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US major leagues could earn $4.2bn from betting

first_img Topics: Finance Legal & compliance Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter AGA report calls for industry to work together with leaguescenter_img Email Address US major leagues could earn $4.2bn from betting The four major US sports leagues could earn a collective $4.2bn (£3.2bn/€3.7bn) extra per year if they are able to work with the gaming industry on widespread, legal sports betting, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA). Figures from the AGA and Nielsen Sports show that revenue for the MLB baseball league could increase by $1.1bn, while the NBA basketball organisation could be set for an additional $585m in revenue. Nielsen Sports said legalised betting could attract greater interest in both of the competitions, which could in turn lead to increased revenue from media rights, sponsorship, merchandise and ticket sales. The latest report comes after the AGA and Nielsen Sports previously suggested that the NHL ice hockey league could benefit by over $200m per year should it fully embrace legal sports betting, while the NFL American football league may see its revenue climb by $2.3bn per year – more than half the total figure. Sara Slane, senior vice-president of public affairs for the AGA, said: “The four major sports leagues will earn a collective $4.2bn from widely available legal sports betting, further proving that working together with the gaming industry will pay dividends for all sports stakeholders. “Legal sports betting will also create substantial opportunities for state and local economies, generating tax revenue, jobs and supporting small businesses across the country.” The AGA confirmed to iGamingBusiness.com that these figures do not include revenue from any so-called ‘integrity fees’.Leagues have held talks with regulators around the country over a proposal to include integrity fees as part of state or federal sports betting laws. However, since the repeal of PASPA and the subsequent legalisation of sports wagering by various states, no jurisdictions have yet committed to this fee.Kentucky lawmakers this week said they would consider an integrity fee as part of potential sports betting laws, while New York has been linked with a similar move. Away from the mooted integrity fee, leagues and teams are finding other ways to benefit from sports betting and are working to secure partnerships with gambling companies. In the summer, the NBA became the first US sports league to strike such a deal when it entered into a partnership with MGM. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has since stated his desire for the league to follow suit, while franchise the Vegas Golden Knights has agreed a deal with William Hill US.Image: Nicolas Raymond 18th October 2018 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

Anglican book asks questions about Zionism, Christian Zionism

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Anglican Communion, Submit a Press Release TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Rev. Harriet B. Linville says: Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Israel-Palestine, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Comments (1) Anglican book asks questions about Zionism, Christian Zionism The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By ACNS staffPosted Mar 7, 2014 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Advocacy Peace & Justice, Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Anglican Communion News Service] A book to help Anglicans everywhere to engage more deeply with and become more informed about the issues surrounding the situation in the Holy Land is now available.Land of Promise? An Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy Land, with special reference to Christian Zionism was written by a group of Anglicans holding a variety of views. It begins from the question: “What should we make of Zionism in general and the various forms of ‘Christian Zionism’ in particular?”In the Afterword, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has written, “This report represents a deeply careful and sensitive attempt to answer this, sometimes agonized, question. In seeking answers to that, it also addresses other issues involved in the Holy Land today.“It will not sit comfortably with those who see no argument about these, but it will assist those who share an honest perplexity.”While Christian Zionism remains a focal point of reference, the book (available from the Anglican Communion Office’s online shop for £5) explores Zionisms, both Jewish and Christian and presents some stories of the impact upon, and dilemmas faced by, some Anglicans that stem from Christian attitudes to the Holy Land.It also explores how relationships in Israel/Palestine have had an effect on parts of the Anglican Communion.Land of Promise? provides a range of theological resources for Anglicans as well as an exploration of key theological issues such as the Gift of the Land, Exile and Return, and Holy City and Temple to enable the reader to get a sense of the Holy Land and Zion and how both relate to one another.The book’s publication was welcomed by the members of the Anglican Communion’s Network for Interfaith Concerns (NIFCON) at their meeting in London today. NIFCON has been significantly involved with the production of this seminal work.The next phase of this project will be the publication of a study guide to go with the book, which will be available in 2015.The book is available to buy at http://goo.gl/qi2RE6  March 10, 2014 at 1:08 am What faith and determination! May this cathedral building serve God’s people there for many, many years. Thanks, Temmo, for noting where the photos are. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Middle East Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – RWC Pool stages

