Afromedia Plc (AFROME.ng) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgAfromedia Plc (AFROME.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Afromedia Plc (AFROME.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Afromedia Plc (AFROME.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Afromedia Plc (AFROME.ng)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileAfromedia Plc is a leading media solutions provider in Nigeria which primarily produces out-of-home media platforms for airport and roadside advertising. The company started in 1959 as a small service arm of West Africa Publicity (WAP) which was incorporated in 1928 as part of the parent company, United Africa Company Plc (UACL). At the time, two companies were set up; Afromedia Nigeria Plc, to handle outdoor advertising services; and Lintas Plc to handle agency work. Both companies were run as independent members of the UACL Group. Afromedia Nigeria Plc was acquired by its Nigerian management team and became Afromedia Plc in 1972. Airport structures produced by Afromedia include backlit boxes, electroluminescent structures, ultra-waves, drop-down banners and wall drapes. Roadside structures produced by Afromedia include lamp post banners, LED lamp post banners, IAT uni-poles (illuminate advertising tower) and Super 48 sheet structure light boxes. Afromedia Plc’s head office is in Ikeja, Nigeria. Afromedia Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

An Indian Modern House / 23DC Architects

first_img “COPY” An Indian Modern House / 23DC Architects CopyHouses•Jalandhar, India India Houses Shiv Dada, Mohit Chawla Save this picture!© Purnesh Dev Nikhanj+ 27Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902804/an-indian-modern-house-23dc-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Purnesh Dev NikhanjRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERLaminatesWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyMAIN CONTENTThis house in Jalandhar, India is a Contemporary design with elements of Indian Traditional houses. It is an outcome of several inputs and iterations from our design team which leads to proper utilization of the irregular shape of the land and also the vision of client love for Indian elements. The entrance to the house is through a deep corridor with ornamented stone Columns Elements like open Courtyard, jharokhas, etc. are incorporated in a contemporary style so that it gives pure traditional Indian home feel. The plan is oriented to gain maximum landscape area. Light is given special consideration by way of location and orientation Connectivity of spaces, an open plan as well as privacy are balanced in the design, which is layered into three levels and connected with external Landscape spaces.Save this picture!© Purnesh Dev NikhanjLAWN AREACourtyards provide open-to-sky, outdoor space away from the public eye. Family activities can spill out, yet remain protected from the outside world. The space became an apt, socio-cultural congruent providing ground space for the family, especially women and children to carry out daily chores and festive celebrations. The central void became a connecting volume between floors with visual, audio and physical link maintaining a rapport with vertically segregated floors.STAIRCASE AREALight is given special consideration. This open courtyard in-house, which viewed from every corner of the house provides ample of natural light.Save this picture!© Purnesh Dev NikhanjENTRANCEThe main entrance foyer is greeted with a carved statue of Ganesha, the Hindu god who preserves the world with prosperity, order, and peace framed within Indian arch.Save this picture!© Purnesh Dev NikhanjDRAWING ROOMIndian design often calls to mind opulent rooms draped in colorful silks, but some Indian interiors are quite simple and utilitarian. Hits of colors and pattern liven up the clean lines of this contemporary Indian formal living space. The exotic artwork on the wall, calm, neutral hues, simple furnishings, natural material, and clean lines to create a balanced and harmonious ambiance.DINING AREAThe dining room is still the perfect place to share meal times and beautiful moments with friends and family. A chandelier, wall art, and mesmerizing furnishing are adding more glory to the room.Save this picture!© Purnesh Dev NikhanjMASTER BEDROOMIndian decor is often rich in color, pattern, and texture; just a few strategically placed pieces can fill a room with exotic flair. An antique Indian bed back, hand- stitched with beading and gold thread, completely transforms this urban loft bedroom into a vibrant, energetic space.LIVING AREAFamily lounge is the most sociable room in the house proving ample seating for the family with the L-shaped lounger and poufy which plays multiple roles of the footstool, a seat and a coffee table if needed. An apt area to spend quality time with loved ones together.Save this picture!© Purnesh Dev NikhanjTERRACEThe terrace features a fancy bar with a comfortable sitting lounge for the resident to enliven after a long day.F.F. BALCONYThe coziest area in the house is the ceiling-mounted swing which serves as a stress buster after the hustle and hectic day. Save this picture!