first_img Comments are closed. Call centre staff at utility company Npower have agreed to pay cuts andfreezes in a bid to save their jobs. Saudagar Singh, HR director at Npower, said the pay deal involved staff atthree new call centres acquired when the company bought Northern Electric andGas in September 2001. Employees at the call centres in the North East voted by two to one toaccept a deal which will bring their pay in line with the group’s other centresthroughout the country. Singh said Npower had to take action because overall costs at the new siteswere 25 per cent higher than at other customer service centres, largely due towage bills. He explained that the company wanted to keep the centres open, butthe only way to do this was to cut wage bills. Last August, the company started talking to the unions, explaining that itneeded to cut costs. “We are very pleased with the outcome. It shows that if you work hard,common sense prevails. We were not rushed [during negotiations], and weresensible and pragmatic. We now have an economically sustainable and viablebusiness,” said Singh. Throughout the consultation process, staff were kept fully informed viaface-to-face briefings with managers, internal bulletins, question and answersessions, information on the intranet and a feedback e-mail address. Managers were also fully briefed on the status of the process and giveninformation so they could answer staff questions on a one-to-one basis. After negotiations, staff had the option to vote for new starters to starton less, and for other staff to face wage freezes for up to four years, or takea reduction in pay of up to 5 per cent. By Quentin Reade Related posts:No related photos. Call centre staff agress to wage cutsOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Kersfield breathes new life into Beckford Gate previous nextLand & New HomesKersfield breathes new life into Beckford GateThe Negotiator24th March 20170924 Views Work is underway in a joint venture between MEO Projects and leading Bath-based property developer, Kersfield, to create four stunning new apartments next to one of Bath’s historic landmarks.Set within the Lansdown area of the city, with commanding views over Bath, the Beckford Gate development takes its name from the Grade II listed gateway that stands at the southern boundary of the site and will comprise two large lateral apartments and two maisonettes.Built in a Georgian style, with a design that’s sympathetic to the character of the area and dressed in Ashlar Stone, the development replaces a 1960s suburban-style home, which lacked the scale and grandeur of surrounding properties.“We’re very excited to be working on this unique development, which will offer generous, beautifully appointed accommodation over four storeys,” said David Newton, Chief Executive at Kersfield.“We’ve worked hard to create a development that combines the highest quality fittings you would expect from a modern property, fitting with the local architecture and preserving this important landmark for the community to enjoy. We’ve had a lot of interest and two homes are already under offer.”Completion is expected in Spring 2018 with Knight Frank, Bath and Savills, Bath appointed joint agents.Kersfield MEO Projects Bath Bath’s Beckford Gate Beckford Gate apartments March 24, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgNew Rules For Veterans’ Aid Fund Slow In ComingSeptember 20, 2018 By Dionte ColemanTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – During the 2016 legislative session lawmakers passed a law making it possible for more military families in need to get help from a special state fund.However, with the 2018 budget session only a few months away, the Veterans Affair Commission has not been able to complete its assignment – draft a new set of regulations for the Military Relief Fund that will comply with the law.And that has left one lawmaker frustrated.“As an advocate, as a public servant…the work I’m doing at the General Assembly to create these laws, it’s very frustrating,” state Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, said at a commission meeting Wednesday.The commission, part of the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs, hosted a hearing so the public could voice their concerns about the new rule about how the fund’s resources will be distributed to current or former military members in need.Lisa Wilken at the public hearing on the Military Family Relief FundPhoto by Dionte Coleman, TheStatehouseFile.comThe Military Relief Fund was originally established in 2007 by the IDVA to help the families of deployed or recently deployed Indiana National Guard and Selected Reserves members. The emergency grants were to be used by families for essential needs such as food, housing, utilities, medical services, and transportation.Under the new rule, the service member must be active or had received an honorable discharge, qualified members may be eligible for the fund if they have at least 12 months of qualifying service, with a portion on active duty and a documented need. The qualified individual or family member can receive up to $2,500 one time from the fund.Lisa Wilken, a district chair for the American Legion in Indiana, was a part of a working group that submitted recommended rules to the Veterans’ Affair Commission. The recommendations she saw surprised her because they did not take into account suggestions made by the working group.Wilken cited one example that she said would benefit veteran. She said that a soldier injured in the line of duty after only eight months of service might not be eligible for aid from the fund because he or she does not meet the requirement of one year of service.Macer said she fears the commission is settling for minor tweaks and adjustments that are being made to the rules.“So, what I’m hearing is that everything that was here talking about to make these rules right after all this time, what we’re going to have to do is settle for the best we can get with the minor tweaks and I think that, that is a disservice,” Macer said.But retired Maj. Gen. Erika Steuterman, who chairs the commission, said that the future looks bright for having a better set of rules in place by January.“I know that our veterans and their families will get the best consideration possible out there in the interim,” she said. “I say that we are a lot closer than we were two and a half years ago.”FOOTNOTE: Dionte Coleman is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgA.ORDINANCE G-2018-21 An Ordinance to Vacate Certain Public Ways or Public Places within the City of Evansville, Indiana, Commonly known as Alleys Lying in the Block Bound by 2nd, 3rd, Vine and Sycamore Streets Sponsor(s): Robinson Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Mosby 9/10/2018 C.ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS A.ORDINANCE G-2018-20 An Ordinance to Vacate Certain Public Ways or Public Places within the City of Evansville, Indiana, Commonly Known as All that Alley Being Approximately Fourteen (14) Feet in Width and Located South of Washington Street, North of Adams Avenue, East of S. Bedford Avenue and West of S. Grand Avenue, in the City of Evansville, Indiana Sponsor(s): Robinson Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Mosby 8/27/2018 G-2018-21 Attachment: A.RESOLUTION C-2018-23 A Resolution Memorializing Matthew Schadler’s 1600 Meter State Championship in Track and Field Sponsor(s): Brinkmeyer Notify: Joshua Claybourn, City Council Attorney B.ORDINANCE F-2018-14 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City Funds Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 8/27/2018 A.THE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council will be Monday, September 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. IV.SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY B.ORDINANCE R-2018-23 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 96 N Barker Avenue Petitioner: Aaron Kendall Owner: 3119 LLC. Requested Change: R2 to C4 w/ UDC Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: James Morley, Morley Corp. VII.REGULAR AGENDA:  SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS G-2018-20 Attachment: CITY COUNCILAUGUST 27, 2018 at 5:30 P.M.AGENDA F-2018-14 Attachment: II.APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDA V.CONSENT AGENDA:  FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS R-2018-23 Attachment: 8-13-2018 Memo Attachment: C.ORDINANCE R-2018-08 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 1118 E. Riverside Drive Petitioner: Jose Carmona Owner: JCM&E Properties, LLC Requested Change: C4 to M1 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Jose Carmona R-2018-08 Attachment: X.COMMITTEE REPORTS III.REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS B.CITY BUDGET HEARINGS are scheduled at 3:30 p.m., Monday, August 27 – Thursday August 30 in Room 301. IX.MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS XI.ADJOURNMENT FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare I.INTRODUCTION C-2018-23 Attachment: VI.COMMITTEE REPORTS VIII.RESOLUTION DOCKETlast_img read more

first_imgFriday March 16th at St James Memorial  Hall, 17 S. Newport Ave, Ventnor, N.J.Doors open at 6pm, games will begin at 7pm. Ticket cost is $35.00.Prizes will include 13 Designer Bags by Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and more.  There will also be door prizes, 50/50 and raffle baskets. Complimentary coffee, tea and desserts will be provided.The purchase of ten tickets will get you a reserved priority table and one free entry which includes 13 rounds of Bingo.For Tickets or information please contact Sandy Centrone at 856-361-8466 or [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgThirty jobs have been saved at O’Donnell’s Bakery in Ireland after two employees bought it out of liquidation.The company got into financial difficulty after Christmas, so head baker Mark Kelly and head of sales Andrew McElhinney stumped up the money for their business as a going concern.The family bakery in Laghey employs 15 full- and part-time bakery workers and 15 salesmen and van drivers, making mainly morning goods and bread. The new owners aim to turn over between £1.8m and £2.1m this year. “We have a few big contracts in the pipeline,” said Kelly.O’Donnell’s is now working on some new confectionery items for launch later this year.last_img read more

first_img Local restaurants face the challenge of coronavirus By Tommie Lee – March 24, 2020 0 368 A pair of programs are designed to support local restaurants during a difficult time for everyone.A policy of “stay at home” has been ordered by the governors of several states, including Indiana and Michigan. However, people are allowed certain exemptions for essential work and services — including getting food.Restaurants and bars have been closed to dine-in customers, but are still offering carry out and delivery service.Megan Ramirez of Monterrey Mexican Bar & Grill spoke with Michiana’s Morning News about Operation Restaurant Rescue. You can hear their chat by clicking here.Dan Fitzpatrick from Quality Dining spoke with Michiana’s Morning News about another program, Keep Calm & Carry Out. You can hear that conversation by clicking here. WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Previous articleREAL Services providing resources to elderly during coronavirus pandemicNext articleIndiana health chief warns coronavirus cases will increase Tommie Lee Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo July 29, 2011 In the course of two maritime interdiction operations, Colombian, U.S., Panamanian, and Honduran authorities prevented 7.9 tons of cocaine that were being transported by way of the Caribbean Sea from reaching their destination in Central America. The first operation took place in the Porvenir area, in the San Blas archipelago in Panama, when thanks to the exchange of information with the Colombian Navy, Panamanian and U.S. authorities intercepted a sailboat with the name Intaka, in the interior of which 3,454 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride were found, mixed with the vessel’s fuel. The American-flagged motor sailboat, carrying a Spanish man and a Colombian woman, had sailed from Cartagena with the port of Colón, in Panama, as its destination. The other operation took place in international waters, 160 nautical miles from the island of San Andrés, where a semisubmersible with cargo capacity for approximately 4.5 tons of cocaine was detected. A U.S. maritime patrol plane caught sight of the vessel, carrying four Colombians and one Honduran, who scuttled the semisubmersible upon noting the presence of the authorities in the area. The individuals arrested in the two operations, together with the alkaloid, were turned over to the Panamanian and Honduran authorities respectively. In the two maritime interdiction operations, the National Navy exchanged information with the authorities of these countries, within the framework of the maritime agreements that have been signed, with the aim of combating the plague of drug trafficking and denying drug traffickers use of the sea.last_img read more

