Balancing the books

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Our goal is to be a top-tier operator in online sports betting. Strengthening our foothold in that segment means rapidly building up a distinctive, competitive marketing mix. Winning over players online also means we need to deepen our customer insight, develop a more seamless user experience and scale up our innovation. We believe that all of these aspects of who we are and what we do are key to winning and retaining the trust of French players. The next factor was being able to market different types of gaming products to different player profiles. Lottery games are pure games of chance and are aimed at a wide audience – people of all ages, both men and women – while sports betting features an element of expertise and is geared toward a younger and more male audience, with more of an interest in sport. For example, we’re going to keep upgrading our technical platform, offering new features, enriching our range of betting options and making our odds more and more competitive. 2021 will be a major year for sporting events. On top of its intrinsic momentum, sports betting will be boosted this year by the UEFA Euro 2020, which is set to be the main highlight for the sector in terms of stakes, onboarding new players and visibility. In both Europe and the US, more and more lotteries are getting involved in sports betting. Joanne Christie talks to La Française des Jeux’s (FDJ’s) Patrick Buffard about how the formerly state-run company manages the two very different propositions. Tags: FDJ iGB: Via Sporting Solutions, you supply other lotteries with B2B services. Why do you think so many lotteries are choosing to run their own sportsbooks? PB: FDJ has exclusive rights to sports betting offered at points of sale, whereas online sports betting is open to competitors, within a regulated framework. To comply with requirements arising from the coexistence of these two regulatory frameworks, the group runs its sports betting activities through two distinct brands: ParionsSport Point de Vente (point-of-sale) and ParionsSport En Ligne (online). Driven by French audiences’ growing interest in major sporting competitions, sports betting is now a strategic growth segment in which the group has seen the sharpest increase in its stakes since 2010. Sports betting generated €3.2bn in stakes in 2020: 20% of the group’s total stakes. iGB: You have a separate brand for your sports betting products. Do you think it is important for lotteries to separate their betting offerings from their lottery sales in some way? The group’s recent initial public offering in 2019 – which was a success, particularly with individual investors – is an illustration of FDJ’s appeal and the trust it inspires in France. The ParionsSport brand groups together a wide variety of betting products (pre-match betting, live betting, fixed-odds betting, pari-mutuel betting) amidst an increasingly liberalised online sports betting market in France and stiff competition from international operators. The first has to do with brand awareness. Our lottery products are marketed under their own names: Loto, EuroMillions, Banco, Cash, etc. So FDJ had to create a sports betting brand whose identity could explicitly reference the world of sport and betting, hence the name ParionsSport (‘Let’s bet on sport’). In Europe and now increasingly across the US, there’s been a trend for lottery operators to branch out into sports betting. PB: Player payout ratios are set by the French regulator. The maximum player payout ratio is 76.5% for retail sports betting and 85% for online sports betting. Our online offer ParionsSport Point de Vente has to respect the 85% limit, but our objective is always to propose competitive odds to our players. iGB: What do you think lotteries offer players apart from value? For example, are things like trust and brand important in attracting players? As the country’s leading operator in the gaming industry, FDJ is a reference in France for players and non-players alike. The group’s history, which spans back nearly a century, is part of the country’s history. Its products, its brands and its distribution network made up of nearly 30,000 points of sale are major assets. It’s also worth noting that we’ve invested heavily over the past few years to make the digital experience simple and seamless throughout our physical network. For example, we’ve developed a mobile app that lets players prepare their bets, generate a QR code and validate their bets at the point of sale. It is currently used by 80% of players in our physical network. Topics: Lottery Sports betting Online lottery Retail lottery Online sports betting Email Address PB: France’s online sports betting market is highly competitive, with 14 licensed online operators. It’s growing rapidly: between 2015 and 2018 the number of online players went from 1.2 million to 3.2 million. And the online market is now seeing more rapid growth than the market for sports betting at points of sale. PB: In every country, lotteries help fund good causes that benefit the community. When it was founded in 1933, La Française des Jeux’s mission was to help wounded World War One soldiers. Since then, it has also helped funding other good causes like ensuring access to sport for all and restoring cultural heritage sites. Lottery FDJ’s gaming range is diverse, innovative and secure, thanks to our tried-and-tested technological expertise. The group is developing a regulated and responsible gaming model. It promotes the enjoyment of gaming in moderation, striving to lead the field in preventing excessive and underage gambling. Balancing the books Online betting also offers a more immersive experience, with live betting and video streaming. Point-of-sale betting is appealing due to the social aspect of the location (bar or café) and the availability of ParionsSport pari-mutuel betting products (Loto Foot, Loto Rugby, Loto Basket), which offer big jackpots. To date, ParionsSport’s Loto Foot is France’s only sports betting game that can make players millionaires. But while lotteries are typically still run as monopolies with a remit to fund charitable causes, they often find themselves in a very different marketplace in sports, where they compete with private operators. Lastly, it’s worth noting that most lotteries worldwide market their sports betting products through specific brands or subsidiaries to clearly differentiate them from their lottery activities. iGB: Lottery operators are often said to be offering poorer value to bettors using their sportsbooks than other operators, is this something you’d agree with or not? Patrick Buffard, executive vice president charge of sales, sports betting, media, TV production and events at France’s FDJ, explains how the operator balances the two verticals. PB: Our major contracts include partnerships with the Swiss, Portuguese, Israeli and Canadian lotteries. For all those lotteries, sports betting is a growth driver of their business and an interesting way to diversify their activity and reach new players. Running their own sportsbooks helps them to better market their offer in a competitive environment and reinforce customer relation and loyalty. 18th May 2021 | By Joanne Christie iGB: You operate as a monopoly in retail betting but in a competitive market for online betting. Does this mean you have a different approach in retail compared with online? iGB: Is there much cross-selling or crossover between lottery players and sports bettors in France? Regions: Europe France Patrick Buffard: FDJ does indeed operate the ParionsSport sports betting brand separately from its lottery activities. This distinction serves several purposes. In addition, online our lottery and sports betting activities are operated through two sites, two brands and two different applications; FDJ is France’s sole operator of online lottery activities, whereas online sports betting is open to competitors. Our network of points of sale offers both types of products within the same physical space but under different brands, and both under exclusive rights. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB: How do you differentiate your site from other private operators in the French online market and what advantages do you think you have as the long-standing lottery operator in France? PB: FDJ has a broad player base made up of 23 million customers aged 18 and up, who play at either lottery games, sports betting or both, but this last category of “crossover” players remains a small minority. Sports betting tends to attract a younger, more male and more specific player profile than lottery games. Regulations provide a different framework for online products and those offered at points of sale. More bets are offered for online products (with no live betting at points of sale), along with more sports (40 online vs. 36 at points of sale) and a higher maximum player payout ratio (85% online vs. 76.5% at points of sale).last_img read more

