Daily News journalists denied accreditation

first_img to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell Organisation The Supreme Court declared The Daily News illegal on 11 September 2003, because the daily had not registered with the Media and Information Commission as required under the press law. The newspaper had refused to register because it contested the constitutionality of the AIPPA. Police acted on the judgment on 12 September, shutting down the daily and closing its offices. The High Court on 22 January gave the newspaper permission to reappear, but on 6 February, following the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the press law, the Daily News decided to temporarily halt publication. Its journalists had already put in their accreditation requests to the media commission. Reports The government Media and Information Commission on 10 February refused to accredit the journalists as long as the newspaper was not officially authorised to appear. The decision came within days of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of a particularly harsh press law. Reporters Without Borders expressed dismay at the sheer relentlessness of a government campaign against the independent media, as journalists from the independent Daily News were refused accreditation. February 11, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Daily News journalists denied accreditation The anti-freedom legislative framework ultimately blocked any form of free expression, it added, pointing out that the law also banned foreign journalists from working permanently in Zimbabwe. RSF_en Help by sharing this information November 12, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Zimbabwe The government Media and Information Commission on 10 February refused to accredit the journalists from The Daily News. The decision came within days of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of a particularly harsh press law. Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail November 27, 2020 Find out more ZimbabweAfrica ZimbabweAfrica News September 1, 2020 Find out more “The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) forces Zimbabwean journalists and media to be accredited and authorised by a media commission, the members of which are appointed by the government. This is an unacceptable situation because it prevents the existence of independent media”, said the international press freedom organisation. The commission chairman Tafataona Mahoso said that the simple fact that the journalists were employed by the Daily News made their accreditation impossible. Newslast_img read more

Pasadena Unified School District Considering French Dual Language Immersion Program

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News French Dual Language Program at PUSD?In response to community interest, PUSD is exploring the possibility of opening a French Dual Language Immersion program for the 2017-2018 school year.Dual Language Immersion programs begin in kindergarten with 90% of instruction in the foreign language. Gradually the instruction shifts to 50% in English and 50% in the target language, prompting the student to master academic subjects in both languages.Please help PUSD gauge interest in a French Dual Language Immersion program by participating in a brief survey.Pasadena Unified School District, 351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, (626) 396-3600 or visit www.pusd.us. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Education Pasadena Unified School District Considering French Dual Language Immersion Program Article and Photo courtesy of PUSD Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 7:57 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a commentcenter_img Subscribe Community News Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Noonan fears further pain for taxpayers’

first_img Previous articleThreat to future of St Paul’s Nursing HomeNext articleWillie in Wonderland admin House prices could lose half their value, says Goodbody’s THE Government has forced NAMA to use out-of-date, inaccurate information to  overvalue bank loans, according to Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan. Goodbody’s prediction that house prices will end up falling by 50% before levelling  out, he said, spells yet more  trouble  for  NAMA and further pain for taxpayers,  “The  prediction that house prices will lose half their value is desperate news for struggling homeowners.  This  outcome would send thousands more tumbling into negative equity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The  consequences for  NAMA and the taxpayer are equally worrying. NAMA’s so-called  ‘business  plan’ is based on the assumption that property prices will  rise  from  the  levels  of  last November – the reference period for determining  the  current market values of the banks’ toxic developer loans that  NAMA  is  buying.“ But  according  to  Goodbody’s,  house prices have continued to plummet since then and are set to fall by a further 16% in the immediate future”.It was bad enough, continued deputy Noonan, that the taxpayer was being forced to pay far more than current  market  values  for  toxic  developer loans in a tumbling property market on the basis of their ‘long-term economic value.“But making matters even worse is the fact that NAMA is forced by the Government legislation to estimate  this  long-term value using outdated and inaccurate information.“Only last week  the  ESRI  predicted  that  the  Irish  labour force and population would  shrink  in the coming years because of recession-related emigration. This will mean lower demand for property. But in estimating the long-term value  of the property-related assets that it is buying, NAMA is prevented from using economic and demographic projections from beyond last January.  At  that  time, the CSO was still predicting a growing population for Ireland in the coming years”.There were, he continued, certain accountancy rules which require banks to  state  their  asset  value  on the date of audit, and prevent them from predicting a declining market, but that no such constraints applied to NAMA. “The  chances  of NAMA recovering taxpayers’ money, he concluded, seemed slimmer by the day. Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin Emailcenter_img Twitter NewsLocal NewsNoonan fears further pain for taxpayers’By admin – July 22, 2010 507 Print Facebooklast_img read more

Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn

first_imgBelltable:Connect is inviting applications for three week-long sessions for emerging/ midcareer/ established theatre/ performance artists living and working locally.Marketa Dowling Programme Manager of the Belltable said “As we all know, the current pandemic has been detrimental to the performing arts. If strangers cannot share an art experience with each other and the performers, the sector has lost its raison d’être. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Many artists are now turning to online to engage with their audiences. These Belltable:Connect workshops give an opportunity to artists across their careers to explore how to communicate with an online audience, how to connect with them as active participants instead of casual observers. “Translating Live to Online is funded by Creative Ireland and Limerick City and County Council through Creative Ireland Made in Limerick Grant 2020.”What is Translating Live to Online?The workshop is designed to develop audience engagement and shared experience. Not solely in the live context, the workshop explores how “live” translates to “online”. Can the lived and shared experiences of an actor and audience exist when presented through online platforms?How can theatre artists become effective storytellers while not becoming filmmakers. Many artists are moving activities online, hoping to find an audience for a new, ‘not-quite-live/ not-quite-video-or-film’ artform.Practitioners must therefore examine what this new discipline might be and how it connects with audiences as active participants in the performance, as opposed to casual observers.Simon Thompson facilitates three independent week-long sessions for five emerging/ midcareer/ established Artists, in Belltable Hub.Artists will explore Complicité and Kinetic Empathy through play and failure, improvisations and physical interventions. Particular focus will be on the corporeal architecture of the body.Through embodiment of sensation and emotion, the Artists learn about their own body, become aware of how it moves through space and how much non-verbal information it imparts to the observer.Simon said “The current world crisis has affected everyone to varying degrees and as a creative person the lack of human interaction and the excitement of sharing ideas has indeed been one of those challenges. “However thanks to the Belltable. I’m shaking myself down and heading into the studio with 3 different groups of local artists, and we’re going to explore ideas surrounding audiences and live performance. “Furthermore we will consider the implications and very exciting possibilities, which transitioning to online may present. These workshops will allow local artists to challenge, develop and explore new possibilities and opportunities for creating, audience focused and engaging theatre for the future.”The three weeks in question will run in Belltable Hub:week 1 – emerging artists – 28 September – 3 Octoberweek 2 – midcareer artists – 5-10 Octoberweek 3 – established artists – 12-17 OctoberWho is Translating Live to Online for? Professional theatre/ performance artists/makers  at different stages of their careers: actors, dancers, playwrights, performance devisers, designers, etcApplicants must have theatre/ performance as their main career and have professional experience, or studied theatre/ performance at third level.These workshops are for practitioners living, working and substantially operating in Limerick city and county.To see if you are eligible please read more on the criteria here – https://bit.ly/3gYV4H8How to apply for Translating Live to Online: Please find the application form on the website – click this link https://bit.ly/3gYV4H8. The application form should be emailed to [email protected] Application deadline is Friday, 11th September at 12 noon.  RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleIrish Distillers launches Jameson Engineering Graduate ProgrammeNext articleLittle Mollie needs help to stop injuring herself Meghann Scully WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Print Twitter Facebook Linkedincenter_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener LifestyleArtsLimerickNewsBelltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this AutumnBy Meghann Scully – September 5, 2020 96 TAGSartsBelltable:ConnectKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Posttheatre Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Mapping Key DNA Markers for the Autoflower Trait to Accelerate Breeding Elite Hemp and…

