first_imgClaudio Lavenia/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Rapper Pop Smoke, an up-and-coming artist born in Brooklyn, New York, was killed Wednesday in a Hollywood Hills, California, home, multiple law enforcement officials confirmed to ABC News. A 911 call of the incident came in around 4:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Hercules Drive. Multiple suspects broke into the home while wearing masks, sources said. The suspects then shot the victim, who was transported to a local hospital where he died, according to the sources. A motive is not yet clear. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Investment in skills is key to UK productivityOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Inan exclusive interview with Personnel Today, trade and industry secretaryPatricia Hewitt speaks about the impact that the Skills Strategy, theAccounting for People Taskforce and European legislation will have on the drivefor productivity in the UK labour market QHow important is the work of the Accounting for People Taskforce in encouragingemployers to measure the impact of their HR policies and adopt high performancepeople management practices? AMany factors make up a truly great company, but the most successful businessesnow recognise that their greatest and most valuable asset is their people. Itis therefore vital for companies to measure and report on the impact theiremployees have on the performance of the business. But I know that it is notnecessarily an easy thing for companies to do, and there are still somecompanies that are not convinced of the benefits of doing so. Thatis why the Accounting for People Taskforce was set up, to look at ways in whichorganisations can measure the quality and effectiveness of their human capitalmanagement. Thetaskforce aims to develop best-practice guidance to help organisations put thetools in place to measure and evaluate their workforce in positive terms as abusiness asset. Iexpect their work to play a key role in helping to educate businesses of theimportance of measuring and reporting on human capital management, and inhelping companies to get started. I look forward to receiving their reportshortly.QDo you think that plans to introduce legislation on two dates each year willhelp employers comply more effectively? Is there not a danger thatorganisations will have to introduce a number of new policies all at the sametime?AThe change we made to implement new employment regulations on just two dateseach year was made in response to what employers wanted. They told us thatharmonising new laws on regular dates would give them more certainty and enablethem to plan better, so we gave them what they wanted.Insteadof a myriad of dates to remember, employers now know exactly when the new regulationscome into force, and can prepare in good time.QDoes the Government has a role to play in educating employers that someemployment legislation (such as the Employment Act) cannot just be dismissed as‘red tape’, but is actually part of the drive to improve competitiveness andproductivity?ADefinitely. Something I always impress on employers when I meet them is thehost of business benefits that can accrue from the culture change we are tryingto encourage. For example, with work-life balance policies, there is a clearbusiness case showing that staff are happier, better motivated and moreproductive when employers take account of their work-life balance needs. Thecost of recruiting and retraining to replace staff who leave when they havechildren is far more than the cost of letting those employees work flexibly.QAre you concerned that the raft of European employment legislation which theGovernment has to implement – such as the Information and ConsultationDirective and the Agency Workers Directive, as well as the possible removal ofthe UK’s working time opt-out – will undermine the flexibility of the UK’slabour market?ALabour market flexibility plays a crucial role in achieving our full employmentand social justice objectives. We know that new employment rights and standardsmust be employment-friendly and must not block change. Wehave proved that provided you get the implementation right, there doesn’t needto be a contradiction between fairness and flexibility, and that both areessential if we are to get more people into the labour market. Our highemployment rate – which is above the European target of 70 per cent – istestament to this.TheUK, like the rest of Europe, needs an adaptable workforce that has the skills,training and mobility necessary to cope with change. Labour market reform mustfocus on these issues.QShould Department of Trade and Industry officials lean more heavily on theChartered Institute of Personnel and Development when drafting legislation tomake sure the people who must ensure that organisations comply with the newlaws – HR professionals – have a greater opportunity to express their views?AWe welcome the contribution many CIPD members make to our consultations onemployment legislation. The more we can involve HR professionals, smallbusiness, employees and the unions, the better our legislation and policy willbe.QWill the DTI eventually be forced to bite the bullet and legislate