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May
12

Serious concerns over delays at the EAT

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employers worried about the increasing numbers of employees taking theirgrievances to employment tribunals now have more cause for concern. It is nowtaking an average of 18 months for a case to be heard at the EAT in London,from a waiting time of about five or six months two years ago. Stephen Levinson, solicitor at KLegal, said “There are six courts atthe EAT but one is in darkness practically every day. The problem is that thejudges may be allocated to the EAT but it does not mean that they are actuallysitting there.” And the problem may be about to get worse as an expected increase intribunal appeals have not even come through yet. An official at the EAT admitted there are problems associated with the shortageof appointed judges. He told employers’ Law, “At the moment we haveproblems getting the judiciary in place. We are not getting enough as we usedtoo. Even if we had six judges, they are not always here and we have no controlover who is available. There is also the problem of increasing caseloads.” Comments are closed. Serious concerns over delays at the EATOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

May
3

Riecken’s Dreams To Encourage Family Savings Becoming Reality

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Riecken’s Dreams To Encourage Family Savings Becoming RealityINDIANAPOLIS – Efforts by State Rep. Gail Riecken (D-Evansville) to encourage more Hoosiers to save money began to bear fruit on April 1, when a group of Indiana credit unions started offering a new program that encourages savings and offers prizes.Spurred by a state law (House Enrolled Act 1235) that Riecken authored in 2014, the Indiana Credit Union League and 12 credit unions across the state have joined forces on a program called Save to Win. By making a $25 deposit, members at these credit unions will be entered into drawings that will enable them to win cash prizes throughout the year.Among those participating in the program are three Evansville-area institutions: the Evansville Federal Credit Union, the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, and the Sterling United Federal Credit Union.“This legislation started with discussions that I had with constituents about their concerns that they don’t have the chance to save money like they should,” Riecken said. “In many cases, people must pursue high-interest loans to pay for everyday emergencies like plumbing problems at home or fixing your car.“The key was trying to find a way that encourages people to get savings accounts that can help them when they must face unexpected expenses or have a sudden drop in their income,” she continued. “The effort to find an answer drew support from a large bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in both the Indiana House and Senate. The result was HEA 1235, and now people across Indiana will have the chance to take part in this program.”Riecken said one of the key benefits to the program is that once people open a savings account, they can never lose their account balances or the interest they accrue, and they can have a chance to win more money while they learn to save.“What I like the most about this is that it helps encourage people to save money, and learn to budget,” Riecken said. “Even better, you learn there are benefits for saving. It is always a delight to see an idea that started with constituents become reality, with major benefits coming as a result.”last_img read more

Apr
21

Dried fruit pricing

first_imgCoconut: Prices this year have continued to climb steadily and recently settled around 25% higher than at the start of this year.Raisins: The vine fruit markets have been experiencing something approaching meltdown over the past two months. Total crop has been downsized by over 20% and the rains during harvest have affected Turkey’s capacity for optimal production. In California prices are now extremely firm.Sultanas: Turkey has seen a major reversal of its view on its new crop as well as its subsequent and predictable price increases. Despite very hot temperatures, Iran appears to have produced a good total crop of around 150,000mts and China’s crop of around 50-60,000mts is largely sold out.Currants: Greek currant prices are firming. Although there was a negligible carry-over from the 2009-10 season, the good news is that the new crop should be around 30,000mts, meaning that future currant pricing shouldn’t be too much higher than at present.Apricots: Prices are currently some 35% higher than those at the start of 2010. Earlier frosts had caused considerable damage and appear to have reduced total production to 25,000mts, plus or minus lower than worldwide demand requires.Prunes: With reduced Chilean and Argentinean crops this year, and with prices on prunes looking extremely attractive comparatively against other tree fruits, it seems difficult to imagine prune pricing going anywhere other than north.l Based on information supplied by ingredients supplier RM Curtislast_img read more

