May 17, 2021

Importance of HR role is recognised at last

first_img Comments are closed. The latest survey results on HRjobs bring good news for the profession – or at least to the most skilledpractitioners. Top HR people are in greater demand than ever and companies areprepared to pay big salaries to attract them, according to the latest survey ofadvertised HR jobs by SSP. One HR director says that there are organisationsoffering up to £200,000 to attract the right HR director. HR professionals havereacted to their increasing marketability by changing jobs more often, chasinghigher salaries and greater challenges. This is a situationthat HR directors have been aware of for some time but the latest figuresshould add weight to their arguments in the boardroom that if you want toattract the most talented HR people you have to offer salaries to match thatability.It is great news forthe most able practitioners, those who are truly making a difference in theirorganisations. Of course, you’re more likely to be able to command a big salaryif you work in the South East or in professional services, IT or the financesector. We should remember,too, that there is likely to be a slowdown in the growth of HR jobs and pay asthe recession begins to bite, as there will be in every other profession too. There are, of course,two sides to every story. While it is good news for ambitious HR professionals thattheir skills carry a high price tag, the high turnover of HR staff is creatingproblems for those who have the task of replacing departing colleagues.On the whole, though,the news is positive, and the latest indication that the HR profession has comeof age. Perhaps businesses are finally learning that you can’t run a successfulenterprise simply by scrutinising the numbers on the balance sheet. Previous Article Next Article Importance of HR role is recognised at lastOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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On the feasibility of imaging carbonatite-hosted rare earth element deposits using remote sensing

first_imgRare earth elements (REEs) generate characteristic absorption features in visible to shortwave infrared (VNIR-SWIR) reflectance spectra. Neodymium (Nd) has among the most prominent absorption features of the REEs and thus represents a key pathfinder element for the REEs as a whole. Given that the world’s largest REE deposits are associated with carbonatites, we present spectral, petrographic, and geochemical data from a predominantly carbonatitic suite of rocks that we use to assess the feasibility of imaging REE deposits using remote sensing. Samples were selected to cover a wide range of extents and styles of REE mineralization, and encompass calcio-, ferro- and magnesio-carbonatites. REE ores from the Bayan Obo (China) and Mountain Pass (United States) mines, as well as REE-rich alkaline rocks from the Motzfeldt and Ilímaussaq intrusions in Greenland, were also included in the sample suite. The depth and area of Nd absorption features in spectra collected under laboratory conditions correlate positively with the Nd content of whole-rock samples. The wavelength of Nd absorption features is predominantly independent of sample lithology and mineralogy. Correlations are most reliable for the two absorption features centered at ~744 and ~802 nm that can be observed in samples containing as little as ~1,000 ppm Nd. By convolving laboratory spectra to the spectral response functions of a variety of remote sensing instruments we demonstrate that hyperspectral instruments with capabilities equivalent to the operational Airborne Visible-Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) and planned Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) systems have the spectral resolutions necessary to detect Nd absorption features, especially in high-grade samples with economically relevant REE accumulations (Nd > 30,000 ppm). Adding synthetic noise to convolved spectra indicates that correlations between Nd absorption area and whole-rock Nd content only remain robust when spectra have signal-to-noise ratios in excess of ~250:1. Although atmospheric interferences are modest across the wavelength intervals relevant for Nd detection, most REE-rich outcrops are too small to be detectable using satellite-based platforms with >30-m spatial resolutions. However, our results indicate that Nd absorption features should be identifiable in high-quality, airborne, hyperspectral datasets collected at meter-scale spatial resolutions. Future deployment of hyperspectral instruments on unmanned aerial vehicles could enable REE grade to be mapped at the centimeter scale across whole deposits.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Cheryl Musgrave will file for Vanderburgh County Commissioner, District Three on Wednesday, January 6, 2015 at 8 a.m. in room 214 of the Civic Center, 1 NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.last_img

