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first_imgGuruOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Thisweek’s gurusLyingsuperheroes are no funGuruwas shocked to come across research revealing that almost half of employeeshave admitted lying in job interviews. Andapparently, men are twice as likely to conceal the truth about theirqualifications or experience from a prospective employer as women. Thestudy, by the Consumer Analysis Group, also reveals that the majority of peoplehave lied about their jobs at some point to impress in a social situation. Someof the more unlikely boasts include civil servants who claim to be spies, andan accountant who said he was a dolphin trainer. Guruhas to admit, there might have been the odd occasion when he has stretched thetruth when outlining his job description. People’s eyes start to glaze overwhen he tries to explain what an HR guru actually does. He tends to get a muchmore positive reaction (particularly from the ladies) when he explains how hedefended our skies as a swing-wing fighter pilot. Age cheats or human baggage?Guru would advise readers who are thinking about adapting their retirementpolicies to read this week’s legal pages, where some of the problemssurrounding the Government’s plans to abolish mandatory retirement arediscussed. But it is not just in the UK where the issue of retirement is causingconcerns for employers. In India, more than 1,000 council workers are toundergo a bone marrow age test to prove they should be retired. Employees at KolkataMunicipal Corporation (KMC) in Calcutta will be given the tests because bossessuspect many workers should have retired long ago, but have carried on workingso they can claim redundancy benefits. Sixty is the normal age of retirement in India, but a KMC doctor says manyemployees who have now volunteered for a redundancy payout may be 65. Subrata Mukherjee, the mayor of Kolkata, said: “We suspect 3 to 5 percent of our KMC employees are beyond the age of 60, and we are beingcheated.” Guru suspects that progressive HR policies have not yet reached Kolkata, asMukherjee continued: “We are determined to get rid of this human baggageto build up a more efficient workforce.” Calling all red blooded men: the HR women are waiting…Next week, Guru will publish the lonely heart messages from disciples who haveresponded to his HR love-in. Guru is hopeful the amorous e-mails could lead tothe perfect union of HR professionals – imagine the people management potentialof the off-spring. It could be the start of a HR super-race. If this is to happen, Guru could do with a few more entries from men. Comeon guys, we all know HR is ‘totty heavy’ – even Guru would fancy his chances ofpulling if he entered the lurve-in. To whet the appetite of the hot-blooded male HR professionals out there,Guru has provided a teaser of the talent on offer: Blonde lady, 31, based in Brum, Whose love-life has become too humdrum, Seeks a man over 30, (She’s really quite flirty), As long as he’s got a nice bum! Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Biodegradation of diesel oil by cold-adapted bacterial strains of Arthrobacter spp. from Antarctica

first_imgBioremediation has been proposed as a means of dealing with oil spills on the continent. However, the introduction of non-native organisms, including microbes, even for this purpose would appear to breach the terms of the Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty. This study therefore aimed to optimize the growth conditions and diesel degradation activity of the Antarctic native bacteria Arthrobacter spp. strains AQ5-05 and AQ5-06 through the application of a one-factor-at-a-time (OFAT) approach. Both strains were psychrotolerant, with the optimum temperature supporting diesel degradation being 10–15°C. Both strains were also screened for biosurfactant production and biofilm formation. Their diesel degradation potential was assessed using Bushnell–Haas medium supplemented with 0.5% (v/v) diesel as the sole carbon source and determined using both gravimetric and gas chromatography and mass spectrophotometry analysis. Strain AQ5-06 achieved 37.5% diesel degradation, while strain AQ5-05 achieved 34.5% diesel degradation. Both strains produced biosurfactants and showed high biofilm adherence. Strains AQ5-05 and AQ5-06 showed high cellular hydrophobicity rates of 73.0% and 81.5%, respectively, in hexadecane, with somewhat lower values of 60.5% and 70.5%, respectively, in tetrahexadecane. Optimized conditions identified via OFAT increased diesel degradation to 41.0% and 47.5% for strains AQ5-05 and AQ5-06, respectively. Both strains also demonstrated the ability to degrade diesel in the presence of heavy metal co-pollutants. This study therefore confirms the potential use of these cold-tolerant bacterial strains in the biodegradation of diesel-polluted Antarctic soils at low environmental temperatures.last_img read more

