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Long-term vision vital on flexibility

first_imgOrganisations need to look ahead to see the benefits of allowing parents theright to flexible working hoursThere was a fundamental shift in the work flexibility debate when theGovernment announced in December that for the first time parents will have aqualified right to ask their employer for flexible working hours. The proposals are a compromise between giving employees greater legal rightsand protecting the freedom of organisations to run their businesses in the waythey see fit. Previously, flexibility has been discussed in terms of how quickly thelabour market could be made to adjust to changing economic circumstances byaltering its size and/or shape. The emphasis was on numerical flexibility, with companies adjustingworkforce numbers to meet business needs by hiring and firing and usingtemporary labour. Temporal flexibility – through contracts based on annualhours – was also used to match the time input of labour to production orservice schedules. The debate has increasingly become focused on employee-friendly initiatives,however. For the Government, flexibility is more about offering a means foremployees to improve their skills or to attract inactive workers (particularlylone parents) back into the labour market. By implementing EU directives, the Government has also made numericalflexibility much less attractive. At the same time, employers have developed family-friendly and work-lifebalance policies as part of their ’employee proposition’ to attract and retainworkers in a tightening labour market. As the economic downturn continues, the key question becomes: how robustwill the use of measures to attract labour supply be in a tighter labourmarket? From the Government’s point of view, the need to help people get a job andkeep it will be ever more important as unemployment increases. The cost of sustaining these policies is also likely to rise at a time whenthere are other competing demands on government expenditure. For employers, they can either take the short-term view that they no longerneed employee-friendly flexibility when the emphasis has moved from retentionto downsizing, or they can look to the enduring benefits of helping employeesto successfully combine work and home commitments. The basis on which employers will make their decision is uncertain. If theychoose to look, there is lots of evidence that employee-friendly policiesdeliver tangible benefits to employers, particularly through productivity,commitment and attendance. The latter should be persuaded to stick with attractive policies on workinghours and time off for study or travel because, having established a distinctivebrand, it is dangerous to change it. The search for quality recruits in the war for talent is not over. Companiesdo not want to get the reputation of running with the hare and then with thehounds in an expedient fashion – especially in the graduate labour market. There is also the argument that the benefits of flexible working hours canaccrue to both management and employees. All that is necessary is that there isa mechanism for eliciting what is in the interest of both parties. The problem is that management, employees and their representatives can bemyopic. They can’t see what is for their own good, because they look toonarrowly at the immediate situation. The Government has felt it necessary to push employers into considering theinterests of their employees. However, research from various sources has foundthat employers may be unreasonably reluctant to consider employee-friendlyflexibility. While critics have argued that the law does not go far enough, theGovernment has reminded employers of their responsibility to consideremployees’ needs. It is not just good practice but will be beneficial foremployers whatever the state of the labour market. By Peter Reilly, associate director, Institute for Employment Studies. [email protected] Long-term vision vital on flexibilityOn 12 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Covid-19 in the US: Is this coronavirus wave the worst yet?

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Olunga set to miss Madagascar friendly

first_img“Olunga travelled today and we cannot take a risk with him. He will not start at the beginning but it will be a good opportunity for other players to show me their qualities,” said Migne of his lead striker who is expected to lead the line at the African Cup of Nations.The forward had delayed to arrive in Paris after a near tussle between the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and his Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol who had stuttered in releasing their star forward to the national team.In his absence in the Madagascar friendly on Friday, Migne is set to look at various options who are hungry to prove themselves including the uncapped Christopher Mbamba and John Avire as well as Masud Juma.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne with his technical staff during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStars have been in Marcoussis for the past seven days and have been carrying out double training sessions as the coach looks to bulk up the team ahead of their first AFCON game against Algeria on June 23.Algeria are also camping in France, just like Madagascar and the coaching team of the North African giants are expected to be at the Stade Robert Bobin to scout on their opponents.But Migne will be concentrating on improving his team ahead of the tourney and he says so far he is happy with what he has seen in training.“I am happy; the coach is always happy when all players are available for him. It was long but now we have no time to lose. We need to work hard and I think we are on the way, also. I will have some answer during the training session and I will also have some answer after the game against Madagascar because soon I will need to name my final list of 23,” stated the coach.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama and teammates Eric Johannah (left) and Paul Were (right) have fun during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBiggest on his to do list is building team spirit and a winning mentality, something he said worked well during the qualifiers to help the team qualify for their first African Cup of Nations since 2004.The tactician is pleased with the work players are putting into training and believes by the time they leave the National Rugby Centre where they are putting up their paces, they will be a much improved side.“When you are Kenya you can’t play without good team spirit. We need to keep it and develop a winning mentality everyday on the field. We have good conditions here though there was some rain yesterday but now it is good,” the tactician stated.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Paris, France- 0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga during a training session at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPARIS, France, Jun 7 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has confirmed that striker Michael Olunga will not start Friday night’s friendly match against Madagascar at the Stade Robert Bobin in Paris.Olunga only arrived in Stars’ training camp in Marcoussis on Thursday morning and had his first session with the team in the evening, with Migne saying he cannot take the risk of playing him immediately to avoid the danger of picking up injury.last_img read more

