Doğan media group sale completes government control of Turkish media

first_img Help by sharing this information Credit: Yasin Akgul / AFP TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Media independence Economic pressureFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe March 22, 2018 Doğan media group sale completes government control of Turkish media TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Media independence Economic pressureFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News to go further News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Organisation Follow the news on Turkey News Yesterday’s announced sale of Turkey’s biggest media group, Doğan Media Company, to a pro-government conglomerate, Demirören Holding, confirms the death of media pluralism in Turkey, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.Doğan was the only remaining media group not to have been brought under the Turkish government’s control and its sale to Demirören marks the end of an era. Its leading media outlets include the daily Hürriyet, the 24-hour news channel CNN Türk (a joint venture with CNN), the news agency DHA, the English-language Hürriyet Daily News, the TV channel Kanal D and the tabloid Posta. Many of the group’s journalists are expected to be laid off.“This sale means the death of pluralism and independent journalism in Turkey’s mainstream media,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s Turkey representative. “The government now has complete control of the media in the run-up to general elections in 2019. Amid an unprecedented crackdown on civil society and the political opposition, only a handful of low-circulation newspapers still offer an alternative to the government’s propaganda.”As shown by the “Media Ownership Monitor” carried out in recent years by RSF and the news website Bianet, 80% of the Turkish media landscape was already affiliated, politically or financially, to the government. After the sale of the Doğan group’s outlets, nine of the ten most-watched TV channels and nine of the ten most-read national dailies will be owned by pro-government businessmen.Under pressure, the Doğan group already sold the prestigious daily Milliyet to Demirören in 2011. Once seen as one of the pillars of independent journalism, Milliyet has since then undergone a complete transformation and is now an integral part of the government propaganda apparatus. The Doğan group’s other outlets had meanwhile significantly toned down their criticism of the government.Demirören Holding’s owner, Erdoğan Demirören, is well known for his links with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In 2003, when he was prime minister, Erdoğan was a witness at the marriage of one of the industrialist’s sons and fellow shareholders. In a telephone conversation recording leaked in 2014, Prime Minister Erdoğan was heard scolding Demirören for allowing Milliyet to publish revelations about peace talks between the government and Kurdish rebels led by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Amid sobs, Demirören begged for forgiveness and promised to deal ruthlessly with those responsible.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the July 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Sierra Madre Tennis Court Resurfacing – Extended

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe The days the tennis courts at Sierra Vista Park and Memorial Park are closed for court resurfacing has been extended. Due to the curing process the court closure will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2013.Sierra Vista Park is located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Memorial Park is located at 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre.Tennis courts at both locations will re-open to the public on Monday, May 6, 2013. For additional information please contact the Community Services Office at (626) 355-5278. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Top of the News HerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Neighborhood News Sierra Madre Tennis Court Resurfacing – Extended From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 2:31 pmcenter_img Community News Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a commentlast_img read more

Party Time! La Salle High School Prom 2015

first_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Business News Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Photo Gallery Party Time! La Salle High School Prom 2015 Article and Photos courtesy of LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 | 1:24 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff “On Friday, April 24th, La Salle had its prom at the Chicada in downtown Los Angeles. It was an incredibly fun evening filled with energy, fun and enthusiasm! We would like to congratulate our Prom Queen, Sinclair Daniel, and Prom King, Jack Frieberger! We hope you enjoyed your evening. We did!La Salle High School, 3880 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit www.lasallehs.org. HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Local youngsters to compete in jiu jitsu tournament

