CJIA threatens to ban CAL flights over breach of duty free pact

first_img– airlines given 21 days to restore agreementCaribbean Airlines (CAL) has been given an ultimatum of 21 days to restore an agreement it had entered with the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) regarding passengers who purchase at the Duty Free Shop in Guyana or have its flights to the airport discontinued.This decision was made by management of CJIA on Thursday after the Trinidad-based airline failed to honour an agreement made at a previous meeting, which stated that airline passengers would be allowed to travel to their final destinations with their purchases from the Timehri Airport’s Duty Free Shop.However, passengers began complaining that the airline prohibited them from travelling with their duty free items. Due to this, the management of CJIA was forced to put an ultimatum before CAL.In a letter to Caribbean Airlines, CJIA said: “Accordingly, take notice unless CAL remedies its aforesaid default and comply with the said notice of June 15, 2015 within 21 Days of this notice to remedy default, CJIAC will be at liberty to proceed to cancel the air carrier agreement under article 9.3 thereof.”The letter highlighted that passengers, under CAL and CJIA security supervision, would be allowed to have their duty free items secured in their checked luggage. It was noted that before an agreement was made, numerous discussions were made involving local law enforcements, duty-free concessionaries and Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) Caribbean Airline personnel and representatives.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson explained that the conflict stemmed from passengers being unable to exercise their duty-free concessions.“The issue stems from duty free concessions. There has been a long-standing issue with Guyanese whereas when we travel to Trinidad, we deplane and go through the security checks in Trinidad. What is being implemented now is that when you go through, you’re asked to take out your baggage, and when you take out your baggage it will include the duty free concessionaries from Guyana. Currently, the regulations are that you cannot carry anything over ten fluid ounces,” he related.He explained that it became an issue of national interest after travellers complained that when they pass through security in Port of Spain, they are unable to carry their purchases from Guyana; particularly alcoholic beverages even though it is in compliance with the regulations. As such, these passengers lose their products at security after it is rejected during screening.He went on to point out that even though similar issues arise at other airports, those airports usually make accommodations for these passengers.Minister Patterson added that on several occasions, the CJIA approached the airline company with several suggestions in attempt to resolve the conflict; however, these suggestions were ignored and the issue was left unresolved.“What is being suggested is that Guyana, CJIA and Caribbean Airlines reach some form of accommodation that if you bought products in Guyana legally, verifiably and it comes in a sealed package, the airport would collect it from you and turn it as you deplane at your final destination,” he explained..This proposal, the minister revealed, was put to Caribbean Airlines and they attempted to implement it and in the end they refused to proceed.“We do believe that Guyanese travellers have rights as well and we believe that what applies in any other airport and any other airline should apply to us. We do believe that we can have a resolution; unfortunately none has been reached so far,” the minister stated.Minister Patterson pointed out that the decision to present CAL with an ultimatum was made after months of deliberations by CJIA’s Board, as none of the proposals made by the airport were finding favour with CAL.He further expressed hopes that CAL will seek to resolve the issue within the stipulated timeframe so as to avoid further conflicts.In 2013, Guyana granted the Trinidad-based airline “flag carrier status”.last_img read more

