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Name and shame scheme dubbed a backward step

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Thechairwoman of the Call Centre Management Association has branded the TUC’scampaign to name and shame call centre managers as “regressive”.Ata call centre conference held  inLondon, Ann-Marie Stagg claimed the union campaign to shop shoddy employers wasdetrimental to the sector.Shesaid, “I don’t think that call centres are exploiting their staff. Whatever theresults of the TUC survey, we need to keep them in perspective.”TheTUC report on the sector, released last week, claims that call centreemployees’ salaries are 40 per cent less than average earnings. The It’s YourCall campaign says that call handlers can earn as little as £7,500.Callhandlers in Wales are the lowest paid with an average salary of £11,100, with London’sbeing the highest on £14,050. Callcentres employ over 400,000 people, which is more than the coal, steel andvehicle manufacturing industries put together.Thereport estimates that by 2008 there will be over 665,000 full-time equivalentjobs in the industry. Althoughcall centres are characterised by low pay, the report claims that theconcentration of centres in areas like Glasgow and South Wales is driving upstandards as employers compete with each other to keep staff. Some operatorscan earn over £20,000.Thesurvey also includes case studies which highlight the type of workingconditions in call centres. When joining, one employee went on a month-longtraining course for which she was only paid for two weeks and she was then toldshe would not get the rest of her money until she has completed herprobationary period, four months later. Shealso claimed that she had to pay for her own headset.http://www.tuc.org.uk/ByPaul Nelson Name and shame scheme dubbed a backward stepOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Evaluation of turbulent surface flux parameterizations for the stable surface layer over Halley, Antarctica

first_imgCalculated surface fluxes from seven surface layer parameterizations are verified against 45 months of observations from Halley, Antarctica, with a temporal resolution of 1 h. The surface layer parameterizations aretaken from widely used numerical models including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)Community Climate models CCM2 and CCM3, the U.K. Met. Office Unified Climate Model, and the fifthgenerationPennsylvania State University–NCAR Mesoscale Model (MM5). The observations include measurements of the mean wind speed and temperature inversion strength and direct measurements of the turbulent fluxes of heat and momentum.A comparison of the calculated and observed fluxes is conducted for conditions in which the surface layeris stably stratified. Based on these comparisons it is found that the simulated friction velocity values are adequate (although slightly larger than the observed turbulent fluxes) under all but the highest bulk Richardson number conditions (greatest static stability). In contrast the magnitude of the calculated sensible heat flux is frequently less than that of the observed sensible heat flux. The use of a larger scalar roughness length for heat compared to that for momentum is found to remove this bias in the calculated sensible heat fluxes. The correlation between the observed and calculated fluxes of heat and momentum is acceptable for the lower bulk Richardson number regimes, but is near zero for the high bulk Richardson number regime. The correlation between the calculated and observed fluxes is in general better for the momentum flux than for the sensible heat flux. The bias in the calculated sensible heat flux could have significant implications for numerical simulations in which the flow is driven by surface processes, and may pose problems for climate-scale simulations. The impact that errors of the observed magnitude have on simulated katabatic winds is explored with a series of twodimensional numerical simulations using MM5. Inferences about the relevance of these findings for climate simulations are also addressedlast_img read more

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BYU Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Thursday, BYU men’s basketball announced its non-conference schedule.The 11-game slate is as follows:November 25-WestminsterNovember 26-New OrleansNovember 28-Utah ValleyDecember 1-USC (Roman Legends Classic, Uncasville, Conn.)December 3-Connecticut or Vanderbilt @ Roman Legends ClassicDecember 5 @ Utah StateDecember 9-Boise StateDecember 12-UtahDecember 18 @ San Diego StateDecember 21-Texas SouthernDecember 23-Weber State (@ Vivint Smart Home Arena) Written by Tags: BYU Basketball November 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule Brad Jameslast_img read more

