Google+ WhatsApp 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Bloody Sunday families offered compensation The families of 13 people killed by soldiers on Bloody Sunday have been offered 50-thousand pounds sterling each in compensation.Paratroopers opened fire on civil rights marchers in Derry in January 1972.Thirteen others seriously injured have been offered the same amount each, as part of a total compensation package from Britain’s Ministry of Defence worth around 1-point 3 million pounds.The Saville Report published in 2010 exonerated all of the victims.In a statement this evening, the legal firm Madden and Finucane, which represents some of the families confirm that talks about compensation were ongoing.The statement says the contents of those negotiations between the company and the Ministry of Defence will remain confidential. Pinterest By News Highland – February 14, 2013 Facebook Previous articleDerry man in court on drugs chargesNext articleTwo arrests in Derry as part of dissident republican investigation News Highland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Facebook Pinterest News Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal
Previous Article Next Article With 15 years’ military instructor (pilot) experience, and 10 years’commercial training and development, I find myself redundant at 47. I have aBSc, BEd in adult education and development, and will shortly achieve bothlevel A and intermediate level B psychometric testing qualifications.Throughout my career I have dabbled extensively in HR (the HR manager in mycurrent position reports to me) and have a very good – but not expert –knowledge of this function. I see many jobs advertised as ‘HR and trainingmanager’. What HR-type certificates/ qualifications can I rapidly obtain thatwould allow me to bid for some of these more HR-focused roles? Caroline Battson, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes With the commercial experience that you have already gained in your career Iwould highly recommend that you look to develop your skills further within theHR and training field. First level courses you could consider would be the CTP(Certificate Of Training Practice) or CPP (Certificate Of Personnel Practice).These take around 10 months part-time, depending on the institution attended. As you already have a BSc in Adult Educational and Development you may findthese courses a little basic, and might want to consider going straight ontothe advanced level post-graduate course or PDS – Professional Development Scheme.This is a two or three-year course (again dependant on the hours andeducational institution) and will give you graduate membership with the CIPD. Universities will often incorporate the PDS within their MA in HRM courses,which would also be worth considering. If you would like further informationyou can get free advice from the CIPD on 020 8971 9000. Victoria Wall, managing director, Victoria Wall Associates In this current market it is essential that we offer realistic advice.Employers can now afford to select candidates with both relevant experience andthe professional qualifications to fill their HR roles. It is thereforeadvisable, if you have not already done so, for you to join the CIPD as amember, and immediately enrol on the CIPD course. This on your CV, coupled with your A and B training in psychometric testing,should convince potential employers of your suitability and commitment to an HRcareer. Use your degree in adult education and focus on training anddevelopment. Running assessment and development centres would be a good start,along with overseeing graduate training programmes. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy You will have noticed that most ‘HR and training manager’ vacancies ask forCIPD qualifications. They often specify corporate membership, which is memberof the CIPD (MCIPD) or fellow (FCIPD). The CIPD qualification through thecollege or flexible learning route will normally take more than two years. Youcould look at NVQs in personnel or the professional assessment route. Theprofessional assessment route is open to those with more than five years’management level experience, of which at least three must have been in HR. Although an HR qualification will help in your job search, prospective employerswill be more interested in your experience. On your CV, you will need to putacross your HR experience in a more appropriate way. The fact you had an HRmanager reporting to you should be evidence of knowledge. Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Comments are closed. Want to bid for HR-focused jobsOn 24 Sep 2002 in Military, Personnel Today Related posts:
View post tag: Commander-in-Chief Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Meets with Media View post tag: Naval Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief ADM Vladimir Vysotsky took part in the session of defense ministry’s press club. Meeting with the press, he discussed current condition of Russian Navy and its development prospects till and after 2020.Speaking of implementation of the shipbuilding program, Vysotsky pointed out that Russia should turn away fr om large number of types and classes of ships following the principle of maximal unification when building new warships.According to Admiral V. Vysotsky, the stake is placed on wide unification of warships. It means that task groups will be formed depending on certain missions and certain regions wh ere a fleet is based. Of course, the Black Sea, the Arctic, and the Pacific theaters have different characteristics. “Therefore, task groups must be also different, but unified to