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  • What we’re reading: U.S. declares public health emergency over coronavirus

    first_imgFacebook Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Alexis King is a journalism major with a minor in digital culture/data analytics from Plano, Texas. Alexis hopes to to work in entertainment news after she graduates. Alexis enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends & family. Linkedin Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Linkedin Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printU.S. declares public health emergency over coronavirus, announces temporary travel banThe federal government declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency Friday, according to ABC News. In a briefing at the White House, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar also announced a temporary ban on foreign nationals who have traveled to China in the past two weeks, besides immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.Health officials have now confirmed eight cases of the virus in the U.S., seven in travelers from China and one in a human-to-human transmission between a husband and wife.The CDC ordered a temporary quarantine of all 195 people who have been evacuated from China since the virus began. FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, South Koreans evacuated from Wuhan, China, disembark from a chartered flight at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea. (Kim Kyun-hyun/Newsis via AP)Nearly 12,000 people worldwide have now been sickened by the coronavirus.Black women in Iowa who turned out for Obama may sit out caucusSome black voters who voted for Barack Obama during the Iowa caucus in 2008 say they feel left out of the presidential nominating process, according to NBC News.The voters said the campaigns are focusing more on the state’s rural areas, where there tends to be a very small African American presence. African Americans make up just 4% of Iowa’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but community activists say every vote matters in this year’s crowded field. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a Get Out the Caucus Rally at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“Those are the kind of percentages that get you over the hump when it’s close, and it’s going to be close in a lot of places,” said Izaah Knox, the executive director of the community organization Urban Dreams. London police identify man responsible for ‘terrorist-related’ stabbingsPolice forensic officers work near a car at the scene after a stabbing incident in Streatham London, England, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)London police have identified the man they believe is responsible for stabbing two people in a terrorist-related incident Sunday afternoon, according to CNN.Twenty-year-old Sudesh Amman was shot and killed by surveillance officers shortly after carrying out the attacks. Amman was recently released from prison after serving time for possession and distribution of extremist material. Three victims were taken to the hospital–two from the stabbing and one who was hit with glass during the shooting–all are expected to survive. “Terrorists seek to divide us and to destroy our way of life. Here in London we will never let them succeed,” said Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London. ReddIt TAGSPolitifrogWhat we’re reading TCU News Now 2/24/2021 Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Twittercenter_img What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines TCU News Now 3/24/2021 Minority students talk about election results Previous articleBigger than basketball: TCU impacted by Bryant’s game, approach on lifeNext articleFrogShield app receives some additions Alexis King RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Alexis King Twitter What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit ReddIt + posts FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, South Koreans evacuated from Wuhan, China, disembark from a chartered flight at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea. A scary new virus from China has spread around the world. So has rising anti-Chinese sentiment, calls for a full travel ban on Chinese visitors and indignities for Chinese and other Asians. South Korean websites have been flooded with comments calling on the government to block or expel Chinese and racist remarks about Chinese eating habits and hygiene. (Kim Kyun-hyun/Newsis via AP, File) Mada: How one app is helping you pick what to wearlast_img read more

  • RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia

    first_img News to go further Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation News February 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Ethiopia’s expulsion of Simon Marks, an Addis Ababa-based reporter for the New York Times and Bloomberg News, just weeks after it suspended his accreditation. The Ethiopian authorities must stop constantly intimidating journalists, RSF said. This is the first time in years that Ethiopia has expelled a foreign reporter. Without any prior warning and without any explanation, officials took Marks, an Irish journalist based in Ethiopia for the past two years, to Addis Ababa airport yesterday and put him on a flight out of the country. Despite his requests, he was not allowed to collect his passport or say goodbye to his son.“I’m dreadfully disappointed about the decision the Ethiopian government has made,” Marks told RSF, noting that it came just a month ahead of national elections. “The government promised to create an environment in which a free press can prosper and this incident proves that is under threat.”RSF tried repeatedly to contact the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA), which previously suspended Marks’ accreditation, and other Ethiopian officials to discover the reason for this decision, but without success.“A new milestone has been passed in the harassment of journalists in Ethiopia,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “For the first time since Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in 2018, a foreign correspondent has been expelled because of his reporting. This decision is unfortunately a further example of the return to the past taking place with regard to the freedom to inform. There is no justification for this expulsion, which has the disturbing hallmarks of a warning to all journalists, both foreign and Ethiopian, in a pre-electoral context. We ask the authorities to reverse this decision and to put a stop to the repeated intimidation of media personnel, especially in the Tigray region.”The EBA suspended Marks’ accreditation two months ago for “lacking impartiality” and for disseminating “fake news.” The letter giving the reasons for this decision referred in particular to two articles about the Tigrayan conflict and Ethiopia’s border dispute with Sudan that were published early this year by Bloomberg. On 7 May, he was told he would not be allowed to resume working until October.It is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists to operate and to get access to information in Ethiopia, especially in the northern Tigray region, where the federal government has been fighting a war with the local authorities since November.The deterioration in press freedom is affecting Ethiopian journalists as well as foreign ones. Lucy Kassa, a freelancer who had been covering the war for several international media outlets, was physically attacked in her Addis Ababa home last February by three armed intruders who seemed intent on intimidating her. The EBA’s response to the attack was to say she had no press accreditation.After rising in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index for three years, Ethiopia has fallen two places in the 2021 Index and is now ranked 101st out of 180 countries. December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Ethiopia May 21, 2021 RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopiacenter_img News Reuters cameraman held without charge in Addis Ababa News Receive email alerts EthiopiaAfrica Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsFreedom of expression EthiopiaAfrica Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsFreedom of expression New York Times correspondent in Ethiopia Simon Marks, expelled from the country. RSF_en Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home May 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Two Reuters journalists wounded in Jabalya : Reporters Without Borders calls on the Israeli army to open an inquiry

    first_img Follow the news on Israel IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation March 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Reuters journalists wounded in Jabalya : Reporters Without Borders calls on the Israeli army to open an inquiry News Newscenter_img Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders, RSF) has called on Israeli defence minister, Shaul Mofaz, to open an investigation into the wounding of two Reuters journalists while filming an Israeli incursion on the Gaza Strip on 6 March.Ahmed Jadallah and Shams Odeh, respectively a photographer and a cameraman, were wounded early in the morning at the Jabalya Palestinian refugee camp. Ahmed Jadallah suffered severe shrapnel injuries in both legs. Blood pouring from his wounds, he was dragged from the scene by bystanders and taken to Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza.Reuters said it hoped to get its journalist transferred to an Israeli hospital for further treatment. Shams Odeh was less seriously injured and was taken to the same hospital with a fractured foot.”The Israeli army must conduct a serious and speedy inquiry to shed full light on the circumstances in which two journalists were wounded while covering the news in the occupied territories”, said RSF General Secretary Robert Ménard, urging them to make public the outcome as well as any disciplinary action.Eye-witnesses and Palestinian medical sources said the journalists were injured when a tank shell hit a group of people trying to put out a fire, killing eight. According to an Israeli officer, a bomb first exploded inside a building. A tank then fired a shell against a Palestinian militant armed with a rocket launcher.The Israeli incursion into the Jabalya refugee camp left a total of 11 dead. It came in retaliation for a Palestinian attack the previous day in the city of Haïfa, northern Israël, that killed 15 and injured around 40 others.RSF recalled that during 2002, eight journalists, including two French and one American, suffered bullet wounds while filming in Israeli-occupied Palestinian towns. In most cases these journalists were clearly identifiable and did not constitute any threat to the soldiers. They were injured by warning or intimidatory shots that occasionally led to serious injury. RSF deplores the fact that no disciplinary measures were taken by the Israeli Army against those responsible. Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa to go furtherlast_img read more

