LSN acquires Connections (Oxford)

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. LSN acquires Connections (Oxford)On 5 Feb 2010 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Leading education organisation LSN has acquired Connections (Oxford), a training and consultancy firm specialising in leadership and people development in a wide range of sectors. Established in 1993, Connections has an excellent reputation for offering clients bespoke management solutions that directly connect to their business strategies.  The acquisition combines LSN’s 25-year track record of offering services to the education and training sector, with Connection’s experience of working with a wide range of clients, particularly in the private sector.  The alliance significantly extends the portfolio of training, development and coaching services that LSN offers to its clients, while opening up Connections’ service portfolio to a wider range of organisations. In particular, it will enable LSN to offer solutions that will help companies transform their leaders, develop their people and effectively manage change. This is the latest step in LSN’s strategic plan to grow and offer a wider range of services to the private sector, as well as directly to colleges and other parts of the public sector. It follows the recent acquisition of FE Associates. Commenting on the acquisition, John Stone, Chief Executive at LSN said: “This acquisition creates another powerful alliance for LSN. Connections has established a wide range of unique and bespoke services that are tailored to the needs of individual clients, while LSN has an extensive track record of working with public sector organisations. Together we will be in a position to offer a new kind of training support to the both public and private sectors.” Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Britain “worse” than East Germany for Civil Liberties

first_imgBritons have less freedom and privacy than East Germans did twenty years ago, according to an Oxford University Professor.Professor Garton Ash warned that civil liberties in the UK had been eroded to the extent that those who lived under Communist rule in the 1980s were “more free” than we are.“People have to fight back on that front and on others to claw back some of the freedoms we have lost,” he said.He backed the idea of a written constitution for Britain and asserted the need for separation of powers and the importance of people to “mobilise for change”.last_img

Clydeside Bakery closes doors

first_imgGlasgow-based wholesale bakery Clydeside has been put into liquidation and all its employees made redundant after 56 years of being in business.The Port Glasgow firm was shut down and put into provisional liquidation earlier this month after running into financial difficulties. All 16 staff at the business were made redundant by accountancy firm KPMG and the bakery’s equipment is due to be sold by auction.Founded in 1955 by the McLean family, the business was formerly called East End Bakery, but changed its name after being bought by businessman Stephen Hutcheon, who sold five of its shops to James Allen Bakery and kept the wholesale business.General manager Alison Kerr, who is the granddaughter of founding owner John McLean, told local paper The Greenock Telegraph: “It’s very sad and upsetting to think it’s all over. Some of the staff have been here for over 30 years, so it’s been a very emotional time. I just hope everyone manages to find new jobs. It’s the end of an era.”The date of the auction has yet to be announced.last_img read more

November Green Tip: Think before you print

first_imgBefore you click “print” consider this: Harvard purchases more than 2,000 tons of paper every year. Add that up and you get a pile of paper 13,333 feet tall, just 1,000 feet shy of the tallest peak in the Rockies.  A University-wide reduction of 10% in paper consumption would save enough to power 62 homes for an entire year.November’s Green Tip of the Month from the Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) focuses on tips and tricks the Harvard community can use to reduce paper use, cut waste, and save money.In addition to setting printer defaults to print double-sided, OFS encourages offices at Harvard to benchmark paper usage and set a goal to reduce it by 10% by tracking the paper count option on office printers and copiers. By tracking usage and implementing strategies to print less, in just over one year the Alumni Affairs and Development team reduced their copy and printer paper usage by 26%.Other strategies to cut paper use and conserving resources include reducing margins, printing on recycled-content paper (one ream of 100% recycled paper saves about 5.4 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and 21.3 gallons of waste water), and outfitting office printers with a “print double sided” decal.Offices and departments at Harvard can take part in the Green Office program to learn more waste reduction strategies and earn recognition for being green.last_img read more

