News / ‘Challenging’ third quarter for FedEx as ‘tough operational winter’ hits revenue

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 20/03/2019 FedEx has announced disappointing results following a “challenging” third quarter. As chairman and chief executive Fred Smith noted, the full-year plan had envisaged $6bn in revenue growth – but this was downgraded to $4.5bn, “mostly due to lower economic growth in international regions”. Reported revenue for Q3 inched up $500m, year on year, to $17bn, while adjusted operating margins were flat at 5.8%. Adjusted net income fell from $1.02bn to $797m. Mr Smith added: “We’re under–reported, I think, because of the government shutdown and the trade issues. This was a very, very tough operational winter and, in some cases, unprecedented.”  The company appeared to pin most of the blame on a difficult macroeconomic environment and the NotPetya cyber attack, which, while costly, was rather exaggerated by Mr Smith in the earnings call, who claimed it “brought the British health care system almost to a halt” (untrue, both because the NHS was hit by a different ransomware attack, and because that attack affected only about 10% of the organisation).  Much of the focus of the earnings call was on the integration of TNT – which, despite upbeat executive comments, seems to be slow and only one-third complete.  “One of my immediate priorities was TNT integration,” said new chief operating officer Raj Subramaniam. “I’m pleased to share that we have made significant progress. The operational integration is complete in the US, Canada and the Middle East. We have 35% of our international stations integrated and our sales force will be substantially integrated by May 31.” Rob Carter, chief information officer, explained: “I believe it’s well-known that the systems at TNT suffered from underinvestment prior to the acquisition. Since then, however, we’ve made significant progress to modernise and eliminate legacy TNT applications. “More than 600 TNT applications have been retired to date, and many hundreds more will be retired over the coming year. TNT’s applications were, historically, very localised and bespoke.” But, as Cathy Morrow Roberson, head of Logistics Trends & Insights, commented: “It looks like FedEx has bitten off more than it can chew with the TNT integration, IT investments, e-commerce-focused service offerings, network optimisation, global trade downturn and so on.  “The company did warn the market when it acquired TNT that it would take about four years to integrate, but I guess it didn’t factor-in potential environmental and economic changes, competition and market shifts.” She added that taking its eye off the ball had given rivals a benefit. “It appears to me the competition has taken advantage of FedEx’s focus on integration and other internal matters and is upstaging it. It is, after all, a cut-throat environment.” Mr Subramaniam, however, reiterated that FedEx did not see Amazon as a threat, despite what the media and investors might think about its “potential to disrupt the transportation industry”. He said: “We have been clear that this is not a threat to our business because Amazon represents less than 1.3% of our total revenue, which is substantially lower than what our largest competitor carries, nor is Amazon a threat to our future growth.”  A statement to which Ms Roberson responds: “Excuse me, but they are.” There was also talk of the voluntary buyout programme, which will cost between $450m to $575m, mostly in the fourth quarter, but which will drive “savings of $225m to $275m in FY20. Similar programmes are likely for employees in international regions,” said CFO Alan Graf. FedEx Express international revenues declined year on year in the third quarter, while yields were under pressure due to lower weight per shipment in e-commerce and “service mix changes”, said Mr Graf. “Express returns are what we have to work on the hardest…But we run pretty tight capacity right now, it’s just a different mix than we had expected. So if you look at Express’s yields in the quarter, they were down year over year. And so, the mix had a big impact … we are striving to hit the e-commerce demands at the same time as we’re reducing our cost structures and we’re getting there. We just aren’t getting there as fast as we would like to.” Ms Morrow Roberson noted: “The change in service level mix seemed to have taken FedEx by surprise.  “Positive yield by package was only achieved by US Overnight Box and Envelope up 1% and 3% respectively YoY for the quarter,” she pointed out. “US Deferred declined 6%, International Priority was down 4% and International Economy was down 6%. International Domestic, which is international intra-country operations, declined 3%.  “This change in mix indicates to me that the problem is an internal one, versus an environmental one that the market witnessed when cross-border e-commerce burst onto the scene a few years ago. “A big question I have is, why didn’t they catch this shift in mix and adjust sooner? It seems they could have done this via their IT systems and data analytics.” There were some high points, said Mr Smith. “We’re very enthused about the FedEx SameDay Bot, developed with DEKA Research and Development. While we will have much more to say about this technology, we believe the economics of the FedEx Bot are compelling that regulatory approvals are highly likely over time, we will enter a substantial new market segment that is a logical extension of FedEx capabilities.” Mr Subramaniam added: “FedEx intra-European economy parcel shipments transit time will improve on average by at least one business day on approximately 40% of the European lanes in [seven] countries where the service is implemented.” The full 28-country roll out will be complete by June.  Brie Carere, chief marketing and communications officer, said the most immediate commercial priorities in the US were “to focus on yield growth for FedEx Express and to grow into our six-day network for FedEx Ground”, and added: “In Europe, we are leveraging the value proposition improvements coming to market and are aggressively focused on gaining share.” Meanwhile, there is also a new team in place. Mr Subramaniam took David Bronczek’s role following his abrupt resignation in February, a move not mentioned in the call.  Don Colleran has now risen to president and chief executive officer of FedEx Express and Jill Brannon is succeeding Mr Colleran as executive vice president and chief sales officer.  But, as one veteran FedEx observer told The Loadstar, the real question – and one increasingly being asked in investor and executive circles – is when 74-year-old Mr Smith might decide to step aside. You can read the full results here. 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Abuse in nursing homes unreported despite law, government probe finds

