Local government starts recruiting graduate talent

first_imgA graduate development scheme will be launched for local government thismonth to develop its future leaders. The Employers Organisation for Local Government has teamed up with 42councils to recruit graduates, and provide them with a two-year managementdevelopment programme. Fifty-three candidates will start a three-day induction on 23 September forthe National Graduate Development Programme. They will then be placed withindividual councils and rotated through three different management developmentroles, including frontline services, policy and support services. Tim Hodey, consultant on the NGDP, said: “The scheme provides localgovernment with an ideal platform to raise its profile, especially among youngpeople, who make up only 6 per cent of its workforce and who rarely see it asan employer of choice. “It will also stimulate recruitment in the sector at a time when skillshortages are prevalent.” While tight recruitment budgets and intense private sector competition haveundermined individual councils’ attempts to attract graduates in the past, theEmployers’ Organisation for Local Government secured funding of £400,000 upuntil 2004 to market and centrally recruit talent. The councils will pay them astarting salary of £18,417 a year. This has been benchmarked at a level that isaffordable to councils and yet also attractive to ambitious graduates, explainedHodey. The Employers’ Organisation is also developing a post-graduate qualificationfor the participants. Hodey said: “Local government needs people who can develop councils andcreate a fresh approach to the delivery of services. Our graduates have beenrecruited for their management and leadership skills – the future leaders oflocal government.” Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters,said the importance of a co-ordinated, well-marketed recruitment campaign cannotbe underestimated. “You can’t dispel the myths if you are not marketingyourselves. Local government is at last sending out a message that it investsheavily in its future senior managers,” he said. By Mike Broad Local government starts recruiting graduate talentOn 17 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Redfin revenue grows as it races to hire more agents

first_img Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Email Address* Glenn Kelman (Randy Stewart via Flickr)The hot housing market has crowned another winner: Redfin.The discount brokerage reported revenue of $866.1 million in 2020, up 14 percent year-over-year. While it reported a net loss of $18.3 million, that was an improvement from its loss of $80.3 million in 2019.Like other firms, Redfin got a boost after U.S. home sales surged during the second half of 2020.The brokerage reported $14 million in profits during the fourth quarter, compared to a $7.8 million loss during the same period in 2019. Its quarterly revenue rose 5 percent year-over-year to $244.5 million.The firm said January sales were up 24 percent year-over-year.But inventory has hit “rock bottom,” CEO Glenn Kelman said during an earnings call Wednesday.“The housing market is now like a Soviet-era supermarket with most of the shelves empty,” he said, noting that inventory plunged 26 percent year-over-year in January.During an earnings call Wednesday, Kelman said Redfin faced another unusual challenge last year as the housing market rebounded: too few agents.Read moreRedfin to buy RentPath for $608M Redfin to publish broker commissions Redfin to publish flood data Message* The firm, which employs salaried agents (which it calls lead agents), said during the fourth quarter, customer demand rose 54 percent year-over-year. But even though recruiting was up 79 percent in December and January, Redfin won’t have enough agents to meet that demand until June 2021. “We’re hiring lead agents faster than ever,” Kelman said.Ahead of its earnings report, Redfin announced a deal to buy RentPath for $608 million. The acquisition will allow it to compete for customers seeking rentals and sales.Redfin has positioned itself as one of the more progressive brokerages. It recently said it would publish commission information on its listings, for example. It’s also one of the first firms to list flood data online. But it has also been criticized for its efforts around diversity.During the call, Kelman also acknowledged those efforts, including a company-wide mandate to hire more people of color. He said Redfin turned some customers away because it lacked enough staff.“But what I’ve concluded from this experience is that you have to pay the most attention to diversity when it feels that you can least afford to do so,” he said. “When your company is in crisis and has to reduce costs, or when you’re hiring hand over fist … Those are the moments when people make decisions on instinct surfacing primordial biases.”Contact E.B. Solomont Full Name* glenn kelmanredfinResidential BrokeragesResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Crash Involving School Bus

