first_imgThis week’s lettersInstinctive selection leads to bad choicesI was saddened but not surprised to read your brief article on selectioninterviewing (News, 20 May). At a time when we need to select the best people and foster diversity in theworkplace, it is increasingly unacceptable to employ people simply because theyare like us. Yet this research tells us that more than 20 per cent of employersstill use ‘gut reaction’ to make recruitment decisions. Other research suggests HR professionals have more confidence in interviewresults than tests or questionnaires, even though all the evidence tells us thecareful use of objective selection methods – such as structured interviews andpsycho- metric tests – can result in better and fairer recruitment decisions. The ‘I can spot them as soon as they walk through the door’ approach shouldhave had its day. John HackstonManaging consultant, research & development, OPP Left puzzled by Q&A author’s conclusionI would like to comment on the Legal Q&A on the information andconsultation directive (Legal, 20 May). Beyond the unnecessary and negative comments the article makes about therole of trade unions in the new arrangements, I was puzzled by the author’sanswer to the question: What does the ‘default model’ works council require ofemployers? His answer suggests that the definition of consultation, and therefore therequirements of consultation, differ with the subject matter on whichconsultation will be required. The DTI is expected to issue a consultation document, including draftlegislation, later this year. Even so, the actual text of the directive remainsthe best and only source for clarification on a point such as this. Looking at the text, it does not appear to make any of the distinctions thatthe author presents. I would like to know how the author reached such a conclusion? Robert Stevens Research and information manager, Involvement & Participation Association Fun training days can miss the pointI was intrigued to see the focus on the ‘pole’ exercise in your featureabout VW’s apprenticeship scheme and its effect on attitude and confidence(News, 27 May). The danger of focusing on such activities is that they can lead participantsto remember the activity, rather than its significance in a work environment.They remember they had a good time, but not the reason why. Effective learning includes physical activity, but it has to have a purpose,which the participants must remember to ensure it is applied back at work, toavoid it being a waste of time. Bill Esterson Leaps and Bounds (Training) Achievement should be based on meritCan someone please explain to me why the police fitness test is unfair? Surely if you want a career in the police then you need to be able toachieve all the targets, which would include achieving the fitness test (News,27 May). This country seems to be insisting on changing things so that more peoplecan achieve – in other words, making things easy. I would like to think that mylocal police officer, male or female, has the ability to run after a criminalat some speed. I would also like to mention the bonus scheme for introducing staff from anethnic minority group to the force. Why do we insist on segregating ethnicminorities by putting them in a special category? Individual targets state weshould have x-per cent of staff from an ethnic minority group, but does thismean that if the ideal candidate for the job is not from that group, we cannotrecruit them? Surely such targets are a form of discrimination? Regardless of religion,colour and creed, if you want a job and you are the best person for that job,then you should get it on merit alone. Vicky Traynor HR, payroll & compliance, Linecross Equality is no longer common practiceI feel I must write in support of John Spartan’s letter (Letters, 20 May). I wholeheartedly agree with his sentiment that equal opportunities no longerexist, to the extent that equality is not common practice and positive discriminationis now much more the ‘norm’. Even though I am a female HR professional, I also feel excluded from‘family-friendly’ policies, as I’m a co-habiter with no ‘dependents’. Why should employees with ‘family’ have precedence in rights to requestflexible working over those who don’t? And why, as Mr Spartan points out,should men fall into second place with the likes of paternity leave? While there is no doubt a need in some sectors – such as engineering – toovercome bias and make it ‘equal’ in attractiveness and opportunity forfemales, I completely support the view that the same is required for men inother sectors, such as nursing. Unfortunately, while soundbites and headline-grabbing by politicians whoshould be able to influence the state of play are the main