Global Newsround

first_img Comments are closed. Global NewsroundOn 1 Oct 2001 in Living wage, Personnel Today Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts: PhilipWhiteley reports on what’s happening in HR around the worldFranceM&S owns up to ‘shambles’ over staffAlainJuillet, head of troubled British retailer Marks & Spencer in France, hasbeen forced to accept that its handling of the planned closure of its 18 storesin France has been a “terrible shambles”.Inan interview with Le Figaro in August, he said he was “taken aback”by an announcement from the London head office on the planned closures.”That there have been errors of communication is the least that one cansay [about this case],” he said. Juilletdescribed the structure of the parent group as “very centralised, veryhierarchical and monolithic”. The challenge for chief executive LucVandevelde to restore the group’s fortunes is “a race against theclock”.Heaffirmed that M&S plans to sell all 18 French shops, and ensure personnelare transferred, but couldn’t guarantee that all 1,700 jobs would be saved.M&Screated a storm of protest in March when it announced the closures, and itcould face court action over alleged failures to consult with staff.PeterReid, an independent adviser to top European companies on works councils, saidthe saga reveals deep-seated cultural differences between the UK and France.”In France, the consultation system is about saving jobs rather than justconsultation,” he said. “The pressure is to strengthen theconsultation process, because there is a political desire to remove the abilityof companies to close plants and offices.”TheBritish view is that the level and extent of staff consultation depends on theemployer and each organisation should be allowed to develop its own approach ina voluntary way. Europeanemployers with more than 50 staff are set to be covered by a draft EU directiveon information and consultation with staff.www.lefigaro.frWorkingconditions slip as capitalism takes over in ChinaEmploymentconditions have fallen with the spread of private sector industries in China,according to an investigation by the New York Times. Statutoryconditions in China are on a par with Western countries, but in practice the44-hour working week and locally set minimum wages are ignored, the reportsaid. Conditions are particularly bad in manufacturing plants run by inwardinvestors, employing staff who have migrated from rural areas. “The supplyof labour vastly exceeds the demand,” said Zhou Litai, a lawyer inShenzhen who has represented workers in health and safety cases.Thereport quoted one trade union official as saying that there had been collusionbetween local government officials and factory managers, which has hamperedimplementation of worker-protection laws.www.nytimes.comTaiwaneseunemployment risesTaiwanhas seen unemployment soar in the past year. The economy contracted by morethan 2 per cent in the second quarter of 2001, and the proportion of thepopulation that is unemployed rose to 4.5 per cent, compared with just 2.9 percent a year earlier. TheUnited Daily News has reported that the jobless rate might break 5 per centthis year. The economy shows no sign of improvement and tens of thousands ofgraduates are about to enter the labour market, the agency said.Unofficialtrade strong in Argentina Alarge proportion of the Argentine workforce is in the informal economy,according to the national chamber of commerce. A report estimated that turnoverin unofficial trade through street vendors is around Ar Pesos 15bn (US$ 15bn),evading Pesos 3bn in losses to the labour market and taxes.Thestatistics reflect a national rate of unemployment which has increased in thepast year to 16.5 per cent, and is slightly higher, at 17.2 per cent in theGreater Buenos Aires region, the principal economic centre of the country. www.lanacion.com.arUSAReferendum bid launched to resist local wage floorBusinessesin a Californian city are organising signatures to authorise a referendum onlocal minimum wage legislation. Opponents of the Living Wage Bill in SantaMonica say the requirement for some larger employers to pay at least $10.50 perhour is unnecessary regulation and “pay-back to unions that supported mostof the council”, according to Herb Katz, of the employers’ campaign.Unionorganisers have planned their own “decline to sign” campaign,shadowing the pro-business group as it solicits signatures. The pro-labourgroup lobbied a farmers’ market, handing out pieces of pie, saying thatlow-paid workers “deserve their slice”. The