Handbook of Institutional Advancement (The Jossey-Bass series in higher education)

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 30 June 2008 | News Tagged with: Individual givingcenter_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Handbook of Institutional Advancement (The Jossey-Bass series in higher education)last_img read more

Largest UK breast cancer charities announce merger plan

first_img Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have announced their intention to merge into one new charity in Spring 2019.The merger will bring together the UK’s largest breast cancer research community with its largest breast cancer support community to create a charity for everyone affected by breast cancer. It will provide specialist support and information for those living with the physical and emotional impact of breast cancer, and will also fund research to improve prevention, detection, treatment and care and campaigning for better and equal NHS services for all those affected by the disease.Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now will continue operating as separate organisations as they prepare to merge. Advertisement Tagged with: merger  236 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis42 The Chair of the new charity will be Jill Thompson, currently a Trustee and Treasurer for Breast Cancer Care.  Delyth Morgan, currently CEO at Breast Cancer Now, will be CEO Designate for the new charity, with Samia al Qadhi to step down as Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care on 31 March 2019.The current Chairs of both charities, Lynne Berry, Chair of Breast Cancer Now, and Emma Burns, Chair of Breast Cancer Care, will also step down at the point of merger in April 2019.The new Board of Trustees will consist of six trustees from each existing Board; Mark Astaire, Barbara Brown, Sonia Gayle, Marion Lewis, Andrew Moore, Trevor Powles, Adrian Harris, Sue Gallone, Ann Pickering, Chris Copeland and Pascale Alvanitakis Guely. At least one third of the new Board has a personal experience of breast cancer.The new Senior Leadership Team will be appointed to lead the new charity in the coming months.Jill Thompson, Trustee and Treasurer for Breast Cancer Care, and Chair of the new charity, said:“More women are being diagnosed with breast cancer than ever before, and there are well over half-a-million people living with the devastating impact of the disease. Despite the enormous progress made by both charities, the challenge that lies ahead in breast cancer is unprecedented. This merger is a bold and exciting opportunity to rise to this challenge, together, and make a significant difference to the millions affected – providing support for today and hope for the future.“Delyth will be a tremendous CEO of the new charity. Her vast experience and passion for advocating for those affected by breast cancer, will help us drive forward the new charity’s ambition that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live and receive the support they need to live well. Delyth will play a pivotal role in helping to define, establish, lead and inspire the vital work of the new charity and we look forward to seeing the pioneering work of the organisation under her leadership.”Emma Burns, Chair of Breast Cancer Care, said:“Both charities simply could not have achieved all that we have for those affected by breast cancer without the dedication and generosity of our supporters, many with experience of the devastating disease. We hope the new charity will inspire the continued, determined support we need to help people deal with the impact of breast cancer, and to fund the world-class research that will give much-needed hope for the future.“Samia al Qadhi has made an extraordinary contribution as CEO of Breast Cancer Care over the last 25 years. Thanks to her dedication, leadership and commitment to driving change for people affected by breast cancer, hundreds of thousands of women have received better care and support following the life-changing diagnosis.”Lynne Berry, Chair of Breast Cancer Now, added:“Merging now to create one, comprehensive charity for everyone affected by breast cancer is undeniably the right thing to do for those affected by the disease. Together, we’ll be a stronger charity to influence and drive progress further, with a united community and one clear voice for everyone affected by breast cancer, now and in the future.“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jill as Chair of the new charity. Jill brings a wealth of experience and expert leadership during this time of change, as well as determination to make a difference to the lives of those affected by breast cancer.” Largest UK breast cancer charities announce merger plan About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Main image: Delyth Morgan and Samia al Qadhi  235 total views,  3 views today Melanie May | 5 November 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis42last_img read more

