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first_img Comments are closed. In briefOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Thismonth’s Employers’ Law news in briefUnionwarns employers over health and safety Employersare being advised to be increasingly vigilant around health and safety laws.The members of a single trade union have won more than £80m in accident andinjury compensation in the past 12 months. In 2003 the Transport and GeneralWorkers Union was involved in 13,380 cases, which led to total settlements of£80,885,643. Of these claims, 1,009 involved compensation of more than £10,000. www.tgwu.org.ukParliamentpasses final Employment Act Thefinal version of the Employment Act (Dispute Resolution) regulations have beenpassed by Parliament. The ruling outlines the statutory disciplinary andgrievance procedures contained in the Employment Act 2002. The new rules,designed to tackle disciplinary issues between employers and staff and reducethe number of tribunals, will come into force on 1 October 2004.  www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2004/20040752.htmCarersBill to get third Commons hearing Alegal bill that would give carers new rights, opportunities for work, educationand life-long learning has reached a crucial stage of development. The Carers(Equal Opportunities) Bill, dubbed Sam’s Bill, will get its third reading inthe House of Commons next month. According to Census figures, there are nearlysix million carers in the UK, looking after elderly, sick or disabledrelatives. The care they provide is unpaid and worth an estimated at £57bn ayear.  www.carersonline.co.ukDwarfwins disability discrimination claimAdwarf has won a landmark discrimination claim against grocery chain Kwik Saveafter he was made to stack high shelves and endure insults about his height.Scott English, who is 1.3m tall, was awarded damages (which are yet to be set)after he was told to stack the high shelves without a ladder and had to workalone pushing 1.83m-2.13m high cages of goods. He claimed under the DisabilityDiscrimination Act.HRprofessionals call for standard EU holidaysBritishHR professionals believe that firms in the European Union should have the samenumber of public holidays. A poll of HR staff by consultants Croner found that82 per cent believed standardising public holidays across the EU would boostproductivity. UK workers get eight bank holidays a year – one of the lowestnumbers in the EU. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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NCAA Utah Track & Field Roundup: 5/9

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMOSCOW, Idaho-Wednesday, at Day 2 of the Big Sky track and field championships, the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon titles were decided, setting the stage for the commencement of all other events Thursday.Donte Robinson of Portland State won the men’s decathlon title with 7307 points, while Southern Utah’s Erik Ostrom finished seventh overall, posting 6168 points. Weber State’s Caleb Whitney finished in ninth, posting 6037 points.In the women’s heptathlon, Idaho State’s Ashley Vanvleet won the title, netting 5105 points while Jentry Skidmore of Southern Utah finished eighth overall with 4474 points.Thursday’s action commences at 11:00 am MDT with preliminary events, starting with the women’s hammer throw.LAWRENCE, Kan.-As the first day of the WAC track and field championships commenced at the University of Kansas, the meet primarily consisted of men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon competition.Presently, Grand Canyon’s Grant Carpenter is the leader in the men’s decathlon, having posted 3526 points. Josh Thomas of Utah Valley is in fourth place with 3182 points.In the women’s heptathlon, the current leader is Grand Canyon’s Ashley Krawczuk with 2904 points. Utah Valley’s Sara Ohlwiler is in sixth place with 2652 points.The meet resumes Thursday.FRESNO, Calif.-Wednesday, as the Mountain West track and field championships commenced, the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon got things underway. In the decathlon, Calvin Berstler of Air Force is the current leader with 3709 points.For the women, in the heptathlon, Jestena Mattson of Fresno State has the lead with 3332 points. Utah State’s Talie Bonds is in fourth place with 3233 points and her teammate, Niki Xydona, is in 7th place with 2972 points. Also in the mix for the Aggies in the heptathlon is Alyssa Hirschi, who is in 11th place with 2780 points.The meet resumes Thursday. Tags: Big Sky/Mountain West/NCAA Track and Field/Southern Utah/Utah State/Utah Valley/WAC/Weber State Brad James Written by May 10, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Utah Track & Field Roundup: 5/9last_img read more

