DTI promotes firms’ work-life policies with share of £10.5m

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Nearly 100 private, public and voluntary sector employers are to benefitfrom the DTI’s £10.5m Challenge Fund to promote work-life balance policies. The fund provides free consultancy support for employers who want to developand implement good policies and working practices for their workforce. Lesleyanne Freeman, HR director for Leicestershire Constabulary, one of the93 organisations to benefit from the fund, said the award would help the forcechallenge work patterns and culture while maintaining its operationalefficiency. She said, “The constabulary will be employing consultancy support tosupplement work being undertaken by its internal personnel and management team.This is to explore practical ways in which it can improve recruitment andretention and develop employment initiatives which optimise work-lifeopportunities for all its employees, both police officers and supportstaff.” www.dti.gov.uk DTI promotes firms’ work-life policies with share of £10.5mOn 31 Jul 2001 in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Low temperature bioremediation of oil-contaminated soil using biostimulation and bioaugmentation with a Pseudomonas sp. from maritime Antarctica

first_imgAims: To identify native Antarctic bacteria capable of oil degradation at low temperatures.Methods and Results: Oil contaminated and pristine soils from Signy Island (South Orkney Islands, Antarctica) were examined for bacteria capable of oil degradation at low temperatures. Of the 300 isolates cultured, Pseudomonas strain ST41 grew on the widest range of hydrocarbons at 4°C. ST41 was used in microcosm studies of low temperature bioremediation of oil-contaminated soils. Microcosm experiments showed that at 4°C the levels of oil degradation increased, relative to the controls, with (i) the addition of ST41 to the existing soil microbial population (bioaugmentation), (ii) the addition of nutrients (biostimulation) and to the greatest extent with (iii) a combination of both treatments (bioaugmentation and biostimulation). Addition of water to oil contaminated soil (hydration) also enhanced oil degradation, although less than the other treatments. Analysis of the dominant species in the microcosms after 12 weeks, using temporal temperature gradient gel electrophoresis, showed Pseudomonas species to be the dominant soil bacteria in both bioaugmented and biostimulated microcosms.Conclusions: Addition of water and nutrients may enhance oil degradation through the biostimulation of indigenous oil-degrading microbial populations within the soil. However, bioaugmentation with Antarctic bacteria capable of efficient low temperature hydrocarbon degradation may enhance the rate of bioremediation if applied soon after the spill.Significance and Impact of the Study: In the future, native soil bacteria could be of use in bioremediation technologies in Antarctica.last_img read more

Did you miss these stories over the weekend?

first_imgThe Hudson County freeholders and other local officials took a tour of the under-construction High Tech High School campus in Secaucus on June 15. The school is on track to open September 2018, moving from High Tech’s current North Bergen campus. The school is a highly competitive public countywide high school that accepts students from all local towns. The current High Tech campus is set to become North Bergen High School some time in 2019. Officials from the Hudson County Schools of Technology also were on hand for the tour. The $160 million, 360,000 square foot school lies across 23 acres, and is located next to Laurel Hill Park. It will feature 100 classrooms, a green roof, swimming pool, geothermal heating, windmills, and a 398 seat gym, among other refinements. As a regional magnet school, High Tech is known as one of the more challenging schools to gain admission to in New Jersey. Click here for more. Hoboken residents will have several more mayoral candidates to consider this November after Mayor Dawn Zimmer made a surprise announcement Tuesday that she will not run for re-election in November. At a press conference on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. (about which the media was notified only the night before), Zimmer said she wants to focus on fighting against climate change. She also endorsed Council President Ravi Bhalla for her seat. The haste of the announcement confused some of Zimmer’s supporters, and spurred others to action. Within two days of her announcement, another council ally of hers said she may run for mayor as well, as did Freeholder Anthony Romano. “I’m in shock,” said Assemblywoman and Zimmer ally Annette Chaparro on Tuesday after the announcement. “I’m completely surprised. This is going to take a while to digest.” At the press conference Tuesday, Zimmer referred to the current presidential administration’s intended withdrawal from international climate change agreements. “I’ve decided not to seek reelection this November,” said Zimmer. “It’s been a very difficult decision; however, as many people know, I consider the issue of climate change and resiliency to be an urgent issue facing our city, our state, and our nation. I’m certainly proud that Hoboken is on track to be protected from climate change [due to a federally approved funding plan called Rebuild by Design]. But while our city is on the right track, our country no longer is.” Click here for more.Reflecting a dramatic change in the direction of development for Journal Square over the last three decades, local developers and public officials cut the ribbon on June 21 on 3 Journal Square. For decades, city leaders envisioned Journal Square as a kind of back office location for businesses, so many developers proposed office space. This resulted in long delayed redevelopment of an area once considered the center of the city. But now the area – away from the waterfront, but including a hub for PATH trains and buses – is undergoing a renaissance. Mayor Steven Fulop said Journal Square became a focus of his administration and it was a priority to move development beyond the waterfront area to other parts of the city. Taking advantage of its proximity to the Journal Square transportation hub, this and other projects such as the Journal Squared project across the street focused on bringing residential development to the area. For 3 Journal Square, this has become a rebirth, and according to officials connected with the project, the latest sign of a renaissance underway in the neighborhood. Click here for more. ×last_img read more

