Top job: Mary Canavan, director of human resources at the British Library

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Mary Canavan has been appointed director of Human Resources at the British Library.She will be responsible for the development and implementation of a modernisingHR strategy for the UK national library’s 2,500-strong workforce. Where were you working before and what were your duties? I developed HR strategies in the context of local government when head of HRat the London Borough of Havering, where modernising people practices have beenhigh on the agenda. What will be the duties in your new role? The British Library is embarking on an ambitious modernisation strategywhich requires major change across many aspects of HR, and a real commitment toensuring the people agenda is centre-stage. My role will be to develop astrategically focused and effective HR function in tune with the needs of thelibrary. What do you hope to achieve in your new role? To develop a proactive HR strategy which facilitates and supports the futuregrowth and success of the library. Which aspects are you most looking forward to? Working with a diverse group of staff who are employed in activities such asconserving ancient manuscripts or developing ground-breaking digitisationtechnology. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? Sitting opposite my boss when part of a ceiling fell down on him. Who is the ultimate Guru? Nelson Mandela because of his capacity to forgive and lead his countrythrough momentous change. What is the best thing about HR? The range of different people you work with on a daily basis. How do you fill your spare time? Catching up with friends over excellent food and wine. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? Climbing Ayers Rock, because I am terrified of heights. What is the essential tool in your job? Perseverance. What advice would you give people starting out in HR? Don’t specialise too early and get as much general experience as you can. Do you network? Yes, it’s a crucial part of being effective in my job. If you could do any job in the world what would it be? To own my own restaurant on the beautiful island of Paxos. Who would play you in the film of your life? Judi Dench, because she’s a strong woman with a sense of humour. Canavan’s CV2003    Directorof HR, London Borough of Havering2003    Head of HR, LondonBorough of Havering1998    Senior HR manager,London Borough of Enfield1993    Personnel manager,London Borough of Waltham Forest Top job: Mary Canavan, director of human resources at the British LibraryOn 23 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

HMAS Darwin Seizes 449 Kilograms of Heroin

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Darwin Seizes 449 Kilograms of Heroin View post tag: Darwin HMAS Darwin Seizes 449 Kilograms of Heroin View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Heroin May 15, 2014 View post tag: 449 View post tag: Kilograms HMAS Darwin operating in the Indian Ocean in international waters, 40 nautical miles off the east coast of Somalia, intercepted a suspected drug smuggling dhow on 13 May 2014, seizing 449 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $132 million dollars. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Seizes Darwin’s Commanding Officer, Commander Terry Morrison, said the seizure removed a major source of funding for terrorist and criminal networks which included Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Al-Shabaab.“I am very proud of the hard work and determination of the ship’s company in HMAS Darwin during a particularly long and challenging interdiction,” Commander Morrison said.“Due to the hard work of many previous ships deploying to this region, we have been very successful in intercepting illegal narcotics smuggling.”Darwin’s boarding party discovered the hidden drugs contained in 20 bags each weighing between 20 to 25 kilograms.As part of Operation SLIPPER, HMAS Darwin is deployed on patrol under tasking to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and the UK led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.Commander of Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations, Major General Craig Orme, said Australia’s commitment to the CMF contributed to the Indian Ocean’s security and the trade which flowed through it which was important to global, regional and Australian strategic interests.“HMAS Darwin has made a considerable impact on the drug smuggling networks operating in the Indian Ocean. This is an excellent outcome and highlights the good work being conducted by ADF members on Operation Slipper,” Major General Orme said.CTF 150 is responsible for enforcing maritime security in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions to counter terrorist acts and related illegal activities, which terrorists use to fund or conceal their movements.Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Jeremy Blunden of the Royal Navy, said the drug haul was the CMF’s seventh significant seizure this year.“The interception of heroin traffic is an important part of the work of the CMF as some of the profit from the trafficking of heroin goes to extremist and terrorist organisations,” Commodore Blunden said.The CMF works to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy, encourage regional engagement, reduce illegal trafficking of people and drugs, and promote the maritime environment as a safe place for mariners with legitimate business.HMAS Darwin has conducted several previous drug seizures including over 1 tonne of heroin with an estimated street value of $289 million dollars. HMAS Darwin is the 57th individual Royal Australian Navy ship deployment to the Middle East Area of operations since 1990.[mappress]Press Release, May 15, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

