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by Howard Kesten, APA SearchAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWhat are the winning human resources people practices being used by today’s most successful aftermarket companies? What are the tactics utilized by successful career-seekers to always ace their interviews? What are the most common HR myths – believe it or not?For nearly three decades, APA Search has helped numerous aftermarket companies find great talent. We have worked with our clients to help fine-tune their organizational structure as well as develop successful succession strategies.In the coming months, we will share some practices that will help keep your company staffed with the most qualified executives, rather than the most available. If you’re a career-seeker, we’ll provide you with the secret sauce for effective and successful interviewing.Topics for some of our upcoming articles will include:* Simple Steps to Conduct Great Interviews Techniques for remembering and delivering the most important questions.* How to Ace a Job InterviewEasy to remember rules for interviewing at any level. How to really listen and provide honest, well thought out answers.* Telecommuting – How and When Does it Really Work?In what circumstances does telecommuting really work? How to know if someone is a good candidate for telecommuting.* Non-Compete Agreements and the Two-Year Rule Do non-competes hold up? Do all states endorse non-competes? When do they and don’t they work?* A Recruiter Called Me – Now What?You’re at work and a recruiter calls – what do you say? How should you react? What questions do you ask?* Succession Planning and People Readiness Is your company ready if it suffers the loss of a key executive? How do you get ready? How do you work with a small budget? How do you create and execute a simple succession plan?Advertisement* The Real Cost of Hiring the Wrong Candidate What does it really cost when you hire the most available candidate rather than the most qualified? Let’s do the math.Coming up on May 25: What are the winning HR “People Practices” being used by today’s most successful aftermarket companies?For years APA Search has been interviewing both candidates and clients. We have probably engaged in more than 50,000 interviews in all during that time. What did we learn? How are people in the most successful companies (not necessarily the largest) being treated by their employer? Why do we consistently receive unsolicited resumes from employees at some companies and yet never receive unsolicited resumes from employees at other companies? Why are people from some companies happier, more focused and outperforming their peers at other companies? What is the secret sauce?What we’ve learned about winning People Practices came from you – our peers and aftermarket clients. We could probably fill a 500-page textbook with this information, but we will summarize some of the more critical winning practices in a few paragraphs.While you’re waiting, visit www.apasearch.com for more information.
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Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. With the contract signed on May 21st 2014, delivery of what will become the world’s most advanced offshore heavy lift crane simulator is planned for September 2015.Artists impression of the offshore crane operator domeIt will be installed at a new simulation centre in the HMC Academy at the company’s HQ in Leiden, the Netherlands.As one of major international offshore oil and gas marine contractors specialising in transporting, installing and removing offshore facilities, HMC’s requirement when selecting its simulation partner was to develop a system that could train the most competent crane operators and conduct detailed pre-mission training for heavy-lift projects.To meet these requirements, Kongsberg Maritime will develop a unique simulator based on the K-Sim Offshore platform, which is already in use at several high-profile offshore training facilities worldwide.Artists impression of the view from the crane operator cabinThe Kongsberg Maritime scope of supply includes two offshore crane operator domes and a DNV Class A bridge with K-Sim DP simulator, which is based on the same Kongsberg Maritime K-Pos DP systems used on Heerema’s vessels.To achieve highly realistic training, the K-Sim Offshore simulator will feature detailed models of three HMC deepwater construction vessels; Thialf (Semi-Sub), Balder (Semi-Sub) and Aegir, in addition to several barges (including H-851) and a supply vessel.[mappress]Press Release, July 9th, 2014; Image: Kongsberg
New Zealand-based diving company The Dive Spot Limited has been fined NZD 50,000 and its co-director and skipper Mark Andrew Barnes fined NZD 25,000 for the death of diver Bruce Porter on 7 February 2014, Maritime New Zealand reports.Reparations of NZD 50,000 and NZD 30,000 are also to be paid by The Dive Spot Limited and Barnes, respectively.Porter died after being struck by a propeller while on a diving trip to the Poor Knights Islands. The incident occurred after the anchor of the vessel Pacific Hideaway became snagged on the third dive of the trip. Barnes asked Porter to dive down to unsnag the anchor, but a crewman on board the vessel then freed the anchor using the winch.Barnes believed Porter understood there was no need to dive, but due to a miscommunication between the two, Porter had entered the water and was struck by the propeller when the vessel’s engines were put into gear.Maritime New Zealand prosecuted the company and Barnes for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure that no action or inaction at work caused harm to any person.Both parties pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced in Whangarei District Court.Maritime New Zealand Deputy Director Lindsay Sturt said the tragic incident was entirely avoidable. The risk from propellers was not included in the vessel’s hazard register, nor was it mentioned in the briefing for divers on the day of the accident.In addition, the company did not have a clear system of communicating with divers about their entry into the water, nor did it have a clear policy that passenger divers were never asked to dive to free anchors.
