Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgU21 B Hurling Championship – FinalVenue: Kenny Park, Gort V Tommy Larkins, 2.30pm, Ref: Eoin Shaughnessy Division 1 LeagueVenue: Brownesgrove, Cortoon Shamrocks V Killanin 2.30pm, Ref: PJ. Rabbitte Division 8A (North)- Semi-FinalVenue: Ballymacward, Pádraig Pearses V Milltown 2.30pm, Ref: Pat Hansberry Division 7 (West)-FinalVenue: PáircRosa’Mhíl, OileáinÁrainn V AnCheathrú Rua,12:00, Ref: Mairtin O Mainin Sat 12 Nov Senior Football Relegation – Play-OffVenue: Pearse Stadium, Naomh Anna, LeitirMóir V Cárna-Caiseal 2.30pm, Ref: Gerry Daly Division 4 LeagueVenue: Headford, Headford V St Gabriel’s12:00, Ref: Richard Mc NicholasVenue: Athenry, Athenry V AnFhairche–Clonbur,12:00, Ref: Noel Dempsey Division 3 LeagueVenue: Oughterard, Oughterard V Monivea-Abbey 2.30pm, Ref: Tommy Faherty (S) Co. Junior A Football – FinalVenue: Tuam Stadium, Kilkerrin-Clonberne V St Michael’s 2.30pm, Ref: Austin O Connell Division 2 LeagueVenue: Caltra Pitch, Caltra V Moycullen 2.30pm, Ref: Gerry GuinanVenue: Páirc an Chathánaigh, An Cheathrú Rua V Menlough 2.30pm, Ref: James Molloy FOOTBALL Minor A Football League (North) – FinalVenue: Annaghdown, Annaghdown V Mountbellew/Moylough 8pm, Ref: Gerry Moore Fri 11 Nov HURLINGSat 12 Nov Intermediate Hurling Championship – Play OffVenue: Carnmore, Annaghdown V Clarinbridge, 2pm, Ref: Adrian Mooney Sun 13 Nov Division 2 LeagueVenue: Caherlistrane, Caherlistrane V Kilkerrin-Clonberne12:00, Ref: Frank Kinneen Sun 13 Nov Junior C1 Hurling Championship – Final (Replay)Venue: Craughwell, Craughwell V Tuam, 2pm, Ref: Joe Larkinprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Alia deserves national award – Grange

first_imgSports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange believes two-time RJR Sports Foundation National Sports-woman of the Year Alia Atkinson is deserving of a national award. Grange, went on to say that she intends to do her best to try make this a reality for the international swimming standout. “Well, she is deserving of a national award, but the national award is determined by a committee of Cabinet. I certainly would be very happy if she is given such an award, and I will do everything possible to ensure, but protocol dictates that I can’t say she will get an award. What I can say is that I will use my best efforts,” she said. Minister Grange also said that she wouldn’t be surprised if Atkinson was able to win the national Sportswoman of the Year award for the third time in her career. “I am looking forward to more winning medals and more achievements from Alia, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she is able to win the Sportswoman of the Year award for a third time,” she said. Grange praised Atkinson for her determination and focus as it relates to her discipline of swimming, as well as her willingness to share her knowledge and experience. “She is very sensitive to wanting to share her experience and her talent with the younger generation. Her determination is something that I have never seen in any other athlete, that sort of spirit and determination and focus towards her discipline, and so, I wish her all the best, and I look forward to her going from strength to strength,” she said. She also acknowledged Atkinson’s impact on black swimmers around the world as the first black world-record holder in swimming, holding the world record in the 100-metre breaststroke. “That is something that is of tremendous tribute to Jamaica and the spirit of the Jamaican woman. Alia has not only represented Jamaica well, but she has represented the African diaspora, and that is something that, for me, is not just about Jamaica now. It’s about the world. She has been able to make people of African descent around the world proud,” she said. – Bradley Jackslast_img read more

