Employers are crying out for a lighter touch

first_imgIt is difficult to imagine a worse time to introduce a rise in employerNational Insurance Contributions. Employers, employees and even customers mayultimately pay the price as it adds yet more pressure to the already strickenbusiness community. The profitability of UK firms has fallen to its lowest level for a decadeand Gordon Brown’s move, which comes into effect this month, could provokefurther transfers of work overseas and more job cuts. The Anglo-Dutchsteelmaker, Corus, is reported to be absorbing £5m of extra costs due to theNIC increase and construction vehicle firm Caterpillar predicts a £2m annualbill. Weak productivity continues to stop any recovery in margins and in manymarkets, firms simply cannot pass on these additional costs to customers. The secretary of state for industry, Patricia Hewitt, is working hard toconvince employers she is listening to their concerns. She is championinginitiatives to lift productivity and last week pledged to help business planahead by limiting the introduction of any new rules to just two days per year.These supportive measures are welcome, but the relationship between businessand the Government is certainly entering a new phase. Employers want lessinterference, and yet the Government seems to be insisting on a ‘deeperpartnership’ with no clarity about what that actually means. Productivity is the key area where the Government can make a difference. Asthis is the CIPD’s HRD week at Olympia, we are reminded of the mountainemployers must climb to boost productivity and competitiveness throughtraining, development and organisational change. Our front-page coverage and feature confirm how tough it is to raisecapabilities when resources are tight. Skills gaps cannot be ignored for long – firms are struggling to meetcustomer service standards, to generate new business and develop new productsbecause some core competencies have not been developed. These volatile times warrant strong and measured management. Employers arecrying out for stability and flexibility and have no appetite for more taxationand further labour market regulation. A lightness of touch from the Governmentwould be the best course of action right now. Employers are crying out for a lighter touchOn 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Worldwide atmospheric gravity-wave study in the European sector 1985–1990

first_imgFour campaigns of the Worldwide Atmospheric Gravity-wave Study (WAGS) have taken place in the European sector. On many occasions the onset of auroral activity in the evening and midnight sector, as indicated by EISCAT measurements of the electric field, was associated after a suitable delay with the detection of periodic ionospheric disturbance travelling southward over the U.K. at speeds between 500 and 1000 m s−1. The velocity and wavelength of the TIDs corresponded to large-scale atmospheric gravity-waves. The characteristic periods of the travelling disturbances were similar to the intrinsic time scales of the auroral activity for periods of 40 min or more, but variations on a time scale of 20 min or less were strongly attenuated. The r.m.s. amplitude of the auroral electric field was proportional to the r.m.s. amplitude of the HF Doppler-shift associated with the gravity-wave. The time-lag between the onset of strong auroral activity and the arrival of the travelling disturbance over the U.K. was usually about an hour, suggesting a source region about 2000 km north. Similar levels of activity in the afternoon did not appear to produce strong waves in the far field. This is possibly due to ion-drag in the daytime ionosphere although the effects of the lower sensitivity of the HF Doppler-network during daytime must also be considered.last_img read more

New Harmony Celebrates Fourth of July

first_img The Friends of the Working Men’s Institute will kick off New Harmony’s Fourth of July 2019 celebration at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4 at the Atheneum with their annual Fourth of July program.The program, co-sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana and New Harmony Kiwanis, will feature a performance of patriotic songs from the Community Choir, a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Curt Schmitt, and a discussion by Judge James M. Redwine, on the hope of the American dream, on the topic Why Are Americans The Ones Smiling?Redwine served as a full time Posey County, Indiana judge from 1981 through 2018 and has been appointed as a Senior Judge for the State of Indiana for 2019 by the Indiana Supreme Court.Following the program, there will be a decorated golf cart parade from the Atheneum through town ending at Maclure Park, where the golf cart decorations will be judged and prizes awarded.At Maclure Park, festivities will continue with a community-wide picnic. The New Harmony Kiwanis will cook hot dogs and hamburgers that will be available for purchase and Bob Minnette and the Dixieland Society will perform patriotic music from the bandstand.During their early celebrations of the Fourth of July, members of the Harmonie Society would invite area residents into their community offering locally brewed beer to their guests. USI/Historic New Harmony continues this tradition by providing free root beer.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Honors Little League Team With Parade

first_imgThe Ocean City/Upper Township Little League Team rolled through Ocean City on Tuesday night in a parade with a police and fire escort.Residents and visitors came out to congratulate the team and coaches on playing in the State Little League finals and for being the first Cape May County team to qualify for the state championship since the tournament began in 1956.The 8:30 p.m. parade went from the 35th Street and Simpson Avenue baseball fields to the Ocean City Music Pier on the Boardwalk. There the team was further honored in a ceremony on the Music Pier.The team fell to Toms River, 7-6 on Monday in a game that decided the state champion.last_img read more

