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President outlines creative agenda

first_img Comments are closed. President outlines creative agendaOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Socpo will be an agenda-setting organisation for HR professionals in localgovernment and help shape Government policy, claimed its new president at theannual conference last week. Francesca Okosi, who is also HR director of Brent Council, said she wouldimprove the links with the Government to create an influential voice for localgovernment HR. “Under my leadership Socpo is going to wade in and take action in thisarena. This will mean more than just influencing and lobbying, it means beinggrown up enough to come up with new ideas and approaches and then be able toget them accepted and implemented. “Carping is out. Creating is in,” said Okosi at the Socpoconference in Scarborough. Okosi claimed that Socpo became much better networked over the last year –especially with the Employers’ Organisation and the Society of Local AuthorityChief Executives – and she promised to build on this. “There has been a downgrading of HR in local government over recentyears and this is a real opportunity to move ourselves back up,” she said.”Now more than any time in the history of modern local government, goodpeople management will make the difference. Change is happening all around us –some painful – and as experts in people management we should be in the thick ofit.” She said, for example, that Socpo would put a lot of effort into influencingthe regulations that will come out of the recently released White Paper, StrongLocal Leadership – Quality Public Services. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Will it work? Auction house launches ‘buy it now’ Ebay-style service

first_imgHome » News » Will it work? Auction house launches ‘buy it now’ Ebay-style service previous nextProducts & ServicesWill it work? Auction house launches ‘buy it now’ Ebay-style serviceProperty site set to revolutionise private treaty sales with new instant property purchase ‘Secure Now’ platform launch.Sheila Manchester14th June 20191 Comment1,610 Views A property platform best known for online property auctions has moved to offer instant property purchases as part of their service expansion.UnderTheHammer, a property sales website with a nationwide network of estate agents, property buyers, and sellers, has introduced ‘Secure Now’ to its platform, which they say is aimed at making property transactions instant, more secure, and transparent.Sellers and agents are able to list properties for a fixed price at their discretion. Buyers are then able to go online and purchase the property immediately at any time, and pay an exclusivity deposit in order to secure the property.There are then fixed time scales to exchange and complete on the property transaction, with 28 days to exchange and a further 28 days to complete – providing clarity, speed, and time for buyers to secure financing and avoid issues in the transaction process.Sales revolutionThe platform has introduced ‘Secure Now’ alongside changes to their auction process to provide a quicker, fairer, and more transparent property auction transaction as UnderTheHammer looks to revolutionise the culture of buying and selling properties both at auction and online.Thomas Gilday, an Auction Specialist at UnderTheHammer, says that the advancements come as a natural evolution, using what the company has learnt so far, “In the last year, Under The Hammer has worked with hundreds of agents, property sellers, and buyers. In that time, we’ve learnt from comments, reviews, and suggestions from all three on how we can improve the service and drive forward the property revolution.”“At our core is speed, security, and transparency. The changes to our auction platform, and the exciting introduction of our ‘Secure Now’ service, will help us improve the property buying and selling process in these areas even more.”“With our Secure Now service, we’re able to offer immediate security of the transaction for our sellers, whilst also allowing for buyers to make an instant decision to purchase a property at any time, day or night.”Thomas Gilday Under The Hammer Secure Now property sales website Sheila Manchester June 14, 2019The NegotiatorOne commentMichael Leyton, littlewoods estate agents littlewoods estate agents 14th June 2019 at 11:45 amHang on…”Instant Property Purchase” 56 days from agreeing a sale? I presume said sale is still subject to contract and survey in the normal way then? Is that what they call instant? Sounds like Purplebricks and their Commisery again! So, in which case no greater transparency than any other traditional method of sale. The only difference is an organised end date and frankly not much quicker than the current traditional method. Anyone can fix an on or before closing date, some corporate agents have been doing that since God was a boy…and that’s not rocket science or a property revolutuion. So, who is this fantastic new system actually meant to benefit? Does the bidder have to be chain free? can they secure a proposed purchase before selling their own home ? Do their finances need to be in place before bidding, to prove they are not wasting everyone’s time ? would be great to know …more info pleaseLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Brendan Bayliss And Jeff Austin Will Bring Back 30db For One Show Only

first_imgA few years ago, Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee and Jeff Austin–at the time a member of Yonder Mountain String Band–formed a new musical project called 30db. The project was a great outlet for the two songwriters, even if it only lasted for a short period of time. After unofficially parting ways in 2012, the pair performed a show under the 30db moniker last winter in Chicago. Now, one year later, 30db is back, with a show at Schuba’s, also in Chicago, slated for December 22nd.This is sure to be a special night of music from two of the scene’s best songwriters. For more information and to purchase tickets to the show, click here.last_img read more

