-dimensional characters, use inoffensive humour andcraft the shallowest of plots. James Major, son of that guy who was Prime Minister before Tony Blair, saidthere are five basic dramatic plots, but that he’d devised a sixth. If so – andI doubt it – that would be five more than found in most training videos. Generally, plots aren’t complex. Take this one: A short man steals an itemof jewellery from ‘one bad mutha’ and asks a young relative to return it. Hedoes, after many struggles and alliances with off-beats and mutants, and thengoes home and writes a book about the whole experience. Yes, it’s Lord of theRings. Training-video scriptwriters can only dream of creating such a plot. Allthey have to play with is how people doing something wrong are shown how to doit right. Enter stage right Video Arts’ latest video/DVD on performance reviews. Thevideo comprises two tapes. Performance Review: every manager’s nightmare, andPerformance Review: every appraisee’s dream. The former featuresmini-appraisals between six stock characters and incompetent managers. Thelatter is an appraisal between a dream appraisee and a third-rate appraiser.Video Arts frontman, Hugh Laurie, emphasises the lessons to be drawn from each.I’m a Laurie fan. He’s likeable, clever and witty. I also like Video Artstraining videos. They’re slick, well-acted and professional, and this one is noexception. It will make appraisals more accessible to managers and appraises. But thecharacters are – well, over-characterised, and the mini-plots slightlyover-simplified. I’ve appraised many odd-balls in my time, but none as odd asWeepy Wendy, the in-house editor who can’t meet a deadline. Rating: * * * * The two-video set costs £995 and includes a course leader’s guide, delegateworksheets, powerpoint presentations etc. The DVD set costs £1,395, whichincludes extra footage. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Charlton reviewsOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Fish do not avoid survey vessels

first_imgThe precarious condition of the world’s fisheries is making ever-greater demands of the scientific assessment of fish stocks. Traditional assessments that rely on commercial catch statistics can have major shortcomings1 (as shown, for example, by the collapse of Canada’s northern cod stock2), increasing the need for more fishery-independent data. Acoustic surveys can provide such information3, but ocean-going research vessels have high operating costs, and there is also widespread concern that fish avoid these vessels because of the noise they make, thereby biasing abundance estimates4. Here we present new data gathered by an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) showing that vessel avoidance is not a significant source of bias. Our investigation also heralds the arrival of AUVs as effective survey platforms.last_img read more

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“IS IT TRUE” OCTOBER 11, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you agree with Councilman Jonathan Weaver that the City of Evansville is having serious cash flow problems?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Press release: Pubs Code Adjudicator highlights concerns after initial analysis of first Pubs Code compliance reports

first_imgThe PCA’s initial analysis of the first reports submitted by the pub companies highlighted three key themes: Mr Newby said: “The information submitted by the pub companies and the monthly MRO data being published by them confirm the picture suggested by earlier PCA research. It is a picture of tied pub tenants experiencing what they perceive to be significant barriers to exercising their MRO option in a timely and straightforward fashion.“I have written to the pub companies and this will be the focus of the next round of bi-lateral meetings with each CEO in October. I want to get behind these figures and know what is driving the high rate of tenant departures, including the extent to which tenant churn may be preventing them from exercising their rights under the Code.“Additionally, all tied pub tenants who have received a MRO proposal will shortly be asked to complete a PCA questionnaire setting out their experiences of the MRO process and its outcome. I will use this information and the responses from the pub companies to target further interventions to secure tenants’ access to MRO.”The PCA also wants to examine whether the new rules on pre-entry information, training and business plans introduced under the Code are having the intended effect of ensuring that people taking on a tied tenancy are fully prepared and supported to succeed.And he will be looking in detail at cases where pub companies have issued notices under section 25 of the Landlord and Tenant Act (LTA) 1954 to oppose the granting of a new tenancy to an existing tied pub tenant for any evidence of links between tenants requesting MRO and LTA proceedings to take possession.The Code requires pub companies to provide the PCA with an annual compliance report which provides detailed and accurate accounts of how they have complied with their obligations under the Code, of any breaches raised or alleged by tied pub tenants and the steps taken as a consequence, as well as what the pub companies have done to ensure compliance with the Code.The PCA required pub companies to submit information relating to the status of their tied estates, the management of their tied agreements, the conduct of their tied rent assessments and handling of MRO requests as well as the impact of proceedings under the LTA.Notes to editors: the small number of Market Rent Only (MRO) tenancies agreed the high number of tenancies subject to forfeiture, seizure or abandonment the use of legal notices to oppose the renewal of tied tenancies on their existing terms.center_img The compliance reports cover the period from the introduction of the Pubs Code on 21 July 2016 to 31 March 2018. Full statement from the PCA including compliance reports are available at www.gov.uk/pca Any queries should be directed to [email protected]last_img read more

