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Read more to have a say on working time

first_imgRead more to have a say on working timeOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Almost 70 per cent of readers responding to our latest Barometer poll thinktheir labour costs will increase if the 48-hour opt-out is removed from theWorking Time Directive (WTD). It’s a resounding vote for keeping the opt-out and maintaining the statusquo. But now it’s time to take this crucial issue to the European Commission(EC). The EC has asked the Employment Lawyers Association to conduct research inthe UK to find out how removing the opt-out would affect business. The resultswill be fed into the EC’s review of the WTD, with recommendations being madewithin 12 months. So, next week, Personnel Today is joining forces with the Employment LawyersAssociation to run research in both this magazine and on personneltoday.com togauge widespread HR opinion. The results will be published in the New Year andsent immediately to Fernando Pereira, the commissioner responsible in Brussels,to inform his decision. Word on the grapevine is that Pereira is leaning towards removal of theopt-out and it’s a tough call. The UK is the only country not limited torestricting staff to working a 48-hour week and there are lots of validarguments for and against us continuing to be an exception. On the one hand, too many employees are working ridiculous hours causinghigh rates of stress and family breakdown. Nearly four million – mostly men –work more than 48 hours and 1.25 million work more than 55 hours a week. Ourlong-hours culture has not helped productivity and we remain one of the weakestnations. The counter argument by business is that the UK workforce thrives on theflexibility of a longer working week and huge chunks of industry could notexist without it. The transport, hospitality, healthcare and manufacturingsectors all fear crippling costs, loss of competitiveness and jobs at risk ifthe opt-out is removed. And whether you like it or not, we cannot ignore thefact that the UK has become a 24-hour society in everything we do, includingemployment. The future of the working week is under scrutiny and this is a rareopportunity for HR to connect with the Eurocrats and tell it as it is. That’swhy it is important you take 10 minutes next week to complete the questionnairein the magazine or on our website. For your troubles, your details will beentered into a draw for an overseas weekend break for two to Brussels – thatcan’t be a bad quid pro quo can it? Jane King is editor of Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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US Department of Energy to make strategic petroleum reserve storage capacity available to struggling US oil producers

first_imgThe unprecedented worldwide reduction in consumer demand caused by COVID-19 has forced U.S. refiners to dial back production of motor gasoline, commercial airline jet fuel, and other refined products The United States Department of Energy headquarters on Independence Avenue. (Credit: US Department of Energy/Wikipedia.org) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced asolicitation to immediately make 30 million barrels of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve’s (SPR’s) oil storage capacity available to U.S. oil producers that are struggling with catastrophic financial losses due to the combined impacts of COVID-19 and the intentional disruption of world oil markets by foreign actors. The Department currently intends to make an additional 47 million barrels of storage capacity available thereafter.The unprecedented worldwide reduction in consumer demand caused by COVID-19 has forced U.S. refiners to dial back production of motor gasoline, commercial airline jet fuel, and other refined products. This situation has reduced refinery crude oil demand, exacerbated a market glut of globally produced oil, and increased the need for already constrained crude oil storage. A lack of storage is forcing premature shut-in of oil wells and economically hurting the U.S. energy industry and its workforce. The SPR is well-positioned to relieve some of this economic stress by making storage capacity available to U.S. oil producers immediately.To help alleviate financial hardship to the critical American energy sector, President Trump has directed the Secretary of Energy to fill the SPR to its maximum capacity.“Filling the SPR with crude oil, produced by American companies that are facing catastrophic losses and increased financial hardship, is a logical action for the federal government to take as we work to overcome the economic disruptions caused by COVID-19 and intentional, global oil market disruptions,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “The Department continues to work with Congress to find ways to make funding available for DOE to buy American oil. However, we must move with a sense of urgency to support an industry that underpins the U.S. economy and supports our national security. Making some of the SPR’s storage capacity available to industry, without purchasing the oil, provides this immediate benefit to the industry and its hard-working employees.”“We expect the first crude oil deliveries to arrive in late-April or early-May depending on producer logistics. The SPR will be ready to receive up to 685,000 barrels per day,” explained Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg. “With its extensive storage, pipeline, and marine infrastructure along the Gulf Coast, the SPR will help relieve oil-related disruptions to our economy.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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Notre Dame announces new University trustee, fellow

first_imgThe Notre Dame Board of Trustees appointed Fr. Daniel G. Groody as a fellow and trustee Friday, a University press released announced Thursday. Groody, a prolific author and filmmaker who works at the University an associate professor of theology and global affairs, replaces Fr. Timothy Scully, who served as a trustee for 18 years and a fellow for 16.As one of the University’s Fellows — which consists of six lay peoples and six priests form the Congregation of Holy Cross — Groody will help elect members of the Board of Trustees and has the ability to “adopt and amend the bylaws” of the University, the release said. The Fellows are also responsible for maintaining the Catholic character of the University.Groody graduated from Notre Dame in 1986 and holds a masters of divinity degree as well as a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology. Groody received his doctorate in theology at the Graduate Theological Union.As an author and filmmaker, Groody’s work focuses on the theology of migration and refugees issues. From 2007 to 2008, he worked as a visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre. In 2010, Groody received the Catholic Charities Centennial medal.Groody received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Sustained Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2011 for his work in the theology department.Tags: Board of Trustees, Daniel Groody, Notre Dame fellows, Timothy Scullylast_img read more

