Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter April 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm From the History ChannelEaster, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate it on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when it will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace it to the Latin term hebdomadal alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, it is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is the last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.The Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem takes place on Holy Saturday at the Holy Sepulcher Church. The ceremony is held in the rotunda of the Church around the Tomb of Christ.In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring. As with Christmas, over the centuries various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday.For the complete article, go here. I am sitting here thinking about Easters in the past and I remember how my parents would always buy me a new dress for Easter Sunday from the time I was little. When we moved here to Apopka I was 14 and a half years old the June that we moved here, so the following spring I was 15, and we went over to K-Mart on West Colonial and my father gave me a twenty dollar bill to buy myself a new Easter dress. I picked out one that I just loved and went to the dressing room and tried it on and put my twenty dollar bill up on the ledge, and was turning all around looking in the mirror. Well, I flew out of there and went running to hunt down my parents to show them my Easter dress, and as we headed to the cash register together……. uh oh! I had left the twenty dollar bill on the ledge and ran back to the dressing room and it was gone. My daddy didn’t yell at me, didn’t whip me when we got home, or even lecture me about it, but I felt so bad! He paid for it at the register anyway, and wasn’t even mad at me. I will never forget that! I was blessed to have the parents I had. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Mama Mia Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 1 COMMENT TAGSEaster Previous articleWork dragging you down?Next articleEaster falls on a Sunday this Year? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000
Manufacturers: Delta Light, Calle 20, Haus design center, La Germania y Teka, Mosaicos La PeninsularCollaborators:Arch. Saúl Andrés Salazar Ruiz, Arch. Luis Fernando Cano Cuevas, D.I. Vanessa Pérez GonzálezOther Participants:Cancelería/ Alumax, Mobiliario/Calle 20, Pisos/ Mosaicos la PeninsularArchitect In Charge:Xavier Eduardo Salas HernándezCity:MeridaCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tamara UribeRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Porcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackText description provided by the architects. At the main entrance, a double height open foyer is surrounded with plants, and a big wooden fence that serves to protects the facade against the sun rays coming from the west. The Livingroom and dining area are continuous and looking to a huge window looking to the garden, this garden serves as the heart and the lungs of the house. The double height dining room and the kitchen have sliding doors that allow a nice view to the courtyard; this gives a special sensation of amplitude and connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces.Save this picture!© Tamara UribeSave this picture!Lower Floor PlanSave this picture!© Tamara UribeThe property limit walls that surround the house were covered with pieces of stone obtained from digging the pool, in this manner the reused of this material allowed to lower the costs and at the same time give local identity to the project. The west and east facades were covered with the traditional “French style” tiles produced in a local Factory, giving a modern twist to this material that is traditionally used in the floors of the colonial houses. In the courtyard, this two materials (French tiles & recovered stoned) were precisely combined with a really good selection of plants and the swimming pool which was finished with a special stucco that contains a particular ink obtained from the cortex of a local tree. A really light and high steel structure with a special sunscreen mesh protects an open lounging area next to the pool; this steel structure captures more space volume giving this area a really nice sense of amplitude.Save this picture!© Tamara UribeSave this picture!Section ASave this picture!© Tamara UribeThe master bedroom was placed at the very back of the plot to give it more intimacy and silence, this space has a “double height” ceiling, one of its walls is covered with Stone. A lower height wall was covered in tropical Wood subtly divides the room from the bathroom. Once in the bathroom, an interior garden gives continuity to the same concept of the rest of the house “in contact with nature”. In the second floor, two spacious bedrooms were placed, each of them has a private balcony with magnificent sights, allowing at the same time the cross ventilation very needed in this hot weather zone, natural sun lighting and the contact with green areas. Save this picture!