Letters

first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s lettersPC take lacks literary virtue So we’re not allowed to quote from acknowledged works of literature, norfrom the OED or similar dictionary (Letters, 3 September)? The term ‘bastard’ has several meanings, only one of which relates to themarital status of a child’s parents. My edition of Webster’s defines bastard asfollows: Bastard n. 1. An illegitimate child. 2. Something of irregular orinferior origin, or form. 3. Slang. A mean or disagreeable person. My belief is that the usage in reference to ITV Digital probably fallswithin the range of the second meaning given above. As such, it is a valid andperfectly correct use of English and in no way derogative to a child or itsparents. The reporting of Pat Bottrill’s reference has been selective to the point ofit being next to impossible to know the full context of the comment withoutactually having been present and hearing the exchanges. I feel there is far too much concentration on what might be understood by afew about a particular statement. We should concentrate on the reasons for makingsuch statements in the first place. My view is that there is no place for political correctness in any form.Language evolves, slowly, but it should never be hijacked for reasons ofpolitical gain or expediency. Michael Perry Technical author, Zuken Ltd E-mail abuse is damaging firms Either intentionally, or just through a creeping acceptance, employees aretaking their bosses for the ride of their lives. In every single company, alarge percentage of e-mail use is non-work related (News, 3 September). The problem has now reached epidemic proportions, with e-mail abuseaffecting staff productivity and company profitability. Companies should notbelieve that they are protected just because they are using content filteringand blocking software to police e-mail usage. While these security controls area positive first step, they don’t go nearly far enough. This filtering and blocking software at an organisation’s perimeter can onlytrack e-mails as they enter and leave a company. Employees know, however, thattheir internal, non-work related e-mails go unchecked. Employees enjoy the challenge of trying to beat filtering and blocking toolsand it is far too easy for them to find ways around it. Smart users have nowstarted embedding inappropriate content into Word, PowerPoint and Exceldocuments, conning the perimeter software into believing they are sendingbusiness-related e-mails. What’s needed now is non-invasive management of all e-mails to trackemployee usage without compromising privacy. Employers must act to stem the flow of staff stealing time. Brendan Nolan Chief executive, Waterford Technology Cannabis use is breaking the law Cannabis use among staff is still an arrestable offence. The Home Officenever intended to make it non-arrestable when it reclassified the drug, as thearticle ‘Clear cannabis policies needed at work’ claims (News, 3 September). Possession of cannabis or any other similar drug is still illegal. There aremoves by some – not all – police forces to give verbal warnings initially,rather like a disciplinary procedure, which if ignored will lead to arrest. Derran Sewell HRD manager, Calderdale & Kirklees Careers Ltd Blended learning can be beneficial I agree with Martyn Sloman wholeheartedly that blended learning as a conceptis not new (Opinion, 20 August). But I applaud what I perceive as real blended learning for its renewed focuson learners and how they acquire knowledge and perfect skills. While technology has become a cure-all for the training challenges we faceover the past 10 years, we should not be using it for technology’s sake. It should be used, where appropriate, to enhance the blended or integratedlearning experience. Give learners a quality programme based on educationalexcellence, and both the individuals and their firms will rapidly realise thebenefits. Brian Sutton Chief educator, QA LettersOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Tax Officials Raid Madrid Superstar Ronaldo’s Yacht (Photos)

first_imgThe operation, which was filmed by an agent, lasted for 90 minutes.Cristiano Ronaldo has had an eventful summer that started with being charged with defrauding the Spanish government of £13million. He then threatened to quit Real Madrid for lack of protection on their part however it seems like he has made a u-turn and is now set to stay with the Spanish and European champions.Related Ronaldo thereafter hurried back to the yacht where he met the aforementioned officials though Hola.com reported that one of Ronaldo’s family members put the situation under check.Speaking on the raid afterwards, a Spanish Tax Agency spokesman revealed that the inspection was a routine one. He said: “It formed part of routine checks on vessels that are carried out every summer in different parts of Spain including the Balearic Islands.“It doesn’t affect the users of the vessels but their owners or the charter firms if they are rented out.“These inspections involve the requesting of different documentation for the purpose of varying fiscal checks, especially regarding the possibility that the exemption on registration tax is incorrectly applied.“That exemption can be applied if the vessel is actually being rented out, but not if it’s not being rented.” the spokesman concluded. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly had to deal with Spanish tax officials after they raided his yacht while he was out enjoying a meal with his pregnant girlfriend in a restaurant.The tax officials demanded to see the documentation from those on board as part of the ‘routine checks’ that are carried out every summer.last_img read more