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‘Ulysses’ unlocked

first_imgThe dedication of a new book about the radically uninhibited novel “Ulysses” would almost certainly have pleased James Joyce. “For Dad, who taught me about free expression,” is how Kevin Birmingham prefaces his compelling “The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses.”And Joyce might have felt right at home during mealtime in the Birmingham household, where lively, unrestrained conversation was the norm.“Growing up in my family … you said everything that you thought,” recalled Birmingham, a lecturer in history and literature and an instructor in the College’s writing program, of his childhood in Florida. “Dinnertime was a time for debate, a time for people to argue or to say what they are thinking.”It was also ideal preparation for writing about a book that shocked and bewildered many of its readers, was banned in the United States for more than a decade, and spent years in court battles.Joyce’s “Ulysses” opened the author’s mind to the world. Many, offended by his use of vulgarity and frank approach to sexuality, would have preferred it remained closed. To others, the long, circuitous novel that tracks Leopold Bloom around Dublin on June 16, 1904, was a work of genius. By now, of course, “Ulysses” is regarded as a masterpiece, a book that “made everything possible,” writes Birmingham.“What made ‘Ulysses’ revolutionary was that it was more than a bid for marginally wider freedom. It demanded complete freedom. It swept away all silences.”But that freedom came at a price. In his debut book, published in June by Penguin, Birmingham charts the efforts of Joyce and his admirers as they struggled to set “Ulysses” free.The placards, like this one pictured, contain Joyce’s detailed revisions, corrections, and additions. While Birmingham didn’t consult the holdings during his research, he did reference their facsimiles available in Harvard’s Widener Library.Birmingham’s project had something of a rehearsal in his academic career. The first version of his Harvard Ph.D. dissertation centered on the obscenity trial of William S. Burroughs’ notorious novel “Naked Lunch.” Birmingham got hold of a transcript of the Boston trial, which banned the book in 1962, and was hooked. (The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reversed the decision four years later.)“It was a way for me to talk both about how the law looked at literature, how the law was changing at the time,” said Birmingham. “And it was just fun to see people on the stand trying to describe ‘Naked Lunch’ and talk about it in legal ways — ways that mattered for a court as opposed to ways that mattered in the classroom.”Eventually Birmingham’s dissertation changed course. But years later, when a friend mentioned that his agent would be interested in a book about obscenity laws and literature, Birmingham returned to the theme, this time through the trials and travails of “Ulysses.”Much of his research involved poring over archives at Cornell, Princeton, and Yale, as well as those at the National Library of Ireland. Personal papers, including thousands of letters, were key to his research. In Joyce’s time, daily correspondence, said Birmingham, functioned “as a diary for your life.”At Cornell he viewed the “dirty letters” between Joyce and his wife, Nora Barnacle, which inspired some of the most scandalous passages in “Ulysses.” What he found were pages surprisingly free of alterations. The discovery was a shock because Joyce was notorious for tinkering with his manuscripts, repeatedly frustrating his printer by drastically altering the galleys sent to him for corrections.“Printers expected a few changes in the galleys,” writes Birmingham, “but Joyce filled them with arrows and inserts, new clauses and sentences. Joyce wasn’t proofreading. He was still writing.”Scrutinizing Joyce’s writing process is only one of Birmingham’s aims in “The Most Dangerous Book.” Much of the narrative follows the efforts of a group of fearless women, including Sylvia Beach, the owner of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, and Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, founders of The Little Review, who were instrumental in delivering the book to the public.Birmingham’s final chapters, which track the definitive U.S. court battle over “Ulysses,” benefitted greatly from a chance encounter. While researching his book, Birmingham bumped into a friend who knew the granddaughter of John Woolsey, the federal judge who heard the case and ruled in Joyce’s favor in 1933, paving the way for the novel to be legally imported. After a few phone calls, Birmingham connected with Woolsey’s grandson, a man “dedicated to his grandfather’s memory.” Soon he was watching home movies, reading family documents, reviewing a never-published New Yorker profile on the judge, and taking a private tour of Woolsey’s library.“These [materials] are all still in private hands. I could have gone to every archive in the world and I wouldn’t have found them.”Friends and colleagues from Harvard helped Birmingham with his work in less concrete but equally important ways. At a regular Friday night happy hour with faculty from the history and literature department, he got feedback on ideas and shared the particular struggles of bringing a book to life.“It’s a wonderful time to sit back. You can talk casually about the things that you’ve been working on, or you can talk about what had just happened on ‘Breaking Bad.’”Birmingham has read “Ulysses” five times. His initial reading, in a freshman seminar, left him, like so many other first timers, with “no idea what was happening.” A sophomore lecture course put him on firmer ground. “I think I really needed a stronger guiding hand through it. I needed someone first to tell me that it’s OK if I don’t know everything that’s going on.”Birmingham allowed that Joyce’s masterpiece is not “convenient” for the reader. “There aren’t going to be any explanations … you just have to do the work yourself.”And he added that the greatness of the book often needs time to sink in. Appreciating “Ulysses” can take months, even years. His first reading, he said, was full of frustration and boredom. “When you first read it you are put off by it … but then when you put it aside, you find yourself thinking about your own thoughts. You are never going to be as conscious of the way you think as you will be once you’ve just finished reading ‘Ulysses.’ And that self-awareness is illuminating.”This evolution of appreciation is one reason Birmingham decided to include Virginia Woolf in his story. She and her husband politely declined to publish Joyce’s early chapters through their Hogarth Press. The book “fails, one might say, simply because of the comparative poverty of the writer’s mind,” she wrote after her first encounter with it.But “Ulysses” wouldn’t let Woolf go. Two years after she read the entire book, Woolf began transforming a short story she had been working on into a novel. “’Mrs. Dalloway,’” writes Birmingham, “delves into the consciousness of three characters during a single day in London.“Joyce’s tiny bullets had entered Virginia Woolf’s bloodstream and felled her from the inside out.”last_img read more

