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UK is a nation of serial time-wasters

first_imgUK is a nation of serial time-wastersOn 2 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today The UK is becoming a nation of serial time-wasters, with workers happilysmoking, chatting and e-mailing their way through the working day. A third of all working days have been found to be completely unproductivebecause so much time is wasted by staff, according to a new survey. The survey by the Human Resources Group found staff waste time throughextended lunches, surfing the web, gossiping with colleagues, sick leave, andtime off to let the gasman in. The findings show that three 10-minute cigarette breaks a day alone add upto 16 lost working days a year. Meanwhile, web-enabled employees are using their skills to fritter away theworking day, with recruitment consultants among the worst offenders. A separate poll of 1,000 workers found more than 62 per cent admitted usingthe internet for personal reasons, with almost a third browsing for no specificreason. The problem has become so serious that it now accounts for almost 35per cent of lost productivity in the office. Top 10 online time-wastersHours wasted per weekAd agency designers                 5 hoursInsurance brokers                     4.5 hoursSolicitors                                  4hoursAccountants                             4 hoursIT consultants                           3.5 hoursBanking employees                   3.5 hoursRecruitment consultants             3 hoursSales executives                        3 hoursJournalists                                 2.5hoursAdministrators                         2 hoursSource: Cyber Protect cyberskiving survey Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Délifrance reveals UK sandwich competition representative

first_imgFrench bakery manufacturer Délifrance has announced that 19-year-old student chef Ricky Matonti is to represent the UK in its international sandwich competition.Matonti, who has worked under the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal, will be taking on seven other student chefs from across the globe during the Délifrance Sandwich World Cup, with his duck cassoulet sandwich.The recipe comprises spiced slow-cooked duck with a purée of seasoned haricot beans and his own ketchup on top of a toasted Délifrance Sourdough Pavé.It will be showcased at the semi-final of the contest to be held at Délifrance’s Ecole de Boulangerie et de Pâtisserie in Paris, on 4 February 2014.The overall ‘sandwich master’ will then be crowned at the Sandwich and Snack Show the following day.Matonti, a student at the University of West London, said: “My experience with top celebrity chefs really inspired me to create a luxurious recipe worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant, but in a convenient grab-and-go sandwich.“I wanted to use ethnic ingredients to complement the tasty French dish as I believe this is a great way to represent the multicultural side of the UK.”Ian Dobbie, managing director of Délifrance UK, said Ricky was proof that student chefs have the talent and the passion to help the sandwich industry develop even further. “Délifrance picked Ricky and his recipe to represent the UK, based on the on-trend ingredients and popularity of ethnic flavours in the sandwich market.”The Délifrance Sandwich World Cup is held every two years, and challenges budding chefs to transform the humble sandwich into a gastronomic delight.last_img read more

Patisserie Mark Bennett runs charity bake off

first_imgTim Mann, head chef of Patisserie Mark Bennett in Poole, Dorset has judged a charity bake-off in aid of Poole Housing Partnership’ s (PHP’s) Creative Arts for Dementia.Mann, from the Baking Industry Awards’ 2015 Craft Business winner, Patisserie Mark Bennett, judged the competition in nearby Oakdale this week, designed to raise money for people with dementia.The craft bakery firm, which has three branches in Poole, also put Mann on hand during the contest, entitled The Great PHP Bake Off, to answer questions and pass on his tips to help create beautiful bakes.Claire Wade, PHP community involvement officer, said: “Tim ran an interesting Q and A where he offered bakers advice on avoiding soggy bottoms and preparing perfect Yorkshire puds.”Baker of the Year 2014Patisserie Mark Bennett’s owner, Mark Bennett, was crowned Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards in 2014, and Bennett was famously approached to make the royal wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of York when they married in 1986.Creative Arts for Dementia workshops are open to anyone who has been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia and their carers.last_img read more