Oluyitan sparks Southern Utah past Portland St

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Cameron Oluyitan scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures and Southern Utah cruised to an 83-69 victory over Portland State on Thursday night. Reserve Derek Brown topped the Vikings with 16 points. Portland State had 25 turnovers and that led to a 30-13 advantage in points off turnovers for Southern Utah. The Vikings outscored the T-Birds 15-0 in second-chance points. Southern Utah failed to grab an offensive rebound. Oluyitan sank 7 of 9 shots for the Thunderbirds (8-7, 3-3 Big Sky Conference), who shot 56 percent from the floor, but were outrebounded 38-18. Jacob Calloway finished with 16 points and five assists, while Andre Adams had 14 points and five rebounds. Brandon Better and Harrison Butler scored 13 and 11, respectively. January 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local Oluyitan sparks Southern Utah past Portland St Tags: Big Sky/Cameron Oluyitan/SUU Thunderbirds Basketballcenter_img Calloway’s 3-pointer capped an 11-2 run to open the game, but the Vikings (6-10, 1-4) rallied back to pull within 36-33 at halftime. Holland Woods and Michael Nuga made two free throws apiece to push Portland State in front 57-54 with 9:56 left in the game. Oluyitan hit a 3 to knot the score and ignite a game-ending 29-12 run for the Thunderbirds. Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

QUT launches FEnEx CRC to boost Australian LNG industry

first_img New LNG and hydrogen research centre to support future energy exports. (Credit: The University of Western Australia) The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has announced the launch of the A$162m ($100m) research centre to help the Australian LNG industry address the challenges of productivity, cost and decarbonisation.Supported by A$40m ($24.7m) Federal Government grant, the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC) aims to assist ongoing innovations, lower LNG production costs, and helps in growing hydrogen exports for new emerging markets.The FEnEx CRC, which is a national collaboration of 28 industry, government, and research partners, aims to ensure Australia’s LNG industry remains competitive and reduce its environmental footprint.In a bid to help advance efficiency solutions, the CRC will establish the LNG Futures Facility, a 10 tonne-per-day plant at Kwinana in Western Australia.LNG Futures Facility to create 1,400 jobsExpected to create up to 1,400 jobs, the proposed LNG Futures Facility will be equipped to allow LNG companies, contractors, service providers and small to medium businesses to test and refine new processes in a live plant environment.Future Energy Exports CRC chair Mary Hackett said: “As we face a future of severe pressure to maintain living standards yet reduce adverse environmental effects the FEnEx CRC will work at a pragmatic level to make LNG production more efficient and less emissive while ensuring industry, academic and government partners work to co-create the framework, tools and technologies to position Australia as the leader in next generation fuels such as Hydrogen.”The LNG Futures Facility is backed by the State Government funding of A$10m ($6.1m) over 10 years as well as up to A$15m ($9.2m) from the University of Western Australia.The University of Western Australia, Chevron, Shell, Hyundai Heavy Industries and National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) are funding the feasibility and engineering studies for the LNG Futures Facility.Last year, the University of Western Australia (UWA) and its partners have opened a joint research laboratory to position Western Australia as a global energy hub leader.The Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks laboratory located at UWA aims to focus on long subsea ‘tieback’ discoveries that will enhance industry’s understanding of hostile deep-sea conditions. The FEnEx CRC aims to assist ongoing innovations and lower LNG production costs in the countrylast_img read more

USS California Successfully Completes Trials, USS Philadelphia Retires

first_imgIt has been out with the old and in with the new this month for the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command’s (Navsea) submarine community…By Michael Fabey (aviationweek)[mappress]Source: aviationweek, July 13, 2011; USS California Successfully Completes Trials, USS Philadelphia Retires View post tag: successfully Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS California Successfully Completes Trials, USS Philadelphia Retires View post tag: USS View post tag: completes View post tag: Naval July 13, 2011center_img View post tag: California View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Philadelphia View post tag: Retires View post tag: trials Share this articlelast_img read more

