Camelot bids to ensure its staff win pay lottery

first_imgNational Lottery organiser Camelot is carrying out a pay benchmarkingexercise to ensure its employees are being well rewarded compared with staff insimilar businesses. Dianne Thompson, Camelot’s chief executive, told the Human Resources Forumon the Oriana that the company started the benchmarking exercise, which will becompleted in October, as part of its drive to consolidate its success afterwinning its bid to continue running the Lottery. Thompson also said Camelot had become risk-averse as it put together its bidto continue running the Lottery last year and it is embracing a new workculture to become more creative. In the opening address to the conference, organised by Richmond Events, shesaid, “We want our staff to feel they can take a few risks within reason.Creativity and innovation will be applauded. We will make mistakes. I don’tmind that as long as we don’t make the same mistake twice.” As part of this culture change the company has started e-mail-free Fridaysto encourage people to talk more and spark ideas off each other. Camelot has also introduced a lifestyle programme to improve employees’ work-homebalance. This includes providing opportunities for job-sharing, part-time work,homeworking, career breaks, sabbaticals and even language lessons. Camelot’s staff forum plays a key role in keeping all employees informedabout decisions being taken by senior management. Thompson said one of the main challenges her HR department had to overcomewhile bidding for the new Lottery contract was maintaining staff morale. Itheld regular cascade briefings to ensure staff were told in person what washappening and introduced a loyalty bonus, Rainbow Project, to entice staff tostay until the end of the licence period. By Ben Willmott Camelot bids to ensure its staff win pay lotteryOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_imgPeopleOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Natasha Hanson joins Medlock CommunicationsNatasha Hanson has two males in her life – one she married in a seven-minuteceremony in Las Vegas, the other is her dog, a black, tan and white beagle. Hanson, 34, has been appointed to the newly created position of HR directorat network delivery company Medlock Communications, where she will beresponsible for HR, recruitment, inductions, performance reviews, health andsafety and IT. She was previously HR director for Dew Construction. Hanson finds her new working environment exciting, with the bonus of anabsence of blame culture and that she is allowed “to be an adult”. She says, “Instead of talking a good HR story, I hope to put my moneywhere my mouth is and develop individuals.” She wants MedlockCommunications to have the best systems, procedures and culture so it canbecome a preferred employer. Hanson believes she is very persuasive, and is good at seeing opportunities,rather than problems. But she admits that she tends to take on too much. Aself-confessed compulsive tidier, she likes to keep fit and has a diploma ininterior design. Curriculum Vitae April 2001 HR director, Medlock Communications Sep 1998 HR director, Dew Construction Jan 1998 HR consultant, Dataspeed Sep 1993 HR executive, Coats Viyella On the move…Devitt Insurance Services has appointed Andrea Arundell to the newly createdrole of HR manager. Previously she was HR adviser for the NHS Trust inHavering. She will oversee all areas of HR, recruitment, selection and trainingand will set up evaluation and monitoring policies. Continuing with therecruitment programme already in place, she will take on 75 personnel over thenext 12 months. “It is a great opportunity, very challenging andpotentially rewarding to be faced with the task of large-scale recruitment asopposed to staff cutbacks, as seen in so many other industries,” she says.Dr Malcolm Higgs has been promoted to professor of management studies atHenley Management College. His research includes the role of emotionalintelligence in leadership, and change management and the relationship betweenorganisational culture and people. He joined Henley three years ago after 10years as a partner with HR consultancy Towers Perrin, where he was joint headof the international leadership practice. He has written publications onleadership, emotional intelligence, change management and managementdevelopment. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

