first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis At the end of last month the public voted for research into preventing the rise of resistance to antibiotics. The Longitude Committee will now develop criteria and a specific goal that will set out what people and organisations will need to do to win the prize. You can register your idea and project now though.The Committee is setting a five year deadline in which to reach the goal.The Longitude Prize 2014 is being run by Nesta, with the Technology Strategy Board as launch funding partner. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Funding Nesta The Longitude Prize 2014 has been awarded to projects that prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics.The £10 million Prize marks the 300th anniversary year of the Longitude Act, when the British government offered a cash prize to whoever could solve one of the most important challenges of the time – how to pinpoint a ship’s location at sea by knowing its longitude.For the 2014 Longitude Prize, the public were invited to vote for the most pressing problem from six issues:Flight – How can we fly without damaging the environment?Food – How can we ensure everyone has nutritious, sustainable food?Antibiotics – How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics?Paralysis – How can we restore movement to those with paralysis?Water – How can we ensure everyone can have access to safe and clean water?Dementia – How can we help people with dementia to live independently for longer?The winner: antibiotics resistancecenter_img Longitude Prize 2014 goes to antibiotics research Howard Lake | 6 July 2014 | News  76 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_img Melanie May | 3 July 2018 | News IoF announces five new Fellows for their commitment to fundraising Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising Recruitment / people About the new Fellows:Paul AmadiA committed member of the IoF, Amadi recently left his role as Executive Director of Fundraising and Engagement at the MS Society to join the British Red Cross as Chief Supporter Officer and has previously made significant contributions to the fundraising activity at NSPCC and Diabetes UK.  He is recognised for his work in supporting those in the sector to make the profession more inclusive, and is a former Chair and one of the founders of the IoF’s Special Interest Group, Black Fundraisers UK. He is also a member of the IoF’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Panel and a regular speaker at IoF Conferences.Lucy CaldicottBeginning her fundraising career at the Prince’s Trust, today Caldicott is Chief Executive of UpRising. Over her 20-year career in the profession, she has taken an active role in supporting the next generation of fundraisers, acting as a personal mentor for fundraisers, and founding the Fundraising Chat Facebook group, which now has over 5,000 members. Caldicott is also a longstanding member of the National Fundraising Awards judging panel, a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Panel, and was previously a member of the Policy Advisory Board Roger LawsonIn his 25 years in the sector, Lawson has worked for charities as a fundraiser, with fundraising agencies, and currently as a freelance consultant. According to the IoF, he has worked consistently to advance fundraising thinking and insight, becoming a thought leader on donor motivation as an early adopter and champion of supporter-focused insight and communications. Lawson was a founding committee member of the IoF Insight in Fundraising Special Interest Group and has re-joined in the last 3 years to lead on the Insight in Fundraising Awards. He is also a founding member of the new Donor Experience Special Interest Group, a Convention Board member and this year is a judge for the National Fundraising Awards.Richard TaylorTaylor was a trustee of the IoF from 2011 and Chair from 2014 to 2017, prior to which he was part of IoF’s Learning & Development Committee. As Chair of the IoF he went above and beyond to represent and champion fundraising at a time of great scrutiny for the sector according to the IoF. He played a key role in developing relationships with the Fundraising Regulator, overseeing the merger of the IoF with PFRA, and provided invaluable support to the IoF’s executive team. He worked for CRUK for over 20 years before joining Macmillan as director of fundraising, marketing and communications. He announced his departure from Macmillan last week to pursue a career in executive coaching.Beth Upton An active contributor to the development, support and empowerment of fundraisers across the country, Upton has played an integral role in nurturing fundraisers and helping them grow and improve their skills, particularly through her work as Chair the London group and oversaw the merger of the London and South East regional committees. According to the IoF she has displayed her commitment to driving standards and professional development of fundraisers from the earliest stages of their career as well as championing fundraising as a career path. Supporting members, as well as offering advice and support to fellow fundraisers using digital channels, more recently, she founded Money Tree Fundraising in 2010 to help charities grow fundraising from trusts, companies and wealthy individuals.Richard Radcliffe, Fellow of the IoF and Chair of Fellows, said:“Becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising is a badge of recognition, that what you have contributed to the fundraising community has had an impact on both the Institute and the fundraising community as a whole. I congratulate our new fellows and I am sure that their experience and wisdom will be welcome.”  