Euro rule on takeover talks may spell red tape

first_img Comments are closed. A European directive on employee consultation duringtakeovers could result in more red tape for UK employers.Companies would have to consult staff or theirrepresentatives as soon as a takeover bid is made public under the newregulations and provide them with copies of the offer document.The takeover directive is currently being agreed by theEuropean Parliament and, if it becomes law, will affect all listed companieswithin two to four years.The companies involved in mergers must also inform allemployees whether the takeover will alter their terms and conditions ofemployment. Governments will have to draw up new regulations to ensurecompanies obey the information and consultation guidelines.Robbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum onStatute and Practice, said, “This will be a fresh round of red tape foremployers and is much closer to becoming law than the information directive.”Gilbert said that few employers knew about the directivebecause it was introduced in a sub-section of the EU Company Law Directive. Paul Pagliari, HR director of Scottish Power, said,“Companies should be allowed to consult their workers in the manner appropriateto them. “Enforcing laws across international companies is verydifficult.” Euro rule on takeover talks may spell red tapeOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Unfair dismissal cases increase

first_imgUnfair dismissal cases increaseOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Four out of 10 managers report that the number of unfair dismissal cases hasgrown over the past year, according to a survey of 2,000 employers. The Future of Work Programme report also finds that more than half theorganisations surveyed report that the amount of time managers spend onemployment-related issues has risen in the past 12 months. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the study finds that onein six firms have reported an increased wage bill for legal advice aboutemployment-related issues. Stephen Hill, one of the report’s co-authors, believes one of the reasonsfor the increase in the number of unfair dismissal cases is the growingcompensation culture in the UK. “There is an increase today of people in all areas of life who aretaking legal recourse,” he said. He also highlighted the increasing complexity of employment legislationaffecting the workplace as a reason why managers are spending more of theirtime tackling issues in this area. The research reveals that most organisations are doing no more than thelegal minimum required to meet the family needs of women employees. www.regard.ac.uklast_img read more

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Ukraine: Black Sea Fleet Paid Honors to WW2 Veteran Capt Nikolai Krustalev

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Ukraine: Black Sea Fleet Paid Honors to WW2 Veteran Capt Nikolai Krustalev Memorial events in honor of WW2 veteran Capt Nikolai Krustalev took place in Malo-Sdovoye, Sevastopol region; 70 years ago Khrustalev died after the first “fire ram” in Black Sea Fleet (BSF) naval aviation’s history.On Nov 5, 1941 twenty airplanes of 11-th air wing took off Baidary airfield to attack German troops concentrated at the Belbek River’s valley. One of two groups was led by Capt Nikolai Khrustalev. As a result of non-equal air battle, his plane was shot down. The pilot had a chance to eject, but the area was occupied and his landing would mean captivity. He took a hard nosedive and directed his aircraft at crowds of enemy vehicles.Representatives of BSF command, veterans, BSF aviators and Khrustalev’s relatives took part in the memorial activities.An orthodox litia was served for the fallen hero.Participants laid wreath at the hero’s grave.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 16, 2011 View post tag: Veteran View post tag: Nikolai View post tag: Capt View post tag: Black Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Honors View post tag: Krustalev View post tag: WW2 View post tag: fleet Ukraine: Black Sea Fleet Paid Honors to WW2 Veteran Capt Nikolai Krustalev View post tag: Paid View post tag: Navy November 16, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: sea Share this articlelast_img read more

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McKENNAN, JEWEL ANN

first_imgwas born June 12, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Herman and Pearl Jacobs. On Saturday, September 23, 2017, she transitioned to eternal peace at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. She attended the Bayonne School System, and further educating herself and receiving a degree in Computer Technology. Her first job was as a Customer Service Representative at Child Craft Education Corp in Edison, NJ. There she was a dedicated and hard worker and climbed up the ladder within the company and became a part of management. She then later met and married James McKennan in 1965, and to this union, two daughters were born. Ann was a survivor of breast cancer for over 20 years after being diagnosed at the age of 50. Jewel leaves to cherish her memories, her daughters; Melodie McKennan-Smith and Shanna McKennan; grandchildren, Victoria (Jessica) Parris, Parrisa, Jada and Kya; great grandchildren, Ethan, Jermaine, Julian, and Jaylin; sister, June Rodriguez Simmons; brother, Neddie Jacobs; son-in-laws, Lamont Smith & Kenneth Sauls; longtime partner, Carlton B. Rhodes; and a host of other relatives & friends. Funeral arrangements by CHARLES A. WEST, 34 East 25th St.last_img read more

