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If any of my investments exceeds this level, then there’s probably too much risk on the table. I believe it is one of the quickest ways to manage uncertainty in 2021.I’ve come across too many stories of over-confident investors who’ve put too much money into one ‘fail-proof’ investment. I’m trying to avoid falling into this trap. I also acknowledge that no investment can guarantee a return. If anyone says that it does, then I will run a mile in the opposite direction.I must admit that it’s tempting to heavily invest in one particular region or sector that’s performing well, such as technology. This is where I have to take a step back and stick to my 10% rule. Today’s hottest investment could be tomorrow’s laughing stock. By spreading out my investments this ensures that the risk is not only diversified but reduced as well.#2 – Diversification is keyDon’t put all your eggs in one basket. I’m sure we’ve all heard this statement before but it serves as a useful reminder to manage uncertainty in 2021.In my portfolio, I own as many investments as I can keep track of. We have different demands on our time, so the exact number of investments should depend on personal circumstances.If you, like me, are comfortable in picking your own shares then have a broad range of stocks. This is what active funds do. These are a portfolio of stocks managed by a professional fund manager.Sometimes when I don’t have specific knowledge in a certain sector, I will opt for a fund. I think this is the most time- and cost-effective way to diversify and gain certain exposure in a portfolio.I think the main point to note is that diversification is achieved by investing across various asset classes, sectors, and geographical region. This way it reduces the investment risk and market volatility in a portfolio.#3 – Core-satellite investment strategyI’ve been using a core-satellite strategy for years. It’s very simple to understand and implement.As a core-satellite investor I’ll have a main group of investments, which should be well diversified. This is the ‘core’ element of the strategy. For me this is a mix of funds and stocks.Then, to add a bit of spice and even more diversification, I add a few other investments such as stocks. These are known as the ‘satellites’. I typically invest in higher risk companies to get the growth element in my portfolio. I believe the core-satellite strategy is a good way to manage uncertainty in 2021. Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Microsoft expands its software donation programme for charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Microsoft is expanding its software donations programme to enable more organisations to benefit. It is increasing the number of donated products each charity can receive, and expanding the programme to year-round availability.Medical research organisations, private foundations and amateur sports and recreational organisations now qualify for the programme, which is available in over 100 countries. Charities can also now request 10 different Microsoft software products, up from six. They can also benefit from the Get Genuine option, helping them to ensure their existing computers are running genuine versions of Microsoft operating systems to help keep their software up-to-date and secure.Charities can also apply for a software donation from Microsoft through Charity Technology Trust’s CTXchange, part of the TechSoup Global Network, whenever they need it, instead of the previous limit of only one request per year.Matt Lambert, Director of Corporate Affairs and Citizenship at Microsoft, said: “Making technology more accessible helps charities to be more productive, reach more people and deliver new, improved services which directly help local communities.“While we already help a sizeable number of charities, we want to help more. The changes we’re announcing today are designed to make the programme more relevant and accessible to a larger number of charities, which will in turn have a positive impact in local communities across the UK.”TechSoup charges a small administrative fee which funds the programme to help no- for-profits not only get the software they need, but also the support and expertise they need to make the best use of the technology.www.ctxchange.org/getting_started/entitlement/microsoft_overview About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 29 July 2011 | News 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Donated goods Technology
Keeping Switchgrass Immature Could Aid Cellulosic Ethanol Industry Previous articleEmergency Cover Crop Assistance Available for Extreme Drought AreasNext articleHigh Prices Will Stir South American Soybean Production Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE USDA scientists have discovered a gene that essentially keeps switchgrass in its juvenile form – and they say it could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop. The insertion of a specific gene from corn – called corngrass – into switchgrass keeps the perennial grass from flowering, producing seeds and from having a dormant growth phase. As a result of those changes – the sugars making up the plant starch are more readily available for conversion into cellulosic ethanol.Agricultural Research Service Geneticist Sarah Hake explains that the starch stays inside the stem because it isn’t needed elsewhere for nourishing flower buds and blossoms. As a result – starch levels can increase as much as 250-percent – increasing the sugars that can be fermented into ethanol. Home Energy Keeping Switchgrass Immature Could Aid Cellulosic Ethanol Industry Facebook Twitter SHARE source: NAFB News service By Gary Truitt – Sep 6, 2012
