Left groups commemorate Bolshevik Revolution

first_imgLarry HolmesAbout 250 people gathered in Manhattan on Nov. 7 to celebrate, commemorate and analyze the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.  The meeting was held at the Center for Workers Education in Manhattan’s financial district, steps away from where the bronze Wall Street bull proclaims the power of finance capital.Speakers from a large number of left groups helped organize the event.  There were written greetings from 14 nationalities and Skype messages from Russia, India and Ukraine. The event was live-streamed through Facebook.While the speakers had their own views, common themes ran through the salutes to the Russian Revolution, including the need to struggle for unity and to respond to the national oppression of Black and Brown people.A partial list of the organizations involved in the meeting included BAYAN, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Workers World Party, Marxism Leninism Today, Harlem Coalition Against War, Party of Communists USA, Party for Socialism and Liberation, United National Antiwar Coalition, International Action Center, U.S. Friends of Soviet Peoples and the International League of Peoples Struggles.Several nonaffiliated Marxist academics spoke and chaired, including Anthony Gronowicz and Manny Ness. Dr. Anthony Monteiro stressed the revolution’s impact on the colonized world.The meeting was opened by Kirbie Joseph, an organizer of the Justice for Akai Gurley campaign and struggles against police brutality.Michela Martinazzi of Freedom Road Socialist Organization raised Lenin’s contribution on national oppression and building a party.Ray Laforest of the Haiti Solidarity Network connected events to the impact of the Haitian Revolution.Brian Becker of Party for Socialism and Liberation described the impact of the loss of the USSR and the contradictions and limitations of imperialism.Angelo D’Angelo of U.S. Friends of Soviet Peoples explained how as a teenager seeing a society without bosses, the Soviet Union affected his whole life.Larry Holmes, first secretary of Workers World Party, described how the Russian Revolution lifted consciousness of the oppressed globally. He raised defending the most oppressed workers — precarious workers, prisoners, LGBTQ people — as part of the struggle for a higher level of unity, while keeping focused on socialist revolution as “our endgame.”Vijou Bryant provided a rousing revolutionary ending. The evening concluded with signing of “The International.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Music group builds foundation, friendship for 2 TCU students

first_imgWelcome TCU Class of 2025 Counseling and mental health center implement changes to better assist students Linkedin Ariana Williamshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ariana-williams/ 8 Way hopes to release an album in 2020. Photo courtesy of Evan Wilkins. Facebook Ariana Williams What we’re reading: Arrest warrant issued for former Fort Worth police officer TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleFraternity looks to highlight minority women through pageantNext articleBlanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 104 (CFP Predictions, Titan Madness, Frogs 2-0, HARDEN) Ariana Williams RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Fraternity looks to highlight minority women through pageant ReddItcenter_img World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution 25 years of legacy: Women and gender studies at TCU + posts ReddIt Ariana Williamshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ariana-williams/ Ariana Williamshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ariana-williams/ Ariana Williamshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ariana-williams/ printWith its flashy cars and scantily clad women, the music video for “M.I.A” offers eye-catching content for R&B listeners, and some students may recognize two familiar faces. Music video for song “M.I.A” still imagePhoto courtesy of Evan WilkinsTwo Horned Frogs are among the four-member, Atlanta-based group called 8 Way. The group was started by sophomore film, television and digital media major Evan Wilkins and his cousin, Tyler Hinton. Soon after, their group expanded to include a friend from another university, and later Ezra Flores, Wilkins’ roommate at TCU.  “I feel like being a part of 8 Way grounded me at TCU – this group was something I knew I wanted to be a part of when it was introduced to me,” said Flores, a sophomore graphic design major. “I’ve always surrounded myself with original and creative individuals who aren’t afraid to chase their dreams, so it was only natural.”The group came to the name 8 Way after Wilkins and Hinton created a few songs together; Hilton goes by the name 8 Ban$ and Wilkins’ stage name is Young.Wilkins’ love for music began when he started creating covers using an app on his computer. “I wondered what I would sound like if I were to create a cover, so I downloaded an app and started creating music in my closet,” Wilkins said. “I had no microphone, and I would just sit there singing into the computer, but then I began to like how I sounded.”Cover art for the single “M.I.A”Photo Courtesy of Evan WilkinsNow, 8 Way has moved from creating music in closets to releasing their own tunes for the public. Sophomore psychology and criminal justice student Kayla Pfisterer was one student who enjoyed the single, as well as Young as an artist.