Government promises more money to help raise UK’s ailing productivity rate

first_imgGovernment promises more money to help raise UK’s ailing productivity rateOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today The Government is to inject an extra £20m into manufacturing to helpstruggling employers. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced that the additionalfunds would be split between the DTI’s Partnership Fund, which promotes closerworking between employers and employees, and projects to improve supply chainsand productivity. Hewitt said the £20m was the result of recommendations from the TUC and theCBI, and would be used to spread best practice. The establishment of four more centres of manufacturing excellence was alsoannounced at a “manufacturing summit” in Birmingham to identify thespread of best practice in the East Midlands, South West, North East andYorkshire and Humberside. This additional £20m over the next two years builds on the £20m alreadycommitted to the promotion of best practice and the £5m promised to thePartnership Fund, bringing the total being spent in this area to £45m. Speaking in Birmingham, Hewitt said, “Where business and unions agreeon good ideas to raise productivity then the Government should look to backthem.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

The annual and longitudinal variations in plasmaspheric ion density

first_imgThis paper shows that at solar maximum, equatorial ion densities at L = 2.5 are substantially higher at American longitudes in the December months than in the June months. This arises because the configuration of the geomagnetic field causes a longitude-dependent asymmetry in ionospheric solar illumination at conjugate points that is greatest at American longitudes. For example, at −60°E geographic longitude the L = 2.5 field line has its foot point near 65° geographic latitude in the Southern Hemisphere but near 42° latitude in the Northern Hemisphere. We investigated the consequent effects on equatorial electron and ion densities by comparing ground-based observations of ULF field line eigenoscillations with in situ measurements of electron densities (from the CRRES and IMAGE spacecraft) and He+ densities (IMAGE) for L = 2.5 at solar maximum. Near −60°E longitude the electron and ion mass densities are about 1.5 and 2.2 times larger, respectively, in the December months than in the June months. Over the Asia-Pacific region there is little difference between summer and winter densities. Plasmaspheric empirical density models should be modified accordingly. By comparing the electron, helium, and mass densities, we estimate the annual variation in H+, He+, and O+ concentrations near −3°E longitude and −74°E longitude. In each case the He+ concentration is about 5% by number, but O+ concentrations are substantially higher at −3°E longitude compared with −74° E. We speculate that this may be related to enhanced ionospheric temperatures associated with the South Atlantic anomaly.last_img read more

Utah State Basketball Hosts Eastern Oregon Saturday

first_img Tags: Eastern Oregon Basketball/USU Basketball Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP)-Saturday, Utah State men’s basketball (12-2, 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play) hosts Eastern Oregon (7-6, 1-3 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play) of the NAIA in a non-conference tilt at the Spectrum.Aggies head coach Craig Smith (40-9, .816 at Utah State; 119-64, .650) is excelling in his second season at Logan. The Aggies are also 21-1 (.955) at home under Smith, including a 12-0 mark against non-conference opponents.Utah State scores 78.4 points per game, ranking the Aggies 57th nationally in scoring offense. The Aggies rank second nationally in total rebounds (591) and made free throws (238).The Aggies are 7th nationally in rebounding margin (+10.0, 42.2-32.2) per game and ninth in the country in total assists (225).Utah State is 8-0 on the season when they shoot a better percentage than their opponents and also 8-0 in games when they shoot better than their foes behind the 3-point line.Senior guard Sam Merrill (17.7 points, 5.4 rebounds per game) remains the Aggies’ standout on the season.Sophomore forward Justin Bean (13.9 points, a team-best 11.4 rebounds per game and a team-best 17 blocked shots) and junior forward Alphonso Anderson (11.6 points per game) also score in double figures on average for Utah State per game.Junior guard Abel Porter leads the squad with 55 assists and senior guard, Portuguese national Diogo Brito, has a team-best 24 steals.Utah State surrenders 61.9 points per game, ranking the Aggies 43rd nationally in scoring defense.The LaGrande, Ore.-based Mountaineers are coached by second-year head coach Carlito LaBarda Jr. who is presently 22-21 (.512) at the helm of the program.The high-scoring Mountaineers score 102.1 points per game.Junior guard Max McCullough (20.6 points, 5.6 rebounds per game, team bests in assists [63] and steals [10]), senior center Jarek Schetzle (19.1 points, team-bests in rebounds (10.8 per game) and blocked shots (28), junior guard Jamal Heckard (16.3 points per game), senior guard Landon Jones (15.7 points, 9.5 rebounds per game and junior guard Josh Brown (11.9 points per game) all score in double figures on average for Eastern Oregon.The Mountaineers surrender 89.2 points per game.The Aggies lead Eastern Oregon 2-0 all-time. Written by December 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Basketball Hosts Eastern Oregon Saturdaylast_img read more

