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first_imgLettersOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s lettersHR needs to stop counting sicknotes It is interesting to see, in the continuing debate about rogue GPs andstress, Julia Fraser suggesting that ‘when work is enjoyable and rewarding, thehours fly by’ (Letters, 9 September). Consider this in relation to another letter writer, who asks where is thestress in a manual task involving the ‘repetitive stacking of product’, thebasic requirement being ability to count to 10? The fortunate ‘stressed out personnel manager’ who writes has clearly neverdone this type of job. I have, and can assure him that it is extremelystressful to be treated as a robotic moron with no initiative – and I thoughtthe Hawthorne Studies, as long ago as before the Second World War, hadindicated that work might be more than performing repetitive tasks for lowwages. There are very few ‘meaningful’ jobs these days and those who are fortunateenough to have one might give thought to the others who don’t. Fraser is surely right that if people are fulfilled, the result is a prosperouseconomy and ‘unstressed’ people. But to achieve this requires a major culturalshift in the Western world, which currently looks not to improve the lives ofthe many but to enrich the lives of the few – usually those working in bigmultinationals. If HR people really want to make a difference they should stop counting sicknotes and start to see how they can really serve their fellow human beings aswell as their organisational paymasters. Mary Louise Brown Department of Human Resource Management, Aberdeen Business School Barometer poll was a ‘smoking gun’ Your poll on whether there should be a blanket ban on workplace smoking wasbias and aimed at the converted (News, 9 September). I would wager that most participants are non-smokers and naturally will voteto ban smoking. Organisations are not run as democracies, so if the vote is massively infavour of banning smoking, it does not mean it is right, or expedient, or goodpractice, or proper in any other way to do so. It merely means the majority ofthe people polled voted that it should be banned. I have no doubt that given apoll about salary levels, we would all vote that they needed increasing. History is littered with failed examples of bans from those who have triedto impose their will upon people who simply enjoy whatever it is that is beingbanned. I am an HR manager in a factory employing 400 staff. Before we implementedanything we undertook a survey and found that 50 per cent of the workforce weresmokers and most of those who did not smoke preferred to sit with those whodid. We segregated the canteen into two parts, smoking and non-smoking, and weimplemented a non-smoking policy by designating a small number of specificareas. These areas are properly ventilated and as comfortable as any non-smokingrest areas, thereby ensuring that smokers do not feel like lepers. They are allpart of the workforce team. I have been a non-smoker for seven years now, after suffering a heartattack. Unlike the many ex-smokers I know – often the biggest advocates ofsmoking bans – I believe that, to get employees to comply, compromise is moreeffective than coercion. John Haynes HR manager, TRW Share responsibility to move forwards Further to Dr Peverley’s insight into the frustrations facing GPs (News, 2September), while the article was certainly interesting, what HR managersreally need to know is not why certificates are granted, but what happens ifthey are refused? Are GPs required to report these incidents and if so what are theramifications? If we are given an insight into this side of the problem then wemight be able to understand the true dilemma facing GPs. While I agree with Mark Godfrey’s opinion that organisations should take aproactive approach (Letters, 2 September), there needs to be some kind ofshared responsibility that could lead to a win-win situation for GPs andemployers. It appears that GPs who frequently sign off individuals at will are simplyallowing their own medical expertise to be undermined by malingerers. As result, employers and the NHS are being stretched to the limit. Name supplied Public sector HR officer Dismayed by a lack of understanding While we fully understand the problems illness can bring, especially tosmall firms, we were dismayed at the comment “We cannot force them back towork before their sicknote runs out. Very frustrating” (Letters, 2September). Surely no well-led UK company would even consider employing thatverb? In great places to work, it is far more difficult to ensure that loyal andconscientious staff take the recovery time they need, and return fit, feelingtheir employer has shown appreciation by supporting them when they most neededit. George Edwards Head of strategic development, Institute of Leadership & Development Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Friends mourn ‘exceptional leader’