History The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 31, 2013 | 1:53 pm Subscribe If Downton Abbey had been an American country house, this family might have inhabited it. A groundbreaking new book about to be released by the Huntington Library Press, the publishing arm of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, provides powerful new insights into the lives, remarkable wealth, collecting, and philanthropy of the Huntington family during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book examines the life of four Huntingtons: Railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington (1821â€“1900); his widow, Arabella (1850â€“1924); her son, Archer (1870â€“1955); and Collisâ€™ nephew Henry Edwards Huntington (1850â€“1927), who subsequently married Arabella and went on to create the institution bearing his name.The Art of Wealth: The Huntingtons in the Gilded Age, by Shelley M. Bennett, former curator of European art and senior research associate at The Huntington, is slated for official release in early May, with an author speaking tour scheduled for the United States and Britain.â€œInitially, the story seemed to be about four very different individuals, their money, tastes, and proclivities,â€ says Bennett. â€œBut over time, in unearthing new material we werenâ€™t aware of, including important correspondence among them, it became a heavily interwoven narrative. This was one amazing familyâ€”even as they were so very independent from one another, they held a remarkably consistent set of values out of which emerged a powerful sense of ambition, responsibility, and, finally, legacy.â€Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, many never before published, the compelling narrative of The Art of Wealth challenges much of the previous literature on the four, particularly Archer and Arabella.Bennett, an art historian by training, writes sweepingly about the Huntingtonsâ€™ art acquisitions along the way, the purchasing and building of large and lavish homes, luxurious travel, and, ultimately, each of their desires to leave something significant behind. While scholarly in intent, the book also reads as a fast-moving family drama. It provides riveting details about Arabellaâ€™s monumental rags-to-riches rise and American high societyâ€™s unwillingness to accept her into it; Henry and Arabellaâ€™s prenuptial agreement; and the extent to which he, and his uncle before him, worked to please the woman at the center of it all.The thread is a familiar one, as any number of successful entrepreneurs of the time made large sums of money, lived extravagant lives, and then sought to leave their mark on the world through the establishment of institutions devoted to serving the public: Andrew Carnegie established libraries and institutions of higher learning; Andrew Mellon contributed the initial art collection and funding for the National Gallery of Art in Washington; and Henry Clay Frick and J. P. Morgan established New York museums to make their personal collections publicly accessible.But this is the first time the lives of all four Huntingtons and their combined legacies have been examined. Moreover, says Steve Koblik, Huntington president, â€œItâ€™s also an examination of the development of American society and high culture in a period of substantial turbulence and growth. Their stories form a spectacular prism through which we get to see the history of a timeâ€”at once fascinating, horrifying, dynamic, and complex. There is much to learn here.â€ The backdrop is indeed dramaticâ€”it spans the U.S. Civil War, the industrialization of America, the decline of the European economy, and World War I.Collis P. HuntingtonCollis P. Huntington was not born into money. As a young boy, local authorities took him from his destitute parents and placed him with a family that could provide for him; he later became a peddler, then traveled to California to seek his fortune in the California Gold Rush. He would, through determination, drive, and with a penchant for adventure, become one of the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad Co., the firm that would build the U.S. transcontinental railway and establish the foundation for the familyâ€™s wealth.Much is known about his robber baron years and financial motives. He was ruthless and power-hungry and displayed his wealth prominently through land purchases, opulent residences, and fine art. And yet, he also displayed deep convictions about specific social ills. He was an ardent abolitionist and a supporter of African American education. From 1874 until his death in 1900, he was a strong supporter of Hampton Institute in Virginia, one of the first schools dedicated to higher education for African Americans. The 1903 library building on campus, built with funding from Arabella, was named in his memory. Bennettâ€™s book describes Collisâ€™ relationship with the school as much more than a check-writing exercise. He â€œtook a close personal interest in the achievements of the students.â€He was also a strong supporter of Booker T. Washingtonâ€™s efforts at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Washington wrote, after Collisâ€™ death, â€œI have wondered how a man who was burdened with such tremendous responsibilities could find the time to talk with me at so great length about the welfare of our school and the race.â€ Bennettâ€™s book notes Collisâ€™ selective reasoning: while he actively and publicly supported African American education and progress, â€œhis motives were complex.