© Tamara UribeAbove the master bedroom, a generous terrace and a green roof were designed to allow the stars contemplation. The gardened area in this roof reduces a few grades the indoor temperature in the master bedroom, achieving in this manner lower energy consumption, reducing the need for the air conditioning system. All the surfaces around the house (walls & ceilings) were cover with white stucco and the special ink obtained from a local tree cortex named “Chukum”, achieving a nice combination of local materials such as Natural Stone, French style tiles and an endemic selection of different plants and trees.Save this picture!© Tamara UribeProject gallerySee allShow lessBates Smart Plans to Suspend a New Sydney Stadium Above the City’s Central StationArchitecture NewsBjarke Ingels Designs Micro WeGrow School in New YorkArchitecture News Share Star House / Xavier Salas Arquitectos Star House / Xavier Salas ArquitectosSave this projectSaveStar House / Xavier Salas Arquitectos Photographs: Tamara Uribe Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/901860/star-house-xavier-salas-arquitectos Clipboard Save this picture!© Tamara Uribe+ 32Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Photographs Year: ArchDaily CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Merida, Mexico Projects Area: 320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/901860/star-house-xavier-salas-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeXavier Salas ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsMeridaMexicoPublished on September 12, 2018Cite: “Star House / Xavier Salas Arquitectos” [Casa Estelar / Xavier Salas Arquitectos] 12 Sep 2018. 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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 January 2005 | News UK Christian charities launch their own tsunami appeal Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Six Christian agencies have launched their own emergency fundraising appeal in response to the Asian tsunami earthquake disaster.The appeal is entitled ‘A Christian Response’ and is described as “a joint fund-raising response amongst like-minded agencies”. The partner organisations are Christian Hope International, Glasgow the Caring City, Global Hand, The Vines Trust, Mercy Trucks and World Emergency Relief (WRF).The appeal is designed to be distinct from that of the Disasters Emergency Committee. Alex Haxton, Director of Operations at World Emergency Relief, told Ekklesia: “The Disasters Emergency Committee and other national appeals although important, can bypass many other agencies who are doing valuable work and who also need funding.” Advertisement
Advertisement Howard Lake | 6 February 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis DSC criticises Public Accounts Committee’s report on Charity Commission The Public Accounts Committee has again attacked the “feeble” performance of the Charity Commission, claiming that it is “not fit for purpose”.The Committee’s report follows the National Audit Office’s report in December 2013 which criticised the Commission’s work and stated that it was not regulating charities effectively.[quote align=”right” color=”#999999″]”That’s the utter failure of the Government to value the function they provide to the public and charities.”[/quote]The Directory of Social Change has criticised both reports. Of the NAO report, it argued that it focused too narrowly on the Commission’s enforcement duties rather than its broader duties.Of this week’s PAC report, Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC, said that he accepted that the Commission needed to improve in some areas and was taking action to do so.But the regulatory body was finding this “increasingly difficult by the fact that its budget has been halved.” He added: “That’s not its fault – that’s the utter failure of the Government to value the function they provide to the public and charities.”He criticised politicians as “totally irresponsible” for using “brickbat statements” like ‘not fit for purpose’. He pointed out the importance of the wider role of the Charity Commission.“The charitable sector”, he said, “depends on its regulator not just to take action against wrongdoing, but to enable charities to get things right in the first place – this is especially true for small charities, which represent the majority of the sector. These kinds of attacks won’t help the Commission to regulate better – quite the opposite. They simply demoralise staff and provide cheap soundbites that will be recycled ad nauseam in the press and political debate over coming months, forcing the Commission to spend more on its PR apparatus to defend itself.”