Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Thisweek’s lettersDrive for police diversity will aggravatecurrent problemsTheNational Black Police Association’s call for quotas for ethnic recruits is notonly misguided, but will create more problems than it resolves(HR Hartley, 14 September).Whilethe aim to have a police force whose make-up reflects the community it servesis desirable, the means by which it is achieved is critical. Researchshows that affirmative action schemes, designed to assist certain groups, helpneither the organisations in achieving their quotas, nor the recruitedindividuals, who are often deemed less competent as a result of the selectionprocess.Ifthe police are attracting enough applicants from ethnic minorities who are notbeing selected, the selection processes need to be examined. Is it fair, validand reliable? Are interviewers properlytrained? Why are potential ethnic minority candidates not applying? Addressingthese problems is a major challenge as a cultural change needs to take place,which requires perseverance. Groucho Marx once said that thesecret of life was honesty and fair play. Fake that, and you’vegot it made. Implementingquotas to change the numbers is the ‘faking’ of diversity. In this case, itwon’t help.Binna KandolaOccupational psychologist, Pearn KandolaLorry drivers’ safety is being overlookedWithan increasing number of attacks on HGV lorry drivers across the UKand Europe, driving for a livingis now more about being a security guard than truck driver. Demonstratinga lack of awareness of the all-encompassing role of the UKlorry driver, many personnel managers are failing to provide sufficient safetymeasures, leaving drivers exposed to the danger of attacks. Wehear about the issues associated with company car drivers and also about thesecurity of the vehicle loads, but little is done to protect the actual driversof commercial vehicles.Personnelmanagers need to be more aware of the legal requirement to address commercialvehicle driver safety in the workplace – after all, a driver’s cab is their‘office’. They must comply with the provisions of Section 2 of the Health &Safetyat Work Act, 1974 to provide a safe and secure environment within whichemployees can work.Indeed,if a cab is broken into, a vehicle can be disabled for two weeks resulting ingoods and subsequently customer relationships potentially wasted. Attacks on drivers are therefore a threat tothe bottom line as well as the drivers. Aduty of care is owed to them. I urge personnel managers to take reasonablesafety and security measures to ensure the safety of HGV drivers, and not justthe loads they carry. Debbie JonesProtekdor Holiday leave has its ups and downs tooPersonnel Today has written extensivelyabout managing absence. But to my knowledge, it has not tackled the ups anddowns of holidays. Ican almost hear HR’scollective sigh of relief now that the majority of workers are back from theirannual summer break. Currently, some employers will be counting the number ofpost-holiday resignations. No doubt some young employees will have decided theywould rather be Club 18-30 reps than face that steady clerical job you recruitedthem for a few months back, while a few older ones will have realised they’dprefer to backpack around the world than chase the quarterly sales figures forthe next 10 years. Ifthis sounds familiar, and you are fast reaching the assumption that holidaysare bad for business, think again. Theydo have their positive side. They allow management development to happen inpractice. When those line managers who refuse to delegate are away on leave,there is a great opportunity for the organisation to give staff the chance totake charge. Skills in decision-making and general management are honed.Inturn, motivation and morale is raised. Staff tested and put in charge, if only temporarily, feel valued, and that their employersrecognise they have promotion potential. Howorganisations cope with the holidays of their senior managers is a goodindicator of their cultures. If they are hierarchical with closed communicationsystems and little in place for management development and personal careerplanning, holidays by the people at the top are going to be disruptive. Why isit, for example, that so few entrepreneurs feel they can get away from theirbusinesses? Discourageyour managers from calling the office from the beach. They should let theircolleagues get on with it.Richard ScaseAuthor, Living in the Corporate ZooVision alone is not enough for changeStephenOfford’s view thateffective change hinges on the vision provided by a leader appears to beharking back to the ‘great man’ views of leadership (News, 7 September). Visionin itself will never deliver effective change. People must positively engagewith change, and this simply cannot be achieved single-handedly.Offord pessimistically contendsthat 95 per cent of people hate change. But recent research conducted by OPP,called Changing Times, shows themajority (72 per cent of our sample) had had positive experiences of change.Most are perfectly capable of distinguishing betweengenuinely engaging change programmes, and thinly-veiled propaganda exercises.Companiesmust understand what motivates their staff. Change must not threaten thoseaspects of