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System to Improve Human Resource Processes in Public Sector Being Acquired

first_imgStory Highlights RFP for the technology’s acquisition was issued in August The Ministry of Finance and Planning is currently in the process of acquiring a human capital management enterprise system, which will assist in streamlining human resource processes and procedures across the public sector.Deputy Financial Secretary in charge of the Ministry’s Strategic Human Resource Management Division (SHRMD), Wayne Jones, says efforts to secure the requisite technology to support enhanced management and other improvements to the public sector human resource framework, are “well advanced”.Speaking at Tuesday’s (September 17) SHRMD organized workforce adjustment and human resource process standardization conference, at the Institute of Jamaica, in downtown Kingston, Mr. Jones informed that a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the technology’s acquisition was issued in August, and that two bidders conferences have been convened to date.“We are in the process of responding to comments and questions of clarification from prospective bidders. That is being driven by Fiscal Services Limited, our information technology partners,” he outlined.Mr. Jones explained that the move is intended to ensure that “all of us are doing things (relating to human resource management) the same way, because all of us are supposed to be using the same platform.”“The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is our financing partner, and things are going well. We are highly confident that we are going to get a robust and effective information technology solution for human capital management in the Jamaican public sector,” he added.Over 100 public sector human resource directors, managers and officers participated in Tuesday’s conference, which featured presentations on a range of human resource processes earmarked for incorporation in the civil service, and strategic policies being developed within the context of a programme of workforce adjustment and development being pursued within the sector.Focus areas in the presentations included: redeployment and selection; grievance, and leave entitlements and management; voluntary separation (encompassing training/re-training and early retirement); performance management; succession planning; recruitment and selection, promotions, and transfers; pensions management; and the motor vehicle duty concession process. The Ministry of Finance and Planning is currently in the process of acquiring a human capital management enterprise system Efforts to secure the requisite technology are “well advanced”last_img read more

BC missing womens inquiry still holds hope for some families

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere is yet more criticism for the murdered and missing women’s inquiry in British Columbia.The BC Civil Liberties Association questions the involvement of an Ontario-based police force acting as advisors to the commissioner.The association fears this is yet another example of police investigating their own.Despite all these controversies, the families of serial killer Robert Pickton’s victims still want it to proceed.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

Demand Media Up 31 Percent in Page Views in First Half 2011

first_imgThe first quarter of 2011 brought change for Demand Studios, often referred to unfavorably in the publishing industry as a “content farm” (due to its large number of writers and content, and low pay grades for those writers). Feature-length story writers are now paid between $80 and $350 for their work; $15 was the previous payment norm from Demand.In addition to better compensation for its writers, the company’s platform now supports line edits, rewrites and photo treatments. Content is screened for plagiarism as well.Jeremy Reed said of these changes (which were in part due to Google’s algorithm change, aimed at “low-quality sites”), “What we realized and what we kind of always knew is that we needed to develop a fully realized editorial strategy. There has to be content for things we could answer, especially in 500 words, but also content that had more of a story arch, content that we interviewed people for.” While Demand saw some hikes in the first half of 2011, it experienced some hits as well. Its loss from operations increased from January-June 2010’s $4,256 million to $5,071 million.Demand’s net income loss increased as well, rising from first half 2010’s $6,049 million to first half 2011’s $7,953 million. Demand Media released its financial results for the second quarter of 2011, as well as its numbers for the first half of 2011. While more traditional media companies only fared so-so in January-June 2011 (ABC released its first half numbers yesterday; about half of magazines reported circ declines), Demand Media saw a strong first half, with both revenue and page views up.Page views were up 31 percent from 3.948 million in January-June 2010 to 5.155 million in January-June 2011. According to Demand’s financial report, “…page views were positively impacted by a product change associated with certain page features, including the presentation of picture slide shows, which did not impact advertising impressions.”center_img Overall revenue was also up for the company, increasing 39 percent from first half 2010’s $114 million to first half 2011’s $158.97 million.The first half of 2011 included a multi-year advertising campaign with L’Oreal USA cosmetics, an expanded ad partnership with Google, a Rachael Ray and Buddies branded segment in its eHow Food channel and the acquisition of social sharing app RSS Graffiti.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 to have more intimate sex scenes than

