Autumn Statement 2014: George Osborne tells Labour – anything you can do, I can do better

first_img More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com whatsapp whatsapp Picture the scene. A room full of Treasury policy experts, a month or so before the Autumn State­ment. The mood is tense, everyone knows the numbers aren’t as good as the chancellor hoped and the election looms menacingly on the political horizon.Pacing up and down, a pensive look on his newly-slim face, George Osborne addresses his wonks: “OK, what has Labour been up to in the past couple of weeks? Where have they landed blows?” Tentatively, a hand goes up. “You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS keeps coming back to bite us… comes the first stuttering reply. “Mansion tax went down pretty well,” another counters, “breaking up the big banks, tax avoiders?” offers a boffin as she chews on the end of her pen. Someone draws the inevitable spider diagram, policies stretch out towards the corners of the page and Osborne, excited now, calls out: “OK, so how much do we have to spend?” The room falls silent.  This is the reason why columnists have repeatedly referred to the chancellor as a conjurer this week, preparing his scrawny rabbit for its big reveal in the House of Commons. So far this year he hasn’t delivered on his key promise to cut the deficit, and that’s a bit problematic when an election looms and some other party has nicked your fall-back plan. Ukip has been nipping at Tory heels for months, and this Autumn Statement was Osborne’s last chance to prove his mettle as the man best placed to hold the purse strings. So what do you do when another party steals your principles and gives them a snazzy new yellow and purple facelift? You nick someone else’s plan, that’s what.  Except it wasn’t the Lib Dems in the chancellor’s sights this time – he’s already leached the personal allowance and childcare vote-winners from poor Nick Clegg, who chose (perhaps wisely) to take a nice trip to Cornwall rather than watch the statement. Instead, the Treasury pilfered the logic behind some of Labour’s best headline-grabbers of the past few months and made them sound credible.  The mansion tax (people in big houses with lots of money = bad) became a stamp duty overhaul; breaking up the big bad banks became closing down a tax relief scheme to squeeze out some extra billions.  A good litmus test for a policy announcement is to ask who will pay for it. With stamp duty, it’s the government taking the hit. Make no mistake voters, this is no money-maker, this is Osborne’s best political shot across Ed Miliband’s bow. It’s the grown-up version of anything you can do, I can do better.  Taking to the dispatch box, Osborne looked nervier than usual, which is unsurprising really; repackaging your opposition’s best stuff in front of their very eyes is a brazen move indeed. He fumbled over the disappointing deficit figures and managed a couple of jokes – one playing on Miliband’s likeness to Wallace from Wallace and Gromit. It was all a bit underwhelming.  Ultimately, Osborne didn’t really need to rise to the occasion. He’s the bad cop to Cameron’s aspirational good; it’s his job to figure out the numbers, not the headlines. Labour may well be ahead in the polls, but not by much; the field is still wide open. All the Tories have to do is look convincing on the policies that cause voters to prick up their ears and persuade them that economic credibility matters. In rewriting Labour’s own policy to head them off at the pass, Osborne is as good as admitting that Miliband has a decent dog in the election fight – but it’s still too close to pick a winner.  Tags: Autumn Statement 2015 George Osborne People Sharecenter_img Kate McCannKate McCann is a reporter at City A.M. 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Balfour Beatty clinches HK$3.2bn contract for development in Hong Kong

first_img Show Comments ▼ Balfour Beatty clinches HK$3.2bn contract for development in Hong Kong whatsapp Monday 23 February 2015 2:12 am Balfour Beatty has clinched a HK$3.2bn (£268m) contract for a joint venture with Gammon Construction for the construction of a major residential development in Hong Kong.It will create 900 residential apartments through the building of seven blocks, alongside retail and recreational facilities. The project, which also involves building a public transport interchange and five footbridges, will complete in 2018, “This project reflects the continuous growth in the residential market across Hong Kong,” Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty’s chief exec, said. “The government has projected that the private housing sector will, on average, produce over 14,500 flats each year in the next five years, representing an increase of about 30% compared to the last five years.”Chinachem Group developed the project, and the contract is with TW5 Cityside Property Development. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallWorldemandCanal Drained For First Time And They Find ThisWorldemand Sharecenter_img whatsapp Jessica Morris Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapTig Notaro Never Looks Right in ‘Army of the Dead’The Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

