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Four on the Floor

first_imgAKRON, Ohio – Somewhere in America, a golf fan just stepped off a cruise ship, returning from a nice, relaxing vacation. Or perhaps he spent the last week camping, connecting with nature but detaching from modern technology. Either way, the respite might have proven worthwhile. But once he fires up his phone he’ll have some serious catching up to do. Consider all that has transpired in the world of golf in the past seven days: • Dustin Johnson fell from one of the PGA Tour’s brightest stars to perhaps its most troubled commodity. • Tiger Woods moved back to the injury report after another final-round withdrawal, leaving his PGA Championship fate in doubt. • Phil Mickelson explained that a good performance would have to come from “out of nowhere,” and then shot a 62 the next day. • Sergio Garcia knocked the diamond off of one woman’s ring just days after apprently putting one on another woman’s finger. • Rory McIlroy went from one of the game’s best players coming off a big win to … well, maybe that one didn’t change much. PGA Championship: Articles, videos and photos It was a year’s worth of breaking news compressed into a week-long stretch, capped by a shining performance from the new world No. 1. And that was just the appetizer. Now the attention shifts to the Bluegrass State, where the stars have aligned to produce one of the year’s most compelling events. The PGA Championship has long been seen as fourth in prestige and intrigue among golf’s majors, but it now has the opportunity to stand above its championship brethren after the first three majors of the year produced less-than-compelling conclusions. Admit it: the majors this year have been a snooze-fest. Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and McIlroy are all deserving champions, but none of the three had to sweat much coming down the stretch in claiming their respective majors, winning by a combined 13 shots. In fact, golf fans have now toiled through six consecutive majors without so much as a one-shot margin of victory – the longest such streak since 1981. That could all end this week at Valhalla Golf Club, where two previous installments of the season’s final major ended in overtime and where the best in the game enter with some serious momentum. Any pre-tournament conversation will begin with McIlroy, a deserved odds-on favorite after wins at Royal Liverpool and Firestone vaulted him back to the top spot in the OWGR. But he’s not the only big name playing good golf right now. Adam Scott relinquished the No. 1 ranking to McIlroy despite the fact that his entire reign, which dated back to May, featured five starts with no result worse than a tie for ninth at Pinehurst. Garcia and Rickie Fowler are battling each other for the season’s silver medal. Garcia came up short again to McIlroy at the WGC-Bridgestone after sharing second place behind him at Hoylake, while Fowler could become the first player to crack the top five in all four majors since Woods did so in 2005. Then there’s Justin Rose, who had back-to-back wins last month but slacked off by only finishing T-4 in Akron. Players speak about peaking for majors, a notion that is easy to understand but hard to quantify. The leaderboard last week at Firestone was an example that sometimes the best in the game can do that, with four of the top five players in the world in contention heading into the final round. It produced a captivating event, albeit one that was overshadowed by off-course conjecture. A similar scenario could play out this week in Kentucky, with the news cycle focusing on two players who may not tee it up at Valhalla. Johnson’s self-described leave of absence for “personal struggles” will keep him out this week, and for the foreseeable future. Woods’ prognosis is less certain following his Firestone withdrawal, when his bad back reared its head. Those storylines are certainly packed with intrigue, but even if Woods misses another major – his third of the season – there are still plenty of reasons to remain glued to the coverage this week. To recap: the best players are playing their best golf; they’re headed to a venue that has a history of exciting conclusions; and, if we’re lucky, we might see a player standing over a putt on the 72nd hole with a trophy hanging in the balance. Which means you should probably bump that vacation to a different week.last_img read more

Spinal meningitis threatens 450 million Africans

first_imgMedical experts from eight of African countries say 450 million people in the continent face possible threat of Spinal meningitis which can kill in 24 hours.Meningococcal meningitis is a global burden that affects 1.2 million people every year and causes the death of 135 000 of them, said the doctors from west and central Africa.Twenty-six countries that make up the so-called “African meningitis belt that stretches from Senegal to Ethiopia – an area home to 450 million people – may be heavily affected by epidemic outbreaks,” the doctors said at a press conference.“Meningitis is still a problem, we must react to avoid tragedy,” said Dr Elia Gilbernair, a medic at pharmaceutical giant Sanofi which organised the conference.Dr Gilbernair added that countries don’t make calls for stockpiles of meningitis vaccines until the last moment, when an epidemic is declared.Mali’s Professor Mamadou Keita Marouf called for a mass vaccination programme to help prevent the disease responsible for “practically decimating a generation”.Professor Ye Ouattara Diarra, from Burkina Faso, described meningitis as a public health problem and called for increased monitoring to help detect cases early.The World Health Organization (WHO) warned in December of a risk of fresh meningitis outbreaks this year in Africa, particularly Niger and Nigeria which were both badly hit in 2015.Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord and can be life-threatening.Symptoms include high fever, a stiff neck, vomiting and severe headaches.last_img read more

