Wales 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup?

first_imgWarren Gatland will be finishing the final touches to his 31-man squad which will be announced tomorrow at 1pm. Will there be any surprises? Lloyd WilliamsThe player widely credited with forcing Mike Phillips out of the squad, Williams, a tourist in 2011 with Wales, has fought his way back to form and fitness and his sharpness at Wales’ fitness camps have impressed Wales coaches enough to ink him in.Fly-halfDan BiggarMaligned in his early career, Biggar has shown the strength-of-character to battle back and form a respected half-back partnership with Webb. A top-class goalkicker in his own right – he has over 1900 points for the Ospreys and Wales – he offers valuable back up to Halfpenny but is a brilliant organiser and brave exponent of the kick and catch.Orchestrator: Dan Biggar has turned into a commanding presence in the 10 slotRhys PriestlandPriestland was one of the surprise packages of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and he is highly-rated within the Wales ranks for his gifts as a distributor and kicking from hand. A confidence-player, he has had his ups and downs, but is clear No 2 to Dan Biggar for the 10 slot.Utility backGareth AnscombeAnscombe’s organisational skills were duly noted against Ireland in Cardiff, with his weighted pass for Alex Cuthbert’s late try, was an example of his vision. His ability to play at 15 earns him the nod, unless he ruled out due to a rolled ankle in training. If he’s too much of a risk, Matthew Morgan is first in line for a call-up.CentresJamie RobertsA talisman of Warren Gatland’s squad, Roberts is a double-Lion, Grand Slam winner and defensive captain, and is essential to Wales’ ability to get over the gainline. The 6ft 4in, 17st 4lb centre has a better handling game than many give him credit for.Match-winner: Scott Williams has the ability to puncture the defensive line and score important triesScott WilliamsMore used to inside-centre, Williams will be called on to cover Jonathan Davies’ position in the outside midfield channel where he’ll have more responsibility defensively. A powerful ball-carrier, he has the speed to slice through gaps and has a knack of scoring key tries.Tyler MorganMorgan’s place in the squad is assured due to Davies’ injury. Only 20, he is highly-regarded within the Wales management earning a dual-contract at 19, and despite a nervy debut against Ireland, his strength, ability to pick clever lines and solid defence earn him a spot.WingsGeorge NorthNorth made a welcome return to international rugby after a well-documented break from the game, to become the youngest international to reach 50 caps. Immensely powerful, swift of foot and a good footballer, he is one of Wales’ match-winners. Can cover at 13 if called upon.Power-play: George North has scored 20 tries in 50 appearances for WalesAlex CuthbertCuthbert hasn’t been in the best of form in the last 12 months. He’s lost confidence and doesn’t seem to be finding the gaps he had when scoring 14 tries in his first 28 Wales appearances. However, he has shown he can cut-it at the top-level and presents less of a leap of faith from the talented, Walker.Hallam AmosAmos is prodigiously talented 20-year-old. The top carrier in the Challenge Cup with 510m, he’s able to play anywhere in the back three and is a useful left-footed kicking option.Full-backLeigh HalfpennyAnother go-to man for Gatland, Halfpenny is arguably the world’s best place kicker, with 493pts already racked up. He is brilliant positionally, extremely brave in defence and a fine proponent of the kick and collect. Worth his weight in, er, golden boots.Metronome: Leigh Halfpenny is one of the world’s best kickersLiam WilliamsWilliams has become one of Wales’ most important players. A full-back by nature, he loves breaking into the line from deep, is ferocious in defence and taking the high-ball. Will more likely cover at wing, if he’s recovered from a foot injury.Out of squadAaron JarvisDom DayEli WalkerMatthew MorganScott AndrewsCory AllenJames King This may not be the squad Warren Gatland pick tomorrow at midday but it’s the squad we believe he should pick. Sadly there is no place for Eli Walker, Matthew Morgan or James King for the reasons given, but it has power, experience and a smattering of stardust that will equip Wales with a squad that will be respected, if not feared at the World Cup.What do you think? Do you agree with the squad? Let us know @rugbyworldmag or on Facebook @RugbyworldmagazineWales 31-man squad (17-14 split)PropsGethin JenkinsWhat can you say? Became the most capped lock forward of all time against Ireland, with 120 Test run outs. Jenkins is rock-solid over the ball, able to hold his own at the set-piece and acts an auxiliary back-row at the breakdown. Adds leadership experience and is respected by all.Paul JamesPossesses the vital ability to play on port and starboard in the front row and with over 60 caps, he’s rarely been bested at the coal face for Wales. Another loosehead who will rack up the tackle-count in the loose.Samson LeeThe moment Samson Lee keeled over against Ireland in March, it’s been a race against time for the Scarlets tighthead to recover from an Achilles injury. Absolutely vital to Wales’ scrum, he’s said to be progressing well and will be given every opportunity to be fit for the England game on September 26.Anchor: Nearing fitness, Samson Lee is integral to Wales’ set-pieceTomas