Training for union reps will be cash well spent

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Thereis bound to be a hue and cry about the Government’s move to create and fund aTrade Union Academy to train union representatives to university level.Why,many will ask, should train unionists have an edge in negotiations withemployers? And why, some are already asking, should we have to fork out time,and therefore money, to accommodate trade union representatives undergoingtraining?Because,quite simply, the stand-offs and distrust between trade unions and employerscannot stay the way they are. If the new academy delivers well-rounded coursesthat give unionists a better understanding of business and allows them to talkat least a similar language to employers, then the greater prize will be betteremployee consultation, engagement, motivation and, ultimately, higherproductivity.Unionshave an big part to play in staff consultation. Yetfew display real business skills. Until this changes,the decline in employers using them to communicate with staff on major issueswill continue. See the results of Cranfield School ofManagement’s latest Cranet Survey.Modernisation is the key to successfulunion actionAtthe HR Forum on board the Aurorain May, there was a lone trade unionist mingling with HR’smost senior professionals. Rory Murphy, joint general secretary of Unifi – newly merged with Amicus to form one of the UK’sbiggest unions – took the platform to debate trade union partnerships withbusiness.Heargued that trade unions should be at the centre of business as the consultantsof the 21st century. He said he understood that unions had to become partnerswith employers to improve the lot of employees.Murphymakes sense. It’s a shame there are not more unionists like him. Unions have tomodernise if they are to do their job properly. They could start by beingproactive.If,for example, those unions representing staff at British Airways had taken thelead and helped to devise good people strategies when the organisationprivatised, would there still be endlessly recurring industrial disputes of thelikes we’re witnessing today? Quite possibly not.By Penny Wilson Training for union reps will be cash well spentOn 24 Aug 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Summer Camp Adds Eric Krasno To Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band’s Headlining Set

first_imgAs the 2018 edition of Summer Camp Music Festival approaches later this month, the festival has announced that guitarist Eric Krasno will join Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band for their two-set headlining slot on Sunday, May 27th. The show will also feature special guests Elliott Peck, Alex Koford, and Ross James. Eric Krasno has performed with Phil Lesh on various occasions as part of the founding Grateful Dead member’s rotating Phil & Friends cast.The Krasno-bolstered Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band set is just one of the countless exciting acts on Summer Camp’s 2018 lineup. The festival will also feature three days of moe. and three days of Umphrey’s McGee as well as performances by STS9, Slightly Stoopid, Tipper, RL Grime, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Opiuo, Spafford, Twiddle, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Action Bronson, Papadosio, EOTO, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce, Keller Williams, Guster, Mija, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Beats Antique, Aqueous, BIG Something, Break Science, Kung Fu, Lawrence, The Main Squeeze, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Pink Talking Fish, TAUK, Sun Stereo, Maddy O’Neal, The Werks, Zoogma, Zeke Beats, Jen Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many more.Summer Camp Music Festival is set to take place on May 25-27 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. To grab your passes, head to the festival’s website.last_img read more

Cuba’s Influence over Venezuela Increases Bilateral Relations and Cooperation

first_imgBy Álvaro Algarra / Voice of America / edited by Diálogo Staff February 21, 2020 The booming bilateral relations between Cuba and Venezuela have raised concerns in the South American country and in the region, due to the influence Havana could exert over Nicolás Maduro, experts say.Hugo Chávez’s rise to power in 1999 meant a qualitative and quantitative leap for Cuban-Venezuelan relations, says expert in international affairs Carlos Luna. This was especially the case in the oil sector. Luna says that with the Maduro regime the relationship has grown and diversified in several areas of society.“Cuba has provided advice not only in terms of professors, in terms of sports and of people who have come to advise the Venezuelan public administration, but also with military participation — a participation in terms of intelligence, which has infiltrated the civil service, which means that we should be talking about a Cuban occupation,” the expert told Voice of America (VOA).That is evidenced by the strengthening of relations with Havana. In late January, the Venezuelan regime called for the inclusion of the Cuban ambassador in Caracas in meetings of the executive cabinet.“The ambassadors, who are practically part of the cabinet, the Cuban ambassador here, needs to have open doors in each ministry to coordinate, revitalize, move forward,” Maduro said.This decision will affect the country in a negative way, community activist Luis Marques told VOA.“This is high treason, a betrayal of the citizenry, and when they tell us that we are betrayers of the homeland for demanding democracy, in fact they are the ones giving the country away,” Marques said.The Maduro regime’s Economy Vice President Tareck El Aissami said that more than 1,400 projects have been signed in recent years in different areas of bilateral cooperation, and that these will surely continue to increase.Amid this controversy, the country’s Interim President Juan Guaidó, who went on an international trip in late January, said that Cuba “is also responsible for the crisis in Venezuela.”“We have denounced Cuba’s ongoing interference in the Venezuelan State and the Armed Force,” he added.last_img read more

