Over 700 Celebrate Pride Month at “An Evening Among the Roses” at the Huntington Library

first_imgBenefits Over 700 Celebrate Pride Month at “An Evening Among the Roses” at the Huntington Library From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 13, 2016 | 4:08 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Community News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS A lively group of over 700 people kicked-off Pride Month at An Evening Among the Roses at The Huntington.The evening was an elegant garden party celebrating the important contributions of the LGBT community to The Huntington. From donors and staff to the individuals whose works are preserved in the collections, the LGBT community is well represented at The Huntington and well worth celebrating.This year’s event featured evening access to the Huntington Art Gallery and Rose Garden, a live DJ set by Matthew Rubino of Project Slate, an open bar, and hors d’oeuvres.The event chairs for the evening were Jonathan Weedman (Wells Fargo Foundation), Raymundo Baltazar (Project Runway), and Denise and Stacy Smiters (Wells Fargo).About The HuntingtonThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at huntington.org.last_img read more

15 New COVID-19 Infections Reported in Pasadena; County Officials Encouraged by Declining Hospitalizations Rate

first_img Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena saw 15 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, which marked the city’s 13th day in a row without a coronavirus fatality, officials said.The seven-day average of new cases detected in Pasadena stood at 16.4, down from a peak of 31 cases per day less than four weeks ago on July 22, according to city data.On Monday, the city saw only three reported cases, marking the lowest count since June 2, data shows.The virus continued to spread fastest among younger patients, as has been the trend in recent weeks.That’s in contrast to the beginning of the pandemic, when the majority of new cases were among senior citizens, said city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.“Among all age categories, the two top age groups with the largest increases in case rates are 31 to 40 and 41 to 50,” Derderian said.Pasadena had seen 2,248 COVID-19 cases and 111 deaths since the onset of the pandemic in March, according to public health data.Huntington Hospital was treating 35 COVID-19 patients as of Tuesday, with 17 tests pending, according to hospital data.Meanwhile, public health officials at the county level pointed to continued declines in hospitalization and death rates as indicators that progress is being made, though they say much more must be done to bring the novel coronavirus into check and allow Los Angeles County to reopen.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced 1,003 new infections, which was the lowest number reported since June 14. But the number “is missing lab reports from one of the larger labs which is contributing to the lower number of new cases,” the agency said in a written statement.Sixty-four additional deaths were reported in Los Angeles County, departing from a trend of lowered deaths seen in recent days. A total of 63 deaths were reported in the three days prior to Tuesday, county data shows.The county saw an average of 43 deaths per day in late-July, health officials said. By Monday, that had declined to 30.In all, L.A. County has reported 224,031 novel coronavirus infections and 5,335 fatalities as of Tuesday.“In the last month, daily hospitalizations have decreased by 37 percent, from 2,219 in mid-July to 1,388 in mid-August,” the statement said. “There are 1,352 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 32 percent of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU.”Recent state data reporting issues were affecting only reported cases, and were not impacting information regarding hospitalization and death rates, county officials said.“The decreasing number of daily hospitalizations is one of the best indicators that our efforts over the last few weeks are working, as it is an accurate representation of how many people are currently seriously ill from the virus,” according to the county statement.L.A. County Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer urged the public to remain vigilant when it comes to spreading COVID-19.“As we work together to prevent more illness and death from COVID-19, it is important to note that while testing can help identify people who are infected, testing alone cannot prevent all transmission,” Ferrer said.“Individuals who test positive are capable of infecting others 48 hours before they have any symptoms or a positive test result,” Ferrer said. “The best way to prevent transmission is to take universal precautions — keep six feet apart from others, wear a face covering outside your home, and wash hands often.”The California Department of Public Health announced 4,636 new infections, bringing the total number of cases detected in the state to 632,667.An additional 100 deaths were also reported statewide, raising the virus’ total death toll to 11,342.“The seven-day positivity rate is 6.8 percent and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.5 percent,” the CDPH reported in a written statement.Based on available information on Tuesday, Los Angeles County accounted for 35% of California’s COVID-19 cases, as well as 47% of the state’s fatalities. 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PSNI investigate reports of suspect device near Dungiven

