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  • Workforces to grow in next year

    first_imgThe Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed British firms in the private sector will be taking on more staff in the next 12 months.In collaboration with recruitment specialist Harvey Nash, the ’Seeking a Competitive Edge’ Employment Trends Survey of 300 firms discovered 35% of companies said they expected their workforces to increase during the period.Only 15% of firms surveyed, which currently employ more than 1.4 million people between them, said they felt employee numbers would decline.Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, said: “The performance of our flexible labour market in generating jobs in a sluggish economy is a mini-miracle. Businesses look set to continue with the positive, but cautious approach to hiring that we’ve seen over the past couple of years, and this is echoed in expected pay restraint designed to protect employment.”The CBI also found that more than a third (36%) of business were planning wage increases either below inflation or on target for specific employees, and only 16% of employers were planning a pay freeze.Albert Ellis, chief executive of Harvey Nash, said: “The hiring picture presented in the report overall remains a positive one, as businesses look for the best people in tough times. To gain a competitive edge, businesses are investing in and nurturing talent.“Most encouragingly, more than a fifth of employers are looking to increase their graduate hiring in the next year and 23% are set to boost apprenticeship numbers, thereby investing in the skills of the next generation. This is also good news for those seeking out a first foothold on the career ladder, but the survey shows a lack of skills and experience is holding back some from fulfilling their potential.”The CBI/Harvey Nash survey was conducted during August and September 2012, with respondents based across the UK and representing a wide range of company sizes and sectors.last_img read more

  • North & South Korea Agree Joint 2032 Olympic Bid

    first_imgNorth and South Korea have agreed to pursue a joint bid to host the summer Olympics in 2032.The bid was agreed by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a meeting in Pyongyang.The two nations have fielded joint teams at major events and won a first gold together at August’s Asian Games. India, Australia, China and Indonesia have also expressed interest in hosting the 2032 Games.South Korea staged the Winter Olympics this year, and the capital Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Games.North Korea’s May Day Stadium is the largest in the world with a reported capacity of 150,000.The bid is part of improved relations between the two nations after decades of hostility in the wake of the Korean War in the 1950s.The two nations marched together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in February and competed as one team in ice hockey.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Clippers answer to themselves amid criticism stemming from Donald Sterling controversy