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AIV offering insight into Vermont’s new health care laws

first_imgAssociated Industries of Vermont, with the support of several state and regional business organizations, will host a series of special briefings to help Vermont employers learn about how the state’s new health care laws will impact your insurance choices in the coming years, and what you can do to weigh in on these changes and the choices being made for the state.  The briefings will focus on the state’s implementation of federal reforms and look to the intended implementation of single payer healthcare.  Presentations will be made by insurance reform experts Susan Gretkowski and Heidi Tringe of MacLean Meehan and Rice, LLC. Events currently scheduled: ·         November 29, St. Albans, Chow! Bella Restaurant, 8:00 am to 10:30 am·         November 30, Montpelier, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 registration)·         December 7, Rutland, College of St. Joseph, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 registration)·         December 13, Bennington, Mt. Anthony Country Club, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 registration)·         December 15, St. Johnsbury, The Black Bear Tavern and Grille, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 registration) Registration: Contact William Driscoll of AIV at (802) 223-3441 or [email protected](link sends e-mail) at least one business day in advance of the briefing you would like to attend to register and ensure seating, and for any additional information or directions (early registration is encouraged).  Registration is $15 and includes refreshments and materials (the St. Albans meeting is free thanks to support from our partner organizations). AIV 11.22.11last_img read more

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Colombian security forces seize 2,200 kilograms of cocaine

first_imgIn September, soldiers with the Colombian National Army eradicated 215,000 coca plants it suspected belonged to the terrorist group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Cauca. The soldiers, who were from Task Force Apollo, carried out the operation in the village of Las Brisas in the municipality of Buenos Aires. Military authorities suspect the coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine, was being cultivated by the FARC’s Miller Perdomo Column, according to the Army’s Third Division. The Clan Úsuga was dealt a severe blow in the past month as cooperation between Colombia’s Central Directorate of the Judicial Police and Intelligence (DIJIN) and the U.S. Coast Guard led to a large seizure of cocaine and the arrests of multiple suspects. Those combined forces seized 2,200 kilograms of cocaine, arrested 12 suspects and confiscated three vessels during operations between late September and late October. In August, the Coast Guard Station Santa Marta and the Magdalena Technical Investigation Corps Prosecutors Office (CTI) seized 40 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal on a Liberian-flagged ship in the port municipality of Ciénaga. The vessel, the “Ping May,” had arrived from England and was bound for the Netherlands when agents found 40 packages of cocaine. That seizure followed a string of successes by security forces on land. By Dialogo November 04, 2014 Army troops also dismantled seven cocaine-producing laboratories and seized nearly 4,000 kilograms of cocaine in early September. Soldiers found the laboratories in the southern department of Caquetá; they housed hundreds of chemicals and equipment used to turn coca into cocaine. No arrests were made in any of the operations. It was the second time in less than a month that security forces found cocaine on a ship transporting coal in the Department of Magdalena. Coast Guard and CTI agents seized 246 kilograms of the narcotic from a Panamanian-flagged vessel that had arrived from Canada and was anchored at Puerto Drummond in Ciénaga. The ship also was destined for the Netherlands. It was the second time in less than a month that security forces found cocaine on a ship transporting coal in the Department of Magdalena. Coast Guard and CTI agents seized 246 kilograms of the narcotic from a Panamanian-flagged vessel that had arrived from Canada and was anchored at Puerto Drummond in Ciénaga. The ship also was destined for the Netherlands. And in June, Colombian counter-narcotics police destroyed two cocaine laboratories and seized more than 810 kilograms of cocaine worth more than $1.5 million (USD) which allegedly belonged to the FARC’s Jacobo Arenas Column, in the Cauca villages of Agua Blanca and Comedulce. Officers also confiscated 600 kilograms of calcium chloride, a solution used to make cocaine. Drug traffickers were transporting cocaine to Colombia when the DIJIN and the U.S. Coast Guard seized the shipment in international waters near Costa Rica. The DIJIN suspects that Clan Úsuga, a major Colombian drug trafficking organization, was involved in the shipment. In addition to transporting its own cocaine, the Clan Úsuga also transports the cocaine of other Colombian drug trafficking groups for a fee. Drug traffickers were transporting cocaine to Colombia when the DIJIN and the U.S. Coast Guard seized the shipment in international waters near Costa Rica. The DIJIN suspects that Clan Úsuga, a major Colombian drug trafficking organization, was involved in the shipment. In addition to transporting its own cocaine, the Clan Úsuga also transports the cocaine of other Colombian drug trafficking groups for a fee. That seizure followed a string of successes by security forces on land. Army troops also dismantled seven cocaine-producing laboratories and seized nearly 4,000 kilograms of cocaine in early September. Soldiers found the laboratories in the southern department of Caquetá; they housed hundreds of chemicals and equipment used to turn coca into cocaine. No arrests were made in any of the operations. In September, soldiers with the Colombian National Army eradicated 215,000 coca plants it suspected belonged to the terrorist group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Cauca. The soldiers, who were from Task Force Apollo, carried out the operation in the village of Las Brisas in the municipality of Buenos Aires. Military authorities suspect the coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine, was being cultivated by the FARC’s Miller Perdomo Column, according to the Army’s Third Division. The Clan Úsuga was dealt a severe blow in the past month as cooperation between Colombia’s Central Directorate of the Judicial Police and Intelligence (DIJIN) and the U.S. Coast Guard led to a large seizure of cocaine and the arrests of multiple suspects. Those combined forces seized 2,200 kilograms of cocaine, arrested 12 suspects and confiscated three vessels during operations between late September and late October. In August, the Coast Guard Station Santa Marta and the Magdalena Technical Investigation Corps Prosecutors Office (CTI) seized 40 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal on a Liberian-flagged ship in the port municipality of Ciénaga. The vessel, the “Ping May,” had arrived from England and was bound for the Netherlands when agents found 40 packages of cocaine. And in June, Colombian counter-narcotics police destroyed two cocaine laboratories and seized more than 810 kilograms of cocaine worth more than $1.5 million (USD) which allegedly belonged to the FARC’s Jacobo Arenas Column, in the Cauca villages of Agua Blanca and Comedulce. Officers also confiscated 600 kilograms of calcium chloride, a solution used to make cocaine.last_img read more

