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Assessing the odds

first_imgHRis under pressure to recruit more wisely, and an increasing number oforganisations are now using assessment tools to make better informed decisions.Nic Paton reportsLondon-basedmarketing firm Chemistry Communications Group has been tightening up itsrecruitment practices of late. According to HR manager Denise de Rozario, thecompany – which employs about 90 people in two offices in the capital and onein Southampton – has hired around 15 people since February, and now usespsychometric testing as the norm. “Ourline managers have found it incredibly useful because it gives them an insightinto how they might shape their qualities,” she says. “We are doingmany more psychometric profiles than we were three years ago.”Theyare not the only ones. In a survey of more than 250 HR professionals and 8,000jobseekers by recruitment firm Reed, more than half (55 per cent) of thosepolled said they were using assessment tools more when recruiting now than theywere three years ago.   Testsand presentationsPresentationsand psychometric tests were embraced by more than half the survey’s sample,with competency-based interviews also in the top three of favourite assessmentmethods.  InDe Rozario’s case, potential candidates have a first interview with her, thenfill in a personality profile, which is followed by a second interview.”It is so hard to recruit, and there are so many variables,” shesays. “Testing helps us tell whether someone is going to fit into theorganisation. Candidates like it too; they say it seems much more professional.”Increasingly,it seems the days of relying on gut instinct when appointing candidates aredisappearing. That type of subjective decision-making can still have its place,but testing and assessment brings an extra dimension and sophistication to theprocess. TheReed survey also shows some interesting differences when it comes to sectors.The public sector, for instance, makes much more use of presentations, groupexercises and work simulation tests, although overall, the top three remain thesame.Themanufacturing sector, by contrast, is less keen on work simulation tests, whilethe service sectors are less interested in working through a series of tasks inan allotted time, otherwise known as ‘in-tray’ exercises.Amongjobseekers, 76 per cent of those polled agreed that employers were usingassessments more now than in the past.Fewerthan one in 10 had experienced in-tray exercises. But all the other categoriesof assessment – competency-based interviews, personality questionnaires,psychometric tests, presentations, work-simulation tests and group exercises –had been experienced by more than one in three jobseekers.Othertests cited included role play, verbal comprehension, IQ and intelligencetests, maths and logic tests and graphology and handwriting analysis. Themost popular tests among jobseekers were competency-based interviews (37 percent), followed by work simulation tests (23 per cent), and personalityquestionnaires (12 per cent).Bycontrast, psychometric tests were believed to be the worst at identifying theright person by more than one in five jobseekers (22 per cent), followed bypersonality questionnaires (18 per cent).Athird said that undertaking assessments made them feel better about theorganisation they were applying to, whether or not they got the job. This wasdouble the number who said assessments made them feel worse. Theascent of assessmentsSowhy the need for change? The Reed survey points to the tougher jobs market,meaning firms have more candidates to choose from for fewer jobs, and so theneed for more tools to select the best and weed out the worst. But there may beother factors at work too, suggests Stephanie Peckham, lead consultant at HRconsultancy DBM.”HRdepartments are under a lot more pressure to make the correct decision onrecruitment, because it is so expensive and reflects on the company. There ishuge pressure to get it right,” she explains.Ascompanies increasingly want to use tests in the recruitment process, it isgoing to become necessary for HR to take a bigger role in educating peopleabout what assessment can bring to the table and, crucially, what itslimitations are. “Theimportant thing is for HR to know what it is measuring in the firstplace,” Peckham adds. “Job analyses need to look at what sort oftraits they are looking for.” Similarly,argues Laura Frith, chartered psychologist and head of Reed Consulting,managers now have a greater appreciation of what assessment tools are availableto them.”Atthe moment, many organisations are going through restructuring programmesthat  involve changes in organisationalculture. At such times, the ability of assessment tools to assess intangiblessuch as attitude and cultural fit becomes more important than ever,” shesays.Therecan also be the brand benefit that can come from carrying out well thought out,rigorous and effective assessments. “A good assessment programme actuallymakes people feel better about the organisation they have applied for, even ifthey do not get the job,” says Frith. “In today’s competitive times,where employer brand and consumer brand are frequently indivisible, building agood impression with the thousands of candidates who are turned away can be avital benefit to the organisation.”But,De Rozario warns, it is important HR remembers that testing, for all itsmerits, remains just one element of the recruitment process. “Youwant something that is just going to be part of the process – it is importantthat you don’t just zone in on these things,” she says. 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Cryptic niche switching in a chemosymbiotic gastropod

