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Quarter of employees feeling held back by underskilled colleagues

Workhuman’s latest Human Workplace Index has found that employees are struggling to meet the demands of their jobs due to skills gaps. The study found that 70% of employees say they work with one or more people whose skill sets do not meet the criteria of the role. This is resulting in 24% of employees said they are being slowed down because they have to provide a lot of support to those colleagues. The survey of 1,000 full-time employees in Ireland was commissioned by Workhuman and conducted by Pollfish to gain insights into company cultures and the employee experience, including the impact of skills gaps on employees. The research showed that while significant skills gaps prevail in Ireland, employees are proactively seeking to upskill. Some 86% of those surveyed said that they are aiming to learn at least one new skill this year. Almost half (48%) believe this will help them to uncover new job opportunities, while 47% are seeking a salary increase or promotion. A further 20% are motivated to learn a new skill because they are planning a career change. The research suggests that the majority of businesses are doing the same. The study found that 80% of employees report that their company is making efforts to foster a positive work culture. Of these, 64% said that they are succeeding but 36% said they were not. The survey showed that according to employees (cited by 40%) appreciation and recognition is most important factor contributing to a positive workplace culture, followed by open and transparent communication (32%). Only 11% said opportunities for growth and development influenced their perception of their workplace culture. Reflecting the widespread focus on company culture, almost three-quarters (72%) of employees said their organisation has a defined set of company values. However, the research suggested a disconnect between employers’ intentions and their employees’ experiences. Some 29% of employees who are aware of defined company values in their organisation said these values don’t match the culture they experience day-to-day. Niamh Graham, senior vice president of global human experience, Workhuman (pictured), said: “Leaders across industries have noted the skills shortage and the potential ramifications for businesses. This data reveals that this isn’t just a concern for executives; individual contributors are feeling the effects of this as well and are being vocal about their desire to expand their expertise. “There has been an explosion of new technologies in recent years that are specifically driven by how we work, live, spend, and interact. In turn, roles and job requirements across artificial intelligence, e-commerce, information security, data, video communications, user experience, and more, have grown enormously and we are left to play catch-up. Companies need to rethink their hiring, skills, and talent development strategies, and adopting agile HR practices is key. In addition, platforms which give insight to where your talent pool is are now more necessary than ever. “In addition, it’s encouraging to see that there is an increased emphasis among businesses on employee engagement, which is leading to greater investments in their cultures and their people. However, it is important that all strategies are regularly reviewed to ensure that they don’t just sound nice; businesses must be able to say definitively that they are having a real, positive impact on the workforce.” TechCentral Reporters Read More: skills Workhuman

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Weekly Oakville crime update from Feb. 21-27, 2024

Halton Regional Police responded to 54 crime incidents in Oakville, from Feb.21 to 27. 2024. Compared to the previous week, crimes increased by 25.58%. Thursday, Feb. 22, was the busiest day, with 11 reported incidents. Old Oakville residents reported the greatest number of crimes in this period (12 in total.) In addition, there were 12 reported incidents of Hit & Run by a motor vehicle. Oakville residents are reminded to be mindful when parking their cars. Over the past seven days, Halton Police responded to two incidents of impaired driving in Oakville. If this rate stayed consistent, there would be 96 incidents a year. In the last 30 days, there have been 16 incidents of impaired driving. In the past six months, there were 75 incidents of impaired driving at shops in Oakville and 147 in the past year. Due to ongoing investigations and ensuring the well-being of victims, Halton Regional Police Service does not post all crimes on the Crime Map. Oakville News Crime Statistics: February 21 – February 27 Halton Regional Police does not provide specific addresses. If you are in danger or are witnessing a crime, dial 911. To report or provide information on a crime, contact Halton Regional Police Services, non-emergency number (905) 825-4747. If you have information about one or more of these incidents and have not already spoken with the police, please call them and use the case number as an identifier. You can also submit tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca. Source: HRPS Crime Map.

