Pay if forward: What it means to be a Fortune 100 best company to work for

first_imgLast week, after Fortune magazine announced that Hyland Software was named a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For 2014, I asked some fellow colleagues what that meant to them, personally.I expected everyone to answer with a favorite perk  –  the on-site diner, barbershop, fitness center, flex schedules, relaxed dress code and so on.But that’s not what people talked about. Turns out, for most, material things don’t make Hyland special or successful. They are barely top of mind. No, it is something else entirely.“The camaraderie and the team-oriented culture make Hyland a great place to work,” Bill Priemer, Hyland Software CEO, told me. “Succeeding as a company is much more fulfilling because it benefits people I genuinely like and care about.”That’s right. People.  Above all else, Hylanders wanted to talk about their friends and co-workers. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Funding cuts proposed for police station work

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has announced a consultation on funding cuts for police station and Crown court work aimed at ‘rebalancing’ the £2bn legal aid budget in favour of civil help. The reforms outlined in the consultation paper include reducing the fees paid for police station work in what the MoJ calls the ‘most expensive and oversubscribed’ areas of the country. It says costs in this area have been driven up by an ‘over use’ of duty solicitor schemes in some parts of the country, particularly where there are ‘too many firms competing for business’. The MoJ proposes cutting the fee rates for barristers in Crown court cases to bring them more into line with prosecution fees. On average barristers acting for the prosecution receive 23% less pay than those acting for the defence, it says, which could ‘create an incentive for barristers to favour defence work’. The paper suggests combining all committal work done by litigators into one fixed fee paid out of the Litigator Graduated Fee Scheme, rather than the current scheme which pays the litigator one fee to prepare the committal hearing, and a separate fee for consideration of the committal bundle. The MoJ says payments for criminal file reviews will end, to match the fee structure in civil cases. In addition, the MoJ has asked the Legal Services Commission to consider standardising payments made to experts in both criminal and civil cases. The LSC has also been asked to find an additional 5% saving from its administrative budget this year, and 10% next year, on top of the 30% cuts they have already been asked to make over the next five years. Legal aid minister Lord Bach said: ‘The UK has one of the best-funded legal aid systems in the world and it is a vital service for many people, particularly during the current economic downturn.’ ‘More and more homeowners, employees and those facing financial hardship, are vulnerable to civil law problems at this time. We need to do all we can to ensure that legal aid is prioritised effectively so that more people are able to access it to and resolve their legal problems.’ He added: ‘Legal aid practitioners provide a fantastic service and should be paid accordingly; and that means rebalancing some fee structures so that there is greater fairness across the board.’ ‘Today’s consultation paper sets out proposals to make better use of the legal aid budget and ensure access for as many people as possible.’ Law Society chief executive Des Hudson said: ‘Solicitors don’t create the demand for advice in police stations; they simply respond to requests from people who’ve been arrested. How can the government imply that the profession can somehow alter that – solicitors have no control over how many people are arrested. ‘Having access to legal advice in a police station is central to the working of our criminal justice system. It can result in early guilty pleas and can also ensure that innocent people are not prosecuted. It avoids the miscarriages of justice that were seen in the 1970s. Government should be investing in this to achieve future savings. Arbitrarily cutting the fees that are paid will reduce access to this vital service for the people who need it most.’ He added that it would be not just barristers, but also solicitor-advocates who would be affected by the decision to cut the rate of pay in Crown court cases. Hudson said: ‘For the criminal law solicitors whose businesses and livelihood are to be the subject of a best value tendering experiment in Bristol and Manchester this is deeply worrying. While they bid for work the Ministry of Justice introduces a flat rate countrywide fee. This consultation lacks thought for the long-term future of access to justice. ‘We are currently compiling a review into legal aid which we hope will be the base for the future of legal aid. We recognise that there is not a bottomless pit of money for legal services, but government needs to work with the professions to provide long-term solutions. We will be looking into these proposals in more detail and feeding back to the profession as soon as possible, but in the meantime we will be lobbying the government to delay implementation of the BVT experiments in Manchester and Bristol.’ The consultation will run until 12 November. It can be found at: www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/docs/legal-aid-funding-reforms.pdf.last_img read more

Jamaica records near 30 per cent decline in murders from Jan…

first_imgJamaica has recorded a 29.7 percent reduction in murders during the first five weeks of this year, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).It said that there were 109 murders between January 1 and February 2 as compared with 155 for the same period last year.JCF also reported that a decline in other categories of major crimes during the same period this year, with the number of shootings totaling 112, a 17 per cent reduction when compared with last year.Decline in rapesThe police said that rapes declined significantly from 57 last year to 27 this year, while the number of aggravated assaults were reduced from 32 last year to 20 this year.RobberiesThe figures show that there was a 15.3 per cent reduction in robberies during the first five weeks of this year, while the number of break-ins and larceny declined by 29.6 per cent and 5.3 per cent, respectively.The overall reduction in murders is reflected in the statistics for all police divisions across the island, excepting Portland and Manchester. In Portland, two persons have been killed so far this year, compared with one during the same period last year.For Manchester, five persons have been murdered so far this year as compared with three last year.In 2018, more than 1, 200 people were killed in Jamaica.last_img read more

