ASA bans Coral ad, but rejects complaint against Ladbrokes

first_img ASA bans Coral ad, but rejects complaint against Ladbrokes Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an ad from Coral, but rejected a complaint against its fellow GVC brand Ladbrokes. The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an ad from Coral, but rejected a complaint against its fellow GVC brand Ladbrokes.The Coral complaint dealt with a Tweet from the operator’s account in March 2020 as part of its promotion for the Cheltenham Festival, which featured the text: “We’re as passionate about the bet as you are. So, get your stake back as a free bet if your horse fails to finish”. This was complemented by a video, captioned ‘Have Another Go’.The video included horses racing and text that read “Strong, fast, relentless, riderless” and a jockey about to fall off his horse. Text on screen and a voiceover then said “Get a free bet back with Fail to Finish, after which a previously disappointed man smiles.A similar version of the video aired as a television advertisement.A complainant challenged whether the advertisement was irresponsible.The operator said it did not believe this was the case and the promotion was merely a “form of insurance” on the bet that is common in the industry and not designed to encourage repetitive play. The operator pointed out that consumers did not have to take the offer up, nor did they have to pay to qualify.Coral added that the text of the tweet “aimed to highlight the prize of the promotion, while keeping within a certain character count and without encouraging socially irresponsible behaviour”.In addition, Coral said they would not use the ad or the ‘Have Another Go’ tagline again.However, the ASA ruled the ad broke rule 16.3.1 of the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising and Direct & Promotional Marketing (CAP Code), which states that advertisements must not “portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that is socially irresponsible or could lead to financial, social or emotional harm”.“We considered that the claim ‘Have another go’, together with the video ad which featured a man whose mood was instantly lifted following a free bet back, gave the impression that the decision to gamble had been taken lightly and was therefore likely to encourage some consumers to take up the offer repetitively,” the ASA said.The advertisement must not appear in its current form and the ASA warned Coral not to present their promotions in ways that were likely to encourage repetitive participation in gambling.The ASA also rejected a complaint against a television ad for Ladbrokes, which aired on 29 February, 2020.In the ad, characters take part in scenarios similar to casino games in their everyday lives, such as a man filling his car with petrol and stopping the price on £77.77; a woman spinning a circular wheel of red and black dresses; and a man saying, “hit me”, to request more fillings to be added to a sandwich.Five viewers made complaints about the ad, arguing that it portrayed gambling as “taking priority in life”, which is specifically forbidden in rule 17.3.4 of the CAP code.Ladbrokes, however, argued the ad was meant to “demonstrate the excitement of gaming in a metaphorical way which exaggerated real life” as part of a “fun parody”.The operator said the analogies shown “did not suggest that gambling took precedence over the characters’ work or other daily activities” and pointed out that the gambling comparisons did not interrupt the characters’ routines.“There was no reference to gambling or any suggestion that the characters would rather be gambling than undertaking their usual tasks,” Ladbrokes said.Broadcast advertising watchdog Clearcast, which cleared the ad for television, said that although the characters saw gambling analogies while out and about, these were “not shown to get in the way of their lives and took no precedent” over other activities.Clearcast said the gambling comparisons were “nothing more than humorous reminders of the mechanics and routines of gambling and gaming”. It believed the clear priorities for the characters were filling their car with fuel, choosing sandwich fillings and browsing dresses.The ASA chose to agree with Ladbrokes and Clearcast’s assessments of the ad and reject the complaints.“The ASA considered that while the characters were depicted as momentarily reminded of gambling and engaged in that analogy of the situation, they were not so distracted that they didn’t continue with those tasks,” the ASA said. “We also considered that the brief scenarios depicted did not present gambling as indispensable or imply that it took priority in any aspect of the characters’ lives.”In September 2019, Coral was sanctioned by the ASA for an ad promoting its “Bet and Get Club,” in which bettors can receive a free £5 bet for betting £25 during the previous week. The advertisement featured large text on screen reading, “Free £5 bet every Sunday when you bet £25+ Monday to Saturday.”The ASA ruled that promoting the potential of a bonus every week encouraged players to gamble irresponsibly by increasing the frequency of their betting.Last month, a study conducted by the ASA found that children’s exposure to gambling advertising has declined is falling back to 2008 levels, amid an overall decline in TV viewing among children 3rd June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Casino & gameslast_img read more

