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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 4/8/20 on COVID-19

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here TAGSCOVID-19News ConferenceOrange County Government Florida Previous articleEasy ideas to show love and support to Apopka & Central Florida health care workers on the COVID-19 front linesNext articleCOVID-19: Not the 11th plague Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear From the Orange County Government Florida NewsroomAs of today, there are 803 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County. Ninety-six individuals have been hospitalized and 10 residents have passed away due to the illness.An updated heat map for Orange County COVID-19 cases is available at www.ocfl.net/COVID19HeatMap.CONVENTION CENTER TESTING SITE ANTICPATING INCREASE IN DAILY-ALLOTTED TESTSThe Orange County Convention Center Temporary Drive-Through Testing Site has administered a total of 3,785 COVID-19 tests since its inception. Because of lab processing restrictions, the testing site currently administers 250 tests daily. In the coming days, the site will transition from being federally led, to state led, allowing the site to test more people.For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/Coronavirus.DIGITAL TOWN HALLOrange County Mayor Demings will participate in WKMG-TV’s Digital Town Hall on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 8 p.m. Mayor Demings, along with University of Central Florida Economist Dr. Sean Snaith, CareerSource CEO Pam Nabors, and Tim Giuliani, CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership, will be available for questions and want to hear from Orange County residents.For more information, visit WKMG’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/news6/.SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK NEEDS DONATIONSSecond Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has roughly doubled its daily distribution of food to 300,000 meals a day. As a nonprofit with limited budget and resources, Second Harvest relies heavily on the generosity of the community to help fund a long-term relief effort for those whose lives have been damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial donations are the best way to provide support right now. Second Harvest can turn a $1 donation into four meals.To provide a donation, visit: feedhopenow.org.THANKS for #407 DAY SUPPORT TO RESTAURANTSPlease continue to show restaurant support during the month of April during #407 Days. We had an overwhelming support for our local restaurants. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

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Miraventos House / Eduardo Trigo de Sousa + ComA

first_imgCopyAbout this officeEduardo Trigo de Sousa + ComAOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasPalmelaHouses3D ModelingPortugalPublished on May 27, 2010Cite: “Miraventos House / Eduardo Trigo de Sousa + ComA” 27 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Miraventos 住宅 / Eduardo Trigo de Sousa + ComA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 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/61719/miraventos-house-eduardo-trigo-de-sousa-coma Clipboard CopyHouses•Palmela, Portugal Projects Miraventos House / Eduardo Trigo de Sousa + ComASave this projectSaveMiraventos House / Eduardo Trigo de Sousa + ComA “COPY” 2010 Save this picture!© Nelson Garrido+ 29 Share Houses Year: center_img Portugal Photographs Architects: Eduardo Trigo de Sousa + ComA Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Photographs:  Nelson GarridoText description provided by the architects. Located in Palmela, Portugal this house is the latest project of Architect Eduardo Trigo de Sousa (1939-2008) designed with ComA, Architecture and Design.Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoMarked by the nature, both topography and cork trees lead the design of a single stage home, with no slope between the main spaces. The house flows naturally soaked in the terrain and assumes, in the end, in the great living room window, it´s domination above the visitors. Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoAll circulation and social spaces leads to a private family patio, with a human scale design, protected by a pergola and neighbors walls. The basement serves for car parking and social WC. Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoThis house is clearly Eduardo Trigo de Sousa architecture language, in each geometrical and precise form and in the way it flows and deal with the surrounding nature, showing all his architectural maturity and genius.Save this picture!© Nelson GarridoProject gallerySee allShow lessShort List / Aga Kahn Award for ArchitectureArticlesAD Interviews: Maurice NioArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/61719/miraventos-house-eduardo-trigo-de-sousa-coma Clipboard Miraventos House / Eduardo Trigo de Sousa + ComA ArchDailylast_img read more

