UK staff shy of Euro works councils

first_imgUK staff shy of Euro works councilsOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. UK staff are failing to make their voice heard through European works councils, a conference has heard.Willy Coupar, director of the Involvement and Participation Association, told the Modernising Workplace Relations conference at Birkbeck College, London, last week that staff on the Continent are making the running in many works councils. He said, “They are more experienced, more articulate and have a grasp of the big picture.“Many of their British colleagues lack the knowledge and confidence to contribute to strategy-level discussions.”He added, “It is common to find discussions in works councils led by experienced Dutch, German or French trade unionists who are sufficiently fluent in English to debate key issues with management participants.“UK members are typically younger and many lack experience of what it means to be a representative.Coupar said the problem is most common in non-unionised UK companies. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

OxStu condemned as “fake news”

first_imgThe Oxford Student has suffered a major setback at the hands of the St Benet’s JCR.Students of St Benet’s Permanent Private Hall (PPH), are locked in a battle with the non-independent university publication after it accused them, according to the motion’s proposer, of being “misogynistic Bullingdon members”, voted with a majority of 19 to 2 to “condemn the OxStu, and other fake news organisations, for being news that is fake, or fake news”.The proposer told his JCR that passing the motion would “put us on the map and … will force the Cherwell to write pro Benet’s articles”. He went on to say that he “would like to condemn them [OxStu] and all other fake news like BuzzFeed, BBC, CNN, etc”.Following the vote, St Benet’s student Sam Hodson told Cherwell: “Oxford fake news media outlet the OxStu has been messing with St Benet’s with so-called ‘banter’ for too long now. The only banter is their terrible organisation. Sad!”The article in question appears to be neither archived nor existent on OxStu’s website. Instead the three items listed when a search is performed for articles including ‘Benet’s”, heap praise on the PPH for finally admitting female students in 2014, returning to OUSU membership, and fielding a candidate in an old race for Treasurer of the Union Society.Hodson concluded: “Let this pronouncement mark the day we put the “edict” back into St Benedict”, an allusion to the PPH’s well-known Benedictine heritage.Speaking to Cherwell, the proposer of the motion said: “For me, the only valid source of information nowadays is Cherwell, by whom we stand wholeheartedly. Let this be a warning to all crooked institutions who undermine and disrespect Benet’s… We will take you down.“Anyone who says St Benet’s isn’t the biggest college in Oxford, anyone who says that we don’t have the best co-ed in town, or anyone who says they don’t know where Benet’s is – you are fake news.”St Benet’s is a permanent private hall of 64 students.The motion comes at a time of growing concern over the prominence of so-called “fake news”. The term was used to describe a multitude of deliberately false articles shared on social media in the run-up to the US election in November.More recently, President Trump used the term as a means of denouncing CNN for reporting on rumoured CIA reports allegedly proving the President had consorted with Russian prostitutes.Harry Forbes, a fresher at Magdalen, told Cherwell: “The words ‘fake news’ are bandied around far too much. Starting as a serious attempt by the left-wing media to silence anyone with a dissenting view, it now seems that anyone who disagrees with a media outlet deems it to be ‘fake news.’”Forbes added: “From my experience of student journalism, it is probably a largely accurate one.”The Oxford Student did not respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