the maximum”, emphasized the Navy Commander.Vladimir Vysotsky confirmed plans of Russian Navy to purchase eight Borei-class and eight Yasen-class nuclear-powered submarines, having noted that one should keep an eye on the longer prospect while planning national navy’s structure. “Some countries look decades ahead when planning prospects for their navies, and that’s well founded. We also look more than 20 years ahead“, said the admiral.Plans for Mistral amphibious landing ships aroused interest of reporters. Admiral Vysotsky said the French helicopter carriers built for Russian Navy would be armed with Russian-made weapons. As for the admiral, it is planned to mount air defense systems on those ships to improve their protection from aerial attack means. The main condition for purchase of such ships is achieving technology. Third and fourth ships will be built in Russia.Answering the question about further renovation and reinforcement of Black Sea Fleet, the Navy Commander affirmed that in the nearest future the fleet would receive 6 diesel submarines and 6 frigates. “It is a wrong belief that speaking of renewal of Black Sea Fleet we mean only Sevastopol. It can be Novorossiysk and other basing sites on the Russia’s Black Sea coast“, noted Vladimir Vysotsky. As for him, construction of the fleet’s bases is actively held in Krasnodar region. Up-to-date coastal facilities are being constructed in Novorossiysk naval harbor for prospective quayside infrastructure.Regarding construction of non-nuclear submarines, Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said that the Navy plans to equip them with anaerobic (air-independent) powerplants turning them into advanced and effective naval assets. “Expectedly, anaerobic powerplants would be mounted in all diesel submarines we build including Lada-class ones”, said the Navy Commander.Speaking about commissioning of SSGN Severodvinsk, Vysotsky said the sub would face trials and could be commissioned in the current year.“We’ve passed on to batch production, and the every new sub will differ from the previous one with technical solutions”, said Admiral Vysotsky answering the question about lead and serial submarines.“Shaping prospective Russian Navy, we look further than it is stipulated in program documents. It is justified and reasoned by present-day challenges and technology development”, emphasized the Navy Commander in the end of the press conference.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 21, 2012; Image: mil View post tag: meets View post tag: Russian View post tag: Media Authorities February 21, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Meets with Media View post tag: News by topic View post tag: with Share this article View post tag: Navy
Uruguay’s Immoveable Defence Ready for France’s Unstoppable MbappeUruguay’s Immoveable Defence Ready for France’s Unstoppable Mbappe
The mouth-watering last-eight tie in Nizhny Novgorod is likely to be decided by a battle between Uruguay’s stifling backline and the speed of Mbappe, 19.Led by captain Diego Godin, and including Jose Gimenez, Martin Caceres and Diego Laxalt, along with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, Uruguay’s defence have the joint-best record at the World Cup.They passed through the group stage without conceding a goal, and the only player to score against Uruguay was Portugal’s Pepe in the last 16, and that was ultimately in vain.Brazil are the only other team to have conceded just the solitary goal so far.Uruguay have conceded three fewer goals than France. Both teams have scored seven times.Between them, the experienced defence have over 350 international caps between them. They are supremely well-organised and have already served notice that Mbappe will not have the same kind of freedom he enjoyed against Argentina.“If you let France have space it will be very difficult,” Uruguay’s coach Oscar Tabarez said after securing a place in the quarterfinals.And he has also insisted that he is happy to cede possession to France in a bid to make the last four.France’s conundrum against Uruguay is knowing best how to utilise Mbappe and his fellow attacking danger, Antoine Griezmann.The French limped through their group stage but burst to life in their exhilarating 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina, inspired by Paris Saint-Germain’s $220 million (188-million-euro) Mbappe.Didier Deschamps, France’s coach, has already indicated that he is expecting a different kind of game from “solid” Uruguay from the seven-goal thriller in Kazan.The match is likely to be unsurprising, if not only for tactics, but also because of those involved.Whoever â€“ and however â€“ decides the match is likely to have to get one over on a domestic teammate.Cavani, who may play some part despite his calf injury, plays with Mbappe and PSG.Godin and Gimenez are colleagues â€“ and close friends â€“ with Griezmann, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi play for Juventus, while Luiz Suarez and French defender Samuel Umtiti play for Barcelona.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The build-up to tonight’s quarterfinal clash between France and Uruguay has been dominated by individuals, but it may be the South Americans’ almost unbreachable four-man defence which decides the result.While Uruguay sweat on the fitness of striker Edinson Cavani, it should be remembered that La Celeste’s progress in Russia has been built upon their defence as much as their A-list attack.And while France pin their hopes on Kylian Mbappe, it is unlikely that the teenage superstar has encountered a defence quite like Uruguay’s.
