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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

Earth scientists use fractal analysis to uncover ancient Egyptian pyramid practice site

first_img More information: Fractals in topography: Application to geoarchaeological studies in the surroundings of the necropolis of Dahshur, Egypt, Quaternary International, Volume 266, 17 July 2012, Pages 34–46. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.02.045AbstractThe necropolis of Dahshur in northern Egypt witnessed human–environment interaction on a millennial scale but to an unknown extent. The present study aims to decipher ephemeral channel networks, which are common landscape features in the surroundings of the necropolis, from landforms that were subject to human influence. The analysis was carried out on the basis of surface geometry as derived from a digital elevation model (DEM). The hypothesis is tested that the natural fractal patterns of channel networks lead to fractal surface topography, when fluvial processes are the main factors for relief evolution. Therefore, the estimated fractal dimension of channel networks is correlated with the fractal dimension of surface topography to determine the mutual functional relationship. A high degree of functional relationship within some areas of the DEM shows that channel networks are self-similar branching trees that imprint their geometry on to surface topography in a scale range of ∼15 to ∼190 m. A low correlation of fractal patterns of channel network and surface topography in the vicinity of the pyramid district of the necropolis is interpreted as channel beds modified or induced by human impact, either due to the usage of the channel beds as transport ways for building material leading to an acceleration of processes like soil erosion or due to direct activities like mining or landscape architecture.via Newscientist (Phys.org) — A team of Earth scientists from Germany has turned to fractal pattern recognition analysis to study a part of the ground that makes up a river delta, and has found evidence of pyramid building practice by the father of the man believed to be responsible for building the Great Pyramid of Giza. The team describe their technique and results in their paper published in the journal Quaternary International. 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. Egypt to open inner chambers of ‘bent’ pyramid Explore further © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Earth scientists use fractal analysis to uncover ancient Egyptian pyramid practice site (2012, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-earth-scientists-fractal-analysis-uncover.html Fractals are natural or artificially created geometric patterns that form designs that appear to repeat themselves when magnified, over and over again. In nature, deltas created where rivers meet the ocean quite often display fractal properties, and because of this, the research team used fractal analysis to determine the extent of the Dahshur royal necropolis near Cairo, a site believed to have been used by King Sneferu to develop pyramid building skills. Sneferu’s son, Khufu, is believed to be responsible for building the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the great man-made wonders of the world.Since the time of Sneferu, some 4500 years ago, nature has worked to wash away virtually all evidence of human endeavors, and in fact, surveying the region with the naked eye reveals very little evidence of the ancient Egyptians activities. It was for this reason that the team turned to fractals. Their reasoning was that man made changes to the landscape would differ from natural fractal patterns as seen from far above, and that those changes would take significantly longer to wash away. And that’s exactly what the team found. After taking pictures of the site from an airplane and then running them through digital fractal analysis, they found distinct differences between land that developed naturally and land that was disturbed by the ancient civilization still learning how to build the monuments that have become their legacy.The team was surprised to learn of the large area size involved – six square kilometers that differ so markedly from the surrounding terrain after digital alterations, that the early plain is clearly visible. So clear were the images produced, the researchers were able to discern some geographical properties of the land, which they identified as broad terraces that they surmise were used to increase the impressiveness of the pyramids themselves.Because the effort proved largely successful, it’s likely other teams will employ it as well on other land areas, possibly uncovering other features that have until now, remained hidden in plain sight. Image: Quaternary International, Volume 266, 17 July 2012, Pages 34-46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.02.045last_img read more