Jonathan Goldsmith drew an analogy between lawyers and doctors in his optimistic piece ‘Solicitors pass medical’. However, I believe the comparison is problematic and the effects of that admittedly common assumption have been responsible for much of the disarray in the legal education market. Consider this statistic from the Law Society’s annual statistical report: ‘In 2010 the 1.7% of firms with 26 or more partners employed 41.6% of all solicitors in private practice.’ That 1.7% almost without exception comprises commercial firms – large commercial firms that can, unlike many smaller firms, budget for the cost of trainees. These trainees are more likely to qualify into career streams that have far more in common with those found at professional services firms, not those of doctors. The commoditisation of many of the other streams of work undertaken by solicitors only reinforces this progression. Comparing law with professional services, we can find one crucial distinction. In the latter, the aspirant gets the job and then takes up the training. In law, in most cases, the aspirant takes up the training on the promise of the job. A large proportion of these jobs have already been earmarked for those fortunate or talented enough to sidestep the terrifying drop from LPC into unemployment. The few remaining places are fought out for by the massive back-stock of those who have completed the LPC and, of course, by those who complete it each year. None of this is particularly new. But these trends propel us naturally towards a fundamental split in the profession. City solicitors and those undertaking commercial work have very little common interest with those undertaking, for example, human rights work. It will similarly become natural and appropriate that different regulators represent different interests. The law schools understand this. There are around 45 law schools in England, many of which are already or are fast becoming well-run, efficient and highly commercial businesses; businesses that understand that they are increasingly providing a form of training in professional services. It is no coincidence that Kaplan and BPP both have a background in finance education. Law schools are often lambasted unfairly for not being more restrictive in their approach – for not stemming the flow of those completing the LPC. But they understand that the pairing of law and medicine in so many minds is no longer appropriate and have adapted to this by offering increasingly separate paths for those wishing to work in increasingly discrete areas. On joining council I believed that education was the solution to the ‘oversupply’ and that informing students of their chances of success was the most reasonable way to proceed. Now I am less sure. I think it is the deep-seated assumption of the equivalence of the legal and medical professions that has led to this imbalance. Moreover, this assumption is so entrenched it would take a huge change – most likely a massive regulatory overhaul of qualification – to challenge it. While work-based learning is an admirable attempt to establish a new career path, introducing it while preserving the training contract has caused justified fears of a two-tier profession. In light of all this, I welcome the review of legal education. But whatever its conclusions, those making policy will have to take into account the commercial argument that oversupply leads to competition, competition leads to higher quality and quality benefits the consumer; and then balance this against the interests of aspiring solicitors. The situation is far from a catastrophe – as Mr Goldsmith points out, one need only look at the strength of UK law firms abroad to find evidence of a system that is clearly working on some level. Yet it is clear that the balance between commerce and education has not quite been achieved yet, and propagating the comparison between solicitors and doctors only helps to keep the discussion fixed in the past. Beth Wanono is the outgoing Law Society Council member for students and trainees
