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Let the old masters pass on silky skills

first_imgLet the old masters pass on silky skillsOn 30 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today The DTI is to launch a taskforce to look at the challenges presented by anageing workforce. The Government is recruiting leading figures from employers’ bodies to helpadvise companies on the legal obligations they will face when agediscrimination at work becomes illegal in December 2006. Sources suggest the taskforce will investigate how the Government and EU canshape policy to improve the situation. Recent figures show that business could face a flood of litigation, witheight out of 10 workers over 50 claiming to have been victims of agediscrimination. Sir Bobby Robson, the 71-year-old manager of Newcastle United and AgePositive champion, proves that you’re never too old to contribute. By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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University spends £11m on staff credit cards

first_imgOxford University spent £11 million on staff credit cards in 2017/18, Freedom of Information (FOI) data has revealed.The University has declined to give a breakdown of the transactions. The findings make up part of an investigation by The Sun into the £204 million total charged to credit cards at universities nationwide.Employees at other universities used the cards to pay for trips to strips clubs and items from sex shops.Oxford University accounts for 5.4% of credit card spending by universities in the UK. The University of Nottingham spent the most, with a total bill of £19.8m. The 54 institutions which replied to the FOI request received £1.2bn of public funding in 2017/18.Unlike universities including Durham and Liverpool, Oxford refused to give a breakdown as it insists this would have taken over 18 hours. This is the maximum amount of time a public authority is required to spend on a single Freedom of Information request.A University of Oxford spokesperson told Cherwell  that “the breakdown would have meant checking more than 12,000 individual records.”They added that “no instances of improper use of credit cards was found in this period. All expenditure is [a] key business essential to running an outstanding global university.”The University also noted that it “does undertake random spot checks on a monthly basis to check the validity of purchases”, and that no one had been reprimanded for improper spending since January 2012.Among the universities to give a breakdown, Northumbria University spent £2,184 at Spearmint Rhino, a lap-dancing club, while a £2,614 trip Las Vegas was charged to Durham University credit cards.The investigation also found that staff at City University in London spent £23,790 at just two pubs, while Liverpool University cards have been billed £22,000 for Domino’s Pizza.Oxford SU had “no response” to the findings, but noted that it would “like to take this opportunity to remind students that if they have any concerns relating to the university,” staff were “ready to listen”.last_img read more

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AAG setting up clubs in secondary schools

first_imgWITH the completion of the National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships,the lingering question is what’s next for these sports in the schools as well as for individual athletes who have shown potential.Towards that end, at least in the field of athletics, president of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG)Aubrey Hudson, said that the Association is working along with the Guyana Teacher’s Union and Ministry of Education (MoE) to have every secondary school in the country registered with the Association.According to Hudson,when systems are put in place to foster a better relationship between the schools and the AAG,it will put the Association in a better position to look at the welfare of the students.“We are in touch with the school system,” Hudson said, continuing that: “We are on a drive right now to register every secondary school as members of the AAG, because we feel a need for them to be represented, and (we’ll) try to sit with the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education(in) creating the interest in track and field and ensuring that every school has a physical education teacher with at least a basic knowledge of track and field.With that even if they (the athletes) are far away from a club but they have an active school’s track and field program then we can more be in touch with them, and whenever we have meets we can ensure that they are invited.”Hutson added that the Association is looking at outlying areas outside of Georgeotown, and the initiative has already begun to roll out on the East Coast of Demerara.“To take the whole country in one grasp it’s going to be too difficult. We’re working primarily on the East Coast right now, and once we would have covered there, we’re going to move to the West Coast, West Bank and East Bank.“Linden and Georgetown are, I don’t want to say taken care of, but most of the athletes in these areas are in clubs, so we’re really looking at the outlying areas immediately outside of Georgetown, and then we’ll go to Berbice and so on.” Hudson related.The AAG recently assisted the East Coast Demerara, District 4, team to train on the highway for the recently concluded Nationals.The Asosciation is working on its relationship with the varying authorities that run the school system, Hutson noted, to improve on the overall Championships as well.“We’re really and truly massaging our relationship with the GTU and the Ministry (of Education) and I think every year it is getting better and better. We’re changing our approach and we’re gently bringing to board the things that we think are going to make the Championships better.”Working along with the organisers the AAG provided the Fully Automatic Timing (FAT) system to record timings at the Championships this year, the first time that the system was in use at this event. Through this the AAG can now sanction timings clocked at the meet.“The mere fact that we are going to authenticate their performances, we can use those performances now as a yardstick to judge when requests are made to us for athletes of a particular talent for let’s say for scholarship then we can say yes these are authentic performances.” Hutson relayed.last_img read more

