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In brief

first_imgThis month’s training news in briefMerger completed As Training Magazine went to press, shareholders of SkillSoft and SmartForceapproved the merger of the two e-learning companies. SmartForce intends to dobusiness under the operating name of SkillSoft and is expected to pursuelegally changing its official name to SkillSoft in the near future.  www.skillsoft.comNVQ for care managers A new NVQ for the managers of adult care services, launched by awarding bodyEdexcel, is expected to form part of the requirements for registrationfollowing the introduction of national registers for residential care managersin 2003. As many as 20,000 managers are expected to seek registration withbodies including the General Social Care Council by 2005. NorthamptonshireCounty Council has already incorporated the NVQ into its workforce developmentprogramme and has 40 managers waiting to sign up for it.  www.edexcel.org.ukVodafone rings changes Vodafone has opted for a common approach and consistent message in welcomingnew employees by setting up a monthly induction event. The message throughoutthe day, designed by Jarvis Woodhouse, is about teamwork and Vodafone’sculture. An average 100 new starters attend the event each month fromthroughout the business and those who are unable to attend can use an onlineprogramme. Balvi Macleod, people development consultant at Vodafone, said thecourse is designed to give all new starters the same induction experienceregardless of which function they had joined.  www.jarvis-woodhouse.comLexus links up Car manufacturer Lexus and Nottingham Trent University have opened apurpose-built national dealer training centre for Lexus franchises at theUniversity’s Clifton Campus in the city. At its peak the training centre willdeal with more than 10,000 delegates a year.  www.lexus.co.ukE-learning via tills Lloyds Pharmacy has introduced a new bespoke e-learning system that can beaccessed from tills during quiet periods at the store. The programme, developedby BYG Systems, offers modules on till operation, back office systems, stockmanagement and personnel administration. Knowledge retention is reinforced bycustomer scenarios, summaries and assessments.  www.bygsystems.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article In briefOn 3 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Liberal Democrats call for abolition of the DTI

first_img Comments are closed. The Liberal Democrats have called for the Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) to be abolished and its workload distributed to other Governmentagencies. Dr Vincent Cable, the shadow trade and industry minister, accused the DTI ofcreating unnecessary bureaucracy and said it no longer had a place in modernbusiness. “The DTI should be wound up because it doesn’t perform a function. Ithas no real role anymore and only exists as a contact point for industrywithout delivering what [industry] actually wants – which is lessregulation,” he argued. In an exclusive interview with Personnel Today, Cable said the DTI actuallyadds to the regulatory burden with over-complex legislation and a multitude ofred tape, often pushing government administration onto employers. “The Government wants companies to do its administration free of chargethrough things like family tax credits and student loans collection,” hesaid. His solution would be to split the DTI’s duties between other governmentdepartments, such as Work and Pensions and Education and Skills, and to set-upa new ‘red tape busting’ agency. Cable also claims the Government is mishandling EU legislation, comparingthe ease with which The Netherlands dealt with working time rules to the UK’s80-page document. He went on to criticise the DTI’s decision in October last year to appointUS management guru Michael Porter to produce a report on productivity in theUK, claiming he was already something of a cliché in the private sector sixyears ago. He also rejects trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt’s criticism ofmanagers as a key reason for the UK’s poor productivity compared to its majorcompetitors. Instead of poor management, Cable blames the UK’s disappointingproductivity on ageing capital stock and a chronic lack of investment ineducation. By Ross Wigham Liberal Democrats call for abolition of the DTIOn 25 Mar 2003 in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/6/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUETampa Bay 12 Arizona 1AMERICAN LEAGUEChi White Sox 9 Cleveland 1NY Yankees 7 Seattle 3Baltimore 4 Boston 1Minnesota 8 Toronto 0Houston 6 Kansas City 4NATIONAL LEAGUECincinnati 12 San Francisco 4Milwaukee 5 Washington 3Miami 6 Chi Cubs 5St. Louis 6 Philadelphia 0LA Dodgers 5 Atlanta 3San Diego 4 NY Mets 0NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSMilwaukee 113 Boston 101 (Milwaukee leads series 3-1)Houston 112 Golden State 108 (series tied 2-2)NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSBoston 3 Columbus 0 (Boston leads 3-2)OT Colorado 4 San Jose 3 (San Jose leads series 3-2)Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by May 7, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 5/6/19center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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HMS Dragon Sails into Liverpool, UK

