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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Watch this spaceOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article In Marshalls Clay Products Ltd v Caulfield and Others, the EAT in Englandand Wales will consider the correctness of the Scottish Court of Sessions’ruling in Munro v MPB Structures that rolled-up rates of pay cannot be used topay holiday pay under the Working Time Regulations (WTR). It will also rule onwhether, even if Munro is correct, employers can set off the amount paid underthe hourly rate against any liability for non-payments of the entitlement underthe WTR. The case may also provide guidance on the practical consequences foremployers, such as whether employers can cease paying the holiday pay elementof the hourly rate and make payment at the resulting reduced hourly rate forholidays at the time they are taken. Comments are closed. last_img read more

VIDEO: Yorkshire bakery saved from liquidation

first_imgAll 13 staff who were due to be laid off from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery in Darlington, County Durham, have retained their jobs following new investment.Olivia’s Artisan Bakery, which supplied hotels, restaurants and cafés across the north east, endured a miserable Christmas as liquidators stepped in after it fell into financial difficulty.However, a group of investors has now stepped in to buy the assets, re-employ the staff and create a new company called the Great Northern Bakehouse.The new business will concentrate on the wholesale market and will continue to operate from its Morton Park premises.“It’s great news and a great relief,” said head baker Ben Crackett. “It has been a difficult few months for all the staff at Olivia’s but everyone has been lifted by the new investment and we think the new company has a bright future.“We spent Christmas worrying about whether or not we were going to be out of a job but, thankfully, that will not now be the case.”Olivia’s had focused on the retail market, opening shops at a rapid rate in Northallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk, York and Gosforth, but it ran into cash flow problems, which forced its closure.Charles May, the senior investor in the Great Northern Bakehouse, said: “The retail side of the business got into difficulty, but the wholesale side always made a profit, so we’ll be putting all our energies into growing that over the coming months and years.”“The staff here have been outstanding during a difficult time, but they’re passionate about what they do and we are absolutely convinced about the quality of the breads and cakes that we make.“We’re proud that our breads contain no additives or chemicals. We already supply lots of businesses across the north east and Yorkshire, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, hotels, shops and even a local university. We think this business has an exciting future.”Managing director Ian Cross said the Great Northern Bakehouse would spend the first few months ensuring that core customers were happy with the quality and range of breads and cakes on offer: “Trying one of our breads is a different experience to eating some of the mass-produced stuff that is out there. We have big plans for the kind of breads we’re going to make in 2017 but, at this stage, we don’t want to give too much away.”last_img read more

Do credit unions really need marketing? Follow up thoughts…

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Bo McDonaldI’m not one to jump in on polarizing social conversations for the sake of causing a stir; however one blog post recently caught my eye. Jim Blaine, CEO of State Employees’ Credit Union in North Carolina is no stranger to controversy. He has opinions on almost any topic in the credit union industry and will readily share them with you.Jim recently penned a blog questioning the need for marketing among credit unions. “Credit union marketing adds no appreciable value to the movement,” Blainesaid in his post. My first thought is: Rubbish! As the leader of a marketing firm serving our industry I should certainly disagree with him. And I do, but only partially. I think marketing is a necessity for any business or organization who seeks to grow and prosper.So, what DO I agree with Jim on?Credit union marketing looks just as good as everyone else’s because it looks just like everyone else’s! Aren’t credit unions different and unique? Or is that just a marketing ploy? continue reading »last_img read more

Does the future of prepaid include Blockchain?

first_imgThe initial use of blockchain technology was as the public ledger of Bitcoin transactions. However, innovators from all corners of the financial industry are now exploring new uses for the technology – including in the prepaid market.Gift cards, in particular, are emerging as potential candidates for the blockchain. Digital gift card platform Gyft, for instance, recently announced a partnership with blockchain infrastructure provider Chain to create gift cards to run on the blockchain.Why all the excitement about gift cards on the blockchain? Chief among the benefits of the technology is the potential for fraud reduction.Closed loop (i.e. retailer) gift cards are particularly vulnerable. Any compromised codes will not be revealed until the final recipients try to redeem the cards. At that point (often many months after the compromise occurred), it’s nearly impossible to identify the fraudster. Compromised gift card codes result in a bad consumer experience, financial loss for the issuing retailer and a black eye for the entire prepaid marketplace. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Who will control the number of people on the beaches?