Chill-out chat with Brad Barritt

first_imgRW: What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?BB: A head massager. It seemed like a good idea but it gave me a headache, so I’ve only used it once. RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard on the pitch?BB: I remember a game in South Africa. A lock knocked the ball on and someone then said to the reserve lock, ‘If the starting lock is that bad, how bad must you be?’!RW: Can tell us about any practical jokes?BB: We have a player development manager at Saracens, Simon Mattick, and he’s very organised. There’s a running joke that he can’t get through the day without emailing or texting you. While he was on holiday, I got into his emails and sent the boys a good luck message that sounded like he’d had six strawberry daiquiris! This is the first time I’ve divulged who it was!RW: Any tour tales?BB: At the Munich Beer Festival, Alistair Hargreaves ended up at a hotel 250km away! There were two hotels of the same name. He left quite early, got a taxi and it took him to the wrong one but he didn’t realise. He couldn’t get his key to work but managed to get another one, got into the room and there was a naked man sleeping on the bed! He should have stayed with the boys!RW: Who’d play you in a film of your life?BB: Other than Brad Pitt? I’d say Daniel Craig – he’s a very good actor and he could show all sides of my character! RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?BB: I’m very interested in property and venture capitalism. Matt Stevens and I are setting up a company that offers concierge services for people on holiday called Bedrooms & Bellhops. RW: Do you have any surprising talents?BB: Funnily enough, my wife’s Greek and I learnt the traditional men’s dance for our wedding day. My wife’s dad wanted me to do it with him. We lit whisky and broke plates.———————————————————————————————————————————————– Breaking Brad: Barritt lets slip on a few trips and tricks The England centre has an off-the-wall chat with Sarah MockfordRUGBY WORLD: Do you have any nicknames?BRAD BARRITT: My family call me ‘Dub’ as I was the double of my dad when I was young. The England guys call me ‘Shovel Face’, which isn’t very nice. I’m not too fond of it, but if it raises the spirits of other players I’m happy to go with it. RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?BB: It would be pretty cool to be invisible. I could find out all the things I wanted to know but have never been privy to. I could sneak into secret CIA meetings and find out about Area 51. RW: Any superstitions?BB: Spaghetti Bolognese the night before a game. But I can’t tell you the recipe; it’s a family secret!RW: What is your guilty pleasure?BB: Where to start! My favourite treat is going to Borough Market and having a pork belly baguette. Monmouth coffee is exceptional and I also like the grilled cheese sandwiches. I try to refrain from going there!RW: Who are the jokers with England and Saracens?BB: Chris Ashton is an obvious joker and Danny Care is a good laugh. Ugo Monye is entertaining, especially with a camera. He did some filming for O2 Inside Line and was stitching people up all the time. He got James Haskell to hide in a laundry bin and when Joe Marler walked past he jumped out, giving him a massive fright.RW: Any bugbears?BB: Litter. Where I live in London, I often find cans from when people have had a late-night beer.RW: Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?BB: Someone funny and intelligent. Sacha Baron Cohen or Will Ferrell.RW: Who would be your three dream dinner-party guests?BB: First of all you need a comedian, like Michael McIntyre. Then Andre Agassi – my favourite sportsman as a child. And Nelson Mandela. LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Brad Barritt looks on during the England captain’s run at Twickenham Stadium on November 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This article appeared in the January 2013 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad.last_img read more