Obama praises US Women’s W Cup winners

first_img0Shares0000US defenders Meghan Klingenberg (L) and Becky Sauerbrunn celebrate after defeating Japan in the Women’s World Cup final at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015 (AFP Photo/Franck Fife)LOS ANGELES, July 6 – US President Barack Obama hailed America’s triumphant Women’s World Cup team on Sunday, inviting them to the White House minutes after their crushing 5-2 triumph over Japan in the championship match.“What a win for Team USA! Great game Carli Lloyd! Your country is so proud of all of you,” Obama tweeted from his @POTUS handle, hailing Lloyd’s three-goal performance. “Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon,” he added.“#Magisterial” and “#Rout” were just two of the comments tweeted by NBA superstar Kobe Bryant as the Americans took control with an early burst of goals in the Vancouver match.Lloyd scored in the third and fifth minutes before Lauren Holiday made it 3-0 in the 14th and Lloyd then completed her hattrick in the 16th to make it 4-0.“Love watching history being made,” tweeted 14-time major golf champion Tiger Woods. “There is nothing like it. Go USA!”R&B queen Beyonce tweeted a picture of herself — clad in a football jersey — watching the game on television.Across the country, fans piled into bars, decked out in red, white and blue and watched their team avenge a loss on penalties to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final in Germany.The Americans’ progress to the final had galvanized supporters back home.The US victory over Germany in the semi-finals was the third most-watched women’s football match ever with 8.4 million viewers, trailing only the USA-China final in 1999 and the USA-Japan final in 2011, US Soccer said.Watch parties from coast to coast — in venues ranging from baseball stadiums to city halls — attracted thousands on Sunday.That included a big-screen festival organized by US Soccer in Chicago’s Lincoln Park where the rapid-fire first four goals sent spectators into a frenzy.“It was an awesome game,” fan Tom Zeman told Chicago television station WLS. “So much fun. So much fun to watch.”For many, the game was a chance to extend the patriotic July 4 Independence Day holiday by an extra day.Meanwhile America’s men’s side were at work at the weekend, preparing to launch their defense of the Gold Cup regional football crown on Tuesday.Striker Jozy Altidore tweeted a picture of US players watching the game on a team bus.“Cheering on our girls!!” Altidore tweeted. “Keep it up ladies.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Going whole-hog over a Spanish ham

first_imgBut Maldonado is taking the art of the ham to new heights, pampering his pigs with a free-range lifestyle and top-quality diet of acorns before slaughtering them, then curing the meat for two years – twice as long as his competitors. It’s that last step that Maldonado credits with creating a delicacy that justifies the heavenly price. Maldonado had hoped to roll out his super-gourmet ham this year, but felt the first batch fell short of his ultra-demanding standards and did not put it up for sale. He hopes to do better this time and have it ready around Christmas 2008. “This is the best ham in the world because it comes from the best pig in the world,” Maldonado says of 2006 Alba Quercus Reserve, a reference to the year the pigs were slaughtered. “It is the most important ham in Spain,” adds Pedro Soley, a Barcelona connoisseur who is among the lucky few lining up to buy one. Indeed, this is a limited edition piece: Maldonado will produce just 80 to 100 legs. And they are expected to be a world apart from Spain’s more common Iberian ham – named for the breed of pig used – which is similar to Italian prosciutto, but a darker red and chewier. For comparison, Italy’s finest Prosciutto di Parma and Spain’s top-grade Spanish acorn-fed Iberian ham – both savory, umami-rich meats usually served as ultra-thin slices – top out at $30 a pound. With Spanish pigs bound for ham glory, diet is everything. The least expensive ham is made from pigs fed on grain, whereas mid-grade hams come from pigs raised on a combination of wheat and acorns. Then there are Spain’s poshest pigs, which feast exclusively on acorns, producing a rich flavor and oily texture that make the meat a delicacy. Spain’s finest hams are not considered first-rate without an “acorn-fed” stamp on the label. At least some foodies apparently haven’t been put off by the price of Maldonado’s work. One food blog, Directo al Paladar, called the cost of the ham “almost a gift,” considering how it is made. Maldonado has yet to set a price for customers who buy the 13-pound hams directly from him, but the food site Ibergour.com has a dozen for sale at $2,100 each, and is accepting $250 deposits. Is it ridiculous to pay that for a piece of pig? No, says Maldonado. A ham like this can be shared among 20 people, he notes, whereas a bottle of the finest wine going for the same amount goes down quickly among just a few. For four generations, Maldonado’s family has been making ham from high-quality hogs in this town of 5,000 in Spain’s southwest Extremadura region. After the pigs are butchered, they are cured in high-grade sea salts and refrigerated at 39 degrees. The salt is wiped off after about 12 days. Over the course of the next three months, the temperature is gradually raised to 68 degrees. The hams then are brought into one of Maldonado’s two warehouse-size cellars where they cure for two years, hanging on a series of interconnected hooks from floor to ceiling, like curtains. In his cellar, Maldonado drew one of the hams close and rubbed his thumbs gently against the smooth roundness of the ham’s firm base. “Ham provides us with life,” he said with a smile.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Spaniards are nothing if not dedicated eaters. Now, hard-core foodies are drooling over the prospect of something truly superlative from Spain, at least in price: a salt-cured ham costing about $2,100 per leg, or a cruel $160 per pound. It’s a price believed to make it the most expensive ham in the world. Don’t grab your wallet just yet. And forget about asking for just a slice. The 2006 Alba Quercus Reserve (as this pricey pork will be known) won’t be available until late 2008 and you must buy the whole ham or nothing at all. But that hasn’t dissuaded gastronomic Web sites and blogs from buzzing with talk of the farm where it is being produced, likening it to a Mount Olympus of pork. Its mastermind, Manuel Maldonado, 44, comes from a long line of ham producers in a country that’s nuts about the stuff. In bars and restaurants, legs of ham hanging from the wall are as common as TV sets. FOOD: The standards are high for this tasty delicacy, and so is the price – $160 a pound. By Amanda Rivkin THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBURQUERQUE, Spain – Spanish cuisine tickles the palate in a thousand ways: ugly but delicious creatures called goose barnacles; boiled octopus with a dash of olive oil and paprika; thick, mushy sausage made from pig’s blood. last_img read more

