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Work safety failures not just HR’s fault

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first_img Comments are closed. One early, high-profile and successful prosecution of a major businessfigure under a proposed law of corporate killing could be followed by a slumpin the accident statistics as business priorities are reassessed across theeconomy. This statement is from an article by the TUC’s general secretary and willsend a shudder down the spines of senior HR people in large corporations. The offence of corporate killing is proposed in the draft Safety Billpromised by the Home Office to be included in early legislation of the newParliament (see p1). Still up for discussion is whether the legislation willforce companies to nominate a director to be personally responsible for healthand safety or whether it will be a collective board responsibility. Any HR director will welcome steps to improve health and safety in a companyto protect their staff and the public. And this piece of legislation will meancompanies will have to review their approach to health and safety policies,test that they work and ensure managers can enforce it. But it is unfair that HR directors should shoulder all the burden ofresponsibility and then take the blame and punishment when things godrastically wrong. Why should a personnel director be disqualified from actingin a management role or, even worse, go to jail? A safety disaster could beblamed on the finance director who did not agree to spending on safety, orpinned on an operations director who failed to control workplace risk, ratherthan an HR director who did not oversee safety induction training. The HRmanager can drive health and safety but the whole management board should takecollective responsibility for it. Related posts:No related photos. Work safety failures not just HR’s faultOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Napoli warm-up for Barca with Brescia comeback win, but Gattuso losing sleep

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first_imgThe Serie A runners-up have won four of their last five league games, but are nine points adrift of a return to the Champions League next season.– Balotelli wasteful –Gattuso praised his team who just a month ago had slumped to 13th position.“Often I was afraid, the team seemed to have lost faith,” he said.“I have been in the world of football for so long, it’s never easy to switch the light back on. I saw the spirit I want, it was a great comeback.“When I hear people talk about games like this as if they were a walkover, I get really angry. You have seen how difficult it is to play on these pitches.“I have seen many videos of Brescia and we knew there would be a struggle. We won fighting up to the 94th minute and this is the mentality that I like.“I saw the right spirit, the poison that we must always have.”Gattuso’s side threatened early with Dries Mertens, who is just one goal off the club’s scoring record of 121 goals, missing a chance after two minutes, hitting the woodwork.But it was Brescia who broke through on their first opportunity with Chancellor getting his head to a Sandro Tonali corner to leave David Ospina without a chance in the Napoli goal.Serie A runners-up Napoli move sixth into the Europa League places.It was the Venezuelan defender’s third goal since joining from Qatari club Al Ahli this season.Captain Insigne pulled Napoli level four minutes after the break from the spot after a Ales Mateju handball, with Ruiz curling in a stunning winner from the edge of the box five minutes later.Mario Balotelli missed two chances to score, heading just wide before the break, and sending the ball over on front of goal after 72 minutes. “Don’t make me think, leave me alone,” urged Gattuso after the win which moved his side into the Europa League places.Lorenzo Insigne and Fabian Ruiz’s second-half goals rescued a win after Jhon Chancellor had put the northeners ahead after half an hour.“We will think about (Barcelona) tomorrow, today only Brescia counted.“It’s a competition I’ll lose sleep over, but on the other hand I almost never sleep now,” continued the 42-year-old, a former World Cup winner who won two Champions League titles as a player with AC Milan“When I talk to my colleagues who are a few years older than me, I ask if they sleep.“They tell me that in time it will pass, but it doesn’t pass.”Napoli move up into sixth place before their last 16, first leg tie back in their San Paolo Stadium on Tuesday. Read Also: Serie A: Inter seeking to ‘bounce back’ against Sampdoria before Juve crackerBrescia, second last in the table, extended their winless run to nine games going back to mid-December.Leaders Juventus travel to SPAL on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top of the table before next week’s Champions League trip to Lyon.Juventus are one point ahead of Lazio who play at Genoa on Sunday, with Inter Milan three points behind the champions before hosting Sampdoria.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso admitted he was losing sleep ahead of next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona after his team warmed up for the Spaniards with a comeback 2-1 win over lowly Brescia in Serie A on Friday night.Advertisement Gattuso will make his Champions League debut as a coach against the Spanish, having replaced Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked despite leading the southerners to the knockout rounds. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian Actresses12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

