War for talent hots up

first_img Comments are closed. In a time of economic uncertainty, companies are discovering the battle torecruit and retain key performers is well and truly on. Resources are beingdirected towards employees who have a proven track record of adding value tothe business, as Liz Simpson discoversStability, security and work that offers a high degree of meaning andpurpose are the factors driving recruitment and retention in North America inthe wake of the dotcom bust, the tragic events of 11 September and thewidespread economic recession. Labour shortages still exist across many industries and geographical areas,so it’s not totally a buyers’ market. Many organisations and small businessesare desperate to attract well-qualified and experienced individuals who can hitthe ground running – particularly in high tech, healthcare and the buildingtrades. Healthcare organisations around the US have been offering sign-on bonusesfor nearly every professional category from registered nurses to physicaltherapists, says Karen Hart, senior vice-president of the Healthcare Divisionof recruitment consultancy Bernard Hodes Group. However, she adds, salariesremain static. In other industries, companies are directing their resources towardsindividuals who have a proven record of adding demonstrable value to thebusiness. “Companies are attracting and retaining top talent by acting onthese individuals’ needs, concerns and issues,” says John Challenger, CEOof international outplacement firm Gray Challenger & Christmas, based in Chicago.”For example, this may involve making sure a child’s special educationneeds or health problems are well managed, or agreeing that a new recruit cantake a sabbatical after two years. Special employees are having benefitsprograms tailored uniquely for them. And companies need to be constantlyvigilant and proactive on this issue to ensure staff don’t becomecomplacent.” Incentives have shifted from the tangible to the intangible, according toBruce Skillings, executive vice-president in the Palo Alto, California officesof Bernard Hodes. “The biggest inducements are vision, values, culture and communicationstrategy,” adds Skillings. “Employees no longer want three jobs everyfour years. They are attracted to stable companies, particularly big brandnames, where the goals, direction and communication style of the organisationoffers the right ‘fit’ for them. Even people still attracted to start-ups wantto see a realistic business model, because today the biggest lure for toptalent is the opportunity to add value and produce real, tangibleresults.” The emphasis on security and a sense of meaning and purpose at work is borneout by the sudden appeal of public sector jobs. For example, the Public ServiceCommission in Canada, responsible for Federal Government recruitment, recentlyreported getting 22,300 applications for 890 jobs – whereas it received just16,000 applications during the whole of the previous year. Pam Walsh is Franklin Covey’s vice-president of talent development. She isbased in Salt Lake City, Utah and oversees the recruitment and retention ofsome 3,500 employees that help the company sell, promote and teach personal andorganisational effectiveness products and training around the world. “We are market competitive on salaries, but the reason people areattracted to working here is the opportunity to help change people’s lives withwhat we do. They stay because of the culture, which we maintain by onlyrecruiting people who contribute to our corporate qualities of camaraderie,warmth, integrity and a deep respect for what we are trying to achieve,”says Walsh. “Ensuring the right cultural fit and offering opportunitiesfor personal and professional growth helps us retain good people,” sheadds. Of course, it’s possible to lose your star performers not only to thecompetition, but also to the desire to strike out on their own asentrepreneurs. A recent study of the investment banking community, carried outby Harvard Business School associate professor Ashish Nanda and doctoralstudents, M Julia Prats and Boris Groysberg, focused on this. The reasons these high performing knowledge workers leave to becomeentrepreneurs offer important insights for anyone anxious to retain theintellectual capital of star employees. “We found turnover is highest whenthe company is under-performing compared with other firms in the industry, andalso if a person’s own department does not comprise of ‘A team’ members,”says Nanda. “One of the best retention strategies is to make sure teams comprisebright, intelligent, creative people who are given the level of autonomy thatsatisfies their entrepreneurial tendencies. “Winning the war for talent involves creating an environment that notonly offers high compensation and the opportunity to develop portable skills,but is organised in such a way that your stars feel they’re in thedecision-making loop on issues affecting their work.” M Julia Prats, whose particular focus is on the e-consulting industry, addsthat many founders of companies such as these left big consulting firms becausethey were frustrated by bureaucracy and their inability to implement new ideaswithin those established organisations. While their research study of investment banks ranged from 1988 to 1996, theauthors emphasise that it ended before the dotcom era and covers both boom andbust phases. “Undoubtedly, entrepreneurial turnover has declined dramatically due tothe state of the economy,” says Nanda. “However, it is short-sightedto be less careful about losing good people in bad times,” Nanda adds,”because when the economy picks up those that have left are definitely notgoing to come back.” Further informationwww.towersperrin.comwww.kpmg.comwww.deloittetouche.comwww.watsonwyatt.comwww.pwcglobal.comwww.wmmercer.com Previous Article Next Article War for talent hots upOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Widespread colonization by polar hypoliths

