Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has called for at least half of alllarge firms to complete a pay review by the end of the year to ensure they arepaying men and women fairly. The Commission has drawn up a seven-point document, outlining its goals andtargets for improving equality during the next 12 months. And again, it has urged employers to audit pay systems as part of the driverid the workplace of inequality. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, said 2003 could be a seminal year forprogress on workplace equality and that the UK is currently facing a turningpoint. “We are at a crossroads – the Government is in the middle of aconsultation on new laws to ensure fair treatment in employment regardless ofage, sexual orientation or belief,” she said. “If Britain achieves the concrete goals for equality for women and menthat we have outlined, 2003 could be a momentous year for equality.” Women working full-time still earn 19 per cent less per hour than men, withthis figure rising to 40 per cent for women working part-time. However the Government has now committed all its central departments toequal pay reviews by the end of March, to help set an example to otheremployers. The EOC has also called on employers to promote the new rights for fatherswhich, from April, allows them two weeks paid paternity leave to spend withtheir child. In addition, Mellor criticised the pensions system and said it should bereformed to provide a decent income for all and take into account thefragmented career path of women. The EOC also wants political parties to boost the number of womenrepresentatives as Britain currently lies in 47th place in the world for womenMPs, with fewer than 18 per cent. www.eoc.org.ukBy Ross WighamEOC goals for 2003– Equality at home: more new dads totake time off– Equality at work: half of large employers to complete a equalpay review– Equality in old age: more provisions for retired women– Equality politics: increased female representation – Equality in education: more work experience opportunities– Equality in public services: bodies given a duty to promoteequality– Equality under the law: Government commitment to newlegislation EOC urges firms to review pay to stamp out inequalityOn 14 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Previous Article Next Article Private healthcare provider Bupa has integrated its OH services into itsemployee income protection scheme, in a move it argues will lead sick employeesto return to work quicker. Once an employee has been absent for more than 15 working days, Bupa isinformed and the OH services becomes involved, rather than, as before, OH beingoffered as a separate provision. The OH teams liaise with the employee directly, discussing any treatment orsupport they may need to help them achieve a full recovery as early aspossible. Bupa membership’s head of sales and business development Martin Noone saidthis might be no more than having a chat with the employee to discuss theirillness and assess how much time they need off work. Bupa has also launched a 24-hour ‘healthline’ for employees, family membersand employers, staffed by qualified nurses. “Reducing the length of time someone is away from work is essential tothe continuity of any business,” said Noone. “By adding OH services,companies can offer an added benefit to employees in a climate when it isincreasingly difficult to find and retain good staff.” Related posts:No related photos. Bupa leads way with absence support schemeOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.
Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address* Full Name* The last time the unit traded hands was in 2001, when the Trump Organization completed the Midtown East tower. Public records do not indicate how much the seller, Atboura Limited, paid at the time. But based on the transfer taxes Atboura paid when it purchased the property in 2001, a source estimated the unit must have sold for about $7.9 million.Maksin, who hails from Ukraine, founded private equity firm Moonbeam Capital in 2011, public records show. The firm specializes in acquiring distressed loans backed by commercial and residential properties, and controls over 10 million square feet of retail space across the country. In early 2019, Maksin sold a 97-acre vacant mall — a property class he told NJ.com was a “cancer” — for $22 million to Clarion Partners, a Texas-based real estate investment firm.As President Donald Trump prepares to leave office next month, his real estate company is facing a barrage of lawsuits and legal inquiries scrutinizing the company’s business practices. New York Attorney General Letitia James launched a probe into four of Trump’s properties to determine if the tax assessments were improper.In 2016, the city valued Trump World Tower at $238 million, making it the most valuable condo tower in New York — at least, for tax assessment purposes. Though the city assesses properties based on “market value,” their calculations are not estimates of what properties actually sell for on the market.Contact Georgia Kromrei Moonbeam Capital CEO Steven Maskin. (iSock, Moonbeam)Steven Maksin, CEO of Moonbeam Capital, purchased a condo at Trump World Tower for $9 million.Maksin purchased unit 81 BC at 845 United Nations Plaza with his wife, Natalie Maksin, according to a deed transfer recorded with the city on Dec. 28. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Read moreThese properties have Trump in hot water with attorney generalSteven Kantor lists Trump World Tower triplex for $39M Tagshome salesManhattan Condo Marketmidtown manhattantrump organization