first_imgAnd most importantly, we need clear comprehensive recommendations in order to keep the situation under control by adhering to all measures and recommendations. Will we have to “fence” the beaches? Who will control the number of people on the beaches? Will we have to reserve our place? Pay a ticket to the beach? Will there be a time limit on the use of the salary, say 1 hour maximum? Will we have to disinfect the beaches after each swimmer? How much chlorine must be in the pool to eliminate the coronavirus? Will we have a mobile app to book or purchase vouchers? Video cameras on the beaches to see if there is room? How are we going to control the situation if there are a lot of guests – whose guest is allowed and whose guest is not allowed on the beach? Can only a guest who has paid for accommodation go to the beach? – a lot of questions people ask, some logical and “funny”, but in this extraordinary situation we need clear recommendations from the Crisis Staff. There are simply too few answers at the moment. Of course, the question is how many tourists, both domestic and foreign, will be on the Adriatic this year, but that is another topic. Of course, everyone must prepare, be proactive and hope and try to “catch” as many guests as possible. Of course we need to be realistic and ready for the scenario to be only 10% of the season, but that does not mean that we do not have to try to do everything in our power to try to activate the tourist market. And that is why it is “harmful” to open such topics on the “hub” and place them through the media individually from day to day, along the way, because it only creates added noise in communication. Thematic units should be opened and as much detail as possible passed through them. This is really confusing. Yes, these are certainly important issues, issues that we need to open as soon as possible and clearly define the rules, so that everyone in tourism knows how to prepare. Everyone is preparing to open hotels, restaurants, beaches – and we are late with the preparation because we do not have clear instructions and recommendations. The very fact that on the beaches as well as in the pools will have to adhere to a distance of 2 meters, raises various questions. “The city or hotels will have to take care that there is no physical contact on the beaches. There will be no towel to towel”Said Krunoslav Capak in the show Dobro jutro, Hrvatska on HRT and added that the control will have to be done by the city, with the help of communal wardens, or hotels.last_img read more

Officiating at track meet was horrible

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe officiating at the Feb. 11 Section II Division I Championship at UAlbany was the worst I’ve seen in 2-1/2 years, and I’ve been to most matches.On the first turn, seven seconds into the 4 X 400M relay in Section 1, the Bethlehem runner was tackled from behind and the race wasn’t stopped. That same runner, now bruised and stunned, shouldn’t have to pick up the baton and finish the race.The official, who was supposed to be watching in turn one had his back to the race. When this was pointed out to the officials, who took about 20 minutes looking up the rules, they refused to acknowledge what they were being told by coaches and others.When officials are asleep, the kids who work hard to compete fairly suffer — not the inept officials.Bill CerveraBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards applications open

INDIANAPOLIS — Employers can now apply for the 2015 Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards. These annual occupational safety and health awards honor Hoosier employers that advance the health, safety, and prosperity of Hoosiers.Indiana workplaces of all types and sizes are eligible for the awards, including businesses, municipalities, unions, schools, service organizations, and nonprofits.Awards are presented to organizations that have demonstrated exceptional workplace safety and health programs as well as processes or techniques relative to each organization’s size.To download an award application, visit must be received by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce no later than 5 p.m. (EST), Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

Football faces uncertain future

first_imgFootball is officially back. I’ve waited for what seems to be an eternity to write those words. And while my excitement for the new season is at an all-time high, my enthusiasm for a sport I love has been greatly tarnished over the past offseason.It seems that at every level of football, collegiate or professional, there is some sort of conspiracy or cover-up.Take the NFL’s handling of Deflategate, for instance. After hiring “independent” investigator Ted Wells to conduct an investigation into the events of Deflategate, the NFL was able to conclude that Tom Brady may have known a ball boy deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game.It’s been almost eight months since the New England Patriots steamrolled the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, and there is still no resolution to the matter.Tom Brady has appealed, been denied by “impartial” judge Roger Goodell, and now sits in court awaiting a decision on his four-game suspension. Though the case has been in court for a few weeks, the judge has yet to come to a verdict. He expects to rule by the end of the week, but with this case, who knows?Deflategate is just one of the many situations the NFL has messed up over the past decade or so.In fact, you may have been so caught up in the Deflategate drama that you could have missed the trailer for Will Smith’s new movie, Concussion. The movie centers on the work of Bennet Omalu, a pathologist, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy after performing biopsies on several ex-NFL players.For those of you who are unaware of the NFL’s handling of concussions, it isn’t pretty. When Omalu went to the NFL to discuss his work, he was rebuffed repeatedly. The NFL basically discredited any work by any scientist that wasn’t paid by the league. Sound familiar, Ted Wells?The NFL eventually admitted that repeated head bashing was a serious problem in the league. After being sued by hundreds of former players, the league was mandated to set up a system to help retired players who suffered from CTE and other        brain-related diseases.Will Smith’s movie promises to bring light to the struggle that Omalu went through in getting his work recognized by the NFL. I was genuinely happy that finally the NFL would be exposed for mishandling a vital situation. After botching the Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and now Tom Brady cases, the NFL would have its unethical practices seen by millions of people.Or so I thought.While browsing through my Twitter feed on Wednesday morning, I came across a tweet from                       a fellow USC student.In his tweet, the student said that Sony altered the movie Concussion so they wouldn’t anger the NFL.After looking into the issue myself, I found that what Schwartz had said was true. According to emails leaked during the Sony hack, executives at the company, the director of the movie and representatives for Will Smith discussed ways to not antagonize the NFL, instead of focusing on telling the complete truth on the subject. Sony has since denied the allegations.If the NFL has the power of censorship now, there’s basically no stopping Roger Goodell and company from accomplishing anything they please.Its own players have slowly started turning against the league. During this past offseason, numerous players as young as 24 walked away from millions of dollars due to fears of their health and safety while playing football.Star 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland was the biggest name to walk away after just one year.When you have former players suing you and current players retiring over fear of health safety, you know you have a big problem on your hands. Instead of owning up to its mistakes, the NFL continues to look for ways to hide and cover up anything that will cast the league in a negative way.Until the NFL allows truly “independent” researchers and investigators to come in, there will be no progressive change.I, just like most of you reading this, will be watching college football this weekend and the NFL in a week’s time, despite all the wrong the NFL has done. And while the popularity of the sport has never been higher, football faces an uncertain future off the field.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column, “Beyond the Arc,” runs Thursdays.Nick Barbarino is a senior majoring in business administration. His column “Beyond the Arc” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Mumbai rains drown maximum city again. Who is to blame?

