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first_imgThis week Mark Childs, director of global compensation and benefits atFidelity Investments, and Carmen Burton, HR director at the Norton Practice,compare notes on their careers1 What are your main responsibilities? MC My job title is something of a misnomer. It is one of thebroadest-based compensation and benefits roles in the UK and is rapidlyevolving into a global HR services role. My responsibilities include globale-HR strategy, global reward strategy, global benefits (predominantly pensionplan design, medium and long-term incentives, international assignmentmanagement, payroll strategy and employment policy. CB My role is directing internal HR, payroll, training anddevelopment, members of the board, as well as running an HR consultancy service.2 What’s the pay like? MC Over the past 10-15 years HR people with significant internationalcompensation and benefits or management development experience have been ableto command a significant pay premium over Generalists. In my experience thatgap continues to widen – at all levels. CB I’m happy with my salary package, I have to say, it has just beenreviewed! 3 How flexible are the hours? MC Typically I spend 50-55 hours in the office each week. Duringvisits to offices outside the UK, I choose to work more intensely. There isinevitably a great deal to do and I prefer to minimise my time away from home. CB My hours aren’t really flexible, and as with most professionalsthey tend to be long. I do get the opportunity to work from home occasionallywhich is great. 4 What do you like about the job? MC I enjoy the diversity. Today’s in-tray is representative. Thismorning I have to review a Taiwanese sales incentive plan with thevice-chairman, discuss a share plan valuation with external tax advisers andwork on a stock option repricing analysis. CB There are lots of things I like about my job – it is very busy sothere’s never a dull moment. With regard to clients I get the opportunity towork with a wide variety of companies in different sectors and they allappreciate the advice and support. Internally within the practice it is nice tobe able to make a difference to the business. 5 What are the challenges? MC There are two challenges I would highlight. I serve eightpresidents/business heads and eight HR directors. Giving these people adequateservice in a way which makes them feel like they are your only customer is areal challenge. Added to this is an expectation among second and third- tierline managers that as head of this area of HR you will be available to them,even when some of the people who work for you are better placed to providesuperior service. The second is to keep on top of the body of knowledge neededto keep up with a business operating throughout Europe and Asia. In Fidelity’sculture you are expected to know your stuff – your credibility depends upon it.CB The main challenge is building an HR consultancy, which includesbusiness planning and marketing. The internal challenges we are facing includeways to introduce more flexible working patterns. It is our experience thatpeople want to work mornings and our clients want answers in the afternoon. 6 What is your biggest headache? MC The risk of being tripped up by trivia. Reward, more than anyother aspect of HR, can generate high emotion. It is a peculiar thing that onthe rare occasion a payroll input or medical plan administrator error is made,the likelihood is one of the presidents will be the victim. The more routineheadache is that operational HR people might think they know the answer in aspecialist area, but if it goes wrong, the resulting problem finds its way backto me for resolution. CB Mine is the conflict between being the Norton Practice HR directorand being a consultant to clients. You can’t be in two places at once – I’vetried it. All joking aside, it can cause anxiety when you want to do both jobswell. 