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Union recognition body cases fall short of plan

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Union recognition body cases fall short of planOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today The Central Arbitration Committee spent a million pounds last year but onlygranted seven statutory union recognition agreements, it was revealed in theorganisation’s annual report. It also showed that the CAC received a total of 84 applications for unionrecognition over the last 12 months, compared to the 150 applications, whichhad been predicted. The CAC was re-launched in June last year with 15 new members of staff toprocess and adjudicate claims after the Government introduced new statutoryprocedures under the Employment Relations Act 1999 Sir Michael Burton, chairman of the CAC, defended the low number ofapplications for statutory union recognition that the independent body dealtwith. “It seems clear from the statistics, which show a large increase involuntary recognition deals, that many unions have been concentrating their ownresources in that direction and have tended to go to statutory recognition onlyin cases where voluntary recognition was not possible. “This may yet mean a surge in applications rather than the relativelyconstant stream which we are now experiencing. Further, as indeed thelegislation envisages, a considerable number of cases have been overtaken orabandoned in mid course in favour of voluntary agreements.” John Cridland, CBI deputy director general, believes the jury is still outon whether statutory trade union recognition is a success. He said, “It isearly days and the legislation is still bedding down.” The TUC claims it shows the union recognition law was working well. JohnMonks, TUC general secretary, said, “The CAC has got off to a good startin this new role. The predictions that this new law would lead to industrialdisruption have been proved wrong.” By Ben Willmott www.cac.gov.uk last_img read more

‘Policy hackathon’ seeks solutions for Oxford after Coronavirus

first_imgOpen to students, professionals, and members of thecommunity, the ‘hackathon’ will take place via Zoom from 22nd to 25thMay. The ‘hackathon’ invites participants to create data-drivensolutions to help Oxford recover from the effects of the pandemic. Juhi, an MPhil student at St Anthony’s College, hadplanned the ‘hackathon’ in December but adapted the event after the emergenceof COVID-19. Global Shapers Oxford is hosting a ‘policy hackathon’ tosolve local challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. Global Shapers Oxford, the local hub of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, has partnered with local organisations for the event, including the City Council, Oxford Hub, Aspire Oxford, Students Against Corona, and several University departments. Participants can sign up on its website. In addition to uniting the public and private sectors inthe city, Juhi hopes that the solutions will inform future decision making,both in Oxford and elsewhere. Project leader Juhi Kore consulted stakeholders aroundOxford to decide on these areas, which resemble “the most pressing challenges”facing the city. The panel of judges is composed of experts in each area,including the CEOs of the Oxford Hub and the housing charity AspireOxfordshire. The online event, called Policy Hacks Oxford, aims tounite the city’s academic, business, and government sectors and to “ensure all stakeholdershave a voice in the solution-building process.” Its goal is to create higherlevels of civic engagement and to build solutions around shared values. The event focuses on four challenge areas: mental health,local economy, homelessness, and community engagement. She told Cherwell: “It was when the pandemicstarted to take over the news cycle that we decided to look at which problemshad least resources devoted to them and the challenges which will arise. Thisis a first of its kind event at the University, that is bringing stakeholderstogether to collectively shape the local response to the pandemic.” Participants will work over the weekend to create policyproposals to address key challenges facing Oxford. On Monday evening, they willpresent their ideas before a panel of judges consisting of city councillors, experts,and DPhil students. Image Credit to: Tetiana Shyshkina/Unsplash.com “We’ve talked to local government and councillors, andsome of them will be judging the event. This makes it easier for us toimplement solutions. We want to have a very tangible outcome, with realisticpolicies, and to make sure we build solutions which can be scaled elsewhere.”last_img read more

March Hometown Hero #1: Shelby Coppens

first_img Facebook Previous articleRV industry has best February everNext articleChanges to Elkhart County COVID restrictions delayed 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. IndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied) 95.3 MNC and Impress Jewelry Creations present the Hometown Hero Award to Shelby Coppens, a 4th Grade teacher at Sylvester Elementary in the Berrien Spring Public Schools system.Coppens was nominated by listener Mary, who wrote:“She’s a great teacher and her students love her.”To nominate a Hometown Hero, click HERE then click where is says “Enter Your Own” Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img We would like to recognize and congratulate the winners of our Hometown Heroes initiative! Make sure to follow Impress Jewelry Creations on Facebook and Instagram in order to be in the know when the next nomination period opens! It became important to us that we recognize individuals in our community that daily go above and beyond and contribute to the safety and well-being of our communities. This group includes active & retired military, active & retired law-enforcement personnel, medical professionals like doctors, nurses & other first responders & finally teachers.We will randomly select an individual and share their story. This person will be awarded a white gold Hometown heroes pin of our design. The pin features the 19 stars found on the Indiana State flag along with the rising star as found on the Indiana state seal. WhatsApp March Hometown Hero #1: Shelby Coppens By 95.3 MNC – March 27, 2021 0 175 Twitter Google+ Google+last_img read more