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Kareena Kapoor Casts Her Spell On Us In A Cutout Fringe Dress On The Cover Of Vogue Arabia

Known for her exquisite taste in fashion and her absolutely impeccable style, the OG fashionista of Bollywood needs no introduction as far as her wardrobe choices are concerned. Kareena Kapoor’s closet choices have a fanbase of its own and we have seen that on more than one occasion. The Bollywood icon continues to stun her global fans as she becomes the cover star for Vogue Arabia. The March 2024 issue of Vogue Arabia is themed “Beauties of the World” which aims to celebrate women of different ethnicities, body types, and ages. Also Read: “Minimal, Modern and Controlled”: Sabyasachi On Kareena Kapoor’s Ball Of Arabia Gown Kareena Kapoor’s fabulous fashion can be seen in her choice of outfits. Her first look was in a beige body-hugging dress with a closed neckline from Galvan London. The body fit silhouette accentuated her well-toned body. For makeup, Kareena opted for glam makeup with highlighted cheeks with neat contours, shimmery eyelids, kohl laden smokey eyes and a nude lip colour. In the next photo, Kareena picked a dramatic ensemble from the clothing label Awake Mode in an ivory colour palette. The outfit included a cape-like pattern with circular structured embellishment. Her tied hair and glam makeup completed Kareena’s glam look. Also Read: Kareena Kapoor’s Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Anarkali Features Over A Lakh Of Mirrors Created By 100 Craftsmen Kareena’s next look was a structured dress from Prada. The sleeveless bright green outfit featured layered ruffle details with cape-like embellishment and sheer panels. Her hair was tied in a sleek bun as she wore glamorous makeup including kohl in the eyes, ample mascara, rosy cheek tint, and a blush pink lip colour. On a global platform too, Kareena Kapoor’s exquisite fashion has many fans. Also Read: Kareena Kapoor Loves Her Chakrasanas So Much, It “Keeps Her On Her Toes”

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1,152 recruits join various Odisha govt departments

Bhubaneswar: As many as 1,152 new lecturers, officers and other staff joined various departments of the Odisha government Friday in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Lok Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar. Of them, 997 are lecturers in non-government-aided colleges, 57 inspectors of cooperative Societies, 31 group-c personnel in the information and Public Relations department at the district level, and 57 are gram panchayat development officers. While welcoming the recruits, the chief minister suggested that everyone follow the 5T formula of governance in their respective workplaces. 5T is a governance model in Odisha, based on teamwork, transparency, technology and time leading to transformation. “This initiative has fast-tracked our development projects by bringing transformation in every sector and empowered everyone, including the people at the last mile,” he said. He said the state government has pioneered transformative governance under its 5T initiative. Patnaik also expected that their talent, commitment, and hard work would bring more efficiency where they would be working. PTI

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Vidhan Sabha Security: DGP Advocates Transition to Permanent System, Moving Beyond Temporary Measures

Shimla – In a development aimed at fortifying security measures within the Vidhan Sabha, a high-level meeting was convened at the Legislative Assembly Secretariat. The meeting was presided over by the Speaker of HP Legislative Assembly, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, and addressed critical lapses in security and coordination that surfaced during recent Assembly sessions. DGP Kundu, during the meeting, emphasized the necessity to shift from temporary security measures to a more sustainable and enduring system. His proposal included the implementation of a permanent security officer of the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank within the Legislative Assembly. This officer would play a pivotal role in coordinating security arrangements and supervising a robust and well-trained security force, deployed a minimum of 15 days before the commencement of each session. Acknowledging the dynamic nature of security challenges, Speaker Pathania endorsed the proposal, stating, “It is imperative that we move beyond ad-hoc security measures and establish a comprehensive system that ensures the safety and integrity of our Legislative Assembly.” Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania expressed concerns about the threats faced by the assembly members and the need for a more proactive and sustainable security system. DGP Kundu assured the participants that a detailed report on the establishment of the Legislative Assembly’s security group would be promptly submitted to the Home Secretary, HP Government, within the next few days. Home Secretary Abhishek Jain welcomed the proposal and assured immediate action on the outlined security measures.

