‘Real’ learning holds key to future success

first_imgEmployers need to focus on work-based training because it will contributemore to company profitability in the future, warned the Industrial Society’shead of policy research last week. “Organisations need to spend less on athletes and actors giving frothymotivational seminars to managers, and more on real learning,” said AndyWestwood. Speaking at a CIPD seminar in London, Westwood told delegates thattechnology will have to be harnessed appropriately. “This shouldefficiently spread learning throughout organisations and not just be a new wayof spending more on people at the top,” he said. The seminar brought together six leading commentators from the training anddevelopment field to discuss the future of learning for work. Among them, Ewart Keep, deputy director of the Economic and Social ResearchCouncil Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, gave afuturistic view of what the skills system would be like in 2015. And Martyn Sloman, CIPD adviser on training and development, spoke of thenew demands placed on training by the advent of e-learning. The CIPD used the event to launch its book The Future of Learning for Work.  www.cipd.co.uk/publications Previous Article Next Article ‘Real’ learning holds key to future successOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Sky invests to impress its staff and customers

first_imgSky invests to impress its staff and customersOn 21 May 2002 in Personnel Today Broadcaster Sky has invested £50 million in refurbishing a call centre inScotland as part of its drive to build its brand with both customers and staff.Group HR director Craig McCoy said the investment was needed to improve thephysical working environment of the 6,000 call centre staff and he said hebelieved this improvement would lead to a better service for Sky customers.”They don’t sit like battery hens anymore. We want people inspired toserve customers,” he said. He told delegates, at Richmond Events’ Human Resources Forum on the Oriana,that the Sky’s vision is to make customers feel that staff will go the extramile. As part of this process all staff go through a three-day trainingprogramme. This is a big investment, McCoy said, but one he believes will payoff. Sky attempts to retain staff – who could easily move to one of the manycompetitor call centres – by making them feel involved in the media giant. “We have developed a theme, and that is being part of the mediabusiness. We don’t pay them more to keep them, we use branding so that theywant to work for a media company.” McCoy said Sky did not measure performance by monitoring the number of callslogged by staff because taking a lot of calls quickly could indicate thatcustomers are not getting proper service. “We want to leave the customerhappy. It’s all about quality,” he said. Sky bought in external consultant Mark Radda, of Wolff Olins, to develop thebrand and help internal communication. “The challenge is to speak with onevoice, as one brand,” McCoy said. The company has initiated a leadership forum to support brand development,at which the chief executive talks through company goals with its 400 managers.The message is expected to cascade to staff through line managers, backed up byCDs, videos and Sky’s internal channel, which staff can access in canteens andmeeting rooms. By Quentin Reade Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Midtown landlord sues to stop foreclosure by Maverick

first_img Email Address* Message* Full Name* Tags R&B Realty’s Aron Rosenberg and Maverick’s David Aviram of Maverick with 28 West 36th Street and 32 West 39th Street (Google Maps)The owner of two Midtown office buildings claims its bank threw it to the wolves after promising to help it weather the pandemic.R&B Realty Group told a state court in Manhattan last week that Signature Bank did not honor a verbal pledge to extend forbearances on 28 West 36th Street and 32 West 39th Street, instead declaring loans on those buildings in default and selling the debt to distressed-asset buyers.The landlord alleges that Maverick Real Estate Partners, which purchased the mortgages, is taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to grab R&B’s buildings for a song.“Among other things, [Maverick] is charging a default interest of 24 percent on each of the loans, and seems intent to continue to do so in order to … acquire the buildings on the cheap,” R&B’s complaint states. (Rates above 25 percent are subject to New York’s usury law.)R&B, which has owned the buildings for nearly 20 years, claims it had $800,000 of undrawn credit with Signature, making the bank’s default declaration invalid.The landlord said it has been unable to pay principal or interest on its loans since May 2020 because rent collection was only 30 percent to 40 percent from April to February. That would be dramatically lower than the roughly 95 percent collection rate enjoyed by large office landlords including SL Green, ESRT and Vornado.Since buying the loans from Signature, Maverick has told tenants at the West 36th Street building to pay it rent directly, the lawsuit asserts. R&B called the action an “end run” around Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bans on commercial evictions and foreclosures, telling the court Maverick’s attempt “should not be permitted.”The bans on evictions and foreclosures are expected to be extended at least through May.Signature Bank and Maverick did not return requests for comment.Maverick has publicly touted its strategy of purchasing distressed real estate assets since at least 2018 when it announced a $200 million fund for that purpose. It separately bought $40 million in loans that year from Signature Bank that were backed by 31 properties controlled by controversial Brooklyn investor Cheskel Strulowitz.In a separate case, Maverick sought to foreclose last week on a Chelsea apartment building at 416 West 25th Street, alleging the owner had defaulted on a loan in May 2019. A judge had previously stopped the foreclosure.Contact Orion Jonescenter_img Coronavirusmidtown office marketMortgages Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 9/1