first_img By Associated Press Aug. 28, 2017 Reprints Abuse in nursing homes unreported despite law, government probe finds Politics What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. WASHINGTON — More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification.The Health and Human Services inspector general’s office issued an “early alert” Monday on preliminary findings from a large sampling of cases in 33 states. The results were sufficiently alarming that investigators say corrective action is needed now. The Health and Human Services inspector general’s office has faulted Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law that requires nursing homes to immediately notify police of abuse. Alex Brandon/AP Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints GET STARTED What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Associated Press Tags Medicarepatientspolicylast_img read more

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‘Something for everyone’ says Macra short story winner on the value of the organisation

first_img Facebook Council By Steven Miller – 28th February 2021 Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Twitter Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic ‘Something for everyone’ says Macra short story winner on the value of the organisation Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDown Memory Lane Podcast: The incredible Ballyroan Gaels success story of 2006Next articleCoronavirus: Six further deaths and 612 new cases as positive impact of vaccine showing Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Macra na Feirme has been a mainstay of Irish rural life since the 1940s and given that its first headquarters was in Athy, it’s not surprising that it has a strong branch just out the road and across the border in East Laois.The East Laois Macra club is based around Ballylinan and is a vibrant branch of the organisation, as explained by Peter Farrell, one of its members on a recent LaoisToday Midweek Podcast.He was the winner of Macra’s short story competition and described how he first got involved when he was in college in UCD and subsequently with the East Laois branch.From going to the “odd meeting on a Friday night and a few drinks after” he then represented the club at national level in football competitions, debating and most recently and successfully in the creative writing space.“It had a lot of things I’d be interested in,” explained Peter. “We’ve a few very good debaters and got to a couple of All Ireland finals.“We lost two and last year was called off because of pandemic. We won one in the impromptu debating,” a competition style that allows you only 30 minutes preparation.“You’re a little bit blind going in but it’s good for practicing public speaking and thinking on your feet.“There are eight or nine clubs in Laois, all over the county. It is something worth doing. A good way of meeting people, getting to know people and you can travel the country if you want. Sporting competition, drama, farm skills – there’s something for everyone.”SEE ALSO – ‘It’s amazing the impact that teachers have’ says Laois man set to have his first books published Home News Community ‘Something for everyone’ says Macra short story winner on the value of… NewsCommunity Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSMacra na FeirmePeter Farrell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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TransUnion Canada announces financial team lead

