Access Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh) 2015 Prospectus

first_imgAccess Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 prospectus For more information about Access Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh)  2015 prospectus Company ProfileAccess Bank Ghana is a leading financial institution in Ghana providing banking products and services for the institutional, commercial, business banking, treasury and personal banking segments. Its product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to vehicle and personal loans, banking services for women and private individuals, funds transfers and cardless banking. Access Bank Ghana provides relationship management services for corporate clients as well as corporate and structured finance services and investment and asset management services. Other services offered relate to cash management, trade finance, LPO financing, receivables discounting, leasing services and other major business transactions. The company is a subsidiary of Access Bank Plc. It operates 132 branches in the major towns and cities of Ghana, and has its headquarters in the capital city, Accra. Access Bank Ghana is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Study shows AI-generated fake reports fool experts

first_img Please enter your comment! TAGSAIArms RaceCybersecurityDetectionExpertsFakehealthMedicineMisinformationResearchTechnologyThe ConversationTransformers Previous articleAn Interior Designer’s Guide to Lighting Your Living RoomNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Priyanka Ranade (PhD Student), Anupam Joshi (Professor), and Tim Finin (Professor), all from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County*If you use such social media websites as Facebook and Twitter, you may have come across posts flagged with warnings about misinformation. So far, most misinformation – flagged and unflagged – has been aimed at the general public. Imagine the possibility of misinformation – information that is false or misleading – in scientific and technical fields like cybersecurity, public safety and medicine.There is growing concern about misinformation spreading in these critical fields as a result of common biases and practices in publishing scientific literature, even in peer-reviewed research papers. As a graduate student and as faculty members doing research in cybersecurity, we studied a new avenue of misinformation in the scientific community. We found that it’s possible for artificial intelligence systems to generate false information in critical fields like medicine and defense that is convincing enough to fool experts.General misinformation often aims to tarnish the reputation of companies or public figures. Misinformation within communities of expertise has the potential for scary outcomes such as delivering incorrect medical advice to doctors and patients. This could put lives at risk.To test this threat, we studied the impacts of spreading misinformation in the cybersecurity and medical communities. We used artificial intelligence models dubbed transformers to generate false cybersecurity news and COVID-19 medical studies and presented the cybersecurity misinformation to cybersecurity experts for testing. We found that transformer-generated misinformation was able to fool cybersecurity experts.TransformersMuch of the technology used to identify and manage misinformation is powered by artificial intelligence. AI allows computer scientists to fact-check large amounts of misinformation quickly, given that there’s too much for people to detect without the help of technology. Although AI helps people detect misinformation, it has ironically also been used to produce misinformation in recent years.AI can help detect misinformation like these false claims about COVID-19 in India – but what happens when AI is used to generate the misinformation?AP Photo/Ashwini BhatiaTransformers, like BERT from Google and GPT from OpenAI, use natural language processing to understand text and produce translations, summaries and interpretations. They have been used in such tasks as storytelling and answering questions, pushing the boundaries of machines displaying humanlike capabilities in generating text.Transformers have aided Google and other technology companies by improving their search engines and have helped the general public in combating such common problems as battling writer’s block.Transformers can also be used for malevolent purposes. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have already faced the challenges of AI-generated fake news across platforms.Critical misinformationOur research shows that transformers also pose a misinformation threat in medicine and cybersecurity. To illustrate how serious this is, we fine-tuned the GPT-2 transformer model on open online sources discussing cybersecurity vulnerabilities and attack information. A cybersecurity vulnerability is the weakness of a computer system, and a cybersecurity attack is an act that exploits a vulnerability. For example, if a vulnerability is a weak Facebook password, an attack exploiting it would be a hacker figuring out your password and breaking into your account.We then seeded the model with the sentence or phrase of an actual cyberthreat intelligence sample and had it generate the rest of the threat description. We presented this generated description to cyberthreat hunters, who sift through lots of information about cybersecurity threats. These professionals read the threat descriptions to identify potential attacks and adjust the defenses of their systems.We were surprised by the results. The cybersecurity misinformation examples we generated were able to fool cyberthreat hunters, who are knowledgeable about all kinds of cybersecurity attacks and vulnerabilities. Imagine this scenario with a crucial piece of cyberthreat intelligence that involves the airline industry, which we generated in our study.An example of AI-generated cybersecurity misinformation. The Conversation, CC BY-NDThis misleading piece of information contains incorrect information concerning cyberattacks on airlines with sensitive real-time flight data. This false information could keep cyber analysts from addressing legitimate vulnerabilities in their systems by shifting their attention to fake software bugs. If a cyber analyst acts on the fake information in a real-world scenario, the airline in question could have faced a serious attack that exploits a real, unaddressed vulnerability.A similar transformer-based model can generate information in the medical domain and potentially fool medical experts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, preprints of research papers that have not yet undergone a rigorous review are constantly being uploaded to such sites as medrXiv. They are not only being described in the press but are being used to make public health decisions. Consider the following, which is not real but generated by our model after minimal fine-tuning of the default GPT-2 on some COVID-19-related papers.An example of AI-generated health care misinformation. The Conversation, CC BY-NDThe model was able to generate complete sentences and form an abstract allegedly describing the side effects of COVID-19 vaccinations and the experiments that were conducted. This is troubling both for medical researchers, who consistently rely on accurate information to make informed decisions, and for members of the general public, who often rely on public news to learn about critical health information. If accepted as accurate, this kind of misinformation could put lives at risk by misdirecting the efforts of scientists conducting biomedical research.An AI misinformation arms race?Although examples like these from our study can be fact-checked, transformer-generated misinformation hinders such industries as health care and cybersecurity in adopting AI to help with information overload. For example, automated systems are being developed to extract data from cyberthreat intelligence that is then used to inform and train automated systems to recognize possible attacks. If these automated systems process such false cybersecurity text, they will be less effective at detecting true threats.We believe the result could be an arms race as people spreading misinformation develop better ways to create false information in response to effective ways to recognize it.Cybersecurity researchers continuously study ways to detect misinformation in different domains. Understanding how to automatically generate misinformation helps in understanding how to recognize it. For example, automatically generated information often has subtle grammatical mistakes that systems can be trained to detect. Systems can also cross-correlate information from multiple sources and identify claims lacking substantial support from other sources.Ultimately, everyone should be more vigilant about what information is trustworthy and be aware that hackers exploit people’s credulity, especially if the information is not from reputable news sources or published scientific work.*Authors: Priyanka Ranade, PhD Student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Anupam Joshi, Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Tim Finin, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It doesn’t take a human mind to produce misinformation convincing enough to fool experts in such critical fields as cybersecurity. iLexx/iStock via Getty Imagescenter_img The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Activist jailed after writing article about prison conditions

