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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Karl Loomes I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. It was hard to imagine, not that many years ago, that a seemingly meat-loving, old-fashioned and perhaps even cheap bakery like Greggs (LSE: GRG) would be able to move with the times. Trendy, artisan bakeries and shops were becoming the norm, while a growing market of vegetarian and vegan consumers seemed highly unlikely to be the backbone of a company whose number one product – the sausage roll – was king.Of course we know how this went. As well as outfitting some of its stores in a more café-like, sit-in-and-enjoy style, the introduction of the vegan sausage roll has taken on an almost cultural significance. It’s perhaps a sign of Greggs’ overall popularity that just one addition to its product line could garner such interest.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Greggs deliveryYet another modern arena it now seems to be making moves into is delivery service. Specifically, it recently announced it would be partnering with Just Eat to offer its products exclusively – much to the chagrin of UberEats and Deliveroo. The company is also trialling electronic pads that allow for click & collect.I think from an investor’s standpoint these are good signs. Greggs has so far managed to move with the times, and yet somehow maintain, for better or worse, its previous image. Interestingly, I think in terms of its products at least, in many ways Greggs can be compared to the US giant McDonald’s. The original concept behind McDonald’s was that a consumer could walk into a store anywhere in the US (and now, of course, the world), and know exactly what they were getting – a Big Mac in New York tastes the same as a Big Mac in Hong Kong.Greggs’ food is very much the same. When you go into a Greggs in any part of the country, you know exactly what you’re getting – it will taste identical to the Greggs you had the week before in a different city. This is a very successful business model.As long as we like pasties…As I said, a few years ago, I couldn’t have imagined Greggs being able to move with the times with the success that it has managed. The fact that it has been able to do this encourages me on two major fronts for the future of its shares.Firstly, the management of the company has shown a willingness to change and adapt – always key to the success of any firm. What’s more, it has seemingly done this in the right way, with well-picked choices regarding what to change and what to preserve.Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, has been its continued sales growth in a period when more people are more health-conscious, as well as more vegan and more interested in ‘artisan’ products. Most people know Greggs’ baked products are not the healthiest, but we like them just the same. I can’t see this changing any time soon.
Saracens are planning to play their home matches on artificial turf from next season.The installation of a state-of-the-art pitch forms a key element of the club’s proposal to revive the Barnet Copthall stadium in the heart of north London.Chairman Nigel Wray said: “Artificial turf may well be the future of rugby. It has been approved by the IRB and the RFU, and all the latest evidence suggests it will enable a faster, safer and more entertaining game. Artificial turf technology has improved out of all recognition and concerns about burns and injuries are very much in the past. “The use of artificial turf in the revived Barnet Copthall stadium will not affect athletics and will also enable the community to use the venue on around 350 days per year.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “We are announcing our intentions today and have already entered into open discussions, sharing information and research with our colleagues in Aviva Premiership Rugby.”The artificial turf pitch at Barnet Copthall will comply in full with IRB Regulation 22.
Why rugby must build on the momentum created by the 2017 World Cup High energy, high tempo, high quality, high drama – the 2017 Women’s World Cup has been the biggest and best yet. Without wanting to put a dampener on things, though, we were saying the exact same thing after the 2014 tournament in France and if we’re honest there have been few significant advances since. So how does rugby ensure it taps into the increased interest and builds on the momentum of WRWC 2017?Before looking at the key issues facing the game, let’s look at exactly why this tournament has been such a success.For a start, the standards on the pitch have been brilliant. New Zealand’s victory over England was undoubtedly the greatest Women’s World Cup final there has been but it was also an incredible game of rugby, period. It was the skills, physicality and tactics on show at Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium that engaged spectators, viewers and listeners; it didn’t matter if it was men, women, boys or girls playing.Caught on film: New Zealand perform their haka for the cameras after their win in the final. Photo: Getty ImagesHow fantastic for a match of that quality to be aired live on ITV and BBC 5live on a Saturday night. It was a different kind of X-factor but demonstrated that Britain has got talent! The TV audience for the final peaked at 2.65m – a UK record – while 3.4m tuned in for the semi-final between France and England in France, another record.In the stadium itself, 15,000 tickets had been sold, beating the match record for the 2014 final at Stade Jean Bouin. Players have spoken of the welcome change of seeing unfamiliar faces in the crowd; rather than only friends and family coming to watch, the general