Disciplinary procedures to be tighter

first_imgDisciplinary procedures to be tighterOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Employers must tighten up their grievance and disciplinary procedures orface a rise in the levels of compensation handed out to employees by thecourts. Employment Tribunals will soon have the power to raise compensation awardsby as much as 10 or 15 per cent if they believe employers have not followed thecorrect procedure when disciplining staff. Stefan Martin, an employment partner at Allen and Overy, warned that firmscould face higher costs when the Government’s new Statutory DisciplinaryProcedures are implemented in October next year. Although the £50,000 cap will remain on the awards, Martin said more peoplecould receive the maximum amount if firms failed to follow the rules closely. “If the new process isn’t followed, the awards could increasesignificantly. Most employers will have disciplinary procedures in place, butthat doesn’t meanÊ they are being followed,” he said. Martin stressed the changes in the law could have a big impact on the waybusiness deals with discipline and urged employers to make sure managersfollowed the rules. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Mad Libs Live! Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Mad Libs Live! Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Mad Libs Live! off-Broadway. You’ll need to bring your own nouns to the interactive new musical, which is inspired by the ultimate fill-in-the-blanks time passer. The production will begin performances on November 1 at New World Stages and features music by Jeff Thomson and a book and lyrics by Robin Rothstein.Mad Libs Live! follows four teenagers, Virtuosa, Gogo, Geyser and Merrily, as they band together to win a singing competition. But when they realize their songs have some holes, its up to the audience to help them out. So essentially, whether they win or not is up to you.The production, directed by Austin Regan, will feature choreography by Robin Levine, set design by Julia Noulin-Merat and costumes by Bobby Pearce. It is scheduled to play two performances on Saturdays and Sundays through January 3, 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

