Civil service pushes for emotional intelligence

first_imgManagers who are extroverts are likely to be rated as more emotionallyintelligent than their introverted peers, according to research from the Centrefor Management and Policy Studies. Roy Howells, a training consultant at CMPS, who carried out the research,has collected data from 180 middle to senior civil service managers whoattended emotional intelligence (EQ) training at the Civil Service College. Each manager had their EQ assessed by their bosses and colleagues. They alsocompleted a self-assessment exercise on their management style. When Howells put the two together, he found that managers who scoredthemselves as extrovert and flexible, and who said they based decisions more onvalues than analysis, were rated as the most emotionally intelligent. “Just because you are introverted doesn’t mean you don’t have the sameemotional awareness and empathy as your colleagues, but you have to express itif you want them to recognise your EQ,” Howells told Training Magazine. He is now using the research findings in the EQ training that CMPS offers atthe Civil Service College to help participants develop and hone their EQ.”These results suggest that what people appreciate from their managers isdialogue,” Howells said. “Introverted managers need to speak up a bit more. And if you tend tobe more analytical, you need to work on understanding your own and otherpeople’s values. We are not talking about changing someone’s personality butabout being more flexible. Introverts are often very good listeners. We don’twant them to lose this skill, instead we want extroverts to learn fromthem.” By Lucie Carrington Civil service pushes for emotional intelligenceOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Reliance, BP begin production from Satellite Cluster gas field, India

first_imgThe offshore gas field has been brought onstream two months ahead of its schedule The Satellite Cluster gas field is located in the Krishna-Godavari Basin, off the east coast of India. (Credit: QR9iudjz0 from FreeImages) Reliance Industries and BP have commenced production from the Satellite Cluster gas field in the KG D6 block in the Krishna-Godavari Basin off the east coast of India.According to Reliance Industries, the offshore gas field has been brought onstream two months ahead of its schedule in spite of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.The Satellite Cluster gas field will produce gas from four reservoirs using five wells. It is anticipated to achieve gas production of up to six million standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd).The field, which was to begin production in mid-2021, is located nearly 60km from the existing onshore terminal at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. It is contained in water depths of up to 1850m.The Satellite Cluster gas field is one of the three deepwater gas projects being developed by Reliance Industries and BP in the KG D6 block alongside R Cluster ultra-deep-water gas field and MJ field. The three projects have been allocated a combined investment of INR350bn ($4.68bn).The R Cluster gas field was brought onstream in December 2020.Reliance Industries claimed that the R Cluster and Satellite Cluster projects are expected to jointly contribute nearly 20% of the current gas production in India.On the other hand, the MJ project is scheduled to begin production in the second half of 2022.Put together, the three KG D6 projects are projected to yield nearly 30mmscmd of natural gas by 2023. The quantity will be enough to meet up to 15% of the gas demand in India.The three gas projects will each make use of the existing hub infrastructure in the KG D6 block.Reliance Industries has an operating stake of 66.67% in the block, while BP holds the remaining stake of 33.33%.last_img read more

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Spice rack: fennel seeds

first_imgFennel seeds are produced by both the feathery annual herb and the bulbous perennial Florence fennel, which is eaten as a vegetable. The flowers produce a mass of seeds, which are quite sweet, and the flavour is similar to aniseed or liquorice. They are used in fish soups and stews and on top of grilled fish or meat. In some Mediterranean countries, the seeds are sprinkled on top of bread dough prior to baking. However, they can be included in other baked products. Add some to soda bread or make a seeded rye bread using a mixture of fennel seeds, cumin seeds and caraway seeds. Swedish Limpa bread, which usually uses aniseed, can be made by adding fennel seeds, honey, orange zest and juice to a light rye bread mixture. A few can be added to a traditional recipe for banana bread or carrot cake and you can make coconut macaroons a little different by adding a few fennel seeds to the mixture.Why not make savoury cheese cornbreads or corn muffins and flavour with some gently toasted fennel seeds? Or if making a vegetarian tart using, for example, roasted peppers and fennel with mozzarella cheese or Feta cheese, sprinkle with some seeds to accentuate the flavour of the fennel.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

