Key merger role for junior Corus staff

first_img Previous Article Next Article Key merger role for junior Corus staffOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Junior members of the HR team at steel company Corus played a key role incutting senior management positions after British Steel and Dutch aluminiumgiant Koninklijke Hoogovens merged. After the merger was announced in October 1999, these junior staff helped insupporting the redundancy process and to develop HR policies for the mergedcompany, including a health and safety policy. The company had to reduce the number of its senior managers from 800 to 500by the end of December. “This did not go down well with some of the senior HR people in thebusiness. “But they were candidates for some of the roles and I could not usethem,” he said. Johnston said that if British Steel had not merged the 6,050 UK redundanciesthat the company confirmed this month would have happened a year ago. Johnston said he was involved in the merger process the day after the chiefexecutives of the two companies had made the decision to join forces. “A lot of difficult decisions had to be made. We decided to do it fast.We probably got 95 per cent of appointments right and five per wrong. Getting95 per cent right fast is better than getting 98 per cent slow.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USU-Eastern Utah Spirit Squad Excels At Summer Camps

first_imgAugust 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU-Eastern Utah Spirit Squad Excels At Summer Camps FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPRICE, Utah-Per a report from usueasternathletics.com, in July, the USU Eastern Utah Spirit Squad earned recognition at a USA Collegiate Camp earlier this month.Both the cheer and dance teams traveled to Las Vegas after attending their own camp in Price and the cheer team received “superior elevations” in all of their classes, ending up with a ‘bronze’ bid.This will pay for their Nationals competition registration fees.The dance team left Las Vegas with multiple awards including “most improved” and a third-place finish in the team’s dance competition.They also earned two national bids, bronze and silver, which will pay for hotel rooms and registration fees for Nationals. Brad James Written by Tags: Las Vegas/Nationals/USA Collegiate Camp/USU Eastern Utah Spirit Squadlast_img read more

Iran Sends Submarines to Red Sea

first_img View post tag: sea View post tag: Red View post tag: sends Iran has sent submarines to the Red Sea, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified source, in a move th…(haaretz)[mappress]Source: haaretz, June 7, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Iran Sends Submarines to Red Sea View post tag: Submarines Share this article Iran Sends Submarines to Red Sea View post tag: Naval View post tag: Iran June 7, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Last chance to enter Baking Industry Awards 2006!

first_imgHurry you have until June 30 to enter the Baking Industry Awards, after calls for more time from our readers.Are you a plant bread or confectionery production manager making a mark on your business? Well, the Plant Production Manager of the Year category is for you! And calling all outstanding craft bakers: the Craft Bakery Award has your name written on it! From suppliers to retailers there is something for everyone in the 11 categories. Winning could be as straightforward as filling out a simple form, and all finalists are invited to the industry event of the year, at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on 18 September.If you have not received an entry form, there is still time to have one sent to you by our events department. Phone Emma Wiles on 01293 867630, or e-mail: [email protected] CategoriesBaking Industry Awards CategoriesThe Customer Focus Award – have you improved customer service? The Craft Bakery Award – Are you moving forwards?The In-Store Bakery Award – Are you a thriving team?Bakery Supplier of the Year – Are you an efficent supplier?Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year – Do you excel?Plant Production Manager of the Year – Are you a proactive leader?Celebration Cake Maker of the Year – Do you have decorative flair? The Marketing Award – Have you grown sales for your business?Baker of the Year – Can you win?Healthy Bakery Concept of the Year – Do your innovations turn heads?Student Baker of the Year – Are you top of your class?last_img read more

Bristol bakers to raise funds for anti-racism organisations

first_imgSource: Bristol Bakers Against Racism Instagram pageBakers in Bristol will be taking part in a Bakers Against Racism event this weekend, from September 4 to 6.The Bakers Against Racism movement was started in America in June 2020, by Paola Velez, a pastry chef in Washington.She set out to unite bakers in the fight against the unjust treatment of black people in the USA, and the initiative has since spread worldwide.Organisers Natalie Brereton and Eve Thompson have launched the event in Bristol, and plan to raise money through a city-wide bake sale for three local groups working against racism.Hobbs House Bakery, the Tobacco Factory, the Ostrich and Hart’s Bakery as well as Box-E, Bakers & Co are taking part. Millinut Baking Co will also be donating prizes.A GoFundMe campaign will see every £5 donated automatically becoming a raffle ticket to win prizes such as pie and mash for four at Pieminister.All money raised over the weekend will go directly to the organisations: Whose Culture, The Afrikan Caribbean Assembly (Bristol Youth Chapter) and I.DENTITY.Bakers can follow the movement at @BristolBakersAgainstRacismlast_img read more