first_img Twitter Local News Local youngsters to compete in jiu jitsu tournament 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School WhatsApp Vagabond BJJ.2018 Pan Kinds Championship. WhatsApp Pinterest ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Three youngsters from Vagabond Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy are heading to the Pan Kids IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship in Long Beach, Calif., Saturday.The competition is Feb. 18 and is the largest event of its kind in the world, said Clay Hantz, owner of Vagabond. The Pan KIDS 2018 was open to athletes from all over the world and will include more than 1,000 athletes, the organization said in an email.This is the first time Hantz has had students participate in the single-elimination tournament.He noted that their fundraising went well and they had a “fantastic sponsor,” Triple M Oil Tools.“These kids are the epitome of hard work,” Hantz said.The three going to the tournament are 8-year-old Jameson Olliff and Damien Ortega and Jeremiah Olivas, both 14.Jiu Jitsu is similar to wrestling, Hantz said.“It is not an easy thing to do,” Hantz added. “On top of being a very physical sport, it’s also a very tough mentally sport.”Having his students go to the tournament at so young an age is fantastic for their confidence. Hantz added that it’s just fun for the students to see a different culture.“That’s something that jiu jitusu did for me. It’s taken me all over the place and I’ve been able to see a lot of things that I normally, if I’d stayed playing football or running track, I wouldn’t have seen. To expose these kids to that kind of thing is a really big plus for us,” Hantz said.Ortega said he started Brazilian jiu jitsu four years ago. He started with karate first, but when he saw Vagabond, he wanted to try it.“It’s fun,” said Ortega, who attends Bonham Middle School.Olliff, 8, attends St. John’s Episcopal School and has been participating in jiu jitsu for two years.“I saw this video on Facebook my dad showed me and I thought I wanted to do it,” Olliff said.He added that it teaches you techniques to protect yourself, although he hasn’t had to try any yet.Olliff said he is nervous, but confident he’ll do well at the tournament.Josh Oliff, Jameson’s dad, said he thinks the tournament will be a good experience for his son.“I’m really looking forward to him experiencing it. I thought he would be really good at it —something to help focus all that energy,” Josh Olliff said.He added that the sport has helped Jameson with discipline at school and improve his ability in the other sports he’s involved in, football and basketball.Olivas, a Bowie Middle School student, has been doing jiu jitsu for three years. He said he was picked on, so the sport gives him something to do and it’s fun.Hantz has owned Vagabond for four years. He has trained in boxing and kickboxing and was a professional mixed martial artist for seven years.Hantz added that he fought on pay-per view and live television.“I won all my fights with Brazilian jiu jitsu,” he said. “It is the only sport that you can go 100 percent in all the time. If you go 100 percent in boxing all the time, every practice, you’re going to be a vegetable very quickly; same with kick boxing.”He added that self-defense is built into the curriculum.“Brazilian jiu jitsu is a sport where we’re not punching each other in the head, we’re not kicking each other in the face, we’re teaching kids how to control a body without that. If a fight ever does happen, then they’re able to use that also. I teach Brazilian jiu jitsu to kids specifically because I don’t want kids with brain damage. No. 2, it’s because it works,” he added.Hantz said he has been doing Brazilian jiu jitsu for 13 years and still competes regularly.“I was just kind of a knucklehead teenager. That’s the truth and I liked to fight and I found a place that reigned me in. …,” Hantz said.More Information Vagabond Brazilian Jiu Jitsu owner Clay Hantz poses with students Damien Ortega, Jameson Olliff and Jeremiah Olivas. Ortega, Olliff and Olivas are participating in the Pan Kids IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Long Beach, Calif., this weekend. Twitter Home Local News Local youngsters to compete in jiu jitsu tournament Facebook By admin – February 16, 2018 OC employee of the year always learning Previous articleTry the Citizens Fire AcademyNext articleOdessa teen arrested after threat admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionFruit Salad to Die ForSouthern Style Potato SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