“I love his music, and ‘M.I.A.’ was so catchy,” Pfisterer said. “I enjoyed the lyrics and concept of the song. Not only is Ev’s music great, but his passion and the effort he puts into the music makes me want to continue to listen.”When Wilkins decided to make music, he wanted it to be original and have a unique sound.“I want to be myself in my music,” he said. “I want to have a core group of people around me who I knew wanted to make creative, original content.” Being a graphic design major, Flores creates album cover art for the group. He believes being a part of this group helps develop himself as a visual artist.“Being a part of 8 Way has allowed me to express myself creatively and further develop skills that I believe will help me professionally and skills I don’t get from the classroom,” Flores said. “I hope to network, learn and push my creative work through 8 Way.”Wilkins said the bond between him and Flores continues to grow as they work on ways to better themselves and improve their skills.Cover art for the single “Misfits”Photo Courtesy of Evan Wilkins“We are like family,” Wilkins said. “We look out for each other, and we have created our own support system that allows us to strive to get better.”8 Way is open to adding more members to the group. Young hopes to release an EP at the start of 2020, and he has a single that is set to be released this November titled, “Misfits,” for which Flores created the cover art. Twitter Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

#BREAKING Limerick city has a new lotto millionaire

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleWhat are Limerick’s favourite Disco Floorfillers Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsBreaking news#BREAKING Limerick city has a new lotto millionaireBy Staff Reporter – September 7, 2017 1220 Email Linkedin Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LIMERICK city lotto players are being advised to check their tickets after the winning ticket was sold at a city centre shop.Sean Coughlan’s Gala Store on Quinlan Street, next to South’s bar, sold the ticket after it was confirmed by Lotto HQ last night.The prize fund of €2,951,364 will now wing its way to the owner or owners of the ticket.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speculation is now rife as to who might be in possession of the winning ticket as the shop is located near a number of office and business premises where syndicates often play.1, 4, 5, 6, 18 and 47 were the winning numbers with 35 as the bonus number.Players are now being advised to check their tickets and numbers and to contact Lotto Prize Claims Team on 07 836 4444.See more Limerick news here RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSfeaturedlimerickLottoQuinlan Street WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

No Default Bail Claiming Benefit Of SC Order Extending Limitation : Single Bench Of Madras HC Differs From Earlier Judgment [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesNo Default Bail Claiming Benefit Of SC Order Extending Limitation : Single Bench Of Madras HC Differs From Earlier Judgment [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 May 2020 9:42 PMShare This – xThe bench of Justice G Jayachandran held the contrary judgement of Justice G R Swaminathan to be “non-est” and having “no binding force”.Taking a contrary view from a judgment delivered last week, a single bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday held that accused cannot claim ‘default’ bail taking advantage of the suo moto order passed by the Supreme Court to extend limitation period taking note of the COVID-19 lockdown.The Supreme Court’s extension of limitation, as ordered on March 23, is applicable for the period…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 a contrary view from a judgment delivered last week, a single bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday held that accused cannot claim ‘default’ bail taking advantage of the suo moto order passed by the Supreme Court to extend limitation period taking note of the COVID-19 lockdown.The Supreme Court’s extension of limitation, as ordered on March 23, is applicable for the period of investigation specified under Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, held a bench of Justice G Jayachandran of Madurai Bench of Madras High Court held in an order pronounced on Tuesday.The order stated that accused cannot take undue advantage of the situation where there are “fetters on the investigating agency upon their right of movement”.”Order