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“COPY” Projects Save this picture!© Invisible Gentleman+ 19 Share 4 Najuda / Atelier BaseSave this projectSave4 Najuda / Atelier Base 4 Najuda / Atelier Base ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/243637/4-najuda-atelier-base Clipboard CopyHouses•Lisbon, Portugal “COPY” 2012 Area: 70 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Portugal ArchDaily Year: Photographs: Invisible GentlemanText description provided by the architects. This project is very special to us. First, because the client is special – enjoys architecture, understands our proposals and modifications, and above all, is enthusiastic with the project as much as we are! The project builds: the spatial reorganization so as not to enter directly into the living-room, changing the entrance to walking through space, inside the kitchen space. Save this picture!© Invisible GentlemanThe adequacy of the minimum standards of hygiene for the current parameters – increasing the area of the bathroom, endowing it with shower area, sink and natural light ventilation. The maintenance of the facade elements, in materials with higher thermal efficiency. Save this picture!existing planThe correction of light through saturated color in the most interior spaces of the house – the kitchen and bathroom. The possibility of changing the spaces through sliding doors in translucent polycarbonate, which adds to the house a greater diversity of ways of inhabit.Save this picture!© Invisible GentlemanProject gallerySee allShow lessRichard Meier Retrospective Exhibition in Mexico CityArticles’CoExistence’ Badel Block Proposal / PlaCArticles Share Photographs Architects: Atelier Base Area Area of this architecture project Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/243637/4-najuda-atelier-base Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAtelier BaseOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasLisbonRefurbishment3D ModelingPortugalPublished on June 14, 2012Cite: “4 Najuda / Atelier Base” 14 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
10 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. For the third year running Comic Relief is hoping supporters will Turn The Web Red to help promote its online fundraising Web site. For the third year running Comic Relief is hoping supporters will Turn The Web Red to help promote its online fundraising Web site. According to New Media Age, the charity wants this to be “the biggest online marketing push in the UK” to date. But then, New Media Age did also announce that the Comic Relief Web site was “introducing online donations for the first time.” We wonder how they think Comic Relief achieved the £30,000 it raised online in 1997 and the £330,000 it raised online in 1999… Advertisement Howard Lake | 6 March 2001 | News Comic Relief aiming for biggest online marketing push AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire July 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murder attempts against three journalists, a fourth beaten unconscious January 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific News News Reporters Without Borders condemns an escalation in violence against journalists in the past few weeks including three murder attempts (two in Bajaur, in the Tribal Areas, and one in Hyderabad) and a severe beating in Hyderabad.“Aside from the duty of the security forces to protect journalists, it is vital that armed groups, especially the Taliban insurgents, put an immediate stop to their threats and attacks on the media. The influence of Pakistan’s TV stations is such that their provincial correspondents have become favourite targets. TV station owners must quickly find ways to give their employees better protection.”The home of Din New TV reporter Imran Khan in Bajaur was the target of a Taliban grenade attack on 7 July that injured eight members of his family including his mother. Khan himself is living in a secret location for security reasons. It was the second attack against him. He and his sister were hospitalised a few days earlier following a kidnap attempt. Khan’s father, Muhammad Ibrahim, who was also a journalist, was fatally shot on 22 May 2008 as he was returning from interviewing a local Taliban chief.Aged 24, Khan told Reporters Without Borders: “The Taliban have repeatedly threatened me, telling me I will be eliminated. This attack was not a surprise and I am steadily losing hope that I will survive this threat. I can envisage moving to Afghanistan because I have no way of protecting myself and my family here.”Sarfraz Wistro, the chief reporter of the Daily Ibrat newspaper, was attacked and beaten unconscious by five men at about 2 a.m. on 22 July near his home Hyderabad, in the southeastern province of Sindh. Although they took his mobile phone and 12,000 rupees (140 dollars) in cash, Wistro is convinced the attack was linked to his work as a journalist.Three days later, gunmen opened fire on a Geo News vehicle at Hyderabad, hitting reporter Anwar Kamal in the left arm. “The five gunmen fired on our vehicle from both sides of the street,” Kamal told Reporters Without Borders. “No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but it could have come from people who don’t like our reports. We are seeing a dangerous trend for journalists to be directly targeted.”Relations between privately-owned Geo News and the central government have