International briefs: CNN axes 400 as it streamlines web services

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. International briefs: CNN axes 400 as it streamlines web servicesOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Americancable news channel CNN announced last week that it is to axe nearly 10 per centof its workforce. The 400 jobs are believed to from its interactive unit, whichincludes CNN.com and CNNfn.com. CNN plans to incorporate its news websites intothe television channel, a strategy used commonly by media companies to cutcosts.www.cnn.com Motorolato cut 2,500 manufacturing jobs Mobilephone and computer chip company Motorola is to stop manufacturing at itsharvard plant in Illinois in North America. About 2,500 jobs will go within thenext six months as part of the company’s long-term strategy to improveefficiency and financial performance.Another2,500 employees will continue to work at the plant in the customer servicedepartment. Motorola has lost market share to Nokia.www.motorola.com Renault extends Euro works council globallyRenault,the French-based car manufacturer is to extend its European works council to aglobal council. Employee representatives from its operations in Brazil,Argentina, Romania and South Korea will join European representatives on theglobal works council. The entire council will meet once a year to consider thegroup’s consolidated accounts. The global council will be supported by asecretariat of one full-time member of staff and seven part-timers. www.renault.com last_img read more

Charity highlights indigestion symptoms

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Charity highlights indigestion symptomsOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article One in five people cannot recognise the symptoms of indigestion and 18 percent believe heartburn is caused by eating food that is too hot, a consumers’charity has said. The Consumer Health Information Centre survey also found one in five peoplethink it is fine to burp at work. The CHIC is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms ofindigestion and is encouraging occupational health units throughout the UK topromote awareness to their colleagues. It has also published a free leaflet onthe issue. The workplace is full of potential indigestion triggers, according to DrSohail Butt, a committee member of the Primary Care Society forGastroenterology and an adviser to the CHIC. “Shift workers who eat at unusual times, people who are active soonafter eating and anyone in a stressful environment may be at increased risk ofexperiencing indigestion. “Indigestion can make you feel quite unwell, and so may disrupt yournormal working day. The campaign will promote ways of reducing indigestion andwill help people with symptoms to treat themselves effectively andsafely.” A resource pack is available from 020-7404 7842 or online at www.chic.org.uk last_img read more

HR is central to Regus response to downturn

first_imgHR is central to Regus response to downturnOn 21 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The board of Regus, the serviced office provider, have not drawn theirsalaries since the middle of last year in a bid to cut costs. The company, which lost 60 per cent of its share value in four days lastJune, has restructured its HR strategy to support its drive for profitability. Mark Dixon, chief executive of Regus, explained that the directors have alsotaken pay cuts to help minimise the level of redundancies, although sales staffhave been cut by 50 per cent. “We didn’t want to lose people. If you lose staff, you lose customersand eventually you will lose the business,” he said. Regus has intensified its sales approach and is trying to improve thequality of its customer service. Goal-based bonuses have been introduced and HRis focused on maximising staff potential. It is also trying to recruit from non-traditional areas – older staff,part-timers and former staff – and is offering flexible working arrangements. Dixon told delegates at Richmond Events’ Human Resources Forum: “We aretrying to achieve more with less. HR’s role is to energise the business with anew, refocused approach. We are looking at new ways of hiring and employingpeople.” Secondments and transfers have become important to keep staff motivated, andthe firm has implemented an inexpensive online learning system. Dixon believes openness and honesty are vital when times are tough. He said:”Newspaper coverage affected the morale of the staff, and it becameessential to over-communicate to explain why everything was happening.” “When you’ve got flat revenues there is not a lot of good news to talkabout so we had to keep staff focused on our goals, which are profitability andcash generation, rather than stock price. If we focus on the basics then ourstock price will follow.” Last month, Regus signed a deal to provide Nokia with 10,000 serviced officeworkstations and Dixon is confident the company will achieve growth next year. By Mike Broad last_img read more