first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders protested today at the arrest of a rights activist who denounced conditions at Amman’s Jweidah Prison in the latest issue of the Lebanese-published magazine Al-Adab, which has been banned from sale in Jordan.The author, Hisham Bustani, was arrested on 24 December and is reportedly being held at Jweidah. His article was based on a previous five-day imprisonment there a few months ago. “This jail is becoming notorious for the number of prisoners of conscience it holds and the abuses that occur there,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Jordanian prime minister Ali Abu Al-Ragheb calling for Bustani’s immediate release and an end to the ban on the magazine. Jordanians had a basic right to be informed, he said.Bustani is a member of the Union of Professional Associations, which campaigns against normalising relations with Israel and was outlawed by the Jordanian government earlier this year. The November-December issue of the Al-Adab, a literary magazine, mostly deals with censorship in Egypt. It has also been banned in Kuwait. JordanMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Follow the news on Jordan April 14, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts August 12, 2020 Find out morecenter_img December 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Activist jailed after writing article about prison conditions June 15, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Organisation Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdownlast_img read more

Maranatha Students Get Creative at Christmas!

first_img Top of the News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. For over 12 years, the Maranatha High School Art Club, sponsored by Art Department Chair Diane Barnhart, has been spreading Christmas cheer with a creative event in which the whole school can participate. The Annual Gingerbread Contest, with over 100 participants this year, has become an much-anticipated tradition at Maranatha each December. Ms. Barnhart first started the contest at a Christmas party for her AP students twenty years ago. The interest grew and after several, the Art Club decided to make it a school-wide event.“We do it because it is a fun, creative, and sweet way to usher in the Christmas season,” says Ms. Barnhart. “We believe that creativity – even when using graham crackers and frosting – honors God as we use the creativity He has gifted us with.” She also noted that opening the event up to the entire school community is a great venue for students from many different friend circles to come together.Each year Ms. Barnhart chooses a theme that not even her Art Club students are privy to. Last year’s theme was “All Creatures Great and Small”, and the teams created a variety of animals. This year it was “Building Santa a New Ride So He Could Give His Sleigh and Tired Reindeer a Break”. Students constructed everything from submarines to racecars, with the winning team of students applauded for their hot air balloon.Maranatha High School, 169 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 817-4000 or visit www.maranatha-hs.org. Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News More Cool Stuff Subscribe HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Community News Photo Gallery Maranatha Students Get Creative at Christmas! Article and Photography By MARANATHA HIGH SCHOOL Published on Monday, December 15, 2014 | 5:02 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Cranberry and Red Onion Toasts with Goats Cheese and Parma Ham