first_imgCrash Involving School BusNOVEMBER 3RD, 2016 CHRIS CERENELLI EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a crash involving a school bus.It happened Thursday around 3:00pm on Old State Rd. south of Knollview Drive.Deputies say a car was headed south on Old State Rd. when the driver rounded a curve and saw the bus stopped, unloading students.The driver veered into the front of the bus to avoid hitting the students crossing the road.There were about 35 students still on board the bus at the time, but no one was hurt.Henderson County Police Search for Suspect After Early Morning Chase                                                                           NOVEMBER 4TH, 2016                                                                  TOMMY MASON HENDERSON, KENTUCKY Henderson County Sheriffs Deputies are trying to track down a driver who led them on an early morning chase.  According to dispatchers, the chase started when deputies tried to stop a truck at Arby’s along Highway 41.   That’s when the suspect took off.  After a short chase, it ended at Atkinson Park.  The male driver fled the scene on foot.  A female was taken into custody, but police are still looking for the male suspect.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Speech: UK closing statement by Lord Ahmad at the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council

first_imgAs I said during my speech at the Council on 25 February, in an ideal world, states and non-state actors would not violate and abuse human rights. Sadly, we do not live in that ideal world, and that is why the Human Rights Council is such a vitally important part of the rules based international system. The UK continues to be one of the Council’s strongest supporters and we are underlining that commitment by standing for election to the Council next year, for the 2021-2023 term.I welcome the UN’s continuing advocacy on media freedom, including commitments made by the Secretary General. A free media is essential for democracy, economic prosperity and the protection of human rights. All states must come together to remove impediments to a free media and ensure justice for those who commit violence against journalists. We hope ministers from around the world will join us, and our Canadian co-hosts, in London on 10 to 11 July for our international conference to agree a meaningful way forward.This has been an important Council in terms of country resolutions and issues of topical concern. On China, we supported a side event that focused on the situation in Xinjiang and we continue to call on China to implement the recommendations made by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On Venezuela, we co-sponsored a US-led side event that highlighted the human rights situation there, and also supported a joint statement to the Council.Turning to Syria, I welcome the resolution adopted by the Council. The liberation of the last territory held by Daesh is a historic moment, but Syria is far from returning to normal. The international community must continue to highlight ongoing violations and abuses by all sides, and support UN-led efforts for a political resolution. The Commission of Inquiry’s work is vital, and I welcome the renewal of its mandate for another year.I am pleased that the Council renewed the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, with South Sudan’s agreement. This enables the Commission to continue its vital work in monitoring human rights and tackling impunity. The Commission plays an important role in supporting implementation of South Sudan’s peace deal and I urge South Sudan’s continued cooperation.We welcome the adoption of the resolution on the human rights situation in Nicaragua, which highlights restrictions on civil society and the independent press. I am alarmed by the police’s arbitrary use of force against, and arrest of, peaceful protestors last weekend. If Nicaragua is to move forward, the Government must end the repression of its citizens, create the right climate for inclusive political dialogue and participate with genuine intent to reach a peaceful negotiated solution.I welcome the renewal of the mandate for the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran. This provides an important signal that the international community remains concerned with unfair judicial processes that fall significantly below international standards, the arbitrary detention of dual nationals and others, and deterioration in the protection of freedoms of expression and of religion or belief. Iran should grant the Special Rapporteur immediate access so that he can properly fulfil his mandate.Turning to Libya, the resolution underlines the need for all parties, including the Government of National Accord and the UN, to continue to improve the human rights situation. Full support for the UN-led Action Plan will be crucial to address human rights violations and abuses as it provides the best route to a sustainable political settlement, with greater security and stability.I am encouraged by Sri Lanka’s agreement to co-sponsor a further resolution continuing the commitments made to the Human Rights Council in October 2015 and March 2017. The UK will continue to support Sri Lanka as it implements its commitments.Elsewhere, I welcome the renewal of the mandates of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, the Independent Expert for Mali and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK. I also welcome the adoption of the resolution on Human Rights monitoring in the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and AbkhaziaFor the reasons the Foreign Secretary set out in his article, the UK voted against four resolutions on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, tabled under agenda item 7. While we welcome the decision to table a fifth resolution, on accountability, under agenda item 2 in response to the High Commissioner’s report, the UK abstained our explanation of vote because it did not address the actions of non-state actors such as Hamas. I want to stress that these votes should not be misconstrued in any way as a vote against either Palestinian self-determination, or against appropriate and proportionate scrutiny of human rights abuses or illegal settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We remain committed to a two state solution and support justified scrutiny of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories under appropriate agenda items.Finally, I welcome the support for the joint UK and Austrian led statement made in response to the deteriorating human rights situation in Cameroon. This demonstrates widespread concern and strengthens our call for the Government to establish a credible dialogue and accept offers of technical assistance to address the worsening human rights situation.The Human Rights Council has an essential role in bringing states together to address the world’s most pressing human rights issues. The UK will continue to play an active role on the Council and to support its efforts to hold those who violate and abuse human rights to account.last_img read more

