… in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. … in briefOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefChecks lead to biasEmployers who checkCVs with the Criminal Records Bureau could end up discriminating against peoplewho have committed minor misdemeanours, claims prisoner resettlement charityNacro. From this summer, a wider range of organisations can run criminal checksat a charge of £12 each.The fourth Employers’Law briefing, in association with Rowe & Maw, takes place on 9 May at theBritish Library in London. Graduates opt for FOThe Foreign Office hasreplaced the BBC as graduates’ top choice of employer. The Virgin Group wasrunner-up for the third year in a row, according to the Universum Graduatesurvey. The BBC dropped to fifth.    www.universumglobal.comUni leavers find jobsNearly 70 per cent oflast year’s UK-based graduates are in full-time employment according to areport.The report, by theHigher Education Funding Council, claims that only 6 per cent of students thatgraduated in 2000 are unemployed.   www.hefce.ac.ukAid agency ‘racism’The first audit of HRpractice in aid agencies, called Ahead of the Field,  has shown that local recruits suffer institutional racism. Staffrecruited from the charity’s own country are favoured when it comes totraining, salaries, job opportunities and the use of appraisal systems.   www.peopleinaid.orgSkills gap rises againNearly two-thirds ofBritish firms are experiencing skills shortages, according to a report. TheReed Skills Index claims that this is the third consecutive year-on-yearincrease. The survey, of 1,500 organisations, revealed that 60 per cent ofcompanies are finding it difficult to recruit qualified and experiencedstaff.   www.reed.co.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more

49ers’ Jordan Matthews heads to France to see wife in World Cup

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Jordan Matthews is heading for a storybook destination now that 49ers minicamp is complete. He’s off to France, where his wife, Cheyna, is playing for Jamaica in its first-ever Women’s World Cup.“We’re in this crazy phase right now,” Matthews said after Wednesday’s practice. “She’s watched me play on this (NFL) stage, and now she’s playing on the biggest soccer stage in the world.”It’s a fabulous phase that Matthews’ former Philadelphia Eagles teammate, Zach Ertz, …last_img

Iran fallout: United suspends Newark-Mumbai flights

first_imgUnited on Friday announced the suspension of its Newark-Mumbai flight service in view of growing tensions between the United States and Iran.On Thursday, Iran shot down a drone belonging to the US over Tehran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. “Given the current events in Iran, we have conducted a thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace and decided to suspend our service,” United said on its website, but did not say how long the suspension would last. However, Swedish airline and airport tracker Flightradar24 said the suspension was initially for three days.The Mumbai-Newark flight on Thursday night was cancelled and the airline will now operate a non-commercial flight to Honolulu on Saturday. Meanwhile, Air India officials said all their operations to the US and Europe were on schedule. “We have not received any advisory from the government or authorities handling Iranian airspace. In the wake of the Pakistan airspace closure, all our flights go through Tehran-controlled airspace,” a senior official said.OPSGROUP, a blog site that offers safety guidance to air operators, said commercial aircraft were flying very close to the unpiloted Global Hawk at the time that it was shot down. “The threat of a civil aircraft shootdown in southern Iran is real. Avoiding the Strait of Hormuz area is recommended – misidentification of aircraft is possible,” it said in a blog post.The unmanned drone that was shot down is said to have a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 jetliner.The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency order to US civil aircraft, prohibiting all American aircraft operators from entering the Tehran Flight Information Region in the area above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.By way of a Notice to Airmen that was issued at 1.48 a.m. UTC or 7.18 a.m. Indian Standard Time on June 21, FAA specifically prohibited any US airline or aircraft operator from flying within Iranian airspace in the region that the US drone was shot down in. In a statement, the US FAA said, “Although the exact location of the attack is not yet available, there were numerous civil aviation aircraft operating in the area at the time of the intercept. According to flight tracking applications, the nearest civil aircraft was operating within approximately 45 nm of the Global Hawk when it was targeted by the Iranian SAM.”FAA, it said further, “remains concerned about the escalation of tension and military activity within close proximity to high volume civil air routes and Iran’s willingness to use long-range SAMs in international airspace with little to no warning. As a result, there is concern about the potential for misidentification or miscalculation which could result in the inadvertent targeting of civil aviation.”last_img read more

SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul

first_imgRead Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Members of the Philippine fencing team display their respective medals from the 29th Southeast Asian Games. (L to R) Brennan Wayne Louie (gold), Nathaniel Perez (silver) in mens individual foil; Hanniel Abella (silver) and Harlene Raguin (bronze) in women’s individual epee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLFil-American Louie Wayne Brennan took the men’s individual foil gold medal over compatriot Nathaniel Perez in a dominant show for the Philippines Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games fencing.Finally getting his slot in the individual category after playing in team events on his freshman year with the national team, Brennan bested Perez, 15-14, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raguin took the bronze. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH archery team wraps up SEA Games campaign sans gold It was an all-Filipino final as Brennan ousted Thai Sopanut Mayakarn in the semifinal, while Perez dispatched Jet Ng Shang Fei of Singapore.Brennan, who owns a fencing club back in Los Angeles, replaced former champion Emerson Sugui in the PH team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippine women’s epee team also had an impressive showing, turning in a silver and a bronze.Hanniel Abella bested teammae Harlene Raguin in the semis. But she lost in the final against Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa of Vietnam. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

a month ago​Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was satisfied with three points against FC Astana.United should have run away with the game, given the number of chances they created.But they made it difficult for themselves and had to rely on a second half goal from Mason Greenwood to nick a 1-0 win.But Solskjaer is more concerned with getting points on the board so they can qualify for the knockout rounds.”The main thing now is to get through the group stages,” he said to reporters after the game. “And to do that you need to win your homes games, and get one or two draws away from home or win away from home and then you should be through.”There’ll be plenty of minutes for the boys, definitely, but it’s still an experienced side out here with loads of capped internationals.” last_img read more

a month ago​Gudmunsson close to Burnley return

first_img​Gudmunsson close to Burnley returnby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohann Berg Gudmundsson is getting closer to making his Burnley return.Manager Sean Dyche believes that Gudmundsson should soon be available after recording from a calf problem.He suffered the injury against Wolves at the end of August and has not played since.But Dyche believes that a week of training could be enough for him to play in their next Premier League game.”It’s yes and no with Johann,” Dyche said when asked if the winger was ready to return by reporters.”Yes, physically he’s fit, but no in the sense he’s had three or four weeks with hardly any training time.”So I’ve spoken to him and assured him we believe in what he’s doing, he’s really fit and his eye is in, but he needs a good week’s training, to get back to training every day and making sure his body is right.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his start

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his startby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi deserved his place for their defeat of Southampton.Hudson-Odoi was making his first league start of the seasonLampard said, “He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released himself to the full-back. It was all the things I want from the wingers. “He could have got a goal, he got in behind a few times where he can be lethal. That’s where I want him.”He can get better. He has had a serious injury so fitness has been a bit of an issue, and looking after him. Now he’s showing he’s getting towards proper match fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CSJP Spent $1 Billion on Community Interventions Last Year

first_imgSome $1 billion was spent under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) last year on interventions to benefit young people in volatile communities across the island. Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, made the disclosure, as he addressed a scholarship award ceremony held recently in Mount Salem, St. James. He commended the CSJP for the role it has been playing in the implementation of social interventions, in an effort to combat crime and interpersonal violence in communities. He noted that the programme, which operates in 50 communities across some eight parishes “is seeking to ensure that person’s socio-economic conditions are improved and protected on a sustainable basis, thereby limiting the amount of criminal activities in those areas.” The primary areas of engagement are community mobilisation and governance, development of community multi-purpose centres, opening of restorative justice centres, and a comprehensive social marketing campaign, targeting at-risk youth and men. There is also the ongoing delivery of violence prevention services including tuition support, skills training and job placement. “The most recent initiative in that regard has to do with some 250 young persons, who have been apprenticed to the Engineering Regiment of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and getting real life on-the-job training as well as the discipline that the army brings to all their operations,” Minister Bunting said. The Minister, in the meantime, congratulated the 175 young people from CSJP communities in western Jamaica, who were presented with scholarships valued at $19 million, to fund their tertiary education. He urged them to remain focused “stay in school, do well and come out as graduates that will make your parents and community proud”. The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative focusing on building community safety and reducing poverty.last_img read more