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 TAGS  Local News Mapping Key DNA Markers for the Autoflower Trait to Accelerate Breeding Elite Hemp and Cannabis Varieties NESS ZIONA, Israel & HOLLISTER, Calif–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 10, 2021– NRGene (TASE: NRGN), a leading genomics AI company and Kayagene, a pioneer in hemp and cannabis breeding, are pleased to announce the completion of a milestone in their strategic research collaboration. This ongoing collaboration was initiated over 2 years ago, beginning with genomic assembly of several of Kayagene’s cannabis and hemp breeding lines, using NRGene’s DenovoMAGIC™ technology. Now, the companies have successfully mapped several key genes including the autoflowering gene, which is a highly desired trait and of great interest for the hemp and cannabis industries. NRGene estimates, that following the development of DNA markers for the autoflowering trait, it is now possible to integrate this trait into any hemp and cannabis variety within 12 to 18 months. Cannabis and hemp plants are typically photoperiod dependent, meaning the plants start flowering only when daylength becomes shorter and approaches 12 hours. However, cannabis and hemp plants harboring the day-neutral or “autoflower” gene, flower automatically when they are 3-4 weeks old, no matter the daylength. Thus, varieties with this trait can be grown year-round in greenhouse or fields without the necessity to manipulate daylength, which is cost-efficient for multiple flower or seed harvests. “Our efficient genomic capabilities enabled the rapid and accurate mapping of the autoflower trait and the identification of linked DNA markers,” Said DR. Gil Ronen, NRGene’s CEO & Co-Founder. “Using these markers, Kayagene can now reduce, by 50%, the time required to incorporate the autoflower trait into their proprietary elite cannabis and hemp varieties.” Trait mapping and marker-assisted breeding are vital in a competitive market because it accelerates the time to market for unique and improved varieties harboring those key traits. The use of molecular markers enables rapid and accurate selections and reduces the presence of deleterious genes introduced by traditional breeding methods. “Kayagene is employing these advanced techniques using NRGene’s genomics tools and our vast experience with breeding, to develop improved elite hemp and cannabis varieties. Our goal is to accelerate the industry by developing highly competitive, vigorous, and reliable genetics through the application of genomic tools and analytics”, says Dr. Christopher Hohn, Kayagene’s Director of R&D. To learn more about this project join our upcoming webinar – Register here About NRGene NRGene develops and commercializes cutting-edge AI based genomic tools that are reshaping agriculture and livestock worldwide. Our cloud-based software solutions are designed to analyze big data generated by next generation sequencing technologies in an affordable, scalable and precise manner. By applying our vast proprietary databases and AI-based technologies, we provide leading international agriculture, seed and food companies, with computational tools to optimize and accelerate their breeding programs, significantly increasing crop yield and saving time and money. Among our customers are companies from different verticals, such as agriculture, food, beverages, oil, paper, rubber, cannabis, etc. About Kayagene Kayagene is a genetics company leveraging breeding technologies which deliver stable hemp varieties relevant to today’s market. Learn more about their breeding program at www.kayagene.com View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210210005714/en/ CONTACT: Yana Voldman Marketing Director NRGene Phone: +972-50-9002844 [email protected] Dr. Christopher E. Hohn Director of R&D Kayagene, LLC Phone +1-866-420-5292 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ISRAEL MIDDLE EAST CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY AGRICULTURE NATURAL RESOURCES SOFTWARE RESEARCH SCIENCE SOURCE: NRGene Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/10/2021 11:20 AM/DISC: 02/10/2021 11:21 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210210005714/en WhatsApp Pinterest Twittercenter_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Previous articleMercer looks to sweep SamfordNext articleNewegg Grows Company’s Presence in Southern California with Expansive New 3PL Facility Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApplast_img read more

UK Supreme Court to rule on quashed conviction compensation

first_imgNews UK Supreme Court to rule on quashed conviction compensation By News Highland – May 11, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Previous articleDonegal man who died in boating tragedy namedNext articleCouncil urged to help fund Letterkenny airstrip development News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th The UK’s Supreme Court is due to rule later today on whether a Sinn Fein MLA and a Derry journalist should be compensated for murder convictions which were later quashed.Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney and Journalist Eamonn MacDermott were convicted of murdering RUC officer Patrick McNulty in Derry in 1977. Mr McCartney was also found guilty of murdering DuPont managing director Jeffrey Agate in the city a week later.Mr McCartney spent 17 years in prison. During that time he became the IRA’s officer commanding in the Maze and spent 53 days on hunger strike, while Mr MacDermott spent 15 years in jail.Both men were cleared in February 2007 after judges said there was doubt about the safety of their guilty verdicts. After a previous compensation application and subsequent judicial review both ruled against the men,  they appealed to the Supreme Court last year.The Lord Chief Justice reserved judgement on their appeal, and in what could prove to be a landmark case, he’ll give his ruling today. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterestlast_img read more

