first_imgCIPD doubts over tribunal reformsOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Claimsby the Government that its plans to reform the tribunal system will reduce thenumber of employment tribunals by up to 40,000 a year have been doubted by theCIPD.TheDepartment for Trade and Industry made the prediction in its document Routes toResolution: Improving Dispute Resolution in Britain, which outlines theproposals (see below).MikeEmmott, head of employment relations for the CIPD, has welcomed the reforms,many of which are included in next year’s Employment Bill. However, he issceptical that they will have such a significant impact in reducing employmenttribunals.”TheDTI’s estimate of the impact of these measures on reducing the number ofemployment tribunals is much more than I would have expected,” he said.”Ithink it is optimistic, but the Government is bound to want to put a gloss onits activities.”Emmottbelieves the number of employment tribunals will continue to increase, at leastin the short term, as new legislation in the Employment Bill on paternityleave, equal pay questionnaires and flexible working requests becomes law fromApril next year.Emmott’sviews are supported by a survey of more than 2,000 employers published lastweek, which shows that more than four in 10 managers report that the number ofunfair dismissal cases has grown over the past year.Thestudy, by the Future of Work programme and the Economic and Social ResearchCouncil, also finds that one in six companies have reported an increased wagebill for legal advice about employment-related issues.By Ben Willmottwww.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/etresponse2.htmThetribunal reforms include:–Plans to make it easier for tribunals to strike out weak claims–The introduction of a fixed period of conciliation–Improved promotion of alternative dispute resolution–The introduction of statutory grievance procedures at work–The introduction of a fast track for straightforward tribunal claims Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Photo: Photo: MAN Energy Solutions/Marsun View post tag: offshore patrol vessel View post tag: Royal Thai Navy View post tag: engines View post tag: MAN Energy Solutions Share this article The Royal Thai Navy has selected Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions to supply the main propulsion engines for the navy’s two new 41-meter patrol vessels.Marsun Shipyard in Thailand will construct the newbuilds with delivery scheduled for August 2020.As informed, each vessel will be powered by two MAN 16V175D-MM, IMO Tier II engines, each rated at 2,960 kWm at 1,900 rpm.The Royal Thai Navy already operates MAN engines on its Krabi-class offshore patrol vessels. The navy’s second Krabi-class vessel, the future HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan (552) was launched at Thailand’s Bangkok Dock in August 2019.“We are delighted to expand our presence in the Royal Thai Navy’s fleet with the addition of these two new vessels,” Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales – MAN Energy Solutions, said.last_img read more

first_imgA Boonville man was airlifted from the scene of a crash on Interstate 69 in Pike County Wednesday afternoon.At 12:58 P.M. (Eastern) Wednesday, 26 year old Brandon Hicks of Boonville was northbound on I-69, just south of the 39 mile marker.  Hicks drifted off of the right shoulder into the gravel in his 2006 Buick minivan, and once back into the roadway, spun out across the lanes of travel and into the median.  The Buick then began rolling over, making one full revolution before coming to rest on its wheels.Hicks was transported by LifeFlight to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, where he was treated for back pain.  The front seat passenger in the Buick was not injured.  Seatbelts were on at the time of the crash, which greatly reduced and prevented further injuries.The northbound lanes of I-69 were restricted for two hours while Troopers investigated the crash.  State Police was assisted at the scene by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Pike County EMS.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgThe Competition Commission has sent out legal notices to Asda and Tesco demanding access to e-mails sent to suppliers over the summer, to cast light on their relationships with suppliers.Reports in The Sunday Telegraph said the Comission wanted to see all e-mails over a five-week period around June, to investigate allegations that suppliers were faced with blacklisting if they did not provide discounts.A Competition Commission spokesman told British Baker: “We are not going into details about what we are looking into, but one of the strands of the investigation is looking at how supermarkets treat suppliers.”last_img read more

first_imgThe managing director of Forfars Bakers in Brighton, talks exclusively to British Baker at the first BB75 Lunch about the importance of location, speaking to landlords and networking.Music: Pasadena by Emerald Park (Creative Commons licence)YouTube link: http://youtu.be/qJ5r1xORqaQlast_img

first_imgAnalysts say Texas lignite mining faces grim future FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):As renewable energy sources increasingly displace coal-fired power generation in Texas, the state’s lignite producers and Powder River Basin thermal coal miners could see a key market dry up.Wind and solar are entering the grid “at very low price points,” and if natural gas remains cheap, more coal-fired generation will likely be driven into retirement, especially older plants with higher operating costs, said Fred Beach, assistant director for policy studies at the University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute. “This has nothing to do with politics,” Beach said. “This is just pure economics.”Beach estimated that Texas coal mining will shut down entirely within a decade if plant retirements continue. The state’s low-quality lignite coal is not valuable enough to pay to transport, and production is already dwindling, with North Dakota surpassing Texas in the first half of 2018 as the largest U.S. lignite producer.In the first 10 months of 2018, five Texas mines sent all their coal to generators in the state, totaling 19.5 million tons, according to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence.While a shrinking demand for coal would be a blow to Texas mining companies, Wyoming coal producers would also take a hit. More ($): Texas coal mining could end within a decade as renewables take overlast_img read more