Commentary: College Is Worth It If Done RightMay 17, 2018 By Abdul Hakim-ShabazzIndyPoltics.Org I was at my favorite downtown Indianapolis watering hole Saturday night having a scotch and cigar when I struck a conversation with one of the servers who told me she had met a former student of mine. As some of you might be aware I teach, part-time, at Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis. The server told me that she mentioned she worked at Nicky Blaine’s and the student asked her if she knew me. She said yes. He then proceeded to tell her that when he first took my class (speech) he couldn’t stand me. Big shocker. He thought I was arrogant and worse, hard. However, as the class went on through the semester he realized what he was learning was about more than giving speeches. It was being a more effective communicator. And the skill sets he picked up from that class (organization, research, self-confidence, knowing your audience, persuasion) made it a lot easier for him to go into his current field. The student sent his best.I bring up this story because as many students, young and old, walk across the stage this month, they should keep in mind that what you learn in college goes far beyond what’s taught in a classroom. There is a big debate in the country about the value of college and whether it is worth the debt that some students incur when juxtaposed to the positions waiting for them when they graduate.I think that is a fair discussion. I think we have put the misleading narrative into too many people’s heads that everyone needs a four-year degree. I have three degrees and have taught college for nearly 15 years, and I will be the first one to tell you not everyone needs a four-year degree. However, I will argue that in the 21st century, everyone needs some type of post-secondary education beyond high school. Whether it is a four-year degree, associates, certification, to make it in the 21st century, knowledge and critical thinking are currency.And when college is done right, students walk away with the critical thinking and reasoning skills that will do them well in their personal and professional lives. And here’s another reason why a post-secondary education is so important.A recent report concerning jobs and the economy showed that for every person in this country who is out of work, there is a job available. That’s right there are now as many jobs open as there are unemployed. MarketWatch reported that according to the latest data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, there were 6.55 million job openings in March. In March, there were 6.59 million unemployed, meaning there are 1.01 unemployed workers for every job.To put this in perspective, during the 2008 recession, there were 6.67 unemployed people for every one job. Of course, the big challenge is filling those spots.Marketwatch also reported that a separate survey from the National Federation of Independent Business found that 88% of companies hiring or trying to hire reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill. I am willing to bet my box of cigars and comic books that most of those people out of work don’t have much education past a high school diploma if that much. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for those with less than a high school diploma is near twice the national average. I’m just saying.So, is college worth it? I think, like anything else, if it’s done right it is. However, I don’t think we should confuse college with a post-secondary education. We should encourage all students, and adults for that matter, to continue learning because in the 21st-century knowledge is not only power but currency.FOOTNOTE: Abdul is an attorney and the editor and publisher of IndyPoltics.Org. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous Indiana media outlets. He can be reached at [email protected]FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Washington – An EPA report finds that air pollution at the nation’s ports can be reduced significantly at all port types and sizes through a variety of strategies and cleaner technologies. Implementing these approaches, the report finds, would reduce greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions from diesel-powered ships, trucks and other port equipment.“The National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports” examines current and future emission trends from diesel engines in port areas, and explores the emissions reduction potential of strategies like replacing and repowering older, dirtier vehicles and engines and deploying zero emissions technologies.