Rewards boost retention at Astra Zeneca

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Rewards boost retention at Astra ZenecaOn 11 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today A new benefits and rewards package at pharmaceutical giant Astra Zeneca hashelped keep staff rurnover below 4 per cent. Campbell Singer, HR director, research and development, said that whileturnover of researchers and scientists is traditionally low, the rate at AstraZeneca is lower than the industry norms and showing a positive trend. The company, formed in merger two-and-a-half years ago, has developed a newrewards package called Advantage. Speaking at the conference, Singer said Advantage gives staff a base salaryand allows them to choose between more money or a range of benefits, includingcars, bicycles, computers, holiday entitlement, health and dental cover, andpension options. “We give employees as much choice as possible, but because we want tobe socially responsible, benefits such as healthcare and pensions arecore,” Singer said. Reward is linked solely to performance, with employees given room to stretchperformance targets and establish opportunities for learning and progression. The company has also introduced flexible working, career-breaks andfamily-friendly leave. last_img read more

Employers admit training’s impact on the bottom line

first_imgEmployers admit training’s impact on the bottom lineOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Learning and development is gaining a higher profile on the corporateagenda, with 90 per cent of employers admitting that training impacts directlyon the bottom line, and three-quarters believing it should feature in theannual report. More than 1,300 public and private sector employers were polled in CranfieldSchool of Management’s latest Recruitment Confidence Index, developed with theDaily Telegraph and published in association with Personnel Today. The survey detected a growing relationship between training and recruitment,with two in three employers including the offer of development as part of theoverall benefits packages they use to attract top talent. “The latest survey shows they are beginning to wake up to theimportance of learning and development,” said Emma Parry, research fellowat Cranfield. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Fees to tenants should be banned

first_imgHome » News » Fees to tenants should be banned previous nextRegulation & LawFees to tenants should be bannedLibDems demand that all letting agency fees to tenants should be outlawed.The Negotiator16th June 20160670 Views Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians pressed the Government to ban letting agency fees and clamp down on rogue landlords in a Private Members Bill debate in the House of Lords.Baroness Olly Grender, Liberal Democrat peer, who was formerly a senior figure at Shelter, introduced the Renters’ Rights Bill to protect the growing number of private tenants who currently face what she describes as ‘huge costs’every time they move.The Bill, which is supported by Generation Rent and The Debrief’s “Make Renting Fair” campaign, has now passed its second reading and proposes to:Ban letting fees for rentersGive renters access to an open register of rogue landlordsBring in compulsory electrical safety checks in rented homesPrevent rogue landlords from obtaining an HMO licenceBaroness Grender (left) said, “Agents often levy letting fees on tenants for things which should be paid by the landlord.“They can be charged registration fees, credit check fees, reference check fees, renewal fees, name change fees, exit fees… the list goes on. Almost all of them arbitrary and disproportionate. Yet tenants are powerless to do much about it.“There is a huge amount of support for reforming renting and banning fees, but the people who still need convincing are those on the Government benches. It is time for them to recognise the pro-consumer case for taking action, start championing renters and stop rip-off fees once and for all.”Tom Brake MP added, “We clearly have a rental sector which is broken. Many people are paying vast amounts in rent and fees while having to put up with poor conditions and uncertainty.“There is no silver bullet that will solve London’s housing problems, because the fundamental challenge is a lack of supply which takes time to fix. But there are things that can be done to make renting cheaper, safer and more secure and they must be done now.”Vicky Spratt who is leading the Make Renting Fair Campaign said:“We are in the midst of a housing crisis. Frankly I’m surprised it’s not yet called a housing disaster. We simply don’t have enough homes and a buy-to-let boom has trapped more people than ever in the private rental market.”Private Members Bill Renters’ Rights Bill Baroness Grender tenant fees tenant fees ban June 16, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Ike continues airstrikes against ISIL from Eastern Med

