Launched last week, the Web site has so far not attracted very many visitors. According to its front page Web counter, 824 people had visited it and “read the truth.”The site’s campaign banner – “Support disabled people – just say NO to SCOPE” – is reminiscent of another recent online campaign against a disability charity. Indeed, Dr Clark acknowledges that “the inspiration for this site came from Dr. Paul Darke” who used the leonard-cheshire.com domain name to campaign against the Leonard Cheshire Foundation.The campaign has highlighted the fact that charities should be aware that they might need to register or retain domain names related to any names by which they used to be known.Read “Scope under fire from disabled activist” by Nicola Hill at SocietyGuardian. Howard Lake | 19 September 2002 | News 27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis SCOPE faces criticism from Web-based campaign AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Disability charity SCOPE is facing criticism from Dr Laurence Clark, a disabled person with cerebral palsy, who has created a Web site to argue that the charity is “an anachronism in the modern world.”Dr Clark has registered the domain name www.spastics-society.com, purposely using the former name of the organisation now called SCOPE, although he is aware that the word “spastic” is offensive to many people. His Web site claims to offer an alternative history of the last 50 years of SCOPE: “using facts and figures derived from [the charity’s] own publications,” he says, “we show how they have oppressed us time and time again, by taking public money to run segregated schools and residential institutions that we ourselves do not want.”According to The Guardian, “the charity has hit back and claimed that his assertions are inaccurate and misleading.” Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 December 2010 | News 29 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Big Lottery Fund has announced grants of more than £14.6 million to 49 projects across England from its Reaching Communities programme.Diabetes UK will today receive £413,722 to continue its ‘The Diabetes UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow’ throughout England. The two-year project will visit 70 of the most at-risk areas of England using specially adapted lorries that convert into fully accessible venues for presentations and one to one meetings.Missing People receives £499,517 to enable it to trial a new national telephone counselling helpline for families. New figures from Missing People show that last year there were over 330,000 incidents of people going missing, a third more than the previous estimate.Sanjay Dighe, England Committee Chair Big Lottery Fund, said: “The festive season is a period of joy for so many, but also the season when there is much sadness with people missing and worries about the future. I’m therefore delighted that this month the Big Lottery Fund is able to support 49 organisations including Missing People who work so closely with people throughout the year to help make a positive difference to their lives.”www.biglotteryfund.org.uk About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Big Lottery Fund gives £14.6 million to 49 projects across England Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund England Funding
American Farm Bureau is reporting another rise in the price of groceries across the country, this time a 7 percent jump in first quarter 2012 versus the final quarter of last year. Non-scientific data compiled by state farm bureaus is fed into the national survey, and Indiana also showed a rise.“Most of the items that increased in price and certainly the largest increases came from the meat and dairy sector,” said Kathleen Dutro with Indiana Farm Bureau. “Our two biggest increases were for sliced deli ham and for shredded cheese. Most of the increase actually came from those two items, but a number of other meat items showed at least small increases.”The Market Basket survey has Indiana prices up $1.55 for 16 items to a record total of $51.15. And the reason meat and dairy are higher?“Generally strong demand and tight supplies according to the American Farm Bureau, and that’s kind of a carryover from 2011. The agriculture department data shows that retail meat prices peaked sometime in the first quarter and wholesale prices have started to decline, so we’re hoping that means the next survey will show a more general decrease in meat and dairy prices.”Grocery prices have increased gradually over time, but the share of the average food dollar that America’s farm and ranch families receive is about 14 percent, according to USDA. The remaining nearly 86 percent is called the marketing share and includes everything else that is part of the food chain including processing and transportation.Dutro says the gap in those numbers is widening as the farm share, “has been on the decrease for almost forever. It’s kind of flattened out a little in the last ten years of so, but it’s still showing a general decrease in the farm share with the marketing share showing a gradual increase.”USDA’s Economic Research Service has an online app that