Dangers of judging staff at face value

first_imgWhen US network CBS recently poached Lara Logan from GMTV, the rovingreporter stressed that she landed the job because of her journalistic ability.Stunning good looks and a fantastic body had little to do with it, said theSouth African beauty. Even if this is true, it is difficult to deny that looks matter in the jobsmarket. It has long been known that, after taking things such as background andqualifications into account, tall men earn more than short men. Interviewpanels can be swayed by an attractive personality combined with a well-tailoredoutfit. And accents count too – with Brummies and Scousers apparently at adisadvantage when it comes to recruitment. If this were not disconcerting enough for those of us who champion diversityand equal opportunities, such ‘lookism’ seems to be becoming more widespread inour increasingly ‘high touch’ service-based and client-oriented economy. Thefast growing ‘cappuccino economy’ of bars, clubs and restaurants now employs1.1 million in the UK, with a further 400,000 in sport and recreation. In such a jobs market, the way people look, dress, behave and presentthemselves joins the long-list of ‘soft skills’ employers require. Someeconomists have coined the phrase ‘aesthetic labour’ to describe workers hiredprimarily for their image – and advocate ‘style training’ to ensure jobseekerscan match the expectations of employers and customers. However, while there is nothing wrong with advising people on how to smartenup and ‘look the part’ for a job – uniforms, after all, have been common formany groups of workers for generations – there is obviously a potentiallypernicious side to lookism. Most right-minded people would doubtless agree that individuals should notbe denied employment on grounds of gender or race, or disability assuming thatthey are capable of performing a given job. Consequently, there is legalprotection against such discrimination. Having signed up to the EU generalanti-discrimination directive, the UK will in due course also take steps toprevent job discrimination on grounds of age, religious affiliation and sexualorientation. But the EU directive does not cover lookism. This relative silence probably stems partly from the obvious difficulty thatwould be associated with framing workable employment legislation to counterlookism, and from the fact that society adopts fairly narrow stereotypes whenit comes to issues of appearance which employers are under pressure to reflect.Even so, in the era of aesthetic labour, lookism will almost certainlybecome a big issue for HR and only by valuing people as individuals willemployers be able to get under the skin of the problem. By John Philpott, Chief economist, CIPD Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Dangers of judging staff at face valueOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Do you limber up before a hard day’s work?

first_img Comments are closed. Do you limber up before a hard day’s work?On 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is looking for companies thatencourage their staff to do warming up or stretching exercises before startingwork, as part of a project to look at the benefits of limbering up beforeknuckling down for the day. The study is being carried out by ergonomics consultancy Human Engineeringand Waseda University in Japan, where many people already do stretchingexercises at the start of the day to help prevent pain, discomfort or damage tothe joints and muscles. In some countries, warm-up exercises are recommended as a way of preparingpeople for lifting, carrying or other work in factories or offices. However,little is known about the effectiveness of this, said the HSE. If the exercises do work, promoting them could help the HSE achieve itstargets to reduce work-related injuries and ill health. The project will look for evidence that certain kinds of exercises areuseful in tackling ill health. If the evidence is favourable, the project willexamine the cultural differences between UK and Japanese workplaces toinvestigate any potential obstacles to the adoption of warming up exercises inthe UK – such as perceived costs or negative stereotypes. The researchers would like to hear from any companies or individuals who havefirst-hand experience of introducing or participating in limbering up exercisesas a way of preparing for work. Contact Nick Colford at Human Engineering on0117 962 0888. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Here are Chicago’s priciest residential sales of 2020

