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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article GuruOn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s guruMaternityrules apply in House, but not at homeTheGovernment is making strenuous efforts to get new mothers to retain links withtheir employers and return to work after maternity leave. It’s an issue whichhas been very close to home.Healthminister Yvette Cooper was the first to go on maternity leave earlier thisyear. GordonBrown’s encouragement of this practice will probably be a bit muted over thecoming months.SarahBrown, the Chancellor’s wife, who is expecting a baby in February, is toabandon her high-flying PR career to raise their child.Shebecomes one of the official figures that suggests that despite improvements inmaternity leave and pay, the number of working-age women opting for economicinactivity is increasing. Babytalk can’t win the caseGuru has been inundated with examples of outrageous tribunal applicationssince he called on disciples to tell him their worst experiences.Thefavourite so far is from a female HR manager whose educational organisationunfortunately had to make an employee redundant. Theyfollowed all the correct procedures, but were notified three months later thatthe former member of staff had lodged a tribunal application for unfairdismissal on the grounds of sexual discrimination.Theemployer was baffled until the applicant explained that her last day of servicewas the first day of a new pregnancy – strangely, the application didn’tprogress.Hownot to get ahead in HRDiscipleshave also been helping Guru to while away the hours with their top five ways tofail in HR. Hethinks the following list is sure to have you working as a freelance interim inweeks.1Launch a compulsory, team-building programme based on theatre skills2Constantly criticise a member of the HR team to the point where they breakdown, resign, claim constructive dismissal on discriminatory grounds and win asix-figure compensation payout3Attend all available HR conferences, especially those held abroad or on ships,to the extent that even the MD realises you’re never in4Set up a working group to specify, select and implement a new HRIS.5Commission a professionally designed logo for the HR team, incorporating thewords “best asset management”.Ofcourse, none of Guru’s readers would fall into these traps. Got any more toavoid?Aircrew ready for bake-offFlightcrew working for Kendell Airlines in Australia are making their owncontribution towards maintaining the quality of service to passengers after thecompany’s catering budget was slashed in the wake of 11 September.Pilotsand flight attendants have responded by making their own home-made in-flightrefreshments.Blueberry,chocolate, banana and apple cinnamon muffins are being baked and served oninternal flights between Albury-Wodonga and Sydney.Allsix flight captains, four first officers and five flight attendants havecontributed in some way.Guruis impressed with their loyalty and dedication to service, but hopes that thepilots restrict their baking to times when they are not sidetracked bydistractions such as take-offs and landings. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Management is key as pay gap keeps growing


first_imgEarly warning signs show the pay gap between low and high earners is toincrease, making people management, rather than pay, key to recruiting andretaining workers of the future. Trends in the financial sector are widely believed to be an indicator ofchanges across the economy. Last week, salary and bonus packages paid tospecialist UK-based bankers were higher than their US counterparts for thefirst time in 20 years. According to Napier Scott’s annual Salary and Bonus Awards Survey, the bigpay-offs mean there is an increasing gap between remuneration for high-fliers,known as ‘Rainmakers’, and lesser performers. Economists fear that other sectors will follow suit, leaving a growingdisparity between the top and the bottom. John Philpott, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment, said: “People management will become more important as peopletake a more sophisticated approach to reward, including work-life balance andworking conditions,” Management is key as pay gap keeps growingOn 6 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Precautionary measures for a new fishery on Martialia hyadesi (Cephalopoda, Ommastrephidae) in the Scotia Sea: an ecological approach


first_imgIn anticipation of the development of a new fishery for the ommastrephid squid Martialia hyadesi in the Scotia Sea, this paper presents a revision of annual consumption of the species by higher predators and provides a brief review of information about the life cycle and distribution of the species obtained from research fishing and commercial catches. This species is eaten by seals, whales and seabirds, the latter being the most reliable source of consumption data because comprehensive sampling can be carried out during their breeding seasons. A conservative estimate for total annual consumption of M. hyadesi by higher predators in the Scotia Sea is 245 000 tonnes, with an upper estimate of 550 000 tonnes if less reliable data are included. M. hyadesi spawns between autumn and mid-summer with peak hatching in winter/spring. Its life span has not been established. Data from the CCAMLR Convention Area suggest that M. hyadesi may live for two years, but this may vary. In common with other ommastrephids, the species is probably semelparous. It is proposed that the timing and catches of the fishery should be highly conservative and set taking into account the timing of breeding and consumption rates of the most sensitive of the dependent species. Most Antarctic predators which have been studied consume relatively small and immature specimens of M. hyadesi. Fishing for M. hyadesi after the chick-rearing period of the most sensitive predator (grey-headed albatross) would minimise competition locally and ensure that the fishery only exploited the stock after escapement from most higher predator species. It would also allow seabird predation of the stock to be monitored prior to the fishing season as a way of assessing numbers of pre-recruits. Closing the fishery before recruitment of the next generation of squid would ensure availability of prey to higher predators during the following chick-rearing period. Preliminary data from a squid jigger which undertook research fishing around South Georgia in June 1996 provided the basis for determining realistic potential catch rates.last_img read more