FrancisSaturday was a big test for 20st Francis and save for one scrum at the end of the first-half he competed well with his extra bulk giving Jack McGrath problems at the engagement. Looks unlikely to last 80 minutes but looks to be given the nod for 50 mins if Lee doesn’t recover in time.Rob EvansA tight, tight-call, the West Walian has seen off Nicky Smith, for whom a long-term injury put paid to his hopes and tighthead Aaron Jarvis, as Lee, Francis and Paul James can cover at No 3. An ebullient character, Evans a decent carrying game and is improving at the set-piece.HookersKen OwensKen Owens recovered from a long-term injury to finish the season strongly with the Scarlets. An abrasive presence in the loose, he rarely fails to break the gainline. Owens will vie with Baldwin for the No 2 shirt. Few more committed players in a red shirt.Passion: Ken Owens brings a never-say-die attitude to the squadScott BaldwinA former skateboarder, Scott Baldwin matured late professionally, finally being given the chance to nail down a regional spot vacated by Richard Hibbard at the Ospreys. Another whose throwing and set-piece work has improved immeasurably in the last 18 months.Kristian DaceyPopular opinion would still have Hibbard in the 31-man squad in what was Warren Gatland’s most contentious squad cut, but Dacey has done all that is asked of him. A very strong-carrier, he has usurped Matthew Rees as first-choice Blues hooker and will proved back-up at the World Cup.LocksAlun Wyn JonesThere were several (million) concerned faces when Alun Wyn Jones went down clutching his knee against Ireland, and with good reason. Wyn Jones is one of the world’s premier locks whose performance levels rarely drop below excellent. Confident to off-load in tight exchanges, he only asks of his team-mates what he’d be prepared to do himself.Luke CharterisCharteris is a classic No 5, extremely tall, his slim frame is easy enough to lift to secure decent ball off the top for Wales. Charteris is also a decent carrier in the up the guts of a defence and has a remarkable tackle-count – he made 12 tackles in only 23 minutes in Dublin.World-class: Alun Wyn Jones is closing in on a century of caps as he approaches 30Jake BallFamed for his WG Grace beard, Ball is a former cricket professional who offers a weighty backrow to the engine room. Still fairly raw in international terms, his ballast and power in the engine room gets him the nod over the more lightweight James King who can cover anywhere in the back five. Wales should take four lineout specialists.Bradley DaviesThe experienced Davies has had an injury-hit season with Wasps and there were murmurs about his fitness before this World Cup, but those were allayed in Dublin where his commitment, tackle count and grunt up front make him a worthy addition to the squad.BackrowSam WarburtonNow regarded as one of the premier statesmen in world rugby, Warburton showed stellar form during the Six Nations and only missed the Ireland game through a pinched nerve in the shoulder. Brings experience of captaining Wales to a World Cup semi-final, Grand Slam and Lions Series. His leadership is vital to Wales.Dan LydiateLydiate has had his detractors of late, who have pointed to his lack of versatility beyond his famed chop tackling. He answered them emphatically against Ireland, not only with 25 tackles in just 60 minutes, several that drove Irish defenders backwards outline his importance to Wales’ defensive effort but with his ball-carrying. Part of an experienced trio with Taulupe Faletau and Warburton.Hit-man: Dan Lydiate does the unflashy stuff and is a ferocious tacklerTaulupe FaletauAn everpresent in the Wales backrow, Faletau has had transfer speculation hanging over him for months but it doesn’t seem to have affected his on-field performances. One of Wales’ most consistent players, his carries, defensive work and ball-work at the base of the scrum make his one of Wales go-to men.Justin TipuricTipuric has been outstanding in Wales’ last two games, harrying, stealing and linking play in performances, which have brought him two tries. Not the strongest over the ball, he is nevertheless a tackling limpet, with 42 tackles in his last two games, a superb link-man in the wide-channels and has the handling-skills to play in midfield.Ross MoriartyMoriarty has been a bolter for Wales since emerging last season with Gloucester. With famous family members, Uncle Richard, and dad Paul, Moriarty has continued to bring the famed Moriarty edge to the game. As a former Junior World Championship winner with England, a former full-back has good leg speed and an aggressive defence.BacksScrum-halfRhys WebbArguably Wales’ most improved player in the last 18 months, Webb has been in spectacular form in the last 18 months, scoring 17 tries in 26 appearances. He now ‘owns’ the No 9 jersey, Mike Phillips has worn since 2008. Always looking for the half-gap and a superb box-kicker, Webb also boasts a close partnership with Dan Biggar.Sniper: Rhys Webb is extremely dangerous around the fringesGareth DaviesDavies is a similar player to Webb, with snappy service, blistering-speed over the first 30m which keeps defenders busy around the fringes. He had a few issues with discipline at the end of the season but is expected to be Webb’s understudy during the World Cup. Captain Sam: Warburton will lead Wales into his second World Cup campaign at 26 center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

