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IPL 2021: Big statement on MS Dhoni’s IPL future, CSK…

first_img Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari to be sole entry to Tokyo Games as Indian women’s recurve team fails to qualify Latest Sports News Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates WTC Final 2021 LIVE: 5 Ways to watch India vs New Zealand World Test Championship LIVE Streaming for free Cricket Previous articleIPL 2021: NZC monitoring travel ban situation and in contact with IPL franchisesNext articleBangladesh to host Men’s Hockey Asian Champions Trophy from Oct 1-9 Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. 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He said that they are not looking at anybody beyond Dhoni, as the former Indian skipper will not be playing his last IPL. “If you ask me, I don’t see him retiring anytime soon. Not this year at least and this is my personal opinion,” Kasi told InsideSport.Dhoni has been at the helm of CSK since the inaugural IPL in 2008. The 39-year-old has led the Chennai side to three IPL titles, second-highest after Mumbai Indians who has five titles under their hat. F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Cricket by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowUndoIPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’UndoSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’UndoALSO READ| Rohit Sharma to make 3 big selection decisions for Mumbai Indians playing XIDhoni has been looking in good form ahead of the campaign opener. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has been raining sixes during the net session, which could be a big relief for the CSK team management.Chennai play their first game on Saturday (April 10) against Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.IPL 2021: Suresh Raina makes his returnOne thing that Chennai missed majorly was the absence of Suresh Raina. ‘Mr IPL’, as he is referred to fondly due to his dominance in the tournament, had pulled out of last year’s IPL season due to ‘personal reason’. His comeback will solve CSK’s top-order problems to a certain level and also give depth to their batting line-up.IPL 2021: Virat Kohli to choose between Md Azharuddeen and Finn Allen as opening partnerBut the problem is his lack of match practice. In past one year, the only cricket he has played is during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, Kasi is not worried as he has been working hard in the nets and is keen to prove himself.“He played the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. After that he has been practicing. He didn’t want to play a 50-over tournament (Vijay Hazare Trophy). (But) he has been practising with us also for the last 10 days. He is very keen to do well,” he said.IPL 2021 CSK squad 2021:  CSK squad 2021 – MS Dhoni (C and WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ravi Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Imran Tahir, R. Sai Kishore, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harisankar Reddy, Bhagvath Varma and Cheteshwar Pujara Cricket IND vs NZ Live Streaming for free with Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Check out the best Recharge Plan last_img read more

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Puma Energy Zambia Plc 2016 Presentation

first_imgPuma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2016 presentation For more information about Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm)  2016 presentation Company ProfilePuma Energy Zambia Plc markets and distributes petroleum products and lubricants in Zambia; ensuring a secure, safe and affordable supply to the following sectors: business-to-business, retail, lubricant, aviation, bitumen, liquefied petroleum gas, storage, supply, bunkering, wholesale, marine systems and refining. It also owns 53 service stations, located in the main towns and cities of Zambia. Puma Energy Zambia is a subsidiary of Puma Energy International BV; a global energy business with integrated midstream and downstream operations in 50 countries across five continents. The Puma brand was created in Argentina in 1929 and founded to transport and market crude oil and its by-products. The energy company has undergone exceptional growth and now boasts an international footprint that includes the Americas, Africa, Europe and Middle East/Asia Pacific. Puma Energy Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgMay & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileMay & Baker Nigeria Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical diagnostics, foods and consumer healthcare products in Nigeria. Pharmaceutical products include anti-diabetics, anti-infectives, anti-malaria, analgesics, cough & cold treatments, multivitamins and anxiolytics. May & Bake Nigeria Plc produce a range of Mimee noodles and Lily still water. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. May & Baker Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Midweek Madness – O’Connell thanks O’Gara

