Sound basis for employee relations

first_imgSound basis for employee relationsOn 22 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. TheGovernment has reformed the labour market to build a durable and fair basis forconstructive employee relations, according to the Labour Party manifesto.Itlists its successes as four weeks’ paid holiday, the right to unionrecognition, and proper rights for part-time employees.Themanifesto, called Ambitions for Britain, highlights workforce consultation asan area of concern. It acknowledges that when large-scale redundancies areconsidered there is an especially strong case for consultation.Itpromises to implement the findings of its three-month review into consultation.”Wesupport conciliation in the workplace to avoid resorting to litigation. We willexamine reforms that promote efficiency and fairness,” the manifestostates.Themanifesto tackles the issue of increasing red tape for business.”Regulation should be introduced where it is necessary, in a light-touchway. We will cut back the red tape associated with regulation, examineopportunities to put time limits on regulations, and deregulate by secondarylegislation,” the document says.Recentwork-life balance announcements have been confirmed in the manifesto. Statutorymaternity leave will be increased from 18 weeks to six months with pay risingto £100 a week, and fathers will be paid £100 a week paternity leave for twoweeks.TheLabour Party has re-iterated its commitment to reducing the gender pay gap. Itstates, “We will work with employers and employees to develop effectiveproposals, building on good practice and the sound business case, in bothpublic and private sectors.” Tacklingthe productivity gap is also a priority. “Our ambition is for everyone tohave the opportunity to train in partnership of employers, employees andgovernment, each giving time and money to raise standards of skills in theUK,” says the manifesto. “Ourfirst priority is to help the 7 million adults who lack basic literacy andskills with 750,000 people achieving basic skills by 2004.”Manifesto:at-a-glanceTaxand the economy – No rise in income tax– Low inflation– Sound public finances– Raise in minimum wage to £4.20Business– Reduce regulation– Review consultation laws– Increase spending on transport by 20 per cent a yearEducation– 10,000 more teachers – 5 per cent increase each year in spending on education– Expand childcare places to provide for 1.6 million children Health– 20,000 more nurses, 10,000 more doctors – 6 per cent increase each year in spending on health Constitution– Reform WhitehallCrime– Extra £1.6bn a year for the police by 2003-04– 6,000 extra police recruits Europe– Monitor five economic indicators for monetary union, if favourable referendumon the poundwww.labour.org.uklast_img read more

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Future Distribution of Suitable Habitat for Pelagic Sharks in Australia Under Climate Change Models.

first_imgGlobal oceans are absorbing over 90% of the heat trapped in our atmosphere due to accumulated anthropogenic greenhouse gases, resulting in increasing ocean temperatures. Such changes may influence marine ectotherms, such as sharks, as their body temperature concurrently increases toward their upper thermal limits. Sharks are high trophic level predators that play a key role in the regulation of ecosystem structure and health. Because many sharks are already threatened, it is especially important to understand the impact of climate change on these species. We used shark occurrence records collected by commercial fisheries within the Australian continental Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to predict changes in future (2050-2099) relative to current (1956-2005) habitat suitability for pelagic sharks based on an ensemble of climate models and emission scenarios. Our predictive models indicate that future sea temperatures are likely to shift the location of suitable shark habitat within the Australian EEZ. On average, suitable habitat is predicted to decrease within the EEZ for requiem and increase for mackerel sharks, however, the direction and severity of change was highly influenced by the choice of climate model. Our results indicate the need to consider climate change scenarios as part of future shark management and suggest that more broad -scale studies are needed for these pelagic species.last_img read more

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Is Airbnb going too far?