First trauma conference holds in Lagos

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first_imgRelatedPosts First ever trauma conference holds in Lagos The first ever trauma care conference in Nigeria holds in Lagos on November 19, 2019, with the theme: “Trauma Care: The Way Forward.”In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday, the Director of the convening NGO, Trauma Care International Foundation, Dr. Deola Philips, said it has become imperative to begin to find ways to address the menace of trauma, which has become a public health burden in Nigeria.With the theme: “Trauma Care: The Way Forward,: Dr. Philips said the objective of the conference is to provide a platform for debate and stimulation of inter-disciplinary discussions in the fields of trauma care and emergency response management.Also, the conference will provide a platform for policy makers, senior government officials, the academia, media practitioners, corporate organizations, professional associations, scholars and volunteers from various health and trauma-related disciplines to come together and discuss how their various disciplines can collectively contribute towards the development of workable ways to address trauma as an emerging public health challenge in our society.”According to the statement, the conference will also be used as a platform for the formal introduction of TCIF to all key stakeholders in Trauma Management in Nigeria and a launch of the TCIF Trauma Stakeholders’ Forum.The main focus of discussion at the conference will include: the National Health Act and its provisions for Emergency Care; Improvements in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Systems; Delivering Advanced Trauma & Emergency Care in Low-Income Settings; Transforming Health Care in Nigeria through Trauma Network; Building Sustainable Trauma Care Systems in Nigeria and in West Africa; Securing Health Care Financing For Trauma And Emergency Services: National Basic Health Care Provision Fund; and Voluntary Blood Donation as a worthy cause.The Special Guest of Honour is Dr. Osagie Ehanire,Minister of Health.The conference has as its Keynote Speaker, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Chairman Senate Committee on Health, and under the Distinguished Chairmanship of Prince Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi, Chairman Juli PLC and former Health Minister.On-site participation is strictly by invitation and to register online visit: www.traumacareinternational.org/conference. Tags: Trauma Care International FoundationTrauma Care: The Way ForwardTrauma conferencelast_img read more

Three She Cranes players to feature in World University championships

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first_imgThe Indoor stadium is still under construction in Makerere (Photo by Javira Ssebwami)What more would a coach want than to work with a team of experienced players ahead of an important event such as the World University Netball Championship that starts September, 17 to 21 in Kampala?Coach Rashid Mubiru has exactly that in three of his players who have just been crowned African netball champions at the just concluded Africa Netball Championships in Zambia.Betty Kizza, Mary Nuba and Joan Nampungu gained immeasurable experience that should inspire Uganda’s university netball team at the World WUNC due at Makerere University on September 17-21.Center player Kizza, Nuba (goal shooter/attacker) and Nampungu who plays as a goal defender and keeper, put up a skillful performance for the She Cranes side that ended the six-day event unbeaten.Meanwhile, early in the month, the USA netball team confirmed their participation in the event at Makerere. According to information university website, USA team is expected to arrive on September 14, three days to the opening ceremony.Burundi, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and hosts Uganda have also confirmed participation.According to Ms Peninnah Kabenge, Head-Secretariat, Local Organising Committee revealed that Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala will accommodate all the teams.Also Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere University Vice-Chancellor recently said that the indoor Stadium which will house competitions in September is moving at a good pace.“The contractor has promised that the structure will be ready in time for the games. Thanks to UPDF for the good job so far!” Mr Nawangwe wrote on twitter.About the World University Netball ChampionshipSouth Africa won the last edition in Miami, USA where Uganda finished fourth after being beaten to the bronze by Australia.Host nations organise the biennial event together with the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU).In July, 2012, the first World University Netball Championship was held in Cape Town, South Africa.The South African Federation of University Sports organised the event. It is a women’s indoor tournament with a maximum of 12 teams competing.A total of 12 competitors and five officials are allowed per team.Uganda ranked Number 9 in the world Netball Championships.Comments Tags: World University Netball Championships 2018last_img read more

Fulham v Reading line-ups: defensive changes for Whites, Royals man returns

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first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham make two changes, both in defence, as they welcome Reading to Craven Cottage.With Denis Odoi serving a suspension for accumulated yellow cards, Ryan Fredericks returns at right-back, while Tim Ream comes in for Michael Madl, who drops to the bench.Otherwise, the rest of the team is the same as the one which started the defeat at Brighton last weekend.Scott Parker returns from a ban but is only among the substitutes.Reading make one change, with Joey van den Berg replacing the unavailable Liam Moore.Tyler Blackett will drop into centre-back and Jordan Obita to left-back with van den Berg slotting into midfield.Fulham: Button; Fredericks, Ream, Kalas, Malone; McDonald, Johansen; Aluko, Cairney, Ayite; Martin.Subs: Bettinelli, Madl, Sessegnon, Parker, Kebano, Piazon, Smith.Reading: Al-Habsi; Gunter, McShane, Blackett, Obita; Van den Berg, Evans, Williams; Beerens, Samuel, McCleary.Subs: S. Moore, Cooper, Mendes, Harriott, Meite, Watson, Kelly. See also:Brilliant Fulham crush 10-man Reading  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa targets 4.5m new jobs

