first_img Previous Article Next Article Independent arbitration to settle two-tier workforceOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Employers and unions have agreed to independent and binding arbitration tosettle disputes over ‘two-tier’ workforces in local government. Under a new code of conduct unveiled earlier this year, which coverscontracts between local authorities and private firms, future staff willreceive pay and conditions which are no less favourable than those oftransferred staff. Subject to approval by local government minister NickRaynsford, the code will be enforceable through independent and bindingarbitration, which is expected to be delivered by Acas. Mary Mallett, president of the Society of Personnel in Local Government (Socpo),welcomed the agreement. “Enlightened public authorities have been doingthis sort of thing for years,” she said. “If you treat people likecommodities, they will behave as such. They will either jump ship or will notfeel committed.” The CBI described the new deal as “workable for business”. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img“This morning, I advised President Alexander, Athletic Director Joe Alleva and the LSU Board of Supervisors that I would like to resume my duties as Head Basketball Coach. Last week, when the University decided to place me on administrative leave, I accepted the decision without complaint as I knew that they wanted time to reflect on the flurry of media reports. With the benefit of a week to consider the circumstances, I believe University officials should allow me to resume my duties.”I understand that in today’s hyper-intense media environment it is extremely difficult for any organization, particularly a public university, to stand firm in the face of rumors, leaks and innuendo. In this case, the simple truth is I have been placed on leave because I exercised my right not to submit to a joint LSU/NCAA interview on the exact same subject matter at issue in an impending federal criminal trial in New York. My legal counsel advised the University that it would be wholly inappropriate for me, or anyone, to submit to an interview under these circumstances.”Declining to be interviewed was a difficult decision for me, as I would like to cooperate fully with all parties, particularly LSU. To be clear, however, all I’ve done is follow the prudent advice of counsel to exercise my constitutional rights to due process. Given these facts, I don’t believe it is appropriate for me to be relieved of my duties. We have a great basketball program made up of excellent student athletes and quality coaches. The players who’ve given their all for this institution, the students and alumni who are devoted to LSU, and fans all across Louisiana and beyond deserve to see this team fulfill its destiny. I love LSU and everything it stands for. What I’m asking for is the right to do my job while exercising my constitutional rights. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.” Athletic director Joe Alleva and other LSU officials reportedly said Wade could return this season if he agrees to a meeting and explains his reported comments on the wiretap, per The Advocate.Wade is expected to be subpoenaed for a federal trial scheduled to start April 22, two weeks after the Final Four. Unless he changes his mind about meeting with LSU officials, it appears Wade won’t be with No. 9 LSU (26-5), the SEC regular-season champion at 16-2, for the conference tournament and an NCAA Tournament appearance.Wade’s full statement: The coach, however, defended his decision to wait for the federal investigation into college basketball recruiting to conclude before he discusses the allegations with the school.”Declining to be interviewed was a difficult decision for me, as I would like to cooperate fully with all parties, particularly LSU,” Wade wrote, in part (via The Advocate). “To be clear, however, all I’ve done is follow the prudent advice of counsel to exercise my constitutional rights to due process. Given these facts, I don’t believe it is appropriate for me to be relieved of my duties.” Related News LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade issued a lengthy statement Thursday, asking the university to lift his suspension.Wade was suspended indefinitely by LSU on Friday after he refused to meet with school officials to discuss reports alleging that Wade had been caught on FBI wiretaps talking about a “strong-a— offer” he gave to a recruit.center_img LSU coach Will Wade won’t meet with LSU, NCAA over allegations LSU suspends coach Will Wade after he’s caught on wiretap discussing recruiting ‘offer’last_img read more

first_img23 March 2006South African business owners report a 19 percentage point increase in the importance of black economic empowerment (BEE) in winning business, according to consulting firm Grant Thornton’s International Business Owners Survey 2006.According to Grant Thornton, 70% of South African business owners interviewed in the 2006 survey indicated that black empowerment was a key issue for them in winning business – up from 61% in 2005 and 51% in 2003.The annual survey tracks the trends and opinions of some 7 000 business owners in 30 countries. In South Africa, the survey was conducted by Research Surveys among 300 business owners employing between 50 and 250 staff.The survey indicates that business owner opinion on the importance of BEE is on the rise across all regions and business sectors in the country.In Gauteng, 73% of respondents reported that BEE was an issue in winning business, followed by 72% in Durban, 67% in Cape Town and 59% in East London and Port Elizabeth combined.In the construction sector, 91% of business owners indicated that their BEE status was having a significant impact on gaining new clients (up from 72% in 2005), followed by 69% of business owners in the retail sector (54% in 2005), 78% in the service industry (71% in 2005) and 56% in manufacturing (51% in 2005).When business owners were asked whether their business was aligned to any BEE charter or scorecard, 66% responded positively.More broad-based approachAccording to Grant Thornton, South African business owners also seem to be adopting a more broad-based approach to BEE, with 63% of respondents identifying skills development and 67% identifying employment equity as “very important” aspects of their BEE strategy.This compared with 53% for the ownership aspect of BEE, 49% for the management aspect and 46% for affirmative procurement.