first_imgHigh-latitude polar deserts are among the most extreme environments on Earth. Here we describe a large and previously unappreciated habitat for photosynthetic life under opaque rocks in the Arctic and Antarctic polar deserts. This habitat is created by the periglacial movement of the rocks, which allows some light to reach their underside. The productivity of this ecosystem is at least as great as that of above-ground biomass and potentially doubles previous productivity estimates for the polar desert ecozone.last_img

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Weber State Men’s Basketball Visits Utah State Friday

first_img Tags: Utah State Men’s Basketball/Weber State Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, Weber State men’s basketball visits No.17 Utah State to commence their season in a regional non-conference tournament.The Wildcats are coming off an 18-15 (11-9 in Big Sky Conference play) season.This commences the 14th season of Weber State head coach Randy Rahe’s career at the helm at Ogden.With a record of 266-153 (.635), his 266 wins are records for both the Wildcats’ program and the Big Sky Conference.Weber State boasts significant returning talent in senior guard Jerrick Harding (21.4 points, 3.4 rebounds per game in 2018-19) as he is the Big Sky’s preseason MVP.Also returning for the Wildcats is former Wasatch Academy star, senior guard Cody John. The Mississauga, Ontario, Canada native averaged 14.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Weber State in 2018-19.The Aggies are 1-0 on the season and are in the midst of a five-game homestand at the Spectrum as they host the Wildcats.Wednesday, Utah State bested Montana State, the Wildcats’ fellow Big Sky Conference foe, 81-73.Decorated senior guard Sam Merrill posted 28 points and made 17 of his 18 free throws against the Bobcats, offsetting a horrendous shooting performance (5-14 from the field).Most of these came in the second half, as the Aggies shot 91.7 percent (22-24) from the foul line in the latter 20 minutes to hold off Montana State’s upset efforts.In his second season at the helm in Logan, Utah State head coach Craig Smith is 28-7 (.800) in leading the Aggies’ program presently.The Aggies lead the Wildcats 43-28 all-time and 25-9 at Logan in this series, which has its 72nd all-time meeting Friday. Written by November 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Visits Utah State Friday Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Jericompetition all over again

