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Lloyds closes 13-man equities business

first_img KCS-content Tuesday 15 February 2011 8:12 pm Share GOVERNMENT-backed bank Lloyds has closed the equities division of its investment-banking arm in a shift back to its core banking services.The equity markets division, a minor part of Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, which raises debt and equity finance for mid-sized companies, had worked on share issues such as initial public offerings for clients.The bank said the unit’s closure on Friday was a “strategic decision” to refocus on its debt service provision. But the unit, with just 13 employees after five years in business, lacked market share and had little new work coming in.“Our equity markets business is modest with a small market representation,” said a spokesperson. “As part of our ongoing plans to simplify our business model, we have decided to withdraw from the equity market.” “We are making every effort to offer redeployment opportunities to affected employees,” he added.Joe Dickerson, a banking analyst of Banco Espirito Santo, said the equities unit was “very much a non-core business”.Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets employs more than 5,000 staff across areas including acquisition finance and lending to private equity. It made a loss of £1.09bn in the six months to the end of June 2010, up from a £7.73bn loss in 2009.Lloyds has faced political pressure to distance itself from riskier investment banking work and return to extending lending and risk management services to UK corporates since the fallout from the financial crisis.In November 2009, the heads of three private stockbrokers wrote to then City minister Lord Myners to complain that taxpayer-backed banks were putting pressure on their debt service clients to use their broking services as part of their loan agreements. More From Our Partners Fort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com whatsapp whatsapp Lloyds closes 13-man equities business Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Charity Web designer list

Charity Web designer list IT for Charities are putting together a list of Web design agencies that offer services for charities. If you would like your agency considered for inclusion then e-mail Ivan Wainewright at IT for Charities. Advertisement  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 October 2000 | News read more

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‘Texas Rising’: An unhistorical TV series hides slavocracy