â€ The book provides a fascinating window into the Huntingtonsâ€™ emerging, if uneven, social consciousness.Not unlike other philanthropists of the time, Collis financially supported the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and ultimately bequeathed his art collection to it. He willed one of his homes to Yale University and made gifts to New Yorkâ€™s Natural History Museum as well.But perhaps, says Bennett, his most significant act of philanthropy was the establishment of the Huntington Free Library in Westchester, N.Y., â€œopen to all races and creeds, to share and share alike.â€ It set an important precedent that Archer and Henry would later follow.â€œCollisâ€™ story may be the most complicated,â€ says Bennett. â€œHeâ€™s been seen for so long as a one-dimensional robber baron. But, in fact, heâ€™s interested in other cultures and appears to have a very global perspective. He helps fund the acquisition of African artifacts for the Museum of Natural History. He supports efforts to explore and preserve the vanishing languages of the American southwest. He is quite a multifaceted character.â€The Art of Wealth provides something of a behind-the-scenes look at what motivated the familyâ€™s actions along the way, with details culled from Bennettâ€™s fine-tooth-comb examination of emerging tax laws, correspondence, invoices and accounting records, photographs and blueprints, and news reports and diary entries. It is a tour-de-force drawing on Bennettâ€™s 27-year tenure on staff at The Huntington and from research conducted at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, in archives at Syracuse University, and the Hispanic Society in New York, in an effort to connect the dots and assemble a narrative never before attempted.Arabella HuntingtonGreat wealth at the time meant building spectacular homes, and these fine homes called for fabulous dÃ©cor. The Huntingtons all did their part to engage the art market accordingly. In the 1870s, Collis began serious collecting by commissioning Albert Bierstadtâ€™s Donner Lake from the Summit, a work that would go on to achieve wide renown. As Bennett notes, his acquisitions then â€œgradually increased in price, volume, and quantity.â€The book documents an evolving art marketâ€”from the private commissioning of art from the artist himself, to the very public â€œbattle of the titansâ€ at large art auctions, to the entrepreneurial, and very successful, efforts of art dealers serving as middlemen.Arabella happily got in on the act. Even before they were married in 1884, Collis was financing homes and furnishings for her, as well as art. Her past is hazy; her birthplace is not known, and she worked hard to keep her age secret. What is apparent is that she met Collis, who was married at the time, on either one of his trips to New York City or Richmond, Va., when she was in her late teens. She reportedly was married to John Worsham, a man who ran gambling houses. But the details are not completely clear. What is known, however, is that by 1869, she was pregnant, and, as Bennett notes, asking Collis for assistance. He complied with her requests, Bennett says, â€œas he would often do in the future.â€ Archer was born in 1870, shortly after which Arabella and baby, along with her mother, moved to a more suitable house, all underwritten by Collis. Over a period of just a few years, Arabella herself was buying and selling property in the city. She was strategic and a quick studyâ€”mastering massive amounts of information about real estate, art, the French language, and high culture. â€œBy the time she was 27, Arabella, a single mother, owned property in her own name that today would be worth about $6.5 million,â€ Bennett writes.Collisâ€™ first wife died in 1883; he and Arabella married a few months later.Art acquisitions seemed to come naturally. On trips to Europe in the 1880s and â€™90s Collis and Arabella purchased Vermeerâ€™s iconic Woman with a Lute as well as portraits by Joshua Reynolds, Gobelins tapestries, and works of decorative art. Back in the United States, they purchased mainly from New York art dealers, spending todayâ€™s equivalent of $4.6 million in 1899 alone.Following Collisâ€™ death in 1900, Arabella continued to spend lavishlyâ€”on homes, furnishings, jewelry, and art. She also gave generously to the Hampton Institute, Tuskegee Institute, Harvard University, and the hospital that would become the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.Archer HuntingtonHe was referred to as Archer Milton Worsham in his youth, then as Archer Milton Huntington following Arabellaâ€™s marriage to Collis in 1884. His paternity remains a mystery. Newspaper reports from the period referred to him as Collisâ€™ adopted son. Indeed, they called each other as father and son, and Bennett notes a strong physical resemblance between the two men. But, she says, â€œthe truth may never be known without DNA testing.â€Arabella doted on Archer with abandon and supported his philanthropic interests, particularly the establishment of the Hispanic Society of America. Archerâ€™s interest in all things Spanish began with his first trip abroad with his mother when he was 12 years old. He was also inspired by a trip to Mexico five years later, traveling by rail with Arabella and Collis.â€œMexico was a revelation,â€ he wrote about the trip. â€œThis, of course, was my first encounter with something which was to fill my whole life, and all at once I felt a curious, feverish eagerness.