first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service has enlisted Angela O’Connor to drive upperformance throughout the organisation. She moves from the London Borough ofEnfield, where she was head of HR. During her time at Enfield, O’Connor refocused the HR function so it couldprovide a better contribution to improving the services for the localcommunity: “This involved unlocking the potential of all staff byintroducing a comprehensive development programme, and introducing innovativerecruitment and retention programmes,” she says. She also introduced a new performance management system and changed theinternal communications framework to clarify the responsibilities of staff. In her new role she aims to use HR as a means of improving the performanceof the CPS as a whole. “This will include making sure we have the rightpeople in the right jobs, ensuring the best reward and recognition programmesare in place and creating a culture where all staff can give their best,”she explains. “I want HR to make a real contribution in terms of the management andleadership of the CPS. This means developing an HR function that is credible interms of its performance and measurable in terms of its achievements.” She continues: “I like the fact that HR can make a real difference tohow people feel about the organisation they work for. People want to work for agood employer where they can achieve satisfaction though being valued and bytaking on challenging and rewarding work.” O’Connor is fascinated by criminal law and says she is looking forward toworking with some of the best practitioners in the country. On the moveDavid Jones has been elected chair of the medical division of the Recruitmentand Employment Confederation following a ballot of members. His role will be toensure the division gives medical recruiters a credible voice in supporting theNHS. Jones hopes to help deliver the NHS plan by providing a plentiful supplyof healthcare staff. ICI has appointed Rolf Deusinger as executive vice-president for group HR.He will also be a member of the company’s executive management team. Before themove he was senior vice-president for HR in ICI Paints, having joined the groupin 1999. He has held senior international HR roles with several leadingmultinational companies based in Germany and the US. Deusinger succeeds AlexWilson who has joined BT as group HR director. Paul Harrop has taken over as director of HR for Europe at energy servicefirm AEP. Harrop began his career in the Royal Air Force and following hisretirement, joined Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong where he spent 10 yearsmanaging HR initiatives around the world. In his previous position, as directorof HR-Europe for clinical research company Kendle International, he ledEuropean HR in the UK, France, Holland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland andAustralia. Previous Article Next Article PeopleOn 23 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Fair crop: Police officers face fines for lockdown haircuts

first_imgBoohoo to investigate ‘unsafe’ conditions at Leicester factoryLow-cost fashion retailer Boohoo has promised to investigate workers’ pay and conditions at a Leicester factory. Related posts: Fair crop: Police officers face fines for lockdown haircutsBy Ashleigh Webber on 27 Jan 2021 in Police, Coronavirus, Latest News, Discipline, Personnel Today Police officer banned after stealing breakfasts from staff canteenA police officer has been banned from every police force in the UK after he admitted to stealing breakfasts from… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Websitecenter_img Shutterstock Thirty-one police officers face fines and two will be investigated for misconduct after they broke lockdown rules to have haircuts in an east London police station.The Metropolitan Police said that it had found a professional barber had been operating in a police station in Bethnal Green on 17 January.Disciplinary procedures during Covid-19Acas publishes coronavirus disciplinary and grievance guidanceInvestigations and Covid-19: employers need a pandemic-proof toolkitThe 31 officers that had their hair cut will each be issued with a £200 fixed penalty notice, while two face further investigation.Under England’s lockdown rules, barbers and hairdressers are banned from operating, due to fears that their work would aid Covid-19 transmission.Last week, nine Metropolitan Police officers were fined for having breakfast together.Detective chief superintendent Marcus Barnett, said: “It is deeply disappointing and frustrating that my officers have fallen short of the expectation to uphold Covid-19 regulations. Although officers donated money to charity as part of the haircut, this does not excuse them from what was a very poor decision. I expect a lot more of them.“It is right, therefore, officers should each face a £200 fine, as well as misconduct action for those two who organised this event.“Quite rightly, the public expect police to be role models in following the regulations which are designed to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. I hope this action proves that police are not immune to enforcement of the rules, and we are prepared as an organisation to take action if we see officers have behaved irresponsibly.”Fines for breaking lockdown rules start at £200 in England and can go up to £10,000 for large parties.HR opportunities in the public sector on Personnel Today<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Browse more HR opportunities in the public sector Previous Article Next Article Less than 10% of police officers accused of misconduct are dismissedFigures show few officers investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct are dismissed after gross misconduct claims.last_img read more