rugby fan is now showing an interest.Then there is the increased media coverage – more column inches in newspapers, live commentaries on terrestrial TV and radio, Rugby World dedicating their first cover to women’s rugby.All these have been key factors in generating such a buzz about the game in recent weeks and it is fantastic to see so many people engage with it and appreciate the role models there are in the sport. A quick scroll through social media demonstrates just how much the event has captured people’s imaginations, young and old. Now rugby must seize the moment and not let it pass by.Point made: Katy Mclean has called for change following the 2017 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images“At some point we’ve got to kick on,” England fly-half Katy Mclean told 5live after the final. “We’ve said this in 2010 and 2014 and now we’re saying it in 2017. At some point the landscape has got to change. Unless we start doing something about it, it isn’t going to change.“The support has been sensational but we have really got to start making sure we aren’t saying in 2021, ‘Was this the one?’. Let’s make it now, and let’s make a difference.”So what are the key challenges the game must address if it is to grow and not stagnate?The widening gulfEngland and New Zealand were always expected to reach this year’s final, and as good as that final was, therein lies a problem. There need to be more teams capable of lifting the trophy, more teams able to challenge each other over 80 minutes, otherwise there are going to be two divisions: those who can keep up with the Black Ferns and Red Roses, which on recent evidence looks like France and possibly the USA, and those who can’t.There also needs to be a general raising of standards across the world. Hong Kong’s achievement was in reaching the World Cup itself, but the one-sided nature of their matches wasn’t pretty. It should be remembered that the men’s tournament has thrown up ugly scorelines, too, but it is key that rugby develops in all nations, not just the big ones.Global spread: Hong Kong need to play more Tests outside of Asia. Photo: Getty ImagesHow do you do that? More regular Test matches would be a start, and against different opposition. Japan and Hong Kong may dominate women’s rugby in Asia but they need to test themselves more regularly against the top European teams or the North Americans. Warren Gatland’s mantra has long been ‘you only get better by playing the best’ and a better global fixtures list for the women’s game would be a big step forward, just as World Rugby have managed to implement for the Tier Two men’s nations.Tournament formatThere are two issues to look at with regards the World Cup itself. The first is qualification. Yes, it’s important to have a geographical spread of countries but it’s also important that the best teams are at the tournament. Would Scotland have been more competitive than Hong Kong? Yes. It’s not about denying countries the chance to compete in a global showpiece but changing the qualification process and perhaps using a similar repechage tournament to that being employed for RWC 2019 where a few nations from different regions play off to determine who should go through to the main event could be a smart move. TAGS: Highlight Raising their game: England’s Sarah Bern hands off Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge in the final. Photo: Getty Images As the applause for this World Cup dies down, rugby must ensure it addresses these wider issues. Otherwise, as Mclean says, we’ll be having the same conversations in four years’ time and those who have been inspired to take up rugby in recent weeks will be facing the same challenges. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREThe second is the time span of the competition – and this is where it gets tricky. The good thing is that the schedule is the same for all teams; there are short turnarounds but it is all equal, unlike a men’s World Cup where the lower-tier nations are often forced to back up after just a few days while the bigger ones have a week between matches.New Zealand wing Portia Woodman, the tournament’s top try-scorer, has called out the schedule, saying that she doubts the men would be able to cope with it. And the arguments to have longer between matches are strong. Take Danielle Waterman, who was unable to play in a fourth World Cup final because she simply didn’t have the time to complete the return-to-play protocols after suffering a concussion in the semi-final against France.Time constraint: Danielle Waterman missed the final as she underwent the return-to-play protocols. Photo: Getty ImagesYet on the other side of the coin the amount of time off the amateur players have to take in order to compete has to be considered. Extending the periods between matches means extending the tournament by a week or two, and some players may not be able to afford to do that, particularly when you take into account training camps before the tournament itself. Like many of these problems, one answer only generates another question.Finances Money. Like so many things in life this is crucial to progress. Funding levels for women’s teams sports are notoriously lower than their male counterparts and given the money generated by men’s leagues and international fixtures, not to mention sponsorship, it’s obvious to see why. Yet unions could surely funnel some of that money into women’s sport to ensure it continues to grow.Also, many sponsors these days are looking to engage with women’s sports and events so tap into those opportunities, get separate deals – not everything has to be tied to the men.Going pro: Scotland’s Chloe Rollie has joined French club Lille. Photo: Getty ImagesA key