Court upholds three-month suspension for cultural magazine

first_img RSF_en News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” November 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds three-month suspension for cultural magazine BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News News May 27, 2021 Find out more On 8 November, the Belarus supreme court for economic affairs rejected an appeal by the cultural magazine Arche against its three-month suspension, with the result that it will not be able to resume publishing until 19 December. The Belarusian state postal service has nonetheless warned Arche that if its next issue is not published by 18 December, it will be removed from postal service’s distribution list.“This decision will in practice deprives us of our subscribers in 2007, but we will continue to operate,” said Arche editor Valer Bulhakau. The October and November issues are available on Arche’s website.But journalist Valentin Akoudovich predicted that the magazine would not recover. “First they removed it from the news stands. Then from the bookshops. And finally they banned it from publishing,” he said.—–22 November 2006Information ministry suspends opposition monthlyчитать на русскомReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the information ministry’s suspension of the monthly history magazine Arche yesterday on the grounds that the September issue violated the terms of its licence by including political articles. Arche is supposed to limit itself to historical content.“We voice our support for Arche’s editor and we urge the information minister to reconsider his decision,” the press freedom organisation said. “The distinction between historical and political articles is specious and is just meant to mask an act of censorship.”The September issue cover photo shows police dispersing an anti-government demonstration in March. One of its articles is a detailed account of a 1995 crackdown on opposition parliamentarians who objected to referendum imposed by President Alexander Lukashenko that would have made Russian one of the country’s official languages.Arche’s editor, Valer Bulhakau, intends to appeal against its closure. Created in 1997, the magazine has often broached sensitive issues and criticised the Belarusian authorities. As it is an opposition magazine, it cannot be sold and is distributed by volunteers. The editor has repeatedly requested authorisation to cover politics but has had no success. Receive email alertscenter_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Follow the news on Belaruslast_img read more

Newspaper columnist gunned down in front of her 10-year-old daughter

first_img Follow the news on Philippines PhilippinesAsia – Pacific March 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper columnist gunned down in front of her 10-year-old daughter News RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further February 16, 2021 Find out more June 1, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Special task force will investigate columnist’s murderThe Philippine National Police set up a special task force on 28 which will be headed by senior superintendent Roldolfo Mendoza and chief superintendent Antonio Billones, regional police chief of Western Mindanao. The announcement comes after President Gloria Arroyo said a “thorough investigation” would be carried out into the killing of Esperat.Palace communications director Silvestre Afable said in a statement that “the government may also put up a reward for the immediate arrest of Esperat’s killer.”Reporters Without Borders would conduct a fact-finding visit to the Philippines from 7-13 April that would above all investigate the murders of journalists.Prior to her death, Esperat waged a crusade against corruption.- – — – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -Newspaper columnist gunned down in front of her 10-year-old daughter26 March 2005Reporters Without Borders voiced “horror” today at the murder of newspaper columnist Marlyn Garcia Esperat of the weekly Midland Review, who was shot dead in her home in front of her 10-year-old daughter by two gunmen on the eve of Easter on 24 March in Tacurong, on the southern island of Mindanao.Noting that this was the second murder of a journalist since the start of the year in the Philippines, the press freedom organization said in a letter to interior minister Angelo Reyes that there was an “urgent need to restore a climate that allows the press to work properly after repeated attacks that have gone completely unpunished.”The letter continued : “We call on you to take the necessary measures to protect journalists and to ensure that a serious investigation establishes the precise motives for Marlyn Garcia Esperat’s murder. No hypothesis should be ruled out, but it is already clear that she was probably killed because of her work as a journalist.”The letter concluded by announcing that a Reporters Without Borders would conduct a fact-finding visit to the Philippines from 7-13 April that would above all investigate the murders of journalists.Aged 45, Marlyn Garcia Esperat was receiving police protection. But, shortly before her murder on 24 March, she allowed her police bodyguards to go home for Easter. The local police said two men burst into her home at around 7:30 p.m. and shot her in the head. Before firing the fatal shot, the gunman simply said : “Good night, dear lady.” The police quoted witnesses as saying the two killers then calmly left on foot.Tacurong police chief Raul Supiter told the newspaper Mindanews: “We have not yet established the motives for this murder but it has not been ruled out that she was killed because of her journalistic activities.” Marlyn Garcia Esperat waged a crusade against corruption and was known for scathing commentaries. The daily Inquirer said that, shortly before her death, she had written about nepotism in the town of Sultan Sa Barongis and the embezzlement of around 750 000 euros from the agricultural department’s local office.The Philippines is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists after Iraq. Six journalists were killed in the country during 2004 simply for doing their job, around ten survived murder attempts and seven others were killed but for reasons that were unclear. 2005 seems to be very murderous too. Arnulfo Villanueva, reporter with the Asian Star Express Balita newspaper, was found dead in Naic (in Cavite province south of Manila) on 28 February. At least six other journalists have been physically attacked or threatened with death since the start of the year. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders expresses its horror at the murder of columnist Marlyne Garcia Esperat of the weekly Midland Review and calls on the authorities to quickly identify those responsible so that her tragic death should not go unpunished. Organisation Help by sharing this information Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News News News Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days agolast_img read more

