Equal opportunities are just good, plain business senseOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Businesses which introduce gender equality programmes could save more than£200,000 in just two years, according to a new report by Opportunity Now. Equality and Excellence: The Business Case includes a six-step calculationwhich allows employers to work out the financial benefits that could begenerated by implementing a workplace equality programme. This shows that an organisation employing 500 staff could save at least£66,000 in the first year and £141,000 in subsequent years through theintroduction of such a scheme. The report states that employee expectations are changing with work-lifebalance now one of the top three criteria in job selection. Clara Freeman, chair of Opportunity Now, a business-led campaign that workswith employers to raise the full potential of women at all levels in theworkforce, commented, “Members of Opportunity Now demonstrate that acommitment to gender equality results in improved business performance. “The benefits that equality bring have become very clear. This reportmakes an unequivocal business case for equality,” she said. The report finds that addressing equality issues also reduces costs, helpingemployers to avoid the recruitment charges of between 100 and 150 per cent ofthe annual salary of each woman who leaves her job due to unrealised potential.The research highlights the fact that compensation paid to employees who areunlawfully discriminated against is rising by 30 per cent a year and the lossof reputation, customers and potential recruits pushes the real costs toemployers much higher. www.opportunitynow.org.ukBy Ben Willmott
TechnipFMC is a global leader in the energy industry; delivering projects, products, technologies and services TechnipFMC commences work on the New Hydrocracking Complex. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay.) TechnipFMC (NYSE:FTI) (PARIS:FTI) (ISIN:GB00BDSFG982) has successfully completed the remaining conditions required to enable work to commence on the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract with Assiut National Oil Processing Company (ANOPC) for the construction of a new Hydrocracking Complex for the Assiut refinery in Egypt.As previously announced, this major(1) EPC contract covers new process units such as a Vacuum Distillation Unit, a Diesel Hydrocracking Unit, a Delayed Coker Unit, a Distillate Hydrotreating Unit as well as a Hydrogen Production Facility Unit using TechnipFMC’s steam reforming proprietary technology. The project also includes other process units, interconnecting, offsites and utilities.The project supports the Egyptian Government’s Energy Transition strategy and will reinforce the economic growth of rural areas while minimizing environmental emissions as well as reducing the government export bill. The complex will transform lower-value petroleum products from Assiut Oil Refining Company’s (ASORC) nearby refinery into approximately 2.8 million tons per year of cleaner products, such as Euro V diesel. Source: Company Press Release
WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/The Hope Academy) Hope Academy continues open enrollment for high school students who are recovering from substance use disorders. Its new location, just south of downtown near IUPUI, is helping reach even more teenagers seek a second chance.While there are 45 recovery schools for teens across the nation, Hope Academy is the only recovery school in Indiana. It’s tuition-free, and has been a charter school since 2005.According to Hope Academy, twenty-one percent of Indiana high school students have reported taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life. In addition, there’s a 40 percent increase in student’s GPA with more than 200 days of sobriety.Hope Academy is in session Monday through Friday. About 30 students attend to overcome mental health issues and substance abuse. Students who attend Hope Academy are also behind on credits and working to get on track to earn a high school diploma.The curriculum is the same, but licensed teachers are there to provide additional support. Students are encouraged to address their issues head-on in group discussions, with peer specialists who offer therapy, tutoring and sober after school hang outs. Google+ Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Hope Academy offering help for students struggling from substance abuse Previous articleMichigan man arrested for child porn possessionNext articleCassopolis man, 26, injured in crash in Wayne Township Network Indiana Google+ By Network Indiana – February 2, 2021 0 289 Twitter Facebook
