Benchmark project for voluntary sector

first_imgVoluntary sector employers are taking part in an HR benchmarking project tohelp compare their performance against private and public sector organisations.The study is based on organisations employing 100 or more UK-based staff andwill collect information on 50 key measures, including staff recruitment andselection, length of service and staff turnover. It will also look at areas such as absenteeism, diversity issues, cost ofthe HR function and spending on training and development. Joanna Wootten, HR service manager at the National Council for VoluntaryOrganisations, said the study would help voluntary sector employers formulatean HR strategy and give them the chance to benchmark themselves against theirpeers. She added that it would allow participants to share examples of goodpractice and pinpoint strengths and areas for development. Sonia Higgs, chair of the Charities HR Network, and also HR director atAdvanced Housing and Support, believes the initiative will help drive upstandards in the voluntary sector. “Sharing good practice with similar organisations will benefit allstakeholders in this cost-effective exercise,” she said. June Hall, HR director at Amnesty International, said: “We have a lotof people with fantastic knowledge and skills and we want to make sure we canmaximise their potential.” WEBLINK www.ncvo-vol.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Benchmark project for voluntary sectorOn 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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‘Very happy’ Nadal survives Beijing scare

first_imgMeralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweep The Halep meeting will be a replay of the first-round match between the pair at the US Open in August, when Sharapova made an impressive return to Grand Slam competition before exiting in the fourth round.Sharapova boasts a 7-0 record against Halep, who made it into the next round after Magdalena Rybarikova retired ill in the second set.Karolina Pliskova, the fourth seed from the Czech Republic, booked her spot in round three with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andrea Petkovic of Germany. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president But Nadal, 31, with the Beijing crowd backing him on the outdoor hard court, held his nerve when twice staring defeat in the face and fought back to win the tie break 8-6.The pair headed into a final-set shootout and again Pouille refused to buckle, Nadal getting the critical break of serve in the 11th game before serving for the set and match 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, tumbled and lost a shoe at one point, and said afterwards he was fortunate to be in the second round.“He played well, I think, very aggressive. He’s serving well,” said Nadal, who lost to Pouille the last time they met, at last year’s US Open. “For me it was a little bit difficult at the beginning, then I started to play better.“But still, I didn’t have the control of the match for almost all the time. “I am very, very happy to be through.”Nadal narrowly avoided the fate of fellow Spaniard and top-ranked Garbine Muguruza, who exited in the first round on Monday when she retired from her match with a virus.Also into the second round in the men’s draw are Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro, the American John Isner and third seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after scoring a point against Lucas Pouille of France during men’s singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)World number one Rafael Nadal saved two match points to avoid a shock defeat in the first round of the China Open, seeing off Lucas Pouille in three sets on Tuesday.The Frenchman broke Nadal on the way to taking the first set 6-4, and the world number 23 came within a whisker of sealing an upset when the second set went to a tie break.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City – Sharapova primed for Halep –Maria Sharapova said her third-round clash with world number two Simona Halep on Wednesday would help her gauge progress since returning from a 15-month doping ban.The Russian former number one, on the comeback trail since April following the ban for taking the banned substance meldonium, had to dig deep as she defeated compatriot Ekaterina Makarova in three sets.Sharapova, a lowly 104 in the world and on a wildcard at the China Open, has yet to win a tournament since returning to tennis.The five-time Grand Slam champion said she had endured “a few ups and downs” in seeing off Makarova 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.But the 30-year-old is relishing her showdown with the Romanian Halep: “We know each other’s games very well, that’s no secret. “They’ve always been very challenging, tough, competitive, emotional.”Sharapova, a crowd favourite in Beijing, added: “But I love the challenge of playing against someone that’s number two in the world. “She’s a great player, she’s had a great year. “Any time you’re able to face an opponent that’s done something right and well, it’s great to see where you are and where your level is.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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FIFA bans 3 soccer officials for life for taking bribes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Though the life bans were announced during the trial in Brooklyn of three other FIFA-connected officials from South America, the ethics panel investigations were separate and did not use new evidence being aired daily in court.FIFA said its ethics judges imposed “appropriate fines in relation to the amounts of the bribes that they have admitted having taken.”Esquivel was fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million), Lai was fined 870,000 Swiss francs ($870,000), and Rocha was fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($500,000). It is unclear if FIFA can enforce fines on people who have left the sport.Lai, who is an American citizen, previously agreed to pay “more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in April.In court, Lai pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy charges related to taking about $1 million in bribes, including at least $850,000 from Kuwaiti officials.ADVERTISEMENT Durant unfazed by Thunder return Esquivel agreed to forfeit $16 million a year ago when he pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. His offenses were linked to the awarding of contracts for media and marketing rights to South American soccer competitions.However, Esquivel’s name was cited Monday in Brooklyn during testimony in the ongoing trial of former soccer executives from Brazil, Paraguay and Peru, who deny corruption charges.One witness who formerly worked for a marketing agency in Argentina said he kept a ledger of payments to officials, including a $750,000 payment to Esquivel for “Q2022.”Prosecutors did not specify if the payment was linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA has repeatedly declined to comment on allegations and evidence detailed in the current federal court case.Rocha was a FIFA staffer working for its development department when he was arrested in 2015. He agreed to forfeit nearly $300,000 after admitting to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy charges last December.All three banned officials are awaiting sentencing in Brooklyn. 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Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “His guilty plea related, amongst others, to schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his support in relation to the FIFA presidential elections and to gain control and influence within the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA,” the soccer body said of Lai in a statement.Sheikh Ahmad referred his own case to the ethics committees of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee in April after Lai’s guilty plea was revealed. The Kuwaiti royal also withdrew from an election to retain his seat representing Asia on the FIFA Council.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sheikh has denied wrongdoing and continues to work on Olympic duty, including chairing an IOC panel with a $500 million budget to distribute grants, and leading the global group of national Olympic committees known as ANOC.Two more former soccer federation presidents, Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua, were also banned for life Tuesday. They were arrested in Zurich in May 2015 in early morning raids on luxury hotels and later extradited to the United States. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 file photo, Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) speaks at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus. Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)GENEVA — Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday.They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court that the source of his bribe money was Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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ESPN’s Jay Williams: Bulls Are Rumored To Want Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg As Their New Coach

