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first_imgTop job: Ben Emmens, HR services manager, People in AidOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Ben Emmens has joined charity People In Aid, an international network ofdevelopment and humanitarian assistance agencies. He joins from Save theChildren UK, where he worked as one of two HR officers advising theorganisation’s emergency programmes. During his time there, he was theoperational HR lead for the charity’s response in Afghanistan, southern Africa,western Africa, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Iraq. What will your new role entail? My key duties will be to co-ordinate and develop membership services andresources. This includes a code of good practice to support the aid personnel;undertaking and commissioning research, and developing workshops and trainingmaterials for members. What do you hope to achieve in your new role? My challenge is to raise the quality and standard of HR management in thehumanitarian sector, and I hope to achieve this by introducing innovativeservices that will respond to our members’ needs. Which aspects are you most looking forward to? Meeting our members and participating in the active learning networks. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? I was leading the panel interviewing a candidate for a senior managementpost during a charity fundraising week. A male colleague from anotherdepartment dressed up as a witch on a broomstick, burst in shouting andscreaming and demanded that we put some coins in a collection box in order tobe left in peace. The poor candidate was so taken aback that they quickly puttheir hand in their pocket and duly obliged. How do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years? HR practitioners will be obliged to become ‘business partners’ and the requirementto truly understand the business will be greater than ever. I hope we will seemuch more integration between HR and the line. Also, as recent employmentlegislation starts to bite, there will be an increasing need for a deeper legalunderstanding. How do you fill your spare time? Youthwork, cycling and walking. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? Leaving a permanent job with a good salary in the private sector for interimwork in the not-for-profit sector. What is the essential tool in your job? The telephone. And the most over-rated? Voicemail. What advice would you give to people starting out in HR? Remember every manager is a people manager – know where you can add value. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? A travel writer. Who would play you in the film of your life and why? Ry Cooder. I saw his style in the film Buena Vista Social Club, and how hemanaged to get the best out of an eclectic mix of Cuban jazz musicians. I thinkhe would empathise with my own job. What is the worst office party you’ve ever attended? It was in the basement function room of an old office block and camecomplete with fluorescent lighting and a Christmas hits CD on continuous loop. Emmens’ CV2003 HR services manager, People inAid2002 Emergencies HR officer, Save the Children UK2001 Interim HR officer, Save the Children UK1999 Associate, Design Research Unit Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgIn a poll conducted in December 2020 as part of Oxford University’s Europe Stories research project, 74% of participants said the European Union would ‘not be worth having’ without freedom of movement. Among other findings of the poll was a preference for outcomes rather than for political process. 59% agreed that “as long as the EU delivers effective action, the presence or absence of the European Parliament is of secondary importance”. Notably, three in five of those who previously agreed that it was important to have a European Parliament also agreed with the above statement. This suggests that even for those who believe in the importance of a European Parliament, the effectiveness of its policymaking is still more important than just its existence. All 27 EU member states were polled, as well as the UK, with participants choosing whether to strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the statement. The researchers found that while responses to this question were similar across demographic groups, there was some difference between countries, with those in Poland most likely to disagree with the statement.  The poll, a collaboration with eupinions – which collects and analyses data on the European public’s views on current affairs – invited participants to respond to the following statement: “If it did not offer the freedom to travel, work, study and live in other EU member states, the European Union would not be worth having.”  The results suggest continuity in public opinion since a 2018 Eurobarometer poll, which found four in five Europeans were supportive of free movement in the EU. The research project was led by Professor Timothy Garton Ash, who is Professor of European Studies at Oxford, and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College. Professor Garton Ash said, “The irony is not lost on us, that this freedom is precisely what most British citizens have just lost following the UK’s departure from the EU.” The importance of freedom of movement to Europeans was further discovered when participants were asked, “What are the most important things the EU has done for you?”. The report found that freedom to travel was in the top three for 61%; opportunities to live, work and study in Europe for 53%; and peace and external security for 38%.  The results of the poll come amidst EU freedom of movement restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result of Brexit. The UK left the EU on the 1st January 2021 and also signed the Immigration Act on the 11th November 2020, ending freedom of movement for EU citizens within the UK from the 31st December 2020. last_img read more

first_imgThe Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library announce the Mid-Summer  Book Sale to be held in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, NJ on Saturday July 29th from 10 am to 3 pm.   For more information, go to http://friendsvolunteersocfpl.com. Great opportunity to stock up on beach reads, cd’s and more!last_img