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Mitch Kupchak eager for Lakers season, uncertain on timetable for Kobe Bryant’s return

first_imgA smile bore on Mitch Kupchak’s face, suggesting eagerness for another NBA season to start.The Lakers’ general manager enthusiastically greeted a larger number of media members Wednesday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. But one particular topic emerged that dampened the good vibes and illustrated the uncertainty beginning Saturday when the Lakers start training camp.The Lakers offered no timetable on whether Kobe Bryant will rehab his torn Achilles tendon in time for the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers, or for any of the team’s eight exhibition games through Oct. 25. He’s currently running at 75 percent on a weight-bearing treadmill and then must run at full weight and participate in basketball-related drills.“I do believe he’ll get back and he’ll play this season,” Kupchak said of Bryant. “You won’t be able to look at him and say he’s hurt.” The delayed talks partly stem from the Lakers’ curiosity on whether Bryant can mirror last season’s output when he averaged 27.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting, six assists and 5.6 rebounds.“I think he wants to do the same thing,” Kupchak said. “I think it makes sense for him and for us to get him back on the court and get a feel and a gauge of how much longer he wants to play and at what level.”Bryant’s likely absense from training camp will coincide with Steve Nash and Pau Gasol playing a limited role. Kupchak envisioned the Lakers fielding a 19-player training camp roster so Nash and Gasol can pace through the preseason after spending all summer fully rehabbing their respective hamstring and knee injuries. They missed a combined 65 games last season, and remained limited on both ends of the court.“If he’s healthy, he’s going to be an All-Star player,” Kupchak said of Gasol, who averaged a career-low 13.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting last season. “He’ll be the focal point of our play in the paint.”As for Nash, Kupchak echoed recent suggestions from Lakers trainer Gary Vitti that the team will reduce his minutes. The Lakers believe Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar competing for the backup point guard spot will help make that possible. “We’re a great team with the ball in Steve Nash’s hands. But once again, I’m not sure how it will play out,” Kupchak said. “With a training camp and increased depth at that position, there’s more confidence there than it was last year.”The Lakers have issues beyond health concerns. Excerpts from Jeanie Buss’ updated memoir were published in the Los Angeles Times detailing frustration on how the Lakers handled last season’s coaching search in choosing Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson. Jeanie, the Lakers president and Jackson’s longtime companion, also detailed how that soured her relationship with her brother Jim, the team’s vice president of player personnel.Kupchak called Jeanie’s sentiments “completely understandable,” but argued it won’t hurt the Lakers’ brand as a “destination place.” But doesn’t Dwight Howard’s departure this offseason to the Houston Rockets suggest otherwise?