The CIPD should focus on developing senior HR

first_imgThe CIPD should focus on developing senior HROn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This issue focuses on the tools HR people are using to demonstrate theimpact of their interventions on the bottom line. If you want to know where tofind the relevant articles, you’ll find the page numbers promoted prominentlyat the top of the front page. The use of metrics, balanced score cards, performance indicators and a wholeparaphernalia of related approaches is increasing as HR directors fight forcash for their initiatives and try to justify their existence. Butdemonstrating the value of progressive HR practices is really only the firstphase of a mammoth challenge – the ultimate aim should be to get board membersto view their staff as a value, or an asset that can be calculated, rather thana cost. As HR directors know to their frustration, there is still a long way togo. This is despite the fact that the CIPD has banged on about the evidencedemonstrating the impact of progressive HR practices on the bottom line atevery available opportunity. This is all very well, but the way to change theminds of top executives is to demonstrate the value of HR in a language theyunderstand, and to show it working in their organisations. There are manyhigh-calibre HR directors already achieving this, but they are in great demand.Real change will only come when there is a much bigger pool of senior HRprofessionals with the experience and capabilities to drive this agendaforward. The problem is that at the moment there is a vacuum in HR managers’continuing professional development at the highest levels. Every time senior HRpeople gather they bemoan the fact that the CIPD qualification has no relevanceat their level. Sadly, they also point out that the institute is making noconcerted effort to fill the gap in senior HR development. If the institute won’taddress this need, then someone else will have to. By Noel O’Reilly Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Tests reveal pig worker has Ebola antibodies

first_imgJan 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in the Philippines recently announced that a worker who had contact with sick pigs tested positive for antibodies to the Ebola Reston virus, a pathogen that was discovered about a month ago for the first time in pigs.Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidemiology Centre, said the case represent the first known pig-to-human Ebola Reston virus transmission, according to a Jan 24 Associated Press (AP) report.The Ebola subtype was discovered in 1989 at a primate facility in Reston, Va. among monkeys imported from the Philippines. The Ebola Reston virus can sicken monkeys, but causes little if any clinical disease in humans.Tayag said blood sampling on 50 pig farm and slaughterhouse workers conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that one worker was exposed to the virus more than 6 months ago, the AP report said.Francisco Duque, the nation’s health secretary, told reporters at a news conference that the man had not been seriously ill in the past 12 months and was extremely unlikely to have exposed others to the virus, the AP reported. “This new finding in humans still presents a negligible risk to human health,” he said.Lo Wing-Iok, an infectious disease expert in Hong Kong, said viruses jumping species is always a concern, according to a Jan 23 report from Reuters. He said it is important to follow the Ebola Reston developments very closely.”This virus may be magnified in swine and we could get a higher-density virus in the environment and more cases of human infection can occur,” Lo told Reuters.When Ebola Reston virus outbreaks hit monkeys in the Philippines in the 1990s, people who had close contact with the sick animals were tested, and about 25 had antibodies to the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). One person had mild flulike symptoms but recovered fully.In other Ebola developments, the medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) said recently that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is under control.All patients with suspected infections who were under observation in the MSF isolation center in Kampungu in Western Kasai province have been discharged and are in good health, the organization said.So far 48 patients have shown symptoms of Ebola fever, but only 7 cases were confirmed, MSF reported. There were 2 deaths among the 7 confirmed cases.MSF said its isolation center would remain open in case new suspected cases surface.The outbreak, which began in mid December, is the second outbreak since 2007 to strike the DRC’s West Kasai province. Statements from the WHO and MSF have not said which Ebola subtype has sickened people in the outbreak. Public health officials have said that some of the suspected cases in both recent outbreaks had Shigella (bacterial) infections.See also:Dec 11, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Testing turns up Ebola in pigs”Jan 23 Doctors Without Borders reportJan 2 WHO update on Ebola in DRClast_img read more

WLAX : Holden develops into consistent scorer for Syracuse in junior year

first_img Comments Published on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Near the end of her freshman season, Sarah Holden roared like she never had before. Holden stood in the middle of a circle with her teammates on the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team. To a bystander watching from afar, it would look like nothing more than a team discussing its Big East finale at Rutgers in April 2009.But the team made up what it calls the noise circle. Players make a cacophony of noises to get themselves and their teammates pumped up. The players were yelping and growling. But suddenly, this time, the quiet freshman Holden put them to shame.‘I had no idea I could do that,’ Holden said. ‘It just kind of came out.’Holden, who is now a junior, has changed a lot since her freshman year. This season the midfielder has started in nine of the team’s 12 games. She has scored in all but two of those games, amassing 19 goals on the season. That tally is the third most on the Orange (5-7, 3-1 Big East). Although she is not the team’s star, she said she feels established as a hustle player. And even after moving up the ranks, Holden still roars before every game.By the fall of her senior year in high school, Holden was still not committed to a college. Syracuse head coach Gary Gait arrived at SU that same fall to a recruiting class far from complete. He had seen Holden play against his daughter and remembered her.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘She was dominating at Marcellus (High School) and certainly the best player on the team,’ Gait said. ‘It was a situation where I got here in September and I had to regroup and find some last-minute recruits to fill a class, and Sarah was certainly one of the local standouts.’Holden said that when she got to SU, she went from being one of those local stars to being a rookie on an established college team.Over the past few years, senior attack Tee Ladouceur said the biggest change she’s seen in Holden has been confidence. Holden was a good athlete when she came in, but Ladouceur said she has become a much more effective contributor as she’s matured.‘Now that other people have graduated, she’s stepped into the roles of other people and has a much bigger role on the team these days,’ Ladouceur said.Last season Holden started only once and scored four goals. At the end of that season, she set goals of getting more playing time and earning a consistent starting spot. She worked particularly hard on her fitness in the offseason to achieve those goals.Now not only is she playing and starting more, but she has also scored at least once in each of the past seven games. She said this season she has been a utility player of sorts.‘I’m more of a hustle person, a person that can look to step up more but needs to fit the role of really whatever the team needs,’ Holden said.And although she is a standout in the noise circle, Holden often goes unnoticed in her role on the team because of the presence of strong offensive players such as Ladouceur, Michelle Tumolo and Katie Webster.Yet Holden has been a consistent scorer with the ability to get back and defend. Gait said Holden is particularly good at cutting off the ball, which helps get her open to score.Gait still sees room for improvement in the former last-ditch recruit. Despite the impressive number of goals she’s had this season, Gait wants her role on the team to increase.‘One thing she could focus a little more on is a little dodging and actually taking the ball to the net a little bit more,’ Gait said. ‘She could step up her shooting a little bit and score some more goals for us.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Two sentenced for making child porn

first_imgOfficials in Rigby, Idaho have sentenced two people to 15+ years in prison for making child porn with a 4-year-old.32-year-old Joseph Lavern Harris and 28-year-old Elizabeth Dawn Evans were sentenced Tuesday after officials discovered video and images during an investigation.It is unclear what led authorities to investigate the pair, however, it was reported that Harris appeared in the film with the child and that investigators discovered several sexually explicit images of the child on electronic devices that belonged to Evans.Officials also found a list of people that Harris desired to have sex with. The 4-year-old girl was number 5 on the list.During a police interview, Evans admitted that the list was his, but says that he wanted to engage in sexual acts with the child when she came of age.He also denied appearing in the video with the child but later admitted that he could tell it was him in the video due to his tattoo but says he was under the influence of narcotics and the time and does not remember the incident.Both have been sentenced for crimes related to owning and making child pornography. Harris was sentenced to 25 years, while Evans was sentenced to 15 years.They will both also be required to register as sex offenders.last_img read more