Partnership needs to be back on HR agenda

first_imgPartnership needs to be back on HR agendaOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Common sense has for once prevailed in the review of a piece of employmentlaw. The DTI has sensibly decided to tinker with, rather than overhaul, theEmployment Relations Act 1999. The unions wanted the Government to extend trade union recognition law andincrease staff rights. But Alan Johnson, employment relations minister, turneddown demands for a reduction in the 40 per cent worker threshold that triggersunion recognition ballots. The law is working just fine, he says. Unions should need a mandate among employees before gaining recognition, andemployers will be relieved by the decision. But union leaders have responded bycalling it a great victory for bad employers. As with all employment law, union recognition will only work for everyoneinvolved if all parties embrace it. Hopefully, BSkyB’s recently departed HRdirector is the exception rather than the rule – you cannot expect to avoidunion recognition by threatening your staff. If enough employees wantrepresentation, then it is HR’s duty to support the process and make the union relationshipwork. The concept of partnership is starting to feel a little hollow in thesetimes of turbulent employment relations. And yet a genuine commitment is neededmore than ever. The forthcoming information and consultation directive – whichwill force employers to communicate with the workforce ahead of structuralchanges – will significantly change work relationships. If employers continueto treat consultation as a dirty word, and if unions fail to be more realisticabout their roles and understand business drivers, then law will have toprevail and opportunities will be wasted. Mike Broad is assistant editor of Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Scaling patterns in the Antarctic brachiopod Liothyrella uva (Broderip, 1833)

first_imgScaling patterns of shell thickness, shell volume, total animal volume, internal tissue volume and mantle cavity volume in the brachiopod Liothyrella uva (Broderip, 1833) were investigated in relation to shell length. Exponents from double logarithmic regressions were 0.66, 2.77, 3.12, 3.06 and 3.34, respectively. The coefficients 3.12 and 3.06 were not significantly different from a cubic relationship, but the exponents 2.77 (shell volume) and 3.34 (mantle cavity volume) were different from 3.00. The amount of shell material, therefore decreases in relation to other brachiopod tissues as animals grow, while the mantle cavity gets relatively larger. These results suggest that large brachiopods may suffer space constraints because of the volume needed to house the lophophore and this has implications for all aspects of the brachiopods life style. Data on ash-free dry weight (AFDW) assessments of shells from an early winter sample showed a slope of 2.78, which is consistent with the shell volume relationship. A sample from mid summer, however, produced a relationship which was different in large and small animals. In individuals < 31.3 mm in length the exponent was 2.73 (which was indistinguishable from the 2.78 for the winter sample); however, the exponent was 3.73 for animals greater than this. 31.3 mm was also the minimum length of brooding females in this study. These data indicate that the function of caeca changes when brachiopods become reproductive.last_img read more

Over 60% of tenants offered insurance-based rental deposits take it up

first_imgOver sixty percent of tenants offered an insurance rather than cash-based rental deposit scheme at one of London’s largest new-build rental apartment developments have chosen to do so, it has been claimed.Criterion Capital, one of the UK’s largest Built-to-Rent operators and a major client of letting agent the Acorn Group, has made the claim for the first phase of its Delta Point scheme in Croydon, which eventually will bring 404 rental units to the market.The service is being provided by Zero Deposit, the Stevenage-based proptech firm co-founded by Jon Notley.“There is no question that Zero Deposit is helping to make our properties more attractive to potential tenants, speeding up the process and resulting in happier tenants when they move in,” says Karl Elliott, Head of Portfolio at Criterion Capital.Rental depositAcorn Group, which includes four agent brands – Langford Russell, John Payne, Unique and Acorn – is one of South East London’s larger agency groups and has a total of 31 offices. All of these have now rolled out the Zero Deposit product.The agency was one of the four industry big hitters to give Zero Deposit its backing in February alongside Connells, LSL and Knight Frank.“We have seen plenty of demand for Zero Deposit since it launched two months ago,” says Paul Deveney of Acorn Group (pictured).“This is the right product at the right time for tenants who are increasingly finding it difficult to meet the various costs of moving and landlords who benefit from an easier move in process.“We are delighted with the early signs and have no doubt that Zero Deposit will become the norm for renting in future.”Zero Deposit launched in the Spring of 2017 and subsequently raised over £5 million of start-up cash including investments by former Countrywide big hitter Grenville Turner.acorn group criterion capital Croydon delta point zero deposit June 12, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Over 60% of tenants offered insurance-based rental deposits take it up previous nextProptechOver 60% of tenants offered insurance-based rental deposits take it upClaim is made by one of UK’s largest Build-to-Rent operators in the UK after agency group Acorn rolls out the Zero Deposit product at its huge Croydon site.Nigel Lewis12th June 201801,127 Viewslast_img read more