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Petrochemical companies form Cracker of the Future Consortium and sign R&D agreement

first_imgCompanies to explore electrical cracking to potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions Image: Steam crackers represent the principal opportunity for reducing the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. Photo courtesy of LEEROY Agency from Pixabay. Six petrochemical companies in Flanders, Belgium, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and the Netherlands (Trilateral Region) today announce the creation of a consortium to jointly investigate how naphtha or gas steam crackers could be operated using renewable electricity instead of fossil fuels. The Cracker of the Future consortium, which includes BASF, Borealis, BP, LyondellBasell, SABIC and Total, aims to produce base chemicals while also significantly reducing carbon emissions. The companies have agreed to invest in R&D and knowledge sharing as they assess the possibility of transitioning their base chemical production to renewable electricity.Base chemicals, which include ethylene, propylene, butadiene and BTX, are produced in steam crackers and mainly transformed into plastics. These are used for lightweight components in vehicles, improving passenger safety and comfort and reducing fuel and emissions. Plastic packaging saves and preserves food from field to table. Overall, polymers make a major contribution to resource and energy efficiency and positively impact society.Polymers will always be needed, especially in emerging, renewable energy-related technologies, where they are crucial, for instance for wind turbines, solar panels and batteries. The chemical industry has been at the forefront of those innovations and will continue to deliver solutions for a more sustainable future.Steam crackers represent the principal opportunity for reducing the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. One option currently under consideration is to electrically heat the cracking furnaces, rather than rely on fossil fuels.Using electricity produced from renewable sources would significantly reduce cracker emissions. The key challenges in developing electricity-based cracker technology are ensuring that the chosen emissions reduction solution is technologically and economically feasible compared to the current process; that it fits into a future low-carbon value chain; and that it can be implemented in time to meet policy targets. Assuming these challenges are met, developing and implementing electricity-based cracker technology will help the sector maintain sustainable operations while reducing the carbon footprint of its products.Following the signature of the agreement, the members of the consortium have begun exploring and screening technical options. If a potential technical solution is identified, the parties will determine whether to pursue joint development project(s), including R&D activities that could include a demonstrator for proof of concept in the case of base chemicals.Trilateral strategyThe collaboration is a direct result of the Trilateral Strategy for the Chemical Industry drawn up by the North Rhine-Westphalian, Flemish and Dutch ministries of economic affairs and the industry associations VCI (Germany), Essenscia (Belgium) and VNCI (Netherlands) to boost the sustainability of the chemical sector. The Trilateral Strategy to “become the world ́s engine for the transition towards a sustainable and competitive chemical industry cluster” was presented to the European Commission in late 2017. Three tables have been set up to elaborate strategy: Energy, Infrastructure and Innovation.The Innovation Table has three key success factors: technical innovations to enable the energy- and feedstock transition, digital transformation to enhance competitiveness, and framework conditions to enhance innovation through cross-border cooperation.Chemical clusterThe trilateral region of the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia and Flanders was a logical choice as a European starting point, since the combined region is the largest chemical cluster in the world with annual revenue of €180 billion and 350,000 jobs.The six members of the Cracker of the Future Consortium, chaired by the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, aim to create innovative value propositions in developing sustainable technologies together in line with competition law.‘This is a unique collaboration that aims to reduce our industry’s carbon footprint for the betterment of society as a whole, ” says Bert Kip, Chair of the Trilateral Innovation Table and CEO of Brightlands Chemelot Campus. “It demonstrates the commitment of our industry to collectively seek technological solutions to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from our operations. We are proud to have taken this first step together and look forward to the successes that lie ahead.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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How can it be so cheap? Online agent launches £35 HMO service

first_imgHome » News » How can it be so cheap? Online agent launches £35 HMO service previous nextProptechHow can it be so cheap? Online agent launches £35 HMO serviceNo Agent has today launched a service that offers landlords a 4.5% management fee without photos.Nigel lewis15th May 201802,692 Views Online lettings firm No Agent is claiming to be the first in the industry to offer landlords a fixed-fee management service for HMOs, charging £35 per room a month in England and £55 in London.The package includes a tenant finding service but not photos, which landlords will have to pay extra for.No Agent’s launch, which it says would work out at a 4.5% management fee excluding VAT, is designed to undercut traditional agents which it claims charge between 10-15% for a similar service.Landlords are charged a £100 set-up fee for its HMO package to pay for licensing and property condition checks. Photos are charged at £250 for the first room and £35 for each subsequent one, a cost which includes 30 days of accompanied viewings.The online agency, which has so far been funded partly through two crowdfunding campaigns and private VC investment, says its new HMO service is designed to attract landlords caught between the recent buy-to-let tax increases and the looming tenant fees ban.HMO serviceIts £35 service for HMO landlords includes quarterly inspections, rent collection, contract renewals and property management.No Agent also reports tenants’ rent to Experian if they agree to it which, it claims, helps reduce rent arrears.“The tenant fee ban won’t induce us to hike landlord charges as it [has] been predicted many traditional agents will have to do,” says No Agent founder and CEO Callum Brannan (pictured).“We believe landlords will be able to save nearly one month’s rent every year from their HMO properties.”No Agent was set up in late 2016 and initially raised £350,000 through its first crowdfunding campaign, which was overfunded to the tune of £584,000.The company initially ran into trouble with Rightmove, which allowed the No Agent to list its properties, but under the name NA Technologies, although its service is branded as No Agent within the portal.HMO No Agent landlords callum brannan May 15, 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