LIAT reintroduces flights to St. Thomas

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! (Antigua Observer) In response to appeals from passengers, LIAT has reinstated its Antigua to St. Thomas service that the company discontinued on March 14, 2017.As of Monday July 2, and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday thereafter, the company will operate one flight out of V.C. Bird International Airport to the United States Virgin Island of St. Thomas.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones said there were a number of challenges in the past including cost and demand which contributed to the suspension of service, but there was always an indication that service would be reintroduced.“We decided to reinstitute this flight because we have had a lot of requests from St. Thomas and from passengers who want to go to St. Thomas to continue the service to that island,” she said.The CEO stated that LIAT was in talks with authorities to ensure the longevity of the service. “Because this market is seasonal, we will continue to monitor it, but on this round, there are more discussions with the government and airport authorities as to how we can work together to make sure it is a successful operation. At this stage we would like to have this as a long-term service,” she said.Reifer-Jones noted that during the period when service was suspended, it also allowed the company to improve on its overall operations and she believes that LIAT is currently in a “better position” to deliver the service that is required.“Our objective is to serve all the territories and we are hoping that the funding discussions that we are having with the governments will allow us to deliver that service across the region in a more continuous and satisfactory manner,” she concluded.center_img 214 Views   no discussions BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT reintroduces flights to St. Thomas by: – July 4, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi helps Barcelona seal eighth La Liga title in 11 years

first_img Madrid: Lionel Messi clinched an eighth La Liga title for Barcelona in 11 seasons on Saturday as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at home to Levante. The Argentine star struck his league-leading 34th goal of the campaign after coming off the bench for the second half to help Barca wrap up the title with three games remaining. Barca holds a nine-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, but the Catalans cannot be overtaken thanks to their superior head-to-head record. It is Barca’s 26th league title and nudges them closer to Real Madrid’s record of 33 in Spain.     “To win the title with a distance and gap is difficult with the rivals we have. We’ve done it two years in a row,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told Movistar. “We’re happy and to see people enjoying it makes us proud. But we still have challenges ahead.”      Valverde initially left Messi on the bench with Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool in mind, but he replaced Philippe Coutinho at the break at the Camp Nou. Coutinho and Luis Suarez pressed Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez into action early on, the Brazilian coming closest to breaking the deadlock when his free-kick rattled the crossbar shortly before half-time.RELATED     He was sacrificed for Messi though, and it proved an inspired decision as the Argentine swept in the winner on 62 minutes following a frantic scramble inside the Levante area. The visitors, not yet safe from the threat of relegation, responded and put Barca on the defensive but were denied a last-gasp equaliser when the ball hit the post and rolled into the grateful arms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.     “In the end, he scored the goal. He always scores goals everywhere,” Valverde said of Messi, who celebrated winning his 10th league crown.     Atletico delay the party     Atletico had delayed Barca’s title party earlier in the day as they scraped past strugglers Real Valladolid 1-0 after surviving late VAR penalty drama.     Joaquin Fernandez’s own goal put Atletico ahead midway through the second half, but they had to endure a nervy final few minutes in which Jan Oblak had to be at his best and they survived a late VAR check over what looked like a clear Santiago Arias handball in the area.     “It’s controversial, a ball that hits the hand and the referee’s decision is to see if it’s voluntary or not,” said Saul Niguez, whose cross led to their fortunate winner. Diego Simeone’s side is nine points ahead of local rivals and reigning European champions Real Madrid, who travel to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday amid increasing speculation they will respond to a disappointing season by swooping for Eden Hazard and Neymar.     “It’s what we deserve, no more, no less. We’ve come so far,” added Saul. “There were moments when we wanted to be first and others that I would say no, that’s what we deserve.”      Valladolid meanwhile stays 17th, just one point and a place away from the relegation zone after a match they will feel they were unlucky to lose. Earlier on Saturday, Athletic Bilbao and Alaves did their chances of European football next season no favours with a 1-1 draw in the Basque Country.     Seventh-placed Bilbao is five points away from the Champions League places — with Alaves a further three points back — and could also see Valencia and Sevilla take the Europa league further away from them when they take on Eibar and Girona. Barcelona has a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid with three games to go.This is Lionel Messi’s 10th league title.This is Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title, seven behind Real Madrid’s tally of 33. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Hearts to sack Polo for fighting players