Apr
20

Press release: Regulator appoints interim manager to grant-making charity

first_img Email [email protected] The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to Bhaarat Welfare Trust (1077821), a Leicester based charity with objects to promote the Hindu culture and religion. It carries these out by making grants, primarily overseas. The appointment was made due to continued concerns over the financial management of the charity.The Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity in January 2017 to examine serious concerns over the financial management of the charity, including the trustees’ failure to evidence a significant amount of charitable expenditure overseas. In order to protect charitable funds, the Commission froze the charity’s bank accounts.Despite receiving regulatory advice and guidance over a number of years, the trustees were unable to demonstrate that the charity has appropriate financial controls and the necessary due diligence checks.The Commission therefore exercised its legal powers to appoint an interim manager to the charity on 9 May 2019. Finbarr O’Connell of Smith & Williamson LLP has the powers and duties of the trustees of the charity, to the exclusion of the charity’s trustees. His tasks will include: reviewing the charity’s financial controls and overseas payments, in particular evidence of how the funds were applied, and securing charity property by taking control of the charity’s assets.The Commission’s inquiry continues.EndsNotes to Editors Press office Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787 The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. For more information see the about us page on GOV.UK Section 76(3)(g) of the Charities Act 2011 gives the Commission power to appoint interim managers to a charity. It is the Charity Commission’s policy, after it has concluded an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries are available on GOV.UK Interim managers are appointed to take over the running of a charity where the Commission has identified misconduct or mismanagement, or there is a need to protect the charity’s property. It is a temporary and protective measure.last_img read more

Mar
2

North Coast Music Festival Unveils 2017 Initial Lineup

first_imgOver its eight-year existence, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival has become one of the summer’s elite festivals, with a built-in local base that brings in thousands of people from all over the country. And while the overall musical diversity of the fest has expanded over the years to include a myriad of genres, co-producers/promoters Silver Wrapper, React Presents, Cold Grums and Metronome have stayed true to their core demographic in securing a mixture of top talent from the electronic, jam, and hip-hop scenes. Set to take place from Friday, September 1 to Sunday, September 3, 2017, this year’s NCMF looks to be the best yet.Friday’s festivities will see back-to-back performances from Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz, with another headlining set from Gucci Mane. Also performing on Friday are Bonobo (Live), Lil Dicky, Lettuce, and BADBADNOTGOOD. Another surprise guest will be announced at later date, along with The Russ Liquid Test, Harrison Brome, Websterx, Akenya, and Chicago’s resident laidback DJ Edamame.On Saturday, reggae prodigy Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, instrumental electronic rock ensemble Sound Tribe Sector Nine, and champion of Chipotle and wild bass heaters Carnage will close out the evening in extraordinary style and spectacle. Day 2 will also see live sets from Big Boi, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Manic Focus with his accompanying live band. Attendees can also look forward to  Paul Malone, Don Diablo, Tank and the Bangas, A Tribe Called Red, Whethan, Spafford, SunSquabi, London On Da The Track, Goldfish, Saint Wknd, and Carlile.Finally, eclectic alt-rock heroes Ween, iconic electronic composer Tipper, and a soon to be announced “special surprise headliner” will close out the weekend on Sunday. Day 3 will also be graced by performances from Skepta, Hippie Sabotage, and three more surprise guests. Other acts include Destructo, The Cool Kids, Elephante, Electric Guest, Late Night Radio, Vallis Alps, Kasbo, and Chicago’s own Rich Jones.North Coast’s five surprise artists, painters for the heralded Live Graffiti Area and DJ lineup for the Silent Disco and the House Dome will be revealed over the coming weeks. More information can be found on the festival website. See below for the full announcement:[Photo by Phierce Photo]last_img read more

Jan
17

Bare-root transplants

first_imgIt harkens back to another era, but you can still buy vegetable transplants that have bare roots. Your local feed and seed may still carry them, particularly if you live in a rural area.Bare-root transplants are field-grown, bundled with 25 to 50 plants per bundle and then are sometimes wrapped with moist peat moss in Kraft paper.Bare-root plants can be an inexpensive and environmentally friendly method of growing your vegetable garden. You will receive many more plants for a lot less money than tray-grown plants. They are also better for the environment because there are no plastic containers to dispose of.These plants may even do better than tray-grown transplants. Because they were field grown, they are already hardened.The number of vegetables that can be successfully produced this way may surprise you. Years ago there was a considerable industry in south Georgia of bare-root produced transplants that were shipped north along the East Coast.One of the most common bare-root transplants are onions. In particular, Vidalia onion growers produce their own on-farm transplants.Many of the brassicas (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, mustard, radishes, rutabagas and turnips) are particularly suited to being handled in this fashion. They tend to have a waxy coating on their leaves so they are less prone to water stress that can result with bare-root transplants.If you find these plants at your local feed and seed or garden center, give them a try. Check to make sure the plants aren’t too wilted or dried out.Have your garden ready for planting before purchasing these plants. If you can’t plant them right away, rewet the roots and keep them in a cool location. But don’t hold them for more than a day or so before getting them in the ground.Plant bare-root transplants as you would tray-grown plants. Be sure to water them in, and watch them grow.Even if you lose a few plants, there are so many in a bundle that it’s well worth the loss. You’ll be amazed at how well the plants perform in your vegetable garden.last_img read more

