Slam dunk for Palestine

first_imgWW photo: Anne PrudenProtesters, including many from the Jewish community, voiced support for Palestine outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Oct. 7, when the Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv was there to challenge the Brooklyn Nets.Previously, on Aug. 11, a large multinational force of people had protested Zionism at the same venue because its namesake, Barclays Bank, profits from arms sales to Israel. These forces returned on Oct. 7 to chant to those attending the evening game, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] has got to go!” and “Palestine — slam dunk! Stop the occupation!”Fliers distributed by activists with Jewish Voice for Peace explained their protest stating that “a basketball game should not be used as a context for paying tribute to an army and soldiers who have been involved in war crimes.” The flier also quoted former National Basketball Association player Etan Thomas: “It sends the wrong message, especially coming off the heels of the slaughter of more than 2,000 Palestinians last month. Friends of IDF, at their VIP celebration at the Barclays Center prior to the game, will ‘honor’ twelve wounded soldiers from the recent Gaza conflict. Are they also going to honor the hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians — mostly women and children — who were massacred?”Later there was a struggle when Palestinian flags were raised at the game — and so many cheers when the Brooklyn Nets beat the Israeli team!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Shannon to open – Ash cloud still a risk

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin THE Irish Aviation Authority will withdraw restrictions on flights in and out of six airports in Ireland, with effect from the times listed below, until further notice. They include Shannon, Donegal, Sligo, Ireland West (Knock), Galway and Kerry.In a statement the IAA said the restrictions were required as the increased level of recent volcanic activity has created a massive ash cloud stretching 1,000 miles long and 700 miles wide. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While the northerly winds are keeping the bulk of the cloud out in the Atlantic, the increased size of the cloud continues to pose a risk especially if the winds change.Passengers planning to travel by air over the coming days are advised to regularly check with their airlines and the IAA website in advance of going to the airport.The following is the position on an airport by airport basis for today Friday May 7. AIRPORT                                  Flight Operations:Dublin                                            OpenCork                                               OpenShannon                                         Open from 1000 hours localDonegal                                          Open from 0830 hours localSligo                                              Open from 1000 hours localIreland West (Knock)                       Open from 1000 hours localGalway                                           Open from 1000 hours localKerry                                              Open from 1000 hours localWaterford                                        OpenThe Aviation Authority said it is in constant contact with VAAC and the Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) at Eurocontrol and is monitoring the path of the ash cloud in order to assess the impact it could have on air safety.Should there be any change to the above situation, the IAA said it will issue a further statement but passengers are advised that they must check their airline websites regularly. Twitter Previous articleFurther restrictions on airports along western coastNext articleNo to water charges, but manager has the final say admin Advertisementcenter_img NewsLocal NewsShannon to open – Ash cloud still a riskBy admin – May 7, 2010 562 Print Facebook Emaillast_img read more

Loyalty is the key in a changing world

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Loyalty is the key in a changing worldOn 9 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today We asked some of the profession’s leading figures about our survey, thecurrent state of public sector HR and what it needs to do to improveperformance in the coming years. Alastair Henderson, acting director, NHS, Employers Organisation The key challenge for HR in the NHS is supporting the organisation throughchange. There are always challenges surrounding managing staff performance andthe changing culture of an organisation. The question of funding and HRcapacity is crucial, and I’m not surprised at the concerns of the profession. But I don’t think we should underestimate the commitment and satisfactionachieved by people working in the public sector and the NHS – that’s veryimportant. Jo Fellows, HR adviser, Local Government, Employers’ Organisation Local government HR departments have been at the forefront of good practicein areas such as equality and diversity, and this seems to be reflected in thesurvey results. It’s an exciting and challenging time for HR professionalswithin local government at the moment, particularly as people management ismoving up in the improvement agenda. Will Hutton, chief executive, The Work Foundation Managing the performance of staff is always a big problem. Virtually everystaff survey in the private and public sector alike is guaranteed to say threethings: that organisations can’t manage performance, that there needs to bemore team-working, and something about the better design of pay and rewardsystems. Not managing performance is a widely-perceived problem in the privatesector, and it doesn’t surprise me that it’s an issue for public sector HRprofessionals as well. Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser, Chartered Institute of Personneland Development (CIPD) The results on the whole are pleasing as they concur with the CIPD’s own research.The one real surprise is the high rating of those enjoying a good work-lifebalance. This is good news as it suggests an emphasis in the public sector ontranslating family-friendly and flexible policies. However, the high stress levels – particularly in the health service – arediscouraging. You have to look at the reasons why they are high. One of themain reasons is the poor standards of line management – a particular weaknessin the public sector. I also think the ‘ambiguity of objectives’ in the publicsector can lead to stress. Alan Warner, corporate director (property and people), HertfordshireCounty Council and vice-president of the Society of Personnel Officers inGovernment Services (Socpo) Part of what we need to do is address issues of image. The public sector isa great place to be and we need to say so more forcefully and frequently, butwe also need to concentrate more on picking out the stars of tomorrow. Very fewother areas of employment give people the real opportunity to make a differenceand improve the quality of life and the environment in which we all live. The upshot is that good HR directors have to be a lot more creative with thelimited resources they have. The evidence suggests they are doing this asmassive changes have been achieved over the past few years. Andrew Foster, director of HR, Department of Health The good scores on industrial relations, employee relations, equalopportunities, innovation and employment law reflect the high quality of staffin HR functions in the NHS. The good scores on work life balance, flexibleworking, and job security are also encouraging. The survey’s findings on stress reflect the public sector generally,particularly the health service. However, we are not complacent, we recognisethe need to keep concentration on building effective people managers, and areapplying research tactics, such as team-working which improves stressmanagement. Bev Messinger, head of HR, Coventry City Council Skills shortages are certainly an issue for local councils. Coventry isapproaching this on a number of fronts, including a fundamental review ofrecruitment processes and policies which will address issues of attracting andretaining talent and improving the diversity of the workforce. Angela O’Connor, HR director, Crown Prosecution Service I have some real worries that perhaps some HR departments are doing thethings they enjoy and feel comfortable with, rather than those that relatedirectly to business needs. There are some great HR teams in the public sector – I think better than anyother sector, as they have the issues of public accountability to deal with,the public purse and a variety of services to deliver to diverse communities. Ipersonally love working in the public sector. I think it is rewarding,fast-paced, the people are great and making a difference for the public is asgood as work gets. last_img read more

