Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Poorly-qualified miss learning opportunitiesOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Graduates employed at large private sector organisations receive the mosttraining at work, according to a CIPD report. Who Learns at Work? finds that part-time employees with few educationalqualifications are least likely to receive training. The survey of 743 employees shows that employees in this category are threetimes more likely to turn down training than their graduate counterparts. The study reveals that more than half of all respondents think the besttraining is ‘being shown how to do things and practicing them’. A further 16 per cent cite ‘learning from colleagues and people you workwith’ as the most effective way of being trained. Survey author, CIPD training and development adviser Mike Cannell, warnedemployers to invest in training for all staff. “Most training effort and expenditure goes on management,” hesaid. “This is justified because the well-being of an organisation depends onproperly informed managers making the right decisions, but this emphasis maymean that the needs of other parts of the workforce are overlooked.” www.cipd.co.uk Comments are closed.
MICHAEL J. ALONSOGOP Assembly Candidate To the Editor:Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti recently sponsored legislation to install “speed cameras” in construction zones throughout the State of New Jersey. This idea has failed in the past, and is just one more indication that Assemblyman Chiaravalloti is out of touch with the people and should be replaced.Using “speed cameras” is nothing more than a boondoggle for certain corporate interests who cash in at the expense of the taxpayers. It is also an invasion of our privacy, and an attempt to limit our civil liberties.Nick Chiaravalloti, who deserves his moniker of “Greedy Nicky,” has long supported big business over the interests of the average citizen. ( We all remember how he messed up the Military Ocean Terminal – MOTBY – in Bayonne.)“Work Zone” or “Construction Zone” cameras simply don’t work. They only result in “false” tickets. They are just another scam to reach into our wallets and steal our tax dollars. Cameras do not equal safety. The presence of “real” police on the job makes a positive difference, not intrusive and unreliable cameras.City after city, and even entire states, have already abandoned the use of “red light” cameras. Even New Jersey had a controversial red light camera pilot program up until 2014. It ended in disaster because it simply did not work properly. Accordingly, the state rightly pulled the plug on the whole program. Installing more cameras now, in 2017 – just three years later – is a joke. Give us a break.It should come as no surprise that Chiaravalloti is the standard bearer of failed projects promoted by corporate interests. His intentions are no different than any other government gangster, municipal mobster, or crooked politician.Taxes, tolls, and tickets. That is their answer to everything. And they all steal from us.It is time to vote these people out of office. “Greedy Nicky” and his kleptomaniac cameras have got to go.
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And having already invested £90million on the ground since the Glazer takeover and knowing, outside of Wembley, Old Trafford is regarded as the most prestigious stadium in England, it is highly unlikely ever to be so. Yet the club did oppose the nomination and there is a counter argument that it would not prevent United moving out of Old Trafford, merely prevent the land being used for anything else. United released a statement which read: ”The club has received the decision by Trafford Council. ”Old Trafford is, of course, a special place; it is the heart and soul of the club. ”The club obviously sees it the same way, which is why over the last eight years it has demonstrated its commitment to Old Trafford by spending around £90million upgrading its facilities and it will continue that investment in the future. ”We do have concerns that the legislation is not being applied correctly which could set a precedent throughout the country. ”Therefore, we have asked the council to follow the statutory review process to ensure the legislation is being applied as intended and we shall continue to keep open communication with the council.” MUST later issued their own statement on Trafford Council’s decision, in which the trust’s chief executive Duncan Drasdo said: ”We welcome this news – and believe both Manchester United and other football fans should too. Press Association Manchester United have asked Trafford Council to follow the statutory review process after it approved a request to support a nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value. The decision effectively means United’s home since 1910 cannot be used for any other purpose than its present one and has been seen as a victory for the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust. The trust’s move to request the nomination was to block any desire the Glazer family might have of leaving Old Trafford at some point in the future, even though it has been stressed many times by the club such a move is not on the agenda. ”While we appreciate the owners have no current plans to move or sell Old Trafford, this is a decision that helps to protect fans’ interests in the long term, as no one knows what the future holds. ”We are extremely grateful to our legal and other advisors, supportive councillors and MPs, Supporters Direct and our hard-working representatives and members who have backed this bid from the start. ”We hope this gives confidence to supporters of other clubs that they can pursue this route and we are grateful to Oxford United’s Supporters Trust (OxVox), who set a precedent with the approval of their own stadium. ”We still aim to build a more positive relationship with Manchester United and do not envisage a difference of opinion on this issue will hamper that. ”We are looking forward to a successful season both on and off the pitch.” Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said in a statement: “I am delighted by the decision of Trafford Borough Council to list the home of Manchester United Football Club as an Asset of Community Value. “The Community Right to Bid brought in by this Government gives communities the opportunity to retain land and buildings for use and ownership by local people who value them most. “Many of our great cities – including Manchester – are recognised around the world because of the sporting institutions which represent them. “The new community rights we have introduced have ensured that even a global iconic institution like Manchester United will remain rooted in the community in which it was founded thanks to the actions of the Manchester United Supporters Trust. “I look forward to other communities following this wonderful example.”