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HMNZS TE KAHA Aids Yacht in North Tasman Sea

first_img September 11, 2015 HMNZS TE KAHA Aids Yacht in North Tasman Sea Back to overview,Home naval-today HMNZS TE KAHA Aids Yacht in North Tasman Sea View post tag: HMNZS TE KAHA Royal New Zealand Navy’s frigate HMNZS TE KAHA recently assisted a yacht in the north Tasman Sea. The yacht MAHI was on a voyage out of Brisbane when it got into trouble on Wednesday night with a leak around its rudder stock. TE KAHA, bound for South East Asia, was 180 nautical miles south of the yacht when she received its distress message.TEK’s Seasprite helicopter was launched to locate the yacht. Once the ship arrived, a team of three personnel including an engineer and a medic went to the yacht by sea boat.CDR Simon Griffiths, TE KAHA Commanding Officer, said:What was supposed to be a two-week trip for the skipper had turned into five weeks. During that time, the yacht had been both becalmed and battered by storms. The yacht’s two masts were damaged during the storm and it was down to its last set of useable sails. By the time our team got on board, the skipper had run out of food though he managed to get the leak under control.Our engineer managed to repair the leak. We also stocked him up with 10 days’ worth of food including military ration packs, fruits, milk and even some Weetbix and Marmite. We also filled his fuel tanks with 80 litres of diesel.The ship’s medic also checked the yacht’s skipper and found out that he was in good health.[mappress mapid=”16901″]Image: RNZN Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: yacht View post tag: Tasman Sea Share this articlelast_img read more

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Commentary: Trump Takes Charge By Letting Go

first_imgMAY 3, 2018  By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Donald Trump did something smart, something good – something right – with North Korea.He stepped back. Now, the long-troubled Korean peninsula and people have a chance for peace. The odds that they will get peace still are long, but the chances look a lot better than they did a few weeks ago.If they do achieve peace, it also will mean greater peace for a troubled world.This is a good thing.North Korea is the most militarized part of the world. Its leader, Kim Jong-un, is both unstable and amoral, a dangerous combination. He’s killed members of his own family and threatened the United States and other countries with North Korea’s expanding nuclear arsenal.For a time, it seemed that President Trump was determined to match or perhaps top Kim’s pugnacity and irrationality. The two leaders traded threats, keeping the world balanced on a knife edge between anxiety and terror in the process.As Trump and Kim taunted each other, the world often seemed at the edge of war, held hostage by two men with impulse-control issues and vast numbers of nuclear weapons at their disposal.It was in that space that South Korean President Moon Jae-in saw an opportunity.The Seoul Olympic Games gave South Korea a chance to extend an olive branch to their neighbors and onetime fellow countrymen.South Korea invited North Korea not just to participate in the games, but to have the two countries that once were one form teams together.The thaw began, and it continues now.President Trump’s supporters argue that he should be honored for this development. Quite a few of them – including U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, whose Senate primary campaign is chasing Trump voters with the ardor of a hungry dog chasing a thrown bone – even have urged that the president be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.Trump may not merit a Nobel, but he does deserve credit, just not for the reason his most devoted followers think.His inflammatory saber-rattling and adolescent boasting don’t merit lauding.But his willingness to cede the central position in the discussions regarding North Korea does.Too many U.S. presidents have fallen victim to the fantasy that U.S. power equals U.S. omnipotence. Too often, they have acted as if we could remake the world as we wished, wiping away centuries of history and uprooting millions of lives along the way.But America’s power, great as it is, is not limitless.We, like every other nation and every other person on the planet, are bound by reality.And the reality is that any lasting peace on the Korean peninsula would have to be created and implemented by the peoples of North Korea and South Korea. Any “peace” foisted on the two nations by outsiders would have been an ongoing source of resentment and fuel for future conflagrations.The only way to peace is the way now being pursued – that of allowing the Korean people to talk and work through their differences. If they can put an end to nearly 70 years of warfare, distrust and tension, their lives will be better,and every human being will be able to sleep more soundly.This is as it should be.Too many leaders – not just in the United States, but everywhere – think it is their duty to solve every problem. They forget, at times, that the important thing is the solution, not the person who arrives at it.Sometimes, the best – the wisest – thing a leader can do is get out of the way.Part of the reason there is a shot at peace along the Korean peninsula is that President Trump did just that.Donald Trump sees himself – and his followers see him – as a take-charge guy, one who commands attention.It goes against his nature to let go, to surrender the stage to someone else.That’s what he did here.That’s why things are better.He deserves credit for that.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.This article was posted by the City County Observer  without opinion, bias or editing. without opinion, bias or editing.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Scotch pie winner sees sales surge

