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Making your mark in meetings

first_img Comments are closed. Making your mark in meetingsOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Readers try out the latest products and coursesJan Golding reviews: Going to a Meeting From: Video Arts Format: VHS videos with ice-breaker. Package contains disks of: thecourse leader’s guide, delegate worksheets, PowerPoint slides, OHPS andself-study workbook. There are two separate titles: Messing up a meetinglasting 20 minutes and Meeting Menaces lasting 21 minutes Price: £995 per video with 20 per cent discount when bought together. Rentalper title £185 plus VAT and delivery for two days Tel: 0207 400 4800 E-mail: [email protected] must be a lucky manager who survives a day without attending a meeting ofsome description, so most organisations will have a ready audience for thisprogramme.It is spread over two similarly-styled video tapes providing ahigh level of flexibility to the trainer. Both use the somewhat ubiquitous JohnCleese as narrator, interacting with meeting attendee Jeremy. In each case,actors at a meeting react plausibly to the behaviour of one another. After eachscene Jeremy’s contribution or reaction is analysed and corrected, with are-run highlighting techniques for increased productivity.Messing up a Meeting is an introduction to the basics ofmeeting contribution, covering preparation, making a point and constructivelyadding to the debate. It would be ideal for new supervisors or managers withlimited experience of meetings, but die-hard meeting-goers will wryly extractpertinent points too. I particularly liked the helpful narrator breakdown,reinforcing the points around the concept of adding to the debate, which formost learners will be the most challenging aspect of this tape.Meeting Menaces identifies five typical types of characterencountered in meetings and provides techniques for resolving potentiallyblocking or unproductive situations. More experienced meeting-goers willrecognise and relate to the behaviours outlined, although I would anticipatesome credibility issues with the format of this tape among senior managers. The video works at an awareness level, bringing home genericpoints such as keeping your cool and resolving conflict. However, trainers willneed to provide further exercises to ensure the techniques outlined aremastered by their delegates.As this programme points out, good practice in meetings nevergoes out of date, but the same lessons need to be learned by each newgeneration of managers and supervisors. The content is topical but nottime-bound, the dress of the actors modern but not high fashion. While thestyle is solid, almost predictable, the recycling factor makes this programme agood investment for refreshing the managers of today and training those of thefuture.Jan Golding is training anddevelopment manager at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Demand for OPEC crude oil to take a hit in 2020, says IEA

first_img Wood Mackenzie’s analysis warns that there are a number of issues operators should keep in mind with the higher oil prices (Credit: Pixabay/ArtTower) The International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted major challenges ahead for OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and its oil-generating allies.The Paris-based IEA, an intergovernmental body that works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy, said in its latest oil markets report that demand for OPEC’s crude oil will fall sharply due to increased production from non-member rivals.Ehsan Ul-Haq, lead oil research analyst at financial markets data and infrastructure firm Refinitiv, believes a shortage of infrastructure could have implications on major oil-producing countries.He said: “Oil supply will certainly face headwinds, as the lack of infrastructure could limit supply growth in countries such as Canada, but also the US.“Similarly, low oil prices could increase the debt of smaller shale oil players.“But oil majors such as Chevron and ExxonMobil are producing a big chunk of shale oil and they can endure lower oil prices for several years.“Nevertheless, they must look at shareholders’ value in the long run.” Oil production figures for OPEC in 2019The IEA’s report comes ahead of a meeting between senior figures from OPEC and its ally nations within the oil industry in Vienna next month.The countries have agreed to cut output by 1.2 million barrels a day (mb/d) until March next year, to prevent a glut in oil production.But the IEA predicts demand for OPEC crude will continue to decrease over the next few months.It believes non-OPEC countries will grow production by 2.3 mb/d, taking total supply from these producers to 67.1m b/d next year.The IEA predicts non-OPEC countries to have significant growth in oil markets next year (Credit: Piqsels)The US will lead the way, but significant growth will also be recorded by smaller nations.This follows the IEA’s claim in its annual Energy Outlook that US shale-oil production will impact on global energy markets in the coming years, boosting the country’s influence over OPEC nations.Ul-Haq said: “With most forecasting agencies now expecting oil demand to peak in 2030 or a few years afterwards, OPEC is facing a serious challenge despite Iran and Venezuela facing US sanctions.“Oil output increases are likely to come from Norway, Brazil and Guyana, yet big oil finds are becoming scarcer.”The body expects global refinery to rebound in 2020, after a pause in growth this year.While its oil demand growth estimate for 2019 is essentially unchanged at 1 mb/d, the volume of crude oil used by refiners and for direct burn in power generation declined by 300 kb/d through the third quarter of 2019.There has been a seasonal surge in refinery runs towards the end of 2019, but crude oil demand for the year as a whole is still expected to decline by 90 kb/d — the first drop since 2009. The International Energy Agency estimates non-OPEC countries will grow their oil production by 2.3 million barrels a day in 2020center_img Oil demand growth next yearThe energy agency forecasts that oil demand growth will be unchanged in 2020 at 1.2 mb/d.This is based partly on the expectation of a 3.4% GDP growth by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).But the IEA has questioned the health of the global economy, with ongoing issues surrounding the trade dispute between China and the US.The IEA forecasts that oil demand growth will be unchanged in 2020 at 1.2 mb/d (Credit: Flickr/Greg Goebel)This year has seen a significant difference in demand growth between the two biggest oil markets.In the US, there has been almost no growth in the first three quarters of 2019, while China has grown by 0.6 mb/d on average.Moving into 2020, the IEA predicts US growth to pick up to 190 kb/d while China slows to 375 kb/d.Ul-Haq said: “Oil demand will depend on economic growth in the long run, which relies on trade.“There is a need to bring down trade barriers in order to support oil demand growth; otherwise, protectionism will not only hinder expansion in developed countries but also in underdeveloped countries, where the future of demand growth lies.”last_img read more

