Thanksgiving Turkey: Where there’s smoke and fire there’s flavor

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 3 tips for a more flavorful holiday mealHoliday gatherings and backyard barbecues have a lot in common as they are occasions for gathering and for eating. And for both, successful execution of a shared meal means preparing what everyone likes and preparing it perfectly.While holiday staples such as turkey, ham and brisket create the centerpiece for many of our holiday dinners, it is important to remember that the way they are prepared need not be limited to the printed instructions on your meat’s plastic wrapping.“Famous Dave” Anderson is the founder of the popular Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que Restaurants and has won over 700 awards for his expertise on smoking and grilling meats. He was recently crowned “Smoked Champion” on the TV show Smoked, taking home the top honors for being “The Best of the Best” when it comes to smoking meats. Anderson shares his expert tips for adding flavor to your holiday meal.“To elevate the taste of your ham, turkey, brisket or other meats, consider applying the lessons learned during the warmer seasons,” Anderson says. “I’ve always wondered why smoking seems to be forgotten as soon as the holiday decorations come out. Holidays are a time to bring joy to the table. And if you want to see joy, watch your guests take their first bites of cherrywood smoked turkey, or hickory smoked ham!”In order to help you bring out the best flavors in your meats for your next family gathering, Anderson offers these three important tips:Smoke it low and slow.Holidays are a time to escape the hustle that consumes us the rest of the year. Why not apply the same relaxed approach to your holiday meal? As Anderson explains, rushing the process can rob your meats of both texture and flavor. “Slow smoking under low heat allows the meat to relax, and for the fat to properly render,” Anderson says. “It doesn’t matter what piece of meat you are cooking, it’s all about temperature and time.”He suggests cooking temperatures of between 225 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit for the tastiest and juiciest final product.Skip the wood chips.Wood chips are popular and convenient, but you will never get the same satisfying smoke flavors out of wood chips that you will from using a small log. “Wood chips are a shortcut. And who takes shortcuts when preparing the perfect holiday meal,” Anderson says. Wood chips also have the tendency to catch fire, which can negatively impact your cooking temperature and cooking time.Though a fan of the flavors derived from oak and applewood, Anderson takes a different approach when the weather turns colder. “I like cherrywood for Turkey. And for ham, nothing beats the smokey aromas that come from hickory,” he says.Season(ing)s greetings.In order to treat your guests to the most vibrant, mouthwatering flavors, Anderson insists that you check the dates on your spices. Spices greater than 6-months-old will lose much of their flavor, robbing your meal of the holiday’s signature tastes. “At home, I grind my own spices. There’s no better way to achieve the best possible flavors,” he says. For the rest of us, Anderson suggests we refresh our aging spice racks in order to bring real flavor to the table.Smoking the meats you typically serve over the holidays takes the best of tradition and introduces a new level of flavor. “This is the time when treating the people who are most special to us really matters. A little extra effort can make a holiday meal more meaningful and memorable than ever before,” Anderson says.To learn more about Famous Dave’s and how you can make your holiday meal even better, visit There, you can also find Anderson’s recipe for his famous bread pudding. TAGSSmokersThanksgivingTurkey Previous articleShare a Meal and Fight Childhood HungerNext articleFive shopping strategies for the holidays and beyond Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name herelast_img read more

