Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Recruitersneed to acquire new skills and become relationship managers if they are toovercome current inefficiency and be truly effective.Thatwas the message given by consultant Alan Whitford last week at a two-dayRecruitment Summit attended by UK and US agency chiefs in New York.Describingrecruitment as a “hiring experience, not a hiring process”, Whitfordwarned that employers must sharpen up their act, particularly online, if theywant to attract and retain the best talent. Hewas dismissive of the contribution HR is making to recruitment, arguing thatjobsites such as Totaljobs.com and monster.com know more about employees andcandidates than employers. He said the future is all about using provenrecruitment methods combined with advances in technology to collate data andtrack people.Hesaid it can take between one and four months to fill vacancies in the UK andthe internal costs of recruitment were notoriously high.Whitfordsaid the internet will improve hiring efficiency in terms of speed and cost,but only if the right tools are used. He sees the internet enabling employersto rethink the structure and systems around candidate flow and providingbusinesses with more scale and reach. Intranetsoffer access to vital company information and processes, he said, and whenlinked to solid candidate management systems, provide opportunities to lowercost-per-hire and shorten the time to fill posts.Asurvey by the US-based Forrester and Corporate Leadership Council shows that100 per cent of large organisations are using the internet to post jobs onlineand 74 per cent of respondents are using some form of advanced online CV miningor intelligent search tools.ByJane KingWhatHR needs to know–Recruiters can increase productivity and offer a better service to linemanagers by developing relationships with candidates online–Company branding on corporate websites and targeted candidate marketing are theway forward –Recruitment advertising should first sell the brand; second, highlight what thebusiness does,; third, emphasise the attractions of working there; and finallyexplain what the job is www.forrester.comwww.hire.com Recruiters must sharpen their actOn 22 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
In keeping with a long line of success for the Wisconsin men’s hockey program, three former Badger skaters were selected to the 2014 U.S. National Hockey team Tuesday.Jake McCabe, Jake Gardiner and Craig Smith were three of the first 15 players chosen to wear the Red, White and Blue this year. They will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.McCabe, the most recent Badger to make it to the NHL ranks, conceded his final season of eligibility and joined the Buffalo Sabres in April after earning first-team All-Big Ten honors as the assistant captain with Wisconsin in the 2013-2014 season. This past season as a junior McCabe was fifth on the team in scoring, picking up 25 points with eight goals and 17 assists to his credit. After competing in his final game in Cardinal and White, which was a 5-2 loss to North Dakota March 25, he chose to forgo his last year in pursuit of NHL dreams and inked a three-year entry level deal with the Sabres. He played in seven games for the Sabres and picked up an assist.Gardiner’s last season with Wisconsin was the 2010-2011 campaign. He has since played three seasons as a defenseman in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he has 65 points on 17 goals and 48 assists.Smith is making his fourth appearance with national team. In 2013, he was a key member of the U.S. National team that took a bronze medal in the World Championships, posting 14 points in 10 games.In the NHL, Smith has played three seasons with the Nashville Predators and led the team with 24 goals this season. Smith, similarly to McCabe, left Wisconsin early to pursue a career in the NHL and left the Badgers after only two seasons, but in just two years he tallied 76 points.2014 will mark the 47th consecutive year that at least one former Badger will compete in the World Championships.