Odom confesses trade rumors hurt

first_imgOdom’s name was linked to several trade rumors during the offseason. He was said to be bound for Minnesota, Indiana or Phoenix. When the rumor mill finally ground to a halt and the Lakers began training camp, Odom was still on their roster. He said earlier in the week that the trade talk didn’t bother him because it was a compliment on his many skills. “It means I can play,” he said. But on Thursday he admitted it hurt him. “It bothers you a little bit, especially when you thought you’d proven yourself worthy of being here,” he said. “If you worked in a law firm based in St. Louis and you loved St. Louis, but somebody said the firm was moving to Austin, Texas, you wouldn’t want to go, would you?” Odom endured two suspensions for violating the NBA’s drug policy while with the Clippers. Injuries sidelined him for 11 months at one point in his career. He also underwent surgeries on his left shoulder in each of the last two offseasons. What’s more, his son, Jayden, died of sudden infant death syndrome in the summer of 2006, prompting Odom to ponder a life without basketball. “That (memory) is something that will never go away,” Odom said of his son’s passing. “That got me real close to leaving the game. I’ve learned a lot about myself and about spiritual endurance. Him being a special kid like he was will never leave me.” Odom, 28, has two seasons and roughly $28 million remaining on a six-year deal he signed with the Heat after leaving the Clippers following the 2002-03 season. He hopes to complete the contract as a member of the Lakers, who acquired him with guards Chucky Atkins and Caron Butler for Shaquille O’Neal in July 2004. But he’s uncertain whether he’ll stay in the game when the deal ends. “I think about it often,” he said. “I would like to have the strength to finish out this contract and then who knows? I might be ready to conquer something else. I’m finding peace and comfort in my life on and off the court.” Brown runs full-court A day after saying he hadn’t been cleared to participate in full-court drills, center Kwame Brown participated in full-court drills. Brown is recovering from offseason surgeries on his left ankle and right shoulder. “Kwame can run full-court, but he can’t run full-court with contact,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said when asked to clarify Brown’s status. “He can play half-court with contact, but not full-court with contact.” Jackson paused as reporters began to laugh. “I know, I did the same thing,” Jackson said. Quote, unquote Jackson took a playful jab at Vladimir Radmanovic, saying the sharp-shooting forward “looks more like a ballplayer than a snowboarder to me.” The Lakers fined Radmanovic an undisclosed amount last season after he suffered a separated shoulder while snowboarding in Utah during the All-Star break. He was sidelined until April 12. Top-5 seller Kobe Bryant’s jersey is the fourth-most popular among fans in Europe, according to statistics released by the NBA. Sales of Bryant’s No. 24 jersey followed Dwyane Wade of Miami, Allen Iverson of Denver and Tony Parker of San Antonio. LeBron James of Cleveland was fifth. elliott.teaford@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER HONOLULU – Lamar Odom has said all week that he would like to end his career with the Lakers. After four rocky seasons with the Clippers and one all-too-brief year with the Miami Heat, he’s found his comfort zone in purple and gold. “Hopefully, this is the last stop for Mr. Odom,” he said after practice at the University of Hawaii. last_img read more