Vida Joven de México ofrece a los huérfanos un hogar,…

first_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Vida Joven de México ofrece a los huérfanos un hogar, educación y oportunidad de vida Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Featured Events Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Washington, DC Una mamá y un tutor ayudan a los niños con la tarea después de la cena, en Vida Joven de México, un orfanato en Tijuana, México. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News Service[Servicio de Noticias Episcopales – Tijuana, México] Rutina y orden. Esa es la regla de la vida en Vida Joven de México, un orfanato donde viven 24 niños mexicanos abandonados de 2 a 18 años.La casa  se encuentra  cerca de una prisión para hombres de máxima seguridad, donde en la década de 1970, surgió una “aldea” improvisada de mujeres y niños pobres para vivir cerca de los hombres. Fue peligroso; los niños fueron testigos de violencia, asesinatos, tráfico de drogas y abuso.Beth Beall, directora ejecutiva de Vida Joven en EE. UU., realiza visitas semanales al orfanato desde su casa en San Diego. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News ServiceEn 1996, los episcopales de Los Ángeles se enteraron de la aldea y respondieron con Vida Joven, que permanece en su edificio de concreto original de 2,000 pies cuadrados con capacidad para 25 niños.“Estábamos destinados a rescatar a los niños del peligro. Nunca tuvimos la intención de ser un lugar para que los niños crecieran”, dijo Sylvia Laborin, directora fundadora de Vida Joven, que se jubilará más adelante este año después de 22 años.En México, los niños abandonados caen bajo la tutela del estado y son enviados a refugios u orfanatos, o terminan viviendo en las calles. El ochenta por ciento de los niños que llegan a Vida Joven provienen de agencias de servicios sociales; el 90 por ciento de ellos tiene al menos un padre vivo, pero todos han sido entregados o abandonados, dijo Beth Beall, la directora ejecutiva de Vida Joven en Estados Unidos.Tijuana, que limita con San Diego, es una de las ciudades más peligrosas del planeta. Con una población de 1.7 millones, la tasa de homicidios de la ciudad llegó a 2.500 en 2018. Se estima que entre 3.000 y 4000 niños están bajo custodia estatal en Baja California, el estado mexicano en la península de Baja California, donde Tijuana es la ciudad más grande.Un niño de 5 años, uno de los cuatro hermanos que viven en Vida Joven de México, coloca  sillas después de la cena. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News ServiceEl tráfico de drogas es en gran parte responsable de la violencia, y muchos de los padres de los niños abandonados sufren de adicción a las drogas. Por ejemplo, cuatro hermanos aterrizaron en Vida Joven después de que un vecino viera al mayor, una niña de 7 años, que buscaba comida en la basura. Ambos padres se drogaban.“Tenemos más necesidades en este momento, y no me refiero a alimentos, suministros o lo que sea”, dijo Laborin. “Son las necesidades de los niños. Están perdidos… carecen de raíces”.Hace veinte años, los niños eran “muy obedientes y amables”; sin embargo, hoy,  Laborin dijo, “están enojados con sus familias, con todo”.La familia es importante en la cultura latina. Es costumbre que los niños permanezcan con sus familias, por lo que vivir separados de ellas puede ser difícil para los niños, especialmente los adolescentes.“Algunos se han escapado para reunirse con la familia, y no ha funcionado bien”, dijo Laborin.Ahora que es una institución de la Diócesis de San Diego y una organización sin fines de lucro establecida en EE. UU., Vida Joven  opera con un presupuesto anual de 320.000 dólares, con operaciones de financiamiento de 220.000 dólares en Tijuana. Cuesta alrededor de 8.000 dólares por niño, la mayoría de los cuales se destina a los salarios del personal, dijo Beall.Vida Joven funciona con 15 miembros del personal las 24 horas, incluido un psicólogo y un trabajador social, ninguno de los cuales vive en el lugar. Los niños duermen en dormitorios: bebés y niños pequeños juntos en una habitación; niños mayores