Firewood and apple pies… and a little sweat equity

first_img July 12, 2020 at 9:16 am The Anatomy of Fear Ricardo mi amigo! It is our memories of past life experiences, what my mama called “happenings” that prove life, that we have lived! Keep looking up, Chaz Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 InspirationBy Charles TowneBack on the old home place in Illinois when I was a boy, the privilege of building the fire in the cook stove, as well as in the old cast iron Warm Morning heating stove, fell to me.I can remember waking at six o’clock each and every morning to my father’s deep voice, “RISE AND SHINE BOY, TIME TO GET UP! LET ME HEAR THE CLATTER OF YOUR CLAWS ON THE FLOOR!”The humor of his somewhat jocular summons was lost on me as I reluctantly rolled out of my nice warm bed to the insidiously damp, and miserable, Illinois cold to kindle the fires.Yes, it was cold.How cold was it? you may ask… and so I will tell you.It was so cold, frost would build up a quarter of an inch thick on the inside of the windows, and that thick coating of icy frost was the closest thing to insulation we had.With my teeth chattering from the freezing chill that had invaded our humble abode during the night, I gathered the makings of a fire.  Some scraps of newspaper, and twigs for kindling. A match ignited the paper, and a tiny flame licked at the wood.  The wood began to burn, snapping and popping, it grew.  Slowly at first, and then, as the fire grew faster, the winter chill began a reluctant retreat from the house, and from my bones.As the warmth chased the cold from the house, mama, daddy, and my siblings would crowd around the heating stove in different degrees of undress, greedily soaking up each tiny calorie of heat.Believe me, our stove never spoke British thermal units; the only language it was conversant in was early American poverty.It was my responsibility as well to cut the wood that fueled those two insatiable stoves.  I learned how to use both an ax and a crosscut saw at an early age, and came to appreciate the old saying “Firewood heats you twice: Once when you cut it, and again when you burn it.”I must admit, I did not exactly enjoy having to cut those endless cords of wood. But remembering those cold Illinois winters also helps me remember how good the heat from those stoves felt. The heat radiated out and spread warmth throughout the house because of the wood I had cut.I remember too the wonderful meals that Mama created on that old wood-burning cook stove…also because of the wood that I had cut. Without the labor, there would have been no reward – none of her delicious fried chicken, nor her chicken and dumplings. (Those dumplings were so light we had to tie them down to the table to keep them from floating away!) And how about those wonderful apple pies! And fried fish, or wild mushrooms… or mama’s special fudge. And you can bet I will never forget her oatmeal cookies!Are you beginning to get my drift? I cut the wood, and in exchange, I was warm… and I ate good! DARNED GOOD!If I had arbitrarily decided one morning not to build the fires, and instead, chose to wait for the stove to kindle itself and warm me, would anything have happened?Cut the wood, eat the pie! Don’t cut the wood, no pie to eat.I chose to cut the wood!Dear Papa God, I praise you, and I thank you for good parents, and I exalt your most wonderful name. Help me to hear your voice calling to me. Help me to realize that when I answer your summons, there is always a reward. Help me so that I will not become so comfortable in this life that I become complacent. Please speak to me, lead me, guide me, and let me always feel the heat of your wonderful, glorious, abundant love burning in my heart.  