…in brief

first_img…in briefOn 12 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefFire talks stall Talks to avert the first firefighters’ strike for 25 years have”stalled” according to union leaders. Fire Brigades Union generalsecretary Andy Gilchrist said local authority employers have still not come upwith an acceptable pay offer. The first 48-hour strike is due to start tomorrow(Wednesday).  www.fbu.org.ukAirport stalemate Airport staff represented by the T&G union have voted to strike afterrejecting the latest pay offer from the British Airports Authority.Firefighters, security guards and operational support workers employed atHeathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh areset to take industrial action.  www.tgwu.org.ukJob travel extended More jobseekers are to get travel discounts to get to interviews and thefirst three months of a new job. The initiative was originally only open to theNew Deal for Young People and New Deal 25+ but has now been extended to coverover 50s, lone parents and the disabled.  www.dwp.gov.ukParis winner Emma Patmore, senior HR officer at Britton Merlin, was the lucky winner ofthe Personnel Today/Manpower competition. Emma enjoyed a luxury weekend inParis after completing a survey on the impact of the EU Agency WorkersDirective. Her entry was chosen randomly following a bumper response.  Ethical stance The Government has asked NHS trusts and agencies to stop recruiting nursesfrom Ghana because the country has its own shortages. England’s chief nursingofficer Sarah Mullally made the appeal after the introduction of a code ofpractice on ethical recruitment.  www.nhs.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Torres desperate to get back to his best

first_imgChelsea striker Fernando Torres says he will do all he can to recapture the form which led to Chelsea paying Liverpool £50million for his services. “I did them at Atletico, I did them at Liverpool and I am not doing them at Chelsea. I am working on it. If I knew the reason, I would fix it in one minute. But the only way to fix these things is to work at it. I am training every day and I will never, ever give up.” His double against Rubin brought his tally for the season to 18 and Torres is hopeful of continuing that trend and help Chelsea to more trophies. “I am happy here,” Torres added. “I am enjoying London and happy at this club. “I know my statistics at Chelsea have not been the same as in other years in my career. But I am fighting to get back to those statistics and I will never, ever give up. I will try my heart out for this club. There are too many things I have to give back to these people and I want to show my thanks to them. “Hopefully this season we can give them two more trophies and next season we can fight again for the biggest ones, the Champions League and the Premier League. ‘I am getting better but I’m still not at the level I want.” The Spaniard has struggled to hit top form since joining the west London club in January 2011, often playing second fiddle to former Blue Didier Drogba, and now Demba Ba. Torres bagged a brace in Chelsea’s 3-1 Europa League win over Rubin Kazan in midweek, showing a glimpse of the form he showed during his three-and-a-half years at Anfield where he scored 65 league goals in 91 starts. “I want to do the things I used to do all my life,” he told the Daily Mail. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Daytona 500 rain delay updates: Weather in forecast pushes 2020 race to Monday

