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first_imgThis week’s guruOld Bill becomes sick bill – and HR cops itCompensation culture is no joking matter, with the Ministry of Defencefacing a £97m bill last year. While Guru accepts that many soldiers deserve sizable payments the figuresare becoming ridiculous. One of our finest received £387,000 for negligenttreatment of warts. Last week, police officers involved in the Bradford race riots threatened tolaunch a multi-million pound damages claim against the force. Having bricksthrown at you is not a nice job, but it is part of the job. While Guru recently suggested that few trainee HR staff want to grow up tomanage train drivers, the same will soon apply to the police. With sickness andmedical retirement costing the force more than £200m a year and each officertaking 11.5 days off sick a year on average, HR has its work cut out. Paddling by lilois the easy part Guru is concerned at the desperate attempts asylum seekers are making to getto Britain. Last week, two exhausted Lithuanians were rescued in the Channel asthey attempted to paddle to England on kids’ lilos. The pair would have thought twice about this voyage had they known that whenthey arrived there was little chance of finding a decent job – even if theywere genuine cases and highly skilled. After residing in the UK for six months,they would have to gather all sorts of paperwork to prove they were eligible towork, the employment service would struggle to match their skills to jobs andpotential employers would be tied up in red tape. At least Personnel Today’s Refugees in Employment Campaign is trying to makeit easier for firms to tap a pool of skilled, productive labour. The heat turnson Mayor Ken The Mayor of London should remind himself of the saying about throwingstones when you live in a glass house. While the Greater London Authority isencouraging City employers to introduce solar energy into new buildings, itsnew City Hall is yet to have solar panels included in its plans. And anofficial report leaked last week warned that the glass building on the SouthBank that will act as Ken Livingstone’s HQ could suffer from sick building syndrome,glare and high humidity in the summer, leading to staff absenteeism. Take note Ken, PPP isn’t the only issue on the agenda.Tell me why, I don’t like wednesdaysPlenty of popular beat combos have criticised Monday (Boomtown Rats, Mamasand Papas, the Bangles). Few have picked on Wednesday. For employers this is a dangerous day of the week, according to research which has found that Wednesday is when disgruntled staff look fornew jobs. The solution? HR should introduce a regular midweek lunch to boost moraleand turn Wednesday into a feedback day – in other words say nice things aboutyour staff. Managers are also advised to save good news – bonuses, promotions,a dog-walking scheme – for a midweek briefing, and should lay on a perk, suchas a massage at the desk or a breakfast. If none of these appeal, have a word with IT and make sure the system goesdown on a Wednesday afternoon. GuruOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Here are the new developments offering the most buyer incentives

first_img85 Jay Street in Dumbo and 515 West 29th Street in Chelsea (Photos via Winick, SCDA Architects)The following is a preview of one of the hundreds of data sets that will be available on TRD Pro, the one-stop real estate terminal providing you with all the data and market information you need.Free parking, paid closing costs, no taxes, oh my! As developers across New York City look to move new units amid an inventory glut, several new development buildings — particularly those in Brooklyn — are offering buyers a range perks.A total of 22 new condo and co-ops buildings across the city with active sponsor unit listings are officially offering incentives, according to an analysis of StreetEasy listings from April 10. That’s about 15 percent of the new development projects currently selling.More than half of the buildings offering incentives are in Brooklyn. CIM Group and LIVWRK, for example, are offering one year of free common charges at both their Front & York property at 85 Jay Street in Dumbo and at 111 Montgomery Street in Crown Heights, while ROART’s 77 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is offering a 5 percent closing credit.ADVERTISEMENTWhile Brooklyn offered the most incentives, Manhattan’s were the most generous. Buyers at Forum Absolute Capital Partners’ 515 West 29th Street in Chelsea will get two years of free common charges. Meanwhile, Level One Holdings is offering to cover three years of real estate taxes at 10 Lenox Avenue in Harlem.Contact Christian Bautista Full Name* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tags Email Address* co-opscondosNew Development MarketingTRD Prolast_img read more

