My biggest break: Juris Grinsberg

My biggest break: Juris Grinsberg

first_imgMy biggest break: Juris GrinsbergOn 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. JurisGrinsberg has more than 25 years’ experience in HR and was a member of theEqual Pay Taskforce. His last position was head of HR at Littlewoods and he isnow in consultancy. He describes his big break:”Iwas working as an HR director for Express Dairies in 1987 – a time of enormouschange in the industry. I was responsible for 4,500 staff, and sales were beingbadly hit by supermarkets stocking milk. We were closing milk-processing depotson a monthly basis, with a number of jobs going. At the same time, we had toensure that milk was still delivered to our doorstep customers.”Inthe space of two years, I learned a lot about industrial relations in a highlyunionised environment. Those smoke-filled rooms were a good learning ground forconsultation and negotiation.”Theexperience gave me belief in my ability and confidence to follow my ownjudgment, even if that meant going against received wisdom. It was achallenging environment and prepared me for dealing with change-managementissues, which are regular features of many industries.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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St Edmund Hall elects new Principal

first_imgProfessor Katherine Willis has been elected the new Principal of St Edmund Hall.She will succeed the current Principal, Professor Keith Gull, on 1st October. Professor Gull has been Principal since 2009.Willis has been Director of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, since 2013. While there, she coordinated Kew’s over 370 scientists and its research projects in more than 101 countries. She also oversaw creation of Plants of the World Online, an online portal detailing Kew’s 8.5 million botanical record entries.She was previously a tutorial fellow at St Hilda’s and Jesus, before holding the roles of Tasso Leventis chair in Biodiversity, Head of the Oxford Long-term Ecology Laboratory, and Professorial Fellow at Merton College.While at Kew, Willis led several initiatives promoting public understanding of science. Among them is a 25-part series for BBC Radio 4, Roots to Riches.A press release said that Willis “greatly looks forward to meeting the alumni, Fellows, students and staff in October and building further the Hall’s strength as a vibrant, forward-looking, diverse and inclusive society that strives for excellence in all that it does.”last_img read more

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Council Election Features 2 Competing for At-Large & 3 for the Fourth Ward

first_imgOcean City Councilwoman Karen Bergman will face a challenger in the May 10 municipal election, but the rest of the incumbents who are seeking new terms will run unopposed. H. Lloyd Hayes III, a former Board of Education member and retired Ocean City High School teacher, filed nominating petitions Monday to run against Bergman for her at-large seat. There will also be a battle in Council’s Fourth Ward. Fourth Ward Councilman Peter Guinosso has decided not to seek re-election, prompting three candidates to jump into the race for the seat.They include Brenda Moiso, Bart Russell and Robert Barr. Moiso is a local businesswoman and former member of the Board of Education. Her time on the board included two years as the president. Russell is another former member of the Board of Education. He is also a local businessman and a Vietnam veteran.. Barr is a member of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. He also serves as the president of the Ocean City Community Association and is a member of the board of directors for both the Ocean City Housing Authority and Ocean City Exchange Club, according to his bio on the Pinelands Commission website. Edward Price and Sharon Gawel took out nominating petitions for the Fourth Ward, but did not return them by Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline, so they will not be in the election, according to City Clerk Melissa Bovera. Although there will be competition in the Fourth Ward, the other ward races are uncontested, ensuring the incumbents of re-election. Incumbents include First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger, Second Ward Councilman Antwan McClellan and Third Ward Councilman Tony Wilson. Georgina Shanley took out nominating petitions for the Third Ward, but did not return them to the Clerk’s Office, allowing Wilson to run unopposed. On March 11, there will be a drawing to determine each candidate’s position on the ballot. The Bergman-Hayes matchup will pit two well-known figures who have experience in elected office. Both Bergman and Hayes said they plan to make the city’s need for capital improvements a top priority of their campaigns. They emphasized the importance of a series of proposed drainage projects that are designed to alleviate tidal flooding during coastal storms. Bergman said she is “looking forward” to Hayes’ challenge and has no plans to change her campaign strategy just because she has an opponent. “I intend to run a very positive campaign,” she said. “I intend to stress my experience and how I believe I can be the best candidate.” Hayes said his campaign will focus on the accomplishments and the experience he gained when he formerly served on the Board of Education for six years. “My time on the school board was invaluable in teaching me about how government works, about how to get things done and how to do it in a financially sound manner,” he said. Hayes, 67, was a long-time Industrial Arts teacher and an Ocean City High School swimming coach. He retired in 2006. In 2006, Hayes was appointed to a six-month stint on City Council to fill a vacated seat. In the following election, he lost his bid for a full term on Council. Bergman, 54, who is the director of catering at the Flanders Hotel, first served on Council from 2008 to 2012. She chose not to run for re-election in 2012. She rejoined the governing body last fall when Council unanimously appointed her to the at-large seat formerly held by Michael Allegretto, who resigned to become the city’s Director of Community Services. Bergman’s appointment to Council is a temporary seat that expires in May. The winner in the Bergman-Hayes race on May 10 will fill the remainder of Allegretto’s unexpired term through June 2018.By Donald Wittkowskilast_img read more

