Unemployment falls in the Philippines

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Unemployment falls in the PhilippinesOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Unemployment rates in the Philippines have fallen in recent months, despitea shaky economy and the global economic slowdown. The unemployment rate droppedto 10.7% in the year to July, compared with a figure of 11.2% for the previous12-month period. During the year, the Philippines’ workforce grew by 6.7%,meaning that some 300,000 people entered the labour pool looking for work.Employment increased in all of the Philippines’ three major economic sectors –industry, services and agriculture. www.pacificbridge.com Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

How close did Countrywide come to not being able to let staff work from home?

first_imgCountrywide has revealed how unprepared it was for the home working revolution that has swept the industry following the arrival of Coronavirus.As the company furloughed nearly 80% of the estate agency’s staff, it then had only seven days to find and implement new technology to help its remaining 2,000 staff work from home mainly in property management.It then gave tech firm Olive Communications the job of deploying a home working telephone system across the branch network.Like many agents, home working had not been part of the plan at Countrywide and it then had to executive a rapid U-turn as the expected Coronavirus lockdown neared.Olive Communications is lucky that the home working phenomenon has taken off during the crisis; although it had been involved in upgrading the company’s existing branch telephone system, Countrywide late last month announced that it had put its overall company IT upgrade on ice in order to save money.“It’s critical that Countrywide property management teams are available and responsive to manage our tenants essential and emergency housing needs,” says Colin Tigg, Head of IT Procurement at Countrywide.“The COVID-19 crisis presented a huge challenge to the business as it required us to operate our business-critical functions from home, with minimal service interruption to our customers.“Countrywide prides itself on delivering an excellent customer experience, and with the help of the highly adept and agile team at Olive, we are able to continue to support our customers and business operations efficiently and effectively.”Read more about Countrywide’s furlough. olive communications Colin Tigg Countrywide May 13, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 13th May 2020 at 3:49 pmOn the 25th of February in the Daily Telegraph I wrote that proptech providing solutions and efficiencies will be the new face of real estate. Some of the article.‘A personalised tech-based service – with connection across digital platforms and smart phones – means there will be less need for hundreds of branches …Stanton says that Countrywide’s failure to embrace the proptech revolution has left it a financially wounded dinosaur.’Given that the telephone was invented in 1876, by Alexander Bell, 144 years ago so not exactly a modern bit of tech, and yet Countrywide with its at least 690 physical branches and over 8,000 staff had to find a way to communicate with its teams let alone it’s customer base, is on a par with Primark, who entered Covid-19 with no online platform, and so have sold zero merchandise and may not endure as a brand.Is it me or can the Dinosaur club in the C-suite of Countrywide just be allowed to destroy this once glorious brand. One of the top functions of the c-suite is to plan against and for major problems. It is what I do for companies on a daily basis ‘risk management’ instead of being a monthly or twice monthly concern, given the speed of technology should be a daily exercise.Also I know for a fact that many have been to see the pale stale pale brigade with really good tech strategies over the past few years, and their wisdom has fallen on deaf ears. I only hope the financiers holding the purse strings moving forward invite them back in and start to listen, when the next chapter unfolds.Log 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » How close did Countrywide come to not being able to let staff work from home? previous nextAgencies & PeopleHow close did Countrywide come to not being able to let staff work from home?UK’s largest estate agency group reveals just how unprepared it was for the home working revolution that followed Coronavirus and how it gave its telephony supplier just seven days to get ready.Nigel Lewis13th May 20201 Comment3,292 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford City Council announces new youth support strategy

