Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 presentation For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) 2016 presentation Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Related content: MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace’s passion for rugby.“Sport is a different environment but it’s the same kind of pressure of delivering. So how do you deliver? I’d wake up in the night and think about my plating of food, draw diagrams in the book of how I want it to be. That’s not me being anal, it’s just why wouldn’t you?”He has a strong team for his new venture. Head chef Tom Rains’s CV includes The Berkeley, Claridge’s, L’Escargot and Mosimann’s. Also on board is Elliott Camm, who has worked as restaurant manager at local restaurants The Daffodil and Ellenborough Park.Video cuisine: the ingredients for steak Diane, which you cook along with PhilVickery is a non-executive director at Creed Foodservice, a leading wholesaler. He’s named his new restaurant after his shirt number and adds: “It’s something that is very personal to me, that No 3 jersey. I wanted it to have a rugby feel.“And actually we talk about three things: your food, the cooking of it and the eating of it. It doesn’t matter what you cook, a pork chop, a cottage pie, if you get those three things right that’s what food is about.”Vickery hung up his boots almost ten years ago following a neck injury. He played his senior club rugby for Gloucester and Wasps, but remembers his junior clubs, Bude and Redruth, with equal affection. A great mentor of his, Redruth’s Terry Pryor, died a few weeks ago.“I always remember what Terry said to me nearly 30 years ago. He came to the farm (at Kilkhampton) and I was late out of the milking parlour. I walked up to the house and they were in the dining room. All he talked to me about was how he wanted to improve me, how he wanted to give me the best opportunity. He didn’t talk about winning anything, he didn’t talk about playing for England or Cornwall, or even for Redruth.Raging Bull: on the charge against France in the 2003 World Cup semi-final in Sydney (Getty Images)“What he talked about was wanting to give me the best possible chance to be the best I could be. I was 16 years old. He’s no longer with us but the impact that guy had on me as a young person was amazing. Him and Simon Blake, who both came up together. I’m still in touch with Simon, great human-being.“I’ll never ever forget that. Rugby gave me the opportunity to feel valued. Not just the fat kid at school who was last in the line and had to play goalie. Suddenly I had a bit of purpose. Wow. That’s when I fell in love with rugby. It still sits very deep with me.”Vickery started a leisurewear brand, Raging Bull, whilst still playing pro rugby. The lockdown restrictions have impacted on high-street retail but the company is trading strongly online.“Covid has made us all reassess. Because of Teams and Zoom I reckon I’ve had more touch points and more noise from the team and I’ve enjoyed the experience of how things can be done now. There are lots of learnings and opportunities as a business.” Phil Vickery joins the restaurant tradePhil Vickery is back in the kitchen. Nine years after winning Celebrity MasterChef, the former England and Lions prop has launched a premium takeaway service in Cheltenham. It comes ahead of plans to open a restaurant, called No 3, in the Gloucestershire spa town.“We were ready to go with the restaurant but Covid has put a stopper on that. We’ll open that when things allow,” says Vickery, 44. “I rang my chef partner three weeks ago and said, ‘We’ve got to do something, we can’t just sit and mope and wait for things to get better’. So we’ve started a click and collect service, taking what we can from the menu, what’s deliverable. What’s true to me, what’s authentic, what’s right.”With the kitchen at No 3 not yet ready for use, Vickery is using the facilities at Brickhampton Golf Club. His pared-back menu includes his homemade sourdough, classics like cottage pie and fish pie, and meaty favourites like slow-braised beef in red wine sauce and spiced duck.Bread of heaven: Vickery’s rustic loaves form part of the pared-down menu“I’ve got my bread in there, got a few sharing platters. It’s restaurant food to your home really,” explains Vickery, who won the World Cup with England in 2003 before captaining them to the final four years later.“It’s traditional, good British food but at the same time we’ve got masala on there as a vegetarian option and it’s bloody delicious. People say, ‘What’s your favourite steak?’ I love ribeye, I love sirloin, I love fillet. I struggle with food to say what my favourite is, I just like good food prepared well and tasty.”Those choosing steak get a novel experience. It arrives raw with all the ingredients and you watch a video so you can cook along with Vickery, picking up tips along the way.Box set: the former MasterChef champion plans to open his Cheltenham restaurant once conditions allow“It’s my sirloin steak with Diane sauce, it’s just how to do it. I don’t do it in a ‘cheffy’ way, I try to talk in a cook way, a way in which people understand and connect with you. That’s my ambition.“I want more people to eat more good food and elevate their cooking. I’m not a chef but I care deeply about that. I want to celebrate good food, sourcing it, cooking it. I’m proud of my upbringing and the farmer in me has held me in good stead. My passion for food comes from growing up on the family farm (in Cornwall) where we all had allotments.”Vickery won Celebrity MasterChef in 2011, matching the feat of former team-mate and 2006 winner Matt Dawson. The prop’s three-course combo of scallops, lamb fillet and bread-and-butter pudding fuelled his passion for cooking.