…in brief

first_img Comments are closed. …in briefOn 18 Mar 2003 in Military, Personnel Today Thisweek’s news in briefFirefightersto strikeTheFire Brigades Union (FBU) has called another 24-hour strike, despite possiblemilitary action against Iraq, after rejecting the latest pay offer.Firefighters will strike on Thursday after rejecting a 16 per cent pay increaselinked to modernisation.  www.fbu.org.ukManagers’pay risesSalaryawards for managers edged up during the three months to January 2003, reversingsix months of steady deceleration. Private sector management salary rises were averaging3.2 per cent – up 0.5 per cent from the previous three months.  www.incomesdata.co.ukFirstaid ignoranceAlmosthalf the UK work-force would be unable to treat even the most minor injury inthe workplace, while 52 per cent don’t know where the first aid kit is kept.The survey of 500 workers, by supplier Safety First Aid, also shows 43 per centhave never had any first aid training at all.  www.hse.gov.ukMinimumyouth wageTheTUC is calling for a minimum youth wage of £3 an hour to boost the income of 16to 17 year olds. Currently, the national minimum wage doesn’t apply untilemployees are 18 years old, and according to the TUC, youth workers can be paidas little as £1 to £2 per hour. www.tuc.org.ukIndustrialaction threatWorkerson the North East Metro train network are threatening strike action following arow over pay and conditions. Staff on the Newcastle rail system are alsounhappy about a new job evaluation scheme linked to performance-related pay,including compulsory drug and alcohol tests for all staff.  www.unison.org.uk Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts: Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more

No relationship between microsatellite variation and neonatal fitness in Antarctic fur seals, Arctocephalus gazella

first_imgPublished studies of wild vertebrate populations have almost universally reported positive associations between genetic variation measured at microsatellite loci and fitness, creating the impression of ubiquity both in terms of the species and the traits involved. However, there is concern that this picture may be misleading because negative results frequently go unpublished. Here, we analyse the relationship between genotypic variation at nine highly variable microsatellite loci and neonatal fitness in 1070 Antarctic fur seal pups born at Bird Island, South Georgia. Despite our relatively large sample size, we find no significant association between three different measures of heterozygosity and two fitness traits, birth weight and survival. Furthermore, increasing genetic resolution by calculating parental relatedness also yields no association between genetic variation and fitness. Our findings are consistent with necropsy data showing that most pups die from starvation or trauma, conditions that are unlikely to be influenced strongly by genetic factors, particularly if the benefits of high heterozygosity are linked to immune-related genes.last_img read more

Bees Drop Isotopes

first_imgJuly 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bees Drop Isotopes Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — Jose Rojas and Jared Walsh each homered for the third straight game as the Bees dropped the Isotopes 8-3 in Salt Lake City.Justin Bour also went deep and Jason Alexander pitched into the sixth to get the win.The Bees travel to Albuquerque tonight to face the Isotopes again in another three-game series. Robert Lovell Tags: PCL/Salt Lake Beeslast_img read more

US Navy Provides Support to Eligible Family Members of Navy Civilians Based on the Island of Honshu

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Provides Support to Eligible Family Members of Navy Civilians Based on the Island of Honshu View post tag: Family View post tag: Navy View post tag: US View post tag: based View post tag: Civilians US Navy Provides Support to Eligible Family Members of Navy Civilians Based on the Island of Honshu The Navy announced in NAVADMIN 094/11, released March 20, that eligible family members of Navy civilians, based on the island of Honshu, Japan, are authorized voluntary departure to the continental United States for a period not to exceed 30 days. “Navy civilians and their families are an integral part of the total force,” explained Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel. “We are going to ensure these families receive our complete support.”Family members of Navy civilians participating in the authorized departure may be eligible for entitlements and allowances which include:– Coverage of Travel Expenses: Transportation expenses and travel per diem may be provided to cover the time traveling from the evacuation site to the safe haven location, including time spent processing through a repatriation site.– Subsistence Expense Allowance (SEA): SEA is based on the local per diem rate and begins the day after arrival at the authorized safe haven location.– Advance Pay: Employees who evacuate, when authorized, received 30 days advance pay.– Unaccompanied Baggage Shipment: Evacuees may ship up to 350 pounds of unaccompanied baggage per evacuee age 12 or older and 175 pounds per evacuee under age 12, up to a total of 1,000 pounds.A primary source of information for Navy civilians and their families still in Japan is the Fleet and Family Support Center in Yokosuka, Japan, which is currently open 24/7 in support of our Sailors, civilians and families.(navy)[mappress]Source: navy, March 22, 2011; View post tag: Eligible View post tag: Supportcenter_img View post tag: Island View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: members View post tag: Honshu March 22, 2011 View post tag: provideslast_img read more