passed by the Supreme Court invoking Article 142 of the constitution is an equitable order. After putting fetters on the investigating agency upon their right of movement causing delay in completing investigation, the person accused of the offence cannot take undue advantage of the situation and seek default bail. The liberty enshrined under Article 21 is subject to restrictions. The order of the Apex Court is Law binding on all courts. The petitioner’s life and liberty is restricted only by due process of law and procedure established under law”.The Court added that the SC order will “eclipse” the time for investigation prescribed under Section 167(2) :”Neither Section 167(2) nor Article 21 give unfettered right to the person accused of an offence. In an extraordinary situation, the Apex Court has passed the order invoking its extraordinary power under Article 142 extending the period of limitation prescribed in the general law of limitation and other special laws. The Supreme Court order eclipses all provisions prescribing period of limitation until further orders. Undoubtedly, it eclipses the time prescribed under Section 167(2) of the code of Criminal Procedure also.” Justice Jayachandran observed that to hold that the SC order is not applicable to the time period for filing final report amounts to mocking the Apex Court.”Inspite of the Apex Court order extending the period of limitation in all proceedings where litigants face difficulties to be present physically, if one say it is not applicable to filing of final report on completion of investigation, he just mock the Apex Court order and nothing less”Contrary view expressed by Justice G R SwaminathanIn an order pronounced on May 8, Justice G R Swaminathan had interpreted the SC’s suo moto order passed on March 23 as applicable only to limitation period for filing cases under the Limitation Act, 1963. Justice G R Swaminathan also held that Section 167(2) cannot be held to be putting a limitation period on submitting final report, as the only consequence of failure to submit final report within the prescribed period is the accrual of right to the accused to seek default bail. The investigating agency can still submit final report even after the period prescribed under Section 167(2), the judge had noted in that case, “Settu vs The State” Differing from this view, Justice Jayachandran held that Section 167 of the Code of Criminal Procedure mandates the investigating agency to complete the investigation within the time prescribed. In the light of this understanding, it was held that the SC order will apply to investigation as well.”The spirit behind the order of the Apex Court is to do complete justice. Conscious to the fact that there are several legislations prescribing limitation, the Honourable Supreme Court has generally stated the period of limitation prescribed under general law of limitation or under special laws shall be extended until further order. Therefore it is needless to mention that the limitation under Section 167 for investigation also get extended”.Justice Jayachandran observed that Justice Swaminathan “has mis-interpreted the Apex Court Order dated 23/03/2020” and declared it to be “non-est” for being contrary to the apex court direction.”The learned judge has mis-interpreted the Apex Court Order dated 23/03/2020. The clarification order dated 06/05/2020 no way dilute or restrict the scope and extend of the earlier order. Since the order relied by the learned counsel for the petitioner is contrary to the spirit of the Honourable Supreme Court order issued in exercise to the power of Article 142 it is non-est and has no binding force”.Justice Jayachandran added that the “myopic” reading of the SC order in the backdrop of the lockdown “will amount to judicial indiscipline”.”The lockdown announced by the Government is akin to proclamation of emergency. Under Article 352 of the Constitution, in case of external aggression National Emergency can be proclaimed by the President. Presently we face aggression not by human agencies, but by micro-organs. Like wise when the nation face threat to the credit or financial stability under Article 360 Financial emergency can be declared. If emergency is declared, under Article 358 the rights under Article 19 gets suspended. The right to live guaranteed under Article 21 is subject restriction. Presently, though the state is not passing through emergency duly proclaimed, whole nation has accepted the restrictions for well being of mankind. At this juncture, myopic reading of Section 167 of Cr.P.C conveniently ignoring the spirit behind the order by the Apex Court invoking its power under Article 142 of the constitution will amount to judicial indiscipline”. “Violators of law cannot take undue advantage of the extra ordinary situation and enjoy the liberty while the entire nation is under lock down and crippled from carrying on their normal activities”, said the Court while dismissing the plea for default bailIn a related development, the Uttarakhand High Court held on Tuesday that the SC order extending limitation will not affect the right to default bail. Justice Alok Kumar Verma of Uttarkhand HC expressed similar views as those of Justice G R Swaminathan.Case DetailsTitle : S Kasi v The StateCase No : Crl OP(MD) No. 5296/2020Coram   : Justice G JayachandranAppearances : Advocate S Mahendrapathy for accused; S Chandrasekar, Additional Public ProsecutorClick here to download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Are You Using Data Of Individuals Collected Through Aarogya Setu Application? Karnataka HC Asks Central Govt