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Is Airbnb going too far? previous nextHousing MarketIs Airbnb going too far?Scrutiny of the site’s listings and business model reveals a worrying move towards more than just short term letsNigel Lewis13th October 20160828 Views The increasingly important role Airbnb plays in the UK property has been exposed following a recent Sunday Times investigation, and now questions are now being asked within the property sector about the true aims of the business, which started out as a way for home owners to make money from short term lets.“Short-term lets are undoubtedly playing an increasingly important role in the UK’s housing mix, and websites such as Airbnb make perfect sense for landlords who need to fill their property fast for a short period between tenancies,” says Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA.“However, the emergence of Airbnb has rightly raised questions about the role they should play in the wider lettings market; after all, with demand for houses at an all-time high the last thing anyone needs is right now are rented homes taken out of circulation.”The Sunday Times also revealed that a significant number of short-let management companies have sprung up specialising in the management of Airbnb properties on behalf of landlords. Several suggested to the paper’s reporters that UK planning laws, which usually restrict rental periods to 90 days, are easy to break and poorly policed by local authorities.“The most important thing is to make sure that property rentals are legal and undertaken responsibly. There are thousands of letting agents in the UK who already provide a great service to landlords and tenants, and while internet platforms such as Airbnb can supplement that experience, they won’t be able to provide the security and peace of mind that comes with employing a UKALA member,” says Richard Price.“If landlords choose to use services such as Airbnb there is no reason why it couldn’t be partnered with the services of a professional UKALA agent employed to manage the tenancy – that way everyone would benefit from the best of both worlds.”Airbnb also offers landlords the ability to manage multiple properties via its online suite and the site is clearly keen to persuade landlords to rent out properties on a more professional level via its platform. A marketing email seen by The Negotiator yesterday makes it clear the site wants people to rent out ‘whole properties’, while searches on the site enable ‘guests’ to select and rent properties for more than 90 days – the usual definition of a short let – and quotes costs ‘per month’.Also, in the US, Airbnb has launched an initiative to offer landlords additional revenue share if they rent out multiple properties within a building. But the big worry in the UK is that Airbnb rentals like this are outside the regulatory framework as well as quietly bypassing letting agents. Because Airbnb rentals are deemed short lets they are not covered by the UK’s property safety or eviction laws, for example.The Guardian newspaper has also recently reported on the problems Airbnb can cause. It says that city centres are becoming increasingly ‘sanitised’ as properties that would have been let or owned by young renters or first time buyers are snapped up to be professionally let via Airbnb. Reporters visited Amsterdam where the ‘Airbnb effect’ is said to be the most obvious in Europe. There some some 22,000 rooms and flats are available to rent on the site and it is said one in six property owners within the city’s most popular neighbourhoods use the service.lettings airbnb October 13, 2016Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Seed pricing

first_imgPine nuts: The Chinese home-grown crop was smaller than forecast, and the expected supplemental supply from Russia has dried up. With globally warmer weather also apparently impacting on the yield itself, there has been an estimated 60% reduction in supply and prices are now trading at levels over 125% higher than previous highs.Pumpkin seeds: The lack of any medium- to longer-term chance of availability “respite” is likely to keep pumpkin prices firm. Replacement prices, reflecting the poor supply and weak sterling, are now 150% higher than the normal prices we experienced before the short 2008/9 crop, and it appears China does not intend to reverse the decision to reduce the land dedicated to pumpkin production in favour of better-yielding crops.Sunflower seeds: Prices continue to creep upwards. The twin assault of weak currency and strong demand has been accentuated by bakeries and manufacturers looking to take advantage of the discount sunflower seeds still offer, compared to the ludicrous pricing on pumpkin seeds and pine nuts.l Based on information provided by ingredients suppler RM Curtislast_img read more

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Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Sudan in April 2018

first_img Email [email protected] Media enquiries Mr Irfan Siddiq OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Sudan in succession to Mr Michael Aron who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Siddiq will take up his appointment in April 2018.CURRICULUM VITAEFull name: Irfan SiddiqMarried to: Penélope SiddiqChildren: Two2017 – 2018 Plan International, International Advocacy Director (secondment)2016 – 2017 FCO, Head, Secondment Unit2013 – 2016 Baku, Her Majesty’s Ambassador2011 – 2013 FCO, Head, Arab Partnership Department2010 – 2011 Baghdad, Deputy Head of Mission2007 – 2010 Damascus, Deputy Head of Mission2005 – 2007 FCO, Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary2004 – 2005 Washington, secondment to US State Department as Political Officer2003 – 2004 Baghdad, Political Officer, Coalition Provisional Authority2002 – 2003 Cairo, Second Secretary (Political/Press)2000 – 2002 Full time language training (Arabic)2000 – 2000 FCO, Desk Officer, Middle East Peace Process Section1999 – 2000 New Delhi, Second Secretary (Economic/Commercial)1998 –1999 FCO, Desk Officer, NATO1998 Joined FCOFurther information For journalists Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedInlast_img read more

