Reform safeguards staff rights

first_imgThe Government hopes proposals to give more protection to employees’ termsand conditions when they are transferred between employers will help overcomeresistance to the involvement of the private sector in the delivery of publicservices. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt told the TUC’s annualconference last week that proposed changes to the Tupe regulations would helpreassure public sector employees that their working conditions will beprotected. “Workers need reassurance that their rights will be safeguarded in thevital process of public sector reform and in business restructuring in theprivate sector. That is why I am announcing proposals for the reform of theTupe arrangements including looking at occupational pensions,” she said. Terry Gorman, former president of Socpo, gave the proposals a cautiouswelcome. He said, “Anything that helps protect the situation for staff whilebusinesses are forging links has to be welcomed.” Gorman is concerned that companies that take over local government servicescould be tempted to shed staff to make cost savings if they cannot do itthrough terms and conditions. Yvonne Bennion, policy specialist at the Industrial Society, thinks thesuggestion in the Tupe consultation document that there could be a differentinterpretation for private- and public-sector staff is a recipe for confusion. Patricia Hewitt’s proposals for Tupe– Measures to better protect occupational pension rights– Greater flexibility when applying Tupe to transfers of insolventbusinesses– Better guidance on the extent of protection against transfer relateddismissals– A legal requirement for the old employer to give the new employer detailsof terms being transferred– More flexibility for employers to change terms and conditions after atransfer if there is a sound economic, technical or organisational reason forthiswww.dti.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Reform safeguards staff rightsOn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems in Antarctica

first_imgAntarctica is the most isolated continent on Earth, but it has not escaped the negative impacts of human activity. The unique marine ecosystems of Antarctica and their endemic faunas are affected on local and regional scales by overharvesting, pollution, and the introduction of alien species. Global climate change is also having deleterious impacts: rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification already threaten benthic and pelagic food webs. The Antarctic Treaty System can address local- to regional-scale impacts, but it does not have purview over the global problems that impinge on Antarctica, such as emissions of greenhouse gases. Failure to address human impacts simultaneously at all scales will lead to the degradation of Antarctic marine ecosystems and the homogenization of their composition, structure, and processes with marine ecosystems elsewhere.last_img read more

Comedy for a Cause – Sat Sept 2 @7PM

first_imgOn Saturday, September 2nd the Tabernacle will present its first ever stand up comedy night at 7pm. Jonnie W., comedian and musician, comes armed with razor-sharp wit and his trustee guitar. Jonnie blends musical chops, strong vocals and off-beat standup for a hilariously unique comedy experience. He tours regularly with fellow funny man Tim Hawkins on his “Rockshow Comedy Tour,” to sold out shows coast to coast.This performance fundraiser is to benefit the after school SON CLUB program at the Tabernacle. Currently, program provides a safe, supervised environment with enriching activities from grades kindergarden through eighth grade.60% of SON CLUB children are at or below poverty level and we would like to keep the program open and free to those in need. We rely on your generous community support to keep this program running!Contributions from all tickets sold go directly into our children’s educations!General Admission Tickets: $16 online at www.octab.org or $20 at the DoorVIP Tickets: $25The Tabernacle hosts distinguished guest speakers and performers every Sunday morning through September 10th. Keep up with the full list of events and speakers online at www.octab.org.https://www.facebook.com/events/2020048341548041/?active_tab=discussion###Located at 550 Wesley Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, the Ocean City Tabernacle is an inter-denominational Christian worship and event center open to all. The Tabernacle is the historic center of the City of Ocean City which was established as a “Christian Seashore retreat” in 1879. This year will mark the organization’s 138th year of ministry.last_img read more