“I think it was unique,” Kupchak said. “For some reason unbeknownst to me, this was not the place for him. There has been much written and much said about it. But I’ll be honest, if I had to pick one thing, I probably couldn’t. The bottom line is this was not the place he wanted to play.” Kupchak will soon find out if others feel differently. With Nash and Robert Sacre the only players with guaranteed contracts worth a combined $10.6 million after next season, the Lakers have plenty of money to lure possible free agents. That could include LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Zach Randolp, Rudy Gay and Luol Deng. “It’s going to be tough to get players to move,” Kupchak said. “I don’t know what next offseason holds. We’ll certainly be active. If we can get done what we want to get done, then great. If not, we’ll move to the next offseason.”With Howard leaving partly because of Bryant’s demanding leadership style, does that put the onus on the Lakers’ star to change his game to attract free agents?“Kobe’s not going to play to lure somebody to Los Angeles,” Kupchak said. “He’s going to play to try to win games. If the way he plays helps lure players to Los Angeles, then so be it.”Instead, Kupchak predicted Bryant deferring more out of physical necessity. “He may decide to get players involved more and do things differently,” Kupchak said. “But if we’re down by two or down by three, the Kobe we know and love will take the last shot.”Bryant hasn’t done that since injuring his left Achilles tendon April 12 against Golden State. Shortly after, Bryant offered coaching advice in the trainer’s room and on Twitter, moves that appeared to undermine D’Antoni. Is that a concern if Bryant stays sidelined for part of this season?“The best Mike can hope for is to get to know Kobe better and figure out a way to manage it as best he can,” Kupchak said. “No coach has been able to control Kobe.”Kupchak also suggested D’Antoni will pay more attention to defense this season because of the departures involving Howard and Metta World Peace, whom the Lakers waived through the amnesty provision in a cost-cutting measure. The Lakers also hired Kurt Rambis, who oversaw the team’s defense as an assistant for 10 years under Jackson. But Kupchak reiterated support for D’Antoni, saying, “We back him 100 percent” despite a Lakers fanbase largely unsatisfied with how he handled a season filled with overlapping injuries, competing coaching and player agendas and a first-round exit to San Antonio.“If we give Mike the chance, which we’re committed to do, and he has a training camp and healthy roster,” Kupchak said, “people in Los Angeles are going to be happy.”That usually only happens if the Lakers win an NBA championship. Despite his cheery mood, Kupchak shied away from thinking that way.“It’s hard to have expectations until we know when and how Kobe is going to return,” Kupchak said. “You can’t sit down and pencil what our record may be until you know how one of the best if not the best player in the NBA is going to play.” But Kupchak remains “concerned” about Bryant, 35, pushing himself too hard.“I’m wondering at night if he’s going to a gym someday. He jumped off a diving board,” Kupchak said, referring to a video Bryant posted on Vine. “Not great judgment.”Kupchak and Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, also haven’t yet discussed signing an extension for Bryant, who will enter his 18th season earning $30.45 million in the final year of his contract. Bryant would earn $32 million next season if he seeks the maximum five percent raise over his current salary. But with more punitive luxury tax penalties and the Lakers’ hope to have financial flexibility for next year’s loaded free agent class, it’s likely Bryant would have to take a paycut despite bringing the Lakers five NBA titles.Kupchak declined addressing that issue, calling it “speculative” and “negotiating through the press.”“Kobe has made it clear he intends to retire in a Laker uniform,” Kupchak said. “As an organization we feel the same way.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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A TPA showdown set for Friday

