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‘Lack of rights’ keeps UK plc insecure

first_img‘Lack of rights’ keeps UK plc insecureOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. A lack of employment rights is largely to blame for the fact that UK workersfeel more insecure about their jobs than virtually anyone else in the world,according to the TUC. The comments followed the release of data showing only those in South Koreaare more unsure of their jobs than the Brits. Around 46 per cent of Korean workers feel insecure, even if they areperforming well, compared with 41 per cent in the UK, according to the researchfrom the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. This compared with 38 per cent for Japan, 37 per cent for the US, Australiaand France, 17 per cent for Norway and 20 per cent for Denmark. TUC general secretary John Monks said the report “exploded myths”that insecurity is a price that must be paid for economic growth. “There are big differences between comparable countries, and this canonly be due to differences in employment rights, culture and comparativeeconomic performance,” he said. last_img read more

Clippers to scrimmage at the Galen Center

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers will kick off the 2012-13 NBA season with a scrimmage open to the public at the Galen Center on Oct. 3, the team announced Wednesday.Coach Vinny Del Negro will lead his team through a training camp practice that will conclude with an intra-squad scrimmage scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.The Galen Center serves as the home venue for USC’s basketball and volleyball teams.The scrimmage will be the second opportunity for fans to see professional basketball at the Galen Center in less than a week, as the Los Angeles Sparks host the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA Western Conference Semi-finals on Thursday.The Clippers finished 40-26 last year and beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Both forward Blake Griffin and guard Chris Paul were elected starters in the 2012 NBA All-Star game.It will be the first opportunity for fans to see the new offseason additions, including guard Jamal Crawford, who averaged 13.9 points per game for the Portland Trail Blazers last year, and veteran forward Grant Hill. The Clippers also acquired a trio of former Los Angeles Lakers in Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom and Ronny Turiaf.Clippers assistant coach Robert Pack played for two seasons at USC. Former USC forward Nick Young, who played for the Clippers last season, is now with the Philadelphia 76ers. Two Clippers, Barnes and Ryan Hollins, went to UCLA.The Galen Center’s doors open at 5:15 p.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged by officials to arrive early to avoid lines, as last year’s scrimmage drew more than 8,000 fans. Fans can enter through either the north or south entrances off Figueroa Street, and parking in USC lots will cost $20.The Clippers play their first exhibition game on Oct. 6 against the Denver Nuggets in Las Vegas, and begin the regular season on Oct. 31 against the Memphis Grizzlies.last_img read more

Tipp manager lauds panel strength ahead of final

first_imgThe Premier County is gearing up for the meeting with Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday.Ryan has praised the role played by substitutes in the team’s run to this weekend’s final and says a strong panel is key.Tipp will be looking to win the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time in six years on Sunday. Ryan is grateful for the selection headache that faces him in the coming days.Meanwhile, Kilkenny boss Brian Cody says players ‘should never get tired’ of playing in hurling’s biggest game.The James Stephens club man is aiming to win his 12th All-Ireland title since taking over as Cats manager in 1998.He doesn’t believe there are any downsides to lining out at GAA HQ on the first Sunday in September.Throw in at Croke Park on Sunday is at 3.30.Tipp FM’s full live coverage will get underway with build up from 3 o’clock in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.Ahead of that, Tipperary’s minor hurlers take on Limerick in the minor hurling final.Our build up begins at 1 o’clock in association with Gleeson Steel and Engineering.last_img read more