Organic and mineral imprints in fossil photosynthetic mats of an East Antarctic lake

first_imgLacustrine microbial mats in Antarctic ice-free oases are considered modern analogues of early microbial ecosystems as their primary production is generally dominated by cyanobacteria, the heterotrophic food chain typically truncated due to extreme environmental conditions, and they are geographically isolated. To better understand early fossilization and mineralization processes in this context, we studied the microstructure and chemistry of organo-mineral associations in a suite of sediments 50–4530 cal. years old from a lake in Skarvsnes, Lützow Holm Bay, East Antarctica. First, we report an exceptional preservation of fossil autotrophs and their biomolecules on millennial timescales. The pigment scytonemin is preserved inside cyanobacterial sheaths. As non-pigmented sheaths are also preserved, scytonemin likely played little role in the preservation of sheath polysaccharides, which have been cross-linked by ether bonds. Coccoids preserved thylakoids and autofluorescence of pigments such as carotenoids. This exceptional preservation of autotrophs in the fossil mats argues for limited biodegradation during and after deposition. Moreover, cell-shaped aggregates preserved sulfur-rich nanoglobules, supporting fossilization of instable intracellular byproducts of chemotrophic or phototrophic S-oxidizers. Second, we report a diversity of micro- to nanostructured CaCO3 precipitates intimately associated with extracellular polymeric substances, cyanobacteria, and/or other prokaryotes. Micro-peloids Type 1 display features that distinguish them from known carbonates crystallized in inorganic conditions: (i) Type 1A are often filled with globular nanocarbonates and/or surrounded by a fibrous fringe, (ii) Type 1B are empty and display ovoid to wrinkled fringes of nanocrystallites that can be radially oriented (fibrous or triangular) or multilayered, and (iii) all show small-size variations. Type 2 rounded carbonates 1–2 μm in diameter occurring inside autofluorescent spheres interpreted as coccoidal bacteria may represent fossils of intracellular calcification. These organo-mineral associations support organically driven nanocarbonate crystallization and stabilization, hence providing potential markers for microbial calcification in ancient rocks.last_img read more

