Government fails business expectations

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first_img whatsapp Government fails business expectations KCS-content Sunday 12 September 2010 10:45 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Adsautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald Show Comments ▼ center_img Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof THE government has failed to meet the expectations of entrepreneurs, according to a new poll.The survey of more than 390 business owners conducted by RSM Tenon reveals a ten per cent drop in the number of business owners who believe the government is supporting them. Two weeks after the general election, 52 per cent of entrepreneurs felt the new government would support businesses with just 18 per cent believing they would be left unsupported. Three months on 40 per cent believe the coalition government has so far failed to support them compared with 42 per cent who feel it has.Nearly half (48 per cent) want a government u-turn on VAT, keeping the rate at 17.5 per cent. Meanwhile, 42 per cent of business leaders want to see a reduction in National Insurance and a third (35 per cent) want to see government incentives to increase the availability funding. Three quarters of company bosses also indicated they would freeze employee pay again this year. whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Why Georgia can make the Quarter-Finals

Posted On Jun 23 2021 by

Georgia’s Goderdzi Shvelidze (L) tries to break through Spanish defense during their Rugby World Cup 2011 qualifier match in Tbilisi on February 27, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ VANO SHLAMOV (Photo credit should read VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images) Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “They could surprise a few teams at the World Cup; hopefully not England,” Thompson says. “They’ve just got better and better. Now they’re not just massive men and strong but are organised as well. That makes it even worse.”Jones’s preparations with Russia received a blow with news that England’s scrum coach from the RWC 2003 win, Phil Keith-Roach, is out of the tournament. Keith-Roach has recently ruptured his patella for the second time and will be replaced in New Zealand by former Wales and Lions prop Darren Morris. “Phil will still be involved, helping Darren, but from a distance as he can’t fly,” explains Jones.This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Georgia’s Goderdzi Shvelidze will play in his third World CupPaul Morgan finds Kingsley Jones tipping an East European rival for success…If you’re looking for a major upset at this World Cup then look no further than the Georgians – so says Russia’s new head coach, Kingsley Jones.“I’m not a gambler but if I was and looking for a good-value bet it would be on Georgia making the quarter-finals,” says Jones, who was director of rugby at Sale Sharks last season.“They have the set-piece game to trouble any team at this World Cup and if they play Scotland, England or Argentina on a wet day they will cause them massive problems.”Georgia will arrive at the tournament with one of the best tighthead props in Europe. Davit Kubriashvili is keeping Carl Hayman out of the Toulon side and has seven world-class men around him. The Lelos have won the last three European Nations Cups (second division of the Six Nations) and in 2007 lost only 14-10 to Ireland and beat Namibia 30-0.Jones feels the nation now in the charge of ex-Scotland coach Richie Dixon have improved hugely in the four years since, so if any of the bigger nations feel they can field weakened teams against the Georgians they could come unstuck. England hooker Steve Thompson is another fan, rating loosehead Davit Khinchagishvili, who he played with at Brive, as one of the best in the business. read more

Action for Children forms Christmas partnership with House of Fraser

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_imgLocks Farmer, Director of Fundraising at Action for Children, said:“Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for vulnerable children, young people and their families. This is why we’re so grateful for the incredible support shown by House of Fraser stores and customers this year for our Christmas Wishing Tree campaign, which will help us to raise funds for our 600 services helping disadvantaged children, young people and families across the country.’ Tagged with: Celebrity christmas  211 total views,  1 views today Action for Children forms Christmas partnership with House of Fraser AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 Action for Children is partnering with House of Fraser in a Christmas campaign supported by Anthea Turner that aims to raise funds by encouraging people to share Christmas wishes or memories on trees in-store.The #BringMerryBack campaign asks customers at House of Fraser stores nationwide to purchase a bauble on which they can write a festive wish or their happiest childhood memory and hang on a special in-store gold wishing tree. All proceeds from the bauble donations will go to Action for Children services across the country.Action for Children ambassador Anthea Turner launched the campaign at House of Fraser’s flagship Oxford Street store on 6 November.She said:“It’s such an easy way for people to help others at this time of year and a lovely thing to do with the whole family. And having been an ambassador for this amazing charity for the past three years I know what a difference this money will make to children, young people and families up and down the country.” Melanie May | 10 November 2017 | News  212 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Russia and Turkey make arrangements in northern Syria