employers’ campaign,known as FAIR, has spent nearly $200,000 on the protest, and received over$50,000 of in-kind contributions. www.worldatwork.comWesternEuropeManagers must learn from past on job cutsEmployersare failing to learn the lessons of past exercises in downsizing, HR expertshave warned, as redundancy schemes spread across the economy. TheHay Group reported that many organisations have declined to offer outplacementservices in order to save costs, and warned that they will have a damagedreputation when they start to hire again. “It makes people who are stayingrather nervous of their employer – there is quite a lot of resentment andanger; you never know when those former employees are going to be clients ofyours. Also, word gets out on the street that the organisation is not a niceplace to work,” said Susan Bloch, head of executive coaching at the HayGroup.Shesaid that the common practice of asking redundant employees to clear theirdesks and leave the building within an hour causes great upset and offers noadvantages to the organisation.Inthe case of the new economy, executives have often been inexperienced and wereanticipating endless growth, so were unprepared to deal with redundancysituations, she added.Companiesshould follow the lead of Cisco, which offered redundant staff the chance towork for a charity for a year on one-third full pay, she said.Redundancieshave spread from collapsing dotcoms to telecom firms and vehicle manufacturers.Unemploymenthas generally halted its downward slide in advanced economies. In August,German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder conceded that he is unlikely to meet histarget to reduce the country’s total of unemployed people to 3.5 million bynext year. The number increased to just under 3.8 million in July.www.worldatwork.comGermanyRed tape ties refugee postsMedium-sizedcompanies in Germany cannot afford to take on skilled immigrants because of thebureaucracy involved and the high level of the minimum wage, according to areport by an industry-financed economic research unit IW.Itsaid that the “green card” application process for a skilled employeeis time-consuming, and compounds the problems caused by helping the recruit tofind housing. However, the report also states that some employers have foundthat recent simplifications in the process have helped. The minimum yearlyincome of DM100,000 (around $45,000) was too high for some companies.Almost9,000 green cards have been issued in Germany to IT experts from outside theEuropean Union. The country has put a time limit of five years on the durationof the work permits, which the report indicated was a reason for low take-up asit inhibits career planning.www.faz.comUSACEO’s $10m severance payAseverance package has topped the $10m mark. Michael Bonsignore, departing chiefexecutive of Honeywell International, received the parting gift along with”generous pension cheques”, according to World at Work, formerly theAmerican Compensation Association. Bonsignorewas ousted by the board of directors in July, and details of his severancepackage emerged in a quarterly filing with the Securities and ExchangeCommission, the principal listed companies regulator in the US.LawrenceBossidy has been brought out of retirement to head the firm on a temporarybasis, on a salary of $2m, plus a target bonus.Highremuneration, particularly for executives who have not been deemed to haveearned them, are increasingly being questioned by investor groups andregulators in the US and the UK. Disclosure requirements have been tightened up.www.worldatwork.comCanadaCivil servants walk out over ‘double standards’Publicservice employees in Canada held three one-day strikes in August, causingconsiderable disruption to social security, immigration, agriculturaladministration and other areas. Thedispute focused on accusations of double standards, following the awarding of20 per cent pay rises to members of Parliament and 8.7 per cent increases forexecutives in the federal government, but only 2 per cent for unionisedemployees.InJuly, a conciliation board recommended that junior public sector staff be givena 3 per cent rise and a CA$1,000 signing bonus. “Thatis a minimum. They [the members] will not go below that,” said Nycole Turmel,president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the trade union involved inthe dispute.Thegovernment has signalled its willingness to restart negotiations on the matter.Talks were due to be held as globalhr went to press.www.lexis-nexis.comlast_img read more

