WestJet staff create 31k mini-miracles in 24 hours at Christmas

first_imgWestJet staff create 31k mini-miracles in 24 hours at Christmas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: christmas corporate Howard Lake | 24 December 2015 | News Or its Christmas miracle: spirit of giving last year: [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME9PmSZedB4[/youtube] [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIEIvi2MuEk[/youtube]center_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-BKX3G0BpQ[/youtube] If this grand scale corporate giving and volunteering is familiar, you might be thinking of WestJet’s Christmas miracle of real-time giving from 2013: Staff at Canadian airline WestJet set out to achieve 12,000 ‘mini-miracles’ or acts of kindness on 9 December 2015. In the end they achieved 31,793!The company’s day of giving and volunteering involved WestJet staff or ‘WestJetters’ donning blue Santa hats and joining a blue Santa, delivering help, good cheer and gifts to people and organisations across the airline’s network.The company has produced a video of highlights of the day – when they thought they’d only reached the 12,000 mark.last_img read more

Rank-and-file unionism pushes company back in Wabtec strike

first_imgWabtec is a company that supplies technology products and services to freight rail and passenger transit markets worldwide. On Feb. 25, Wabtec consolidated a merger with GE Transportation. That very day, the company announced it would no longer abide by the contract terms that the United Electrical workers union had previously negotiated with General Electric in Erie, Pa. Wabtec attempted to unilaterally impose major concessions, including forced overtime, pay cuts of up to 38 percent, a two-tier pay scale, extensive use of temporary workers and arbitrary schedules.UE Local 506, representing most of the 1,700 workers at the Erie plant, and Local 618, representing a smaller group of workers, did not waste any time trying to plead with the company for fairness. They hit the picket line! Nine days later the strike is over and the union is claiming a win. The tentative agreement is for 90 days, but UE is confident it can win a long-term contract. Terms of the short-term agreement include no pay cuts, no benefit cuts, no forced overtime and no plant closure or permanent layoffs during the term of the agreement. Rank-and-file union against Fortune 500 behemothAs the union points out, Wabtec can well afford to maintain the pay and benefits that GE had been providing. Formed in 1999 by the merger of Westinghouse Air Brake and Motive Power Industries, Wabtec is no small, upstart company. Even before its latest acquisition, Wabtec had 100 facilities in 50 countries on six continents and was one of the world’s largest railroad equipment companies. With the latest expansion, Wabtec has 27,000 employees worldwide and has become a Fortune 500 firm. CEO Ray Betler was paid $16 million in compensation last year — about equal to the value of the contract concessions Wabtec demanded.The Erie plant, over 100 years old, is one of the largest locomotive factories in the world, occupying 1,000 acres. UE has represented the workers for 82 years. GE was — and now Wabtec is — the largest single employer in the city of Erie, population 97,000. Imposing pay cuts or layoffs on 1,700 UE families would have had a detrimental impact on the local economy. Less money would be spent and the tax base would drop.People in the community understood this. They honked in support, stopped by the lines and dropped off food, coffee, hand warmers and firewood. “Community support was overwhelming,” Local 506 President Scott Slawson told Workers World. For years GE tried to use UE’s good wages and benefits to pit the community against the union. “But,” he continued, “we’ve made the community understand the benefits to them of [jobs with good] wages and benefits. The outreach from them was absolutely amazing.”Support for strikers — from Erie to around the worldSupport came in from all over the world. As the UE website reports, “The Erie UE locals have received letters of support from UE Local 610, which represents Wabtec workers in Wilmerding [Pa.]; the IndustriALL Global Labor Union which represents 50 million workers around the world; unions in Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and Turkey; and from Railroad Workers United, a cross-craft alliance of union railroad workers in the U.S. and Canada — all of whom have written to Wabtec CEO Ray Betler indicating they are following the Erie negotiations and are prepared to take action.”Solidarity of the rank and file is what, first and foremost, pushed the company back. The union explains, “In UE, we use the term ‘rank-and-file unionism’ to describe how our union operates: it simply means it’s the members who run our union … in a democratic and collective manner.” (ueunion.org)In Erie, this culture was evident. “The company understood our resolve. The spirit on the picket line was very high,” according to Slawson. To his knowledge there were no line-crossers. “Nearly the entire membership participated. The first days there was a high level of excitement and after that it was sheer resolve. The company was overwhelmed.”The company agreed to most of the language in the GE-UE contract, although not 100 percent. The union, previously allowed to strike over any grievance, agreed not to strike for the life of the contract; the company agreed to no lockouts. What if the company demands more givebacks in the next 90 days? Are the workers prepared to go back out? “Yeah, I believe they are,” said Slawson. “We’re a tough unit and certain things — two-tier, mandatory overtime — are just not acceptable.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Labor Issues Made More Difficult by Undercover Activists