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S.Korea: Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin to Visit Indonesia for Talks

first_img View post tag: Talks View post tag: Kim View post tag: Kwan-jin View post tag: Indonesia Share this article View post tag: Defence South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-jin will head to Indonesia next month for talks that might lead to a major deal to export attack subm…By Wang Guanqun (xinhuanet)[mappress]Source: xinhuanet, August 26, 2011; View post tag: Minister Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Visit S.Korea: Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin to Visit Indonesia for Talks August 26, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: S.Korea View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today S.Korea: Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin to Visit Indonesia for Talks last_img read more

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Peter’s wins marketing award

first_imgThe Peter’s Welsh Rugby Heroes campaign from Caerphilly-based Peter’s Foodservice has won a CIM Marketing Excellence Award.The campaign from Peter’s Foodservice, which sought to find the country’s unsung rugby heroes, picked up the Marketing Campaign of the Year Award for a large organisation.The accolade saw the pastry maker beat off competition from the likes of ITV, EDF Energy and NHS Professionals.The Welsh Rugby Heroes competition asked rugby clubs and individuals to nominate their local heroes who go the extra mile to support the game at a grassroots level. Fifteen finalists were selected by a panel of judges from more than 100 entries put forward by 85 rugby clubs across Wales. These were then put to a public vote.Peter’s commercial director James Osgood said: “The whole process of the Welsh Rugby Heroes campaign was so rewarding and far surpassed our expectations. The response from clubs, players and fans from across Wales was incredible, with almost a third of WRU-affiliated clubs entering.“The calibre of entries was extremely high and we were delighted with the outcome. Modern-day marketing is all about your target audience and creating campaign content around a great idea – our campaign certainly delivered that opportunity.”last_img read more

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Study: Clean energy shift promises global growth

first_imgStudy: Clean energy shift promises global growth FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Strong action to combat climate change could cumulatively add at least $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a study on Wednesday which seeks to dispel fears that a shift from fossil fuels will undermine growth.President Donald Trump, for instance, said last year that he will pull the United States out of a global climate pact called the Paris Agreement because it would impose what he called “draconian financial and economic burdens” on his country.By contrast, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which includes former heads of government, business leaders and economists, said there was “unprecedented momentum” toward greener growth that would boost jobs and countries’ economies. Bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in net cumulative benefits from now until 2030 compared with business as usual, it said.“There’s still a perception that moving toward a low-carbon path would be costly,” lead author Helen Mountford told Reuters. “What we are trying to do with this report is once and for all put the nails in the coffin on that idea.”A shift from fossil fuels to cleaner energies such as wind and solar power would avoid 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution in 2030, it added. The report recommended high prices on carbon dioxide emissions of $40-$80 per tonne by 2020 in major economies.More: Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030: studylast_img read more

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Colombian Military Commander Dismisses Rebel Alliance Against Accord With United States

first_imgBy Dialogo December 21, 2009 The commander of the Colombian Armed Forces, Gen. Freddy Padilla, dismissed as “propaganda” the announcement of an alliance between the FARC and ELN guerrilla groups in opposition to the agreement that allows the United States to use military bases in the country. “Propaganda, propaganda. Colombians can’t let themselves be deceived or surprised,” the top Colombian military commander said in statements to Caracol radio station. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, a Marxist group) and the National Liberation Army (ELN, Guevarist) issued a statement announcing an alliance in opposition to the military accord between Colombia and the United States. “Comprehension of the exigencies of the moment and our revolutionary condition leads us to order all our units to cease confrontation between the two forces as of the publication of this document,” according to the statement, publicized on Wednesday by the Anncol news agency. For General Padilla, this alliance “is impossible (because) they are in dispute over the control of territory in order to try to profit from drug trafficking.” “They’ve killed one another in some places, like the southern region of (the department of) Bolívar (in the northern part of the country). In (the department of) Arauca (on the border with Venezuela) the ELN looks on the FARC with disdain, and the confrontations between them have been horrible,” he added. “What they are looking for are windows of opportunity, trying to put a good face on their crimes and, of course, deceive the unwary,” he specified. The FARC, with between 7,000 and 11,000 members, is the oldest guerrilla group in the country, with forty-five years of armed struggle, and is the one against which President Álvaro Uribe’s government has directed the greatest military efforts aimed at putting an end to the groups. The ELN is the second most important guerrilla group and is currently estimated to have no more than 3,000 members.last_img read more

