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Firms to buy 10m tablet PCs this year

first_img Share Show Comments ▼ AROUND a quarter of tablet computers, such as Apple’s smash-hit iPad, will be bought by businesses this year, according to Deloitte. The “big four” accountancy giant says firms will snap up tablet devices for their employees instead of buying more costly PCs. “We predict that companies in the retail, healthcare and manufacturing sectors will buy more than 10m tablets for their staff,” said Peter O’Donoghue, head of Deloitte’s technology practice.O’Donoghue added the devices were attractive because of their ease of use and longer battery-lifeHowever, he said firms could be hit by hidden costs, as tablets – which are less robust than PCs – would need to be replaced more often. Meanwhile, combined global sales of smartphones, netbooks and tablets will overtake annual PC sales of 400m for the first time in 2011, Deloitte predicts. “2011 will mark the tipping point as the growth of applications for non-PC items outstrips traditional sales and consumers embrace a wider variety of devices,” said O’Donoghue. The demise of the desktop PC is bad news for software giant Microsoft, which derives around 62 per cent of its revenues from sales of Windows and Office. Microsoft – which has a virtual monopoly when it comes to operating system software for the desktop PC – can’t expect the same kind of dominance on new devices, Deloitte said, with tough competition from the likes of Apple and Google. whatsapp Read This Next’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe WrapHow HGTV’s ‘Renovation Island’ Changed Bryan and Sarah Baeumler’sThe Wrap’Bridgerton’ Stars Phoebe Dynevor and Nicola Coughlan on Daphne andThe WrapBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayot’Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife’ Earns $17 Million 5-Day Opening as Box OfficeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The WrapEverything We Know, or Think We Know, About the Time-Keepers on ‘Loki’The Wrap’The Crown’: What Went Into Finding Princess Diana and Margaret ThatcherThe Wrap Wednesday 12 January 2011 8:17 pm Firms to buy 10m tablet PCs this year whatsapp KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgCopperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileThe Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC), a member of the SAPP and listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, is a Zambian incorporated power transmission, generation, distribution and supply company and a major developer of energy infrastructure in Africa, respected for its skills in designing and operating transmission systems. CEC owns, operates and maintains power transmission, generation and distribution assets servicing customers in Zambia and the DRC, and is one of the largest international power traders in the region.last_img read more

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Lions 2013: The first Test is here and nothing prepares you for it

first_imgBRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 21: Israel Folau of the Wallabies takes a high ball during an Australian Wallabies Captain’s Run at Suncorp Stadium on June 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Another unknown entity: Israel FolauGood planning means deciding – in truth, most times this is gambling – on a scheme to beat the opposition, but paying reverence to their abilities. It is ignorant to assume that Australia will be weak, particularly as they have Will Genia pulling strings, a back-row with the ability to steal lots of ball, an unknown quantity at 12 and an internationally experienced front-row of Benn Robinson, Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander who will have hit every single practice scrum together.Opposite Australia is a front-row where Alex Corbisiero and Tom Youngs have never played together before, a back-row built for running forward towards rucks and a bench that caters for several different tactical options.None of this is to say that the Lions are not well prepared or that Australia must be favourites. It is just that set out, one against the other, this Test is one full of variable and is not as easy as turning up having put in some time and romping home. Revision time is over: Sam Warburton is ready for his first Test against the Wallabies as Lions captain, at SuncorpBy Alan DymockMOVIES ABOUT sports invariably get it wrong. It’s the montage. Athletes are shown muddied and broken, scuttling around performing seemingly impossible tasks over and over until the actions actually become easy.At the sharp end of sport, though, it never gets easy.Who’s ready for the Wallabies?: the Lions pre-Test trainingIf someone is enjoying the hard work or finishing foundation sessions with comfort then that individual is not preparing for true tests.  Do not misinterpret this as saying players should be flogged constantly – proper preparation encompasses factoring in rest, gentle pre-match sessions and time to switch off, though concentration levels must be high at the right times because that’s just good planning – but a British and Irish Lions match against the Wallabies is not only a Test; it is an exorcise in pushing yourself beyond your limits in order to overturn monstrous odds, a pitiless schedule and the demands of four nations and one expectant hemisphere where your opposition lives.On Friday night, Sydney local time, Ian McGeechan presented the Lions with their match jerseys. As a player he has won in South Africa in 1974 and lost it in New Zealand in 1977. He has been head coach of the Lions a system-shocking four times, winning in Australia in 1989, losing in New Zealand in 1993, winning in South Africa in 1997 and losing in South Africa in 2009. He was also a midweek coach on the disastrous tour of New Zealand in 2005. Put plainly, he understands sacrifice and dedication when it comes to touring.Undoubtedly he will have gotten his message across. It will have been a simple message. One about what it takes to win. As the game kicks off it is not just a case of blood and thunder, or destiny being realised, or Everest being scaled, or butterflies turning into Lions, or wounded animals biting back, or any other cliché playing out; it is a case of taking everything, including the unconquerable training, and using it to best an adversary for one little bit. It is just the first Test of three and it will not be easy.It will be unmissable, though.last_img read more