192 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3center_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  193 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 The Institute of Fundraising has made Paul Amadi, Beth Upton, Lucy Caldicott, Roger Lawson, and Richard Taylor all IoF Fellows in recognition of their voluntary contribution to fundraising.The IoF recognises people as Fellows for a contribution to fundraising that often goes above and beyond their day job, and for their support of the fundraising community. In particular, becoming a Fellow acknowledges the commitment of those who give their time to the IoF helping to develop the profession, improve standards, and support colleagues. As individuals, Fellows offer advice, guidance and support to trustees, staff and IoF members acting as leaders within the fundraising community. Amanda Bringans, Chair of the IoF, said:“I’m delighted to welcome five new Fellows to the Institute – outstanding fundraisers who have shown incredible commitment and leadership, both to fundraising and to the IoF. They have demonstrated immense commitment to so many good causes and are invaluable to the fundraising community.” last_img read more

first_imgThe following is a message from the FARC-EP [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — People’s Army] Peace Delegation to the Colombian people on the closing of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace and the Partial Agreement on Victims. Translation by Michael Otto.Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, Dec. 15Allow us to begin by recalling the words of Gabriel García Márquez in accepting the Nobel prize in 1982: “The immeasurable violence and pain of our history are the result of age-old inequities and untold bitterness. … To oppression, plundering and abandonment, we respond with life. Neither floods nor plagues, famines nor cataclysms, nor even the eternal wars of century upon century have been able to subdue the persistent advantage of life over death.”We have come full of satisfaction to communicate to Colombia and the world the good news of the final closure of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace and the Partial Agreement on Victims, whose dynamic powers — if obstacles don’t stand in the way of common sense — could get us closer to the higher purpose of our reconciliation.But we cannot forget that the conflict’s origin predates the date of the FARC’s creation. Our founding is a consequence of the violence of the dominant power bloc and the phenomena of social inequality that gave birth to and made clear the necessity to resort to the right of rebellion.The work of the Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims highlighted the unquestionable responsibility of the state for more than 70 years of internal conflict. Its findings have been preparing the understanding that the responsibility for what happened, from the point of view of the unlawful conduct, individual or collective, of the various actors, could and should be evident beyond stigmatizing only one of the parties to the conflict as the exclusive perpetrator.In no other way could we talk of the collective responsibility that concerns all parties to the armed conflict. Neither could the national society and the world understand that the first duty of all is the recovery and sometimes, the very creation of a strong and durable social fabric, on which is formulated the promise, also collective, of the “never again.” All of the above was aimed at indicating that restorative justice was the best way to achieve the recovery of social morale, decontaminate political conducts and sow the seeds for the possibility of a general welfare. We are not interested in applauding the imprisonment of our adversaries in the protracted war. We’re not going to feel solace after watching the gates close on an army or police officer, or a high-level functionary of the state or a financier of the violence who emerged from private enterprise. We prefer to work with them on the base of coexistence agreements, rebuilding society and the homeland in Special Zones of Peace in which the commitment is with the Colombia of the future, without forgetting the past, so as to never return to it, with the intention of satisfying the rights of the victims and the affected communities in general.Exploring the vast area of the history of peace accords in the world, we find that the current process that is underway in Havana is unique in that it has agreed upon a comprehensive system that gathers and connects all the elements that international law notes as inalienable rights of victims: the rights to truth, justice, reparation and nonrepetition. The final goal of the aforementioned system is to enforce the rights of victims that have lived through political, social and armed conflict, because, beyond combating impunity, it offers the maximum Justice possible to definitively conclude a long armed conflict.Faced with the evidence of the crisis of the innate monopoly of the Colombian state, as subject of the right to punish or impose penalties, it was necessary then to propose an autonomous judicial mechanism that would satisfy the commitments made by Colombia in the matter of international criminal law to establish the responsibilities of combatants and noncombatants and the multiple agents of the state, linked directly or indirectly to the internal conflict.The agreement places the right to the truth at the apex of the designated system, and establishes effective tools to establish the truth about what happened during the conflict. Without truth, no reconciliation is possible. Truth must mark the only path to rebuild the Colombian society after years of fratricidal confrontation, a path charted on a model of restorative justice and a full guarantee of all human rights