Female staff are still in second place

first_imgFemale staff are still in second placeOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Male managers promote other men because they see them as having greater financial responsibilities than women, according to a report by the Industrial Society.The study says male managers’ perception of other men as breadwinners means they are reluctant to promote women who are of childbearing age. The report claims women managers also share this view.The paper is a response to a consultation exercise by the Equal Pay Task Force, an independent body set up by the Equal Opportunities Commission.It criticises the legal options for challenging unequal pay, which is describes as “inaccessible and protracted”.It also urges employees to share their salary details with colleagues to expose discriminatory pay.Patrick Burns, the Industrial Society’s head of policy, said he does not believe employers intentionally discriminate against women in the workplace.He said, “The pay gap arises from deeply held views about women’s abilities, why women work and the value of their work, all of which are likely to be perpetuated by male domination of managerial positions. “Nevertheless, 30 years since the Equal Pay Act 1970, women’s full-time weekly earnings are still only 73.8 per cent of men’s, and the problem has to be tackled if organisations are to secure women’s full contribution to the UK economy.” Main findings• Recruitment, pay and promotion decisions are made mostly by male managers• Male managers are reluctant to promote women of childbearing age• Legal options for challenging unequal pay are inaccessible• Performance-related pay is particularly damaging to women Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

AFCON 2015: Jonathan Mensah wants Black Stars to remain focused

first_imgBlack Stars dependable defender, Jonathan Mensah(Paa Joe) insists Ghana need to stay focused ahead of their semi-final clash against Equatorial Guinea on Thursday.The Black Stars set up a clash with the tournament hosts following an impressive 3-0 win over Guinea on Sunday.Ghana are now overwhelming favourites to seal a place in the grand finale ahead of the hosts who are believed to have overachieved in the tournament.With this Paa Joe wants his teammates to remain alert to the threat host nation who will have the whole nation behind them on Thursday.“It is going to be very difficult so we need to stay calm, we need to concentrate,” He told Nhyira Fm“I know that Equatorial Guinea has a good squad but Ghana is also a big nation and we want to go to the finals.”last_img read more

Heartless thieves steal donation box from charity lights display

first_imgInvestigations are underway after a charity donation box was stolen from the Whoriskey’s Christmas Lights display in Kerrykeel.The senseless act took place on Monday, where a box was taken from the grounds of the well-known home lights display at Gortcally.Each year for the past 16 years, local couple Mary and Michael Whoriskey illuminate their home and open their gates for the public to enjoy a dazzling lights display in their garden. The charity event raises thousands of euro for local charities each year. This year’s lights display is in aid of the Donegal Hospice and the local Mevagh Voluntary Fire Service.But the couple was shocked to discover yesterday that one of the donation boxes was taken from the grounds. The box was located next to a crib at the foot of the driveway, and clearly marked ‘Donation Box’.The box was stolen sometime between 3.30pm and 10.30pm, and Gardaí are appealing to anyone is the area to report any suspicious activity which may help recover the charity donations.It is not know how much money was in the box. But if anyone finds the box, empty or otherwise, they are being asked to report it as it may be a key piece of evidence for fingerprints. Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Milford Garda Station on (074) 915 3060Charity box theft won’t dim the Whoriskey’s Christmas spiritHeartless thieves steal donation box from charity lights display was last modified: November 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s top female Olympians