work that are important to them.Idon’t believe that all organisations that ask for some help in understandingtheir staff more are, as Offordcontends, at ‘death’s door’.Bernard CookeHead of Change Enablement Consultancy, OPP Risk management is a serious businessRiskmanagement may have climbed the corporate agenda, but UKorganisations retain a haphazard, department-based approach that is not onlywasting money, but is actually damaging business value.Theissue is no longer simply ensuring business continuity in the event of a majorcatastrophe. It is also about the creation of strategies that underpin and canhelp to formulate good business practice; strategies that, for example, willmitigate the damage of a high-profile employee dismissal case, non-complianceto financial or other legislation, or failure to meet contractual supplierobligations. Whilemany organisations are investing significant resources in risk management, adisparate approach to separate business continuity issues will never create theconsolidated, business continuity strategy required to fix a growing problem.Someonehas to take central control. For the large organisation, that will increasinglymean the creation of a new board level role: the risk director, tasked withco-ordinating risk assessment and mitigation across the business, and gearingbusiness processes towards business continuity. Withoutthis role, organisations will struggle to demonstrate to their trading partnersand customers that they are safe to do business with. Graeme HoweEvent director, Business Continuity Expo 2005Employers must pay for union rep trainingInPersonnel Today’s 7 September issue(News), you asked your readers: ‘Should employers pay some of the cost oftraining union representatives?‘.Employersshould embrace trade unions within the workplace for the sake of put-upon employees. Trade unionsfight for equality and lead to good industrial relations.Ian McCannTrade Union Studies, Southampton City collegeTaking a stand can make a differenceIwas delighted to read that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruledagainst a Sunday Times advert headed: ‘What Turns Businessmen On? Domination’. Congratulations tothose who felt strongly enough to write to the ASA on this issue.Itjudged that the advert was misleading because it misrepresented the findings ofthe British Business Survey (BBS). The BBS clearly differentiates betweenbusiness men and business women in its own report, but the advert representedthe report as relating to business men alone. The overall result was tometaphorically airbrush women out of the picture.Despitethis victory, the ruling does give cause for concern. ASA continues to regardthe term ‘businessmen’ as satisfactory for referring to both sexes. It alsofailed to appreciate that an advertisement could be distasteful and offensive – notonly to women, but indeed to men, who were among those who complained.Bothissues are now the subject of an appeal. Once again, warm thanks to all of you(including Personnel Today) forhelping to promote responsible and inclusive practices in the press. We canmake change happen!Tess Finch-LeesDirector, diversity, The GlobalEffectiveness Group LettersOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today
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Associate head men’s basketball coach Tony Bland had been charged with bribery and fraud last September. Photo by Katie Chin | Daily TrojanAssociate head men’s basketball coach Tony Bland pleaded not guilty to four charges on Wednesday after being arrested in an FBI bribery and corruption case in September.The arraignment took place in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, a week after Bland was indicted on charges that include bribery and wire fraud, along with seven other men.Bland along with Lamont Evans, an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday, a day after Auburn’s Chuck Person and Arizona’s Emanuel “Book” Richardson did the same. Bland allegedly took bribes from would-be sports agent Christian Dawkins and financial adviser Munish Sood and helped facilitate payments to two USC players or recruits that amounted to $9,000 in total. Dawkins also pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, as well as Adidas executive Merl Code.Bland’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, called the case “a waste of government resources” in an interview with the Los Angeles Times and said he did not know what the evidence was.USC held sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton out of the team’s first two games, releasing a statement that there were eligibility concerns surrounding the sophomore guard. Melton’s attorney, though, denied any wrongdoing and said that multiple investigations had cleared Melton. Though some coaches from other schools involved in the investigation have been fired, Lichtman said that USC has treated Bland well. “USC has been incredibly decent to him,” Lichtman said to the Times. “I don’t think the schools are following each other in lock step.”
The former Ireland full-back took over in 2010 and says it’s the right time to leave.Quins are currently third in the Premiership table and they’ve already reached the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.