first_imgScottish shops are signing up to help make the first World Scotch Pie Week a highlight in Scotland’s bakery calendar.Twenty-five companies have already pledged to raise money for the Scottish Society for Autism by either selling branded wristbands or donating a percentage of their Scotch pie sales during the week, from 25 November to 2 December. By registering for the event, bakers get a promotional pack with posters, balloons and a collection box.The new event hopes to follow the success of National Doughnut Week, which raises thousands of pounds annually by selling doughnuts at more than 1,000 bakery outlets throughout the UK.Organisers of World Scotch Pie Week have already received £2,000 in donations and expect to get more bakers signing up to take part in the week before the event.Scotch Pie Club founder, Alan Stuart, said: “The World Scotch Pie Week Championship has improved standards in the industry. Now we’re calling on butchers and bakers to get behind the week and to support a worthwhile charity.”For details email: [email protected]last_img read more

first_img Google+ (Photo supplied/Indiana Senate Republcians) It’s not just President Trump who believes there was election fraud. A group of Republican senators, including Mike Braun of Indiana, plan not to vote to accept some of the election results.Braun, along with Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Senators-Elect Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) announced on Saturday, Jan. 2, in a joint statement, they will reject electors from disputed states, called for a commission to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in those states, and for those states to convene special legislative sessions to certify their vote in a manner consistent with the findings of the commission’s audit.“America is a Republic whose leaders are chosen in democratic elections. Those elections, in turn, must comply with the Constitution and with federal and state law.“When the voters fairly decide an election, pursuant to the rule of law, the losing candidate should acknowledge and respect the legitimacy of that election. And, if the voters choose to elect a new office-holder, our Nation should have a peaceful transfer of power.“The election of 2020, like the election of 2016, was hard fought and, in many swing states, narrowly decided. The 2020 election, however, featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.“And those allegations are not believed just by one individual candidate.  Instead, they are widespread. Reuters/Ipsos polling, tragically, shows that 39% of Americans believe ‘the election was rigged.’  That belief is held by Republicans (67%), Democrats (17%), and Independents (31%).“Some Members of Congress disagree with that assessment, as do many members of the media.“But, whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically disappear.  It should concern us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations.“Ideally, the courts would have heard evidence and resolved these claims of serious election fraud. Twice, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to do so; twice, the Court declined.“On January 6, it is incumbent on Congress to vote on whether to certify the 2020 election results. That vote is the lone constitutional power remaining to consider and force resolution of the multiple allegations of serious voter fraud.“At that quadrennial joint session, there is long precedent of Democratic Members of Congress raising objections to presidential election results, as they did in 1969, 2001, 2005, and 2017. And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member in forcing votes in both houses on whether to accept the presidential electors being challenged.“The most direct precedent on this question arose in 1877, following serious allegations of fraud and illegal conduct in the Hayes-Tilden presidential race. Specifically, the elections in three states — Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina — were alleged to have been conducted illegally.“In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy.  Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission — consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices — to consider and resolve the disputed returns.“We should follow that precedent. To wit, Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states. Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.“Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.“We are not naïve. We fully expect most if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, to vote otherwise. But support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue. A fair and credible audit — conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20 — would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President. We owe that to the People.“These are matters worthy of the Congress, and entrusted to us to defend.  We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it. And every one of us should act together to ensure that the election was lawfully conducted under the Constitution and to do everything we can to restore faith in our Democracy.” Twitter Facebook Braun among group of GOP Senators not accepting Presidential election results Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews By 95.3 MNC – January 2, 2021 4 331 Previous articleCity of South Bend opens Century Center as warming siteNext articleCrouch: Way out of economic slump may lie in rural Indiana 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

first_imgSource: Finsbury Food Group and ThorntonsGrowth in Finsbury Food Group’s retail sales have been offset by ‘expected weaker trading’ in its foodservice division, which continues to be impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.Sales in Finsbury’s UK foodservice division fell by 27.4% while retail sales grew by 1.7% in its core UK bakery division and 0.6% overseas, it revealed in a trading update today (14 January).The business had previously stated that it was confident its foodservice performance would remain robust providing public sector (education) and takeaway channels remain open.Finsbury delivered what it described as a ‘resilient trading performance’ against a continued challenging backdrop with total sales of £152.9m for the six months ending 26 December 2020. This represents a 4.1% decline against a ‘strong comparative period’ in 2019.“This continues the strong progressive improvement since the initial lockdown in March 2020, where post lockdown actual sales from March to June, the final quarter of the 2020 financial year, were 18.9% lower than the equivalent period the year before,” the business stated.The business said it had further reduced its debt with period end net bank debt of £21.5m – down £5m from the year end.“Notwithstanding the challenges that remain as a result of the pandemic, given the Group’s resilient performance in the first half, the ongoing operational improvement initiatives, and especially the avoidance of a no deal Brexit outcome, the board remains confident in delivering a full year performance in line with expectations,” it added.Finsbury manufactures cake, bread and morning goods. In December, it announced a three-year extension to its existing long-term partnership with chocolatier Thorntons.last_img read more