FARMINGTON – Participants of a public forum dedicated to the proposed $38.2 million budget for Regional School Unit 9 questioned the addition of an assistant superintendent position and advocated for more funding in other areas Tuesday evening.Conducted via teleconferencing, the forum was scheduled to take place before a board vote on the budget, tentatively scheduled for Thursday. It remains unclear whether a budget meeting will take place or not, due to restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the district is tentatively planning on holding its meeting on June 23, if possible. The finalizing referendum vote would take place on July 14, the day of the statewide referendum.The proposed $38,226,924 K-12 budget would represent an increase of $1.1 million or 2.97 percent over the current fiscal year. With Adult Education expenditures accounted for, the budget would utilize $13.5 million in local assessments, a decrease of $188,992, or 1.4 percent less local money raised and appropriated as compared to the current fiscal year.If passed as proposed, the budget would lead to decreases in local assessments in five towns and increases in the other five. Specifically, Chesterville would see a decrease of $44,566 or 4.19 percent; Farmington would see a decrease of $157,882 or 3.28 percent; Industry would see an increase of $6,920 or 0.74 percent; New Sharon would see an increase of $2,364 or 0.23 percent; New Vineyard would see an increase of $12,234 or 1.6 percent; Starks would see an increase of $23,180 or 4.82 percent; Temple would see an decrease of $3,835 or .89 percent; Vienna would see an increase of $1,822 or .25 percent; Weld would see a decrease of $24,946 or 5.03 percent; and Wilton would see a decrease of $4,282 or .16 percent.Increases in the budget include raises for salaries employees – the school board previously approved increases to support staff and administrator pay and is currently negotiating with teachers – as well as moving another teacher out of federal classroom reduction grant and into the budget and moving an English Language Learning teacher from part- to full-time and $24,000 for school supplies. The budget also includes $110,000 to move several ed tech positions currently working 5.5 hours to full-time, which would extend benefits to those positions in a bid to retain employees.Other increases include the second step of the summer salary accrual plan, $80,000, additional funding for nurses, the Extended Year Program, student assessments, the local share of the cost of two buses through the Volkswagon emissions settlement, or $78,000, among other expenses.The budget also includes $60,000 for a part-time assistant superintendent position, with a third of that cost mitigated through an associated reduction in Curriculum Coordinator funding, as $20,000 of that line would be covered by grants.Concerns raised at Tuesday’s meeting with the positions addition mostly revolved around whether funds used to support the position could be better spent elsewhere in the school district. Vicky Cohen, a teacher at W.G. Mallett School specializing in mathematics, said that her school’s assessments showed that close to half of children entering the school system were at risk. Noting that even adding a math interventionist via grant money would create a ratio of 1 interventionist to 66 students, Cohen said that wasn’t a reasonable ratio and funds could instead go toward another interventionist that would work with students.Superintendent Tina Meserve agreed that while administrative staff did not typically work directly with students, she argued that having adequate staffing was important for guaranteeing effective teaching practices and a cohesive curriculum across a district of RSU 9’s size. Those elements were important as the district worked to improve student assessment performance, Meserve said.The pandemic has also impacted the discussion over the past couple of weeks. Supporters of the assistant superintendent position have pointed out that the district will be going through relatively uncharted territory over the summer break and beyond, as students return to school in the fall after several months away from the classroom. However, some of the directors opposed to the position have cited the financial unknowns associated with the pandemic as reason to wait.Some speakers specifically cited the Student Innovation Center as an area for additional investment. The SIC provides a place for students to come to get help on projects, help accessing resources for specific problems or help coping with day-to-day life. The center is staffed by a teacher and an ed tech and has been funded by a GEAR Up grant for three years, ending this year. The proposed budget doesn’t include funding for SIC, although it has been suggested that it could be covered by adding half a teaching position utilizing CARES Act money and leveraging a preexisting half-time alternative education instructor position to staff the center.Pamela Chernesky, an art teacher at Mt. Blue High School, said she had planned to partner with the SIC for a 3D printing project for her ceramics students. While the pandemic had cut that specific collaboration short, Chernesky said it spoke to the usefulness of the center as a resource. If it wasn’t fully funded, Chernesky suggested it wouldn’t be as successful if the teacher had to split time between the SIC and teaching duties.“It won’t happen as well,” Chernesky said of the center.