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Speech: Calling for peace, security and justice in Bosnia

first_imgThank you, Mr President. Let me begin by thanking the High Representative for his very objective and detailed report and for all the efforts that he has made and his team have made to support peace and security in Bosnia. You continue to have our full support.I’d also like to echo the tribute that you made to Lord Ashdown who played a vital role in galvanising international action during the conflicts that followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. We won’t forget his personal contribution to the stability and security of the region.Mr President, I think the High Representative brought out very clearly for us, in his briefing, the major challenges with regard to the rule of law, the backsliding against different commitments and also the many risks to Bosnia’s future. And I think that your briefing really brought home to us the need for the Council to remain very focussed on the situation in Bosnia and also the continuing importance of your role and the role of the Office of the High Representative, which remains the final authority regarding the civilian implementation of the peace agreement. And this includes our support, the UK support, for the use of the Bonn Powers – if the situation requires – as well as continuing support for the EUFOR mission and its executive mandate. You have our full support.Mr President, the last time we met to discuss this issue, elections had just taken place. However, seven months later, the process of government formation is still not complete. While we welcome the swift progress made in the Republika Srpska, we share the disappointment of South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire, in that it’s very disappointing that the state-level Council of Ministers, the Federation entity Government and four of the ten cantonal Governments have not yet been appointed. And we also urge political leaders to engage constructively on government formation at all levels, so they can begin to implement reforms that benefit all of their citizens.Again, when we last met, many Council members – including the United Kingdom – urged those in positions of responsibility to refrain from spreading divisive sentiments and to act in the interests of all citizens. It’s again extremely disappointing that the divisive nationalist rhetoric, which dominated the election period, has persisted. As the High Representative indicated, such divisive nationalist rhetoric makes politics difficult and compromise elusive. It doesn’t serve the citizens that they are elected to represent, nor does it encourage the peace and stability we’ve all hoped for, for so many years. It is particularly concerning that some authority figures have attempted to use their position to undermine state institutions and intimidate Bosnian citizens, such as through announced changes to the Republika Srpska Criminal Code, which again, you highlighted in your report.We fully support the Peace Implementation Council steering board’s commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s fundamental structure as a single sovereign state composed of two entities. This spread of nationalistic sentiment is indicative of the wider political environment in which the democratic sphere is gradually being eroded. Laws on public assembly fall short of international standards across Bosnia and so recent moves to make these even more restrictive in the Republika Srpska were particularly alarming. Freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and freedom of the media are fundamental elements of a healthy functional democracy. Unnecessary and antagonistic legislative changes only serve to undermine democracy and move Bosnia further away from the international standards and democratic norms it needs to meet in order to progress.Mr President, the United Kingdom welcomes the progress made, including the appeals judgment of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals on the case of Radovan Karadzic. This judgment is an important result for international justice, sending a powerful message that those who carry out atrocities will be held accountable for their actions and sentenced accordingly. Therefore, it’s simply appalling that political leaders and sections of society continue to deny not only the judgments of the ICTY and the IRMCT, but also the genocide in Srebrenica, despite the conclusive finding of genocide by both international tribunals and national courts. It is deplorable that political actors are willing to put their political pursuits ahead of justice for victims and for peace for all.We also commend the submission of the answers to the follow-up questions to the European Commission questionnaire. And we welcome the public commitment of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s European path as declared in a joint statement in December. Bosnia must now demonstrate its commitment to European-Atlantic integration, including to the rule of law, democracy and human rights. To ensure this is successful, the implementation of difficult but essential reforms are necessary. As are efforts on socio-economic reforms, which provide more opportunities for the citizens of Bosnia and therefore help to stem the flow of people leaving in search of a more prosperous and stable future elsewhere.Mr President, although there has been some progress, as I’ve just mentioned, towards long term peace and prosperity for Bosnia, there is clearly still a very long way to go. I think, therefore, it would be useful for this Council to hear further from the High Representative about what more could we do and what more could the international community do to enhance the rule of law in Bosnia and to encourage reconciliation? We look forward to hearing from you.Thank you very much.last_img read more

