SocGen sees income more than double

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The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited ( 2017 Presentation

first_imgThe Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 presentation For more information about The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (  2017 presentation Company ProfileThe Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services for the retail banking and wholesale banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to access accounts, LPO financing, invoice discounting services, term loans, asset finance and letters of credit. The company also provides medical, motor, general, life, agriculture and micro-business insurance as well as treasury products, fixed income and money market products and money transfer services. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya was founded in 1965 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Co-op Holdings Co-operative Society Limited. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Detroit ministers host Cuban church leader

first_imgGail Walker; Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico; Mike Shane, Moratorium NOW; Tyler Vosgerchian; Rev. JoAnn Watson and Cheryl LaBash with Detroit City Council Testimonial Resolution welcoming Cuban Council of Churches representative.Detroit — The Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico, president of the Cuban Council of Churches, and Gail Walker, executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace, met with political and religious leaders here on May 15.IFCO has been a progressive voice in the religious community for 50 years. In 1988, its founding director, the late Rev. Lucius Walker Jr., founded Pastors for Peace a day after Walker survived a first-hand terrorist attack by Nicaraguan contra forces.Pastors for Peace Friendship Caravans began in 1992 to confront the U.S. blockade of Cuba, educating U.S. grassroots communities about the brutality of U.S. policy through action. Now, that work is continued by Walker’s daughter, Gail, who arranged for Rev. Ortega Dopico to come to the U.S. and visit with religious communities across the country.Rev. Ortega Dopico was born in 1971 in Cárdenas City in the province of Matanzas, Cuba. He studied at the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Matanzas and became a Presbyterian pastor in 1997. From 2004 until 2012, he served as head of the seminary.He became vice president of the Cuban Council of Churches in 2008 and its president in 2018, playing an important role in the steps toward normal relations between the U.S. and Cuba.Rev. Ortega Dopico spoke at a meeting of the Council of Baptist Ministers of Detroit at the invitation of Bishop Larry London. There, he rubbed shoulders with Democratic hopefuls seeking the endorsement of the influential ministers. Rev. Ortega Dopico made sure that both politicians and preachers heard his message of social and economic liberation.Later, at City Hall, Gail Walker and Rev. Ortega Dopico met with the Rev. Horace Sheffield Jr. and his daughter, Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore Mary Sheffield, who, with her staff, presented a declaration from the City Council to the visitors. Also attending were former council member the Rev. JoAnn Watson and Felix Sharpe, former director of the Michigan Department of Behavioral Health. At the meeting the benefits for both Cuba and Detroit of lifting the U.S. blockade of Cuba were discussed. ­Council member Sheffield agreed to work with U.S. graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) and Doctors4Detroit about encouraging young Detroiters to apply to Cuba’s free medical school.The last stop on the tour was a public meeting at St. Matthew’s and St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, where Father Kenneth Near introduced Rev. Ortega Dopico to a crowd of Detroit activists. The pastor gave a speech addressing local conditions, testifying that the only solution to the problems plaguing Detroit is Cuban-style socialism. To him, the Christian message is inseparable from the message of national and economic liberation. (See the full speech at for Peace will be returning to Detroit in June as part of their annual Friendship Caravan to Cuba, which activists from Detroit and Grand Rapids will be joining. Gail Walker will speak and “Dare to Dream,” a documentary about U.S. students at ELAM, will be shown on June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Horace L. Sheffield Jr. Center, 12048 Grand River, Detroit.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Bronx is burning again: COVID-19’s impact on New York’s most underserved district

