Employers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS

first_img By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporter Employers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS LabourJanuary 25, 2012 RelatedEmployers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is encouraging employers and others in the productive sector to take advantage of its Labour Market Information System (LMIS), as this is an inexpensive approach to business and an easy way to identify suitable job candidates. He said the LMIS represents one of the strategies to manage and respond to the current job market, as the Government seeks to foster and encourage economic empowerment, and human capital development over the short, medium, and long term. Mr. Kellier, who was addressing the LMIS Job Readiness Poster Competition awards ceremony, at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Kingston, Wednesday Jan. 25, emphasised the need for developing countries such as Jamaica, to make greater effort to maintain sustainability in the labour market, by increasing productivity levels, keeping abreast of employment trends, and engaging in job-fitting, to satisfy the needs of employers. He noted that statistics have revealed that employers are seeking workers with the right attitude and aptitude, technical skills, and experience. “We also saw where there was a demand for persons who were certified at the HEART Trust Levels 2 and 3, and those with first and (second degrees) were in good standing for work opportunities,” he added. The Minister highlighted that several gaps were identified in the labour market, which include nursing, practical nursing, computer technology, mechanical engineering, and psychology, with areas of actual and potential growth being in the agricultural, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail sectors. Mr. Kellier said the Ministry was therefore excited about the relevance and benefits of the LMIS to job-seekers, secondary and tertiary students, guidance counsellors, career developers, employers and parents. “We are presenting a one-stop location for information, and we’ve placed emphasis on youth, as we know they are a significant part of the job-seeking population,” he said. The awards form part of LMIS Week, which is being observed from January 22 to January 27, to commemorate the launch of the LMIS in 2002, and to assist in the promotion of the LMIS website. The topic for the competition, ‘Job Readiness’, was chosen as a result of feedback from employers that they needed employees who were more prepared for the world of work. The competition, which lasted from October 6, 2011, to November 30, 2011, saw 11 schools participating. It sought to: prepare students for the work world; increase the level of awareness of the LMIS website among the school community; acquire posters which will be used to promote the LMIS; and strengthen students’ knowledge of the visual arts. The LMIS (www.lmis.gov.jm) is a web-based system, which provides a one-stop data and information source, as well as job-placement facility. It has four major components, which include: job matching facility, where job seekers post their resumes and employers can place vacancies; labour market intelligence, which provides information on labour market issues; a national skills bank, which gives employers and investors access to a database of available skills throughout the country; and related services, which include career counselling and funding sources for education and training. RelatedEmployers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS RelatedEmployers Urged To Take Advantage of LMIS Advertisementslast_img read more

Health worker among 5 new Saudi MERS cases

first_imgSaudi Arabia reported five new MERS-CoV cases over the past 2 days, one of them fatal, and three of the illnesses appear to be linked to a healthcare-related cluster in Dumah Al Jandal in the country’s northwest.One of the other two patients had indirect contact with camels and another had primary exposure to the virus, reflecting a mix of ways people contract Middle East respiratory coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia.Health worker, household contacts among latest casesIn its regular update yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s ministry of health (MOH) reported two new cases, one of which involves a 25-year-old female healthcare worker in Dumah Al Jandal who has an asymptomatic infection. The woman, who is an expat, acquired her infection in the healthcare setting, the MOH said.So far it’s unclear if her illness is related to another MERS-CoV case reported from the same city on Aug 2, that one in a 51-year-old man who was hospitalized in critical condition. An investigation revealed the man had primary exposure, meaning he probably didn’t contract it from another patient.Today the MOH reported two more cases from Dumah Al Jandal, both of them Saudi boys who are listed as household contacts of an earlier confirmed case. One is a 16-year-old who has symptoms and the other is a 12-year-old who is asymptomatic.Other cases include a fatalityIn its report yesterday, the Saudi MOH reported a fatal case involving a 38-year-old Saudi man from Najran in the far south of the country. The patient had an underlying health condition and had primary exposure to MERS-CoV.In today’s update, the MOH said an infection has also been confirmed in a 50-year-old Saudi man from Hayel in north central Saudi Arabia. The man’s condition is listed as critical, and authorities say the source of the virus was indirect contact with camels.The new illnesses and deaths lift Saudi Arabia’s overall MERS-CoV total to 1,698 cases, 686 of them fatal. Nine people are still being treated for their infections.Riyadh hospital outbreaks overIn its monthly update recapping MERS-CoV activity in the previous month, the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean regional office (WHO EMRO) said that for July, six lab-confirmed cases were reported, five from Saudi Arabia and one from the United Arab Emirates. Three of the infections were fatal.No new healthcare-related illnesses or additional hospital outbreaks were reported in July. In the three earlier-reported Riyadh hospital outbreaks, the latest case was confirmed on Jun 17. Now that more than two incubation periods have passed, officials said the outbreaks are now considered to be over.So far the demographics of cases reported in 2017 don’t show a change from cases reported since 2012 when the virus was detected for the first time in humans. Adults ages 50 to 59 are still most at risk for contracting primary infections, with those ages 30 to 39 most at risk for secondary infections. For deaths after primary exposure, the risk is highest in adults ages 50 to 59, and fatalities in secondary exposure are highest in older adults, those ages 70 to 79.Due to improvements in infection prevention and control practices in hospitals, the number of hospital-related cases declined significantly in 2015 and 2016, the WHO said.Globally, as of the end of July, the WHO had received reports of 2,045 MERS-CoV cases, 773 of them fatal, for a case-fatality rate of 35.8%.See also:Aug 6 Saudi MOH updateAug 7 Saudi MOH updateAug 2 CIDRAP News scan “Saudi Ministry of Health confirms 3 new MERS cases”July 2017 WHO EMRO MERS-CoV situation updatelast_img read more