Florida school shooting ‘hero’ JROTC cadet should receive military burial: Classmates

first_imgMark Wilson/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) — He saved lives in uniform and, his friends say, didn’t flinch in the face of an alleged mass shooter in a Parkland, Fla., high school last week.Now, friends of 15-year-old Peter Wang are trying to posthumously honor the “hero” by petitioning for a military burial.Were it not for the heroics displayed by Peter, his friends are certain the death toll on Wednesday would have been higher.Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly gunned down innocent and unarmed students and teachers with a semiautomatic rifle. He’s been charged with 17 counts of murder.When the mass shooter was marching straight for Peter’s classroom, according to one of his close friends who were there, Wang stood tall in full Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) regalia and sacrificed his life as he ushered other students and teachers to safety.“He was pointing the door open for other people to escape and then he was struck by the bullets,” classmate and friend Aiden Ortiz told ABC station WPLG-TV.“I want people to know he died a hero,” the teen added. “He died saving many people.”Just days after the shooting, Aiden says he’s still struggling with losing his friends.“Every time I sleep I just keep thinking of bodies,” he said. “I’m thinking of who’s there and who’s not there anymore.”Another classmate, Rachel Kuperman, remembered the last time she saw Peter. It was the day before the shooting, and she was trying to figure out what to do after realizing she forgot her lunch.True to form, Peter came to the rescue.“He went to the vending machine with me and he bought me Sprite and candy and snacks,” she said in an interview with WPLG-TV, before covering her face with her hands and breaking down in tears. “He put others before himself.”Aiden and Rachel have pushed to formally revere Peter by spearheading a petition on the White House website “We the People.” The goal is to have the federal government bury Peter with military honors.“His selfless actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area,” the petition, started Friday, reads. “Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.”By Sunday evening the petition garnered 17,000 signatures. It needs a requisite total of 100,000 signatures within 30 days to receive a White House response.Peter’s funeral and burial are scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning in Coral Springs, Florida.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