Top 5 (and 5 most missed) of 2017: Credit union big data and analytics – Part 2

first_imgAs another exciting year in the credit union industry comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on everything we have learned throughout the year, and determine how to best prepare for success in 2018. It is an amazing time to be a part of the credit union movement as the entire financial services arena is changing before our eyes, and there is incredible potential for the movement with increasing collaborating and data analytics. As we look back on 2017, here are several of the industry’s favorite articles relating to credit union big data/analytics (and some other articles you may have missed) from OnApproach blog, The Decision Maker. This is Part 2 of 2 and features the top 5 articles you may have missed in 2017. Click here to see Part 1. Enjoy!1. Don’t Miss the Boat – Why Credit Unions Need to Digitally Transform NowThe term “digital transformation” has been a very hot topic recently, creating new conversations and products across a wide range of industries. This chart below, via Google Trends, displays the worldwide popularity of the phrase “Digital Transformation” in web searches since 2004. As shown in the graph, after remaining stagnant for over a decade, the term’s popularity has exploded in just the last year or so, raising questions about what this means, and how it will impact your organization. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wild Card Saturday FanDuel Picks: DFS Lineup advice for NFL Playoffs GPP tournaments

first_imgMORE FANDUEL LINEUPS: Sunday | Single gamesNFL DFS Wild Card Saturday: FanDuel GPP Lineup PicksQB Josh Allen, Bills @ Texans ($8,200). Houston allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points to opposing QBs in the regular season, by far the worst of the four teams playing Saturday. Maybe everyone will be on Allen, but he still seems like the best play.RB Derrick Henry, Titans @ Patriots ($9,500). The pricing on this slate probably means that Henry will be highly owned, but it’s not worth fading such a high-volume player. We’ll set our lineup apart with some of the other picks.RB James White, Patriots vs. Titans ($6,200). My action in this game goes along the path that it will be Tennessee leading and New England trying to come back, thus the use of the pass-catching White. That could be wrong, but it’s the kind of chance you have to take to win a small-slate GPP.WILD CARD WEEKEND LINEUPS: Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuelWR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Bills ($8,700). Pick your poison among the top WRs — you can have Hopkins against Tre’Davious White or A.J. Brown against Stephon Gilmore. I’ve opted for the veteran against the maybe slightly worse cornerback rather than the rookie.WR N’Keal Harry, Patriots vs. Titans ($5,200). With Julian Edelman continuing to battle a knee injury, Harry keeps getting on the field and getting the occasional red-zone target, too. WR Isaiah McKenzie, Bills @ Texans ($4,600). Our cheapest play will go to Buffalo’s gadget player whose role as No. 3 WR has grown as the season has gone on. He’ll be involved, which is more than you can say with a lot of guys priced this low. The first round of the NFL playoffs gets underway Saturday, as the Bills play the Texans and the Titans play the Patriots. It’s been a long time since New England played on Wild Card weekend, but that just means their stacked defense will affect FanDuel DFS tournament lineup picks.In the hopes that most people fade Titans, we have three in our lineup, as the Pats look as vulnerable as they’ve ever been. We match our Tennessee stack with a Buffalo stack, though with some top corners in action, the tricky small-slate pricing is even tougher to navigate. TE Jonnu Smith, Titans @ Patriots ($6,300). Hopefully Smith’s disappointing Week 17 will have people punting the TE position, but he’s by far the most talented at the position.FLEX John Brown, Bills @ Texans ($6,800). If someone is going to get open deep against Houston’s defense, it’s Brown, and we need that stacking potential on a small slate with Allen.D/ST Tennessee Titans @ Patriots ($4,000). New England should have a good gameplan, but it’s more likely the Pats win by scoring 20 rather than 40. There are a lot of scenarios where Tennessee dictates this game and limits the Patriots, and those scenarios aren’t really reflected in the Titans having the lowest D/ST price.last_img read more

RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U15 GIRLS NARROWLY LOSE TO LIMAVADY IN THEIR FIRST EVER COMPETITIVE MATCH

