LKDSB taking part in bullying awareness week

first_imgTo help foster a safe and welcoming learning environment, the Lambton Kent District school board is taking part in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.Throughout this week, students, staff, parents and guardians are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on learning and overall well-being.“Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is an opportunity to reinforce the important lessons about the different forms of bullying; encourage students to connect with caring adults; and highlight the resources available to support students with concerns,” board director John Howitt said in a release.“We remain committed to working together to promote positive learning and work environments so that students and staff feel safe and welcome in our schools.”Schools within the board, with support from safe schools and multi-disciplinary teams, will participate in various activities throughout the week to help raise awareness.According to the 2019 School Climate Survey results, the majority of students in grades 4 to 12 know how to report bullying.The board also stated the majority of parents and guardians feel they can contact their child’s school with any concerns they might have.Bullying is generally persistent and aggressive behaviour that occurs in a real or perceived power imbalance between individuals. It can also come in various forms, such as physical, verbal, social and electronic.Any student experiencing bullying is encouraged to tell a caring adult at home or at school.Parents, guardians and students are also able to use the Student Wellness and Bullying Intervention Hotline at each school.For more information about Bully Awareness and Prevention Week, visit read more

SA to set up mines, labour task force

first_img20 August 2012 A task force will be set up to look into labour issues in South Africa’s platinum industry after last week’s violent clashes near the Lonmin mine in Marikana, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on the weekend. The task force will consist of representatives from the mining industry, unions, government and traditional leadership. Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week. Shabangu and Labour Minister Mildred Olifant met with the Chamber of Mines, business and organised labour in Johannesburg on Saturday to discuss and agree on an action plan to address the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine and share practices applied by other mining companies. The management of Lonmin, the Chamber of Mines and other mining executives gave an account of what challenges they faced relating to engaging with labour organisations and employees generally. Both ministers then met with organised labour to get their account and what they perceived as the source of the conflict. Olifant reminded all parties of the legal processes pertaining to labour organisations and how they needed to operate as required by the law. Shabangu also put to all stakeholders the need to agree on how the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) would be engaged going forward, as long as their operations were within the confines of the law. Shabangu reiterated the need for all role players to uphold the spirit of tripartism as the image of the country’s mining industry was being tarnished after the sector, working with the government, had gone out to the world saying that the South African mining sector was open for business and encouraging investors to invest in the sector. Source: read more

Eight Rookie Management Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgI moved into my first formal leadership role in my late 20s. I was a top sales performer, and I saw my promotion to sales management as the natural next step in my career. I was energized, armed with big ideas, and ready to change everything — immediately! Welcome to leadership. You’re now a manager, with direct reports. Congratulations! Leadership isn’t a job; it’s a responsibility. You have the  opportunity to help people grow, succeed and fulfill their potential. You have the opportunity to make a difference.  That is work that really matters.  Welcome. You already know what’s coming next. One of the best ways to grow as a leader is to find a mentor. Look for someone who’s doing the kind of work you see yourself doing someday, and study their example.center_img 8 Ways to Avoid Rookie Management MistakesDon’t try to implement major change on your first day. You’re probably full of big ideas, but it’s important to take a step back, observe, and understand.  Conduct as much discovery and due diligence as possible (even prior to day one).  Spend time getting up to speed on everything you need to know about your employees and their day-to-day work. Sit in on meetings. Conduct one-on-one’s.  Talk to customers. Ask great questions. Learn.Get off on the right foot with your direct reports. You don’t get a second chance. People want a confident, capable leader, but they also want to work for someone who’s accessible and open. Spend the time required to demonstrate you are interested in helping people be successful. Talk about what people can expect from you first.To develop strong relationships, be authentic. When you’re getting to know people, be yourself. This sounds easy, but new managers often fall into the trap of acting like a manager. People see through the act. Be genuine and people will respect and begin to respond to you.Learn what motivates your employees. Find out what matters to people. Understand how other people define success. I believe that everyone wants to contribute and succeed.  It’s up to managers to understand the barriers and start breaking them down.Listen. Ask employees for their perspective and input. If your decisions involve people, then involve them. What do they think needs to change? What’s going well, and what’s not working? It’s amazing what you can learn when you stop talking and start listening.Acknowledge what’s working. Start with the positive, and give praise and recognition where it’s due.  No one wants a new manager who has a laundry list of things to improve without any appreciation for what is working well and who is making good things happen.Focus on collaborative change. Change is hard. Invite participation in building the game plan and you’ll get more buy-in when it’s time to implement new initiatives.Walk the walk. People will listen to what you say, but they really watch what you do. Be the change you expect in others. Leading by example is particularly important as a new manger working to establish credibility and earn trust.  Have a vision and set the pace required to move the team in the right direction. Don’t rely on your organization for 100% of your development. The world is changing quickly, and it’s incumbent on us to own our skill development. Great leaders understand the learning never stops. The good news is, you have access to unlimited books, blogs, TED talks — you name it — that can help you accelerate your growth.  My own personal rule: for every 50 hours of work, I want to spend 5 hours improving myself. My experience isn’t unique. A lot of new managers make the same mistakes. You can do better. Here’s how: The abrupt change shocked people and was met with a lot of resistance. I was confused by the conflict I felt with my team. Why wasn’t everyone ready to commit with the same intensity to the work required to hit our big, bold, record-breaking sales goals?last_img read more