Posted On Jun 15 2021 by

first_imgBy Karin LeukefeldThis article was published in the German daily Junge Welt on Jan. 30. Translation by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto.Turkey has failed to achieve its mission in Idlib. An agreement reached in September with Russia and Iran to follow the “Astana format” had provided for the establishment of a demilitarized buffer zone with 12 checkpoints around the province of Idlib. [However], Haiat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), an internationally listed terrorist organization, will now control this zone. [“Astana format” refers to the results of discussions among Russia, Turkey and Iran for resolving the war in Syria, starting in 2016 and meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital. — WW]HTS, the Alliance for the Conquest of Syria, the former Fatah Al Sham Front (formerly the Al Nusra Front), prevailed in a bloody power struggle against the “National Liberation Front,” the group that emerged from the “Free Syrian Army” and that cooperates with Turkey. The defeated forces retreated via the Afrin area to northern Syria and Turkey. HTS, which already controlled the border crossing Bab Al-Hawa, the provincial capital Idlib and strategically important connecting roads, now dominates the whole province.Recent reports indicate that the Syrian army and its allies are preparing to advance into Idlib province. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Jan. 28 that Moscow was prepared to implement the Idlib agreement, but that HTS was not abiding by it. According to Lavrov, the province is a hotbed of terrorism and the area would have to be put back under the control of the Syrian army.Russian President Vladimir Putin had already expressed criticism at a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow on Jan. 23. Russia and Turkey must work more closely together to fight HTS in Idlib, Putin said. Erdogan showed himself open to the suggestion and declared that “more bilateral action is necessary to end the actions of terrorist groups.” At the next Astana meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran — presumably in February — the action should be jointly agreed upon.Meanwhile, Erdogan seemed more interested in the planned advance into the areas east of the Euphrates River after the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops. However, he sought Russia’s support in vain. Putin stressed that Turkey’s security concerns were well understood. These are best guaranteed by Syrian troops in the area.Putin referred to the Adana Agreement signed by Turkey and Syria in October 1998. At that time the Turkish government had threatened to invade Syria if Damascus did not end its support for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). After PKK chairman Abdullah Öcalan was forced to leave Syria and go on an odyssey through various countries, he was captured in Kenya and brought from Kenya to Turkey by a Turkish-Israeli secret service command.The Adana Agreement was directed against the PKK on all five points and provided for close cooperation between Ankara and Damascus. Syria pledged itself at the time to protect the common border and to take on preventing “PKK arms deliveries, logistics, money support and propaganda in Syria.”In order to revive cooperation between Ankara and Damascus, Moscow had already brought up the agreement in 2016 and again thereafter. In order to include the interests of Turkey, Syria and the Kurds, Moscow apparently strives for two parallel reconciliation processes. Maxim A. Sukhkov analyzes them in the Internet portal Al-Monitor: “A political agreement between Damascus and the Kurds and security coordination between Ankara and Damascus.”During a press conference at the meeting with Erdogan, Putin read from a letter that had been leaked to Russia. In the letter, the co-signers Germany, France and Britain had asked United Nations Secretary General António Guterres at the end of 2018 to instruct the outgoing U.N. special envoy for Syria, Staffan De Mistura, to reject a proposal put forward by Russia, Iran and Turkey for the composition of the Constitutional Committee (for Syria). “To be honest, we were shocked,” Putin said, that the work of the Astana Group for Peace in Syria should be so openly undermined.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

