Hot-desking will keep you alert


first_imgHot-desking will keep you alertOn 25 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Hot-desking will keep you alert -it’s now officialHot-desking could be good for you, official advice claimed last week.The cost-saving policy of sharing workspace has been controversial. But aHealth and Safety Executive study of hot-desking workplaces found no increasein stress, and some indications that the environment is stimulating.Stress recorded among hot-deskers was at a similar level to those working inconventional environments. It found that the constantly changing working environment in the companiesstudied “is good for the alertness of employees and is no more stressfulthan a static environment”.The HSE also looked at workplaces declared as “learningorganisations”. In these, staff feel more in control of their workinglives, have more supportive relationships with colleagues and are more aware ofcompany objectives than staff in traditional workplaces. www.hse.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Mansfield home well built for modern family life


first_imgThe home at 5 Lewana St, Mansfield.AFTER 29 years in his Mansfield home, Theo Paspalas is saying goodbye to go live with his son in Vancouver. That means the five-bedroom cavity brick home at 5 Lewana St Mr Paspalas and his late wife lovingly built is on the market for the first time in nearly three decades. “We built it ourselves,” he said. “We were in Sydney at the time and my wife used to come (to Mansfield) from Sydney once a month to pay the builders.” The kitchen at 5 Lewana St, Mansfield.The big timber kitchen has plenty of bench space and loads of cupboards.Upstairs, there is a second lounge area, a family bathroom, separate toilet and four bedrooms with built-in robes to three. The upstairs lounge room opens to the terrace with district views and breezes. “From the upstairs terrace you get really good views,” Mr Paspalas said. “You can see nearly all of Brisbane.” The outdoor area at 5 Lewana St, Mansfield.Outside there is a covered patio and low-maintenance lawns and gardens. Mr Paspalas said the home was big and open, making it perfect for large families or grandparents who need space for visiting family. The property is a short walk to the bus stop and local shops. It also close to Mansfield schools.The property is being marketed by Bill Hooper of Bill Hooper Real Estatecenter_img The upstairs living area at 5 Lewana St, Mansfield.Mr Paspalas said he took pride in the home being as solid as they come. “It’s all brick, no timber. The top floor and bottom floor are concrete,” he said. “It’s a very solid house and it’s nice and cool.” On the ground floor of the home there is a double lockup garage, laundry and bathroom. There is also an open atrium, media room, formal dining area and an open-plan kitchen and meals area. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020last_img read more

Sunderland winger Will Buckley set to join Leeds


first_imgLeeds have agreed a deal to sign Sunderland winger Will Buckley on loan but will delay the deal until the end of next week, Press Association Sport understands. Leeds were reported to have held talks with the former Brighton midfielder over a possible move during the summer and despite the recent arrivals of fellow wingers Stuart Dallas and Jordan Botaka, head coach Uwe Rosler is keen to add him to his squad. Buckley started out at Rochdale and joined Watford for an undisclosed fee in 2010 before Brighton signed him for £1million in the summer of 2011. Sunderland paid £2.5million to take Buckley to Wearside in August 2014 and although he made a total of 25 appearances for them in his first season, he has yet to feature for the Black Cats in the current campaign. Buckley, 25, is scheduled to join the club on a 93-day emergency loan and is expected to join his new team-mates for training this week. But completion of the move will be put on hold until Leeds’ home league game against Birmingham on October 3 to ensure Buckley is available for the whole of the Christmas fixture programme. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Riyad Mahrez’s hat-trick sinks Swansea