    first_imgOAKLAND – Depending on your point of view, the Clippers took the floor Sunday against the Golden State Warriors as reluctant martyrs, sell outs, a group of proud men banding together against their racist owner or a bunch of high-priced mercenaries turning a blind eye on the human drama unfolding around them.What they really were — basketball players doing the job they’re paid to do while playing a game they’ve dreamed about for as long as they’ve laced up high tops — doesn’t much matter.They’ve entered that strange, powerful, public perception vortex in which they are whatever you want them to be, whatever you see them as.They lost their public identity the moment Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s condescending voice could be heard spewing hatefulness and racism to his girlfriend on the now infamous audio tape unleashed on the world late Friday night. Is anyone surprised, then, what unfolded Sunday when an obviously distracted bunch of Clippers were essentially run off the court in a 118-97 win by the Warriors?Take nothing away from Golden State, which desperately needed to win to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole in this best-of-7 series and played every bit as urgently and emotionally as you would imagine.“We found something that would work for us and we came ready to play,” said Warriors forward Andre Iguadala Or as Paul said: “I don’t think anything had to do with the outcome of the game. They beat us.”It was a brave face in a difficult moment. And you wouldn’t expect proud athletes like Paul or Griffin to use this as an excuse.“That’s not sugar coating anything,” Griffin said. “There’s distractions all the time. All the time there are distractions. You just come and play basketball.”Perhaps, and there was no guarantee the Clippers would have left the Bay Area winning both games even if the Sterling drama didn’t happen.But clearly it didn’t help, and they played most of the afternoon as if something bigger than a basketball game was on their mind.And can you really blame them after enduring the last 48 hours?“They’ve been pulled in a million different directions over the last 24 hours,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers sighed.Some people wanted them to boycott Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors unless immediate action was taken against Sterling — myself included. Others urged them to never again play for Sterling.There were calls to wear all black Sunday in a demonstration of solidarity. Or line up before tip off then walk off the court just after it. Some demanded they just go through the motions rather than giving one more ounce of real effort to an owner who obviously doesn’t respect them or their race.And everywhere they turned the last two days, someone had an opinion.For the Clippers, there was no escaping the Sterling controversy, no matter how much they tried to distance themselves from it long enough to focus on Game 4.And there was no shaking the kind of pressure they were under to do the right thing.“Because listen,” Rivers said, “as much as this is basketball, this is life. And our guys, they have family. They have friends. And they have cell phones. And I can’t imagine how much they’ve been pulled on and talked to and what you should do or shouldn’t do and what you should say.”Ultimately, the Clippers decided they couldn’t answer to everyone.So they decided to simply answer themselves.“It’s about those guys in the locker room,” Paul said. “Those guys, my teammates.”Boycotting was not an option. That would have been giving in to the hate and letting words — repulsive as they might be — stand in the way of their lifetime objective.They’ve worked too hard, come too far and overcome too much to let a simple man’s ignorance deter them.So they played. For each other, mostly. But also for their fans and family and friends who are sticking by them and sympathetic to the impossible storm they were dropped into. Knowing full well they’d be criticized for doing so and in some ways, be the public face of a professional sports franchise run by a racist.And be met with loud screams of “KKK Clippers,” by some fans at Oracle Arena or chants of “racists” when they sank a shot.As they were throughout Sunday — not by everyone, mind you. But those exact sentiments were clearly heard at various points in the section I sat in on Sunday.It didn’t matter the Clippers were as angry as anyone else over what Sterling is accused of saying or that his hateful words cut especially deep.And that they waged a silent protest by peeling off their warm-up jackets before the game to unveil long-sleeved T-shirts turned inside out to hide the Clippers logo.Or that they all wore black socks and wrist bands in a sign of solidarity.“Not to be a distraction, but to say, ‘We are paying attention,’” explained Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who was asked by Paul, the President of the NBA Players Association, to come on as an adviser while the league conducts its investigation and decides punishment.Said Paul: “Something we talked about as a team.”Because to not do anything would have been an insult to themselves and everything they stand for.The Clippers aren’t going to let Sterling deter them from their goals.But they also aren’t going to lay down and just take it, either.How could they?Imagine being an African-American like Paul or Jordan or Griffin and knowing your owner abhors you because of your race?Or that he wants nothing to do with you or people who look like you — other than to make him money, of course.Think about having to represent someone like that?Think about the anger they set aside in order to focus on their objective?“The players are outraged,” said Johnson.Imagine being Rivers, himself African-American, having to guide his team through this hurricane of hate and ask them to somehow set aside anger we can all appreciate to focus on the goal at hand?It’s an anger that burns deeply in the stomach of Rivers, who despises racism of any form but still must shelve his own apprehensions to tend to his players’ state of mind.“I just look at it as part of my job.” Rivers said. “And it’s just what you have to do.”But Imagine the conflict Rivers must feel knowing his paycheck is signed by a man who harbors as much hate for African-Americans as Sterling apparently does.Rivers didn’t ask for this upon leaving the Boston Celtics to coach the Clippers last summer. And you wonder if there is anything Sterling can say at this point to convince Rivers to stay, provided Sterling remains the owner.“Don’t know yet,” Rivers said. “I’m just going to leave it at that.”Now imagine having to coach with that hanging over your head.Or having to play, as the Clippers chose to do?But that is the path they took, because to do otherwise was to give in to words.“This is what we do.” Paul said.And that is the statement they wanted to make.“Our message is that we’re going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do,” Rivers said. “And I think that’s a good message.”Maybe so.But it was impossible separating life from a game Sunday.“I thought I wasn’t (distracted) but obviously I was,” said Rivers, taking full blame for not preparing his team well enough. “I take that personally.”That isn’t to say the Clippers lost because of the Sterling drama.But it sure didn’t [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twitter Soon after, we all turned to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan and every player earning a paycheck from Sterling wondering how they would respond.And in some cases, demanding them to react accordingly.Or be judged.In this case, accordingly crossing so many conflicting planes and angles and spectrums and agendas and points of views, the perfect response was as elusive as Warriors guard Stephen Curry on a high-post pick-and-roll.And it left them vulnerable to criticism no matter what they did.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • Francesca keeps U14 girls’ trophy in Italian hands