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailVolleyballRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-The Richfield Wildcats won a five-set thriller over Carbon, 3-2 in Region 12 volleyball action Tuesday.Region 14MANTI, Utah-The Union Cougars stonewalled Manti 3-0 Tuesday in Region 14 volleyball action. The Cougars prevailed 25-16, 25-13 and 25-16 to oust the Templars.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-The North Sanpete Hawks smacked Juab 3-0 in Region 14 volleyball action Tuesday. The Hawks gashed the Wasps 25-17, 25-23 and 25-21 to achieve the straight sets victory.Region 16GUNNISON, Utah-The Gunnison Valley Bulldogs stymied North Sevier 3-0 Tuesday in Region 16 volleyball action. The Bulldogs dismantled the Wolves with wins of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-17 in the straight sets victory.Girls SoccerRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Brittan Tait found the net twice and Kate Robinson and Rebecca Poulsen also scored as the Richfield Wildcats drilled the San Juan Broncos 4-0 in Region 12 girls soccer action Tuesday. Megan Terry posted the shutout for Richfield.PRICE, Utah-Kinley Cowdell and Ryan Brady each scored twice ad the Carbon Dinos pounded South Sevier 8-0 Tuesday in Region 12 girls soccer action. Emma Flemmet posted the shutout for Carbon.Non-RegionGRANTSVILLE, Utah-Whitney Wangsgard posted five goals and Grantsville decimated North Sanpete 7-1 in non-region girls soccer action Tuesday.Girls TennisRegion 12CASTLE DALE, Utah-The Richfield Girls Tennis team swept Emery 5-0 in a Region 12 match Tuesday. Sarah Utley won 6-0, 6-0 in 1st singles; Piper Harris won in 2nd singles 6-3, 6-0; Aubrei Jorgensen won in 3rd singles 6-0, 6-0; Marissa McIff and Karsyn Harris won in 1st doubles 6-0, 6-4; and Jamie Hair and Kara Friant won in 2nd doubles 6-1, 6-4. Written by Tags: Roundup Brad James September 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 9/1last_img read more

Oxford slips down yet again

first_imgOxford and Cambridge were ranked joint sixth in the World University Rankings, recently published by the Times Higher Education magazine. Last year Oxford fell from fourth to joint fifth place with Imperial College London. This year Oxford has fallen yet another place down in the ranking. A spokesperson from Oxford University urged readers to treat such league tables with caution. “The difference between the actual point scores in the top ten were tiny, so we don’t read too much into the exact placing. Small differences in methodology can easily change the order in the top ten. “Oxford is one of the world’s greatest universities by any measure. The challenge is to maintain that position long into the future.”Only five British universities are ranked in the world’s top 50, and just fourteen in the top 100. This is less than last year, when there were eight in the top 50 and 18 in the top 100. Other British universities in the top 100 of this year’s league table include Imperial College London, ranked ninth, University College London, ranked 22nd and Edinburgh, ranked 40th. American universities dominate the table, with 72 institutions in the top 200. All five top places are US based universities, with Harvard as number one, California Institute of Technology in second place, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in third.last_img read more

