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CPS updates its courses in a bid to boost diversity

first_img Previous Article Next Article CPS updates its courses in a bid to boost diversityOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to radically overhaul training toimprove management and HR skills in the organisation as part of its drive toimprove diversity. This month, the CPS is launching its first ever development programmefocusing on management skills in the organisation, and HR training is alsobeing updated to make the function more strategic. Both courses will include a strong equality and diversity focus, to ensurethe CPS continues to address diversity issues after it was labelledinstitutionally racist by the Commission for Racial Equality in 2001. The CPS is no longer under formal investigation, but is subject to regularprogress checks, with the next scheduled in May. HR director Angela O’Connor believes management skills have traditionallynot been seen as important. The new programme, called Transform, introduces core management competenciesand a 360-degree appraisal process. After the appraisal, a training and development programme will be tailoredto meet individual’s skills gaps. “The CPS is an organisation of professionals and lawyers who come upthrough the professional routes – which is fine,” said O’Connor. “Butthey get to a certain point, look behind them and realise that all of a suddenthey are managing 30 staff.” O’Connor said the 100-strong HR team she inherited last year was too‘reactive’ and relied too heavily on the HR manual. “I think I’ll burnit,” she said. Concise ‘how to’ booklets will replace the manual andtraining will include employment law, consultancy skills and equality. “The new world of HR, the strategic business partner is a bit scary forthe HR team as it was used to [more] administrative work,” O’Connor said. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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CUSO debuts whistleblower hotline

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Tina OremRisk management firm Sollievo joined forces with Fraud Hotline earlier this month to offer a service that Lori Gall, the CUSO’s president/CEO, said she hopes people will never need to use.The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Fraud Hotline allows people in member organizations to submit anonymous, confidential reports 24 hours a day using a secure website form or a toll-free voicemail number, according to Sollievo.Gall said the CUSO, which is based in Middletown, Pa., and is a subsidiary of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union, now offers the service to client credit unions at a 20% discount from Fraud Hotline’s list price, which is $250 for nonprofits. continue reading »last_img read more

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Teletović is Player of the Game, Took Over Hawks in Brooklyn With Three Pointers

first_imgMirza Teletović, member of the B&H national basketball team who plays for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA, was named the best individual player in his team’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks (91:86).Mirza Teletović did not hide his happiness after his three pointer, making the score 89:84. In a little more than 26 minutes on the court at Barclays Center, he made 16 points and 3 defensive rebounds, which was enough to earn him the title player of the game.In the last minute of the game, the Nets had an advantage of 2 points (86:84), after which the captain of the B&H team made a three-pointer, which was followed by a big celebration.‘’The team did the most, I only made points’’, said Teletović after the game.On Wednesday, 8 January in the evening (US time), Teletović and his teammates await the Golden State Warriors.Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZBRTCBbciE(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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List of “Essential Businesses” in Palm Beach and Broward Counties

first_imgWhile Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday afternoon in order to allow maximum adherence to the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, he had already ordered all “non-essential” businesses in South Florida to shut down last week.For those of who wondering what is considered “essential” in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, here is a helpful list:-Health care providers, including hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, pharmacies, blood banks, medical cannabis facilities, health care device manufacturers, eye care centers, home health care providers, reproductive health care providers and medical transport services.-Retail sales of household consumer products, including grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores.-Food cultivation, including farming, livestock and fishing.-Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services to the homeless or otherwise economically needy.-Newspapers, television, radio and other media.-Gas stations, auto-supply and auto-repair stores.-New and used automobile dealerships.-Banks and related financial institutions.-Hardware stores.-Contractors, other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, home security firms, fire and water damage restoration, public adjusters, exterminators, and others who maintain the safety and sanitation of homes and other buildings.-Businesses providing mailing and shipping services.-Private colleges, technical schools and trade schools, but only as needed for online or distance learning.-Laundromats and dry cleaners.-Restaurants, for take out and delivery only, including schools that provide free meals to students, as long as the meals are picked up curbside.-Office-supply stores that sell goods people need to work from home.-Businesses that supply other essential businesses and do not involve interaction with the public.-Businesses that deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences.-Airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers.-Home-based care for seniors, adults or children.-Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, senior living centers and adult day care centers.-Professional services such as legal or accounting, when needed to comply with legal requirements.-Landscaping and pool care businesses.-Child care facilities, subject to restrictions on the number of children and how they are grouped together.-Businesses operating airports, seaports and other government facilities.-Pet supply stores.-Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators and handlers.-Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices.-Provision of propane or natural gas.-Office space or administrative support for any other essential business.-Open construction sites.-Architectural, engineering or land surveying services.-Factories, bottling plants or other industrial facilities.-Waste management services.-Any business that interacts with customers solely through electronics or telephones and delivering products through shipping, mailing or delivery.-Marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling and marine supply, with some exceptions on municipal boat launches.-Veterinarians and pet-boarding facilities.-Hotels, motels and other commercial lodging, subject to restrictions on restaurants and gyms and only for “essential lodgers,” meaning health care professionals, first responders, National Guard members, law enforcement, state or federal government employees, airline crew, patients and their families, journalists, displaced residents or visitors, persons sheltering due to domestic violence, hotel employees or contractors, people who are unable to stay in their homes due to exigent circumstances, and anyone providing direct services in response to COVID-19.-Mortuaries, funeral homes and cemeteries.-Alcoholic beverage sales.-Firearm and ammunition supply.-Businesses providing services to local, state or federal government.In Broward and Palm Beach counties, the list of “essential businesses” also includes “electrical production and distribution services” and “moving, storage and relocation services.”In Palm Beach County, marinas and boat launches are not considered essential. To that end, county officials recently shut them down. Meanwhile, Palm Beach County is also the only county that lists “Business deemed critical for national security including, but not limited to, defense, intelligence and aerospace development, manufacturing and testing” as essential.850 WFTL reminds you to stay safe!last_img read more