first_imgLeicester returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a handsome 3-0 victory at Swansea – and this time they did not even need a Jamie Vardy goal to do it. Press Association Riyad Mahrez was the Foxes’ hero with his first hat-trick in English football and the manner of Swansea’s defeat will raise further questions about manager Garry Monk’s position, whose side have now taken only six points from the last 33 on offer. Having set a Premier League record of scoring in 11 consecutive matches, Vardy was out to match the best top-flight mark of 12 successive games set nearly 84 years ago. Irishman Joe Dunne scored in 12 in a row for Sheffield United between October 1931 and January 1932 and Vardy’s best chance to equal that mark came when he bore down on goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski after 15 minutes. But Fabianski saved smartly and Vardy took a backseat for once as Mahrez took his tally for Premier League goals this season into double figures. It was a hugely impressive performance from Leicester, who made the most of Manchester City’s earlier defeat at Stoke to reclaim top spot, and on this evidence they can stay there for a good while yet. Claudio Ranieri’s side were so disciplined at the back that Swansea failed to muster a single shot on target until the final 15 minutes, Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante were supreme in midfield and the pace of Mahrez and Vardy proved unstoppable. Leicester were ahead after five minutes when Kyle Bartley needlessly conceded a corner and Swansea failed to deal with Marc Albrighton’s delivery. Leonardo Ulloa made a nuisance of himself at the near-post and the ball appeared to strike Mahrez on the arm before squeezing past Lukasz Fabianski – Leicester scoring for the 16th consecutive Premier League game. The early lead was perfect for Leicester to utilise their pace on the counter-attack, even if Swansea failed to help themselves with some questionable defending and their failure to retain possession. Bartley was at fault again when his careless kick gave Vardy the opportunity to match Dunne’s record but, for once, the England man was unable to accept a one-on-opportunity as Fabianski stood firm. But Leicester’s second arrived after 22 minutes with Mahrez again benefiting from a decision in his favour. The Algerian appeared a yard offside when he raced onto N’Golo Kante’s pass but he made no mistake to stroke the ball past Fabianski. Mahrez should have completed his hat-trick moments later but Fabianski saved well this time and the Poland goalkeeper was relieved to see Ulloa flash an effort inches wide before the break after an Ashley Williams error. Swansea needed to respond quickly after the interval and Ki Sung-yueng met Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick within two minutes of the re-start to strike the crossbar with a header. But the game was settled after 68 minutes when Kante strode 40 yards unchallenged to find Vardy, who unselfishly laid the ball off for Mahrez to finish in style. Vardy had late chances to equal Dunne’s record before Bafetimbi Gomis finally brought a save out of Kasper Schmeichel and Sigurdsson struck a post. But Swansea are very much in a relegation battle as Leicester march on. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Mahrez hat-trick….or did I just nod off and dream it?” – Former Leicester City striker Gary Lineker’s reaction to Riyad Mahrez’s hat-trick. PLAYER RATINGS Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 6 (out of 10) Kyle Naughton: 4 Ashley Williams: 5 Kyle Bartley: 4 Neil Taylor: 5 Leon Britton: 6 Ki Sung-yueng: 4 Wayne Routledge: 5 Andre Ayew: 5 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6 Bafetimbi Gomis: 4 Substitutes Jefferson Montero (on for Routledge 46mins): 5 Modou Barrow (on for Britton 63mins): 5 Jack Cork (on for Ki 78mins): 5 Leicester Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Danny Simpson: 7 Wes Morgan: 7 Robert Huth: 7 Christian Fuchs: 7 Danny Drinkwater: 8 N’Golo Kante: 8 Marc Albrighton: 7 Riyad Mahrez: 9 Leonard Ulloa: 7 Jamie Vardy: 8 Substitutes Andy King (on for Ulloa 87mins): 6 Jeffrey Schlupp (on for Mahrez 90mins): 6 STAR MAN RIYAD MAHREZ: Stepped out of Jamie Vardy’s goal-scoring shadow to claim his first hat-trick in English football. Easy to forget how good he has been this season due to Vardy’s record-equalling exploits, but the Algerian now has 10 Premier League goals this season and his pace and movement frightens the best defenders. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Mahrez’s third goal was Leicester at their best – scorching pace on the break and a ruthless finish to match. N’Golo Kante showed great power as he strode 40 yards through the Swansea midfield. Kante laid the ball off to Vardy who showed an unselfish side to his game to find Mahrez, and the finish low past Fabianski put the cherry on Leicester’s cake. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Swansea manager Garry Monk cut a forlorn figure as his employment prospects took another turn for the worse. Monk said last weekend’s improved performance in defeat at Liverpool had helped them turn a corner, but Swansea were rudderless as Leicester cut them apart time and again in the first half. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, however, must feel everything is right in the world as his Foxes returned to the top of the table – even without Vardy finding the target for once. MOAN OF THE MATCH Just what has happened to Swansea’s style and panache which took them to a best eighth place in the Premier League last season with a record points total? Manager Monk was touted as a future England boss a few short months ago, but Swansea have completely lost their way and his chances of staying in the job now appear to be very much hanging in the balance. WHO’S UP NEXT? Man City v Swansea (Premier League, December 12) Leicester v Chelsea (Premier League, December 14) last_img read more