first_img Previous articleTrade Talks Carry on in Beijing, while African Swine Fever Batters ChinaNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 1, 2019 Eric Pfeiffer Labor Issues Made More Difficult by Undercover ActivistsFinding help on the farm continues to be an issue for many Indiana operations, especially the dairy industry. Indiana Dairy Producers Executive Director Doug Leman says the labor issue is right up there with the economic issues facing dairy producers.“Yeah- the economics are horrible and those have to change and get better, but the overlying problem on many farms right now is labor. It’s hard to find workers. Most people have jobs, and this has not gotten easier over the last few years.”Leman says we need to fix our immigration system and the organization remains in support of that to find more workers. However, a new wrinkle in hiring employees has come into play now after Fair Oaks Farms announced last week that animal activists went undercover on their farm to obtain and create damning videos. Leman told Hoosier Ag Today that this could happen on any farm, large or small, and you must be vigilant.“Be very thorough in screening applicants. Ask for references. Check those references. Check on social media and see if you can find anything. Does something seem out of line about this person? Do they seem overly qualified but maybe yet overly zealous to get into position?”There are organizations that closely monitor activities like going undercover and keep names on file. Leman says Indiana Dairy Producers belongs to such an organization and producers should reach out to him if they have questions.“I actually have access to some lists, they’re secure lists, but folks can actually call me and say, ‘Does this employee raise concerns? Do they have a history of trying to work undercover?”You can contact Leman via email at [email protected] if you have questions. Labor Issues Made More Difficult by Undercover Activists SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Apr 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Labor Issues Made More Difficult by Undercover Activistslast_img read more

European Union’s 27 leaders urged not to recognise Ahmadinejad’s reelection

first_imgNews Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 15 June:- Mohamad Atryanfar, the publisher of several newspapers including Hamshary, Shargh and Shahrvand Emrouz, who has reportedly been taken to the security wing of Evin prison. – Saeed Hajjarian, the former editor of the newspaper Sobh-e-Emrouz, who was arrested at his Tehran home on the night of 15 June despite being badly handicapped.- Mojtaba Pormohssen, who edits the newspaper Gylan Emroz and contributes to several other pro-reform newspapers and radio Zamaneh. He was arrested in the northern city of Rashat. June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is extremely worried about the state of free expression in Iran, one week after the announcement of the results of its presidential election. There is a danger that today’s endorsement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection victory by the Revolution’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, could aggravate the situation. The press freedom organisation therefore wrote today to the leaders of the European Union’s 27 member countries reiterating its call not to recognise Ahmadinejad’s reelection. to go further Follow the news on Iran News Iran has signed and ratified the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which says that “no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention” (article 9), “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression” (article 19) and “the right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized” (article 21). Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European Union’s 27 leaders urged not to recognise Ahmadinejad’s reelection Reporters Without Borders has been told that journalists and activists held in Tehran’s Evin prison are being put under a lot of pressure to make filmed “confessions” acknowledging their “participation in a velvet revolution.” The press freedom organisation has also received many allegations of torture. Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election “The European Union and its member countries must not falter in their defence of freedom of expression,” the letter continued. “No government would have recognised the results of such a sham if it had taken place anywhere in Europe. Must the normal standards be abandoned because it is Iran? That would be a stab in the back for all the Iranian citizens who believed their ballot could change their destiny.” Help by sharing this information center_img News Receive email alerts 16 June: – Mohammad Ali Abtahi, also known as the “Blogging Mullah,” who was arrested at his Tehran home. His blog: http://www.webneveshteha.com/. – Hamideh Mahhozi, arrested in the southern city of Bushehr.- Amanolah Shojai, who is also a blogger. Arrested in Bushehr.- Hossin Shkohi, who works for the weekly Paygam Jonob. Arrested in Bushehr.- Mashalah Hidarzadeh, arrested in Bushehr. At least 18 journalists have been arrested since 12 June. We are without news of many others. With luck, some are holed up somewhere, waiting for better days. The rest may well be in jail, with the journalists who have already been there for some time. Iran was already the Middle East’s biggest prison for journalists before the presidential election. Now, with at least 30 journalists detained, it has become the world’s second biggest prison for the media, ahead of Cuba and just behind China. “If President Ahmadinejad does not agree to respect press freedom, he must be made to see reason,” the letter said. “A clear and unequivocal rejection of the election results by European leaders could force Ahmadinejad to yield. The nuclear stakes in Iran must not serve as a pretext for saying nothing. This is not the time for timid or cautious statements.” 17 June:- Saide Lylaz, a business reporter for the newspaper Sarmayeh, who had been very critical of Ahmadinejad’s policies. He was arrested at his Tehran home.- Rohollah Shassavar, a journalist based in the city of Mashad.Photos taken by Iranian journalists sent to Reporters Without Borders are accessible on this Website : http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/portfolio/2009/06/19/iran-l-opposition-defile-la-mobilisation-de-faiblit-pas_1208738_3218.html#ens_id=1190750 June 11, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Following today’s address by the Supreme Leader, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reminded the Iranian authorities of their obligations under international law. Eighteen journalists have been arrested in the week since the presidential election results : News IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation 14 June:- Somayeh Tohidloo, who also keeps a blog (http://smto.ir) – Ahmad Zeydabadi- Kivan Samimi Behbani- Abdolreza Tajik- Mahssa Amrabad- Behzad Basho, a cartoonist – Khalil Mir Asharafi, a TV producer- Karim Arghandeh, a blogger (http://www.futurama.ir/) and reporter for pro-reform newspapers Salam, Vaghieh and Afaghieh, who was arrested at his Tehran home. March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Commissioners to appoint new county judge