â€ He had known at that time that his lifelong goal would be to build a museum, and so he began collecting rare books and manuscripts in Spanish as well as Spanish art. Collis was supportive. He noted in his diary in 1892, â€œA further talk with my father raised the question of extra expenditures and again he was generous. It was the matter of books. â€˜Buy what you want,â€™ he said. I pointed out that rare books were expensive. He repeated, â€˜Buy what you want.â€™ Could anything have been more encouraging!â€ When it opened in 1908, the Hispanic Society library in New York contained more than 100,000 books, 1,000 manuscripts, as well as paintings by El Greco, Diego Velasquez, and Francisco de Goya.It was not his only philanthropic undertaking: Archer, with a deep intellect and drive all his own, would work to develop John James Audubonâ€™s estate in New York City into a complex of nonprofit organizations that included the Hispanic Society, the American Numismatic Society, the American Geographical Society, and the Museum of the American Indian. With his second wife, sculptor Anna Hyatt, he established Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina and the Marinersâ€™ Museum in Newport News, Va.Henry E. HuntingtonAt the dawn of the 20th century, Arabella, now a widow, was being wooed by Collisâ€™ nephew, Henry, who had inherited about a third of his uncleâ€™s estateâ€”perhaps the equivalent of more than half a billion dollars. Huntington, also deeply involved in the transcontinental railroad enterprise and a tremendously ambitious businessman in his own right, was quickly establishing himself as a major figure in Southern Californiaâ€”purchasing real estate, utilities, and establishing light rail lines connecting communities, creating a new metropolitan experience. He was also building a spectacular home on his new property on the San Marino ranch and was eager to involve Arabella in decisions.In 1913, Henry and Arabella married in Paris (he had divorced his first wife in 1906). Marrying her nephew was a wildly scandalous moveâ€”perhaps even more than her first marriage to Collis (with whom she had been associated well before his wifeâ€™s death). She would never find a secure place in high society America so indulged herself in the European equivalent. And she would join Henry in building a home in Southern California where she found more acceptance, far away from the Stanfords and Vanderbilts who had ostracized her.And build he did. He had been purchasing books for the library, thousands at a time. Aside from such icons as the Gutenberg Bible and the Ellesmere Chaucer, his purchases included important and expansive holdings on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln, as well as rare books and manuscripts from England that dated back to Queen Elizabeth I, and before. The New York Times reported in May of 1917 that Huntington had spent todayâ€™s equivalent of $101 million over six years. Huntington, the reporter enthused, had the â€œdistinction of possessing today the finest private library ever gathered together.â€For the mansion, he bought spectacular furnishings, including a set of Beauvais tapestries for the equivalent of $14 million today, more than he paid to build the house itself. Together, he and Arabella, with the able assistance of notoriously ambitious art dealer Joseph Duveen, assembled among the most important collections of European art in the United States west of the Mississippi, the most celebrated piece of which was Gainsboroughâ€™s Blue Boyâ€”purchased for todayâ€™s equivalent of about $9 million. The paintingâ€™s shift from its native England to western America created an international sensation, making countless headlines.Over time, the art and furnishings had matured into a collection of great range and depthâ€”works by Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, J. M. W. Turner, and Thomas Lawrence as well as by Rogier van der Weyden, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Houdon, among others. There were exquisite carpets and clocks, silver, and fine Chinese porcelain. And all the while, large quantities of antiquarian books were coming in by the rail car.But spending and acquiring at this level was not simply to satisfy a passion for collecting. Henry had, some years earlier, declared that he would â€œgive something to the publicâ€ before his death. But it was Archer and Henryâ€™s trusted friend, astronomer George Ellery Hale, who ultimately encouraged him to create an â€œintellectual center . . . of broad scopeâ€ controlled by a board of trustees and situated in Southern California. The Los Angeles Times announced the founding of the institution in September 1919: â€œThe largest individual contribution for the advancement of literature and art ever made in the West was announced yesterday, when Henry E. Huntington . . . recorded a trust indenture in which we gave to the public his private library . . . and to convey home and pictures to the public, for an art gallery, at the time of his death.â€Today, The Huntington attracts more than a half million people to its grounds and galleries each year. Henry Huntingtonâ€™s endowment to the institution provides $1.7 million annually in fellowships to scholars for advanced humanities research through a rigorous peer-reviewed process. And each year, some 1,600 scholars come to The Huntington to conduct research using its rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, paintings, prints, sculptures, decorative arts, and related materials.For more information, visit http://huntington.org. 