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Career focus: East Anglia

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Career focus: East AngliaOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A region by region look at working in HR in the UK.  This month we investigate East Anglia.  Edited by Ross Wigham, e-mail: [email protected] outpost is UK’s most dynamic IT hubThe most easterly part of England has often been seen as a leafy touristoutpost, famous for its inland waterways and historical sites. However, itsstable local economy coupled with its proximity to London and the South East ismaking East Anglia a popular choice for modern jobseekers. The latest labour force survey figures from the Office for NationalStatistics indicate that both employment and unemployment in the region arestable. Figures released in February show that employment has grown by 1.2 per centto 2.73m in the last three months. The seasonally adjusted unemployment ratewas 3.5 per cent (98,000), down by 0.5 per cent on the same period a year ago.And the average claimant count was unchanged at 2.1 per cent with the highestfigure in Great Yarmouth (5.4 per cent) and the lowest in South Cambridgeshireand Uttlesford (0.8 per cent). Neil Barlow, chair of the Mid and North Anglia branch of the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has been based in the region for20 years. He says the economy and jobs scene in the region has now reached a pivotalpoint. “It’s at a peculiar stage at present because the recruitment freezeseems to be over but there aren’t massive staff shortages. The building andproperty sector is very healthy and so is local government and retail,” headds. According to Barlow, the market is predominantly made up of small tomedium-sized firms rather than huge corporate employers. Based near Cambridge, Barlow says the IT sector is the most dynamic and healthyin the area. There are around 3,000 members in his CIPD branch with recruitment andretention issues currently at the top of the agenda. Salaries and benefits are crucial to HR professionals in the area because ofthe rising house prices and the lure of higher pay in London and the SouthEast. “It’s a great place to work and we have few of the problems that Londonoften experiences, such as traffic and overcrowding. It’s a good mix becausethere are cathedral cities and plenty of countryside. The quality of life isvery high. “In general, it’s fairly easy for employers to recruit staff althoughthere are some shortages around particular specialisms.” The regional branch has a full programme of events scheduled for the rest ofthe year including seminars on employment law, managing diversity, mentalhealth at work and coaching and mentoring. The area is also home to many employees who commute into London, rather thanliving in the capital itself. Cambridge is of course famous for it’s prestigious university, but the areais also home to the popular choiceof radical thinkers, the University of EastAnglia. Living in the regionEducation:Statistics in the Region in Figures report from the Office forNational Statistics show that pupil/teacher ratios in the East of England areslightly higher than the national average. However, the average class size isbelow the national average at 26.1 for both primary and secondary schools. Some50.1 of males and 60.8 per cent of females get five or more GCSEs – above thenational average. Transport:Public transport, although adequate, is not as extensive asother parts of the UK. Anglia Railways currently provides the train servicesacross Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich. It also connects the area to Londonalthough the franchise is due to change hands. Norwich International Airport offers a selection of flights toEuropean destinations. National Express and First buses cover a range of routesacross the region. The port of nearby Harwich has regular ferries cruising to TheNetherlands, Denmark and Germany.Culture/lifestyle:The area is home to many nature reserves, country parks,commons and picnic areas as well as a range of exciting waterways. Cathedralcities and ancient history combine across the region to make it one of the mostpleasant places to live. The larger conurbations include Norwich, Ipswich,Great Yarmouth and Cambridge.Housing:According to official Land Registry figures, the average priceof a property in the region is £155,364. At the top end of the market anaverage detached house will cost around £211,518 while at the opposite end ofthe scale a flat/maisonette will sell for £100,630. The average price of asemi-detached home is significantly cheaper than London or the South East at £134,984.Company profileAnglian Home ImprovementsStaff: 4,400Based: NorwichThe company, which manufactures and fits home improvementproducts, was formed in Norfolk in 1966 and now operates nationwide. The headoffice is based in Norwich and employs around 2,800 staff.Retail division HR manager Kristina Clarke has worked in thearea since January, after relocating from Peterborough.She moved to the region for family reasons and says the movehas been fulfilling in both personal and professional terms.”I moved to Norfolk about a year ago and the area itselfis a great place to work. I’m really enjoying it and there’s plenty offacilities. It also has a really good mix of town and county,” she says.”We recruit all types of staff as we have factories aswell as offices. It depends on the role, but on the whole it’s very comfortablein terms of recruitment.”According to Clarke, the lack of major motorways can be adownside but getting around and commuting to work are rarely problematic.”We’re based on the outskirts of Norwich, but traffic isusually fine.”It’s a great place to work with a really enjoyableenvironment.”Move here for…Great surroundingsFabulous coastline, hiking and rambling and 200 miles of inland waterways.Culinary delightsTV favourite Delia Smith and turkey baron Bernard Matthews are two localcelebritiesUniversityCambridge is world renowned as a centre of learningBut beware of…TransportThe area can be a little isolatedAlan PartridgeThe brainchild of comedian Steve Coogan – so expect to be the butt of jokes ifyou choose NorwichThat Sinking feeling…Scientists predict that parts of the region could disappear into the sea. Manyparts are disappearing before your very eyes – Happisburgh, for instance.HR contacts and local information read more