first_img Facebook Commissioners to appoint new county judge Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleTHE IDLE AMERICAN: Marriage vows in concreteNext articleAnnual Daddy Daughter Dance admin By admin – June 10, 2018 center_img WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsGovernment Twitter Commissioners court logo Previous coverageA changing of the guard will take place Monday during the next commissioners’ court as County Judge Ron Eckert will hand off Ector County’s top administrative position to Debi Hays.The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom located in the Ector County Administration building annex, 1010 E. Eighth St.Eckert’s resignation was announced in the meeting agenda, which was released more than a week before the meeting. He will be leaving to begin a new job as vice president and general counsel at a local gas and oil service company. He did not seek re-election.The decision to leave was made following commissioner’s rejecting Eckert’s proposal to pursue taking on $85 million of debt for a new courthouse, which only Eckert and Precinct 1 Commissioner Eddy Shelton supported.“When I couldn’t solve the problem, what more sense does it make to stay?” Eckert said previously. “It’s better to get out in time for the next judge to put her own stamp on the budget.”Hays will be coming into the position a little more than a month before she has to submit a budget for the 2019 fiscal year, and said she is feeling positive coming into the position, calling the budget her No. 1 priority.I work better under pressure and with constant challenges on the blackboard,” Hays said previously. “Let’s make a to-do list and let’s mark them off.”Hays became the de facto next County Judge after besting Chris Fostel in the March Republican primary, and not having a Democratic challenger to run against in November.Also during the meeting, Missi Walden will be appointed to Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, a position she was elected to following the May runoff where she beat Matt Stringer to fill the vacant seat.IN OTHER BUSINESS, COMMISSIONERSWill present a Certificate of Completion to Precinct 1 Commissioner Eddy Shelton for County Commissioners Court Leadership Academy Class VII from V.G. Young Institute of County Government.Will consider a proposed ban of rockets with sticks and missiles with fins for the 4th of July fireworks season.Will accept a donation of $85,000 from Bustin for Badges for the Sheriff’s Office.Will accept a donation of $1,000 from Adriana and Marcos Lujan for the purchase of a tactical vest for the Sheriff’s Office.Will consider a proposed resolution adopting a temporary 207 (k) exemption two-week work period of 86 hours and to compensate overtime with paid overtime after 86 hours for jailers, but retaining the current 207 (k) exemption work period of 28 days and overtime earned after 171 hours with overtime paid in the form of compensatory time off for all other law enforcement.Will appoint Gus Ortega to the Board of Trustees for Permian Basin Community Centers for a two-year term running from June 27, 2018 to June 26, 2020.Will consider the competitive proposal and contract for the roof repair—phase 1 project.Will consider the evidence/forensics building competitive sealed proposal specifications.Will consider the Ector County Law Enforcement Center—tilt skillets to be purchased with the jail expansion funds—special departmental equipment, and authorize a budget amendment from jail expansion funds, improvements and construction to jail expansion funds, special departmental equipment in the amount of $30,007.Will consider the proposal/letter of agreement for the ECLEC—abandoned vehicle and forensics storage building with JSA Architects to be funded from jail expansion fund, professional services for $42,000.Will consider the proposed AIA change order No. 8 for the jail additions and renovations project.Will consider a proposed amendment to the Lexis Advance Subscription Agreement between LexisNexis and Ector County, for research services for the County Law Library.Will consider a proposed interlocal agreement between the Office of the Attorney General and Ector County, for the purposes of issuing 10 licenses to the Office of the Attorney General for the purpose of allowing the Office of the Attorney General to access the County Odyssey Integrated Courts and Justice System.Will consider the proposed Angel Subdivision being 50.1 acres out of section 18, block 43, T-2-S, T&P RY. CO. Survey.Will consider a requested letter of support for a grant proposal to be submitted by Permian Basin Community Centers for a matching grant for justice-involved individuals as directed by Senate Bill 292.Will consider the proposed replat of lot 5, block 2, Brown Industrial sites, having a tract site of 5.05 acres.Will consider the proposed replat of 8.05 acres out of tract 9, Belmont Acres.Will consider the proposed replat of lot 8, block 3, Pleasant Farms subdivision, first filing.Will receive the Accounts Payable Fund Requirements Report for June 11, 2018.last_img read more