Cottco Holdings Limited 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgCottco Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Cottco Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cottco Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cottco Holdings Limited (  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileThe Cotton Company of Zimbabwe is known as Cottco and was formerly AICO Africa Limited. Cottco is the largest company in Zimbabwe processing and marketing cotton products for national and international markets, with operations in Zimbabwe, the rest of Africa, Europe and Asia. The company is involved in the procurement of cotton crops, buying and ginning cotton seed and marketing cotton lint and ginned seed. Cottco works closely with cotton farmers in Zimbabwe and offers agronomic and financial support to the end of the cotton-production process. Cottco has 20 outlets in cotton-producing areas in Zimbabwe, with its ginneries located in Chiredzi, Chihoy, Gokewe, Kadoma and Muzarabani. Cottco Holdings Limited was incorporated in 2008 and its headquarters are in Harare, Zimbabwe. Cottco Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Battered Australia ring the changes for Test with Argentina

first_imgAUSTRALIA: Mike Harris; Nick Cummins, Ben Tapuai, Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane; Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps; James Slipper, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Ben Alexander, Kane Douglas, Nathan Sharpe (captain), Sitaleki Timani, Michael Hooper, Radike Samo.Replacements: Saia Fainga’a, Benn Robinson, Dave Dennis, Scott Higginbotham, Liam Gill, Brett Sheehan, Dom Shipperley LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 09: Nathan Sharpe of the Wallabies runs off the field during the international test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Up front the Wallabies are also heavily depleted, with blindside flanker Scott Higginbotham only fit enough to make the bench. Second row Sitaleki Timani will fill the No 6 shirt with veteran Radike Samo at No 8.The tight-five is one area where Australia are not missing too many bodies, the leadership and influence of Horwill aside. Against the Pumas at home Australia held their own in the scrum and lineout, but Saturday appears to be Argentina’s best opportunity for a first win in The Rugby Championship and their pack will be ferocious in the hunt for a first scalp. As the pressure continues to rise on Robbie Deans, failure in Rosario could be critical.Argentina v AustraliaSunday, 7th October 2012 at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito in RosarioKick-off: 00:00 BST live on Sky Sports 1 Limited experience: Captain Nathan Sharpe will be the only Wallaby with over 50 caps against Argentinaby Ben ColesREELING FROM an injury list that has deprived them of David Pocock, Will Genia and James Horwill to name just a few, Australia have been forced to select an inexperienced XV for their encounter with Argentina this Saturday in Rosario, with only one player possessing over 50 caps in captain Nathan Sharpe.The heavy defeat against South Africa in Pretoria last weekend saw the Wallabies also lose Berrick Barnes and Adam Ashley-Cooper to injury, depleting a backline that has struggled throughout The Rugby Championship even further.James O’Connor and Quade Cooper are two other notable absentees, O’Connor due to a long-standing hamstring injury whilst Cooper has been excluded because of knee injury, although his recent outbursts regarding the management of Robbie Deans, won’t have done him any favours .As a result the Wallabies will field an unfamiliar back three, with talisman Digby Ioane partnering Reds teammate Mike Harris and the uncapped Western Force winger Nick Cummins. Kurtley Beale will fill the Australian No 10 shirt, the fourth-choice option behind O’Connor, Cooper and Barnes. In South Africa last weekend, Brett Sheehan made his first appearance for Australia in four years off the bench.last_img read more