I’m sure you’ve all witnessed this scene: your local coffee shop, Saturday morning. Young people and old people. Men and women. All of them heads down in their mobile devices tapping away. Putting social commentary to one side for a second, I continue to be amazed at the sheer volume of data these devices now generate. It’s truly staggering! The mobile applications all talk to some kind of cloud and the data is being analyzed for a myriad of purposes – not just in the consumer world, but in the enterprise as well. Mobile is driving the opportunity for cloud and big data applications… and that opportunity is huge!The so-called “3rd Platform” of IT is changing the status quo. A new class of applications accessed entirely through mobile devices is being built and deployed in new ways, and will have a profound effect on the data center. In fact, many of these applications will not store their information in traditional file & block storage arrays. Object storage and HDFS will increasingly becoming the norm. For some applications, many will not even deploy “arrays” (hardware & software tightly integrated together) to store their information. Data center architects will instead prefer to deploy software-defined storage against commodity hardware. And they won’t stop there. We’ve seen huge increases in efficiency and reliability being realized by packaging storage together with compute and networking into converged infrastructure, and then automating the vast array of complex IT processes on top. Finally, business applications will not be confined to running in the enterprise data center. Hybrid cloud environments, blending on- and off-premise operations, will offer IT more efficiency, agility, and, most importantly, more choice.But let’s not forget the 2nd platform. Or indeed the 1st platform. Both are alive and well in many data centers and will not go away overnight – quite the contrary. Our research suggests that over the next three years applications deployed on the 2nd platform will grow by more than 30%. But IT departments aggressively want to drive more efficiency in the way those applications are run and managed. The infrastructure needs to be consolidated, virtualized and heavily automated. And it can no longer be operated in silos of server, storage and network. An aggressive drive towards efficiency in the 2nd platform will liberate budget dollars to invest in the build out of the 3rd platform.Herein lies the dilemma. IT is being asked to change a wheel (or two!) on their car, as the car travels down the highway at 70mph!At EMC, we’re building a bridge between the 2nd and 3rd platforms – supporting today’s technology needs and positioning companies for where IT is heading in the future. Our commitment as a technology provider is to provide best of breed products – for every application workload in the data center. We’ve never believed in “one size fits all” and we’ve never believed that moving to a new technology involves just flipping the switch. It’s always a journey, and it’s often as much about people, process and organization as it is about discrete technology components.We’re looking forward to helping you on your journey.—Related EMC Blog PostsEnabling Success in the 3rd Platform: Transformation of IT to a Service Broker by Edward NewmanHow Do You Cross the Bridge? by Alan Walsh
** Payment solutions provided by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. (DFS) or its affiliate or designee, subject to availability and may vary in certain countries. Where available, offers may be changed without notice. Today we announced Dell EMC PowerScale. This new family of storage systems engineered with industry-leading storage software and server hardware is a new standard for how organizations take advantage of unstructured data, such as documents, images, videos, and social media content.PowerScale is supported by Dell Technologies On Demand, our portfolio of flexible consumption and as-a-service solutions across Dell’s entire end-to-end portfolio – from workforce solutions to data center gear, from edge to cloud. With Dell Technologies On Demand, businesses can more effectively control costs, manage expenses, and optimize budgets to meet short-term requirements and long-range objectives.For more than 14 years, we’ve been leaders in flexible consumption solutions.** Our portfolio now approaches over $3.7B in assets under management. So, whether you choose to pay for technology as you grow, as you use it, or as a service, we’ve got it covered.A real-world example of the scale of our solutions is demonstrated in the managed services utility model we provide for a large multinational financial institution as part of their enterprise Storage-as-a-Service implementation. The Dell team consolidated their growing volumes of disparate data into one central location with multiple tiers, using a variety of Dell EMC primary and unstructured data storage platforms. As a result, Dell Technologies On Demand enables the bank to pay only for each GB utilized, while seeing a greater than 90 percent reduction in data provisioning time and an estimated 27 percent cost savings for storage over seven years.Additional flexible consumption solutions in Dell Technologies On Demand provide pay-as-you-grow options to acquire PowerScale with tiered payments to match growth, deferred payments for when you’re ready to deploy, or pre-provisioned upgrades for just-in-time capacity. Pay-per-use consumption models are suited for environments where storage capacity requirements are variable, PowerScale capacity to elastically scale capacity up and down with payments that align to actual usage.Dell Technologies On Demand delivers significant value for storage, such as clear cost savings with gains in efficiency, productivity and business agility. In a recent IDC study analyzing the business value of Dell Technologies On Demand, participants cited both cost and time savings as noteworthy advantages. Customers who moved to pay-per-use consumption models with Dell EMC storage saw a 23 percent lower cost of storage operations per year, 25 percent lower storage acquisition costs, and 92 percent faster time to deploy new storage capacity. See infographic here.We know that many customers turn to their trusted partners, including Solution Providers and Cloud Service Providers, to help bring structure to unstructured data, especially in key industries such as Media & Entertainment, Oil & Gas, and Health Care and Life Sciences. Partners can take full advantage of Dell Technologies On Demand to develop solutions and as-a-service offerings in customer facilities or the service provider’s data center.The combination of PowerScale and Dell Technologies On Demand continue our long-standing dedication to driving innovation for our customers. For more information on Dell Technologies On Demand, watch the short video below, read this brief overview, and contact your local sales representative.