NFL Week 8: Games, players, teams to watch

first_imgIn this week’s 15 NFL games, all but two feature at least one team with a .500 record or worse.But there certainly are some storylines and the Reid situation is one. Related News He, of course, went unsigned for several weeks after his time with the 49ers, during which he protested social and racial injustice during the national anthem, waiting to be picked up in 2018.He went on to file a collusion suit against the NFL before signing with the Panthers. He is excited to get a shot at his former team.”I remember they changed my position in a contract year,” Reid told reporters, via ESPN. “I remember they released NaVorro (Bowman), who led the league in tackles (in 2015) and asked me to play his position”They told me it was best for the team. I disagreed. I thought the NFL tackling leader was best for the team, but I did what I was told.”He continued: “I just don’t forget.”That makes for an juicy storyline in an otherwise lackluster week.In the meantime, here’s your NFL Week 8 countdown:NFL week 8: Games, players, teams to watchThree games to watchPanthers (4-2) at 49ers (6-0), 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox — The Panthers are undefeated with Kyle Allen at quarterback and Jimmy Garoppolo continues his impressive run under center with the NIners. Add Panthers defensive back Eric Reid playing against his former team in the 49ers and this could be an interesting one.Raiders (3-3) at Texans (4-3), 4:25 p.m., CBS — The Texans are coming off a loss on the road to the Colts and that bodes well for Houston. Deshaun Watson has lost back-to-back games just once in his NFL career and will try to tee off on a Raiders defense that ranks 23rd in the NFL against the pass. However, Derek Carr could have success too against a Texans pass defense that is even worse, as in last in the league. However, Oakland just traded corner Gareon Conley to Houston this week, so we’ll see if that has a positive effect on the Texans secondary.Packers (6-1) at Chiefs (5-2), 8:20 p.m., NBC — This game looked a lot better before Patrick Mahomes went down with a knee injury last week, but it still has the potential to be a good game as Chiefs QB Matt Moore is a capable backup. However, the Chiefs’ rush defense has been horrendous in recent weeks, so Green Bay could be primed to run all over a poor Kansas City front seven. This could be good, it could also be a blowout. Baker Mayfield on fine for criticizing officiating: ‘Freedom of speech I thought’ This week doesn’t look great.Sure, we get Baker Mayfield vs. Tom Brady, Eric Reid vs. the 49ers and Gareon Conley vs. the Raiders, who just traded him, but there is not a lot going on in Week 8.center_img Two players to watchQuandre Diggs, safety, Seahawks vs. Falcons, 1 p.m., Fox — The Seahawks are not a great pass defense, so they went out and got some help in Diggs this week. We’ll see what kind of impact he has after Seattle has struggled the last three weeks defensively.Chase Winovich, defensive end, Patriots vs. Browns, 4:25 p.m., CBS — The Browns’ biggest issue this season has been an inability to protect quarterback Baker Mayfield. New England will have a few chances to pin its ears back and go in this game, and Winovich could be a benefactor. He has mainly been a pass-rush specialist this season, but he has made the most of it as he sits second on the Patriots with four sacks.One bold predictionThe Falcons will beat the Seahawks — This has to do with a couple of things. One, the Falcons can score points, they just can’t prevent them. Seattle struggles to stop teams from scoring, especially in the passing game. And, two, Seattle has struggled in recent years making East Coast trips and playing a body-clock morning game. Especially if QB Matt Ryan (ankle) can play, don’t be surprised if the 1-6 Falcons give the Seahawks more than they bargained for. Quandre Diggs ‘was blindsided’ by trade from Lions to Seahawkslast_img read more