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For Raptors, a bad 6-minute stretch proved very costly

first_imgWith that, the lead was gone for good.And so, too, is the Raptors’ home-court advantage in the NBA Finals. The Warriors were tested late but held on, ultimately defeating the Raptors 109-104 in Game 2 to even the title series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGame 3 is Wednesday night on the Warriors’ home floor, Oracle Arena.“We had four or five decent possessions there and we just came away empty on all of them,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “And then we had probably four or five that were not good possessions, either. So certainly, the offense hurt the chance to get the defense set up there. I’m going to have to re-watch that. 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(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — It all came apart in about six minutes for the Toronto Raptors.They went scoreless over their first 12 possessions of the second half, a stretch during which what had been a double-digit lead late in the second quarter became a double-digit deficit to the Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Even after all that sputtering, the Raptors still had chances.Leonard made three free throws — two for a foul, one more for a technical on Stephen Curry — with 1:08 left to get the Raptors within 106-101. The Raptors forced a turnover on the next possession, and then got a 3-pointer from Danny Green with 27 seconds left to close the deficit to two.Then they needed to get as defensive stop.They didn’t get it. A helter-skelter possession for Golden State was capped by Andre Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left, allowing the Warriors to escape Toronto with a series split.“It was all about our defense and we held them to 37 percent and forced 15 turnovers and guarded the 3-point line well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “So it was championship defense — and that’s what it’s going to take.”There will be more than the bad stretch for the Raptors to lament before Game 3 rolls around.The Raptors shot only 37 percent. They were 11 for 38 from 3-point range. They couldn’t take advantage of the Warriors again being without Kevin Durant, losing Klay Thompson in the fourth quarter with hamstring tightness and seeing key reserve big-man Kevon Looney leave with a chest contusion.Now they’ll need to win at least once on the Warriors’ home floor to win a title.“We’re in the same boat they kind of were in coming here,” Nurse said. “We got to go out there and get one, right? That’s all we got to do is get one. And we can do that.”center_img “Probably not going to enjoy that very much, but I’m going to have to check it out.”The costly six minutes included: Eight missed shots by Toronto, five turnovers and 18 consecutive points given up to the Warriors — the biggest run of consecutive points to open a half in NBA Finals history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Throw in the last two points of the half for Golden State, and it was a 20-0 run in all, which Elias said was the longest ever in a finals game.Pascal Siakam was 0 for 3 in that bad stretch. Kawhi Leonard was 0 for 2, as was Marc Gasol — who had two of the turnovers on offensive fouls. Fred VanVleet missed a 3-point try.They led 47-35 in the second quarter, 58-48 late in the half — and the Warriors, in a flash, turned that around and went up 72-59. Add it all up, and it was a 24-1 run for the two-time defending champions.“Third quarter, we didn’t play well enough,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “We missed too many shots. They got out in transition and got a little confidence going. We lost the game there. Missing shots and not getting back on defense hurt us.”ADVERTISEMENT Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanaolast_img read more

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Hot streak has Highland riding high

first_imgThe Highland High boys’ basketball team is making a run at the Golden League title. The Bulldogs (13-10 overall, 5-3 league) have won three in a row and five of their past six games to climb into a tie with Quartz Hill (12-11, 5-3) for second place, a game behind Lancaster (14-9, 6-2), with four games to play. Said Highland coach Jeff Smith: “We’re in good shape.” Highland has a favorable schedule. It plays Wednesday at last-place Knight, then has home games against Littlerock and Palmdale, who are a combined 12-27. The Bulldogs are at home against Lancaster in their regular-season finale. Mr. Versatile: Robert Arnold leads Lancaster in nearly every statistical category, averaging 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. The 6-foot-4 senior is second in the league in scoring, trailing Quartz Hill’s Troy Ross, who averages 17.7 points. “Robert does it all for us,” Lancaster coach David Humphreys said. “He’s stepped up to become a leader.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Highland, the way they’re playing right now – wow! That’s all I can say,” Lancaster coach David Humphreys said. “They’re hot.” The Bulldogs played five of their first six league games on the road after a difficult nonleague schedule that included La Canada, Newbury Park and Valencia, all of which have been in the Daily News’ top 20 this season. “We’ve learned a lot this season,” Smith said. “The players know and understand that we’re in control of our own destiny. We want to win out and go into the playoffs with the No. 1 seed out of the Golden League.” Stumbling block: Quartz Hill was tied with Lancaster for first place when last week began, but the Rebels lost to Highland by 17 points Friday. The reigning league champions must regroup quickly to stay in the race. Quartz Hill, which plays host to Palmdale on Wednesday and Lancaster on Friday, is on track to make it to the Southern Section playoffs. The top four Golden League finishers are automatic qualifiers. last_img read more