Bruyn Housing / Pierre Blondel Architectes

first_img “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Structure: Belgium Bruyn Housing / Pierre Blondel Architectes Projects Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel Architectes+ 29 Share Architects: Pierre Blondel Architectes Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Special Expertise And Epbd:MK EngineeringSpecial Expertise:MK EngineeringEPBD:MK EngineeringCity:BrusselCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel ArchitectesRecommended ProductsMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Kitchens – ValchromatMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedText description provided by the architects. The initial request of the CPAS of Brussels is made in the context of a larger scale with two other projects in the same street: “Bruyn North” (200 apartments) and “Bruyn East” (50 apartments and a nursery) in front of Bruyn West. These projects fit into the city’s target to built 5000 social apartments in Brussels.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel ArchitectesThe project involves 79 apartments, a multipurpose hall and 75 parking spots. Another objective is to redesign the green space behind the project. The project exceeded expectations in regards to the client’s environmental request by making the buildings passive.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel ArchitectesPermeability:The buildings’ setting was designed with the concern of the landscape’s permeability:- To not close off the green space view from the buildings and create a visual and physical connection from the buildings and the street to the park. Hence, each apartment has a view of the green space. -To preserve the urbanism’s open shape that characterizes the area around the project where buildings alternate with large green spaces.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel ArchitectesThe project includes two kinds of private gardens:- South-facing, open to the public square- South-west, open to the public parkSave this picture!Floor PlanSunlight and Views:The buildings’ size varies from two to four stories in order to optimize sun exposure for each apartment.The higher the buildings are, the longer the distance is between them.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel ArchitectesSustainable Development:The 79 apartments are passive due to the ventilation systems with double airflow, working on the choice of materials and on construction details. The project was awarded the environmental label of “exemplary building” for 2009 by IBGE (Institute of Brussels for Environmental Management). The solar panels on the rooftop ensure hot water production.  The water from the roof is collected by five citterns and the overflow is sent through drainage ditches to an infiltration pond. There, the water articulates the landscape.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel ArchitectesLife Quality:Each apartment has a double orientation and profits from an optimal natural lighting, an outdoor space (garden or terrace) and views on the green space. The space between the buildings consists of private gardens but also sharing spaces for the inhabitants and public passages to the park composed of vegetable gardens, selected trees and a playground.  We hope that this weave of public and private spaces will facilitate the integration of the future inhabitants in the preexistent context.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel ArchitectesLandscape:In front of the building along the street, additional rooms provide a foreground to the buildings and are designed for storage. These exterior rooms are made with wood gantries and gabions full of stones and bark. Their materials are chosen to best integrate with the landscape. The sheds surround the gardens and the parking porches.Save this picture!SchemeThe parking spots are dispersed on the field, semi-buried and covered with a slatted vegetated floor composed of plane trees.  The buildings are designed as a part of the landscape, dug like a stair, and trimmed with light sun visor and terraces. Different sort of spaces make the transition between indoor and outdoor.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierre Blondel ArchitectesProject gallerySee allShow lessSTUDIOKCA’s NASA Orbit Pavilion Lets Visitors Listen to the “Sounds of Space”Architecture NewsRotermann Carpenter’s Workshop / KOKO architectsSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Bruynstraat, 1120 Brussel, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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US charity employee jailed for $8m fraud

first_imgUS charity employee jailed for $8m fraud  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A former employee at the American Cancer Society has been jailed for 13 years after admitting stealing $8m from the charity. A former employee at the American Cancer Society has been jailed for 13 years after admitting stealing $8m from the charity. The BBC reports that all of the money stolen has been recovered.Read Charity employee sentenced in $8m fraud at BBC Online. Advertisementcenter_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 11 April 2001 | Newslast_img read more