growth area is the domestic game. Three Scotland players, Jade Konkel, Chloe Rollie and Lisa Thomson, have been signed as pros by the Lille Metropole club in France. The Top 8 in the country has become a successful league since the 2014 World Cup and games have drawn large TV audiences. The RFU are looking to do something similar with the newly-created Tyrrells Premier XVs and developing a better club game for the country’s best players is a vital goal.The next step is attracting broadcast partners and bigger crowds. They need the league to be a competitive spectacle to do that, which will take a few years, but being visible is crucial, not only in terms of inspiring a new generation of players – which is hopefully what WRWC 2017 has done – but also in attracting external investment.XVs v sevensThis is probably the most thorny subject of all. It’s little wonder that the sevens code has been prioritised by many countries around the world. It’s cheaper to fund because you need less players, plus the fact it’s an Olympic sport means many nations are allocated money for it. But do we want a situation where an Olympic medal is valued more highly than winning the World Cup? Doesn’t the focus on sevens dilute the ‘a game for all shapes and sizes’ argument? And how fair is it on those players to continually flit between sevens and XVs?New ground: Australia won gold in sevens at last year’s Olympics. Photo: Getty ImagesThe RFU took an historic step forward when handing out contracts to 15-a-side players this year but they are coming to an end and those not wanted by the sevens programme will have to return to work. Is this a viable way to continue going forward? How are players supposed to develop careers away from rugby if in one of every four years they are asked to take eight months off work to focus purely on the oval ball ahead of the World Cup?There is no easy solution here. Personally, I don’t know if the XVs game can support full-time contracts for such a large group of players in England, let alone in other countries where the game is less established. But the fact that England’s priority for the next three years is sevens is a huge concern and competitions like the Six Nations are devalued when many of the best players are absent.Numbers game: Emily Scarratt is likely to return to the sevens set-up later this year. Photo: Getty ImagesCountries need to be incentivised to promote and develop their XVs programme as much as sevens, or the abbreviated format could take over in the long term.
“COPY” Projects Save this picture!© Prue Ruscoe+ 37Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs La Casa Rosa / Luigi Rosselli Architects 2020 Australia “COPY” Year: ArchDaily Houses Area: 300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953843/la-casa-rosa-luigi-rosselli-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Bronte, Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953843/la-casa-rosa-luigi-rosselli-architects Clipboard Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Vitrocsa, Bisanna Tiles, Design Within Reach, Jetmaster, Artedomus, Euromarble, Luigi Rosselli Architects, On Site, Robert Plumb, Robert Plumb + Luigi Rosselli Architects, Vajira Gunawardena Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Products used in this ProjectWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDesign Architect:Luigi RosselliProject Architect:Daniel Nuñez, Carl RutherfoordLandscape Architect:Dangar Barin SmithInterior Designers:Arent & PykeBuilder:Buildability ConstructionsBrise Soleil:Callum CoombeJoiner:Sydney JoineryStonemason:Dasreef Pty LtdCity:BronteCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Prue RuscoeText description provided by the architects. Under the reign of Queen Victoria, the residential architecture of the British colonies was immersed in a nostalgic and late romantic borrowing of gothic architecture in its idealised interpretations of John Ruskin’s essay, The Seven Lamps of Architecture1, where the skill and craft of the builder were more important than the architect’s conceptualisation. Lacework, fretwork, intricate plaster detailing, and elaborate timberwork was the currency of the Victorian colonial home. In a modest way, this home in the Sydney beachside suburb of Bronte possessed many of the traits of that late Victorian style, and when called upon to provide it with a new lease of life, for Luigi it brought to mind a holiday villa of his childhood, located on a hilltop overlooking Lago Maggiore (Italy) and named La Casa Rosa for its washed pink render.Save this picture!© Prue RuscoeSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Prue RuscoeIn true Victorian neogothic spirit, we gathered together a team highly skilled in their respective crafts: Will Dangar oversaw the landscaping, aided by his creative stonemason, Nazih; Juliette Arent and of Arent & Pyke and Genevieve Hromas brought their love of intricate detail and the input of her talented team; Callum Coombe lent his skill in forming a brise soleil of otherwise redundant terracotta roof tiles that he first honed in the construction of The Beehive2; Buildability Constructions assembled a crew of fine carpenters and farmworkers; and we must not forget the amazing Stiven of Sydney Joinery, whose refined joinery is an integral feature of every room, together with the Architecture Stone Concept’s stonemasonry.Save this picture!© Prue RuscoeCraftiest of all was our Client, whose brief did not simply seek to replace later additions to the rear of the property and provide a new main living space and a master bedroom suite and study in the first-floor additions, but who challenged us to provide their family with a home that fitted their dreams and ambitions. Every aspect of the house is now a depiction of their aspirations; their Le Vie en Rose3 perception of the world. There was no wastage in this project. The house is not large; there are no unnecessary rooms; no unnecessary gadgetry.Save this picture!