first_imgOxford City Council has announced plans to support under 25s in Oxford with a range of new and existing strategies aimed at enriching young people’s lives.The council outlined on Wednesday how their Children and Young People’s Strategy will replace the council’s current Youth Ambition Strategy and Children and Young People’s Plan.The aim is to work alongside their partners to support the work of the Children’s Trust, whilst ensuring safeguarding and support of schools.They went on detail the funding that will occur over the five-year time period, which for the first time will include support for under-fives, and will increase the use of leisure and community centres by young people, amongst other things.A new framework, ‘Ready by 21’, has also been introduced as part of the strategy which focusses on a collaboration with groups that are important to a young person’s journey into adulthood, such as schools and community groups.The scheme aims for three main outcomes for children and young people: ‘Healthy & Safe’ advocates living healthily and social and mental wellbeing, ‘Connected’ aims to ensure positive identity and relationship with cultural competence, and ‘Productive’ which focuses on learning and academic accomplishments.Three of the most ‘in-need’ areas in Oxford will be focussed on first, a scheme the Council have dubbed ‘zoning’, with the first ‘zone’ being a triangular area including East Oxford, Cowley and Blackbird Leys. The focus of ‘Ready 21’ will initially mainly be directed there.Councillor Christine Simme, Executive Board Member for Supporting Local Communities, stated “I very much welcome this new initiative.“By listening to young people and those who work with them, we hope that this strategy will lead to stronger communities, a joined up approach to our services and better opportunities for all young people in our city”.Three videos can be found on the City Council’s YouTube page which features interviews with youth workers, families and young people to illustrate these aims and detail upcoming and current projects that the Children and Young People’s Strategy is involved with.last_img read more

County Council Agenda

first_img(A) SHERIFF (2)(B) JAIL(C) SUPERIOR COURTTRANSFERS: (A) SHERIFF(B) AREA PLAN(C) SUPERIOR COURT (3) (D) LEGAL AIDREPEAL: (A)OLD BUSINESS: (A)NEW BUSINESS:(A) TRAVEL REQUESTS: 1. DADS2. HEALTH DEPARTMENT (3)12. AMENDMENTS TO SALARY ORDINANCE: (G)  HIGHWAY(H)  ASSESSOR/REASSESSMENT(I)  SUPERIOR CT ADULT PROBATION(J)  SUPERIOR GRANT(K)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT-WIC(L)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT-LHMF (D) RESERVE FUND (E) SHERIFF/COIT (F) JAIL/COIT(E) HEALTH DEPARTMENT (2)(F) HIGHWAY (3)(G) ASSESSOR/REASSESSMENT(H) CIRCUIT CT SUPPLEMENTAL ADULT PROB PUBLIC COMMENTREMINDER NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME: December 7, 2016 @ 3:30 p.m.ADJOURNMENT (A) SHERIFF (2)(B) PROSECUTOR(C) COOPERATIVE EXTENSION (D) JAIL(E) SUPERIOR COURT (2)(F) HEALTH DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE: AGENDAVANDERBURGH COUNTY COUNCIL NOVEMBER 16, 2016 8:30 A.M. ROOM 301OPENING OF MEETINGATTENDANCE ROLL CALLPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEINVOCATIONAPPROVAL OF MINUTES –PERSONNEL REQUESTS:(A)  SUPERIOR COURT/Request supplemental salary increase for Supervisor ofIntake & Dispositional Staff, move 2 Sheriff Deputies in Misdemeanor Probation Department from contract to Superior Grant part-time employees, and move Case Manager from grant match to General Fund & fill vacancy(B)  PROSECUTOR/Request to fill vacancy for Enforcement Officer(C)  COOPERATIVE EXTENSION/Request to fill vacancy for Secretary(D)  JAIL/Request to fill vacancies for 3 Confinement Officers(E)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT/Request to fill vacancies for WIC/Administrative Aide part-time, CPA-RD part-time and LHMF/Health Educator & amend salary FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Byron Bay Cookie

first_imgCompanyThe Byron Bay Cookie Company (Park Royal, London) has announced the launch of its new ’lifestyle’ cookies; a range of healthy alternatives to its classic versions.The new Fruit & Nut Medley cookie has been designed to appeal to people eating on the run. This dairy-free cookie has fruit and nuts inclusions, such as cranberries, currants, pear, pecan nuts, linseeds and sunflower seeds.last_img

Administrator called in to ailing bagel supplier

first_imgLondon-based manufacturer The Bagel Group has gone into administration, with around 80 jobs believed to be at risk. The company, previously known as Mr Bagels, produces bagels under the Mr Bagels brand and filed for administration on 16 January 2009. MCR Corporate Restructuring is administrator. Mr Bagels was set up in 1988 by the Kahalani brothers, Paul and Avi and, in 1996, became a limited company. The firm supplies bagels to the retail and foodservice markets. The Bagel Group hit national headlines in December after alleging an executive at rival Maple Leaf Foods was involved in attempted price-fixing – an allegation that is still under investigation. The Bagel Group declined to comment.last_img read more

