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Poll: 6 In 10 Black Americans Say They've Been Unfairly Stopped By Police

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 08:00

A third of black Americans say they avoid calling the police when in need because of fear of discrimination. And nearly half say they or a family member have been treated unfairly by the courts.

Kenya election: Kenyatta re-elected in disputed poll

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 07:47
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is re-elected in a repeat poll boycotted by the opposition.

Trump's Former Foreign Policy Adviser Pleads Guilty To Lying To The FBI

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 07:28

George Papadopoulos lied to FBI agents about meeting a professor with Russian ties who had promised to provide "dirt" on Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho says striker is 'untouchable'

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 07:19
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku should be "untouchable" from fans' criticism, says manager Jose Mourinho.

Zach Miller: Chicago Bears tight end 'could lose leg' after dislocating knee

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 06:56
Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller could lose his leg after suffering a dislocated knee on Sunday, doctors fear.

Kenya Declares President Kenyatta Winner Of Disputed Election

NPR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 06:55

President Uhuru Kenyatta received more than 90 percent of the vote in an election that has sparked violence and rekindled the deep tribal divisions that mark politics in Kenya.

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Women's Super League: Harding hat-trick & other great goals

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 06:46
Liverpool's Natasha Harding is our star performer for her hat-trick against Sunderland in the best goals and highlights from week four of the Women's Super League.

HR is not there to be your friend. It’s there to protect the company

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2017-10-30 06:23
When Susan Fowler found herself on the receiving end of inappropriate chats from her male manager, she documented the exchange and reported him to the company’s human resource department. Fowler, who was at the time an engineer at Uber, thought they would handle the situation. Instead, she was told to either find another team or remain in her current position and risk getting a negative performance review from that manager later on. This was the first in a series of disappointing interactions that Fowler had with the company’s human resource department. After she left the company, Fowler wrote a widely shared blog about her experience, which triggered an internal investigation and eventually led to the firing of more than 20 employees. It also raised important questions about the way that human resources departments deal with issues like sexual harassment and discrimination. What role should HR play at a company? And why did Uber’s HR department do nothing to protect Fowler? Turns out, the role of HR was never to protect employees. Their number one priority was always to protect the company. It just so happens that sometimes the two align. From keeping unions out to being compliance cop Human resources departments started in the early 1900s when companies were trying to figure out how to reduce turnover and maximize performance through new compensation systems. The HR staff would conduct exit interviews and collect grievances about issues that caused companies to lose employees or led to unionization efforts. "By the 1930s human resources started to become and be seen as advocates for employees and the reason for that, frankly, was because companies were trying to keep unions out,” explained Peter Cappelli, professor of management at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Center for Human Resources. “The idea of being able to tell people at the top of the company: ‘Hey, the workers are unhappy about this’ really mattered because they cared whether workers were unhappy because they thought they might unionize otherwise. In that period, HR developed this kind of reputation as being the workers' advocate and that's probably true up to 1970.” Then in the 1980s, union membership began to drop off and companies no longer wanted to hear about what people wanted. They had other things to worry about — like making sure that they were complying with all of the new worker protection laws that were being passed. "By that period, HR's mandate kind of shifted to protecting the company,” said Cappelli. The main task for HR was — how do we stay out of trouble with the government? “In those periods, we started to see HR becoming much more of the compliance cop and trying to make people behave on issues of sexual harassment, discrimination, those sort of things," he explained. And while the main mandate was to protect the company, sometimes that also meant protecting employees — like if they were being discriminated against by their line manager or harassed. In this case, HR would want to interfere to protect the employee from their manager in order to prevent a potential lawsuit. This is also why a lot of the sexual harassment claims in the workplace end up being settled, instead of going to court. Typically, such settlements come with a non-disclosure agreement, which ends up protecting the company’s reputation. Should you trust HR? While employees should not think of HR as an employee advocate, there should be an expectation that HR would take employee complaints seriously, according to Cappelli. “When someone is breaking the law, the expectation should be that they are not going to blow you off,” he said. "They are the company's representative. They are protecting the company. In some cases that means taking what you say really seriously." However, not everyone trusts HR to handle these types of situations — especially not if they have had an experience similar to Fowler’s.   “I desperately wanted to not have to interact with HR ever again,” Fowler wrote in her blog. While 61 percent of employees believe that trust between employees and management is important, just 33 percent are actually satisfied with their relationship, according to the 2017 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. Uber does not deny that its HR department failed in its handling of Fowler’s complaints. “As I dug into several issues in Susan's blog, it was very clear to me that she wasn't well-served by the HR team,” Liane Hornsey, who joined Uber as chief human resources officer just weeks before Fowler’s blog was published, told the Associated Press. Afterwards, Uber held 200 listening sessions with its employees. Yet most complaints that echoed Fowler’s did not come up during those. Instead, they were submitted over the anonymous “integrity” hotline set-up by the company. Related Uber's newest executive says its 'managers haven't been set up for success' For companies, bad reputations come at a cost Investors want robust HR ... to protect their investment Hornsey told the AP that the HR team at Uber was “inadequate numerically” and that junior employees were “given too much to do without enough guidance.” “What happens is in a startup that is super successful, that is absolutely the business end just growing, growing. Often the processes and the support functions get left behind,” she said. Uber is an example of how not to do things when it comes to HR, said Raffaella Sadun, a professor at Harvard Business School who focuses on strategy, management and organizational change. According to her, many founders think they can do everything themselves and have a tendency not to delegate even as the company grows. "Making that shift is not easy because it goes against the primal instinct of the founders, in majority of the cases," explained Sadun. That might be why Uber did not hire its first official head of HR until 2014. By then, the company already had around 500 employees, according to Recode. Uber employees who spoke with Recode said that Travis Kalanick, the founder and then-CEO, believe HR’s job was “largely to recruit talent and also efficiently let go of personnel when needed.” Kalanick is not the only one to think like this. While investors are concerned about compliance with anti-discrimination and equal employment opportunity regulations, their main concern is whether the company they are investing in has the right talent to be competitive, said Bill Filip, who advises investors as a co-founder and managing director of Delancey Street Partners. “If you do not have a strategic and thoughtful HR capability I think you're at much bigger risk of literally being uncompetitive or irrelevant in your market space,” he said. “I honestly think that the companies are winning today are winning because they understand that they have to have the best talent. I know that sounds really trite but it is absolutely true and there's so many great market examples of that.” Investors should insist on robust HR departments at startups because many modern entrepreneurs have never worked for big companies and as a result “never learned this stuff,” said Cappelli. "It's fair to say that the kind of people that start companies, typically are people who don't know much about management,” Cappelli said. "Then you start seeing companies like Uber where they think it's perfectly normal to fondle people in the office and do shots as part of company meetings," he added. Related Yes, those sexual harassment training videos are terrible Companies looking for legal cover make harassment prevention programs big business