China-built Nigerian Navy ship NNS Unity arrives to Lagos

first_img View post tag: NNS Unity View post tag: Nigerian Navy View post tag: P18N Authorities November 7, 2016 China-built Nigerian Navy ship NNS Unity arrives to Lagos Nigerian Navy’s newest offshore patrol vessel NNS Unity which was built by the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Limited (CSOIL) arrived to Lagos, Nigeria, on November 4.The ship departed China on September 15 and made port calls in five countries in Asia and Africa while en route to Nigeria.The two offshore patrol vessels Nigeria ordered from China in 2012 are variants of the Chinese Type 056 corvette. Known as P18N, the Nigerian variant measures 95 meters in length, displaces 1800 tons and can stay at sea for 20 days.NNS Centenary, the first ship in the class arrived to Lagos in February 2015. Back to overview,Home naval-today China-built Nigerian Navy ship NNS Unity arrives to Lagos Share this articlelast_img read more

In Short

first_imgDate set for BIABritish Baker is pleased to announce that the Baking Industry Awards will take place on Wednesday 8 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London. For companies interested in supporting the event, please contact 01293 846595. For information on past awards, see code arrivesThe new Groceries Supply Code of Practice, in force from 4 February, aims to ensure suppliers do not have costs imposed on them “unexpectedly or unfairly by retailers”, banning them from making retrospective adjustments to supply terms and conditions.Cup heats deadlineThe 26 February deadline for entries for the UK national heat of the Louis Lesaffre Cup is fast approaching, with the UK team to be selected at the Baking Industry Exhibition (21-24 March). Entrants will pit their skills in bread, Viennese pastries or an artistic piece in the Live Bakery. To enter, visit or email [email protected] Bakels MDBritish Bakels has promoted its general manager Ade Abass to managing director. Abass joined Bakels in March 2002 as financial controller, and was appointed general manager in January 2009.BSB dinnerThe British Society of Baking Dinner will take place at the Baking Industry Exhibition from 21-24 March. The dinner will be on Monday evening, 22 March, at the Forest of Arden Marriott hotel in Birmingham. Tickets are £60 for members and £65 for non-members. BBC Radio 4 sports commentator Garry Richardson will be the after-dinner speaker.last_img read more

Group therapy

first_imgNext week marks the first-ever Co-operatives Fortnight (19 June to 3 July 2010). I know what some of you are thinking: crusty Guardian-reading weirdos and this, smiles Dan McTierman of co-operative The Handmade Bakery, is probably what the neighbouring butcher thinks when he drops round a copy of his British Baker to help out this fledgling start-up.But perceptions of the ethical co-op business model are changing from evidence that it slows down the employee turnover to claims it fosters a sense of ownership in workers who have a self-interest in the prosperity of the business by reaping the rewards of their efforts.”Since the financial crisis, people have been plugging co-operatives as an antidote,” says McTierman. “By default, there are checks and safeguards in place, because it’s about a group of people who have come together with similar aims in mind. The Co-op Bank is one of the fastest growing in the British banking sector and the government is talking about public sector co-ops. John Lewis is a workers’ co-op and they’ve been doing a lot better than fellow retailers in a recession.”He points to a co-op organic grocery in Manchester Unicorn that is turning over £90,000 a week. “Companies like that prove it works,” he says.Inspired by fermentationThis 1,000-loaf-a week Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield, is a somewhat smaller proposition, sparked into life after McTierman attended a course at Town Mill bakery in Dorset, under baker Aidan Chapman. “I got so inspired by him talking about the magic of fermentation, things I didn’t have a clue about,” he recalls.This led to the formation of an informal bread club, which turned into a subscription bakery, based on a community-supported agriculture model, whereby the community pays the farmer upfront and has the guarantee of a committed customer base. “I thought, ’Why can’t this work for baking?’”The Handmade Bakery’s spin on this model is direct-selling to customers, which offers better margins over wholesale, he says; current subscribers pay £9.20 for four loaves a month, made from sponge and dough or sourdough, with flours supplied by Yorkshire Organic Millers and Shipton Mill.Then, in May last year, a community effort to save the local greengrocer presented an opportunity to set up a bakery. McTierman left his job and it opened in August, with £15,000 of Social Enterprise funding. This imposes an asset lock on the business, whereby the profits cannot be distributed to private individuals; directors cannot be paid a dividend; they cannot sell shares, although they could sell loan stock (which McTierman plans to do, paying interest to investors in the form of loaves at a typical rate of 7%); and, should the business fold, any surplus after the debts have been paid off must be given to a co-op or charity.So why go down that restrictive route? The answer is a mix of practicality and ethics. Firstly, they had no capital to start a business and secondly, they were attracted by the politics as much as the baking. “Working at a desk, it’s sometimes hard to determine what your output is at the end of the day in this amorphous, electronic world. Here you’ve got job satisfaction in using your hands and your brain. The co-op overlay is a mix of doing something you believe in and having a stake in it,” he says. “Hannah [my wife] and I had no idea about setting up a business. Co-operative UK were very supportive and it has been really good for our business.”Political thinkingWhile you may think of a co-operative as being a large and unwieldy rabble, there are presently only three members of The Handmade co-op. The plan is to grow it slowly through training bakers an additional revenue stream and its ’How to start a bakery co-op’ courses have sold out. “In the future, Hannah and I might not be here, but because this structure is set up, there will be a community bakery here baking on-site,” he says.But do they have a traditional three-year growth plan? “Yes, but it’s finite. We are happy to do 1,200 loaves a week, then concentrate on education. I’ve had enquiries from food-service people who supply British Airways and, increasingly, supermarkets we could have grown 10 times in the first year, but I’m just not interested. Maybe I’m an idiot! But I’d rather have a small bakery that does a lot of other interesting projects as well.”www.thereisanalternative.coopwww.thehandmadebakery.cooplast_img read more