Battered by virus: Businesses across Indonesia feel the pinch

first_imgBlitar knocking on woodWoodcarver Burdi, 41, has seen his income drop by more than half since January as the drum workshop he works for struggles to survive the COVID-19 outbreak.He used to earn at least Rp 900,000 (US$63.09) a week for carving djembe drums in Blitar City, Central Java, but barely makes Rp 400,000 a week since mid-January. With Chinese buyers normally accounting for more than 90 percent of their sales, the region’s djembe drum workshops are operating at 10 percent of their production capacity to meet local demand. Four of six woodcarvers who also work for Burdi’s employer went back to their hometown of Jepara in Central Java in late January because the workshop was unable to provide enough work for all of them.”Now there are only two of us with that small income. There is not much money we can save for our families because we still have to spend some of it for our living expenses,” Burdi said.COVID-19 has affected thousands of people like Burdi who work for hundreds of traditional djembe drum makers in at least five districts of Blitar regency, East Java.Djembe drums (Shutterstock/File)Jambi farmers’ woesOil palm growers in Jambi were struggling to turn a profit from fresh fruit bunches (TBS) exports as pegged prices dropped from 1,754 per kilogram to Rp 1,658 per kg between March 6 and March 12, the lowest this year, Jambi Plantation Agency head Agusrizal said.Farmer Yuk Ning has experienced this firsthand. She now gets only Rp 3 million in profit from each oil palm fruit harvest, a sharp decline from the usual Rp 10 million. Prices had dropped all the way to Rp 1,525 per kg during the last two harvests after hovering around Rp 1,930 last month, she said.Yet she needs to spend about Rp 10 million every four months on plant nutrients and fertilizer and much more to pay workers for cultivation and harvests. On top of that, half of her plantation has failed to bear fruit in the last six months.“The TBS price drop is forcing us to think twice about continuing the oil palm plantation, but we don’t have any other commodity that could be worth selling in the market,” said Yuk.Rubber factories close in North SumatraAlready battered by extremely low market prices, rubber businesses in North Sumatra are closing down as their business environment has turned yet more hostile because of falling demand from Japan and China, the region’s top export destinations for the commodity.“Several rubber factories in Tebing Tinggi and Labuhan Batu are closing down because of the impact of the coronavirus. As a consequence, many workers in the factories are losing their jobs,” said Setiawan Khoe, chairman of the Indonesian Rubber Producers Association’s (Gapkindo) North Sumatra chapter.North Sumatra exported 410,000 tons of rubber in 2019, 20 percent of which went to Japan, followed by 18 percent to the US, 11 percent to China and 7 percent to India.Topics : With COVID-19 expected to shave 0.6 percentage points off this year’s economic growth rate in Indonesia, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani’s Feb. 19 statement, The Jakarta Post spoke with workers and industry players in various regions, whose businesses are affected by the virus. Here are their stories:   Vacant malls, few boats in Singapore neighbor BatamWithin walking distance from the Batam Center ferry port, which connects Indonesia and Singapore through a one-hour boat ride, the Mega Mall Batam Center looks a lot quieter than usual.Shipowner business representative Asmadi said four ferry operators serving the Batam-Singapore route had reduced the number of trips in response to low demand. The same is apparent on the route to Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Read also: In Singapore’s neighbor Batam, malls empty, ferry trips reduced as virus fears lurkUnless conditions improve within a month or two, the ferry operators are likely to lay off some of their roughly 1,000 workers, including ferry crews and onshore staff.“Normally, a ferryboat carries at least 50 people per trip; now it’s only 20 people,” Asmadi, chairman of the Indonesian National Shipowners Association’s (INSA) Batam chapter, told The Jakarta Post. “All ferry operators are reducing their trips. Operational costs are high while passenger numbers have dropped drastically.”In Batam, a spa, massage and reflexology center that would serve 30 to 50 Singaporean and other foreign customers a day is now lucky to serve one a day, a Batam local. Industrial parks are complaining about disrupted supplies of imported goods. Singapore has so far detected 160 cases of COVID-19 infection. Ninety-three people have been discharged after recovering from the disease, and no deaths have been reported to date. The city-state is intensifying efforts in prevention, testing and treatment to step the further spread of the virus, including by barring people from China, South Korea, Iran and Italy to enter the country.Harbor Bay shopping center and international ferry port looks a lot quieter than usual on March 7 as visitors from Singapore are dwindling because the COVID-19 coronavirus makes them afraid of travel. The shopping center is within walking distance of the Harbor Bay International Ferry Port Batam, which takes passengers on a one-hour trip to Singapore. (JP/Fadli)Quietness in super-priority tourist destination Labuan Bajo Tourism practitioner Maria Oktaviani Simonita Budjen said the COVID-19 impact on tourism was palpable in Labuan Bajo in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, especially since the regent issued a circular banning Chinese visitors from entering the town.“I don’t have the data, but I can see it through conditions in Labuan Bajo. Usually, there are many tourists going back and forth, but now I can count them on my fingers,” Maria said. Labuan Bajo is among the government’s top five destinations prioritized to jack up tourism’s contribution to the economy.The head of the West Manggarai chapter of the Indonesian Tour and Travel Agency (ASITA), Donatus Matur, said tourists from all over the world had canceled travel plans to Indonesia as a result of the outbreak.However, the head of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) in West Manggarai, Silvester Wangge, attributed the decline in tourist arrivals to the usual low season, adding that several hotels were still able to ensure occupancy with domestic visitors.Read also: Labuan Bajo ramps up screening of tourists after Indonesia confirms COVID-19 cases From empty malls to factories disruption, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is dealing a hard blow to Indonesia’s regional economy and small and medium enterprises around the archipelago.Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Association (Akumindo) chairman Ikhsan Ingratubun estimates that MSME sales dropped 30 to 35 percent across Indonesia from February until March 9. He predicted that the sector would continue to feel the virus impact for the next three months.”There needs to be concrete action from the government,” he said, “so that the economy can recover as fast as possible.”center_img Indonesia announced a Rp 10.3 trillion (US$742 million) incentive package on Feb. 26 to boost consumer spending and prevent a steep drop in the tourism industry through tax incentives and fund transfers to the most-affected regions. A second stimulus package is for the manufacturing industry, importers and exporters faced with severe supply chain disruption.Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Tenten Masduki downplayed the concerns on Monday, claiming that the coronavirus presented an “opportunity” for MSME to supply domestic industries and consumers amid scarcity of some imported products, citing local fruits and vegetables as potential substitutions.”We actually already have the market inside the country. Now is the time [for MSME to perform],” Teten told reporters after a press conference on Monday.Small businesses are defined as those that have annual sales between Rp 300 million and Rp 2.5 billion, while medium businesses have sales of up to Rp 50 billion, according to Law No. 20/2008 on micro, small and medium businesses.last_img read more

