first_imgCRDB Bank Plc ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 presentation results for the second quarter.For more information about CRDB Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CRDB Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CRDB Bank Plc (  2017 presentation results for the second quarter.Company ProfileCRDB Bank Plc is a wholly-owned private commercial bank in Tanzania offering a comprehensive range of retail, commercial, corporate, treasury, premier and wholesale microfinance services. The company has an extensive infrastructure of branches, ATMs and deposit and mobile terminals and uses a vast network of Fahari Huduma agents which are microfinance agents. The retail division offers financial solutions which range from current and fixed deposit accounts to home purchase and construction loans, refinancing and cash back services. The corporate division provides financial service across the board; including documentary collection, letters of credit, guarantees, structured trade finance, treasury services and foreign exchange risk management. Established in 1996, CRDP Bank Plc has three subsidiary companies; CRB Bank Plc Burundi, CRDB Microfinance and CRDB Insurance Brokers.CRDB Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Howard Lake | 22 May 2002 | News Read New thinktank launched for voluntary sector by Nicola Hill. Research organisation the Future Foundation has launched a voluntary and community thinktank.The thinktank will be run as a separate organisation to the Future Foundation. It will conduct policy research and analysis of what stakeholders think of charities. Its findings will be syndicated amongst subscribing charities.The thinktank will launch a subscription-only Web site in the next month reporting on trends in the voluntary and community sectors. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Future Foundation launches new voluntary sector thinktank  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_img Indiana Weather Forecast 1/12/2015 SHARE Precipitation came in a bit early starting in the southern part of the state early to mid afternoon yesterday. Action will be leaving to the east this morning, leaving a mess in its wake. As we feared, temps were very close to a critical line for rain vs. snow, and we saw more ice than we really would like to see. But, farther north, 1-3 of wet snow fell, and we did trend toward all rain the closer to the OH River we got. Icing was a problem mostly in the central part o the state. Liquid equivalents were in the .2-.3” range. While we should be dry the rest of the week with regard to new precipitation, cold air will stay longer. The European model hints at us not making it back above freezing until Friday. While the daytime highs are a bit too low on that model in our opinion, we believe the timing of the mild push is correct, holding until later in the week.The milder air will stay in play for at least a week. Don’t be deceived…temps really will only be moving back to within a few degrees either side of normal. But, it will feel like so much more than that given the brutal cold experienced for nearly 2 weeks prior. The next chance of precipitation comes in and around the 19th. The system that brings initially a couple tenths of rain will be followed by a stronger low and cold air that can bring more moderate rains and a change over to snow for the 21st into the 22nd. From the second moisture push there, we look for half to three quarters of an inch liquid equivalent, and potentially a few inches of snow. The cold pattern will lead to a return to clipper systems late in the period the first of which should move in around the 26th into the 27th. Temps should be back below normal, but perhaps not as impressive as what we have worked through in the past week or so.BEYOND INDIANA:Weather that Impacts CORN:After a couple of days of drier air over Argentina corn areas, we will see a big uptick in precipitation for Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain totals will be in the 1-3” range this week. We will follow that up with another front for the 19th-21st, and one the 26th-27th. Those are a little less intense, but can produce half to 1 inch rains with coverage at 80%.A result from that kind of pattern will be temps that are a bit lower than what we saw through the weekend, and temps that are just a bit better for corn production. WE may see a little concern about southern Cordoba and LaPampa hold in the marketplace until the second system shows early next week…but that concern will be for the most part unneeded.Southern Brazil corn areas should expect each of those Argentine fronts to make it into Rio Grande do Sul and then up through Parana to the north, and Matto Grosso do Sul to the west. As an aside…Matto Grosso do Sul picked up 2-3 inch rains late Friday through Saturday that should pretty much alleviate any talk of drought down there, according to a local source. Temps in southern Brazil should be nearly normal.A strong system will work through most of the US Corn Belt from the 19th through the 22nd. This system comes in 2 pieces. The first is all rain, and is minor…a few tenths at brings rain and ends as snow, with water equivalents of up to 1 inch and perhaps a few inches of snow on the backside across the western and central corn belt .The cold air that comes in behind will be a pattern than is similar to what we have just worked through, but not quite as extreme. However, it will be cold enough to produce a nice set of clipper systems along a northern storm track through the end of the month.South African Corn production areas continue to see scattered, timely rains. There look to be no weather related production problems in the next 2 weeks, with rains up to 1 inch, coverage around 80%. Rains will not come all at once, and will be scattered form day to day. Temps at or slightly above normal.   