© Prue RuscoeSave this picture!© Prue RuscoeWe made no alterations to the existing rooms at the front of the original house, and the new additions to the rear are well proportioned in relation to that structure. We retained the existing 1980s pool and preserved the dense backyard vegetation. We recycled the roof tiles to construct the brise soleil and would have retained the terracotta roof tiles to the front of the house had the roofer not been so zealous in convincing the client to replace them.Save this picture!© Prue RuscoeWe used second-hand timber windows to the Victorian front façade and specified the reuse or recycling of demolition materials. This house is air conditioning-free; instead ceiling fans are employed for mechanical cooling in combination with good insulation, large eaves, and sun shading to all windows; trees and water help to cool the backyard space. Through the short winter months, heating is provided by hydronic panels.Save this picture!© Prue RuscoeThe new structure to the rear of the property is constructed in pink concrete, achieved by adding a mineral pigment to the whole thickness of the material. The name of the pigment, ‘Flamingo’ fits well with the two concrete feet on the ground and the long cantilevered neck of the rear elevation. For Luigi, La Casa Rosa holds many happy memories at his ‘young age’, hopefully, La Nuova Casa Rosa will hold similar joys for the two young children who will grow up there.Save this picture!© Prue RuscoeProject gallerySee allShow lessGongbech Untouchable Heart / SF LABSelected ProjectsCafé KUO’S & KUO’S Showroom / STUDIO IMASelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeLuigi Rosselli ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookBronteAustraliaPublished on December 23, 2020Cite: “La Casa Rosa / Luigi Rosselli Architects” 22 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
News Reporters Without Borders takes note of Ecuador’s decision today to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who sought refuge in its embassy in London on 19 June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about allegations of date rape and sexual violence.”We have always thought that Assange’s extradition to Sweden could not be legitimate without the strict condition that it would not ultimately lead to extradition to the United States as part of the US justice department’s investigation of WikiLeaks,” Reporters Without Borders director-general Christophe Deloire said.”Assange would risk the severest penalties – life imprisonment or even the death penalty – if he were tried in the United States. The resources deployed by the US authorities to track down WikiLeaks activists and supporters and obtain their personal data can only reinforce these concerns.”After launching a mirror site containing some of the US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks and associated news media, we wrote to the US authorities in December 2010 to remind them of the obvious news interest of the information provided by Assange’s site.” Deloire added: “We believe that these revelations are covered by the First Amendment to the US Constitution and we have on several occasions stressed the importance of the light they have shed on serious human rights violations carried out with US government backing in the name of the ‘war on terror’.” August 16, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation
WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Homepage BannerNews HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Twitter By admin – March 28, 2015 Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook Previous articleDeputy Doherty to table questions identified in Údarás na Gaeltachta’s reportNext article454 drivers detected speeding during Operation ‘Slow Down’ admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Pinterest Seafood package is major boost to Donegal – McGinley A Donegal South West TD is hoping that the latest development package for the Irish seafood sector announced by Minister Simon Coveney will see substantial investment in Donegal.241 million euro is being pumped into the industry by the government, backed by substantial private sector investment.Minister Coveney says it will provide capital to assist seafood enterprises to grow their production, and add value to seafood exports.Deputy Dinny Mc Ginley says Donegal is well placed to benefit:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/dinnysat.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp
Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Newsx Adverts Twitter Pinterest Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal South West by-election, Thursday 25th November – the candidates Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – November 4, 2010 WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleDonegal South-West by-election date set – Thursday 25th NovemberNext articleNot too late for people to register to vote in by-election News Highland Apart from Fianna Fail, all the other major parties have selected their candidates, with Fianna Fail confirming this afternoon their convention will take place in Glenties on Sunday.So far there are four decalred candidates for the Donegal South West by-election.Donegal County Councillor Barry O’Neill will contest for Fine Gael, Frank McBrearty Junior will run for Labour, while Senator Pearse Doherty will contest for Sinn Fein.Indendent County Councillor Thomas Pringle, from Killybegs, has