Showing at the Ohio State Fair is about the experience

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseBanners are nice. Success is great. But really, at the end of each Ohio State Fair, it is really about the experience, lessons learned and the people. Though Caroline Winter from Pickaway County has had some success in showmanship and breed shows, those are not the first things she shares about what she loves about the Ohio State Fair.“I have been showing since I could walk. I love hanging out with my friends who are also my competitors,” the 17-year-old said. “In the show ring we compete, but if my friend beats me, I don’t hold it against them. Whatever happens in the show ring, we go get ice cream or play a game of cards — a very competitive game of cards.“Spoons is my favorite card game at the State Fair. We’ll get a big game going and it is a lot of fun. And, for the ice cream, you have to go at the right time because if you don’t the line is wrapping around the building. I go after I show to get a nice treat, cool off and look at the butter cow.”The fun at the Ohio State Fair is the culmination of months of long hours and dedication — something many fairgoers do not always understand.“I love how there are all sorts of different people with all sorts of different backgrounds who come to watch the show. They ask questions and I love talking with them about the cattle,” Caroline said. “A lot of people look forward to seeing the animals and learning about them. I love to talk about the daily care that goes into the animals and what it takes to show them and how much food they actually eat. It is fun talking to them about the animals. I like explaining what I do and why I do it. And yes, they do poop and I do have to clean it up.”This year Caroline (with some help from her older sister Christina) will have three Angus heifers, a Shorthorn cow calf pair, a Shorthorn calf, an Angus steer, a ShorthornPlus steer, and a Maintainer steer at the Ohio State Fair. Many hours go into the care of the cattle leading up to the State Fair but Caroline also has a long set of duties on her family’s crop farm and she trains for fall cross-country in her spare time.“In the mornings in the summer I start with feeding the cattle and getting them in the barn. We rinse every day. When my dad gets home we help with hay, planting, working ground, and harvesting in the fall,” she said. “In the winter we clean the barn and feed a lot of hay. We have a corn-wheat-soybean rotation with another 80 acres of hay — small square bales and big round bales. I help with hay all summer and I am always working with the cattle.”There is plenty of work to be done with the cattle while they are at the State Fair, but in comparison to the normal summer schedule for Caroline, the event is like a vacation.“With the breeding show during the first part of the State Fair, we are in and out so quickly there is not much extra time. But I like the people there, especially in the Shorthorn Breeders Association. They are so nice and friendly. They love their card games and they give out popsicles,” Caroline said. “With the market show later in the Fair, I only have three animals so I can relax a little more. When we are up at the State Fair with the market steers, it is like a vacation away from home and I am able to hang out with my friends and relax. There is way less to take care of compared to the Pickaway County Fair where I had two market steers, a feeder calf, two market lambs, a breeding ewe, and a market hog. Then I went right from county fair to the Shorthorn Junior Nationals in Tennessee. At the county fair or when I’m at home, I have something going on every day.”Of all the species Caroline shows, the cattle are her favorite, which makes her State Fair experience even more special.“With the sheep or pigs, I only have a few months with them. With the cattle, I am working with them year round. You can really see the difference with them starting to trust you and you get this bond with them as they get used to you. Nugget is my Shorthorn cow I’m taking to State Fair. We have gone to many shows together,” Caroline said. “We did the BEST program and other state fairs. Before she had her baby we’d go out here in the lot and play tag. I’d sprint through the pasture and she’d run after me. In the stalls at shows I lay down beside her with my back at the front of the stall and she will lay her head right on me.”Her favorite part of competing with the cattle is showmanship.“I like showmanship. It doesn’t matter how good your animal is,” she said. “It is about how well you can present your animal. The judge is mainly focused on you and I like to show how well I can present my animal.”Caroline will have the unique opportunity to share her showmanship expertise and excitement for the fair this year as a part of the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show on July 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Building. For the event, celebrity exhibitors — including some who never set foot in a show ring — will be paired with Ohio 4-H members to try their hand at showing a steer and vying for the judge’s eye. Donors can support each celebrity involved and proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.Caroline will be assisting Matt Barnes, a Columbus News anchor for NBC4 Today, as he makes his initial trip into the show ring to wrangle a steer.“Bill Tom from the Ohio State Fair came to me and asked if I wanted to do this at Beef Expo because I have exhibited for so long. I wanted to do this to return the favor of everyone who has helped me. And I know it is going to a really good cause. I actually know some families who have used the Ronald McDonald House. And it sounded fun,” Caroline said. “I always like teaching people about showing cattle and this gives me another chance to do that. Matt Barnes came down to our county fair to watch me get the steers ready for the show and then watched me show them. He asked some questions about the steers and did a short interview. He has no background with steers. I told him, you have to just relax.Columbus morning television anchorman Matt Barnes came to the Winter farm to practice his showmanship skills before the Dean’s Charity Steer Show. Photo provided by the Winter family.“If you get worked up, the steer will get worked up, so you have to be comfortable with them. Once he gets comfortable we’ll lead the steer around some and get the feet set a few times to practice. Then we’ll work on some more of the details. Matt seems pretty excited about it. He asked me if I’ve ever taught someone in one day before. I think he seems very willing to try. If he tries and gives his best effort then he will do pretty well.”Caroline is really looking forward to the event and the Ohio State Fair as a whole. She is hoping to celebrate some State Fair success with some cold, chocolate ice cream from the dairy building. And, like every exhibitor at the fair, she would love a new banner to hang in the barn, but Caroline knows the experience, lessons learned and the people make every year a success at the Ohio State Fair no matter what the outcome in the show ring.To find out more about the Dean’s Charity Steer Show and make a donation today at cfaes.osu.edu/deanscharitysteershow.Long months of hard work are an important part of taking competitive cattle to show at the Ohio State Fair.last_img read more

