Web site of the week

first_imgWeb site of the weekOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Ifyour new global status means you need to know the structure of the Greek tradeunion movement in a hurry or how many public holidays Iceland has, then youwill thank your 13 EU stars for the European HR-related data resource from theFederation of European Employers (FedEE). TheFedEE site can rightly claim to be a pioneer in informational Web sites, havinglaunched in 1995 on the back of a wire service introduced six years before.Manyareas of the site are free to access but to get the maximum out of it, werecommend joining the FedEE at £316.46 plus VAT (renewable in August 2002 – seeterms and conditions) so you can enter the members’ section. Thisis broken down into four sections – pay data, employment law (withcountry-by-country summaries and legal profiles by Baker & MacKenzie, modelpolicies (soon to feature flexible working,equal opportunities and employeerelations), and a presentation section, offering downloadable slide shows formembers who cannot always make the federation’s seminars. HRprofessionals can also sign up to e-mail alerts, join an e-group, where you canpost a message for fellow professionals to discuss, and shop at a handybookstore.http://www.fedee.com/ Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Press release: UK uses expertise & exporting power to help build ‘Egyptian NHS’

first_img Latest statistics from the ONS show UK firms sold more overseas in the 2018/19 financial year, £639.9 billion, than at any time since records began The NHS has trained 33 Egyptian GPs, with plans for a total of 300 doctors to be trained by 2020 Vodafone is the leading telecom operator in Egypt and has 40mn subscribers – twice as many as in the UK Separate OECD data shows UK exports grew faster than Germany, France and Italy between 2016 and 2018 Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) to boost local manufacturing hubs in Cairo to meet soaring local demand, creating 60 new jobs It is a system that is respected around the world and we want to help other countries do what they can to secure the same benefits for their people. The UK has now achieved export growth in the last 36 consecutive 12-month periods on a rolling basis Vodafone to help build universal healthcare IT platformVodafone’s programme in partnership with DXC is to provide a digital healthcare services platform to facilitate the roll-out of Egypt’s universal health insurance scheme.It will begin as a pilot in Port Said, before being rolled out to four other governorates and then nationwide, potentially benefiting millions of ordinary Egyptians.The NHS is also sharing its world-leading healthcare expertise with doctors and nurses from Egypt thanks to a healthcare Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that offers training to medical professionals in Egypt. NHS practitioners have already trained the first group of 33 GPs in Egypt, with plans for a total of 300 doctors to be trained by 2020.Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox said:center_img Vodafone, the British telecom operation has won a major contract that will from a key-part of the Egyptian government’s push to roll out NHS-style universal healthcare for every man, woman and child in the country.With backing from the Department for International Trade, Vodafone has secured a £100m project to build Egypt’s new Health Insurance IT system.The government in Cairo want the IT to underpin a new primary healthcare system similar to that which operates in the UK.Partnering Vodafone is IT giant DXC Technology, who are already responsible for the IT infrastructure services across the NHS Supply Chain.It comes as UK firms and government work together to undertake a range of other healthcare activity, to share the benefits of the NHS and British pharmaceutical industry with Egypt. Department for International Trade and Healthcare UK have supported over £1.3 billion of NHS exports since 2016 GSK invest in Cairo manufacturing plantsBritish pharmaceutical giant GSK Consumer Healthcare, a GlaxoSmithKline company has also invested around 100m Egyptian Pounds (EGP) in two major production lines in Cairo to meet local demand for its products.GSK Consumer Healthcare aims to produce more Voltaren Emulgel (pain relief) and Otrivin (decongestant spray) through local manufacturing, creating 60 new jobs in Egypt. Demand for British medicines in Africa has soared by 78% over the last decade and pharmaceutical exports to the region are now worth £455.9m.Egypt is already bearing the fruit of its cooperation with the UK as a new wave of British investors seek to do business in Egypt. To further enhance the strategic ties between the UK and African countries, the government is hosting an Africa Investment Summit on 20 January 2020 in London.ENDSNotes to editors We in Britain are proud of our NHS and how it provides access to healthcare for everyone. I myself used to be an NHS doctor before becoming an MP, so I know how important it is. The NHS Long Term Plan launched earlier this year, supported by a historic funding settlement, to deliver an NHS fit for the future. This includes bringing the NHS into the digital age, by improving systems and using new technologies to give people access to services and information they need in a way that works for them That’s why we’ve stood by Vodafone as it sought and secured this contract which, as part of the Egyptian government’s reforms, will help revolutionise healthcare for people here – It is the beginning of an Egyptian NHS for the Egyptian people.last_img read more