House Between Courtyards / Enrique Browne + Tomás Swett

first_img “COPY” CopyHouses•Santiago, Chile Houses Photographs:  Nico Saieh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Year:  “COPY” Area:  340 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!Aerial view 02. Image © Nico Saieh+ 20 Share Projects Architects: Enrique Browne, Tomás Swett Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img House Between Courtyards / Enrique Browne + Tomás SwettSave this projectSaveHouse Between Courtyards / Enrique Browne + Tomás Swett ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeEnrique BrowneOfficeFollowTomás SwettOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSantiagoChilePublished on May 29, 2017Cite: “House Between Courtyards / Enrique Browne + Tomás Swett” 29 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalShelvingZeitraumWardrobe – Hide & ParkSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Stone SeriesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – FerroFinestra W20Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – TentChairsInterstuhlConference Chair – Low With CastorsWoodreSAWN TIMBER co.Pre-Weathered Wood CladdingMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?“我的家就是一座巨大的艺术品” / Enrique Browne +TomásSwett是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Chile ArchDaily House Between Courtyards / Enrique Browne + Tomás Swett ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2015 Manufacturers: AB Kupfer, Cerámica Santiago, Princesa, WinkoArchitects In Charge:Enrique Browne, Tomás SwettCollaborator Architect:Alejandro ArmstrongConstructor:DOMOCalculating Engineer:Eduardo RodriguezCity:SantiagoCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Aerial view. Image © Nico SaiehText description provided by the architects. The design of this single-family house began with the reformulation of a courtyard house and the search for a way to group enclosures in “blocks” according to their level of privacy, their hours of use, their thermal requirements and the views.Between these “blocks” we defined two essential spaces for a house: The “hall” that divides and communicates the public and the familial; and the “lounge”, an indefinite space that congregates daily family life and where all the rooms converge.Save this picture!Design processSave this picture!Initial sketchA series of theme patios are attached to the interior spaces extending the limits and functions of the rooms. Therefore, the house is composed of four “blocks”, three of them in masonry with ventilated brick veneer; and the central one with two levels in reinforced concrete with wood board formwork, which articulates and grounds the compound. Its central position defines the patios, the hall and the living room, while standing out from the compound in material and scale. The height of the blocks increases: the greater internal heat gain the greater the ceiling height, seeking to diminish the energy demands while creating comfortable spaces.Save this picture!Countryard. Image © Nico SaiehSave this picture!Section 01Save this picture!Garden. Image © Nico SaiehThe position and orientation of the “blocks” allows a clear view from the interior spaces to the garden and adjacent patios, while completely blocking the view between the rooms. Volume A, facing to the south and the access road, contains the service areas, the kitchen and a future guest room. Volume B houses the living and dining rooms as a single continuous space that opens to the main garden (north) and to a small patio with birches (south). Volume C lodges the children´s bedrooms and bathrooms, facing the east to gain the morning sun. Finally, volume D, facing the best view (mountain range), contains the master bedroom and bathroom on the first level and a study library on the second floor. In the front garden a loose geometric figure with a service yard defines the areas for parking, access and an orchard.Save this picture!Library. Image © Nico SaiehSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Nico SaiehSave this picture!Orchard. Image © Nico SaiehProject gallerySee allShow lessInside the Bizarre Personal Lives of Famous ArchitectsArticlesBee Breeders Announce Winners of Stone Barn Meditation Camp CompetitionArchitecture News Sharelast_img read more