Hyde signs pro contract with PUMA Jaheel Hyde cemented his pro status by signing a shoe/apparel deal with sports giant PUMA, brokered by his management company, Garfield Coke Management Company (GCMC). This association will directly benefit his pursuits as a student athlete who balances academics and sports, a media release from GCMC said yesterday. The release added: “Jaheel will be pursuing tertiary studies at the University of the West Indies, and will continue training under the watchful eyes of his coaches, who have led him to three global titles, as he aims at Rio 2016. He is looking forward to the continued support of all his sponsors, management team and fans as he commits to excellence on and off the track as a professional athlete.” IAAF denies blocking publication of doping study MONACO (AP): The governing body of track and field has denied accusations that it suppressed the publication of a study in which a third of top athletes surveyed admitted to using banned performance-enhancing techniques. British newspaper The Sunday Times claimed that the authors of the survey say the IAAF blocked publication of the study, conducted at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu, South Korea. The newspaper says the survey concluded that 29 to 34 per cent of 1,800 competitors at the championships had violated anti-doping rules in the previous 12 months. The IAAF says it has “never vetoed publication of this article”, and that it had “serious reservations as to the interpretation of the results made by the research group”, which was from the University of Tubingen in Germany. New Zealand beat South Africa CENTURION, South Africa (AP): Martin Guptill bludgeoned 60 from 35 balls to set up New Zealand’s 32-run victory over South Africa on Sunday to draw the two-match Twenty20 series. Guptill’s half-century at the top of the order sent the New Zealanders to 177-7 in 20 overs, batting first at Supersport Park in Centurion. South Africa could only manage 145-8 in reply, with spinners Nathan McCullum and Ish Sodhi, and quick bowler Mitchell McClenaghan all chipping in with two wickets each for New Zealand. The victory clinched a share of the series for the Black Caps, and gives them a boost ahead of a three-game one-day international series. Opener Guptill struck six fours and three sixes to be the only batsman on either side to really get going. Captain Kane Williamson supported with 25 in their opening partnership of 52, and James Neesham had 28 from 19 balls from the middle order.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he does not want Steven Pienaar to leave White Hart Lane.Pienaar is one of a number of midfielders QPR have considered as a possible signing following the news that Alejandro Faurlin is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.But despite the South African being on the fringes of the Spurs side, Rangers have been told that Pienaar is not currently available.Redknapp said: “I wouldn’t want him to go. I’d rather have players like that in the squad.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Date: 22-05-2014Flight: EK421, Perth-DubaiAircraft: Boeing 777-300ERCabin: Business ClassClass act. Business cabin steward Etienne handed me one of the finest mojitos I’ve sipped anywhere, in the air or on the ground. Classic: a perfect balance of sugar and alcohol; perky lime and vegetal mint leaves and a damn good muddling. It even looked nice. I had a second, not bad for a bloke who barely drinks when flying.Etienne was rightly very proud of his cocktail prowess. His family has owned a smart bar in Beirut for many years and his skills with a muddling stick or Boston shaker are something he loves to share with Emirates customers – especially an appreciative audience like the airlineratings.com resident foodie in 8F.It was a memorable beginning to the 10 hour trans-Indian Ocean flight, and especially welcome after the depressing, third world privations of Australia’s worst airport at Perth in Western Australia.When it comes to assessing the food and service on aircraft, one quickly gets a nose for genuineness. In fact genuineness is one of the best compliments this reviewer can bestow on an airline and its cabin