Sunday showdown looms for McIlroy and company

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Rory McIlroy envisioned this being a statement week, he just didn’t figure he’d have so much company on his way to a 2016 kick off. After all, the last time McIlroy teed off on a Sunday in this desert it was essentially a two-man race between himself and Andy Sullivan at the DP World Tour Championship, in November up the road in Dubai. For Sunday’s sequel, however, McIlroy will set out early tied with four others for the lead, including Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter and Branden Grace. All total, 16 players are within three strokes of the lead, including Jordan Spieth and esoteric American amateur Bryson DeChambeau. “This one is a bit more bunched. I think there will be a few more in contention,” said McIlroy, who beat Sullivan in November at the DP World Tour Championship by a stroke. The stars have aligned for a possible showdown between McIlroy and Spieth, although it’s not likely they will be paired together with the Northern Irishman needing to finish his third round and the world No. 1 already in the clubhouse at 7 under. More likely is a challenge by committee, with a host of proven players within striking distance. Among that group would be Grace, who emerged as a major player with top-5 finishes at the U.S. Open (T-4) and PGA Championship (third) last year and fresh off four consecutive top-10 finishes, including a third-place showing last November at the European Tour finale. Abu Dhabi HSBC: Articles, photos and videos Poulter should also be considered a legitimate contender among the group of would-be winners, having emerged from last week’s EurAsia Cup in something close to his signature Ryder Cup form. “It’s match play, whenever you go head-to-head you get the juices going, and that’s obviously nice as the first tournament of the year,” Poulter said of last week’s matches. “I think it’s done me some good, and I think I’m looking forward to what the challenge is for the next 20, 26 holes.” The biggest challenge for McIlroy may be avoiding the sight of any leaderboards during what will be a marathon Sunday, particularly with the likes of Spieth looming. Spieth rebounded after finishing his second round early Saturday, a 1-over 73 that was his first over-par card in his last 21 worldwide rounds, with a flawless third round. Starting Round 3 at the 10th hole, he birdied two of his first three holes and added two more birdies before racing into the clubhouse before darkness halted play with a 4-under 68. “I started out this tournament not driving the ball particularly well the first 12, 13 holes and since then my driver has been on,” said Spieth, who won his first start of the year two weeks ago at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by eight strokes. “I can make excuses all I want; I still haven’t made many putts and there’s no excuses for that. It can all come together tomorrow. It’s happened many times in random rounds. Why not the fourth round here?” McIlroy can still change the narrative of a jam-packed leaderboard. He was 2 under for the day when play was halted by darkness through nine holes. When he returned to the golf course early Saturday to complete his fog-delayed second round he was four strokes out of the lead, but closed his morning with a birdie-eagle finish at Nos. 17 and 18 to narrow that gap. Like Spieth and Fowler, McIlroy – who is making his 2016 debut this week – has gotten sharper with each passing round and his driving is reminiscent of when he won majors by eight strokes. “Twenty-seven holes left to play and hopefully I can play a good back nine tomorrow morning and set myself up for an exciting last 18 [holes],” McIlroy said. In short, McIlroy is hoping history repeats itself Sunday morning in the United Arab Emirates, and Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

College approves $50M in projects

first_imgWHITTIER – Rio Hondo College trustees recently approved $50 million in new construction projects, which are scheduled to get underway over the summer. The Central Plant project to overhaul the school’s maintenance and operations facility, as well as the upgrading of the campus’ infrastructure, was awarded to EMMA Construction. The construction of the Library and Learning Resource Center was awarded to Bernards Brothers Inc. Another project scheduled to get underway soon is grading on the Rio Hondo College Parkway, a new perimeter road that will offer a new entrance and exit to the college. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jenkins approved for escorted release to attend interment