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Cybercriminals target community financial institutions in phishing scams

first_img 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Increasingly, credit unions and community banks are more likely to be targeted by cyber-attacks than larger financial institutions (FIs). This is due in part to hackers perceiving smaller organizations as easier targets. Another reason is the recent resurgence of traditional telephone voice phishing attacks. Criminals from all over the world are masking their location by using the same area code when voice calling credit union members and bank customers to gain access to their accounts. The crooks are taking advantage of geographically assigned mobile and landline phone numbers to enhance the ROI of their phishing attempts.According to a recent Credit Union Journal article, new data from security firm AdaptiveMobile indicates there were 112,220 attack messages sent to U.S. FIs during a four-month period from mid-September 2014 through mid-January 2015.In these phishing schemes, hackers sent SMS and email messages or made voice phone calls to consumers to attack credit and debit accounts. Cardholders received a message or a phone call that appeared to originate from their FIs, alerting them their card had been deactivated (detained, locked, frozen, etc.). Cardholders were then told to call a 24-hour cardholder service number.Many of these and similar phishing attempts are carried out in the evenings and on weekends to avoid potential defenses that might be in place during daytime or weekday hours. This highlights the importance of offering 24×7 cardholder support like many TMG issuer clients do through TMG’s call center services. Our fraud experts continue to monitor trends, research new authentication technologies and collaborate with clients to educate consumers on risky behaviors. continue reading »last_img read more

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Jokowi orders large-scale social restrictions coupled with ‘civil emergency’ policies