graphically shows the historic food dollar breakout.Nationally 64 shoppers contributed to the survey and 23 of those are Hoosiers.According to USDA, Americans spend just under 10 percent of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest average of any country in the world.In the Indiana survey sliced deli ham increased by 66 cents to $5.68 per pound, while shredded cheese rose by 62 cents to $4.70/pound. Other increases in the meat/dairy sector include ground chuck; which rose by 24 cents to $3.18/pound; boneless chicken breasts, up 23 cents to $3.13; and bacon, which rose by 6 cents to $4.07/ pound.Other items that increased in price were potatoes, up by 28 cents per 5 pounds to $2.93; bagged salad mix, up 24 cents per pound to $2.42; 5 pounds of flour, up 17 cents to $2.68; a 20-ounce loaf of white bread, up 11 cents to $1.60; and 10-ounce box of cereal, up 2 cents to $3.10.The largest decreases were for vegetable oil, which dropped by 72 cents to $3.33 for a 32-ounce bottle, and eggs, which dropped by 19 cents per dozen to $1.71.Also showing decreases were a half-gallon of orange juice, down 8 cents to $3.15; sirloin tip roast, down 5 cents/pound to $4.36; a gallon of whole milk, down 3 cents to $3.24; and apples, down 1 cent to $1.87 per pound.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/05/IFB-Market-Basket-update.mp3|titles=IFB Market Basket update]Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/05/IFB-Market-Basket-update.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Farm Bureau Says Food Prices Rose Again in 1st Quarter SHARE SHARE Previous articleIndiana Crop Update May 7, 2012Next articleGary Wilhelmi 5/8/2012 PM Comment Andy Eubank Farm Bureau Says Food Prices Rose Again in 1st Quarter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 7, 2012
Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa January 3, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US military urged to discipline soldiers who shot woman journalist in Baghdad RSF_en to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders calls on the US military high command to discipline the US soldiers who shot and seriously wounded TV journalist Hadeel Emad yesterday in Baghdad. Emad works as a producer for Beladi TV, owned by former Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari.“The US military said Emad ignored the orders to stop given by its soldiers but how could she have complied when her hearing is impaired?” Reporters Without Borders said. “An unarmed person’s failure to immediately respond to a warning is anyway not grounds for opening fire on them. We hope Emad recovers quickly from her injuries and we offer her colleagues our sympathy. Above all, we call on the US military to shed light on this disgraceful incident and to adopt the necessary disciplinary measures.”The incident occurred at a checkpoint jointly manned by US soldiers and Iraqi police in the central Baghdad district of Karada.According to Beladi TV, the US soldiers initially fired in the air but Emad, 25, did not hear the shots because her hearing is impaired. When she did not heed their warning shots, the soldiers then fired two shots in her directing, hitting her in the chest. She was rushed to a Baghdad hospital where her condition was said to be critical.Agence France-Presse today quoted a US military spokesman as saying soldiers opened fire on Emad because she was “behaving erratically.” The management of Beladi TV said it wanted to “know the reasons for this criminal act.” News December 28, 2020 Find out more News December 16, 2020 Find out more News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”
Subscribe More Cool Stuff Huntington Hospital announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Huntington Hospital was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.Healthgrades evaluated 3,858 hospitals that submittedat least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from April 2014 – March 2015 in order to identify hospital performance in this area.“We are honored to receive the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award,” said Stephen A. Ralph, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “It is a testament to the tremendous efforts our physicians, employees and volunteers make every day to provide compassionate care, enhancing our patients’ experience at our hospital.”Healthgrades evaluated performance by applying a scoring methodology to 10 patient experience measures, using data collected from a 32-question patient experience survey of the hospital’s own patients. The survey questions focus on patients’ perspectives of their care in the hospital. Question topics range from cleanliness and noise levels in patient rooms to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patients’ needs. The measures also include whether a patient would recommend the hospital to friends or family.