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Acas code calls for policy review

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR professionals may have to review grievance procedures to comply with the new Acas code of practice, due to come into force next month.David Yeandle, Engineering Employers’ Federation deputy director of employment policy, told Personnel Today he is “concerned” about some elements of the code covering the right to be accompanied in grievance procedures.The code of practice, which updates the existing one on disciplinary practice and procedures, comes into effect on 4 September. It is also aimed at complementing the new statutory right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union official under the Employment Relations Act.But Yeandle said the code allows an individual accompanying an employee to ask questions and encourages them to take part in proceedings.“It seems the code is moving them closer to the role of representatives. HR departments will have to look closely at procedures to ensure they comply.“They will also have to get used to taking a more hands-on approach. This law could give unions direct influence on workplaces everywhere.”www.acas.org.uk Acas code calls for policy reviewOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Dell’s New Commercial PC Lineup Helps Bring Ideas to Life

first_img1Based on Mar 2016 Principled Technologies test report, “Dell SupportAssist Provided Proactive Support for Hard Drive Failure”, commissioned by Dell. Testing conducted in the United States. Actual results will vary. Full report: http://facts.pt/Cr3tEy CES has seen many “world firsts” over 50 years, and at #ces2017 we’re doing our part to keep that history going with more than 25 new PC innovations that will enable our customers worldwide to unleash their creative potential and bring fantastic new ideas to life.Prior to the holidays, I met with dozens of media and analysts so they could preview the new devices. I knew that we had a great lineup of products to unveil, but was pleasantly surprised at the enthusiastic reaction we received. Several commented that they’re clearly seeing the benefits of Dell’s privatization shining through in this latest batch of new products. Because we no longer need to worry about justifying our product development expenditures to Wall Street, we can push the envelope on product design and take the time we need to bring new systems to market that we know will exceed our customers’ expectations.The latest result is an updated commercial PC portfolio that incorporates the best aspects of our thin and light consumer product designs without compromising on the security, manageability and productivity demanded by our commercial customers. Our upgraded selection of Latitude and OptiPlex business products include all-new designs that not only meet today’s business needs, they’ll also help address tomorrow’s evolving workplace challenges. We’ve refreshed our entire commercial portfolio with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, updated professional graphics options throughout the portfolio, and maintained our industry lead in delivering the world’s most secure and manageable PCs. Our lineup also provides the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C connectivity options for extremely fast data connections and power provided through a single cable.“Intel and Dell have a long history of delivering amazing computing experiences for both consumers and businesses,” said Navin Shenoy, SVP and GM of Intel Client Computing Group. “We’re excited to see the performance, responsiveness, and reliability of 7th Gen Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors on display across Dell’s new lineup of laptops, desktops, and workstations.”Latitude: Inspired by XPS, Tailored for ProfessionalsWith an emphasis on creating beautiful products that people will be proud to carry, the new Latitude ultrabooks and 2-in-1s are not only sexy, they also deliver extremely high performance.For the ultimate “no wires” experience, we’re previewing at CES the new Latitude 7285 2-in-1 with WiTricity magnetic resonance wireless charging capabilities and WiGig docking. That means you can move quickly between meetings without the hassle of hooking up power cords and other cables at every stop. Grab the Latitude 7285 2-in-1 and immediately walk away from your desk without disengaging any wires or a physical dock. Return to your desk, set the Latitude 2-in-1 on the power mat, and your PC will begin charging immediately. Also, if you take advantage of a WiGig dock, your content will appear simultaneously on your external display. We believe the Latitude 7285 is the world’s most versatile 2-in-1 because it can be used as a traditional notebook or as a tablet in either detached or 360 degree convertible mode giving owners incredibly flexible options for how they prefer to work. We’ll have more to share about this incredible device during Dell EMC World in May, so stay tuned for more details.“Dell continues their drive to be first to market with relevant new technology. This collaboration between Dell and WiTricity is making the wireless workplace a reality for customers around the globe,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity. “The Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 not only enables a more productive working environment, but accelerates establishment of a resonance-enabled wireless charging ecosystem.”We’re also introducing the Latitude 5285 2-in-1, the world’s most secure and manageable 2-in-1. Organizations can avail of our Data Security Solutions including Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise encompassing encryption and advanced threat prevention to protect their data and prevent modern threats such as malware and ransomware.  The device also features optional multi-factor authentication, including finger print and smart card readers. Weighing less than two pounds, this incredibly mobile and sleek 2-in-1 has an auto-deploy kickstand that extends up to 150 degrees for multiple viewing angles, including laptop, tablet or desktop mode. Your workforce will remain connected and productive via multiple connectivity options, including 2x2ac Wi-Fi, a USB 3.0 port, 2 USB Type-C ports, optional 4G/LTE and optional WiGig support. And it’s designed to be fully serviceable with easy access screws that allow Dell or Dell-certified technicians to service the 2-in-1 onsite.We’re continuing to innovate in our traditional “clamshell” business notebooks as well. Our newly refreshed lineup of Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks deliver optimum productivity and mobility in thin and light commercial-grade devices with edge-to-edge QHD displays. They’re built to survive the rigors of daily use through premium materials including an alloy chassis, soft touch paint and optional woven carbon. New security features include Windows Hello via an optional infrared camera which facilitates logon using facial recognition, multi-factor authentication features, as well as the ability to include Dell Data Security Solutions for data encryption and advanced threat prevention Docking is simple and seamless through the multiple connectivity options, including DisplayPort™ over USB Type C with Thunderbolt 3 options and Dell wireless docking.Refreshed OptiPlex Portfolio Drives Innovative Desktop Design and Performance to New HeightsWhile our Latitude portfolio continues to advance mobile computing capabilities, inside millions of offices, retail stores, hospitals and education campuses, desktops remain the foundation. In fact, 74 percent of workers worldwide still use a desktop as their primary work system.For them, we’ve fully refreshed our portfolio of OptiPlex All-in-One (AIO), Mini Tower, Small Form Factor and Micro Form Factor solutions. We’ve added the new 5250 AIO and 5050 micro form factor PC to the 5000 series lineup, completing our OptiPlex portfolio with consistent form factor options across the entire 3000, 5000 and 7000 series to meet your productivity, security and manageability needs. With up to 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors and the latest discrete graphics, these powerful devices pack performance into ever smaller, more compact systems.We’ve also designed a customized peripheral ecosystem for these new OptiPlex desktops that results in a clutter-free desktop and a more productive workforce. Cable management systems are available across the portfolio, and multi-display configurations that have shown to increase productivity by up to 44 percent are also available. And for the ultimate modular AIO solution, the small form factor and micro desktops can be easily mounted out of sight behind their corresponding monitor by using a Dell AIO stand.All Dell commercial PC solutions are backed by our award-winning services and support. Featuring Dell’s innovative SupportAssist technology, ProSupport Plus is the only complete support service combining 24×7 priority access to expert support, accidental damage repair, and proactive and predictive monitoring for automatic issue prevention and resolution. For example, ProSupport Plus significantly reduced time to resolve a failed hard drive with up to 91 percent less time to resolution and up to 72 percent fewer steps in the support process1.Pricing and AvailabilityThe Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 featuring wireless charging will be available in June 2016 on Dell.com in the U.S. Pricing will be made available closer to launch.The Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 will be available February 28, 2017 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $899.The Dell Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks are now available on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $1,099.The Dell OptiPlex 7050 Micro will be available February 7, 2017 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $679.The Dell OptiPlex 5050 Micro will be available February 7, 2017 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $599.The Dell OptiPlex 5250 AIO will be available February 7, 2017 on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $879.last_img read more