Consumer law

first_imgAgency – Commission – Estate agents – Fariness – Landlords Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons Ltd: Ch D (Mann J): 10 July 2009 Nicholas Green QC, Helen Davies QC (instructed by in-house solicitor) for the claimant; Michael Kent QC, Andrew Davis (instructed by Mishcon de Reya) for the defendant.center_img The claimant (OFT) sought declaratory relief in respect of the operation of alleged unfair terms in contracts between the defendant letting agent (F) and various landlords (L). For the purposes of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999, F was the supplier and L were the consumers. L had all opted for a letting-only service to help them find a tenant, rather than a full property-management service. F’s contracting terms provided for a commission payment for the introduction of a tenant. The terms also stipulated, in essence, that commission would continue to be payable where tenants renewed or extended their tenancy or where a new tenant took over who was connected in some way with the previous tenant. Furthermore, the terms stated that commission would be payable where tenants subsequently purchased the property from L (sales commission) and where L assigned their rights to a third party (third-party renewal commission). After L made complaints that the commission terms were unfair and involved the OFT, F amended its terms to some degree. However, the question of fairness of the old terms and of some of the new terms still remained. OFT submitted that (1) F’s terms and conditions used language that was not ‘plain and intelligible’ as required by article 4(2) of the Council Directive 93/13 and regulation 6(2) and 7 of the 1999 regulations; (2) the provisions relating to renewal commission were not part of the main subject matter of the contract for the purposes of regulation 6(2) and could not escape an assessment of fairness on that basis; (3) the provisions relating to sales commission and third-party renewal commission were unfair. Held: (1) In order to determine whether F’s terms and conditions of business were expressed in plain and intelligible language, it was necessary to define the typical consumer. It was not in dispute that ‘professional’ or ‘commercial’ landlords doing business with F were not consumers for the purposes of the regulations. However, the issues raised in the instant case were significant for many consumer landlords who had acquired one or two properties as an alternative to pensions and savings. The typical consumer was to be defined on an analogous footing to that on which the court approached the attributes of the reasonable man and the description in Office of Fair Trading v Abbey National Plc [2009] EWCA Civ 116, [2009] 2 WLR 1286 was to be adopted, Abbey National applied. F’s attempts at re-wording the clause had introduced a fresh lack of clarity. (2) Regulation 6(2) could not be approached purely as a matter of common law construction of the contract. Although the written terms of the contract were the starting point, it was necessary to establish on a wider level what the substance of the agreement was, rather than focus on the precise written terms. It was also necessary to consider how the matter would be perceived by the typical consumer and the supplier, Abbey National applied. Therefore if the renewal commission was to be treated as part of the core bargain, the typical consumer would have to consider it so as well as the supplier. On the facts, the obligation to pay renewal commission had not been part of the core bargain between the parties, since a typical consumer would have approached F for help in finding a tenant for an initial term of engagement and the prospect of a renewal would have been a subsidiary matter receiving little focus at that time. Furthermore, the provision for renewal commission was hidden away in the document and played no part in the activities under focus, namely those of finding a tenant. A re-wording of the clause to expressly make the renewals commission part of the overall contract price or core bargain did not alter the real position. It was not to say that renewal commission was always unfair to landlords per se; it might be possible to engineer a situation where the renewal commission element became part of the core bargain if there was real negotiation between the parties from the outset and clear disclosure, if not active flagging-up, of the term, but that had not happened in the instant case. On the facts, parts of the clause providing for renewal commission were too vague to be classed as ‘plain and intelligible’. Severance of the clause was neither necessary nor appropriate, Abbey National applied. Therefore, even if the renewal commission was found to have been part of the core bargain between the parties, it did not escape a fairness inquiry. (3) A fairness inquiry revealed that all the relevant provisions were unfair for the purposes of the regulations, Director General of Fair Trading v First National Bank Plc [2001] UKHL 52, [2002] 1 AC 481 applied. The relief to be granted was to be determined at a further hearing. Judgment for claimant.last_img read more