New UK Government Covid testing site opens in Arbroath

first_imgNew UK Government Covid testing site opens in Arbroath The UK Government has today, Thursday 3 December, opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at Bruce House Car Park in Arbroath (DD11 3TP). The centre is easily accessible for people without a car.The new facility is being provided by the UK Government as part of a UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities. It is operated by Mitie on behalf of the UK Government.The test centre is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises of six drive through sites, 17 walk-through sites, 24 mobile units, plus the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab which is working round the clock to process samples.In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all Covid testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two thirds of all daily tests are provided by the UK Government, in support of Scotland’s health services.Tests must be booked in advance at NHS Inform or by calling 0800 028 2816. People should only book at test if they have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste).Health Minister, Lord Bethell, said:To respond to the coronavirus, we have built a major testing and tracing system from scratch. We are constantly working to expand and improve it with new technologies and innovations so everyone with symptoms can get a test.New walk-in sites like this one makes it even easier to get a test no matter where you live. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Protect if you are contacted to protect others and stop the spread of the virus.Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said:Walk through sites offer communities better access to coronavirus testing, so everyone with symptoms can get a test. This new site is part of our ongoing work to expand our testing network across the UK which now has the capacity to process more than 500,000 tests a day. We will continue to expand capacity to improve test turnaround times and push forward testing innovations to make sure anyone who needs a test can get one.Please book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms: a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss or change in sense of smell or taste, and follow the advice of NHS Test and Protect if you are contacted.UK Government Minister for Scotland, Iain Stewart, said:The UK Government is helping all parts of the UK fight the coronavirus pandemic.Testing is vital, helping to manage local outbreaks and protecting people’s livelihoods. The UK Government is providing the bulk of Covid testing in Scotland, and this new walk-through centre is just the latest in our extensive testing network.We are pleased to be working with local and commercial partners. These sites are not possible without the hard work of many people. I would like to thank everyone involved for their incredible efforts for the good of the country at this difficult time.Dr Emma Fletcher, Director of Public Health for NHS Tayside, said:This new walk through testing centre is very welcome and provides an additional opportunity for people to access testing in the Tayside area. People are reminded that if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 they should isolate, along with their household, and seek testing immediately.Simon Venn, Mitie Chief Government & Strategy Officer, said:Our priority during the pandemic is to support the nation’s efforts to fight COVID-19 and help keep the country running. Testing is a critical part of the UK’s strategy to combat coronavirus and we’re proud to support the UK Government with this vital task. A big thank you to all the NHS staff, Mitie employees and other frontline heroes in Arbroath, who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, coronavirus, covid-19, Government, health, health minister, health services, Minister, mobile, public health, running, Scotland, testing, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Data science and artificial intelligence for common good

