Retailers vow to protect workers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Some of the UK’s biggest retailers have signed up to a new Charter ofRespect which forms part of shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s campaign to protect itsmembers from violence and abuse. Littlewoods, the Co-op, Iceland, Morrisons and TJ Hughes are among thestores to endorse the charter, which sets out demands for respect, courtesy anddignity for shopworkers from shoppers. The charter was launched after independent figures highlighted high levelsof violence and abuse inflicted on retail staff in 2001. Usdaw’s deputy general director John Hannett said: “We aim to protectour members from violence and abuse in the workplace.” www.usdaw.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Retailers vow to protect workersOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-out

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-outShared from missc on 14 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Anyone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in the HR/recruiting industry invariably will have been on the wrong end of candidate opting out of an application process. There are of course a multitude of reasons why this might happen, a lot of which are outside of our control, but sadly in a large amount of cases, accountability rests on the shoulders of the agent/HR pro and in a lot of cases this can have significant ramifications. For example, in agency-land the client can quickly lose faith in an agent’s ability to close the recruitment loop. In internal talent acquisition you will be held accountable for the cost associated with the time spent resulting in a no-hire etc. Not to mention the pounding your reputation could take from the candidate or client perspective if it a regular occurrence. Sadly in HR and recruitment the candidate opt-out is an evil that will always play a part in our role but if we ensure adequate focus on the quality of our communication and efficiency of our processes, the risk will be largely minimized. It’s not rocket science by any means, but it’s good to not lose sight of the basics as our experience grows.Clarity is King: Grey areas are the mortal enemy of any recruiter. When talking to a candidate, the more details that go undiscussed or the more inaccurate the information you give the applicant, the higher the no-hire’o’meter will rise. When talking to a candidate, if you get the impression that any details you’ve divulged about the remit, remuneration package, location or pertinent skills managed to raise the candidate’s eyebrows and perhaps caused un-easiness, DRILL DOWN!. Don’t be happy with getting a half-hearted approval to flick a CV to a client/hiring manager. Ultimately all you will be doing is facilitating the beginning of a fact finding mission for the candidate (which they will opt out of as soon as any facts they don’t like arise) as opposed to offering up all the facts and ascertaining that they are your/clients next superstar. Yes, your CV submittal rate will be higher but your conversion rate will stink.Recruit in a timely manner, without lacking substance. Anyone who has read my previous blog post (Why the long……process) will know my thoughts on drawn out, lengthy recruitment processes. IMO, if a recruiter or HR pro must ask a candidate to go through a 6 stage process in order for them to ascertain suitability, or if they lack the ability to consult properly with their clients/hiring managers around why this is not needed, then there is some serious training required. Personally, I’m a fan of a robust phone screening process followed by a panel interview or a well put together 2 stage interview process. Keeping in mind the candidate experience, neither option would be arduous but will give more than adequate time to ensure a full screening process.As I said, by no means rocket science but I’d suggest just keeping these two things in mind will largely contribute to overall recruitment success rate and conversion ratios. Read full article last_img read more

Are you ready for the end?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Are you ready for the end?Shared from Change-effect on 13 Jun 2016 in Personnel Today I’m not the sharpest tool in the box. I’m ok with that. The reality finally struck me that in a matter of weeks our world might be on the verge of substantial change. There is a very real chance that we could be collectively making the decision to leave the european union.Read full article Comments are closed.last_img