Last Updated: 20th December, 2019 10:32 IST Tokyo 2020 Olympics Unveil Final Budget Of $12.6 Billion The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are expected to cost some 1.35 trillion yen ($12.6 billion), organizers, unveiling a final budget showing increased revenue balancing Press Trust Of India COMMENT The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are expected to cost some 1.35 trillion yen ($12.6 billion), organisers said Friday, unveiling a final budget showing increased revenue balancing out extra costs including countermeasures against heat. However, officials admitted the budget does not yet include an estimated three billion yen for moving the marathon and race walk north to Sapporo, as they wrangle with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over who bears the cost. Revenues from domestic sponsorship and robust ticket sales have increased income by 30 billion yen, according to the fourth and final version of the Olympic budget.READ | Viswanathan Anand Offers Some Insight On Positive Correlation Between Chess & TechnologyTokyo 2020 Olympics unveil final budgetThis equals out a rise in forecast expenditure for items such as transport and security — as well as the heat-busting measures. The overall 1.35-trillion-yen budget for the Games is unchanged since the last version of the budget unveiled last year. There is also a 27-billion-yen “contingency” pot to deal with possible emergencies such as natural disasters. Organisers are still negotiating with the IOC over the cost of moving the marathon to the northern city of Sapporo due to the expected heat in the Tokyo summer. FOLLOW US LIVE TV READ | Zeena Wins Women’s National 10m Air Rifle Ahead Of Mehuli, ApurviOrganisers have also unveiled a series of countermeasures against the heat and humidity, including water mist sprays and special heat-absorbing paint on roads — all of which cost money. The IOC, wary that the ballooning cost of hosting the Games is putting some cities off from bidding, has urged Tokyo to make even more cuts. But Tokyo is also being squeezed in the other direction, with some sports voicing fears that the cuts could harm the athletes’ experience plus the all-important “look” of the Games.READ | UFC: Joe Rogan Feels That UFC Should Fire Their Judges, Slams Their Scoring MethodsThe Tokyo 2020 budget is divided between the Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the national government, which is on the hook for 150 billion yen — mainly for the cost of the new National Stadium. However, the expenditure at the national level has been a source of controversy with a widely publicised report from the Board of Audit of Japan estimating actual national government spending between the bid in 2013 and 2018 at 1.06 trillion yen, nearly 10 times the budget. Ito countered that this estimate includes items not directly related to games operations. “The definition of Games-related costs is slightly different to ours,” he said. Earlier this year, Los Angeles 2028 Olympics chiefs unveiled details of a $6.9-billion budget for the Games, vowing to deliver the spectacle without cost overruns that have dogged recent editions of the extravaganza. The Paris 2024 budget for the Games amounts to 6.8 billion euros ($7.6 billion), 1.5 billion of which will come from the state. READ | Putin Says Russia Must Compete Under Flag At Sports Events SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE “This is an unprecedented matter so there are no procedures,” explained Gakuji Ito, executive director for planning and finance at Tokyo 2020.”We will go into it line-by-line and we will interact with the IOC on a daily basis,” he told reporters. First Published: 20th December, 2019 10:32 IST Written By
Final preparations are being made for this weekend’s Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race which takes place this Sunday the 2nd of June at Astoria Road. The event that is now in its eighth year is organised and hosted by the volunteer crew of the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat and is a major fundraiser for the charity. Soapbox enthusiasts are invited to participate in the event which will run between 1 and 4 pm on Sunday. The event is expected to attract an attendance of up to 2000 people. The prize that is up for grabs is the highly coveted perpetual cup and 12 months of bragging rights!The popular €1,000 ball race will take place directly after the soapbox final has been run with balls on sale at just €5 from lunchtime on the day. Event Director, Cormac McGurren, commented about the event, “The soapbox race is always the talk of the station for the weeks and months before it happens. It’s a fun family day out with lots of thrills and spills expected. We would like to thank in advance all of our sponsors, prize donors and local volunteers who are helping to run the event and also to sell the balls.”If anyone would like to race a soapbox on the day they can register via the website www.bundoranlifeboatsoapboxrace.com or just show up on the day, however, pre-registration is encouraged. There will be traffic restrictions in place this Sunday 2nd of June to facilitate the staging of the Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race. The Astoria Road will be closed from 8 am on Sunday the 2nd of June at the junction of Main Street and Astoria Road.Traffic for Waterworld, Bundoran Adventure Park and Ozanam House should use Promenade Road and Atlantic Way. Traffic for Main Beach, Great Northern Hotel and Bundoran Golf Club should use Sea Road.The main beach car park will be open for parking as normal (with access via Sea Road). The event begins at 1 pm and finishes at 4 pm. The road should reopen by 7 pm. Bundoran gets ready for Soapbox Sunday! was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Soapbox Sunday
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this Cab Cam, sponsored by Homan Inc., Darke County farmer Greg McGlinch had a chance on May 16th, 2019 to get some corn in the ground after terminating a well-drained field of wheat. Greg talks with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood about this year in particular, as well as his setup and thoughts to this spring’s decision making.
