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Bank lending to individuals stays weak

first_img Bank lending to individuals stays weak whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 24 August 2010 8:01 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmHero WarsBig Boss of internet games!Hero Wars More From Our Partners Bill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgcenter_img KCS-content whatsapp Share MORTGAGE lending dropped to a five-month low in July with just 33,700 home loans approved, taking the annual percentage decline to 18.5 per cent, the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) said yesterday.Tighter lending conditions combined with subdued demand for home loans pushed mortgage approvals down last month. This is despite recent calls for the banks, which received taxpayer support, to increase lending. This is less than June’s figure of 34,600 and well below the historic average, which is around 59,000. Net mortgage lending in July was unchanged at £2bn ?– this is just half the £4.1bn level it has averaged since 2000.However, the BBA pointed out that the annual growth in the banks’ net mortgage lending is 4.1 per cent, substantially ahead of the 0.9 per cent for the whole mortgage market in June.BBA statistics director, David Dooks said: “Gross mortgage lending remains stable, although demand for mortgages continues to be subdued. The greater availability of properties for sale and slowing house price growth have not yet fed through to increased house purchase approvals.”The BBA added: “Although the abolition of home information packs (HIPs) has reportedly led to more houses being on the market so far there has not been any obvious impact on the number of house purchase approvals, which declined slightly in July.”Subdued spending has led to reduced consumer demand for credit (particularly for personal loans) which contracted by 2.2 per cent over the year. Repayment levels are stable and more than matching new spending levels, suggesting that the growth in card borrowing reflects interest accruing. Dooks added: “Consumer credit outstanding continues to reflect high repayments together with pressure on household finances and job uncertainty while companies are tending to retrench and reduce their bank borrowing.”Earlier this month, the Bank of England remarked that credit conditions “seemed set to remain somewhat tighter for longer”. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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No savings at 40? You really do have time to invest and retire as an ISA millionaire

first_img Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Estimates suggest just over 1,000 ISA millionaires inhabit the UK. And if you’ve hit the age of 40 and find yourself bereft of meaningful savings, don’t fret. There’s still time for you to build a £1m ISA investment pot before you retire.Routes to becoming an ISA millionaireBut first, let’s consider a route to a million you probably won’t take. With the annual ISA allowance at £20,000, it’s possible to make a million over 25 years if you invest the full amount each year and compound an annual return of 5%. If you do that, you’ll invest £500k and essentially double it.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, investing £20k each year is a big ‘ask’. Many people will invest less. But the first step to building wealth is to invest regularly. So it could be a good idea to make monthly payments into your Stocks and Shares ISA wrapper. I’d make the payments as large as I could and increase them as often as I could.The thing that will really get your investments motoring is the process of compounding. And the wonderful characteristic of compounding is that it works exponentially. In other words, your annual gains in pound notes accelerate over time for any given annual rate of return. So it makes sense to invest and compound your investments for as long as you can. After a period of compounding lasting, say, three decades, you may be astounded by how much your pot starts growing each year.But your money will grow much faster if you increase the rate of annual return. Achieving 5% is fine. But get 10% each year and you’ll really be off to the races. When it comes to compounding, little increases in the annual rate of return add up to big increases in your eventual retirement pot of money.Shares could increase your returnsSurveys suggest that Britain’s ISA millionaires invest about 60% of their money in the shares of individual stock-market-listed companies. And that makes a great deal of sense. Because individual company shares can give you perhaps the best shot at bagging market-beating returns. For example, in the news, as I write, FTSE 100 share Next has just shot up by around 10% in just one day!Investment trusts are also popular among ISA millionaires. And they are a great way of achieving wide diversification across the markets. You’ll also have the advantage of having a fund manager or a team of managers running the investments in the fund. If you’re struggling to put time into your investing, investment trusts are a good option.But I believe it’s possible to achieve outperformance by picking and managing your own shares. If you are prepared to put time into developing your investment strategy and analysing companies, you could do well. Indeed, if you are 40 now, that need not be a barrier to building a Stocks and Shares ISA worth a million by the time you retire. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. 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No savings at 40? You really do have time to invest and retire as an ISA millionaire Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