15 journalists who fled threats in western district go back to work

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first_img RSF_en May 29, 2019 Find out more News The 15 journalists who fled the western district of Dailekh last week because of threats from both the authorities and Maoist rebels decided yesterday to go back and resume working following reassuring statements by the government’s district representative, Meghanath Pandey, who gave a news conference in Nepalgunj where they had taken refuge. Reporters Without Borders expects long-term guarantees from the authorities and will continue to monitor what happens to journalists in Dailekh._________________________________________________________21.09.05Harihar Singh Rathour freed after 36 hours Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of Harihar Singh Rathour, a well-known correspondent of the Kantipur press group and chairman of the local branch of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), who was arrested on 18 September in Dailekh in western Nepal.He was set free after a delegation of journalists interceded with the authorities. It consisted of FNJ general secretary Mahendra Bista, FNJ member Poorna Basnet, Kantipur editor Narayan Wagle and Kathmandu Post editor Pradek Pradhan.__________________________________________________________________20.09.2005Arrest of renowned Kantipur journalist Harihar Singh RathourReporters Without Borders has expressed anger at the arrest on 18 September 2005, of Harihar Singh Rathour, renowned journalist of the Kantipur press group and local chairman of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ).Rathour was picked up and charged with working with Maoist rebels in the notorious Dailekh district in western Nepal from which around 15 other journalists have fled harassment by security forces and Maoists. NepalAsia – Pacific The international press freedom organisation called for Rathour’s immediate release and for a halt to harassment of correspondents in the region by civil and military authorities.“Once again, the right of the Nepalese to be informed is the first casualty”, the organisation said.On the eve of his arrest, Rathour and 15 other journalists wrote to the national president of the FNJ explaining that they felt forced to leave the Dailekh region, for fear of reprisals. They said it had become impossible to work normally. Almost a score of journalists had already left by 18 September.Before his arrest, Rathour had denied accusations that he had been working with Maoists. He said that rebels had put his name in the “top ten” of journalists who were opposed to them.Several observers said that the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) was trying to ensure that all journalists were driven out of the Dailekh district. Correspondents for national media are the first to have been threatened with arrest by the security forces.During the summer, Rathour had been summoned by a military official after the Kathmandu Post carried an article of his on 20 July in which he said that soldiers were using children in neighbouring villages as spies. Follow the news on Nepal Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation News Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill September 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 15 journalists who fled threats in western district go back to work Receive email alerts NepalAsia – Pacific June 8, 2020 Find out more News May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick Fine Gael to mark centenary of women’s suffrage

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first_imgTwitter Print Email Linkedin Facebook NewsPoliticsLimerick Fine Gael to mark centenary of women’s suffrageBy Editor – January 6, 2018 2033 Advertisement WhatsApp Lavinia Duggan, Limerick City Director of Elections; Clodagh Murray, Young Fine Gael; Deirdre Clune MEP; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Cllr Sharon Tolan and Geraldine Gregan, Clare Constituency Chairperson at the launch of the Fine Gael suffrage centenary celebration.The Fine Gael organisation in Limerick will play a central role in the party’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in Ireland with a year-long programme of events and activities.Launching the programme which will highlight the contribution women have made to Irish public life, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it would provide an opportunity to reflect on how women’s rights have improved in Ireland over the last 100 years, and look at what still needs to be done.“Fine Gael will draft a Women’s Charter in 2018 which will set out a path for the further advancement of women’s rights in Ireland and will be debated at our next Ard Fheis. 1918 was a momentous year for women in Ireland and I am fully committed to progressing the rights of women under Fine Gael in Government,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fine Gael Director of Elections for Limerick City, Lavinia Duggan said that as a career women and mother of three children, she was privileged to be a leader in the creation of the Fine Gael Women’s Charter.“Our aim will be to celebrate, cherish and tell the story of our history for the past 100 years through the many women who made a valuable contribution and difference to Irish politics as they recognised change in society and influenced appropriate policies and legislation. These women have enabled our generation and our children to have a vision, voice, opinion and ambition,” she explained.Fine Gael’s programme for 2018 has three main aims; to highlight the work of women in the party; to recognise the contribution women make to the success of the party; and to engage women in setting the vision of gender equality for the future.At the launch of the Fine Gael suffrage centenary celebration were Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Cllr Sharon Tolan, Clare Constituency Chairperson Geraldine Gregan, Limerick City Director of Elections Lavinia Duggan, Clodagh Murray, Young Fine Gael and Deirdre Clune MEP.The party will be running a number of regional seminars inviting local women’s groups to contribute to Fine Gael’s vision and plans for the future of our country.Each Fine Gael constituency organisation will be invited to hold an event marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and inviting party members to bring any memorabilia they may have which shows the contribution their female relatives have made and are making.The party will also recognise and honour the women who have played a significant role in the party and in Irish public life, creating awards for outstanding contributions from women. The party will also launch a publication honouring the Fine Gael women who have been elected to the Dáil over the last 100 years.There will also be a programme to engage young women in local politics.More political news here TAGSArd FheiscelebratecentenaryconstituencyDirector of ElectionsFine Gaelgender equalityLavinia DugganLeo VaradkarlimerickpublicationWomen’s Charterwomen’s suffrage Previous articleLimerick students’ seed planter yields a winning harvestNext articleFour Limerick men charged with burglary in Clare Editorlast_img read more