New campaign #INthistogether encourages social distancing

first_img Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – April 2, 2020 0 216 Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook Pinterest New campaign #INthistogether encourages social distancing Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, speaks during a during a news conference while Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana state health commissioner, listens on Friday, March 27, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Holcomb said the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases show that all parts of Indiana are seeing illnesses. (AP Photo/Tom Davies) Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and a coalition of statewide business and community partners including Eli Lilly and Company – announced a social distancing campaign to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 in Indiana. The #INthistogether campaign will help Hoosiers understand the importance of social distancing, provide access to helpful tips and information and galvanize communitywide commitment to flattening the curve. When done correctly, social distancing reduces the number of hospitalizations and deaths related to the pandemic.Gov. Holcomb launched the #INthistogether social distancing campaign at his daily press briefing on COVID-19 and through a statewide public service announcement. Mayor Hogsett released a public service announcement showing his support for the campaign and its importance for residents of Indianapolis, one of the nation’s growing hotspots for cases of the virus. Other partners launched their own contributions to the campaign, including videos and social media posts from Indiana Pacers shooting guard, Victor Oladipo, Indiana Fever player and vice president of basketball operations, Tamika Catchings, and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard.“Social distancing is the most important and effective tool we have to defeat COVID-19,” said Gov. Holcomb. “If we act now, we can save lives and then re-open our state for business, group activities, sports and the other things we enjoy doing together as Hoosiers. But we need every person to take this seriously and do their part. We are truly in this together.”All Hoosiers are encouraged to show how they are practicing good social distancing, whether they are at home, at an essential business or going out for essential needs. Today’s announcement included a community toolkit that allows everyone in the state to show they are #INthistogether. A wide range of resources can be found at“This campaign is sharing a critically important message with the people of Indianapolis as well as residents across the state,” said Mayor Hogsett. “It’s clear that social distancing works. And while restrictions have presented challenges for businesses, families and workers, the health and safety of Hoosiers has to continue being our top priority. In order to meaningfully address this public health crisis, we must ensure people understand that their actions impact the wellbeing of their neighbors. We really are in this together.”The #INthistogether campaign underscores the urgency of these social distancing tips:Stay home. Right now, staying home is the best way you can help our healthcare workers and first responders. Essential businesses are still open and everyone can go to grocery stores, the pharmacy and for medical care as needed.Avoid close physical contact. Remember to maintain a safe distance of six feet apart and keep up healthy hygiene practices, including wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, clean and sanitize frequently, and cough or sneeze into elbow.If you feel sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your physician and try to isolate yourself from others in the home.Stay connected with friends and loved ones. There are multiple ways like video conferencing, when available, that allow people to see each other on computers and smart phones. People are also encouraged to write letters and call or text people to check in and connect socially. Try to say hi to neighbors from six feet away.Take care of yourself. That includes your physical health and mental well-being. Staying home does not mean you can’t go for a run or walk as long as you maintain a safe physical distance. Eating well, occasionally turning off the news and a good night’s sleep are important.Support our community. Look for creative ways to virtually give back to your community. Call an elderly neighbor, say hi over the fence, offer virtual tutoring or donate to an organization or community fund, like the Central Indiana Economic Relief Fund.As one of the campaign partners, Lilly has pledged to amplify the campaign by reaching out to other corporations, businesses and community organizations in addition to offering drive-through testing for health care workers and working with the scientific and medical community to defeat the coronavirus.“Lilly is bringing the full force of our scientific and medical expertise to attack the coronavirus pandemic around the world. Here in our Indiana home, we feel a special responsibility to help bring our community together to practice proven and effective health strategies,” said David A. Ricks, chairman and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company. “We’re honored to be working with Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett and other partners to help Indiana rise to the challenge and flatten the curve. Lives depend on it.”Visit for additional information about the campaign, including links to routinely updated information on Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleMember of Penn High School community has COVID-19Next articleMenards ordered to cease unsafe sales practices amid pandemic Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Pie companies square off