Thank you Second Ward Councilman Salvatore Gullace

first_imgTo the Editor:I am writing this letter on behalf of all the residents of Meadow Street in the Second Ward. We would like to give out a very big thank you to our council member, namely Salvatore Gullace.When he is called about anything in the Second Ward that requires his attention, he is like Johnnie on the spot, right there to see how he can help to correct the problem at hand.The residents on Meadow Street have an overgrown tree problem and a very dark street issue here, and it is not safe to walk the block after dark. One call, and Mr. Gullace was here, contacting other departments about the problem at hand.Then after that Sal was contacted once more about a very large water condition in one of the houses on the block. Again he was here on the job and took control of what our needs were going to be until the water problem was corrected the next day.The City of Bayonne can be proud that it has such a concerned person such as Sal on its city council. JOHN N. PUGH, SR.last_img read more

ADM reduces trans fats with non-hydrogenated alternatives

first_imgADM Speciality Oils & Fats (Koog aan de Zaan, the Netherlands) has extended its range of low trans fat products to provide a healthier variation to traditional fats in bakery, confectionery and frying applications.Pura low trans fat shortening consists of unhydrogenated vegetable oils and can be used in cakes, crèmes and short pastry. The company says the brand offers good mouthfeel and flavour release, while ensuring a shelf-life of six months. It also has a smooth texture and lower oxidation levels, says ADM. Pura low trans fat margarine for puff pastry features reduced salt levels and no hydrogenated fat. The product contains vegetable oils that are refined, de-odorised and then emulsified with an aqueous phase containing salt. It is then processed to give a firm, smooth texture, making it suitable for hot and cold applications.For the confectionery sector, ADM has developed Chocovit Plus low trans fat cocoa butter equivalents and cocoa butter improvers. These offer alternatives to highly saturated lauric cocoa butter substitutes and high trans fat cocoa butter replacers. Certain qualities of the brand are compatible with cocoa butter, so the two can be blended.last_img read more

January 4th To Be Declared “Day Of The Doors” By Mayor of Los Angeles

first_imgIt is hard to believe that The Doors released their self-titled debut album nearly 50 years ago. To celebrate the January 4th, 1967 Elektra Records release of the now legendary album, the Los Angeles-based band will be honored by the city’s Mayor, Eric Garrett, and Councilmember Mike Bonin.According to a statement via The Doors website, January 4th will be proclaimed the “Day Of The Doors” by the mayor, along with surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore, and family members of Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek. The celebration will take place at “Venice” sign, at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues.Densmore stated, “Very apropos that The Doors are jumpstarting our 50th in Venice where we started….Our songs sprang up out of the Pacific like beautiful, edible silver fish… and apparently the world took a big bite.”Councilmember Bonin explained, “Venice is a place where many have chased their pleasures or dug their treasures. It is a place that birthed The Doors and taught us all to cherish the funky, weird, and world-renowned vibe that Jim, Ray, Robby, and John helped make famous….I am very happy to be amongst the feast of friends celebrating The Doors’ 50th anniversary, and I thank the band, their management, and the Venice Chamber of Commerce for making this celebration possible.”The self-titled EP featured classic tracks such as “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” “The Crystal Ship,” “Light My Fire,” and the magnum opus “The End.” The Doors went on to become one of the most recognized bands of the 60’s, with lead singer Jim Morrison becoming not only a major sex symbol, but one of the most enigmatic artists of the generation.“Break On Through (To the Other Side)”:last_img read more