first_imgSixteenth birthdays are special, but when the celebration is for an indie music festival you can expect that the party will be like no other. This year will mark the 16th time that MACRoCk, a festival that takes place in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will have been held. For an event that came close to demise and was re-born, and for the city that hosts it, this milestone couldn’t be sweeter.Harrisonburg, a town recently featured in BRO’s list of Best Mid-Sized Outdoor Cities, is a community centered around James Madison University, a state college with 20,000 students. In the 1990s many of the college’s student radio station staff made an annual pilgrimage to the College Music Journal festival held in New York City. Each year they became more disillusioned as the festival went from its indie grass roots to corporate sponsorship. The JMU students thought they could do better themselves.In 1997 they organized and held the first Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference (MACRoCk). The first year’s event featured a few bands in public venues on the college campus. The festival grew steadily over the next few years until it included over 120 bands and drew a crowd of 5,000 by the early 2000s. By this point MACRoCk had showcased talent the likes of Elliot Smith, Fugazi, Animal Collective, The Wrens, Coheed and Cambria, Avail, Dashboard Confessional, The Walkmen and War on Drugs. National touring acts would plan their yearly schedule so that they would be in Virginia in spring to play the event.Then, like any good rock and roll saga, things started to come apart. The festival’s burgeoning size was beginning to stretch the campus’s capacity and the cost of renting the university’s facilities created a growing mountain of debt for the event.“The relationship between the university and the festival became adversarial and the event lost compatibility with the campus,” recalled Andy Perrine, Associate Vice President for Communications for JMU and the event’s facility advisor during its peak in the early 2000s.Following the 2006 festival organizers knew something had to change. They skipped 2007’s festival as they continued to reorganize. In 2008, they were back. The revived MACRoCk cut its ties with the university, incorporated as a not-for-profit and differed from its previous incarnations in one key way. It had moved a few blocks down the street from the JMU campus to downtown Harrisonburg.The once vibrant downtown of the county seat town had suffered over the years. Like all towns Harrisonburg began to suburbanize with housing developments, chain stores and strip malls pulling businesses and their patrons from the downtown area and clustering them around the interstate. Then came a wave of urban renewal, a subtle way of describing the pulling down of historic buildings and making parking decks in their place. But in the last decade Harrisonburg’s downtown has staged a comeback, with former industrial spaces renovated into housing and retail and with original, local businesses cropping up in formerly empty store fronts.The festival’s move meshed closely with the goals of Harrisonburg’s revitalization effort, known as the Downtown Renaissance, which was formed 11 years ago to inject life back into the downtown area. They quickly got the area designated a Virginia Main Street Community and made Harrisonburg the first in the state to have a Designated Arts and Cultural District. The new MACRoCk would draw crowds downtown, where the eateries are local, the art is original and the beer is craft.“It was a win-win for the city and the festival,” said Perrine, who has a unique perspective because he was not only involved with MACRoCk, he was a founder and current board member of the Downtown Renaissance.Festival regulars were worried the move would change the event and lose the momentum that MACRoCk had been building over the years. But the move brought new life to the festival. Free of the constraints and limitations of a public college the event has expanded its scope all while tailoring its size to the smaller theaters and stages of the downtown venues. It also found new sources of talent and support as it moved into downtown Harrisonburg.“MACRoCk is now much more the Harrisonburg community than it is the JMU community,” said Marisa Cagnoli, a senior communications major at JMU who is the head of the student committee that runs the festival. Cagnoli noted that local businesses provide venues and donate to support the event, a local Web designer maintains MACRoCk’s Web site and local artists design the festival’s art.In the years following its move MACRoCk proved the momentum was still there, featuring breakthrough acts like Best Coast, the Bowerbirds, Screaming Females, Bon Iver’s S. Carey and The Last Bison.“MACRoCk keeps getting bigger but it keeps the same level of energy,” Perrine said. “It hasn’t lost its character and it’s not about the big name acts. It hasn’t been institutionalized or ruined by corporate sponsorship.”The present festival has stayed true to its campus days. It’s is an eclectic mix of the top mid-Atlantic indie music talent presented with a socially conscious, DIY (do-it-yourself) attitude. MACRoCk has not only the sounds, but the sights and smells of an indie music festival. It also features informative panel discussions and an indie label expo. It’s the best of both worlds, a small, intimate festival with venues within walking distance mixed with a broad palate of music, from hip-hop and death metal to electronica and Americana, of a big festival. And at a time when festival tickets can cost you triple digits a two-day MACRoCk pass is still just $20 pre-ordered.“Our goal is to expose people to the mid-Atlantic music scene,” Cagnoli said. “We do it with volunteers and that grass roots mindset, focusing on community and a DIY ethic. MACRoCk gives you the chance to experience what people are capable of doing on their own and what can be accomplished without corporate sponsorship.”It all takes place in a unique environment. Typical downtown life in Harrisonburg goes on as MACRoCk takes place. Casual dinners mix with punk kids. Art aficionados stand shoulder-to-shoulder with indie rockers.“MACRoCk is really a showcase of the best of what used to exist in a lot of places, which is a funky, gritty, down-to-earth scene,” Perrine noted.This year’s MACRoCk will feature acts familiar to BRO readers from D.C. to Georgia, including Julianna Barwick, Dope Body and Cheap Time. The festival’s panels include a screening of From the Back of the Room, a film that follows the female DIY punk movement, and includes a discussion with director Amy Odem and rockers Michelle Northam of Sick Fix and  Alissa Straiter of Passengers. Other panels will address topics from screen printing to running a record label.“MACRoCk is never the same from year to year,” Cagnoli said. “The structure is the same, but not the content. Every person comes to MACRoCk and leaves with their own unique inspiration.”It hasn’t been an easy journey for MACRoCk. The festival, like the music industry itself, has experienced its ups and downs. But by staying true to its roots and finding strength in the local community it has survived and thrived for 16 years. So for two nights in April a music festival will celebrate its new lease on life and a city’s downtown will be celebrating along with it.This year’s MACRoCk will take place April 5 and 6. For more information, to see the line-up or to buy tickets visit www.macrock.org. center_img last_img read more

