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Talent and Social Business: The promise and the challenges of Employer Branding

first_img “As some of you know I joined Flipkart with the designation of Director – Talent Branding. Many people after that have asked me what exactly is my role and what would I be doing.”Read full article Related posts:No related photos. Talent and Social Business: The promise and the challenges of Employer BrandingShared from missc on 15 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.last_img

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How do cephalopods become available to seabirds: can fish gut contents from tuna fishing vessels be a major food source of deep-dwelling cephalopods?

first_imgCephalopods are important prey for numerous seabird species. However, the physical mechanisms by which cephalopods (particularly species considered as deep-dwelling) become available to seabirds are poorly understood, and it has recently been suggested that the discarded stomachs of gutted fish captured by tuna longliners can be a major source of deep-dwelling species. Here, we identify some deep-dwelling cephalopods that appear in the diet of seabirds, review the current knowledge of their vertical distribution, and compare the stomach contents of commercially captured tuna with those of seabirds foraging in the same area. The limited available information leads us to conclude that tuna longliners are unlikely to be a major source of deep-dwelling cephalopods for seabirds. However, much more information is required on the ecology of seabird prey, particularly commercially unexploited cephalopod species, which may be obtained from scientific cruises devoted to cephalopod biological research. In addition multispecies/foodweb modelling studies may be required to explore potential interactions between seabirds, their predators and prey, and commercial fishing operations.last_img read more

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On the Road With the Beat Generation

first_imgIn 1964, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters arrived in New York City. Travelling with them was Neal Cassady, Denver-born street kid, petty criminal and Jack Kerouac’s chief muse, immortalised as Dean Moriarty in On the Road. Cassady was desperate for Kesey to meet Kerouac, to show Jack how he was still living the Beatnik life, still on the quest of an inverse version of the American Dream. Cassady persuaded him to come to the apartment where the Merry Pranksters were based. In Kerouac’s honour, they had spread an American flag across the sofa. Kerouac took one look at it, alcohol-sapped eyes narrowing, forehead furrowing, carefully picked it up and lectured the group on how to correctly fold it, before placing it to one side and sitting down. The others carried on with consuming their pot and acid, while Kerouac was content with gulping from his own bottle. No doubt Neal Cassady was amazed by his friend’s behaviour. The wild Jack of the fifties had given way to the cantankerous, hectoring old drunk. Jack had grown up.On the Road, first published in 1957, is often cited as the foremost text of the Beat Generation, the literary father of the sixties counterculture, the work that opened up new channels of experience to youth everywhere, chronicling the exploits of Sal and Dean in their road trips across America. Its exploration of living free, of removing the individual from the so-called conformity of the bourgeois constriction, inspired musicians such as Bob Dylan and John Lennon, and is held up as a work that pours scorn on the strait-laced world of fifties America.Now, the release of the original manuscript on the fiftieth anniversary of On the Road’s publication allows many of the characters’ real names and some of the previously censored passages to be reinstated, in an effort to produce the work that Kerouac originally envisioned: the perfect expression of his later-developed theory of ‘spontaneous bop prosody’. The result is a text infused with even more of the wild, acclamatory language that gives the original such a breathless, headily tangential quality.Jack Kerouac began work on the version most recognisable as the final On the Road in April 1951, working almost non-stop, fuelled by Benzedrine, sweating through his T-shirts until his room was filled with old ones drying. By 27th April, the first draft was finished. This manuscript was then retyped, reformatted and rejected by publishers until finally on 11th January 1957 it was accepted by Viking Press.The novel catapulted Kerouac to fame. Everyone clamoured to review both the book and the man. Gilbert Millstein of the New York Times called the novel ‘the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as ‘beat’’.Kerouac couldn’t cope. Everyone assumed he was Dean, the wild leader of the escapades across America recounted in the novel. He was, in fact, Sal, the observer and follower. He followed Christopher Isherwood’s maxim from Goodbye to Berlin: ‘I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording.’The crux of the journalistic inquest was the Beat Generation. Commentators wanted to know what the Beats’ stance was on everything from organised religion to juvenile delinquency. Kerouac styled himself ‘a crazy solitary Catholic mystic’ and later insisted that ‘beat’ was far removed from its original vernacular use to describe a ‘state of exalted exhaustion’, but instead should be spelt ‘béat’, reminiscent of the Catholic state of being beatified. Beat was not simply a cosy name for vagrancy, but became a term of religious significance.Kerouac had originally envisioned On the Road as a quest novel, in the vein of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Its praise of the car is linked to the concept of the open road, and Kerouac, by birth a French-Canadian Catholic, was possessed with a sense of the mystical aspects of Catholicism, and claimed that his ‘kind of monastic life’ at home with his mother was both his route to the heavens, and the context behind his writing skills.Being in a state of On the Road is to be on a never-ending quest for something not defined, but suggested by belief. Writing itself for Kerouac was a way of recapturing actual fact and event, but the exercise was also a methodology of making sense of a world in which spirituality was becoming increasingly marginalised in society by the progression of rationalist thinking. Kerouac’s philosophy was that society corrupts the true heroes and terms them undesirable, when in fact they are ‘beat’, but in an irreversibly positive way. Like Jesus walking amongst the lepers and those society wishes to hide, Sal and Dean see beauty in poverty. And for Kerouac, who knew his Keats, beauty is Truth, and Catholic Truth in the actual world can only be God revealed.The Jack who grew up was misrepresented by his followers. Those who disparaged America and religion and looked to him for leadership missed the point. Kerouac was a lot more concerned with praising America than is readily apparent. His portrayal of poor American communities as the ideal is linked with his quest for God, and like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress the journey is both a physical and sacred quest. On the Road is a spiritual allegory, undeniably simplistic in according worth to members of society who are, after all, car thieves and burglars, but in using such individuals, Kerouac reminds us that the spiritual unknown, whilst not necessarily the Christian God of organised religion, is found everywhere, even in places we least expect it.The new, uncensored version of On the Road was published by Penguin on the 6th September.last_img read more

