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Tenure-Track Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (several posts) in Marketing

first_imgApplications are invited for appointment as Tenure-TrackProfessor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (several posts)in Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics (Ref.:500543), to commence on July 1, 2021 or as soon as possiblethereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis with the possibilityof renewal. The successful candidates with more experience andqualifications may be considered for direct tenure subject toapproval.The Faculty continues to progress as a leading business school inChina and Asia. A full range of Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral,MBA, MBA (International) and EMBA degree programmes are offered.The research environment is amply supportive, active and highlyproductive with outputs published in premier internationaljournals, includingJMR, JCR, MarketingScienceandJM.The marketing team is a young and highlyprolific group with, currently, twelve professoriate staff.Information about the Faculty can be obtained from http://www.fbe.hku.hk/.Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree, with preference given tothose with a research focus on quantitative marketing, marketingstrategy, or services marketing. Research excellence (i.e.published papers or papers in advanced stages in top-tier marketingor related journals) and strong teaching performance are expected.The appointees are expected to be committed to high-qualityscholarly research and teaching undergraduate and/or graduatemarketing courses. Enquiries about the posts (not applicationmaterials) should be directed to Professor Bennett Yim (e-mail:[email protected] ), Professor EchoWan (e-mail: [email protected] ), orProfessor David Tse (e-mail: [email protected] ).A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% ofgross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuityand University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme,totaling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will beprovided as applicable.The University only accepts online application for the above posts.Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V.,recent research papers and relevant teaching evaluations. Threeconfidential reference letters should be sent to Mr. Kevin Ng ofthe Faculty (e-mail: [email protected] ) directly by thereferees. Review of applications will start as soon as possible andcontinue until December 31, 2020 (extended to April 30,2021), or until the posts are filled, whichever isearlier.Advertised: Jun 24, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close: Apr 30, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

Compass on course

first_imgCatering giant Compass expects revenue growth to slow in the short term as a result of its efforts to tighten financial controls and generate higher margins.The group has continued to trade in line with expectations for the year to 30 September and hit its target of £50m in overhead savings.In a trading statement, ahead of the full year results annnouncement on 29 November, Compass said that the UK business was showing positive signs of stabilising and that it was confident of delivering a similar level of revenue and overall profitability to the previous year. It added that it had made particularly good progress in the education sector where it had helped deliver meals to the UK government’s new nutritional standards.Compass completed the deal to sell its railway station, airport and roadside catering division for £1.8bn in June. It sold its Moto motorway services chain to a consortium led by Australia’s Macquarie Bank, and offloaded its fast food brands – including Upper Crust, Whistlestop and Caffè Ritazza – to a private equity group.last_img read more

Greggs’ prices rising 4.5% as costs bite

first_imgRetail baker Greggs said this week that its prices were increasing 4.5% a year on an ongoing basis as ingredients’ costs mounted.The company, the UK’s number one bakery chain with 1,353 shops, said cost pressures arising from increases in the price of flour and dairy products have been mitigated to some extent by forward buying.But group managing director Sir Michael Darrington told British Baker that this would not prevent prices to customers continuing to increase, with protein commodity rises also expected. Greggs’ prices had risen 4.5% over the last year and were likely to rise that much, or even more in the next year.”Our robust performance to date encourages us to believe that current and anticipated cost increases will be recoverable from the marketplace,” he added.Favourable weather in August and September coupled with a positive response to Greggs’ latest TV advertising campaign have boosted sales, the company said in a trading update to 6 October.The group saw like-for-like sales up 5.9% in the first 16 weeks of the second half of its financial year, compared with the same period of 2006, it said. Operating profit was above the comparable period in 2006, where it saw “disappointing” flat like-for-like sales.A new Greggs’ bakery in Cambuslang, outisde Glasgow, intended to boost growth in Scotland, completed last week.last_img read more

Fine Lady sets its sights on the north

first_imgFine Lady Bakeries has announced plans to build a £20m bakery in Newton Heath, east Manchester.Planning permission has been submitted for the site, which would become Fine Lady’s northern base.Joe Street, managing director of the Banbury-based company, said the east Manchester location would offer excellent transport links both north and south. “We don’t want to anticipate the outcome of the planning application, but this is an exciting first step for us,” he said. “We see this as a long-term investment in east Manchester, creating jobs and other benefits for the local community.”If plans go ahead for the proposed site at Central Park, off Briscoe Lane, it could bring up to 250 jobs to the area.Fine Lady Bakeries produces a range of breads, rolls and fruited products, such as teacakes, which are supplied to leading supermarket chains, independent retailers, sandwich-makers and catering companies.last_img read more

