Etienne Botha tribute – 1979 – 2005

first_imgFriday Sep 7, 2007 Etienne Botha tribute – 1979 – 2005 On the day that we celebrate the start of the greatest showpiece in world rugby, we think back to two years ago and the tragic incident that shocked the nation and the rugby community worldwide.On the 7th September 2005 one of South Africa’s most prolific try scorers died tragically in a car accident just outside of Pretoria, ironically, on Botha Avenue.Etienne Botha was a young center who was probably at the height of his career at the time. Playing for the Bulls, Botha was a devastating runner with tremendous skill and quick feet. He dazzled the Loftus faithful for years with his exciting bursts of acceleration and eye for the gap.He unfortunately never got a call up from the Springbok coach, but I feel if he was still alive, by now he would have. Who knows, perhaps he’d be over in France with the Bok squad right now.This compilation clip shows some of the tries he scored in his time as a professional player. 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Leinster finish with Rainbow flourish as fans attend RDS for first time in 16 months Retiring duo Scott Fardy and Michael Bent bowed out on a winning note as Leinster finished the Rainbow Cup with a victory over Dragons. Etienne Botha tribute – 1979 – 2005 | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Avalon House / ArchiBlox

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/796042/avalon-house-archiblox Clipboard CopyHouses•Avalon Beach, Australia Year:  Projects Australia Area:  106 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: ArchiBlox Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Photographs:  Michael Wickham, Tom Ross Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Michael Wickham+ 21 Share Manufacturers: Big Ass Fans, Beacon Lighting, Knauf, Plaka, T&G, ThermannCity:Avalon BeachCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Michael WickhamRecommended ProductsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. Beyond ArchiBlox’s speedy construction time of 6 weeks, prefab suited the clients desire to tread lightly on the land with the Avalon House project.Save this picture!© Tom RossWith modular building the impact on the surrounding environment is heavily reduced during construction. The dwelling is outfitted with a number of green features, including a living roof that minimises rainwater runoff and solar penetration. The green roof also acts as a thermal mass, an east-west orientation that allows cross-ventilation.Save this picture!© Michael WickhamAvalon House is beautifully wrapped in FSC certified external blackbutt hardwood timber milled from sustainably forestry methods. By fabricating off-site, ArchiBlox also had careful control over material usage with minimal wastage.Save this picture!Floor PlanAs with any buildings procurement, it’s not so much about the construction methodology that would affect the relationship with sustainability but more the direction of the architect and the client’s appetite.Save this picture!© Tom RossThe major consideration for any sustainable response falls on the siting of the building, i.e. in the southern hemispheres opening up the windows to the north and reduction to the south. Once this is achieved, there are numerous other techniques that can be incorporated which may steadily increase the project budgets and, as such, the client’s appetite.Save this picture!© Tom RossAt ArchiBlox they believe that they have the ability of educating their clients to best maximise their sustainable response to their particular site. With this particular project, the main facades face north and given the type of footings used with this particular project, reduction of water flow across the site was a consideration with its proximity to the cliff edge and potential erosion. Building with a concrete slab or strip footings would have been problematic as would have created a barrier to water flow.Save this picture!© Michael WickhamProject gallerySee allShow lessInterLumi Panama 2017EventSingapore Architours 2016Event Sharecenter_img CopyAbout this officeArchiBloxOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAvalon BeachAustraliaPublished on September 26, 2016Cite: “Avalon House / ArchiBlox” 26 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersEducational3MProjection Screen Whiteboard FilmPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsLinoleum / Vinyl / Epoxy / UrethaneTerrazzo & MarbleTerrazzo in The Gateway ArchSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in Kansas City University BuildingGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Curved Glass PrintingMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamChairs / StoolsFreifrauBarstool – OnaSealants / ProtectorsWoodenha IndustriesFireproofing System for Wood Cladding – BIME®More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?阿瓦隆之家 / ArchiBlox是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses “COPY” “COPY” ArchDaily Avalon House / ArchiBloxSave this projectSaveAvalon House / ArchiBlox ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/796042/avalon-house-archiblox Clipboard Avalon House / ArchiBlox 2015last_img read more