first_imgWednesday Jul 23, 2008 Midweek Madness – O’Connell thanks O’Gara This very short clip comes from the after match celebrations a few months back, when Munster came out triumphant in the Heineken Cup Finalagainst Toulouse.Apparently this is how you thank your star flyhalf in Munster – with a face full of champagne.We came across this clip and thought it was good for a laugh. O’Gara may disagree, but the jubilation of the win would have meant he probably forgot about it the next day.Make sure you keep sending in those funnies so we can keep sharing them here on Rugbydump. :: Related Posts :: Munster are the new champions of Europe ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Midweek Madness – O’Connell thanks O’Gara | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Intelligence agency spied on newspaper reporter

first_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union PortugalEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Portugal to go furthercenter_img PortugalEurope – Central Asia News August 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Intelligence agency spied on newspaper reporter November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the weekly Expresso’s revelation in its 27 August issue that senior members of the Strategic Defence and Intelligence Service (SIED), Portugal’s foreign intelligence agency, illegally obtained access to the particulars of journalist Nuno Simas’ mobile phone calls and messages.The SIED was reportedly trying to identify Simas’ sources for an article for the daily Público on 7 August 2010 about alleged tension between the SIED and the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS), Portugal’s domestic intelligence agency.Expresso published copies of documents sent in 2010 to then SIED chief Jorge Silva Carvalho that include a very detailed list of all Simas’ calls and SMS messages from 19 July to 12 August 2010. Simas, who left Público in July 2011, confirmed to Expresso that the listed calls and messages were indeed his. The management of Público has filed a complaint accusing unknown persons of violation of privacy.“We firmly condemn these more than dubious activities on the part of the SIED and its former director, which gravely violate not only Simas’ privacy but also all journalists’ legitimate right to guarantee the protection of their sources,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The SIED has just done further harm to Portugal’s already worrying media freedom record.“As Simas’ August 2010 article was very clearly a matter of public interest, the domestic and foreign intelligence agencies should do everything possible to achieve a lasting solution to the tension between them, which led them to try to identify the persons who legitimately blew the whistle on this problem.”According to Expresso, the details of Simas’ calls and messages were passed to Carvalho by a SIED operations chief who was subsequently fired for providing Carvalho with information after Carvalho had left the SIED. This official allegedly had an accomplice within Optimus, Simas’ mobile phone operator, whose parent company also owns Público. The information seems to have been obtained unofficially, as the SIED’s internal files have no record of it.“We hail the decision by the public prosecutor’s office to open an investigation,” Reporters Without Borders added. “But we call for the investigation to be continued and for it to be given proper resources so that all those involved can be identified, including the most senior officials who clearly played an active role in this case. The intelligence services are official agencies that cannot be allowed to escape the state’s control. And Carvalho must explain his actions.“We also call on Optimus to carry out an investigation in order to identify the persons who directly or indirectly provided the SIED with Simas’ private data. Optimus is not supposed to divulge clients’ data to third parties without their consent, unless authorized to do so by court order, which it clearly did not have. The intelligence services are not the only ones at fault in this case and all involved should accept their share of the blame.”Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has described the case as “very grave” and has asked the secretary-general of the Portuguese Republic’s Intelligence System (SIRP), which oversees all the intelligence agencies, to carry out an internal investigation into the illegal activities revealed by Expresso. Help by sharing this information Organisation Newslast_img read more

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O’Domhnaill hits out at Property Tax valuation arrangements

first_imgNews Pinterest Facebook Twitter 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – March 6, 2013 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebookcenter_img Twitter O’Domhnaill hits out at Property Tax valuation arrangements Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleTwo Creggan men charged over attempted mortar attack on Derry PSNI stationNext articleSenator Harte attacks Sinn Fein on its property tax stance News Highland Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Brian O’Domhnaill FFDonegal Senator Brian O’Domhnaill has launched a scathing attack on the government for giving the Revenue the right to determine what a home is worth.Senator O’Domhnaill told a debate on the second stage of the bill to enact the property tax that the legislation is being rushed through so the Revenue can begin sending out its valuations next week.He said it’s an extremely unfair system…………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/bodclip1.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