Forbes honors student innovators

first_imgJessica Choi ’12 and Dalumuzi Mhlanga ’13 have been named one of three winners of the 2011 College Social Innovator Contest — hosted jointly by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative and the “Common Good” column at Forbes.com.Choi is founder of Beyond the Cardboard, an organization aimed at helping the homeless in two ways: by giving them a voice and by providing them tangible resources to overcome homelessness. Read her winning essay.Mhlanga is founder of Lead Us Today, a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe whose mission is to inspire, mobilize, and empower young people to work together beyond socioeconomic barriers so that they can lead community development efforts. Read his winning essay.last_img read more

Looking back

first_img‘Family-friendly’ communities”These ideas may seem unrelated to a sad anniversary,” Bower said. “But they have been shown to contribute to a community being ‘family-friendly.’ Communities that are characterized by these attitudes and behaviors help promote resilience in the face of tragedy.”While anniversary remembrances can resurrect old feelings of pain and confusion,” he said, “they also offer a way to channel pain and confusion into a sense of control over the events in our lives and a hope for a brighter future.” By Merritt MelanconUniversity of GeorgiaWe’ve gotten on with our lives after the Sept. 11 attacks. The thoughts and feelings we suppressed to do that, though, haven’t gone.As the Pentagon and World Trade Center tragedies’ first anniversary approaches, prepare for some of those post-attack feelings’ and fears’ resurrection, says University of Georgia human development specialist Don Bower.”Anniversaries of tragedies often dredge up painful memories,” said Bower, an associate professor with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Feelings of sadness, isolation, anger, lack of meaning and despair are common, especially if our grieving hasn’t resulted in some sense of resolution.”Forum for sharingAnniversary rituals can help us cope with anticipated grief, Bower said, by providing some structure for our remembrances and a forum in which to share our thoughts with our friends and neighbors.As families and communities consider memorials, Bower said, remember a couple of things that may help promote healing. Recognize that not everyone will experience the same emotions around the anniversary. Although its stages are universal, grief is experienced individually and personally. Understand that others may not share your particular feelings around this tragedy.Not everyone will want to recognize this kind of anniversary. Some will think it’s important to “move on” or that focusing on painful events of the past only makes recovery harder. Write a note of thanks to the public safety professionals such as firefighters, police and EMTs for all they do to protect your community.Donate blood (or money) at a community blood drive.Plant a tree in remembrance of someone special.Volunteer to share your time and talents with a community youth-serving organization.Organize a block party to bring your neighbors closer together.Beautify the landscape in a public area.Visit a senior friend and encourage her or him to reminisce.Respond to everyday affronts such as road rage with forgiveness and courtesy.Speak up when you see other people being demeaned or taken advantage of. Variety of ritualsFor these reasons, Bower says, community remembrances around 9/11 should provide a variety of rituals. Make the “celebration” activities compatible with the moods of your family.Expect TV to be saturated with video images from that time, which can trigger more distress for children and others who may be on edge emotionally. Consider limiting how much of this your family should see.Many communities choose to become active participants in helping heal emotional scars. One of the best ways to do this is to get involved in community service that overpowers the anger and sadness with productive contributions.Positive examplesThese are especially effective when adults and youth work together. Some examples:last_img read more