first_imgMonday Oct 10, 2011 The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – RWC Pool stages At this stage in the tournament it’s safe to say that for many of you, the Rugby World Cup experience is well and truly over. You’ve either left your side their to do battle without you, or you’re wallowing in self pity, wondering what could have been. Either way, the fans at the tourament have been fantastic, as we can see on this edition of Plays of the Week. The man with the plan Sean Maloney has a special guest join him this week, and like a good Australian, she’s all about the best tries from the Wallabies. We get to see three classics from the tournament so far.There’s a bit of a mention for Heinrich Brussow’s face clutching effort after Paul Williams decked him in the Samoa game. Red card, but plenty of debate about that one. View the full incident here.The Tonga upset of France was also a massive moment of the tournament, and as this edition of Plays features some of the best stuff from the pool rounds, we get another look at that.Hits, collisions, and some crazy fans are also included. Check out the related links below the video to view some of the incidents in full, and below those you can click on the Rugby Club Plays of the Week category link if you fancy viewing a few more episodes of Plays. Enjoy.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Plays of the Week , Rugby World Cup Related Articles 123 WEEKS AGO WATCH: France destroy Wales in Women’s Six… 138 WEEKS AGO Waikato winger scores four tries in epic… 304 WEEKS AGO The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 27 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Paralympic athlete fronts new Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign

first_img 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 www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 7 September 2016 | News “Working in health and social care for over 25 years, it has always been a great sadness to me that sporting events have invariably involved people needing to be entered into separate groups to take part. It was so refreshing to finally have an event where we can all participate at the same time, regardless of our age, fitness, or any disabilities we may have.” Tagged with: disability fundraising events Olympics As the 2017 Paralympics open this week, Leonard Cheshire Disability has announced world record holding sprinter and cyclist Kadeena Cox as the face of a new campaign that has a fundraising target of £54,000.Funding from the charity’s new campaign and other sources will be used to expand existing programmes in sports. Donations will also go towards adapted equipment such as treadmills for people with limited mobility to practice walking or running.Cox said:“I firmly believe having a disability shouldn’t mean ‘game over’. We all deserve the chance to become the best versions of ourselves we can be.”The charity also recently took part in new mass participation event Parallel, which is open to all, regardless of age or disability. The event features 100m, 1k, 5k and 10k fun runs/pushes and was founded by wheelchair user Andrew Douglass. The inaugural edition was staged at London’s Olympic Park on 4th September.Acting chief executive Rosemarie Pardington led a team of Leonard Cheshire fundraisers to a combined target of £5,000.Commenting on the event, Pardington said: Advertisement Paralympic athlete fronts new Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11  96 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11  95 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

New Amazon programme will see excess & returned items donated to charity

first_imgPhoto by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19  330 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Melanie May | 16 August 2019 | News  329 total views,  2 views today 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 www.thepurplepim.com. New Amazon programme will see excess & returned items donated to charity Tagged with: Amazon Donated goods Amazon has announced that it is launching a programme that will enable it to give eligible excess and returned items to charity in both the UK and the US.Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations will start in September, to enable sellers that use the Fulfillment by Amazon service to give helpful items that have been returned or that exist in excess to people in need.In the UK, Amazon will be working with charities including Newlife, Salvation Army, and Barnardo’s, while in the US it is linking with Good360, which partners with retailers and consumer goods companies to source in demand products and distribute them through a network of non-profits that support people in need. Alice Shobe, Director, Amazon in the Community, said:“We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities. We are delighted to extend this programme to sellers who use our fulfilment services.”More on AmazonAddition & NSPCC launch donation template skill for Amazon Alexa December 2018Amazon’s Jeff Bezos announces $2 billion philanthropic fund September 2018AmazonSmile announces temporary tripling of donation rate June 2018last_img read more

