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People make a difference not policies

first_imgPeople make a difference not policiesOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. A good diversity policy has nothing to do with the traditional view of‘equal opportunities’, according to the chief executive of tourist busoperator, The Original Tour. Keith Spicer, who is diversity champion at the Arriva-owned company, told anaudience of HR directors at a conference by market research company, ORCInternational, that the Original Tour’s diversity policy is about “goodpeople, not tokenism”. “It is the antithesis of equal opportunities,” he said. “Idon’t want to hear about numbers, it’s opinions that matter. Our [Muslim] staffknow that rotas will be changed to support them during Ramadan. We treat themdifferently based on their circumstances, not meeting equal opportunitiestargets.” As well as ensuring employees are happy, a good diversity policy makescommercial sense, Spicer said. He quoted UK workforce demographics, whichsuggest that, by 2010, ethnic minorities will make up 25-50 per cent of theworkforce in metropolitan areas, and that 80 per cent of growth will be women. “If we want to fish in the largest resource pool, we need to makechanges,” he said. However, some developments designed to encourage diversity have gone toofar, Spicer said. “Sometimes I think the legislators lose the plot on diversity,” hesaid. “We are going to be asked not to discriminate by being giveninformation on sexual orientation and so forth. But when I didn’t know, Icouldn’t discriminate.” Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

First optical observations of energetic electron precipitation at 4278 Å caused by a powerful VLF transmitter

first_imgA summary is presented of experimental optical observations at 4278 Å from close to a powerful (~150 kW) VLF transmitter (call-sign JXN) with a transmission frequency of 16.4 kHz. Approximately 2.5 seconds after transmitter turn-on, a sudden increase in optical emissions at 4278 Å was detected using a dedicated camera/CCD monitoring system recording at a frequency of 10 Hz. The optical signal is interpreted as a burst of electron precipitation lasting ~0.5 seconds, due to gyro-resonant wave-particle interactions between the transmitted wave and the magnetospheric electron population. The precipitation was centered on the zenith and had no detectable spatial structure. The timing of this sequence of events is in line with theoretical predictions and previous indirect observations of precipitation. This first direct measurement of VLF-induced precipitation at 4278 Å reveals the spatial and temporal extent of the resulting optical signal close to the transmitter.last_img read more

Ocean City Beaches Withstand Storms

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEWith patches of snow outlining the tops of the dunes and just enough of the flakes to roll into a diminutive snowman on a jetty at Fifth Street, summer didn’t exactly come to mind.But in a few months, the season that so many relish will be back and Ocean City officials are ready to welcome guests to the sandy beaches.Coastal storms over the fall and winter have been chipping away at the shoreline in the resort, as they have in shore communities throughout the state.The Feb. 1-2 storm left moderate erosion on the Ocean City beaches. A report by the state Department of Environmental Protection dated Feb. 4 noted that some beaches were worse than others.Fifth Street beach, known for its ideal surf conditions, “continues to experience accelerated erosion,” the report reads. Vertical beach scarping created mini-cliff-like cuts in the dunes. Some were three-foot-high chunks out of the sand. They were visible in multiple locations and most apparent in the area north of 11th Street, according to the report.“Winter is never kind to the beaches and particularly not to the blocks near Fifth Street,” explained Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen. “But I don’t think the Feb. 1-2 storm was a major erosion event here.”Beachgoers find plenty of room on the expansive beaches over Labor Day weekend in 2020.A major replenishment project last year pumped sand onto the beaches in the north and south ends to replenish what was lost to coastal storms.The project went into the summer season of 2020 under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.By Labor Day weekend, all of the city’s beaches had wide expanses of sand and plenty of room for families to stretch out on the shoreline.Bergen said the city made sure to have added supplies in the way of a lot of extra sand just in case storms eroded the beaches.“The city did purchase some extra stockpiles of sand when the Army Corps of Engineers was rebuilding beaches here this summer,” Bergen said.He also said there is a lot of sand sitting just offshore.“The beaches should rebuild naturally as the winds shift in the spring,” he added.So, for summer of 2021, Bergen said visitors can once again expect to see sandy beaches.“Crews will work to spread some of that out over the downtown beaches by spring,” he said.For now, a mini-snowman greets weekend guests at the jetty on the Fifth Street beach. Ocean City beaches avoided major erosion during the Feb. 1-2 coastal storm.last_img read more