first_imgFull Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address* 9 West Walton Street #1901 | $7.2 millionIn July, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward sold his four-bedroom, 5,200-square-foot condo unit at No. 9 Walton. The sale of the 19th floor unit closed about two years to the day after Heyward bought it for $6.9 million. It penciled out to $1,384 a foot. It includes a 360-foot terrace and walk-in closet that Heyward filled with a massive sneaker collection. Nancy Tassone of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty had the listing and brought the buyer.2031 North Seminary Avenue | $6.7 millionThis custom 9,000-square-foot single-family home in Lincoln Park has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The sale worked out to $744 a foot. The home was designed by BKL Architecture and Environs Group. Proctor of @properties was the listing agent. The property was bought with Gary Lucido of Lucid Realty. The home sold on Aug. 14.2018 North Kenmore Avenue | $6.5 millionThis single-family Chicago home has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms across 5,838 square feet. The sale penciled out to $1,113 a foot. The buyer was Ronald Wray, COO and CFO of investment firm PSP Partners. It sold on July 16. Rosemarie Lizarraga and David Scherer, co-founders of education nonprofit One Million Degrees, were the sellers.151 Sheridan Road | $6.5 millionThe final Winnetka home to make the list, this property has five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms spread across 6,390 square feet. It was built in 1928, and sold on Oct. 13. The sale worked out to $1,017 a foot.Contact Sasha Jonescenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags2020 in ReviewChicago luxury marketResidential Real EstateWinnetka 203 Sheridan Road (Redfin)The pandemic pushed many Chicago luxury buyers out of the city and into the burbs, as five of the 10 priciest residential properties that sold in Cook County in 2020 were in tony Winnetka.That included the most expensive home on the list, a 6,000-square-foot estate at 203 Sheridan Road, which includes 9,000 square feet of private beach fronting Lake Michigan. It was also one of four homes on Sheridan Road that made this year’s list.“I don’t think the North Shore has felt like a seller’s market for a decade,” said Kelly Rynes of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, who brokered the top deal this year. “There was definitely an opportunity for those marketplaces to see a resurgence in interest.”Last year, just one of the 10 priciest properties that sold was in the suburbs, in Glencoe. On that 2019 were four sales at No. 9 Walton and three at One Bennett Park. Both are downtown ultra-luxury condo towers that have attracted boldface buyers.JDL Development’s No. 9 Walton sold out in late January, collecting a combined $376 million in sales, according to one analysis.The Chicago housing market this year was a roller coaster, as it was in cities across the country. It has ended on a high note, however, as sales have been up. Despite the pandemic, the 10 priciest home sales in 2020 totaled $77.3 million, slightly above last year’s $74.6 million. October was a particularly good month, recording four of the top 10 sales.“You just had to stay on top of the market, because if you sat back and you did nothing, then you’ve missed the whole market,” said Jeff Proctor of @properties. He brokered the No. 8 deal on this year’s list in Lincoln Park.Here are the 10 largest residential sales that closed in Cook County in 2020:203 Sheridan Road | $9.5 millionBuilt in 1926, the Winnetka lakefront mansion has five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It sold on Oct. 27. The home is 6,000 square feet, pegging the price per foot at $1,583. It has approximately 9,000 square feet of private beach. The buyer was represented by Susan Miner of Premier Relocation, while the seller was represented by Rynes of Berkshire Hathaway. She said of the prospective buyers, the majority were “from the city and people trying to escape the confines of condo living or townhouse living. They were looking for land, they were looking for privacy, they were looking for amenities.”68 Locust Road | $8.75 millionAfter more than $22 million in price cuts since it debuted on the market in 2009, this 16,791-square-foot Winnetka mansion sold on July 16. It worked out to $521 a foot. Spread on two acres of land, the home was built and sold by Sherwin Jarol, who is CEO of Chicago-based real estate firm SMB/Bradley, and his wife Deborah. The Jarols’ agent was @properties’ Jena Radnay.800 North Michigan Avenue #5101 | $8.4 millionThis condo, a 6,200-square-foot combined unit on the Magnificent Mile, is on the 51st floor of Park Tower. It has five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It worked out to $1,354 a foot. It sold on May 8, after having last sold in January 2019, for $7 million. Alexa Hara and Guido Piunti of @properties represented the seller. Randi Pellar of Baird & Warner brought the buyer.205 Sheridan Road | $8.2 millionAnother Winnetka house, this lakefront estate at 205 Sheridan Road — also listed as 209 — features 150 feet of private beach access. Spread over 1.4 acres, the home features four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Susan Miner of Premier Relocation had both sides of the deal. The home sold July 24.1126 Michigan Avenue | $8 millionBuilt in 1995, this 8,282-square-foot single-family house in Chicago’s South Loop has 6 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. It sold on Oct. 22. The deal penciled out to $965 a foot.143 Sheridan Road | $7.5 millionThe 6,291-square-foot home in Winnetka has five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Built in 1953, it was extensively renovated in 2016 by its sellers, Elsa and Craig Donohue. He is executive chairman of the Options Clearing Corporation. The couple purchased the property for about $3.6 million in November 2015. It sold on Oct. 9, and worked to $1,192 a foot.Read moreHere are Chicago’s top 10 residential sales of 2019220 Central Park South dominates NYC’s priciest resi sales of the yearPandemic flight boosted or hurt these 20 citieslast_img read more

32BJ, landlords reach multi-year deals on guards, window cleaners

first_imgFull Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Tags32BJ SEIURealty Advisory Board on Labor Relations Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* RAB president Howard Rothschild and 32BJ president Kyle Bragg. (Getty, 32BJ, LinkedIn via Howard Rothschild) Nearly a year after the pandemic stopped contract negotiations, commercial landlords and a union representing office security guards and window cleaners have reached new, multi-year deals.32BJ SEIU and the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations have agreed to a four-year contract for 1,000 security officers working at city office buildings. The deal includes a $1.65 raise in hourly pay over four years and employer-paid health insurance.“If we are going to grow out of this crisis and pandemic, we need to do it with workers at the center, and we need to invest in our human capital,” said Kyle Bragg, president of 32BJ. “That’s what these contracts are doing.”He said he hopes the agreement bodes well for another contract being negotiated with security contractors to cover 12,000 officers.The union also reached a three-year agreement with RAB for 432 city window cleaners, which includes a $2.57 raise over the course of the deal and employer-paid insurance.The pacts follow a one-year extension of benefits and wages for office security guards and window cleaners. Contract talks kicked off in February but were stalled by the pandemic. In the interim, RAB and 32BJ agreed to renew contracts for these workers for one year.“I think it was a balancing act on the part of the owners,” said Howard Rothschild, president of the RAB.He noted that the contractual raises go into effect on July 1 every year, instead of the usual Jan. 1, giving owners a few more months before the initial round of raises kick in. “That was sort of the way we bridged the gap for these types of agreements.”Throughout the pandemic, 32BJ and the RAB have inked several contracts, including multiple extensions of benefits for laid off workers.Contact Kathryn Brenzellast_img read more

