New storm to bring severe weather across the South

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Over the weekend there were 22 reported tornadoes in three states; six in Illinois, 10 in Iowa and six in Arkansas with significant to major damage reported in all three states. Some of the worst damage this weekend was on Saturday in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where an EF-3 tornado was on the ground for 12.6 miles. It was 600 yards wide and it was on the ground for 16 minutes. This is the strongest such tornado in Arkansas since 2014. Strong tornadoes like EF-3’s are not that common in Arkansas and since 2000 only 24 such tornadoes have occurred in the state. The storm that brought all the tornadoes this past weekend is moving through the Northeast and the Great Lakes with rain and some snow, but no severe weather is expected there. Our attention now turns to the southern Plains and the Gulf Coast where a new storm system will bring more severe weather next two days.On Monday morning, the storm system is just moving out of the Rockies and joining a warm front along the Gulf Coast.Later Monday, severe weather is expected from the Plains into the Gulf Coast states from Kansas to Mississippi where damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat.On Tuesday, the storm system moves into the eastern Gulf Coast states from Alabama to Georgia and into northern Florida. The biggest treat there will be damaging winds and also a slightly higher tornado threat.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fewer domestic violence calls during COVID-19 outbreak has California officials concerned

first_imgKameleon007/iStockBy ALEX STONE, ALEXANDER MALLIN and MATT GUTMAN, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Since the beginning of COVID-19-related stay-at-home orders, police and advocacy groups across the country have warned that domestic violence calls could increase with people being cooped up at home, tempers more likely to flare, abusers more likely to lash out.And although data in a few of America’s largest cities initially suggests otherwise, multiple agencies told ABC News that may be an even bigger reason for concern.“We’re having 10 fewer crime reports each day for instances of domestic violence,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said. “That’s going in the wrong direction with what we believe is actually happening behind closed doors.”Calls related to domestic violence in LA declined 18% from March 19 through April 15 compared with the same period in 2019, according to LAPD data provided to ABC News. Cases also declined in San Francisco.Other cities including San Diego, Anaheim, Burbank and Santa Rose have reported little change, while calls in Fresno County spiked in March but declined into April.Nationwide, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., reported lower overall violent crime numbers during stay-at-home orders, but it’s unclear exactly how many of those were related to domestic violence.In New York City, even with a record number of officers calling in sick during the COVID-19 outbreak in March, Commissioner Dermot Shea said “domestic violence is an extremely high priority for all members of the New York City Police Department.”Back in California, officials told ABC News they believe domestic violence is increasing but the abused are stuck at home with their abusers and can’t alert authorities.Rebecca Levenso, a police consultant on domestic violence, said that for victims their “world has gotten a whole lot smaller” and that they’re “hyper vulnerable” because of technology.“With home cameras, you literally can’t do anything,” she added. “The abuser can check which websites you were on and check your phone.”MORE: Rihanna, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donate $4.2M to combat quarantine-induced domestic violencePolice said that’s resulted in fewer calls, which Los Angeles County is combatting with “Behind Closed Doors,” a campaign aimed at helping abuse victims too scared to seek help.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a program this month to put domestic violence victims in hotels during shelter-in-place orders rather than return them to homes where they were abused. Garcetti highlighted the work of Rihanna and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who have paid for hotels, food and counseling for victims of domestic abuse.“I am very alarmed by what appears to be a dramatic decrease in reported crimes involving our most vulnerable,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said on Friday.Feuer and L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey are leading the program that will put signs up in grocery stores and other places where abuse victims may see them to know they can reach out without their abuser knowing. One option might be texting 911 instead of calling.The “Behind Closed Doors” campaign also is calling on delivery drivers, landscapers, postal workers and others in Los Angeles County who might see signs of abuse at homes to contract police.“With this unprecedented situation,” said Feuer, adding that children and the elderly also may be at risk, “there are some under-discussed consequences.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