News outlets prosecuted for reporting that Iran bribed parliamentarians

first_img to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Afghanistan News News Reporters Without Borders is puzzled that the Media Offences Commission has decided to refer complaints against the Pajhwok Afghan News agency and two newspapers, Sarnewesht and Bavar, to the attorney-general’s office and calls for the complaints, about a report that Iran bribed parliamentarians, to be withdrawn.“This decision does not help media independence and development in Afghanistan,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is true that, under the existing media law, this commission has the power to refer a case to the attorney-general, but it also has the power to avoid involving the courts if this is unnecessary.“In the article that prompted the complaints, Pajhwok Afghan News offered to give the right of reply to those concerned by its allegations. It is also incomprehensible that the two newspapers, Sarnewesht and Bavar, are receiving the same treatment, as they just reprinted the allegations that had already ready been published elsewhere.”The case was prompted by a Pajhwok Afghan News report on 26 May quoting a source close to the government as saying Iran had distributed 25 million dollars to parliamentarians to get them to vote against an Afghan-US Strategic Partnership Agreement that is due to take effect in 2014.Following protests from some parliamentarians, the case was referred to the Media Offences Commission, which decided, after meeting with Pajhwok Afghan News editor Danish Karokhel, to refer it to the Kabul attorney-general.Karokhel told Reporters Without Borders: “We got this story from a reliable source and we did our own research to verify the information before publishing it. We contacted parliamentarians and we asked them for their comments. We even waited until 7 p.m. in order to get a reaction from the Iranian embassy. As far as I am concerned, we did our job as journalists and we stand by it. And as the law so requires, we can present our sources before a competent court.”Assadolah Wahidi, the editor of the daily Sarnewesht, said he regretted that the authorities were persecuting his newspaper. “A dozen news outlets carried this information so why are only Sarnewesht and Bavar going to be published,” he said in a letter to Reporters Without Borders, criticising the decision as an “attack on freedom of expression.”Information and culture minister Seid Makhodm Rahine, who heads the commission, told Reporters Without Borders: “The commission is not a state body, it is independent. Aside from me, its eight other members are from civil society. Our job is to verify whether or not a news media committed an offence. We also try to settle the dispute between plaintiffs and media but in this case, the two sides are sticking to their positions. In a case with such serious allegations, the only solution if for the courts to arbitrate.”Afghanistan’s independent media find themselves squeezed between, on the one hand, media that are funded and controlled by warlords and foreign governments such as Pakistan and Iran, who are thus able to meddle in the country’s internal affairs, and, on the other, by the Taliban and by corrupt government officials who pressure them to say nothing. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistancenter_img News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific May 3, 2021 Find out more News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Help by sharing this information June 13, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News outlets prosecuted for reporting that Iran bribed parliamentarians RSF_en March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The PWA/PersonnelToday Annual HR Software User’s Survey