PureTech Founded Entity Vedanta Biosciences Appoints Mark Mullikin as Chief Financial Officer

first_img Twitter PureTech Founded Entity Vedanta Biosciences Appoints Mark Mullikin as Chief Financial Officer Previous articleNexthink Reaches $1.1 Billion Valuation with $180M in Series D Financing Round, Names Former Adobe CEO to its Board of DirectorsNext articleSarah Cannon Leaders to Present at the 2021 TCT Meetings of ASTCT® and CIBMTR® Digital AIM Web Support BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– PureTech Health plc (LSE: PRTC, NASDAQ: PRTC) (“PureTech” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing highly differentiated medicines for devastating diseases, is pleased to note that its Founded Entity, Vedanta Biosciences, today announced the appointment of Mark Mullikin as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Mullikin brings 25 years of experience raising and deploying capital for life sciences companies, and most recently held leadership roles in finance and investor relations at publicly-traded Editas Medicine and Novartis. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005131/en/ Vedanta announced the appointment of Mark Mullikin as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Mullikin brings 25 years of experience raising and deploying capital for life sciences companies, and most recently held leadership roles in finance and investor relations at publicly-traded Editas Medicine and Novartis. (Photo: Business Wire) Mr. Mullikin joins Vedanta from Editas Medicine, where he served as Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations and was involved in raising $700 million of equity capital. Prior to this role, Mr. Mullikin worked for Novartis in roles focused on financial and strategic planning in addition to health economics and pricing. Before joining Novartis, he was a healthcare equity analyst at Adage Capital Management and Piper Sandler and began his career in the finance and strategy practice at Deloitte Consulting. The full text of the announcement from Vedanta is as follows: Vedanta Biosciences Appoints Mark Mullikin as Chief Financial Officer Extensive biotech finance and investor relations expertise includes leadership roles at Editas Medicine and Novartis CAMBRIDGE, MA, February 8, 2021 – Vedanta Biosciences, a leading clinical-stage company developing a new category of therapies for immune-mediated diseases based on rationally defined consortia of human microbiome-derived bacteria, today announced the appointment of Mark Mullikin as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Mullikin brings 25 years of experience raising and deploying capital for life sciences companies, and most recently held leadership roles in finance and investor relations at publicly-traded Editas Medicine and Novartis. “Mark’s experience overseeing the finances of a public biotech and previously as a healthcare equity analyst, provide him a unique and broad perspective of the biotech field,” said Bernat Olle, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Biosciences. “We are excited to welcome Mark to the Vedanta team and look forward to his contributions.” Mr. Mullikin joins Vedanta from Editas Medicine, where he served as Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations and was involved in raising $700 million of equity capital. Prior to this role, Mr. Mullikin worked for Novartis in roles focused on financial and strategic planning in addition to health economics and pricing. Before joining Novartis, he was a healthcare equity analyst at Adage Capital Management and Piper Sandler and began his career in the finance and strategy practice at Deloitte Consulting. Mr. Mullikin earned his M.B.A. in finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. “Vedanta has established a leadership position in the microbiome field pioneering defined bacterial consortia as a new class of therapeutics,” said Mr. Mullikin. “I am thrilled to join at this pivotal moment of growth with key clinical trial readouts anticipated this year.” About Vedanta Biosciences Vedanta Biosciences is leading the development of a potential new category of oral therapies based on rationally defined consortia of bacteria derived from the human microbiome. The company’s clinical-stage pipeline includes product candidates being evaluated for the treatment of high-risk C. difficile infection, inflammatory bowel diseases, advanced or metastatic cancers, and food allergy. These investigational therapies are grounded in pioneering research – published in leading journals including Science, Nature, and Cell – to identify beneficial bacteria that live symbiotically within the healthy human gut, fight pathogens and induce a range of potent immune responses . Vedanta Biosciences controls a foundational portfolio of more than 40 patents and has built what is believed to be the world’s biggest library of bacteria derived from the human microbiome. Proprietary capabilities include deep expertise in consortium design, vast datasets from human interventional studies and cGMP-compliant manufacturing of oral live biotherapeutics containing pure, clonally derived bacterial consortia in powdered form. Vedanta Biosciences was founded by PureTech Health (LSE: PRTC, Nasdaq: PRTC) and a global team of scientific co-founders who pioneered Vedanta’s modern understanding of the cross-talk between the microbiome and the immune system. About PureTech Health PureTech is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing highly differentiated medicines for devastating diseases, including intractable cancers, lymphatic and gastrointestinal diseases, central nervous system disorders and inflammatory and immunological diseases, among others. The Company has created a broad and deep pipeline through the expertise of its experienced research and development team and its extensive network of scientists, clinicians and industry leaders. This pipeline, which is being advanced both internally and through PureTech’s Founded Entities, as of the date of PureTech’s most recently filed Registration Statement on Form 20-F, was comprised of 24 products and product candidates, including two that have received FDA clearance and European marketing authorization. All of the underlying programs and platforms that resulted in this pipeline of product candidates were initially identified or discovered and then advanced by the PureTech team through key validation points based on the Company’s unique insights into the biology of the brain, immune and gut, or BIG, systems and the interface between those systems, referred to as the BIG Axis. For more information, visit www.puretechhealth.com or connect with us on Twitter @puretechh. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains statements that are or may be forward-looking statements, including statements that relate to the company’s future prospects, developments, and strategies. The forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from current expectations, including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the potential therapeutic benefits of our product candidates, our expectations regarding the appointment of Mark Mullikin as Chief Financial Officer and those risks and uncertainties described in the risk factors included in the regulatory filings for PureTech Health plc. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions regarding the present and future business strategies of the company and the environment in which it will operate in the future. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as at the date of this press release. Except as required by law and regulatory requirements, neither the company nor any other party intends to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005131/en/ CONTACT: Investors and Media Allison Mead Talbot +1 617 651 3156 [email protected]  KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY HEALTH MEDICAL DEVICES SOURCE: PureTech Health plc Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 07:00 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 07:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005131/en TAGS  Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusinesscenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Crowd gathers at County House in opposition of fire service proposals

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – June 14, 2018 Facebook A large crowd gathered at today’s AGM of Donegal County Council to oppose proposals to replace fire stations in Ballyshannon and Bundoran with a single station outside Bundoran.The Ballyshannon station currently provides services from Finner, through Ballyshannon and on towards Pettigo while Bundoran on the other side covers into Leitrim and Sligo.It’s feared that reducing cover locally would have serious implications on response times should an emergency arise.The single station option was recommended by Donegal’s chief fire officer Joe McTaggart but Ballyshannon resident Billy Grimes says the people won’t let that happen:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/grimesweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction center_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleSeamus O’Domhnaill elected Cathaoirleach of Donegal County CouncilNext articleGardai identify body in Sligo as that of missing man News Highland Crowd gathers at County House in opposition of fire service proposals Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more