Mouthful of clues

first_imgDid a shift in the way infants were weaned give early humans an evolutionary advantage over their Neanderthal cousins? Scientists have long speculated that a change to earlier weaning played a key role in human development, but they have been stymied in efforts to prove such theories by the lack of an accurate record for comparing weaning ages in both species.Now, Harvard scientists say they’ve discovered such a record, and that it was right in front of researchers all along — in teeth.Tanya Smith, an associate professor of human evolutionary biology, and Katie Hinde, an assistant professor of human evolutionary biology, worked with colleagues at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and Westmead Hospital in Australia to demonstrate that the levels of barium in teeth correspond with increases in breast-feeding, and fall as infants are weaned. Importantly, the researchers say, the barium levels survive in fossils that are thousands of years old, meaning the test can show how breast-feeding behavior changed among Neanderthals and early humans. The work was described in a paper published May 22 in Nature.“There’s an ongoing debate about whether Neanderthal and contemporary Homo sapiens would have practiced different behaviors in terms of their breast-feeding,” Smith said. “People have speculated that an early weaning process in modern humans may have been part of their evolutionary advantage. We don’t have the data to answer that question yet, but we now have the method to be able to start collecting that data.“It’s clear that there are developmental differences between Neanderthals and modern humans — we’ve amassed good evidence for that in the fossil record,” she continued. “What we haven’t been able to do is make a direct comparison using a biomarker like first reproduction age, or life span, or weaning age. That’s why this is so exciting, because now we can get at one of these ‘life history’ variables directly.”To get at weaning age, researchers took advantage of the unique way teeth grow.Like trees, teeth grow in regular layers that are created as various minerals — such as calcium — oxygen, and small amounts of metals are deposited in tooth enamel and dentine. Using sophisticated analytical chemistry and microscopic records of daily growth, researchers were able to show that while barium levels in teeth are initially low because very little of the metal passes through the placenta, levels increase dramatically as breast-feeding begins, then fall off as infants begin to supplement their diet with other foods.To show that barium levels correlate with breast-feeding, researchers first analyzed data from humans and monkeys who had known dietary histories.As part of a study conducted by the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas, participants provided naturally shed baby teeth along with precise records of infant diet, including the duration of breast-feeding and timing of formula introduction. Macaque teeth, milk, and dietary histories were provided through a long-term lactation study conducted by Harvard’s Comparative Lactation Lab and the California National Primate Research Center. Researchers also analyzed the first molar tooth of a juvenile Neanderthal from Belgium to assess weaning patterns in a Middle Paleolithic hominin.“We can see when the barium shows up in the tooth after birth, and we see it increase over time, because an infant will take more milk as they get bigger and more active, and then you see it drop off in this beautiful, inverted U-shaped function,” Hinde said. “This is a game-changer in many ways, because this will allow us to go to museum collections and look at this as a proxy for how much milk different infants got from their mothers and what their weaning process was like. We can now look at that within species, but we can also look at that among species. That will tell us about the evolution of how mothers invest in their young.”The potential for important insights doesn’t end there.“There’s also a human health component to this,” Smith said. “People intuitively understand that breast-feeding is important for normal development. We can use this data to study the breast-feeding histories of adults and that could predict later health outcomes.”Perhaps most importantly, she said, the technique will allow scientists to begin to answer questions of how changes in lifestyle may have contributed to modern humans’ evolutionary advantage over Neanderthals.“This can give us a window into one aspect of life that may have separated modern humans from Neanderthals,” she said. “This topic has been debated for a long time in the scientific community. What does it mean that human and Neanderthal cranial development was different? What does it mean that their dental development was different? We haven’t been able to get at these questions in the fossil record, but now we can actually get at a real developmental benchmark. That’s why this is so exciting.”For more on the research, click here.last_img read more

Miss Trunchbull Is Waiting for You to Enter #MatildaSweeps

first_img Matilda View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Listen up, maggots! Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull and her mini-me want you to enter #MatildaSweeps, and this is not a woman (or a mini-me) you want to let down. You don’t want to us to say the word “chokey,” do you? Didn’t think so. Pleased don’t think of this as a threat, by the way. Think of it as encouragement from Trunchbull. Very convincing encouragement. After all, you only have until December 20 to enter. CLICK HERE for your chance to win a trip to see the miraculous musical on the Great White Way!last_img