29 April 2003A bicycle handover at a rural primary school in Mpumalanga was hardly over when the excited children immediately jumped onto their bikes and tried to ride them. Some succeeded, while others fell, but got up and tried again and again.The 44 bicycles, worth R5 500, were handed over to Mobani Primary School, near Lydenburg on Friday, by the Telkom Foundation.“This is not just about the transport,” said Bheki Tshabalala from Telkom. “The bicycles will also instil a sense of ownership, responsibility, accountability, and discipline as the children will have to look after them as proud new owners.”Mobani primary school first came to Telkom’s attention during its Rally-to-Read initiative in which books were delivered to remote schools. The school is housed in a small three-bedroom farmhouse.Farm owner Hennie van der Merve offered the farmhouse as a school after the previous school building, which was on another farm in the area, burned down soon after the farm was sold.“We don’t know who burned the school down. We arrived there one day and everything was reduced to ashes,” said principal Constance Sepobe. “Van der Merwe offered his premises because he loves children.”The school has two teachers and 86 children, some of whom have to walk up to 20km to school every day, with the result that some eventually drop out of school.“I’m so happy about these bicycles,” said one pupil, Lukas Makunyane, who takes an hour to get to school. “At least I can concentrate on my studies as I won’t have a reason to bunk school anymore.”Shova Lula – Ride Easy Also on Friday, President Thabo Mbeki also handed out bicycles to the value of more than R1-million to school children in the Ganyesa village in North West province.Seventeen-year-old Keneilwe Moeketsi of Thusothebe High School in the North West is a young, happy pupil, oozing confidence – a trait that will undoubtedly see her pass matric this year. Keneilwe is the proud owner of a new maroon mountain bike that will help her cycle her way to success.She is one of many rural Ganyesa pupils whose 10 kilometre daily walk to school would be cut short following the receipt of the bicycles, as part of government’s efforts to provide children with easy access to education.Shova Lula (Ride Easy), a bicycle project jointly funded by the education and transport departments, targets pupils who travel in excess of 10 kilometres per day between school and their homes, where normal passenger transport services do not exist.An unbelieving Keneilwe welcomed the gift, vowing to do everything possible to pass her matric, because she says she would “no longer come late to school”.“I am happy because this bicycle will help me to arrive in time for my classes. I will not miss any class anymore,” she said, fighting tears of joy.Mbeki challenged the pupils to take advantage of their new status to improve the school’s matric results. “You must work together with your teachers to produce the best matric results this year,” said Mbeki.Source: BuaNews
South Africa’s current credit rating has been confirmed, as Moody’s Investors Service kept the government bond long and short-term ratings unchanged at Baa2 and P-2 respectively, while assigning a negative outlook.Moody’s is the only solicited rating agency that assigns the same rating for both the domestic and foreign currency denominated debt, Baa2 – a rating that is two notches above sub-investment grade.The confirmation of South Africa’s investment grade credit rating marks an end to the evaluation period that started on 8 March 2016, when Moody’s placed the country’s ratings under review for possible downgrade.On Saturday, the National Treasury released a statement outlining the three reasons Moody’s affirmed the ratings.1. South Africa’s economic growth will start recovering after 2016, having reached its trough this year.“Government will continue to collaborate with business, labour and civil society to restore confidence in the economy and address the structural constraints to economic growth,” Treasury said in the statement.It said the National Development Plan remains the catalyst for growth. The Nine-Point Plan will ensure its milestones are achieved. These include:promoting a stable and cooperative labour relations environmentencouraging development of energy efficient, job-creating industrieslowering the cost of doing business, removing regulatory constraints and acting swiftly to remove policy uncertaintyboosting investment through launching Invest SAimplementing reforms to ensure that state-owned companies are financially sound, operate efficiently, are well-managed and properly governed2. The adoption of more aggressive consolidation measures in the 2016 Budget will increase the likelihood that general government debt to gross domestic product (GDP) will stabilise in the current year.Treasury said the government’s decision to implement fiscal consolidation to return public finances to a sustainable path, while protecting core social and economic programmes, was correct.