LinkedIn policy changes – Good, Bad or Ugly?

first_img Previous Article Next Article So as most already know, this year Linkedin changed their InMail policy. Instead of getting back all the InMails that didn’t get a response, Linkedin now only credit back InMails that are replied to. They also implemented their new policy around a commercial search limit in which in any given month you can only run a limited amount of searches as beyond a certain number they deem that it is being used for commercial purposes. I’ve seen a number of posts for and against the changes and for what it’s worth, I say bring it on!Here’s why…Sometimes, just sometimes, I shudder when I see some of the activities that are being passed off as “recruiting”. In the last month I have received a number of batch messages that not only are not personalised to me, but have zero relevance to me at all. E.g. I’m an IT/software development sourcing specialist/recruiter and therefore, I have a few technologies listed on my profile. In the greater context of my profile, this is clearly in reference to positions I regularly find myself recruiting and not related to my personal IT experience, YET – I still get messages asking about my interest levels in an exciting and fantabulous open position as a Developer. I’m all for looking at ways to find efficiencies but sending a batch message to anyone with a specific technology(ies) listed on their profile (due to a standard keyword search) is just plain lazy and is certainly not what the vast majority of the recruitment world would identify as effective, solid recruitment/sourcing practice. To date, given the limited InMails available per month on different subscriptions, recruiters were almost incentivised to not be engaging in their InMails and just throw buzzwords in the hope of either a) Quickly engaging a professional who might be actively on the market; or b) being completely ignored, as opposed to opening up conversations with candidates who are not “active” but may be open to discussing other opportunities. If by LinkedIn changing its policies it encourages the careful  and more considered use of InMails as a tool of value and as the medium that could be used to open doors to new networks/candidates/business partners/leads, then I’m all for it and can only see it having a positive effect on the industry.Link to info on new InMail policy: http://sales.linkedin.com/blog/linkedin-changes-inmail-policy-to-improve-quality-of-messages-and-response-rates/On commercial search limits. I believe that the impact on this will be minimal to any recruiter who considers themselves to be somewhat social media savvy as most will be well versed in other online sourcing techniques and know e.g. know how to run x-ray searches via search engines, should they reach their search threshold. The knock-on effect of this is that recruiter who is perhaps not quite as used to other online search methods will have to begin to increase their knowledge of online sourcing methods which surely can only positively affect the recruitment industry?.Link to info on new “commercial use limit”: https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/52950/~/commercial-use-limit-on-search Read full article LinkedIn policy changes – Good, Bad or Ugly?Shared from missc on 20 Jan 2015 in Personnel Todaycenter_img Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Panel discussion: Sustainable tourism and digital transformation – challenges and opportunities