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Police are advising people in the Feeny area near Dungiven to be vigilant following claims that an explosive device has been left in the area.The warning relates to the Carnanbane Road, and comes a fortnight after an operation to find and clear a device near Drumsurn lasted three days. Facebook By admin – November 25, 2015 WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire PSNI investigate reports of suspect device near Dungiven Pinterest Previous articleClose of Donegal Sport Star Awards Nominations this Friday 27thNext articleCanning says sewage problems on Donegal estates must be tackled urgently admin last_img read more

Gujarat High Court Issues Notice To State Legislative Assembly In PIL Seeking Public Disclosure Of Its Proceedings

first_imgNews UpdatesGujarat High Court Issues Notice To State Legislative Assembly In PIL Seeking Public Disclosure Of Its Proceedings Sparsh Upadhyay24 Dec 2020 3:15 AMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court on Monday (17th December) issued notice to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly Secretariat while taking up a PIL demanding regular updation of Assembly’s website and disclosure of house proceedings under the RTI Act. The Bench of Justice J. B. Pardiwala and Justice Ilesh J. Vora was hearing the plea filed by a social activists Neeta Hardikar who contended that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gujarat High Court on Monday (17th December) issued notice to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly Secretariat while taking up a PIL demanding regular updation of Assembly’s website and disclosure of house proceedings under the RTI Act. The Bench of Justice J. B. Pardiwala and Justice Ilesh J. Vora was hearing the plea filed by a social activists Neeta Hardikar who contended that the State Legislative Assembly is obliged under Right to Information Act to regularly update relevant information on its website in Gujarati and English. The plea demands that following be disclosed by the Assembly’s website:- The proceedings of the Assembly i.e. live and old telecast and transcripts, the papers to be laid, private member’s business, zero hour, list of question and their answers, text of debates; Text of Legislations (including subordinate legislations) as introduced, passed, pending, assented, lapsed, withdrawn and negatived by the assembly; Information on the committees of the assembly (house of Committees) summary of their work and reports prepared by them; The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by the assembly for discharging its functions and Copy of documents that are held by it or under its control. Under the Right to Information laws , the state assembly is bound to disclose on its website in Gujarati and English the proceedings that take place on the house. The petitioner also submitted that the website of the Parliament and some other state assemblies “have been regularly disclosing details about the house proceedings. It has been argued that the Gujarat State Assembly has got its website, “but the details are not posted on it the way other state assemblies have been doing.” The Senior Counsel appearing for the petitioner also submitted that “it is always open for the respondent to claim privilege if it does not want to disclose any particular information in public interest referred to above.” To this, the Court said, “We seek the response of the respondent on this writ petition in public interest. Let Notice be issued to the respondent, returnable on 17th February 2021.” Case title – Neeta Dattataraya Hardikar v. Gujarat Lagislative Assembly Secretariat [R/WRIT PETITION (PIL) NO. 170 of 2020] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Oregon father arrested, charged with murder in disappearance of 3-year-old, child’s mom: Police

first_imgSalem Police Department(SALEM, Oregon) — Police in Oregon have arrested a 52-year-old man and charged him with murder after he was named a person of interest in the disappearance of his 3-year-old son and the child’s mother.Karissa Fretwell, 25, and her son William Fretwell, who goes by Billy, were last seen on May 13, and relatives reported them missing on May 17, the Salem Police Department said.Michael John Wolfe was arrested at 2 p.m. at a donut shop in Portland and has been charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping, police said. Authorities have still not found Karissa Fretwell or Billy.“Although we have charged Mr. Wolfe with aggravated murder, that does not mean that William and Karissa are dead,” Salem police Lt. Treven Upkes said at a press conference Friday.Police would not discuss a motive and said additional charges may be filed against Wolfe based on further investigation.Wolfe was identified by police as a person of interest on Thursday. He is listed as the father of William Fretwell in a child support document filed in Polk County, Oregon, in 2018, according to a clerk at Marion County, Oregon, court. A Salem police spokesman would not confirm Wolfe’s connection to Fretwell to ABC News, or say what led police to say he was a person of interest.Karissa Fretwell has sole custody of the 3-year-old, according to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.“Information gathered during the investigation” has led police to a property in rural Yamhill County, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.“Law enforcement officers are searching this property in hopes of locating Karissa and William, or discovering evidence which may lead to their location,” the sheriff’s office said. Investigators did not elaborate on what led them to this property.Wolfe lives in Gaston, Oregon, while Fretwell and Billy live in West Salem, officials said.Karissa Fretwell is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds, according to police. She has blue eyes and naturally blond hair, but she dyes it red.Billy has blond hair and blue eyes. He is about 3 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds.Anyone with information was asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-8477.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Texas daily COVID-19 fatalities drop below 100 for first time in five days