Ladies rule at 9th John Preddy & Memorial Golf Tournament

first_imgTechnical prizes (in two flights) were available on every hole, provided by our generous sponsors, and this kept everyone’s interest, even when falling out of contention for the main competition prizes.  The novelty technical prize for nearest to the tree (in the middle of the fairway) on the par 5, 14th hole produced a great shot from Marlene Prudden which finished just a couple of inches from the tree and left an almost unplayable second shot!It proved to be a long day with the competition organisers, playing in the final group, only just managing to complete their round as darkness set in at 6pm.The free buffet and prize giving was held at Lewinski’s bar, and the staff there put on an excellent spread to satiate the hungry golfers.Geoff Parker (right) presents the men’s individual trophy to Sugar Ray Handford.This was the first year that lady golfers had participated in the event and they certainly made their presence felt by winning the inaugural Memorial trophy for the team event, and Duang Butpanya also took the Ladies/Seniors trophy.  The John Preddy men’s individual trophy was won by Sugar Ray Handford with 41 points, two points clear of a cluster of five players on 39 who had to be separated on count backs.Special mention is due for one player who attempted to break the course record for the number of beers consumed during a round, managing to drink 10 prior to teeing off and 14 during the round (yes – the caddies were counting!), and he still came home with 36 points!The tournament was a charity event organized in conjunction with the PSC to raise money for local children’s charities, and the spirit of the day was embodied by Shane Ruddle who won the special par three jackpot prize, and generously donated half of his winnings back to charity.Grateful thanks are due to Emerald Golf Club, together with all our corporate and individual sponsors, as well as all the players who contributed to a successful tournament.John Preddy Trophy1st Sugar Ray Handford (17) 41pts2nd Brian Beaupre (5) 39pts3rd Brian Prudden (20) 39pts4th Tony Berry (13) 39pts5th Michael Stafford (21) 39pts6th Max Scott (5) 39ptsLadies/Seniors1st Duang Butpanya (15) 41ptsTeam Comp1st Duang’s Girls 131pts2nd Team Brian 123pts3rd Team Mike 122ptsNear Pins: (A Flight) Mark West, Orn Kuangsangsee, Max Scott, Wichai Tananusorn, (B Flight) Michael Stafford, Stu Rifkin, Brian Prudden, PJ Redmond.Wednesday, Nov. 19, Plutaluang E & S – StablefordBack to manageable numbers today as twenty five golfers set off from The Ranch for our competition at the Navy course on another bright, sunny morning.We teed off on schedule on the East nine and it soon became clear that it was going to be a question of the survival of the fittest, as the temperature was stifling over the outward nine holes.  The course was in good condition and the greens were running at a reasonable speed and we progressed at a steady pace throughout the round.Duang Butpanya (left) receives the Ladies/Seniors trophy.Thomas Nyborg was playing his first game with the new driver that he’d won in the raffle at the Memorial Tournament on Monday, and it seemed to cure the slice that he normally struggles with, as he came home with the best score of the day on 38 points.Mike Lloyd recorded the first victory of his current visit, winning the A flight with 34 points, two points clear of Tony Berry and Alan Harris who had to be separated on a count back.Ken Davidson narrowly missed out on a podium position in the B flight, but he recorded back to back birdies on the inward nine – surely a rare feat for a player playing off a 22 handicap!A Flight1st Mike Lloyd (14) 34pts2nd Tony Berry (12) 32pts3rd Alan Harris (9) 32ptsB Flight1st Thomas Nyborg (19) 38pts2nd Mike Corner (19) 32pts3rd Tore Eliassen (20) 31ptsNear Pins: Keith Norman, Mike Lloyd, Mike Staunton and Alan Harris.Friday, Nov. 28, Greenwood C & B – MedalToday was the final decider for the November ‘golfer of the month’ title with three contenders, Alan Harris, Geoff Parker, and Gordon Melia all still in with a chance of taking the coveted trophy.  Contrary to tradition the three title contenders went off in the first group rather than the last, in nearly ideal weather conditions, and with a clear course ahead of them.The course was in good condition and the greens were running fast and true, so everything was in place for a fine contest.  Unfortunately it soon turned into a one horse race as Geoff Parker blew his handicap on the outward nine and Gordon Melia was also dropping careless shots, whilst Alan Harris was playing some great golf and completed the front nine three shots under his handicap and only two over par.  Gordon continued dropping unnecessary shots on the inward nine whilst Alan was as steady as rock, and eventually came home with the best score of the day on net 69 – a worthy champion.Gerry Cooney took second place in the A flight ahead of Tony Scambler who edged out Colin Greig on a count back.  Ross Schiffke won the B flight, also on a count back, ahead of Geoff Williams, with Tom Jones making a welcome return to the podium in third place.The day was spoilt when after completing the outward nine at a good pace, the leading group arrived on the 10th tee to find that an invasion of Korean golfers had taken over the back nine, with three groups waiting on the tee and other groups spread all over the remaining holes.  With all their golfers in buggies they were charging around like madmen looking for any vacant tee box, in no particular order, and it’s a sad reflection on the management of the course that they allow such anti-social behavior.A Flight1st Alan Harris (9) net 692nd Gerry Cooney (14) net 713rd Tony Scambler (9) net 72B Flight1st Ross Schiffke (19) net 732nd Geoff Williams (20) net 733rd Tom Jones (26) net 74Near Pins: Mike Lloyd, Richard Baldotto, Tony Scambler and Tom Jones.Note: The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society, who play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar). We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation.  New players are always welcome.  Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 or check website: www.bunkersociety.com. PSC Golf Bunker Boys @ The RanchMonday, Nov. 24, The Emerald – StablefordThe John Preddy memorial golf tournament has been held for the last 8 years, but this year the event was expanded to remember those local golfing friends who have passed away recently.  The format was an individual Stableford competition for the John Preddy trophy with a simultaneous team competition for the newly purchased Memorial trophy, which is inscribed with the names of recently departed local golfers.  The team event was an inter-society tournament including teams from six local golf societies and a total of 144 players assembled at the Emerald golf course on a bright, sunny, but humid morning. The first groups teed off on schedule at 8am, and although we had the complete course to ourselves a holdup began to develop on the par-three 5th hole after the first half dozen groups had passed through, and this slowed down the pace of play for all the following groups for the remainder of the round.Jim Preddy presents the Memorial Trophy to the winning team – Duang’s Girls.last_img read more