first_imgFriends of Benazir Bhutto, the opposition leader and former Prime Minister of Pakistan who was assassinated during the vacation, have remembered fondly her time at Oxford.Bhutto read PPE at Lady Margaret Hall between 1973-1977, and in 1977 she became the first Asian woman to be elected President of the Union.The election that she won was filled with controversy, and had to be rerun after Bhutto accused her rival of illegal canvassing. There were also allegations against Bhutto’s supporters and calls for an election tribunal to be held. However, it seems that no action was taken against Bhutto or her opponents.Cherwell reported in 1976 after winning the Presidency her rival candidate attacked her staircase, setting on fire a bin at the bottom of her staircase, and launching fireworks at her door.Buckets of sand were emptied out and light bulbs were smashed on her staircase.Her term as President was not without amusement. In an debate in 1977 Peter Oppenheimer, now a Fellow of Economics at Christ Church, said in a debate that Bhutto was “was the next best thing to [American actress and sex symbol] Raquel Welch in the chair.”Alan Duncan, who was Bhutto’s campaign manager in the Union elections and is now a Shadow Secretary of State, has described her as “fiery and fun.” In a comment piece for this week’s Cherwell he recalls, “For some absurd reason she decided to repaint the President’s office powder blue and some of us willingly helped her; only I don’t think we ever removed the books first. I took a call on the President’s red telephone while Benazir was up a ladder with a paintbrush, only to find myself speaking to her father. He was the first Prime Minister I’d ever spoken to. A few weeks later he was deposed by Zia ul Haq and, in an act of unspeakable act of viciousness, hanged a year later.”Michael Crick, another contemporary and Political Editor of Newsnight, told the national press that she had shown determination in her electoral bid to become Union President, and said that she had actually failed to win the election three times.He said, “She put all this effort into becoming president of the union, which was a bit pointless given she intended to scale much higher peaks.” Crick said that though Bhutto had bipartisan appeal, with friends in both Labour and Conservative camps in Oxford, she was not entirely popular. “Some people thought she was using her name and money to buy the presidency,” he said.Crick recalls that one particular speaker at the Union “brought the house down” by referring to Bhutto with the words, “Your father is, I believe, a butcher”. At this time, her father was facing accusation of murdering family members of a rival leader in Pakistan.Another long-time friend who she met at Oxford, the author Victoria Schofield, said, “She was very charismatic. […] We were a drab lot of 1970s students, messy and not very well-off… and there was this exotic woman who drove a sports car, when we mostly rode bicycles, and had lots of friends.“She enjoyed the Union but she liked socialising as well, she liked parties and wearing nice dresses.”by Mohsin Khanlast_img read more

Sumner Court Docket: Dec. 3, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Michael Dwyer, born in 1985, of Wellington was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor; and theft, a level 7 felony.Dwyer is accused on Nov. 4, 2014 of committing a theft at 715 E. Botkin in Wellington. He allegedly damaged a window screen panel and metal door frame to break into the house. He is then accused of stealing a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 (worth about $35,000), 410 shot gun Turkish Mauser 8-MM rifle, Nintendo DSI XL gaming system Proscan 7”, Proscan 7” tablet computer, jewelry, 37-inch RCA TV, Snap On Solis car computer scanner (worth $8,500), $300 in cash, Toshiba Notebook computer, Millermatic 252 MIG welder (worth $8,500), and miscellaneous other property.Allegedly, Dwyer stole about $57,967 worth of property.•••••Christopher Stangl, born in 1975, of Wellington was charged with possession of stolen property, a level 9 felony; criminal possession of firearm by convicted felon, a level 8 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to analyze or distribute a controlled substance, a level 5 drug felony.Stangl is accused on Nov. 19, 2014 of unlawfully getting control of a .410 shotgun and 1938 mm rifle and Toshiba computer, known as the property allegedly stolen by another, Michael Dwyer, with intent to deprive the owner permanently of the possession. After Dwyer allegedly stole the property, he gave the items to Stangl to sell and split the proceeds and he allegedly gave the computer for Stangl to keep.He also is accused of possessing a .410 shotgun and 1938 8mm rifle; after having been convicted of criminal threat, a felony for which he was sentenced on Nov. 18, 2012. Stangl got the firearms from Dwyer and was storing them at the parent’s house in Wellington.Stangl also allegedly possessed drug paraphernalia, in a hollowed out book containing digital scales with meth residue which he intended to use to analyze or distribute a controlled substance.•••••James Drouhard, born in 1991, of Danville, was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and assault, a Class B misdemeanor.On Nov. 8, 2014, Drouhard is accused of angrily grabbing another around the neck in anger because he had told police about an earlier incident and told him he was going to take him to the ground before attacking him.His court deposition is Dec. 4.••••• Stephen Jones, born in 1967, of Belle Plaine was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.On Nov. 4, 2014 at the Kansas Star Casino, Jones is accused of cashing out a voucher of another person without his permission and taking $144 in cash. When apprehended he had a baggy containing meth in his pocket.His court deposition is set for Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m.•••••Nathan Allton, born in 1990, of Wellington was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Allton is accused of pushing and punching another person in the Dore parking lot after the person tried to break up a fight on Aug. 24, 2014.•••••Tyler Hatfield, born in 1987, of Eureka was charged with driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.Hatfield is accused on Nov. 12, 2014 of driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix on U.S. 81 near Belle Plaine when his driving privileges was revoked. He also allegedly had marijuana in a small glass jar inside the vehicle.His court deposition is Dec. 4.•••••Guadalupe Martinez, born in 1971, of Manzanola, Colo was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.Martinez is accused on Nov. 14, 2014 at the GM Plaza gas station on U.S. 166 near South Haven of angrily striking a woman in the head three times causing bumps or swelling. He is also accusing kicking a car door handle and breaking it.On Nov. 20, Martinez pled guilty to criminal damage and is placed on one year probation.•••••Tommie Lee Barrett, born in 1981, of Wellington was charged with burglary of a vehicle, a level 9 felony; theft, a Class A misdemeanor; burglary of a vehicle, a level 9 felony; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.On Nov 17-18 at the Kansas Star Casino, Barrett is accused of entering a blue Dodge Ram pickup parked at the casino and stealing about $6 in cash, bluetooth headphones and charger, a pocket knife, and a blue magna flashlight. He then allegedly broke into a 1993 Maroon Buick and stole a purse, watch, cellphone, about $80 in U.S. currency and medication when all items were covered with a blanket.last_img read more