“It is encouraging that, increasingly, business owners are shifting their focus away from only addressing equity ownership as part of their BEE strategy and incorporating broad-based empowerment structures,” Grant Thornton’s Lee-Anne Bac said in a statement.“What these results reflect is that business owners are focusing on developing and grooming people to move up the ranks, which is in line with the whole BEE rationale.”In spite of this, Bac said, there was “still a misunderstanding that ownership is the only aspect of BEE, with mid-sized businesses still feeling pressure from their clients to comply with the ownership aspects of BEE scorecards.” reporterlast_img read more

first_imgTags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Bumps in the RoadThere’s something that strikes me as a little awkward about the service, initially. I don’t think it’s quite got the grammar of intention-check-ins down quite right yet. When I said I wanted to grab food, the app suggested places near me right now. I’m going downtown to the train station though – there’s no way to change my location to that spot and search from there. I can just say, effectively, “I want to eat food at the train station.” And then use the free text comment area to say “I don’t really want to eat at the train station, I want to eat near the train station, where I will be later, who can recommend a good place near there?” At that point the structured part of the data and search feel like more trouble than they are worth. I may as well use Twitter. The exciting part about Ditto is its structured activity types and the way they are supposed to just let me click a few big buttons and have expressed my desire for something to do.It’s not clear if I’m supposed to post to Ditto after I leave home or when I’ve arrived someplace. I’m not sure if the venue database is supposed to tell me where exactly I should go or if my friends are. I’m not clear why I would use Ditto to tell my friends where I am if I am already there. Is Ditto still for suggestions? Is it still unique? I suspect that Ditto is going to be most useful when I’m wandering around in an urban environment, with available friends nearby, with time to kill and a general idea of the type of activity I want to engage in but without clarity on where I want to do it. That isn’t very often, to be honest.It could just be a new way to use the social Web and thus feel unfamiliar to me, but the relationships between place and venue, intention and real-time, activity and recommendation, Ditto and other social applications like Twitter and Foursquare are all going to take some time to get worked out better than they are right now, I think. There’s certainly huge potential here though.Structured activity stream data, especially if offered in a standardized format, could serve as a platform not just for recommendations but for analytics, targeting across platforms and many other types of innovative services of value to users, service providers and commercial organizations.Big Ambitions The combination of a pleasing interface with structured activity data as output could make all kinds of things possible in the future. Engeström says the things the service learns from the way its users interact with the first set of options will influence how future activity types and iterations are implemented. Nearby movie listings are integrated already, but Engeström says that books, movies and music will all be offered soon as well, using services like Netflix and Spotify. “The idea is to discover something new,” Engeström says. “Foursquare rewards you for going back to a place over and over again, we’re the oposite of that. We’re looking for generic discovery mechanisms that will make it easy to apply to anything. We think this could replace Google as a way to find things to consume.” (Ditto would then monetize those consumption recommendations through affiliate fees or advertising.)That’s a very ambitious goal, but the design, focus on data, vision and pedigree behind Ditto are enough to help it gather some prominent backing to pursue that goal. The company is funded by hot startup backers Betaworks (Twitter, Tweetdeck, Tumblr and many more) and True Ventures (StockTwits, Urban Airship, GigaOM and more). Those are investors who focus on companies with a strong love of data – so don’t think that this app is just about pretty pictures and sharing things with your friends.Ditto is fresh out of the gate and will likely see a whole lot more features and interface development soon. The minds behind it are very sharp, and the opportunity here is huge. I hope the service ends up feeling like something I want to launch regularly. I’m not sure I want Google telling me what to do next – but I think I would like it quite a bit if a service like Ditto, and my friends using it, could come up with some good ideas. marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology “I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions,” Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt said last summer. “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.” What