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first_imgPaulNelson reports from last week’s annual Socpo conference in Brighton.CBIand BCC under fire for opposing family policiesThegeneral secretary of the Transport and Generals Workers’ Union has hit out at employers’bodies’ views on work-life balance policies.BillMorris told delegates that the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce, whichhave opposed legislation introducing family friendly working, were obstacles tosocial progress.TheBCC and the CBI argue that work-life balance proposals outlined in theGovernment’s Work and Parents Green Paper should be introduced voluntarilyrather than enforced by legislation.Morrissaid, “The CBI has, once again, stood as an industrial iceberg opposing everypiece of social reform which aims to improve the lot of working people. “Theyopposed the Social Chapter, the Working Time directive and the minimum wage.“Thisweek at the BCC conference, the CBI won applause when they opposed plans toallow parents to return from leave on a flexible part-time basis, despite thefact that 70 per cent of the population express an interest in work-lifebalance schemes.”Hesays the CBI is being shortsighted by not looking at the business case forwork-life balance. Morrisalso praised the banking sector for taking a lead in work-life balance,highlighting a Lloyds TSB scheme which has reduced absenteeism and increasedproductivity and staff motivation. Headded, “It is, of course, a great cultural leap to introduce a flexible workingprogramme, but addressing work-life balance is not an optional extra, it is asmuch a social as well as an economic imperative.”Gorman’sregret at poor relations with CIPDOutgoingSocpo president Terry Gorman called on his successor Keith Handley during theAGM to improve the society’s relationship with the CIPD.Gormansaid a closer relationship between the organisations would provide greatersupport for all personnel officers and a “more forceful voice” for members.Hedescribed Socpo’s relationship with the CIPD during his year in charge asdisappointing.“Ihad high hopes and two very productive meetings with the CIPD, but therelationship just did not develop. We must also take our share of the blame fornot following the meetings up,” he told delegates.Gormanbelieves the success of the organisations at local level shows they can worktogether, but wants to see this success reflected on a national basis.Aworking group, chaired by Gorman, to implement the society’s membershipexpansion has been set up.Theneed to develop future personnel leaders through the membership expansion wasalso discussed, with Gorman warning that the future of HR in local governmentcould be at risk.Hesaid, “It is our responsibility to develop leaders in HR, because if we do notwe will not have a HR function.”Feedbackfrom the professionPersonnelToday reporter Paul Nelson asked delegates: Do you agree with the expansion ofSocpo’s membership to all personnel officers?JohnStocks, resources cabinet member, Nottinghamshire County Council –“The expansion of our membership is very useful as it means that more personnelofficers will be embraced. It means that more HR brains will work together, forpersonnel and local government this working together can only be a good thing.”PeterGrimshaw, chairman of personnel, Greater Manchester Fire Authority–“Certainly, the move is very positive, the improved channels of communicationwill help personnel share information, opinions and experience on all issuesthat effect the sector. The extension will help reposition the society andimprove its profile on a national level.”DrHenry Daniels, HR manager, Madjabang City Council, South Africa–“I back the move, as it will help to increase the support for the sector at alllevels. It will also give British local government an increased profile on boththe national and international stage.”DawnMurat, personnel services office (training), Fenland District Council–“It is a good idea as long as the criteria is clear. If it is not, it couldcause a problem. The extension means we will have the forum, as we should have,to talk to national government.”JillRothwell, chief personnel officer, London Borough of Harrow–“All members of Socpo are members of the CIPD, so if an individual is going tohave to pay a second fee to Socpo as well as the CIPD then they are going tohave to make the package attractive. I do have slight worries that this mightnot be the case.”HilaryJeanes, head of personnel, Cambridge City Council–“The broadening and sharing of knowledge that the bigger society should bringwill be a great advantage. All personnel officers have the right to thisinformation and it will help increase the development of younger officers.”StevenTraynor, personnel manager, Borough of Pendle–“The move will put local government at the cutting edge of politics and meansthat it will be able to voice its concerns on the big issues that effect us. Itwill also help to focus and make best value a success.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Conference newsOn 3 Apr 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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USCG Cutter Active Changes Command

first_img View post tag: Active USCG Cutter Active Changes Command August 6, 2015 View post tag: Cutter Share this article View post tag: USCG Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Cutter Active Changes Command US Coast Guard Cutter Active received a new commander during a change of command ceremony in Port Angeles Thursday.Vice Adm. Charles Ray, Pacific Area Commander, presided over the ceremony in which Cmdr. Benjamin Berg relieved Cmdr. Phillip Crigler as the commanding officer of the Cutter.Crigler’s next assignment is the Long Range Enforcement Platform Manager at Coast Guard Headquarters.Berg previously served as executive officer of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Midgett.Commissioned in 1965, Active is a 210-foot, diesel powered, helicopter-capable Coast Guard Cutter with a crew of 80. Active’s crew patrols the west coast of the United States, Mexico, and Central America.[mappress mapid=”16612″]Image: USCG Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Command View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: changes View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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Local Sports Training Academy Connects, Gives Back to Community