Ocean City Midshipman Joins U.S. Merchant Marine

first_imgNew midshipmen are sworn in at the U. S. Naval Reserve at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. (Photo courtesy of (USMMA) Jack Branin of Ocean City was recently sworn in as a midshipman in the U.S. Naval Reserve at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, N.Y.As part of his four-year education, Branin will spend one year training as a cadet aboard ocean going vessels. USMMA is the only federal academy where students train on commercial vessels traveling around the globe.The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a federal service academy that educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine officers. In addition to the rigorous academic and physical requirements for admission, applicants must be nominated by their congressman or senator.Branin was nominated by New Jersey Congressmen Jeff Van Drew and Donald Norcross.All USMMA graduates earn both a bachelor of science degree and a Merchant Marine Officer license, and incur an obligation to serve the country as an active or reserve officer in the U.S. armed forces.The U.S. Flag Merchant Marine – manned by U.S. merchant mariners – is essential for securing the country’s commerce in peacetime and delivering warfighters, weapons and military supplies in times of conflict.The majority of “Kings Pointers” will serve as Navy reservists in the Strategic Sealift Officer Program while working aboard U.S. flag vessels. Others will serve on active duty in the nation’s armed forces.Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1943-2018). Dedicated in wartime, USMMA has served the nation in both peace and war. As the first federal academy to admit women, USMMA also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first women to graduate from any federal service academy.  Learn more at www.WeAreTheUSMMA.com.last_img read more

Three Deaths Linked to COVID-19

first_imgThree more Cape May County residents have died of COVID-19, according to a county press release Sunday.The deaths include an 88-year-old woman from Upper Township, a 71-year-old woman from Lower Township and a 55-year-old man from Dennis Township.“Our deepest condolences to the families of these loved ones,” Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton said in the release. “May your memories give you peace and comfort.”Overall, there have been 674 confirmed cases and 60 deaths in Cape May County linked to the coronavirus.A breakdown of the number of cases and deaths for each municipality can be found at the Cape May County Department of Health website at www.cmchealth.net.last_img

It’s Time for 2018 CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs!

first_imgIn the channel industry, CRN’s Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs begins with 32 of the industry’s most influential Channel Chiefs. It ends with one. Following the same format and schedule as the much-anticipated collegiate tournament, each channel chief will compete for bragging rights during CRN’s Channel Madness.CRN’s fourth annual Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs pits some of the channel’s best-known executives against each other in head-to-head battles where CRN readers vote to determine the victors. 32 of the channel industry’s most influential channel executives compete for the single title of favorite channel chief. The winners will make their way, round by round, through a bracket, moving closer and closer to the championship match, where bragging rights are at stake.Voting in Round 1 Is Live Now!Please take a moment to vote for your favorite channel chiefs. Dell EMC’s Joyce Mullen, President, Global Channel, OEM and IoT is among the 32 Channel Chiefs chosen to participate in the 2018 CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs. She is joined by Dell Technologies executives Frank Rauch of VMware and Faraz Siraj of RSA.HOW TO VOTE:Visit CRN.com/madness and click the “Vote Now” buttonBe sure to vote before Round 1 voting closes on March 21 at Noon ESTSPREAD THE WORD:Tweet out your thoughts using #CRNChannelMadness and #DellEMC—make sure to @DellEMCPartnersOr download the bracket, choose your favorite chiefs, snap a picture and share it on social media using the hashtags aboveThe winners of Round 1 will be announced on March 22 when Round 2 voting begins.Good luck to all of the Channel Chiefs, and may the best chief win!last_img read more

Debbie Allen & Phylicia Rashad Meet the Cast of You Can’t Take It With You

first_imgTwo very special guests stopped by for dinner at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre: Two-time Tony nominee Debbie Allen and Tony winner Phylicia Rashad! The duo took a field trip on September 7 to see the new revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s acclaimed comedy You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, Kristine Nielsen, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and Byron Jennings. After watching the hilarity unfold onstage, Rashad and Allen stopped backstage to greet their pals Jones (above) and Ashley (below) and get a behind-the-scenes tour. Check out these shots of the stars hanging out backstage, then see You Can’t Take It With You, opening September 28. Kristine Nielsen Related Shows You Can’t Take It With You Elizabeth Ashley View All (4) View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 James Earl Jones Annaleigh Ashfordlast_img read more

