HR guru to market people skills to the business world

first_imgHR guru to market people skills to the business worldOn 18 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today A leading HR guru is to set up a consultancy promising a quantifiedimprovement to business performance.Rhiannon Chapman, former HR director of the Stock Exchange and a formerchief executive of The Industrial Society, will offer employers at least a 16per cent improvement in business performance at a charge of 0.5 per cent of thepay bill.It will the first time a HR consultant has dared make such a promise, andbuilds on a growing body of evidence that good people management has a dramaticeffect on the bottom line.Chapman said that in many companies people account for up to 80 per cent ofthe business’s costs. “If it were anything else taking up that kind ofcost the board would watch it like hawks every day for what could be done toimprove on it.”The service will divide personnel activity into seven areas, such astraining, recruitment and diversity, and will assess where improvement wouldmake most difference to performance. Recommendations for change will beconcentrated in those areas.She defended the cost, which would be £250,000 for an organisation with apay bill of £50m. The sum of consultancy programmes in each of the areascovered by the new service could come to more, she said.The link between management of people and business performance isparticularly strong where customer service is important. “Customers aremore loyal to organisations that have high staff retention; and repeat businessis six to eight times more profitable than new business,” she said.But she complained that personnel managers still fail to sell their ideasbecause they do not understand general business issues. Many do not even knowthe high proportion of costs taken up by employees. Chapman, with business partner Hilary Condy, has sponsorship from a majorsoftware provider of personnel systems. A formal launch is expected in the nextfew weeks. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Trump says OPEC+ planning to cut production 20 mn bpd

first_imgYet traders remained nervous about a supply glut, and the US benchmark WTI oil price finished down 1.5 percent at $22.41 in New York trading, while Brent ended up 0.8 percent at $31.74.OPEC members dominated by Saudi Arabia and other producers led by Russia have been negotiating a deal to cut production and support prices for days. Mexico balked at an agreement on Friday, leading Trump to step in and say the US would help Mexico meet its end of the bargain.After a Sunday videoconference, the top producers agreed to slash daily production by 9.7 million barrels from May, according to Mexican Energy Minister Rocio Nahle, down from the 10 million barrels a day envisioned earlier. The agreement between the Vienna-based Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC producers foresees deep output cuts in May and June followed by a gradual rise in production until April 2022.But with demand down by about 25 million barrels per day and North American producers shutting down their rigs because they don’t have space to store their crude, Dan Pickering, chief investment officer at Pickering Energy Partners, told AFP the deal’s benefits are likely to be seen only later in the year.”The reality is things are bad. They are going to stay bad for a couple of months,” he said. Topics : Top global oil producers are considering slashing output by 20 million barrels a day under the terms of a deal to boost prices, US President Donald Trump said on Monday.Trump’s remarks came after OPEC producers and their allies agreed on Sunday to cut production by 9.7 million bpd, which some analysts feared would be too little to stem the damage from the combination of plunging demand amid the coronavirus pandemic and a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.”People are saying 10 million but we think the number they will actually hit is going to be closer to 20 million barrels a day,” Trump said at a press briefing about the coronavirus, referring to how much oil production would be cut.  Not enough? Trump cheered the agreement Monday, saying, “It’s a very monumental agreement.”With countries putting their populations under lockdown, the coronavirus pandemic has caused an economic decline and a global demand slump that has sent oil prices to two-decade lows.Meanwhile, Russia and Saudi Arabia ramped up output in a price war to hold on to market share and undercut US shale producers.Calling Trump’s goal “aspiration,” analyst Andy Lipow said the market reaction to the OPEC+ deal has been “muted,” as uncertainty remains over the degree to which producers will comply with the cuts.”Lots of questions… remain, as far as compliance and ultimately how much oil is actually taken off the market,” he said. “Any increase in prices over the next few months is going to encourage producers to keep on producing.”Storage tanks have also rapidly filled up, and Lipow said markets are watching major economies like China and India to see whether they will make more purchases for their national reserves to free up capacity.Trump announced last month the US would buy “large quantities of crude oil” for storage in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.Producers have resigned themselves to tough times, with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak saying he did not expect oil markets to recover before “end of the year, in the best case,” according to Russian news agency TASS.Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman suggested on Monday further cuts could come when OPEC meets in June.”Flexibility and pragmatism will enable us to continue do more if we have to,” he told Bloomberg. “We have to watch what’s happening with demand destruction or demand improvement, depending on how things evolve.” And he said such a deal could protect millions of US jobs. “This historic action will help nearly 11 million American workers who are supported by the US oil and gas industry.”Trump had already tweeted about the deal earlier in the day.”Thank you to all of those who worked with me on getting this very big business back on track, in particular Russia and Saudi Arabia,” he wrote.last_img read more