To Overseed or Not?

first_imgWhile drivers spend extra time in the car in search of fuel during the recent gasoline shortage, farmers are dealing with a more long-term shortage — a low supply of hay for their livestock. Prolonged drought and a large fall armyworm infestation left many cattle and hay producers “running on empty” at a critical time. Cattle use grass as their fuel to function, so producers are trying to figure out what the next few months will hold and what they can do to get more “gas in the tank” heading into winter.The weather forecast over the next six to eight weeks will determine much of what happens and what the most successful course of action will be for farmers. In terms of fall armyworms, Georgia is currently experiencing the third and fourth generations of the pest this season and will likely see worms until early to mid-November. They will be gone by the first frost and, once nightly low temperatures drop into the lower 60s Fahrenheit, the worms’ activity will greatly diminish, allowing forage producers some relief.Many producers are interested in overseeding pastures and hayfields with winter annuals to provide winter grazing material. This is even more critical this year, given that dry conditions reduced hay cuttings and many producers are already feeding their animals hay from this past spring and summer.While the timing for overseeding crops such as annual ryegrass, oats, rye or triticale is Sept. 1 to Nov. 1, many farmers are planting earlier rather than later. Dry weather and fall armyworms complicate that decision as fall armyworms could come in and eat new seedlings and wipe out that entire planting. Also, with a fall weather outlook of continued dry conditions, farmers may want to take advantage of any rainfall and soil moisture.If producers want to plant early, having some insurance against fall armyworms is necessary. Commonly used pyrethroid products, like Mustang Max, Karate Zeon or Baythroid, can easily kill worms that are in the field. This can be done at or soon after planting to try and kill any worms already in the field, but this would not provide much residual protection for newly emerging seedlings. To provide longer protection, another option is to use a product such as Prevathon. This insecticide can provide systemic control (inside the plant tissue) of fall armyworms for 30 days or more. This product could be applied after seedling germination at a rate of 10 to 13 oz. per acre. Use enough water to get the product into the root system of the plant rather than just a foliar application. Getting the chemical into the soil and root system will help ensure the chemical is taken into the plant tissue systemically.As always, careful scouting of fields will allow for the most flexibility in control options, and following pesticide label directions will help ensure product effectiveness and worker safety.last_img read more

Governor Douglas announces $300,000 in brownfield grants

first_imgSource: Governor’s Office Governor Jim Douglas today announced that $300,000 in brownfield grants have been awarded to help revitalize former industrial and commercial properties in Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, Johnson Village, Springfield and Wells River.Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.“The brownfield program is a great example of our ability to balance environmental protection and economic development,” Governor Douglas said. “Redevelopment of brownfields properties stimulates local economy by getting unproductive properties back on the tax rolls, strengthening downtowns and creating jobs.”The brownfield reuse program at the Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded almost $1 million in grants in the last three years to 20 projects across Vermont.The following projects received grants:In Barre: $20,000 for assessment work at an old granite shed on Granite Street. ReCycle North of Burlington hopes to reclaim the building to expand its current reuse and job skill training operations.In Brattleboro: $15,000 for assessment work at the former TriState Auto building located on the New England Youth Theater campus for the future home of FulcrumArts. FulcrumArts, which won the 2007 Brattleboro Development Credit Corp.’s business plan contest, plans to create a downtown arts facility.In Burlington: $100,000 to remove contaminated debris and sediment at the former Moran plant, along the waterfront.In Johnson Village: Up to $11,000 for a corrective action plan at the former Vermont Electric Co-Op facility on School Street. Housing Vermont and Lamoille Housing Partnership are cooperating to create 24 units of affordable housing for seniors and families.Additionally, there are plans to build a distribution center for a local organic farming group.In Springfield: Up to $94,000 to remove the chip shed and boiler house building and other cleanup at the former Fellows Gear Shaper site on River Street.In Wells River: $60,000 for indoor air sampling, surface cleaning and removal of underground storage tanks at the former Adams paper mill on Main Street, which will eventually become warehouse space and general commercial space for lease.About the Brownfield Reuse Initiative Program: The Department encourages brownfields reuse as a means of achieving positive environmental and human health impacts while advancing sound land-use practices.  Reutilization of historically productive properties supports sustainable development trends and promotes community and economic growth.  An acre of brownfields redevelopment preserves 4.5 acres of open space.The Department of Environmental Conservation’s initiative comprises several programs and provides one-stop shopping where brownfields developers can obtain the tools needed to deliver projects in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.  Most projects can be completed within a 9- to 18-month time frame, and work can be expedited to meet developer needs.DEC takes a holistic approach to project management, providing technical assistance with the purchase and cleanup of properties; securing financial assistance to leverage developer investment; and coordinating the involvement of related programs offered by regional planning commissions, the state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Additional brownfields assistance programs available in Vermont include regional planning commission grants for environmental investigation, and grants and low-interest loans for brownfields cleanup through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s brownfields revitalization fund.last_img read more

