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Staff lack total confidence in boss’s abilities

first_imgMore than 50 per cent of the UK’s 25.3 million working population believetheir managers are incompetent, new research finds. The survey, by TV recruiter the Job Channel, in conjunction with humancapital experts Profiles of London, also finds that only 27 per cent of thosesurveyed rate their boss as highly competent, with 18.5 per cent claiming theirsuperiors are just average. When analysing the gender divide between male and female bosses, men wererated higher. Of those employees questioned, only 39.5 per cent thought highly of theirfemale bosses, compared to the 48 per cent who rated their male bosses as goodor excellent. The survey also revealed that the majority of office workers believed theirboss was ineffective – 71 per cent questioned said their manager wasincompetent and only 8 per cent thought they were competent. Fred Hudson, human capital expert and CEO of Profiles of London, said:”Just because a manager is rated poorly by their staff, it does notnecessarily indicate they are bad at their job. But a truly good managerrequires excellent skills – ones that go way beyond just performing effectivelyand competently in a job.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Staff lack total confidence in boss’s abilitiesOn 14 Jan 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 12/19

first_img Tags: Crimson Cliffs basketball/Dixie State basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballCoach Walker ClassicST. GEORGE, Utah-Grady Thompson’s 20 points led the way as the Manti Templars overpowered Crimson Cliffs 85-71 Thursday at the Coach Walker Classic at Dixie State University. Trei Rockhill had 16 points for the Mustangs in the loss.Non-RegionRICHFIELD, Utah-Josh Thalman’s 26 points led the Richfield Wildcats as they stymied Canyon View 70-56 in non-region boys basketball action Thursday.FILLMORE, Utah-Brooks Myers and Kael Myers had 14 points apiece as the Millard Eagles smacked Merit 66-44 Thursday in non-region boys basketball action. Daxton Bunker had a game-high 15 points in the loss for the Knights.BEAVER DAM, Ariz.-Kyler Bennett led the way with 14 points and the Panguitch Bobcats crushed the Beaver Dam (Ariz.) Diamondbcks 70-41 in non-region boys basketball action Thursday.Girls BasketballRegion 20BICKNELL, Utah-AnDee VanDyke led the way with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the Wayne Badgers edged Piute 39-36 in Region 20 girls basketball action Thursday. Myndi Morgan had 13 points in the loss for the Thunderbirds.ORDERVILLE, Utah-Oakley Johnson posted 15 points and the Bryce Valley Mustangs downed Valley 41-31 Thursday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Esther Cox’s 15 points led the Buffaloes in defeat.PANGUITCH, Utah-Mataya Barney netted 22 points and Kiesa Miller added 21 more as the Panguitch Bobcats pounded Escalante 62-27 in Region 20 girls basketball action Thursday. Mikki Prows led the Moquis in the loss with 16 points.MILFORD, Utah-Preslee Barnson amassed 23 points and the Milford Tigers routed Water Canyon 57-31 Thursday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Melissa Jessop had 17 points for the Wildcats in the loss.Region 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Megan Edwards led the way with 21 points and the American Leadership Eagles edged North Sanpete 28-26 Thursday in Region 14 girls basketball action. Sarah Oldroyd had 17 points for the Hawks in defeat.LINDON, Utah-Brook Barson netted 14 points and the Manti Templars clobbered Maeser Prep 64-14 in Region 14 girls basketball action Thursday. Emma Nelson’s 6 points led the Lions in the loss.Non-RegionBEAVER, Utah-Avery Brown posted 16 points and 9 rebounds as the Beaver Beavers got past Duchesne 42-37 Thursday in non-region girls basketball action. Kelsey Grant and Taylee Giles had 8 points apiece in defeat for the Eagles.KANAB, Utah-Tylei Jensen’s 19 points led the way and the Snow Canyon Warriors stymied Kanab 57-45 in non-region girls basketball action Thursday. Brinley Cornell had 13 points in the loss for Kanab.WrestlingRegion 14DELTA, Utah-The Delta Rabbits routed North Sanpete 58-16 in a Region 14 wrestling dual Thursday. Delta had eight pins in the win from: Ryder Rogers, Maverick Caldwell, Josh Jackson, Austin Chase, Brandon Dotson, Jake Jackson, Jake Nickle, and Trendon Cropper. North Sanpete earned one pin in the loss from Kasey Curtis.NEPHI, Utah-The Juab Wasps earned 10 pins as they dominated American Leadership Academy 66-13 in a Region 14 dual Thursday. Earning pins for the Wasps were: Breyer Wright, Conner Ingram, Channing Warner, Chase Ingram, Cade Bowring, Will Harmon, Rylan Watts, Shan Jackson, and Kaden Ercanbrack.Non-RegionST. GEORGE, Utah-The Millard Eagles won a tough dual over Desert Hills 42-26. The Eagles had five pins in the win from: Hector Martinez, Conner Hem, KC Whitaker, John Whitaker, and Danny Garcia.ST. GEORGE, Utah-In the second dual of the day for the Millard Eagles they lost to Hurricane 40-33. Millard had four pins in the loss from: Mark Roman, Josh Whitaker, John Whitaker, and Wyatt Alcala. December 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 12/19 Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