Top job: Sarah Higgins, group HR director, Bland Bankart

first_imgTop job: Sarah Higgins, group HR director, Bland BankartOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Sarah Higgins is group HR director at Bland Bankart. She joins the independentinsurance, risk management and financial services company from Lombard whereshe was an HR consultant. Her appointment marks the first ever full-time HRrole at the firm, and she will provide strategic and operational support to the260 directors, line managers and staff. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? Singing Gold by Spandau Ballet in front of 300 staff at a conference in2002. I had volunteered to be part of a pop idol act. How do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years? With the increasing amount of employment legislation, businesses will becomemore reliant on HR for its expertise in this area. What is your essential viewing? Generally anything sci-fi orientated. However, I’ve recently been hooked on24 and Reborn in the USA. What’s the best thing about HR? Being able to facilitate issues into win-win solutions. And the worst? The level of strategic importance placed upon HR, often to the detriment ofthe business. How do you fill your spare time? Going to the gym, cooking, spending time with my partner and family. I alsomake time to keep up-to-date by reading Personnel Today, People Management andthe IDS Review. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? As a non-swimmer scared of deep water, I completed a diving course while onholiday in Turkey in 2002. What is the essential tool in your job? The internet is invaluable for me at the moment as a source of HR-relatedinformation. What advice would you give to people starting out in HR? Gain as much experience as possible of different HR practices in differentbusiness areas. Keep an open mind and be true to yourself. Do you network? Yes, it’s important, but I always try to ensure there is added businessbenefit attached to it. If you could do any job in the world what would it be? A dancer with pop stars on their videos or TV performances. Who would play you in the film of your life and why? Davina McCall – I like her style. What’s the worst/best office party you’ve ever attended? The funniest office party was one I went to with my partner. We thought itwas going to be quite formal and didn’t realise that there was a Ceilidh [anIrish informal social gathering with folk music and storytelling]. My partnerhad to wear green leprechaun ears! Higgins’ CV2003 Group HR director, Bland Bankart2001 HR consultant, Lombard (Royal Bank of Scotland Group)1999 Area personnel manager, Boots 1998 HR officer, Zeneca (now AstraZeneca) Comments are closed. last_img read more

Victorious Homecoming for HMAS Melbourne

first_img View post tag: Homecoming View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Victorious Homecoming for HMAS Melbourne StatusActive Victorious Homecoming for HMAS Melbourne Length138 m HMAS MELBOURNE- SPECIFICATIONS Complement184 + aircrew March 17, 2014 View post tag: Victorious View post tag: News by topic Displacement4,200 tonscenter_img Range4,500 nautical miles [mappress]Press Release, March 17, 2014, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Melbourne View post tag: Defense HMAS MELBOURNE ENTERS SYDNEYAfter 6 months at sea and over a $1 billion dollars in drug apprehensions, HMAS Melbourne returned to her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, on March 15th. The crowded wharf of well wishers, which counted among their numbers the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN, cheered her crew of 232 as the ship pulled alongside. The ship, which set sail in August 2013, spent the Christmas season at sea conducting maritime security operations (MSO) including maritime interception operations (MIO) as part of a coalition force contributing to Operation SLIPPER and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).Commanding Officer Melbourne, Commander Brian Schlegel says while it was tough being away from their loved ones, the ship was buoyed by the fact that they were making a significant contribution on the world stage. “During our deployment, Melbourne seized and destroyed drugs, including heroin, meth-amphetamines and cannabis resin, with a street value of over A$1 billion dollars. By removing these drugs from circulation, we have directly impacted the profits of terrorist organisations, which trade drugs to fund their activities,” said CMDR Schlegel.“We also helped maintain the security of sea lanes for legitimate mariners, apprehending nine pirates off the coast of Somalia in October, after merchant ships reported two piracy attempts.“While it has been great to successfully execute the mission we spent many hours training long and hard for, it’s hard to beat arriving back in Sydney and seeing your loved ones waiting for you. I know the crew appreciate all the support they’ve received from friends and family back home,” said CMDR Schlegel.FAMILY MEMBERS WELCOME THEIR LOVED ONES ATTACHED TO HMAS MELBOURNEThe Deputy Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Commodore Dean McDougall, MNZM, RNZN attended to welcome three sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy embarked as part of the Australian ship’s company. The drug interceptions were coordinated by Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), currently being led by Australian Commodore Darryl Bates AM RAN. This was Melbourne’s seventh deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations and the fifty-sixth rotation of a Royal Australian Navy Fleet Unit to the region since the first Gulf War in 1990. Beam14.3m Speedover 30 knots Share this article View post tag: Defence Draught7.5mlast_img read more