first_imgOn October 10, the Department of Tourism and Economy of the Faculty of Economics in Split organized an expert meeting and panel discussion on the topic “Digital transformation in the function of sustainable tourism development. For the last two years, the members of the department have been working on international EU-funded projects based on digital technologies and data, and this year’s theme of the World Tourism Day “Tourism and Digital Transformation” was the occasion for presenting the results.  projects. The focus was on the current BluTour System project, led by Ca’Foscari University, with a budget of € 1.037.050,00. The aim of the project is to develop innovative solutions for decision support systems (Decision Support System, acronym DSS) in tourism, improve the skills and capacity of stakeholders to develop cross-border tourism networks, business ecosystem and use open innovation systems through the so-called. quadruple Helix model. The first part of the conference presents very interesting experiences of actors from the private and public sectors from different spheres of tourism on the application of digital technologies in their fields of work. Prof.dr.sc. Lidija Petrić, Ph.D. Ante Mandić from the Faculty of Economics in Split presented innovative solutions to support decision-making in tourism developed within international EU projects in which the Faculty participated – Tourmedassets, ShapeTourism and BluTour System. In essence, it is a system of data and indicators for the Mediterranean NUTS 2 regions, which includes statistical indicators, the results of stakeholder surveys and the so-called. Big Data data. They enable an overview of the positions of individual regions by a number of elements and their mutual comparison, they are open access and can be used by all interested stakeholders as a basis for making development decisions. Mrs. Vera Jergović Bolanča from the Šibenik Fortress of Culture presented the experiences of applying augmented reality in tourism. She particularly referred to the significant role that technological solutions have played in putting Šibenik fortresses on the tourist map and in the public focus, as well as the results of the work, ie the number of visits to the fortresses themselves.Mr. Marko Bartulić from the public company Split parking doo presented the SMART parking application and the results of its application. Traffic at rest is a burning problem of the city of Split, and the application is one of the ways to solve it, and analyzes of data collected through the system showed that, contrary to the public image, parking lots are very rarely completely filled. The application was primarily developed for the needs of the local population, and Mr. Bartulić also commented on its use by tourists. It is interesting that some tourism workers in the panel and in the audience said that they did not know that they would be happy to recommend it to guests, which tells us that we need to further improve communication. Mr. Josip Rikić from BlueSun Hotels & Resorts presented the technological solutions they use to improve hotel processes. The first solution is a mobile application for efficient management of all hotel areas and hotel staff. The application saves up to 20% of working hours, increases the billing of the mini bar by 90%, reduces inventory costs by 15% and increases reported breakdowns by 300%, which results in lower unexpected costs. Another example is Smart Scales that allow real-time monitoring of food consumption and production. The main benefits of the application are 5-10% lower food consumption, 85% reduction in kitchen administration, 25% increase in complaints to suppliers and significantly higher control standards, and the scale collects various useful data that can be given in the form of reports (eg return of finished food throws, the frequency of food exports and the quality of raw products). Mr. Mladen Tomić, director and owner of Hotel Split Podstrana, commented on green technologies in the hotel industry, giving examples of the same that he applied in his facility, which is one of the first certified hotel facilities of energy class A in Croatia. In addition, he commented on what technology brings for tourism and hospitality in the future, emphasizing that it will reduce the routine tasks of employees, and thus open additional space for the crucial host role of staff to increasingly demanding guests. In his last presentation, Mr. Martin Bućan, from the Split-Dalmatia County, presented projects for the application of advanced analytics and e-mobility in tourism. The first refers to the results of the Interdmodal project in which the County was a partner in which the so-called Heat Maps, insights based on the analysis of mobile network data that allows understanding the way of movement / behavior of the target socio-demographic population, ie the segment according to the desired points of interest. The key applications are in the field of tourism trends by monitoring the number of foreign tourists at defined points of interest, their segmentation by nationality, monitoring trends on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, comparison with selected desired points of interest which is a very useful input for tourism marketing activities. Another application is in the area of ​​traffic monitoring at desired points of interest (whole city or selected hotspots), which is the basis for traffic optimization models. Sustainable tourism and digital transformation – challenges and opportunitiesThe meeting ended with a dynamic panel discussion on “Sustainable Tourism and Digital Transformation – Challenges and Opportunities” in which the exhibitors were joined by Assoc. Maja Čukušić from the Department of Business Informatics, and the discussion was moderated by Assoc. Smiljana Pivčević. It was pointed out in the discussion that digital transformation is a much broader concept than the application of technology in business and includes strategically committed to digital technology as a basis for business development, products / services and / or revenues. It is precisely the strategic framework that is often lacking in practice while occasional, sporadic activities dominate, which certainly needs to change. The panelists agreed that funding is not a problem for good projects because there is money from various sources, and the precondition is quality and well-developed ideas. In this context, they especially emphasized the importance of well-educated staff who should have a broad education, developed team spirit / work, creativity and hospitality.The view is that technology in tourism will not displace man but will change his tasks and roles, reducing routine ones, and a message has been sent to young people that lifelong learning is imperative.It was also pointed out that in a tourist destination, the key cooperation of all stakeholders who form a kind of destination “puzzle”. When asked whether in the future the digital transformation will be more a lever of mass / unsustainability or just the sustainability of tourism, the conclusion was crystallized that it inevitably carries potential for both, and all the actors of the destination “puzzle” (public bodies, service providers, local population) to act in the direction of sustainability through their activities. The Faculty of Economics in Split is the oldest and leading institution for research and higher education in tourism in the Dalmatian region and offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies in tourism. He has been conducting education and exams for tourist guides for 42 years, and for 21 years for branch managers. Members of the Department of Tourism and Economy work on research, application and professional projects, of which currently 3 are funded from EU sources. In their work, they nurture and develop cooperation with all sections of the tourism sector through organized internships, student scholarships, socially useful student projects, guest appearances and visits to tourism entities, professional projects and expertise, professional gatherings and education.last_img read more

