Firm indulges in a little retail therapy

first_imgFirm indulges in a little retail therapyOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Staff at Windsor-based recruitment consultancy Robert Halfhave received a morale boost after their company installed Tesco’s onlineservice on their PCs.The scheme was the idea of managing director Steve Carter, whoannounced at Robert Half’s New Year meeting that IT engineers would installTesco Direct on to all the company’s computers.Head of HR Fiona Kyle said the scheme helped to improve themood at the company’s 23 offices across the UK. She said, “Many of our staffhave to work long hours and this allows them to spend more time with theirfamilies.”Robert Half was established in 1948 and employs more than400 people across the UK specialising in recruiting for the finance sector.weblink  www.rhii.comlast_img read more

OPEC+ decides to increase output from May

first_imgCoalition to implement plans to boost oil supply by two million barrels a day over the next three months OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria. (Credit: DALIBRI/Wikipedia.org) The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies (OPEC+) have agreed to move ahead with plans to moderately revive oil production from May 2021.The decision has been taken in the wake of the recovery of global demand from the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it ignores a record spike in cases in India in recent days.It has been agreed that the coalition should proceed with its roadmap for boosting oil supply over the next three months by two million barrels a day.As per the estimates of OPEC+, the global oil consumption will revive by six million barrels a day this year although the recovery continues to be at risk with a surge in coronavirus cases in India and Brazil.OPEC secretary-general Mohammad Barkindo tweeted: “We can take comfort in knowing that our leadership has helped turn the tide.“But at the same time, the persistence of Covid-19 reminds us that this is no time to stray from the cautious and steadfast approach we have taken over the past year.”OPEC+ had reduced output to help the global oil industry bounce back from the unprecedented rout in oil prices in 2020. The decision was driven by the drastic reduction in fuel demand due to the spread of Covid-19 across several countries.The OPEC+ producers are now restarting the supplies in line with the resumption of economic activity. The members will start with an increase of nearly 600,000 barrels per day in May.Presently, the alliance members are idling approximately eight million barrels a day, which equates to nearly 8% of global supplies, Bloomberg reported.last_img read more

HMS Montrose arrives in Japan

first_imgRoyal Navy’s Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose arrived in Japan on March 8, becoming the fourth Royal Navy ship to visit the country in a year.HMS Montrose pulled into Tokyo for a six-day stay at Harumi Wharf before starting exercises with Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force and the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet.Such joint operations are intended to generally support peace in the western Pacific Rim and specifically to put pressure on North Korea and Pyongyang’s illegal nuclear program.The frigate is in the final stages of a mammoth journey from Devon to Bahrain which has taken her to the Caribbean, South America, numerous South Pacific idylls, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.Eventually she’ll take up station in the Gulf where she’ll be based for up to three years at the RN’s new support facility, with crew being replaced every four months to sustain her long-term security/peacekeeping presence. Photo: Photo: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Montrose View post tag: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Postdoctoral Associate – Translational Neuroscience (57495)

first_imgA Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the Laboratoriesof Neurogenetics & Neuroscience (LNN) in the McKnight BrainInstitute at the University of Florida. The research is funded anddirected by Prof. Matt Farrer, in Department of Neurology. Over thepast 20 years, our team has helped define the genetic etiology ofneurodegeneration, has developed and characterized severalinsightful models to successfully advance novel therapeutics intoclinical trials. The successful applicant would join a teamstudying the neurobiology / pathophysiology underlying the majorgenetic determinants of Parkinson’s disease. The appointmentrepresents a superb training opportunity to learn/apply a varietyof molecular, cellular and physiological neuroscience techniques,for new Fellows or for Senior Fellows looking to make thetransition to an independent Faculty appointment.The current opportunities relate to the novel discovery ofpathogenic mutations in LRRK2 and VPS35 as acause of late-onset familial parkinsonism (Zimprich A. etal., 2004; Vilarino-Guell C. et al., 2011, 2014), andfrom the discovery of genetic modifiers of age-of-onset (Trinh Jet al., 2016; Lai D et al., in press). Thesuccessful applicant will to focus on techniques to explore andrectify subtle, mutant-specific deficits in synaptic and endosomaltrafficking. A variety of tools and models have been alreadydeveloped to accelerate the work, including human iPSCs andconditional cre-loxP transgenic mice (Beccano-Kelly DA etal., 2014a,b; Munsie LN et al., 2014; Volta M etal., 2017; Cataldi S et al., 2018).LNN is located in a vibrant neuroscience research atmosphere,including the Center for Translational Research inNeurodegenerative Disease, the Biomedical Science Center, theMcKnight Brain Institute and the Fixel Institute for NeurologicDisorders. The laboratories are modern and well-equipped, and thesuccessful applicant will join dedicated, experienced and highlymotivated teams of neurogeneticists and neurobiologists. Our jointambition is to slow and/or prevent this progressive neurologicaldisorder, and through a precise understanding of its molecularetiology. The work is fast-paced and exciting, at the cutting edgeof molecular insights into neurologic disease.This requisition will be used to fill multiple positions.Applicants will have a recent PhD, MD or MD/PhD, and experience ina field directly relevant to translational neuroscience. Applicantsshould have excellent oral and written communication skills, andexperience in the collection and analysis of data. Preferredapplicants have a strong record of productivity from previoustraining. They must have a high level of independence in the designand execution of in vitro and in vivoexperiments. The position is initially available for one year withthe possibility of annual extensions. Salary will be commensuratewith experience and qualifications.Applications should include a CV, cover letter of intent, and alist of 3 references with contact information. Review ofapplications will begin immediately and will continue untilposition is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Matt Farrer [email protected] ; however,applications must be submitted online.All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education.The selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s SunshineLaw. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Top flight Oxford lawyer crashes