This week’s stock market review

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s stock market reviewOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Prospects brighten in the retail sectorThe tide may be about to turn for the UK retail sector. Last week, potentialbidders approached no fewer than three British retailers. Storehouse, theailing retail group which owns Bhs and Mothercare, confirmed that it hadreceived bids for the two subsidiaries as well as for the entire group. Also,clothier the Austin Reed Group confirmed that it too had been approached butturned down the unsolicited offer. Austin Reed’s stock price advanced about 30 per cent on the news.Storehouse’s share price rose by about 56 per cent. Marks and Spencer, whose value has been falling for some time, attracted alot of attention last week following speculation that French retail giantCarrefour could be interested in buying the struggling UK retailer. Frantictransactions in M&S shares drove the price up by more than 10 per cent butretreated after the company declined to comment on the rumours. Mixed messages from Rolls Royce hits its share priceThere were mixed blessings for Rolls Royce. The company announced a healthyjump in pre-tax profits for the year to £360m, up 11 per cent. Investorsappeared unconvinced, however, about the management’s forecast for next year.The company expects next years profit’s growth to be at least 10 per cent. Atthe same time the company warned about the impact of exchange rates onearnings, huge restructuring costs and a likely fall in engine sales. Theconflicting messages gave investors cold feet and the company’s stock pricefell sharply. Biotechnology provides the buzz on the London marketLate last week the London stock market recovered from its recent gloomy performance.The biotechnology sector provided much of the buzz, in particular CambridgeAntibody Technology, which jumped by more than 60 per cent following the newsthat it has signed a 10-year deal with Human Genome Sciences in the US.last_img read more

News

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This month’s newsWhitty drive Lord Whitty, the minister responsible for health and safety at work, hashinted at stricter measures on occupational health. He told a major Londonconference attended by employers, industry bodies and trade unions that”those who make decisions based on risk know they cannot expect an easyride”. Resin research Research giant TWI is to investigate the possible harmful effects of epoxyresins used in adhesives, coatings and sealants. Reported effects includephoto-sensitisation, and skin, eye, nose and throat sensitisation.   [email protected]   [email protected] guide TUC guidance on working with chemicals sets out six “essentialrights” for safety reps. The rights are to: be trained; be informed; beconsulted; be involved in decisions; investigate and inspect, and representwork colleagues.  www.tuc.org.ukOH intranet Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, has set up an occupational health intranet sitefor its 8000 UK staff. Employees will be able to book appointments with companyphysiotherapists, chiropodists and opticians, as well as download healthinformation. Keep it internal Employers should give preference to internal staff for advice on health andsafety, government guidance has confirmed. The advice comes in the new ApprovedCode of Practice to accompany the revised Management of Health and Safety atWork Regulations 1999.  www.hse.gov.uk; copies from 01787 881165 Hand-held advice Hand-arm vibration syndrome comes under the spotlight in a new publicationfrom independent company Scriptographic. It offers training guidance on how touse hand-held tools.  [email protected] Downs chair OH consultant Peter Mattison has been appointed chair of the Mid Downs Groupof OH Nurses. Mattison has experience with construction giant Costain, and inthe public sector at Guy’s Hospital and in local government. Welsh health plan The Welsh Assembly has launched a health promotion strategy after a reviewof public health highlighted problems. Promoting Health and Well Being isavailable from the Health Promotion Division, National Assembly for Wales,Ffynnon-las, Cardiff CF14 5DZ Hazards bus tour A promotional HSC bus toured construction sites in Scotland and the north ofEngland last month showing how to avoid hazards at work. The mobile exhibitionwas put together by the HSC’s Construction Industry Advisory Committee as partof the Working Well Together campaign.  www.wwt.uk.comWoodwork guide The HSE has produced guidance for the woodworking industry on how to reduceinjuries caused by manual handling. Nearly a third of injuries reported to theHSE are caused by poor handling practices.  www.open.gov.uk/hse/press/press.htmClaims aid dries up Legal aid for compensation claims arising from workplace accidents is toend, the Government has said. Claimants with limited resources will have torely on solicitors with “no win, no fee” deals. Schools safety risk Devolved budgets for schools increase the risk of injury to staff andpupils, Bill Walker of Zurich Municipal told the conference of the RegionalEducation Safety Officers Group last month. He said the Fair Funding scheme createsuncertainty over whether the school or the LEA is responsible for health andsafety. Prep pilot One in 10 nurses will have their post-registration education and practiceaudited from April next year – 60,000 nurses on the UKCC register. Glasgow CaledonianUniversity lecturer Helen Gough said the 10 per cent will need to give evidenceof their learning and relevance of this to their work on specially developedforms. Summer survey OH nurses in Scotland were urged to complete a survey of their work when itis sent out this summer. Dr Bernice West, director at Robert Gordon University,said that the survey would help to give a voice to the scope of the OH nurses’professional practice. Public health Chief nursing officer of the Scottish health executive Anne Jarvie tolddelegates that nurses would have to change their way of working in publichealth. She said the OH strategy was aimed at supporting and promoting healthin the NHS in Scotland. National service The motion: “Should there be a national OH service in the newmillennium?”, was won by a clear majority at the close of the conference.Speakers for the motion argued that it should be different from the NHS modeland could be funded through the national insurance contributions. last_img read more