“For generations, our hospital has served this community with excellent health care, brought to life every day by our amazing employees, physicians and volunteers,” said Kim Markey, vice president, patient experience, Huntington Hospital. “We are so honored to be placed among the top 10 percent in the nation for excellence in ways that patients value most.”In order to be recognized by Healthgrades, hospitals must meet eligibility requirements for consideration, which in addition to number of survey responses, includes clinical performance thresholds. Nationally, 2,965 hospitals met those requirements with 448 hospitals outperforming their peers, based on their patients’ responses in order to achieve this distinction.“Consumers are increasingly using patient experience and satisfaction as a measure to both evaluate hospitals and to select where they want to obtain care,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award for delivering superior patient care experiences during their hospital stay.”For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com/quality today.About Huntington HospitalHuntington Hospital, www.huntingtonhospital.com, is a 625-bed not-for-profit hospital in Pasadena. We are named among the top hospitals in California and nationally ranked in two specialties by U.S. News and World Report. Learn more about us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/huntingtonmemorialhospital and on Twitter at @huntingtonnews. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Huntington Hospital Recognized by Healthgrades for Providing Outstanding Patient Experience Huntington Hospital’s performance places them among the top 10% in the nation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 11:57 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS
Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin TAGSCouncil houseslimericktenants Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival THE ISSUE of adult children who live with their parents in local authority housing not being able to take over the tenancy when parents die was raised at a meeting of the local authority’s housing committee this week.Cllr Cian Prendiville (AAA) said that he is currently dealing with such a case.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “He was not named as the tenant but lived in the house with his father, who died. Now the council are trying to evict him through the courts,” Cllr Prendiville explained.Cllr Richard O’Donoghue (FF) said there are too many impediments to people buying their council homes after living in them for years. Under the purchase scheme, tenants have to have an income in excess of €15,000“‘We’ve had people who are tired and they can’t buy their houses, even if they come into a few pounds.“If you’re someone who has special needs and your home has been specially adapted, you come up against the same problem,” he said. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsAdult children losing council homesBy Bernie English – October 29, 2016 967 WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleBrakes could be put on trainsNext articleNew Halloween Horror Events Unveiled At Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email
bernie_photo/iStock(LONDON) — A petition that now has nearly 30,000 signatures and counting on Change.org was started by a simple online search.Maria Beatrice Giovanardi, a London-based communications and marketing expert, typed the word “woman” into a search engine earlier this summer while looking up information on women’s earnings.She said she was bombarded with results for synonymous of woman that included words like bitch, piece, bit, mare, baggage, wench, petticoat, frail and biddy.“I was like, ‘What’s going on? Why are these the synonyms?’” Giovanardi, 28, told Good Morning America. “I don’t see myself like this as a woman.“My girlfriends don’t speak like this so it’s a man’s point of view,” she recalled thinking.Giovanardi learned the information about the word “woman” she saw online came from content produced by Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford in the U.K. that also produces the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).As Giovanardi looked further into it, she saw more examples of what she described as sexist language, including using sentences like these as examples alongside the definition of women: “‘One of his sophisticated London women;” “Don’t be daft, woman!”: and “he wondered whether Billy had his woman with him.”“If you look up ‘man’ you see sentences of what men can be doing as individuals, while with women you see sentences of women as an oppressed group, not as individuals,” she said. “Their goal is to portray language but this has a very judgmental bias.”Giovanardi took action by starting the Change.org petition titled, “Change Oxford Dictionary’s Sexist Definition of ‘Woman.’”Since June, the petition has drawn 29,926 signatures and counting.“One of our goals was to have as many signatures as the Oxford student body, which is around 24,000 students, so we achieved that goal,” she said. “But the more pressure the better so we hope to get more and more.”The petition has already caught the attention of the Oxford University Press, which dedicated a blog post to responding to the petition.The post specifies that the content around women called out by the petition comes from the Oxford Thesaurus of English and the Oxford Dictionary of English, which “aim to cover contemporary English usage and are accessible online in a variety of formats.”