London Stadium, Torres, Toure’s wages – 10 biggest wastes of money in football

first_img 5. Food and drink at football stadiums – If you fancy a pre-match pie, we’ve got bad news for you. The price of that pastry encrusted treat is soaring. Leicester City’s have gone up an alarming 14%, according to the Daily Mirror. Ok, occasionally you get something great around the ground, like West Ham’s Rib Man who provides mouth-wateringly delicious grub, but the usual hotdogs and burgers inside grounds are pretty grim for the price they’re sold at. Also, if you fancy a beer, prepare to pay through the nose, and then miss some of the match in the queue for the toilets, not to mention not being allowed to drink it in your seat. It’s not worth the money. 10 10 2. The new Wembley Stadium – Don’t get us wrong, it looks mighty impressive as you walk Olympic Way, with the Bobby Moore statue greeting you at the front. But it cost an incredible £798m by the time it was opened in 2007 – seven years after the old stadium closed its doors – and that is a frankly crazy amount of money for what was delivered. The FA have been desperate to get their money’s worth, meaning FA Cup semi-finals are played at the stadium regardless of the teams involved, as well as virtually any other event that can be squeezed in. It’s a very large, very modern stadium, but strangely for such an expensive venue, it seems to trade off the reputation and mystique built by the old Wembley. 1. The Olympic/London Stadium – Click the right arrow above for more of the biggest wastes of money in football… – It’s cost a whopping £323m for taxpayers to convert the Olympic Stadium into a multi-use venue and one suitable for football (although it has been argued it’s still not suited to the beautiful game), taking the total cost for the arena to £752m, from an original estimate of £280m. West Ham were kind enough to chip in £15m – £5m less than they spent on Andre Ayew – for the conversion, plus a basic £2.5m a year in rent, but after all this it’s yet to prove its worth. Even for West Ham, let alone the tax payer. 10 7. Fernando Torres – An astounding player for Liverpool, Torres was sold to Chelsea for £50m in January 2011, making him the sixth most expensive footballer in the world. The Blues, though, did not see quite the same displays he had produced in red. Torres had ended the 2009/10 season exhausted and injured, resulting in an under-par start to the campaign in which he was sold. His form didn’t recover at Stamford Bridge, and he netted just 45 goals in 175 games, although he did win the Champions League and the Europa League. 10 4. Sunderland managers in recent years – No manager since Roy Keane, who left the role in 2008, has managed to reach 100 games in charge of the Black Cats. The club sacked Ricky Sbragia, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio, and Gus Poyet, resulting in various pay-offs. While Dick Advocaat resigned and Sam Allardyce was snapped up, very briefly, by England. All the while Sunderland have become perennial strugglers in the Premier League, and this season it appears relegation may not evade them. 10 10. Brazil’s World Cup stadiums – Built or renovated at a reported cost of around £2billion, Brazil’s 12 venues used for the 2014 World Cup came at a huge cost. In many cases they were wholly unsuitable for the football clubs earmarked to play in them once the tournament was finished. The most controversial of these are the Arena de Amazonia, which is home to a team that plays in the fourth tier of the Brazilian national league, and the Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha, which is home to two clubs not even big enough to compete in the national competition. In fact, the stadium in Brasilia has seen its car park used as a bus depot, in order to aid its cost. Meanwhile, even the Corinthians Arena – home to one of the biggest clubs in South America – is proving financially crippling, having gone more than 50% over its original budget. A recent newspaper report claims a water leak in the underground car park could spark a landslide that may result in the collapse of the stadium. 10 10 10 3. Yaya Toure’s wages this season – With agent Dimitri Seluk currently at war with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, it’s unlikely the Ivorian midfielder is about to make the pitch any time soon. This means the 33-year-old is getting somewhere around £200,000 a week to do not very much. 6. England’s 2018 World Cup bid – Dreaming of football coming home, the Football Association did all they could to get the 2018 tournament played in England. Around £19m was spent on the bid, while getting Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron involved too. In the end, Russia got the World Cup, while England, despite it’s highly-rated effort, got just two votes out of 22 in the first round of voting. Events with FIFA since have done little to inspire confidence in the process that saw so much money spent chasing the World Cup. 8. Andy Carroll – With Liverpool’s coffers full to the brim after selling Fernando Torres, Newcastle United happily gave up the giant striker for an astonishing £35m. Carroll had experienced half a good Premier League campaign, raising eyebrows over the fee, which made him the eighth most expensive player of all time. Injuries scuppered the striker’s chances of making an impact at Anfield and saw both the club and the player mocked for the princely fee paid. A year and a half later he was packed off to West Ham, eventually being sold for the more reasonable sum of £15m, although he has struggled for consistency in London, too. It has been reported, the efforts to convert the London Stadium from an athletics arena into a ground capable of hosting Premier League football have risen by around £51million.The total of taxpayers money used just to alter the Stratford landmark, which was built for the 2012 Olympic Games, now stands at £323million, with West Ham contributing £15million to the costs.It’s fair to say, some believe this to be a waste of cash.And it’s not uncommon to see money frittered away in the beautiful game, but what are the biggest wastes?Click the right arrow above for a few suggestions… 9. Recent England replica shirts – After all the years of hurt, it’s a surprise we still buy the Three Lions jersey. Some fans, misty-eyed with nostalgia, wear retro tops, but other patriotic punters choose to buy the brand spanking new one. We’re not sure why though when it’s worn for barely two years, and in recent times even less than that. In 2014, an ill-timed change of kit supplier saw England bring out a new shirt less than a year after the previous one, which was worn by the national side just seven times. The away one, meanwhile, was used just twice before being changed. And around this time a ‘match shirt’ – identical to that worn by the players – was marketed at £90 a pop, with the ‘stadium’ shirt priced at £90 for adults. Shirts subsequently worn by England during the 2014 World Cup debacle. 10 10last_img read more