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News story: UK side by side with Allies a year on from NATO deterrence deployment

first_imgNearly 2000 British troops, across two rotations, have led a multinational battlegroup in Estonia as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) deployment since it officially began just under a year ago in April 2017.In an address, alongside his Estonian counterpart, Defence Minister Jüri Luik, to the 800 British troops and their NATO colleagues, stationed there now Mr Williamson said this reflected Britain’s global outlook and commitment to the defence of our friends and Allies across the Baltic region.The 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh are currently based in Tapa to enhance NATO’s deterrence posture and the Defence Secretary confirmed that the 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment will take over from them in June as the UK’s enduring presence in Estonia continues.The UK’s battlegroup forms part of the wider NATO eFP, with four multinational battlegroups deployed across the Baltic States and Poland, led by the UK, US, Canada and Germany. The UK has a further 150 soldiers based in Poland, part of the US led battlegroup, and RAF Typhoons are due to deploy to Romania in May, patrolling the Black Sea skies.In addition to the 800 personnel, the UK has committed more than 150 vehicles to support Estonia during this deployment, including Warrior infantry fighting vehicles and Challenger 2 tanks.The Defence Secretary also held meetings in Tallinn with the President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Defence Minister Jüri Luik. For nearly 70 years, NATO has been the guarantee of mutual security. The threats and dangers we face are evolving, intensifying and increasingly challenging – our commitment to our Allies has seldom been more important. I’ve seen first-hand the vital role our brave Armed Forces are playing on NATO’s eastern border, standing shoulder to shoulder with our Allies to deter Russian aggression. In his first visit to the Baltic ally, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed to the Estonian President and Defence Minister the UK’s unwavering commitment to Euro-Atlantic security, a year after UK forces first arrived in country.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:last_img read more

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Odesza Is Currently Working On Their First Album Since 2014

first_imgFor more music, news, and ticketing information, head over to Odesza’s website.[H/T Dancing Astronaut] Electronic duo Odesza dropped some heavy news over the weekend, subtly announcing that there is a new album in the works through a post on Instagram. The upcoming project will be the first release since their 2014 In Return studio effort. With no real details other than the picture itself, fans anticipate an exciting future filled with new music, major concert and festivals appearances all around the world, including dates in Europe, Australia, and North America. ODESZA Shares Mind-Blowing New Video And Red Rocks Headlining AnnouncementThe new album will serve as the follow up to two previous studio records, 2012’s Summer’s Gone and 2014’s In Return, as well as their 2013 EP My Friends Never Die, in addition to their tremendous catalogue of remixes. In 2015, they started their own label called Foreign Family Collective, making it easier for the music-makers to continue to provide their sweet, sweet sounds.last_img read more

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Original Meters, Electric Beethoven, Turkuaz & More On Day Three Of Jam Cruise [A Gallery]

first_imgThe third day of Jam Cruise brought fans to Ocho Rios in Jamaica, letting the cruisers soak up a day in the sun before setting sail with some great performances throughout the evening. The festival continued to host all star talent on its third day, with sets from Electric Beethoven, The Original Meters, The Motet and Galactic on the boat’s main stage. The jams didn’t stop there, as Turkuaz, Twiddle, GRiZ, Frequinox, Shook Twins, David Shaw and Ivan Neville all performed throughout the night. With Steve Berlin and Ed Williams leading the jazz and jam workshops, respectively, there was no shortage of fun on the seafaring festival.Check out photos from Phierce Photo below! Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Alienware Prepares to Hit the Road with NVIDIA Pascal

