BT Ignite is introducing a new global bonus system to standardise the way itrewards staff around the world. The bonus system will apply to all 19,000 staff, employed across 50countries by BT Ignite, BT’s global telecommunications arm. HR vice-president Steven Kelly, who joined BT Ignite four months ago, saidthe new framework would make staff more focused on achieving targets. “We wanted to create a framework that rewarded people, whileunderpinning a performance-led culture. It’s linked to targets so staff knowwhat they have to achieve to be rewarded with a specific amount,” he said.Kelly explained that financial rewards would still vary around the worldbecause of local economies but the framework would standardise the way rewards arecalculated. “The current system is fragmented and very different depending on thecountry. Under the new scheme, the local market still dictates how rewards workfinancially but the framework will be the same regardless of location,” hesaid. The company will also be linking individual employee objectives to businessobjectives as part of its performance management process. Formed two years ago, BT Ignite is launching a work culture drive, calledInspire, to help staff deliver the strategic values of the business. It willuse a number of leadership programmes and improved internal communications,including quarterly feedback from staff, in a bid to get workers more focusedon the business objectives. Comments are closed. BT Ignite to unify its staff bonus systemOn 9 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed that mean global warming was 0.6 +/- 0.2degreesC during the 20th century and cited anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gases as the likely cause of temperature rise in the last 50 years. But this mean value conceals the substantial complexity of observed climate change, which is seasonally- and diurnally-biased, decadally-variable and geographically patchy. In particular, over the last 50 years three high-latitude areas have undergone recent rapid regional (RRR) warming, which was substantially more rapid than the global mean. However, each RRR warming occupies a different climatic regime and may have an entirely different underlying cause. We discuss the significance of RRR warming in one area, the Antarctic Peninsula. Here warming was much more rapid than in the rest of Antarctica where it was not significantly different to the global mean. We highlight climate proxies that appear to show that RRR warming on the Antarctic Peninsula is unprecedented over the last two millennia, and so unlikely to be a natural mode of variability. So while the station records do not indicate a ubiquitous polar amplification of global warming, the RRR warming on the Antarctic Peninsula might be a regional amplification of such warming. This, however, remains unproven since we cannot yet be sure what mechanism leads to such an amplification. We discuss several possible candidate mechanisms: changing oceanographic or changing atmospheric circulation, or a regional air-sea-ice feedback amplifying greenhouse warming. We can show that atmospheric warming and reduction in sea-ice duration coincide in a small area on the west of the Antarctic Peninsula, but here we cannot yet distinguish cause and effect. Thus for the present we cannot determine which process is the probable cause of RRR warming on the Antarctic Peninsula and until the mechanism initiating and sustaining the RRR warming is understood, and is convincingly reproduced in climate models, we lack a sound basis for predicting climate change in this region over the coming century.
Ameronothroid mites, including Ameronothridae, Fortuyniidae and Selenoribatidae, are unique among the Oribatida through having a global distribution from the tropics to the poles, and occupying a diversity of habitats including terrestrial, marine and freshwater. Their ecological diversification is of considerable interest from both the perspective of evolution over geological timescales, and the detail of the underlying processes. Given their widespread global distribution, it seems likely that historical global events (tectonic and climatic) have played a fundamental role in their ecological diversification. Previous studies of sub-Antarctic island arthropods have generated considerable circumstantial evidence in support of glaciation being a primary factor influencing ecological patterns: lower habitat specificity and weaker interspecific interactions are associated with more recent (postglacial) vegetated terrestrial biotopes, as compared to the older epilithic and littoral biotopes (which are assumed to have been present, albeit reduced in extent, during Neogene glacial maxima). Here, we use ameronothrid mites as a case study to examine the extent to which the above island scenario generalizes globally across latitudes affected by glaciation. We show that, unlike congeners or even conspecifics at lower latitudes in each hemisphere which are restricted to marine environments, the species found at higher latitudes (especially Alaskozetes antarcticus, Ameronothrus dubinini, Ameronothrus lineatus, and Halozetes belgicae) show greater affinity for terrestrial environments. They show a transition or expansion of habitat use (from marine-influenced to terrestrial habitats) implicit with a lower degree of habitat specificity, in relation to increasing latitude. We contend that the terrestrial environment at higher latitudes in both hemispheres has been colonized by these ameronothrid mite species following the various glaciation events, facilitated by a lack of competition experienced in their low diversity communities, in a manner which represents a larger scale demonstration of the processes described on sub-Antarctic islands.