© Purnesh Dev NikhanjProject gallerySee allShow lessShanghai Auto Expo Park RV Club / NATURALBUILDSelected ProjectsCoffee Nap Roasters 2nd / Design Studio MaoomSelected Projects Share Projects Year: center_img An Indian Modern House / 23DC ArchitectsSave this projectSaveAn Indian Modern House / 23DC Architects “COPY” 2018 ArchDaily Lead Architects: Photographs:  Purnesh Dev Nikhanj Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902804/an-indian-modern-house-23dc-architects Clipboard Manufacturers: D’Décor, Häcker, Mitsubishi Electric, Saint-Gobain, Schüco, dormakaba Architects: 23DC Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this office23DC ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJalandharIndiaPublished on September 28, 2018Cite: “An Indian Modern House / 23DC Architects” 27 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCoffee tablesFlexformCoffee Table – GipsyCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemWoodSculptformTimber Battens in Double Bay HouseStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Villa OmniaBricksNelissenInner Wall Bricks – LückingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsEducational ApplicationsFastmount®Hidden Panel Fastener at Massey UniversitySealants / ProtectorsTOPCRETMicro-Coating – Baxab®More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?印度现代住宅 / 23DC Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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House of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946968/house-of-tranquility-tal-goldsmith-fish-design-studio Clipboard “COPY” House of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design StudioSave this projectSaveHouse of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio Houses Save this picture!Gif+ 25Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs House of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio Year:  Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Flexform, Vibia, Arclinea, BD Barcelona Design, MDF Italia, Muuto Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Products used in this ProjectWall / Ceiling LightsVibiaLighting Collection – StructuralArmchairsFlexformArmchair – PaulSave this picture!© Amit GeronText description provided by the architects. On every project we take, we try to project the nature of our clients in the design. In this house, we translated their calm and pleasant nature into a meditative space. Our guidelines for the design incorporated a light color palette, natural materials and repetitive basic geometry patterns. Along with the great natural light, we were able to reach the outcome we were looking for.Save this picture!© Amit GeronSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Amit GeronWe used smoked oak wooden floor for the entire house, along with light monochrome colored furniture and lighting elements. For the stairs and railing we used white painted thin iron boards. To separate the staircase from the living room and yet keep a connection between the two areas, we designed 6 meter high see-through wooden louvers, sitting inside an oblique wooden frame. The square net pattern continues to the TV room pivot doors.Save this picture!© Amit Geronopposite to the louvres, on the other side of the living room, we incorporated a wooden window sit, framing a large window facing the outdoor pool, creating a pleasant sitting area on the border between inside and out. Italian brand Arclinea kitchen with a 5 meter long island stands in the heart of the ground floor allowing open view to the entire areas of the floor and yard.Save this picture!© Amit GeronProject gallerySee allShow lessWirye Y-HOUSE / Kode ArchitectsSelected ProjectsHCM House / Ginga ArchitectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses, House Interiors•Israel Area:  400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946968/house-of-tranquility-tal-goldsmith-fish-design-studio Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Amit Geron Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2020 Israel CopyAbout this officeTal Goldsmith Fish Design StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsOn FacebookIsraelPublished on September 04, 2020Cite: “House of Tranquility / Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio” 03 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

A Home for the Guptas / Raghuveer Kathpalia

