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Early election for Ireland

first_imgMonday 24 January 2011 8:58 pm Share THE IRISH government will bring forward its general election to late next month if the country’s crucial Finance Bill can be passed this week, with 25 February touted as a likely date. Opposition parties including Fine Gael and the Labour Party had threatened to bring an action of no confidence against Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s minority administration today, unless the Bill was fast-tracked through Parliament. Though Cowen had earlier indicated that the opposition’s deadline of Friday was “not possible”, it seems a compromise was reached to allow an extra day of debate. The general election was originally scheduled for 11 March.“I believe it will be extremely likely now that the general election will be held on Friday 25 February,” said Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton. KCS-content whatsapp Early election for Ireland whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Macmillan top for satisfying donors in Institute of Customer Service report

first_img Melanie May | 28 December 2017 | News  274 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 Tagged with: Research / statistics  273 total views,  3 views today The Institute of Customer Service’s first report into customer and donor satisfaction in the charity sector has put Macmillan in the top spot.Macmillan took first place in the Institute of Customer Service‘s Making it Count: customer satisfaction in the charity sector report, which looks at  the experiences consumers have in their interactions with UK charities, and the attitudes, behaviours and skills that they need to demonstrate to attract and retain financial and voluntary support.Based on 1,500 survey responses, Macmillan was voted as the highest performer for charitable organisations, closely followed by RNLI.  Both scored strongly for effective use of donations, reputation, caring about their customers and trust.The top ten: Advertisement 1.       Macmillan Cancer Support2.       RNLI3.       Salvation Army4.       Cancer Research UK5.       British Red Cross6.       British Heart Foundation7.       Shelter8.       Oxfam9.       NSPCC10.   Save the ChildrenThe report showed that most people interacted with a charity in person (62%) or via the organisation’s website (16%), with 11% interacting through social media or email (11%), and 7% by phone. Just over 40% of respondents said they support a particular cause because “it is important to me”, with 26% choosing to donate to organisations that are “doing the right thing”.  1 in 10 respondents however said that their interaction with a charity made them feel indifferent, pestered or guilty.In the report, the Institute suggests that British charities should mirror the commercial sector’s approach to customer service, and that proactive communications about the way organisations use their money, and ensuring people don’t feel pressured into making donations, are two areas to focus on.Jo Causon, Chief Executive of The Institute of Customer Service, said:“UK charities generate over £45 billion each year, but these vast sums are not easy to come by, particularly as there is growing pressure to demonstrate how donations reach the heart of a charity’s cause.  The reality is that they are competing for customers’ attention, goodwill and spend, meaning that customers demand, and should expect, higher levels of transparency and service before committing their cash.”“In an environment dominated by a reduction in real wages, charities will inevitably feel the pinch as Brits are impacted by shrinking levels of disposable income.  So, to ensure people extend their time for giving beyond Christmas, it is important for charities to deliver a consistent quality of customer experience across all their channels.  Doing so will increase the chances of long-term support.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Macmillan top for satisfying donors in Institute of Customer Service report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33last_img read more

Free communications support offered to charities and public sector

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Howard Lake | 14 April 2020 | News A group of volunteer PR practitioners have launched an initiative to provide free communications support to charities and public sector organisations that are struggling against the background of coronavirus, lockdown and staff on furlough.Launched by Nick Payne and Alex Williams of Roxhill Media and Aceil Haddad, the volunteers include RedGem and Latte Recruitment. The Community PR initiative is open to other PR professionals keen to offer their services for free.Nick Payne, VP of Sales at Roxhill, explains:“It’s an unprecedented time for our country, and there is a real need for clear communications at this time. At Roxhill, we provide PR practitioners and access to a comprehensive database of journalist and media contacts. It’s a valuable resource, and at this time we wanted to use it for good, which is why I have approached our users to create The Community PR initiative. Our aim is clear, we want to help charities, local authorities and other organisations with support to get their messages out at a critical time for people’s health.” To access support, charities, community groups and businesses will be asked to apply through a simple form. This will then be put forward to the core team, who will judge it on one basic criterion – the extent to which it benefits the community. Successful applications will then be passed to a PR professional.  Aceil Haddad, co-founder The Community PR Initiative PR specialist adds: “Clear messaging has never been more important, be it – #stayathome, or signposting people to assistance in applying for Universal Credit, signing up for the Priority Services Register or finding help through domestic violence and child abuse charities. Households, charities and businesses are under pressure at this time, with many people looking to help where they can, which is why I was delighted to join forces with the team at Roxhill to get this project off the ground.  “This is a temporary arrangement, and volunteering our skills will make these messages clearer, and help ease the pressure on these organisations. It is also an opportunity for us as PR professionals to broaden our experience, network and relationships with journalists alike.” Charities and eligible organisations can apply for PR support and PR staff can offer their voluntary services. 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.  810 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Tagged with: charity communications coronavirus COVID-19 pro bono  809 total views,  1 views today Free communications support offered to charities and public sector Advertisementlast_img read more