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Greggs wins accolades for social media campaign

first_imgGreggs has won two digital awards for a social media campaign, which helped to sell more than one million doughnuts nationwide.The ‘Greggs Superstar Doughnut Awards’ campaign, created by digital marketing agency STEEL London, won a gold and silver award at this year’s Digita Impact Awards.The campaign aimed to raise awareness and drive sales of a new range of doughnuts launched by the high street bakery firm, by turning the products into superstar characters on social media websites Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.The doughnut superstars led ‘real’ lives, with jobs, friends, back stories and they competed to be crowned the Greggs Superstar Doughnut of the Year, which Greggs’ online users had to vote on.Moray Twaddle, marketing manager for Greggs, said: “Our Superstar Doughnut campaign provided us with an innovative and effective campaign that created record levels of engagement across our digital audiences and complemented our in-store campaign activity.“We wanted to do something different to generate awareness of our new range of doughnuts and position them as fun and relevant products, so that people would reappraise Greggs’ sweet offer. We certainly achieved these aims – and had a lot of fun as well.”As a result of the campaign, Greggs sold 1.5 million doughnuts from its new range, as well as selling thousands more through doughnut vouchers claimed by consumers on Twitter through a hashtag topic called #DoughnutDay.In addition, it generated 150,000 online visits to the Greggs website and helped to significantly increase follower and page ‘like’ numbers on Twitter and Facebook.Andy Hinder, chief executive at STEEL London, said: “The success of our campaign is stark evidence that, when done right, social media has the power to have a direct and positive impact on sales and improve financial results without breaking the bank.”Greggs and STEEL London picked up gold in the Best use of digital in the food and beverages sector category, alongside a silver for Best use of digital in the retail sector.last_img read more

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Wilton Select Board hosts marijuana ordinance workshop and public hearing

first_imgWILTON – On Tuesday evening, before their usual 6 p.m. meeting that is live streamed to the public, the Wilton select board had already been on Zoom for an hour discussing the anticipated changes to the Marijuana Retail Facilities Ordinance.Code Enforcement Officer Charlie Lavin and the rest of the town’s planning board have been revising the ordinance and presented their proposal to the select board to unite their understanding of the changes before the public hearing.The biggest change in the ordinance will be the caps on cultivation and retail permits that the select board can approve, that had previously been debilitating marijuana growers, for both recreational and medical use.“We took all the limits out. It’s the Libertarian approach, letting the marketplace decide,” said Lavin.This would allow growers to establish more units under their businesses, benefiting the health of the market. There is still some disagreement in the wording of the retail establishment amendments in the ordinance revision, and Lavin and the rest of the planning board will continue to refine those changes until a decision is reached and the select board can begin to approve permits for retail as well as cultivation units.At the public hearing that directly followed, four permits were brought forward for the board’s approval. Initially there was hesitation in approving them, since it would exceed the cap that is presently in place through the ordinance, but the board unanimously voted them through anyway, since there were no doubts that the ordinance would be changed in the near future. The board was also aware of how denying more permit applications would only aggravate the hindrances on businesses who are waiting for the changes to the ordinance to be made official. One of the business owners, Travis Grey, has been waiting for the board’s approval for some time, and his business as suffered as a result.“We’re trying to rectify that in our ordinance,” said Lavin, conscious of the impact their time frame has on the business community. The public hearing was in short attendance and ended promptly.The Wilton Fire Department asked the board to approve a purchase of a new generator and gear extractor that would be paid for with the capital account. While the purchase of the gear extractor was unanimously approved, the board showed concern with the cost of the generator and asked Fire Chief Sonny Dunham to return to them with more estimates for other brands of generators. Dunham attempted to impress the urgency of the generator, saying that the current one at the fire department is almost 30 years old, manual, and often shuts down.“I’ve had to go down there in the middle of the night to try and start it up. And if it doesn’t start, I can’t get the doors open,” said Dunham.The board was firm in their decision though, their attention on lowering capital expenses.An update from Town Manager Rhonda Irish resumed conversations about the upcoming broadband initiative. The Broadband Committee met about a month ago to discuss plans for the upcoming effort, at which point the Greater Franklin Development company who is working with Wilton in the project, will be putting together a survey to collect feedback for the next committee meeting.“It was a good meeting, but we have to start moving a little quicker as we get into December and January, because Greater Franklin is putting in grants to the state and is wanting the select board to show their support. But at the same time, we have to determine the amount that would mean for Wilton. . . It’s still going to be a good sized investment, but with the grants, it should be less than we previously thought,” said Irish.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Get Stoked For STS9’s Wave Spell Live Fest With Late Night Radio’s Handpicked Promo Playlist