Full Day of Educational Sessions For 53 years, the brightest scientists working on turf topics have gathered in Tifton, Ga., for the Southeastern Turfgrass Conference. The 54th event, May 1-2 at the Rural Development Center, promises to gather, like the others so far, the best expertise around. A Tour of the Test Plots A tour of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College turf nursery will follow. The opening day will end with dinner at the Tifton Family Golf Center. Golf turf updates on superdwarf Bermudas, equipment leasing and more. Ornamentals topics from landscape design to managing insects and diseases. Georgia Sod Producers points on water issues, pricing strategies, etc. The second day will be filled with educational sessions. In the morning, scientists from all over the Southeast will update conference-goers on everything from new research developments to mole crickets and nematodes to affordable golf. The afternoon sessions will offer three tracks: The event will begin May 1 with an informal golf outing at the Springhill Country Club. For those who prefer to learn from the start, a pesticide and equipment calibration workshop will be offered at the RDC. After registration (11:30 a.m.) and lunch, the afternoon sessions will feature a tour of the test plots at the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station. UGA and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists will discuss their research. A $50 fee, or $75 after April 14, will cover all costs. The May 1 dinner and both lunches will be provided. To learn more about the event, or to pre-register, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call (912) 386-3416.
I’ve neglected you, my dear readers.It’s been over two weeks since my last post and I feel terrible about that.The bad news? I will continue to neglect you until the new year.The good news? I’ve received a very important lesson on how to own your time that I feel is important to share with you fine people.Rewind to my last blog post, if you will. In it, I relay a very brutal road biking experience, my first one ever, on the backcountry roads of western Pennsylvania. It was great, despite the fact that I hobbled around from a sore set of limbs for nearly two days after. But that was one of the last times I went outside to play for awhile, for then came my father’s birthday, followed by Thanksgiving, followed by an unrelenting week of catching up on stories, planning for 2015, and, unfortunately, recovering from yet another bout with a head cold.What that meant for me was, mainly, a lot of time spent indoors. Not out enjoying the beautiful snow we had on Thanksgiving. Not out soaking in the unseasonably warm weather in the days leading up to the holiday. Not out running through the kinda dreary, wet, and cold week that followed Thanksgiving. Not, even, a daily yoga session to keep my sanity in tack. No, I was far too gone for that. I was “in over my head” in work, in deadlines, in personal errands that needed taken care of, in catching up with old friends one last time before I left town. I was “too busy,” too sick, too stressed, too tired (I am a grandma when it comes to sleep). But at the end of the day, those were all just excuses, and poor ones at that. What I needed most in those hectic days was just a little time outside for even a half hour to reboot, recharge, and disconnect a little from the grind. And in reality, there is no excuse good enough for not doing that.I finally came to that realization last Friday when my boss Blake and I decided to take the day from work and cruise around in the Jeep to a local fly-fishing spot outside of Charlottesville, Va. I know I’ve just spent the past 300-some words complaining about how I only got outside once in the span of two weeks, but I know many people who get less than that in a month. Blake may very well be one of those people – between family obligations and running multiple businesses, it’d be an understatement to say he has a lot of irons in the fire.So when he agreed to teach me how to cast a line that day (I’d not so much as picked up a fly rod until then), I was more than happy to ditch the stress of upcoming deadlines for a day on the water, despite my apprehensions about how much fun you can realistically have fly-fishing.Fly-fishing has, to me, always represented the epitome of patience. There’s a real art to it, to staying still, a trait I always knew I lacked but one that Blake continually reprimanded me for as we stood on the banks of the Moorman’s River, casting our lines (or, more appropriately for me, unsticking my line from trees) into the murky gray waters.