first_img Photographs Year:  India Manufacturers: Havells, Lalji Handicrafts, Philips A Home for the Guptas / Raghuveer Kathpalia A Home for the Guptas / Raghuveer KathpaliaSave this projectSaveA Home for the Guptas / Raghuveer Kathpalia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/959632/a-home-for-the-guptas-raghuveer-kathpalia Clipboard Projects “COPY” CopyHouses•Sanand, India Area:  430 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Raghuveer Kathpalia Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Lead Architects: Save this picture!© Vinay Panjwani+ 38Curated by Hana Abdel Share Photographs:  Vinay Panjwani, Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing Company Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Working Drawings:Parth ModiSite Coordination:Parth ModiCapentry:Prabhu BhaiTerrazzo Flooring Constructor:Roshanlal RelaStructural Engineering:V.R Shah EngineersMep Engineering:Jhaveri AssociatesCity:SanandCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing CompanyRecommended ProductsBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsAxolightWall And Ceiling Blackspot Light – FavillaBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsJUNGLight Switch and Light – Plug + LightWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. This is a home for a family of 7 people and it is located in Sanand, Gujarat. The home has been an inquiry into what it means to settle, one of the many ways in which one can do that. It began with the question of how will one perceive the landscape of the site once it’s been occupied and conditioned using the tools of construction vis a vis how it was seen before. how will how one traverse over the same piece of land post construction. What will one look into, over and at? Save this picture!© Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing CompanySave this picture!Section EESave this picture!© Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing CompanyThe clients in their brief wanted a house that would change their relationship to the outdoors. The home is at present to be used as a second home, and may eventually be occupied as a first home.  The project in some ways is a disaggregation of their current home located in a fairly dense urban setting. The idea of separating the blocks to create space in between was twofold.Save this picture!© Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing CompanySave this picture!East ElevationSave this picture!© Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing Company One was to create space for trees and water bodies, things that undergo slow changes and are alive in some capacity. and the other was to create distance so that one could see through the house and over the landscape and again through the house in continuous glances.Save this picture!© Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing CompanySave this picture!Section AASave this picture!© Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing Company The idea of visual continuity and organizing to enable activities spilling over as essential. There was an effort put to understand how one could overcome the discretization of a home into isolated parts but rather have a synthesis. A home as a collective of spaces as opposed to a collection of spaces, as the order of relationships are then subject to time, the way it is with a landscape. It is the layers of verandahs courtyards and the possibility to connect and disconnect all of these by the movement of the doors that enables this phenomenon.Save this picture!© Karan Gajjar / The Space Tracing CompanyProject gallerySee allShow lessHygieneFlush Technology: Antibacterial Toilets for Bathroom CleanlinessArticlesHouse in Komabacho / Maki Yoshimura Architecture Office | MYAOSelected Projects Share 2021 Raghuveer Kathpalia, Parth modi ArchDaily Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/959632/a-home-for-the-guptas-raghuveer-kathpalia Clipboard CopyAbout this officeRaghuveer KathpaliaOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAhmedabadGujaratOn FacebookSanandIndiaPublished on April 07, 2021Cite: “A Home for the Guptas / Raghuveer Kathpalia” 07 Apr 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Guptas住宅,景观与居所的探索与思考 / Raghuveer Kathpalia是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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2019 eBay for Business Awards open for entries with Charity of the Year category

first_img  359 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 2019 eBay for Business Awards open for entries with Charity of the Year category Tagged with: Awards eBay AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 24 July 2019 | News  358 total views,  2 views today This year’s eBay for Business Awards are open for entries, with the chance to win £5,000 in cash, and a dedicated Charity of the Year category.The first of this year’s eBay for Business Awards judges to be announced is Elaine Edwards of Families and Babies, who won the Charity of the Year category last year.Elaine Edwards started Families and Babies started as a support group for new mums after struggling herself to find help, and has since developed it into a charity helping with various aspects of new family life.To increase revenue for the charity and make it more self-sufficient, Families and Babies launched its eBay shop in 2010 selling new and used donated toys and clothing. Edwards said:“Putting in the time and research to see how other eBay sellers were making their money was one of the most useful tactics. At the time we were making £2,000-£4,000 per year, but this has grown to £18,000 this year alone, after nine years in business.”“The support we get from eBay has been instrumental to our success, particularly since winning the Charity of the Year Award at last year’s eBay for Business Awards. Our goal now is to increase our sales ten-fold. I truly believe the work we do on eBay could sustain the business completely in the future and allows us to keep running the services we provide.”Since starting on eBay in 2010 sales have grown to £54,000, which has helped Families and Babies set up new support groups for 280,000 families across the UK, hire 38 paid staff and buy a warehouse for their stock.More information on the eBay Awards for Business and how to apply is available on the site. Advertisementlast_img read more