13 Georgia Gold Medals

first_imgFor a dozen years now, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee,Inc., has been recommending each year a new, short list ofbeautiful, proven landscape plants.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers,landscapers, landscape designers, garden center managers andUniversity of Georgia horticulturists.It was organized in 1994 to break up a vicious cycle in whichdeserving plants remained relatively unknown because no nurseriespropagated them, because no customers asked for them, becausethey were relatively unknown. …Each year the committee selects an annual, perennial, shrub andtree and sometimes a flowering vine from a long list of nomineesand awards them Georgia Gold Medals. They announce the winnersfirst to growers so they can have them available when the publicpromotions begin.The committee decides the winners based on seasonal interest,outstanding or unusual qualities, ease of propagation, hardiness,adaptability, durability, pest tolerance and lack of invasiveness.The winnersThe 2005 Georgia Gold Medal Winners are:Dragon Wing isn’t a typicalbegonia when it comes to heattolerance. It’s more like a begonia on steroids. This sensationalsummer annual produces nonstop red or pink flowers from springuntil fall frost. It adapts well to hanging baskets, largecontainers and landscape beds.Georgia Blue veronica is aherbaceous perennial that grows like aground cover, 4 to 6 inches and 2 feet wide. It’s not a nativebut hails from the Republic of Georgia (formerly part of theSoviet Union). But it’s hardy in zones 5 to 8 and bearsbeautiful, sky-blue flowers from February to April.Rose Creek and Canyon Creek abelias are seedlingselections ofChinese abelia. The former was selected for its low, moundingform (2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide), crimson stems,fragrant white flowers and May-to-frost blooming. Canyon Creek isbigger (4 to 6 feet tall and wide), a terrific hedging plant. Itsleaves emerge coppery pink and mellows to a soft yellow, thengreen and finally rosy bronze in winter.Glowing Embers isn’t just anotherJapanese maple. It’s a stunningtree with vigorous growth rate and brilliant fall color. And itadapts to a range of landscape conditions, thriving in full sunand tolerating drought better than most trees in its class. It’snamed for the kaleidoscope of color its fall leaves provide asthey fade from green to purple, flourescent orange or yellow.Creeping raspberry is a hardy,extraordinary ground cover. Itthrives in difficult sites like hot, dry, erodible slopes orditches where soil moisture goes from soggy to arid. Afast-growing evergreen from Taiwan, it grows 3 to 6 inches highand spreads 3 to 6 feet in all directions.To learn more about on the Georgia Gold Medal Winners program,visit the Web at www.georgiagoldmedal.com. The site shows theplants the GPSC has chosen since 1994.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXNumber 1Page 13 By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone looking for new landscape plants should definitely checkout the Georgia Gold Medal winners.last_img read more