first_img CETFA elects new board leader TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning “Paul brings extensive experience in business development strategy and has a proven track record of building highly effective sales teams, ” says Todd Skinner, president of TransUnion Canada. “We are excited to welcome Paul to TransUnion Canada as we continue to deliver high quality solutions for our customers throughout the nation.” Devereaux has more than 25 years of experience in business development and sales. Prior to joining TransUnion, he led Canadian sales for SecureKey Technologies Inc., which produces an identity authentication platform for organizations that deliver online services to consumers. Devereaux will be replacing Dan Smith, who was vice president of sales for the financial services vertical since 2012. Smith will head to TransUnion’s Chicago headquarters for a new sales position. “Dan played an instrumental role during the last three years to help our company grow our revenues in the financial marketplace,” says Skinner. “We are fortunate to have had Dan on the team.” Related news Paul Devereaux has joined the company as vice president of financial services, TransUnion Canada announced Monday. He will lead the financial services team for the Burlington, Ont.-based credit reporting agency as it continues to expand its market share in Canada. PenderFund names new SVP for investmentscenter_img Tessie Sanci Keywords AppointmentsCompanies TransUnion Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Vancouver seeks applicants for a position on City Center Redevelopment Authority

first_imgVancouver seeks applicants for a position on City Center Redevelopment AuthorityPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, October 6, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 The CCRA board is responsible for overseeing downtown redevelopment consistent with the Vancouver City Center Vision planVANCOUVER – The city of Vancouver is seeking applicants for one vacancy on its City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) board. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 1.The CCRA board is responsible for overseeing downtown redevelopment consistent with the Vancouver City Center Vision (VCCV) plan. The board advises the mayor and city council on public-private partnerships, public assistance to private developments, and the business aspects of redevelopment projects and agreements in downtown Vancouver.The city of Vancouver is seeking applicants for one vacancy on its City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) board. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 1. File photoThe city of Vancouver is seeking applicants for one vacancy on its City Center Redevelopment Authority (CCRA) board. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 1. File photoConsistent with the CCRA’s charter, board members must be civic or business leaders with experience relevant to the CRRA’s purpose in fields such as finance, real estate development, law or construction management. Applicants are not required to live within the city limits. However, they must be available for an interview with City Councilmembers Thursday, Dec. 10.Board members serve four-year terms. Regular CCRA meetings are on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.  Special meetings of the Board are advertised and held as needed – historically four to six times per year. Board members prepare for meetings by reviewing financial projections, legal documents and other technical information related to the projects presented at workshops and public meetings.The open position is currently held by an individual whose term is expiring and this individual may or may not reapply. Per Vancouver City Council policy, all incumbents who wish to reapply for their positions will be re-interviewed along with any other qualifying applicants.Applications may be submitted online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. For a printed application or for further information, contact the Boards and Commission Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, [email protected], or by calling (360) 487-8600.For more information about the CCRA, including links to current and past board meeting agendas and minutes, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ccra.Information provided by city of Vancouver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouverClark Countyshare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Monday, October 5, 2020 Next : North Clark Historical Museum to reopen Oct. 10AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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High school football recap: A championship season for everyone, not just the champs

