O’Briens to establish 15 more units

first_imgSandwich bar and coffee chain O’Briens plans to open a further 15 franchise units by the end of this year, with a focus on north- east England and the Midlands.Franchise director Paul Stanton said that major cities such as Newcastle still had “massive potential” for further expansion. The move will bring O’Brien’s total number of outlets in the UK to 155.The chain operates various styles of franchise, including high street and shopping centre outlets, express-style bars and kiosks within businesses. Stanton said customers were becoming more interested in healthier choices such as low-fat and organic products.O’Briens has also noticed customers are more choosy about ingredients and relishes.last_img

Baked Churches

first_imgBakers across the UK have been busy baking their local churches- or rather busy baking cakes in the shape of their local churches!%%ImageNewsTicker_23952%%The cakes were all entries for The Great Church Bake Off organised by The Churches Conservation Trust and judged by Loyd Grossman, Lady Lucy French and Waitrose pastry consultant Will Torrent.The cakes were designed to replicate historic churches from around England.The winning cake was an intricate sponge cake replica of the Saxon St Mary the Virgin church in Westmill, Cambridgeshire made by Wendy Leaney, made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial.The competition took place throughout the month of June in celebration of over 30 themed midsummer tea parties hosted by The Churches Conservation Trusts (CCT) Friends and Volunteers, in some of England’s most beautiful historic churches. The parties are the CCT’s biggest annual fundraiser, designed to raise awareness of and funds for its ongoing work in protecting over 340 historic churches at risk in England.The judges assessed each cake on its structure, design and overall appearance. CCT Chairman Loyd Grossman said: ‘Wendy’s cake was such a brilliant entry and the attention to detail was remarkable. All of the cakes were great and we were all surprised at the huge variety in cake structures we saw. The stories we received about what these buildings mean to people and communities from around the UK were really special and reminded us just why the CCT’s work in keeping churches open and accessible is so important.’The runner up was Margita Dubnicka with an impressive replica of a church in Spreyton, Devon. Margita used skills she gained through her childhood in the Czech Republic to form the cake out of traditional gingerbread. The baker was also trained as a sculptor in her youth, which can be seen in her intricately designed and skilfully assembled creation.last_img read more

SBA disaster loans available in Vermont following Ag secretary’s declaration

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration announces today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Addison, Bennington, Chittenden and Rutland counties in Vermont as a result of excessive rain, flooding and cooler than normal temperatures that occurred from March 1 through June 1, 2011.”These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in New York. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.”When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to assist eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Skaggs.Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquacultural enterprises, agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply to SBA.Loan amounts can be up to $2 million, with interest rates of 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses.  Terms can be up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  The agency sets loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or by sending an email [email protected](link sends e-mail).  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website atwww.sba.gov(link is external).  Completed applications should be mailed to: US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).SOURCE US Small Business Administration ATLANTA, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

CFPB responds to NAFCU call on privacy notices

first_imgCFPB responded to NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger’s call to swiftly implement statutory changes to privacy notice requirements for credit unions, saying the bureau agrees and that the new law will be effective immediately to avoid confusion with superseded requirements.“We appreciate CFPB’s speed on this matter and its willingness to clarify an area of regulatory confusion for credit unions,” said Berger. “Now that CFPB has heeded NAFCU’s call to recognize the recent amendments as controlling law on privacy notices, credit unions will have a measure of regulatory relief and be able to avoid the unnecessary costs and labor of annual privacy notices. This is a big win for our members.”In his letter earlier this month, Berger wrote that the bureau should “act swiftly to implement these statutory changes and clarify the controlling law through a formal announcement or the promulgation of an interim final rule.”Responding to NAFCU, a CFPB spokesperson said, “The CFPB recognizes that the recent statutory change on annual privacy notice requirements became effective upon the transportation bill’s enactment. The Bureau has begun working with our fellow regulators to coordinate on a process to discuss further each agency’s plans for rulemaking in this area given the statutory changes. In the meantime, the Bureau is conveying to its supervision and enforcement staff that the law is effective immediately so that no financial institution is expected to comply with superseded regulatory requirements.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