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LAUSD bill parts could survive tests in court

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Villaraigosa’s proposal involves a few key elements including a council of mayors to ratify the hiring and firing of a superintendent and a mayor’s community partnership to directly oversee three clusters of the lowest-performing schools. It also includes a stronger superintendent with more authority over daily decision-making and awarding contracts, with a weakened school board limited to broad policy-making; and greater control at the local level over school management and curriculum. It calls for the district’s curriculum advisory committees to be composed of a majority of teachers, selected by teachers rather than district administrators. But critics already have questioned the constitutionality of the mayor asserting control over a school district, and lawsuits are considered likely if AB 1381 is passed and signed into law. Observers expect the most likely elements to be subject to court review are those directly involving the mayor’s role – the council of mayors and the partnership for lowest-performing schools. SACRAMENTO – Even if part of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s school-takeover legislation is struck down by the courts, portions of it could survive because of a legal clause inserted through amendments last week. But some say the “severability clause” also could result in haphazard, ineffective reforms and is equivalent to a “bait-and-switch” for members of the public who support mayoral influence at Los Angeles Unified but are unaware of the other provisions. “The intent of this bill is the mayor’s involvement and control. If that all gets taken out and the only thing that’s left is these peripheral issues, that was never the intent of what this legislation was meant to be,” said Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, an opponent of Assembly Bill 1381. “That would be a worse situation than what we currently have.” If they are struck down on constitutional grounds, the severability clause would mean the other elements – the curriculum committees, local control and stronger superintendent – could remain. Thomas Saenz, the mayor’s counsel, said the clause wasn’t really necessary because every law in California is considered severable by the courts. He said the clause was added to ensure that the issue is clear in the text of the bill because of the increased discussion of its legality. That question aside, Saenz said the mayor remains fully behind all elements of the legislation. He supports, for example, a stronger superintendent, and more local control, and would continue to support those concepts even if the council of mayors and the partnership were struck down. “Don’t get me wrong – something significant would be lost if both of those are struck down, which is the mayor’s direct role and responsibility for education,” Saenz said. “That certainly is a loss. But what remains is still some significant elements of a reform framework for the district. You would still have a very changed school board, a changed superintendent and changed school sites in terms of decision-making.” Saenz also remains confident the bill will withstand constitutional review, and noted that some of the other amendments added last week were designed to strengthen its legal viability. In particular, a clause was added subjecting the mayor’s partnership for lowest-performing schools to review by the county superintendent of education in an effort to mimic language used for charter schools that has already withstood legal review. Elizabeth Garrett, a law professor at the University of Southern California, said severability clauses are common, although the factors in the decision to add one can be complex and are based on both strategic and political as well as legal concerns. Bill authors have to consider whether the bill is worth keeping at all if its main provision is struck down. For example, in a major national campaign finance reform bill several years ago, the courts struck down expenditure limits, but kept contribution limits. Some felt the two were so closely related that it should have been both or neither. “The severability analysis is always really tricky in any of these big bills,” Garrett said. “People are willing to vote for the whole deal because they get the sweet with the bitter – and if it turns out you get the bitter instead of the sweet, they wouldn’t have voted for it.” Sometimes, she said, bill authors will choose an inseverability clause, which says if any part of the bill is struck down, the entire measure is invalid. And, she added, the mere presence of a severability clause doesn’t always mean the rest of a bill will remain intact. Courts typically consider the severability issue when weighing whether to strike down all or part of a piece of legislation, and can decide to overrule a severability clause and strike down the entire bill, she said. “Some people think, I want this as a package and if a court strikes this down, I’m stuck with the stuff I don’t like.” The LAUSD school board and administration oppose all aspects of the mayor’s effort. LAUSD General Counsel Kevin Reed said he agreed there is a possibility that only some portions of the bill would withstand a lawsuit. The district would equally oppose those remaining provisions. For example, the objection to giving greater control to the local school site is that some of those issues are subject to collective bargaining between the administration and the unions. “It’s also an issue that’s at the core of a relationship between the principal and the staff of a school site,” Reed said. Dictating that relationship in legislation means teachers might be more likely to sue if they have a dispute with their supervisor, Reed said. “I fail to comprehend how that helps kids.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Four players who could replace Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah if he leaves