first_imgSTS9 – “Possibilities” Remix (Collective Efforts): OG track with a great remix, not much more to say…Michal Menert – “Moonswell”: Michal was the closest thing to a musical mentor I had coming up, so I gotta show some love to the godfather.Daily Bread – “A Long Way From Home”: Rhett [Whatley] is a beast, and all his music is amazing. I chose this track because I feel like it really captures his bluesy, hip-hop vibe.Prefuse 73 – “Natures Uplifting Revenge”: I’ve been bumping this track for almost ten years now, and I’m super stoked to be on a bill with Prefuse 73Manic Focus – “Stronger” featuring Late Night Radio, Jenifer Hartswick, & Adam Deitch: [John “JmaC” McCarten] has been a friend for quite some time, and we had a lot of fun making “Stronger” with him in Chicago. I feel like this track really highlights both of our styles, and we got the homie Adam Deitch on some drums as well.Sunsquabi – “Cinnamon” featuring Late Night Radio: SunSquabi is absolutely killing it lately, and it’s always a blast for us to play tunes together so, once again, gotta show love for the homies.Chris Karns – “We Don’t Stop”: I went with this track to showcase how much of a beast Chris is on both production and cuts. From August 16th to 19th, STS9 will host their inaugural Wave Spell Live Festival in Belden Town, California. Featuring nine sets from the host band, Wave Spell Live will also see a headlining set from BAAD Quartet, a supergroup composed of Dom Lalli (Big Gigantic), Alana Rocklin (STS9), Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), and Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights Live/Break Science). The festival will also host sets from David Phipps (solo), Zach Velmer, eDIT (Glitch Mob), Ooah (Glitch Mob), SunSquabi (two nights), Manic Focus, Charlesthefirst (two nights), Michal Menert, Antennae, Maddy O’Neal (two nights), Yak Attack (two nights), An-Ten-Nae, Chris Karns (Pretty Lights Live), and many more, in addition to stand-up comedy about STS9 and the jam band scene by NY-based comedy team Wokes with Jokes.Tickets are still available but flying fast. To secure your tickets to the highly anticipated debut festival, head to Wave Spell Live’s website here. Since June, fans have been eagerly awaiting Wave Spell Live, a brand-new music festival from the jamtronica juggernauts of STS9. Slated for August 16th through 19th, the festival sets itself apart with its heavy-hitting, electronic-focused lineup and absolutely wild venue. Wave Spell Live will take place in Belden Town, California, a town with a population of seven, and for the event, the festival will rent out the town—meaning the town’s residents will leave and there will be absolutely no noise ordinances or curfews.In addition to nine sets from STS9, Wave Spell Live has tapped an enviable list of performers, including Colorado’s Late Night Radio, an up-and-coming producer named Alex Medellin who has been earning high praise from other artists and fans alike. With an emphasis on musical experimentation mixed with meticulous production, Late Night Radio has been rising on the bill of renowned music festivals and embarking on nationwide headlining tours of his own.In anticipation of Late Night Radio’s performance at Wave Spell Live, Medellin curated a hype-worthy playlist to get fans stoked on the upcoming California festival. As he told Live For Live Music, “Really excited to be joining a bunch of friends for STS9’s Wave Spell festival at Belden Town. Shout out to STS9 for putting together this epic lineup.”Late Night Radio’s handpicked playlist features other artists he’ll be sharing the Wave Spell Live lineup with, including remixes of teh host band STS9, plus fan-favorites like Michal Menert, Daily Bread, Prefuse 73, Manic Focus, SunSquabi, and Chris Karns. You can check out the Spotify playlist and his reasoning behind each selection below.last_img read more

