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Acas code calls for policy review

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR professionals may have to review grievance procedures to comply with the new Acas code of practice, due to come into force next month.David Yeandle, Engineering Employers’ Federation deputy director of employment policy, told Personnel Today he is “concerned” about some elements of the code covering the right to be accompanied in grievance procedures.The code of practice, which updates the existing one on disciplinary practice and procedures, comes into effect on 4 September. It is also aimed at complementing the new statutory right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union official under the Employment Relations Act.But Yeandle said the code allows an individual accompanying an employee to ask questions and encourages them to take part in proceedings.“It seems the code is moving them closer to the role of representatives. HR departments will have to look closely at procedures to ensure they comply.“They will also have to get used to taking a more hands-on approach. This law could give unions direct influence on workplaces everywhere.”www.acas.org.uk Acas code calls for policy reviewOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Injured Pogba replaced by Arsenal’s Guendouzi in France squad

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Midfielder Paul Pogba was replaced by Matteo Guendouzi in the France squad to face Albania and Andorra in Euro 2020 Group H qualifiers after picking up an ankle injury. The disclosure was made on Monday by the French Federation Federation. The Manchester United player’s absence earns Arsenal’s 20-year-old Guendouzi his first call-up by coach Didier Deschamps. World champions France host Albania on Saturday and Andorra three days later.| Les Bleus are top of Group H with nine points from four games.Tags: Albaniadidier deschampsManchester UnitedMatteo GuendouziPaul Pogbalast_img read more

85 area seniors will not graduate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“These results show great improvement since students began taking the exam in their sophomore year,” said state Superintendent of Public Schools Jack O’Connell. “We must focus now on doing everything possible for those students whose graduation must be postponed because they have not yet mastered the skills in English and math that they will need to succeed past high school.” About 2.1 percent of 4,125 seniors in school districts in Whittier, Norwalk, La Mirada, Pico Rivera and Santa Fe Springs failed the exit exam. About 1.5 percent of El Rancho High School’s Class of 2006 failed the exam, or 10 out of 634 seniors, Principal Julie Ellis said. At the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, 48 out of 1,223 seniors – about 4 percent – couldn’t pass the exam, district officials said. And at the Whittier Union High School District, which had the lowest exit exam fail rate (0.7 percent) among area districts, 17 out of 2,278 seniors were unable to pass the crucial test. Of the 17, 16 are English learners, said Nancy Bosserman, the district’s director of accountability and staff development. “We have all of our data now, and the first thing we did was inform those that didn’t pass, because their lives were basically hanging on the brink,” she said. “We’re now using the data \ to place students in summer school,” she added. A recent court battle over the exam had created anxiety and confusion for thousands of students, parents and schools. A group of English-learning students who failed the exam had sued to block its implementation this year. The students argued the test was discriminatory, claiming California students do not have access to equal preparation and instruction. An Alameda County Superior Court judge then issued an injunction May 12 that barred the state from imposing the exam as a graduation requirement on this year’s class of graduating seniors. However, the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling last week and sent the case to an appeals court. That court will not hear arguments until July. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sent a second lawsuit over the exam to the appeals court. On Thursday, the lower court rejected another request to halt the test as a graduation requirement. Some districts are opting to allow students who have met all other graduation requirements to walk across the stage with their peers anyway – but not in the Whittier area. Norwalk-La Mirada district officials approved allowing seniors who have completed all other requirements but the exit exam to receive “certificates of completion.” Those students, however, still have to attend summer school and pass the exit exam in order to get diplomas. O’Connell wrote the exit exam legislation while he was a state senator in 1999 and has been one of its strongest supporters. He said students who haven’t yet passed the test an take summer school or remedial courses, another year of high school or go to community college, where they can take the test again. Wire services contributed to this story. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Eighty-five local high school seniors will suffer the consequences of failing the state’s high school exit exam, according to the test’s final results released Thursday. Because they failed their last chance to pass the controversial exam this year – the first year the test became a graduation requirement – those area seniors will not participate in graduation ceremonies this month, nor will they receive valid California high school diplomas. Statewide, about 10 percent of seniors – or 41,758 students – were unable to pass the reading and math portions of the 10th-grade- level exam in time for this year’s commencement ceremonies, according to the results released Thursday for tests taken in March. last_img read more