    first_img Tags: Lyme Regis, U14 9 Aug 2018 Francesca keeps U14 girls’ trophy in Italian hands Francesca Fiorellini kept the English U14 girls’ open championship in Italian hands when she won the trophy today by five shots at Lyme Regis Golf Club.The 13-year-old was one-over par for 54 holes and commented: “I was very excited at the beginning of the day and on the last hole when I was sure I could win, I was very, very excited.”She follows Charlotte Cattaneo as champion and adds her name to a trophy which was once won by Georgia Hall, now the Ricoh Women’s British Open winner.Fiorellini started the day one off the lead, held by Harriet Lockley of Wales, and went round in two-under 72 today to shoot away from the field.The English challenge was led by Patience Rhodes of Burnham and Berrow, Somerset who finished as joint runner-up and recreated a piece of history.Back in 2014 Rhodes’ sister Mimi – now an England girl international – was runner-up in this event, also to an Italian, Emilie Paltrinieri.Rhodes, 14, intends to keep following in her sister’s footsteps – and overtake her if possible! “I’m hoping to be better than her, I always beat her at chipping,” she laughed.She finished this championship on six-over, tied with Anna Neumayer of Austria, and commented: “I’m very pleased because I did the best I could have done.” Rhodes also won the handicap competition on net six-under par.Three other English girls also finished in the top ten Rachel Gourley (Arcot Hall), who tied fourth; and Scarlett Williams (Parkstone) and Lottie Woad (Farnham) who tied sixth.For full scores click hereImage copyright Leaderboard Photography.last_img read more

