Companies should learn lessons from the pandemic

first_imgEmail Twitter BusinessNewsCompanies should learn lessons from the pandemicBy Staff Reporter – June 29, 2020 126 Print Facebook Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin Business photo created by jannoon028 – www.freepik.comCOMPANY owners need to assess what they have learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and consider how the changes they have made might be of long term benefit to their operations and employees.That was the advice imparted by leading business author and academic Professor Margaret Heffernan when she addressed a Shannon Chamber webinar on the topic ‘Leading through Uncertainty’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This pandemic has taught companies to think about preparedness as well as planning, to nurture relationships and to have a higher degree of trust,” Prof Heffernan stated.“Cash may be king in a crisis as it buys time but this pandemic has taught us that relationships are crucial. If people care about each other, they can and will perform miracles. People have self-managed throughout the pandemic, become more agile, and daily online scrums have become the norm.“Companies that have made little change during the crisis and are stuck in a business as usual mode show a lack of adaptability and will suffer more than those who have come through the crisis to a new place, accepting that uncertainty in not going away.“They are using the core assets of their company in a new way and to ensure that they don’t revert to old habits, they will need to have good conversations with their workforces to identify what was good and bad in the pandemic. They will need to capture the good stuff and make it a permanent sense within their organisations.“Capture the moments of clarity in the crisis and give people a sense of commitment,” she advised.Questioned about embedding resilience into a company, Prof Heffernan responded: “Business leaders need to tell the truth at all times, be fair and don’t offer certainty if it can’t be delivered. Be honest and treat people like adults. It’s not always possible to make the perfect decision; leaders sometimes have to make sub-optimal decisions and being able to explain the principles as to how the decision was made is an important at the decision itself.”Outlining the difference between risk and uncertainty, she stated: “Risk can be quantified whereas uncertainty cannot. It’s a given that uncertainties, such as pandemics, occur that affect society and by default business. Companies therefore need to think about preparedness alongside their normal planning mode and use the huge amount of knowledge trapped with their companies to experiment.“There is a lot of good strategic thinking in organisations and this should be captured to experiment and be prepared for the unknowability of future challenges that lie ahead, such as future pandemics, which are inevitable,” Prof Heffernan warned.The webinar was one of a series being organised by Shannon Chamber. Full details at Previous articleLimerick Camogie Board Back Players in Minor Cancellation RowNext articleLimerick Post Show | Kilkee is open for business Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more


first_imgPeopleOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Paul Appleyard has been appointed equality and diversity manager, specialisingin disability issues, at Barclays Bank’s global headquarters in London. He overcame visual problems to gain the CIPD Postgraduate Diploma atDoncaster College’s Dearne Valley Business School (DVBS). Appleyard is registered as blind due to macular degeneration, a conditionwhich reduces all but his peripheral vision. “I can just about make outthe top letter on a typical eye chart,” he says. He went into banking when he was 18 and became an HR adviser, but herealised to progress any further he’d have to become a graduate member of theCIPD. Barclay’s gave him the time off to study and subsequently, he completed aone-year Certificate in Personnel Practice, followed by the two-yearpostgraduate diploma. The CIPD, DVBS and Appleyard himself, all had to climb a steep learningcurve to adapt the course to his additional needs, but were helped by fundingfrom the college’s student support scheme. “At first I got little more than enlarged photocopies. But over time,things got much better and the additional help I received was reflected in verygood grades during the final year. It became clear that a little more help forme was also going to benefit the staff and future disabled students in the longrun,” he says. “I use a voice input system to operate my computer and closed circuitTV to produce an enlarged image on the monitor of anything I need to read athome,” he explains. “I regard my job now as focusing on people’s abilities, and promotingthe concept of the ‘differently able’. You have to concentrate on what you cando, and when you meet a barrier, either climb it, bypass it or break itdown.” CV2001 Equality and diversity manager, Barclays Bank1997 HR adviser, Barclays Bank1993 Business banker, Barclays BankOn the moveSarah Fisher has joined car manufacturer Toyota as the new personnel andtraining director. She replaces Gary Birney who left the firm after eight years.Fisher joins the group from Siemens Business Services, where she was HRdirector. Prior to this, she held a variety of personnel management trainingand development roles within ICL (now Fujitsu).  Reporting to managing director Graham Smith, she will beresponsible for personnel, training and development strategy. Mike Russell has joined business process firm Vertex to lead on recruitmentactivities for all senior roles. He joins the group after a varied career as asenior HR professional at ICL (now Fujitsu). Russell will be responsible forall aspects of senior recruitment, including creating new techniques, enhancingexisting systems and building stronger external relationships for futurerecruitment activities. Morgan Cole has promoted employment law specialist Wendy Leydon to becomethe eighth partner at the legal firm. Leydon joined the company in 1988,qualifying as a solicitor the following year and specialising indiscrimination, collectives and strategic HR issues. She moves from being headof the law firm’s employment team in Reading and will be based at thepractice’s Oxford office. Following three other promotions, Morgan Cole now hasa total of 82 partners. last_img read more