first_imgOxford students camped out on the street for 50 hours this week, braving sub-zero temperatures in order to secure somewhere to live for the next academic year.The annual release of the Jericho student property list by North Oxford Property Services (NOPS), who operate on a ‘first come first served’ basis, has famously produced overnight queues for several years.This week the queuing times broke recent records. One group from St. Anne’s College took to the streets at 7am on Monday in anticipation of the 9am Wednesday release.NOPS moved the date of the property release forward from January to November for this year, following criticism over the system which resulted in students camping outside in wintry conditions. Unlike many other Oxford estate agents, NOPS do not warn against overnight queuing.OUSU and college Welfare Reps have pointed out that North Oxford Property Services are not the only letting agency in Jericho and that students should not sign a deal without looking at a house first. However, most students were unable to look at properties because NOPS’ viewing day is the same date as the list release. This, combined with the competitive nature of the release, has led to fears that there is too much pressure on students to sign deals without having time to consider properly.Many students came prepared for the queue, with tents, sleeping bags, alcohol and even a television to while away the hours. Passers-by were confused by the spectacle, asking the campers what they were protesting against.Sunny Gohel, a second year Psychology student, said, “It’s a terrible system. They could easily change it to a ballot or an online draw or something. “It gets more and more hyped up every year – students think that if they don’t come down and queue they’ll be homeless next year. I have friends who have ended up making a decision based on two sentences and a thumbnail picture.”However, some undergraduates praised NOPS for providing queue members with hot drinks and sandwiches, and a gazebo for shelter. A third year student from LMH said, “It’s not actually been that bad because we’ve made sure we stay warm enough. I’ve even managed to get lots of work done because there’s nothing else to do.”Over a quarter of Oxford’s colleges cannot house undergraduates for the entirety of their course. Students with no choice but to rent alternative property pay between £300 and £450 per month for a single room in a shared house. The only eight bedroom student property let by NOPS costs tenants £500 a month.Somerville student Jacob Williamson said, “All Somerville second years must live out. And given the proximity of Jericho to college, unless we want to isolate ourselves then we have little choice.”St. Anne’s second year Jan Kaesbach said that NOPS had approached him and his housemates about renewing their tenancy for a second year just a few weeks after they moved in. “They sent us a letter at the beginning of November asking us to decide whether we wanted to keep the house for next year when our tenancy doesn’t end until July. Term had barely started and we had no idea what we wanted to do next year. “St Anne’s hadn’t done the room ballot yet so we didn’t know about college accommodation and we felt very rushed into either making a decision or going through the hassle of losing our house and having to queue again.”last_img read more

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Speech: Penny Mordaunt’s speech at Safeguarding Summit

first_imgThank you for being here on this important day.Today we will start the vital change this sector needs.Your task is to start laying the foundations to rebuild the credibility of the aid sector on this issue, both here and overseas.Today, I want you to come up with the ideas and initiatives we can take forward the practical tools, processes and protocols to ensure we protect the people we are here to serve.Unless, we do all we can to prevent wrongdoing, and unless we can hold all those who do wrong to account, we will have failed in our duty to protect the most vulnerable.As you know, I wrote to every UK charity, which receives UK aid directly, asking that they provide me with a statement of assurance on four key areas:Their safeguarding environment and policies, their organisational culture, their clarity and transparency, and their handling of allegations and incidents.I also asked them to confirm that they have referred any and all concerns on specific cases and individuals to the relevant authorities, including prosecuting authorities.All 179 organisations have given me their statement of assurance, and many gave additional details on reporting and allegations.We are following up with 37 organisations to gain further clarity on their assurance, or reporting, and will issue a summary of all our analysis when this work is completeBut this exercise is not just about receiving assurances.It marks the starting point from which we must now build.Across the returns, we saw important examples of good practice, but overall, there was too little evidence in the areas of robust risk management, comprehensive reporting, responsibility being taken at the highest level for safeguarding, and of beneficiaries always being put first.So if we are to meet our duty, then the sector must raise standards.I am determined that DFID will play its full part in this.So, from today, DFID will put in place new, enhanced and specific safeguarding standards for the organisations we work with.These standards will include an assessment of codes of conduct, how organisations identify and respond to incidents, and how their risk management places safeguarding and beneficiaries at the very core.That assessment will set the bar at a level of the very best – a bar that we will continue to push higher – from our work here today and in the time to come.Our standards will be world-leading. They will be tough and exacting.Organisations should not bid for new funding unless they are prepared to meet these tough new standards.We will not approve funds to them unless they pass our new standards.We will also start to apply these new standards to organisations we have ongoing work with.And will ensure that all those standards can apply to all our partners, big and small.DFID is holding itself to these high standards we expect of others and today, I can also confirm that DFID’s internal review into historic allegations involving DFID staff has concluded.Our Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft will say more on this later, but I think it was vital that we went back through every record we have, since they began, to check action has been taken. And if any new information comes to light through our continued efforts we will ensure appropriate action is taken on this.The sector must do the same, and pay particular attention to the issue of reviewing and reporting historic cases. We expect all who wish to work with us, and indeed any organisation that works on development, to take this issue as an urgent priority.Why?Because only by reporting can we identify and bring to justice predatory individuals.And it is those predatory individuals who concern me most.My message to those who have sought to exploit this sector and the human tragedy in which it operates, is this – we will all share information we have with law enforcement.We will find you.We will bring you to justice.Your time is up.This summit is a critical moment to learn lessons and drive up standards across the entire aid sector.Now is the time for action and for the British aid sector to take a lead. To set standards, a template and an example, for the rest of the world to follow.To keep people safe we need to find a way staff can be properly vetted and monitored as they move between organisations and countries.We need to find a way to hear the voices of the people we serve, so we can respond when they tell us they are being mistreated.Would the Oxfam case, or the abuse of women in Syria, have persisted if those victims’ voices were listened to?And we must have thorough assurance and auditing of the sector.We must share our ideas and learn how to keep on improving our safeguarding measures. We need continuous training and professional development.And we must ensure smaller organisations – who are such an asset to the sector- are supported and able to meet these standards too.These are the outcomes I want to see. Now begins your task of finding the solutions.Your plans will be put into action.Our partners will sign up to them.Other nations will follow our lead.Let us ensure that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are always our first priority.Let us ensure that there is no hiding place for those who wish to exploit the vulnerable in our sector.Let us ensure that the British public can take pride in everything that is done in their name, in the lives you save, in the hope you bring, and in the immense good you do in this sector.Let us put this right.Thank you.last_img read more