first_imgRustled up in minutes, these posh little snacks or starters never fail to impress. Simply top mini toasts with a warm mixture of caramelised red onions flavoured with balsamic vinegar and cranberry sauce, add a slice of goats cheese and finish with paper thin folds of Parma Ham.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Delicious Parma Ham is a completely natural food with nothing added except salt. Making a Parma Ham is a long and painstaking process. The curing is controlled carefully so that the ham absorbs only enough salt to preserve it to retain its distinctive sweet flavour. Prosciutto di Parma, is produced in the hills surrounding the Italian town of Parma. The air in the Parmesan hills is unique, dry and sweet-smelling with breezes from the Apennine mountains, creating perfect environmental conditions for a natural “drying” of the hams.The unique taste of Parma Ham is dependent on the traditional production process passed down from Roman times, carefully controlled by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma. Only hams that have passed stringent curing regulations approved by the EU can be awarded the stamp of the Ducal crown – a five pointed coronet logo with PARMA in the centre which is branded onto the ham’s skin. The Ducal Crown is now a certification trademark.WHAT YOU NEED25g butter1 tablespoon olive oil3 red onions, sliced1 teaspoon sugar2 tablespoons cranberry saucedash of balsamic vinegarsalt and freshly ground black pepper8 slices of ciabatta bread200g goats cheese, sliced into 88 slices Parma Hama few thyme leaves, to garnishWHAT TO DOHeat the butter and olive oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and cook over a medium-high heat for a few minutes, stirring often. Add the sugar and cook for a few more minutes, until they begin to caramelise. Remove from the heat and add the cranberry sauce and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepperToast slices of ciabatta and arrange two pieces onto each of the 4 serving plates. Top with an equal amount of red onions, then place a slice of goats cheese on top of each one Top each piece of ciabatta with a slice of Parma Ham. Sprinkle with a few thyme leaves, season with a little more black pepper, then serve at onceIf you prefer, grill the goats cheese until golden and bubbling. You can also make tiny versions to serve as canapés for a special buffet lunch or supper. Print Advertisement Linkedin NewsCranberry and Red Onion Toasts with Goats Cheese and Parma HamBy admin – October 30, 2009 766 Emailcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleNews from the world of wineNext articleGeorgian Quarter Christmas Market adminlast_img read more

Abuse reports to be published in Derry and Dromore dioceses

first_img Pinterest Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter The BBC is reporting that two Catholic dioceses in Northern Ireland are preparing to publish major reports into historical child abuse, at the same time as a report is published in Raphoe.The report into the Diocese of Raphoe has been much anticipated, with next Tuesday now believed to be the most likely publication date.However, the BBC is reporting that reviews will also be published next week into child welfare in the dioceses of Derry and Dromore. All three reports have been conducted by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.The board is now reviewing every diocese in the country, examining what was done wrong in the past.The Raphoe, Derry and Dromore reviews could track back as far as 1975, providing details of how these three dioceses have dealt with child abuse since the mid-1970s, and, how they deal with it now.The Raphoe and Derry reports come shortly after the resignation of Bishop Seamus Hegarty for health reasons. Monsignor Eamon Martin, a former head of St Columb’s College in the city has been appointed as   diocesan administrator pending the appointment of a new bishop. Abuse reports to be published in Derry and Dromore dioceses Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Google+ Previous articleIMPACT disappointed as government TDs fail to attend NoWDOC meetingNext articleDeath of Taoiseach’s mother News Highland By News Highland – November 26, 2011 center_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Newsx Adverts Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