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Gently And Warmly Into The Light: Remembering Ashok H. Desai, Senior Advocate

first_imgColumnsGently And Warmly Into The Light: Remembering Ashok H. Desai, Senior Advocate Krishnan Venugopal, Senior Advocate15 April 2020 2:11 AMShare This – xHow does one capture with the written word the essence of a man who was simultaneously the quintessential English barrister but also Indian to the core; who was a socialist in the mould of Harold Laski – presumably from when he studied at the London School of Economics during the 1950s – but who was among the most sought after senior counsel by the largest Indian and…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?LoginHow does one capture with the written word the essence of a man who was simultaneously the quintessential English barrister but also Indian to the core; who was a socialist in the mould of Harold Laski – presumably from when he studied at the London School of Economics during the 1950s – but who was among the most sought after senior counsel by the largest Indian and multinational firms; who was simultaneously a Western liberal in his values and a confirmed Buddhist; who liked Sherlock Holmes novels and spy thrillers but equally enjoyed reading a biography of Leonardo da Vinci, a book explaining gene therapy to lay people or “A Theory of Justice” by John Rawls. Having grown up in the era immediately following independence, Ashok Desai, or Ashokbhai as all of us in chamber called him affectionately, was a natural heir to the great lawyers and public figures who fought for India’s independence. For him, hard work, decency and courtesy inside and outside court was important. Anybody who dealt with him always came away with the view that he was a thorough gentleman. But integrity, both at a personal and a public level was even more integral to his sense of self. He was a thinker who pondered over issues of public importance and spoke out and acted against injustice or failings in the system and believed strongly in public service regardless of the personal sacrifice it would entail. Ashokbhai was all of this and more but, what I admired the most about him, was his empathy and ability to relate to everyone at an individual level, regardless of age or status. He was never condescending, was incapable of malice, and never had a mean word to say about anyone. Ashokbhai was a brilliant counsel who reached the pinnacle of success in the legal profession in India. I could recite all the traditional indicators of great success in the law and each one would be true in his case: that he was Solicitor General of India between 1989-90 ; Attorney General for India between 1996 and 1998; a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2001; argued path-breaking cases in the Supreme Court and in the Bombay High Court, too many to list; represented some of India’s biggest corporate clients; and was one of the few counsel in the Bombay High Court and later the Supreme Court who always commanded the complete confidence of the bar and the bench. But none of these truly do justice to the wisdom and humanity of the person who we – his juniors – loved and respected. When I joined his chamber, a couple of months after he had been appointed as Attorney General for India, during my first interaction with him, he instructed me to call him “Ashok” and not to refer to him as “Sir”. After a bit of negotiation, he finally agreed that I call him “Ashokbhai” though I must confess that I continued to “sir” him most of the time. He also told me very emphatically that he considered each and every one of his juniors to be a counsel in his or her own right and that I was free to take up my own cases. Personal integrity meant that Ashokbhai never took up more cases than he thought he could handle so that he did not have to make false promises to advocates or solicitors who relied on him. Winning his case was important but never at the cost of his reputation for honesty and fairness to the court. Integrity at a public level meant that, during the Emergency between 1975 and 1977, despite recognizing that he might himself suffer the wrath of Mrs. Gandhi’s Government, he fought the cases of political detainees such as Mrinal Gore, Madhu Dandavate and George Fernandes. Throughout his career, Ashokbhai appeared without charge in cases to vindicate civil liberties or to challenge the abuse of State power. Shortly after I joined his chamber, I assisted Ashokbhai in giving the Government of India his opinion on an important issue concerning the consistency of India’s import-licensing regime with its WTO obligations. He