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These FTSE 100 stocks are on sale! I’d buy them in an ISA today

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The FTSE 100 might be continuing to edge higher, sure. But there remains a wealth of blue chips that continue to trade far too cheaply.Broadcasting colossus ITV (LSE: ITV) is one of these. Now it’s no shock to see the TV titan’s share price sink because of the Covid-19 crisis. It depends heavily on advertising revenues and stands to suffer significantly in the near-to-medium term amid a painful economic downturn. The FTSE 100 business saw ad sales slump 42% in April as the pandemic took hold.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Screen idolThis recent stock price reversal leaves ITV dealing on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio bang on the widely accepted bargain benchmark of 10 times (and below). And in my opinion this provides a perfect opportunity for long-term investors to nip in and grab a slice.It may take some time before revenues at the company recover. But it will be in excellent shape when the bounceback eventually comes. ITV has invested a shedload into improving its online proposition and bolstering its ‘on demand’ capabilities through the ITV Hub. These segments will play a huge role in the future of broadcasting, clearly.I’m also encouraged by the earnings potential of its ITV Studios production arm. Revenues here sank 11% in quarter one as it was forced to close its studios and delay programme deliveries. But the profits picture for the rest of the decade and beyond remains exceptional, bolstered by the huge spending ITV has made to make it a pan-global production colossus. I for one would happily buy this firm for my own Stocks and Shares ISA.Another FTSE 100 bargainHousebuilder Taylor Wimpey (LSE: TW) is another Footsie share that’s too good to pass on at current prices. It’s no wonder that its share price has plummeted as market participants fear the impact of an economic crash on homes demand.As a Taylor Wimpey shareholder myself I’m not too perturbed. Home sales in the near term could indeed struggle as unemployment levels likely rise and lenders start asking for larger deposits, making it unaffordable for many first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder.Remember, though, that the key to successful long-term investing is to buy stocks with a strong trading outlook for at least a decade, not just for the here and now. In this respect Taylor Wimpey’s appeal remains quite compelling then.Home comfortsBritain isn’t building enough homes to accommodate its rising population, and many believe that even if the government meets its construction target of 250,000 new homes per year that it will not be enough. Let us not forget that ministers have been failing to meet their building targets for years now anyway.Right now Taylor Wimpey trades on an undemanding forward P/E ratio of around 12 times. It’s a reading I think fails to reflect the firm’s bright long-term earnings picture. Not to mention the peace of mind that its rock-solid balance sheet provides. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. These FTSE 100 stocks are on sale! I’d buy them in an ISA today Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img See all posts by Royston Wild Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Royston Wild owns shares of Taylor Wimpey. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ITV. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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Here are the best shares I’d buy right now

first_img Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 8th November, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. center_img I will admit that now does not seem like the time to buy UK shares. The outlook for the economy is highly uncertain, what with Brexit and the coronavirus crisis dominating the headlines. However, research shows that acquiring the market’s best shares at times of uncertainty produces the best results in the long term. The tricky part is finding these stocks. If it were easy to find the market’s best shares, investing would be a breeze.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…That said, there are some hallmarks that all of the best companies possess, and it’s these hallmarks that I’m focusing on to find stocks for my portfolio. Best shares to buy The best-performing stocks over the long term tend to have strong balance sheets and durable competitive advantages. I believe a great example of a company that possesses both of these qualities is AstraZeneca.This enterprise has a robust balance sheet, and patents protect many of its products. These patents give the group exclusive manufacturing rights for years, which means Astra can make substantial profits. What’s more, every year, the business invests billions of dollars in developing new products to sustain its product portfolio. For me, these qualities prove that this is one of the best shares to buy now. Another firm that seems to tick my boxes is Avast. This software provider helps consumers protect their devices from malicious software. Cybersecurity is a booming business, and the size of the sector is only likely to grow as the world becomes more reliant on technology. Like Astra, Avast’s product is protected from competition and, perhaps more importantly, consumers the world over trust the brand. To me, these qualities make the company one of the best shares to buy right now. Global brandsFinally, I’ve been buying shares in alcoholic beverage giant Diageo recently. The owner of brands such as Guinness and Smirnoff has warned that it may see sales decline this year due to the pandemic. However, over the long run, I believe demand for the firm’s products will only increase.I don’t know what’s in store for the UK economy over the next decade, but I’m convinced consumers will still be drinking Guinness a decade from now. And that’s without paying any consideration to the firm’s international operations, which account for the vast majority of profits. To help complement organic growth, Diageo has also been reinvesting capital to acquire new brands during the past few years. That’s why I believe this enterprise is one of the best shares to buy right now. So overall, while the outlook for the UK and global economy might be highly uncertain, I think that by concentrating on high-quality stocks, I will be able to grow my wealth in the long run. These are just a handful of the firms that I reckon could be the best shares to own right now based on this view.  Here are the best shares I’d buy right now Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Es Carnatge House / Miel Arquitectos

