Comments are closed. Councils must share services to cut costsOn 22 Aug 2006 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Shared-service centres that run back-office functions such as HR will become “the norm” in local government by 2009, the Public Sector People Managers’ Association (PPMA) has predicted.Last week, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham signed a £120m, 10-year deal to set up London’s first local government shared-services centre from 1 October. The centre aims to run back-office functions for other London councils.The PPMA said the need for the public sector to make savings, driven by the government’s Gershon efficiency agenda, would mean more local authorities moving towards this model.Alan Warner, past PPMA president and corporate director (people and property) at Hertfordshire County Council, said there was great potential for local authorities to offer a range of services to other councils. “This is the direction of travel for HR in local government,” he said. “We will see some real changes within the next three years.”NHS organisations are also taking steps in adopting the shared-services model. The Department of Health is on the verge of providing funding for a pilot project.For more on shared services
May 12, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Pac-12 football coaches pitch uniform start to season Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSome Pac-12 football coaches are pitching an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season.Washington coach Jimmy Lake said in a video conference with reporters that he would prefer for all major college teams to begin six weeks of preparation for the season at the same time. Colorado coach Karl Dorrell and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham backed Lake’s idea.Teams would need to begin conditioning and practice in mid-July for the season to start on time around Labor Day weekend, when Washington is scheduled to host Michigan. But there are complications with states taking different approaches to fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Tags: Kyle Whittingham/Pac-12/Utah Utes Football
UN report finds fossil fuel production gap remains largeThe report, which first launched in 2019, measures the gap between the Paris Agreement goals and countries’ planned production of coal, oil, and gas.It finds that the “production gap” remains large and that countries plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with a 1.5C temperature limit.This year’s special issue looks at the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic – and governments’ stimulus and recovery measures – on coal, oil, and gas production.The UN said it comes at a potential turning point, as the pandemic prompts unprecedented government action – and as major economies, including China, Japan, and South Korea, have pledged to reach net-zero emissions.The UN said the largest fossil fuel producers, including Australia, Canada and the US, are currently among those pursuing “major expansions” in fossil fuel supply (Credit: Needpix.com)The report was produced by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Overseas Development Institute, E3G, and UNEP.Dozens of researchers have contributed to the analysis and review, spanning numerous universities and additional research organisations.Michael Lazarus, a lead author on the report and the director of SEI’s US Center, said: “The research is abundantly clear that we face severe climate disruption if countries continue to produce fossil fuels at current levels, let alone at their planned increases.“The research is similarly clear on the solution – government policies that decrease both the demand and supply for fossil fuels and support communities currently dependent on them.“This report offers steps that governments can take today for a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels.”The analysis shows that between 2020 and the end of the decade, global coal, oil, and gas production would have to decline annually by 11%, 4%, and 3%, respectively, to be consistent with the 1.5C pathway.It also found that the COVID-19 pandemic – and the “lockdown” measures to halt its spread – have led to short-term drops in coal, oil, and gas production in 2020. But pre-COVID plans and post-COVID stimulus measures point to a continuation of the growing global fossil fuel production gap, risking “severe climate disruption”.The report said that to date, G20 governments have committed more than $230bn in COVID-19 measures to sectors responsible for fossil fuel production and consumption, which is far more than the $150bn pledged to clean energy. It notes that policymakers “must reverse this trend” to meet the climate goals. Australia, Canada and the US amongst nations pursuing “major expansions” in fossil fuel supplyThe UN’s research also delves into how the world can equitably transition away from fossil fuels, with the most rapid wind-down needed from countries that have “higher financial and institutional capacity and are less dependent on fossil fuel production”.It said some of the largest fossil fuel producers in this group, including Australia, Canada and the US, are currently among those pursuing “major expansions” in fossil fuel supply.The report outlines six areas of action, arming policymakers with options to start winding down fossil fuels as they enact COVID-19 recovery plans.Among other things, it said they can reduce existing government support for fossil fuels, introduce restrictions on production, and ensure stimulus funds go to green investments, while tying any high-carbon support with conditions that promote long-term alignment with the climate goals.Måns Nilsson, SEI’s executive director, said: “This report shines a light on how government action, in many cases, risks locking us into fossil-fuelled pathways.“And it lays out the alternative, with solutions and examples for moving beyond coal, oil, and gas production. It’s time to imagine, and plan for, a better future.” The UN’s Production Gap Report notes that countries are planning and projecting an average annual increase in fossil fuel production of 2% across the next decade A report by Scope Group warns the EU’s proposals could fail to stem so-called carbon leakage (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Monkeyboy0076) The world’s governments must wind down fossil fuel production by 6% per year to “limit catastrophic warming”, according to the UN.Its Production Gap Report, released today (2 December), finds that the COVID-19 recovery marks a “potential turning point”, where countries must “change course” to avoid locking in levels of coal, oil, and gas production far higher than is consistent with a 1.5C limit.Although the analysis shows that the world needs to decrease production by 6% per year up until 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5C, it notes that countries are instead planning and projecting an average annual increase of 2% across the next decade.Inger Andersen, executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said: “This year’s devastating forest fires, floods, and droughts and other unfolding extreme weather events serve as powerful reminders for why we must succeed in tackling the climate crisis.“As we seek to reboot economies following the COVID-19 pandemic, investing in low-carbon energy and infrastructure will be good for jobs, for economies, for health, and for clean air.“Governments must seize the opportunity to direct their economies and energy systems away from fossil fuels, and build back better towards a more just, sustainable, and resilient future.”