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Zac Guildford suspended for four weeks for bad lifting tackle

first_imgFriday Sep 4, 2015 Zac Guildford suspended for four weeks for bad lifting tackle Zac Guildford has pleaded guilty after he was cited for a dangerous tackle in an ITM Cup match against Counties Manukau last Friday. Guildford picked up and dropped the opposition player, but it wasn’t actually spotted by officials at the time. Guildford acknowledged his actions were a breach of the law and he accepted his wrongdoing, and New Zealand Rugby Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris accepted Guildford’s plea of guilty.‘A tackle that ends with a player lifted and then dropped to the ground with their head and/or upper body coming into contact with the ground first is considered particularly dangerous due to the risk of serious injury to the tackled player.’Mr Morris indicated a low end entry point and, in line with SANZAR decisions this season, added two weeks as a deterrent to these tackles before offering a two week discount after taking into account the player’s remorse, admission of responsibility and clean on-field judicial record when considering the sanction.Guildford has been suspended from all forms of the game for four weeks up to, and including, Thursday 24 September 2015. This means that he will miss Hawke’s Bay’s next four ITM Cup matches against North Harbour, Canterbury, Bay of Plenty and Auckland.Former All Black Guildford has returned to New Zealand after a stint at Clermont Auvergne in France. His much publicised addiction issues are reportedly taken care of, and despite this unfortunate tackle, he has said that he is more focussed and determined than ever.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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End federal executions, racist death penalty!

first_imgIn just four days, the U.S. government doubled to six the number of federal executions since Congress reauthorized the federal death penalty in 1988. Three men were put to death in the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., on July 14, 16 and 17. After a flurry of last minute appeals, stays of execution, the lifting of stays, injunctions and petitions regarding the nature of the drugs to be used, witnesses fearing exposure to COVID-19 and victims’ families asking for a halt — Daniel Lee, Wesley Purkey and Dustin Honken, all white, are now dead. Another federal prisoner, Keith Nelson, is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 28.While the U.S. should be shut down to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we should all be asking why President Trump’s Department of Justice was in such a rush to schedule these executions? Only three federal executions were previously carried out since 2003.From the point of view of peoples’ health, there are many unanswered questions. Attorneys could not visit their clients for months due to the pandemic. Investigators could not work. Victims’ families feared traveling to witness the executions. Spiritual advisors worried about the virus, as did reporters assigned to cover the executions. The execution team feared the virus after one of its members tested positive. The disrespect for people’s health and lives is abhorrent.Why the rush? William Barr, head of the DOJ, announced the rush to the summer’s executions June 15. This is in stark contradiction to the trends regarding the death penalty in the U.S. Public support for the death penalty is currently at historic lows, according to public opinion polls. The number of people being sentenced to death is down. The number of executions is down.What is up is the number of people being exonerated. This year Kareem Johnson had all charges dismissed against him in his Pennsylvania capital murder case, making him the third death row exoneration this year, and the 170th that Witness To Innocence has confirmed since 1973.According to the National Registry of Exonerations, there have been 2,649 exonerations of various crimes since 1989. These exonerees lost 23,590 years while they were wrongfully imprisoned. In a 2017 report, they found that African Americans are only 13% of the U.S. population, but a majority of innocent defendants wrongfully convicted of crimes and later exonerated.The link between slavery and executionsThe long, racist history of capital punishment is well documented. Slavery and racist lynching in the U.S. led to the institutionalization of executions. The death penalty became legalized lynching. This is reported quite effectively in many books, articles and webpages. The U.S. has gone from the rope to the chair to the needle.In a recent op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times, activist Derrick Jamison writes, “As a Black man in America, I know all too well what it is like to face an angry lynch mob. I spent 20 years on death row for a crime someone else committed.“I had six death warrants and six execution dates in Ohio. All six executions were later stayed by the governor; the last came within 90 minutes of my scheduled execution. I was asked about my last rites, where my dead body was to be sent and what I wanted for my last meal. But my story ends differently than most. I am the survivor of what could have been a legal lynching. My story illustrates everything that is wrong with the death penalty.” (July 7)This month’s federal executions are the culmination of over three years work securing a secret supply chain to make and test lethal-injection drugs within months of Trump becoming president.From an extensive investigation released by Reuters on July 10, here is the timeline of when Trump began planning to resume executions: In May 2017, the DOJ hired an Arizona litigation consulting firm, Elite Medical Experts LLC, in anticipation of legal challenges to plans for executions. By March 2018, the DOJ had secured a compounding pharmacy willing to make an injectable pentobarbital. This was done because no legitimate businesses would sell drugs for lethal injections, so states as well as the feds had turned to compounding pharmacies to make the lethal solution. By October 2018, the DOJ had found a “bulk manufacturer” of the raw pentobarbital powder.  Then the compounding pharmacy ordered quality-control testing on sample batches of the pentobarbital. But when ARL Bio Pharma tested the initial sample on Oct. 20, 2018, it found it was contaminated with unknown impurities. By February 2019, the pentobarbital powder passed purity tests. On April 9, 2019, a St. Louis company, DynaLabs, said vials containing 50 milliliters of pentobarbital began arriving at the firm for testing. Two other labs also began testing, one in Oklahoma City and one in Houston. On June 15, five weeks later, the DOJ announced the executions for July and August 2020.Abolish executions; people’s lives must come firstWith unemployment skyrocketing and a health care crisis gripping the country, workers need support to pay rent and mortgages, buy groceries and pay utility bills. In the richest country in the world, there should be no hunger or evictions or unaffordable health care.On Feb. 10, Trump sent Congress a proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget request of $740.5 billion for national security, $705.4 billion of which is for the Department of Defense.This is OUR money, so this money should be used for the people. Expensive and unnecessary policies like executions should be immediately abolished.After these recent executions by the Republican government, there was not a peep of protest from any of the so-called liberals like Bernie Sanders or Nancy Pelosi. Where is the outrage of the bourgeois media?It is up to our class to make this country fit for all. Until the system is turned upside down, we must work to end racist practices of the cops, the courts and the prisons. We must stop all executions, which mainly target the poor and people of color. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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CDC’s maskless mandate puts workers at risk

