first_imgFeatures list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruGolf challenge leads to flasher humiliationGuru will never live down the day he fell victim to a fabulous chardonnay atlunch on a golf jolly. As he addressed the first tee afterwards (in wobbly fashion), the seniorexecutives he was playing with changed the rules and implemented the Women’sTee Challenge. To the uninitiated, this involves exposing sensitive body partsfor the remainder of the round if you fail to drive the ball beyond the women’stee. Needless to say it was a long, cold and humiliating round of golf, and Guruis unlikely to be invited back to the country club for an early evening sherry(although he did retain his lucrative consultancy contract with one of thedirectors present). So new research from the US comes as no surprise. In these post-Enron daysof skulduggery, 82 per cent of high ranking corporate executives admit tocheating at golf, 13 per cent have broken a club in anger and 11 per cent thinkgolf is more important than sex. Guru thinks they should be spending more time looking for black holes intheir companies than holes in one down at the club. Highlander fling smashes into WonderwallRock band Oasis has threatened theArmy with legal action after discovering two of its songs had been used on arecruitment video without the permission of songwriter Noel Gallagher.Wonderwall and Hello, from its 1995 album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory,form part of a sound-track for a promotional film for the Highlanders regiment.The regiment has been forced to recall 300 copies after theband’s record label refused to give permission to use the songs.Guru is surprised the band appears to have been so mean-minded– it has never made any excuses about ‘taking inspiration’ from the Beatles.It’s a relief to have bog standardloosGuru is never happier than at 10am ona weekday when he takes his copy of The Times and spends half an hourcompleting his daily ablutions. It is a time to reflect, catch up on worldevents and problem-solve. So he was unsurprised to learn that a Swindon callcentre, which won the title of Britain’s Happiest Workplace, has also won a‘Loo of the Year’ award. Cellular Operations’ staff can choose from five differentstyles of toilet depending on their mood including: hi-tech with rivetedaluminium panels, transparent cisterns and see-through seats with inset mobilephones and a sea green, mosaic space in swimming pool style.These loos sound nicer than Guru’s office. Although he isrelieved his corporate bathroom is purely bog standard. Otherwise the length ofhis bathroom breaks would come under scrutiny.Bunker mentality hasn’t cost DearA double-glazing firm has proved the workplace environment canaffect staff performance after profits soared when its sales office wastransformed into a Second World War operations bunker.Former Royal Signals sergeant Colin Dear gives orders to his salesteam from the office which is covered in aircraft charts and camouflagednetting.Dear also listens to war music and uses a 1940s phone from hissales command post.He charts the position of his sales vans by pushing woodenmarkers around a map of south-east Essex.Sales order have soared by 211 per cent since the office’smilitary makeover and Dear is now thinking of completing its image by addingsand bags at strategic points.center_img Related posts: GuruOn 9 Jul 2002 in Military, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Former Montana state regulator blasts Colstrip bill, says NorthWestern will benefit, consumers will pay

first_imgFormer Montana state regulator blasts Colstrip bill, says NorthWestern will benefit, consumers will pay FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montana Public Radio:NorthWestern Energy is asking Montana lawmakers to back a bill that would allow them to bypass some oversight by state regulators.The so-called Montana Energy Security Act of 2019 passed out of the Senate late last week. It would give NorthWestern, the state’s largest monopoly utility company, the ability to forgo some regulation by Montana’s elected Public Service Commission. They’d be allowed to pass on to customers the costs of purchasing of a bigger share of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant. Critics say that wouldn’t be fair to customers.Travis Kavulla is a former chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC), and a sharp critic of the bill NorthWestern is lobbying for. He’s now the energy policy director at R-Street, a free market think-tank based in Washington, D.C.“If a usually regulated utility gets to buy something, but without regulatory oversight, I’d guess I’d call that deregulation,” Kavulla says. “The bill very plainly allows NorthWestern to charge consumers $75 million plus an unspecified amount of decommissioning and remediation costs. I’ve never seen in my experience any piece of legislation like this anywhere in the United States, which allows a monopoly from which consumers don’t have a choice in service, to essentially set rates for them that they have to pay.”The bill would allow NorthWestern to buy 150 megawatts of power generating ability at Colstrip without PSC oversight. It would increase its 30 percent share at one of the Colstrip units to 50 percent, for the outlined purchase price of $1. The legislation also allows $75 million in potential costs to be passed onto customers, without regulatory oversight for a decade.“As to the idea that Colstrip might be saved by this transaction, I disagree with the premise. I think it’s as likely as not that this move hastens of closure of Colstrip. So, I think we’re actually introducing quite a bit of risk into this. But it all comes back to the bottom line, that NorthWestern is a business and it should be expected to act like a business. You shouldn’t need to play this mother-may-I game with the Montana Legislature when Montana law already gives NorthWestern every authority and permission it would need to exercise this option that they’ve negotiated behind closed doors.”More: Colstrip bill: Deregulation is in the eye of the beholderlast_img read more