first_imgHigh school football recap: A championship season for everyone, not just the champsPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Monday, April 5, 2021in: Sportsshare 0 Memories were made from all programs as players, coaches appreciate the opportunity to playThis season was for everyone involved in high school football.Not just the power teams of the 4A Greater St. Helens League. Camas, Skyview, and Union showed once again that if there were rankings this year, they’d be in the top 10 in the state.Not just for Mountain View for returning to the top of the 3A GSHL after an off season in 2019.It was not just for Hockinson and another 2A GSHL title.And it was not just so La Center could finish a season with a win and a Trico League title.This was also for teams that did not win a game.Or the teams that won a couple.And it sure was for the teams with hopes for a better future.Take Heritage, for example. A young squad and a team that lost its starting quarterback in the first game of this abbreviated season. In the end, the Timberwolves finished 3-4, but two of those wins came in 3A GSHL competition. Which meant that Heritage was playing for a share of the league title on Friday.Oh, we know what happened. It was all Mountain View that game, a 49-7 decision. The Timberwolves understand, though, that there is hope.Mountain View receiver Davis Delmage had a hand in his face but still came down with this catch Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzMountain View receiver Davis Delmage had a hand in his face but still came down with this catch Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzThe results, the standings, they tell a story. But they don’t tell the whole story of this season. This season was about the spirit of competition, of overcoming obstacles that would have been impossible to predict just 13 months ago.The same could be said for all the other athletes from 4A to 1A, in the other fall sports that just wrapped up seasons in the spring.Back to football, though, take a look at 3A GSHL champion Mountain View squad, for example.In January, we visited the Thunder in the still-dark-outside early hours as they set up weightlifting stations outside, so athletes could get in a workout prior to going back home in order to start remote learning for the day.Once football was cleared for practice, the Thunder didn’t have the luxury of practicing on campus this season. Their campus is getting a massive renovation. The new Mountain View High School is coming along, but the old practice field was no longer available. Mountain View football players have been practicing at Union High School … after Union’s practice. In January, the Thunder were arriving at 6:45 in the morning. By February, they were practicing well into the night.Oh, and when the actual games started, the Thunder, just like everyone else in the 4A and 3A GSHL, had no fans at their games.But by the end of the season, the state had made changes to its rules regarding spectators.So on Friday, the Mountain View Thunder completed an undefeated 3A GSHL schedule in front of people.“They’ve got a band. Senior day. Parents are here. They got to experience what it’s like to play on Friday night for the first time,” Mountain View coach Adam Mathieson said. “It’s special for the kids.”Mountain View went 4-0 in 3A GSHL games.“It’s been a grind for everybody,” Mathieson said. “I don’t say that lightly. Usually I laugh when people say football is a grind. But this was  a mental grind on the kids of ‘Are we going to play?’ or ‘Are we not going to play?’ all the way back to the summertime.”Senior Kevin Chen scored two touchdowns in his final game with Mountain View.“Every chance we get to put on the green and white, it means the world,” Chen said. “To be able to come out here one last time with my brothers … it’s so special. So special.”Riley McCarthy had two touchdown runs and two touchdown passes in his Mountain View football finale.Mountain View quarterback Riley McCarthy threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two in the Thunder’s win Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzMountain View quarterback Riley McCarthy threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two in the Thunder’s win Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz“I told these guys yesterday, just thank you guys so much for coming out,” McCarthy said, referring to his teammates. “Thank you for putting in the work during this weird COVID season, for sticking together, for being a team. It means the world.”For those that did not win championships, they did build something this “weird COVID season.” The season gave the seniors memories. The season gave the underclassmen a foundation.If next season brings back a traditional football schedule, that means next season will start in June with team workouts.Heritage will be ready.Heritage’s Kedyn Bolds uses a stiff-arm to fend off Mountain View’s Kevin Chen during Friday’s game at McKenzie Stadium. Mountain View won the game, but Bolds, a sophomore, said the future is bright for Heritage. Photo by Mike SchultzHeritage’s Kedyn Bolds uses a stiff-arm to fend off Mountain View’s Kevin Chen during Friday’s game at McKenzie Stadium. Mountain View won the game, but Bolds, a sophomore, said the future is bright for Heritage. Photo by Mike Schultz“We have a lot to build on, but we have so much talent with our young core,” said sophomore Kedyn Bolds, who scored Heritage’s touchdown and had some strong moments on defense, as well. “We got to see how it felt to play some varsity football. We can get better, and we are going to get better.”Heritage coach Dennis Moody said while the final score of Friday’s game was a disappointment, the season was not.“It hurts. We don’t want to end this way,” Moody said. “But we love what we’re trying to accomplish. We’ve seen a lot of positive things, and we definitely feel we are on the right track.”Heritage went 3-4, including 2-2 in league play. “From the beginning, we knew this was an opportunity, because we are so young, to get our guys on the field and play at a speed and a level that they can get used to,” Moody said. “That’s what we’ve done. We were pleasantly surprised with how well we competed all year.”From no fans, to some fans for the 4A and 3A GSHL, with six or seven games.From no games to five games for the 2A and 1A teams.Nothing normal about it. But football is football, even in February, March, and April. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:CamasCamas PapermakersCamas WashingtonClark CountyClark County WashingtonCovid-19Heritage Timberwolveshigh school footballHockinsonHockinson HawksHockinson WashingtonLa CenterLa Center WashingtonLa Center WildcatsLatestlocal newsMountain View ThunderpandemicSkyview StormUnion TitansVancouverVancouver Washingtonshare 0 Previous : Letter: ‘A stellar judge indeed’ Next : Washougal High School’s Special Olympics Unified Rocket League team brings home top state honorsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Audi quietly discontinues $1.1 million R8 e-tron

