Employees see HR as data dunces

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employees see HR as data duncesOn 15 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today HR departments are more likely to be perceived as having inadequateprocedures for handling data than other areas of the business, according toresearch. A survey of 100 medium and large organisations reveals that almost halfidentify their HR function as likely to be the most backward department interms of data analysis. The study shows a quarter of respondents highlight finance as the next mostlikely area to lack these skills and IT as most likely to manage dataeffectively. Graham Walter, managing director of Cognos, which carried out the research,said: “It is alarming to see that HR has the worst reputation – after all,it is responsible for professional development of staff. “If poor decisions are being made because the department isn’t makingthe most of data analysis tools, it will impact on the entire enterprise.”Eight out of 10 UK companies admit they make business-critical decisionswithout access to all the information they need. The study also reveals 84 per cent of organisations rate improving theefficiency of managing vital data as a priority for 2002. Seven out of 10 respondents think a central database and informationanalysis solution would be of most benefit to their organisation, compared toonly 9 per who cite data security. Walter said: “Companies hold a great deal of potentially valuable dataat every level, but it’s absolutely worthless if you can’t analyse or interpretit efficiently. “Companies which appreciate that being mediocre isn’t good enough andtake action will survive the market conditions.” last_img read more

Where the magic happens

first_imgThe Gazette asked several Harvard authors to talk about something different, not about their books themselves but about where and how they write them. Here’s what they said.Tayari JonesAuthor of “Silver Sparrow” (Algonquin Books, May 2011)Composing on an antique typewriter forces me to work a little slower, makes me pay closer attention to every word. I love the little bell that lets me know every time I’ve made it to the end of another line. And it doesn’t hurt that my 1919 Royal doesn’t have Internet access. That helps me stay focused.Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerIdeally, I write in the early morning. It’s a peaceful time of day, and there’s no one else awake competing for my attention. I say “ideally” because I’ve worked hard to train myself not to have any requirements for writing, only preferences. I want to know that I can do it anywhere and anytime, so that I never feel that my magic feather has been taken away from me. I love my typewriters, but I would use finger paints if that were all that was available.Joseph B. MartinAuthor of “Alfalfa to Ivy” (University of Alberta Press, August 2011) and an avid journal keeperInspiration arrives at strange times — day or night, often during the awakening moments of the middle hours of the sleep period. A memory flashes across consciousness — the event rendered vivid as I write it down in cursive longhand— including in the description the emotional triggers that follow. One becomes an observer of one’s own memories.Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerI began a journal over 40 years ago when I arrived at Harvard Medical School as chief of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Entered were moments of history, both familial and those arising from work, which formed the threads for what I would later weave together into my memoir, “Alfalfa to Ivy.” Creative writing is hard work, but enormously gratifying. I came to know my quirks and idiosyncrasies — insights not likely to have been gained otherwise.Leah PriceEditor of “Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books,” and more recently, “How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain” (Princeton University Press, April 2012)After I injured my back two years ago by hunching too long over my laptop, I found that I could write more comfortably standing up than sitting down. So I began to migrate around the house, perching my laptop on the kitchen counter or balancing it on the mantelpiece as if it were the latest digital-age knickknack. (I am shorter than Thomas Wolfe, who rested his writing paper on top of the refrigerator.)Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerA neighbor who happens to be a gifted carpenter had slipped a disc lifting heavy equipment, so he could not only sympathize but empathize with my predicament. He stuck blocks of wood underneath each leg of my desk, which now stands on tiptoe like a dancer en pointe.With a work surface almost as tall as I am, I can pace around the room between sentences. My new writing environment is probably the only thing I have in common with the most vocal fan of stand-up desks, Donald Rumsfeld.last_img read more

All matches of the 24th round of BiH Premier League to play on Wednesday

first_imgThis Wednesday, 24 April, all matches of the 24th round of BiH Premier League will be played. All matches will be played from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.First match to be played is between GOŠK and Leotar at 2 p.m., and at 4 p.m. Radnik and Zrinjski will play in Bijeljina, and at 7 p.m. all other matches will be played.Velež will play against Široki Brijeg, Sarajevo against Travnik and Olimpic against Borac.Gradina will host Zvijezda, Rudar will host Željezničar and Čelik will host Slavija.(D.J.)last_img read more