first_imgGiving back: Coach Britney Stein and participants at a recent RA Academy Field Hockey Clinic come together with their donations of toothpaste, a particular need for the Branches Outreach program in Rio Grande. RA Academy and participants of each clinic make a monetary or tangible donation for a deserving cause (Photos courtesy of RA Academy) By TIM KELLYJill Adamson discovered a secret about her new business not long after it was up and running.“Once we clearly defined our mission statement, we began to meet like-minded people,” said Adamson, who partners with her husband Tom Adamson and Tyrone Rolls on the youth sports venture.  “We began to meet those who were on our same path.”That has made for a frantic few months of start-up activities for the partners, but it certainly is good news for youth sports in Ocean City.Late last year the Adamsons and Rolls founded and launched RA Development Academy, a coaching and training business providing youth sports clinics and leagues, one-on-one and group training in specific sports.RA, for Rolls and Adamson, hosts a wide range of such events for young athletes and local coaches, and will also design and deliver turnkey operations for clients wishing to stage such events.Founders and organizers of RA Academy are (from left) Tyrone Rolls, Jill and Tom Adamson.At the beginning of the startup process, Jill said she wasn’t sure exactly how the menu of services would expand and evolve. One thing she was sure of: community involvement would be essential – to the growth of the venture and to its identity.What she found to be a pleasant surprise, particularly this early in the run, is the community embraced RA in return.For instance, local lacrosse star Emily Culbertson, a former Division 1 player at the College of Holy Cross, near Boston, heard about RA Development’s need for equipment. Culbertson donated a large number of gently used lacrosse sticks to the cause.“We were grateful to receive the equipment and Emily. was pleased they would be repurposed to be used by young players,” Jill said.Such donations are helpful to parents who want their kids to try new sports without the investment in new equipment. “Sometimes kids need to try a couple different sports before they find the one they want to pursue,” Adamson explained, “and this way the parents don’t necessarily need to invest in equipment during that trial phase.”A portion of recently donated field hockey and lacrosse equipment, including a large number of gently used lacrosse sticks donated by former Ocean City High School star Emily Culbertson.Several Ocean City organizations donated the use of facilities for clinics, and the school district collaborated in a number of ways, including facility usage and inclusion in educational programs, Adamson noted.One of the ways they will give back is with the establishment of a scholarship fund to help deserving participants. RA will be jump-starting that initiative with a Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, February 9, from 8 a.m. to 11 at Captain Bob’s Restaurant in Ocean City, 9 E. 55th St. in Ocean City.Participants and their families, friends and the general public are invited to enjoy a fine breakfast for the benefit of the scholarship fund.The following are some of the events and activities already on tap:Indoor Volleyball Clinic for boys and girls, 3rd through 8th Grades. The clinic is ongoing, but there are still openings. Currently, no other volleyball program exists in O.C. for children of this age. The clinics ae held at St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Ave. in Ocean City on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Through March 3. For more information or to register, call Jill at 609-214-2380.Boys and girls Basketball Clinics, also at St. John’s Lutheran on President’s Day, Monday February 17. First through 3rd grades from 9 to 10 a.m., cost $10; 4th through 8th grades, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, cost $20. The clinic will teach skills, conduct drills and games award prizes and place an emphasis on fun. Call Jill to reserves a spot at the number above.Indoor Winter Girls’ Lacrosse Clinic, for 3rd through 8th graders, again at St. John’s. The clinics will focus on conditioning and skills and will take place from 5-6 p.m. Jan 20, 22, 27, and 29; February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 27. Children may attend one, a few, or all of the clinics. Call Jill at the number above for more information.RA Academy co-founder and coach Tom Adamson (right) works with a young player at a recent basketball clinic.RA Academy co-founder and coach Tom Adamson (right) works with a young player at a recent basketball clinic.Plans will soon be announced for the only girls softball program in Ocean City for grades 3rd throuth 8th.  Currently, Ocean City girls in this age bracket must travel out of town to participate in organized softball games and activities.Adamson said she is excited that the softball program for RA Academy will be run by former Ocean City, Penn State and professional softball player Ariana Segish.In another startup milestone, RA Academy launched its new website, which went live earlier this week. Visit them on the web at www.Radevelopmentacademy.com.For more information about any of the RA programs, contact: RA Development Academy, PO Box 793, Ocean City NJ 08226; Phone 609-214-2380; email [email protected]last_img read more