Nothing to suggest that Strabane incidents were connected

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Twitter Nothing to suggest that Strabane incidents were connected Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Google+ Previous articleTwo families left homesless after deliberate Strabane fireNext articleCustoms VRT blitz yields results News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Facebookcenter_img By News Highland – April 20, 2010 Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp A man has been shot in both legs in a paramilitary-style attack in Strabane.Four men went into a house at Lisnafin Park, Strabane, at around 11 o clock last night.Meanwhile, Two families have been left homeless after an oil tank was deliberately set on fire in Strabane.A 24-year-old man was forced out to the front of his flat in Lisnafin Park in Strabane at around 11 o clock last night.He was then shot in both legs in the garden at the front of his home.The man was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he’s recieving treatment. Police have appealed to anyone with information about the attack to contact them.As of yet no-one has claimed repsonsbility for the shooting, but it’s believed dissident republicans where behind the attack.Meanwhile, a young family and a young man have been left homeless after an oil tank was deliberlatley set on fire in Strabane.The fire service was called to the fire on the Ballycolman Estate shortly after 3 o clock this morning.Two detached bungalows were destroyed and fire officer Mark Deeney, who was at the scene said the damage was so severe that the houses caanot be used for the forseeable future.At the moment there is nothing to suggest that the shooting and the fire are connected.Strabane Councillor, Micheala Boyle has condmened both incidents.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/mic1pm.mp3[/podcast] 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

SC Staff Tests Positive For COVID-19

first_imgTop StoriesSC Staff Tests Positive For COVID-19 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 April 2020 11:23 AMShare This – xOne Supreme Court employee tested postive for COVID-19 on Monday night.As per sources, the Section IV employee has been admitted to government hospital for treatment.Following this, two Registrars have been asked to go into quarantine.The employee had last reported to work on April 16.The family of the employee has been put into home quarantine.Efforts are underway for tracing the persons…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?LoginOne Supreme Court employee tested postive for COVID-19 on Monday night.As per sources, the Section IV employee has been admitted to government hospital for treatment.Following this, two Registrars have been asked to go into quarantine.The employee had last reported to work on April 16.The family of the employee has been put into home quarantine.Efforts are underway for tracing the persons who came into contact with the person, said sources who are in the know of the developments.The SC is expected to issue an official confirmation of this development soon, and is likely to undertake sanitisation and fumigation process in the court premises in consultation with experts.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

Slab Road, Burnfoot to close overnight as part of Garda investigation

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday 20th MarchNext articleCommunities encouraged to take part in Donegal’s Big Clean Up News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Slab Road, Burnfoot to close overnight as part of Garda investigation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – March 20, 2018 Gardai in Buncrana are advising that the Slab Road, Burnfoot will be closed overnight as part of a Garda investigation.Diversions are in place via Bridgend. Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Community Enhancement Programme open for applications last_img read more