Mickiewicz, Wolenski star as Islanders soar

first_imgPlaying in their JCC of Bayonne Sr. Division Floor Hockey season opener, the Islanders and Devils took to the court with high expectations. Looking like a team in mid-season form, the Islanders quickly built a 4-0 advantage as Marek Mickiewicz (3 goals, 1 assist) and Chris Ballance (1 goal, 3 assists) joined forces to fuel the fireworks. With only 10 minutes elapsed, the Islanders continued to cruise along as another Mickiewicz goal off an assist by Mariam Rasslan made it 5-0, Islanders. Bulldozed in the early going, the Devils finally showed signs of life as Kyle O’Hara slipped in a goal to get his squad on the board. Still well in control, leading 5-1, the Islanders powered on as Mariam Rasslan netted two quick goals to advance the Isles lead to 7-1. Looking for any kind of traction, the Devils’ Alejandro Cifuentes torched the court for a fast break goal to make it a 7-2 game. After spending most of the bout anchored in the Islanders’ defensive zone, Tristan Wolenski went on a scoring frenzy blasting a total of five goals in ten minutes while the Devils’ Alejandro Cifuentes did his best to ease the rout by blasting in two more scoring darts. Putting the final touches on an impressive outing, Mickiewicz pitched in his 6th and 7th goal of the day for a 14-4 Islanders’ win. Inspite of the lopsided final score, the Devils’ Ethan Bustamante, Aaliyana Cifuentes, and Kailey Delauter showed no signs of giving up the ship as they battled to the final whistle.last_img read more

Bread brands continue to up the ante on own-label

first_imgThe latest figures on plant bread sales suggest that branded bread is continuing to grow at the expense of private-label.The data, from Kantar Worldpanel (formerly know as TNS Worldpanel), has shown that the total value of branded plant bread increased by 5.9% year-on-year (YOY) for the 52 w/e 29 November 2009. Private-label, on the other hand, fell by 6% in the same period.The increase in branded sales has mainly been seen in white bread, up 7.5%, with branded brown plant bread up only 0.9%. In terms of volume, the same pattern can be seen, with slightly lower branded growth, and higher private-label volume decline. The figures echo Hovis’ most recent trading figures. Hovis marketing director Jon Goldstone told British Baker he believes the continuing trend is down to a combination of three factors, one of which is value. “The price of private-label loaves has gone up slightly over the past year, whereas the brands have slightly come down, so the gap between them has closed,” he said. “Another reason is quality. I think the brands have all invested in quality – we certainly have done so significantly at Hovis. And the third factor is brand investment in communications. When you put those three things together, it could explain why brands are growing at the expense of private-label.” Joe Street, managing director of Fine Lady Bakeries, which supplies private-label bread and rolls to some of the leading supermarket chains, said he believed the fall in private-label sales was due to “all the promotional activities on branded loaves”. He said that, within Fine Lady, the basic own-label products had not been doing so well, whereas the more premium breads, such as seeded loaves, had held up. “I think there will always be a market for both branded and private-label,” added Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson, who said it was likely there would continue to be a trend towards the premium end of both sectors.last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Gets The Party Started On Summer Camp Fest’s Opening Day [Watch]

first_imgLast night marked the opening of Summer Camp Music Festival, and fans eagerly flocked to see one of the most exciting bluegrass groups in the business right now: Greensky Bluegrass. Ever aware of their origins, Greensky Bluegrass and the whole “jam grass” genre would not have existed were it not for the work of legendary John Hartford. With that in mind, Greensky broke out in one of Hartford’s classic tunes during their set, the staple “Steam Powered Aeroplane.”From there, the group segued into their If Sorrows Swim classic tune, “Windshield.” The two songs came smack in the middle of a set that saw Greensky bring out a number of their classic tunes, and even welcome out keyboardist Joel Cummins at the end.Fortunately, our own Rex Thomson was filming the first half ot the set, and captured the amazing “Steam Powered Aeroplane > Windshield” segment of the show. Tune in below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/26/16Set: Who Is Frederico, Burn Them, Steam Powered Aeroplane, Windshield, Living Over (1), Letter to Seymour, In Control, Can’t Stop Now, Reverend, I’d Probably Kill You, Hit Parade of Love, All Four (2), Breadbox(1) “Fame” quotes(2) With Joel Cummins[Setlist via Camp Greensky]last_img read more

Hear Prince’s New Single Off His Contentious Posthumous EP ‘Deliverance’ Due Out Friday

first_imgRMA (Rogue Music Alliance) will be releasing a new EP from the late Prince on Friday, April 21st, the one year anniversary of his death. While this Friday, the new release will be available via multiple streaming service, a physical release of the EP is tentatively set for June 2nd. The EP titled Deliverance was written and produced by the late artist and sound engineer and mixer Ian Boxill in early 2006 and contains six tracks: the title track “Deliverance,” a four-movement “Man Opera” consisting of tracks “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset,” and “No One Else,” and a second, extended version of “I Am.”This new album has controversial since its onset, with Paisley Park and Prince’s estate alleging that Boxill signed a confidentiality contract with Prince before his death giving up his rights to the music on Deliverance. A federal lawsuit against Boxill has been filed, which also claims that the Deliverance recording has a monetary value greater that $75,000 and that Boxill “is now trying to exploit one or more songs for his personal gain at expense of the Prince Estate.” The suit also notes that holding of the unreleased Prince songs and allowing Boxill to release the album at his leisure “deprives Prince (and now the Estate) from choosing what is released to the public and when.”However, Boxill has a different take on the nature of the release of Deliverance: “I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. . . . I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many. Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”Regardless of thoughts on the controversial posthumous release of Deliverance, it seems that Boxill has plans to move forward. Today, he released the title track “Deliverance” off the upcoming posthumous EP. You can stream part of the song for yourself below or in full via Apple Music.last_img read more