also confirmed his intention to run.Tom Conoghan, based in Donegal Town, is expected to throw his hat into to the ring as an independent.Fianna Fail are the only main political party not to have selected a candidate – it is understood that their selection convention will be held this weekend when Senator Brian O’Domhnaill is the odds on favourite to get the nod.As confimed today, the writ has been moved with the public going to the polls on Thursday the 25th of November with counting to take place on November the 26th.Legislation states that nominations to contest the elections must be recieved by 12 noon on the 7th day after the writ is issued excluding Sunday – so the closing date as a result of today’s developments will be Friday week at 12 noon.However, a comment by Tanasiste Mary Coughlan during her speech this afternoon suggests that the outcome of Sunday’s selection is a foregone conclusion.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/coughbod.mp3[/podcast]
Foreign/International’Injustices Faced By Black Americans Not Relics Of Past’ : Washington Supreme Court Judges Issue Solidarity Statement Radhika Roy6 Jun 2020 9:17 AMShare This – xWashington Supreme Court Justices have issued a statement, condemning the injustices against black Americans by the justice systems of the United States of America, and have urged the legal community to reflect on the moment and act together in a bid to eradicate racism. The letter, written to the Judiciary and the Legal Community, states that the “devaluation and degradation of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWashington Supreme Court Justices have issued a statement, condemning the injustices against black Americans by the justice systems of the United States of America, and have urged the legal community to reflect on the moment and act together in a bid to eradicate racism. The letter, written to the Judiciary and the Legal Community, states that the “devaluation and degradation of black lives is not a recent event. It is persistent and systemic injustice that predates this nation’s founding. But recent events have brought to the forefront of our collective conscience a painful fact that is, for too many of our citizens, common knowledge: the injustices faced by black Americans are not relics of the past.” The statement has been issued at the heels of the brutal murder of George Floyd, an African-American man who died while getting arrested by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th, for allegedly using counterfeit money at a grocery store. Floyd’s unfortunate death took place as a result of asphyxiation which had been brought on by the act of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, despite Floyd repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe”. The death and oppression of black people at the hands of police officers is not a recent occurrence in the United States. Floyd’s inhuman death set off widespread protests and demonstrations in the United States against the injustices faced by black Americans at the hands of the prejudiced and racist justice system. The Supreme Court of the State of Washington has accordingly issued the statement, acknowledging the presence of “racialized policing and the overrepresentation of black Americans in every stage of our criminal and juvenile justice system. It further states that the institution remains affected by the “vestiges of slavery: Jim Crow laws that were never dismantled and racist court decisions that were never disavowed”. The letter urges the legal community to recognize their individual responsibility on allowing the injustice to continue and, urges them to take concrete steps in order to address it with courage and will. “The injustice still plaguing our country has its roots in the individual and collective actions of many, and it cannot be addressed without the individual and collective actions of all.” The letter further addresses the judiciary in a bid to convey that judges have also played a role in the devaluing of black lives. “This very court once held that a cemetery could lawfully deny grieving black parents the right to bury their infant. We cannot undo this wrong – but we can recognize our ability to do better in the future. We can develop a greater awareness of our own conscious and unconscious biases in order to make just decisions in individual cases, and we can administer justice and support court rules in a way that brings greater racial justice to our system as a whole.” The issue of systematic inequalities and the lack of financial, personal or systemic support has been highlighted in the letter to portray the harms that are caused when meritorious claims go unaddressed as a result of inherent biases and racial traditions. “Too often in the legal profession, we feel bound by tradition and the way things have “always” been. We must remember that even the most venerable precedent must be struck down when it is incorrect and harmful. The systemic oppression of black Americans is not merely incorrect and harmful; it is shameful and deadly.” The letter then appeals to everyone, as individuals, to support their black colleagues by listening to and acknowledging their experiences in order to armor oneself with information to dismantle systemic racism. It also calls for reflection of individual actions that lead to the persistence of racial injustice in society. “It is the collective product of each of our individual actions – every action, every day. It is only by carefully reflecting on our actions, taking individual responsibility for them, and constantly striving for better than we can address the shameful legacy we inherit. We call on every member of our legal community to reflect