first_imgCARDIFF CITY 0 LIVERPOOL 2April 21 (Reuters)- Liverpool regained their place at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Cardiff City on Sunday that restored their two-point lead over Manchester City.Juergen Klopp’s side, who have lost just once in the league all season, have 88 points, a club record in the Premier League era, while City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Saturday, are on 86 but have a game in hand.That extra game for City will be played on Wednesday when Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and the champions will make the short trip with the pressure firmly back on.Against a Cardiff side battling for Premier League survival, it was a confident, patient performance from Liverpool who have now enjoyed nine straight wins in all competitions.“It was prepared to be a proper banana skin and we knew that, the boys were unbelievable. It was clear, difficult for all of us,” said Klopp.“The boys try really with all they have, we only speak about the things we have to do.”“Their attitude is outstanding and it’s a tough season but a very positive one as well,” added the German.Cardiff defended deep and in numbers and limited Liverpool’s opportunities but Roberto Firmino missed a great chance to open the scoring in the 22nd minute, finding himself one-on-one with keeper Neil Etheridge but lifting the ball over the bar.Etheridge was then quick off his line to save with his legs from Mohamed Salah while Cardiff offered a warning when Alisson Becker tipped over Oumar Niasse’s close-range effort.After an intense spell of pressure following the interval, Georginio Wijnaldum broke the deadlock for Liverpool in fine style with a first-time strike from a clever short corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold. Sean Morrison then missed a golden opportunity for relegation-threatened Cardiff to equalise, making a hash of a header when he had an open goal at his mercy after Alisson misjudged a cross.Late in the game, Morrison was judged to have pulled down Mohamed Salah in the box and substitute James Milner converted the 81st-minute penalty to make sure of the crucial three points for Klopp’s side.Liverpool’s ability to avoid slip-ups against lowly opposition has been a key part of their season — they have taken 52 points from a possible 54 against teams in the bottom half of the table.Cardiff remain in 18th place, the final relegation spot, and are three points behind 17th placed Brighton & Hove Albion, having played a game more.ARSENAL 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 3April 21 (Reuters) – Crystal Palace put a dent in Arsenal’s Champions League qualification hopes after strikers Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha made the most of defensive errors in a 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.The visitors took a shock early lead inside 20 minutes when captain Luka Milivojevic’s freekick found an unmarked Benteke, who headed it past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno for his first league goal since April last year.Arsenal boss Unai Emery responded with the introduction of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alex Iwobi at the start of the second half but it was Mesut Ozil who scored the equaliser after a sweeping move.The German playmaker combined with Iwobi and striker Alexandre Lacazette before scooping the ball past Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.But Arsenal paid for a lapse in concentration at the back as Zaha took advantage of Shkodran Mustafi’s error in judgement to grab the lead for the visitors, before Palace added a third with a headed goal from James McArthur.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reduced the deficit for the hosts with his 19th league goal of the campaign to set up a pulsating final 10 minutes but Palace held on to end Arsenal’s 16-match unbeaten run at home in the league.The result ensured Palace’s Premier League status for another season as they moved to 12th spot in the standings with 42 points.“It’s nice to get over the 40-point marker and to have safety mathematically confirmed,” Palace manager Roy Hodgson said.“Our defensive shape was fantastic. We remained compact and narrow. We made it difficult to find spaces behind us. I then thought on the counter-attack we were remarkably dangerous.”Hodgson was particularly impressed by Benteke’s return to the scoresheet after 19 league games and now expects the Belgian striker to finish the season with a flourish.“Christian Benteke must be very confident after today’s performance,” the manager added.“It wasn’t the fact he scored and set one up, he worked tirelessly and did a job offensively and defensively. He and Wilfried Zaha will feel they really did a job for the team.