Staff profiling allows Tesco to target talent

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Staff profiling allows Tesco to target talentOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Retail giant Tesco is building up staff profiles to target recruitmentcampaigns more effectively. David Fairhurst, Tesco global resourcing director, told Personnel Today thecompany is using staff interviews to build up a database that will helpidentify how best to recruit different types of employees. Fairhurst said the supermarket chain, which is planning to take on 50,000extra staff this year, has adopted this approach following the success ofcustomer profiling based on buying patterns revealed by reward cards andcustomer research. “We have segmented our employee base so we can look at the reasons whyour people come to work. It is about getting research to understand ouremployee potential and help us recruit more actively. “We use a mixture of quantative and qualitative research in the way wedo with customers. It makes recruiting much better, simpler and cheaper,”said Fairhurst. In a separate talent-spotting initiative, Tesco has produced a questionnairefor its employees to identify aspirations of individuals and fill morevacancies through internal recruitment. “Organisations often over-emphasise the need to recruit externally. Wenow know who we have got in the firm and can be more proactive in talentplanning,” said Fairhurst. The company has also launched a pilot project to increase staff diversity at50 stores by targeting younger people, mature staff and job returners in itsrecruitment campaign. “In some of the trial stores, for example, we were able to targetmothers wanting to return to work by, among other things, advertising in thebaby changing area,” Fairhurst explained. By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Officials discuss campus water supply

first_imgNotre Dame students might wonder why the water from different campus drinking fountains may differ in taste. A drink of water from a drinking fountain in the Rock might taste quite differently than that from a fountain in DeBartolo or a residence hall. Mike McCauslin, assistant director of the Risk Management and Safety Department (RMSD), the entity responsible for monitoring and sampling the University’s water supply, offered several explanations for the disparity in the taste of water from various drinking fountains. “The taste of drinking fountain water depends on a variety of components,” McCauslin said. “Taste depends on the location of the well, the age of the pipe and the amount of time the water sits in the pipe.” There are six wells serving the water system, all of which are located on the campus proper. The water is drawn from deep aquifers surrounded by substantial clay barriers that serve to protect the groundwater supply, according to the RMSD’s 2009 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. “The wells are high in minerals and, depending on the well, the iron and manganese levels can fluctuate,” McCauslin said. “When water sits in a pipe for an extended period of time, these minerals can precipitate out and cause this different taste.” The change is taste may not please students, but McCauslin said it isn’t harmful. “While these minerals might create an objectionable aesthetic in the water, they present no health concern and have no effect on the water quality,” McCauslin said. RMSD carries out routine monitoring and sampling of water on campus for harmful contaminants and, together with Notre Dame’s Department of Facility Operations, has added filters on several drinking fountains — all done just for aesthetic reasons. According to Paul Kempf, director of utilities for the Office of Business Operations, his office works closely with RMSD to ensure the safety of campus drinking water. “We don’t treat our water like most municipalities, which simply add chlorine,” Kempf said. “A lot of the research done on campus needs water without chlorine and we ensure quality by testing rather than adding chlorine.” Water taste varies from individual to individual, particularly those with sensitive taste buds. According to McCauslin, there is a step that students can take to improve the taste of water from the drinking fountains. “Taste often depends on the frequency of use: the more you use the fountain, the better the water will taste,” McCauslin said. “Let the water run for 15 to 20 seconds and this should improve the taste.” Sophomore Ryan Lynch has his preferences on where he gets his drinking water. “I am not a big fan of some of the water fountains on campus and usually stock up on water bottles, but the ones in the dorms are alright and taste good,” Lynch said. Others are not so willing to spend their money on bottled water. “I try not to buy bottles of water so if the taste of the water from some fountains bothers me, I just get it from the dining hall,” senior Shannon Coyne said.last_img read more

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High jumper Tortque Boyce looking to leave his mark