Indomitable Lions in AFCON final vs Egypt

first_imgCameroon 2 (Ngadeu 72, Bassogog 90+3) Ghana 0Franceville, Gabon | AFP |Michael Ngadeu and Christian Bassogog both netted in the second half as Cameroon beat Ghana 2-0 in Franceville on Thursday to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final.A finely-poised tie remained goalless until the 72nd minute, when Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah failed to deal with a free-kick into his area and John Boye’s weak defensive header merely served as an assist for Ngadeu to control and fire home.Bassogog then broke away to clinch the win and spark wild celebrations as Hugo Broos’s side progress to a final against Egypt in Libreville on Sunday.That will be the Indomitable Lions’ first Cup of Nations final since they lost 1-0 to the Egyptians in 2008. Then they also beat Ghana in the semi-finals.Ghana, who have still never beaten Cameroon at the competition, will now go to Port-Gentil for a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso on Saturday.This was their sixth consecutive Cup of Nations semi-final, but their wait to win the trophy for the first time since 1982 will go on.Just as in their quarter-final win against DR Congo, Ghana were once again without Asamoah Gyan at kick-off as their captain struggled to shake off a groin injury. In his absence, the Black Stars were second best for most of the first half and Cameroon were unfortunate not to be in front after a lively start to the match.Adolphe Teikeu saw his header from a Benjamin Moukandjo corner cleared off the line by Harrison Afful and Razak had to get down to save when Robert Ndip Tambe swept a Moukandjo cross towards goal.Moukandjo, the France-based captain of this inexperienced Cameroon side, also headed onto the roof of the net as the Ghanaians weathered the storm.With Andre Ayew struggling to get into the game from his position on the left flank, Avram Grant’s side made little impression going forward until five minutes before half-time.That was when Christian Atsu’s pass into the box split the Cameroonian defence and found Jordan Ayew, whose shot from a tight angle whistled just wide of Fabrice Ondoa’s far post.In a reversal of roles, Ghana were the better team at the start of the second half with the lightning quick winger Atsu their main source of danger.When one of his runs was illegally halted outside the area, Mubarak Wakaso whipped in the resulting free-kick and Ondoa flew high to his right to turn the ball behind.The Indomitable Lions steadied themselves and got the breakthrough from a set-piece of their own, the goal Cameroon’s first in almost five hours since Ngadeu netted the winner against Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.Ghana then sent on Gyan for the closing stages but as they pushed men forward Bassogog broke downfield and beat Razak to make it 2-0 in the third minute of added time.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Guyana Annual Magazine launched

first_imgThe Guyana Annual Magazine 2018, dubbed the only magazine which offers a platform for emerging Guyanese writers and artists, was on Thursday evening launched in a ceremony that saw many versed and skilled writers and photographers being awarded for their contributions.Copies of the new edition of the Guyana Annual Magazine 2018Prizes distributed to the winners of the various categories included essay, photography, poetry, short stories, visual art and drama. Their works have been featured in the newest edition of the magazine.The keynote speaker, editor of the magazine, Danielle Swain, in her address, revealed that it has been two decades since the magazine was revived, and that categories have been modified by renaming them after Guyanese artistes. These included Hawley Harris, Stephanie Correia, Bertram Charles, David de Caires, and Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh.Guyana Times senior journalist Jarryl Bryan receiving his award for his entry in the photography categoryShe also noted that this is a strong platform for promoting Guyanese talents, and the graduates from this programme have in the past ventured to win other highly recognised awards for their gift in the literary field.Many past successful alumni have, through promotion by the magazine, gone on to win the Guyana Prize for Literature and competitions such as the Immersion Pitch Prize and the Code Burt Award.“This edition is particularly important because not only does it mark 20 years since the magazine was resuscitated, it also marks the return of the competition aspect of the magazine. The Annual has come home. She has returned to her roots, which was and is to sustain and nurture emerging talents whilst honouring those who have come before,” Swain declared.Chairman of the National Library, Petamber Persaud, in his opening remarks, highlighted that over the years, scores of literary pieces were published and regarded as wonderful art works. Additionally, the materialization of the magazine was made possible by the main benefactor, Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh.“Within the last 15 issues, there are over 150 articles, 300 poems, 150 stories, and scores of wonderful artworks. This issue (relies) heavily on teamwork, and all of these things were made possible through the indomitable share giver Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh.”Some of the winners this year included Guyana Times journalist Jarryl Bryan, Amanda Richards, Scott Ting-A-Kee, Abike Barker, Jermana DeFrietas and Chabilall Persaud. The Guyana Annual Magazine is available at the cost of $1000 locally and also at the online shop Amazon.last_img read more

Fired Raiders broadcaster Greg Papa has ‘no regrets’ — and no issue with Mark Davis

first_imgGreg Papa doesn’t expect to run into Raiders team owner Mark Davis at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara Thursday night. But if he does, believe it or not, things will be cordial.“There’s no issue, really. I would extend my hand and shake his,” says the veteran Bay Area broadcaster. “I’ve moved on.”That might come as a surprise to Bay Area sports fans who recall the bitterness that existed last summer in the wake of Papa’s shocking dismissal as radio voice of the Raiders. At the time, Papa said …last_img read more

Warriors 120, Heat 118: Warriors rely on Steph, KD & Klay

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors lacked focus. They committed costly turnovers. They conceded too many 3’s. They played with the kind of energy they often displayed in past seasons during the NBA dog days.Yet, the Warriors finished with a 120-118 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday at Oracle Arena for primarily the same reason they have won two consecutive NBA championships.Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are really good at playing basketball. Durant scored 39 points on 16-of-24 …last_img read more