Slip me some Skin

first_imgEver since the untimely break up of Skunk Anansie, time has shown that their material has aged very well. Some would say not at all. Skin’s debut solo album is an absolute treat, for really unexpected reasons. Fleshwounds is a scaled down, simplified vocal treat. There’s still the odd hint of Skunk Anansie poetics, with lines such as “can’t see you through your blinding words”. But that really is all that remains for Skunk Anansie fans. ‘The Trouble With Me’ could easily be a Mel C song, except that Mel C could never come up with something so good. For someone who once sang “yes it’s fucking political, everything’s political”, “the trouble with me is my troubles with you” sounds like Lisa Stansfield, but in a good way. ‘I’ll Try’ is David Gray done well. Fleshwounds is a trip through everything that’s acceptable about modern pop. ‘You’ve Made Your Bed’ is so straight-up that it’s actually quite moving. Perhaps it’s the lack of a gargantuan guitar riff à la Stoosh that makes you take her seriously. Nothing ever kicks in, and you’re left with a line as simple as “You can’t keep turning to me, when she ain’t coming home” hitting home simply because it doesn’t turn into a mosh-fest. Towards the end Fleshwounds becomes more adventurous, both with it’s pace and it’s mix of styles. Just when it seemed like amps had been banned from the studio, ‘As Long As That’s True’ provides one verse where Skin nearly lets fly, but as soon as your head has begun to nod, it’s over. This really is a seriously well-judged, modest album. The final track ‘Till Morning Comes’ is a top-drawer jazz vocal piece. It actually made me think of the way Lou Reed ended Transformer. I don’t know where the fuck she pulled this one from but it forces you to take someone called ‘Skin’, seriously. Quite an achievement. If all pop albums were this well measured and made with this degree of subtlety, the world would be a better place. David Gray would be out of a job, and The Stereophonics would be hanging from a gibbet. Out June 2ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

OTTERS NAME BOBBY SEGAL HITTING COACH

first_imgThe Evansville Otters have hired Bobby Segal as their new hitting coach.Segal, a former catcher at Indiana University, is in his first season as hitting coach for the Otters and second year in professional baseball.He and his family are ready for this opportunity in Evansville. “I would like to thank Andy McCauley and the Evansville Otters ownership for the chance to return to professional baseball in a community where the tradition is so rich.  My focus on the day-to-day process will give the loyal ownership and community something they will be proud of.  My family is excited to follow Andy’s winning brand of baseball and is grateful to become a part of Otter Ball,” said Segal.As a collegiate hitting coach over the last nine seasons, Segal has helped his teams to a 338-159 (.680) overall record and 142-60 (.703) league mark.  While making stops at Union College (2008-09), Butler University (2010), Iowa Western College (2011), Tarleton State University (2012) and Wabash Valley College (2013-16), his teams have earned six national rankings and made five appearances in national postseason tournaments.In his five summers as a manager and coach, Segal’s teams compiled a 215-125 (.632) overall record.  His clubs recorded three first-place finishes and two second-place efforts.  Segal managed in three All-Star Games and helped his teams to four playoff appearances.  His 2015 collegiate team, the Terre Haute Rex, captured a Prospect League championship.  His 2013 professional club, the Gary RailCats, won an American Association title.Segal was named 2015 Prospect League Manager of the Year after the Rex went 47-17 overall and captured the organization’s first league championship.  After beginning the season with a 14-1 record, the nation’s eighth-ranked team set a league record for regular-season wins (43).  While Segal served as the third base and hitting coach in Gary, the 2013 RailCats registered a 64-43 record on their way to a league title.Segal, a native of Indianapolis, has developed and guided 70 junior college student-athletes who have moved on to play at four-year institutions and 40 other players who have signed professional baseball contracts.A three-year letterwinner and Academic All-Big Ten selection at Indiana, Segal earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from IU in May 2006 and master’s degree in health and physical education from Union in May 2009.  He and his wife, the former Rachel Harvey, live with their son, Asher, in Oakland City, Ind.The Otters open the 2016 season at home against the Schaumburg Boomers on Friday, May 13, at 6:35 p.m. Tickets are on sale now by calling (812) 435-8686. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Cape May County Enjoys Banner Summer Tourism Season