first_imgMelissandre and Jon Snow in Season 5 of ‘Game of Thrones’screenshot/youtubeGame of Thrones season eight is going to air in April and with the final season, fans will get to see the tragic end of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s love story. Over the years, viewers enjoyed watching intimate sex scenes between several characters and are hoping to see more of it in season 8.Over the years, nudity has become an integral part of the Game of Thrones. At the same time, many can even argue on the notion that for a TV series, scenes involving nudity and sex may have been included to attract viewership. But fans have learned this that in this epic drama, nudity is depicted as the harsh reality of life and has only progressed the story further.There were more sex scenes in the earlier seasons than the last season seven. Now, as the story is coming to an end, the characters are more busy fighting the war rather than getting intimate with each other. There was a time when fans just referred Game of Thrones as nothing but a sex show but now, we have witnessed that the show has more fights, more drama, and more dragons.In the final Game of Thrones season, our heroes — Jon, Sansa, Arya, Daenerys, and others — have one goal only: to kill the Night King. At the same time, there are several theories on Cersei Lannister which you can check here. Cersei in ‘Mother’s Mercy’HBOSince the final season will be more focused on the fights between the Army of Living with the Army of Dead; and Starks/Targaryens fighting Lannisters, chances are pretty slim that we get to see some nudity in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.That being said, there are rumours that we get to see the marriage between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen and if that happens then our favourite characters may be seeing spending one night enjoying themselves.Besides all these speculations, the final season has a lot of angles to cover and the showrunners would have focused on wrapping all the stories rather than showing intimate sequences between the characters.Game of Thrones season 8 will premier in April on HBO and other streaming services.last_img read more

What is Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka Doing to Realize Vision 2020

first_imgTo achieve the company’s goal of increasing revenues to $20 billion by 2020, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka seems to be getting down to brass tacks. A key aspect of it is the CEO spending more time with the company’s top 100 clients such as Bank of America and Apple, signalling the importance of the exercise.  The IT software services company’s senior management has been asked to give priority to assist in exploring the accounts for the purpose, says a report in The Economic Times. Other aspects of its ‘Vision 2020’ entail “driving up margins through automation, squeezing higher share of revenues from services such as consulting, and acquisitions,” says the report. “If you look at the past few years, TCS and Cognizant have been far ahead of Infosys in terms of incremental revenue generation. So mining the top accounts and maximising revenues is the centerpiece of the new-and-renew strategy,” the daily quoted a source privy to the development as saying. India’s second largest software exporter had briefed its top clients such as Microsoft, Phillips and ABN AMRO about its latest strategic moves at the Infosys Confluence event held in April.The Bengaluru-based company is aiming for “incremental revenue growth” from these companies by putting in place a “dedicated partner” for each – a practice prevalent in rival companies such as Accenture and Cognizant.The company is also beefing up its sales team associated with these accounts.In addition, Infosys is focusing on automation, in line with its peers and plans to automate 70 percent of its services in infrastructure management business and nearly 55 percent of business process outsourcing (BPO) segment. The company has already automated 35-40 percent of its services in the BPO space.Sikka also plans to increase the contribution of revenues from new segments such as analytics and cloud computing to 10 percent of overall revenues by 2020.The company intends to introduce the services such as “orecasting-as-a-service, big data, analytics, digital asset management and search” in its BPO arm. At the Confluence event, the CEO told clients that the company’s design-thinking move enabled it to win more than 100 consulting projects.  The company has given training to nearly 25,000 employees in design-thinking and plans to extend training to 22,000 more in the current financial year. Besides, it has imparted training to about 1,000 employees in artificial intelligence.The software major estimates employee productivity to increase to $80,000 by 2020, compared to the current $52,500.It is also eyeing Indian startups for investment as part of its strategy to provide technology solutions to companies that are experiencing “new-age” problems.Infosys has also increased the size of the startup fund by five times to $500 million in January this year. Besides, Sikka has allocated $250 million for investment in Indian startups.However, UBS, a global investment bank has expressed doubts about Infosys achieving ‘Vision 2020’ and sees it as a “significant challenge” for the company.last_img read more

Green Ideas Making Concrete from Rice

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Concrete accounts for about 5% of all human-related CO2 emissions. The fact that we use so much cement in building could mean that the issue becomes even more pronounced in the future. But what if there was a way to make concrete that was more environmentally friendly? A team of researchers in Texas things there might be — by adding rice to concrete. Image source: Botanical.com Citation: Green Ideas: Making Concrete from Rice (2009, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-green-ideas-concrete-rice.html Explore further New homes rise from rubbish One of the ingredients that can be used in cement is ash. By mixing rice husk ash into the cement, there is the possibility of greener concrete. Discovery News offers this on the process of creating carbon neutral rice ash:Now, Rajan Vempati of ChK Group, Inc. in Plano, Texas, and a team of researchers have figured out a way to make nearly carbon-free rice husk ash. Heating husks to 800 degrees centigrade (1,472 degrees Fahrenheit) in a furnace drives off carbon, leaving fine particles of nearly pure silica behind.”The process emits some CO2, but it’s carbon neutral. Any that we emit goes back annually into the rice paddies,” Vempati said.Concrete is a favorite repository of unwanted waste materials, from steel slag to silica fume, since it can provide a useful way of recycling products that are hard to get rid of without filling landfills. Ash from rice husks, while not completely neutralizing the pollution that comes from making cement, could reduce it. On top of that, this ash provides protection against corrosion and strengthens the concrete.The process has yet to be refined and tested in real-world conditions, so the idea is still mostly in its initial stages. However, when one considers that up and coming economic powers, such as India and (especially) China, will be likely ramping up production of concrete for use in buildings and roads, the prospect of reducing carbon emissions and pollution through the use of risk husk ash in concrete becomes even more interesting.© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more