“I’d always been a huge fan of the show. I didn’t think I could win it but what I’ve been able to do since is food festivals, cooking demos, promoting Red Tractor, British foods, things that have always been close to my heart.”His talent for coping with the demands and stresses of a professional kitchen is something few possess. In Clive Woodward’s world champion side in 2003, players were allocated specific areas of responsibility and Vickery was put in charge of ‘team pressure’.“I like a laugh and a joke but at the same time I’m really serious about my work. On MasterChef I’d use humour to deflect tension but I’d be ready to go, I call it ‘showtime’. John Terode [presenter] would say to me when I was cooking, ‘Phil, I’m talking to you’, he’d be talking across the kitchen, ‘you didn’t even respond, you didn’t even flinch.’ I’d have to spend time apologising to people. They’d say, ‘Mate, don’t apologise, it’s just amazing to see’. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Crisis, what crisis? Ex-England captain Phil Vickery has launched a restaurant business during the pandemic. The MasterChef champion tells us what spurred him to do it Lead role: Phil Vickery played in three World Cups, captaining England in the last of them in 2007 (AFP) For more about No 3 and to see the menu, visit No3restaurants. Currently it’s phone orders only – online ordering is coming soon.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
ArchDaily Germany CopyHouses•Potsdam, Germany Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/475449/house-in-the-woods-near-king-s-forest-claim Clipboard Projects photographs: claim and G.JankowskiPhotographs: claim and G.JankowskiSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanText description provided by the architects. Small spaciousnessThe house in the woods is a residence for a couple and their guests. Despite the very limited area available for construction and the users’ requirements regarding the number of beds and rooms, a residence with a perceptible spaciousness arose. Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiStarting from the ‘bungalow’ stereotype, the design sets openness against seclusion, introduces smooth transitions in contrast to set boundaries, emphasizes the correlation of surface and volume and, in this way, overlays the familiar with the new.Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiOne space rather than manyThe basic structure of the compact building volume consists of two slightly rotated cuboids, each with an area of about 60 square meters. This volumetric structure corresponds to the programmaticdivision into “living area” and “sleeping area”. Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiDespite this functional differentiation, the open floor plan with its central bend creates a continuous, elongated space, stretching in an east-west direction, structured by an inserted wooden volume and framed by a sequence of ancillary rooms along the north.Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiA distance between the common and private areas of the house is achieved through the insertion of the study, guest and utility rooms.Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiThe large roofThe geometry of the roof is placed asymmetrically over the plan – with the ridge moved to the middle axis of the ‘living cube’ and shifted to the north. It merges the two cuboids into oneindependent, distinct volume. The entire interior is dominated by the sloping surfaces of the roof. By means of this unifying element and the resulting height, the spaces appear generous and open. Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiExcept for the southern facade, the roof volume traces the course of the facade. On the south side, where the outer walls meet at an obtuse angle, the roof volume stretches between the two building corners. The resulting covered porch accentuates the building volume. Here, the plasticity of the design turns inside out and presents the inherent logic of the building.Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiDensity and openness / transitionAlong the north facade, a dense sequence of rooms, including entrance, kitchen, bathrooms and the study room with a gallery level form the functional backbone. Along the south facade the open floor plan extends to the forest and the garden. Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiThrough the slightly angled arrangement, the spatial limits establish altering perspectives with precisely arranged windows, directing the views into the surrounding.The large windows of the south facade emphasize the bent longitudinal axis and set the different areas of the woodland garden in relation to the interior, while the small windows of the north facade support the sculptural presence of the total volume. Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiThey draw up vivid tableaus of the surrounding forest onto the inner surface of the northern wall.The squared windows of the east and west facade accompany the spatial transition between the south-facing living spaces and the related areas on the north façade, sustaining the spatial continuum beyond the apparent longitudinal axis: the bedroom and the bathroom, the living room and the study room with its gallery level are tied together by the windows.Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiThe forest in place of the lawnThe site is situated in a forest near Potsdam. It is distinguished by an old tree population of towering pines with their red shimmering bark as the dominant vertical elements, growing up from soft, sandy hills. The treetop roof conjures an ever-changing play of light and shadow on the forest ground.This spectacle of light and shadow is projected onto the surfaces of the walls and the roof, while the foliage of the surrounding forest and garden is diversely reflected in the large windows.Save this picture!© claim and G.JankowskiThe design enters into a dialogue with the particularities of the site. Its horizontal extent accentuates the natural, vertical elements and gives room to their wide-spreading crowns.Save this picture!Diagram 2Black and whiteThe facade is kept in matte black. It merges modestly into the surrounding green of the forest. The white of the interior turns inside out on the southern facade, where the interior space opens towards the garden.Save this picture!Section A – AThe interior design is discreet and forms the background for the colorful things of life. It employs a limited range of materials and colors. Cupboards and shelves are embedded into the walls, maintaining the spaciousness of the rooms and the clarity of the overall geometry. Project gallerySee allShow lessMaison de la Batellerie / Jean-Baptiste Lacoudre ArchitectureSelected ProjectsRD House / VASHOSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/475449/house-in-the-woods-near-king-s-forest-claim Clipboard House in the Woods / Claim 2013 Area: 162 m² Area: 162 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project House in the Woods / ClaimSave this projectSaveHouse in the Woods / Claim “COPY” 2013 Year: CopyAbout this officeClaimOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPotsdamHousesGermanyPublished on February 12, 2014Cite: “House in the Woods / Claim” 12 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Big Lottery Refund campaign secures £148m refund The cross-charity campaign to persuade the Government to return the £425m in Lottery cash that it diverted to fund the London 2012 Olympics has resulted in an initial payment of £79 million this week. A further £69 million will be paid back ‘later in the year’, making a total of £148m in repayments for 2014.The Big Lottery Refund campaign has been led by the Director of Social Change and has been supported by 3,600 charities. It has worked to secure the immediate return of what it called “the raided cash” after the end of the Olympics.[quote align=”right” color=”#999999″]Without their support and pressure, I honestly believe Government might have just siphoned this cash off somewhere else.Jay Kennedy, DSC[/quote] Advertisement 63 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The current Government has promised to honour the deal, but not committing to paying the money back until the 2020’s.Partial and last minute paymentAs it is, the partial refund was paid only at the very last minute. Former Sports Minister Hugh Robertson had promised that up to £150 million of unspent Lottery cash and proceeds from the sale of the Athlete’s Village would be returned to the Lottery distributors by July 2014. The payment, and only part of it, was made in the last few days of the month.The Big Lottery Fund is set to receive around £60m from this refund, with the rest going to the other lottery distributors.Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC. said:“This is a brilliant victory for our supporters – their hundreds of letters to MPs and Ministers, statements to the press, and awareness-raising have held Government to account. I want to thank them for their efforts. Without their support and pressure, I honestly believe Government might have just siphoned this cash off somewhere else. Now that it has been returned to the Lottery it can benefit charitable good causes across the country.”He added that the campaign was far from over. He said:“This announcement shows what we can achieve if we keep fighting. The full balance of what is owed remains. We still need people to join this campaign and to keep up the pressure. Our message to the Government is: we will not stop asking!” Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Directory of Social Change Law / policy Olympics Howard Lake | 1 August 2014 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Since the pandemic began, Brazilians have suffered 93,000 deaths and 2.7 million infections — the second highest number of infections in the world after the United States. Far from marshaling his country’s resources to battle the disease, Bolsonaro has intentionally sabotaged Brazil’s COVID-19 response. Like his U.S. analog, the right-wing Bolsonaro has shown a brazen defiance of scientific data as well as basic common sense. He has repeatedly claimed that fears of the virus are overblown and often appears in public without a mask. This is in spite of the fact that both Bolsonaro and his wife have contracted the disease. Parallels to the self-destructive foolishness of conservatives in the U.S. — exemplified by the recent death of Trump supporter Herman Cain — are striking.June 28 demonstration in Brasilia, the capital, honors COVID-19 victims.President Bolsonaro has allowed the coronavirus to decimate the economic lives of Brazil’s poorest residents. Unlike most world leaders, Bolsonaro vetoed a moratorium on evictions. In the city of São Paulo more than 