first_imgTrending in Canada In case you forgot, Audi sells an electric version of its R8 supercar. Actually, we should rephrase that – until recently, Audi sold an electric version of its electric supercar.Having debuted last year at the Geneva Motor Show, the Audi R8 e-tron was a bit of an odd duck. It was almost a secret – it wasn’t listed on any Audi configurator and it wasn’t marketed, yet it was still offered for-sale with a $1.1 million price tag.Until now, that is. The Verge – hat tip to Car and Driver – reports Audi has pulled the plug on the R8 e-tron after “fewer than 100 units” were built. The R8 e-tron was exclusive to Europe and word on the street is, dealers told interested customers to speak with Audi headquarters if they really wanted to buy one. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos See More Videos RELATED TAGSAudiR8NewsAudi AGAudi e-tronAudi R8Automotive ShowsCar and Driver MagazineCars and Car DesignCulture and LifestyleEuropeGeneva Motor ShowMotorsportsSportsSports Cars COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS By the time it hit production under the umbrella of the second-generation R8 last year, the R8 e-tron featured two motors powering the rear axle. This enabled not only a zero-to-100 km/h sprint of under four seconds, but also a range of more than 450 kilometres. center_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Audi built “fewer than 100” examples of its R8 e-tron before recently pulling the plug. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”last_img read more

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Hyundai’s 2020 Sonata Hybrid just debuted with some ridiculous range

first_imgHyundai revealed the 2020 Sonata hybrid at the Chicago auto show this past week, showcasing a much-improved range to go with the good looks of the standard gas model.Powering the Sonata is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that makes just 150 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque.But connected to that engine is a 51-horsepower electric motor, which also provides an extra 151 lb-ft of torque. In total, the system makes 192 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos See More Videos The power is sent through a six-speed automatic gearbox with Active Shift Control, which can shift 30 per cent faster than previously.Thanks to the combined efficiency of the powertrain, the Sonata has an absolutely massive 686-mile (1,104-kilometer) range. There is also a solar panel on the roof, which Hyundai says can add an extra 700 miles (1,127 kilometers) of range over the course of a year.RELATED PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca ‹ Previous Next › We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Power Trips: An electrifying road trip in a Hyundai Kona EVHyundai hasn’t done much to change the good looks of the Sonata, but there are a few improvements to make it more aerodynamic. The grille slats are now active, and can open or close depending on the speed. There are also air deflectors on the front and rear fenders, as well as panels underneath the vehicle. Even the wheels are more aerodynamic.All the standard safety features are there, with Highway Driving Assist as an optional extra. Inside, there is a typical 8-inch infotainment screen as standard, which can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch display; and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement The 2020 Hyundai Sonata hybrid goes on sale this spring, with pricing to be announced closer to the sale date. RELATED TAGSHyundaiSedanNon-LuxuryElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesNon-Luxurylast_img read more