​ Attacks on Liberian radio stations “contrary to spirit” of new press freedom law

first_img Follow the news on Liberia March 27, 2019 ​ Attacks on Liberian radio stations “contrary to spirit” of new press freedom law LiberiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Liberia is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018  World Press Freedom Index.  Organisation The headquaters of Liberian Neww Agency at the ministry of Information. Photo : LINA. News News A couple days before, unidentified individuals destroyed the transmitter cables of Joy FM, a commercial radio station in Monrovia. This was the third attack of this kind in Monrovia, following two on privately-owned Roots FM on 31 January and 10 February. RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists According to the information obtained by RSF, all three radio stations – which were temporarily forced off the air by the attacks – have covered corruption scandals implicating the government, including the disappearance of 16 billion Liberian dollars from the state’s coffers, an increase in corruption and the apparent misuse of 25 million US dollars earmarked for stabilizing the economy, which is in decline. “These repeated attacks on privately-owned radio stations that criticize President Weah’s government are very worrying,” said Assane Diagne, the head of RSF’s West Africa office. “Thorough and independent investigations must be carried out to identify and punish those responsible for these violations, which are completely contrary to the spirt of the law that the Liberian parliament approved in February with the aim of reinforcing press freedom.” The attacks began as parliament was passing the Abdullahi Kamara Act for Freedom of the Press, which decriminalizes press offences and seeks to create an unfettered media environment. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for thorough and independent investigations into the attacks on three privately-owned radio stations critical of President George Weah during the past two months in Liberia. Because of their accessibility, radio stations are the main source of news for Liberians, much more than newspapers, whose consumption is limited by illiteracy and by their relative cost in a poor country. Liberia currently has 125 state-owned, commercial, religious, university and community radio stations. In one of the latest attacks, a local labour inspector stormed into Margibi FM, a community radio station in Kakata, 75 km northeast of the capital, Monrovia, on 4 March and assaulted presenter Nula Binda, who had just broadcast a recording in which the inspector could be heard soliciting a bribe from a foreign businessman.center_img LiberiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further Receive email alerts After the attacks on Roots FM, armed police were deployed around its transmission centre (housed in a mobile phone company’s premises) with the declared aim of protecting a crime scene. But the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) described the police action as “a skilful shutdown of one of Liberia’s most critical voices in the wake of the passage of the bill seeking to decriminalize defamation offenses.” Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more After each attack, the police said they were conducting an investigation, but so far no significant results have been announced. The Centre for Media Studies in Peacebuilding (CEMESP), a Monrovia-based media rights group, condemned the “mute” government’s failure to take appropriate action. News June 12, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en @RSF_Africa The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africalast_img read more