“These texts are based on the methodologies of descriptive, corpus-based lexicography, meaning that editors analyse large quantities of evidence from real-life use to determine the meanings of words,” the post explains in part. “If there is evidence of an offensive or derogatory word or meaning being widely used in English, it will not be excluded from the dictionary solely on the grounds that it is offensive or derogatory.”Oxford University Press also told GMA in a statement Thursday: “Our dictionaries strive to reflect, rather than dictate, how language is used. This is achieved by using an evidence-based approach, drawing on vast collections of written English from books, magazines, journals, and other digital sources.”“Our editors analyse these collections to determine how real people use English in their daily lives,” the statement read. “In cases where words or senses are considered offensive, they are clearly labelled as such.”Giovanardi’s petition definitely started a conversation, which is what she told GMA was one of her goals.One woman, who identifies herself as a feminist and a linguist, took to Twitter to explain why she didn’t sign the petition.“Lobbying dictionaries to make their definitions fit your political preferences is misguided,” she wrote. Dictionary wars: a thread. For everyone who’s been in my mentions all day complaining about a petition that suggested the Oxford Dictionary entry for ‘woman’ might include an example containing ‘trans woman’. /1— Debbie Cameron (@wordspinster) September 18, 2019 Giovanardi said she plans to keep up the “pressure” with her petition because, for her, Oxford University’s reply was not enough.“Our point is that sexism against someone is not acceptable and it is not okay to have definitions like these about women,” she said. “We also want them to remove the sentences that denote women being the property of men, and there’s a lot of them,and make it more inclusive.”And even people who may not sign the petition should walk away from the debate asking themselves questions, according to Giovanardi.“I hope people ask themselves if are we doing enough to patrol sexism and see how widespread it is and ask if we are we taking it seriously enough,” she said. “Because it’s very embedded in every part of society.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. European work time average is 39 hours• Working Time agreements across Europe have remained steady at an averageof just under 39 hours a week, the annual review by the European IndustrialRelations Observatory has found. There was very little variation, with 37-houraverage deals in Denmark and the Netherlands at the lowest and 40-houragreements in Greece, Sweden and Luxembourg at the highest. British paysettlements were at 38.4 hours, but the UK has a much smaller proportion of theworking population covered by collective deals, which means the working week isstill far longer than the rest of the Continent, at around 44 hours.www.eiro.eurofound.ieCoca-Cola cuts race cases from waivers• Coca-Cola will exclude race discrimination claims from waiver clausessigned by redundant staff. The drinks giant, which is downsizing, is offeringdeparting staff generous pay-offs if they sign a clause not to sue the company.But in the wake of criticism from black employees, it has made an exception forrace cases. Coca-Cola is currently facing a lawsuit citing discrimination inpay and appraisals.www.shrm.org/hrnewsUS business uproar over state RSI move• President Clinton has proposed new regulations to counter repetitivestrain injury. The law would force employers to review workplace ergonomics.Business has reacted angrily to the plan. A lobbying group accused theGovernment of “asking businesses to spend billions, while failing toensure the prevention of these injuries”.www.shrm.org This week’s international news in briefOn 21 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today
Can interim managers make a difference to the National Health Service, bringa more commercial touch to central and local government, or help the Police tofight crime? Wilf Altman looks at IM’s splash in the public sector Interims are already in demand by the NHS as general managers, HR directorsand financial controllers and they are branching into many other parts of thepublic sector. Interim providers say demand for interims by the public sector has risensharply in the past 12 months and predict this is only the start. Users ofinterims with specialist skills, in management, HR or finance admit interimscan make a real contribution in the drive to modernise. “There is a huge amount of activity going on in central and localgovernment,” says Torrie Smith, director of interim management atPricewaterhouseCoopers. “Local authorities are becoming major users ofinterim managers, as are government agencies, because they have moreindependence. PwC has seen a 30 to 40 per cent growth in public sector assignmentsover the past 12 months.” New government initiatives like the Small Business Service (see case study)illustrate the opportunities for interims, but also suggest there is now a