UK Regions News special: Self-Build Wales launches

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » UK Regions News special: Self-Build Wales launches previous nextHousing MarketUK Regions News special: Self-Build Wales launchesA £210 million new homes scheme – Self-Build Wales – is set to launch in late spring this year, offering an opportunity for people to get a new home of their own with a very significant saving.Sheila Manchester16th January 201901,201 Views Through Self-Build Wales, the Development Bank of Wales will offer loans on pre-agreed plots which will be repayment free until the new home is mortgaged, allowing people to build their new home and cover living costs.It’s a dream come true for the successful applicants who can choose to use an approved builder or in certain circumstances do the work themselves, as local authorities and housing associations will make plots available, complete with planning and site requirements.Every plot will have a ‘Plot Passport’ including approved designs, an estimated build cost and options for personalising the home.Approved applicants can reserve a plot by providing a 25% deposit on the plot cost. The Welsh Government, through the Development Bank of Wales, will provide the rest of the funding.Julie JamesHousing and Local Government Minister, Julie James said, “We want to make self-build available to many more people in Wales, not just the most privileged households. Finding the land, navigating planning consents and being able to afford to self-build while covering the cost of living can be real barriers.“Figures suggest that an average self-build house in the UK costs only 70-75% of its final value because no developer profits are involved.”Ifan Glyn, Director of FMB Cymru, said, “When you consider the housing crisis that exists, the custom and self-build market has been an under-utilised sector in the ongoing battle to meet the demand for homes. Research has shown that over half of adults in the UK would one day like to build their own home. Across the EU, approximately one third of all homes are custom or self-build whereas in Wales, it’s just five per cent.“The house building market is dominated by a small number of very large companies. The type of firms that get involved in custom self-build projects tend to be small, therefore this can provide an opportunity for small contractors to re-engage with house building.”Ifan Glyn Julie James Plot Passport Self-Build Wales Development Bank of Wales January 16, 2019Chris SmedleyWhat’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 2021last_img read more