Grace Kelly’s former Upper East Side mansion returning to market

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink In response, Goodman petitioned the court to dismiss the case, impose monthly payments or appoint a trustee to manage the property in order to protect its interest in the building, which was losing value during the pandemic.The lender argued in a motion last May that although it estimated the fair market value of the property was $25.9 million in early 2019, “it is indisputable that the real estate market has declined significantly since.”The trustee managing the bankruptcy appointed Rosewood Realty in late January to market and sell the building.The demand for townhouses has surged in some parts of the city, as buyers opt for more space and single-family homes. But data shows that hasn’t translated to higher prices on the Upper East Side.There were 37 townhouse sales in the area last year, down 60 percent from 2019, and only three were more than $20 million, compared to 11 the year before, per Leslie J. Garfield’s year-end report. But prices didn’t drop dramatically; the average sales price per square foot was $1,767, only 5 percent below the average in 2019.The brokerage, which specializes in townhouse sales, noted that there are signs of improvement for 2021. Ten Upper East Side townhomes were in contract on Dec. 31.Contact Erin Hudson Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlink The property on 73rd Street formerly owned by Grace Kelly. (Getty, StreetEasy)An Upper East Side building with a storied past is about to hit the market.The 35-foot-wide property at 51-53 East 73rd Street, which was owned by Grace Kelly before she became European royalty, is slated to list next month. Built in the 1880s, the building is between Park and Madison avenues, two blocks from Central Park.Until recently, the property was split between rental apartments and medical offices, though all tenants have been gone since a year ago. Greg Corbin of Rosewood Realty Group, who is handling the sale, said it will be marketed as a single-family mansion development opportunity.51-53 East 73rd Street (Courtesy of Goodman Capital)Shaun Rose, who is also working on the listing for Rosewood, noted that the 12,000-square-foot home also has air rights that could allow a new owner to expand the property by about 2,000 square feet. Both declined to comment on pricing.The property has a long history of going on and off the market, and is currently embroiled in the bankruptcy proceedings of its owners, the Ender family. Monique Ender Silberman, a former residential broker who manages the limited liability company listed as the owner, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, which stopped the property from being sold in a foreclosure.Silberman’s family acquired the building in 1973 and she first listed it in 2011 for $33 million. She said at the time that the family decided to sell after being approached by a potential buyer, though that offer ultimately fell apart.In 2014 the property was at the center of scandal when its new listing agent, Dorothy Somekh of Halstead, was sued by Tiger 21, a networking group for wealthy entrepreneurs. Somekh was accused of persuading an employee of the secretive club to give her the confidential contact information for its members, then sent them the $45 million listing. The case was settled.The property appeared on the market again in 2015, seeking $42 million.The same year, the Ender family borrowed $15.3 million against the property from Castellan Real Estate. The loan was later assigned to Madison Realty Capital. The firm sued to foreclose on the property after the family missed two payments in summer 2017. Madison sold the note to Goodman Capital before the foreclosure sale, which was halted last year by the bankruptcy filing.Read moreMadison Realty Capital moves to foreclose on Grace Kelly mansionHistoric UES mansion hits market for $52MHusband of Town broker survives seven-story leap Tags Email Address* Celebrity Real EstateLuxury Real EstateManhattanResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Organic content of the molluscan shell

first_imgIn a recent paper (Goulletquer & Wolowicz, 1989), data are presented which show that determination of the organic content of mollusc shells by weight loss on ignition may over-estimate this component by a factor of 2·5 to 4·8. They then go on to conclude in their discussion that Rodhouse et al. (1984) had over-estimated the organic content of Mytilus edulis shells by a factor of 2·5 through combustion at 540°C.last_img

Strong sensitivity of Pine Island ice-shelf melting to climactic variability

first_imgPine Island Glacier has thinned and accelerated over recent decades, significantly contributing to global sea-level rise. Increased oceanic melting of its ice shelf is thought to have triggered those changes. Observations and numerical modeling reveal large fluctuations in the ocean heat available in the adjacent bay and enhanced sensitivity of ice-shelf melting to water temperatures at intermediate depth, as a seabed ridge blocks the deepest and warmest waters from reaching the thickest ice. Oceanic melting decreased by 50% between January 2010 and 2012, with ocean conditions in 2012 partly attributable to atmospheric forcing associated with a strong La Niña event. Both atmospheric variability and local ice shelf and seabed geometry play fundamental roles in determining the response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to climate.last_img read more

Freshwater distributions and water mass structure in the Amundsen Sea Polynya region, Antarctica