Property portals heavily criticised for allowing ‘No DSS’ rental listings


first_imgHome » News » Property portals heavily criticised for allowing ‘No DSS’ rental listings previous nextRegulation & LawProperty portals heavily criticised for allowing ‘No DSS’ rental listingsResearch by Shelter and the National Housing Federation used Zoopla listings to discover that 10% of them featured ‘discriminatory’ requirements.Nigel Lewis8th November 201801,585 Views An example of the kind of adverts targeted by the NHF/Shelter is this flat for rent above an estate agency in Birmingham, a one-bedroom apartment apparently above its own branch. The UK’s leading property portals are facilitating the potentially illegal advertising of homes to rent by allowing letting agents to stipulate ‘no DSS’ or ‘no benefits’ within their listings.This claim is made today jointly by charity Shelter and the National Housing Federation (NHF), which says that one in ten rental properties advertised on Zoopla are explicitly discriminating against people who rely on housing benefit.The joint report looked at 86,000 listings on Zoopla and found that 8,710 excluded those by specifying ‘no DSS or ‘no housing benefit’ applicants.The NHF claims there are 1.4 million people in the UK who receive benefits but cannot access social housing and turn to the private sector to rent a home.Because women and those with disabilities are over represented within this group, excluding them as rental applicants is “likely to violate the 2010 Equality Act”, the NHF says.Property portalsShelter and the NHF used Zoopla’s listings to make their point, but say they found many other discriminatory adverts on other major portals and larger agencies’ websites including Rightmove, SpareRoom.com and OpenRent.“Zoopla supports the recommendations of the National Landlords Association and the Residents Landlords Association, which have advocated that landlords do not impose blanket bans against tenants on benefits,” says a Zoopla spokesperson.“Zoopla is aware of a small number of rental listings on its websites that fit into this category and Zoopla will write to all of its member agents to recommend that they follow the NLA and RLA guidance.”Some areas of the UK are worse than others, the NHF/Shelter report highlights. North Cumbria has the highest proportion of adverts that say ‘No DSS’ at 59% while neighbour West Cumbria has 38% and Gloucester 35%.“This research shows that blatant discrimination against people on housing benefit is widespread. Landlords and letting agents are pushing people towards homelessness and could be breaking equality law.” Says Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the NHF (left).“It is beyond me why property portals are permitting these adverts. They’re sending the message that they’re ok discriminating against someone, simply because they’re on benefits. This has to change.”The Negotiator also approached Rightmove for comment but at time of publishing, only received a response from Zoopla. OpenRent declined to comment.NO DSS Rightmove openrent benefit claimants SpareRoom Zoopla November 8, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Calendar of Events


first_imgWednesday, January 4thFundraiser5:30 PM – 7:00 PMCommissioner Shoulders Inauguration CelebrationLocation: Acropolis – 501 N Green River Road – Evansville, IN$50 per person.  $500 Gold Sponsorship – $1,000 Platinum SponsorshipRSVP at [email protected] or (812) 202-9384 Tuesday,February 28thFundraiserTBDJonathan Weaver for City Council Annual Mardi-Gras FundraiserLocation: TBD FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

DENUNZIO, ANNETTE J.


first_imgA celebration of the life of Annette J. DeNunzio, 77, of Secaucus, formerly of Jersey City, will be held Thursday, Aug. 24, 6 to 9 p.m. at La Reggia Restaurant, Meadowlands Plaza Hotel, 40 Wood Ave, Secaucus. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Aug. 1. Born and raised in the Marion Section of Jersey City, Annette moved to Secaucus in 1977 when the Harmon Cove community was first built. Annette attended Dickinson High School and was a strutter for the high school band. She was an administrative secretary for the Jersey City Board of Education. Annette enjoyed taking courses on cooking and won various awards over the years. An avid beachgoer, Annette became a part time resident of Pompano Beach, Fla. with her longtime companion, James Appello.She was the wife of the late Vincent G. DeNunzio; mother of Christopher DeNunzio and wife Mary; grandmother of Vincent John and Nico James DeNunzio; sister of Maria Glowacki and husband Richard and the late Angela Scafidi and her husband John (living); daughter of the late James De Filippo and Mary (nee LaBate). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). Cremation was held privately and entrusted to Riotto Funeral Home and Cremation Company, Jersey City (201) 798-3100.last_img read more

