3 UK stocks I’d buy TODAY for 2020 and beyond

first_img3 UK stocks I’d buy TODAY for 2020 and beyond Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Thursday, 2nd January, 2020 | More on: AVST FDP SGE Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. In terms of big investment themes, it’s hard to ignore cybersecurity. In an increasingly digital world, cybercrime has become one of the most worrying threats to society. According to experts, by 2021, cybercrime could cost the world $6trn annually, which would represent the greatest transfer of economic wealth in history.Given this backdrop, it’s no surprise that Avast has momentum at present. First-half results last year showed adjusted revenue growth of 9.2% while adjusted EBITDA rose 6.5%.Right now, Avast shares trade on a forward-looking P/E ratio of 18.1 and offer a dividend yield of a little over 2%. I think that’s good value for this cybersecurity stock.AIM growth stock Finally, if you’re looking for growth on the AIM market, take a look at First Derivatives (LSE: FDP). It’s a technology company that operates in the FinTech/big data space and counts the likes of Lloyds Bank, UBS, and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing among its clients. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Sage, First Derivatives, and Lloyds Bank. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group and Sage Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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. At first glance, Sage doesn’t look that cheap. Looking at the consensus earnings forecast for the year ending 30 September 2020, the forward-looking P/E ratio is 25. That’s considerably higher than the average FTSE 100 valuation. However, given the potential for growth here, I think that valuation is actually quite reasonable.You see, unlike many other Footsie companies, Sage operates in a high-growth industry. According to Orbis Research, the global cloud accounting market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 8.6% between now and 2024. Sage also believes its total addressable market is over 70m businesses. Given that it has only 3m customers now, there’s significant potential for growth.It’s also worth noting that Sage has a strong competitive advantage as it’s an established player within its industry and that it’s a highly profitable company. Overall, I think it’s a great stock to buy today. Remember, as Warren Buffett says, “it’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”FTSE 250 cybersecurity stock Within the FTSE 250, I like the look of Avast (LSE: AVST). It’s one of the world’s largest cybersecurity companies with over 435m users worldwide.  “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” If you’re looking for stocks to buy today, you have no shortage of options. There’s plenty of value to be found within the UK stock market, despite the fact that stocks have had a good run recently. Below, I list a FTSE 100 stock, a FTSE 250 one, and a high-growth AIM choice that I believe are worth buying today.FTSE 100 champion Within the FTSE 100, one stock I like right now is cloud-based accounting and payroll solutions provider Sage (LSE: SGE), which is held by two of the UK’s top fund managers, Terry Smith and Nick Train.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… First Derivatives has grown at a fast rate over the last few years (three-year revenue growth of 85%) and City analysts expect more growth in the years ahead. For the year ending 28 February 2020, revenue is forecast to grow 10%, while net profit is expected to surge 84%. It’s worth noting that the company recently advised that it had “good momentum” across the business at the start of the second half of the year.FDP shares currently trade on a forward-looking P/E ratio of around 32, which I believe is reasonable for a tech company operating in the high-growth data industry. I think the stock is worth buying today. Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

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The benefits of Amazon Prime for rugby fans