High Court Seeks Details Of All Pending Cases Against MPs/MLAs in States Of Punjab, Haryana & U.T. Chandigarh

first_imgNews UpdatesHigh Court Seeks Details Of All Pending Cases Against MPs/MLAs in States Of Punjab, Haryana & U.T. Chandigarh Sparsh Upadhyay25 Feb 2021 10:20 PMShare This – xThe Punjab & Haryana High Court on Thursday (25th February) sought information of all the cases pending against the MPs/MLAs (sitting or erstwhile) in the States of Punjab, Haryana & U.T. Chandigarh. The Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh has directed an Officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police to be present on the next date of hearing to furnish…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Punjab & Haryana High Court on Thursday (25th February) sought information of all the cases pending against the MPs/MLAs (sitting or erstwhile) in the States of Punjab, Haryana & U.T. Chandigarh. The Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh has directed an Officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police to be present on the next date of hearing to furnish the requisite information. Significantly, a similar direction was also issued to District Judges of Punjab, Haryana & U.T. Chandigarh to furnish details of such cases and to ensure their speedy disposal thereof. They have been directed to also send a report to the High Court regarding the stage of such trials. It may be noted that in compliance of the order of the Supreme Court dated 16.09.2020 passed in W.P. (Civil) No.600/2016 (Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay & others vs. Union of India & others), the Punjab & Haryana High Court has registered a suo motu petition for monitoring the progress of the trials of the pending criminal cases against sitting/former Legislators (MPs & MLAs). At the outset, the amicus curiae apprised the court that as per the information supplied to him by the registry, only two cases are pending before the Single Judge of the High Court. He further submitted that he could get fresh instructions from the registry to ensure that no case pertaining to MPs/MLAs has been left out of the list. Further, the Court also sought details from the Union of India, Central Bureau of Investigation, E.D. and other Central Investigating Agencies as the operative part of the order (in Ashwani Kumar case) specifically mentions that trial of all the criminal cases instituted by the State(s) have to be monitored. Lastly, the Registry was directed to examine the possibility of listing the matter on a date so that the matter could be heard in physical mode. Related news This month, the Madras High Court has ordered that Special Benches, which are established in Courts to expeditiously hear criminal cases pertaining to MPs/ MLAs, will only hear cases “filed against” them. The Court has made it clear that such Special Benches will not hear cases that are “filed by” these MPs/ MLAs. A division bench of Madras High Court comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy in January 2021 observed that a comprehensive road map must be made considering the “litigative resourcefulness” of the legislators against whom cases are pending in the trial courts and High Court to ensure that the cases are disposed of at the earliest. The Madhya Pradesh High Court (Jabalpur Bench) registered a suo motu petition on 21.09.2020 for monitoring the progress of the trials of the pending criminal cases against sitting/former Legislators (MPs & MLAs). Last year, the Division Bench of the Orissa High Court comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice B. R. Sarangi directed the Advocate General AK Parija to obtain instructions and file details of the criminal cases pending before different the courts of all the districts of Odisha against sitting/former M.Ps and M.L.A.s. Also, the Karnataka High Court too directed the Registrar General of the Court to register a suo-motu petition, in view of the directions issued by the Supreme Court. Click here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Lifeboat called out to skip in Buncrana!

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Lifeboat called out to skip in Buncrana! News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleFirst Coronavirus death confirmed in IrelandNext articleBarrett features in Ireland’s win over Montenegro News Highland Facebook Google+ Google+center_img WhatsApp Lough Swilly RNLI are urging people to dispose of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon’s appropriately.Its after the Lough Swilly Lifeboat station was tasked this week to assist Malin Head Coastguard, and Greencastle Coastguard in locating an active EPIRB signal 2 miles inland in the Buncrana area.The beacons are used to alert rescue services in the event of a distress situation at sea.The beacon in question was an old unit which had been discarded in a skip without being disabled and was eventually tracked down and recovered from a local recycling facility. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – March 11, 2020 Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