first_imgLife stages of some animals, including amphibians and insects, are so different that they have historically been seen as different species. ‘Metamorphosis’ broadly encompasses major changes in organism bodies and, importantly, concomitant shifts in trophic strategies. Many marine animals have a biphasic lifestyle, with small pelagic larvae undergoing one or more metamorphic transformations before settling into a permanent, adult morphology on the benthos. Post-settlement, the hydrothermal vent gastropod Gigantopelta chessoia experiences a further, cryptic metamorphosis at body sizes around 5–7 mm. The terminal adult stage is entirely dependent on chemoautotrophic symbionts; smaller individuals do not house symbionts and presumably depend on grazing. Using high-resolution X-ray microtomography to reconstruct the internal organs in a growth series, we show that this sudden transition in small but sexually mature individuals dramatically reconfigures the organs, but is in no way apparent from external morphology. We introduce the term ‘cryptometamorphosis’ to identify this novel phenomenon of a major body change and trophic shift, not related to sexual maturity, transforming only the internal anatomy. Understanding energy flow in ecosystems depends on the feeding ecology of species; the present study highlights the possibility for adult animals to make profound shifts in biology that influence energy dynamics.last_img read more

Settlement reached with family of woman who died in custody of Elkhart Co. Corrections

first_img Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter By Tommie Lee – March 27, 2020 0 379 Google+ WhatsApp Settlement reached with family of woman who died in custody of Elkhart Co. Corrections (Source: License: Elkhart County has reached a settlement with the family of a woman that died in the custody of County Community Corrections.A $720,000 settlement was reached between the family of Laminika Dockery and the county.The Elkhart Truth reports she suffered a medical emergency at the work release facility in Goshen in July of 2018, after days of complaining about a pain in her stomach. An autopsy showed that she died of a bacterial infection that had gone untreated. WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Twitter Previous articleMore than 300 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in ISDH Friday updateNext articleSome companies offering freebies for medical workers Tommie Leelast_img read more