deteriorated as a result of the station’s coverage of alleged corruption involving President Asif Ali Zardari. Representatives of the Sindh provincial government visited Kamal in hospital and promised to “pursue the assailants.”The home of journalist Zafarullah Banori in Bajaur was the target of a grenade attack on 26 July but Banori, who works for ARY One World TV and Al Jazeera was not there, having recently moved to Peshawar because he felt he was in danger because of his journalistic work.Deewa Radio reporter Irfanullah Jan and print media journalist Anwarullah Khan received threatening letters from the Taliban last month. The letters wanted them to “take care in their work” and added that “there will be strict actions if you do not behave.”Pakistan currently ranks with Mexico as the world’s two most dangerous countries for journalists. Taliban leader Mollah Mohammad Omar is on the 2010 Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom (http://en.rsf.org/predator-mullah-mohammad-omar,37284.html). to go further Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News
Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” (Photo credits: AFP) News December 16, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more May 11, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mounting deadly danger for journalists in Iraq News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News News Raed Al-Joubouri was found dead in his home in the Qadissiyah district of east Baghdad on 5 May. He had been shot several times, including once in the heart. The circumstances of his death are still unclear but his father told the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) he thought his son’s death was premeditated and organized.Employed by the newspaper Azzaman and the host of a business programme on Al Rasheed TV, Joubouri was a critic of Iraqi politics and feared for his life, to the point that he had given those close to him a list of contacts to be alerted if anything happened to him, JFO director Ziad Ajili said.Thaer Alali, 56, the editor of the local newspaper Rai’ al Nas, was murdered by Islamic State in the northern city of Mosul on 26 April, 20 days after being abducted while making phone calls in a café in the city’s Al-Dawasa district. According to the JFO, he was the second journalist to be publicly executed by Islamic State this year, following Sama Mosul TV correspondent Qais Talal, 27, who was abducted in June 2014 and executed on 18 February.“The situation in Iraq is extremely difficult for media personnel,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said, condemning the persecution of journalists.“The murders of journalists must stop, and the perpetrators and masterminds of these war crimes must be held accountable. We call on the Iraqi authorities to conduct an investigation in order to identify those responsible for these murders, especially the latest, Raed Al-Joubouri’s.”Reporters Without Borders is also deeply saddened by journalist Ammar Al-Shahbander’s death on 2 May in Baghdad. The chief of mission in Iraq for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) was killed by a car bomb that left a total of 17 people dead and badly injured his colleague, Imad Al-Sharaa. Al-Masar TV journalist Majed Al Rabi’i died in a Baghdad hospital on 6 May of injuries received on 29 April while travelling with Iraqi government security forces in order to cover clashes between government forces and Islamic State in Garma, a town to the east of Fallujah in Anbar province.Ali-Al Ansary, a journalist with Al Ghadeer, an Iraqi TV station, was killed on 23 January while covering fighting between government security forces and Islamic State in the northern province of Diyala.Reporters Without Borders is asking the United Nations Security Council to refer to the situation in Iraq and Syria, especially the war crimes against journalists, to the International Criminal Court.Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reporters Without Borders is deeply worried by journalist Raed Al-Joubouri’s murder at his Baghdad home last week just days after another journalist, Thaer Alali, was publicly killed after being abducted by Islamic State. The generalized violence and impunity is making the situation of journalists very difficult in Iraq. December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further Organisation
News News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the failure to punish the murder of Zakia Zaki, the director Sada-e-Solh (Peace Radio), exactly one year ago.”Impunity in radio station director’s murder one year ago opens way for new wave of violence against women journalists”, the organisation said. June 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Impunity in radio station director’s murder one year ago opens way for wave of violence against women journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Help by sharing this information News to go further News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” May 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the failure to punish the murder of Zakia Zaki, the director Sada-e-Solh (Peace Radio), exactly one year ago. Her husband tells the organisation there has been no progress in the official investigation, probably because of pressure from those who ordered her murder. Zaki was shot in her home in Jabalussaraj, in the northern province of Parwan, in