Prince’s Catalog From 1995–2010 Released On Major Streaming Services

first_imgSince Prince‘s death in April of 2016, the iconic artist’s catalog has been slowly being released on major streaming services. After Sony Legacy announced earlier in the summer that it had won the rights to the “bulk” of Prince’s back catalog—specifically the albums he released after leaving Warner Bros. in the mid-’90s—the first fruits of this legal effort have been released this week. In conjunction with the Prince Estate, a portion of Prince’s catalog will now be offered on major streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play, offering up 23 albums and a new anthology of his music spanning from 1995 to 2010.This newly released anthology features 23 albums, many of which have never been available to listeners at home to stream or download. Featuring a mix of live and studio releases, the earliest album offered is 1995’s The Gold Experience, working its way through to Prince’s aptly named 2010 release, 20Ten. Furthermore, the new batch of releases also includes Anthology: 1995–2010, which features 37 songs highlighting this era in the beloved pop icon’s career.In addition to the anthology, in full, the new batch of releases includes:The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)Chaos and Disorder (1996)Emancipation (1996)Crystal Ball (1998)The Truth (1998)Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)The Rainbow Children (2001)One Nite Alone… (2002)One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)Xpectation (2003)N.E.W.S. (2003)C-Note (2004)Musicology (2004)The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)3121 (2006)Planet Earth (2007)Indigo Nights (2008)LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)MPLSoUND (2009)20Ten (2010)[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra Announces 2020 Jamaican Jam In The Sand

first_imgDark Star Orchestra has revealed plans for their eighth annual Jamaican Jam In The Sand, returning to the all-inclusive Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, January 14th-18th, 2020.While the days at Jamaican Jam In The Sand are open to the beach and enjoying everything the resort has to offer, the nights are reserved under the stars with Dark Star Orchestra, along with very special guests Melvin Seals & JGB and Donna The Buffalo. The Grateful Dead tribute band will perform two-set shows on each of the four consecutive nights, while the rest of the lineup will perform three shows each. Expect several collaborations across the board!Packages for Jam In The Sand include four nights at the Jewel Paradise Cove Resort, which includes luxurious accommodations from guest rooms to butler-service suites; all meals and snacks at 6 restaurants; unlimited Premium Drinks at 6 bars; daily Activities and Entertainment; enhanced water sports activities center featuring sunset cruises, glass-bottom boat tours, reef snorkeling excursions; Hobie Cat and non-motorized water sports; complimentary green fees at the (18) hole championship Runaway Bay Golf Club; complimentary WIFI resort-wide; weekly; dive-in Movies; fitness center training and a myriad of classes, a Paracourse (Fit Trail®) that spans the entire property with strategically placed workout stations; and airport transfers from Montego Bay Sangster International Airport; along with all the music you could possible want. All information can be found here.Returning Jam In The Sand-ers will receive a pre-sale token code, which begins on Monday, May 13th at 10 a.m. (EST) and will run through Tuesday, May 14th at 11:59 p.m. (EST). . Public on-sale begins on Wednesday, 15th at 9 a.m. (EST) here.last_img read more