first_imgThe current Scotch Pie Champion 2015 Linda Hill of Murray’s Bakers has seen sales shoot up since winning the award. The Perth bakery scooped the gong in January and initially saw sales of its famous pie jump 20% to 30% before levelling off at 15% up on previously. Even before the award, the bakery was selling around 6,000 Scotch pies a week at 80p each – easily the business’ best-seller. Hill said around 50% to 60% of the business is generated by its pies.Most of the baking stops in the morning as the shop is replenished with products for the day, but Scotch pie-baking continues into the afternoon and, Linda said, they nearly always sell out by about 4.30pm.“We are so famous for our pies,” she said. “People don’t associate us with bread.”The fourth-generation baker has been in Perth for more than 100 years. It currently operates with five bakers, two bakery workers, who make the pie shells, and 10 staff on the shop floor.While at capacity, Hill doubts there will be a second Murrays Bakers site. “The selling point is that the bakery is attached to the shop,” she said, and if there were a second site, products would need to be transported between bakery and shop.Murrays Bakers scooped the Scotch Pie award from 567 entries by more than 100 bakers and butchers, assessed by 50 judges.last_img read more

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Manorville Man Dies in Motorcyle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 43-year-old Manorville man was killed a motorcycle crash in Moriches on Friday night.Suffolk County police said Chris Hurley and a woman who was his passenger were riding on his Harley Davidson westbound on Montauk Highway when he crashed into a guardrail near the corner of Cedar Street at 9:50 p.m.Hurley was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead. The woman was not injured.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle and are continuing the investigation.last_img

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Chinese tourist overnight stays are expected to increase by 25 percent this year

first_imgIn 2018, 234.118 arrivals and 345.293 overnight stays were made in Croatia from the Chinese market, which is an increase of 46 percent, while projections for 2019 show the realization of more than 300.000 arrivals and more than 430.000 overnight stays from the Chinese market. The workshops are intended for representatives of Chinese tour operators and agencies. The first workshop was held today in Beijing, while the second is being held on Thursday, March 28 in Shanghai.  CHINESE TOURISTS EXPECT TRADITIONAL CUISINE, NATURE PARKS AND CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS FROM CROATIA The Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board and with the financial support of the European Tourism Commission, is organizing two business workshops in China “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia”.  RELATED NEWS: In 2018, growth of 46 percent was achieved “We are extremely happy to have Ctrip, the largest Chinese online agency, and one of the largest in the world with us at this year’s workshops. Also significant is the presence of Qunar, China’s leading travel search engine, as well as the Mafengwo and Qyer platforms, China’s largest online platforms through which young Chinese share their travel impressions through photos, videos and notes, which certainly helps raise awareness of the destination’s image.”, Said Franka Gulin, Director of the CNTB Representation in China, adding that Croatia’s excellent position is confirmed by the great interest of the Chinese media that covered the workshop, including China Media Group, China Daily, CCTV, Lonely Planet China, Sina Travel , Sina Fashion et al.  center_img “The good announcements of the Chinese partners from the workshop in Beijing show that our activities aimed at the Chinese market are yielding results and that a very successful tourist year awaits us from this market, during which we will maintain high growth rates in tourist traffic. We are also extremely pleased that the workshop was attended by representatives of agencies specializing in luxury travel, which confirms the breadth and attractiveness of our offer.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić. EUROPE IS STILL A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS As part of the workshops, a rich additional program was prepared, which includes a special performance with lights (lightshow), ie outlining six Croatian tourist destinations and localities, including Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Opatija, Pula, Kornati and Plitvice Lakes National Park. A prize game has been prepared for the Chinese participants, which includes two prize vouchers per workshop, ie return air tickets and overnight stays in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Šibenik, as well as tickets for the Plitvice Lakes National Park.   On the Croatian side, 12 Croatian entities participated in Beijing, while 11 will attend the workshop in Shanghai, including the tourist boards of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Lika-Senj and Šibenik-Knin counties and the city of Zagreb, as well as Northern Sunshine Farms doo, Amathus Travel, Greatline, G2 Travel Croatia, Limea Travel Zagreb, Dnevnik putovanja, Ilirija dd and ATI doo FIND OUT KEY SOLUTIONS HOW TO USE THE WORLD’S LARGEST SOURCE OF TOURISTS – CHINESE MARKETlast_img read more