National Champs

first_imgWinning national championships is becoming routine for the Tift County, Georgia, 4-H Poultry Judging Team.For the fourth time in six years, the team emerged victorious at national competition, held in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 19. The team of Caroline Dunn, Justin Harper, Karen Ouano and Nicole Taylor bested teams from 15 other states to secure the national title.“Of course it’s amazing. It’s the most amazing feeling to see the looks on their faces, because on Thursday, when the contest was over, it was doom and gloom. It was a very gloomy afternoon because they didn’t feel very good about the contest,” said Ashley Davis, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent in Tift County and the team’s coach. “They worked so hard for this day. When it’s finally over, they’re relieved, yet so nervous.”This year’s win was especially gratifying for the Tift County team after last year’s disappointing finish. Tift County finished third in the state, which didn’t allow the team to compete at the national level. That served as motivation for this year’s team of Georgia 4-H’ers.“Last year’s third-place finish sparked a little flame inside of them, I think. They really wanted it,” Davis said. “Tift County has always been very competitive at area, state and national (contests).”Tift County won consecutive national championships in 2010 and 2011, and again in 2013. This year’s victory is particularly rewarding considering the limited poultry background of three of the four team members. The knowledge and experience the team attained during the year came from many practice sessions and 4-H competitions.“It’s a learned activity. It’s something that they’ve worked so hard at, although they don’t live everyday life on a chicken farm,” Davis said.This year’s national championship contest pitted Tift County against teams from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Poultry judging involves judging live birds, ranking them in order of best producer to worst producer and providing reasons for the ranking. There are also egg candling events at which students examine and judge eggs by grading them. Other competitions involve correctly identifying the different parts of a bird and preparing the bird for cooking.Tift County was the only team to have all four members place in the top 10 individually.As team members will attest, the secret to this year’s success was the element of fun that Davis and her assistant, Leah Woodall, AmeriCorps community specialist, provided during practices and last week’s trip.“They allowed us to have fun while doing the competition. It wasn’t a horrible thing to have to come to poultry judging practice. It’s not something that you dreaded,” said Dunn, now a freshman at UGA.“It just added to the relaxation, because if you get so tense, you won’t be able to truly focus,” said Harper, a high school junior.While in Kentucky, the team visited Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Louisville Slugger Museum. When they returned home to Tift County, the team was escorted back into Tifton by the Tift County Sheriff’s Office in recognition of their win.“From the time we left on Monday until the time we got back on Friday night, it was all about fun. It was a fun and exciting week,” Davis said.The focus now turns to next spring, when poultry judging season begins. Tift County will have new Georgia 4-H team members with the same mission: winning a national title. As for this year’s four Tift County poultry judging students, “They can say they are national champions. Period,” Davis said.last_img read more

Keeping the Faith

first_imgMy cousin, Chris Butler, professional cyclist and clean athleteNo one can deny it has been a heavy week for the cycling community. Without going into too much detail 7-time winner of the Tour de France Lance Armstrong came out and admitted to doping. This basically negates his wins throughout his career because he cheated to achieve his results.As a passionate cyclist I can’t say this doesn’t hurt a little bit. I myself own Lance’s books about beating cancer and going on to win the greatest race in the world. Hell they have even inspired me when I first came into the sport. It was a picture perfect story about an underdog, and who doesn’t love a tale like that. The whole situation now is getting more media attention than say the wars in the middle east, starvation, child labor, and oh about a million other more noteworthy issues.A few of my non cyclist family members and friends have asked my opinion on the whole debacle, and to tell you the truth I have never been more proud to be a cyclist. Instead of focusing on Lance I think about all the wonderful people and events in the cycling community that inspire me on a daily basis.I look at the parents teaching their child to ride a bike, I think about the Northend Greeenway project in Harrisonburg that would make bike commuting safer and more accessible, I think about Ernest Gagnon who is using cycling as a means to become healthier and who is a true hero to us all, I think about the Long Brothers who just won the Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year, just to name a few. Side note be sure to watch the video at the bottom of this post about the Long Brothers, they can teach us all quite a few important things, just be sure to have the tissues handy.When people say everyone dopes in professional cycling I fiercely defend the clean athletes I call friends and family. I am friends with Ben King, professional cyclist, and I have full belief he is clean. My cousin Chris Butler has raced with BMC and is now with Champion Systems, and I know he is clean. My friend Curtis Winsor just finished his first season as a pro cyclist and I know his own two legs have taken him this far. I could keep naming them off like Cheryl Sornson, Jeremiah Bishop, Nick Waite, Sue Haywood, Sam Koerber, and many more.Instead of focusing on the negative this week in cycling, think about all the good in cycling. I am asking everyone to keep the faith. Cycling has improved my life, made me a better person, and given me the best friends in the world. So when you throw a leg over your favorite two wheeled machine this weekend, be sure to smile because there is far more good in the cycling world then bad, and that’s something to be proud to be a part of.last_img read more

Credit unions urge Congress to raise the MBL lending cap, but ignore bigger issues

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) is urging leaders of Congress to raise the member business lending (MBL) cap under the Federal Credit Union Act.Currently, credit unions have a 12.25% asset cap on small business lending, with loans of only $50,000 or less exempt from this cap.According to NAFCU Executive VP Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt: “Passed in 1998, these arbitrary thresholds are severely outdated and have not increased with inflation.” NAFCU supports legislation that would provide credit unions relief from the cap, including the “Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act”, the “Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act,” and the “Small Business Lending Enhancement Act.”While the lending cap has certainly hindered small business lending by credit unions and should be raised, the reality is that many of them are below the cap. What has prevented credit unions from becoming larger players in the small business credit marketplace is their insistence on conducting business as if it were 1976, not 2016. continue reading »last_img read more