Two Bills that Affect Foreclosure Notices

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Fast Track Foreclosure 2017-05-29 John Ansell  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Two Bills that Affect Foreclosure Notices Two Bills that Affect Foreclosure Notices Tagged with: Fast Track Foreclosure Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago John A. Ansell III, is partner at Rosenberg & Associates, LLC. Born in Andrews AFB, Maryland, Ansell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland (1994) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (2001). Ansell’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of real estate, settlement, foreclosure and default litigation legal services, and he oversees the firm’s appellate practice. Ansell is admitted to the state courts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Western Districts for the United States District Court for Virginia. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago May 29, 2017 1,603 Views About Author: John Ansell The Maryland legislature has passed House Bill 26 (“HB26”) that amends the foreclosure notice provisions contained in Maryland Real Property Article 7-105.2. HB26, slated to take effect on October 1, 2017, provides that notice of a foreclosure sale must be sent to a condominium association (COA) or homeowner’s association (HOA) that has recorded a lien against the property at least 30 days before the date of the proposed sale. This change now explicitly requires notice of sale be sent to any COA or HOA that has a lien recorded against the property at least 30 days prior to the scheduled sale. Since the current law requires notice to all subordinate lien- or judgment-holders (whose liens are recorded and indexed at least thirty days prior to the sale), this change is not particularly significant.Further, and more impactful, the bill provides that in the event of a cancellation of a foreclosure sale, the trustee must send notice of the cancellation to the record owner and to any COA or HOA to whom notice of the sale was sent, within 14 days of the cancellation. The statute does not mandate a particular form for the notice.The legislature in Annapolis also passed House Bill 1048 (HB1048), which adds a new registration component to the Maryland foreclosure process. Once it becomes effective, the law will require the property to be registered with the states’ Department of Labor and Licensing Regulation within seven days of docketing the case. While none of the information to be collected for this registration is unusual, the eventual registration process (either through a form drafted by the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, or directly through electronic registration) includes the requirement to provide the contact information for the “person authorized to manage and maintain the Property before the foreclosure sale.” Thus, in order to comply, servicers will need to provide property preservation contact info to their law firms early in the process (if relying on firms to handle the registration). This Bill also further extends State preemption of current foreclosure registry requirements to include this new registration. Interestingly though, the statute defines this new notice as not a public record, but says the registration notice can be made available to the jurisdictions, a person who owns property on the same block, or the HOA or COA. Fortunately, the legislature explicitly moved back the effective date of this bill from the first draft until October 1, 2018.In summary, while neither of these Bills make any fundamental changes to Maryland’s foreclosure rules, they are additional administrative and procedural steps that will need to be monitored to ensure compliance. Previous: Inconsistency in the Courts Next: Home Prices Hit New Peak The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Delhi High Court Directs BCI To Issue SOP For Physical Conduct of AIBE 2021

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Directs BCI To Issue SOP For Physical Conduct of AIBE 2021 Shreya Agarwal6 Jan 2021 11:58 PMShare This – xDisposing off a plea by Adv. Purav Middha for the conduct of the All India Bar Examination, 2021 through the online mode, the Delhi High Court today ordered Bar Council of India (BCI) to issue the Standard Operating Procedure for physical conduct of the All India Bar Exam (AIBE) on January 24, 2021, amid COVID-19 pandemic.The BCI has rejected the option of online conduct of the exam…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDisposing off a plea by Adv. Purav Middha for the conduct of the All India Bar Examination, 2021 through the online mode, the Delhi High Court today ordered Bar Council of India (BCI) to issue the Standard Operating Procedure for physical conduct of the All India Bar Exam (AIBE) on January 24, 2021, amid COVID-19 pandemic.The BCI has rejected the option of online conduct of the exam citing concerns about a majority of the takers of the exam not having access to internet facilities. On the expression of such concern Middha retreated to the extent that an SOP could be issued by BCI regarding the physical conduct of the exam, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.(This is a developing story)Click Here To Download Application[Read Application]Next Storylast_img read more

Cork to Letterkenny in electric car with one charge now possible

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Researchers at Trinity College in Dublin claim to have made a breakthrough that could triple the length of smartphone batteries.The scientists say they’ve discovered a super strong material that could enhance the lifetime of a battery from 10 hours to 40 hours and also reduce its size.The nanomaterial could also increase the range of an electric car to more than 500 kilometres on a single charge – more than enough to get you from Cork to Letterkenny. Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Homepage BannerNews Pinterest By News Highland – February 22, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleLifford jobs at risk from robots!Next articleDonegal motion to prevent Dublin using Croke Park in Super 8s backed by Galway & Cork News Highland Cork to Letterkenny in electric car with one charge now possible RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