first_imgCOVID-19 continues to rage on as an international pandemic months after the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China.  Never to be outdone, the U.S. now has the most virus cases worldwide, with a staggering death toll of over 100,000 people.  This is despite the U.S. hoarding the lion’s share of the world’s resources. (New York Times, May 24)Food and mask distributions in the BronxThe failure of the U.S. health care-industrial complex in handling this crisis cannot be understated, as the system is primarily geared to generating profits over saving human lives.  That has led to equipment and personnel shortages throughout the country. Unsurprisingly, impoverished Black and Brown people have borne the most severe consequences of the epidemic, starved of resources and high-quality health care. Even in New York City, the financial heart of U.S. imperialism, Black and Brown communities have been hit the hardest.Specifically, the situation in the Bronx is dire, as the borough is the COVID-19 capital of New York state. (Washington Post, April 21) Today the Bronx is burning, recalling the time when the South Bronx was in flames in the late 1970s when skylines were dominated by burned-out buildings and gray smoke. The Bronx: by the numbersThe Bronx has been ravaged by COVID-19, with 3,107 cases per 100,000 people  as of May 26.  The death rate stands at 245 per 100,000 people, the highest rate in New York City. Adults over 74 have been hit especially hard, with 1,942 deaths per 100,000. ( It’s no surprise that the Bronx is taking the brunt of the burden as the borough is routinely ranked last in well-being and income compared to any area of the U.S.The South and West Bronx make up the 15th Congressional District of New York, which ranks as not only the poorest district in New York state, but the poorest district in the U.S. In 2017, the median household income was estimated at $28,042, while its population was 97 percent people of color, reported Amanda Luz Henning Santiago on Dec. 15, 2019. (  The correlation is no coincidence, but serves as evidence of the oppression of low-income Black and Brown people. It’s no wonder that the most underserved community in the country is serving as COVID-19’s most efficient petri dish.#Not62: The Bronx still lastThe Bronx overall has an estimated median household income of $30,483, placing it last among all New York’s 62 counties. On the other hand, the Bronx takes first place for several chronic illnesses, including asthma, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.  Paradoxically, the Bronx’s largest industry is health care and social services with 146,062 employees as of 2018, according to Data USA.  ( Despite the size of the Bronx health care workforce, health outcomes for Bronx residents are not improving, and social programs do little to offset the material conditions of these workers’ lives. However, there have been some efforts to change this situation, such as the #NOT62 Campaign launched in 2016. The NYC Health Department explained it on March 16, 2016:  “The #NOT62 Campaign was launched last year by the Bronx Borough President’s Office, Montefiore Health System, the Institute for Family Health and the NYC  Health Department to improve strategic health outcomes for Bronx residents by 2020, by bringing together stakeholders from across multiple sectors within City government, the business community, health care providers and community-based/faith-based organizations to address the determinants of health.” ( The campaign mainly carried out public outreach and health education in the Bronx’s most affected areas. As the data show, as of 2020, the campaign has unfortunately not achieved its desired result. While initiatives like this are certainly a step in the right direction, most are doomed to fail as the problems they are trying to rectify are systemic in this racist, capitalist society. Material conditions for working-class “Bronxites” will not change until the systems of oppression put into place by the capitalist class are completely dismantled, and the workers can directly manage their community resources for the betterment of all.Bronxites fight backHowever, many Bronx residents refuse to roll over as the coronavirus continues to spread, letting their voices ring out through their protective face masks. The Bronx health care workforce, in particular, has been protesting their poor working conditions as hospitals run out of personal protective equipment and are flooded  with new patients.One demonstration by nurses and other medical professionals took place on March 28 at Jacobi Medical Center. Holding signs with slogans reading, “Will work for PPE,” they voiced their refusal to work without proper protection after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered them to reuse their masks. The New York State Nurse Association held another rally there April 17, protesting a change in the hospital’s paid sick leave policy, which required staff to obtain a doctor’s note if they were out sick. And this in the midst of a pandemic! Health care workers led a demonstration and candlelight vigil for workers lost to COVID-19 outside Lincoln Hospital, painting a clear picture of the harrowing conditions that many Bronxites face today. (Guardian, April 15) These are essential workers, risking life and limb on the front lines to provide for themselves and their families. Many do not have the luxury to work from home.  Combating the pandemic is their everyday reality and burden. They deserve more than thoughts, prayers and pats on the back from the medical-industrial complex that considers them disposable. Many Bronx residents have nowhere to go in the event they fall ill, as their caretakers continue to get sick while in the service of others.Facing the ‘new normal’ in the BronxAdversity is nothing new in the Bronx. The borough’s residents carry on despite facing racist police terror and lacking high-quality food sources and accessible, adequate medical care.  Masks serve as the new fitted Yankee cap. The usually bustling bodegas are a little less crowded. COVID-19 continues to spread in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in the borough — from the high risers of River Park Towers in the Morris Heights neighborhood, recently described as “death towers” by a resident, to New York City Housing Authority buildings in the South Bronx. (NY Times, May 26) Public health education programs can only do so much when faced with a massive shortage of PPE and COVID testing kits. There is no going back to before the outbreak.  The dying capitalist machine continues to whir on, consuming lives to generate as much profit as it can before it finally goes kaput. The only option that Bronx residents have is to move forward, inevitably toward socialism, the system in which the working class’s humanity is valued. Just as the fires of the 1970s led to the blooming of the hip-hop movement that soars from speakers internationally today, there is no doubt that the Bronx will survive this crisis. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Trump Says U.S. Open to TPP, If Better Deal Negotiated