DWR proposes fishing changes for 2019 and 2020

first_img Written by Robert Lovell Tags: Channel Catfish/Corn Bait/Cutler Reservoir/Division of Wildlife Resources/DWR/Flaming Gorge/Lake Trout August 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local DWR proposes fishing changes for 2019 and 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBiologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending changes that will affect anglers in Utah for the next two years. If the changes are approved, you’d be allowed to use corn as bait at all of Utah’s fishing waters, keep more lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, enjoy a two-day possession limit statewide, and have a better chance at catching big channel catfish at Cutler Reservoir.And that’s just the start. The biologists are recommending numerous changes for the 2019 and 2020 fishing seasons. You can see all of their recommendations at more, share your ideasAfter you’ve reviewed the ideas, you can share your thoughts with your Regional Advisory Council members by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board when the board meets in Salt Lake City on Sept. 27 to approve rules for Utah’s 2019 and 2020 fishing seasons.Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings are as follows:Central RegionSept. 46:30 p.m.Springville Civic Center110 S. Main St.SpringvilleNorthern RegionSept. 56 p.m.Brigham City Community Center24 N. 300 W.Brigham CitySouthern RegionSept. 117 p.m.Hurricane Community Center63 S. 100 W.HurricaneSoutheastern RegionSept. 126:30 p.m.John Wesley Powell Museum1765 E. Main St.Green RiverNortheastern RegionSept. 136:30 p.m.DWR Northeastern Region Office318 N. Vernal Ave.VernalEmailYou can also provide your comments to your RAC via email. Email addresses for your RAC members are available at group each RAC member represents (sportsman, non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person’s email address. You should direct your email to the people on the RAC who represent your interest.Fishing with cornOver the past two years, anglers have been allowed to use corn on eight lakes and reservoirs in Utah. During that time, DWR conservation officers have kept a close eye on the amount of litter those fishing with corn have left behind. The officers are happy to report that they haven’t seen an impact.Randy Oplinger, sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, says anglers who responded to a survey earlier this year had the same observation. “A total of 1,636 of the 4,718 anglers who responded to the survey had fished at one or more of the eight waters in the past two years,” he says. “Only 3% of them had witnessed any kind of negative impact from allowing anglers to use corn as bait.”If approved by the Utah Wildlife Board, anglers could use corn—at all of Utah’s fishing waters—starting Jan. 1, 2019.Keep more lake trout at Flaming GorgeChanges at Flaming Gorge Reservoir would give you more chances to help reduce a growing population of smaller lake trout. Reducing the number of smaller lake trout should help the reservoir return to its ‘glory days’ when it produced some of the largest lake trout in the country in good numbers.Biologists are recommending that the daily lake trout limit be increased to 12 lake trout, but only one could be over 28 inches long. Currently, anglers are allowed to keep only eight lake trout.Oplinger says a growing population of smaller lake trout is causing problems for anglers. “The smaller lake trout are competing with kokanee salmon and rainbow trout for food,” he says.Oplinger says the competition is affecting both the number and size of kokanee and rainbows in the reservoir. “Kokanee and rainbows are the two fish lake trout prey on,” he says. “If we can reduce the number of smaller lake trout, they’ll be more kokanee and rainbows for anglers to catch and for the remaining lake trout to eat.”Oplinger says Flaming Gorge used to produce good numbers of huge lake trout. “If the increased limit is approved,” he says, “and anglers keep their limits of smaller lake trout, we should see more trophy lake trout caught at the reservoir in the future.”Two-day possession limitSome anglers who take the time to travel to Flaming Gorge and Strawberry reservoirs want to spend more than one day fishing before coming home. To give them a chance to keep more fish, DWR biologists are proposing that two-day possession limits be established at both waters. Currently, you may not have more than one daily limit in your possession while fishing at either water.“With the exception of Flaming Gorge and Strawberry,” Oplinger says, “two-day possession limits are allowed at all of the fishing waters in Utah. We haven’t seen any biological impact on the waters where a two-day possession limit is allowed. We’d like to give anglers who fish Flaming Gorge and Strawberry the same chance those who fish other waters have.”Bigger catfishIf changes recommended by the biologists are approved, Cutler Reservoir could become ‘the place’ in Utah to catch big channel catfish.At Cutler and its tributaries, biologists would like to reduce the daily catfish limit to four fish. Reducing the limit from eight fish to four fish would keep more channel cats in the reservoir and allow them to grow to a bigger size.last_img read more

Petition calling for commission to be included in furlough scheme launched

first_imgHome » News » Petition calling for commission to be included in furlough scheme launched previous nextRegulation & LawPetition calling for commission to be included in furlough scheme launchedNearly 16,000 people have already signed the petition, which highlights how commission-based salespeople are at a financial disadvantage.Nigel Lewis1st April 20201 Comment5,956 Views A petition that asks the government to include ‘on target earnings’ (OTE) income within its furlough scheme calculations is gathering thousands of signatures.The initiative has been launched after the government revealed that the calculations it uses to work out how much furloughed staff will be paid says: “Fees, commission and bonuses should not be included”.This has caused an outcry among property industry employees who rely heavily on sales commission from fees and who are now being furloughed using their basic salaries to calculate payments, which means thousands are being paid much less to live on than compared to non-commission employees, it is claimed.“It’s outrageous that [the government] is happy to take tax from our commission but not honour this in furlough payments,” says negotiator Lily Maxwell on Twitter.“I have contacted my local MP – we need to make lots of noise about this.”The petition has been started by the Independent Motor Dealers Association, which has reached out to The Negotiator to ask property industry OTE employees to help it reach 25,000 signatures.As it stands the petition has been signed by 15,396 people.“I need to get a decent pay to survive, I pay for a household on my salary and I’ve paid tax (most times 40%) on my salary. Why shouldn’t I get my commission included in the 80%,” says David Gemmell, one of the salespeople who has already signed it.Estate agencies can claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage.Sign the petition.Read more furloughing news. April 1, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 2nd April 2020 at 9:24 pmMy view, if you pay tax on it, then it is what you earn, it seems strange that sales people who are in the service industry should not have allowed the commission element of their salary included in the present government led initiative, to help as many as possible during this terrible time.I am sure that many in the real estate industry will be signing this petition, in fairness to the government, which is having to handle an industrial amount of problems, often many things that are ‘unfair’ seem to get ironed out once a spotlight is shone on them.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021last_img read more


