Argos staff share a 5.9m pound pot from savings scheme

first_img Previous Article Next Article Argos employees across the UK will benefit from a potential pay-out of £5.9mfollowing the maturity of the first share purchase scheme run by its parentcompany GUS plc. Under the terms of the Sharesave Scheme, which was first introduced in 2001,employees can buy shares in GUS at a 20 per cent discount using a tax-freesavings account. Employees can save between £5 and £250 per month for three orfive years. At the end of the savings period members have the option of using all oftheir savings and bonus to buy the GUS shares at a discount or taking all oftheir savings and bonus in cash. Around 2,200 staff will benefit. The average profit per employee will be£2,590, with top investors receiving more than £10,000. Argos staff share a 5.9m pound pot from savings schemeOn 10 Aug 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

News agent’s u-turn on decision to stock Charlie Hebdo

first_imgAn Oxford news agent’s who planned to stock the latest edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has done an abrupt U-turn after receiving threats.The publication features a cartoon on its front page depicting the Prophet Muhammad crying and holding a sign declaring “Je suis Charlie”. This edition was printed in the aftermath of the murder of the magazine’s staff and a police officer on January 7th 2015.The newsagent’s, Wendy’s News on Broad Street, originally ordered 500 copies of the controversial magazine. Due to popular demand from customers, a further 500 copies were ordered, so that 1,000 copies were expected to arrive earlier this week.However, a worker at the newsagent’s, who wished to remain anonymous, has informed Cherwell that these orders have now been cancelled. He admitted that they had received some threats, but denied that this was the reason for the cancellation of the order, saying, “We did not know much about the magazine and now we have found out about the contents we have decided against stocking it.”Thames Valley Police told Cherwell that they were “called yesterday morning [January 20th] to a newsagent in Broad Street, after receiving a report that a threat was made to the shop the previous night [January 19th] on the telephone.”Tawfiq Hamid, President of the Oxford University Islamic Society, commented on the newsagent’s decision to stock the paper, “He is of course free to sell what he likes but it just seems strange for a Muslim man to sell a magazine that is openly anti-Islamic, each to his own I suppose.”A worker at Wendy’s News later explained more specifically that he had been unaware that the publication contained a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, and that, had he known, he would have refused to stock themagazine. His reasoning behind the decision was solely due to customer demand, claiming that “over 600 customers asked me to stock it”. Cherwell spoke to a customer at Honey’s of the High, Chris Hardy, who wished to buy a copy of the most recent Charlie Hebdo.He said, “I’d like a copy because of what it stands for and represents at the moment. I’ve read Private Eye, which is the nearest English equivalent for generations. What I think it stands for is that there must be freedom tospeak.”The attacks in Paris fuelled a debate about the balance between freedom of speech and publication and the offence of religion. In this case it was the publication of cartoons which caused enormous offence to many Muslims.In relation to this debate, Tawfiq Hamid, the President of the Oxford University Islamic Society commented, “The debate has turned into Islam vs freedom of speech, with no textual support to the implicit notion that Islam has a problem with freedom of speech. The overall tone of the debate is excessively Islamophobic and helps to build a general air of mistrust around Muslims in general, while in many cases inciting hatred against innocent individuals, such as we have seen reflected in the subsequent attacks against the Muslim community.“Tomorrow, being Friday, ISoc will meet at about midday to pray and then chill while eating some (hopefully warm) sandwiches for lunch. We’ve also arranged a cheeky spot of 5-a-side for the evening. I just wanted to say that this, for me, is ‘living Islam’. The lives of Muslims are so different to what we see in the media and it’s sad that at the end of the day the only debate around Islam tonight revolves around ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘extremism’.”Adam Ismail, a Muslim Law undergraduate at St. Catherine’s College, commented, “I don’t agree with the magazine covers produced by Charlie Hebdo but I respect the right of free speech and publication. There should be a right to insult and make fun of religion. I think that is fundamental to the freedom of speech.” BBC Oxford reported that the decision to cancel the order was due to threatening phone calls and Facebook abuse received by the newsagent’s, including threats to burn the shop and break the windows. The Thames Valley Police confirmed to Cherwell that they received report of a threat made to a newsagent’s on Broad Street.A second Oxford newsagent’s, Honey’s on the High, has ordered 300 copies of the most recent Charlie Hebdo, which is expected to arrive today. They have no plans to reverse this order.An employee told Cherwell that they were aware of the threats Wendy’s News had received, but that they had not received any such threats themselves. Honey’s of the High have placed a sign in a prominent position, apologising for the delay in the arrival of the stock, but assuring customers that they will be sold. #CharlieHebdo magazine running late from suppliers Will update once in stock.— Honey’s of The High (@HoneysofTheHigh) January 16, 2015last_img read more