Antonio Brown’s best chance to get in NFL’s good graces is an insanity plea, Stephen A. says

first_img Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL … For months football aficionados have been following the antics of Antonio Brown as if he was the antagonist of a scarcely believable Netflix original.Related Articles Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon last_img

a month agoNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly buzzing: I do this for our fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was floating after their victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Koulibaly was outstanding for the 2-0 win.He said at the final whistle: “I arrived late to pre-season training as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and Kostas Manolas had joined a new team, so it took us a while to learn how to play together and we conceded a lot of goals, but we’re improving.“I try to give 110 per cent to these fans, as they give me so much love and I want to repay them. “I throw myself into challenge for them, as I want to take the Napoli colours to the top, so it fills my heart when they cheer for me.” last_img read more

9 CBI officers get medal in excellence from MHA

first_imgNew Delhi: Nine CBI officers have been given medal for excellence in investigation, a first for the agency, for 2018 by the Union Home Ministry, officials said on Thursday.This award has been given to a total of 101 police officers from across the country, including nine from the Central Bureau of Investigation for the first time after being instituted by the ministry, they said. The winners from the CBI include Deputy Superintendents of Police — Velladurai Navaraju, Seema Pahuja, Roshan Lal Yadav, Ramavtar Yadav, Rajesh Kumar, K Pradeep Kumar and Inspectors Chandrakant Vithal Pujari, Girish Kumar Pradhan and Raman Kumar Shukla, they said. “The objective for institution of the medals for police investigators is to promote high professionalism standards of investigation of crime in the State Police and Central Investigating Agencies in the country and to recognise such excellence in investigation by investigating officers of the Police organisations,” a CBI spokesperson said.last_img read more

Purity of Indian democracy too sacred EC monitoring use of social media

first_imgNew Delhi: IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday sounded a warning to social media companies not to allow their platforms to be abused to influence elections, and said the Election Commission is maintaining vigil on the issue. Stating that the purity of Indian democracy is “too sacred”, the minister said while the use of social media for campaigning was okay, platforms should ensure that the data is not abused under any cimcumstances. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Asked if the IT ministry was monitoring the situation, he said the Election Commission (EC) is already monitoring it and also has the power to take action. Prasad said, “the Election Commission is already monitoring it (situation). Let them monitor it…They held a meeting…it is only appropriate and desirable that the EC must monitor, co-ordinate and lay the ground rule for working of social media during elections. “On my side, I can only make this observation that the purity of Indian democracy is too sacred, and social media please ensure that the data is not abused to influence election. If someone wants to use social media for campaigning I have no problem.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The comments come a day after the social media intermediaries and the internet and mobile association Tuesday told the Election Commission that they would shortly come up with a draft ‘code of ethics’ for the industry as part of a mechanism to prevent abuse of social media platforms during the Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11. Representatives of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and TikTok had been called by the poll panel to discuss the issue of evolving mechanism to prevent abuse on social media platforms. The EC also wanted to ensure that elections are insulated from outside influence. A statement issued by the EC had said the meeting also discussed evolving a ‘notification’ mechanism by social media platforms for acting upon the violations of Section 126 of Representation of the People Act, 1951, and preventing misuse of these platforms. Section 126 of the Act prohibits advertising and campaigning on TV and other electronic media during the silent period, which is 48 hours before the end of polling. With ensuing general elections, the Indian government had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country’s electoral process through undesirable means. Over the past few months, social media players and tech firms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google have promised to infuse more transparency into political advertisements on their platforms, and have since announced a slew of measures as part of election integrity efforts.last_img read more

BJP drops old warrior MP Shatrughan from Bihar LS list

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after the Mahagadbandhan announced the seat-sharing pact and names of its candidates for phase 1 polls, the the BJP on Saturday announced 102 more candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, including national spokesman Sambit Patra from Puri, Odisha, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar (Morena, MP), Jayant Sinha (Hazaribagh, Jharkhand) and Shripad Naik (North Goa). Anurag Thakur has been renominated from Hamirpur.The party dropped four sitting MPs to fight anti-incumbency in Maharashtra. The party has dropped Pune MP Anil Shirole who has been replaced by Maharashtra Minister Girish Bapat. In Bihar, the BJP has dropped longtime “party warrior” Shatrughan Sinha from the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency and fielded Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from the Kayastha-dominated seat. Sinha is a two-time sitting MP from Patna Sahib but he has been unhappy with the BJP for the past couple of years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSinha has been seen aligned with the Opposition parties in targeting the Narendra Modi Government over issues ranging from demonetisation, GST, farmers’ distress, unemployment and allegations of corruption in Rafale deal. In the NDA list, Union Minister Giriraj Singh has been moved from his Nawada seat to Begusarai parliamentary constituency. Notably, Singh had expressed his displeasure over contesting from a new seat. The Nawada Lok Sabha seat has gone to the LJP as part of the seat-sharing pact and the LJP has fielded Chandan Singh (nephew of strongman Surajbhan Singh) from here. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh was named NDA candidate from Purvi Champaran. He is the sitting MP. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe NDA’s list for Bihar has also taken care of caste equations as the party has fielded 13 candidates from the general category, 12 candidates belonging to the backward community and seven candidates belong to the extremely backward classes. The NDA has fielded three Bhumihar candidates while seven candidates belong to the Rajput community. In Uttar Pradesh, Pradeep Choudhary will contest from Kairana, which the BJP had lost in the by-polls while Yeshwant has been fielded from Nagina and Bhola Singh from Bulandshahr. Octogenarian party leader and sitting Kangra MP Shanta Kumar has been dropped. Kishan Kapoor will replace him. With Saturday’s 102 names, the party has announced 286 candidates.last_img read more