This week’s guruFrench labour relations blown out of proportionGuru waxed lyrical last week on the cultural differences between English andFrench business. A new report showed despite all being Europeans there is stillmutual distrust. Well, let’s hope that English workers share this suspicion because ifthey’re influenced by the French approach to industrial relations then we’reall in trouble. Staff at a microwave factory in Cormelles-le-Royal were so angry at thefinancial troubles of the parent company – Moulinex – that they set fire to thebuilding last week. But not content with this, they then threatened to blow up the rest withmakeshift bombs, and kidnapped a government mediator in Paris to push forbetter redundancy packages. “It’s just another stage in the labourrelations,” was the authorities’ surprising response. The cap fits, but the face doesn’t Guru wanted to be a TV reporter when he first started in journalism manyyears ago. Unfortunately, after his first on-the-scene report he was told thathe had a face for radio. Then after embarking on a career as the news anchormanat a local radio station, he was told he had a voice for print. So Guru has a lot of sympathy for the youngster who tried to get a job athis local Kentucky Fried Chicken in Newcastle, only to be told that his facewasn’t suitable for working behind a till. The red-headed 18-year-old claimedhe was told to look for outdoor work, which is a bit rich considering ColonelSaunders is hardly a catwalk model. Reward your staff with gold How can Government quangos compete for talent with spiralling bonuses andshare options in the City? Pay staff in gold bullion, of course. It was revealed last week that the BBC decided to remunerate one valuedmember of staff with gold – apparently it used to be a very tax efficienttechnique. But before you force your boss to high tail it to Hatton Garden,Guru warns you that the authorities have already closed this loophole. MPs scream for nice ice cream Guru is glad to see MPs have finally got their priorities right, and are nolonger wasting their time reading through the small print of the newly releasedEmployment Bill. A motion has been signed by 17 MPs, calling for Mr Creemy Ice Cream to beserved in the Commons dining rooms. Dancing queens wanted, apply withinGuru is worried about the launch of a new nightclub in Harrogate. A month onfrom the annual CIPD conference, Guru was just starting to forget all thedrunken incidents in which he embarrassed himself when he found out that worsecould be in store for him next year. In October, HR professionals were subjected to an Abba tribute band but nextyear there will be a different kind of dancing queen. Lap dancing chainSpearmint Rhino is opening its doors in the town this week and is looking for30 staff to join its ranks. Guru is not the only concerned party about the newresidents – the local job centre has banned the lap dancing firm fromadvertising for fear of embarrassing its job seekers. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. French labour relations blown out of proportionOn 20 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today
Tag: 上海419龙凤桑拿论坛 Renewables to account for 85% of global electricity by 2050
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:A new report from DNV GL forecasts a bright future for renewable energy, predicting that by 2050 electricity demand will increase 140% to become the largest form of energy consumed, and that 85% of this electricity will be generated from renewable sources.Industry analysts DNV GL predict that solar will be a leading source of energy by 2050, responsible for around one third of the global electricity supply.The report, the first edition of a new annual publication from DNV GL, aims to forecast the ‘most likely’ future for energy through to 2050. Its key findings are that overall energy demand will stop growing within the next 15 years – thanks to increased efficiency and slower population/productivity growth, that much of the existing demand will shift to electricity – as the transport and heating sectors are increasingly electrified, and that the electricity supply will be dominated by renewables – responsible for 85% globally.“The very large increases in PV and wind capacity do not appear to introduce any insuperable new issues in order to maintain secure electricity systems,” states the report. “Such major penetration is beginning to take place in various European grids, and the system operators have shown themselves capable of addressing problems. As penetration increases further, so will innovation.”DNV GL: Renewables to account for 85% of global electricity by 2050 Renewables to account for 85% of global electricity by 2050
Tag: 上海419龙凤桑拿论坛 War critic Hagel to retire, says he won’t seek presidency
Democrats now have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, including two independent senators who generally vote with the party. In the House of Representatives, at least five Republicans, including the former speaker, Dennis Hastert, have announced that they will not seek re-election next year. Meanwhile, two Democrats have announced their retirements from the House, in both cases to go after Senate seats now held by Republicans. Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado is running for Allard’s seat. And in Maine, Rep. Tom Allen is challenging Sen. Susan Collins, who is seeking a third term. Hagel’s retirement plans were first reported by newspapers in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., late on Friday night.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Hagel, the Nebraska Republican and outspoken critic of the Iraq war who had been mulling a run for president, will retire at the end of his term in early 2009 and will not run for the White House, aides said on Saturday. Hagel has scheduled a formal announcement in Omaha on Monday morning, the aides said. Hagel declined interview requests on Saturday. In announcing his retirement, Hagel will fulfill a promise he made to voters when he first ran for the Senate in 1996 that he would serve only two terms. But his decision presents yet another challenge for the Republican Party in its effort to stop Democrats from extending their majority in Congress next year. Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Nebraska Democrat who has been president of the New School university in New York City since leaving office in 2001, has said that he might return to Nebraska to run for office again. Kerrey is also a former governor of Nebraska. Kerrey has informed the New School’s board of trustees of his potential interest in running for Hagel’s Senate seat and has said that the board was supportive. But in an e-mail message on Saturday, Kerrey declined to comment on his intentions. In an interview last month, he had expressed skepticism about running, but added: “These moments don’t happen very often. It’s a possibility.” Democratic leaders in Washington and Nebraska are pushing him to run, saying he would be the party’s strongest candidate. On Aug. 31, Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, one of the most influential Republicans on military policy, announced that he would retire next year after his fifth term. The next day, Sen. Larry E. Craig of Idaho, who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after his arrest in a men’s room sex sting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said he would resign at the end of September if he could not get his guilty plea reversed. Even if Craig does not resign, he has indicated that he will not seek re-election next year. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., announced in April that he would retire after his second term. In all, the Republicans must defend 22 seats in the 2008 elections, compared with just 12 for the Democrats.