first_imgFlorian Thauvin (Marseille) “Yes, I know we have one at home. This is a new one” pic.twitter.com/9q8L7fSOgB— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 12, 2019Unfortunately for Reds fans, his superb displays have once again fuelled speculation of a big money move away in the summer.Real Madrid have reportedly made ‘initial contact’ with Salah’s representatives over a transfer to the Spanish capital, with the 26-year-old said to be one of Zinedine Zidane’s top targets as he continues to plan his squad overhaul at the Bernebeu.But if Salah was to be lured to LaLiga, who could replace him at Anfield? talkSPORT.com has identifed four players Klopp could target. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED getty huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Having struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League with Newcastle, Florian Thauvin has really found his feet in Ligue 1 with Marseille and has been outstanding this season.The Frenchman has netted 15 goals and added eight assists in 32 matches to cement his name as one of the best performers in the French top-flight this campaign.Finding a player who has composure in front of goal is crucial if Liverpool are to replace Salah, and Thauvin possesses that ability to find the net.Klopp will have to fight to secure his signature however, as AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Inter have all shown interest in the forward.Nicolas Pepe (Lille) Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Thauvin found it tough at Newcastle but has been sensational for Marseille Pepe is one of the most in-demand players in Europe deals Bergwijn has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool 4 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January GETTY Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST 4 Getty Images PSV youngster Steven Bergwijn has had a storming season in the Eredivisie.The 21-year-old was instrumental in his side’s title challenge and scored 14 goals in 33 matches as his side were pipped to the Eredivisie crown by Ajax.Bergwijn also contributed 12 assists this season and although he may not be the finished article just yet, he could be the ideal long-term replacement for Salah if he leaves the club.Liverpool have been linked with the winger in recent weeks but they face competition from Manchester United, who are also tracking his progress  – and a reported £30million price tag has been placed on his head. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Mohamed Salah has had another stellar season in the Premier League.The Egyptian netted 22 goals to share the Golden Boot with his team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Another player who should be on Klopp’s radar if Salah leaves is Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.Ziyech enjoyed a fantastic season in Amsterdam – helping Erik ten Hag’s side lift the Eredivisie trophy and the KNVB Cup.And, on a personal level, the 26-year-old claimed the club’s Player of the Year award thanks largely to his 21 goals and 24 assists in 49 games.Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars recently revealed Ziyech – who has a release clause of £25million – is free to leave in the summer.However, Ziyech recently revealed his preferred destination is Arsenal or Barcelona – although Liverpool’s offer of Champions League football could trump the interest of their Premier League rivals.Steven Bergwijn (PSV) Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has become one of the hottest properties in Europe for his stunning displays in Ligue 1 this season.The 23-year-old has shot to prominence after scoring 22 goals and providing 11 assists in the French division and he is now at the centre of a tug-of-war between Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.Having joined Lille in 2017 for around £10million, his move now seems inevitable after his manager revealed the club were powerless to stop him moving on.“Nicolas Pepe will leave. Life’s like that, football’s like that today,” Galtier is quoted by the Mail.“He is a player of the highest level who will have a big decision to make on the choice of his next club. There will be a battle between the great European teams.”Pepe can play across the front three but is most accustomed to occupying the right-flank, where Salah is preferred in Klopp’s set-up.Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) Hakim Ziyech claimed it was a ‘dream’ to play for Arsenal back in 2017 4 ADVICE REPLY gameday cracker 4last_img read more

