Unions have moved on to form positive partnerships

first_imgUnions have moved on to form positive partnershipsOn 29 May 2007 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. I have noticed a distinct anti-union bias creeping into Personnel Today in recent months, mainly centred on commentary on the merger of the Transport and General Workers’ Union and Amicus to form the new ‘super-union’ Unite.In your article ‘Super-union plans to take casual approach to boosting membership’ (Personnel Today, 8 May), you suggest a lack of unity in the new union on the basis that Derek Simpson, the joint general secretary, failed to turn up for the official launch of the union.The Guardian newspaper subsequently reported that the reason why Simpson failed to turn up was because he was delayed travelling across London by the Public and Commercial Services Union industrial action on 1 May.This was the latest in a series of articles suggesting that Unite is a union born out of desperation, that will try to exert a disruptive influence on the sectors where it is represented.Your view of unions seems to be stuck in the 1970s, and fails to acknowledge that they have moved on, and for the most part form positive partnerships with employers, and deliver better pay and conditions of employment for their members than staff in non-unionised organisations are able to enjoy.Neil Clarkson, chartered MCIPD Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Determination of the refractive index of organic material from atmospheric aerosol over the visible wavelength range using optical tweezers

first_imgOptical trapping combined with Mie spectroscopy is a new technique used to record the refractive index of insoluble organic material extracted from atmospheric aerosol samples over a wide wavelength range. The refractive index of the insoluble organic extracts was shown to follow a Cauchy equation between 460 and 700 nm for organic aerosol extracts collected from urban (London) and remote (Antarctica) locations. Cauchy coefficients for the remote sample were for the Austral summer and gave the Cauchy coefficients of A  =  1.467 and B  =  1000 nm2 with a real refractive index of 1.489 at a wavelength of 589 nm. Cauchy coefficients for the urban samples varied with season, with extracts collected during summer having Cauchy coefficients of A  =  1.465  ±  0.005 and B  =  4625  ±  1200 nm2 with a representative real refractive index of 1.478 at a wavelength of 589 nm, whilst samples extracted during autumn had larger Cauchy coefficients of A  =  1.505 and B  =  600 nm2 with a representative real refractive index of 1.522 at a wavelength of 589 nm. The refractive index of absorbing aerosol was also recorded. The absorption Ångström exponent was determined for woodsmoke and humic acid aerosol extract. Typical values of the Cauchy coefficient for the woodsmoke aerosol extract were A  =  1.541  ±  0.03 and B  =  14 800  ±  2900 nm2, resulting in a real refractive index of 1.584  ±  0.007 at a wavelength of 589 nm and an absorption Ångström exponent of 8.0. The measured values of refractive index compare well with previous monochromatic or very small wavelength range measurements of refractive index. In general, the real component of the refractive index increases from remote to urban to woodsmoke. A one-dimensional radiative-transfer calculation of the top-of-the-atmosphere albedo was applied to model an atmosphere containing a 3 km thick layer of aerosol comprising pure water, pure insoluble organic aerosol, or an aerosol consisting of an aqueous core with an insoluble organic shell. The calculation demonstrated that the top-of-the-atmosphere albedo increases by 0.01 to 0.04 for pure organic particles relative to water particles of the same size and that the top-of-the-atmosphere albedo increases by 0.03 for aqueous core-shell particles as volume fraction of the shell material increases to 25 %.last_img read more

Exchange Club Donates $10,000 to American Legion Building Fund

first_imgThe Ocean City Exchange Club’s 2015 Roger LaRosa Charity Golf Classic was held on May 4 at Linwood Country Club.The event raised money for three charities: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet, and the Ocean City American Legion Post 524.The club made its first presentation befittingly on Memorial Day: $10,000 to the American Legion for their building fund. Exchange Club, American Legion Post and city representatives gathered for the occasion.last_img read more