Oxford to Cambridge by Airship

first_imgThe future of travel between Oxford and Cambridge lies in airships, according to World SkyCat Ltd.The SkyCat helium balloon would carry around 200 passengers, and travel at around 100 mph, making it ideal for the Oxford-to-Cambridge run. The journey would last around an hour, proving a speedy alternative to congested road-travel. What’s more, the vehicle’s design would mean that it could land nearly anywhere.Plans set the launch of the balloon for two years’ time, although developer and author Michael Stewart, of World SkyCat Ltd., is still looking for investors to provide money to fund the venture.Emphasising the green nature of the project, he said: “The emissions are less than ten per cent per tonne per mile of an average aircraft.”last_img read more

Oxford’s gender equality work assessed by UN HeForShe campaign

first_imgOxford’s commitment to the UN Women organisation and the HeForShe campaign, as well as the effectiveness of its policies to equalise gender imbalances in the University, have been assessed in a new report.It was released to coincide with an event celebrating the second anniversary of HeForShe, at which Emma Watson was a keynote speaker.UN Women’s progress report — the ‘HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Report’ — looks at the extent to which ten universities have kept their promises to work against gender inequality.The 10x10x10 programme has seen commitment by ten heads of state, ten CEOs and ten university chancellors to take action on gender inequality.“This is first baseline report for the universities,” explained Elizabeth Nyamayaro, senior advisor to the under-secretary-general of UN Women and the head of HeForShe. “These schools have agreed to annual reporting and transparency.”In general, the report highlighted many positives for Oxford, but with plenty of room for improvement. The report writes that the University “has leaned into engagement with HeForShe, facilitating a university-wide conversation around gender equality.”“Oxford is dedicated to leveraging its international reach to achieve equitable practices, and to work with peer institutions around the world,” it adds.A central part of Oxford’s commitment to HeForShe is its pledge to increase female representation in senior leadership roles and 30% in professorial roles by 2020. Other efforts mentioned in the report include OUSU’s mandatory sexual consent workshops for Freshers, and Oxford’s inclusion in the ‘Good Lad’ campaign.The UN report describes the “significant preparatory work” for tackling sexual violence within the city, and acknowledges the front-line responders to sexual violence within colleges.Louise Richardson said, “addressing gender equality and ensuring that the University of Oxford is a safe and inclusive space for all our students has been among my main priorities since I became Vice-Chancellor.“We have already made significant progress in improving the representation of women in academic roles and creating a culture free from violence.”Perhaps a more familiar link between Oxford and HeForShe than the 10x10x10 programme is actress and UN ambassador Emma Watson, who has also been made a visiting fellow at LMH.Speaking at an event to celebrate the second anniversary of HeForShe on Tuesday, Watson said that, “in the last two years [HeForShe] have shown me that nothing is impossible. And that’s why I ask you to recommit yourself to gender equality. I genuinely feel that we are closer to a gender-equal world.” She also noted that, “A university should be a place of refuge that takes action against all forms of violence… Students should leave university… expecting societies of equality.”Watson spoke alongside a number of celebrities and dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau and Edgar Ramirez.Work on gender inequality and sexual violence in Oxford is set to increase, with mandatory sexual consent workshops happening again this year, and the First Response app, which equips students with information to respond to sexual violence “as a survivor, friend or otherwise”.last_img read more

Packaging watch

first_imgAfter a trial of cardboard wedge packs for Pret A Manger’s made-in-store sandwiches in 1999, Buckingham Foods launched the first pre-packed cardboard wedge sandwiches for a major retail customer in 2000, when the retailer’s premium sub-brand range made its debut.For several years after that the role of cardboard wedge packs for sandwiches was limited to major retailers’ premium tiers, as the packs looked classier, but were significantly more expensive.But this changed in the summer of 2005, when M&S switched all its sandwich wedges to cardboard packs. This was on the basis that all of its products are theoretically premium.Since then, many retailers’ sub-ranges have moved into cardboard and, as a specialist in premium and healthy sandwiches, Buckingham has made significant investments in carton-sealing technology.Furthermore, the cost of cardboard wedges, while still well ahead of plastic, has become more competitive. Less than 10 years ago, we used to run 13 thermoformers in our business, but we now have three.It is likely that, in a year’s time, we might have even fewer. While the plastics industry has responded to the environmental benefits of cardboard with the development of new PLA thermoformable baseweb and top-film, it is very doubtful whether this will reverse the march of card wedge packs.Nigel Hunter is MD of sandwich firm Buckingham FoodsEach month, British Baker will ask an expert to give his or her views on packaging trendslast_img read more