first_imgiStock/koto_fejaBy JON HAWORTH, MATT ZARRELL and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) —  The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 600,000 people worldwide.Over 14.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 140,477 deaths.Here is how the news developed on Sunday. All times Eastern:11:52 p.m.: Kentucky reports state’s highest number of new casesKentucky saw its highest number of new COVID-19 cases yet on Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced, calling the record a “wake-up call.”There were 979 new cases reported, for a new total of 23,161, according to state data.The record is “particularly alarming” because there tends to be limited reporting on Sunday, Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, said in a statement.The department is going to confirm results with major labs “in the interest of accuracy,” Stack said.“Even so, this surge in positive cases is a shocking wake-up call,” he said. “Kentucky has flattened the curve before and it must act immediately and decisively to flatten it again.”The commissioner urged residents to wear masks and socially distance. A 30-day statewide mask mandate went into effect on July 10.7:17 p.m.: Texas daily fatalities drop below 100 for first time in five daysTexas reported 93 new COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, the first time in five days the number of deaths has been below 100.The death toll peaked on Friday, with a record 174 deaths, according to state data. The state has reported 3,928 total fatalities during the pandemic.Hospitalizations remain above 10,000, with 10,592 reported on Sunday.The state has 325,030 cases of COVID-19. The positivity rate was 15.03% as of Saturday, down from a record high of 17.43% two days prior.3:32 p.m.: New York state COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new lowHospitalizations in New York state due to the coronavirus are the lowest they’ve been since March 18, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.Current hospitalizations are 722, down 21 from the day before, according to state data.New York reported 502 new cases of the virus on Saturday. About 1% of COVID-19 tests that day were positive.There were 13 new deaths reported in the state on Saturday.3:01 p.m.: Virus ‘more rampant in Louisiana now than it has ever been’Gov. John Bel Edwards warned Louisianans Sunday that there is a “statewide epidemic” of COVID-19.In a social media post, Edwards said that one or two regions are no longer driving case growth, and that “COVID-19 is more rampant in Louisiana now than it has ever been.”The state reported more than 2,000 cases for four days in a row last week, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Hospitalizations have been steadily on the rise since mid-June.Edwards extended phase two of the state’s reopening for another 28 days on June 25 due to increasing cases and hospitalizations.“It’s on all of us to do better and wear masks in public, practice social distancing and avoid congregating,” the governor said Sunday.Louisiana has had 91,706 cases of COVID-19 and 3,433 deaths, according to the most recent state data.2:39 p.m.: Hospitalizations show early decline in ArizonaHospitalizations due to COVID-19 have started to decline in Arizona, according to the latest figures from the state’s Department of Health.On Sunday, the state reported 3,136 hospitalizations, down from a peak of 3,517 last week.The percentage of emergency department visits of people experiencing COVID-like symptoms is also down after peaking two weeks ago.There were 2,359 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, for a total of 143,624, and 31 new fatalities, totaling 2,761.The daily testing positivity rate is 16.9%.Arizona has emerged as a hot spot for COVID-19 activity; as of July 10, cases had increased 850% since the state reopened on May 15.1:10 p.m.: South Carolina sees new daily case recordSouth Carolina reported its highest number of daily new cases on Sunday with 2,335 confirmed and 1 probable case of COVID-19, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control announced.The additional cases included 526 new confirmed cases from Friday that the Department of Health received from a private lab on Saturday.There are now 69,765 confirmed cases statewide, officials said.The state also recorded 19 additional deaths, bringing the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,138.The state reported a positivity rate of 18.4% and has conducted 626,970 tests overall.10:50 a.m.: Florida reports another 12,000-plus new casesThe state of Florida now has over 350,000 cases of coronavirus with another 12,478 reported on Sunday, according to the Department of Health.Officials reported another 87 deaths, bringing the statewide total to 5,089.The state also saw an increase of 339 hospitalizations, with 9,235 active hospitalizations due to