Cuba’s Internet Capacity To Increase 3,000x

first_imgTags:#international#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts According to a press release from the International Telecommunications Union, a new undersea data cable connected to Cuba this week will increase the amount of the country’s data and video transmission speed 3,000-fold when it becomes operation this summer. The ALBA-1 cable arrived in Siboney on February 9th, linking the eastern Cuban town to the cable’s start-point in the Venezuelan port city of La Guaira. The second part of the project will lead from Cuba to Ochos Rios in Jamaica. The Prestige of the Internet The Venezuela-Cuba joint project has been advertised as a triumph against the United States embargo of the island nation. Venezuela’s Gran Caribe and Cuba’s Transbit hired a Chinese subsidiary of the French company Alcatel-Lucent to lay the cable at a cost of $70 million. It took 19 days for the specialized cable-laying ship, Île de Batz to make the journey from Venezuela. The project is an indication of how important the Internet is, even to countries whose relationship to communications is antagonistic. Currently, virtually no private Cuban citizens can secure an Internet connection. To blog, Cuba’s small blogger community must copy their posts onto a thumb-drive and sneak into a dollar-only hotel to post, or to email the post to compatriots outside the country.Cuba’s BloggersAccording to a leaked diplomatic cable, the Cuban government is more afraid of this small but powerful group of bloggers than it is of its entire old-style dissident population. Nevertheless, according to the press release: curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Cuban officials say the country’s priority will be to build more public telecentres and improve Internet access at schools, hospitals and scientific institutions.”Look for Hugo Chávez’s government to provide its Cuban counterpart with extensive filtering tools, perhaps by passing on software and hardware made by American companies like Cisco and McAfee.Siboney photo by Klaus Schaefer | Île de Batz photo from Wikimedia Commons | other sources: BBC, AP/TMC, Cuba Standard 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Getting the Right Minisplit