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The Flanders Hotel Summer Specials

first_imgSplash Into Summer With Us!The summer season is officially upon us here at The Flanders Hotel, and our summer specials are here too!Tuesday’s: Prime Rib NightServed in Emily’s Ocean Room, just $24.95++ per person. Enjoy a 12 Oz Certified Angus Prime Rib served with a fresh garden salad, baked potato, and fresh asparagus. Served every Tuesday in July and August beginning July 4th!Wednesday’s: Family NightBuffet style dinner, with interactive dessert stations, craft stations, storytelling, face painting and more! Appearances by Flanders Finn, and Ocean City’s Famous Sammy the Monkey. Just $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 12 and under.Friday’s: Steak and Seafood NightEnjoy three choices of seafood and three choices of steak served with salad, potato, vegetable, and roll. Served in Emily’s Ocean Room every Friday Night throughout July and August.Do not forget about High Tea Every Thursday In June, July, and August at 2 pm and the Last Sunday of Each month. High tea is also available year round.Shoppes at The Flanders is open every day from 10am-5pmThe Coffee Express is Open Daily at 7 am enjoy hot or iced coffee, fresh pastries, tea, smoothies and more!For more information or reservation for any event please call us at 609-399-1000last_img read more

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Is the FSA ’full of it’?

first_imgSalt is yet again top of the agenda at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), with bakers seemingly obliged to stand in a continual firing line. Its new campaign encourages shoppers to look at the labels of foods, such as bread, sandwiches and pizza, and buy those with the lowest salt content.It has been seen as a slap in the face by many bakers, who have been working “voluntarily” to reduce the salt in their products, only to have a metaphorical pile of salt, heaped on their flames of glory for achieving the FSA’s own targets. The Federation of Bakers (FoB) told the FSA wouldn’t provide a statement of support for the consumer campaign, however FoB director Gordon Polson told British Baker: “We’re not going to try and counter their multi-million pound campaign.”Despite the FSA’s rejoinder that it is not suggesting consu-mers eat less bread, displaying posters of loaves with salt pouring out of them is hardly good publicity for bakers. A spokesperson for the FSA admitted that some bakers may come out of it worse than others. “If bakers aren’t actively trying to take salt out, then those are the bakers that may be affected as a result of this campaign,” she said.When it comes to warning consumers about the amount of salt in bread, international law firm Eversheds says the FSA has to rely on advertising, as UK labelling rules are governed by European law, meaning salt levels do not have to be indicated on food packaging. “EU law on free trade also prevents the UK from legislating for maximum salt levels in bread,” said Owen Warnock, partner and food law expert at Eversheds. “An update of EU law on food law is currently being undertaken, which will require declaration on the front of the pack of the percentage content of many nutrients. However, there is no proposal to require salt content to be indicated.”The FSA will this week be updating the European Com-mission on the UK’s position on salt at a conference in Brussels, organised by the EU Platform for Diet and Physical Activity entitled ’Salt in Bread: Technical, Taste and other Parameters for Healthy Eating’.Polson, who will be speaking at the conference, explained the main purpose of the event is for the European Commission to understand the different developments on salt in bread within Europe. “There is no suggestion that there is going to be any new legislation coming out of Europe,” he said. However the conference will focus on national salt initiatives, salt and health, technologies of salt reduction in bread, suggesting it’s becoming a hot topic in Europe.AnnoyanceComments from the FSA that “supermarket own-label versions of some foods, including bread, are often lower in salt than the branded versions”, has been met with annoyance by the plant and craft industry alike. Polson is disappointed that all the work that has gone on to reduce salt has not been recognised. “If a certain number of slices of bread makes up a third of your daily salt allowance, there is nothing wrong with that. There has not been enough emphasis on the good qualities of bread.”However, the FSA insisted that the comments regarding branded bread having more salt, were based on fact. “We looked at the salt levels in around 70 commonly available branded and supermarket own-label white, brown and wholemeal sliced breads,” explained a spokesperson for the FSA. “For example, of the top 15 white loaves with higher levels (range 0.7g to 0.41g sodium per 100g bread), 12 were branded and three were supermarket own-label. Of the bottom 19 white loaves containing lower levels of salt (range 0.4g to 0.3g sodium per 100g bread), one was branded and 18 were supermarket own-label.”Jan Thomson, co-owner of Thomsons Bakery in Newcastle Upon Tyne, is angry that despite meeting the salt levels the FSA has asked for, small craft bakers are not being acknowledged for all the work they have done. “That has got no publicity at all,” she said. “Bread is a staple in people’s diet, and if the FSA flag it up as something that’s bad for consumers, then what next?”last_img read more