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Dell, Shelby named 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellows

first_imgMelissa Dell, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, have been named 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellows.Each of the 35 Carnegie Fellows receives up to $200,000 toward the funding of significant research projects and writing in the social sciences and humanities. The program recognizes an exceptional group of both established and emerging scholars.“The health of our democracy depends on an informed citizenry, and our universities, academies, and academic associations play an essential role in replenishing critical information and providing knowledge through scholarship,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program is designed to support scholarship that brings fresh perspectives from the social sciences and humanities to the social, political, and economic problems facing the United States and the world today.”Dell’s Carnegie project will focus on the role of primary schooling in promoting tolerance, civic engagement, and national unity. Shelby’s project will center on W.E.B. DuBois’ democratic vision.The Carnegie Corporation was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, education and knowledge, and a strong democracy.last_img read more

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Bike Rockingham County, VA

first_imgIn the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, bounded by two magnificent mountain ranges and the impressive Shenandoah River, Rockingham County, Va. is a must see destination that boasts diverse biking opportunities, a thriving cultural scene, vibrant and inviting small towns, numerous historical attractions, and farm-to-table dining opportunities. Situated just two hours from D.C. and minutes from the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park, its central location makes it an easy destination for a day, weekend, or week-long trip. The area is designated a “Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists for its mix of family-friendly road riding and challenging mountain biking. The George Washington National Forest is the crown jewel of the region with several hundred miles of backcountry trails and trail projects that have been built and optimized for mountain biking. Make sure to check out Narrowback Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Wolf Ridge trails while you are out there.  Fill the rest of your visit with kayaking and tubing the river, exploring the natural wonders at Grand Caverns and Endless Caverns, and sampling a taste of the local scene, including farm fresh eateries and craft drinks. At the end of the day, rest up at one of the historic bed and breakfasts, quaint inns, or Massanutten Resort before another day outside. With over 177,000 acres of National Park and National Forest land, you are sure to find something new every day of the year when you discover your next adventure in Rockingham County. Stop by Mole Hill Bikes in Dayton for all of your bike needs while in town, including accessories and repairs, or the Elkton Appalachian Trail Outfitters for any gear you need to stay happy and healthy out on the trail. A biking trip to Rockingham County wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Massanutten Resort. As one of only two lift-accessible mountain bike parks in the state, the lower and upper lifts take riders up the mountain so they can enjoy the rocky terrain on the way down. Additionally, the Western Slope Trails offer more than 30 miles of a dense trail network. Bikers of all abilities should take advantage of the progressive trails from beginner to advanced. Experienced riders should check out the Massanutten Ridge Trail for excellent views of the mountains and resort.   VisitRockingham.com last_img read more