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recklessly capitulated to pressure from U.S. corporations in issuing their latest guidelines lifting masks requirements. They announced May 13: “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” While the percentage of adults getting vaccinated continues to rise, only 1 in 3 people in the U.S. are fully inoculated. The CDC guidelines contain no mandate stating individuals must provide proof they are fully vaccinated. This puts the lives of essential workers at serious risk. Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, scientific studies have shown that  mask wearing and social distancing are the most effective ways to limit the spread of COVID-19. Removing mandatory mask wearing is bound to result in new spikes of viral infections and deaths, particularly among the poorest and most oppressed communities, whose access to vaccines has been more limited. The CDC’s guideline, which came as a surprise to many people working in public health, conflicts with the views of many scientists. A New York Times informal survey of 723 epidemiologists found that 80% said individuals need to wear masks in indoor public areas for at least another year, and 88% responded that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks at large outdoor gatherings.Vivian Towe, program officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, said to the Times, “Unless the vaccination rates increase to 80% or 90% over the next few months, we should wear masks in large public indoor settings.” (May 13)States, bosses coerce workersSome states are beginning to cut off access to unemployment insurance benefits to force workers to return to jobs in dangerous environments lacking adequate safety measures to protect them from the virus or where they are paid subsistence wages.  Already burdened with enforcing mask mandates, frontline workers are now being put in the impossible position of determining if customers or others whom they encounter are truly vaccinated. Even with mask mandates implemented, there have been multiple incidents of workers being harassed and even injured while trying to enforce the protocols.  Most at risk are workers in jobs with heavy exposure to the public, in grocery and retail stores and warehouses, and those toiling in the service sector in transit, health care, postal or sanitation jobs or employed in restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses. Children under 12, not yet eligible for vaccines, now account for 22% of new cases.The year-plus history of the coronavirus pandemic is rife with examples of large gatherings where unvaccinated people deliberately flout mask mandates, further fueling the spread of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, the right-wing, anti-mask movement has ignored protocols by appearing in public without the vital protection of masks. Many are vocally anti-vaccine.With mask mandates in place, workers in restaurants and other businesses open to the public could restrict access for these individuals. Now the door is wide open for anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers to fill public spaces without restraint, endangering people’s lives.People who are immunocompromised, not yet immunized, or who lack access to, or eligibility for, the vaccine will pay the consequences. This affects the many Latinx immigrants, who want to be inoculated as soon as possible but are afraid of risking their jobs, or their immigration status, if they take time off to get vaccinated.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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No resolution after initial Pobal – MFG meeting

first_img Pinterest Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter No resolution after initial Pobal – MFG meeting Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Talks involving government representitives and MFG management have concluded this evening, with no immediate decisions announced about the future administration of funding and community supports in Gaeltacht areas.In a statement this evening, the Department of the Environment and Pobal say they met with representatives of MFG Board and management to seek clarity on the company’s situation after its sudden closure this week.The meeting also discussed what steps are being taken to ensure staff receive all entitlements, and to assist in exploring options for alternative methods of delivering services.However, no timeframes are mentioned, and there is are no indications that interim measures may be put in place.Junior Gaeltacht Minister Dinny Mc Ginley says the important thing is that dialogue has now begun, and a resolution is needed as quickly as possible….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/dinny7.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsocenter_img Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook By News Highland – September 9, 2011 LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Previous articleTrawler being towed to Burtonport after engine room fireNext articleMc Guinness “hasn’t considered” possible presidential poll bid News Highland last_img read more