B’way-Bound SpongeBob Musical Taps Aerosmith & More

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 16, 2018 Related Shows Aerosmith, David Bowie and more are aiming to bring Bikini Bottom to Broadway in the 2016-17 season. Bikini Bottom being where SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends hang out, obviously, what did you think we were referring to?! Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision by Tom Kitt, the previously rumored The SpongeBob Musical will make its world premiere on June 7, 2016 at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Casting will be announced shortly for the tuner, which will play a limited engagement through July 3.The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he’s going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. Along with original tunes by Bowie and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the musical event will include songs by Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I.The SpongeBob Musical will feature unconventional stage craft that will prove that anything can happen in Bikini Bottom courtesy of scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini and sound design by Walter Trarbach. SpongeBob SquarePantslast_img read more

Despite China slowdown, IHS Markit expects 129GW of new solar capacity in 2019

first_imgDespite China slowdown, IHS Markit expects 129GW of new solar capacity in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:IHS Markit has reiterated its global solar demand forecast for 2019, despite lower expectations for China.The market research firm said that faster than anticipated growth in some international markets such as the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Italy, Turkey, or Ukraine had reduced the growth risks associated with weaker demand in China. IHS Markit also remained bullish on the APAC region outside of China and several South American markets having greater upside potential for solar installations in 2019.As a result, global solar installations are expected to be around 129GW in 2019.However, the market research firm has become increasingly concerned about the lack of visibility for strong global demand in the second quarter of 2020, compounded by the additional manufacturing capacity (cells and modules) expected to start ramping production in the first half of 2020.More: IHS Markit: Despite China decline global solar growth in 2019 to hit 129GWlast_img read more