£350k funding offered for community energy projects

first_img  49 total views,  1 views today Advertisement M&S Energy is, for the second year running, offering community groups the chance to apply for funding to install renewable technology, battery storage or energy efficiency measures.Applications are being accepted from any not-for-profit organisation in the UK is eligible. This includes charities, sports clubs, libraries, schools, village halls and amateur dramatic societies.A shortlist will be drawn up from applicants, and winners will be decided by public vote, with customers and the public voting for the projects that they believe will offer the greatest benefit and impact.This year, for the first time, projects will also be able to simultaneously crowdfund with Crowdfunder, raising money and support from the beginning.In 2015 M&S Energy received over 240 applications, shortlisted 136 projects and announced 26 winners. 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. £350k funding offered for community energy projects Judge’s discretionary prizesThis year, like last year, will also give a few extra chances and funding for some projects that did not win the public vote. The judges will be awarding at least a total of £20,000 to be shared amongst five such projects.Applications to M&S Energy close on 31 May 2016.  50 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Howard Lake | 23 May 2016 | News Tagged with: corporate crowdfunding Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12last_img read more

Fundraising technology provider iRaiser expands to the UK

first_imgFundraising technology provider iRaiser expands to the UK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Melanie May | 8 January 2019 | News Fundraising software company iRaiser has expanded to the UK.iRaiser supports non-profit organisations in developing and delivering engagement campaigns for fundraising initiatives and works with 450 organisations including WWF, Médecins sans Frontières, and Unicef.It has already partnered with The Salvation Army and Shelter in the UK. Working with iRaiser, The Salvation Army saw online donations for its Christmas fundraising campaign increase by 20%. iRaiser has also supported Shelter in a variety of fundraising campaigns.Alex Wood, Head of Individual Giving at The Salvation Army, said:“The Salvation Army started working with iRaiser just as we launched our big Christmas fundraising campaign. By the end of the campaign our online donation income had increased by 20% year on year.“Amongst other factors, we believe the rise in online donations was thanks to the improved layout of the donation form, designed in collaboration with iRaiser. It is also thanks to the mobile friendly form. The experience of using the online donation form on a mobile is vastly superior to our previous donation platform and our online income has increased as a result. With more and more people using mobiles to complete online transactions, it’s vital that we offer a donation experience which matches people’s expectations of giving online, and iRaiser’s solution helps us to achieve that.”iRaiser’s white label solution is fully customisable and includes online donation, peer-to-peer, event fundraising, crowdfunding, advocacy, marketing automation and CRM. It uses algorithms to improve the conversion rate and average donations made.It says it does not take a percentage of donations or anything from Gift Aid, and also automates a substantial portion of an organisations fundraising activity, enables more resources to be dedicated to front line charitable initiatives. iRaiser charges a fixed fee per month instead of a percentage.iRaiser’s solution also incorporates payments systems which cover 12 languages (including Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese) and 50 currencies, enabling organisations to launch global campaigns. It was founded in France in 2012 and has offices in the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, France, Belgium and the UK.Antoine Martel, CEO of iRaiser Group, said: Advertisement  159 total views,  1 views today “Expanding to the UK is a very important step in iRaiser’s journey. Although the UK is the most charitable country in Europe in terms of funds raised, there are not many one-stop solutions for fundraising organisations. Those that are available tend to take a percentage on donations.”  160 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Tagged with: online fundraising software Technology 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 read more