The Gospel of the County Fair

first_img Published 3:00 am Saturday, September 27, 2014 Email the author Sponsored Content “Keep your eyes straight ahead and run if those men say anything to you,” Mama said.Mama had eyes in the back of her head but I didn’t think she could see my eyes through the back of my head. So I kept my head straight but my eyes darted all around. Betty Kay wasn’t scared of anything either, so we walked as slow as we could to take it all in.At night, Mama would let me sit out in the yard and enjoy the fair from a safe distance. It was an amazing thing to see. As I watched the blinking lights and listened to the happy screams, I was filled with excitement and wonder. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson When it was time to go inside, Mama closed all the curtains and put a chair under the doorknobs of both doors so the fair men couldn’t come in on us. I would peep out from behind the curtain to get one last look at the magical place just across the road.The fair always came during cotton ginning season so Daddy was never at home to take us to the fair or to protect us from those mean men that ran the fair. That’s why Mama was really scared.The night finally came for Betty Kay and me to go to the fair. Our mamas gave us “fair” warning that we were not to ride the Ferris wheel. The bolts might come out of the seat and we’d fall out and die, or worse, we might get stuck way up on top and never get down.Our mamas let us go up closer to watch the man get shot out of the cannon. The cannonball man put on his little white cap and slid down in the cannon. Then, “Boom!” Out he shot and, in a flash, he was safe in the net. And that was that. The Gospel of the County Fair Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Skip Latest Stories Mama was scared of everything, especially bad weather, tramps and the men who came along with the fair that set up right behind the school and right in the middle of our neighborhood.As soon as the fair came to town, Mama locked every door in the house. She hammered a nail in each window frame so those shady fair folks couldn’t push the windows up. She wasn’t taking any chances. Why, they could pull me and Bubba out the window and take us away with the fair. I thought that might be kind of fun. And I sure didn’t care if they got Bubba. I tried to pull the nail out of the window next to his bed so they could “get at him good.”My friend, Betty Kay, and I had to walk through the fair grounds every morning to get to school. Mama would stand down by the road and watch us until we got in eyesight of the teachers who were watching out for walkers at that dangerous time. As we walked away, the man at the Ferris wheel called us to come ride. We each had one dime in our dirty, sweaty hands.Our mamas weren’t around so we did the “don’t.”I’d never been so high. I could see everywhere — our house and chicken houses with those soft lights seeping out from under the doors, the school and the darkness of Marine Land where we played. I could almost touch the moon. I’d never see such sights.But, at the height of my happiness, the Ferris wheel stopped with us right on top.Now, when you’re stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel, your seat will not be still. It will rock, tip and creak. The fastening bolts will loosen right before your eyes. The wind will knock you around like tumbleweed and an icy chill will go down your spine. You’ll be so scared that your insides will turn outside.It’s the gospel truth that your mama will appear out of nowhere to wait for you when you come down. And it’s the gospel truth that you will run to her like a prodigal child … and it is biblical that she will not spare the rod. By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Education and improving lives Education is perhaps our nation’s most important industry, critical for both economic and personal development. Labor earns a large share… read more By The Penny Hoarder Print Articlelast_img read more