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Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture

first_imgCopyAbout this officeHamish Monk ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAucklandHousesNew ZealandPublished on March 08, 2013Cite: “Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture” 08 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•New Zealand Houses New Zealand Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture photographs:  Mark SmithPhotographs:  Mark SmithSave this picture!© Mark SmithRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. The brief was for a new house on a challenging, steep site in the Orakei creek gully. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold (in size and placement) intervention into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty and poetic. The desire was to seek out a quiet architectural expression, one that is devoid of excessive articulation and noise; a silent witness to its surroundings.Save this picture!© Mark SmithConceived as sculptural components the design plays on purity and scale of the program articulated through three simple elemental forms that step down the site towards the creek – the roof of one floor creating a level platform for the next. Save this picture!© Mark SmithFrom the point of entry the house offers a range of spatial experiences across the width of the floorplate; transitioning from a hunkered almost subterranean position in the landscape to an elevated position perched in the tree canopy. Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessSeaside Resort Development Competition Entry / John Thompson & Partners + Alan Dunlo…Unbuilt ProjectKita Göttingen / Despang ArchitektenArticles Share Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/341346/waiatarua-house-hamish-monk-architecture Clipboard Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk ArchitectureSave this projectSaveWaiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture Year:  Projects 2012 Architects: Hamish Monk Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Area:  225 m² Area:  225 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2012 ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/341346/waiatarua-house-hamish-monk-architecture Clipboard Year:  “COPY” Save this picture!© Mark Smith+ 21 Sharelast_img read more

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Community Foundation for Ireland’s grant detail revealed

first_imgCommunity Foundation for Ireland’s grant detail revealed Tagged with: Funding Ireland Research / statistics Howard Lake | 19 March 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Foundation has made over 3,000 grants to date and claims to be the fastest growing community foundation in Europe. Earlier in the year the Foundation replaced the Grass Roots Scheme with a new Grants Strategy called ‘Caring Communities.’ The first round of grants under the new strategy has a closing date of 29th March and focuses on older people, migrants and mental health. www.communityfoundation.iecenter_img The Community Foundation for Ireland has revealed its grant detail on a county by county basis up to 2012. The Foundation’s interactive map provides totals for each county and by clicking on the county you can see a breakdown of all grants given. The Foundation’s Grassroots Grant Scheme has allocated grants over €13 million since it was established. The map illustrates the wide disparity of grant levels throughout the country with, for instance, Limerick receiving €289,000 and Sligo €67,000. In Dublin the map provides a breakdown for different parts of the city. Advertisement  23 total views,  1 views today 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Indiana Teacher Wins National Ag in the Classroom Scholarship

first_img SHARE Indiana Teacher Wins National Ag in the Classroom Scholarship Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Teacher Wins National Ag in the Classroom Scholarship SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articlePerdue on Ag Issues and Suderman on USDA April Report on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleChina Files WTO Complaint, Pledges to Lower Some Tariffs Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 11, 2018 Facebook Twitter An Indiana teacher will be headed to the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference ‘Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea’ scheduled for June 27-29 in Portland, Maine. Sarah Cleveland of Monrovia Elementary and Morgan County Farm Bureau’s Education and Outreach Coordinator is one of forty K-12 teachers from around the United States have been selected to receive scholarships from the CHS Foundation to attend. Cleveland and the other teachers were selected for their desire to learn more innovative ways to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science and social studies and more. Onsite and traveling workshops at the conference will provide these teachers with demonstrations of how effective the use of agricultural concepts in classroom instruction can be. In addition, teachers will network with other educators who have a passion for K-12 agricultural literacy.“We’re happy to assist teachers who are interested in educating their students about agriculture by helping them attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference,” said Nanci Lilja, president of CHS Foundation. “The CHS Foundation is committed to developing agriculture leaders for life and these teachers introduce students to the industry and spark interest in agriculture careers.” The CHS Foundation has provided these scholarships to teachers since 2013. “Thanks to the CHS Foundation we are able to involve even more teachers in the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference,” said Willie Grenier, president of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and executive director of Maine Agriculture in the Classroom. “NAITCO highly values partnerships like the one it has with the CHS Foundation, which helps us expand its K-12 agricultural literacy outreach to many more teachers across the country.”last_img read more