first_img Ike continues airstrikes against ISIL from Eastern Mediterranean Sea View post tag: USS Wasp View post tag: US Navy Share this article Authorities View post tag: OIRcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Ike continues airstrikes against ISIL from Eastern Mediterranean Sea View post tag: ISIL U.S. Navy’s Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group (Ike CSG) has continued airstrikes against ISIL under operation Inherent Resolve, launching sorties from the Eastern Mediterranean on December 6.At the same time, elements of the 22nd marine expeditionary unit (MEU) continued conducting precision air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Sirte, Libya, from amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) as part of Operation Odyssey Lightning to support Libyan government of national accord-aligned forces fighting there.The Ike CSG returned to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations Dec. 4. During the carrier’s previous stint in the U.S. 6th Fleet, embarked aircraft completed 16 sorties from June 28 to July 7.Ike CSG consists of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), carrier air wing (CVW) 3, guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto and USS Monterey, and destroyer squadron (DESRON) 26 with associated guided-missile destroyers USS Roosevelt, USS Mason, and USS Nitze.“U.S. 6th Fleet is fighting ‘Daesh’ on multiple fronts, simultaneously supporting three combatant commanders. As a flexible, adaptive force, we are committed to defeating Daesh, we are committed to our NATO allies and partners, and we are ‘where it matters, when it matters,’” – Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, said December 7, 2016last_img read more

Vice-Chancellor reopens debate over tuition fees

first_imgHe made the remarks in his annual Oration speech, saying that current funding “doesn’t add up for Oxford.” Hamilton stopped short of calling for immediate rises in fees, but said that Oxford faced a funding “chasm” because recent increases in fees had not met the funding gap for undergraduate tuition.Hamilton also mentioned having read that other universities were “doing very nicely thank you” from annual tuition fees of £9,000.An Oxford spokesman emphasised to Cherwell, “There is no suggestion that the entire shortfall Oxford faces should be made up through fee increases. What the Vice-Chancellor did was to raise the idea as an option the University might come to consider.” The Telegraph newspaper and The Tab both ran headlines on Tuesday suggesting Hamilton had asked students to meet the entire cost.Vice-Chancellor Hamilton has faced criticism recently for accepting a pay package of £424,000 last year, an amount that could cover 60 funding shortfalls for undergraduates.Tom Rutland, OUSU president, attended the speech and made his position on any tuition fee increase clear: “Students’ pockets have already been raided by this government when it betrayed them and trebled undergraduate tuition fees in 2010. The idea of students paying even more is unthinkable and will be wholeheartedly opposed by students in Oxford and across the country.“It is extremely concerning to hear talk of fees increasing, especially from the Vice-Chancellor of our university… With such strides forward in our access schemes and bursary packages in recent years, the discussion about increasing fees further risks alienating and pricing out those people we are reaching out to.”However Sally Hunt, general secretary of the UCU lecturers’ union told BBC News: “Prof Hamilton should perhaps be applauded for going after one of the rawest nerves in politics to try and get higher education funding back in the spotlight – something we fear no party will be keen to do this side of the general election.”Currently the gap in funding is met by philanthropy and other incomes like the OUP, meaning that Oxford runs a 5% operating surplus. A spokesman said, “This is sufficient to sustain the current infrastructure of the University … we don’t need to borrow money.”However, Hamilton also raised the possibility of Oxford issuing a bond to borrow in the future, in line with other top universities, to improve its facilities. He stressed that this would be only after “careful reflection.” The spokesman added, “And whatever happens, access must be regardless of finances.”last_img read more

Sex trafficking protest urges us to “open our eyes”

