Firms tackle skills and diversity crisis onlineOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Almost half of employers plan to increase the amount they spend on onlinerecruitment over the next year to combat ongoing problems finding people withthe right skills. A survey by Workthing of 250 employers and 2,000 jobseekers’ attitudes toonline recruitment reveals that 47 per cent of recruiters plan to increaseinvestment in online recruitment and 85 per cent still have problems fillingcertain positions. Matthew Mee, group recruitment manager at the Tussauds Group, agrees onlinerecruitment can provide significant advantages in terms of speed and reach. “Simply having an online recruitment system does not answer yourrecruitment problems, but it does give you another tool to access people morequickly and those you might not be able to reach using conventional recruitmentapproaches,” he said. The study also finds that although most recruiters believe they are spendingtoo much time on application processing, 85 per cent are still sorting CVs byhand. The study shows that many employers don’t provide the information jobseekerswant on their company websites. The top three criteria for looking for a new employer are: a securefinancial footing, good career prospects and competitive packages. However, only 37 per cent of company websites refer to company performance,29 per cent discuss career progression and less than half cover benefits. Andy Baker, managing director of Workthing, said: Companies need tounderstand how their online design, content usability and response handlingprocesses play a critical role in forming candidates’ opinions of theirbusiness as a place to work.” By Ben Willmotthttp://www.workthing-peoplebank.com/ Comments are closed.
Respiration of mesopelagic fish: a comparison of respiratory electron transport system (ETS) measurements and allometrically calculated rates in the Southern Ocean and Benguela Current
Mesopelagic fish are an important component of marine ecosystems, and their contribution to marine biogeochemical cycles is becoming increasingly recognized. However, major uncertainties remain in the rates at which they remineralize organic matter. We present respiration rate estimates of mesopelagic fish from two oceanographically contrasting regions: the Scotia Sea and the Benguela Current. Respiration rates were estimated by measuring the enzyme activities of the electron transport system. Regression analysis of respiration with wet mass highlights regional and inter-specific differences. The mean respiration rates of all mesopelagic fish sampled were 593.6 and 354.9 µl O2 individual−1 h−1 in the Scotia Sea and Benguela Current, respectively. Global allometric models performed poorly in colder regions compared with our observations, underestimating respiratory flux in the Scotia Sea by 67–88%. This may reflect that most data used to fit such models are derived from temperate and subtropical regions. We recommend caution when applying globally derived allometric models to regional data, particularly in cold (<5°C) temperature environments where empirical data are limited. More mesopelagic fish respiration rate measurements are required, particularly in polar regions, to increase the accuracy with which we can assess their importance in marine biogeochemical cycles.
NPD grants drilling permit for well 6506/11-12 S in production licence 644. (Credit: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted OMV Norge AS a drilling permit for well 6506/11-12 S, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.Well 6506/11-12 S will be drilled from the Island Innovator drilling facility in position 65°08’48.29″N and 06°20’32.24″E.The drilling programme for well 6506/11-12 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 644. OMV Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Equinor (40 per cent), DNO (20 per cent) and Spirit Energy (10 per cent).The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 6506/8, 6506/10 and 6506/11. The well will be drilled about 4 kilometres west of the Morvin field.Production licence 644 was awarded on 3 February 2012 (APA 2011). This is the second exploration well to be drilled in the licence.The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity. Source: Company Press Release Well 6506/11-12 S will be drilled from the Island Innovator drilling facility in position 65°08’48.29″N and 06°20’32.24″E
The Assam state government is expected to take part in the stake acquisition alongside Oil India and Engineers India The Numaligarh Refinery began commercial production in 2000. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay) Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) has announced the sale of its entire stake in the Numaligarh Refinery in the eastern Indian state of Assam for INR98.75bn ($1.35bn).The board of directors of the public sector oil and gas firm has sanctioned the sale of its 61.65% stake in the refinery to a consortium made up of Oil India and Engineers India.The Assam state government could also take part in the transaction alongside the consortium, said BPCL in a filing to the BSE.In this connection, BPCL will sell its 45.3 million shares in the Numaligarh Refinery at INR10 ($0.14) per share.The sale would need the approval of BPCL’s shareholders.Oil India and the Assam government are already stakeholders in the oil refinery with stakes of 26% and 12.35%, respectively.Like BPCL, Oil India and Engineers India are also owned by the Indian government and come under administrative control