“This report shows that there are many opportunities to reduce harmful pollution at ports that we know will work,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “This is great news for the roughly 39 million Americans who live and breathe near these centers of commerce.”U.S. ports are set to expand significantly as international trade continues to grow, and the size of ships coming to ports increases. This growth means more diesel engines at ports emitting carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change. These engines also emit fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and other pollutants that contribute to serious health problems including heart and lung disease, respiratory illness, and premature mortality. Children, older Americans, outdoor workers and individuals with respiratory and heart conditions can be especially vulnerable. Many ports are located in areas with a high percentage of low-income and minority populations, who bear the burden of higher exposure to diesel emissions.Accelerating retirement of older port vehicles and equipment and replacing them with the cleanest technology will reduce emissions and increase public health benefits. For example, the report found replacing older drayage trucks with newer, cleaner diesel trucks can reduce NOx emissions by up to 48 percent, and particulate matter emissions by up to 62 percent, in 2020 when compared to continuing business as usual. In 2030, adding plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to these fleets could yield even more NOx and PM2.5 relative reductions from drayage trucks.The new assessment supports EPA’s Ports Initiative’s goals to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases, to achieve environmental sustainability for ports, and improve air quality for all Americans working in and living near our nation’s ports. Through this initiative, EPA is engaging a wide range of stakeholders including ports and port operators, communities, tribes, state and local governments, industry, and other technical and policy stakeholders. EPA developed this national scale assessment based on a representative sample of seaports, and the results could also inform decisions at other seaports, Great Lakes and inland river ports, and other freight and passenger facilities with similar profiles.EPA’s regulations are already reducing port-related diesel emissions from trucks, locomotives, cargo handling equipment and ships. For example, the North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emissions Control Areas require lower sulfur fuel to be used for large ocean-going vessels. This requirement has reduced fuel-based particulate-matter emissions from these vessels by about 90 percent. In addition, some port areas are already applying the emission reduction strategies assessed in the report. The emissions reduction strategies assessed in the report would make a significant difference in reaching the nation’s air quality goals, and would help reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
REPUBLICAN PHILLIP DAVIS ENDORSES KNIGHT TOWNSHIP TRUSTEEEvery now and then I do something that is out of the norm for me to do, I cross party lines and endorse a candidate because I truly believe that they have performed well in their position, have served their constituents very well and deserve to stay in their current position.This is the case for Knight Township Trustee, Kathryn Martin. This is in no way meant to disrespect or diminish her opponent, Johnny Kincaid, who I truly respect and have appreciated his friendship. My endorsement is based solely on Kathryn’s impeccable record and the recognition that she has received throughout the state as one of the best trustees in Indiana. She has been named the “Trustee of The Year” by the Indiana Township Association. She has been commended by the Indiana State Board of Accounts for her office’s performance.She came into the position after the previous Trustee had abused the people’s trust and left the office over $150,000 in the hole. Because of her leadership, the Knight Township Trustee Office was able to climb out of that deficit and responsibly serve the people of the Township.Another thing that impresses me with Kathryn is her heart to serve the people of the community and Township. Most of us are familiar with how she came into the public eye with her desire to help others when life has struck a blow to them. She served thousands of families with CJ’s bus and added a silver lining to the dark cloud that hung over the heads of children who were going through their own ordeals. Kathryn then took over the Knight Township Trustee office to replace the Trustee that was embezzling the funds from the office.Kathryn did well and earned the support of the people to be elected to keep the position. For a lot of political people, the Trustee position is a springboard to other political offices, but not Kathryn. She loves her job and wants to keep it. if the voters of Knight Township allow it. I can’t vote for her because I don’t live in her Township, but I urge my friends who can vote for her to give her your support. It’s important to keep the good people in their positions.Sincerely,Phillip DavisFormer Vanderburgh County Republican Precinct CommitteemanFootnote: Phillip Davis was recently relieved of his Precinct Committeemen position by Vanderburgh County Party Chairman Wayne Parke. The reason why Mr. Parke relieved Mr. Davis from his Precinct Committeeman position was that he wrote the above letter endorsing Knight Township Trustee Kathryn Martin (D) for re-election. we are told that Mr. Davis removable from the leadership ranks of the local Republican party may cause a political backlash within the Vanderburgh County Republican party.