Evaluating credit card portfolio strategy keys to success

first_imgYour financial institution’s (FI’s) credit card portfolio can be your most profitable product, generating up to a quarter of your total net income. If your credit union or community bank’s credit card portfolio’s performance is lagging, consider fine-tuning the overall portfolio strategy.It’s important to start the portfolio evaluation process with these three steps:Define your credit card portfolio’s strategic vision — Think back to why you first began offering a credit card product. Does your portfolio product strategy align with your overall growth objectives?Establish product goals and create your roadmap — Consider all components of the cardholder lifecycle: product, account generation, activation, usage, account management and service. Determine how each of these components relates back to your product marketing strategy. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NAFCU-backed ‘TAILOR Act’ passes committee

first_imgVoting 34-22, the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday passed the NAFCU-backed H.R. 2896, the “TAILOR Act,” a regulatory relief measure that would require that rules be tailored to fit financial institutions’ business models and risk profiles.The bill now awaits House action.H.R. 2896, the “Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act of 2015,” would ensure that NCUA, CFPB and other regulators do not use a one-size-fits-all approach to rulemaking.Introduced by House Financial Services Committee members Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Andy Barr, R-Ky., and cosponsored by committee member Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., the bill would also require NCUA and CFPB to testify annually before the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees on specific actions taken to comply with the measure. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Getting a handle on emotions

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s important to be in touch with our emotions, but it’s also important that we not let those emotions lead our decision-making.  In a recent Inc.com post, Lolly Daskal, president and CEO of Lead From Within, gives seven examples of emotional behaviors that can be damaging. Her list includes:Chasing what feels good instead of doing what is right.Doing what is convenient instead of being committed.Basing decisions on what is popular instead of what is intuitive.Allowing your attitude to control you instead of the other way around.Quitting when a problem arises instead of finding solutions.She encourages, “If any of these sound familiar, stop and ask yourself what kind of results you’re giving yourself, and what you need to change to get where you want to be.”Keeping emotions in check isn’t always easy. When a business mistake occurs or a challenging road lies ahead, we can easily lose our cool and let our emotions climb into the driver’s seat. When something goes wrong, and it will, you cannot let it affect your overall decision-making. continue reading »last_img read more

Deer Park Police Car Crash Wounds 2 Boys

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Suffolk County police officer crashed his patrol car into two boys, wounding them, after another car crashed into the police cruiser in Deer Park on Sunday evening.A Second Precinct Police Officer was driving northbound on Deer Park Avenue when his vehicle was struck by a southbound Toyota Camry that made a left turn in front of him at the corner of Lake Avenue at 6:40 p.m., police said.The patrol car then veered onto the sidewalk, where it struck two boys—cousins ages 8 and 12, both from Hicksville—who were with an adult waiting to cross the street to go to a nearby pizzeria, police said.The younger boy was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with a soft tissue injury. The older boy was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was listed in stable condition with an isolated ankle injury. The adult was not injured.The police officer suffered a non-life-threatening concussion. The driver of the Toyota was not injured.First Precinct detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