Bulldogs Win EIAC Battle Against Spartans

first_imgThe Bulldogs traveled to face the Connersville Spartans in their final conference match winning 1-0. The Dogs were eager to get onto the field and compete for a final win of the season before facing sectionals. Batesville possessed well throughout the first half and did a good job defensively keeping chances down for the opponent. Nate Slavin was there to make the saves needed to keep them scoreless. Just seconds left in the first half JJ Kuisel took a corner kick which deflected out towards the 18 within the scramble of players and then Miles Bowser took a shot low and wide out of the keepers reach. First half ended 1-0 and the second half ended without any additional goals. Batesville wins 1-0. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

No. 3 Syracuse field hockey holds off No. 13 Boston, 2-1, in last regular season road game

first_img Published on October 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 3 Syracuse (13-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) finished off its regular season road schedule on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Boston (10-5, 3-1 Patriot). SU dominated play in the first half with two goals before clinging to its lead as BU made a late second-half push.The game began with heavy possession by Syracuse. Lies Lagerweij rang the post in the first five minutes of play setting the tone for a long half for the BU defense. Syracuse found the back of the net just over 22 minutes into the game as Jennifer Bleakney scooped up a loose ball and snuck it just inside the right post. Less than four minutes later, Lagerweij struck a reverse shot past BU goalie Cammy Jensen for what would be the eventual game winner.Jensen had a busy day in net for the Terriers as she faced 11 shots on goal, denying nine of them. Orange goalie Regan Spencer helped fight off the late surge from BU as she turned away four shots in the game.Boston’s lone goal came in the game’s final minutes. Following a key save by Jensen, BU scrambled down the field. With 3:54 left in the game Amanda Cassera gathered her own rebound, and shot the ball past Spencer to cut the Syracuse lead to one. The Orange regained control of the game following the goal, tallying two more shots to finish the game with 18.Syracuse will finish its regular season schedule with senior day next Sunday against Indiana (8-9, 3-4 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. at J.S Coyne Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