‘Disappearing’ Chilean art

first_imgIn the years following Augusto Pinochet’s military coup, Chilean artists created works in fear and solidarity, and out of defiance. Many of those creations, from street art in Santiago to dance performances abroad, were ephemeral, making them difficult to historicize.A new exhibition at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts aims to stem the loss of those important works. “Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now” presents several performance-based works from that politically charged time in partnership with a younger cohort of Chilean artists.“I felt it was important to do this exhibition while the artists who made work in the ’70s are still here with us, and can attest to their memories and legacies,” said Liz Munsell, visiting curator at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. “I also invited three artists of an emerging generation, all born in the ’70s, to create new works in collaboration with artists who made art in the ’70s. We are not recreating the original performances or making a theater of a very specific context. Rather, the new works are reconstructions or responses to the original works, and to the loss of them.”Human rights abuses marked Pinochet’s near 20 years in power, with more than 3,500 deaths and disappearances. Some estimates put the number of exiled Chileans at 200,000.Dancer Carolina Escobillana practices her blocking, shrouded by a stage prop. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“The challenge with ephemeral art is that often there are conflicting memories of what happened, or competing narratives,” said Munsell, who is also assistant curator of contemporary art and special initiatives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “This exhibition emphasized the many exchanges that took place between artists in Chile and those who were abroad. The myth of Chile’s isolation dates back to dictatorial times when some artists inside the country believed artists who left were abandoning the struggle, while some exiled artists thought those who remained in the country were collaborating with the dictatorship. It was a sad reflection of the divisiveness and trauma caused by the dictatorship. Some of these dynamics continue to affect the construction of art history in Chile today.”Among the works on display in “Embodied Absence,” which runs through Jan. 8, is a video by Cecilia Vicuña, who resided in England and Colombia in the years immediately following the coup. Her 16 mm colorful film “Sol y Dar y Dad,” part of a series inspired by the act of writing as power, shares exhibit space with “A Mile of Crosses on the Pavement” from Lotty Rosenfeld, a founding member of the activist art collective CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte). Rosenfeld created the series by staging road divides with crossed panels of white fabric.With support from the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, “Embodied Absence” features works by 15 artists, including a reimagining of an earlier work by Carmen Beuchat, this called “Two not One II, 2016.” The dancer, choreographer, and founder of her own postmodern dance company in Chile moved to the United States in 1968 intending to study with Merce Cunningham. In 1975, she first staged her experimental “Two not One” in New York, playing with sculptural objects and choreographed movements in lines and circular shapes.Dancing abroad in Italy with Trisha Brown’s company in 1973, Beuchat recalled: “When the coup happened, my life did change. It was my country. It was like my mother and father were killed.” Her family encouraged her not to return to Chile following the coup.Dancers Carolina Escobillana (left) and Paula Sacur review their choreography, a reconstruction of and response to an original ’70s performance. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“Two not One, 1975” and “Two not One II, 2016” are built around the concept of the mobile sculpture. Beuchat took inspiration from the Indian god Shiva, a half-man, half-woman deity, and added ideas of shadow and light.“It’s two personas in one piece, and I created this dynamic with dancers using white and black fabrics,” she said.To stage the “Embodied Absence” version of the work, Beuchat and her team used three photographs that she had from the original performance to help recreate the steps. More recently, her dance theorist, Jennifer McColl, discovered 30 photographic slides that provided even more details about the architectonic movements of the dancers — images that are today projected on the gallery wall of the Carpenter Center. Chilean dancers Carolina Escobillana and Paula Sacur performed the piece twice last week surrounded by bright fabric panels created by artists Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta, who were born in Chile in 1974.“So many artists in the ’70s were invested in ideas of collaboration and space-making, noting that the body has its own intelligence and ways of expressing and retaining information that you can’t experience through words or images,” Munsell said. We all have guts that tell us certain things. I wanted to ensure that audiences today could experience some aspects of the historic performance not just as still images, but live — in the flesh — as they originally were.”Savelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s welcomes 406 students to class of 2022

first_imgDominique DeMoe | The Observer In the fall semester of 2018, the circle will open once again as Saint Mary’s welcomes an incoming first-year class of 406 students. These newest Belles were chosen from a record number of 1,861 applications.  The Saint Mary’s Office of Admission has seen a 12 percent increase in enrollment for the class of 2022 compared to last year, director of admission Sarah Gallagher Dvorak said in an email. The number of early decision applicants nearly doubled from the class of 2017, and approximately 86 percent of these students were accepted. Gallagher Dvorak said the class of 2022 is an academically talented group, with an average GPA over 3.7.“We are incredibly excited about the energy surrounding this class,” she said, “Saint Mary’s is an academically challenging institution. It is our goal to ensure that students are growing and developing in a broad cross-section of academic areas. Because of this, our first concern is that all students demonstrate an academic background that will prepare them well for the classroom.”Saint Mary’s will host a variety of skilled students, including a playwright and producer, a nationally competitive figure skater, a National qualifier in Irish Dance, an author, a contestant on the PBS Kids Show “Making the Grade,” as well as a large number of athletes, team captains and student body presidents.  The incoming class is also noted for its philanthropy and passion for service work.“We look for students who already exemplify the core values that make our College special: a passion and calling for serving others, leadership skills and a diversity of interests and variety of life experiences and backgrounds,” Gallagher Dvorak said.The College continues to see growth in diversity, Gallagher Dvorak said. The class of 2022 represents 35 states and 3 countries while approximately 22 percent of its members are students of color.“[Saint Mary’s is] proud of the work we’ve done to attract such a diverse group of students and plan to continue to build upon it in the coming year,” she said.  “We believe that diversity in cultures, backgrounds, experiences and thoughts enrich the educational and co-educational experiences of our students at Saint Mary’s. Through increased diversity, we see greater rigor in the classroom and intangible assets such as richer discussions, a more thoughtful debate of ideas and greater personal and intellectual growth of our students.”About 26 percent of the incoming class hold familial alumna connections.Dvorak said the new students will help contribute to and enrich Saint Mary’s campus culture.“They will learn from one another and help to expand the world views of their fellow Belles as they interact both in and out of the classroom,” she said. “We’re excited to watch them make this transition to successful and well-adjusted college students at Saint Mary’s.”Tags: Class of 2022, Saint Mary’s Admissions, Welcome Weekend 2018last_img read more