first_imgWe present the first densely-sampled hydrographic survey of the Amundsen Sea Polynya (ASP) region, including a detailed characterization of its freshwater distributions. Multiple components contribute to the freshwater budget, including precipitation, sea ice melt, basal ice shelf melt, and iceberg melt, from local and non-local sources. We used stable oxygen isotope ratios in seawater (δ18O) to distinguish quantitatively the contributions from sea ice and meteoric-derived sources. Meteoric fractions were high throughout the winter mixed layer (WML), with maximum values of 2–3% (±0.5%). Because the ASP region is characterized by deep WMLs, column inventories of total meteoric water were also high, ranging from 10–13 m (±2 m) adjacent to the Dotson Ice Shelf (DIS) and in the deep trough to 7–9 m (±2 m) in shallower areas. These inventories are at least twice those reported for continental shelf waters near the western Antarctic Peninsula. Sea ice melt fractions were mostly negative, indicating net (annual) sea ice formation, consistent with this area being an active polynya. Independently determined fractions of subsurface glacial meltwater (as one component of the total meteoric inventory) had maximum values of 1–2% (±0.5%), with highest and shallowest maximum values at the DIS outflow (80–90 m) and in iceberg-stirred waters (150–200 m). In addition to these upwelling sites, contributions of subsurface glacial meltwater could be traced at depth along the ~ 27.6 isopycnal, from which it mixes into the WML through various processes. Our results suggest a quasi-continuous supply of melt-laden iron-enriched seawater to the euphotic zone of the ASP and help to explain why the ASP is Antarctica’s most biologically productive polynya per unit area.last_img read more

Coming up short: Identifying substrate and geographic biases in fungal sequence databases

first_imgInsufficient reference database coverage is a widely recognized limitation of molecular ecology approaches which are reliant on database matches for assignment of function or identity. Here, we use data from 65 amplicon high-throughput sequencing (HIS) datasets targeting the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of fungal rDNA to identify substrates and geographic areas whose underrepresentation in the available reference databases could have meaningful impact on our ability to draw ecological conclusions. A total of 14 different substrates were investigated. Database representation was particularly poor for the fungal communities found in aquatic (freshwater and marine) and soil ecosystems. Aquatic ecosystems are identified as priority targets for the recovery of novel fungal lineages. A subset of the data representing soil samples with global distribution were used to identify geographic locations and terrestrial biomes with poor database representation. Database coverage was especially poor in tropical, subtropical, and Antarctic latitudes, and the Amazon, Southeast Asia, Australasia, and the Indian subcontinent are identified as priority areas for improving database coverage in fungi. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd and British Mycological Society.last_img read more

Multiscale observation of two polar cap arcs occurring on different magnetic field topologies

first_imgThis paper presents observations of polar cap arc substructure down to scale sizes of meters and temporal resolution of milliseconds. Two case studies containing polar cap arcs occurring over Svalbard are investigated. The first occurred on 4 February 2016 and is consistent with formation on closed field lines; the second occurred on 15 December 2015 and is consistent with formation on open field lines. These events were identified using global‐scale images from the Special Sensor Ultra‐violet Spectrographic Imager (SSUSI) instruments on board Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft. Intervals when the arcs passed through the small‐scale field of view of the Auroral Structure and Kinetics (ASK) instrument, located on Svalbard, were then found using all sky images from a camera also located on Svalbard. These observations give unprecedented insight into small‐scale polar cap arc structure. The energy and flux of the precipitating particles above these arcs are estimated using the ASK observations in conjunction with the Southampton Ionospheric model. These estimates are then compared to in situ DMSP particle measurements, as well as data from ground‐based instrumentation, to infer further information about their formation mechanisms. This paper finds that polar cap arcs formed on different magnetic field topologies exhibit different behavior at small‐scale sizes, consistent with their respective formation mechanisms.last_img read more

Taxonomy 2.0: computer-aided identification tools to assist Antarctic biologists in the field and in the laboratory

first_imgSpecies inventories are essential to the implementation of conservation policies to mitigate biodiversity loss and maintain ecosystem services and their value to the society. This is particularly topical with respect to climate change and direct anthropogenic effects on Antarctic biodiversity, with the identification of the most at-risk taxa and geographical areas becoming a priority. Identification tools are often neglected and considered helpful only for taxonomists. However, the development of new online information technologies and computer-aided identification tools provides an opportunity to promote them to a wider audience, especially considering the emerging generation of scientists who apply an integrative approach to taxonomy. This paper aims to clarify essential concepts and provide convenient and accessible tools, tips and suggested systems to use and develop knowledge bases (KBs). The software Xper3 was selected as an example of a user-friendly KB management system to give a general overview of existing tools and functionalities through two applications: the ‘Antarctic Echinoids’ and ‘Odontasteridae Southern Ocean (Asteroids)’ KBs. We highlight the advantages provided by KBs over more classical tools, and future potential uses are highlighted, including the production of field guides to aid in the compilation of species inventories for biodiversity conservation purposes.last_img read more