Letter of the WeekIt is vital to track absence record Of course absence and illness reasons should be treatedconfidentially and staff concerned be assured that this will be so.Quite apart from the issues raised on the front page ofPersonnel Today, “Data rules could curb staff absence records” (16 January) andthe fact that employers pay staff to come to work and to actually be at work,if employers are not able to keep records of absence then they couldunwittingly be discriminating.How are they to distinguish between pregnancy-related andnon-pregnancy related absence, for example, or, say, a disability-relatedillness?Also, any employer worth its salt will want to tracksickness absence to ensure that all its employees are fit to be at work –absence reasons, if carefully studied, often highlight underlying problemswhich any responsible employer will want to ensure are tackled, or at least tobe able to offer help to the employee. Someone who has a series of “nebulous” sickness reasons, forinstance, with perhaps a pattern to the absences may be suffering from stresswhich may or may not be work-related.Employers need to be able to pick up these indicators andreview the apparent problem with the employee.Employers are not collecting the information just for thesake of it or because they are nosy. Employers have much better things to do with their time (and that oftheir staff) and money. Any responsible employer needs to know not only when and howoften the absence is occurring but for what reason(s) for good, practicalreasons.Susan Austin-BurrHR manager, Human Resources& Quality DepartmentIrwin Mitchell Solicitors I do not feel that employers should require consent fromtheir staff to keep sickness records.The records are needed for: Calculation of SSP/SMP etcCalculation of Company Sick Pay entitlement.It is also needed to alert senior staff of any developingproblem that may need Occupational Health support.Janice PartridgePersonnel officerSolihull Sixth Form College Related posts:No related photos. So Manchester Business School has moved into horsewhispering “Forget taming stallions…(News, 16 January).My simplistic understanding of horse whispering is that itplays on the herd instinct, with the whisperer feigning rejection of therecalcitrant animal from the herd. Fear of being left out of the action thendrives the horse into meek compliance in order to become or remain part of thegroup. Has MBS hit on the next big idea in HR management?Robert ClarkeDirector of Human ResourcesKeighley College Might it be an idea for Personnel Today to introduce a“Pseuds Corner” and might I propose the first quote from the article abouthorse whispering, I would suggest the following is a prime example of somemeaningless flannel.“The metaphor is that managers have to think less in termsof taming wild stallions and more in terms of seeing the horse as a vulnerablecreature that can be calmed by good leadership and gentle persuasion,” statedProfessor Tudor Rickards.Really, does he think we are all mad? I’m not sure where theadded value is in introducing and teaching this metaphor. Amanda PerryEuropean HR managerVia e-mail Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Letters of the week: horsing around with herd instinctOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today There should be time limit on filesI think the proposal that employers should have to getconsent from staff to record sickness absence is a real step forward in theData Protection Act. Working for a public sector company which recently became aPlc, details of absence are recorded on file, including all sickness absence,funerals, industrial action and any other reasons – marital problems forexample. I have written to my personnel department requesting a copyof my personnel file but am still waiting for it four months on.I feel this type of information should not be held on filefor an indefinite period of time and that all employers should ask for thewritten consent of employeesas to what is recorded on their file.Nick PriceVia e-mail
It couldn’t have been better for India. Defeating archrivals Pakistan to enter the final of the ICC World Cup made the victory even sweeter for the co-hosts.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was elated after leading his team into the ultimate battle for the biggest prize in cricket but admitted that they misread the pitch, which was slow and low, and played three seamers.”We misread the pitch and played three seamers. But we were lucky as they bowled and fielded really well. In fact this was the first match in the tournament where we used only five bowlers and didn’t have use any part-time bowler,” Dhoni said.Talking about the target India set for Pakistan, Dhoni said he was confident that it was a fighting score looking at the pitch. “The pitch became slower and the ball was keeping low towards the later overs, so it was not easy to score quickly. Our aim was to last through the overs and I think we put up a decent score,” he said.Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who failed to snap Pakistan’s losing streak against India in the World Cup said losing wickets at regular intervals became their nemesis.”We were not able to build any solid partnerships and kept on losing wickets, some of them while playing some irresponsible shots. They (India) also bowled and fielded well and ultimately we lost to the better team,” Afridi said.There was a special word of praise for Wahab Riaz, who took five wickets, from his captain. “Wahab bowled really well. He got Sehwag out. But we missed too many chances and I think Sachin was very lucky today,” Afridi commented.advertisementIndeed, Sachin Tendulkar, who was adjudged the man of the match for his 85, had many a close shave during the match. The maestro too was of the opinion that India’s total – 260 – was a fighting score.”Viru got us off to a flyer. But the way the pitch was behaving I think we had a fighting total on board. Also towards the end of the innings Raina played a special knock and those runs were very crucial for us,” Tendulkar said.Looking forward to the final Tendulkar said the team should remain focussed. “The final is of course a special occasion. And we hope to remain calm and focussed to repeat today’s performance said,” he said.