through the achievement and consolidation of peace. Peace is the binding law of all human rights and without peace these rights can be enjoyed only by the privileged minorities.During discussion of item 5 of the agenda, the FARC-EP endorsed and put on the table the claims of victims’ and human rights organizations, trying to correct deficiencies encountered in a discussion that had failed to give an active and leading role to the victims of the conflict and to human rights defenders, limiting their participation to the organization of some meetings in Colombia in which there was no possibility of dialog with the members of the negotiating table.Regarding the agreement on Special Jurisdiction for Peace, during the months when this was built in the Judicial Commission, we presented to the social organizations, defenders of human rights, victims and peasants, political organizations and social and opinion leaders of our country, the principles and proposals that we believed should be included in the text of the agreement. We hope we have been able to properly explain our visions and criteria for the construction of the model of justice for peace that requires Colombia to put this long war behind us once and for all. Above all we hope that we have been able to faithfully gather the opinions and contributions of all those with whom we had constantly consulted. Our greatest wish is that all the groups who have suffered in the long armed conflict identify with a unique agreement in the history of peace processes and also consider it as their own, as it is the result of their efforts.This is the first peace agreement in Colombia that has not closed with a general amnesty for all those involved in the conflict, but with the creation of a special jurisdiction for peace with the power to know about all the violations of rights and above all, the parties responsible for those.Victims and their organizations will play a crucial role in the smooth running of the system as it was created, and thus can correct the asymmetry that state organs have shown when it comes to prosecution of crimes committed during the conflict, favoring the impunity of agents of the state and its paramilitary allies, as has been stated over and over again by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in its reports on Colombia. For the first time in a peace accord, victims’ organizations will be able to submit testimony with accusations before the established jurisdiction, which will have to attend to the same, and victims must be heard before sanctions are imposed on those who are recognized as responsible.It should be clear that the Special Jurisdiction for Peace created shall have the authority to know the responsibilities of all those involved directly or indirectly in the conflict, combatants and noncombatants, state agents, guerrillas, politicians, civilians who have financed, promoted or organized paramilitary groups, and paramilitaries who have enjoyed impunity. Those who until now, historically, had been shielded by impunity for serious crimes against Colombian men and women, must appear before the country and assume their responsibilities.Peace requires reconciliation and reconciliation requires normalization of political and social life in Colombia. Those who have exercised the supreme right of rebellion against injustice will be pardoned for political offenses committed and related to these. But also those who have been unjustly condemned as rebels without so being, or simply for exercising their legitimate right to social protest, or have committed crimes of poverty, must be pardoned, or those procedures in which they are being accused by the state must end. And it is so, because there has not been any purpose other than the pursuit of justice and the wellbeing of society that has compelled them to revolt, dissent or protest, demanding respect for the legitimate rights of the Colombian people. It is only fair to recognize this.There will not be any immunity for the officials in charge or high dignitaries of the government or state, because this is not possible under international law, and because it would be unacceptable to the conscience of the Colombian people. In a country where the republic has been ruled by political forces and not by military juntas, the chain of command of the state ends in the highest institutions of government, and as such it is fair that this be established and recognized, so that the civil power can never again shield itself in the military forces in order to avoid assuming its responsibilities in harming the victims. The measures and programs regarding reparations for victims and restitution of damage have been expressly agreed to by the parties for introduction into and considered as an essential component of the integrated system.Such measures must overcome the shortcomings of the current legal framework on reparations. They should guarantee that those who as a result of the conflict have suffered situations of social exclusion due to economic marginalization are ensured a future without discrimination. It is especially important to ensure the recovery of their land for all peasants who suffered the theft of their lands as well as inhuman violence perpetrated by those who were enriched by the conflict while simultaneously impoverishing the majority of the Colombian people. All parties involved in the conflict assume the obligation to repair the damage caused in response to the reality of the victimization. Repairs will be done with personal and collective work, with actions, with political decisions and material contributions. And it is the state, the new inclusive state that is supposed to emerge from the peace agreement, which assumes the specific obligation to ensure that all those who were victimized