first_imgNews UpdatesAre You Using Data Of Individuals Collected Through Aarogya Setu Application? Karnataka HC Asks Central Govt Mustafa Plumber22 Sep 2020 6:17 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the Central Government to make a statement before the court clarifying whether it is using the data of individuals who have voluntarily downloaded the Aarogya Setu Application. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi said “Since it is an app developed by Government Of India, the first question is whether…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 Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the Central Government to make a statement before the court clarifying whether it is using the data of individuals who have voluntarily downloaded the Aarogya Setu Application. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi said “Since it is an app developed by Government Of India, the first question is whether data collected is used by the state. If the answer to this question is YES, then under what authority of law and for what purpose is this data being used. This is a very simple thing which we will have to decide while considering interim relief.” The clarification is sought while hearing a petition filed by Anivar A Aravind who has challenged the mandatory use of Aarogya Setu application for accessing public services.   Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner, apprised the court about the interim relief sought in the petition. He said “I am pressing for interim reliefs 2 and 3.” The reliefs sought are, not to deny any service to citizens for not installing the Aarogya Setu application. Secondly, an order restraining the respondents during the pendency of this petition from proceeding with the Aarogya Setu App and with the data collected, in any manner, whether the collection of data from members of the public is stated to be voluntary or involuntary. During the hearing, the court asked the petitioners to explain what it meant by seeking to restrain the respondents from proceeding with the app. Gonsalves replied by saying “That is to say the respondents do not process data, transfer data in any manner whether collection of data from the public is either voluntary or involuntary.” He added that “Even if the collection of data is said to be voluntary, but in India it is not really voluntary, the use of that data will not be valid in the absence of a law, to process the data.” Central Government Counsel M N Kumar sought two weeks’ time to file the statement of objections. He submitted that “We (Central Government) have not filed a reply to the entire petition as there were two to three amendments carried out during the course of hearing. We will address all issues raised. According to me, on taking instruction from the departments what I have learnt that prayers are misconceived and do not survive for consideration.” He also submitted that in the counter reply which will be filed by the Central Government all the issues raised by the court will be clearly addressed. The bench observed “As far as prayer 2 is concerned nobody should have any objection. The reason is there is no law which states that use of application is mandatory.” Kumar agreed to it and said a statement has been made to that effect, earlier. The bench allowed the request made by the Central government and directed it to file the statement of objections by October 3 and posted the matter for further hearing on October 5 for considering interim relief. The petition states that the National Directives for COVID Management which mandate the use of the app as mandatory for all employees both public and private violate fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constiution. The Chairperson of the Empowered Group on Technology and data management has issued an order dated May 11, notifying the Aarogya Setu data access and knowledge sharing protocol. According to the petitioner, this is not in the nature of a law and this protocol cannot be an excuse to mandate the use of Aarogya setu app without any enabling law. The app has been collecting excessive data and this goes against the principles of data minimisation and purpose limitation as enshrined in ‘Puttaswamy Judgement’. It is also argued that the Aarogya setu app that was promoted by the government as voluntary has become de-facto mandatory.On June 12, the Centre had told the Court that the use of the app was not mandatory.  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Why Not Invoke Goonda Act Against Food Adulterers?: Madras High Court Orders Interim Ban On Sale Of Edible Oil As Loose Oil