first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTubeOne of the major stories around the sports world currently is the news that Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose needs another knee surgery and is likely to miss the rest of the NBA season. The Bulls are 36-21 and in third place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, but there are already some rumblings that Rose’s injury coupled with a possible early playoff exit could spell the end of Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams has heard the Bulls have not only thought about life after Thibodeau, but have also considered who they’d want to replace him. That someone is Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.Rumors circulating that people within the Bulls organization are interested in Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State as their next head coach.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) February 25, 2015Hoiberg is an Iowa State alumnus and a 10-year NBA veteran. Four of those professional seasons came with the Bulls. Since taking over as the head coach of his alma mater in 2010, Hoiberg is 110-53 overall and 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

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Clemson LB Ben Boulware Calls Out Twitter Troll, 3 Years Later, Regarding His Success

first_imgBen Boulware tweet.ben boulware takes on twitter trollClemson junior linebacker Ben Boulware, a former four-star recruit, has accomplished a great deal in his short career. Monday, he made sure that one of his doubters recognized that fact.Boulware, who was named Orange Bowl defensive MVP after his performance against Oklahoma, tweeted out a list of his accomplishments and tagged a Twitter troll who told him, back in 2012, that he would never even start for the Tigers.ACC champ, Orange Bowl MVP, 1st Team All-ACC…I hope you didn’t think I was going to forget @TrippWilliams60 pic.twitter.com/1l0j9abN2p— Ben Boulware (@benboulware7) January 25, 2016 Boulware likely still has one goal left in college – to win a national title. We’ll see if he can prove everyone wrong again in 2016.last_img read more

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Dollarama reports 1335M Q4 profit comparable store sales growth slows

first_imgMONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. says it earned $133.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $130.1 million a year ago.The retailer says the profit amounted to 41 cents per diluted share for the company’s third quarter, up from 38 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 42 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 28 totalled $864.3 million, up from $810.6 million, while comparable store sales grew 3.1 per cent compared with growth of 4.6 per cent in the same quarter a year ago.The comparable store sales growth was due to a 4.0 per cent increase in average transaction size, partially offset by a 0.9 per cent drop in the number of transactions.Dollarama says the rate of comparable store sales growth in the most recent quarter reflected its decision to strategically limit price increases in recent quarters. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

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All eyes on VIP LS seats in UP