IT skills gap sees firm set up in-house degree

first_img Comments are closed. One of Britain’s top high-tech companies is setting up a degree course to grow its own talent after struggling to recruit the people it needs. Microchip design group ARM Holdings is developing a four-year Masters degree with Loughborough University as one of several schemes to increase the pool of talent available.ARM is seen as one of the most successful companies in Britain. Its share price has risen 1,200 per cent since it floated two years ago. It entered the FTSE 100 this year and is now among the top 50 UK companies. It is worth £8bn.But HR director Bill Parsons said that despite offering fantastic financial rewards and what he calls “the most interesting, exciting job you could have”, the company, is struggling to fill vacancies.“Working for a company as generous and as successful as ours has got to be one of the most attractive propositions, but because of the skills shortage in IT we are having to work very hard to find people,” he said. The 10-year-old company employs 525 people and is growing its head count by 30 per cent a year.In the past it has exclusively hired experienced people, often going abroad to find them, but is now concentrating on nurturing talent and hiring inexperienced graduates.With stock options, graduates start on a package of more than £40,000.The Loughborough course will produce 20 hardware and software engineers each year, after taking them straight from school.Students will be sponsored throughout their studies and given paid work by ARM during the holidays.Other schemes to bring in talent include building relationships with 12 targeted universities and opening regional offices to target the local workforce in locations such as Sheffield and Nice in France.www.arm.com Previous Article Next Article IT skills gap sees firm set up in-house degreeOn 8 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

No quick fix on parental leave

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Employers should not hold their breath for a fast-track decision on whetherparental leave rights are to be extended, delegates to the employers’ Lawbriefing will be told later this month. Hopes have faded of a swift passagethrough the European Court of Justice for the TUC’s challenge on theimplementation of the law, according to Cherie Booth QC, who is leading thecase. The bombshell comes in a presentation by Helen Froud, director of corporateservices at Worcestershire County Council. “We are likely to be left highand dry for about 18 months,” said Froud. “I will argue that isenough time for organisations to get the parental leave processes workingproperly.” Booth argued that the Government failed to implement the EU directiveproperly when it limited the rights to parents of children born after 5December 1999. The Irish government recently caved in to a similar challenge and changedits laws. For more about the employers’ Law briefing, sponsored by Pinsent Curtis, on22 September, contact 020-8652 3731. No quick fix on parental leaveOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Amicable end to over half of union disputes

first_img Half the number of disputed union recognition cases taken by employers and unions to the advisory service Acas were settled amicably last year.Before 1998, agreement of full trade union recognition was the outcome in only around one-third of cases.Acas was asked to assist in 260 union recognition disputes, double the number on average during the 1990s, which is a result of the introduction of the statutory right to union recognition.Brian Towers, professor of industrial relations at Nottingham Business School, said, “While membership (of unions) is highly unlikely to reach the 1979 heyday of 12 million, there is now clear evidence of a modest, but encouraging revival.”Towers urged unions to seek voluntary agreements because enforced recognition “holds risks for both sides”.“For employers and employees, workplace relations could be strained. Losing a few high-profile ballots could damage a union’s reputation and the perception of union recognition as a whole.”www.acas.org.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Amicable end to over half of union disputesOn 19 Sep 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

The technologies that will change the way you work

first_imgThe technologies that will change the way you workOn 24 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. BroadbandIf you think the Internet is powerful now, wait until broadband is with us properly. It’s short for broad bandwidth and is a high-speed telecommunications network that can carry video and multimedia as well as voice. BT’s ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is a broadband service and is currently being rolled out in this country. ADSL offers an continuous, high-speed link to the Net, which ultimately will be able to work 40 times faster than ordinary modems – it is currently about 10 times faster. Users will pay a flat-rate fee, making it much easier to control costs in a department.BluetoothA short-range wireless technology that will let devices such as laptops, PDAs and mobile phones talk to each other within a 10 metre radius (soon to be extended to 100 metres). It will also allow devices to hook-up to the Internet remotely. Nearly 2,000 developers are working on Bluetooth products, which should begin shipping soon. Data communications company Elsa has already developed a wireless networking technology and Ericsson’s Bluetooth-enabled phones, which also incorporate WAP, are expected later this year. Phone manufacturers such as Ericsson and Nokia are hoping they can use Bluetooth to turn their products into the ultimate remote control for all your devices.GPSGlobal Positioning System receivers use information sent out by satellites to pinpoint where you are. The technology has long been used in built-in navigational systems for cars and there are a number of hand-held devices aimed at outdoor adventurers. Today, GPS is being used in the second phase of test 3G phones to instruct phone networks where a user is so it can provide localised content.Voice BrowsersThese allow you to navigate the Internet using your voice, via a phone. They are being developed and are already in use in the US in voice portal services such as Tell Me. It is early days, but they have the potential to be one of the most important developments for mobile phone users. In theory, it means you could access the Internet while driving using a hands-free mobile phone. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Firms relocate to fill jobs gap