COVID-19. In total, 20,971 have been hospitalized at some point because of the virus.An additional 105,681 tests were conducted and the state positivity rate currently stands at 11.85%, officials said.Miami-Dade County reported the most new cases with 3,233 and a positivity rate of 20.5%4:47 a.m.: Virginia man charged with cyberstalking to try to intimidate Tulsa mayor into canceling Trump rallyA Virginia man who sent harassing and intimidating emails directed toward Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and his family made an initial appearance in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.Adam Maxwell Donn, 40, of Norfolk, Virginia, was charged by Criminal Complaint with cyberstalking. According to court documents, Bynum and his family received 44 emails and 14 phone calls from June 11 through June 22, 2020, which were meant to harass, annoy, threaten and intimate Bynum and his family.“The United States charged Adam Donn with stalking, harassing, intimidating, and inflicting emotional distress upon Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and his family. Mr. Donn allegedly sent a series of harassing emails and voicemails in an effort to intimidate the mayor into canceling the presidential rally that occurred here in June,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Cyberstalkers try to hide behind keyboards while they threaten and intimidate others, but their online actions have real world effects. Mr. Donn will now face the real world consequences for his alleged criminal actions. As we do in all cases, our victim coordinators will work with the mayor and his family as this case proceeds in federal court.”Bynum, concerned for his family’s safety, reported the emails and calls to the Tulsa Police Department on June 18, 2020. According to the affidavit filed by an FBI agent, investigators found that the emails were linked to an IP address traced to a Cox Communications account holder named Adam Donn of Norfolk, Virginia, and that his email addresses were used to send the intimidating emails to Mayor Bynum and his wife.Court documents allege that Donn threatened to publish the Bynum family’s home address and personal information to the internet, including the children’s cell phone numbers and social media accounts. The defendant allegedly said this with the hope that people would encroach upon the Bynum residence with the intent to cause Mayor Bynum harm and emotional distress.Donn was released under the pretrial supervision of the U.S. Probation Office. He is scheduled to appear in federal court on July 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the Northern District of Oklahoma.4:15 a.m.: Star Braves player says he had 104.5-degree fever, prayed for his life while sick with COVID-19Freddie Freeman, a four-time All-Star with the Atlanta Braves, revealed that he had a high temperature of 104.5 degrees while sick with the disease and prayed for his life.“I said a little prayer that night,” Freeman said in a video conference call. “I’ve never been that hot before. My body was really, really hot. … I said ‘Please don’t take me’ because I wasn’t ready.”Freeman said the fever was down to 101 the following morning and broke two days later. He said Saturday was his ninth consecutive day without symptoms, which also included body aches, chills and a temporary loss of his senses of taste and smell. He said two other members of his household, his wife and aunt, are recovering after positive tests.“I feel great,” he said. “I only lost one pound. … I didn’t lose any strength.”Freeman received his second negative test for the coronavirus on Friday which earned him medical clearance to play.“I feel like I’m a kid in a candy store again,” he said Saturday. “You forget sometimes how much you love this game. I did truly miss it. I was so excited when I got to the yard.”Freeman’s return was well timed. Free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig tested positive for the coronavirus after agreeing to sign with Atlanta. The positive test voided the deal.Puig was projected to be a replacement for Nick Markakis, who opted out of the season after talking on the telephone with Freeman.“Unfortunately that was my worst day,” Freeman said, adding he didn’t try to influence the decision by Markakis when the two spoke again days later.“He just wasn’t into it, and I totally, totally get it,” Freeman said.Freeman was one of four teammates to test positive at the start of summer camp. Right-hander Touki Toussaint, who had no symptoms, also returned Friday. Left-handed reliever Will Smith and infielder Pete Kozma have not returned.Freeman wore a face mask during a video interview and said he’ll continue to take precautions.“It’s very serious,” he said, adding that his family “did everything right” to avoid the disease. “It still somehow got to me.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How HR has evolved