first_img“Open Your Eyes” was the slogan of a recent protest urging shoppers on the streets of Oxford to stop and think about the reality of sex trafficking.The demonstration, organised by the Oxford Community Against Trafficking (OXCAT), was held on Cornmarket street to mark Anti-Slavery Day (18th October). It aimed to raise awareness about the ordeals faced by the victims of sex trafficking through a variety of music, drama and dance performances.OXCAT is a community group of volunteers which was set up by various Oxfordshire  churches. It aims to offer support to victims and make more people aware of human trafficking by engaging with the wider community through education and the arts. This protest hit to the heart of the city which was shocked by the discovery of a sex trafficking ring in 2012. Earlier this year, the ‘Bullfinch trial’ saw seven men convicted of the  abuse of six young victims and sentenced to a total of 95 years in jail.Danny Scott, an OXCAT spokesman, professional performer, and Artistic Director of PointZero Physical Theatre, said: “The details surrounding the Operation Bullfinch case have been horrifying.“But it has been going on right under our noses; in our streets, outside our schools and behind closed doors in Oxford homes and hotels.“This is not an isolated case, more and more incidents are being uncovered across the country. We cannot just sit back and accept this kind of abuse in modern day Britain… we encourage everyone to Open Your Eyes.”Supporting the protest was Oxfordshire MEP and Patron of OXCAT Catherine Bearder, who has launched a campaign for an anti-trafficking commissioner. She has worked with OXCAT at many events and says “…they’re getting bigger and better each year.“Events like this are so important because human trafficking is still a crime that the majority of people know nothing about.“These events do make a real difference because they arm the local communities with the tools to fight trafficking. I always say, human trafficking is happening in our communities and it can be tackled by our communities.”She notes that it is important to educate people about how to recognise the signs of trafficking: “Whether it be children in the streets when they should be in school, unusual movements from properties at odd hours or shops that continue to stay open with apparently no business. If there is anything that seems suspicious to you then please let Crimestoppers know.”Moreover she says that preventing this crime is up to everyone: “Students, like everyone have a role to play in Opening their Eyes to the signs of human trafficking”Oxford student Claire Paulus, who briefly saw the protest, said that the impact was not that effective: “I wasn’t even aware they were acting out trafficking, it just looked like lots of people in pink. It’s probably not the most appropriate way to campaign about it”.Another student, who wished to remain anonymous, agreed to an extent with Paulus. He told Cherwell, “The dancing was very erotic. It was a semi-naked man weaving around some barbed-wire, and he looked a bit like he might have done time in the past. However, he clearly had very strong views against sex-trafficking and for that I respect him.”OXCAT are currently working on another project in conjunction with a theatre company and in Summer will be running a film campaign with the anti-trafficking charity ‘Unchosen’.last_img read more