Better Together

first_imgOur product development efforts are geared to help our customers transform their IT environments and prepare their infrastructure for the next wave of innovation, often referred to as the Third Platform of IT.With this in mind, EMC is making a couple of organizational moves today that will sound like “inside baseball” to most outside the company. But the benefits to customers are worth calling out, so let me do that here.First, we are bringing together our VMAX and VNX product development teams into one division focused on enterprise and mid-range systems. We will maintain VMAX and VNX as separate product lines for different workload requirements. Offering customers a range of choices in one best-of-breed product family is a differentiator for our business. There are no changes to any products, product roadmaps or the way we take our products to market or how we support our customers. But we believe that bringing these teams together will make our portfolio and our business even stronger.Both VMAX and VNX are block and file transactional systems that support mission critical workloads, common hardware and the use of key technologies. In the auto industry, automakers that offer different product lines for different segments of the market have demonstrated the benefits of sharing platforms, and we intend to leverage those benefits here. Bringing these teams together will allow us to accelerate innovation and maintain our leading edge in the storage industry.Brian Gallagher, who has led our VMAX development team, will lead the combined division, while his VNX counterpart, Rich Napolitano, takes on an exciting new role leading an early stage initiative, focused on next generation information infrastructures for multi-cloud environments.On a related note, we are bringing together our VPLEX, RecoverPoint and Backup & Recovery Systems teams into a new Data Protection & Availability Division. This combined group will enhance our value proposition around protecting, recovering and ensuring data availability, and driving data protection across — and into — our primary storage arrays. This team will better position us to deliver data protection as a set of software-defined services on top of ViPR and provide a solid foundation for ‘Trust’ in the Cloud. Guy Churchward will lead this team.These changes are a natural evolution of our business and will come as no surprise to those who follow us closely. Over the last few years, we have continued to serve more and more customers, but there are still large untapped opportunities for us to help even more customers transform their IT environments and take advantage of the Third Platform. Today’s announcements help us align our awesome capabilities to better address the needs of customers on that journey.last_img read more

Core Council sponsors LGBTQ awareness week

first_imgThe Core Council kicks off “StaND Against Hate Week” today, a week designed to spread awareness and to show support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community on campus with a lineup of events through Friday. Tonight’s “How to Be an Ally” dinner brings together panelists from the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and student allies, sophomore Council member Maggie Waickman said (Editor’s note: Waickman writes for the Scene section of The Observer.). Three panelists will speak about what being an ally means to them, after which participants will form discussion groups to discuss how to be allies in the LGBTQ community, she said. The primary topics covered will be what it means to be an ally, how it works at Notre Dame specifically and what the relationship between Catholicism and being an ally is, Waickman said. “I’m particularly excited to hear people’s thoughts on whether individuals have to be outside the LGBTQ community to identify as an ally,” Waickman said. “There’s the question of whether someone who identifies as gay can be an ally to another gay person and how we see Notre Dame students who identify as straight acting as allies. “There’s a lot of nuance to the label ‘ally,’ and there’s a lot we can learn from talking about it.” Tuesday night’s event will be a screening of the movie “Bully” in room 101 of DeBartolo Hall at 9 p.m., council member Lauren Morisseau said. This will be followed by a prayer service held Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Grotto. “I think [the prayer service] is great because there is definitely a spiritual side to what we do as a community and with solidarity work,” Morisseau said. “There are a lot of LGBTQ people on campus whose faith is important to them. It’s going to be a Catholic prayer service but we’ll shoot for a universal theme, open to people of all faiths.” Waickman said the prayer service is a key part of the week, and she hopes next year’s LGBTQ student support organization will continue addressing the spiritual aspects of their mission. “We chose to do a prayer service because we’ve talked for a long time about how there’s disconnect between the LGBTQ community and spirituality and faith life,” Waickman said. “I think there’s a specific struggle that many members of the community go through in regards to faith, and there’s no real good outlet [currently].” Free t-shirts designed by sophomore Keri O’Mara will be distributed from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fieldhouse Mall. A solidarity-themed Acousticafe will take place at 10 p.m. thanks to a collaborative effort by the Core Council and the Student Union Board (SUB), Morisseau said. “[Acousticafe] will run as usual, but the performers will sing solidarity based songs … so the focus is on sharing music and sharing time together,” she said. The final event of the week will be a “Day of Silence” on Friday, which is a nationwide tradition Morisseau described as “a real challenge.” “People wear a sticker or have a card that says they’re not speaking for the day to try to honor the silence of people who really cannot be honest with who they are,” she said. “It’s relevant to everyone included in the ‘LGBTQ’ acronym. “It is challenging, and I think it opens a lot of people’s minds because a lot of us have never felt that we’ve had to hide who we are,” she said. Overall, “This week is about love, not politics,” Waickman said. “StaND Against Hate Week expresses a sentiment the entire Notre Dame family can get behind,” she said. “Traditionally, the turnout for [the week’s events] has been mostly from the LGBTQ community on campus, so we wanted to make a big effort to broaden the target audience for StaND Against Hate Week.” Morisseau said the collaborations with the GRC and SUB have been “one of the best experiences of this whole thing.” “It’s great to work with administrators who really do care about student needs and who are committed to providing for students and encouraging growth on campus,” Morisseau said. “Between GRC and SUB, it’s been really positive this year. This is the last year that Core Council reasonably will be existing because of the [new] student organization, which will take responsibility for a lot of this planning [next year].” The role of allies will be emphasized this week because their efforts are crucial elements of the LGBTQ community relations on campus, Morisseau said. “We want to broaden the definition of ally, because a lot of people say ‘yeah, I’m an ally’ but then they don’t necessarily know what that means for them, what that means for their lives. I think some people incorporate it into their identity more than others,” she said. “On this campus, it’s not necessarily a given that you would be an ally, but significantly more people are allies than you might think. I’m very impressed by how many we have here.” Waickman said the occasional tension on campus because of LGBTQ issues can be alleviated with more discussion and dialogue. “Being an ally and walking with our brothers and sisters in Christ – that’s something that’s not divisive, and it can unify our campus,” Waickman said. “Bringing out that unity is what StaND Against Hate Week is all about.”last_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! Your List of the Best Shows of 2015