Pacquiao is too much for Barrera

first_imgBOXING: Phillipino star again whips Mexican legend, but this time by decision. By Greg Beacham THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao sure didn’t look distracted while he pounded Marco Antonio Barrera into retirement. Barrera was sharp as well, and he kept his feet in this entertaining rematch – but Pacquiao kept his supremacy. Pacquiao beat Barrera for the second time Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision nearly four years after the Philippines’ favorite son became a boxing superstar with a dominant upset victory over Barrera. Pacquiao’s trainers and fans worried about the distractions of Manny’s many interests outside boxing in the weeks leading up to the fight. Pacquiao’s dalliances with movies, music and politics didn’t matter, because the sport’s most inspired brawler was his usual ruthless self in dispatching yet another great Mexican champion in a 130-pound bout at Mandalay Bay. “It was a good fight, and it was different from the first fight,” Pacquiao said. “He’s a good, smart boxer. I’m satisfied with the result. I knew he would have to box me this time around.” Not even an illegal 11th-round blow by Barrera could stop the lightning-quick Pacquiao (45-3-2, 34 KOs), who earned his sixth straight victory. Barrera (63-6) lost a point for a head shot that discombobulated Pacquiao after the referee moved in to separate them in the 11th, but Pacquiao recovered in time to reach the final bell. Though Barrera again said he’ll retire after consecutive losses this year, the result was a moral victory that could be heard in the voices of the Mexican fans who stood and cheered the 33-year-old as he left the ring. “I definitely lost my head in some of those rounds,” Barrera said. “I got too caught up in the action. I probably shouldn’t have stayed in those exchanges as long as I did. We boxed well. I feel like I dominated the fight with my left hand.” Pacquiao was responsible for the only TKO loss of the Mexican champion’s career in their first meeting in late 2003, but Barrera refused to go down this time against one of the sport’s knockout artists. “I was sad because I lost the fight, but he never really hurt me,” Barrera said. “I didn’t even think he landed that many punches.” Both fighters raised their arms in celebration at the end, but Barrera’s excitement seemed artificial. Judge Tom Schreck scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao, while Jerry Roth and Glenn Trowbridge both favored Pacquiao 118-109. The Associated Press also gave it to Pacquiao, 116-111. Pacquiao predictably dominated the punch stats, landing 256 punches to Barrera’s 120. Pacquiao also had more than twice as many power shots, hitting on 54 percent. “I was surprised (Barrera) lasted the way he did,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer. “He has a lot of heart and guts. He fought a great fight.” In another major bout … Samuel Peter survived three early knockdowns to pull away from Jameel McCline and keep the WBC heavyweight championship at Madison Square Garden. Peter, nicknamed the “Nigerian Nightmare,” was living through his own bad dream in the second and third rounds. But he held on, then dominated the latter rounds for a unanimous decision that was heartily booed by the crowd. McCline, embroiled in controversy as a reported target in a steroids investigation, seemed to be one solid punch away from the championship in the third round. He decked Peter twice, but couldn’t finish him and didn’t have much left the rest of the way. Peter (29-1) was handed the belt by the WBC after champion Oleg Maskaev dropped out because of a back injury. Peter said he would show he was deserving of the title in the ring, and after the first three rounds the 27-year-old did just that. McCline, who was supposed to fight on the undercard before being moved up to the big bout, dropped to 38-8-3.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mpumalanga conference venues

