Staff encouraged to spend an hour per week learning

first_imgStrategies for upskilling your workforce in a changing world (webinar)ON-DEMAND | This Personnel Today webinar in association with Degreed … No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Previous Article Next Article Is it time to rip up the learning and development rulebook?Leaders have a unique opportunity to question how things have been done in the past and create new organisational norms…. Collaboration is key for post-Covid skills challengeFinancial support has been a lifeline for many employers as a way to avoid potential redundancy. But training is going…center_img Related posts: Shutterstock Major employers and L&D providers including Cisco, Lloyds Bank, LinkedIn Learning and The Open University have backed a campaign that encourages individuals to dedicate an hour per week to online learning.The An Hour to Skill campaign hopes to encourage workers to improve their skills in areas in high demand by employers by taking a free course from the government’s Skills Toolkit.Learning and development6 steps to creating a culture of engaged learningWhy bitesize learning works for Burton’s Biscuit CompanySince launching in April last year, more than 130,000 people have registered for courses via The Skills Toolkit, it has been claimed.The courses, which range from practical maths to digital design and marketing, aim to help enhance individuals’ prospects in their current role, or by providing the skills needed to secure a new job in a competitive market.Apprenticeships and skills minister Gillian Keegan said: “I’m delighted to launch An Hour to Skill and thank all of the great organisations that have joined forces to help boost the nation’s skills and job prospects at such an important time for our economy.“Progressing your learning doesn’t have to be a mammoth task – spending just one hour a week on a free online course can make a real difference to your earning potential. We’re confident that learning through The Skills Toolkit can give you the skills employers are looking for.”Professor Tim Blackman, vice-chancellor at The Open University said: “We’re pleased to share relevant, high-quality, free OpenLearn courses via The Skills Toolkit.“All courses have appeal across the spectrum, with opportunities for all regardless of age, life stage or prior level of learning. Using our world leading expertise and capability in online teaching, our short courses are imaginatively designed to inform and educate in a time-sensitive way.“We hope people continue to benefit from their skill-boosting content and for employers to back them too. We know that for many these free courses have been a lifeline in these difficult times and can provide a stepping-stone to more formal learning.”L&D job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more L&D jobs Staff encouraged to spend an hour per week learningBy Ashleigh Webber on 7 Jan 2021 in Career development, Latest News, Continuous professional development, Learning & development, e-learning, Skills shortages, Personnel Today, Training delivery, Training needs analysislast_img read more

Congress came through. Why is real estate not satisfied?