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World’s largest bra auctioned for Breast Cancer Campaign

first_imgAdrian Simpson, a Director at Chillisauce.co.uk said: “we’re just really happy that so much money has been raised for BCC and the fact that it’s going to a very interesting new home is a fantastic bonus for all of us who have been involved in the project for the last year.”Photo: Chillisauce.co.uk The world’s largest bra has been bought by GoldenPalace.com in an eBay auction which ended on Sunday. The 30 metre flourescent bra, complete with Guinness World Record Certificate, from event agency chillisauce.co.uk was auctioned in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign’s ‘wear it pink’ event.GoldenPalace.com have previously bought a lock of Justin Bieber’s hair for $40,000, William Shatner’s kidney stone, and a grilled cheese sandwich that appeared to feature an image of the Virgin Mary for $28,000. The company’s mission is to own all those things you thought money couldn’t buy.SEE ALSO: World’s biggest bra auctioned online (again) for Breast Cancer Care in 2018 Advertisement Tagged with: auction corporate eBay Guinness World Record Research / statistics Trading The world record bra has been displayed on the ITV Southbank building, where it was revealed on This Morning by Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna on wear it pink day, Friday 28 October.Scaled up from an original 34B, the bra would be a 1360B. The opening bid was £500.http://fast.wistia.com/embed/iframe/87c9e390acRebecca Stone, Wear It Pink senior manager, said: “The big bra is one of a kind and has helped us raise awareness of breast cancer in a bold and unique way. We’re pleased that it’s now going to a new home and are so grateful that the money raised from the sale is being donated to Breast Cancer Campaign, helping us continue to fund vital research into the disease.”Wear It Pink is supported by Vanish, which committed to raise £250,000 for the charity this year.  143 total views,  1 views today World’s largest bra auctioned for Breast Cancer Campaign 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.  144 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 November 2012 | Newslast_img read more

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Fight for justice for Abdul Burnette and all Durham County Jail inmates

first_imgIn another racist act of injustice in the Durham County police and court system, Abdul Burnette, 20 years old, was arrested Sept. 23 for three misdemeanor charges — but was given a $10,000 bond, typical of felony charges. His father, also named Abdul, a fast food worker and leader in the local Fight For $15 movement, was not allowed to bond him out.Before Burnette was convicted of any crime, a judge sentenced him to a 60-day drug rehab program in the jail. According to his family, Burnette has mild autism and is not competent to stand trial. Due to his medical condition, he is required to take medication, though his family is not allowed to provide it. Instead, the Durham County Jail is now charging him $20 per pill, a serious financial burden on Abdul and his family.Recently, young Abdul was attacked by another inmate. In self-defense he fought back. He is now placed on “lock-back” solitary confinement for the next 30 days, and all family visitations have been cut off.Earlier this year, on April 24, young Abdul was also assaulted by a Durham police officer. His father has filed a complaint with Internal Affairs of the Durham Police Department and that is still under investigation. “The Durham County Jail is violating my son’s constitutional rights. We are going to keep fighting until we get justice!” stated Abdul Burnette, the father.The case of Abdul Burnette is happening amid many local struggles against events at the Durham County Jail, including five deaths of inmates in recent years and, on March 23, that of 17-year-old Uniece “Niecey” Fennel.Starting the week of Oct. 15, the Durham County Jail plans to deny all family and friends the basic right to in-person visits with their loved ones. Instead, the jail will begin “video visitation” only, forcing all communication through a screen in a “service” run by a private corporation.An organizing leaflet distributed by the Inside-Outside Alliance as part of the struggle for Burnette and against the Durham County Jail lists these demands:“Free Abdul Burnette now!Abolish bond!End criminalization of marijuana possession!Full access to affordable health care for all inmates!End the contracts with the abusive, exploitative corporations!End racial profiling and police brutality!Full in-person jail visitation!No more jail deaths!”The Inside-Outside Alliance also issued a call to action for weekly demonstrations at the Durham County Jail,  219 S. Mangum St., 6 p.m., every Friday.To donate to the Fight for Justice for Abdul Burnette and All Durham County Jail Inmates, go to www.youcaring.com/abdulburnette-978498.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Allahabad High Court Decides To Hear PILs Challenging Love-Jihad Ordinance On January 15