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Trump Says U.S. Open to TPP, If Better Deal Negotiated President Donald Trump has left the door open to rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership through comments in a recent speech. However, the TPP 11 countries may not be as welcoming, forging ahead to sign an agreement in March. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Switzerland last week, Trump said of the TPP nations, the U.S. would consider negotiating with them “either individually or perhaps as a group if it is in the interest of all.”In an interview with CNBC, he was quoted as saying, “I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal.” The original TPP agreement was expected to be worth billions of dollars for U.S. agriculture. However, New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker points out that the U.S.’s negotiating position was “of course weakened” by its withdrawal a year ago from the original agreement. Further, there is currently little expectation that the U.S. would move to rejoin the TPP agreement.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Previous articleEPA Sends WOTUS Delay Rule to White HouseNext articlePoncho Votivo 2.0 Improves Soil Health NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Trump Says U.S. Open to TPP, If Better Deal Negotiated By NAFB News Service – Jan 29, 2018 SHARE SHARElast_img read more

Class of 1966 reflects on their time at TCU

first_imgFacebook Previous articleFive Fort Worth restaurants for graduation dayNext articleFirst comes graduation, then comes marriage Abbey Block RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Linkedin Abbey Block Women in STEM: bias and bridging the gap Abbey Block Rising number of students reporting mental health issues Ballet Frontier of Texas wows in Nutcracker performance TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Fort Worth girl searches for a bone marrow donor Abbey Block Abbey Block Members of the class of 1966 will wear a purple cap and gown one more time to walk in the graduation procession during spring commencement. TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer ReddIt + posts The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitter Abbey Block printFifty years ago, a gallon of gas cost 32 cents, Lyndon B. Johnson was president and “Batman” premiered on television.TCU’s class of 1966 will reflect on that era while celebrating their 50th year reunion during the 2016 spring commencement. The alumni association is marking the milestone with a weekend celebration.The coordinator of senior adult programming for the alumni association, Melissa Austin-Weeks, said reunion events include dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s, lunch with Chancellor Victor Boschini and a tour of the new Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.A view of the TCU campus from 1966 shows the landscape was different from what students see today.“They want to see a new space,” Austin-Weeks said. “They love to hear about the current culture of the student.”The class of 1966 will get to relive the glory of their own graduation as they walk behind the class of 2016 during Saturday’s spring commencement ceremony.Dale Young, a member of the class of 1966, said this is what he’s looking forward to the most.After teaching 8th grade for 10 years, Young returned to TCU to serve as director of student teaching and career services for the college of education, a position he held for 35 years.“Even though I already did it as a faculty member, it’s kind of neat to come back after 50 years and get to march in graduation,” Young said.Many of the members of the class of 1966 might not recognize TCU’s campus.“Nearly every building on campus is either newer than 1966, received a major renovation since then, or is scheduled for renovation or demolition in the next four years or so,” said Todd Waldvogel, associate vice chancellor for facilities and campus planning. “Since 1966, we’ve totally redefined the university as a pedestrian-oriented campus.”In 1966, Sid Richardson was still under construction.Waldvogel will present current and upcoming construction plans to the class of 1966.“This campus is important to past, present and future Horned Frogs,” Waldvogel said. “Commitment to TCU doesn’t disappear when graduates leave the campus.”Young said that although the landscape of TCU has changed dramatically since he was a student, the heart of the university has remained the same.“When I came through, it really seemed like [the faculty] cared about how successful you were going to be. When I came back, that same philosophy was here,” Young said. “This university has not changed the real point of why they started it.”Austin-Weeks said the reunion celebration is an important way to keep alumni active within the TCU community.“For some people it kind of reinvigorates their love of TCU,” she said. “If we don’t keep our alumni actively engaged in the life of our university, our university won’t grow.”Austin-Weeks said the alumni association is expecting 100 to 125 total guests to attend this year’s reunion events.“They don’t want to miss the milestone of their 50th reunion,” she said. “TCU is pretty good about always producing an event that’s going to be fun.”After the reunion, the class of 1966 will be invited to join TCU’s Quinq club (Quinq is latin for “50”).Robert Carr Chapel has remained relatively unchanged on the outside.Austin-Weeks said the club, which hosts events throughout the year, was “established as a way to keep people connected to the university.”“They keep trying to bring us back,” Young said about the alumni association. “You feel a support from the university 50 years after graduation.”Young, who retired two years ago, said he stays active in the TCU community by attending alumni events.“I feel closer now to my classmates now, than when I went to school here,” Young said. “There is something about graduating from TCU that really builds a circle of friends that you can turn to if you need to.” Linkedin Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Another attempt to murder daily’s editor