Council Moves to Repeal Funding in Failed $9 Million Land Deal


first_imgA now-closed Chevrolet auto dealership at 16th Street and Simpson Avenue is the centerpiece of a nearly block of land the city sought to acquire. By Donald WittkowskiCity Council took the first step Thursday night toward formally withdrawing from a $9 million property deal that was halted by a petition drive organized by a local taxpayer group.In a 7-0 vote, Council introduced an ordinance to repeal a funding package that it had approved in September to buy the nearly block of property bordered by Simpson and Haven avenues between 16th and 17th streets. The site includes a now-closed Chevrolet dealership.A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance are scheduled for Nov. 27 at a special Council meeting. Final approval of the measure would kill the funding, but city officials indicated there may be a possibility of sitting down with the property owners within the next few weeks to renegotiate the deal at a lower price.“We’re in uncharted territory,” Council President Peter Madden said in an interview after Thursday’s meeting. “We haven’t been faced with this before. We’ll do the best we can with what we have.”Madden said Council would look to Mayor Jay Gillian and his administration to come up with a plan that could “potentially” salvage the deal.Brothers Jerry and Harry Klause, the property owners, have thus far stuck to their asking price of $9 million.“The mayor and Council will consider ideas. But the city has no power to reduce the price. Only the Klauses do,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said.City Council introduces an ordinance to repeal the funding for the $9 million land deal and is scheduled to take a final vote on Nov. 27.The city entered into a tentative agreement with the Klauses to buy the land for $9 million, but the government watchdog group Fairness In Taxes objected to the price, arguing that it is grossly higher than what the property is worth.FIT, in turn, organized a petition drive to force a public referendum on the deal. The petition drive halted the property sale, leading Council to introduce the ordinance that would repeal the funding if it is given final approval.Gillian and City Council have stated the property deal would be a benefit for the community. They have discussed the possibility of preserving the land for open space or using it as the site for a new police station.The alternative could be 29 coastal cottages, a type of densely packed housing construction that city officials warn would add to the town’s overdevelopment.“The city’s position is pretty simple: The mayor and Council don’t want to see the property developed with more housing,” Bergen said. “In negotiations, the sellers made their position clear: $9 million or we’ll proceed with plans to develop it at a greater return.”FIT is not opposed to the city buying the land for public use, but believes the $9 million price tag is between $2.5 million and $3 million too high. The organization has disputed the findings of two independent appraisals conducted for the city that valued the land at $8.3 million and $9 million, respectively.In an interview after the Council meeting, Dave Hayes, FIT’s president, expressed hope that the city would bargain with the Klause brothers for a lower price. He wasn’t ready to declare the city’s deal dead.“What we understand is that there are no other deals on the table,” Hayes said of the Klauses’ attempts to sell the land to other parties.The former Chevrolet dealership is part of a tract of land the city wants to protect from housing development.Hayes noted the city has given itself a window – from now until the final Council vote to repeal the funding ordinance on Nov. 27 – to possibly negotiate a new deal with the Klauses.One Ocean City resident, Lee Ann Kampf, said she supports the property deal and urged Council to try to save it. Kampf, a licensed commercial real estate appraiser, argued that the FIT members were “severely misguided” in their belief that the land is not worth $9 million.Kampf, who spoke during the public portion of the Council meeting, said she believes that the majority of Ocean City residents would approve the land deal if it ever came up for a referendum.last_img read more

UK bakery numbers hold firm despite economy


first_imgThe number of UK bakery manufacturers and retail bakery businesses fell only slightly in the year to 22 March 2010, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The figures, taken from a snapshot of the Inter Departmental Business Register, give details of the turnover, location and age of all UK companies by their VAT classifications.The total number of manufacturers of bread, fresh pastry and cakes fell by 1.56% to 1,885, from 1,915 in March 2009, while the total number of retail bakery businesses fell by only 10 (0.3%) to 3,130, and operated a total of 6,815 units. This contrasts with 2008-2009, where manufacturers grew by 5% and retailers fell by 7%.London contained the highest number of bakery retail businesses, selling bread, cakes, flour confectionery and sugar confectionery, with 420 firms, followed by the north west with 395.The north west contained the highest number of bread, fresh pastry and cakes manufacturers with 250, followed by London with 245. Scotland contained 165, Wales 125, and Northern Ireland 110. The ONS also listed 220 manufacturers of rusks, biscuits, preserved pastry goods and cakes.The north west also housed the highest number of bakery retail outlets with 860 units, compared with 775 in London and 340 in the north east. Scotland had 800 outlets, Wales 320, and Northern Ireland 260.The highest proportion of both bakery retail businesses and fresh bakery manufacturers had a turnover of £100-£249k, while only 25 retail businesses and 95 manufacturers achieved a turnover of £5m plus.The majority of bakery retail businesses (1,560) had been around for 10 years or more, with 415 less than two years old, while 1,555 manufacturers were 10 years old or more. The data is based on firms that turn over more than £67,000, which must register for VAT.last_img read more