first_imgConvicted murderer Mason Jenkins was successful in his bid for an escorted temporary absence to attend the interment of his father’s ashes and a celebration of life, according to the Parole Board of Canada.In 2001, Jenkins, now 42, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, following his conviction of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his younger sister, Jennifer, in the family home in 1998.In a document issued earlier this month, the board stated the request was approved, with the duration of the absence listed as up to 30 hours.“You believe the absence will enable healing and closure, is appropriate to your spiritual practice, and will assist with your reintegration efforts,” the board said. “The purpose of the absence is considered rehabilitative and compassionate.”The document stated that Jenkins is in the “low to low-moderate” range of risk for recidivism, based on clinical and actuarial data.It also noted he successfully completed two compassionate “escorted temporary absences” to attend funerals, with no reported incidents.The board added the absence would help him have closure over his father’s death, strengthen family support and serve as a “stepping stone towards reintegration, including employability.”There was no ceremony date listed in the document and certain other information was redacted.Jenkins was also granted an absence to participate in the Community Services Volunteer Group for six months, not to exceed 12 hours per day, and under close supervision.“The (volunteer group) would provide you an opportunity to build credibility and trust in the community and will enable you to become familiar in a community setting,” the board stated.According to previously published reports, Jenkins attended the funeral of his father in 2016 during a visit that was kept out of the public eye.He was transported in a Correctional Service Canada van with dark-tinted windows, which was driven into the garage of a Chatham funeral home. The garage door was closed so his entrance and exit could not be seen by the general public.However, when he was in town in 2013 to pay final respects to his paternal grandmother, he was walked into a funeral home in handcuffs and shackles in full view of those in the area, accompanied by two armed Correctional Service Canada guards.“The board is mindful of the horrific murder of your sister. You have caused significant harm to your family and have negatively changed the lives of your parents forever. This board is also cognizant of the fact that you still have work to do to address your risk factors,” the board stated.“It is the board’s opinion that you will not, by reoffending, present an undue risk to society during your absences.”– With files from Vicki Gough, Ellwood [email protected]/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Engaging External Workers: Fostering Commitment From Temporary Workers