receive reparations.The FARC-EP has noted with concern that in almost all previous peace agreements in Colombia and elsewhere in the world, beyond the fulfillment of agreed upon measures for the normalization of the political situation and the reincorporation into civilian life of the rebels, the agreements where economic and social development efforts of the new country emerging from the end of armed conflict are contemplated, have been systematically set aside and never met. Therefore, we work tirelessly and will continue so that the result of this process will be fully implemented. Hence, for the first time in a peace agreement, the parties have incorporated sanctions and measures of restorative justice– achievable by those who recognize the truth and their responsibilities for crimes not subject to amnesty — implementing the accords reached in the different points of the agenda for talks to the extent that they entail benefits for the communities and economic and social development of the country.Until now, Colombia has suffered throughout its republican history, misery, inequality, lack of democracy and mourning; but hope has not died. Therefore we close our message with the unforgettable Gabriel García Márquez, by saying that, “Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a mere utopia through all of human time, we, the inventors of tales, who will believe anything, feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to engage in the creation of the opposite utopia. A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgFacebook The Moudy North and Moudy South buildings, which house of the office of the dean of fine arts. printDr. Richard Gipson, formerly the director of the School of Music, was appointed as the interim dean for the College of Fine Arts in June after Dr. Anne Helmreich left TCU for the Getty Research Institute. Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Review: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ tells a meandering story with stunning visuals, anime action TV Review: Netflix’s new show doesn’t lecture viewers about sex World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Review: ‘First Reformed’ beautifully wrestles with faith and sacrifice Facebook Twitter Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ New interim dean of the College of Fine Arts, Dr. Richard Gipson (photo courtesy of TCU)“The transition has been intense,” Gipson said. But his relaxed demeanor, full bookshelves and lack of any significant clutter would suggest otherwise. Gipson’s experience as the director of music for both TCU and the University of Oklahoma has prepared him for the administrative portion of his new position, but the construction projects have been the largest hurdles. As music director for TCU, Gipson had been involved with the construction of the new music building since the initiative began in spring of 2015. As the dean of fine arts, he has to be knowledgeable about the entire creative commons project, including the new Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Design and Interior Design building. Gipson said coming up to speed on the new building has been challenging, but the bi-weekly construction meetings have updates on the entire project. “It’s been fast and furious,” Gipson said, “picking up the initiatives and balls from this job and handing over all of the ones across the street and not having anything get dropped.” Across the street in Ed Landreth Hall, the transition is being managed by Kristen Queen, the interim director of the music school. Queen said juggling her new responsibilities has resulted in some long days, but she was grateful for the amount of recordkeeping left by Gipson. Linkedin Twitter Richard Edgemon Previous articleVolleyball improves to 2-0 with win over Green BayNext articleTCU Volleyball improves to 3-0 on season-opening weekend Richard Edgemon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Linkedin Review: ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ has a striking visual style but fails to excite or enthralllast_img read more

first_img Organisation September 7, 2016 Hamas targets Palestinian investigative reporter Receive email alerts ©Facebook/MohamedOthman Palestinian reporter to censor himself after being held by Hamas RSF_en to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Palestinian journalist Mohamed Othman’s persecution by the Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip. Othman, whose investigative reporting is often critical of Hamas, was arrested by Hamas security officials on 1 September and was held for nearly 24 hours. January 13, 2016 Find out more Aged 29 and a specialist in investigating corruption-related stories, Othman reports for the pan-Arab TV channel Al Araby Al Jadeed and the US news website Al Monitor. He is also the SKeyes Centre’s Gaza correspondent.The reason for his arrest by Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, were not specified but his interrogation focused on his journalistic work. He was released on 2 September on condition that he report to the Bureau for Internal Security on 11 September.“We condemn the harassment of Mohammed Othman, whose investigative reporting in the Gaza Strip bothers the Hamas authorities,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“We urge Hamas to stop this intimidation at once. The Palestinian authorities must not step up their pressure on independent and critical journalists because of the approaching municipal elections, which are to be held in October.”The SKeyes Centre quoted Othman’s wife as saying he was tortured during his interrogation although no direct accusation was made against him. According to the local media, he was arrested because of a document he posted on his Facebook page and used as the basis for a story about corruption within the Gaza Strip’s Endowments ministry.The source of this document was also arrested after being identified as a result of Othman’s interrogation. Othman’s computer and his and his wife’s mobile phones, which had been confiscated, were returned after his release.The Palestinian Territories are ranked 132nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press FreedomIndex. News Follow the news on Palestine Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