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2020


first_imgThe uptick falls in line with an estimate released last month by the nonpartisan Senior Citizens League but falls short of the 2.8 percent offered in 2019 and 2 percent in 2018.Next year’s 1.6 percent boost will raise the average retiree benefit to about $1,503 per month, according to Mary Johnson, a Social Security policy analyst at the Senior Citizens League. Cost-of-living adjustments, which were implemented more than 40 years ago, are meant to counteract the effects of inflation, but economists are concerned that costs are rising at a much faster rate than the purchasing power of Social Security benefits. Prescription drugs and fresh groceries, for example, have become far more expensive. Some Americans on Social Security will see a little bump of about $24 a month in their checks next year.It’s actually a 1.6% cost-of-living increase that will benefit some 69 million retirees.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…The quick and the dead


first_imgOnce upon a time there were athletes hailing from the hallowed halls of the Pittsburgh Public Schools whose names are indelibly etched on the tablets of Pennsylvania and American high school sports history. Men with names like Sir “Petey” Gibson, “Duke” Kenny Durrett, “Lord” Curtis Martin; continuing on with “Princes” Archie McGill, DeJuan Blair, Jack Jackson, Calvin Houston, Larry Anderson, Mark Halsel, Sonny Lewis and Jeep Kelly. From the corridors of Allegheny High came Ron Hightower. From Fifth Avenue came Dwight “The Leaper” Clay. I could go on and on but I am sure that you get my point.This story is not an abbreviated history short about city athletics. This is a somber tale about the five year raping, pillaging and burning of the Pittsburgh Public School system. The final assault, Calvary at the ready, now seems to be poised to attack one of the final scholarship producers for our embattled, beleaguered and belittled educational system, athletics.There is an alleged regional “overhaul committee” whispering, no shouting, about the possible merging of the city with the WPIAL. However, before we go forward we must take a step back in order to see how we arrived at the edge of this cliff. In August 2005, Mark Roosevelt was appointed to the position of superintendent. He accepted this post under the terms of a unique performance-based “accountability contract.” Roosevelt announced his resignation at a recent news conference, effective Dec. 31. Who was he accountable to? Roosevelt said, “I think I’m somebody who sees possibilities and helps them come to life. I think I’m a turnaround artist.” Uh huh, after all the city schools Roosevelt closed, after all our children he displaced, he had the audacity to say, “I think I’m somebody who sees possibilities and helps them come to life.” As far as Roosevelt being able to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or CPR to the school district, judging by the way he has snatched the heart and soul out of the educational process for our children, I would not want he or any of his cronies to be a part of the team responsible for my medical care. I can clearly visualize the “do not resuscitate” order on my hospital chart.Now one of Roosevelt’s “disciples,” athletic director Mike Gavlik, is attempting to place the remnants of the athletic program, the only remaining sacrificial lamb, on the so-called “altar of fiscal responsibility.” Gavlik is part of a 22-member athletics overhaul committee, which also includes coaches, managers, board members and administrators. I have said it once, I have said it twice and I am going to say it a fourth or fifth time, Gavlik should be fired unceremoniously, quick and simple. To even discuss such an idea is ludicrous.I still refer to soon to be ex-Superintendent Roosevelt in the present tense because for one, he hasn’t officially departed and two, the decisions that he has made will haunt the Black community and the community-at-large for the next 50 years. A friend of mine who I love dearly but whose attic is “furniture deprived” and who also believes in the tooth fairy and leaves cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve night, said to me in a very sincere tone of voice, “Well, it is not Roosevelt or Gavlik’s fault. The school board had to vote on every issue. To which I replied, “Have you ever seen a ventriloquist’s dummy talk back?”What was Gavlik thinking when he responded to the possibility of the City League joining up with the WPIAL? “[That] is something we’re examining. But no formal recommendation has been made.” You should not even be discussing such nonsense, Mike. The PPS program does not have the funding, resources, facilities or the mindset to compete with or within the WPIAL. In suburban areas surrounding the Steel City, there are regional loyalties to the Penguins, Steelers or Pirates but when the lights shine on Friday nights, high school football remains king. These school districts invest tons of time, effort and money because they know that providing better facilities are going to result in additional scholarships and more positive citizenships for their student-athletes.PPS athletics are not regarded as regal because the students seem to be looked down upon, almost as if they are incorrigible paupers and the men and women who are empowered with overseeing and running the system regard themselves as the real monarchs whose only crown is a coronet of thorns with a paycheck attached to it. Merging our athletic system with any other system will not make our system better, nor will it make it run smoother. It can and will only accentuate the negatives. The flaws of our current athletic program will be exposed, further battering our children’s self-esteem which has been left for dead. Don’t kill our children’s spirit but do fire Mike Gavlik. Don’t let him get away clean like Mark Roosevelt.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Hall of Famer Lou Brock aids Cardinals amid health battles