News story: 100 troops and Chinook helicopter deployed to Saddleworth Moor

first_imgThe troops will deploy overnight from their barracks in Catterick. Operating out of a nearby Army Training Centre, they will assist the effort to control and reduce the fire, undertaking tasks such as the management of water lines, fire beating and providing general support where required.The RAF Chinook, flying out of RAF Odiham, will arrive tomorrow (28th June) morning. It will airlift heavy equipment such as High Volume Pump Units to areas that are difficult to access due to the terrain. I pay tribute to our Armed Forces’ professionalism, dedication and sense of duty. They are proving once again that Britain can always depend on our troops to protect us no matter the time, no matter the place, and no matter the problem. Approximately 100 soldiers from 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, and an RAF Chinook helicopter have been deployed to support the Great Manchester Fire & Rescue Service operation responding to the Saddleworth Moor firesDefence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:center_img UPDATE (08:45 28/06): The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have notified the MOD that the RAF Chinook is no longer required. There are currently 100 soldiers from 4 SCOTS deployed alongside the fire service at Saddleworth Moor, and the MOD remains ready and able to support where needed.last_img read more

Press release: PM call with PM Sanchez: 21 November 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said: The Prime Minister reiterated her commitment to agreeing a deal that works for the whole UK family including Gibraltar, the other UK Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies. The Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain this evening.center_img She said there had been good engagement between the UK, the Government of Spain and the Government of Gibraltar in order to come to an agreement in the Withdrawal Agreement and associated package of Memoranda of Understanding relating to Gibraltar. She said that the UK and Government of Gibraltar looked forward to these discussions continuing as we discuss the future relationship.last_img read more