first_imgINTER-Guiana Games gold medallist Tortque Boyce is still a small-scale athlete, but the high jumper is determined not to leave athletics without making his mark.The West Bank of Demerara native has been putting up the action to back his talks, after clearing a 2.0m jump in the Boys’ high jump at the recent Inter-Guiana Games last month. Guyana’s national record in the men’s high jump is 2.17m, a difference of just under seven inches.This new personal-best for the former Stewartville Secondary School student marked an improvement of almost five inches over the bar for the past nine months, since he came under the tutelage of Guyana Defence Force (GDF) coach Rawle Griffith.Watching Boyce perform at the National Schools Championships last year November, Griffith was impressed, even though Boyce finished third in the Boys Under-18 high jump, after clearing 1.88m.Seeing that Boyce was able to reach that far using the scissors technique, Griffith realised that with the right guidance, and a change of technique Boyce could go places.“I saw that he has tremendous potential,” Griffith told Chronicle Sport.“At the time he was doing the scissors jump, and I knew that if I teach him the Frosbury Flop he could do much better. And so he started training with me in January and I introduced him to the Frosbury Flop, which he learnt very quickly. After that I just kept seeing improvements in his performance.”By March of this year, Boyce was reaching 1.90m, which helped him to qualify to represent Guyana at the CARIFTA Games in Curacao, in the Boys’ Under-18 high jump.At the Games, he finished ninth, after he could make it no further than 1.85m, the event was won by Bahamas Shaun Miller, who equalled the event’s record, with his 2.06m clearance.The lost was just a stepping stone for Boyce, who was back at clearing 1.90m in June, which led him to a silver medal at the South American Junior Championships. He reached as far as 1.96m, in July, to become the national senior champion, while just a youth athlete.Griffith is predicting even greater things to come.“He has a far way to go. I’m very much impressed that from January to now he’s jumping 2m, and he’s 17-year-old. By next year he should be jumping about 2.10m, 2.15m which would help him to earn medals at CARIFTA Games and he would only be 18 by then. He would still have some more time. I see him breaking the national record in a couple of years’ time,” Griffith asserted.Griffith’s confidence has been rubbing off on Boyce.“Honestly I think I could reach really far in high jump. I know that I will reach far. I have the height advantage. I know if I put my mind to it I know I could get really far,” Boyce saidThe gritty athlete says he has even been reading up on what it takes to be a professional athlete, and despite Guyana’s landscape of struggles and challenges for aspiring athletes he really thinks he has what it takes to persevere and go the whole nine yards.“I really want to make a name for myself. I ain’t just want to be doing high jump, and nobody knows who I am. Or being an athlete and nobody knows I was an athlete. At least I would be recognised, people would say, yes, he was a good athlete,” Boyce declared.After completing school earlier this year, he is now trying to put more focus on his training and being more consistent, but admits that like with most athletes, finance has been a challenge. Boyce travels three times a week from his Middle Street Pouderoyen home all the way to Camp Ayanganna in Georgetown to train.It has been a strain, but Boyce is looking forward to seeing it all pay off one day, with the pride his performances could bring to his country.last_img read more

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Rep. Waylee Detained in Rape Case

first_imgGrand Gedeh County District#2 Rep. Morais Waylee at the center of the alleged rape of a 13-year old childCharged with criminal conspiracy, obstruction of investigation, among othersThe much-debated allegation of rape involving Grand Gedeh County District #2 Representative, Morias Waylee, of his 12 years old niece, yesterday took a new dimension when Police charged him with criminal conspiracy and tampering with a witness during investigations and remanded in custody.Sometime in May, a local media reported that Suspect Waylee allegedly raped and impregnated his niece who was reportedly staying with him but later took her out of his home to an unknown location after the alleged rape was reported with the intent to destroy evidence. The minor’s father was also reported to be Rep. Waylee’s driver.Addressing a brief press conference yesterday in Monrovia, Inspector General Col. Gregory Coleman said, “With the investigation thus far carried out by the LNP along with its collaborating partners it has been established that a minor named Regina Barway, known to be a niece of Rep. Waylee has lived with him and was in school through his sponsorship at a school in Careysburg, along the Kakata-Monrovia highway.“We have come to make it publicly known that Hon. Waylee has been arrested and charged. His actions are in violation of our penal code.”He added: “In view of the evidence gathered and circumstances surrounding this matter the investigation has resolved to charge suspect Morias Waylee and Wedeh Waylee, the wife of the suspect, with criminal conspiracy in violation of chapter 10.4. And in addition to that for tampering with witness which is in violation of Chapter 12 sub-chapter C 1240b1 and Chapter 12 sub-chapter C section 12.411 for tampering with the criminal investigation. All of which contravene the Revised Penal Code of the Republic of Liberia.”Col. Coleman said the suspect will be in police custody for 48 hours and his wife is wanted for questioning.“Anyone seeing Mrs. Wedeh Waylee should kindly hint the nearest police so that she can be arrested to help us in our investigation,” he noted.He said the suspect, who has not been charged with rape now, does not mean that it is overlooked because the investigation is still ongoing, and there is a need to establish all the facts to make sure the act was committed before coming up with such a charge.Police Inspector General, Gregory Coleman: “We are calling on the public to make known the actual location of this child.”“Afterward we will look forward the case to court even though there is no official complainant yet. As it is the case is now a state matter and we will do all we can to bring all those involved, including one Sayedee, the father of the victim, a driver of Waylee,” he said.He called on Liberians to pray for the safety and well-being of the victim. “We are very much concerned about her whereabouts and her safety. We fear that her life could be at risk now as an investigation into this case continues. We are calling on the public to make known the actual location of this child,” he said.The arrest of Waylee is a precedent since it is related to a high profile government official. It may be recalled that child rights activist, Abraham M. Keita led a group of protesters to the Capitol Building to demand Rep. Waylee recuse himself from legislative work and to defend himself against the charge in court. Rep. Waylee further leveled defamation charges against Keita, which were later resolved in court.When contacted via phone yesterday, child rights activist Keita said he has been wishing to see the arrival of this day. “My struggle has not and will never be against innocent souls but those who continue to perpetrate heinous crimes against our sisters and others in our country. It does not matter who is involved, justice must be served to all men impartially,” he noted.Keita promised not to rest until a verdict protecting either side in the case is handed down and the necessary penalty is given. “Today Varney Jersey and many others are behind bars for the same crime of alleged rape. If the Honorable (Rep. Waylee) is guilty, he must bear the consequences of his action,” Keita said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Jameis Winstons Personal Turnaround and Football Prowess Land Him