first_imgWatch 14 Test matches live on Prime Video this autumn LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Buy Now from Amazon for £69.99Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport HeadphonesYou get up to five hours of playing time on these headphones with each charge so you’ll be able to listen to your favourite podcasts or music on a long run or during a lengthy gym session. Plus, you can save 38% if you buy them on Amazon Prime Day (RRP £179.95).Buy Now from Amazon for £110.99Fitbit Inspire Health & Fitness TrackerThis Fitbit (RRP £69.99), which keeps track of your activity, comes in five colours and you can get more than £30 off right now.Buy Now from Amazon for £38.99Amazon KindleWant to read all the latest rugby books but don’t want to carry around those hardback editions? You can save £25 on an Amazon Kindle (RRP £69.99) and download those books straight to the device.Buy Now from Amazon for £44.99Hatteker Professional Hair ClippersWant to be able to cut your hair or trim your beard at home? Save 23% on these hairclippers (RRP £26.98), which come with myriad attachments.Buy Now from Amazon for £26.98And don’t forget we also have an incredible offer on Rugby World magazine right now. Take out a subscription and get three issues for just £5. International rugby is coming to Prime Video! Watch 14 top-class Autumn Nations Cup matches live in November and December pic.twitter.com/scTfbp48eh— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) September 11, 2020If it’s just the live rugby you’re after, you could sign up in the week the Autumn Nations Cup kicks off – Italy v Scotland and England v Georgia back-to-back on Saturday 14 November are the first matches being shown by Prime Video – and then you’d have access to all four tournament weekends.And if you just sign up for Prime Video, without the other benefits, the price is £5.99 a month. With 14 games in that period, it works out at less than 50p a Test – great value! – and you can cancel at the end of the tournament.However, if you sign up for Amazon Prime today, you could also take advantage of the myriad offers available to members on Prime Day (13-14 October).As well as rugby-specific deals, here are a few others that should appeal…Fire TV CubeSave £40 if you sign up for the Ultra HD streaming media player (RRP £109.99), which allows you to watch the likes of Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and, of course, Prime Video. Perfect for streaming those Autumn Nations Cup matches! Opening act: Italy v Scotland will be the first Autumn Nations Cup match shown on Amazon Prime (Getty Images) The benefits of Amazon Prime for rugby fansThere is a feast of international rugby coming up in the northern hemisphere – and for the first time Amazon Prime Video will be showing matches.The on-demand streaming service will be showing 14 of the 16 Autumn Nations Cup matches live in November and December, so now is the ideal time for UK rugby fans to sign up to Amazon Prime.Sign up to Amazon PrimeFor those who are already Prime members, they will be able to watch Test rugby at no extra cost. If you’re not already signed up to Amazon Prime, it costs £7.99 a month in the UK – and if you haven’t used the service before you can get a 30-day FREE trial.Other benefits of being an Amazon Prime member include unlimited Premium Delivery on Amazon orders, access to more than two million songs on Amazon Music and eBooks, magazines and comics.Prime Video also has great offerings for rugby fans on top of the live Test rugby. Membership gives you access to the All or Nothing series that takes you behind the scenes in the All Blacks camp, a two-part biopic on Jonah Lomu as well as documentaries like Pacific Warriors, XV: Beyond the Tryline and Chasing Great: The Richie McCaw Story.last_img read more

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Protests in U.S. grow bolder, larger after Garner injustice