first_imgData science and artificial intelligence for common good The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is joining forces with the Swiss Data Science Center, a joint venture between the two federal institutes of technology, to encourage the use of data science and artificial intelligence within the administration. This partnership is taking shape in the FSO’s Data Science Competence Center.As society becomes more digitalised, institutions need more and more data science skills. This includes the integration of tools arising from artificial intelligence in a way that is safe and beneficial to society as a whole. To this end, as a pioneer within the federal administration, the FSO is teaming up with the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC), a joint venture between the two federal institutes of technology.“I am extremely enthusiastic about this strategic partnership in a joint flagship project between our two institutes and the FSO”, said Martin Vetterli, EPFL President. “It reminds me of the partnership between the Alan Turing Institute in London and the British Office for National Statistics, committed to a joint vision of research and innovation in regard to data science.”Three strands of cooperationThe first strand of cooperation is to strengthen the FSO’s Data Science Competence Center (DSCC), of which the SDSC will become a strategic partner. The EPFL and the ETH Zurich will support the FSO in identifying the necessary profiles and in recruiting the specialists that will form the DSCC. The two institutes also undertake to receive these associates ‘in residence’ at the SDSC laboratories with a view to developing their skills and helping with networking in this field in Switzerland. Lastly, the partners will together identify the DSCC’s priority projects and cooperate in their execution.The second strand concerns cooperation in regard to infrastructure. The open-source technological platform RENKU, developed by the SDSC will be used by the DSCC. On the academic network SWITCH, RENKU enables the practice of data science and artificial intelligence in a collaborative and reproducible way, criteria essential to the FSO. A dedicated instance was specifically created for the FSO so that the principles of data protection provided for in law can be systematically applied. At no time do the data leave the Swiss national territoryThe third strand aims to promote understanding and the sharing of data science and artificial intelligence knowledge and practices within the federal administration.Digitalisation and public administration“With this partnership, the FSO is enabling itself to fulfil the fundamental mission assigned to it by the Federal Council in May 2020. Following the launch of its DSCC on 1 January 2021, it will also be able to meet the challenges brought about by the profound changes in the data ecosystem and by the increased use of algorithms in the public sector”, enthused Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director General of the FSO.In concrete terms, the DSCC will function as a service provider in the field of data science for the whole of the federal administration. It seeks and encourages cooperation with other levels of government (cantons and communes). The DSCC’s mission is to work at the crossroads between data science and artificial intelligence. Its mission is to build skills allowing the use of methods, techniques and practices arising from data science and artificial intelligence to obtain a new understanding of fields related to public policy and thus to help with decision-making for the public good, in accordance with ethical principles.The President of the ETH Zurich, Joël Mesot, pointed out the relevance of this partnership. “Putting data science and artificial intelligence at the service of the public good is one of today’s major challenges. The Federal Institutes of Technology are proud to be able to bring their skills into this field and to support the Confederation in this transition so that it will benefit all sectors of society.”About the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC)In 2017, the ETH Board launched a national initiative in regard to data science that resulted in the creation of a unique joint venture between the EPFL and the ETH Zurich: the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC), aimed at promoting innovation in data science, multi-disciplinary research and open science. The SDSC’s mission is to accelerate the use of data science and machine learning techniques within academic disciplines and industry. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:artificial intelligence, British, ecosystem, EPFL, ETH Zurich, Federal, Government, infrastructure, innovation, intelligence, London, machine learning, President, statistics, Switzerland, technologylast_img read more

Catalytic converter thefts increase in Battle Ground

first_img Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Name*Email*Website Catalytic converter thefts increase in Battle GroundPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, May 11, 2021in: Newsshare 0 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Every vehicle has a catalytic converter and every vehicle is a potential targetThe theft of catalytic converters has increased at a national level and Battle Ground has not escaped the trend.  The Battle Ground Police Department wants you to know that this criminal activity is increasing in the community, how you can deter theft from your vehicle, what to watch for and how to report suspicious activity. Catalytic converters are expensive components of a vehicle’s exhaust system for the precious elements they contain. Every vehicle has a catalytic converter and every vehicle is a potential target. The cost to replace a converter can range from $600 to $3,000. File photoCatalytic converters are expensive components of a vehicle’s exhaust system for the precious elements they contain. Every vehicle has a catalytic converter and every vehicle is a potential target. The cost to replace a converter can range from $600 to $3,000. File photoCatalytic converters are expensive components of a vehicle’s exhaust system for the precious elements they contain.  Every vehicle has a catalytic converter and every vehicle is a potential target. The cost to replace a converter can range from $600 to $3,000. The thefts occur all hours of the day and night and take very little time – anywhere from one to five minutes. Thieves access the underside of a vehicle – with or without a car jack – and with the use of a reciprocating saw, quickly remove the catalytic converter. The thief will walk away with the converter, which looks like a muffler, to an accomplice waiting in a nearby parked but running vehicle.  These criminals will drive a neighborhood multiple times, choosing the easiest vehicle to target.  Victims may not know the theft has occurred until they start their car and it makes a sound as if there is no muffler. Lifted vehicles that do not need a jack for access tend to be most targeted, but any vehicle is subject to theft.  There are ways, however, you can deter these criminals:If you park outside, do so in a well-lit area.Park close to a curb or another vehicle, making it difficult to place a jack under your vehicleConsider purchasing and installing an anti-theft deviceGet to know your neighbors so it’s easier to recognize people who may not belong in the neighborhoodThe Battle Ground Police Department asks that you be alert to the signs of catalytic converter theft and report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1.  If you find you are a victim or become aware of suspicious activity after the fact, call 3-1-1.  Awareness and information sharing gives law enforcement the tools they need to prevent and solve crimes, and protect our community.  Information provided by city of Battle Ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundBattle Ground Police DepartmentBattle Ground Washingtoncatalytic convertercity of Battle GroundClark CountyClark County TodayClark County Washingtoncriminal activitycriminalsLatestlocal newstheftvehicle exhaust systemshare 0 Previous : Greater Vancouver Chamber and economic development partners to host a livestream legislative review Next : Opinion: ‘Journalists are literally responsible for filling the minds of a society’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel Name*Email*Website guestLabellast_img read more