The Clintons’ role in Haiti

first_imgSeething mass protests throughout Haiti in late January and early February drove President Michel Martelly from office on Feb. 7. Martelly had been selected to run for president through the personal intervention of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010.Clinton had visited Port-au-Prince to personally overturn the decision of the Haitian electoral commission to select a different candidate — Jude Célestin — for a spot in the runoff.In the context of the 100 years of direct U.S. intervention in Haiti, which most Haitians see as an occupation, for Washington to select a candidate is business as usual. But it throws light on the negative influence Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton have had on Haiti.Back in 1915, U.S. Marines moved the gold in the Haitian treasury to First National City Bank of New York, now Citibank, and soon after dissolved the Haitian Parliament. In 1919, they imposed a U.S.-written constitution on Haiti. They ran up the U.S. flag as the Marines fought a vicious war against an insurgency led by Charlemagne Peralte. The Marines didn’t leave until 1934, when Washington was short of money and the Marines had trained a military force — La Garde d’Haïti — to replace direct U.S. rule.More recently, U.S. imperialism has supported a United Nations “peacekeeping” military force called Minustah to occupy Haiti. Because it dumped human waste from one of its bases into Haiti’s largest river, Minustah is responsible for bringing a devastating cholera epidemic to Haiti, which caused over 8,000 deaths and 800,000 illnesses. The presence of Minustah keeps the U.S.’s domination of Haiti intact.For Secretary of State Clinton, choosing Martelly was an essential step in “Opening Haiti for Business,” one of her slogans. Martelly, a nightclub owner and performer with solid ties to the repressive, ruling-class grouping known as the Macoutes, would be much more open to deals than Célestin. Célestin’s forces were oriented toward trying to push the U.N. and the multitudinous nongovernmental organizations in Haiti into building up the country’s infrastructure rather than simply providing cheap labor to sweatshops.Beginning in 2008, the State Department closely monitored Haitian efforts to raise the country’s legal minimum wage from $1.75 a day to $5.00 a day. When Hillary Clinton was appointed secretary of state in 2009, she maintained pressure on Haiti’s government to keep wages low for workers in the assembly plants and those sewing garments for U.S.-based clothing companies like Levi’s, Hanes and Fruit of the Loom. These low wages also enticed Sae-A Trading, a major South Korean sweatshop operator, to set up a new plant in Caracol in northeast Haiti, near the Dominican border.Bill Clinton also played a prominent role in Haiti while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Appointed as the U.N.’s special envoy to Haiti in May of 2009 — before the January 2010 earthquake — he urged investors to make money in Haiti when he and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited that year and also in a conference he called in New York.After the earthquake, whose destruction of Haiti touched the hearts of the working people of the world and produced a nearly unprecedented flood of donations, Bill Clinton used his position to become co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission. This role gave him a strong influence in how the $6 billion that flowed through this commission was disbursed. This made him responsible for the lack of real aid getting to the Haitian people.At a protest on Jan. 12 in front of Bill Clinton’s office in Harlem on the sixth anniversary of the earthquake, the Committee to Mobilize against Dictatorship in Haiti said: “Bill Clinton, as head of the IHRC, Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, was responsible for the $6 billion that came into his hands. He had unlimited control of this money. Six years after the earthquake, not much has changed, and as a matter of fact, Haiti is in worse condition than it was in 2010. Only Bill Clinton can tell the world what happened with this money.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New UL Vice President will focus on broadening research function

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Print Linkedin Newly appointed UL Vice President Professor Norelee KennedyPhoto: Oisin McHughPROFESSOR Norelee Kennedy, who has been appointed Vice President for Research at the University of Limerick, will be responsible for a main pillar of the new UL Strategic Plan that will be launched in the coming semester.An Associate Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of School of Allied Health at UL, she will take up the new position in January.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said that research was vital to the future of the University and its importance is now gaining significant attention.“Research and Innovation will also form a main pillar of the new UL Strategic Plan which will be launched in the coming semester,” he stated.Dr Fitzgerald also acknowledged “the superb work of the outgoing Vice President Dr Mary Shire who completed two very successful terms in this role and led the Research function with distinction”.Prof Kennedy has worked as an academic in UL for over 14 years and as Head of School of Allied Health for five years. The Tipperary native graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Physiotherapy in 1999 and a PhD in 2004. Her research focuses on focuses on inflammatory arthritis and physical activity in exercise.Stating that she was honoured to be taking on her new role, she said that, as an academic in UL for the last 14 years, she was very proud of UL and the research that was done there.“It is such an exciting opportunity to look at the next phase of research for UL. We have an excellent base in what we are doing in our research here and I think there are opportunities to look at new ways of bringing people together to work in interdisciplinary ways.“My vision is that we will continue to ensure that research we engage with has excellent impact and value for the communities and the people that we work with and the research partners we engage with,” she added.The Vice President, Research (VPR) at UL is a member of the Executive Committee with responsibility for Research Support Services and the Technology Transfer Office.They are responsible for the Research affairs of the University, including research support services, related enterprise and commercialisation of UL’s research.Reporting to the President, the VPR also has a key role in the overall leadership and strategic management of the University. Previous articleMinister needs to act urgently in relation to better EU Connectivity for Shannon AirportNext articleLimerick’s economic recovery resonates in California Staff Reporter Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Advertisementcenter_img Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsEducationNew UL Vice President will focus on broadening research functionBy Staff Reporter – July 30, 2019 519 Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsULUniversityUniversity of Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blowlast_img read more