Long a Harvardian, now an American

first_imgMarina Betancur knows the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) well. Five days a week, she’s there before dawn to prepare the café for a long day of operation.But on Tuesday (April 5), the 47-year-old Colombia native got to see a different side of the School she loves, one usually reserved for visiting diplomats and world leaders. Surrounded by family and friends, as well as by teachers and tutors from the Harvard Bridge Program, Betancur and 15 other Harvard employees were feted by President Drew Faust at a dinner in the Taubman building.Their accomplishment? Becoming Harvard’s newest American citizens. For Betancur, who was formally sworn in as a citizen last September, the annual dinner was a victory lap after a long and arduous trek to becoming an American.“Sometimes I forget I am [a] citizen,” she said with a humble laugh.When Betancur, then a young newcomer to the United States, gave birth to a baby girl 21 years ago, she made a promise that her daughter would go to college.“My plan was to stay here for two years,” she said. “But I knew, for my daughter, the future was here.”At the time, she was newly married and working as a seamstress in a Boston factory. She spoke little English and worked long, physically demanding hours. Her life began to turn around, she said, when she found a new job at HKS in 2000.“I love the people at my job, and they love me,” Betancur said.Every weekday morning, Betancur wakes up at 4 a.m. to ride the T from East Boston to her job at the HKS café, where she preps and runs the grill. In the afternoon, when her shift ends, she heads to her second job at a Boston cleaning company.In between, Betancur makes time for twice-weekly classes at the Bridge. Founded by Harvard human resources employee Carol Kolenik, the Bridge Program was conceived in 1999 to offer English language classes to hourly and union employees. Kolenik is director of the program, which has expanded to include courses on General Education Development (GED) and Adult Diploma Program (ADP) test preparation, college preparation, computers, and citizenship preparation.Through her 18-hour days, Betancur wears a radiant smile that threatens to overtake her tiny frame. “I like to work,” she said with a laugh. “My goal was to come here to make money for my family and me. But when I was here, I was so happy.”Now in her 10th year taking English and computer literacy classes, Betancur has been a Bridge student for twice as long as she attended school in Colombia, where she started working right out of elementary school. She relishes the opportunity to learn English, even though it’s been the hardest task of her time in the United States, she said.“She’s one of the most special people I’ve encountered,” said Carla Fontaine, Betancur’s ESL instructor.Betancur’s journey to citizenship has been fraught with difficulty. Her immigration lawyer failed to send in her legal paperwork, she said. That lapse, she later discovered, landed her on a deportation list. With support from the Bridge Program, she connected with a new lawyer who made the case that she had been unfairly targeted, and she was allowed to stay in the country.She began preparing to take the citizenship test with the help of the Bridge Program’s citizenship tutoring program, which pairs hopeful citizens with Harvard undergraduate tutors from the Institute of Politics.In preparing employees for the test — which assesses English comprehension and fluency, and quizzes test takers on civics and history — Harvard is validating some of the hardest-working members of its community, said Ana Roche, co-coordinator of the program. “For many people, becoming a citizen is part of their American dream coming true, a culmination of their hard work and perseverance. [America] has given them a lot, and they’ve given the United States a lot, too.”Betancur’s daughter is now a student at Mt. Ida College in Newton, and Betancur can remain in America to watch her graduate without worrying about deportation. She pauses, her eyes as wide as her smile, when she considers Bridge’s effect on her life.“God is in these people,” she said. “They have given me a lot.”last_img read more

