More firms recognise how diversity pays dividendsOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. There has been a significant increase over the past 12 months in the numberof organisations that have a clear business case for having race issues on theboardroom agenda. Race for Opportunity’s (RfO) Top 100 report, to be launched tomorrow, showsthe proportion of organisations that have a business case for diversity linkedto business objectives has increased over the last year from 45 per cent to 63per cent. Allan Leighton, RfO chairman, said the report, based on a survey of 120employers, shows an increasing commitment from UK plc to ethnic minorities inall aspects of business. However, warns Leighton, who is also chairman of the Royal Mail, if businessleaders fail to face up to the need for a business strategy on race, they willsuffer both commercially and in terms of branding. “Quite simply, communities equal profitable customers and potentialemployees. If you rely on traditional perceptions of who these groups are, you limityour pool of talent and your target market,” he said. The top performer in this year’s study is Lloyds TSB. The firm has embeddeddiversity in its business strategy and can demonstrate the impact it is makingon the bottom line. It has witnessed a 30 per cent increase in sales in somebranches where staffing has been changed to reflect the ethnicity of customersand a dramatic reduction in ethnic minority staff turnover. Mike Fairey, deputy group chief executive at Lloyds TSB, said:”Effective leadership at all levels, not just at the board but rightthrough all levels of management, is vital to improving performance onrace.” www.raceforopportunity.org.ukBy Quentin ReadeKey facts– 63 per cent of respondents have a clear business case fordiversity linked to business objectives.– 90 per cent understand the values and aspirations ofdifferent ethnic minority customers and – 97 per cent claim to have evaluated this in financial terms– 98 per cent of RfO organisations have a board-level‘champion’ for racial diversity– 81 per cent are developing links with schools in areas highlypopulated by ethnic minorities and– 60 per cent are involved with local ethnic minority trainingprojects
The European Commission announced the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the launch of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance in July 2020 Deme joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. (Credit: Oimheidi from Pixabay) DEME has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the EU’s ambitious hydrogen and decarbonisation strategy. With this membership DEME underlines its commitment to use its expertise for the production, transport and storage of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources.In July 2020, the European Commission announced the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the launch of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. By establishing the Alliance, the EU aims to strengthen its global leadership position in the rapidly developing hydrogen domain, which will in turn help it to realise its carbon neutrality goals by 2050.The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, which brings together more than 200 industry, national and local public authorities, civil society and other stakeholders, aims to initiate an investment agenda and support the scaling up of the hydrogen value chain across Europe.Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO DEME Group, comments: “As a pioneer in the development, construction and financing of offshore wind farms, we want to make full use of our long-standing expertise for the production, transport and storage of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources. We look forward to bringing our knowledge and experience to the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance and actively supporting the EU in its drive to see Europe become the first climate neutral continent by 2050. This initiative also fits perfectly with our own sustainability goals.”DEME has already recognised the vast potential of this sector and has entered into several green hydrogen partnerships internationally to ensure the company is at the forefront of developments. In November 2019 DEME signed a cooperation agreement with six other leading industry players in Belgium for the transport of green hydrogen, and this year, also entered into exclusive partnerships to develop industrial scale green hydrogen plants in Belgium (Hyport® Ostend) and in Oman (Hyport® Duqm). Meanwhile in the Netherlands, DEME joined forces with Neptune Energy for the PosHYdon offshore hydrogen pilot, where the company will beinvolved in the conceptual design of a 100 MW offshore hydrogen production plant.“The combination of renewable energy with green hydrogen and the exciting potential it represents is fully in line with DEME’s innovation vision, which includes plans to invest in the development and large-scale production, storage and delivery of green hydrogen,” Luc Vandenbulcke emphasises. Source: Company Press Release
The Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences(PHLS) offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses.The Department has occasional openings for temporary, part-timelecturers in the School Psychology Ph.D. Program. Lecturerappointments are made on a semester basis but may be renewed byPHLS as needed.Our university is located in the heart of Houston, Texas, thenation’s fourth largest city. This metropolitan area offersscholars rich urban and suburban environments in which to work andlive. The University of Houston, with one of the most diversestudent bodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diversecommunity of scholars.In addition to your CV, please attach a cover letter describingyour (a) qualifications, (b) interest in the position, (c) teachingexperience, and (d) teaching philosophy. Only applications with allrequired documents will be considered.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Ph.D. in School Psychology or a related field.Notes to Applicant: Only applications with all requireddocuments will be considered. Official transcripts are required fora faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.
