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first_img Comments are closed. relaunches today. With the help of the latest technology, the website is now faster and easier to use.Look out for these great changes:– A faster, more powerful search engine – find exactly what you’re looking for from more than 20,000 pages of information– A new networking service– Case round-up section – keep up-to-date with the latest developments in employment law– More careers information– All of Personnel Today’s popular ‘How to…’ guides together for the first time– Add your own comments to stories and features– Online FAQs to help you make the best of the site– Guru online!For jobseekers, has been given a complete overhaul. Now you can:– Access more specific job locations, making it much easier to find local jobs– Specify salaries– Save personal searches– Enjoy a more user-friendly online CV function.You can also enter our two online competitions. See the boxes below and above for more details.For a demonstration of the new site, visit our stand, B96, at the CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition in Harrogate on the 27-29 October.Our online Check out the latest features exclusive to –Are references really worth the paper they are written on? is the dividing line between legitimate business expenses and unjustifiable excess? November, XpertHR will publish a series of practical articles on the subject of violence in the workplace, covering the issue from prevention through to dealing with the aftermath of an attack. This follows a set of articles giving guidance on the employment of foreign workers published during October.Beverly Shears, HR director at South West Trains, is among the senior HR professionals sharing their knowledge and networking through the site’s notice is about to launch its new job module. The improved site will allow candidates to search for jobs more effectively. Advertisers will be able to load their own jobs and make their own edits, and they will also be able to monitor the amount of times a job has been viewed.For a demonstration, please visit our stand B40 at the CIPD Annual Conference in Harrogate, or for more information, call Louise Rees on 020 8652 8103.Check out all the latest jobs in HR at www.personneltodayjobs.comWeblinksHR Directors Club: For more information on how to become a member of the HR Directors Club and a chance to network online with other senior HR leaders, go to DIRECT: Sign up for our free weekly e-mail newsletter at round-upEarlier this year, the readers of Training Magazine joined with HR professionals from the US to participate in an in-depth survey of the use of blended learning. You can read a full analysis of the results and their implications in the next edition of Training Magazine, out on 16 November.Also in this issue, we find out which motor manufacturer spends the most on training and why, and kickstart our new series on maximising the benefits of coaching at work.The One Stop Guide to Managing Reward is now available, written by Mark Childs, director of the consultancy Outset and vice-president of reward for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Childs also developed the CIPD’s Advanced Certificate in Rewards Management.This Personnel Today Management Resources guide looks at how to develop pay programmes that support and reinforce business objectives.For a copy, e-mail [email protected], or call 01371 810 433. Price 75.A growing number of employers are offering staff complementary therapy treatments. In the November issue of Occupational Health, we take a look at the leading therapies, and ask whether they do any good.The November issue also includes a report from the Mid Downs OH conference, and we assess the likely impact of NHS plans to claim back the costs of injuries and ill health caused by work from employers.What effects are progressive working-time laws having on the UK’s health services? Find out in a special industry focus in next month’s Employers’ Law. We will also be looking at what you need to know about monitoring your employees’ internet use, and what the UK can learn from age discrimination cases in Ireland.Our eventsVisit Personnel Today at stand B96CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition27-29 October, Harrogate020 8263 briefingsHR Directors ClubGuest speaker Brendan Barber.16 November, The Orangery, Kensington Palacewww.hrdirectors ConferencesHR Strategy Conference,18-19 November, LondonIRS in association with Personnel TodayCall 0207 347 3500 is revamped, revved up and ready to roll todayOn 26 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Port of Montreal further cuts GHG emissions in 2019