first_imgTherole of the HR professional has changed beyond recognition in the latter partof the 20th Century. Here we chart the way modern HR functions have evolved toallow outsourcing to come to the foreOver the last 30 years the HR function has evolved from being a manager ofpersonnel and employee information, to a department which has responsibilityfor everything from standard and essential procedures such as payroll, tocomplex, key strategic elements such as top management development. These taskshave different elements, require different kinds of management, and havevarying levels of impact on the organisation. This evolution is shown in table1, Change in HR functions. At the same time, internal and external forces are moving HR towards a morestrategic role in the organisation. The HR function needs to become a strategicplayer – to take a proactive role in planning what skills are needed, in thinkingabout how best to use existing resources, and in ensuring top managementsuccession. At the same time, along with other functions, HR needs to carefully manageits cost base and ensure it provides excellent service to its customers – bothmanagers and employees. As Dave Ulrich, professor of business administration atthe University of Michigan, wrote in the Harvard Business Review,(January-February 1998) “This new agenda for HR is a radical departurefrom the status quo. In most companies today HR is sanctioned mainly to playpolicy police and regulatory watchdog… the activities of HR appear to be, andoften are, disconnected from the real work of the organisation. The new agenda,however, would mean that every one of HR’s activities would in some concreteway help the company better serve its customers or otherwise increaseshareholder value.” There are five key forces driving this change. Force 1: Scarcity of talent The best companies are differentiated by their talent. At companies that performin the top quintile of returns to shareholders, 61 per cent of top executivesstrongly agree that their talent pool is much stronger than their competitors’.In mid-quintile performing companies, only 38 per cent of executives agree withthe same statement. Yet even at top performing companies, nearly three-quartersof managers believe that their talent is either insufficient or chronicallyshort of where it should be to seize available opportunities. Changing demographics mean that the availability of European managementtalent in the key age zone of 30-to-44-year-olds will decline over the next 20years (McKinsey War for Talent research, 1998) . In addition, changing forms ofcompetition and increasing job mobility mean that top management talent,already scarce, is simply becoming scarcer. This shortage applies both togeneral management, and to the management of the HR function. To rescue companies from this talent trap, the HR function needs to be proactivein supporting senior management in their attempts to attract, develop andretain top talent, and in improving the leverage of existing talent. But thisis not yet happening. While 78 per cent of corporate officers strongly agreethat HR should fulfil this function, only 27 per cent actually believe HRperforms this role now. Force 2: HR has become a dumping ground of activities A key reason for this gap between expectations and reality is thetime-consuming nature of the more standard procedures senior HR managementneeds to oversee. HR staff spend up to 85 per cent of their time on supervisingstandard processes such as compensation administration, but only 15 per cent onstrategic activities such as career planning. In best practice HR organisations,these figures are almost reversed. Only 20 per cent of time is spent onsupervising standard procedures, and the remainder is spent on the execution ofmore strategic activities. To perform their role adequately as a key player in the organisation, seniorHR managers must spend the bulk of their time on the core goal of attracting,developing, and retaining top talent for the company. As Russell Eisenstat,author of Organisational Dynamics (1996) writes, “The fundamentalchallenge facing HR [is] how to contribute to competitive success throughimproving the organisation and management of a firm’s human resources.” Force 3: Cost pressures As competition has become global, rather than local, and the capital marketsin the US and Western Europe have facilitated the rise of small andmedium-sized companies able to challenge established players at their own game,the pressures on large companies to reduce costs and keep reducing them haveintensified. Research by the Conference Board in 1999 shows approximately 80per cent of all companies targeted their overhead functions, including HR, forcost reduction during the 1990s. A spate of mergers and acquisitions has also put pressure on companies toreduce costs through synergistic benefits. HR needs to be at the forefront ofthis activity, reducing its own costs, participating in the due diligenceperiod, and facilitating post-merger integration in other areas of theorganisation. HR costs are an appreciable proportion of a company’s cost base, typically 4.5-7.5per cent of overheads. However, HR in many organisations still has some way togo to become completely competitive on cost. Although best practice HRorganisations approach dictates one full-time HR employee for every 300 staffmembers, for ex- ample, very few firms are close to this goal. For HR to fullycontribute to competitive advantage, continuous improvement on cost reductionmust be a core goal. Force 4: Improved service requirement Companies are also demanding more customer focus from their internalservices. Of 314 companies in the process of redesigning their HR function,more than 40 per cent indicated that a key goal of the reorganisation was tomake HR more responsive to the needs of the company or more able to add valueto the organisation. The HR function must be constantly looking for ways toimprove the services it offers to employees and management, while operatingunder cost constraints. Research by the Saratoga Institute suggests line managers are generallydissatisfied with HR service levels. Line managers were asked to rank the keyHR processes in levels of strategic importance and value it against HReffectiveness. The results are shown in Table 2, Balance between HReffectiveness and its strategic importance. The mean performance score was 3.7 out of 7, or “satisfactory”,indicating that HR needs to improve its service offering. In particular,resourcing, and training and development, are perceived to be “veryimportant” to business strategy, yet have low ratings for HR performance.This finding could be a consequence of HR resources being spread too thinly, ora result of HR being focused on other areas. This lack of congruity needs to beresolved. Force 5: Influence of technology Internet and intranet technologies are enabling companies to improveinformation flows both externally and internally. Internet technology isrevolutionising the human resources department by changing