<> at Murrayfield Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sea of Black: New Zealand, led by the incomparable Dan Carter, proved too much for a leaky Scottish defenceBy Al DymockMURRAYFIELD MAY have hosted the world famous All Blacks, but the only way to see the game properly was in a pub where the sounds of the football drowned everything else out.Without the predictable analysis, the in-play commentary, the clichés or even Twitter, it is possible to assess a heavy loss, live.Of course this deliberate ploy leads to complications. In the absence of commentary there is the odd shout from the expert propping up the bar and one must make do with actually looking at what is in front of them.This is the issue. You do this. You then play Guess the Headline. You cannot avoid repeating in your head, over and over again, “…succumb to half tonne”.Without looking at Twitter or live blogs and without hearing radio or television commentary it is still possible to predict what is being said. Scotland played well, but New Zealand have finesse and power and skills no one can compete with. Quality shines through. Brave, brave Scots.Scotland did play well for large parts of the game. “Succumb to half tonne”.Scotland scored three tries. They were built on the breakdown work of Jim Hamilton and Kelly Brown, the hard running of Richie Gray, Ryan Grant and Geoff Cross, and the finishing prowess of Tim Visser.Visser time: The big wing impressedThis did not mask the errors, though. Scotland have more courage than a Drambuie doused Dutchman, but we know this already. If the oft-touted rhetoric of change is to be adhered to then press and punters alike must move on and look at the failings.It is the same with England and Wales. England have already had their year of “fresh approach” under Stuart Lancaster, and we now need a new record. The Welsh are still obsessed with free running and how a game can only be won with a Smörgåsbord of gear-changes. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If we can get past Scottish pride, England’s fresh approach and Welsh wizardry we will be fine.So to analyse Scotland’s game one must acknowledge the fine work, while also saying that the new Scottish team has to bite their lip and take a few cheek-reddening slaps.To “succumb to half tonne” is no longer good enough, regardless of who the opposition is. That is a necessary view point. They did do well when they swarmed in attack and they hit the ruck with more grit than a slug’s nightmare, but they fell off too many tackles, with 25 Scottish defenders beaten during the game.Three tries is stupendous for the nation and Tim Visser is proving himself to be a real fillip to Scottish rugby, but the defensive system must improve from this display if Scotland are to progress further. South Africa looked as secure as a rice paper dinghy against Ireland, but they have robust, forceful men. Scotland can build on the All Black experience by hitting these African oaks with venom.Worthy effort: Disconsolate Scots leave the Murrayfield turfCherish and reward the pack that played New Zealand, but threaten them with no supper should they ever stand in groups of three defensively again. The image of a stuttering Kiwi runner looking up and seeing two front rowers or a second row and hooker standing side-by-side is not for repeating.Also reward Visser and Matt Scott for their endeavours. Allow Greig Laidlaw room to breathe and make sure Mike Blair is still comfy with the pace of the international game.After all this organised loveliness, rally everyone. Make them aware that a defensive line must not bow in the middle and that attackers must be tracked. Above all, make them aware tackles have to stick.After this, if the Boks look just as ruthless and the scoreline is just as heavy, drop the half tonne on the management.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Advertisement CAST, the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology, is offering free half-day workshops to established non-profits that are interested in working out where digital may help them.The workshops, called Design Hops, are aimed at decision-makers in organisations with an income over £10,000.During the workshop, attendees will develop an understanding of what ‘digital’ means, how it can help and how it might be approached in their organisation. The workshop will also help to identify and prioritise a key problem that can be addressed with digital, as well as a specific next step that will enable them to test some key assumptions around that problem. They will also set achievable goals and simple actions for digital progress, and meet peers in their area tackling some of the same challenges.CAST’s workshop will also show examples of how digital approaches have helped other charities become more resilient and responsive to the needs of their service users, teach simple exercises and tools that can be used and shared with colleagues. Attendees will also learn to identify elements of their current service and networks that they can draw on to help manage change.By the end of the workshop, attendees will have drafted the outline of a brief that can be used to approach tech partners or as the basis of a pitch to relevant funding opportunities. They will also be connected to local networks, experts and tools to help support the next step of their digital journey, as well as live funding opportunities, where relevant, and ad will be offered a range of follow-up opportunities with CAST and its network to help them maintain momentum.The first two Design Hops take place in London on 22 November and Manchester on 6 December, with more to follow. Information and registration is available on the CAST site. 129 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: Digital Technology Melanie May | 2 November 2018 | News Free digital workshops on offer from CAST 130 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