Paul Lee was scoreless in Game 5 for Magnolia. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Paul Lee went scoreless but his impact remained significant in helping Magnolia win against Rain or Shine in the pivotal Game 5 of their Philippine Cup semifinals series.Lee played 28 minutes and missed all of his eight shots from the field but the Hotshots were plus-11 when he was on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon each had 14 points and three assists while Rafi Reavis added nine points and 12 rebounds to lead Magnolia.“It’s okay if I was scoreless because they were really trying to take my game away,” Lee said in Filipino. “But I kept reading the defense and looking for opportunities. They took me out of the game, but by doing that, they left my teammates open.”“I ended up a plus-11 so I have no problems with being scoreless.”The Hotshots look to close out the Painters in Game 6 Friday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07Robredo to ICAD: Let’s go beyond our diefferences00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Gennady Golovkin splits with long-time trainer Sanchez over money dispute Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Paul Lee knows that it’s not about the points. It’s his leadership. His presence is the most important thing for us—how he draws the defense, how he leads his team,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said in Filipino after his squad’s 82-74 win for a 3-2 series lead.READ: Magnolia closer to PBA finals return, overcomes Rain or Shine in Game 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I know Paul. He can score anytime but he wants his teammates to have confidence also. Now, Mark Barroca has that confidence, which he didn’t have the past games. Same with Rafi Reavis and Jio Jalalon so that’s big for us.”The Elasto Painters used their bevy of guards to hound Lee but while they were able to shut down the star guard offensively, their collapsing defense on him left the Hotshots’ other players with some room to operate. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder McTominay reveals Williams advice: Like you’re in the park with mates!by Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScott McTominay handed Brandon Williams some valuable advice before the teenager’s Manchester United debut.19-year-old Williams was excellent in the goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar last week.”I thought he did brilliantly,” McTominay told MUTV.”I said to him before the game to just be himself and told him he had nothing to worry about.”I told him to go and play the game like it was a Reserves match or he was playing in the park with his mates… you don’t want to think too much about it, you just need to go out, express yourself, show what you can do and that’s what he did.”A fellow United academy graduate, McTominay exactly what Williams must do from here.He added: “He just needs to concentrate on how he’s performing on the pitch and listen to Ole and the coaches and I’m sure they’ll be pleased with him.”Obviously, we didn’t create as many chances as we hoped [against Alkmaar] but we still got a point away from home and didn’t concede again so they’re positives we can take.”And, of course, Brandon was a big, big plus and I’m very pleased for him. To have a game like that this early in his career is great.”
LOS ANGELES – Don’t tell Ohio State its opponent in the Elite 8 is a No. 9 seed, the lowest seed to reach the NCAA Tournament’s quarterfinal round since Virginia Commonwealth University did it two years ago as a No. 11. Don’t tell the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes the Shockers of Wichita State are a mid-major, with a roster full of lowly heralded recruits, none of which likely have a future in the NBA. And don’t tell OSU a second-consecutive berth in the Final Four is all but assured, or that its 11-game winning streak will most definitely reach 12. The Buckeyes, following a 73-70 win against No. 6 seed Arizona Thursday, and Wichita State, after a 72-58 defeat of No. 13 La Salle, will meet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Thad Matta’s squad is the clear favorite heading into its bash against Gregg Marshall’s start-ups with a spot in Atlanta on the line. But OSU’s players aren’t thinking like that. “I think we’re not going to overlook anybody at this point. The fact that they’re in the Elite 8 just means that they’re a really great team,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “Even though they don’t come from a great conference, or what their seed is in the tournament, they’re a great team.” The Shockers knocked off No. 8 seed Pittsburgh in their opening bout before upending No. 1 seed Gonzaga, 76-70, in the tournament’s third round. At this point, Wichita State likely isn’t going to sneak up on anybody, certainly not the Buckeyes. “They definitely, like I said, deserve to be here. They’ve played really good basketball, outplayed everyone they’ve played so far,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. Don’t call Wichita State a “Cinderella,” either. The Shockers have won 25, 29, 27 and now 29 games over the last four seasons. “They’re a great team. They have a lot of talent,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson. “They’re playing their best basketball of the season just like we’re playing our best basketball of the season.” The players that make up Wichita State’s roster might not have been McDonald’s All-Americans or top-100 players coming into college, but to Matta, high recruiting rankings don’t always translate into success on the hardwood. “I’ve had the privilege of coaching two national players of the year, and neither one of them were top 75 high school players out of high school,” Matta said, speaking of former Xavier star David West and former Buckeye All-American Evan Turner. There’s parity in college basketball right now, according to Matta, meaning the so-called “mid-majors” can at times be just as talented as the apparent “elites.” “As I go out recruiting every year, I can’t tell the difference between the 20th player and the 120th player in the country,” Matta said. “That doesn’t mean a whole lot to me in terms of your ranking of the recruiting class and all that stuff.” On the court, the Shockers like to get out and run, and play a style not