Poppin’

first_imgAfter its mother told it to stay put in the woods, this adorable little fawn came right up to me four or five times while I was running and seemed to say, “Are you my mother?” before leaving to be reunited with its mama in the woods across the road. I’m sure I didn’t smell right. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)I have taken pictures of this nest under the eves of my barn at different stages. Now the birds are ready to fly out! (Bernadette Harvell)(Bernadette Harvell)(Bernadette Harvell)(Bernadette Harvell)(Bernadette Harvell)(Bernadette Harvell)(Bernadette Harvell)A fawn high steps across the road in Weld. (Dennis York)A snapping turtle with a blood sucker on her shell. (Dennis York)A snapping turtle at Hill’s Pond. (Dennis York)A doe and her fawn ducking behind some ferns on the Pond road. (Dennis York)A doe near Webb lake. (14Dennis York)Snapping turtle. (Dennis York)Snapping turtle laying her eggs. (Dennis York)Leaving the nest. (Dennis York)Sunset over Wilton. (Dennis York)Walking man. (Heidi Jean Marshall)Morning bird, Old Orchard Beach. (Heidi Jean Marshall)Pileated woodpecker. (Paige Plourde)Pileated woodpecker. (Paige Plourde)Tractor in field. (Paige Plourde)Morning dew. (Holly LaPointe)Canada Geese family at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton(quite rare for this far north). (Tom Oliver)Male Eastern Bluebird leaving the nest box with fecal sac in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)male Baltimore Oriole at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)(Melissa Howard)Industry. A piece of serenity. (Melissa Howard)(Melissa Howard)(Melissa Howard)(Melissa Howard)(Melissa Howard)The Poppies are a poppin’. (Gil Riley)last_img read more

Bengal Bouts fighters reflect on service abroad

first_imgWhile fans in attendance at last week’s Bengal Bouts finals believed they were witnessing the end of a four-month boxing season, the men in the ring, gasping and bleeding for a common cause, saw something quite different — another beginning to the larger, seemingly endless fight to protect Christian minorities in Bangladesh.According to Bengal Bouts captain senior Cam Nolan, Bangladesh has a population of around 170 million people but is only around the size of Wisconsin, making the country densely populated. Since Christians make up only about a half percent of the country’s population and are often not ethnically Bengali, these Christian tribal groups rarely have access to the same resources and privileges of other residents of the country.“Their government doesn’t even acknowledge they exist basically,” two-time Bengal Bouts boxer junior Chris Lembo said. “They don’t give them any public or private education, any healthcare, any help in the law system or anything. So they’re basically seen as non-existent to anyone.”Helping to combat this injustice are the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh, who, using the money generated through the Bengal Bouts tournament — including over $137,000 from this season alone — are able to successfully support these struggling communities in areas the local government has consistently failed, Nolan said.“The Holy Cross educates them, they give them a church, they give them a community [and] they represent them in court,” Nolan said. “They are a power to be dealt with, and they protect a lot of these people that are underprivileged and would otherwise be harassed and taken advantage of.”Nolan and Lembo, who traveled to Bangladesh as part of an ISSLP program in the summers of 2016 and 2018 respectively, volunteered as English teachers for the tribal children while at these various parishes and hostels. However — whether it was playing soccer with the students after class or sharing a meal with the village in the evening — the two men said they learned through their experience their role as a teacher was often secondary to their role as a fellow human being.“The hardest part of it is you quickly realize that you don’t get to change the world,” Nolan said. “The biggest thing you can do is simply be present, I’d say. You know, how much is two months of English really going to change these kids’ lives? Not a lot, but you get to see what the funds have done for the past 89 years and will continue to do. So, it’s really just about being present, bearing witness and having the experience and coming back to Notre Dame fully committed to Bengal Bouts, fully committed to making sure this club survives.”Nolan said coming to terms with this realization and learning to accept the village’s generosity was challenging after seeing the intense poverty of the local families, many of whom live in mud houses and survive on a household income of only around one U.S. dollar per day, Lembo said.“It tears at your heart ‘cause you’re like, ‘No, don’t love me. I want to love you. I want to serve you,’” Nolan said. “And you spend so much of the summer being served by these people and eventually you just have to allow yourself to accept love because that’s honestly the most you can do to them, is to be a gracious guest sometimes. That’s all you can do. And that was such a weird paradoxical lesson to learn. God, that was difficult. … That was difficult.”In the classroom, Lembo said his average day with the students consisted of roughly two hours of English lessons followed by an hour or two of dancing, playing games and, of course, boxing. Interacting with the students in these ways produced a wide array of memorable moments, one of which Lembo said was one of the highlights of his life.“The kids at the end of the class were begging [him and his co-teacher Ben] to sing. … We were like, ‘No, you guys have to sing for us first.’ And they agreed,” Lembo said. “And all at once, in unison, they sang the Notre Dame alma mater, like, to us. To us. We asked them to sing for us and they sang our alma mater, and we actually started crying. … I couldn’t believe it.”Nolan said the true impact of his time in Bengal Bouts did not fully register to him until this year’s tournament when, after advancing through the quarterfinals, he came up short in a hard-fought semifinal matchup, ending his boxing career at Notre Dame.“As soon as I was done … I knew I lost. He was better than me, and I was fine with that. But I just wanted to cry,” Nolan said. “And it was ‘cause I felt this metaphysical bond between myself and this experience that I had after freshman year. The door was finally, in so many ways, closed. That I was driven to love the club. I was driven to fundraise. I was driven to train and teach all these kids in the Bengal Bouts program because of this love for these kids [in Bangladesh]. … And it was heartbreaking, but I was telling myself, ‘I hope it’s enough. I hope I’ve served you well.’”(Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified a competitor’s year. The Observer regrets this error.)Tags: Bangladesh, Bengal Bouts, Bengal Bouts 2019, ISSLP, servicelast_img read more