Charity sector ‘most popular’ with returning mothers

first_imgCharity sector ‘most popular’ with returning mothers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  23 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Recruitment / people Recruitment service Women Like Us reports that women returning to work after having a baby are most likely to choose to work in the charity sector. The not-for-profit agency, set up in June 2005, says that 44% of employers who have used it are from the voluntary sector, compared to 19 per cent from the public sector.Emma Stwart, director of Women Like Us, attributes the voluntary sector’s popularity with returning mothers to the sector’s approach to flexible working. She told Third Sector magazine: “Charities as employers are more comfortable than most with offering flexible work, which puts them in a good position to benefit frmo this untapped talent poolr of women returners.” Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 5 March 2006 | News Women Like Us serves central and north London. It has found recruiting from the school gate to be particularly effective. 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.last_img read more

Court clears journalist facing 15-year jail sentence

first_imgcc: Attorney General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution November 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court clears journalist facing 15-year jail sentence News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Mr. Mamdouh Mohy Al Din MareyMinister of JusticeJustice BldgMagles El Shaab StreetCairo Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News News Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organisation, would like to draw your attention to the case of Allam Abdel Ghaffar, a journalist who was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a court in the Cairo suburb of Gizeh on 23 October.Mr. Ghaffar wrote an investigative report about alleged irregularities at VACSERA, a manufacturer of vaccines and biological products, that was published in the weekly Al-Yom Al-Sabi on 30 March. The newspaper issued a correction at once when it emerged that documents that Mr. Ghaffar had used to support the report’s allegations were forged.Mr. Ghaffar had been unable to verify the authenticity of the documents and their provenance in the absence of a legislative framework clearly regulating access to information and its circulation. The real crime was the forging of the documents (whatever the purpose), not the unintentional dissemination of false information based on them.Moreover, the general principles of law have not been respected in this case. No account was taken of the right of defence. Unaware that the trial was taken place, Mr. Ghaffar was unable to hire a lawyer to defend himself. The verdict and sentence were issued in his absence.The principle of proportionality between offence and penalty was nor respected either. Found guilty of a crime for which he was not responsible, Mr. Ghaffar was given a 15-year sentence although the relevant jurisprudence establishes a five-year sentence for proven cases of deliberate dissemination of false information.In view of the disproportionate nature of the sentence and the serious irregularities that marked the trial, Reporters Without Borders urges you to use your power to have Mr. Ghaffar’s conviction quashed. Dear Justice Minister, center_img News Reporters Without Borders hails the decision by a criminal court in the Cairo suburb of Gizeh on 21 November to acquit Allam Abdel Ghaffar, a reporter for the daily Youm7, of charges of disseminating false information and forging documents.At a hearing on 24 October, the court’s prosecutor had called for 15-year jail sentence for Ghaffar, who was never given a chance to defend himself in court.Reporters Without Borders sent an open letter to justice minister Mamdouh Mohhieddeen Mari on 24 October describing the charges as baseless and the sentence as disproportionate, and calling for the prosecution to be withdrawn. (More information: http://en.rsf.org/egypt-journalist-gets-15-year-jail-28-10-2010,38688.html).———-28/10/2010Disproportionate sentenceJournalist gets 15-year jail sentence after illegal trialReporters Without Borders sent an open letter today to justice minister Mamdouh Mohieddine Mari urging him to ensure that journalist Allam Abdel Ghaffar’s conviction is quashed. Ghaffar was sentenced last weekend to 15 years in prison on charges of disseminating false information and forging documents. He was unaware that the trial was taking place. We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this request. Receive email alerts to go further Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General February 6, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Paris, 27 October 2010 February 1, 2021 Find out more Respectfully, January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Government drops deportation threat against New York Times correspondent