should you be doing next? A former Googler named Jyri Engeström, whose microblogging service Jaiku was cooler than Twitter, but was acquired into oblivion by Google three years ago, now thinks he can beat Google to the punch on that question. His new service Ditto launches today (iPhone app). It aims to use social suggestions, structured data and your existing Twitter and Facebook social graphs to recommend places and activities to fullfill your every desire. Ditto is a beautifully designed app for the iPhone. Users declare what they are going to do and where, then that message appears in the streams of all their friends. Friends can say “Ditto” with the click of a button, meaning they are going to or want to do the same thing, or they can reply with suggestions. I’m going to the Amtrak Station in downtown Portland this evening and I’d like to grab food nearby, for example. When I clicked the big, plush button for the activity type “Eat Out” I was then given the option to drill down into a sub category of sub-types of this activity: Asian, Breakfast, Fast Food, Mexican, etc. Had I said I wanted to exercise, a whole other set of options would be available (jogging, gym, soccer, etc.) and the activity types end up acting as constraints on the types of venues that pop up from the Foursquare database when I click to select a venue. (If I happen to be within 120 meters of that venue, I can choose to be automatically checked-in there on Foursquare, too.)Once I declare my intention to eat near the train station, my friends offered suggestions where I should grab food. It was cool. My expression of interest could have been pushed to Twitter or Facebook, or it could remain within Ditto, where such expressions make the most sense in context. (People complain when you Tweet about what you ate for breakfast already, imagine Ditto messages pushed to Twitter about the mere fact that you intend to eat breakfast!) If I like a friend’s suggestion, I can thank them and they will get a little trophy on their profile.last_img read more

first_imgSri Lanka appointed opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan as its new captain on Monday as part of a major overhaul of its cricketing structure following the national team’s defeat by India in the World Cup final earlier this month.Former skipper Kumar Sangakkara, his deputy Mahela Jayawardene and a fourmember selection committee led by retired batting star Aravinda de Silva resigned earlier this month.A new selection committee led by former captain and administrator Duleep Mendis has been appointed.The 34-year-old Dilshan has previously led Sri Lanka in several Twenty20 and one-day internationals and is most likely to be an interim captain, with a younger player expected to be skipper at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.He has played 66 Test matches, scoring 3,990 runs at more than 42 runs per innings. In 203 One- Day Internationals, Dilshan has scored 5,456 runs and taken 62 wickets, bowling off- spin.Dilshan also had an excellent World Cup, where he was the tournament’s highest scorer with 500 runs.Having been an inconsistent middle- order batsman, Dilshan’s performances improved after he was promoted to open the batting.Mendis said that one of his main tasks will be to look for younger talent capable of taking over from current stalwarts like Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera, who are nearing their mid- thirties and are unlikely to be at their prime at the next World Cup.” Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce the appointment of Tillakaratne Dilshan as the national captain in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May 2011,” an SLC statement said.advertisementSri Lanka Cricket said on Monday that selectors have postponed naming a vice- captain because prospective candidates are nursing injuries and may not be available for next month’s tour of England.Anjelo Mathews is in the running for vice- captain and the 23- year- old all- rounder is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s choice to be captain for the next World Cup.The changes also come amid a debate in Sri Lanka over the sports minister’s order to national cricketers playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League to return early to prepare for the English tour.Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the national team duties must be a priority over playing in the IPL. Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv are among the players who may be compelled to return early.Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket after the World Cup and is not bound by a contract with SLC, has criticised Sri Lanka’s decision.last_img read more

first_imgFILE – In this Monday, May, 13, 2019 filer, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime returns the ball to Croatia’s Borna Coric during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome. It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu are each children of immigrants. What’s not typical is that they have all simultaneously broken into the world’s elite ranks of tennis players _ and will all be worth watching when the French Open begins Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)ROME — It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu are each children of immigrants.What’s not typical is that they have simultaneously broken into the world’s elite ranks of tennis players — and will all be worth watching when the French Open begins Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Auger-Aliassime’s father is from Togo and Andreescu’s parents are from Romania.“I think the great part about Canada is everyone says the people are so nice, the people are so friendly. But I think it’s because everyone comes from somewhere. So we’re just all so accepting,” Shapovalov said.