Trail Mix – Rhythm & Blooms Music Festival Rocks Knoxville

first_imgThe Rhythm & Blooms Music Festival will have Downtown Knoxville buzzing this weekend.Come Friday afternoon, music lovers across the Southeast should be flocking to Knoxville.With its rich musical history and integral role in East Tennessee’s establishment as the cradle of country music, Knoxville now celebrates its heritage each year with the Rhythm & Blooms Music Festival.Set amidst the historic buildings of Knoxville’s downtown,  six stages and lots and lots of bands — including The Decemberists, Drive-By Truckers, Delta Spirit, The Dirty Guv’nahs, J.D. McPherson, The Apache Relay, The Suffers, Alanna Royale, and Humming House, amongst a host of others — will have Scruffy City rocking all weekend long.I recently caught up with Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies, one of Knoxville’s favorite bands, to chat about this weekend’s festivities.BRO – What does a festival like this mean to Knoxville?CC – Rhythm & Blooms is such a great opportunity to showcase what makes Knoxville so special. We have a rich and diverse musical culture, an energetic community, and a thriving and accessible downtown. Put all these ingredients together, add some dogwood blossoms and good spirits, and it’s always a weekend to remember.BRO – Your favorite Rhythm & Blooms memory?CC – My favorite Rhythm & Blooms moment was getting to sing “Tennessee Jed” with Amos Lee at the Botanical Gardens. It doesn’t get any better than being an artist and a fan at your hometown festival.BRO – Tell me about the Midnight Merry-Go-Round.CC – The Midnight Merry-Go-Round will be a late night tribute to Knoxville and East Tennessee’s rich musical heritage. We’ll be performing Saturday night at the Standard and will feature a variety of artists, including Scott Miller, Jill Andrews, Chuck Mead, Amythyst Kiah, Cereus Bright, Subtle Clutch, Josh Oliver, Margo Price, and Mike McGill, and we’ll also have an all-star backing band. It’s one of those shows where I can’t really tell you what will happen, because I don’t know. But the energy ought to be through the roof, and I suspect it will be a night people talk about for a long time.BRO – Any particular band you are looking forward to seeing this year?CC – Rhythm & Blooms is one of those festivals where I don’t even look at the schedule. I know if I walk around from stage to stage, I’ll see nothing but amazing and inspired performances. Make sure you’ve got some good walkin’ shoes and try to catch them all!BRO – What’s one spot in Knoxville that someone in town for the festival should visit?CC – That’s a tough question. I live downtown and there are so many exceptional restaurants, bars, and stores. When I’m home, I will usually make a loop from the 100 block to the Old City, Gay Street, and Market Square. Be sure to check out Status Serigraph for some world class show posters, and if you need some funky duds or a guitar, be sure to check out The Parlor. In general, just follow your nose. You can’t go wrong.Rhythm & Blooms Music Festival kicks off around 5:30 on Friday afternoon. With six stages that will be going strong until the wee hours of Sunday night, there is a ton of great music for you to check out all weekend long. Trail Mix wants to help you do just that. If you are interested in a pair of Saturday passes to this year’s Rhythm & Blooms Music Festival, please shoot an email with RHYTHM & BLOOMS in the subject line to [email protected] A lucky winner of two Saturday passes will be chosen from all of the emails received by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 9th.For more information on the Rhythm & Blooms Music Festival, including the complete line up, schedule, and tickets, please check out the festival’s website.last_img read more