Couple’s meeting was a Capitol affair

first_imgHis mother, Lane Sherman, lives in Northridge. His father, the late Maurice Sherman, was a corporate executive in the field of vocational education. About 270 guests are expected to attend the 3:30 p.m. wedding. Rabbi Edward Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino will officiate. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’A New York native, Kaplan, 34, is the daughter of Dr. Robert Kaplan, a forensic psychiatrist who specializes in custody disputes, and the stepdaughter of Peggy Jarrell Kaplan, a portrait photographer who works at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. The bride’s mother, the former Carol Weisberg, is deceased. Lisa Kaplan holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a master’s in international administration from the School for International Training at Brattleboro, Vt. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Sherman, 52, is a Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 1996. Before that he served two terms on the California State Board of Equalization. A certified public accountant and an attorney, Sherman received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and graduated with high honors from Harvard Law School. Rep. Brad Sherman won’t reveal what he said to Lisa Kaplan two years ago when he spied her picking up take-out Chinese food on Capitol Hill. But whatever it was, it must have worked. The couple is to be wed Sunday at Calamigos Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. “Let’s try to keep some things private,” the six-term Sherman Oaks congressman pleaded when asked to describe the couple’s first exchange. “Which pickup line Sherman used will be forever held secret.” The bride-to-be is Lisa Nicola Kaplan, deputy director of the Office on Global Anti-Semitism at the U.S. State Department. last_img read more

Choosing South Africa’s ‘most beautiful object’