Students spend summer with Navy

first_imgWhile most students left Notre Dame thinking of lazy summer days last May, the students in the Navy ROTC battalion were preparing to learn more about what life will be like as an officer in the U.S. Navy after graduation. Depending on class year and option, the midshipmen had different summer plans. Rising sophomores embarked on a month-long excursion called cortramid to a naval base where they spent a week working in each community within the Navy: aviation, submarine, surface and Marine. These midshipmen are split between an east cortramid on the base in Norfolk, Va., and a west cortramid at the San Diego base. Sophomore Kelsey Hutchinson said she spent her month in San Diego, participating in exercises meant to provide a clearer picture of the responsibilities of a Naval officer. “While you’re at Notre Dame you don’t get that much of a taste of the particulars of life in the Navy … this gives everyone a taste of what future careers might be after graduation,” Hutchinson said. Hutchinson said she most enjoyed her Marine week rotation because the activities were incredibly realistic, beginning with exercises in a skeleton town using paintball bullets. “They took us out to this place where they had built a skeleton town, gave us M-16s that had paintballs instead of bullets, and taught us how to clear a building, work as a fire team in a squad and other exercises like that,” Hutchinson said. “Then, on Friday we hiked out to this building and inside the building they had literally built Afghanistan… they even had Afghan people [inside the town] working as actors.” Hutchinson said the exercise gave soldiers and midshipmen the chance to participate in a firefight against Afghani forces before they face actual fighting in Afghanistan. “They sent our squad in with a mission and showed us the outline of the building before we went into the building,” Hutchinson said. “We had to talk to the townspeople, get information and then someone started shooting.” Hutchinson said she would like to switch into the marine option, but overall she was grateful for the chance to learn more about the different communities in the Navy. “We hadn’t even signed our contracts yet, but they went through so much to give us this training and it really was a lot of fun,” Hutchinson said. “I’m really, really grateful for all these opportunities.” After sophomore year, Navy option midshipmen attend an enlisted cruise, while Marine option midshipmen study mountain warfare. Junior Michael Falvey studied mountain warfare in Bridgeport, Calif.,with the other marine options, where he said he learned the general principles of mountain warfare and military survival. “There’s a good amount of hiking because you’re up in the mountains … your daily schedule normally consists of a couple of evolutions [significant events of the day], with one big evolution each day,” Falvey said. “The evolutions range from rappelling and climbing rock faces to taking classes on survival like building a hut or purifying water.” Falvey said he most enjoyed learning how to tie knots and snare game. “I personally liked the skinning and cleaning small game after catching them with snares,” Falvey said. “I also enjoyed tying knots… it’s not something you’re taught, previously it was only glossed over, but once you know how to make a good knot it is an incredibly useful skill.” Mountain warfare aims to accomplish entirely different objectives for the Marine options than the summer cruises for the rest of the midshipmen, Falvey said. “Mountain warfare wasn’t that difficult, but its goal was to accomplish something totally different than what the Navy cruises seek to accomplish,” Falvey said. “Navy cruises are orientations to what active duty life is like in the naval fleet, while mountain warfare is more about teaching skills that can be utilized once in the Marine Corps.” Junior Kendall Johnson, a Navy option midshipman, said she spent her enlisted cruise on board the U.S.S. Roosevelt, a destroyer based in Mayport, Fla. “I was on my summer cruise for a month: I was in port for two weeks of that time, and then we went underway for ten days … after that we came into port in Key West, where I stayed for three days before coming straight back to school,” Johnson said. After she arrived on the ship, Johnson said she was assigned to a running mate, an enlisted sailor that she shadowed. “Most of the times the running mates were pretty relaxed with us and allowed us to explore the rest of the ship so that we could spend time in each department, not just the department of our running mates,” she said. She said this freedom to explore the ship was one of her favorite parts of the trip. “I was in the weapons department, and my guy was a CWIS technician, which means he took care of the huge guns on the front and back of the destroyer that look like R2-D2,” Johnson said. “We did a lot of maintenance, but when we actually got to shoot them it was fun.” Johnson said the most valuable learning experience was realizing just how hard the enlisted sailors work. “Spending time with the enlisted people was so eye-opening; it was incredible to see the amount of work that they put in and the sacrifices that they make,” Johnson said. “They make it through it all without having a bad attitude … you can’t understand what they do unless you actually get in there, get your hands dirty and do it with them.” After junior year, Navy options spend time on an officer cruise, where midshipmen shadow an officer and learn his or her daily duties. Marine options attend Officer Candidate School, where candidates are screened to see if they possess the ability to be an officer in the Marine Corps. Senior Quinn Kilpatrick, a Navy option, said he was based in Pearl Harbor for his officer cruise, which he spent shadowing the officer in charge of the combat systems and electronics on the U.S.S. Chafee. “The guy that I shadowed was a really good guy, he was just about to leave the ship so he was turning over duties to his replacement and got to spend a little extra time taking me around the ship,” Kilpatrick said. “Being with him was definitely the highlight, he was very good at getting me engaged in various activities around the ship.” These activities spanned a wide range, Kilpatrick said. “I got to drive the ship when they were refueling it, toured the helicopter hangar and got involved with the teams that board the pirate ships for drills,” Kilpatrick said. Kilpatrick said one of the most interesting parts of his time on the USS Chafee was being in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC, an event planned by the US Navy that brings together forty foreign allies of the U.S. Navy to participate in “naval war games” every two years. “It’s about making sure we are still able to work together if the situation arose where that would be necessary,” Kilpatrick said. “It was surprising, I didn’t know we’d get a chance to participate … meeting foreign navies, touring other ships and participating in exercises was pretty cool.” Kilpatrick said even though he would like to go into explosive ordinance disposal or aviation, he enjoyed experiencing a different part of the Navy. “It was good training for learning how to work with enlisted people and experiencing the life of an officer,” Kilpatrick said. Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]last_img read more