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F1 2024 rule changes: What’s new as the season starts with the Bahrain Grand Prix

The new Formula One season starts on Saturday with the Bahrain Grand Prix. There are no new drivers on the grid this season, with all 10 teams having kept the same pairings that ended last season, but there are other changes afoot. The FIA have responded to driver fears about extreme weather conditions with multiple air ducts introduced to help cool them at the hotter races in a bid to avoid a repeat of Qatar, where drivers warned of dangerously high temperatures. But those drivers face a potentially costly change to their pay packets, after the top fine they could face for the worst misdemeanours on track was upped from £215,000 to £860,000 in an unsurprisingly unpopular move by the sport’s governing body. Racing-wise, the biggest changes are to DRS (drag reduction system) and the sprint races. Drivers can now use DRS immediately after the first lap, having had to wait until lap three to do so in the past. The F1 sprint-race format has had a rejig. Now, sprint qualifying will take place on Friday, with the sprint race the following day and then qualifying for the main race after that. Last season, both sprint qualifying and the sprint race itself took place on the Saturday. Drivers were set to have their power unit allocations reduced from four to three this season, but that has since been reversed. And, finally, the teams’ right-to-review process has changed. Previously, they had 14 days to lodge an appeal, but that has now been cut to just four days.

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Ramadan 2024 Date India: Ramadan Schedule, Iftar Time, Significance & More

Islam follows the lunar or the Hijri calendar based on the phases of the moon cycle. Unlike the solar or Georgian calendar that the rest of the world follows it has 354 days. Hence, Ramadan is celebrated 10 or 11 days earlier every year and Muslims across the world are eager to see the crescent moon that will mark the onset of the Holy Month. On the last date of Shabaan, after the sun sets the moon sighters face West with a clear view of the horizon to spot the small slither of the new moon to determine the start of the month. The Ramadan moon is first sighted in Saudi Arabia and some parts of India along with some Western countries and a day later in the rest of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and other countries. World NGO Day 2024: Theme, History & SignificanceRamadan fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims who observe the Ramadan fast refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk and traditionally gather to break their fast with a date or khajur at Iftar in the evening. Ramadan is considered to be the Holy month of blessing in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslims consider Ramadan the turning point of their life where they break free from the deceptions of the world, break bad habits instead of putting them on pause, supplicate, heal, give charity, sleep less, pray more, and indulge in the sweetness of Imaan during this month of forgiveness. Suhoor: Muslims have their pre-fast meal before dawn which is known as suhoor. Suhoor, also known as Sehri, is to be consumed before the Fajr prayer and must be finished before the first light of dawn.Fajr prayer: Fajr marks the beginning of the fasting period for the day and is considered the first of the five daily prayers in Islam. It is to be performed before dawn.Roza: Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. During this period they focus on spiritual activities, charity, and self-reflection during the daylight hours.Iftar: Muslims gather to break their fast with a meal known as iftar usually at sunset. Iftar begins with the consumption of dates and water, which is followed by a larger meal. It is said to be a time of gratitude, community, and sharing.World Civil Defence Day 2024: Date, Theme, History, Significance, and QuotesIn 2024, Ramadan will begin on March 11 only if the crescent moon is sighted in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and other Muslim-majority nations on the evening of March 10 which is the 29th day of Sha’ban 1445 Hijri. If there is no sight of the Ramadan crescent on 10 March after Salat al-Maghrib, the moon sighting committee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will announce March 12, Tuesday to be the first day of Ramadan.The timing for iftar varies each day depending on the sunset. Hence Muslims need to keep track of the iftar start times to ensure they break their fast at the appropriate moment. In India, iftar start times differ slightly from one region to another due to variations in sunset times. National Science Day 2024: Theme, History, Significance & Activities Of the Day(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

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Victor Osimhen: Chelsea FC told to pay £113m release clause in full amid Arsenal fear