7 skills tomorrow’s top leaders are developing today

first_imgThis week, I’ll be at a conference giving a talk on Culture and Storytelling, following which I’ll be part of a panel discussion about the Future of Work, and specifically about developing current, millennial talent into future leaders. It’s interesting to note the skills toward which organizations seem to be migrating as it relates to what they’re looking for in their future leaders. Want to get ahead of the curve? Here are the skills tomorrow’s top leaders are developing today.Being Others-OrientedIt’s funny, because in a prominent report released by the World Economic Forum, they called something similar to this idea “service orientation.” Of course, readers of this blog know that I’m a big advocate of servant leadership, so it’s interesting to see others tip-toe towards something like it.Persuasion, Logic, & NegotiationOr perhaps we could title this section “How to Effectively Persuade and Negotiate without Being a Manipulative, Coercive Jerk.”The old methods of “persuasion” are increasingly frowned upon by an increasingly aware workforce. In the past, if a boss, exec, or CEO wore a nice suit, brandished a smile, said all the right things to the right people (to their faces, anyway), and was dishonest, manipulative, and even Machiavellian in ways that he wouldn’t get caught for, all was well as long as the numbers looked good. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Eurowings connects Rijeka with Cologne throughout the year

first_imgBased on the better results and the constant increase in the number of passengers at Rijeka Airport, the management of Eurowings has decided to introduce a regular winter line that will connect Rijeka with Cologne throughout the year.After the introduction of year-round regular domestic routes (Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek) from the winter of 2016/2017, the coming winter brings a new year-round international line, which is sensational news for Rijeka Airport and its entire environment as in recent history Rijeka Airport it has never provided customers with the possibility of international lines throughout the year, but mostly only during the summer months.The introduction of winter lines represents a significant positive step forward for the entire county, its economy, residents, and especially all entities related to tourism, and in addition to all this, all passengers create the habit of easier and faster transfer throughout the year. Air connections are extremely important throughout the year for the development of tourism, as well as health tourism for which Rijeka and its surroundings have great potential and all the prerequisites.The official sale of tickets for these flights starts on July 8.7.2017, 10.11.2017, and they can be purchased on the Eurowings website. The first flight from Cologne to Rijeka starts on November 12, 35. at 14:40, with return from Rijeka to Cologne the same day at 10.11.2017:21.3.2018. During the entire winter period (November 10.11.2017, 1.12.2017 – March 12.1.2018, 16.2.2018), this line will take place twice a week, on Sundays and Fridays (November 6.12.2017, 3.1.2018 – December 21.2.2018, 21.3.2018 and January XNUMX, XNUMX – February XNUMX, XNUMX) and on Wednesdays. (XNUMX.-XNUMX. And XNUMX.-XNUMX.)last_img read more