the nature of HRprocesses, delivering improved customer service by giving employees access toand control over their information, and dramatically reducing costs and cycletimes. However, research in 2001 has shown that investment in EnterpriseResource Planning (ERP) and large HR information systems have not delivered theexpected payback. Broad functionality has been paid for but very rarelyutilised. HR departments will need companies such as Xchanging to realise thevalue of technology. An HR intranet dramatically changes the nature of work for an HRprofessional. Rather than spending a significant amount of time moving andapproving paper forms, an HR professional may focus on the higher value-addedparts of human resources. For instance, an HR Intranet can integrate employeeinformation management, career development, and performance management forcurrent employees, and recruitment for new employees. Wide dissemination of external recruiting information can create a largepool of potential candidates while rapid online response reduces recruitingcycles significantly – and speed is crucial in the “talent war.” Thisintegrated internal and external recruiting approach is key to managing rapidhuman resources growth. Cisco Systems is a prime example of online recruiting,with 66 per cent of employees hired via Internet recruiting in 2001. By giving accessto and control over information, an HR Intranet delivers enhanced customerservice to employee hired via Net recruiting. An HR intranet typically holds information relevant to employees, includinggeneral information (contact details, title, compensation, holidays, etc.),benefits information (health, pension, car, etc.), career planning andevaluation, and recruiting details. In short, it contains all informationrelevant to employees, as well as discussion groups and communities that canenhance employee relationships. Employees are empowered to access and managetheir information. Giving employees control over information significantly reduces operatingcosts and cycle times for the HR department. HR professionals formerly burdenedby processing changes can focus on higher value-added processes. Instead of spending hours or days processing changes in benefits enrolmentsfor every employee, an HR Intranet puts the responsibility in the employees’hands to manage this enrolment. In addition to reducing errors, it greatlyreduces cycle times by making a formerly parallel process simultaneous. The HR professional can then spend more time selecting the appropriatebenefits provider or negotiating a more favourable agreement. The top five tips for implementing HR outsourcing – Ensure access to the Board. Aservice provider needs clear access to the Board, to best understand thebusiness drivers and strategy.– Focus on long-term strategy. Many issues can be resolved inthe short term, for example, updating a staff handbook. However, anorganisation also needs to commit to building a long-term relationship andstrategy with an outsourcing provider as business direction will inevitablychange over time and the outsourcing provider will need to adapt to and supportthis.– Recognise and understand the cost of investing in HR.Organisations should not expect an immediate monetary return on investment. Alonger-term investment outlook is necessary to see the benefits both of thecost invested as well as the costs avoided (e.g. avoidance of going through anexpensive tribunal).– Be honest. An organisation needs to be honest with itself,its service provider and its staff about the issues it is facing– Communicate the changes to all the staffOther reasons for outsourcing HR– High turnover of HR staffin-house – No HR function/support needed at certain levels– To take the risk away– Take advantage of leading technologiesOutsourcing Service Providers delivera consistent service.  Companies do notneed to worry about issues such as HR staff turnover.Outsourcing is a viable alternative to recruitment.  For companies who are missing a certainlevel of HR personnel in their team (e.g. an administrator or director), therole can be outsourced to a service provider as an alternative to recruiting aperson to do the job in-house.When outsourcing HR to a service provider, the risk ofinconsistent advice and lack of knowledge become the responsibility of theservice provider.  The service provideris fully accountable for any advice given to the client.Outsourcing service providers often provide state of the arttechnology to support their clients, for example web-enabled packages,intranet-based access to personal records, on-line facilities to requestholidays and copy payslips.HRat a crossroadsHR managers are overwhelmed with theneed to manage a vast array of tasks, all with different core skills, staffneeds, and management requirements. Senior HR managers need to be increasinglyfocused on the key issue of talent management while also ensuring execution,improving customer service and reducing costs. This is a challenging task.The separation of utility services from the strategicchallenges of HR has one key benefit. It creates a model that enables HRManagers to focus, and to make the best use of scarce HR management talent.Strategic and utility tasks require very different employeeskills, and very different styles of management. Utility tasks requiresupervisory management to ensure that established procedures are followed andthat essential services are consistently provided. Staff performing utility tasks need clear guidelines andprocedures, but should also be empowered to take the initiative to improvethese processes where possible, within given limits. Strategic management tasksrequire individuals with creative skills, who should be allowed to manage theirown activities, and should be encouraged to take risks to improve what they do.Separating these two staff groups is thus key to providing best practice in HR.The future of outsourcing HRHR outsourcing is top of the agendaat many organisations. However, it is still early days and likely developmentsinclude:– More organisations will take the decision to outsource intheir HR function– HR outsourcing will become increasingly strategic– The HR professional’s skill set will adapt to become moreproject and change management based– Globalisation will increase the need for outsourcing serviceproviders to offer an international service– Technology will enable more solutions such as the continuedmigration towards managed services– New service offerings will be driven by employee influence Trackbacks/Pingbacks How HR has evolvedOn 5 Feb 2002 in Auto-enrolment, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.center_img A Changing Landscape – The Past, Present and Future of HR – The HR Gazette – 19 Sep 2018 […] performed by the Saratoga Institute, explored by Personnel Today (https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/how-hr-has-evolved/), highlighted that modern companies stress much more importance on the delivery of good customer […] Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