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Car crashes into shop in Cowley

first_imgCowley Road was cordoned off by emergency services after an out of control car crashed through the side of a shop just after 7am last Sunday. The vehicle, reportedly a silver Peugeot 207, first knocked over a lamp post in front of Tesco, and then drove into The Furniture Shop at the intersection of Cowley, Bullingdon Road, and Chapel Street.“Thames Valley Police was called at 7.19am on April 17,” Lucy Billen of the Thames Valley Police media team told Cherwell.Eyewitnesses told the police that they had seen two people, a man and a woman, get out of the vehicle after it crashed, and leave by foot. No injuries were reported, though there is still no word on the whereabouts or condition of the car’s two occupants. The police have kept searching for them and are concerned they may have been hurt, judging from the state in which the car was found. “The investigation continues,” Lucy Billen added.The family-run shop however was seriously damaged in the crash, and the owners said it would have to be closed for at least a month as the owners repair and rebuild their business. As well as the shop window which was entirely destroyed in the accident, a brick pillar supporting the building was damaged.Because this affected the structure of the shop, works started straight after the car was towed away by a team of around 20 firefighters. The family running The Furniture Shop have said the total insurance cost of the reparations could be up to “tens of thousands of pounds” and described the damage as “surreal” according to Oxford Mail.“This is a big shock for us all and we are now counting the cost,” Omar Nawaz told an Oxford Mail journalist. The 35 year-old and his brother Kasim Nawaz help their parents run the shop which has been owned by the family for 30 years. “It’s the East Oxford spirit – you just get on with it,” Omar Nawaz said. “We have been here for a long long time, we don’t intend on going anywhere. It is all a bit surreal but you can’t hang around and not get on with things or you would be in the same position.”Juliette Perry, a Somerville first year who will be living in Cowley next year, told Cherwell she saw the neighbourhood as a “friendly, relatively quiet” area. “Just like any city it has the odd incident but nothing too unusual. It seems very irresponsible and a real shame that people haven’t taken responsibility.“However I wouldn’t be worried about cycling to and from Cowley next year when I’m living there – accidents do happen, does it put me off – no, it’s no more or less safe than cycling anywhere else in the city. I just think it was lucky that no one was hurt.”last_img read more

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Puratos adds natural vanilla to Belcolade

first_imgBelcolade, the real Belgian chocolate supplied by Puratos, now includes natural vanilla in all of its recipes. Comprising over 200 different compounds, natural vanilla delivers a sweet, fresh flavour that carries to the finished product,” says Matt Crumpton, marketing director of Puratos UK. “Being natural it offers a premium image that’s in step with consumer demand and also permits cleaner label declarations.”last_img

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Highest UK unemployment rate for 17 years

first_imgUK unemployment levels have continued to climb by 28,000 during the three months to January 2012, with the final figure standing at 2.67 million for the quarter.According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, the unemployment rate was up 0.1% on the previous quarter, taking it to 8.4% in January – the highest rate since 1995. However, during the same time frame, the number of people in work rose by 9,000 to 29.1 million.For those aged between 16 and 64 years old, the employment rate remained unchanged on the previous quarter, staying at 70.3%. The three-month period also saw a 1.4% rise in total pay, including bonuses – a drop of 0.5% on the quarterly period to December 2011.Youth unemployment levels reached over a million (1.04 million), taking the rate to 22.5%, and the total number of unemployed women stood at 1.13 million throughout the three months – rising by 22,000.Increasing numbers of people went into part-time work in the quarter (60,000), which takes the total number to 6.6 million, and a drop of 52,000 individuals who are self-employed meant just over four million people worked for themselves during the time.last_img read more