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Spar distributor introduces cookies to thaw-and-serves

first_imgJames Hall & Co has added a new line of cookies to its recently launched thaw and serve food-to-go range.The distributor for Spar in the north of England has created three product varieties in the range, including Belgian chocolate chunk, Belgian triple chocolate chunk and Belgian white chocolate and raspberry. Products in the range, which currently includes muffins and donuts, can be easily thawed in-store and have a shelf-life of up to four days.Stuart Berry, sales and development manager for James Hall’s Fresh Foods, said: “Fresh products, such as the thaw-and-serve range, are what customers want, and have come to expect from their local convenience store. This is a superb range, that comes with a free display stand and point-of-sale material”The new cookies will retail at 79p each.last_img read more

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1,232 Hoosiers with confirmed cases of COVID-19

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 28, 2020 0 307 Facebook Pinterest Previous articleWarnings, citations could be issued in Berrien County to non-essential businessesNext articleElkhart County now under a Travel Watch, only essential travel recommended Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Google+ Google+ Twitter 1,232 Hoosiers with confirmed cases of COVID-19 Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana State Department of Health) The Indiana State Department of Health announced on Saturday, March 28, that 290 additional Hoosiers were diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. That brings to 1,232 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. As many as 31 Hoosiers have died.Locally, St. Joseph County reported 31 confirmed cases, Elkhart County reported 11 confirmed cases, LaPorte County reported 4 confirmed cases, Marshall County reported 3 confirmed cases and Kosciusko County reported 2 confirmed cases.Indiana’s top health official says the state could be a month away from the peak of illnesses from the coronavirus outbreak. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Friday the projected illness peak in Indiana is expected in mid- to late April. She said that projection is based on modeling done by state agencies and how other states have seen the illness spread.To date, 8,407 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 6,936 on Friday.Marion County had the most new cases, at 136, while Lake County had 23 and Johnson County had 10.The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov.The Associated Press contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Farmington cancels annual town meeting

first_imgFARMINGTON – There will be no annual town meeting in Farmington this year.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, proposed expenditures that are slightly less than the current fiscal year’s budget and a lack of pressing, non-budgetary articles, the Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday evening to not hold an annual town meeting, and instead commit taxes based on last year’s budget.As is the case with many towns, Farmington’s March town meeting was postponed due to the pandemic. Crowd size restrictions would make the meeting difficult to hold, Town Manager Richard Davis said Tuesday, noting that options that had been discussed included a drive-in-style event or breaking participants up across multiple rooms. The Budget Committee met earlier this month and unanimously recommended that a town meeting not be held this year.Advice from the Maine Municipal Association indicated that Farmington could commit to last year’s budget, raising the same local assessment. The board has already set a date for taxes to be due, Nov. 5, and the associated interest rates.Farmington’s proposed budget was reduced following the shutdown relating to the pandemic, down to $6.1 million or $770 less than the previous year. Reductions from the previously-proposed $6.5 million were in lines associated with the Farmington Police Department – which included two vacant positions being cut for the first six months of the next fiscal year, Parks and Recreation and Farmington Fire Rescue, although the budget does include funds for two new positions as previously discussed.In other business, the board approved $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for improvements to Franklin Printing, as part of a $1.77 million project. Other sources of funding include a $1.5 million loan and $268,000 invested by the owner.The CDBG funds are expected to create five new jobs over the next 12 to 18 months, on top of the 49 people currently employed at Franklin Printing. The funds will provide for updated software, new equipment and a will allow the commercial printing company to replace an inefficient machine.The board also approved a marijuana business application for Michael MacNeil for an adult use outdoor cultivation facility. MacNeil said at the meeting that he would be selling directly to stores, rather than as a retail operation.The FPD was also authorized to purchase a new drug detection K-9 with $4,500 seized in the process of drug investigations. An officer has also been approved to attend the training program, which costs $800.last_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! On the Twentieth Century, The Last Five Years & More