first_imgTHE PROVINCEMpumalanga – “the place where the sun rises” – is a province with spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife, lying in the northeast of South Africa.Bordered by the countries of Mozambique and Swaziland to the east and Gauteng province to the west, Mpumalanga is situated mainly on the high plateau grasslands of the Middleveld, which roll eastwards for hundreds of kilometres.Find out more: Mpumalanga provinceSELECTED CONFERENCE & EXPO VENUESCritchley Hackle LodgeWebsiteLocated in the Eastern Highlands of Mpumalanga, in Dullstroom, upmarket Critchley Hackle presents a picture-perfect postcard image, its pointed stone buildings lying alongside a tranquil garden lake.There are 23 rooms, and the conference rooms accommodate up to 50 people.Critchley Hackle also provides the delegate with an excellent opportunity to unwind, offering tennis, swimming, horse riding and trout fishing among others, while there is also a library, ideal for some quiet time or small meetings.Crystal Springs Mountain LodgeWebsiteLocated nine kilometres from the historic mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest, along Robbers Pass, is Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge.The winner of the AA Accommodation Award for “Best self-catering resort for 2001”, Crystal Springs lies on 5 000 acres of beautiful countryside, and has 164 facebrick and thatch lodges as well as 28 Clubhouse Suites.The conference room can host up to 96 delegates cinema-style, and basic equipment is provided. The catering includes a full South African breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, a light lunch and dinner.Many places of interest lie nearby, well worth a visit for the delegate who has some time to spare.Graceland Hotel, Casino & Country ClubWebsiteGraceland, located about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Johannesburg, in Secunda, boasts seven conference rooms, including the Graceland Arena, able to host up to 1 200 people.Standard equipment is provided for conferences, including top class lighting and sound. Team building exercises are available and for leisure there is a Gary Player Links golf course, tennis, a heated swimming pool, fitness centre, go-karting and cinemas.The hotel has 98 bedrooms.Grand Kruger LodgeWebsiteLocated about 10 kilometres from the Crocodile Bridge entrance to the Kruger National Park, the Grand Kruger Lodge offers a true wildlife experience in Big Five country, with game wondering freely over the property – including through the camps.The conference facilities cater for up to 50 people, while the Lodge sleeps up to 44 in rooms that include mini bars, tee and coffee facilities, air conditioning, safes, and hairdryers.Flip Charts are provided for conferences, as well as white screens, note pads and pens, while PA systems, overhead projectors and data projectors are available for hire.There is plenty to do during leisure time including game drives, both at night and during the day. The bright lights of a casino are available nearby, as well as bird watching, fly fishing, game walks and hunting. Water activities include swimming, scuba diving and white water rafting, as well as sunset cruises.For the adventurous there mountain biking, a 4×4 course, and quad biking. Absailing is also available, as if tennis, golf, and a gym.Greenway Woods Conference & Golf HotelWebsiteA mere 35 kilometres from the Kruger National Park, Greenway Woods Conference and Golf Hotel is a three-and-a-half hour drive from Johannesburg. It has 50 three-bedroom chalets and four conference rooms.The largest room, the Milner, can accommodate up to 160 people. Standard equipment is supplied and video conferencing is available.For leisure time there is a Gary Player-designed golf course, a swimming pool, tennis, squash, river rafting, fishing, hiking, volleyball, and game drives. Team building exercises can be arranged.Lekoa LodgeWebsiteNear Villiers, the Lekoa Lodge offers accommodation in self-catering four-sleeper chalets and eight-sleeper double-storey chalets, although an a la carte restaurant is available for those who choose not to do their own cooking.There are four conference venues which can host groups of up to 200 delegates. Also on offer to conference-goers is the option of team-building.The Lodge lies along the Vaal Meander, which for a break, away from work, offers craft markets, outdoor adventure centres, boat trips, restaurants, coffee shops, English tea gardens and pubs.Mabula Game LodgeWebsiteLocated a two-hour’s drive from Johannesburg in the Waterberg Mountains, outside Bela Bela, Mabula Game Lodge offers three conference venues able to host from 30 to 160 people. The scenic surrounds make for an ideal getaway spot for a conference.Up-to-date equipment is available, along with team-building exercises. A boma dinner with traditional African dancing is provided, while theme dinners, horse riding, hot-air ballooning and champagne breakfasts in the bush can also be arranged.Olifants River LodgeWebsiteThe Olifants River Lodge is located 20 kilometres from Middelburg on the bank of the Great Olifants River. It is a one-and-a-half hours’ drive from Pretoria.There are various accommodation options, from thatched rondavels, log cabins, cabanas, self-catering villas, and even a caravan park.The five conference venues are able to host from 20 to 200 people. The equipment provided includes big screen television, overhead projector, screen, TV, video, DSTV, flipcharts, fax and typing facilities.Set menus are available, but customized menus can also be arranged.There are plenty of leisure options, many of which involve activities on the Olifants River.Pestana Kruger LodgeWebsiteThe Pestana Kruger Lodge is located only one kilometre from the Malelane Gate, the southernmost entrance to the Kruger National Park. Its border with the national park is defined by the Crocodile River, which allows visitors to view animals drinking and more permanent occupants, like hippos.The Lodge has 74 rooms, including standard, executive, and family rooms, as well as two suites.Four conference rooms are able to accommodate up to 150 delegates. Standard equipment is supplied as part of conference packages.The Camelot Health Spa offers first-class pampering. Its facilities include a hydro bath, steam room, relaxation area and a double treatment suite.Protea Hotel WitbankWebsiteThe 94-room Protea Hotel Witbank is an hour’s drive from Pretoria and the Johannesburg International Airport.It offers four conference rooms which accommodate from 25 to 200 delegates. The are fully equipped with white board, air-conditioning, slide projector, flip chart, television, overhead projector, public address system, video recorder, microphone, portable screen, fixed screen, lectern, fax, personal computer, and photocopy machine.Conferences dinner themes can also be arranged, including a Shebeen evening, a British Pub, and an Out of Africa braai or buffet.Sanbonani Resort HotelWebsiteThe Sanbonani Resort Hotel is located just outside Hazyview, 40 kilometres from the Paul Kruger Gate into the Kruger National Park.The hotel has 50 rooms and eight fully-equipped self-catering chalets.The conference centre is able to host up to 200 people. Internet and fax facilities are available, as is team building.A variety of sporting facilities are on offer, while days tours to the Kruger National Park can be arranged, as well as game drives and night safaris in private game reserves.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Healing Africa’s broken hearts