first_imgNews UpdatesAllahabad High Court Decides To Hear PILs Challenging Love-Jihad Ordinance On January 15 Akshita Saxena7 Jan 2021 4:43 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court on Thursday observed that pendency of a batch of PILs before the Supreme Court against UP Government’s controversial Love-Jihad Ordinance does not preclude the High Court from hearing a challenge against the law. A Division Bench led by Chief Justice Govind Mathur today declined the request made by Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal to adjourn the…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?LoginThe Allahabad High Court on Thursday observed that pendency of a batch of PILs before the Supreme Court against UP Government’s controversial Love-Jihad Ordinance does not preclude the High Court from hearing a challenge against the law. A Division Bench led by Chief Justice Govind Mathur today declined the request made by Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal to adjourn the matter sine die. The AAG had submitted that since the Top Court has already taken cognizance of the matter and has issued notice to State Government, it may not be appropriate for the High Court to continue the hearing. ‘Love Jihad’ Laws : Supreme Court Issues Notice On Pleas Challenging UP, Uttarakhand Laws Against Religious Conversion For Marriage The Chief Justice however declined this request and asked the parties to appear before it on January 15. The Bench observed that the Supreme Court has posted the matter for hearing after four weeks and in the meanwhile, the High Court shall continue to hear the three PILs pending before it. Pursuant to this, a counter affidavit was filed on behalf of the UP Government and liberty is granted to the Petitioners to file rejoinder affidavits, if any, by the next date of hearing. The primary contention raised by the Petitioners is that the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020- promulgated by the UP Governor to prohibit religious conversions in the name of ‘love jihad’, impinges upon their fundamental right to choice and the right to change of faith. Inter alia, the Ordinance is said to be violative of citizens’ rights under Article 14 (Right to Equality), 15 (Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, etc.), 21 (Right to life) and 25 (Freedom of conscience, etc.) of the Constitution, and antithetical to the authoritative pronouncement of a Division Bench of the High Court in the Salamat Ansari case. “Right To Choose A Partner Of Choice A Fundamental Right”: Allahabad High Court Says The Judgments Which Held “Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Only” Not Good Law The writ petitioners had also submitted that there was no emergent ground to exercise the ordinance making power under Article 213 of the Constitution and that the State failed to show any unforeseen or urgent situation to justify the law. The writ petitioners include (i) Advocate Saurabh Kumar, represented by Advocates Devesh Saxena, Shashwat Anand and Vishesh Rajvanshi; (ii) Ajit Singh Yadav, represented by Advocate Ramesh Kumar; and (iii) retired government servant, Anand Malviya through Advocate Talha Abdul Rahman. Recently, the High Court stayed the arrest of a man, Nadeem, booked by the UP Police under the said law. Allahabad High Court Stays Arrest Of Man Booked Under UP Ordinance Against Religious Conversion For Marriage A Division Bench comprising of Justices Pankaj Naqvi and Vivek Agarwal asked the UP Police to not take any coercive action against the accused in this case until the next date of hearing. The Court said, “Victim is admittedly an adult who understands her well being. She as well as the petitioner have a fundamental right to privacy and being grown up adults who are aware of the consequences of their alleged relationship.”The CJ led Division bench today extended protection to the accused until further orders.  Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Strictly Follow Program Code : Karnataka HC Directs Media On PIL Filed After Ramesh Jarkiholi Scandal