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By Donald WittkowskiHow would you feel if someone walked all over you?Each year, Ocean City’s most popular man-made attraction must withstand the colossal weight of countless people walking, running and biking on it. The seashore’s whipping winds, salt water and beach sand also take a toll on the structure.So, it comes as no surprise that the old wood planks of the iconic Boardwalk must be replaced with new timber from time to time to accommodate the huge flow of foot and bike traffic along the 2.5-mile oceanfront promenade.Currently, the Boardwalk is being reconstructed between Eighth and 10th streets in what is the fourth phase of a multiyear facelift that will stretch from Fifth Street to 12th Street and cost more than $10 million. The fourth phase of the project is particularly important because it includes the section in front of the Music Pier, the Boardwalk’s entertainment hall and a major venue for the city’s First Night celebration for New Year’s Eve.With just a week to go before New Year’s Eve, the Boardwalk’s construction contractor is rushing to finish the work in time for the First Night festivities. Joe Willshire, a carpenter and foreman for Fred M. Schiavone Construction Inc., said the part in front of the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace is expected to be completed by next Tuesday or Wednesday.The newly reconstructed section of Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier is nearly done, just in time for the New Year’s Eve festivities.City spokesman Doug Bergen said Mayor Jay Gillian has given Schiavone Construction “strict orders to get it done.” The mayor wants to make sure there are no disruptions to the Music Pier’s entertainment lineup for New Year’s Eve. A Neil Diamond tribute show called Real Diamond and a magic act are scheduled at the Music Pier that night.Bergen said the city typically sells 10,000 admission buttons for the First Night festivities at venues scattered across town. In addition, thousands of other people will be in town to celebrate New Year’s Eve, with many of them expected to gather on the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk will be one of the vantage points for a midnight fireworks show off the beach between Fifth and Sixth Streets.“The notion of tens of thousands of people being here in the heart of winter is absolutely important to the Boardwalk businesses, the downtown businesses, the hotels, the restaurants and all other businesses in Ocean City,” Bergen said.New Year’s Day will also feature some major attractions. Thousands of bathers are expected to brave the chilly surf during the city’s annual First Dip plunge in the ocean, scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Place between Seventh and Eighth streets.The Boardwalk will also be the scene of a New Year’s Day 5K run starting at 1 p.m. at Seventh Street. The runners will head north and divert off the Boardwalk onto the streets for part of the race. They will not be able to run the entire length of the Boardwalk because of the reconstruction project.An army of hard-hat construction workers, cranes and excavators has taken over the Boardwalk between Eighth and 10th streets. Although the section of the Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier is nearly finished, the other parts are a busy construction zone punctuated by the din of whirling buzz saws and pounding hammers.Construction workers are replacing old planks with new timber.The Boardwalk’s overhaul will include a new wooden deck as well as a new substructure consisting of piles and other work. Bergen said this phase of the project between Eighth and 10th streets will cost about $3 million and should be totally completed by the end of March. The old planks are being replaced with fresh southern yellow pine, a wood known for its strength and density.The fifth and final phase of the Boardwalk’s reconstruction will happen between 10th and 12th streets. That part of the project is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017 and should be completed by March 2018, Bergen said.Altogether, there will be a new Boardwalk stretching from Fifth Street to 12th Street when the entire project wraps up. The sections between Fifth Street and Eighth Street were finished during earlier phases. The project will also include five new covered Boardwalk pavilions on the ocean side.Ocean City resident Bill McCann, a 78-year-old retiree who walks on the Boardwalk nearly every day to keep in shape, said he is anxious to see how the project turns out. Inspecting the area near the Music Pier, McCann said he likes what he sees so far.“I think it’s great for the people,” he said. “I’m up here just about every day and this is starting to look really good.”With its array of retail shops, amusement parks, restaurants and other amenities, the Boardwalk is the most heavily visited attraction in town. But the myriad walkers, runners and bikers who traverse the boards each year inevitably add to the wear and tear.“As with all structures, it ages over time,” Bergen explained of the need for the Boardwalk’s reconstruction. “It is the most visited and most iconic part of Ocean City, so we are going to take care of it.”A piece of heavy construction equipment clears out an area underneath the Boardwalk for new piles to be installed. Looking south past Eighth Street, rows of new piles have been installed as the substructure for the Boardwalk’s new decking.