“For Christian who’s had a rough time with injuries and not scoring the amount of goals he wants maybe with the final few games he will score a few more.”Arsenal remain fourth but fail to take advantage of defeats for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United earlier this weekend. EVERTON 4 MANCHESTER UNITED 0A woeful Manchester United suffered their fifth straight away defeat, in all competitions, with a 4-0 Premier League hammering at the hands of a vibrant Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.United did not manage a shot on target until the 86th minute as they fell to their sixth loss in eight games since their memorable victory at Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.The euphoria felt in Paris and at the start of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign seems a distant memory after a performance that lacked not only quality but aggression and fire.United must now somehow pick themselves up in time for the visit of Manchester City to Old Trafford for the derby on Wednesday.For Marco Silva’s improving Everton, in seventh place, this was their third top six scalp in as many home games following victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.Brazilian Richarlison fired Everton ahead in the 13th minute with an acrobatic high volley after Dominic Calvert-Lewin flicked on a long throw.Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 2-0 with a low drive from over 25 yards out that United keeper David De Gea was slow to react to as the home side ran rampant.Solskjaer took off the ineffective Fred for Scott McTominay at the break while Ashley Young came on for the injured Phil Jones at the back but the change in personnel made no difference to the flow of the game.Everton were faster, sharper and more aggressive while United’s midfield pair of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba were spectators for most of the game.Lucas Digne then blasted in the third in the 56th minute after De Gea punched out a corner to the French full-back with United struggling to get even a foot in the game.Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson then put substitute Theo Walcott through with a clever pass through the legs of Victor Lindelof which the former Arsenal striker confidently converted.“The first goal was the key,” said Sigurdsson.“After that we defended really well. It was important for us to get the next goal after going 2-0 up. It gave us constant belief and we controlled the game after that,” he added.United, eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona on Tuesday, remain in sixth, outside the four qualification spots for next season’s campaign.The Red Devils have not lost five straight away games since 1981 and they ran 8.03 km less than Everton.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the drivers of conflict in divided societies is the denial of social status for some groups and their quest for rectification. What follows is an explication of the subject by the “Beyond Intractability” group. “Social status can be understood as the degree of honour or prestige attached to one’s position in society. Social stratification is associated with the ability of individuals to live up to some set of ideals or principles regarded as important by the society, or some social group within it. Although there are a few societies around the world that ascribe everyone (at least adults) equal status, most societies do have some form of social hierarchy; with some people in stronger, more dominant positions, and other people in weaker, lower positions.“In some cases, the inequality in resources and authority may be so great that those dominated go along with it with little self-awareness. But where resistance arises, social conflict results. Domination conflicts are conflicts about who is on top (and bottom) of the social, economic, and/or political hierarchy. Such conflicts may occur between individual people (for example, between siblings, schoolmates, or co-workers); between groups (for instance, between different racial or ethnic groups), or between nations.“Various characteristics can be at play in determining one’s social status. These include, but are not limited to, an individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, age, skin colour, economic class, religious sect, and regional grouping. In stratified social systems, one group is materially and/or politically dominant over another group or groups.“Social Dominance Theory suggests that most forms of group conflict and oppression can be regarded as different manifestations of the same basic human predisposition to form group-based social hierarchies. Ironically, stratification systems have been used by some societies to try to reduce overt conflicts over the distribution of valued goods and services in those societies. For a time, this distribution of awards may not be contested, and the power of those at the top will not be challenged; but, eventually, conflicts of interest may very well rise to the surface. While those on top of the social hierarchy tend to get what they want, those on the bottom tend to have less access to material awards, freedom, recognition, services from others, etc.“In addition, once a group gains dominance, it will monopolise resources in an attempt to maintain and perpetuate its privileged status. Because the ability to attain one’s goals is deeply connected to one’s social status, those of lesser status may find it in their interest to challenge the status quo that assigns them a low position. Especially in cases where there are not enough resources to go around, parties are likely to engage in intense competition for positions of social status and privilege.