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Middletown Holds Groundbreaking for Nut Swamp School Fields

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Board of Edu­cation and Township Com­mittee gathered last week at Nut Swamp Elementary School to break ground on the first of two new artificial turf fields.“This is a great day for Middletown Township, the school district and the local sports community,” Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger said. “This new field will be invaluable to our school children and many active athletic leagues.”The field, which is located at Nut Swamp Elementary School adjacent to Normandy Park, will be open to students and local athletic leagues for football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and other sports. Construction is slated to begin in early July and scheduled to be completed before school starts, the mayor said.The project is the first step in a recent shared-services agreement struck between Middletown Township and the public school district for joint maintenance and periodic upgrades of township and school athletic fields over the next decade.By collaborating on field upgrades and maintenance, township and the school district expect to save on personnel costs, purchase more materials in bulk and more efficiently maintain fields on a regular basis, Scharfenberger said.Under the agreement, the school district contributed $250,000 to the $1.16 million project at Nut Swamp School. The municipal share will be paid for with increases to recreation fees that were approved last year. The township will handle issuing permits to use the field, Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante said.The artificial turf will not need to be watered or cut, requiring less regular maintenance and less expense than traditional grass, Mercantante said.A second artificial turf field will be built on the north end of town, possibly at Thorne Middle School and Harmony Elementary School, which are adjacent to each other. That field is expected to be constructed in 2014, Mercantante said.last_img read more

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Kinrade & Company keep drive alive with OT win

first_imgNelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade and the Binghamton Senators live to play another game in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs.Kaspars Daugavins scored a power play goal six minutes into overtime to give the Senators a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Manchester Monarchs in Calder Cup post-season action Wednesday night in Binghamton.The Monarchs still leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 with game six set for Friday in Manchester.Trailing 4-3 late in the third, the Ottawa Senators farm team tied the game on the power play on a goal by Ryan Potulny, his seventh of the series.Binghamton then received a break in the extra period when Viatcheslav Voynov was whistled for slashing five minutes into the frame.The Sens waited just over a minute before Daugavins collected the winner.Kinrade, in his second season with the AHL franchise, registered his first playoff point with an assist on Binghamton’s second goal of the game by Bobby Butler.The 6-foot, 207-pound rearguard finished the regular season with six goals and 19 assists for 25 points.last_img read more

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Incumbents defeated in Montebello City Council race

first_imgVerdugo, 39, never did get his campaign off the ground. He didn’t participate in a council forum, nor did he pass out campaign literature. In the city treasurer’s race, challenger Norma Lopez defeated incumbent Gerri Guzman by a 2,594 to 2,069 margin. In the city clerk’s race, incumbent Robert King was re-elected over challengers Larry Salazar and Annette Ramirez. King received 2,021 votes or 44 percent; Ramirez, 1,805 votes or 39 percent and Salazar, 784 votes or 17 percent. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre They led Lopez-Reid, who had 1,254 votes or 14 percent, Bagwell, 1,180 votes or 13 percent; Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano, 764 votes or 8 percent; Leo Rodriguez, 385 votes or 4 percent; and Johnny Verdugo, 367 votes or 4 percent. “It was clear the community wanted a change,” Urteaga said. “They wanted a new direction. They think Kathy and I can move the city in a new positive direction.” The major issues of the campaign were graffiti, the development of open space, the city versus the county fire department and accountability of public officials. Lopez-Reid, 53, and Bagwell, 67, both said putting an initiative before the voters on whether fire services should be under city or county control has been distorted. The opponents, including Salazar, who has sued the city on getting the initiative on a ballot, said the issue should be decided by the public. All the candidates, Urteaga, Veneziano, 32, and Rodriguez, 50, said accountability to the public is key for any elected official. Special Section: Get the latest elections news and vote tallies NORWALK – Montebello voters opted for change, electing former Councilwoman Kathy Salazar and challenger Robert Urteaga, defeating incumbents Norma Lopez-Reid and Bob Bagwell in a seven-person race. Urteaga, 31, and Salazar, 68, won a sizable victory, getting twice as many votes as the two incumbents. Urteaga received 2,556 or 28 percent, while Salazar had 2,525 or 28 percent. last_img read more