New ICU unit planned for the John Radcliffe Hospital

first_imgA new ICU would include 32 more intensive care beds set out in a “race-track” formation. This layout, used in many world-class critical care units, places nursing in a central area with hospital beds around the ward’s perimeter. It increases patient visibility to staff and facilitates their movement around the unit. The new formation intends to optimise natural light on patients. Plans for a new intensive care unit in the John Radcliffe Hospital have been submitted. It would triple critical care capacity from 16 to 48 intensive care beds. This new capacity would also serve Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire. The plans also involve demolishing the existing Barnes Care Unit in a 5-story building connected to the central hospital. Oxford are facing a high number of coronavirus cases with rates at 531.1 per 100,000, higher than the national rate of 520.4 per 100,000 as of 18th January. Pressure on Oxford’s hospitals has increased, which in turn has created a shortage of intensive care beds.  The Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Trust believes the building is an “urgent requirement” as the John Radcliffe’s critical care unit is currently stretched by a large number of patients ill with Covid-19. The trust told the BBC a new unit would “support further pandemic and seasonal pressures” and “given the nature of the pandemic, the increase in critical care capacity must happen at speed”. The OUH NHS Trust have said they are facing double the number of patients ill with Covid-19 than in the country’s first wave. The John Radcliffe Hospital are dealing with a large number of patients ill with Covid-19 in intensive care, mounting pressure on staff and the hospital’s services. This has forced the trust to cancel all non-essential surgery. Credit Image: Jackie Bowman/CC BY-SA 2.0.last_img read more

Jersey City property taxes for 2018 can be prepaid

first_imgJERSEY CITY — Mayor Steven Fulop said this week that the city will allow residents to prepay their entire 2018 estimated tax bills.This would allow property owners to take advantage of a deduction in their tax bills that will change under new federal law as of 2018.Currently property taxes are now entirely deductible. Starting in 2018, taxpayers will only be able to deduct up to $10,000.Jersey City originally proposed to cap prepayments for next year for two quarters, as have a number of other towns around the state. But Fulop said the city will allow people to prepay all four quarter payments for next year. This will allow property owners to deduct these from their 2017 income tax returns in April.last_img read more

Beachfill Stops Shy of 36th Street Because ‘There’s Enough Sand There’

first_imgThe first phase of the south end beach replenishment project in Ocean City stopped a block shy of its original target, 36th Street, because that beach already is healthy enough, an Army Corps of Engineers representative said on Wednesday.Kids climb on a sand mound at the northern terminus of the south end beach replenishment project at 37th Street.“There’s enough sand there to meet the template of the design, so they don’t need to go any further,” Army Corps spokesman Richard Pearsall said.After surveying the beach earlier this spring, the Army Corps announced the project area where beaches would be rebuilt with 1.6 million cubic yards of new sand would extend from 36th Street to 59th Street.But the Army Corps completed its first phase of work last week with rebuilt beaches extending only to 37th Street.Pearsall did not specify what had changed since the Army Corps’ original survey.At high tide on Friday (May 1) with a strong northeast wind blowing, the beach at 36th Street was noticeably narrower than the rebuilt beaches immediately to the south. But with calmer seas in recent days, the difference is less dramatic.The healthy beaches and dune systems in the streets numbered in the 20s and 30s were vital to protecting property during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon could not be reached for comment on the change in plans.Follow the progress of the beach project with OCNJ Daily’s updates. View of 36th Street Beach facing northward from 37th Street on Tuesday, May 5.View of rebuilt beaches to the south of 37th Street.last_img read more