Chestertons flying on ‘rampant’ lettings sector and improving sales market

first_imgChestertons says a ‘rampant’ rental market in central London has helped the company beat its lettings revenue targets by 18% so far this year and that it now holds the same market share as its key competitor, Foxtons.Managing Director Guy Gittins (pictured, below) has told The Negotiator that despite the property market in London his company also beat its sales targets by 3%.Chestertons closely monitors bid offer spread to measure market sentiment and says the London market is improving compared to two years ago when it was ‘in freefall’.“In 2017, offers were 20% below asking price because that’s where buyers thought the market was going, but today its five to six percent below.“We’ve had a good year when you consider that Foxtons saw its results down by 18% during the first three months of this year, showing that if you get it wrong then a business can go off the boil very quickly,” he says.Swift changesGittins, who started his career at Foxtons before moving to Savills and in 2012 Chestertons, was made MD last year and says he immediately made big changes to the way the company was run and structured.“We’ve been focussing on training people and giving them the right kind of leadership,” he says. “We’re making the transition from the kind of  very traditional business it was seven or eight years ago to a  proper contender now really at the sharp end, particularly if you look at our market share then we’re right up there with the big players.“We’re really focussing on data and monitoring what’s happening on an hourly and even per second basis.“For example we look at new applicants registering, location of price points at which they’re registering at, what percentage of applicants are actually out viewing and how many properties they view in the first month – and how fast buyers go from viewing to offer.” guy gittins Savills Chestertons Foxtons June 4, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Chestertons flying on ‘rampant’ lettings sector and improving sales market previous nextAgencies & PeopleChestertons flying on ‘rampant’ lettings sector and improving sales marketMD Guy Gittins says the business has caught up with arch rival Foxtons after he made significant changes to the way the business is run and structured.Nigel Lewis4th June 201901,106 Viewslast_img read more

UK: 7th TRADE Meeting Took Place at EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters

first_img UK: 7th TRADE Meeting Took Place at EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters View post tag: NAVFOR Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: UK View post tag: At October 7, 2011 View post tag: Trade View post tag: meeting View post tag: placecenter_img Share this article View post tag: EU View post tag: headquarters The 7th meeting of the Training Awareness and De-confliction (TRADE) group took place on 4 Octoberat the Operational Headquarters of EU NAVFOR Operation ATALANTA in Northwood.“TRADE is a very useful tool to co-ordinate and de-conflict training by different stakeholders”, said Rear Admiral Christian Canova, Deputy Operation Commander EU NAVFOR Somalia, as he welcomed the participants to the meeting.Admiral Canova mentioned the training of Vessel Protection Detachments (VPD) by NATO as a good example of international cooperation between different governments and organisations. Use of the AMISOM trained VPDs on AMISOM ships would reduces the demand for escorts by EUNAVFOR.Another good example of effective Regional Maritime Capacity building is the training delivered by the UK to the Omani Navy, that enabled the Omani Navy to play a crucial role after the hijack of M/V FAIRCHEM BOGEY. Also the deployment of an Estonian VPD on board the French frigate FS SURCOUF which is currently taking part in Operation ATALANTA is a good example of international cooperation. Since time in port for delivering training is limited, coordination and de-confliction of training is required to make it efficient and effective.Commander Hugo Verwijs, host and co-chair of the conference at the Operational Headquarters, summarizes the meeting – “We exchanged ideas, discussed the way ahead and took the next step in coordinating and de-conflicting our training efforts.”Background informationTRADE is a voluntary coordination meeting attended by governments and organisations involved in assisting nations affected by piracy in order to develop the maritime security capabilities to successfully patrol their TTW and effectively deal with the threat posed by piracy in the region.Its primary aim is to increase awareness and de-confliction of maritime tactical training capabilities inherent in the maritime forces operating in the Western Indian Ocean or additional training activities stakeholders wish to deploy to the region.The TRADE also works to achieve efficiency by identifying initiatives stakeholders can collaboratively develop with partner nations.The first TRADE was held in March 2010 and TRADE has been held approximately every quarter since then. The TRADE is co chaired by NATO (JFC Lisbon) and EUNAVFOR, participants are: NATO, EU, CMF/NAVCENT, IMO and others.[mappress]Source: eunavfor, October 07, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: 7th TRADE Meeting Took Place at EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters View post tag: Took View post tag: operational View post tag: 7th View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Slash Joins School of Rock’s Kids for a Jam Sesh