first_imgOn May 25, a highly promoted TV miniseries with many big-name stars premiered on the cable network History Channel, which is co-owned by two giant corporations, Hearst and Disney.According to the title of the already published companion book by Stephen L. Moore, “Texas Rising” is “the epic true story of the Lone Star Republic and the rise of the Texas Rangers.”The five-part TV series purports, through a series of stories, or vignettes about some of the main characters in the seditious revolt, to cover the Anglo Texas war against Mexico, from the fall of the Alamo to the battle of San Jacinto, which led to the establishment of the brief Republic of Texas before it was annexed by the United States.According to a New York Times review, the so-called adventure drama is filled with stereotypical characters in which “the good guys” — the Anglo Texians — are good, and “the bad guys” — Native peoples and Mexicans, including the Mexican president and Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna — are “repellent caricature[s]” who exist to be hated. (May 22) A trailer shows Mexican soldiers massacring and abusing civilians and focuses on the killing and kidnapping of Black people. (tinyurl.com/nuyl27a)This version of the story is not just a different narrative or some sort of “dramatic license”; it is an outright lie, and a racist falsification of the historical facts.Slave traders, swindlers and murderersThe men at the battle of the Alamo, which resulted in an overwhelming Mexican victory, are portrayed as a group of rugged frontiersmen, fighting for the noble cause of Texian independence, and who died as heroes at the hands of villainous Mexicans. A brief investigation into the lives of these so-called heroes shows that this is untrue.For example, Jim Bowie, famous for his “Bowie knife” and a co-commander at the Alamo, was a large capitalist landowner who had acquired his more than 400,000 acres in holdings through huckstering. He was angry that the Mexican government had closed down his lucrative — and illegal — business.Bowie first acquired his fortune as a slave trader in Louisiana, where he illegally imported enslaved people captured by another “patriot,” the pirate Jean Lafitte, at Galveston Island, and resold them within the U.S. He then used this money, more than $4 million in today’s currency, to engage in a number of fraudulent land deals in Louisiana and Arkansas before coming to Texas to engage in more skulduggery.Bowie acquired a certain amount of fame when he used his knife to murder a banker who had refused him a loan. His wealth and political influence gave him the rank of colonel at the Alamo.William Travis, Bowie’s co-commander at the Alamo, first made a name for himself in the Anahuac Disturbances, which were a sort of trial run by the Anglo Texians against the Mexican government over immigration issues, particularly the importation of enslaved people. In 1829, the Republic of Mexico abolished slavery throughout its territories.In August of 1831, the commander of a Mexican customs and garrison post at Anahuac, Mexico, who strongly believed in Mexico’s prohibition against slavery, gave asylum to three Black men who had escaped slavery in nearby Louisiana.The slave owner retained William Travis as a lawyer to help him get the enslaved people returned. Knowing he had little chance in the Mexican courts, Travis proceeded to organize a rebellion to separate Anahuac and its Texian population from Mexico. Although this uprising failed, Travis was later rewarded with the title of lieutenant colonel in the Texas Rangers, and ended up at the Alamo.Another character, who was not at the Alamo but plays a major role in the History Channel series, is Mirabeau Lamar, who participated in the battle at San Jacinto and went on to become the second president of the Texas Republic.Lamar, who came to Texas from Georgia shortly before the revolt began, openly held white supremacist views, especially where Native peoples were concerned. He referred to them as “tigers and hyenas” and “wild cannibals of the woods.” As president, Lamar decided to completely expel all of the Indigenous peoples from Texas, including some formerly friendly Cherokee. He initiated a campaign in which he called for “an exterminating war … which will admit of no compromise and have no termination except in their total extinction.” (Gary Clayton Anderson, “The Conquest of Texas: Ethnic Cleansing in the Promised Land, 1820-1875”)The producers of “Texas Rising” even attempt to revive the long discredited legend of the “Yellow Rose of Texas” (Los Angeles Times, May 25). This racist canard originated with a song written by the Christy Minstrels, a white minstrel troupe performing in blackface during the 1890s. Reactionary “historians” from Texas A&M University during the 1950s combined the song with local legends to assert, in the most racist and sexist terms possible, that a “biracial courtesan” spied for the Texians and contributed to the Mexican defeat at San Jacinto. (tshaonline.org)Not a shred of direct historical evidence supports this story, but “Texas Rising” has made this imaginary incident into a major subplot of the series.The “Texas Rising” was a treasonous uprising by the slaveholders for “independence” from Mexico’s outlawing of slavery. Abolitionist Benjamin Lundy, who was in Texas at the time fighting to make it a safe haven for freed peoples, said that the “rising” began when when they “ascertained that slavery could not be perpetuated … under the government of the Mexican Republic.”In “The War in Texas,” Lundy says, “The immediate cause and the leading object of this contest originated in a settled design, among the slaveholders of this country, (with land speculators and slave traders) to wrest the large and valuable territory of Texas from the Mexican Republic, in order to re-establish the SYSTEM OF SLAVERY; to open a vast and profitable SLAVEMARKET therein; and, ultimately, to annex it to the United States.” (www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/lundy.htm)Very often, what is offered up as “history” is really about the present. The producers of “Texas Rising” are, in reality, shamelessly whipping up present-day racism and present-day anti-immigrant bigotry by presenting a false narrative of the events that created the short lived Republic of Texas.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Official enquiry brings hope 10 years after murder of journalists