first_img27 February 2014A film about gangsterism interpreted as a game of chess, the new Nelson Mandela statue, a hi-tech health bracelet and a modern take on the traditional drinks cabinet are among the 12 nominees for this year’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa competition.The competition forms part of the annual Design Indaba Expo in Cape Town, the biggest curated design event in the southern hemisphere. The 12 nominees will be on display at the expo, which takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Friday until Sunday.Nominators for this year’s competition included Elle Decoration editor Laureen Rossouw, advertising agency owner Alistair King, and Mugendi M’Rithaa, an industrial designer and lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. It is the public, however, who will get to choose the winning object.Visitors to the expo will be able to vote for their Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (Mboisa) by sending an SMS with their favourite object’s Mboisa code to 40619. Each SMS costs R1, and people can vote as many times as they like. The winner will be announced at 4pm on Sunday.While entries in the competition traditionally feature clothes, furniture, jewellery and the like, this year’s competition expands on the concept of beauty, including a music video, a full-length film, a nine-metre tall bronze statue statue and a health bracelet that links to an app.In a series of recent articles in Sunday Times’ Home Weekly supplement, the nominators explained their choices.Alistair King said that although he was taking “a bit of licence” with the definition of design by nominating Four Corners, a film about Cape Flats gangsterism interpreted as a game of chess, he believed it was “beautifully crafted” and that this fitted in with Design Indaba’s “broad and boundary-pushing notion of design”.Mugendi M’Rithaa, who nominated the LifeQ Mojo Active Armband, designed by Ideso Industrial Design Solutions and heath technology company Health Q, said its beauty “arises from how its materials, processes, aesthetics and hi-tech elements are all suited to its functionality and technology”.Laureen Rossouw said of her more orthodox nominee, the LALA Shwantla Drinks Cabinet by designers Dokter and Misses, that “it is what we’re looking for in South Africa, an aesthetic that is modern and classical. The LALA Shwantla resolves its wide range of influences with simplicity and lightness of touch, while being original.”The 12 nominees, along with their Mboisa SMS codes, are as follows:Marianne Fassler for Samsung #AmazeAfrica (Mboisa #Amaze)Jabba Surf Rack by Jasper Eales Originals (Mboisa Jabba)Four Corners film by Ian Gabriel (Mboisa 4 Corners)Imprint dress by Black Coffee (Mboisa Imprint)LALA Shwantla Drinks Cabinet by Dokter & Misses (Mboisa Lala)The Fog music video by Nakhane Toure (Mboisa Fog)Construct by Spier Architectural Arts (Mboisa Construct)Steam 1886, a fashion short film (Mboisa Steam)The Mojo Armband for Health Q by Ideso (Mboisa Mojo)The Nelson Mandela statue at the Union Buildings (Mboisa Mandela)Knus baby carrier and hammock – (Mboisa Knus)Gold Swarovski Dress by Gert-Johan Coetzee – (Mboisa Gold)SAinfo reporter and Design Indabalast_img read more

SLAYING Harassment at Holiday Parties

first_imgThis article is not legal advice, should not be construed as applying to specific factual situations or as establishing an attorney-client relationship.Follow me on Twitter at:  Jonathan__HR__Law. For the past few years, I have told the changing holiday tale of the Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai. Together, we have taken a journey on how we can maximize the joy and minimize the myriad risks of the holiday season.This year, the tale is on hold. Instead, the Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai focuses, solely, on but one very serious issue: sexual harassment.As we approach our holiday celebrations, we must double down on our efforts to ensure that the confluence of celebration and alcohol do not create fertile soil for harassing behavior. Remind Employees of Your Anti-Harassment PolicySometimes employees forget that your policy prohibiting harassing behavior applies to social events.  You need to remind them.Consider providing specific examples. Make clear that alcohol is not a defense to unacceptable conduct. Limit the Amount of AlcoholWe all know that alcohol reduces what slim inhibitions may exist for those with a propensity toward bad behavior. Limit the amount of alcohol that you serve.  Serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and food, too.  Flag aggressively. Etc.Limiting alcohol consumption not only reduces harassment risks, but also the safety risk of an employee driving while under the influence.Watch for Unacceptable Conduct and Respond “In the Moment”Even with a remainder of what is and is not acceptable behavior and limiting alcohol, anticipate that someone will act inappropriately.Designate certain managers to listen carefully and observe closely for problematic behavior.  Watch for wondering hands and employees dancing too close, for example.  Ideally, a manger can nip problematic behavior in the bud before it rises to the level of no return.Take Corrective ActionWhere an employee acts inappropriately at a holiday party by engaging in harassing behavior, even if not unlawful, there must be consequences.  The EEOC has said the corrective action must be prompt and proportionate.Sometimes a warning will be enough.  Other times, because of position, pattern and/or conduct, termination may be necessary.  Yes, “it depends.” Just remember, HR: to see or hear unacceptable conduct and ignore it is to condone it. We must set the tone!  Now, enjoy—but be vigilant. Let’s celebrate the holidays, each other and civility.last_img read more