first_imgPhiladelphia New York Detroitcenter_img Black, Brown and — to a greater extent even than in earlier protests in solidarity with Ferguson — white youth came out in great numbers and took the streets behind African-American leadership after the announcement that no charges would be brought against any of the cops responsible for the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, N.Y. Tens of millions of people had seen the killing on video.The result was that on Dec. 3 and, in even larger numbers on Dec. 4, protests across the country that involved as many as 200,000 people disrupted automobile, bus and rapid-transit traffic. This happened in dozens of cities, including Boston, New York, Baltimore, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle.Judging by reports to Workers World, as well as those available on other sites and social media, as well as in the corporate media, the massive show of solidarity in the streets, along with expressions of support even from motorists caught in big traffic jams, increased the confidence of the young demonstrators. As a result, in many places they pushed through or around police blockades to shut down highways and intersections. And they vowed to continue actions indefinitely.Following are a few of the reports that reached WW.Thousands on Dec. 3 raised their voices outside the seasonal tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York. They ran into a phalanx of violent cops who blocked them. Protesters then marched to Times Square and Columbus Circle; another group shut down the West Side Highway.“The group I was with went to the tree-lighting ceremony, confronting the cops, and then snaked around the streets several times, winding up in Grand Central Station. People pulled down metal gates on higher floors and let people into the station. Police blocked the way to the corporate offices. Then a small group tried to shut down the IRT #6 train, that runs up and down Lexington and Park Avenues,” our reporter said.The next night as many as 10,000 people gathered in Foley Square north of City Hall in downtown Manhattan. Led by the families of victims of the police, a few thousand demonstrators occupied and shut down the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Thousands unable to fit on the bridge marched up Broadway against traffic, turning left on Canal Street to head for the Holland Tunnel. At various times during the night of Dec. 4, the tunnel, the West Side Highway, the FDR Drive, the two bridges and numerous intersections were blocked.That same day in Philadelphia, in response to a call from a group of young African-American women, people held a die-in at 4:15 p.m. at the 30th Street Amtrak station in Philadelphia.  Several hundred participated by lying down or sitting down in the station concourse for four-and-a-half minutes, representing the four-and-a-half hours that the body of Mike Brown, the unarmed teen shot and killed by a cop, had lain in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., unattended.Protesters then marched through Center City to challenge the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, with constant chants of “No justice, no peace” and “Shut it down for Mike Brown.”  Several groups of young singers who were brought on the stage for the official event raised their hands in the familiar, “Hands up, don’t shoot” message.The People’s Power Assembly called for the Dec. 4 demonstration in Baltimore on only one day’s notice. Nearly 2,000 people showed up, mostly very young. About the same number of youth came from the Black community as in earlier protests, but this time with more Black students and a much larger show of solidarity from white students and youth. The demonstrators shouted out their anti-racist positions at the Christmas tree-lighting festivities after marching from downtown.The cops were much more aggressive than at earlier demonstrations. The night before police had not stopped demonstrators from shutting down the I-83 highway that bisects the city and reaches Baltimore Inner Harbor. But on Dec. 4, mounted cops used their horses in an attempt to herd and disrupt the demonstration. The PPA and the youth refused to back down, holding two separate assemblies where people could speak out.Continuing demonstrations that went on throughout the week, on Dec. 5 in Oakland, Calif., protesters spent another night in the streets, blocking both lanes of I-880 and closing the West Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit station. This followed several nights of street actions, including closing the Fruitvale BART station on Dec. 4. There were also symbolic protests of solidarity with Brown and Garner by the Black Student Union at U.C. Berkeley.In Atlanta, demonstrations went on all week, starting Dec. 1 when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was shouted down at a community speakout at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. There Aurielle Lucier, the 19-year-old founder of #ItsBiggerthanYou, delivered a powerful speech to multiple standing ovations, denouncing not just the police actions in Ferguson but making clear the numerous police killings in Atlanta in recent years. She consistently raised the experience of Black, Brown, undocumented, queer and trans communities at the hands of police — and called it genocide.Many in the crowd showed by their comments that the youth had clearly analyzed the “pacification” strategy evident in the speeches made by officials at the opening of this speak-out. They chanted, “You can’t stop the revolution” and “We will not be silenced.”Elsewhere in Georgia on Dec. 2, hundreds joined a Ferguson solidarity protest in Athens at the University of Georgia with students, faculty and community folks, who also carried out a “die-in.”On Dec. 4, some hundreds marched for two hours in midtown Atlanta, blocking streets and holding a “die-in” in a major intersection. Police blocked their way to an Interstate ramp with squad cars, effectively stopping traffic on the highway. Protests also took place at Emory University. There were also campus “die-ins” at Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and Agnes Scott in metropolitan Atlanta and at Columbus State.At a MARTA (rapid transit) station in Atlanta, youth held the International Action Center banner reading “Black lives matter! No justice, no peace! No racist police!” Other printed signs read, “We can’t breathe.”It was no lunch-time-as-usual in the heavily patrolled, privatized Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit on Dec. 4. Some 100 people, including observers who joined in, defied private cops and staged a die-in in honor of Eric Garner and against police terror and murder. The park and its large ice rink, all decorated for the holidays, are under the control of business mogul Dan Gilbert, representing the banks’ takeover of the city under the auspices of emergency management and federal bankruptcy.Two die-ins and another action are set for Dec. 6. Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) has called a “March Against Capitalism to Combat Racism, Poverty and War” for 3 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Woodward and Jefferson avenues. A bus, sponsored by Detroit National Action Network, will be leaving Detroit for Washington, D.C., for the Dec. 13 national march against police brutality.Reports from Imani Henry, Betsey Piette, Sharon Black, Dianne Mathiowetz and Jerry Goldberg, and edited by John Catalinotto. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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New Engines Key to Ethanol Growth

first_imgSource: Growth Energy Previous articleThe Governor becomes President, for PurdueNext articleMarket Wrap up with Gary Wilhelmi 6/21/12 Gary Truitt New Engines Key to Ethanol Growth Home Energy New Engines Key to Ethanol Growth SHARE Figuring out how to solve the energy challenges of today and the future was the topic of the “Next Generation Engines and Fuels Forum,” and, no surprise, Tom Buis, the CEO of Growth Energy… a group that promotes ethanol and the people who produce it… was part of the discussion of the importance of renewable fuel and ethanol. “The energy challenges we face as a nation are complex, and as we move forward,” Buis said. “We need to look to combine the best performance possible between fuels and vehicles that will meet the upcoming CAFÉ standards, while at the same time acting as responsible stewards to our environment. To that end, all stakeholders, from those that produce fuel and engines must work in a collaborative manner in the development of the next generation of fuel and vehicles,” stated Buis. By Gary Truitt – Jun 21, 2012 Buis added that designing engines to operate on higher blends of ethanol is critical for the ethanol and engine industries, “If the invested parties work in a uniform, transparent and predictable manner, we can easily address the growing demand for an abundant and reliable source of energy for the future.” SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Death threats against two journalists in Barrancabermeja