first_imgFreedom fighter Albertina Sisulu celebrated her91st birthday and the opening of the Sheika AlJalila House in Johannesburg. (Image: http://www.wspcc.org.za/.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lee-Ann Poon Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa +27 11 208 5500 RELATED ARTICLES •Zuma: a more prosperous nation •SA heritage comes home •Booster for child health in SA •Mandela’s African tales fight AidsNosimilo Ndlovu Africa’s young hearts celebrated life with freedom fighter Albertina Sisulu, at both her 91st birthday party and the opening of the Sheika Al Jalila House in Johannesburg.Mama Sisulu, as she is affectionately known in South Africa, celebrated her birthday on 21 October with family and young heart patients from poor areas of Africa. These youngsters have received life saving heart operations at the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa (WSPCCA) in Sunninghill, north of Johannesburg, where the celebrations were held.WSPCCA, based at Netcare’s Sunninghill Hospital, is a 16-bed paediatric cardiac intensive care unit established in 2003 by Dr Robin Kinsley, head of cardiothoracic surgery at the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital. Kinsley is South Africa’s most experienced paediatric cardiac surgeon.The centre’s highly qualified and experienced paediatric cardiac team carries out corrective surgical and interventional procedures on babies and children – giving hope to thousands of neonates, infants and children who would otherwise not survive.Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan, a global patron of the centre, was also there to celebrate with the Sisulu family and to officiate at the opening of the Sheikha Al Jalila House, named after her daughter.Princess Haya and Lungi Sisulu, son of the veteran couple, officially opened the house, which stands across the road from the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital. This facility, the princess’s gift to Mama Sisulu, will accommodate parents of children receiving heart operations at the centre.These families sometimes travel across vast regions of the African continent to seek life-saving medical treatment. In the past, parents stayed in rented accommodation paid for by the WSPCCA.Princess Haya saw the need for a home away from home and donated money to the project, and now parents can stay at the hospital with their children for as long as they like and then simply walk across the road to rest.Freedom stalwartFormer president Nelson Mandela congratulated his long-time friend and fellow ANC stalwart on her 91st birthday.Although Mandela was not able to attend Sisulu’s birthday party, he sent her a personal note in which he praised her achievements. The note was read out by the centre’s president Lungi Sisulu during the celebrations.“Be assured that your role in our country’s struggle for freedom and your impact on so many lives will never be forgotten,” wrote Mandela. “There are very few people in the world as old as we are now – reaching your 91st is a singular achievement and we celebrate with you.”Ongoing legacyAt the funeral of anti-apartheid activist Walter Sisulu in May 2003, Mandela gave a heartfelt speech in which he described Sisulu as a great South African and champion of the youth. Mandela added that such a man needed a true living memory – not a statue, which is a piece of cement, but an ongoing legacy.Dr Kinsley felt that there could be no better way to commemorate Walter Sisulu than by treating the sick children of Africa and sending them back to their countries to fulfil their potential as leaders of tomorrow.He approached the Sisulu family and met with daughter Lindiwe, who toured the facility at a time when 10 babies, each from a different African country, were admitted.The family agreed that it would be very appropriate for the facility to carry Walter Sisulu’s name, and Mama Sisulu expressed the desire that Nelson Mandela open the centre as a tribute to his late friend. On 7 November 2003 the Nobel peace laureate did just that, and has since become the centre’s patron.As a retired nurse Mama Sisulu is extremely supportive and visits the centre regularly. At her request, many of the little patients return for a check-up 6-9 months after their discharge.House of HopeAccording to the WSPCCA, South Africa sees about 5 000 babies born each year with serious holes in their heart walls, defective heart valves or other congenital heart defects.About 95% of these defects can be corrected through surgery. But because of financial constraints and a lack of resources, only about 20% of these children get the surgery they need. The remaining 80% die.In the US, 1 222 patients per million of the population have open-heart surgery. In Africa only 19 people in each million have the benefit of such procedures, with the majority of these operations being performed in South Africa.When measured as cost per added year of life, paediatric cardiac surgery is amongst the most cost-effective forms of medical treatment. Fewer than 30% of South African children and less than 1% of children throughout Africa are able to undergo these life-saving operations. The rest die, despite the fact that 95% of heart defects in babies and young children can be successfully treated.The WSPCCA came into being to address this inequality and to give hope to the cardiac children in both South Africa and Africa at large.last_img read more