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Transoceanic XXVI Multinational Exercise Concludes in Peru

first_imgBy Dialogo September 23, 2011 In late September, the review and evaluation meeting of the Transoceanic XXVI multinational exercise came to an end, at the Naval Tactical Training Center (CENTAC) of the Peruvian Navy (MGP). Peruvian Vice Admiral Carlos Tejada Mera, in his role as host of the event, emphasized in his closing address the success obtained at the meeting with the achievement of the proposed objectives, in response to the interest of the Maritime Traffic Control Organization (ORGACONTRAM) in establishing common standards to guarantee the safety of maritime commerce and to the interest of regional maritime authorities in improving the operational procedures for traffic control. The meeting was attended and participated in by the local operational control commanders (COLCO) of the regional Navies belonging to the International Maritime Traffic Defense (CODEFTRAMI) plan; representatives from the Navies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay; and local operational control commanders and advisors working under the South Atlantic Maritime Area Coordinator (CAMAS). South Africa also has a clear interest in these exercises. At the meeting, agreement was reached on changes in the current rules and operational procedures incorporated in the Standing Operations Order, and Ecuador was confirmed as the host of the next exercise, Transoceanic XXVII, which will take place from August 6 to 17, 2012. The final planning session will be held from May 11 to 17, 2012, in the city of Guayaquil. The Transoceanic XXVI exercise took place from August 8 to 19, with the participation of the Navies of the countries mentioned above. It involved planning and guidance of control operations for international merchant ships and fishing boats, real and fictitious, in a global operational scenario. In addition, a regional course on dispersant use (OPRC Level 3) was held in August, the opening session of which took place at the San Borja Naval Center (Lima, Peru), and in which the general secretary of the Regional Cooperation Operational Network of Maritime Authorities of the Americas (ROCRAM), Alejandro Martínez Moreno, and representatives from the maritime authorities of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, members of the mentioned network, participated. The objective of the course was to improve management capabilities to optimize preparation for and processes of response to spills of hydrocarbons and other polluting substances.last_img read more

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Billy Joel. Today’s Most Awesome Person Ever. Here’s Why. (Video)

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “I have a fantastic Buzz today,” I announced this morning.“Drinking before work?” asked Sal.Hardy har har.Yes, Sal. But that’s not why it’s so fantastic.Now, normally, I get very angry when people skip my write-ups on these here Buzz entries, as frankly, my unearthly ability to entertain is a gift that cannot be paralleled.But in this case, go ahead, as the gift I give to all pales in comparison to the one the great, iconic, Long Island treasure/deity Billy Joel himself bestowed unto young Michael Pollack.Pollack, a student at Vanderbilt University, was in the audience at a January event with Joel titled “An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music.”In one shining moment, all three happened.Pollack asked a question, Joel gave an answer and then there was a little bit o’ music.As they say in the ‘hood, and in the chicken nursery, peep it.last_img read more

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Top 3 reasons CEOs lose sleep over credit union cybersecurity

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Few things cause more sleepless nights for CEOs than the thought of a credit union cybersecurity event. How do I know this? During a recent tabletop exercise I was facilitating, I gave my usual – “relax, this is a no fault exercise” at the beginning of the session. Then, about halfway through the scenario (which involved a series of data theft events) the CEO approached me and said “I thought you said this would be FUN! This is what keeps me up at night!” As we begin our series on credit union cybersecurity preparedness, I felt there wouldn’t be a better place to start than with addressing the top 3 reasons “why” credit union executives are losing sleep about cybersecurity preparedness.NOT realizing Information (Data) is the new KING – credit unions are just beginning to have that “aha” moment when they realize that their “information” is more important than their cash. Cash is insured and while certain protections exist against cyber threats, I have yet to find a reputation insurer that actually works. Smart credit union CEO/CIOs are escalating the acceptance among their staff and board that data has taken the top spot.Black box syndrome or who’s behind the magic curtain – For the most part, credit union executives are struggling to gain the depth of expertise needed to protect against cybersecurity threats AND stay on top of regulations. The day-to-day operational work alone taxes historically understaffed credit union IT staff. When communicating “up”, transparency isn’t purposely avoided but the complexity of explaining technical concepts is often a hurdle for many credit union CIOs. Technology committees were formed to help reduce the risk that comes along with an ever increasing dependency on technology but committee volunteers (even when technology savvy) are finding it difficult to keep pace with increasing credit union cybersecurity threats and regulations. continue reading »last_img read more

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