  • Solidarity with Catalonia at Limerick commemoration

    first_imgLimerick to mark National Day of Commemoration European funding required to aid Abbeyfeale residents Advertisement “I’d like to take this opportunity, as we stand here to remember this freedom fighter, the many others around the world fighting for their freedom today and in particular the people of Catalonia who have come under the most horrendous state repression for the crime of exercising their democratic rights,” she said.“As an MEP let me declare how disgusted I am that while a member state attacks voters, steals ballot boxes and rounds up political opponents for arrest, the EU has remained silent.“Their silence is shameful. From myself, from the people of Limerick and from the people of Ireland, we send solidarity to Catalonia,” she concluded. The Republican Commemoration at the grave of Liam LynchA message of solidarity was sent to Catalonia from the foot of the Galtee Mountains last Sunday as hundreds of Republicans gathered in Anglesborough for the annual General Liam Lynch commemoration.Munster Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada addressed the crowd and she was joined at the South East Limerick venue by other political representatives such as Senator Paul Gavan, Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan and Mayor of Clonmel, Catherine Carey.Ms Ní Riada said she was taking a moment to send solidarity to those fighting for freedom around the world, in particular those in Catalonia.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Linkedin TAGSCataloniaCatherine CareycommemorationLiadh Ni RiadaLiam LynchlimerickMaurice QuinlivanMEPPaul GavanrepublicanSinn Fein Beyond the neon runes NewsPoliticsSolidarity with Catalonia at Limerick commemorationBy Alan Jacques – November 9, 2017 2786 A ‘hole’ new way of commemorating events Liadh Ni Riada delivering the oration at the grave of Liam Lynch WhatsAppcenter_img Email Print Previous articleFinancial penalties introduced after University of Limerick reviewNext articleJake Carter is havin’ a party Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR West Limerick home must be saved from falling in river Kilmeedy shows what rural Ireland is missing out on The colour party marching to the grave of Liam Lynch Facebook Sinn FŽein politicians and supporters at the Liam Lynch memorial. Twitterlast_img read more

  • ‘Acted Against Interest Of Client; Vulgarized Legal Profession’ : Kerala Bar Council In Show Cause Notice Against Advocate Who Gave Media Interview About Accused

    first_imgNews Updates’Acted Against Interest Of Client; Vulgarized Legal Profession’ : Kerala Bar Council In Show Cause Notice Against Advocate Who Gave Media Interview About Accused Viswajith Anand17 July 2020 7:33 AMShare This – xTaking suo moto note of an interview given by an advocate to a TV channel in violation of attorney-client privilege, the Bar Council of Kerala issued a show-cause notice to an advocate.The notice pertains to the interview given by Thiruvananthapuram based advocate, Kesari Krisnan Nair K, to ‘Asianet News Channel’ on July 16, about his client, who is an accused in the controversial…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?LoginTaking suo moto note of an interview given by an advocate to a TV channel in violation of attorney-client privilege, the Bar Council of Kerala issued a show-cause notice to an advocate.The notice pertains to the interview given by Thiruvananthapuram based advocate,  Kesari Krisnan Nair K, to ‘Asianet News Channel’ on July 16, about his client, who is an accused in the controversial gold smuggling case of Kerala.  Interest of the Client violatedThe notice states that the conduct of the advocate in giving interview had frustrated the interest of his client who trusted him and the same is a violation of Rules of Standards of Professional Conduct and Etiquette under Chapter II, Part VI of the Bar Council of India Rules.”It is learnt from the news item published in the Asianet news on 16-07-2020 you have violated the above rules under Chapter II, Part VI of the Bar Council of India Rules . Thus, you have acted against the interest of the client and also against the legal profession”, as stated in the notice. The notice refers to the Preamble of the Standards of Professional Conduct and Etiquette which says, “an Advocate at all times comport himself in manner befitting his status as an officer of the Court, a privileged member of the community and a gentleman bearing in mind that what may be lawful and moral for a person who is not a member of the Bar, or for a member of the Bar in his non-professional capacity may still be improper for an advocate”Vulgarising the legal professionThe Bar Council of Kerala has stated that, he has vulgarized the legal profession by giving interview to a TV channel and disclosing the interests of the client. The act of the lawyer is an uncompromised violation of the Rule 36 of the Standards of Professional Conduct and Etiquette, asserted by the notice. “Rule 15 says that, it shall be the duty of an advocate fearlessly to uphold the interest of his client by all fair and honourable means without regard to any unpleasant to himself or any other. It is seen that violating the Rules of Professional Conduct and Etiquette, you have given interview on 16-07-2020 disclosing the client’s interest and thereby violated the Rules of standards of Professional Conduct and Etiquette “, observed by the notice.The Bar Council had given two weeks time to the lawyer from the date of receipt of the notice to show cause as to why the disciplinary proceedings should not be taken against him.Next Storylast_img read more