One57 resident pays $5.2M to swap 2-bed for duplex

first_imgOne57’s unit 51B (left) and unit 32C with Extell’s Gary Barnett (One57 photos via StreetEasy)Home buyers are looking for more space these days, even on Billionaires’ Row.A resident at Extell Development’s One57 just handed over $5.2 million to trade up to a bigger unit, property records show.The unknown resident first bought into the building in 2014, the year after it opened, purchasing unit 51B, a 2,009-square-foot two-bedroom, for $7.58 million through a British Virgin Islands company, Parksville Investments Corp.Now the anonymous owner has upgraded to a four-bedroom duplex, 32C, and sold the smaller unit back to Extell.Read moreOne57 condo sells at record 51% lossHNA’s fire sale continues with One57 dealOne57 condo with reduced ask tops a slow week of luxury contracts Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Message* At 4,635 square feet, 32C is more than double the size of the buyer’s first home in the tower. It features a dramatic, double-height living and dining room with glass walls and ceilings, akin to “a glass-encased greenhouse,” as described by a former listing agent, Douglas Elliman’s Janice Chang.The condo unit was seeking $17.5 million per Chang’s listing, which was live on and off in 2018 and 2019.Parksville purchased the larger unit last month for $11.2 million while simultaneously selling the two-bedroom back to Extell for $6 million. The parties signed both contracts in mid-January and closed the transactions Feb. 11.Trading up along Billionaires’ Row was common before the pandemic, though typically buyers would move into buildings newer than the ones they left. The One57 resident bucked that trend by upgrading within One57.Ostensibly, both parties took a hit. Parksville sold the two-bedroom for 21 percent less than it paid, while Extell accepted 36 percent less than it had once asked for the sponsor unit — and was left with as many unsold units as before. Both deals closed in cash on the same day. (A loss on the sale of a primary residence is not tax-deductible.)The developer declined to comment, and the attorney representing the buyer did not immediately return a request for comment.The deal comes after a rough year of resales at One57, where Extell still has sponsor units to sell. One unit was sold at a 51 percent loss as part of an estate sale in early January, while three units tied to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group traded at steep losses last summer in sales to related parties, Extell’s Gary Barnett said at the time.Contact Erin Hudson Tags Billionaires RowExtellGary Barnettone57Residential Real Estate Full Name*last_img read more

Ocean City’s Downtown Business District Becomes Halloween Haven for Kids

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiTwin brothers Jack and Sean Schofield have distinctive personalities, but when it comes to Halloween, the 6-year-olds definitely think alike.“Candy,” Jack said excitedly of why he likes Halloween so much.“I love candy, too,” Sean echoed.Accompanied by their 8-year-old sister, Genevieve, Jack and Sean collected plenty of candy bars and other sweet stuff on Saturday afternoon while making the rounds at the shops lining Asbury Avenue in downtown Ocean City.Scores of costumed children descended on Asbury Avenue between Sixth and 11th streets for the business community’s annual Halloween celebration.It was the second of three major Halloween events in town. The city’s 69th annual Halloween parade kicked off the fun on Thursday night. The final event will be the traditional citywide Halloween trick-or-treating on Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.“Ocean City has wonderful family-friendly events,” said Egg Harbor Township resident Linda Schofield, the mother of Genevieve, Jack and Sean.Genevieve was dressed as Belle, the character from Disney’s animated feature film “Beauty and the Beast.” Jack wore a Batman costume, while Sean was Spider-Man.One of the first places they stopped for candy was the B&B Department Store, where sales manager Brendan Sarao handed out Twix bars, Kit Kats and Tootsie Pops.Sarao said Halloween is a good way for the business community to attract more children and families to the downtown area.Sister and brother Maci and Colin Cubberley, of Egg Harbor Township, filled up their candy bags.“It gets the kids involved,” he said. “Halloween has changed a lot since I was young. I would always get out for trick-or-treating. Now, not a lot of kids get out.”Faith and Jeff Cubberley, of Egg Harbor Township, brought their 6-year-old son, Colin, and 3-year-old daughter, Maci, to Ocean City’s downtown Halloween celebration for the first time.“I love Halloween,” exclaimed Maci, who wore an elegant lavender gown to look like Sofia, the animated Disney character who becomes part of a royal family.Colin was a dressed as a Mutant Ninja Turtle from the Nickelodeon channel. He said Halloween is scary for him, especially when he goes to houses that are decorated with spider webs.Maci and Colin collected their first bits of candy at Interiors by Joann. Samantha Huck, a store employee, handed out the treats. Huck, who now lives in Somers Point, said Halloween reminds her of her days growing up in Ocean City.Huck noted that Halloween is another way for Interiors by Joann to strengthen its ties with the local community.“We do it every year,” she said. “We’re big community people. We’ve been here for over 30 years. We’ll do anything to get people downtown.”Rhonda Van Wingerden, of Ocean City, escorted her costumed daughters Lily, 10, and Hannah, 5, around town for some treats. Van Wingerden said the Halloween celebration is a good time to meet up with friends, take care of some shopping and let the children have fun.“Every time we do this, we see something new ” she said. “We really appreciate it.”Rebecca Beall, of Marmora, said her 11-year-old daughter, Ella, and 8-year-old son, Max, always enjoy trick-or-treating on Asbury Avenue. Ella was dressed as a wicked witch, while Max was in a motocross riding suit and helmet.“They’re more excited about this than Halloween,” Beall said.Samir Kelly, 7, of Ocean City, may have been the bravest Halloweener on Saturday. For his costume, he chose to wear the No. 88 jersey of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. His mother, Brandi Kelly, joked that Samir was getting an earful from Ocean City’s Philadelphia Eagles fans.“We’re getting picked on all the way down the street,” she said, laughing.Samir, though, didn’t seem to mind. He was too busy filling his Halloween bag with goodies.“I like the candy,” he said. Get ready for Trick-or-Treating. last_img read more