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printCampaigns have gone digital, relying on social media platforms and text messages to reach voters – but yard signs are still the promotion of choice for some voters.With the November midterm election less than a month away, signs have been popping up in yards and lots across the state touting various candidates.“I feel like a sign carries a lot more weight,” said Sinai Diaz, a senior political science, philosophy and film, television and digital media major. “It’s a way to reach outside of the echo chambers that we make for ourselves online. Someone went out of their way to purchase a sign and put it up, and there’s no way for anyone to click out of it.”O’Rourke’s black and white signs are a stark contrast to the typical red, white and blue political sign.Diaz has one of the black and white “BETO” signs that have sprouted in lawns across Texas. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat.A campaign spokesman said it has not tracked the number of BETO signs it has sold or given away, but it seems as if O’Rouke’s black and white signs dominate lawns across Texas, far outnumbering his competitor.The Star-Telegram reported that the Cruz campaign has distributed 10,000 signs so far and ordered another 25,000 in an attempt to bridge the sign disparity.But the Cruz campaign said in a statement its primary focus is voter contact.That hasn’t stopped Cruz signs from appearing across the Lone Star State.“I plan to vote for Ted Cruz in November — [but I] never looked for his sign until hundreds started popping up for Beto,” said Lauren Dooley, a senior political science major and officer with the College Republicans.Ted Cruz’s signs align with the traditional patriotic color schemeThe Princeton Review ranked TCU students as the 19th most conservative in the nation last year, but Dooley said she was worried her sign might rankle some of her neighbors and friends. Nevertheless, she posted it.“Some people have all their party’s candidates down the ballot represented in their yard,” Dooley said, “others tuck it away as if they already anticipate it upsetting a neighbor.”Dooley and Diaz said if their signs were stolen or destroyed they wouldn’t hesitate to replace them.“I would keep replacing it with a new one until they realized destroying it won’t keep me from voting for who I want,” said Dooley.Diaz said, “I’d buy two more.” Facebook Revamped enrollment process confuses some students Facebook Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Flu activity remains high in Texas Linkedin + posts Twitter Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! ReddIt ReddIt Linkedin Grace Amiss Previous articleThursday night football game proving difficult for administration, studentsNext articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: Top League Fits Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines
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Related posts:No related photos. Hit the road, JackOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Gettingrid of senior staff has little to do with fairness. It has more to do withnegotiating a suitable go-away package with the minimum of fuss. And with hugepayoffs on the table, the law is rarely an issue. By Stephen OverellTheboardroom putsch is one of the classic manoeuvres of corporate life, practised,according to employment lawyers, on an almost daily basis by their clients. Butit is also one of the few areas of their trade in which the law seems to bealmost irrelevant. Whereas the law is of prime importance when carrying out anormal dismissal, when sacking a senior director, nine times out of 10, what iswritten in statute books is immaterial; it is what is written in contracts thatis critical.”Thereis an increasing tendency to dismiss directors unlawfully,” says DanielBarnett, an employment barrister at Gray’s Inn Chambers. “They will bedismissed without notice for any reason without regard to whether it is fair ornot and expected to mitigate their losses. It is cynical, but it has becomestandard advice.”Whilesenior executives have the same employment rights as everybody else, with amaximum award of £51,700 potentially available for an unfair dismissal, this isonly rarely at issue. Neither party wants to go to court or tribunal if theycan avoid it; the risk of bad publicity and poor impact on future careers cutstwo ways. Whatis more important is what the contract says about notice periods. For almostall senior executives these are likely to be upwards of a year and couldtheoretically form the basis for a significant breach of contract claim.SueNickson, head of employment at law firm Hammond Suddards Edge, says, “Ifthere is not a situation of gross misconduct, and a company wants someone toleave quickly, the driver for the whole process is what the contract