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Ben & Jerry’s To Host “Phish In The North Country” Exhibit For Phish Food’s 20th Anniversary

first_imgThis year marks the 20th anniversary of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food flavor, and the ice cream company is putting on a very special event to celebrate their partnership with the flavor’s namesake band, Phish. Twenty years after its launch, which was celebrated with a huge concert at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, VA, the company will bring the movement full circle by returning to the same theater with an exhibit called Phish in the North Country. The company will also have some of their neatest items from the Phish Food archives on display.Ben & Jerry’s Share Origins Of Phish Food On 20th Anniversary [Watch]The exhibit runs from October 7th through December 31st at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Theater. After you take in the Phish Food archival gems, take a stroll through Phish in the North Country for an intimate reflection on Phish’s incredible 34-year history. Three dozen posters and flyers celebrate the band’s local and regional roots, starting in bars and nightclubs within blocks of the Flynn Theater, and spreading quickly throughout the northeast, and then throughout the world.On Saturday, November 4th (11:00 am to 4:00 pm), there will be special gallery talks led by Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. A limited-edition Jim Pollock poster will be available to purchase, with proceeds to benefit WaterWheel Foundation. And, of course, plenty of free scoops of Phish Food.This year also marks the 20th anniversary of The WaterWheel Foundation, the band’s charitable organization that funds a variety of values-driven causes. Every time you dig into a pint of Phish Food, a portion of the proceeds goes right to WaterWheel. The foundation has found its niche in supporting the cleanup of Lake Champlain, Vermont’s most cherished natural resource. WaterWheel is also supported by the generous community of Phish fans. Phish donates $1 per ticket sold to WaterWheel, with fans matching that amount in donations every year. The organization also sets up a table at every concert featuring local non-profits who then receive the donations from that show.Learn more about Ben & Jerry’s upcoming Phish Food celebrations here.last_img read more

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Tank & The Bangas Release First Major Label Song, “Smoke.Netflix.Chill”

first_imgAround this time last year, genre-bending New Orleans outfit Tank and the Bangas were riding high after winning NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concert. Led by infectiously upbeat frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the group had just recorded their very own official Tiny Desk Concert and were gearing up to embark on their first big tour as newly-minted rising stars. The past year has been a whirlwind as far as the band’s live evolution is concerned, but today we got our first taste of what they’ve been up to in the studio.Tank and the Bangas’ new single “Smoke.Netflix.Chill” marks the group’s first release via a major label (Verve Forecast), and its a timely move considering 4/20 is right around the corner. The delightfully laid back, socially insightful, and weed-friendly tune will presumably appear on a forthcoming album, though no information regarding a follow up to the band’s only LP, 2013’s Think Tank, has been revealed at this time.Tank and the Bangas – “Smoke.Netflix.Chill”<<span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span>Unsurprisingly, Tank and the Bangas’ biggest advocates, NPR, got dibs on the premiere of “Smoke.Netflix.Chill”. Ball shared some thoughts on the song, which features guest appearances from fellow New Orleans artists DJ Rq Away and Alfred Banks, with the publication:“I wanted to tell this story from a girl’s perspective — a girl that actually wants to chill, instead of the guy pushing for it. I wanted to see where that could go. I’ve never written so many verses to one song! But it was so worth it to see the story in my head actually come to life. The organic feel comes from the fricky, fricky, fresh scratches from New Orleans own Dj Rq Away, the smooth, ever-so melodic sounds and beat boxing from Harbinger project, the male over tones from Alfred Banks, and myself and the Bangas — [it] created a feel that set the tone for true down-to-Mars magic! I went to a time when girls were confident if they were into you and it didn’t take away from their fly. We took it back.”While the new single marks Tank and the Bangas first release with Verve Forecast, it’s actually not the first song that Ball has appeared on for the label. Late last year, the singer collaborated with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart on the tune “Big Bad Wolf”, which appeared on his latest solo album, RAMU. We spoke with Hart a few weeks ago, and working with the “brilliant” Ball was one of few topics that came up during the discussion.last_img read more