y niñas en dormitorios separados, cada uno equipado con un baño. Las camas están bien hechas, la ropa colocada en el armario. Hay una oficina administrativa, un espacio dedicado al estudio, una cocina y un comedor, que también sirve como espacio común para la tarea.Recientemente,  un jueves por la tarde, después de una comida de frijoles refritos, guacamole y tortillas, los niños abrieron sus cuadernos y comenzaron su tarea.En el México moderno, es imposible encontrar un trabajo como cajero sin educación, algo que los líderes y partidarios de Vida Joven enfatizan. México ofrece educación escolar pública gratuita, pero cuesta alrededor de 100 dólares comprar los uniformes necesarios para comenzar el jardín infantil, mientras que el trabajador promedio en Tijuana gana 4 dólares al día, dijo Beall.Una mamá ayuda a una niña con su tarea. La educación es una parte importante de la vida en Vida Joven de México. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News ServiceMuchos de los padres de los niños tienen poca o ninguna educación más allá de la escuela primaria. En el pasado, los estudiantes podían abandonar la escuela después del sexto grado; hoy el gobierno exige una educación hasta12º grado. Sin embargo, como ha descubierto el liderazgo de Vida Joven, la capacidad supera el espacio en unos 10.000 estudiantes.Los estudiantes de Vida Joven en edad de educación secundaria asisten a una escuela privada por 200 dólares  al mes.“Tenemos la suerte de contar con donantes que realmente lo obtienen y financian la educación”, dijo Beall.En los últimos años, Vida Joven ha recibido apoyo no solo de los donantes de EE. UU., sino también de personas de Tijuana que han venido a apoyar al orfanato.Un mosaico fue colocado en una pared en el patio de Vida Joven de México en Tijuana. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News Service“Así es cómo se ve la salvación: la gente está rescatando y salvando las vidas de estos niños”, dijo Beall. “Este es un lugar de sanidad. No todas las historias tienen un final feliz, pero sí sabemos que si no estuvieran aquí, estarían muertos o en el comercio sexual”.Beall hace un gesto hacia un mosaico en el patio. “Estos niños han sido destrozados en pedazos. Les damos la oportunidad de crear algo mejor”, dijo. “Estamos aquí para amar, proteger y educar”.Antes de que Laborin se convirtiera en directora de Vida Joven, trabajó como esteticista. Después de que su esposo muriera y sus hijos se casaran, cerró su tienda. Descubrió que “no hacer nada” era terrible. Entonces, vio un anuncio de trabajo para Vida Joven. Fue una de las 100 solicitantes y cinco seleccionadas para entrevistas.“Vi este lugar y estaba sucio”, dijo. “Pensé, si me contratan, me quedaré por un tiempo”.Una de las primeras cosas que hizo Laborin fue limpiar el edificio. Era algo que podía controlar porque, incluso con el orden y la rutina, no hay dos días iguales. Hace veintidós años, cuando llegaron los primeros niños, Laborin esperaba que sus pertenencias también llegaran. No fue así; sólo llegaron con la ropa puesta.“La necesidad, en realidad, [era enorme] estaba abrumada totalmente”, dijo.Sylvia Laborin, a la derecha, la directora fundadora de Vida Joven en Tijuana, y Beth Beall, directora ejecutiva de Vida Joven en Estados Unidos, conversaron durante la visita de Beall al orfanato. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News Service.Durante los primeros años, Laborin admite que sintió enojo hacia los padres de los niños por abandonarlos, hasta que un día una amiga le dijo que debía superar su enojo y colocarse en la situación de la gente. Después de eso, dijo, lo dejó pasar, pero admite que hasta el día de hoy, a veces “todavía no lo entiendo”.Sin embargo, una de las cosas más importantes, dijo, es que sus ojos se abrieron a la humanidad y a las necesidades invisibles de la gente.“Vivimos en una pequeña burbuja; no vemos”, dijo Laborin. “Ni siquiera conocía las necesidades”…– Lynette Wilson es reportera y editora gerente de Episcopal News Service. 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iT4Communities adds its 1,400th volunteering opportunity