first_imgThe Port of Montreal saw a continuous decrease over the past seven years in the intensity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the Port of Montreal- (MPA) specific activities per tonne of cargo handled. “Ten years ago, the Montreal Port Authority adopted its first Sustainable Development Policy to spearhead a common vision, lay the foundations of a strategy for the future and define clear and concrete objectives to better preserve the environment and fit into the community. It is with pride that we take stock of our actions for sustainable development in 2019, closing our first decade marked by this strong commitment,” Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer, MPA, commented. For the year 2020, the MPA projects a 12 per cent drop in freight traffic compared to last year. This decline should be followed by a recovery at the end of the year and into early 2021, the MPA further said. The liquid bulk sector remained stable compared to last year with 16.2 million tonnes handled. The non-containerized cargo sector dropped 33.5 per cent, to 123,000 tonnes of cargo, mainly due to the end of handling oversized parts for the new Samuel-de-Champlain Bridge. For the MPA, 2019 was a sixth consecutive record year in terms of tonnes of goods handled. The total volume of goods reached 40.6 million tonnes, up 4.3 per cent from 2018. The container sector also set a new record with 15.1 million tonnes of containerized cargo and 1.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). 2019 was marked by the arrival of a seventh containerized cargo carrier — COSCO Shipping Lines. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions The decrease enabled the port to achieve Green Marine level 5 performance – a 45.3 per cent reduction in intensity since the 2007 control year, the port authority said in its latest sustainable development report. What is more, the number of LNG fuelling operations increased from four in 2017 to 42 in 2019. The 74 LNG bunkering operations carried out in less than three years prevented 21,000 tonnes of GHG emissions, according to the MPA. The MPA’s operating revenues reached CA$130 million, a 5 per cent increase over 2018, while expenses amounted to $99.3 million. Factoring in investment income, net earnings were $31.9 million.  Operated by the MPA, the Port of Montreal is the second-largest port in Canada and a diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. Business & Finance Posted: over 3 years ago “Port activities generate positive economic returns for businesses, workers and citizens. Thanks to the collective strength that unites stakeholders in the supply chain, the Port of Montreal is fulfilling its mission despite the most unpredictable challenges, such as the COVID-19 crisis, which has severely tested the social and economic balance,” Vachon said. The current health and economic crisis is not without consequences for the Port of Montreal.center_img The 2019 cruise season boasted 112, 000 cruise passengers and crew members, with 76 calls from 17 different cruise lines. In all, 145 sustainable development actions were taken in 2019. These included measures to protect at-risk species, planting 750 trees, installing a new electrical connection for a decommissioned vessel and the launch of an urban beekeeping project.  The dry bulk sector posted a strong increase of 17 per cent over last year with a total of 9.2 million tonnes, mainly due to the resumption of operations at the grain terminal following a labour stoppage in 2018. “Having earned a perfect score this year in the Green Marine voluntary environmental certification program for the North American shipping industry, we are pleased to see the results of our sustained efforts making a difference on several levels.” Categories: Posted: over 3 years ago As a result of recent directives from the Government of Canada, the cruise season in Montreal was cancelled. As for cargo volumes handled, after a solid first quarter, the MPA has been experiencing signs of a slowdown on its docks since April, but the intermodal chain remains fully mobilized. 2020: A tougher year Cargo traffic and financial performance The MPA also turned to artificial intelligence to reduce greenhouse gases emitted by port trucking. Through its Trucking PORTal application, a new predictive version of which was launched in 2019, the MPA provides truck waiting times at its terminals 24 hours in advance. This information, accessible both online and through a mobile application, makes it possible for drivers and dispatchers to monitor truck traffic at the Port and, by planning trips around peak activity, reduce the overall carbon footprint of trucks at the port. An initial assessment of this initiative’s beneficial impacts found a six-minute reduction in the total processing time for trucks (from the time they entered the port to the time they left) and a drop of over 200 tonnes of GHGs annually compared to 2018, despite an 8 per cent increase in trucks coming to the port compared to 2018. Port of Montreal Can Now Power Cruise Ships with Electricity A total of 1,349 tonnes of GHGs were avoided because the Holland America Line’s cruise ship Veendam and eight wintering vessels were electrically connected dockside, while approximately 12,000 tonnes of GHGs were avoided through the 42 LNG fuelling systems provided to five vessels. With a view to reducing air pollution, the MPA continued to offer ships calling at the port a liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling solution as well as shore power systems. last_img read more