3 Keys to Inspired Performance

first_imgThe terminology Employee Engagement has been over-used to the point that the inspiration behind the phrase has become a commodity. All those stupid studies that say only 10% of the workforce are engaged are total bullshit!Really…. 1 in 10 people enjoy their job?Really…. 9 out of 10 people would rather work somewhere else?Give me a break!I’ve been a blogger (for better and for worse) in the Human space for 8 years. There are a lot of people I thoroughly respect as HR Bloggers because they ignore convention and reflect the reality of the work experience… for each of the aforementioned thought leaders there are a million hacks that pretend to be smart while simply trying to sell a product.Here’s how to become a HACK blogger in 3 simple steps:1. Site a survey or study.2. Correlate said study to the product you sell.3. Provide a banner ad to your product at the entry’s conclusion.Insulting!You Deserve Better!In actuality, there are tons of people who love their jobs, these are the same people who complain about their jobs at happy hour. The thing surveys and focus groups do not take into account is contradiction. Across the scope of any given day all humans will love and hate their place of employment. Humans are predictably irrational.But we want the data… we want to put you all in a bucket to confirm that the way we have always done it is still working. What we don’t want to admit is that we are wrong and if we don’t change soon, we’ll be out of business.So let’s scrap the term Employee Engagement, talk about what inspires us and admit that we’re cool with our current job!Your Relationship With Your Manager!The purpose of the Manager is to improve their employee’s chance for organizational advancement. If your Manager feels different, hang in there! He or She will be unemployed before you will.~ Executives are looking past Managers into their workforce for trend development.~ Social applications are denying incompetent Managers the ability to protect their talent.~ There is far greater evaluation of Manager performance than there is Employee performance as I write this post.The Value Of Your Work!Less than rewards, opportunity for advancement or even money; we want to know that the work we are doing means something.Here’s What We Want to Hear:1. I’m going to take a chance on you…. don’t make me regret it!2. I wish everyone cared as much as you do!3. We’ve got another team that could really use you!4. The new girl in sales thinks you’re cute!Here’s What We Don’t Want to Hear:1, …because that’s the way we’ve always done it.2. You need to stay in your lane and stop caring so much.3. I’m concerned about your direction and mine is the only opinion that matters.4. The new girl in sales thinks you’re creepy!Run On the HighwayYou should be willing to interact with anyone, anywhere and your organization should support your motivation!If your Manager tells you to stick to your core function, he/she is incompetent, not you!If your Manager uses the word “I” more than “We”, they are covering their irrelevant ass!If you are discouraged to represent your brand, your company hates you, and you should part ways.Don’t Forget To Remember!Dave To read the original post on Dave’s Weekly Thought, please click here.last_img read more