Home » News » Agencies & People » Meine Güte! Purplebricks takes a share in German hybrid counterpart previous nextAgencies & PeopleMeine Güte! Purplebricks takes a share in German hybrid counterpartThe acquisition is through an initial £11.1 million investment in Berlin-based Homeday.de via a joint deal with AxelSpringer.Nigel Lewis15th October 201801,063 Views Homeday team: Philipp Reichle (CTO), Friederike Hesse (COO), Steffen Wicker (CEO) and Dmitri Uvarovski (CMO) Purplebricks has bought a stake in a three-year old and loss-making German hybrid estate agency called Homeday.de for £11.1m, marking its first move into the European property market.Homeday changed its model recently from a service that provided leads to estate agents to a fully-fledged hybrid agency in its own right with local experts. Last year Homeday posted revenues of £3.5 million but a loss of £3.2 million.Purplebricks has taken a stake in the company via a joint venture with German media giant Axel Springer.It will give the two companies a 25.9% stake in the Berlin-based hybrid agency, with an option to buy a further 28.5% stake in it next year. This will cost Purplebricks at additional £17.5 million to acquire.The two companies will then have options to buy Homeday’s remaining shares and, if all goes well, will own the whole company by 2024.Homeday will not be going purple and will continue to be run by founder and CEO Steffen Wicker and his management team.Both Purplebricks and Axel Springer will have positions on its board.The German market is worth €5.1 billion in sales commission, helped by the high commission rates charged by traditional agents of nearly 6%, an opportunity that Purplebricks believes Homeday can make inroads into with its lower fees.“Our investment in Homeday secures for us a strong foothold in Europe’s second largest residential real estate market,” says Michael Bruce, the Group CEO of Purplebricks.“This is a good opportunity for Purplebricks, allowing us to partner early with a dynamic and committed management team, while remaining focused on realising the opportunity in our existing markets.“Steffen Wicker and his colleagues at Homeday share many of our own values and have a clear ambition to become Germany’s leading online real estate agent by providing a trusted and transparent service to customers.” October 15, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Connells Group has signed up to UK identity platform Yoti’s secure e-signatures platform across its business, the first UK estate agency to do so.Connells had been using DocuSign, which has been the industry standard for years, but in April last year switched to Yoti for sales and now lettings too.London-based Yoti, which is a smartphone-based app, launched in 2017 and offers a range of compliance services including identity verification and e-signatures.Connells says it has adopted Yoti’s tech after results from its sales division revealed three quarters of contracts being signed within two hours, along with considerable cost savings.60,000 tenanciesThe agency says Yoti will now be used by its 6,800 staff managing 60,000 tenancies via its 600 branches.Yoti offers a secure web-based ‘eSignature’ platform that enables estate agents to send documents electronically and manage their signing processes quickly and simply.Connells Group’s IT chief Nigel Trevor says “We are delighted to be able to successfully launch Yoti eSignatures into our business. The feature set Yoti has developed as part of their engagement with us will enhance significant aspects of our customer on-boarding processes, as well as helping to improve efficiencies.”Organisations like Connells have been looking for more secure and affordable ways to transact online and particularly so during Covid when face-to-face contact has been minimised.“Yoti enables organisations and consumers to unite through a shared desire to streamline processes and reduce cost of sale, whilst focussing on the increasingly important pillars of secure identity, data security and privacy,” says its CEO Robin Tombs (pictured). March 18, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Connells switches to UK-based secure e-signatures service Yoti previous nextProptechConnells switches to UK-based secure e-signatures service YotiAfter initially using the tech for sales, Connells is now rolling it out across the whole business after many years spent using US firm DocuSign.Nigel Lewis18th March 20210419 Views
St Catherine’s College has declared war on Magdalen College, it was announced at a St Catz JCR meeting last Sunday. Consequently, Catz JCR President Marcus Stevenson has been handed authority to organise a war committee. This state of war follows an altercation involving a St Catz student, known only as “Brother Shankar”. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, informed Cherwell that he “was involved in an ‘incident’ on Jowett Walk last Wednesday involving a broken bottle” and that his “sources indicate that this was a trap purposely set down by our enemies [Magdalen College], the aggressors.”The news, which has shocked many of the residents of Oxford’s Eastern colleges, came after a JCR motion, proposed by Oxford Union Librarian Christopher Starkey and seconded by Oliver Troen. Starkey’s motion noted, “We hate Magdalen” and that the “sons and daughters of Catz are born warriors, as is displayed in our weekly pilgrimage to Bridge”. It resolved to “declare war on Magdalen” and “grant emergency powers to Comrade Stevenson to set up a war committee.” Starkey informed Cherwell that the war has been “a long time coming” and that Catz would “definitely prepare ourselves to fight Magdalen to the bitter end.” Troen, who, for reasons of secrecy, had to be “incredibly careful” when talking to the