“This was done through tax policy adjustments to boost revenue, moderate current expenditure and reprioritised budgets. Furthermore, government’s recent track record of achieving fiscal targets gives credence to the future fiscal plans, especially maintaining an expenditure ceiling and recapitalising state-owned companies in a budget neutral manner.”3. According to Moody’s, the recent political developments are testament to South Africa’s institutional strength, compared to its peers.Treasury said South Africa’s monetary and fiscal institutions have remained sound over time.“Despite adverse political developments in recent months, government continues to demonstrate determination to bring public finances under control and ensure that programmes such as nuclear and the National Health Insurance are financed at a scale and pace that is affordable.”Moody’s warned of the need to implement the structural and legislative reforms agreed to by the government, business and labour. The rating agency said the future trajectory of the rating will be “highly dependent on government’s success in enhancing medium term growth prospects, stabilising debt and restoring investor confidence.”It said the country’s outlook can be changed from negative to stable if the government delivers on commitments that support growth and achieve fiscal targets.South Africa’s government, meanwhile, is intensifying efforts and focus on inclusive economic growth, job creation and improving investor confidence through addressing structural constraints.“Collectively working with business, civil society and labour, government will continue to demonstrate its commitment to translate plans into concrete actions that will ensure South Africa remains an investment grade country,” Treasury said.Ramaphosa welcomes ratingDeputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed Moody’s decision. He was in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape when he responded to the credit rating on South Africa.“We are very pleased with Moody’s report, where they have kept our rating status as is. Many people were thinking that they would downgrade us. They haven’t and that is a great success for us because it shows what we can achieve when we work together.“We have to congratulate Treasury for having led the charge working together . with other organisations, trade unions, business and civil society. It was very pleasing to see them travel to investors overseas as a united team, essentially as Team South Africa, going to sell South Africa and explain everything about our country.“So it’s great news and great success. As South Africans, we can congratulate ourselves.”Ramaphosa cautioned, however, that the country should not relax.“It is not over yet because there is another rating that is coming and this is when we must work harder and unite and demonstrate that South Africa is solid, stable and a worthy investment destination.” Source: South African Government News Agency
Big city issues resonate across town lines in Ontarios municipal electionsBig city issues resonate across town lines in Ontarios municipal elections
Wendy Landry is worried about affordable housing, accessible public transit and infrastructure.Her checklist of issues, which reads like a snapshot of big-city newspaper headlines, encapsulates some of the challenges facing the small northern Ontario community of Shuniah, east of Thunder Bay, where she’s been acclaimed to a second term as mayor.Like most of the 417 municipalities where local elections are taking place on Monday, Shuniah’s campaign unfolded quietly in the shadow of Toronto’s more high-profile race.Most of the airtime was consumed by the city’s bruising battle with the provincial government over the size of city council, but the list of issues dominating Toronto’s campaign trails is known well beyond its borders.Its contents resonate with voters across the province, Landry said, adding many of the concerns typically framed as unique to big cities transcend town lines and are relevant in communities of all sizes.Now that the Toronto fight has come to an end, Landry said she hopes those in higher orders of government can work with newly minted councils to tackle universally pressing issues.