[Tablighi Case] Plea By 5 Malaysian Nationals Facing Prosecution In SC; State Of Bihar To Take Instructions

first_imgTop Stories[Tablighi Case] Plea By 5 Malaysian Nationals Facing Prosecution In SC; State Of Bihar To Take Instructions Sanya Talwar13 Oct 2020 4:06 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court today asked the State of Bihar to seek instructions in a plea by 5 nationals from Malaysia, facing prosecution in the state for alleged “Tablighi Activities”.A bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar adjourned the case to Thursday, October 15.The petitioners have sough a declaration that the actions of the Union of India and the State of Bihar were in violation of Fundamental…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court today asked the State of Bihar to seek instructions in a plea by 5 nationals from Malaysia, facing prosecution in the state for alleged “Tablighi Activities”.A bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar adjourned the case to Thursday, October 15.The petitioners have sough a declaration that the actions of the Union of India and the State of Bihar were in violation of Fundamental Rights guaranteed to the foreign nationals under the Constitution of India.”…seeking issuance of writ of mandamus or any other appropriate writ to the State of Bihar to withdraw prosecution which was mechanically instituted in the basis of notification dated April 2, 2020 issued by the UOI in violation of the procedure established by law…”In this backdrop, the plea has also sought directions to the Ministry of Home Affairs to follow its own circular of March 28, 2020, according to which the petitioners/foreigners who were found to be free of Covid19 were to be immediately deported back to their home country after their quarantine period was over, as detention of the petitioner in India amounts to illegal persecution as held by the Bombay High Court.The plea states that the petitioners entered the territory of India with a valid tourist visa on March 3, 2020 and were duly screened at the airport by medical authorities and no symptoms of Covid19 were found.”Petitioner nos. 2 to 5 visited the International Headquarters of the Society located in Nizamuddin in New Delhi in March and Petitioner 1 visited it on March 12. In between the society held a congregation in Delhi from 10th March-13th March after taking requisite permissions from the authority… it is pertinent to note here that the Health Ministry, GOI issued a statement on March 12 that Covid19 is not an emergency and people need not panic”.The arrest of the petitioners was made under Section 14/14C of the Foreigners Act.The plea thus, inter alia, takes the ground that tablighi congregations do not amount to tablighi work. “That the petitioner no. 1 is still languishing in Jail and has undergone sufficient punishment for more than 5 months”It is also averred that it was falsely propagated by the Media on a large scale that the Muslims are the who spread Coronavirus in India with the purpose of publicly humiliating the Muslim community and to create communal disharmony.The plea has been filed by Advocate Fauzia Shakil.Next Storylast_img read more

Killybegs Coast Guard rescue injured fisherman

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Killybegs Coast Guard rescue injured fisherman Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook By News Highland – March 6, 2019 Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Killybegs Coast Guard were tasked this morning by Malin head Coast Guard to assist a fisherman who had suffered a broken leg aboard a vessel.The fisherman, understood to be from Russia, was then transferred via ambulance to Letterkenny University Hospital for further treatment. Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Google+ Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleSpot flooding in Inishowen a “stark warning” – MurrayNext articleDonegal woman convicted of failing to provide sufficient food for dog News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Troy native makes music for children