Hudacko’s beats Perrucci, 17-7. Hudacko’s: Aiden Rosario-triple and single, Jake Sullivan-triple, Mikey Boehm and Andrew Farber-singles; Perrucci-singles; Perrucci: Jack Regino, Antonio Sanchez, Nicky Weimmer, and Jack Kruchkowski-singles.Houlihan’s wins against Unico, 5-1. Houlihan’s: Christian Hampton-triple and single, Zakie Johnson-inside the park homer, Nick Malloy and Jacob Quinones-singles; Unico: Justin Arbelo and Tyler Essex-singles.
Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law Emeritus Charles M. Haar ’48, a pioneer in land-use law whose scholarship focused on laws and institutions of city planning, urban development, and environmental issues, died on Jan. 10. He was 91.During his more than five-decade career, Haar influenced urban policy and planning throughout the country, drafted key legislation for inner-city revitalization, developed influential legal theories to support equality of services for urban dwellers and access to suburbs, helped pioneer the modern environmental movement, and mentored a generation of scholars and activists.“Charles Haar was a genuine pioneer who created new ways of making scholarship relevant to the improvement of the human condition through the improvement of the environment,” observed Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “He was a visionary leader in the field of land-use law and urban planning with a focus on improving the lives of all Americans, regardless of race or economic status. His legacy includes major tenets of the modern-day environmental movement and the way we teach and study environmental law. It also includes the generations of students to whom he was a mentor and friend, and the contributions they made after learning from him. He will be deeply missed.”Read the full obituary.
Read Full Story The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) announced today that it has received a $15 million gift from Ronald M. Druker, Loeb Fellow ’76, and the Bertram A. and Ronald M. Druker Charitable Foundation. The gift provides the necessary seed funding for the GSD to launch an ambitious renewal and new building expansion of its main facility, Gund Hall, to support focused work in design innovation. In recognition of the gift — the largest made to date to the GSD’s current Grounded Visionaries campaign as well as the largest single gift from an individual in the school’s history — the GSD will name its primary exhibition gallery the Druker Design Gallery.Druker’s gift provides the foundation for the school’s effort to reimagine the role and ambitions of design education in the twenty-first century and in the context of a leading research university, beginning with the school’s physical plant. The success of the Grounded Visionaries campaign — the GSD’s portion of the university-wide Harvard Campaign — has put the school in a position to think openly and fundamentally about future practices of design pedagogy, their integration into research in the sciences and the arts, and their capacity to have an impact on practitioners working at all scales of the built environment.Toward that end, for the past several years, Druker has worked closely alongside Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the GSD, to help define and develop a strategy for the future spatial and facility needs of the school, taking into account the school’s increasing focus on design innovation. Druker’s gift will carry forward planning for a new building expansion of Gund Hall.The Druker Design Gallery features the work of faculty, students, and researchers and scholars from across the design fields. Located at Gund Hall, the gallery serves as a site for experimentation and explication of ideas and plays a fundamental role in the pedagogical life of the school. The gallery is open to the public, and has a long and rich history of exhibitions that engage the historical and contemporary conditions of design discourse across physical, digital, and spatial media.“I am delighted that this generous gift from Ron, one of the GSD’s most prominent, committed, and long-standing advocates and supporters, will provide resources crucial to helping us move forward our plans to build new, innovative spaces of research and learning,” said Mostafavi. “It is equally meaningful and fitting for the school to be able to name its primary exhibition space in his honor.”“For more than four decades, the GSD has played an integral role in both my professional and personal life. I’m pleased to have this opportunity to serve as a catalyst in creating the environment that fosters innovative design education,” said Druker. “This gift reflects my admiration and respect for the school, Dean Mostafavi, and his vision for the future.”Read more via the Graduate School of Design.