first_imgNews UpdatesWhy Not Invoke Goonda Act Against Food Adulterers?: Madras High Court Orders Interim Ban On Sale Of Edible Oil As Loose Oil Sparsh Upadhyay19 Dec 2020 6:46 AMShare This – xWhile observing that the edible oils (sold in loose packets) are mostly adulterated and that it would have “serious consequences on the health of the consumers”, the Madras High Court on Friday (18th December) passed an interim order banning the sale of edible oil as loose oil.The Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi was hearing a PIL filed by a practising…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?LoginWhile observing that the edible oils (sold in loose packets) are mostly adulterated and that it would have “serious consequences on the health of the consumers”, the Madras High Court on Friday (18th December) passed an interim order banning the sale of edible oil as loose oil.The Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi was hearing a PIL filed by a practising Advocate seeking direction for the respondents to ensure that the edible oils sold in the market are in accordance with FSSAI standards and norms and for appropriate action as against the adulterators. The matter before the Court The Counsel representing the petitioner submitted that the edible oils available in the market are mostly adulterated and he also demonstrated as to how the adulterations are made. He told the Court that by mixing a portion of Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) in Palmolein, the Palmolein could be made equivalent to Gingelly Oil and the colour and odor will also match the same He also informed the court that consuming CNSL (Cashew Nut Shell Liquid) would affect the nerve system and concentration ability, ie., would affect the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) causing adverse effects, including, Blurring of vision, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness, Headache, Bradycardia (Decrease in Heart Rate) and Hypotension (Fall in Blood Pressure). Importantly, it was informed to the Court that the re-use of Tin & Plastic containers for edible oils & fats is not allowed as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 prohibit However, it was submitted, the proviso to rule 2.3.15 allows the State to exempt any oil from the application of this rule, by way of a gazette notification. To this, the Bench observed that the food adulterers took advantage of this proviso as the State has permitted the sale of edible oil in loose packets without assigning reasons for it. Court’s Observations The Court, in its order, said, “The data placed before us is shocking that if an essential commodity like edible oil can be adulterated to this extent, we are afraid of the consequences on the health conditions of a common citizen.” The Court also remarked that Right to life is a fundamental right, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India and right to have a healthy food is also one of the fundamental rights. The Court further said, “It is the duty of the Government to ensure that the people are getting healthy food without any adulteration. The very object behind the enactment of Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, now amended as Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, is to enhance the quality standard and to ensure the availability of quality food for all citizens.” Importantly, the Court said, “This Court is of the opinion that those who are involved in adulteration, ie., the adulterators, be it the Manufactures / Distributors / Sellers, should be termed as ‘Goonda’ as per the definition in Section 2 of the Tamil Nadu Act 14 of 1982, by amending the provisions to include them and should be detained under the Act 14 of 1982.” Considering the consequences of adulterated edible oils and the modes available for adulteration, the Court, among others, raised the following queries to be answered by the respondents 1 to 3 & 5: When the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction of Sales) Regulation, 2011, prohibits sale of edible oils on loose, how the edible oils are allowed to be sold as loose oils? What are all the consequences of these adulterations on the health conditions of the consumers? How many labs are available for testing in Tamil-nadu, both Government labs and Private labs and how many labs are available in other States (in tabulated version)? How many tests have been carried out in edible oils, throughout the State [District wise, for the past five years] and the results thereof and how many test reports resulted positive for the presence of CNSL, Peanut Essence and / or any other mixtures, if any? What is the action taken as against the adulterators / offenders? How many cases have been registered under the Act for the past five years, in the State and what is the conviction rate? Why not the State Government amend the Act 14 of 1982 to include “Food Adulterator” in the definition of “Goonda” and detain them under the Act, when food adulteration causes serious health hazards to the common people?Case title – S. Arunnithy v. The CEO, FSSAI and others [WP(MD) No.18013 of 2020 and WMP(MD).No.15034 of 2020] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Search continues for Stephanie Parze a month after the 25-year-old New Jersey woman disappeared