first_imgLatest Stories Print Article Troy native makes music for children Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “Fifteen years ago,” Holmes said, with a smile. “That’s how long it’s been since I had ‘the dream.’”Holmes was living in Nashville and prepared to take advantage of any break that came his way.However, it was not a break that propelled him headfirst onto the silly song scene. It was a rather silly dream.“I dreamed that a cow was in my grandmother’s kitchen, knocking over things and making a big mess,” he said. “So, I wrote a song about it. Then I wrote another little cow song and another.”Right about the same time, Holmes was pitching his songs to some of the big names in Nashville and several of them were batting a thousand with his tunes.He was pleased but in the back on his mind, he kept hearing cow tunes.“I never really thought about a CD about cow tunes until I was in Vermont and visited Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream Factory,” Holmes said.“Ben and Jerry’s is Vermont’s biggest tourist attraction and, as I walked around the factory, I saw all of these souvenir items that related to cows. That got me thinking. Vermont is cow oriented so there’s a lot of local interest in cows as well as tourist interest. I thought a CD about cows might work in Vermont.”Soon, Holmes had enough catchy cow tunes to make an album and he titled it “Cow Tunes for Kids.”The CD had some silly songs, some songs that made a good bit of sense and some teaching songs.Holmes got together with a producer friend of his and he agreed to help Holmes with the project.However, he suggested that they make the CD one that adults would enjoy, too.“Cow Tunes for Kids” was the trailhead of a path to Holmes’ future.He made a second CD of Moose tunes and then one of Bear tunes and Sea tunes.Then he made a CD of Fun Tunes for Teachers and food-related tunes called Moose Berry Jam.And, every recording artist worth his salt, makes a Christmas album, so Holmes recorded “Berry Christmas Moose.”One CD led to another and he soon was able to leave his “day” job and concentrate on his Moo-sic career.His ‘Silliest Songs’ came next and then “Fun Tunes for Recovering Kids.”“That’s an extra long CD of songs for kids who are in the hospital or stuck at home sick,” he said. “It’s one that I hope cheers them up.”All of Holmes’ CDs have a teaching element that is cleverly hidden in the fun so kids don’t even know.All of them are animal oriented because all kids love animals.And, as much as kids enjoy singing about animals and creating their own mental pictures as they sing, they also live in a visual world.Holmes realized that kids could learn about the animals as they sing their songs.So, he embarked on another project – DVDs of animal tunes.He has four DVDs about animals. Three are tried and true – bear tunes, moose tunes and sea tunes.His latest is galloping along a different trail, “Horse Tunes for Kids.”Moose Tunes was filmed in the wilds of the mountain West and Bear Tunes was filmed in Minnesota at “a place where you can film bears without being attacked.”“‘Sea Tunes’ was filmed at several different aquariums, including Atlanta, Gatlinburg and Chattanooga,” Holmes said. “I have a friend who is a videographer in Hawaii and he did some great underwater photography for me.Sea Tunes for Kids is the best seller because it has so much variety.A bear is a bear and a moose is a moose but there are so many different kinds of sea creatures that it’s really exciting and colorful.”After 15 years of driving all around the country looking for inspiration and marketing his CDs and DVDs,Holmes is a little more grounded.He now attends trade shows and music conventions to find outlets for his animal tunes.But, he still finds his inspiration along the highways and byways of this great country that is filled with critters of all kinds.He never knows what idea might be lurking around the next curve of the road in Seattle or Anchorage or what opportunities might await him at an international music convention in France in January and February.“There will be recording companies from all over the world at the convention in France and I’m looking forward to being there and seeing what all is out there in the world of music,” Holmes said.And, he will also “see” what direction the industry will take in the next few years so that he will be “in tune” with the times.Holmes CDs and DVDs are available locally at Adams Stained Glass Studio and at or by calling 1-800-356-9315. By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Sponsored Content Brent Holmes is a singer, a songwriter and a humorist.He lives near Nashville, Tenn. on a pleasant piece of land that he shares with one horse, one cat and two sheep.His humorous songs have been recorded by Ray Stevens, Jerry Clower, Minnie Pearl and Williams and Ree. Published 11:55 pm Saturday, January 3, 2009 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Holmes, who was home in Troy for Christmas, laughs at the idea of seeking a “fortune” in the music business.He just wanted to be able to make a scant living doing what he loves to do – make happy music.And, he’s doing just that.Holmes now has 10 CDs of fun tunes for kids and four DVDs of fun tunes for kids on the market and all are selling, maybe not like hotcakes, but like a double dip chocolate ice cream cone. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel That’s what Brent Holmes’ Web site tells the curious public about him.But that’s not what folks around Pike County want to know about one of their own.Folks want to know what happened to the affable young man, a-wash in God-given talents, who went out to seek his fortune in the music business. Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Pike County native marries country music legend Audrey Sheppard of the Shiloh community in Pike County and Hank Williams of Montgomery were married in December 1944 by… read morelast_img read more

