Hogan Lovells scraps ‘outdated’ performance reviews

first_imgInternational firm Hogan Lovells is to ditch its annual performance review model for associates, insisting the process is ‘outdated and irrelevant’. The US-headquartered firm is to instead run a ‘pathways’ approach by which associates will be encouraged to seek continuous feedback from their seniors.Chief executive Steve Immelt said the time had come to break the ‘outdated and irrelevant’ mould of performance reviews and move on to provide the information that ‘people really need to hear’.The firm said ‘hundreds’ of its lawyers reported that they were not receiving meaningful or timely feedback in their annual review, and that the process was ‘time intensive and energy draining’.IDEO, a global design company, was enlisted to help design a new programme. The firm declined to reveal how much it paid the company for its services.According to the firm, Pathways implements a variety of ‘customised resources and tools’, associates are able to take real-time feedback and apply it to their career goals. It was piloted in various offices last year, including London. It will be expanded to cover employees in business services in 2019.Katie Hunter, the firm’s global head of talent management, said: ‘This forward-looking process meets the changing expectations of people joining the legal profession – they’re focused on getting feedback regularly and feeling empowered to consistently develop their professional skillset. Eventually we hope this will shift the culture of feedback throughout the firm, enhance recruitment efforts, and improve client service.’last_img read more

Russian Railways to reduce stake in Aeroexpress

first_imgRUSSIA: The Russian Railways board has approved the sale of half of its 50% stake in airport train operator Aeroexpress to TransGroup subsidiary Delta-Trans-Invest, which currently has a 25% shareholding. The reported price of €11·7m is based on a market value calculated by an independent appraiser. Announcing the planned sale on February 11, RZD said it was still interested in the development of Aeroexpress, but ‘significant underfunding of its own railway infrastructure’ means it lacked the financial resources needed for investment in the air-rail operator. Aeroexpress runs trains to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports, provides suburban services to Lobnya and operates airport trains in Kazan and Vladivostok. More than 20·1 million passengers were carried in 2013. It also acts as an agent for RZD, providing ticket sales and passenger services on the Sochi airport rail link and leasing out space at the Sheremetyevo rail termina Aeroexpress current shareholding Russian Railways50% TransGroup (Delta-Trans-Invest)25% Iskander Makhmudov17·5% Andrei Bokarev7·5% Stadler Rail’s Altenrhein factory in Switzerland has produced the first aluminium bodyshell for the 25 double-deck EMUs which Aeroexpress ordered in May 2013 at cost of €381m. The first EMU is scheduled to be delivered to Russia for certification in October 2014, with entry into service on the Moscow routes planned for June 2015. Gazprombank is providing a 15-year financing package for the EMUs, while SERV Swiss Export Risk Insurance is providing project risk insurance in roubles for the first time.last_img read more

All lies! Alkaline claims he is being framed

first_imgDancehall artiste turns himself inDancehall DJ, Alkaline, says reports of him being involved in a murder are untrue.In a social media rant the artiste, who ruled the dancehall charts in 2016 with hits like City, Formula, My Side of the Story and Company claimed he is not involved in any act of criminality and pleaded for his fans to be calm.Part of the post read:“There is a rumour circulating. Regarding Alkaline, Earlan Bartley, and questioning for murder. Please ignore, this is one of the most cruel, vicious, destructive, degrading, derogatory, ruthless lie, I have ever experienced in my 23 years of existence. I am asking my fans to be calm, relax. I am in no form of mix-up with any form of illegal activities of any sort. And I declare innocence in all its entirety”, the post read. He also took jabs at the media for reporting that he was wanted for questioning.“I am therefore asking the media personnel to desist from spreading rumours on me unnecessarily. BIG LIE!!!! Alkaline!! Try again!!”On Tuesday the Twitter accounts of both the Jamaica Constabulary Force and National Security Ministry posted information regarding interest in the entertainer.@JamaicaConstab tweeted “Police are seeking Earlan Bartley o/c Alkaline for questioning in relation to a murder. He is to report to Harman Barracks by 5:00 p.m., Feb 8”@NatSecurityJA tweeted “Police seek Earlan Bartley (Alkaline) 4 questioning related 2 Rohan Morris’ murder. It is believed he can assist with the investigation.”Alkaline…turned up at the Harmon Barracks in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday morning (Photo: Marlon Biggs)The artiste turned up at the headquarters of the Harmon Barracks about 9:00 AM Thursday, with his attorney, Peter Champagnie, in tow.Morris, popularly called ‘Head’, was shot more than 15 times by hoodlums at his Three Oaks Gardens, St Andrew home in January. The murder was reportedly witnessed by a five year old child who was inside the dwelling at the time of the attack.The police were tight-lipped when Caribbean News Weekly checked whether Morris was an associate of the artiste and would only say he could assist them in their investigations.last_img read more