UTPB juried art show slated

first_img Facebook UTPB juried art show slated UTPB logo, USE THIS ONE Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Remember the Holocaust to keep from repeating itNext articleWest Texas Film Festival Series admin By admin – April 25, 2018 Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest Local News Twitter WhatsApp Nancy Fyfe Cardozier GalleryThe University of Texas of the Permian Basin will host the 2018 Junior/Senior Juried Art Exhibition from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery Charles A. Sorber Visual Arts Studios.Awards will be presented at 6 p.m.Exhibition dates are April 26 through May 3.Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. WhatsApplast_img read more

The Story Of Arbitral Meddling: Analyzing The Arbitration And Conciliation Act (Amendment) Ordinance 2020

first_imgColumnsThe Story Of Arbitral Meddling: Analyzing The Arbitration And Conciliation Act (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 Pooja Chakrabarti & Kunal Dey17 Nov 2020 12:38 AMShare This – xIntroduction What can be perceived as nothing but an interesting move, the President has promulgated the Arbitration and Conciliation Act (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (“Ordinance”) with the object of ensuring that stakeholders gets an opportunity to seek an unconditional stay of enforcement of arbitral awards where the underlying arbitration agreement or contract or making of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIntroduction What can be perceived as nothing but an interesting move, the President has promulgated the Arbitration and Conciliation Act (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (“Ordinance”) with the object of ensuring that stakeholders gets an opportunity to seek an unconditional stay of enforcement of arbitral awards where the underlying arbitration agreement or contract or making of the arbitral award are induced by fraud or corruption. The Ordinance has amended Section 36 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“Arbitration Act”) to introduce a new second proviso to sub-section (3) of Section 36 of the Arbitration Act. The said proviso enumerates that, where a court is prima-facie satisfied that the arbitration agreement or the contract, which is the basis of the arbitral award or making of the arbitral award, was induced or effected by fraud or corruption, it shall grant an unconditional stay on the enforcement of such arbitral award. The court can exercise the aforesaid power pending disposal of a challenge under Section 34 to the award.[2] The Ordinance has further clarified that the newly inserted second proviso to Section 36(3) of the Arbitration Act shall also be applicable to all court cases arising out of or in relation to arbitral proceedings, irrespective of whether the arbitral or court proceedings have commenced prior to or after the commencement of the 2015 Amendment. Hence, it is ex-facie evident that the said amendment to Section 36(3) shall have a retrospective application. Additionally, the Ordinance vide its Section 3, substitutes Section 43J of the Arbitration Act by laying down that the qualification, experience, and norms for accreditation of arbitrators shall be such as may be prescribed by the regulations. Thus, consequently, vide Section 4 of the Ordinance, the Eight Schedule to the Arbitration Act has also been omitted. For the purposes of this instant paper, we endeavor to only address the first part of the amendment. Analysis of Section 2 of the Ordinance It is pertinent to mention that vide the 2015 amendment[3] to Section 34 (1)(b) of the Arbitration Act, the Central Government had already clarified that an arbitral award would be regarded to be in conflict with the public policy of India if the making of the award was induced or affected by fraud or corruption.[4] However, Section 34 of the Arbitration Act does not permit setting aside of an arbitral award on the grounds of an underlying arbitration agreement and/ or contract being induced by fraud or corruption. It is important to note that an applicant under Section 36(3) of the Arbitration Act, as on date, is anyway eligible to file an application seeking stay on the enforcement of the arbitral award pleading the grounds already enumerated under Section 34 of the Arbitration Act. The Ordinance additionally entitles an applicant to seek an unconditional stay on the enforcement of an arbitral award under Section 36(3), during the pendency of the Section 34 application, by pleading that the contract or arbitration agreement which is the basis of the award was induced by fraud or corruption. To understand the scope of the amendment, it may be useful to delve into the position of law with respect to arbitral disputes wherein parties allege fraud in the formulation of the contract and/or arbitration agreement. The Supreme Court in the case of Ameet Lalchand Shah v. Rishabh Enterprises,[5] had held that only where serious allegations of fraud are involved, arbitration of a dispute may be refused. The Apex Court, in the recent case of Avitel Post Studioz Limited v. HSBC PI Holdings (Mauritius) Limited,[6] (“Avitel case”) while interpreting the term “serious allegations of fraud” held that such a situation arises only if two tests are satisfied, i.e. wherein: The arbitration agreement or the clause itself cannot be said to exist in which the party against whom the breach is alleged cannot be said to have been entered into the agreement relating to the arbitration at all;Allegations are raised against State instrumentalities of arbitrary, fraudulent or malafide conduct, thus, necessitating the hearing of the case by a writ court in which questions are raised which are not predominantly questions arising from the contract itself or breach thereof, but questions arising in the public law domain. The Court held that a dispute is arbitrable unless there are serious allegations of fraud which vitiate the arbitration clause along with the agreement, or there are allegations of fraud which are not merely inter parties, but affect the public at large. What may constitute such fraud has been largely left to the courts to decide. The court further noted that the expression, “or to induce him to enter into the contract” enumerated in Section 17 of the Indian Contract Act, 1972 (“Contract Act”) refers to a situation where a fraud is said to have been committed at the stage of entering into the contract.[7] The Apex Court, thus held that a fraud which is practiced outside the scope of Section 17 of the Contract Act i.e. in the performance of the contract, may be governed by the tort of deceit, which would lead to damages, but not recission of the contract itself. It was always open to a party which has been induced to enter into a contract through fraud or corruption, to file a suit for recission of the said contract or damages or both was always available.