Council aims for more stategic HROn 25 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Ipswich Borough Council has signed a £300,000, seven-year contract for a newonline HR and payroll system. The move aims to make the HR department a strategic business function withinthe council by moving personnel staff away from routine staff queries. Julie Price, head of HR at Ipswich Borough Council, said the deal withoutsourcing firm RebusHR would allow her six-strong HR team to focus onperformance management. Price said: “The current system needed updating. The new system willcut down on paperwork and bureaucracy while moving the HR team away fromadministration to a strategic function. “Staff will no longer have to contact the central HR team to answerfrequently asked questions, as they will have access to all the information.Managers will be greatly assisted by the information graphs helping them toplan better.” Under the scheme – to be implemented within the next 12 months – thecouncil’s 1,300 staff will be able to update employment records, view payslipsand get employment details online. Computer booths will be installed in staff rest areas for employees withoutpersonal online access. For the first time, managers will have instant access to staff information,including sickness records and retention details. Price said the deal would lead to a smaller payroll team. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
DES MOINES — The president of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO kicked off the union’s annual convention Wednesday by saying elections have consequences, then welcoming 15 candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination to speak. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren mentioned that her campaign staff is unionized and she’s helped others, like casino workers, join unions.“If you’re looking for a partner in the White House, someone you can count on, then that’s who I will be,” she said.New Jersey Senator Cory Booker said unions “are under attack” and that endangers the American dream and the middle class.“If we allow unions to continue to be on the defensive, if labor and the dignity of work is on the defensive in this country, we will lose our dream,” Booker said.Former Vice President Joe Biden said union workers in the construction trades save corporations “tens of billions of dollars” because of their training. Biden also told the union crowd they’d never have a better friend in the White House.“I promise you, if I’m elected your president, the collective bargaining right will be sacred in my administration,” Biden said.South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said it’s time to stop judging economic progress with the Gross Domestic Product which measures output, but by how much wages grow.“I think they want us to believe that what’s happening to our wages, what’s happening to the middle class is the result of some sort of cosmic force, like it’s just happening in the world and there’s not much we can do about it,” Buttigieg said. “The problems we have in our economy are the result of intentional decisions that were made in Washington.”Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney mentioned his father’s union membership and the union scholarship he got to go to college, then Delaney warned the group against choosing a candidate who takes the party too far to the left.“Whenever we’re talking about a piece of policy, we say to ourselves: ‘What does this do for hardworking American? Does it help them or does it hurt them?’ And if it’s not going to help them, it probably shouldn’t be part of our platform,” Delaney said.All but one of the candidates appeared in person. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had his flight to Iowa cancelled, so he appeared by video, but the audio hook-up distorted his voice.
Jamaica’s underdog ‘Reggae Girlz’ ready to take on World Cup.Kingston, Jamaica | AFP | They don’t have tons of money, sponsors or flashy practice facilities but they didn’t let that stop them: Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Girlz’, the women’s national football team that did not even exist a few years ago, are heading to France to do battle for the World Cup.With the help of the daughter of late reggae legend Bob Marley, the team — the first from the Caribbean to make it to the finals — are ready to compete for the sport’s Holy Grail.Before heading to France, the Reggae Girlz gave their fans something to celebrate with a 3-1 victory over Panama at the National Stadium in Kingston on May 19.The friendly was only part of the day, which turned into a colorful Sunday street party, complete with blaring vuvuzelas and blasting dancehall music.But the festivities did not mask the difficult task ahead — the Reggae Girlz stand only 53rd in the world in FIFA’s rankings, and on paper, they are clearly the weakest squad in the draw.The players are certainly aware of their humble pedigree: the stadium’s malfunctioning scoreboard and malfunctioning sound system symbolize where they stand in terms of the world’s top teams.But the women are used to playing through adversity — until just before the friendly with Panama, they were not even paid by their home federation.“It’s a milestone — they deserve it. Obviously it took the World Cup to get us to this point but we got it done,” head coach Hue Menzies, who has helped the women negotiate their contracts, told AFP.