David Hunter named acting Harvard Chan School dean

first_img Read Full Story Excerpted from a May 19, 2015 message by Harvard President Drew Faust to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community:As you know, Julio Frenk recently announced his plans to step down as dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health this August [2015] in order to become president of the University of Miami. Julio’s leadership has greatly benefited the school, and I am deeply committed to identifying an outstanding successor to guide the school forward.I am pleased to let you know that David Hunter, Dean for Academic Affairs and the Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention, has kindly agreed to serve as acting dean from the time Julio takes office in Miami (August 16) until a new dean is in place. As many of you know, David is a deeply experienced and much-admired faculty member who has played an essential role in the School’s recent accomplishments.Following Harvard’s usual practice, I have invited a cross-section of the Harvard Chan School’s senior faculty to work with me as an advisory group for the dean’s search, including several faculty members who have joint or primary appointments in other parts of Harvard.I encourage you to send me your observations and nominations, in confidence, by e-mail to [email protected] or by letter addressed to me at Massachusetts Hall. I will read all your thoughts with interest and care.last_img read more

Justin Matthew Sargent Steps In For Injured Constantine Maroulis in Rock of Ages

first_img Rock of Ages opened on Broadway on April 7, 2009 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Featuring a score of classic rock hits including “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the jukebox musical tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. Rock of Ages The show also currently stars Chester See as Stacee Jaxx, Carrie St. Louis as Sherrie, Genson Blimline as Lonny, Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, Paul Schoeffler as Hertz and Teresa Stanley as Justice. Frankie J. Grande and Lauren Zakrin will also shortly be joining the company, stepping in as Franz and Sherrie, respectively. Related Shows Here he goes again! Rock of Ages alum Justin Matthew Sargent is reprising the role of Drew in place of an injured Constantine Maroulis in the Broadway production. Sargent will perform in the show from October 28 through November 9.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Sargent briefly returned to Rock of Ages earlier this year while Aaron C. Finley was out due to illness. His other Broadway credits include Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and Bonnie and Clyde. View Commentslast_img read more

Peanut Insects

first_imgUniversity of Georgia entomologist Mark Abney is searching for ways to monitor insects responsible for destroying Georgia peanut crops. This is the first step in developing economic thresholds that will indicate to farmers when it’s time to apply controls for each pest and when it’s time to cut losses.Currently, Abney and his team are focusing on the threecornered alfalfa hopper, but they also hope to establish thresholds for the burrower bug and the twospotted spider mite in the distant future. For each, they hope to develop an economic threshold, or a point when the insect population reaches a level at which farmers should take action to prevent the pest population from affecting their profit margin.“All of these insects could have a significant impact on peanut production in Georgia,” Abney said. “Finding a threshold for the threecornered alfalfa hopper is important because it’s a pest Georgia farmers have to contend with every year. We need to do more research to understand the biology of the burrower bug before we can begin to think about establishing economic thresholds.”Having a set threshold would provide farmers with information about when to treat their crops to ensure that insecticide applications are most effective. Even though a threshold doesn’t exist for all peanut pests, there are options that farmers can use to save money when it comes to pest management, Abney said. “Farmers don’t have to treat for insects in every field every year,” Abney said. “That’s why scouting is so important. Growers who have good scouts can save themselves money.” When insecticides are applied, there is the potential that beneficial insects will be killed. Spraying these costly insecticides when pests are absent or present at low levels wastes farmers’ money, according to Abney. He added that unnecessary application of insecticides can be bad for the environment and can lead to secondary pest outbreaks. The most economically damaging peanut pests thrive in dry, hot environments. “Unfortunately, there are few effective chemical controls for the burrower bug or twospotted spider mite,” said Abney. The damage these insects inflict on peanut crops is different, but results are similar: reduced peanut yield and quality. The burrower bug uses its needle-like mouthparts to suck juices directly from the developing kernels inside the peanut pod. “These direct pests are very damaging because they feed directly on the peanut pod, and every pod a pest feeds on is one less peanut the grower has to harvest,” said Abney.The threecornered alfalfa hopper sucks juices from the stem of peanut plants, while twospotted spider mites suck the juices out of a peanut leaf, which turns the leaves yellow or even black. For the past two years, Abney and his UGA team have researched the alfalfa hopper. Abney admits that it’s hard to predict when a threshold will be available for growers. “It depends on how the research goes,” he said. “It can take years before you have enough data to feel comfortable publishing an economic threshold.” According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the farm gate value for Georgia peanuts in 2014 was $563.9 million.(Kenzie Kesselring is an intern with the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more