[9] The Ordinance now entitles parties to seek unconditional stay of arbitral award at the time of challenging such award where there has been fraud in the formulation of the contract and/or arbitration agreement. As far as the scope of inquiry of a court in respect of the provision of the Ordinance is concerned, it is also important not to lose sight of the fact that under Section 34 of the Arbitration Act, the court is usually not required to examine the merits of the interpretation provided in the award by the arbitrator, if it comes to a conclusion that such an interpretation was reasonably possible.[10] Even in cases where there are two views which are possible, the court cannot interfere with the plausible view taken by the arbitrator supported by his reasoning. As the Ordinance makes use of the words “prima-facie”, it may be useful to see how courts have interpreted. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Martin Burn v. R.N. Banerjee[12] held that: “27…A prima facie case does not mean a case proved to the hilt but a case which can be said to be established if the evidence which is led in support of the same were believed.” (emphasis supplied) Further, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court in the case of H.R. Gokhale v. Bharucha, Noshir C.,[13] while reiterating the aforesaid judgment held: “15…It is, therefore, clear that, in arriving at its conclusion as to whether a prima facie case in regard to a particular point has been made out, a Court of law is not bound to weigh the evidence or to judge the credibility of the witnesses, but has only got to see whether that case could be said to be established if the evidence led by the party concerned on the point were believed, taking it at its “face value…” The inclusion of the word ‘prima facie’ introduces doubts as to the scope of inquiry that the court may conduct while granting an unconditional stay. Is it the case then that a mere averment alleging fraud or corruption in respect of the arbitration agreement or the arbitral award will enable the court to grant an unconditional stay in respect of the award? Further, a reading of Section 36(3) of the Arbitration Act would clearly reveal that the court has already been bestowed with the power to stay the enforcement of an arbitral award, on conditions that it may deem fit and for such reasons, that it shall record in writing. This can be interpreted to include within its purview the power to stay an arbitral award without conditions where it considers fit, even prior to promulgation of the Ordinance. It is not clear as to why there may be a requirement of the amendment specially carving out a further proviso with additional grounds for grant of an unconditional stay. Does this mean that now the court will have the power to grant an unconditional stay only where there is an allegation/ claim of fraud and corruption with respect to formulation of the arbitration agreement and/ or contract or making of the arbitral award and not otherwise? The Ordinance fails to provide any clarity on the said aspect. Hence, it would be interesting to see how courts interpret it. Lastly, insofar as the retrospective application of the second proviso to Section 36(3) of the Arbitration Act is concerned,[14] the same would indicate that an applicant under Section 34 of the Arbitration Act where the court proceedings have commenced even before October 23, 2015 and are pending, would also be eligible to seek an unconditional stay under the second proviso Section 36(3) of the Arbitration Act alleging fraud and/ or corruption in formulation of the underlying arbitration agreement or contract or making of the arbitral award. In cases where a stay of award, conditional upon deposit of amounts, have already been granted Section 36(3) of the Arbitration Act, this may lead to an avalanche of applications seeking an unconditional stay on the enforcement of the award and consequent refund of deposit of the sums deposited. Conclusion The Statement and Objects of the 2015 Amendment to the Arbitration Act mentioned that India has been ranked at 178 out of 189 nations in the world in contract enforcement and that it was high time that urgent steps were taken in order to facilitate quick enforcement of contracts, easy recovery of monetary claims and award of just compensation for damages suffered and reduce the pendency of cases in courts in order to hasten the process of dispute resolution through arbitration, so as to encourage investment and economic activity. Through unconditional stay of awards, the Ordinance thus, defeats the aforesaid objective of the 2015 Amendments by taking the arbitration landscape of the country back to the situation which existed prior to the 2015 Amendment by introducing another avenue to arbitration award debtors to evade payment of amounts rightfully due, while petitions under Section 34 of the Arbitration Act languish. Views are personal.Pooja Chakrabarti, Partner and Kunal Dey, Associate, Argus Partners [1] The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. Notified on November 4, 2020. [2] Section 2 of the Ordinance. [3] Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 (“2015 Amendment”). [4] Explanation 1, Section 34(b)(i) of Arbitration Act. [5] (2018) 15 SCC 678. [6] Civil Appeal No. 5145 of 2016. Decided on August 19, 2020. [7] Id. at para. 17. [8] Id. at para. 17. [9] Pollock & Mulla, The Indian Contract and Specific Relief Acts, 14th Edition, Volume I at page 400. [10] South East Asia Marine Engineering and Construction Limited v. Oil India Limited, (2020) 3 SCC (Civ) 1. [11] Id. [12] AIR 1958 SC 79. [13] AIR 1969 Bom 177. [14] Explanation to Section 2 of the Ordinance. [15] Recital 4, Statement of Objects and Reasons, 2015 Amendment. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Flooding lingers in central US as heat wave threatens East Coast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Slow-moving remnants of Barry delivered 16 inches of rain in southwestern Arkansas on Tuesday, breaking the state’s record for the most precipitation from a tropical system. What’s left of Barry now is forecast to combine with a frontal system, producing more severe storms, rainfall and potential flooding. Flash flood alerts were issued Wednesday morning in seven states from Minnesota to New Jersey. Some areas could see more than 4 inches.The frontal system and tropical moisture from Barry also could ignite multiple severe storms in the Plains and Upper Midwest later in the day.Damaging winds, large hail and a slight tornado chance likely are the biggest threats in the region.From Nebraska to New Jersey, two dozen states are under heat alerts on Wednesday morning, with the heat index in some sections probably topping 110.The massive heat wave should continue into the weekend, from Kansas City to Chicago and all the way into New York City.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bias act proposal would protect the terminally ill