Taking back unwanted prescription drugs

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — On Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Wellington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Wellington Police Department, 200 North “C” Street — only pills and patches, no liquid or needles.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 tons—of pills.  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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(Which is good) I think is sad that our great country has come down to this. I don’t understand how people can just absolutely destroy there lives and want more. We need more education on the effects of any substance abuse for the young children of America. Parents need to be more involved in there children’s lives that is key. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 309 weeks ago Thank you to the Wellington Police Department for facilitating this drug take-back. Just two days ago, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new plan for the public to be able to return certain prescription medications to authorized locations such as pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, etc. for their respective disposal. I don’t know the exact date of implementation, but more details can be read via the link as follows: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/September/14-a… Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Mason City council approves arena lease with mall, first construction bid package (VIDEO)

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved a revised lease with Southbridge Mall for the construction of a multi-purpose arena as well awarded the first bid package for demolition work for the arena.The council approved the lease agreement with the mall owner, which is for an initial 20-year term, followed by four subsequent five-year terms for a total of 40 years.The cost of the lease will start at $199,000 a year for the first five years, increasing by 10-percent each subsequent five-year period. That $199,000 is higher than the original proposal of $180,000 a year, but City Administrator Aaron Burnett says that’s because a rent provision was removed. “The original lease had an additional rent provision that had some language that needed clarification, it said 10-percent of profits. Honestly it was ambiguous and I think there were several different opinions on what that actually meant. So with that in mind, working with the attorney, the revision was made to make that a fixed amount. That fixed amount was rolled into the base rent, which brings the base rent to $199,000, and that carries through the lease agreement.”Councilman Paul Adams also offered an amendment to the lease to deal with the ongoing issue of the mall owner paying his property taxes on time. “The rent payments are only paid by the city if the mall owner’s taxes are current with the county.”Councilman Joshua Masson voted against the lease agreement, saying he could not support the lease agreement with the mall. “The further I go down the rabbit hole on this, the uglier it gets. There’s just too many red flags. So in the end, I have to look at it and say if I was the sole entity in this and this was my agreement with the mall owner, could I do this deal, and I just don’t see how I can.”The council also approved the first bid package dealing with demolition of the interior of the former JC Penney store area where the arena will be placed. Originally the recommendation was to award the contract to Charlson Excavating of Clear Lake for $291,500, but Matti Roinilla of the ICON Architectural Group, the group selected to design the arena, says that bid was disqualified because it was not a complete bid for the project. “Unfortunately in working through our vetting process of the low bids, Allowance #1 and #2 were missed as part of the bid submission, therefore it’s an incomplete bid. Unfortunately this has happened, but with that, our only means of moving forward are to move on to the second, which would then be the low responsive bidder.”Dean Snyder Construction of Clear Lake was the next lowest responsive bidder, with their bid being $423,500, still under the estimated cost of $700,000 to $1 million. There were five bids submitted, with almost a half a million dollar range between the lowest and highest bids. Roinilla was asked why he thought there was such a wide variance in the bids. “Being under that estimate, we are comfortable with where these are sitting. There is a wide range, I think a lot of that can be contributed to means and methods, as well as what your available workforce is.”The council also approved the details of the second bid package for the arena, which would include the structural steel, concrete foundation and ice plant components of the facility. Bids would be due to the city on January 24th with the council approving the winning bidder at a special council meeting on January 29th. Video of the council meeting from www.masoncity.netlast_img read more