first_imgLucknow: In politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, focus will not only be on the performance of political parties but also on the VIPs seats, including those of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. The poll results of the state, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, can make or mar the prospects of any political party at the Centre. There will be many seats in the state which will be keenly watched by political observers as any setback there might have great political repercussions. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “UP is the most politically crucial state and it’s results set the tone and tenor of national politics. All eyes will be here, especially on VIP seats where prominent leaders are in fray,” senior journalist JP Shukla said. “Whether the state is going to give the next prime minister or not is the answer everyone will be looking for with the performance of political parties,” he said. While the outcome of the prime minister’s Varanasi seat will be watched globally, other seats like Amethi and Raebareli of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively will be of equal interest to the people. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Modi’s slogan that “I have not come here…Mother Ganga has called me” struck an emotional chord with the people, who elected him as their representative. During his recent visit, Modi invoked Lord Vishwanath, saying, “I might have been called here to fulfil his dream to see the city developed.” In Amethi, Union minister Smriti Irani will challenge Rahul Gandhi. She has been spending a lot of time with the voters there, making the BJP workers feel that she will make the Congress chief uncomfortable this time. Sonia Gandhi has been representing Rae Bareli since 1999, while Rahul Gandhi has been an MP from Amethi since 2004. The seats of Kannauj, held by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, Badaun, held by Dharmendra Yadav (SP), and Azamgarh, from where SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav won in 2014, will also be crucial. While Dimple Yadav and Dharmendra will contest from their traditional seats, Mulayam Singh, this time, will be contesting from the Mainpuri seat. Akhilesh Yadav has decided to contest from Azamgarh after a formal request from the district unit. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is once again in the fray from the Lucknow seat, a BJP stronghold. Bollywood star Hema Malini is contesting again from Mathura, while the Ghaziabad seat held by Union minister Gen VK Singh (retd) will be also be on the list of constituencies to watch. Another important seat will be of BJP leader Varun Gandhi, who is likely to leave the Sultanpur seat and contest from Pilibhit, represented by his mother and Union minister Maneka Gandhi. While these polls will be a litmus test for the SP-BSP alliance, it would be a challenge for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance of winning 73 seats, including two of Apna Dal. The prestige of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya will be at stake on seats like Gorakhpur and Phulpur, won by them in 2014 but subsequently frittered away to opposition in the bypolls last year. Charisma of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also be tested in these polls and she is trying to woo voters by reaching them. Prestige of Congress state chief Rajbabbar, who is contesting from Fatehpur Sikri will also be at stake.last_img read more

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Ghosn wins bail in Japan but banned from seeing wife

first_imgTokyo: Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn emerged from his Tokyo detention centre in the late hours of Thursday after accepting bail of $4.5 million under strict conditions including restrictions on seeing his wife. The 65-year-old tycoon faces four charges of financial misconduct ranging from concealing part of his salary from shareholders to syphoning off Nissan funds for his personal use. His case has captivated Japan and the business community with its multiple twists and turns, as well as shone a spotlight on the Japanese justice system which critics say is overly harsh.last_img read more

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CESC deploys 200 mobile vans to tackle power disruptions

first_imgKolkata: Power utility CESC said on Friday that it has deployed 200 mobile vans around the city to tackle any likely disruption caused by cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is headed to Bengal from neighbouring Odisha.A CESC spokesman said the mobile vans are fitted with dedicated radio communication sets and are capable of promptly springing into action in the event of power supply failure. Focus will also be on electricity supply to drainage pumping stations, to reduce waterlogging in and around the city, he said. “Teams comprising engineers, workmen and contractors are on standby to respond to consumer requirements across 567 sq km of licensed area,” he added. Company representatives will be present at the Kolkata Police control room and Kolkata Municipal Corporation control rooms, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

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Cong fields Priyanka against PM Modi in MP poll campaign

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress, which preferred not to field Priyanka Vadra Gandhi from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has come out with a new strategy to take on PM Modi during electioneering by pitching Priyanka against him.The star campaigner of Congress — Priyanka Vadra Gandhi — has been pitched against PM Modi, the BJP’s star campaigner, in BJP’s stronghold Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa-Nimar region. The region would go to polls in the last phase on May 19. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn a bid to take a lead during the campaigning for the last phase of the general elections by making it a straight ‘fight’ between Priyanka and Modi, the Congress has scheduled the public meetings of Priyanka in places where either Modi is addressing masses the same day or after a gap of 24 hours. As per the party insiders, the move is aimed at giving an impression that besides Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the grand old party has other leaders too to engage directly with PM Modi in public discourse. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe war of words between Modi and Priyanka would start from Indore as PM Modi is scheduled to address a political rally on Sunday, while Priyanka, will make her maiden visit to Indore three days later to turn the situation in favour of Congress candidate Pankaj Sanghvi, who is pitted against BJP’s fresh face Shankar Lalwani. PM Modi is also scheduled to address a political rally in Khandwa. A day later, on Monday, both the leaders would be in Jhabua-Ratlam, the reserved Schedule Tribe seat that traditionally has been with the Congress. The BJP won this constituency only in 2014 and that when Congress rebel Dilip Singh Bhuria crossed over to defeat Kantilal Bhuria — a veteran Congressman. However, Congress MP Kantilal wrested the seat in a bypoll and now he is facing the challenge from BJP’s GS Damor. As per the campaign tour released by the Congress, Priyanka, after landing in Indore on Monday at 12.30 pm, would take a chopper to seek blessings of Mahakal — Lord Shiva in Ujjain and then proceed for the public meetings.last_img read more

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