SOYBEAN WeatherWe continue to keep an eye toward harvest in northern and western parts f Matto Grosso. Weather looks good this week for that, with only scattered to limited rains. From today through Friday we should see under a quarter inch of rain, mostly from heat based thunderstorms. Over the weekend we will se a pick up in scattered action, but nothing frontal related. From the 20th through the 27th there will be pattern return to normal and above normal precipitation. This will result in at least 2 fronts sweeping through Brazil soy areas, 1-3 inches of rain and coverage at 80%  For later beans (and there are more of them this year due to some dryness in early parts of the soy planting window) that will be in the middle of flowering or just done with flowering and moving into pod set and fill…this will be ideal moisture placement. Temps look to be normal to slightly above over the east and northeast, normal to slightly below over the west. The moisture that comes after the 20th should also be great for any second crop corn that goes in the ground right after bean harvest. To us, this looks like a superb forecast in the extended period for Brazil beans, and when you put this together with true lack of stress stories from last weeks supposed hot and dry period (others words, not ours) you have to look at the bean production potential as being right where early season projections had it.WHEAT Weather Temps move back and forth for a couple of days, but most of HRW areas will see a move to normal or above normal temperatures in the next 7-10 days. That pattern will not remain. A strong front will move through around the 20th and behind it we should see another arctic air outbreak to finish the month. Snow cover will go away fairly quickly and will be minimal to none by the end of the weekend. However the next arctic outbreak will not be as bad as the most recent outbreak, therefore, we do not expect as much winter talk. Precipitation from the 19th to the 22nd will be in the half to 1.5” range, but will be skewed east. Western HRW areas may only receive a tenth or two with 40% coverage, while the rest of the belt will sees the higher range.SRW areas pick up moisture from the system around the 20th and will likely net about an inch of water. Snow pack reduces considerably from late this week through next as well, aided by the rain. A return to cold air for the extended period is well advertised, and is not thought to have much of an impact at this time.CATTLE Weather Moderating temps will be nice for beef cattle production areas, but the level of temp moderation will also lead to fairly rapid ground melt…which will lead to some mud issues. Feedlots in the western high plains will miss out on the bigger precipitation amounts…so that will not compound the mud problems, but it is something that others may have to contend with for 7-10 days until colder air comes in behind. Dairy areas along and north of I-80 will not warm as significantly, but will still be above normal from this weekend through most of next week term. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Ryan Martin – Jan 11, 2015 Previous articleUSDA Report Could Be Non-EventNext articleMorning Outlook Ryan Martin SHARE Home News Feed Indiana Weather Forecast 1/12/2015last_img read more

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Some Corn Belt Farmland Values are Stabilizing By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 27, 2017 Facebook Twitter Although it is not region-wide, there are some signs that farmland values in the Corn Belt have begun to stabilize. A report says Iowa farmland values rose 2 percent in the six months prior to September. Those same values are also 3 percent higher than at the same time last year. The Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land institute survey says that is the first increase in three years. Other Corn Belt states are showing steady to slightly lower values over the same time period. The report notes that the run-up in farmland value started in Iowa and then spread to other states. The downturn over the last couple years also began in Iowa and spread to the other states.The overall volume of properties currently for sale remains tight, which the report says tends to be supportive for the higher-quality land for sale. The number of farmland properties for sale typically rises in the winter. However, if the overall volume stays low, that may actually help values in other states, especially in the Corn Belt, begin to follow Iowa’s lead and stabilize further.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Some Corn Belt Farmland Values are Stabilizing Previous articleDora to Head Indiana Rural Development AgencyNext articleCommentary: The Cost of that Cheap Turkey Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