OCBP Wins 3rd Place in the 2018 AC Lifeguard Classic Races

first_imgOCBP Maggie Wallace holding her 2nd place award in the Swim Race. (Photos by Dale Braun) For the first time this season, all 15 South Jersey beach patrols plus Harvey Ceders (LBI) competed against each other in the 2018 AC Lifeguard Classic Races.  There were four races starting with the Doubles Row and continuing with the Swim, Singles Row and Doubles Row Rescue.The Longport Beach Patrol won either 1st or 2nd place in each race which earned them the team title.  The Ocean City Beach Patrol came in 2nd place in the Swim (Maggie Wallace) and Doubles Row Rescue (Ray Conover and Brian Pasternak) races which, due to a tie breaker with Avalon, earned them a 3rd place team finish.  The following are the results:OCBP Hunter John Devine and Sean McCann preparing for the Doubles Row race.Doubles Row Race:1st – Upper Township2nd – Longport3rd – WildwoodOCBP Maggie Wallace coming in 2nd place in the Swim race.Swim Race:1st – Longport2nd – Ocean City (Maggie Wallace)3rd – Atlantic CityOCBP Shanin Theiss crossing the finish line in the Singles Row race.Single Row Race:1st – Avalon2nd – Longport3rd – VentnorOCBP Ray Conover and Brian Pasternak race to their lifeboat at the start of the Doubles Row Rescue race.Double Row Rescue Race:1st – Longport2nd – Ocean City (Ray Conover and Brian Pasternak)3rd – AvalonTeam Standings:1st – Longport (18 points)2nd – Avalon (8 points – Tiebreaker)3rd – Ocean City (8 points)OCBP Brian Pasternak and Ray Conover holding their 2nd Place awards in the Doubles Row Rescue race.2018 Atlantic City Beach Patrol Lifeguard Classic. The OCBP team came in 3rd place overall.last_img read more

Born & Bread: Just Desserts, Yorkshire

first_imgWholesale bakery Just Desserts has expanded from a single unit selling shepherd’s pies to four units producing award-winning handmade desserts and cakes for the foodservice industry.Just Desserts was born in 1985, when James O’ Dwyer quit his job as a sales rep. Trained as a chef, he began the business with his wife, Carol O’ Dwyer, who took on the role of finance director.Initially, the couple received an enterprise allowance from the government of £40 a week, enabling them to set up a bakery in Salts Mill, Shipley. After a local entrepreneur bought Salts Mill, they moved the operation to Station Road, Shipley.In 2000, Just Desserts expanded into a second unit, as the premises next door to their bakery had become vacant. As the business grew, it was clear they needed more space and storage to run it effectively and become more profitable. In 2003, the business expanded into a third unit.James and Carol’s youngest daughter, Elsie, joined the business in 2008 at the age of 14, taking up work including washing up, baking, sales and marketing. Although she currently plans to get experience outside Just Desserts, James believes that, of their four children, Elsie is the most likely to come into the business on a permanent basis.In 2010, James’ son-in-law, Andy Los, joined the team. Currently a firefighter, he helps out at the bakery as the health and safety auditor, delivery driver and in consumer testing.“One of the most life-changing things I ever did was learning how to delegate,” James says.“My biggest watershed moment was trusting to work with people that can actually do what I can.”The firm’s most popular product is Yorkshire Scoundrels or ‘Posh Scones’, made with flour, sugar, currants, mixed peel, butter and sour cream, finished with cherries and flaked almonds. This is followed by cheesecakes, where the range has been extended to include custard cream, 99, Kinder Bueno, triple chocolate and Lotus Biscoff varieties.The business took on a fourth unit in 2018, when sales rose by 30% on the previous year. “We wanted to make space in the bakery that we could devote entirely to cheesecakes. The demand was far outstripping our capability,” explains James.Just Desserts now employs 30 staff and was in the process of investing further, with £160,000 spent in doubling the bakery size. However, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted these plans.“It’s incredibly scary as we’re tooled up for new growth, but it now looks as if this will be somewhat delayed. Despite the current crisis, I’m optimistic about our long-term prospects, but the immediate priority is to look after and support all our staff and ensure we are match-fit for when things start to return to normal,” says James.Timeline1985: Just Desserts is established by James O’Dwyer (pictured) and his wife, Carol, in Salts Mill, Shipley1989: The business moves to Station Road2000: The company expands into its second unit2003: The business takes on a third unit2008: Daughter Elsie joins the firm2010: Son-in-law Andy Los joins2011: Just Desserts receives the SALSA food safety management accreditation2018: Expansion continues with a fourth unit2019: HRH Princess Royal visits the bakerylast_img read more