Stunning townhouses at Trent Basin

first_imgBlueprint, a sustainable developer has released new townhouses at its development at the heart of the River Trent basin. The two bedroom, three storey homes offer 1,031 sq ft of flexible living space, designed to maximise enjoyment of the ‘calm oasis of waterside living, putting wellbeing at the heart of the modern design’.Samantha Veal, Deputy Chief Executive at Blueprint, said, “Whether downsizing, looking to make that first step on the property ladder or looking for a special family home to create long-lasting memories, the flexible design of these new homes offer something for everyone.“The roof terrace offers waterside views all year round and is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a leisurely weekend breakfast, or a glass of wine at the end of the day.”The homes offer pioneering technology, with airtight building structures, high performance Scandinavian windows and state-of-the-art insulation systems to save homeowners energy and money. Priced at £250,000 each of the new plots includes allocated parking and access to a communal bike store. The Government’s popular Help to Buy initiative is also available at Trent Basin, meaning that all of the homes are available with just a 5% deposit, subject to purchaser Blueprint sustainable developer townhouses Trent Basin waterside living February 27, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Land & New Homes » Stunning townhouses at Trent Basin previous nextLand & New HomesStunning townhouses at Trent BasinThe Negotiator27th February 20190240 Viewslast_img read more

Gregg Allman’s Actual Blood Was Used To Paint Album Art For Posthumous LP ‘Southern Blood’

first_imgGregg Allman’s posthumous final album, Southern Blood, will be released Friday, September 7th, and those who purchase the album’s deluxe package and first run of the vinyl will receive a very significant portrait print of Gregg. Before his death earlier this year, Allman and his daughter, Layla Brooklyn, commissioned an odd painting from lauded surrealist painter Vincent Castiglia.Gregg Allman Delivers Emotional Farewell On ‘Southern Blood’According to Yahoo Music, in a deal conceived by Brooklyn and sealed on December 24th, 2015, Gregg Allman, recruited Castiglia to paint a portrait of him–using his blood, and the blood of his children, as the paint–as album art for his latest album, Southern Blood. Castiglia quickly agreed, unaware that Allman would pass away before the painting was completed. Notes Castiglia, “This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted, for two of the loveliest people I’ve had the opportunity to connect with in this life.”Brooklyn described the process behind Southern Blood (both the album a the painting) after hearing that Castiglia had painted a portrait with his own blood:  “A few years ago, I invited him to the studio when my metal band was tracking sessions for a record that I didn’t end up releasing. Upon listening to the early stages of my father’s Muscle Shoals sessions, I knew [the blood portrait concept] was a perfect visual representation for what would be my father’s last body of work on many levels.Gregg Allman’s Farewell Album Is Now Available For Stream“I suggested to my father he send Vincent vials of his own blood to save for his yet-to-be titled record. He did it, and nearly a year later, the title Southern Blood popped into my head to tie it all together. The story, the music, the painting and my dad’s fight to keep playing music when he became ill represent his dedication, passion and contribution, not only in metaphorically giving his blood to the fans for decades, but literally.”You can watch a time-lapse video of the creation of the painting here. [h/t – Yahoo Music]last_img read more