first_img SHARE November-jump-for-ag-barometerAnother jump in the Purdue and CME Group Ag Economy Barometer has that metric now tied for the best of 2019. The barometer jumped for the second month in a row and went to 153 in November, a 17-point gain from October.Sentiment towards the ag economy improved in several areas, according to the 400 U.S. producers of crops and livestock who were surveyed in the middle of November. A rally in cattle prices and better than expected crop yields in many areas contributed, and Purdue ag economist graduate research assistant Kylie O’Connor says confidence in securing a trade deal with China is improving.“We have been asking farmers if they think it is likely or unlikely that the soybean trade dispute with China will be settled soon, and 57 percent of respondents in November said that a trade resolution was likely to come soon which is the most positive response we have had since we began posing this question in March of 2019,” she said. “We also asked farmers if they felt a trade resolution with China would be beneficial to U.S. agriculture and 80 percent said that it would be beneficial.”Those more immediate factors led the Index of Current Conditions to the biggest jump, going 38 points higher. The Index of Future Expectations rose 7 points, the result of a modest number of additional producers believing that current and future economic conditions will continue to improve.Optimism about making farm capital investments also improved. The Farm Capital Investment Index reached its highest reading since February 2018. The investment index improvement coincides with that strong Current Conditions Index move. Purdue says that suggests as farmer perspective of their own farm’s current situation improves, they are more favorably inclined toward making farm capital expenditures.This month’s report also looks at producers’ views on farmland values at both 12-months and 5-years out. Read the full November Ag Economy Barometer report at Purdue Ag News/CME GroupSubscribe to our free daily newsletter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News New Survey Says Farmers Feel Better About Ag Economy Facebook Twitter Leave this field empty if you’re human: center_img New Survey Says Farmers Feel Better About Ag Economy Previous articleVillwock, Kettler Part of AgrIInstitute’s Thought Leaders Panel at Expo on the HAT Tuesday Morning EditionNext articleTrump: No Deadline for Final China Trade Deal Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Dec 3, 2019 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more The director and presenter of a programme called “El Pueblo Habla” on independent Valle TV, Hernández, 54, was gunned down in broad daylight in Nacaome, the capital of the southern department of Valle, as he was about to board a bus to go home. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Shot by two men aboard a vehicle who immediately drove off, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries a few hours later. He was the first journalist to be murdered in Honduras in 2019. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” March 19, 2019 Journalist murdered in southern Honduras, first this year Hernández was an outspoken journalist who often accused local politicians of corruption in his programme. A few days before his murder, he posted an opinion piece on Facebook calling for President Juan Orlando Hernández’s resignation. HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence RSF is meanwhile very concerned for the safety of Leonel García, a journalist who was very close to Hernández. The presenter of the independent TV news programme “Noticias Dígalo Cómo Quiera,” García often worked with Hernández and, just before the latter’s murder, had accused Nacaome mayor Victor Flores and local parliamentarian Alfredo Saavedra of corruption. Condemning TV journalist Gabriel Hernández’s murder in southern Honduras on 17 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges investigators to prioritize the hypothesis that it was linked to his journalism and calls for urgent reinforcement of the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists. His outspoken commentaries had prompted many death threats, which he reported to the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists last year. But officials at the Mechanism decided that he was not in any serious danger and refused him protection. The past few months have seen many threats and attacks against independent media in Honduras, especially in the south of the country, where two journalists, Jairo López and Edgar Andino, have been harassed and threatened by officials and local police in recent weeks although they are getting protection from the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists. April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports Organisation Help by sharing this information Last month, after receiving