Terrestrial ecosystems in the Antarctic

first_imgThe composition of the terrestrial Antarctic flora and fauna and the distribution patterns of a number of species and of the principal vegetation types is now reasonably well established, at least in outline, for the Antarctic Peninsula region and the areas about McMurdo Sound as well as for some areas around the coastal ranges of East Antarctica. Detailed research at Signy Island has provided information concerning the biomass and productivity of certain vegetation types, decomposer organisms, microbivores, and invertebrate herbivores and predators. The main pathways of energy and nutrient within the terrestrial study sites can be regarded as reasonably established. Net annual production locally reaches very high levels (up to 800 g m-2). Only a tiny part of this productivity is consumed by herbivores, the greater part passing to the decomposers or persisting as peat. Most of the animals are microbivores, or graze on fungi, and in turn sustain the small number of invertebrate predators. Analysis of the range of habitats even on Signy Island indicates however that the sites for which detailed ecological information is available represent only a part of the range of environmental and ecological variation. The island is in fact characterized by a very high level of within-site diversity, some of it on a very small scale. Similarly, recent research which permits ecological comparisons with the sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and Macquarie, and with the McMurdo area, confirms that Signy Island displays only a small part of the very large range of diversity within the Antarctic regions as a whole. It is a reasonably representative sample of the maritime Antarctic zone in the Antarctic Peninsula region where conditions are particularly favourable for terrestrial life. Its ecological features resemble most closely those of the South Shetland Islands (except over permeable volcanic rocks) and the Palmer Archipelago on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Very different plant and animal communities occur over much of the McMurdo Sound region and in the inland ranges of East Antarctica. Some general statements can now be made about the relationships between terrestrial Antarctic eco-systems and climatic, edaphic and historical factors. There is a clearly marked attenuation of the vegetation and fauna and simplification of the ecological systems as one moves towards cold, arid continental conditions. But the biota of the maritime Antarctic and the sub-Antarctic islands is more impoverished than ecological factors alone would indicate, because of the isolation of these land habitats, many of which have only recently been deglaciated. If present environmental conditions persist, a slow increase in the complexity of these ecological systems is to be expected and in some areas, especially the subantarctic islands, this process is being accelerated by human influence.last_img read more

Effect of temperature change on the metabolic rate of an antarctic mite

first_imgMeasurements of metabolic rate in the terrestrial miteAlaskozetes antarcticus showed that the ability for metabolic temperature compensation is lacking in adults of this species. Animals cultured at 0 and 10°C displayed similar metabolic rates when transferred to 5 or 10°C, and individuals cultured at 0°C and measured at 0, 5 and 10°C showed the same metabolic response as animals cultured and measured at each of these temperatures. These findings, which suggest thatA. antarcticus does not regulate its metabolism in response to changes in temperature, are discussed in the context of the environmental temperature patterns experienced by the animal in the field.last_img read more

Metamorphosed fragments of oceanic crust in the upper Paleozoic Chonos accretionary complex, southern Chile

first_imgA 15 km2 body of metabasite with occasional pillow structures occurs within the Paleozoic accretionary complex in Isla Italia and Isla Dring. Trace elements and REE geochemistry indicate similarities between the metabasites and either plume-related mid-oceannic ridge basalts (P-type MORB) or ocean-island tholeiite basalte. The chemistry of relict clinopyroxenes is also indicative of an ocean-floor basalt protolith. The metabasites exhibit very low-grade metamorphism (pumpellyite-stilpnomelane-actinolite assemblage), comparable to the grade of the sorrounding semi-pelitic mélange as determined by illite crystallinity studies. Isotopic modification of the RbSr system in the metabasites occurred during high fluid-pressure metamorphism, probably by introduction of metamorphic fluids from the sorrounding metapelites. A relatively early tectonic emplacement of the body into the accretionary complex before metamorphism and the generation of the main regional S2 foliation is proposed to explain these characteristics, in contrast to its previous interpretation as a late intrusion into the sorrounding metamorphic rocks.last_img read more