Various BMPs, or best management practices, can reduce potential pollution impacts of raising cattle. And producers can learn all about them in a two-day workshop May 24-25 near Redbud, Ga. Cattle farms are coming under closer scrutiny as origins of nonpoint-source pollution. Among the public’s concerns are the use of poultry litter as fertilizer and cattle’s access to streams. The May workshop, “BMPs for Cattle Producers: a Farm-based Workshop,” will explore the practices cattlemen can use throughout the farm to reduce impacts to water quality. The program will be at the Northwest Georgia Experiment Station’s Redbud Farm. The examples and demonstrations will focus on the Coosa River watershed. But the information will be valuable for other regions in the Southeast. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested. Extension agents, Natural Resources Conservation Service workers and farmers from the four states in the Coosa River watershed are especially invited. The workshop fee is $30 before May 17. It’s $45 after that. To learn more about the program, call Julia Gaskin at (706) 542-1401. Photo: S. Omahen
The United States has donated $1.8 million to Honduras as a contribution to the fight against gang violence, stated Maria Otero, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, in a visit to Tegucigalpa. According to Otero, this contribution is part of what she called “a partnership to help the Government of Honduras achieve concrete results in the fight against impunity, to accomplish judiciary reforms and to strengthen their human rights institutions.” After concluding a three-day visit in Honduras, Otero announced in a press conference that a bilateral working group was set up on September 13, tasked to develop strategies aimed at combating crime. The official said that the fight against crime is “of a very diverse nature,” but everything is closely interconnected: transnational criminal gangs and networks, lack of employment opportunities for young people, intolerance, violence, and intimidation against vulnerable groups, such as women, homosexuals, and journalists. Criminality “affects Hondurans’ daily lives,” which in turn accentuates the challenges, Otero explained. By Dialogo September 18, 2012
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Bill PrichardOn the face of it, credit cards haven’t changed much since their introduction decades ago. Plastic cards are so familiar that they’re iconic. But the inner workings of the credit cards issued by CO-OP’s credit processing clients have changed dramatically in the past 12 months. New options make the credit experience more secure, powerful, flexible and rewarding. If you’re hoping to make credit a growth area this year, offering a new experience may be the differentiator you’re looking for.Sound like too much to ask of a little plastic card? Consider the developments:EMV: Cards embedded with EMV chips are now available to clients who use CO-OP in-house credit processing and CO-OP full-service credit processing through The Members Group. EMV-enabled cards improve security on card-present transactions, making them a popular option for members and a money-saver for credit unions.Apple Pay and Tokenization: This was a late entry and a surprise to boot. When Apple announced its new tokenization-driven mobile payments app in September of last year, credit unions wondered how they’d ever get on board. It’s happening now. CO-OP is an engaged issuer-processor for Apple Pay and Visa, which means CO-OP can directly facilitate tokenization service and Apple Pay enrollment for credit processing clients. CO-OP is also helping credit clients get up and running with MasterCard’s tokenization service for Apple Pay participation. continue reading »
The Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor fight on Saturday may not have lived up to the hype as the greatest fight in combat sports history, but it provided four valuable marketing lessons. Focus on the end game.Professional sports entertains an audience, showcases the amazing potential of the human body, motivates us slobs to get up off the sofa and move, and provides lessons about how to behave in victory and defeat. But the reality is that all professional sporting events have only one purpose: to generate a profit. In boxing, that end game is especially clear, because there aren’t any seasons or regularly scheduled events. Boxing matches are entirely driven by demand, which is driven by profit. While this fight didn’t live up to its competitive hype, it absolutely embodied its other nickname: The Money Fight. Mayweather-McGregor broke records for live gate revenues, pay-per-view and live streaming, and could reach a whopping $1 billion in total revenue after all the income streams are tallied, including those 50-0 hats that went on sale as soon as the final bell rung. Yes, the fight was well publicized, but what made the card a revenue winner was that the fighters are currently the two most popular in the world, generate the most revenue and have already gone down in history as some of the best ever in their respective arenas. And, the promoters took advantage of UFC’s livestreaming, expanding the fight beyond cable pay-per-view to more than 200 countries around the world. Make it intriguing.Mayweather-McGregor wasn’t just about two great fighters facing off. That was the story two years ago, when Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao, a match so hyped it seemed impossible to top. But this fight eclipsed the last thanks to the extra story of boxing vs. UFC, pitting fans of different sports against each other to settle a long running debate. Instead of one fighter versus another, this match posed questions like, “do boxers really punch harder than UFC fighters?” “Could the best UFC fighter in history beat the greatest boxer of his generation with only his fists?” And, at age 40, Mayweather also faced the question, “is he too old?” After all, Mayweather had retired from the sport after the Pacquiao fight, and he had come back from retirement in 2007 to fight Pacquiao. Of course, he’s announced his retirement again, but since he still holds the title belt, there’s always a chance he could fight another day. Especially if he’s guaranteed another $100 million minimum payout. Who among us wouldn’t take a punch in the face for $100 million? Expand your market.UFC popularity has exploded over the last 20 years; at the same time, interest in boxing has waned. And, surveys show a racial divide, too. UFC is most popular with white Americans, while boxing is most popular among African Americans and Hispanics. Mayweather-McGregor exposed both audiences to each respective sport in one of the greatest cross marketing promotions of all time. The hype leading up to the fight featured video clips of each fighter’s greatest moments, which was free advertising for each sport. Put on a good show.In retrospect, McGregor didn’t have a chance, and it’s no wonder. Boxing and mixed martial arts are different disciplines, and asking McGregor to fight using only one of his weapons is like asking someone to fight with one hand tied behind their back. Most people would argue that Mayweather purposely got off to a slow start to make sure fans got their money’s worth. Had he come out strong and knocked McGregor out in 38 seconds like Mike Tyson, it would have turned off UFC fans and eliminated the only logical conclusion: a profitable rematch. 107SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details