Finalists get set to Chase Their Dream

first_img The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women. Players can already register their interest in the 2018 Chase Your Dream Trophy by clicking here. They’ll also be eligible for a series of premium prizes including VIP tickets for the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, sets of Bridgestone tyres and much more. It could be their passport to a place in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge – and to teeing up with a star of the European Tour in the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland. Entries will open in the autumn to players who have been successful in 2017 club competitions and are eligible for the regional finals. Tags: Bridgestone, Challenge, Chase Your Dream The 18 players will make up six teams and the most successful of those will go forward to the British Masters pro-am on Wednesday 27 September. 10 Aug 2017 Finalists get set to Chase Their Dream Click here for more informationon the women’s Chase Your Dream finalcenter_img Sally Drawbridge, from Highwoods Golf Club, Sussex, commented: “I’m just enjoying my golf at the moment and I love competitive sport. I’m really excited now to play Woodhall Spa, but know I’ll have to continue my tactical game.”  Click here for more information on the men’s Chase Your Dream final  Men and women club golfers from all over England will Chase Their Dream next week, aiming to set up a pro-am date with a top European Tour player.  The 121 players will head to Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire for the national finals of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf.  The individual winners will be the country’s Handicap Golfers of the Year and the top nine players in each final will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of the Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, on Wednesday, 6 September.  The players have all kept their dream alive through club and regional qualifying rounds. The next step is the national finals which will be played as part of England Golf Week, with the men’s event taking place on Tuesday, 15 August, on the Bracken course and the women playing on Friday, 18 August, on the Hotchkin.  Qualifiers for the national finals include Richard McCrae from Spalding Golf Club in Lincolnshire who remarked: “I’ve never played Woodhall Spa before and it’s a big opportunity. It would be great to play at the British Masters – Bridgestone really have given us a chance in a lifetime.”last_img read more

QPR boss Hughes ‘in line for £1m bonus’

first_imgThe Daily Mail report that manager Mark Hughes will get a £1m bonus if he keeps QPR in the Premier League.Hughes’ assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki are also said to be in line for big rewards if Rangers stay up.Former Manchester United forward Teddy Sheringham has told the Daily Mirror he believes QPR could do his old team a favour.United will secure the title if they win their final match of the season and Manchester City don’t beat Rangers.Sheringham said: “The season has had many twists and turns to it, so who knows?”“QPR need to get a result to be safe and Bolton could go to Stoke and win and overtake QPR. So they have to have the mindset to go to Manchester and know that they need to get a draw.“We will keep our fingers crossed that there might be one more little twist in the tail.”Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking to beat Liverpool and Tottenham to the signing of Partizan Belgrade’s 18-year-old attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic, according to the Daily Mail.Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, currently coaching Partizan, is understood to have recommended Markovic, who earned his first cap for Serbia in February.Partizan are said to want around £16m and would also like to have him back on loan.The Sun report that David Luiz is set to return to action against Blackburn this weekend.The Chelsea defender, who has been out with a hamstring problem, is aiming to prove his fitness in time for the Champions Leage final. Will QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Giants collect rare September win behind combo of vets, rookies

first_imgSAN DIEGO–The Giants are officially out of contention in the National League West, but Andrew Suárez carried the swagger of a pitcher in the heat of a playoff race.When manager Bruce Bochy strolled to the mound to remove Suárez with two outs in the eighth inning of the Giants’ 4-2 win over the Padres, Suárez raised his arms and slapped his glove against his hip in frustration.“My pitch count was low for being that deep in the game so I thought I was going to finish it,” Suárez said. “I was a …last_img