first_imgVisitors pack Ocean City’s beaches during a blockbuster summer season in Cape May County. Cape May County officials said ideal weather over the summer brought plenty of visitors, and all indications are pointing to a record tourism season.Occupancy tax collection from January through July 2019 is up 8.4 percent over the same period in 2018, resulting in an increase of $544,922 in revenue, indicating a rise in overnight visitors, the county announced in a press release.July, the latest data available, generated nearly half of what was collected during the prior six months, bringing the total revenue to date to slightly more than $7 million, according to Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland.The 2018 occupancy tax 12-month collection rate was $12.5 million. The increase in occupancy tax collection indicates a minimal increase in room rates with a substantial uptick in overnight stays.Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Tourism, said in a statement, “The numbers are compelling and point to what I have witnessed in my travels around the County. Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick-off of the summer season and broke records for most businesses.”Hayes continued, “This pattern was followed by a strong July 4 weekend with some resorts reporting 100 percent occupancy. An increase of more than 8 increase in occupancy tax, without the August data included, is very encouraging. I strongly believe we are looking at another big year for tourism in Cape May County.”She called the numbers “mind boggling.”“A county with a population of less than 95,000 people hosts nearly 10 million visitors each year. We have a unique tourism dynamic with very few chain businesses, (so) our success is the result of hard-working small business owners that have created a multibillion-dollar tourism industry that ranks second in the state under Atlantic County,” Hayes said. “I credit the work of our businesses, tourism organizations and the County Tourism Department that is recognized throughout the state for their innovative and effective marketing and promotion programs that work to increase tourism to the County.”Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland, left, and County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes tout the economic benefits of tourism.Since it’s too early to get the full economic impact of the summer, the Tourism Department uses the hard numbers available, such as occupancy tax, to gauge the season.A full 2019 tourism report will be available through the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism early in 2020.The average overnight spending in Cape May County is $374 and impacts all sectors measured, which includes lodging, food and beverage, retail, recreation and transportation.Cape May County leads the state in tourism spending in food and beverage, retail, recreation and rental income sectors.Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton noted, “Over the years we have experienced steady growth in tourism expenditures, generating $6.6 billion in 2018. Cape May County is becoming a more year-round destination, drawing visitors and second homeowners back during the fall and winter months who support our special events, restaurants and retail outlets.”Thornton also said that eco and agri tourism are trending upward, and birding and wineries are attracting shoulder season growth.“Businesses are staying open longer and playing a large part in the County’s expanding economy,” he said in the county’s press release. “Tourism is the economic driver in Cape May County, generating 60 percent of the total employment, and complements new and emerging industries that the county has been aggressively pursuing, such as aviation and technology.”last_img read more

Indy 500 moved to August

first_img Indy 500 moved to August Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Will Power, of Australia, leads Simon Pagenaud, of France, though the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) Officials in Indianapolis report that the Indianapolis 500 has been moved from May to August 23.It’s the first postponement of the race since 1946.Official Statement:The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today. The 104th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air live on NBC, with the official green flag time to be announced at a later date.The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 on the IMS road course as part of a historic double-header featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR. This first-of-its-kind racing event also will be televised by NBC on Independence Day.The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24, in its traditional spot on the calendar during Memorial Day weekend. The GMR Grand Prix was scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 9.“The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” Roger Penske said. “However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing. We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”“Memorial Day weekend has always provided Indianapolis 500 fans an opportunity to honor the men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our nation’s freedom,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said. “This August, we’ll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. We’re grateful for the patience of our fans as we’ve navigated this situation, and we extend our thanks to NBC for its terrific partnership and diligent work to maximize broadcast coverage with this new schedule.”On-track action in August will begin at IMS with practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12-13, followed by Fast Friday on Aug. 14 and Indianapolis 500 Qualifications on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 15-16. Each day of qualifications will be televised on NBC, providing more network coverage of qualifications for fans than in 2019. A full broadcast schedule will be released soon.The following week’s schedule will begin with hot pit-stop practice sessions on Thursday, Aug. 20 and include Indy Lights practice and qualifying. The Indy Lights Freedom 100 race, a significantly expanded Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge and final Indianapolis 500 practice will take place on Friday, Aug. 21 as part of Miller Lite Carb Day, followed by the public drivers’ meeting and full-field autograph session on Saturday, Aug. 22 as part of Legends Day presented by Firestone.As a result of the schedule changes at IMS, the INDYCAR races scheduled for Aug. 16 and Aug. 22 have been rescheduled. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is now scheduled for Aug. 9, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is now scheduled for Aug. 30. Twitter Facebook By Tommie Lee – March 26, 2020 1 724 Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleSBCSC expands grab-and-go lunch programNext articleIndiana governor vetoes bill banning local rental rules Tommie Leelast_img read more

See She Loves Me’s Stars Create a Romantic Atmosphere at the Cast Recording Listening Party

first_img Related Shows Jane Krakowski View Comments Star Files Laura Benanti(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Laura Benanti With a whopping eight Tony nominations, the Broadway revival of She Loves Me has theater fans feeling a sugar rush—and it’s not just the vanilla ice cream. Those lucky enough to have seen Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Gavin Creel, Jane Krakowski and the rest of the cast have fallen hard for Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s lovely score. (We know you guys have been practicing those Benanti-worthy high notes and working on that Ilona split.) On April 25, the cast hit the recording studio to work on the She Loves Me album that is sure to be music to our ears. Broadway.com was able to get in on the action at the first listen party. We ran into our dear friend and 2016 Tony nominee Laura Benanti (see above) as well as Tony nominee Jane Krakowski and Ghostlight Records President Kurt Deutsch (see below). Release dates will be announced later, but in the meantime,look at our adorable pics! She Loves Melast_img read more