In the daily grind, inspiration

first_imgOften it seems that apathy reigns supreme among millennials, the 20-somethings who in poll after poll show their distrust of elected leaders, political institutions, and the courts.But the Director’s Internship Program at Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) is proving that not all millennials doubt that government and politics can be used for good. This year, competition was stiff — about 700 students applied for 105 three-month placements.“Our mission is to get students engaged in politics and to get as many as possible to go into politics or political careers,” said Trey Grayson ’94, the IOP’s director. “We’ve discovered internships are gateways into careers in politics.”Among the examples: Sietse Goffard ’15 and Eliza Pan ’15, who recently completed the program.Goffard, 20, earned a posting in the Newton office of U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III.Goffard said he “helped work on the front lines,” answering “calls and emails” from constituents needing assistance navigating dense government bureaucracies. He learned a lot about federal law as he sought to help people across the 4th District with problems critical to their everyday lives.“Their concerns were sobering,” said Goffard. “Quite often, the congressman is the first one they turn to when they’re having a government-related problem.”Goffard, who hopes someday to work for the United Nations or the World Bank, said there is a popular misconception that government employees don’t work hard, which feeds skepticism among young people. More involvement might be an eye-opener, he said.“The answer is more engagement. To counter indifference or skepticism, it helps to witness what goes on inside behind scenes. When you realize how dedicated and hard-working elected officials and their staffers are every day, you come to view their work in a very admirable light.”Pan, 20, was dispatched to London and paired with Rachel Reeves of the Labor Party. As part of the so-called Shadow Cabinet, Reeves follows the moves of counterparts in the Conservative Party.Pan handled constituent duties such as answering correspondence and emails and researching issues of the day. She also helped the shadow minister with what’s called the government’s regular spending round, when agencies search for fat to trim and MPs fight to protect their constituents’ interests.Pan handled constituent duties such as answering correspondence and emails and researching issues of the day. She also helped the shadow minister with what’s called the government’s regular spending round, when agencies search for fat to trim and MPs fight to protect their constituents’ interests.Pan, who wants to remain in politics, sees more engagement through internships as a way to decrease distrust among her peers.“I saw potential for mobilization of our generation,” Pan said. “People can be disengaged, but this is a way to be brought back.”The Harvard students’ optimism counters grim statistics from many polls, including one conducted in April by the IOP. That poll reported that Americans aged 18–29 deeply distrust U.S. institutions. Among the findings:28 percent said political involvement rarely has any tangible results;48 percent said their vote doesn’t count;81 percent felt they could trust Congress to do the “right thing” only sometimes or never.“This is a generation that doesn’t have a lot of faith in institutions of government and service,” Grayson said. “A lot comes from own observations during their own lifetime.”Millennials’ experiences have been marked by political dysfunction and economic anxiety, he said.“Washington doesn’t work well. There’s a lot of bipartisan bickering and breakdown, not a lot of successful legislation crossing party lines, and an economy where even the recovery was one of the worst in post-war America.”Yet, there remains an instinct to help.“This is a generation that believes in community service but believes political institutions are not working well,” Grayson said. “So when you ask them if they believe that electoral politics is the right way to go, they’ll say, ‘serve your country, community.’ Their attitudes toward electoral politics are not as strong. There’s a disconnect.”Like his interns, Grayson thinks programs such as the IOP’s show a young person the good that government can do, and may lead to a career in politics. As a Harvard student in the 1990s, he interned in the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office.“We know the value of internships,” he said. “If the kid gets in there and sees people who try and do the right things, that’s going to rub off. When they come back to college, even if their roommate isn’t interested in politics, they’ll tell their roommate about their summer experience. If we do this, we think we can make a little bit of dent in their cynicism.”last_img read more

Spring semester to begin Jan. 25

first_imgSpring classes will begin on Jan. 25, 2021 and end April 28, as previously announced, FAS Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay confirmed today in a message to faculty and staff. But spring break will be reimagined in a continued effort to minimize student travel off campus to help control COVID-19. It will be replaced, instead, with five separate days off on a biweekly basis.“(W)e anticipate that public health considerations will require us to minimize travel for our community in residence in order to manage the transmission of the virus on campus and protect our academic enterprise from disruption. This schedule supports that approach, while still recognizing the need for downtime (and time away from a screen) during the term,” Gay said.Plans about which cohort(s) of undergraduate students will be invited to campus for the spring semester will be announced in early December when additional information about move-in and -out options will also be shared. Gay also acknowledged that departments are scenario planning for disruptions to lab research should the pandemic continue to surge in Massachusetts.“Our spring decision must include robust contingency planning that enables us to respond quickly to changing conditions in order to protect the health and safety of our community and limit disruption to our academic activities,” Gay said.last_img read more