Farm City group gets insight into Rex Lumber

first_img Latest Stories Hodges joins TRMC Troy Regional Medical Center is excited to introduce general surgeon, LeRoy W. Hodges to the Troy, Pike County and surrounding… read more “Rex Lumber is delivered to a railroad yard in Dothan and it’s distributed from there to different suppliers,” he said. Coming away from Rex Lumber, Catrett said he was impressed by the technology involved in “cutting wood” in today’s world.“And, I was also impressed by the safety measures at Rex Lumber,” he said. “There was a time when a lot of people were killed working in sawmills. But the only person I saw touch any lumber at Rex Lumber was a quality inspector. They are really set on safety. It’s a big operation and big business for Pike County.”For Farm-City Committee Member Rebecca Wilkes, the Rex Lumber tour was something she had been highly anticipating. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Members of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm City Committee toured Rex Lumber earlier this week. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Farm City group gets insight into Rex Lumber “Rex Lumber has 160 employees, and most of those I saw were forklift drivers,” Catrett said. “If I remember right, they run about a million board-feet of lumber every week. To me, that ‘s very impressive.“I was also impressed by how automated the mill is. The bark is cut off, the logs are graded and then they go different ways. They are cut in 2x’s – 2x4s, 2x6s on like that. The lumber that we see at Lowe’s is 2x yellow pine. Rex Lumber has its own kiln and they dry their own wood.”Catrett said he was interested to know that Rex Lumber does not deliver to stores. Book Nook to reopen Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Committee selected Rex Lumber for the committee’s 2020 Farm-City Tour. And, what an impressive tour it was Pike County Chamber of Commerce vice president Emily Aaron said.“The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm City Committee enjoyed the morning at Rex Lumber,” Aaron said. “The tour provided the opportunity members of the committee to learn and observe the way technology has advanced in timber production. It was a very interesting and informative tour.”Committee members, Bobby Catrett and his wife, Pauline, came away from the tour very impressed with the Rex Lumber operation from the time the cut trees come onto the grounds until they leave as finished lumber. You Might Like “There were so many grades of lumber and it was interesting how they took the bark off the trees and the different ways the bark could be used,” Wilkes said. “And, I was impressed by how computerized the lumber mill is. It was just amazing to see what those computers can do.First, Wilkes said she was interested to learn about how the lumber mill works and then joined the tour of the mill even though it involved a lot of walking.“I wanted to see the mill in operation,” she said. “It was a lot of walking and somebody pointed out that I was 90 years old. The Rex Lumber employee who was conducting the tour said I was the oldest person he had taken on a tour of the mill and would probably be the oldest he would take.”The company tour guide presented Wilkes with a Rex Lumber hard hat and they had a photo taken together. The photo will be in an upcoming edition of the Rex Lumber magazine.Wilkes was as impressed with the Rex Lumber operation as she was proud of her photo.“It is amazing to see how a state-of-the-art lumber mill operates today,” she said. “Rex Lumber is a good thing for Pike County.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Skip By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Published 10:54 pm Friday, October 23, 2020 Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe 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

Maryland police officer faces assault charges after slamming teen’s neck into ground during arrest

first_imgPLU$XANZ/Twitter(WASHINGTON) — A police officer in Maryland is facing criminal charges after being filmed slamming a suspect’s neck into the sidewalk with his knee during an arrest.Kevin Moris has been charged with second degree assault and misconduct in office over an incident that happened on July 3, 2019, during his arrest of Arnaldo Andres Pesoa, 19.Moris had his police power suspended and was put on paid administrative leave on July 5, which remains in place, Ramon Korionoff, a public information officer for the Montgomery County Police Department told ABC News.The initial internal investigation into the incident has since been put on hold until the conclusion of the criminal case, Korionoff said.John McCarthy, the state’s attorney for Montgomery County, held a news conference announcing the charges on Tuesday.“Today is not a day to rejoice the prosecution of a police officer but rather to make a somber and sober decision to hold one accountable,” McCarthy said Tuesday.“The actions of this officer do not represent our county police, generally, nor do they show law enforcement at its finest moment. It is important to have continued bridges of trust to our community. Charging this officer with two counts is what is appropriate in this case,” McCarthy said.Second degree assault carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, and there is no set sentence for misconduct in office, leaving the sentence to judge’s discretion, the state’s attorney’s office told ABC News.Pesoa’s charging document details how an undercover police officer first interacted with Pesoa after seeing him post about psychedelic mushrooms on Snapchat, and that the undercover officer then arranged to buy mushrooms from Pesoa.Moris was one of four officers who approached Pesoa in a McDonalds where he was allegedly set to sell the drugs to the undercover officer, according to the charging document. Moris told Pesoa that he was under arrest, and the criminal complaint details how Pesoa allegedly resisted, and was eventually placed in handcuffs.What ensued outside the McDonald’s was caught on video that was then posted on Twitter. While the charging document details that Moris and another officer “took Pesoa to the ground so that the search incident to arrest could take place there,” it does not describe how Moris pushed his knee on top of the back of Pesoa’s neck and later pulled Pesoa’s t-shirt over his face while Pesoa was shouting obscenities.The criminal complaint states that Pesoa “spit onto Officer Moris’ right shoe and ankle area” before he was forced on the ground.Pesoa was found to have marijuana and mushrooms on his person and he is now charged with two counts relating to possession with intent to distribute, one charge of resisting arrest and a charge of second degree assault.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