first_img RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders today expressed its support and set out its expectations of the Italian parliament’s investigation of the murder of two journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia on 20 March 1994.Those who died were reporter Ilaria Alpi of the state-run TV station RAI 3 and Slovenian cameraman Miran Hrovatin.”These unpunished killings are a stain on the history of press freedom,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Carlo Taormina, head of the commission of enquiry. “You have the authority, the means and the duty to find out the truth. The commission is the last chance to do so.”The 20-member enquiry, set up on 31 July last year, began work last 21 January with full legal powers and will present its conclusions in September. Ménard asked to be kept informed of its progress.Many indications, including shortcomings, contradictions and vagueness in the initial enquiry, suggest the journalists were murdered for investigating the illegal flow of arms and toxic waste between Italy and Somalia under cover of Italian development aid. The deputies are charged with examining this lead that could implicate top political, military and business figures in both countries. They are also to assess the part played by several Italian institutions during the enquiry, which was marred by irregularities.At this stage, the enquiry commission is to focus on the circumstances of the death of the two journalists to determine whether the double murder was premeditated. The March 1994 autopsy report on Alpi will be taken into account by the commission. This report, which was lost for 10 years, shows she was executed and Taormina has asked for the body to be exhumed for new tests.A Rome court confirmed on 26 June 2002 that Hashi Omar Hassan, a Somali, had been among the killers but commuted his life sentence to 26 years in prison because it said the murders were not premeditated.Reporters Without Borders will be co-sponsoring the 10th Ilaria Alpi Prize for investigative journalism and independent filmmaking, which will honour the two journalists in Riccione (Italy) on 2-5 June this year.See: to go further On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Italy November 23, 2020 Find out more ItalyEurope – Central Asia March 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Official enquiry brings hope 10 years after murder of journalists Ten years after the murder of journalists Ilaria Alpi and Miran Hrovatin, parliament has begun investigating a possible link between the killings and the illegal flow of arms and toxic waste between Italy and Somalia. News News Organisation Receive email alerts Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF_en November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Home Flipping Drops to Five-Year Low in Q3

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Flipping Investors RealtyTrac Sign up for DS News Daily Home Flipping Investors RealtyTrac 2014-11-19 Brian Honea  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Home flipping sales declined nationwide both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year, hitting their lowest level since the second quarter of 2009, according to RealtyTrac’s Q3 2014 U.S. Home Flipping Report released today.The number of home flipping sales, or those in which a home is purchased and sold within 12 months, represented 4 percent of all single-family home sales in the U.S. in the third quarter, down from 4.6 percent from Q2 2014 and from 5.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to RealtyTrac.The average gross return on investment for flipped homes in Q3 was 36 percent, a slight increase from 35 percent in Q2 but a slight decline from 37 percent from the same quarter last year, according to RealtyTrac. The average gross profit per home flipped for investors was $75,990 in the third quarter, RealtyTrac reported.”Flipping returned to its historic norm of 4 percent in the third quarter as home price appreciation cooled in many of the hot flipping markets across the country,” said Daren Blomquist, VP of RealtyTrac. “Meanwhile, the record-high average profits per flip in the quarter demonstrate that flippers are still filling an important niche in an aging housing market with historically low levels of new homes being built. The most successful flippers are buying older, outdated homes in established neighborhoods and rehabbing them extensively to appeal to modern tastes.”The top five metropolitan areas with the most home flips were Miami (1,190), Phoenix (1,147), New York (1,070), and Tampa (789) with Tampa being the only one of those five that saw a year-over-year increase in home flips in Q3, according to RealtyTrac. The top five metros that saw the highest year-over-year increase in home flips were Louisville, Kentucky (117 percent), Kansas City (66 percent), Boston (40 percent), New Orleans (38 percent), and Indianapolis (35 percent).Metro areas with the highest return on investment for home flips in Q3 were Baltimore (88 percent), Pittsburgh (79 percent), Detroit (61 percent), Richmond, Virginia (60 percent, and Mobile, Alabama (59 percent), according to RealtyTrac. San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and San Diego posted the highest average gross profit among metros per home flip, all with more than $125,000 per home flip.”The markets with an increase in flipping tend to be those with older, distressed inventory still available that flippers can often buy at a discount and add value to,” Blomquist said. “Those discounted distressed properties have become harder to find, but a recent jump in scheduled foreclosure auctions could provide more fodder for flippers in the next three to six months.”The national average amount of time it took to complete a home flip in the third quarter was 185 days, a slight decrease from 187 days in Q2 but an increase from 133 days from the third quarter of 2013, RealtyTrac reported. Home Flipping Drops to Five-Year Low in Q3 Home / Daily Dose / Home Flipping Drops to Five-Year Low in Q3 About Author: Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Thursday 11/20/2014 Next: FHFA Director Outlines GSEs’ Strategic Objectives Before Senate Banking Committeecenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago November 19, 2014 1,088 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Deputy Doherty: Government must force banks to pass on rate cuts