Praise you, praise you, praise you, oh holy God. In Jesus’ sweet name I ask it, AmenCharles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. July 15, 2020 at 12:08 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply July 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm NH July 27, 2020 at 8:43 am Charles Towne July 13, 2020 at 10:42 pm Leonardo, my brother in Jesus and my friend. You ARE SOO RIGHT! As long as those memories are with us all of the friends are there also. We have been greatly blessed. GoodFriends are a lot like good memories, the two go together. Bless you pal, Chaz Reply Charlitos, it is a Beautiful Story !!! This ONE give me deep thoughts about our Precious Childhood … No technology, surrounded with animals, nature, real food, everything PERFECT !!! None gonna take those years.And Thanks GOD for That !!! Praise PaPaGOD for every single miracle we living … And thanks GOD for this Amazing Little Brother that HE Sent me !!!AMEN AMEN AMEN Dear Faithy, I don’t know if you were aware of the fact but there was a time you would have been known as Karlsdotter. Boy, haven’t we had our challenges, and our great blessings? Praise the lord! Blessings on you sissy, with much love, your dear auld pater July 12, 2020 at 9:30 am July 15, 2020 at 2:42 pm Judith, what a wonder! What a miracle is the human mind. You have referred to the fact that you remember and that fact alone proves the miracle working power of an infinite, loving God because by remembering we learn. Let us remember that Papa God has touched us with love and grace all of lives life even when we couldn’t see it or feel it. Bless you and yours, Chaz That brought back so many memories as my first 18 years of life were also spent in those cold Illinois winters. My father chose to heat our house with a wood burning stove as well. However, Dad never considered it “girl’s work” so I lucked out…no wood splitting for me:) I enjoy these tales so much every Sunday morning…keep writing my dear friend! Faith Fiwler Reply July 12, 2020 at 6:47 pm Charles Towne July 13, 2020 at 10:21 am TAGSCharles TowneChildhood MemoriesInspirationRewardSweat EquityWork Previous articleSometimes, being completely buried is okay…Next article5 Restaurants to Try on Your Next Trip to Las Vegas Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hey Chaz, Keep talking to Leo, your Spanish is much better! Leo Reply Reply July 13, 2020 at 10:27 pm Herbert Weissman July 13, 2020 at 2:20 pmcenter_img Charles Towne Reply I love to read about your memories. The treasure trove of thoughts and memories in a persons mind is something worth sharing if it can encourage others along the path of life. Funny how it’s the not so pleasant stuff that we remember so vividly all these years later, but even the hard times have a huge blessing if remembered in context. The hard stuff is often what builds character….if we were not fortunate enough to have some challenges, we missed out on finding out what we are capable of! I’m glad God made you….and I wish you a very happy Birthday! Love, your daughter Charles Towne CSG Richard Dear CSG, as you started writing you spoke of “getting up”, and that is what life is all about. If we just laid around and did nothing there would never be any reward. Everybody reaped the reward of the wood that was cut. We were warm and well fed, that is a pretty good reward I would say! Bless you my friend, Chaz July 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm Herbert, because we were living on an island with a very shallow water table we never had a basement. If we dug down 3 or 4 feet the hole would fill with water. Believe it or not it is difficult to build a fire under water? The old wood burning stove was cozy and and very friendly! That was a different time. Bless you my friends, Chaz Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply Reply Reply Reply Charles Towne