  • May the force be with you – Lily set for 2020

    first_img Lily May Humphreys has revealed how her ambitions for 2020 are being fuelled by the inspirational Bronte Law and top tips from Annika Sorenstam.Essex county player Humphreys enjoyed a stunning 2019 season winning both the England Golf women’s and girls’ orders of merit.On top of this, the 17-year-old won individual events in Sweden, Wales and Ireland and earned another four top ten finishes in tournaments staged in England, Italy and France.In an England shirt, Humphreys helped her country win the Home Internationals and defeat Spain in a challenge match.There were appearances for Great Britain and Ireland at the Astor and Vagliano Trophies and a call-up to the Europe side for the Junior Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.While in Scotland, Humphreys was able to watch the Solheim Cup drama unfold as Europe came from behind to beat America with the final stroke of the final match on the final day of play.Suzann Pettersen may have holed the winning putt, but England Golf graduate Law’s part in the victory should not be understated.Humphreys had a front row seat as Law closed out her singles match against Ally McDonald on the 17th green to set the stage for the Pettersen finale.That moment, along with one-to-one advice from legendary Swede Sorenstam last summer is etched on her mind going into the 2020 season.“Watching Bronte Law (pictured below) on the final day of the Solheim was inspiring,” said the former British Girls’ Amateur champion.“I was beside the 17th green when she closed out her match and watching on the big screen as Suzann holed the winning putt.“The noise was incredible.“It was so exciting and knowing that Bronte was part of the England Golf set-up just a few years ago and is now playing at that level really gives you something to aim for.“Meeting Annika earlier in the year was also great.“Playing in and winning her tournament in Sweden came at the end of a fantastic run of form for me.“Annika put on a golf clinic during the event and as I was doing well in the tournament, I got to hit some shots with her.“She told me to practise everything about my game – not to neglect anything and that’s something I’ve taken on board for this season.”Humphreys had another chance to pick Sorenstam’s brains and observe her at close quarters when she took part in the Annika Invitational USA event last week and finished a highly creditable sixth.Experiences like this in St Augustine, Florida are priceless for Humphreys as she continues to learn her trade.Going into the new season, Humphreys can build on an incredible last year.Winning the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play, the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play and the Annika Europe in the space of five weeks in May and June was a phenomenal achievement.The fact the golfer from Stoke by Nayland also shoehorned in a runner up spot at the English Women’s Amateur Championship in the middle of her winning streak showed just how hot her game was in the early part of summer 2019.But there’s no time for Humphreys to rest on her laurels as she aims high in 2020.In April, she will join England colleagues Annabell Fuller, Bel Wardle and Emily Toy at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.The opportunity to play the event for a second successive season is an exciting prospect after her debut last year.“Playing at Augusta was amazing – a place I’d only ever seen on TV,” added Humphreys.“I didn’t recognise some of the holes. The green at the 12th hole for example is so small in real life compared to on TV.“It was great playing the course, though, and just for fun I even managed to skim the ball across the pond at the 16th and hit the green!”And then there’s the thrill of representing England again as Humphreys and the squad target success at Home Internationals, Europeans and, hopefully, world championships.”I enjoy the team events as the spirit is so good.“There’s plenty to aim for in 2020,” confirmed Humphreys who does not turn 18 until March.“I will also look at going to LPGA Tour School at the end of the summer and try to win my card there so it’s an exciting time.”Photograph credits: Pat Cashman, Leaderboard 27 Jan 2020 May the force be with you – Lily set for 2020 Tags: Bronte Law, england women, Essex, Lily May Humphreyslast_img read more

  • Bruh moment of 29th October 2019: Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney’s son Kai will…

    first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 2tneNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1fWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exuv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) n8wWould you ever consider trying this?😱8v6fcCan your students do this? 🌚s6pRoller skating! Powered by Firework Wayne Rooney. The leader of the frontline during his Manchester United reign, and the beloved apprentice of Fergie. A hall of fame and prominent figure among the supporters. Everyone expects the current DC United star’s son Kai to follow his father’s footsteps, right? Wrong! The kid is aiming for the Citizens!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAfter 13 years at the Old Trafford, Rooney left United in 2017 for Everton, a year before moving to the US Capital. The 34 year old will be returning to his homeland in January 2020 to start off a new chapter as a player-coach for EFL Championship side Derby County.As cited by various sources, Kai, Wayne and Coleen’s eldest son, will join Manchester City’s youth academy on return. The academy has given City several first class players, such as Shaun Wright-Phillips, Phil Foden and another Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel’s son, Kasper Schmeichel.Advertisement Primarily enrolling in the United youth academy in 2016, the 9 year old was speculated to join up the Bethesda Soccer Club in the US.However, Kai will be returning to the Etihad Academy once again, after a short session in 2017 before Wayne flew over the Atlantic from Cheshire.Advertisement If all things fall into place as they are planned, the ‘Rooney’ name on a Sky Blue jersey will be a sight to see, contrary to almost all united fans who are eager to see Kai at the Theater of Dreams. Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Report Highly Critical of Red Bank Operations