on the moment and ask ourselves how we may work together to eradicate racism”. Signed by Chief Justice Debra L. Stephens, and Justices Charles W. Johnson, Barbara A. Madsen, Susan Owens, Steven C. González, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, Raquel Montoyo-Lewis and G. Helen Whitener, the letter concludes on the following note: “We go by the title of “Justice” and we reaffirm our deepest level of commitment to achieving justice by ending racism. We urge you to join us in these efforts. This is our moral imperative”. Click Here To Download Letter[Read Letter] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. If HR professionals want totake their place alongside colleagues on the board, they must learn to speakthe same business language. But what is the language of business? Is it a formof clever shorthand for technical termsor simply intellectual snobbery disguising insincerity? Jane Lewis investigatesThere are two purposesto language – the first and most obvious is as a means of communication. But wealso use language as an important differentiator of who we are – it helps reinforcea sense of group identity and cement a set of common goals. “He speaks my language”is a common enough expression, and is almost invariably used in the context ofpraise. The clear subtext is that if you can talk the lingo, you’re allowedinto the club. If you can’t, expect to be left out in the cold.This might explain why so manyassorted luminaries – from Tony Blair to CIPD director-general Geoff Armstrong– have lately been urging the necessity of talking “the language ofbusiness”. The importance of this from thepoint of view of the HR professional in particular becomes evident when youstudy the findings of a recent research project Tomorrow’s Organisation: NewMindsets, New Skills, published by London Human Resource Group. As the report’sauthor Amin Rajan concludes, “The picture that emerges is distinctlyuncomfortable. All the more so since HR professionals and line managersparticipating in our research presented a similar assessment.”The report shows that although HRmanagers usually share a set of common goals with their peers in linemanagement, the language both groups use to communicate these aims isremarkably different. The consequence is that mutual misunderstanding hasbecome almost inevitable. “It’s like a dialogue between two deafpeople,” says Rajan. “HR people talk about processes, line managerstalk about outcomes. HR wants to know how much something will cost, linemanagers ask where the added value is. HR thinks about budgets, line managementwants to know how to maximise profits.” And so on.You don’t need to be a languageexpert to understand the serious ramifications that such a state of mutualbafflement can have on the health and vitality of a company. Indeed, Rajanmaintains that the failure to find a common language is the main reason why somany change programmes fail. “People involved in changeprogrammes don’t have a common picture of what they want to achieve, and theydon’t have a language to express it. You need a common metaphor, and you need acommon language. If these groups are going to communicate on the samewavelength, HR needs to use business language.”This is hardly revelatory news tomost in the profession – indeed, senior HR managers have been banging on aboutthe importance of scrapping a process-based approach in favour of following a”business agenda” for some time. “The board is not interestedin elegant processes, it is interested in outcomes,” says Stephanie Monk,group HR director at Granada, speaking at the HR Forum nearly two years ago. And even then it was a case ofpreaching to the converted. “This is not a gathering of HR people, it is agathering of business people discussing business issues,” asserts CapGemini HR director, Robert Ingram at the time. “It is not about followingan HR agenda, it is about following a business agenda, but with an HR solution.”So how then do we explain what isobviously a continuing gap between desire and reality? If HR people know theyshould be acting as mainstream business managers – in which case talking the”language of business” would surely follow fairly naturally – whyisn’t it happening?Turning nouns to verbsThe most likely explanation, atleast for the language part of the conundrum, is that the concept of businesslanguage has itself acquired a bad reputation over the years as an exclusiveform of jargon, more caught up in the snobbery of the unfamiliar than in anyserious attempt to convey real meaning. Business language takes nouns and turnsthem into verbs – employees are “incented”, opportunities”leveraged”. The widespread adoption ofacronyms, again frequently used as verbs, makes it even more difficult toextract proper meaning. Businesses can be MBO’d, TQM’d, CEO’d and IPO’d – andthat’s before you get down to the real nitty-gritty of shifting paradigms,benchmarking metrics, and maximising the return on investment from yourstrategic alliances.In many ways business dialect canbe seen as the new Esperanto – an international communication system that, tothe outsider at least, obscures more than it elucidates. But at least Esperanto could neverbe accused of corrupting a perfectly good existing language, which is thecharge that the growing number of opponents of “business-speak” nowlay at its door. Last year, even the BBC Radio 4programme Today weighed into the fray, attacking the meaningless babble that isseeping out of the boardroom into mainstream language.Perhaps some of this terminology –phrases like “ballpark”, “mission critical”,”state-of-the-art” and “disintermediation” – originallymeant something specific to their instigators. But that precision of meaning haslong since vanished: these expressions