first_imgUNDER 15 GIRLS RUGBYLETTERKENNY GO DOWN IN NARROW DEFEAT Letterkenny U-15 lost narrowly to an experienced Limavady team, in their first ever competitive match.It started off very well as centre Mia Alcorn, cut through the Limavady defence after good work by Tara Duffy and scrumhalf Sarah McBrearty and dotted down over the line. The roesiders came back and using their experience and kenny’s inexperience scored 5 tries before Mia alcorn again found space on the outside afteer a break from Mary Beth McBrearty to score in the corner. Limavady scored two more before the interval to leave the score 10-35.Most teams would have packed it in with this score, but skippers Mary Beth McBrearty and Emma Curran gave an inspiring team talk at half-time and the home team came out, ready to fight again. Almost immediately Limavady scored again,but this was not the end but just the beginning. First, Aoife O’Riordan charged through scoring in the corner after great rucking by Jade Duffy, Amy McClintock and Yasmin Sparks.Then Sara Bundschu had a couple of brilliant runs followed by a great try where she beat four players before scoring after a pass from Chloe Wasson. Mia Alcorn who was playing a blinder, especially with the number of tackles she made. Then showed why the Ulster selectors are so interested in her when she scored another Great try when she dummied her opposing centre and used her speed to get to the line. After  an excellent run by Yasmin Sparks, Mia finished the job again. Emma Curran made her mark on the game with a weaving run before setting up Alcorn again. Limavady came back again as a couple of injuries to key players hampered letterkenny, scoring two more tries despite great tackling by the Duffys and Allanah Boyle to open the gap again.Alcorn came on the scene again to score again when Allanah Boyle beat three players in an exciting run and unselfisly passed to her better placed colleague to score. Unfortunatly with  players tiring the visitors scored two more tries. Kelly Higgins then beat two players and stormed over the line after great tackling by Amy McClintock. Alcorn finished off a  great performance when scoring the last try after a good passing movement by the two saras, Bundeschu and McBreartyFinal Score;..LETTERKENNY 50-60 LIMAVADYWhat a performance ….for a first ever game of competive rugby, this was an eye opener for some players, others took in their stride, but it is amazing how some players can lift their game when the need is there. After a couple more games to sort out a few little unforseen problems this team will be ready for anybody.This week the team travel to Limavady for a Two o’clock Kick off on Sunday 1st N ovemberTeam will be leaving Tobins at 12.15 sharp. Training is going well at the Glebe and I would remind anyone interested in starting rugby, that you are more than welcome, don’t worry we’ll tech you how to play. We need more U-15s and U-18s as the numbers are there to start an U-18 teamTraining U-15…Tues 7-8.15..Thurs 7-8Training U-18..Thurs 8-9.30If interested Call me Allen McCrea 0863325955 RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U15 GIRLS NARROWLY LOSE TO LIMAVADY IN THEIR FIRST EVER COMPETITIVE MATCH was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RUGBYSportlast_img read more

Bulldog Top 10 of 2016-17: No. 3 — Reed Fischer Completes a Record-Holding Season

first_img No. 7 – Student Athletes Receive Academic Honors Fischer is set to compete in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, June 7 at Hayward Field.Fischer competed in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships on June 7 at Hayward Field where he placed ninth, and added the title All-American to his resume. No. 9 – Men’s Basketball Defeats Missouri State No. 8 – MacLeod Becomes All-Time Leader in Drake Men’s Soccer History No. 5 – Men’s Tennis MVC Title No. 6 – Wendell Leaves a Legacy at Drake Crossing the finish line with a time of 29:57.37 and placing eighth, Fischer easily advanced to the NCAA Championships, his second-straight appearance where he finished 17th in the 10,000 meters last year. Fischer returned to the oval in attempts to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 meter-run. However, he came up short with a 27th place finish in 14:47.07. Story Linkscenter_img Fischer advanced to the MVC Outdoor Championships held May 12-14 in Wichita, Kan. On the first day of competition, Fischer added to his burgeoning legacy by winning the 10,000 meter-run with a time of 30:17.82, nearly two seconds in front of second place finisher SIU’s Josh Maier. This win is the first for Drake since 2000 and qualified Fischer for the field at the NCAA West Preliminaries.ICYMI: Last night, @reedfisch won his fourth @MVCSports title with a great finish in the 10k.?? https://t.co/qTkRtWsJly pic.twitter.com/DzHHRarFXD— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) May 13, 2017 The 2016-17 season featured many thrilling moments and accomplishments for Drake athletics. From conference titles, outstanding team and individual accomplishments, postseason appearances and significant regular season victories, the Bulldogs had plenty to celebrate as they look forward to the upcoming season. Before embarking on 2017-18, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com will take a look back at the top 10 moments of the 2016-17 throughout the months of June and July. The No. 3 moment of the 2016-17 season comes from track and field and cross country team member Reed Fischer’s decorated career at Drake coming to a close with an accomplishment that has been one in the making; breaking the school record for the 5,000 meter-run. Fischer shattered the 39-year old record on the Blue Oval during the 2017 Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee with an outstanding time of 13:48.32. Crossing the finish line not only gave Fischer a Relays first-place title, but also placed him among the top 20 events times in Division I athletics this year. No. 10 – Football Finishes the 2016 Season Strong No. 4 – Women’s Basketball Goes Undefeated Check back on July 24 as the No. 2 moment of 2016-17 is unveiled. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Game 5 takeaways: The Captain appears, Couture and Hertl shine, and peak Vlasic