Fewer student-aid applications could mean less college enrollment

first_img Fewer student-aid applications could mean less college enrollment IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied/AC Taylor Jr/Pixabay) New data show a big drop of just over 9% in the number of Indiana students applying for federal student aid this year, and experts say that could mean a big red flag for college enrollment.The National College Attainment Network tracks the “Free Application For Federal Student Aid“.They found application rates are even worse for students of color or in lower-income families.MorraLee Keller, director of technical assistance for the Network, said Indiana colleges could be looking at much smaller freshman classes.“If the FAFSAs are already running just under 10% behind, and FAFSAs are a very strong indicator about the likelihood to enroll in college, we may be getting set up for another significant drop in college enrollment this fall,” Keller projected.She speculated many students are holding off, waiting to hear whether their preferred college will offer in-person instruction next semester.Another report, from the National Student Clearinghouse, said colleges across the U.S. enrolled about 20% fewer students last fall.Keller noted only about 36% of Indiana high school seniors have filled out their FAFSA so far.“That puts you at about 30th in the country,” Keller explained. “And I think we’re all much more used to a number around 55%, 60%, 65% of the graduating class enrolling somewhere.”High schools and colleges are working to reach out and reengage the Class of 2020 and ensure a smooth transition for the Class of 2021.Students should contact their preferred college or university to find out their FAFSA deadline.Several state-based grants set a deadline of April 15. They include the Workforce Ready Grant, the Frank O’Bannon Grant, and the 21st Century Scholars Grant. Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – March 2, 2021 2 127 Previous articleMeth bust on I-94Next articleGalaxy skating rink in Niles allowed to reopen with limits Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

News story: Data revolution for students

first_imgJob prospects and graduate salary are two of the most important factors for students when it comes to deciding which university to attend, the Universities Minster has revealed today (21 June).The new research undertaken by the Department for Education (DfE) shows the value of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) for prospective students. It comes on the same day that the DfE released a record amount of data showing graduate outcomes for every university in England – revealing the average earnings and likelihood of employability 1, 3 and 5 years after graduation.The new information highlights the huge variations in outcomes depending on what subject and where students go to study, demonstrating just how this information can help students and their families find the right place for them. For example, for Economics graduates the median earnings ranged from £17,000 at the lowest institution to £68,600 at the highest 5 years after graduation , whereas for Medicine and Dentistry median earnings range between £42,100 and £49,800.Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: With more data than ever before being made available to students, Sam Gyimah has also announced plans to work with coders and tech companies to create new digital tools to help students choose where to study.The Universities Minister will unveil the competition to create this app, worth £125,000 on Monday, 25 June. This Government is increasing the information available to students so that they can make informed choices about what and where to study. I am hugely encouraged to see that students and applicants are already using the TEF to inform their decision about where to study. Their voice is helping to develop the new subject-level TEF and helping to put even more clear information into the hands of students. We know that employability and salary are key things that students look at when deciding where to study, but for many it goes beyond this and that’s why we’ve made the decision to publish over half a million cells of data showing graduate outcomes for every university.last_img read more