“These social status struggles often are not just about who gets what. Status conflicts also tend to involve subjective assessments of an individual’s or group’s “goodness” or “social worth.” Because nobody wants to be on the bottom of the social hierarchy and few are willing to share the top, such conflicts tend to be very difficult to resolve. Invariably, the people on the bottom want to reverse the relationship, while the people on the top want to maintain it. This leads people to want to dominate others, and to compete with others for position. The result is that parties feel threatened, and sense a need to retaliate in order to defend themselves.“Unless the top people are willing to share their top position with everyone else (thus eliminating many of the benefits of being on the top), the conflict will most likely continue. Moreover, even if those on the bottom are able to reverse the situation and become the leadership group, a new conflict is likely to arise, as those now on the bottom begin their attempt to climb to the top. Thus the social system itself is not altered, as people struggle for social status.“It is only people’s roles that are reversed.”last_img read more

first_imgSEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View comments LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting LATEST STORIES Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card WATCH: Top 5 plays of NBA Finals Game 1 MOST READ D’Antoni, who remains under contract for the 2019-20 season, said recently he hoped to coach in Houston for three more years.“I want be part of a championship here,” he told ESPN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Houston Chronicle reported the team offered only a one-year extension, with D’Antoni’s compensation “heavily based on incentives”.D’Antoni, 68, has spent three seasons with the Rockets, guiding them to the best three-year win-loss stretch in history of 173-73. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mike D’Antoni head coach of the Houston Rockets looks on during a timeout from Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPHouston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has ended talks aimed at extending his contract with the NBA club beyond next season, media reported Thursday.ESPN reported that D’Antoni’s agent, Warren LeGarie, had told Rockets general manager Daryl Morey of the coach’s decision.ADVERTISEMENT But the Rockets lost to the Golden State Warriors in each of the past two playoffs, falling in six games in the second round this season.Owner Tilman Fertitta called that defeat “unacceptable”.In the wake of that disappointment, the Rockets had already told three assistant coaches and additional staffers they would not be brought back next season.There have also been reports the Rockets are open to a massive roster overhaul that could even include parting sith stars such as Most Valuable Player candidate James Harden and point guard Chris Paul.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgHis father Gerry and four of his Dad’s friends even bet £100 ($170, 125 euros) in 2005 at odds of 500/1 that the then 15-year old talent would become Open champion before he turned 26.On Sunday at Hoylake, just over the sea from Northern Ireland, that crystal globe like foresight paid dividends as McIlroy romped away to win his first Open Championship.In so doing he became just the third player in golfing history – after Nicklaus and Woods – to win three of golf’s four majors by the age of 25.And all eyes will now be turned on Augusta National next April and the Masters where McIlroy will have the chance to become just the sixth player to win all four of the majors alongside Woods, Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.Leading coach David Leadbetter believes it just a matter of how many more majors McIlroy will win.“Rory’s a streaky player but if he can find that consistency level over the next few years he’s going to win a boatload of these majors. He’s only 25. He’s got a swing that’s going to last and that’s why he’s a little bit streaky,” he told the BBC.Born in the small County Down coastal town of Holywood to an Ulster Catholic family, McIlroy’s parents, Gerry and Rosie, quickly recognized that he had a natural talent for the game of golf and they sacrificed time and money to help him realise his potential.The results were immediate and their boy was crowned world junior champion at the age of 10 in San Diego and by the time he was 16 he was ranked the top amateur in the world.But it was in 2007 that he first exploded onto the international stage with an eye-catching performance as an 18-year-old at the 2007 Carnoustie British Open.Playing in cold, windy conditions on one of the toughest courses on the Open schedule, the tousel-haired youngster came in with a three-under 68, the only player not to shoot a bogey that day.He eventually finished tied for 42nd, but won the silver medal rewarding the top amateur and shortly after that he turned pro.McIlroy quickly made his mark.Of medium build and not particulartly muscular, McIlroy