muchwider understanding of the IM role. On the one hand, why bring forwardpermanent appointments when a perceived role is still unclear and aprofessional short-term interim manager can help clarify your exactrequirements? On the other, what we are seeing is private sector involvement inthe public sector to step up efficiency and, where appropriate, profitability –and this will grow. Even the Cabinet Office recently invited a delegation of senior members ofthe Interim Management Association – Ian Daniel, Torrie Smith and CharlesRussam – to brief HR heads of government departments. They were veryinterested, according to Daniel, chairman of the association. One reason the interim market is opening up in the public sector, he pointsout, is the need for specialists who can implement change, not just offeradvice or written reports. The experience of his own firm, Executive Support,suggests the public sector and not-for-profit assignments lead the currentdemand for interims, followed by demand for retail, finance, business andproject managers. The reason is that interim managers are seen to be more costeffective than management consultants. Neil Simpson, head of TMP Executive Resourcing’s public sector practicesays, “We have noticed a significant increase in the number of publicsector clients and that is also the case with large charities. Greater demandby government agencies and local government is all part of the modernisationagenda and the call for structural change.” Typically, interims are not only brought in to implement change andcommercial practice, but also to fill short-term gaps where there is a highturnover of senior staff. Nigel Plumpton, head of personnel at the National Heritage Memorial Fund,turned to TMP “when we needed a suitable interim manager to cover a gap asa regional manager for three to four months, as we weren’t able to cover thejob internally. TMP found a suitable candidate with the right background andexperience in public sector work.” Plumpton attributes the growing demand for interim managers by large publicsector organisations to continuing reorganisation and restructuring and moreflexible work arrangements. In the NHS, where he worked previously, it ispartly due to quite a high turnover of senior managers. But he also echoes a view that is heard more frequently, namely that moreand more senior staffers are looking to work as interim managers as a careeroption. “They are prepared to step out of continuous employment and changethe pattern of their work life. It is not only people coming towards the end oftheir careers, but those who are making the change much earlier in theircareers because they are keen to move around.” In a recent lecture to MBA students at Cranfield School of Management,Charles Russam, chairman of Russam GMS, noted that business school leavers onceattracted by dotcom start-ups are now showing real interest in starting theirown business as interim managers. Russam, who has been closely involved in thedevelopment of interim management for 15 years, confirms it is attracting moreyoung people, especially in HR, finance and general management. But he warnswould-be interim managers that if you want to succeed, you have got to seeyourself as a serious small business, operate as a professional, network aspart of a self-marketing discipline and work closely in conjunction with a fewselected agencies. You need a proven track record in a particular discipline, a commitment toworking as an interim manager, the ability to hit the deck running and thequalities of a good consultant to assess a situation fast, but also the abilityto implement change and deliver results. Mark Piercy exemplifies the Russam GMS paradigm and proves not only what isachievable as an interim manager but also how seasoned interims can movecomfortably from private to public sector assignments. As a purchasingspecialist with a business degree in purchasing and a professionalqualification, he has been an interim manager for the past five years, withvirtually no down-time, working closely with a few hand-picked agencies –Praxis, BIE, Russam GMS and Odger. “You have got to be flexible, preparedto work anywhere and to work up to 12 hours a day,” he says. He has worked in the NHS, looking at efficiency in purchasing in order tocut costs. He has also had other public sector approaches from police forces,universities, and ordinance surveys. Following a spell as interim purchasingdirector with soap firm Cussons and a switch to consultancy with one of the‘big five’ accountancy/consulting firms, he is now working on an assignment witha manufacturer of pharmaceutical, health and beauty products but sees growingdemand for interims in the public sector. Another interim HR manager with five years experience including publicsector work, following a career in manufacturing and financial services optedfor interim management because, in his 40s, it offered more interestingopportunities than continuing in corporate employment. His IM assignments havevaried from financial services to executive agency work where he filled a gapas HR manager. The variety appeals to him, plus the fact he can fill 75 to 80per cent of the year. He spends