first_img April 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another attempt to murder daily’s editor CyprusEurope – Central Asia November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by the growing frequency of attacks on journalists in Northern Cyprus, in which the latest was a shooting inside the offices of the opposition daily Afrika in Nicosia on 3 July.“It is intolerable that a gunman was able to enter the premises of Afrika, when he already came to make threats two weeks earlier and shots were fired at the newspaper in February,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At the very least, the security forces have shown serious negligence in this matter. We urge the police and judicial authorities to investigate the possibility that the attacker had accomplices within their ranks.”Last weekend’s attack on Afrika, which opposes the Turkish presence in Northern Cyprus, was carried out by Mustafa Yalcin, a Turkish citizen who went to the newspaper and asked to speak to the editor, Sener Levent. When told that Levent was not there, Yalcin opened fire without hitting anyone. The police arrested him shortly afterwards, still in possession of his gun.Yalcin’s photograph had appeared in the press after he announced that he was going to “kill the traitor” in mid-June. When shots were fired at the newspaper on 25 February, Levent was named in a letter left outside, which said: “The next time you make a mistake, you will pay with your life.”“Does someone have to die before the authorities finally react,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigation into Mustafa Yalcin must be transparent and complete, and must not stop short of identifying any instigators.”After the attacks and threats against TV journalist Mutlu Esendemir and newspaper editor Cenk Mutluyakali (read our 7 April press release below) in April, violence against journalists seems to be a growing trend in the self-proclaimed Republic of Northern Cyprus. After the car bombing in April, Esendemir was the target of a second car bomb in 12 May.“The Turkish Cypriot authorities must respond to this series of attacks by taking urgent and effective measures to guarantee the safety of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We call on Northern Cyprus’ partners, above all Turkey, which recently proclaimed its attachment to media freedom, to put pressure on Nicosia to take this problem seriously.” Organisation Mutlu EsendemirThe improvised explosive device, which was placed underneath Esendemir’s car while he was inside the TV station, exploded as he tried to open the car’s door at about 1 a.m. He was hospitalized with minor leg injuries. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.“A thorough enquiry must be carried out by the authorities to identify not only the perpetrators of this murder attempt but also those behind it,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If this attack goes unpunished it will only encourage the perpetrators to continue their attempts to create a climate of violence, which would have very negative consequences for all the media. We also urge authorities to provide Esendemir and his family with protection if he requests it.”Reporters Without Borders also strongly condemns the threats made by Mehmet Salih Bayramoglu of the “London Solidarity Association,” a UK-based group that supports Northern Cyprus’s ruling National Unity Party (UBP), against Cenk Mutluyakah, the editor of Turkish-Cypriot opposition daily Yeniduzen. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU ————-07.04.2011 – Concern over car bomb attack and threats against journalistsReporters Without Borders is outraged by a bomb attack during the night of the 5 April 2011 in Nicosia on Mutlu Esendemir, who is the news editor of Kanal T (a Turkish-Cypriot TV station owned by finance minister Ersin Tatar) and a reporter for the Turkish-Cypriot daily Kribrisli. News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News June 2, 2021 Find out more Cenk MutluyakahUsing crude and insulting language in an email sent directly to Mutluyakah, Bayramoglu wrote: “You would do well not to underestimate us. You dreamed up this article (…) If you are so sure of yourself, I promise you that we will meet. If you fail to apologize tomorrow in your newspaper, we will show you (…) I expect you to publish an apology to the UBP’s London Solidarity Association or else you will be responsible for what could happen to you.”The threat was prompted by an article in Yeniduzen that included content originally published by the official Turkish press agency TAK. The TAK story reported that the UPB’s London Solidarity Association had issued a press release in which it apologized for including erroneous Internet links in a letter to the state prosecutor. In the letter, the association accused the general-secretary of the Turkish-Cypriot teachers union, Sener Elcil, of treachery for participating in a demonstration in Brussels denouncing Turkey’s assimilation of Turkish Cypriots.“We call for an urgent investigation into the president of UPB’s London Solidarity Association, who must take full responsibility for what he writes,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Such remarks are not covered by freedom of expression. Pressure brought to bear in the form of written words couched in such violent terms is unacceptable, especially when they emanate from a well-known individual occupying such a position.”The organization added: “The attack on Esendemir demonstrates, if it were needed, that such threats should not be taken lightly and that they cannot be allowed to slip by without legal action. To do nothing in this affair would be quite simply intolerable.” to go further Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out more News News Follow the news on Cyprus CyprusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Video: Difficult Conversations in Action