possessed a purity of swing, allied to a bristling self-confidence that marked him out from the others.He won his first European Tour event at the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 which took him to 16th in the world rankings.Mark O’Meara, who played with him on that occasion was moved to comment: “Ball-striking wise at 19, he’s probably better than Tiger was at 19. His technique, I think, is betterMcIlroy also started to make his mark on the US PGA circuit and in May 2010 he recorded his first win on US soil by firing a final-round course record of 62 to take the Quail Hollow Championship.But it was at the majors that he needed to shine most and with Tiger Woods at that time hobbled by injuries and a sex scandal, the sport was badly in need of a new superstar.McIlroy looked the part but at a tender age he firstly made the headlines more for his collapses at the 2010 British Open at St Andrews and the 2012 Masters.In the latter case, he led by four strokes entering the final round but endured a total meltdown in the full blaze of the media spotlight, limping home with an 80.Rather then brood on that, McIlroy rebounded two months later to win the US Open by a whopping eight strokes. The following year he took the US PGA Championship by the same outlandish margin and he topped the world rankings.McIlroy’s star suddenly faded in 2013 when he struggled with problems both on and off the golf course.But a win in the Australian Open late in the year and then a very public split with tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in May paved the way for the Irishman to once again produce his best golf.What happened this week at Royal Liverpool proved that McIlroy is the true heir apparent to Woods as the world’s best golfer.It remains to be seen just how many majors he can win in a competitive career that could last another 25 years.Close friend and fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell says it should be worth keeping tabs on.“I can just sort of sit back and admire how good Rory is and we’ll watch from there, really. But third leg of the Grand Slam at 25 years old, it’s pretty good,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000HOYLAKE, July 21- For those in the know from his earliest years in Holywood outside Belfast, it was just a matter of time before Rory McIlroy joined the ranks of golfing greats like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.Like Woods, he was a child prodigy. Young McIlroy hit a 40-yard drive at the age of two and entertained visitors by repeatedly chipping balls from the end of his parents’ hallway into the drum of their washing machine. He was featured on TV.last_img read more

first_imgFormer England women captain Casey Stoney has announced her retirement from playing in order to take a role in Phil Neville’s backroom staff.The 35-year-old defender made her debut in 2000 and was capped 130 times, scoring six goals.She said on Twitter: “After 23 incredible years it’s time to bid farewell to my playing career and embark on an exciting new chapter.“I’m delighted to be joining Phil Neville’s @Lionesses’ backroom team! Weds @LFCLadies game will be my last. I’d like to thank everyone that made my dreams come true…”Stoney, who was awarded an MBE in 2015, began her career at Arsenal, where she had two spells, and also played for Charlton, Chelsea, Lincoln and most recently Liverpool.She represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and was also part of the England squad that finished third at the 2015 World Cup.Stoney will take her position in Neville’s backroom team in time for next month’s SheBelieves Cup in America.She added in a statement on the Football Association website: “Today, I am announcing my playing retirement from the game I have loved all my life.“Although I am sad to be hanging up my boots, I do so proud of what I have achieved and with great optimism about what the future holds for the women’s game.“With that in mind, I am hugely excited about starting my next chapter as part of Phil Neville’s Lionesses backroom team. My new role will formally begin in time for the SheBelieves Cup next month.“Representing and captaining my country was an honour and a privilege. I made 130 appearances for England – as well as skippering the Great Britain team five times at the London 2012 Olympics – which will live long in my memory.“Hope Powell gave me my first cap in 2000 and made me captain – simply, that changed my life and for that I will be eternally grateful.“I was lucky to have played in a successful era of women’s football; now it is time for me to give back.“That starts with me working hard to support and develop the hugely talented group of players England has at the moment.”Stoney’s last game before her retirement will be for Liverpool against Sunderland on Wednesday. 1 Casey Stoney last_img read more