    first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – A newly published report commissioned by the borough slams Red Bank’s “ineffective” and “dysfunctional” municipal operations.The 42-page-long assessment entitled the Management Enhancement Review, shared Friday on the borough website, says Red Bank’s government needs to modernize its numerous departments, requires an active redevelopment agency to compete with neighboring towns and should overhaul its form of government.“It’s definitely disappointing. Heart-wrenching, in a way,” said Red Bank Councilman Michael Whelan Tuesday, who has been on the governing body for two and a half years. “It’s our fault and we just can’t get out of our way.”It was authored by Government Strategy Group (GSG) over a seven-month period from October to April. Its leadership – CEO Kenneth DeRoberts and Joseph M. Harnett, executive managing director – were contracted by the borough earlier this year to oversee operations after former borough administrator Stanley Sickels’ retirement at the end of 2017.DeRoberts and Harnett took Red Bank’s current temperature by interviewing 45 borough employees, elected officials, business owners and business agency staff about how the town operates. Though their names were listed in a section called Roster of Interviews, their comments were published without attribution. The results detailed a rising fever.“Our facilities are a disaster,” said one person, who was not named. “We are all out of sync. I don’t know what the goals and objectives of the Mayor and Council are,” another proclaimed. “You have to be a pest to get anything done here,” described a third person.“The Borough of Red Bank is at a major crossroads,” the report’s introduction reads. “Strong opposing dynamics, as well as external forces, present challenges that if not addressed, threaten to leave the community’s fate outside of its control.”Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said Monday there needs to be “an organic, complete administrative overhaul” about how “the borough has historically functioned.”The top recommendation was for Red Bank to commission a charter study and investigate changing its form of government. The report finds the borough council form has essentially morphed into a commission-style, giving elected officials too much oversight in daily operations.Menna called investigating such a change a “cop out.” Instead, consolidating its numerous departments into potentially three, he said, would “address the redundancy and the administrative changes that have taken place in 50 years.”The recent hire of new business administrator Ziad Andrew Shehady should help solve that problem, Menna said.Whelan, however, supports changing Red Bank’s governmental system. He and fellow Republican Councilman Mark Taylor recently started the “Red Bank First” initiative as an effort to reform the borough government into a nonpartisan governing body.“Being in that government for the last three years, we have seen how it’s inefficient and how nothing gets done,” said Whelan. “A lot of times we stand in the way of progress, and this independent group pretty much agrees that the way we’re set up is archaic.”The report, which Red Bank initially paid $17,500 for in October, also went into great detail concerning the numerous other functions and policies of Red Bank.OperationsBy redefining the interior chain of command and an organizational structure, the GSG report said Red Bank could eliminate up to 12 full-time positions. It suggested consolidating the code enforcement, planning, zoning and building departments into one main office that handles it all.Open permits in the construction code office have been “symbolic of dysfunctionality that set in over the years,” according to the report. With about 4,400 properties, there are a staggering 9,000 permits in that department. Although most might be for small items, it presents a “real measurable effect on taxes” involving properties with added assessments that should be on tax rolls.Morale among borough employees “is very poor,” the report continued. It detailed a culture where employees take orders from multiple bosses and multiple elected officials, leaving them feeling “not fully supported in their jobs or their careers.”Some recommendations to fix borough-wide operations were to improve information technology programs, hold a regional shared service summit to contract projects out and changing the structure of how employees are assigned work.The Downtown Establishing a redevelopment agency and addressing the downtown parking problems top this section. Redevelopment projects in Long Branch and Asbury Park, as well as at Fort Monmouth could soon rival Red Bank’s downtown, according to the report.GSG suggested the borough hire a full-time redevelopment director or create a similar agency to help communications with current and prospective business owners.Additionally, the borough should implement a new master plan with specifics for the downtown and create a “consistent brand identity” to develop a marketing plan.Hiring a firm to conduct a parking study was also suggested. The borough council beat the report to the punch, though, as it hired Walker Consultants last month to begin that study.“The planning for and availability of such parking has been a source of contention for a number of years,” according to the report. “There are as many different opinions about whether more is needed, if so how much and where as there are stakeholders with an interest in the issue.”Click here to read the rest of the report on redbanknj.org. This article was first published in the June 14-June 21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more