Railroad Earth & Infamous Stringdusters Headlining Debut East Coast WinterWonderGrass

first_imgBack at the end of April, WinterWonderGrass announced that it would be expanding to the East Coast this year, adding a third festival in Stratton, Vermont. Over the years, WinterWonderGrass has become a staple event in the bluegrass community, with highly successful editions already established in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Tahoe, California.As for the new festival in Vermont, WinterWonderGrass’s East Coast debut is scheduled for December 14th through 16th, 2018. While the festival has remained tight-lipped about its lineup, thus far, the event has revealed that two WonderGrass regulars will headline: Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters. Notably, both Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters headlined the California edition of WonderGrass this year along with The Devil Makes Three, The California Honeydrops, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, and more.In the coming months, WinterWonderGrass Vermont will solidify its lineup, with an additional 20 artists scheduled to be announced to play over the festival’s three days and four stages. Because it’s marketed as a celebration of a true “winter lifestyle,” the festival will also feature craft beer and cider, local food, and access to premier skiing and snowboarding in addition to internationally renowned bluegrass acts.WinterWonderGrass is currently offering a discounted sale on tickets, with an allotment of discounted $129 passes set aside for fans wanting to attend the Stratton, Vermont event. The sale will span from Thursday, June 28th, to midnight on Friday, June 29th. For more information, head to WinterWonderGrass’ website here.Earlier this year, we sent a reporter to WinterWonderGrass’ Colorado edition for a game of “interview tag” with Billy Strings and members of Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and The Lil’ Smokies. You can check out the fascinating series of interviews here.last_img read more