first_imgInspection and certification provider SAI Global/EFSIS is now able to carry out assessments against the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard. The standard looks at every aspect of how a company’s operations affect the environment, from waste management to its carbon footprint. Inspections can be carried out in conjunction with recognised food, national and proprietary standards.Master bakers have suspended all bread baking in Nigeria for a week, with effect from today, in protest at the frequent hikes in the cost of flour. Bakers were also told to increase the cost of a standard bread loaf by 20 naira (8p) when they resume work after the strike.Two-thirds of 512 UK senior managers quizzed in a nationwide survey believe that lack of management skills was the chief factor responsible for workplace bullying. The research, released by the Ban Bullying At Work campaign, was compiled in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute.Bagel sales have jumped by 24.5% in the past year and are worth £43.8m a year, according to figures released by leading UK bagel manufacturer Mr Bagels. The Food Doctor bagel brand has also recorded value sales up 12.4% year-on-year.The results of a Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) study into improving efficiency and profits in the cereal industry will be published this autumn. The study was conducted by HGCA over three years in conjunction with the Food Chain Centre and other organisations.last_img read more

Indiana has deal with Pokagon Band not to add casinos in 16 northern counties

first_img (Photo supplied/Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians) Indiana’s pledging not to add any casinos in 16 northern Indiana counties, as part of a deal with the Native American-run casino in South Bend.The Pokagon Band’s Four Winds Casino is adding table games. It doesn’t need state approval to do that, but federal law calls for it to pursue a compact with the state to agree on terms for the operation.Gaming Commission executive director Sara Tait says the deal gives Indiana an eight-percent cut of the casino’s income, and South Bend a two-percent cut. In exchange, the state promises a 50-mile buffer zone with no new competing casinos.The existing casinos in Hammond and Michigan City can still expand on their existing property, but would be barred from relocating inland, as Gary’s casino is. The legislature has already authorized the Gary move, so it would be unaffected by the compact.Tait estimates the deal would bring Indiana 12-million dollars a year, but says about half of that is expected to be offset by decreased business at other casinos. The deal also calls for Indiana to set aside a million dollars of its share in a job training fund for Pokagon Band members.The state could still authorize a new northern Indiana casino or a Hammond or Michigan City expansion, but that would void the revenue-sharing agreement and restart negotiations. Tait notes without an agreement, the tribe can turn to the federal government for approval, which would give the state the same amount it currently gets from Four Winds’ slot machine operation: nothing.And Tait says the money is only part of the benefit to the state. The Pokagon Band would also agree to follow other state gambling regulations, such as banning chronic gamblers and not serving free drinks.The Senate has already voted to ratify the agreement. The House could vote this week. WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 23, 2021 0 356 Facebook Google+ Indiana has deal with Pokagon Band not to add casinos in 16 northern counties Previous articleBoulder Colorado officer killed in supermarket shooting was a Ball State graduateNext articleFree FAFSA completion event set for Ivy Tech on March 29 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Google+last_img read more