CSM has officially opened its Innovation Center in Merksem, Belgium, which will focus on the latest developments in bakery margarines. It follows the opening last month of the company’s Innovation Center for frozen and bakery products at BakeMark’s site in Bromborough, Wirral, and is the third of four European centres to officially open.”We aim to be the first in mind with our customers when it comes to creativity, innovation and problem-solving in bakery supplies,” said chief executive of CSM Gerard Hoetmer. “Not only are we able to act as partners to our customers in understanding what consumers around the world really want, we are also distinctive in offering global solutions with a local touch.”—-=== Reporting in New Year, new opportunity ===David ArmstrongChief executive, BakoThis past year has been challenging for us all and a review does not make for appetising reading. At this point, it looks as though this difficult period will continue into next year, although the problems may come in different guises – with the strong prospect of deflation rather than inflation, pressure on the pound, and the continued lack of consumer confidence chief among them. What we do know is that people will still have to eat, meaning our sector is as well-placed as any to survive these uncertain times.However, with the New Year comes new opportunity. I am convinced that the businesses that are strong and adapt to the changing market will emerge from these turbulent times even stronger.2008 saw the industry come together to discuss important issues, including training and promoting the craft sector – two key elements of both survival and being fit for growth when the market recovers. This united approach is vital in the face of the current conditions and those involved are to be applauded and supported by the rest of us.The businesses that continue to prosper next year will focus on the very basic element of understanding what their customers want – great quality fresh products, offering real value for money, and great local service. Understanding buying patterns early, will help establish strong customer loyalty and a sound basis for future growth.So all that is left for me to do is wish you all – customers, colleagues, suppliers and competitors alike – a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Brits’ love of international cuisine has helped make tortillas the second-most popular bakery item in the Waitrose Essential line-up.Of all the bakery items in the budget product range, which was launched in 2009, only baguettes sell at a higher volume, the retailer revealed.“We’ve seen some key cuisines emerge since the launch of Essential Waitrose,” said Jonathan Moore, Waitrose executive chef.Middle Eastern and Greek foods have become part of the UK’s everyday diets, noted Moore, as evidenced by the rise in houmous and halloumi sales.The business also reported strong sales of other Essential bakery items following the launch of a new advertising campaign for the range. In a trade update published yesterday (19September), the retailer said sales of Essential croissants were up 138% on a year ago, with yum yums up 42%.Waitrose isn’t the only supermarket reporting a change in consumer tastes, with Asda recently revealing fajitas had knocked curry off the top spot as the nation’s favourite international meal. The retailer added that sales of its international foods had increased by 40% over a 12-week period to 7 August 2017.