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Afternoon Brief, May 3

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, May 3Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, May 3By Editor – May 3, 2019 105 0 ReddIt Linkedin Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Previous articleIconic Wine Sustainability Innovator Challenges PeersNext articleWinners Are Announced for the 2019 Experience Rosé Competition with Top Honors Awarded to Balletto Vineyards 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir Editor Emailcenter_img Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Pinterest Trending Story:Iconic Wine Sustainability Innovator Challenges PeersEach year at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction, the Sonoma County Vintners have recognized local wine industry icons who have shaped the heritage and history of Sonoma County winemaking. This year, they are also celebrating innovators who help propel the Sonoma County wine community forward…Today’s News:Private Label Emerges in the USThe words gripped the seminar audience, especially considering who was saying them. “Consumers don’t want to buy cheap wine; they want to buy value and quality wines,” Maryrose Rinella, Albertsons-Safeway’s director of own brands product management, told the group…Paso Robles Might Just Rival Napa When It Comes to RedsNapa is like the Hollywood of winemaking: Its name alone evokes its craft, and its annual releases are eagerly awaited. But a new carpet of reds is rolling out in Central California as sleeper region Paso Robles gains increasing recognition as one of the states best sources of Bordeaux-style wine…#SauvBlancDay or Everyday: Around the World with Sauvignon BlancWhen the annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day (aka #sauvblancday via social media) takes place on Friday, May 3, there so many so many things to celebrate…Global Wine Barrel Market to Reach US$ 5,268.1 Million by 2027 – Future Market InsightsCornell Researchers May Have Found a Way to Stop Spotted LanternflyMeet Wine’s Worst Enemy, PhylloxeraStags Leap District Celebrates 30 YearsGavin Newsom Officially Kills Twin Delta Tunnels, Eyes Downsized CA Water ProjectFrom the Cellar to the Cloud: Evolving Technology Keeps Beverage Producers in Touch with Their FermentationsAs Port Premiumizes, Aged Tawnies Emerge as the Key Growth DriverTop Italian Wines Tour Comes to Atlanta, San Diego, DC and BostonWines of Alsace Rocks a New IdentityGrape Marc Study to Investigate Solutions for Marlborough’s Winery Waste ProblemsNew Zealand Wine Exports on Track to Exceed Forecasts as Country Celebrates National Sauvignon Blanc DayWineIndustry.Jobs:General ManagerGibson Wine Company – Sanger, CA, USAOperations ManagerLucas & Lucas – Healdsburg, CA, USAccounting AssistantH&A Financing Services & Corp. – Sonoma, CA, USAMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefIndustry Events:2019 Economic Summit & Trade ShowMay 9, 2019 – Ukiah, CA, USALaffort & You Webinar Series: Think Pink!May 14, 2019 – WebinarMicroscope Workshop Level 2May 16, 2019 – Windsor, CA, USAGet High Expertise in Gas Management at BottlingMay 16, 2019 – Webinar3 Tier Wine SymposiumMay 22, 2019 – Santa Rosa, CA, USAMore Wine Industry Events…Top Stories of the Week:‘End of an Era’: Sonoma’s Ravenswood Tasting Room to CloseJackson Family Wines CEO Calls for Protections Against ImportsBuying Wine Online – Now More Affordable in Sonoma and Napa CountiesAmazon Ramps Up Wine SalesMerger Promises New ‘Big Data Era’ for the Wine IndustryPetaluma Gap Winegrowers Introduce a New Identity to Illustrate the Distinguishing Characteristic of their WinesTurning a Critical Eye on Wine CriticsThe Science of Enzymes in WinemakingHess Family Expands in Napa Valley with Iron Corral AcquisitionThe Oregon Winegrowers Association Announces Its First-Ever Public Wine Tasting Event, “Crush on Oregon”Truett-Hurst, Inc. Announces Departure of DirectorReplanting To Kalon: A Napa Cabernet RenewalHow Labels Sell WinesHow Important Is a Wine’s Integrity?What Did Steve Jobs Know About the Booze Business? A Lot! Facebook Share TAGS#SauvBlanc DayAlsaceAmazonCornell UniversityDAOU VineyardsFinger LakesGavin NewsomHess Family Wine EstatesInnoVintJackson Family WinesMarlboroughNew ZealandPaso RoblesPhylloxeraPortRavenswood WineryStags Leap DistrictTo KalonVintraceWine Folly last_img read more