Top 3 Mistakes Employers Make with the Unemployment Insurance Process

first_imgWhen faced with terminating an employee, it’s sometimes a struggle for employers to know the nuances of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system. As they go through the complicated UI process, they should be sure they don’t make any of these employer mistakes:MISTAKE #1: Employer is not willing to educate themselves about the UI process because they don’t currently see it as worthwhile. Not everyone can predict the future success of their employees. At some point, somewhere along the line, mistakes will be made and termination could be necessary. Thinking that your company will never face a UI claim is a huge mistake. MISTAKE #2: Employer does not complete and return paperwork to the State UI Division on time.Paperwork for the UI process can be complex to understand, but it’s essential that the employer submit the paperwork to the UI Division on time.If an employer does not respond timely to requests for information they may:Lose the right to appeal eligibility of UI benefitsLose the right to a UI claim hearingLose the right to protest benefit charges to the employer’s account MISTAKE #3: Employer does not show up for their UI hearing.The denial of UI benefits can happen for many reasons, but one of the main reasons it happens is that the employer doesn’t think it’s worth the effort or time to show up and fight the claim. If the employer does not show, it could mean the employee automatically wins the hearing.  Attending the hearing allows the employer to adequately present its side. The “burden of proof” is on the employer in misconduct cases— so it’s up to the employer to prove that the employee should not receive benefits. The person who actually witnessed the misconduct or other action that led to the termination should be present to testify, as well as the person who made the decision to discharge. by Anthony Paradiso and Todd Cohen Anthony Paradiso is a HRBP/Senior Account Executive with Industrial U.I. Services, who specializes in unemployment insurance cost control.  Anthony is very active with SHRM, as the Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair for the Garden State Council-SHRM (GSC-SHRM), as well as being an active member with NYC SHRM.  In 2018, he will be the Director of Diversity & Inclusion with the North Jersey-Rockland SHRM chapter and is the GSC-SHRM Conference Social Media Chair.  He is also the Bergen County Human Relations Commissioner and in the Good Neighbours Toastermasters club.  Anthony received his BA from Binghamton University and his MS in Human Relations & Business from Amberton University.  If you would like to contact Anthony, please email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @allthingzap. Todd Cohen has an MBA degree from Fordham University. Todd has been with Industrial U.I. since 1991. He is one of the most sought after speakers on the subject of unemployment insurance, having given presentations to clients, trade associations, Administrative Law Judge meetings, etc. He is also an expert on UI taxes and subjects such as calculating tax rates, and making voluntary contributions to lower tax rates in states where such contributions are allowed, thereby allowing Industrial U.I.’s tax rated clients to project future tax rates and budget properly for unemployment cost control. Todd is also actively involved in the hearing process.last_img read more