are now far more likely to be used topad out sentences in the hope of impressing the listener. As George Orwell, oneof the great analysts of 20th century language, noted, “The great enemy ofclear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real anddeclared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhaustedidioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink”.Surprisingly, this view of businesslanguage as a parlance swamped with sly verbal innovation, has also beenespoused by some of the UK’s leading management experts. New phrase, old conceptSean Ricard, senior businesseconomist at Cranfield School of Management and a key lecturer on the school’sMBA course, is unequivocal on the subject. “Too often so-called businesspeople wrap themselves up in language that is opaque when it is clear that theessence of business is good communication,” he says. “I’m verycynical about it. Almost without exception it’s a case of coming out with a newphrase to describe an old concept. “Half the time this languageis invented to sell books. When there are problems to sort out in realcompanies, people sit down and talk about them in plain English.”Amin Rajan agrees. “I advisecompanies to use absolute simplicity in language – clear, short words that willtrigger actions and provoke the question, ‘What are we going to do?’ “It is intellectual snobberyto use long words, but underlying that is a more sinister purpose, which is,‘We’re not going to do anything’,” he says. To counter this, he suggests thatcompanies should talk about “aims” not “objectives” and”goals” rather than that ubiquitous catch-all, “vision”.But Ricard does concede that hispolicy of avoiding fancy business vernacular terms wherever possible can bedifficult to carry out to the letter when you are teaching something asbusiness-specific as an MBA course. “If you don’t talk about ‘core competencies’people may think you’re not up-to-date,” he says. And elsewhere he has remarked that,”at a senior level, HR directors should be able to talk knowledgeably totheir colleagues in accountancy or marketing, so that if someone comes into theroom talking about ‘stock asset variables’ you are not going to be phased byit”. Moreover it is clear that some examples of business parlance,while admittedly falling into the category of new phrases for old concepts, cannonetheless represent a convenient shorthand. “Outsourcing” is a goodexample of this. Yes, the idea of it is as old as business itself, but how elseare you going to describe the practice quite so neatly without resorting tocomplicated sentence structures? If we can incorporate”angst”, “pyjamas”, “cul-de-sac” and”beriberi” into mainstream English, then why not”downsize”, “multi-task”, “outsource” or even”mainstream” for that matter?”The point of jargon is thatit can help you make shortcuts to difficult concepts,” says ValerieGarrow, senior researcher at Roffey Park. Moreover, as she points out, everydifferent department in any organisation has its own vernacular – and HR itselfis no exception. The real question, therefore, for any HR professional bent ontalking the language of business, is how to decipher what should be embracedand what rejected. As Rajan sums up, “There is alot of hype out there and HR people have got to learn to sort the wheat fromthe chaff.”It has often been remarked that thenative language of business is still numbers – how could it be otherwise whensuccess is ultimately measured in terms of profit, cash flows and ratios?Consequently if HR people are to make a real impact in improving the business,they must be able to understand – and express – some of the basic tenets offinancial management. Given the, ahem, strategic importance of understandingcustomer markets and the pivotal role of IT in any modern business, it mightalso be a good idea to brush up on what these departments are saying too.No magic”There is nothing magic toit,” says consultant Paul Kearns at Personnel Works. “It is just aquestion of understanding what is actually meant by real business terminologythat says something specific – things like ‘profit and loss’ and ‘net presentvalue’.” This doesn’t mean swallowing anaccountancy rule book, so much as familiarising yourself with what is importantto how the business is actually run.Some companies have taken the onusoff the individual by running general business literacy courses acrossdepartments. At the US headquarters of the PR firm, Shandwick International,for example, the chief learning officer organised an in-house”university” in a bid to help staff from a range of different disciplines”to think more like MBAs”. He also made it mandatory for all staff totake a class in Business Literacy I – designed to acquaint them with how theagency actually runs its business.The staff’s reaction has beenoverwhelmingly positive. “I thought these classes would cover the basicsof accounting,” says one. “But they focus on how our company makesmoney – and can lose it – on a daily basis.” Learning what makes figures move inthe right direction for the business as a whole allowed staff to reassess theirown contribution to the process, and often resulted in them making changes tothe way they approached their jobs. But perhaps the best way to go about learning the language ofbusiness is to concentrate less on the language per se and more on the actual issuesthat it is trying to describe. Once you have actually understood the mainpreoccupations of the line businesses, the language will take care of itself. Thus the main guiding point must beyour own understanding. “Use language that means something. Don’t useanything if you are not confident about its meaning,” is Kearns’ cardinalrule. Geddit?Legitimate andillegitimate business