first_img“I want to see them rounding second base,” said the base burglar, Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who had a good view of that portion of the diamond.“In the Cardinals’ starting lineup, eight guys, half of them have got to be able to round second base. If they can’t, then we have to work on it,” Brock said.What Brock was saying is that, even in this power age, good baseball teams need to be able to go from first to third on base hits.“The (New York) Yankees were a very good first-to-third ballclub. It’s part of the game,” said Brock.“Base running sounds simple. But there’s a scientific aspect to it that is a must.”Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Brock’s first-to-third concentration “makes perfect sense. They all have to be able to do it. But half of them have to be able to it religiously. That’s a big 90 feet (between second and third).”The Cardinals, on a recent Sunday, were a good first-to-home club, scoring eight runs but losing 10-8 to the New York Mets, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.In his best Lou Brock imitation in the first, Matt Carpenter walked, stole second and scored on a bloop single by Jedd Gyorko. Then, in the second, Carpenter did something else that Brock occasionally did as a leadoff man. He homered.“I had nothing like a Lou Brock game,” argued Carpenter.“I had an opening to take a base. It was a good count. It was there, so I did that. I hit a ball out.“It was a good day. But nobody has a Lou Brock game.”Brock has had it rough in recent years. But he’s alive and well, relatively so, anyway, considering that his left leg had to be amputated four years ago because of diabetes complications. And because his lower back still bothers him because of the blood cancer (multiple myeloma) that jumped him a couple of years ago. And because he has had a heart condition, stemming, he said, from some contamination in his left leg. And because last November he had a stroke, which, he said, he didn’t know he had.“The only way I believed it was that I couldn’t talk for a week,” said Brock. Through some therapy, his voice has recovered to a degree. His speech isn’t quite as clear as it was for his first 79 years, but he managed an uproarious laugh when he was kidded that sometimes the oft verbose Brock didn’t make much sense anyway when he was speaking.“That was pretty good,” said Brock, bumping fists with a friend. “Pretty good. You’re probably right.”Now, Brock is making speeches from a podium. And he is working daily to deal with his latest ailment.“I’m almost finished with that,” he said, optimistically.“Then I’ll be really ready to hang out. If I could talk, I’d be OK.”Although his body has been ravaged more than anyone’s should be, Brock has a default area. “The brain,” said Brock, “is off-limits.”The will to live is unquestioned, and Brock said the alternative “honestly never crossed my mind. I had not one incidence where I felt like giving up — even with the stroke. I’m hanging in there, man.”First, Stan Musial died six years ago at 92. Then Red Schoendienst died last year at 95.Bob Gibson, at 83, and Brock are the Cardinals Hall of Fame senior citizens now. “I used to hang out with Red a lot. He was protecting me,” said Brock, with a smile.Schoendienst, watching Brock deal with health problems in recent years, used to say, “That’s a tough kid, right there.”After his playing career ended in 3,023 hits and then a record 938 stolen bases, Brock has been an instructor in Cardinals camp and a broadcaster. He went to work as a base running consultant for the Minnesota Twins, who then went on to win the World Series in 1987.“Then I got a call from Tommy Lasorda of the Dodgers and they won the World Series (in 1988),” Brock said.“I didn’t get another chance until ’94 when the Montreal Expos were in first place. And then the strike came. I was taken out of the market,” said Brock, laughing.Brock said he didn’t know yet how good the Cardinals would be this season. But he applauded the acquisition of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.“With him and (Marcell) Ozuna here, the only thing they were missing last year was another bat,” Brock said. “This year that bat is here. And they didn’t change anybody (in trade) to do anything.”Brock also said he liked their up-the-middle combination of catcher Yadier Molina, shortstop Paul DeJong, second baseman Kolten Wong and center fielder Harrison Bader.“The kid in center field may be the thing they’re looking for to go to the next level,” Brock said. “He puts the pressure on. I hope he doesn’t stop.“If Bader is batting .110, put him out there.”On June 18, Brock will turn 80. He promises there will be a party.“Baseball, look out,” he said.___Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com Despite recent illnesses, Hall of Famer Lou Brock still inspires the St. Louis Cardinals.ST. LOUIS (AP) — On the observation deck outside the Cardinals’ offices in right-center field, and under an umbrella to protect against the heat, sat an interested observer on a recent Sunday.last_img read more