Once again the memories of the differences. I was a city boy and well remember the Wisconsin winters! We had a furnace in the basement and I remember the truck pulling up next to the house and dumping coal through an open basement window into the coal bin where it would be shoveled to fuel the furnace. Then we converted to oil heat and no more shoveling! The furnace heated the house but not so much the basement, you still put on a coat to spend any time in the basement, like on wash days! I remember milk being delivered to the house each morning in an insulated box on the back porch, the milk was always about an inch above the bottletop when it had frozen in the bottle, this was before milk was pasteurized! I didn’ t get to chop wood untilk I was in high school and we moved out of the city to a house with a fireplace but we had cut wood so we used a sledgehammer and a wedge but you are right, before it was done, we were working in a wisconsin winter in only a t shirt! As strange as it may seem, I do cherish those memories! I remember walking the railroad tracks picking up coal that had fallen from over-filled cow cars, and when that coal burned, the metal sides of the heating stove became red hot. I remember using a little shovel to clean out the ashes and clunkers. I also remember Papa sitting near the stove skinning muskrats on cold winter days. He would suspend the brown furry body from a clipped clothes hanger suspended from an hook in the ceiling. After carefully cutting around the tail and back paws, he quickly pulled the pelt off the carcass. This pelt and others like it were sold to a furrier named Jaffee, $1 a pelt. Those sales were part of Mama and Papa’s substance existence, supplementing butchered chickens, ground corn and garden produce. I remember Papa trapped a large mink shortly before Christmas, and the sale of that mink paid for Christmas. How many can recall such memories? We are blessed. July 12, 2020 at 8:14 am Richard July 15, 2020 at 8:29 am NH, memories!, what a blessing! Just think, without memories there wouldn’t be any stories! The stories of life are what we are made of. As I talk to my Nancy I remind her of the stories that have gone to make up our lives and her joy in the remembering is so beautiful because it is in the remembering that we live! Bless you muchly. Chaz LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply July 12, 2020 at 8:05 am Reply Charlie, I never told you this but as a child who is my duty to get up early in the morning and go down to the basement take out the ashes. One morning as I stepped off the bottom step I stepped into approximately 6 inches of water. A farmer had decided to divert a stream to better water his crop and the stream decided to flow right through our basement. a Sump pump was the answer. Judith Hankes Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Reply Charles Towne Please enter your comment! Charles Towne 15 COMMENTS As I got up and read your story, I was reminded of many similar memories from my grandparents’ house. Good memories of lots of aunts, uncles and cousins, all visiting, eating and enjoying each other’s company. Someone had to sacrifice to make it happen.It’s amazing that you don’t really think about the work, the effort that goes into everything we do, even just daily life. If you want to eat, then you must be willing to prepare. If you want to have something, then you must be willing to make money to buy it.As we gathered around, we all enjoyed the rewards of someone’s labor or sacrifice.Come to think of it, life is a daily exchange of labor or sacrifice. I am so grateful that Jesus was willing to exchange His life for ours. If we just accept Him, wewill be truly rewarded and forever enjoy His sacrifice.Thank you for a great story!God bless you!last_img read more