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Press release: Colliery tips in South Wales to be inspected over next 5 years

first_img Telephone Call 0345 762 6848 and ask for the communications and engagement team Regular inspection and monitoring of disused colliery tips and other historical mining features is important to monitor land stability, ensure public safety and for early identification of any environmental issues. The work involves 315 inspections at 291 sites, including disused colliery tips, quarries and civil engineering structures.Darren Bryant, Public Safety and Subsidence Principal Project Manager at the Coal Authority, said: As the government body responsible for managing the legacies associated with the historical coal mining industry of Britain, the Coal Authority has a vast amount of experience in the inspection, restoration and overall management of disused colliery spoil heaps and former mining structures. We undertake a comprehensive inspection programme of our own portfolio that includes 40 disused colliery tips and approximately 800 other mining features. We do this by conducting on site assessments, utilising remote monitoring and telemetry equipment and by combining these with various ground movement and water level monitoring techniques to ensure our sites are managed safely. The Coal Authority has been providing tip and quarry inspection services for Natural Resources Wales since 2016, and in September 2018 we were successful in winning a 5 year contract to continue to provide these services.center_img 200 Lichfield LaneMansfieldNottinghamshireNG18 4RG Email [email protected] Coal Authority communications and engagement team Peter Cloke, South Wales Deputy Forest District Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said:“South Wales is unique in the fact we have such large numbers of people living next to our forests and using them for daily recreation, but due to our coal and steel industrial past we have many legacy issues to manage to ensure we keep them safe.“We look forward to working with the Coal Authority on this contract and gaining from their extensive experience of managing historic industrial liabilities.”last_img read more

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Frozen Duo on Their New Musical: ‘There’s Always a Part for Idina!’

first_img Star Files View Comments Could there be a role for a certain Great White Way superstar in Frozen’s Oscar-winning songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s previously reported new musical Up There? “There’s always a part for Idina Menzel, anytime!” Kristen Anderson-Lopez recently joked to Broadway.com.Her hubby Robert Lopez added that the project, which will be helmed by Rocky and Here Lies Love director Alex Timbers, is “a romantic comedy, but it’s got a real theatrical twist of existential fun.”The pair also revealed that Up There has just been workshopped. It is scheduled to open in 2015 at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and although there’s no word yet on whether the show is Broadway-bound, since EGOT-er Lopez co-created both The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q, it has to be on the cards!center_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Stomp Cancels More Performances After East Village Building Explosion

first_img View Comments Stomp has canceled further performances at the Orpheum Theatre following the explosion and fire in the East Village on March 26. The off-Broadway production will no longer play on March 27, March 28 and March 29.Stomp is an energetic revue in which matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and more are transformed into percussion instruments. The daily objects weave together a performance featuring dance, music and improvisation.The cast of Stomp currently features Jesse Armerding, Alan Asuncion, Marivaldo dos Santos, Dustin Elsea, Fritzlyn Hector, Brad Holland, Aaron Marcellus, Jason Mills, Manny Osoria, Krystal Renée, Indigo Smith and Carlos Thomas.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.last_img read more

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Community choice is adding further momentum to California’s transition

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Forbes:California is on track to meet its clean-energy goals a decade early thanks in part to communities demanding and delivering renewable energy faster and cheaper than utilities can, according to a report released this morning.A growing number of community choice aggregators (CCAs) in California are not only delivering a higher percentage of renewable energy than utilities, they’re also causing utilities to offer a higher percentage, according to the report by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation.“The  rise of  CCAs has had  both direct and  indirect positive effects  on overall renewable energy  consumed in California, leading  the state to meet its 2030 RPS  targets approximately ten years in advance,” write Luskin Center director  JR DeShazo, lead author Julien Gattaciecca and co-author Kelly Trumbull.CCAs allow communities to make their own agreements with energy providers. California’s CCAs offer a minimum of 37 percent renewable energy, a maximum of 100 percent. They average 52 percent renewable energy.Investor-owned utilities offer renewable content between 32 and 44 percent.CCAs only make up about 10 percent of California’s energy market, but they’ve had an outsized influence. As they pull customers away from traditional utilities, the utilities find themselves offering a higher percentage of renewables because of long-term contracts they’ve signed with renewable-energy producers.As a result, even traditional utilities expect to offer 50 percent renewables by 2020. California’s standards call for that level of renewable penetration by 2030.The authors expect the state’s three utilities—Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric—to have an average of 67 percent renewable energy in their portfolios by 2025.CCAs are also growing rapidly and are expected to blossom their market share to 16 percent by 2020.More: Community Choice Is Driving California’s Precocious Energy Revolution Community choice is adding further momentum to California’s transitionlast_img read more