7 What size is your team? MC Twenty-one, located in UK, mainland Europe and Asia Pacific. Theteam consists of e-HR specialists, compensation analysts, benefits experts,international assignment managers, payroll and share plan practitioners. CB There are four – soon to be five – people in my team. 8 Who do you report to? MC Brian Reilly, Fidelity’s managing director, Global HR. CB I report directly to the partners (owners) of the organisation. 9 What qualifications do you have? MC BA in politics and industrial relations (University of Kent atCanterbury), CIPD member and an Associate of the Institute of ManagementConsultants. CB I am MCIPD qualified and I also have a City and Guilds 7307 – aqualification to teach adults. 10 What are your career aspirations? MC A couple of years from now I will need to decide whether to revertto a senior generalist role or do something completely different. CB The role of director is quite new to me so I’m happy to continueat this level for the moment. In the future I’d like to teach CIPD students. 11 What training and development opportunities are there? MC Few HR people have yet woken up to just how transformational e-HRwill become to the employee-employer relationship and future HR career paths.The potential is amazing and my learning still has a long way to go. CB I’m responsible for the overall training budget – part of which isallocated to my team. 12 What is your holiday entitlement? MC Twenty-five days a year. CB This year it is 24 days. 13 What’s your working environment like? MC The office is in a country house in the Weald of Kent and the viewfrom my window surveys an ornamental lake, compared to my last employer’soffices where I could watch London Underground’s District Line trains go by. CB Our working environment is a little cramped, as a business we’vebeen growing for two years and we have run out of space to put people. 14 What other benefits do you get? (company car etc) MC One of the best defined contribution pension plans in the UK,medical benefits including an annual health check, comprehensive life andlong-term disability cover and various staff discounts. CB I receive a company car allowance, four times death in service,pension, critical ill health, permanent medical and health insurance. 15 What’s the best part? MC The best features of this job are dependent on the Fidelityculture. Being privately-owned (every employee has a shareholding interest) andcommitted to organic rather than acquisition-led growth, a strong cultureexists where managers think and behave like owners. Fidelity’s culture isstrong and positive without being aggressive, strategic and innovative, yetvaluing people who are practical, detailed and action orientated. CB The best part of my role is being kept on my toes, questionscoming at me from all directions and being able to get out and meet clients. Mark ChildsDirector of global compensation and benefits, Fidelity InvestmentsJob at a glanceSize of team: 21Qualifications: BA in politics and industrial relations, CIPD member and anassociate of the Institute of Management ConsultantsLeave: 25 daysBest part: The incredible diversity of the jobCurriculum Vitae 1998 VP reward management, Seagram1996 Global compensation and benefits director, Forte plc1993 International personnel director, Forte HotelsCarmen BurtonHR director, Norton Practice (Insolvency Services)Job at a glanceSize of team: Five Qualifications: MCIPD, City and Guilds to teach adultsLeave: 24 days Best part: Being able to make a difference to the businessCurriculum Vitae 1998 HR manager, Winterthur International Insurance Company1994 Payroll manager/personnel administrator, Matsushita Communications UK1993 Senior payroll administrator, Thames Valley University Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. 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Influence of North Atlantic Oscillation on anthropogenic transport recorded in northwest Greenland ice cores