first_imgNews UpdatesStrictly Follow Program Code : Karnataka HC Directs Media On PIL Filed After Ramesh Jarkiholi Scandal Mustafa Plumber10 March 2021 9:27 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has passed an interim order directing TV news channels to strictly follow the ”Programme Code’ defined under Section 5 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 (‘Act’ for short) read with Rule 6 of the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994.The order was passed by a single bench on March 6 on a PIL filed by an advocate affiliated to the Bharatiya…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?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has passed an interim order directing TV news channels to strictly follow the ”Programme Code’ defined under Section 5 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 (‘Act’ for short) read with Rule 6 of the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994.The order was passed by a single bench on March 6 on a PIL filed by an advocate affiliated to the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) in the wake of the sex CD scandal which led to the resignation of State Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.The direction was issued by the court while hearing a petition filed by Advocate Arma V Hiremath, an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who has served in the legal cell of the said party.”By an ad-interim direction, it is directed that any broadcast in the Cable Television Network shall be strictly in conformity in terms of ‘Programme code’ as defined under Section 5 of theCable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 (‘Act’ for short) read with Rule 6 of the Cable Television Network Rules,1994″,  a single bench of Justice PS Dinesh Kumar ordered in the petition which lists 70 media outlets, including newspapers, as respondents.The petitioner sought directions to the Union of India and the State government to implement the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Justice K S Puttaswamy Vs Union of India in its letter and spirit safeguarding the right to privacy under Article 21 of Constitution. The petitioner also sought directions against the Commissioner of Police to take action against such respondent media platforms, who are in violation of the programme code as mentioned in rule 6 of the Cable Television Network rules.Citing the instance of telecast by media houses based upon the release of the contents of a CD allegedly containing visuals of Jarkiholi in a compromising position with a woman, it was said that such broadcast tantamounts to extreme violation of privacy of the aforesaid individual.The petitioner has claimed that he is espousing his private right as he apprehends that the respondent-media platforms may get in hold of explicit material of the petitioner by unknown sources, broadcast or publish the same in their platforms thereby infringe upon his right to privacy that is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution. It is added that a petitioner who belongs to a particular political party is scared that he may be targeted by certain vested interests who would not think twice to invade his privacy and bring peril to his dignity and reputation.The plea also states that programs, visuals telecasted by the respondents/broadcasters offend Rule 6, in as much as the programme in issue is not in good taste or decency, contains obscene, defamatory, deliberate false, suggestive innuendos and half truths which malign or slander individuals.Following the interim order of the Court, the Bengaluru Police Commissioner on March 9 issued an order, prohibiting all broadcasts which are not strictly in conformity of terms of programme code as defined under section 5 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act read with rule 6 of the Cable Television Network rules. Any violation of the aforesaid direction shall be liable for prosecution under section 16 of the Act. On March 6, a city civil court in Bengaluru had passed an interim injunction order against 68 media organizations restraining them from publishing defamatory content against 6 State Ministers. The Ministers had approached the Court apprehending Jarkiholi-style expose. Click here to read/download the order of HCClick here to read/download the order of Commissioner of Police Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Sheila Kay Adams brings laughter, music to Storytelling Festival

first_img Print Article Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Adams is an award-winning author and a seventh generation balladeer. The Washington Post said of Adams, “Her stories may be localized … but their lessons, poignancy and humor have no boundary, real or artificial.” Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 11:00 pm Thursday, January 24, 2013 By The Penny Hoarder Sheila Kay Adams brings laughter, music to Storytelling Festivalcenter_img You Might Like ‘Long’ing for completion A skeleton of a building is taking shape where Long Hall once stood at Troy University. The building was demolished… read more Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell When the Brundidge Historical Society decided to expand what it was doing in the area of folklife presentations to include storytelling, Sheila Kay Adams was the teller of choice.“Several of us had seen Sheila Kay Adams perform at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee,” said Mernette Bray, a member of the historical society’s storytelling committee. “She told the story about taking a man out of his casket to change his suit and one about John Parrish’s boy. Everybody in the tent was laughing until they cried. She played the banjo and she sang and we realized that she was not only a talented storyteller but also an all around performer.” Adams was the first storyteller to take the stage at the We Piddle Around Theater. She came to the theater in 2005 and 2006 and “primed the pump” for the historical society’s first full-blown storytelling festival in January 2007. But Adams, by her choice, was not on the program; she wanted to give way to other tellers.The Brundidge Historical Society is appreciative that Adams was willing to take a chance and come to a little theater “in the backside of nowhere” and help expand the folk arts tradition at the We Piddle Around Theater.Each time she appears, Sheila Kay Adams brings laughter, toe-tapping music and maybe a tear or two to the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival. She shares the music, songs and stories of her Appalachian mountain family and community. She’ll take your hand and lead you back to a simpler time, to a magical place where folks were still connected to the land, to one another and a way of life that has disappeared forever. You may find yourself wanting to stay there. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

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CBS suspends production of ‘Amazing Race’ amid coronavirus fears

first_imgElizabeth Morris/CBS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — CBS has suspended production of the reality TV series “The Amazing Race” over coronavirus fears, a representative for the network told ABC News.According to a statement, production of the series, now in its 33rd season, has been shut down “temporarily” and only as a “precautionary measure.”Nobody involved with the show has contracted the virus or shown symptoms of the disease, the statement continues, and “all contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home.”“Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home,” the statement concluded. “The health and well-being of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities.”Only three episodes had been filmed when production was suspended, and participants had only visited England and Scotland, a source added. No new start date has been announced.The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has infected dozens of Americans and thousands across the globe, in countries including China, South Korea and Italy. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Americans should prepare for a “significant disruption” from the virus.“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday at a news conference.Messonnier added that Americans should prepare for its arrival and wash their hands and stay home when sick to avoid the possibility of contracting or spreading the virus. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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End of marriage made in hell?