News story: Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill

first_imgThe Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill has been published today, having been introduced in the House of Lords yesterday.The Bill will amend the Census Act 1920 and the Census Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 to remove the penalty for not responding to new census questions on sexual orientation and gender identity.This means that the 2021 Census in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, may include questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, which can be answered on a voluntary basis.This Bill delivers on the proposals set out in the December 2018 White Paper, Help Shape our Future: The 2021 Census of Population and Housing in England and Wales, which sets out the UK Statistics Authority’s recommendations that these new questions be included in the 2021 Census in England and Wales, on a voluntary basis.last_img read more

Easibake Foods fined after blade injury

first_imgPontypridd based bread manufacturer Easibake Foods Limited has been fined £14,000 after an employee’s hand was trapped by moving blades on a dough-cutting machine.The firm was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this week, after an investigation found that there was no guard on the machine to prevent access to the blades.The worker was injured as she tried to clear a build up of dough from the machine at the factory on Pontyfelin Avenue, on 9 July 2012.At a hearing on Monday (16 December) Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard how she fractured her right index finger and suffered multiple fractures to her thumb, as well as soft tissue and nerve damage to her right hand, which resulted in the temporary loss of movement in her fingers and required surgery.The company has since fitted a guard to the machine. Easibake Foods was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £9,931 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.Stuart Charles, an inspector at the HSE, said: “Easibake Foods failed to take effective measures to prevent access to potentially dangerous parts of its machinery, therefore exposing wokers to the risk of injury.”This was a completely needless and entirely preventable incident that left an employee with painful injuries. The company should have used a fixed guard to prevent access to the dividing blades.”last_img read more

