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Comments are closed. The famous builders’ tea break is becoming a thing of the past as workers inthe construction industry find themselves under increasing pressure at work,research for the DTI finds. A survey for the Department of Trade and Industry’s Work-Life BalanceCampaign reveals that the majority of construction industry workers are doingovertime or skipping breaks because of the demands of their job. More than a quarter of the respondents to the poll in Building Magazineestimate they are doing up to five hours overtime a week, 40 per cent betweenfive and 10 hours, 24 per cent between 10 and 15 hours and 9 per cent over 15hours. The research also reveals that more than 80 per cent of company owners wouldconsider offering their staff flexible working options if they thought thiswould increase productivity levels and increase morale. Nearly two-thirds ofemployers in the sector report they already have flexible working practices. Part-time working is the most popular flexible working practice with 40 percent of employers providing this option to some staff, followed by flexitime on39 per cent and staggered hours on 27 per cent. More than half of the 180respondents reveal they would be interested in using flexible working practicesto attract more women to the business. Adrian Barrick, editor of Building Magazine, said the survey shows there isa need for the construction industry to start to embrace flexible workingwherever possible. “In the macho world of construction, work invariablycomes before partners and children – but long hours working puts anunsustainable strain on all staff whether they have caring responsibilities ornot,” he said. “As an industry we have fallen behind other sectors in addressing thisissue and it is more important than ever to hold on to good staff.” www.dti.gov.ukBy Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Construction workers fail to find work-life balanceOn 9 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today
20 January 2013Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirits at Johannesburg’s National Stadium on Saturday as the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) kicked off in colourful, rhythmical African style.The crowd inside calabash-shaped stadium sang, danced, and blew vuvuzelas in appreciation as the country’s top artists dazzled in an opening ceremony that paid tribute to former president Nelson Mandela and the continent’s fighting spirit.With the rain threatening to slow down the musical spectacle, the crowd still revelled to the sounds of Ringo Madlingozi, Sibongile Khumalo, the soulful Judith Sephuma, Afro-pop sensation Siphokazi and former Idols contestant Ayanda Nhlangothi, among others.Lira steals the showBut it was South African singing sensation Lira who stole the show with her dance moves and wooed the crowd with the song “Higher”, made popular by the late Afro-pop queen Brenda Fassie.A sea of colour brightened up the stadium, symbolising the diverse nations that gathered at the stadium and showing that Africa truly is a continent populated by diverse and colourful people.The South African squad that won the tournament in 1996 also made an appearance, much to the delight of fans.Earlier in the day, South African President Jacob Zuma held a welcome luncheon in Sandton, Johannesburg for the heads of state attending the tournament.He said he trusted that they would be treated to the best soccer spectacle humanly possible.Promoting African unity“We believe that the tournament will contribute immensely in promoting unity and friendship in the continent. The Africans are coming together from all over our beautiful continent to celebrate their Africanness and that is a wonderful occasion for us all,” Zuma said.Zuma said he believed the Afcon tournament would serve as a prelude to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. “Africa is yet to win the World Cup, or to exit at a very respectable stage in this tournament, and this should be a springboard towards that goal.”The opening ceremony was followed by the opening match of the tournament, between South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde, followed by a clash between the other two teams in Group A, Angola and Morocco.Both matches ended in goalless draws.Source: SANews.gov.za
Telangana’s first ‘child- friendly’ police station was on Thursday inaugurated at Medipally here, in association with Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), founded by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi. As part of the joint initiative, BBA will also organise a training session in order to raise awareness, sensitise and inform police personnel on the guidelines laid down by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for establishing child-friendly police stations, an official release said. While highlighting the role of police in child-related issues, the organisation apprised the stakeholders on the importance of ensuring that no procedural provisions are disregarded while dealing with the distressed children, it said. Speaking at the inaugural event, Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat appreciated the efforts and role of BBA in constructing the state’s first child-friendly police station. With assistance from BBA, the child-friendly police station with “child-friendly corners” was decorated with wall paintings,furnished with beds, water coolers, in order to make children, visiting the police stations, comfortable and feel relaxed. Apart from this, books, toys and games have been made available, it said. Samir Mathur, CEO of BBA, said, “child-friendly police stations play a vital role in ensuring that every child has proper and timely access to justice. These police stations promise a facilitating environment and also encourage higher reporting of crimes relating to children.” Police said during the operation Smile and Operation Muskaan, a total of 1,884 children — 1,460 boys and 424 girls, were rescued in the limits of Rachakonda Commissionerate from 2017 till date. Rachakonda Police in association with other government departments and NGOs have already started’work site schools’ for rescued children from brickilns under ‘Brickline School’ where children of migrant labourers from Odisha are imparted education in their mother tongue.