first_imgWiltshire-based pie producers Eat Square has been told not to refer to its pies as square by a London-based rival.Eat Square was set up in 2014, with a brand concept twisting the term ‘square meal’ into a square pie.However, Square Pie, founded in 2001, regarded this as infringing the intellectual property rights of its own rectangular-themed pies and, after receiving no reply to an informal letter it sent, took legal action.All references to the pies as square has been removed by Eat Square, including from the company website, and the company will find out next month if it can keep the Eat Square name at all.Alex Joll, founder of Eat Square, said it was a shock when he first received a letter in July telling him of Square Pie’s position. However, he said he would continue producing the square-shaped pies and considered that to be the most important thing.Square Pies founder Martin Dewey said: “We have absolutely no objection to fellow square-shaped pie-makers and sellers – there are plenty of pie-lovers to go round.“This dispute centres on the wrongful adoption of our branding and associated language, which misleadingly implies some form of connection with the branding of Square Pie.”last_img read more

Trampled By Turtles, Devil Makes Three & Elephant Revival Teamed Up For Derby Eve Extravaganza

first_imgLoad remaining images Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three and Elephant Revival raced into Louisville, KY last Friday night, May 6th, to help kick off the festivities surrounding the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Many memorable shows have been held on Derby Eves past, and this roots and Americana triple bill was a sure fit for the state that birthed the name “Bluegrass.” Gathering together a sold out crowd at the scenic Iroquois Amphitheater, the family friendly event saw music fans of all ages dancing in the aisles and singing to the stars.The evening’s first act, Elephant Revival is fresh off releasing their new album Petals, and shared an upbeat set of tunes from their entire catalog. The band’s versatility was on display as almost all of the players exchanged instruments and roles throughout their forty-five minute set.  The youngest fans in the audience flocked to the rail and delighted in singing along with Elephant Revival’s more upbeat and joyous fare.  Mandolinist Erik Berry from TBT couldn’t resist the pull of the music either, popping out to join Dango Rose for an all too brief duet.The Devil Makes Three have come a long way from their Southern Californian (by way of Vermont) beginnings to international acclaim. The trio brought additional musicians out for their tour with Trampled By Turtles, and the added drums and strings did a perfect job of enriching but not overpowering the sound that they’ve worked so hard to perfect.  Though the band’s fans are aching for new material, they were overjoyed at the show, singing along with every song as they packed shoulder to shoulder along the stage front. Closing their musical stanza, frontman Pete Bernhard offered some terrible advice for picking horses and kind words for the city itself that drew cheers and laughs which, along with the smoking songs they shared, surely earned The Devil Makes Three some enthusiastic new fans.The evening’s headliners, Trampled By Turtles, demonstrated the confidence they’ve earned over a decade plus of relentless touring and recording.  Their releases have dominated the Billboard bluegrass charts over that time, at one point holding the number one position for a year straight.  The fanatical loyalty they receive from their nation of fans is amazing to watch.  A brief sampling of the fans who made their way up to the front of the stage revealed attendees from fourteen different states, some from as far away as Alaska, in town for the race and their favorite band.  When the lights dimmed and the band took the stage the howls and cheers of appreciation were deafening.While over two hundred thousand people placed bets at Churchill Downs during Derby weekend, in the end there was only one sure thing…that fans of bluegrass who managed to get tickets to the Trampled By Turtles, Devil Makes Three and Elephant Revival show won by a mile! Check out a few more pictures and a full gallery from the show below.last_img read more

AIDS at 30: Hard lessons and hope

first_imgThirty years after the first official reports about HIV/AIDS, we look back on the human devastation and forward to a changed social landscape. The infection has killed more people so far than has any other discrete epidemic, except for the Great Influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 and the Black Death of the Middle Ages. It has destroyed individuals, families, and societies. Yet HIV/AIDS has also raised public health to new levels of science, conscience, and innovation. Review editor Madeline Drexler asked distinguished Harvard School of Public Health faculty and alumni where the epidemic has taken us and where it is headed.Q: HIV/AIDS has been one of the most catastrophic epidemics in all of history. Despite this tragic human toll, are there ways in which HIV/AIDS changed public health for the better?Fineberg: Yes, because it was the beginning of a new understanding of global health—a commonality of risk and burden. The U.S. as a wealthy country and Uganda as a developing country: both faced the same disease problem, though in different ways. At the World Health Organization, Jonathan Mann, who would later join the School as founding director of the FXB Center, also helped define a new way of thinking about public health. He tried desperately to mobilize the world, awaken the world, to this looming disaster. He repeatedly described the inseparable nature of health and human rights.Follow story link to read full Q&A. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Mothers and Sons Star Tyne Daly Looks Back on 50 Years of Playing Mamas