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News story: Search on for Commissioner to lead response on domestic abuse

first_img plans for a statutory government definition of domestic abuse so that no one is in any doubt of the range of behaviours it entails introducing new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs), to give courts the power to place conditions on domestic abuse perpetrators putting the guidance on which the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is based into statute The Designate Commissioner will be placed on a statutory footing once the Domestic Abuse Bill passes through Parliament. The position was created ahead of the Bill’s introduction to ensure the government’s response to all domestic abuse issues is as robust as possible.The Designate Commissioner will also be required to establish an Advisory Board, composed of civil society groups, service providers, victims and experts, and a Victims and Survivors Advisory Group composed entirely of victims and survivors.Both groups will provide expert advice and ensure that the Designate Commissioner is carrying out the job in an appropriate manner.The role has also been designed to complement work undertaken by other advisors within government and because of the specific need to tackle domestic abuse issues. The Designate Commissioner will work collaboratively with others, such as the Victims’ Commissioner, when there are overlapping issues.This is part of the government’s work to transform the response to domestic abuse and go further to support the 2 million people who suffer the crime each year.The public consultation ahead of the Domestic Abuse Bill received approximately 3,200 responses.Measures the government consulted on included: I am absolutely committed to transforming the response to domestic abuse to ensure victims and their loved ones who are affected by this devastating crime receive the support they need. Having a Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner to focus solely on domestic abuse issues will be a turning point in how we respond to this crime. Domestic abuse is a complex and hidden crime so I am confident that the Commissioner will help shine a light on the issues. A Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner is to be appointed to help the government transform its response to domestic abuse.Today (Tuesday 4 December) the Home Office has announced it is launching recruitment for the new Commissioner, who will be charged with standing up for victims and survivors, providing public leadership on domestic abuse concerns and driving the response to issues.The candidate will also give recommendations to the government and local bodies on how provisions could be improved and highlight where best practice is taking place. The Commissioner will also look at the needs of victims and survivors from minority or marginalised groups, and children affected by domestic abuse.Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerabilities Minister Victoria Atkins said: When the government held a public consultation on the creation of a commissioner as part of the Domestic Abuse Bill it was supported by two thirds of respondents.For further information on the recruitment campaign visit the Cabinet Office website.The Victims’ Commissioner is required to promote the interests of all victims and witnesses, encourage good practice in their treatment, and keep under review the operation of the Victims’ Code.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be put in place early next year to formalise the working relationship between these roles.last_img read more