crew. Most know how to deliver a professional smile and how to be attentive in a by-the-book kind of way, but it is the rare airline (with a rare culture) which allows – important word that – cabin crew to be relaxed enough to demonstrate a real affection for their job and their customers. It is one of the hardest things to achieve in the customer service business. Emirates cabin crews are perhaps the best in the world (and bear in mind, no one has paid for me to say these things and these reviews are independent and, hopefully, fearless when needs be). There’s none of the aloofness one tends to find on the large western legacy carriers; none of the “you’re lucky I’ve deigned to serve you today” haughtiness. Emirates crews don’t want to be your best friend, but they seem to have an innate capacity to interact with customers in a way which is just right for the individual customer. Casual formality? Perhaps that’s the best way to explain it.Business class dining is more telling for an airline than that of first or coach. It’s a given that they throw everything but the heirloom cutlery at first and at the back of the plane the expectations are not high – it’s price point driven. But business class dining is a hybrid of price point sensitivity and brand-defining cookery designed to wow and comfort in equal measure. The competition for the taste buds of the travelling wealthy and business customers is more focused in this cabin than anywhere else on the plane. It’s also where the cracks first appear in an airline’s food and service.Emirates is at the top of its game, so the expectations are high too.EK421 is a dinner and breakfast flight. Dinner service begins about midnight (local time) and kicks off with a serious collection of made-to-order cocktails, spirits and aperitifs. It’s gratifying to see the world-wide trend for proper (no umbrella, no fruit, no cream, no frappe) cocktails built on good spirits and mixers, has made it on to the world’s first tier carriers. Having said that, Carrie Bradshaw’s libation of choice, the Cosmo, makes the list, and you’ve got to love the retro irony of a screwdriver, the vodka orange juice hi-ball from the Starsky and Hutch era.My mojito wasn’t even on the list. Three cheers Etienne.The menu covers most bases and does it well, even without the breadth of Emirates’ first class menu. Two starters, a soup, a salad and three mains – chicken, cod, lamb – round out the card.A bresaola starter is simple. The menu doesn’t tell us where the air dried beef is from which is pretty much required information these days, especially among serious eaters – A/B demographic travellers – who increasingly care about provenance, animal husbandry, sustainability, organics and whether a salami is made artisanally or in an industrial factory in the backblocks of Guangzhou. It was a fine product though and nicely garnished a caprese salad made with cherry tomatoes, balsamic and virgin olive oil.Grilled lamb cutlets for main course were the hero dish. Meat cookery is about the hardest thing to do on a plane and yet the large frenched cutlets were well charred on the outside but as soft as a baby’s sigh on the inside. Perfect cooking. A potato dauphinoise was creamy and firm (there’s nothing worse than a sloppy dauphinoise) and the re-heated vegetables came, as advertised, with some caramelisation from the grill. Tidy dish.Pudding included a key lime tart, Opera cake and massive cheese board.Service in the business cabin is a little more frenetic than in first – which is to be expected – but the engaging staff keep it real with constant checks and offers of top-ups.The single greatest irritant when it comes to food on planes is how long the finished tray sits in front of you. On this flight, the crew were on the money, ready to take away the detritus the moment one had finished.The Emirates B777 cabin has one of the best business class cabins in the air: service, food and the drinks program are at the higher end of the scale. This is no mean achievement in a cabin where business travellers and well-heeled vacationers expect first class service in a mid-plane cabin.Emirates secret? Simple food, basic cookery, excellent produce, genuine service.