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News story: British businesses back the Jordanian economy

first_imgCommercial agreements between UK businesses (Jaguar Land Rover, Strathclyde University, Lyndon Water, and the Creative Group) and the Jordanian government will create close to 650 jobs in Jordan These deals were announced at today’s (Thursday 28 February) Growth and Opportunity – the London Initiative 2019 international conference to support investment, growth and jobs for Jordan. The Department for International Trade has also launched a new partnership to improve the investment climate in Jordan and the UK’s export credit agency has doubled its capacity for Jordan. Jaguar Land Rover, Lyndon Water Limited, Strathclyde University and the Creative Group are helping to boost opportunities and jobs for young people in the country that has provided vital support to Syrian refugees during the conflict. The five commercial agreements include: To strengthen commercial relationships, boost trade between the two countries and unlock investment into Jordan, the UK government and Government of Jordan will also launch a new partnership to improve the investment climate in Jordan.The UK’s Department for International Trade will place a trade and investment expert in the Jordanian Embassy to support Jordanian companies looking to export or invest in the UK and British companies hoping to invest or export to Jordan.The Department will also be providing direct support to His Excellency the Minister for Investment and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply on their economic transformation programme, with a particular focus on trade and investment.This unique partnership will increase bilateral trade between the two countries and help create jobs and ensure economic stability.UK Export Finance, the UK’s Export Credit agency, has doubled its capacity for Jordan to £1.25billion. This additional support will help UK exporters and their Jordanian buyers access finance for projects in the country.The UK-Jordan trade relationship is already worth more than £370 million a year [latest figures, for the four quarters to the end of Q3 2018.]This follows the Prime Minister’s visit to Jordan in 2017, where she made a new and ambitious offer of partnership to support and strengthen Jordan’s resilience in the long-term, which the whole of government is behind.Further InformationStrathclyde UniversityThis deal is a 3 + 2 articulation agreement between University of Strathclyde and Middle East University Jordan (MEU) to provide high-quality and recognised training for the next generation of Jordanian pharmacists in all aspects of pharmacy. Students will spend three years at MEU and then two years at the University of Strathclyde. The teaching at MEU in Year 2 and 3 will follow SIPBS curriculum. It is hoped that MEU will launch the program for recruitment for the September 2019 intake.Creative GroupThe Creative Group (CG) have signed an memorandum of understanding to be the master lease holder and main contractor for the design and development of the Aqaba International Sports City, which is a 500,000 sq meter site next to King Hussain Airport. The site will showcase 10 sports and become a warm-weather training hub for the region. It is estimated that the project will create over 300 jobs. The MoU was signed in September 2018 and discussions are on-going.The group has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jordanian government to establish a cinema and shopping complex in Aqaba. The group has a 10 year master lease on the site and are now trying to find a local operator to run the facility. The MoU was signed in September 2018 and CG have now received a copy of the final contract. This project has a huge economic local impact as it also provides valuable entertainment facilities. The company estimates that the site will creative over 100 full and part time jobs for local Jordanians. The property has already been built and is ready to move in.Jaguar Land RoverJaguar Land Rover is investing in the creation of the first regional Training Academy for high-end car mechanics. The new facility could eventually train 48 level 2 mechanics per year where level 2 mechanics constitute 70% of a dealerships workforce. It will not only fill a large labour/market gap for the region, it will also do so in a way that benefits both Jordanians and refugees. While the local Jordanian dealership (Mahmoudia Motors) is investing in the real estate, the equipment and the cost associated to trainees, JLR global is financing the four Master Trainers to run the facility.Lyndon Water LimitedLyndon Water Limited will be implementing a project in the south of Jordan that will integrate phyto-desalination of brackish water with Aquaculture and Aquaponic production. First phase of the project will cover 300 hectares, and create 140-200 jobs, producing water, Aquaponics and Aquaculture products (combining fish farming and growing plants without soil). We see Jordan as an effective long-term partner in tackling regional instability, providing a safe, stable haven for refugees to remain in their region and countering extremism and terrorism. UK businesses are demonstrating their support by investing and working with the Jordanian government to create a prosperous future together. The UK is using its global leadership, expertise and influence to convene the Jordan: Growth & Opportunity conference in London on 28 February 2019. It will rally the international community and private sector to create an attractive environment for investment in Jordan, underpinned by reform.Strengthening Jordan’s economy, ensuring jobs, growth and opportunity for everyone, including women and young people, is vital to securing its long-term stability and prosperity.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said: Jaguar Land Rover is investing in the creation of the first regional Apprenticeship Training Academy for high-skilled car mechanics. This brand-new facility could eventually train 48 high-skilled mechanics per year. Lyndon Water Limited is introducing new techniques to remove salt from brackish water to farm fish and grow plants in water, this will create up to 200 jobs. To help train pharmacists, Strathclyde University will be launching a joint PhD programme in Jordan with the Middle East University (MEU). The Creative Group has signed two memorandums of understanding with the Jordanian government in Aqaba for a new recreation centre and a 500,000 square metre international sports city, together they will create 400 jobs. The UK is an ambitious trading nation. These commercial agreements demonstrate the already close trade and investment links between the UK and Jordan, supporting HM King Abdullah II’s ambitious vision for reform and long-term, sustainable growth.last_img read more

