Going newsround

first_imgGoing newsroundOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Mike Broad reports on what’s happening in HR around the worldEU directive forces rapid employerresponseEmployer bodies are urging companies to rapidly comply with the finalversion of the European directive on information and consultation agreed lastmonth. The new directive means that employers will have to inform and consult withstaff over changes to the business, such as restructuring and redundancies. Companies in the UK have until 2005 to implement the directive, but DianeSinclair, employee relations adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development, said employers who do not already comply should be examiningtheir approach to consultation now. “If companies act now to establish adequate procedures for informingand consulting their staff they may avoid having to set up a works council in ahostile environment,” she said. In a victory for UK business, EU countries have been given the right todecide which enforcement measures are used to ensure compliance. European unions push for pay risesFrance’s socialist-led governmentheaded off a wave of protests by the police in December by making bigconcessions on wages and working conditions. Other disgruntled professions areexpected to push large pay claims following the ease with which the concessionswere won. In Germany, the powerful metal workers’ union IG Metall hascalled for a pay rise of between 5 and 7 per cent this year, sparking concernsthat high wage settlements may delay the country’s economic recovery.Klaus Zwickel, chairman of IG Metall, believes the pay rise canbe met due to increasing profits in recent years. The wage negotiations in themetals and electronics industries, which are due to start in mid-February, willset the trend for pay negotiations in the chemical and service sectors.Gesamtmetall, the metal industry employers’ association,dismissed the demand as ignoring “economic reality”. But the unionappears unlikely to settle for less than 3 per cent. Economists criticised the union for endangering Germany’seconomic recovery. Klaus Friedrich, chief economist of Dresdner Bank, said:”Tougher international competition means companies are unable to pass onhigh wage increases to consumers via price increases.”www.ft.comEuro success paves way for more economic reformsEuropean policy makers are pushing for further economic reformsin the eurozone following the new currency’s successful launch. Rodrigo Rato, economy minister in Spain and new chairman of theeurozone’s group of finance ministers, claimed that people’s enthusiasm for theeuro showed they would support reforms to increase economic growth andemployment. He said: “This shows Europeans want economic changes asmuch as they want euros.”Rato identified the modernisation of goods and labour markets,more efficient and flexible tax systems and full integration of financialmarkets as important tasks. www.ft.comVenezuelan president stands firm on ‘revolutionary’ business lawsVenezuela’s president is refusing to change a range of‘revolutionary’ laws that are being opposed by businesses, unions and civilgroups. Thousands of businesses closed for a one-day strike in Decemberas staff and employers protested against a package of 49 laws decreed by PresidentHugo Chavez in November. Business groups, the Venezuelan Workers’ Confederation and arange of opposition civil movements claim the laws will curb investment, damagethe economy and lead to fewer jobs. The laws include one that allows the government to expropriateagricultural estates that are deemed to be unproductive, and another that willincrease royalty taxes in the crucial energy sector.www.ft.comWork conditions improve under trade investigationAn investigation into Cambodianclothes factories has led to improved working conditions and greater respectfor workers’ rights. The International Labour Organisation investigated staffworking conditions in its new role of monitoring the trade agreement betweenCambodia and the US. The trade agreement offers a 14 