Obesity risk stands out in study of California’s sickest H1N1 patients

first_imgNov 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A study of California’s most severely ill patients during the first 16 weeks of the novel H1N1 pandemic is in line with other recent studies that have shown two unique features of the virus—that it hits young people hard and that obesity appears to be a risk factor.The authors from the California Pandemic (H1N1) Working Group compiled their report on the basis of enhanced surveillance by the California Department of Public Health and 61 local health departments between Apr 23 and Aug 11. Their findings appear today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).During that period, California had reports of 1,088 cases of hospitalization or death from pandemic H1N1 flu. The median age was 27, which is similar to the median in other recent studies of severe patients from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mexico, Canada’s Manitoba province, Australia, and New Zealand.Infectious disease experts have pointed out several times that the pandemic virus’s predilection for younger patients sets it apart from seasonal influenza, in which the severest cases are seen in children under age 5 and adults over age 65. For example, in the CDC’s recent study the median age of severely ill patients was 21, and in the Canadian and Mexican studies the median ages were 32 and 44, respectively.The report from California says that 68% of severely ill pandemic H1N1 flu patients had underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk. For comparison, 81% of the patients in the CDC study had an underlying condition, as did 51% of those in the Canadian study.Obesity as risk factorOver the summer, obesity emerged as a possible risk factor for serious pandemic flu illness, a pattern not seen with seasonal flu. Public health officials aren’t sure why, but some have said that obese patients tend to have other underlying conditions and that carrying extra weight may contribute to breathing compromise.In the California survey, of adults for whom body mass index (BMI) data were available, more than half were obese and about one fourth were morbidly obese. The authors wrote that about 4% of adults in the United States morbidly obese.The most common causes of death in the California patients were viral pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Only 4% of patients had secondary bacterial infections—a finding similar to other recent studies and one that also seems to distinguish the pandemic H1N1 clinical picture different from that of seasonal flu. Bacterial pneumonia was seen in 24% of Manitoba’s severely ill flu patients. Few bacterial co-infections were found in the CDC study, but not all of the patients were tested for these infections, and most patients were on antibiotics, which could have reduced test sensitivity.The California investigators also found that though gastrointestinal symptoms are reported in fewer than 5% of adult seasonal flu patients, more than a third in their series had nausea or vomiting, and about one fifth reported diarrhea.Though infants had the highest hospitalization rate, 11.9 per 100,000, adults age 50 and older who were hospitalized were most likely to die, a finding that also stood out in the study of Mexico’s severe cases.At a media briefing today, Thomas Frieden, MD, CDC director, said the California findings are consistent with what the CDC and global investigators have found. He said the studies suggest clinicians should think of pandemic H1N1 flu in all age-groups, not just the young. “It doesn’t change what our recommendations would be for vaccination. Still the [largest] number of people who are affected by H1N1 influenza re people under the age of 65,” he said.Delayed antiviral treatmentOther studies have pointed to delays in the treatment of severely ill people with antiviral medication, and today’s study also highlighted treatment delays. One-fifth of the hospitalized patients never received antivirals, and about half received medication more than 48 hours after illness onset. In the past month public health officials have issued several advisories urging clinicians to start antiviral treatment early, even when rapid tests are negative and before definitive test results are known. Officials have also said it’s never too late to start antiviral therapy.The authors said their findings suggest that BMI data are easy to obtain and may be helpful for quickly identifying some of the patients who may be at greatest risk. They added that clinicians should have a high index of suspicion in patients who are older than 50 who have flu-like symptoms.Louie JK, Acosta M, Winter K, et al. Factors associated with death or hospitalization due to pandemic 2009 influenza A (H1N1) in California. JAMA 2009 Nov 4;302(17):1896-1902 [Abstract]See also:Oct 8 CIDRAP News story “Two reports offer new data on severe H1N1 cases”Oct 12 CIDRAP News story “Studies point up pandemic demand on critical care resources”Nov 3 CDC media briefing transcriptlast_img read more