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Press release: Deputy Minister of Communications joins the South Africa’s Men’s Hockey Team to Commemorate International Mandela Day

first_imgDeputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala will spend International Mandela Day on Tuesday 18 July 2017 with Brand South Africa and the South African Men’s Hockey Team at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand.Ms Tandi Mahambehlala is South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Communications. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Johannesburg, Friday 14 July 2017 – Brand South Africa will host the Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala and the SA Men’s Hockey Team – who are competing in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals currently underway in Johannesburg at the Wits Hockey Stadium, to commemorate International Mandela Day at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home on 18 July 2017.International Mandela Day is a commemorative day inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.To honour the late African leaders’ epic struggle, setbacks, renewed hope and ultimate triumph – the United Nations General Assembly via unanimous decision proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009, to mark his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle.It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.“The world remains beset by so much suffering , poverty and deprivation it is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all this famous call to action by our Former President Nelson Mandela is a continuation of legacy, which calls upon all South Africans of all races and creeds to unite and act against poverty,” said the Deputy Minister of Communications Ms Tandi Mahambehlala.This International Mandela Day activation – led Brand South Africa in collaboration with and partners the South African Hockey Association and the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project, is premised on Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote pride and patriotism among South Africa by working collaboratively with government, business and civil society.This Mandela Day – Brand South Africa with its aforementioned partners, call on all South Africans to play their part and act against poverty and unite to make a change that’ll enhance the willingness of members of a society to cooperate with each other in order to survive and prosper for a better country and future.Media are invited to join the SA Men’s Hockey Team at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home as follows:Date: Tuesday 18 July 2017Time: 09h30 – 11h00Venue: 138 Steyn Road, President Park, Midrand, 1685RSVPs: Tsabeng Nthite on [email protected] or Tel: +27 11 712 5061Follow the conversation on @MahambehlalaT; @Brand_SA and #ActionAgainstPoverty.last_img read more

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Keeping phosphorus out of waterways

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a pit about 3 feet underground lies one possible solution to reducing a large amount of the phosphorus draining from some of Ohio’s agricultural fields.At two locations in the state, researchers with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are testing phosphorus filters that have removed up to 75% of the phosphorus running through them. Phosphorus can be found in commercial fertilizers and animal manure.On a typical agricultural field, rainfall percolates through layers of soil and eventually into an underground plastic pipe system that carries the rain to a drainage pipe, then to a ditch or nearby waterway. With a phosphorus filter, the water flows through an underground tank before it reaches the ditch or nearby waterway. The tank contains a chemical composite that acts like adhesive tape, causing the phosphorus to stick to it as the water then flows out to the ditch or nearby creek, stream or lake.“This filter has great potential,” said Larry Brown, an agricultural engineer and faculty member at CFAES who is studying phosphorus filters in Ohio. “The chemical used is very efficient at absorbing phosphorus.”During a five-year span, a phosphorus filter can remove up to 75% of the phosphorus flowing through it, depending on how the filter is designed, he said.The phosphorus filters that the researchers installed are on a privately owned farm in Putnam County and in CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. A third is slated to be installed in Defiance County later this year.A phosphorus filter can be costly, up to $20,000 or more, depending on the field size and the phosphorus concentrations in the soil, Brown said. But Brown, who is researching the effectiveness of phosphorus filters with other CFAES faculty and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is looking into grants that would help bring down the cost of the filter and other systems for stemming nutrients coming from agricultural fields.“There’s been a lot of discussion about who causes the algal bloom problem in Western Lake Erie or what causes the problem,” Brown said. “We’re trying to figure out what can take care of the problem.”Brown will be one of numerous speakers at the upcoming, annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, set for March 5–6 on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Christine Jones, an Australian soil ecologist, will be the keynote speaker with the topic “Building New Topsoil Through the Liquid Carbon Pathway for Long-Term Productivity and Profit.”Along with being high in phosphorus, the rainwater running off of agricultural fields can also be high in nitrate, a component of nitrogen, which is used in commercial fertilizers and is commonly found in manure. Brown is also studying how to remove nitrates from agricultural fields by having the water pass through a pit containing woodchips from hardwood trees, a system commonly called a bioreactor. The woodchips become food for anaerobic bacteria that can function with little oxygen and consume the nitrates in the soil, turning the nitrates into nitrogen gas, which is harmless.“It’s a clean conversion if the bioreactor is properly designed, installed, and managed,” he said.Brown cautioned that if the system is not set up correctly and the water remains stagnant in spots, nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, could be produced.The warmer the temperature underground, the more nitrates the anaerobic bacteria can consume, but the nitrates can function when the soil temperature is as low as 5 degrees, he said.This system for filtering out nitrates could last up to 10 years and costs between $8,000 and $25,000 depending on the field size and the amount of water it processes, Brown said.After several years, the system could remove up to 70% of the nitrates funneled through it, he said.If excess nitrates enter a public drinking water source, a municipality has to take additional measures to treat the water and must alert the public if the nitrate levels are over 10 parts per million.Almost every year, somewhere in Ohio, at least one public alert goes out about high nitrate levels in drinking water, Brown said.“Later in the spring we may start seeing some alerts because of the amount of rain we had in the last year,” Brown said. “I’m expecting to see high nitrate alerts somewhere in Ohio.”For more information and an agenda for the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, visit go.osu.edu/tillageconference.last_img read more