The Worldwide Fundraiser’s Handbook: A Resource Mobilisation Guide for NGOs and Community Organisations

first_imgThe Worldwide Fundraiser’s Handbook: A Resource Mobilisation Guide for NGOs and Community Organisations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  14 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Girls Athlete of the Week: Helen Schaefer of Flintridge Preparatory School

first_imgtop box 9 Girls Athlete of the Week: Helen Schaefer of Flintridge Preparatory School Published on Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 2:08 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name: Helen SchaeferSchool: Flintridge Preparatory SchoolGrade: SophomoreSport: SoccerPosition: ForwardAccomplishments: Schaefer scored 5 goals and had 2 assists in a pair of Rebels’ victories this week. Prep shut out Poly 4-0 on Tuesday and three days later, they beat Mayfield, 5-0. Poly had defeated the Rebels back on Jan. 14, so to shut them out and clinch the Prep League made it a very special week. Schaefer now has a remarkable 25 goals and 26 assists.“Helen is the complete soccer player, her technique, soccer IQ, fitness level, work rate, selflessness and integrity is second to none,” Flintridge Prep coach Esteban Chavez said. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuffcenter_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Make a comment Business News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News last_img read more

New-era for Shannon Airport Police and Fire Service

first_img Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Limerick is Going for GoldNext articleHudson Taylor confirm Live at Big Top Limerick gig Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Pictured during Branch Handling training are recruits Hilary Cleary, Hospital Co Limerick and Dara Flaherty, Longford Town.Pic Arthur Ellis.Shannon Airport, a Shannon Group company, has become the first airport in Ireland to take delivery of two new state-of-the-art High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) fire tenders.Shannon has also recruited new firefighters after an exhaustive selection process saw applicants being whittled down from 500 to ten.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The recruits, who began their training on June 24th, will undergo an intensive 12-week training programme which will equip them to begin work in the combined role of airport police and fire personnel.  The recruits are aged between 22 to late 30s and come from a range of backgrounds.Pat O’Brien, Chief Officer Fire & Rescue, Airport Police Fire Service, Shannon Airport said: “It is a new era for the Airport Police and Fire Service in Shannon and we are looking forward to the recruits entering the service. Their training programme is intensive and has benefitted hugely from significant investment in the very latest technology and training aids. Over 500 people applied for just ten positions, which is a testament to the calibre of the team we have assembled.“Our recruits come from all walks of life, including a painter, a panel beater, strength and conditioning coach and paramedic. Some of them travel from Galway, Longford, Limerick, and Clare. Through the selection process, they have proved themselves to be capable of working well in challenging environments, and with people who may be in distress.Commenting on the importance of the investment in new equipment Pat O’Brien, said: “It was of paramount importance to the management team at Shannon Airport to ensure the safety of passengers and staff, and the new fire tenders have additional safety benefits for both airport fire service staff and passengers.Pat explained: “Conventional fire tenders require that firefighters be put into the risk area to fight aviation fires. However, the new HRET appliance reduces this requirement as fires can be extinguished remotely by operating the HRET from the vehicle cab, allowing the application of water, foam and dry chemical directly to the seat of the fire.“The new fire tenders use cutting edge technology and will be equipped with a thermal imaging camera mounted on the HRET to allow firefighters identify the hottest part of the aircraft, key vital knowledge that is needed to suppress and extinguish aviation fires as quickly and efficiently as possible.Expanding on the benefits of the equipment, Mr. O’Brien said: “Also for aviation firefighting, at the end of the HRET there is a piercing nozzle. If you have an internal fire in a cargo hold of an aircraft, rather than commit a team into the risk area, with your thermal imaging camera, you can identify where the heat source is, and you can penetrate the part of the hold where the fire is with the piercing tool.“It literally can pierce through the aluminium of the aircraft. Then you can apply water or foam internally on the fire. It acts like a sprinkler, cooling and suppressing fire. Even if you have to commit a crew to the fire following this, you have already reduced the risk to them by cooling the fire.“Our facilities have advanced to such a high degree we now have outside fire crews coming to train in Shannon and we hope this is an area we can expand on in the future.” Advertisement TAGSClareLimerick City and CountyNewsShannonShannon airport WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Facebook Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” NewsTransportNew-era for Shannon Airport Police and Fire ServiceBy Staff Reporter – July 24, 2019 353 center_img Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Email Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Printlast_img read more

Making America’s Housing More ‘Equitable’