first_img RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF_en News ColombiaAmericas February 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats against two journalists in Barrancabermeja Reports News April 27, 2021 Find out more Diego Waldrón, who edits the Barrancabermeja-based weekly Siete Dias and presents the daily news programme “Noticias en Caliente” on Calor Estéreo, was threatened at his home by the bodyguard of a person linked to the city hall on 14 February, a day after referring on the air to the lack of qualifications of someone named by the mayor to run a municipal company.Just three weeks before, on 26 January, Waldrón was the target of a death threat from the chamber of commerce president’s brother, who tried to attack him with an iron bar after he mentioned alleged embezzlement in the running of the chamber. The assailant returned two days later and waited outside his home until overpowered by police, who then freed him.Garibaldi López, the producer and presenter of two news programmes on Calor Estéreo (“Actualidad en Estéreo” and “Controversia”), received a threatening phone call at his home on 9 February from the paramilitary United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC). The caller said: “The first was José Emeterio Rivas (a journalist killed on April 2003), the second will be Garibaldi López and the third will be Diego Waldrón.” López presents news programmes that cover all issues, including the AUC. The paramilitaries say he talks too much.Mounting tensionReports of threats against journalists in the Barrancabermeja region have been increasing for several months. Inés Peña, the presenter of the “Cultura por la vida” segment of the news programme “La Mohana” on the Barrancabermeja-based regional channel Enlace 10, was kidnapped and tortured on 28 January by AUC members. She had criticised the paramilitaries’ arrival in the region as well as human rights violations by all the armed groups.Pedro Javier Galvis Murillo of the weekly La Noticia and Yaneth Montoya, a correspondent for the regional daily Vanguardia Liberal, were forced to leave the city in October after receiving death threats. A list of persons for execution, believed to have been compiled by the AUC, had been handed in to the office of the ombudsman. Montoya’s name was on the list.According to the latest report by the Press Freedom Federation (FLIP), issued this month, press reporting about corruption is on of the chief reasons for physical attacks and threats against journalists. The FLIP said that in many cases officials who had been criticised got together with armed groups to silence journalists.Reporters Without Borders has learned that officials in Barrancabermeja who have been criticised by the press have in recent months often mentioned their links with the AUC in an attempt to intimidate journalists. Receive email alerts to go further News Diego Waldrón and Garibaldi López, two presenters with the radio stationCalor Estereo in Barrancabermeja, have received several death threatssince the start of the year. Since the murder of José Emeterio Rivas, apresenter with the same radio station, in April 2003, more and more journalists have been the target of threats and physical attacks. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies ColombiaAmericas Follow the news on Colombia RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Organisation Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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McManus plans halted by objecting Fair City actress

first_imgLimerick Post Show | April 10, 2020 Noreen and JP McManusTHE wife of Limerick billionaire JP McManus has been halted in her plans to develop and extend a house owned on Millionaires’ Row in Dublin’s leafy suburbs.Last July, Noreen McManus lodged plans to Dublin City Council which would compromise of demolishing an 80sqm bungalow and replacing it with a 200sqm luxury linked building at the back of the main home on 22 Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4.The original home was bought from developer Bernard McNamara for €10m in 2011 and two mews buildings were added a year later.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Now, Ms McManus wishes to build an extension which would link all three properties.However, former Fair City actor and neighbour Claudia Carroll has objected to plans stating that her home “will be totally overlooked by this property, violating privacy and overshadowing my garden”.Following the objection, the council has put a halt to the plans until a resolution is reached. Facebook TAGSAilesbury RoadClaudia CarrollDublinFair CityJP McManus WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Linkedin Seven winners overall for JP as he takes Leading Owner award at Cheltenham Printcenter_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cheltenham Day 2 belongs to JP McManus with Four victories Previous articleLimerick Pensioner targeted in rural armed raidNext articleLimerick Choral Union call out to new members for December’s Stella Natalis Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie JP McManus’ legendary Istabraq to be honoured on Laochra na Rásáiochta 2021 JP McManus Pro-Am postponed for one year NewsMcManus plans halted by objecting Fair City actressBy Staff Reporter – August 31, 2016 990 Limerick Post Show | Team Limerick Clean Up Launchlast_img read more