threats, García asked the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists for emergency protection, but his request was also turned down. RSF managed to contact García today. He is extremely upset and fears that he could also be murdered. Receive email alerts News News May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further Follow the news on Honduras RSF_en Honduras is ranked 141st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News “The Honduran authorities must conduct an impartial investigation into this appalling murder and prioritize the hypothesis that it was linked to the victim’s journalism,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists must also be reinforced and its criteria for granting protection must be urgently reviewed in order to provide Leonel García and his family with the protection they need.”last_img read more

first_img The Pike County Board of Education welcomed Justin Davis to the board at its Monday meeting. Davis was appointed to fill the unexpired term of retiring member Wyman Botts who had served on the board for 19 years.Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said, as the youngest board member, Davis will bring a different perspective to the board.“We welcome you and are looking forward to working with you,” Bazzell said. Pike County BOE welcomes new board member Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The board heard presentations concerning programs offered by the board that are designed to raise the bar of expectations for students at different levels of learning.Dr. Donnella Carter, administrative assistant, and Pamela Franklin, instructional support specialist, made presentations concerning the Aspire results. Carter also had a presentation concerning the expansion of the STEM initiative. Dr. Mark Head, administrative assistant, and Jeff McClure, director of alternative learning, spoke to the board concerning their presentation at the MEGA Conference in Mobile. Franklin expressed pride in the analysis of the Aspire data, which indicated increases in most areas of reading, math and phonics for grades three, four and five. The data also indicated focus areas where decreases were indicated. By The Penny Hoarder Bazzell noted that the school year will open with longer bus routes for the buses that will have to detour due a bridge being out in the Goshen area. The added fuel cost for the 16-mile detour could cost as much as $62,000 depending on how long the bridge is out.Bazzell discussed the options for the formation of the Pike County Schools Education Foundation, which would allow alumni and other supporters of the Pike County School System to make donations to the school systems and specify how the donations were to be directed.In other new business, the board:• Approved budge hearing dates Tuesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 7. Both hearings will start at 2:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room.• Approved 18 school buses and three special needs buses as surplus and authorized the sale of 21 buses to Transport South. • Approved permission for the Goshen High School Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball teams to travel to and participate in the Wallace State Community College Team Volleyball Camp July 23-26 in Hanceville. Expenses will be paid from GHS volleyball funds.In personnel action, the board:• Accepted the resignation of Ashley Kilpatrick, third grade teacher at Goshen Elementary School.• Approved the employment of Lori Hatler, bus driver.• Approved the employment of Lisa McVay, pre-K lead teacher, Banks School.• Approved employment Arnitra Cotton, pre-K auxiliary teacher, Banks• Approved employment of Rebecca Lester, second grade teacher, GES.• Approved employment of Alexa Suell, SPED aide, GES.• Approved employment of Nancy Tindal, pre-K lead teacher, GES• Approved employment of Susan Rogers, pre-K auxiliary teacher GES.•Approved re-employment of Blair Bush, art teacher, Goshen High School.•Approved re-employment of Tina Senn, pre-K lead teacher, Pike County Elementary School.• Approved re-employment of Shatasha Carter, pre-K auxiliary teacher PCES. • Accepted the resignation of Cynthia Donn, bus driver Carter said the STEM Academy is proving to be a very beneficial program for the school system with double-digit gains in the math and science programs. Expanding hands-on, project-based learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics would raise the academics bar in the school system.Bazzell said plans are to create STEM Space, which would be an environment where students could participate in STEM activities. Head and McClure said the presentation at the MEGA Conference was well received with many schools in attendance that “look like Pike County.”Head and McClure highlighted the Pike County Schools’ Virtual High School credit recovery program for students that have not been successful in the traditional high school setting. McClure said the credit recovery initiatives were of special interest. Email the author Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content You Might Like District Attorney adds charges to rape case A Troy man was arrested Friday after being indicted on two charges of first-degree sodomy. 