To preserve entitlements, don’t cut taxes for middle class

first_imgThe political logic is not hard to understand.The middle class continues to struggle, and, with midterm elections just around the corner, both parties need the support of middle-class voters.But missing from the tax debate is an appreciation that lawmakers have already crafted a tax-friendly regime for middle-income taxpayers.The result is a more progressive tax system that raises less revenue.Unless Congress is willing to dramatically cut major entitlement programs and eschew new social programs to address poverty and declining economic mobility, we need more tax revenue from the middle class, not less.Middle-class tax burdens are at historic lows. The Congressional Budget Office reported in 2016 that the average federal income tax rate for the middle class — here meaning the middle 60 percent of the income distribution — declined from 7.8 percent in 1979 to 3.4 percent in 2013.Focusing on all federal taxes (not just income taxes), the average tax rate dropped from 19.2 to 13.8 percent over the same period. This approach appeals to both parties, since Republicans favor small government while Democrats favor tax progressivity. But it also undercuts the government’s ability to pay for its core responsibilities.The middle class faces significant economic challenges and increased vulnerability, such as income stagnation, declining wealth and decreased job security.It is also grappling with dramatic increases in housing costs, medical care and education.The Big Six tax-reform framework responds to these challenges by reducing the already low federal tax burden on the middle class even further.The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that the framework would result in an average tax cut of $660 per household for members of the middle 20 percent (as well as an $8,500 cut for households in the top 20 percent and $130,000 cut for the top 1 percent).While this modest increase in middle-class disposable income might be helpful, it would do little to fund government programs that alleviate economic insecurity.What the middle class needs is not meager tax cuts but a muscular commitment to robust public institutions designed to benefit middle-income individuals. With these lower tax rates, the share of taxes paid by the middle class has also declined.The middle class paid 35 percent of income taxes in 1979 but only 16 percent in 2013, while its share of all federal taxes fell from 43 to 30 percent.Tax burdens on the American middle class are low not only by historical standards, but also in comparison with other developed countries.Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reveal that American families with children face substantially lower average income-tax rates (in some cases, less than half) than similar families in other developed countries.And this is before factoring in consumption taxes, which represent a large share of middle-class tax burdens in most countries, but not in the United States.How did we get here?To be sure, some of the decline in middle-class tax burdens results from itsdeclining fortunes. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAmid the partisan rancor surrounding the framework for tax reform developed by GOP congressional leaders, there is one area of remarkable consensus: lower taxes for the middle class.center_img The middle 60 percent of households accounted for 49 percent of all pre-tax income in 1979 but only 43.4 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, the share of pre-tax income going to the top 1 percent increased from 8.9 to 15 percent.Even without changes in the tax code, such skewed income growth would have reduced the middle-class share of taxes paid.But the current tax structure is also the product of a host of pro-middle-class policies.This is not a well-thought-out, comprehensive strategy, but rather a series of uncoordinated changes in our tax laws.Some of the changes, such as expansions in the earned-income tax credit, were designed to help poor families but also benefitted many middle-class households.Others, such as the child tax credit, were expressly crafted to benefit the middle class.Still other cuts, such as the 2001 rate reductions, provided political grease for the “tax cuts for everyone” strategy that dominates U.S. politics. The higher taxes could come from our current income tax (from tax increases on the middle class and the wealthy) or a broad-based consumption tax (such as a VAT or carbon tax).How a country raises revenue strongly influences how the money is spent.Countries with more comprehensive social programs impose higher taxes on the middle class. Paradoxically, then, we may need less progressive taxes to fund more progressive spending programs.So enough of the middle-class tax cuts.It is time for a new fiscal strategy.Kirk J. Stark is the Barrall Family Professor of Tax Law and Policy at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. Eric M. Zolt, the Michael H. Schill Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA, served in the Office of Tax Policy at the Treasury Department from 1989 to 1992.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Create Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Public Safety Continuing his push for meaningful law enforcement reforms, today Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission. This further advances his actions to address law enforcement reform and accountability that he announced in June and the first two police reform bills he signed into law on Tuesday.“My administration is committed to bipartisan criminal justice reforms that are fair and inclusive and support public safety,” Gov. Wolf said. “My executive order moves us one more step forward to address the systemic failings that have created inequities and public mistrust of law enforcement. It is my hope that the commission improves law enforcement relationships with communities and strengthens the accountability of law enforcement personnel.”The creation of the commission came about from concerns raised by residents and in conversations Gov. Wolf held with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and leaders of Black communities in Philadelphia and Harrisburg following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.The executive order advises that citizen engagement and participation is essential to help the state in fulfilling its commitment to identifying necessary system-level reforms to promote transparency, fairness and accountability involving the commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies.The new commission’s ultimate goal is to improve policing practices within law enforcement agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction by examining events and conducting reviews of policies, practices, and procedures. The commission, established in the Office of State Inspector General, will be comprised of 15 members appointed by the governor, including one representative from each of the Pennsylvania State Police current Troop geographic areas, and specifically from areas of the Pennsylvania State Police’s primary jurisdiction, and six additional citizen members chosen at large.The commission will be chaired by the Deputy Inspector General for Law Enforcement Oversight, a new position and office in the Office of State Inspector General that the commonwealth is conducting a nationwide search to fill. Interested applicants can find the job posting here.The deputy inspector general will oversee staff on investigations of alleged fraud, waste, misconduct, and abuse within law enforcement agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction and serve as chair of the new commission.The commission is authorized to perform reviews of the covered agencies’ internal investigative findings related to allegations and incidents surrounding the use of force and bias-based policing, including those involving police-involved shootings resulting in injury or death of civilians, and to prepare a report if warranted.“It is my hope that with input from this commission, the commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies can serve as a model of excellence for law enforcement throughout Pennsylvania and the country,” Gov. Wolf said.Read the executive order here.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Create Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commissioncenter_img July 17, 2020last_img read more