Dino embryos the world’s oldest

first_img2 August 2005Two 190-million-year-old dinosaur embryos from a group of seven eggs have been identified as the oldest dinosaur embryos yet found. Discovered in South Africa, they are also the oldest known embryos for any terrestrial vertebrate – and the oldest evidence that dinosaurs were caring parents.The embryos are of an Early Jurassic prosauropod dinosaur, according to Dr Mike Raath of the Wits Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research (BPI). Raath is one of five authors who describe the embryos in the 29 July 2005 isssue of leading international journal Science.“The embryos belong to the early sauropodomorph dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus,” he says. “These skeletons are quite common in South Africa and range in size from small juveniles to full adults, up to about five metres in length. This identification is a major coup, because embryos are often difficult to identify to species.”The late Professor James Kitching of the BPI discovered the cluster of eggs and their the embryos at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the northeastern Free State in 1977.These are the oldest known dinosaur embryos. Two were exposed in the group of seven eggs. One of them is almost complete, and appears to be trapped in the act of hatching.The embryos are the oldest known for any terrestrial vertebrate, and so the oldest embryos in an amniote egg known from anywhere in the world.Since their discovery the eggs sat on a shelf in Wits University’s fossil store, awaiting someone with the necessary skill to prepare the fossil eggs for detailed study. The tiny embryonic bones are extremely delicate, and intricately curled up in the eggs.“In January 2000, Professor Robert Reisz of the University of Toronto at Mississauga in Canada was on a research visit to South Africa, and borrowed the fossil eggs to take back to Canada,” says Raath. “There Diane Scott of his lab carried out the detailed and difficult preparation under high magnification using a special microscope and achieved spectacular results.”Robert Reisz (left) with James Kitching, who discovered the fossilised dinosaur embryos in 1977 (Photo: Wits University)The growing dinosaurThe embryos provide significant insights into the growth and development of this early dinosaur. Raath explains that this discovery allowed the team to reconstruct in detail the growth trajectory of Massospondylus, from pre-hatchling to full adult – a first for any dinosaur.Reisz, the project leader, points out that adults and juveniles of other types of dinosaur are known, but they are usually either recovered from bone beds, where the skeletons are broken up, disarticulated and scattered, or the rare articulated skeletons are not sufficient to reflect a growth series.The growth trajectory of Massospondylus shows that this dinosaur started out as an awkward-looking little quadruped with had a relatively short tail, a horizontally held neck, long forelimbs and a huge head.As the animal grew, the neck grew faster than the rest of the body, but the forelimb and head grew much more slowly than the rest of the body, so the body proportions changed dramatically as the animal grew.Weird-looking animalThis means that Massospondylus changed from a tiny quadruped into a weird-looking large animal with a long neck (still held horizontally), a thick, massive tail, a very small head, short forelimbs, and long hind limbs.The result is an adult animal very different from the embryo, and probably at least partly bipedal. In other cases where embryos and adults are known, as in the hadrosaurs or duck-billed dinosaurs, such dramatic changes in body proportions are not shown.The embryos also provide clues about the origin of the quadrupedal gait of the giant sauropods (the brontosaurs) of later times, which are descendants of the prosauropods.The embryo of Massospondylus looks like a tiny sauropod with massive limbs walking on all fours. This means the quadrupedal gait of sauropods may have evolved through paedomorphosis – the retention of embryonic and juvenile features in the adult.“Some people think that humans too are products of paedomorphosis,” says Raath.Caring parentsThe absence of well-developed teeth in the two preserved embryos, which were clearly on the point of hatching, and the overall awkward body proportions suggest that the hatchlings required parental care of some kind for some time after emerging from the egg.If this interpretation is correct, it constitutes the oldest known indication of parental care in the fossil record.The embryos are about 190-million years old, from the Early Jurassic Period. Most other known dinosaur embryos are at least 100-million years younger, from the Cretaceous period of 80- to 65-million years ago.The five co-authers of the Science paper are Professor Robert Reisz, Diane Scott, David Evans, Dr Hans-Dieter Sues, and Dr Mike Raath.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Farm Succession Workshop in Celina Jan. 30