says aboutpayments in lieu of notice.”AndJames Davies, partner in the employment department of law firm Lewis Silkin,says, “There is not really much law in the process. It all comes back tothe terms of the contract. Usually, it is all done diplomatically and amicablyand will normally result in a windfall for the individual. But if the terms ofdeparture have not been properly tied down at the time of recruitment, it canbe very tricky for the employer.”Forany employer hoping to get rid of a senior employee, the ideal scenario is verysimple. They want the person to leave quickly without upsetting colleagues,customers or suppliers and, more important still, without poaching any of them.Rather like a divorce, the best way is to sit down and negotiate a compromise.In return for a go-away payment, the company gets minimum fuss.Negotiationsover the departure of a senior executive are based on assumptions of thepotential damages the individual could receive in a breach of contract claim.When suing for breach of contract, individuals normally have a duty to mitigatetheir losses. In other words, they are under an obligation to find work, withthe amount likely to be earned offset against any damages they receive to covertheir losses. Therefore the ease with which a person is likely to findcomparable work is of great importance to the amount of damages. So too fornegotiations.Typically,says Cliff Weight, principal in the executive compensation practice ofconsultancy William M Mercer, the executive will receive between a third andtwo-thirds the value of the contract.Despitethe Cadbury and Greenbury committees into corporate governance recommendingthat senior executives should not be on contracts lasting more than a year,about a third of directors are on contracts lasting longer. Many have noticeperiods of three or more years. Forindividuals with hefty bargaining power, some are able to negotiate”liquidated damages” for their con- tracts. This gives an employeedismissed with immediate effect – other than for misconduct – not just anentitlement to payment in lieu of notice, but no obligation to mitigate thecost of that to the employer.”Damagesare there to put someone in the position they would have been in if they hadseen out the contract,” says Ben Wood, employment solicitor at law firmLupton Fawcett. “In breach of contract cases, the notice period is likelyto be the basic measure for damages, but there are also benefits such ascompany cars, long-term incentivisation packages, share options and bonuspayments which all have to be taken into consideration.”Contractsof employment for senior staff typically have restrictive covenants writteninto them preventing the individual from entering into direct competition, solicitingbusiness from customers or suppliers, poaching workers and from misusingconfidential information. Butone of the most important things to remember in potential breach of contractcases is that in the event of a breach, such covenants cannot always be reliedon. Most senior executive contracts contain payment in lieu of notice clauses –known as “Pilon” – enabling the employer to terminate the contractimmediately without there being a breach, thus maintaining the enforceabilityof the contract.Incases of doubt about the enforceability of the covenants, however, theexecutive may have to sign a compromise agreement. This is a document in whichthe executive agrees to sign away rights in return for a sum of money. Butcompromise agreements are also a way to repeat restrictive covenants from theservice agreement or put in new restrictions. “Ifan employer is particularly concerned about losing control of an employee aftertermination it is possible to make payments by instalments over time,” saysWood. Any instance of a person losing their job can easily become a highlyemotive one, with senior departures being no different from more lowly ones.Therefore,says James Davies, it is as well for companies not to underestimate theimportance of packaging the departure in a positive light – selling it in a waythat does not harm an individual’s career prospects or self-esteem. After all,terminating an employment relationship that has gone sour can indeed be apositive move for both sides.But,he says, it is also as well for employers not to give grounds for staff tolaunch a discrimination claim which, with uncapped compensation, can beinfinitely more damaging than any breach of contract suit. The famous case inthis area is that of Michael Bourgeois, a former director of Saga Petroleum ofNorway, who won £2m in a race bias claim last year after being sacked on thegrounds that “his management style did not fit in”. Hesuccessfully argued that the company wanted to fill key positions with Norwegiannationals, while forcing him to take a back seat at board meetings held largelyin Norwegian. “Sacking people on such vague, intangible grounds ofmanagement style, has been shown to potentially give rise to discriminationclaims,” says Davies.Inone or two rare cases, it has been known for executives to refuse to go quietlyin a bid to hang on to their jobs. In these situations, when senior employeesrefuse to play the game, employment lawyers say it is standard practice for anemployer to try to trump up charges of gross misconduct and engineer theirdismissal that way. “Fairness does not have much of a role in dismissalsat a senior level,” as one lawyer put it.