Last-minute decision by appeal court suspends fines for journalist refusing to name sources

first_imgNews Organisation RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders is relieved that a federal appeal court yesterday suspended implementation of a contempt of court ruling concerning journalist Tony Locy. The appeal court did not however overturn the substance of the ruling and Locy still faces the possibility of imprisonment, the organisation points out. United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas News Follow the news on United States Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts A federal appeal court in Washington DC yesterday suspended application of a contempt-of-court order by federal judge Reggie Walton that would have forced former USA Today reporter Toni Locy to begin paying heavy daily fines at midnight last night.Under yesterday’s ruling, the order has been stayed pending the outcome of an appeal by her lawyers. Walton ordered her to pay 500 dollars a day in an attempt to make her to reveal her sources for stories in 2002 naming a former army scientist as a suspect in a series of anthrax attacks, and he banned anyone from paying the fines on her behalf.The fines would have increased by stages to 5,000 dollars a day until 3 April when, if she still had not agreed to name her sources, Walton could have ordered her imprisonment.“We are obviously relieved by this decision, although it has only suspended the penalties and has not overturned the substance of Judge Walton’s ruling concerning Toni Locy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Aside from Locy’s personal plight, what is at stake here is the ability of all journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources at the federal level,” the press freedom organisation added. “This is why we again urge the Senate to quickly approve the ‘shield law’ granting this right to journalists, which the House of Representatives already approved on 16 October.”_____________________________________11.03.08 – Federal judge hounds reporter to make her reveal her sourcesReporters Without Borders condemns US federal judge Reggie Walton’s decision on 7 March in Washington DC to fine former USA Today reporter Toni Locy up to 5,000 dollars a day to make her reveal her sources for stories in 2003 naming a former army scientist as a suspect in a series of anthrax attacks. The judge has forbidden her former newspaper or her family to pay the fines on her behalf. If she still has not identified her sources by 3 April, she could be sent to prison. Reporters Without Borders urges the Senate to quickly approve a “shield law” providing federal protection for the confidentiality of journalists’ sources which the House of Representatives passed in October.“This is unfortunately not the first time that a federal court has tried to force journalists to name their sources,” the press freedom organisation said. “Some of Locy’s fellow journalists have already gone to prison for refusing to comply. This is why it is urgent that the Senate should quickly debate and approve the shield law recognising the right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We are outraged by the methods used by Judge Walton to try to impose his will on Locy. Banning a journalist from turning to her family or her former employer for support is tantamount to persecution.”The judge’s 7 March decision upheld a contempt of court ruling issued on 19 February. It obliges Locy to begin paying fines of 500 dollars a day at midnight tonight (Washington time). After a week, the daily fine will increase to 1,000 dollars a day. After the second week, it will rise to 5,000 dollars a day. No one is allowed to help her pay the fines. If she still has not agreed to name her sources by 3 April, when another hearing is scheduled, the judge could order imprisonment. Toni Locy filed an emergency motion on 10 March. The contempt of court order stems from a lawsuit brought by former army scientist Steven Hatfill in 2003 under the Privacy Act, in which he accuses the justice department of improperly telling journalists that he was a “person of interest” in the investigation into the mailing of packages containing anthrax that caused five deaths in 2001.On 13 August 2007, Judge Walton ordered Locy and five other journalists – Allan Lengel of the Washington Post, Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman of Newsweek, James Stewart of