Chilean Submarine Force Turns 100

first_imgBy Carolina Contreras/Diálogo August 02, 2017 Chilean President Michelle Bachelet led the official ceremony on July 4th, commemorating the centenary of the Chilean Navy’s Submarine Force. On that date, 100 years ago, the Chilean flag was raised for the first time over six H-class submarines in Boston, Massachusetts, birthing the submarine service within the Chilean Navy. “Our Navy went from that foundational moment to today’s modern, highly professional, and technologically advanced fleet,” said President Bachelet during the official ceremony, held at the Submarine Force’s facilities in Talcahuano. “With each new acquisition of resources or each submarine overhaul, we have continued evolving,” said Chilean Navy Rear Admiral Hernán Miller, the commander in chief of the Submarine Force. As it turns 100, the force has four units: two 209-class submarines, the Thompson (SS-20) and the Simpson (SS-21); and two Scorpène-class subs, the Carrera (SS-22) and the O’Higgins (SS-23). “These submersibles are considered the most modern in South America and are recognized for their stealth, high capacity for detection, and great defensive power. Added to that is the submarine base; a training center with a force of approximately 480 personnel.” The celebrations were attended by 12 delegations from foreign navies invited as guests: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, India, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The attendees also participated in the symposium “Challenges for Undersea Operations in the 21st Century” in Concepción, Chile. The goal was to seek a knowledge exchange on the operations and operating capacities the navies present. “It was high-level,” Rear Adm. Miller said. “We have to think about the future, about replenishing our units [submersibles] to increase our capacities.” Exercise Teamwork South 2017 “A force that is able to meet the challenges,” is what President Bachelet proposed as one of the goals that the Submarine Force is pursuing through its systematic training. Thus, since 1984, the Chilean Navy has been participating in various exercises, such as Teamwork North in the United States, Marcot in Canada, RIMPAC in the South Pacific, and, since 2007, as the third fleet in the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative in the United States. “We are well-established in these exercises, which are growing and taking on a degree of complexity,” Rear Adm. Miller said. “That’s why, since 2008, the RIMPAC exercise has included rescue and salvage training, called ‘CHILEMAR,’ for wrecked submarines. These consist of the [underwater] docking of rescue vehicles when the depth is over 150 meters, with personnel transfer, and also with a process of searching for wrecked submarines.” To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Submarine Force, the Chilean Navy hosted Teamwork South (TWS), held June 30th to July 12th, with the participation of Chilean and U.S. military personnel deployed in a range of naval exercises along the coast, from the city of Talcahuano to the region of Coquimbo. TWS was led by Rear Admiral Ignacio Mardones, the commander in chief of the Chilean Naval Squadron, which had submarines and four oil tankers participating. Aircraft were also employed in the training. U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Sean Buck, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, led the U.S. forces. These forces were joined by the destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90), two MH-60R helicopters, a submarine, two P-8A Orion planes, and personnel from U.S. 4th Fleet, Destroyer Squadron 40, and Combined Task Force 46. The exercise sought to increase training and interoperability with other units and other navies. It was a maritime event that included pre-established scenarios focused on how to respond to events through the use of naval forces in cooperative maritime security operations. Its objective was to maintain accessibility, increase interoperability, and improve permanent alliances for increasing regional security, and promoting peace and stability in South America. “In the United States deployment demands the highest quality, not only in material but also in our crews and our training,” Rear Adm. Miller said. This exercise also served as training for the Chilean Navy’s participation as commander of the naval component in next year’s “RIMPAC 2018” to be held near Hawaii. New resources One of the upcoming challenges for the Submarine Force has to do with two 209-class submersibles acquired in the 1980s that will need to be replaced, as they are nearing the end of their life cycle. The Chilean Ministry of Defense has given the green light to conduct studies to begin the selection process for a new class of oceanic diesel-powered submarines that will replace the Thompson (SS-20) and Simpson (SS-21) models, according to an official press release. The press release also stated that in 2016, the Project Evaluation Division of the Undersecretariat of Defense took notice of the need to study the project specifications and cost estimates for these units so that it could issue an international call to tender bids. It is anticipated that the Chilean Navy could have new replacements by 2024. The new submarines will be a demonstration of the Chilean Navy’s interest in having next-generation vessels that meet today’s new requirements and are outfitted with technology which enables them to keep strengthening the nation’s naval power, contributing to the preservation of its sovereignty and maritime interests.last_img read more