first_imgProposalsto extend the Disability Discrimination Act will mean that 7 million additionalemployees will be protected. Firmswill not be able to discriminate against staff with terminal diseases such ascancer or HIV. Inthe proposals, someone diagnosed as HIV positive would be classified asdisabled and protected from discrimination even if they had not developed thedebilitating symptoms of full-blown Aids. BertMassie, chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, said, “This is themost significant programme of disability rights reforms for 30 years.Clarifying the definition of disability should reduce the number of cases thatneed to be resolved through legal action.”Theproposals are in the Government report, Towards Inclusion – Civil Rights forDisabled People, and the DfEE intends to introduce them as legislation in thenext parliamentary session. PatriciaLeighton, professor of European law at the University of Glamorgan, said,”Companies will have to change their personnel structures to comply ñorganisations will have to look at how they terminate contracts and the rolesof occupational health officers.”Staffsuch as health workers, who are encouraged by employers to disclose whetherthey have HIV will receive greater protection. GaryTheobold, head of personnel at Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust, said,”This will strengthen our hand when we have discussions about this withour managers. It will reinforce good practice, rather than being an operationalburden.”EqualOpportunities Minister Margaret Hodge announced the proposals last week, whichinclude making smaller firms improve accessibility for disabled people by 2004and removing a get out clause of “reasonable effort” to comply. http://www.disability.gov.uk/ByRichard Staines Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Bias act proposal would protect the terminally illOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Guru