Khris Royal & Dark Matter Share Funky New Track “Make You Dance” [Premiere]

first_imgNew Orleans-based saxophonist Khris Royal has been busy! When he’s not touring with Rebelution or playing with George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, Royal has been hard at work with his own band, Dark Matter.Today, Dark Matter is set to release some brand new material! “After spending the past several years performing with Rebelution, George Porter Jr., The Meters and more, I’m excited to be releasing new music with Dark Matter,” says Khris. ” This is the first of many new songs to come!”The new single is called “Make You Dance,” and it just does that. This song is a real groove, and we’re excited to share it with you. Stream the new single below!This is quite the busy week for Khris, as he’ll be appearing on Saturday Night Live tomorrow night with Solange! Don’t miss this big performance and more from the talented saxophonist. You can find out all of Royal’s ongoing projects on his website.last_img read more

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Announces 2019 Solo Tour, Shares New Music Video [Watch]

first_imgToday, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has announced that he will support the forthcoming release of his new album, WARM, with a 2019 spring tour. The 11-song album is set to be released this Friday, November 30th via dBpm Records.Following his previously announced (and already sold-out) four-night stand at L.A.’s Largo at the Coronet Theatre during the first week of January, Jeff Tweedy will begin his 2019 solo swing on February 27th at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, IA and February 28th at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO.The tour will continue throughout the month of March, as Jeff Tweedy makes his way to Oklahoma City, OK (3/1); Dallas, TX (3/3); Austin, TX (3/4); Germantown, TN (3/7); Birmingham, AL (3/8); Macon, GA (3/9); Ponte Verde, FL (3/11); Tampa, FL (3/14); Fort Lauderdale, FL (3/15); Orlando, FL (3/17); Asheville, NC (3/19); Nashville, TN (3/20); and Indianapolis, IN (3/21). Finally, the tour will round out with a pair of Georgia shows in April including stops in Savannah (4/12) and Decatur (4/13).In addition to announcing his 2019 spring tour, Jeff Tweedy has shared a new music video for WARM single “I Know What It’s Like”. You can check out the new music video below:Jeff Tweedy – “I Know What It’s Like” [Official Music Video][Video: wilco]The new announcements and releases come in the wake of the release of Tweedy’s new memoirs, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording With Wilco, Etc., which he has been promoting via various channels over the last few weeks.Jeff Tweedy Performs On ‘The Late Show’ And Admits Embarrassing Lies With ColbertFor a full list of Jeff Tweedy’s upcoming solo tour dates, see below. For ticketing information, head here.Jeff Tweedy Upcoming Tour Dates01-03 Los Angeles, CA – Largo at the Coronet Theatre01-04 Los Angeles, CA – Largo at the Coronet Theatre01-06 Los Angeles, CA – Largo at the Coronet Theatre01-07 Los Angeles, CA – Largo at the Coronet Theatre02-27 Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre %02-28 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant %03-01 Oklahoma City, OK – Page Woodson Theater %03-03 Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre %03-04 Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre %03-07 Germantown, TN – Germantown Performing Arts Center %03-08 Birmingham, AL – Lyric Theatre %03-09 Macon, GA – Hargray Capitol Theatre %03-11 Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall @03-14 Tampa, FL – Tampa Theatre @03-15 Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Parker Playhouse @03-17 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Theatre @03-19 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel @03-20 Nashville, TN – James K. Polk Theater @03-21 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre @04-12 Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre for the Arts04-13 Decatur, GA – Amplify Decatur Music Festival% with Buck [email protected] with James ElkingtonView Upcoming Tour Dates[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

Hong Kong government critic Jimmy Lai returns to court

first_imgHONG KONG (AP) — Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and newspaper founder Jimmy Lai has returned to court to contest an attempt by the government to keep him in jail while facing charges under a sweeping new national security law. No verdict was announced following the hearing Monday and Lai remains in custody. Lai was sent to the Court of Final Appeal in a prison van and entered through an inflatable tunnel as journalists sought to capture the scene. Lai was arrested last month in a sweep against pro-democracy activists accused over their involvement in 2019 anti-government protests. Lai was first refused bail, but released on appeal, leading to attacks on Hong Kong’s judiciary by the ruling Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily.last_img read more