first_imgiT4Communities adds its 1,400th volunteering opportunity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. John Davies, programme director for iT4C, is eager to build on this success by reaching those organisations who haven’t yet heard of the free service. “With over 3,300 volunteers registered there is a good chance the iT4C can introduce you to the IT professional with the right skills for your organisation, he says. Tagged with: Digital Technology Volunteeringcenter_img iT4Communities has registered its 1,400th volunteering opportunity on its website. iT4C, established by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists in 2002, introduces IT professionals, who want to offer their skills, to voluntary and community organisations needing IT help. To date, iT4C has delivered IT volunteering worth over £600,000 to the voluntary and community sector, with projects ranging from website and database development to help with IT strategies and training. Advertisement  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 30 March 2006 | Newslast_img read more

Another Al-Jazeera journalist arrested in Egypt

first_img Follow the news on Egypt © Al Jazeera EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisoned February 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further News January 22, 2021 Find out more December 27, 2016 Another Al-Jazeera journalist arrested in Egypt According to a Cairo prosecutor’s office representative quoted by Agence France-Presse, Hussein is being held for investigation for 15 days on suspicion of inciting sedition against the Egyptian state and disseminating false information.Al-Jazeera director-general Yasser Abu Hilala said Hussein, 51, was on vacation in Egypt and was not working for Al-Jazeera at the time of his arrest. Hussein worked at Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau until it was forced to close in 2013.The Qatari TV news broadcaster issued a statement from its Doha headquarters calling for Hussein’s immediate release and holding the Egyptian authorities responsible for his safety.Every since armed forces chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi staged a coup d’état in 2013, the Egyptian authorities have accused Al-Jazeera of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now outlawed as a terrorist organization.Al-Jazeera journalists have been repeatedly accused by the judicial authorities of inciting sedition and spreading false information. On 18 June of this year, a Cairo court sentenced three journalists, including two Al-Jazeera ones, to death in absentia for allegedly spying for Qatar.Three Al-Jazeera journalists – Baher Mohamed (an Egyptian), Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (a Canadian) and Peter Greste (an Australian) – were given three-year jail terms at the end of their second trial in August 2015 on charges of supporting a terrorist organization and putting out false news reports.Greste was deported after more than a year in prison while President Sisi pardoned the other two in September 2015.The situation of journalists is becoming increasingly precarious in Egypt, which is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index and is now one of the world’s biggest prisons for media personnel (after China, Eritrea and Iran). EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisoned Organisation center_img Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns an Al-Jazeera journalist’s arrest last week while visiting Egypt. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian news producer at Al-Jazeera headquarters in Doha, was arrested at his Cairo home on 23 December after being questioned for 15 hours at Cairo airport on arrival three days earlier. Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 1, 2021 Find out more News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Newslast_img read more