Remembering S. Allen Counter

first_img S. Allen Counter with President Drew Faust following his Phi Beta Kappa oration (2015). File photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer The Harvard Foundation organized Cultural Rhythms, honoring stars such as Laurence Fishburne, with Counter in 2007. File photo by Gail Oskin As part of his public service, Counter tested lead levels in South American Quechua Indians. Courtesy of S. Allen Counter Counter played a major role in the Harvard Foundation’s Portraiture Project. Richard T. Greener, the first African-American to graduate from Harvard College, is pictured. File photo Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer S. Allen Counter, the founding director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations and a noted neurophysiologist, educator, and ethnographer, died on July 12.“Harvard has lost a great champion of inclusion and belonging in Dr. Allen Counter,” said President Drew Faust. “Through his leadership of the Harvard Foundation, he advanced understanding among members of our community and challenged all of us to imagine and strive for a more welcoming University and a more peaceful world. We remember today a campus citizen whose deep love of Harvard, and especially our undergraduates, leaves a lasting legacy.”“During my years as president of Harvard, no one did more than Allen to make minority students feel welcome and at home at Harvard, to promote fruitful interaction among all races, and to serve as understanding adults to whom many undergraduates could turn in order to register their concerns, answer their questions, and have their legitimate problems communicated to the Harvard administration so that they could be understood and acted upon in appropriate ways,” recalled Derek Bok, who led the University from 1971–91 and from 2006–07. “Much of what he accomplished was unrecognized, but his contributions were invaluable, and I will always feel a great debt of gratitude for his service to the University.”Counter did his undergraduate work in biology and sensory physiology at Tennessee State University and his graduate studies in electrophysiology at Case Western Reserve University, where he earned his Ph.D. He earned his M.D. at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He came to Harvard in 1970 as a postdoctoral fellow and assistant neurophysiologist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Early in his University career, Counter lived in a student residence hall as dormitory director, resident tutor, and biological sciences tutor.In the early 1970s, the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (now the Department of Health and Human Services) named him to the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1975, several proposals came before the council requesting funding for projects involving psychosurgery and electrode implants in human brains. At that time, the government’s rules protecting human subjects were still evolving, and Counter believed the projects were inherently racist. He insisted the council not approve them, and they were not acted upon.In the same decade, Counter taught inmates at MCI Concord with the Massachusetts Correctional Concord Achievement Rehabilitation Volunteer Experience, where he said he gave inmates the same advice his grandmother had given him: “Read a book. Develop your mind.” A later study showed that participants in the program had a lower recidivism rate than prisoners who did not take part.After a sabbatical fellowship at UCLA with neuroscientist Alan D. Grinnell in the late 1970s, Counter returned to Cambridge, where his research at Harvard Medical School focused on clinical and basic studies on nerve and muscle physiology, auditory physiology, and neurophysiological diagnosis of brain-injured children and adults.In 1981, the University established the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, which promotes peace and education and supports civility, intercultural understanding, and racial harmony on campus. Counter was its first and has been its only director.In an interview with the HistoryMakers a decade ago, Counter outlined his and the University’s vision for the foundation. “It was a new concept,” he said. “Harvard didn’t build race centers. Harvard didn’t build an Asian Center or Hispanic center, or an African-American center. We decided that we wanted a philosophy that was uniquely Harvard that we could present to our students, and then hopefully, have the rest of the country adopt it.”That philosophy held that all Harvard buildings should be race-relations centers.“Every building belongs to our black, our Latino, our white, and our Asian students,” Counter said in the interview. “Our students have equal ownership in them, so we don’t need to build a separate building. We want the University to respond in a way to make students feel both in Harvard and of Harvard.”center_img Malala Yousafzai received the Harvard Foundation’s 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from Counter. File photo Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer S. Allen Counter, a young scientist at 20. Courtesy of S. Allen Counter Counter was raised in a segregated section of Boynton Beach, Fla. Deeply committed to Civil Rights, he said he attended his first protest when he was a boy, as the youngest participant in a “swim-in” at a whites-only beach. He said his work with the Harvard Foundation was a product of his upbringing.“In some respects, I am uniquely positioned to write about race,” he wrote in a yet-to-be-published book on the subject. “My own journey from a racially segregated Southern village, where race rules governed daily life, and white, state-sanctioned deprivations and circumscription prevailed, to level interaction and engagement with the white elite of the United States and Europe has given me an exceptional perspective. I have witnessed the arrogance of race. I have observed imagined white supremacy. And I have experienced the suffering of persons of color from individual and institutional racism.”Senior admissions officer David Evans, a member of the foundation’s faculty advisory committee, said that when Counter accepted the position at the Harvard Foundation, “race relations was viewed as a no-win position, not just at Harvard, but across the nation.”“But Allen felt someone had to do it, and so he took it on. In his work, Allen was able to win over people on conflicting issues and convince others to join in this work through his own perseverance. He was able to work magic. He gave himself to Harvard. And we are poor in his passing.”People in the Harvard community reacted Wednesday to news of Counter’s death.Counter’s interns at the Harvard Foundation said the director was a role model from whom they learned how to set goals and execute them, how to bring people together around a cause, and how to respect others and their opinions. Counter addressed students and everyone else by their formal titles to show individual respect and admiration.“Dr. Counter believed in every member of the Harvard community,” Cengiz Cemaloglu ’17. “He believed in Harvard’s potential and believed in its conviction. He welcomed everyone to Harvard and taught Harvard how to welcome everyone. He cared for Harvard and taught Harvard how to care.”“Harvard has lost an important moral leader and voice of positive change,” said the Rev. Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister to the Memorial Church. “In terms of making Harvard a more welcoming place for all students, faculty, and staff, Dr. Counter worked tirelessly for decades. And whether you were from New Orleans or New Delhi, from Guatemala or Ghana, Dr. Counter and the Harvard Foundation affirmed your humanity and your dignity. He wanted all who entered Harvard’s gates to say ‘I, too am Harvard,’ as well as ‘Harvard is me!’”“In a world that often values self-absorption and a laser focus on one’s own priorities, Allen Counter stood out as a scholar who also cared deeply about others, both as individuals and as a community,” said Robert Lue, the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. “This commitment to fostering a diverse community at Harvard was beautifully expressed in his tireless work leading the Harvard Foundation, and I never saw his passion for this mission wane over the 20 years that I knew him.”“Dr. Counter devoted his life to advancing the vision of the Harvard Foundation, and many of us at Harvard College, including myself, felt personally Allen’s uncommon dignity and gentleness,” said Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana. “Allen has been a thoughtful teacher, leader, and mentor to many in our community, and we are grateful for the legacy that he has left for our College.”“Over the many years that I worked with Dr. Counter on the advisory board of the Harvard Foundation, I came to admire him for his persistent efforts at realizing one of his most passionate ideals — creating an inclusive atmosphere on campus, one that made students from diverse backgrounds feel welcome,” said Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures. “A strong advocate for students engaging with each other’s differences through the arts and community service, he was an untiring champion for pluralism at Harvard and beyond.”“Dr. Allen Counter lived his life as a citizen of the world,” said Robin Gottlieb, professor of the practice of mathematics. “[He was] always on call for the celebrations and the crises, big and small, that have accompanied the increasing diversity that has been so important both personally to Dr. Counter and more generally to the health of the College.”“It is difficult to muster words that convey a sense of what Allen’s unflagging commitment to diversity and opportunity has been, a commitment that stands at the core of the mission in the undergraduate community,” said Thomas Conley, the Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Visual and Environmental Studies. “By virtue of what he has done with the foundation, over the years we have witnessed a greater and greater embrace of diversity and outreach at Harvard College. Always smiling, always upbeat, Allen brought to us boundless, energy, enthusiasm and compassion to improve the human condition.”“Dr. Counter truly instilled a light in the hearts of the people he mentored. We called that the foundation light,” Cemaloglu said. “It is the light of illumination about the value of diversity in our daily lives. It is the conviction that one can and should never turn a blind eye and should actively work to bring people from across communities together and address injustices. It is that firm stance that even though opposition is out there, one should move with conviction to care and act upon that care. It is that foundation light that Dr. Counter created, and instilled upon the hearts of everyone at the foundation and at Harvard.”Named a member of the prestigious Explorer’s Club for his scientific research studies that led to the discovery of African-descended people in the rain forest of Suriname and the Andean mountains, Counter was also the author of several books: “I Sought My Brother: An Afro-American Reunion,” with Evans; and “North Pole Legacy” and “North Pole Promise,” about the North Pole explorations of Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, and the progeny they left behind.To his students and others, Counter himself often repeated the advice given to him by his parents, Samuel Counter Sr. and Anne Johnson Counter: “Learn to speak the language of your nation and to perfect it. You learn the techniques and the underlying sort of economic structure of the nation, which means get some kind of trade or profession and pursue this with the idea of reaching perfection. And I think I’ve done that.”Counter is survived by a wife and daughters. A memorial service to celebrate his life and contributions to Harvard will be held in the fall.last_img read more