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval March 6, 2014 View post tag: Liverpool Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Dragon Sails into Liverpool, UK View post tag: Sails State-of-the-art Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon will sail into the city on Friday March 7, going alongside the Cruise Liner Terminal until March 10.During her busy four days on the Mersey, the ship will host potential Royal Navy recruits, Sea Cadets, college students, Royal Navy Reservists from HMS Eaglet and other local organisations.Sunday’s Sea Cadet visitors will come from across the North West region, including Chorley, Rochdale, Salford, Bolton and Fleetwood.And on Monday, a number of young aspiring catering students from Hugh Baird College will get the chance to roll up their sleeves and cook up a storm with HMS Dragon’s own chefs as they help with lunch preparation for some of the ship’s 190 crew.Other visiting students include Wirral Metropolitan and St Helens Colleges.“This is a very busy visit to Liverpool for us,” said Captain Iain Lower, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon. “We are delighted to be able to host such a diverse range of groups.“We hope that those who come on board over the weekend will leave with a better understanding about our exceptional ship, her crew, the modern Royal Navy and the role we play in protecting and promoting the interests of the UK both at home and further afield.“I know my crew is looking forward to being able to making these visits as informative as possible, each tailored to the needs of those visiting – obviously our young visitors from the Sea Cadets will have different aspirations to our catering student guests, for example.“Of particular interest to those on board are our colleagues from the Royal Navy Reserve at HMS Eaglet and the potential new RN recruits.“While we are unable to open the ship to the public on this occasion, I have no doubt that Liverpool will extend its well-known hospitality to the visiting crew.”HMS Dragon, the fourth of the Type 45 destroyers, joined the Fleet in November 2012.Destroyers are part of the backbone of the Royal Navy, committed around the world 365 days a year hunting pirates, drug runners or submarines, defending the fleet from air attack, and providing humanitarian aid after natural disastersBritain’s six Type 45 destroyers are the most advanced warships the nation has ever built. Their mission is to shield the fleet from air attack using the Sea Viper missile which can knock targets out of the sky up to 70 miles away if necessary.The Type 45s can also be used as general-purpose warships; they have huge flight decks to accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook. There’s enough space on board to host a Royal Marines detachment up to 30-men strong.[mappress]Press Release, March 6, 2014, 2014; Image: Royal Navycenter_img View post tag: Dragon HMS DRAGONOne of the Royal Navy’s newest and most sophisticated ships will make a weekend visit to Liverpool. View post tag: Navy HMS Dragon Sails into Liverpool, UK View post tag: UK View post tag: into Share this articlelast_img read more

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First winners at Firkins bakery

first_imgStaff of Firkins bakery’s Cannock branch are to go an all-expenses-paid shopping trip, as part of an incentive competition devised by the Midlands-based firm.Each of the six staff at the Market Hall Street branch were also given a £100 profit-related bonus for providing good customer service. Manager Lesley Rimmer said: “When we were told, at the end of last year, that we’d be rewarded with bonuses and treats if we improved on past performances, we thought it would be great if we managed to get the prize. Now we’ve won it, we’re really chuffed and I know we’ll try even harder to win again. I think it will be harder in future, as the other stores will step up their game now.”last_img read more

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British World Pastry Cup team names president

first_imgBenoit Blin MCA, exécutive pastry chef, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, has been named as president of the British team that will go forward to compete in the World Pastry Cup in January 2011.Taking place during the international food fair Sirha in Lyon, France, the contest, known as ‘La Coupe du Monde de La Patisserie’ will feature a UK team for the first time since 2003.Joining Blin to make up the UK team will be Javier Mercado, pastry lecturer, Westminster College; Chris Loder, pastry lecturer, Westminster College; and Johannes Bonin, pastry chef, The Connaught Hotel.Each team will have 10 hours to prepare and present a buffet in front of the jury, press and a public audience. It must include: three chocolate dessert entremets/cake; three frozen and ice cream fruit dessert entremets/cake; 12 identical plated desserts, inspired by and representing their country; an artistic creation/sculpture made out of sugar only; an artistic creation/sculpture made out of chocolate only; and an artistic creation/sculpture carved into ice.“The 2011 Pastry World Cup in Lyon is an exciting and huge opportunity for the UK hospitality industry to demonstrate that, competing with 22 other countries, the UK pastry and dessert skill is a force to be reckoned with,” said Blin. “Since 1989, the UK has only been represented there twice, in 2001 and 2003. The UK pastry team must and will inspire a new generation of young chefs in the country, so let’s give them all our support during their preparations. Join us and cheer on the UK in Lyon on 23 and 24 January 2011.”last_img read more

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Business owners raise concern over Front Street project