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AG Crist: Lawyers have the skills to make justice happen

first_img July 15, 2003 Regular News AG Crist: Lawyers have the skills to make justice happen AG Crist: Lawyers have the skills to make justice happen Charlie Crist, Florida’s first Republican attorney general, serves as one of three members of the newly organized Cabinet of the State of Florida. He and Bar President Miles McGrane have something in common: They both received their law degrees at Cumberland in Birmingham, Alabama. Crist gave this keynote speech at the General Assembly at the Bar Annual Meeting in Orlando:“I’ve prepared a power point presentation on the riveting topic of in rem jurisdiction. It will take about an hour. Of course, I am kidding.“Actually, what I’d like to talk to you about today is a guy named Gregory Peck. As you know, Gregory Peck passed away just a few days ago. He was applauded in life. In death, he received remarkable reviews for his extraordinary achievements as an actor. Although he starred in dozens of films, the film that was consistently mentioned in his talking about his defining role, it was the film I liked very much, To Kill a Mockingbird.“As most of you probably know, in that film he played a lawyer, a character named Atticus Finch. He was small town lawyer in Alabama who defended an African-American man accused of attacking a white woman. What is immediately obvious from watching this film is the passion and courage that Peck displays and conveys as a lawyer.“Given the time and place and circumstances, he takes on this fight in the face of those difficult odds, yet he fought brilliantly.“What is truly memorable, however, about the scenes that Gregory Peck performs in, is not so much the skill and cleverness he exercises as an attorney, but rather the authentic decency that he exercises. That is why, I suppose, one newspaper included a picture of Gregory Peck in the role in To Kill a Mockingbird, and under the obituary, the caption of that photograph ran the following: ‘The last decent man.’“Now, I want you to think about that for a moment, in these days and times, a picture of a lawyer, or at least somebody playing one, and the word ‘decent’ on the same page. Yet there it was.“I’m here today to tell you that it is somehow perfectly correct that the word and the picture should appear together. There are many men and women in this room who could and will use their skills to propel social justice, to secure for the least among us the same privileges and rights that the most powerful have. That I think is our highest calling as lawyers. That is why someone, someone in this room, will be the next decent man or woman.“I was reminded of the need for this person recently in my own job as attorney general. While society at large consoles itself with the fiction that racial prejudice exists only in old movies, and that separatism is a relic that has left us over half a century ago, the reality is that these diseases have never been entirely eliminated.“Does it surprise any of you that not long ago in Perry, Florida, at a bar, that it segregated its black customers from its white patrons? It surprised me. But what surprised me even more was there was no recourse or good remedy that Florida’s attorney general could bring to bear. That is something that we wanted to change. That is why I proposed and pushed legislation that would right this wrong. Today I am proud to say that the Dr. Marvin Davies Civil Rights Act of 2003 was signed into law by Gov. Bush just a few days ago. This is legislation that gives the Office of the Attorney General the authority to bring a civil action with strong penalties against patterns or practices of discrimination.“This is one small contribution of the towering legacy of social justice and civil rights that lawyers have helped create. We can trace the pedigree of this movement to places that scar and illuminate the American soul. Examples are the Freedom Riders of 1961, the march in Selma, Alabama, the Mississippi summer project of 1964. Truly, today we stand on the shoulders of giants. You should take pride in the fact that many of you and your colleagues were instrumental in elevating the circumstances of entire segments of our society.“In the push and pull of daily assignments that we engage in as lawyers, it is easy to lose sight of our heritage and our higher purpose. I hope that some of you in this room can sense the destiny outside these doors. Today, your legal skills are needed more than ever in a society that is still grappling with old problems, even as new complex problems emerge.“Who would have guessed just a few years ago that we would be confronted with the quandary of pervasive technology, or that there would be such a compelling reason to use it to combat terrorism? At the same time, we confront old issues, providing fair and humane treatment to all of our citizens. The concept of social justice, I think, casts a very broad net.“We don’t all have to be at the forefront of the modern civil rights movement to advance social justice, although that would be admirable. It can mean working to right corporate misdeeds, becoming involved in our political process, or simply doing things in a way that reflects decency that should lie at the core of our profession.“One of the things I’m most proud of is my recent work with the Prescription Drug Safety Act. It is legislation that was recently passed to create more effective oversight for wholesalers of prescription drugs and more severe penalties against drug counterfeiters. The practical effect of this legislation is to protect prescription drug recipients, mostly seniors, against those who would operate in an untoward fashion to them. The most notable example of this occurring in our country involved a drug called Taxol that is used to treat breast cancer. A pharmacist actually was willing to dilute the amount of the drug to gain monetarily. Before we passed this law in Florida, the greatest penalty someone would suffer was five years in jail. Now they will serve a life term.“This is but one example of my modest attempt to better the lives of Floridians. I dare say, given the skills and knowledge in this room— the gentleman we just heard from as president of the Young Lawyers Division is a great example—that we can do better. And I know that we will.“I would like to end today as I began, to share with you a story about a film. It is one of my favorites. The name of the movie is Philadelphia. You probably have seen it. Tom Hanks stars in it, along with Denzel Washington. And there is a beautiful scene in that movie that I particularly enjoyed.“The story line, as I’m sure you know, is that Tom Hanks’ character has AIDS, and he has been dismissed from his law firm, and he is now suing them for discrimination. Denzel Washington plays his attorney. And the one scene where Tom Hanks takes the stand in the role of Andrew, Denzel Washington asks him why does he love practicing the law. And the answer is compelling. Tom Hanks responds: ‘Why do I love the law? I love the law because every once in a while, not often, but sometimes, you get to be part of making justice happen. And that is truly a thrill.’“That is what all of us have the opportunity to do. And that is thrilling.”last_img read more