You Can Download Bill Kreutzmann’s Set At Wanee With Haynes And Krasno For Free

first_imgJust a few weeks ago, the Wanee Festival brought the jam family together for a weekend-long celebration at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. Championed by Allman Brothers Band-family groups like Les Brers, Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic (a la Jimmy Herring), and more, there was no shortage of great jams throughout the weekend.One set that took fans down a Grateful road was Billy & The Kids, the side-project group for Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. With a lineup that includes Tom Hamilton on guitar, Reed Mathis on bass, and Aron Magner on the keys, the band always keeps things fresh for their Gratefully inspired performances. The group also had some extra help at Wanee, as Eric Krasno joined for the whole performance. Even Warren Haynes, the sit-in master, lent his hand to the classic Dead tune “Deal” to close out the set.Now, thanks to Kreutzmann himself, the band is offering a free download from this glorious set. Relive all 90 minutes of this fantastic set, including 10+ minute renditions of “Shakedown Street,” “Playin’ In The Band,” and so many more. Just head to Live Downloads to claim your mp3s!Setlist: Billy & The Kids at Wanee Festival, Live Oak, FL – 4/15/16:Set: Shakedown Street > Dear Prudence, Me And My Uncle, Cassidy > Playing In The Band, Scarlet Begonias, Stella Blue, Uncle John’s Band, Deal** with Warren Haynes[Photos courtesy of Ben Adams]last_img read more

Watch The Empire State Building Synchronize Lights To Steely Dan’s “FM (No Static At All)”

first_imgOn September 3rd, 2017, we received the saddening news that Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker had passed away at the age of 67. The music world will long remember the innovative songs he wrote with longtime friend and lone surviving original member Donald Fagen. The New York band, formed in 1967 while the two were at Bard College, was well-known for being meticulous in their songwriting process in the studio, creating numerous brilliant albums over the years. Steely Dan’s prolific creativity earned the band a devoted cult following, several Grammy Awards (including “Album of the Year” for Two Against Nature in 2001), and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, in addition to selling tens of millions of albums sold worldwide.Another notch in the duo’s belt came back on October 29th, 2015, when the Empire State Building celebrated the 50th anniversary of it’s Master FM Antenna, which sits atop the world-famous skyscraper and anchors the iconic Manhattan skyline. Legendary lighting designer Marc Brickman—who also orchestrated an ESB light show for the Grateful Dead‘s Fare Thee Well show on July 4, 2015—fittingly choreographed the LED Tower Lights to the band’s 1978 hit “FM (No Static at All).” The song was written as the lead single for the film FM, which was about disc jockeys working at a popular radio station fighting to keep radio freeform. Take a look at pro-shot aerial footage of the memorable Empire State Building Steely Dan light show display below in all its glory:Steely Dan – “FM (No Static At All)” – Empire State Building Light Show[Video: Empire State Building]This was not the only time that Walter Becker was honored in high-profile fashion by the Big Apple. On Saturday, October 28th, 2018, the City of New York held a ceremony to officially rename a Queens city block in Becker’s honor. The street sign for Walter Becker Way is now posted on the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive. According to an early release about the re-naming that mirrored Becker’s sly sense of humor, “This represents the kind of street credibility that Becker truly would have appreciated!”Fans of Steely Dan can catch a very special late-night tribute their music in at Republic NOLA in New Orleans during Jazz Fest on Thursday, May 2nd (technically early-morning May 3rd). Led by musical director Joey Porter (The Motet), the lineup will feature Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power), Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz), Greg Sanderson (Turkuaz), Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note), and Bryan McNamara.For more information on the New Orleans Steely Dan tribute, head here.You can grab your tickets here.last_img read more