[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Politicians seem to be pushing the Commission to focus purely towards a ‘bad-cop’ enforcement role above all else”[/quote]He added: “We’re also deeply concerned that politicians seem to be pushing the Commission to focus purely towards a ‘bad-cop’ enforcement role above all else. Charities, their trustees and the wider public still need the Commission to enable a simple registration process, maintain the public register and provide accurate and publicly available guidance. In fact, it is impossible to adequately regulate such a vast and diverse sector without these functions. To presume that enforcement alone can achieve ‘effective regulation’ is pure fantasy. In fact, it’s also a false economy.”He was also dismissive of the Charity Commission’s leadership’s focus on seeking funding to help it fight terrorism. This week Charity Commission Chair William Shawcross announced that he would be lobbying the Treasury for more funding for this.Kennedy commented: ‘This is an almost microscopic issue in the charitable sector. There is little evidence of any widespread problem. Yet currently the Commission’s leadership seems to be prioritising it above all else. It is the Commission’s job to maintain public trust and confidence in charities but their masters ought to be wary of unintended consequences.”Other criticisms of PAC report[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Worryingly, this approach may create a damaging impression of how well charities are run in the public mind.”[/quote]Other sector bodies have questioned both the style and conclusions of the PAC’s report.Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said:“I hope the emphasis is now on supporting the Commission rather than ‘kicking it when it’s down’. Replacing the Commission would be expensive and disruptive. Charities need a strong and supportive regulator so if the Commission cannot reform itself then maybe a wider task force is called for.”Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group, said:“While there are certainly areas of the Commission’s work that need urgent improvement, such as how it registers and investigates charities, it’s too easy to make sweeping criticisms and declare wholesale failure. Worryingly, this approach may create a damaging impression of how well charities are run in the public mind and ultimately push the Commission in an unhelpful direction.” 59 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Charity Commission Directory of Social Change Law / policy About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Police Officer Association (BGPAPOA) has endorsed Phlunte’ Riddle for State Senate District 25, announced the Riddle campaign.Phlunte’ is the only candidate in the race who understands first-hand the challenges of protecting the nearly five million visitors and workers of our community’s most active passenger and cargo airport,” said BGPAPOA President Jolene Dolan . “Her nearly 30 years of public safety experience makes her the most prepared and skilled candidate to ensure first responders have the resources we need to keep our neighborhoods safe.”Often referred to as the Burbank Bob Hope Airport, the facility annually supports more than 12,000 jobs and produces more than $1.8 billion in local economic output. BGPAPOA members are the lead police officers who work with the Department of Homeland Security and other local law enforcement agencies to make sure airport passengers, workers, cargo, and surrounding communities are protected from terrorism threats and criminal activity.Riddle is also endorsed by the Glendora Police Officers Association, Claremont Police Officers Association, and Pasadena Police Officers Association. She has also earned major endorsements from the National Women’s Political Caucus of California, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, as well as endorsements from Assemblymembers Chris Holden, Jim Cooper, Cristina Garcia, Dr. Shirley Weber, and Senators Isadore Hall, Connie Leyva, and Holly Mitchell.Riddle resides in Pasadena with her husband of 37 years and is the mother of three adult sons. Riddle spent nearly 29 years rising through the ranks of the Pasadena Police Department to become the first woman to be permanently assigned as a gang/street narcotics officer and the first African American female sergeant and lieutenant. She retired as a lieutenant, serving as Public Information Officer & Adjutant to the Chief of Police.Riddle is also an adjunct professor at Golden West College and owns a consulting company where she trains executives and helps solve communications challenges in organizations.The 25th State Senate District encompasses the communities of Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, Bradbury, Claremont, Duarte, Glendora, La Cañada-Flintridge, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Upland, Altadena, La Crescenta, Montrose, Atwater Village, and Sunland-Tujunga.Web: www.PhlunteRiddle.comTwitter: @PhlunteRiddle Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 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. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Government Local Airport Police Officers Rise in Support of Phlunte’ Riddle for Senate Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 12:43 pm Business News HerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website
