Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Talent spottingOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Talent management is becoming a prominent feature in many HR departments,but do people really understand it? By Guy SheppardThe number of talent management specialists is set to soar over the next fiveyears, according to research by people management consultants Hay Group. Director Neil Paterson says increasing difficulty in recruiting andretaining key staff largely explains the trend, along with an expectation amongmany staff that organisations should be more pro-active in developing theircareers. “It’s put pressure on organisations to be more creative andprofessional about the way we nurture and grow talent,” he says. But the definition of talent management is still fairly loose. Some employersuse it as a fast-track tool for high-flyers, while others regard it as a way ofboosting everybody’s skills. We asked readers for their opinion. Kate KingResourcing and organisation development manager, SelfridgesOur target is to recruit 70 per cent of our people at team leader level andabove from within by offering a structured career path, so talent management issomething we are really beginning to focus on. There is a danger in thinking that because a person is good in one job, theywill automatically be good in the next role up. So we give people opportunitiesto prove themselves first, through fast-track programmes, progression coaching,projects and mentoring, before giving them promotion. We are really cautious about not just focusing on high-potential staff. Butin times of constraint on development budgets, it’s really important thatorganisations target resources on those people who are going to make the mostdifference. Jackie WiltshireCorporate head of personnel, Wokingham District CouncilI don’t think the term is particularly helpful. If you mean recruiting staffwith talent, identifying them and developing them, I would say we have beendoing that before someone dreamt up the term. If you are saying it’s about managing people’s careers, it’s not possible ina small authority like Wokingham. People come and do a good job, but they won’tactually stay with you forever. You also need to remember that you can manage talent at all levels of theorganisation, not just among high-flyers. We don’t want to divert our resourcesaway from front-line staff and pile it all into talent management. Andy BedwellHead of talent management, ExelAs our business becomes more complex, it is increasingly important to makesure we have the right calibre of people in place to meet our business plans. We do this every quarter with ‘talent forums’ to identify potentialcandidates from both within and outside the company. It’s about identifyingpeople who are key to the business and then doing something pro-active aboutmanaging them. If everyone in the business understands why good, capable people are beingtargeted for opportunities, then that can only be positive. Isabel BennettLearning and development director, Vodafone UKTalent management should not just be for people above a certain level, butrealistically most organisations start from the top down. We have the ‘talent zone’ which focuses on high-performing senior managementand above. But we have started a programme below that level to help talentedpeople become senior managers or develop their skills. Talent management must be done in conjunction with performance management.It falls over when nobody knows the criteria for evaluating employees. Phil SmithCourse director for talent management, Cranfield School of ManagementIt’s hard to get people who are capable of making an extraordinarycontribution to their organisation. The kind of thing that most often goes under the guise of talent managementis the development of high-potential people and succession planning. We oughtto be thinking a lot harder about the unique human capabilities that are neededto become competitive. Peter MerrickDirector of corporate personnel, Siemens UKOur executive management team set up a talent board in September 2003. Werecognise that capturing and nurturing talent is key to the success of Siemensin the UK. Our approach is only elitist in the sense of capability. The board’s role isto identify the skills we want, specify the processes for identifyinghigh-potential people and then provide the support to develop specialistskills. The focus is not just on senior management, but also on IT specialists andproject and account managers.
Doctors responding to an American College of Emergency Physicians poll released May 4, 2015 report more patients are seeking emergency room treatment since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014. One of the ACA selling points was to reduce ER trips, costs, and wait times by directing patients to primary care doctors, who focus more on preventing and managing chronic diseases.“Before you have evidence, you can tell stories that go in either direction. You can imagine that expanding insurance could cause people to go to the emergency department more, or could cause them to go less,” said health economist Katherine Baicker, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management and C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in a May 4 WHYY (Philadelphia) interview.Baicker co-authored a 2014 study that found an increase in ER visits in Oregon after the state expanded its Medicaid program. “We found that when people had Medicaid, they went to the emergency room about 40 percent more often,” she said. Read Full Story
ILOILO City – Police arrested sixpersons engaging in illegal gambling in Baragay Tabucan, Mandurriaodistrict. They were identified as LoenardoOjanola; Loenardo Peñasales, 32; Roldan Mercado, 67; Luciano Cabarga, 47;Jovani Salavaria, 33 and Cornelio Ramos, 59. The suspects – all residents of thevillage – were caught playing the card game tong-itson March 17. Detained in the lockup cell of thepolice station, the suspects face charges for violation of Presidential Decree1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling./PN Recovered from their possession were twosets of playing cards and P710 bet money.
Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten Deauville is still among the 18 possibles for the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. The Galileo colt is a full-brother to The Corsican and built on his reputation when beating Sanus Per Aquam in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on his second outing. O’Brien has also left in eight of Deauville’s stablemates – Shogun, Air Vice Marshal, Beacon Rock, General Macarthur, Landofhopeandglory, Port Douglas, Unicorn and Lieutenant General. Press Association John Gosden’s Foundation is also unbeaten in two starts and barely came off the bridle in winning a Listed race at Haydock. Richard Hannon’s Listed winner Tony Curtis and stablemate Humphrey Bogart are still engaged, as is the Roger Varian-trained Haalick. Beast Mode, Ibn Malik, Muntazah, Lazzam and Sixth Sense also have the option of running in the Group Two over a mile.
Nabil Fekir [right] celebrates a Lyon goal 1 Arsenal target Nabil Fekir has admitted he is attracted to the prospect of playing for Paris Saint-Germain.The Lyon winger has been absent for nearly all of this season after suffering a cruciate knee injury back in September.But the 22-year-old is closing in on a comeback and it has reignited talk that he could leave this summer.Fekir scored 15 goals last season and Arsenal have been tracking the Frenchman, but he has now revealed that PSG may lure him away form Lyon“We will soon study the situation at the end of the season,” said Fekir. “But it is true that it would be difficult to leave having played so little.“My future will depend on my performances in the next two months but also the possible qualification of Lyon in the Champions League.“PSG? Of course they are also a very attractive club. But, for the moment, I am at Lyon, and I am happy.”
Kokko Figueiredo connected on a two-run home run to give the Crabs their first lead of the night and landed a well-placed fly ball in left field to score one and give the home team the lead once again in the seventh inning, but it wouldn’t be enough as a pair of ninth inning runs on the part of the Solano Mudcats elevated the visitors to a late-game 7-6 win over the Humboldt Crabs, Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.The loss snaps what was a seven-game winning streak for the Crabs and drops …
For a scientist who has been celebrated all year by many as the greatest thinker in history, Darwin left behind a lot of gaps. If his theory of common ancestry by descent with modification is so well substantiated, as the scientific community claims, why are there continual attempts to fill gaps with other notions? One such attempt was reported by Science Daily. A team at Johns Hopkins University looked for other mechanisms to explain both variation of phenotypes in populations and the persistence of diseases. Why? They argued that Darwin’s theory does not explain them:For more than 100 years, mainstream science has embraced the basic tenets of Darwin’s view that characteristics that increase an organism’s ability to survive and reproduce will be passed from generation to generation. Scientists later demonstrated that stable, significant traits are indeed inherited in the DNA carried in parental genes on chromosomes and randomly distributed to offspring. Characteristics that affect an organism’s ability to adapt and survive in times of environmental change have been thought to arise by chance through random mutations in an organism’s DNA. However, this view could not explain how such mutations, which arise only rarely, help organisms of every size and variety adapt quickly enough through time. Nor could it explain how diseases that lead to a dramatic loss of survival – such as diabetes, heart disease, autism, and schizophrenia – persist in populations. Indeed, genes that directly contribute to these conditions have been difficult to find.Looking for mechanisms in epigenetics (the regulation of genes) has also proved inadequate, say Andrew Feinberg and Rafael Irizarry. They are trying to see if there are genes that contribute to trait variability, which in turn are selected for by the environment. Whether or not this notion improves evolutionary thinking, it is apparent that they believe Darwin’s theory, even as augmented and refined to the present day, does not explain the observations. Judith Monk opened an article in Science1 with a statement that deflates a year of celebrations about Darwin and his Origin of Species:Darwin referred to the origin of species as “that mystery of mysteries”, and despite decades of study, evolutionary biologists still cannot agree on the underlying processes that have produced the great diversity of