OCC Highlights Innovation in Community Bank Space

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_img August 10, 2015 920 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News OCC Highlights Innovation in Community Bank Space With many smaller banks either failing or struggling to continue operations due to increased costs of doing business, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry recently spoke at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago about some of the latest innovations brought about to help community banks get back in the lending game.With many of the smaller financial institutions not generating large enough volumes of mortgage loan pools to sell to Ginnie Mae for a government guarantee, Curry explained to the audience how the Chicago FHLB can act as the Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed security issuer. Through the Mortgage Partnership Finance Government Mortgage-Backed Securities program, lenders deliver government-guaranteed or government-insured home loans to the Chicago FHLB.The option of using the Chicago FHLB as the Ginnie Mae MBS issuer will be especially attractive to low-volume lenders, Curry said, because it will eliminate the costs and barriers community banks would face with becoming Ginnie Mae issuers themselves.”By taking on this role, the Chicago FHLB provides liquidity, a reliable secondary market conduit, and operational support to participating banks,” Curry said. “This program can put community lenders in a better position to offer competitive mortgage products, and it confers a number of advantages on participating institutions, including competitive pricing and the certainty of funding on closing day.”Both the banks and the consumers win in this case, Curry said.”It confers obvious advantages on small institutions that want to remain competitive in an important product line, and it helps ordinary people achieve the American dream of homeownership,” Curry said. “It also exemplifies the creative spirit that has long made the American financial system such a powerful engine of economic growth.”Part of the OCC’s focus is on helping community banks and thrifts serve their customers while reducing the cost of doing business, Curry said. One example is a paper published by the OCC back in January titled “An Opportunity for Community Banks: Working Together Collaboratively,” which describes ways that community banks can pool their resources to obtain cost efficiency and at the same time leverage specialized expertise. When community banks collaborate in this manner, it allows the banks to cut costs or serve customers they might not otherwise be able to serve, Curry said.”For example, community banks can exchange ideas and information, share back office operations or jointly purchase materials or services,” Curry said. “In one case, a group of banks pooled their resources to finance community development activities through multi-bank community development corporations, loan pools, and loan consortia. In another, several smaller institutions formed an alliance through a loan participation agreement to bid on larger loan projects in competition with larger financial institutions.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Existing-Home Sales Forecast Revised Downward Despite Recent Surge Next: Sen. Warren Asks Regulators to Examine New System for Compliance Issues Share Save Community Banks Comptroller of the Currency Mortgage-Backed Securities OCC 2015-08-10 Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Community Banks Comptroller of the Currency Mortgage-Backed Securities OCC The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / OCC Highlights Innovation in Community Bank Space The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Canadian Ambassador to Ireland in Buncrana today

Posted On May 27 2021 by

first_img Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Previous article“Working Together to Make the Future Happen” Event taking place in Ballybofey todayNext articlePringle says he will not be backing Senator Norris News Highland Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Canadian Ambassador to Ireland in Buncrana today Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newscenter_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today By News Highland – September 22, 2011 The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland is in Buncrana today with the town’s Mayor Nicholas Crossan saying it is a great opportunity to increase ties between Canada and the north west.This will be Loyola Hearn’s second visit to the area this year and he will meet with fish producers from the area, which do business in Canada, as well as representatives from the tourism industry.Buncrana Mayor Nicholas Crossan says the Ambassador is keen to strengthen ties between his country and Ireland further – he believes the northwest could benefit significantly from this:[podcast][/podcast] Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterestlast_img read more