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first_imgLife and work in the balanceOn 28 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today When Seamus McSporran retired thisSeptember, his decision created a minor flurry of interest in the columns ofBritain’s national newspapers. Here was a man retiring at the ageof 67, who had held 14 jobs on the isle of Gigha, not far from Paul McCartney’snotorious Mull of Kintyre, who for the past 35 years had worked 15 hours a day,seven days a week. But this is no everyday tale ofmodern workaholism, because the main reason McSporran worked all those hourswas that he did 14 jobs at once.Indeed, McSporran must be anunusually charming man because the 100 inhabitants could easily have got sickto the back teeth of the sight of him. If they had children, he drove them inthe school bus in the morning. If they paid rent, he collected it. If theirchip pan caught fire it was McSporran, as the island fire chief, who ensuredthe blaze was put out. If they wanted to post a letter, they would haveprobably seen him at the sub-post office where he was postmaster, or bought apacket of biscuits from the shop he ran. If anybody ever wrote to them, theodds are that it would be McSporran who shoved the post through theirletterbox. If they had a baby, he would have registered their birth. And ifthey were unfortunate enough to have suffered a death in the family it wasMcSporran who organised the funeral.This sounds like one of thosewhimsical Compton Mackenzie, Whisky Galore stories about Highland life andmight therefore seem to have minimal relevance to the future of work in thehigh-speed, wired world of work in the 21st century. But there are some aspectsof McSporran’s story that do say something about how we may all be working 50years from now.First, while few of us will berequired to do 14 jobs, many of us, as Industrial Society director Will Huttonsays, will be abandoning the structured, safe, career paths of old for a newer,more uncertain world where many of us, like McSporran, will be working forseveral employers at once. Technology will increasingly undermine thespecialisation which has been one of capitalism’s most striking features.Widgets will increasingly be handled by robots, the power of the computernetwork and the computer will make some jobs disappear while redefining othersin much broader terms. The collision of technology and the future will alsocreate jobs which sound like the creation of a skilled satirist.Talent, if you listen to businessgurus such as Tom Peters, is the king, and the challenge is to make companiesexciting places to work for. In this parallel universe, the model for careersand work now is “project management” where staff – be they temporary, permanentor contractors– are continually having to acquire new skills, outside theskill set which has traditionally been associated with our job.The war for talent is alreadysomething of a cliché but the signs are that it’s going to get bloodier, uglierand more widespread. Demographic pressures – as we get richer, we have feweroffspring and live longer, the economically productive workforce becoming adeclining proportion of the total population – will mean that labour shortageswill no longer be endemic in just the IT industry. Take the Government’schildcare plans. It’s a laudable initiative, if only the number of people whowanted to be childminders wasn’t falling slightly.You only have to pick up a newspaperto see the war for talent breaking out on new fronts. This autumn the policelaunched a £7m recruitment campaign but since the launch the MetropolitanPolice has admitted it might recruit applicants it had previously rejected orhire staff with minor criminal convictions, which seems to be taking the “Ittakes a thief…” principle a bit far. The Army has launched its ownmulti-million pound recruitment campaign, the need for teachers has become soacute that education authorities are trawling Australia and New Zealand, andbankers in the City of London are being offered three-year lucrative  deals to stop dotcoms from poaching them. Aheadhunter in the banking market says, “It would be fair to say that a degreeof desperation has crept in.”The war for talent is on our TVscreens, too. On-line recruitment agencies are rife, with names such astotaljobs, Top Jobs and Easy Jobs (we’d all like one of those). Log on andyou’re bombarded by slogans like, “Are you getting the job you deserve?” Andwho among us is going to be modest – or realistic – enough to answer “Yes” tothat question? We’ll feel honour-bound to create our own career managementaccount where programmed search agents go out and find jobs that match ourskills (assuming we’ve not told any porkies when we filled in thequestionnaire) while we’re asleep. A better job – and therefore, is thenot-so-subtle implication, a better life – is only a few clicks of the mouseaway.Karen Morris, HR director ofInternet services provider Globex, sees these on-line services as just thestart of a revolution. “My 2020 vision – that is, what I see for that year andbecause I think this utopian vision will be accurate – is that we will all beself-employed. I would argue that we