asked me to assist him again when the Commerce Ministry approached him about filing an appeal to the WTO Appellate Body after a WTO panel ruled against India in a patents dispute under the TRIP’s Agreement. The international law firm that had assisted India at the panel stage had told the Government that there were no plausible grounds for an appeal. However, due to developments in Parliament, the Government insisted that all avenues be exhausted and an appeal filed. I helped Ashokbhai develop the grounds of appeal during the Dussehra vacation and he led India’s delegation to the hearing in Geneva. Although India lost the appeal, it did result in the development of international trade law. Ashokbhai ensured not only was I a member of India’s delegation but also that I got a chance to speak at the hearing. This is just one instance of Ashokbhai’s generosity of spirit. Much later, when I decided to leave the chamber and set up my own practice, Ashokbhai insisted, in keeping with his belief in public service, that I continue to work as an advisor to the Ministry of Commerce on WTO issues even if it detracted from my domestic law practice. I followed his advice for as long as I possibly could. Ashokbhai was not a hard taskmaster. We were expected to reach the chamber by 9 am, though he started earlier, especially when he had a difficult case that day, which was most of the time. But, even for those of us who reached a “little” late on a particular day, we were done normally by 7 pm. By that time, each of us would finish preparing the note for the assigned case. On a rare day when additional research had to be done, he would ask us to return at 8.30 pm after dinner to have ice cream with him and to complete the research. While we assumed initially that Ashokbhai called it a day at about 7 pm, the next morning we would always find that he had marked up his brief in light blue ink with his characteristic anda scrawled over key paragraphs and prepared his own notes. Mornings were when we frantically completed our research on the last-minute propositions that Ashokbhai found during his own reading the previous evening. Learning in Ashokbhai’s chamber happened naturally and organically without our even realizing that we were learning. For each brief, he would ask us to do research on some arcane question relating to civil procedure, the Indian Penal Code, evidence, contract or labour law that came up tangentially in the brief. We took it for granted that he needed the research done and had some larger strategy in mind that we could not comprehend. In hindsight, it seems clear that much of the time he was simply giving us opportunities to learn – to improve our own knowledge of the law. During conference, we were supposed to wait until the solicitor briefing Ashokbhai had finished before we could contribute. It was important, he told us, not to interrupt a briefing lawyer. Most of us are grateful that he never directly told us that we were talking nonsense when making our little contribution. Instead, with rare exception, he would either smile wryly or look thoughtful and tell us “you are not wrong, you know”, which most of us took as the highest compliment at the time. He would then give us his own take on the case in our discussion after the briefing solicitor had left, when we learned how clever – or not – our own thoughts were. But discussions were always free and frank and he welcomed our airing our views to the fullest. Watching Ashokbhai present his arguments in court was always a learning experience. The felicity of expression, the delicate way he introduced his arguments in court, flitting from one submission to the next – all the while watching the bench intently to see which way the wind was blowing – before homing in on what he thought would swing the bench his way, was a joy to behold. He also gave us useful advice on how to be good counsel. He told us that we should avoid pitching our arguments too high as far as possible. More cases, he observed, had been lost by making an unnecessary submission during an SLP admission hearing to impress the client watching from the gallery and to “earn” your fee than had ever been won by making a brilliant submission at the end after the bench had already made up its mind in your favour, which could cause the judges to rethink their view. Because of his great respect for the institution, Ashokbhai was slow to take offense even at outrageous statements from the bench in the Supreme Court. During my time in the chamber, at a hearing in a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court concerning the mass molestation of women at a political