Archive | February, 2014

Private company given contract to harass the long-term sick

9 Feb

Mike Sivier's blog

The Department for Work and Pensions is setting up a new “service” offering “advice” to people who are off work with an illness for more than four weeks.

No reference is made to improving people’s health.

It should also be noted that sickness absence in the UK is among the lowest in Europe, and has halved over the past decade.

The announcement was made on the BBC News website shortly after midnight. Nothing has appeared on the Government’s own website so it seems the Corporation has gone back to being Westminster’s poodle again – breaking news for the government in order to give spin doctors time to assess the reaction and then write a press release that is more acceptable to the public.

The Health and Work Service will be a privately-run operation covering England, Wales and Scotland, offering “non-compulsory” medical assessments and “treatment plans”. This is reminiscent of the…

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Ferrer dévoile tout (ou presque)

6 Feb

Tennis Trotteur

David Ferrer est l’ambassadeur de Gillette Fusion ProGlide en Espagne. A l’entame du Masters 1000 de Madrid, le numéro 4 mondial a profité d’une séance photo avec le magazine XL Semanal pour se laisser aller à quelques confidences. Extraits choisis.


« Mon but cette saison est de rester parmi les 8 meilleurs joueurs du monde pour disputer les World Tour Finals de Londres »


« C’est sûr que les tournois mixtes (comme Madrid) favorisent les rapprochements entre joueurs et joueuses. Je crois que Dimitrov sort avec une d’entre elles mais je ne pourrai pas vous dire laquelle… »


« Rafael Nadal m’a beaucoup aidé à m’améliorer en tant que joueur. Sur quels aspects ? Sa concentration, sa rage de vaincre et son sens du sacrifice. C’est un plaisir de pouvoir apprendre de lui ».


« A 31 ans, je vis le meilleur moment de ma carrière. L’envie est toujours là…

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