Nov
18

CDC scales back school-closure advice

first_img Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at a CDC media briefing today that the guidance was developed in close collaboration with the Department of Education. It seeks to balance the importance of school attendance with the safety and security of students, she said. The new recommendations are based on a new understanding of disease severity, which is now seen as less than originally thought and appears to be more in line with that of seasonal influenza, the CDC said today in its guidance. However, the CDC’s recommendations allow for local flexibility, particularly when many student and faculty absences interfere with school functioning. Some jurisdictions—including Minnesota and the Seattle—recently revised their school closure policies to reflect the new strain’s apparent similarity to seasonal flu. And yesterday, Richard Besser, MD, acting CDC director, hinted at a media briefing that the CDC might change its recommendation. The number of school closures as of today is relatively small, the Department of Education said today on its blog—726 of the nation’s more than 100,000 schools. “Still, this has been a significant disruption for hundreds of thousands of students at those schools, their families, teachers and school leaders,” the department said. “Following CDC’s guidance, those schools may reopen as soon as possible, and most of those students will be able to return to class.” Gershon said the CDC has been consulting appropriately with clinicians and local public health officials, checking supplies of drugs and masks, and evaluating possible disruptions from closing schools and canceling events. “Officials are appropriately weighing the benefits and costs,” she asserted. Noting that influenza is unpredictable, she continued, “When you are facing a possible pandemic, you cannot set the course from day one—you have to revise and reassess your strategy at every turn, just as CDC has done. Given the notorious history of influenza, the initial response has to be appropriate for what could be a worst case.” The rationale for softening the school-closure guidance was that the previous policies weren’t practical or effective because the virus is already circulating widely in the community and because many people with mild illnesses aren’t seeing their doctors or being diagnosed with the new strain. IDSA supports CDC responseThe Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) today praised the CDC’s overall response to the swine flu epidemic, including its guidance on school closings, and defended the agency from criticism. “Hopefully, this will alleviate some of the burden on workers and parents,” Sebelius said. However, she added that changing the school closure recommendations isn’t an indication that health officials know what course the novel virus will take. “There are aggressive efforts underway to learn more,” she said. Isolating sick kids, relieving closure burdensAccording to the updated guidance, students, faculty, and staff who have influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) should stay home, except for seeking medical care, for at least 7 days, even if symptoms have already resolved. Those who appear ill at the beginning of or during the school day should be isolated and sent home. In a statement, IDSA President Anne Gershon, MD, said, “We are hearing some Monday-morning quarterbacking about whether it was right to raise alarms, close schools, and gear into pandemic mode. But the Infectious Diseases Society of America thinks the . . . CDC has been correct in ramping up the nation’s response—and it’s equally appropriate that CDC is re-evaluating some of the guidance as we learn more about the current behavior of this novel virus.” May 4 CIDRAP News story “CDC, states weigh usefulness of school closures” “Revisions in recommendations are an indication that aswe learn more about the behavior of the virus and its evolutionary changes, we are successfully coping with it,” she added. “Changes in our approach are unavoidable, necessary, and should be expected when we use science to drive our response.” May 5, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today revised its novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) guidance for schools, urging schools and parents to identify and isolate sick children rather than close schools when cases are identified or suspected. See also: May 5 HHS press release The initial guidance, issued May 1, advised schools with confirmed or suspected cases to close for up to 14 days, depending on the scope and severity of illness.last_img read more