Murrays of Perth to reopen for business this week

first_imgLinda Hill, incoming Scottish Bakers president and owner of family firm Murrays of Perth, on the steps she is taking to reopen the business.“As it became obvious we were going to go into lockdown, I knew I was going to have to act fast.I had two staff go off, as they were worried they had symptoms so they self-isolated, and I had another two shielding with health conditions, so we didn’t get off to a great start.I was worried for my staff and my own family, so I was already thinking about whether I could stay open. I had talked to the staff as I knew that if a full lockdown went into place, we might have to close to keep staff and customers safe, but luckily, I was able to hold out until the furlough scheme was announced. My staff were supportive and were prepared to work through, but when I talked to them about closing, I think they were relieved as well. Our last Tuesday of trading brought us a busy day up until mid-afternoon when it became obvious the streets were deserted. I would never have thought, at that point, I would still be closed 10 weeks later.The first few weeks we were closed were hard, with money worries at the forefront. While our Small Business Grant money was paid quickly, the furlough payments from the government didn’t come through for another eight weeks. My staff are paid weekly, so at this point there was plenty of money going out with nothing coming in, which led to some seriously stressful moments.We have a Murrays staff What’s App group to keep in touch and to keep staff abreast of the situation.All this while we have been sourcing suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), such as visors and masks, as well as signage and stickers for the floor. We’ve really appreciated regular updates throughout this from Scottish Bakers, with all the relevant information on reopening and on our responsibilities. Its latest guide for safe operations is a really essential resource. We have been using our time to do some basic maintenance in the bakery and at the shop and to invest in some new equipment.We have decided to reopen the week of 15 June.On the Monday and Tuesday, there will be a deep clean of the bakery and shop, as well as staff training at intervals to ensure they all know their responsibilities and how things are going to have to work moving forward.We will only be bringing back a third of our staff to start with, as we can only have two serving at any one time due to the two-metre rule, so we will have to take each day as it comes and build up from that. Although, judging by the number of messages I have had asking when we will open, I am hoping the queue will be down the street, two-metres apart of course!Hand sanitiser was put in place at the entrance to the shop before we closed, the door will be kept open, with only two customers allowed in at a time, our open chiller will be stocked with drinks, but our filled rolls will be kept behind the counter in another fridge facing away from the customers so only staff can access it.Staff starts will be staggered, so staff rooms will not be crowded, and so will their breaks. We will encourage phone orders for click-and-collect and use a separate door for collection.My emotions have been all over the place throughout this and there have been many tears. It’s certainly been the hardest thing we, as a business, have ever faced and I am doing everything possible to keep staff in employment, but we can’t predict what is going to happen over the course of the next six months, especially if I can only have two staff serving where, on a Friday and Saturday, we would normally have six.I am worried about reopening and how it will be, but we are doing everything possible to keep our staff and customers safe when we do. Risk assessments have been carried out and will continue once we get going.I have never been so glad at the thought of getting back to work though and back to a routine.”last_img read more

Chemical controls

first_imgFall is the perfect time to rid your lawn of fire ants, but the kind of pesticide you chose will determine how quickly and how long you’ll keep the biting pests at bay, says a University of Georgia expert.Baits hit mounds“Fire ant baits are designed to rid your lawn of mounds but not necessarily kill all the fire ants,” said Will Hudson, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Other products eliminate all the ants.”The newest lines of fire ant baits contain indoxacarb as their main chemical ingredient. It’s sold under the brand name Advion, Hudson said. The same active ingredient is available in homeowner products including Once ‘n’ Done. Baits are applied at a lower rate, “about a pound and a half per acre,” he said. Fire ant mounds typically disappear in five to 10 days after indoxacarb is applied compared to three to eight weeks for older baits.Once isn’t always enoughFire ant baits provide quick and noticeable results, but Hudson warns that one treatment sometimes isn’t enough. “A second treatment in a month or two may be necessary for complete control,” he said. “These new baits are attractive to homeowners because they are quick, but they’re also more expensive.”The chemical fipronil, sold under the trade name Top Choice and homeowner products like Over ‘n’ Out, will control fire ants for up to a year, Hudson said. “This product is expensive, and homeowners often try to stretch their dollar by not applying the proper amount,” he said. “Doing this is not only ineffective; it’s more costly in the end.”Hudson warns homeowners to be leery of pesticide product claims that sound too good to be true. “Some products containing peremthrin promise a year of control,” he said. “That just isn’t going to happen.”Individual choiceHe recommends homeowners select the control method that best suits their individual needs. “If you want to make sure there are no fire ants around your kids’ playground and your family can picnic on the lawn, you need to use a fipronil- or pyrethroid-based product,” Hudson said. “If ‘no mounds’ is good enough, then the baits applied twice a year will do the job at a lower cost.”For advice on the best control method for your situation, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Safer food