“Just leave it there,” Blake said. “You have to wait. This isn’t like kayaking.”“I’m borrrreeeddd,” I jokingly whined, but in reality, boredom was the furthest thing from my mind. Fly-fishing was new territory for me, something I had yet to try in the past seven months of living on the road. I’d certainly been around people fly-fishing, had shot a number of videos and photos of other people fishing, but I’d never taken the leap and tried it myself.After that road biking trip in Pennsylvania, I thought my adventurous days were over until the new year. I was already looking ahead, months ahead, into the 2015 calendar, planning stories, setting personal goals for bucket list items I wanted to check off. While fly-fishing wasn’t necessarily on that list, I was grateful we had set aside some time to step away from the office, if only for a few hours and despite the fact that I caught no fish at all (check out just how bad I am at fishing in this episode of BRO-TV).The weekend following the fly-fishing excursion were by far some of the most productive days for me yet. I felt refreshed, and I don’t think it was due to the fact that my phlegmy cough and stuffed up nose were finally starting to subside. I went for a run that Saturday morning, cranked out work all through the afternoon and into the evening, and even took a long 10+-mile hike from Spy Rock to the Priest with a dear friend of mine.But the two days following that Saturday and Sunday were just like the week prior – I didn’t go for a quick lunch run, I didn’t go to any yoga classes, and I allowed the things I’d so easily compartmentalized over the weekend dominate my every waking minute. This was due, in part, to the fact that I was about to go on vacation for two weeks to Mexico. Though my job is fun and awesome in so many ways, I had yet to take a break from the magazine in the year-and-a-half since I’d started working there. In my personal opinion, there is never a good time to take a vacation. But all things considered, the time right before Christmas seemed like the best of worst times to disappear for a couple weeks.As excited as I was about leaving the country, I was desperately trying to get ahead with work, prepare for my trip, and ensure that everything was taken care of so that my number one priority in Mexico could be surfing and margarita drinking. As I was driving to my folks’ home from Charlottesville on Tuesday afternoon, I was so distracted with my thoughts and my to-do list that I simply bypassed the exit I needed to take and quite literally doubled my time in the car by two hours.You can imagine the frustration I felt when I realized this, of course. Two hours?! To my parents’ home, a route I’d taken countless times before? After the initial berating I gave myself and the string of tasteful swear words, travel writer Pico Iyer came to me. More specifically, what came to mind was a segment from a recent TED Talk he gave titled, The art of stillness. In it, he discusses our need for quiet, for stillness, how our age of technology and connectivity has distanced us from ourselves and, despite having access to time-saving gadgets and apps, has eaten up more of our time and decreased our productivity.“… as soon as I get to a place of real quiet, I realize that it’s only by going there that I’ll have anything fresh or creative or joyful to share…otherwise I’m just foisting on them my exhaustion, my distractedness, which is no blessing at all.”When I remembered these words and his point about finding quiet, I quit questioning my decision to go to Mexico. I quit feeling guilty about leaving during a time that felt, quite frankly, inconvenient. Yes, there were many projects coming down the pipe at work, many of which I would be at the helm for. But there comes a point when you simply need to own your time on this earth, step away from your work, your family, your friends, your life, and just be still.Though Pico’s point in his TED Talk is that we don’t necessarily need a vacation to vacate, that’s precisely what I’m doing. My goal here in Mexico is to find that stillness, rejuvenate the passion I have for my work and my life, and bring that energy 110% to 2015.So for now, it’s hasta luego my friends. I’m sitting here in a little holed away surf town on the west coast of Mexico with the thunder of waves crashing along the beach in the distance, feeling very much at ease about life and more importantly, inspired to get outside and explore.Whether it’s a weekend day hike, an afternoon ride, or a few minutes of meditation in the morning, you, too, should find that stillness and own your time. There’s no excuse not to.