first_imgThe PWA/PersonnelToday Annual HR Software User’s SurveyOn 3 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today HR’s enthusiasm for technology is encouraging news, highlighting a profession keen to get the best out of the latest IT systems. But there is still room for improvement, as the results of our annual Software User’s Survey show With more up-to-date systems and a greater level of computer competency in the profession than ever before, HR professionals are still pushing to get the most out of their systems. But it appears that the full potential of HR management systems has yet to be reached, and the compromised service currently delivered is a combination of dissatisfaction with suppliers on the one hand and the failure of users to exploit all system features on the other.The PWA/Personnel Today Annual HR Software User’s Survey this year received 1,620 respondents – a 65 per cent jump on last year. As such, the results confirm trends noticed in the previous survey and highlights new developments. With such a substantial increase in respondents, the survey offers a real insight into the use of HR software in the function.10% describe their HR software as excellentDissatisfaction with HR software appears as prevalent this year as 12 months ago. Users still rank quality of management information, software reliability and time saved on administration as essential criteria to satisfaction with a system, but marks for actual performance in these areas show that little more than 10 per cent of users think their systems are “excellent” while only a third rate them as “good”. Functionality, rated as “essential” or “important” criteria by 90 per cent of respondents, represented a particularly significant area for dissatisfaction with almost a quarter (24 per cent) rating their software as “poor” in this area. Alarmingly, 21 per cent rated their system as “poor” in terms of ease of use – indeed, only a third (34 per cent) of users could rate their system as “average” or “good” in this area.These figures show no great change from 1999 – hardly surprising, given the run-on time for new HR systems to be developed or improvements implemented to existing systems. There is an issue here for suppliers, but there is still a market for a high performance HR system which produces high quality information and is easy to use. Indeed, ease of use would seem a prerequisite for any system which might be intended for use by employees across the organisation. If the full potential of an HR system is to be reached, the information they generate must be made accessible to all employees, and not just the computer-literate.45% consider computer competence to be very important when recruiting an HR professionalThere is no doubt that IT skills are an integral part of the HR job. With only 1 per cent of respondents claiming computer competence to be unimportant, 15 per cent rate this competence as essential, a 2 per cent rise on last year’s figure. The reason for this importance clearly extends beyond the day-to-day operational concerns – 57 per cent of respondents asserted that the HR function has the final decision on the HR system implemented, with the finance and IT functions being simply “influential” on that decision. Meanwhile, 63 per cent of HR departments have responsibility for the overall management of HR software. Are current HR professionals up to the job? It would seem so. Self-reported skills levels have stayed as high as they were last year with 44 per cent rating their own computing ability as “good”, 35 per cent “very good” and 11 per cent as “excellent” when asked to rate their skills a year ago. It is clear that there is a general movement towards greater skills, with 16 per cent rating themselves at zero or beginner level in 1999, falling to 7 per cent when rated now.61% of those changing their HR systems are doing so because their current software no longer meets their needsOverall, the percentage of respondents planning to replace their system fell from 39 per cent last year to 34 per cent in 2000. Also, more companies reported that they would be changing their system in six to 12 months’ time (32 per cent), rather than the six-month timescale preferred (26 per cent) last year. These results could be the fall-out from investment in Y2K compliance. Many companies completed changes and replacements to their system last year, reducing the need to do so this year. This is borne out by figures relating to how long current HR systems have been in use. Last year, 27 per cent of systems were more than five years old. In 2000, however, the highest percentage of respondents (23 per cent) put the age of their systems at between one and two years. The fact that 61 per cent of those changing their HR system are doing so because the software no longer meets their needs – and in addition, the second most popular reason stated was “inadequate management reporting” – suggests that HR departments are facing greater demands for information and enhanced HR management from their organisations. This is driving the function to get more out of their IT systems.Interestingly, it appears that 44 per cent of those changing their current HR system want to do so to integrate HR and payroll, yet elsewhere in the survey this initiative does not appear to be popular. From the 1,620 respondents, 43 per cent reported that payroll and HR data operate separately from each other. Moreover, there has been a swing towards finance taking responsibility for payroll rather than the HR department, with 56 per cent of companies giving the responsibility to finance – a rise of 2 per cent on last year’s figures. Of those who had integrated HR and payroll, the highest levels of satisfaction were recorded for benefits such as the increased reporting capability, the reduction of data entry and the increased accuracy of information. And, as if to emphasise the importance of the reporting capabilities of such technologies, inadequate or limited reporting facilities were cited as the greatest barrier to achieving benefits by those dissatisfied with their integrated HR and payroll system.24% of organisations give 90- 100 per cent of their employees access to a PCTechnology use has grown substantially over the past 12 months. Last year, a third of respondents surveyed reported that only 0-10 per cent of staff