Fascinating online insight into city’s records

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFascinating online insight into city’s recordsBy admin – July 7, 2011 533 Advertisement Previous article‘Until Bill produced, we’re debating a press release’ – Cllr KennedyNext articleBye week for Limerick FC admin Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img INVALUABLE information for local historians, researchers and the men and woman interested in researching aspects of Limerick city’s past, is available from the Limerick Archives Department, which has responsibility for the records of the city council.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The City Archives, which also collect donations of material relating to the city, its people and organisations, including Limerick Chamber, Limerick Harbour Commissioners and Limerick Union Board of Guardians, has now made these collections freely available on“Each year new collections are added to the website – for instance in 2010 the council’s Health and Welfare records, dispensary records, allotments and turf production records were added, as were a selection of collections from Limerick’s Christian Brothers School and other bodies,” says a spokesperson for City Hall.A fascinating insight into the Quaker community in Limerick was recently made available through the donation of a microfilm copy of the Quaker Papers at a launch in the Quaker Meeting House.The papers contain records of meetings, records of births and marriages and of grievances when their goods were seized in lieu of tithes due to the Established Church.A fascinating series of diaries, documents and photographs of the Limerick man, DCC Mercier, who worked as a mill manager in Ranks Flour Mills from 1922 to 1961, was donated to the archives in October 2010.The papers document Mr Mercier’s working life in one of Limerick’s key industries.A reception to mark the donation was held in City Hall and former Ranks’ workers and their families were invited to attend. Linkedin Email Printlast_img read more

Investment Update: Low-Tier Rents Outpacing High-Tier Homes

first_img  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: FHFA Issues Guidance on Refinances, Purchases While in Forbearance Next: Update on CARES Act and Liquidity About Author: Seth Welborn Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago U.S. single-family rents increased 3% year over year in March 2020, the same rate of increase as March 2019, according to the CoreLogic Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI). The index measures rent changes among single-family rental homes, including condominiums, using a repeat-rent analysis to measure the same rental properties over time. Single-family rents were on the rise in early 2020 prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, having increased by an average of 3.1% year over year for the first three months of the year. Impacts from state and local shutdowns on the rental market will be apparent in the coming months.Using the rent index to analyze specific price tiers reveals important differences in rent growth. Figure 1 shows that the index’s overall growth in March 2020 was propped up by low-end rentals, defined as properties with rents 75% or less of the median rent of the metro area. Rents on low-tier rental homes increased 3.9% year over year and rents for high-tier homes, defined as properties with rents more than 125% of the metro-area median rent, increased 2.7% year over year. Rents for low-tier homes have been outpacing than those of high-tier homes since April 2014, and while the difference in these growth rates has narrowed over time, it widened again in March 2020.Rent growth varies significantly across metro areas. Figure 2 shows the year-over-year change in the rental index for 20 large metropolitan areas in March 2020. Phoenix had the highest year-over-year rent growth this March as it has since late 2018, with an increase of 6.8%, followed by Seattle (+6.2%) and Tucson (+5.3%). While none of the 20 metro areas showed decreases in rent, both Philadelphia and Honolulu recorded sub-1% growth in March. Philadelphia also had the largest deceleration in rent growth in March, showing annual rent growth of 3 percentage points lower than in March 2019. Seattle had the largest acceleration in rent growth in March, with rents increasing 5 percentage points faster than in March 2019. Employment gains turned negative in four of the 20 metros tracked in the report in March, a trend that will soon reach the remaining metros, likely impacting single-family rental prices. Home / Daily Dose / Investment Update: Low-Tier Rents Outpacing High-Tier Homes Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img May 19, 2020 1,016 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Investment Update: Low-Tier Rents Outpacing High-Tier Homes Tagged with: Investment Rental Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Investment Rental 2020-05-19 Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