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A workshop on farm transition and succession will be held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 30, 2019, at Romer’s Catering at Westlake, 1100 S. Main St., Celina.This event is designed to help families develop a succession plan for their farm business, learn ways to transfer management skills and the farm’s business assets from one generation to the next and learn how to have conversations about the future of one’s farm. Attendees are encouraged to bring members from each generation to the workshop.Featured speakers will include David Marrison, OSU associate professor; extension educator, attorney Robert Moore with Wright & Moore Law Co., Peggy Hall, OSU assistant professor and an attorney in agricultural law; and Denny Riethman, Mercer County OSU Extension educator. Registration is limited to the first 60 people. The cost is $20 per person and $30 per couple. The registration deadline is Jan. 23. Contact the Mercer County OSU Extension Office at 419-586-2179 to register.Topics covered during the workshop will include:• key questions to answer when planning for the future of the family farm business.• family communication in the farm-transition process.• analyzing the family farm business/keeping the business competitive into the future.• providing income for multiple generations.• developing the next generation of farm managers• farm succession with multiple offspring and family members: fair versus equal.• retirement strategies.• preparing for the unexpected.• strategies to get farm and family affairs in order.• analyzing risk in today’s world.• long-term health-care issues and costs.• farm business structures and their role in estate and transition planning.• estate and transfer strategies.• buy/sell agreements.• trusts and life insurance.• tax implications of estate and transition planning.• information needed by an attorneylast_img read more

Hacker Poll: Do You Plan to Learn Any New Programming Languages in 2011?

first_imgDo you plan to pick up any new languages next year? Or do you think your time would be better spent honing the skills you already have?JavaScript guru Douglas Crockford said during the Future of Programming Languages panel at the Strange Loop Conference that we’ve entered an experimental era of programming in which many new programming languages are being created and used. It’s also been long suggested that learning new languages will help programmers become better programmers, even if they don’t end up using the new languages they learn. Assembly and Lisp are frequently cited as examples of languages programmers should learn.On the other hand, the best way to get better at programming is to do it. Perhaps your time would be better spent actually coding? Tags:#hack#Tools klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Soccer star Wayne Rooney charged with public intoxication

first_imgThis undated photo provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office shows Wayne Rooney. Soccer star Rooney was arrested last month at a Washington-area airport on a charge of public intoxication. The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney was booked into jail on Dec. 16, 2018, after his arrest by airport police. Dulles International Airport is in Loudon County. He was later released. (Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month on a public intoxication charge and taken to jail to sober up after he triggered a door alarm at a Washington-area airport, authorities said Sunday.Rooney was arrested Dec. 16 by police at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after he caused the alarm to go off at an international arrivals gate, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Authorities said he didn’t breach airport security.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Rooney, who plays for a Washington soccer team, had been traveling abroad in the days prior to his arrest, according to his social media posts.The airport authority said he was charged with misdemeanor public intoxication and taken to a county jail in the Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital “to be held until sober.” The statement didn’t include further details on his arrest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney, 33, was later released on his own recognizance. A mugshot from his booking shows Rooney in what appeared to be an orange jail jumpsuit.Court documents, which list Rooney as living in the capital suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, show he paid a $25 fine Friday. Tobias Harris, Clippers overcome slow start to beat Magic SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Rooney appeared to have been traveling abroad in the days before the arrest. He posted a picture on his verified Instagram account on Dec. 14 in an airplane seat and said he was traveling to an auto race in Saudi Arabia.Before coming to play in the U.S. this year, Rooney had starred for Manchester United in the English Premier League. His 208 career goals make him the league’s second all-time scorer. He was also the all-time leading scorer for England’s national team.When he joined Washington-based D.C. United, he became the latest in a series of European stars to play for U.S.-based Major League Soccer late in their careers. He helped the team reach the playoffs last year.D.C. United said in a statement that it was aware of news reports of the arrest, but declined further comment.“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally,” the team said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