press, would not confirm what injuries had been sustained by Comrade Shankar in an incident which he compared to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Nevertheless, he commented, somewhat mysteriously, “Catz has not gone searching for war; war has found us.”Starkey agreed with Troen and confirmed the incident involved “a vicious booby-trap which was set to attack a Catz boy on his way home from a night at Bridge.” Although he could not disclose many of their plans, Starkey told Cherwell, “The war committee will be giving weekly reports – to be read out at JCR meetings and published online – as well as reaching out to our friends at St Hilda’s and New College, in an attempt to triangulate our enemy.”Magdalen’s response to this declaration of war has been slow. JCR President Millie Ross stated that when she had first been informed about the declaration of war, she “had to Google St Catz to see what they were talking about.” Despite the in-depth research of the JCR President, some Magdalen students still seemed confused about the realities of their enemy. Tim Slatcher, on Magdalen’s top secret Facebook group, returned typographical fire by suggesting the motion “‘St Catz’ have declared war on Magdalen. We have no idea who ‘St Catz’ is. The JCR believes that ‘St Catz’ is probably fictitious and can’t pose much of a threat.” Whilst Magdalen has been conducting rigorous research into their neighbour, Ross conceded that she was unsure of how the college would respond to the war. She commented, “What the JCR will ultimately resolve to do is as yet unclear, but our next GM won’t be until Sunday of 7th week and, needless to say, I feel that an extraordinary GM to discuss this would be entirely unnecessary.”Despite Starkey’s belief that “Magdalen dislike us and we dislike them”, Ross has suggested that the real motives for the declaration of war might be more personal. She told Cherwell, “I feel that this might be a way in which Chris Starkey is attempting to get back at me for being entirely superior to him throughout our school days.”
The quality of UK wheat has been praised by millers from Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Tunisia at a recent Home-Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) bread baking workshop but there are concerns over levels of supply.Emma Finn, HGCA arable business supply chain manager, said there were specific worries over the availability of soft wheat, branded ’uks’ for the export market.She warned: “The importance of uks is underlined in this year of low supplies. The UK has few competitors for this product so our customers rely on us. Typically millers in Spain and Portugal are using 20% uks in their grists so a consistent supply of uks varieties is needed to sustain this market.”Miguel Angel Martin Conessa, a miller from Spain, said he had successfully used a blend of 65% uks and 35% ukp bread wheat to reduce costs.Said Badri, of the Tunisian Millers Association, said he had used 80% uks and 20% ukp in flat breads and baguettes.
Cinnamon is the dried bark of an evergreen tree that is grown in Sri Lanka, Southern India and the West Indies. It is available in small sticks or ground into a powder. The sticks are usually used to make an infusion, for example warmed in milk for custard tarts.Generally, when baking, it is best to buy and use ground cinnamon, as the sticks are difficult to grind to a smooth enough powder. It goes very well with many autumn fruits, including apples, pears, plums and damsons. If making crumbles with these fruits, add some cinnamon to both the filling and the topping. Make a plum or rhubarb and pecan streusel cake by putting either plums or rhubarb on top of a cake mixture and covering with a strongly cinnamon-flavoured pecan streusel mixture before baking.Cinnamon also mixes well with other spices such as ginger, nutmeg and cloves and will easily take either a starring or supporting roll in the line-up of spices in a particular product. Another good combination is with chocolate, so try adding a little cinnamon to both chocolate cakes and tarts.Try making chocolate and cinnamon kisses by adding cinnamon to the basic chocolate mixture and sandwiching together with a chocolate and cinnamon butter cream.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Wine
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announced the selection of its 2011-12 Hertz Fellows, including Harvard students Megan M. Blewett ’11 and Jesse Engreitz, a graduate student at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). The fellowship, valued at more than $250,000 per student, was also awarded to 13 other recipients, who will receive financial support lasting up to five years of their graduate studies.Since 1963, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has focused on empowering young scientists and engineers with the freedom to innovate in their doctoral research.For more information on the award.
View Comments Related Shows Les Miserables He never shall yield! Direct from the Australian production, Hayden Tee will begin performances as Javert in Les Miserables on January 29. He replaces Adam Monley in the role at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre.Tee, a New Zealand native, played Marius in the 20th anniversary West End production of Les Miz. His additional credits include Australian productions of South Pacific, Titanic, Dead Man Walking and My Fair Lady. In the States, he has appeared in Camelot, Peter Pan and Being Earnest.The cast of Les Miz also currently includes Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Montego Glover as Fantine, Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette and Wallace Smith as Enjolras. Hayden Tee as Javert Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016