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Decision due on Donegal man’s challenge to mandatory life sentence

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp The Supreme Court is to rule today on a challenge to the constitutionality of the mandatory life sentence for murder.The appeal was brought by convicted killers Paul Lynch and Peter Whelan.Peter Whelan is serving life for the murder of 20 year old student Nicola Sweeney at her home in Rochestown, Cork, in April 2002.The other man behind this challenge is Paul Lynch who pleaded guilty to murdering Donegal pensioner William Campbell during a robbery at the victim s house in September 1995.The two men claim the mandatory life sentence under Section 2 of the 1990 Criminal Justice Act breaches the constitutional principle of proportionality and the European Convention on Human Rights.They argued discretion as to the release date of a murderer should not be left solely to the Minister for Justice.They lost in the High Court and the Supreme Court will rule on the appeal today. Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img News WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Decision due on Donegal man’s challenge to mandatory life sentence Facebook By News Highland – May 14, 2010 Previous articleDonegal sexual assault trial: Day 4Next articleAppeals against Omagh bomb to go ahead after legal aids granted to four held liable News Highland last_img read more

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Disturbing audio of deadly Chicago shooting released after violent weekend leaves 7 dead, 52 wounded

first_imgBelow is the sound that Chicago needs to change its ways on how we handle gun offenders. Audio from the tragic shooting at 18th & Kildare yesterday shows that criminals have no deterrent to carrying illegal guns in our city and this is what residents and police are up against. pic.twitter.com/VwixZwR0Vb— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 5, 2019Investigators reportedly believe the fatal shooting stemmed from a basketball game where police recovered three weapons and dispersed the crowd, which reassembled after they left, according to WLS.“It’s got to stop,” Keith Flowers, the victim’s father, told WLS. “This senseless killing has got to stop. These kids are dying in the streets and now my son has become one of the statistics.”The Chicago police department tweeted that it was “unacceptable” for children to grow up with them “in certain parts of our city.”“It illustrates how many people carry guns & the lack of accountability for doing so,” the department said.Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi called for the city to “change its ways on how we handle gun offenders.”Two hours prior to that shooting, another in Douglas Park wounded seven people in what police said was a drive-by shooting.Police and emergency services were stretched to the limit over the weekend, WLS reported. Mt. Sinai Hospital in Douglas Park had reached capacity and had to go on bypass for several hours, and on Sunday night, an additional 50 officers were brought into the 10th District alone.“As a city we have to stand up and do a hell of a lot more than we’ve done in a very long time,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot told WLS.Five others were killed and dozens more were injured in a series of other shootings around the city over the weekend, too.These disturbing shootings in Chicago pile on to a shocking weekend of gun violence across America with 31 dead and dozens more wounded in two other deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas on Saturday and Dayton, Ohio early Sunday.A 15-year-old was also shot dead in the face with an AR-15 Monday morning in Converse, Texas. Police are still looking for the gunman responsible.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. kali9/iStock(CHICAGO) — The sound of seemingly unending gunfire can be heard over the course of 51 seconds in an audio recording released by the Chicago Police Department on Monday after a slew of shootings throughout the city over the weekend left seven people dead and dozens injured.The audio was from a shooting in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago that killed Demetrius Flowers, 33, and injured eight others on Sunday, ABC affiliate WLS reported.last_img read more

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Has NHS found cure for staffing malaise?

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. It’sthat time of the year when depressing stories about the crisis in the NHS are astaple of headlines and news broadcasts. Most of the media stories are theconsequence of chronic skills shortages in NHS trusts, such as the trustreported to the Health and Safety Commission last week for failing to implementthe Working Time directive.  The latestreport on the rise in violence against frontline staff is a symptom of anover-stretched and under-resourced service. TheGovernment’s promise of an extra 36,000 staff is welcome but it will be someyears before trained staff can come on line, and NHS cash in the past hastended to get absorbed into propping up the existing service. Meanwhile,the challenge facing HR professionals in the health service is a daunting one.Apart from the recruitment and retention problem, HR has a key role to play inimplementing new performance measures, following a series of health carescandals. However, there are signs that the health service is rising to theoccasion. Many trusts have led the way for employers as a whole in recruitingstaff, mostly nurses, from overseas. Lastyear a plan for an NHS-wide on-line recruitment service was announced. And lastweek Andrew Foster, NHS Confederation policy director for HR, outlinedproposals for a skills escalator where existing staff can be trained in newskills. He even suggested a hospital porter could work his way up to become aconsultant an ambitious agenda given the traditional strict lines ofdemarcation in the medical profession.Andbefore you laugh, it is worth noting that one porter has risen to the role ofchief executive. The NHS does not have a good reputation as a place to work,and HR professionals have a long way to go to put that right. But a willingnessto follow Foster’s lead and be innovative could help solve the problem. Has NHS found cure for staffing malaise?On 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Artistic endeavours