A French chef has urged Scottish schools to serve snails

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 06:08
Fred Berkmiller argues that snails and fish heads should be served instead of chicken nuggets and chips.

Forgotten history: The black missionaries of Colwyn Bay

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 06:04
How a Welsh seaside town hosted an institute for African students, including Nelson Mandela's mentor.

Kim Wall death: Danish inventor Madsen admits dismembering journalist

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 06:01
Peter Madsen says he dismembered the Swedish journalist aboard his submarine but denies killing her.

Why is the internet so sick?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2017-10-30 06:00
This week Facebook, Google and Twitter are set to appear in front of Congress. All three companies have admitted Russian entities bought ads on their sites in an effort to skew the U.S. presidential vote. That's just one symptom among many that has led the Mozilla Foundation to warn that the internet has become dangerously sick. The foundation is currently soliciting feedback on the first version of its annual Internet Health Report, which looks at things like the web’s openness, inclusivity and safety. Ahead of this year's MozFest in London, Mark Surman, the Mozilla Foundation's executive director, joined us to explain what symptoms the internet has been showing. Below is an edited transcript. Mark Surman: You know elections are manipulated by the nature of the internet. Global trade wars are actually playing out on the internet. The EU just fined Google 2.4 billion euros just basically on a trade issue and an anti-trust issue. So we're at a spot where we kind of feel like we've lost control of this thing and maybe it's taking us in a direction that we don't like. Anu Anand: The internet in other words has been infected by the problems that we all suffer. Surman: You know you put the world on the internet, you get the world's problems on the internet. Related Your internet data may be up for sale How social media brought political propaganda into the 21st century Anand: So what kinds of changes do we need to see? Surman: We actually need to take our agency back, as consumers, as citizens, and say we actually want to have some say over how this works, because we've really given that over to the tech companies. I do also think there is a role for governments in looking at where there's consolidation of power. Outside of China, for the rest of the world, there are five big tech companies who really run everything. And I think we're really getting to a place — and that's what the EU is calling at — where there's such concentration of power that we have to look at does that break up, and do we need that to open markets, which I think we do. Anand: Now you talk about people taking back agency. Here's my iPhone. The previous one dropped down the toilet. I can tell you that made me feel very very free indeed. What can I do with this thing that gives me more control? Surman: Well, I think there are two layers of it. One is just personally making choices that keep your information safe. But the other is actually I think we do need a social movement around these issues. So in the same way it took people waking up in the '70s and '80s and saying the environment matters — maybe you don't see it, but we want green products, we want regulation. So [we need to] be demanding of the tech companies who serve us and ask [our] governments to do the same.

Surfing in Iceland's breaking waves

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:55
Heidar Logi is one of a small group of surfers who brave the freezing waters of Iceland.

Is your phone listening in? Your stories

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:52
Facebook has denied using audio to target ads, but many people think it can happen.

Expat tax burden could shift

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:41
Americans overseas pay income taxes both in the U.S. and in the countries where they work. Now lawmakers could lighten the burden for individuals. As the tax overhaul is drafted in Washington, a range of complaints about expat taxes will be considered.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

CCTV footage of York stolen taxi in a 100mph police chase

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:39
Luke Kilminster was sentenced after he admitted stealing a taxi from outside York railway station.

Northern Ireland: Jamie Ward, Aaron Hughes & Paddy McNair in World Cup play-off squad

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:36
Fit-again Jamie Ward, Aaron Hughes and Paddy McNair have been recalled to the Northern Ireland squad for the World Cup play-off against Switzerland.

Parachute trial: Wife 'asked did you try to bump me off?'

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:35
Victoria Cilliers made the "tongue in cheek" remark to her husband after a home gas leak, a court hears.

South Ribble council restricts number of dogs allowed per person in public

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:29
South Ribble Council says anybody in control of more than four dogs in one of its parks faces a £100 fine.

Online dating couple 'plotted bombing'

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:06
When arrested in December, Mr Mohammed had two of the three elements of explosives, the jury heard.