the early hours of 6 June 2007. “Today we pay tribute to an outstanding woman who was one of the symbols of the renaissance of independent media in Afghanistan,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We support her family’s efforts to keep her memory alive and to demand justice.”The organisation added: “The impunity in this case is outrageous and has paved the way for a new wave of violence against women journalists. More than 15 Afghan women journalists have been attacked, threatened or reduced to silence since her murder. We call for an immediate reaction from the Afghan government.”Zaki’s family, including her husband, Abdul Alah Ranjbar, were today due to inaugurate a culture centre bearing her name in Jabalussaraj in the presence of Afghan and foreign officials. “It is what she wanted and she had begun the work before she was killed,” Ranjbar said. “It was up to me and my family to keep her memory alive. I think that since her murder, women journalists have been afraid and the impunity has helped to scare her colleagues.”Najiba Ayubi, the head of the TKG press group, takes the same view. “The failure to complete the investigation into Zakia Zaki’s death has been the source of a great deal of despair among journalists, especially women journalists,” she said. “Without hope for the future, our lives are marked by fear.”Another woman journalist, Farida Nekzad of the Pajhwok news agency, agreed that journalists had been marked by the murder of Zaki, who was her friend. “When someone is killed and no one is brought to trial and nothing is done to stop the threats and violence, it can happen all over again.”Six suspects were initially arrested after Zaki’s murder but they were released. The security forces have not conducted any serious investigation.Her family and colleagues say those who ordered her murder have sufficient influence to ensure that the investigation goes nowhere. The promises made by the interior minister after her murder have not been kept. The authorities had blamed the Taliban but some of Zaki’s relatives and friends thinks local warlords were responsible.The murder was carried out by at least two men who entered her home and shot her seven times in the presence of her two-year-old son. Zaki, who was also a school principal, like to say that her radio station was “a home for the community’s residents, the only place where they dare to speak freely.” She and her staff had often been threatened by local warlords.The latest woman journalist to be physically attacked in Afghanistan because of her work is Niloufar Habibi, a presenter on Herat TV, a local public television station. Habibi has just been given temporary refuge by the Doha Centre for Media Freedom. “I finally feel I am in a safe place and out of danger,” Habibi said on arriving in Doha. “But I fear for the journalists I work with. Attacks on freedom of expression are on the increase in Afghanistan, especially against women journalists.” RSF_en Organisation Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says March 11, 2021 Find out more
Twitter by Rose Rushe“The legion is here! It’s in the bag” – Duc de Magenta, 1859Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Committee 30th anniversary: Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts Officer ( 2nd left) with poet Vivienne McKechnie, Eileen O’Connor and Marie HackettIT is a fortuitous milestone. 30 years as “a weekend festival organised by readers for readers”, and this Kate O’Brien Weekend is early excitement for City of Culture year.Proper order that funds filtered in to bring the 2014 event to four days and two bases, operating out of 69 O’Connell Street and Lime Tree Theatre.It is also rechristened as The Limerick Literary Festival to reflect status. The line out is mighty: Saturday February 22 alone will see the individual power of husband and wife writers Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn, Irish starpower in Frank McGuinness, Anne Enright and Prix de l’Europe winner Peter Cunningham; Costa Award nominee Selina Guinness, Professor Elaine Fox and our Laureate na nÓG, Siobhan Parkinson.In February last year at the launch in O’Mahony’s Booksellers, City of Culture board members Pat Cox and Bill Whelan were supportive, especially in the light of wife Denise Whelan’s service on the O’Brien committee. In a twist befitting a novel, the Whelans had bought O’Brien’s former Roundstone home a long time ago for respite.The tight committee has hooked Amélie de Mac-Mahon, Duchess of Magenta to launch the 30th celebration on Thursday February 20 (magenta being the colour of Limerick’s Culture designation).Marie Hackett, a French woman herself and key to the Kate O’Brien project for a dozen years, explains the Duchess’ Limerick connection.