to close theequal pay gap by introducing mandatory equal pay audits?AIt is encouraging that the pay gap continues to close, although there is stillclearly a long way to go. The causes of the pay gap are complex, and paydiscrimination is just one of them. We are committed to ensuring that 35 percent of large companies have completed equal pay reviews by 2006 to help reducethe gender pay gap. QAre there plans to extend the right to request flexible working to parents ofolder children, or even all employees?AAs your readers will know, the new rights introduced in April were probably thelargest ever overhaul of employment rights for parents. For the first time, wegave parents of children under six years old and of disabled children under theage of 18 the right to request flexible working conditions. Wehave said that we will review the right in April 2006, three years after itsintroduction. In the meantime, we are closely monitoring how the right isreceived, and taking feedback from both employers and staff on theirexperiences.QWhat more could they be doing to make UK industry more competitive?AWe now know that the key to continued success for the UK is productivity.And the key to productivity is a highly-skilled workforce. In the past, as anation, we have not invested in skills as we should have done, and the resulthas been that too many people enter employment without the skills they need fora worthwhile, fulfilling career. Our new Skills Strategy will give businesses –particularly HR professionals – greater choice and control over the delivery oftheir training. We are working on ways to offer financial support to smallfirms who want to train their workforce and improve the skills of theiremployees.Hewitton HRQWhat is your impression of HR directors and professionals responsible for‘people issues’ in business? AThe first HR professional I met was in my first job at Age Concern, morethan 30 years ago. She came to see me and asked what my training needswere. I said I had no idea – and I didn’t. She helped me identify what Ineeded to learn to do my job better – including a brilliant short course inspeedwriting techniques that I still use (to the dismay, now, of my privateoffice). I have great respect for HR professionals, and I welcome the factthat more of them are becoming board members. We need more of them. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. Are the multi-skilled, or the specialists among us, more future-proof & better equipped for organisational evolution?I believe there are two trains of thought on this. These days with organisations advocating agile or iterative processes, we have witnessed a shift in not just how we meet deadlines and time restraints but in our professional mentalities. Everything is quicker, processes more streamlined and we are always looking for ways to create new efficiencies as we all deal with ever changing goalposts on a day to day basis. With this we of course become more than just what our defined position descriptions would have meant 5 to 10 years ago and instead we must be broader skilled, dynamic, out-of-the-box problem solvers who have to turn our hands daily to tasks which historically wouldn’t have been ours.On the other hand, we have a growing trend of positions being broken up into several roles where in the past they may all have been taken care of by one position. An example of this could be the role of an internal recruiter. In years gone by, a recruiter would be responsible for the end to end process of finding candidates for any given role – engaging them, appropriately screening them, interviewing them, coordinating interviews with relevant hiring managers – and thereafter would also be responsible for “closing” or hiring. However these days, a large number of recruitment roles are broken up more distinctly into sourcing, recruiting and account managing.There is merit in both methods but I will be interested to see moving forward whether it is the specialist or the broader-skilled that demonstrates more staying power. Previous Article Next Article Position Descriptions of Christmas PastShared from missc on 19 Dec 2014 in Personnel Todaycenter_img Related posts:No related photos. Read full article last_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US aircraft carrier loses aircraft en route to North Korea US aircraft carrier loses aircraft en route to North Korea April 23, 2017 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Carl Vinson A U.S. Navy pilot flying from the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier crashed while attempting to land during routine flight operations in the Celebs Sea.The pilot ejected and was quickly recovered by an embarked helicopter.The navy said the incident, which took place April 21, was under investigation, adding that the crash occurred as the F/A-18E was on final approach to the carrier.USS Carl Vinson is en route to the Korean Peninsula on a deployment that has attracted a lot of media attention. The deployment first drew attention when U.S. officials announced the carrier would head to Korean waters where in fact it was moving in the opposite direction.U.S. Pacific Command announced on April 8 that USS Carl Vinson set sail from Singapore