first_img Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest PAYBACK AFP or licensors Zinedine Zidane will launch an offensive to sign Paul Pogba once again from Manchester United once the transfer window opens, according to reports.The Real Madrid boss is reportedly willing to offer £85million and Gareth Bale in order to finally bring the France midfielder to the Bernabeu. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future SORRY Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is desperate to get rid of Gareth Bale Since being reappointed as Los Blancos boss, Zidane has been desperate to get rid of the Wales international and strengthen his midfield.He targeted Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen as well as Pogba, but was unable to meet Man United’s £180m transfer valuation after spending £150m on Eden Hazard.According to Eldesmarque, the Champions League-winning manager will offer cash plus Bale in order to now seal the deal on a move for Pogba, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury.He spent the last week in Dubai in an attempt to boost his fitness and get fit for the Europa League clash in Belgrade, however it proved unsuccessful. scrap Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane center_img AFP or Licensors revealed Zidane wants to bring Pogba to the Bernabeu Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LATEST changes Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ appointed 2 2 During his trip to the UAE, the 26-year-old was spotted meeting with Zidane. To make matters worse, Pogba has done little to dispel rumours of an Old Trafford exit by singing Zidane’s praises and continually admitting how delighted he would be to play for the LaLiga giants.Bale nearly left the Spanish capital in the summer, by president Florentino Perez blocked a lucrative move to China.However, it now appears Perez is more on board with the idea of a swap, if they can convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United. Pogba’s current contract with the club runs until 2021.last_img read more

first_imgAstana vs Manchester United: Date and kick-off timeThe fifth game in Group L will be held on Thursday, November 28 and will kick-off at 3:50pm GMT.United beat Astana in September thanks to a late winner from 18-year-old forward Mason Greenwood.The Red Devils face AZ Alkmaar in their final group game next month. The draw for the Round of 32 will take place in Nyon on Monday, December 16.Astana vs Manchester United: How to watchEvery Europa League game is being shown live on BT Sport this season and you can catch this game on BT Sport 2 with coverage starting at 3:30pm.If you’re an EE phone customer, you can watch this game completely free. Man United youngster Mason Greenwood scored in the first fixture against Astana Manchester United are in Europa League action this afternoon against Astana.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have already booked their place in the knockout stages of Europe’s secondary competition. Alan Brazil says Man United must hire Mauricio PochettinoEE customers can sign up for a three-month free trial to BT Sport – simply text SPORT to 150.This will allow you to watch on your phone, with casting available to your TV though the service.Astana vs Manchester United: talkSPORT coveragetalkSPORT will have live commentary from Kazakhstan with our program starting at 3pm.Join Alex Crook and Paul Parker on talkSPORT 2 for full coverage of the Europa League tie.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below. LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS The Red Devils have taken a young squad to Kazakhstan for the Group L tie as Solskjaer looks to give some minutes to his younger stars.Their 18-man squad is made up of 14 teenagers and United will hope their academy aces can put on a show at the Astana Arena. 1 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 18.44%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen on target AFP or licensors last_img read more

first_img24 November 2004South African businesses are showing the money. Local corporate giants, capitalising on a favourable economic climate, have announced their intention to invest billions in the country over the coming years.The latest company to commit to an expansive investment plan is South African Breweries (SAB), the local branch of global brewing giant SABMiller, which says it will invest R5-billion in South Africa over the next five years.SAB’s announcement follows commitments by energy giant Sasol, cement and lime producer PPC and state companies Transnet and Eskom to multi-billion rand investments. SA to invest billions in upgrade Analysts have predicted that the SAB move will catapault domestic fixed investment in the country to record-breaking levels.Local businesses have in the past been scolded for under-investing, with critics pointing out that it is difficult to encourage foreign firms to invest in South Africa if local businesses fail to make the commitment themselves.Buoyant economic forecastsThe SAB announcement follows weeks of buoyant economic forecasts for the country: interest rates are down, the rand is strong, consumer spending is up and business confidence is positive – an upswing that has been felt in most sectors.Only the export sector has been widely reported as suffering from the strengthening rand.SAB MD Tony van Kralingen told the Business Day that the breweries move was a “direct result of SAB’s confidence in SA’s economy and its future prospects”. It’s