first_imgThe Color Purple Fiddler on the Roof View Comments Listen, we understand that every publication, website, podcast and distant cousin has a top 10 list of the best shows of the year they want to wave at you (or at least tweet at you), and we here at Broadway.com are no different. However, we recognize that the only top 10 list that really, truly matters is yours. So, here is your top 10 best shows of the year, voted on by you, compiled by ranking site Culturalist and presented here as a little holiday offering. Merry ranking to all and to all a good night! School of Rock Spring Awakening Hamiltoncenter_img Finding Neverland The King and I Something Rotten Fun Home An American in Parislast_img read more

Paul Millman featured in Champlain College Executive Spotlight

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Paul Millman, vice president and CEO of Chroma Technology Corp. in Rockingham, Vt., was invited to spend a day on the Champlain College campus on November 29 as part of a new Champlain Division of Business initiative called Executive Spotlight.The mission of Executive Spotlight is to engage Champlain College students, faculty and the broader Champlain community with business leaders who have made a significant contribution to Vermont and its economy. Millman spent the afternoon speaking with students and participating in a roundtable discussion with faculty members. The program concluded with a reception in the historic Morgan Room.In an international marketing course, Millman spoke with students about the importance of cultural sensitivity and the acquired skills necessary to successfully conduct business around the globe. He related some of his experiences doing business in China, Japan, India and Germany.Chroma Technology is an employee-owned company that manufactures microscope filters from the ultra-violet to the near-infrared portions of the spectrum. Chroma serves the scientific and technical communities. It takes pride in being environmentally conscious, having made a significant investment in its facilities to maximize energy efficiencies.Over the past several years, Chroma has been the recipient of numerous awards, including One of the Best Places to Work in Vermont, an award presented jointly by Vermont Business Magazine, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Department of Labor, Vermont Department of Economic Development and the Society for Human Resource Management in November 2006.Last year the company was also named Exporter of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chroma exports to more than 52 countries, with export sales totaling more than 40 percent of all sales. Earlier this fall, Chroma Technology was awarded a 5x5x5 Growth Award, which honors the five fastest-growing companies over the past five years in five major categories. Chroma has been honored four out of the last five years in the technology category.The host of the Executive Spotlight initiative, Champlain Colleges Division of Business, has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence and close ties to the Vermont business community. The Divisions degree programs include Accounting, Business, e-Business Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Event Management, International Business, Marketing and Paralegal Studies.last_img read more