life around us.Notice she said that it is evolutionary biologists – not creationists or intelligent design advocates – who cannot agree on how speciation occurs. She was writing to add comments to another paper in the same issue of Science by van Doorn,2 Edelaar and Weissing on the possibility of sympatric speciation (that is, speciation within a population lacking genetic or geographical barriers). Sympatric speciation was deemed heretical not long ago by most Darwinians (01/15/2003). It was dismissed by leading evolutionists of the 20th century, like Ernst Mayr and Theodosius Dobzhansky. The paper by van Doorn et al has a title that seems to challenge or supplant Darwin: “On the Origin of Species by Natural and Sexual Selection.” Aren’t those the very ideas Darwin championed? Look how they began their paper:Even as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, discussion continues on whether speciation is adaptive (that is, driven by selection) and to what extent it is inhibited by gene flow. Ecological conditions can induce natural selection for local adaptation, but disruptive or diversifying selection is usually not sufficient for speciation if individuals can migrate between habitats. In such cases, a mating structure has to emerge that strongly reduces hybridization between ecologically specialized populationsThey came up with a model (not fieldwork) that shows how natural and sexual selection in concert might lead to sympatric speciation. “Natural and sexual selection are often depicted as opposing forces, but they can work in concert, ”they claimed. “Our model highlights how natural and sexual selection reinforce each other’s actions in the context of adaptive speciation.” Though this sounds supportive of Darwin’s theory, it is different enough that they themselves distinguished it. Even so, it is not clear how valuable it is to invoke model forces that at times compete and at other times reinforce each other. At best, it is a model whose plausibility is subjective: “Sexual selection acting on indicators of local adaptation could provide such a general explanation,” they said. Other evolutionary biologists, though, have discounted the role of sexual selection (02/28/2006, bullet 4, 02/26/2003). PhysOrg, which published a brief description of the paper, noted that the model “may soon be tested in the field” – indicating it has not been tested at all. Monk’s ending comment indicates the provisional nature of the model: “This model may be used to test the prevalence of local adaptation and condition-dependent sexual selection in generating diversity, and provides a means to bring sympatric speciation in from the cold.” Meanwhile, a vocal minority of evolutionary biologists are scuttling Darwin’s mechanism almost entirely (see “Can Evolution Survive Without Darwin?”, 08/29/2008). They found a mouthpiece in reporter Susan Mazur 12/19/2008 bullet 4, 09/10/2008, 08/29/2008, 03/07/2008). Her new book, The Altenberg 16: An Expos� of the Evolution Industry portrays the Darwin establishment as a closed community of pretentious bigots. Mazur and the outsiders are definitely not supporters of intelligent design or creationism, but find Darwinian and neo-Darwinian mechanisms wholly inadequate to explain the diversity of life. A taste of Mazur’s poison pen was shared by Jonathan Wells recently on Uncommon Descent:Evolutionary science is as much about the posturing, salesmanship, stonewalling and bullying that goes on as it is about actual scientific theory…. Perhaps the most egregious display of commercial dishonesty is this year’s celebration of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species—the so-called theory of evolution by natural selection, i.e., survival of the fittest, a brand foisted on us 150 years ago.1. Judith Monk, “Evolution: Sexual Selection and Darwin’s ‘Mystery of Mysteries,’” Science, 18 December 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5960, pp. 1639-1640, DOI: 10.1126/science.1184680.2. van Doorn, Edelaar and Weissing, “On the Origin of Species by Natural and Sexual Selection,” Science, 18 December 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5960, pp. 1704-1707, DOI: 10.1126/science.1181661.150 years of Darwin and they are still trying to figure out the mechanism he supposedly proved? They are still coming up with new untested models and selling us promissory notes? Look at their right hands shaking Darwin’s hand, while their left hands are picking his pockets. If you are noticing the shady tactics and the voodoo accounting of Darwin supporters, and suspecting there is something else than science going on here, join the ranks of the ex-clueless.