Tag: Environment

Steamin’ Along

Steamin’ Along

The whistle came first, then steam clouds above the trees, and finally the little train clickety-clacked into the rural station at Beddgelert in Snowdonia, North Wales. I felt like a child again, enjoying old-fashioned fun on the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (F&WHR).

Celtest: testing services for unique East Midlands Airport project

Celtest: testing services for unique East Midlands Airport project

Project: East Midlands Rehabilitation Runway project Resurfacing works using Beton Bitumeux Aeronautique (BBA) surface and regulating courses. Remove existing Marshall asphalt runway surface course over a width of 44.2 metres. Replace with a new BBA surface course; in addition, material in the central 22m keel section was replaced to a depth of 165mm. Up to …

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Greening our Cities: Are we doing enough, or do we need a law for landscaping?

Greening our Cities: Are we doing enough, or do we need a law for landscaping?

Climate change, energy security, biodiversity losses, growing urbanisation… people are increasingly aware, especially in our densely packed island, of their own relationship with the environment. Multiple ‘green’ initiatives and developments abound, which can be confusing and difficult to identify. Is the landscape industry doing enough to promote effective, practical and environmentally aware landscaping protocol and …

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Day of the Knotweed

Day of the Knotweed

Once desirable, it is now seen as aggressive, virulent and definitely not a plant to be trifled with – Japanese knotweed, that is. Japanese knotweed, a native of eastern Asia, was welcomed to Britain’s shores as an ornamental ‘architectural’ garden plant in the early 1800s. Its popularity was short-lived; less than a century later, it …

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Cyprus – an island sojourn?

Cyprus – an island sojourn?

Bright blue skies, and temperatures in the high 20s… no, not Wales in a Spring heatwave – I was in Cyprus for a week, invited for a visit with friends. Leaving Larnaka airport, I stepped out into wall-to-wall sunshine. And the short drive to the house in Voroklini involved car windows down, and a glimpse …

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Innovation in recruitment and retention strategies

Innovation in recruitment and retention strategies

Global HR experts will share unique approaches and best practices at IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) 2012 Conference. “IRC has geographic coverage that places it firmly in the top 10 global search firm groups,” says Sylvia MacArthur, president of the IRC Executive Board. “Seizing opportunities to share best practices with world-leading Human Resources (HR) …

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The Bonus Conundrum

The Bonus Conundrum

How to be fair and open in rewarding executive excellence (Originally posted on IRC Global Executive Search Partners blog) Executive pay packages are under increasing shareholder – and public – scrutiny. The original objective of the bonus system was to encourage excellent performance. However, as Rohan Carr (IRC Australia) pointed out in a recent blog: …

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By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

‘There must be something strangely sacred about salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.’ Khalil Gibran in Sand and Foam. Can you imagine life without salt? It’s in us, and all around us in the air and in the ground. Anyone who walks beside the ocean, enjoying that bracing sea air, knows …

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Four Oaks Special

Four Oaks Special

(See this article in its original form in the online The Landscaper magazine, September 2012 issue.) Four Oaks Special The rain held off for Tuesday and Wednesday, ensuring outside exhibitors an equal share of the trade visitors to the 2012 Four Oaks show on September 4th. and 5th. in Cheshire. While some exhibitors felt that …

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IRC builds on strong forward direction and expansion in 2012

IRC builds on strong forward direction and expansion in 2012

Austria-based new member firm adds to IRC Global Executive Search Partners’ diverse industry and global coverage June 2012 “Collective brain power and ideas will define IRC’s future growth and development,” says Sylvia MacArthur, president of the IRC Executive Board. “We’re an expanding global alliance of successful, entrepreneurial business leaders, which anticipates and responds to changes in …

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