first_imgNitrate records from six Greenland ice cores covering the period 1789 to 1995 show a significant correlation in concentration for averaging periods greater than 10 years, as well as an approximately 60% increase in average concentration during the last 75 years. Annual nitrate fluxes contain low-frequency trends driven primarily by changes in concentration, while higher-frequency variability is driven by changes in snow accumulation. Increases in concentration yield nearly 30% higher nitrate flux (2.5 to 3.2 μg m−2 yr−1) and an 11% increase in variability during the 1895 to 1994 period versus the prior 100 years. Nitrate trends in the cores during the last 100 years are also correlated with global nitrate emissions, with a highly significant average r value of 0.93 for the six cores. During the period of anthropogenic influence, nitrate is positively correlated with the North Atlantic Oscillation, while prior to that the correlation is negative, and less significant, suggesting a link between transport of anthropogenic emissions and the North Atlantic Oscillation. Significant preanthropogenic periodicities identified through singular spectrum analysis show decadal variability in the nitrate record leading to shifts as great as 30% from the mean state but none as great as the anthropogenic-driven deviationlast_img read more


first_imgLicense or Certificate: Position Vacancy ID: Anticipated Begin Date: Minimum number of years and type of relevant workexperience: Term: Working Title: Degree and area of specialization: Position Summary: CLINICAL PROFESSOR(D51NN) or CLINICAL ASSOC PROF(D52NN) or CLINICALASST PROF(D53NN) Hiring Department: The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer.The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campussafety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safetypolicies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years.UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contactthe University ofWisconsin Police Department . A535100-MEDICAL SCHOOL/NEUROLOGY/NEUROLOGY 90495-AS Job no: 90495-ASWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeDepartment: SMPH/NEUROLOGY/NEUROLOGYLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services,Instructional, Research, Scientific Instructions to Applicants: Official Title: This is a renewable appointment. Stroke, Neurocritical Care or Neurohospitalist SubspecialtyFellowship training. Candidates for associate professor (CHS) orfull professor (CHS) rank must meet criteria for appointment atrank per UW School of Medicine and Public Health guidelines forappointment and promotion on the Clinician Teacher track.Academic credentials and experience for appointment at the selectedrank of a non-tenure School of Medicine and Public Health trackfocusing primarily on clinical and teaching excellence. Appointmentat the rank of associate or full professor rank requires meetingcriteria for appointment level as defined in School of Medicine andPublic Health guidelines for promotion or appointment to associateprofessor or professor on the Clinical Health Sciences track. Stroke/Neurohospitalist CLINICAL ASSISTANT, ASSOCIATE OR FULLPROFESSOR Contact:center_img Advertised Salary: MD, MD/PhD or DO – Board eligible or certified in Neurology.Stroke, Neurocritical Care or Neurohospitalist fellowship trainingor equivalent experience. Additional Link:Full Position Details Please upload a CV/resume and cover letter referring to thePosition Vacancy Listing number. At a future date you may be askedto provide at least three letters of reference.The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 5, 2017,however positions will remain open and applications may beconsidered until the position is filled. Employment Class: Applications Open: Apr 27 2017 Central Daylight TimeApplications Close: The Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin Schoolof Medicine and Public Health seeks neurohospitalists or strokeneurologists to join our expanding Neurohospitalist and StrokePrograms at UW Hospitals, VA Hospital and UW Health clinics. Thepositions includes opportunities for teaching, clinical andresearch activities in an academic environment with adult generaland neurology subspecialists and faculty in other servicesincluding neuropsychology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, clinicalneurophysiology and basic science research faculty. Clinicalactivities will involve attending duties in neurology clinics andUW Health clinics and on inpatient services at the University ofWisconsin Hospitals. Additional Information: Kathleen [email protected] Licensed or eligible for Wisconsin medical license. Board eligibleor certified in Neurology. The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profoundcommitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as avaluable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, westrongly encourage applications from candidates who foster andpromote the values of diversity and inclusion. OCTOBER 10, 2017 FTE: NegotiableANNUAL (12 months) 75% – 100% NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) Academic Staff-Renewablelast_img read more