HRD Minister Smriti Irani felicitates CBSE achievers

first_imgHuman Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, on Thursday, felicitated the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) achievers in the fields of academics, sports and science.According to a press release, meritorious students along with their parents were invited for a three-day event involving a heritage walk, preparation of an e-book and participation in the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort. The group included 0.1 per cent students from every subject with declared parental income less than Rs 50, 000 per annum (877 students); top students who were part of 24 teams of science exhibition – 2013 (48 students) and students who excelled in CBSE sports competitions-2013 (149 students).A personally signed message by the prime minister was given to the awardees that had arrived from 20 states and belonged to various disciplines such as Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Carom, Football, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kho-Kho, Rope Skipping, Skating, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, and Aerobics.A total of 1, 074 students were invited. Due to the candidates’ pre-planned academic schedule, the board received confirmation from 515 students including 404 from academics, 95 from sports and 16 from science exhibition.Recently, the HRD Ministry has also announced an increase of 40 per cent in the stipend for student apprentices.last_img read more

Belgium join France on top spot in latest FIFA rankings

first_imgBelgium have joined world champions France on top of the FIFA rankings on Thursday and for the first time in the table’s 25-year history, the top spot will be shared.Roberto Martinez’s men collected two wins, including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland earlier in the month to go level with France on 1729 points.France failed to surge ahead after their World Cup glory as they were held to a goalless draw by Germany in Munich in their Nations League opener before beating Netherlands 2-1.The only other change in the top 10 was Denmark slipping down to the 10th spot, below Spain.Following their disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup, Germany have climbed a further three positions and now sit 12th.Kenya were the biggest movers as they earned 22 points to move up five places to 107th. Those points came courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Ghana in 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier.Top 10 rankings: (previous positions in brackets)1. France1. Belgium (2)3. Brazil4. Croatia5. Uruguay6. England7. Portugal8. Switzerland9. Spain10. Denmark (9)(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Calgary newspaper columnists take on Kavanaugh nomination triggers backlash

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary Herald newspaper column on sexual misconduct accusations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh has prompted two women on Calgary city council to shun interview requests from the paper.In her Wednesday column headlined “Kavanaugh doesn’t deserve this. What happened in high school stays in high school,” Naomi Lakritz wrote that the #MeToo movement has created the equivalent of a Salem witch trial for Kavanaugh.The column triggered a backlash on social media, including Twitter announcements from councillors Jyoti Gondek and Druh Farrell that they would not accept interview requests from the paper until the editorial was retracted and an apology issued.In a statement to CTV Calgary, Herald editor-in-chief Lorne Motley says freedom of speech is important and the columnist’s role at a newspaper is to express an opinion.Three women have come forward since Kavanaugh’s nomination was announced with allegations that include sexual assault, indecent exposure and sexual misconduct.One of them — Christine Blasey Ford — testified before a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday that the nominee assaulted her in 1982, but Kavanaugh refuted the accusation when he later appeared before the panel.In her tweet, Gondek wrote that while she is not a “big newsmaker,” she will not be replying to interview requests from Calgary Herald journalists “until the editorial board recognizes the impact of their decision to minimize the gravity of high school sexual assault.”Farrell said in her posting that although the newspaper has some great writers, “I can’t stand by while sexual assault is trivialized. I stand with my colleague (Gondek) in support of women. I won’t be taking interview requests until they retract and apologize.”Other social media postings have called for the cancellation of Herald subscriptions, or the pulling of advertising.Early Thursday afternoon, Lakritz issued a statement to CTV Calgary saying she was not weighing in on whether Kavanaugh is guilty or not.“I obviously don’t have any knowledge of that. What I’m saying is that whatever someone allegedly did as a 15-year-old should not count against him when he’s a man of 53, decades removed from the teenager he once was. Were we all perfect angels at 15? I doubt it. Would we want something we may have done at 15 to affect our lives as mature adults at 40 or 50? Obviously not.”Lakritz said the councillors who have decided to boycott the paper’s reporters “are obviously sadly unaware of the principles of free speech.”The Herald said in its Friday edition that its editorial pages reflect a variety of opinions, with the goal of stirring debate.“We do believe in open debate, vigorous dialogue and free speech, including — of course — for those people who have been subjected to sexual assault and sexual misconduct. Those who stand up to their abusers and those who share their stories should be applauded, not shouted down. Their decisions to speak their truth are actions that merit consideration and respect.” (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Premier outlines multipronged plan in aftermath of tourist shooting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 27, 2017 – Providenciales – A new building will be bought to house the CCTV program, more police will be hired to man that CCTV system, government will work with churches on a plan to change the downward social spiral of some of the young men in our society who are opting for a life of crime and coming is a more serious approach to rehabilitation with employment options for former offenders.These were some of the main points coming from a late day media statement by Premier Sharlene Robinson, who was criticized by some for having not yet responded to the shooting, where an Alabama man was on Friday shot in the abdomen, in a suspected robbery while walking in Grace Bay near his resort.   The Turks and Caicos is a low crime destination, and that is why this sort of incident has infuriated residents who are perplexed by the consistent threat these type of reports and incidents place upon the country’s bread and butter industry, tourism.The Premier had some thanks to go around too, including to Interhealth Canada who kept Newman alive, stabilized him in order for him to be medically evacuated.   Premier Robinson called on those who have information in the case to reveal it to Police and said over the next few days, weeks and months her office in tandem with Ministry of Tourism will launch an aggressive positive campaign to counter the negative news which has gone out since the shooting of Newman on Friday.Diamond Public Relations and Social Media based in Miami and Los Angeles, Magnetic Media has found, has been hired by the TCI Tourist Board to assist with this positive messaging.#MagneticMediaNews#CCTVprogram#Premieroutlinesplantocurbcrime Related Items:#CCTVprogram, #magneticmedianews, #Premieroutlinesplantocurbcrime Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Defense Bill Advances toward Threatened Veto