[ED v Kerala Police] Cooperative Federalism Requires Central Agency To Trust State Officers:Kerala Govt Tells High Court

first_imgNews Updates[ED v Kerala Police] Cooperative Federalism Requires Central Agency To Trust State Officers:Kerala Govt Tells High Court Lydia Suzanne Thomas8 April 2021 3:34 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court today extended its interim order restraining coercive action against officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the cases lodged against the agency by the Kerala Police. The writ petitions against FIRs registered by the Kerala Police were taken up before a Bench of Justice VG Arun today, saw submissions by Senior Advocate Harin Raval on behalf of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court today extended its interim order restraining coercive action against officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the cases lodged against the agency by the Kerala Police. The writ petitions against FIRs registered by the Kerala Police were taken up before a Bench of Justice VG Arun today, saw submissions by Senior Advocate Harin Raval on behalf of the Kerala Police. The petitions filed by P Radhakrishnan, Deputy Director of ED (Kochi Zone) challenge FIRs lodged against officials of the ED for allegedly coercing gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair to make false statements against the Chief Minister and other State Ministers. Rebutting the contentions made by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitors General SV Raju and KM Nataraj on the last occasion, Senior Advocate Harin P Raval continued submissions advanced at the previous hearing. In the course of his arguments today, he sought to bring into question the maintainability and entertainability of the writ petition at a nascent stage of investigation and the existence of alternative remedies as and when there were apprehensions of coercive action against the petitioner. Drawing from the Solicitor General’s assertion that the FIRs disturbed cooperative federalism, he averred that the officials of central agencies on the other hand had to place more faith in the integrity of the state’s officers, who were investigating the cases at hand. “Cooperative federalism requires officers of the Central to trust officers of the State..We have to start with an assumption of trust”, he emphasized. He emphasized that framing evidence or coercing an accused were outside the scope of duties of an officer and could be investigated. “This investigation has nothing to do with the PMLA investigation, the investigation is about the audio clip”, he asserted. Contending that an attempt was made at creating a smokescreen that the State was investigating the Central Agency, he averred that all that was being investigated was the audio clip supposedly containing Swapna Suresh’s voice. “What is done? There was an audio clip…ED itself asked us to investigate the audio clip! In the course of investigation we filed FIR” Asserting that the offence being investigated by the Crime Branch was independent of the gold smuggling investigation, the Senior Advocate averred that the case could be investigated. He additionally posited that the submissions that the FIRs were filed on mala fides could not be countenanced since the investigation is at a nascent stage. If the petitioner had an apprehension that he would be arrested or coercive action would be taken out against him, he can approach the Court at the appropriate stage seeking a stay, Senior Advocate Raval pointed out. As to the second FIR, Senior Advocate Raval vehemently contended that the said FIR arose out of an independent set of facts, namely, a letter written by gold smuggling accused Sandeep Nair alleging he was coerced. After this letter was brought to the notice of the crime Branch, the FIR was registered, he stated.”Accused’s statement is shocking, I will produce it in a sealed cover”, he additionally informed the Court. The Senior Advocate informed the Court that the jurisdictional magistrate was yet to record Nair’s Section 164 Statement and only after that the further course of action in the case would be decided. Contending that the Deputy Director was approaching the Court to cover up involvement in the case, the Senior Advocate underscored that the FIRs did not name any official and that the investigation was still at a nascent stage.  Does my Lord want to conduct a mini-trial at this stage?, he posed to the Court. After the Court expressed that the case hearing could be continued on Friday, the counsel assented. The remainder of the hearing, along with Senior Advocate Harin Raval’s concluding submissions will be heard tomorrow, that is on Friday, April 9, 2021.Next Storylast_img read more