first_img The Brazilian government restored the journalist’s visa of New York Timesreporter Larry Rohter on 14 May, dropping its threat to expel him forwriting about President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s drinking habits. Thejustice ministry said it acted after receiving a letter from Rohter’slawyers saying he had not meant to offend the president.Ler a versão portuguesa May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further RSF_en BrazilAmericas 15 May 2004The Brazilian government restored the journalist’s visa of New York Timesreporter Larry Rohter on 14 May, dropping its threat to expel him forwriting about President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s drinking habits. Thejustice ministry said it acted after receiving a letter from Rohter’slawyers saying he had not meant to offend the president.__________________________________________________________________________________13 May 2004Reporters Without Borders protests against expulsion of New York Times correspondentReporters Without Borders has protested after the Brazilian justice ministry said it was expelling New York Times correspondent Larry Rohter after he wrote an article about the president’s alleged heavy drinking.The international press freedom organisation called on the authorities to “see reason” and cancel the order.Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to the president, “We are surprised by this decision which is unworthy of a democratic regime. Moreover there is a risk that it will damage your image abroad more than the contents of the offending article.” “Libel issues should be decided in the courts. This type of authoritarian measure will not resolve anything,” it said. “Brazil proves nothing by expelling Larry Rohter. It could also lead to self-censorship on the part of foreign press correspondents who now know they could be at risk of expulsion when referring to the president,” it added. Reporters Without Borders asked for an appointment to Brazilian ambassador in France.The justice minister announced the expulsion of Rohter on 11 May 2004 following the publication in the paper on 9 May of an article headlined, “Brazilian Leader’s Tippling Becomes National Concern”.Rohter wrote that, “Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has never hidden his fondness for a glass of beer, a shot of whiskey or, even better, a slug of cachaça, Brazil’s potent sugar-cane liquor. But some of his countrymen have begun wondering if their president’s predilection for strong drink is affecting his performance in office.” In an official note, the justice minister said, “The presence of the author of the offending article on national territory is improper”. He added that Rohter’s visa had been cancelled. He has eight days to leave the country. The expulsion was justified by the fact the article was, “flippant, lying and damaging to the integrity of the president of the Federal Republic of Brazil and the image of the country.”The New York Times carried a letter from the Brazilian ambassador to the United States on 11 May in which he expressed his “perplexity and indignation” considering it surprising and regrettable that TheTimes should have given credit to such an offensive and totally unfounded story.” The same day the daily said it stood by its allegations. A spokesman for the newspaper told Agence France-Presse that it believed the article to be correct.Executive editor Bill Keller said in the online version of the paper on 12 May that if Brazil “intends to expel a journalist for writing an article that offended the president, that would raise serious questions about Brazil’s professed commitment to freedom of expression and a free press.” Reporters Without Borders points out that Brazil had more serious press freedom problems such as the murders at the end of April 2004 of radio journalists Samuel Roman and José Carlos Araújo.On 20 April, Roman, owner of the radio station Conquista, was killed in Coronel Sapucaia, a small town in southern Mato Grosso do Sul State on the border with Paraguay. He had exposed drug trafficking and criminal activity rampant in the region and among local politicians. Three suspects have been arrested. Four days later, José Carlos Araújo, of Radio Timbaúba FM, was murdered in a small town in Pernambuco State in the north-east. His killer was arrested. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information BrazilAmericas Receive email alerts Reports May 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government drops deportation threat against New York Times correspondent News News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Follow the news on Brazil News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Rising Rates, Squeezed Supply Have Housing Industry’s Attention

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News  Print This Post Rising Rates, Squeezed Supply Have Housing Industry’s Attention Tagged with: GSE Reform Interest rates inventory shortages Moody’s Moody’s Investors Service Optimism Optimism Survey Survey Home / Daily Dose / Rising Rates, Squeezed Supply Have Housing Industry’s Attention Sign up for DS News Daily GSE Reform Interest rates inventory shortages Moody’s Moody’s Investors Service Optimism Optimism Survey Survey 2018-04-13 Alison Rich Today’s rising interest rates have some market participants concerned, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The survey reports that crimped housing supply, coupled with the higher cost to borrow, is chipping away at optimism. Some participants, however, feel that conditions in their housing-related domains are going seriously downhill, Moody’s notes.For the second year in a row, in tandem with its annual U.S. Housing and Housing Finance Conference, Moody’s surveyed debt issuers spanning a variety of industries exposed to the housing space. The company’s survey includes 86 answers from issuers in corporate finance (homebuilders), financial institutions (mortgage lenders and insurers), public finance (housing finance agencies), and structured finance (RMBS issuers and single-family/multifamily REITs).“Tightening housing supply and increasing interest rates will have the biggest effect on issuers as they drive up the cost of homeownership—issuers expect more substantial price increases than last year—and potentially shut out many first-time homebuyers,” Moody’s reported.Besides housing supply (a new category for 2018), the other most pressing concern on industry members’ minds is demographics, Moody’s says.“Market participants expect demographics to become a more significant driver of industry conditions over the short- and long-term as millennials entering the housing market and downsizing baby boomers compete for the same smaller homes and rentals,” Moody’s reported.Amid moderating concerns over tax rates and regulatory issues, the company notes, issuers feel that visibility in their industries is “medium to good.” This is a positive marketplace barometer, indicating issuers feel upbeat about the ability to move their companies in the right direction in the foreseeable future.As for GSE reform, most respondents don’t expect it to happen until the next presidential election. “Ninety-one percent of respondents feel that at least one of the two GSEs—Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac—will survive any reform measures, while 34 percent feel that there will be no government guaranty on conforming mortgages,” the survey reported. Alison Rich has a long-time tenure in the writing and editing realm, touting an impressive body of work that has been featured in local and national consumer and trade publications spanning industries and audiences. She has worked for DS News and MReport magazines—both in print and online—since they launched. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Alison Rich Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Streamlining Banking Processes Next: Maintaining Middle-Income Housing Supply The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save April 13, 2018 2,023 Views Subscribelast_img read more