Lending to your nonprofit members

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr U.S. nonprofits are growing in number, revenue and assets, according to the most recent data available on this important segment of the economy. Credit unions considering lending to nonprofits may want to be aware of these recent financial trends, as well as some of the ways lending to these organizations might differ from lending to for-profit member businesses.According to the Urban Institute’s “Nonprofit Sector in Brief 2015,” the number of nonprofits registered with the Internal Revenue Service increased by about 3,000 a year between 2003 and 2013. Religious congregations and organizations generating less than $50,000 in annual revenue aren’t required to register, however, so the total number of nonprofits is unknown, according to the report.Finances related to U.S. nonprofits are also opaque, considering only a small percentage is required to file some version of Form 990, the return for organizations exempt from income tax. Based on filings with the IRS, however, reporting nonprofits’ revenues and assets grew more quickly between 2012 and 2013 than did their expenses, the Urban Institute said. Revenues increased 3 percent to $2.26 trillion, assets rose 5.2 percent to $5.17 trillion, and expenses grew 1.7 percent to $2.10 trillion.Nonprofits, excluding those serving government and business, contributed an estimated $905.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, or roughly 5 percent of GDP. continue reading »last_img read more

Charlie Nicholas makes prediction for Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea and sends transfer message to Mikel Arteta

first_imgFrank Lampard’s Chelsea play host to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has backed Arsenal to hold Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge, but believes Mikel Arteta still needs to cash in on Granit Xhaka and strengthen his defensive options before the transfer deadline.The Gunners are languishing down in tenth after successive draws with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United and sit ten points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table.Frank Lampard’s men lost away to Newcastle at the weekend and will be desperate to bounce back with a victory over their bitter London rivals this evening.Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been ruled out the clash through injury, while Reece James and Marcos Alonso are ready to feature after passing fitness tests.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jan 2020 4:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Mikel Arteta preview press conference: Arsenal vs ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:41FullscreenMikel Arteta preview press conference: Arsenal vs Chelseahttps://metro.co.uk/video/mikel-arteta-preview-press-conference-arsenal-vs-chelsea-2091916/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arteta suffered a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in his first home match as Arsenal manager last month, but the Spaniard is upbeat about his side’s chances tonight.‘A lot of things have changed that are positive,’ Arteta said at his pre-match press conference.‘The way we have changed the energy with our fans has been massive. In terms of results we have been unlucky. Lampard previews Chelsea v ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:27FullscreenLampard previews Chelsea v Arsenalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/lampard-previews-chelsea-v-arsenal-2091878/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked what he learned from Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates, Arteta replied: ‘I loved the first 30-35 minutes and how much we wanted to put them under pressure.‘They changed the system and started to defend deep and physically it was harder to maintain that energy.‘Against Chelsea that is vital. We will go with the same intention.’What will the result be at Stamford Bridge?Chelsea win0%Draw0%Arsenal win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Manchester United legend Roy Keane says Liverpool are not a truly great team yet Aubameyang is suspended for the London derby (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will be without their top scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is serving the second game of a three-match suspension and Nicholas fears the side will miss the striker’s goalscoring threat and energy up front.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe ex-Arsenal forward also has major concerns about Arteta’s defence, but has backed the north London club to come away from Stamford Bridge with a point.Predicting a 2-2 draw, Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘It is awkward watching Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still out too. You miss his goals but his pace and movement too, which makes the opposition have to defend ten yards deeper.‘It also creates space for Mesut Ozil. I think Gabriel Martinelli is going to be a star and a real goal-getter and eventually he will be a number nine.‘It is needs must at the moment. No centre-backs have been brought in yet, while Bukayo Saka is still at left-back.‘We are still waiting on transfers. Mikel Arteta has to get in the market and help the defence. They are not letting as many in but Arsenal do not have a clinical side yet.center_img Charlie Nicholas makes prediction for Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea and sends transfer message to Mikel Arteta Comment Charlie Nicholas has predicted a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)‘Chelsea have not won much at home recently, except the Burnley game, but Arsenal will need to play defensively and see where it takes them.‘I need so much more from Nicolas Pepe and a bit more from Alexandre Lacazette.‘Get the two protectors right in front of the back four, and I would still sell Granit Xhaka if the money was right. We could get by without him.‘I think Arsenal will be dangerous away from home, and Nicolas Pepe can deliver in these games, which suit him. He turned up the last time I said this against Manchester United.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Gold Coast house sells four days after hitting the market