Viswanathan Anand rules out retirement from chess

first_imgHe has been the undisputed world champion for the past five years but Indian chess veteran Viswanathan Anand has no plans of calling it quits just yet as he says his morale is on a high after beating a “complicated” Boris Gelfand to notch up his fifth world title.”There are definitely no thoughts of retirement. In fact quite the opposite. (Winning a fifth world title) has been a huge boost to my morale. As long as I enjoy, I don’t see any reason to retire,” Anand told reporters during a felicitation function organised by his long-time sponsors NIIT here today.Anand defeated Israeli Boris Gelfand in the World Championship match a few days ago to successfully defend his world title.”I am still enjoying the game having just defended my title. Winning in Moscow meant a lot emotionally. It’s not only about records. It’s just that you hate losing and you love winning. I am looking forward to playing chess and winning tournaments,” Anand said.”For me, the number has been irrelevant. Every title defence is special. I simply want to enjoy playing chess.There is no checklist,” he added.The 42-year-old was hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin for tea after his triumph in Moscow. Recalling the meeting, Anand chuckled about Putin’s remark ‘So, we brought this on ourselves’ when the Indian told him how training at the Russian Culture Centre had helped his game.”Well we laughed because I thought it was a witty line.The meeting was almost half an hour. He is very knowledgeable about chess. He spoke about how chess is important in Russian culture. He was generally very gracious. I thought that was a quick one,” he recalled.advertisementAnand also gave a detailed account of his preparations leading up to the match and the turning points during it.”My training was from Jan 15 to April 15. This time my preparation was very intensive because I did not have a camp.Last year I was busy playing tournaments,” he said.”We worked very hard and developed some thoughts. I had several systems prepared with black and white. You always had to start with something new. I knew Gelfand since 1989 and always thought he was very professional and disciplined chess player.”Someone who had good understanding of the game. He is someone who embodies the best traditions of Soviet Union chess. I knew he would come up with some of the best preparation and he did,” he added.Anand said Gelfand was a tough nut to crack and had his own set of innovations.”Boris was a very complicated opponent. He managed to set all his dominant opening aside and come up with entirely new openings. I had to prepare for all the possible things he could do. He prepared very cleverly. We were continuously playing catch-up during the match,” Anand recalled.”With the white pieces, he managed to steer clear of our dangerous ideas. This reflected how seriously he was taking the match. It was only in game 11 and 12 that we were able to break out a bit,” he said.Anand also explained the turning points of the match.”Most of these big matches come down to one or two turning points. If you don’t know how to grab them when they come, that’s when the success or failure is decided,” he said.”In game seven, we managed to stumble on one area we had not worked as thoroughly as others. It was most difficult moment of the match, I didn’t sleep. I was all very disturbed.”At that point I could not tell myself that it was the turning point. But in game eight, I had done a lot of work on the main areas but we didn’t neglect other areas. I wasn’t completely without weapons at that time,” he added.Anand said a few changes here and there helped him take Gelfand by surprise.last_img read more

HP Pavilion 15 series and Omen laptops launched in India

first_imgHP India and Bang & Olufsen have launched a new series of laptops. This includes the Pavilion series of laptops as well as the HP Omen gaming laptop. All of these run on 64-bit Windows 8.1. The pavilion series of laptops includes the HP Pavilion 15 with B&O Play. Three variants of this device have been launched, beginning from Rs 44,490. On the other hand, the Omen laptop has been priced at Rs 1,59,990.  The HP Omen was unveiled way back in November last year and runs on an Intel Core i7 processor(with 4 cores, 8 threads, 2.6GHz base clock, and upto 3.6GHz of Turbo Boost) along with 8GB RAM. It also comes with a dedicated graphics card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU walong with 4GB GDDR5 video RAM. It also sports a 15.6-inch full HD LED IPS display with capacitive multi-touch. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Intel WiDi, Miracast, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, SD card reader, HDMI v1.4b port, and four USB ports.  It will also come with Bang & Olufsen speakers. The HP Pavilion 15 with B&O Play series has a base model(ab028TX) priced at Rs 44,490. it runs on a 2.1GHz Intel Core i3 processor(with 2 cores, 4 threads, and 3MB cache) along with 4GB RAM. It also sports a 15.6-inch full-HD LED display and 2GB RAM. It also has a 1TB hard drive, and the connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. It also has a 720p HD webcam. Another variant is the ab032TX, which is priced at Rs 54,990. It is powered by an Intel core i5 processor along with 8GB RAM. It also has an Nvidia GeeForce 940M GPU with 2GB of DDR4 video RAM. The last device is the ab035TX, which has been priced at Rs 67,990 and comes with an Intel Core i7 processor. Other specifications of the last two devices are same as that of the base model. advertisementlast_img read more