Voting Glitch or Bait-and-Switch? Florida Felons Seeking Voting Rights Face Court…

first_imgThe governor’s spokeswoman, Helen Ferre, said there would be no comment on the litigation until it is settled. In May, a federal judge in Tallahassee ruled that Florida law can’t stop an estimated 774,000 disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law a “pay-to-vote system.” But Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis immediately appealed that ruling to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of Hinkle’s ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. The appellate court, in a three-sentence order Wednesday, granted both requests. The court gave no timeline as to when it would hear the case. “But it means there will be a lot of people who are unsure about their eligibility to vote,” he said, “and will be unable to figure out if they are eligible.” The stay, if it extends into the fall, could influence the election outcome in November. Florida is considered a must-win state in President Donald Trump’s bid for re-election. Florida’s disenfranchised felons represent a significant bloc in a state well known for razor-thin election margins. Many of those felons are Black and presumably Democrats. Hinkle’s ruling said state elections officials were ill-prepared to review the hundreds of thousands of voter registration applications that could arrive ahead of the state’s August primary and the November presidential vote. “Today’s decision is a setback,” said Paul Smith, vice president of Campaign Legal Center, which is representing felons seeking access to the ballot box under Amendment 4, a voter-approved measure that sought to return voting rights to released felons.center_img “The district court’s decision to block Florida’s pay-to-vote system followed clear Supreme Court precedent,” he added. “We are hopeful that the court of appeals will follow suit and confirm once and for all that wealth cannot determine a person’s eligibility to vote.” “It doesn’t mean we’ve lost—it’s just a stay,” said Sean Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center for Justice, which is also among the groups representing plaintiffs. -AP A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November’s presidential election. Amendment 4 permanently bars convicted murderers and rapists from voting, regardless of financial debts. Under Amendment 4, felons who have completed their sentences would have voting rights restored. But the legal dispute arose after state lawmakers moved to define what it means to complete a sentence. In addition to time served, lawmakers stipulated that all legal financial obligations, including unpaid fines and restitution, would also have to be settled before a felon could be eligible to vote.last_img read more

New Miss Dominica to be crowned

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews New Miss Dominica to be crowned by: – February 8, 2013 Share 128 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 2013 Carnival Queen Contestants (Back row; L-R): Leslassa Armour-Shillingford, Daina Matthew, Fatima Noel and Nickisha Philbert.Front row (L-R): Jeanne Royer, Kelshia Breezie and Melinda Ulysses.Photo credit: Dionne Durand A new Miss Dominica will be crowned at the Carnival City in Roseau this evening, (Friday February 8th) under the theme “Triumph of Elegance”.Seven ladies who will compete in five rounds; costume, talent, swim wear, evening wear and question and answer, will be judged by three judges per category from 8:30 pm.The contestants, chaperons and sponsors are as follows;• Jeanne Royer chaperoned by Leticia Butler-Moses and Mara St. Rose sponsored by Dutch Lady Power Shake• Melinda Ulysses chaperoned by Regina Walsh and Cynthia Walsh, sponsored by Vibes Radio, Petro Caribe and DA Vibes Inc,• Kelshia Breezie chaperoned by Kimberly Daway and Kishma Breezie, sponsored by Clear Habour Community and AID Bank,• Fatima Noel chaperoned by Cynthia Vidal and Jael Joseph, sponsored by Fast Cash and Petro Caribe,• Nickisha Philbert chaperoned by Chandra Irish and Genevieve Rolle, sponsored by NCCU and 4Dominica Limited,• Leslassa Armour-Shillingford chaperoned by Carla Armour and Joanne Armour, sponsored by Auto Trade and Anchorage Hotel,• Daina Matthew chaperoned by Audris Jno Baptiste and Stephanie Alexander, sponsored by DOMLEC.Nadira Lando is the reigning Miss DominicaCoordinator of Queen Show Committee, Romulda Hyacinth has assured patrons that “they will get a high quality show for this evening”.Tickets costs; EC$100 (VIP), EC$55 (uncovered seating) and EC$40 (standing) and can be purchased at the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) located on the Ground Floor of the Financial Centre, Roseau and at the Carnival City.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