Mind over ERA: how the Colorado Rockies finally built a playoff contender through pitching

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — Jon Gray’s fists are coiled, one on top of the other, as if he’s gripping an invisible bat with everything his forearms can muster. The Colorado Rockies pitcher is trying to draw an analogy: “It’s like holding onto it like this, you know?”Gray is talking about his brain, the organ he considers most responsible for his midseason demotion to Triple-A. He could not reconcile his elite strikeout, walk and home run rates with a 5.77 earned-run average. Some of this was bad luck, but the 26-year-old compounded his problems by overthinking. Gray now realizes he had to let go. He had to get away.“Sometimes it doesn’t feel comfortable but you’ve got to take a step back,” he said. “It’s your job and everything. You want to do great, but you can’t hold onto it and try to make things happen.”When Gray returned to the majors, the Rockies won each of his next seven starts. They nearly made it eight in a row Monday, but the bullpen collapsed and the Angels came from behind to win 10-7. This wasn’t Gray’s fault, but by now he’s had plenty of practice letting things go.“I feel like it’s a difference in the mindset whenever I throw the ball, really,” he said. “It’s not really a physical change in me, or mechanical. I kicked everything I was thinking of while I was pitching to the side and tried to have fun throwing the baseball every day, and then things got better. I don’t know. I just had more fun.”Baseball can be fun for the Colorado Rockies’ pitching staff. Imagine that.A two-game split in Anaheim left Colorado tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the National League West, a half-game behind the second wild-card berth. The Rockies’ offense has been below average by most measures, their bullpen mediocre. They have a chance to reach the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time ever on the strength of their starting rotation – something that seemed impossible when baseball arrived at Denver’s mile-high altitude.With one exception in 132 games, Bud Black has started Gray, Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, Tyler Anderson, Antonio Senzatela or Chad Bettis. Bettis is the oldest at 29, Marquez the youngest at 23. Only Marquez, acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Jake McGee-for-Corey Dickerson trade, is not homegrown. Each has been remarkably healthy.center_img “Last year was sort of a collection of the whole group – position players, bullpen, starting rotation,” Black said. “This year, I think the starting pitching has been probably the biggest part of our success. We’ve needed them to carry that.”What happened to the days of Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker and Todd Helton turning every game at Coors Field into a slugfest? How did the Rockies solve baseball’s biggest enigma?Start with the draft. Freeland (2014), Gray (2013) and Anderson (2011) were all first-round picks. Bettis (2010) was a second-rounder, while Senzatela signed as a 16-year-old amateur from Venezuela.Targeting pitchers early in the draft was nothing new – Colorado has used 24 of its 39 first-round picks on pitchers – but there was a reason to believe in this group from the outset.“When they changed the draft rules (in 2012), it put that club in position to get guys like Gray, Anderson, and Freeland – some of these pitchers who would normally slide down the draft because of bonus money or whatever else they could attract,” said Bill Geivett, a Rockies executive from 2000-14. “Now there’s a lot more parity in terms of what clubs like the Rockies can get in the draft. But that was always the goal, to be able to do that.”Geivett left a front-office position with the Dodgers, a franchise defined by its Hall of Fame pitchers, to join the Rockies, where fans wearing a pitcher’s jersey were almost nonexistent. He has since authored a book (“Do You Want To Work in Baseball?”) that draws on lessons learned with both franchises.Geivett said the analytical ingredients of a successful pitcher at Coors Field are typical: lots of strikeouts, few walks, a high ground-ball rate, a low fly-ball rate.“Everything that’s important in pitching is just really important there because mistakes get magnified,” he said. “That’s the only difference.”The Rockies have tried to cultivate an edge through development. From Little League, baseball players are taught that the best hitters fail 70 percent of the time. It works as a morning mirror mantra and a postgame quote – useful, except when it comes to Coors Field, where it simply is not true.There, Barry Bonds had a .468 on-base percentage. Even Wally Joyner didn’t make an out half the time. To challenge the conventional wisdom that they couldn’t win with pitching, Rockies pitchers needed to be convinced that the conventional wisdom is not true; that the best hitters might not fail 70 percent of the time. And they needed pitchers who could be convinced.