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Tame Impala To Headline Treasure Island Music Festival

first_imgTame Impala will headline Treasure Island Music Festival when the gathering returns on October 13th and 14th. This year’s event will herald the festival’s move to a new home at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California, following a one-year hiatus.Other artists on the bill for Treasure Island include A$AP Rocky, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lord Huron, Santigold, Courtney Barnett, Jungle, Hiatus Kaiyote, and the Tame Impala-affiliated psych-rock outfit Pond. Treasure Island announced a hiatus last year after a decade at its namesake location, San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Organized by Noise Pop Industries and Another Planet, the festival has historically showcased a variety of acts on two adjacent stages. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the 2018 edition of Treasure Island will keep things more or less the same, with interactive art installations, food trucks, and a 60′ Ferris wheel.“It was never a question of whether or not the festival would come back,” Noise Pop Industries co-owner and festival co-founder Jordan Kurland told the publication. “It was taking a year off to make sure when we returned we did it right.”Tickets for the revived Treasure Island Music Festival will go on sale Friday, May 18th.last_img read more

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Get High on Mt. Rogers, Virginia’s Highest Peak

first_imgHorsin' Around in the HighlandsIf you haven’t checked out our July 2013 road trip issue, be sure to get on that now. If you have already, you’ll know that summiting Virginia’s highest peak is on the list of things to do in the southwest Virginia region. At 5,728ft, Mt. Rogers is an unassuming summit that, despite lacking an epic view at the top, is home to a very lush spruce-fir forest (go there in the winter time and it will feel like Narnia). This “unassuming summit” looks a lot like the summit trail leading up to it, with the exception of a few U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey markers bolted into the rocks. That doesn’t mean Mt. Rogers isn’t worth going to, as it is the only high peak east of the Mississippi that doesn’t have a paved road leading to it.To get there, park at Elk Garden (2-mile hike) or Massie Gap (for a longer 4-mile hike) and take the Appalachian Trail to the spur trail leading to the summit (which is roughly one mile). If you want to do an overnighter, Thomas Knob Shelter is off another short side trail near the A.T. and with two floors, a picnic table, a privy and a water source, that’s about as close as you can get to a 5-star hotel in the highcountry.If you want a full-on camping experience without the convenience of the shelter, check out the saddle in the land that spreads beneath Mt. Rogers. It’s known as Brier Ridge, and there’s a good reason for that (if bushwhacking, wear long pants or be prepared for some pain). Cut down the saddle and find a flat, brier-free area to stake a tent. The boulder fields that spot Brier Ridge are great for exploring after you’ve set up camp and offer a perfect place to watch the setting sun.And if none of that was enough to persuade you to hop in your car and head to southwest Virginia, then there’s only one more thing that might do the trick: there are wild ponies in the highlands..lots and lots of wild miniature ponies.Check out my hike in the Mt. Roger National Recreation Area.* Note, some early footage is from an earlier hike closer to Damascus,Va. headed northbound (and Mt. Rogers-bound) on the A.T.Hiking in the Highcountry from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.last_img read more

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3 things Millennials need to do before looking for a home