first_imgHearts manager Mohammed Polo will be sacked today if the Board and Management pass the vote of no confidence in him.A highly placed Hearts of Oak source has confirmed to that the club’s manager Mohammed Ahmed Polo will be asked to step aside from the first team.The Hearts Board will today demand tangible reasons which led to the elimination of Hearts from the MTN FA Cup competition and why the manager clashed with some players of the team.Polo will face the Hearts Board and Management in a Technical meeting at 10:00am prompt today (Monday 23rd December 2013) and the Hearts source who disclosed this to has revealed that Polo has lost the confidence of both the Board and Management and could be sacked today for failing to live up to expectations.Since taking over, Polo has seen his team play four matches and has won one, drawn one and lost twice.Polo is also said to have clashed with some senior players of the team after he accused them of sabotaging him to ensure that he does not succeed as a Hearts manager. Polo is said to have slammed two of his first team players for failing to travel with the team to Wa where the Phobians lost to All Stars.Sources say “Polo did not act professionally when he called two of his players and heaped insults on them for not travelling to Wa to play in the All Stars game. The players have officially lodged complain and we will go into that and if that proves to be true then its unfortunate Polo would have to go for poorly conducting himself” investigations proved that the two players were all nursing various forms on injury and couldn’t have played in the game against All Stars.According to the Hearts source some coaches have been contacted to step in for Polo.The source said “Polo has failed and we are all disappointed in him. The Board, Management and the fans have all been disappointed and we don’t think it will be prudent to let him continue as manager of the side”. The source also revealed that Polo will be relocated to take charge of Hearts’ junior team Auroras.“We don’t intend to sack him entirely because we have realized that he will be good at the junior level. Once we get a replacement for him, Polo will take charge at Auroras to build the junior team”.last_img read more