WFI in a dilemma over Sushil Kumar’s selection trial

first_imgThe preparatory camp for the wrestling world championships is going on at full throttle and double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is gearing up for a return to the mat in the 74kg category.The world championships, to be held in Las Vegas from September 7-12, will also double up as a qualification tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics. With Narsingh Yadav also competing in the 74kg category, the Wrestling Federation of India is facing a dilemma on whether to hold selection trials which will pit the two against each other.Sushil’s last competition was the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he won gold, competing in the 74kg for the first time.Since then, the London Olympics silver medallist decided to focus only on the Rio Olympics. Narsingh, who competed at the London Olympics in the 74kg class, replaced Sushil and performed well, winning bronze medals at the Asian Games and the recent Asian Championships.Coaches at the national camp said Sushil, 32, is preparing in all earnest for the world championship but a call on the selection trials will be taken by WFI.”Sushil is preparing for any possibility. Narsingh has done well in recent tournaments. Every player should get an equal opportunity. But there are four Olympic qualification events and the world championship is the first one. The WFI will decide on it,” one of the coaches told Mail Today.The worlds, however, will provide the largest number of qualification berths. The top six wrestlers in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories will make the cut.advertisementWFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said they are going to meet the coaches and selectors in the next few days to decide on the matter.”We have never exempted anyone from trials. Yes, in the past we have relieved senior players from nationals and trials considering their performances, experience and workload,” he told Mail Today.When the WFI decided not to hold selection trials for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, paving the way for Sushil and Yogeshwar to return to the mat after two years with a direct qualification, some wrestlers moved court against the federation.However, both Sushil and Yogeshwar justified WFI’s decision by winning gold medals in their first international competition after the change in weight classes. Yogeshwar competed in the 65kg category while Sushil, who earlier fought in 66kg, participated in 74kg.Also, there is a new set of coaches and assistant coach Jagmal Singh has served as the personal coach of Narsingh. He is likely to argue in favour of trials.last_img read more