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Bird brains are getting smaller in the region around Chernobyl. Organisms in the vicinity of the radiation from the nuclear disaster 25 years ago have not improved, but suffered under the onslaught of mutations. There is no evidence of any population increasing in fitness in any way; on the contrary, animals are struggling to survive. Yet according to neo-Darwinism, mutational change is the seedbed of evolutionary gains in fitness. Timothy Mousseau was a co-author of a paper in PLoS ONE studying bird populations in the affected area.1 They studied 550 birds belonging to 48 species and found an overall 5% decrease in brain size, especially among yearlings: “Brain size was significantly smaller in yearlings than in older individuals, implying directional selection against small brain size.” This means that the radiation was a drag, not a help, on the fitness of these birds: their bodies want to make the brains larger, but they can’t: the “directional selection” is contrary to the mutational load. Mousseau explained in a press release on PhysOrg, “These findings point to broad-scale neurological effects of chronic exposure to low-dose radiation. The fact that we see this pattern for a large portion of the bird community suggests a general phenomenon that may have significant long-term repercussions.” The radiation affects other organisms, too: “The study revealed that insect diversity and mammals were declining in the exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear power plant.” The birds provide a test case of population response to a mutagen. Although the brains were the organs measured, the whole body suffers: “Stressed birds often adapt by changing the size of some of their organs to survive difficult environment conditions,” the article said. “The brain is the last organ to be sacrificed this way, meaning the radiation could be having worse impacts on other organs of the birds.” But isn’t this a case of adaptation, then? Neo-Darwinists should not take comfort in the findings: “Mousseau said not only are their brains smaller, but it seems they are not as capable at dealing with their environment as evidenced by their lower rates of survival.”1. Moller, Bonisol-Alquati, Rudolfsen and Mousseau, “Chernobyl Birds Have Smaller Brains,” Public Library of Science ONE 6(2): e16862. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016862.“Oh,” the Darwinist says, “but you must give it millions of years.” Don’t fall for that. Evolution runs both fast and slow, don’t they tell us? (01/15/2002, 02/21/2003, 01/31/2011). If Charlie’s mutation magic can turn a cow into a whale in six million years, it could surely produce a measurably fitter bird brain in 25 years. Let’s expand the population and ask how many human CAT-scan patients have gotten smarter and produced genius kids. How many dental patients have grown new improved teeth or new organs after X-rays? Tumors, maybe, but not some new sense organ or function. The Chernobyl bird populations have been under a steady dose of radiation for decades now, giving ample opportunity for mutations to help at least one chick get a lucky break. Evolution fails another real-world test. Don’t go to Chernobyl hoping to get fit. Under mutational load (12/14/2006, 04/09/2007), you don’t get a choice of “Evolve or Perish”; just the latter.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
9 June 2004South Africa’s newly appointed Cabinet has got down to work – and analysts say it is clear that a “developmental state” geared towards promoting faster economic growth forms the bedrock of government policy.Growth is looking positive so far in 2004. The national statistics agency, Statistics South Africa, said the economy grew by 3.1% in the first quarter – more than three times the growth over the same period in 2003.According to newspaper ThisDay, it is South Africa’s 22nd consecutive quarter of growth – the longest economic expansion since 1960.This is in line with trends across the continent. The African Development Bank has announced that the continent’s economy grew by 3.7% in 2003, with some African states recording growth rates above 5%.Economists say the improvement in the economy is partly due to a boom in domestic demand, sparked by a series of steady cuts in interest rates over the last year and R13.3-billion in tax relief last year.According to ThisDay, the manufacturing, retailing and wholesale sectors have benefited the most. Manufacturing grew 2.7% in the first quarter of the year, while the wholesale and retail trade rose 3.3%. Strong growth was also seen in the hospitality industry (3.3%) and agriculture (2.7%).Economists say it is likely that the Reserve