had access to a PC – the largest proportion of respondents. This year the emphasis has switched to organisations offering 90-100 per cent of their staff access to a PC. Business services, finance, telecoms and IT companies scored the highest figures for PC access while retail and the public sector continue to occupy the bottom slots, partly because most of their workforce do not need to use technology in their daily work. Internet access has risen, and the provision of e-mail has also increased. Again it is those industries with a direct connection to technology – business services, finance, IT and telecoms firms – that show the greatest use of the technology, suggesting the HR department has benefited from knowledge and experience of IT in other parts of the business.Of the 799 organisations currently operating without an intranet, 25 per cent plan to implement one in the next year and a further 22 per cent within two years. Yet 12 per cent reported that they would never introduce an intranet. The figures suggest some scepticism about the use of intranets. This could be put down to the cost of implementation or simply that some organisations do not consider themselves large enough to benefit from such a network.41% would like the ability to view, manage and report on their team’s HR data using a company intranetAmong the 808 companies surveyed that run an intranet, the use of this technology appears mundane, while both potential and future expectations run high. Of the initiatives made available over intranets, the internal phone list appears to be the most popular, with 79 per cent of companies offering this service. Policy documents – the company handbook and personnel policies – are also made available, as are promotion notices (49 per cent) and vacancies (54 per cent). Training courses and the ability to book training is available to only 30 per cent of organisations and yet 37 per cent of respondents stated they would like to put such an initiative in place. Interestingly, only 9 per cent of organisations that had not put the internal phone list on the intranet said they would want to take this initiative, showing how HR managers have set high expectations for using the intranet. Rather than limiting the network to the provision of low value-added services, they want intranets to deliver significant service changes. Indeed, when asked which HR functions could be effectively streamlined by the intranet, three-quarters (74 per cent) offered training, with personal development (58 per cent), career development (61 per cent) and absence (54 per cent) all attracting more than half of the respondent’s votes.Organisations seem split over whether on-line training will be delivered over the intranet to staff, with 37 per cent saying “yes” and 38 per cent “no”. Despite this, there is a swing towards accepting the idea compared with figures from last year, when 48 per cent said “no”. Of those planning to introduce on-line training, 44 per cent intend to record the training carried out using on-line software, while 25 per cent will use links to the HR system from the on-line training software – both results being another indication of the high expectations HR managers have of technology in helping their work.43% of organisations have no drive to implement a common HR system for group-wide HR purposesThe use of common HR systems throughout organisations is by no means a straightforward subject. Only 15 per cent of respondents operating solely in the UK report the same system being used in all locations while only 7 per cent plan to implement a common system in the future. The main reasons stated for wanting to implement a common system were to share information and give access to data across departments while also facilitating central control. It would appear that organisation size and cost represent the two greatest barriers to standardising systems – in some cases, there are simply no advantages to be gained from parity between systems.The survey found that 31 per cent of respondents, including those operating internationally, are keen to pursue a drive to implement a common HR system for group-wide HR purposes, compared with 43 per cent with no such drive. Yet the reasons for pursuing such a drive or not appear to be the same. Both groups recorded 12 per cent preference for the same reason – to ensure consistency of data/standardisation and coordination. This issue could illustrate the greatest barrier to the accepted global use of IT in HR. There appears to remain a great deal of suspicion around the implementation of common HR systems – managers may not fully understand what these systems do or how they work. For this reason, while some HR professionals perceive the introduction of common systems as a way to ensure data is standardised, thereby enhancing the value of that information, others believe such links would be detrimental to HR data. No doubt the size and structure of the organisation has a role to play here – whether a common system is good or bad may depend on whether the HR function is centralised or dispersed across the organisation.34% claim reports from the HR system are regularly used by senior management for budgetingMonitoring and careful analyses of absence is carried out by 51 per cent of HR systems. Yet when it comes to using the system for strategic planning and decision-making, there appears to be little change in use over the past 12 months. While 34 per cent report a regular use of HR systems for budgeting, only 23 per cent say similar information is used for general business planning. Strangely, HR systems are rarely or never used for succession planning, while salary and manpower planning both use HR system reports regularly. It is clear that there is still room for improvement in the use of HR system reports by senior management – or that such reports should be made more relevant to business management. At the moment it would appear that only HR processes which have clear and direct financial implications get a look-in but, according to the survey, there has been an overall, if small, growth in the occasions when the HR system is consulted. Encouraging news, certainly, but not enough to suggest that IT alone can provide the key to HR gaining a permanent voice at board level. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Health agenda