iStock(ORLANDO) — Police in Florida issued arrest warrants for more than 100 members of a suspected drug gang on Wednesday and seized enough fentanyl to wipe out a large county. Dozens of them were taken into custody and bused to prison, including the six alleged ringleaders.The 104 arrest warrants concluded a monthslong investigation by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office into an organization suspected of “distributing kilogram quantities” of heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that can be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, police said.The amount of opiates seized were “enough to kill every single resident of Brevard County,” which has an estimated population of about 590,000 people, according to police.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the bust marked the biggest drug seizure in the county’s history.“We cannot allow these drugs and the criminals who pedal them to poison our communities and destroy lives,” DeSantis said in a statement Wednesday. “We must have strict enforcement for these dealers and treatment for those who have become addicted.”The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said investigators uncovered 75 firearms, 9 pounds of methamphetamine, 3 pounds of fentanyl and an undisclosed amount of heroin. The drugs had an estimated street value of at least $181,000, according to the office.Fentanyl, often used to lace other drugs, is considered the deadliest drug in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ingesting as little as 0.25 milligrams can be fatal.Detectives said the organization was obtaining large quantities of drugs from overseas and distributing them throughout Brevard County, which is about 50 miles east of Orlando.“Arrest warrants were issued for each of the 100 suspects who have been identified throughout the course of the investigation as sources or distributors of these deadly drugs,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Several of the suspects arrested today were arrested previously in this investigation for drug-related charges and were released after posting lowered bonds.”The three alleged organizational leaders were identified as Brandon Huff, 35, and Jonathan Walker, 42, both of Cocoa, and Megan Wilborn, 31, of Merritt Island. Huff is being held on $2.5 million bond, while both Walker and Wilborn are being held on just over $900,000 bond.The suspects could face multiple charges ranging from conspiracy and trafficking to racketeer influenced corrupt organization (RICO).Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,iStock(ORLANDO) — Police in Florida issued arrest warrants for more than 100 members of a suspected drug gang on Wednesday and seized enough fentanyl to wipe out a large county. Dozens of them were taken into custody and bused to prison, including the six alleged ringleaders.The 104 arrest warrants concluded a monthslong investigation by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office into an organization suspected of “distributing kilogram quantities” of heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that can be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, police said.The amount of opiates seized were “enough to kill every single resident of Brevard County,” which has an estimated population of about 590,000 people, according to police.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the bust marked the biggest drug seizure in the county’s history.“We cannot allow these drugs and the criminals who pedal them to poison our communities and destroy lives,” DeSantis said in a statement Wednesday. “We must have strict enforcement for these dealers and treatment for those who have become addicted.”The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said investigators uncovered 75 firearms, 9 pounds of methamphetamine, 3 pounds of fentanyl and an undisclosed amount of heroin. The drugs had an estimated street value of at least $181,000, according to the office.Fentanyl, often used to lace other drugs, is considered the deadliest drug in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ingesting as little as 0.25 milligrams can be fatal.Detectives said the organization was obtaining large quantities of drugs from overseas and distributing them throughout Brevard County, which is about 50 miles east of Orlando.“Arrest warrants were issued for each of the 100 suspects who have been identified throughout the course of the investigation as sources or distributors of these deadly drugs,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Several of the suspects arrested today were arrested previously in this investigation for drug-related charges and were released after posting lowered bonds.”The three alleged organizational leaders were identified as Brandon Huff, 35, and Jonathan Walker, 42, both of Cocoa, and Megan Wilborn, 31, of Merritt Island. Huff is being held on $2.5 million bond, while both Walker and Wilborn are being held on just over $900,000 bond.The suspects could face multiple charges ranging from conspiracy and trafficking to racketeer influenced corrupt organization (RICO).Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Tennessee Department of Corrections(HENNING, Tenn.) — Authorities are offering a $32,500 reward for information that leads to the capture of an escaped Tennessee inmate who is considered “extremely dangerous” and a suspect in a homicide case, officials said at a press conference Thursday.Curtis Watson escaped from work detail on Wednesday from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tennessee, about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, according to officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Watson, 44, fled the area on a tractor, which was later found about a mile from the facility, officials said.He was originally considered a person of interest in the homicide of Debra Johnson, 64, but is now a suspect after the state’s Violent Crime Response team concluded their investigation at the crime scene, David Rausch, director of the TBI, said at a press conference Thursday.Johnson, who was the West Tennessee administrator for the Department of Corrections, was killed early Wednesday inside her home, which is located on the prison grounds. She was employed with the state for the last 38 years.The facility was placed on lock down after Johnson’s body was found, and authorities soon realized Watson was missing, police said.