Many places claim they welcome driverless car prototypes on their streets, but an elite group of cities are proving to be all-in with autonomous vehicles.In a commentary on Fortune.com, Luís Bettencourt discusses which cities have fully embraced driverless cars. The Santa Fe Institute professor of complex systems also weighs the revolutionary impacts this technology will have on cities of the future.“The urban landscape is in for a drastic change,” said Bettencourt. “With some cities using autonomous vehicle technology to rethink their public transportation and infrastructure.”See also: California legalizes autonomous cars on highwaysHe predicts that driverless automobiles will transform congested cities by dramatically reducing cars on the road. As well, robot cars acting as taxis will free up large tracts of land currently used for parking and gas stations.“But if this transformation is to take place, driverless vehicle manufacturers will need to find welcoming locations to test their products,” he says.And Bettencourt outlines which certain cities are proving to be more welcoming than others to connected cars.Autonomous vehicles by Google have been plying the roads around San Francisco Bay for years. With its proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco is living up to its earlier adopter reputation in regards to driverless cars.More recently, Google has begun testing driverless cars in Austin, Phoenix and Kirkland, Wash.And Pittsburgh is establishing a reputation on the vanguard of driverless car technology. It is home to Carnegie Mellon University which is a pioneer in research into self-driving cars. The university has also recently partnered with Uber to develop a driverless vehicle for its ride sharing service.Boston is also at the forefront of the new technology, announcing a year-long test of driverless cars on city streets. The tests, which are being run in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEP), aim to advance transportation access, safety and WEP’s sustainability goals.It’s a mad, mad self-driven worldIn Asia, Singapore has launched a strategy for a “car-light” city that includes the world’s first taxi service that uses driverless cars in a limited circuit.China’s Baidu is working on a similar project in Beijing and Tokyo is shooting to have autonomous cars on its roads in time for the 2020 Olympic Games.Meanwhile in Europe, Helsinki is running the world’s first autonomous bus system. And over in the U.K., other cities are performing trials of self-driving vehicles.Bettencourt says these cities that are early joiners of the autonomous vehicle revolution stand to gain economically from the benefits of this technology.“This would also stimulate new businesses and technologies that can create jobs—such as the new systems necessary to coordinate traffic, new kinds of smart infrastructure, and new advertisement markets—and grow the economy,” he says. Tags:#autonomous cars#Baidu#Google#IoT#Uber 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Donal Power IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…
With barely a week to go before the Commonwealth Games would begin in the national capital, Scotland and Canada have decided to delay the departures of their teams to New Delhi because of the unfinished athletes’ Games Village.Labourers work outside Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue for the Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.Meanwhile, an official with the New Zealand swimming team said international swimming federations could quickly stage an alternative meet if the Games were cancelled.Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell headed to New Delhi, seeking emergency talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the situation, the Games’ Chief Executive, Mike Hooper, said on Wednesday. Hooper had castigated Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi earlier this year for the haphazard planning and execution of Games projects.The idea of holding the Commonwealth Games in India initially sounded good as this would have helped the country broaden stage for international competitions and encouraged economic development.But frantic last-minute preparations are verging on chaos, international sports officials are furious, and the Games have become an international embarrassment that could threaten plans for major sporting events in other developing nations.The Games organisers have faced a slew of troubles recently, including heavy rains, a citywide outbreak of dengue fever, fears over security after the shooting of two tourists near Jama Masjid, and the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, injuring at least 26 construction workers, five critically. Part of a false ceiling at the weightlifting venue also collapsed on Wednesday.advertisementThe Games Village was still unfinished on Wednesday, the eve of its scheduled opening. The home for more than 7,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories has been called “unfit for human habitation”.Andrew Foster, head of Commonwealth Games England, said on Wednesday “the next 24 to 48 hours is the critical time” to determine if the standards of the athletes’ village can be raised.So far, four athletes – including three world champions – have said they won’t attend because of health or safety concerns.Indian government officials insisted they would prove the critics wrong.Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, told the BBC that the Games will be “one of the most successful that the Commonwealth has undertaken”. He blamed “the prolonged monsoon” for the problems.New Delhi, chosen over the Canadian city of Hamilton, Ontario, as host, has had seven years to prepare, though little was done until 2008. Armies of workers – often rural villagers making just a few dollars a day – have been deployed across the city in recent weeks to get it ready.Indian officials have long dismissed international worries over the slow preparations, even though they were more than a year behind schedule. At one point, the sports minister joked the Games were like a stereotypical big chaotic Indian wedding – and after lots of last-minute efforts everything would turn out fine.But in recent weeks, as the many problems became more apparent, the media have turned increasingly critical, questioning why the government hadn’t done more to reign in mismanagement.Experts say that taking the event to India carried inherent risks.The trend in recent years among major international sports bodies, such as the International Olympic Committee, is for what organisers call “universality” – spreading major competitions around the world as much as possible, including to developing nations where such events have rarely been held.Last year, the IOC awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, taking the games to South America for the first time. Africa is now the only continent that hasn’t had an Olympics. But South Africa’s triumphant hosting of this year’s World Cup despite widespread