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies released its annual report, showing that a large portion of Millennials feel unprepared financially to pay a down payment on a home. However, that could be about to change.Millennials may be delaying homeownership for now, but the next 10 years will show a shift in that trend as the Millennial-headed households are expected to increase by 2 million households per year.In all, Millennial-headed households are expected to grow from 16 million in 2015 to about 40 million in 2025, according to the report.With so many people entering the housing market at once, it’s important for Millennials to remember a few key tips before searching for a first home. continue reading »last_img read more

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Shifting focus to your underinsured borrowers

first_imgIt’s no secret that the demographic makeup of a financial institution’s membership is changing. As Boomers near retirement, their children are entering the mid-career phase of their lives, and their grandchildren are starting their financial journey. Each of these demographic segments has different product and service needs, as well as differing expectations from their financial service providers.While those nearing retirement age may be looking for ways to diversify their portfolio or develop a sound estate plan, their Millennial children likely have all of their proverbial eggs in the earning and wealth development basket. This demographic segment is likely the largest—and riskiest—segment of your loan portfolio. Millennials are in the phase of their lives where they are taking out mortgages, multiple car loans, home equity loans, and credit card accounts.So you can probably see how they may pose a risk to your financial institution should default come into the picture. Even more shocking, only 10% of Millennials have enough life insurance in place to cover their major expenses and obligations according to New York Life’s 2018 Life Insurance Gap Survey. This same survey states that while Millennials do have some life insurance in place, they have a $352,000 coverage shortfall. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Kayaking for heroes: A Pennsylvania man’s journey down the Susquehanna River

first_img“In Binghamton there were four of them but the water was so high we actually got to go over one of them, we didn’t even know it was there,” said Loeffler. He says he hopes to complete the trip again, this time taking notes on where rapids and dams are located to help other kayakers. He says the biggest challenge in our area was navigating the dams. A good leg of the trip was through the Southern Tier. Loeffler hoped to raise $25 for every mile of the trip, totaling $11,100. While it was tough at times, Loeffler says the Southern Tier left him with great memories. (WBNG) — Earlier this month, Jeff Loeffler of St. Marys, Pennsylvania started his 12-day journey down the Susquehanna River. “We were behind schedule coming through there, we were kind of rushed. The day we came through, I think we did 60 miles that day to try and make up some time because we had some deadlines to meet,” said Loeffler. Hundreds of miles later, Loeffer made it to the end, helping a good cause flow.center_img The trip was made to raise money and awareness for the organization Stop Soldier Suicide which provides mental health support and resources for veterans and their families. He started in Cooperstown and traveled 444 miles to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. “It’s a trip I’ve wanted to do for a couple years,” said Loeffler. “I just wanted to do something kind of different that would grab people’s attention so I could promote what Stop Soldier Suicide does and bring some attention to the issues that are out there because it’s one of those things that kind of gets lost in conversation,” said Loeffler. “We actually talked to a lot of people. There were a lot of people out fishing and everybody was really cool and nice. One guy caught a fish right in front of us and let us launch right in his fishing hole and we were talking and stuff. Binghamton was actually a nice place to go through,” he said. If you would like to donate to help Loeffler meet his goal and support Stop Soldier Suicide, click here. For more information on Stop Soldier Suicide, click here.last_img read more

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Dorchester Park to temporarily close to allow for paving

first_imgThe park will reopen to residents on Sept. 10. The Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services says the closure will take place on Sept. 8 and 9. For more information on Broome County Parks, click here.center_img (WBNG) — Dorchester Park in Whitney Point will be temporarily closed to allow for paving.last_img