DuPont Pioneer unveils new hybrids and varieties for 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DuPont Pioneer announced that it will offer North American growers 53 new top-yielding corn products as part of its expanded lineup for 2017 spring planting. The products range from 72 to 118 comparative relative maturity (CRM) and feature 29 new genetic platforms, all cultivated from the DuPont Pioneer global germplasm collection.“Investments in advanced breeding and research technologies, combined with multiple years of rigorous local testing, have enabled this exciting new class of Pioneer® brand corn products,” said Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer vice president, business director — U.S. and Canada. “This class is unrivaled in the number of new products, yield potential, and overall agronomic performance. It’s elevating our already strong corn portfolio and expanding options for growers.”New product highlights include:A robust set of new Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® products, thoroughly tested in targeted environments to perform rain or shineExpanded end-use options for yellow food corn, white corn, and conventional (non-GMO) marketsHigh-performance brown midrib (BMR) and silage corn products that deliver tonnage, starch, and high digestibility, along with strong agronomics“Adding these new advancements to the existing commercial lineup of Pioneer brand products means we now offer one of the broadest, most genetically diverse, and high-yielding corn lineups in our history,” said Matt Smalley, DuPont Pioneer research director, North America Maize Product Development.As part of the research and development process, Pioneer conducted nearly 1,100 corn IMPACT™ (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterization and Testing) plot trials during the 2016 growing season to understand the right fit for new products across a wide range of geographies and growing conditions.“I’m proud that we develop our own inbreds and hybrids from elite Pioneer germplasm,” said Smalley.  “Our research and agronomy teams know our products from the start of research and development through commercialization, and they ensure the products are fully tested to perform in variable local environments.”Along with the new corn hybrids for 2017, DuPont Pioneer also announced the introduction of Pioneer® brand A-Series soybean varieties, the highest yielding line of soybeans in its history. These new soybean varieties are the result of innovative soybean research programs and the DuPont Pioneer proprietary Accelerated Yield Technology 4.0 (AYT 4.0).Available for 2017 planting, Pioneer is launching 54 new A-Series soybean varieties from maturity Groups 000 to 7 across North America. In 2016 on-farm Pioneer IMPACT™ plot tests, these varieties produced an average yield advantage of 2.3 bu/acre against 10,000 comparisons of elite competitors at 400 locations.1“This is a historic milestone for Pioneer,” said Steve Reno, vice president, business director – U.S. and Canada. “This new soybean line is producing unprecedented step-change improvements in yields. A-Series will help soybean growers achieve higher yields no matter what their yield goal.”The Pioneer brand A-Series lineup has a broad range of trait options to fit each grower’s unique needs. The North America soybean line consists of more than 30 varieties with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology, 11 Glyphosate Tolerant varieties, a Pioneer brand Plenish® high oleic soybean variety plus conventional, LibertyLink® and DuPont™ STS® varieties.  The letter “A” will be part of the Pioneer brand soybean variety names to help growers easily identify the new high-yielding lines.Pioneer brand A-Series soybeans are developed by the industry’s most extensive localized soybean breeding and testing network that is focused on developing high yielding varieties for local environments. Since 2011, Pioneer has increased its local research center network across North America by 30 percent to develop and rigorously test its experimental products in the areas where they will be grown.Pioneer announced in July 2016 it had deployed a new breeding technology called AYT 4.0 across its entire soybean breeding program. The technology has more than doubled the rate of genetic gain of its soybean pipeline and cut the time it takes to bring new products to market. The majority of the A-Series soybean varieties were developed with AYT 4.0.“The investments we have been making in research centers, soybean disease nurseries, innovative technologies and top-notch talent are paying off for growers in A-Series soybeans,” said Reno. “These varieties and new experimental products are being developed and rigorously tested right where they are to be grown by our customers so they have the traits and defensive characteristics needed for local conditions.”Learn more about DuPont Pioneer products and services at pioneer.com or contact your local Pioneer sales professional.last_img read more

How to conquer your creative blocks

first_img3. Fear of failure  We all know the feeling. You’re staring at the Geocaching map, viewing the perfect spot to place a geocache, and waiting for that light bulb moment of cache creativity…but it just doesn’t seem to come. You’ve hit a creative block.  Try anyway because nothing is a failure if you’ve learned from it. To not ever try means never learning or improving, which can end up damaging your creative juices. Even if your first idea (or tenth) doesn’t work, you’ll know more than you did when you started and you can create something new (and even better) with that gained knowledge. In the end, these lessons will only make your geocache hide better, stronger, and ready for those Favorite points! It’s a common scenario, and not exclusive to the geocaching world—but you don’t need to be defeated by it. In fact, you can use these barriers to inspiration as a tool to think outside the box (ammo can?) and create something new! Here are three common causes of creative blocks and how to overcome them. Have you experienced a creative block when trying to think of a new hide? Share how you overcame this barrier to create an awesome cache!Share with your Friends:More 2. Doubting yourselfcenter_img 1. Routine on repeat  Doing the same things day in, day out often means you end up thinking the same thoughts. So mix things up! Try finding cache types you don’t normally gravitate towards, try caching in a new area, or attend an Event to meet other geocache hiders and finders. You might just find inspiration for your geocache around the next smiley!  The best way to silence self-doubt is to overcome it with action. Go ahead and try your ideas out! It’s always a good idea to make sure your geocache is weather-proof and working properly and there’s no better way to find out how it performs than building it and testing it out. The more challenges you face, the more you’ll have to employ creative thinking to work your way around them, and the more creative you’ll be!  SharePrint RelatedGeocache Icon Run: find the most cache types in one dayApril 19, 2018In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”A geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more