Dell Technologies @ MWC 2019 – A Preview

first_imgWith MWC 2019 right around the corner, 5G promises richer experiences for consumers and opportunities for service providers. But this is no simple evolution from 4G. This is a massive transformation.5G demands new distributed architectures that leverage software-defined infrastructure to automate the delivery of mobile services, and new embedded intelligence and analytics-driven telemetry to ensure consistent service levels. This new dynamic changes the traditional Telco vendor ecosystem of bespoke single-purpose devices and software, and opens it to new entrants with multi-purpose, standards-based offers leveraging common APIs.This once-in-a-decade transformation of the mobile platform will manifest itself along 4 main vectors:Digital Transformation – monetization of data analytics and artificial intelligence. Whether we talk about autonomous vehicles, augmented reality or IoT, at the core of just about every 5G business case is the need to transport, aggregate, process and react to massive amounts of data collected from an exploding number of smart “things.” For the first time in any of the “G” evolutions, we are witnessing a use-case driven network upgrade focused on digital services as the foundation of future revenues.IT Transformation – modernizing infrastructure to support automated processes. New use-cases are great, but they cannot be realized by doing what has always been done – building proprietary, vertically integrated networks that are opaque to services and infrastructure operations. It’s a multi-cloud future where C-RAN, edge, telco and public clouds are fully integrated, and real-time telemetry and automation help build and manage real-time services.Workforce Transformation – providing the tools and skills for operations to take advantage of the new infrastructure capabilities. IT Transformation is only as successful as the workforce capable of taking advantage of it. Cloud native, horizontal 5G networks won’t be operated in the same way that proprietary, vertically integrated 4G networks were. Mobility and networking experience are no longer sufficient – operational “excellence” will integrate this domain knowledge with data science and computer science skill sets.Security Transformation – integrating natively into all services and processes, rather than as an overlay. These foundational shifts to the services, infrastructure and workforce cannot be done in isolation of a security transformation. Networking and security are evolving in tandem, and 5G is a beneficiary of that evolution. We see security as both an opportunity to monetize the 5G network with unique Security-as-a-Service offerings but also as a foundational overlay to all services, infrastructure and processes.Together, these new requirements include solutions that are:Open, standards based“Cloudified” – multi-cloudScalableSecureVirtualizedAutomatedEdge-enabledAll of these are well known and well understood concepts in the data center, where Dell Technologies has helped customers thrive for decades. From device to edge to core to cloud, capabilities must be omnipresent and ubiquitous – and Dell Technologies plays a critical role in all of those, with the most comprehensive portfolio of validated and customized solutions designed to support 5G and edge deployments.Partnering with Dell Technologies helps reduce time to market with next-generation platforms, consulting resources and global execution. This trusted partnership allows Dell Technologies to meet any customer’s needs, regardless of business evolution.The flexibility of deploy-anywhere edge computing brings enhanced optimization to IoT, EUC and SP edge through our purpose-built infrastructure solutions and tightly coupled software from VMware, giving increased visibility, manageability, deployment flexibility and global services and support to these data-rich environments.I encourage you to spend some time at the Dell Technologies and VMware booth – in Hall 3, Stand 3M11. Allow me to provide a quick overview of some of the opportunities for you.Participate in product demos and ask our expertsCheck out our VR drone demo and learn more about 50+ uses cases including network slicing, Project Dimension, virtual cloud networking, hardware acceleration, unified endpoint management, Telehealth and much moreDiscover the power of Dell and VMware Come and view our Super Screen which will display our validated suite of solutions that can accelerate your journey to 5G, while preparing you for edge-to-edge success in the futureInteract with our edge and IoT touchscreenExperience cities of the future in a 5G world as well as an IoT industry showcase where we’ll display solutions in key verticalsVisit our 5G Immersion RoomExperience 5G in action through product simulations that highlight incredible opportunities for your businessTour our Micro Modular Data CenterExperience the capabilities and deployment flexibility of these self-contained units designed with the security, environmental and performance capabilities to be placed in remote locations where real estate space is limitedCome see all of these edge, 5G and IoT capabilities in action and meet our experts at the MWC 2019 Barcelona Hall 3 Stand 3M11; or go here for an update on associated webinars, video series or to schedule an-in person meeting.We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona. 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California discloses math behind easing stay-at-home order

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s top health official has revealed the math behind the state’s calculation that it is safe to lift remaining stay-at-home orders. He responded Tuesday to criticism that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration wasn’t releasing key data affecting people’s lives and livelihoods. Officials used six formulas to project that every part of the state will top 15% capacity in its intensive care units in four weeks. Rajiv Bhatia, an affiliated professor of medicine at Stanford University, was among several infectious disease experts who said the state’s formulas generally appear reasonable but leave out many potential variables.last_img