first_img News March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Najmeh Oumidparvar, who was arrested on 2 March for defending her detained husband, fellow blogger Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi, was released after 24 days in detention on 26 March. She said her husband is in good health. Organisation Receive email alerts March 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pregnant blogger Najmeh Oumidparvar freed after 24 days in prison RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Najmeh Oumidparvar, who was arrested on 2 March for defending her detained husband, fellow blogger Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi, was released after 24 days in detention on 26 March. She said her husband is in good health.Oumidparvar, who is four months pregnant, was freed on payment of bail of an unknown amount. She had defended her husband on her blog (http://www.faryadebeseda.persianblog.com – The Dawn of Freedom). Abdolahi, whose blog’s address is http://www.iranreform.persianblog.com, is entering his second month in prison.—————————2.03.05Pregnant wife of jailed weblogger imprisonedReporters Without Borders said it was appalled by the imprisonment of pregnant student, Najmeh Oumidparvar, 26 – wife of weblogger Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi – who has been imprisoned in her turn, one week after her husband.Oumidparvar, who is three month pregnant, has her own weblog (http://www.faryadebeseda.persianblog.com – Dawn of Freedom). She has been accused of defending her husband too openly. On the eve of her arrest she gave an interview to German radio Deutsche Welle. A few days earlier she posted on her own weblog a message her husband had written shortly before his arrest. In it, he claimed the right to express himself freely adding that he was “waiting for the police handcuffs”Plainclothes police searched Oumidparvar‚s home on the morning of 2 March 2005 seizing computers, CDs and every article written by the couple. She was arrested after the search. She was taken back to her home in the afternoon to collect some of her possessions. The authorities told her that she would have to stay in prison for at least ten days.——————————–28.02.05Blogger Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi is jailedMohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi, who was sentenced on appeal on 23 February to six months in prison and a fine of 1 million rials (95 euros), began serving his sentence yesterday in Rafsanjan prison in the south of thecountry.______________________________________________________24.02.2005Another blogger gets jail sentenceReporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the Iranian authorities for confirming a six-month prison sentence and one million rials (85 euros) fine on Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi, editor of the weblog Webnegar (Web Writer), for supposedly insulting the country’s leaders and making anti-government propaganda. He was sentenced on appeal on 23 February and is still free but risks arrest at any moment. The day before, another blogger, Arash Sigarchi, was jailed for 14 years on similar charges.The worldwide press freedom organisation called for “strong international condemnation” of Iran’s crackdown on bloggers and urged other bloggers to “spread news about this wave of repression,” including the imprisonment of Sigarchi, blogger Mojtaba Saminejad and online journalist Mojtaba Lofti, so as to put pressure on the authorities.Abdolahi, a student campaigner for human rights and democracy and editor of the student paper Noghteh Sare Khat, is thought to have been punished for posting an open letter to the country’s Supreme Guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on his weblog (www.iranreform.persianblog.com). He was also reportedly accused of working for foreign radio stations.The appeal hearing upheld a sentence imposed on 24 January by a court in Kerman (near the southern town of Bam) at the behest of the intelligence ministry, as with Sigarchi. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Follow the news on Iran News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information News February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest By News Highland – April 2, 2012 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week News Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Facebook Families living in the border area are to be consulted about the option of sending their children to primary and second level schools in the neighbouring jurisdiction.A decision to carry out the survey has been agreed by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, and his counterpart in the Northern Ireland executive, John O’Dowd.Education Minister in the North John O’Dowd said that a questionnaire will be circulated through schools and community groups to assess the level of demand so that the provision of future services can be planned in a co-ordinated way.The survey will concentrate on primary and second level pupils, living within six miles of the border.It is hoped to have the information gathered and analysed in time for a North/South meeting of ministers in the autumn.Two schools in Ballyshannon, and Bundoran, have been approached to form a partnership.Part of the plans could see pupils make the choice between studying for GCSEs and A levels in Northern Ireland or Junior and Leaving Certificates in the Republic. Facebook Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Previous articleRiverine project to be formally launched in Strabane todayNext articleCllr Canning says cross-border proposals will shut rural schools News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Children in border areas may get school choice Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