first_imgEmail Address* Share via Shortlink Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The real estate lobby that its critics think is so powerful can only dream of having the kind of pull in Albany that education and health care do. Simple math will force the Cuomo administration to find savings from schools and Medicaid, because that is where the money is, but when it comes to tax revenue, real estate’s favorite customers are a likely target.Fights for a pied-à-terre tax and another millionaires’ tax will start to heat up in January and carry to the end of March, when the state budget is decided. Taxing second homes is easy pickings politically, because they are owned by the well off, many of whom live outside New York. Lawmakers are not too worried about the political fallout from enacting a tax that shaves, say, 10 percent off the sale price of non-primary residences worth $5 million or more. (The technicalities of enforcing one are daunting, but that’s another matter.)Legislators might also add a top-tier income tax to the current statewide millionaires’ tax of 8.82 percent, which combined with New York City’s income tax gives the Big Apple the second highest maximum income tax rate in the nation (behind California). Gov. Andrew Cuomo has held off tax increases since taking office in 2011, but this month said they are likely without federal aid. And he got no aid in Monday’s bill.There is a debate about whether the rich will flee New York if taxes are raised. That is the wrong question, though. If the tax rate were raised to 100 percent, of course they would leave. The issue is how high a rate they will tolerate.No one knows the answer, despite anecdotes about people moving to Florida, which has no state income tax. Indeed, the number of billionaires in New York City has increased since the first millionaires’ tax was passed in 2009. It’s apparently in the triple figures now, up from the 70s back then. It seems some folks are too busy making enormous sums of money to bother changing their tax residency, or just live wherever they want because they can“The key is making sure that you are competitive relative to other jurisdictions,” said Andrew Rein, president of the Citizens Budget Commission.What about New York City? Its budget problems have turned out to be not as bad as Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed when he was pleading for a federal bailout. Thanks again to Wall Street and low interest rates (which allowed for debt refinancing), and to previous stimulus bills fueling the economy, this year’s budget is balanced at $92 billion.The next one, beginning July 1, officially has a $3.8 billion deficit — and unofficially $4.8 billion if you add the $1 billion in savings from unions that they and the mayor promised five months ago but have not delivered.Fortunately, the city has $2.8 billion in reserves. Exhausting that would bring the deficit down to $2 billion.The unions should be able to pitch in their billion (consider that more than 90 percent of unionized city employees pay nothing toward their health benefits, and lots of retired city employees get city-funded health care until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare).The final billion could come from things like attrition — not replacing workers who leave city service. Would that hurt the quality of life that the real estate industry depends on? Not by much. The industry did pretty well when the city’s headcount was 297,000 halfway through de Blasio’s first year in office. Six years later, it was 324,000. Universal pre-K accounted for only 6,000 of the gain. The main impediment to cutting spending is the mayor’s ideology, not the idea that the city would fall apart.The final leg in the three-part stool that underpins real estate is the transit system. Congress is sending only $4 billion of the $12 billion that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it needed to avoid massive service cuts. That buys the MTA time to find recurring savings that close large budget gaps in 2022 and 2023.“The subway is the lifeblood of our economy, without question,” said Rein.Citi Bike will not bring office workers and tourists back to Manhattan. For New York metro area real estate to recover as the world is vaccinated, the trains have to keep coming. But the industry does not want to kick in more tax money for transit, as it did a year ago to fund the system’s capital plan.It is conceivable, but not especially likely, that Congress will make cities, states and transit systems whole with a future aid package. They are essentially on their own, which will keep real estate’s lobbyists busy in 2021.Contact Erik Engquistcenter_img Full Name* A photo illustration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty) It’s not the $2.2 trillion that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted, but the $900 billion federal aid package approved Monday has serious funding for real estate: $325 billion for small businesses and $25 billion for rental assistance.The rest of the stimulus — including $166 billion in checks, $120 billion for unemployment and $45 billion for transportation — will help the industry indirectly by sustaining shopping and transit systems. It will provide a figurative shot in the arm while millions of Americans get a literal one.Its omission of funding for city and state governments, however, means real estate will have to fight next year, in New York and probably elsewhere, to stave off tax increases.ADVERTISEMENTCovid cost New York governments a lot of revenue. Not as much as initially feared — because Wall Street’s big year will generate big tax payments — but more than lawmakers are inclined to make up by cutting spending.For the state, the biggest mouths to feed are not agency employees (contrary to what the average Joe thinks) but education and health care. No one should expect Albany to slash these funding streams to balance next year’s budget.Both industries have powerful lobbies — think teachers’ and health care unions, hospitals and nursing homes — and lots of allies in the legislature. They are all well practiced in stirring up public outcry over Johnny’s teacher potentially getting laid off or no nurse answering the bell when Grandma presses the call button.Read moreThe real impact of the pandemic on NYC financesNYC’s fiscal fiasco vexes real estate industryHotel distress could cost city $1.8B in tax revenue TagsalbanyMetropolitan Transportation AuthorityPoliticsReal Estate and Politicslast_img read more