Claregalway Ladies AGM

first_imgThe AGM of the Claregalway Ladies GAA Committee which was held on Monday 27th November in Knockdoemore was well attended. Chairman Tony King welcomed all to the Meeting.  Reports were presented to the Meeting from the Officers and all Managers. Again 2017 was a very successful year for the Club, Some of the highlights from the Managers were a big increase in numbers involved in the U8/10’s age group both players and Coaches, U-12’s despite a slow start to the Season finished the year very strong to retain the A Championship and also Fielded a very impressive Three Teams for Championship. The U-14’s won all 3 County Titles as well as the All-Ireland Sevens.  Sixteens won the Championship Shield and the second U-16 Team won their League. At Minor level the Mairead Meehan Shield was retained while the Juniors took the County Junior B Title. At Senior level the highlights was the Comortas in Mayo where the Girls won the Senior Final and they also won their first Connaught Sevens, There was some disappointment not having made the Senior League or Championship Finals. One of the other highlights for the Club was the visit of the New York U-17 Ladies to the Club in August. Treasurer Maura Murphy presented a detailed balance sheet and expressed the need for more fundraising to be undertaking in 2018 in which all members need to be involved. Tributes were paid to the outgoing officers Tony King, Michael Downes and Barbara Connolly who were stepping down from their roles after having served the Club very well for the past few years., Chairperson Elaine GoldrickVice Chairperson Eugene KearneySecretary  Lorna McNicholasTreasurer Maura MurphyPRO Jimmy GavinRegistrar Michael KearnsChild Welfare Officer  Edel NooneCounty Board Delegates> Eugene Kearney,Helen O’RiordanU-8 Elaine GoldrickU-10 Pat & Aoife ConnollyU-12 PJ Fallon, Ray QuinnU-14 Helen O’RiordanU-16  Eugene Kearney, Christine MoranSenior/Junior TBCThe incoming Executive of Claregalway Ladies GAA. L to R Lorna McNicholas, Jimmy Gavin, Elaine Goldrick, Maura Murphy, Edel Noone and Michael Kearns.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The following Officers and Managers were electedlast_img read more

Weekend Galway GAA Results

first_imgSalthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1Turloughmore 0-8 St Thomas 0-8Castlegar 1-15 Liam Mellows 1-13Tommy Larkins 2-25 Portumna 1-14 Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Oranmore-Maree 0-13 Padraig Pearses 0-13Beagh 1-15 Ahascragh/Fohenagh 1-13Craughwell 3-19 Athenry 0-13Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2Killimordaly 1-13 Ardrahan 0-9Clarinbridge 1-17 Abbeyknockmoy 0-15Mullagh 2-11 Ballinderreen 1-10Harbour Hotel Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Moycullen 3-28 Sylane 2-16Turloughmore 2-19 Kinvara 1-14Kilconieron 2-19 Kilbeacanty 1-13Harbour Hotel Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2Meelick-Eyrecourt 2-16 Castlegar 1-7Annaghdown 2-17 Rahoon-Newcastle 1-13Killimor 1-17 An Spidal 1-7Gullane’s Hotel Junior 1 Hurling Championship Semi-Final Micheal Breathnach 2-13 Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-13Gullane’s Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship Quarter FinalOranmore-Maree 0-17 Portumna 1-14Gullanes Hotel Junior C1 Hurling Championship Preliminary Quarter FinalsTurloughmore 2-11 Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-10Ahascragh/Fohenagh 0-8 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-6Brooks Minor B1 Hurling ChampionshipQuarter FinalSkehana-Mountbellew/Moylough 1-13 Ballinasloe 0-12 FOOTBALL RESULTS:Claregalway Hotel Claregalway Hotel Intermediate Football RelegationWilliamstown 2-11 Oileain Arainn 0-13Minor A Football Championship North Semi FinalNorthern Gaels 1-16 Claregalway 1-16Ard Ri House Hotel Minor B North Championship – Group AAnnaghdown 4-15 Kilkerrin/Clonberne/Killererin 0-12Ard Ri House Hotel Minor B North Championship – Group BLoughrea W/O Headford – Cortoon Shamrocks 2-16 Kilconly 2-12WERS Waste U14 Football Division 3 semi finalCaltra 3-14 Milltown 1-5 Salthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 2Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 1-19 Gort 0-19Loughrea 0-21 Sarsfields 0-11Cappataggle 4-13 Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-15center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