first_imgNewsx Adverts WhatsApp Twitter Google+ National Irish Bank is defending its decision to hike variable mortgage interest rates by almost one per cent.NIB says it has not increased variable charges since 2008 – and says it is not obliged to pass on European Central Bank rate cuts – as it does not rely on ECB funding.The move is in direct defiance of calls from the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Financial Regulator Matthew Elderfield.Sinn Fein’s Finance spokesperson – Pearse Doherty – says the Government needs to step in to prevent banks increasing mortgage repayments:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/15dohebanks.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleInquest hears details of young boys tragic deathNext articleGAA All Star Kevin Cassidy dropped from Donegal County Panel News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal By News Highland – November 8, 2011 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Deputy Doherty: Government must force banks to pass on rate cuts HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterestlast_img read more

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“Tomorrow You Will Say Nobody Should Eat Meat”: SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Ban On ‘Halal’ Slaughter Of Animals As “Mischievous”

first_imgTop Stories”Tomorrow You Will Say Nobody Should Eat Meat”: SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Ban On ‘Halal’ Slaughter Of Animals As “Mischievous” Mehal Jain12 Oct 2020 4:49 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a PIL challenging the practice of ‘halal’ for slaughter of animals for food.”‘Halal’ is only a method of doing so. Different ways are possible- there is ‘halal’, there is ‘jhatka’. Some people do ‘jhatka’, some do ‘halal’, how is it a problem? Some people want to eat ‘halal’ meat, some want to eat ‘jhatka’ meat, some want to eat reptile meat”,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a PIL challenging the practice of ‘halal’ for slaughter of animals for food.”‘Halal’ is only a method of doing so. Different ways are possible- there is ‘halal’, there is ‘jhatka’. Some people do ‘jhatka’, some do ‘halal’, how is it a problem? Some people want to eat ‘halal’ meat, some want to eat ‘jhatka’ meat, some want to eat reptile meat”, observed Justice S. K. Kaul.”It has been held that animals don’t have a voice of their own and can’t reach out to the court by themselves…even the European Court of Justice has ruled that ‘Halal’ is extremely painful…there are many reports which suggest that extreme pain and suffering is inflicted on to the animal in the process”, urged the counsel for the petitioner-organisation.The advocate drew the attention of the bench to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960- He stressed that its section 3 makes it the duty of every person having the care or charge of any animal to take all reasonable measures to ensure the well-being of such animal and to prevent the infliction upon such animal of unnecessary pain or suffering; section 11(1)(l) makes it a punishable offence if one mutilates any animal or kills any animal (including stray dogs) by using the method of strychnine injections in the heart or in any other unnecessarily cruel manner; and section 28 which exempts the killing of an animal in any manner in pursuance of the religion of any community or for any religious rites.”Tomorrow you will say nobody should eat meat? We cannot determine who should be a vegetarian and who should be a non vegetarian!”, observed Justice Kaul, adding that the plea is “totally misconceived””Even if one is a vegetarian, why should there be cruelty to animals? In the Jallikattu case, the theory of necessity was reiterated-it was said that killing of animals for food is allowed but even such killing has to be done in a manner to show humanity to animals”, argued the counsel.”The technique of ‘halal’ is to performed by a skilled person belonging to a particular community (Muslim). It needs the animal to be alive till the last drop of blood gushes out…this is much more painful than ‘jhatka’ which involves a strike to the backbone so tha animal is stunned and dead”, he pressed.Even as he urged that such a practice which is “against humanity” cannot be permitted to continue, the bench dismissed the plea, calling it “mischievous”. Next Storylast_img read more