Give Your Closet Breathing Room

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Cover Story Give Your Closet Breathing Room Sell Luxurious Items You Never Wear By LINDA MOONEY Published on Monday, March 6, 2017 | 11:23 am Subscribe More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Business News The New Year tends to bring more beauty — and stuff — into our homes and closets, but to truly appreciate the new, or even find where we put it, we need to let go of the old. Let someone else appreciate that amazing black sequin dress you’ll probably never wear again.Walker/Viden, an 8-month-old luxury consignment shop on East Green Street, can help you do that and they really want those special, hard-to-let-go-of gems that hide in your closet. In fact, they’ll pay you a 50 percent consignment fee for what they get for each item, and they can afford to take their time until the right buyer is found.They do this not only through their Pasadena location but also three eBay stores they manage online that connect them with global customers, particularly in Australia and Canada.If you shop in Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York or Harrods and have an interesting, iconic piece in great condition, they can probably sell it for you.Styles in demand include motorcycle jackets, patent leather, knee-high boots, animal prints, pencil skirts, maxi dresses, unworn high-end lingerie (bustiers, corsets), fringe, metal mesh, lace, and anything that laces up. Bright colors, vintage denim, velvet shoes and accessories (bags, belts, scarves, hats, gloves) are always in, too.It also helps if the item still has the original tags, packaging, receipt, hanging bag or branded box, and shoes must be like new, meaning no toe prints.High-profile items (such as jewelry, luggage or Luis Vuitton and Channel handbags) typically sell in less than a week, so Walker/Viden snatches them up when they can. Same goes for brands such as Hermes, Dolce & Gabana, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Fendi and H&M Collection. Go to for the complete list of preferred brands.Of course, once you enter Walker/Viden, it’s going to be hard to leave without buying something. The impeccable showroom, arranged by color and length, reflects the refined tastes and merchandizing experience of Jennie Walker and Addy Viden, who started the store together last August, a plan they hatched after a mere month of knowing each other as neighbors.Jennie Walker and Addy VidenFor co-founder Walker, it’s like her whole life has been priming her for this. A former New Yorker who developed her style and love for classic black through 16 years in Manhattan, Walker grew up around consignment shops — her mother’s career — and always carried a torch for the art of buying and selling one-of-a-kind fashion, which she did for a while from her home.Walker also worked as a charity fundraising consultant for high-profile clients such as the Rockefellers and President Jimmy Carter and eventually started her own lifestyle brand called JennieGirl, through which she helps professionally style people for photo shoots, stage performances and special events. Walker has dressed women and men for the Grammy’s, Sundance, New York Fashion Week, etc., pulling from her own inventory.An artist through and through, Walker has even recorded music with top producer Tommy Faragher and continues to perform live on Friday nights at a local open mic (the location of which we won’t reveal, just so you have to stop by in person, introduce yourself and ask).Be prepared for partner Viden, clearly European, to indulge you in witty reparte over a midday glass of red wine and some popcorn, or invite you to coffee or tea while he strums his guitar from the sidewalk table. The good energy, beautiful clothes and incredible local paintings hanging on the walls — which are also for sale (original oils or $30 prints) — make it hard to leave, but you should go in anyway just for the smile.While you’re there, sign up for their special-events newsletter. The Walker/Viden duo have big plans, including starting their own brand of clothing line. Expect to hear a lot more about them soon.Walker/Viden is located at 1033 East Green Street in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 844-9244. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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From the vine and more

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement Facebook Parker scores BordeauxIt took a small private dinner in London, in the company of six high profile Bordeaux buyers and one Medoc producer, to have the wine world on full alert.The reason? Decanter reports that Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, was releasing his scores for the Bordeaux 2010 vintage and updating his scores on the 2008 vintage.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Put simply, a high Parker score sells wine, which is all you need to know.So what has Mr. Parker made of the 2010 vintage? Parker argues that the wines will enjoy “astonishing longevity” on the back of high alcohol, fresh acids, lower pHs and huge tannins.He also argues that 2010, like 2009 and 2005 may be the “three greatest Bordeaux vintages I have tasted in my career.”At this early stage, nine Châteaux have scored a possible 100 in 2010, those are: Ausone 98-100; Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse 96-100; Haut Brion 98-100; l’Eglise Clinet 96-100; Lafite (98-100); Latour (98-100); Mouton Rothschild (97-100); Petrus (98-100) and Pontet Canet (96-100).For those interested, has the full list of Parkers scores.Madoff wine collection to be auctionedMorrell & Company will auction 58 lots of wines and spirits owned by the convicted fraudster Bernard L Madoff on 18 May. The collection is estimated at $15,000 and Morrell’s catalogue says the wines ‘were seized by the U.S. Marshals Service for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in the case of the United States v. Bernard Madoff.’It adds that ‘the proceeds from the auction will be deposited in the United States Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Fund to compensate the victims’ of Madoff’s ‘multi-billion dollar fraud.’Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence for running a Ponzi scheme that was the biggest fraud in Wall Street history.Personalise Laphroaig 10-year-old THIS Father’s Day, spoil your dad with his favourite dram and treat him to a bottle of Laphroaig 10 Year Old. Order by June 12 and the team at the Islay distillery will include bespoke text or a greeting as part of the traditional label. For no additional cost, buyers can submit a message of up to 3 lines at 30 characters per line: that’s 90 characters for wit, sentiment, or just your dad’s name.Alternatively, why not treat him to the brand new Original Cask Strength 003 – the whisky that sells out rapidly every year! John Campbell, Laphroaig’s Distillery Manager, said: “It’s as near as you’ll get to getting the keys into one of our famed warehouses on Islay, and filling your own.”The distillery shop, online at, offers a number of alternative gifts sourced from suppliers local to the distillery such as Laphroaig-infused cheese, Islay Woollen mill scarf, hand-made pottery, and even Islay handcrafted soap made with Laphroaig! Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Email NewsFrom the vine and moreBy admin – May 19, 2011 730 Previous articleNew beginnings for Declan O’RourkeNext articleParma Ham served with a Melon, Elderflower and Mint Sorbet admin Printlast_img read more