With the NCAA basketball season winding down and the NBA Draft two months away, speculation as to which team will draft star forward Zion Williamson has started to heat up.Williamson has already stated: “Whatever team drafts me, that’s where I want to be.” But it turns out he may have a preference as to where he plays next as the 18-year-old “doesn’t want to play in a big market,” Tracy McGrady reported on ESPN’s “The Jump.” ESPN notes the Knicks and the Suns are projected as the favorite to earn the top pick for draft, which begins June 20, both with a 14 percent chance. Entering Friday’s games, New York has the worst record in the league at 14-58, while the Suns are three games back with a 17-56 record. Williamson, who has averaged 22.1 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 69.3 percent from the field, still has to finish out his college season by competing in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. His top-seeded Duke team opens up the tournament Friday with a Round 1 game against North Dakota State. There are still some questions as to which team will get the No. 1 pick with the NBA’s lottery system, but the Knicks, Suns, Cavaliers, Bulls and Hawks all have a shot at securing the overall pick, depending on how the lottery pans out. Zion Williamson: ‘It’d be an honor to play for the Knicks’ Williamson hasn’t expressed unwillingness to play for any team, though he did recently say he’d he honored to play for New York if that’s where he was drafted. Related News
Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt didn’t long for Jones to praise Miocic, while also throwing gasoline onto the fire at his fiercest rival without even mentioning Cormier’s name. Stipe is hands down the greatest heavyweight of all time. I have nothing else to say— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 18, 2019After Cormier first beat Miocic at UFC 226 to win the heavyweight belt, in addition to being the 205-pound titleholder, the majority of MMA pundits and fans felt like Cormier earned the distinction of being the pound-for-pound king of the four-ounce gloves. The perceived notion still held up even when Cormier vacated the light heavyweight title and Jones captured the belt once again at UFC 232 vs. Alexander Gustafsson. Not happy with the fact people felt he wasn’t the king of the hill, Jones made it abundantly clear who should and shouldn’t be on top of the mountain. Now can we stop playing games with these pound for pound rankings already— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 18, 2019 One of the narratives heading into Saturday’s UFC 241 had been if Daniel Cormier beat Stipe Miocic in their rematch, then a trilogy bout with Jon Jones would be on the horizon. Cormier and Jones even shockingly agreed the proposed bout would take place at 205 pounds where Jones is the current light heavyweight champion. Jones had beaten Cormier in January 2015 and would have defeated him there again if not for a failed drug test after their 2017 fight.However, Miocic spoiled those plans, stopping Cormier in the fourth round to regain the heavyweight championship. To cap off his evening on social media, Jones took one final swipe at Cormier. Awesome night of fights, best card of the year so far. I think I’m going to have a glass of wine— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 18, 2019
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Men’s 10,000m during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He will aim for more glory next month at the London World Championships.London, United Kingdom | AFP | British athletics superstar Mo Farah eased to victory in the 3000 metres at the Diamond League meet in the London Stadium on Sunday and said off the track matters didn’t concern him.The 34-year-old — a quadruple Olympic and world champion having achieved the 5000 and 10000m double twice in both sporting showpieces — said he could do little about his medical records being hacked by Fancy Bears and then leaked to the press as happened last week.“Other things don’t distract me. I’m only in control of my legs. Never will I fail a test,” said Farah.“I run year after year with joy and there’s not much more you can do.“I love being on the podium, hearing the anthem and making people proud to be British. I love what I do and I’m good at what I do –- you can’t worry about other stuff.”Whilst Farah posted an impressive warm-up run for the world championships and his track swansong in London in three weeks time there were others too who landed psychological blows.Jamaica’s 100m and 200m women’s champion Elaine Thompson won the 100m coming from behind to edge out her great rival Dutch woman Dafne Schippers despite the winner wearing shoes which resembled trainers.“I do have on spikes but they are very petite. They are built especially for me and made lighter,” said Thompson.“I’m really looking forward to the Worlds. A lot of Jamaicans are in London and it’s like our home town.”There was a cracking race in the women’s 100m hurdles with world record holder Kendra Harrison pushed the whole way by Australia’s Sally Pearson who experienced her greatest moment on the same track in 2012 taking Olympic gold.“She (Pearson) really pushed me and I hit a few hurdles as I felt her next to me,” said Harrison, who made it 21 successive wins.For Pearson it was a welcome return to form after injury blighted the past two years.“My goodness I can’t believe it!” beamed the 30-year-old.“I knew I was in good shape. This is far out! I am really excited I’ve been able to prove myself.”Aries Merritt suggested he could well be a title contender in the men’s 110m hurdles at the worlds just two years after undergoing a kidney transplant as the 2012 Olympic champion won in a personal best time for the season of 13.09sec. Share on: WhatsApp “I won Olympic gold here and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be running into form at the right time,” said Merritt.American athletics great Allyson Felix ran an eye-catching 400m to time 49.65sec, the fastest time in the world this year on what was her first appearance of the season in the Diamond League.“I’m running into shape,” said the 31-year-old, who has six Olympic gold medals but just one in an individual event.“Just wanted my progress to be gradual this year as I had a tough year last year.“I just so love the sport and I am going to keep fighting hard,” added Felix.Nijel Amos threw down the gauntlet to the 800m title contenders when the Botswana athlete ran the fastest time in the world this year 1min 43.18 on the track where he won Olympic silver behind David Rudisha in 2012.There was an emotional send-off for Paralympian legend David Weir, who won his final track race — the 800m — in the stadium where he won three titles in the 2012 Paralympics.“That is definitely the last time on the track,” said Weir.“This is the finale that I wanted — It is amazing to have my family here with me especially my kids who don’t come to many races.”There was a world record in the rarely competed for one kilometre walk on its first outing in the Diamond League — Tom Bosworth recording a time of 5min 31.08sec.The British national anthem also rang out — an oddity in itself at a Diamond League meeting — as the British men’s 4x400m relay quartet from the 2008 Beijing Olympics received bronze medals.The quartet received their medals, with IAAF president Sebastian Coe attending the ceremony, because the Russians had been disqualified for doping.