Event Review: Nigella Lawson at Blackwell’s, 31/10/07

first_imgby Alexandra Hedges“I like three things: I like cooking, I like eating, and I like writing about food.” These are the attractively candid opening words of Nigella Lawson as she stands up to promote her new book, Nigella Express, at Blackwell’s on Broad Street. She strides in, looking polished and serene, yet her tone is humble and honest. Nigella is not ashamed of her love of food. In a pleasantly self-deprecating manner she admits that she would rather spend her money on out-of-season plums than a new haircut. She rejects the fashion in top restaurants for creating ‘small but stylish’ portions; with hands proudly placed on her womanly hips, she announces, “miniature things depress me!” When asked what her ‘Last Supper’ would comprise, she launches with ease into a lengthy list, requesting “roast potatoes, mash and chips!” Nigella advocates simple but well-prepared dishes, admitting that she rarely eats out because she dislikes “fussy food”. It is a family joke that the menu always includes roast chicken when guests are expected. When asked whether she has a favourite eating-place, she hesitates, before alighting on a cheap Chinese restaurant she frequented as a student at Oxford, where she enjoyed a plate of salty spare ribs between lectures. Nigella believes that good food does not need to be expensive; She remembers preparing an excellent onion soup in her college kitchen, using ingredients from the local Co-op. She is a fount of useful money-saving tips, recommending lining a cheap pan with ‘Bacofoil’ instead of buying costly non-stick equipment and suggests ordering utensils off eBay.  Nigella believes strongly that everyone is capable of preparing a high quality dinner on a daily basis. She openly admits to having no formal culinary training; she has developed all her skills through experimentation and by watching others. Her new book demonstrates that even a busy career-woman can be a domestic goddess with very little extra effort.  Nigella Express is full of recipes for quick but delicious dishes. Whatever your work routine and whatever your tastes, her book offers a solution, from a roast duck which can be popped in the oven in the morning to be ready and waiting when you arrive home, to a five-minute Mexican dish, amusingly called ‘Speedy Gonzales’.  Nigella’s passionate enthusiasm for cooking is endearing. She genuinely believes that a minute’s manual labour in the kitchen is more therapeutic than an hour of yoga. She feels she has found her vocation, and for her, nothing could be more fulfilling than sharing with thousands of others the pleasurable experience of good food.last_img read more