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News story: Smart technology for public parks and spaces: apply for contracts

first_imgFind out more about SBRI and how it works. The amazing spaces, smart places challenge is looking for ways to make public parks and spaces safer, more enjoyable and more accessible for people.This competition has up to £120,000 for organisations with innovative technologies that can support better management of urban parks and open spaces. The focus is on Belfast, but there may be opportunities to develop proofs of concept in Dublin too.Funding is via Belfast City Council and the Department of Justice, with Dublin City Council also contributing.It is being run under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). Raising perceptions and respecting privacyBetween them, Belfast and Dublin councils manage more than 3,800 hectares of parks and open spaces. Both cities have a diverse range of public facilities that are popular for many uses and events, including sports and recreation, education and festivals.The competition is looking for data-driven innovations that can increase visitor numbers and raise positive perceptions of public spaces, with particular emphasis on reducing antisocial behaviour. They should also protect the privacy of people using them.As maintaining these spaces requires ongoing investment in their management and development, this competition is also looking for better ways to coordinate between different agencies to reduce management time and cost.A 2-phase competitionPotentially, there will be 2 phases to this competition. For phase 1, businesses must be able to demonstrate a working prototype that the city councils can test, with a potential route to market.If phase 2 goes ahead, it would build on successful phase 1 projects and look at how those projects could be further developed beyond Belfast and Dublin.Areas of interest could include: gathering and using real-time data to better understand the use of public spaces using connected devices to measure the impact of investment decisions exploring how user-oriented design could encourage positive behaviour creating interactive ‘playable city’ experiences that engage and inform users putting new technologies into existing and planned infrastructure, such as buildings, signs, lamp posts and other street furniture the competition is open and the deadline for registration is midday on 14 November 2018 organisations of all sizes can apply successful applicants will be notified on 30 November 2018 projects can last up to 4 months and must be completed by 31 March 2019 contracts of up to £20,000 will be awarded applicants will need to register with e-sourcingni to apply Projects must consider how they might affect and engage local communities, avoiding making improvements in one park or public area at the cost of others.Competition information Find out more about this competition and apply.last_img read more

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Pioneering Free-Jazz Pianist Cecil Taylor Dies At Age 89

first_imgAvante-garde pianist and poet Cecil Taylor passed away at his Brooklyn, NY home on Thursday at the age of 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam Wilner. Frequently acknowledged as one of the pioneers of jazz, his often erratic, physically impassioned, sonically complex, and rhythmically layered approach to piano set him apart from many of the players of his time.Notes NPR, “Taylor’s legacy is his sound: He played the piano with a furious attack, using the entire range of the instrument to create a unique musical language. His approach inspired other musicians and he remained true to it, even though it meant a lifetime of financial struggles.”As New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliff writes in his obituary for Taylor, “At the center of his art was that dazzling physicality and the percussiveness of his playing — his deep, serene, Ellingtonian chords and hummingbird attacks above middle C — which held true well into his 80s.”Ratliff previously summed up Taylor’s forward-thinking uniqueness to NPR, explaining:Cecil is of jazz, and also beyond it. … The thing that Cecil was doing in 1959 or whatever, the stuff that had basically a steady beat, but was pushing out on all sides with strange harmonies and strange dynamics — you know, we’re doing stuff now that’s more like that. And to think that at that point in the late ’50s, Cecil Taylor was just saying, ‘Yeah, this is the right way to play, this is the way to do it,’ is truly amazing.Below, you can listen to Taylor’s 1960 album, The World of Cecil Taylor, and get a taste of his famed improvisational abilities with a solo clip from 1981 free jazz documentary, Imagine the Sound:Cecil Taylor – The World of Cecil Taylor [1960][via avishv] Cecil Taylor – Free Improvisation #3[Video: VegetativeHorse][H/T NPR]last_img read more