first_imgThe Farmington Selectmen.FARMINGTON – Selectmen discussed the second phase of the Front Street renovation project at Tuesday night’s meeting, voting to adopt a plan proposed by Dirigo Engineering that will add a sidewalk opposite of the Farmington Farmer’s Union building.The first phase of the project, which has been ongoing since September, is designed to address the frequent flooding at the lower end of Front Street with the installation of a larger culvert. A retaining wall is currently being installed to stabilize the steep slope to the left of the Farmington Farmer’s Union building. Selectmen approved a change order that will add four more rows of stones to the wall that were unaccounted for in the original design. Randy Butler, project manager from Dirigo Engineering, said it was a simple mistake on the company’s end. The additional rows will cost about $8,000, however, Butler said Dirigo would pick up the bill for the estimated hour of labor and the rental fee for equipment storage, bringing the total down to $7,500.The second phase, consisting of the sidewalk project and some retaining walls along Front Street, will cost $242,729.Awarded to Ranger Contracting of Fairfield, funding for phase one of the project which cost $421,402 has been funded through a combination of a Maine Department of Environmental Protection grant, town funds out of the Public Works Department budget and Tax Increment Financing funds. Ranger Contracting was the lowest of three bidders for phase one, and has operated under the impression they would continue the work for phase two of the project. However, selectmen voted to hold off on awarding any final contracts with Ranger after listening to the concern of local property owners.“I came here tonight to make sure we don’t make the same mistake again,” business owner John Moore said.Moore and the director of Farmington Farmer’s Union, Craig Jordan, attended the meeting to share their experiences as business and property owners on Front Street. The project has gone a month longer than contracted, which is partially due to a delay for easements along with poor weather conditions, but both Moore and Jordan said that a contract is a contract. Selectman Matt Smith agreed with their concern.“I’m not saying we get rid of them, but if we do go with them again we should put in some hard deadlines. These guys are contractors. They know how contracts go,” Smith said.Butler said he would look closely at the contract to make sure the language regarding a deadline is as strong as it needs to be. He will be bringing that information back to the board at next week’s meeting.In addition to delays, Jordan said his biggest concern has been the lack of communication on Ranger’s part. Incidences such as unexpected road closures and equipment being parked in the Farmer’s Union parking lot could have easily been resolved with a preliminary conversation, Jordan said.“A local crew would have known not to work on the Saturday of Chester Greenwood. Ultimately, was the low bidder actually the low bidder? I think reputation should play a role when a low bid is given,” Moore added.Ranger’s bid came in at $20,000 less than the other two companies, and selectmen had delayed their acceptance to review references since the company was a new one for the town. Town Manager Richard Davis said he has a progress meeting with the company on Thursday and will go over the concerns raised at that point.Selectmen voted to delay the awarding of a contract, by a vote of 3-1. Selectman Mike Fogg voted against that decision, while Chair Josh Bell, Selectman Matt Smith and Selectman Stephen Bunker voted in favor. Selectman Scott Landry was absent from the meeting.A crew paving the end of Front Street in November.last_img read more

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Watch Marcus King Perform Acoustic Version Of New Song “Where Im Headed” For Seattle TV Spot

first_imgThe Marcus King Band has taken the music world by storm over the last year. Following the release of their self-titled sophomore album in late 2016, the band has toured nonstop, earning spots on some of the most prestigious festival lineups in the U.S. and around the world and selling out clubs across multiple continents. The group’s young leader, guitarist/vocalist Marcus King, has also become a highly in-demand special guest, performing with countless top-tier acts like Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, The Revivalists, Soulive, as well as the upcoming all-star Allman Brothers tribute at this month’s Peach Music Festival.Recently, the 21-year-old King joined regional Northwest talk show New Day Seattle for an interview and a performance of new song ahead of a performance in Ballard. Marcus delivered a moving solo acoustic rendition of new original “Where I’m Headed.” Following the performance, the show’s hosts spoke the young musician about his family history in the blues, the influence of his grandfather’s affinity for classic country on his “psychedelic southern rock” sound, and more. The show’s hosts also mentioned the oft-noted comparisons between his voice and the voice of local Seattle favorite Allen Stone, to which King responded gracefully, explaining how a central part of The Marcus King Band’s philosophy is keeping competition out of music, and instead making it more about family. You can watch Marcus King’s solo acoustic performance and interview on New Day Northwest below:Next up for The Marcus King Band is a festival set at Reevestock Music Festival in Elkin, North Carolina on Saturday, August 5th, followed by a three-night, three show run that will see the band make stops at Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD on August 10th, Shakas Live in Virginia Beach, VA on August 11th, and at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton PA on August 12th. For more information on upcoming Marcus King Band dates, head to the band’s website.[via The Marcus King Band]last_img read more

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Richford residents still waiting on new post office

first_imgThe owner said she was informed in January the diner’s contract with the postal service would not be renewed, and so shortly after that the town was left without any form of post office at all. “We wanted to transfer the contract to us and unfortunately was unable to be done that way, so they decided to remove it from us, and now it stands on the corner and now it still sits there from February of this year and people are still waiting,” said Karla Woodmansee, who bought the diner last summer. RICHFORD (WBNG) — This holiday season, one town’s residents sure are thankful Santa doesn’t deliver his packages by mail. Residents said the original Richford post office closed back in the fall of 2013. A spokesperson for the postal service said it had been a topic of discussion, but did not say when it would open and why it hasn’t opened yet. Sometime after that, a smaller operation was attached to the Red Rooster Diner in town, where residents could still send and receive packages. Woodmansee said contractors working on building a new post office told her it was supposed to be open in July, but even though construction has been completed, it still isn’t open.last_img read more

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