Baywa building Europe’s largest floating solar project in the Netherlands

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:German renewable energy developer Baywa r.e. has begun constructing what will be the largest floating solar farm outside of China.The 27-megawatt Bomhofsplas solar farm is set to include 73,000 solar panels on a sandpit lake in Zwolle in the Netherlands, the company said in a statement. For places like Northern Europe where land is in tight supply, floating technology could open up new areas for renewable energy development.Baywa has installed close to a third of the solar farm in two weeks, its fastest deployment time yet for such a project. The company said floating installations are easier to install than similar projects on land and could produce more power thanks to a cooling effect from the water.“Our ability to deliver floating solar farms in such a short space of time is an exciting new opportunity for Europe and its bid to be carbon free by 2050,” said Benedikt Ortmann, global director of solar projects at Baywa.China has led the way with floating solar farms so far, with the biggest projects in the world. But other countries could soon catch up. The project in Zwolle is Baywa’s fourth in less than two years and Thailand has ambitions to build utility-scale projects in the coming years.[Will Mathis]More: Europe’s largest floating solar farm underway in Netherlands Baywa building Europe’s largest floating solar project in the Netherlandslast_img read more

Brigadier General Dick Swijgman Discusses the Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo January 09, 2013 Interview with Brigadier General Dick Swijgman, Commander of the Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean Stationed over 8,000 kilometers from the Netherlands, over 500 Navy, including fleet and marine personnel, safeguard the security of the territories of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Martin, St. Eustatius, and Saba. Diálogo sat down with Brigadier General Dick Swijgman to talk about his role as Commander of the Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean, and other issues related to the Dutch countries in the region during a break in his participation at the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC 2013), held in Miami, Florida, in December 2012, and sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command. Diálogo: Let’s start by talking about the main security concerns and priorities for Dutch countries in the Caribbean at this time… Brigadier General Dick Swijgman: The main threat, like all other smaller countries in the Caribbean, is illicit trafficking; I’m talking about weapons, humans, and of course about drugs. There are weapons and drugs being smuggled. Security inside the communities is deteriorating, and that is a big worry for local governments, and for the representative of the kingdom. At least for the military representative of the kingdom… for me. Diálogo: How about the problem going on now with Trinidad and Tobago, for instance? It’s not only a transit country for drugs anymore. Weapons are left behind and they are getting into the hands of mostly young, male, gang members. Do your countries face the same issues? Brig. Gen. Swijgman: In Aruba and Curaçao we see the beginnings of this, meaning, copies of the way gangs are in the United States or in Europe. Coming up with tattoos and the way they interfere with each other, and so on. So it’s coming, it’s getting there. It is not a big issue yet, but police information tells me that they watch television, then they talk on the Internet, and see things, and … mainly young men, also some girls, they are getting into things that you don’t want to happen. We are working on a long-term program, but we are also training locals on the military side, on the Coast Guard side to get basic discipline. Most of the kids come from broken families, so they go to a four-to-six month program where Military and police instructors teach them military skills with basic discipline and work ethics. And then they get four to six more months of on-the-job training. They become electricians, computer experts, security