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Curious readers regularly post questions here at GBA on how to size minisplit heat pumps and how to select the right equipment. Although our web site contains dozens of articles on the topic, the questions keep coming — so it’s time to provide some straightforward guidance on this issue.The first required step for anyone who wants to install HVAC equipment is to perform a room-by-room load calculation. In other words, the designer needs to calculate the anticipated heating load for each room under the coldest likely conditions, as well as the anticipated cooling load for each room under the hottest likely conditions. Although most people have heard of load calculations, which are code-required, this step is often ignored.Getting an accurate load calculation isn’t easy; most HVAC contractors grossly overestimate design heating loads and design cooling loads. For more information on obtaining an accurate load calculation, see these articles:The typical bedroom has a design heating load of 2,500 BTU/h or less — far less than the rating on a typical ductless minisplit head, which usually ranges from 9,000 to 12,000 BTU/h. If your HVAC contractor is advising you to install a separate minisplit head in each bedroom, it’s probably time to choose a different contractor. (Of course, an unusually large bedroom that is poorly insulated, leaky, or equipped with very large windows may have a much higher design heating load than average — so it always pays to do the math.)Instead of installing a ductless minisplit head in each bedroom, a better approach would be to install a minisplit head in a nearby common room — perhaps the living room or hallway — or to select a ducted unit instead of a ductless unit.According to GBA reader Dana Dorsett, a self-taught minisplit expert, “In most houses the ‘head in… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Video Editing: Animation and Keyframe Basics in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgAnimate and modify fixed effects in your Adobe Premiere Pro timeline to create basic animations.  In this post we’ll show you how.In an earlier post we took at look at the into the fixed effects options in Premiere Pro.  In this post, we’ll learn how to animate them.Simply put, you can quickly animate elements in your Premiere Pro timeline by clicking on the little stopwatch icon besides an effect name in your Effects Control panel:But let’s dig deeper than that.  How can you create animations using keyframes in Premiere Pro?  What are keyframes, anyway?A Bit of History on KeyframesThe term keyframe goes back to the early days of film, when the first animated film “Gertie the Dinosaur” was created.  The keyframe signals the start and end of on-screen animation.  The use of keyframes in animation was popularized by Disney, where many of the early principles of animation were worked out.  In those days the senior animators would come in at the start of the day and create the keyframes.  Once they’d finish creating those keyframes, they would go off leaving a junior animator to work the rest of the day creating the ‘inbetweens’, the intermediate frames between the keyframes that give the animation movement.  I have heard these junior animators described as “tweeners”, for the type of time intensive work they were assigned to do.Fast forward until today.  Premiere Pro is going to assume that you are the ‘Key Frame Animator’ in that you are going to specify the starting and ending point of an animation by adding keyframes.  Luckily, the in-between work is processed and Premiere Pro is going to take on the role of ‘tweening’ the intermediate frames so that the animation will look natural and smooth.Nerd Alert: The technical term for this is called interpolation which, to quote Wikipedia, ‘…is a method of constructing new data points within the range of a discrete set of known data points’. The known data points are your keyframes and the interpolated points are what Premiere Pro creates.Creating Keyframes in Premiere ProWhen you are ready to specify the starting point of your animation you click the stopwatch next to the property you want to animate.  YOU ONLY PRESS IT ONCE!! Think about the stopwatch as an animation ‘toggle’ – you click it to say I want to animate and if you click it again you will be getting rid of any animation you have created. So press it once to toggle on animation for that property and your first keyframe will be created.Stopwatch Depressed and First Keyframe CreatedThe next step is essential for you to create animation and is a step that is often forgotten when someone starts learning animation. What you MUST do now is move your playhead. If you do not move your playhead and then change the value you are animating you will not be animating but just changing the value of the keyframe you have just created. However, if you move forward in time and then change the value you will have created animation.Animation Motion PathPlay-Head Move and Value Changed Giving a Second KeyframeAs you can see from the above, two things have happened. Firstly, you have created a second keyframe telling Premiere Pro where you want the animation to finish and secondly, you have created a motion path which can be seen on screen if you have the word ‘Motion’ selected in the Effect Controls Panel.Motion Path Closer LookThe motion path shows you quite a few things about your Premiere Pro animation…The little squares at the start and the end of the dotted line represent the keyframes. These can be selected in the program monitor and moved with the mouse if you want to reposition them.The little dots on the line represent the ‘interpolated’ frames that Premiere Pro has created to give smooth motion to your animation.Nerd Alert: You can tell the speed of an animation by the relative distance of these little interpolated frames. If the frames are close together then that means the item doesn’t have to move very far one frame to the next and so will move slowly. If these dots are wide apart that means the item is moving a long way one frame to the next and so will move quickly.The other not so obvious thing you can see on this motion path are two solid circles a little after the first keyframe and about the same distance before the next keyframe. These are handles (known as Bezier Handles) which can be used to change the path of your animation.Moving the Bezier HandlesOnce moved, the path of the animation is changed. However, you can change both the position and the length of these handles. Longer handles create more dramatic curves while shorter handles smooth the curves off somewhat. Experiment with position and length to see what they do.Nerd Alert: It is usually considered good practice to make sure that the total length of the Bezier handles on a path do not exceed the total length of that path.To play your animation back, simply move the play-head back before the first keyframe and hit the spacebar. This is how you can see your animation and so make appropriate changes.  There is however one ‘gotcha!’ that you need to be very careful about.If you’re going to modify a keyframe,  you must insure that the playhead is on the exact frame where your keyframe is placed.  Otherwise, you will inadvertently create another keyframe.  Oops!Now you understand the basics of animation it is important that you play with it until you it becomes a natural process for you. Start by animating the Premiere Pro fixed effects and then move on to effects that you can add to your shot such as the ‘Lens Flare’ effect (this is a great one to learn).One last note on animating rotation; if you keep increasing rotation you will get something that looks like the following…Rotation Values in Premiere ProWhat this ‘2×245.0’ means is that the item had been rotated 2 complete revolutions + 245 degrees.And if it all goes wrong? You will be pleased to know that there is a ‘Reset’ button next to most effects.Just note, when you hit the reset button this will reset the values back to their ‘out of the box default values’.  It WILL NOT turn off any animation stopwatches you have depressed and will actually add keyframes to your animation! So, if you want to reset and get rid of all your animation to start again, make sure you hit the reset button AND toggle any animation stopwatches off to get rid of all your keyframes.Well, that’s the basics of animation in Premiere Pro.  Experience is the best training tool, so start experimenting!last_img read more