first_imgArchDaily CopyHouses•Can Pastilla, Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/892417/es-carnatge-house-miel-arquitectos Clipboard Projects Es Carnatge House / Miel ArquitectosSave this projectSaveEs Carnatge House / Miel ArquitectosSave this picture!Cortesía de Miel Arquitectos+ 18Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Photographs Photographer:  Courtesy of Miel ArquitectosTechnical Architect:Carme Mª Aguiló MoraEngineer:Joan Toni MercadalBuilder:Salis ConstruccionesCity:Can PastillaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Cortesía de Miel ArquitectosRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcText description provided by the architects. With the aim of shielding the house from the 3-storey semi-detached houses in this seafront neighbourhood, it was designed as a single-storey home with a capital H shape, consisting of two long parallel rectangles joined by a large open room in the centre.Save this picture!Cortesía de Miel ArquitectosSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!Cortesía de Miel ArquitectosThis open space contains the living room-dining room and extends outside through the 7 m wide windows on either side, each opening onto an outdoor patio. The capital H structure brings the outdoors into the living space and ensures privacy from neighbours. The orientation also makes the most of local wind patterns.Save this picture!AxonometricThe first long rectangle houses services: the garage, machine room, laundry room, kitchen, a bathroom and a guest bedroom. The second rectangle is the heart of family life: three double bedrooms and two bathrooms for current and future family members.Save this picture!Cortesía de Miel ArquitectosEl primer cuerpo contiene los servicios que ofrece la vivienda: garaje, cuarto de máquinas, lavadero, cocina y zona de invitados compuesta por habitación doble y baño. El segundo cuerpo organiza el corazón de la misma, los 3 dormitorios y dos baños de sus habitantes presentes y futuros.Save this picture!Cortesía de Miel ArquitectosThe long rectangles are made of local Marés stone, which is also found throughout the plot. Brown on the outside and white on the inside, the stone reveals its many subtle shades of colour with the changing light. Each of the long rectangle structures is topped with a green roof.Save this picture!Cortesía de Miel ArquitectosCASA ES CARNATGE pursues the essence of Mallorca by reducing the number of materials and using the form of maximum expressiveness of each one (stone, concrete, weathered steel), so that formal richness is generated from the austere use of materials.Save this picture!Cortesía de Miel ArquitectosProject gallerySee allShow lessSomali Architecture Students Digitally Preserve Their Country’s Heritage—Before It’s…ArticlesIn China, an Experimental Pavilion of Ceramic Bricks Fuses Craftsmanship and Digital…Misc Share Spain “COPY” 2013center_img Area:  205 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/892417/es-carnatge-house-miel-arquitectos Clipboard Es Carnatge House / Miel Arquitectos CopyAbout this officeMiel ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCan PastillaSpainPublished on April 14, 2018Cite: “Es Carnatge House / Miel Arquitectos” [Casa Es Carnatge / Miel Arquitectos] 14 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 “COPY” Architects: Miel Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Houseslast_img read more

Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy: Causes and Consequences of the Transfer of Wealth

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy: Causes and Consequences of the Transfer of Wealth  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 27 June 2008 | Newslast_img read more