The Doors To Release 14 Unreleased Tracks On 50th-Anniversary ‘Waiting for the Sun’ Reissue

first_imgThis year, The Doors will celebrate the 50th-anniversary of Waiting For The Sun, The Doors’ first and only number one album and featured the group’s second number one single in the U.S., “Hello, I Love You”. Marking the group’s third studio album, Waiting For The Sun was originally released in 1968. To celebrate this anniversary, The Doors will reissue the classic album, with the anniversary edition featuring 14 previously unreleased tracks, which is due out on September 14th via Rhino.Available as both a 2-CD set and on 180-gram vinyl, the 50th-anniversary of Waiting For The Sun will feature a fully remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix. Furthermore, the set will also include a second disc of 14 unreleased tracks. As noted by Rolling Stone,Of the 14 unreleased recordings, nine are early “rough mixes” cut during the original recording sessions, which longtime Doors engineer/mixer Bruce Botnick discovered while digging through his archives. … The remaining five unreleased tracks were recorded live at a September 17th, 1968 Doors concert in Copenhagen, Denmark. The live selections include Waiting for the Sun staples “Hello, I Love You,” “Five to One” and “The Unknown Soldier,” as well as “Back Door Man” and “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat).”Botnick explained to the outlet about the rough mixes, “I prefer some of these rough mixes to the finals, as they represent all of the elements and additional background vocals, different sensibilities on balances, and some intangible roughness, all of which are quite attractive and refreshing.”In addition, on August 3rd, The Doors will reissue a seven-inch single featuring their hit “Hello, I Love You” and the tune “Love Street”, with the date of the single’s release coinciding with the day that “Hello, I Love You” hit number one on the Billboard singles chart.To pre-order the 50th-anniversary edition of Waiting For The Sun, head here. To pre-order the seven-inch single featuring “Hello, I Love You” and “Love Street”, head here.Waiting for the Sun 50th-Anniversary Reissue Track ListDisc One – Original Album1. “Hello, I Love You”2. “Love Street”3. “Not To Touch The Earth”4. “Summer’s Almost Gone”5. “Wintertime Love”6. “The Unknown Soldier”7. “Spanish Caravan”8. “My Wild Love”9. “We Could Be So Good Together”10. “Yes, The River Knows”11. “Five To One”Disc Two – Previously Unreleased Tracks1. “Hello, I Love You” (rough mix)2. “Summer’s Almost Gone” (rough mix)3. “Yes, The River Knows” (rough mix)4. “Spanish Caravan” (rough mix)5. “Love Street” (rough mix)6. “Wintertime Love” (rough mix)7. “Not To Touch The Earth” (rough mix)8. “Five To One” (rough mix)9. “My Wild Love” (rough mix)10. “The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)” (live in Copenhagen)11. “Hello, I Love You” (live in Copenhagen)12. “Back Door Man” (live in Copenhagen)13. “Five To One” (live in Copenhagen)14. “The Unknown Soldier” (live in Copenhagen)View All Tracks[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Go Green

first_imgGoing green can do more than preserve the environment, says a University of Georgia financial expert. It can save you a lot of money, too.“Making a few changes in what you buy and how you use energy and water can add up to substantial savings,” said Joan Koonce, a financial expert with UGA Cooperative Extension. The savings can top $9,000 a year. If that money is then invested at a 12-percent interest return over 25 years, it could theoretically be turned into a million dollars, she said.According to the book “Go Green, Live Rich” by David Bach, a few common areas where you can save by adopting greener habits include:TransportationDriving a small, fuel-efficient or bio-diesel car can save $800 a year. You can save almost as much by keeping a vehicle properly maintained. Living without a car can save $8,500 a year and making one less trip a week can save $215 annually. HomeAdding insulation and repairing leaks can save $500 a year. Changing a thermostat a few degrees can add $114 in savings a year. Unplug appliances and save $94. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or take shorter showers to save $72. Replace old appliances with Energy Star ones to save $50 per appliance. Planted trees and shrubs around the house can save $177 a year on heating and cooling costs. ShoppingBuy in bulk at the store and save $800 a year, or eat less meat to save $312. If you make your own cleaning products, you could save $580 annually. Purchasing one less bottled water a day can add up to $500 in savings in a year. Another way to save is to grow your own produce. Packing lunch instead of eating out can save $2,250 a year.InvestingOnce you save some “green” money, consider investing it in a green company. Green investing is investing in socially responsible or socially conscious companies that try to improve, or not damage, the environment through their operations, Koonce said. Do your homework before investing, whether it is in a green company, a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund. And don’t invest your entire portfolio in just one area. Diversification is still important.“Not everyone can make all of these lifestyles changes, but we can all make a few changes and save some money and the environment,” Koonce said. A list of socially responsible investments can be found at www.socialfunds.com.last_img read more