  • O’Domhnaill worried about impact of Letterkenny works on West Donegal traffic

    first_img O’Domhnaill worried about impact of Letterkenny works on West Donegal traffic Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Previous articleDonegal and Tyrone to meet in new Ulster Minor ChampionshipNext articleCosts awarded to defendants after failed Gweebarra prosecutions News Highland Twitter Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Twitter Facebookcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Concerns have been raised over the impact works on the outskirts of Letterkenny will have on West Donegal.Councillor Seamus O’Domhnaill says planned works for the four lane stretch between the Polestar and Dry Arch roundabouts in Letterkenny will impact on traffic from West Donegal, as will work at on the N56 at Bluebanks, between Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan.Cllr O’Domhnaill says the timing of the scheduled works on the four lane stretch should be reassessed……Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/seamusodfull.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – November 14, 2017 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

  • Employees hold key to bridging the gender gap

    first_imgSexual inequality at work is being addressed vialegislation, but the EOC believes it is employers who must force the necessarycultural change Comments are closed. By Julie Mellor, chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission Employees hold key to bridging the gender gapOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Twenty-five years on from the Sex Discrimination Act thereis no doubt we still have a long way to go before we achieve equality for womenand men in the workplace. Although some women have broken through the glassceiling, the vast majority are still in low-status, low-paid jobs. In formal terms, equal opportunities is now firmly we notmade more progress, despite this formal recognition of the need for employersto lead the way in promoting equality? Why hasn’t policy always translated intopractice? We know from the people who come to the Equal OpportunitiesCommission for advice that women still lose their jobs or are denied opportunitiesfor promotion when they become pregnant, that men are refused the option ofworking part-time though their female colleagues are not, that gender can stillinfluence the sorts of jobs that people are considered for. I believe that this is because women have so far beenaccommodated at the fringes of the traditionally male world of work. Althoughthey now make up half the workforce and are expected to fill two-thirds of newjobs in the future, they almost invariably have to adapt to traditional male workingpatterns and attitudes towards work if they want to get on. Having childrenremains a serious barrier to a successful career for many women. What’s more, it is clear these traditional working patternsand attitudes don’t even work for men any more. British fathers work thelongest hours and are the most dissatisfied in Europe. Although many want toplay an active part in bringing up their children, they are often preventedfrom doing so. A radical rethink of the way work is organised is needed toenable all employees to have choices about how they arrange their lives. Thegrowing awareness of the conflicting demands of work and home that many womenand men struggle to balance must be translated into action. The introduction ofparental leave, a right to time off for domestic emergencies and the ongoingGovernment consultation on further parental rights are all signs of thebeginnings of acceptance at the highest level of the need for a dramatic changein our culture. But it is employers who have the real power to realise thatchange of culture. If employers made an undertaking to do all they could toaccommodate their staff’s needs for flexibility; if managers ensured they wererewarding the people who delivered results, not those who worked the longesthours; if all employers committed themselves to entirely transparentrecruitment and promotion procedures and reviewed their pay systems to ensurethey were free of gender bias, I believe we would see the results relativelyquickly.  It is essential that employers lead by example, promoting aculture that enables all individuals to fulfil their potential, and recognisesworkers have a contribution to make outside the workplace. As more and more voices join those calling for a newapproach to working life it will become increasingly difficult for employerswho want to attract and retain the best staff to resist the pace ofchange.  The EOC is committed tocontinuing its work with employers, the Government and unions to help themidentify innovative approaches to tackling the root causes of inequality.  Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