first_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty10 Reasons Why Ultimatums Are Unhealthy For RelationshipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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.center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Make a comment Sermons and Lessons Video: Difficult Conversations in Action Delivered by REV. SCOTT WOOD, CRESCENTA VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH Published on Thursday, November 26, 2015 | 3:03 pm This sermon was delivered by Rev. Scott Wood, Senior Pastor of Crescenta Valley Community Church on Sunday, November 22, 2015. Scott grew up in a pastor’s home. They had their own problems, but he picked up a passion for spiritual things from his parents and found Jesus when he got a bit older. Through Him Scott’s love for people and the desire to see them experience all that God has planned for them has burned bright.In 1977 Scott’s life changed by meeting Kathe Bedell, who fortunately grew to love him as much as he love her.Crescenta Valley Community Church, 4001 La Crescenta Avenue, La Crescenta, (818) 249-5805 or visit Top of the News last_img read more

Uncertainty brings pension delay

first_img Comments are closed. Uncertainty brings pension delayOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employers are delaying improvements to their own pension schemes due touncertainty about Government plans for stakeholder pensions. Companies wantmore details on how staff membership affects existing arrangements.A stakeholder pension is a low-premium product being planned for people inthe £9,000 to £18,000 salary range who do not have a company or privatepension.A survey by the National Association of Pension Funds shows under three percent of occupational pension schemes were improved in 1999. This compares withbetween seven and ten per cent in each of the past five years.Some 700 schemes run by 527 organisations were surveyed. “Many employers just do not know how stakeholder pensions are going tofit in with current arrangements,” the report said.Mark Childs, reward management vice-president at Seagram, said:”Employers’ greatest concern is uncertainty about whether employees willbe able to continue in a traditional final salary pension scheme andparticipate in stakeholder as well.”last_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 22 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s lettersHSE’s stress guides inherently flawedRecent legal judgments, reported in Personnel Today, have established thatemployers will have discharged their duty of care relating to stress by takingreasonable steps to protect employees from its impact. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines imply that reducing workdemands to alleviate stress will suffice. This is almost certainly based on theincorrect assumption that stress emerges from failure to cope with demandingevents or situations. The true facts are stress is up to 10 times greater in traditionally lessdemanding roles. A much more meaningful measure is job satisfaction and reward,which reflects the nature of stress and related illness across differentoccupations. Decades of research support satisfaction as a better predictor ofproductivity, absenteeism and long-term health, yet it is conspicuously absentin the HSE guidelines. The guidelines simply demonstrate that a problem exists. Once again, ablueprint for the enlightened workplace is omitted – and more importantly, howto build it. This shortcoming is almost certainly the consequence of the guidelines beingdeveloped from a series of empirical observations that have not been unified bya common explanatory framework. Plainly, the present understanding of