SA introduces green office buildings

first_img20 March 2013 South Africa’s first commercial green star-rated building has been unveiled. The cutting-edge building – the E block in Upper Grayston, a small multi-purpose development in Johannesburg’s Sandton business district – is the first small office building to receive five green stars from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). “We want to get the message out to other developers,” says Martin Evans of Upper Grayston’s developer Bryprop, “that South Africa can produce green buildings economically.” Green buildings are attractive to the property market, he says, and they offer a good return on investment. “Green buildings command a higher rental price and capital value, they have lower running costs, they let better, and they retain tenants better,” says the GBCSA’s executive chairman Bruce Kerswill. This green mindset is catching on in South Africa, he says. Five stars are not enough for Bryprop, though, and the firm is aiming for the coveted six-star rating with its newest building, Upper Grayston F, which is under construction right next to the E Block. This will make it the only six star-rated commercial building in the country. Rental space should be available around the end of June 2013, according to Bryprop.Green buildings mitigate climate change South Africa is following a new trend noted in a report titled “Rethinking Consumption: Consumers and the Future of Sustainability”, which has found that people in developing nations have a keener sense of responsibility towards the earth than those in developed nations. “Two-thirds of consumers globally say they ‘feel a sense of responsibility to society’ (65%), including 81% in emerging markets and 50% in developed markets,” notes the report. “Buildings can be a big part of the solution to mitigating the effects of climate change,” says Kerswill. “Good planning can reduce their use of power and water by up to 70%, and together with waste reduction this can have a significant impact.” Office buildings especially contribute heavily to global warming and pollution, and consume large amounts of energy and water. “But buildings are the cheapest way to make savings on carbon emissions,” says Warren Gray of Solid Green Consulting. “Overseas they use around 30% of the world’s energy. In South Africa the situation is a little different because our economy has been geared towards mining and we are still constructing the buildings that other countries already have.” Savings realised in a green building will come mainly from running costs and electricity. Although the largest part of a company’s expenses goes towards salaries, says Gray, people who work in green buildings perform better, they get discharged from hospital sooner, and they give the employer more value for the salary. “A 10% increase in productivity outperforms a 5% saving on electricity.”Bringing in the tenants Bryprop says that its tenants are becoming more and more interested in green features. In the new building, lessons learned from Upper Grayston E will be applied, with some extra features that the developers are confident will earn the six green stars. All timber used in the project comes from a sustainable forest and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Most of the building’s water will be reclaimed from rain and filtered and purified, and municipal water will only be used when the tanks are empty. Solar panels for both power and heating will ensure that no energy is used to heat water, and in terms of space heating, says Gray, good architectural principles and passive design means that a minimal amount of heating is needed. The building also has big glass windows which let in natural light and air, reducing the need for artificial lighting and climate control. A mixed-mode ventilation system will allow the building to use mechanical ventilation when necessary. People in the building will be able to monitor energy consumption in real time, via a screen in the entrance and a page on the web, which will supply a graph of energy consumption measured at one-minute intervals. The graph for Block E is already available online. The amount of concrete used in construction has been reduced through the addition of fly ash into the mixture. Fly ash is a residue generated during combustion, for example at coal-burning power stations. “This means that the building itself is constructed from recycled material,” Gray says. Carpets and paint used in the interior contain low levels of volatile organic compounds. Cycle parking and special cycle routes around the office park are aimed at encouraging this eco-friendly alternative means of transport.Going green and saving the planet Green buildings, according to GBCSA, are energy- and resource-efficient and kind to the environment because of the practices used in their design, construction and operation. They have also been proven to be healthier for residents and workers, leading to higher productivity. For green buildings, these practices will usually include the optimal circulation of fresh air and use of natural light, resulting in a lower use of air conditioning and heating. Lighting will be energy-efficient and controlled through motion detectors, and there will be greater use of renewable energy sources. The builders will make use of recycled or sustainable materials, and there will be other sources of water, such as rainwater harvesting, besides the municipal supply. Locally sourced products are essential to shrink the construction footprint, and if any existing structure is demolished to make way for the new building, as much material as possible, such as windows, doors or floors, must be re-used. When a company applies for green star certification for a building, there is a rigorous process that must be followed. Once the building has been registered – which is only the first step towards certification – the project team will prepare the necessary documentation to prove that the building complies with GBCSA standards. Assessors will not award points, says the GBCSA, unless they can see that all the requirements have been met exactly as detailed in the technical manual. By this stage the full assessment fee must have been paid. Once the fee and the documentation have been received, a panel will evaluate the submission and make their recommendations to the GBCSA, who will then contact the project team. At this point the team gets another chance to earn their green stars by including extra supporting documentation or making alterations to their designs if necessary, and resubmitting their application. The panel will again scrutinise the application and make their final pronouncement and the project team will be notified of their score. A score of 45 to 59 earns the building four green stars and is an indication of best practice locally; a score of 60 to 75 earns five green stars and signifies South African excellence; and a score of 75 to 100 earns six green stars and is indicative of world leadership. Upper Grayston E scored 67 points, which is currently the highest five-star score in the country. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

