Kickstart productivity by focusing on basics

first_img Previous Article Next Article Kickstart productivity by focusing on basicsOn 11 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Thesurprise quarter per cent cut in the interest rate last week will not make ahuge difference to British manufacturing. While it was welcomed, confidence in the sector is falling. There areconcerns that imbalances in the economy, between a weak manufacturing sectorand strong consumption, might get worse, along with the prospect of 40,000manufacturing jobs disappearing in the first quarter of 2003.Theoutlook for UK productivity continues to look bleak. But while HR grapples withthe repercussions of all this on the workplace, it is important to remainfocused on the fundamental actions you can take to help your business. Thisweek, we have produced our own White Paper on productivity. It is designed topresent a way forward on what HR can contribute to improvingcompetitiveness.   Inkeeping with White Papers, we’ve set aside a consultation period of two weeksto receive feedback from readers, employer organisations and other interestedparties.Wewant the magazine to be seen as a conduit for ideas, experiences and views, andintend to collate this material and present it to the Government to inform theproductivity debate.Dataprotection made easyThereare some sharp crooks out there. One of them saw the uncertainty among employerssurrounding the implementation of the Data Protection Act, and set up aneffective scam. Itdistributed official-looking letters to thousands of employers demanding a dataprotection registration fee, and warned recipients they would be fined £5,000if they did not pay it promptly. Theswindle is symptomatic of a wider confusion over compliance with dataprotection, and the blame lies fair and square with the Information Commission.PersonnelToday has campaigned hard over the past two years to get the commission’sguidance on data protection simplified. And at last, we appear to have anInformation Commissioner with some sense. Newlyappointed Richard Thomas has made a commitment to clarify all four codes. Thisis very welcome news, but he needs to get on with it and give employers thesupport they urgently need.   ByJane King Comments are closed. last_img read more

Under The Sun Tour Lights Up The Paramount in Huntington [Concert Review]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The second annual ’90s nostalgia train aptly named the “Under the Sun Tour,” co-headlined by multi-hit wonders Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker, Sugar Ray and Blues Traveler, shook The Paramount to its core on July 29th, delivering an electrifying barrage of number-one hits, fan favorites and new jams that kept the energy level high throughout the evening.Testament to the tour’s draw, although it was a Tuesday night, all the surrounding parking lots and streets were jam-packed with carloads of antsy time-travelers waiting to be transported back to the days of MTV and VH1.First up to set the tone that would carry on throughout the whole show were late ’90s hit-single slingers Smash Mouth. In the standing-room only section of the theater, tons of patrons filed in tightly toward the front of the stage. After opening with their cover of the 1967 song “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” the party-time atmosphere was thick with memories and there was no turning back.“Unbelievable!” exclaimed longtime fan Kelly Holst. “They rocked it!”“It was like THIS,” declared his unnamed buddy, proceeding to jump up and down.Next to step to the plate was Uncle Kracker, who fired off a playful mix of covers, hit singles of the ’90s, and guiltily cheated the tour intention a bit with his 2009 single “Smile.” He creatively toyed with his breakout single “Follow Me” by mashing it up with AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” to kick off his hour, and followed it in similar fashion for the remainder.A delightful sing-along ensued at the first chord strum of “Drift Away,” as expected. Then shoving all egos further aside, Uncle closed it out with fellow summertime hit singer Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” to readily prepare the audience for upcoming kings of summer, Sugar Ray.Once Sugar Ray’s forever-handsome front man Mark McGrath emerged, it was impossible not to take notice of his outfit choice—a clear homage to the Sugar Ray image he’d painted nearly two decades ago. Donning his usual blonde spiked hair, black short-sleeved button down collared shirt, form-fitting black jeans, bright red sneakers, and his signature jet-black sunglasses, he could have just as easily been ready for a TRL interview.Still, Sugar Ray isn’t ready to hang up their recording jackets just yet, because they began their otherwise nostalgia-ridden set with a new jam called “Summertime’s Coming,” which plays to all Sugar Ray’s established strengths: a laid-back summertime tune laced with happy guitar chords and hyper-catchy lyrics about girls in bikinis.Much like his ability to make women swoon, McGrath’s energy has yet to wither, even slightly. He ran nonstop laps to and fro, stopping only to hop up on speakers and shake his behind to every Sugar Ray classic, including: “Someday,” “Do It Again,” “Every Morning, When It’s Over,” and of course, “Fly.” Ironically enough, perhaps the highlight of the night as a whole was when they performed “Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes. The place went bananas. McGrath later nodded to the bulk demographic of his audience “You can’t have the ’90s without the ’80s!”After three high-energy set lists, it was hard to fathom another. Then Blues Traveler happened. Singer and harmonica player John Popper was sure to display his genius, captivating an exhausted room straight away with his fast talk and unimaginable harmonica wails in a rendition of “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”Once the Dosey Does subdued, they carried on in true Under The Sun Tour fashion with the hits, playing ’93’s “Run Around” to a warmed-up and possibly liquored-up mass begged an enthusiastic response, and “The Hook,” which had folks giggling as they fumbled through the fast-talked lyrics of another time.Each set list was around an hour long and not one summer hit of the Nineties was spared. The between-periods were reminiscent of an NHL line change: smooth, efficient and swift, leaving just enough time to run to one of the three surrounding bars for a drink. After all, it was a Tuesday night, and workday bedtimes were acknowledged. Thanks for that, guys.For more information on future shows at The Paramount in Huntington, check out their page in The Island Earlast_img read more