Argos Secure Transfer Wing Player Jon Brown

first_img“Jon gives us another quality wing player and comes in with a year of college experience and knows what it takes to play at this level. He needs to be an immediate impact player for us on both ends of the floor.  Jon is a very competitive player and has been well coached throughout his career.”    “I feel this is a great opportunity for me academically and athletically,” Brown said. “When I decided to look at other options to continue my college career, I knew a lot about UWF because of the Laatsch family and from seeing them in the GSC. I really like how they played and decided to see if they were looking for a player in my position. I am thrilled that it worked out and I am looking forward to the new start at UWF.” “Jon Brown is a terrific player who is a big wing that will give us some versatility,” Burkhamer said. “Jon scores the ball getting to the rim and with his jump shot. He is physically ready for the battles in the Gulf South Conference and is an excellent offensive rebounder and defender. We are looking for him to fill the void left by senior Marvin Jones. Brown, who played for Chris Laatsch – father of current UWF graduate assistant coach Jason Laatsch – in high school, was selected to play in the Alabama High School North-South All-Star Game and the Alabama-Georgia All-Star Game. He helped lead the Huskies to consecutive Top-10 finishes at the Alabama Class 6A state tournament, including a runner-up showing in 2016-17. PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF men’s basketball head coach Jeff Burkhamer announced today that Jon Brown, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wing player from Helena, Alabama has signed to play at UWF beginning in the 2018-2019 season. Brown is transferring from former Gulf South Conference rival North Alabama where he redshirted during the 2017-18 season. The athletic guard was an All-State and All-County performer at Helena High School. Brown averaged 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 blocks per game his senior year, which also included a school-record 39 points against Minor HS in the 2017 Jefferson/Shelby County Basketball Tournament.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Top-ranked South Carolina routs Central Michigan

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points despite a bloody nose as No. 1 South Carolina cruised past Central Michigan 80-45 on Saturday.South Carolina’s 11-0 start is the best in school history and is two games shy of the program’s all-time longest win streak of 13, which was set during the 1985-86 season.The reigning Southeastern Conference player of year took a hit to the nose with about six minutes left in the first half. After a brief delay, she returned to finish with five steals and four rebounds.Crystal Bradford, the reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the year, scored 20 points for Central Michigan (4-4).Alaina Coates had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for South Carolina. Aleighsa Welch added 12 points.The Gamecocks will face Liberty in the tournament final on Sunday.last_img read more

Sri Lanka seamers keep second test v S Africa in the balance

first_imgPORT ELIZABETH, South Africa,  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s seamers set up a thrilling finish to the second and final test against South Africa after closing day two on 60 for two in pursuit of a victory target of 197 yesterday, leaving the series finely balanced at St George’s Park. Eighteen wickets fell on the second day, the most at this ground since 1914, as first Sri Lanka capitulated to 154 in their first innings and then skittled their hosts for 128 in South Africa’s second visit to the crease.Oshada Fernando (17 not out) and Kusal Mendis (10 not out) will push for victory on the third morning, but with 31 wickets having fallen in six sessions, South Africa will still feel in the game.The struggles of the batsmen on both sides would suggest a difficult wicket, but while there is some seam movement and bounce, it is not the minefield those numbers suggest. Sri Lanka started their second innings an hour before the close and took the score to 32 before Lahiru Thirimanne (10) nicked fast bowler Kagiso Rabada to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Two runs later Duanne Olivier found the edge of Dimuth Karunaratne’s bat when he had 19.The home side were not able to prise out any more wickets before the close as they seek to win the test and avoid a first ever home series loss to a side from Asia. The tourists won an epic first test by one wicket in Durban, a result that ensured South Africa’s streak of seven home series wins will come to an end.Sri Lanka had resumed in the morning session on 60 for three in their first innings but were bowled out within 90 minutes as Rabada (4-38) proved chief destroyer.The visitors clearly had a plan to attack the home bowlers and scored 94 runs in 17.4 overs, but could not stem the fall of wickets. That gave the home side a first innings lead of 68, but they were unable to capitalise after being skittled for 128 in their second innings.South Africa’s top order has battled all season and struggled again as they slipped to 91 for five on the stroke of tea.Hashim Amla (32) provided some resistance before he edged part-time spinner Dhananjaya de Silva (3-36) to slip, while skipper Faf du Plessis (50 not out) ended the innings as top-scorer but ran out of partners.  Suranga Lakmal (4-39) and Kasun Rajitha (2-20) were excellent as the rampant tourists bowled out the home side in 44.3 overs, their second lowest completed innings score at home since being skittled for 96 by Australia at Newlands in 2011 – a test they won. last_img read more