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Caffè Nero scraps free staff lunches following NLW

first_imgHigh street coffee chain Caffè Nero has stopped giving its staff free lunches, in response to the National Living Wage (NLW), which came into effect on 1 April.Staff at Caffè Nero have been told they will no longer receive free lunches during their shift because of the NLW.In a statement, the coffee chain warned that the NLW would have a “significant financial impact on the business” and the move was needed in order to keep costs down.However, the coffee retailer has said it will implement the NLW across all staff, including those under 25 who aren’t actually affected by the new law.They will also receive a 65% discount on food, and get free coffee.The Caffè Nero representative said: “All current employees will continue to receive paid breaks, and a substantial discount on food and drink bought when on shift.“Employees currently paid over the National Living Wage have all had a full pay review, and the majority will be receiving a pay increase, depending on their role or situation.“The introduction of a new National Living Wage is a huge potential cost to the business, but also a great opportunity to review pay, and reward employees for their investment in Caffè Nero.”Last month, Caffè Nero came under widespread media criticism for paying no corporation tax in the last financial year, despite posting a profit of almost £23.6m.last_img read more

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Five talking points from Serie A

first_img– Ronaldo close range miss –Cristiano Ronaldo frustrated after close range miss. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOCristiano Ronaldo showed his frustration as he missed a chance to score his first goal for Juventus on his debut at Turin’s Allianz Stadium.The former Real Madrid superstar looked certain to open his Serie A account in the 75th minute when a cross came from fellow Portuguese Joao Cancelo and the 33-year-old had the whole goal to aim for.But the ball bounced off Ronaldo’s feet with Croatian Mario Mandzukic just behind to tap into an empty net, to give the champions a 2-0 win after Miralem Pjanic had also scored.Ronaldo threw his hands in the air in disbelief, before turning to Mandzukic to celebrate.“Everyone is waiting for his goal, but I’m happy with what he did and how he is settling in because he is a very humble lad,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri.– Milan clubs suffer meltdowns –Coach Luciano Spalletti furious at Inter Milan meltdown. © AFP / Miguel MEDINABoth Milan clubs have made stuttering starts to the season despite being active on the transfer market this summer. Each threw away two-goal leads at the weekend.Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan lost 3-2 to Napoli, coached by his former boss Carlo Ancelotti, in their season opener and Inter were 2-2 by Torino in the San Siro, leaving Luciano Spalletti’s side with just one point from two games.Goals from Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Soualiho Meite cancelled out first-half strikes from Inter’s Croatian World Cup finalist Ivan Perisic and Stefan De Vrij.“These moments have characterised Inter in recent years,” said Spalletti, whose side have returned to the Champions League this season.“We are a team that should be fighting at the top together with four or five other sides. However, to remain at a certain level then we have to build a specific type of mentality.”Milan, meanwhile, whose first game against Genoa was postponed, remain without a point and are off the foot of the table only on goal difference.– Zielinski stars for Napoli –Napoli’s Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski bagged a brace against AC Milan. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIPolish midfielder Piotr Zielinski scored twice before Dries Mertens came off the bench to grab the winner as Napoli rallied from 2-0 down to beat visiting AC Milan 3-2.Napoli are reportedly ready to offer Zielinski an improved contract extension until 2023. The 24-year-old has a 65 million euros ($75 million) release clause.“Piotr is a top-quality player,” said Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti. “He just needs to be a little less shy. I need to fire him up and give him belief because he’s got talent to burn.”– Higuain pegged back on AC Milan debut –“A vital player” – AC Milan coach praises Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso chastised his side for failing to utilise Argentine goal machine Gonzalo Higuain.“We didn’t feed him, he didn’t have chances to score,” blasted Gattuso. “When he touches the ball he always provides quality. Higuain is a vital player for us, we must improve and put him in the best conditions to score goals.”The on-loan 30-year-old forward scored 16 league goals for Juventus last season before making way for Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, having scored 91 times in 146 matches for Napoli between 2013 and 2016.– That’s my boy –“That’s my boy” – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone watched as son Giovanni scored for Italian club Fiorentina. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was watching from the stands as son Giovanni scored the final goal for Fiorentina, who kicked off their campaign with a 6-1 rout of Chievo.The Tuscans opening match against Sampdoria was postponed because of the Genoa bridge disaster, but they inflicted a second defeat on The Flying Donkeys who also lost the previous week to Juventus.Argentine Simeone, 23, has scored 15 Serie A goals for Fiorentina since joining from Genoa last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo slips towards the goal after missing a chance to score hist first goal for Juventus against Lazio. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEMILAN, Italy, Aug 27 – Seven-time reigning champions Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 and last season’s runners-up Napoli came from two goals down to edge AC Milan 3-2 as the Italian league favourites both continued their perfect start to the season with a maximum six points after two games.Here are five talking points from the Italian Serie A league this weekend:last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT DELAY IN PROCESSING FARM PAYMENTS IS DISGRACEFUL – DOHERTY