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Horror’s human side

first_imgLaura van den Berg teaches fiction workshops as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Harvard’s Creative Writing Program. In her new novel, “The Third Hotel,” van den Berg writes about a young widow who travels to Cuba after the death of her husband, a horror film scholar. Born and raised in Florida, van den Berg has published two story collections and the novel “Find Me,” which was longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize. We talked to her about formative slasher movies, losing your bearings, and having the good fortune of writing “The Third Hotel” in a haunted house.Q&ALaura van den BergGAZETTE: When did your interest in horror films develop?VAN DEN BERG: I started watching in college. There were all these slasher films — the “Scream” movies, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” — and this, to my mind, was around the time when the “final girl” trope — the last female character alive to confront the killer — entered into the popular lexicon. Being scared by a movie offers a safe catharsis, because the terror is confined to the screen. It’s an adrenalin spike, and when I come back down, I feel a bit more leveled. And the best horror has a way of distilling really potent human questions, by using extreme dislocations of reality to explore human questions that are fundamental and central: instability around trust and intimacy; the idea that your secrets will undo you; our inability to reckon with history and the cost of that looking away; the peculiar doors that transformative experiences, from grief to parenthood to trauma, might swing open. As a writer who naturally veers toward the strange and the disorienting, the genre always resonated for me.GAZETTE: How did you come to set “The Third Hotel” in Cuba?VAN DEN BERG: There were converging reasons. When I’m between projects, I keep a journal I call a “thought log,” and it’s my practice to write down whatever interests me. For a while, a handful of subjects kept coming up — travel, in the context of both work and tourism, horror films (including a film called “Juan of the Dead,” regarded by many as Cuba’s first horror film), marriage, and so on. So I had this constellation of narrative elements, some of which I sensed might be conversant with contemporary Havana.I was born and raised in Orlando, a place where economy and culture have been powerfully shaped by tourism, so I’ve long been interested in that landscape, and when the U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba were loosened, Havana was suddenly the toast of every American travel magazine. I became interested in how the city was being narrated — what was being highlighted, what was getting left out entirely.Later, I attended a talk at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies given by Paloma Duong, who is in the global studies and languages department at MIT. She was speaking about consumer culture in contemporary Havana and I was struck by the similarities between the vocabulary used to discuss tourism and cinematic language: lenses, gazes, angles. That was one moment where I began to see how cinema and travel and tourism could all intersect.GAZETTE: How long has the thought log been part of your writing process?VAN DEN BERG: Maybe five or so years. For this book, I had been taking notes and assembling these little pieces for a long time, but I didn’t know how they’d fit together. Then I had a fellowship from January to June of 2015 at Bard College. Two things happened at Bard that made the setting feel lightly supernatural and really shaped the world of the book. One is that I am fairly sure the house I was living in was haunted. There was a set of pull-down attic steps that would unfold in the middle of the night. I’d walk out in the morning and it would be unfolded and you’d look up into this dark abyss. My dog isn’t a senseless barker, and he would sit in the corner and bark and bark. During that fellowship, I also received some difficult family news. When I got the call, I was driving and I drove my car into a shallow ditch. Working every day in a setting that felt ghosted definitely bled into the story.GAZETTE: Have you taught horror in your creative writing courses here?VAN DEN BERG: I teach fiction in my workshops and some of the readings could be classified as horror. For example, “House Taken Over,” a short story by Julio Cortázar, is a work I regularly teach. It’s about adult siblings being pursued by an unnamed presence in the house; the space they occupy gets smaller and smaller until they are forced out on the street. The story can be read many different ways — as a character study, as a political allegory, as a psychological horror. The unnamed menace is made more powerful by the layers and the ambiguity.GAZETTE: In “The Third Hotel,” your protagonist Clare’s inability to separate reality from imagination fuels the narrative. Can you talk about this state of grief?VAN DEN BERG: In my own life, I have found grief to be enormously distorting, particularly if it’s sudden or extreme in nature. What made sense doesn’t make sense anymore. The rules of your life have been dismantled, and the way you track the world doesn’t work. With Clare, my interest resided in how she would respond to this state of profound unmooring. Her anchor has been pulled up and she’s lost her bearings in an extreme way. Also, she is a solo traveler, which I find heightens whatever emotional state one is in. There’s no getting away from yourself.GAZETTE: There is so much death and decline in the book. Can you talk about the constellation of themes?VAN DEN BERG: Dynamic layering is something I’m always aspiring to. How those layers come to be is a slippery process, and in a lot of ways one that happens on an unconscious plane. I keep my thought log, which bleeds over to my writing. I travel. I think about the dynamics of travel. I think about transit spaces, those zones of intimacy and anonymity. I think about how we talk about the places we go to. I listen and I watch and I read. All of that matter informs the pages.In the early drafts, I’m trying to let the world live; in the later ones, I’m trying to think more strategically. Zadie Smith has a great essay called “That Crafty Feeling” in which she talks about building a novel with scaffolding — how it can help, and also remembering to take it down later in the process. We use all sorts of false architecture to build our worlds and then we have to disassemble those materials.Both my novels underwent many permutations that were wholly necessary. The inherent challenge is to force yourself to confront where you’ve been fearful and where you’ve been lying to yourself, or the project’s growth will be seriously impeded. In my first novel, I hung on to scaffolding way too long. I worried that if I pull out this piece, the whole Jenga tower would collapse. The most liberating thing I did at a residency — this when I was working on my first novel in the summer of 2013 — was delete 100 pages of my book in a fit of delicious clarity. I emptied the trash and threw out my flash drives. Alas, this discovery occurred late in the game, in year six!With my second novel, I was a little more ruthless. If I read a chapter and felt nauseous with dissatisfaction, I deleted it — even if there was a blank space there for a while. I wanted the book to have this feverish, hallucinogenic quality and I wanted it to be as compact as possible, so if something didn’t feel essential, I got rid of it.Interview was edited for clarity and length. Van den Berg will be joined by her husband, fellow fiction writer and Briggs-Copeland Lecturer Paul Yoon, for a conversation about “The Third Hotel” Tuesday at Harvard Book Store.last_img read more