Press release: New law protecting tenants comes into force today

first_img General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 considering the case for a specialist housing court to provide greater access to justice for landlords and tenants in property disputes From today, tenants will no longer be stung by unreasonable costs from agents or landlords, thanks to the implementation of the Tenant Fees Act. This Act bans unnecessary letting fees and caps the majority of deposits at 5 weeks’ rent – helping renters keep more of their hard-earned cash. Alongside our recent announcement to scrap no fault evictions in the sector, this will make renting fairer and more transparent – creating a housing market that works for everyone. Tenants will be protected from unfair letting fees with most seeing tenancy deposits capped at 5 weeks’ rent, putting hard-earned cash back in their pockets, thanks to a new law which comes into force today (1 June 2019).Unexpected fees and high deposits can make properties harder for people to afford and are often not clearly explained upfront – leaving many prospective tenants unaware of the true costs of renting a property.The Tenant Fees Act now puts an end to these unnecessary fees imposed by landlords and agents. It is expected to save tenants across England at least £240 million a year, or up to £70 per household.The Act also caps the tenancy deposits that renters pay at the start of their tenancy at the equivalent of 5 weeks’ rent. This gives people the assurance that, legally, they cannot be expected to pay more than this (where the total annual rent is less than £50,000) to secure a property.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: These measures are all part of ongoing action by the government to protect tenants and drive up standards in the private rented sector – helping make a housing market that is fairer and works for everyone. Social media – MHCLG a review to assess how well the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) – the system used by local authorities to assess health and safety in residential properties – works in practice and ensure it is fit for purpose 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Contact form https://forms.communit… Email [email protected] If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. a national database of rogue landlords and agents to keep track of those that have been banned from lettingcenter_img Media enquiries This Act also puts a stop to tenants being charged hundreds of pounds for admin or renewal fees. In addition, under the Act’s default fee provision, landlords and agents are only able to recover reasonably incurred costs from tenants for lost keys or other security devices and must provide evidence of these costs before they can impose any charges. They may also charge a default fee in relation to late rent.The Act ensures that tenants who have been charged unfair fees can get their money back. Trading Standards or the First-tier Tribunal can require landlords and agents to pay back any prohibited payment or any unlawfully retained holding deposit within 7 to 14 days.Taken together, these provisions help reduce the costs that tenants can face at the outset of, during, the renewal of and termination of a tenancy.The Act is part of a wider package of reforms by the government aimed at rebalancing the relationship between tenants and landlords to deliver a fairer, better quality and more affordable private rental market.In April this year, we announced plans to stop private landlords from evicting tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason. We are due to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions, bringing an end to private landlords uprooting tenants from their homes with as little as 8 weeks’ notice.In addition to this, we have introduced a range of powers for local authorities to enable them to crack down on the small minority of rogue landlords and agents who let unfit properties. This includes fixed financial penalties of up to £30,000 and banning orders – possibly for life – for the most serious offenders.Ministers have also extended mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation to improve living conditions of tenants in shared homes and tightened up rules on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Private tenants can also apply for a refund of up to 12 months’ rent if their landlord does not deal with health and safety hazards in their home.Other government steps to reform and improve renting include: The highly-anticipated Tenant Fees Act will save renters across England £240 million a year It means tenancy deposits are capped and landlords and agents are banned from charging unnecessary fees This is all part of the government’s work to make the housing market fairer for everyone mandatory client money protection – by which rental money held by letting agents is safeguarded against theft and fraud proposals for an independent regulator to oversee property agents, setting standards and maintaining minimum qualifications new, mandatory 5-yearly electrical installation safety inspections Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 proposals for mandatory redress scheme membership for landlords Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more