Bank will remain steady on interest rates for the months ahead, though it may raise them towards the end of the year to offset creeping inflation.Newly appointed Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa told a parliamentary media briefing last month that it is important that the state remains engaged in the economy, and that the economic distortions of the past mean that it is impossible for it to remain neutral.Transport Minister Jeff Radebe told the briefing that the state cannot rely on the market to address the country’s present economic development needs, and will continue to invest in socio-economic infrastructure.Mpahlwa said it was important for government to limit the rising costs of key economic drivers like transport, energy, water and telecommunications. Structural barriers to growth, such as the railways and ports, would also be addressed, he said.Mpahlwa added that economic growth was central to black economic empowerment, which in turn would provide the skills needed to grow the economy.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said between 2009 and 2013 the government had supported 700 000 smallholder producers through various initiatives, including access to finance and mentoring.Between December 2009 and December 2013 a total of 1 740 555 hectares of land had been acquired and redistributed or restituted. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s agriculture sector created 65 000 new jobs between December 2009 and December 2013, reversing a trend of farming job losses in the country that stretched back to the 1970s, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday.Speaking at a post-State of the Nation Address media briefing in Cape Town, Patel said that the government had spent about R20-billion on land restitution and redistribution between 2009 and 2013, during which period a total of 1 740 555 hectares of land had been acquired and redistributed or restituted.To ensure sustainable production on productive land, he said, 700 000 smallholder producers had been supported through various initiatives, including access to finance and mentoring.Fetsa Tlala (end hunger) programmeRegarding the Fetsa Tlala programme, which was launched by President Jacob Zuma in October last year, Patel said that planting was taking place on 230 000 hectares of land in six provinces, with half of this land set aside for smallholders.“A total of 10 271 resource-poor, historically disadvantaged producers were supported to access water for agricultural purposes, and over 18 000 hectares were irrigated during this period. From 1 April 2009 until 31 December 2013, a total 2 400 000 hectares of land has been added to the area of land under rehabilitation and restoration.”According to the minister, a total of 3 486 000 hectares was cleared as part of follow-up treatment.“A further 33 341 smallholder producers were assisted to access markets, and 1 284 producer cooperatives and marketing depots were established in order to increase their competitiveness and take advantage of market opportunities.”Patel said an additional 22 cooperatives had been linked to the Department of Social Development’s Food for All programmes as the government moved to procure produce for its social programmes from the smallholders it was supporting.Primary animal healthcare“Furthermore, we have committed to extending the primary animal healthcare programme to smallholders in all provinces,” Patel said. “In the past year, 23 mobile animal clinics were procured and delivered to remote rural areas.”The scientific committee of the World Animal Health Organization has confirmed the restoration of South Africa’s foot and mouth disease (FMD) free status, enabling the country to negotiate with its trade partners to lift their ban on its red meat exports.Patel said the confirmation of South Africa’s restored FMD free-status was a positive step for trade and markets access for the industry.Work opportunities in rural areasRegarding work opportunities in rural areas, Patel said a total of 3 384 small rural enterprises had been established in different sectors between 2010 and 2013.“We were also able to link 170 196 poor and vulnerable South Africans, including recipients of social grants, to economic opportunities,” he said.In rural areas, a total of 3 422 110 work opportunities had created through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), including the Community Work Programme, since 2010.Most of these jobs were created under the infrastructure sector of the EPWP. An additional 798 586 full-time equivalent jobs had been created in different sectors from 2010 to date.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.