Man aquitted of unlawful sex charge

first_img WhatsApp Man aquitted of unlawful sex charge Google+ Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Google+ 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also A 25-year-old man accused of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl has been found not guilty.The offence was alleged to have happened in the defendant’s car when he was 18 on 25th October 2003 in a south County Donegal car park. He admitted at Donegal Circvuit Court this week that he had sex with the girl, but said before the jury of seven women and five men that he believed she was 18 or 19 at the time.The prosecution said it was not suggested the defendant coerced the girl into sex. The offence was that the girl at the time was too young to be legally capable of consenting to sex.Judge John O’Hagan said that in recent years, the Supreme Court ruled that a mistake about the age of a young person could be raised by the defence.If the jury concluded from the evidence that there was a mistake, then the defendant should be given the benefit of the doubt, he said. But if they rejected it, then they must convict.The judge recalled the defence case that the girl was not refused admission by pub bouncers, and she bought drink at the bars.He mentioned that the mother of the victim was called in evidence to prove her daughter’s age. He added: “I can only say it as a matter of comment that the mother was not asked in evidence how her daughter looked at the age of 13.”Prosecution counsel Eileen O’Leary told the jury in her summary that the girl, at 13, was significantly under the legal age. She maintained the defendant definitely knew her age, as he was going out with a girl of 15 and he would have known she was younger.Defence counsel Hugo Hynes said that the law gave the defendant allowance for a genuine mistake and he believed the girl was older than him.The jury took 29 minutes to make up its mind.In the past 18 months five other men were convicted of under-age sex with the girl. Two were given suspended sentences. Three were sentenced to jail terms. Twitter Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week center_img Pinterest News Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleCouncil confirms road salting service will be severely curtailedNext articleLGH manager believes A&E unit should open on schedule News Highland By News Highland – December 16, 2010 Pinterestlast_img read more

Multiple US Marshals injured in Bronx shootout, one suspect killed

first_imgzocik/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two U.S. Marshals were injured in a shootout with a suspect in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, New York, Friday morning.Shots were fired on Ely Avenue at around 5:30 a.m., police said.The Marshals were rushed to Jacobi Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. They are in stable condition, officials said.One Marshal was shot in elbow and thigh. The other was shot in the leg, officials said.A 9 mm Glock handgun was recovered at the scene, according to police.Suspect Andre Sterling was shot and killed on-site, law enforcement officials told ABC News.Sterling, who was wanted for shooting a state trooper in Massachusetts on Nov. 20, was facing multiple charges including armed assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm, police said. He was also wanted in Wyoming for narcotics charges.A second suspect involved in the shootout was taken to Jacobi Hospital for treatment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Microsoft Business Solutions Award for Excellence in HR through Technology