first_img Star Files See James Barbour Don the MaskBegins February 9 at the Majestic TheatrePlaying the title role in The Phantom of the Opera is a major accomplishment for a Broadway actor. It’s bigger than getting to cut the line at the Times Square Olive Garden and grander than having the Naked Cowboy begging to have your photo taken with him. So congrats to James Barbour (Beauty and the Beast, Carousel), who starts his run as the Phantom, replacing Norm Lewis. Click for tickets! View Comments Welcome a New Gal to Gentleman’s GuideBegins February 10 at the Walter Kerr TheatreLisa O’Hare exits A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and who is replacing her as Sibella? Two-time Olivier nominee Scarlett Strallen. But this isn’t the first time O’Hare and Strallen have played the same role—the stars both played our favorite nanny in London’s Mary Poppins (and Strallen later went on to play the role on Broadway). This is getting weird, though not enough that it will diminish our enjoyment of a great show. Our priorities are in order. Click for tickets! Hey, you, trying to choose the right novelty teddy bear for your significant other. Who cares if you get “Doctor Love” or “Sir Hugsalot”? That thing will be coddled for three seconds before it’s tossed under the bed. There’s a better way to use your time. We have Scarlett Strallen’s arrival to Gentleman’s Guide, the debut of The Last Five Years (the movie!) and Kristin Chenoweth’s return to Broadway. Here comes this week’s picks! Get Enchanted by Cathy & Jamie AgainOpens February 13 in movie theaters and on demandFinally! The movie version of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years took forever to get here. Now that the day has come you may not know what to do. Do you throw party? Get a tattoo? Write a poem? Whatever you it is, don’t forget to actually watch the movie, which stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in a rare instance of musical-to-movie casting that makes total sense. Enjoy a Madcap Twentieth CenturyBegins February 12 at American Airlines TheatreThe mingling of the past and present can get awkward. Have you ever been to a family reunion? Or tried to explain Wi-Fi to your grandma? On Broadway, this co-mingling is most welcome. Here’s a perfect example: Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher tackle the lead roles in the revival of Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s train-bound, frenetic musical comedy On the Twentieth Century. And, yes, take grandma with you! Click for tickets! Celebrate Valentine’s Day Broadway-StyleFebruary 12 at 54 BelowUnless you like Zagat-ignored restaurants and lovestruck couples clogging sidewalks, don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on the actual day. It’s all long lines and frustrated sighs, so love it up early. Head to A Very Broadway Valentine’s Day, which features the Great White Way’s favorite couples celebrating “Broadway romance, on and offstage.” Among the guests: Alysha Umphress, Amy Spanger, and Santino Fontana. Isn’t that romantic—and non-aggravating? Click for tickets! Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

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Coal India Cuts Prices as Stockpiles Grow

first_imgCoal India Cuts Prices as Stockpiles Grow FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Economic Ties of India:Coal India has cut prices of top grades of coal by up to 40% on the back of more than adequate coal production as well as about 58 million tonnes of stock pile. The coal behemoth’s decision to cut prices of high energy content coal that competes directly with imported coal by 10-40% for both power producers and non-power producers for the first time in three years follows a global price crash of the commodity.“Following a rapid fall in international coal prices and a stockpile at pit heads, high energy coal produced mainly from Eastern Coalfields, South Eastern Coalfields and North Eastern Coalfields have been slashed for volumes supplied over 90%,” a senior Coal India official said on Monday.A senior power sector official said, “We have been told that the price cut offer will remain valid for the entire financial 2016-17 and it is being introduced on an experimental basis following a large stock pile and a massive fall in global prices.”Full article: Coal India cuts prices of top grade coal by up to 40% on global cueslast_img read more

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Soccer at the Military World Games

first_img Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. According to a study published by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 2006, approximately 270 million people are actively connected to this sport around the world. The entity that governs world soccer has 207 accredited federations, more than the United Nations (UN), which has 192 member states. This level of popularity will also be on display at the 5th Military World Games. Soccer will be played by men and women and is the longest competition, so long that it starts even before the opening of the Games. There are no changes to the rules. There are eleven athletes on each side, and they follow the same system used for World Cup soccer games. By Dialogo July 15, 2011last_img read more

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Up to 8 Inches of Snow Forecasted for Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Snow plow clearing the streets during another winter storm that hit LI. (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)Maybe it’s time to start considering taking that long-awaited vacation early—and if you do, take us with you.The winter of snow continues Saturday, forecasters said, with predictions for Long Island ranging from 2 to 8 inches.The National Weather Service in Upton issued a winter storm warning for eastern Suffolk County from 11 a.m. to midnight, forecasting 4-8 inches and wind gusts of up to 35 mph.Lighter snow accumulation is expected in Nassau County and western Suffolk, meteorologists said. A winter weather advisory was issued from 11 a.m. until midnight in those areas.Two to 4 inches has been forecasted for Nassau, forecasters said, and western Suffolk can see 3 to 5 inches.The storm will begin late this morning and continue through the day, the weather service said. The snow may briefly mix with rain during the storm, forecasters said.The agency warned of “hazardous travel conditions” due to reduced visibilities and snow covered roads. Visibility can be one quarter to one half mile at times.Sunday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, but there is a chance of flurries in the late afternoon, early evening.This latest snow event comes just two days after a nor’easter dumped more than a foot of snow on the Island.last_img read more

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