Sheriff Nolan Chooses Safety Over Politics

first_imgCape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan, seen speaking at a 9/11 commemoration ceremony in Sea Isle City, is at odds with New Jersey’s attorney general. By TIM KELLYIn a case that could have national implications concerning the enforcement of immigration laws, Cape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan said Wednesday he would not follow New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s directive to end his department’s formal agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).At a press conference last Friday, Grewal said he was issuing a directive to New Jersey’s local law enforcement agencies that would bar them from honoring their arrangements, known as 287 (g) agreements.Nolan and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden are the only sheriffs statewide whose offices currently have existing formal agreements with ICE.That did not sit well with Nolan, who said such arrangements are vital for the protection of Cape May County residents and could result in the release of undocumented immigrants accused of violent felonies.“I’ve never before been asked not to cooperate with another law enforcement agency,” Nolan said by phone on Wednesday, “not one time in the 35 years I have been working in law enforcement.”The 287 (g) agreements provide for training of local authorities on immigration laws and grant certain enforcement powers.Grewal maintained that local law enforcement agencies’ cooperation with ICE on such matters would discourage crime victims or witnesses to crimes from talking to police.Nolan said that he was aware of minor problems the state had with his deal with ICE. As a result, he said, he had been working with the state over the last 10 weeks to draft an acceptable 287 (g) agreement to the state and the county.He said that as of mid-August, he believed the state’s objections had been assuaged. He was blindsided by Grewal’s press conference, Nolan said.“When this all began back in July, I’ve worked with the state on cleaning up language and nomenclature they objected to in our 287 (g), and we had a deal that was acceptable to both sides,” he said.“It shocked me,” he said, “to go from (a top Grewal deputy) being OK with (an amended 287 (g)) to not allowing our program to continue at all. To ordering us to stop our contract made in good faith with a federal law enforcement agency.”State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issues a directive banning Cape May County’s deal with federal immigration enforcement officials. (Photo courtesy of WHYY TV)Nolan said he and Golden would fight the directive to avoid situations that could endanger the law-abiding community. He used as an example a recent case in which a dangerous suspect accused of raping an underage victim was released from jail in Cumberland County instead of being held for pickup by ICE agents.“This is a sanctuary directive,” Nolan added. “(The Attorney General) is ordering my office to forego an agreement made to protect the people who elected me. This directive negates the words we changed to satisfy their stated objections but would still maintain the integrity of the original agreement.”He said Grewal’s order would make the residents of Cape May County less safe by needlessly exposing them to the potential of a violent offender’s release into the community.Nolan vehemently disagreed with Grewal’s assertion that Cape May County’s deal with ICE contributed to a climate of “overzealous enforcement” of immigration laws.It made more sense, Nolan said, for the Sheriff’s Department to notify ICE and briefly hold undocumented immigrant suspects accused of violent crimes, instead of releasing them and forcing ICE agents to catch them a second time.“It’s a waste of resources (to abide by Grewal’s directive),” Nolan said. “We’re talking about people who are already in custody. Under the existing agreement, we notify ICE, which has until 11:59 p.m. that day, to pick the person up. If they arrive at midnight or later, they’ve missed their window, the person is already released. I wouldn’t call that overzealous.”Nolan said Grewal’s directive was unprecedented, and said his agency and Golden’s would fight it through the courts.“Now I suppose it is going to be up to the lawyers to make these arguments,” Nolan said, “and this could have national implications about how federal, state and local agencies handle the enforcement of our immigration laws.”For his part, Grewal denied the directive would prevent local authorities notifying federal agencies of people detained of serious crimes, but acknowledged it expanded on a previous more comprehensive directive called the Immigrant Trust Directive, which he approved last year to limit the state’s cooperation with ICE.“Our job is to enforce the state’s criminal laws. Their job is to enforce federal immigration laws,” Grewal said of ICE during the press conference. “They should do their jobs and we’ll do ours.”Nolan said the only response he received from the state to his re-worded deal with ICE was notification he was not required to conduct a public forum about it.“I took that as good news, because you would expect they would state any other objections at that time,” he said.Instead, weeks went by without comment from the state, until Grewal’s announcement last Friday.“I was really shocked by that,” Nolan said.Cape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan, center, in white shirt, with Ocean City officials in front of City Hall.last_img read more

Finsbury Foods announces new CEO

first_imgMartin Lightbody has stepped down as chief executive of Finsbury Foods, with immediate effect, as the Group announces an improved second half performance in its full-year results.Lightbody will be replaced by chief operating officer John Duffy and will assume the position of non-executive chairman following the firm’s Annual General Meeting on 25 November.Lightbody told British Baker it had always been the plan to hold the position of chief executive for a 12-month period, following the departure of former CEO Dave Brooks last year, but said that he would still be “heavily involved with the business” in his new role.Finsbury’s results for the 53 weeks to 4 July 2009 revealed revenue growth of 8%, with like-for-like sales up 2%. However, it said profits had suffered with the high cost of raw materials such as eggs, chocolate and sugar.Group revenue stood at £178.9 million (52 week period to 28 June 2008: £165.1m), an increase of £13.8 million (8.4%) year-on-year. Adjusted profit before tax was £5.0m (2008: £7.7m).However the firm announced a 78% “improvement” in adjusted profit before tax in the second half of the year, compared to the first.Its bread and ‘free from’ division saw like-for-like growth up 14%, and larger cake sales continued to grow in line with the overall ambient cake market, up 2% on last year.Finsbury has seen sales of its Thorntons branded cakes rocket by over 70% during the year, making it the fastest-growing brand in the cake market, according to the firm. Sales of its WeightWatchers branded cakes also rose, up 25%.Duffy has assisted Lightbody since September 2008, and has held previous positions at WT Foods, Noon Products Ltd, Golden Wonder and Mars.To read the full story see the next issue of British Baker, out 9 October.last_img read more