Real estate trade groups reconsider donations after Capitol unrest

first_imgTags Donald TrumpReal Estate and Politics Email Address* Message* With $16.3 million in total contributions, the real estate industry constituted the third largest category of donors to Electoral College objectors, after “retired” and “Republican/conservative,” according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.But trade groups’ donations to sedition caucus members should be understood in the context of their total donations to candidates across the political spectrum. Six of those groups donated evenly to both Democratic and Republican candidates, with neither party receiving more than 60 percent of their total donations to federal candidates.More partisan-leaning groups include the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, whose contributions were almost 80 percent Democratic. The National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Convenience Stores and the American Resort Development Association, meanwhile, contributed mainly to Republican candidates.Among the lawmakers who objected to the Electoral College results, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California was the top recipient of real estate PAC donations, receiving funds from nine of the 10 trade groups. House Small Business Committee ranking member Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana also received more than $100,000 each from those groups.McCarthy and Scalise are “members of Republican leadership who bring in big money from nearly every business PAC,” the Center for Responsive Politics notes in its own analysis of the data. McCarthy has condemned last week’s violence and said that President Donald Trump “bears responsibility” for it, but did not vote to impeach. Scalise has called the Capitol attack “domestic terrorism,” but also opposed a second impeachment.Meanwhile, Missouri senator Josh Hawley — the first senator to object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — did not receive contributions above $10,000 from any of the above trade groups, although he did receive $1,000 from NAR. Texas senator Ted Cruz received just one $10,000 donation from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and $1,000 from NAR.Contact Kevin Sun Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink House republicans Kevin McCarthy, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Steve Scalise have all received more than $100,000 from real estate PAC donations. (Getty) Last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol Building has led many banks and corporations to rethink their approach to political donations. Now, some real estate groups are following suit.Using data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, an analysis by The Real Deal found that 10 major real estate-related trade groups had contributed in the 2020 election cycle to members of the so-called “sedition caucus” — the 147 Republican lawmakers who objected to Electoral College results in the presidential election.As previously reported, the National Association of Realtors was among the largest such donors, contributing $1.27 million. Counting only donations of $10,000 or more, NAR’s political action committee donated $834,000 to 56 Electoral College objectors. Nine other real estate groups donated at least $100,000 each, as the below table shows.NAR did not announce any changes to its stance on political contributions, noting in a statement that “decisions regarding our involvement in the 2022 federal elections will be made by following the same procedures and considering a multitude of factors impacting our nation and its real estate sector.”Other groups have signaled that they would reconsider their approach.“As a result of these recent events… Nareit’s political action committee, REITPAC, will immediately suspend political contributions to all members of Congress who voted to deny certification of electoral votes cast by the Electoral College,” the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts said in a statement, which also condemned the “misguided and misdirected invasion” of the U.S. Capitol by a “violent mob of insurrectionists”The National Multifamily Housing Council, meanwhile, said that it has paused all PAC disbursements, not only those connected with legislators who objected to the electoral votes. “We will undertake a thorough review of our strategy for the 117th Congress,” the group said in a statement.The Mortgage Bankers Association has taken a similar approach. “MBA has decided to pause disbursements from its political action committee, MORPAC, and will undertake a careful review with our member leadership of our giving strategies for the 117th Congress,” it said.The National Apartment Association has not made sweeping changes to its political contribution policy, but did note that it was “shocked and intensely saddened” by last week’s events. “While sound housing policy remains our primary rationale for support, we will continue to evaluate each contribution on a case-by-case basis,” the group said in a statement.A spokesperson for the National Association of Home Builders said that the organization’s PAC committee had not yet met to discuss this issue. The four other trade groups did not respond to requests for comment.Read moreNational Association of Realtors among biggest donors to “sedition caucus”Banks join Marriott in halting political contributions after Capitol riotReal estate industry denounces “insurrection” in DC Full Name*last_img read more