2,500 families either face eviction or have lost their homes already. (Yahoo News, July 30) Favelas — communities of improvised housing consisting mostly of corrugated metal shacks — are expanding as more and more Brazilians are forced from their homes by ruthless landlords. The limited access to sanitation in these densely packed favelas only fuels the spread of the virus. Race and ClassThe economic and health impacts seen across Brazil have disproportionately affected Brazilians of African descent. Brazil has the largest Black population outside of Africa. As the descendants of slaves, Black people in Brazil have endured a long history of racist oppression. The COVID-19 crisis has perpetuated that oppression.According to The Guardian, 34% of the Brazilian population lives without basic sanitation. Of that population, 66% are nonwhite. In addition, 80% of Black Brazilians do not have health insurance. With limited access to sanitation and adequate medical facilities, Black people in Brazil are at an incredibly high risk of suffering from COVID-19. (June 9)The numbers bear this out; in hospitals, 55% of Black and mixed-race patients die compared to 38% of white patients. Economic and class discrepancies only increase the disparity. A study showed that an illiterate Black COVID-19 patient was 4 times more likely to die than a white patient with a college degree. Land, health care, and Indigenous rightsRecognizing Brazil’s long history of stealing Indigenous land and murdering Indigenous people — either through direct violence or the spread of disease — the Brazilian legislature attempted to pass a package of laws responding to the health needs of the Indigenous population. Showing a shameless level of racism and contempt for human life, Bolsonaro vetoed several key measures. He blocked the provision of emergency funds and clean water to Indigenous communities, along with distribution of disinfectants and ventilators and an increase in intensive care units and hospital beds. All of these are badly needed in Indigenous communities.According to official counts, which may be artificially low due to limited testing, more than 8,000 Indigenous people have contracted the coronavirus in Brazil. Their death rate is 9.1% in contrast to 5.2% of people in the general population. (National Geographic, June 2020)To make matters worse, government health care workers dispatched to provide medical care in Indigenous territory were accused by Brazil’s attorney general of “flagrant negligence” of safety precautions. The magazine reported that four government workers who traveled to an Indigenous village tested positive. The continued encroachment onto Indigenous land by loggers, gold prospectors and miners is a long-standing disease vector. Since he took office, President Bosolnaro has prioritized dismantling regulations limiting capitalist land incursions. It is feared that the weakened monitoring of Indigenous borders will lead to more land theft — and more deaths.However, Indigenous people have suffered from the spread of disease by Europeans for centuries. When the pandemic began, Indigenous communities responded quickly. Many territories have set up roadblocks, encouraged community members to isolate, and begun sewing and distributing masks.The longstanding contradictions within Brazil with regard to race, Indigenous sovereignty and class have been sharpened by the COVID-19 crisis and Jair Bolsonaro’s hateful right-wing policies. Bolsonaro’s cruelty is only the newest phase in a long history of racism and genocide. But oppressed people are doing everything they can to resist. Community groups in Brazil’s favelas are organizing to provide aid; labor unions and social organizations are pushing for Bolsonaro’s removal from office; and Indigenous organizers have brought their fight for sovereignty to the international stage. It’s vital the working class and oppressed in the U.S. and around the world act in solidarity with their struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
ReddIt Linkedin Facebook ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter Previous articleDickies Arena to open doors this weekNext articleHunter Hayes, Shaq highlight Homecoming festivities Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Colin Post TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks printThe TCU defense will need to slow down the No. 15 Longhorns if the Frogs want a chance on Saturday. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Coming off a near defeat against Kansas, No. 15 Texas will visit Amon G. Carter Stadium to face-off against a struggling TCU team. TCU knows how good the Longhorns can be at full strength. In fact, TCU is choosing to look past the hype and focus on taking care of business.