Archive for June, 2012

Breaking News – CNN Makes Oops

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

For everyone waiting to hear the landmark decisions…

Obamacare struck down, no wait, it’s upheld!

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Workplace Bullying – From Kids?

June 22nd, 2012 Comments off

I wish I could say that this story is unbelievable, but unfortunately it is real, and the workplace bullying a 68-year-old woman had to endure was as well.

Luckily social media played a part in bringing this too light.


Emotional, widespread reaction to harassment of 68-year-old bus monitor

By Greg Botelho, CNN

(CNN) — Karen Klein is likely not the first face that comes to mind when you think of a poster child for bullying.

Yet there she was, sitting in the back of Bus 784 as it rolled through the streets of Greece, New York, on Monday afternoon. Four middle school boys barraged her with verbal abuse, jabbing her about her weight, attacking her family and chuckling as they made violent and graphic threats. Except for a few even-keeled retorts, the 68-year-old bus monitor brushed sweat from her brow and remained quiet, peering up front and out her window seemingly waiting for her hellish ride to end.

Her suffering may have gone unnoticed, had not one of the young teenagers posted a 10-minute video of the harassment on YouTube.

By Wednesday, police were interviewing Klein and her alleged verbal abusers. And by the next day, as the video began going viral, she had become a cause celebre.

Her torment became a prism through which total strangers, the world round, characterized her experience as symbolic of everything wrong with modern-day parenting, children and more. Beyond anger, some expressed sadness for the seemingly defenseless older woman who, they felt, bravely suffered the slings and arrows flung at her for no good reason at all.

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Overseas Travel Security – Euro 2012

June 13th, 2012 Comments off

It’s evident that brawling has become a part of international soccer tournaments regardless of the security put in place.  I really enjoy the competitive atmosphere of international play and would attend an event if the opportunity presented itself, but would I take children or my parents?  Probably not.

Riots can quickly escalate at these events and unsuspecting and/or people that are not participating can quickly find themselves being targeted – journalists, volunteer stewards and innocent fans have all been victims of violence at Euro 2012.

Understanding security for overseas travelers can definitely assist with preventative medicine and keep you away from potential hotspots, but with rolling riots and brawls, extra attention definitely is required to recognize potential issues before they even happen.

Throwing Water & Slapping – Political Workplace Violence

June 8th, 2012 Comments off

There was a very disturbing example of workplace violence caught on a Greek television show this week that had one politician lose his temper and attack two rival politicians – both women.   There is now a warrant for the attackers arrest.  He used a glass of water to throw at the politician that was out of reach, and then began slapping the politician sat closest to him.

During terminations, it is suggested that objects that can be picked up and thrown or used as weapons should be removed from the area, but I don’t think anyone would have guessed politicians in a TV debate would become violent.


Greek politician throws glass of water, slaps opponent on talk show

By CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — The Greek prosecutor’s office issued a warrant Thursday for the arrest of a well-known politician videotaped throwing a glass of water at a colleague and slapping another.

Ilias Kasidiaris of Greece’s far-right party Golden Dawn caused a national uproar with his actions during a popular morning television talk show. Police are looking for Kasidiaris, also the party’s spokesman, but no arrest has been reported.

Kasidiaris and other candidates appeared on ANT1 TV to discuss the June 17 elections.

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Workplace insurance fraud a real risk, says expert

June 7th, 2012 Comments off

Article by 20/20 Canadian Manufacturing & Exporters’ Magazine

A worker breaks his back roofing, gets hospitalized for three months, and is off work from his manufacturing job for a year. His neighbour, a long-time acquaintance, lets slip he is working under the table for cash, while at the same time receiving workplace injury benefits.

As his employer – who is obviously concerned about the overall productivity of your operations – what would you do?

Desmond Taljaard makes it his mission to provide companies with the answer. As vice president of corporate investigations and security services with AFI International, Taljaard oversees internal investigations into workers’ compensation issues. Much of his work involves investigating the validity of claims and working with employers to see if there is fraudulent activity or workplace injury fraud.

“I would define it as someone feigning an injury in order to gain benefit when they are not entitled to that benefit,” says Taljaard, who estimates there could be as much as $100 million spent each year investigating potentially fraudulent claims in Ontario.

And while many cases do turn out to be fabricated, Taljaard adds that a high percentage end up being legitimate claims. “Someone will be hit by a forklift. Someone will hurt their back.”

When an incident occurs, certain red flags start to jump out. For example, complaints of pain may not match the case, or colleagues may see a supposedly injured employee out and about. Investigations, however, have made even easier by a growing culture of connectedness and social media. Public profiles like Facebook are much less intrusive than surveillance.

“People freely post ‘broke 90 today on the links’ as their status update,” says Taljaard, a former policeman and detective. “Colleagues know each other better than human resources or employers in most cases, and they’re the ones who feel the pressure of a lost employee.”

And when these cases are caught, there are consequences.

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Bus Driver’s Reaction Saves Lives Despite Injuries

June 5th, 2012 Comments off

Back in March I blogged about a school bus driver that was worthy of the hero label, and I’ve come across another hero bus driver.  Sadly though this hero later died of his injuries, but his actions most certainly saved the lives of passengers – it’s quite incredible to watch how he instinctively reacted given the injury he sustained.

Hats off to Mr. Wu Bin.

Bus driver honored for saving lives, while losing his own

Hong Kong (CNN) — Chinese officials have formally honored a bus driver for saving the lives of 24 people when he managed to stop the bus after being struck by a piece of flying sheet metal that came crashing through his windshield.

Wu Bin, the 48-year-old bus driver, collapsed shortly after pulling over. He died on Friday, three days after the accident in Zhejiang province, eastern China.

On Tuesday, the Zhejiang provincial government awarded Wu the title of “Provincial Labor Model”, according to a statement from the government office.

Local officials said all citizens should learn from Wu’s selfless act.

Similarly, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions awarded Wu the “May 1st Labor Medal,” one of the highest honors for Chinese workers.

But officials aren’t the only ones praising Wu for his actions.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended his funeral Tuesday morning, a staff member at the Hangzhou Funeral Home told CNN. People began showing up at 5 a.m. for the 8 a.m. funeral , the staff member said.

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