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Roads treacherous after overnight snow

first_img By News Highland – January 5, 2010 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Facebook WhatsApp Roads treacherous after overnight snowcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Previous articleSome outpatient clinics cancelled in LetterkennyNext articleGovernment urged to name date for Donegal SW By-Election News Highland Google+ News Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE Google+ Roads across Donegal are in a very dangerous condition this morning, with a number of bus services affected, particularly in South and West of the county.As always, untreated secondary and county roads are hazardous, as are many main roads after fresh snowfalls overnight and early this morning impeded efforts to clear main roads.Some very difficult conditions are being reported in Letterklenny, particularly around the Gortlee junction, where we’ve had reports of carsd leaving the road this morning. Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released last_img read more

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Donegal TD goes into isolation

first_img By News Highland – March 17, 2020 Google+ Homepage BannerNews Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal TD Thomas Pringle had gone into isolation on medical advice.In a social media post this morning, Deputy Pringle says he may have Coronavirus, and was ordered into isolation last evening. Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Twitter Previous articlePodcast – DL Debate Episode 6Next articleCalls for council housing rents to be delayed over COVID-19 News Highland center_img Donegal TD goes into isolation Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan WhatsApplast_img read more

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Personal profile

first_imgPersonal profileOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career?To treat people fairly and as you would wish to be treated.What is the strangest situation you have had to deal with at work?Working in East Germany trying to restructure the business with no language skills and a new management team.Imagine being stranded on a desert island with enough food for only two people. Who would be your companion and why?My husband. We would have time to discuss all the things that get lost in the maelstrom of business and family lives. The other option would be Thomas More so I could debate Utopia with him.If you had three wishes to change your firm what would they be?1 A chance to reflect a little more before I make a decision. This is always difficult in a fast-moving business and industry when you are new to the company and the sector.2 To have everyone based in one building. We are currently spread over four sites in London and this makes logistics that much harder.3 Interoute is a company of young and dynamic individuals; the ability to harness these skills more effectively would be tremendous.What is the best thing about working in HR?The diversity of situations I deal with working on a pan-European basis.What is the worst?Trying to keep up with legislation.You have stumbled upon a time machine. What period would you visit and why?The court of Henry VIII. The times were fraught with danger politically, yet people made moral judgments that cost them their lives or undertook political intrigues that ended in a trip to the Tower. I would ask people why and see if the historians got it right.If you could adopt the management style of an historical character, whose would you adopt and why?Hatshepsut (1504-1482BC) – she was one of the only queens in Egypt who became a pharaoh in her own right. She brought prosperity and success through negotiation and trading.If you were to write a book, which subject would you choose?I would write a children’s story with beautiful illustrations.What is you greatest strength?Multitasking to enable me to fit most of the things I want to into my life and operate at different levels in the business to deliver the HR strategy.What is your least appealing characteristic?I am impatient.How do you deal with confronting people with difficult issues?I take a deep breath, get my facts straight and then talk to them honestly about the situation.last_img read more

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Councils set to face legal action over pay inequality

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Local authorities are to face a series of legal challenges over inequality between male and female pay.The move comes after unions lost patience with local authorities’ inability to address the issue by revising pay structures. Councils say they are unable to foot the massive cost of doing this.Three years ago, the GMB, the Transport and General Workers Union and Unison agreed to delay legal action to give councils time to come up with a solution.But a study published last week by employment analyst Industrial Relations Services shows just 7 per cent of councils have carried out a job evaluation exercise, the first concrete step to ensure male and female manual workers are paid the same for comparable jobs. Jack Dromey, national organiser for the TGWU, said not enough progress has been made. His union is preparing to take cases against four local authorities in the autumn. Unison has “half a dozen” lined up.Larger authorities claim that funding the changes, agreed between the councils and unions in July 1997, will cost them around £6m – a cost they are unable to finance. The changes, if implemented, would affect 1.2 million employees.Rita Sammons, head of personnel and training at Hampshire County Council, said large authorities like Hampshire simply cannot afford to fund the changes.Head of local government at Unison Malcolm Wing said, “We are not going to target those that really are making an effort, but some local authorities are simply playing games.” Earlier this year 351 speech therapists reached a deal expected to cost the NHS £12m following a test case. The speech therapists argued they were entitled to the same level of pay as pharmacists, which is traditionally a male-dominated profession.Cases have also been brought by groups of council employees including school dinner ladies and cooks. Previous Article Next Article Councils set to face legal action over pay inequalityOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

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