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruGuru hits snooze button to boost performanceGuru had an unpleasant experience last week – he was curled up under hisdesk taking 40 winks when the MD caught sight of his left foot jutting out frombehind the waste paper basket. Luckily Guru was able to show his enraged employer research by Nasa thatfinds performance increases by 35 per cent if employees take a 45-minute ‘powernap’ in the afternoon. Guru’s boss was suitably impressed and even came back a little later with apillow for Guru to rest his head on. As Guru nodded off again he reflected thatof course the Nasa theory is absolute rubbish, otherwise Spain and Portugalwould be economic superpowers. Dickens of a job getting throughDespite all the talk of joined-up working by the Government, theimmigration department can feel like Dickens’ circumlocution office.In December, immigration minister Lord Rooker promisedPersonnel Today that a skills database would be introduced to record the skillsof asylum seekers and refugees in the White Paper Secure Borders, Safe Haven.It wasn’t. Guru was then told the refugee integration strategy was beingdriven by the National Refugees Integration Forum, and would be released in May.But forum members said they had never been given a deadline forthe launch of an integration strategy. Guru decided to fire off an angry e-mail to the departmentrunning the consultation on the White Paper. The e-mail bounced backimmediately – wrong address. Do you get the feeling that they don’t want anyoneelse’s views?Killer questions take the biscuitFinding the right person for the job is obviously one of thebiggest challenges facing HR professionals. As part of this process, asking the questions that give insightinto an applicant’s character is obviously important. Research by Office Angels reveals that 90 per cent of employersclaim they pose a ‘killer question’ that will often ‘make or break’ anapplicant.Among the questions currently being used by the 1,000 employerssurveyed include: ‘Who was your favourite Pop Idol finalist and why?’, andGuru’s favourite, ‘Jaffa Cake: cake or biscuit?’What other killer questions are there that Guru should knowabout?On-the-job boost for oldestprofessionMembers of the oldest profession inGermany are at last beginning to reap the rewards of modern employmentbenefits, including profit sharing.Prostitutes in some of the country’s brothels have signedcontracts after a law was passed giving them employment rights.Vice girls at Berlin’s Cafe Pssst enjoy a 40-hour week and cantake part in a profit-sharing scheme. They also have the right to claim socialsecurity, health insurance and a pension.Guru was pleased that these often overlooked workers are nowbeginning to come under the protection of the law.Of course, they have been benefiting from some progressiveemployment practices for some time, such as working flexibly and, whereappropriate, job sharing. Comments are closed. GuruOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

F-layer storms and thermospheric composition

first_imgThis paper discusses the present understanding of ionospheric storms, in particular storm effects in the F-layer and their relationship to changes of thermospheric composition. After summarizing the main effects of storms on the F-layer and the neutral thermosphere, the paper discusses some recent theoretical modelling of how the thermosphere responds to energy inputs at high latitudes, such as occur during storms. The high-latitude inputs set up a thermospheric “storm circulation”, with consequent world-wide temperature increases and changes in chemical composition. These composition changes appear quite differently when viewed at fixed heights and at fixed pressure-levels. At fixed heights in the F-layer, there are marked increases of neutral molecular/atomic concentration ratio; but at fixed pressure-levels the increases are confined to high latitudes, with decreases at middle and low latitudes. The results of the modelling cast doubt on the theory that negative F-layer storms at midlatitudes are caused by decreases in the atomic/molecular ratio brought about by dynamical processes originating at high latitudes. The implications for storm theories, and alternative mechanisms for producing negative storm effects, are discussed. It is still considered that the negative storm effects are probably due to photochemical processes. The possibilities include widespread enhancement of the vibrational excitation of molecular nitrogen, induced by soft particle precipitation, or substantial energy inputs at latitudes well equatorward of the auroral ovals.last_img read more