first_img Comments are closed. This award recognises the effective use of technology by HR teams to bringabout business benefits.  The judgelooked at changes that have been implemented, why they were necessary and howtechnology has facilitated this.Category judgeNorman McQueen, director of talentmanagement,, started his career with the Royal Bank of Scotlandin 1976, before moving to Nationwide Building Society as branch manager, thenbusiness development, management trainer, area training manager, nationalbusiness development manager and area manager (operations). McQueen leftNationwide to join Frizzell Financial Services and then moved to Sedgwick asgroup management training and development manager. After seven years, he wentto training consultant Results International for two years, before joiningFreeserve in November 2001.Liverpool Direct LTDThe teamNo. in HR team 110Staff responsible for  22,000Colette Hannay, Head of HR payrollserviceHeather Shaw, Resourcing officerLiz Taylor, HR and programme managerMike McGurk, Payroll operations managerJohn Skiming, Payroll and pensions managerKeith Bennett, Employment relations managerHuman Resource and Payroll ServiceAbout the companyLiverpool Direct is a joint venture between Liverpool CityCouncil and BT, responsible for managing and delivering Liverpool CityCouncil’s information, communications and technology-based services, andprovides citizens with a single point of contact for all their concerns andenquiriesThe challengeThe council’s HR function had a history of high costs, lowvalue for money and poor performance. Decentralised teams were to be bought togetherinto a single unit within a six-month period, to improve service and drive downcostsWhat the company did– The HR and payroll service joined Liverpool Direct inDecember 2001– HR intranet site was launched in January 2002 to managers andemployees for them to interact with HR– Integrated HR and payroll data allowed employees and managersmany self-service options– Established a new service centre to deal with enquiries thatcould not be dealt with via the intranetBenefits and achievements– Training on the new systems raised motivation– Loss of more than 100 staff (around 50 per cent), resultingin a cost saving of £2m– HR and payroll’s reputation and portfolio of services hasincreased– Overall cost as driven down, while quality was driven up andis now ‘fit to purpose’Norman McQueen says:”What is impressive with this entry is its ability to bring together allthe decentralised teams into a single location within a six-month period andimprove, through technology, its service to customers while driving down costs.The measurable achievements have been made in support of the Council’s overallstrategy.”New LookThe teamNo. in HR team 25Staff responsible for 10,000Sue Lloyd, Logistics HR managerToni Stocker, Trainer assessor – logisticsDebbie Snook, Training adviser – logisticsNatalie Vaughan-Evans, Logistics HR officerSue Goodwin, Senior training adviserDave Putnam, Training co-ordinator – logisticsNew Look Logistics HRAbout the companyOne of the fastest growing retailers in the UK, New Look sellsits own range of clothing through its 500 stores, and has an annual turnover of£600mThe challengeIn 2001, absence levels, stability and staff turnover at NewLook were unacceptably high, with weekly recruitment days necessaryWhat the company did– Created the competency-based pay and training programme(CBPT) within its logistics unit– The CBPT allowed HR to measure productivity and attendance,and then set different pay rates for different members of staff– Took time to get staff buy-in and overcome union disagreementsBenefits and achievements– Saving of £2.9m, £600,000 of which was reinvested in betterpay rates– A recent staff survey shows people are ‘extremely satisfied’in their work and environment– The company now receives more CVs than it has vacancies– Increased productivity– Reduced absenceNorman McQueen says: “Oneof the key strengths of the New Look entry is that it covered a whole range ofHR activities: pay, performance management, training and development, unionnegotiations, absence levels and staff turnover. It has achieved a highexcellence in HR through a technological solution.”CPMThe teamNo. in HR safety team 15Staff responsible for fluctuates between 3,500 and 4,500Caroline Saunders, ConTact projectmanagerAdrian Dutton, Analyst programmerJo Dawson, HR business adviserSandra Thres, Senior recruitment officerPaul Hayward, Client operations managerConTact Project TeamAbout the companyCPM provides its clients with solutions to help them developcloser relations with their customers through merchandising, field marketingand telemarketingThe challengeThe old HR system was preventing the company advancing in theway it believed it could. CPM needed to create an easy-to-use system that drewtogether all strands of information held on its field employeesWhat the company did– Developed a system, ConTact, to consolidate all HR data andfunctions– Communicated clearly with all levels during development ofthe system– Employed a full-time project manager to keep the project ontrackBenefits and achievements– Saves business £300,000 a year– System is so simple new starters can become effective usingit within hours– Allows departmental managers to take responsibility forday-to-day HR– Increased communication between teamsNormanMcQueen says: “CPM’s entry has been shortlisted as it has achieved itsvision of excelling in HR, which contributes to the success of CPM. It hasenhanced HR by developing ConTact, which integrated all forms of data forpersonnel previously held across the business, reducing unnecessary rework,improving efficiency and saving the business money.” Previous Article Next Article Microsoft Business Solutions Award for Excellence in HR through TechnologyOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more