Stainton’s Welcomes Unique Guest for a Good Cause

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleStainton’s Gallery of Shops in Ocean City had a special guest Sunday parked outside of the store – well sort of. He wore a Santa Claus hat. But he was no Santa.His name was Nate. He’s a 16-year-old horse who happily nibbled on carrots from passersby. For a one dollar donation dropped in a feed bucket, shoppers got their turn at feeding the affable steed a carrot. And it was for a very good cause.Nate and his handler, Brandon Hickerson, of Black Oak Farm in Egg Harbor City, were the guests of Mike Yanniello, owner of “My Derby,” a shop specializing in Kentucky Derby collectibles in Stainton’s. Keyanna Brown took a break from work at Stainton’s to give a donation.The monies raised from Nate’s visit will go to Hope Farm in Galloway Township. The farm is part of the Hansen Foundation which helps people in recovery from drug addiction. Horses at Hope Farm provide therapy for those in recovery and for people with disabilities.Yanniello called the turnout for Nate fantastic and people were very generous with their donations. “Virtually everyone who walked by engaged with Nate in some capacity. They posed for pictures with him, fed him a carrot and gave a donation,” he said.Yanniello said he chose Hope Farm because he loves people, but his life’s passion has been horses, especially Thoroughbreds. He grew up watching them race and has dedicated his life to them.“Thoroughbreds, and all horses, can become therapy animals that help people who are compromised,” he explained. “They help people find an emotional bond. So, the people who care for horses will forever have my support because it can be financially difficult. That’s where a little bit of help can go a long way.”Nate greets a shopper while Brandon Hickerson, of Black Oak Farm, holds his lead line.As far as the amount of donations collected, Yanniello said it was hard to say. “The buckets were full,” he noted. “The people from Black Oak Farm are wonderful. I cannot wait until the next event at some point in the future.”In addition to paying for Nate’s visit to raise funds for Hope Farm, Yanniello also gave out his own sauces from his “My Derby” collection, to everyone donated to Heart of Surfing, a local nonprofit surfing program for families with autism. “I love people too,” he said with a smile. “Cindy and Bob Fertsch of Heart of Surfing do a great job. It is a wonderful organization.”He thanked Stainton’s management, including Director of Operations Bridget Buchanan, and the staff, for allowing him to hold the events.“When Mike came to me with this idea, I was all for it. What an amazing opportunity to partner with Heart of Surfing and help shine a light on the great job the people along with the animals are doing over at Hope Farm,” Buchanan said. “The names of these two charities says it all – heart and hope. I  couldn’t think of two better words to describe the holidays.”Mike Yanniello, owner of the “My Derby” shop in Stainton’s organized the fundraisers for Hope Farm and also Heart of Surfing. Nate, a 16-year-old horse, greets shoppers, Aria Lindberg, 15, of Ocean City, and Marissa Green, 15, of Absecon. last_img read more

Michael Gove appoints first food waste champion

first_imgBen Elliot has been appointed the Government’s first food surplus and waste champion to help promote awareness of food waste.The appointment by environment secretary Michael Gove will see Elliot, co-founder of lifestyle group Quintessentially, set directions to help drive down unnecessary food waste in the UK.He will work with businesses and stakeholders from retail, food manufacture, hospitality and foodservice, motivating businesses to tackle food waste from farm to fork.The government said the role was a commitment to its resources and waste strategy, launched in December, and would support the strategy and 25-year environment plan to work towards eliminating food waste to landfill by 2030.“Food waste is an economic, environmental and moral scandal. We must end it,” said Gove.“That’s why I am delighted Ben Elliot is taking up this position and know he will bring the enthusiasm and skills this important role needs. His first task will be to help ensure our £15m food waste fund redistributes surplus food that would otherwise be wasted to those most in need.”Elliot said his appointment would allow him to work to build a nationwide strategy to ensure surplus food was not wasted at the expense of those who needed it.He added: “While families all over the country struggle to put food on the table and children still go to school each day with empty stomachs, there continues to be an unforgivable amount of food waste, which is both morally deplorable and largely avoidable.“As a nation, we need to stop this excessive waste and ensure surplus food finds its way to people in our society who need it most, and not let it get thrown away and go to landfill.”last_img read more