first_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Facebook Pinterest Google+ Cost of transition year leaving some parents in financial difficulty WhatsApp It’s claimed spiralling cost of transition year is leaving some parents in financial difficulties.The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul says some schools are asking for up to 900 euro to cover the costs of extra activities in transition year.The charity’s fielded over 6 thousand calls in recent months from parents who are struggling to pay back to school costs.SVP spokesperson Caroline Fahey says so-called ‘voluntary contributions’ for transition year should be phased out:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/tyfghgfhgfhgfcosts.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleSDLP says time for solutions is now on political deadlockNext articlePoll: Pope didn’t do enough to address clerical abuse during visit News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter By News Highland – August 28, 2018 Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article Over the past year, it has been impossible to avoid discussing the IT skillsshortage. The press and industry experts have argued that Britain does not have thenecessary technology skills to succeed in the modern economy and it has beenpredicted that the UK could face a skills deficit of 600,000 workers by 2003. According to the simple rules of supply and demand, an IT skills shortageshould cause a marked increase in demand for IT training as companies seek totrain their workers and plug the skills gap. In fact, many IT training organisations, KnowledgePool included, have notexperienced such a steep increase in demand. One could argue that in today’s unstable economic climate, this basic relationshipbetween supply and demand has been skewed and that a fall-off in training couldbe attributed to slashed training budgets. However, I would argue that even in a recession, most companies understandthat they cannot afford to let their staff’s IT skills fall off. Indeed, in recession when redundancies are common, it is even more essentialthat staff are as productive and highly skilled as possible so that companiescan maintain their competitive advantage. Training is not a luxury to be foregone until better times, it is anecessity that companies cannot afford to do without. So, if cut budgets do not explain why there has not been an increase indemand for training courses, there must be another explanation, and I wouldsuggest that it is a simple one. It seems to me that the real reason there hasn’t been a surge in demand fortraining as a result of the UK’s skills shortage is that there is in fact noskills shortage. Indeed, considering the number of skilled employees who have recently beenmade redundant, we are more likely to have an excess of skilled staff. The UK has a highly trained and efficient workforce, ready to take on thedemands of the new economy. Technology is the way of the future and with new technologies being launchedevery week, IT training will always be necessary, but I believe the IT trainingindustry is currently meeting a steady and continuous demand, not seeking totackle a huge skills deficit. I would argue that the law of supply and demand does tell a story and it isone that Britain should be proud of. Our workforce already has the basic skillsnecessary to face the 21st century with confidence. The task now facing UK plc is to ensure that the skills of the workforce aremaintained and developed at a pace that keeps up with the ever changing ITindustry. Paul Butler CEO, KnowledgePool Related posts:No related photos. Is the feared skills crisis merely hype?On 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Levels of staff commitment in the UK are significantly lower than in most ofits global competitors and have a negative impact on profitability. A new International Survey Research (ISR) report shows that fewer than sixout of 10 UK employees want to stay with their current employer or recommend itas a good place to work. The research covered more than 360,000 staff from the world’s top 10 economies.Just 59 per cent of UK employees viewed their firm in a favourable lightwith only China (on 57 per cent) and Japan (50 per cent) having worse figures. The research also found that levels of staff commitment had a direct impacton the bottom line. Over the three years of the study, profit margins amongcompanies viewed favourably by staff rose by 2.06 per cent, but firms with lesscommitted employees experienced a fall of 1.38 per cent. Roger Maitland, deputy chairman of ISR said that the quality of leadershipin an organisation was vital to empower staff and make them feel morecommitted. “Committed employees are more likely to stay with an organisation, gothe extra mile for the company and put maximum effort into their work.” Maitland blames poor leadership. He said: “Too often in the UK, thepeople at the bottom of an organisation are alienated from those at thetop.” He added: “Employees see their leaders as lacking both intellectualcapital and emotional intelligence.” www.isrsurveys.co.ukBy Ross Wigham UK employee apathy hits business profitsOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more