first_imgThe baking industry has always had a large element of indulgence about it – from cream cakes to doughnuts – but consumers are looking for healthier options when it comes to their daily bread. The focus used to be on what can be taken out of bakery products to make them more healthy – lower fat and salt content for example. But now it has shifted to what additional ingredients can go in.With predictions about healthy eating and naturalness as key market drivers ringing true, how will these products fare when the pennies start to pinch in the current economic climate? A report just out by American market research publisher Global Industry Analysts suggests it shouldn’t make much of a difference: “Standard bakery products no longer appeal to consumers who have already marked their shift towards healthier-for-you alternatives.”British Bakels’ head of new product development, Dr Gary Gibbs, notes an interest in ’naturalness’ as a prominent current consumer trend. “We are seeing this with our Multiseed bread, which is going very well, and also with our new wholegrain bread following consumers’ interest in whole grains,” says Gibbs. “Then there is the continuing trend for clean-label products. I think bread fits as a fantastic carrier for these sorts of things.”Health is certainly a key driver of new product development (NPD) across the whole area of bakery, explains Gibbs, and especially within the bread side. “We do a lot of confectionery but that still seems to be driven mainly by indulgence, only a little by health,” he says. “If you spoil yourself, you really want it to be worth it.”== Driving factors ==Last year, bakery ingredients manufacturer Bakels undertook research with Leatherhead Food International to gain an overview and prediction of the bakery market in 2008. Alongside premiumisation and convenience, health was in the top three driving factors in UK bakery, and a trend that Gibbs cannot envisage disappearing, despite the numerous problems caused by the credit crunch. “Health is so far up the agenda now, in consumers’ and also retailers’ minds, that I don’t think the credit crunch will be that big an issue.”Consumers now realise they can make small changes to their buying habits, such as purchasing everyday products with added health benefits, says Gibbs, and it’s not something they will compromise on. “I’m not saying we won’t be seeing cheaper breads, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t continue to see growth in the healthy eating side.”Bakels’ research showed that consumers realise they haven’t been eating enough whole grains and are now making a conscious efforts to eat more. Oats are also becoming more popular due to the beta-glucan soluble fibre found in them, which has cholesterol lowering benefits, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids are predicted to become even more popular.For Bakels, its most popular ’healthy’ bread is its Multiseed. “We’re also starting to see high fibre pick up a lot,” says Gibbs. “Warburtons is promoting its extra-fibre bread, and it’s certainly an area we’re promoting with our Multiseed bread as having nearly double the amount of fibre that you get in wholemeal bread.”It seems breads are leading the way in terms of healthy bakery trends. “We’ve developed some healthier products on the muffin side – for example, muffins and slice lines that have seeds and fruit in,” explains Gibbs, “but less so on the cakes side.” He says healthy innovation is more popular in breakfast or morning snacks, products that could be a meal replacement, rather than people wanting a real treat. But, he says, above all else “the taste has to be good”.== Promoting wholemeal ==Warburtons recently announced the national promotion of its wholemeal range, with the aim of bringing home the message about the importance of fibre in the diet. It also launched a campaign to promote its Seeded Batch loaf. “Health remains one of the biggest trends in the food industry as a whole, and this is particularly true within bakery,” says Warburtons’ category director, Sarah Miskell. “Warburtons, like many food manufacturers, has responded to consumer demand for healthier products by introducing products with a variety of health benefits, whether it’s added fibre, vitamins, prebiotics or grains and seeds to meet the ever-increasing demand for healthier products.”Miskell says that although Warburtons believes health will remain a key trend for bakery consumers, it remains to be seen exactly which of the sub-trends – for example seeded or low-GI – will remain most popular. “The market has fluctuated over the last year – the ’For Health’ bread sector has seen a decrease in volume sales, but is seeing a slight rise in value terms,” says Miskell, “and despite volume sales of grains and seeded loaves declining this year, value sales continue to remain steady at 11.7%. However, White Plus Bread has grown in both volume, up 1.7%, and value, up 20.3% (AC Nielsen w/e 12.07.08).BakeMark UK has also seen a significant increase in demand for the use of different and interesting food ingredients, in particular ancient grains and seeds in bakery products, says marketing manager David Astles. “There are several reasons for this resurgence; consumers are seeking new and different flavours and textures from their bakery products as well as health benefits and premiumisation,” he explains.In terms of NPD, BakeMark is focusing heavily on taste and health across its bread ranges. “We are constantly researching ways to develop new products that will help bakers offer profitable lines to satisfy consumer demand, while still meeting traditional preferences,” says Astles. It has recently launched three new Multiseed bread mixes to its Arkady portfolio – Waldkorn Classic, Waldkorn Krokant and Combicorn Malzsonne.”The new range, whose name originates in Germany and Belgium and translates to mean ’malt’ and ’corn’, boasts ingredients with heritage, an important growth area for bakery ingredients,” says Astles.BakeMark expects the demand for seeded, low-GI and high-fibre bread to continue to grow and for these products to become more mainstream. “As market conditions polarise, premium and continental breads are areas of the bread market that have seen massive growth over the last 12 months,” Astles explains. “The total bread market has grown by 12.7% in value over the last year, with seeded bread sales still increasing, showing growth of 15.5% (source: TNS Superpanel, 52 w/e 13 July 2008). Customers are switching to premium and Continental breads and are demanding more variety.” He has noticed that growth in the popularity of healthier sweet baked products is also rising – “consumers still demand indulgence but with a healthier twist”.== Rise in healthier eating ==Recent data from Allegra Strategies on ’How Britain Eats!’, reveals that 51% of consumers regularly examine product labels before buying, with fat, salt, sugar and calorie content being the most sought-after information. According to Allegra: “The single most powerful influence on household eating patterns is the rise of healthier eating.”Its research has shown that, over the last three years, the consumption of fresh, natural and healthier foods has accelerated, with 44% of UK adults stating they are eating more healthily than in the past. Almost 20% said they had lowered fat in their diets over the past year and many have reduced sugar and salt content.The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is currently running a campaign to make the public aware about the level of salt that should be in their diets – no more than 6g per day, for an adult, is recommended. The FSA has also set a target of reducing the average salt intake to this amount by 2010 and many bakery products now advertise that they fall within salt reduction guidelines.For bakery, it seems, consumers’ desire for indulgence will always be fulfilled in the cakes and confectionery sector, where a few extra calories are worth it for that special treat. In terms of healthy eating trends, bread is the key product consumers purchase, based on its health credentials, but as with cakes, it still needs to taste good.last_img read more