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Boy Scouts of America will change an iconic name as girls enter older youth program

first_imgABC News(IRVING, Texas) — The Boy Scouts of America is changing the name of one of its iconic programs, after 108 years.The historic youth organization announced today that their program for children 11 to 17 years old will be known as “Scouts BSA,” starting in February 2019. Part of the reason for the change is that now girls will be invited to join the older kids’ group — and have the opportunity to advance to the highest rank, Eagle Scout.The parent organization name will remain the Boy Scouts of America and the Cub Scouts program will keep its title, as well.“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible,” Michael Surbaugh, chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement. “That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts.”Also today, the BSA announced the launch of their “Scout Me In” campaign, which features girls, as well as boys, for the first time, enjoying the Cub Scout program together.Last fall, the BSA announced that they’d be welcoming girls into the younger Cub Scouts program, BSA spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in a statement to ABC News.“Our Early Adopter Program, a soft launch allowing girls to participate in Cub Scouts ahead of the 2018-2019 program year, currently has more than 3,000 girls across the U.S. enrolled so far,” Delimarkos said. “Seeing that enthusiasm among early-adopter packs has been high, some early adopter councils are continuing that enthusiasm into spring recruiting, with registration options for girls available to all councils starting June 11, 2018.”In response to BSA’s changes, Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, said that their organization is the “premier leadership development organization for girls.”“We are, and will remain, the first choice for girls and parents who want to provide their girls opportunities to build new skills, explore STEM and the outdoors, participate in community projects, and grow into happy, successful, civically engaged adults,” Acevedo told ABC News in a statement today. “We’re also dedicated to building that critical STEM workforce pipeline that businesses and communities across the country are looking for.”She continued, “Girls are our country’s great untapped resource and are the key to our nation’s competitive advantage in the new digital economy we’re living in. They’ll be the drivers and the designers of our industries of the future, filling and creating jobs that don’t even exist yet. And at Girl Scouts, we’re preparing them for these opportunities.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Personnel Today Awards 2014 winners: HR Professional of the Year goes to Alison Bell