Career file: Satrina Brandt

first_imgCareer file: Satrina BrandtOn 1 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Thismonth Satrina Brandt, Investors in People project manager, RayneswayConstruction Southern (a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty) Age 27Whatdoes your role involve?Steering the organisation through the Investors in People process andadvising management on HR practice.What’sthe best thing about it?The autonomy and variety. In one week I can be looking at topics rangingfrom strategic business planning to induction. What’sthe worst thing about your job?Dealing with the geographic dispersion. Our offices are as far apart asBedford, Worcestershire and Winchester. Our production workers are even morewidely spread.Whatis your current major project or strategic push?Implementing a mentoring programme across the organisation.Preferredterminology – training, development, education, learning, performanceimprovement?I see definite distinctions between training, development and education andtherefore use all three.FavouritebuzzwordsEvery profession has their jargon. It gives some members of the professiona sense of belonging but is generally disapproved of outside the circle. I trynot to use buzzwords or jargon at work and don’t have any favourites.Areyou good at self-development?Yes. I firmly believe in lifelong learning although I also believe this cancome in many forms.Whatself-development have you done in the past six months?This is the first job I have had in the construction industry and I havelearnt a lot just in my day-to-day work. I am also on the editorial boards forthe Journal of Management Practice and the Australian Journal of Management andOrganisation Behaviour. The articles that are sent to me are oftenresearch-based and make for interesting reading.Wheredo you want to be in five years’ time?I am Australian and have come to the UK to work. In five years’ time I hopeto be living in Australia although it is difficult to say what sort of job Iwill have.Whatwas the most useful learning experience you ever had?Coming to the UK has been a great learning experience. I have had somegreat work experience and have done a lot of travelling to places I neverconsidered going in the past. My husband and I went to Iceland in April.Whatwas the worst course you ever went on?I try to get something out of every course I attend, even if it’s just oneor two points. I can’t say I’ve ever attended a course where I have learntnothing.Whatdid you want to do for a job when you were at school?It changed weekly. One week I wanted to be a fashion designer and the nexta music producer. I tended to take art-related subjects and never considered abusiness career.Whatwas your first job?When I turned 15 I started my first job as a sales assistant in the localnews agency.Whatwas the best career decision you ever made?Going to university to study HR.Andthe worst?I don’t regret any job I’ve had.Whichof your qualifications do you most value and why?My honours degree. In Australia, honours is an extra year so while myfriends were getting jobs, earning money and going out, I was doing my honoursthesis and working. It was hard work that paid off when I was awarded firstclass honours.Howmany minutes is it since someone senior in your organisation said “People areour greatest assets”?Not for a whole day now.Evaluation– holy grail or impossible dream?Evaluation is a bit like cable television. Before you have it, you think itwill be great. Once you get it, you realise it is not everything you hoped itwould be, but after a while you can’t live without it.Howdo you think your job will have changed in five years’ time?As a project manager I can only hope that I won’t be here in five yearstime, otherwise I haven’t done my job.Whatdo you think the core skills for your job will be in the future?I think employment law and information technology will become increasinglyimportant for all HR professionals.Whatadvice would you give someone starting out in T&D?Never ignore or fail to explore the knowledge and experiences that peoplebring to a training session. It is just as valuable for trainees to learn fromeach other as it is for them to learn from the trainer.Howdo you network?Making initial contact with people is one thing but keeping in contact isanother. I try to keep in contact with people I have worked with in the pastand others I have met.Ifyou could have any job in the world, what would it be?A reporter for a travel programme would be good, but living out of asuitcase and being constantly on the go would get tiring.Whatis your motto?The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Tritebut true.Describeyour management style in three words or less.Trust and opennessHowwould you like to be remembered by your colleagues?As someone who got things done and got them done well.last_img read more