first_imgTina Simonsen/iStock(NEW YORK) —  A month after she disappeared, the hunt continues for a missing New Jersey woman.A volunteer search group met Saturday morning at Wolfe’s Pond Park on Cornelius Avenue in Staten Island to search for Stephanie Parze, who was last seen in Freehold Township around 10 p.m. on Oct. 30.Police have focused much of their search efforts for her in the New York City borough.“Thank you for your help in bringing Stephanie Home,” the search group said. “There are no words to express our thanks to you. Everyone is welcome.”The search party for Parze, 25, was supposed to continue on Sunday but the group said they are canceling the search due to impending weather. Parze reportedly was last seen after dropping her family off at their house and then driving home, according to New York City ABC station WABC.“She gave me three kisses goodbye, and I just told her to call me or text me when she gets home, and I never heard from her,” her mother, Sharlene Parze, told WABC.“All the text messages and calls I tried to reach out to her, there was never any response, which was not like her,” she said. “Whoever has her, please let her go. Please, we want our baby back.”Parze’s car was found in the driveway of her home and her phone was left behind. A family spokesperson previously told ABC News that Parze sent a Snapchat on her way home, which was the last communication they had with her.After she went missing, Parze’s ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, was arrested Nov. 9 on unrelated possession of child pornography charges.He was released Nov 18, and just days later, Ozbilgen, 29, died from an apparent suicide at his home on Nov. 22, according to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. He was considered a person of interest in Parze’s disappearance. Parze is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs about 115 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a burgundy V-neck shirt and a burgundy sweater.Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-431-7160 ext. 7032, or Detective Daniel Valentine of the Freehold Township Police at 732-462-7908. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Reward and benefits: Sweetening the deal

first_imgParent-friendly perks Dr Clare Bailey, a GP and founder of Parenting Matters, has been working with employers such as investment bank Merrill Lynch, to help coach working parents who are juggling demanding jobs with their family responsibilities. Bailey says the courses, which typically run for nine weeks and include lunchtime sessions for about 10 employees, give parents the confidence to use transferable skills, such as communication, listening and conflict management, both at home and in the workplace. “We try to help parents short of time to connect and engage more quickly and effectively with their children,” says Bailey.Managing a three-year-old having a tantrum is not so different from dealing with an irate customer, Bailey points out, and the courses aim to give parents the confidence to tackle either. They can also help employees to feel valued, reduce stress levels and as a result help retain staff, according to Bailey. “A parent who is in control and happy will be much more committed to their job.”Parenting Matters also offers an online parenting assessment quiz, similar to Myers-Briggs, to determine participants’ parenting style. Course costs vary, but a nine-week package for 10 parents typically costs about £5,000.Chigbo says: “Working there has helped me develop a range of skills, including the patience to work with different kinds of people and a better understanding of how to be a good team player.”TV company Sky has also jumped on the quirky benefits bandwagon, and staged a two-day music and entertainment festival for staff to thank them for their efforts during the downturn last year.About 20,000 employees and family and friends attended Skyfest in July and September. The festival was a response to employee feedback about what sort of activity they would most enjoy.Dev Raval, director of reward at Sky, says the show was essentially about entertaining staff and boosting Sky’s employee reward package. “In a challenging marketplace, we continue to perform and we want our people to share in our success. Ultimately, it was a highly creative, hands-on way of securing employee engagement.”Shake your money-makerInsurance giant Axa also recently introduced a new website to help employees manage their finances and lives better. ‘My