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Making America’s Housing More ‘Equitable’ Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Krista F. Brock July 22, 2020 1,135 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 2020-07-22 Mike Albanese Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Making America’s Housing More ‘Equitable’ The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Related Articles  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Center for American Progress (CAP) is calling on lawmakers to make homeownership and affordable rental housing more accessible to people of color. Citing specific historical instances of racial discrimination and segregation in the housing finance system, the center is calling on lawmakers to reverse the ongoing impacts of this discrimination and make the housing system more “equitable.”“Homeownership and high-quality affordable rental housing are critical tools for wealth building and financial well-being in the United States. Knowing this, American lawmakers have long sought to secure land for, reduce barriers to, and expand the wealth-building capacity of property ownership and affordable rental housing,” states a new report from the center.“But these efforts have almost exclusively benefited white households,” the report reads.Today there are significant disparities in homeownership and wealth among black and white families in the United States.The median value of a home owned by a white household is $219,600 compared to $152,700 for a home owned by a Black household, according to CAP. At the same time, the homeownership rate is about 73% for white families compared to 41% for Black families.When comparing overall wealth, the CAP found that white households tend to have about 10 times more wealth than Black households.Today’s disparities and often highly segregated neighborhoods are the result of laws and policies that either explicitly or implicitly favored white and wealthier residents, according to the CAP’s report.For example, in the 1930s the National Housing Act and the Home Owner’s Loan Act were adopted to help make homeownership more accessible. The Home Owners Loan Corporation created maps that marked certain supposedly risky neighborhoods for home lending in red, and according to CAP the maps “assessed risk in part based on a neighborhood’s racial composition.”While this process, known widely today as redlining, is no longer legal, it has left lasting impacts.The FHA relied on those early “redlined” maps to determine where it should insure mortgage loans, and between 1934 and 1962, just 2% of FHA loans went to nonwhite homeowners, according to CAP. Today nearly three out of four of those first redlined neighborhoods are low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, and more than 60% of them are “predominately non-white,” according to CAP.Zoning laws in the early 1900s expressly prohibited Black families from purchasing homes in neighborhoods with mostly white residents and prohibited white families from purchasing in neighborhoods with mostly non-white residents. Race-based zoning was deemed unconstitutional in 1917, but the CAP asserts that single-family zoning laws have effectively perpetuated segregated neighborhoods in many areas.“As white households typically had higher incomes and access to a range of federal home loan programs, single-family zoning produced racially segregated neighborhoods without explicit race-based ordinances,” the CAP report reads.Thus, in order to level the playing field and make housing more accessible and affordable to all Americans, the CAP report urges lawmakers to “dismantle exclusionary zoning practices” and “support robust civil rights enforcement in the housing market by fully implementing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule.”Single-family zoning has been a relevant and contentious issue in the housing industry of late, and the CAP is not the only to connect it to racial segregation. Ibraheem Samirah, a Virginia state delegate, wrote a recent op-ed about the issue, renewing his call for zoning reform that would allow for two-family housing on lots across Virginia.A couple of states have already passed laws limiting single-family zoning laws. Both Oregon and Washington are allowing multifamily housing in some areas previously zoned for only single-family homes. However, Oregon’s law has been met with some solid opposition. Previous: Second COVID-19 Relief Bill Expected by August Next: Financial Services Committee Discusses HEROES Act Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Council receive less than 50 applications for Mica Redress

first_imgDonegal County Council’s Mica Redress Committee is set to meet in the next fortnight to discuss progress with the scheme so far.A report presented to Councillors this week shows that since the Scheme opened in July, less than fifty applications have been received, with further information and technical clarifications sought in the majority of these cases.The council says some of the further information is now being received, and they expect to commence issuing Stage 1 approvals in the coming weeks.Redress Committee Chair Cllr Martin Mcdermott says the process has been slow, but he believes it will speed up:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/micastats1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Council receive less than 50 applications for Mica Redress AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleTaoiseach to attend “vital” European Council summitNext articleDonegal moves to Level Four tonight News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter By News Highland – October 15, 2020 Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more

Body language may be key to management

first_imgBody language may be key to managementOn 5 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Want araise but can’t find the right moment – or the right way – to ask the boss?Body language may well hold the answer to your problem.   Accordingto a new book, Understanding Body Language, the way a person positionsthemselves suggests more than the spoken word. The bookexplains the meanings behind body movements and shows how people who struggleto persuade others can build rapport and attract attention through bodylanguage. Apparently,10 per cent of all communication is unspoken. So, the book claims, face-to-facecontact is crucial in all important business transactions, meetings and deals.GeoffRibbens, management consultant and co-author of the book, said: “The importanceof body language on management is largely underestimated. “Whethermanagers succeed or fail in their tasks can often be traced to the hidden worldof non-verbal communication.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