Survey: Young Adults Think Facebook is #1; Women More Into it Than Men

first_imgThe survey’s authors say they believe this shows that the social networking world is set to change drastically when today’s youth replace contemporary adults in the workplace. Social networking is currently believed to be much more common among adult men. The sample set for the survey consisted of 1,000 young people suckered into answering questions and viewing ads at the “analyst” company’s website, Brandport.com, and 500 Facebook users – for a total of 1500 respondents. Perhaps our headline should then read “Young Facebook Users Think Facebook is #1.” The release is here, I found it via Kathleen Mazzocco. A new survey released this week by the marketing analysts and consultants at Anderson Analytics found that Facebook is now the #1 most liked website among US respondents between the ages of 18 and 24. In other words, it’s not just tech bloggers talking about Facebook all the time. Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Last year’s #1 spot was held by MySpace and presuming the study surveyed 1/3 of its respondents on Facebook then as well, this is a big change. I can say anecdotally that everywhere I look I see laptops (other than mine) on Facebook all the time. You can read our in-depth comparison of MySpace and Facebook here.Gender DifferencesGender differences in the survey were marked; use of social networking sites was twice as high in self-identified women as it was in men, only 33% of women said they were satisfied to use just one social networking site and MySpace was the #2 favorite for women while falling out of the top 5 for men. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Luis Enrique returns as Spain coach after daughter’s death

first_imgMadrid: Luis Enrique will return as coach of Spain and replace Robert Moreno ahead of Euro 2020, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Tuesday. Moreno took charge in June after Luis Enrique had resigned to take care of his daughter Xana, who died in August of bone cancer. “Today we can confirm Luis Enrique returns to his position of work,” RFEF president Luis Rubiales said in a press conference at the national team’s training base in Las Rozas. Rubiales said Luis Enrique has a contract until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and that it will be up to him whether Moreno is offered a chance to resume his previous role as assistant coach. The pair were close friends and also worked together at Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Roma but Moreno appears upset at the manner of his departure. “Luis Enrique stepped down because of the worst possible thing that can happen to a father,” Rubiales said. “He has always been the leader of our project and he has a contract until (the) World Cup in Qatar.”Related News Spain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 years La Liga club Levante’s Ruben Rochina can’t wait to put on Spain’s jersey Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Luis Enrique was appointed Spain’s coach after the 2018 World Cup and his readiness to return will be welcomed, after the death of his nine-year-old daughter three months ago. But the RFEF’s handling of the change has been clumsy, with reports emerging before Spain’s 5-0 win over Romania on Monday that he would not lead the team at next year’s finals. Moreno in tears Moreno did not appear for his post-match press conference and reportedly left the players’ dressing room in tears. Rubiales said Moreno also chose not to show up for a meeting with the RFEF on Tuesday. “We had a meeting set up with Robert Moreno at 10am this morning,” Rubiales said. “But he did not come, only his two lawyers.” Moreno had overseen Spain finishing top of their qualifying group after an unbeaten campaign that included winning eight games out of 10 and scoring 31 goals. Spain won four and drew two of his six matches officially in charge. Moreno said in September he would be “the first and most delighted to step aside” if Luis Enrique decided he wanted to come back but he may have hoped for more transparency around the decision. Rubiales rejected accusations of dishonesty, insisting he spoke to Luis Enrique in October and then again on Monday, having learned he was ready to return through Moreno. “It was clear that as soon as Luis Enrique felt strong enough to return, the door would be open for him,” Rubiales said. “I have been honest about that. Nobody can feel tricked.” Rubiales added: “We thank Robert Moreno for his work, he did a very good job, and we are very happy with what he did. “But I repeat that Robert Moreno told us that he had spoken to Luis Enrique, who told him he wanted to return. We found out Luis Enrique wanted to come back through Moreno.” Spain’s comfortable, if not always entirely convincing, qualification campaign means they will be a top seed when the Euro 2020 draw is made in Bucharest on November 30. But Luis Enrique will have key decisions to make in the coming months after Moreno’s spell was characterised more by experimentation than either continuity or cohesion. Spain have failed to reach the quarter-finals of a major tournament since being crowned champions at Euro 2012. “This should be a happy day as Luis Enrique is back after everything he has been through,” said Rubiales. “We have kept our word (to) him and with Robert. We had to make a decision. That is our job.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more