The UJS (Union of Jewish Students), which represents 8500 Jewish students studying in the UK and Ireland, expressed concern over the decision.In a statement the UJS said, “The motion supports the BDS movement, a movement whose tactics are inherently indiscriminate and whose boundaries are undefined. Whatever your politics on the conflict, when there is a strong campaign with ill-defined boundaries, there is no way to monitor the areas and people you will end up targeting.”The statement continued, “The passing of this motion is a failure of NUS to maintain its duty of care to the variety of student groups it must endeavour to represent, particularly with the International Students Officer voting for BDS.“NUS NEC have passed a policy that will only divide student groups, undermine interfaith relations, and suffocate progressive voices for peace on both sides.”The passing of the motion follows the decision in June, by OUSU Council, to reaffiliate to the NUS for the academic year 2014-15, following a troubled referendum on OUSU’s membership in which there were found to be ‘serious irregularities’. An OUSU Junior Tribunal later voided the referendum’s result, after it was discovered that over 1,000 votes were cast fraudulently using spare voter codes.In February 2013, Oxford JCR and MCR representatives, at OUSU Council, voted overwhelmingly against a motion to support BDS at the NUS’ annual conference that year. At the time, the motion was defeated, with 69 votes against, 15 abstentions, and 10 votes in favour.A second year student at Balliol told Cherwell, “The purpose of the NUS is ultimately to defend the rights of students and make their lives better. BDS serves only to bully Israeli and Jewish students into believing a fallacy: That celebrating their culture by buying Israeli goods is tantamount to supporting the actions of the Israeli government. BDS drives a wedge between students, encouraging them to choose sides, detracting from the overall peace process. How does this make any student’s life better?”James Elliott, a member of the NUS National Executive Council, said, “During South African apartheid, NUS took the decision to stand in solidarity with oppressed South Africans, making Nelson Mandela our honorary Vice-President. I believe we have acted in the same spirit today by deciding to boycott companies that facilitate the Israeli military’s capacity to massacre Palestinians.” The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Union of Students has voted in favour of a motion supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The motion passed by 23 votes to 18, with 1 abstention. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign began in 2005 and calls for sanctions to be placed upon Israel ‘until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights’. This includes the boycott of ‘products and companies that profit from the violation of Palestinian rights, as well as Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions.’It is understood that the meeting of the NUS’ NEC had 14 motions on the agenda, with an hour to discuss them.Support for BDS was passed as an amendment to a motion to ‘condemn the collective punishment and killing in Gaza’. The original motion resolved to ‘condemn Israel’s attacks on Gaza and to support calls for an immediate ceasefire’, as well as to support campaigns calling for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted. However, the successfully passed amendment to the motion added a call for the British government to cease aid and funding to Israel, impose an arms embargo against Israel, and to demand a ceasefire. The amendment also called upon students to boycott companies and corporations ‘complicit in financing and aiding Israel’s military’, such as G4S and Hewlett Packard.The motion further called for ‘an internal audit of NUS services, products and departments to ensure they do not, as far as is practical, employ or work with companies identified as facilitating Israel’s military capacity, human rights abuses or illegal settlement activity, and actively work to cut ties with those that do’. This means that NUS Services Ltd, which acts as a purchasing consortium for many students’ unions, will no longer purchase services from companies deemed to aid Israel’s military capacity.The NUS is composed of over 600 student unions in the UK and claims to represent over 7 million students. The National Executive Council (NEC) acts as the decision-making body of the NUS in between its annual National Conference and is composed of elected representatives and officers from throughout the organisation, as well as 15 individually elected members and the National President.
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