South African miners’ strikes continue, spread to transport workers

first_imgMiners march to Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Sept. 10.Strike actions continue by workers in the platinum and gold mines in South Africa and have spread to the transportation industry.As the struggle goes on, the government investigation began into the unrest surrounding the wildcat strike, led by rock-drill operators, at Lonmin Platinum PLC. On Oct. 1, the proceedings in Rustenberg started with the reading of the names of the 34 workers killed by police on Aug. 16.Ian Farlam, the retired judge who is directing the Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana tragedy, commented, “Our country weeps because of the tragic loss, and this commission will work expeditiously to ensure the truth is revealed.” (AllAfrica.com, Oct. 1)Not only is the four-month inquiry scheduled to investigate circumstances surrounding the Marikana unrest, but it is also mandated to examine worker-management relations in the mining sector, the miners’ living conditions and the real issues behind the unrest at Lonmin.Its findings could be damaging to the government of President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress. At the ANC’s December congress, elections will take place and policies will be agreed upon for the 2014 national elections.Week two of truckers’ strikeThe miners’ upsurge has affected transport workers. Thousands of drivers have gone on strike, led by the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU), an affiliate of the 2-million-member Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).Truck drivers marched through Johannesburg on Oct. 1 urging the Road Freight Employers’ Association to agree to a 12 percent pay increase, double what was offered. RFEA’s statement reads, “We are aware that the strike has an effect, not only on our members and the industry, but also on the South African public and economy as a whole.”During the march, a SATAWU leader said, “We must keep up the fight for economic freedom. We must not let the fight die. People must be with us. They must not work and side with the employer.” (Business Day Live, Oct. 1)The strike has resulted in violence in some regions, including Gauteng, ­KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, where trucks have been torched and accidents caused by rocks thrown at vehicles. SATAWU has rejected responsibility for the violence, saying their members were not involved.Many people are beginning to stock up on fuel, food and medical supplies, which cannot be easily transported during the strike.Bosses threaten to close minesWith industrial actions spreading from the mining sector to transport, the capitalists in South Africa are concerned about further disruption to the economy. There is already high unemployment, and downsizing continues in the most organized industries.On Oct. 1, Anglo Gold Ashanti Ltd. announced that it might close some mines and fire workers if the wildcat strikes go on much longer. All their mines were shut down after 24,000 workers walked off the job a week ago demanding better pay.Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in Rustenburg has also been closed due to strike activity. The bosses gave workers an Oct. 1 deadline to return to the job or face dismissal.The Chamber of Mines indicated that it would engage in discussions with ­COSATU in an effort to get the mining industry back to full production. “We are especially interested to hear if they [COSATU] are able to convince workers to return to work … and what their proposals are for entering wage negotiations in light of the unprotected strike action,” said Elize Strydom, senior executive for employment relations. (BDL, Oct. 1)On Sept. 29, COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told mineworkers at Gold Fields KDC West facility in Carletonville that the federation was prepared to “take up the fight” for wage hikes in the industry. Although he did not support the wildcat work stoppages, Vavi committed COSATU to work for a R12,500 ($1,500) monthly pay rate.Because of strike activity in the mining areas, 75,000 workers are idle. Although South Africa remains the largest source of platinum production in the world, the gold industry has declined tremendously over the last two decades, as mine closures and downsizing have escalated since the ANC came to power in 1994. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Anti-war delegates expose lies about Syria

first_imgWW photo: Sekou ParkerThe Arab Americans for Syria and the International Action Center held an “Eyewitness Syria” forum that was filled to capacity Oct. 19 at the Glendale Public Library auditorium in Los Angeles. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark was the featured speaker, along with panelists Johnny Achi, representing the Arab Americans for Syria; Dedon Kamathi, of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party; and John Parker, IAC West Coast coordinator.Clark and the three panelists recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Syria to counter the lies used as a pretext for U.S. bombing and mass slaughter against that sovereign country. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney and IAC Co-coordinator Sara Flounders were also on the peace delegation.Clark painted a compelling picture of what Syria under U.S. domination would look like. He related the many contributions Syria has made in providing resources for victims of past U.S. wars, especially against Iraq.Panelists shared their experiences, highlighting the devastation caused by the U.S.-led so-called “rebels” and fanatical religious forces, determined to end Syria as a secular and sovereign country. Parker and the others stressed the tremendous spirit of resistance displayed by youth on Mount Qasioun, putting their bodies in harm’s way to protect Syrian communication towers from U.S. or Israeli bombs, and by hospitalized victims of sniper attacks.The peace delegates talked with the injured soldiers and community volunteers who have organized armed resistance against the “rebels.” The Syrians have converted schools into housing and health care centers that are dedicated to educating and keeping children safe when rebel forces violently uproot their communities and kidnap their parents and siblings.Achi reviewed the history of Syria and explained the beginning of the recent conflict, countering the story given by the corporate media to justify U.S. war. He exposed the hijacking of peaceful opposition by the paid mercenaries who used extreme violence to draw the government into war.Kamathi told of Syria’s role in keeping the region from U.S. and Israeli domination. Kamathi, who has a program on KPFK, Pacifica’s Los Angeles radio station, criticized the sometimes progressive media that parrot U.S. lies and help facilitate U.S. wars against Libya and Syria.A small grouping supporting the so-called “rebels” tried to disrupt the forum but were quickly silenced by the crowd. Their questions were answered by the panel during the question-and-answer period. Some waved the mercenaries’ flag, which was the old flag of Syria under French domination. Responding to the audience’s anger at that flag, Parker compared it to the Confederate flag, which is a symbol of the enslavement and lynching of African people. He stressed that the old flag represented an imperialist country, which had slaughtered thousands of children.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Visa Expands Digital Currency Roadmap with First Boulevard