Credit unions, taxes, and dishonest bankers

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ryan EllisSeemingly out of the blue, there was a raft this month of op-eds bashing credit unions. Alex Sanchez, CEO of the Florida Bankers’ Association, accused credit unions of being unpatriotic by not paying taxes. Frank Keating, the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, said that if dropping non-profit status was good for the National Football League, it should be good for credit unions.What Is a Credit Union and How Do They Pay Taxes?Credit unions are treated under the Internal Revenue Code as a not-for-profit entity. While that means that they do not face taxation at the entity level (as most–but not all–banks do), it does mean they are obligated to plow their earnings right back into their customers’ (“members’”) pockets. How does that work?Suppose you have a savings account at a credit union. The interest you earn on that savings is higher than an equivalent account you earn at a bank. That’s because the credit union has to give any profits back to their members, and in this case that means a higher interest rate on deposits.Let’s take the other end of the spectrum. You have a mortgage from a credit union. The interest you pay on that loan is lower than an equivalent mortgage you could obtain from a bank. That’s because the credit union has to give any profits back to their members, and in this case that means a lower mortgage interest rate. continue reading »last_img read more

Cappelli: Cities and counties must have their own tourism development strategy

first_imgThe conference “Croatian Tourist Congress 2017” was held in Zadar, at which, among other things, the Večernjak Tourist Patrol and Večernjak Stars Award was given for the best restaurants and the best tourist destination in continental and the best tourist destination in Adriatic Croatia. Thus, Varaždin and Zadar were declared champions of our Croatian tourism, and the best restaurants were the tavern Dalmacija from Trogir, the tavern Kalelarga from Makarska, the restaurant Korana-Srakovčić from Karlovac and the restaurant Waldinger from Osijek.On that occasion, Minister Cappelli reminded of the importance of the diversity of the offer and the development of new services and how important it is that they are based on quality and be the result of the wishes and needs of visitors and the local population. “I am especially pleased with the awarding of the prestigious awards of the Večernjak Patrol and Večernjak Stars, which promote tourist destinations on the Adriatic and the continent and emphasize the importance of the catering offer. I am glad that the destinations of continental Croatia are included in the selection this year. Congratulations once again to all the winners, I thank them for their persistent and dedicated work and their contribution to this successful Croatian tourist story. They are an excellent example and encouragement to all of us and proof that only persistent and dedicated work can reach the goal.” pointed out Minister Cappelli at the awards ceremony.A panel discussion was held as part of the conference “Tourism of the future – are we ready for sustainable development?” dedicated to the tourism industry and related activities. Among other things, the participants expressed their views on aligning capacity growth and tourism with sustainable development at the local level and on the contribution of the ICT sector to the goals of the Tourism Development Strategy, such as increasing investment and tourism spending.Minister Cappelli pointed out that each city or county, if they want to develop tourism in their area and be sustainable and long-term competitive, must have their own development strategy, which will focus on sustainable development, but also modern technologies that allow even greater orientation to each visitors individually and discover his habits and desires. “Citizens, cities, city councils must decide what kind of tourism they want, and the state is here to help them raise quality, preserve nature, co-finance projects, tourist safety and the like.”; concluded Minister Cappelli, adding that tourism today is changing and driving the world. In addition to Minister Cappelli, the Round Table was also attended by the President of the Supervisory Board of Sunce Concern dd Jako Andabak, the President of the Management Board of Atlas Tomislav Varga and a research associate at the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić.We are approaching the historical results of 100 million overnight stays, said Minister Cappelli, adding that in the coming period the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board will work even harder on the development of year-round tourism, position Croatia as an air destination and strengthen tourism on the continent according to sustainable development.last_img read more

Tenants do not want an upward-only ban

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