concerns has made it a strong contender for the 2020 Olympics.”It’s part of a desire to keep expanding the range of countries that can host these events,” senior Canadian IOC member Dick Pound told The Associated Press. “You know when you do that the risks are much higher. You just hope the sense of national importance for the host country will allow it to focus on what resources are required and get it done. That said, the risks remain.”So what happened in India?There’s no simple answer. Certainly some blame lies with the central government, which only recently began keeping a close watch on preparations. The Indian media is also rife with allegations of widespread corruption.And some is pure bad luck: New Delhi has had its heaviest monsoons in decades this year.advertisement”There’s an awful lot of talent in India,” Pound said. “There’s no inherent reason why they could not make a national effort to pull it together better than they have – or seem to have.”He also noted the Commonwealth, unlike the IOC, is at heart a political grouping, so there is pressure to hold some games away from the traditional hosts of Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.”You can’t have the same old four or five white countries doing these games all the time,” he said.The IOC and FIFA both have committees which carry out regular and rigorous inspections of preparations for the Olympics and World Cup, something that helps avoid the type of chaos engulfing the games in India.The IOC had to put heavy pressure on Athens ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics after chronic construction delays and political wrangling put those games at risk.”We saw what happened in Athens,” Pound said. “There’s a limit to what you can do if you don’t have the national will or there’s a domestic conflict between different groups or political parties.”Pound said Kingston, Jamaica, proved when it hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1966 that developing countries can pull it off with the necessary zeal.The message to India and others, he said, is: “If we’re going to do this and occupy a share of the world’s stage, we’ve got to do it properly. If we’re not committed to it, we shouldn’t do it.”India’s troubles have severely dented its hopes of bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.”I’m sure it’s put that back by at least a decade,” Pound said.The economic impact of staging major global sports events can weigh heavily on host cities and countries.The Indian government initially pegged the cost of the Commonwealth Games at less than $100 million in 2003, but the figure has skyrocketed, with estimates ranging from $3 billion to more than $10 billion.Unlike the Olympics or World Cup, the Commonwealth Games do not attract major international sponsors or TV rights fees.Although China was able to use the Beijing Olympics to highlight how far it has come after decades of isolation, India is falling behind in that quest.”When you look at China’s very monolithic, dictatorial approach, they have a machine where they can make things happen in a very deterministic manner, whereas India is a colorful and chaotic democracy and sometimes things don’t quite go as planned,” said Gunjan Bagla, founder of Amritt, Inc., a California consulting firm that helps Western companies do business in Asia.But the games remain deeply important to India’s national pride, making it highly unlikely the government will call them off.”We’re absolutely prepared,” Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar, who is in charge of monitoring the readiness for Singh, told CNN-IBN television Wednesday.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari tribute to Zidane after winning CWCby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari paid tribute to Zinedine Zidane after winning the Club World Cup final.Real were comfortable 4-1 winners over Al Ain.Solari isn’t long in the job at Real Madrid, but has already put his name to some silverware with what he will hope to be a building block for future success.”The players deserve it and we are happy,” Solari said after the game.”They have come here after a lot of work and a lot of winning and we put a finishing touch to that third consecutive Champions League.”We’re also here thanks to [Zinedine] Zidane.”
May is a month marked by students celebrating academic feats and achievements. However, May is also National Foster Care Awareness Month, and for the more than 670,000 who spend time in U.S. foster care every year, the month of May can tell a very different story.To “school” the nation on the challenges foster youth face when attaining their education, in and after their time in state care, Children’s Rights and FosterClub have today released a new spoken word PSA as a part of Children’s Rights fifth annual storytelling campaign, Fostering The Future.Grammy Award-winning producer and Children’s Rights supporter Swizz Beatz explains, “Education in this country is a fundamental right for every child, but right now, we are turning our backs on our foster youth. We all need to do whatever we can to help make sure these kids’ voices are heard. They’re not someone else’s responsibility; they’re all of ours. Let’s foster their futures by really fostering their education.”Adds Sandy Santana, Children’s Rights Executive Director: “As a society, we are failing thousands of our most vulnerable children. It is unconscionable that youth in foster care face multiple barriers to accessing their educations, and the young adults in this video know better than anyone else that changes must be made. We are honored to work with them.”• Fewer than 60 percent of foster teens graduate high school by age 19. • Only 4 percent of foster alumni go on to receive a college degree by age 26. • The average reading level of 17 and 18 year old foster youth is 7th grade. • 50 percent of foster youth become incarcerated within the first two years of aging out. • 31 percent become homeless within the first two years of aging out. • On average, they miss 5 weeks of school per year.“This puts a face and a voice to a problem of which so many Americans are sadly unaware,” states Celeste Bodner, FosterClub Executive Director and Founder.“FosterClub is about helping to empower current and former foster youth to advocate on their own behalf, and this PSA does just that. It amplifies the voices and educational needs of a population that is rarely seen or heard.”Eight of the nine individuals featured are members of FosterClub’s vast national network of current and former foster youth. Joining them is comedian and foster alum Monroe Martin.“Look, trying to get an education in foster care is no joke,” Martin says. “And the first step to systemic change is raising mass awareness about the fact that the problem even exists. Storytelling, whether it’s through comedy or a PSA is the most effective way to do that.”Children’s Rights’ 2017 campaign can be viewed by visiting FosteringTheFuture.com or by doing a search of the hashtag #FosterMyEducation.