the rest of the year networking. But there is awarning: if you decide to make the switch, allow at least six months to makethe adjustment, including getting used to the absence of monthly salarycheques. Case studyMichelle Darraugh “I enjoy working in the public sector, “saysDarraugh. “There are private sector organisations which are a lot morebureaucratic!” Since last October, Michelle has worked as an interimmanager on a year’s contract for the Small Business Service, a two-year oldagency of the DTI. An internet and marketing specialist, she manages a websiteproviding feature articles, fact sheets, questions and answers and even help oncutting red tape for SMEs. “We are very customer driven. I run my ownsmall business (Blast Consulting) and our site feeds ideas to other smallbusinesses.” Darraugh moved into interim management when she “reached acrossroads in her career”. With an English degree from Cambridge, shestarted in publishing 12 years ago, falling into electronic publishing when itwas still in its infancy, first with Routledge, then with Reed Elsevier whereshe developed a reference service on CD-Rom, then Financial Times Management(part of Pearson) for five years and finally with a virgin internet start upbusiness. “I wanted to try running my own business. Interim managementappealed to me.””A friend who had been working as an interim manager forseveral years through Russam GMS heard about the opportunity at the SBS. Ithought with my experience I was the perfect candidate and contacted BobHoskinson, a Russam director. He put myname forward, I was interviewed and got the job.”Being an interim manager for the past five months and workingin a government agency has been a great experience, Michelle admits. “I’vemanaged to do quite a lot in a short space of time. I like the start upatmosphere and I can relate well to my target audience.”Case studyAngela SheenA qualified banker and senior HR specialist, Sheen left NatWestin 1994, before the bank made a number of senior managers redundant. She decided to try interim management. Most of her assignments – gained through agencies,recommendation and referral – have been in the public sector, both in the UKand in emerging markets abroad. Her most recent assignment involvedrestructuring the State Savings Bank in the Ukraine, an assignment for INGBank, which came via PwC.One of her latest assignments in the UK, through Russam GMS, was based in a divisionof the Lord Chancellor’s Office and involved the changeover of the Public TrustOffice to the new Public Guardianship Office. This called for a skills transferof existing HR staff and new selection procedures, as well as the developmentof a new competency framework.A previous assignment saw her as adviser to the State SecurityCommission in Bulgaria – a Delloite & Touche appointment. Other foreign bank assignments called for both commercialadvice and assistance in developing new HR strategies.Sheen says, from talking to other interim managers, it seemsmore assignments are coming from the public sector – both those secureddirectly and through agencies. It is a welcome development at a time when theprivate sector is still uncertain about the immediate economic outlook. Initially networking played a key role in starting and becomingknown, says Sheen. But now a lot of her work comes through recommendation.ResourcesPricewaterhouseCoopers 020-7213 8344Russam GMS 01582 666970BIE 020-7222 1010Ashton Penney 020-7659 0600TMP 020-7406 5115Interim Managers Association 01795 530830 Going publicOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
The Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet is currently experiencing sustained and accelerating loss of ice. Determining when these changes were initiated and identifying the main drivers is hampered by the short instrumental record (1992 to present). Here we present a 6,250 year record of glacial discharge based on the oxygen isotope composition of diatoms (δ18Odiatom) from a marine core located at the north-eastern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. We find that glacial discharge – sourced primarily from ice shelf and iceberg melting along the eastern Antarctic Peninsula – remained largely stable between ~6,250 to 1,620 cal. yr BP, with a slight increase in variability until ~720 cal. yr. BP. An increasing trend in glacial discharge occurs after 550 cal. yr BP (A.D. 1400), reaching levels unprecedented during the past 6,250 years after 244 cal. yr BP (A.D. 1706). A marked acceleration in the rate of glacial discharge is also observed in the early part of twentieth century (after A.D. 1912). Enhanced glacial discharge, particularly after the 1700s is linked to a positive Southern Annular Mode (SAM). We argue that a positive SAM drove stronger westerly winds, atmospheric warming and surface ablation on the eastern Antarctic Peninsula whilst simultaneously entraining more warm water into the Weddell Gyre, potentially increasing melting on the undersides of ice shelves. A possible implication of our data is that ice shelves in this region have been thinning for at least ~300 years, potentially predisposing them to collapse under intensified anthropogenic warming.