The wisdom of William James

first_imgWilliam James, an American philosopher who died more than a hundred years ago, still matters. In fact, a keynote speaker said, he is just what the doctor ordered.In a lecture on Monday, physician and Harvard Medical School Professor Arthur Kleinman discussed the importance of living a fulfilled life based on a deep “moral wisdom,” one illuminated in the writings of James, and the need for such insight in the academic realm.As context for his 2011 William James Lecture at Harvard Divinity School, Kleinman, Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, described two crises in his own life, a turning point in his professional career more than 40 years ago, and the recent loss of his wife of almost half a century.The events were connected by an old journal yellowed with time. On its pages were pithy comments from 20th-century continental philosophers, compiled by a young Kleinman when he served in Taiwan as a U.S. Public Health Service officer and a National Institutes of Health fellow from 1969 to 1970. Struggling then with the decision to leave his primary care clinic in favor of anthropological fieldwork and psychiatric practice, he searched the copied words for “an intellectual and … moral foundation.”Kleinman returned to the diary after the death of his wife Joan, “while struggling to come to terms with a great sadness, oscillating with aching yearning,” and he drew parallels to those two times of intense uncertainty. “I needed, in both periods, reassurance, confirmation that the very grounds of who I was and what I was doing were real.”But with reflection, Kleinman realized that the running file of philosophical entries couldn’t offer up a “deep wisdom” that would help him face life’s extreme challenges.He ultimately understood that he was asking the wrong question of the philosophy writers, he said, searching their words to understand “experience as a philosophical problem” instead of “experience as practice.” Only in his role as mentor, caregiver, doctor, and teacher has he come closest to the end of that vital quest, he said, through a practice involving action among and for others, what he called “the very art of living.”“My search for wisdom had been a largely unfulfilled quest, but as in the case of caregiving,” he said, “not an unfulfillable one.”Still, his search has been informed in large part by the work of James, the groundbreaking scholar, author, and philosopher considered by many the father of American psychology.For four decades, Kleinman said, James’ prose has aided him with a type of creative back and forth, “from metaphor to rhythm of words, to findings from experience, to major conclusions relevant to my life.”For Kleinman, James became a kind of “intellectual interlocutor who could come right down into my experience and illuminate it from within.”“If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained for the universe by success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will,” read Kleinman from James’ “The Varieties of Religious Experience.” “But it feels like a real fight — as if there were something really wild in the universe which we, with all our idealities and faithfulnesses, are needed to redeem.”In dealing with the loss of his wife and the “fierce and joyful love” they shared, Kleinman again turned to James. The wisdom that Kleinman needed to address his grief “came out of my readiness to respond to James’ pushing, at a certain time when I was faced with a problem central to the human condition.”That engagement, said Kleinman, helped him to understand that wisdom needs, above all, to be experienced and is most useful as a “moral practice that redeems our humaneness amidst the inevitable disappointment and defeat.”For Kleinman, James’ take on religion and its relationship to “quests for wisdom” offers similar insights and deserves further academic study.In the face of the uncertainty of the human condition, people turn to religion, said Kleinman, noting that James “saw religion, like philosophy, as a resource for getting through life,” and a way of fortifying the human spirit “not to be afraid of life.”James and his understanding of the “human uses of religion … needs to become more a serious source of interdisciplinary academic discussion,” said Kleinman, “that bridges the study of religions, the social sciences, and the humanities, as well as the helping professions.”last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Greed: A Musical for Our Times Off-Broadway