per cent increase in Cambodia’sexport entitlements to the US, providing it meets the ILO’s core labourstandards. The investigation also found that while some employees areover-worked and their unions face discrimination, there is no evidence of childor forced labour.The agreement is subject to annual review by the US Government.Juan Somavia, director-general of the ILO, believes moreenforceable standards are needed. “The global trade economy needs a floor of core labourstandards. It could take five years but labour rules are going to bethere,” he said. www.ilo.orgJapan cuts costs with job share arrangementsJapanese companies are embracing jobshares for staff to cut costs and stabilise employment levels, according to thehead of Japan’s largest employer association.  The unemployment rate hit a record 5.5 per cent in Japan inNovember, but Nikkeiren chairman Hiroshi Okuda believes it is unlikely to risefurther because of the willingness of companies and staff to explore jobsharing arrangements. Okuda, also the chairman of Toyota, said: “The Japanesepeople have been giving their support to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi eversince he took office.””There are a variety of work-sharing and management-labouragreements being developed that will involve wage cuts.”He predicts that the Japanese economy will recover in thesecond half of 2002. “In the world economy, there have been indications ofJapan being swallowed by China. Japan must maintain superiority intechnology-oriented manufacturing and nurture human resources withcreativity,” he said. www.japantimes.co.jpUK directors top European pay leagueHR directors in the UK are the highest paid in Europe, researchby HR consultants Towers Perrin shows. The Worldwide Total Remuneration Survey claims that the averagebasic salary for an HR director working in the UK is 179,382 euros(approximately $159,478) – a year-on-year increase of nearly 11,317 euros. Whenbonuses and share options are taken into consideration, the average annual paypackage rises to 351,768 euros. Belgium comes next with an average total package worth 340,119euros. HR directors in France, averaging 239,606 euros and Germany 253,312euros, lag behind.However, European pay levels are way behind those in the US,where the average is 507,232 euros.Damien Carnell, principal of the executive compensation unit atTowers Perrin, said: “The US has a high-pay, high-performance culture andcompanies are quick to restructure and move people on if their performance isnot good enough – this is why it has the highest productivity globally.” www.towers.comA happy boss means productive staffBusiness leaders’ moods affect staff performance andconsequently the bottom line performance of their organisations, claimsresearch in the Harvard Business Review.The two-year study shows that dynamic and inspirational leaderscreate more productive employees, who believe any challenge is surmountable.However, bad-tempered, ruthless bosses create organisations full of negativeunderachievers.Emotional leadership is the most important task of chiefexecutives, claims the study. It calls on business leaders to perform afive-step process of self-reflection and planning to understand the impact oftheir moods and behaviour on their organisation.The questions executives should ask themselvesinclude: Who do I want to be? Who am I now? How do I get from here to there?How do I make change stick? And who can help me?www.hbsp.harvard.eduUK is a nation of full-time slackersMore than half of working time in theUK is spent unproductively, according to a recent study. The research, by management consultants Proudfoot Consulting,shows that in the UK 52 per cent of work time was spend unproductively,compared to 43 per cent in US, France and Germany. Inadequate or over complicated management was the singlebiggest cause – at 62 per cent – of lost work time among the 1,568 staffsurveyed. Low morale accounted for 17 per cent of lost time. www.proudfootconsulting.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Long Island Under Flash Flood Watch