NHS launches learning helpline

first_img Previous Article Next Article A FREE helpline service has been launched to provide advice on learning anddevelopment opportunities in health and social care. Known as u-i ,the helpline service is being run by NHSU, the new corporateuniversity for health and social care. It aims to ensure that any NHS staffwith an interest in the area can gain impartial and confidential advice onpotential learning pathways and to increase the number of learners. “Whether you want to change jobs, improve your prospects, get a qualificationor just improve your skills, u-i can help. It doesn’t matter where you work orwhat you do,” said Heather Jackson NHSU head of information, advice andguidance. “So far, feedback from the calls made has been extremelypositive,” she said. A knock-on benefit from the helpline will be that health and social caremanagers can gain further information on learning for their staff members aswell as for themselves. The u-i has a target of 20,000 calls each month. The NHSU, which held itsofficial launch in December 2003, aims to open up learning and developmentopportunities for more than 1.6 million people who work for and with the NHS.All programmes focus on improving patient care and are provided in partnershipwith Strategic Health Authorities and education providers. NHS launches learning helplineOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Raytheon Lands Ship Self Defense System Contract

first_img View post tag: self December 24, 2013 Equipment & technology View post tag: Naval RAYTHEON LOGORaytheon Company will continue Platform Systems Engineering Agent support of the Ship Self Defense System MK2 as it landed a USD 41.58 million contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command from Washington, D.C.Within the contract, Raytheon will complete development of CVN/Amphibious Modernization Advanced Capability Build 12/Technical Insertion 12.The Ship Self-Defense System is designed to expedite the detect-to-engage sequence to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles.The work will be performed in San Diego, Ca., and Middletown, R.I. The work will be completed, as expected, by September 2017.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 24, 2013; Image: Raytheon Raytheon Lands Ship Self Defense System Contract View post tag: ship Back to overview,Home naval-today Raytheon Lands Ship Self Defense System Contract center_img View post tag: system View post tag: Defense View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: lands View post tag: contract Share this articlelast_img read more

Beach Replenishment Update: Equipment at 52nd Street

first_imgCheck OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end between 37th and 59th Streets.DATE: Sunday, May 31PROGRESS: On Sunday evening, the equipment for the project appeared to be corralled in a relatively small area at 52nd Street. It was not immediately clear if the project was a standstill for weather or repairs. Check back for updates.The first two phases of the project (from 42nd Street to 37th Street, then from 42nd Street to 47th Street) are complete.WHAT’S NEXT: The project will proceed from 52nd Street to 47th Street (by mid-June), then from 55th to 59th (mid-June to mid-July).READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for free Dredging equipment at 52nd Street on Sunday, May 31.last_img read more