Conservatives want results

first_imgWith the Republican Party controlling the U.S. House, the Senate, and the White House, one might consider this the best of times for the conservative movement. Yet the consensus at Wednesday night’s Kennedy School forum “The Future of the Conservative Agenda” was often just the opposite.Moderated by Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of Echelon Insights and a former Institute of Politics resident fellow, the panel asked how the traditional conservative agenda — health care reform, free trade, tax reform, a strong military — is likely to fare under President Trump. And the panelists not only expressed doubt on developments in those areas, but suggested there will be problems ahead.“Trump is not a conservative at all,” said April Ponnuru, senior adviser of the Conservative Reform Network and a former adviser to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. “The things we care most about, including social issues and the free market, are things that he barely tolerates. So we now have an agenda that doesn’t address the concerns of most Americans. College is still far too expensive, for example. He wants to do some big things — health care, tax reform, and building a wall — and those will all cost a lot of money. The one thing he’s been effective at doing is channeling peoples’ frustration. Congress could turn that into real policy, but frankly they haven’t done a great job so far.”The panelists named the Affordable Care Act reform as one case where conservative plans already seem to have dead-ended. As Oren Cass, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and former Mitt Romney campaign adviser, noted, even President Barack Obama took a year to pass a health plan with the full support of his party.“He came in with a hyper-competent administration, and it took him that long to pass something that was a mess of a health care plan,” said Cass. “And now the idea that Republicans, without that kind of leadership, are going to get something passed in a couple of months … Well, that is certainly optimistic.”James Pethokoukis, columnist for American Enterprise Institute, expressed measured pessimism about Trump’s economic promises. “Trump has set the expectations so high for what he can do right now, and a lot of voters may be very disappointed.” Photo by Silvia MazzocchinTax reform, the panelists agreed, is looking like a long shot as well. “That’s frankly becoming as much of a mess as health care reform,” said James Pethokoukis, a columnist and blogger at the American Enterprise Institute. The Trump campaign “hinged a lot of their pro-growth agenda on tax reform. So not only do they need to pass it, but it has to have amazing results on the economy. If that doesn’t get done, this administration will be a complete and utter failure. But Trump has set the expectations so high for what he can do right now, and a lot of voters may be very disappointed. We may not get super-fast growth, and the way it gets distributed may not be much different than it has been in the past 10 years.”Pethokoukis was even less favorable on trade issues. “That will be another in the series of catastrophic repeats. If there is one thing consistent in Donald Trump, he thinks that America’s one economic problem is that we’ve been screwed by other countries on trade,” said Pethokoukis. “To him, that explains it all, and that will be the heart of his trade policy. So now [Trump trade adviser] Peter Navarro wants to cut all the global supply chains — the ones that have been sending us jets and iPhones.”Nor did the panelists find much relief in Anderson’s suggestion that a stronger border at least coincides with conservative goals. Ponnuru said that while Trump may build a wall with Mexico, he can’t make it economically feasible. “The numbers just don’t work. I expect that he will get a lot of the wall built, but it will crowd out a lot of other things,” he said.Pethokoukis added that the wall also could send the wrong message to the international business community. “There have always been people around the world who think that if they’re going to do something amazing, they want to do it in the United States,” he said. “But now if you’re a great foreign entrepreneur, you might think, ‘Forget it. That’s not the country that I thought it was. Maybe I’d rather stay in my home country.’”last_img read more

White House Recommends People Avoid Gatherings Of More Than 10 People

first_imgPool PhotoWASHINGTON – The White House has issued guidelines for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.Titled “The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 days to slow the spread,” many of the guidelines are broad and have been what the administration and health officials have been saying from the start of the outbreak.Included in the guidelines: The guidelines also say states that have seen community spread should close bars, restaurants and other public places, though again, that is not a mandate. New York State has already issued the order for bars and restaurants to close as soon as this evening. People should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10People should stay away from bars restaurants and food courts, and to not travel if possible.center_img Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aaron Tveit, Male Model? The Graceland Star Gets Swanky

first_img Star Files Is that Aaron Tveit in that jaunty tangerine short-suit? Why yes, it is! The Graceland star is unleashing his tres chic side in Bello magazine, and we’re loving his dapper new look. Photographed by Aleksandar Tomovic, the Next to Normal, Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can alum is all over the new issue—feast your eyes on our favorite pics below, then check out the whole spread in Bello! View Commentscenter_img Aaron Tveitlast_img

Tix Now Available to See Bridget Everett in Rock Bottom

first_img Related Shows Rock Bottom previously ended a limited off-Broadway engagement on October 16, 2014. It features familiar songs heard in Everett’s monthly showcase with her band The Tender Moments at Joe’s Pub and new original songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz. The complete company includes Celisse Henderson, Paul Iacono, and Chelsea Packard. Rock Bottom Directed by Wittman, Rock Bottom is the story of what happens when you’re too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. In it, Everett barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. However, instead of succumbing to a chardonnay-induced stupor, Everett embraces a series of revelations that lead her to redemption. View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see Bridget Everett rise from Rock Bottom. The off-Broadway show, created by Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray, will play through February 20 at Joe’s Pub. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 20, 2015last_img read more