first_imgCassondra Batz-Barbarich, Steven Hunt, and Autumn Krauss, HCM Research, SAP SuccessFactorsMitchell Ogisi, SHRM Research While one might argue that external workers do not really need to identify with the company or embody its values or frankly even exert discretionary effort on the job, that way of thinking is likely tied to an outdated view on external workers where they only fulfill ancillary, supportive roles that are minimally important to the business. Today, however, 64% of organizations state that external workers are critical for companies’ ability to meet their operational demands, innovate new products and services, and execute their business strategy. Today, external workers often have such size and impact within a company that they can no longer be considered a “necessary evil” with minimal expectations associated with them; instead, they need to be viewed (and treated) as a critical workforce segment and key factor for business success. Through the joint SHRM and SAP SuccessFactors research program on the external workforce, many company representatives have shared the view that their “hands are tied” in terms of engaging these workers. Alternatively, others have voiced that despite the potential legal risk, they seek to include and integrate external workers just as they do internal employees because “the value of their role and contribution is so great that they cannot afford to treat [external workers] any differently” than their internal employee counterparts. Research supports this perspective regarding the importance of engaging your external workers in the company’s mission, values, and goals – and treating them with the same respect that permanent, internal employees are allotted – will maximize their contributions to the business. As such, taking the risk may be worth it for three key reasons: 3.) To “walk the talk” of the company culture. Many organizations today espouse a deeply held corporate value regarding an engaged and collaborative workforce. So, if an organization has a cultural norm where business success requires workforce participation, collaboration, and teamwork, then it is imperative that they also include their external sources of talent in this type of work environment as well. In this context, if an organization does not engage and include its external workers, there may be both operational and cultural consequences. Operationally, goals such as collecting and operating off of current and accurate information may be a challenge if external workers are not sufficiently included in business processes and able to access systems. Culturally, even if a company really only cares about its permanent workforce, an argument could be made that it should still thoughtfully consider its external workforce. The internal employee population is often very aware of how external workers are treated (differently), and they can easily identify organizational practices that they view as incongruent with a company culture that touts “collaboration” and “inclusivity.” This can have a negative effect on the permanent workforce’s impression of and commitment to the organization. Further, companies should not forget that their external workers are often providing services to their internal employees, which can impact the internal employee experience. For instance, a company may “contract out” its facilities’ staff, receptionists, IT support, or even HR functions. These external workers need to identify sufficiently with the company so they can deliver a good cultural experience to the permanent workforce. Consider this (true) example where an external worker hired as a receptionist treats a new hire poorly as they enter the building on their first day, stating “I’m just a contractor, I don’t know who you are, and I don’t really care.” It does not take much to see how poorly engaged external workers can negatively impact the company’s culture. With all this in mind, organizations may elect to integrate and include their external workers in practices such as all-company meetings and systems like social collaboration platforms to ensure that there is a sense across the total workforce, including external workers, that they are “in the know,” both operationally and culturally.  1.) To be an employer of choice for external workers as well as internal employees. As demand and competition for external workers grow, organizations must position themselves as an employer of choice by offering these types of workers opportunities for increased participation and engagement. For example, organizations may choose to include external workers in relevant training and development opportunities, which not only benefit the organization in the short term as far as the worker’s capability to deliver on their assignment but also the external worker in the long run as far as future career opportunities with other employers. Just integrating external workers entirely with internal employees and giving external workers the same access to programs and resources might not necessarily make the most sense either. Instead, companies might consider the unique external worker experience and how they can be sensitive to and supportive of it. Examples here might include offering external workers their own version of a “suggestion box” that gives them an ongoing opportunity to share their input about their unique experience in the organization or implementing a specific external worker exit interview process to gather input from a workforce segment that, by definition, is expected to exit the company at a regular interval. If companies do not acknowledge that external workers are part of their total workforce and, likewise, a part of their company’s employment brand, they risk the perception of two different employee experiences in the marketplace (one for “real employees” and one for “other”), which will undoubtedly be shared quickly on sites like Glassdoor and negatively impact the company’s brand image in no time. In light of this complex and confusing legal context, organizations must make thoughtful choices about how and to what extent they “embed” their external workforce in their operations and company culture. These choices, in turn, impact their external workers’ “psychological embeddedness,” or the extent to which they identify with the company, want to embody its values, and choose to exert themselves on the job. In light of these key reasons to engage external workers, it is critical that organizations first seek an accurate and complete understanding of the legal guidelines regarding employing external workers, but then move to continuously engage, include, and value their external workers to the extent that is possible within the confines of the law. 2.) To deliver positive and consistent customer experiences. Many roles that are filled by external workers involve some degree of customer interaction, often with the customer thinking that the external worker is actually an internal employee of the company that is serving them. If you think about it, are you sure that the last service you received as a customer was actually delivered by an employee of the organization or did you just take that for granted? It seems hard to counter the argument that if your expectation as an organization is that both external workers and internal employees should be delivering a similar experience to your customers, which can often entail “going above and beyond” to meet their needs, then you likely need to invest in the external worker to ensure they are as knowledgeable and motivated as your internal staff. This means that organizations need to recognize that external workers represent the face of their organization and in order to ensure customers have a positive experience with their organization, they need to ensure that external workers are sufficiently aligned to the company’s customer brand and engaged in the work that they do. To accomplish this, organizations may spend extra time, energy, and money so that the importance of the external role is clearly conveyed and external workers receive robust onboarding and training to deliver on the customer promise, possibly including external workers working closely with internal employees so they can receive coaching and support to ensure they are delivering a consistent customer experience. In a survey conducted by SHRM and SAP of over 1000 HR professionals, 50% of respondents said it is critical to align external workers to organizational goals and 70% think that engaging external workers more would have a positive impact on their organizations’ ability to reach business goals. But, these same respondents indicated that a major challenge to engaging external workers is the complex legal landscape and concerns about co-employment. This article is part of an extensive ongoing research program currently being conducted by SHRM’s and SAP SuccessFactors’ research groups on the challenges affecting the use and management of external workers including contractors, temporary employees, contingent workers, and freelancers. If you would like to learn more about this research program, including opportunities to participate, please contact Mitchell Ogisi from SHRM Research at [email protected] or Cassondra Batz-Barbarich from SAP HCM Research at [email protected]last_img read more

Guiao fined; players next

first_imgStay calm and be sensitive Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine and Eric Camson of Kia Picanto, who exchanged elbows and punches in an upset Kia victory last week, are likely to be slapped at least one-game suspensions, apart from being meted out fines that could go as high as P50,000 each.Mike Miranda of NLEX, who kicked Ross in the groin during that rugged match won handily by the Beermen, will also have a conference with Marcial and, because of several infractions earlier, could also be facing a suspension and a hefty fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe three players were slapped Flagrant Foul 2 penalties that carry at least a P20,000 fine and were ejected.But the Almazan-Camson scuffle was downright court hooliganism, and league sources said on Monday that the Office of the Commissioner will throw the full weight of the rule book on them. Ross was likewise slapped a P2,600 fine for incurring two technical fouls—the second after got into a confrontation with Guiao whom he accused of uttering a racist remark.Marcial said that they couldn’t find witnesses who could validate Ross’ claims.The San Miguel point guard refusing to comment.Guiao’s P11,000 fine was for flashing the dirty finger at Ross, clearly seen on television replays, and because he cursed the San Miguel point guard.“The Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by coach Guiao,” a PBA statement read.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFiery NLEX coach Yeng Guiao was fined P11,000 by Philippine Basketball Association officer-in-charge Willie Marcial for an obscene gesture but was cleared by the league on allegations of San Miguel Beer point guard Chris Ross that he uttered a racist remark in their Philippine Cup game on Friday night.But that will be peanuts compared to the fines and sanctions that Marcial will levy on three players, whom he summoned to appear early afternoon on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