VAR officials sleeping? England livid after Harry Kane fouled

first_imgPeople termed it as ‘divine justice’ when Harry Kane scored an added time winner to lead England to a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday.England dominated the entire match with their attacking display yet for almost the entire match, they had just one goal to show.England should have actually taken the lead earlier but it was in the 11th minute when Kane scored off a header that England arrived at the scoreboard.Even after going 1-0 up, England kept attacking the Tunisian goal but failed to convert many a chances.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAgainst the run of play, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef earned a controversial penalty for Tunisia, in which the referee deemed that Kyle Walker had swung his arm at him.Ferjani Sassi scored from the spot to bring Tunisia back in the game 1-1.However, there were two moments after that incident that brought the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in scrutinising light.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLETwice Kane was wrestled down in the penalty area by the Tunisian defence but the referee waived it off.Fns were absolutely livid with VAR as they failed to spot two penalty incidents that could have put the match to bed much earlier for England.Also read – Harry Kane does for England what Beckham and Rooney couldn’tFrom former players like Gary Lineker, who called VAR “a joke” to fans who thought Kane was “Batista bombed” in the box.advertisementCome on VAR, this is a joke.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 18, 2018Even TV presenter Joe Morrison took to Twitter to post a photograph of the VAR room accusing them of “sleeping at their desks”.Lucky that Harry Kane was awake tonight bcos these guys were sleeping at their desks!#England Morrison (@joefooty) June 18, 2018ENGLAND ROBBED! Tunisian defender lands a wrestling takedown on Harry Kane and VAR has missed it! Cup (@FlFAWC2018) June 18, 2018Whats the point of VAR if they cant see Harry Kane being RKOd at every corner?! #ENGTUN #EnglandMatt Lumsden (@mattlumsdenBCFC) June 18, 2018VAR is there to overturn obvious errors. Harry Kane has just been Batista Bombed in the Box. Fuck off.Bumble_Fan (@FMHintsAndTips) June 18, 2018Tunisian player runs into Kyle Walker’s extended arm – penalty.Harry Kane wrestled to the ground – no penalty.VAR still has a lot of convincing to do! #ENGTUN #WorldCupRob Wildey (@robw986) June 18, 2018Here’s that Harry Kane penalty incident again.In fairness, the VAR team couldn’t see anything wrong with it.#TUNENG #WorldCup Murley (@jack_murley) June 18, 2018English female footballer Fara Williams also posted a sarcastic tweet questioning if VAR is not being used in the match between England and Tunisia.Are we not using VAR on this @England game surely now thats 2 pens on Harry Kane theyve missed ?Fara Williams MBE (@fara_williams47) June 18, 2018Considering the role that VAR is supposed to play in the tournament, even if the referee missed the incidents, how come the VARs did not notice it and brought the matter into the on-field referee’s light?According to rules, even after a certain incident, VAR can inform the referee of any discrepancies and a decision can be reached. However, none of that happened for England on Monday night.Also read – World Cup 2018: Harry Kane ecstatic after scoring late winner vs TunisiaVAR has overall been received well with the referees being helped to take many correct decisions without much effect on the flow of the game.However, there have also been times when the role of VAR has been questioned and Monday night was one such time.last_img read more

Subscription videoondemand is driving growth in

first_imgSubscription video-on-demand is driving growth in the European pay on-demand market, accounting for two thirds of total 2016 pay on-demand service revenue in 2016 going to SVOD players, against only 11% five years earlier, according to a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory.The report found that the SVOD market was still relatively small in relation to the pay TV market, accounting for 18% of all pay subscriptions in 2016, up from 1% five years earlier, and accounting for 6.8% of revenues, up from 0.2%.Despite this relatively low base, SVOD is growing fast. SVOD services were taken by 38.7 million subscribers in the EU at the end of 2016, and by 43.5 million in Europe including non-EU countries. This represents an annual growth rate of 55.5% in the EU between 2011-16 and an annual growth rate of 54.2% for Europe as a whole.Some 17% of EU households took SVOD services in 2016, with Scandinavia accounting for four of the top five countries in terms of penetration.SVOD revenues increased by 128% a year between 2011-16 in the EU countries. The top five countries by SVOD revenue were the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, which together accounted together for 69% of total SVOD revenue in Europe.A total of 197 SVOD services were active in Europe by the end of December 2016. Netflix held an estimated 47% share of OTT SVOD subscriptions, with Amazon holding a 20% share.last_img read more