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NewsLights, Camera, Action!By Alan Jacques – September 22, 2016 2810 Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSIrish Film BoardlimerickScreen Training IrelandTroy Studios Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Advertisement Linkedin Previous article#jazz Guitar Jazz MastersNext article1,000 new jobs for Limerick by Christmas Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live SCREEN Training Ireland in conjunction with the Irish Film Board and Troy Studios will host a special open day event in Limerick on Saturday, October 15 to give a full overview of working in film, as well as an opportunity to meet professional film crew and talent. “The open day is a great opportunity for people to meet film industry professionals. I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing a job in the industry to come to our open day. It will give you a taster of what it’s all about,” says Michelle Brassil from Troy Studios. Log onto www.troystudios.ie for more details. The deadline for registering is Monday, September 26.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
Pinterest Donegal gets biggest payout of Restart Grants in North West By News Highland – July 30, 2020 Homepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleWater outage affecting parts of south InishowenNext articleFifth of parents don’t want children to go back to school News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Businesses in Donegal have received over €4 million collectively from the Government’s COVID-19 Restart Grant – the biggest payout in the North West.The grant has delivered almost €9 million to businesses right across the region, including Donegal, Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon.The Restart Grant is designed to help businesses with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures and individual grants of between €2,000 and €10,000 are available for this purpose.This funding has been described as crucial in helping small and micro businesses to get back on their feet after what has been a very difficult number of months.Businesses across Donegal are to share over €4 million to date – nearly double Sligo’s allocation of just over €2 million.Roscommon businesses have received over €1,600,000 while those in Leitrim are to share just shy of €1 million.Donegal County Council is responsible for administering the grant and application forms are available on the Councils website. Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
PETA(BRUNSWICK, Maine) — After a truck full of lobsters rolled over onto the side of the road in Maine, killing all the lobsters inside, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA is now asking for the state’s permission to put up a tombstone in memory of the fallen sea creatures.The Brunswick Police Department confirmed that the crash took place on Wednesday, Aug. 22 along route 1. While they told ABC News that they did not count the lobster inside, it’s estimated that there were about 4,500, according to the Portland Press Herald.PETA, an American animal rights organization based in Virginia, is seeking state permission to put up a 5-foot-tall granite tombstone at the site of the crash. The organization sent a letter to the state’s Department of Transportation on Wednesday.“I’m writing to ask for your approval to place a 5-foot-tall tombstone memorial along Route 1 in Brunswick, just after the exit for Cook’s Corner, as a tribute to the lobsters who suffered and died when the truck transporting them rolled over last week,” said PETA’s director Danielle Katz.Amber Canavan, a spokesperson for PETA said that the organization is trying to convince the Department of Transportation to give it permission.“[The tombstone] wouldn’t be allowed on that section of the road. So we wrote a letter right back asking where nearby we might be allowed to place it,” Canavan said. “And we have not heard back from them yet.”The tombstone would also be for the lobsters that were injured in the crash and are no longer fit for human consumption.“The memorial will serve as a tribute to the countless lobster who suffered and died after they spilled onto the roadway,” Canavan said. “And also for the survivors as well, who are all very likely killed because they are deemed unfit for human consumption.”PETA has also appealed to people to go vegan.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC NewsBy JOSH MARGOLIN and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(ATLANTA) — Authorities investigating the eight homicides at Atlanta-area spas have determined that the killings were likely a “targeted attack driven by personal grievance,” according to a source briefed on the probe.Detectives and analysts are still trying to piece together suspect Robert Long’s motive and say that the work is both complicated and critical in order to understand what happened, how it played out and why.Long, 21, was taken into custody hours after the Tuesday shootings which took place at three different locations: one in Cherokee County and two in Atlanta.Long frequented the two Atlanta spas, Atlanta police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said at a news conference Thursday.Six of the eight killed were Asian women, and the crimes came amid a rise in anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate crimes across the nation.The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that “Long told investigators that he blames the massage parlors for providing an outlet for his addiction to sex,” and that “Long told investigators the crimes were not racially motivated.”Investigators familiar