The quiet army supporting Black Lives Matter protests

first_imgiStock/Kameleon007By: MARIYA MOSELEY, ABC News (NEW YORK) — As mass protests continue across the United States nearly three weeks after George Floyd’s death, a quiet army of supporters has been mobilizing to help aid demonstrators marching in the streets.Whether it’s feeding, housing or driving protesters home, some say they’re using whatever resources they have to help move the needle forward and support the Black Lives Matter movement.For Rahul Dubey of Washington, D.C., that meant sheltering over 70 fleeing protesters in his home on June 1.Dubey offered his home as a safe haven after he said he witnessed a large group of protesters being pepper sprayed and beaten to the ground by police officers. He said he was also hit with pepper spray.Dubey said that’s when he started yelling, “Get inside, get in the house,” before protesters, many of whom were complete strangers before that night, started piling up and aiding each other and checking in with family and friends to tell them they were safe, he added.The 44-year-old Indian American admits that that night was the catalyst for igniting his passion for the movement and showing his support as an ally in whatever way possible.“It took for that to happen for me to get fired up,” Dubey told ABC News.The healthcare innovator and son of immigrants who has lived in the nation’s capital for nearly two decades, believes that the night proved the power of working together.“There was an eight-and-a-half-hour period . . . where I saw humanity at its finest that I’ve never seen in my entire life,” Dubey said.Since then, not only has he received dozens of flowers and handwritten thank-you notes, he said, from around the world, but he said he has also remained in touch with many of the activists.“Everyone did a little part of opening the door . . . bringing us milk and snacks … What’s your moment of opening the door going forward?” Dubey said.For Lizzy Ashleigh, playing her part in the Black Lives Matter movement means driving around protesters and ensuring that they get home safely. Ashleigh, a ride-share driver in New York City, said that she’s committed to playing her part, whether that means calling to pinpoint protestors’ exact location or just offering a listening ear for riders to share their stories.Ashleigh, a Brooklyn native and music artist, said that prior to the pandemic, she was planning to perform across several cities before she took up driving full time to help pay her bills. She said that while she’s come across people from all walks of life while on the job, including racists who have openly expressed their views inside her car, she is determined to keep going.“The movement in general is needed to awaken so many minds to the systemic racism that’s been happening for years,” Ashleigh said.Ashleigh said that one of her riders’ stories that really touched her was a 16-year-old girl she drove home, who claimed she was violently tossed and handcuffed to the ground by police during a protest in the tri-state area.“She had so many questions … She was still hurt, but I think I made her feel better,” Ashleigh said.Another wave of support for protesters has included several organizations opening their lobbies for restroom breaks, phone charging and cooling stations.From New York City’s Signature Theatre to the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., dozens of theaters across the country have opened their doors as part of the #OpenYourLobby campaign on social media. For some businesses, that meant intentionally reopening after being closing for months amid the coronavirus pandemic.“Stop by the Calderwood Pavilion now until 6 p.m. if you need a snack, drink, the restroom, or just wanna see a friendly face. #OpenYourLobby #BlackLivesMatter #Boston,” the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston wrote on Twitter.For Aaron Sternberg, his support of the movement includes organizing with “Feed The Streets LA,” a group that started over five years ago to offer food and hygiene products for the homeless.The group is aiding Black Lives Matter protesters across Los Angeles by offering demonstrators water or those who are injured assistance from volunteers with a medical background. Additionally, they have been helping the community rebuild after some businesses were destroyed.“We saw this need for protesters, so we came together and started fundraising and thought about the ways we could support the people who are out in the streets,” Sternberg told ABC News.Sternberg, a Los Angeles native who’s been working alongside the team for two years, said that he’s using this opportunity as a chance to “support and learn as much as I can as a white person.”“I grew up in the valley, I was very privileged … I just know that it’s now my time to talk and be there to support. I think that this movement is rolling through our nation and helping wake a lot of people up,” Sternberg said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Global newsround