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Introducing Dell Technologies’ New Chief Blog Strategist

first_imgAs modern communication channels continue to evolve and expand, Dell Technologies’ corporate blogs play an important role in telling our stories.Whether it’s talking about our responsibility in the next decade or announcing new on-demand end-to-end flexible consumption, our corporate blogs bring you the latest news and views from our in-house experts.What’s so special about these blogs anyway?Direct2Dell and Direct2DellEMC aren’t just managed by one person or even one team. Our network of authors contributes pieces from all sides of Dell Technologies to bring you the stories you care most about – from consumer and gaming, to small and mid-market business, to large enterprise and beyond. And with such a broad business and so many stories to tell, it’s important to work closely with authors to bring you the highest levels of quality in our blogs.Hi Sarah!With this in mind, I’m excited to introduce Sarah Vela, as Dell Technologies’ new Chief Blog Strategist for the Direct2Dell and Direct2DellEMC blogs.Sarah brings with her a diverse professional background spanning social, digital and communications roles covering multiple customer segments. Her name might be familiar to some readers. She previously spent six years at Dell where, among other things, she managed the Direct2DellEMC blog.As the Chief Blog Strategist, Sarah will be responsible for the overall strategy, health and quality of these flagship corporate blogs. She will work cross-functionally within Dell Technologies to ensure important moments are shared in the most relevant and effective ways (yes, we care greatly about what stories you liked and where other stories may have missed the mark).On the shoulders of giantsWith the explosion of digital and social media in very recent years, it might surprise you to learn the Direct2Dell blog has been around for over 10 years.  After helping to launch Direct2Dell in 2006, Dell Technologies’ own Laura Pevehouse further paved the way by serving as Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for both Direct2Dell and Direct2DellEMC from 2014 to 2018.Revitalizing this role represents the importance blogs play in reaching out to you, as well as our continued investment in digital communications and the ever-changing preferences of our online audiences. Thank you for your continued trust and loyal readership over the years!While you’ll soon start seeing Sarah’s fingerprints all over these blogs, in the meantime, please join me in congratulating her on her new role.last_img read more