CBS News and Brian Ross of ABC – to identify the government officials responsible for the leaks. Locy named two of her sources after obtaining their agreement. But Walton is insisting that she name all of her sources. Stewart, who has refused to reveal the identity of other sources, could also be held in contempt of court.Senate approval of the shield law known as the “Free Flow of Information Act,” which would provide federal recognition for the right of journalists to protect their sources, would render Judge Walton’s order null and void. Already approved by the House of Representatives on 16 October and by the Senate judiciary committee, it has not yet come before the full Senate for a vote.Senator Patrick Leahy (Dem – Vermont), the head of the judiciary committee, and Senator Arlen Specter (Rep – Pennsylvania) sent a joint letter to the leaders of both parties on 7 March calling for a swift vote on the law. The confidentiality of journalists’ sources is recognised by 32 states and the District of Colombia. News News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say March 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Last-minute decision by appeal court suspends fines for journalist refusing to name sourceslast_img read more

Less is more

first_imgWith legislation looming over the use of temporary and agency workers, JimMatthewman, worldwide partner at Mercer Human Resources, looks at how onecompany approached streamlining its management of temporary staffThere are an estimated 1.8 million temporary workers in the UK costingbusinesses about £1.7bn a year. Under new legislation making its way throughthe European Parliament, that cost may rise considerably. Under the current proposals, submitted in November and due for introductionby June 2003, temporary workers would be entitled to the same terms andconditions as the permanent position they are covering. There is still considerabledebate to be had. The UK and Ireland propose that the regulations should onlyapply once a person has been in employment for more than a year, while some ofthe other EU countries want the provisions to apply from day one. But just how widespread is the use of contingent workers – defined astemporaries, agency staff and contractors – within given industries or aspecific skill group? Contingent workers are found at lower skill levels inproduction, packing and labouring roles, semi-skilled and skilled levels inadministration, research and manufacturing and expert levels such as projectmanagement, software design, engineering and interim management. At current average rates, 100 contingent workers will be costing a UK firmclose to £1m a year. Given current market conditions and significant pressureto reduce costs, most firms would do well to undertake an audit to identifywhere the contingent workers are being used, how many are being used, at whatcost and on what terms and what approval processes are being used. Of course, use of contingent workers is highly dependent on organisations’specific business models and associated people strategy. Some industries, suchas consulting engineering, where projects are typically long-standing yetintermittent, contingents might make up a third of the workforce. Others,notably retailers, are high employers of temporary staff for the ‘goldenquarter’ around Christmas and the January sales. The reality of using temps However, experience shows that where organisations might feel they have agood handle on using and deploying temporaries, the reality is often verydifferent. But, why might this be the case? A recent case study, where Mercer HR Consulting conducted a pan-Europeanaudit, highlights some of these points. The organisation has a large contingent workforce operating in more than 10countries across Europe. To our surprise, there were more than 400 separatesupplying organisations ranging from multi-country, large-scale employmentagencies such as Manpower and Adecco, to small boutiques, often providing ahandful of workers. In some countries, HR took responsibility for sourcing the workers, while inothers it was the role of procurement, and in some, the line managers. Thislack of consistency had allowed a whole series of inefficient processes andbehaviours to develop. While the company had a broadly similar approval processacross countries, there was a lack of agreed, formal policies around usage –indeed, some managers saw the use of contingents as a convenient way to bypasslimits (and freezes) on permanent recruitment. The lesson learned was that the processes might be similar but this needsbacking, requiring clear direction and effective implementation. Even where amajor supplier was involved in a number of countries, the service standardprovided was very mixed. The main issue being one of pushing inappropriatecandidates or difficulties in the supplier relationship. Again this points tothe need of a common set of key performance indicators for supplierperformance. It is common that local operating companies create policies framed withinlocal legislative frameworks. These do vary across Europe – for example, inItaly and