The Brazilian Army and Navy Conduct a River Patrol with the Colombian Army

first_imgBy Dialogo August 25, 2011 Members of the Missões Task Force – part of the 6th Jungle Infantry Brigade – and of Task Force 451 (Brazilian Navy) have conducted a joint river patrol with Colombian Army personnel along the course of the Traira River, a dangerous border region between the two countries. The 4th Army Aviation Battalion, headquartered in Manaus, also participated in the operation. Twenty years ago, on 26 February 1991, this area was the site of attacks by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas on a Brazilian Army border post, causing the deaths of three soldiers and wounding another 29, in addition to the theft of weapons, ammunition, supplies, and equipment. The Brazilian Government then immediately transferred Special Forces Brigade troops and Army Aviation helicopters, Air Force transport and fighter planes, and Navy river resources. A search was conducted in the Amazon jungle, known as “Operation Traira,” ending with the recovery of the stolen weapons and the deaths of 21 FARC guerrillas. A sizeable group of guerrillas was also captured, who after being interrogated, were extradited to Colombia, where they were tried and convicted.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Eta Heads Toward South Florida After Strengthening

first_img– Advertisement – Tropical Storm Eta, the 28th named storm of this year’s busy hurricane season, has strengthened and is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous storm surge to the Florida Keys and South Florida by late Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.Eta devastated portions of Central America, where it started Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving more than 50 dead in its wake before weakening to a tropical depression. The storm passed over the Cayman Islands and the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday and made landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba early Sunday morning.- Advertisement – Eta made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing devastation to portions of Central America with winds of up to 140 m.p.h. and heavy rainfall that reached 35 inches in some areas.Flooding and mudslides contributed to at least 57 deaths in Guatemala, the country’s president, Alejandro Giammattei, said at a news conference on Thursday. One mudslide buried 25 houses with dozens trapped inside, according to The Associated Press.Two miners were killed in mudslides in Nicaragua, The A.P. reported. In Honduras, a 12-year-old girl was killed when she became trapped in a mudslide.The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it traveled over mountainous terrain, Mr. Feltgen said, but by Saturday it had strengthened again into a tropical storm.With Eta, the unusually busy 2020 season tied the record for the most storms with 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma battered the Gulf Coast. That year, so many storms grew strong enough to be named that meteorologists had to resort to the Greek alphabet after exhausting the list of rotating names maintained by the World Meteorological Organization. A tropical storm warning was in effect for South Florida, from the Brevard and Volusia County line to Englewood, including Florida Bay and Lake Okeechobee.Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said the storm had expanded since it hit Central America. Eta’s zigzag path, steered by high and low pressure systems, was not uncommon for storms that form later in the season, he said.Forecasters predict six to 12 inches of rain, with isolated instances of 18 inches possible, in parts of South and Central Florida. Tropical storm force winds were expected to arrive in Florida by Sunday night.- Advertisement – It was expected to bring tropical storm conditions, including heavy rains and dangerous flooding, as it approached the Florida Keys and South Florida, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory issued on Sunday morning.The storm could reach hurricane strength by the time it hits Florida, the center said.A hurricane watch was in effect for the Florida coast from Deerfield Beach to Bonita Beach, and for the Florida Keys, from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay.center_img “We always say there’s no such thing as just a tropical storm,” Mr. Feltgen said. “You can get some very serious impacts from a tropical storm. This is a very big, very serious rainfall event.” “We had some pretty heavy rain on the grounds here in October, so the ground is already pretty saturated,” Mr. Feltgen said. “We’re looking at the potential for a lot of urban flooding around here.”On Sunday morning, the storm was 60 miles southwest of Camaguey, Cuba, and 280 miles south-southeast of Miami. It was traveling northeast at about 12 miles per hour with wind speeds of 60 m.p.h., the advisory said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ashtenne to take over Cleveland for £33m