Uruguayan Navy seizes 1.4 tons of cocaine from a fishing boat

first_img In the weeks leading to the seizure and the arrests, the Division of Investigation and Narcotics of the National Naval Prefecture (DIVIN) gathered intelligence that the boat’s crew members were using welding equipment to create secret compartments to conceal cocaine, authorities said. Naval investigators presented the evidence to Judge De Los Santos, who approved a search warrant, officials said. Technology used to capture boat transporting cocaine The Uruguayan Navy recently seized 1.4 tons of cocaine and captured nine suspects during a security initiative known as “Burned Shark.” Uruguayan authorities announced the successful security operation on Dec. 22, 2013. It was the largest drug seizure ever by the Navy. The Navy seized the drugs from the Panamanian-flagged fishing vessel named “Perbes.” The ship was on its way to Europe, authorities said. Navy investigators arrested six Colombians and three Nicaraguans. The ship’s owner was among the suspects, authorities said. The detainees had a hearing before Judge Adriana De Los Santos, who handles organized crime cases. The judge took statements from the suspects and ordered that they continue to be held in custody. By Dialogo January 14, 2014 The drug trade not only creates violence, it harms young people, said Uruguayan Senator Alfredo Solari, a medical doctor who is also president of the Senate’s health commission. Young people who take drugs do not do as well in school as young people who do not take drugs, Solari said. “Our country has a serious problem with the poor performance of its education system, particularly secondary education (12 to 18 years-old),” Solari said. “A third of those entering secondary education do not complete the first three years. 102, 000 Uruguayans between 15 and 29 years neither study nor work. These failures have many causes but the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs during childhood and adolescence are key culprits.” In testimony before the health commission, school authorities said drug use one of the main reasons many students do not perform well in school. The fall of Don Berna In 2005, Intelligence led to seizure and arrests Drug traffickers from Colombia and Ecuador and criminal gangs from Central America are fighting for control of drug trafficking routes in the Southern Cone, the southern tip of Latin America which includes Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile, and part of Brazil. In particular, Colombian drug traffickers are active in the Southern Cone and throughout Latin America. For example, the drug trafficking organization led by Colombian organized crime kingpin Diego Fernando Murillo, who is known as “Don Berna,” has established operations in recent years in Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. In Argentina, some members of Don Berna’s family live in luxury condominiums and ride polo ponies. Members of Don Berna’s organization have established cocaine processing laboratories in Bolivia and Ecuador, according to published reports. As a young man, Don Berna was a member of the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), an anti-government guerilla group. Don Berna left the EPL in the 1980s and joined the Galeano organized crime gropu in Medellin. The group was affiliated with the Medellin Cartel, led by drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. In the early 1990s, Escobar ordered the killings of several EPL leaders who he believed were stealing from him. Don Berna formed an organized crime group, the People Persecuted by Pablo Escobar (PEPES) to fight back against the Medellin Cartel. Security forces killed Escobar in 1993. Don Berna filled the power vacuum left by Escobar and eventually became leader of the Oficina de Envigado, an organized crime group formed by former members of the Medellin Cartel. Drugs hurt young people In October 2103, the Ecuadorean Navy, in cooperation with the National Police, used advanced technology to find a boat that was transporting a high amount of cocaine. The Unit Against Organized Crime (ULCO) of the National Police alerted the Navy of the presence of a Panamanian-flagged vessel which was suspected of transporting drugs off the Ecuadorean coast. The Navy sent several drones into the air to track the boat. The drones located the boat, named “Doria,” about 130 nautical miles southwest of the port of Manta. The Coast Guard intercepted the boat. Coast Guard authorities boarded the boat and found nearly 800 kilograms of cocaine on the vessel, Coast Guard authorities detained the Doria’s five-person crew. Two of the crew members were from Colombia, one is Nicaraguan, one is Panamanian, and one is from the United States, authorities said. center_img Colombian organized crime groups active in the region Operation Burning Shark is part of a broad effort by the Uruguayan government to crack down on drug trafficking. With increasing frequency, organized crime groups are using Uruguay as a transshipment point, transporting cocaine and other drugs through the country and eventually to Mexico, the United States, or Europe. Drug traffickers from Colombia and Ecuador and criminal gangs from Central America are fighting for control of drug trafficking routes in the Southern Cone, the southern tip of Latin America which includes Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile, and part of Brazil. Don Berna surrendered to authorities. In 2008, authorities extradited him to the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. In June 2008, he pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to conspiring to import tons of cocaine into the U.S. A judge sentenced Don Berna to 31 years in prison. Countries throughout Latin America are cooperating with each other and with U.S. security forces in the battle against organized crime. For example, in November 2013, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met in the Colombian city of Ipiales to discuss common security concerns and other issues. The two presidents agreed to strengthen ties in the battle against drug traffickers and other organized crime groups. The two countries share a border that is 730 kilometers long. Also in November 2013, Correa and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala signed two security agreements, strengthening cooperation between their two countries in the fight against organized crime.. Cooperation against drug trafficking Uruguay fights drug trafficking Armed with the search warrant, naval investigators boarded the vessel and found the cocaine hidden beneath a wooden floor. The cocaine was stored in the lower half of the boat, inside two compartments underneath a refrigerating unit. The seizure of the cocaine was a team effort that was made possible by the work of the DIVIN, according to Gastón Jaunsolo, a spokesman for the Navy. “It was fine intelligence work. The seizure was the end result of a lot of hard, work, it was a commendable job,” Jaunsolo said. The operation marked “the largest seizure of cocaine made in the Navy’s history.” Most large seizures by the Navy reached into the hundreds of kilos, Jaunsolo said. Cocaine found in hidden compartments last_img read more

PlayStation 5 Users Face ‘Queued for Download’ Bug Preventing Them From Downloading Games, Apps: Report

first_img– Advertisement – The PS5 game library does show that you already own the game/ app, but the PS5 Store shows that you need to purchase it.IGN mentions that a lot of user reports claim issues with the PS5 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, though the PS4 version of the game downloads without any issues. Other users have reported issues with Godfall, Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man Remastered, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and the Disney+ app.Reportedly, users who got in touch with Activision regarding the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War issue were asked to factory reset their console and that fixed the issue. But it would not be possible for all users to completely erase their PS5’s storage to be able to download these games. There seems to be no other fix in sight.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Gadgets 360 has reached out to Sony for clarity on this bug and will update this report when we hear back.Will Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition fail in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. PlayStation 5 users are experiencing a bug that prevents them from downloading certain games and apps. This bug is causing games and apps to get stuck at ‘Queued for Download’ or in an error state, as per a report. This seems to be happening when a product is first set to download. What’s even more frustrating than being unable to download a game is that the PS5 library shows that you own the game, but the PS5 Store says that you don’t.According to a report by IGN citing users and its own staff members, PlayStation 5 has been hit by its first bug right after launch. Users have reported that their games and apps are stuck at ‘Queued for Download’ or show a download error. This happens when an item is first set to download and, in this case, the Downloads menu doesn’t list anything. This prevents users from downloading the game or cancelling the game to try and re-download.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The new organizational structure of the Croatian National Tourist Board was adopted