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We’re Ready For An Epic EMC World, Are You?

first_imgWhile we’ve been busy working with our customers to modernize their data centers, we’ve also been busy modernizing EMC World, preparing to make 2016 the best event to date! This year we’re delivering an exciting lineup of educational tracks, sessions, speakers, and events to help turn plans into actions. In addition, we will be setting the vision for the new company we will become in combination with Dell.The theme of our 16th annual EMC World is Modernize and we can’t wait to join customers, partners, media and analysts over an exciting four days in Las Vegas. While I don’t want to give away all the surprises we have planned, some must-see events this year include:General Sessions: The EMC World general sessions this year promise to deliver an exciting mix of breaking news, big names and of course, a few surprises along the way. This year EMC’s leadership team, along with some exciting industry gurus, will enlighten us all on how EMC is modernizing the industry, IT and businesses around the world. Check out a full list of presenters here.Breakout Sessions: We’re excited to offer 300+ breakout sessions organized into content tracks for specific audiences – IT Leadership, Technology and, new this year, Code & Modern Ops. Technical or not, there’s a track for everyone at EMC World.IT Leadership Track: Designed for those decision makers shaping the future of business, harnessing Big Data, adopting Open Source and more.Technology Track: Dive into the latest EMC innovations including Flash, Cloud-Based Solutions, Cloud-Native Apps and more.Code & Modern Ops: Our new Code & Modern Ops track is built on the themes of Learn, Code and Deploy, and will feature sessions on how to successfully build and develop modern apps to help our customers grow their business and gain competitive advantage.Global Partner Summit: EMC’s valued partners will join us for the fifth-annual EMC Global Partner Summit (GPS), taking place May 2-4 at the Venetian. Attendees will hear directly from EMC executives, positioning our partners for success in selling EMC products and solutions in 2016 and beyond.Momentum at EMC World 2016 – The Content Management Event Content management professionals from around the world will descend on Las Vegas for interactive keynotes, educational breakout sessions and plenty of networking time to talk. Momentum 2016 is the best forum for customers to get direct access to EMC engineers, product managers and executives, as well as hands-on time with EMC products for content management professionals. At Momentum 2016 they’ll discover new and innovative ways to build and evolve their content management strategies.EMC vLab Experience: We’ll offer 13 instructor-led and 39 self-paced vLabs with a deep-dive into EMC’s products and solutions. This year, the excitement builds with a top secret bonus session – stay tuned!Solutions Pavilion: Attendees will be able to explore the exciting solutions pavilion and view product demos, speak with EMC experts, partners and customers. Some of the most exciting EMC-powered apps will be demoed LIVE at the Future Ready Pavilion within the EMC Solutions Pavilion. Come see next-generation applications in healthcare, government, telecom, and more. All major EMC product divisions and Federation companies will be represented, including Pivotal, RSA, VCE, Virtustream, VMware and more.Women of World: On Wednesday, May 4th attendees will join together to get a fresh look at managing their careers in the context of change at the annual Women of World. Attendees will learn how to navigate the fast-paced transformation of the technology industry and find new ways to own, modernize and direct their careers.Customer Appreciation Event: This year, EMC is welcoming Duran Duran and Fitz & The Tantrums. What better way to celebrate EMC World than to rock out with two hit musical acts?This year we’re also giving customers who can’t join us in Las Vegas direct access to the event virtually from anywhere in the world. Here are the best ways to engage remotely with EMC World 2016:Online: Track all the latest EMC World 2016 happenings at emcworld.comLive Streaming: View video of EMC World keynotes and select conference sessions at emcworld.com/virtualSocial: Follow @EMCWorld and monitor #EMCWORLD to join the Twitter conversation. For continuous updates on EMC news and announcements, follow @EMC_News.Excited? We are too. Get ready to modernize at EMC World 2016!last_img read more