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Four inner-city Art Deco one bedders hit the market

first_img1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.FOUR one-bedroom apartments on the ground floor of an Art Deco complex have hit the market in one of Brisbane’s most popular inner-city suburbs.The boutique apartments at 1-4/549 Brunswick Street, New Farm, have the same layout, with open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining room, hallway storage, bedroom and contemporary bathroom with laundry. Each residence captures charming old-world elegance with classic architectural elements, including polished timber floors, high ceilings, decorative cornices and ornate windows.Modern refurbishments complement the apartments, particularly in the kitchens which have been updated to include ample cabinetry, tiled splashbacks and quality appliances such as gas cooktops and ovens. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.A nearby CityCat terminal ensures easy Brisbane River transport to the CBD, while New Farm Park is a stroll away.Listing agent Aaron Woolard said these four apartments offered the perfect chance for new buyers or experienced investors to gain reliable residential properties with considerable returns.“Graced with enduring sophistication and an unbeatable locale, each apartment meets all the living requirements of young professionals and couples seeking Brisbane’s alluring inner-city lifestyle,” he said. Mr Woolard said it was a once-in-a-lifetime find in the current housing market, and these apartments were proven investment properties with future potential. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.A central hallway ties the floorplan together, separating the lounge and dining space from the bedroom. The well-lit bedroom has a bright palette and enjoys convenient access to the bathroom and laundry. The bathroom features decorative tiles as well as a combined shower and bathtub and mirrored vanity. All four apartments have access to a covered car park at the rear of the complex. Surrounded by established gardens, the apartment complex has a serene living atmosphere and timeless grandeur. It is close to New Farm’s renowned restaurants, shops and bars, along with the James St entertaining precinct and Brunswick Street Mall. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.last_img read more

You don’t need cold hard cash to buy this rural property, Bitcoin will seal the deal for you

first_imgWooroonooran Falls at BabindaA SLICE of Far North paradise can now be purchased for Bitcoin, a digital currency that has soared in value over the past 12 months.In a move rarely seen in Australian real estate, the owner of the majestic 32ha property known as “Wooroonooran Falls” has made his home available for 100 Bitcoin (BTC).At the foot of Mt Bellenden Ker, the property has an asking price of $1.2 million. “After extensive research the seller has decided that the digital currency offers significant chance of appreciation over the coming weeks, and buyers at the current price would get a discount on the asking price by paying in Bitcoin,” said selling agent Cheyenne Morrison, of LJ Hooker Cairns South. The value of Bitcoin has increased dramatically recently, and at the time of going to press was more than $10,700 for 1BTC.Mr Morrison said listing the property through Bitcoin opened up a whole new market of potential buyers.“I believe this will be the first property advertised for sale via Bitcoin in Cairns,” the agent said.“The seller and I are both big advocates of Bitcoin, and have personally invested in the crypto currency. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It was my idea to offer the property for 100BTC because of the recent swath of publicity about Bitcoin, and the seller was enthusiastic about the idea.“Up until six months ago the value of Bitcoin was just bouncing along, and now it has gone through the roof.“There’s a lot of people in Australia who have Bitcoin, so you just never know who might come along.” Bitcoin is a digital currency.Mr Morrison said the property, which includes its own waterfall and a Queenslander-style house, had attracted a foreign buyer but the deal fell through.Owner Rod Overell previously told the Cairns Post that he felt like a “custodian” of the property.“I want to let it go to someone else who will be able to appreciate it,” he said. “It’s just a wonderful place – all you can hear in the afternoon is the chorus of bird life.” For more information about “Wooroonooran Falls”, call Cheyenne Morrison on 0479 054 972.last_img read more