“We had the boxing gloves on,” Menzies added.The Reggae Girlz are a young team, made up mainly of players who competed at the university level in the United States.On a Friday in mid-May, they launch into a practice without Menzies, who is going to argue with the federation on their behalf. They play on a field at a college campus in Kingston that is way too dry and covered with divots.Players carry their own water and equipment to the field from the bus. It’s a far cry from what awaits them in France.– ‘They needed help’ –By qualifying for the World Cup, the Reggae Girlz have duplicated the feat achieved in 1998 by the Reggae Boyz, who went to the men’s World Cup that year — also in France.But their path to the tournament was far more challenging.“Of course, (it was harder) because we qualified with little resources,” said 22-year-old striker Khadija Shaw, one of the team’s stars, who is rumoured to be drawing interest from French professional clubs.“Coming from where the women’s program was a few years ago, it’s great.”A few years ago, there simply was no program.After Jamaica failed to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the national federation effectively disbanded the team.By not playing internationally, the Reggae Girlz tumbled down the FIFA rankings and eventually fell off the list entirely in 2011. Enter Cedella Marley, the daughter of Jamaica’s most famous son, who himself was a super-fan of the game. In 2014, the businesswoman and singer found sponsors for the team and organized fundraisers.She breathed new life into the program, and became its de facto ambassador in the process.In football circles on the island, her name is said with near-sacred reverence.“They needed help. They are women — they were being told they couldn’t play a sport that they love. So we got involved and here we are,” Marley told AFP after receiving an ovation from the crowd at the friendly against Panama.The logo of the Bob Marley Foundation figures prominently on the Jamaican team’s jerseys.– Girl power –Menzies has nothing but praise for Marley, noting: “She stuck her neck out for us. She has been here from day one.”The coach’s personal investment in the team, which has received less media attention, has helped keep the Reggae Girlz going.Menzies activated his network in US college circles to help find schools for his players.“We took players out of Jamaica and placed them in different parts of the world so they could develop,” Menzies said.“We have better resources in America and Europe. And it benefited us. We turned the negative to the positive,” he added.“We did it for more than football. We wanted to change our mindsets and the way we look at female football and females in sports in general.”For Cedella Marley, “there is lots of progress to be made all over the world, not just in Jamaica and the Caribbean… we can do whatever the boys do!”The Reggae Girlz, who are thrilled to be where they are, want to set an example.“For younger kids in Jamaica and all of the Caribbean, it means a lot because we are the stepping stone to show them there is a lot to achieve,” said 21-year-old team captain Konya Plummer.“They can follow their dreams like we did and create history.”For the women’s World Cup this time around, FIFA doubled the money allocated to teams that qualified, from a total of $15 million to $30 million.Last year, for the men’s World Cup, the total was $400 million.Share on: WhatsApp
9 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Toy flies the flag at Royal St George’s Emily Toy became the latest England women’s squad player to push the professionals all the way with another quality performance in the fourth event of the Rose Ladies Series at Royal St George’s.The reigning British Women’s Amateur champ had leader and eventual winner Gemma Dryburgh firmly in her sights for most of her round and was in hot pursuit as she approached a tough closing stretch of holes.Eventually, Toy signed for a two-over par round of 72 to finish in a tie for fourth and three shots behind Scots ace Dryburgh who followed up her win last week at Buckinghamshire Golf Club with another landmark success on the Kent coast.Playing in the first ever professional ladies’ event at the Open Championship venue, Toy proudly blazed a trail on behalf of England Golf alongside fellow England internationals Charlotte Heath and Amelia Williamson.For the fourth week in a row, an England Golf amateur player was able to claim a top ten finish in a field of mostly LET professionals. Lily May Humphreys, Annabell Fuller, Samantha Fuller and Mimi Rhodes had previously gatecrashed the professional party.Toy proved last summer that she had the game for tough links conditions having claimed the British Amateur crown at Royal County Down.On a course playing all of its 6,300 yard length with a very tough par of 70, Toy’s latest showing will give her great belief going into the rest of an abbreviated season of events.Two consecutive birdies on the sixth and seventh holes allowed the Cornish golfer to reach the turn in level par.Four straight pars from the 10th kept Toy (pictured below) level with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull just a shot adrift of Dryburgh before the setback of a bogey six at the tough 14th.A dropped shot on the testing 18th should not take away from Toy’s showing in another superb field.Elsewhere, there were positives for the other England Golf participants.Heath showed real nerve and ability to win the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship in January.In very different, blustery conditions on the Kent coast, the Yorkshire golfer was out in the first group of the day and once again showed signs of her talents.An eagle two at the 360-yard ninth hole helped the England women’s squad player reach the turn in one over par.Another two, this time at the 175-yard par three, 11th hole, was another highlight of a day which saw the 18-year-old eventually sign for an eight over par round of 78.Also joining her on that score was England overseas squad member Williamson (pictured above).The 20-year-old from Norfolk was looking forward to testing herself on one of only four English courses currently on the Open rota.For the University of Florida student, 11 pars and a birdie at the par 5, 15th hole will give her plenty to build on in the weeks ahead.Full scores from the fourth event in the Rose Ladies Series can be found here.The next tournament will be staged on Thursday 15 July at the JCB Golf and Country Club. Tags: Amelia Williamson, Charlotte Heath, Emily Toy, Rose Ladies Series