Nokian Tyres revenues, profits down in 2009

first_imgNet sales of Nokian Tyres Group amounted to EUR 798.5 million (2008: EUR 1,080.9 million), down by 26.1% compared to 2008. Operating result was EUR 102.0 million (EUR 247.0 million). Earnings per share were EUR 0.47 (EUR 1.12), and result for the period was EUR 58.3 million (EUR 139.9 million). The North American operation, headquartered in Colchester, Vermont, was one of the brightest spots for the Finnish company. Net sales in North America were EUR 84.5 (EUR 80.7). Sales in North America have been helped by a recent law in Quebec requiring snow tires in winter. Nokian suffered in Scandinavia, but mostly in the Russian group, where sales were off more than EUR 200. Nokian is best known for its Hakkapeliitta brand. Cash flow from operations improved to EUR 123.1million (EUR 9.5 million). The Board of Directors proposes a dividendof EUR 0.40 (EUR 0.40) per share. In 2010, the company is positionedto improve net sales and operating result compared to 2009.Kim Gran, President and CEO:“Eventually, after taking decisive action in a tough market we achievedquite satisfactory results in 2009. The launch of our new winter tyre,Hakkapeliitta 7, has been a great success and has helped us to maintainhealthy prices and strengthen our market leader position on our coremarkets. Prices were increased on all core markets to compensate fordevaluations but did not fully cover the changes in sales and marketmix. The Vianor chain was expanded by 116 shops and now consistsof over 600 outlets.The streamlining measures aiming at a lighter cost structure andfull utilization of a lower cost production in the Russian plant wereimplemented as planned. Our actions will have a strong impact on ourresults for years to come. Manufacturing operations booked improvedresults and margins in the fourth quarter year-over-year signaling thatactions taken in 2009 are starting to have a positive effect.Our target was to provide strong cash flow and eliminate receivablerisk. Cash flow from operations improved by EUR 113.6 million year-over-year due to cost cuts, lower investments, inventories and reducedtrade receivables. Investments were cut by EUR 94.7 million andinventories by EUR 90.9 million year-over-year. At the end of 2009,current receivables were EUR 72.7 million lower than a year before.Wages and salaries were cut by EUR 44.6 million and fixed costsexcluding salaries by EUR 24.2 million compared to 2008.We have already set our minds to return to the growth track,expecting that in 2010 we will have a good possibility to increaseour sales, instead of merely focusing on cost savings. Sales will besupported by a slowly recovering economy on our core markets andour distributors’ quite moderate carry-over stocks after this winter.Russian and Nordic markets have stabilized and are showing earlysigns of growth. In spite of some encouraging signals, we will stillbase our actions on a gradual rather than a rapid recovery.A strong growing distribution, good seasonal logistics, an improvedcost structure with production inside duty borders of Russia and CISand new products will give us a good chance to strengthen ourmarket leadership in the core markets and to return to profitablegrowth in 2010.”Market situationThe sharp downturn in the global economy that started in late 2008continued during 2009, although the second half of the year showedsome positive signs. The aftermarket sales volume for passenger cartyres in 2009 declined in the Nordic countries by an estimated 10%year-over-year. Tyre deliveries shrank drastically in Russia and the CIScountries, trailing the declining economy and reduced car sales.As car manufacture volumes decreased significantly, there was anexcess supply of summer tyres which resulted in price erosion of somevolume sizes. USA introduced a duty program in September 2009 forthe next three years (35%, 30%, 25%) for car tyres manufactured inChina. This is expected to put further pressure on economy segmentsummer tyre prices on all non-US markets.Source: Nokian Tyres plc annual report. www.nokiantyres.com(link is external)last_img read more

FREDERICKSBURG REGION: VIRGINIA’S ADVENTURE MECCA

first_imgConveniently located between Richmond and Washington, D.C., the Fredericksburg region, consisting of Stafford County, Spotsylvania County and the city of Fredericksburg, offers outdoor enthusiasts a nearly-endless supply of activities year-round. Here are just a few of our favorites: ON THE WATERRappahannock RiverThe Rappahannock River in eastern Virginia is the country’s longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States. Enjoy the river on your own or discover a number of river outfitters in the area that offer kayaking, fishing and tubing trips.Lake AnnaAmong Virginia’s most popular lakes, Lake Anna offers 13,000 scenic acres of sailing, water-skiing and sport fishing. Boaters can launch boats at the lake’s marinas or take a rental for a spin. At Lake Anna State Park, guests can rent cabins, yurts and lodges for up to 16 people. The park boasts miles of pristine hiking and horseback riding trails. Widewater State ParkWidewater State Park, which just opened in the fall of 2018, offers two miles of shoreline along the Potomac River. The park features beaches, hiking trails, picnic shelters, a public boat launch and a visitor center. TAKE A HIKE Government IslandNow a natural park preserve and archaeological site, Government Island contains a trail and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history (the stone from the Quarry was used to build the White House and the U.S. Capitol). With a 1.5 mile trail, Government Island is an ideal location to observe aquatic and native plants, as well as birds and other wildlife.Crow’s Nest Natural Area PreserveThe topography of Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve is varied, with the high narrow ridgeline rising 160 feet above two tidally influenced creeks: Potomac and Accokeek. Crow’s Nest also includes a shoreline birding/nature trail to viewpoints of Accokeek Creek, and an ADA-accessible canoe/kayak launch facility for the Crow’s Nest Water Trail.BattlefieldsGeographically located halfway between the Union and Confederate capital cities, the Fredericksburg region is surrounded by Civil War battlefields and historic sites. The battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse all raged within a 20-mile radius. These battlefields are all protected by the National Park Service and offer a number of activities.GRAPES & GRAINSPotomac Point WineryPotomac Point Winery is a beautiful, Mediterranean-style winery. The estate includes a delicious bistro, tasting room, internal courtyard, pavilion and event room. Just one mile from the Potomac River, the location was selected because of its rich history, fertile soil and river influences.Smith Bowman DistilleryA staple of Spotsylvania, A. Smith Bowman Distillery balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits. The distillery offers a large venue to gather, as well as tours and tastings throughout the day.Spencer Devon BreweryA full-service brewery and restaurant in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, Spencer Devon focuses on providing exceptionally crafted beer and a quality dining experience using locally derived ingredients.Start planning your Fredericksburg area adventure at visitfred.com. last_img read more