also a giant change of heart for the brewery, with its total spending in the country over the past decade being only R4-billion.The paper reports that Sasol has pegged its capital spending at R15-billion, while PPC intends boosting its annual capacity by a million tons by investing R1-billion.Transnet and Eskom have earmarked R165-billion for infrastructure development, and investments forecast for vehicle manufacturers total R3.5-billion – a five-year high, according to the Business Day.Economists say the current investment push differs from investments in the last decade, many of which resulted in job losses as companies opted for automation to ensure global competitiveness.Now, spending on infrastructure – or “bricks and mortar” investments – points to underlying growth in the economy and is likely to boost employment, Business Day reports.A knock-on effect is expected for the country’s small, medium and micro enterprises.The vote of conference in the local economy is only tempered by the possibility of growth running aground on skills shortages – a concern already expressed by the construction industry.Skills development initiatives, such as some of the government-led Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas), have come under fire recently for non-delivery.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgRemember that classic Tina Turner song “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” On day three of the Republican National Convention, CNN’s Donna Brazile reminded us that when it comes to politics, it’s not about love but instead it’s about the future of our nation. You’re probably thinking, “Seriously?!!”… Let me provide some context.SHRM hosted an exclusive member event with our media partner CNN during the RNC to discuss the presidential elections. To my excitement (as a political geek), we had the privilege of hearing from CNN’s Dana Bash, Donna Brazile and Amanda Carpenter.The conversation hinged on relationship building and basic human interaction. Donna said, “No one should be surprised that this [2016 presidential] election is tight. The country wants change. This election is not about love.”  In politics, it’s all about the relationships and figuring out peoples’ preferences. I couldn’t help but think of the parallels of this statement to the HR profession.Relationship building and understanding strengths and challenges of employees is a skillset that HR professionals use every day in the workplace. When it comes to figuring out employee preferences, HR professionals, for example, spend a significant amount of time implementing innovative and cost effective strategies for their organizations’ health care plans that meet the needs of employees and their families. I could be biased, but I gotta say… I think HR pros have got it down to a science!Today, over 175 million Americans and their families receive health care benefits through their employers. The presidential nominees should consider this as they solidify their policy positions on health care.One theme coined by the RNC is “Make Americans First Again”.  This statement is fitting when you consider employer-sponsored health benefits. High-value health benefits are critical to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce – thereby putting American employees first. So… seems to me like it’s a no brainer that any health care reform legislation must support employer flexibility, encourage innovative strategies and preserve the favorable tax treatment of employer-sponsored coverage!As it relates to SHRM, the Government Affairs department knows a thing or two about relationship building, too. As a matter of fact, that’s why in 2010 SHRM launched the national Advocacy Team (otherwise known lovingly as the A-Team). In addition, SHRM recently launched its Principles for a 21st Century Workplace, highlighting innovative, fair and competitive policy solutions. The Principles document has been shared with all members of Congress and will be distributed to both presidential nominees.SHRM’s presence at the RNC, and soon DNC, demonstrates a proactive approach to building a relationship with policy makers and support for HR issues we will seek to advance in the next Congress and Administration.SHRM’s presence at the RNC, and soon DNC, demonstrates a proactive approach to building a relationship with policy makers and support for HR issues we will seek to advance in the next Congress and Administration.So, in the end I have to agree: this political campaign is not about love.  It’s about our nations’ future – and that’s policy solutions that will support a 21st century workforce!last_img read more

first_imgHave you downloaded the latest Intel® Setup and Configuration Software? Well Intel SCS 8.0 is out and we’ve got Dena Lumbang, from the Business Client Platform Division,here on a brand new episode of Tech 10 to tell us all about this software’s most recent update. Listen in below to learn about the new features and why Intel SCS 8.0 is the best way to implement Intel vPro technology in your IT environment!Enjoy and be sure you stay tuned for our next Tech 10 episode!Tech 10: Intel Setup and Configuration Software 8.0 – It`s here!last_img