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“I missed the Mumsnet question about biscuits: the answer is absolutely anything with a bit of chocolate on it, but trying very hard to cut down”PM Gordon Brown finally caves in by issuing a statement on Twitter after failing to answer the burning question of our times, ’what is your favourite biscuit?’, posed on 12 occasions in an interview on Mumsnet.com”I’m sorry the Prime Minister did relent. I wish that he had replied to [email protected]’s question: ’I didn’t give up an hour in my sleep-starved, highly-frazzled day, when I could have been co-ordinating our response to the global downturn or negotiating with NATO partners over Afghanistan, to answer the sort of questions which would be cosmically inane if directed by an eight-year-old to Mika in a webchat sponsored by Heat, but when put by a grown adult to the Prime Minister of the fourth-largest economy in the world make me weep hot tears of despair at our shrivelled media culture’”Tory frontbencher Michael Gove with a (shock!) sympathetic take on the PM’s biscuitgate
Premium dessert manufacturer Indulgence Patisserie has announced it will be investing £250,000 in a new site, and hopes to increase turnover to £12m over the next few years.The new site will be adjacent to the company’s existing premises in Clough Road, Colchester, where it has been since 1988.MD Angus Allan said it would enable the firm to increase its turnover from its current £5m to £12m within the next three years. He explained that the new site, which will mainly serve to increase the production numbers of its existing products, was being built partly in response to increasing sales, but also to enable the firm to go after new business. “We’re getting current customers saying they’d like to order more products, and we’ve also identified customers both here in the UK and abroad that we’d like to be supplying in future,” Allan told British Baker.The firm, which manufactures premium private label and branded desserts for the retail, foodservice and travel catering markets, has seen its export business grow 200% year-on-year and, this year, has begun supplying new countries including Belgium and the Netherlands, with both retail and foodservice products. Its export range includes cakes, gateaux, torten, cheesecakes, bavarois, meringues, tiramisu, terrines and parfaits.Work is due to begin on the new site in Spring next year, and Allan said the firm hopes to begin production there by the summer of 2011.
Source: Krispy KremeKrispy KremeKrispy Kreme has rolled out a limited-edition range of Monster Madness Halloween doughnuts to celebrate the scary season.At £2.25 each, the treats come in the form of the creepy Halloween characters such as the Frankie, with brownie batter filling and the face of Frankenstein’s monster. The Wolfie is made up of a signature ring doughnut smothered in chocolate frosting and a werewolf face, while the Vampire has a raspberry filling with the face of Dracula.For something a bit less spooky, consumers can try the Spooky Sprinkles ring doughnut which has chocolate icing and sprinkles or opt for the Zombie Pop ring doughnut with icing and popping candy crunch. Both doughnuts are available for an rsp of £1.85.The Creepy Creations Kit features a box of four Original Glazed doughnuts. Those with a penchant for DIY can create their own monsters at home for an rsp of £14.95 plus delivery. Source: LaduréeLaduréeThe French luxury bakery has unveiled an exclusive Halloween-inspired box of macarons.Prepare to scare with a Gift Box of 8 Macarons for an rsp of £21.50. Encased in a glow-in-the-dark skull and bones box, the grenadine macarons comprise two orange shells filled with a pink gourmet natural grenadine flavour cream. An additional flavour, available on 31 October, comes in the form of four liquorice-flavoured macarons.The limited-edition Gift Box of 8 Macarons Halloween is available now in all Ladurée’s UK stores and nationwide delivery via its website, until 31 October. Source: Paul UKPaul UKTo get into the Halloween spirit, Paul Bakery has unveiled some devilishly sweet treats.Ready to sink your teeth into a Spooky Spider Cake (£46.95)? It comprises a dark chocolate sponge, rich chocolate buttercream and strawberry jam filling, web of white fondant icing and dark chocolate spiders. Consumers can find the cake online to pick up from a