are all self-employed now, we just don’trealise it. I’m self-employed, I just happen to sell 100 per cent of my time toGlobex. In 20 years from now, we won’t be doing that.”Under Morris’s vision we will all beMcSporrans. “Work will be broken down into specific tasks and allocated as aset of specific measurable objectives. We will do only those tasks which areour specific strengths and that work will be able to be done any time, anyplace in the world, as long as the objectives are met.”Under this model, recognisable fromexisting day-to-day practice in the IT and related industries, recruitment willbecome a completely different kind of process. “We will have fair selection,”says Morris. “We won’t discriminate on the grounds of sex, race, age, or evenpersonality, we will know that a person has the skills to meet our measurableobjectives. But it won’t be recruitment as we understand it now, with thetraditional interview – someone will switch on their PC, tap in the skillsrequired to a computer database and a few minutes later we will be told that somany people have the matching skills to do the work.” Under this system, workwill in effect be “commissioned”, as if from a freelance or sub-contractor, andpulled together either by a computer or, more likely, a project manager withsignificant help from a computer.Is this the extreme, if extremelylogical, outcome of the outsourcing revolution? Will the company itself becompletely outsourced? Morris doesn’t think so. “You will need a core at theheart of the company, but that core will be much, much smaller than it is now.”But will that core include HR?Possibly not, if Morris has her way. “My job as HR director is to make myselfredundant.”In other words, the HR role will bereduced to a core which she defines as the three Rs – recruitment, retentionand retraining – and then to transfer much of these functions to managers. Recruitment becomes semi-automated, inthe hands of managers who look after specific jobs that need to be done. Retention, in some ways, couldbecome more amorphous. For instance, you might as a company need to know ifpeople want to be associated, as supplier/ employees, with your brand. Youmight have to offer specific incentives or advantages – for example “work withus because we get the latest software first”. And retraining. In this vision ofthe future, Morris says this self-aware, self-employed workforce could spend10-20 per cent of their time acquiring new skills.What is missing from this vision,Morris freely admits, is “Human emotion. I remember from an early business bookreading that ‘Business is simple, people make it complicated. Businessprocesses can be planned, human reactions can’t.’” For example, she says,“Managers will need to develop trust and one way they’ll be able to do that isby giving people specific, measurable objectives. It may, in part, be agenerational thing. The average age here is 28 and our people are used toworking in this way. I know one person who’s even worse than me in the morningsand I know he has three or four specific objectives to meet by December and Iknow that he will work all night to get them done.”There is also a broader emotionalissue: how successfully will we adapt to this brave new world as human beings?How will we, for instance, divide our private and working lives?To return to our recently retiredone-man workforce on Gigha, the one thing that seems both horribly familiar andfuturistic about McSporran’s life is his working week. Cary Cooper, professorof organisational psychology and health at Umist, says his annual Institute ofManagement/Umist report on the quality of working life found a worryingincrease in working hours among its 5,000 respondents. “One in three workedover 50 hours a week, one in 10 worked 60 hours a week or more and asubstantial minority worked at weekends,” he says.More worrying for Cooper is theevidence that the executives surveyed were not coping with their working hoursas well as McSporran seemed to. Seven out of 10 said it damaged their health,almost nine out of 10 said it damaged their relationship with their childrenand eight out of 10 said it damaged their relationship with their partner. Perhapsthe most amazing figure, which suggests just how self-defeating the currenttrend for workaholism and presenteeism really is, is that seven out of 10 saidtheir long hours made them less productive.Prof Cooper, particularly, iscritical of the way work in Britain is being Americanised. And it’s possible,even from the reports in this series, to see many American practices mirroredover here. What gurus still refer to as a “flexible workforce” has seen manycompanies shed staff, outsource all kinds of functions previously regarded asessential parts of the company and “delayer” management. The net effect, hebelieves, has been to make companies more profitable while reducing employees’motivation, adding to their stress by increasing their insecurity about theirjobs, and left many feeling that the traditional idea of loyalty to the companyas a joke. And he believes that no one, least of all the politicians, havereally thought through the implications of this shift in the way we work.