“He could be anywhere,” Rausch said. “We need Tennesseans, as well as our partners throughout bordering states to be vigilant about this.”It was not immediately clear what contact Watson and Johnson had, but one official said it was “not uncommon for her to know the inmates who work on the property.”“She was very well regarded with staff and inmate population,” Tony Parker, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, said at the press conference Thursday.Police did not say how Johnson was killed.Officials warned residents not to approach Watson. Instead, they should call local authorities.“We need Tennesseans to be vigilant,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said at the press conference. “We need folks in this state and, in particular the region where the crime occurred, to report any and all information to local law enforcement.”Lee authorized $25,000 for the reward, while the TBI issued $2,500 and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives added $5,000 to the fund.“Rest assured that we will find this offender and bring justice to the family of Debra Johnson,” Parker had previously said.Over the course of her “distinguished” career, Johnson served in numerous positions including correctional sergeant, deputy warden, warden and correctional administrator, overseeing all prisons in the western region of the state, officials said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
My big breakOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. David Maitland joined Connex as group HR director in August last year. Hebegan his HR career as a graduate trainee for United Biscuits in 1985 and hasworked for Kone Lifts, the Rank Organisation and Associated Leisure. Here hedescribes his big break “The opportunity that springs to mind is becoming international HRdirector for Axus International in 1994. It was part of the Ford motor companyat the time and helped me to move out of the UK. I was 32 and had been an HRdirector since I was 27, but only had experience of UK HR. Axus gave me the chance to work all over the world. We built up the companyfrom nothing to an $8.75bn-turnover business with 1,200 employees around theworld. It was an exciting time of growth and it gave me major experience ininternational HR. I was part of the senior management team so was involved in lots of buyingand selling of companies. There were no policies in place when I started so Ihad to introduce senior management compensation programmes, learn aboutinternational recruitment, and develop some very high, long-term stock plans.There was a lot of succession planning – a lot of moving people arounddifferent countries and creating individual development plans. The job made substantial changes to my employability and had a massiveimpact on my working knowledge. Now when someone talks about things likeemployment law in the US, I know exactly how it works. It led to the job atConnex and without it I don’t think I would be working here today.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
HR faces headache over absencesOn 17 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Thenew code of practice on employers’ sickness records is long, confusing, and hasserious implications for absence management. Paul Nelson reports on how it willaffect HRThepublication of the Information Commission’s code of practice on employmentrecords places a significant added burden on the HR profession.Thedelayed Records Management code outlines organisations’ responsibilitiesconcerning the handling of personal data to ensure they comply with the 1998Data Protection Act, which came into force in October last year.Underthe code, HR professionals must be trained in data handling procedures andensure that line managers receive similar training so that all staff recordsare dealt with appropriately. HR departments will need to introduce a single HRdatabase for staff records, and annually provide employees with a copy of theirpersonal details kept on file. HR and other employees who handle personnel datawill have to sign confidentiality clauses in their contracts.Thecode also gives staff rights to access any information held by the HRdepartment that relates directly to them within 40 days, for a maximum £10 fee.However,the code’s interpretation of how HR should handle sickness records is its mostcontroversial aspect. Althoughemployers do have the right to keep absence records – which was prohibited inthe original draft of the code – they will now need the consent of eachindividual member of staff to record their sickness details.HRprofessionals have reacted angrily to the guidance, claiming it is impracticaland will cause confusion.HRdirector at financial services firm Skandia, Mark O’Connell, is concerned thatthe firm’s system for recording sickness absence breaches the code. Hesaid: “It is ludicrous