Paul shop or buy in store from 26 October-1 November.Its Creepy-Crawly Cookie, in store now until 1 November, features a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie topped with a chocolate spider. It’s available for an rsp of £1.85 for takeaway and £8 for six.The Boo! Halloween Frasier comes alive with its light Genoese sponge shaped like a ghost, mousseline cream, fresh strawberries and marzipan. Consumers can find the individual cake in store from 26 October-1 November. Source: Roberts BakeryRoberts BakeryTo prepare for the witching hour, Roberts has unveiled a vegan-friendly Halloween Baking Kit.The 1kg limited-edition kit contains a host of ingredients to bake two large Spooky Seeded Loaves and twelve pumpkin rolls. Consumers need to add water and olive oil, stir and knead, before placing it in the oven for 20 minutes.The kit, which features Roberts’ premium bread flour mix (£8.50), includes pumpkin and ghost flour stencils. The Halloween Baking Kit is available to buy online with next day delivery.“We hope that our Halloween Baking Kit will help us all get into the spooky spirit whilst cooking up a scary supper for the family. Fill your freshly baked pumpkin rolls with banging burgers, add sizzling sausages between slices of Spooky Seeded Bread, and cover with lashings of blood – well, tomato – sauce, for a terrifyingly tasty twist,” said Alison Ordonez, innovation and quality director at Roberts Bakery. Source: New York Bakery CoNew York Bakery CoThe bagel brand has teamed up with Asda to bring its Pumpkin Spice bagels back from the dead.Following its successful launch in 2019, the bagel has returned due to popular demand, said the firm.The Pumpkin Spice bagel (£1/five pack) is infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. To increase the spook factor, it is wrapped in Halloween-inspired black and orange packaging.New York Bakery Co has doubled its availability in store, expecting even more interest this year, it added.“The Pumpkin Spice Bagel combines the spirit of the season, with the brand’s love of fun, bringing something bold, enjoyable and genuinely spooktacular to the category,” said Rhiannon Heap, senior brand manager at New York Bakery Co.The bagels are available now in Asda stores for a limited period of three weeks. Source: LongboysLongboysLondon-based drinks brand Bloody Drinks has joined forces with doughnut specialist Longboys to create The Bloody Longboy.Spiked with the Bloody Classic drink from Bloody Drinks, the creepy doughnut is filled with Bloody Mary crème, confit tomato, lemon celery confiture and Bloody Mary gel. It is then finished off with tomato & celery crisps and tomato sugar dustings.The Bloody Longboy (£3.90) was created and developed by the drink brand’s co-founder Graham Hornigold.The creepy doughnut is on sale until 1 November. It is available in Longboys stores in Coal Drops Yard and Wembley Boxpark, as well as on Deliveroo and the Longboys website. Source: Paul UKGet ready for the season of scares! Bakers are getting into the spirit with an array of tricks and treats for Halloween.Longboys, New York Bakery Co and Paul UK are among those to reveal new products including spooky doughnuts, bagels, and cakes.Pleesecakes, Country Choice and Konditor, meanwhile, have already revealed their plans for Halloween.Things are a little different this year as social distancing rules will be haunting this year’s celebrations.Here’s our pick of the latest Halloween NPD:
On Thursday, Phil Lesh announced that he will one again host his Terrapin Nation Seder alongside a group of Terrapin Crossroads regulars.On the fourth night of Passover, Monday, April 22nd, Terrapin Crossroads will welcome guests for a special seder in the park, followed by a night of music and dancing in the Grate Room. Lesh has recruited guitarists Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz and Ross James, keyboardist Scott Guberman, vocalist Jeannette Ferber, and drummer Ezra Lipp for the musical portion of the event.The announcement reads,On Monday, April 22nd, Terrapin Nation will celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover with a unique night of dining in the park, and dancing in the Grate Room, Terrapin-style!Tickets to Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Nation Seder are now on sale here.For a full list of Lesh’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.