first_img What are your memories of making your Broadway debut [in That Summer – That Fall in 1967] ? I heard someone the other day talking about playing the St. James, and I thought, “That’s my theater!” [Laughs.] But it’s important for me to avoid nostalgia. As I say in my cabaret act, “Memory lane is not my favorite street!” What do you love about being back in New York City?  Many more people saw me on TV than will ever get to see me on stage, but I do love being in the same room as the people I’m telling the story to. I could be a tourist in this town for the rest of my days. I find the city very exciting. How does it feel to have a role written for you? To feel that I have in some way been a catalyst to his creativity is really amazing. And intimidating! [Laughs.] I’ve been doing this a very long time and sometimes it’s a challenge and sometimes it’s a job and sometimes it’s a wow. This one is a wow for me. Did Terrence McNally just call you up and tell you he had a role for you? We had a very good time on Master Class, and indeed, he did call me up. On the fifth of July I was hanging with some friends by the pool, and I got a call on my cell phone. He said, “Hello, this is Terrence McNally,” and I sort of said, “Oh, uh, hello, uh, Terrence McNally!” [Laughs.] I was totally startled. It Shoulda Been You is coming to New York—it’s been a few years since you’ve starred in a Broadway musical, are you ready? Geez, I hope so. [Laughs.] It’s a different kind of assignment now, but that’s a very fun piece. It’s lighthearted, and I think that will be a lovely balancing for this year. There are good jokes in Mothers and Sons, but bottom line, the play’s no good unless you laugh and cry. It has to be both. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Really? Absolutely! I remember when I had two little kids, I was visiting my mom [actress Hope Daly], and we were getting into her old Volkswagen, and I thought, once upon a time, she was my age and had two little kids, and she was doing the best she could. And all of a sudden she became a human being to me. Mothers have gotten a lot of hate and they still do, but they bear a closer look. For me, they bear a second and third and fourth look. Do you enjoy playing mothers? I think mothers get a raw deal in American culture, so I’ve been defending them. I have three daughters and I know that as they become mothers, they got a lot more gentle towards me! Throughout her five-decade career, Tyne Daly has played a wide range of memorable matriarchs, from a meddling mom in Gypsy to a multitasking mom in Cagney & Lacey to a grieving mom in Rabbit Hole—so it seems apropos that when playwright Terrence McNally decided to write a role especially for the Tony-winning actress, he made her a mama. In the stirring new drama Mothers and Sons, Daly plays Katharine, a conflicted mother who visits the New York apartment of her late son’s partner (played by Frederick Weller), who is now married to another man (Bobby Steggert). chatted with Daly about why she finds her new role intimidating, her favorite thing about New York City and memories of her own mother. Related Showscenter_img Star Files See Daly in Mothers and Sons at the Golden Theatre. Mothers and Sons Your personal politics are so different from Katharine’s—how do you approach playing such a conflicted character? My job always is to play a person, not to judge her. This is a lesson that I learned a long time ago. Gordon Davidson was directing Black Angel, a play about a Nazi war criminal and his wife, and he raged at me one day, “Will you quit judging this woman and just play her?” It was a wonderful key to the work. No, I’m not a Republican, I didn’t have a loveless marriage, and I didn’t have a bad time being pregnant. There’s a lot of stuff that Katharine and I don’t have in common, but what we do have in common is more important. View Comments How do you unwind after the show? I do games of solitaire when I get home to quiet my spirits. I used to think I was going to be a nun to the theater when I was 17. It was going to be the theater or nothing. Then I saw this man named Georg Stanford Brown across a room and I thought, “Oh golly, there’s the father of my children, I’d better go introduce myself.” But now that my grown-up kids and my grandchildren are on the other coast, I have more time and space. How did Mothers and Sons come about? I was asked by [producing director] Jed Bernstein to do a fundraiser for the Bucks County Playhouse, which is where I earned the second half of my Equity card. I was at Bucks in 1963—50, count ‘em, 50 years ago. I did a reading of Love Letters with James Earl Jones, and at the end, Jed said to me, “Would you ever think of coming back to do a play in the summer?” He said he was approaching Terrence McNally. In under a year, he had written Mothers and Sons. Tyne Dalylast_img read more