Spencer Weikal murder trial set for Dec. 3, 2013; taped confession ruled admissible by judge

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A trial date for Spencer Weikal, 24, of Wellington has been set for Dec. 3, 2013 in Sumner County District Court.Weikal is charged with two felonies – first degree murder and aggravated endangering of a child – stemming from the death of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster, on Nov. 30, 2011.Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin also recently denied Weikal’s attorney’s request that videos, including a taped confession to law enforcement during the night of questioning, be suppressed from the pending jury trial. Weikal Attorney Christopher Williams of Kansas City, Mo. filed a suppression motion resulting in a May 8, 2013 hearing that included seven testimonies from the Wellington Police Department and Sumner County Sheriff’s office. During the hearing, McQuin closed the courtroom to view a video tape of the alleged confession with only the prosecuting and defense attorney present.McQuin would eventually deny the defense suppression request stating Weikal “knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently waived his Miranda rights, twice”; and “that his statement to law enforcement were the product of his free and independent will.”•••••Weikal’s actionsMcQuin also allowed the admissibility of evidence surrounding Weikal’s actions after leaving the hospital in Wichita and returning to Wellington on Nov. 29, 2011 and early morning Nov. 30.According to a court document submitted by prosecuting attorney Lee Davidson of the Kansas Attorney General’s office, Weikal was the live-in boyfriend of Kayla Murphy, mother of Larrissa Foster. On Nov. 29, 2011, Murphy and Weikal spent most of the day together at his uncle Brian Brown’s house. In the late afternoon, Weikal drove Foster and Murphy to the Oak Tree Inn where Foster was scheduled to work the evening shift. Weikal and Foster allegedly returned to Brown’s home. Murphy then talked to Foster on the phone at about 8 p.m.“It was the last time she would speak to her daughter,” Davidson said in the document.Allegedly, at 10 p.m. the defendant drove Foster back to the Oak Tree Inn and had a co-worker find Murphy because Foster was having trouble breathing.The two of them took the toddler to Sumner Regional Medical Center where the staff found the child to be unresponsive and in cardiopulmonary arrest. They intubated the child and readied her for transport to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.According to the document, Weikal and Murphy returned to the Oak Tree Inn to borrow money for gasoline for the trip to Wichita. After fueling up their vehicle, the two drove to Wichita and eventually located Wesley Medical Center.At Wesley, medical workers questioned the two about Foster’s injuries and eventually called law enforcement. Before the Wichita Police officers could question him, Weikal allegedly left the hospital without telling Murphy. He returned to Wellington.Meanwhile, Sumner County E911 broadcasted a “be on the lookout” alert for Weikal, who reportedly was driving Murphy’s red Toyota Corolla.According to the document, Sumner County Sheriff Deputy Lee Patterson was parked in the SRMC parking lot visiting with Wellington police officer Kurt Vogel. He spotted the Corolla traveling southbound on A Street at a high rate of speed. By the time Patterson was at the corner of 15th and B Street, the car was traveling south on B Street just crossing 10th Street, still at a high rate of speed.Patterson tried to catch up to the vehicle as it turned east onto Lincoln Street then south on Ash Street then east on First Street then south onto Cherry Street where it ran the stop sign and turned east on Mill Street before coming to a stop at 901 S. Cherry Street, the Brown residence.Weikal then, allegedly, fled the Corolla and hid near a parked vehicle. Patterson found him hiding a short time later and placed him under arrest. Patterson had E911 search for Weikal’s driving record and learned that his license was suspended.Patterson read Weikal his Miranda Rights and briefly questioned him at the scene, according to the document. In the process, Patterson recounted Weikal’s driving violations. Patterson then transported Weikal to the Wellington Police Department for further questioning.Later that morning, Wellington Police Department Detective John Defore and Sumner County Sheriff’s Detective Frances Stevenson interviewed Weikal. They asked him about his departure and he explained he was traveling to Wellington to pick up his mother for emotional support and getting some clothes before returning to Wesley.In its analysis on the document, the state concluded that Weikal’s flight from Wesley when he had a suspended license, his flight from Patterson by driving in a reckless manner and hiding thereafter was proof of his guilt.•••••Case backgroundFoster would eventually die on Nov. 30, 2011 and Weikal was subsequently charged that day by the county attorney’s office, who was then Evan Watson.A Sumner County District Court preliminary hearing was held in May, 2012 which McQuin determined there was enough evidence for a trial. Weikal pleaded not guilty.The original date for a jury trial was set for November, 2012. However, after several delays, the case was turned over to the state attorney general’s office after the Sumner County Attorney changeover from Watson to Kerwin Spencer, who said he could not adequately prosecute the trial because of the already cumulated workload in the case. Davidson, an assistant attorney for the attorney general’s office, took over the case. Weikal also switched attorneys: from court appointed Elaine Esparza to privately hired Williams. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +17 Vote up Vote down team Larrissa · 367 weeks ago I can’t wait for the day we can celebrate justice for Larrissa!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down noname · 367 weeks ago How did she die? Cause od death? Sorry i’m a little late on the story? Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Terry · 366 weeks ago Lets let the court decide his faith. Tried of all this BS every time he is put in the paper. The only concern is a little helpless girl is gone. When the court has a verdict then someone can say I told you so. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 366 weeks ago Ok, I’m done. I’m putting out a warning. No more family bashing. If you want to talk about the case itself, I’ll allow that. Anything that is outside the realms of the story above, will result in the elimination of comments from this or any further Weikal stories. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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VIDEO: Canadian Police Invests In Uganda Police