first_imgFollowing its debut on Alienware desktops at E3, we’re excited to welcome NVIDIA’s new GeForce® GTX 10 Series on Alienware notebooks debuting at PAX West. These super-charged graphics cards will be available for the first time ever on notebooks, transforming our popular Alienware 13, 15 and 17 gaming machines into fully VR-capable portals that take mobile gameplay into a universe normally reserved for desktops.In case you missed the recent hoopla, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series, with breakthrough Pascal™ architecture, is a graphics beast.“…in a nutshell, Pascal is everything that was great about Maxwell 2, but bigger, better, and manufactured on TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process,” noted AnandTech.It delivers up to three times the performance and power efficiency of previous GPUs, with faster and smoother gameplay, synchronized frame delivery and new image-capture technology. It opens the gateway to fully immersive VR experiences, with innovative audio, physics and haptics. Created with NVIDIA’s new FinFET manufacturing process, the GeForce GTX 10 Series offers gamers all the performance of a desktop in a mobile form factor.“Nvidia’s mobile GPU lineup looks very impressive and promising,” said Steven Walton of TechSpot. “It will now be up to manufacturers to come up with a wide variety of gaming laptops that satisfy users’ demands…”We accept that challenge.Alienware 17 is for those looking for a gaming notebook with an emphasis on screen size, performance and immersion, with the power to immerse yourself in 360-degree VR action and truly feel the game. For many mobile gamers, the Alienware 15 is the Goldilocks option, just the right size.  This is a notebook built with strong performance in mind for faster, smoother gameplay, yet balanced with portability for mobile gamers desiring desktop performance. The smallest of our notebooks, the Alienware 13, gains big abilities with Pascal. Ultra-portable and already equipped with Intel’s advanced processors, the GeForce GTX GPU kicks the 13 into a whole new dimension, allowing gamers to play longer and enjoy high-performance graphics.How do you make a great notebook even greater? Our Alienware Graphics Amplifier is designed to be a plug-in companion to any of our gaming laptops, small enough to slide into a standard carry case, yet powerful enough to transform mobile gaming, including VR, into an otherworldly experience. The Amp’s awesome abilities can kick your experience into high gear, especially when adding the latest discrete graphics card technology to drive multi-monitor support on the latest Dell 24” gaming or 34” curved monitors.As we prepare for PAX West, we’re charged up about showing you Alienware notebooks with NVIDIA Pascal. Make sure to tune in to for our midnight announce (12:01 EST on 9/2) to get a sneak peak for what we’ll have on hand at the show.  And trust us – Pascal may be the beginning of the story but it’s certainly not the end of it.Not yet a member of Alienware Arena? Sign up to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Follow Alienware on Twitter @Alienware and Facebook, and tune into for the latest updates, information and gameplay.last_img read more

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Jack O’Brien Will Helm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Jack O’Brien(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img Delicious news for Broadway in spring 2017! The rumors were true and three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien will reunite with his Hairspray collaborators Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and direct Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The West End incarnation of the tuner was helmed by Sam Mendes, however he had previously stated that he would not direct the Main Stem transfer. Choreography, which was taken on by Peter Darling in London, is set to be by Joshua Bergasse. Design team, theater and dates for the revised production will be announced soon.O’Brien won the Tony for his work on The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV and Hairspray, as well as picking up nominations for productions including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, The Invention of Love, Two Shakesperian Actors and Porgy and Bess. Bergasse won the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography for NBC’s Smash and was Tony nominated for On the Town. Coming full circle, he was a swing in the original production of Hairspray. Featuring a book by David Greig with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Wittman, the musical is based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life- changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka’s army of curious Oompa-Loompas.Dahl’s book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel’s original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka.The West End production officially opened at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018last_img read more