Detailed guide: Coronavirus antibody home test kit: taking a blood sample

first_imgWhen your test kit arrivesTest kits take up to 5 days to arrive in the post (you do not have to sign for it).Store it in a cool dry place (not in direct sunlight or the fridge).Take the test as soon as possible. But do not take your test, or post your sample, on a Saturday.Video: how to do your test and get your resultThe kit has everything you need to take your test and post your sample to get your result.It takes about 30 minutes to do the test (do it without interruption or you will spoil your sample).Watch the antibody test follow-along videoAvoid common mistakesBefore you start your test, watch the video and always read the instructions to make sure you: follow the tips to get blood flowing before you start – it makes it easier collect the right amount of blood only use the kit with your name on – or you will not be sent a result follow the instructions to return your sample correctly See step-by-step instructions in: Bangla, Chinese (simplified), Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu Antibody testing is only available for specific people. See information on eligibility. If you cannot get enough bloodYou can prick a different finger to try and get the right amount of blood needed for the test. You must follow the instructions and only use lancets from your kit.You must not complete the test if you have run out of lancets. Instead, follow the instructions to dispose of your test safely. You can sign up again to get a new test.You will not be sent a result if your sample does not contain enough blood.Safe lancet disposalLancets (the tool you prick your finger with) can cause injury and carry blood-borne viruses.Return used and unused lancets with your blood sample.Do not put lancets in your recycling.Get your resultsIt can take 3 to 7 days to get your result after you post your sample.Do not post your sample on a Saturday – it might sit in the post too long.Use your nearest priority post box so your sample gets to the lab quickly.Find out what an antibody test result can and cannot tell you.Call centreThe call centre cannot give you medical advice or help you take your test.Please report damaged or incomplete kits to help us improve the service.Check your order confirmation for the call centre contact details.last_img read more

Biden oath second only to Reagan and Obama with TV viewers

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The first inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were the only ones to exceed Joe Biden’s in popularity among television viewers over the past 40 years. The Nielsen company says 33.8 million people watched Biden’s inauguration between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. The top inaugural was Reagan’s in 1981, which was seen by 41.8 million people. Obama’s first oath-taking reached 37.8 million. Biden also beat predecessor Donald Trump, whose 2017 inauguration was seen by 30.6 million. Football was big for the week. The pro football conference championship games each brought more than 40 million people to their televisions over the weekend.last_img read more