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Diocese of Raphoe could be axed as part of Vatican plans

first_img Google+ Diocese of Raphoe could be axed as part of Vatican plans Google+ WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook By News Highland – November 19, 2011 Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleDonegal to commemorate road traffic victimsNext articleLetterkenny Chamber business person of the year announced News Highland Twitter News Pinterest Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton The Diocese of Raphoe could be scrapped as the Vatican plans to reduce the number of archdioceses in the country.A plan to reduce the 26 dioceses in Ireland has emerged as a major theme following a Vatican investigation — the Apostolic Visitation — into the Church in Ireland.But the four Irish archbishops, led by Cardinal Seán Brady, are strongly resisting the terms of the Vatican plan that would cut the number of Irish dioceses and by default the number of bishops.A committee met in Maynooth in September with the aim of drawing up plans that would remove smaller dioceses by setting a lower limit of 100,000 Catholics per diocese.This would affect Cashel and Emly, Achonry, Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Clogher, Clonfert, Dromore, Elphin, Killala, Kilmore, Ossory and Raphoe.However, the Irish Catholic Newspaper has learned that the members of the Apostolic visitation are understood to think a figure in the region of 300,000 Catholics per dioceses is more realistic to the needs of a modern Church.This would ultimately see Raphoe come under the Derry diocese.That amalgamation could see Bishop Phillip Boyce replace Dr Seamus Hegarty as the Bishop of this new diocese.Bishop Hegarty announced earlier this month that he was standing down from the Derry Diocese.But The Irish Catholic understands that the bishops will argue that dramatically cutting the number of dioceses would seriously undermine the historic roots of the ancient sees.The diocesan structure here has come in for criticism from the visitation team and it is strongly felt in Rome that there are simply too many dioceses in Ireland.last_img read more