first_img18th Annual Taste of Weehawken is April 24The 18th annual Taste of Weehawken fundraiser for the Weehawken Library will take place this year on Tuesday, April 24. Beyond a selection of food from a variety of high profile area restaurants, the Taste also offers a selection of wines, craft beers and after-dinner cocktails, all hosted by long-time Taste sponsor Giannone Wine & Liquor Company.“The food, the wine, the door prizes, including dining certificates from many of the participating restaurants, make it an amazing night for a great cause,” said Leona M. Nersesian, president of the Library Board of Trustees.Throughout the years, money raised at the Taste has been used to enhance many library programs. This year funds will be directed towards continuing programming as well as upgrading the children’s department. “Everywhere I go in town, people rave about our library,” said Mayor Richard F. Turner. “The Taste is the perfect opportunity for everyone to come out to show their support for this wonderful institution while helping the library continue its diverse programs and activities for patrons of all ages.”Tickets for the Taste are $60, which includes the Preview Hour (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) or $40 for General Admission (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) and will be available for purchase at the end of March. Be sure to “Like” Taste of Weehawken on Facebook, and follow Weehawken NJ on Twitter @weehawkennj for news and updates. Union City residents killed in Tonnelle car crashA stretch of Tonnelle Avenue known for accidents saw the death of two Union City residents on Sunday, Feb. 11. The northbound lanes between Manhattan Avenue and North Street were closed for hours as authorities investigated the wreck.According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the two fatalities were Mario Guevara, 25, and Heather Acosta, 24, both from Union City. They were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the crash.The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. The Hudson County Regional Fatal Collision Unit, which was established earlier this year, responded to the scene.One car flipped over and the other jumped the curb, hitting a telephone pole and destroying the gate of a nearby building.This came two days after Mayor Steven Fulop announced the city’s adopting of a “Vision Zero” policy in an effort to eliminate deaths and serious injuries.Fulop issued an executive order that allowed Jersey City to join with more than 30 municipalities seeking to establish traffic safety strategies. The crash occurred in the same section of Tonnelle Avenue where a police chase last June resulted in a vehicle bursting into flames.NJ Transit approves proposed alignment for light rail into Bergen CountyThe Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s (HBLR) expansion into Bergen County received a major boost last week, as NJ Transit has just approved the plan’s proposed alignment, per a press release.The approval for the project’s Locally Preferred Alternative, detailed in its 2017 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact statement, is mandatory in the federal environmental review process.The route is a 10-mile, seven station extension from HBLR’s current Tonnelle Avenue terminus in North Bergen. It would include an additional North Bergen stop at 91st Street, and others in Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, all the way to the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.NJ Transit’s Board of Directors also authorized the route’s submission to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Board of Trustees for designation and inclusion in their Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan.By choosing this route, NJ Transit will be able to begin design and engineering activities once they complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement, and the Federal Transit Administration grants a Record of Decision for the project.Get free income tax preparation helpUnited Way of Hudson County is teaming with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and HOPES to prepare and file federal and state income taxes for locals. The service runs through April 13.To be eligible, participants must have been New Jersey residents for all of last year. They must also have a Social Security number, work in New Jersey or New York (or have taxable income like pensions, IRA distributions, interest, or stock trades.), and not have an income from a rental property or a business with employees, inventory, a loss, or over $25,000 in total expenses.The AARP Foundation will be offering walk-in filings Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.The Foundation is located at 855 Bergen Ave. in Jersey CityHOPES will be offering filings Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only.HOPES has locations in the Hoboken area, including 532 Jackson St., Unit 1B and 300 Bloomfield St.Call (201) 468-8805 for more assistance and information.North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue swears in 37 firefightersOn Feb. 13, the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue made history by swearing-in 37 new firefighters, its largest hiring class ever, including Lisa Napier, the first female firefighter in the 20-year history of NHRFR. All 37 new firefighters are U.S. military veterans, showing the regional fire department’s commitment to support veterans.“Each of the 37 men and women joining our ranks have served this country, and will continue to protect their communities as members of the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “They are all extremely qualified, and I am confident they will make excellent firefighters.”“Today we are proud to welcome 37 brave men and women to the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, and wish them luck as they begin their important work protecting the community,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner. “I would like to thank Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Sires for helping secure a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) federal grant which will fully pay the salaries of 35 of these new firefighters. Federal funding this year also enabled the purchase of state-of-the-art cameras which detect body heat and can save precious time when fire crews are in dangerous situations.” Food and Shelter Coalition Meeting set for March 13All interested person are invited to attend a Tuesday, March 13 meeting of the Food and Shelter Coalition to discuss food and shelter concerns and share ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to advocate to state and federal lawmakers to promote responsible public policies to improve quality and access to food for thousands of people. The National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. At least 7.4 million have lost their own homes and are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity.The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at Old Bergen Church, 1 Highland Ave., Jersey City (take the elevator and press 1).For more information contact chairperson La-Trenda Ross at (201) 618-5745 or (201) 420-3000 ext. 2543, or email [email protected] Upcoming schedule for parenting classes at Palisades Medical CenterPalisades Medical Center has announced its upcoming schedule for parenting classes for new moms, and moms to be.The hospital will hold its Childbirth Education Series two day courses on March 17 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Additional courses will follow, at the same times, on May 5 and 12, then June 9 and 16. Cost is $125 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $150 if delivering elsewhere.The class covers topics such as understanding the labor process, breathing and relaxation techniques to work with your body, the role of the support person.Newborn Baby Care classes will run on Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; March 27, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; May 19, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and June 12, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. These classes cover basics of newborn care, starting with the appearance and characteristics of a newborn. Cost is $35 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $50 if delivering elsewhere.Key to Successful Breastfeeding classes will run on Feb. 27, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; April 7, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; May 8, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and June 23, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics include the importance of skin-to-skin contact, latching techniques, supply and demand as it relates to breastfeeding, positioning for breastfeeding, indications for breast pumps.Dads are encouraged to attend. Cost is $35 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $50 if delivering elsewhere.There will also be Sibling Preparation for Birth Classes, $25 per family. Contact Robin Petrick for more info on this class at (201) 295-4823. For more information in general, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit administration deals ‘serious jeopardy’ to Gateway Tunnel projectFederal transportation officials have assigned the Gateway rail tunnel and other components of the massive infrastructure project a new rating that further jeopardizes the chances of winning grant money from Washington.A story on says the Federal Transit Administration sent an annual funding report to Congress on Monday for its Capital Investment Grants Program that assigned a “Medium-Low“ rating to the proposed $13 billion Hudson River tunnel, the second-lowest on a five-point scale. It was the first time the grant application had received a formal rating. The FTA also reduced the rating of the Portal Bridge North project from “Medium-High“ to “Medium-Low.” That bridge replacement that would fix one of the single-greatest bottlenecks on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line.Those involved in the Gateway Program said the change was likely to put chances of receiving federal funding under the New Starts program in serious jeopardy.The Trump administration rejected an Obama-era agreement to cover half the cost of the broader $30 billion Gateway Program, which calls for constructing two new tubes connecting New Jersey to midtown Manhattan and repairing the existing tunnel that is now falling apart. The White House has also proposed ending the New Starts program, but Congress has so far protected the funding source.“In case it wasn’t clear before, President Trump today tried to land another death blow to Gateway by having his Federal Transit Administration (FTA) vindictively and inexplicably downgrade the project in order to cut off critical federal funding,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a statement on Monday.In the case of the Portal Bridge project, which previously received a rating in February 2017 and was estimated to cost $1.6 billion, the FTA is taking the position that the amount of committed or budgeted funding from other sources had fallen from 57 percent to 21 percent of the total cost. The FTA said that is a primary reason the rating was reduced. The new ratings were issued in November and, according to a person familiar with the Gateway application, did not factor in any information received in October, when new details had become available.John D. Porcari, the interim executive director of Gateway Program Development Corp., said the ratings fail to take into account the commitments from New York and New Jersey. The states have agreed to split half the cost of the tunnel project, putting up $5.5 billion, though they’ll need federal loans in order to do so. The grant application asks the federal government to cover the remaining costs.Porcari said the Portal Bridge application, in which local agencies would also cover about half the total cost, “has only been improved with each updated submittal” since the first rating was issued. He noted early construction work has been underway for several months.“We are surprised and disappointed by the sudden downgrade based on what appears to be changing evaluation criteria,” Porcari said. “We continue to work closely with USDOT to strengthen our funding applications and remain confident that the merits of the projects warrant significant federal investment.”last_img read more