“Is the shift towards a short-termcontract, long hours and intrinsically job-insecure workplace the way forward?”he asks. “How will this affect the health and well-being of employees? Canorganisations demand commitment from employees they don’t commit to? What willthe long hours culture do to the two-earner family, which accounts for themajority of families in the UK?” (Incidentally, this is one milestone the UKpassed before the US where two-earner families only became the norm in Octoberthis year). So while directors and shareholders celebrate bigger profits, forthe employees the feelgood factor may end up being replaced by the feelbadfactor.In the US last year, employers spent£7bn on stress management products and programmes. Translated to the UK, thatwould make stress management bigger than most of our manufacturing industries.(Not that that is saying much – there are now more people employed in the UK inIndian restaurants than in coal or steel).Predicting is always difficult,especially when you’re talking about the future. But at the moment there are somany conflicting trends. Only two years ago, the Internet was supposed to tiltthe balance in favour of small companies. Now all you hear is that you have tobe big to play on the Net. In a year’s time there’ll be a reaction to thiscounter-reaction.In Japan, the country in whichpeople grew up with the idea that a job for life was their birthright, theMinistry of Labour has recently complained that too many young Japanese mendon’t want to become “salarymen” for fear they’ll become “corporate drones”. Inone survey, 80 per cent of unemployed Japanese youths said they’d either justquit a job or don’t want one. Some 1.5 million of them have become“freetas”, doing mundane jobs on short contracts. The pay’s lousy – £900 amonth – and the prospects are poor but, as one Japanese youth told the YomuriShimbun newspaper, “At least we don’t have to listen to all that corporatebull.” This is the country which almost reinvented capitalism after 1945. Herethe war isn’t over who’s getting the talent, it’s about turning the talent onto corporate life. And so far this century, it’s being lost.When it comes to the business of howwe work, there is abundant evidence that we’re not happy with the way thesystem is working now. But some of the things that we as human beings have cometo dislike about the system are the very trends which technology is going toencourage. On the other hand, if we are all self-employed,as Morris suggests, this could be both a liberating factor and a worry to thosewho can’t manage the shift to that style of work and life.It will, as the popular scientistJames Burke says, take time for everyone to adjust. “We have had 200 years ofthe Industrial Revolution and a certain way of working. Most of the people Iknow who work from home still do office hours,” he says. Which is why, althoughMorris is probably right in broad outline, the future will differ in somedegree from her very rational blueprint. Human beings such as SeamusMcSporran will ensure the future doesn’t quite go according to plan.Five jobs you may neverhave heard ofBusaides: It’s their job tomake sure anarchy doesn’t break out in the back of a bus. They cannot drive thebus, but they will be on it, helping pupils, disabled people, patients andhotel guests find their seats, have a pleasant ride and get off safely.Resettlementcoordinators: You’vejust arrived in a new country without a job, home or any command of the nativetongue. Well fear not, because the local social services department has someonewhose job it is to help you. Step forward the resettlement coordinator! Thissuperhuman figure will help you find a job, healthcare, lessons in the local languageand may even try to reunite you with members of your family by sponsoring theminto the country.Credentiallers: With on-line universities enablingthe ethically challenged to download a diploma at the click of a button, therewill be a growing demand for an army of people whose job it is to check thatthe Oxford University you claim to have studied at is in England and not Ohio.Utilisation reviewcoordinators: Acrazy name but not such a crazy job. These people are nurses whose job it is toreview hospital and medical records to make sure that patients – or should thatbe customers? – receive appropriate and cost-effective treatment.Date doctor: Worried that you’re not making theright impression? Then call for the date doctor! 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first_imgHome » News » Bojo’s huge changes to planning laws to free up house builders previous nextRegulation & LawBojo’s huge changes to planning laws to free up house buildersSwathes of planning ‘red tape’ are to be swept aside to help builders construct on brownfield sites more easily as Bojo declares war on ‘newt counting’.Nigel Lewis1st July 2020017,895 Views Boris Johnson yesterday announced once-in-a-lifetime changes to the planning rules while also baiting green activists as he vented his frustration at the UK’s house-building record.“Why are we so slow at building homes by comparison with other European countries,” he asked.