UWP candidate fired

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews UWP candidate fired by: – May 21, 2014 Monell Williams at a UWP press conference last weekDays before what is expected to be a grand youth rally in her village, St Joseph, the United Workers Party’s (UWP) candidate for St Joseph has been sacked. Monell Williams, who was employed at Clear Harbor, was reportedly fired by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. According to information from a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Miss Williams, who was on sick leave, was spotted at a public UWP sporting event. “It is against company policy to reveal such information regarding employees to the public,” general manager of Clear Harbor, Mary Quinones told Dominica Vibes.Several attempts to contact Miss Williams have so far proven unsuccessful. The UWP’s Youth Arm will host a National Youth Rally from 3PM on Sunday, May 23, 2014 in St. Joseph where youth arms from various constituencies across the island will gather to speak on issues concerning them.Dominica Vibes News 339 Views   15 commentscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

PowerShift is the Most Efficient Way to Power to Remote Radio Units

first_imgWith wireless operators deploying increasingly powerful remote radio units (RRUs) at the top of cell towers, and with those RRUs being further distanced from the power distribution points, delivering electric power efficiently becomes more challenging and costly. To help solve the problem, CommScope has introduced PowerShift™, a whole new way of managing power to RRUs at macro and micro cell sites.CommScope believes PowerShift is the wireless industry’s first intelligent, plug-and-play direct current (DC) power supply solution for RRUs. PowerShift can help operators re-utilize existing power cable infrastructure, eliminate the need for deploying higher gauge conductors when installing new cabling and increase the useable length for cables by over four times. It can also extend RF battery uptime by up to 35 percent.In the majority of macro cell site installations today, the operator has installed an RRU close to the antenna to decrease RF signal loss and achieve other performance benefits. Separated from the baseband unit, each RRU needs its own power, typically between 300-600 watts but which can exceed 1,000 watts. In this site architecture, power cables deliver the energy from the power distribution point, which is usually at the bottom of the tower.CommScope’s PowerShift solution automatically delivers the most efficient voltage to the RRU, utilizing technology CommScope developed with the power supply experts at General Electric. The innovative PowerShift solution requires no manual calibration when managing power supply. It is currently available for trial with general availability expected in the first quarter of 2016. The benefits for operators can include:- Reduced capital expenditures through the use of smaller diameter power cables, especially the ones already deployed on-site in RRU upgrade scenarios- Decreased operating expenditures due to lower overall power consumption, more efficient inventorying, standardized installation and lower shipping costs- Decreased weight and wind load on towers with smaller diameter cables- Extended RF battery uptime of up to 35 percent more by taking full advantage of the existing battery back-up systemlast_img read more