SA leads Africa’s growing Twittersphere

first_img27 January 2012 Young people tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa, with South Africans leading the way as the social networking site becomes an increasingly important information tool across the continent, new research has found. According to How Africa Tweets, a study released by Kenya-based Portland Communications on Thursday, South Africa is the most active country in the continent’s burgeoning “Twittersphere”. In the first attempt to comprehensively map the use of Twitter in Africa, Portland teamed up with UK-based company Tweetminster to analyse over 11.5-million geo-located Tweets originating on the continent during the last three months of 2011, complemented by a poll of 500 of Africa’s most active tweeters. Over the survey period, South Africa registered over twice as many tweets (5 030 226) as the next most active country, Kenya (2 476 800), followed by Nigeria (1 646 212), Egypt (1 214 062) and Morocco (745 620).African tweeters younger How Africa Tweets found that Africa’s tweeters are considerably younger than their global counterparts: 60% of the continent’s most active tweeters are aged 20-29, whereas the average age of Twitter users worldwide (according to Royalpingdom.com) is 39. The researchers also found that: 57% of tweets from Africa are sent from mobile devices.At the same time, African Twitter users are also active across a range of social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.Twitter in Africa is widely used for social conversation, with 81% of those polled saying that they mainly used it for communicating with friends.But Twitter is also becoming an important source of information in Africa. 68% of those polled said that they use Twitter to monitor news, while 22% said they use it to search for job opportunities. Forming new links in Africa The survey also found that Twitter is helping to form new links within Africa, with the majority of those surveyed saying that at least half of the Twitter accounts they follow are based on the continent. Beatrice Karanja, head of Portland Nairobi, said in a statement: “We saw the pivotal role of Twitter in the events in North Africa last year, but it is clear that Africa’s Twitter revolution is really just beginning. “Twitter is helping Africa and Africans to connect in new ways and swap information and views,” Karanja said. “And for Africa – as for the rest of the world – that can only be good.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Making the Case for Pay Transparency

first_imgRecommending to senior leadership that your organization increase pay transparency can be a difficult sell for HR professionals. However, pay transparency is a strategic move that delivers measurable business benefits – and it’s an issue on which HR should lead. It is important to understand that most executives in America today rose through organizational ranks that viewed compensation as a private matter. Few within organizations had access to salary information, and even fewer talked about it. As a result, many leaders still believe it is appropriate to dissuade or prohibit employees from discussing their own compensation with other employees.Yet we now understand these outdated cultural norms have contributed to the wage gap for women and minorities, among other negative outcomes. Pay transparency can help close those gaps and produce benefits for both employers and employees.For example, providing employees with pay ranges for their current position and those positions in their career path sets realistic expectations. This is crucial, as many employees hold unrealistic expectations based on internet salary searches for job titles that often do not account for or accurately reflect important factors such as experience level, geography, company size, actual tasks and responsibilities, or other types of compensation. These unrealistic salary expectations create serious challenges, including employee disengagement, low morale and retention problems.Clearly communicating your company’s pay ranges facilitates an open dialogue about how those ranges are set, when and why they change, and how employees can move up within them. These discussions in turn increase mutual trust and engagement and foster productive compensation communication — all of which help retain employees, which is especially important in today’s tight labor market. Increasing pay transparency also helps businesses attract and retain a more diverse workforce, which numerous studies have demonstrated translates into better business results. Sharing compensation data advances this effort by ensuring women and minorities have a clearer picture of the going rate for their skill sets, education, experience and performance. While many factors contribute to pay gaps, women and minority groups may have accepted lower compensation in the past because they could not access the information necessary to determine what they should be making based on what they bring to the table.While recommending greater pay transparency to senior leadership in your organization may seem daunting, it is an important discussion to have and a compelling case for HR professionals to make. In a highly competitive labor market, businesses that make the right strategic move of increasing pay transparency will ultimately attract and retain the best talent and come out ahead of those that do not.last_img read more

Death investigation at east Columbia market

first_img(Updated Monday 1:30 p.m.) We know more about what happened inside a Columbia store.Police say they found a dead man inside ABC Chinese on I-70 Drive Southeast a little east of the connector Monday morning.The restaurant’s owner told ABC 17 News the man was a burglar who fell through the ceiling and into the kitchen during an attempted break-in.Police haven’t released the name or age of the man, and the investigation is still ongoing.last_img