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Nearly a third of manufacturers in the South East are considering relocation because of regional labour shortages, according to a survey by the Tees Valley Development Company (TVDC). The survey of 200 companies suggests that the North-South divide in the manufacturing industry is beginning to close. Only 13 per cent of northern manufacturers claim the availability of workforce is a major restraint on growth, compared with 29 per cent in the South. In the services sector, traditionally a stronghold in the South East, 19 per cent of companies said they have difficulties finding staff.Neil Etherington, chief executive of the TVDC, said, “Congestion in the south-east labour market is having a profound effect on the rest of the UK. Companies are starting to look at areas where there is the support and willpower to get people back to work.” Firms relocate to fill jobs gapOn 16 Jan 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

The ‘talent war’: What is it good for? Absolutely nothing

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The ‘talent war’: What is it good for? Absolutely nothingOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Forget the old combative talk, we should now be trying to developco-operative recruiting relationshipsWinning the people wars. The battle for human capital. Fighting the braindrain. Read through any HR magazine, scan the business section of any bookshop,visit the website of any management consultancy and you are sure to find yetanother reference to what McKinsey & Co dubbed the “War for Talent”in its 1997 report of the same name. This metaphor has served a useful purpose by galvanising corporate thinkingin response to growing skills shortages. But by defining that challenge interms of conflict, it has done so at a high cost. A war suggests a clearly defined enemy. It presupposes a measurable andstable terrain with disputed but identifiable borders. It evokescommand-and-control organisations with set rules of engagement. It is based onthe logic of “either/or”, a win-lose game over finite territory. Such polarised thinking has limited relevance to a world where the oldhierarchies, organisational models and industry boundaries are giving way touncertainty, complexity, permeability and indeterminacy. Mechanisticorganisations with their clear edges and formal lines of authority are givingway to web-like organisations which draw power from the interactivity ofelements within formless operational and industry environments. This world is competitive. But it is characterised by collaboration betweenorganisations concerned to ensure their prosperous survival in the face ofchange. Hull’s social services department, for example, has developed apartnership with local universities, colleges and the voluntary sector tocreate and sustain a pool of social workers that can take up posts when theybecome vacant. This has prevented time-to-fill delays of up to six months. Co-operative recruiting relationships, as management thinker Peter Cappellisays in his book New Deal at Work, have been around since the 1950s whencompanies in the US aircraft industry “lent” entire teams tocompetitors which won government contracts. This allowed the lending company toavoid layoffs and gave it a stake in the development of its people. Morerecently, AT&T launched the Talent Alliance of about 30 organisations whichmarket talented individuals to other alliance members rather than lay them off.All of which runs counter to the logic of the war metaphor – a linguisticconstruct that blinds us to the web of relationships that links competitors,suppliers, candidates and the broader employment market. This can result inrecruitment tactics that serve little long-term purpose. Take the MetropolitanPolice, which is poaching officers from regional forces by offering additionalbenefits worth £6,000 – but weakening the wider policing framework. And that is the problem with the war mentality: it creates turf disputes,encourages short-term- ism and promotes corporate raiding. Recruitment problem?Don’t worry – just steal nurses from Malaysia, programmers from India, teachersfrom Australia. Move beyond the war metaphor and in place of aggressive short-term tactics,we can build relationships with prospective candidates using the Internet andtraditional media. We can invest in the schools, colleges and universities thatwill provide talent. We can open up fertile recruitment fields inhabited by olderworkers, the retired, asylum seekers and others. Make no mistake: there is a real recruitment crisis and competition willcontinue to shape the landscape. But so will co-operation, collaboration,partnership and the impact of evolving business models driven by globalisationand technologies. Organisations trapped in the war metaphor simply mistake asmall segment of the strategic whole as the entire strategic landscape. The persistence of the metaphor points to the failure of organisations tograsp the changes. And until they respond to these changes they will continueto pursue flawed recruitment and retention strategies. It is time to change the metaphor. By Shaun D’Arcy a partner at Lighthouse Communications, a full-servicerecruitment advertising and communications last_img read more

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