first_imgThe MLB spoke out against Turner’s decision one day later. “Following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others,” a spokesperson for the league said in a statement to Us. “While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance and support, consult the CDC, WHO and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner apologized after exposing his teammates to coronavirus following the team’s World Series victory.Turner, 35, said in a statement on Friday, November 6, that he was “blindsided” to discover that he tested positive for COVID-19 during the final game of the championship on October 27. He and wife Kourtney Pogue were quarantined together “in a doctor’s office in the back of the clubhouse” as the game continued.- Advertisement – The athlete has since offered personal apologies to his colleagues. “In hindsight, I should have waited until the field was clear of others to take that photo with my wife,” he continued. “I sincerely apologize to everyone on the field for failing to appreciate the risks of returning to the field. I have spoken with almost every teammate, coach, and staff member, and my intentions were never to make anyone uncomfortable or put anyone at further risk.”Dodgers Justin Turner Slammed for Celebrating World Series 2020 Win After Testing Positive for Coronavirus Mid-Game 1Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner celebrates on field with the Commissioner’s Trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in Major League Baseball’s World Series Game six to win the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. JOHN G MABANGLO/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockTurner concluded that he and Pogue, 34, “hold ourselves to the absolute highest standards.”The baseball player drew ire after he celebrated with his teammates while suffering from coronavirus following their World Series win. He tweeted at the time that he felt “great, no symptoms at all.”- Advertisement – The third baseman then attempted to explain why he went out on the field to celebrate with his teammates.Justin Turner Apologizes for Celebrating With Coronavirus After World Series WinJustin Turner Sue Ogrocki/AP/Shutterstock“I will not make excuses for my conduct, but I will describe my state of mind,” he noted. “Winning the World Series was my lifelong dream and the culmination of everything I worked for in my career. After waiting in the isolation room while my teammates celebrated on the field, I asked whether I was permitted to return to the field with my wife in order to take a photograph. I assumed by that point that few people were left on the field. I was under the impression that team officials did not object to my returning to the field for a picture with my wife.”Turner claimed that what he intended to be a quick photo op “turned into several greetings and photos where I briefly and unwisely removed my mask.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgMay 20, 2009Rare smallpox vaccine complication prompted extraordinary measuresThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported a case of progressive vaccinia, a complication of smallpox vaccination that had not been confirmed in the United States since 1987. The case occurred in a 20-year-old Navy sailor who received smallpox vaccine on Jan 13 and 2 weeks later was found to have acute myelogenous leukemia M0. During workup of a chemotherapy-induced fever, his doctors noted that his vaccination site had become larger. Within 24 hours of his progressive vaccinia diagnosis the patient received vaccinia immune globulin intravenous (VIGIV). A few days later he received oral and topical treatment with the investigational antiviral drug ST-246. Despite treatment, the patient became septic and had multiorgan failure. Because of long and intensive vasopressor support, the patient had dry gangrene of his feet and required bilateral amputation. His wound began to heal after another round of VIGIV and ST-246 and treatment with another investigational antiviral drug, CMX001, a lipid conjugate of cidofovir. A total of 276 vials of VIGIV were used during his treatment, an amount previously thought adequate to treat 30 people. The CDC said the case underscores the need to recognize the condition early, especially in immunocompromised patients, to involve a multidisciplinary medical team, and to consider such events when setting drug stockpiling goals.[May 19 MMWR report]Two more Egyptian children infected with H5N1 Egypt’s health ministry today announced two more H5N1 avian influenza infections in children, Reuters reported. One of the patients is a 4-year-old boy from Dakahliya governorate in northern Egypt who is hospitalized in stable condition and is being treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The other patient is a 3-year-old boy from Sohag governorate in southern Egypt, according Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported. He got sick on May 17, was hospitalized the next day, and is in stable condition. Both boys were said to have contact with sick poultry. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the two infections, Egypt’s H5N1 count will rise to 74 cases, of which 26 were fatal. The death toll does not yet include a 4-year-old girl who died from an H5N1 infection on May 18.[May 20 Reuters story]Study questions inactivated flu vaccine efficacy in childrenInactivated influenza vaccine doesn’t appear to prevent flu-related hospitalizations in children, particularly those who have asthma, according to Mayo Clinic researchers who reported their findings yesterday at the American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) annual meeting in San Diego. The cohort study, designed to test the efficacy of the vaccine, included 263 children from 6 months to 18 years old who had laboratory-confirmed flu between 1996 and 2006. Children who had received the vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization compared with those who weren’t vaccinated. Even higher hospitalization rates were seen in children with asthma. Avni Joshi, MD, one of the researchers, said in an ATS press release that though the study raises questions about the vaccine’s efficacy, it does not implicate it as the cause of the higher hospitalization rate. She said more studies are needed to assess the vaccine’s immunogenicity and efficacy of different vaccines in patients who have asthma.last_img read more