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture Thursday on the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, setting up a procedural vote to limit debate most likely on Tuesday.Earlier on Thursday, the House adopted the conference report for the legislation, H.R. 1735, but not with enough votes to override a threatened veto of the bill by President Obama. House members voted 270-156 to advance the conference report, with Democratic opposition sufficient enough to sustain a veto. The House would need a two-thirds majority — at least 290 votes — to override the promised veto from the president.While the Obama administration opposes numerous provisions in the compromise legislation — including its failure to approve a BRAC round in 2017 and restrictions on closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay — the most significant objection stems from the measure’s reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to sidestep the Budget Control Act spending caps.The bill would authorize $612 billion in national security spending, the same amount the White House requested. The measure leaves the discretionary budget caps in place, and authorizes only $496 billion for DOD’s base budget. To make up the shortfall, it shifts $38 billion in operation and maintenance funds from the base budget to DOD’s OCO account, which is not subject to the caps. The bill would authorize a total of $89 billion for that account.The White House has demanded that Congress lift the caps on both defense and non-defense spending, and return the $38 billion to DOD’s base budget.Much of the debate prior to the House vote focused on the veto threat, which Republicans criticized given that the total amount of spending authorized under the bill equals the administration’s budget request, reported CQ.“Frankly whether you call it base funding, OCO funding or pumpernickel it doesn’t matter. It is money that goes to the troops,” said House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), who accused the White House of “playing politics.”The committee’s ranking Democrat, Adam Smith (Wash.), acknowledged the legislation was “by and large a good bill,” but said the GOP budget framework evaded the larger issue of the discretionary spending caps.“Is this good for our country? Is it good for our troops?” Smith said. “I don’t believe that it is.”last_img read more

Can you guess the length of the new worlds longest route

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, February 6, 2017 Tags: Qatar Airways DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar Airways has launched the world’s longest scheduled commercial airline route with the arrival of its flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand.The Gulf carrier said flight QR920 touched down in Auckland early on Monday after covering a distance of 14,535 kilometres, or 9,032 miles.That is the furthest distance between any two cities linked by direct flights.Qatar Airways’ rival Emirates previously held the record for its route between Dubai and Auckland. That route is more than 300 kilometres shorter.So how long do you think you would be on the plane for? Source: The Associated Press Can you guess the length of the new world’s longest route?last_img read more