Flavor of Georgia 2013

first_imgIn the “other” category: Gayla’s Grits by Gayla’s Grits in LakelandGeorgia Peaches Black Tea by just add honey tea company in AtlantaKing Louie Collard Green Seasoning by King Louie Special Blend Seasoning in Fitzgerald In the meat and seafood category: Georgia Buffalo N.Y. Strip Steak by Georgia Buffalo, Inc. in TownsendHunter Pork Co. Pork Sausage by Hunter Cattle Company in BrookletSunset Farm Brand All Natural Bell Pepper & Onion Sausage by Sunset Farm Foods in Valdosta Judges have selected 25 products to compete in the final round of the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest on March 11-12 at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta. “Food entrepreneurs from every corner of the state submitted delicious and innovative Georgia products this year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “From the onion fields in south Georgia to in-town Atlanta, we received products that show off the best that the state has offer.” The Flavor of Georgia contest is a chance for food businesses to highlight their new products and get feedback from a panel of food industry professionals.Kane, a food business development specialist, and her colleagues at the Center for Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have organized the annual contest since 2007. The 25 finalists were selected from a field of more than 100 products submitted in the contest’s eight categories. Finalists will bring their products to the final round of judging on March 11-12 as part of the Governor’s Annual Agriculture Awareness Week held across the street from the Georgia State Capital. Judges for this year’s final round of the Flavor of Georgia contest include food brokers, buyers, chefs and other food industry experts. They judge each entry on flavor, use of Georgia ingredients, Georgia theme, innovation, commercial appeal and originality in each category. Winners will receive a plaque presented by Governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, a membership for Growing Georgia and bragging rights. All finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2013 Flavor of Georgia logo. They also gain exposure to grocery buyers and food science professionals who judge the final round of the contest. Kane followed up with the 2011 winners and found that between 70 and 80 percent experienced increased interest in their products, sales and business contacts as a result of the contest. All of the 2013 Flavor of Georgia entries will be featured in the Flavor of Georgia Product Directory. More information about the contest is available is at This contest is sponsored by the UGA CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology. This year’s finalists include: In the dairy category:Applewood Smoked Gouda by Udderly Cool Dairy, LLC in RoopvilleTuscano Marinated Feta by The Capra Gia Cheese Co. in CarrolltonGeorgia Red by Flat Creek Farm & Dairy in Swainsboro In the snacks category: Savannah Fare Southern Praline Snackin’ Mix by Edibelles in SavannahBurke Bar by Byne Blueberry Farms in WaynesboroBlackhawk Farm to Table Bean & Jalapeno Salsa by Abby J’s Gourmet in ClarkesvilleIn the confections category: Sea Salt Caramel Bars by Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies, LLC in AlpharettaFlavors of the South Chocolate-Covered Caramels by M Chocolat in AlpharettaPeach Tea Bonbons by Chocolate South in AtlantaSwedish Chocolate Delights by Swedish Traditions in Tifton In the jams and jellies category: Peach Habanero Jam by Webbington’s in Stockbridge Apple Ginger Preserves by Hillside Orchard Farms in TigerSpiced Blueberry Peach Jam by MiDi Blueberry Farm in ByronIn the sauces category: My Sweet Hottie Homestyle Sweet & Sour Sauce by Chinese Southern Belle, LLC in SmyrnaAll Natural Vidalia Onion Steak Sauce by Braswell Food Company in StatesboroLazy Ray’s Ketchup & Mustard by Lazy Ray’s, LLC in CummingIn the barbecue and hot sauce category: Roasted Garlic B-B-Q Sauce by Williamson Bros. in MariettaClassic BBQ Sauce by Q Sauce, LLC in DaculaHotlanta Honey – Honey With a Sting! by Atlanta Bee Company in Atlantalast_img read more

Homegrown talent is tops at DuPont Community Credit Union

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The process behind both the hiring of its successor CEO and the transition currently under way at DuPont Community Credit Union reflects the organization’s longstanding commitment to “organic” internal executive development, suggests President/CEO Gerald Hershey.Hershey will retire from the $1.1 billion Waynesboro, Va., credit union serving 80,000 members in March 2017, ending 17 years as its chief executive. The board announced in June that EVP/Chief Operations Officer Steve Elkins will succeed Hershey, and the intervening months have involved a steady transfer of leadership responsibilities.Hershey shared his intentions to retire with the board—which belongs to the Center for Credit Union Board Excellence—in October 2015 and formally announced his retirement plans in March 2016. Working with a consultant from C Myers, Phoenix, the board developed a hiring process through which Elkins was identified as the best candidate for the job, without an external search.“At the end of the day, the board structured a rigorous process, and the incumbent earned the position on his own merit and not simply as a recommendation from the outgoing CEO,” Hershey says. “If the board had seen the need for a change in direction, they would have gone outside to find a change agent. But they’ve seen results from our internal, organic executive development.” continue reading »last_img read more