that we have to keep two separate files and need toask permission to record the reason for absence. It is not very practical. Howcan companies assess if they have an absence management problem?”FrancesWright, HR director at psychometric testing company SHL, is concerned thatmanaging absence effectively could be more difficult following the code’spublication. “HR needs to be able to classify the reason for absence tomanage sickness absence,” she explained.Employerswill find the code’s guidance on sickness absence records confusing and mostwill have to change their policies to comply, according to the CIPD leadadviser on public policy, Diane Sinclair.”Ithink that the level of consent necessary to hold reasons for illness will notbe fully understood by employers. We will look at this practically, but are notentirely happy about the separation between personal and sensitive personaldata.””Thispractice may already exist in some companies, where occupational health departmentsknow why a staff member is off sick, while the HR team only know how long theyhave been absent. But many companies will need to change their practices,”she said.Sinclairstressed that organisations will need to get up to speed on the new guidance.”Itis a bureaucratic burden, but it is good practice and companies will have toget to grips with it,” she said.Employmentlaw expert Lucy Baldwinson, professional support lawyer in the employment groupat Allen & Overy, said the code is a significant improvement on theoriginal draft, but will still pose problems. “The new code offersslightly more flexibility than the Act itself and the original draft code, butit means more administration for HR professionals. It will bring more paperwork as HR professionals will not have made any differentiation between the two[sickness and absence] parts,” she said.TheInformation Commission defended its guidance claiming it is the only practicalway to deal with the twin issues of absence records and individual sicknessdetails. David Smith, assistant information commissioner at the InformationCommission, said: “The law treats the two parts [absence and sicknessrecords] separately, which is why it is sensible to separate them.” The length and usability of the code has alsocome under fire. The Records Management code is 109-pages long – almost twicethe length of the first 56-page code on recruitment. The CIPD’s Sinclairdescribed the code as “excessively wordy”, and added that employerscould be put off by its size.SusannahHaan, legal adviser at the CBI, agreed, claiming the length and complexity ofthe code will stop HR professionals from reading it.Smithdoes not dispute this criticism, but explained that some points under thebenchmark sections are repeated in the code’s checklist to try to make iteasier to follow.Hesaid: “We understand the concern about the length of the code – it is along document. The checklist in all codes essentially repeats the benchmarks,but has been included because we understand that employers find it useful.Although we do accept the concern about the of the document’s length, we neversaid that every word is to be read by business.”Smithannounced that the commission would publish an executive summary document forall four codes including a checklist for employers.Thethird and most controversial code, Monitoring at Work, which in its third andfinal draft introduced e-mails definitions – outlining which e-mails employerscould legally open and when – is expected at end October.Smithstated that the final code on medical records, due out at the end of the year,is far shorter than the other three codes.Nextweek in Personnel Today we will be publishing an at-a-glance guide to theEmployment Practices DataProtection Code Part 2: Employment Records, but youcan view this guide online now at Recordsmanagement codeWhat HR needs to do–Seek staff permission to keep sickness data–Include confidentiality clauses in HR personnel contracts–Provide data handling training for HR and line managers–Include data protection rights in staff inductions–Provide employees with personal details on an annual basis–Introduce a single HR databaseQ&Aon the data protection codes–What is the Data Protection Act?The1998 Act is designed to ensure organisations comply with the eight principlesof data protection. These include processing personal data fairly and ensuringthat this information is held only as long as needed–What is the records management code?Itexplains employers’ rights and responsibilities under the DPA when handlingstaff records–How many codes are there?Thereare four codes. The first code on recruitment was published earlier this year;records management is the second; the third on monitoring is due to be releasedin October; and the fourth on medical records is scheduled for the end of theyear–What happens if you breach the Data Protection Act?Itcould lead to an unlimited fine in the Crown Court, potential liability ofresponsible directors and compensation for the affected employee for damage andassociated stress. Failure to comply could also expose a company to the fullspectrum of employment related claims including sexual, racial and disabilitydiscrimination and unfair dismissal–What is the Information Commission?TheInformation Commission’s role is to oversee compliance with and enforce the1998 Data Protection Act