e-HR news in brief

first_imge-HR news in briefWho’s installing what… Mercer pilots scheme to capitalise on travel downtimeMercer Human Resource Consulting has completed a successfulpilot of Microsoft-based mobile technology, which allows its workers to betteruse traditional travel downtime. Fifty consultants were issued withWindows-based pocket PCs, which provide access to e-mail and allow them torecord timesheets wherever they are. Minerals opts for Intellect’s Workforce HR solutionCheshire-based WBB Minerals, part of the Belgian multinationalSibelco Group, is implementing Intellect’s Workforce HR and PersonnelManagement software as part of a national strategic initiative to improveproductivity. The system has been installed at the company’s headquarters andwill be deployed throughout regions during 2004.  www.workforcehr.comNew products and services…Round-the-clock summary servicesintroduced by Books24x7ExecSummaries is a new service from Books24x7 (part ofSkillsoft), that offers 140 summaries of the best business books released overthe past four years. Produced by Soundview Executive Book Summaries, thesummaries are accessible online or in downloadable PDF or MP3 file formats, andare paid for via subscription based on the number of users and duration ofcontact. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. e-HR news in briefOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Leki Fotu Named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week

first_img Robert Lovell Tags: Leki Fotu/Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week/Utah Utes Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO – University of Utah starting defensive tackle Leki Fotu has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week after his dominating performance against California on Saturday night.It is Fotu’s first career Pac-12 player of the week honor. The Utes have earned six Pac-12 player of the week selections this season (three defensive, two defensive line, one offensive) with Fotu joining Bradlee Anae, Francis Bernard and Tyler Huntley as honorees.Fotu was key in Utah’s smothering defensive performance in the Utes 35-0 win over California. He finished the game with three tackles that included 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.His solo sack in the game was for a loss of 13 yards. The play was at the beginning of the second quarter, forcing a second-and-23 on its own 12-yard-line.The Utah defense held California to 43 total plays on offense, which ranks third in school history for fewest total plays in a game by an opponent, also holding the Bears to just 83 yards on offense. Cal’s 83 yards on offense ranks fifth in program history for fewest yards by an opponent.Utah held Cal on five of its nine full possessions to either single digit yards gained (three times) or negative yards (two times).Fotu and the Utes return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they travel to Seattle to take on the Huskies. The game is set for a 2 p.m. MT kick on FOX. October 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Leki Fotu Named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week Written bylast_img read more

Indian Navy Concludes TROPEX

first_img View post tag: Navy Indian Navy Concludes TROPEX Share this article March 5, 2013 The Indian Navy’s major annual exercise TROPEX (Theatre level Readiness and Operational Exercise), concluded on 01 Mar 2013 after more than a month of manoeuvres, weapon firings and tactical evaluation. TROPEX was a theatre level exercise, conducted on the Western Seaboard, aimed to assess the operational readiness of ships, submarines and aircraft from all Commands of the Navy, with joint participation of units from the Army, Air Force and the Coast Guard. Over 50 ships and submarines, and around 75 aircraft participated in the exercise.This year’s TROPEX also included an amphibious exercise, involving about 2000 troops, tanks, amphibious vehicles and their associated equipment.Admiral DK Joshi, Chief of the  Naval Staff, embarked ships of the combined fleet during the exercise and witnessed conduct of various evolutions and firings. Diverse facets of maritime operations were exercised at sea and bases ashore. Key issues emerging would be suitably incorporated by the Indian Navy in its Concept of Operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 5, 2013; Image: Indian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Concludes TROPEX View post tag: Concludes View post tag: Defencecenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: TROPEX View post tag: Indianlast_img read more