first_imgRains have drowned Mumbai once again. It was the fourth consecutive day today when Mumbai saw heavy downpour. Nearly 100 trains were cancelled on the suburban railway network. The Indian Railways’ premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi were also cancelled. Flight services have been hit badly. Mumbai’s famous lunch packer dabbawalas suspended work due to heavy rainfall and water-logging. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Coast Guards were asked to help stranded passengers. Mumbai practically came to a halt.Who is to be blamed if rains bring Mumbai to its knees every monsoon?MonsoonMet department said that Mumbai has received 54 per cent of average monsoonal rainfall in the past 20 days. Over 200 mm rainfall was recorded in the 24 hours till 8.30 this morning. In the previous 24 hours, rainfall was about 117 mm.Now, compare this with last year’s August 29 rainfall, which was the heaviest for the year. Mumbai received 316 mm of rainfall in one single day. Result was worse than today. The city was choked.Thirteen years ago in 2005, Mumbai witnessed what was termed as “once in a hundred years” phenomenon on July 26. A rainfall of 944 mm was recorded leading to deluge in Mumbai killing over 1090 people. Heavy rainfall in June this year saw people adopting to various innovative means to commute. (Photo: PTI)RiversBesides rains, Mumbai gets its water from a web of rivers. Prominent rivers of Mumbai are the Mithi that runs for 18 km, the Dahisar for 12 km, Poisar for seven km and Oshiwara for nearly seven km. These rivers have suffered a lot on the account of ever rising population and urban settlements of Mumbai. The rivers are now dumping grounds for the suburban network of nullahs.advertisementMany of these rivers directly flow into the Arabian Sea while some drain into the Mithi river that serves as the most natural storm water drain in Mumbai. But with an expanding Mumbai, its catchment area now sports, according to an IIT-Bombay research paper, a large number of hutments, industries and even scrap yards.The factories in the catchment area of the Mithi river let their discharge flow into it untreated. Industrial effluents, sewage and wastewater have diminished the carrying capacity of the Mithi river. This means the rainwater are not efficiently drained into the Arabian Sea. Almost every spell of heavy rainfall in Mumbai has brought troubles for the residents. (Photo: PTI)AdministrationAfter 2005 deluge, the Maharashtra government and the civic agencies of Mumabi decided to revive projects related to storm water drainage system (SWDS) of the city. Mumbai’s SWDS were originally planned in 1860s when the British colonial rulers planned a sewage system that still saves South Mumbai to some extent. In 2017, Mumbai was brought to a halt when the city received over 315 mm of rainfall in a single day. (Photo: PTI)The SWDS came into focus in 1985, after a massive flood. The BMC initiated the Brihanmumbai Storm Water Disposal System (BRIMSTOWAD) project. But, it soon fell out of favour of the political masters.The 2005-flood brought back the project in consideration. But every year’s flooding in Mumbai during mosoon season is a testimony that the administration has not learnt the lesson it ought to have by now.People are actually swimming in this! #Mumbai #Rains Thank you BMC for getting swimming pools to every house (@Anushakris) July 10, 2018Tip tip barsa paani… … Stay safe #MumbaiAre you guys at work or home today? … Looks like Vile Parle is under water for now…any flooding in other locations? #MumbaiRains #Rains #MumbaiRainsLive #MumbaiRain (@hemalatha2906) July 10, 2018There are serious #sustainability issues in #mumbai. this is a situation at #dadar #bjpheadoffice even after rains have slowed #PMOIndia #devendrafadnavis Surana (@darshan_surana) July 10, 2018last_img read more