Alcona County Fair full of smiles on Kid’s Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLincoln — Grandparents and children packed into the Alcona County Fair on Wednesday afternoon to enjoy day two.Kids could ride the rides for free from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Seniors got into the fair for only a $1. Volunteer Kevin Boyat Sr. has been volunteering his time for the fair grounds for over 30 years. He helps out whenever called upon and enjoys this day especially as a grandfather.“All four of my grand-babies are here this week so it’s kind of a neat thing,” said Boyat Sr. “I just like the kids, you know when they come up and give you a big hug at the end of the fair… that’s like a million bucks.”With dozens of rides, kids ran around and enjoy the hot summer day in Northeast Michigan. Grandparents watched as their grandchildren rode carousels and Ferris wheels. The day also featured the special steak dinner, an annual delight for the locals. A horse pull took place in the evening at the track next to the pavilion and barns.A number of events are scheduled for the rest of the week including Sick Air, a Motocross and BMX show, the 3rd Annual ACF Mud Run, and a Bump-N-Run. To catch the full list of events, visit the website www.alconacountyfair.com   AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona, Alcona County Fair, Children, FFA, Grandparents, Kevin Boyat Sr., Kids, Rides, Sick Air, Steak Dinner, VolunteerContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for August 15Next What’s Trending for August 16last_img read more

Red Bank Offers Prayers For Slain Officers, Civilians

first_imgStory and photos by John BurtonRED BANK – There were no speeches or out-of-town elected officials on Sunday as community members gathered again to offer prayers and silent reflection for the victims and families, and hopes for a time when these vigils would not be needed.In the aftermath of last week’s horrific events that left five police dead, along with two officers and two civilians injured in a Dallas, Texas shooting, which was preceded by two shootings of black men by white police officers, in Louisiana and Minnesota, Mayor Pasquale Menna sent a message last weekend seeking another vigil for the community to again come together.“It’s the right thing to do,” Menna said on Sunday evening about the quickly organized vigil held at the borough’s Veterans Memorial on the corner of Monmouth Street and Drummond Place.A crowd of about 50 or 60 convened at the monument, joined by Borough Council members, a contingent of Red Bank Police, including Chief Darren McConnell and an ecumenical group of clergy from the area.True to his word, Menna said there would be no speeches, and clergy members offered brief prayers and voiced wishes that things would get better.“We must have that sense of hope,” said the Rev. Janet Jones, a borough resident who also serves on the Red Bank Board of Education.“There is a darkness in our world,” with the number of terrible, violent acts that have been occurring, observed the Rev. Terrence K. Porter, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., but Porter in his prayers asked God to “light the candle of hope in each of us.”Following the singing of “God Bless America” led by Cantor Gabrielle Clissold of Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls, participants lit candles, with members lighting the candles for each other among the quiet crowd.Along with the lighting of the candles, three young members of the community laid three floral wreaths at the monument. According to Menna, the floral arrangements were to honor the memory of the fallen police officers, victims of senseless violence everywhere and to wish for peace in our hearts and country.“We do this too often,” Porter acknowledged sadly, referencing previous ones, especially the most recent last month conducted by borough officials and another hosted by Pilgrim Baptist, following the fatal shootings in Orlando, Florida.last_img read more