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Musical Memes, Choosing A Netizen Anthem

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Celebrated Amateurs: Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” first became viral via 4Chan and has since landed the mahogany-voiced baritone features on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, a spot on Lily Allen’s Freeloader Nation Tour, and several endorsement deals. Also an overnight sensation, Gary Brolsma or “the Numa Numa Guy” is best known for his animated YouTube lipsync to Moldovan band O-Zone’s “Dragostea din tei.” Brolsma has since been featured in a South Park episode and videos for the Bare Naked Ladies and Weezer. While neither of these songs make strong direct political or social statements, the fact that they are so widely embraced, is a testament to the web’s spirit of playfulness. There are a number of perfectly worthy anthems for the wired generation. Kraftwerk’s Computer Love might suffice, or the Ataris’ Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start captures the essence of devoted Konami Contra fans. But a real anthem rallies a movement. It’s the kind of song that is not only widely accepted, but it inspires people to change their lives and behaviors. The hippies have Blowin’ in the Wind, the children of disco have Stayin’ Alive and the GLBT community has I’m Coming Out. But what do modern day netizens consider their anthem? What gets us grooving in our guilds, cranking out our code and soldering up a mean arduino? Below are some of the top musical memes and anthems from recent years. If you got suggestions for a netizen anthem, leave them in the comments below. Love and Longing – Code Monkey: While Jonathan Coulton is perhaps one of the greatest geek anthem musicians with songs like Re Your Brains and That Spells DNA, Code Monkey still manages to top the list with its universal themes of a struggling underdog and unrequited geek love. The song actually became the theme for G4’s now defunct Code Monkeys TV series. It also spurred a number of YouTube mash ups including Mike Booth’s World of Warcraft machinima video. Pursuit of Knowledge – Free Software Song: Richard Stallman is best known as the founder of the GNU Project and father of the Free Software Foundation. A truly brilliant developer, Stallman has been writing folk songs about technology for more than a decade. His Free Software song based on Bulgarian “Sadi Moma” helped define the musical genre of “filking” – a type of folk music generally created by science fiction & fantasy fans. The song is a tribute to free culture and copyleft software licensing. Bootstrapped Success – Crank That Soulja Boy: In early 2007, DeAndre Ramone Way, also known as Soulja Boy, was a little known rap artist with a number of tracks released on YouTube and music community SoundClick. Thanks to his Crank That Soulja Boy hit, by 2009 Way was a Grammy Award nominated artist with a record deal and his own production company. According to a Yahoo’s Music blog post from May 2009, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” has sold over 4,183,000 digital downloads in the United States, becoming the third highest-selling song ever. The song became an internet sensation after the dance tutorial video received more than 40 million YouTube views. Thousands of new videos have since been uploaded to YouTube in tribute to this anthem of a bootstrapped star. Resurrected Oldies: A number of songs written by music superstars have since become geek anthems. Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up was resurrected after 20 years when the act of tricking individuals into listening to the song or Rickrolling became a popular meme. The Astley meme became so widespread that Astley himself Rickrolled the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving parade in 2008. Meanwhile, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” although always a popular rock ballad, got it’s first taste at video meme-dom in a “Team Cyprus” video that was wildly criticized as an ostentatious display of wealth during one of the country’s worst economic slumps in history. The song has since been featured in an a cappella version on the season premiere of Glee. The squeaky-clean Glee version debuted at number four on the Billboard charts. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Lists#web dana oshirolast_img read more

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