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Operation UNITAS LIX Ends on a High Note

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo October 18, 2018 The U.S. Navy’s longest-running multinational maritime exercise successfully wrapped up its demanding training in the Caribbean sea. Under the leadership of the Colombian Navy, Operation UNITAS LIX gathered more than 1,800 service members, 17 warships—including six foreign vessels—and 17 aircraft from 10 countries, August 31st–September 11th. UNITAS LIX featured 70 naval exercises focused on humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations. Participating units also carried out surface and anti-aircraft warfare, diving exercises, maritime interdiction and control, search and rescue, and live fire, among other activities. Service members from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States put their interoperability capabilities to the test. Ecuador took part in the exercise after an 11-year absence. “UNITAS lets us train to fight terrorism together, so we can defend democracy and national freedom,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Linda Wackerman, deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command. “Together we are stronger to confront the new security challenges that arise every day.” Rescue and war operations Among the exercises, participants focused their efforts on humanitarian and disaster relief operations. The multinational elements joined forces to face a fictitious earthquake in the Gulf of Morrosquillo off Colombia’s Caribbean coast, which required the creation of a multinational force and the deployment of air and naval vessels to support the affected population and mitigate the earthquake’s effects. “This pointed to the need to create a multinational task force through a United Nations resolution to reach the area with different kinds of humanitarian aid,” said Vice Admiral Gabriel Pérez Garcés, commander of the Colombian Navy’s Caribbean Naval Force and commander of UNITAS LIX. “We needed to use amphibious landing ships that could reach coastal areas, provide support, and also guarantee security and clear transit in the sea off the coastline.” Service members conducted combined search-and-rescue exercises on the ground and at sea. Colombian, Ecuadorean, Peruvian, and U.S divers also took part in exercises equipped with rescue gear and new underwater search and reconnaissance technologies, such as side-scan sonars that produce seabed images and remotely operated underwater vehicles. “We were able to learn jointly thanks to the United States’ remarkable cutting-edge technological capabilities,” said Vice Adm. Pérez. “We know how sensitive search-and-rescue matters are and where we can use diving capabilities. This enabled us to grow in this sense.” Aboard the USS Gunston Hall, Colombian and U.S. forces also conducted rappel exercises from a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, assigned to Joint Task Force Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. At sea, service members carried out maritime control operations with patrol ships from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. Units also conducted an anti-submarine warfare exercise with three Colombian submarines—ARC Tayrona, ARC Intrépido, and ARC Indomable—to detect and monitor the vessels. “We integrated Colombian submarines in the initial work up, and conducted an anti-submarine warfare exercise to search for the submarine with a U.S. P8 war aircraft,” Colombian Navy Captain Luis Felipe Rojas, commander of the Submarine Fleet, told Diálogo. “Finally in the scenario phase, we put a submarine under the control of each force, so as to best tap into each unit’s capabilities.” Excellent outcome In addition to the simulated exercises, UNITAS LIX participants carried out a humanitarian campaign in Tierrabomba Island in Cartagena Bay, benefiting a local village. About 60 service members traveled to the island to entertain 180 children, donate a playground, whiteboards, double desks with chairs, textbooks, as well as sports and leisure supplies. Conducted for the first time in 1960, UNITAS, from the Latin unity, is carried out yearly. The exercise enables the armed forces of participating partner nations to strengthen bonds of friendship, while generating cooperation and mutual understanding. “I feel very proud and pleased with the operation’s results,” Vice Adm. Pérez said. “With the professionalism and leadership of unit commanders and their crews, preparation, readiness, and doctrine application were evident.”last_img read more