Stripped of Cherished Duties, Curley Blasts Freeholders

first_imgBy Jay Cook |FREEHOLD – Embattled Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley wasted no time as he laced up his gloves last week to publicly scold his county colleagues, declaring he has been “unceremoniously stripped” of a number of duties he’s supervised for several years.Before a tense crowd of about 200 county residents and politicians at Biotechnology High School on Jan. 5, Curley delivered a commanding 15-minute speech invoking thoughts from his family and a pair of American influencers to summarize the most tumultuous month of his political life.“As the late, great U.S. senator from Minnesota and vice president of the United States (Hubert H. Humphrey) said time and time again, ‘I’m pleased as punch to be here,’ ” stated Curley, a Republican, which drew a chuckle from the audience. “Because to quote Mark Twain, ‘the report of my death is greatly exaggerated.’ ”The second half of 2017 was not kind to Curley. A report to the Monmouth County Freeholders following a months-long investigation by a retired Superior Court judge found Curley had sexually harassed county employees by using “salacious and vulgar statements.”At a Dec. 8 special meeting in Freehold, which Curley did not attend, the freeholders’ legal counsel read aloud segments from the federally sealed document before Curley was formally censured by the freeholder board – a clear condemnation of his actions. Curley is currently involved in federal litigation with the freeholder board over a violation of his civil rights.While Curley did attend a mid-December freeholder meeting and had issued formal statements through his attorney, Angelo Genova, the reorganization meeting provided Curley the public venue to verbally jab at his fellow freeholders.Curley stood stoically while addressing the freeholder board behind him. On two occasions, he sarcastically thanked them for their “full attention” when he thought they were talking among themselves.“I have been dismayed and chagrined by my fellow freeholders, who have without my knowledge or consent, chosen to strip me of departmental assignments that I’ve proudly served over these last six years,” he said.Curley added, “As my father has said, and as my brother has said, ‘You want to pick a fight, don’t pick a fight with a Curley because you’re going to get one.’ ”The departments or assignments Curley referred to were oversight positions to Brookdale Community College, the Fire Marshal and Fire Academy, the Division of Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services and the Board of Health. His total number of supervised divisions shrank from 10 to six.Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone defended the board’s actions, saying it was the “best avenue” for 2018. Deputy Director Lillian Burry and newly elected Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto each assumed two of Curley’s former positions.“We just think right now this is what’s best for the county, no reason in particular,” Arnone said after the ceremony.While Curley did touch on the four different areas he no longer supervises, two specifically stuck out in his speech. Curley, a graduate of Brookdale Community College, said he “exposed and vigorously fought” corruption at the college by its former president, Peter Burnham, who had used college-issued credit cards to pay for numerous expenses unrelated to his position and accepted reimbursed tuition payments from Monmouth University, where his son attended. Burnham pled guilty in 2012 and served nearly two years in state custody.Curley said Brookdale “is a place that I uncovered and exposed what was going on there – and unfortunately there are people that can’t handle that. There is no room for corruption in this county or any governmental agency or any private sector area. Brookdale Community College is the best community college in the state of New Jersey.”He also defended his rapport with the Monmouth County Fire Academy, which Curley said he supervised as enrollees had a 100 percent passing rate and a 97.5 percent graduation rate. Curley continued to say he helped catapult the Fire Marshal’s office into the 21st century.“My hands-on approach to that, where I met with our qualified professionals, I never dictated to them – I listened to them,” Curley said. “And then I brought forth and delivered on their needs.”In the first half of the reorganization meeting, Curley was a proverbial stick-in-the-mud, voting no on three specific items before the board – the approvals of Arnone as director, Burry as deputy director and the areas of responsibility – and abstaining from a vote to approve a list of 24 special counsel law firms for 2018. The firm O’Donnell McCord, P.C., listed in the resolution, is representing the county in the federal lawsuit against Curley.A palpable rift exists between Curley and his Republican colleagues. Shaun Golden, both the Monmouth County Sheriff and Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman have reportedly said the Republicans will not endorse Curley for a reelection bid this year.Shaking hands and taking pictures with residents and officials in attendance, along with attending other reorganization meetings after the New Year, Curley said he remains committed to the job and “will never waver.” And he had choice words for those who don’t believe him.“My mother always said, ‘each and every person must answer to their own God,’ ” Curley said. “And she was so right, because there are plenty of people who will answer in the end to their own God.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catantan, a two-time MVP awardee in the UAAP fighting for University of the East, barged into the semis along with 16-year-old teammate Maxine Isabel Esteban.Esteban also bowed to Berthi, 15-9, in the semis en route to the Singaporean’s gold medal triumph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCatantan bested Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan also of SIngapore, 15-14, in the semis. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Samantha Kyle Catantan of the Philippines (R) competes with Singapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi during the women’s foil individual final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adek BERRYKUALA LUMPUR A pair of teenaged fencers gifted the Philippines a silver and bronze in the women’s fencing foil event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at MITEC Hall 6.Fifteen-year-old Samantha Kyle Catantan dropped a 15-7 decision to SIngapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi, 15-9, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Read Next PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PH salvages silver in women’s wushu eventlast_img read more