first_imgEnd of marriage made in hell?On 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Trade unions appear to be losing interest in partnership with employers,which is a good thingIn these days of smarm and cringe, it is always a joy to come across peoplewho couldn’t care less what anyone thinks of them. Take comrade Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT rail union and posterboy for the awkward squad. He may have passed up on the emotional intelligencefranchise, but as Lenin once said, “you cannot make a revolution in whitegloves”. On the hard measures beloved by auditors, his numbers look fabulous.Membership is up by 6,000 since he took over, which is just under 10 per cent. His union has consistently delivered above-inflation pay increases through astrategy of aggressively pursuing members’ interests to the exclusion of allother considerations. They are out on strike at the faintest provocation, ensuring publicity forhim, his organisation and his settlements. And remember, he was only elected in February 2002. Then there is nice Dave Prentis of Unison: left-leaning, certainly, but nota proper ‘awkwardista’. He is currently pressing for co-ordinated pay rises across the public sectorand has warned strikes could be used to get them. With 1.25 million members andplenty falling away each year, Unison needs to recruit 140,000 people a yearjust to stand still. Last year saw a decent performance: net gains of 4 per cent. Yet, when theunion’s number crunchers analysed where this new blood had come from, they madea startling discovery. Some 30,000 of them joined directly because of lastyear’s national council strike. This finding is now feeding into strategy forthe next round of pay claims. Militancy is no guarantee of members, of course, but there remains “anhistorical association” in both the UK and the US, says John Kelly,professor of industrial relations at the LSE. “When people see unionsdoing something, they are more interested in joining; though militancy no doubtputs a few off, too,” he said. This may come as a shock to those who believed the future of trade unionismwas all about pet insurance, credit cards, lifestyle services and the odd tribunalpayout. But it is unlikely to be a surprise to anyone who deals with unions ona regular basis. I suspect the reason personnel practitioners were always so lukewarm aboutthe partnership vogue that became the dominant ideology of unions in the 1990s,was because they could see it could not possibly last. For many members, partnership was akin to digging the grave of tradeunionism with a jewel-encrusted spade. Why would anyone seek to be a member ofa union that sought to be a partner in successful enterprises? If you want tobe a business partner, surely it is better to invest in shares than shell outfor union subscriptions? Perceived effectiveness is the crucial criterion that people assess tradeunions by: the ‘what’s in it for me’ factor. Most employees – just 19 per centof workers are members in the private sector – do not join because they cannotsee what unions can do for them. The danger of partnership was always that members would find it impossibleto distinguish from passivity and demand their leaders start taking a stand. Strikes remain anathema to many; union members are principallyprofessionals, after all. Yet it is not hard to see why good-natured activismwith limited aims in a just cause makes people aware of the point of havingrepresentation in a way that legal victories never can. The significance of unions turns on their willingness to use theircollective voice. This, and disappointment with the Government, explains why itis now impossible to get elected to the leadership of a major union fromanywhere but the left. When Bill Jordan, of the engineer’s union the AEU, began pressing thearguments for partnership in 1993-94, he certainly made them sound compelling.Set aside the confrontational quadrilles, he said; they are blunting the UK’scompetitive edge. Instead, celebrate the shared interest unions and employershave in commercial success. Ironically, his tone wasn’t that far away from the gospel of HRM. “There is no more effective or productive tool than a genuine partnershipbetween employers, unions and employees,” he claimed in 1994. The problem was that employers and employees both started to wonder if thepartnership might not be leaner without that gooseberry ‘union’ sitting in themiddle. Employer and employee. Together in partnership. Both personnel directors and union officials that struck ‘modern’partnership deals – indistinguishable as far as I could ever tell fromtraditional collective agreements – were often fiercely proud of theircreations. The prolix trust-building clauses, the dutiful acknowledgement ofeach other’s roles, the delicate compromises over mutual sensitivities, wereindeed often a tribute to generosity of spirit. Yet communicating these agreements was tortuous. Were they really differentfrom the old ‘sweetheart’ deals? Can employers give ‘no-redundancy’ pledgeswith any confidence? Was there any point in joining a union that had limitedindependence from management? The era of rhetorical partnership may well now be behind us, and most HRdirectors may not be too sad to see the back of it. Trade unions are still a long way from being central to employmentrelations. That feeling may fade if more union leaders start using their newconfidence without due regard to the memory of Norman Tebbit as employmentsecretary. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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People are the Key to Digital Workforce Transformation