Using Collect Files to Share an After Effects Project

first_imgLearn how to properly use the Collect Files function in Adobe After Effects with this helpful video tutorial.The Collect Files function isn’t the most exciting setting in Adobe After Effects, but it can be invaluable when you need to send a project file to a client or team member.The Collect Files function creates a duplicate copy of everything that makes up a project and puts it in a new folder — video clips, images, logos, etc. Collect Files also links all of the file assets to a duplicated project file. This organizes everything in one, easy-to-manage folder. This makes it easy to forward the project in its entirety to someone else.The structure of the After Effects project also plays a big role when you run the Collect Files function. This is because it creates a folder hierarchy named exactly the same as your folder layout in your project. You will want to make sure the folder layout in your project is easy to understand prior to running Collect Files to avoid potential errors.The Keys to Using the Collect Files functionThe following points can help you when you run Collect Files in Adobe After Effects:Organize footage and assets into folders in your After Effects project.Do not nest multiple folders within each other.Use the Remove Unused Footage function prior to running Collect Files.After running Collect Files, double check the new project.Compress the entire duplicate folder containing the project file and assets before sending to someone else. Have any tips for using Collect Files in Adobe After Effects? Share in the comments.last_img read more

Bahamas Long Islander in TCI says give cash its easier

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – A Long Islander living in Turks and Caicos said she lost everything in Hurricane Joaquin back in Long Island and so did her family. Telecia Knowles-Darville is well known for her ability in the kitchen as one of the cooks of the One Bahamas Association’s sheep tongue souse outs and she tells the heart wrenching story of how everything is destroyed in her home settlement in the southern side of the island. Mrs. Knowles-Darville encourages residents to give and said Fr. Bernard Been of the Anglican church is collecting cash donations for the relief efforts in The Bahamas. Tropical Storm Kate now formed, almost all Bahamas on alert Long Island fire extinguished Related Items:Long Island, Telecia Knowles-Darville HMBS Durward Knowles Provides Hurricane Relief To Long Island Residents In Clarence Town Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

San Diego Police Foundations Annual Women in Blue Luncheon

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Police Foundation will celebrate female leadership in law enforcement at its ninth annual Women in Blue luncheon on March 7th.Since 2010, the Women in Blue initiative has honored women in public safety who demonstrate outstanding leadership, courage, strength and resilience in a profession historically dominated by men, according to San Diego Police Foundation.The luncheon also raises funds for the San Diego Police Foundation.This year’s honorees include Detective Susan Righthouse, a 29-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department and Margaret Mendez, the Human Resources Manager for the San Diego Police Department, serving as the commanding officer for the Human Resources Division.The Women in Blue luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 7 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located at 1 Park Blvd. in San Diego. Individual tickets are priced at $125.To purchase tickets or become a sponsor click here. Posted: March 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom San Diego Police Foundation’s Annual Women in Blue Luncheon Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 4, 2019last_img read more

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