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“It’s my favorite match of the year. Our kids know how much it means for us to win against them and our seniors wanted to make sure that they could seal up their fourth win in a row.” That was the reaction of Arcata High School wrestling coach Eric Mikolai after his Tigers wrestling team defeated Big 5 rival McKinleyville 63-18 on Wednesday night in a Humboldt-Del Norte league match.Arcata won six of the seven matches (seven other were won by forfeit) and five of those wins came by pin with …
Are you ready for the Golden State Warriors’ quest for their fourth championship in five years? Opening night for the Warriors is 22 days from today, on Oct. 16, when they face off at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder.But today, it’s media day. General manager Bob Myers, head coach Steve Kerr and all your favorite Warriors — including the newest member of the team, DeMarcus Cousins — will be on hand to answer questions. Join us as we find out what fans can expect for the 2018-19 season. …
15 July 2014Over 750 volunteers gathered in Pelican Park in Cape Town on Monday morning for the launch of Habitat for Humanity’s International Nelson Mandela Build Week. The goal: to build at least 67 houses in one week.The drive will include a 24-hour “blitz build” on Thursday, when teams of volunteers will work around the clock to meet – or exceed – the 67-house target ahead of Nelson Mandela International Day on Friday.The Pelican Park housing development, a collaboration between the City of Cape Town, Habitat for Humanity and Power Construction, will see a total of 3 200 new homes being built on 80 hectares of land.Volunteers from businesses around the Western Cape will be on site this week working alongside Pelican Park residents, some of whom will be the beneficiaries of the new houses.“I am grateful that I am where I am. I am standing here because I am also a beneficiary,” John Bailey, vice-president of the Pelican Park Homeowners’ Association, said at Monday’s launch.“I was on the waiting list for just over 27 years. And because of what people like you have put in, I have benefited in a big sense,” Bailey said. “I never would have owned a home. I simply cannot afford it. But because of these organisations, I have benefited. And I thank each and every one of you.”Percy Knight of Power Construction told the crowd of volunteers that they were in for “a great experience. I know that after this week your life is not going to be the same. You are going to look at housing differently, and think about builders differently (because you’ll be carrying dugga – mud plaster used to build houses – and bricks all day!) You’ll know that for the people whose homes you’ve built, you’ve made a real difference in their life.”Dow Chemical’s president for sub-Saharan Africa, Ross McLean, said: “We’re not just building houses here. The beneficiaries will create homes, and we believe that a home is much more than just a roof over your head.”Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang said the response to the project “has been amazing, from corporates and citizens that want to do something, people who want to build our community brick by brick. We’re also hoping that we can go past the target of 67 houses, and have 100 built by Friday.”Mandela Day, the final day of the build week, will be commemorated with the official handover of the 67 or more houses to their new owners.SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Foundation
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)It’s been less than a week that new Alabama defensive backs coach Mel Tucker has been on the job. But it looks like he’s already become the victim of a rival team’s fan base having a little bit of fun on Twitter. Tucker joined the social media network on January 27, and sent out a few pro-Crimson Tide tweets in the days that followed. But over the past 18 hours, his account has tweeted out a number of pro-LSU messages instead. Clearly, someone with an affinity for the Tigers has taken over his account. Tucker may want to change up his password in the near future. Alabama’s recruits are probably a bit confused at the moment.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We have an extremely tight one at Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, but if things hold, Iowa will be conference champs. After the Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans traded five field goals through the first three quarters, C.J. Beathard aired it out, connecting with Tevaun Smith on a deep pass for an 85 yard [email protected] just erupted. Why? Because @HawkeyeFootball just took the lead on this *long* TD. https://t.co/AdE6L3P3p2— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 6, 2015Iowa leads 13-9 with 13:51 remaining in the game. You’re up, Connor Cook.