Hot rod Land Rover tuner selling off the last 80 Defenders ever built

first_img ‹ Previous Next › We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 Twisted Land Rover Defender The “Remake History” line of Defenders will start production on January 29, 2019, exactly three years since production of the Defender ended. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSLand RoverLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever A Land Rover modification company that spent 7.5 million pounds ($12.8 million) to buy the last 240 Defenders to roll off the production line has just unveiled its plans to modify and resell the remaining 80 it’s stashed away.Twisted, based near York, U.K., has already turned most of its stock of Defenders into high-specification off-road vehicles and sold them for a hefty amount.But its plans for the final 80 are a little more specific. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada advertisement See More Videos Some 36 of them are going to be built under the new “Make History” umbrella of the company, which will see the trucks turned into high-spec machines with even higher price tags, sold only to existing Twisted owners.The other 44 will be sent to the “Remake History” branch, charged with building a “high-specification limited-edition collection that pays homage to the history of the original Land Rover.”The third and final branch of the company is called “Rework”, and, as the name suggests, it will restore and re-engineer used Defenders for clients.“We really do see our role as defending the Defender; we’ve built this business around the vehicle, so it falls on us to protect and celebrate it,” intones Twisted founder Charles Fawcett. “This will be our third major release of our iconic stock. We’ve been slowly re-engineering and ensuring that the vehicles are the best that they can possibly be and will soon be ready to share them with the world.” last_img read more

Former CU-Boulder Chancellor Roderic Park dies at 81

first_img Published: Sept. 16, 2013 Roderic B. Park, who served as chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder, died Sept. 6 at his home, according to the University of California, Berkeley. He was 81.Park was named interim chancellor of CU-Boulder in August 1994 and stepped down in January 1997. At the time of his departure he was praised for bringing stability to the campus’s administrative structure, expanding the role of faculty governance and emphasizing undergraduate education.“Rod Park provided strong leadership and management of the campus in his role as interim chancellor,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “He was a collegial and good-natured leader who helped to move CU-Boulder ahead in a critical time. He will be missed by many, and our hearts are with his family and friends.”Park and his wife, Cathy, released a statement when he announced his resignation saying, “We wish to thank the many citizens of the campus, of Boulder and of the state of Colorado who have made our interim stay here a welcoming and rewarding experience. CU-Boulder is a great university with a faculty and student body of ever increasing quality of which Coloradans can be very proud. We feel fortunate to have been part of this excellent institution.”The UC Berkeley obituary is posted at http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/09/11/roderic-park-dies-at-81/. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Roderic Park (UC Berkeley photo)last_img read more