guards, chefs at small restaurants. That’s the program we run in the Coast Guard and Military in Aruba and Curaçao, and we’re trying to extend the program to St. Martin, the island that we share on the French side. That’s part of our contribution to the island nations, to try to get the youth on the right track. Diálogo: And with all these initiatives, and all the work that you have to do, you still find time to support countries such as the Dominican Republic and Colombia. How do you do that? Brig. Gen. Swijgman: I think that in this globalized world, in the Caribbean environment, it’s what you have to do. We work together, we exchange two or three officers for the operations and intel centers. They come to our house as well, and we open up. We try to work together, and by working together we get results. That is what we try to accomplish on a bilateral basis. As a small country, we can’t assist every one of them, but we try. Because Colombia is very close, it is easier. Venezuela is also close, but poses more of a challenge, so I only work there with the Coast Guard. We have a combined exercise every year. On the military side, it is a little bit more of a problem to get commitment from Venezuela, because there is a little bit of a turmoil going on, I understand, but our end-goal is to have an exercise in 2013/2014, with one of my ships and one of their ships. So we need to talk to each other. But it requires careful planning and commitment from both sides for us to work together. It is a means of commitment. Diálogo: How about working together with the United States? Brig. Gen. Swijgman: The United States is, of course, our biggest partner. They still bring all of the assets to the Caribbean, and one of the hats I carry is as a commander in Key West … Diálogo: You are referring to JIATF-South, right? Brig. Gen. Swijgman: Yes. I am one of their supporting commanders. So that is a very close cooperation. We call each other, and I have one officer in their headquarters and they have one officer in my headquarters. There will be exchanges of information; working together, attending exercises, and planning assets for drug and weapons busts, or to try to find illegal persons. Diálogo: Do you think JIATF-South is a model that could be replicated in other regions? Brig. Gen. Swijgman: The best I’ve seen in the world is the JIATF-South multi-agency model; where the CIA, the DEA, and the Defensive Intelligence Agency are sitting at the same table, in the same room, looking at each other’s monitors. That has been a big step. And in my own small country we still need to take this step. We are on our way to getting there. So, whenever I get an opportunity to bring a politician or a senior military leader from my country to JIATF-South, with all the technology they have, I like to show them the [intelligence] fusion center. All those agencies, with their own cultures, and their own sensitivities, are sitting in the same room. Diálogo: Sir, with that being said, how much credit can the Dutch Navy take regarding the big drug interdictions in the Caribbean? Brig. Gen. Swijgman: There is no straight answer for that, because let’s say that I get 3,600 kilos of drugs each year. Am I successful? Or are there a lot more drugs going inside my area of responsibility, and I am only getting a little bit of it? Some years are up, and some years are down. Am I successful? Am I just trying to keep it away? We try to keep the amount of drugs coming into this sector – that I am responsible for – to a minimum, and as low as possible. I think we have to admit that there will never be zero drug trafficking. Diálogo: What is your assessment on Operation Martillo? Brig. Gen. Swijgman: Operation Martillo is a focused operation where if we want to look at the results we need to be patient. The tendency of course, is to say that after so many months, almost a year now, we have been very successful. We have to look at the opponents, and how they are reacting to what we are doing. Unpredictability is part of our game. And we need to stay, or try to stay as unpredictable as possible. And that comes from planning and sharing information on a need-to-know basis.last_img read more