first_imgSAN JOSE — It’s pretty remarkable.Thanks to their 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday — arguably their most complete effort of the second round — the Sharks are one win away from the Western Conference final without the benefit of having captain Joe Pavelski, who had not made an appearance in the series.That is, until Saturday night.Just as the Sharks were about to start a power play at the 7:31 mark of the third period, Pavelski, dressed in a three-piece suit, came out from …last_img

A’s stay hot via long ball, beat Cleveland for fourth straight

first_imgCLEVELAND — Bolstered by solo home runs by Jurickson Profar and Matt Olson and Matt Chapman’s ninth-inning two-run blast, the A’s topped the Indians, 6-4, on Monday for their fourth straight win.A’s left-handed starter Brett Anderson (5-3, 4.14) got the win, but left the game with a cervical strain in the bottom of the sixth. He was visited on the mound by manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta with one out and a runner on second, then walked off the field with Paparesta, as Melvin …last_img

Warriors 3 Big Things: Burks pops, but Harden, Rockets expose Baby Dubs’ lax defense

first_imgAs any reasonable basketball fan expected, the Warriors lost their sixth game of the season Wednesday night, as James Harden and the Houston Rockets ran the Baby Dubs off the court with an end-of-second-quarter blitz en route to a 129-112 win that was never in question come the second half.Here are my three big takeaways from the game:1. Burks pops, but the defense does Dubs in As much as this Warriors’ season is about developing young players, not all the players on this …last_img

Wednesday at 49ers HQ: Quinn on Shanahan’s Super Bowl; Jones to IR?

first_img“There’s always criticism after the … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Kyle Shanahan coaches next against the team he sabotaged from a Super Bowl victory.Oh, perhaps that is a bit strong.Indeed it is, as testified by Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Shanahan was the Falcons offensive coordinator when the 2016 Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 lead and lost to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime of Super Bowl LI.last_img

Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the scores tied at 114-114, Castro missed a long triple against the defense of J’Nathan Bullock but Rice was there to salvage the two points underneath giving TNT a 116-114 lead with 10 seconds left.“It was a hard-fought victory, and we knew all along that going into the series facing Rain or Shine we will have a hard time,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It just so happened we came out the better team.”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 shutoutRain or Shine had a chance to either win or tie the game but Bullock’s pass to Beau Belga went out of bounds with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.“The breaks of the game favored us in the end.” Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City There were 16 lead changes and 16 ties overall in the game but the final six minutes saw the lead change hands five times and the scores knotted up four times.One of those lead changes happened when Bullock put Rain or Shine up 114-112 at the 46-second mark after sinking two free throws.Castro then tied it at 114-114 from the stripe as well after Bullock fouled him with 41 seconds left in the game.Rice led all scorers with 34 points for TNT to go along 16 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro put up 20 points and 12 assists, with four happening in the fourth period.Bullock led the Elasto Painters with 30 points while Belga added 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro made the biggest plays down the stretch to tow TNT past Rain or Shine, 118-114, and into the semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The second seeded KaTropa, who had a twice-to-beat edge, lost the first game to the pesky Elasto Painters, 106-102, and needed a strong finish in the do-or-die match to set up with a semis date with Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View commentslast_img read more