drivers, trueequality can only be imagined. Valerie McCluskie Independent HR adviser Related posts:No related photos. LettersOn 10 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe purple jacket.My husband gave me a purple running jacket for Christmas. I love it – and not just because it’s lightweight, wind and water resistant, and breathable. I love it because of what it represents. For the past ten years, I’ve been a sponsored athlete. Now, before you jump to conclusions, let me assure you that this does not mean that I’m a professional runner. I don’t get paid to run. I have a day job just like everyone else. However, it does mean that I have been supplied with free shoes and gear from my awesome sponsor, inov-8, and for this I am eternally grateful. However, with sponsorship sometimes come limitations.Part of being a sponsored athlete means running in the team uniform, which, for some reason is often black or red. Maybe team managers believe that these colors are flashy and good for intimidating the competition. I agree – I always feel like a bad*** when I’m decked out in black. Black makes me feel like I’m a serious competitor – mean and ready to take on the world. Don’t mess with me when I’ve got on my team kit and my game face.Recently, however, this persona hasn’t really reflected who I feel I am as a runner. After thirty-one years of being competitive in the sport, I’m feeling the need to take my running – and myself – a little less seriously.  Hence, the purple jacket. Not only is purple my favorite color, it’s also a fun color. A color that says, “Don’t take me too seriously.” A color that for me, promises lightness, spontaneity, and adventure. A color that mirrors the delicate wild irises that grace the trail in the early spring and the vivid sunrises that greet me on quiet winter mornings.You may still occasionally see me sporting the eye-catching uniform of my team sponsor, and when that happens, look out – I mean business. But for the coming year, my goal is to have more purple jacket days. Days when I will run the trail just because it’s there, enjoying the journey and forgetting about mileage, splits, competition and PRs. Days when I will run from the heart and not the ego. What will your purple jacket days bring?last_img read more

first_imgFour men and a woman were arrested in the wee hours of Friday at a popular nightspot in West Ruimveldt, Georgetown with two illegal firearms, several rounds of ammunition and a quantity of ganja.Reports are that Police swooped down on the Ballaz Wash Bay Bar between 01:30h and 02:30h and conducted a search on the occupants. During the search, a .38 revolver with six live rounds of ammunition, one air gun and a quantity of marijuana were discovered.Guyana Times understands that one of the men who was arrested was fingered in a shooting during a football game in West Ruimveldt. The five persons are expected to be charged shortly.On Thursday, an Annandale, East Coast Demerara, man was taken into custody after he was found with two illegal handguns and several rounds of ammunition.According to reports, the unemployed man, 24, was arrested in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, after Police received a tipoff.Police at about 12:40h went to a house in the area where they found a .38 revolver and a 9mm pistol, along with three rounds of ammunition.last_img read more

first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team recently completed its summer practice schedule as the team prepares for the upcoming 2016-17 season. With a more veteran roster, the team has focused on improving its defense, building team chemistry and working with newcomers De’Antae McMurray and T.J. Thomas.The team heads into fall practices with six returning players that gained starting experience last year and eight total returning letterwinners from 2015-16. Watch the above video to hear head  coach Ray Giacoletti, returning All-MVC guard Reed Timmer and Casey Schlatter discuss this summer’s practices. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgSkipper Nedum Onuoha has admitted that QPR players urged Chris Ramsey to change his methods during his final weeks as head coach. Ramsey was recently sacked with Rangers 13th in the Championship table and enduring a troubled season, partly because of their defensive shortcomings.There had been signs of improvement just before his departure – they conceded a total of two goals in his final four matches at the helm.And Onuoha believes that was largely down to Ramsey listening to players who expressed misgivings about his methods.The defender said: “As time progressed with Chris, he had some good ideas and philosophies and so on, but then certain things didn’t really fit with the way we were.