first_imgThe 30th session of the CNTB Tourist Council was held, at which the members of the council adopted a new one Ordinance on the organizational structure of the CNTB Head Office and job systematization, but also other important activities and projects in the field of marketing and advertising.Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić emphasized the importance of reorganizing the work and activities of the Croatian Tourist Board, which, as he said, was necessary to monitor new trends and increase the efficiency of promotional activities in foreign emitting markets. “The existing organizational structure is several years old, and new times and new business trends require the definition of new frameworks for action. Our goal is to be more efficient, more proactive and ultimately more competitive, which is a prerequisite for the continued growth of Croatian tourism. The new systematization will bring more efficient and optimal business, simpler and faster coordination of employees, and thus faster solving of tasks and meeting deadlines.”Said director Stanicic, adding that the new reorganization is the result of an analysis of the situation conducted over the past six months.A special Congress Department has been established within the CNTBThe basic changes brought by the new systematization are the establishment of five sectors, instead of the previous seven, and a special novelty is the establishment of a special Congress Department within the CNTB. Also new is the establishment of the sector for international affairs and the network of representative offices, which will contribute to even better coordination of the network of representative offices, but also stronger representation and better cooperation of the Croatian Tourist Board with world tourism organizations. “With the new systematization, we decided to unite several organizational units into one sector. Thus, we have merged the advertising sectors, the “Croatia” brand and the market research and strategic planning sector into one that will be called the strategic communications sector. This sector will also include PR and marketing activities because we believe that these are closely related activities that require better coordination, closer cooperation and synergy. Another novelty is the return of a special Congress Department within the CNTB, which will be even more focused on the further development and promotion of this important segment of the offer, which significantly affects the year-round business in tourism.”, Concluded director Staničić.In 2018, maintaining positive trendsThe members of the Tourist Board of the CNTB were presented with information on the course of the season and the situation on the markets, and Minister Cappelli announced a good tourist year. “After an extremely successful tourist year 2017, we are entering 2018 with the same goal, ie with the goal of further positioning Croatia as a year-round destination and encouraging the growth of quality and development of Croatian tourism. Positive trends in tourist traffic continued in January, which recorded double-digit growth. With a large number of new investments and activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board aimed at developing special forms of tourism, better air connectivity, I believe that we have another successful tourist year ahead in which we expect growth of about 5 posit”, said Minister Cappelli.We add that the members of the council also adopted the proposal at the session Decisions on special advertising at the Davis Cup Osijek sports event. This is an international sporting event of the Davis Cup World Group, between the tennis national teams of Croatia and Canada, which will be held in Osijek from 2 to 4 February 2018.last_img read more

Tender announced for directors of the Croatian National Tourist Board in seven markets