Budget Day’ includes budget planning for families and those preparing for retirement, and a special ‘confessions’ board, where employees can own up to things they probably shouldn’t have done, such as spending £250 on a pair of sunglasses or living off their girlfriends’ salaries. “My Budget Day was created to help address how to motivate employees to take control of their finances and to help to tackle apathy and create change in people’s financial attitudes and behaviours,” says Mark Kenyon, HR reward manager at Axa.The insurance company also launched Pensions TV to help explain pension plan options to younger employees, and a new discount scheme which, Kenyon says, has generated a huge amount if interest. “Employees have access to a huge range of external discounts, and since the launch more than 30% have registered on the site. Overall, more than 70% of our employees have logged on.”For the winNich Crowson, rewards and benefits specialist at HR consultancy Independent, says employers have really had to weigh up the value and cost of the benefits they offer. “Organisations have had to work harder to ensure value for money for every pound spent. Even if employers negotiate the most advantageous group rates for a particular benefit, they still need to consider whether it is the best use of scarce resources.”Debby Hannaford, benefits consultant at HR services provider NorthgateArinso, says the recession has also triggered a significant increase in flexible benefit schemes that employees can opt in and out of. With the tough economic conditions meaning people are working harder to make ends meet, as well as a significant proportion delaying retirement to stay in work longer, it seems some employers are rising to the challenge by offering a few enticing rewards along the way. Comments are closed. The recession has forced employers to take a closer look at reward and benefits. While hefty pay rises may be a thing of the past, they still need to retain their best staff. Georgina Fuller looks at some of the more creative benefits on offer.A private music festival, an indoor golf course, personal financial advice, doughnut days, discount schemes and parenting classes are just some of the rewards being offered by forward-thinking, cost-conscious employers to keep their workers sweet.One such employer is online hosting provider Peer 1, which offers a range of unusual rewards, from ‘free food day’ (the day before pay day) and ‘beer o’clock’ (at 4pm every Friday), to a Nintendo Wii for staff to play with when they need a break, and an indoor golf course at its new Southampton office.Dominic Monkhouse, managing director at Peer 1, believes a positive company culture breeds excellent customer service, so the company’s employee benefits strategy is based on making it a great place to work. Monkhouse believes in giving employees the right to have a say about what goes on in the company, and hopes this involvement will boost morale and retention. He even offers new staff £1,000 to leave if they decide that Peer 1 isn’t for them after all. “The most important benefit we give employees is the power to change anything in the business they think should be done differently. Staff have a quota to suggest two business improvements per month, and if they cost less than £100, are encouraged to make the improvement,” he says.Perhaps most surprisingly, Monkhouse sees the recession as a plus when it comes to talent. “Recession is a perfect incubator for and motivator of talent. In a service-based business like ours, we sell the talent and commitment of our staff to customers,” he says. No employees have so far taken the £1,000 to leave, and the regular ‘pow-wow’ meetings encourage staff to air any grievances as well as sharing in the company’s success.Rewarding and funEmployee feedback has been positive. “Peer 1 is more than just a job, it’s a way of life,” says James Batup, solutions specialist at the firm. “Every day is different and challenging, which makes getting up in the morning very easy. The people here make working life fun and, coupled with Peer 1 traditions such as beer o’clock, I don’t believe I will work for a more rewarding and fun company.”Matthew Morris, UK sales operative at Peer 1, is also a big fan of the company rewards. “I would never have dreamed of taking £1,000 to leave, not after I learned I would get beer and doughnuts every Friday. The company makes a real effort to keep things lively in the office – I can’t wait to get on the new golf course,” he says. Retailer John Lewis Partnership (JLP) is best known for its employee share scheme (the company profits are shared among staff each year), but the company also has a number of other interesting rewards. It runs a range of clubs for its ‘partners’ (employees) from photography and music, to sailing and fly fishing, and also offers a 50% discount on theatre, opera and concert tickets (up to a maximum of £60 per year) to all staff. JLP has four holiday resort locations around the UK, where staff with at least one