“As time passed, we’d speak to him and he’d speak to us, and things were getting better because we were raising concerns that we might not be able to do some things in 100% the way he would like it.Ramsey was barracked by fans prior to his departure“We were thinking ‘We need to say something’ and he was more receptive to that. So we started to change the way we defended crosses, set-pieces and things like that.“Maybe the way we were set up initially wasn’t to our benefit, but by the end I think we were dealing with things a lot better.“At the same time, a lot of the problems came from individual errors. It can literally take one mistake to concede a goal.”Taking no chancesRamsey’s determination to play a passing style was also met with scepticism from some players.“In the last few games there’s been more of an emphasis on not taking as many chances and risks in key areas,” Onuoha explained.“I think we’ve perhaps gone too far in that direction and we need to get our key players into the game, but we aren’t conceding as much. It’s about finding the right balance.Rangers’ season has been blighted by defensive errors“In the Sheffield Wednesday game for example, there were occasions when we tried to play out from the back and it led to chances for them.“It [being more direct] was kind of something we needed to do but probably not to the extreme that we did it.”Rangers are in the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates to replace Ramsey and expect Neil Warnock to stay as interim boss until at least the end of the month.Former Rangers manager Warnock secured a return to the club in an advisory role shortly before Ramsey was shown the door.‘Completely different’He was heavily involved in the preparations for the recent defeat at Derby – Ramsey’s last game in charge – before taking control for the 0-0 draw at home to Preston. Onuoha said: “It’s been completely different, but Neil was there for two weeks before Chris lost his job anyway, so we knew how Neil likes to work.“Although we had been following Chris’ guidelines, it wasn’t like there was a new person coming in after Chris lost his job.“Neil was involved and he was in the dressing room, but only as much as Chris wanted him to be. Chris gave him the floor to speak a few times.“I’d say Neil was involved in maybe half of the preparation for the [Derby] game, but that’s what Chris wanted – he wanted him involved as much as possible.“It’s always sad when you see someone lose their job. Unfortunately for Chris it just didn’t go his way.“I appreciate the fact that he played me through his whole tenure and made me captain. I can’t thank him enough for that.”See also:QPR hierarchy in Malaysia to discuss new head coachFerdinand laid low by food poisoning during Malaysia tripWarnock brings in Blackwell to assist him at QPRWarnock to stay at the helm as QPR take their timeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgLong story short, you can’t win them all, but it’s amazing how close you can get to losing them all like last week’s NFL picks. Here’s how we’ll rebound in Week 14:49ers 27, Saints 24: Hey, the 49ers finally get the ball back after last Sunday’s fourth-and-1 incompletion, and, sure enough, they prevail in a fellow Super Bowl contender’s house. Line: 49ers +2 1/2Raiders 26, Titans 24: It’s the Raiders’ penultimate game in Oakland. Translation: The party will be like when their 2002 team won a …last_img read more

first_imgHere’s a flock of bird stories that have Charles Darwin on stage or in the wings, so to speak.Was Darwin wrong?  Yes!  Contra National Geographic (10/24/2004), the science news outlets are all saying today that Darwin was wrong – but only about the origin of chickens (see EurekAlert #1, EurekAlert #2 and Science Daily).  The point of contention is so trivial, creationists lured by the headline might be chagrined to find the science media making such a big flap about a misdemeanor by the father of evolutionary theory, but not making a peep about what they perceive as his much bigger flights of fancy.Why pigeons sleep:  Pigeons take power naps, reported EurekAlert.  In fact, their sleep patterns seem similar to those of humans.  This can only mean one thing: “the independent evolution of similar sleep states in birds and mammals might be related to the fact that each group also independently evolved large brains capable of performing complex cognitive processes.”  Darwin was not mentioned but we all know he was a pigeon fancier.  He most likely took power naps himself, presumably not when writing books.Dino-age cormorants:  National Geographic News reported a discovery of large amounts of seabird fossils in Cretaceous strata on an island off New Zealand.  