to North Korean waters. U.S. Navy photos from a week later revealed that the aircraft carrier was nowhere near North Korea and actually sailed south sparking various interpretations and speculations.Vinson is now finally heading north and the North Korean government reacted on Sunday, April 23, saying that it was ready to sink the U.S. aircraft carrier which was approaching the Korean Peninsula together with Japanese warships. View post tag: North Korea Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgOne of Britain’s best loved butterflies, the small tortoiseshell, is under threat according to research which shows how numbers have plummeted by 80% in the last 20 years. Conservationists believe that the sturmia bella fly is to blame, because it lays its larvae inside the caterpillar until it cocoons. Dr Martin Warren, Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation, told The Daily Mail that he was “deeply concerned”.last_img

first_imgThe Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded £3 million to the University of Oxford, which will be used to support Master’s courses for UK and EU students.The grant, which was the largest available to a single institution, along with £750,000 from the University’s funds, will go towards a matched funding scholarship programme offering over 100 full and partial Oxford Graduate Scholarships for 2014-5. The publically-funded HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme is a £25 million programme for pilot projects beginning in the next academic year. The scheme tests ways of stimulating progression into taught postgraduate education. The University will conduct research into the barriers to postgraduate study, and share findings with HEFCE.Dr Jane Sherwood, director of graduate admissions and funding at the University, said, “It is very important that students from all backgrounds who are interested in postgraduate study are not put off by financial considerations, so we are delighted that this grant from HEFCE will bring to over 1,000 the number of scholarships available to new postgraduate students in the next academic year.”The new scholarships will become part of the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund, which since 2012 has produced a total scholarship pot of £56.9 million with the University.The University of Oxford are also introducing at least 140 new funded internships for UK and EU undergraduates and at least 60 for UK and EU master’s students to encourage further study and facilitate access to academia and the professions.One student told Cherwell, “It’s only because of scholarships such as those in the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund that I am considering staying on — there is no way I’d be able to afford it otherwise, especially with three years of debt from undergraduate study under my belt.“Further to this, such provisions will not only make it easier for current students to continue into further study but for those who missed out on studying at Oxford the first time to have another chance to do what they love at their first-choice university.”last_img read more

first_imgMinistry Association will continue to oversee the Food Pantry under the new leadership. New Harmony Food Pantry has been located at the First Baptist Church for over the twenty years.Today the operation is quite large. Mary Ellen said that around 60 local farmers help them in their efforts by each one planting an acre of crops that is set aside to assist the Food Pantry. The farmers then raise cows and pigs to have processed at DeWigs into ground beef and sausage. It supplies the Pantry with up to 700 pounds of meat for distribution to the poor about three or four times a year. The New Harmony Food Pantry is open to the public every third Thursday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.This is a vital service to the people of our community. It can only be imagined how much good this Pantry, and the folks who have dedicated themselves to it’s operation, have done over its many years of service.Right now, they are asking for your help in return for the almost 30 years that they have served New Harmony. Hopefully, someone, or some organization, is willing to step forward and fulfill their needs; a new Food Pantry facility and a person who can take over as its Director when Mary Ellen retires. This is an unpaid, volunteer position. Mary Ellen Girard said to me that she will not simply abandon the new Director but will act as a consultant to ease the new Director’s transition into her old job. To reach Mary Ellen Girard, if you are interested in either becoming the Food Pantry Director, or if you know of, or have a facility that can be used by them, call her at 812-682-4077.Ms. Girard added that she would like to thank the First Baptist Church for providing the New Harmony Food Pantry with a wonderful location to run it’s operations for over twenty years. She would also like to thank, she said, the Ministry Association and all of the volunteers who have worked so diligently in this effort and for their support during those years. By Dan Barton, Publisher Of New Harmony GazetteJesus said, according to what is written in 1 John 3:17, “ If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”One morning in early July as I was peddling to my office at 505 Main Street, I noticed a small gathering of people at the back door of the First Baptist Church in New Harmony. I decided to pull over and inquire as to what was going on. It was not Sunday. Right away I recognized some of the faces in the small gathering. Several were members of the New Harmony Kiwanis Club, as am I, but also others who have been helpful as volunteers in our town many times during our occasions of need.I was told that they were awaiting the arrival of a delivery truck from the Tri-State Food Bank. They would be unloading the food supplies on this Wednesday morning in July, to be stored in the basement of the church for the next time that they would open their doors to the poor, who needed food, in our community. I was also told that the New Harmony Food Pantry was searching for a new location in which to serve the less fortunate who come to them for assistance each month. They will need another facility, preferably all on one floor, without stairs or steps. This, so that those who help out in unloading the truck, and eventually moving the containers into the grocery area, would not have to be continually climbing and carrying the heavy, bulky items up and down stairs. At the same time, I was told, the Director of the New Harmony Food Pantry was also going to retire and they needed someone to replace her. Both the closing of their current building to them and the need for the new director would have to take place by the end of 2019.I was astonished, to say the least. That’s a pretty tall order to fill in a small town like ours in just five or six months. They wanted to know if I would help out by running an appeal in The New Harmony Gazette. “Sure!” I said. That’s the least I could do. “Who is the current director of the New Harmony Food Pantry?” I asked. I was told that it was Mary Ellen Gerard. I had never met Ms. Gerard but asked if I could speak to her. She came to the basement entrance and motioned me downstairs. The truck then arrived and the food was offloaded by the volunteers onto a manual roller type conveyer that took it into the basement. There, they began carrying and stacking the boxes in the appropriate locations.When I went downstairs I was met by Mary Ellen. I noticed that there were even more familiar faces from Kiwanis, along with Mary Ellen’s husband, Gary Gerard, who was on hand. The two of us went up another flight of stairs into the grocery area and Ms. Gerard began to explain their dilemma.Mary Ellen Girard has been a part of delivering food to the poor and the needy in New Harmony, as well as in our immediate surrounding area, since about 1991, when the operation started. Initially, she told me, it was a small operation, only items such as crackers, peanut butter, powdered milk and cheese. It started in a building across the street from, and was supported by, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Eventually, in 1993, the New Harmony Ministry Association was established by the seven Churches in New Harmony to serve those in need in Posey County from one central location. The organization at that time ran two programs; a living assistance program to help folks with rent or utilities, and the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry program is funded by the New Harmony Churches as well as other Churches in the area; the United Way of Posey County, individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations. If the New Harmony Food Pantry continues in operation after the end of December of this year, the FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgCandidate Ann Ennis Offers Representation PledgeAnn Ennis, Republican candidate for State Representative, presented a pledge of representation March 19 to residents of Indiana District 64.  The pledge was read at the Tea Party Patriots Legislative Meeting in Evansville this afternoon.In it, she pledges to attend all five district county council, county commission, soil and water and school district meetings at least quarterly during her term.“A representative’s main obligation is to represent the interests of the district she serves,” Ennis said.  “Out-of-state or even Indianapolis-based interests are not necessarily addressing local needs.  As state rep, I will meet regularly with district county and school officials to assure Indy hears our reality.”Ennis said she has been surprised to hear during her travel throughout the district, which covers all or parts of Gibson, Knox, Pike, Posey and Vanderburgh counties, that state legislators do not regularly confer with local elected officials before or during session.“I heard recently that in 2014 HB 1006 Criminal Code Revision includes mandates that time served less than x-days for various felonies was then to be served in the county of prosecution.  News noted the savings to state prisons, but overlooked was that according to me sources, no monies from the state came with this influx of offenders.”The commissioner who first shared the story with Ennis noted that he had no calls from any state representative about the law’s effect.Her experience has been that state representatives do not regularly consult with elected school boards or professional educators when considering new state-mandates in K-12 schools, either.  “Centralized, big government direction is how we got into the ISTEP testing mess.  Centralized, big government direction is not going to get our local schools the help they need to teach,” she said.  “No one making the rules is talking to the educators in our communities.”With five counties, and seven public school districts, including commissioners and councils and soil and water conservation to represent, Ennis calculates that is 88 meetings in the course of a 52-week year.  “That is easily manageable.  More grassroots direction has to be given to Indy,”Ennis said. “It is absolutely essential to make noise for the district.  That is a representative’s duty.  Counties and schools cannot take any more fiscal pressure from the General Assembly without having their voices heard.”A copy of the pledge is posted on Ennis’ campaign committee Facebook:  www.facebook.com/FriendsOfAnnEnnis and this week is being mailed to each county commission and school board in the district.Ennis is a lifetime resident of District 64 with 30 years’ experience in civic leadership, including serving as Executive Director of Keep Evansville Beautiful (Evansville), and executive fund development positions with Habitat of Evansville, Ruth’s House (substance abuse recovery) and the Public Education Foundation of Evansville. She has been an officer in her family’s coal and oil exploration contracting firm, and worked in finance and media marketing.FOOTNOTE:  This letter was posted without opinion, bias or editing,FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgAllied Bakeries has started a major operational review of its business, and is to relaunch its three major brands over the next year. Speaking exclusively to British Baker, new baking and milling group CEO Brian Robinson said Allied Bakeries was “a business that needs a lot of attention” and that he was working on “getting the fundamentals right”.He said he has appointed Mark Fairweather, formerly MD of Allied Mills, as new MD for Allied Bakeries Great Britain. Fairweather now has a “huge job” reviewing Allied Bakeries’ manufacturing operations, said Robinson. This will cover all 10 bakeries on the mainland, their equipment, product range and efficiency, as well as logistics, supply chain and customer service. He said: “It is about getting a much more efficient service. It’s a financial offset between supply chain cost and efficiency versus cost and efficiency of manufacture and getting that equation right. Is there a better way of doing things?”Robinson said he plans to give individual sites in the UK greater autonomy and produce a greater range at each one to reduce trunking costs and improve service. Allied Bakeries is also planing a “radical” relaunch of its three major brands, Kingsmill, Allinson and Burgen, in the next year. Robinson said: “There is a need for a radical change; there is no point tweaking the edges. We need to drive the ‘wow factor’. We have three strong brands which need to do the job; we need to have them refocused. “We need to find meaning and purpose for the Kingsmill brand – the reason why you would want to purchase it. Allinson is tradition with heritage and Burgen has a strong health position.”Robinson said Allied is also focusing on category management, particularly on own-label, which accounts for 30% of the bakery’s £450m annual turnover. He said: “Own label will be very important to our future. We are just stepping ourselves up to the mark on that.” Allied is also ramping up research and development activity, and plans to launch a number of innovative products, including loaves with health benefits. The first new product is a Crustless Kingsmill loaf “the only real crustless”, which went on trial in Iceland stores last month priced £1.10. It is to be rolled out to supermarkets around the UK by July, in white, and wholegrain and white variants.The loaf is baked in an oversized tin, at two of Allied’s bakeries, before its crusts are mechanically sliced off. This compares to Hovis’ Invisible Crust loaves, which are baked using microwave technology.Robinson said: “This has taken a huge amount of work; it’s true crustless. It initially will have an appeal to school kids who won’t eat their crusts.”Robinson was previously chief executive of Associated British Foods’ George Weston bakery division, Allied’s sister company in Australia.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — It’s not just you. What’s going on with GameStop’s stock doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. The struggling video game retailer’s stock has been making stupefying moves this month, wild enough to raise concerns from Wall Street to the White House. It’s forcing hard questions about whether the market is in a bubble and whether a new generation of traders should be allowed to take full advantage of all the tools and free trades available on their phones, regardless of how reckless they may seem to outsiders. Champions of the proletariat, meanwhile, are cheering louder from the sidelines, saying the 1% are finally getting their comeuppance.last_img read more