The Florida Supreme Court has quashed an 11th Circuit judge’s order prohibiting insurance company staff counsel from signing pleadings using a firm-like name.But one justice said that doesn’t mean trial courts are without any authority in the matter, and the court said it was not prejudging recommendations on the issue that are coming from The Florida Bar.In an April 19 order, the court vacated orders by Judge Paul Siegel that prohibited insurance company counsel from using firm names in proceedings and filings in his court. Siegel had prohibited the lawyers from using language that implied they worked for an independent law firm if they were actually staff counsel for the company. He also ordered that independent medical experts hired by the defense could not say they were paid by the “law firm” but would have to say they were paid by the insurance company.Lawyers representing insurance companies told the courts in oral arguments in March that full disclosure was always made to clients and no one was being harmed. They also argued that Judge Siegel overstepped his authority and, in essence, created and enforced a Bar rule, thereby infringing on the Supreme Court’s authority.In their order, the justices unanimously agreed, and noted they are expecting proposals from a special Bar study commission on the issue.“We determine that these prohibitions encroach upon this court’s ultimate jurisdiction to adopt rules for the courts,” the order said.The court added: “The Florida Bar has notified this court in this proceeding that the Special Commission on Insurance Practices II has performed a comprehensive study of issues similar to those identified in Judge Siegel’s orders and that the commission will submit recommendations from the study to this court.. . . granting these petitions, we are not ruling upon any matters which may be contained within the recommendations that may be provided in that report.”In a separate concurring opinion, Justice Barbara Pariente, joined by Justice Fred Lewis, wrote that the court was not saying that disclosure of an attorney’s actual employer could never be a factor in a case. “[T]he quashing of the orders should not be interpreted to mean that a trial court is without any authority to require disclosures of a lawyers’ employment in a pretrial disclosure or as a ruling as to issues that may arise during the trial for which information regarding the attorney’s employment may be relevant,” she wrote.The Board of Governors at its March meeting accepted the recommendations from the special commission. Those included that insurance company staff counsel can use firm-like names, as long as certain conditions are met, including disclosure to clients, and there is a physical and actual separation from the remainder of the company’s operations. The commission recommended, and the board approved, amending two Bar rules to clarify those and potential conflict issues for staff counsel.Those rules could be ready to submit to the court this summer. (See story in the April 1 Bar News. ) Text of the order can be found on the Supreme Court’s Web site at the April orders page at http://www.flcourts.org/sct/clerk/disposition/2002/4/index.html. Scroll down to the orders for April 19. The lead case for the petition to the court is United Services Automobile Association v. Goodman, case no. SC01-1700. Supreme Court quashes order in firm-like name case Supreme Court quashes order in firm-like name case May 15, 2002 Regular News
Joseph R. Biden Jr. won the state of Nevada on Saturday, according to The New York Times, defeating President Trump by two percentage points.The country had anxiously awaited the results in the battleground state for days, viewing it as a potential tipping point. But when they finally came, the moment was somewhat anticlimactic: Mr. Biden had already been declared the winner of the presidential race roughly an hour earlier, after Pennsylvania was called for him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In Nevada, where Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump by 2.4 percentage points in 2016, Democrats control the governor’s office and legislature, both Senate seats and all but one House seat. It was not widely expected to be a battleground state in the presidential election.- Advertisement – Still, that Mr. Biden has clinched Nevada’s six electoral votes adds to his lead in the Electoral College.The Trump campaign had identified Nevada, which allows any losing candidate to request a recount, as one of the battleground states where it hopes to use the courts and procedural maneuvers to stave off defeat. Less than 24 hours before Election Day, a Nevada judge rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans who had tried to stop early vote counting in Clark County. But while recent polls consistently showed Mr. Biden ahead of Mr. Trump in Nevada, Democrats worried that some of their base working-class voters, many of whom lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, might not show up at the polls because of they would be focused on immediate concerns, like feeding their families. The state has reported more than 107,000 coronavirus cases.