first_imgDennis O’Riordan has been suspended from practice by the Bar Association after being exposed as having faked his way to a stellar law career. O’Riordan’s supposed credentials included attending Radley College, a private boarding school, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he claimed to have received first class BA and BCL degrees as well as a DPhil and an Eldon Scholarship. He also claimed to have got a Masters in Law from Harvard, a degree from the University of East Anglia, and that he was a member of both the New York and Irish Bar Associations. He added that he was currently a visiting lecturer at Oxford University.On the basis of this he managed to land a pupillage at an unnamed barristers’ chamber, before moving on to become a partner in two top city law firms — Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Paul Hastings. The latter he joined in 2009 as a special consultant at its London office.He was only exposed when he applied to another barristers’ chambers in November. The Bar Standards Board has now suspended him from practice for three years. In a statement, his current firm, Paul Hastings, said, “Mr O’Riordan left the firm last Wednesday with immediate effect.”A source from the firm felt that prior to his dismissal O’Riordan was doing “excellent work” and that his clients had been “very pleased”. Another said, “He produced his Bar certificate and a degree from the UEA — he was definitely qualified and had been doing sterling work at Cadwalader and had great client feedback. It’s just that he lied about his academic qualifications, and if you are a barrister, you can’t do that.”Alex Bartram, Balliol JCR President, commented, “It’s good to see that Balliol appears to be the college of choice for those inventing a brilliant academic career for their CVs. On the one hand, I’m proud that we’ve got an absolutely justified reputation for academic excellence; on the other, I’m slightly concerned that we might be the go-to big-name-College for fraudsters and liars.Dennis O’Riordan was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

Walkers offers taste of success in TV push

first_imgWalkers brand ambassador Gary Lineker returns to TV screens this month as part of the crisp brand’s latest promotion. The ad will see members of the public going to extraordinary lengths to suggest new Walkers flavours to the former England footballer.It supports Walkers latest stunt – asking consumers to submit their new flavour ideas for Walkers Crisps. A panel of judges, led by Heston Blumenthal, will pick six finalists from all the entries received, which will then go on sale and the public will get to vote for their favourite. The winner will receive £50,000 plus 1% of future sales. Five runners-up will win £10,000 each. Radio advertising, online activity, consumer media PR and POS will support the promotion until the overall winner is chosen in May 2009.last_img

Genius strikes deal for launch in US market

first_imgGluten-free bread brand Genius is to launch in the US after signing a deal with an American gluten-free bakery manufacturer and distributor.Glutino Food Group will manufacture Genius’ white and brown gluten-free bread under licence, with the frozen loaves distributed across the US and Canada to retailers including Safeway, Target, Save Mart, Tops, ShopRite, PriceRite, Wegmans and Ralphs.According to Mintel, the US market for gluten-free products is expected to reach $2.6bn by 2012, with 8% of the US population looking for gluten-free products when they shop.Gervase Cottam, chief executive of Genius, said: “We have created a winning recipe for the UK and we now have high hopes to replicate that success in the US, which is obviously a potentially huge market for us. In Glutino we have found a partner that shares our vision for the future.”Genius Foods, which was set up by chef Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, is part of a joint venture with Finsbury Food Group in the UK, which manufactures products from its UCB bakery in Scotland. The brand, which launched in 2009, has listings at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and the Co-op.last_img read more