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Day One Agenda is now more important than ever

first_imgAt Daily Kos on this date in 2017—Day 47: Still no funding for children’s health, but a $1 billion tax cut for the Trumps:So this happened today. No, not Republicans deciding they had to take care of the nation’s children and finally passing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. No, not that at all.This: House Republicans voted on their tax cuts bill that would immediately slash $25 billion from Medicare should it pass the Senate, and would give the wealthy a pretty major cash infusion. Like $1 billion to one specific wealthy family.In fact, Trump and his heirs potentially could save more than $1 billion overall under the GOP tax proposal that the House of Representatives passed Thursday, with most of that amount coming from a repeal of the estate tax, according to an analysis NBC News commissioned of Trump’s one known 2005 tax return and his estimated net worth.Nine million children could lose coverage in a matter of weeks. Additionally, 25 million people could lose health care at community health centers, which also haven’t been funded since Sept. 30. States are now preparing letters to send to families to tell them their coverage is going to end. In some states coverage will end next month, in some the month after. So that’s some Christmas greeting for these families to be receiving. At the time that we wrote the Day One Agenda, we did consider whether the Supreme Court would have the ability to reverse these actions and stymie the Day One Agenda. With the Court’s new 6-to-3 conservative majority, that concern is even more acute. But that can’t be a reason to avoid all executive action implementing already-passed laws. Besides, if you use these powers to give tangible benefits for the public, the Court, which at least is aware of public opinion, will have to think twice about whether to spend political capital taking them away.Democrats, at long last, have to try to make progress—and the Day One Agenda gives them that potential. Over the next several weeks, we will be adding to our list of what the Biden administration can do without passing new laws. And we will keep tabs on the 277 executive actions that came out of the Biden-Sanders unity task force documents, and how many the incoming administration will actually carry out.The Day One Agenda took on new importance because of the election, but in reality it was always important, because it was always in the realm of a president’s powers. It’s gratifying that the dominant media has begun to understand this, and they can follow our lead in examining the results.THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGTOP COMMENTS • RESCUED DIARIESQUOTATION“The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment – the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world.”         ~~Sebastiãn Marincolo  TWEET OF THE DAYBLAST FROM THE PAST- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Invitation to express interest in renting space during the 53rd Vinkovci Autumn event

first_imgThe company NOVOSTI doo, Jurja Dalmatinca 29, 32100 Vinkovci, co-organizers of the event Vinkovci Autumn, has announced a public call for expressions of interest for renting space during the event 53rd Vinkovci AutumnFor rent are available:Tent (approx. 1500 m2) – Trg Vinkovačkih jeseni – tent rental for catering servicesRestaurant space – 2 restaurant spaces – Trg dr. Franje Tuđmana (Parking lot of Hotel Slavonija)Stands and other facilities – Trg dr. Franje Tuđmana (Hotel Slavonija Parking)Exhibitors who sell handicrafts, various family farms, and other occasional sales may only exhibit at the stands. Food may not be sold at the stand on the principle of charging for food consumption. Such activities are performed exclusively in cottages. Rental prices for restaurant space, stands and other facilities refer to the entire duration of the event of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns, ie from 7 to 16 September 2018. The houses and stands have a basic electricity connection of 5kW for restaurants, and 500W for stands and houses, and the fee for the use of electricity is 50 kuna per stand, or 100 kuna per house for all 10 days of the event. The rental price for restaurants includes a basic connection to the water supply network.”All interested natural and legal persons, registered to perform activities, are invited to submit a request by July 10, 2018 for the lease of space for catering services and rental of wooden houses and stands for occasional sale from September 07 to 16 at the event Vinkovci Autumn. ” stand out from the News.Expression of interest is done in writing and must contain a detailed description of the products and services to be offered, the designation (number) of the space for which you are applying.See the full text of the Call and the application form HERElast_img read more

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