of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.Built in the Golaghat district, the Numaligarh Refinery registered INR142.44bn ($1.94bn) in total income for the financial year ended 31 March 2020.The Numaligarh Refinery, which began commercial production in 2000, has a capacity of three million metric tonnes per year (MMTPA).According to BPCL, the refinery’s consolidated net worth was INR52.92bn ($7.2bn), as on 31 March 2020.Its products include LPG, naphtha, aviation turbine fuel, motor spirit, superior kerosene oil, raw petroleum coke, calcined petroleum coke, high speed diesel, and others.In July 2020, the Numaligarh Refinery secured environmental clearance to expand its capacity by three times to 9MMTPA.The refinery is said to be the largest customer of Oil India’s crude oil produced from its North Eastern fields. Oil India expects the transaction to enhance the synergy in its portfolio.
In less than 24 hours the tenant fees ban goes live in England after nearly two years of horse trading inside and outside parliament, but its predicted and likely disastrous effect on the private rental sector is already being felt, it has been claimed.ARLA Propertymark says that in April its members recorded the highest number of buy-to-let landlords exiting the market for over a year as well as increasing rents and a drop in the number of properties available to let.All three have long been part of the industry’s predictions of what would happen if a complete ban on charging tenants fees was introduced.Tenant fees banThis together with the looming ban on Section 21 ‘no excuse’ evictions, is “forcing landlords to either increase rents or leave the market altogether”, says ARLA’s Chief Executive David Cox (left).“As supply of rental accommodation falls further, tenants will only be faced with more competition for properties, pushing up rent prices on good-quality, well-managed properties and decreasing tenants’ ability to negotiate rent reductions.”ARLA says the number of landlords selling up properties increased during April from four to five per branch, and that a third of landlords increased their rent, up from a quarter a year ago. The ratio of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions reduced too, from 2.9% in March to 1.9% in April.“In order to remain profitable, landlords will increase rents to cover the additional fees they are now faced with and as a result, tenants will continue to feel the burn,” says Cox ARLA Propertymark tenant fees ban David Cox May 31, 2019Nigel 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 » Countdown to the fees ban: ‘rents already rising and more landlords selling up’ previous nextRegulation & LawCountdown to the fees ban: ‘rents already rising and more landlords selling up’ARLA says ‘predicted’ effect of tenant fees ban has already been felt within the private rented sector just hours ahead of its introduction.Nigel Lewis31st May 201901,686 Views
The Oxford Student has suggested that Christ Church could terminate the leases early if it could agree compensation with the tenants. However, Walker strongly refuted this, saying that such a move would be “very unusual” and “very difficult.” In the unlikely event that the nightclubs are forced to close in 2013 Walker stated that the Bridge would, in all likelihood, relocate. He said, “We certainly intend to have a Bridge nightclub in Oxford for many years to come.” “We’re perfectly comfortable with our lease,” he added. It alleged that Christ Church had hatched a plan with Oxford City Council that would see The Bridge, Anuba, Bar Risa, Thirst and Ocean and Collins bulldozed, along with a number of other buildings. “Assuming Christ Church honours this lease – and I’m sure they honour all leases – they’re not going to knock down that block and they’re therefore not going to knock us down either.” Walker said, “Our lease is for another three and a half years on this site, so it won’t close in the time of any current students in Oxford. It’s indicated that we will then be given a yearly licence, which will allow us to operate year on year. However, Bridge co-owner Simon Walker told Cherwell that the plan would not be happening any time soon. Responding to claims made in the Oxford Student, Simon Walker, one of the owners of The Bridge, has made it clear that the club is extremely unlikely to close any time in the next five years. In an article published yesterday entitled ‘Bridge and Risa to close’ the Oxford Student suggested that five nightclubs, located on a patch of central Oxford land, would be demolished. “Once a lease is signed it is very difficult to offer a great deal of compensation to end the lease early,” he added. Walker also pointed to the recent lease extension secured by another building on the same piece of land. “Another premises has just been given a two-year extension on a new lease which now takes it through to the middle of 2013. The owner of The Bridge nightclub has refuted rumours that the club is to close. “I don’t think it’s going to be in the timescale of any Oxford students,” he said. Balreick Srai, owner of student club night promotions company Rock Oxford also said that the club would not be closing soon. Balreick said that he couldn’t see the Bridge or other nightclubs simply closing. “I’m pretty sure people would try to find alternative venues. I can’t see that not happening,” he said. One Oxford club promoter said that, as the commercial rents currently earn Christ Church considerable sums, there is no real impetus for them to seek to end the leases early.