first_imgGulf Shores and Orange Beach are known for their 32 miles ofwhite-sand beaches that line the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Butthere is more than meets the eye for nature lovers searching for a vacationlocation. The Alabama Gulf Coast is home to a vast amount of diverse flora andfauna. From hundreds of migratory birds and monarch butterflies to bottlenose dolphinsand pitcher plant bogs, it’s no wonder that the wildlife in this destinationdraws nature enthusiasts from around the country (and the world) all year long. Romar Beach Along with these fantastic parks and our miles of beaches, there is much more to be explored when you get outside in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. From paddling along the Coastal Alabama Back Bay Blueway and deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to learning about dolphins on a nature cruise and ziplining through luscious green trees, you’ll never lack for adventure on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Advertisement Alabama tourism project photos from Thursday, August 17, 2017 at The Wharf and OWA. PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER Gulf State Park is one of the most popular spots to get outdoors along Alabama’s beaches. This park is truly a destination within the destination. Boasting three miles of beaches, seven unique ecosystems, 28+ miles of paved biking and hiking trails, a 1,540-foot saltwater fishing pier, Interpretive Center, Nature Center and much, much more, it’s an ideal attraction for active adventurers who love exploring the world around them. Recently, the park welcomed a new addition: The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel. Located on the beaches of the park, this property offers 350 rooms, four restaurants and a variety of other amenities.  The Lodge is also seeking several environmental and sustainability certifications including SITES Platinum and LEED Gold. The park’s updated cottages have been named as part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World program.   center_img To learn all about the natural fun found on Alabama’s beaches, visit our website and order a 2019 vacation guide, today! Another favorite location to explore nature is the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Since its establishment, Bon Secour has become a safe haven for endangered animals including sea turtles and the Alabama beach mouse as well as the 360+ species of migratory birds who stop here between their breeding and wintering grounds. The refuge also encompasses some of the last remaining untouched coastal habitat in Alabama. Offering a variety of trails that explore several ecosystems, this is a great spot for those wanting to get up-close with the diverse wildlife found on the Gulf Coast. Blue heron on the beachFive Rivers Delta Resource Center Signature Experience – Reel SurpriseGulf Adventure Center at The Wharflast_img read more

first_imgThis year, the American Association of Hotels and Accommodations (AHLA) published the results of a comprehensive survey of accommodation, that is, detailed assessments of advances in serviceability, sustainability and technology, services available to guests, and industry trends. This research indicates the ways in which hotels thrive, host and innovate the visitor experience. This survey is conducted every two years, and this year convenience and social experiences are the leading trends affecting both hotel design and guest service improvement, demonstrating the industry’s commitment to increasing the overall visitor experience. Hospitality for millennials Using mobile services remains a priority. More and more guests are using apps to access hotel services. The use of mobile phones instead of room keys has almost doubled, and cell phone check-in remains the primary trend in more than 80 percent of accommodation facilities. Technology implementation In an effort to meet the needs of influential millennial travelers, hotels continue to innovate, focusing on togetherness and convenience. Supporting communities among travelers is becoming increasingly important and hotels are recognizing the desire to create functional common spaces. Although the sample should not be considered representative of entire industry segments, more than 10 percent of respondents reported the implementation of common spaces. Support for sustainable initiatives remains important for the accommodation industry. Since 2018, 25 percent of domestic holdings have received the so-called “Green Certificate”, the gold standard of sustainability. Bed linen and towel reuse programs are available in almost all accommodation facilities, and most hotels have implemented a water-saving program. “The hotel and accommodation industry is paving the way for innovationSaid Chip Rogers, President and CEO of AHLA. “We continue to focus on meeting the dynamic and diverse desires of consumers, and in particular on the service and experience of guests, as well as on the development and improvement of accommodation and workforce.”, He concluded. Passengers who want to eat properly are increasingly offered a vegetarian and / or healthier diet. Also, the number of hotels that offer fast, but healthy, food is on the rise. Ecology Source / photo: American Hotel and Accommodation Association; Pexelslast_img read more