US, Bangladesh Navies Commence 3rd CARAT Singapore

first_img Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Bangladesh Navies Commence 3rd CARAT Singapore View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Singapore View post tag: Bangladesh US, Bangladesh Navies Commence 3rd CARAT Singapore View post tag: Naval September 16, 2013 View post tag: Defensecenter_img View post tag: CARAT The third annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh commenced with an opening ceremony at Naval Base Issa Khan, Sept. 16.Continuing through Sept. 21, CARAT Bangladesh 2013 consists of 6 days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces.“Our goal for this year’s CARAT is to continue the process of enhancing capacity and interoperability to address common maritime security concerns,” said Rear Adm. Cindy Thebaud, commander, Task Force 73 and commander, Naval Forces CARAT.“This exercise offers a credible venue to bring our maritime professionals together, share best practices and strengthen our growing navy-to-navy partnership.”CARAT Bangladesh is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. Training events in each CARAT phase are tailored based on available assets and mutual exercise goals across a broad range of naval capabilities.CARAT Bangladesh 2013 will focus on maritime security operations during a sea phase featuring a ship-rider exchange program and flight deck training. A shore phase will allow professionals to share best practices during symposia and subject matter expert exchanges that cover diving, small boat operations, military law and medical training. Receptions, sporting events and community service projects will broaden opportunities to develop personal relationships.U.S. Navy units participating in the exercise include the rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), Commander, Task Group 73.1/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff, personnel from Afloat Training Group Western Pacific, as well as evaluators from Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command.[mappress]Press Release, September 16, 2013 View post tag: Navies View post tag: commence View post tag: US View post tag: 3rd View post tag: Defence Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford in the red in free speech ranking

first_imgThe project was led as part of a campaign called ‘Down with Campus Censorship!’, and Rhodes Must Not Fall founder Jacob Williams said he considered it, “A crude measure. The University seems to be waking up to the problem and not before time, but the real issue is how to change attitudes. Actual censorship is only a tiny part of it; we have a culture of dogmatism which makes it hard to challenge received wisdom on subjects like race, gender, and LGBT.” “Spiked are right to raise these concerns. The problem is mainly one of culture, though – the University authorities are mostly reasonable, but our generation has grown up taking progressivism for granted and we can’t empathise with other moral frameworks.” When asked what effects the University’s policies towards freedom of speech have had on the movement he started, he added, “Rhodes Must Fall largely share this attitude. If anything they were helped by it, through making the silent majority found in the recent poll frightened to speak out.” When asked for comment Yussef Robinson, a second year student at St. Hilda’s, told Cherwell, “Given that Spiked arose out of the bankruptcy of its predecessor magazine for losing a libel case, sparked by its denial of the horrors of the Trnopolje concentration camp, it is understandable it would mistaken free speech with freedom from criticism. Unfortatenly for Spiked, legitimate protest is itself a free speech act and measuring trigger warnings as an attack on free speech higlights just how badly they appear to have misunderstood what free speech actually entails.” Amongst the national statistics that the Spiked report released were that, within the past year, 30 universities had banned newspapers, 25 had banned songs, 21 per cent were judged to have safe-space policies and 39 per cent have “no platforming” policies. RELEASED last Monday, Spiked magazine’s Free Speech University Ranking (FSUR) 2016 has claimed that 63 British universities regularly censor their students’ speech. University of Oxford is in this category, shown in red under the survey’s ‘traffic light’ system employed to indicate limitation of freedom of speech, where green indicates a “handsoff approach” and amber an institution that has “chilled free speech”. As was the case last year, Oxford belongs to the 90 per cent of ‘red’ universities alleged to use censorship against students and their campaigns, out of a total of 115 institutions examined across the United Kingdom. The London School of Economics and the universities of Bath and Edinburgh are similarly rated red. Oxford’s result is based on various instances of censorship which caused a debate in the media, including the controversial decision to ban the magazine No Offence from Freshers’ Fair last October. However, the University and the Student Union are counted separately in the ranking. While OUSU and various colleges like Balliol and Pembroke were repeatedly reported as “having banned and actively censored ideas”, the University itself is represented in amber for having “chilled free speech through intervention.” The University’s code of practice protects “freedom of speech, within the law, for members, students and employees of the University, as well as for visiting speakers,” said a University spokesperson, referring to the Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech published by the institution in February 2015. According to this document, Oxford promotes “a culture of free, open and robust discussion.” The idea of a balance between freedom and restrictions enabling large groups of people to interact productively was highlighted by Professor Louise Richardson shortly after her installation as the new Vice-Chancellor: “I think universities, if you like, are the best places in which to hear objectionable speech because you can counter it. If you allow reasonable counter-arguments to those views you will delegitimise [them] and that’s what a university should do.” Professor Richardson equally believes that Oxford’s main aim should be to “ensure that we educate our students both to embrace complexity and retain conviction, while daring ‘to disturb the universe’.” last_img read more