Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Equalpay or, more specifically, the lack of it, is an issue that continues togenerate headlines – and not just in the HR press.Whilethe glass ceiling appears to be cracking for women as they gain a bigger shareof well-paid managerial jobs (see page 1), the HRprofession is lagging behind.Thebittersweet irony for HR people, at all levels, is that they should be seen asthe drivers of equality within an organisation. But now, far from casting theirgaze across the organisation, HR needs to look a little bit closer to home. Itmust be hard to take for female managers out there, who are working hard toensure equal opportunities and pay for staff throughout their organisations,when they are experiencing this disparity first hand.Researchby the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows less than a thirdof organisations undertook an equal pay audit last year, and other surveys showthat female HR directors in the private sector earn up to a third less than men.Predictably,the unions are arguing for compulsory audits as pay discrimination – eventhough the situation appears to be improving – is still commonplace. Theemployers’ stance, as trumpeted by the CBI, is one of opposition to mandatoryaudits because of the extra burden it will create.Commonsense, backed up by a raft of recent research, points to the fact thatpotential employees are influenced in their choice of employer by its record onequal pay. By the same token, it will influence whether an individual stayswithin that same organisation.Perhapsthe simplistic answer is that there are so many equal opportunities issues foremployers to deal with that pay and reward often gets swept under the carpet.But this is not an excuse – HR should be setting a good example.Unlessthis situation improves, the HR profession may soon be experiencing the braindrain from its own ranks, it strives so hard to prevent elsewhere. It’s still a man’s world when it comes to payOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
By Antonio Ordoñez/Diálogo January 31, 2019 U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), concluded his first trip to Central America since assuming command in November 2018. Adm. Faller visited the countries of the Northern Triangle, where he met with Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran leaders, and stopped by several military sites, January 21-25. The objective of his visit was to reaffirm the continuous commitment of the United States in support of partner nations and their security forces. The visit also enabled officials to address different regional security cooperation issues, and coordinate operations to counter narcotrafficking and related crimes. “Honduras and its immediate neighbors, Guatemala and El Salvador, are among the first partners I will visit,” said Adm. Faller during a press conference in Honduras. “One of my first priorities was to travel to the region to meet with key partners, listen to their concerns, understand their perspectives regarding security challenges, and hear their ideas on how we can effectively work together to address those challenges.” Enduring friendship with Honduras During his first stop, in Honduras, Adm. Faller met with Honduran Minister of Defense Fredy Santiago Díaz and Army Major General René Orlando Ponce Fonseca, chairman of the Honduran Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández at the government palace. During his stay, he visited the National Police Special Forces Directorate in Tegucigalpa, whose units fight organized crime. He also spent time with SOUTHCOM’s Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base. Faller not only praised both countries’ enduring friendship and the achievements of Honduran security forces, but also their collaboration during the Enduring Promise 2018 mission aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort, an 11-week-long humanitarian assistance mission that concluded in Honduras. The ship also made stops in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. During Adm. Faller’s visit, the Honduran military leadership announced that the country would host the SOUTHCOM-sponsored Central American Security Conference 2019, in May. “At SOUTHCOM, we are confident we can advance together toward countering those challenges,” said Adm. Faller. “We have witnessed the unwavering dedication and important contributions of our security partners in Honduras, and more importantly, we’ve witnessed the professionalism with which the Honduran military conducts operations and continues to work toward a more secure nation for the citizens it serves.” Close collaboration with Guatemala In Guatemala, Adm. Faller met with Army Major General Luis Miguel Ralda Moreno, Guatemalan minister of defense, and other national security leaders to address narcotrafficking, disaster response, and human rights, among other issues. In addition, he visited Huehuetenango department to meet with Interagency Task Force Tecún Umán, which safeguards the border with Mexico. “We dealt with general issues, the fight against narcotrafficking, immigration, humanitarian disaster assistance, and combined training and exercises to improve force capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Ralda told Diálogo. “Adm. Faller came in person to see the situation in Guatemala. He came to see that Guatemalans are good, peaceful people, and that the Army is an institution devoted to serving Guatemalans, an institution that the people recognize and appreciate.” As part of the efforts to counter organized crime, SOUTHCOM’s commander visited the Guatemalan Army’s Naval Special Force Command. This unit executes maritime drug interdiction and rescue operations. “He visited to acknowledge our heroes who work day after day at sea to prevent the transfer of drugs and arms to the north or south, and to see the rather precarious conditions they encounter at sea,” said Maj. Gen. Ralda. “It was a first approach, and he said he is fully prepared to cooperate.” Solid commitment to El Salvador Adm. Faller ended his trip in El Salvador, where he exchanged knowledge and ideas with Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés and other members of the Salvadoran Armed Force. He concluded his weeklong visit with an affirmation of the trust and cooperation that exist among partner nations in the region. “El Salvador has an important role in the fight against transnational crime, narcotrafficking, and human trafficking,” said Adm. Faller in a press release from the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador. “We recognize the collaboration we’ve had, and we stress the importance of continuing to have a strong relationship to fight together for the security and prosperity of both countries.” The trip was an opportunity for SOUTHCOM’s commander to get to know the leaders of partner nations that contribute to regional peace, and show the enduring support of the United States. “We know partnerships work; we know partnerships between friends who trust each other work best, [they] respect and support each other,” said Adm. Faller. “That’s why I’m here, to continue our enduring promise as both a partner and a friend, ready to continue our collaborative work in support of peace, security, and the stability that we all value.”
But the Nigerian Basketball team, D’Tigress, still savoring the win over highly rated Turkey on Sunday night has vowed to inflict same pain on Argentina to progress into the next phase of the competition.Sarah Ogoke, who was 22 -point hero against Turkey has promised that the team will keep up their good work when they face Argentina this evening.The player is aware of the buzz across the globe following their stunning defeat of Turkey who are currently ranked number 7 in the world said “We are just getting started.“Sunday’s game was good, but we are not going to dwell on it for too long. We still have another very big and must win game against Argentina tomorrow,” she remarked.Ogoke who is a staunch supporter of Super Eagles of Nigeria said the D’Tigress are ready to finally put the ghost of Super Eagles misadventure against Argentina at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup to rest once and for all with a win against their basketball team today.“This is going to be our revenge against Argentina that took out the Super Eagles at the FIFA World cup. So we have to beat Argentina.”Besiktas Women Basketball club of Turkey new signing, Evelyn Akhator also echoed her team mate’s sentiment while sounding the clarion call on the need to maintain their consistency against Australia and Turkey when they face Argentina currently ranked 15th in the world.“No game is easy, if you underrate any team, you probably might be surprised. This is the game that we really need. We need to beat Argentina by a big margin.”For the team, impossibility seems to be nothing and Akhator thinks that with their present skill set and team work, the team can upset the bookmakers and shock the world.“I believe in the team so much, we trust each other and that’s key. If we keep trusting ourselves, we are going to go far,” she asserted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaNigeria’s perennial defeats to Argentina at the previous FIFA World Cup finals will resonate this evening in Tenerife, Spain at the ongoing FIBA Women’s World Cup, as the Nigeria’s National Women Basketball team, D’Tigress has promised to banish the ghost of the previous defeats when they confront Argentina in their last group game.Super Eagles had lost five times to Argentina all at the group stage of the competition in 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 and the latest installment was at the last edition in Russia where Nigeria failed to hold tight and allowed Lionel Messi-led team to score a late winner to edged the African team out of the tournament.