first_imgYour talent is the backbone of any digital workforce transformation. It’s only by diving into the needs of your own employees and by fulfilling their true expectations that you’ll be able to create a productive, engaged and loyal talent base. HR departments everywhere, and particularly those in the largest companies in the world, are accountable for a vast employee community. It’s up to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) to leap into the breach to turn modern-day challenges into opportunities. Improving engagement and productivity, enhancing results by investing in latent talent or implementing mobility solutions: technology can serve as a conductor for digital workforce transformation. Assuming, of course, that this transformation goes hand in hand with a great employee experience. It’s essential to spend time and budget on figuring out your workforce’s needs and expectations of their best possible experience.Pooling employee contributions and implementing change, step by stepPutting theory into practice, we discovered there was room for workforce improvement at our Sweden office. Through TellDell, our internal tool for feedback, we discovered recently that the NPS in Sweden was declining.[1] Through follow-up and establishment of a culture of feedback, we were able to understand the cause of this rather low score. The quality of the workplace appeared to hamper people’s workplace happiness. Infrastructure issues such as a lack of parking spaces, a small work floor, a high level of noise, an old-fashioned interior or bad ergonomics can lead to employee dissatisfaction.So how did we strip out inefficiencies and provide a good workplace? We first implemented a culture of feedback, then we implemented the improvements our employees requested. We installed the culture of feedback which made all of this possible.Optimizing digital dexterity of the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) According to Gartner’s latest CEO Survey, the CHRO is the least digitally savvy in the C-suite. Primarily, the new role in workforce transformation and the associated responsibilities didn’t form part of the HR management’s skill set. Until now, this was basically not what a CHRO was asked to do. Considering the technical complexity of the job, comprehending complex labor law compliance, it has simply not been a top priority.Therefore, it is of paramount importance that a CHRO truly understands employees’ needs , while also involving IT personnel in the process of digital transformation. This way, a much broader understanding of how people want to work is achieved.Another positive evolution these last few years is the impact the younger generation of hires in HR have on the digital dexterity of the sector. These young people are generally educated in new technology, they are daily users and they tend to understand better what current employees are looking for.Digital transformation intrinsically linked with cultureAs a CHRO you have an immense impact on your organization’s culture and you can help build a culture that is sustainable and attractive for next generations of employees. How? By transforming to a mobile mind-set. Employees all around the organization spend an increasing amount of time out of the office and each year the number of occupied office chairs is diminishing.“10 years ago, people were satisfied with being able to send emails or making phone calls when they were not at their desk, nowadays the exact same level of access to applications and data, security, efficiency and comfort is expected outside of the office, anywhere, anytime.”At Dell Technologies, we recognized these needs and therefore initiated our remote flexibility policy. Remote flexibility is not just about providing more choices to team members about the location they are working. It is to provide the infrastructure, tools and services so that team members can work the same way, or better, when they are remote, as when they are working at their company’s offices. Mobility starts with leadership and that is why the support of the CHRO is crucial in this matter.A loyal employee base as the result of technological progressMobility and new technology solutions in general are there to support us in our roles as devoted digital workforce transformation evangelists. Repetitive tasks can be taken over by technology which means employees will be confronted with having to manage more complex business situations, but will also be more satisfied at their jobs. Shifting to a productive and loyal employee base by working better instead of harder without undermining the importance of soft skills. This course of action will create a skill set that will gain importance when we intensify cooperation with technology.[1] Net Promoter Score®, or NPS®, measures customer experience and predicts business growthlast_img read more

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