Oct
20

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sept. 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionState has a double standard on vapingGov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Democrats are the biggest hypocrites I know.How come electronic-flavored cigarettes are being banned, yet when it comes to marijuana Democrats want it legalized.The smoke from marijuana is inhaled and is harmful to people’s lungs, just like what we are told about e-flavored cigarettes.Also, the purchase of marijuana supports drug cartels, while the purchase of e-flavored cigarettes benefits legitimate businesses.Stop the double-standard of demonizing the vaping industry and its smokers but promoting marijuana.Mark BrockbankRotterdamCuomo, Democrats are taking our rightsGov. Andrew Cuomo overstepped his authority on his red flag law.Anyone can make allegations about your mental state, but without documented proof and a court order, no one can seize your firearms.If the allegation is a lie, that’s called perjury which means jail time. Every rod and gun club has to join this fight.Why does a licensed hunter or a pistol permit holder have to wait 30 days to buy a firearm or ammo, when the criminal can buy them in 10 minutes?Who is Cuomo hurting — the law-abiding citizen. If disaster strikes, you might survive the disaster, but will you and your family survive the looters who rape, steal and kill because you have no defense?Cuomo and his Democratic Assembly and Senate are working on your emotions. Don’t blame the shooter, blame the gun. Don’t blame the drug dealer for some kid’s death, blame the user for the overdose or blame it all on Trump.They’re trying to unseat our president and get our guns. Every state or city under Democratic control has high crime. Why? To invoke more laws against law-abiding citizens. The Department of Justice has to get involved in these states that defy the president and the people of the United States.New York should be first to stop a revolt, which is soon to come.Claude Rizzicone, Jr.SchenectadyPeople in detention centers need help tooI’m glad to see that the Schenectady Maple Avenue Animal Shelter received a big donation to expand facilities for the care and comfort of helpless, lost cats and kittens.It’s wonderful.I hope we are also concerned with improving the living conditions of the detention camps that house the helpless, lost migrant adults and children in our country.Ultimately, we should work towards getting them out and reunited with family.Meanwhile, we need to insist on more humane conditions while they are being held in these places.A good organization that has been working for migrant rights for 30 years or more is located at the Texas border and does various tasks to help these victims of poverty, violence and oppression.  It’s called Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).I know that most of us are compassionate and generous and want to do what we can whenever we see suffering among animals and people. There is so much need in so many places.But I hope some of you reading this will be interested enough to look into this or other organizations that are helping these people in concrete and effective ways.The website for this proven organization is www.raicestexas.org.Terri RobenGlenville Grateful for joy from going apple pickingFor 8 years my granddaughter and I were involved in the horse world.In the fall we would go to the apple orchard and pick such beautiful apples and then go straight to the stables.When a horse bit into the apple with a big crunch, juice would squirt every which way. What fun. It was $5 to enter the orchard. It’s a bargain from the horse’s mouth.Thank you, Mr. Apple Farmer, for all your hard work. You and your apples are the best.Jana HarrisSchenectadyKids on bikes should always wear helmetsOnce again (I think this is the third time) I’m writing to point out the picture in the local section of the child learning to ride a bike. He is young, very cute but he is riding a bike without wearing a helmet. One of my biggest pet peeves is anyone riding a bike without a helmet but especially a child clearly under the age of 14. It is against the law in the first place and the caption says the child is learning to ride. Really? Please don’t publish photos of children riding bikes without helmets. Furthermore, adults need to make sure kids wear helmets. There are organizations that will provide helmets for free. A brain injury is serious.Christine FeeneyNiskayunaLess reading of GPS, more watching signsI think the main reason so many trucks get stuck under the Glenville-Clifton Park railroad bridge is because the drivers are following their GPS and not paying any attention to road signs.Linnea D’AndreaRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Oct
20

Off-on centre

first_imgRetailing in Chester faces its biggest challenge yet. With competition from out-of-town centres at Trafford Park and Cheshire Oaks taking its toll, and a further 27,900 sq m (300,000 sq ft) of retail warehousing planned for nearby Broughton, the city needs to get its act together.However, plans for a 23,225 sq m (250,000 sq ft) extension to the Chester retail mix have hit the buffers, with agents saying they can’t predict when the development will take place.The storm revolves around the city’s 7,400 sq m (80,000 sq ft) Forum shopping centre, anchored by Liverpool retailer TJ Hughes. After difficulties and delays, it was announced last October that Chester City Council had stepped in to take the lead on plans to redevelop the Forum centre. This marks the most recent stage in long-running attempts to improve one of the crowded city centre’s few developable sites.Protecting Chester’s retail core The council’s move follows landlord Scottish Widows’ decision to withdraw a planning application to extend the Forum centre. The application had suffered months of delay after the government decided to call it in for review.Simple arithmetic explains the collapse of Scottish Widows’ plans. The company’s hopes for a 23,225 sq m (250,000 sq ft) extension to the Forum, including a department store, simply did not add up. No one element is to blame, say sources close to the landlord; it simply did not work, however often they tried to make the sums balance.The collapse of extension plans, which would have used council-owned land behind the Forum – currently a bus station and market – along with additional Scottish Widows property, has been greeted with disappointment by local observers. They saw the Forum extension as an essential part of Chester’s fight against competing centres.Simon Bolton, partner at Chester agent Bolton Birch, says: ‘It’s important to Chester that the Forum gets redeveloped, because there is a need to confirm the vitality of the city centre in the face of so many threats from outside.’ Donaldsons, which has been advising the council, agrees that the city faces threats from beyond its borders. In 1995, it published a report that demonstrated that the city needed to react to protect its retail core.Paul Ellis, a partner at Donaldsons, says: ‘The council aims to create a more mixed-use scheme, which will not only reinforce the city’s retail offer but also broaden the range of users – particularly those aimed at the evening economy – and enhance the city’s overall vitality and viability.’ That is going to mean more residential, more leisure, and less retail – even if retail remains the scheme’s anchor. The council is already looking at creating a masterplan for the entire area and intends to launch a design competition.A spokesperson for Scottish Widows says: ‘We hope we have the opportunity to work with the council in moving redevelopment of the area forward.’ According to Ellis, almost everything remains to be agreed. The new scheme will be more than 9,300 sq m (100,000 sq ft). How much more, no one can say. It will involve either the city council and Scottish Widows or another party or a joint venture partner. And it will start on site at some unknown date.Additional unavoidable complications are provided by the site itself. Hedged by historic buildings and roads, it is neither as large nor as flexible as anyone would like.The limbo does not leave locals feeling confident that Chester has its defences in place to fight out-of-town threats such as the Trafford Centre and Cheshire Oaks.Local agent Simon Bolton says: ‘The plans now seem to be on hold and, in the meantime, market conditions are changing. I think the new scheme will happen but it may be a separate development and not an extension. That would be a shame because the city needs the extension to be integral to the Forum. I think everyone in the city thinks that.’ The coming months will either resolve or reaffirm local fears that the Forum saga is far from a solution.last_img read more