first_img MORE NEWS: Major surge in QLD farmland prices The home’s green space was particularly appealing to prospective buyers.The sale marked one of several the Kollosche team has settled in a matter of days recently.Mr Kollosche said the end of the federal election campaign and more relaxed lending criteria had changed people’s sentiment.“It’s giving people more confidence,” he said. “Post election, we’ve had a good run of sales.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 It’s easy to see why the buyers wanted the property at 319 Monaco St, Broadbeach, so much.A PALM Springs-inspired house at Broadbeach Waters had been on the market for less than a week when a Gold Coast buyer agreed to splash millions on it.Multiple house hunters were eyeing off the sprawling 1592sq m property on Monaco Street’s waterfront but a $5.05 million offer sealed the deal.Kollosche director Michael Kollosche and fellow marketing agent Eoghan Murphy conducted eight inspections within 24 hours and received three offers prior to its sale. There is a lot to love about the home, including that water view. The agents received three offers prior to its sale.“We sold it within four days,” Mr Kollosche said.“Apart from its architecture and the coastal feel that it has, it’s just a really nice family home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“A lot of people just liked the fact that it had plenty of yard.”The sellers, who owned the house for a decade, spent two years renovating the residence to give it a relaxed Palm Springs vibe.The main house features four bedrooms while a guesthouse offers extra space for larger families, dual-living arrangements, live-in carers or as short-stay accommodation.A double-sided gas fireplace separating the living and dining areas in the main house, an office, temperature-controlled wine cellar, media room and multiple outdoor entertainment areas are among its highlights. MORE NEWS: Unusual feature sells house The local buyer splashed more than $5 million on the house.last_img read more

Dominica To Participate In ECVA Junior Men’s Championships

first_img 22 Views   no discussions NewsSports Dominica To Participate In ECVA Junior Men’s Championships by: – May 16, 2011 Share A National Men’s Junior team will participate in the 2011 Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Men’s Junior Volleyball Championship to be held in Anguilla from July 9th to 12th.Players will be selected from among the students currently undergoing training in preparation for the Windward Islands Inter-Schools Tournament, who meet the FIVB age requirements. Training is being conducted by National Men’s Team captain, David Toussaint, assisted by Japanese volunteer coach Yuya SIMUDA.Winner of the ECVA Championships will go on to represent the ECVA at the NORCECA Continental Junior Championships.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Toure likely to leave City – agent

first_img The Ivory Coast midfielder’s agent Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports News he was “90 per cent certain” Toure would leave City after five years at the club. Inter Milan, managed by former City boss Roberto Mancini, are among the clubs who have been linked with a move for Toure, who has scored eight goals in 26 Premier League starts this season. Seluk told Sky Sports News that three clubs were pursuing Toure and that he was in the UK hoping to meet City to discuss the former Barcelona midfielder’s future. Toure is 32 on May 13 and last season his birthday led to speculation he would leave City, with whom he signed a four-year contract in April 2013. Seluk has a reputation for making outlandish claims and a track record of threatening his client’s exit from clubs. He has done so previously at City – including criticising the hierarchy last month – and also at his previous clubs, notably Barcelona. Seluk said in May 2014 that City had not made Toure feel valued and appreciated, especially on his 31st birthday which clashed with a party in Abu Dhabi to celebrate City’s title triumph. Seluk insisted it was “not a question of money or contract”, but the two-time Premier League winner stayed at City. City boss Manuel Pellegrini has often insisted Toure is happy at the club, but the team talisman last month spoke of being open to “new challenges”. Toure, who is reportedly City’s highest earner on £220,000 per week, told Foot Mercato: “No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me. Press Association “For the future, I don’t know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.” Addressing those comments, Pellegrini said Toure can find the challenges he craves at City. Pellegrini said: “There are a lot of different places you can have it but City also is a challenge and I am sure Yaya is very happy here. “Maybe you cannot win titles every year but I think the project of the club is to improve the squad, to improve as a club so there are a lot of important things and I think it is an important challenge.” Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City has been thrown into further doubt after his outspoken agent suggested the midfielder is near certain to leave this summer. last_img read more

Armed Robbery in Coral Gables Ends in Police Chase, Gunfire

first_imgA police chase following an armed robbery ended in gunfire late Thursday afternoon in Miami, according to reports.Miramar police stated there were “multiple fatalities” as a result of the robbery, but none of them were law enforcement.Coral Gables police responded to a shooting at Regent Jewelers at 386 Miracle Mile after receiving a silent holdup call from the store at 4:17 p.m. Two people reportedly robbed the store.Update, we are currently investigating an armed Robbery to the Regent Jeweler’s located at 386 Miracle Mile. Traffic is being redirected. Avoid the area.— Coral Gables Police (@CoralGablesPD) December 5, 2019 In a press conference, Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak stated that at least one bullet hit Coral Gables City Hall. Police found the suspects driving northbound on the Turnpike in a UPS delivery truck they had carjacked, and a high-speed chase began. The suspects were holding the UPS driver hostage.A Miami television station reports that the chase ended in gunfire on Miramar Parkway, just west of Flamingo Road. Aerial video showed the suspects and police exchanging gunfire.According to Hudak, multiple agencies are investigating the incident. Police have not confirmed who was killed in the officer-involved shooting.last_img read more