  • Changing the culture

    first_imgChanging the cultureOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article CaraDavani describes the challenges she faces as head of HR for the London Boroughof Tower Hamlets. Roisin Woolnough reportsWhenCara Davani took on the job of head of HR at the London Borough of TowerHamlets earlier this year, people warned her it would be tough. “I had anumber of people say to me that this was the worst HR job at this level,”she says. “It’s an incredibly deprived area, there are 10,000 staff andthere hadn’t been anyone occupying my job in a permanent capacity for two and ahalf years. Although there had been interim consultants doing this role andthere was a basis for an HR strategy, that absence of someone permanent createdreal leadership problems with HR and problems in terms of consistency.”Thefirst thing Davani needed to do was establish where the council was at andwhere it was going. “A key thing I wanted was to have a good understandingof the direction the organisation was going in so that I could then work outhow to shape HR,” says Davani.TowerHamlets council has worked hard to improve its services and image over the pastfew years and Davani says those efforts are paying off. “We have moreregeneration and development in this borough than in the rest of London puttogether.” While Davani is pleased about all the regeneration initiatives,they have also made her job harder because HR needs to provide the frameworkwithin which to achieve the necessary changes. “The council has a greatprogramme for accelerating improvement, but HR is not in that good a positionyet,” explains Davani. “We are trying to support the organisation andtrends of moving upward and at the same time, getting ourselves in HR to anacceptable standard.”Thearea is made up of a very diverse mix of communities – more than 70 per cent ofunder 16s belong to minority ethnic groups and 93 different languages arespoken in the borough. The council recently won a Government award forcommunity cohesion and for improving relations between the differentcommunities. One of two London boroughs to achieve Beacon status, Tower Hamletswas praised for tackling the fragmentation of its various communities and fortransforming its social services – now one of the country’s top 20 improvingservices.Thecouncil also did well in the Government’s new performance league tables forlocal authorities in England as well, achieving the second highest rating(good) and the Audit Commission praised the extent to which the council hasimproved its services. The education services were singled out as being thefastest improving in the country – at three times the national average rate ofimprovement.   HRwas also singled out in the Comprehensive Performance Assessment, but as anarea that needed improvement. “While we as a council came out well interms of service provision, what came out was that one of the weaknesses hasbeen HR,” says Davani. She thinks this assessment process has actuallymade it easier for her to push through reform and explain why change is needed.Toimplement any changes, Davani knew she needed senior management support so sheorganised an away day for 25 of her top managers. She presented what she feltwas the framework for the way to move forward, talking about which structureswere right and which were wrong. “I got huge buy in then,” she says. Davanihas encountered a fair bit of resistance to her change programme, but she saysthat this initial senior level buy-in was crucial to ensuring change couldhappen. “Theclear message I was giving is that we’ve got to change,” she says.”Staying as we were was not an option as we were failing to deliver whatwe needed to deliver.” Had they not changed, Davani thinks the HR service wouldhave been downgraded or outsourced altogether. “The activities of the HRfunction would have shrunk and it would have become a very operational serviceonly.”Fortunately,Davani likes a challenge and has got used to overcoming resistance in previousjobs.”Ina lot of my roles I’ve been involved in reviewing and creating HR units fromscratch or in places where there hasn’t been much respect for them. I enjoythat.”Havingreviewed the provision of services in Tower Hamlets council, Davani then embarkedupon a fundamental restructuring of HR across the organisation. She now has ahead of HR strategy, a head of training and development, a head of payroll andpensions and head of HR operations, all of whom report to her. Whilemost other London boroughs have been busy decentralising their HR activity,Davani has actually centralised part of hers. However, she has left educationand social services decentralised for now because she considers them to beeffectively run units.Theother departments have their own head of HR, but they ultimately report to her.Some departments have been merged, such as payroll and pensions, because ofduplication. “I did it purely because we wantconsistency and to raise standards,” she explains. “I am a strongadvocate of centralising HR activity, enhancing efficiency and making surethere is not duplication of efforts. I would like to demonstrate that we cansuccessfully provide an improved service from the centre.”Inthe past, Davani says there had been a tendency for the different departmentsto act autonomously and while that may have worked on a local level, it alsoimpacted on the organisation as a whole. ProfileraisingDavanithinks the whole process of reviewing the council’s services and establishingthe role HR has to play within that has actually raised the profile of HR.”Organisations need to understand the key contribution that HR can makewithin their organisation, particularly in terms of moving change forward andthe strategic agenda. That had not been fully understood in this organisationbut, positively for me, there is a new chief executive who is incrediblycommitted to HR.”Thereview process highlighted recruitment as a real problem area and one ofDavani’s key aims now is to improve the council’s ability to attract and retainstaff. She has joined forces with other public sector organisations in theborough – the police, Jobcentre plus, NHS, education authority, fire serviceand housing association – to devise strategies to improve recruitment andretention and make the public sector a more popular career option for localpeople. She thinks there is a lot of work to be done overcoming the imageproblem that the public sector suffers right across the UK. These stereotypicalviews are often even more pronounced in deprived areas.  “We are tackling the public perceptionof working in public sector organisations,” she says. “Thetraditional view is of it being a place where people can take it easy, don’thave to work too hard and are there for life. And that it’s bureaucratic andnot a desirable place for an up and coming ambitious young person to work. Thatcouldn’t be further from the truth. In particular, there are some black andethnic minority people who will avoid certain professions, so we are trying toovercome those barriers.”Originally,the various bodies came together for what was supposed to be a one-off seminar,but the initiative proved so successful, that it has become a more long-termpartnership. A series of roadshows are planned from mid-October to the end ofDecember, promoting the public sector as employers, particularly to youngpeople. There will be different events, such as a session in a mosque and aninitiative to attract more disabled people, and the Council has created someglossy brochures, detailing the different careers possible in the publicsector. “We have some case studies to focus on particular careers in thepublic sector,” explains Davani. “Say someone wants to become asocial worker, we can show them a case study. We want to create a differentimage and these will be feel good stories.”Thecouncil has secured around £40,000 in Government funding through aNeighbourhood Renewal Bid to finance the project, although some of that isearmarked for another initiative – developing a joint management and leadershipprogramme with the local primary care trust, specifically aimed at black andethnic minority groups.Housingis another area that needs attention. Davani says they are giving residents thechance to decide who looks after their housing service. “It’s a majorstrategic review of the housing service,” she says. “And it couldhave huge staffing implications for us in terms of TUPE.”GainingcredibilityDavanithinks legislation is one of the big bugbears of HR. “The sheer volume ofit is affecting my job,” she says. She worries about the potential for more employment tribunals, but rightnow, she is feeling pretty pleased with the changes she has made and the effectthey have had. “I have been keen to raise the profile of the HR serviceand it already has more credibility than it did at the beginning of the year.That’s a real personal achievement.”Butthen, Davani says, she is used to having to prove herself and gainingcredibility through her achievements.Havingrecently turned 30, she has twice been recruited by employers sceptical abouther age. “The people wanted to see me and were interested in what I had tosay, but they thought I was too young to do a director’s job,” she says.”Both those people recruited me and I feel very pleased that I’ve managedto gain the credibility I’ve gained in terms of employers I’ve had at the ageI’m at. People think I’m young to be doing this job, but I like a challenge”AlthoughDavani regularly attends board meetings at the council, she is not actually amember of the board. For her next job, she intends to be a boardroom player andnot necessarily in the public sector. “I’m not sure the private sectorwould have me now because I’ve been in the public sector so long, but I reallybelieve in the corporate vision. Primarily though, I want to be on the board ofa large organisation. Or taking it one step further, I would be interested inlooking at more corporate roles, incorporating HR. An assistant chief executive,say.” Fornow though, she is enjoying the experience of working in a London borough andbelieves passionately in the public sector ideals – if only people would stopcomplaining. “We need to lose this culture of people complaining abouttheir organisation,” she says.TowerHamlets Factfile–There are 17 wards in Tower Hamlets–The population is around 185,000 and is predicted to increase to more than203,000 by 2006–Tower Hamlets has the second highest proportion of under-16s in London at justunder 30 per cent. More than 70 per cent of these belong to ethnic minoritygroups–A little over 25 per cent of the Tower Hamlets population is Bangladeshi, onein 12 is black, plus there are sizeable Chinese and Vietnamese communities–Unemployment stands at around 12 per cent, compared to 3.6 per cent for the UKas a whole and 5.6 per cent for LondonTowerHamlets HR’s key roleHRneeds to help the council achieve the following aims:–Build local vision and direction–Enable community involvement–Secure improvements in services and standards–Ensure equality, access and inclusion–Manage conflict and competing demands–Make the best use of resources–Account for performance and service qualityCurriculumVitae Cara Davani2003  London Borough of Tower Hamlets service headof HR2000– 2002  Director of HR, Suffolk College1998-2000  Personnel Manager, Tendring District Council1996-1998  Personnel Officer, Tendring District Council1991-1996  Various personnel officer roles, SuffolkCounty Council social services Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