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New Data Reveals Stark Gaps in Graduation Rates Between Poor and Wealthy Students

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Annie Waldman, ProPublicaA new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers.At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, only 35 percent of Pell Grant recipients graduate college, a rate that is more than 20 percentage points lower than that of their wealthier peers. And at St. Andrews, a liberal arts college in Laurinburg, North Carolina, only 13 percent of Pell Grant recipients graduate, more than 50 percentage points less than students who don’t receive the grants.The study found 51 percent of Pell students graduate nationwide, compared to 65 percent of non-Pell students. The average gap between wealthy and poor students at the same schools is much smaller: an average of 5.7 percentage points. That’s because many Pell students attend schools with low graduation rates. (You can now look up whether poor students are graduating at the same rate as their classmates in our newly updated interactive database, Debt by Degrees.)Ben Miller, the senior director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress, said that schools with large graduation gaps deserve greater scrutiny.“Colleges have responsibility to ensure that the students they enroll are well served,” said Miller. “If you’re going to enroll someone, you should do the absolute best you can to graduate them, or else don’t take their money.”The new report comes on the heels of recently released federal education data that has brought new focus on how low-income students fare at college, including how much federal debt they take on and how much they earn after graduation. The graduation rates of low-income students were not included in that data.The group behind the new report, the Education Trust, collected the graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients 2014 typically students whose families make less than $30,000 a year 2014 for a selection of more than 1,000 colleges across the country.A spokesman for University of Missouri-Kansas City said many of their students are low-income and that the school is working to do better. “We are not satisfied with that gap,” said John Martellaro. “We are investing more resources in our student success programs in an effort to narrow that gap.” (Read their full statement.)St. Andrews did not immediately respond to requests for comment.At more than a third of the colleges studied, schools were able to serve their Pell students almost as well as non-Pell students, with a gap of less than 3 percentage points.Other schools have managed to graduate Pell students at an even higher rate than their non-Pell peers. According to the new data, nearly 90 percent of Pell recipients are able to graduate Smith College, compared with an 85 percent graduation rate of non-Pell students. And at Western Oregon University, Pell recipients have a graduation rate of 50 percent 2014 nearly 10 percentage points better than their peers.Both schools worked hard to ensure high graduation rates, including improving admissions policies and bolstering financial aid, as well as increasing advising and support services for students at school, says the new report.The Pell Grant program is the nation’s largest need-based student grant program, giving out billions of dollars annually. Yet for years, the data on Pell recipient graduation rates was mostly hidden from the public eye.Although colleges are required to give the government graduation-rate data that’s broken down by gender and race, the data is not required to be reported by income or Pell Grant status. Since 2008, schools are required to disclose Pell graduation rate data if it’s requested by prospective students.“It’s kind of astounding when you think about how much money is spent on the Pell Grant program,” said Andrew Kelly, the director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute. “We don’t have any idea about how much of that money goes to producing degrees. We don’t know what happens to Pell recipients after they enroll.”In order to collect Pell graduation rates, the Education Trust filed requests for data through state higher education systems as well as with the schools themselves. Some of the data was purchased from U.S. News and World Report. However, only around 1,150 schools were included in the report, out of the more than 7,000 institutions in the country. The survey also did not include data from for-profit colleges, where many Pell-recipients attend school.Sisi Wei contributed to this report.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