rally, the senior judge on the bench made the astonishing comment that “… rape is the mark that a conqueror leaves on the conquered populace”. As the Attorney General, who was representing the investigative authority, Ashokbhai was aghast at this comment but continued presenting his arguments. The senior judge then stated that he remembered a U.S. Supreme Court judgement about a policeman having molested a woman during a routine traffic stop. At this stage, Ashokbhai informed the bench that he would make every effort to locate the judgment and place it the next day. All of us spent the entire evening until 11 pm on this research – with the obligatory post-dinner ice-cream – but could not find a single judgment dealing with the molestation of a woman by a State trooper at a traffic stop. The next day, when arguments resumed, Ashokbhai informed the bench that we had not been able to locate any such judgment. To his utter shock, the senior judge responded that it was not important and he may have read about the incident in a magazine. By this time, Ashokbhai was thoroughly offended and sought an adjournment. Learning was not just for the juniors. If any counsel used a particularly felicitous phrase in court, Ashokbhai would note it down in the little black book he kept in his coat pocket in which he noted down important precedents. And it was always an unalloyed pleasure to hear Ashokbhai’s speeches at bar functions. Every speech was tailored to the audience and delivered in a conversational tone of voice, peppered with quotations, anecdotes and witticisms. It all seemed so effortless. But for those who watched him prepare them from behind the scenes, it was clear that took hard work. He would painstakingly edit them through multiple drafts, scoring out and substituting a word here and a phrase there until it was polished to perfection and to his complete satisfaction. Listening to music was a must after work – along with a glass of Campari or wine. If one of us had not finished our research on a case, we would unfailingly be given the privilege of joining him for a glass of wine and a chat. Sometimes, Ashokbhai would even play Indian or Western classical music during conferences on the little Bose music system he had set up in his office, much to the annoyance of some solicitors. I am also reminded of one morning, many years ago, that Ashokbhai and I, as one of his advisors on things audio-visual, rushed around to help him choose the best possible flatscreen TV so he could watch his favourite operas and historical dramas. His other favourite pastime was to meet intellectuals of all kinds – authors, civil servants, lawyers and judges from India and abroad – over intimate dinners at his home where he liked to discuss the burning issues of the day. Being a member of Ashokbhai’s chamber meant that we were part of his family and that he took a keen interest in what our partners and children did. Whenever he met my wife, he would enquire about her interests in literature and the latest books that she had read. When he visited our home, he would remember to bring chocolates for our children and engage with them, giving them a riddle or a logical conundrum to solve. We were all regularly invited to his home with our partners where we were regaled with wine, single malts and homemade snacks in his basement office. Suvernaben, his beloved wife, always made us feel at home. If Ashokbhai’s daughter Ami or sons Harsh or Jai were visiting him in Delhi with their families, we were often invited to dinner to meet them. After an hour of animated conversation on topics ranging from the law, politics and current affairs to history and science, we would go upstairs for a fabulous Gujarati feast or out to a nice restaurant. What stood out most about Ashokbhai was his qualities as a human being. Dylan Thomas’s advice that you should not go gently into the night but rage at the dying of the light was not something that could ever appeal to him. For Ashokbhai was always gentle and warm and his inner light always shone through. The self-realization that Ashokbhai aspired to is best understood from these verses written by Thich Nhat Hanh, one of his favourite Buddhist gurus: … Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, Manifestations from my wondrous true mind. Since before time, I have been free. Birth and death are the only doors through which we pass, Sacred thresholds on our journey, Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek. So laugh with me, Hold my hand Let us say goodbye, Say goodbye, to meet again soon. …(Author is a Senior Advocate at Supreme Court of India) Next Storylast_img read more