29 June 2011 The South African government has used a one-day consultative meeting with the country’s commercial farmers to allay their fears regarding “land grabs”. The consultative gathering between Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and farmers’ organisations TAU SA, AgriSA and the Agricultural Business Chamber took place in Pretoria on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, AgriSA deputy president Theo de Jager said: “From the farming community, there [are] always … fears that there might be Zimbabwean-style land grabs by the civil society. “We are glad that today we’ve come a long way to bridge the gap between commercial farmers and government on issues of insecurity, as we’ve been on the receiving end of most issues,” De Jager said. “We are grateful, and [it is] refreshing that from now onwards, we will be working together with government and other stakeholders on all issues affecting us.” TAU SA’s central Gauteng chairperson, Wannie Scribante, said: “It is true that some farmers are leaving the country because of the so-called land grab fears. “However, as the farmer’s organisation, we don’t want to jeopardise everything in the industry, which is economically viable. We don’t want to see the farming industry going down the drain.” Scribante said that, following the meeting, though there was still more to be done, they were looking forward to working with government and other stakeholders in finding reasonable solutions regarding land reform in the country. It was Nkwinti who announced that together with the farmers’ unions, they would be drafting legislation on an Office Valuer-General, Land Management Commission and Land Rights Management Board to support land reform. “We’ve all agreed to work together, but we will continue to engage each other,” Nkwinti said. “This is a tremendous achievement since we are now moving towards the same direction, and I want to reiterate that we will be representative with all the relevant stakeholders during these processes.” Nkwinti said the creation of the Valuer-General was long overdue, adding that it was very important institution, given that the current system used by valuers was unknown. The Land Management Commission, according to Nkwinti, would also help resolve the contradictions between surface rights and prospecting and/or mining rights. He said there had to be a provincial Land Rights Management Board in each of the nine provinces for efficiency and better decision-making, adding that the boards would consult with local government before undertaking any development project within any municipal space. Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $2 million available to farmers interested in voluntarily installing edge-of-field monitoring stations on their agricultural lands in eight states, including Ohio.“Edge-of-field water quality monitoring helps us evaluate the benefits of conservation at the field level,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist for Ohio. “This voluntary effort will increase economic efficiency for the producer and maximize yields while also conserving natural resources.”Through edge-of-field monitoring, NRCS works with farmers and conservation partners, such as universities and non-governmental organizations, to monitor the amount of nutrients and sediment in water runoff from a field and compares the improvements under different conservation systems. Conservation practices typically evaluated include planting cover crops and using no till, nutrient management, and practices to reduce and trap nutrients and sediment.Monitoring stations enable NRCS to measure at the edge-of-farm fields rather than try to estimate conservation effects from in-stream measurements that are subject to influences outside of the farmer’s control. Edge-of-field monitoring, combined with instream monitoring, can provide a more thorough picture of improvements within a watershed.The funding is available to farmers in 327 watersheds across Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Ohio has 16 of those watersheds (see map).The financial assistance, available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), helps farmers install and maintain the monitoring systems for up to 9 years.NRCS first introduced edge-of-field monitoring as an opportunity through Farm Bill conservation programs in 2013 and has already funded the installation of 25 monitoring projects.The results of data collected will be maintained confidentially for farmers’ use and for use by the conservation partners responsible for monitoring.Interested farmers should contact their local USDA service center for more information. The application period closes July 24, 2015, for funding this year. NRCS accepts EQIP applications on a continual basis.
Despite road safety measures being taken up by Odisha government under Supreme Court-monitored supervision, the road fatalities continue to rise with the State losing 18,683 lives in past four years.According to information furnished in the State Assembly, in the first nine month of the current year 4,115 road accident deaths have already been reported.In 2018, number of accident deaths on road had breached 5000-marks for the first time. As many as 5,315 persons had lost their lives under wheels. In 2017 and 2016, accident deaths were 4,790 and 4,463 respectively.The Supreme Court appointed committee on road safety had warned the State government saying road fatalities in Odisha was on a rising trend as against decreasing national road accident death rate.Ganjam district has consistently reported above 300 of road accident deaths annually during past four years. Districts such as Khordha, Keonjhar and Jajpur have been reporting fairly high number of accidental deaths since 2016.This year’s road accident statistics appear to be alarming one. As many as 4,115 persons have died in 8,203 accidents that have taken place in 2019. Similar was the situation in the previous year. In 11,262 accidents, 5,315 persons had succumbed to injuries. The number of accident deaths is rising proportionately. In the year 2017, 4,790 deaths were reported from 10,855 accidents. Padmanabh Behera, State Commerce and Transport Minister, said the State government is implementing all recommendations of Supreme Court appointed committee.“We have deployed 37 interceptors to track vehicles speeding along roads. Besides, we are taking help of breathe analyser and speed detection machine to detect violations and stop rash driving. All police stations have been instructed to take stringent action against violators,” said Mr. Behera.