“We weren’t getting any of our issues addressed,” Landry said in a telephone interview. “But they’re the powers that be, so you have to let them get through their stuff and then hopefully come back and take a look and hear what we have to say about our issues.”Simon Jefferies, a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford, said Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark “has been working day-in and day-out with local governments on the priorities that are important to them.”Landry cites mass transit as one of the top issues facing much of northern Ontario, including her community of about 2,700 people.Residents, she said, have few if any options for traversing the hundreds of kilometres between communities and require a broader bus network.Other municipalities have tried to take action on transit over the past four years, with some turning to the private sector for either inspiration or direct help.Innisfil, Ont., struck a partnership with Uber that sees the ride-hailing company provide service to designated areas for a flat fee subsidized by the town.More recently, Belleville, Ont., established an Uber-style bus service in which residents travelling at night request pickups from buses that then follow routes based on demand rather than pre-determined stops.Landry said accessible housing is another broadly relevant issue, adding the existing supply is not well-suited to the needs of an aging and changing population.Liz Huff, retiring councillor for Leeds and the Thousand Islands in eastern Ontario, agrees.She said the single-family homes that dominate rural communities like hers become too unwieldy for seniors whose health needs may grow complex over time.That supply is stretched even thinner, she said, by an influx of both retirees and working professionals relocating to areas beyond the expensive cities where housing may now be unaffordable.Huff said the growing shortage forces life-long residents to uproot themselves and relocate in order to survive, adding incoming local governments are increasingly forced to confront the issue.“We don’t have suitable housing for aging in place,” she said, echoing sentiments expressed by other municipal politicians across the province. “People have to leave and go to … assisted living or retirement communities because they can no longer take care of their farm or their waterfront property.”Anecdotes from the province’s many election trails suggest candidates also find themselves frequently fielding questions on the interconnected issues of infrastructure and taxation, according to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.Executive Director Pat Vanini said nearly every jurisdiction has a pet infrastructure project that galvanizes local debate, adding they can range from roads to flood-water management systems to internet coverage.While the projects may vary, Vanini said there’s a universal, perennial question underpinning the discussions.“The question has always been, ‘how do we pay for it,’” Vanini said. “If you don’t want your taxes to go up, what services don’t you want? Those are the things that councils deal with daily. Voters don’t necessarily deal with it in the same way. They deal with it in an emotional piece, for sure, but they’re not…trying to figure out how to thread the needle on all of this.”Huff added that taxation becomes a particularly contentious issue in municipalities that don’t provide curbside garbage pickup or local water treatment services.Gary McNamara, recently acclaimed to a fifth term as mayor of Tecumseh, Ont., said taxation has loomed large in every municipal campaign he’s witnessed. This year, however, he said local governments across southwestern Ontario and beyond are wrestling with a new arrival on the municipal scene — legal cannabis.The provincial government, tasked with creating the framework for the new federal law lifting the ban on recreational pot, has allowed municipalities a short window in which to decide whether to allow private cannabis retailers to operate within their boundaries.That issue, plus decisions around welcoming cannabis-affiliated businesses and absorbing the potential influx of people that come with them, has engaged voters so far and promises to keep freshly elected councils busy early in their new mandates, he said.“After inaugurations, boom, that’s probably the first piece of business that’s going to have to be dealt with,” McNamara said. “There’s still some uncertainty there.”