France there are restrictions in respect of ‘body shops’ and, as aresult, workers are usually supplied under professional service agreements, egcontractors. Varying definitions Internal definitions of contingent workers also varied between countries.The audit also showed the clear need for a single, agreed definition oftemporary, agency and contracting workers, as well as skill definitions inorder to analyse, measure and monitor usage. This then provides the ability toidentify where, how many and the cost of usage. In this particular example, the bulk of contingent workers were either lowskilled or skilled. There was no apparent value in continuing relationshipswith smaller agencies, as there was little difference in the pay rates and nodifference in the quality of worker. Additionally, better bulk terms were available through arrangements withlarge volume suppliers. An added bonus was the reduction in bureaucracy throughmaintaining fewer agency relationships. We also found there was a difference in definition between true specialistsand experts with readily-available skills. As you would expect, a premium ispaid for true specialists, who are mostly sourced from niche agencies. Thesespecialists tend to be critical to the business. However, experts in common fieldsare available from volume suppliers at better rates and hence another area ofpotential savings. Lack of consistency We found there was little consistency in the way the contingent workforcewas managed. The division of responsibilities between procurement and HR wasunclear, and varied between geography and business unit. This, combined withlittle use of automation, resulted in poor management information and fewcontrols. As a result, the organisation was incurring additional costs throughlack of pay rate management and process inefficiencies, resulting in anextended time to hire. Finally, there was little vendor management through theuse of key performance indicators, which could have been used to drive andmonitor cost and quality improvements. The audit – conducted over a period of eight weeks, largely throughquestionnaire but also structured interviews and a workshop – identified somesignificant areas of cost reduction. The main area of potential reduction was smarter sourcing of temporaryworker according to skill level. This was shown to be in the order of £13.7m insix months, with a similar level annually thereafter. To achieve these, theorganisation needed to address three key areas: – Consistent use of technology – Reduced number of suppliers – Strong management information to drive cost and quality improvement ofvendor management. Over the past 10 years, e-procurement and e-recruitment systems haveadvanced significantly. Technology provides the opportunity to achieve hard, bottom-linesavings by automating the business rules and processes to manage therequirement, authorisation, attraction, selection, tracking and payment ofcontingent workers. Today, there are in excess of 20 specialist e-recruitment/vendor managementsuppliers. Some, such as PeopleSoft, Oracle and SAP have recently added newmodules. Not all, however, provide the full functionality or are trulypan-European, especially in language versions. Choosing a supplier However, the use of a single system across an organisation has compellingbenefits. The software operating through a management web-based portal would ensureauthorisation processes are both standardised and adhered to. It can also provide instant updates to line managers as to where candidatesare in the process and, ultimately, be used to monitor invoicing. Clearly, having more than 400 vendor suppliers, each with a degree ofmanagement resources managing the relationship, was highly inefficient. The critical question for any organisation is what is the appropriate numberto provide assurance of both quality and timelines to meet the business need?Three main options should be reviewed: – Insourced versus outsourced – A single master managed service provider – A vendor-neutral option accessing an agreed list of suppliers. There is a strong temptation to opt for a single master vendor solution. Butas we noted, there may significant service variation between geographies and adanger that all the eggs are in one basket, resulting in unsuitable candidatesbeing put forward. The other major problem lies with implementation. If managers have been usedto sourcing key contingents from niche suppliers, there is likely to besignificant resistance if they are told only one source is now available. It alsolikely that the niche suppliers will be reluctant to ‘partner’ with a singlesupplier if this inevitably means their rates and margins are squeezed. In our case study, many of the resourcing managers preferred the idea of twoor three master vendors so they could play one off against another. This isreally avoiding the issue and likely to lead to variable quality. The third alternative is to consider a neutral master supplier – a supplierthat will co-ordinate a preferred list of suppliers without being one of thedominant vendors. The organisation benefits from having just one