first_imgEditor’s note: This article has been updated to confirm that the government is using Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No.23/1959 on a State of Emergency, also known as the civil emergency law, if the situation concerning the pandemic significantly deteriorates. Before the meeting, presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman also said that the government would impose extreme physical distancing measures by declaring a civil emergency.“President Jokowi will set a new stage of large-scale social restrictions through [declaring] a civil emergency,” he wrote on his official Twitter account @fadjroeL.However, the tweet was soon deleted, and replaced with a tweet stating that the large-scale social restrictions would be coupled with “health quarantine” policies instead.”Only if things worsen significantly will a civil emergency [be declared],” he tweeted.Presiden @jokowi menetapkan tahapan baru perang melawan Covid-19 yaitu: PEMBATASAN SOSIAL BERSKALA BESAR dengan KEKARANTINAAN KESEHATAN. Hanya jika keadaan sangat memburuk dapat menuju Darurat Sipil ~ #Jubir #BungJubir @JubirPresidenRI #GotongRoyongKemanusiaan pic.twitter.com/wAh61w4wCC— Fadjroel Rachman (@fadjroeL) March 30, 2020 National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo, who is also Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force chief, later confirmed after the Cabinet meeting that the policies announced by Jokowi on Monday referred to three existing pieces of legislation.They are the 2007 Disaster Management Law and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law — which stipulates large-scale social restrictions and regional quarantines — and Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No.23/1959 on a state of emergency, which particularly regulates civil emergencies.Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said that the civil emergency policies were only anticipatory measures so as “to prepare for if the situation gets significantly worse.” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered his Cabinet to impose stricter rules on physical distancing coupled with “civil emergency policies” in an effort to contain the worsening COVID-19 outbreak.“I ask that large-scale social restrictions and physical distancing policies be enforced more strictly and more effectively, which is why I said they should be coupled with civil emergency policies,” Jokowi said in his introductory statement to a limited Cabinet meeting on Monday.”I ask that clearer implementing regulations be prepared as guidelines for the provincial, regency and city administrations so they can work,” he continued, adding that regional quarantine policies could only be enacted by the central government.  Topics :last_img read more

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Caribbean region could eliminate HIV by 2030

first_imgDirector of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa EtienneThe Caribbean region could be the first in the world to eliminate HIV by the year 2030, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne has announced.Dr Etienne, who is on her first official visit to Dominica, said during a press conference on Tuesday 7 July 2015, said there are positive signs of the elimination of HIV in the region. However, Dr Etienne advised that it is critical that there are no new cases of the virus.“To eliminate HIV we will have to improve prevention and promotions so we don’t get any new cases,” Dr Etienne said.“We need to improve the diagnosis and we need to diagnose them early and we need to have access to treatment and monitoring of those and we believe that the region can be one of the first to achieve elimination of HIV certainly by 2030,” she said. Last week PAHO and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Cuba as the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis from mother to child. Dr. Etienne said several Caribbean countries are close to eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV which is “a tremendous achievement for any country”.Dr. Etienne said, according to reports from the National HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit, Dominica has reached the threshold for declaration of elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis.“But for PAHO and WHO, we…send a mission to do all of the background checks and all of the background work that is necessary before we can declare and validate that this elimination has occurred,” Dr. Etienne said. 80 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Caribbean region could eliminate HIV by 2030 by: Dominica Vibes News – July 10, 2015last_img read more

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Real Madrid top Forbes football rich list again

first_imgReal Madrid have kept their position as the world’s most valuable football team for a fourth straight year.Real’s value stands at $3.645 billion (£2.52bn), according to US business magazine Forbes, with an annual revenue of $694m (£480m) – pipping Liga rivals Barcelona, who are second, in both categories.Manchester United are third, with fellow Premier League sides Arsenal (fifth), Manchester City (sixth), Chelsea (seventh), Liverpool (eighth) and Tottenham (tenth) all securing spots in the top 10.The study added that the 20 most valuable football teams are worth 24 per cent more than 12 months ago, which is attributed to booming television and kit deals.Real occupy second spot in the rankings of the world’s richest sports teams, with NFL outfit Dallas Cowboys topping the pile with a valuation of £4bn (£2.77bn).The world’s most valuable football teams (Forbes) 1. Real Madrid – US$3.645 bn (£2.52billion)2. Barcelona – $3.549bn (£2.46bn)3. Manchester United – $3.317bn (£2.3bn)4. Bayern Munich – $2.678bn (£1.85bn)5. Arsenal – $2.017bn (£1.4bn)6. Manchester City – $1.921bn (£1.33bn)7. Chelsea – $1.661bn (£1.15bn)8. Liverpool – $1.548bn (£1.07bn)9. Juventus – $1.299bn (£900million)10. Tottenham – $1.017bn (£704m)—last_img read more

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PBC Commission to Consider Vaping Ban for Parks, Playgrounds

first_imgBlowing smoke at parks and playgrounds in Palm Beach County could soon become a thing of the past.Eric Call, the county’s director of parks and recreation, says the county commission plans to vote this October on a proposed vaping ban. He explains that the commission is reacting to the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes among young people.Call says, “I heard a statistic recently that 70% of high schoolers are actively engaged in some form of vaping, and that’s pretty amazing to me.”According to the U.S. surgeon general, e-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product among youth during the past five years, with more than 3.6 million vaping last year.Call believes it could be difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to monitor such large areas, which means the public could be asked to operate on an honor system. Offenders would face fines that would increase with each incident. He says, “Fifty dollars for the first occurrence, $100 for the second, $200 for the third and $300 for the fourth and any successive violations of that.”County commissioners will vote on the issue during their scheduled meeting on October 8.last_img read more