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Parting shot

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article US firms hit by the recession are losing more than money and people – theyare seeing their company assets diminish too as laid-off staff steal companyproperty as a parting shot. What can UK personnel managers learn from their UScounterparts who have been dealing with this costly phenomenon since thedownturn began over a year ago?  ByStephen PhillipsCompanies might send us an asset list of 100 laptop computers, but by thetime we see it they’re down to half that.” John Rademaker, director ofauction services for industrial auctioneer Dovebid recounts the toll ofemployee theft – a personnel management nightmare as the recession bites andthe threat of layoffs creates masses of light-fingered workers. Operating from Dovebid’s flagship practice just south of San Francisco,Rademaker has seen a surge in business as folded dotcoms dispose of theirassets. However, by the time the corporate inventory winds up as auction lots,laid-off staff have depleted the stock somewhat. Rademaker tells of industrial-strength corporate servers stripped bare oftheir processors. The same items frequently surface on consumer Internetauction sites, he says, where they command respectable price tags. In the majority of cases, though, employees embezzle items for their own use– slipping a laptop into a briefcase, swiping a fax machine or raiding officesupplies. And it doesn’t stop there – ever-sophisticated thieves download tradesecrets, proprietary information and other corporate crown jewels that theyhope can be used to secure a job with a rival. Thefts accompanying layoffs are nothing new. “It is cyclical –different times, same game,” observes Westbrook, Connecticut securityconsultant John Kennish, author of a pamphlet on employee theft. But this time around, frenetic recruitment and purchase of new equipmentduring the preceding boom may have left employers more exposed than previously.Moreover, many of today’s office items double as desirable consumer products – PCsand laptops top thieves’ shopping lists. Tim Dimoff, CEO of SACS Consulting and Investigating Services, Ohio, sayshis firm has been inundated with requests from companies to secure theirlocations amid cutbacks over the past 18 months. In November, the security firmwas retained by a manufacturing firm going into liquidation. Disgruntled staffworking their notice had already hauled out gear worth more than $20,000,Dimoff says. “They thought they were entitled to it because the companywas going out of business.” He advised the manager not to let employees in for their final week.”They would work, but they would steal more than [the value of] theirwork.” Kennish says: “The majority of companies don’t publicly report theftbecause they don’t want the embarrassment of publicised lawsuits.” As well as exposure to counter lawsuits from employees in hyper-litigiousAmerica, it is prohibitively expensive to go through the courts to try torecover stolen items spread across multiple former workers. Meanwhile, employers’ prospects of collecting on insurance covering stolengoods are slim, with many policies containing clauses excluding payouts forcrimes without clear-cut breaking and entering. Recovery problems can be compounded by poor inventory record-keeping ortracking of employees checking out laptops for home usage, for instance. This is especially true of dotcoms that typically spent lavishly to gear upfor anticipated demand during the Internet boom, then contracted just asprecipitously as orders failed to materialise. “Accounting for items is very important for establishing a trail ofownership and who things were issued to,” says John Case, president ofCalifornia-based security consultancy John Case & Associates. “Dotcomsgrew too fast – they didn’t put in place procedures or put them in and didn’tenforce them.” The get-rich-quick mentality of much of the new economy workforce also putsdotcoms at the sharp end of the employee theft problem. “What you have ispeople who had their hearts set on becoming multi-millionaires – they get theirhopes dashed and this feeds a desire for revenge,” says Rademaker. Security consultants like Case are typically retained by US firms to guardpremises during layoffs. This entails dispatching a security detail tophysically guard equipment and install surveillance cameras. But experts concur that prevention of layoff-related theft should start muchearlier and HR professionals have a key role to play. “The old adageapplies – strive not to hire other people’s problems by doing background andcriminal history checks,” says Kennish. Even temporary staff should becarefully screened, he advises. Induction meetings are the time for personnel professionals to “setforth the consequences if someone is caught stealing”, according to JimRatley, programme director at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners,which vets US fraud investigators. Ratley notes that a policy of naming andshaming thieves who are caught fails to serve as an effective deterrent toothers. “[Employers] who investigate fraud have no less incidents thanthose who don’t – the real difference lies in prevention.” Moreover,prevention can usually cut fraud in half at less than one-tenth of the cost ofan investigation, says Ratley. The cornerstone of any prevention programme should be a freephone number forstaff to anonymously report theft, he suggests. “Give employees a way totell managers what they need to know without giving their name – there’snothing worse than being branded a snitch.” Ultimately, HR managers have their work cut out curbing employees bent ontheft, agree the experts. Where they can have an impact, however, is withopportunistic stealing – which accounts for most inside jobs. This meansminimising grounds for grievance and reducing the chances of staff thinkingthey can get away with stealing. However, spiralling demands on employees have created a culture ofentitlement across all types of organisation that lies behind the broaderphenomenon of staff theft, say experts. “Employees are going 150 miles anhour wearing different hats and feel they are entitled to more than theemployer is providing,” says Dimoff. Industrial psychologist Stanley Harris, Everett, professor of management atAuburn University, extends the economic concept of equity theory – whichsuggests people seek fairness – to the problem. “When [employees] feel theoutcome they are receiving from work is unfair they are motivated to correct it– theft is one of a multitude of options to re-establish this sense offairness.” According to Dimoff, increased willingness to steal also stems from growingestrangement between employers and workers. “There’s less of a dedicationto the company because workers feel the company is less dedicated tothem.” Dr John Byrnes, head of the Center for Aggression Management, ranks theftalongside tardiness and absenteeism as classic “passive aggressivebehaviour”. Perpetrators frequently rationalise their actions, even denying that theysteal says Harris. “Most people cannot live with themselves if they thinkof themselves as a thief so they look for ways to justify it like, ‘I’ve givenmy sweat and blood to this place’.” Harris also says peer pressure can engender a free-for-all atmosphere,enticing people who normally wouldn’t consider stealing to get in on the act.”It’s like bankruptcy, which had a stigma until everyone started doing it– if other people are [stealing], it’s easier to justify it.” Fundamentally, HR can minimise layoff theft in the way it handles redundancies.”HR [managers] have direct control over the methods by which people arereleased – people can tolerate being laid off but not bad treatment,” saysDimoff. “There are two methods of letting someone go – the cliff or theramp. “The more humane way might be outplacement or pay severance, but we seemore of the inhumane methods where [workers] are handed a pink slip and acardboard box, escorted to their desk and told to clear it and leave.” Unfortunately, in the current straitened economy many employers,particularly dotcoms that recruited most intensively in the boom, find itbeyond their means to give workers a soft landing into the ranks of theunemployed. In the increasingly common instance of workers being summarily given theirmarching orders, they have scant chance to swipe items as they leave. But bythis point, or even if they are working out a period of notice, the danger haspassed anyway, according to John Case. “In the last days [workers] know something can be tied to them, it isthe threat of layoffs that increases the risk of theft in the workplace,”he says. Such a spectre has hung over staff across the economy as companies flaggedplanned job cuts in quarterly or half-yearly financial reports. Arepresentative at a major Silicon Valley-based multinational firm, which hasfollowed this practice, says it posted notices in offices reminding staff toreturn notebook computers and other items issued for home use. “We havevery strict guidelines and have not had any incidents,” says an anonymousmanager. All too frequently, however, investigators see internal controls lapseduring layoffs. “Faced with restructuring an entire department, one of thefirst things to go is internal controls – companies lose track of inventory andrecord-keeping goes out of the window,” says Ratley. This places employees in the path of temptation, according to Ratley.”People find themselves in an environment that is friendly to theft.”Case suggests frisking staff at the gate or docking non-returned items fromtheir final pay packets, but notes that employers are often reluctant to takesuch action. “They don’t want to kick an employee when they’re down.”Meanwhile, Dimoff advises downsizing companies to shut staff out on theirfinal day. “Pay them for it, but don’t let them in. If you can decreasethe opportunity to steal you can reduce theft.” Nevertheless, such logical solutions discount the human factor of dealingwith people who have often devoted a major part of their life to a job and areleaving friends behind. Experts suggest that a clamour to beef up securitycould herald a return to heavy-handed people management regimes that previouslydamaged staff morale. There is a trade-off between “freedoms and a safeenvironment”, admits Bill Napier, CEO of United National Security, basedin Ohio. “If you increase security you increase inconvenience, HR managers andsecurity directors need to weigh this up.” This is the fine line HR finds itself treading as the recession deepens. Ifit doesn’t reduce its organisation’s exposure to employee theft, cost-cuttinglayoffs could prove to be a false economy. Recent theft incidentsJuly 2001: A former Motorolaworker, whose security clearance was not revoked after he was laid off, isarrested for stealing computers and other equipment worth $445,549 from theelectronics giant’s Oak Hill, Texas plant. Authorities said the man peddled theloot at a local airport and on eBay, masquerading as the head of a bankrupttechnology firm.July 2001: $100,000 worth ofequipment from a bankrupt San Francisco dotcom is looted by former employees asit is stacked up ready to be transported for a liquidation sale.September 2001: SACSConsulting and Investigative Services is called in to secure the premises of afailed dotcom, but only after former employees at the Cleveland, Ohio Internetfirm made off with armfuls of computers, monitors and printers. The heist leftexecutives, venture capitalist and other financial backers to whom proceedsfrom a planned sale of the equipment had been pledged, out of pocket to thetune of $50,000 to $100,000.How to prevent employee theftduring redundancies– Conduct thorough background checkson new recruits – Notify recruits of company policy on theft at inductioninterviews– Offer a freephone number for staff to report incidents– Compile inventories of equipment and keep track of who isusing what or has taken it off-site. This helps with insurance claims– Check workers’ bags– Retain additional security guards and installsurveillance cameras– Revoke laid-off workers’ security clearance– Offer redundancy packages that help ease workers back intothe jobs market. For instance, six months usage of an outplacement service – Where workers on notice are clearly disgruntled, don’t allowthem onto the premises for their final day – pay them at the front gate Related posts:No related photos. 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Guru