first_img Comments are closed. Alison Bell wins HR Professional of the Year Alison Bell, London Overground Rail Operations, saw off strong competition to take home HR Professional of the Year. We profile the winner of the award, sponsored by Monster, and the others in the shortlist. Previous Article Next Article WINNER: Alison Bell, London Overground Rail Operations (LOLOR)About the organisationLOROL is the train operating company responsible for running the London overground network, under a concession agreement with Transport for London (TfL). Together, their vision is to “develop our railway together, proudly connecting communities around London”.HR Professional of the Year – the judgesAngela O’Connor, CEO, The HR LoungeTanith Dodge, director of HR, Marks & SpencerThe challengeIn 2013, LOROL was awarded a two-year extension of its contract to run London Overground, but this needed to be done through driver-only operation (DOO), meaning a significant restructure across the business was needed.What Alison didProject managed the HR team through the restructure, assisting with redeployment and voluntary redundancy of conductors.Managed sickness absence to ensure employees felt valued and safe, and able to cope with workload.Commissioned and helped to roll out a new employee assistance programme in 2013, as well as organising flu jabs and MOT clinics.Managed introduction of new reward and benefits platform, LOROL Extras, bringing all employee benefits into one place.Had a vital role in managing employee relations issues, including a new improvement project which affected some staff.Coached line managers and helped them to manage performance.Supported the implementation of a new payroll and HR system.Benefits and achievementsSavings of almost £20,000 achieved through new reward portal.Attendance remains above 97%, and voluntary employee turnover is just 2%.LOROL has highest attendance rate of any rail company.Received LOROL’s “Shining Stars” award for best manager.LOROL managing director Peter Austin said: “She is hard-working and diligent and epitomises a can-do approach, which is a core LOROL value.”Judges’ comments“Broad breadth of experience covering all aspects of HR. Strategic thinking and commercially savvy.”RUNNERS-UPBarry Coleman, Virgin MoneyAbout the organisationVirgin Money is a UK-based bank and financial services company founded by Sir Richard Branson in March 1995. At the beginning of 2012, it acquired Northern Rock in a deal worth up to £1 billion. Its ambition is to make “everyone better off” (EBO).The challengeFollowing the acquisition of Northern Rock in 2012, there has been a period of considerable change and integration at Virgin Money. As employee relations manager, Barry helped to drive this change and embed the bank’s EBO values, at the same time as supporting its growth goals.What Barry didStepped up to leadership team when manager went on secondment.Worked closely with HR business partners implementing the change programme, for example by helping to introduce new target operating model.Developed and launched the company’s health and wellbeing strategy.Designed and led Virgin Money’s diversity and inclusion agenda.Ran the “People Risk Board”, which ensures employees work within the bank’s risk agenda and adhere to its value of “Be Safe”.Had a core role in developing partnership with Unite union, and ensuring union relations are positive and constructive.Upskilled HR staff in advice and led team in dealing with problems through the lens of the company’s values.Benefits and achievementsHR team’s work has enabled Virgin Money to complete the integration of Northern Rock and return to profit.Ninety-six percent of colleagues believe they always treat customers fairly, according to its employee engagement survey.Ninety-three percent of staff are proud to work for Virgin Money.Company’s net promoter score has risen from -2 points to +11.Judges’ comments“[He] stepped up into a vacancy, led with upskilling HR. I would have liked to see more in the way of specific results and links to business objectives.”Dave Buglass, Tesco BankAbout the organisationTesco Bank has transformed from a fledgling start-up on a brownfield site in Newcastle to an established bank with more than 7 million customer accounts and 4,500 employees.The challengeWith trust in banking at an all-time low, Tesco Bank wanted to reward its customers for their loyalty. It needed its people to behave differently to keep pace with customers and their expectations. L&D needed to be more strategic, and the culture needed to become more collaborative and commercial.What Dave didCentralised resources and budget to create learning shared service model – including an academy and support for the full employee lifecycle.Rolled out Leaders at Tesco leadership skills programme.Developed an online, personalised learning academy, encouraging staff to learn via the 70:20:10 approach.Helped to deliver a blend of people initiatives, such as targeted recruitment, to ensure launch of Personal Current Accounts was on target.Committed to continuing professional development of his own team, including weekly team update, industry benchmarking and mentoring.Benefits and achievementsNine senior leaders out of 10 now use all five leadership skills more effectively in their work.Has seen more than 4,500 registered users for Academy Online, with 90% repeating their use.Commercial team now achieving £475,000 more with fewer resources, thanks to learning shared services model.More customer accounts than ever, up 7.6% at end of 2013.Decrease in customer complaints – down by 56%Customer net-promoter scores have risen from 41% to 46%.Therese Procter, personnel director, said: “Dave is influential, progressive and emotionally intelligent.Judges’ comments“Very innovative approach to digital with some impressive results.”Jane Linnell, ATS EuromasterAbout the organisationATS Euromaster is a nationwide tyre company with 345 centres across the UK. It operates a specialist fast-fit and tyre service to fleet and retail customers.The challengeFive years ago, ATS Euromaster was charged with reversing a long record of financial instability – at its lowest point the business recorded a loss of £27 million. As group internal communications manager, Jane was tasked with coming up with a communications strategy to help drive a change in the company’s style and culture.What Jane didWith a budget of just £70,000, Jane built powerful alliances with a wide network of people across the business to come up with a plan that would suit each group.Ran a series of local focus groups, attended by almost 200 people.Developed an interactive, cartoon-style road map to