Residents, Staff Resilient Following Displacement From Gardens Plaza

first_imgThe darkened Gardens Plaza building stands in contrast to the boardwalk lights and Atlantic City in the distance. By Tim KellyIt is one of Ocean City’s most exclusive addresses. The Gardens Plaza condominium at Park Place and the Boardwalk is the only building of its kind on the island.The luxury highrise of more than 180 one, two and three bedroom units boasts a heated pool and oversized deck, fully equipped gym, party room and library/TV room. But on Tuesday in the early morning hours, the “GP” took on an entirely different atmosphere.  A burst standpipe on the penthouse level of the north stairwell flooded a large portion of the building and caused the evacuation and displacement of about 30 fulltime year-round residents.Instead of the usual chatter in the lobby about upcoming events such as the monthly “Ladies Lunch,” the talk was about evacuation, the needs of the elderly and the infirm, and how to best find shelter for the night and possibly for days to come.But through it all, there was a positive aspect: a spirit of cooperation among the residents, the hard work of the small but dedicated staff, the heroic and selfless efforts of the first responders on the scene. This seemed to bring everyone closer together, residents said.The piece of standpipe that was blown out, bigger than a grapefruit.“We are a community of people and the (year-round residents) are especially close,” said William Whiteside, a resident of the 9th floor.  “That really came through last night.”The initial call to police and fire went out at approximately 1:45 pm when the security guard on duty was surprised by a torrent of water crashing through a tile on the lobby’s drop ceiling. The standpipe in the building’s north stairwell was found to have a large section blown out, apparently by the relatively sudden thawing of the pipe after days of single digit temperatures.Thousand of gallons of water then spilled onto the penhouse level landing and down the stairwell,Police, fire and EMS personnel arrived “right away” according to residents, and they immediately went to work.First responders went floor by floor “strongly suggesting” the residents to gather a few clothing items and toiletries and to prepare to evacuate, a resident said.Some of the bullding’s elderly residents were carried down from their apartments on star chairs, ncluding some who live on upper floors.“The men were great,” said Irene Dickey, 91, who was carried down to the lobby from her ninth floor unit. “lt was scary at first but by the time we reached the lobby we were best friends.”The vast majority of residents complied immediately and eventually all did.  The residents were asked to gather in the building’s bayside lobby where a head count was taken.  Then, some evacuated to family or friends’ homes, some went to the Atlantic City casinos and others to the Port O Call Hotel.Most of the residents drove themselves, but several were given lifts by police, fire and emergency personnel.“There was a lot of professionalism on the part of the first responders and on the part of (Gardens Plaza General Manager) Dave Bennett. Everyone treated us with respect,” Whiteside said.On Tuesday, while the displaced relaxed at their alternative lodging spots, City building officials toured the building and the GP staff began some of the initial steps of what could be a massive clean-up effort.Residents were permitted to go into their units to retrieve any needed articles on Tuesday and Wednesday. Power and water were shut off on Tuesday as crews made repairs to the standpipe. On Wednesday, power was back on the first floor, which houses the lobby, building offices, a break room, a maintenance room, a trash room and the boiler system.Bennett said on Wednesday his staff would be assessing damage in the individual units and that he hoped for power to be restored on a floor-by floor basis, possibly as early as tomorrow on some floors.“Nobody likes to be inconvenienced, but things happen sometimes,” Whiteside said. “This too shall pass.”last_img read more

Ighalo wants to extend Man U loan deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Odion Ighalo hopes his loan deal at Manchester United is extended until the Premier League season is completed.The Nigeria striker, 30, moved from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January and has a contract until 31 May. Premier League bosses hope to resume the season in June, but with China’s Super League also intent on a restart, Ighalo may have to return to Shanghai.“I would like to finish the season if it’s possible,” Ighalo told BBC Sport.“I was in good form, good shape, scoring goals and now we’ve stopped now for over a month. I’ve given it my best and hopefully we’ll come back to play.“The team had a good momentum before the pandemic started. At the moment I’m on loan, and this will cut short my time at the club.”BBC Sport understand United are keen to extend Nigeria international Ighalo’s contract. He has scored four goals in eight games in all competitions for United, including once in the 5-0 Europa League last-16 win over LASK on 12 March, a day before the Premier League season was suspended.“The club, myself, every footballer is going through a lot because we can’t do what we love and what we know how to do best, so we’re just thinking about that for now and to finish the season before we start thinking about the contract,” said Ighalo.“I just want everyone to be safe and see what the future holds.”United are fifth in the table with nine games remaining.Ighalo said the Premier League will make the right decision in order to ensure players are “safe and healthy” if and when play resumes. Premier League clubs will meet on Monday to discuss a resumption to the season.The Chinese Super League is hopeful of restarting in late June.The Chinese football association has made a proposal for all professional clubs to cut the salaries of players and coaches by up to 50% to help combat the financial impact of the pandemic.Tags: English Premier LeagueLoan DealManchester UnitedOdion Ighalolast_img read more