5 NYC-area homes that are fit for a CEO

first_imgThis estate at 6 Azalea Circle is located in one of the country’s richest zip codes, according to Bloomberg News. The main home, a 9,212-square-foot Colonial, sits on over an acre of land with a stone driveway, deck, and in-ground pool. Inside, there are tony amenities like two wine cellars, a rec room with its own bar and an indoor basketball court. There’s also a wood-paneled study with high ceilings and oversized windows — so your mentees can look up to you even more.Greenwich gardens$6.195 million | 6 BR, 7 BA | Greenwich, Connecticut PreviousNext1234567 PreviousNext123456 Affiliate Listingslistings Tags The two-acre compound at 2 El Retiro Lane is a European-inspired oasis, with a garden that pays homage to the quaint landscape of Grenada, Spain. (But it’s close to Manhattan, making it a perfect getaway from the hustle of the city.) The Spanish theme continues inside, with Moorish-style stained glass windows and an arcade-inspired entrance to one of the entertaining spaces. The 50-year old home was fully remodeled, including the installation of an elevator.A home fit for a statesperson$6.5 million | 5 BR, 7 BA | Chappaqua, New York Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink This column-studded home at 577 Millwood Road is located in the celeb-friendly hamlet of Chappaqua, which counts Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vanessa Williams and Bob Girardi among its residents, past and present. This stately pad has everything a CEO could want: tons of natural light, dark wood floors, Miele and Wolff appliances and an in-ground heated pool.On the waterfront$11.8 million | 6 BR, 6.5 BA | Plandome Manor, New Yorkcenter_img PreviousNext1234567 This home in the small village of Plandome Manor, near Manhasset, has a colorful past. The stone-and-ivy-covered boathouse at 95 Lake Road was a gift from philanthropist and tycoon William Payne Whitney to his son in 1910, to be used as storage for his 40-foot boat. The estate was expanded and renovated throughout the 20th century, and now includes plenty of perks, including a floating dock, a private mini-golf course, a home gym and a heated indoor pool. Its decorative details — beamed ceilings, and even a chandelier made from a ship’s wheel — nod to the home’s nautical roots. This charming Shingle-style home at 17 Wooddale Road is located on nearly three acres in Greenwich. Its pristine grounds include landscaped gardens, an in-ground heated pool and an outdoor fireplace — the perfect backdrop for charity lunches and other get-togethers. At the end of the busy workday, unwind in the luxurious master bathroom.Spanish-inspired retreat, stateside4.495 million |7 BR, 8 BA, 2 Half BA | Irvington, New York PreviousNext1234567 Share via Shortlink 2 El Retiro Lane in Irvington, NYThe movement from the city to the suburbs is far from a new trend, but demand for bigger homes outside of New York City spiked during the pandemic. And while some C-suite executives migrated to Florida in search of more space, other luxury buyers hopped on the suburban bandwagon.Our editors have compiled homes for sale in the tri-state area that have the perks a titan of industry may want — and that are readily available in New York’s suburbs — including private golf holes, luxurious pools, wood-paneled offices and plenty of outdoor space.Check out our picks below:A luxurious Purchase$3.65 million | 6 BR, 6.5 BA | Purchase, New Yorklast_img read more

Diel vertical migration and feeding of copepods at an oceanic site near South Georgia

first_imgTwelve Longhurst Hardy Plankton Recorder (LHPR) profiles were taken over a 16 h period in January 1990, in order to study feeding of four copepod species at an Antarctic oceanic site near South Georgia. Vertical distributions of their life stages, as well as those of dominant competitors and predators, are described in relation to the feeding cycles of Calanoides acutus CV, Calanus simillimus CV, Calanus propinquus CV and Rhincalanus gigas CIII, CV and CVI♀. Comparisons with vertical ring-net catches, which were used for concomitant gutevacuation experiments, demonstrated the suitability of the LHPR for these fine-scale studies. Planktonic predators, with the exception of the diel migrant Themisto gaudichaudii, resided deeper than the herbivores. During the day and around midnight, when feeding rates were low, species and stages reached their maximum vertical separation. At these times, new generation copepodites of the four species lived progressively deeper and the overwintered generation (i.e., R. gigas Stages CIV, CV, CVI) were progressively shallower. During the afternoon or evening (depending on species), all stages older than CII, as well as Euphausia frigida and T. gaudichaudii, migrated upwards, to amass in the surface mixed layer. Feeding was restricted to darkness, although R. gigas commenced several hours before dusk. In detail their migration and feeding differed widely, with combinations of unimodal and apparent bimodal cycles. As a whole, the results suggest that (1) feeding could occur during sinking as well as during upward migrations, (2) upward migrations were not always associated with feeding increases, and (3) individuals appeared to descend after filling their guts.last_img read more