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James P. Gatens, Veteran B’way Box Office Treasurer, Dead at 71

first_imgJames P. Gatens(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments The Broadway community is mourning the passing of veteran Main Stem box office treasurer James P. Gatens, who died on April 19 at the age of 71. The marquee of the Ambassador Theatre will be dimmed in his memory on April 25 at approximately 7:45 PM prior to the evening performance of Chicago.Gatens was a long-time box office treasurer and ticketing consultant for Chicago and the lights will be dimmed at the theater so that the show’s family, as well as Gatens’ friends and family and other members of the Broadway community, may join in the tribute.“Jimmy Gatens was a special man, a great human being, an impeccable professional, a natural charmer and most importantly a fervent New York Giants fan,” said producer Barry Weissler in a statement. “I’ve been in the theatre business for 50 years but Jimmy Gatens was still able to teach me things about the craft of ticket selling; I never stopped learning from him. I will miss him terribly.”Born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen, Gatens was the son of a stagehand and a theater usherette. A 50-year member of Local 751, Treasurers and Ticket Sellers, he took great pride in his 30-year tenure as head treasurer of Times Square’s TKTS booth.Gatens’ funeral will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood, NJ 07450 on April 25 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mr. Gatens’ honor to Encore Community Services.last_img read more

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Jersey Boys to Close in West End

first_img View Comments Declan Egan, Matt Corner, Simon Bailey and Matt Hunt in ‘Jersey Boys'(Photo: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg) After the sad news that Jersey Boys would be closing on Broadway, comes the announcement that the Olivier-winning London production will shutter at the Piccadilly Theatre on March 26, 2017. The tuner is currently the sixth longest-running musical in the West End.Jersey Boys first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on March 18, 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014. A second national UK tour will kick off in December 2017.The London cast of Jersey Boys is led by Matt Corner as Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey as Tommy DeVito, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio and Matt Hunt as Nick Massi. Dayle Hodge plays the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances. Also in the company are Nicola Brazil, Stuart Dawes, Willemijn de Vries, Mark Dugdale, Leanne Garretty, Lucinda Gill, Nicky Griffiths, Will Haswell, Mark Heenehan, Mark Isherwood, Ben Jennings, Joe Maxwell, Nathaniel Morrison, Dan O’Brien, Chris Stoddart, Helen Ternent and Ben Wheeler.Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30. The show is packed with their hits, including “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Bye Bye Baby,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”last_img read more

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Germany’s EnBW looks to tap into U.S. offshore wind market for future growth

first_imgGermany’s EnBW looks to tap into U.S. offshore wind market for future growth FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:It’s neither easy nor cheap to get a piece of action in the U.S. offshore wind market these days, but EnBW has come tantalizingly close. In last December’s auction for a trio of lease areas, the winning development groups ponied up a record $135 million each for prime zones facing Massachusetts. Bidding through its East Wind LLC unit, EnBW was the last developer left on the sideline — its final offer of $128 million falling just short after more than 30 rounds of bidding.History seldom remembers the also-rans. But EnBW, a large German utility, still has every intention of putting its stamp on the U.S. offshore wind market. The company’s scale and track record suggest that, even in a crowded field, the market should take those ambitions seriously.The Massachusetts auction underscored just how rich the stakes have become in the U.S. offshore wind market. The winning groups were all backed by deep-pocketed global energy companies, including Shell New Energies and Norway’s Equinor.In the face of such competition, small developers will now struggle to find a way into the U.S. market. But EnBW is among Europe’s largest energy suppliers — with annual revenues of more than €20 billion ($22.4 billion), and a decade-long track record of building and operating offshore wind farms off Germany’s northern coasts. It has more than 600 megawatts under construction in the North Sea right now.Like all major German utilities, EnBW has been forced to transform the way it thinks and invests in response to the country’s Energiewende, or pivot from nuclear energy and toward renewables. And like many European utilities — EDF, Ørsted and Enel among them — EnBW is now looking to the vast U.S. renewables market for growth.Its first big step into the U.S. came a year ago, when the company formed a joint venture to develop a floating project off California with Trident Winds, a small developer based on the West Coast. These days, EnBW has “refocused” its efforts around the nearer-term opportunity in New York and New Jersey, White said.More: How EnBW plans to become the next big U.S. offshore wind playerlast_img read more