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A tuned-in savior

first_imgWhen Rachel Vandagriff, a graduate student from California, arrived at Harvard’s Music Department a few years back hoping to write a dissertation on the work of contemporary music champion Paul Fromm, Harvard officials pointed her to a stack of boxes once housed in the music building’s basement devoted to his foundation.Thinking there were only half a dozen boxes to peruse, she soon realized there were close to 40. During her research, Vandagriff unearthed, scattered in places like Houghton Library and the Harvard University Archives, a trove of material, including printed scores, letters, financial records, concert programs, photographs, reel-to-reel tapes, LPs, typescripts of lectures, and interviews connected with one of America’s foremost supporters of new music.“I give her credit for figuring out that all of that information was on our doorstep, was in our backyard, so to speak, and we didn’t even know about it,” said Anne Shreffler, Harvard’s James Edward Ditson Professor of Music, lauding Vandagriff’s research. Shreffler and three graduate students enrolled in her Fromm-inspired seminar developed an exhibit based on the extensive material. The resulting “Composing the Future: The Fromm Foundation and the Music of Our Time” is on view at the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library through May 2.The five-case exhibit, which commemorates the Fromm Music Foundation’s 60th anniversary (and its 40th at Harvard, in the music building), showcases the life and work of Fromm, who died in 1987, and his enduring organization that has commissioned more than 400 musical works since its inception in 1952.The new exhibit includes a copy of the score for Fromm’s most well-known commission, “Double Concerto,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter. Fromm (pictured) frequently called the ambitious, notoriously challenging piece his variant of “The Firebird,” a reference to the famous ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Photo courtesy of the Fromm Music Foundation/Harvard University“We are taking him out of the background,” said Shreffler of the German-born Fromm, a wine merchant turned new-music philanthropist who shunned the spotlight, preferring to shine it on contemporary composers such as Lou Harrison, Barbara Kolb, Gunther Schuller, and Roger Sessions, as well as on their works.A team of graduate students cataloged and inventoried Harvard’s Fromm holdings last summer. Building on their work, Shreffler and her students created an intimate look at Fromm’s life through items that show the rich results of his enduring support, and his resolutely democratic nature.In one case, Fromm’s desire to create a modern canon of works not yet established in the musical repertoire is shown in a survey that he mailed to thousands of musicians and composers, asking them for their recommendations. One respondent was Harvard’s own celebrated composer John Adams ’69.Shreffler said Fromm “wanted to support composers from all different styles and orientations. He wanted to be aesthetically open … and to represent contemporary music as it was at that time, [not just] a particular school or genre.”The new show includes a copy of the score for Fromm’s most well-known commission, “Double Concerto,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter. Fromm frequently called the ambitious, notoriously challenging piece his variant of “The Firebird,” a reference to the famous ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Pianist Charles Rosen, who premiered the piece in 1961, said its final section included “the most complicated rhythmic passage I have ever been asked to play.”But the arrangement of “Double Concerto,” which calls for two main instruments, a piano and a harpsichord, to be surrounded by their own mini-orchestras, helped to define the future of American music. “This piece being such a famous Fromm commission, so often performed, is something that inspired other composers to throw in lots of instruments in groups, and I think it really inspired a change in the way of thinking about orchestration in American music,” said Shreffler.Fromm was born in Germany in 1906 to a family of vintners who loved culture and art. He studied the piano as a child, and was forever changed by contemporary music on hearing Stravinsky’s groundbreaking “The Rite of Spring” in the early 1920s. That piece, Fromm said, “made a 20th century man out of me.” Fleeing the Nazi pogroms in 1939, Fromm relocated to Chicago, where he became a successful wine merchant and used his profits to help those less fortunate. He once told a friend he wanted to give back to the country that had taken him in by supporting “those most needy and worthy cases,” emotionally disturbed children, and American composers. One story says that Stravinsky once told Fromm, “I want to know you, because contemporary music has many friends but only a few lovers.”To help prepare for the exhibit, Shreffler’s students toured other Harvard exhibits and met with conservators and curators from to learn how to choose and display items in a show.“In some ways, it was harder because it’s so far outside of our field of what we have been taught to do as academics,” said Caitlin Schmid, who worked on the case dedicated to birthday letters and scores that friends and colleagues gave Fromm. But the work, Schmid added, also opened avenues of research. “This thing that we don’t normally think is part of what we do as graduate students will end up being integral in new projects that we will work on in the future.”Shreffler said the show builds on a growing movement to incorporate material things housed across the University into Harvard’s broader curriculum. “I have done classes in the past that involved going to the archives, but this is the first one where it resulted in an exhibition,” said Shreffler. “If you can work with the students with materials and then show it later, it’s really a different process, which I have found really valuable.”To help celebrate the Fromm anniversaries, the Harvard Music Department will host two free concerts by the Fromm Players at Harvard on April 12 and 13, with the music ensemble Sound Icon, conducted by Jeffrey Means. This year’s concerts will be held in John Knowles Paine Concert Hall at 8 p.m. and will be devoted to works commissioned by the Fromm Foundation.last_img read more