Fossil angiosperm wood: its role in the reconstruction of biodiversity and palaeoenvironment

first_imgFossil wood is subject to different taphonomic, sampling and recognition biases in the palaeobotanical record when compared with leaves and palynomorphs. Wood therefore provides a systematically independent source of information that can increase our knowledge of past biodiversity and environments. Increase in fossil wood records from Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments helps further the understanding of trends in anatomical specialization through geological time. These data can then be used to distinguish such specialization from anatomical response to environmental change. Two case studies, a Late Cretaceous early Tertian’ wood flora from Antarctica and a lower Tertiary w ood flora from southern England, have been used to exemplify the importance of studying the fossil wood component of palaeofloras.last_img read more

Parasite treatment affects maternal investment in sons

first_imgParasitism can be a major constraint on host condition and an important selective force. Theoretical and empirical evidence shows that maternal condition affects relative investment in sons and daughters; however, the affect of parasitism on sex ratio in vertebrates is seldom considered. Here we demonstrate experimentally that parasitism constrains the ability of mothers to rear sons in a long lived seabird, the European shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis. The effect contributes to the decline in offspring survival as the breeding season progresses and hence has important population-level consequences for this, and potentially other, seasonal breeders.last_img

Airborne gravity reveals interior of Antarctic volcano

first_imgUnderstanding Antarctic volcanoes is important as they provide a window on magmatic and tectonic processes of the Antarctic plate and contain datable records of ice-sheet changes. We present the results from the first detailed airborne radar and gravity surveys across James Ross Island, northern Antarctic Peninsula, which is dominated by Mt Haddington, an ice-covered Miocene-Recent alkaline stratovolcano. The surveys provide new insights into the subsurface structure of the volcano and hence its development, which are unavailable from the surface geology alone. We show that Mt Haddington is associated with a significant negative Bouguer gravity anomaly (>= 26 mGal), which suggests that there has not been significant pooling and solidification of a dense shallow-level mafic magma chamber during the growth of the volcano over at least the past 6 m.y., which is consistent with independent geochemical evidence. Simple flexural isostatic models cannot explain the localised negative Bouguer anomaly. 3D modelling techniques show that the negative anomaly is best explained by a shallow, low-density intra-crustal body with its top close to, or at, the surface. Although comparable gravity anomalies are commonly associated with large (similar to 20 km) ash-filled calderas, as seen at Yellowstone or Toba, there is no geological evidence on James Ross Island for a similar structure. We therefore propose that the James Ross Island volcanic edifice subsided into the thick underlying pile of relatively soft Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments, which were displaced by low-density hyaloclastite breccia. The type of deformation envisaged is similar to that associated with Concepciou, or lwaki volcanoes in South America, although Mt Haddington is much larger. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The thermal limits to life on Earth

first_imgLiving organisms on Earth are characterized by three necessary features: a set of internal instructions encoded in DNA (software), a suite of proteins and associated macromolecules providing a boundary and internal structure (hardware), and a flux of energy. In addition, they replicate themselves through reproduction, a process that renders evolutionary change inevitable in a resource-limited world. Temperature has a profound effect on all of these features, and yet life is sufficiently adaptable to be found almost everywhere water is liquid. The thermal limits to survival are well documented for many types of organisms, but the thermal limits to completion of the life cycle are much more difficult to establish, especially for organisms that inhabit thermally variable environments. Current data suggest that the thermal limits to completion of the life cycle differ between the three major domains of life, bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes. At the very highest temperatures only archaea are found with the current high-temperature limit for growth being 122 °C. Bacteria can grow up to 100 °C, but no eukaryote appears to be able to complete its life cycle above ∼60 °C and most not above 40 °C. The lower thermal limit for growth in bacteria, archaea, unicellular eukaryotes where ice is present appears to be set by vitrification of the cell interior, and lies at ∼−20 °C. Lichens appear to be able to grow down to ∼−10 °C. Higher plants and invertebrates living at high latitudes can survive down to ∼−70 °C, but the lower limit for completion of the life cycle in multicellular organisms appears to be ∼−2 °Clast_img read more