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Traffic Stop Leads to Coke Bust and 10K

first_imgThe juvenile driver was cited for Reckless Driving and Operating without Ever Receiving a License. Police arrested a 41-year-old Louisville female last night in a vehicle stop on I-64 where $10,000 cash and cocaine were recovered. Nazarine Lamar Ingram, 41, from Louisville, was placed under arrest and transported to the Floyd County Jail on the charges of Possession of Cocaine/Narcotic Drug; Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Taking a Child to a Nuisance. ISP Trooper Brandon Farias was working on Interstate #64 near the 121 Mile Marker when he stopped a 2002 silver Chrysler PT Cruiser traveling East at 100 miles per hour.The driver was a juvenile female from Owensboro, Kentucky that did not have a driver’s license.There were two other juvenile females in the car along with Ingram.center_img During the traffic stop, a Georgetown Police Officer and his police K-9 assisted trooper Farias with a walk around sniff of the stopped car.The K-9 alerted on the vehicle indicating a presence of a controlled substance.A search of the vehicle was completed with officers locating a small children’s backpack under the front passenger seat containing $10,000.00 in U.S. Currency.  Officers also located alleged Cocaine in the vehicle.last_img read more

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Auburndale football suffers blowout loss to Tomahawk

first_imgHatchets 35, Apaches 0Tomahawk 7 14 7 7 – 35Auburndale 0 0 0 0 – 0First QuarterT – Kaleb Kaminski 3 run (Kole Woodall kick).Second QuarterT – Dane Borchardt 2 run (Woodall kick).T – Easton Phalin 1 pass from Kaminski (Woodall kick).Third QuarterT – Kaminski 5 run (Woodall kick).Fourth QuarterT – Kaminski 28 run (Woodall kick).Team StatisticsFirst downs: Tomahawk 15; Auburndale 8Rushing (att-yards): Tomahawk 37-193; Auburndale 43-160.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Tomahawk 10-16-188-0; Auburndale 2-8-8-2.Penalties: Tomahawk 3-35; Auburndale 4-23.Fumbles (total-lost): Tomahawk 0-0; Auburndale 3-1.Punting: Tomahawk 3-28.0; Auburndale 5-26.6.Individual StatisticsRushing: T, Kaleb Kaminski 14-99, Dane Borchardt 19-57, Easton Phalin 4-37. A, Kurt Jankowski 28-137, Eli Larson 4-28, Aaron Willfahrt 3-1, Nathan Engelbright 1-minus 2, Ryan Isaacson 7-minus 4.Passing: T, Kaminski 10-16-188-0. A, Isaacson 2-8-8-2.Receiving: T, Brian Vecchio 4-56, Brandon Vecchio 2-69, Phalin 2-49, Michael Manninen 1-15, Borchardt 1-minus 1. A, Willfahrt 2-8.Punting: T, Bra. Vecchio 3-28.0. A, Keller Wolfe 5-26.6.Interceptions (defense): Kaminski, Logan Loretz.Records: Tomahawk 1-0 overall and Marawood Conference; Auburndale 0-1 overall and Marawood Conference. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE – Auburndale was held to just eight yards passing, eight first downs and could not muster a point, falling 35-0 to Tomahawk in its 2015 football season opener Friday night at Auburndale High School.The Apaches committed three turnovers and were outgained 381-168 in the loss.Quarterback Kaleb Kaminski threw for 188 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 99 yards and three more scores for Tomahawk.Kurt Jankowski rushed for 137 yards for Auburndale to account for most of its offensive output.Auburndale returns to action Aug. 28 at Edgar.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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New Zealand to abolish ‘bothersome’ departure cards