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has slammed the Government over the exceptionally high volume of Donegal farmers who have so far not received their Single-Farm or Disadvantaged Area payments due to inconclusive and unsuccessful satellite inspections having been carried out on their lands.Deputy Pearse DohertyThe Sinn Féin TD revealed that of the 484 individual cases which had been selected for satellite inspection in the county, some 274 have still yet to be processed by the Department of Agriculture.The disclosure comes following a parliamentary question put down by Deputy Doherty. “In order for Farm payments to be processed, it’s a requirement that a minimum number of eligibility checks are carried out by the Department to ensure that the area claimed on the farm application corresponds with the actual land being farmed; in order to do this, the Department carry out Ground and Remote Sensing Inspections each year.”“In general, Remote Sensing inspections are often the chosen method of inspecting farm land as it doesn’t require a farm visit by inspectors and it reduces the burden on farmers who would otherwise be inconvenienced by Ground Inspections,” he said.But because of an exceptionally high number of unsuccessful and inaccurate satellite inspections having been conducted by the Department of Agriculture as part of assessing farmers’ applications, less than have of the total number of cases chosen for inspection have been received and processed so far.Deputy Doherty added that this failure has resulted in the majority of farmers from across the county who have been placed under inspection not receiving their farm payments – this is both disgraceful and unfair.” “What this has resulted in is a situation where by an unacceptably high number of farmers, through absolutely no fault of their own, are now being forced to endure great hardship.“Farmers here are facing financial uncertainty as they struggle to run their businesses in the absence of these much needed payments – this is the last thing this hard working community need, particularly now in the run up to Christmas.”“I am now calling on Simon Coveney to act quickly and resolve this mess and for his Department to fast track the processing of these payments before the farming community here needlessly suffer any further.” GOVERNMENT DELAY IN PROCESSING FARM PAYMENTS IS DISGRACEFUL – DOHERTY was last modified: December 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse Dohertydonegalfarm paymentslast_img read more

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Mike Fiers departs start with apparent injury against Rangers

first_imgARLINGTON — Mike Fiers left his start with trainers with two outs in the second inning. The A’s announced that he had right arm nerve tightness.Fiers spoke with trainers earlier in the inning, pointing to his forearm before taking some warm-up pitches. He then gave up a two-run home run to Rougned Odor, his fastball velocity dipped to the mid-80s and he departed after walking Delino DeShields.Related Articles What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base …last_img