Farm Business Training

first_imgThe University of Georgia is combining its expertise in agriculture and economic development into a one-day conference later this month. “The partnership between UGA Extension and the Small Business Development Center is a great example of Cooperative Extension and public service working together and pooling our resources to offer better service to our clientele,” Johnson said. Farmers face the same challenges as any small business, and that’s where the SBDC and university’s other resources can help, Finney said. She regularly works with her local UGA Extension office when advising clients and hopes this conference will be a gateway to the entire lineup of assistance UGA offers. The UGA Small Business Development Center, a unit of Public Service and Outreach, along with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension will host a Georgia Farm Business Education Conference in Tifton on Feb. 25. Agriculture is the biggest industry in the state with a value of $14.1 billion in 2014, according to UGA’s Farm Gate Value report released last fall. The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $69, or $49 for attendees who register before Feb. 12. Experts from across the university will discuss topics such as cash flow, agritourism and exports. The program was designed with an eye toward the variety of needs for a wide range of businesses related to agriculture. “We do work across units,” Finney said. “It was very important to bring the entities together to have a complete program. I think when people realize the resources the university has, they just get more exposure to what they can come back to after the program.” “UGA is known for resources for agriculture and agribusiness,” said Debbie Finney, UGA SBDC Albany area director. “We wanted to focus on the business side of farming. But at the same time, you can’t do that without bringing in experts from both sides.” Laura Perry Johnson, UGA’s associate dean for Extension, said her office was excited to work with the SBDC on the conference. For more information or to register, see read more

Stantec named one of country’s fastest-growing engineering firms

first_imgStantec is the second-fastest growing design firm in the country, according to The Zweig Letter s 2009 Hot Firm List, which identifies the 200 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental firms in the United States. The annual list recognizes Stantec, which has two offices in Vermont, as outperforming the economy and competitors.The 2009 Hot Firm List is based on a comparison of gross revenue for both fiscal year 2005 and fiscal year 2008, as verified by financial statements or income tax returns reviewed by third parties. During this period Stantec s gross revenue increased 233 percent, from $194 million to $646.7 million. Our business model has really pulled us through the recent economic turbulence, says Rich Allen, Stantec senior vice president and leader of the company s operations on the US East Coast. We ve created an extremely diverse company, both in geography and in market sectors, which has served us well as the housing, development, and related markets have stalled.The company also moved up in the rankings recently published by Engineering News Record (ENR), the industry s most prominent publication. Basing their results on total firm revenues, ENR ranked Stantec number 28 on its annual Top Global Design Firms list, compared to number 35 in 2008. The magazine also placed Stantec in the top 10 in the world on its specific water, hazardous waste, and sewer/waste market lists. Stantec was listed at number 69 on Architectural Record s annual Top 250 Architecture Firms list as well.Between 2005 and 2008, Stantec s employee count also rose rapidly throughout North America and specifically in New England, primarily thanks to the acquisition of several firms with a strong local presence, including Dufresne-Henry, which added offices in North Springfield and South Burlington, Vermont.Stantec currently employs a staff of more than 440 in New England, with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The firm s services throughout the region range from environmental impact studies for wind farms, to municipal infrastructure and transportation design, to landscape architecture and mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering for buildings.Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets, at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through approximately 10,000 employees operating out of over 130 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX and on the NYSE under the symbol STN. Source: Stantec SOUTH BURLINGTON VT (August 26, 2009) TSX, NYSE: STNlast_img read more