Napoli will demand the full £113million release clause in any sale for Chelsea target Victor Osimhen this summer. Chelsea are searching for a new striker, and Osimhen is among the prime candidates being considered. Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli’s president, admitted yesterday he “cannot stop” the Nigerian from leaving, but he is regarded as one of the toughest negotiators and will not accept even £1m less than the full clause agreed in a contract signed in December. Chelsea will find it challenging to spend such a sum, especially if they fail to qualify for Europe for the second consecutive season, with a centre-back and left-back also being targeted. The Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules will force Chelsea to tread carefully but claims they must sell £100m worth of players by June 30 to avoid PSR sanctions have been denied. This is despite registering a post-June 30 loss of more than £200m in the club’s previous accounts — from June to June of the 2021/22 season — with allowable losses of up to £105m over a three-year period to keep within PSR rules. Player sales should be able to fulfil any shortfall to sign a striker, which is Chelsea’s top priority after poor finishing again proved costly in the Carabao Cup final defeat. Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal could compete for Osimhen’s signature. Arsenal are weighing up a variety of attackers as they continue their title charge, but PSG seem fully committed to challenging Chelsea. The French giants see Osimhen as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, who is joining Real Madrid. They wanted to keep Mbappe but will now save roughly €200m (£171m) by getting the highest-paid player in Europe off their books. PSG have beaten Chelsea to several players in recent seasons, including Achraf Hakimi and Manuel Ugarte, partly due to their ability to offer higher wages. Chelsea have alternative attacking targets, with Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Brighton’s Evan Ferguson also admired. Former Blues midfielder Mikel John Obi, who knows Osimhen, is trying to convince the 25-year-old to join Chelsea to emulate his idol Didier Drogba. “I keep sending him text messages, calling him and making sure he joins Chelsea,” Mikel said. “I know he loves Chelsea, but other clubs want to sign him. Didier [Drogba] is also speaking to him, and we’ve been telling him why we love the club. “It’s a huge transfer fee, but it would be fantastic if we could get him. You saw in the [Carabao Cup] final we lack someone who can finish and score goals, like Erling Haaland. I believe there will be talks at the end of the season, and I hope he joins Chelsea.”

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Sam Reinhart scores 2 to reach 40 goals, Panthers beat Canadiens 4-3 in shootout

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sam Reinhart scored twice and became the fourth player in Florida franchise history to reach 40 goals as the Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night. Reinhart snapped an eight-game goal drought with his two-goal effort, and reached the milestone on his second score at the 13:05 mark of the third period that tied the game at 3. In the shootout, Reinhart failed to score for Florida, and Montreal’s Jesse Ylonen and Nick Suzuki failed to convert before the Panthers closed out the win with scores by Aleksander Barkov and Anton Lundell. Barkov also scored in regulation for the Panthers, who became the second team in the NHL — after the New York Rangers — to hit the 40-win mark. Anthony Stolarz made 28 saves for Florida (40-16-4), which is tied with the Boston Bruins (35-12-14) for the most points in the league at 84. “You feel it. Especially when you’re are 19, 29, or 39,” Reinhart said of his drought. “We have been doing a lot of good things, a lot of them have come on the power play and we’ve been moving it around and finding the open guy, so we’ve been sharing the wealth recently.” Suzuki, Juraj Slafkovsky and Alex Newhook scored in regulation for the Canadiens, and Cole Caufield connected in the shootout. Samuel Montembeault made 32 saves. The Canadiens became the first team to score more than two goals on the Panthers since Jan. 19, when Minnesota beat Florida 6-4. “That Florida team is one of the best teams in the league,” Montreal coach Martin St. Louis said. “There is a lot to learn with their game, and we’re not as far along as they are, but we’re trying to grab stuff from any team in the league that does things better than us at this stage. But I thought we matched them pretty well tonight.” Florida’s 14-game streak of not allowing more than two goals was tied for the longest this season, and the Panthers went 14-0-2 in the run. “You look at (Matthew Tkachuk), Barkov, Reinhart, they’re all out there for a reason,” Stolarz said of his team’s defense. “They play well on both ends of the ice. They know when the time comes to get back, they’re always going to be back and they’re also pretty good at putting the puck in the net, so it’s always nice having them out there.” Slafkovsky snapped a four-game point drought with his goal. Stolarz and Montreal defenseman Kaiden Guhle both played in their 100th career game. UP NEXT Canadiens: Visit Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Panthers: Visit Detroit on Saturday. Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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