Jameis Winston is not a lost cause, after all. Mired in self-induced drama much of his second and final season at Florida State, the former Heisman Trophy winner—thought at one point to be a risk as an NFL high draft pick—has blossomed nicely into the sure-fire No. 1 selection. Turnabout is fair play.This position for Winston is almost stunning, considering he continually, immaturely raised questions about his stability to run a team, which is the last mark any quarterback wants on him. But being accused of sexual assault, stealing crab legs from a grocery store and shouting an obscenity on campus can put you in that dreaded box. Quickly.Amazing thing was that Winston continued to perform at a high level as he and his supporters continually fought off the troubles, including facing expulsion over the sexual assault case. Winston claimed consensual sex and a school investigation found that the accuser tried to extort money, had picked up Winston at a bar and overall did not have a case. The woman, in a telling act, participated in a documentary called “The Hunting Ground” about her experience with Winston.Whatever the case, Winston played on and played well. And as those who looked on after he engaged in one controversy after the next, he always spun it back to being a kid.Well, he has not only been without incident for months, he has shown marked improvement in his judgment, so much so that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers almost assuredly will take him with the No. 1 selection in the upcoming draft.That’s a major leap for a player who looked to be falling off a self-created bridge not that long ago.“I haven’t changed at all,” Winston said on ESPN. “I’ve grown.”Yes, that’s a contradiction, but his point was made.“I’ve grown into the person I am now,” he added, “the young man that I am now. And my actions have to speak [to that]. … At the end of the day, all my mistakes make me a better person. I get to learn from that.”Under scrutiny, what has been learned about Winston is encouraging that he really has become this young man who has learned from past missteps. More than that, he’s as good—or maybe even better—as he played for the Seminoles, and has the leadership qualities to match.At his Pro Day for NFL scouts, Winston was on the field two hours before he was scheduled to throw, mixing it up with teammates and encouraging them. When he did throw, reports are that he was fantastic. And he threw 100 more passes than necessary.As a comparison, Sports Illustrated pointed out that last year, quarterback coach George Whitfield designed a pro day for 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel that featured music by rapper Drake and 64 throws in helmet and shoulder pads.For Winston, Whitfield designed a workout that was devoid of music. Winston threw more than 135 times, including 35 warmup passes. Whitfield and his assistants regularly chased Winston from the pocket, sometimes with tennis rackets or a broom.“It goes to each man’s idea of how he wants to make his statement,” Whitfield said to SI. “That’s how Johnny wanted to make his statement. You go off how they want to make their statement and you try to engineer something functional around it. This is what Jameis wanted to do. Blue collar, no music, high volume [of throws], stress.”And it worked.“He had a great day,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said. “He threw a full nine innings.”The Bucs will not commit on the record to Winston, but the QB has visited the team’s offices and met with the owner. Trust that the team has vetted him through-and-through. “It’s just part of the process,” Licht said. “We’re going to use every minute of time that we have here in the next few weeks to make a decision.”Winston’s decision to grow up has helped him immeasurably. Could he slip up and fall into trouble? Of course, he could. But the feeling is that the falling is over and the only trouble he will be involved in is causing it for NFL teams next year. read more

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Design tips for a wonderful festive home makeover

first_imgWith the festive season around the corner, decorate your home elegantly with the right accessories, designer ceilings and many more, say experts. Here are some tips on how to give a makeover to your house this festive season.4Furniture and accessories: It’s that time of the year again, when investing in new furniture seems like a great idea. Replace your old sofa, table or bed with the latest options available in the market. In case you don’t want to switch your furniture, changing its fabric or upholstery is always an option. Use traditionally vibrant or bold colours to add in the festive effect. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfContinue to glorify your space by accessorising with elegant curtains, rugs, vases, scented candles and other glassware. Don’t forget designer ceilings: A designer ceiling can make a dramatic visual impact on any space. Today, with the array of designs that designer ceilings offer, households feel spoilt for choice and find it to be an imperative part of a festive house makeover.Designer ceilings can be customized to the design of your choice and can be installed in as much as in a week’s time, and sometimes even faster than what it takes to get your home painted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLight up your festive mood: One often relates ambience to the lighting provided in a particular space, and creating an ambience can be made easy by choosing the right kind of lighting. A big advantage of installing designer ceilings is the high quality LED lights that can be fixed seamlessly, as per your creative choice, without the concern of high electricity bills. Redo your walls and create your own space: Jazz up your space by making your walls look colourful. Paint one wall in a brighter shade and others in lighter tones to maintain the balance. If not paint, you can opt for wall paper and wall decals, these are less expensive option. Style your wall with racks for books and décor pieces. Blend in with nature: Opt for bamboo shoots and bonsai plants. These can be kept on your centre table or in the unkempt corner of your house. It’s all about blending nature within your environment.last_img read more

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