with mass-casualty incidents believe it is likely the spa killings mark yet another case where the motivators “don’t fit into neat buckets.” In other words, investigators now believe there were multiple motivators that led both to the attack and the targets selected.There is no concrete evidence supporting the idea that the locations and victims were targeted because of their ethnicity, but investigators are actively trying to determine what, if anything, the suspect might have said, written or thought about Asians or Asian women, in particular.Detectives believe the locations were certainly the intended targets and are now trying to figure out if the women were specifically targeted, if the suspect had had any direct interactions with them and what, if anything, had transpired previously.Hampton said Thursday, “We are looking at everything to make sure that we discover and determine what the motive of our homicides were.”Long is charged with eight counts of murder. Long waived his first court appearance, according to his attorney, J. Daran Burns, who was appointed to represent Long by the Cherokee County Office of Indigent Defense on Wednesday.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article More than just a numberOn 1 Feb 2002 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today If you have been frustrated in your dealings with call centres, spare athought for those who work there. These modern-day sweat shops could do much toimprove working conditions and make their staff feel less like slave labourMore than 400,000 people work in call centres which now employ more peoplethan the steel, coal and car industries put together. And it is estimated thatcall-centre workers will outnumber teachers and farmers by 2001. They arestaffed mainly by women in the 20 to 30 age group. According to Datamonitor, by 2001, one to three per cent of Europe’s workingpopulation will be employed as call centre agents. Call centres are one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in the UK andhave been hailed as the saviour of British jobs. However, working practices andconditions vary and rates of 50 per cent staff turnover per annum are common.Some call centres have churn rates of 80 per cent and rates of 100 per cent ormore are not unknown. They are frequently described as sweat shops employingslave labour. Over the past few years, the attitude towards occupational stress in callcentres has been changing. Under the UK Health and Safety at Work Act 1974(HASAWA) employers have an obligation to provide both a safe place of work and,as far as reasonably practicable, a safe system of work. The most common threat to employee safety these days is not from accidentsor physical violence but from what is now known as psychological violence – inother words, stress. Call centre stressors There is constant pressure on call centre employees to meet tough callhandling targets. This is accompanied by marketing pressure as many callcentres are now in the forefront of “selling the product” whichincludes cold calling. This should be seen against a background of aggressiveperformance monitoring and call handling standards. Additionally, the business is conducted via the telephone while using screendisplay equipment, which is a high risk combination for musculoskeletalproblems. Being seated for most of the working day involves risk to the backand upper limbs if workstations are not designed to suit individual workers. Call centre workers, when interviewed by the union MSF, had many complaints.– They feel intimidated by managers and imposed targets – They have decreased enthusiasm – They feel nervous about calls being monitored, “everything we say ordo can be watched and listened to and they find weak points to pick us up on –the real thing that got me was the management’s ability to control and monitorour every move” – There is constant heavy-handed pressure to increase productivity – likebeing in a race to do better than colleagues with statistics displayed on aboard for all to see – Staff never have any positive feedback – There is pressure to produce, based on the fear of conformity – No breaks are allowed between calls. There is sometimes a facility to be‘not ready’ which gives an employee time to write up call notes, but this ismonitored too. There is a board on the wall flashing how many calls are waitingand how long they have been waiting. Conversely, at one call centre in SouthWales employees can take up to 30 minutes between calls – although they are notallowed to leave their desk or read a magazine or book – Toilet breaks are strictly monitored and staff have to explain why theyare going so often – Staff have to come in early to ‘log on’ and be ready for the start of theshift without extra pay, as well as having to stay and finish a call after theend of a shift without extra pay. However, if staff are one minute late theycan have 15 minutes docked from their pay. A report published by the Industrial Society, which was unveiled at the lastLabour Party Conference, suggested call centres could be bad for the mentalhealth of employees. The report, called New work, new stress, said the currenttrend for creating jobs intended to improve productivity and efficiency, giveemployees little job control which was not conducive to their mental health. In fact, because of this pressure on productivity, call centres tend todisregard customer value. Customers are channelled into straitjacketconversations often after having been ‘processed’ by a voice response systemand possibly having listened to irritating music for 10 minutes or more. Mostcompanies