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Broadway’s Top Five TV Moments of 2016

first_img(Photo: CBS & NBC) The year 2016 has been a wonderful one for going to the theater—and for staying the heck home with a blanket and bowl of popcorn. Numerous Broadway faves have appeared on the small screen in beloved series like Younger and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend or in highly anticipated one night only stints. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s meteoric rise in 2016 brought him all the way to 30 Rock’s coveted stage spot hosting Saturday Night Live, and Fox’s Grease: Live broadcast proved itself to be a live musical gamechanger. Get a cozy mug of hot cocoa ready—here are the top five TV moments of the year from our Great White Way pals!5. Broadway Carpool KaraokeIt’s been our lifelong dream to cruise around New York belting showtunes with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski and Audra “Mama Broadway” McDonald, and Tony host, winner and late night king James Corden lived it in 2016. The fab four joined Corden in a segment of his wildly popular Carpool Karaoke, covering favorite tracks from Hamilton, Rent, Jersey Boys and of course, Les Miserables. Let’s be honest: we are all Jesse Tyler Ferguson in this video.4. Laura Benanti’s Melania Trump DebutFollowing her sweet-as-vanilla ice cream stint in She Loves Me, Laura Benanti brought that razor-sharp Twitter wit straight to the late night circuit. An observation of her resemblance to President Elect Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump during a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert became a full-blown impression; #Benanti4SNL became a hashtag among her Broadway BFFs (Cynthia Erivo and Alex Brightman, to name a few). Perhaps an SNL hosting spot is in her future for 2017 (in between diaper changes, of course)?3. LMM in “Crucible Cast Party”There was one Broadway fave who did nab the SNL hosting gig in 2016. Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is usually hailed for his genius and relentless positivity. This is exactly why seeing his more outrageous, humorous side during his SNL stint was so refreshing—especially when he poked fun at theater dorks just like him (and us, obvs). We couldn’t stop laughing at Miranda rocking braces as senior drama club heartthrob Cody Shuck. He was the Phantom in Phantom, and he was Sweeney in Sweeney.2. Vanessa Hudgens’ 11 o’Clock NumberWith a breakout role as High School Musical sweetheart Gabriella Montez and a Broadway debut as neat-as-a-pin Gigi, fans were intrigued to see what Vanessa Hudgens would bring to the table as Grease: Live’s bad girl. Hudgens beyond delivered as Fox’s Rizzo, especially considering her father passed away the night before the broadcast; she performed in his honor. Her crystal clear rendition of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” was just as commanding as a character like Grease’s Rizzo is. This Pink Lady was red hot!1. JHud’s “I Know Where I’ve Been”NBC’s Hairspray Live! was chock-full of big, fat, boisterous numbers that made the broadcast pure fun, but Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson truly took the TV event to a whole new level with this performance. She riffed and belted Hairspray’s message of inclusivity and unity loud and clear. Her flawless vocals combined with a message audiences across America can all benefit from hearing nabbed her our number one spot and inspired our 2017 mantra: What would JHud do? View Commentslast_img read more