Comrades legends speak about their memorable races

first_imgApartheid pervaded every facet of life in South Africa, and sport was no different. Black sportsmen and women were unable to compete on an equal footing, and the sports boycott made the country a pariah state. But marathons offered an open road to all. Stakeholders Thousands of runners take part in the Comrades race every year and this year’s race is held on 31 May 2015. (Images: Comrades.com) Melissa JavanThe most memorable Comrades Marathon of the apartheid years was probably run in 1981, when many runners boycotted rather than help the country celebrate 20 years of National Party rule. Others opted to run wearing black armbands to show their protest internationally.For runners like Bruce Fordyce, it was a not-to-be-missed event, one he still remembers today. They took part in the race to make a bold statement, he says, that they protested, because they wanted freedom for all in South Africa.“We had nothing to celebrate then. That was the reason for some of the runners withdrawing from that race,” says Fordyce. But he is happy he ran on that day. “It made 100% difference. Myself and several others in the race wore black armbands in protest. It was to say that we didn’t want to align ourselves with the National Party.”This protest was a small drop in the ocean, he admits.Fordyce, an international running legend, was born in Hong Kong before moving with his parents to South Africa when he was 13. “I couldn’t believe apartheid,” he says of settling in the country. Besides winning the Comrades nine times, Bruce Fordyce won the also won the London to Brighton Marathon three years in a row.Comrades MarathonThe Comrades Marathon is the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon run over a distance of approximately 90 kilometres, or 56.1 miles, between the inland capital of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban. The race route alternates – uphill one year followed by downhill the next year. It was started in 1921 by Vic Clapham, a returning serviceman, after the end of World War 1 as a tribute to the many men who died in the Great War.The famed camaraderie of the race – which is still a hallmark of the marathon today – had as its basis the memories of the war.Fordyce has participated in the Comrades Marathon since 1977. He has won it a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He has shared his memories of the race, in which black runners were able to compete for the first time in 1975. That year, the race was officially opened to runners of all race groups and to women.Prior to 1975, Natal and South African Athletic Association rules prohibited women competing with men, juniors with seniors, and except with government approval, blacks competing with whites. Vincent Rakabaele was the first black man to get a medal in the Comrades history.Robert Mtshali was the first unofficial black runner, doing the Comrades in 1935. The first black runner to win an official Comrades Marathon medal was Vincent Rakabaele, who in 1975 finished in 20th position. He ran again in 1976 and 1975 finishing fourth and eighth.Black winnersBob de la Motte, one of Fordyce’s top competitors in the Comrades says to News24 that in the years from 1976 to 1990, black athletes dominated the national titles. “The marathons, the half-marathons, 10km, et cetera. Only two white guys won the Two Oceans between 1976 and 1990.”On 2 April 1988, Thompson Magawana broke two world records and established a course record for the Two Oceans, the annual marathon run in the Cape peninsula, Western Cape.Runners World, a running magazine, reported that Fordyce said although Hoseah Tjale, another South African, never beat him in a Comrades race, he was one of the former’s top 10 competitors. “With the exception of the Comrades, ‘Hoss’ won every major South African ultra and the London to Brighton. He came desperately close to winning on a couple of occasions and earned nine gold medals,” Fordyce explains.After Fordyce won the 1985 Comrades, the online runners’ magazine Comrades.com reported, Tjale was quoted as saying: “[At a point] I was feeling good and I knew I had to make my move. I tried to tire him out, but in the end he tired me out; Bruce is too strong for me.”In 1989, Sam Tshabalala became the first black athlete to the Comrades Marathon. Tshabalala, who lives in Sasolburg with his wife and eight children, told online news portal IOL that when he won the Comrades he was ecstatic and that most people shared his joy.“There were a lot of black people and white people who were happy for me. There were a few who were not happy that a black man had won the race. But people from all race groups were generally happy,” he says. “In the Comrades we are all the same and all that matters is that we are running.”Tshabalala’s running career was cut short after he was involved in a car accident in 1991 in which his feet were badly injured. “I miss running a lot,” he says, adding that the Comrades has changed over the years, with more high-calibre runners than in the past.The second black winner was Jetman Msutu in 1992. Charl Mattheus crossed the finish line first, but he was later disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance. Msutu was elevated to first place.Need for speedBob de la Motte also said to News24 that the speed of black runners excited their audience. “When these guys ran, they were running for records. Watching them, everyone was excited,” he reportedly said.Although South Africa today has its challenges, says Fordyce, life is no comparison to what it was during apartheid. “No one would ever want to go back there… I think it is wonderful [that we are celebrating 21 years of democracy]!”Fordyce sees every participant who completes the Comrades as having run the race of his or her life. A few years ago, his competitor, Alan Robb, said: “I don’t say I’ll win, but anyone who finishes ahead of me will have run the race of his life!”Fordyce says he enjoyed going back to defend his title of his number of wins, because he loves running. “I have won nine Comrades. I love competing.”Watch Bob de la Motte and Johnny Halberstadt talk about which runners fought the Apartheid system:Watch the 1985 Comrades Marathon Highlights (Part 1) here:Watch the 1985 Comrades Marathon Highlights (Part 2) here:last_img read more