Back on board: Italy’s surfers hit beach after lockdown

first_imgA little wind and a wave or two was enough to make both amateur and professional Italian surfers quickly forget two months of anti-virus lockdown. The beaches of Ladispoli, northeast of Rome, have opened after being off-limits since March, and despite mediocre conditions, the surfers showed up to ride the waves.”The best feeling was putting my feet back in the sand again, even before getting into the water,” said local surfer Piero Capannini. “Then, the fact of being able to immerse yourself and be in the waves felt like I was doing it for the first time.”  The waves weren’t great, he added, “but still it was maybe one of the most beautiful sessions in my life.”With a setting sun, a steady wind stirring the palm trees and a crumbling medieval tower in the background, these surfers said they wouldn’t miss this opportunity for the world. “You can see that the waves aren’t amazing but we’re all in the water so that shows how important it is for us to be able to get back in the water, put on the wetsuit even if it’s cold,” said surf instructor Fabrizio Cimini.Another surfer, Giorgio Fiorilli, said he surfed every day before the coronavirus emergency struck. But what he also missed, he said, was the tight-knit surfing community. Topics :center_img “You see all these people with you, close to you, you feel home, with your family. It’s really nice,” Fiorilli said.Also in the water was professional surfer Roberto D’Amico, who lives in Ladispoli. When the town reopened its beaches on May 4, D’Amico appealed on his Facebook page for beach lovers to respect social distancing, as the beach risked being closed again over any irresponsible behavior.Most beaches remain closed throughout Italy although local officials have the authority to reopen them.”Surely times have not been easy for anyone. I knew that surfing wasn’t a priority right now,” D’Amico told AFP. “We respected the rules, we were really barricaded at home for two months.””The pandemic is not over, but nevertheless we’ve been given the freedom to come back and breathe some quality sea air, which makes us really happy and gives us the strength to face this difficult period for everyone.”last_img read more

A renovated Brisbane home attracted more interested than any other listing this week. Check out the top five

first_img78 Gracemere St, Newmarket. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoIt has a covered deck, a swimming pool with a fountain and is listed through Craig Lea of McGrath Estate Agents — Wilston. 78 Gracemere St, Newmarket. Picture: realestate.com.auA RENOVATED Newmarket home attracted more views to its online listing than any other Queensland property this week.The four-bedroom home at 78 Gracemere St, is scheduled for auction on May 20.The two-level home includes Tasmanian Oak flooring and a kitchen which features black stone and black glass. 3 Andrea Close, Mooroobool. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home is listed for sale in the low $500,000s. It has four-bedrooms, and has been renovated. There are panoramic views and large outdoor living areas.The fourth most viewed Queensland property this week, was a house at 33 Oxford St, Nundah. It is scheduled for auction on May 13. 24 Thomas St, Camp Hill. Picture: realestate.com.auThe four-bedroom timber home is on an 804sq m block of land. 78 Gracemere St, Newmarket. Picture: realestate.com.auThe next most popular listing on realestate.com.au was a house at 8 Moorea Court, Pacific Pines. It is listed as a mortgagee in possession.center_img 33 Oxford St, Nundah.The renovated Queensland has five bedrooms, city views, and polished timber floors.Rounding out this week’s top five is a house at 24 Thomas St, Camp Hill which is listed with an asking price in the mid $700,000 range. 8 Moorea Court, Pacific Pines. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has four-bedrooms and will be auctioned on June 3. The listing describes the home as damaged internally and requiring extensive rectification works.The third most viewed property was a house at 3 Andrea Close, Mooroobool. 78 Gracemere St, Newmarket. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more