TORONTO – Canadians are counting down to the legalization of recreational marijuana this summer, but industry players are already racing to get ahead in a potentially more lucrative market segment for the plant in the years to come: cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.Companies are researching and developing marijuana-based medicines that, they hope, will not only have broader appeal to doctors and patients, but will create lucrative intellectual property that will provide revenues far into the future.This is the next level of the “green rush,” said Har Grover, the chief executive officer of Toronto-based Scientus Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cannabis.“The potential down the road is far greater than what the recreational market sizes are… What you need to do is deliver medicine in a form that patients and physicians are used to using,” said Grover.Marijuana companies are eyeing the higher margins these value-added products can command compared to dried bud. Licensed medical marijuana producers also see the associated intellectual property as key to their future profitability, providing a competitive edge and a resilient profit stream as cannabis moves towards commoditization like every agricultural crop.While cannabis itself cannot be patented, licensed producers can apply for plant breeders rights protections for marijuana strains if they can sufficiently prove it is new. But innovations such as formulations, delivery mechanisms, and scientific techniques for testing have the potential to qualify for intellectual property protection.“There is certainly a desire by companies to develop cannabis products that can have defensibility from a business standpoint, from an IP standpoint,” said Neil Closner, chief executive of licensed producer MedReleaf.Scientus Pharma and MedReleaf are just two of a slew of Canadian of companies researching and conducting clinical trials examining medical applications for cannabinoids, which are a family of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.MedReleaf has been looking at the efficacy of cannabis for a range of conditions, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientus Pharma has been researching various conditions as well, but is focused on pain management, particularly neuropathic pain for cancer patients.Canopy Growth, Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer, launched its own biopharmaceutical company called Canopy Health Innovations two years ago.Bruce Linton, Canopy’s chief executive, said its subsidiary has been “running hard” and just last quarter filed 27 patents for combinations of cannabinoids and delivery mechanisms for sleep.Canopy and other Canadian licensed producers have been exporting cannabis to countries such as Germany as they open up their medical marijuana markets and require supply.As Linton expects most of these countries to eventually develop their own cannabis industries, Canopy’s proprietary products and methods can be still be sold or licensed there, generating revenue for the long term, he said.“Your real advantage is your methods and intellectual property, as well as your unique proven products,” he said.Canopy and Scientus Pharma are among the 32 firms with a dealers’ license from Health Canada, which gives them more latitude than a licensed producer to conduct activities with cannabis, such as testing. That number is up from just 22 in February last year.There is relatively little scientific research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis, in large part due to its long-held illegal status, and there is still much to learn about the plant, said Grover.“The cannabinoid plant is a gold mine of drug discovery and development for the next 10, 20, 50 years,” he said. “Much like stem cells were 30 years ago, and we’re getting to that stage now.”And Canada’s relatively progressive cannabis policy gives domestic scientists studying the plant a competitive edge on the global stage.In the U.S., marijuana use is legal in several states but remains illegal on a federal level, creating legal obstacles for research in the U.S., said Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the U.S.“If you work in a system that has any federal source of support (funding), there may be concerns… It’s really a conundrum, and that impedes science in some important ways,” he told a conference in Hamilton, Ont., last month.Meanwhile, the federal government said last week in its budget that it won’t apply a new excise tax to cannabis-based pharmaceutical products that can be obtained with a prescription. That would put it on par with other drugs, such as opioids, which do not get taxed while medical cannabis in its dried form will be subject to the excise tax.However, to qualify, the cannabis-based product must have a drug-identification number – a classification number from the government obtained after going through a stringent, approval process which allows manufacturers to market and sell the drug in Canada.Medical marijuana itself does not have a drug identification number (DIN), which has been a deterrent for doctors asked to prescribe it and a barrier for insurance coverage.Obtaining a DIN typically involves rigorous clinical research, generally including 10-year double blind studies.The clinical research being conducted by cannabis companies could also get them closer to getting a DIN.“Having a DIN would be a complete game changer,” said Vahan Ajamian, an analyst with Beacon Securities. “You’ll have no tax on medical, you’ll probably have better insurance coverage… and you’ll get doctors that will see this as real medicine.”