  • Nearly 15% of Hong Kong homes sold were micro flats

    first_imgMore than one in 10 homes sold in Hong Kong in 2019 was smaller than two parking spaces. (Getty, iStock) Housing has long been at a premium in Hong Kong — both in cost and quantity — but a new report shows just how dire the situation has gotten for residents hoping to own their own unit.Nearly 15 percent of homes sold in the city were smaller than two parking spaces, according to Bloomberg, citing a new report.The findings from Liber Research Community showed that a record 13 percent of units sold in 2019 were less than 260 square feet.Well under 1 percent of units sold in 2010 were that size. The percentage share of sales for so-called nano- or micro-flats has been steadily rising ever since.Hong Kong developers have built more smaller apartments in recent years as the housing market tightened to one of the most expensive and inaccessible in the world. Pricing started to fall in 2018.The pandemic has put downward pressure on Hong Kong’s wider real estate market, but the city remains unaffordable for many. Home prices were down just 1 percent in 2020.Some residents have been forced to live in so-called coffin apartments, which have little room for more than a bed. Others live in illegally subdivided and unsafe buildings.Liber Research found that 85 percent of the 8,550 nano flats sold between 2010 and 2019 did not have a separate bedroom and 70 percent had no window in the bathroom.[Bloomberg] — Dennis Lynch  Share via Shortlink Tagshong konghousing crisiscenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

  • Press release: Local government finance settlement date confirmed in government response to Hudson review

    first_img I thank Andrew Hudson for carrying out this thorough review. We accept his recommendations, and have already taken steps to ensure their implementation. We recognise taking a more planned approach towards the provisional local government finance settlement in future will be fundamental to ensuring local authorities are given more certainty, and the time and space to consider their financial positions for the coming year. With this in mind we will aim to publish the provisional and final settlements on or around the same dates every year from this December. See the full report and letter to Clive Betts MP. Email [email protected] Media enquiries Contact form https://forms.communit… Minister for Local Government Rishi Sunak MP said: 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Office address and general enquiries Local authorities will have more certainty to plan their budgets as government confirms it will aim for set dates each year for the provisional and final local government finance settlements, the Minister for Local Government Rishi Sunak MP confirmed today (24 October 2018).The minister outlined the move in a response to an independent review into the department’s oversight of the business rates system.The review, led by former Director General at HM Treasury Andrew Hudson, found the department has managed the increasing complexity of the business rates and associated systems well, but its processes for managing the local government finance system should be strengthened further. This is in anticipation of future challenges from the forthcoming Fair Funding Review, the 2019 Spending Review and the changes to business rates and their retention by local authorities.The review also found the timetable for announcing both the provisional and final local government settlements has over the past few years moved to later in the year, allowing less time for scrutiny and for local authorities to set their budgets. It recommended that future provisional settlements be on or around the 5 December and the final settlement no later than the 31 January.In a letter to the Chair of the Housing Select Committee, the Minister for Local Government Rishi Sunak MP confirmed the department will accept all of Andrew Hudson’s recommendations and outlined the department is aiming to publish the provisional settlement for 2019 to 2020 on Thursday 6 December 2018. The letter also outlines the need to make sure each year that the settlement timetable aligns with fiscal events and Spending Reviews. If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 As part of the review’s recommendations the department confirmed it is working with local government to design reform to business rates retention to make it simpler and this work will continue to be overseen by the joint MHCLG and Local Government Steering GroupFurther informationAndrew Hudson’s review was commissioned by the department’s former Secretary of State the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP in April 2018 in response to an error which led to an overpayment of £36 million to 27 local authorities and the Greater London Authority.The review was built on the principles set out in the Macpherson review of 2013 of the internal processes and procedures which underpin MHCLG overseeing the business rates system, including policy decision-making and analysis and modelling. Social media – MHCLG Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

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