Headed for a ‘Foreclosure Surge’

first_img Previous: Mortgage Industry Companies Rally to Support Military Veterans Next: Policies That Could Combat the Affordable Housing Crisis This has been a year full of unexpected developments and questions with no easy answers. As we enter the home stretch of 2020, many are speculating what the final months of the year will hold. A panel of real estate experts forecast what they anticipate for the final months of 2020, including a “substantial increase in foreclosures, short sales, and bank-owned properties” and more distressed property sales “as homeowners fall behind on their mortgages.”The Real Estate Council for Forbes comprises senior-level executives in the industry, who, according to the economic-news outlet, “are selected for the council based on the depth and diversity of experience in the real estate industry.”The foreclosure surge “will happen toward the end of the year and the beginning of next year,” said Lex Levinrad, a representative of The Distressed Real Estate Institute, “as banks start foreclosing on delinquent mortgages.”The 15 panelists proceeded to discuss with Forbes this and other trends they expect to see in the latter half of this year.The housing demand will remain robust, said member Gary Lanham, “as millennials and baby boomers power through to keep the economy moving.”And, existing home sales will return to early 2019 levels, panelists foretold.”White-hot summer activity due to pent-up demand will work its way through the system and pandemic-inflicted economic challenges will come home to roost,” said Craig Cheatham of The Realty Alliance.Americans will probably see the continuance of refinance demand, the panel predicted, adding that “ongoing Covid-19 fears will force mortgage originators to shift most of their process to being fully digital.””This means that getting and closing on a mortgage will finally start to become more of an instant experience for consumers, mirroring other industries like groceries, prepared meals, transportation, and even medical care,” said  States Title’s Max Simkoff.In fact, several of Forbes’ predictions are related to technology and increasing remote business, such as the rise in virtual tours and other implementations that will reduce human interaction.”We’ll see the real estate space increasingly implement tools like keyless entry systems, voice-activated appliances, etcetera, to minimize anything face-to-face or anything that requires physical touch,” said Vered Schwarz of Guesty.”This also includes using automated messaging solutions to send emails noting amenities in-property, check-in instructions and more.”The panel also highlighted the much reported recent trend of homeowners choosing rural/suburban dwelling over urban living, in light of COVID-related remote working.”Right now, homeowners are adapting to a new lifestyle and realizing what doesn’t work in their current home,” said Jennifer Anderson of Anderson Coastal Group. “The global shift toward remote work—and lack of commute—may cause homebuyers to reconsider suburban and even rural living. They’ll also desire more square footage and outdoor space, which is more readily available and affordable in suburban and rural areas.”The full list of observances and expectations can be read here. About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago September 28, 2020 4,508 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Headed for a ‘Foreclosure Surge’ Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Headed for a ‘Foreclosure Surge’ The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2020-09-28 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Aid effort brings first-hand view of devastation