first_imgNEWS: Today’s 62nd running of the #DAYTONA500 has been postponed due to inclement weather.The race will resume on Monday at 4 PM ET on FOX. pic.twitter.com/YqhxSJrOHD— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 16, 2020The first delay Sunday came from a pop-up shower. The second came from a series of cells and with heavier rain. At 4:42 p.m. ET, the red flag came out. At 4:57 p.m. ET, the rain stopped and NASCAR sent out Air Titans to begin drying the track. At 6:33 p.m. ET, NASCAR told drivers to return to their cars, but 10 minutes later, rain started pouring again. Teams at 6:43 p.m. ET were told to cover their cars, and soon after came the call to delay the race to Monday.Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who started the Daytona 500 on the pole, was still the leader when rain stopped the race.MORE: Daytona 500 live stream | Race updatesTomorrow (Monday) – it’s better than today but there is a small chance of an isolated shower but not to the extent or coverage of today – will have more with @raceweather tonight and tomorrow #NASCAR— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) February 16, 2020Radar update 6:25 pm EST – not liking the look of the rain filling towards the back of the rain – means it could rain longer – sadly my guy says we are looking at Mon racing but that is an opinion #NASCAR Thanks to @raceweather for his help today pic.twitter.com/mXwmY8NRa4— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) February 16, 2020L20 — Caution and then red flag for rain.Had been single file the past 15 laps with hardly anyone pulling out of line to make a move. With reports of the inclement weather approaching, it felt like a race to make it close to halfway (or at least the first pit stop).#nascar— Nate Ryan (@nateryan) February 16, 2020The forecast for Sunday in Daytona called for a 30 percent chance of precipitation, and the radar in the moments leading up to the beginning of the race showed a handful of pop-up showers but no significant weather systems. Daytona International Speedway, of course, is a 2.5-mile monster of a race track, making the drying process a bit lengthier compared to that of most circuits. It didn’t help that the track is located so close to the eastern Florida coast in the flattest area of the state, making it prone to the kind of pop-up showers that delayed the Daytona 500.The 4:05 p.m. ET start time Monday for the rest of the Daytona 500 is notable considering next week’s Cup race will run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Please try to run this race even if it’s at midnight tonight.4pm tomorrow (rumored time) is ridiculous for teams as we are supposed to be back at the shop finishing our cars for the West Coast and they have to leave TUESDAY MORNING.— Ryan Ellis (@ryanellisracing) February 16, 2020Teams don’t seem concerned about racing at night. They knew the race would end under the lights. Main concern is getting haulers to Vegas. Most scheduled to leave sometime Tuesday.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 16, 2020 After a rain delay of nearly an hour pushed back the start of the 2020 Daytona 500, the field of 40 NASCAR Cup Series cars ran 20 laps before weather again halted the action for the 62nd annual Great American Race. Then, after two hours of track-drying efforts but persistent rain, the Daytona 500 was pushed back a day.The race will resume Monday afternoon and will be broadcast live on Fox. The green flag time is set for 4:05 p.m. ET, and the race will restart on Lap 21.last_img read more

Hazard’s slow start gathering pace as Madrid look for attacking release

first_imgEden HazardMadrid, Spain | AFP | Eden Hazard is beginning to show glimpses of his best form and it cannot come soon enough for Real Madrid.They play at home to Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, when victory would put them within touching distance of qualification from Group A.Hazard has endured a disjointed and disappointing start in Spain, where expectations soared following his long-awaited 100-million euro move from Chelsea in June.A week later, 50,000 thousand fans streamed into the Santiago Bernabeu to see Hazard wear the shirt while some even ran to the entrances to grab a better seat.As supporters left, Hazard was giving his first press conference underneath the stadium, telling a packed auditorium he wanted to be a galactico.“I’m not a galactico, not yet, but I hope I will be one day,” he said.But the grand opening fizzled, in part due to events off the pitch, a combination of bad luck and personal circumstances that have spared the 28-year-old harsher critique from fans and journalists alike.On the day before Madrid’s first game of the season away at Celta Vigo, Hazard pulled a muscle in his thigh in training and had to withdraw from the squad.He sat out three matches before making his first start against Paris Saint-Germain, but looked off the pace and it was a night to forget as Madrid were thrashed 3-0.Hazard was left on the bench against Osasuna amid reports he was overweight and then scored his first goal against Granada, a delightful looping finish that promised finally to unleash the Belgian’s best.“We know the quality of player we have and we know he is going to deliver,” said Zinedine Zidane in September.“Everyone expects a lot from him and he knows that. But we support him and as the games go by I am sure he is going to be the player we want him to be in this Real Madrid team.”But the international break checked Hazard’s momentum and he missed Madrid’s first match back, a 1-0 loss away at Mallorca, due to the birth of his fourth child. In the three games since, he has appeared in bursts, delivering exhilirating moments like the glorious flick inside against Galatasaray and a run in behind to win the penalty against Leganes.“He sees things that other players cannot see,” Zidane said.Yet there have been disappointments too, not so much glaring errors as a general hesistance, a tendency to choose the safe option or fail to choose at all when in those attacking positions he usually relishes.Hazard’s most impressive showing so far was arguably against Real Betis last weekend, when Madrid failed to score but he had his exuberance back, not to mention the change of pace that at times has appeared worryingly absent.He was darting through gaps rather than turning away from them, taking risks, and unfortunate to see a superb goal ruled out for offside.“Everyone wants to see Eden playing better,” Zidane said last week. “But I see him getting much better every day. He will get there in the end for sure.”Madrid’s goalless draw against Betis shows why Hazard’s crescendo must find its climax, and quickly, if Zidane’s team are to avoid the same problems up front that proved their undoing last season.Despite the best efforts of Benzema in recent months, the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo is still to be filled and although Hazard has never been a prolific scorer, he can contribute and enhance the numbers of others.Those that know Hazard say he has a relaxed, down-to-earth personality, unfazed by attention and uninterested in the pizazz of modern football. Perhaps it is one of the reasons his move to Madrid was not pushed through sooner.But to succeed, he is likely not only to need that zip again that comes only with full fitness but self-belief, to take ownership of this Madrid side in the same way he once commanded the adoration of Stamford Bridge.Few doubt Hazard will soon rediscover his peak, certainly not Zidane, who insists goals are all he needs. Real Madrid need them too.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Top seniors head to Leicestershire for English championship