Oklahoma coal company pans utility’s solar plans in Indiana

first_imgOklahoma coal company pans utility’s solar plans in Indiana FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Alliance Resource Partners is urging Indiana regulators to deny Vectren South’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a proposed 50-megawatt solar facility, according to filings with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.Debate over what would be one of the largest solar projects in Indiana to date is heating up at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, which is expected to enter a final order in the case in the first half of 2019.Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Alliance, along with the entire Indiana coal industry, is opposing plans by Vectren South to shutter about 700 MW of its coal-fired generating capacity by 2023, keeping open only 270-MW Unit 3 at the Culley power plant in Warrick County, Indiana. Alliance has argued that fuel and generation “diversity” is not a sufficient justification for the $76 million project.Alliance, in a regulatory filing last week, said Vectren has never demonstrated the need for additional generating capacity and is expected to have an approximately 200-MW generation surplus in 2025. Given that projection, building the solar project in Perry County, Indiana, merely to diversify the utility’s generation portfolio is ill-advised and could cost Vectren South’s 140,000 ratepayers millions of dollars in unnecessary expense over the years, the coal company contends.Vectren, in a rebuttal to the Alliance filing, disagreed. “As with other solar projects the commission has approved, increasing capacity was never a main driver for the solar project,” Vectren said. “Vectren South presented evidence that the primary drivers for the solar project are diversifying Vectren South’s generation portfolio, complementing existing generation resources, low variable-cost power, and responding to customer desires and encouraging economic development.”Vectren also disputed Alliance’s claim that only a handful of Vectren’s largest customers, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing USA, have encouraged the utility to add more renewable energy resources to its mix.More: Alliance argues against Vectren’s proposed solar project in Indianalast_img read more

Working from home could become new normal post-pandemic

first_img“Energy expenses to power office buildings have certainly declined with the introduction of the work-from-home policy. However, we are also investing more in the technology to support the smooth running of the policy,” PT Unilever Indonesia human resources director Willy Saelan told the Post in a written statement.The publicly listed consumer goods giant reported no loss in productivity since implementing the policy on March 16. And in line with the goal of maintaining productivity, the company allowed its employees to borrow its ergonomic chairs to be used at home.It has also adopted a number of initiatives to ensure the well-being of its employees, including holding a regular health talk with the company’s doctors, conducting online classes on healthy living and providing around-the-clock online psychological services for those who may be experiencing anxieties during the outbreak.Homegrown agritech start-up TaniHub, whose online grocery platform has experienced significant growth amid the outbreak, reported that its travel expenses had reduced by 50 percent since it implemented the work-from-home policy in its headquarters in Jakarta on March 18, TaniHub Group finance director Edison Tobing reported.“TaniHub Group management is currently considering the implementation of a flexible working space system or a work-from-home system post-outbreak as a form of benefit for employees,” TaniHub Group vice president of corporate services Astri Purnamasari told the Post on Friday.For companies that have made an early investment in digital technology, including TaniHub, they are now seeing the benefits manifest.“As a technology-based company, working from home is something that all Shopee employees are accustomed to doing,” said Shopee public relations lead Aditya Maulana Noverdi.The e-commerce platform reported a business-as-usual scenario in its company’s operations, from campaigns to shipping, despite the outbreak.State-owned telecommunications firm Telkomsel is also feeling the benefit of the digital transformation processes it had implemented prior to the outbreak, Telkomsel vice president of corporate communications Denny Abidin noted.Telecommunications firm Indosat Ooredoo, on the other hand, has been using a flexible working arrangement program called iWork since 2016. Employees are allowed to work remotely every week, wherever they please.Indosat Ooredoo director and chief human resources officer Irsyad Sahroni explained that several technical adjustments needed to be made during the ongoing outbreak, but the implementation of remote work had so far resulted in an overall increase in the company’s performance.According to a 2019 report by brand consultancy firm Buffer, of over 2,400 people it surveyed from across the globe, two out of five said the biggest benefit of remote work was having a flexible schedule.Tadjudin Noer Effendi, a labor expert from Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University, said that if companies continued to implement remote work after the pandemic, they would not only be able to reduce productivity loss due to traffic congestion, but also other costs as a result of the policy, including expensive office rent and childcare services, he said on Friday.Nonetheless, he sounded a note of alarm that there would be “a great overhaul”, as the increase in productivity on one end could potentially lead to less employment on another.He also questioned whether the majority of the workforce could still perform while not being supervised.Research firm Accenture, however, said in a 2017 report on digital transformation that such concern was based on a myth, as in workplaces where employees were empowered to choose when and where they worked, their anxieties were reduced and productivity increased. This article is part of The Jakarta Post’s “Forging the New Norm” series about how people are adjusting to the new realities of COVID-19 in Indonesia.Remote work has been a growing trend with the rise of the gig economy, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought it into the mainstream faster than many people initially expected.After approximately two months of implementing a work-from-home policy as an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, companies are reporting the benefits of remote work and some are gearing up to practice it for the long term. Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) deputy chairman Bob Azam told The Jakarta Post on May 15 that it would be quite logical for companies to extend their work-from-home policy or adopt some form of flexible working arrangement after the pandemic.“I think it’s quite logical, considering that during a recovery period, we need to carry out safety protocols and continue social distancing measures, aside from other new procedures,” he said, adding that companies would most likely open their office spaces for only 50 percent of their workers to abide by health protocols.He explained that companies’ investment in digitizing their workplaces would be an added cost, but that the cost could be covered by cost-savings on other fronts. With office buildings remaining vacant, utility costs could be significantly reduced, saving enough to pay for the digitization agenda, he said.The Post interviewed executives of a number of companies across different sectors to ask them whether they had seen any benefits during the work-from-home program in the past couple of weeks and whether they were planning to implement some form of remote work post-pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Drewry: Chinese Players Lead M&As in Port Sector