first_img10 August 2016Team South Africa has begun its Rio Olympics campaign this week, and among the 137 athletes competing this year are some of the country’s outstanding female athletes, representing a wide range of sporting disciplines. To celebrate Women’s Month, here is a look at five of the best.Caster Semenya – athleticsTrack athlete Caster Semenya will be representing SA in Rio 12-21 August. Do us proud, @caster800m! #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/5U0ifXjeP1— SSISA (@Sportscience_sa) August 3, 2016Mokgadi Caster Semenya was born in Ga-Masehlong village, close to Polokwane, in 1991. Over the last six years she has become South Africa’s most high profile international athlete.A natural middle-distance runner, Semenya is considered a world-class champion, winning gold in the 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships and silver medals at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In Rio this year, she is on course for finally getting the gold medal.While a controversial figure off the track, with debate about her sex causing her to leave competitive running until 2010. However, Semenya has silenced critics with world-class performances and a shy, humble demeanour that hides a fiery will to compete and win. British magazine New Statesman included Semenya in a list of 50 People That Matter 2010, calling her “an inspiration to gender campaigners around the world”.In 2012, Semenya was awarded South African Sportswoman of the Year Award at the South African Sports Awards in Sun City. She received the bronze Order of Ikhamanga national honour in 2014, recognised for her contributions to South African sport.Her mind is now set on a Rio Olympics triumph this year, beginning her campaign for 800m gold on Wednesday, 17 August, with the whole of South African behind her.Sunette Viljoen – athleticsSouth African javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen was born in 1983 in Johannesburg. She is a four-time African champion and two-time Commonwealth gold medallist. She narrowly missed out on the Olympic gold in London in 2012, but is back with renewed determination at this year’s Rio Games.“I’ve grown emotionally over the last four years,” Viljoen told Time LIVE in July. “I am not tense or worried about results. My head and body are in complete harmony.“As one of South African’s most experienced athletes, Viljoen credits her longevity to divine drive. “(My) incredible passion and drive… is something that can only come from God. I don’t know how to give up, only how to persevere.”There will be a lot of support behind her, urging her on to get the gold this time around. Both her partner and daughter will be with her in Rio, cheering her along with all her South African fans to add another triumph to a distinguished athletics career.“It would be the perfect ending for all the years in which I invested everything. If I reap the fruits, I would know it has all been worth it, including the biggest battle I have had to fight off the field in the past four years.”Viljoen begins her Rio campaign on 17 August.Bridgitte Hartley – sprint canoeing2Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/about/sport/Womens-Month-South%20Africa-female-Olympians-100816.htm#.WBwdHZN96Rs#ixzz4P15bWNjLNEWS: Underdog tag fuelling @for_bridgitte‘s Olympic desire – https://t.co/tPVvSG2hsb | @teamsa16 #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/3NKA9BjEAw— Canoeing SA (@CanoeingSA) July 27, 2016 A surprise third-place in London in 2012 got the whole country talking about the then-unknown South African sprint canoeist Bridgitte Hartley. In Rio, she will be using South African fans as inspiration to go for the gold in the K1 Women’s 500m canoe sprint event on 17 August. She is looking forward to proving that her London bronze was no fluke.Hartley understands the pressures and hard work that comes with succeeding at international level, telling Sport24 before she left for a preparation training camp in Brazil: “I am more critical of everything now than I was before London. I am trying to always improve and I get frustrated when I have a bad training session.”The 33-year-old Johannesburg-born, self-described “optimistic blonde” wants to do more than just win the gold this time around; she wants to highlight her sport, particularly on the short events, which as many can attest, are as exciting and fierce as any land event.Julia Vincent – diving#Rio2016 #TeamSA – #diving : Catch @JulesVincent10 & in the 3m Women’s prelims at 20h00. pic.twitter.com/krDm8owmvg— Stephne J v Vuuren (@Steph_Sport) August 7, 2016 The 21-year-old Julia Vincent may be an Olympic newbie, but she is determined to grab a gold for South Africa in diving. She has been preparing for over two years, diving in the US as part of the University of South Carolina college team, where she earned the NCAA All-American title in the 1m dive.Vincent will be participating in the 3m dive in Rio, having qualified at the Fina Diving World Cup in February with a 250-plus score. She will become the first female South African diver to participate at an Olympics since the 1950s.Apart from her own event, Vincent is looking forward to experiencing Rio and the rest of the Games as a spectator, hoping to see the sights of one of the world’s most enigmatic cities and watch the men’s 100m athletics final, after she competes on 12 August.Tsholofelo Thipe – athleticsRustenburg-born 29-year-old Tsholofelo Thipe became one of the first black women to represent South Africa in a track event in the 400 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. While she may have missed out on the London Games in 2012, she is back in Rio with even more determination.“I want to make a mark and become someone the youth can look up to. I have unfinished business in the Olympics and God has answered my prayers to be in Rio,” Thipe told the Sowetan when the final South African team was announced in June.She cites inspiration from other African female athletes, including Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, two of Africa’s fastest female sprinters. “I have raced them in Europe before. I hope the Rio Olympics will help me to rise. My ultimate dream is to be in the final.“Thipe will begin her heats on Saturday, 13 August.Noko Matlou – footballRead more: http://www.southafrica.info/about/sport/Womens-Month-South%20Africa-female-Olympians-100816.htm#.WBwdHZN96Rs#ixzz4P17KQOWrI feel blessed and honoured 2b chosen as one of the athletes that is going2 represent SA at de Rio Olympic #teamSa16 pic.twitter.com/eKA9kQ2bwx— Noko Matlou (@Nokomatlou11) July 23, 2016 A 10-year career as one of Banyana Banyana’s dependable defenders has taken Noko Matlou to two Olympics, and she hopes Rio will be an opportunity to help get the team a gold medal. She has played more than 89 games for the national side, scoring 61 goals along the way, including six goals at the 2008 African Women’s Championship.Later that year, Matlou became the first South African to be named the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Footballer of the Year.Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic CommitteeSouthafrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Can education rescue the Northern Cape child?