consistently seen by OSU in Big Ten play. “They’re extremely deep,” Matta said. “They’ve got guys that can do a lot of things from shooting the ball to driving the ball. They’re sound in terms of-very sound in terms of their execution.” Wichita State (29-8) is led by two 6-foot-8 forwards, Cleanthony Early, a junior averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, and Carl Hall, a senior averaging 12.7 points and seven rebounds a contest. Senior guard Malcolm Armstead, though, has been his team’s go-to player so far in the tournament, dropping 48 points through three games. OSU (29-7) got off to a slow start in its Sweet 16 game against Arizona, falling into a double-digit deficit midway through the opening half. Getting out to a quick start against the Shockers could be paramount for the Buckeyes. “We really have to come ready to play from the jump. I feel like yesterday we came out kind of slow, timid, but then after coach talked to us a bit, we really got going,” Scott said. The end of games, however, is where OSU has made its mark in the tournament. A 3-pointer by Craft with 0.5 seconds left against Iowa State sent the Buckeyes into the Sweet 16 and a 3-pointer from Ross against Arizona with two seconds left catapulted OSU into the Elite 8. It’s surprised some that it wasn’t junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, hitting those buzzer beaters. OSU’s players haven’t been shocked by it, though. “We have a lot of confidence in a lot of guys on the team,” Craft said. “I have confidence in a lot of guys to take that shot. So last week it happened to be me, yesterday it happened to be LaQuinton, it could be someone else tomorrow.” It’s still Thomas out of all the Buckeyes that concerns Marshall the most. “He’s a bad-shot taker and a bad-shot maker,” Marshall said, noting that the statement was a compliment. And it was Thomas, in opposition from his teammates and coaches, who was the one pointing out what no one Friday seemed to: that OSU is the favorite, and Wichita State the heavy underdog. “They’ve got nothing to lose,” the junior forward said. And if OSU is everyone’s pick to advance, is there a pressure to not be the one that lets the low seed continue to dance? “I don’t think that’s really important to us,” Ross said. “We don’t want to get knocked off by anybody-Syracuse, Louisville, Indiana, Michigan, any of those teams-so we’re taking Wichita State like it’s a Big Ten game or any other game.” If that’s the case, OSU should fare well tomorrow. The Buckeyes haven’t lost “any” game since Feb. 17 and hold the nation’s longest current winning streak. A win against the Shockers would put OSU in its third Final Four since 2007.
There have been media speculations that Messi is resistant of acknowledging that Rafinha isn’t on the same level as Philippe Coutinho and should be offloaded according to birminghammail.Liverpool has confirmed that they had reached an agreement with La Liga club Barcelona for the transfer of Coutinho back in January and his transfer fee is reported to be an initial £105 million, which could rise to £142 million with various clauses that will be met.The midfielder joined Inter Milan on loan from Barca in January following Coutinho’s big-money arrival from Liverpool. Inter say they’ve been impressed with the Brazilian performance. But sporting director Piero Ausilio has suggested he’ll look to negotiate with the Catalans.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When he went for medical, he was diagnosed with a thigh injury sustained a few days before joining Barcelona, ruling him out for three weeks.But since he made his debut for Barcelona four months ago, in a 2–0 win against his former club RCD Espanyol in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, the Brazilian has proved his worth. He has 10 goals in 22 matches for the Nou Camp giants.
The members of Turkish football team Malatyaspor have all donned anti-racism t-shirts in support of Mesut OzilThe Arsenal playmaker, who is of Turkish descent, had recently announced his retirement from international football and cited that he was primarily motivated by the racism he fell victim to by German football federation and president Reinhard Grindel.Ozil has been at the centre of criticism in Germany following his controversial photo with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in mid-May with teammate Ilkay Gundogan.Germany captain Manuel Neuer recently spoke out in support of his now-former teammate and revealed that the whole squad understood Ozil’s decision.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Now Malatyaspor, prior to Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over second-division side Gazisehir Gaziantep, have shared on Instagram a photo of Ozil’s face with the phrases “We are all you” above the picture and “Say no to racism” below it.“Our players wanted to show they support Mesut Ozil,” read a message on the club’s Instagram page.FUTBOLCULARIMIZ SAHAYA MESUT ÖZIL’E DESTEK AMAÇLI PENYE ILE ÇIKTILAR HELAL OLSUN KAPLANLAR ?????? HERKES YORUMA MESUT ÖZIL’I ETIKETLESIN ARKADASLAR @m10_officialA post shared by Ben Malatyaspor’luyum (@ben_malatyasporluyum) on Aug 4, 2018 at 9:10am PDT
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has defended Cristiano Ronaldo’s struggles to score by insisting that it’s more difficult to score in the Serie A than La LigaRonaldo has now gone 270 minutes without finding the back of the net in his first three Serie A games for Juventus.The Portuguese forward played the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Parma, but it was Blaise Matuidi who instead scored the match-winner.Although Allegri is nevertheless pleased with Ronaldo’s performances and insists that it is harder to score in the Serie A due to the greater focus on defensive plays.“He had a great game,” said Allegri, according to Marca.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“There is more dedication to defending in Italy and [Ronaldo] is aware of it, as he’s a clever player.“In Italy, it’s more difficult to score 40 goals [in a season].”In his nine years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 311 goals in 292 La Liga games.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will now have to wait until September 16 to score his first Juventus goal due to the upcoming international break.