Nelson U18 Selects grab bronze at Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament

first_imgDarian Johnson was in goal for Nelson to register the win.Nelson then dropped a 3-1 decision to Idaho Thunder in a spirited affair.After the Thunder took a 1-0 lead, Ayers scored his second in as many games early in the second half to even the score.However, Idaho struck for a pair of goals to pull off the two-goal win.Nelson unfortunately lost the services of center back Theo Bakas in the match and for the rest of the tournament due to an undisclosed lower body injury.Nelson offence came to play in Sunday’s game against Livingston, Montana in neighbouring Rathdrum, Idaho.Nelson led 2-0 at the half on goals by Jake Anderson and Bryce Twible, who converted a penalty kick.Guest player Renan Paredes, with a pair, and Ziegler scored in the second half to give Nelson the 5-2 win.”The Missoula guys were a great addition both on and off the pitch,” Szabo said.“They fit right in and it was a good experience for all. Nice to make new friends.”Szabo was pleased with the midfield play of Nolan DeRosa and Spencer Szabo especially in that final game.He added that the back line of Theo Bakas, Andrew  Knapik, Lucas Spielman, Dylan Bennett and Owen Thurston kept it tight under pressure then moved out quickly on the attack.”Josh Venema from Missoula was a nice addition there too,” Szabo said.”Johnny Johnson was our utility guy. Played every position on the pitch I think except keeper. And he was even ready to do that if need be.” Nelson Select came within whisker of playing for the championship of the Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament Sunday in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.The  U18 Select finished third due to head-to-head action tiebreaker despite posting a 2-1 record.”I was absolutely delighted with the effort,” said Nelson coach Dan Szabo. “A few mistakes cost us, but I liked how we picked ourselves up after.”“Our confidence is high, we’re getting more chances at goal and that’s largely due to everyone knowing what their job is and how that impacts the play overall,” Szabo added.“We scored nine goals in three games.”Nelson opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over Polson.Nigel Ziegler scored the winner for Nelson late in the game to secure the win.Johnny Johnson scored the opener four minutes and Missoula guest player, Cameron Ayers, added another with more sustained pressure at 16 minutes. Nelson, with only 12 players make the trip, was able to recruit three players from Missoula, Montana including an exchange student from Brazil.The teams exchanged goals with Polson scoring before recess and Ziegler replying in the second half.Polson added a marker in the 64th minute and applied pressure late but Nelson held on for the 3-2 win.last_img read more