first_imgClick image for more information about the discussion.How can parents, teachers and community leaders work together to protect children’s right to education, particularly in impoverished communities wracked by protest, such as the Northern Cape town of Kuruman?Join Brand South Africa at the next Sowetan Dialgue on Wednesday 16 March in Galeshwe, Kimberley for this important discussion, facilitated by RTS FM talk show host Zandisile Luphahla.Speakers will include:• Lebogang Motlhaping, MEC for the Northern Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture• Dr Tshegofatso Gopane, provincial chair of the Northern Cape chapter of the Black Management Forum• Professor Yunus Ballim, vice-chancellor of Sol Plaatje University• Sabata-Mpho Mokae, author and young achiever• Dr Albertus J Malgas, clinical psychologistAttendance is free. To secure a seat, SMS the keyword DIALOGUES with your surname to 48470. SMSs are charged at R1.50 each, and free minutes do not apply. Bookings close on Monday 16 March at 12 noon.The details:• Date: 18 March 2015• Time: 18h00 for 18h30• Venue: Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre, Hulana Street, Galeshewe, KimberleyThe event is hosted by the Sowetan Dialogues in partnership with Play Your Part and the Northern Cape Arts and Culture Council.last_img read more

CCAs are on the front lines for key agricultural issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A quick glance at the tidy office of John Fritz at The Andersons, Inc. Fremont facility would suggest that he works in a fairly standard desk job. One look at his weathered work boots, however, belies how he really spends most of his time and what drives the passion for what he does.Fritz was recently named Ohio’s 2018 Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) of the Year. Fritz has more than 39 years of crop advising experience providing a variety of services to clients. He specializes in precision technology including nutrient management plans, soil sampling, scouting, weed management and seed recommendations, and variable rate planning. At The Andersons, Fritz has been a driving force for change through implementation of new technologies, including the introduction of variable rate technology at the farm center in the mid-1990s. He is also the head of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Management program and oversees all fertilizer recommendations and rates for customers.“John does not hesitate to go above and beyond for his customers,” said Jim Gosche, who nominated Fritz for the award. “His dedication as a crop adviser is not just an occupation to him; it’s his way of life.”Sponsored by the Ohio CCA Program, the state award recognizes an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop production, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio. Fritz was recognized at the 2018 Conservation Tillage Conference on March 6 in Ada. He received a plaque and a $1,500 cash award, courtesy of the Ohio Association Independent Crop Consultants, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nutrien.Fritz was among the first Ohioans to earn the title of CCA.Fritz was recognized as CCA of the Year at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference.“I became a CCA the first year they started the program. I was working here in Fremont,” Fritz said. “They started the program because they wanted us to be able to go out to the farm as agronomists who could be more professional and have the knowledge to work with the grower and help them with their operation. The code of ethics was a big thing with the CCA program too. You’re not just going out and pushing products. Everything is based on good agronomic information.”Nutrient management has been a focus for Fritz, especially in recent years. His extensive knowledge in the areas of nutrient management and precision technology positioned him to take on a key leadership role in addressing water quality challenges of Lake Erie.