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Preserving Pumpkins

first_imgFor more information on pumpkin preservation, see the National Center for Home Preservation website at nchfp.uga.edu/tips/fall/pumpkins.html. • Wash the pumpkin and remove the seeds. • Cut the pumpkin into 1-inch-wide pieces and peel them. • Cut the flesh into 1-inch cubes. • Boil for two minutes in water. (Remember, do not mash or puree). • Fill jars with hot pumpkin cubes and add hot cooking liquid to cover them. Leave 1 inch of headspace. • Adjust lids and process according to the USDA recommendations found at nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_04/pumpkin_winter_squash.html. Pumpkins are a staple of fall-time cuisine and festivities. Whether canned, dried or pickled, there are some important tips to keep in mind when preserving this holiday favorite. Canned, cubed pumpkin Only pressure canning methods are recommended for canning cubed pumpkin. Also, the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not have any tested recipes to recommend for safely canning certain pumpkin preserves and storing them at room temperature. “There are no safe, tested home canning procedures for mashed pumpkins or pumpkin butters,” Andress said. “If you make something up yourself and guess wrong, the result could be botulism (a rare, but serious, illness caused by foodborne bacteria).” Pumpkin seeds can be roasted by tossing dried pumpkin seeds with oil and/or salt and placing them in a preheated oven at 250 F for 10 to 15 minutes. Due to natural acidity levels, pumpkins require certain precautions be taken when canning in order to make preserves that are safe to eat. “Since pumpkins are a low-acid food, they require pressure processing for safe canning, just like vegetables and meats,” Andress said. “It’s important to follow the preparation steps just as described and to manage the pressure canner correctly, or you could still end up with unsafe canned pumpkin.” Drying pumpkin To dry pumpkin, follow these steps:• Preheat an electric dehydrator to 140 degrees Fahrenheit while you prepare the pumpkin.• Wash and peel the pumpkin and remove all seeds and fibers from the flesh. • Cut into small, thin strips about 1-inch wide by 1/8-inch thick. • Blanch strips for three minutes in steam above boiling water or for one minute in boiling water. Dip the pumpkin strips briefly in cold water to stop the cooking process. • Drain any extra moisture from the pumpkin. • Place the strips into the dehydrator by spacing them apart in a single layer. Remove when they are brittle. To dry pumpkin seeds, follow these steps:• Wash the seeds. • Dry seeds in the sun, in a dehydrator at 115-120 F for one to two hours, or bake them at a warm setting (no more than 120 F) for three to four hours. • Make sure to stir the seeds frequently throughout the process. • Dried seeds should not be stored with any moisture left in them. Smaller pumpkins with a hard rind and string-less, mature pulp are preferred, Andress said. The average amount needed is 10 pounds per canner load of 9 pints (an average of 2.25 pounds per quart). The preparation steps are as follows, but always read canning procedures and recipes in full (see the link below). FreezingThis is the easiest preservation method, according to Andress, and does not sacrifice quality. First, select a full-colored, mature pumpkin with a fine texture, and then follow these steps: • Wash and cut the pumpkin into cooking-sized sections. • Remove the seeds. • Cook until soft in boiling water, in steam, in a pressure cooker or in an oven. • Remove the pulp from the rind and mash. • Place the pan of pumpkin in a pan of cold water to cool, stirring the mash occasionally. • Pack the pumpkin into rigid containers, leaving headspace, and freeze. Complete information about containers and headspace can be found at nchfp.uga.edu/how/gen_freeze.html.last_img read more

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