first_imgSlash & Brandon Niederauer He’s in the band! School of Rock’s pint-sized power players were in for a treat when Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Slash recently surprised them during a rehearsal. He joined the kids in performing the band’s classic hits “Sweet Child O’Mine” and “Paradise City.” While Slash is certainly Mount Rock royalty, Bobbi MacKenzie, Brandon Niederauer and the rest of the kid cast were totally poised playing with the Guns N’ Roses icon. Check out the jam session, captured on camera by Rolling Stone, below and see School of Rock’s kids shred eight times a week at the Winter Garden Theatre! View Comments Related Showscenter_img School of Rock – The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019last_img read more

Japanese firms see rising risk of stranded investment as tide turns against coal worldwide

first_imgJapanese firms see rising risk of stranded investment as tide turns against coal worldwide FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Marubeni Corp’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said on Monday it is increasingly difficult to sell stakes in coal-fired power plants due to growing criticism of the power stations which emit high levels of carbon dioxide.“To sum up, it is becoming harder to sell stakes in coal power plants as coal has run into a lot of flak,” Masumi Kakinoki told an analyst meeting, when asked about attitudes towards coal power amid global efforts to tackle climate change.Marubeni pledged in 2018 to halve its net coal power generating capacity of about 3 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions. As of March 2020, it held 2.7 GW net coal power capacity.“The best solution is to stop and scrap the plants, but we need to sell our stakes to parties with an interest in owning them as there are many power stations that are still valuable and needed for regions or countries,” Kakinoki said. However, he added that the company needed to avoid selling the stakes at a large loss, or to buyers who may resell them quickly.Last week, peer Sumitomo Corp booked a special loss of 25 billion yen ($241 million) in its April-September half year on its stake and lending in the Bluewaters coal power station in Australia.Mitsui & Co Ltd CEO Tatsuo Yasunaga also said last month that the company plans to sell its remaining stakes in coal-fired power stations by the end of the decade as it aims to achieve its 2050 net zero emission target.[Yuka Obayashi]More: Marubeni CEO says becoming harder to sell stakes in coal power plantslast_img read more