“With Lake Erie being so important for tourism, we in ag really have to help with the issues with the algae. We are right on the Sandusky River here, which dumps into the Bay and we also have two other watersheds — the Portage and the Maumee — that go right into Lake Erie. We need to do everything we can to keep phosphorus out of the Lake,” he said. “We all watch when we are applying fertilizer and stay away from times when there could be excessive runoff. We have also worked with customers doing a lot more looking at different ways of applying nutrients, whether it is deep placement, the timing, or making sure that it is incorporated so we don’t have the surface runoff potential. We are doing a lot more variable rate application — a lot of that has been driven by the 4R certification program. Things there are changing so fast. It is a constant learning curve. Also variable rate nitrogen is big. For the equipment side, for the direct injection of nutrients and the whole realm of precision ag there is always something new. You have to understand the soil chemistry and know the proper products and timing to use and understand the different application techniques to get the most efficient use of fertilizer and do the right things environmentally. We continue to work with customers on those things.”Ohio’s recent move to classify Lake Erie’s open waters as “impaired” may further increase the important role of Fritz and other CCAs in the Lake Erie Watershed.“If they do call it impaired, will that mean all farmers need to do nutrient management plans? CCAs will have to help with those because there will be a lot to do,” Fritz said. “If there is a widespread need for that it will be a more important role for CCAs down the road.”Though Fritz has seen extensive measures put in place to address agricultural nutrient loss in the farms he works with, he also wants to stress that there are many factors beyond the control of agriculture.“There are things we can still improve on but there are many things we can’t control like the weather and the heavy rains. We have to figure out a way to offset those heavy rain events,” Fritz said. “Agriculture in general has taken a proactive response to this and we are not sure what all this ‘impaired’ designation could mean. Are we still shooting for the 40% reduction in phosphorus or are there other new regulations that come along with that? The big thing with water quality is that we need to be able to show the public what ag is doing and that we are doing our part to address the problem. We are going to continue to improve and CCAs need to be in front of that.”Weed control has been another challenging and complex problem facing Ohio’s CCAs.“How do we handle the chemical resistance and try to keep fields clean? In this area it seems like we are using a lot of LibertyLink soybeans to control marestail. Luckily, though we have some Palmer and waterhemp, it is not very much. We have some customers looking at the dicamba or Xtend soybeans. We are trying to find the best way to use that technology to help the farmer but also be good stewards to neighbors with sensitive crops,” Fritz said. “When you look at some of the Xtend beans and using dicamba, overall we feel we can apply it fairly safely in a burndown situation. We will apply in a burndown but we will not apply it post-. There are enough vegetables around here that we won’t do that. It is up to us as CCAs to follow the labels and make sure we are telling farmers about how to apply it. I think the label changes will help the situation. Whether it is a grower or an applicator, you have to look at it and decide if the risk is worth the application issue that could happen. You really have to pick and choose when you are going to use dicamba.”The training and ongoing education required to be a CCA has helped Fritz tackle these and other agronomic challenges in his work for The Andersons.last_img read more

Love Walk in the morning Provo Road Runners

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #WalkforLove Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – Tomorrow there is a Walk for Love by the Provo Road Runners in Wheeland, Providenciales; begins at 6am at Froggies on the Beach and continues to Millennium Highway and return for Island breakfast on sale and giveaways including one for a lucky couple. It’s $5 to participate.#MagneticMediaNews #WalkforLove Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more