Ecuadorean Air Force Bolsters Strategies To Counter Illicit Flights

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook December 09, 2019 Diálogo interviewed Lieutenant General Mauricio Campuzano Núñez, commander of the Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE, in Spanish), during his participation in the South American Air Chiefs Conference, held in Tucson, Arizona, November 4-8.Diálogo: What’s FAE’s greatest contribution in its 100 years of existence?Lieutenant General Mauricio Campuzano Núñez, commander of the Ecuadorean Air Force: The greatest contribution is to have fulfilled our mission of defense and territorial sovereignty. We have helped the population, particularly with our humanitarian response efforts after the calamities that natural disasters produce. We have also contributed to the nation’s social and economic development and carried out social welfare programs such as Wings for Joy (Alas para la Alegría), Wings for Health (Alas para la Salud), and Wings for Education (Alas para la Educación).Diálogo: During your presentation about FAE you talked about the opening up of military relations with the United States. What is new in that regard?Lt. Gen. Campuzano: We have resumed all kinds of military cooperation with the United States, and we are very satisfied with the results so far. For example, we have resumed the deployment of personnel to the Inter-American Defense College, and now we have representation at the Inter-American Defense Board, as well as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and military attachés. At the operational level, FAE shares operations with U.S. P3 aircraft and AWACS that conduct air and maritime reconnaissance to support the naval force. In the future, we will have radars that will help us improve air and maritime surveillance with communication systems.Diálogo: How did the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, in Spanish) respond to Ecuador’s request for assistance after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador in 2016, which killed more than 650 people and injured 16,000?Lt. Gen. Campuzano: We were the first air force to activate SICOFAA by requesting this emergency assistance. Their response was immediate upon our request for humanitarian assistance with food, medicine, rescue personnel, and air transport. FAE has also been a part of SICOFAA since its creation. We have participated very actively, and we are present at the Conference of American Air Chiefs, known as CONJEFAMERDiálogo: Are narcotrafficking organizations creating new drug routes in your country?Lt. Gen. Campuzano: Ecuador is not a drug-producing country, and consumption is minimal; however, the large amounts of drugs coming out of Colombia use Ecuadorean routes, which change constantly. That’s why we remain firm in this fight, which is a direct responsibility of the police, but we provide support with surveillance of illicit flights, as whenever we have information about an illicit flight we try to intercept the plane and make it land.Diálogo: What are the results of the combined air interdiction exercises Andes I and Andes II, carried out between Ecuador and Colombia?Lt. Gen. Campuzano: The mission of these exercises is to bolster strategies to counter narcotrafficking at the border, with the main goal of transferring illicit flights when they attempt to cross our border. During the exercise, our planes simulate interdictions of illegal aircraft, forcing them to land. If this objective is not achieved, the idea is that the neighboring country’s air force is waiting on the other side of the border to capture it. These exercises also focus on updating procedures and standardizing tactics to achieve effective communication, and they have yielded excellent results to prepare our personnel on this matter. Therefore, we want to continue (the exercises) and plan new ones with neighboring countries, such as the one we have planned for the first half of 2020 with Peru.last_img read more

CO-OP Financial Service’s VISA Designation for ApplePay: What it means for credit unions

first_imgOk, it’s about as obvious as fruit cake sending you straight to the gastroenterologist over the holidays that the media is overly obsessed with Apple Pay. To keep this “Apple-loves-it” trend alive and well, we’re doing a story on Apple Pay, too. This time it’s with the folks at CO-OP Financial Services, who have announced its VISA designation for Apple Pay. That sounds like mighty fine news for CO-OP and the industry, but what does it really mean? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Why your kid needs a Roth IRA

first_imgDon’t you wish you started saving for retirement when you were 12? While retirement probably wasn’t something we were thinking about back then (I was probably still thinking about this), it sure could have made a huge difference in our savings journey.  You may think it’s crazy for a kid to open a Roth IRA, but here are some reasons why it’s a great idea…Age doesn’t matter: There are no age rules when it comes to Roth IRAs. The only stipulation is that you have to have earned income. I’m not sure what age you started saving for retirement, but you probably wish you’d have started a little sooner. So why not help your kids start early?You can be self-employed: You don’t have to work at an ice cream shop in order to qualify. If your 12-year-old wants to babysit or mow lawns all summer, they can put those earning into their Roth IRA and let the compounding interest start doing its thing.The early bird gets the worm: In this case, “the worm” is a load of cash. So, here’s some cool math. Using Bankrate’s Roth IRA Calculator, let’s look at some results when you start saving at age 12. If you cut your neighbors’ lawns all summer, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to say that you could save $1500. If you put that money in your Roth IRA every summer through college, you could then put even more in once you’ve joined the real world and gotten a real job. But let’s say you still only put in $1500 a year until you retire at age 65. When you retire, you’ll have contributed $79,500 to your IRA which you will have turned into $554,876 (with an expected rate of return of 6%). I don’t know about you, but I wish I had a time machine.Let me know your thoughts, but a Roth IRA sure seems like a great investment in your child’s future. 123SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more