An injustice to the values of ubuntu – Brand South Africa condemns attacks

first_imgAs the country celebrates 25 years of democracy, South Africans are encouraged to reflect on how the country has, for decades, been at the forefront of the struggle for human rights. Political freedom came when the struggle against apartheid, resulted in democratic rule. South Africa has continuously played a significant role in the economic development and progress of a democracy gained through open, inclusive dialogue with the spirit of Ubuntu.The country’s values as reflected in the constitution, entrench the rights of all its people, affirming respect for human dignity, equality and freedom. The recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu Natal are in contradiction of what we fought against and are a threat to who we are as a nation.Brand South Africa condemns these attacks and appeals to citizens to play their part in fighting against any form of violence against humanity, understanding the impact of these actions on the reputation of the country. This country has become home to many foreign nationals, this is why we are known to be a warm and welcoming nation. President Ramaphosa said “Xenophobia has no place in our democracy and we must do everything to root it out. As South Africans, we owe our freedom to the solidarity and support given to our liberation struggle by people across our continent and around the world”.In the true spirit of Ubuntu, South Africa’s largest disaster response NGO; Gift of the Givers has responded to the attacks by providing, amongst others, food, blankets, sanitary pads, disposable nappies, and hygiene packs to the displaced foreign nationals.Dr Imitiaz Sooliman, Founder of the NGO said: “Never must it be said that South Africans, in general, did not lend a helping hand or remained silent when fellow humans were suffering.”It is to this end that Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to take a stand against these violent attacks. “Whilst we make a call on all South Africans to support our initiative to show that we are a nation that cares, we also call on government, community and religious leaders to sit down and finally resolve this untenable state of circumstances permanently,” adds Sooliman.                                            South Africa is also assisting hundreds of thousands of people affected in the wake of Cyclone Idai, in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Collaborative Relief efforts from the South African National Defense Force, South African Police Services and the Department of Health, offering defence helicopters to airlift people from flooded areas, trained dogs and their handlers to assist with the search and rescue efforts and humanitarian relief.The President of South Africa and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation have called on individuals and organisations, locally and internationally, to donate non-perishable foodstuff, blankets, clean water, medical supplies and financial aid to assist. Citizens are encouraged to play their part and assist their time, money, skills and may reach out to Gift of the Givers; read more

Brandon Monebrake, June 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We caught a big rain Friday and that is the only rain we got in a while. Here at home we got 2.8 inches and our farm at New Paris got five inches. That is a lot of rain, and the crops look amazing. We had some areas that had standing water, but it went down pretty quickly. That big of a rain that comes that quickly floods the creek and it goes out into our fields at New Paris. We had maybe eight acres under the water — and I mean under the water, it was two feet deep —and it is dry this morning. Usually if the water goes down that quickly it doesn’t hurt the crops. It usually gets flooded at least once a year up there.We finished sidedressing two weeks ago and the corn looks great. But there are some bad spots. Where we ran on the ends of the rows last fall it really shows this year. You can really tell where drove during harvest and where we had the seed tender at planting. It is hurting the corn the most. We didn’t have a real winter and there wasn’t enough freezing and thawing. It usually doesn’t show up that bad and this year there is a foot difference in corn height in the end rows where the grain cart ran.The wind has been sort of an issue the last few days. We don’t usually have disease, but we are keeping a close eye on some beans after beans and we are trying to get out and spray but we have been fighting the wind. We have about four or five good days of spraying left in the beans.We have weed issues right now. The horseweeds are terrible this year and I went through and sprayed 160 acres for Johnsongrass a couple of weeks ago. Now we are spraying the whole fields this round. The township doesn’t spray the side ditches up in New Paris so it can be a losing battle up there.We knew something was wrong with the pulling tractor, but it was our hometown pull this weekend with the Preble County Smokeout and I pulled there and we are done. The head gasket finally gave out completely. I had a pull yesterday and I couldn’t go. I’ll take me about six hours to fix it, or eight hours if someone helps me because I’ll be distracted.last_img read more

IT Poll: Does Your Organization Contribute to the Open Source Projects It Uses?

first_imgklint finley In a recent article former MySQL CEO and current Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos explores the impact that working on open source code has on an organization. Mickos, I suspect, is mostly talking about companies like Eucalyptus and MySQL that focus on creating open source and open core software – not companies that happen to contribute code to open source projects.I found myself wondering, however, how many companies actually contribute back to the projects they use. Does your company? Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img