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruA fighting chance at work-life balanceExecutive headhunter Lucy Sellings has thanked her employer Huntswood Search& Selection for providing her with the work-life balance to enable her tocompete in her category at the World Kick Boxing Championships this month. Sellings, who is already the reigning European Kick Boxing champion in theunder-10 stone division, believes it would be impossible for her to fight atthe top level if she was not allowed flexible working hours. Guru is sure that Sellings’s boss is an enlightened people manager whorecognises the value of work-life balance, but the kick-boxing champion alsosounds like someone you might think twice about saying ‘no’ to. Hash cake no laughing matterPeople have different ways of getting through the working day. Guru usesregular cups of high-octane coffee to help get ideas bouncing off the inside ofhis skull – like fireworks inside a small telephone kiosk. Guru has been told the regular overdose of caffeine tends to make him grumpyand a trifle eccentric, but at least its not illegal. Last week a Peugeot production worker was charged with causing involuntaryinjury to colleagues after he brought a cake laced with cannabis to work inVesoul in France. The man, named in court only as Bruno, explained that hebaked the space cake because it enabled him “to escape, to think of otherthings” at work. Unfortunately, a number of his colleagues ate the druggedcake, including three of his supervisors. It left them with an irrationaldesire to laugh followed by feelings of extreme anguish. One said that aftereating the cake: “I felt like I was levitating.” Guru learned not to dabble with drugs after visiting a patisserie in Amsterdamas a student. He was arrested after running through the Van Gogh museum naked,apart from a daffodil clenched between his buttocks.Find a new job…down the boozerJobCentre Plus has come up with a novel way of connecting with the long-termunemployed after setting up a Jobpoint computer in a pub. The computer has beeninstalled at the George at Wedmore in Somerset, allowing locals to enjoy a pintof their favourite ale while browsing the job market. Charles Fox, director of EDS, the technology partners of JobCentre Plus, said:”This machine is in a place where the local community spend time. We aremaking it immediately accessible in locations where people will come and useit.” Guru applauds the initiative and he is sure that the unemployed in Wedmoreare delighted – what an excellent excuse for spending more time at their local.Brentisms are a step too farRicky Gervais has created a monster in The Office’s David Brent. Everyoneseems to know one, and Guru’s virtual mail bag is bursting at the seams. Guru does not know whether to laugh or cry over Ruth’s submission. She hearda senior HR manager say: “The problem with equal opportunities is that bythe time you have appointed an ethnic person and a disabled person, you have nojobs left.” Sharon is still recovering from when she had to carry out disciplinaryaction on a branch manager who tried to strangle one of his team. Hisexplanation: “I was not trying to strangle them. I was merely pushing themacross the room by their throat – it was the only way I could get him tolisten.” Guru is worried that this has gone beyond a competition to find the funniestBrentism, and might actually hold the key to our productivity gap – all linemanagers are scary. We’ll announce a winner next week. GuruOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Pepperdine wins opener 2-0 over BYU