seem oblivious to the poor customer experience they are delivering.There is little or no relationship between the customer and the company and itbecomes easy for the customer to get upset with the operator and apply pressurethrough complaints, insults, requests to speak to the supervisor and so on. But, are all call centres the same? The case study indicates that theycertainly tend to create the same pressures. In most centres, three-quarters of telephonists are women and many are agedunder 30. Based in industrialised regions where unemployment is particularlyhigh, call centres are a godsend for thousands of workers back on the jobmarket. From the perspective of the employer, the main incentives are lowwages, economies of scale and the simplicity of set-up and installation. Ergonomics The need to share desks, together with a lack of personal space, leavesworkers with little or no sense of identity. Workstations and chairs cater foreveryone but suit no-one. It is important that individuals are able to walkaround and take time out from their work positions to avoid musculoskeletalproblems. Furniture manufacturers are under pressure to meet the demands from callcentres for designs that are functionally acceptable and aestheticallypleasing. The first signs of occupational health problems have already started toemerge. Constant use of computers is leading to repetitive strain injury. Employeesmay work up to five hours without a break and unsuitable seating leads to backpain and other postural problems. Forward-thinking call centres are alreadyinvesting in prevention and remedial support such as chair massage andreflexology in order to redress the balance, but stronger action needs to betaken. Occupational health Employees may go to their OH adviser for help with the symptoms caused bythe pressures, with complaints ranging from aching muscles, loss of appetiteand restless sleep to a sense of exhaustion. Such employees often leave it toolate and become bad-tempered and irritable which in turn causes problems athome or with colleagues. Action to be taken If call centres are serious about tackling stress and musculoskeletalproblems, they need to address the following issues: – Ensure close communication between supervisors and staff – Provide sufficient information for operators to be able to efficientlyhandle all customer queries – Provide adequate training to deal with abusive customers – Set realistic work schedules and targets – Be cognisant of the physical working environment – Provide sufficient employee facilities (toilets, washrooms, rest areas andtea facilities, for example) – Ensure adequate work breaks – Design adequate space between colleagues and workstations – Install temperature, air conditioning and noise level controls – Reduce radiation from computer screens Stress management training, whether it be relaxation training, anger-controltechniques or assertiveness skills are highly effective in helping workers copewith pressure. More forward-thinking employers and managers are going beyondsimple training that helps people cope with the symptoms. They are now taking adeeper look at the causes of stress and are actively changing workingpractices, processes and/or aspects of the environment that give rise to work-related illness. Since these actions also protect market share andprofitability, there are compelling business reasons for getting it right. The real potential for increased productivity lies with the people who actuallytalk to the customers. In order to motivate employees, it is vital to give thema reason to do better in order to gain job satisfaction. If employees decidethe job is fun, interesting and fulfilling, instead of working at 20 per centof their capacity they may bring 40 per cent of their potential. This is equalto a 100 per cent productivity increase and costs nothing in terms of monetaryinvestment. Sources MSF Website 18.12.98 National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (USA) UNISON – Holding the Line, Guide to Making Call Centres a Better Place toWork TUC Website UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line BBC News Website 20.2.01 Carole Spiers is an occupational stress consultant with Carole SpiersAssociates International Occupational Stress Consultancy, tel: 020-8854 1593.Fax: 020-8907 9290 E-mail: [email protected] www.csa-stress.co.ukCase studyAnna and Bob met up a few monthsafter Anna left the call centre where they had been working together. Bob told Anna: “You got out just in time. Since thereorganisation nobody feels safe. It used to be that as long as you did yourwork you had a job. They expect the same production rates even though two guysare now doing the work of three. We’re so backed up I’m working 12-hour shifts,six days a week. I swear I hear those machines ringing in my sleep. Guys arecalling sick just to get a break.” But Anna was no happier in her new job: “I’m afraid Ijumped from the frying pan into the fire. In my new job the computer routes thecalls and they never stop. I even have to schedule my bathroom breaks. All Ihear the whole day are complaints from unhappy customers. I try to be helpfuland sympathetic but I can’t promise anything without getting my boss’ approval.Most of the time I’m caught between what the customer wants and company policy.I’m not sure who I’m supposed to keep happy. A lot of the time we end up lyingto the customers just to get them off the line – we are under pressure to answer the next call. My colleagues are souptight and tense they don’t even talk to one another.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.