Central America’s Next Energy Sources

first_imgBy Dialogo October 01, 2010 I like it so much. It’s admirable that you can use the volcanoes as a source of energy, I am convinced that the creator left everything in due course. Congratulations to the governments of Central America. Central America’s volcanoes may serve to alleviate the region’s energy needs. Extracting geothermal energy from the volcanoes is a viable option for many Central American countries, given that the region contains as many as 80 volcanoes, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Guatemala, the largest Central American country, seeks to produce 60 percent of its energy from geothermal or hydroelectric power plants by 2022. Geothermal power plants can be costly, but the Guatemalan government is providing tax incentives for the equipment needed to install them. Currently, the Guatemalan volcano Pacaya feeds one of the two geothermal plants in service in the country. Other Central American countries are also taking steps toward this alternative energy source. El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua all produce limited energy with geothermal technology. Plans to increase energy levels through geothermal plants are in progress.last_img read more

Caribbean Countries a Force to be Reckoned with in Track and Field

first_img Over the past decade Caribbean countries have shown great potential in Track and Field, especially in sprinting. The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jamaica won 11 medals, six gold, and all were in Track and Field. In 2004 in Athens, Felix Sanchez, of the Dominican Republic, won gold in the 400m hurdles. In the Military World Games, the first results occurred on Thursday (21). The Dominican Republic won two medals, one silver and one bronze. In the 400m dash, Arismendi Peguero, 31, ran the race in 45.95 seconds, coming in third place. The Dominican soldiers celebrated that result and others and dedicated it to their country’s military. “For me it was very important since the military did all they could to send me here, since our resources are limited. I had to give my best to fulfill my duty,” Peguero said. The other medal came in the women’s 4×400m relay. Captains Raisa Sanchez, Margarita Manzueta, Marlenis Veras and Yolanda Valerio finished the race in 3 minutes 38.75 seconds and were just beaten out by the Brazilian team of Vanda Gomes, Christiane Santos, Geisa Coutinho and Jailma Lima. “It’s a medal that should be celebrated too. We achieved what we trained for. We’re really happy,” said Raisa Sanchez shortly after the race. Marlenis Veras states that these are their first Military World Games. “The result is very good,” said Veras, who earlier ran in the semifinals of the 400m individual event. Jamaica Icons of the short sprints in the last Olympics, Jamaica has not won any medals in the 5th Military World Games, but on Thursday (21), they ran in two finals – one with Michael Barton, in the 400m, and Marlo Robinson in the 100m dash. “The pressure on me is the great tradition that Jamaica has in the sport. No medals won, but I liked the result. I’m in the military, so my priority is the Army. I haven’t had much time to train,” said Barton. Brazil On Thursday, the hosts won two more golds in Track and Field. Sergeant Jefferson Sabino won the triple jump, and was also the anchor on the gold medal 4×400m relay team. The Brazilian also won silver with Sergeants Keila Costa in the Triple Jump and Ana Silva in the 100m sprint, and bronze in the 100m with Sergeant Nilson Andre. By Dialogo July 22, 2011last_img read more