languageLegitimate1 Thinking out of theboxCurrently voguish means ofexpressing creative or imaginative thinking: devising new ways to solve oldproblems. To some extent replaces phrases like “green-housing” and”blue-skying” – far too amorphous for most managers to get theirheads round. At least a box has structure – even if you’re trying to think outof it.2 Asset-based businessmodelsNew economy term for those”traditional” organisations majoring in the sale of”physical” goods, as opposed to those concentrating onknowledge-based services or digital products. See also “short-termassets” – aka physical stock. A company with no “short termassets” on its balance sheet normally specialises in brainpower,information aggregation and so on.3 Virtuous cycleA win-win scenario – one in whichall activity winds up being beneficial/profitable. A good, if somewhatsqueamish, example is maggot farming. Farmers are paid to take away the rawmaterials of their trade (chicken carcasses) and then profit again from the twoproducts of the process – the maggots themselves (sold to anglers), and the carcasses(transformed by maggot activity into fertiliser).4 Foot-printingThe process of tracking customeractivity across a website. Considered critical to the art of building upcustomer profiles, but of secondary importance to the feat of turning”clicks into hits” – that is, converting site visitors into payingcustomers.5 Object-orientedOriginally a technical term used todescribe the new generation of component software that can be assembledMeccano-style to form customised applications – and just as quickly dismantledif necessary. As with the best computing phrases (downtime, multi-tasking) theconcept of assembling defined “objects” for a particular purpose hasnow been taken up by mainstream business. Often used to describe the activity ofsetting up particular processes or teams to deal with specific projects/jointventures and so on.6 Spider-plantingA new phrase for spinning offcompanies: how you go about setting up healthy subsidiaries. Baby spider plantscontinue to get nourishment from the parent while establishing their own roots.Trendy because it taps into current bio/eco preoccupations, and also provides asimple, easily understood visual description of the activity.7 B2B and B2B2CB2B is shorthand for “businessto business” trading; B2B2C stands for “business to business tocustomer” and describes the “value chain” in which a basicproduct supplied by one company is enhanced by another partner organisationbefore delivery to the customer. Closely related to…8 Dynamic tradeThe delivery of highly customisedproducts and services. In theory, it’s the customers drive production, pricingpolicies and market conditions.9 Hot-deskingA useful little phrase to describethe process of abandoning fixed office formats in favour of more fluidarrangements conducive to flexi-working/creativity and so on. Unlikely to standthe course of time because it is unpopular with most employees: if you get inlate, you might not get a desk at all. 10 HeuristicImportant-sounding word with usefulsocial-science overtones. Defined as: allowing, or assisting to discover.”Heuristic” has replaced “holistic” as the preferred pseudyword in training circles and is becoming almost ubiquitous in any descriptionof a knowledge management programme. Use with caution: abuse of meaning andfinite time-span probable.Illegitimate1 RightsizeWhile “downsize” and”upsize” are admittedly clumsy Americanisms they have nonetheless wonthemselves a place in the UK business lexicon. Not so “rightsize” – afar-too-sinister euphemism for redundancy programmes which hints at Newspeak,the language devised by Big Brother in 1984 to eliminate subversive ideas.2 360-degree managementA self-important term for doingyour job properly by keeping your eyes peeled. Too much emphasis on 360-degreemanagement could lead to accusations of lack of focus.3 Added valueAlmost impossible to avoid, but thephrase has become so overused that it has lost most of its specific meaning andnow has unfortunate connotations of bargain basements. If you must talk aboutvalue, use it in the context of “value chains”, and “highvalue” integration. No one quite knows what they mean but they soundclassier.4 Paradigmatic shiftAnother expression borrowed fromthe philosophy books, meaning a fundamental change in approach or philosophy.Came to the fore at the start of the dotcom era to describe the shift from anindustrial to a knowledge-based economy. Now distinctly diluted in meaning andpasse. If you want to stress wide-sweeping change try the expression now hip inCalifornian circles, “a tectonic plate shift”.5 “Run it up andthe mast and see who salutes it”A clumsy example of US imagery(meaning to run an idea past someone) which never quite made it over here –except among flash ad-men. Treat those who use it with caution. Although someUS phrases – most notably “ballpark” and “pitch” (bothbaseball derivatives) – have now become parlance, use with care. An exceptiongaining popularity in UK circles is “elevator pitch” – a neatexpression for selling an idea quickly – as in the time it takes for anelevator to reach its destination.6 Disintermediation The process of eliminatingthird-party sales organisations – in other words, selling direct. The businessequivalent of disestablishmentarianism: long words used for effect. Now widelydiscredited as wrong-headed as well as cumbersome.7 Benchmarking Pseudo-scientific phrase usedinstead of the more simple “comparing”.8 Functionality andConnectivityKnown fondly among the cognoscentias the “F” and “C” words. Both sound important but meanvery little. Previous Article Next Article HR learns to talk the talkOn 6 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today