first_imgWhile the California dairy cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, made national headlines this week, University of Georgia livestock and food safety experts say the real story is how well the nation’s food safety system worked. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, “was identified in a dairy cow, and the cow never entered the food supply,” said Judy Harrison, a professor and UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “It is not passed through milk, and we have many tests in place in this country to make sure problems like this are not a threat to the food supply. … This case is a good example to consumers of how the system works to keep their food safe.” BSE first made headlines in the late 1980s with a mass outbreak in Great Britain. It’s a degenerative disease caused by small proteins called prions that attack the cow’s central nervous system. Prions are less complex than viruses but are still able to reproduce their genetic material and damage cells. The disease caused herds of cows in Britain to act erratically and then gradually lose most of their motor function, leading to the lay term “mad cow disease.” After eating beef that was tainted with these prions, some humans also contracted the human form of the disease. Since the late 1980s, the USDA, the FDA and the beef industry have completely changed their practices regarding the handling of cattle and beef bound for human consumption, said Ronnie Silcox, an associate professor of animal science in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. These changes have made it nearly impossible for a tainted cow to make it to a processing facility — much less make it onto a family’s dinner table. The disease spread through Great Britain’s cattle supply so quickly because of the use of animal feed made from beef byproducts. The practice of feeding mammalian byproducts to cattle has since been banned, and beef processors now remove the spine and brain from beef carcasses before they are processed. Any cow that cannot walk into a processing facility is suspected of having BSE, excluded from the food supply and tested. Farmers and stockyards now routinely test older and sick cows for BSE, Silcox said. Although millions of older and sick cows have been tested since these safety practices have been put in place, only four U.S. cows have tested positive for the disease—one cow imported from Canada to Washington state, one in Texas, one in Alabama and the recent dairy cow in California, Silcox said. No cow under 30 months of age has ever been found to be carrying the disease, he said. “When you go into the grocery store, all the steak and roasts there come from relatively young cow,” he said. “We have never seen a cow test positive for BSE who was less than 30 months old.” The precautions taken by the USDA, FDA and the international food safety and agriculture communities have nearly eradicated BSE from cattle populations over the last 20 years, Silcox said. With only 29 cases of BSE reported worldwide in 2011, the specter of the disease is now one of its greatest impacts. This week’s announcement disrupted the cattle futures market, but it later rebounded. “This one wasn’t even going to end up in the food supply, and the beef futures market still dropped, but of course any news about beef can disrupt the futures market,” Silcox said. The case will not affect beef exports to trade partners like Mexico or Japan that already require imported beef to be harvested before the cows reach 30 or 20 months of age, Silcox said. What you should know about BSE:– The USDA announced a positive test result for BSE in a central California dairy cow on April 24 as part of its targeted surveillance program to test cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. — According to the USDA, the carcass of the animal is being held under State authority at a rendering facility in California and will be destroyed. It was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. — The bottom line for consumers remains the same: U.S. beef is safe because of multiple, interlocking safeguards instituted over the past two decades. The BSE agent is not found in meat like steaks and roasts. It is only found in central nervous system tissue such as the brain and spinal cord, which are not allowed for use in food products. — BSE is fast approaching eradication worldwide. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) there were only 29 cases of BSE worldwide in 2011, which is a 99 percent reduction since the peak in 1992 of more than 37,300 cases. This is only the fourth case of BSE in the U.S., compared to more than 37,000 cases in the United Kingdom alone during peak occurrence in 1992. — USDA’s ongoing BSE surveillance program tests approximately 40,000 high-risk cattle annually, bringing the total of tested animals to more than 1 million since the program began. A scientific analysis of seven years of surveillance data found the estimated prevalence of BSE in the U.S. to be less than one infected animal per 1 million adult cattle.– USDA Public Health Veterinarians examine every single animal before processing and condemn those with any signs of illness. Animals most likely to have BSE are older animals either unable to walk or showing signs of neurological disease. Such animals are banned from the human food supply.last_img read more