Unlike his successor, Obama recognizes his good luck

first_imgI sometimes think of luck as a secular way of thinking of God.Whatever it is, it accounts for the bizarre course a life can take.Good luck has been my constant companion.It was my great good luck to be born in America and to have grandparents who had the gumption to leave Europe, where most of my extended family was murdered in the Holocaust It was my great luck to have loving parents It was my good luck to have some marvelous teachers, a few of whom managed to brush aside my defenses and teach me a thing or two about writing.It was sheer luck that took me to Washington to do some graduate school research — and to leave town with a job offer from the Washington Post. He had been lucky.Letterman, absurdly bearded, agreed.He, too, had been lucky. Not only that, he had been clueless.When others of his generation were putting their lives on the line for civil rights, he and his friends had cruised to the Bahamas so they could spend what sounded like their spring break falling down drunk.Letterman was sorry for that.He admitted to guilt as he admitted to being lucky.Some of the reviews of Letterman’s Netflix interview noted that Obama did not directly discuss Donald Trump. Nonetheless, Trump loomed over the entire hour.Not only did Obama remind you that a president could be articulate, even eloquent, and come into and out of office with not whiff of scandal, but his obeisance to luck was so totally un-Trump that it was almost shocking.Here was a man who, by acknowledging the role of luck, was acknowledging his own limitations:He could not do everything on his own. He needed the coin to come up heads.I can’t imagine Trump saying anything even close.I cannot imagine him saying that it was not his self-proclaimed genius nor his well-advertised negotiating skills that made him the billionaire he asserts he is or the president he’s become.To do that would confess humility, which Trump sees as weakness, and would bring him down to the level of a more or less ordinary guy — one who, as luck would have it, had a millionaire for a father and the birthright of good looks and excellent health.  Categories: Editorial, OpinionToward the end of David Letterman’s recent interview with Barack Obama, the subject turned to the matter of luck.The former president acknowledged the role it has played in his life.Yes, he had talent, he said, and he had worked hard, but neither of those could fully account for how a mixed-race kid who had known his father for only one month of his childhood had wound up president of the United States.center_img I stood once on a pier at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba as desperate Haitians, having been scooped out of the ocean by the Coast Guard, were brought to safety.I looked at those people — their skin baked from the sun, their eyes uncomprehending, their entire wealth consisting of the shirt on their back — and praised my astounding good luck. I turned to the fellow next to me and remarked how smart we had been to be born in the U.S.A.Otherwise, it could have been me floating in the ocean. Obama understands what I mean. He would never have disparaged Haiti as Trump so recently did — or, for that matter, black African countries such as Kenya, where Obama’s own father was born.Few people would call Obama humble, but he knows the importance of chance and that he did not blaze his own path.He had mentors, heroes from the civil rights era who made his own presidency possible. One of them is Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., beaten bloody in 1965 by Alabama state troopers in a march for voting rights.Last year, Trump responded to Lewis’ criticism of him by tweeting about the congressman:  A friend recently asked me why I had often been critical of Obama during his presidency.It would take at least another whole column to explain.But the hour with Letterman reminded me of how decent a man he is — how effortlessly presidential. All former presidents, once they get detached from their policies, take on a certain charm — even the hapless George W. Bush.But Obama is enormously helped by his successor in that regard.He is lucky in that, too. Richard Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more