Lomachenko not interested in Pacquiao, ready for unification bout vs Pedraza

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ MOST READ FILE PHOTO – Vasyl Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPThree-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is eager to notch another career first on Saturday as he attempts to unify two belts when he fights Jose Pedraza.“It’s the next step for my dream,” said Lomachenko, the World Boxing Association lightweight world champion who brings a record of 11-1 with nine knockouts to the bout against Puerto Rico’s World Boxing Organization champ Pedraza.ADVERTISEMENT WBC green lights Wilder-Fury ‘direct rematch’ “It’s the next step for my goal, and after this fight I think my dreams come a little bit closer to me.”Lomachenko weighed in on Friday at 134.4 pounds (60.96 kg) and Pedraza at 134.2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefA victory could put Lomachenko on a path to a 135-pound clash with unbeaten Mikey Garcia.One thing the Ukrainian isn’t contemplating is a meeting — at any weight — with Filipino great Manny Pacquiao. READ: Loma camp to Pacquiao: Go down to 135, we’ll talk“There are a lot of good fighters to fight who are comparable to me,” Lomachenko told reporters in New York on Thursday. “I’m not disrespecting Pacquiao. He’s old. I think his career is done. I don’t want to become a legend in boxing because of him.” Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothingcenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Read Next Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles introduces limited edition Linea Elegante for the Indian market

first_imgFiat Chrysler Automobiles India launched Linea Elegante which is the limited edition of its much celebrated car, Linea, fitted with stylish accessories kit in the interiors and exteriors, to its customers. It will be available in white color with a panoramic black roof and will be priced at Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).Sporting a variety of exciting and new features, makes the car look more elegant. As regards the exterior kit, the car features a new panoramic black roof, new sporty body kit, new design 16″ alloys, sporty rear spoilers, new chrome garnish on ORVM and all new Elegante decal.The interior kit comprises new seat covers, 6.5′ touch screen infotainment, special carpet mats with Elegante branding and special flat door sill.Mr Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India said, “Linea Elegante is targeted towards those discerning buyers who desire elegant looks, differentiated offering and strong value proposition. This limited edition will undoubtedly create a wave of interest and will excite prospective Linea buyers. This package on new Linea is a perfect blend of elegance and sophistication. At FCA India we constantly innovate and strive towards making cars with timely enhancements in comfort, luxury and technology.”With this launch, FCA India remains committed to provide its customers world class offerings. These efforts taken to extend the product portfolio is an ongoing commitment that FCA has to the Indian market and its ardent following of Linea aficionados.last_img read more

The next thing we’re building together

first_imgHere is what 225,000 freelancers building together can do — build a brand new freelancer hall in Lower Manhattan where freelancers can learn and work together…and access no-co-pay primary care.It’s a community space and a medical practice under one roof, designed by freelancers for freelancers.This is the next step for the movement.Our members first said they needed health insurance. So, together we built Freelancers Insurance Company.Then, they told us they needed health care that treats them like a full person, with yoga and acupuncture alongside traditional primary care. So, together we built Freelancers Medical.Then, they said they wanted to meet, connect and learn from each other. That meant they needed a physical space — a place to bring their networks to life. So, together we built a freelancer hall in Downtown Brooklyn and, soon, a new one on Maiden Lane in Lower Manhattan. It’s a new way of collaborating and working together to support our lives in 360 degrees.Like the Brooklyn location, the new Manhattan hall – set to open in January – will be anchored by a freelancer-focused primary care practice and host “Freelance 360” networking events, professional education classes, and even some member-created pop-up events.It represents a new way of collaborating and working together to support our lives in 360 degrees.These are the kind of innovations we’re talking about when we talk about freelancers shaping the future.We are already looking into how we can all work together to bring this model to other cities.What should the 225,000 of us build next? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter at @Sara_Horowitz.last_img read more