Cavaliers moving Love to center, Thompson to reserve role

first_img“With Jae starting at the four, LeBron’s able to roam freely on the defensive end,” Lue said. “Jae will take the toughest matchup between the 3s and the 4s and LeBron will be able to roam and kind of quarterback our defense. Being that back line defense, talking, communicating, and also being able to pick off passes when guys are throwing bad passes. I like LeBron in that role because he’s great at being the help guy, being in the right spots at the right places, so I think it will be good for us.”For now, James is sidelined with a sprained left ankle sustained last week in practice. Lue said the three-time champion will not play in Wednesday night’s exhibition opener against Atlanta. James’ injury is not believed to be serious, and the Cavs will make sure he’s full healed before he plays.Lue said he expects James on the court at some point in the preseason. Cleveland opens the regular season on Oct. 17 against Irving and the Celtics. Lue has experimented with Love at center during training camp and believes the new-look lineup will create matchup problems for opposing centers as well as open the floor for LeBron James, Derrick Rose and others.“He’s a great passer,” Lue said of Love. “Fives (centers) have to get out and try to guard him on the pick and roll with LeBron and D-Rose and those guys making plays, so it’s going to be tough for those guys. We liked it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCenter Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and newly acquired forward Jae Crowder will take Love’s former spot, Lue said. Crowder, acquired this summer in the Kyrie Irving trade, is a strong defender.Lue said he spoke to Thompson about the switch and “it was great.” Thompson started all 78 games at center for Cleveland last season. In 2016, he made just 33 starts and the Cavs went on to win the NBA title. Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates his basket in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on January 6, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND— Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love is being moved after all — from forward to center.Love, who has been the subject of trade speculation for three years in Cleveland, will be the club’s new starting center, coach Tyronn Lue announced Monday night after the team played an intra-squad scrimmage at Quicken Loans Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nadal credits passion and overcoming injuries for success Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I told him I’m one guy you don’t have to worry about,” Thompson said. “I’m a team-first guy. I understand that at the end of the day it’s about winning and if you win, we all look good — whether you come off the bench or you start. And it’s not about who starts the game, it’s about who is in the game in the fourth and who is finishing it. So, I’m not worried. The last time I came off the bench, if history repeats itself, we had a parade in June. So, I’ll take it.“I’m going to go for Sixth Man of the Year, put myself in position to do that.”Lue has more options this season after Cleveland’s roster was overhauled with Irving being traded to Boston and the additions of Rose, Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Jeff Green.Wade will likely be Cleveland’s backup point guard until Thomas recovers from a hip injury, but Lue said he hasn’t committed to that idea just yet.As for Crowder, Lue said his defensive presence will free up James.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cobras Take Out The Women’s Open Title In A Thriller

first_imgBoth teams were reduced to four players before the Cobras’ Charlotte Caslick scored in the corner to take the 6-5 win. The Swans started off the game in impressive fashion, scoring in the fourth minute through Brittany Spencer in the corner to take an early 1-0 lead. The Swans were in again at the midway mark of the first half, when a great ball from co-captain Emilee Cherry saw Shanae Ciesiolka score to give her side a 2-0 lead. The Cobras made their first mark on the scoreboard with five minutes remaining when Stevie Lee Thompson scored off the back of some good phase play to take her team within one touchdown.This sparked the start of an impressive array of attack by both teams, with the Swans hitting back in the next set when Ashleigh Kearney dived over to take her team’s lead back to two. The Cobras were back within one touchdown in the next set of six, when Rachel Noble scored and when a great wrap around play by Caslick and Kelly Woods resulted in a touchdown to Sharon Martin, the Cobras had levelled the game up, going into the half-time break with the score locked up at 3-all. The Cobras took the lead for the first time in the match in their first set following the break, when a long ball from captain Mary Steele saw Kathryn Stevens score in the corner to take a 4-3 lead. It took over 10 minutes for either side to convert their opportunities on the scoreboard following Stevens’ touchdown, with both teams’ defence holding strong. In the 15th minute the Swans hit back, with Gemma Etheridge scoring to level the game up at 4-all with five minutes remaining. Twin sister Nikki Etheridge was the next to score for the Swans and took the lead back for her side when she scored with two minutes remaining. But the Cobras weren’t done, with Charlotte Caslick setting up Anna Hicks to score in the next set and bring the score back to 5-all. Both sides were unable to score that elusive touchdown in the final minutes of the game, forcing the game into a drop-off. The Swans tapped off for the start of the drop-off but were unable to score in their opening set of six, while the Cobras failed to score on their return set. Two minutes passed and teams were reduced to four players each before a pass from Steele found Caslick who was able to score in the corner to take the win and title 5-4. The Cobras’ Kirsty Quince was rewarded for her strong performance in the final, being named Player of the Final while Victorian captain was named Player of the Series for her efforts in helping her side make the semi finals of the Women’s Open division for the first time in the history of the event.   To view the highlights of the game, please click on the link below: read more