relationship to manage, andthe line managers feel there is still a reasonable choice of suppliers, albeitthe contact with the suppliers is now removed from day-to-day operations, whilesmaller niche providers will feel the neutral vendor is more objective andunbiased. Probably the hardest and most critical question is how to implementsuch a solution. Given the size of savings, there will be senior management pressure to implementfast – within six months. But in order to realise these gains, there are anumber of steps which need to addressed: – While the business case will be compelling at the most senior levels, itwill be operational managers who will find their current, convenient practicescurtailed or restricted. There will need to be an education exercise to winthese people over – Many of these arrangements are likely to have been built up over manyyears with cosy, personal dealings – the exposure of these arrangements maywell be uncomfortable at all levels of the organisation – Some of the contracts may be long-standing and will need to be reviewed oreven renegotiated, although the likely introduction of new legislation may be aconvenient opener for discussions – The technology solution will require swift implementation, includingconsideration of revised business processes – Irrespective of whether an organisation chooses a master vendor or neutralvendor option, the terms of such a relationship need to be clearly agreed withclarity on expected savings and margins, key performance indicators andreporting schedules. So, in the end, the issue is the balance between clear cost savings andpotential risk to everyday operations. In our experience, managing contingentworkers is as much a behavioural issue as a cost equation. The new legalscenario prompts a re-questioning but it also provides an opportunity to get agrip on a loose process. In today’s climate, this might be a giant quick win. www.mercer.comWhat do employers think?Last year, Personnel Today andManpower surveyed almost 1,000 employers to see what they thought of theDirective. Key findings include:– More than 70 per cent of organisations think it will damagetheir businesses through increased red tape and employment costs– 45 per cent of firms pay their agency staff the same aspermanent staff and 23 per cent pay temps more than permanent employees– 50 per cent of employers surveyed do not provide their tempswith holiday pay, while only 20 per cent of respondents provide agency staffwith maternity leave, 12 per cent provide paternity leave and 10 per centprovide pension provision – 25 per cent of organisations use agency staff for periods ofbetween six weeks and three months, 14 per cent of firms use them for periodsof between three months and six months, and 8 per cent use agency employees forbetween six and 12 months– 3 per cent of respondents use temps for periods of between 12months and 18 months, and 2 per cent employ them for more than 18 monthsSnapshot of the directiveThe European Commission (EC) issued aproposal for a draft Directive on temporary work in March 2002. Changes were proposedby the European Parliament in November and, in response, the EC issued arevised proposal in December.Under the revised proposal, temporary agency workers will beentitled to the same working and employment conditions as if they had beenrecruited directly by the company for the same job. There are three derogations to this “equal treatment”principle. It does not apply to pay where assignments last less than six weeksor where agency workers are employed on permanent contracts with the agency andcontinue to be paid in the time between postings. Collective agreements mayderogate from the principle as long as an “adequate level ofprotection” is provided for the temporary workers.The proposal requires member states to periodically review therestrictions on the use of temporary agency workers and discontinue any thatare not justifiable. It also provides that temporary workers should be informedof any vacant posts in the client organisation and, if recruited, the agencyshould be entitled to compensation.The Greek President is seeking political agreement on theproposed directive at the council meeting in June. Once adopted, member statesare likely to have two years to implement the directive.www.agencyworkersdirective.uk.com Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Less is moreOn 29 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Nikola Jokic carries short-handed Nuggets past Jazz 106-100

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNikola Jokic scored 28 points and dished out 10 assists as the short-handed Denver Nuggets rode a big second-half run to a 106-100 win over the Utah Jazz.Trailing 70-61 with 4:13 left in the third, the Nuggets went on a 15-0 spurt to close the quarter. They continued their roll in the fourth. In all, it was a 27-1 surge. But a 17-point Denver lead was whittled to three before Jokic took over.Jordan Clarkson had 37 points for the Jazz on a night when leading scorer Donovan Mitchell was held to four. January 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local Nikola Jokic carries short-handed Nuggets past Jazz 106-100 Tags: Denver Nuggets/NBA/Nikola Jokic/Utah Jazz Associated Presslast_img