59 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County Tuesday

first_img14736- Findley Lake0 14733- Falconer0 14723- Cherry Creek0 Active Cases Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 167.5 116 101 Age 96 0.0% 15.8% 3.8% 13 306.6 50-59347 10 643 234.1 0.9% 13.21% 0.4% 2.3% 25.4% Percent Age Group 0.8% Number 14738- Frewsburg2 6 7 145.7 417.5 8 2536 23 21 197.5 401 14048- Dunkirk11 No317 12.26% Percent 433 244.8 60-693 60-69311 1.2% 1.4% 0.60% 6.98% Fatality Rate 2 4 2 14062- Forestville1 3.4% 4 Symptoms Known1520 79.14% 12.18% 30-39309 0.4% 14775- Ripley1 624.6 80-897 100.0% 19.09% 432 86 20.86% 423.5 14724- Clymer2 6 543.5 279.6 4 14767- Panama1 Number 111 19 67 33 1.3% 109.3 14757- Mayville4 150.9 20-29484 14750- Lakewood8 191.7 4.0% 4 98.7 9 4 28 287.5 334.0 1 35 11 0.0 1061.2 14712- Bemus Point1 800.7 0.4% New Cases 14740- Gerry0 181.7 14063- Fredonia2 1.6% 0.8% 14726- Conewango Valley1 9 4 434.8 0.7% 14747- Kennedy1 11 2.6% 2.3% 40 10 33 59 370.4 31 0 6 0-390 70-797 0.8% Total Deaths 0.9% 14782- Sinclairville1 18 0.58% MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Fifty-nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Tuesday afternoon.The County Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard reports there are now 433 active cases, down from 441 over the weekend.Of the new cases, 13 are in Jamestown with 111 active in the city’s zip code.Additionally, the number of hospitalizations increased by two, with 25 total. The county’s seven-day average percent positive rate is 8.2 percent, up from 7.9.Since the pandemic began 2,536 cases were reported with 2,080 recovering.A full breakdown of the latest data is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 14716- Brocton0 80-8987 1 4.6% Yes1203 8 1.3% 14138- South Dayton0 0.6% 59 14081- Irving1 16 400.2 2 24 3 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020 12.26% 0.2% 383.0 3.95% 189.9 47 1.9% Total 14784- Stockton2 14701- Jamestown13 70-79177 14720- Celoron1 279.4 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 99.7 20 14781- Sherman1 0-19335 14710- Ashville3 26 Zip Code 1 2.2% 40-49333 13.13% 17.0% Total Cases 57 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) 58 90+2 14728- Dewittville0 3.43% 14136- Silver Creek0 1.34% 14722- Chautauqua0 Percent of Total Cases 384.6 14769- Portland0 9 Fatality Rate by Age Group 14787- Westfield1 0 20 90+34 21 0.2% 629.3 All Ages23 45 19 0.00% 40-492 0.91% 50-592 0.7% Symptoms 0.96% 14718- Cassadaga1 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 370.7 8.05% 36 5.88% 193.6 28last_img read more

Equinor sees peak oil coming by 2028

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Oil firm Equinor expects global oil demand to peak by around 2027-2028, two-free years earlier than the company previously saw, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it said on Tuesday.“Earlier assumptions for peak oil demand to happen around 2030 may be challenged,” Equinor said in its annual energy outlook.Equinor sees oil demand returning to the pre-pandemic level of around 100 million bpd by around 2025, and falling to 88 million bpd in 2050, under its central scenario, dubbed Reform. A year ago, it saw demand peaking just before 2030 at 105 million barrels per day (bpd), mainly due to electric cars denting demand for fossil fuels, and declining to 93 million bpd by 2050, under the same scenario.Supply constrains due to underinvestment could also impact the demand growth in the future, after oil firms cut investments by about 30% this year, the company said. “The consequence may be that billions of barrels of oil that were earlier assumed to be recoverable will not be developed,” Equinor added.Equinor said COVID-19 imposed changes on how people work and travel could have a long-lasting impact and slow oil demand growth, while deployment of renewable energy and electric cars would accelerate.“It is likely that demand for aviation fuels will suffer for many years to come, as the pandemic may have permanently altered the frequency with which we fly,” it said in the outlook.[Nerijus Adomaitis]More: Equinor sees oil demand peaking two-three years sooner due to virus Equinor sees peak oil coming by 2028last_img read more

One airlifted to hospital after single vehicle rollover in Franklin

first_imgThe crash remains under investigation. The Treadwell Fire Department assisted in establishing a landing zone for the LifeNet helicopter. Upon initial assessment, officials say the victim did not suffer any life threatening injuries. There was a dog riding in the vehicle and was apparently uninjured. After the Sheriff’s Deputies conducted an investigation, the victim lost control of their vehicle, struck a culvert, became airborne and rolled over before striking a tree with the roof of the vehicle. The investigation indicates that excessive speed was a contributing factor.center_img The Franklin Fire Department and EMS personnel were the first to arrive at the scene on Dunk Hill Road. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says the driver was found entrapped and partially ejected from the vehicle. A LifeNet helicopter airlifted the victim to the UHS Wilson Memorial Hospital. FRANKLIN, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Fire Department and Emergency Squad and American Medical Response (AMR) responded to a call in reference to a single vehicle rollover on Wednesday.last_img read more