Remarks for consul general Yusuf Omar

first_imgHowever, it was not just the prospect of escaping those winters that caused me such excitement when I learnt my next assignment was to be Sao Paulo. What got my adrenalin going was the prospect of playing a part, however small, in the building of a historic relationship. What Brazil and South Africa and our other partners in the so-called south do together in the years and decades ahead will, I am confident, mean better lives for untold millions of our people. Together, we are striving for a system of global governance which is more democratic and which more accurately reflects the world as it is, rather than as it was half a century ago. Together, we are working to achieve a new set of international trade rules that will empower the hitherto disempowered to lift themselves out of poverty, for the betterment of all. Our countries share many daunting challenges, but we also share a capacity to innovate and find solutions.. For example, who could fail to be profoundly impressed by Brazil’s achievements in the fields of alternative energy or combating HIV? South Africans, too, are ingenious people. A third of our petroleum needs we furnish from coal. With the pebble bed modular reactor we are on the threshold of revolutionizing the economics of nuclear power. In Paris this week we are showing off what could well be the world’s first truly affordable electric car. .Technological problems are not the only things we are good at. We have successfully confronted political and social problems that have left less fortunate societies in ashes. Many have called the way we brought down the curtain on apartheid a miracle or they have attributed it to the greatness of one undoubtedly great man, Nelson Mandela. But our democratic transition was neither miracle nor the work of any individual. It was a testament, like Mandela himself, to the content of our people’s character. .Yes, we have a serious crime problem in South Africa. Paulistanos would be the first to admit that theirs is not the safest community in the world, either. We share with you the reality of being rapidly urbanizing economies characterized, as such economies always are, by major disparities in wealth. These are harsh realities that breed crime. But the criminals are not representative of who we are, Brazilian or South African. The fundamental spirit of South Africa is captured in the word ubuntu. It is a difficult world to translate but is closely akin to the quality the Roman philosopher Seneca called humanitas or humanity. This he defined as ”the quality which stops one being arrogant towards one’s fellows, or being acrimonious. In words, in actions, in emotions humanity reveals herself as kind and good natured towards all. To her the troubles of anyone else are her own, and anything that benefits herself she welcomes primarily because it will be of benefit to someone else.” Like every young democracy, we have our good days and our bad days, but the good preponderate and sometimes observers mistake for bad days that are in fact very good. Some have been alarmed by our recent change of leadership. But I would urge you to consider this. Our ruling party’s decision to recall President Mbeki was no different that the British Labour party’s decision to replace Tony Blair while in office or the Conservative party’s to replace Margaret Thatcher. Nobody for a moment thought that Britain’s democracy or its institutions were under threat at those junctures. No one should think that about South Africa, either. Our democracy and our institutions – our judiciary, our robust free press, our financial system — all are solid, rooted in what I believe is one of the most stable societies anywhere. One of our newspaper columnists last week compared South Africa with a pond when you throw a stone into it. There is a splash and there are ripples, but calm always returns. South Africa, he wrote, was not a piece of glass that shatters. We are also a very practical, results-oriented people. You can see that in our economic policies and you can see it in our diplomacy. I very much hope my own tenure here in Sao Paulo will serve to further illustrate this. I am looking forward to reaching out and far and wide as I possibly can in this great region and working to build partnerships that will make a real difference in people’s lives. Thank you for your warm and generous welcome.last_img read more