Chile Seeks to Boost its Space Program

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo December 09, 2020 The Chilean government is boosting its space program with a new National Satellite System. The project, which Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced in October, will include the launch of three satellites and will also have three ground stations to receive data and information.The initiative, led by the Chilean Air Force (FACh, in Spanish), coordinates and integrates activities of the Ministry of Defense, the FACh, and the Ministry of Sciences to promote scientific research and national industry development, and also to support search and rescue systems, maritime surveillance, the protection of natural resources, and climate and environmental monitoring.“This network of three satellites will enable us to observe the Earth and our country with a broad spectral range, not only visual, but also with infrared. In addition, its orbit will be under our country’s sovereign control,” Piñera told the press.“With these new satellites, ‘we will be able to pierce the clouds’ to analyze the captured images with different frequency ranges, even to detect objects larger than one meter, as well as [to detect] whether they have caloric emissions, or whether it’s an organic or inorganic matter, for example,” Colonel Claudio Alcázar, FACh Communications chief, told Diálogo.The first satellite will be launched into space and will be operational within a year, replacing the functions of the Fasat-Charlie satellite, which completed its life span, the Chilean newspaper La Tercera reported. Launched in 2011, the Fasat-Charlie put Chile at the forefront of space presence in Latin America. But the country soon fell behind, overtaken by Peru, Bolivia, and even Venezuela, Héctor Gutiérrez, president of the Chilean Space Association, told the newspaper.The project also envisions the manufacture and launch of two new satellites, one of which will be built in Chile. The three satellites will form a national satellite constellation. The program will also complement the information these satellites receive with access to other satellite constellations, Air Force Brigadier General Francisco Torres, head of FACh Space Affairs, explained.“It’s crucial for our country to have autonomy over the information gathered with our own satellites […]. At the same time, it’s important to set up agreements with other countries that place their satellites over Chile when ours are in other parts of the world,” Brig. Gen. Torres told Diálogo.Three ground stations located in Antofagasta, Santiago, and Punta Arenas will receive the information from these satellites and will provide information and data to an advanced geospatial data processing center. The center of operations will be located at the FACh’s Cerrillos Air Base, in Santiago.The new system will also lead to the creation of seven micro-satellites with the participation of the defense sector, the academic arena, and the national industry, to contribute to Chilean technological development.last_img read more