Ilonggo mounts impressive debut with NU Bullpups

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Ryan Calama-an immediately made a good impression in his debut with the National University Bullpups in the 2017 Fil-Oil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena.The Leon, Iloilo-native Calama-an contributed four points, five rebounds and a block in helping the Bullpups score a 75-69 victory over the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Squires.Rodel Camacho, who handled Calama-an while playing for the Sta. Clarita International Primes, said that he is confident that the Ilonggo forward will be able to contribute even more for the Bullpups in the future.“Nangangapa pa si Ryan sa sistema ng NU and this is just his first game with them but I believe he will be able to adjust to it at makaka-contribute siya sa team,” Camacho told Panay News.“Ryan is very coachable and I know he will quickly adjust to the system of (Bullpups) coach Gold(wyn Monteverde),” added Camacho. “So I will not be surprised kung mag excel siya soon.”Calama-an played a key role for the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) basketball team that finished runner-up in the secondary boys basketball of 2017 Palarong Pambansa.Aside from Calama-an, also debuting with the Bullpups is former Bacolod Tay Tung High School cager Jayson Puray, who contributed six points and five rebounds.The Bullpups, which finished runner-up in the UAAP Season 78 juniors basketball tournament, is currently on top in the Fil-Oil Basketball tournament with unblemished 3-0 win-loss record./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Ilonggo mounts impressive debut with NU Bullpups’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Wednesday, May 17, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sports-Calama-an-1.jpg’ attachment=’106270′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image]last_img read more

Cavaliers books Finals tiff vs GSW

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Cavaliers books Finals tiff vs GSW’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Saturday, May 27, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] BOSTON – Cleveland forward LeBron James moved past Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as the leading scorer in NBA playoff history on his way to helping the Cavaliers ease into a third successive NBA Finals series on Thursday.James needed 28 points to surpass Jordan (5,987 points), as he entered Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics and reached the milestone in style late in the third quarter with a three-point jump shot.James celebrated the record by raising his right index finger to signal number one, but quickly retreated to the backcourt to defend as the game continued.The three-pointer put the Cavaliers up by 32 points.James promptly knocked down two more three-pointers before the end of the third period.With victory in the bag, he sat out the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers routed the Celtics, 135-102, to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1, and set up a third successive championship series against the Golden State Warriors.The 32-year-old James, who is seeking a fourth NBA title, took 212 post-season games to surpass Jordan, a six-time champion who played 179 playoff games.James said he was honored to pass Jordan, his boyhood idol.“I think first of all I wear the number (23) because of Mike,” he told reporters after finishing the game with 35 points to take his total to 5,995 points.“I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, but when you’re growing up and seeing Michael Jordan it’s almost like a god, so I never did believe I could be Mike.“The biggest thing for me sitting here after breaking the all-time scoring record in playoff history, is I did it just being me.“I don’t have to score to make an impact on a game and that was my mindset when I started playing, if I’m not scoring how can I still make an impact on the game?“It’s carried me to this point now and it’s going to carry me for the rest of my career because scoring is not number one on my agenda.” (Reuters)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Bowling Group Preparing Proposal to Reopen Old Bowling Alley

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A group of bowling enthusiasts is working on a plan to reopen the old bowling alley in Kenai. Once her proposal is submitted this week she says she will put out a call to community bowlers to come support her proposal before the Kenai City Council in coming months. And if hers is accepted she says she will be calling on those same members to potentially volunteer in helping with renovations. Yamada: “Current lanes will have to be shaved down a bit and the overlays will have to be basically retrofitted onto what the base is there already. Then it will be a benefit to bowlers who bowl here and then go to Anchorage to play in tournaments of even, it would bring us more favorable in Anchorage, Fairbanks, outside bowlers eyes to come and have synthetic lanes like they have also, they wouldn’t have to expect to lose 20-30 pins on average.” Click here to sign a petition Yamada started to show support for her proposal to the City of Kenai to keep the Bowling Alley a family fun place of business. Yamada says people have suggested creating a GoFundMe account to help raise money but since the business would be for profit, she prefers to secure the necessary funding on her own.center_img Yamada: “Being a bowling family with having no facility this fall and winter, we have realized just how much of our life was spent at the bowling alley. I’ve had lots of people contact me on my Save Bowling in Kenai [Facebook] page that, they’re missing it as much as I am.” The city opened the Request for Proposal period last week for the old bowling alley which ceased operations last summer. Charlotte Yamada is heading up the Save Bowling in Kenai group and hopes to finalize her proposal and submit it this week. She estimates it will take around $400,000 – 500,000 to renovate the alley inside and out…last_img read more