If shot charts could talk, this one would talk all kinds of smack. When he was on the floor, Bryant used a ridiculous 38.7 percent of the Lakers possessions in the 2005-06 season but still somehow managed to perform pretty efficiently. That’s the Kobe to remember, the one who created, took and sunk any shot he wanted. The one who thumbed his nose at the very idea of a usage-efficiency curve. The one who was one of the most truly versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. O Kobe! My Kobe! On Sunday night, after publishing a retirement poem that no one was waiting for, Bryant went 4 for 20, including a ghastly air ball in crunch time. It was yet another ugly loss for the Los Angeles Lakers and yet another data point suggesting that Bryant is toast. Sunday’s verse fit nicely in the sad ballad of the gray mamba — a morose composition marked by terrible shot selection, poor lift on a rickety jumper and a stubborn commitment to taking too many shots. But that’s not what Kobe has always been.Bryant is a shell of his former self, and he knows it. “My body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” he wrote in the poem. His numbers suggest the same: This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. So far this year, 57 players have attempted at least 200 shots from the field; within that group, the 37-year-old Bryant ranks dead last in effective field goal percentage.If shot charts could talk, this one would apologize: That’s one of the saddest charts I’ve ever made. On the one hand, it’s unsurprising to see aging scorers start to slip; on the other, it’s always alarming to see someone as iconic as Bryant slip so far so fast.Over the next few months, recency bias may be very unkind to Bryant. But his NBA career started the same autumn that Bill Clinton was elected to his second term in office. Kristaps Porzingis was 1-year-old and Karl-Anthony Towns hadn’t even had a birthday when Kobe made his debut. If those guys play as long as Bryant, they will retire in 2035.Still, as bleak as this year has been, this is not the Kobe Bryant we will remember.During the preseason, I went to Staples Center to interview Chris Paul. We were talking about his all-world ability to knock down elbow jumpers, when he suddenly had a flashback: “Do you remember Lakers versus Phoenix, a playoff game in 2006? Kobe. There was a jump ball. I think the game was tied up. Lakers won the tip. Kobe got it. And he just sort of dribbled. Dribbled. Dribbled. And he got over to the right elbow. And he just shot it.”“Kobe never even looked at the rim,” Paul continued. “It’s like he was getting to a spot. Looking at that play, it’s like there was an ‘X’ somewhere on the court and Kobe was like, ‘Once I get to it, I’m like, boom.’ ”That shot to beat the Suns happened almost a decade ago. From a scoring standpoint, that season — 2005-06 — might be Bryant’s finest hour. He averaged 35.4 points per game. Only three scoring champs in NBA history have averaged 35 points per game: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Bryant.
Agent tells Lantern that exBuckeye football player accepted moneyAgent tells Lantern that exBuckeye football player accepted money
The roller-coaster ride that is football player Santonio Holmes’ career made perhaps its most abrupt turn Tuesday. A day after playing his first game for his new team following a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, a former agent accused Holmes of accepting money during his playing days at Ohio State. Josh Luchs told Sports Illustrated that he offered Holmes money but was rebuffed by the then-Buckeye wide receiver, who was already being paid by another agent. In a phone interview with The Lantern, Luchs said he wasn’t the first to contact Holmes while the receiver was at OSU. “That wasn’t a typical situation. I was basically shut down immediately with the response being that he was basically getting taken care of by somebody else,” said Luchs, who also represented former OSU running back Maurice Clarett. “So I just took it as I was too late for the dance. But, obviously, as I progressed on, I wasn’t going to participate in that stuff anymore.” Luchs said he appreciated Holmes’ being forthright about taking money from another agent. “You know what, I applaud Santonio for being straight-up and being forthright with me when I got there and not making me go through my song and dance and wasting my time,” Luchs said. “I wish more players were that honest with what they were doing, and I applaud him for it.” Through a New York Jets spokesperson, Holmes denied that he ever told Luchs he was receiving money from an agent while in college, SI reported. “He denied it. That’s fine,” Luchs said. “I mean, what is he going to say? Plenty of people deny things that are true. It doesn’t matter. I still appreciate his honesty one-on-one when it mattered. It doesn’t matter what’s said publicly.” The OSU athletic department was still investigating as of Tuesday night. “We just learned of the article,” OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an e-mail. “Our compliance staff is in the process of gathering information.”