February bar exam results posted

first_imgFebruary bar exam results posted April 30, 2006 Regular News February bar exam results postedcenter_img Graduates from Florida State University had the highest passage rate for those taking the February Florida bar exam.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released the results from the February bar exam April 17.A total of 1,035 people took the exam, 538 from out-of-state and the remainder in-state graduates. The FBBE also said 899 took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in March, 360 from out-of-state and the remainder from the 10 Florida law schools.FSU topped those who took Part A and Part B of the general bar exam; 31 of the 34 FSU grads passed, or 91.2 percent. The University of Florida was next, with 131 of its 150 graduates passing, or 87.3 percent. Next was Florida International University, where 19 of 22 graduates passed, or 86.4 percent.Of the other law schools: 81 of the Stetson University’s 101 students passed the exam, or 80.2 percent; 45 of 58 graduates from Florida Coastal passed, or 77.6 percent; 18 of 26 students from the University of Miami passed, or 69.2 percent; 14 of 22 graduates from Barry University or Orlando passed, or 63.6 percent; 8 of 14 from Florida A&M passed, or 57.1 percent; 22 of 39 from Nova Southeastern University passed, or 56.4 percent; and 11 of 31 from St. Thomas University passed, or 35.5 percent.Three hundred and seventy-eight of the 538 applicants from out-of-state law schools passed, or 70.3 percent. Overall, 73.2 percent of those who took Parts A and B passed.That figure was 80.9 percent for the MPRE portion of the exam. Passage rates by school were 93.1 percent for UF; 91.8 percent the FSU; 91.2 percent for UM; 90.3 for Stetson; 90 percent for FIU; 78 percent for Florida Coastal; 74.6 percent for St. Thomas; 72.7 percent for FAMU; 61.3 percent for Barry; and 59.1 percent for NSU. The rate was 77.2 percent for out-of-state test takers.last_img read more

Why the credit union industry needs small credit unions to stay

first_img“What are you going to do in 10 years when small credit unions are gone and you are out of a job?”This is what a prominent leader in the credit union industry said to me five years ago when I told them I was hanging up my hat as a Vice President at a credit union and starting a marketing consultancy business to serve the small credit union market. Many people think small credit unions are going away and that they aren’t the ones making the impact in our market.  That they are irrelevant and have no place in today’s market. I have heard this from various trade associations, vendors, and even other credit unions.  Today, small credit unions make up over 70% of the credit union industry.  As of April 1, there were 5,492 total credit unions in the US. 3,881 of them are under $100 million in assets, what our industry categorizes as “small.”  What does it mean when people are wishing away a large majority of the market? I want to argue that these “small” credit unions have some of the largest stories to tell, largest impact on their members, and greatest brands of any in the industry.  Five years after starting TwoScore, small credit union leaders across the nation regularly contact me saying how empowered and excited they are to tell their brand story and see the success of ALL small credit unions catch fire.  The financial landscape truly is an ecosystem.  By definition, an ecosystem is something (such as a network of businesses) considered to resemble an ecological ecosystem especially because of its complex interdependent parts.  The credit union industry is an ecosystem within itself. There are large credit unions, small credit unions, large community credit unions, small community credit unions, large SEG-based credit unions, small SEG-based credit unions.  Credit unions focused on supporting small businesses. Credit unions focused on underserved communities. The important part of an ecosystem is the balance achieved by al of these interconnected elements being in place.Want to help the credit union industry succeed?  Don’t discount the small credit unions, their impact and their leaders who work tirelessly every day to build communities, serve members and their employees.  Support them as their peers. We are one industry with thousands of these interconnected parts. Smaller ones succeeding will help all credit unions. 118SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Detailslast_img read more