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first_img28 October 2009 The South African government aims to create 4.5-million short-term jobs through its Expanded Public Works Programme over the next five years, while rationalising its incentives for businesses to create more jobs, and supporting labour-intensive infrastructure projects, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Support for labour-intensive projects Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Gordhan said that a wage-based incentive mechanism was being implemented to encourage government departments and municipalities to use funds for labour-intensive projects. The incentive is aimed at the infrastructure sector, and at non-governmental organisations and community organisations that provide services on behalf of the government. A R50 reimbursement of the daily wage of each person hired will be given, provided that a specified job target threshold is exceeded. The subsidy will be extended to projects in the environment, cultural and social sectors.Public works, community works The Expanded Public Works Programme provided 1.6-million jobs during its first phase, which ran from 2004 to 2009. As part of the second phase, a community works programme, which is being rolled out largely in rural areas, aims to provide work to at least 1 000 people per week on each site in the current financial year. The programme aims to create the equivalent of 180 000 full-time jobs by 2014, and a total of R114.5-million has been set aside for the programme in the adjusted budget.Training layoff scheme Gordhan also announced that a total of 3 438 employees from 24 companies had applied for the government’s training layoff scheme by 2 October. R2.4-billion has been set aside to fund the scheme, under which workers whose companies plan to retrench are placed on training programmes administered by the National Skills Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration oversees the scheme, while the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities provide training.Incentives for companies The government is also considering setting up an umbrella fund pulling together the various incentives offered for businesses to create more jobs. Briefing journalists before his medium term budget speech, Gordhan said the fund would largely be made up of existing programmes and tax incentives, with clear targets aimed at job creation. “We’ve reached a point in time where, if we are going to focus on job creation, we need to take stock of what all of that money is,” Gordhan said. “And secondly, we need to ask ourselves where we prioritise the expenditure of that money, in order that we spend where it’s best needed, and not spend it because it’s been there for the last five or 10 years.” He said a key objective would be to make more transparent the amount of jobs created by the rebates, incentives and support programmes already offered by the government. “I think the country is demanding some answers in terms of where is the trade-off in investments in these programmes and the actual jobs that are created,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Competition fuels summer pulling events