first_img Robert Lovell March 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local Pepperdine wins opener 2-0 over BYU FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMALIBU, Calif. (March 25, 2018)—Four different scoring opportunities escaped the grasp of BYU baseball in a 2-0 loss at Pepperdine on Thursday.The Cougars out-hit the Waves 7-4, but stranded runners in scoring position in the third, fifth, seventh and eighth innings. Conversely, BYU forced Pepperdine to leave runners in scoring position in the first, seventh and eighth frames.BYU starter Jordan Wood (2-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up only four hits and a solitary walk in seven plus innings. The Cougars are now 13-11 overall and 2-5 in the West Coast Conference.“Jordan (Wood) was as good today as I’ve seen him, he gave us a great start but we just couldn’t put the offense together for him,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “Wil Jensen did a nice job against us, he didn’t have his best stuff but he got big outs when he needed them, especially when we had bases-loaded no outs in the third.”Consecutive singles by Jarrett Perns, Mitch McIntyre and Brennon Anderson loaded the bases in the third inning for BYU. Perns had extended his consecutive hitting streak to 15 games, but was thrown out at the plate on Daniel Schneemann’s fielder’s choice.The Waves countered with an unearned run in the third and added a second run in the seventh.In the seventh inning, Nate Favero advanced to second after David Clawson successfully executed a sacrifice bunt. Favero moved to third on a passed ball where he remained.Anderson led off with another single in the eighth, advanced to second on a balk, then was thrown out at the plate on Schneemann’s single to left center as the Cougars tried to close the gap on a 2-0 deficit. When Brock Hale drew a walk, the Waves brought in a second relief pitcher with their designated hitter Jordan Qsar and got Keaton Kringlen to fly out with two Cougars aboard.“We hit the ball hard today but the wind held a few of them up,” Littlewood said. “We’ll come back ready play tomorrow (Friday).”Cottonwood High prep Wil Jensen remained undefeated at 5-0 as Pepperdine’s record improved to 11-13 overall and 3-4 in the WCC. The two teams play the second of a three-game series on Friday at 3 p.m. PDT.​ Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCC Written bylast_img read more

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