Oct
19

Energy, utility companies cut costs to survive slumping demand

first_imgIn contrast to falling fuel demand, national LPG consumption was showing an upward trend of around 1.3 percent, Haris added.“The biggest contributor is household LPG consumption, which increased by 3 to 4 percent since the government’s work-from-home policy was enacted,” Haris said.Haris said the company was also taking steps to reduce its cost by increasing its operational efficiency, including by digitizing the fuel purchasing system for its customers.“After the pandemic, we need to have a new method of work, new technology and new cost standards in order to maintain our competitiveness,” he said.Similarly, Surabaya-based power producer PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB) is taking far-reaching steps to reduce its operational costs as electricity demand falls.State-owned electricity firm and PT PJB’s parent company PLN has projected that electricity demand will be 9.7 percent below the initial target, as emergency measures imposed by the government to halt the spread of COVID-19 had paralyzed many business activities.With falling demand, PLN’s revenue is expected to reach Rp 257 trillion (US$17.2 billion) this year, 14.7 percent below the initial target of Rp 301 trillion.To make up for the revenue decline, PT PJB will use cheaper, low-quality coal to fuel its power plants to cut operational costs, according to the company’s president director Iwan Agung.The company is aiming to reduce its annual cost by Rp73.3 billion starting from 2020, through changing its fuel into low-grade 4,000kCal/kg coal from the previous higher calorie coal of 4,500kCal/kg.“We have to revise our strategic initiatives and focus on increasing our efficiency to wither the COVID-19 crisis,” Iwan said during the discussion.“Even though the low-calorie coal could cause our energy production capacity to decline, it’s still acceptable, since we are facing oversupply of electricity on the island of Java,” he added.PT PJB is also developing its asset management services by launching a “franchising system,” where the company aims to increase its cost efficiency by centralizing its maintenance and management units.Currently, PT PJB has 32 maintenance units that are located in each power plant under PJB’s management. Iwan projected that the new system could reduce the overall cost by 20 percent, as no more expert staff would be needed at each power plant.Topics : State-owned energy and utility companies are taking measures to cut expenditure and diversify their businesses to survive while the COVID-19 pandemic is battering demand.With large scale social restrictions (PSBB) in place in major cities, businesses and industries have shut operations and subsequently reduced energy consumption.Fuel distributor PT Elnusa Petrofin, a subsidiary of state-owned energy services provider PT Elnusa, has shifted its business to liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage service as its main revenue source, due to slumping demand for fuel. “As fuel consumption falls, the fuel distribution volume also decreases, and it affects our revenue,” Elnusa Petrofin’s president director Haris Syahrudin said during a discussion held by marketing firm MarkPlus on Tuesday.According to the company’s data, fuel consumption in major cities has fallen by 54 percent from the normal rate as of late March due to the government’s PSBB order.The company also projects that Indonesia’s national real fuel consumption will fall to 45 million kiloliters in 2020, down from 75 million kl last year.Facing such conditions, Haris said the company was relying on LPG storage management services as a new source of revenue, with a storage terminal in North Sulawesi as the operation center.last_img read more