Unhappy with cuts in music performances

first_imgI just learned through the “grapevine” and the paper that the “big wigs” are getting a raise.Music is getting cut. No band this summer in Johnstown or Gloversville. That’s terrible. Our kids have to take a cut so “big wigs” can have a nice raise? What’s wrong with this picture? They’re already doing OK.If you’re small, you’re stepped on. Then when you get old, you’re run over again.Let’s all get out and vote next time. We have to fight for what’s right.These people who cut our music should be ashamed of themselves.Eunice KilmerJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Six months on, health experts covet greater voice in pandemic response

first_imgTopics : The resignation of Indonesia’s top doctor from the COVID-19 task force has prompted questions as to whether the government is seriously involving health experts in its pandemic response.Urologist and professor at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) Faculty of Medicine, Akmal Taher, has tendered his resignation as the task force’s health division head, saying that he would continue contact tracing and testing — two measures he believed as essential in curbing COVID-19 — elsewhere.”It’s true that I have resigned […] For me, tracing and testing must be absolutely improved and I believe this must be done at community health centers,” he said in a discussion organized by the Center of Indonesia Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI) on Saturday. During Saturday’s discussion, Akmal, despite acknowledging the government’s efforts to accelerate testing for a possible vaccine, said that he personally could not make any promises about vaccines being soon developed given that clinical trials were still underway.His remarks stand in stark contrast to the more optimistic outlook of some government officials who claimed a vaccine could be ready by December. A proven COVID-19 vaccine currently does not exist.Akmal said it was “quite too early” for the government to start talking about vaccine availability, even if it only intended to remind people not to lose hope.”The danger is that there are people who are misreading it,” he said, suggesting that it could result in complacency over adhering to health protocols.Read also: Efficacy and safety first: Experts urge government not to put vaccines on pedestalAkmal’s resignation came not long after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed his Cabinet members and agency heads – including Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo – to focus on suppressing coronavirus transmission and death rates in the country’s nine hardest-hit provinces.Doni has been leading the national COVID-19 task force since March. Akmal was previously a part of the task force’s expert team.In July, when the government formed the COVID-19 handling and national economic recovery committee to streamline strategic policies on countering the pandemic, Doni retained his position as task force head while Akmal was promoted to lead the task force’s health division.The COVID-19 response task force has since been put under the committee, along with the economic recovery task force led by State-Owned Enterprises Deputy Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.Read also: Govt criticized for forming COVID-19 response team late in the gameChairing the committee is Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, with State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir as its executive chairperson. Among its six deputy chairs are Luhut and Terawan.Pointing to the military’s greater involvement in the country’s pandemic response, a coalition of dozens of civil society organizations has demanded that the government hand back response efforts to public health experts.Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said the task force had yet to properly implement existing guidelines and regulations on containing the disease, saying that it also had little experience in handling outbreaks.Read also: Indonesian Military deployed for coronavirus fightThe COVID-19 task force, according to a list released in April, has 72 experts in fields ranging from medicine, public health and medical device technology to laboratory diagnostics and law. Three experts are epidemiologists and four are biostatisticians.The expert team is led by Wiku Adisasmito, a professor at UI’s School of Public Health and infectious disease researcher who was part of the National Commission for Bird Flu Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (Komnas FBPI).Wiku is also the COVID-19 task force’s spokesperson, after having replaced the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto.However, three expert team members from different fields who requested anonymity said that invitations to team discussions were often last-minute, resulting in experts not being able to attend. They also said their advice on postponing the regional elections was ignored.Read also: COVID-19 now a real threat to year-end pollsOne of the experts said that “probably three out of 10″ suggestions were heard. Another expert said that the discussions were reactive as they were centered on issues that generated buzz among the public.”I feel that, now, [discussions] emphasize economic interests. Discussions remain poorly planned,” one expert said.Meanwhile, Luhut, upon being assigned by Jokowi to oversee COVID-19 control in the nine hardest-hit regions, told a press briefing on Sept. 18 that he was assisted by many “bright, young people” including epidemiologists.center_img “These are things I’ll do in any future place I work, because I think we haven’t done them.”Indonesia’s testing rate remains low, with 0.10 tests per 1,000 people over a rolling seven-day average, lower than India’s 0.71 and the Philippines’ 0.31, according to data from as of Sept. 23.Read also: Contact tracing the missing link in Indonesia’s battle with COVID-19Akmal did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the former director of Jakarta-based Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital indicated that he disagreed with the current pandemic response measures.last_img read more