It was written in the stars! Cosmic Wind wins Australian Business award

first_imgCelebrations are in order for Cosmic Wind Services – the Australian energy company which was co-founded by a West Donegal man.Matt Crossan, 27, from Gaoth Dobhair and his business partner Ivor Hatton, 32, of Co. Wexford won Best Start-Up in the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards last weekend.The Cosmic Group was established three years ago with an idea and less than $5000 dollars in the bank. Fast forward two years of trading as of August this year, they now have 60 full-time employees and a seven million dollar turnover for this financial year and a projected turnover of €12m from 19/20.The fast-growing company led a successful campaign in recent weeks to gain votes to help them win the People’s Choice award from the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce.Cosmic Wind Services win best Startup in the Irish Australian Chamber of CommerceCosmic Wind Services win best Startup in the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce  It was written in the stars! Cosmic Wind wins Australian Business award was last modified: October 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Cosmic Wind ServicesIrish Australian Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

D’Angelo Russell to miss at least two weeks with thumb injury

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell will miss at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb he suffered in Friday’s loss to the Boston Celtics.An MRI Friday night confirmed the sprain. Russell will be re-evaluated in two weeks and will miss at least seven games. The injury further depletes a roster that now has just one healthy point guard and will force coach Steve Kerr to get creative with his offense.Russell struggled while apparently dealing with a bothersome thumb in …last_img

Sasol to expand Secunda plant

first_img22 October 2007South African petrochemical company Sasol has placed an order with a Japanese manufacturer for a new reactor, which will be used to increase the volume of synthetic fuels manufactured at its plant in Secunda in the Mpumalanga province.In a statement last week, Sasol said the order to construct a Sasol Advanced Synthol reactor, placed with the Hitachi Zosen Mechanical Corporation, will enable the company to increase capacity at its Secunda plant from the current level of 150 000 barrels per day by 20% to 180 000 barrels per day by 2015.The company advanced Synthol reactors use either gas or coal as feedstock to produce synthesis gas, which is converted into a large range of valuable liquid fuels and chemical products.“Sasol supplies about 35% of South Africa’s liquid fuel needs,” Sasol executive director Benny Mokaba said. “The Secunda expansion project will help us meet major growth opportunities in both our domestic and international markets.”The company has long expressed its plans to expand production of synthetic fuels at its Secunda facility, to take advantaged of the increased demand in petroleum products that has accompanied a prolonged economic boom in the country.In addition, the South African government decided against imposing windfall taxes on synthetic fuel producers in August, opting instead to call for increased investment in expanding production capacity.As such, the company has since entered into partnership with the government to conduct a pre-feasibility study into a green-fields coal-to-liquid facility. Known as Project Mafutha, the study is expected to be complete during 2008.The Sasol Advanced Synthol reactors are designed to convert coal and natural gas into high-quality synthetic transportation fuels such as petrol, diesel and jet fuel, as well as a range of chemicals.“We have constructed seven similar reactors for Sasol since 1998, and, as one of the leading reactor fabricators in the world, will continuously strive to supply high quality and effective equipment that enhances the development of clean and environmentally friendly new energy resources,” said Hitachi Zosen Mechanical Corporation president Hisao Matsuwake.The reactor will be about 12 stories (38 metres) tall, eight meters in diameter and will weigh about 867 tons. The company currently uses nine such reactors at its Secunda plant.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Study urges genetic testing before abdominalbased freeflap breast reconstruction

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New EUfunded research project aims to fight breast cancer

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Heat pipes smash the mould in ceramics

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Here is your horoscope for July 16 2019

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