“I tell you why – because time is money, and the newt-counting delays in our system are a massive drag on the productivity and the prosperity of this country.”Consequently, buildings are to be allowed to change use from commercial usage to residential without the need for planning permission, and house builders will be able to demolish existing vacant residential and commercial buildings and build new homes in their place, also without planning consent.Rules on brownfield development are also to be significantly relaxed to get enable Johnson to deliver on his ‘Build, Build, Build’ programme.And home owners will be able to add extension and stories above existing floors via a fast-track process, assuming their neighbours agree.The changes to the planning system will go live in September.But the strategy, which is to be set out in a more detailed policy paper later this month, will face considerable opposition both from the planning profession and the public.Too often it is their protests against new housing developments in their area that are the key stumbling block to progress, rather than Johnson’s ‘red tape’.Nevertheless most estate agents and developers have welcomed the measures, including the NAEA.“Propertymark welcomes the Prime Minister’s ambition to bounce back as we enter the new phase of this pandemic,” says its Chief Executive Mark Hayward (left).“It is important that as we try to reboot the economy we build a greater supply of affordable houses that can rejuvenate urban areas most affected by this crisis.“Simplification of the planning process will ease the pressures caused on the supply of homes and ensure the property market drives the UK’s economic recovery.“We look forward to working with government during its White Paper process later this month to ensure the system has less red tape and is easier to navigate.”Developer Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive of London Square, (left) says: “Removing red tape from the planning process is essential. The situation has got worse in recent years as a result of austerity hitting local authorities, who need to leverage as much as possible from every development, which means longer delays and more process. This time we have to see action.”Read more about the government’s previous attempts to change planning. adam lawrence london square Mark Hayward land and planning NAEA Boris Johnson July 1, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgHill went on the offensive, threatening to file a defamation lawsuit and starting a legal defense fund. During a September interview on CSPAN, Hill said he was fighting a guilty-until-proven-innocent mentality when questioned about the allegations.FOOTNOTE: This story will be updated. Special prosecutor Dan Sigler announced Tuesday morning he would file no criminal charges against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, who was accused this summer of groping four women. But the alleged victims said they would sue Hill and the AG’s office after Hill, whom Sigler said admitted that he consumed a significant amount of alcohol and admitted to touching the women the night of the alleged incidents.Sigler said at a news conference Tuesday morning that charges of battery or sexual battery could not be proved because there was no indication Hill used force or acted in a rude, insolent or angry manner as required by statute. He said 56 witnesses were interviewed during his investigation, including victims who claimed they were inappropriately touched. Sigler said he believed them, but evidence of a crime was lacking. He said he and the Indiana Inspector General will file a report, and that Hill gave a video statement. It was determined Hill consumed a significant amount of alcohol before he arrived at a party where the alleged groping took place.Hill has been the subject of an investigation after allegations came to light. Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, and three legislative assistants allege the attorney general touched them inappropriately and made unwanted sexual advances at a party after the end of the 2018 legislative session at AJ’s Lounge in Indianapolis. Sigler said there was video from inside AJ’s the night of the incidents, but it was recorded over.Reardon said at the news conference Tuesday she was proud to stand with brave women and that Hoosiers know Hill’s “egregious” behavior is unacceptable. Reardon said she and other victims want Hill to resign.Despite calls for him to resign from Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leaders, Hill maintains he has been falsely accused. The matter was turned over to the Indiana Inspector General’s office and at the request of Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, a special prosecutor was appointed.Sigler, a senior prosecuting attorney from Allen County, was tapped to serve as special prosecutor for this matter. Although Hill argued the appointed of a special prosecutor was premature, Marion Superior Judge Lisa Borges issued the order July 24.The allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding the attorney general surfaced during the summer after a report from Taft Stettinius & Hollister was leaked. No Charges Against AG Hill, But Lawmaker, Victims To SueOctober 23, 2018Marilyn Odendahl for INDIANA LAWERScenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more