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Indoor ants

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAs outdoor temperatures get hotter and conditions get drier,humans aren’t the only ones coming indoors. Argentine ants aremarching inside, too.”If you have them, you definitely know it,” said Dan Suiter, anentomologist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They travel in trailsinto kitchens, offices and bathrooms searching for food andwater.”Argentine ants are small, just an eighth of an inch long. Nativeto South America, they were accidentally introduced into theUnited States more than 100 years ago in New Orleans coffeeshipments. Sugar, syrup loversDespite this cycle, you can reduce your chances of having theseants in your home by thoroughly rinsing all drink cans beforeplacing them into the garbage or recycling bin and by emptyinggarbage containers often.”Like any other time of year, don’t leave any food or drinksout,” Suiter said. “These ants can find a Coke can with just alittle syrup left in it. They love sugar, and they’ll show up bythe thousands, literally overnight.”Suiter doesn’t recommend arming yourself with an over-the-counterinsect killer.”There aren’t a lot of good products out there for homeowners touse,” he said. “You can spray the ants and get what we call therevenge factor. You kill a lot of ants that way. But you’ll neverget rid of them, because you haven’t hit the nest, where all thequeens are.” Difficult-to-control”Since then, they’ve spread throughout the Southeastern statesand into southern California and Hawaii,” Suiter said. “They’reone of the most pestiferous and most difficult-to-control ants inthe U.S. A single colony can consist of hundreds of thousands ofants.”Suiter says the tiny pests travel indoors in the winter, too. Butthey’re much more of a problem in the summer. “They’re horriblein the summertime,” he said.During the winter, Argentine ants move inside to survive thecold. They live inside closed spaces, like walls, until spring,when they move outside. By fall, their colonies have grown to apeak.”When we encounter a drought, like now, while the colonies aregrowing, they will readily come inside,” Suiter said. “Astemperatures begin to cool, they will re-enter structures tosurvive the cold. And next spring the process will start all overagain.”center_img Use baits or a professionalA bait that can be used indoors is Terro bait, he said. It’s aliquid you can buy at most home-improvement and lawn-and-gardenstores.Another effective bait, he said, is Combat Ant-Killing Gel. “It’savailable in a syringe so you can put small dabs anyplace you seeants,” he said.If you reach a point of desperation, Suiter recommends calling aprofessional pest control company for help.”There is one new product, Termidor, that professionals haveaccess to that performs well against Argentine ants,” Suitersaid. “It’s a spray for use outside the home and is not labeledfor indoor use.”For more information on controlling pests, call your local UGACooperative Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Or order thehomeowner edition of the UGA Cooperative Extension PestManagement Handbook.To order the homeowner handbook, send a $15 check payable to theUniversity of Georgia in care of the UGA Ag Business Office, Room215 Conner Hall, Athens, GA 30602. Designate your check for thehomeowner edition of the Pest Management Handbook.last_img read more

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Invasive cogongrass

first_imgThis spring marks the fifth year that the Georgia Cogongrass Task Force has been educating landowners and land managers about the risk cogongrass, a highly invasive Federal Noxious Weed, poses to our forests, roadsides, fields and natural areas across the state. Georgia has an aggressive campaign lead by the Georgia Forestry Commission to locate and eradicate cogongrass. This program provides treatment of all cogongrass infestations at no cost to the landowner.Educating landownersIn the spring of 2006, there were 220 cogongrass infestations in Georgia. This spring, that number is up to 355. The number of infestations is rising because landowners are now more educated on what to look for due to the educational programs conducted across the state by task force partners. All 355 infestations have been treated. Some spots have been eradicated. Others will continue to be treated until controlled. While 355 spots may sound like a lot, it represents only slightly more than 100 acres. Most infested spots are less than 450 square feet. Compare that to the more than 1 million acres of cogongrass now in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, where the aggressive weed competes against and chokes out native flora and disrupts ecosystems.The key to keeping cogongrass from spreading to more acres in Georgia is a management strategy for invasive plants called Early Detection Rapid Response. This proactive approach keeps the problem from expanding beyond the point of control and offers the most cost-effective stewardship of our lands.Fluffy, silvery-white seed headsThe cogongrass campaign in Georgia is working, but we know we haven’t found all infestations. We need help to find new ones. And this is a great time of year to find them. From late March to mid-June the fluffy, silvery-white seed heads of cogongrass wave like flags marking infestations in forests, along roadways and other places. During this time, no other grass in Georgia has that kind of seed head.As more citizens learn about cogongrass and actively look for it on their properties, we can effectively treat small infestations. However, if we allow cogongrass to spread unchecked, then we are facing very difficult and extremely expensive treatments. Training road crewsAs part of the EDRR program, the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health work with UGA Cooperative Extension agents across the state to train county road crews to identify cogongrass during its distinctive spring flowering period. Road crews are more likely to see infestations. To learn more about the grass or how to identify it, go to the Web site cogongrass.org. If you see a suspect site, contact your local UGA Extension office by calling 1-800-ASK- UGA1.last_img read more

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