first_imgThis week’s lettersManagement’s full support is vital for real success at work I was excitedly drawn to the headline ‘Turning management thinking on itshead’ (Professional agenda, 13 April). And crikey, what a disappointment! Customer service is only superficially in the remit of ‘frontline’ people.Why waste money training staff to ‘smile and use the right words’? If you haverecruited good people they will know how to do it anyway, mainly because theyare customers themselves. They often do it exceptionally well, but go home fedup because management regularly put the kibosh on their efforts. Now, really turning management thinking on its head means agreeing thatmanagement and supervision, in whatever organisation, are in their position forone reason alone, and that is to fully support non-management staff to get itright first time. All processes must support that value. For example: – Each worker should have customer service objectives included in theirappraisal (yes, even the gardener) – Customers should be surveyed at least every three months, to find out howthey feel they are treated – Customer survey results should be reported to everyone – Bonuses should only be paid on the outcome of these customer satisfactionmeasures – Each customer complaint should be reported to everyone for discussion,resolution and monitoring, so that it does not happen again – Ditto any praise that individuals or the organisation receives – Include topic(s) related to customer service in every meeting agenda. Making staff care is unnecessary. People go to work only wanting to do theirjobs well. They don’t get up in the morning thinking: ‘Well, I wonder what Ican mess up today?’ It’s usually management that does that for them. Anne Faris Managing director, AF Associates ELA set to further its investigatory studies I would like to clarify a couple of points about the Employment LawyersAssociation’s (ELA) work on accreditation, referred to in your front pagearticle ‘Lawyers threaten Union power base’ (News, 20 April 2004). The ELA has been consulting with its members on the question of whether weshould take a lead in introducing a form of accreditation for employmenttribunal practitioners. We are not, however, in the initial stages ofconsulting with the Government on whether to introduce such a scheme, allowingonly certain lawyers to represent claimants at tribunal, as stated in yourarticle. The catalyst for the consultation of our members was a report into theoperation of employment tribunals which indicated, among other things, thatsome form of accreditation of tribunal practitioners would be of benefit to thegeneral public. The ELA is committed to ensuring the best practice ofemployment law and, therefore, the promotion of an appropriate accreditationscheme could be consistent with that aim. Having consulted with our members, we are now in the process of analysingthe results. The issues we have canvassed opinion on include: – Whether an accreditation scheme should only focus on tribunal practice – Whether an accreditation scheme which the ELA might sponsor or establishshould be open only to lawyers or to all tribunal practitioners, includingemployment consultants and others who already practise in the tribunal. Once we have analysed the results of our survey, we will share them with ourmembers and a wider audience of interested parties. Julian Hemming Chairman, Employment Lawyers Association HR selection criteria is too short-sighted There have been many letters in Personnel Today regarding the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualification versus experience.I have to say that as a jobseeker, I am finding a great deal ofunprofessionalism in recruitment. And as a recruitment specialist myself, Ihave been surprised at the stereotypical and short-sighted selection criteriaused by many organisations. Many companies only want recruitment staff from the same sector, but I thinkthis is really an insult to the intelligence of their wider recruitmentcolleagues. I am qualified and experienced in recruitment and current methods,and believe it would only take a day or two to pick up the culture of anorganisation if they hired me. I have had a number of interim project-based positions, through necessity towork, not choice. Yet I was told by a professional services recruiter that thisshowed I was a risk. I hadn’t realised studies had been carried out that showeda link between fixed-term contracts and a person’s ability to do a job. The comment that took the biscuit, however, was from another professionalservices firm, which said I had been unsuccessful because of the university Iattended. In the interviewer’s words: ‘All our team have been to the topuniversities’. As I have a good degree and a post-graduate diploma in HRmanagement, I am a little saddened that in the 21st century, people are stillsnobbish enough to place such importance on which university someone attends. Unfortunately, such narrow-minded recruitment attitudes are prevalent amongCity institutions. The more professional an organisation claims to be, the more unprofessionalits recruitment seems to be. Thankfully, many organisations are not soshort-sighted, so hopefully my job search will not last for too long. Details supplied Obesity may hinder the future workforce I have been following the debate on obesity with great interest. I found thesurvey commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) very interesting. Iparticularly agreed with John Krebbs, chairman of the FSA, when he said thatfamilies need support from schools, industry and broadcasters if the Governmentis to make a difference on this issue. I am the managing partner of a contract caterer focusing on education, and aparent of a school-age child. I have always believed today’s children are theworkforce of the future. An unhealthy workforce is not something to bewelcomed. I see it as my responsibility and that of my colleagues, to offer children amenu that is low in fat, salt and sugar, with a good quality choice of freshfruit and vegetables. But equally, it is the responsibility of those charged with the welfare ofthe workforce to seize this challenge and give their caterers the focus toimprove everyone’s diet. The problem is not just in schools. Adults needsupport as well. It takes is imagination and it is harder work to produce ahealthier menu, but it is worth it. Kate Martin Managing partner, Brookwood Partnership Where to draw the line on equal pay? Can you ask HR Hartley what he thinks we should do about equal pay? First,for people who have been in their role for a long time and therefore command ahigher salary, and also, how we can pay someone an equal salary when there areno men to benchmark their salaries against? In my firm, the HR department ismade up solely of women. Is there going to be some directive to ‘let us off the hook’ when it gets totribunal stage, if we find that we have been under-paying a female member ofstaff? Come to think of it, should we just pay all women in a similar role thesame rate of pay, regardless of their length of service? And what would happen if a man’s salary was less than his femalecounterpart’s? Would we be over-paying the woman, or should we bring the maninto line with her wages? Now, there’s a thought! Details supplied Promotions through affiliation rife in HR A letter printed in Personnel Today (13 April) entitled ‘Qualified doesn’talways mean better’ outlined the reason why HR has no credibility. Every HR professional with qualifications knows of a senior manager in HRwho doesn’t, yet got a senior position with a salary to match. To become an HR officer or assistant in some organisations, you are requiredto be MIPD. This creates confusion as many individuals begin to ask what arethe benefits of being qualified when you can just land a job in HR because yourface fits, or you have been around for a long time. HR has created its own problems. In professions such as teaching, nursingand law, you need a qualification to undertake work in your chosen field.Moving the goalposts when it suits you (often moved by the said seniormanagement officers, who have no respect for the profession or what it has tooffer) creates confusion and disgruntlement. I have worked with many seniorswho did not have HR qualifications and were able to obtain the titles MCIPD andFCIPD through affiliation alone. So what value does a CIPD qualification have?In my view, not a lot. Details supplied Comments are closed. LettersOn 25 May 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more