first_imgPhoto: Steve Creedy. New Zealand will follow Australia and abolish  “bothersome” departure cards from November in a move pitched as bringing seamless travel between the close neighbors one step closer.Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri announced the document’s demise Sunday but have yet to announce an exact date.The removal is in line with an international trend as countries rely on more sophisticated records to track traveler identity information. Australia axed its onerous green departure cards in July last year.READ: Australia axes painful outgoing passenger card.The New Zealanders estimate it will save departing travelers 100,000 hours as they complete more than 6.5 million cards a year.“The removal of departure cards will align with international best practice,’’ Less-Galloway said in the announcement.“Few other countries have departure cards with the level of detail required by the New Zealand one.“This also brings us closer to seamless travel between Australia and New Zealand for the benefit of Trans-Tasman travelers and businesses.“Travellers will be able to travel departure card-free on both sides of the Tasman.”Whaitiri said information captured by the departure cards was now mainly used for statistical purposes.“Stats NZ has developed an alternative way to produce migration and tourism statistics, based on actual movements rather than passengers’ stated intentions on the departure cards,” she said.Airlines and tourism authorities have been lobbying for years for easier access between Australia and New Zealand.A report compiled for the Tourism & Transport Forum released in 2017  estimated that using biometrics and US-style passenger pre-clearance on flights between Australia and New Zealand could slash travel time for almost seven million passengers by at least an hour.The report by international consultancy Airbiz Aviation Strategies argued that allowing passengers undergo immigration clearance at the departure point passenger would reap benefits for airlines, airports and border protection agencies.It would slash the number of people standing in international arrival queues, boost security and reduce the pressure on airports, it said.last_img read more

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HR Philosophy from the Trenches

first_imgRecently I had to help a supervisor counsel an employee, and the employee went out of their way to thank the supervisor for bringing it to their attention, showing them that they cared, and not giving up on them during their difficult times.Yes, a disciplinary action followed by a “thank you.” It can be done, if you and the manager care enough to make it work. That’s not to say the situation is immediately and permanently resolved, but if you give respect you’ll often get it in return. Look at the problem. Help dig up all of the potential pitfalls and snags. Ask good questions (be curious, not demanding or accusatory). Then help the person arrive at a conclusion, whether you provide it or they come to it organically. A few more things to keep in mind: don’t demand answers immediately, be focused on the facts (instead of only opinions), and mentally put yourself in the position of both the “problem” person and their manager. How would you want someone to advise you if you were in one of those positions? Don’t just say, “This is the policy. Follow it.” Any idiot can point to a policy, grunt, and go on with their day. It takes courage and wisdom to handle these situations with more attention and care than that. These are the people that drive your business. Don’t they deserve at least that much from you? Again, thank you to Leeanne for the input. Those were excellent comments, and I appreciate you taking the time to share. If anyone else ever feels like shooting me an email, I’m always happy to get them (even if I can’t always respond to everyone due to the volume!). Hit me here if you have ideas or comments. Thanks! Recently I asked some questions of a few of my audience members as a way to learn how to provide content that is better targeted toward their needs. I received the comments above from Leeanne, and I got her permission to share them here. I absolutely love them and wanted to take some time to unpack the comments here for the benefit of the rest of you out there. As we say here in the Bible Belt, I’m going to step on some toes today, but it’s good for each of us to get that once in a while. Heck, half the advice I give here is to hold myself accountable for doing the right thing instead of the easy thing. Listen up, school’s in session… When people come to HR with an issue, they expect a complicated answer, whether one is required or not. I will never understand the unnecessary over-complication that many in this profession leap to, because it doesn’t do a single thing to endear us to the rest of the organization. Give a long-winded and unhelpful answer often enough, and people will stop coming to you for help, advice, answers, etc. Deal with the problem Look back at the directions for asking questions above: be curious. Be genuinely curious. Detach yourself from the situation, pull the emotions out of it, and try to determine the response that will result in a winning solution for all parties involved. Sometimes there are situations where that just isn’t possible, but it’s amazing how often you can arrive at a solution that the “problem” person will be happy with. If you’ve been in HR for any length of time, you know we run into conflict on some level fairly often. Probably every seven minutes on average. 🙂 Seriously, it’s just a part of the job. How you handle it (as with the suggestions above) can help to improve the situation or make it much, much worse. Keep it simple I have two HR philosophies; “Keep It Simple” and “Deal With the Problem”. My that I mean that people always seem so scared of dealing with something going wrong because they see it as conflict and that they will upset the person involved. The way I approach it is, something has happened, and that is what we need to address. I’m not going to belittle them, or attack them, we just need to address the issue as soon as possible. ~Leeanne, a dedicated upstartHR reader Bottom line: stop trying to make things more complex because it makes you feel smarter. It makes people hate you. That might hurt, but it’s true. To read the original article on Upstart HR, please click here.last_img read more

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