SA women entrepreneurs hit Chicago

first_imgAnna Phosa, who has grown a tiny smallholding into a million-dollar pig farming operation supplying one of South Africa’s largest supermarket chains.Christina Baloyi, who started out in a butcher’s shop and now owns a successful construction company with infrastructure projects throughout South Africa.Sbongile Sambo, the dynamic young founder of Africa’s, possibly the world’s, only fully woman-owned aviation services company.Nelly Shezi, who has built a successful chemicals company.Bernice Mannya, who went from selling tupperware to owning an agri-processing venture that exports to Europe.Soweto-born telemedicine pioneer Dr Moretlo Molefi.Tebogo Mashego, who turned a struggling backyard mom-and-pop operation into a thriving steel and aluminium fabrication business. 24 October 2011 An extraordinary group of 30 South African women entrepreneurs who have launched businesses running the gamut from construction, aviation and security to fashion, telemedicine and commercial farming are in Chicago this week to inaugurate the US-South Africa Women’s Business Forum (USSAWBF). Outstanding examples of the energy and creativity unleashed by South Africa’s vibrant young democracy and its commitment to gender equality, the entrepreneurs will be connecting with their counterparts in the Chicago region, and beyond, to share experiences and inspiration and build partnerships to the benefit of both countries. Their stories are testament both to the drive and resourcefulness of South African women in overcoming historical challenges, and to the exciting opportunities South Africa, and the growing economies of the continent of which it is a part, offer not only major multinationals but businesses of all sizes.Inspiring stories In the week ahead, Chicagoans will have a chance to meet women like: They will also meet Lillian Masebenza, a visionary social entrepreneur whose Mhani Gingi program provides training, skills development and mentorship to help more South African woman lift themselves, their families and communities out of poverty through entrepreneurship.High-level support The businesswomen are accompanied by South Africa’s Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, and the deputy director-general for trade and investment at South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Pumla Ncapayi. The USSAWBF initiative is the brainchild of the South African consul-general in Chicago, Ambassador Nomvume Magaqa, and is being made possible with support from the DTI, Brand South Africa, and South African Tourism. Partners on the US side include the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Development Centre, the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Women’s Enterprise USA, the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, and World Business Chicago. Background on members of the delegation and details of the USSAWBF programme can be found on the forum’s specially created mobile website, m.ussawbf.org Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, July 9, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No significant changes to our weather outlook this morning for the state. We are allowing for a few more instances of scattered showers, and we are taking out any concern about a tropical influence next week, but otherwise, our talking points are very similar to yesterday.Another dry, sunny day today expected statewide. Temps will be similar to yesterday, but perhaps a couple degrees warmer. Humidity levels should stay lower today. Sun is back for tomorrow too. We cant rule out a few scattered showers in far northeast Ohio, but otherwise the state turns out at least partly sunny, and in west/southwest parts of the state, we should be mostly sunny.  Showers arrive overnight tomorrow night and bring rain totals of .1”-.6”  for Thursday with coverage at 90% of Ohio.Friday turns out partly to mostly sunny and we stay sunny into the weekend, through at east Saturday. On Sunday, most of the state continues to be see at least a mix of clouds and sun, but we are seeing a few scattered showers trying to nose in over central parts of Ohio, mostly south of US 30, but but not drifting too far south of I-70.   These showers are not expected to spread much, and will hang around through most of the day in the same general areas. They will also have only minimal moisture…no more than a few hundredths to .2″, but still, it is keeping us from waving the “all clear” flag for the finish to the weekend.Monday increase statewide, and that will lead to some scattered showers for Monday evening and overnight, with rain totals up to .25” but only 40% coverage. The best chances will be in northern and northeastern parts of the state. Then we turn sunny and dry again for Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday to finish our 10 day forecast window. The map at right is an updated look at 10 day rain totals through next Thursday.Showers and thunderstorms will be around for Friday the 19th as a frontal boundary sags across Ohio from north to south. Combined rain totals from that event will be from .25” to .75” with coverage at 90%. However, that is really our only well-organized batch of rain for the entire 11-16 day period. We are sunny and dry for Saturday the 20th through Wednesday the 24th.Temps over the next 10 days remain near normal with a skew toward slightly above normal this weekend and next week. As we mentioned yesterday, as humidity builds, we have to leave the door open to temps feeling much warmer than normal, but we think overall, this is pretty close to what one would expect for mid-July. We still see no reason that this should not be anything but beneficial to most of the crops across the state but will not be surprised to hear some thoughts about “needing a rain” in areas that miss out on action in the coming 10 days.last_img read more

Indian players unlikely to feature in The Hundred, says ECB chief executive

first_imgPlayers from India and the West Indies are unlikely to feature in The Hundred, England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) new 100-ball cricket format, its chief executive officer Tom Harrison said on Friday.The Hundred, which is slated to be launched in July-August 2020, will see eight-teams vying for the top honours.The contest would consist of 100 balls per innings with a change of ends after every 10 deliveries. Bowlers can deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls, with each bowler allowed a maximum of 20 deliveries per game.”I can’t commit to the involvement of India players. It’s a political conversation as much as anything,” Harrison was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.”It’s a difficult conversation. It’s not just the ECB and The Hundred that will be keen to get Indian players involved. Clearly that’s a wider discussion,” he said.Indian players have actively participated in English county cricket including skipper Virat Kohli, who missed out on playing for Surrey last year due to injury.However, the BCCI doesn’t allow its players to participate in overseas T20 leagues and they remain exclusive to the IPL.The Hundred is also likely to clash with the Carribbean Premier League (CPL) and several of West Indies’ international fixtures. The West Indies are hosting New Zealand for an ODI and T20 series in July and T20s against South Africa a few weeks later.”The Hundred won’t necessarily clash with the CPL. We have ongoing discussions with the CPL and will work together on that. But we do have to make sure the Blast fits in the right way leading into The Hundred and that our Test summer is scheduled correctly,” Harrison said.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more