Press release: New HIV diagnoses across the UK fell by 17 per cent in 2017

first_img Public Health England press office PHE advises gay and bisexual men to have an HIV test at least once a year, or every 3 months if they’re having unprotected sex with new or casual partners. Black African men and women are advised to have a regular HIV and STI screen, if they’re having unprotected sex with new or casual partners. You can find out more information about how to prevent and get tested for HIV on NHS Choices. The HIV home sampling service offers an alternative to traditional testing offered by GPs and sexual health clinic. Visit to find out more about free HIV home-sampling test kits. It is too early to know the size of the expected additional effect on underlying HIV transmission and new HIV diagnoses of the scale-up of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PHE is supporting NHS England in delivering the 3-year PrEP Impact Trial, which began in October 2017. Out of hours 020 8200 4400 In 2017, 4,363 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK, a reduction by 17% compared to the 5,280 diagnoses reported in 2016. There were 2,330 new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men reported in 2017, a 17% reduction from the 2,820 diagnoses in 2016 and 31% reduction from the 3,390 diagnoses in 2015. There were 594 new HIV diagnoses among black African and Caribbean heterosexuals in 2017, a reduction of 23% compared to the 775 diagnoses in 2016. Overall, 42% of people were diagnosed at a late stage of infection (CD4 count <350 cells/mm3 at diagnosis) in 2017. Late diagnosis is associated with a ten-fold increased risk of short term mortality (within a year of diagnosis). In 2017, there were 230 people with an AIDS-defining illness reported at HIV diagnosis (5.3%) and 428 deaths among people with HIV. In 2017, 93,385 people were receiving HIV-related care in the UK, with 98% (91,266/93,385) receiving anti-retroviral therapy to control the virus. Of those receiving anti-retroviral therapy in 2017, 97% (88,528/91,266) had untransmissable levels of virus. There are very effective treatments for HIV that enable people diagnosed with the virus to live a long and healthy life, and minimise the risk of onward transmission. Early diagnosis through regular testing ensures people get the greatest benefit from these HIV treatments. HIV testing is freely available through GP surgeries, local hospitals and sexual health clinics, as well as through a self-sampling service or by using a home-testing kit.Public Health England, alongside other government and third sector organisations, is working to control HIV by 2030 and these new figures are an encouraging sign that this is achievable.Background Telephone 020 7654 8400 We are pleased to see that UK prevention efforts are having a significant impact on new HIV diagnoses, and this heralds the lowest number of HIV diagnoses in the UK since 2000. However, we know that anyone who has sex with a casual partner without a condom or shares needles may be at risk of infection. The most common way of getting HIV in the UK is through having sex without a condom – so consistent and correct condom use with new and casual partners stops you getting or transmitting HIV and other STIs. If you think you have been exposed to HIV it is easy to get tested so, if positive, you can start treatment as soon as possible. HIV is a virus which damages the cells in people’s immune system and weakens their ability to fight everyday infections and diseases. Without treatment, after an average of 10 to 15 years, the infection is fatal.center_img Steve Brine, Public Health Minister said: Data published today by Public Health England (PHE) reveal that new HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen for the second year in a row. New diagnoses decreased by 17% in 2017 – from 4,363 new diagnoses reported compared to 5,280 in 2016, which brought new cases down to their lowest level since 2000.This decrease continues a downward trend that started in 2015, with an overall 28% reduction in new HIV diagnoses between 2015 and 2017. The reduction was largely driven by a decline in new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men, which fell by 17% compared to 2016 and by 31% compared to 2015. This decrease was due to the high uptake of HIV testing in this group, particularly repeat HIV testing among higher risk men. Increased uptake of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) – drugs that keep the level of HIV in the body low and help prevent it being passed on – also significantly contributed to the decline in new diagnoses.New HIV diagnoses in black African and Caribbean heterosexuals have been steadily decreasing over the past 10 years. For the first time, a UK-wide fall was also seen in new diagnoses in heterosexuals from other ethnicities, with a drop of 20% in 2017 when previously they had remained stable at around 1000 per year.Professor Noel Gill, Head of the STI and HIV Department at Public Health England, said: Epidemiological data on new HIV diagnoses and people receiving HIV care can be found in the PHE health protection report and annual HIV data tables. Regional and Local Authority data on new HIV diagnosis rates, late diagnoses and diagnosed HIV prevalence data can be analysed on the PHE Sexual Health Profiles. The data shows that: Wellington House 133-155 Waterloo RoadLondonSE1 8UG HIV is a devastating and life-altering disease. Today’s figures mean we are well on our way to eradicating it once and for all but we have not an ounce of complacency. Our commitment to prevention has led to more people getting tested and almost every person with a diagnosis is now in treatment – meaning they are unlikely to pass the virus on to someone else. I am committed to ensuring that we deliver on our promise to reduce the number of people contracting HIV even further. Email [email protected]last_img read more