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New Product Support Newsletter Series

first_img2017 AVAMARAvamar Monthly Support Highlights – December 2017Avamar Monthly Support Highlights – November 2017Avamar Monthly Support Highlights – October 2017Avamar Monthly Support Highlights – September 2017Avamar Monthly Support Highlights – August 2017Avamar Monthly Support Highlights – July 2017Avamar Monthly Support Highlights – June 2017 Dell EMC has recently launched a new series of Data Protection Newsletters for our customers and partners which provides product-specific updates on the latest in customer service offerings, key release and support updates, target codes, and more. Each newsletter includes helpful Knowledge Base articles for your product, expert troubleshooting advice for common technical challenges, and top trending support solutions.We’ve kicked off the series with new support newsletters for Data Domain, NetWorker and Avamar, and will be rolling out newsletters every month for additional products soon.View and download the 2018 Product Support Newsletter Series here and access the 2017 archived issues below:2017 DATA DOMAINData Domain Monthly Support Highlights – December 2017Data Domain Monthly Support Highlights – November 2017Data Domain Monthly Support Highlights – October 20172017 NETWORKERNetWorker Monthly Support Highlights – December 2017NetWorker Monthly Support Highlights – November 2017NetWorker Monthly Support Highlights – October 2017NetWorker Monthly Support Highlights – September 2017NetWorker Monthly Support Highlights – August 2017NetWorker Monthly Support Highlights – July 2017NetWorker Monthly Support Highlights – June 2017 Have feedback? We’d like to hear from you. To provide feedback on our new support newsletter series, or if you have ideas about the kind of support content you’d like to see in the newsletters, please share it with us at [email protected] AndersonDell EMC Social SupportFollow Us @DellEMCSupportlast_img read more

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Jamestown Woman Accused Of Sex Trafficking Two Young Girls

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.BUFFALO – A 23-year-old Jamestown woman is facing federal charges after allegedly sex trafficking two young girls.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Jasmin Osteen was arrested and charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a minor.Prosecutors allege Osteen threatened to harm the girls if they did not engage in prostitution. Furthermore, it is alleged Osteen took the girls to Buffalo hotel rooms to engage with several men.“This investigation and arrest are a result of interagency cooperation,” said Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone in a statement. “Human Trafficking is all too real and continues to victimize too many people. These investigations will continue with the help of our federal, state, and local partners. And we continue to ask for the public to report any suspicious activity as this form of slavery cannot continue.” According to a criminal complaint, the first victim moved in with Osteen in August of this year.Law enforcement was made aware of the alleged activity when one of the child’s parents reached out to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office with concerns.Prosecutors say the mother and grandmother provided screen shots of messages between Osteen and the victim talking about having sex for money.After working with the Child Advocacy Program in Chautauqua County, the first victim admitted she was forced to have sex with multiple unknown adults in exchange for money that was given to Osteen, which prosecutors say the second victim confirmed.Osteen made an initial appearance Friday afternoon before a U.S. Magistrate Judge and was detained.The arrest is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police, the Jamestown Police Department and the Ellicott Police Department. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),It is good to hear of the crazy bad things happening in this world but it would be great to hear more of the good that happens in this world. Even to hear how people can help make this world a better place.last_img read more

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