Magic Hat sold to owner of Genesee

first_imgMagic Hat Brewery & Artifactory,North American Breweries recently announced the purchase of Independent Brewers United which owns Magic Hat, Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s beer. The purchase includes three breweries and five Alehouses and a retail store affiliated with one of the breweries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to company officials, employment levels at the Burlington-based brewery would not be effected. According to Rich Lozyniak CEO of North American Breweries, the new beers add craft brewing credibility, and variety to the beers currently offered by the company. ‘We are really excited to add Magic Hat, Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s beers to North American Breweries. All three brands have a rich history of craft brewing that helps us gain acceptance in that tight-knit community,’ said Lozyniak. ‘By having more beers to offer our customers, wholesalers and retail accounts, we can better compete with the multi-national mega brewers who dominate the U.S. beer industry.’ Along with the new craft beer offering, North American Breweries also imports and sells Imperial, Labatt Blue and the Labatt family of beers. Out of its Rochester brewery it makes and sells the historic line of Genesee beer, Dundee Ales & Lagers, the Original Honey Brown Lager and Seagram’s Escapes.‘The industry has taken a turn away from the mega brewers. We have a collection of regional and heritage brands that position us well among today’s beer drinkers,’ said Rich Lozyniak. ‘At a time when the overall beer industry is in decline, we’re growing across brands which essentially created a great opportunity to collaborate with some of the best craft brewers in the business.’According to the company, the heritage and brand position of Magic Hat, Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s will be closely guarded. ‘The credibility that these brewers have developed in the craft beer segment is key to our success. We will work hard to carefully maintain and grow what was passionately created by people who love to drink and brew beer.’The new brands mean the addition of three new breweries, one each in: Portland, Oregon; Berkeley, California; and Burlington, Vermont. Magic Hat is the 10th largest craft brewery in the country, while Pyramid is the fifth largest. Both companies have a strong following of loyal consumers who love the craftsmanship that go into each unique beer.Together Magic Hat, Pyramid and the Portland Brewing Co. (MacTarnahan’s) employ about 600 people. Currently, North American Breweries has approximately 500. ‘We’re a hardworking group of people with a strong track record of brewing beer, building brands and executing in the marketplace,’ said Lozyniak.Under North American Breweries’ leadership, sales of Labatt Blue and its family of beers, Genesee,  Dundee Ales & Lagers, and Seagram’s Escapes have jumped.  ‘We have a great opportunity to continue to grow. Magic Hat, Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s come with strong brand-building assets like the Artifactory, Alehouses and breweries,’ said Lozyniak. ‘We now have more opportunities than ever to connect with our beer drinkers and tell our story.’North American Breweries’ Plans for Magic Hat, Pyramid and MacTarahan’s·        The beer will remain the same: it will be brewed by the same people in the same breweries, using the same recipes, ingredients and commitment to artisanship as it has always been.·        All breweries, Alehouses and the Artifactory will remain open. They provide a unique opportunity to sample and showcase the company’s best beers and brewing capabilities. Through the retail locations, we can talk to customers about the beers they want us to make. North American Breweries’ Promise ·        We will communicate regularly and openly to our employees and at times ‘ the media ‘ about our business.·        We put a very high value on our people and believe they are key to helping us compete with the mega, multi-national brewers who dominate the U.S. beer industry.·        We will grow our brands by introducing them to new consumers and in new geographies through a focused sales and distribution effort.·        We believe in working with one another to make our company great. We regularly adopt best practices company-wide.center_img About North American BreweriesNorth American Breweries, headquartered in Rochester, New York was formed in 2009. The company imports and markets Imperial, Labatt Blue and the Labatt family of beers in the U.S.  Its brewery makes and sells the historic line of Genesee beers, Dundee Ales & Lagers, the Original Honey Brown Lager and Seagram’s Escapes.-30-last_img read more

Massachusetts legislature considering local fossil fuel divestment option

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:The Massachusetts Legislature is considering measures that would clear the way for municipal and county retirement systems to pull out of fossil fuel investments. The proposals follow several defeated attempts to get the state system to divest.“We’ve been thinking this would be an easier way to allow fossil fuel divestment to move forward in Massachusetts,” said Randi Mail, executive director of MassDivest. “Instead of top-down, it would be bottom-up.”Divestment has been a tool used to promote social change since at least the 1970s, when anti-apartheid activists urged institutions to move their investment dollars away from companies that did business with South Africa. Fossil fuel divestment has been gaining momentum in recent years, with more than 1,000 institutions pledging to remove $8.55 trillion from investments in the fossil fuel sector, according to Fossil Free, a project of climate action group 350.org.Massachusetts’ latest efforts have their origins in the city of Somerville in 2014, when local activists began pressing the municipal retirement system to divest. In 2017, the system’s governing board agreed and moved $9.2 million — 4.5 percent of the total invested funds — out of fossil fuel investments.However, the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC), the regulatory body that oversees public pension systems, rejected the move. First, it told Somerville to reverse the move because of a procedural issue. Later, it prohibited fossil fuel divestment entirely, arguing that avoiding an entire class of investments was a breach of fiduciary duty. Essentially, PERAC claimed Somerville was failing to put the financial needs of its beneficiaries ahead of social and environmental causes.The Somerville Retirement Board disagrees with this assessment. In shaping its divestment plans, the board heard from many experts and concluded that there is, in fact, a lot of financial risk in investing in fossil fuels. Demand for fossil fuels is likely to drop as much of the global economy shifts to renewable energy, and increased storm frequency due to climate change can cause supply chain disruption and infrastructure damage for oil companies, said Alex Nosnik, a member of the Somerville board. “From the fiduciary perspective, there are a lot of questions as to the economic health of the fossil fuel sector moving forward,” Nosnik said. “Risk, certainly in concert with the environmental and social issues, was driving our decision to move forward.”More: Massachusetts bill would free local retirement systems to divest from fossil fuels Massachusetts legislature considering local fossil fuel divestment optionlast_img read more