The “spectacular deposit” also included “bones that are too large to belong to birds, including what could be the big toe from a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur known as a theropod.”  The identification of the big one as a dinosaur, however, is tentative.  The bird fossils “seem to resemble modern seabirds known as cormorants” (see 05/24/2004).Darwin’s finches redux:  Peter and Rosemary Grant, the Darwin-finch experts, have distilled their 30+ years of research into a new book, How and Why Species Multiply (Princeton, 2008).  From the title, the book generalizes far beyond a few species on the Galapagos Islands.  Hanna Kokko reviewed the book in Science.1  Kokko did not add much new beyond the obligatory retelling of the Galapagos voyage and the inspiration it gave the young naturalist.  She hurriedly listed a few of the conclusions from the Grants’ painstaking research: stories of hybridization, founder populations, genetic bottlenecks, heterozygous genes, competition for resources, and the effects of drought on beak size.  None of this led to definitive conclusions.  Rather, “That context is where we start to understand what all the details mean.”  She ended quoting the Grants’ takeoff on Dobzhansky: “Nothing in evolutionary biology makes sense except in the light of ecology.”Another quick bird factoid comes from PNAS:  a Hungarian team found that falcons and humans (using paragliders) employ the same soaring strategies.2  “We find that there are relevant common features in the ways birds and humans use thermals,” they said.  “In particular, falcons seem to reproduce the MacCready formula widely used by gliders to calculate the best slope to take before an upcoming thermal.”1.  Hanna Kokko, “Evolution: Happening Now, Outdoors,” Science, 29 February 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5867, pp. 1187-1188, DOI: 10.1126/science.1154815.2.  Akos, Nagy and Vicsek, “Comparing bird and human soaring strategies,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online on March 3, 2008, 10.1073/pnas.0707711105.Look carefully in each of these stories for clear, unambiguous evidence for Darwin’s primary contention that all living things – from bacteria to birds and humans – emerged from a single primordial cell through an unguided process of natural selection acting on random mutations.  You’ll see a lot of fluttering and clucking, but nothing of substance.  What has Darwin laid but a DODO egg? (i.e., a biology that chirps “Darwin only, Darwin only.”)    Flight engineering technology in birds, imitated by humans, leads to the conclusion birds were designed.  Was Darwin wrong?  Don’t be a chicken; answer the question with logic and evidence.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img20 September 2012 South Africa’s murder rate continued to drop in 2011/12, with a 3.1% decrease following on the previous year’s 6.5% decrease, the country’s annual crime statistics reveal. Releasing the national statistics in Cape Town on Thursday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said murder in the country had fallen by 27.6% over the last eight years. Mthethwa said research by the police’s crime research and statistics unit revealed that about 65% of murders began as assaults resulting from interpersonal, often alcohol or drug-fuelled, arguments. Of the remainder, 16% of murders were committed in the commission of other crimes and one percent were gang-related.‘Contact’ crimes on the decrease Mthethwa said the police were encouraged by the continuing decrease in attempted murder (down by 5.2%), assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (4.2%), and common assault (3.4%). He said “contact crimes”, or “crimes against the person”, had decreased by 3.5% overall between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012. This followed a 7% decline in contact crimes in 2010/11 and a 35% drop in contact crimes over the last eight years. Seven categories of serious crime – murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery and common robbery – are grouped together as contact crimes.Sexual offences ‘still unacceptably high’ While sexual offences fell by 3.7% in 2011/12, rape only decreased by 1.9%. Mthethwa said rape and sexual assault was a challenging category for the police, and more resources and mechanisms were being put in place to combat them. “It is also influenced by a reporting behavior. If victims trust the police, then you will get more reporting. So the issue of under-reporting remains a challenge, and not just in South Africa but internationally,” Mthethwa said. The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit had been re-established in 2009, and had helped secure convictions, in cases