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HR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free

first_imgRelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free RelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is putting systems in place to manage the human resource concerns that may arise as a result of the re-organisation of the public service.A team of senior public sector human resource (HR) practitioners, under the direction of the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU), has developed a Change Management Plan, which sets out guidelines and procedures to effectively manage the transformation process.Human Resource Specialist at the PSTU, Ward Mills, tells JIS News that the plan addresses the concerns and fears “and helps to strengthen people in terms of coping with everything”.“It helps to reduce resistance and basically helps to make change as smooth as possible, and people as comfortable as they can with the changes that are going to happen around them,” he adds.Deputy Financial Secretary, Cheryl Watson, who was part of the 22-member Change Management Team, notes that the aim is to set out ways to make the transformation process as “pain free” as possible and develop a HR plan, which would be uniformed, equitable and consistent.“The idea really is to make sure that staff is treated in a sort of consistent, standardised and humane way. because we recognise that you have different levels of experience in the public sector in handling human resource issues in times of restructuring and transformation in particular,” she explains.The group, which comprises professionals from the Office of the Services Commission, the Public Sector Modernisation Division, the Public Sector Establishment Division and the various ministries, who were already au fait with the inner workings of the public service, developed several best practice templates to deal with all human resource issues that might arise.Among the areas addressed is training and how to identify persons in need of training and retraining.The team has also developed a template to address issues relating to redeployment, redundancy and mergers, however, Mr. Mills says there could be some revision, especially as it relates to mergers, based on the feedback from HR professionals, who were not a part of the core group.Mr. Mills adds that the group has also set out a plan for how the HR managers and the PSTU will relate to the trade unions during the process. “There are many trade unions and staff associations in the public sector and we have decided that we are going to work in partnership with the trade unions and we have met with them several times to talk about the transformation process,” he informs.A key part of the plan is communication, which Mr. Mills says is already being implemented along with the counselling aspect.Change Management Specialist at the Cabinet Office, Candace Smikle, who was also part of the team, which developed the guidelines, agrees that communication will be one of the critical pillars of the process as it is her view that people “prefer to hear negative information than no information at all”.She points out that business and psychosocial counselling are also very important. “People are affected by change in different ways and it’s very important that we talk to people and give them advice as to what’s the next step to take,” she explains.Mr. Mills agrees that the counselling aspect of the plan is also one which requires early implementation. He tells JIS News that the PSTU has already started therapy for the core HR team working with the unit and that this will be expanded to cover all HR managers across the public sector. He says the team has also worked out a plan for how the counselling will be delivered to the wider public sector.He tells JIS News that the recommendation is that all workers should receive group therapy ahead of any change, and then individual counselling can take place in the later stages based on individual requests.Mr. Mills also discloses that interdisciplinary transformation teams, comprised of workers from all levels, are to be set up within the various ministries, agencies and departments.“This would be the teams on the ground that we will relate to and help. They will (identify) what are the issues and the problems. They will be the ones communicating with the people. They will be the ones making suggestions about the issues that we need to iron out and solve before we can make the change, and they will help in the transition process,” Mr. Mills explains.He says the teams will also ensure that there is wide representation and informs that it has been recommended that a union representative be part of these teams.Mr. Mills tells JIS News that the HR managers have expressed their commitment to ensuring that the transition is as smooth as possible. He says they have also shown appreciation for the PSTU’s efforts to engage them in the process.For her part, Ms. Smikle says she is fully behind the project given the systematic approach that is being taken in comparison to some past restructuring exercises.“Hopefully, we’ll be able to look back and see what we have done wrong and use this instrument to approach it in a more effective way so that this time, we’ll get it right,” she says.The PSTU, headed by Patricia Sinclair-McCalla, was established in November last year, to devise a plan for streamlining the public service, making it more efficient and cost-effective.The unit’s Draft Master Rationalisation Plan is now being considered by Cabinet and the Change Management Plan will ensure its smooth implementation. RelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Freecenter_img HR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free Office of the Prime MinisterMay 17, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

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