16-year-old arrested for making shooting threat at Florida school

first_imgiStock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — A Florida high school student was arrested Thursday after saying he would shoot up his school — marking the latest scare just weeks after back-to-back mass shooting at a Texas Walmart and downtown Dayton, Ohio.The St. Petersburg Police Department announced that the 16-year-old, whose name was not publicly released, is facing a felony charge of making a false report of a bomb or firearm to conduct bodily harm.The threat was allegedly made during a class at Gibbs High School in Pinellas County. Each school site in that county has either a school resource officer or an armed school security officer on site, according to a letter from the county’s school superintendent on the county’s website.The police department reported the arrest on their Facebook page, using it as a plea to urge the public to continue to report any incidents or threats they see.“The St. Petersburg Police Department takes all school threats very seriously for the safety of our students. Threatening comments/posts will always be investigated,” they wrote in the Facebook post, along with the hashtag #seesomethingsaysomething.This is the latest arrest in connection to a threat of a shooting.More than a dozen people were arrested in the three weeks after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, according to various news reports.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Reassess your assets

first_img Comments are closed. The case aginst people being an organisation’s greatest asset is gettingstronger. And, in any case, the time to adopt a less fanciful slogan is longpast, writes Stephen Overell.According to Adslogans, which runs a database of advertising taglines, thefirst company in the UK to use the phrase ‘people are our greatest asset’ wasInteractive Services, an Oxfordshire-based training consultancy. That was in1991. The honour is qualified, however, by the suggestion that the inspirationmay be derived from the Army, which has long held that ‘the Army’s greatestasset is the morale of its soldiers’. Since then, of course, the phrase hasblossomed. Marconi, West Midlands Police, UBS Warburg, Ernst and Young,Andersens, Nato, the CIPD – the list of believers is long and diverse, thesentiment wholly uniform. What are we to make of this? An impressive show of unity? A testament to thesparkling originality of the corporate intellect? Final proof that ideas followthe patterns of diseases, becoming more virulent as they spread? Or is it thatsocial conventions have made mouthing such platitudes a necessary obligationfor the go-ahead business leader? Like many roadworthy slogans, the axiom sums up a generation of academicargument – in this case about the nature and meaning of HRM (human resourcemanagement). As scholars wrestled with such matters as the softness of HRM, thehardness of HRM – its wickedness, its contradictoriness, whether it was reallydifferent from good old personnel management – practitioners simply got on withit. HRM grew, and as it grew, it needed a positive slogan to reinforce the viewthat employees were now investments rather than variable costs. Step forward‘people are our greatest asset’. There is no denying that as rhetoric, the phrase has been phenomenallysuccessful. Its truthfulness, though, has always been in doubt. Michael Hammer,who co-wrote Re-engineering the Corporation, has called it “the biggestlie in contemporary business”. Peter Drucker prefers “a cliché thatborders on a lie”.(1)A new theory is gaining ground. According to the sudden surge of books aboutmanaging professionals, the phrase is not so much a lie, as only realisticallyapplicable to a tiny minority of organisations which operate under a veryparticular set of pressures – namely, professional service firms (PSFs). For the majority of organisations, it is simply inaccurate. “In mostbusinesses, a company’s competitive advantage does not rely directly on theretention, motivation and behaviour of particular individuals,” write JayLorsch and Tom Tierney, the authors of a new book on managing PSFs.