South African trio in Wisden’s top five

first_img11 April 2013After a very successful tour of England in 2012, three of South Africa’s star performers were among the five players named Cricketers of the Year in the 150th edition of the “Cricketer’s Bible”, Wisden, on Wednesday.Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis were joined on the list by South African-born England batsman Nick Compton, who attended Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal, and the West Indies’ Marlon Samuels.According to the guidelines set down by Wisden, no player may be selected more than once for the award, which dates back to 1889, making it the oldest individual award in cricket. Excellence in the previous English summer is the major criterion for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year.Triple-centuryAmla was hugely influential in South Africa’s 2-0 series victory over England in the battle for the number one ranking in test cricket. He shared the Player of the Series award with England’s Matt Prior (another South African-born player) and became the first South African to score a triple-century in a test match.His unbeaten 311 at The Oval, which included an unbeaten partnership of 377 with Jacques Kallis and a 259-run stand with Graeme Smith, helped the Proteas to victory by an innings and 12 runs.He added a crucial century in the series-clinching win by 51 runs at Lords in the thrid and final test.Amla has since gone on to number one in the test batting rankings, having surpassed the elite 900-point mark, and he currently shares the number one ranking in one-day international batting with AB de Villiers.PartnershipKallis, already a legend of the game even though his career is far from over, contributed 182 not out, his highest score against England, to the 377-run stand, which was the third highest partnership in Proteas’ history.Together, Amla and Kallis have shared six 200-run stands. That is a world record, which they share with the outstanding former Australian opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.Kallis has been involved in 20 200-run partnership during his career, a feat that is unmatched in the history of test cricket.“The only surprise about the selection of Jacques Kallis was that he hadn’t been chosen earlier,” commented Wisden Editor Lawrence Booth.Number oneDale Steyn has been at the top of the test cricket bowling rankings for so long one could be forgiven for thinking he has taken residence in that position. He, like Amla, boasts a rating of over 900 points.In England, he put the knife into the home team in the Proteas’ massive victory at The Oval. While England’s much-vaunted bowlers looked toothless as South Africa compiled 637 for 2 declared, Steyn was excellent in their second innings, capturing 5 for 56 as England were bowled out for 240, to secure the win for the tourists.He finished the series as the leading wicket taker on either side, with four more victims than his new ball partner Vernon Philander.‘Most frightening’Booth described him “the world’s most frightening fast bowler”. That description, though, is not about all-out pace. Steyn can turn on the heat if he chooses to do so, but his bowling is about so much more than speed; it’s about swing, seam, change of pace, about thinking a batsman out and right now there is no one to match him.South Africa previously produced three of the five cricketers of the year: in 1966 after a winning tour of England in 1965, when Graeme and Peter Pollock and Colin Bland were honoured, and in 2009, when, after a 2-1 series win in 2008, Mark Boucher and Neil McKenzie were honoured along with Dale Benkenstein, who led Durham to their first ever county championship title.Cricket South Africa Acting CEO Naasei Appiah commented: “What a wonderful way for a South African celebration of the 150th edition of this famous publication, known affectionately as the ‘Cricketer’s Bible’.‘Richly deserved’“This recognition is richly deserved as has been clearly outlined by Editor Lawrence Booth in his comments. This is a proudly South African moment that all South Africans can enjoy.“It has truly been a phenomenal year for our Proteas and they have been and will continue to be an inspiration to the nation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — August 2, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunshine and blue sky spread across Ohio today as high pressure is finally here. This should keep us mostly dry through the weekend. However, in far north and especially NW Ohio, we may need to keep an eye out for a few clouds and perhaps the odd shower or two, overnight tonight into tomorrow morning. The best chance of rains will be farther north in Michigan and SW Ontario, though. Temps climb over the next few days and will be nearly normal today and tomorrow before drifting a bit above normal for the weekend.  Our next system looks to arrive faster and depart sooner. Overall, we are leaving rain totals along with this event, but will see rain already Monday midday, especially in the NW and over the northern half of the state in general. Then we see that rain spread south and be statewide Monday evening through Tuesday. Rain totals stay at .25”-1” this morning, but we are upping coverage to nearly 80% of the state over the two-day period combined. Rain is done by midnight Tuesday night. Thunderstorms are still possible and will be needed to get into the upper end of the range. We may even be able to exceed 1 inch in a few spots, depending on how strong any storms build.  We are dry Wednesday, but a bit cooler behind the front. Then the pattern gets more interesting to finish the 10-day window. For Thursday, we still are looking for mostly dry weather, however we are seeing potential for moisture to reactivate along the old front to the south and pull another wave of precipitation northeast along the front. We think this action will want to stay mostly south of the Ohio river, but some models are starting to suggest a more northward track. We are leaving our dry forecast alone this morning but will keep a keen eye on this through the day today and tomorrow morning. There may be an update forthcoming. Then dry weather is in control for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For the extended period, we do not see any significant frontal action to start. There can be some scattered showers developing around the 14th, but coverage looks less impressive this morning, and totals may end up only around a quarter of an inch or less. Better showers develop around the 17th, with .2”-.5” rain totals and 60% coverage.  Models backed off the heat in the corn belt dramatically yesterday. We still look for a large part of next week to be above normal, as we have forecasted up to this point, but we continue to say it is not extreme heat that has been touted by other weather organizations. In fact, we had to chuckle a little bit when they had to eat crow or explain themselves yesterday. We think 88-92 is a good range for the hottest temps (early in the week)…warm, even feeling a bit hot after the cool pattern we have had recently…but not over the top. It is August, after all. Here is a look at potential temps for Monday of next week.last_img read more