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Airbus welcomes historic industry climate accord

first_imgAirbus’ A350-1000 is a contender in the intense battle for a Qantas order European aerospace giant Airbus has joined US rival Boeing and international airlines in supporting a UN-backed carbon offset scheme for the global aviation industry.The International Civil Aviation Organisation last week agreed to phase in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) from the start of the next decade.The world’s first global industry pollution agreement will start as a voluntary scheme from 2021 to 2026 but will then become mandatory across the industry. Some 65 countires have already signalled they will take part in the voluntary phase.Airlines will have to buy carbon credits to offset growth in emissions, a move that is expected to account for less than 2 per cent of revenues but has raised concerns in some states about costs.The scheme will include provisions to deal with special circumstances such as those of fast-growing airlines and those which have made significant investments to improve environmental performance already.Airbus said the scheme represented a key pillar in the aviation industry’s climate action plan —alongside technology improvements (including sustainable fuels), efficient operations and improved infrastructure — in a crucial year for the global aviation community. “Following the successful agreement of a CO2 certification standard for aircraft in February this year, the international carbon offset plan is another key milestone in supporting the aviation industry’s commitment in reducing CO2 emissions”, said Airbus chief executive Fabrice Brégier.”Airbus is fully committed to all pillars of the industry’s climate action plan through delivering the world’s most fuel efficient aircraft, supporting air traffic management and airport operations improvements around the world and facilitating the wider adoption of sustainable alternative fuels.’’Airbus is due to deliver its 10,000th aircraft later this week, a fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB heading to Singapore Airlines. September figures put the firm order backlog for the A350 at 769 as airlines move to boost the efficiency of their fleets.In addition to the introduction of the widebody A350, The European manufacturer is also producing more efficient versions of its A320 family and A330 aircraft.last_img read more

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South Africa, Ghana forge closer ties

first_img24 August 2011 President Jacob Zuma hosted Ghanaian President John Atta Mills at the start of his two-day state visit in Cape Town on Tuesday. The two leaders discussed global and regional issues and signed tourism, economic and technical co-operation agreements. Two further agreements, relating to home affairs and energy, were due to be signed later in the day. Trade between Ghana and South Africa grew from R1-billion in 1998 to over R3-billion in 2008, with South Africa’s exports having trebled in 10 years. Zuma said there were more than 80 South African companies registered in Ghana, operating in sectors such as mining, retail, insurance, transport, tourism, telecommunication, banking and energy. He said new opportunities existed in tourism, communication and technology, mining, agriculture and infrastructure development.Working together on the SKA bid The two countries were also widening co-operation on science and technology, and were presently working together, along with a number of other African countries, on South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). “We are all working hard to ensure that Africa is the winner when the bid is announced early next year,” Zuma said, adding that the benefits of hosting the SKA would include improved information and communication technologies for all Africans. Zuma and Mills also discussed the need to transform the UN Security Council and international finance organisations to better reflect the increasingly important role of Africa and the developing world. Zuma thanked Ghana for the support it had given South Africa during the struggle, saying Ghana had a “special place” in the history of the African continent, particularly as its first president, Kwame Nkrumah, had helped inspire other African countries as the continent shed the yoke of colonialism.Praise for South Africa’s World Cup Mills, who was last in SA in 2010, thanked Zuma for inviting him to South Africa and praised the country for making Africa proud of its successful hosting of last year’s World Cup. “Not only was the organisation of that tournament a credit to Africa for the excellent work done by South Africa, but South Africans displayed something that was rather unique, especially in a football match against the United States,” Mills said. “Almost to a man, South Africans stood behind the Black Stars and cheered us on to victory. This support for the Black Stars is clear evidence of the strong relation that has always existed between South Africa and Ghana,” he said. He said struggle stalwarts like Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu had been “household names” in Ghana during apartheid. “SA has a lot to offer us, and I believe we also have something to offer South Africa.” Mills welcomed South African businesses to come to invest in Ghana, adding that he was also encouraging Ghanaian companies to invest in SA, and had been accompanied by a group of business people on his visit here. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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