MLAX : Q&A with Inside Lacrosse staff writer Zach Babo

first_img Published on May 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Zach Babo got a behind-the-scenes look at the Syracuse lacrosse team when head coach John Desko allowed Inside Lacrosse to watch the Orange practice the day before defeating Duke 13-11 in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. Babo, a staff writer for Inside Lacrosse, witnessed the SU offense’s coming-out party, so to speak, as it jumped out to an 8-1 lead over the Blue Devils. The 13 total goals for Syracuse marked the team’s highest total against a Top 10 team this season.The Daily Orange caught up with Babo to discuss his thoughts on SU’s NCAA quarterfinal matchup against unseeded Maryland. Babo offers insight on the matchup of Maryland’s attack against the Syracuse defense, the experience each team brings, and the importance of John Galloway to SU’s success come Sunday.The Daily Orange: Prior to a scrimmage back in February, John Galloway said the Maryland attack unit was going to be one of the best attack units that Syracuse would face all year. Do you see that unit posing problems for the Syracuse defense three months later in May?Zach Babo: I definitely do because I think in a lot of ways the (Maryland) attack unit matches up very well against Syracuse’s close defense. What my guess is going to be is that the biggest matchup will be John Lade on Ryan Young. To me that seems to be the best matchup. Young is the fastest guy on that attack. Lade is the best foot-for-foot cover guy in the country, when he’s on.… (Brian) Megill comes off to me as kind of your big, muscle defenseman. So I see him probably getting the matchup against (Grant) Catalino. Those are both big, physical guys, let them kind of beat up on each other for a game. And then I imagine that (Tom) Guadagnolo will wind up taking on Owen Blye.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd those are matchups that it’s really hard to say who is going to have the edge in those.What do you see as being one of the biggest keys to the game?Z.B.: I think this is going to be the theme of that game the Syracuse seniors versus the Maryland seniors. And I don’t know what you can say is kind of a better senior edge to have.The edge that Syracuse carries of a senior class that wants to win three championships, that knows how to play in big games, that’s been there before, that demands success after still stinging from the early bounce-out last year. Compared to a Maryland senior class that has received a decent amount of hype since they were freshmen, they’ve been playing together for four years, but they’ve never been able to get past the quarterfinals. How they play in that game on Sunday is going to largely determine their legacy. You’re going to remember that Maryland senior class in a whole different way if they can bump off Syracuse and advance to the final four than if they had one more good season that ends in the quarterfinals again.In a game where these teams match up very evenly, does the experience of SU goaltender John Galloway and his ability to be a quarterback for his defense make a difference in how this game may play out?Z.B.: I think it could. … I think that if there is one place that you like to be a little older, particularly in the postseason, it does tend to be in goal. I think that Galloway, having been there before, really knowing how to talk to his defense, how to get them to move, how to recognize certain things on the field in the course of the game I think that could definitely be a factor that swings Syracuse’s way.The flip side of that, that might swing away from Syracuse is the kind of wildcard you get with a young kid like Niko Amato in goal for Maryland. It’s that sometimes young kids don’t know they should be nervous, don’t know they should be playing tight. And Niko Amato has shown at different times this year that he can stand on his head and just frustrate teams and make saves that you don’t expect him to make. Commentslast_img read more

Martial takes centre stage in Man United’s stuttering season

first_imgBournemouth, United Kingdom | AFP | Anthony Martial may finally be fulfilling his enormous potential amid a turbulent season at Manchester United as Jose Mourinho plots how best to use his attacking resources.The France forward heads into Saturday’s clash at Bournemouth on a run of four goals in three Premier League matches — a sequence that can only have boosted his fragile confidence.His recent run is reminiscent of the fabulous start he made at Old Trafford, when he scored four goals in his first four games following his move from Monaco in September 2015 for a fee that could ultimately rise to £58 million ($75 million).The forward struggled badly last season. Having become used to sharing duties on the left flank with Marcus Rashford, his opportunities were limited following the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.Martial’s form and confidence tailed off, to the extent that he was left out of the France squad that won the World Cup in Russia this summer.The player indicated during the close season, via his agent Philippe Lamboley, that he was ready to leave United, and while Mourinho was apparently willing to sell executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward rejected the idea.This season initially looked as if it would be little better after Martial started just one of United’s opening six matches, but Sanchez’s failure to settle combined with the struggles of Romelu Lukaku in the centre-forward role have pushed Martial right back into the picture.The Frenchman has been restored to his favoured position, on the left of the attack, where he is able to cut inside and create chances for others as well as scoring goals himself — five in eight starts so far. Those goals have come at key times.He scored the equaliser as United came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle in early October, struck twice in a 2-2 draw at Chelsea, and scored what turned out to be the winner as Everton were defeated 2-1 on Sunday.Each goal was a reminder to his manager and teammates about what he can do when he is in the mood.– Confidence –“Anthony is a great player and he needs to understand that,” says United midfielder Nemanja Matic. “He needs more confidence.“He is still young and I think if he continues to score in the next game he will get that. If he reaches his top level he can be one of the best players in the league for sure.”It is not just Martial’s teammates who are talking him up.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