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Changing of the Birds

first_imgFall is on the way.During the hot, dull days of August and September it seems that summer isn’t changing.Day follows monotonous day. Summer seems as if it will last forever.It’s easy to forget that the northern hemisphere began to tilt away from the sun latelast June. Fall and winter are on the way.One way to mark the subtleties of the changing seasons is to watch birds. You can seethe step-by-step decline of summer and advance of fall.If you’re a good observer, you can record when summer resident birds disappear. It’shard to notice departures. One day a bird isn’t there. Did you just overlook it or is itreally gone?One of the first birds to leave Georgia is the yellow breasted chat. It seems like onlyyesterday I could hear the chats’ mysterious calling at night in the thickets west of ourhouse. Now we no longer hear them. They’ve slipped away and are headed south to theirwinter habitat in South America.It won’t be long before the indigo buntings, blue grosbeaks, tanagers and many othertropical migrants depart, too. You won’t see them go, but one day you won’t see themanymore.It’s easier to notice the arrival of new birds in your garden. Goldfinches beganvisiting our zinnias and sunflowers in late July. In June, when goldfinches nest, we hadnone. These birds are done nesting now and are leaving their territories to concentrate atgood food sources.We’re also seeing an influx of new hummingbirds. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are throughnesting, so they’re free to leave their early summer homes and concentrate at favoriteflower gardens and feeders.I find that jewelweed and goldenrod are good indicator plants. When you see theseflowers come into bloom, hummingbirds are on the move.As summer wanes, the arrival of more hummingbirds from up north will make possibledozens of hummers in your yard. You can put up extra feeders to accommodate the newarrivals.Hummingbirds often fight at feeders — so put the new feeder on the other side of thehouse to help spread the wealth. Enjoy the hummingbirds while you can, because they willsuddenly become scarce after the first cool nights in October.It’s sad to see them go. But new birds are coming. They’ll be the seed eaters likewhite-throated sparrows, juncos, siskins, purple finches, evening grosbeaks and more. Theywill tell you when fall and winter have pushed them south from their northern nestinggrounds.As summer shifts to fall, the changing bird life in your backyard will be anaccelerating trend. Get ready so you don’t miss anything.I’d like to gather data on when winter birds arrive at bird feeders in Georgia. Ifyou’d like to help, send me a note and I’ll send you a form on which to keep your records.Send to Jeff Jackson, c/o Extension Forest Resources, Forestry Building 4, University ofGeorgia, Athens, GA 30602-4356.last_img read more

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Imminent Closure of Arizona Plant Portends an ‘Existential’ Moment for Navajo

first_imgImminent Closure of Arizona Plant Portends an ‘Existential’ Moment for Navajo FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:In February, NGS’s controlling shareholder, a public utility called Salt River Project, announced that it would shut down the power plant beginning at the end of this year, another casualty of the surge in cheap natural gas. Without the power plant to buy its coal, the mine will be forced to shut down, as well. Navajo leaders railed and called on the Trump administration for help; Percy Deal and environmentalists celebrated. “Our leaders are not talking about the impact on the health of these people, respiratory diseases as a result of the industry,” Deal says.In 2014, the independent Clean Air Task Force estimated that emissions from NGS contribute to 16 premature deaths, 25 heart attacks, 300 asthma attacks, and 15 asthma emergency room visits each year, and that shutting down the plant would save $127 million in annual health-care costs, according to the task force’s assessment. That same year, the Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with NGS to cut its emissions of nitrogen oxide—the main pollutant linked to lung ailments, not to mention thick haze in 11 nearby national parks, including the Grand Canyon—by 80 percent over the next 16 years before shutting down permanently in 2044. “Back then, the economics projected that it would still be viable,” SRP media relations manager Scott Harelson demurs. “The analysis of utilities and the price of natural gas moving forward show that the price will continue to remain low, and that’s what ultimately caused SRP to make their decision.”For years, every economic indicator has pointed to the eventual death of coal as a power source—but with no public announcement before this year that SRP would consider shutting down the plant before its 2044 deadline, the tribe had little reason to think they needed contingency plans. “They dropped the whole thing on top of us,” says Navajo Nation chairman Russell Begaye. Each salary derived from NGS probably supports 20 to 30 people, he says—and at $141,500, on average, it is seven times greater than the median salary on the reservation. Already the poverty rate among the Navajo is three and a half times the national mean. “If we knew five years ago that they were going to be shutting down, we would have been ready.” It’s unquestionable that closing NGS is the best possible outcome for the land the Navajo and their neighbors, the Hopi, have called home for more than 800 years. It’s also unquestionable that closing NGS presents an existential threat to both tribes.More: The End of Coal Will Haunt the Navajolast_img read more

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