All things relative: HR in a family business

first_imgThere may be trouble ahead… Previous Article Next Article For HR professionals looking to further their career, working in a family business might seem a daunting prospect. But as Nick Martindale discovers, it can present the opportunity to gain a broader range of experiences than a corporate career might offer.HR practitioners usually develop their careers in the relative comfort of larger private- or public-sector organisations where policies and procedures are long-embedded. But imagine being involved in the design and realisation of a new HR function in a smaller business. There may be a need to work around or adapt procedures that may have grown up alongside the business, but if that business is also family owned or family managed, there is also the potential for some tricky personnel politics. For those coming from a non-family business, there’s likely to be a cultural change, says Jack Neill-Hall, communications manager at the Institute for Family Business (IFB): “Family businesses generally take a much longer-term perspective – much more so than private equity firms or public companies, which often have to report on a quarterly basis and deliver increased shareholder value over two- to three-year periods.”He gives the example of the bakery Warburtons, which is now in its fourth generation and where the family is still actively involved in the governance of the business: “You see it in their advertising: ‘From our Family to Yours’. You have to understand the value and timescales these firms are looking at.” Focus on the family cultureDr Jill Miller is a research adviser at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and specialises in the area of small businesses, a category many family firms fit into. She stresses the need to understand the values of the business and that HR policy – including the recruitment of future staff – must flow from that.“The first thing is to gain a good understanding of the family values and the vision of the organisation,” she says. “You need to tailor your approach to meet the business needs.” One example of this is the need to ensure any more formal processes that may have to be introduced – such as middle-management tiers – also reflect the values of the family, to keep alive the feel of the original business, she adds. Putting in place or developing a more formal structure is likely to be a core part of the remit of any HR professional joining a family firm, particularly if it is the first time that business has sought to create an HR presence (only 20% of owner-managed family businesses and 19% of owner-governed family businesses have an HR strategy, in comparison with 35% of non-family-owned businesses).This was the case for Dominic Ceraldi, HR manager at Pimlico Plumbers. Here, the challenge was not just to formalise processes, but also to demonstrate to the founder – managing director Charlie Mullins – just what HR could do. “When I started out working at Pimlico there was no HR function in place and I honestly believe Charlie just saw me as his ‘recruitment bloke’,” Ceraldi says. “I knew it was integral for me to gain his trust by developing an in-depth understanding of the business and sharing his vision of how the company would move forward.”For Ceraldi, the culture shock was even more pronounced, having moved from what he describes as a “bureaucratic government department”: “It was a really steep learning curve, but it stood me in good stead for my future with the company. I came to a very quick realisation that every decision that I made would have a direct impact on the family business, and that was rather daunting.”The right person for the right roleHelen Broughton is director of people and standards at accountancy firm Danbro, and one of the family firm’s founders. She has seen at firsthand how people “fill in” certain positions while the business is growing and how this can cause issues further down the line.“As the company grew, the people who were there at the start grew with it and teams were built underneath them,” she says. “But not everybody is cut out to be a strategic thinker and to set the direction of the company for the next 10 years. Sometimes you have to have difficult conversations about not being the right person strategically.” This kind of situation could also face an HR professional coming in from outside the organisation, she adds.Yet working for a family firm can be a good career move, partly as a result of having been through such experiences. “If you have big corporate experience and then move into a family business, future employers may see it as a positive as you have been at the coalface of a business,” says Sona Sherratt, client director at Ashridge Business School. She warns though, that much also depends on the nature of the family in question: “Are they consultative or dictatorial; structured or unstructured? Do they have a clear business plan and strategy? Do they delegate or micromanage?”Family businesses may be be a little less predictable than more corporate environments, but you could quickly gain experiences that might otherwise be harder to come by. As Miller points out, family businesses offer the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of HR and even wider business issues, which would be unlikely to be the case in larger corporates: “You’ll get the opportunity to be involved in everything because you’re not going to go into a huge HR team. You won’t just be focusing on reward or learning and development; you’ll be very much a generalist. There’s the opportunity to be really innovative.”Personnel Today Jobs has a selection of job vacancies in small businesses.Staff handbooks: Example staff handbook structure for small businesses. Any HR professional coming into a family business could find themselves caught up in tension between family members and a wider executive team – containing non-family members – over the wider business strategy, warns Julian Hemming, an employment partner at international law firm Osborne Clarke.“The executive team will want to drive performance across the business, and that may be challenging to family members who may regard the business as a lifestyle choice to which they are only prepared to devote a restricted amount of time and commitment,” he says. In some cases, this can result in the executive team working with a leading family member to exit other family members who may not be performing, he says, which can have a knock-on effect if others – such as spouses – then feel their position is untenable. “The best family businesses that I act for tend to have a strong family leader to whom other family members accept they have to defer, or where the family recognise that the real value is in their shareholding and so it is in their interests to let the management team manage and to properly incentivise them through stock options,” he says. All things relative: HR in a family businessBy Nick Martindale on 8 Jul 2013 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Anger at police response to Warwick student protests