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board has announced a competition for the selection seven director of the representative office on the market Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia and China. The Tourist Board of the CNTB has formed for the purposes of implementing the tender Committee for evaluation of received candidatures, and which was appointed in the same composition as during the implementation of the competition last year when the directors of eight foreign offices were elected. Barbara Mesić, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, was appointed President of the Commission, and the members of the Commission are representatives of the CNTB Tourist Board Boris Žgomba, Tomislav Fain and Marcel Medak, and Professor Dragan Magaš, who is a member as an external associate. After the deadline for applications, the commission will evaluate the received applications, conduct interviews with selected candidates, which will inform the Tourist Board, to which it will send its nomination proposal.”We expect that quality professionals with creative and interesting work program proposals will apply for the competition. Among the announced competitions is the one for the director of the future office in Shanghai, where we are opening our representative office for the first time, within the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to position our country even stronger in the large and important Chinese market. As a tourist destination, Croatia is very well recognized among our traditional European travelers, so our main long-term goal, while maintaining this status, is to open new and distant markets where we have great potential for further growth and development.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.In addition to the conditions prescribed by the Labor Act and the Ordinance on special conditions that must be met by employees of the tourist office, interested candidates must also meet the conditions prescribed by the competition itself. Candidates, among other things, must have completed at least a specialist graduate professional or graduate university study, have at least three years of work experience in the field of tourism and / or marketing, actively know one language with knowledge of another world language, know the tourism market for which you apply and make a proposal for its representative office work program for the following calendar year.Applications and evidence of eligibility and curriculum vitae of the candidate shall be submitted no later than 15 days from the announcement of the tender in the Official Gazette, ending on April 26, 2018. years. Read the text of the public invitation with all the information in the attachment.Attachment: COMPETITION FOR THE SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE OF THE CROATIAN TOURIST BOARD</p>
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PGGM’s Lindeijer: Dutch schemes need updated risk models

first_imgEloy Lindeijer, PGGMHe said that he would like to divest from Dutch, German and Austrian government bonds, as well as long-duration interest swaps, in favour of inflation-matching investments such as European property and core infrastructure.The FTK gave the wrong incentive by requiring pension funds to hedge their liabilities against a volatile risk-free market rate, he argued. “This leads to significant investments in government bonds and swaps, with the liquidity call on swaps hampering taking additional stakes in long-duration private investments.”Lindeijer also criticised the FTK’s risk model, in which property and infrastructure had a high risk weighting whereas euro-denominated government bonds were deemed low risk.Bespoke risk modelsUnderfunded schemes – including PGGM’s main client, PFZW, and other large sector pension funds ABP, PMT and PME – are not allowed to add investment risk, whereas schemes that can face higher buffer requirements if they raise their risk profile.In Lindeijer’s opinion, pension funds should be allowed to apply their own fine-tuned risk models to bring their investments in line with what is “sound long-term economic policy”.“It is about broadening the selection of approved matching assets, such as the most solid infrastructure projects, European property and long-duration mortgages,” the CIO argued. The Netherlands’ current risk model is “too static” and predates the financial crisis, “when there was a glut of well-returning matching assets”.He emphasised that, post-financial crisis, not even government bonds are always safe given their susceptibility to rising interest rates and default risk from countries such as Italy.Discount rateThe current discount rate for liabilities was a big source of volatility at pension funds, he said, highlighting its pro-cyclical effects.“If equity markets decline, the risk-free interest rate often falls as well, causing an additional hit on schemes’ coverage ratio. Subsequently, underfunded pension funds can’t increase equity risk, while they would like to invest when markets have bottomed,” he explained.Lindeijer said a stable discount rate would enable pension funds to take the right investment decisions.“As the Netherlands doesn’t have sufficient clout to affect ECB policy, it can change the way we deal with the FTK,” the CIO argued.The FTK’s risk model has also been criticised by Dutch-Canadian pensions expert Keith Ambachtsheer. In an interview to be published in IPE’s December issue, he argued that “the constant pressure to reduce solvency risk to avoid further pension cuts has reduced the long-term wealth-creating capability of the massive €1.4trn pool of Dutch retirement savings”.“Too much is dead money, locked up in low-return fixed income instruments,” Ambachtsheer said. “During the past few years we have benefited from the low-rate policy, as equity markets rose and hedging through swaps and bonds was profitable,” Lindeijer explained. “But now the reverse effect looms.” Dutch pension funds urgently need updated risk models as the current financial assessment framework (FTK) means they miss investment opportunities and exposes them to rising interest rates, according to PGGM’s chief investment officer Eloy Lindeijer.Speaking to IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, Lindeijer said schemes were stuck with low-yielding or even loss-making fixed income holdings.“They are a big source of volatility, and investing in them means a direct loss in real terms and comes at the expense of opportunities,” he said.The investments would be hard hit when interest rates rose again, for example as a result of the European Central Bank ceasing its quantitative easing policy, the investment chief said.last_img read more