Sackings after abuse of elderly

Posted On May 18 2021 by

first_imgThe personnel director of NorthLakeland Healthcare NHS Trust has been sacked along with other senior staff formanagement failures which led to abuse of elderly patients at a former hospitalin Carlisle.Catherine McCreadie, the personneldirector, along with trust chairwoman Mary Styth and chief executive Alan Placelost their jobs after an eight-month investigation into the trust. A report from the Commission forHealth Improvement published last week criticised managers for “an absenceof effective and corporate management and clinical governance, a whole systemsfailure.” Staff said McCreadie “was ableto dictate staffing levels and the skills mix of staff without reference toclinical advice” and there was “no adequate system for identifyingand prioritising clinical staff training and education needs”. BothMcCreadie and Place can appeal against their dismissal.The trust introduced awhistleblowing policy three years after the first complaints surfaced, but thereport found that despite this staff were pilloried by others after they raisedconcerns about the abuse of elderly patients (see box).Some bad practices were soinstitutionalised they had become the norm, and at least one employee whoreceived a warning of abuse of patients said they thought the Sister’s word waslaw.The trust was described as”physically, emotionally and educationally isolated” and”inward-looking, unresponsive and even secretive”.Acting chief executive NigelWoodcock said, “Major steps have already been taken to improve managementarrangements as well as the culture of the trust to ensure the quality ofpatient care is of a consistently high standard.”Lessons on blowing the whistle atworkThe Commission for HealthImprovement has recommended that North Lakeland Healthcare NHS staff be trainedin the whistleblower policy introduced in 1999. It said, “Disciplining orvictimisation of anyone making allegations of malpractice in good faith wouldconstitute a disciplinary offence and be treated accordingly.”Student nurses first complainedabout patients being tied to commodes at the hospital in 1996 but thecomplaints were not acted on. Two years later, two nurses reported thatpatients were being deprived of clothing, blankets and ordinary food and fedwhile sitting on commodes. A year later the whistleblower policy was introducedby the trust but it failed to prevent scapegoating.Public Concern at Work runs a freehelpline for whistleblowers on 020-7404 6609 Sackings after abuse of elderlyOn 21 Nov 2000 in Clinical governance, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more


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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article GuruOn 8 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s guruEuro nightmare brings Italianbedroom chaos Guruhas always been slightly suspicious of the euro. Britain is outperforming theEurozone – with higher growth, lower unemployment and lower inflation – so whyrush to introduce the new currency?But Guru hasdiscovered a more worrying reason for opposing the introduction of the euro inthe UK.A survey by Italianbankers’ association Bancafinanza shows that 64 per cent of employees haveexperienced sexual problems with their partners due to worries over thecurrency swap.The changeover is alsoleading to extra working hours and the fear of calculating wrong conversions isgiving nightmares to 45 per cent of the 980 employees polled.Guru is understandablyworried – if hot-blooded Italians are losing their libido over the introductionof the euro, what hope for a sexually repressed English academic?Nomore Aussie trolley dolliesAir hostesses inAustralia are trying to shake off their “trolley dolly” image.They are starting acampaign aimed at changing the public’s perception of them and gainingrecognition as responsible “air safety professionals”.Australia’s FlightAttendants Association wants to highlight its members’ skills in security,medical emergencies and fire evacuation procedures and move away from their”coffee, tea or me” stereotype.As far as Guru isconcerned, such a move is long overdue. He has always been fascinated by airhostesses and their uncanny ability to serve hot coffee while defyingturbulence and sexual harassment.Officestress? Call in the vicarEmployers and staff inBirmingham could soon be benefiting from spiritual guidance in the workplace.Theinter-denominational Churches Industrial Group wants to employ two businesschaplains to visit firms battling against the economic downturn. They wouldplay a role in counselling worried employees facing redundancy.The CIG is optimisticthat companies will contribute towards the estimated £30,000 a year cost ofemploying each chaplain. Fortunately it has stopped short of introducingconfessional boxes into the boardroom.But Guru doubts thatall employers will be happy to pay up – the chaplains will also be criticisingwhat they think are morally dubious business and management practices.Therisks from coffee and carpets…Guruwas surprised to read that it is not only Ministry of Defence personnel inAfghanistan and other high-risk countries whose safety is at risk on a dailybasis.Research shows that9,000 MoD civil servants were injured in the office last year. Civilian staffreceived MoD compensation payouts totalling £3m as a result of some of theseworkplace incidents.Claims included anemployee who was thrown across an office by static electricity and an asthmaattack caused by carpet dust.Other incidentsincluded coffee spills, falling over waste bins, bad backs, tired eyes andstrained wrists.The MoD is now helpingstaff cope with stress through the use of relaxation periods, reflexology andrisk assessment advisers. If that fails then it is boot camp for the lot ofthem.last_img read more