“Her lineage is fascinating, really. At the time of the Treaty of Limerick 1690, young Catholics found themselves dispossessed of land and many went overseas, to Bordeaux especially. Jean-Baptiste de Mac-Mahon went to Burgundy where he studied medicine and married into the nobility”.Reader, flick forward generations to his grandson General Patrice Maurice de Mac-Mahon becoming third president of France, a great war hero and royalist. “Having distinguished himself in the Battle of Sedan [and Magenta, Italy], Napolean III gave him the title Duke of Magenta”.Forward centuries again to: “The 4th Duke of Magenta came to Limerick in 1992 and University of Limerick gave him an honorary doctorate. It is his wife, Amélie de Mac-Mahon and her son Maurice, the fifth Duke who are coming to Limerick to open this literary festival”.As the venerable General said at the Battle, “The legion is here! It’s in the bag”.Her work is stronger than ever in her 9th decade; Sunday 23, Lime Tree TheatreWhat a coup for this persevering committee, along with literary lions such as Michael Longley. There’s international resonance from Finghin Collins at a Lime Tree Theatre recital and Edna O’Brien introducing her latest on Sunday February 23. She will be in conversation of Mike Murphy who presented RTE television’s ‘The Arts Show’. NewsLiterary lions roar for 30th Kate O BrienBy Rose Rushe – February 6, 2014 754 WhatsApp Facebook Read all about it on www.limerickliteraryfestival.com, source of tickets for host venues. Linkedin Print Email Advertisement Previous articlePavarotti’s great Italian love songsNext articleRob Penney and Simon Mannix to leave Munster Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post
News UpdatesDelhi High Court Vacates Stay Order On Reservation of 80% ICU Beds In 33 Pvt Hospitals For Covid Patients Shreya Agarwal12 Nov 2020 7:37 AMShare This – xA bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramanium Prasad today vacated a stay on an order of Delhi’s AAP Government which had reserved 80% of ICU beds in 33 private hospitals in the capital for Covid-19 patients. The court further directed the Delhi Government to file an affidavit within 3 days and posted the matter to be heard on merit before the Single Judge bench on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramanium Prasad today vacated a stay on an order of Delhi’s AAP Government which had reserved 80% of ICU beds in 33 private hospitals in the capital for Covid-19 patients. The court further directed the Delhi Government to file an affidavit within 3 days and posted the matter to be heard on merit before the Single Judge bench on 26.11.2020, directing the parties not to seek an adjournment on the date. The bench cited the spiralling of Covid-19 cases, with the number standing at 8593 as of Wednesday, while coming down heavily on the government for giving ‘knee-jerk reactions’ and failing to have taken steps in anticipation. Opposing the plea of reservation was the Association of Healthcare Providers, being represented by Sr. Adv. Singh who argued against the reservation policy and raised two major arguments. One, that the policy was putting at risk the lives of non-Covid patients who came to the hospitals seeking emergency treatment and required ICU beds, yet, due to the reservation requirement even vacant ICU beds could not be provided to the non-Covid patients. He claimed that deaths had happened due to such non-availability. Two, that despite ICU beds being available in the Covid side, due to the issue of segregation of the area from the non-Covid side, the beds could not be provided to non-Covid emergency patients. He summarized his argument stating that snatching the facility of an ICU bed from a similarly situated non-Covid patient and handing it over to the Covid patient was in violation of Article 21 of the Constitution, and that “snatching from one category to give to another could not be called augmentation.” He further stated that even without the compulsory reservation requirement, the 33 private hospitals were already providing nearly 60% ICU beds for Covid patients. Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Prasad remarked, “If a patient with a heart attack comes to one of these hospitals, should you deny the Covid ICU bed to the non-Covid ICU bed? You can’t keep an ICU bed in a Covid ward for a non-Covid patient. That works the other way also. If you don’t do proper segregation, you’ll infect everyone.” ASG Jain, on behalf of the Government, said that he was in 100% agreement with the court on this point and later in the hearing suggested that in case such a scenario arose, the “bed will be shifted”. Justice Kohli then expressed her surprise through the remark, “It’s not a chair. It’s a bed with full (ICU) facilities.” In response to the segregation issue, Sr. Adv. Singh interjected stating that, ‘none of these hospitals have segregation facilities for Covid and non-Covid ICU beds’, upon which Justice Kohli asked Singh if she could record this submission, on which Singh stated that ‘generally’ there was no segregation. The court sharply cut him off at that point stating that it didn’t want any general statements, and then asked how many deaths had happened till date in the 33 hospitals of non-Covid emergency patients due to the non-availability of ICU beds, to which Sr. Adv. Singh replied that there was a ‘possibility’. ASG Jain then pointed out that only 75% of the 20% ICU beds for non-Covid patients in these 33 hospitals were infact occupied at present. The Court then decided that the stay on reservation would be vacated. Next Story