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Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. This week’s show (March 11, 2016) was recorded in front of a live audience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Neil Paine donned his Stat Man cape once again to lead a lesson about whether box score statistics in the NBA are outdated. Shane Battier, former NBA player and Duke legend, stopped by to talk about March Madness, how he picks a bracket, and why Duke players weren’t obsessed over what seed the team was assigned in the tournament when he was in school. Then we talked to Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, about whether the Rockets’ struggles this season have pushed him to re-evaluate his team-building strategy. Plus, a significant digit on 17-year-old Mallory Pugh, who is emerging as a star for the U.S. Women’s National Team.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to.
The NCAA shouldn’t suspend Jim Tressel for more than two games. It shouldn’t fine him more than $250,000. It shouldn’t bar him from spring practice and summer workouts. After it finishes its investigation, the NCAA should recommend Jim Tressel’s termination as head football coach at The Ohio State University. This incident is further proof that college athletics is spinning out of control, and a message needs to be sent to university presidents and athletic directors who let rule-breaking coaches keep their jobs because they win games and sell tickets. And that’s exactly why Tressel, who said he never considered resigning, didn’t tell the athletic department that he had received an e-mail from an attorney indicating OSU football players were selling memorabilia to Edward Rife. Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor, is one of the focal points of a federal drug investigation. Tressel’s contract states that he is bound to report any possible violation immediately. He didn’t. When Regular Joe with a normal job breaches his contract, he gets the boot. So should The Vest. “I am sorry and disappointed this happened,” Tressel said. “At the time the situation occurred, I thought I was doing the right thing.” Doing the right thing? Surely a deeply religious man with a newly released book titled “Life Promises for Success: Promises from God on Achieving Your Best” knows the difference between right and wrong. Or does he? Maurice Clarett and Troy Smith, the highest-profile players of the Tressel era other than current Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were both suspended for accepting improper benefits. Tressel also had a player do the same thing at Youngstown State. It’s clear that Tressel, also author of “The Winner’s Manual,” wants to win at all cost. The mantra is shared by athletic director Gene Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee, who make up the university’s “Big Three.” When asked whether he considered firing Tressel, Gee gave a clear indication of who actually runs the university. “No, are you kidding?” Gee said with a laugh. “Let me be very clear: I’m just hoping the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” I rest my case. At this point OSU has given Tressel a slap on the wrist. The NCAA should break his arm.
Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s 31-16 upset loss to No. 5 Oklahoma, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber admitted he was not yet fully healthy, as he has been dealing with a hamstring injury that he originally suffered early in fall camp.“I wasn’t 100 percent,” Weber said. “The goal was to come in here and help the team the best way I can and it didn’t work, but I did what I could.”On his third carry during the second quarter, the running back tweaked his hamstring again and did not return until the final drive of the fourth quarter.Hamstring injuries tend to linger, and Weber said he was told by team doctors that he should continue to expect tweaks throughout the season. Weber didn’t play in Ohio State’s 49-21 season opening win against Indiana due to the injury. After the game, coach Urban Meyer said the redshirt sophomore was “80 percent” healthy, could’ve played if necessary and would play against Oklahoma.The head coach restated that Weber would play throughout the week leading up to the matchup against the Sooners. But in Saturday night’s loss to Oklahoma, Weber didn’t reach the field until the second quarter and only tallied three carries, picking up 29 yards. He also caught two passes for 10 yards. Luckily for the Buckeyes, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has filled in aptly and, once again, led his team in rushing with 72 yards. Weber said that once he is healthy, the duo will impress.“It’s going to look scary, actually,” Weber said. “I get healthy and he gets better each game. I help him each game and he helps me.”