HR Hartley, our irascible insider on… Illiteracy

first_img Comments are closed. HR Hartley, our irascible insider on… IlliteracyOn 3 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A nation drowning in a sea of illiteracyPoliticians love memorable phrases. “It’s the economy, stupid,”quipped Bill Clinton in 1992. “Education, education, education,”chanted Tony Blair in 1997. “Throw an egg at me and I’ll biff you,”bellowed John Prescott in 2001. The downside for politicians is that the public tends to remember memorablephrases, and certainly Blair’s education repetition has burned itself into theminds of most. It’s in mine whenever I get requests for training in Englishgrammar. These requests come from intelligent people within my organisation. Theyoften work in communication-based functions such as marketing, and for whom apreposition is something they might make or receive at an office orgy, ratherthan be a part of grammar. They are the educational successes for whom a smallamount of coaching should suffice. Of much more concern to me as a ‘peoplemanager’ is the pile of semi- and almost total illiterates that Blair and hiscohorts have shifted not one jot. Not that training managers should mind too much. The failings of theeducational system provide plenty of grist to their mills and give them theopportunity to prove just how useful they are. And a joy of the job is thecreation of courses that matter. In education, I believe nothing matters more than the mastery of English andArithmetic. Which is why training managers must master them too. For there will be much to do. The Economist warned last week that there were11 million over-18s in the UK who lack basic literacy skills. In 2000, the UNsaid at least seven million UK adults were “functionally illiterate”.As for arithmetic, Unicef reckons 40 per cent of UK school pupils aged 14 to 15cannot do simple multiplication. Where does all this leave us as employers? Certainly, it all adds up to worthy work for the training manager and a moresuitable slogan for Mr Blair – “illiteracy, illiteracy, illiteracy”. Hartley, our new weekly columnist with strong opinion, is an HR directorat large Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

HR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your notice

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. HR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your noticeShared from missc on 8 Jan 2015 in Personnel Today Read full article Comments are closed.center_img A question that all HR/recruitment professionals get asked on at least a semi regular basis is: “How should I resign?”. The real answer is, there is no textbook answer as there are so many variables and moving parts involved relevant to e.g. company, manager, your professional style etc. but there are definitely a whole lot of wrong ways to do it. Here’s my 4 small tips that hopefully will offer some piece of mind during what in most cases is an awkward conversation (at best), and help it flow with a little more ease and hopefully avoid friction or burned bridges.Tip 1: No matter how much you might feel like it, don’t use the flaws of the company/manager as your reason for leaving. This is not the time or the place to have this conversation. My advice would be that if there is a burning desire inside you to offer some constructive criticism, do so at an exit interview in a rational and balanced manner. Instead use the positive points of why you have chosen to accept the new role as the reason for your departure.Tip 2: I’m firmly of the belief that we never stop learning and thus regardless of if you feel it has been the most fulfilling role or not, think of the lessons you’ve learned and thank your manager/company for the opportunity to have learned and grown as a professional.Tip 3: Unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise, wherever possible be willing to work your full contractual notice period. Make arrangements as such so as to make your transition out of the company as smooth as possible.Tip 4: If not already part of process, offer your time to have an “exit meeting/interview” with your line manager with the aim of trying to shed light on where in your opinion, the organisation could improve. This is where you can offer your CONSTRUCTIVE feedback and show that you are not harbouring any ill feelings due to some negative experiences but instead are aiming to offer your opinion to ensure other employees don’t feel the same thing.These are by no means complicated steps and is relatively “back to basics” kind of stuff but I hope it will give some piece of mind to anyone who may be looking for a little direction on ways to part ways in a positive light. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Trios of brown skuas at Bird Island, South Georgia: incidence and composition

first_imgCooperative breeding is unusual in seabirds, but recorded in varying proportions in Brown Skuas (Stercorarius [= Catharacta] lonnbergi). With no evidence for kin selection or delayed dispersal, nor for any reproductive advantage. the reason for its occurrence in skuas is uncertain. This study describe, the incidence, composition, and breeding characteristics of trios of Brown Skuas at Bird Island. South Georgia. Trios were recorded in nine seasons, including a polygynous and a polyandrous trio found in both 2000 2001 and 2001-2002. In some years, birds hatched three chicks from supranormal clutches, which is exceptional in skuas and jaegers, yet their overall performance was no better than monogamous pairs. I suggest that compared with closely related taxa, Brown Skuas have a slight behavioral or genetic predisposition that facilitates cooperative breeding. Cooperation conveys a minor advantage in territory acquisition, but none in terms of reproductive success (particularly for polygynous groups). and consequently has not proliferated at most colonies.last_img read more