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is under a flash flood watch as thunderstorms are forecast to bring heavy rains to the area, possibly bringing as much as two inches per hour through Tuesday evening.Showers are likely to intensify after noon with possible accumulations of up to four inches of rain in some areas, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.“Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation,” NWS warned in a statement.A flash flood watch means that conditions may lead to flash flooding. NWS may issue a flash flood warning if that likelihood increases.Scattered thunderstorms are expected to continue through Wednesday morning before the skies clear up giving way to mostly sunny forecasts in the 80s through the weekend.last_img read more

Lovren: No limits for Liverpool

first_img Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling secured what could prove a vital 2-0 victory against Southampton – the kind of display which highlighted to Lovren the young squad’s potential. “We have massive, massive talent and we can just go higher and higher because everyone is so young,” the 25-year-old defender said. “With the talent and young (players), I think we can achieve whatever we want, whatever we imagine. “We just need to work hard and give our best on the pitch.” The average age of Liverpool’s line-up at St Mary’s was 23.4 years – the youngest in this Premier League this season, according to Transfermarkt. From 19-year-old Jordan Ibe to Martin Skrtel, the only starter in their thirties, it was a solid team display in difficult conditions at Southampton as wind and rain battered the pitch. Lovren, like Adam Lallana, also had to handle the attention of the St Mary’s crowd, who let them know in no uncertain terms their dissatisfaction at their summer exits. “It was an amazing win,” Lovren told LFCTV. “It was a tough game for us and we knew when we arrived here that it would be difficult for us. Press Association Much was expected of Brendan Rodgers’ men this season, although they initially struggled to adapt to life without star turn Luis Suarez. Since December, though, the Reds have improved apace and on Sunday moved within two points of the top-four, thanks to a seventh win during a 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. “It’s a massive three points for us, now we’re a step closer to the top so we need to continue like this. I think we did a great job. “Of course, it was a special moment to play against my ex-team – especially after the win, I’m more happy.” The victory was not without controversy, though, as referee Kevin Friend made a string of poor calls, with Filip Djuricic twice taken down in the box before Lovren handled late in the first half. “I am not sure for all three (penalty claims),” Lovren said. “I know for mine when I touched the ball with the hand, I know it was too close. It was a deflection so I couldn’t react and I don’t think it was a penalty. “For the first two, I am not sure – I didn’t see. I was a little bit far away. I think at the end I think the referee was doing a great job.” That is not something Southampton midfielder Djuricic agreed with after being taken down by Emre Can and then Joe Allen in the opening minutes. “I think the second one was a clear penalty,” he said. “The first one, okay, I fell down because I felt the contact. “The referee in that case could or could not whistle, but the second one I think was a clear one and it could decide the game on a different way, but we could also play a little bit better in the offensive line, and be more direct.” Despite the overwhelming sense of frustration, things still look good for Southampton, who nobody could have foreseen sitting fifth with 12 matches remaining. “Everything is one point and two points in front is Arsenal,” Djuricic added after his first start. “You saw on Saturday they got the penalty that was out of the box I think and the second goal was offside and today we didn’t have luck, but in football you need to deserve luck, so I hope (the) next game shall be better.” Dejan Lovren believes there is no limit to what this Liverpool side can achieve, thanks to the abundance of young, exciting talents within the ranks. last_img read more

Rio Olympic marathon champion fails drugs test – reports

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Jemima Sumgong, the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold when she triumphed at Rio in 2016, has failed an out-of-competition dope test, reports claimed Friday.The 32-year-old, who is also the reigning London Marathon champion, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in a test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya, the BBC reported.“We can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong has commenced this week,” www.bbc.com quoted the IAAF as saying in a statement.“The athlete tested positive for EPO following a no-notice test in Kenya.”The IAAF did not respond when asked by AFP for confirmation of the report early Friday.Sumgong starred at the London Marathon last year, defying the odds to win despite suffering a bruising fall.Steeled by her success in London, she then became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold in Rio.Sumgong defeated Ethiopia’s world champion Mare Dibaba to confirm her status as the world’s number one marathon runner of the year.Before claims of a positive drugs test emerged, Sumgong said she was looking forward to returning to London to defend her title on April 23.“London is the marathon every runner wants to win,” she said. “I can’t wait to return to defend my title.”Tim Hadzima, general manager at Abbott World Marathon Majors, organiser of the world’s largest marathons including London, said the organisation was “distressed” by the reports, but said that “if true, they indicate that we are gaining ground in our long-standing fight against doping”.At the Rio Olympics, Sumgong defied temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82F) to claim an historic gold medal in a race which finished at the city’s famed Sambodromo.“It was very hot but everybody had to get through the heat. I had to control my body and listen to my body very carefully,” said Sumgong, who added that victory made up for her disappointing showing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I was in Beijing but I was pretty disappointed that I wasn’t able to win a medal or make it on the podium, but I knew one time, one day, I’d be somewhere,” she said.“I was never worried that I’d lose this. At the 40km I knew the gold was mine.”– Tarnished image –Earlier this year, Sumgong was one of a number of top Kenyan athletes who welcomed a new initiative to stop doping, which has tarnished their image, in which they agreed to be monitored by doctors appointed by the IAAF and Athletics Kenya.“It will be easy for us now to communicate with these doctors before we take any medicine when the need arises,” said Sumgong.In July last year, an investigation by German television channel ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper alleged that doping is rife at the elite training centre in Iten.Sumgong’s former training partner, the 2014 Chicago and Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, is serving a four-year ban after also testing positive for EPO.Athletics Kenya chief Jackson Tuwei warned that any athlete who failed to comply would not be selected to represent Kenya in international competitions.“Forty-nine athletes have been found to have violated the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code in the past five years but were cautioned according to the laws of the land and WADA code,” said Tuwei.News of Sumgong’s test was welcomed by other athletes. US distance runner Emma Coburn, a bronze medallist in the 3,000m steeplechase at last year’s Olympics, applauded the IAAF’s out-of-competition testing.“Out of competition testing is so important!! Well done, IAAF. I hope to see more productive results from no-notice out of competition tests,” Coburn wrote on Twitter. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Never miss your water…Till