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Tap water safety findings searchable by zip code Published: July 26, 2017 5:14 PM EDT Updated: July 26, 2017 6:24 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. WASHINGTON Tap water safety means more than just compliance with federal regulations, clean water advocates say.Most tap water meets federal standards, but the water often still contains contaminants, according to a nonprofit group that unveiled findings on tap water in 50,000 public water systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.“The disturbing truth is that, all too often, a glass of tap water also comes with a dose of industrial and agricultural contaminants that have been linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage, or developmental defects,” the Environmental Working Group said.The group posted an online database that lets users search reports on tap water by zip code.The database also shows federal violations. Water at Lake Fairways Mobile Home Park in North Fort Myers has been in violation of federal standards during two quarters out of the past three years. Sun River Utilities Inc. in Punta Gorda has spent four quarters in violation over that time, with arsenic among the contaminants found.But both Lake Fairways and Sun River were found compliant in the most recent tests. SHARE
RUSSIA: Two prototype high capacity wagons have been unveiled by United Wagon Co, which said its latest designs have ‘no analogues’ in Russia or the CIS. Certification of the two 1520 mm gauge designs is expected in the third quarter of 2016.The Type 12-6877 articulated twin-unit wagon increases capacity from 88 to 135 m3 and from 70 to 117 tonnes. UWC said this would enable train weights to be increased by 32% to 8 900 tonnes without an increase in length.The second design is a the Type 12-9548 bottom-discharge wagon with 27 tonne axleload bogies, increasing capacity by 13 tonnes to 83 tonnes with a volume of 108 m3.
Sites should also advise current visitors and owners of second homes on sites to return home and stay at home, where they can do so safely and practically.Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:“As the Scottish Government has made abundantly clear, this is not the time for holidays, travel, or for being away from home. Additional visitors, particularly to rural areas and our islands, will put a severe strain on local resources and the NHS, which is not set up to cover the need of non-residents long term. “All those who can safely do so should now return to their primary residence. However, I also understand that in some cases residential mobile homes, motorhomes, campervans and holiday lets on a caravan park or tourist site may be someone’s primary home, and that some people will be unable to return to where they usually live. “Sites should be sympathetic to the circumstances of these individuals, and should, where necessary, remain open on a partial basis for these occupants only. “We recognise this is an incredibly testing time for the tourism industry and we appreciate the tremendous effort underway by businesses, large and small, within the sector to respond. I am therefore grateful to the business organisations that represent campsites, holiday parks, caravan sites, and motorhome hire businesses for supporting their members to close at this difficult time.”We look forward to welcoming visitors back to campsites, caravan and holiday parks in Scotland when it is safe to do so.”Jeanette Wilson, Policy Director of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association in Scotland, said: “BH&HPA members in Scotland have already closed their holiday and touring parks with great sadness, yet they are glad to contribute to the fight against the virus.“They are grateful to the Scottish Government for their support in this process and sensitivity to the individual circumstances of park customers. With this taken into account, BH&HPA wholeheartedly supports the Scottish Government’s directive to all parks in Scotland.”Catherine Bunn representing the Campervan and Motorhome Professional Association (CaMPA) said:“Many of our members have already taken action to ground their hire fleets, but we have asked any hire companies with vehicles still out, to recall them back to base with immediate effect.“We are asking all motorhome owners across the country to only use their motorhomes for essential journeys – now is not the time to take a holiday or even a day trip. We urge the rest of the hospitality sector to follow suit.“Visitors staying in pods, lodges, self-catering and static caravans should all be encouraged to return home immediately, even if that means curtailing a holiday. We will be delighted to welcome visitors back when Scotland re-opens, but for now, to protect our vulnerable communities, the hospitality industry must take unified immediate action.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInVisitors staying on leisure sites asked to return home. In line with recent advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) announced by the First Minister, campsites, caravan and holiday parks in Scotland are to close immediately to new arrivals, including tourers, other transient visitors and holiday lets.