first_img Visa taps First Boulevard, neobank focused on Black community financial empowerment, as partner for new crypto API pilot program, anticipated to launch later this year. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Visa Expands Digital Currency Roadmap with First Boulevard Pinterest Twittercenter_img Twitter Previous articleVeracyte Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Financial ResultsNext articlePerformance Food Group Company Reports Second-Quarter and First-Half Fiscal 2021 Results Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusiness Facebook TAGS  WhatsApplast_img read more

Best practice

first_imgThe best professional network you will ever join. The Best Practice Club is a professional knowledge network, pooling the ideas and advice gleaned from a diverse and global membership which spans manufacturing and service industries as well as the public and private sectors. Through a combination of education and shared experience, members are able to identify and adopt best business practices.For a full information pack, contact 0800 435399 or visit www.bpclub.com Best practiceOn 31 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Personnel Today’s monthly series reveals how managers tackle business problems and enhance performance. In this issue Graham Holt, suggestions scheme manager at The Co-operative Bank, explains how a successful suggestions scheme can motivate individuals and save your company millions of pounds The Co-operative Bank is driven by the belief that it is possible to conduct business in a socially and environmentally responsible manner – and our results prove it is achievable. This philosophy extends to every aspect of the company’s business. The very basis of a co-operative is that all members work together for the benefit of the group as a whole. In practice, this means involving as many people as possible in decisions about how the company is run and how it can develop.This utopia is very difficult to achieve, since it relies on all staff feeling sufficiently confident and motivated to take an active part in company life and decision-making. Undeterred, some years ago The Co-operative Bank embarked on a suggestions scheme that fulfilled the company objectives to use the skills of the individual, for the benefit of the organisation. The listening bankThe Co-operative Bank has always been open to the ideas and suggestions of its staff. But without a consistent approach to dealing with employees’ ideas, the real benefits of these suggestions could not be fully realised. Before the system was properly managed, we found that staff were not motivated to come forward with their ideas. Good suggestions, though taken seriously, were often taken out of their hands and implemented without input from the originator, and there was no mechanism for rewarding good ideas, even if they led to savings.When we initiated the scheme in 1992, we were keen to listen to all ideas centrally, regardless of size or practicability. We thought this was the fairest way to hear what everyone had to say, but soon found ourselves dealing with a lot of “small step improvements”. These were just as important as the big ideas, but could be dealt with locally within departments. It meant we were finding it difficult to see major ideas through in the way we hoped, so we introduced a number of steps to regulate the process and get the most out of good ideas. Search for a starThe first step was separating the ideas into those that were useful for a particular department and those that had a positive impact on the whole bank. The latter could be entered on the Star Scheme.Star Scheme suggestions can impact on all aspects of company life. Crucially, the person who initiates the suggestion sees their idea right through to completion, taking complete ownership. Suggestions are submitted in writing and then discussed with a line manager. This way, people who find it difficult to articulate suggestions face to face have the best chance of explaining themselves. It also means line managers have time to consider the suggestion before making their comments. If a suggestion is not considered viable, the person is informed immediately and given a full explanation of the rationale.When entered into the Star Scheme, the suggester gets support from their divisional administrator and a Key Contact – a recognised expert in the field in which the suggestion might be most effective. The suggester takes on a quasi-project management role and has complete control over potential implementation of their suggestion. The team works together to implement the idea and evaluate its success. Having control over their own idea means we can avoid the “black hole” syndrome – where an idea gets lost in the system – and any delays in implementation are appreciated by all those involved.Evaluation is critical to the process, as the initiator is awarded 5 per cent of the first year’s proven savings from their suggestion – up to a maximum £25,000 – although money has not been found to be the major motivator. A poll found that most people wanted to see the bank succeed, and got a kick from seeing their suggestion put into practice. Culture clubThe Co-operative Bank began its scheme as part of a wider programme aimed at improving company communication, internal process management and customer service. A successful suggestion scheme cannot work without a culture of listening and cooperation at every level, it cannot be used to solve poor internal communications issues; it will only make them worse. But a good scheme, implemented within a positive company culture, will enhance communication and be beneficial to all parties.Since the scheme started, The Co-operative Bank has saved over £10,000,000 from our staff’s good ideas and two ideas have been awarded the maximum £25,000. Star Scheme ideas not only save us money but also help the environment and improve customer care. Successful suggestions have ranged from a huge money-saver in our fraud department to reducing waste paper by replacing notepaper with wipe-off cards. We have been able to keep up the momentum of the scheme by publicising good ideas in our in-house newspaper, as well as by introducing different themes. About a dozen ideas are seen through the scheme every year, and countless other suggestions are successfully implemented in their departments. Top tips: Implementing a successful suggestions schemeDecide on standards for your scheme and put them in writing. Think about how and when you will respond to suggestions. Always explain why you have rejected a suggestion. This will help staff trust the scheme.Centralise the policy and strategy of the scheme, but involve line managers in its operation. Their support is crucial.You will have thought about rewarding the person who came up with the suggestion, but don’t forget the rest of the team whose job it is to see it through.Find a way of giving proper recognition for a job well done. If an award is being given, do it publicly. Remember, it is not necessarily the money that motivates, it is the feeling of having done something good for the organisation, which should be applauded.Review your scheme regularly to keep it fresh. Update your practices in line with organisation structure or philosophy.Try to keep your scheme in the forefront of people’s minds by publicising successful ideas – be they large or small.You don’t need a central budget to pay for the scheme. The department that most benefits from the suggestion can pay for its implementation. In this way the financial calculations are more likely to be correct and ideas put into practice.Be inventive and creative in your awards. Money is not the only way to reward a job well done. Your staff should realise you want big ideas, not just big savings. Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