first_img Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author “One lady said the water was so high around her house that she and her mother had to be rescued by boat. Another lady was looking for her elderly mother’s sewing basket. Her mother wanted to go home but there was no home to go back to. She had to be put in a nursing home.”One man’s story was of how a community overcomes such devastation and picks itself back up with hope and promise, Bell said.“He said he had always thought that only poor people used laundromats but, when he and so many others were having to go to the laundromat, they found love and support there. The laundromat is now a place that is bringing people together, a place of unity.”Every flood victim who received items donated to the Christian Love Center expressed heartfelt appreciation.“And the Christian Love Center thanks all of those who made donations to the flood victims,” Bell said. “But the need is still great. Many of the flood victims are pleading for help. They are still in desperate need of help. Being there and seeing how your life can be torn apart, humbled me and made me more grateful. It changed my life. I won’t take things for granted anymore. I know that everything could change for me like it changed for the victims of the Louisiana flood.” “The smell was unbearable,” she said. “Everybody had on masks. That’s the only way you could stay there. Everything was soaked – couches, bedding – and flies were everywhere. It’s hard to describe what it’s like for those people who are trying to rebuild their homes and their lives.”Bell said the flood damage was so widespread that even homeowners, who had flood insurance, were beginning to make repairs to their homes before the insurance adjusters arrived.“People were going through what remained looking for photographs and other personal items that could not be replaced,” she said. “They were looking and hoping but everything was soaked and dirty and smelled so bad. It was so sad to see people that had almost nothing left.”There was a story to be told in every house Bell visited and every person she met had a story to tell. Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 15, 2016 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Bell said the 18-wheeler transported more than 500 pairs of shoes, clothing and the bulk of the toiletry items, bottled water and energy drinks to a drop-off location.“But we also carried a lot toiletry times, bottled water and Gatorade in the van,” she said. “We were able to deliver those items directly to the homeless people in Denham Springs and talk with them.”Even though a picture is worth a thousand words, Bell said it was not until she stepped out of the van into the stench that permeated the entire area, that she got the real picture. Aid effort brings first-hand view of devastation Last Thursday, a trailer truck and a van both loaded with items collected for Louisiana flood victims by The Christian Love Center left Troy for one of the hardest hit areas of the Bayou State.Lawanda Bell, center youth coordinator, did not know her experience there would be life changing.“I knew going to Louisiana and seeing the devastation first hand would affect me but I didn’t know how much,” Bell said. “I had seen the devastation on television but, until I saw it, I couldn’t begin to realize what it’s like.” Book Nook to reopen Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… You Might Like ARTS GRANTS: State funding benefits two local arts programs Troy University’s Summer Spotlight Camp attracts youngsters of all ages who want to dance and be creative. The 2016 Summer… read more By The Penny Hoarder Print Article By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