first_imgOh, please tarry with me just for a “momento,” because there are a few voices or should I say a “chorale” of voices telling me all different sorts of things. One is being belligerent calling me a slew full of the names. One of the names that my “inner tenor” keeps whispering so low that it is barely audible is the name, hippo, hippo, hypocrite. I respond with a question. “Why are you calling me hypocrite, inner one?” The voice inside is getting louder now. “Well you see ‘peanut’, you and every man, woman, child who loves and covers the NFL keeps harping about the lack of quality of the now former NFL replacement officials.” I counter with, “What part of incompetent don’t you understand?” “Well for one thing I need to have a serious one on one conference with you. Do you have an hour or two?” “Oh sure,” I am thinking to myself, “I always have an hour or two to talk to myself; what’s up?”“Well first things first.” Now the voice is becoming nastier and more formal. “Do you remember Friar Tuck; the slightly obese aficionado of barley and hops; the guy who helped Robin Hood to steal from the rich, so he and his boys could become rich?” “Yeah I remember the good friar. But I thought Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor.” The voice is getting impatient now. “Whatever, hey ‘nut’ will you just shut up and listen. The “regular” refs had a Saturday Night Live moment in January of 2002. The New England Patriots were at home playing the Oakland Raiders in an AFC divisional playoff game.The Raiders had their foot on the Patriots neck and it looked as though New England might be going home with their heads hung low. “Terrific” Tom Brady was hit from behind by Raiders DB Charles Woodson, causing him to lose control of the ball as he tried to pull the ball back. The Raiders recovered what even Stevie Wonder knew was a fumble, but Patriots coach Bill (independent video producer) Belichick challenged the call.The officials otherwise known as the “regular refs” without irrefutable evidence to dispute the decision on the field reversed the call, stating that Brady was trying to throw the ball as he was being hit.The replay clearly showed that Brady was instead trying to cradle the ball back into his chest, which was not a pass, but a clear fumble. This fumbling and bumbling changed the course of the NFL and became known as the “Tuck Rule,” and it helped to create to the so-called Patriots ‘Die-nasty’. These were not the part time lockout defying refs from 2012. These bumblers were the full time, part time officials.” The voice is beginning to get rabid now. “Brey, Brey do you remember the Colts and the 49ers game at Candlestick Park in back in October 1998?” I answer timidly, “no.” “Well I do,” the voice says rather arrogantly. The Colts were smacking around the “Niners” beating them down by the score of 21-0 in the second quarter, but a few “shady” calls by referee Walt Coleman’s cronies allowed the 49ers to come from behind and win 34-31. Two particular calls that were overtly shaky were two bogus holding calls that cancelled out two end zone interceptions by Indianapolis.” “Okay, okay, enough already,” I am now pleading with the voice. “I get the point.” But the voice had to have its final say. “Peanut, I saved the best for last.” I don’t answer; the voice is not listening to me anyway. “Remember the “Immaculate Reception? The game that punched the ticket of Steelers running back Franco Harris into the Hall-of-Fame? At least with the Immaculate Reception call in 1972, Franco caught the ball. Unlike the recent Packers, Seahawks “scrum” in end zone that was the conclusion to their game; there was no simultaneous possession for the refs to contend with. You can argue until the cows come home whether it was a legal catch and whether it ricocheted off of a Steeler.” The voice is getting tired now I can sense it, thank God. “Nutt, my point is, the referees and officials whether they are regular, irregular or perpendicular to the horizontal will be flawed. Any profession that depends on the human eyes or ears is prone to make mistakes. By the way, last Sunday near the end of the Packers/Saints game at Lambeau the regular refs blew an apparent Saints fumble calling Saints running back Darren Sproles down by contact; welcome back fellas. Until the games are manned by robots we are going to have to just roll with the punches. Hey Peanut; you can take your hands out of your ears now”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11am during the NFL season.) Hey, hey, hey. No, yin and yang; this is not the alter ego of Bill Cosby, ‘Fat Albert speaking to you. This is one helluva relieved football scribe who is very, very glad that the “regular” refs are back patrolling the sidelines of the NFL.last_img read more