Robin van Persie reveals the key piece of advice he received from Sol Campbell at Arsenal

first_img Comment Van Persie won the Premier League with Manchester United in 2012/13 (Picture: Getty)However, it was not until he completed a controversial move to United that he managed to get his hands on the Premier League trophy, scoring 26 goals across the 2012/13 campaign to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s secure the title. But Van Persie recognises the importance of his education at Arsenal where he had to dig deep to ensure he fulfilled his potential in a fiercely competitive squad which boasted the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires.‘Over the years I kept asking questions and I even wrote stuff down to myself,’ Van Persie explained on Jake Humphrey’s The High Performance podcast.‘So at one point at Arsenal after two years I wasn’t satisfied, I wasn’t happy, it was going okay but not good enough. So I started to write a letter to myself: what are my positives and what are my negatives. And then I noticed I was lying to myself. I was making myself feel better. ‘The main thing I think for everyone who is listening is keep asking yourself even stupid questions and write letters to yourself on how it’s going. ‘That letter I wrote myself was more about me as a player. What I liked about myself and what I could improve.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsVan Persie says he would ‘constantly’ listen to players who were ‘better’ than him in his early career and revealed how Arsenal defender Campbell played a crucial role in his transformation into a prolific goalscorer.Asked what was in the ‘improve’ column of the letter he wrote to himself, Van Persie replied: ‘Goals. I should score more goals, I should make more runs in behind. ‘By talking to Campbell, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergamp, Robert Pires and all these guys. ‘Sol told me once, he said, “Robin, the way you play, it’s a dream for a defender like me” and I said: “Why, tell me why!”. He said: “Because you want every ball into your feet. You have to force me to make a choice to close you down or to follow you. You have to make runs in behind”.‘Then I came up with the rule: okay, out of three actions at least one of them has to be in behind because I have to hurt defenders because Sol Campbell told me he doesn’t like it. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘So I was constantly asking myself questions and listening to players who were better than me.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Cesc Fabregas reveals what Lionel Messi has told him about move away from BarcelonaMORE: Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp react to rumours Jadon Sancho has agreed to join Manchester United Advertisement Sol Campbell helped transform Robin van Persie into a prolific goalscorer at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie has lifted the lid on a crucial piece of advice he received from Sol Campbell at the start of his time at Arsenal and revealed how some intense self-reflection during those early days stood him in good stead for the rest of his career.The iconic 36-year-old, regarded as one of the finest forwards of his generation, finally hung up his boots last summer after 18 years at the top, playing for the Gunners, Manchester United, Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and the Dutch national team.Arsene Wenger signed Van Persie the summer after Arsenal’s magnificent ‘Invincibles’ season and, considering their unprecedented success prior to his arrival, the Netherlands striker would no doubt have hoped to end up with more silverware at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Apr 2020 3:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link388Shares Robin van Persie reveals the key piece of advice he received from Sol Campbell at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Employer contributions fail to improve Irish schemes’ funding

first_imgThe average funding level of Ireland’s largest pension schemes has hardly budged since 2010 despite company contributions of nearly €10bn, according to a consultancy.Irish schemes were on average 85% funded according to their most recent annual reports, one percentage point lower than in 2010, LCP said in a new report.The estimated aggregate deficit stood at €3.6bn as at 31 December 2016, up from €2.6bn a year earlier. The consultancy attributed the low funding levels to the sharp and prolonged fall in euro-zone bond yields in the period to 30 September 2016.LCP said it estimated that the combined deficit for the companies analysed had fallen to €3.3bn by 31 October this year. Source: LCP IrelandTotal funded pension scheme liabilities, expressed as a proportion of market capitalisation, increased over the year from 22% in 2015 to 25% in 2016. Bank of Ireland’s was the highest, at 102%.There was evidence of some divergence in the assumptions used by companies in their valuation exercise, “as different interpretations are taken of the appropriate market yield at the valuation date,” said LCP.Irish schemes continued to have a relatively high allocation to equities. The figure fell to 41% over the course of 2016, but that compared with 26% for the defined benefit schemes of FTSE 100 companies.The average allocation to bonds remained at 36% while the allocation to other asset classes – including property, cash, and hedge funds – increased from 21% to 23%.LCP’s report examined the defined benefit pension schemes of 26 of the largest Irish companies, comprising 11 of the largest Irish quoted companies by market capitalisation; 11 semi-state/state-controlled companies with defined benefit pension schemes, and four companies listed on other exchanges that operate significant defined benefit pension schemes in Ireland. Deficits in 2016 would have been higher had some individual companies not carried out liability management exercises. For example, Bord na Mona cut accrued benefits for existing members and paid significant one-off contributions, while Kerry Group closed its Irish pension schemes to future accrual and carried out a transfer value exercise. Companies paid more than €1.07bn into their pension schemes during 2016, after contributions of €1.16bn in 2015 and €1.27bn in 2014. In total, they had paid €9.6bn into schemes between 2010 and 2016.last_img read more