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Danger at home: Families urged to avoid gatherings as new clusters emerge

first_imgShe said she had been summoned by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo following the emergence of COVID-19 infection clusters in families.Jokowi ordered her to continue proclaiming the importance of upholding health protocol in public, especially within extended families.Read also: Jakarta to crack down on wedding receptions as new transmission clusters emerge“Our campaign includes promoting the importance of wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining physical distance. This needs to be [communicated on a massive scale] with the help of those who focus on women’s issues and Family Welfare Movement (PKK) members,” Bintang said. She advised people to wear masks inside their homes, especially if some family members are particularly vulnerable.“Women as the household managers should always remind their family members to wear masks at all times, even inside the house,” she said.Previously, the COVID-19 task force in Depok, West Java, revealed that the region had seen new family clusters that had been caused by residents working outside of Depok and bringing the virus home.An official of the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency said the agency would disperse public wedding receptions held in the capital city amid the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy. (dpk)Topics : Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga has urged families to avoid hosting or attending family gatherings.“We highly recommend that all families in Indonesia refrain from taking part in large family gatherings amid the pandemic,” Bintang said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.Bintang suggested that families instead interact with each other online.last_img read more

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Friday people roundup

first_imgLCP – The UK consultancy has made a raft of promotions including six new partners and one principal. Justin Joy, Laura Myers, Carolyn Schuster-Woldan, Myles Pink, Edward Symes and Matthew Thomas have been made partners in the firm’s administration, investment, buyout and actuarial practices, respectively. Peter Clark, with more than 25 years’ industry experience, has been made principal.Ivanhoé Cambridge – Sylvain Fortier has been promoted within Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate arm of Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, to the role of global CIO. His previous title was executive vice-president of residential, hotels and real estate investment funds. The new appointment follows a decision made several months ago at the firm to appoint the previous global CIO Bill Tresham as Ivanhoé Cambridge’s president. Daniel Fournier remains chairman and chief executive of the company.Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) – Jean-Marc Crepin, Michael Keller and Jean-Pierre Paquin have been made partners at the investment manager. Crepin, who has been with the firm since 2007, is currently in charge of BBH in Luxembourg and its asset-servicing business. Keller, who joined the firm in 2005, acts as a fund manager in BBH’s large-cap equity strategies, while Paquin, who joined BBH in 1996, is co-manager of the private equity business.Accenture – Marco Folpmers has been appointed by the management consulting company as general director of finance and risk for the Benelux region, as of 1 April. Folpmers, who is also professor of financial risk management at Tilburg University – was vice-chairman of financial risk management at Capgemini Consulting. He was also programme manager of the ILAAP (Internal Liquidity Adequacy Assessment Programme) at ABN Amro.Squire Patton Boggs – Judith Donnelly has joined the law firm as a partner in its London pensions practice. She joins from Clyde & Co, where she was also partner, and counts Linklaters Deutsche Asset Management and SG Asset Management as past employers. Donnelly’s work has focused on investment governance and regulation, including the use of private equity, hedge funds and infrastructure for pension funds. Bpf Koopvaardij, F&C Netherlands, UK National Association of Pension Funds, Universities Superannuation Scheme, LCP, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Brown Brothers Harriman, Accenture, Squire Paton BoggsBpf Koopvaardij – Ernst Hagen, head of fiduciary investments at F&C Netherlands, has been appointed as a member of the supervisory board at Bpf Koopvaardij, the Dutch merchant navy pension fund. He still holds his position at F&C. Before joining F&C in 2011, Hagen worked as head of asset management at the Horeca & Catering pension fund between 2007 and 2010.UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) – The NAPF has lost one of its policy team to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Richard Wilson, who has been with the industry group since 2008, confirmed to IPE he would be joining the FCA in July as pensions technical specialist. In his time as defined contribution policy lead at the NAPF, Wilson has overseen its work on the introduction of auto-enrolment and managed the Pension Quality Mark initiative, a certificate for DC funds to demonstrate they meet certain standards of governance and communication. The NAPF is currently recruiting for Wilson’s replacement.Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – The pension fund has appointed a chairman after the retirement of Sir Martin Harris last week. Sir David Eastwood will now move from being a director on the trustee board of one of the UK’s largest defined benefit schemes to chairman.Harris stepped down at the end of March after nine years as chairman and 14 years on the board.Eastwood, vice-chancellor at the University of Birmingham, joined the USS board in 2007 and will now be replaced by Anton Muscatelli of the University of Glasgow.last_img read more

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