first_img Previous Article Next Article Artistic endeavoursOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Everyorganisation wants its employees to brave and creative, but this wish has to bebacked-up by a supportive structure, says Simon KentIt’stwo o’clock on a Friday afternoon and on stage at the Mermaid Theatre, London,about 20 participants from diverse organisations, myself included, are tryingto be creative. Wehad been told to expect a session which involved lots of physical movement and,as a result, we’re not simply thinking out of the box, but moving out of it aswell.Thesession is being run by Steps, a drama-based training company. Living on theEdge of Chaos is a one-day session intended to demonstrate the potential oflearning through drama. Theargument runs that the best place for a company to position itself is on theedge of chaos – a position where it is open to all business possibilities,flexible, adaptable and ready for anything. Through being creative it ispossible to operate in this way – avoiding the straight jacket of inflexiblesystems and processes while resisting the fall into complete anarchy.Step’sapproach so far today has consisted of setting a hypothetical challenge inwhich we are given various items of hardware (buckets, wheels, ropes etc) inorder to solve a communication problem between two floors of a departmentstore. We have also been engaged in devising a dance piece, allegedly forperforming to our co-workers to demonstrate the way forward in a recentlymerged company. In both cases, participants are operating outside their usualworking environments and the emphasis is on how we are working together ratherthan what the outcome of the exercise might be.Thetheory may be sound and, backed by the research and experience of Stepsdirector Robbie Swales, the group have accepted this hypothesis, but  any course like this begs the question: canthe creativity required actually be taught? And, is using  the arts the right way to develop this skill?”Ithink you can draw out the creativity in people,” says Diane Gallacher,senior consultant with business psychology and HR consulting firm InteractiveSkills and course attendee. “The performing arts will work for some peoplemore than others. The workshop made me feel I could do things I hadn’t realisedand I think that feeling can be carried over into the workplace.”Butaway from the course there is some scepticism. “The idea of trainingpeople to be creative is a contradiction in terms,” says Paul Kearns ofPersonnel Works [not an attendee]. “I think these courses give youtechniques by which you can be more creative, but whether you are more creativeas a result is another matter.”MartynSloman of the CIPD believes there has to be a clear context for improvingcreativity. “I think there is value in helping teams work together morecreatively towards a specific target,” he says. “But I have my doubtsthat individual creativity can be taught in the same way.”Swalesadmits the use of artistic or performance skills is easier to introduce toorganisations pre-disposed to the arts, but doesn’t believe this to beessential to the course’s success. LizWillis, founding partner of The Springboard Consultancy, has just delivered thecompany’s first ‘Creativity at Work’ course, a five-day session for individualsdesigned to immerse participants in a new way of thinking and approach to theirwork. “Creativity ties into change and the sheer pace of change means weneed different kinds of skills,” says Willis. “Coping with change isnot enough – organisations need people who see the change as a chance to dothings differently and better.”Crucialto both this course and Step’s session is the focus on the process by whichwork is carried out rather than the end result. During the Steps course,participants were made to consider how this process felt – the uncertainty,nervousness, need for trust and communication. In this way, it was possible torealise those feelings were a necessary part of moving towards the end product.So, if employees are more at home with that period of uncertainty they willfeel more comfortable being creative.But,back at the office it is results that count and it is here that exponents ofcreativity development courses have their work cut out. “As a trainingprovider, we have to be even more critical of ourselves because people just sayit was great fun and they had a great time,” says Swales. Ultimately,whether creativity courses do make for more creative employees does not dependon the participants and course alone, but on the company culture. It’s all verywell encouraging middle management to be more creative, but if seniormanagement aren’t prepared to listen to new ideas or concepts then newlyfired-up employees will soon lose heart. Given this, any creativity exercisemust be reinforced in the work place through effective initiatives designed tocapitalise on new-found creativity. Even a simple matter such as making surethe suggestion box is emptied and read will help employees feel theircreativity is valued.Contacts–Steps – drama learning development: Unit 13.2.2. The Leathermarket, WestonStreet, London SE1 3ER, 020 7403 9000, www.steps drama.com–The Springboard Consultancy: Holwell, East Down, Barnstaple, DevonEX31 4NZ, 01271 850828–Paul Kearns, Personnel Works 0117 914 6984 Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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