GWS Secures TWBII Contract

first_imgJan De Nul Group has awarded Global Wind Service (GWS) with the installation and completion scope for the 200MW Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWBII) offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.Jan De Nul is in charge of installing 32 Senvion 6.2M 152 Power Upgrade offshore wind turbines on the wind farm. The jack-up vessel Vole au vent will transport the turbine parts from Eemshaven in the Netherlands and install them at the site some 45 kilometers north of the island of Borkum.Installation works are planned to commence at the site in spring 2019 and be completed by autumn 2019.“We are eager to start the execution of this project with an experienced company as GWS. Their know-how and efforts are precious on this demanding project,” said Arnaud Eeman, Project Manager TWBII at Jan De Nul Group.GWS will deliver technicians for the installation and mechanical completion of the 32 Senvion 6.2M152 PU turbines, each with a capacity of 6.33MW. The company will deliver two teams in parallel – one team will erect the turbines and the other team will perform the electrical and mechanical completion.“We are very pleased to be able to use our Senvion offshore installation experience supporting Jan De Nul Group and Senvion on this exciting project. Trianel Borkum II is the first offshore installation project we make together with the Jan De Nul Group, and we look forward to a good partnership with both Jan De Nul Group and Senvion on this project,” said Michael Høj Olsen, CCO at Global Wind Service.last_img read more

Athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 will keep 2021 spots

first_img Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneHere Are The Secret Origins Of Famous Foods7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Today6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone Loading… Athletes who had already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before they were postponed will keep their places when the showpiece takes place in 2021, sources told AFP on Thursday. The IOC and 32 international sports federations held a teleconference where it was decided to respect the qualification process for the delayed Tokyo Olympics Around 57% of the 11,000 scheduled participants for Tokyo had already made sure of taking part when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) pushed the Games back to 2021 due to the coronavirus on Tuesday. The IOC and 32 international sports federations held a teleconference on Thursday where it was decided to respect the qualification process. “Thomas Bach (the IOC President) first explained the reasons for the postponement of the Games, then said that the athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 would automatically be qualified for 2021,” one of the participants in the conference told AFP. “One of the main subjects was to know when and how to organise the qualifications. “In some federations, many sportsmen and sportswomen are not qualified and it takes at least three months for the Olympic Games to organise them.” The 2020 Tokyo Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a historic joint decision was taken for the first postponement of an Olympics in peacetimecenter_img However, there is no definite date yet for the rescheduled Games with Bach saying Tuesday the Tokyo Olympics “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community”. Many Olympic sports, such as boxing, saw the vast majority of their qualifying tournaments either interrupted or cancelled due to the global health situation. Others, such as sailing however, already had 90% of their competitors qualified. “The allocated quotas remain allocated,” confirmed another participant in Thursday’s meeting. Read Also:Messi gifts €1m to hospitals to combat coronavirus “Thomas Bach has confirmed that a decision (on a new date for the 2021 event) will be made within the next four weeks,” he said. “Some said they prefer May 2021, others June …” Some federation chiefs also expressed financial concerns, claiming in advance part of the sums traditionally allocated after the Olympic Games by the IOC to the governing bodies. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more