ENN Energy Inks Deal for LNG Bunkering Vessel

first_imgENN Energy has signed a construction contract for an 8,500 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel with compatriot Dalian Shipbuilding Industry.The vessel is slated for completion in 2020 and it is intended for the company’s Zhejiang Zhoushan LNG import and bunkering terminal.The facility, the first one to be built and operated by a Chinese private company, will have the capacity of receiving 3 million tons of LNG from international market. The facility has been earmarked as the future LNG supply hub.The first stage of the project is completed and is expected to open for business in October. The second stage of the project, for which the company secured cooperation deals, is scheduled for completion in 2021.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Estonia Starts Construction Permit Process for 1GW Offshore Wind Farm

first_imgAs reported earlier, the representatives from the Latvian and the estonian government met earlier this month to discuss potential cooperation on an offshore wind project in the Gulf of Riga. According to Aavo Kärmas, CEO of Enefit Green, it has been agreed in the Pärnu marine spatial plan that the building permit area is well suited for the development of wind energy. Wind, ice and bird surveys carried out so far by Eesti Energia have also shown that the location is suitable for the construction of an offshore wind farm. Eesti Energia started planning the Gulf of Riga wind farm in 2009, and over the course of time primary wind measurements, seabed, ice, and bird surveys have already been carried out. The Estonian government has initiated a construction permit procedure for Eesti Energia’s 1GW offshore wind project in the Gulf of Riga. “The Gulf of Riga offshore wind farm has the potential to become the first joint Estonian-Latvian renewable energy production project, as the Latvian-developed wind farm development area is only 10 km away from the Gulf of Riga. There is no experience of building an offshore wind farm in Estonia, so it is logical that an offshore wind farm of this size will be made in cooperation with several companies. The doors are open for partners to cooperate,” said Kärmas. “Given the cross-border nature of potential cooperation, the importance of cooperation between the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and its Latvian counterpart in agreeing on the infrastructure solution needed to develop the project should be emphasized here. We hope to continue the very good cooperation in this regard,” said Kärmas. The move allows the developer to continue its research and search for partners for the construction of the offshore wind farm, Enefit Green, a member of Eesti Energia group said. Up to 160 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1,000MW are planned for the offshore wind farm. The production of such an offshore wind farm would cover almost half of Estonia’s electricity needs, Enefit Green said. The wind farm is expected to be completed before 2030.last_img read more

232 NegOcc Army reservists get commendation medals

first_imgThe Army’s Reserve Force’s mission is to provide the base for the expansion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in case of war, invasion and rebellion, or during national emergencies. It also aims to assist in relief and rescue operations during disaster or calamities, in socio-economic development and the operation and maintenance of essential government or private utilities in the furtherance of the overall mission. (With a report from PNA/PN) The borders of this province and this city were closed starting mid-March due to the implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ) and then the enhanced community quarantine. Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte (left), commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, pins the Military Commendation Medal on an Army reservist during the awarding ceremony held at the headquarters of the 605th Community Defense Center in Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City on June 28. A total of 232 reservists were awarded medals for demonstrating the exemplary performance of duty during their deployment to various quarantine control points in Negros Occidental amid coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. 303RD INFANTRY BRIGADE, PHILIPPINE ARMY The Army reservist were deployed to border control points here and in the cities of Kabankalan and Sipalay from March 17 to April 30 to support the implementation of stringent province-wide border control and monitoring to curb the spread of COVID-19. He added the Army appreciates the support and service of reservists during military operations.center_img Pasaporte said they tapped the reservists to augment the government troops manning border patrol operations. They belong to the 605th Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion under the 605th Community Defense Center, 6th Regional Community Defense Group of the Army Reserve Command. “That’s why we are strengthening the reserve forces,” Pasaporte said. BACOLOD City – A total of 232 reservist of the Philippine Army in this province received the Military Commendation Medal for their service to the community amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade said on June 30 the reservists showcased exemplary performance of duty during their deployment to various quarantine control points in this province.Pasaporte attended the awarding ceremony held at the headquarters of the 605th Community Defense Center (CDC) in Panaad Park and Stadium here on June 28.last_img read more