first_imgVIDEO: Canadian Police Invests In Uganda PoliceKampala, Uganda | NBS TV | The Uganda Police Department of Fire Prevention and rescue Services has asked government to beef up the staff component in the Rescue department with necessary skills, equipment and technology to help them execute their mandate.Rose Mary Wawire the Deputy Director attributes failure to save property to lack of equipment and inappropriate skills. This was during the donation of fire-fighting equipment worth millions of shillings to the Uganda Police.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Puget Sound and Salmon Recovery Funding Available in the Nisqually…

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Northwest Indian Fisheries CommissionThe Nisqually Indian Tribe is currently requesting grant proposals for salmon habitat restoration and protection projects in the Nisqually River watershed.Up to $1.8 million in federal and state funds are available for on-the-ground habitat restoration projects, land acquisitions, or assessments that will lead to projects. The Nisqually Indian Tribe is the lead entity that coordinates the solicitation and ranking of projects for the Nisqually Watershed.Total funding available for projects has not yet been determined by the state legislature.Eligible project proposals will be ranked by the Nisqually River Council and submitted to the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and the state legislature for funding consideration. Projects that match high priority actions and geographic areas in the Nisqually Watershed’s Salmon Recovery strategy will have the best chance of receiving a high ranking and funding.Eligible applicants for funding include local governments, state agencies (with a local partner), conservation districts, tribes, non-profit organizations, special purpose districts, Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, and private landowners.Interested parties must submit a Letter of Intent to the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Office by March 2, 2018 and completed applications are tentatively due August 9.Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Ashley Von Essen, Lead Entity Coordinator for Nisqually Tribe Natural Resources at 360-456-5221 ext. 2145 or [email protected] to get information about the Nisqually Salmon Recovery strategy and other application information.last_img read more

Datebook 4/23

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Greece Cuts Sports Budget 50%

first_imgATHENS – Coming off one of its poorest performances ever at the 2012 London Olympics, Greece may not be able to fully support its team or amateur sports after the government cut the budget of the Greek Amateur Athletics Federation (SEGAS), officials at the agency said.The General Secretariat of Sports, blaming the country’s economic crisis, is making drastic cuts in subsidies to sports federations.“The announcement of the grants to sports federations by the General Secretariat of Sports unfortunately demonstrates that amateur sports has been deleted from the priorities of the state,” the announcement by SEGAS said.SEGAS said the grant cuts by the government “will not even cover the minimum operational costs of the federations.”The sports secretariat said that that only 11.2 million euros ($15.5 million) will be given to the federations this year, a 50 percent decrease from the previous year when athletes complained they couldn’t afford to compete for their country and were in facilities with cold water showers and inferior conditions.Some federations will not receive any financial aid from the state while SEGAS is scheduled to get 2.3 million euros ($3.18 million), a 67 percent drop from 2013.“SEGAS calls on the state to realize that supporting sports helps invest in youth, society, better health and better quality of life. Amateur sports needs additional funding. We intend to challenge this financing in cooperation with other sports federations and the Hellenic Olympic Committee,” the SEGAS announcement said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more