Homepage BannerNews SVP issues special appeal for help By News Highland – May 20, 2021 Saint Vincent De Paul received more than 500 calls every day during the first three months of the year from people struggling to makes ends meet.The charity is launching a special appeal for donations as it’s expecting a ‘wave’ of calls for help.It’s also worried that the end of the moratorium on energy disconnections and evictions will cause even more hardship.Donations can be made online, by phone, or by post.Ways to donate:Online: svp.ie and nominate your local areaBy phone: 0818 176 176 (ROI) or 028 9075 0161 (NI) and nominate your local areaBy post: to SVP, PO Box 1234, Dublin 1, cheques made payable to ‘Society of St. Vincent de Paul’ or direct to a regional office, addresses can be found on www.svp.ie.Blue envelopes: Keep an eye out for special blue envelopes that will be in newspapers and churches throughout the country. Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Facebook Google+ Previous articleBones found in Ballybofey are those of an animalNext articleWatch: LOI Preview with Mickey Funston News Highland Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Previous Article Next Article And another thingOn 24 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. When we canvassed company directors’ opinions of HR two years ago, the results were largely favourable. But do employees see HR in the same light Stephanie Macdonald goes undercover to find outFew professions worry about their image as much as those in HR. Even the name comes under constant scrutiny, with perpetual anguish over whether the profession is responsible for “personnel”, “human capital” or “human resources”.HR people are often concerned “to see ourselves as others see us”, but this can be a painful process. And what makes a perfect HR department? One recent survey implied it would be one filled with Dale Winton clones. This camp celebrity was voted “the person most suited for the role of personnel manager” in a survey by HR consultancy People First. Tycoon Richard Branson came second. Of course, such a survey can be seen as lighthearted, but it also points to the underlying tensions in being a HR professional. You and the business may be promoting an image of HR exploiting technology, implementing Intranets and maintaining an objective view of the business and all those in it, but do employees expect you to be empathetic and warm-hearted, maintaining a reassuring presence as an antidote to the age of e-mails and Intranets? And HR people, with the emphasis very much on the “human” side, are needed and wanted, as a parallel survey also run by First People found out. It discovered that employees see the HR department as crucial to an organisation’s success.”Whereas personnel previously ranked alongside finance and IT, battling for the “least-popular department” label, HR today has the support of 97 per cent of employees and is highly rated as integral to a company’s success,” claims director of First People, Gayle Taylor.So it seems that employees want a HR department, but is your department the one they are looking for? Should you be spending more time researching what they want and adjusting accordingly? We asked employees from a variety of businesses what they thought of their HR departments. The results make painful reading.Simon is a line manager for a major manufacturerI meet up with our HR department once a month when it attends a monthly review meeting as part of the executive managers’ team. The purpose is to address tactics and strategy associated with people development. But a representative of the HR team is available on an everyday basis if required. I’d say that on the whole the HR department is easy to contact and helpful. The opinion among other line managers is that the department is very supportive on a case-by-case basis and provides direction. However, problems and misunderstandings do arise, particularly when we get to the big issues. For example, on a strategic basis the policy they set is not always understood in terms of achieving the declared aims.And I have come across cases where the HR department has created unnecessary subsidiary problems, which in themselves are harder to resolve than the problem we started out with. For example, some parts of our redundancy programme have been conducted very clumsily, with individuals who applied for the voluntary scheme having to wait five months before being told that “their applications were unsuccessful, but that they would have to move into another role anyway”. This deviated from the understood process and caused employees a lot of stress.Confidence in the HR department really comes under threat when the junior officers are told to implement a policy which has complex ramifications. Their limited experience prevents them from understanding the subtleties, or unravelling the mess. There seems to be a communication gap between the HR strategists with their big ideas and those at the coal face who have to do the work.Gillian has just retired from a local authority due to a stress-related illnessI lost my original job in a reshuffle but my employer, the local authority, sort of pushed me into continuing to work for it. The job I was offered was a job-share in the personnel department. I was very depressed after losing my original job but the design of the new position made it worse. I was sharing with an ambitious girl who was half my age and who was always away on courses. She was keen to progress, and I don’t blame her, but her studies meant she didn’t work her full complement of days, leaving a backlog of work for me to deal with.Although I was based in the personnel department no one noticed that the job was getting me down, and when I asked for more help I was the butt of some sarcastic comments. My stress levels increased because the physical working environment was terrible – very hot and dusty with the sun pouring