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CU-branded card – Get in my wallet

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lou Grilli Lou Grilli is a Senior Innovation Strategist. Lou is tasked with building and shaping a superior payment and member experience capability for PSCU and its Owner credit unions. Lou’s … Web: https://www.pscu.com Details An app was just released that allows drivers to pay for tolls from their phone. The app, called FastToll, keeps track of toll plaza locations, and figures out which state to send the payment to. What does this have to do with credit unions? Everything! It’s one more example of payments disappearing. Using an app to pay for parking meters using EasyPark, Parkmobile, or PayByPhone; the recent releases of Walmart Pay and CVS Pay, using Uber or Lyft, and reserving a table and paying for dinner all from within TabbedOut or OpenTable, are all examples of cardholders not pulling out plastic to pay. The one common denominator is that at some point the consumer entered a 16 digit payment card number, with a CVV and an expiration date. The questions is: whose card did they use?There’s been a lot of discussion and hype around the cool new mobile wallets, Apple/Android/Samsung Pay, and the need to be not just top-of-wallet, but now, top-of-phone. But long before Apple Pay was even announced, people were enrolling a credit card into their Sunpass, E-ZPass or Fastrak transponder account. In many cases it’s been years since the credit card was updated. It just gets topped up automatically. These “old school” transponders are making mobile payments. It’s not the same technology as Apple Pay and Walmart Pay, but it still requires a payment card.Mobile payments represent less than 1% of all payment transactions. But that still represents nearly half a billion dollars in payments, according to Javelin Research, and is expected to grow to $8 billion over the next two years. Credit unions are missing a few opportunities to get their CU-branded debit or credit card as the default card in these apps and websites to be on board for this tremendous growth. Every time a member comes in to a branch, the member should be reminded to make the credit union’s card the default card in each app. Reminders and tips should be seen on the credit union’s online banking site, and for those few who still receive statements via postal service, inserts should be included educating members that the best card to use when paying in an app is the credit union’s card.last_img read more

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Lonely Planet has listed Kvarner among the regions that must be visited in 2020

first_imgPhoto: Lonely Planet In the category of top 10 countries, the first place was taken by Bhutan, followed by England and, our regional neighbor, Northern Macedonia. Of the European countries, only the Netherlands was in seventh place. The Central Asian Silk Road took first place in the category of regions on the “Best in Travel 2020” list, followed by the Italian region of Marche, Tohoku in Japan and the American Maine. Kvarner Bay was in ninth place. Among the cities that must be visited, Austrian Salzburg is ranked at the very top of the list, followed by the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, and the historic Egyptian city of Cairo. One of the most famous and influential tourist portals and publishers of tourist guides Lonely Planet has included Kvarner Bay to a list of ten regions to visit in 2020. Complete rankings and more information can be found HERE. The Lonely Planet top list also includes the category that includes the cities, countries and regions with the best price-quality ratio. The first place was taken by the Eastern Small Sunda Islands in Indonesia, the second place is held by Budapest, and the third by the Indian Madhya Pradesh. Serbia, which is ranked sixth, is also in this category.last_img read more

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