first_imgCoventry Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Claire Bell, said in the same statement, “We are aware of videos of the protest being circulated on social media sites. We expect the highest standards from all officers, and if any officer is found to have fallen below these standards, they will be thoroughly investigated.”In a statement the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Nigel Thrift, said, “Let me be clear that the police were called solely to investigate the alleged assault on a member of staff and not in response to the protest on campus. When the police arrived our security team still endeavoured to get the individual alleged to have made the assault to fully identify himself before the police engaged directly with the protestors.“Sadly that individual, and others present, would not co-operate with this request and the police were obliged to intervene directly. I, like many others, have been saddened by the images of what then occurred which saw police and students having to engage in and resolve an unnecessarily challenging situation which led on from the actions of one individual.”There has been an angry response from many on and off campus to the incident. A change.org petition started by Warwick alumni demanding an unreserved apology to students who faced ‘police violence’, a review of the University’s policy on police liason, and a guarantee of assistance from Warwick University for students who want to make complaints or take legal action against the police, has gathered over 2000 signatures.Yesterday around 100 students occupied the top floor of the Rootes builing on Warwick Campus and issued demands to both the University of Warwick management and to the West Midlands police. Demands included an apology from the West Midlands police and for the University of Warwick to release a statement about the incidents which occurred in which they declare their total support to Warwick students.Speaking to Cherwell from inside the occupation, Hattie Craig, a student from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts who has been involved in organizing yesterday’s action, described the mood on campus, commenting, “The feeling on campus has been incredible. I was leafleting for the protest today but all the students were already aware and were pretty shocked and horrified at the way the police had dealt with the sit-in yesterday. It’s been great to see that there’s been a really strong response- there were over a thousand people out on campus today showing their support. Students thought that it was necessary to have a strong response to police brutality. We haven’t ever seen CS gas used at student protests in this country;  we couldn’t let this go unnoticed. A hundred of us are currently staging an occupation and we will shortly be issuing demands to both West Midlands police and the University.”Amnesty International has also voiced its concerns about the events with its UK Arms Control Director, Oliver Sprage, saying, “Videos of the incident and accounts from several eyewitnesses raise serious concerns about whether the police acted heavy-handedly and seriously endangered people at the scene.“We’re worried that West Midlands Police are becoming increasingly trigger-happy with Tasers.”Protests in solidarity with Warwick students have also been held at campuses around the country, including at Lancaster, Manchester, London and Leeds. Hundreds of students at Warwick gathered outside the University’s Senate House yesterday to express their anger about police response to student protests. Students also occupied a university space in order to have an open dialogue about the events on Wednesday 3 December.On Wednesday a group of students at the University of Warwick staged a peaceful sit-in at Senate House as part of a national day of action in support of free education, called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts. Police have said that they were called to the University by security services after a member of staff was assaulted by a protester. Three men were later arrested – one on suspicion of assault, and two on suspicion of obstructing the police; they have since been bailed, but their bail conditions state that they are not allowed to return to campus. This version of events is contested by some of the students who were present; speaking to Channel 4 News, Callum Cant, a 20-year-old English student, said, “it’s utterly unbelievable to suggest that [a protester assaulted a member of staff]. It just wouldn’t fit with how the day panned out… It wasn’t really an occupation because we weren’t blocking anything. We spent 20 or 30 minutes talking with security. Then police cars turned up and security told us they were for us.”Footage has emerged on social media showing police clashing with protesters; a police officer is seen wielding a can of CS spray, which was used on at least two students. West Midlands Police have confirmed that a taser gun was drawn, but not used on any protester. West Midlands police have issued a statement in response to allegations of excessive use of force on student protesters stating, “During the incident a taser was drawn as a visible and audible warning to prevent a further disorder. CS Spray was also used by police during the protest when a group advanced on officers. Police officers and security staff from the university worked together to ensure everyone was safe.”last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Covers Allman Brothers, Stevie Wonder For Smokin’ March Tour Opener

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident hit the road last night, playing the Summit Pavilion at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV for the first of their “March Madness” tour dates. Tour openers always have an aura of intrigue, as the band’s catalog is wide open and prime for the plucking. Last night, SCI did not disappoint.The band has been off the road since a New Years run in Colorado, though they’ve assumedly spent some of the last few months in the studio working on a new album. No details about the new release have been shared, but the band has confirmed that they’re cooking up something Cheesy for the fans.Last night opened with a fun “Close Your Eyes” before going into the Keller Williams-collaborative composition, “Best Feeling.” Among the highlights were covers of The Allman Brothers’ “Hot ‘Lanta” and Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster,” and the show closed with a soulful “Sittin’ On Top Of The World.” The band is truly on top of the world, and fans couldn’t be happier.March Madness continues tonight, March 11th, with a two night stand at Oakland’s Fox Theatre. Stay tuned for more coverage from the shows!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Summit Pavilion, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV – 3/10/16Set 1: Close Your Eyes, Best Feeling, Mouna Bowa, Age, Sometimes A River, Pack It Up > Colorado Bluebird SkySet 2: You’ve Got The World, Joyful Sound, Restless Wind, Turn This Around, Hot ‘Lanta, Desert Dawn, On the RoadEncore: Master Blaster, Sittin’ On Top of the Worldlast_img read more

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