stress isflawed, and people are unsure how to fix it. These facts are not unknown to the Government. More than a decade ago, andmany times since, the HSE, Department for Work and Pensions, and Department ofHealth have been presented with explanations for the underlying trends instress and how to deal with it. Your magazine has covered the issue. Aconsensus view from a consortium including insurers, corporations, investorsand scientists has been largely ignored. Two principle questions arise from the recent HSE announcement. In a worldof accelerating pace and scale, with its attendant pressure and ambiguity forbusiness, will reasonable employers worry if the HSE guidelines establish whatappropriate steps really are? And, considering the strong relationship between satisfaction, illness andperformance, are we legislating against unhappy and underperforming companies? Dr Matthew Mills Head of performance research, Performance First Traumatic training is just brainwashingWhether bungee jumping is effective in training VW apprentices or not (News,27 May), rather depends on how the rest of their course is structured. Butunless delegates are from the Armed Forces, or other professions requiringregular disaster-response modes, leadership programmes based on a hecticconveyor belt of heavily physical projects and debriefing sessions are out-of-datein the 21st century. Attendance figures on such courses are starting to decline. This is not hardto understand. Many of today’s senior managers are already exhausted when theycheck in. They commute long distances and have an emotionally stressful homelife. Putting these people through a lengthy programme of 18-hour days, with theidea of wiping them out physically, mentally, emotionally and spirituallyamounts to the same kind of brainwashing tactics employed on new recruits toreligious cults. In financial and HR terms, it can be almost as expensive. Less disciplined in background, more confident and eloquent than theirpredecessors, I predict the next generation of thoroughbred executives willstampede away from this style of experiential training. I am unable to lend mysupport in promoting these packages, when there are less traumatic and morebeneficial, holistic ways to learn on offer. Shirley Collins Former marketing executive, The Leadership Trust Real danger lies in uniform reportingThe DTI’s taskforce needs to be very clear-headed about what human capitalreporting can deliver (News, 20 May). While there are benefits in gettingorganisations to report on how they manage people and think through the peoplecontribution more fully, there are real dangers the information may confusemore than it enlightens. We may simply see reporting only out of compliance or the production ofmeaningless statistics. More worryingly, false benchmarks may be created,leading commentators, governments or investors to make inappropriatecomparisons. Organisations should develop measures that monitor the right sort of humancapital elements to fit their size, sector, stage of development,organisational structure and business strategy. This suggests there should be a light touch in mandatory reportingrequirements. Organisations need to make their own decisions about the mostappropriate metrics, encouraging them to think about productive engagement inthe workforce, unique skills, and people-based factors leading to superiorperformance. Human capital may turn out to be a useful link in the chain between employeeand business performance, and may be how HR gets heard in the boardroom. But itneeds more rigorous definition and application in specific organisationalcontexts. Peter Reilly Director, HR research & consultancy, Institute for Employment Studies last_img read more