Members of Oxford Brookes’ University Rugby Club paraded in hunting uniforms, wore sex toys and attacked a woman’s car while she was with her two-year old daughter in a social on Cowley Road.When police arrived at the scene they were also found parts of an animal carcass. The incident left members of the public intimidated and was described as “inappropriate and offensive”.Despite a formal apology from the club President, Ronnie Gunson, Brookes University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, said the matter was being taken “extremely seriously”.
Cherwell: What benefits does Fique have over other such alternatives? GM: “The stats speak for themselves. The issues of global warming and plastic pollution are killing animals in the sea and on land. The issue is a serious problem, and the population is going to get bigger, by 2050 the population is going to be [almost] ten billion. It is already a major problem, the Pacific garbage patch is already bigger than France. Imagine when the population is three billion more people! The problem is only going to be worse.” GM: “It started I suppose about ten years when we realised how many plastic bags we had stored away […]. We realised this just really wasn’t very efficient and a waste of plastic. We were walking in Colombia and saw the fique plant, and were wondering what uses it could have. Currently farmers only use it for string and rope, and they do not use the small fibres, and we thought these could be used for an alternative material. So, we came up with the idea of using these fibres for package bags.” GM: “Yes. I mean, they are not the only solution. They are definitely a new material people can use. It is definitely a new idea, a new patent, it has not been done before. It is a circular economy, so we use the fibres and then you use the products and once you are done with it you can bury it and it will become nutrients in the soil within 100 days. So, a fique plant or whatever you want can grow in its place.” Cherwell: How big of an impact do you think winning the competition will have? Alex Moreno standing next to production machinery. Image: Fiquetex Cherwell: Where did the initial thought for this award-winning idea come from? Featured Image: Fiquetex With the ever-increasing rise of awareness of pollution, global warming, and the use of plastic the search for alternative materials becomes more urgent, Gabriel Moreno and his father Alex started Fiquetex with the aim of providing a reliable source of alternative greener materials made from the Fique plant. Gabriel and Fiquetex won best postgraduate idea at the Oxford All-Innovate competition, whose previous winners include Neurolytic Healthcare, a precision medicine company, and Genei, a system that allows AI to reduce research time. The competition is judged based on the criteria of what is the problem the idea tries to solve, how well it tackles that idea, the strength of the team, and the viability of the idea. Cherwell spoke with Gabriel, a master’s student at Linacre College, to discuss the importance of green materials, as well as the importance of Fiquetex for Colombia and vegan clothing. Cherwell: Will Fiquetex have a positive impact on Colombia and the local communities there? Cherwell: How important is it that alternative materials are used to replace plastic bags and other such plastic products? Why are alternatives important? GM: “We are currently building the production line; we are hoping to have that done next month to then go on and testing and standardising production. We will then go on to local distribution in Colombia in Medellin to see what is liked. Later on in the year I would like to come to the UK, as I am based here, and would like to continue that. I would like to go to fashion designers and get it in London fashion week, or something similar, for the unveiling for Fiquetex.” GM: “Firstly, the material itself is quite durable unlike paper and other vegan alternatives made from things such as apple. It is relatively cost efficient: other vegan alternatives such as mushrooms or even cotton require lighting, artificial heat, and watering to farm. Fique does not. Fique does not need chemical, pesticides, it just grows naturally. Fique saves on water and chemicals are used and then thrown away, causing their own pollution. It