At This Stage WhatsApp Chats Are Not Substantial & Sufficient To Hold Role Of Accused: NDPS Court Grants Bail To Australian Architect

first_imgNews UpdatesAt This Stage WhatsApp Chats Are Not Substantial & Sufficient To Hold Role Of Accused: NDPS Court Grants Bail To Australian Architect Nitish Kashyap21 Nov 2020 5:00 AMShare This – xThe holiday court sitting at the City Civil & Sessions Court in Mumbai on Thursday granted bail to Paul Bartels, an Australian Architect who is accused of offences under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act by the Narcotics Control Bureau.Special NDPS Judge HS Satbhai observed that the NCB had no case against the accused and at this stage the whatsapp chats between him…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?LoginThe holiday court sitting at the City Civil & Sessions Court in Mumbai on Thursday granted bail to Paul Bartels, an Australian Architect who is accused of offences under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act by the Narcotics Control Bureau.Special NDPS Judge HS Satbhai observed that the NCB had no case against the accused and at this stage the whatsapp chats between him and other co-accused relied upon by the central agency to prove his involvement are not substantial and sufficient to prove his role as a drug peddler/supplier.Bartels is accused of committing offences under Section 8(c) read with Section 20(b)(ii)A. 27 and 29 of the NDPS Act. On November 11, 2020, a house search of the accused was made by the officers of the NCB. However, no contraband was recovered from the accused, no incriminating material was found in the said exercise.The Australian national is one amongst the many arrests made by the Bureau in relation to its investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.Senior Advocate Aabad Ponda appeared on behalf of the accused along with Advocate Subhash Jadhav and Special Public Prosecutor Atul Sarpande for NCB.Court noted that the maximum punishment for offences applied in case of the present accused is one year, thus-“In such circumstances, a notice contemplated under Section 41 A of CrPC to the accused was necessary. It is informed that the accused was summoned by the NCB, Mumbai and in response to the summons he appeared before the agency. Had it been the state of affairs, in view of sub-section 3 of Section 41 A of CrPC, it was necessary for the Investigating Officer to assign the reasons for making arrest of the accused. (Basheer Vs State of Kerala (2004)3 SCC 609). But the Memo of Arrest doesn’t speak assigning the reasons for the arrest of the accused.”Moreover, the Judge pointed out the fact that the NCB, after arrest of accused on his production before the Metropolitan Magistrate, did not ask for his NCB custody. He said-“It goes to show that there was no material available with the NCB to interrogate the accused and to make further investigation explaining that he is not the consumer of the drugs, but his role is as a peddler/supplier of drugs.”Referring to the NCB’s case against the accused relying upon the statements of other co-accused namely Agisilaos Demetriades and Nikhil Ryston Saldhana along with the whatsapp chats exchanged between the accused and Agisilaos, Court observed-“From the said messages it is tried to contend that the accused is dealing in drugs as a peddler and supplier of drugs. But at this stage, those Whatsapp messages are not substantial and sufficient to hold the role of the accused as a peddler/supplier of drugs.In case in future, if the cogent material is collected by the NCB demonstrating the role of the accused as a peddler/supplier of drugs then scenario would be different.”Court cited the Supreme Court’s decision in Sujit Tiwari Vs State Of Gujarat. Finally grating bail, the Special NDPS Judge observed-“In absence of any substantial material, taking into account the fact that no contraband material was found/recovered from accused and except the statements of the accused and whatsapp messages, there is no substantial material to treat the accused as a peddler/supplier of drugs, it may not be justified to refuse to extend the concession of bail.”Court also noted that co-accused Nikhil Saldhana has also been enlarged on bail and the other co-accused Agisilaos Demetriades, whose role is similar to Paul Bartels in the case has been granted bail as well. Thus, on the ground of parity the present accused is also required to be released on bail, Court said.Granting bail to Bartels, Court directed him to furnish a PR Bond of Rs.1,00,000 and following are some of the conditions imposed-(i) The applicant/accused shall surrender his passport to NCB, Mumbai.(ii) The applicant accused shall not leave the limits of Mumbai, until the disposal of trial, without the permission of the Court.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Calls for Inishowen deer issue to be dealt with urgently