Seven steps to a payback on workplace wellbeing initiatives

first_img Making a business case for wellbeing initiatives is problematic. Intervening in employees’ personal lives by providing a batch of benefits is one thing, but how can you demonstrate the payback on major wellbeing campaigns and programmes? Kirsten Samuel from Kamwell offers the steps to success.There is often confusion initially about the scale and scope of what “employee wellbeing” covers. It can include everything from physical health screenings, mental health workshops and wellbeing portals to the physical environment of the workplace. This raises questions about what is going to be most effective in your particular company.More on workplace wellbeing interventionsGood practice on wellbeingEmployee wellbeing policyWhat is relevant to your staff? What is window dressing? What can be measured? As yet there is no gold standard in the industry for measuring employee wellbeing – every organisation has their own method, because each has different priorities, their own problem areas and are at varying stages of their journey in introducing a culture of wellbeing.There is also no shortage of broader evidence of why investing in health and wellbeing is so important for organisations. At the moment, some of the strongest evidence comes from US employers.A Harvard Business Review study has outlined how organisations with effective wellness programmes have greater staff retention (Berry et al, 2010). Participants in programmes were also absent less often and performed better at work.In 2013, a major review by RAND (a US public policy research organisation) of workplace wellness programmes pointed to their impact on driving up levels of exercise, cutting the number of smokers and weight loss.But the UK has also come a long way in the past few years, with more companies than ever before investing in initiatives as well as wider strategic campaigns, some linking wellbeing to business strategy.So how exactly do you convince senior executives that health and wellbeing is not the woolly, “nice-to-have” concept of the past, but a smart business decision? Here is how you can go about it.Do your researchOrganisational leaders want the facts, figures and evidence, so make sure you go to the table prepared. Not only will this mean you are taken more seriously, but you cannot create a comprehensive business case without doing the groundwork. You are also planning for the future by providing a baseline starting point for benchmarking year on year.Always link the argument back to key business priorities and strategic drivers. Be clear about what you already provide in terms of health and wellbeing as a business, what needs to change and why.Research what is important to employees and what the key health concerns are via surveys, talking to staff and health risk assessments. Be clear on the basic stats to build a picture of the current challenges – how much does sickness absence currently cost the business? What is the current level of staff turnover and what does this cost?To help you get this data, and before going to the executive team, it is useful to run a pilot scheme; a one-off wellbeing initiative or event that will help you connect with employees and gauge opinions. Make use of existing and standard industry evidence in terms of the benefits of well-being for productivity and performance – making sure it is specifically relevant in terms of organisations of a similar size and sector.Set up metricsMeasuring and tracking return on investment is challenging when it comes to wellbeing programmes, as there are so many factors that influence productivity and business performance. However, there can be no doubt that happy, healthy people in a similar culture perform better than unhappy, unhealthy staff in a negative environment.The most common metrics include sickness absence, OH referrals, staff turnover and engagement scores in employee surveys. You can also look at impact by measuring degrees of collaboration and innovation.It is harder to put an exact figure on measures such as productivity, presenteeism and leavism (the practice of taking leave in order to catch up on work), but some basic formulas can be used to at least provide an indicative measure.It is worth remembering that behaviours do not change overnight – especially culture change – but consistently measuring your progress will help you start to forecast improvements and set realistic goals. Even if the data is not perfect, it is better to at least make a start.Agree key metrics (both remedial and preventative) and over time you will start to identify trends that will help you focus your resources and investment in wellbeing more effectively. Create a management information dashboard that is updated quarterly and shared with relevant parties to showcase wellbeing highlights. The more data you can provide, the better.Include external contextThere are a number of contextual factors that make health and wellbeing investment more than just an issue of performance. What are the benefits to the organisation in terms of its positioning and reputation?Wellbeing benefits can be an important part of employer branding and workplace culture, as well as being platforms for solid recruitment and retention.The Government is also increasingly interested in shifting responsibility for healthcare to individuals and employers. This is due to a number of reasons, including the budget constraints on the NHS, the pressure from an ageing population, the digital revolution (which has given everyone greater access to health information), and rising levels of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and heart conditions.So include “duty of care” issues in your presentation to the board, such as the Fit for Work scheme and NICE guidelines on “Workplace policy and management practices” (2015), designed to improve the health and wellness of employees.Be holistic in the offeringBy far the best wellbeing programmes are those that are holistic – appealing to more people rather than appearing to be limited activities for the few.The holistic model used by Kamwell includes: the vibrancy of physical health (movement, nutrition, sleep, recovery); mental wellbeing (psychological, emotional and spiritual); the security of finances; the enjoyment of careers; the quality of relationships; and the contribution we each make to our community and environment (workplace and economically).There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all, so do your research, understand your audience well, offer something for everyone, learn and evolve, and then grow and scale your programme.Encourage role models and championsFind a regular slot to update senior leaders on the wellbeing programme and understand their individual interests. This will help to engage them across the different initiatives (some top executives might already have a keen interest in running or cycling, for example). Get them to lead, sponsor or participate in any initiative that relates to their personal interests – or even their health issues.Some leaders have been brave enough to talk about their battle with mental health problems in the past. Sharing their personal stories is an extremely powerful and effective way of engaging with employees and helping to break the stigma.If you plan to run a cancer awareness campaign, think about the role for senior leaders. When Hewlett Packard ran its lung cancer campaign, all the posters featured the managing director promoting the value of early detection of lung cancer. Seeing a senior leader personally involved made more people take action.Senior leader involvement sets models of behaviour from the top down, validates the business case and demonstrates the benefit of what the wellbeing programme offers. And with their stressful roles, is also of personal value.If wellbeing programmes are not supported at the top of the organisation, line managers will not follow. Managers need to understand that they have some responsibility for the wellbeing of their team members, and the bigger positive impact this can have on their people and the business.There continue to be managers who do not allow line reports to take a lunch break or expect regular overtime – and it takes clear direction from the top to change these types of attitudes and behaviours.Think about the diversity of audiences. Target interventions that speak to different groups, their issues and their “pain points”. Encourage ambassadors in all areas to conduct research and engage employees.Explain the scaling methodsOnce you have created a programme that works well for one location, team or demographic, the next question is how you scale up that success.A way to build confidence and support at the top is to recommend pilot phases to allow for a period of testing and learning, and then create a blueprint that can be easily replicated.Foster a community that socialises, online or in person, so that those within the programme spread the word to other parts of the business.A network of wellbeing champions will support your message, brand and activities – enabling you to scale both nationally or internationally.Get the presentation rightFocus on the facts and how they link back to the organisational strategy. Some people respond best to visual information, some to written, and some to oral – so make sure there is something for everyone.It is more engaging to leave behind the traditional HR-speak on this occasion, and talk more in broad-brush terms of creating a great company culture that delivers high performance.Kirsten Samuel is managing director of Kamwell.ReferencesBerry LL, Mirabito AM, Baun WB (2010). “What’s the hard return on employee wellness programme?”. Harvard Business Review. December 2010.Mattke S, Liu H, Caloyeras J, Huang CY, Van Busum KR, Khodyakov D, Shier V (2013). “RAND workplace wellness programs study final report”.National Workplace Health. “Management guidelines”. [NG13]. Published June 2015.National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2015). “Workplace health: management guidelines”. [NG13], pp.16-17. Related posts:No related photos. No comments yet. 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Police mum on how Milwaukee cops were disciplined for using stun gun on NBA rookie