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Skills framework gives call centres a boost

first_imgE-skillsUK has developed a careers and skills framework for the call centre industry,designed to raise the level of training activity and improve the sector’simage. Formedfrom the merger of ITNTO and e-business NTO, e-skills UK has been approved tomove to the development stage to become a Sector Skills Council, with callcentres part of its remit. ItsCall2Contact business unit has worked with consultancy Accenture to find outfrom a wide cross-section of around 80 employers, professional bodies and stakeholderswhat the important skills issues are and to develop a strategic plan for futuresuccess. The resulting framework identifies sets of skills and knowledge andlinks them to job roles and career paths that contact centre staff – from newentrants to managers – can pursue.Theaim of the framework is to make UK contact centre professionals better skilledand motivated so they can deliver higher levels of service to customers andmake Britain a centre of excellence within the industry.Mappingskills against national occupational standards has enabled the prospective SSCto identify gaps in the national standards and qualifications framework. Itwill help check that existing training provision is fit for purpose andrelevant to employers.  E-skillsUK is keen to work with employers on implementing the framework and receivingfeedback on its use.Theframework has the backing of the Call Centre Association and the Call CentreManagers Association, together with many in-house and outsource groups. PaulineNewbury, UK HR project manager at outsourcing provider Sitel will beimplementing the framework across the company’s five sites, which employ 2,500people. It will bolt on to Sitel’s existing training processes and deliver anumber of benefits. Forfurther information contact Andrew Palmer at [email protected]; Tel:020 7963 8920; www.e-skills.comByElaine Essery Skills framework gives call centres a boostOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Firefighters’ pay talks to resume

first_img Comments are closed. Talks aimed at settling the firefighters’ pay dispute are expected tocontinue at conciliation body Acas this week. Discussions between Fire Brigades Union officials and representatives fromthe Employers Organisation for Local Government have been on hold over theChristmas period. The talks follow the publication in December of the independent review offire service pay and conditions by Sir George Bain, which calls for HR in thefire service to be radically overhauled. It claims the fire service only payslip service to diversity (over 95 per cent of staff are male), and bullying isstill too widespread. Bain wants the number of local HR staff increased to help managers altershift patterns, the introduction of flexible and part-time working arrangementsand different levels of staff deployed at various times of day. Val Shawcross, chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority,said: “The best strategy for providing effective fire cover in a denselypopulated area is very different from that of providing best cover for thebusiness and entertainment capital. We need flexibility to recognise and adaptto those differences.” However, the FBU has dismissed the report as an irrelevance as it proposesonly a 4 per cent pay increase this year, and a further 7 per cent next year –well short of the union’s demand for a 40 per cent pay rise. www.lg-employers.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Firefighters’ pay talks to resumeOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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AG Curtis Hill Assails Effort To Overturn Entire Slate Of Indiana Abortion Laws

first_imgAttorney General Curtis Hill this week filed a brief in U.S. district court refuting arguments by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance that 25 sections and sub-sections of Indiana law dealing with abortion are unconstitutional.“Indiana’s abortion regulations are carefully designed to further our important and legitimate interests in expressing respect for fetal life and promoting women’s health,” Attorney General Hill said. “At the same time, our laws respect the woman’s ultimate decision whether or not to bear a child. The federal district court should protect the delicate balance fashioned by the Supreme Court’s abortion precedents.”Late last year, Whole Woman’s Health argued in a court filing that the entirety of Indiana’s abortion legislation imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose whether or not to bear a child. At the heart of the abortion provider’s argument, Attorney General Hill said, is a gross misinterpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.Whole Woman’s Health’s latest claim, he said, “represents an attempt by an abortion provider to exploit the Supreme Court’s decision as a weapon to strike down entire state regulatory regimes, even if those laws have been enforced and upheld for years.”The abortion provider’s expansive claims show disregard for existing case law, he added.“Indeed, Whole Woman’s Health’s approach cuts to the very heart of the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence,” Attorney General Hill said. “It assumes no abortion dispute can ever be truly settled, claiming that no matter how many times an abortion regulation is upheld, it can always be challenged again — at trial — on the grounds that changed circumstances have made the previously valid law unconstitutional.”Whole Woman’s Health’s contention that Indiana law creates undue burdens on the right to an abortion is based on unfounded speculation rather than the actual effects of Indiana’s regulations, Attorney General Hill said. Whole Woman’s Health, he noted, has even conceded that it failed to show that Indiana’s laws have prevented Hoosier women from accessing abortion.“If accepted, these arguments would throw abortion jurisprudence into chaos,” Attorney General Hill said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more