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. House is expected to vote on Trade Promotion Authority Friday, a move that signals the votes for passage are there. Earlier this week, House leadership and others indicated TPA would not be brought up this week if supports felt they couldn’t gather enough votes for passage. A procedural vote on Thursday narrowly passed the House.Ty Higgins has more details on a House TPA showdown.Ty’s Wrap for Fridaylast_img

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Alcoholic Harvester Pulling Team seeing ‘dreams come true’ in Louisville

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Alcoholic Harvester Pulling Team, ran by brothers Mark and Jim Metzger of Shelby, Ohio, are among the select few tractor pulling teams that received an invitation to run at the 2019 National Farm Machinery Show.The group made their rounds on social media after this year’s harvest with their video of the pulling tractor attached to a grain cart — and making a run with it.The 2019 National Farm Machinery Show runs through Saturday, with the Alcoholic Harvester pulling Thursday night.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood caught up with Mark and Jim to talk about the “dream come true” of pulling in Louisville.last_img read more

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Why Do Users Trust Mozilla More Than Google On Privacy?

first_imgTags:#Browsers#Chrome#Do Not Track#Firefox#Mozilla#privacy 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The privacy-obsessed don’t seem to think much of Google.A survey of consumer confidence found Mozilla to be the most trustworthy pure Internet company when it comes to user privacy, the organization eagerly announced. Out of companies generally, Mozilla broke into the top 20 in the study, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute.The top 20 includes plenty of other tech firms, including Amazon, eBay, Intuit, IBM, Microsoft, HP and even oft-loathed telecom carriers Verizon and AT&T.Notably absent? Google.It’s worth noting that this survey is a measure of consumer sentiment, not actual privacy features. Google gets very high ranks from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in its annual Privacy Scorecard, which tracks how major tech companies score on major issues of privacy. Twitter and the ISP Sonic.net topped the EFF’s list last year, but Google ranked third thanks to its privacy policies, transparency about user data requests from governments and legal and legislative advocacy on behalf of protecting user privacy.The EFF doesn’t include Mozilla in its Privacy Scorecard and declined to offer an off-the-cuff score for the nonprofit. Mozilla vs. Google – Who Can You Really Trust More? Mozilla is making a big deal of its ranking, and has been making user privacy a very public priority for some time. Despite questions about its effectiveness, the organization has been proactive in incorporating Do Not Track technology in its browsers. Mozilla espouses a six-point philosophy when it comes to user privacy and generally tends to be transparent about its intentions and activities related to how it shares and protects user data. At the same time, Google – which has more complex privacy issues to contend with as a search engine, email provider and major player in mobile computing – has itself been pretty transparent on privacy, doing things like publishing regular transparency reports outlining the growing number of government requests it receives. Google tends to comply with those inquiries, but does so judiciously and has decried the ease with which governments are legally able to snoop on users’ electronic communications. At the end of the day, both Chrome and Firefox are secure, privacy-friendly browsers – as are their other competitors. But defending privacy for Google is inherently more challenging given the company’s enormous size and broad product line. And it appears that Google is not doing a great job of portraying itself as a privacy-friendly organization.That could be a big problem. Moving forward, such perceptions – even more than objective actions and policies – could be crucial competitive differentiators.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. last_img read more

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World Cup Teams To Train In Sydney

first_imgKingsway Playing Fields in St Marys will host the teams on Saturday, 21 May, while Doyle Ground in Parramatta will be the location of day two of the training camp on Sunday, 22 May. The camp is one of two camps to be held in Sydney in the coming weeks before the teams depart for Edinburgh, Scotland to take part in the 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup, which will be contested between Wednesday, 22 June and Sunday, 26 June 2011. Stay tuned to the website for all of the latest news and information from the camp.last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool midfielder Fabinho proud of Mane assist

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho proud of Mane assistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho is delighted after his assist for Sadio Mane’s opener in victory over Manchester United on Sunday.The Brazilian laid on his first goal for Liverpool before turning in a dominant display that led to an eventual 3-1 victory.“It’s a thing I always try to perfect, to train,” Fabinho said of his chipped pass. “I get a lot of [the] ball, in a position that normally the opponent’s defence is making the move outwards, and our attackers are getting in.“I saw Mane making the sign with his hand and I launched it.”It was a good pass.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona boss Valverde: I’m as much a photographer as a coach

first_imgBarcelona boss Valverde: I’m as much a photographer as a coachby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveErnesto Valverde admits he regards himself as much as a photographer as a coach. The Barcelona trainer has spoken about how important it is for him to take advantage of the time he has to work with his cameras.”It’s clear that photography is a way to escape, but it’s not a hobby for me, it’s something very serious in my life,” he said to La Vanguardia.”When I was 17 years old, playing at Alaves, I was studying to get an industrial masters in electronics, a job that I never practiced.”At that time I liked to take photos but more as a hobby, until one day, with my first salary as a footballer, I asked a friend to bring me a camera from the Canary Islands.”It cost me 40,000 pesetas, I remember perfectly.”Valverde gets emotional when he talks about the various stages of picture taking.”That moment when you are in the laboratory and you smell acetic acid, a fixative, the developer that you have mixed yourself at home…” he continued.”You turn off the light inputs and you put the red light bulb on, you put the paper in the bucket and you see the image come out, that moment is amazing.”Though he is well known as an ex-football player and coach, Valverde defines himself as a photographer.”I am a trainer as well as a photographer,” he added.”I like to educate my eyes a lot by looking at books and I admire those photographers who have the patience to wait for good light and perfect a good frame.”I’m more immediate and visceral and I’m also nonconformist with my work.”I want my photos not to be very comfortable or friendly, I want my work to be different.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more