From dream to nightmare: Afghan ‘Little Messi’ forced to flee

first_img– ‘I miss Messi’ –Although Afghan security forces have beaten back the Taliban in Jaghori, the family says it no longer feels safe.“The danger of the Taliban coming back is high, going back is not an option,” Shafiqa said.The attention they received as a result of Murtaza’s fame has added to their fears, she continued.“Local strongmen were calling and saying, ‘You have become rich, pay the money you have received from Messi or we will take your son’,” she said.“At night we would sometimes see unknown men, watching and checking our house, and then the calls. During the days, we wouldn’t dare let him outside home to play with other children.”The family have already fled once before, to Pakistan in 2016, where they sought asylum in “any safe country”.They returned reluctantly to Jaghori after their money ran out, Shafiqa said.Murtaza’s father Arif remains in Jaghori working as a farmer while his family lives in Kabul under precarious conditions, with inadequate shelter, food, water or sanitation available to the refugees.They are among the more than 300,000 Afghans — 58 percent of whom are under the age of 18 — who have fled their homes due to violence since the beginning of this year alone, according to the most recent tally by the UN’s agency for humanitarian affairs.Homayoun, Murtaza’s eldest brother who made him his plastic jersey, says that even in Kabul he is afraid. “We are worried something bad will happen if they know who Murtaza is,” he said.Little Murtaza, meanwhile, says he misses his football and his jersey from Messi.“I want them back so I can play,” he told AFP.“I miss Messi,” he added.“When I meet him, I will say, ‘Salaam’ and ‘How are you?’ Then he will reply saying thank you and be safe, and I will go with him to the pitch where he will play and I will watch him.”Share on: WhatsApp Murtaza AhmadiKabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Murtaza Ahmadi moved the world with his love for footballer Lionel Messi in 2016. His dream of meeting the Argentinian came true, but now the seven-year-old boy is living a nightmare as one of thousands of Afghans displaced by war.Murtaza and his family abandoned their home in southeastern Ghazni province in November, along with hundreds of others fleeing intense fighting after the Taliban launched an offensive in the previously safe area.Now they are among the thousands of similarly uprooted people struggling to get by in Kabul, and also living with the fear that the Taliban are hunting for their famous son.The image of Murtaza sporting a makeshift Messi jersey — made of a blue and white striped plastic bag and with Messi’s name and famous number 10 written carefully on the back in felt-tip pen — flooded media and social networks in 2016.The media hype drew the football superstar’s attention, and that year Murtaza met his idol in Qatar, where he walked out onto the pitch clutching Messi’s hand as a mascot for a Barcelona friendly.Messi, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, also gave his tiny fan an autographed jersey and a football.But the moment of happiness has quickly dissipated.AFP met with the family recently in the cramped room in Kabul they are renting from another impoverished family, where Murtaza’s mother Shafiqa told how they had fled their home district of Jaghori in the night after hearing gunshots.“We couldn’t take any of our belongings, we left only with our lives,” she said, her face half hidden by a scarf.The family belongs to the Shiite-denominated Hazara ethnic group, who were targeted by the Sunni Taliban in their November operation in Ghazni.The UN says up to 4,000 families fled, with witnesses describing “absolute terror” to AFP. Hundreds of civilians, soldiers, and insurgents were killed in the fighting.The fear felt by the Ahmadi family was ratcheted up when they learned that the Taliban were searching for the small Murtaza by name.“(They) said if they capture him, they will cut him into pieces,” Shafiqa said, her eyes horrified.Sports were rarely tolerated under the 1996-2001 Taliban regime, and the Kabul football stadium was a well-known venue for stonings and executions.Shafiqa said she hid her famous son’s face with a scarf to prevent him from being recognised as they fled.They took refuge first in a mosque in Bamiyan, before arriving in Kabul six days later. Among their belongings left behind are the football and jersey signed by Messi.last_img read more