“We sat with this group of young pitchers, some of whom had already emerged at the major league level, some of whom were fighting their way at Double-A, Triple-A,” General Manager Jeff Bridich said, “and said, ‘look guys, my plan right now is to go with this group. We believe in this group. We believe this group can take us where we want to go at the major league level as long as you guys continue to learn from each other, push each other, develop together, challenge each other to get better.’ ”The battlefield of the mind is a tricky place. A starting pitcher’s war is never totally won, since a new battle pops up every fifth day. Win most of the time and your team might make the playoffs, but your opponent still has an unfair advantage at altitude. This is why the Rockies’ strategy for developing pitchers places a disproportionate focus on psychology.Their new mantra?“If you pitch at Colorado, you’re going to give up hits, you’re going to give up runs, so what are you going to do about it? Altitude does matter, but your attitude matters more,” explained pitching coach Steve Foster.Freeland, 12-7 with a 2.90 earned-run average, is a classic finesse pitcher. He’s matured into a Cy Young candidate at 25 by painting the edges of the strike zone, limiting hard contact and letting his defense do most of the work.Foster believes Marquez has better pure stuff than most pitchers in the league.Gray, a classic power pitcher, is the poster boy for the Rockies’ developmental framework. His four-seam fastball can touch 99 mph on a radar gun, but it has topped out at 97 since he returned from Triple-A. Foster said the extra 2 mph are still in there. For Gray, part of letting go means not trying to strike every hitter out. He’s striking out fewer than one batter per inning since his return from Triple-A, something he’d never done as a major leaguer.At 26, Gray learned to put more stock in his attitude than his ERA.“You have to live experience,” Foster said. “You can’t buy it.”Well, maybe some teams can, but when it comes to pitchers, the Rockies can’t.For the first time ever, it’s working out OK.last_img read more

DD Gardening: Slug pellets – the blue snow of summer

first_imgSTOP! Hold it right there. Surely you’ve enough slug pellets down in the garden already? Many of you reading this will be distributors of blue snow in summer. Spreading copious amounts of slug pellets around the garden willy nilly as ‘the slugs are eating everything’… well dear… if you put meat out to trap bears guess what… you’re gonna get bears!Sorry for being a bit shouty but for all the chat about banning weedkillers and how bad these are we forget about the dangers of over-use of these small blue pellets. Advertisement In many rivers in England levels of the active ingredient found in many common slug pellets, Metaldehyde, are recorded at over 100 times the safe level, and there is no way to treat for this product in water, so when it’s there, it’s there!Due to changing weather patterns it’s easy to surmise that the general population of slugs and snails is on the increase and we should equally surmise that the population of natural predators should be in the increase too, such as hedgehogs, frogs, wildbirds and other predatory nematodes but sadly most of these are on the decline – habitat loss, farming practices and wider environmental issues are normally stated.But like you washing that marmalade jar before you send it for recycling what have you done today/this week/ this year for biodiversity in your garden? Any feeders out? Any nesting boxes out? Any sources of water out? Many habitat areas in your garden? Advertisement But back to the case in hand, the blue snow. One slug pellet every 4” is enough for coverage, and one slug pellet every 4” applied every 2 weeks or so is plenty.Yes… one every 4”… not a handful of a hundred to the square foot on the ground, but a tiny sprinkling… surprised? Think about all the unnecessary poison you may have horsed around your garden over the years, all those birds and hedgehogs that may have been poisoned because of your exuberant application!Way too many slug pellets!Slug pellets are made up from around 5% active ingredient, the other 95% is probably wheat, this is the attractive part of the pellet, the slugs are attracted by the wheat, eat the pellet, and the Metaldyhyde then dehydrates the slugs by getting the slug to produce huge amounts of Mucus.So pellets will firstly attract the slugs to your plants, so if you’re using pellets its best to put some down before the plants are growing (i.e. before you plant out plants).So if you are using these slug pellets the rule is very little on a regular basis.DD Gardening: Slug pellets – the blue snow of summer was last modified: August 11th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:Gardeningsnail pelletslast_img read more