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HHS official reports on Southeast Asia issues

first_imgApr 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official today shared wrap-up perspectives on HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt’s recent trip to Southeast Asia, which included discussions on virus-sharing and restrictions on the US Navy laboratory in Indonesia, updates on avian influenza collaborations, and talks on import safety.The tour included stops in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore. In Indonesia, Leavitt met with government officials to address virus-sharing issues and Indonesia’s recent move to restrict the work of US Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2) in Jakarta.Bill Steiger, special assistant for international affairs at HHS, told CIDRAP News that highlights of the trip also included an update on the United States’ joint venture with a regional emerging-disease center in Singapore and meetings in Vietnam to gauge how US support is assisting the country’s progress on its own human H5N1 influenza vaccine.Lab ‘severely’ affectedSteiger, who accompanied Leavitt on the tour, said the NAMRU-2 lab has functioned in Indonesia for several years. Like other Department of Defense labs in foreign nations, NAMRU-2 originally focused on investigating diseases affecting US troops stationed abroad but has grown into a larger mission, he said.”Over time, the labs have evolved into collaborative public health assets, often in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and host governments,” he said.The NAMRU-2 lab is situated near other government buildings in Jakarta and has been integrated into the country’s health system, Steiger added. The lab has connections to several private and public hospitals in Indonesia and has played a key role in tracking pathogens in the country.However, Indonesia’s health minister recently prohibited all tissue samples—not just those containing H5N1 influenza viruses—from being sent to NAMRU-2, he said.”This latest directive quite severely affects the lab’s work,” Steiger said. HHS officials hoped that the order was not linked to the international virus-sharing impasse, but he said Indonesia’s government appears to be connecting the two issues. Some of the research at the lab, which employs both US military personnel and Indonesian citizens, is continuing, he said.Leavitt has asked Steiger and Ambassador John Lange, the State Department’s special representative for avian and pandemic influenza, to spend the next 2 months working on a solution to the virus-sharing issue. Since early 2007, Indonesia has shared very few H5N1 virus samples with the WHO, asserting that the samples are used by drug companies to make vaccines that developing countries can’t afford.Steiger said negotiations will probably resume electronically at first, and then move toward person-to-person talks in advance of the WHO’s World Health Assembly in May. He said a small contingent of the WHO’s virus-sharing working group met in early April and that the larger group’s next formal meeting is in November.”Hopefully, we can wrap up our understanding with Indonesia before that,” Steiger said.Stops in Singapore and VietnamIn Singapore, Leavitt visited the health ministry and spent time at the Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention (REDI) Center, a joint venture of the United States and Singapore that opened in 2004 to serve as an early-warning and research center for infectious diseases in Asia.Steiger said the REDI Center shares a building with other research institutes, which fosters collaboration. For example, he said a trilateral project between Singapore, Indonesia, and the United States is focusing on the H5N1 outbreaks in Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta that has been a hot spot for human cases.”This is very much a regional effort that leverages Singapore’s technical expertise with avian influenza,” he said.In Vietnam, Leavitt had similar talks with health and agriculture officials, Steiger said. One of the topics was US support of Vietnam’s human H5N1 vaccine programs. These include a project at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi that is currently in phase 1 clinical trials and a smaller vaccine research project based in Nha Trang in southern Vietnam.Leavitt also traveled to chicken farms in Ben Tre province, where he met with villagers, farmers, and veterinary officials, Steiger said. HHS officials learned how the local officials plan on handling human cases and how they have contained poultry outbreaks, he said.In other activity, Leavitt and his staff discussed food-related topics during import safety talks with officials in Singapore and Vietnam, Steiger said. While in Vietnam, Leavitt negotiated an agreement whereby Vietnam will work on the safety of exports to the United States. Steiger said that though the agreement isn’t as aggressive as a recent memorandum of understanding with China, it is intended to address concerns about seafood contamination.See also: Apr 17 CIDRAP News story “HHS secretary blogs on impasse with Indonesia”Apr 14 HHS press releaseNov 26, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Virus-sharing pact eludes WHO group, but work will continue”Nov 30, 2005 US State Department press release on renewed support for REDI Centerlast_img read more

Preston Lancashire hot spot

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