Cuomo Draws Supporters, Protesters to Suffolk Fundraiser

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo drew more than 1,000 protesters Monday night outside Villa Lombardi in Holbrook when he came to speak before a packed crowd at the Suffolk Democratic Party’s annual spring dinner.While those rallying outside boisterously protested Cuomo’s position on issues ranging from education to the environment and gun rights, Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer and Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs both called the fundraiser a success.“We’ve broken all records in terms of attendance as well as money raised for Governor Cuomo!” Schaffer boasted from the stage, recalling the crowds he’s seen in the 14 years he’s been chairman. He reportedly raked in $410,000 from 550 attendees, with the average price of an individual ticket set at $300. As Jacobs put it, looking at the enthusiastic audience with admiration, “This is a very successful night for Richie Schaffer!”Schaffer’s goal for November, he proclaimed, is to ensure that Suffolk voters give the governor the largest county plurality in New York. Judging from the number of protesters lining both sides of Main Street as he spoke, that achievement may not come easily this fall—at least in Suffolk.“I remember the old days in Suffolk,” Cuomo told his supporters. “I remember when Democrats didn’t win. I remember when people believed that Democrats couldn’t win in Suffolk. But I watched the Suffolk Revolution…. I watched Democrats rise up.”Today not only does a Democrat, Steve Bellone, hold the Suffolk County executive post, but Democrats also have a majority on the county legislature. In the governor’s speech, which lasted less than 15 minutes, Cuomo congratulated Schaffer for working “his magic” on the local and the county level.A different spell was working outdoors on the people carrying signs knocking the governor and loudly shouting, “Hey hey, high-ho, Cuomo’s got to go” among other chants. It was clearly a mixed crowd. There were teachers, parents and school kids opposing the governor’s Common Core academic curriculum with its emphasis on teacher evaluations and standardized tests.Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke in Holbrook on Monday.“We just really want to get Cuomo out of the classroom and let us do our jobs,” said Jennifer Ronayne, a fifth-grade teacher in the Connetquot school district.Emma Rennard, a fifth-grader in the Comsewogue school district, was carrying a sign that said, “I love my teachers. My school’s the best, but I have to refuse the state test.”Gun rights advocates wanting to repeal the New York Safe Act, which requires universal background checks on gun purchases and bans assault weapons. The governor had pushed its passage after the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut. One sign held by a Bayport man in a cowboy hat and gray mustache who declined to give his last name used the image of automatic rifles as the letters “F” and “K” to spell out an obscene verb to be inveighed against Cuomo.Environmentalists were on hand to remind the governor to “ban fracking now!” Hydraulic facturing, or “fracking,” refers to a controversial method of drilling for natural gas that has been linked to air and water pollution in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania where the practice has been approved. A de facto fracking moratorium has been in effect for years while New York studies the issue and Cuomo remains mum.Holding a blue sign with white letters that read “Support medical marijuana in New York” was Donna Schwier, a disabled registered nurse from Medford.“I think we should have safe access to medical marijuana,” she said. “There are thousands of New Yorkers suffering. In some cases it’s a matter of life and death.”She wanted the governor to throw his weight behind a bill now bogged down in the state Senate that’s been proposed by Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), who is a member of the small group of independent Democrats that are in a power-sharing agreement with Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the Senate Republican leader and a Cuomo ally. The Assembly, under Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), is poised to pass the bill.Also making their presence known were people still struggling to get their lives back in order after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Dominick and Jill Russo from East Rockaway have been living in an RV in their front yard while waiting for the governor’s much-touted New York Rising relief program to pay them enough so they can fix their home and move back indoors.“It’s been 18 months we’ve been fighting,” said Russo, who was holding a sign that said, “Homeless with a mortgage! Living in RV for 17 months with family of four plus a dog and a cat.”Nearby another woman was holding a sign that read, “Thanks to flood insurance and New York Rising, my house still has NO GUTS!”For the most part the protesters were spirited but peaceful. No arrests were reported, but the police were on hand to escort the benefit participants who had to cross Main Street to enter the venue. The crowd at the entrance subjected them to taunts like “Shame on you! Andy’s puppets!”One Suffolk Democrat who ran the gauntlet joked that “I’m usually on the other side of these things.”The themes raised by the protesters got short shrift in the governor’s speech. Cuomo defended his record on capping property taxes, raising the minimum wage, promoting job growth and passing the marriage equality act “for all New Yorkers.” And in an ironic twist, considering that his father was also governor once upon a time, he boasted, “Not since Nelson Rockefeller was governor have there been four on-time budgets in a row.”The closest he came to addressing the Common Core controversy was when he said that New York spends more money per student than any other state but the results are mediocre at best. That’s why he supports the new teacher evaluation system, he said.“We can see what teachers are working well, what schools are working well; and teachers who need help, we can get them the help,” he said. “I believe evaluating performance works for everyone…and we want to get our students the best education we can.”As his speech reached its climax, the attentive audience started applauding so loudly that some of his litany of accomplishments were drowned out.“We said we were going to end the ‘tax-and-spend madness’ and we did!” Cuomo shouted. “We have the lowest middle class tax rate since 1953!”Then he was gone, with chants of “Cuomo! Cuomo!” ringing in the ears of the crowd, erasing any lingering memories of the protests they’d heard when they arrived.last_img read more

NCUA’s Bill Myers shares how small credit unions can thrive in 2016

first_imgWe’ve been hearing a lot of talk the last couple years how credit unions have been growing by leaps and bounds. Word has it, however, that it’s only the larger credit unions that are growing — not the smaller ones. To get the real story on this issue, we invited NCUA’s Director, Office of Small Credit Unions Bill Myers on the show to share his numbers.We also discussed other issues smaller credit unions are facing on daily basis that are making business challenging, as wells as what larger credit unions can do to help out and how he sees this group faring in 2016. Bill not only shows us how smaller credit unions can survive, but they can thrive this year. Let us know your thoughts. Enjoy! continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WHO sees role for older antivirals in some H5N1 cases