is not only a biodegradable alternative in use, but it is also more environmentally friendly in production. Most things which are biodegradable are only about 80% biodegradable or take four hundred years, this is completely biodegradable in 100 days.” Cherwell: What is the company’s plan next? GM: “Yes, one million percent. We will give a fair-trade price for fibres [that] they are not currently using; we are going to create employment in rural areas where there are not many other opportunities. The Colombian local governments are behind the idea. It will also employ a wide range of people, across several fields from agriculture and farming to accountants. It will provide an alternative to people joining gangs.” Further information about Fiquetex can be found on their website and social media. Cherwell: What advantage does Fique have over other Vegan leathers? GM: “The material is much lower in maintenance and in production costs. With Fique we do not have to worry about irrigation and seasonal growing patterns. Fique grows all year. Our product is also completely biodegradable unlike other Vegan leathers, which are not fully biodegradable. Our product is more durable and can take more weight. Fique leather will be affordable, which vegan leathers currently are not despite the Vegan leather market growing at 50% annually, by 2025 it is estimated to be worth 90 billion dollars. The current leathers are very expensive and are really only for designers’ brands, we hope that Fique can be used both for these but also for less expensive and independent shops.” GM: “I think it will have a big impact. People are really starting to become aware of sustainability, look at the [documentary] Seaspiracy on Netflix [becoming] so popular. The fact that these expert judges saw the potential of our company is really great, it has given me lots of confidence, and it has given the company legitimacy. No longer are we an abstract idea from Colombia but we have the legitimacy from the Oxford name. This should help, especially going into pitches.” GM: “Yes definitely, originally our plan was to look to climate change activists, but feedback from the Vegan community showed that they were an important target market. We definitely agree with their values that we need to stop harming animals […] as well as them being mistreated in farming.” Cherwell: Is Fique and Fiquetex the solution? Cherwell: Fique can be used as a vegan leather. Is this going to be a major part of the company’s production and image? 8/4/21, 18:53 – this article was edited to remove a reference to Fiquitex being PETA certified. While they are certified, it is not yet fully binding
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Riders enjoy the merry-go-round at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday, April 12, 2014.The annual spring ritual of half-price sales for rides on the Ocean City (NJ) Boardwalk is underway.With the weekend before Easter bringing spectacular weather to Ocean City, walk-up sales at Playland’s Castaway Cove (10th Street and Boardwalk) and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier (Sixth Street and Boardwalk) were brisk.But in recent years, both of Ocean City’s amusement centers have offered the same discounts for online purchases.Playland’s Castaway Cove: Sale includes 40 tickets for $20 (normally $40). Discounts also include 5 Seaside Go Kart Speedway passes for $20 (normally $30) and 5 Seaside Village/Golden Galleon Mini Golf passes for $22 (normally $35). Sale runs through April 27.Gillian’s Wonderland Pier: Sale includes one book of 25 tickets for $10 (normally $20). Sale runs through April 20.The spring ticket sales have long been a popular way to help offset the costs of a summer night on the Boardwalk.Playland offers 32 rides, including the landmark Double Shot that takes riders on a 110-foot vertical drop. Customers also can buy the discounted tickets in-person noon to 5 p.m. daily at Playland through April 27.Discounted tickets can be purchased in person at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and at Stainton’s, A Gallery of Shops (810 Asbury Avenue) noon to 5 p.m. through April 20.Iconic rides at Gillian’s include the log flume and giant Ferris wheel. Both parks will be open noon to 5 p.m. during Easter weekend (April 19 and 20).