Read Full Story Epidemiologists at Harvard have a long legacy of groundbreaking findings, from a 19th-century study on the effectiveness of bloodletting as a treatment for pneumonia to recent work on the role various dietary factors play in chronic disease risk. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty, alumni, and students gathered to reflect on the past and future of epidemiology at Harvard during the Cutter Symposium, held on November 8, 2013, as part of the School’s Centennial celebration.Alfredo Morabia, a historian and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, kicked off the event with a lively historical overview of HSPH’s Department of Epidemiology—which he called a “methodological beacon” in an “adventurous discipline.” Morabia charged the packed audience in HSPH’s Snyder Auditorium with doing a better job of recording its history. In researching his speech, Morabia was surprised to find scant documentation in the archives at Countway Library—even for the 31-year tenure of Chair Brian MacMahon, who led the department until 1989. However, Morabia’s interviews with more than 20 faculty members, former chairs, and others connected to the department yielded a wealth of information.Morabia noted that the University’s first epidemiologist was James Jackson, a professor of clinical medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) in the early 19th century and the first physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Employing epidemiologic methods that were rare at the time, according to Morabia, Jackson found evidence countering the common practice of bloodletting for the treatment of pneumonia.
If current U.S. trends continue, more than 57 percent of today’s youth will be obese at age 35, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The research also found that excess weight in childhood is predictive of adult obesity, even among young children, and that healthy-weight children are the only ones with less than a 50 percent chance of adult obesity. The findings were based on a rigorous simulation model that provides the most accurate predictions to date of obesity prevalence at various ages.The study will be published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.“Adult obesity is linked with increased risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer,” said Zachary Ward, an analyst at Harvard Chan School’s Center for Health Decision Science and lead author of the study. “Our findings highlight the importance of prevention efforts for all children as they grow up, and of providing early interventions for children with obesity to minimize their risk of serious illness in the future.”The researchers used new computational methods and a novel statistical approach to account for long-term population-level trends in weight gain. They pooled height and weight data from five longitudinal studies of 41,567 children and adults. Using these data, they created 1,000 virtual populations of 1 million youth up to age 19 who were representative of the 2016 U.S. population. They then projected height and weight trajectories from childhood to age 35.The results showed that obesity will be a significant problem for most American children as they grow older. Of those predicted to have obesity as adults, half will develop it as children, according to the study simulations. Excess weight gained during childhood can set off a trajectory that is difficult to change, the authors said. For example, the study found that of all obese 2-year-olds, three out of four will still be obese at age 35. For children with severe obesity — a condition that currently affects 4.5 million children in the U.S. — the risks are even greater. At age 2, these children have only a one in five chance of not having obesity at age 35; at age 5, that chance drops to just one in 10.Even children who are not obese face a high risk of adult obesity. The study estimated that for youth ages 2-19 in 2016, more than half will be obese at age 35 — though most currently are not.The study also found that racial and ethnic disparities in obesity are already present at age 2 and persist into adulthood, with non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics more likely to be obese than whites.Given the high risk posed to children, senior author Steven Gortmaker, a professor of the practice of health sociology at Harvard Chan School, said, “It is critically important to implement policies and programs to prevent excess weight gain, starting at an early age. Plenty of cost-effective strategies have been identified that promote healthy foods, beverages, and physical activity within school and community settings.”Other Harvard Chan study authors included Stephen Resch, Catherine Giles, and Angie Cradock. Funding for the study came from the JPB Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Donald and Sue Pritzker Nutrition and Fitness Initiative, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network.