first_imgMay 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Clinicians should use oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as first-line treatment for H5N1 avian influenza, but they should consider giving one of the older antiviral drugs along with it in some circumstances, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends.In new guidelines issued May 19, the WHO also said physicians should consider using one of the older drugs—amantadine or rimantadine—as first-line therapy if newer drugs are not available and surveillance indicates local strains of the H5N1 virus are susceptible to the drugs.”This is the first time we clearly state the possibility of dual therapy to be considered in case you are facing an H5N1 outbreak,” said Nahoko Shindo, a WHO medical officer who helped draw up the guidelines, as quoted in a May 19 Reuters report.The guidelines address the use of the neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs), including oseltamivir and zanamivir (Relenza), and the M2 inhibitors—amantadine and rimantadine—in treating patients with known or suspected H5N1 infection. The M2 inhibitors, also known as adamantanes, are cheaper than the NIs, but they have not previously been recommended for use in H5N1 cases because the likelihood of viral resistance was considered too high.However, recent data suggest that some strains of H5N1 are susceptible to the older drugs. An analysis of more than 600 H5N1 viruses collected in Southeast Asia showed that most samples from China and Indonesia lacked genetic characteristics signaling resistance to amantadine, whereas most samples from Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia had those characteristics. The report was published by the Journal of Infectious Diseases.The new WHO guidelines were drawn up by an international group of clinicians with experience treating H5N1 patients, along with other experts, at a meeting in late March. The panel systematically reviewed and graded the evidence for the drugs’ effectiveness.Evidence rated as slimSince no results from controlled trials of medication use in H5N1 cases are available, “Overall, the quality of the underlying evidence for all recommendations was very low,” the 138-page WHO report states. The evidence includes results of lab and animal studies and indirect evidence from studies of antiviral use in patients with seasonal influenza. The recommendations are classified as “strong” or “weak,” depending on the quality of the relevant evidence.The WHO says that if a patient has a confirmed or strongly suspected H5N1 case and NIs are available, “Clinicians should administer oseltamivir treatment (strong recommendation); zanamivir might be used as an alternative (weak recommendation).”Oseltamivir comes in capsule form, whereas zanamivir is taken with an inhaler. The WHO says zanamivir has lower bioavailability outside the respiratory tract than oseltamivir, but it may be active against some strains of oseltamivir-resistant H5N1 virus.The guidelines say clinicians should not use amantadine or rimantadine alone as first-line treatment if neuraminidase inhibitors are available. However, “Clinicians might administer a combination of a neuraminidase inhibitor and an M2 inhibitor if local surveillance data show that the H5N1 virus is known or likely to be susceptible (weak recommendation).”If clinicians try this combination therapy, they should collect “detailed and standardized clinical and virological data” from the start of treatment, the document adds.If NIs are not available, the WHO advises, “Clinicians might administer amantadine or rimantadine as a first-line treatment if local surveillance data show that the H5N1 virus is known or likely to be susceptible to these drugs (weak recommendation).” The report adds that rimantadine generally has a better side-effect profile than amantadine.The guidelines say that for now, the recommendations on using antivirals for treatment of H5N1 cases are the same as those for early treatment of adults and children with seasonal influenza.However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised physicians last January to stop using amantadine and rimantadine for the rest of the flu season, because the dominant flu strain had become highly resistant to them. More than 90% of influenza A(H3N2) isolates had become resistant, the agency said at the time.Preventive use of antiviralsThe WHO also issued recommendations on preventive use of the antiviral drugs in people with potential exposure to H5N1 (postexposure prophylaxis).The agency said that where available, oseltamivir or zanamivir should be used preventively in high- and moderate-risk exposure groups, including pregnant women, continuing for 7 to 10 days after exposure. The drugs probably should not be used prophylactically in low-risk exposure groups, the document says. High-risk groups are defined as household or close family contacts of a strongly suspected or confirmed H5N1 patient.Amantadine and rimantadine should not be used preventively if NIs are available, the WHO advises. But if NIs are not available, the older drugs could be used in high- and moderate-risk groups if local surveillance data show that the virus is likely to be susceptible to them.The WHO authors also looked at the possible use of other supplementary treatments in H5N1 cases, including corticosteroids, immunoglobulin, interferon, and ribavirin. “There was no basis to make a recommendation for use of any of these medicines outside the context of a randomised trial, but ribavirin particularly should not be used in pregnant women (strong recommendation),” the report says.See also:Full text of WHO guidelineshttp://www.who.int/medicines/publications/WHO_PSM_PAR_2006.6.pdfMay 12 CIDRAP News story “Study suggests older antivirals could help fight H5N1”last_img read more