Navigating business diversity, supporting employees in difficult times

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: June 1, 2020 • By Andrew Sorensen Mass protests and a pandemic are swirling together to making 2020 one of the most difficult times to focus on work in modern history. Business leaders can help, and there are some often underappreciated tools they could be utilizing to help their teams thrive through the tough days ahead: diversity and inclusion.Stefanie K. Johnson, an associate professor at the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder, is an expert on leadership and diversity. Her new book, Inclusify, shows how leaders can build innovative teams through diversity. She says that process can yield major benefits for teams during normal times. During the current era of COVID-19 and civil unrest, it’s critical.Though her book was written and its launch planned prior to the George Floyd protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson offered some tips to help businesses navigate the diversity issues they present.Meet with the teamEmployees will be dealing with varying emotions—and even trauma—following the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.Virtual book launchStefanie Johnson will host a virtual book launch, featuring thought leaders and chief diversity officers from MetLife and Brown-Forman at 5 p.m. MT, June 2, 2020.Watch on YouTubeWatch on FacebookJohnson advised managers confront the underlying issues head-on, using Floyd and Arbery’s names in the conversation.“Ask team members to talk about how they’re feeling, or give them time off of work to deal with the pain that they are experiencing,” said Johnson.Ignoring the deaths and subsequent protests will signal indifference, according to Johnson, potentially compounding issues that could escalate team conflict.“Even if you start with ‘I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how you feel,’ The most important thing is to say something,” Johnson said.It’s all right that managers don’t have all of the answers. Listening and showing support is a critical step.“You don’t need to pretend that you know how your colleagues of color are feeling,” she said. “You just need to show that this matters. George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery matter.”Making the most out of remote workAs business leaders also cope with a global pandemic’s impacts on business, from tight budgets to combatting Zoom fatigue, diversity and inclusion shouldn’t be overlooked.“The COVID-19 outbreak has important implications for diversity and inclusion outcomes as it is likely to disproportionately affect some groups such as parents, women, persons with disabilities,” said Johnson. “Luckily, there are things leaders can do to build inclusion in a remote workplace.” To get the most out of their workers at any time, Johnson advises, managers need to make people feel like they’re part of the team. To do that, according to Johnson, leaders need to address something everyone wants: making them feel unique and that they belong. Stefanie K. Johnson, author of “Inclusify.” (CU Boulder)center_img “People are much more likely to feel a lack of uniqueness and belonging while working remotely. When you are not seen as unique, you feel incomplete,” Johnson said.To help workers feel fulfilled, connection can go a long way.“My research shows each employee should spend four hours a week in face-to-face, albeit virtual, interactions with their team,” said Johnson.She recommends that supervisors have frequent individual chats with their team members. In those conversations, leaders should be sure to demonstrate empathy. Supervisors should also make a point to learn about the challenges and successes their workers are encountering. And they should reinforce their trust in the employees to do assigned work in their own unique ways.In group meetings, Johnson recommended, leaders should make a special effort to hear all voices.“Imagine that someone in that room, or chatroom, has all of the answers you are looking for. You don’t know who it is, but your job is to bring it out,” she said. “Listen to everyone very carefully, because they might have the answer, and you want to learn it.”In divvying up team tasks, Johnson said managers need to ensure they’re doing it fairly because of the human tendency to make biased decisions under stress, such as relying on some team members more while possibly ignoring others.And every now and again, managers should find inclusive ways to cut loose. Johnson suggested coffee hours—in addition to happy hours—to include those who don’t drink. “Talk about all of the fun things you want to do as a team when the world gets back to normal.”fIncreasing diversity when returning to workAs states relax COVID-19 restrictions, some workers will return to the office, which creates a great opportunity to build a more inclusive workplace “if you know what to do,” she said. One silver lining of work-from-home guidelines is that they’ve allowed workers to bring their true selves to work. An integrated work day has included spending time with children and spouses or taking the dog for a walk amid the tasks of the day. Johnson has heard from managers stunned to learn about their workers’ daily realities for the first time.Embracing that new awareness of employees’ lives in the return to work can encourage people to do their best work during a difficult transition.“Continue allowing flexibility—without stigma—for employees,” said Johnson. “Recognize that we might be more prone to in-group bias, and therefore it’s important to intentionally create diverse groups of employees when they are re-entering the office.”Johnson said business leaders can also utilize diversity to better innovate through challenging economic times ahead. To do so, they need to keep voicing support for diversity initiatives. It might even be a good time to stand up new efforts.“Create a task force of diverse team members to come up with strategies to build inclusion, and encourage everyone to participate in the efforts so you are bringing new people into the diversity and inclusion conversation who have not been there before.”Categories:Business & EntrepreneurshipNews Headlineslast_img read more