Tools that help make HR a force to be reckoned with

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Asthe dotcom hype subsides, all things “e” are under scrutiny. Employeecommunications is quite possibly the best example of how the Internet andelectronic communications can be deployed to support the bottom line. Once viewed purely as a delivery mechanism, the Internet and companyintranets need to be considered upstream in HR strategy – for they have thepotential to release HR professionals from a transactional role to fulfil theirpotential as a transformational force in an organisation. Take a look at flexible benefit programmes: their virtual, paperlessimplementation has removed the administrative burden of employee compensationand given the HR function the opportunity to transform an organisation’srelationship with employees by personalising it. In purely practical terms, some companies are finding that they can extendtheir flexible benefits e-delivery platform to actually leverage the e-HRtransformation. The Royal Bank of Scotland is extending its flexible benefitsplatform, for instance, to send out joiner packs, interview and talk toemployees. A large pharmaceuticals company, which is just starting out on its e-HRjourney, is similarly using it to automate certain functions and is offeringfrontline management of pensions and benefits such as company cars. In a survey of UK organisations, Employer Attitudes to Flexible Benefits2000-2001, more than 80 per cent of respondents confirmed they are consideringa flexible benefit programme. On the crucial point of implementation, more than 80 per cent considerelectronic preference modelling facilities and Internet/intranet communicationa useful or very useful method of information to support such a programme. The administration of a flexible benefit programme is often perceived to bea drawback to implementation, but, with online access to personal data,educational material and the ability to monitor, identify and confirm flexiblebenefit preferences, the costs are significantly reduced. The survey found that almost 70 per cent of respondents expect to offerintranet availability across all areas of flexible benefits delivery in one tothree years. A key reason for this is clearly the increased availability of Internet,intranet and knowledge ware to support this growth, but must also be a responseto lower costs of e-implementation, which typically range from £30 to £50 perperson per annum. Looking three years ahead, the Intranet will have eclipsed paper-baseddelivery almost completely. Clearly, the value of an Internet/intranet-based flexible benefit programmegoes well beyond the cost savings. With workforces becoming increasingly diverse – socially and geographically– an electronic platform provides a centralised resource that can be accessed remotelyat any time, making it as convenient and accessible to a teleworker as a memberof the core secretarial staff. It also gives employees the opportunity to spend time modelling the idealmix of benefits to suit their lifestyle and life-stage. When staff are online, they are not under pressure to rush through theirdecision, which they may feel on the telephone, nor do they need to feelisolated because they can ask a member of the HR team to call them back todiscuss their decision in more detail, real time. The relationship staff want to have with their employer is changing. OnlineHR delivery gives HR teams a strategic tool to meet this demand, recruit andretain the right staff and, ultimately, keep their organisations competitive. Chris Noon is the leader of the HR effectiveness group at Hewitt, aglobal management consulting and outsourcing company specialising in HRsolutions Previous Article Next Article Tools that help make HR a force to be reckoned withOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Mapping sub-pixel fluvial grain sizes with hyperspatial imagery

first_imgThis paper presents an investigation of image texture approaches for mapping sub-pixel fluvial grain-size features from airborne imagery, allowing for the rapid acquisition of surface sand and coarse fraction (>1.41 mm) grain-size information. Imagery at 30 mm resolution was acquired over four gravel bars from the Fraser River (British Columbia, Canada). Combined first-order and second-order image texture approaches (windowed standard deviation filter and the grey level co-occurrence matrix) were used. First-order image texture, through the application of a standard deviation filter and subsequent thresholding was used to detect the presence of surface sand, with optimal accuracy achieved at 91 ± 1.9%. A wide-ranging parameter space investigation was used to derive optimum parameters for the grey level co-occurrence matrix. Subsequently first- and second-order image textures were used in multiple linear regression to achieve good calibrations with several sub-pixel grain-size percentiles; relative error at 1.44%, 3.18%, 6.80% and 10.6% for D5, D16, D35 and D50, respectively. The larger percentiles of D84 and D95 had relative errors of 24.7% and 29.7%, respectively. The breakdown of calibration precision for larger percentiles is attributed to a ‘pixel averaging effect’. It is concluded that multispectral imagery is not required, because sufficient image texture information can be derived from standard colour imagery. Recommendations are suggested for application of this method to other localities and datasets, thus reducing exhaustive parameter searches in future studies.last_img read more