On a misty evening, the ramp connecting the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the Harvard Art Museums was electrified by the words of Harvard scholars past and present.“Harvard Voices,” an interdisciplinary arts production sponsored by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, was performed April 9 by eight students and two alumni. Produced in partnership with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), the event offered dynamic literary, theatrical, and musical experiences inside and outside both arts venues.“We wanted to juxtapose a number of Harvard perspectives,” said Allegra Libonati, A.R.T.’s resident director. “We thought theater, with its incorporation of visual and textual media, and its ability to share different times and voices, was an interesting way for audiences to encounter the shape that interdisciplinary ideas about the arts have taken on Harvard’s campus.”The performance captured the attention of an audience departing from an earlier, related event at the Carpenter Center titled “Staging Ground for the Visual Arts: A Conversation with Martin Beck and Liz Lerman,” in which the artists shared their experiences producing site-specific works at Harvard, during a discussion with James Voorhies, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center.“Harvard Voices” was an example of that artistic approach, and highlighted the strength of the University’s involvement in the arts, as well as the strong partnerships between the University community and the two Quincy Street art institutions.“Harvard Voices” began at the Carpenter Center’s first-floor doorway, where a small audio speaker projected a 1986 reading of the poem “Villanelle for an Anniversary,” by former Harvard professor and poet-in-residence Seamus Heaney. The audience was then ushered outside, and toward various stops along the ramp to watch more student performers and listen to other recordings of poems by Harvard professors and alumni.These included T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton” (selections), James Laughlin’s “What the Pencil Writes,” and Adrienne Rich’s “Burning Oneself Out.” Chosen for their relevance to each performer and to locations along the ramp, the poems were ordered in a manner that brought listeners on a journey, both figuratively and literally, Libonati said, as they approached the Harvard Art Museums’ entrance on Prescott Street.After the final reading, the audience was invited into the museums’ Calderwood Courtyard for a brief musical performance. Composer, conductor, poet, and pianist Matthew Aucoin ’12 and bass operatic vocalist Davone Tines ’09 presented the night’s finale: two selections from Aucoin’s new opera, “Crossing,” an A.R.T. commission that will premiere at Boston’s Shubert Theatre on May 29. Beneath the courtyard’s glass ceiling, Aucoin struck delicate, ethereal notes on the piano, and Tines’ powerful voice was rich and resonant.“It’s fun to come back to Harvard,” said Tines. His career as an opera and concert performer takes him to venues around the world, but “as an alumnus, it’s great to know that I’m able to come back here fairly often for arts-related events.”The roving event took full advantage of the new physical union of the Carpenter Center and the Harvard Art Museums. Architect Renzo Piano connected the two buildings by joining Le Corbusier’s sweeping Carpenter Center ramp with a new one extending from the redesigned museums. Bookended by visual art, the transition between the structures now feels seamless.“Partnering with groups on campus is an important part of our mission, and we were delighted to join campus arts groups in support of ‘Harvard Voices,’” said Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums and a member of the Harvard Committee on the Arts. “It was a dynamic reminder of the combined power of Harvard’s visual and performing arts institutions on Quincy Street.”The timing of “Harvard Voices,” immediately after Beck and Lerman’s earlier Carpenter Center talk, felt like a logical extension of the artists’ discussion. Both have used architecture as a setting for one-of-a-kind performances and installations, and found inspiration among Harvard’s academic resources and intellectual community.Lerman, a choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker who founded and led Dance Exchange for more than 30 years, staged “Healing Wars: Early Explorations” at the Carpenter Center in 2011, while she was an artist in residence at the University. The site-specific performance of sound, projections, and dance examined the impact of war and trauma.Beck, an artist in residence at the Carpenter Center through October 2016, is in the midst of presenting “Program,” a sequence of interventions, installations, events, and publications that draws upon the history and aims of the center and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies to pull the past into the present.Both the artists’ discussion and “Harvard Voices” were part of the Harvard Committee on the Arts’ larger “John Harvard Projection” series, organized in association with a commission by Krzysztof Wodiczko, a contemporary artist and professor in residence of art, design, and the public domain at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Wodiczko’s “John Harvard Projection,” on view evenings from April 20 to 27, is a large-scale installation that animates the John Harvard Statue in Harvard Yard with faces, voices, words, and gestures of Harvard students. Like “Harvard Voices,” as well as Lerman and Beck’s work, Wodiczko’s projection will serve as an example of public art with creative influences that transcend time.