Jamaican High Commissioner Joins in Annual Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Day

first_imgRelatedJamaican High Commissioner Joins in Annual Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Day Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Anthony Johnson, has called on the descendants African slaves to respect their sacrifices by honouring women, building strong families, business firms and communities.High Commissioner Johnson was speaking at the annual Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Day on Monday, August 23 at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.“We honour those best, our ancestors, by being successful. The very fact that we are here, means that they survived and we owe it to them to be successful,” he said.High Commissioner Johnson who was one of the speakers at the event said that recent scientific research had confirmed the doctrines of National Hero, Marcus Garvey, who had stated that Africa was the mother continent of all civilizations and had started the modern anti-colonial movement, which had created new societies across the world.The proceedings in Liverpool began with the pouring of libations to the ancestors in the Mersey River, which was a starting point for ships in the transatlantic slave trade.Greetings were given by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Hazel Williams, and Member of Parliament for the area, Lewis Alman.The British Minister for Communities and Local Government, Mr. Andrew Stunell, said the Government was committed to continue its support for the Museum of Slavery and understood the need to honour the lives of those who had fought against oppression.The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated August 23 as Slavery Remembrance Day, to serve as a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation. The date is also significant as it commemorates the uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of Saint Domingue (modern Haiti) in 1791.The International Slavery Museum opened in Liverpool 2007. The Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Initiative is a partnership between National Museums of Liverpool, individuals from the Liverpool Black community, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Culture Company and The Mersey Partnership. Jamaican High Commissioner Joins in Annual Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Day Foreign AffairsAugust 26, 2010center_img RelatedJamaican High Commissioner Joins in Annual Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Day RelatedJamaican High Commissioner Joins in Annual Liverpool Slavery Remembrance Daylast_img read more

Most MPs Have Submitted Work Programmes to Combat Chik-V

first_imgThe National Health Emergency Response Monitoring Committee is reporting that to date, most Members of Parliament (MPs) have submitted their work programmes under the Chik-V National Integrated Vector Control / Clean-Up Programme.According to the Committee, 55 of the 63 MPs submitted their work programmes and of that number, 52 were already approved and underway. The Clean Up Programme, which was announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in October 2014, involves the clean-up of communities and an integrated vector control programme, specifically geared at reducing the breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits Chik-V.Chair of the National Health Emergency Response Monitoring Committee, Senator Sandrea Falconer, has advised that 50% advance payments for all approved work programmes have already been made. “These payments have already been forwarded to Parish Councils and the implementing agencies chosen to carry out the work on behalf MPs,” she said.Senator Falconer further advised that the deadline date for the submission of work programmes by the remaining MPs was been extended to Friday, December 19.The programme of emergency clean-up is coordinated by a team involving: the Ministry of Health; the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management; the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); the JEEP Secretariat; and the Ministry of Finance and Planning. Most MPs Have Submitted Work Programmes to Combat Chik-V Office of the Prime MinisterDecember 18, 2014Written by: OPM Communications Unit Most MPs Have Submitted Work Programmes to Combat Chik-VJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedPartnership for Jamaica Membership Commits to Agreement RelatedPartnership for Jamaica Membership Commits to Agreement Photo: JIS PhotographerLogistics Coordinator for the Government’s National Health Emergency Response to the Chikungunya Virus (Chik V), the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Colonel Daniel Pryce (right), and other members of the JDF observe as their colleague cleans a drain in Washington Mews, Naggo Head, in Portmore, St. Catherine, during Saturday’s (November 8) vector control and clean-up activities in community. Saturday’s activities also involved representatives from the Ministries of Health, and Local Government and Community Development; Portmore Municipal Council; Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM); National Works Agency (NWA); National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA); and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). (FILE)center_img Story HighlightsMost Members of Parliament (MPs) have submitted their work programmes under the Chik-V National Integrated Vector Control / Clean-Up Programme. According to the Committee, 55 of the 63 MPs submitted their work programmes and of that number, 52 were already approved and underway.50% advance payments for all approved work programmes have already been made. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPrime Minister Simpson Miller Welcomes New US-Cuba Relations Advertisementslast_img read more