first_img25 May 2016 Top seniors head to Leicestershire for English championship An international field of almost 300 men will head to Leicestershire next week to compete for the title of the England’s champion senior golfer.They’ll play at Kirby Muxloe and Rothley Park Golf Clubs, which will host the 54-hole English senior men’s open championship from Wednesday to Friday, 1-3 June.The 288 competitors will include defending champion Ian Attoe (Worplesdon); the chief executive of the R&A, Martin Slumbers (Worplesdon); former world speedway champion Dave Jessup (Wrotham Heath); and Charlie Banks (Stanton on the Wolds), a past winner of the Brabazon Trophy, one of the majors of amateur golf.A host of senior internationals will take part, while in-form players include the current England Golf senior order of merit leader, Mike Ready (Old Fold Manor). Ready and Andrew Carman (Coventry) tied second in the Irish seniors; and Andrew Stracey (Denham) won the North of Scotland seniors’ open.The lowest handicapper in the field is Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale), who plays off plus-2.5 and who celebrates his 55th birthday on May 31, making him eligible for the championship by just one day.Players are travelling from far and wide and the field includes representatives of Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Italy – as well as 15 from clubs in Leicestershire and Rutland.Kirby Muxloe has two players in the event: past captain Peter Dawson and Mark Riley. In addition, Graham Webb, another past captain and the current County President, will be England Golf’s chief referee at the championship. Rothley Park will have three players to follow: Gary Baines, and two past club champions, Ian Anderson and John Hardwick.This is the first time either club has hosted an England Golf national championship and both are looking forward to it. Kirby Muxloe manager, Terry Walker, commented: “There’s definitely a lot of excitement at the club and members are looking forward to seeing how the players tackle the course.“The players will find it a fair but testing challenge and it will ask them to use every club in the bag. There are three particularly long par-fours and two have water features short of the green, prompting decisions about whether to go for it or to lay up.”At Rothley Park, club manager Danny Spillane said: “The club as a whole is delighted and proud to be part of the championship.”And his verdict on the challenge of the course: “I think it will test their shot making, their positional play and their patience. It’s not over-long, although it can play long, and the long, narrow greens are the defence of this course.”The championship will be played over 54 holes of stroke play over three days. All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the two courses over the first two days. The field will then be cut to the leading 80 competitors and ties who will play a further 18 holes on the third day at Kirby MuxloeClick here for the championship webpageCaption: Defending champion Ian Attoe (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more