first_img What do Jamie Dimon, Lance Armstrong, Pope Francis and Bernie Madoff have in common? They all appear in Greed: A Musical for Our Times. The musical comedy’s targets range from Ponzi schemes to the not-so-subtle sales pitches of retirement planners and mortgage bundlers. With numbers like “A Little Juice,” “Inside Information,” “I’ll Cheat On My Taxes” and “The Ballad of Jamie Dimon,” Greed takes aim at the obvious, and not so obvious, targets. D’Abruzzo received a Tony nod for Avenue Q. She will be joined in the cast by Julia Burrows, James Donegan and Neal Mayer. Tickets are now available for Michael Roberts’ premiere of Greed: A Musical for Our Times. Directed by Christopher Scott and starring Tony nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo, the off-Broadway show will begin performances at New World Stages—Stage 2 on March 19. Opening Night is set for April 3.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Pond ‘how to’

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaGarden ponds can be beautiful additions to home landscapes. Theycan also become huge burdens and eyesores, if you don’t know howto maintain your pond.To help you decide whether a garden pond is right for you, theUniversity of Georgia Extension in DeKalb County has scheduled a”Build Your Own Pond” class.Bill Mason, owner and manager of Pond Expo, Inc., will lead theclass. Mason will discuss how to install landscape ponds theright way. The class will focus on how to avoid future problemsand reduce installation costs.The class is set for Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7-9 p.m. It will meetat the extension office on 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur, Ga.(Take the Memorial Drive exit off I-285.) The cost of the classis $5. For more information, call (404) 298-4080.last_img read more

High grades for summer internship program

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Someday they will run our businesses, lead our nation, make discoveries and change our world. But first, they will practice within these walls.”Those words, written about youth and on display at the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Landover, Md., struck a chord in Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) President/CEO James Schenck. That chord continues to reverberate in the halls of the $20 billion asset credit union in Alexandria, Va.“That quote, combined with the high-energy students I saw during presentations to MBA students at Georgetown and Hampton universities, inspired me to make sure we’re in a position to attract the best and brightest students,” Schenck says. “We want PenFed and the credit union system to be on the radar for students looking for internships, and on the radar for students looking for their first jobs out of college.”PenFed’s program, launched this summer, has 24 interns from around the country. True to Schenck’s vision, it aims to bring fresh eyes into the not-for-profit, member-owned financial services landscape. continue reading »last_img read more

Crapo proposes HEALS Act amendment with NAFCU-sought provisions

first_imgSenate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has offered an amendment to the Senate’s Phase 4 package – the Health; Economic Assistance; Liability Protection; and Schools (HEALS) Act – which would include additional flexibility allowing the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve to take risks in emergency lending to keep the economy stable. In addition, the amendment includes a NAFCU-sought extension of relief for the NCUA’s Central Liquidity Facility (CLF) and Troubled Debt Restructurings (TDRs) through the end of 2021.Senator Crapo’s proposed amendment includes a provision to revise rules Congress set for $454 billion in emergency lending authority – made available to the Treasury and Fed in March – which allows the Treasury to approve loans and other investments even if it appears it may incur losses.Additionally, the proposed amendment includes a proposal to give the Fed temporary authority during extreme circumstances to ease a set of bank capital requirements established under the Dodd-Frank Act.Last week, Crapo wrote to the Treasury and Fed urging them to expand their Main Street Lending Program. The Fed announced in April that it would provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to businesses, households, and state and local governments through new and expanded programs and facilities and last month announced changes to the program to allow more small and mid-sized businesses access to funds. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more