first_img Previous Article Next Article Philipwhitely reports on what’s happening in HR around the worldFurorein Spain as court outlaws pay freezeAmajor constitutional controversy has erupted in Spain after the High Courtruled that a public sector pay freeze imposed by the government in 1997 wasunlawful. Thecourt has decided that the incoming centre-right government of Jose Maria Aznarbroke an agreement signed by its predecessor with the unions, which would haveseen public sector salaries rise by as much as 2.6%.Tradeunions have promised a “hard and virulent” fight to ensure that thegovernment meets the back-dated payments in full, which could cost the SpanishExchequer close to Ptas500bn (US$3.45bn). The two main national trade unionbodies, the UGT and the Comisiones Obreras, were discussing the possibility ofa national strike as globalhr went to press.Home-basedstaff gain more rightsEuropeanbusinesses will have to ensure that home-workers receive the same  treatment as other employees, underregulations due to be in place by the start of 2002. The European Union’ssocial affairs commissioner, Anna Diamantopolou, signed the agreement onteleworking on 7 February this year. Themain features are to guarantee equality of access to training and careerdevelopment; equal protection under health and safety rules; and continuationof employment status and collective rights.  www.worldatwork.comBigpayoffs linked to “non-litigation” clausesEmployersin the US are cutting down on litigation by linking increased severance payoutsto clauses that bar an ex-employee from suing the company, according to areport in USA Today. Oneexample is ICG Communications, a data, voice and Internet communicationsprovider, which offers an additional two weeks’ severance pay for every year ofservice to employees who sign a non-litigation agreement. Companiesare anticipating a short economic downturn and they do not want to have anegative profile, because they may be hiring again in the near future, thereport noted.Anotherexample of generosity in downsizing came at AOL, which offered stock options tothose losing their jobs through the merger with Time Warner, although this wasnot specifically linked to non-litigation clauses. president to admit more Mexican workersGeorgeW Bush has agreed to discuss loosening immigration rules for Mexican nationals,to help reduce labour shortages in the southern US. In February, the new USpresident discussed proposals for a new guest worker programme with his Mexicancounterpart, Vicente Fox  Rivalplans put forward in the US Senate differ over whether temporary employees –who are wanted by employers in the agriculture, construction and service industries– would have the right to apply for US citizenship. Civilrights groups say failure to grant citizens’ rights would place immigrantemployees in the ambiguous position of Gastarbeiters in Germany, who arepermanent residents without political rights.Foxand Bush are currently considering both options.  www.shrm.orgPensionprotestors take to streets of FranceHundredsof thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in France to voiceopposition to planned increases in pension contributions. Employers’ body MEDEFwants to increase by five years the 40-year period during which private sectoremployees have to contribute in order to benefit from full pension rights.Inthe current French system, the non-government body the ASF, comprising tradeunion and employer interests, administrates the pension system for the privatesector. MEDEF, representing employer interests, argues that with increasinglife expectancy the system will collapse on present trends.  www.figaro.frNewZealand opens doors to Asian skillsNewZealand is to soften its English-language test for immigrants in an attempt toalleviate skill shortages. The test was imposed in late 1995 following anincrease in the number of people from Asia looking for work on the islands. Thechange is part of a push by the government to upgrade the economy andcompensate for an exodus of skilled people, especially those versed in IT andcommunications technology. Theannual target of migrant employees set by the New Zealand government is beingincreased from 17,000 to 27,000. The policy change follows pressure fromemployers at forums the government has been holding with them since October.  www.feer.comMazdamanagers take pay cutSeniormanagers at Mazda in Japan have volunteered 10% pay cuts in sympathy for the1,800 employees being asked to take early retirement. In2000, the loss-making Japanese car giant, now one-third owned by Ford, askedfor people to step forward for the redundancy programme. However, as yet, noone has come forward, prompting the gesture by managers, who announced theirintention to “take part in taking painful action”, according to astatement released by the company.Mazdasales grew slightly last year in the US but fell in Japan and Europe. Thefalling euro has also diminished revenues from European sales and the firmplans to close one of two assembly lines in Hiroshima, western Japan. staff paid for doing nothingTheIndian Government is contributing towards “idle wages” to textileemployees without sufficient work. Staff of the National Textile Corporationare receiving subsidy from the state as the company continues to run at a loss.Defendingthe move, textile minister Dhananjay Kumar said he was honouring socialobligations. www.indiatimes.comMalaysiangovernment criticises work ethicMalaysia’sDeputy Prime Minister has hit out at the country’s service employees andlabelled the work ethic as a “disgrace”.”Westill find ourselves being attended to by an unsmiling, unco-operative,inefficient worker with zero initiative,” Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawideclared.Accordingto a report in the Asia Pacific Management Forum, the situation arises partlydue to a critical shortage of staff and partly due to “an increasing localperception that service jobs are demeaning and best left to foreign workersfrom Indonesia, Philippines and Bangladesh”. Mexicoaverts national rubber strikeRubberindustry employers in Mexico have avoided a national strike after unions agreedto a 9% pay increase. Production continues following an agreement signed inFebruary between the 35 companies and the national coalition of trade unions coveringthe sector. Employersagreed to leave collective bargaining arrangements intact, shelving proposalsto modify the procedures. The deal was brokered with the help of a conciliatorfrom the Mexican Employment and Social Affairs Department.Risein pay floor for US employeesTheUS Senate has approved a significant hike in the minimum wage, from $5.15 to$6.65 per hour in three annual increments. Thefirst increase (of 60c) will be effective 30 days after the law passes, said SenatorEdward Kennedy, who is promoting the Fair Minimum Wage Bill of 2001. Kennedyclaimed that the purchasing power of the minimum wage is nearly three dollarsbelow the level of 1968.  www.shrm.orgCo-determinationis strengthened in GermanyGermany’sworker representatives are set to gain more say on works councils. Labourminister Walter Riester, from the ruling Social Democrat party, has receivedthe backing for his plans from both the Green Party coalition partner and fromthe trade unions. Riesterwants the works councils (Betriebsrat) to have a say on  training, environmental issues and theorganisation of work. Theforums are already the most influential of any model in Europe, giving employeerepresentatives considerable say on management decisions. The changes areexpected to become law before the next round of works council elections in 2002. Global newsroundOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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