Fields have good soil moisture despite lack of precipitation in March

first_imgAccording to Kassian, the remainder of the snow is expected to melt and dry up off the fields within the next week.Kassian expects the planting season to start in one month’s time, with hopes that farmers receive the rain needed once the crops are planted.Environment Canada is forecasting warm and dry conditions for the rest of April. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the month of March, Fort St. John and area received a very low amount of precipitation of 0.2 mm.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says despite the lack of precipitation, there is quite a bit of soil moisture in the fields thanks to the slow melting of snow.“We have soil moisture right now. Definitely, the slow snow melt we had this year helps a lot. We didn’t have a lot of runoff, the moisture went down, the frost is going down into the ground, and of course, with today, the little bit of snow, everything helps.”last_img read more

Home opener against Maryland on deck for Ohio State softball

OSU redshirt senior first baseman Erika Leonard (15) swings at a ball. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State softball team is finally headed home. With 22 games already in the books in 2016, OSU (15-7) has the chance to make a statement on its own field. The Buckeyes, who are coming off a 4-1 trip to San Diego, which included a 9-6 win over then-No. 22 Fresno State, are set to face Maryland (7-20) in their home opener Friday at 6 p.m. at Buckeye Field. The three-game series stretches from Friday to Sunday and marks the beginning of conference play. Up to this point, OSU has seen action in five tournaments since February. “We won, but we aren’t even at our best yet,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Everyone has been like, ‘Wow, imagine what we will be like when we put it all together,’ which is great.”Maryland at a glanceThe Terrapins have not had a winning season since 2013, and this season has been more of the same. Maryland failed to tally a winning weekend at any of the six tournaments it attended, including an 0-3 showing at its own invitational last week.Maryland checks in at last place in the Big Ten for both win percentage and team pitching. The Terrapin pitching staff, which is led by redshirt junior Madison Martin, currently owns a 6.08 ERA while allowing 238 hits. Starter Brenna Nation has only 19 strikeouts in her 19 appearances, although the redshirt junior’s slow start might just be an adjustment to a larger role than in her two previous seasons.Sophomore Skylynne Ellazar has 13 RBIs and a .388 batting average, while senior infielder Lindsey Schmeiser leads the team with four home runs, despite having only 11 total hits so far.The Terrapins’ opponents are outhitting them .327 to .281 and have nearly 60 more RBIs than the younger Maryland squad. The team has only two seniors, but its key advantage is the versatility of its players. Eight of the 20 Terrapins play multiple positions, enabling the team to rotate and increase its endurance.Strength from the moundUnlike the Terrapins, the Buckeyes’ greatest asset is their cohesive pitching staff. OSU still boasts the lowest ERA (2.30) in the conference, and its five pitchers continue to fill both starting and relieving roles. Junior Shelby Hursh continues to dominate from the mound with 69 strikeouts, only 23 behind her total in 2015. The right-hander retains the lowest ERA in the conference.“Shelby’s ability to step in and execute her pitches immediately allows us to take the momentum back into our dugout,” Schoenly said.Junior Lena Springer also has performed well, ranking in the top 10 with a 2.17 ERA, while surrendering only four extra-base hits to opponents.More top honorsBuilding off senior Cammi Prantl’s Big Ten and Louisville Slugger honors last month, two more Buckeyes earned conference awards last week. Senior first baseman Erika Leonard earned Big Ten Player of the Week, while second baseman Emily Clark was named co-Freshman of the Week. Leonard and Clark recorded strong weekends in Arizona and California, as both players posted a batting average north of .350. Leonard hit two home runs, while Clark recorded her first-career four-bagger against Fresno State. In late February, Leonard was announced as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which will be given to one NCAA Division I softball player in May. The award, which focuses on community, classroom, character and competition, encourages players to use their platforms to act as leaders in their community, according to its website. “This team is lucky to have such strong seniors this season,” Schoenly said, referring to Leonard, Prantl and shortstop Maddy McIntyre. “They’re leaders and role models, and I never want them to leave.” Eight other Big Ten players were selected as candidates. Leonard’s nomination marks the first time an OSU player has been selected since the award’s inception in 2007.Coming upAfter their series with Maryland, the Buckeyes are set to head to Wisconsin for another three-game matchup spanning from April 1 to 3. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. on April 1. read more