(2)”Instead, it turns on shelf space, brand strength, cost position,distribution systems, price, technology, product design, location, or anynumber of other variables that can exist apart from the individuals who createdthem… Most companies’ profit performance does not correlate with their ‘peopleassets’.” Or put another way: people are expendable. In PSFs, however, which, after all, are nothing more than gangs ofindividuals with specialist skills – lawyers, accountants, PR firms, managementconsultants, advertisers and so on – the dependence on high-performance peopleis absolute. Indeed, Lorsch and Tierney describe it as “the distinguishingcharacteristic” of the PSF – so much so that the interests of the employeecome before those of customers. “The people you pay are more importantover time than the people who pay you,” they explain. Managing teams of professionals is often alleged to be like ‘herding cats’.Patrick McKenna and David Maister, authors of another new book about PSFs,First Among Equals, (3) paint a picture of star professionals as beingcongenitally averse to accountability, claiming it will thwart theircreativity. They hate the uniformity of meetings. Their well-honed professionalscepticism trains them to pick holes in constructive new ideas. They have whatMcKenna and Maister describe as an “alarming tendency” to doprecisely what they want, irrespective of the firm’s wishes. They aretemperamentally restless and ambitious, nursing a compulsion to compete againsttheir colleagues; and they can take lucrative clients with them in the event ofa fall-out. Trimming their elevated salary costs is not an option: cutting wage billsnever translates into competitive advantage in a PSF. The firms have littlechoice but to put up with such irritations because, unlike all other businessmodels, in PSFs the balance of power really is tilted towards the individual.Accordingly, PSFs tend to be flat-structured and participatory. Yet thisculture of involvement, even democracy, works against responsibility. “Ifeveryone is in charge, no one is in charge,” explain McKenna and Maister. And, as a sector, professional services has boomed. In 1990, the globalrevenue of PSFs was $390bn, a decade later, it was $911bn and between 1980 and2000, PSFs globally grew by 11 per cent a year.(4) If the professional services sector really is uniquely dependent on goodpeople – and the case is, I think, a fairly strong one – HR’s generic cliché ofchoice during the last 20 years is looking shabbier than ever. People are our greatest asset’ is often used as a reason why allorganisations should promote best practice across a host of different agendas –equal opportunities, reward, selection, appraisal, employee relations,development. The logic carries an implied threat: if companies don’t treat people astheir most important asset – helping to retain good people by offeringcompetitive maternity rights, for example – those assets will leave and thecompany will suffer. This threat carries some weight when the only assets anorganisation has are its brand and its people – the PSF model. But does the logic really work in a typical enterprise? Does the threat ofworkers hot-footing elsewhere really have the potential to devastate theaverage commercial or public sector operation? The honest answer is probably‘no’. Most organisations can use, abuse and lose their hum- an assets withrelative impunity because they have others that are more important. Generally,people are a means to an end. ‘People are our greatest asset’ is, then, a slogan that is for the most partfanciful and inaccurate, even a downright fib. Nothing new there then. Thepoint is that ‘people are our greatest asset’ may have done more harm thangood. It has made the HR profession look over-ambitious, deceitful and smarmy.Ideas for a new tagline, anyone? References1 Taken from Delivering on the Promise, Andersen Consulting Human CapitalPractice, www.andersen.com/resource 2 Aligning the Stars: How to succeed when professionals drive results, by Jay WLorsch and Thomas J Tierney, Harvard Business School Press, 2002 3 First Among Equals: How to manage a group of professionals, by PatrickMcKenna and David Maister, The Free Press, 2002 4 Lorsch and Tierney, as above Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Reassess your assetsOn 28 May 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more