“Texas is a good team, but we have to treat every weekthe same,” center Coy McMillon said.The Longhorns’ explosive offense stems from junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He presents a threat both in the air and on the ground while taking near perfect care of the ball.Ehlinger ranks third in the Big 12 with 2057 passing yards to go with a conference-best 21 passing touchdowns. On top of that, he has gained 318 yards and five touchdowns with his legs. The veteran signal caller has done all of this while throwing just three interceptions and losing one fumble.Ehlinger’s primary target in 2019 has been receiver Devin Duvernay, who ranks first in the Big 12 with 8.7 catches per game and third with 89.6 receiving yards per game. The senior has totaled 61 receptions for 627 yards and six touchdowns this season.Behind Ehlinger and Duvernay, Texas averages 480 yards and 40.9 points per game, but Patterson knows a shootout is not in the Frogs’ best interest. To avoid one, TCU will need to get to Ehlinger, forcing him to make quick decisions. Though Texas has given up 22 sacks this season—the worst for the Big 12—this could still come as a tall task for a TCU defense that has produced just 11 sacks on the season.On offense, first-year quarterback Max Duggan will lead TCU for the fifth-straight game. Though it has been slow, Duggan has shown improvement over time. This has been nowhere more evident than his ability to make plays with his legs. After rushing for 12 yards in the first four games combined, Duggan is averaging 74.5 yards rushing over the last two contests.Against Kansas State, Duggan wowed the nation with a 46-yard touchdown run. Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award The rise in Duggan’s confidence is a trend that will only continue, and his teammates are noticing.“Max [Duggan] is a fiery competitor, and you can tell that,” McMillon said. “He’s a good leader.”Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth. First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Facebook + posts Linkedin Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter
IndonesiaNew ZealandPapua New GuineaFijiAustraliaAsia – Pacific Reports and statisticsOnline freedoms InternetPhotoreportage August 12, 2020 Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Tyranny This is not the first time that Facebook has censored content about the rights of Indonesia’s Papuan population on “nudity” grounds. It deleted a Vanuatu Daily Post article in April 2018 because it was accompanied by a photo of Papuan warriors in traditional costume taken by the Australian photographer Ben Bohane in 1995. Pro-Indonesia trolls and fake Facebook accounts are known to report this kind of photo to Facebook, exploiting its algorithms to get content they dislike censored. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Facebook to restore an article that was censored for violating its rules on nudity and urges the social media platform to be more transparent and responsible about respect for the free flow of information. Help by sharing this information News News Screengrab montage from the Pacific Media Centre’s Facebook account (PMC – RSF). Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Posted on 6 August on the International Federation of Journalists website, the article described the contents of the latest issue of the Pacific Journalism Review, a magazine published by the Pacific Media Centre. News RSF contacted Mia Garlick, the person responsible for Australian and New Zealand policy at Facebook, to get her position on this issue, but had not received any substantive response at the time of writing. “Your post goes against our community standards on nudity or sexual activity.” This was the terse message that Professor David Robie, the head of the Auckland-based Pacific Media Centre, RSF’s Oceania partner, received from Facebook whenever he tried to share an article about press freedom in Melanesia, especially the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. “Anybody with common sense would see that the photograph in question was not ’nudity’ in the community standards sense of Facebook’s guidelines,” Robie said, condemning the “tyranny” of the platform’s algorithms. A former journalist himself as well as an academic, Robie tried to report the mistake to Facebook three times on 7 August, without success. “There is no proper process to challenge or appeal against such arbitrary rulings,” he said, to go further The issue of West Papua, the Indonesian western half of the island of New Guinea, is taboo in Indonesia and accessing its two provinces is very difficult for independent journalists, who need a special visa to go there. When pro-independence demonstrations erupted in August 2019, the Indonesian authorities imposed an Internet blackout on the region, preventing journalists from covering the protests. Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Indonesia is ranked 119th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en IndonesiaNew ZealandPapua New GuineaFijiAustraliaAsia – Pacific Reports and statisticsOnline freedoms InternetPhotoreportage Exploiting algorithms June 2, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s algorithms censored it because, according to an automatic message sent to Dr. Robie, “some audiences are sensitive to different things when it comes to nudity.” The closest thing to nudity in the IFJ article was a photo of an anti-racism protest by Papua students showing two of the participants in traditional highland costume – consisting of necklaces and penis sheaths. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Organisation “This utterly absurd case of censorship shows the degree to which Facebook’s arbitrary algorithms pose serious threats to the free flow of information and, by extension, to press freedom,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “As Facebook has imposed itself as a leading conveyor of news and information and, as such, is bound by the requirements of responsibility and transparency, we call on its regional desk to immediately lift the censorship on this article.”