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Destination Lika and Mali Lošinj are included among the TOP 100 world sustainable green destinations

first_img“In recent years, the destination of Lika has become increasingly recognizable in the tourism market, and this certificate is just another proof of how the Cluster Lika Destination works well on the promotion of the destination and development according to the principle of sustainable development.”Point out from the Lika Destination Cluster and emphasize that this prestigious award is proof of destination development in the right direction and in line with the latest world trends. By publishing this annual list and sharing awards of good practice and success stories in destination management, the initiators recognize the steps taken to make tourist destinations more sustainable, responsible and attractive to visitors. Global Green Destinations international is a foundation that brings together the world’s sustainable tourist destinations, and a list was presented at the Global Green Destinations Days yesterday sustainable TOP 100 global destinations of the world (Global TOP 100 Sustainable Destination) for 2020, including two Croatian destinations: Destination Lika and Mali Lošinj. Quality cooperation with 8 protected natural areas, including as many as 3 out of 8 national parks in Croatia, the formation of a joint ticket to the destination Lika, the implementation of multi-day programs to stay longer, networking and connecting local producers under a common brand – Lika Quality, opening new markets and encouraging the increase of local production and numerous projects in the field of destination, cultural and sustainable tourism are just part of what the Lika Destination Cluster has been working on since day one, in order to create conditions for sustainable year-round tourism in Lika.  Photo: Lošinj, Sandro Tariba / Lika, Lika destination Cluster Lika Destination Since its founding, it has been guided by the philosophy of sustainable development (Smart Sustainable Destination), and the main activity of the cluster is the tourist promotion of Lika on the domestic and foreign markets based on natural, cultural, historical, gastronomic and health features. “We were among the first to get involved in the European Commission project: ETIS – European Tourism Indicator System for Sustainable Destinations, we participate in the CROSTO project – Croatian Observatory for Sustainable Tourism Development and many others. This year, as an example of good practice, we presented the Integrated Quality Management in Destination (IQM) project, which involves more than 130 stakeholders in the destination with the aim of raising quality in all segments, creating quality standards, stakeholder connectivity and recognizability of Lošinj as a destination of excellence. We are glad that, along with Lošinj and Lika, the destination was chosen in the Top 100 sustainable destinations in the world, because this is proof that our strategy of sustainability and balance of tourism and environmental development is sailing in the right direction.”Concluded Cvitković. A competition for 100 sustainable destinations is organized to show stories of sustainable tourism and good practices, as inspiring examples to other destinations, tour operators and travelers. According to the evaluation of the TOP 100 Green Destination team, this year the selection was more than ever determined by the quality, efficiency and portability of good practice stories submitted by destinations when applying. Sustainable development management, which is a strategic issue and a great responsibility, is carried out at all levels of the destination, as evidenced by the fact that for the fifth time we are included among the Top 100 sustainable destinations in the world, said the director Tourist boards of the City of Mali Lošinj, Dalibor Cvitković, and added that the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj is among the leaders in sustainable development in Croatia. This leading global conference dedicated to sustainable destination management and competition is held under the auspices of the Top 100 Partnership, with special contributions from: Green Destinations, QualityCoast, TravelMole, Vision on Sustainable Tourism, Travelife, ITB Berlin, Asian Ecotourism Network, Ecotourism Australia and GLP Films. Mali Lošinj was again in the group of the best this year, and this year it competed in the categories Culture and community te Nature and ecotourism.last_img read more

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