year’s service can take a break at a subsidised rate. All employees who have been with the company for at least five years are entitled to take a three- to 12-month sabbatical. Staff are also entitled to apply for the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ holiday fund, where worthy applicants are rewarded with a holiday of a lifetime. To date, the fortunate few have enjoyed mountain biking across the Atlas Mountains, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, and playing football at the World Corporate Games. But Chris Jones, a manager at JLP’s charity secondment programme Golden Jubilee Trust, believes the trust is the retailer’s most interesting reward.The Golden Jubilee Trust offers about 50 secondments to staff each year on a full- or part-time basis for a maximum of six months. Staff are given the chance to provide practical help to a charity of their choice, and to learn new skills along the way.Jones says: “It’s a popular choice for partners, as they can try something that is completely different to their usual day jobs, while making a difference to a charity that is often very close to their hearts.“Employees returning to work are more engaged in the business, which is reflected in their work performance. We also find that allowing partners to take a break from their role to do charity work, along with the other partnership benefits, has a very positive effect on staff retention.”SkillsStaff who have been on the charity secondment programme have clearly benefited from the experience. Andrew Chigbo, a warehouse assistant at John Lewis Watford, spent two days a week for three months at Watford African and Caribbean Association. Previous Article Next Article Reward and benefits: Sweetening the dealBy Personnel Today on 25 Feb 2010 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Ontogeny of the thymus in an antarctic teleost, Harpagifer sp. (Notothenioidei: Perciformes)

first_imgThe development of the thymus was examined in different stages of Harpagifer sp. from Signy Island (South Orkney Islands; 60°43′S, 45°38′W). The thymus was typical, both in position and structural development, of that observed in warmer-water teleosts. The infiltration of the thymic epithelia was not observed until 4 weeks post-hatch. Full development of the lymphoid organs was not achieved until the juvenile stage. Although an increased infiltration of the thymus, by sub-epithelial connective tissues and epithelial mucous cells, occurred in the juvenile and adult stages, there was no evidence of an advanced stage of thymic regression or involution in the adult Harpagifer. Thus a suppressive influence of the low temperature environment, on the onset and degree of thymic development and involution, was indicated in this species.last_img read more

Pacers use balanced attack to pull away from Jazz 121-102

first_img Tags: Indiana Pacers/NBA/Utah Jazz Written by Associated Press November 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local Pacers use balanced attack to pull away from Jazz 121-102 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren each scored 23 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22, leading the Indiana Pacers past Utah 121-102 on Wednesday night.Sabonis also had 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Indiana has won four straight.Bojan Bogdanovic had 30 points in his first trip back to Indiana since leaving the team as a free agent last summer. Donovan Mitchell added 26 points and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 13 rebounds after missing the previous two games with a sprained left ankle.The Pacers closed used an 18-5 fourth-quarter spurt to finally seal it.Indiana looked like it might run away after closing the first half on a 12-2 spurt and opening the second half with a 3-pointer from Myles Turner to take a 56-43 lead.But Utah made seven 3s in the third, cutting it to 83-80 with 2:03 left.Indiana answered with the final six points of the quarter before the decisive run in the fourth.Utah led most of the first quarter but the Pacers never trailed again after using a 9-0 run to break a 27-27 tie in the second quarter.The Jazz got as close as 42-41 late in the first half but spent the rest of the night playing catch-up.TIP-INSJazz: Have lost three straight in the series and back-to-back games for the third time this season. … Joe Ingles scored 12 points and Mike Conley had five points and five assists in his hometown. … Utah was 10 of 32 on 3s and fell to 3-6 on the road this season.Pacers: Jeremy Lamb had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. … Brogdon also had eight assists and four rebounds but missed his first free-throw attempt of the game, ending a streak of 44 consecutive makes that dated to the season opener. … T.J. McConnell scored 12 points off the bench. … The Pacers 8-2 at home this season and four of their last five wins have come by double digits.UP NEXTJazz: At Memphis on Friday night.Pacers: Host Atlanta on Saturday night.last_img read more