first_imgPhotos: Light Up The Blues | Dolby Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 4/21/2018 | Credit: Erik Kabik On Saturday night, some of the biggest names in music came together at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre for the fifth annual Light Up The Blues concert. Light Up The Blues is a benefit for Autism Speaks, and the event and the organization seeks to promote global awareness of the Autism community. Since Light Up The Blues inception in 2013, the concerts’ events have raised of $1.8 million for Autism Speaks.For its landmark fifth year, the high-profile concert boasted performances by Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Patti Smith, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and more. In addition, Jack Black emceed the evening and movie stars like Christina Applegate, Amy Brenneman, and Sarah Silverman were on hand to support the worthy cause.You can check out an extensive gallery of photos from last night’s A-list benefit below, courtesy of Erik Kabik. Photo: Erik Kabikcenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta admits several factors are out of Arsenal’s control (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has revealed he has made multiple transfer plans for Arsenal after the coronavirus pandemic halted the Premier League season.The Gunners currently have Dani Ceballos, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on loan, while the club are also hoping to extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract, which expires next year.Arteta is also keen to strengthen his defensive options and may need an attacking replacement for Aubameyang if Arsenal decide to sell this striker this summer.‘I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face,’ he told Sky Sports.ADVERTISEMENT‘Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Apr 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Mikel Arteta reveals he has three transfer plans for Arsenal Mikel Arteta could lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer (AFP via Getty Images)‘We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.’Arteta also believes Arsenal were in a ‘difficult state’ when he took over from Unai Emery and admits he was keen to improve the squad’s belief and energy.‘I went through a lot when I got here… I had eight or 10 players injured, and there were a lot of issues to deal with. The connection between fans, players and club was in a difficult state at that moment,’ he said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We had to change that energy, the belief and the commitment from the players.‘I was very pleased because everyone was on board with what we were doing.‘We started to win three or four games in a row and there was a much more positive mindset around the place.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMichelle and Mark Jenkins and their children Huw, 5, Rhys, 9, and Nia, 12, are planning a move, but they won’t be going far. Picture: Annette DewMany  sellers start with fairly high price ambitions when they decide to list their home, but the market soon brings them back into line.But there are always exceptions to the rule – suburbs where demand is high and sellers generally achieve pretty close to their original asking price when they hit the market.It may surprise some that the suburb in Greater Brisbane where vendor discounting – that is, the difference between the original asking price and the eventual sale price – is the lowest is nowhere near the Brisbane CBD. Ripley at Ipswich, south west of Brisbane, has the lowest average vendor discount of just 0.9 per cent.The suburb has a median house price of $346,500 and many new built homes on offer. Next on the list are the more established suburbs of Nudgee and Kangaroo Point, where sellers only reduced their initial price expectations on average by 1.3 per cent to get a deal over the line.Nudgee has a median house price of $640,000 while at Kangaroo Point it is $829,000. In fourth position for houses was Upper Kedron, with an average vendor discount of 1.6 per cent and a median of $615,000, followed by Archerfield with 1.7 per cent and an affordable median of $371,000.In the unit market, Fitzgibbon, north of Brisbane, had the lowest discounting rate of 0.6 per cent. Once again it had a high percentage of new stock.Next came Mansfield and Molendinar at 1.4 per cent, Mango Hill at 1.6 per cent and Carseldine at 1.8 per cent.Michelle and Mark Jenkins built their home at Nudgee in 2008. Before that they had lived in another home in the suburb, and they have now bought a house at Nudgee Beach, where they intend to move next.Their home at 33 Overlea St is listed through Dwight Colbert of Ray White.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe home at 33 Overlea St, Nudgee.Mr Colbert said big family homes were tightly held in the area. He said things were still selling very quickly in Nudgee. It was popular because it was close to everything including the airport and had a great community feel.Mrs Jenkins said their five-bedroom home had suited their growing family. 33 Overlea St, Nudgee.“We originally come from the UK and had rented for a short time back in 2001 in a number of suburbs,” she said.“We just wanted to look at where would be a good place to make an investment, for the family, for transport links, and we found Banyo and Nudgee.“We loved the area, it has like a small-town feel to it.’’Mrs Jenkins didn’t think a lot of people realised yet just how nice it was.“Which surprises me,’’ she said. “When they enter the area they can’t believe it. It is a little community.’’last_img read more