through the windows. Every time I asked if we could draw the blinds or open the windows, I felt that I was making myself unpopular. Things came to a head when I had a panic attack at work. I returned after a few days’ leave but then had to leave my desk to be sick.The personnel manager kindly took me home and her attitude towards me changed. She became more helpful and solicitous and encouraged me to take sick leave. While I was away she would visit my house and brought me flowers. However, she then asked me to visit my local authority’s doctor, which I did (although I felt that I was being spied on) and the two decided that I had to see a counsellor. I don’t believe in counselling, as I was brought up to deal with my problems on my own, and I refused.After a further bout of sick leave, with the manager keeping in touch, we reached a mutual decision that I had to go and I took early retirement. The manager was helpful in getting my package sorted out and in explaining the details of my pension. However, if they had acted sooner and noticed that the job-share did not work, I might still be there. Why aren’t personnel departments trained to spot problems before they happen?Mark is a business manager for a finance houseI feel that our HR department has no real power as it needs board-level sign-off for pay. It is not involved with the business and just chases managers with a set of procedures. My impressions were proved correct when I was facing a staff retention crisis. I manage CIMA qualified accountants, a group which is prone to being poached by outside competitors, yet my people had not had a pay rise for two years.They also found out that they were under-paid compared with other departments within the company. I was already under-resourced and faced a mutiny because key people realised they were being underpaid and threatened to leave. When I asked HR to help me keep them, they put the ball back in my court. It didn’t know the going rate for CIMA-qualified staff in our location (even though we have a building full of them) and told me to research salary information. Neither did the HR department understand that CIMA people are continually bombarded with job offers and while I was juggling my job and the research on pay, the main players in my team were threatening to leave.Once I had given HR the information, it took two months for it to come back with revised salaries, which is ridiculous. One of the personnel managers told me that she leaves the building on time because she is efficient. I told her that the rest of us see the department as 9-to-5ers. They think that they are intellectual and strategic; we have nicknamed them the “school room” because they like to implement petty rules.Judy is a call-centre supervisor with a building societyMy employer has some wonderful policies for people juggling family commitments and promotes flexible working, but I wonder why it can’t deal with day-to-day problems. I work part-time and share a lot of responsibilities with another supervisor, but she is very unpopular partly because she brings her complicated home-life (she has young children) and love-life to work (she was married, had a lesbian relationship and has now left that for a man in our building).My staff refused to deal with her because her domestic pressures meant she was acting erratically. I took the issue to our manager, who consulted the personnel department. In my opinion, disciplinary action and formal support were needed, but the answer returned from personnel was “to get back to work”.Their suggestion was that we should bond with a team-building exercise. My poor manager was told to book us all onto a themed weekend. Surely there should be some common ground between us to build the team on, and the differences should be sorted out with both sides putting their point of view? My manager was told that the responsibility “rests on the line manager” but, as he says, he doesn’t really know the procedures. Personnel should get out of its ivory tower and sort this out.Julie works in a head office function for an oil companyThe Intranet means that I don’t have a lot of contact with our personnel department. I think that this has a good side – if I have a query, I can research the answer privately. So, for example, when I was thinking about the life/work implications of becoming pregnant, I was able to look up the policy on maternity leave in privacy. The personnel department has been reduced in numbers and I no longer have a contact in head office – if I want to talk to someone I have to phone an office in Scotland and talk to someone unfamiliar with my situation. This has become relevant to me because I am on maternity leave. I hope I will remember to contact them 21 days before my return date to confirm my intentions, but I would have felt better if there had been someone there who knew me and whom I knew was keeping an eye on my affairs. In this respect I think that the remoteness is a disadvantage. However, I am cynical about HR departments in general because of my experience with a previous employer. We were going through a voluntary redundancy programme and there was little clear information. The staff were emotional because they did not know what was going to happen. When they asked the HR department, they got the reply, “We don’t know what is happening to us either”, and they were emotional too. This attitude was unprofessional.All names have been changed