Dave Watts To Debut New Supergroup Side Project, Katharsis, This Weekend

first_imgDave Watts, drummer and bandleader of The Motet, has put together a special new collaborative side project dubbed Katharsis. For the project, Watts has tapped keys player Todd Stoops of Electric Beethoven and RAQ, guitarist Marcus Rezak of Stratosphere All-Stars and Digital Tape Machine, and bassist Chuck Jones of Dopapod to join him. We’re super stoked on this new supergroup, which makes it debut this weekend in Denver. As Katharsis, these four lauded musicians in our scene will come together to create funk-rooted, psychedelic jams. Also, for each show, Katharsis will focus on improvisation and innovation, making their shows something you’re not going to want to miss out on.Dave Watts had this to say about how he and his Katharsis bandmates came together for the new project: “I’ve been wanting to start a project with Todd and Marcus for a long time. When I found out that Chuck was moving to Denver, it seemed inevitable that we would put something together. These are three of my favorite guys to hang with, and they all happen to also be absolute monsters on their instruments.” He continued, “Katharsis is the ancient spelling of a word that means the act of releasing a strong emotion through artistic expression. That emotion is the pure joy we feel when get to play together!”Katharsis will make its debut in Denver this weekend with two headlining performances at the recently opened Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple for the three-day May Daze Festival. The supergroup will close out Friday and Saturday night, though the festival will also feature performances by Shakedown Street, Dead Floyd, Artifractal, Milky Dubz, and more. You can get tickets for the event here, and head over to May Daze’s Facebook page or website page for more information on what’s going to be going down this weekend.last_img read more

Father John Misty Performs On Austin City Limits With 16-Piece Orchestra

first_imgFollowing the release of his third LP, Pure Comedy, Father John Misty delivered an eccentric version of his own “So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain” for his debut performance on Austin City Limits. A 16-piece orchestra accompanied the vocalist, more humanly known as Joshua Tillman, for the first 2018 episode of the 43rd season–airing on January 6th at 9pm ET on PBS stations nationwide. The episode also features the Black Angels as a supporting rock act.Watch Father John Misty perform “So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain” with the orchestra in the web exclusive video below:Coming up on the 2018 Austin City Limits schedule are: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires (January 13th), Herbie Hancock (January 20th), Run the Jewels (January 27th), LCD Soundsystem (February 3rd), Dan Auerbach and Shinyribs (February 10th) and Chris Stapleton and Turnpike Troubadours (February 17th).last_img read more

Tony Winner Kelli O’Hara on Why Leaving The King and I Feels ‘Strange and Heartbreaking’

first_img The King and I Related Shows Kelli O’Hara(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Paul Kolnik, Theo Wargo/Getty Images) In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Kelli O’Hara, who was nominated five previous times over a decade, won her first Tony Award for playing Anna Leonowens in The King and I. The actress, who was named the 2015 Star of the Year, will take her final bow in the Tony-winning revival on April 17. We asked the lovable star to participate in’s Exit Interview and tell us all about what she learned, loved and will miss about her time in the classic musical.How did you feel when you first got this job?Excited and a little apprehensive. I didn’t know this show/role that well and honestly thought it would be easier than it has been. But the challenges have ultimately been the most fulfilling part.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?I feel proud of this show, the family we have created at LCT and very grateful that roles like Anna exist, and especially that I was asked to play her.What are three words you would use to describe your experience? Cathartic, personal, educational.What was the easiest thing about this job? Loving the children.What was the hardest thing? Missing my own.What was the highlight of your time at this job? My highlight of any project is always the rehearsal period when the work is really done. I always miss it when it’s over.What skills are required for future job applicants? Ha! I never think of our jobs like that. They aren’t technical or cookie-cutter. They are emotional and best served by being special to the individual playing them. And my Anna will be different from any other Anna. I guess I would ask, out of respect for my company who will still be there, that the actress has a good moral core, a strong investment in a close company of actors and a warm heart. And I know we have hit the jackpot with Marin Mazzie.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Be an observant and quiet leader. Support when it is needed but concentrate on the show itself, and in some way, a healthy, strong show will make for a healthy, loyal company.How do you think you’ve grown?Anyone who plays Anna will grow, I think. Her strength, her fearlessness and her dedication to something good and just have definitely affected me. She has made me feel stronger and more confident.Why are you leaving? I miss my own children, and I want more time with them, but I also want to move on creatively. I always itch to do new things professionally. I always have.What will you miss the most? I will miss my cast more than I can put down in words. They are beautiful, soulful, dedicated artists, and I love them so much. We built this together, and leaving them feels strange and heartbreaking. But I have been around this business long enough to know that I will be with them again and that perhaps my leaving will create a change for them that is creative and healthy and new.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