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rumble of the engines, the belching black smoke and the undeniable power of pulling competitions make them a staple of many fairs and events through the summer and fall months. Diesel fuel powers the machines but it is the spirit of competition that fuels the events, said Joe Singer, president of the Darke County Tractor Pullers Association.“It’s like a drug. Once you get that in your system to be a competitor, you are going to do it — ‘black smoke ‘til I’m broke.’ It’s an addiction, within reason. I’m not saying that it is bad, but you can get hooked on it. When I pulled a little, we took four antique and farm stock tractors. All four tractors won the championship of their classes two years in a row. It was all about the competition. That’s what makes the world go ‘round,” Singer said. “When you start talking about the national level competitions, it is the same bunch of people that run the circuit. You run into them at each national event, and even some regional events over and over again.  A lot of the good competitors travel all over the country to compete against each other. Some even share trailers and they may be the best of friends off the track but they try to beat each other on the track at every event.  They loan parts off of their vehicles to help a fellow competitor out, but they are still focused on competing. That is just the way it is. It is a good bunch of people.”Of course, the trucks, tractors and drivers get all of the attention at the pulls, but the excitement would not be possible without the sleds. Singer is the owner of Singer Sled Rental in Darke County and has a fairly unique perspective on pulling competitions in the region after a lifetime around tractor pulls and decades of working behind the scenes.“I never really did a lot of pulling but I have always had an interest since I was really little. My dad always made sure we’d go watch. He never pulled but he liked to spectate and help put the event on,” Singer said. “We were putting on an event and a sled operator came in and asked if I knew anyone who wanted to purchase a sled. I made him an offer and it went from there and before long I owned a worn out, older pulling sled. That was in 2000 and it allowed me to get started.  We have since rebuilt and purchased other sleds. That first one cost $30,000, but today if you buy one they are $300,000 for a new one and that doesn’t include weights, the truck to pull it, scales or any of that.”Singer farms full time with his brother and spends his winters hauling grain and scheduling events. The majority of his summers are spent on the road at pulls in Ohio, Indiana and surrounding states.“We have 108 events booked for this year. Scheduling is tough because we do all that from December through April. You have to not only book the dates but you have to see if you can physically make it from one event to the next one and back to another one. Some events I can get there, but I can’t get back in time,” he said. “It gets tough in the spring because of planting season. Scheduling events in May and the first of June is always hectic, but you need to schedule events then to make the business work. In July we have a lot of pulls during the week because it is prime time fair season. My son runs a sled too. He drives truck for a living and works for a very understanding company.  They allow him to take a large number of days off work so that he can be running a sled.  I have four other people, with full-time jobs too, that help run the machines as well. I can’t do it alone, I’m too busy.  Last year I went 10 miles outside of Wheeling, to the suburbs of Chicago, then to a few miles outside of Tennessee, and finally to Bowling Green, Ohio. I appreciate everyone that helps both on and behind the scenes.”In addition to the logistics of simply getting from place to place, Singer also must constantly monitor the details required for maintaining the sleds and hauling heavy loads over many miles.“Most places we take one sled, but there are some venues that take two sleds. Sometimes we take a sled and someone else brings others,” Singer said. “You have to look stuff over after the shows so you are ready to go the next time. Sometimes things break, you can’t help it.  You just buckle down, be prepared to fix things and do it all over again the very next day.”The sleds hook up like a detachable gooseneck trailer.“I’ve got several semis for this and I use them for the farm work also. A sled weighs 32,000 pounds empty and every weight weighs 2,000 pounds. We carry eight to 11 weights while we are traveling to an event,” Singer said. “An unlimited modified tractor or super semi takes 13 or 14 weights to get them stopped. We can’t carry enough weight legally to stop some of this stuff. Normally if you’re at an event with that type of vehicle, there are two sleds there so you can borrow weights back and forth.”Though the appeal of pulling has always been the power and competition, there have been changing trends through the years.“Pickup trucks are very popular. The kids today didn’t grow up on John Deere 4020s and International 806s like we did, but they can relate to that pickup truck. Every kid, boy or girl, in rural America drives a pickup truck to school or wants one. They relate to trucks,” Singer said. “Personally, I like the tractors the best, but that is what I grew up with. Even the kids on farms that plant beans with a four-wheel drive tractor don’t relate that to a pulling tractor going down the track. But they relate to that pickup truck they drove home with. That is the trend of the future — trucks.”The agricultural economy also has a significant influence on the popularity of pulls.“There is a lot of agriculture involved with pulling.  When agriculture is good, pulling is very good. When prices are lower, like now, numbers fall off,” he said. “Events, competitors, and audiences change from year to year and you just have to adapt.”The high dollar game of pulling competitions also depends on the success of the events that hold them.“For fairs, it can be tough to draw spectators during the week and it takes spectators to pay the bills. Fairs need to make as much money as possible to pay the bills, and the way they do that is by getting people through the gate,” Singer said. “There are sponsorships, which are great and are helpful, but they do not cover everything.”And while the crowd is cheering the pullers on the track, Singer enjoys the satisfaction of seeing his sleds perform the way they should night after night.“I love the speed and the competition and trying to get the machines set so the fans, pullers, and promoters get the results they want. It’s a delicate balance.  If it is a 300-foot track I need to get them stopped in that range. You don’t want them stopping at 180 feet or 400 feet, so you have to know how to set your machine for each class that’s pulling.  We have standard settings that we use and then we go from there changing the gears, changing the drop on the pan, adding a weight or taking a weight out,” he said. “That is what my job is to get that desired result for the track.”And once the smoke clears and the dust settles Singer loves to be a part of pulling because of the people.“It is in my blood. My son was born going to pulls right away. My wife goes to some events and helps and thinks it is fun,” he said. “There are so many family and friends that help out along the way I couldn’t do it without them, from late night mechanical work, to the laser measurers who can’t move all day, and the numerous secretarial duties, everyone is greatly needed and appreciated. My best friends are in the pulling community, whether they are officials or competitors. These are people I know, people I like and this is where my family and friends are.”last_img read more

10 months agoMazzarri adamant Torino deserved two spotkicks for Juventus defeat

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mazzarri adamant Torino deserved two spotkicks for Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino coach Walter Mazzarri is adamant they didn’t deserve defeat to Juventus.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.However, when it was still 0-0, Toro had two of their own appeals waved away.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” Mazzarri told DAZN.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive. Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.” last_img read more