first_img Facebook There’s said to be an increasing problem with deer on the roads around Inishowen.It’s understood that a recent two car collision on the peninsula was the direct result of a deer jumping out in front of one of the vehicles.With autumn being the rutting season for deer there is now a heightened risk for motorists.Donegal County Council is to discuss the issue with the National Parks and Wildlife in a bid to find a solution.Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen MD Cllr Martin McDermott says it needs to be dealt with urgently:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ By News Highland – October 30, 2019 Previous articleFianna Fail ready for General Election – McConalogueNext articlePodiatry services resume at Letterkenny Hospital News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Calls for Inishowen deer issue to be dealt with urgently WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebooklast_img read more

Gambling with health is a dangerous game

first_img Previous Article Next Article Gambling with health is a dangerous gameOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. If you are stressed about stress, then I should apologise now. This issue ofPersonnel Today is not likely to make you feel any better. We have dissected the whole issue of stress, produced startling new researchwith the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and concluded that it is time forHR to beat it both professionally and personally. Our investigations provide damning evidence about the scale of the problem –for which HR must take at least some responsibility. Work-related stress is causedby factors the profession can and should do something about – it is about thedesign, organisation and management of work. Judging by our findings, manyorganisations have not embraced best practice in these three fundamental areasand are running ridiculous risks with their people, competitiveness andreputations. To understand stress is to appreciate how people respond differently to arange of pressures. Work is an emotional place, and increasingly so asemployers grapple with widespread change, cost-cutting and performance demands.But when managed properly, stress can be a good thing. Stress is a complex problem hampering thousands of workers across allsectors, but there is evidence that unmotivated staff are jumping on thebandwagon and using it as an excuse to skive. This week and next, Personnel Today will aim to convince employers thattackling the causes of stress should be top of their agenda. There is abusiness case, a moral argument and regulations all forcing you to adopt a morecoherent approach to stress. Personnel Today is offering plenty of guidance inthis magazine, and through our website,, on what to do next.The HSE also provides fantastic resources to help you prepare for the stressmanagement standards it is introducing next year. Don’t wait for stress to blight your organisation – focus on the causes nowand live up to your vision as a responsible employer. By Jane King, editor Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Was BA chaos caused by rush to privatisation?

first_imgBritish Airways has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. Andthe well-publicised industrial unrest at the company this month is yet anotherblow to the self-proclaimed ‘nation’s favourite airline’. Strike threats, staffdissatisfaction, huge cost-cutting measures and a sickness absence bill of £60mall add up to a company in crisis. But why does it find itself in this mess? Alack of a clear people strategy when first privatised in the 1980s could be oneof the reasons. Turn to page 3 for one leading people expert’s view. Related posts:No related photos. Was BA chaos caused by rush to privatisation?On 24 Aug 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

Devon venue to host busy student event

first_imgStudent and trainee bakers up and down the country are gearing up for the annual Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) conference, which takes place from 1-3 May 2009.The conference is being held at the TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay, Devon, and features a host of activities, as well as student bakery competitions and the AGM.The Friday night is Silly Hat Night, and there will be a buffet dinner, pub quiz and karaoke. Saturday will see the judging of the bakery competitions, as well as a ten-pin bowling competition, gala dinner and live band.The AGM will take place on Sunday, as well as the prize- giving, the ten-pin bowling final, a disco and a casino.Students can attend for an all-inclusive price of £75, and a maximum of two tutors can go for the price of one student.There are many cash prizes on offer for the various contests, including Calfornia Raisins’ competition, where a top prize of a £500 travel voucher is up for grabs. There are two categories – one for baking and one for confectionery – and students need to create innovative recipes using California Raisins, raisin paste or raisin juice concentrate. For more information contact [email protected] transport pick-ups are available from Leeds, Black- pool, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield and London.l To book tickets and rooms, please contact [email protected] read more