Major Facelift for Black River on Labour Day CommunityMay 14, 2012 RelatedMajor Facelift for Black River on Labour Day RelatedMajor Facelift for Black River on Labour Day Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The town of Black River in St. Elizabeth is to be given a major facelift on Labour Day, May 23. Selected as the parish project for the day, members of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council and the general citizenry are expected to turn out in their numbers to bush the roadways leading into the town, clear debris, and carry out painting activities. “We will be doing preparatory work before Labour Day and we are expecting the citizens to come out and partner with us to clean up the town,” said Mayor of Black River, Everton Fisher, at Thursday’s (May 10) monthly meeting of the council. He said the local authority has allocated some $200,000 for drain cleaning, while a number of business have been approached to assist with the Labour Day activity. Mayor Fisher, who is also Chairman of the council, said the aim is to improve the general aesthetic of the town for the 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations. “We are expecting all the major roadways leading into the town to be beautified. We are paying special attention to Independence Park, which will be our centre of attraction for the Independence celebrations,” he informed. “We are set to do some good beautification at the park, to bring home a sense of nationhood into our parish. We expect the citizens of the parish to be on board as there will be various activities across the parish, but our centerpiece will be Black River,” he added. The Council has appointed a committee chaired by former Parish Manager for the Social Development Commission (SDC), Sandra Emanuel, to plan and coordinate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary events in the parish. Mayor Fisher is also urging residents to clean up their own surroundings for Labour Day. He informed that on May 19, all councillors and administrative staff will be cleaning up the grounds of the council, “and we will also move out to our respective divisions on Labour Day.” Labour Day 2012 will be celebrated under the theme: ‘Step Forward…Make Jamaica Beautiful’, with emphasis on beautifying the country for Jamaica 50. By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter RelatedMajor Facelift for Black River on Labour Day
Many managers in private practice and in in-house legal departments struggle with issues around staff morale. Morale’s a complex area. Staff can be intelligent and productive people, team players who are trusted by their colleagues and managers, working in a sector that interests them, and still report low morale in staff surveys and annual reviews. Faced with such a scenario, some heads of department and general counsel have come to what might at first seem an odd conclusion – that they should stop canceling one-to-one meetings with staff, and that this should be a rule that is strictly adhered to. Of course this rule does not fix all the sources of poor morale. But those who have implemented the ‘never cancel’ rule say that the effects are surprisingly wide ranging. First, while client service is the understandable priority for lawyers in any setting, an office where it always trumps internal matters that need attention creates an unhealthy working environment. Protecting some space for team considerations is an important correction to this outward-facing bias. Secondly, it is a common complaint that, put in a management position, lawyers spend insufficient time on staff management issues. If some of that time is ring-fenced in this way, managers will come closer to the targets they aspire to in this area. Thirdly, keeping to one-on-one meetings should mean that managers are made aware of issues within the team, or the fact that individuals are experiencing professional frustrations, before it is too late to deal with such problems. Of course, issues raised may include points about the manager’s own conduct, or that of clients, which again are better off dealt with sooner rather than later. As a workplace rule, this is a surprisingly hard one to stick to. But certainly those who have tried hard to adhere to it are positively evangelical about this rule’s ability to solve problems in these three key areas, and in the process raising morale.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 BANDO, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight joint leader S.K. Ho of South Korea opened up a five-stroke lead after shooting a 6-under-par 65 in the third round of the Championship by Lexus on Saturday.Ho got his momentum going with three consecutive birdies from the third hole and added three birdies in four holes around the turn as he moved to 14-under 199 at Otone Country Club. Australian Steven Conran, the other coleader after two rounds, shot a 70 to finish the day alone in second on 204.
The president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, and his colleagues will stage a walkout at the FIFA Council Meeting set to take place in Kigali on Friday if the world governing body decides to push for a vote on a new Club World Cup and Nations League.UEFA delegates are said to be angry and frustrated over what they perceive as “emotional blackmail” by FIFA president Gianni Infantino to agree to the proposals.Complaints center on the implications it will have on confederations, lack of detail on football’s calendar and an overall lack of consultation from parties involved.A new and expanded Club World Cup – held every year featuring some of the Premier League and Europe’s top clubs – has been proposed by FIFA.The ruling council is to decide whether it should be adopted and how to proceed at its meeting in Rwanda on Friday.The Club World Cup is held every December currently and features seven teams from six confederations.Earlier this year, Infantino proposed an expansion of 24 teams, which will include 12 teams from Europe, with the competition to be staged every four years.An opposition to the plans from FIFA Council members resulted in talks being suspended shortly before the start of the World Cup in Russia.The options being put forward would see the current Club World Cup and Confederations Cup abolished, with a new and expanded Club World Cup set up:Proposal 1: Stage it in place of the Confederations Cup, an eight-nation tournament held in June the year before each World Cup.Proposal 2: Same plan – but also includes options for a yearly competition held either as a pre-season tournament in July to August or in another time slot.In either case, the competition format, number of teams and division of places between each confederation are yet to be determined, but it will not exceed 18 days.The world governing body also wants to introduce a new global Nations League based on the format of the UEFA Nations League, which began in September.The new Club World Cup and global Nations League is projected to generate $25bn in revenue, with the investment coming from a consortium led by Japan’s SoftBank.However, with FIFA facing scrutiny over potential financial links with Saudi Arabia, the official documents outline how the organization “would not enter into a joint venture for this purpose, whether directly or indirectly, with sovereign wealth funds of individual states”.The FIFA Council will vote on whether to introduce a Nations League that will include countries from across the world from 2022.However, it will also decide whether organizing and commercializing that competition is also FIFA’s responsibility.Related