“We all ended up in the same place from different paths and different families. That whole thing as a nation is incredible. We’ve all come our way and now we’re all playing for the same country and we’re all so proud to do it. It’s an incredible story.”Canada’s national training program has played a big role in shaping the players’ games.“They all have their style. They all don’t strike the ball the same,” International Tennis Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri said. “And that means that it’s darn good coaching. Because you coach within the style and mentality of the player.”Andreescu has been out due to an injured shoulder since her title in Miami. But she’s been training at Rafael Nadal’s academy in Spain.“This has been a good period for me because I’m working a lot on my fitness, which is very important for the clay season. So I’m really looking forward to what I can do at the French Open,” she said. “Clay is one of my favorite surfaces.”Shapovalov slept in the basement of Auger-Aliassime’s house during his run in Montreal a couple of years ago and the pair recently went out and watched the latest Avengers film during a tournament in Spain.“We try to hang out as much as possible,” Shapovalov said. “We understand each other so well.”Hockey, however, remains a divisive issue for the pair. That’s because Shapovalov is a Maple Leafs fan while Auger-Aliassime supports the rival Montreal Canadiens. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tony Mitchell eager to make up for lost time as NLEX goes back to first-choice import The 20-year-old Shapovalov burst onto the scene a couple of years ago when he upset Rafael Nadal at the Canadian Open. He is now up to No. 23 in the rankings.The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime’s breakthrough came at the start of this year when he reached the final of the clay-court Rio Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThen things really started heating up in March when Andreescu, who is also 18, beat five seeded players when she won the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California , as a wild card entry; and Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime — as a qualifier — both reached the semifinals of the Miami Open.“I grew up with Felix and Bianca and to see how far we’ve come, to see Bianca lifting up a Masters trophy, my mind is exploding,” Shapovalov said in a recent interview. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:06DICT eyeing 4th, 5th telco player in PH – Honasan01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ “It’s tough because he’s a Habs fan,” Shapovalov said. “At least we got basketball in common. We got one team in Canada. We’re both Raptors fans.”One more thing all the young Canadians have in common: increasing success on the tennis court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “You look at Canada and it’s like, ‘Hockey, hockey, hockey.’ And don’t get me wrong. I love hockey. I love the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Shapovalov said. “But it’s great to see that now people are like, ‘Oh, you can play tennis as well in Canada.’”While Canada has not historically been known as a tennis hotbed, it has produced other top players in recent years. Eugenie Bouchard (2014) and Milos Raonic (2016) were the country’s first two Grand Slam finalists, each at Wimbledon. Daniel Nestor completed a career Grand Slam in doubles in 2008 and Vasek Pospisil won a doubles title at Wimbledon in 2014.“Obviously they’ve inspired us and they’ve paved the way for us,” Shapovalov said. “I feel like every week a Canadian is making noise.”Auger-Aliassime (No. 28) and Andreescu (No. 22) each achieved career-high rankings this week.Shapovalov was born in Israel after his parents moved there from Russia. The family then settled in the Toronto area before Shapovalov turned 1.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Pulisic: I know scoring touch will come backby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic isn’t worried about his lack of goals for Chelsea.The American played an integral role in Chelsea’s winner against a stubborn Newcastle outfit on Saturday.He is yet to score for the Blues, but that didn’t ruin his positivity after the 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.”It was a really good game, happy for the team, had a strong performance, they defended really well, and I was happy to make an impact,” Pulisic told ESPN after the match. “I was going to shoot last-second, but I saw Tammy wide open and then DeAndre [Yedlin, Pulisic’s US team-mate] made an unbelievable block, so maybe I should have shot it. “I just don’t have that scoring touch but I know it will come back.” last_img read more


first_imgAS Roma forward Patrik Schick has rubbished rumors linking him with a loan move in January, saying “I want to show my worth”.Schick joined AS Roma in 2017 on a temporary deal for a loan fee of €5 million, with a conditional obligation to buy the player.The 22-year-old has failed to make an impact at the Giallorossi having made just 6 appearances and scored one goal this season.His lack of game time and form has led to speculations about his future and the latest transfer gossip has him being shipped out on loan in the January transfer window.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“It’s just conjecture,” Schick insisted, speaking to reporters at the Czech Republic training camp, as cited by Football Italia.“I’m still convinced of wanting to show my worth and make it with the Giallorossi.“I’m happy to have scored my first league goal [against Samp] and now I’m sure I’ll get more chances.“I need to play more, I’m lacking minutes.”last_img read more