explain the turnaround plan.Ensured that each employee received a face-to-face briefing from their line manager.Supported communication by quarterly update DVDs, a new intranet site with interactive feedback section, and a revamped company magazine.Feedback revealed that many staff did not feel valued or appreciated, and trust in senior managers was low. Jane ran focus groups to discuss the results in more detail, and individual departments set up engagement groups.Introduced and implemented new company values, communicating how they would fit into ATS’s ambition to return to profit.Benefits and achievementsCompany engagement score has increased by 7% year on year for the past five years.It will return to profit this year.Trust in senior management has increased 39% over the past two years.Following its success in the UK, Jane was asked to roll out a Europe-wide survey into engagement.Yves Chapot, European managing director, said: “Jane is one of the best HR professionals that we have in Europe.”Judges’ comments“Many in HR would find the challenges daunting, but this was down to earth. Practical ideas backed up with results.”Richard Luckman, Sandwell CouncilAbout the organisationSandwell is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands. It comprises the six towns of Rowley Regis, Oldbury, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich. Sandwell council is a large council with a workforce of more than 11,000.The challengeLike many councils, Sandwell has faced the challenge of improving employee engagement after minimal pay awards and a lack of promotion prospects. Richard has led a number of projects aimed at increasing engagement and productivity, as well as clarifying the council’s culture and values.What Richard didHelped implement a mobile solution for social workers to use in the field and to rationalize office space.Led a team that rationalised the council’s HR policies into six key areas, and communicated this change to managers.Designed, developed and implemented employee discount scheme so staff could make the most of their reward package.Took a leadership role in negotiating with an external HR provider, enabling the smooth transition of 300 staff back into the council.Delivered workforce aspects of a major improvement plan for children’s services department.Benefits and achievementsReduced vacancies in the children’s services department by around 50%, with equivalent reductions in use of agency staff.Positive impact on local economy through employees using discount scheme.Appraisal completion levels have risen from 57% to more than 90% within 18 months.Reduction in sickness absence from 11.37 days per employee to 8.12 (2008-2013).Direct cost saving of more than £1 million from using portable IT solution.Managers report high levels of engagement and understanding of new HR policies.Judges’ comments“Really liked how he developed relations with third party and used an innovative approach with cost solutions. I like how he has translated problems into clear strategy and practical solutions.”Jon West, Jaguar Land RoverAbout the organisationJaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business, built around Land Rover, a leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel drive vehicles and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques. It is owned by Tata Motors Ltd.The challengeOver the past five years, Jaguar Land Rover has experienced huge domestic and international success, but this placed demands on its recruitment and talent functions to attract, identify and select the best people in a competitive sector. Jon has restructured his team to adapt to the changing needs of the business and towards a business partnering model.What Jon didDeveloped innovative and targeted learning programmes to support large-scale recruitment.Supported the development of skills for new model programmes, new plants and continued global expansion.Ensured that smaller businesses in the value chain can support JLR’s increasing growth – including lobbying with skills bodies and informing skills strategy.Supported multiple key global projects, including China expansion.Used a blended approach rather than “one size fits all”, encompassing multiple media platforms and flexible learning opportunities.Engaged Adrian Moorhouse from Lane 4 consultancy as personal coach, helping him to adapt his style and manage needs of multiple stakeholders.Benefits and achievementsMore than 5,500 employees have undertaken the Operator Apprenticeship, and secured government funding to expand suite of programmes.All group leaders have been recruited internally.Estimated 20% reduction in assessor time thanks to review of delivery methods. Cost saving of around £300 per delegate.Total saving across learning and development estimated at around £70,000, based on the 2013/14 delivery plan of around 200 delegates.Bethany Evans, head of learning and development, said: “He has the vision, insight, and drive to motivate others, to innovate creating opportunities for others to retrain or re-skill and embark on careers in our sector.”Judges’ comments“Highly commendable. Great example of supporting multiple key projects.”center_img Personnel Today Awards 2014 winners: HR Professional of the Year goes to Alison BellBy Jo Faragher on 10 Dec 2014 in Career paths, Careers in HR, Personnel Today, PT Awards, The HR profession Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Weber State beats Portland State 95-88 in OT

first_img Tags: Big Sky/Weber State Wildcats Basketball Weber State (10-6, 4-1 Big Sky Conference) scored the last seven points in the extra period, and rebounded from a 90-82 OT loss at home to Southern Utah on Jan. 5 that snapped its four-game win streak. Harding was 7 of 13 from the floor and made all eight of his free throws. Chapman hit three 3-pointers, grabbed 11 rebounds and collected his fourth-straight double-double. Zach Braxton had three dunks to go with 18 points. Cody John chipped in with 17 points. January 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State beats Portland State 95-88 in OT FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jerrick Harding scored 23 points, and Brekkott Chapman had five of his 19 points in overtime as Weber State beat Portland State 95-88 on Saturday night. Weber State missed two shots and had a turnover while Portland State missed its last three buckets to force overtime. Written by Associated Press Sal Nuhu had 20 points to lead Portland State (6-9, 1-3). Robert McCoy added 17 points, and his 3-pointer tied it at 82 with 2:28 remaining in regulation.last_img read more

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