Ocean City OKs $9.3 Million for Better Roads, Bulkheads, Beaches

first_imgThe flood-prone Merion Park section of Ocean City will be part of $5 million in road and drainage repairs in 2014.City Council voted unanimously Thursday to appropriate $9.3 million and borrow $8.9 million to continue on a long to-do list.The $9.3 million in spending will include:Ocean City Beachfront Improvements: Including but not limited to emergency berming, dune and ADA access improvements. $795,000Roads and Drainage: Streets, alleys, bulkheads and drainage systems — prioritized based on the City of Ocean City rating system. $5,000,000Public Building Repairs: Including but not limited to Ocean City Music Pier, Ocean City Free Public Library, Transportation Center and various HVAC systems. $905,000Public Recreation Facilities: Including but not limited to the marina and Second Street and Bay Avenue, the 52nd Street playground, irrigation improvements and other playground improvements.$850,000Parking, Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities: Projects include downtown improvements and the marking of bike lanes on West Avenue. $335,000Airport: Including but not limited to removal of runway obstructions. $75,000Equipment: For Music Pier, Community Operations Department and other departments. $100,000Radio and Communications Center Upgrades: $328,000Heavy Equipment Rehabilitation: $125,000Ambulance Rehabilitation: $200,000City Vehicles and Equipment: Mini-trash packer, beach rake, sweeper, public safety SUV, mini passenger van, 15-passenger van and replacement of passenger vehicles.The items are part of a capital plan that calls for spending $51,597,212 over the next five years to fix up the city. The  plan for 2014 to 2018 will appropriate more than $10 million a year, including $5 million annually on roads and drainage improvements alone.The ambitious plan is part of Mayor Jay Gillian’s commitment to addressing long-neglected infrastructure issues in the city. It will be funded by $49 million in borrowing over the next five years under a schedule of bond issues and debt service that takes advantage of historically low interest rates.In addition to the $25 million in road and drainage improvements over the next five years, the plan calls for spending more than $2 million on dredging, more than $7 million to replace the boardwalk between Fifth and 12th streets, $600,000 to repair docks at 2nd Street and Bay Avenue, $250,000 on a skateboard park, $750,000 for a turf field at Carey Stadium and $400,000 in bike lane improvements.Many of the planned appropriations could be offset by grants or other funding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to reimburse Ocean City 90 percent of marina repairs at Second Street.Plans call for the rebuilding of three piers at the public recreation area on the bay. One pier, including boat slips and a public fishing area, is expected to be complete by summer.last_img read more