The Play That Goes Wrong Will Mess Things Up on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019 View Comments Something went right! The U.K. comedy The Play That Goes Wrong will head to Broadway this season. Performances will begin on March 9, 2017 at the Lyceum Theatre, where it is set to open on April 2. Mark Bell will direct. Among the producers for the Great White Way bow is producer, director and writer J.J. Abrams.The Olivier-winning play by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields introduces audiences to the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, a performance troupe attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, it doesn’t go well, and the accident-prone thespians fight against all odds to make it to the curtain call.Lewis, Sayer and Shields will appear in the Broadway staging, as will their fellow original West End cast members Matthew Cavendish, Bryony Corrigan, Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Zamit. This marks the Great White Way debut for all of them.Plans for a Broadway transfer were first reported in 2014 for a potential summer 2015 engagement. The show premiered in 2013 at London’s Old Red Lion before transferring to Trafalgar Studios. The comedy began performances at the West End’s Duchess Theatre in September 2014.The production will feature sets by Nigel Hook, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by Ric Mountjoy and sound design by Andy Johnson. The Play That Goes Wrong (Through January 6, 2019)center_img Henry Lewis, Rob Falconer, Nancy Wallinger, Greg Tannahill & Charlie Russell in ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ in the West End(Photo: Alastair Muir) Related Showslast_img read more

Cambium Group Welcomes Two New Team Members

first_imgCambium Group LLC announced today that they have welcomed Stephen Wilson and Rebecca Walsh to their firm. Stephen is the company’s newest Web Developer/Programmer and will be working with the creative department to turn their designs into operational database driven websites. Stephen will also be responsible for all website maintenance and changes requested by clients. Stephen comes from Gordon-Darby NHOST Services in Manchester, NH where he was in charge of creating, updating and maintaining company websites. He is a graduate of New Hampshire Community Technical College with a degree in Application Development.Rebecca has been hired as the company’s Web Marketing Assistant. In her role she will coordinate public relations and marketing efforts as well as assist the Senior Vice President with the web channel development process. She will also work closely with Cambium Groups clientele to continue the tradition of excellent customer service. Rebecca comes from a strong customer service background including sales, training, and marketing. She graduated from Western New England College with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications.”We are very excited about the expansion of our team,” states Scott Wells, owner of the Cambium Group LLC. “Stephen and Rebecca bring new dynamics to the table that will help us to further enhance our exceptional service to our clients. I’m confident that our clients will be impressed with the additional value that Stephen and Rebecca bring.”About Cambium GroupThe Cambium Group specializes in innovative web site design, content management, e-commerce systems, internet marketing, virtual tours and print design. Cambium’s proprietary content management system (CAMAS) is an easy-to-use set of tools engineered to manage your entire web channel. CAMAS utilizes a familiar MSWord-like interface that allows you to update your company’s web site on your own by adding photos, editing/formatting text, and coordinating the appearance of informative items such as news or events. It’s affordable, and in most cases, is much less expensive than hiring a “web master” or web design firm to make ongoing changes. Cambium’s clientele includes web site designs for many businesses and credit unions located throughout the United States. Some recent website launches include Synergent Corporation, Maine Credit Union League, and Bellwether Community Credit Union.last_img read more

Vote Compass: 51% against legalising marijuana

first_imgOneNews 4 September 2014New Zealand has some of the highest cannabis consumption rates in the world yet the majority of people surveyed by Vote Compass say they don’t want marijuana legalised.    According to the United Nations, New Zealand has the eighth highest cannabis consumption level in the world after countries like Papua New Guinea, Zambia and Canada.Vote Compass asked people whether they think “marijuana should be legalised”.Fifty-one percent of respondents disagree or strongly disagree it should be legalised, 33% said it should be, and 15% were neutral.Auckland University political psychologist Danny Osborne says damage done by legal highs might help explain the results.“One of the things that might potentially explain this is the recent reports that we’ve been seeing over the last couple of years showing that synthetic drugs, and synthetic marijuana in particular, have been wreaking havoc on a lot of New Zealanders lives,” he says. read more

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