HII Starts Construction of USCG’s Seventh Cutter

first_img View post tag: Kimball View post tag: americas View post tag: construction HII Starts Construction of USCG’s Seventh Cutter Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has officially started fabrication on the U.S. Coast Guard’s seventh National Security Cutter (NSC), Kimball (WMSL 756).Ingalls’ NSC program manager, Jim French, said:We continue to increase our learning on this shipbuilding program, fully capturing the affordable benefits of serial production. While the official start fab requires 100 tons of steel to be cut for this ship, our shipbuilders have actually cut more than 474 tons so far on NSC 7. This paves the way for a successful three-year build on this ship.Ingalls has delivered the first four ships in the class and is currently building three more NSCs, with advance procurement funding already secured for an eighth ship.Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, designed to replace the 378-foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters that entered service during the 1960s. The NSCs are 418 feet long, with a 54-foot beam, displacing 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.[mappress mapid=”14923″]Press release, Image: HII View post tag: Naval View post tag: starts View post tag: Cutter View post tag: USCG Back to overview,Home naval-today HII Starts Construction of USCG’s Seventh Cutter January 21, 2015 Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Seventh View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HII Share this articlelast_img read more

Keel laid for 21st Virginia-class sub Montana (SSN 794)

first_img View post tag: USS Montana Share this article View post tag: Virginia-Class Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding on May 16 hosted a keel authentication ceremony for the US Navy’s 21st Virginia-class submarine, Montana (SSN 794).In keeping with a US Navy tradition, former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the ship’s sponsor, chalked her initials onto a steel plate. Mariah Gladstone, a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, performed a Native American blessing.Jacob McNulty, a welder at Newport News who was born in Montana, traced Jewell’s inscription on the plate, which signified that the keel of Montana is “truly and fairly laid.” The steel plate will be permanently affixed to the submarine.“The keel laying marks the first milestone for the crew in the construction process of Montana,” said Cmdr. Mike Delaney, commanding officer of the pre-commissioning unit. “We are excited to begin this journey and bring the Montana to life over the next few years.”Construction of Montana began in May 2015. The boat is approximately 46 percent complete and is expected to be delivered in late 2020.Montana will be the third of overall ten Block IV Virginia-class submarines which incorporate improvements that allow them to spend less time undergoing maintenance. Block IV boats are scheduled to undergo three major maintenance during their lifetime, compared to their predecessors’ four, enabling them to perform an additional deployment. The submarines are built under $17.8 billion contract awarded in April 2014 with General Dynamic Electric Boat as prime contractor. View post tag: US Navycenter_img Photo: L-R: Cmdr. Mike Delaney, commanding officer of the PCU Montana; Mariah Gladstone, a member of the Blackfeet Nation; former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the ship’s sponsor, NNS president Jennifer Boykin and Jacob McNulty. Photo: Matt Hildreth/HII View post tag: HII View post tag: Block IVlast_img read more