involving victims over the age of 18, totaling 10 854 years and 131 life sentences, and for victims under the age of 18, totaling 10 345 years.Organised crime, business robberies Car hijackings, meanwhile, had decreased by 11.9% over the last financial year, after falling by 23.6% in the previous financial year. Cash-in-transit heists fell by a massive 37.5%, while bank robberies decreased by 10.3%. ATM bombings also fell, by almost 35% – from 399 cases in 2010/11 to 251 cases in 2011/12 – after increasing by 62% in 2010/11. While house robberies fell by almost 2%, business robberies continue to increase and were up by 7.5% – most of these against small businesses. Mthethwa said the police had finalised a strategy to combat and reduce robberies on small businesses, adding that the Civilian Secretariat of Police would be engaging with relevant parties in the coming weeks to ensure that the policy was implemented. He said that while house robberies had fallen by just under 2%, these robberies had fallen by almost 25% over the last seven years.‘Citizen, play your part’ He urged the public to report any information relating to crimes committed in communities, and called on community members to desist from buying and selling stolen goods – including CDs and DVDs – and to take part in neighbourhood safety forums. Crimes that increased during 2011/12 included stock theft (up by 1.5%), theft out of motor vehicles (4.8%), drug-related crimes (15.6%), and driving under the influence of alcohol (4.5%). Mthethwa said the increase in driving under the influence was worrying, as it followed a 2.9% increase in 2010/11. He welcomed the National Prosecuting Agency’s decision to charge people with murder instead of culpable homicide when death resulted from car accidents in which the driver was under the influence. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgHERO4 Silver Firmware Update 2.0The HERO4 Silver improvements are very similar to the HERO4 Black updates. However, you won’t have the ability to shoot at 240fps with the Silver model. It should also be noted that there is now a time-lapse video mode included in the HERO4 line. This might prove to be an awesome feature for outdoor travel videos and photography.New Features on the HERO4 Silver Firmware Update 2.0:Time Lapse Video modeAuto Image RotationAdds 30 photos for 6 seconds burst modeDefault Video ISO is now 1600Add HiLight Tags during playbackNew gesture to display the last photo or video capturedAutomatically locks the display after the camera goes to sleepNew Reset option for camera Wi-Fi settingsDisplays night lapse shutter time on the camera status screenNight Lapse stability improvementsIt is also rumored that a new GoPro Drone will be announced at NAB 2015!What do you think of these new GoPro firmware updates? Share in the comments below. GoPro is at it again, adding more functionality to their already awesome HERO4 line of cameras.HERO4 Black Firmware Update 2.0The GoPro feature updates come via a new firmware update. The most notable new feature added to the GoPro HERO 4 Black is the ability to shoot 240fps video at 720p. Unfortunately this added feature won’t utilize the entire field of view, so it’s almost like shooting on a cropped sensor.New Features on the HERO4 Black Firmware Update 2.0:Time Lapse Video mode720p 240fps video mode (Narrow FOV only)2.7K 60fps video modeAuto Image RotationShots 30 photos for 6 seconds Burst ModeDefault ISO is now 1600Added Reset option for camera Wi-Fi settingsNow Displays Night Lapse shutter time on the camera status screenLCD Touch BacPac ImprovementsDelivers the ability to add HiLight Tags during playbackAdds new gesture to display the last photo or video capturedAutomatically locks the display after the camera goes to sleepGeneral Improvements + Bug Fixes: Night Lapse stability improvementslast_img read more

first_imgArsenal boss Emery unconcerned about Nketiah at Leeds: I respect Bielsaby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is unconcerned about Eddie Nketiah’s loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old striker has struggled for game time at Elland Road this season.”Now is not the moment, we are in October,” said the Spaniard. “He is in Leeds and I respect the coach and his decision.”Firstly I respect his coach (Marcelo Bielsa) and his decision. I think he is going to play more. He is going to deserve it.”Each match he plays with Leeds and the national team is important for him and important for Arsenal also because we want him to get confidence and take experience and use it in the future for us.”He is doing it. He is maybe playing less than we want, but I am sure he will play more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more