Nitrogen deficiency showing up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants, Inc.Due to heavy rainfall and saturated soils during the 2018 growing season, it is not surprising to see some signs of nitrogen deficiency showing up in corn fields across Seed Consultants’ sales footprint. Whether applied pre-plant or sidedressed, patterns of heavy rainfall and wet soils increase the likelihood of nitrogen being lost. Because nitrogen is an essential nutrient for corn plant development and ultimately yield, losses will impact final yields this fall.When saturated conditions persist, nitrogen can be lost though leaching or denitrification. Leaching (more likely to occur in course-textured soils) is the process where nitrogen is moved down through the soil profile and out of the root zone where it is not available to plants. The severity of nitrogen loss due to leaching is impacted the intensity and duration of rainfall. Denitrification is the process where soil nitrogen is biologically converted to gaseous nitrogen and lost to the atmosphere. During denitrification, microorganisms break down soil nitrogen and convert it to nitrogen gas when soil is saturated and oxygen is limited.Nitrogen deficiency symptoms initially appear as a “V” shaped yellowing on lower leaves that begins at the tip and progresses toward the stalk. Nitrogen deficiency can also cause ears with tip-back, poor kernel set, and shallow kernel development. Fields that have experience excessive rainfall, ponding, and saturated soils could be exhibiting the symptoms discussed above.While nitrogen deficiency can impact grain yield, another concern for eastern Corn Belt farmers this fall is stalk integrity. When nitrogen deficiencies exist, the corn plant will “cannibalize” its own stalk to produce an ear. As a result, stalks will be weakened and will be prone to lodging this fall. Fields where nitrogen deficiency has been observed should be harvested in a timely manner this fall to avoid harvest losses due to lodged corn plants.last_img read more

10 months ago​DONE DEAL: Bournemouth sign Liverpool striker Solanke on long-term deal

first_img​DONE DEAL: Bournemouth sign Liverpool striker Solanke on long-term dealby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Dominic Solanke has joined Bournemouth on a long-term deal.Bournemouth have reportedly paid £19m plus add-ons for the England international striker, who made zero appearances for the Reds this season.”I think the club is going somewhere,” Solanke told Bournemouth’s website.”Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.”I spoke with the manager this morning [Friday]. He is a really nice guy. From playing and watching the Premier League, I know the sort of manager he is.”I was excited to meet him and am really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’s about.”My main target is to score goals and, being a striker, hopefully I can get a few for the team and help the team get wins.”Playing in the Premier League, every game is tough and together we can try to do as well as we can.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Clippers win backandforth game against Louisville

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Louisville Bats, 4-3, in the second game of the four-game series Wednesday night at Huntington Park. Left fielder Jerad Head went 3-for-5, and hit the Clippers’ winning RBI. Head’s bat came on at the right time, having gone 1-for-4 in his the last game against Louisville. “That’s the type of player he is,” Manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “That’s why he has done so well here.” Alex White pitched for Columbus, going seven innings and allowing five hits, two runs, two errors. He struck out seven batter and walked none. Louisville used Dontrelle Willis, the two-time All-Star remembered for leading the Florida Marlins to the 2003 World Series title. Willis was on minor-league assignment after signing with the Cincinnati Reds before the 2011 season. The evening started out with a pitching duel for three scoreless innings. “You gotta give him credit,” Sarbaugh said. “He threw well.” Louisville was the first to erase its bagel on the board when designated hitter Yonder Alonso collided with Clippers catcher Luke Carlin at the plate after first baseman Daniel Dorn doubled, giving Louisville a 1-0 lead. Louisville extended its lead to 2-0 when third baseman Todd Frazier singled, brining in catcher Devin Mesoraco, who snuck under the tag at home. Willis laughed and joked with his teammates. He came into the game having pitched 12 scoreless innings on the year, and extended his streak to 17 before giving. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Chad Huffman, on his first pitch, blasted his first home run of the year. “It’s funny,” Sarbaugh said. “Luke Carlin said before we hit that home run, ‘Come on, we gotta give him at least one earned run for the season.’” Willis was then taken out of the game, having pitched five innings with six hits, one run, one error, two walks and four strikeouts. Columbus tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Carlin’s center-field crack hit the yellow line on the wall. The Clippers took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Carlin’s RBI double brought in designated hitter Luis Valbuena, making it a 3-2 Columbus lead. After pitcher Josh Judy went in for Columbus in the ninth, Dorn walked and then subbed out for infielder Michael Griffin to pinch run. Third baseman Todd Frazier singled, moving Griffin to third. Griffin then came home when second baseman Chris Valaika popped out, allowing Griffin to tag up and scoot home, tying the game, 3-3. Head’s moment came in the bottom of the ninth. With third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on third with the bases loaded, Head crushed a ball over second base, giving Columbus the win. read more