Troubled Musical Rebecca Now Eyeing Winter Premiere on the Great White Way

first_img View Comments The Rebecca creative team will feature musical staging by Graciela Daniele, scenic design by Peter J. Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Mark McCullough, sound by Peter Fitzgerald and musical direction by Kevin Stites. The now notoriously troubled musical Rebecca may finally be heading to the Main Stem. After a series of delays reported to be the result of fraud by a producer no longer associated with the production, it has been announced that the show is expected to make a Broadway bow winter 2014. The new musical features a book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by Christopher Hampton and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze. Rebecca is set to be directed by Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello. Based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, Rebecca is a romantic thriller that follows Maxim de Winter, who brings his new wife (“I”) home to his estate of Manderley. There she meets the threatening housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who had a very special relationship with Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, who died a year earlier in a boating accident. The young woman discovers Manderley is a house of secrets, and the mystery of Rebecca may be the greatest of them all as she finds the strength to challenge Mrs. Danvers and save her marriage.last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: The Color Purple Pushes Da Box Office Button

first_img View Comments While usual suspects like Wicked, The Lion King and Hamilton secured the top spots at the box office, two new productions made sizable, if not placing, debuts on the boards. The revival of The Color Purple, led by Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks, played its first six preview performances at 98.10% capacity and grossed 89% of its potential at $690,820. School of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater and Julian Fellowes’ new musical that’s set up class at the massive Winter Garden Theatre, was just shy of reaching the top five, earning $928,596 over eight performances. We’ll keep an eye on both shows as buzz continues to develop. Meanwhile, while the underdogs consisted mostly of limited runs and shows already set to close, Dames at Sea took the bottom spot in grosses. While its home, the Helen Hayes Theatre, is the smallest on Broadway, the musical took in only 35% of its potential, and the approaching winter will make for choppy waters.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 15:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Wicked ($1,646,787)2. The Lion King ($1,633,344)3. Hamilton ($1,596,311)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,487,214)5. Aladdin ($1,467,772)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Gin Game ($391,114)*4. Sylvia ($364,084)3. Fool for Love ($351,306)2. Hand to God ($221,229)1. Dames at Sea ($201,412)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.35%)2. Hamilton (101.61%)3. The Lion King (100.03%)4. Wicked (99.00%)5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (98.39%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Spring Awakening (63.80%)4. Sylvia (59.87%)3. Dames at Sea (59.54%)2. Hand to God (53.55%)1. Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (52.36%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

NU, Muhammadiyah advise public to skip ‘mudik’ in time of coronavirus

first_imgTwo of Indonesia’s largest mass Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, have advised people against participating in the annual Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) in May, arguing it would exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country.Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir said that although mudik was an otherwise positive tradition under normal circumstances, returning to one’s home region was simply not advisable during the pandemic.“Religious activities have been limited in accordance with the established religious laws. So, of course, mudik, as a social activity, should also be stopped,” Haedar said in a statement on Sunday. He went on to urge Muslims to refrain from carrying out activities that might put themselves and others, including their loved ones, in danger during these challenging times.“Now is the time for us to [postpone] all kinds of activities including mudik. It may be postponed until after the disaster has abated,” Haedar said.The organization hoped the government would also issue a more stringent restriction to clear up any confusion among the public as to whether mudik was advisable during the pandemic, he said.“We wouldn’t want it to be a case where mass organizations and religious figures are instructed to advise the public against going on mudik, whereas the government refuses to [impose any restrictions],” Haedar added. Read also: COVID-19: Muhammadiyah advises Muslims to not perform mass ‘tarawih’, Idul Fitri prayersNahdlatul Ulama chairman Robikin Emhas, who also is also an expert staff member to Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, has also urged Muslims to refrain from participating in mudik this year.“The current state of emergency requires careful consideration. Therefore, let’s break the chain of COVID-19 infection by not participating in mudik during this Idul Fitri holiday,” Robikin said on March 28.He called on Muslims to remain in touch with their relatives through alternative channels of communication instead, such as video calls.“We should still keep in touch [with our family members] on Idul Fitri. We can do so online, by making video calls from our own homes,” Robikin said.Scientists have predicted that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country could rise to over 70,000 during the Idul Fitri break if holidaymakers are still allowed to travel across the country.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo previously said the government would not ban people from leaving Jakarta, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, for Idul Fitri, instead asking community heads in the other regions to enforce quarantines and cater to the needs of the vacationers soon after their arrival.It is unclear how many people are expected to participate in the annual mudik this year. In 2019, as many as 19.5 million people across Indonesia returned to their hometowns during the exodus.Indonesia had recorded a total of 2,491 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 209 deaths as of Monday afternoon.Topics :last_img read more