first_img Beau Lund May 24, 2018 /Sports News – National Police mum on how Milwaukee cops were disciplined for using stun gun on NBA rookie FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) — Questions swirled about how officers were disciplined a day after Milwaukee police released video showing those officers using a stun gun on NBA rookie Sterling Brown.In a news conference Wednesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said that the officers involved “acted inappropriately” and were “recently disciplined,” but he did not answer reporters’ questions about how many officers were disciplined or what that discipline entailed.Wisconsin State Rep. Leon Young told ABC News that Morales told him and other state lawmakers Thursday morning that one sergeant and two officers were disciplined in the incident, but said the chief told the lawmakers that statutory reasons prevented him from disclosing how they were punished.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday afternoon that the first officer on the scene was suspended for two days and two other officers who arrived later were suspended for 10 and 15 days.“We’re calling on the police department to share this information that many of you have been asking for about the discipline,” Milwaukee Council President Ashanti Hamilton said at a press conference. “What type of discipline is being issued? Who are the officers that are being disciplined? What is the process?”Reporters asked Morales those questions as he entered City Hall Thursday morning, but he only said that those details would be released soon.It was not immediately clear why Morales didn’t disclose details of how officers were punished, though in a news conference Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett suggested the discipline would be shared with the public once the officers’ rights were met.“As I understand it – you have to ask the chief these questions – give some rights to those individuals being disciplined in terms of the process,” Barrett said. “As soon as he can legally, I expect that discipline will be announced.”“Let’s share what that process is,” Hamilton said of the disciplinary process. “They should share that information with the public.The body camera video captured a confrontation between Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and members of the Milwaukee Police Department outside a Walgreens drugstore shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 26.Brown had parked horizontally across two handicap parking spots in the store’s empty lot while he had gone into the store. When he returned to his vehicle, an officer was waiting and the situation turned tense with the officer repeatedly telling Brown to “back up” and accusing Brown of “being all badass to me.”Other officers arrive on the scene and Brown appears to be talking calmly with them when an officer orders him to take his hands out of his pockets.“Hold on, I got stuff in my hands,” Brown can be heard responding on the video before officers take him down and taser him. Brown can be heard moaning in pain after the taser is deployed.“If this guy hadn’t been such [an idiot], it would’ve been ‘Hey, have a nice day.’ But then I thought, ‘Oh, he is being an ass, he is trying to hide something.’ And now he’s like ‘I’m a Bucks player,’” the first officer on the scene can be heard explaining to his colleagues after Brown had been tasered.The scene that plays out on the body camera footage seems to contradict the police report which says Brown was “very aggressive” and “physically resisted” the officers’ attempts to handcuff him.Brown was arrested for resisting or obstructing an officer, but ultimately was only cited with a parking ticket.On Twitter, Brown, the son of a retired Illinois police officer, pledged to take legal action against the Milwaukee Police Department, but called on his supporters to respond peacefully.“Peaceful support to ensure no further damage to our community is the only way to respond,” Brown’s statement read, in part.In the hours after the video was released, there were no protests in Milwaukee. The calm was striking in contrast to fiery protests seen in many places after incidents of alleged police brutality in minority communities.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more