Related posts:No related photos. At a time when the Health and Safety Commission has urged trade unions toraise awareness of occupational health issues among their members, it mayappear hypocritical that stress-related ill-health is still regarded as a poorrelation to chemical poisoning, asbestos or other physical injuries. Employers often assume it is the employee who is faulty and dismisssuggestions that the employer’s systems, management culture or the environmentof the workplace could be at fault. But even if we accept this diagnosis, arethere any benefits to be gained by improving the lot of the employee at work? There have been a number of authoritative writers on employee retention andmotivation who have demonstrated that money is not the only answer. Staff wantto be heard, treated fairly, managed properly, and most of all, valued. Thistakes time and communication and listening skills. Unfortunately, the pace ofbusiness life lends itself to providing excuses and reasons for not engaging inlistening, valuing and treating staff fairly. What evidence do we have to support this and what, if any, is the cost toindustry? The out-of-court settlement to Leslie North for stress in August wasgreeted by a spokesperson from the Institute of Directors with derision. It wasquoted in a national newspaper as referring to the settlement as “thelitigation and compensation culture gone absolutely barmy”. Ever since the landmark Walker case of 1996, there has been a queue formingfrom teachers to council employees to many unreported cases of employeesseeking compensation for the ill-health effects of workplace stress. It isdifficult to see the tide turning and employees returning to putting up withpoor work conditions for longer-term security of tenure. Employers can no longer offer this and the new generation of staff may notwant it. They are highly mobile with portable skills so it may be morefinancially beneficial for employers to channel the efforts expended infighting claims into assessing risk and removing the causes of workplacestress. If people are an organisation’s strategic advantage, why do some forget tolisten, value them and assess the risk to their well being and productivity inthe name of expediency? Time to reassess employees’ worthOn 1 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruHR brings out the beast in our GuruIn the 3 December issue, Guru waxed lyrical about a new BBC training videocalled Corporate Animals, which uses behaviours from the animal kingdom as ametaphor for how humans can be successful in the office. Lions, for example, represent the office strategist, while bees are the teamplayers and squirrels are the problem solvers. However, Guru was at a loss to identify a creature that summed up themysterious cocktail of animal instincts that makes him so special and askedreaders for suggestions. He was a little taken aback by some of the responses. Stuart Atchison pickeda duck-billed platypus – “It looks odd, no-one knows what it is for andno-one can be sure what it does.” While Martin Harvey opted for a chameleon – “Big eyes that missnothing, ability to blend in with your surroundings, fast moving…whenrequired – and that tongue !”. Other suggestions included snake (in the grass), giraffe (not afraid tostick its neck out) squirrel (extremely careful with its nuts?) and the dodo(extinct and of little use to anyone). However, Guru’s favourite was from Judith Hewitt, who suggested a dungbeetle, for its tenacity, determination and creativity, despite the subjectmatter. Embarrassing work party ghosts of Christmas pastGuru was not alone in making aspectacle of himself at the office Christmas party. Research reveals that morethan 20 per cent of workers have admitted to doing something embarrassing attheir office festive bash.Just under half admitted to dancing inappropriately, 31 percent snogged a colleague and 23 per cent have been sick in public.More than one in five people were rude to a manager and thesame number admitted to flashing a part of their anatomy. The survey of 1,225 adults by Taylor Nelson Sofre on behalf ofMomentum Financial Services also reveals 17 per cent have broken something intheir workplace due to drunken behaviour.Guru can’t remember much about his office party but thephotocopied image of a rather chunky pair of buttocks discovered pinned on thestaff notice board the following day looked worryingly familiar.Teaching top dogs new tricksDuring his teenage years, Guru wasfascinated by the obscure BBC2 television programme One Man and His Dog, whichinvolved shepherds putting their dogs and flocks through their paces.He marvelled at the incredible rapport between man and dog andtheir combined ability to control a dozen ewes through a series of gates.Fantastic!So he was delighted to learn that the Mainline Border CollieCentre is holding team-building exercises for senior executives where they willbe able to learn some of these skills.Guru looks forward to hearing determined cries of “come byboy/girl” ringing throughout the offices of the UK.German posties hounded out of jobsTalking of dogs, German postmen andwomen have been given training courses on how to psycho-analyse hairy mutts.Apparently, managers are concerned over the number of dog bitestheir staff are suffering from – 20 postal staff quit in one month after beingmistaken for tasty frankfurters. Animal experts are teaching the posties how to judge a dog’smood. Trainer Stefan Biegier commented: “We will show them dog expressionsand teach them to watch out for the danger signs.”Guru wishes that he had graduated from such a course before hisoffice Christmas party. HR brings out the beast in our GuruOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today