Rangers boss criticizes referee after defeat to rivals

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has criticized referee Willie Collum after his side’s loss to rivals to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.The Gers lost their first Old Firm Derby under Gerrard courtesy of a goal from Olivier Ntcham but the Rangers boss says there was a foul committed on a Rangers player in the build to the goal.For me it’s a foul,” Gerrard said about the challenge of Celtic’s Tom Rogic onRangers’ Ryan Jack, according to HeraldScotland.“For me it’s a foul and it’s also a foul for the fourth official, who shouted down his mic ‘foul, foul, foul’. The referee in the middle has ignored that advice.”“For me it’s a blatant foul, he’s swept his legs. Jacko did well to get himself in between the man and the ball, but for me it’s a clear foul.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Gerrard, whose Rangers team fell four points behind Celtic in the top flight table with the defeat, spoke to Collum at the end of the game and revealed the match official stood by his decision.“He disagreed,” he said. “He didn’t think it was a foul. I think when he sees it again he will change his mind because it’s a blatant foul. I’ve seen it again, five times.”But the former Liverpool and England midfielder, who was involved in an Old Firm derby for the first time, admitted he was perplexed the referee had refused to listen to his fourth official.“Why are they there?” he said. “Say for example, there is a red card incident for them or for us and the fourth official is saying it’s a red it’s a red, I think he’d come over, speak to him, and take the advice.“Now if he did and we were in the wrong or one of my men get sent off I’d look at it and say I it was a red card. But he hasn’t come over to chat about it.“Five or six minutes later another foul happened on us and the fourth official shouted ‘foul, foul, foul’ and we didn’t get that one either.”last_img read more

Lazios director calls for teams change in mentality

first_imgLazio director of sports Igli Tare urged his side to claim a win in their clash against Eintracht Frankfurt in the bid to boost their confidence.Simone Inzaghi’s men have struggled to maintain a consistent run of form and have found it difficult to win games on the local scene.“This game certainly is important, for the victory we haven’t had in a while and to rediscover our confidence,” the director told Football Italia.“We decided to make many changes ahead of Monday’s match with Atalanta, but we still want to put in a good performance and end the group stage on a high.“If I knew what the problem was, I wouldn’t be here! We are missing a great deal in terms of mentality and must realise that at a certain level we’ve got to be there mentally for the whole game. Our approach to the last few matches was not appreciated.Inzaghi admits Milinkovic-Savic could leave Lazio Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Simone Inzaghi admits Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could leave Lazio amid reports.  Reports are rife in England that Manchester United are close to a…“We must try to dominate from the start, so our reaction in the second half isn’t good enough. We don’t need alibis, as we must try to play every game to the best of our abilities and go for the win.“Last season should’ve taught us a lesson, as we missed out on the Champions League by one point.”Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been criticised in the media and even fans turned against him with an offensive banner.“He has been working hard, the statistics show he ran over 13km on Saturday. He is missing a goal, some decisive moment that can increase his confidence.“He is still 23 years old and has to understand how to handle situations. He’ll emerge eventually, we just need to leave him be.”last_img read more