Yonder Mountain String Band Teams Up With Fruition For Augusta Jammer [Gallery]


first_imgOn Thursday night, Yonder Mountain String Band kicked off their fall tour with Fruition in Augusta, GA to create a jam-grass double bill for the ages. The two bands descended on Sky City with a few tricks up their sleeve. Fruition opened the night with a a great set that featured a three-song guest appearance from Yonder’s fiddle player Allie Kral, and Yonder closed the show with a two-hour set that saw the band firing on all cylinders, busting out their cover of Phish‘s “Scent of a Mule” towards the end of the set.See below for setlists from both bands from this awesome night of bluegrass in Augusta!Yonder Mountain String Band 10/6/16 Setlist:Eat In Go Deaf, Black Sheep > Punk, Jail Song, Around You, Love Before You Can’t, Fingerprint, Town, Bad Taste, Dancing in the Moonlight, Boots > Angel, Hole, Scent of a Mule, Amie, Travelin Prayer,Deep Pockets, Traffic Jam * > * New Dusty > Traffic Jam*Fruition 10/6/16 Setlist:Can’t Stop, Blue, Whip. To Band, Little, Way That I Do, Santa Fe, There She, Fallin, Should Be, Mountain Ann, The Meaning, Southern, Beside You, Don’t Mind^, Boil^, Above, Labor^ with Allie Kral[Photo Gallery courtesy of Hank Wharton] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

This Week’s Picks: The Tony Awards, Something Rotten! & More


first_imgHop Aboard HeisenbergBegins June 3 at Manhattan Theatre ClubThe new drama from Curious Incident playwright Simon Stephens looks at what unfurls when the beautiful Clare (Tony winner Mary Louise-Parker) kisses a much-older man (Denis Arndt) on the neck at a London train station. In real life, if Mary-Louise Parker barely nodded in our general direction, our eyes would roll around like slot machines before we blacked out. Thankfully, you can expect a more layered, thoughtful approach here. Click for tickets! Bring Something Rotten! HomeAvailable June 2The glow of success—one that only multiple Tony nominations can provide—envelops Something Rotten! (Translation: it may be a smidge difficult to get a ticket.) Fear not, friends and enemies of Shakespeare! The original cast recording comes out today, so you can belt along to Christian Borle, Brian D’Arcy and the rest of the terribly talented cast. Maybe you’ll be inspired to create a whole new theater genre. (Hey, it wouldn’t be the first time.) Watch Marius Storm MidtownJune 1 at 54 BelowAfter you’ve battled through your weekly case of the Mondays, reward yourself with something beyond a hot bath and quiet sobbing. Les Miz and Peter Pan Live! star Chris McCarrell makes his 54 Below solo debut! What can we expect? “Anything and everything from Top 40 to unplugged folk songs to new takes on Sondheim… and even some audience interaction and special Broadway guests.” Tearful tub time can wait until next week. Click for tickets! View Comments Hey, you, storing your clothes in the refrigerator! We know you’re hot, but really now. You ever try washing French dressing out of your work clothes? There are ways to distract yourself from the heat. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered, though not literally. There’s a Les Miz star’s solo show, Mary-Louise Parker starring in a new play and…oh right, THE FREAKIN’ TONYS! Check out this week’s picks below. See the Emcee Host His Own ShowBegins June 2 at Cafe CarlyleYeah, we also miss seeing Alan Cumming onstage every night in Cabaret, but that gives the versatile performer time for other projects—including a new concert. Through June 13, our favorite Scottish import that isn’t an alcoholic beverage performs Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. Give Cumming credit for launching a show right before co-hosting the Tonys. That is some downright wunderbar multi-tasking. Click for tickets! Tune In to the Tony Awards!June 7 on CBSFootball fans have the Super Bowl. Movie buffs have the Oscars. Tonight, you beautiful Broadway babies, is yours as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming host the Tonys! So assemble your tastiest snacks and most profitable office pools! Unleash your snark and unleash your Twitter fingers from their holsters! Bask in the talent, savor the speeches, and revel in the knowledge that what the rest of America covets is in your backyard.last_img read more