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West Virginia Issues “Stay at Home” Order

first_imgContact Information CHARLESTON, WV – During a live, statewide address at the State Capitol in Charleston Saturday night, Gov. Jim Justice urged West Virginians to take all necessary precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including staying home as much as possible.“We might be able to prevent us from getting to a point where we’ve got to shut down the entire state, but to do that we’ve got to move and we’ve got to move stronger than we already are right now,” Gov. Justice said. “Right now, you’ve got to really bear down and buckle up.“We know that there’s been bingo halls open and gatherings happening in an unsafe way and it has to stop now,” Gov. Justice said. “This truly is real. It’s the event of all of our lifetimes unlike any that we’ve ever seen before.” During his address, the Governor thanked members of the healthcare community for the leadership and bravery they have displayed during this pandemic. He also thanked grocery stores and their workers for staying open and providing resources to those who are taking shelter at home.Gov. Justice went on to thank the West Virginia National Guard and everyone working under the West Virginia Department of Education, who have worked to provide meals to 200,000 children across the state while schools remain closed.The Governor also urged businesses across the state to find ways to allow more of their employees to work from home to help contain the spread of the disease.“If we’re going to keep our state open, our businesses need to let our people work from home,” Gov. Justice said. “Our power is in our ability to stay apart. As we stay apart and the numbers flatten out then our health care systems can take care of us.”The Governor was joined for the address by Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences at West Virginia University.Marsh praised the swift actions taken Gov. Justice, including closing schools and a variety of other places with large gatherings of people, before there was a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in West Virginia.“I commend the Governor for his leadership,” Dr. Marsh said. “I think it is setting a standard for the rest of the country. But our work is not over. In fact, our work is just starting.” Jordan Damron, [email protected]center_img “We need to do the things we need to do to protect each other,” Dr. Marsh said. “Stay in our homes, don’t congregate, wash your hands thoroughly – 20 seconds, soap and water, or using hand sanitize, between your fingers, around your wrists, sing Happy Birthday twice, sing the ABCs, sing Country Roads – don’t put your hands around your face.“To save lives, to help save our healthcare workers, to save our systems of healthcare that we rely on, not only for the coronavirus, but for heart attacks, strokes and other treatments – West Virginia – now is the time,” Dr. Marsh continued. “It’s our time to be West Virginia strong. I’m very proud to be a citizen of this state and a citizen that’s led by Governor Jim Justice. It’s our time.”Gov. Justice also asked all citizens who have the ability to stay home to make doing so a top priority.“All of us are really really worried, where’s our next paycheck going to come from? How are we going to sustain ourselves? I would tell you that the government, in every way, is stepping up as a nation and a state. You’ll be made as whole as you can possibly be made.”last_img read more

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Uruguay Says Venezuela Is a Dictatorship and Will Discontinue Talks with Maduro

first_imgBy Leonardo Luzzi/Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by Diálogo September 09, 2020 The new Uruguayan Foreign Minister Francisco Bustillo introduced the course of action that will guide his tenure and the foreign policy of the government of President Luis Lacalle Pou.In this respect, he announced changes in the country’s strategy on Venezuela, and made it clear that the Nicolás Maduro regime is a dictatorship.“According to public international law, democratic norms, my own conviction, and that of the president of the Republic, of the entire government, and undoubtedly of any person born in the land of Artigas [Uruguay’s national hero], I freely say without offence nor fear, Venezuela is a dictatorship,” he emphasized.Uruguay will continue to be a part of the international groups that seek a democratic exit for Venezuela, but will no longer encourage dialogue with the Maduro regime.“We will no longer promote actions in favor of a dialogue where conversations are abundant, but where one of the parties lacks goodwill,” said the new Uruguayan foreign minister.Momentum to MercosurMinister Bustillo, a career diplomat, announced the fostering of trade agreements and presented the country as an investment destination.He added that he would work “with pragmatism” to achieve “the best Mercosur possible.”Bustillo said he would promote a policy that seeks agreement inside and outside the borders. “In foreign policy, you should try to always shape a state policy,” he said.On March 1, President Lacalle Pou did not invite Nicolás Maduro to official proceedings for his inauguration, so as not to have “a dictator” before him, he said.last_img read more