first_imgThe outlook for global container port demand growth is now more optimistic and Chinese players are on the acquisition trail in an aggressive and highly confident manner, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Drewry’s container port demand forecast is more positive than in last year’s report, exhibiting a 4% CAGR and adding a further 152 million TEU of port throughput to the global total by 2021. This is a consequence of improved port throughput growth rates in the second half of 2016 and into 2017, and a more positive general global economic outlook.However, there remain numerous risks and uncertainties at present, including tensions in the Middle East and Korean peninsula, the protectionist and unpredictable stance of the US administration, and the impact of Brexit. This is one reason why the global container port capacity is projected to increase by a CAGR of 2.7%, based on confirmed additions only.“While there are certainly some encouraging signs for the demand growth outlook, the risk profile for terminal operators has increased and most of the traditional global/international players remain cautious. The exception to this are the Chinese port companies who are pursuing expansion and investment both at home and overseas in an unprecedentedly aggressive manner,” Neil Davidson, Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals, said.Merger and acquisition activity in the port sector is at a high level. About USD 3.1 billion worth of deals have been struck so far in 2017, driven by Chinese companies such as Cosco Shipping Ports and China Merchants Ports. In the last year, more than half of the acquisitions by global/international terminal operators have been made by Chinese players.Cosco Shipping Ports has moved up Drewry’s operator league table as a result of the merger of Cosco and China Shipping, and will move further up in the coming years due to the acquisition of Noatum and OOCL’s terminals. The China Cosco Shipping group is projected to add the most capacity of any of the global/international terminal operators over the next five years.“The Chinese players are more comfortable with risk than the established international operators right now, and have a geo-political strategy rather than a purely financial one. They are snapping up assets and opportunities and have the appetite and financial clout to take many more in the coming years,” added Davidson.last_img read more

Equinor sets new carbon intensity reduction targets

first_imgNorwegian energy company and LNG player Equinor has launched its new climate roadmap aiming to reduce the net carbon intensity of energy produced by at least 50 percent by 2050. Equinor added in its statement that it also aims to grow renewable energy capacity tenfold by 2026, developing as a global offshore wind major, and is aiming to reach carbon neutral global operations by 2030.“Today we are setting new short-, mid- and long-term ambitions to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions and to shape our portfolio in line with the Paris Agreement,” Equinor’s president and CEO Eldar Sætre said.The ambition to reduce net carbon intensity by at least 50% by 2050 takes into account scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, from initial production to final consumption. By 2050 each unit of energy produced will, on average, have less than half of the emissions compared to today. The ambition is expected to be met primarily through significant growth in renewables and changes in the scale and composition of the oil and gas portfolio.In 2026, Equinor expects a production capacity from renewable projects of 4 to 6 GW.The scale and composition of Equinor’s oil and gas portfolio, and the efficiency of its operations, will play a key role in achieving Equinor’s net carbon intensity ambition, the company said.In January 2020, Equinor unveiled a set of ambitions to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 percent by 2030, 70 percent by 2040 and towards near zero by 2050.The ambition can be realized through electrification projects, energy efficiency measures and new value chains such as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen.Equinor is aiming to reduce the CO2 intensity of its globally operated oil and gas production to below 8 kg per barrel of oil equivalent by 2025, five years earlier than the previous ambition. The current global industry average is 18 kg CO2 per barrel.last_img read more