UConn pays tribute to Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna

first_img Written by Mambacita is forever a Husky pic.twitter.com/3wdAbdK0Ye— UConn Women’s Hoops (@UConnWBB) January 27, 2020Gianna, known as Gigi, earned the nickname “Mambacita” because of her tenacity on the basketball court, like her famous dad, Bryant, whose nickname was “Mamba.”The father and daughter were on their way to a basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, Sunday morning when their helicopter crashed on a hillside in Calabasas. The Bryants, six other passengers and the helicopter pilot were all killed in the crash.Bryant started coaching Gianna’s basketball team when he retired in 2016, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.Gianna reportedly wanted to attend the University of Connecticut and even got a chance to meet with the school’s women’s basketball team when they made a visit to Los Angeles in 2017. UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma also said Gianna visited the campus in Connecticut, according to ESPN.The UConn team and Team USA also observed a 24-second moment of silence at Monday night’s game, in honor of Bryant’s No. 24. At the start of the game, Team USA held the ball for an eight-second backcourt violation in honor of Bryant’s first jersey number, No. 8.The Huskies later ran out the 24-second shot clock as a tribute to Bryant’s second NBA jersey number, according to ESPN.In addition to coaching Gianna’s girls’ basketball team, Bryant was known as an outspoken supporter of the WNBA and female basketball players.Just a few days before his death, Bryant said he could see a day where women could play in the NBA, the same league he dominated for 20 years.“There’s a lot of players with a lot of skill that could do it,” he told CNN last Wednesday. “Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne. There’s a lot of great players out there, so they could certainly keep up with them.”Bryant was also actively involved with the WNBA through his close friend and former teammate Derek Fisher, who is now the head coach for the Los Angeles Sparks.“I want us to continue to push for what he was most recently striving for in terms of equity and opportunity for young girls, for girls like his daughters that are still with us,” Fisher told ABC News’ Good Morning America Monday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Berezovsky/Getty Images(HARTFORD, Conn.) — The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team paid tribute Monday to Gianna Bryant, the 13-year-old daughter of NBA legend Kobe Bryant who was following in her dad’s footsteps as a basketball star.The Huskies placed a No. 2 UConn jersey with flowers on their bench at Monday’s game in Hartford against USA Basketball.The team shared a photo of the tribute on social media, writing, “Mambacita is forever a Husky.” January 28, 2020 /Sports News – National UConn pays tribute to Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna Beau Lundlast_img read more

UK: BMT Nigel Gee to Deliver Naval Architecture to Oceanco

first_imgBMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced its latest collaboration to deliver naval architecture and engineering expertise to premier Dutch custom yacht builder, Oceanco following completion of the 110m PA107 design.The 110m DP001 project which has been the main focus of work in 2011 is now fully compliant with the latest Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) for up to 36 guests. The design is intended to be a lower GRT variant of the PA107 concept. Building on the hull form development work undertaken for PA107, BMT and Oceanco worked with MARIN to undertake further hull form optimisation making extensive use of both CFD and model testing.In addition to DP001 the team is also supporting the Weyves/ Elie Saab 117m design which was first unveiled by Oceanco last year. The Weyves Couture yacht is the first design to come from Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab and Weyves International Ltd. Work is currently being carried out on developing the technical background, as well as further refinement of the yacht’s general arrangement.James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee comments: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Oceanco in order to not only help develop the most innovative of ideas but to turn those designs into state of the art engineering reality for the modern day yacht market.”[mappress]Source: bmtrenewables, September 23, 2011; UK: BMT Nigel Gee to Deliver Naval Architecture to Oceanco View post tag: Naval View post tag: Nigel View post tag: to View post tag: deliver View post tag: Navy View post tag: BMT View post tag: Geecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: BMT Nigel Gee to Deliver Naval Architecture to Oceanco September 23, 2011 Industry news View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Oceanco View post tag: Architecturelast_img read more