Devon’s Trevor Reynolds receives top golf award

first_img Tags: Gerald Micklem Award, Trevor Reynolds Devon’s Trevor Reynolds has been presented with England Golf’s Gerald Micklem Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to amateur golf.He was presented with the award today by England Golf’s outgoing President, John Williams, at the organisation’s annual meeting.Trevor has been closely involved with golf in the South West for over 30 years and he commented: “I feel I am representing many others who voluntarily dedicate their time to the game.“It is unexpected and flattering to be recognised in this way, because it’s a pleasure to devote time to the game you love and to contribute, in a small way, to its success and development.”Most recently Trevor has played a key role in helping to modernise the sport, with the creation of one county organisation to represent all golfers in Devon.The merger of the men’s county union and the women’s county association took up most of Trevor’s term as Devon President, which ended in March. He commented: “It gave me particular pleasure that Devon Golf became a merged body on 1 April, thanks to a dedicated and enlightened team which represented both the men’s and women’s organisations.”Trevor, a member at Saunton Golf Club on the north Devon coast, had his first taste of golf administration back in the 1980s, when he worked for the Midland Bank (now HSBC) and ran the bank’s golf society in the South West.After taking early retirement, he was soon involved with the Devon Union, often working with a former colleague, Philip Parker, who himself received the Micklem Award back in 2012. Trevor was both county treasurer and secretary before the opportunity to become secretary/manager at Saunton proved irresistible.“I had 11 amazing and fulfilling years at the club which included the centenary in 1997 and hosting a number of major amateur championships. The highlight was the British Boys’ Championship won by Sergio Garcia, then aged 17,” he remembered.Trevor returned to voluntary work in 2007 and has held a number of roles, including being secretary and President of the South West Group of England Golf. He has also been President of the Saunton Artisans Club since 2006.He joined the England Golf Tournament Panel in 2012 and is a regular volunteer at championships in the South West, where his calm good humour – and clear tones on the radio – are much valued. Trevor also represents the South West on the England Golf championship working group.Caption: Trevor Reynolds with the Gerald Micklem Award (copyright Vicki Head). 19 Apr 2018 Devon’s Trevor Reynolds receives top golf award last_img read more

Benna Boys hold off raging Jaguars to climb in group

first_imgCONCACAF Nations League…Antigua and Barbuda took a hard-fought one-goal lead against Guyana after the first leg of their CONCACAF Nations League Group C match on Friday evening at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.Emery WelshmanThe Benna Boys completed a 2-1 win against the Golden Jaguars with the home crowd coming in as a strong 12th man.Guyana must now try to bounce back in the return match on Monday at the Leonora Track and Field Centre to keep their hopes of advancing out of the group stage alive.On Friday, Guyana began the match dominating ball possession, but Antigua were on target with their opening shots, which sent them ahead.Antigua drew first blood in the 15th minute when Quinton Griffith was able to push one past the custodian, Akel Clarke.Two minutes later, Junior Benjamin was set up with a lovely assist, which needed elementary work to pick up Antigua’s second goal.In the first half, the hosts served up eight shots while the guest had seven, with only two on target for either side. Those spilled into four corner kicks for each side in the first 45 minutes.Following the 15-minute break, Emery Welshman pulled one back for Guyana when he scored in the 50th minute. Guyana’s strategy seemed to change with an increase in tempo on the shot attempts. They took five shots in the opening five minutes of the second half, one of which proved successful.Like the Guyana Head Coach Márcio Máximo stated prior to the match, the Antiguans can be physical. At the 70-minute mark, Antigua had already picked up 11 fouls compared to Guyana’s 7; the match ended with the winning side having 14 while Guyana had 10.Antigua deployed a pair of fresh legs in the 66th minute to boost their defensive efforts while Kelsey Benjamin replaced Clive Nobrega in Guyana’s striking department during the 67th minute.The shots continued to be offered from the Guyanese, but the home side looked quite content to park the bus for the entire second half, since not a single shot was taken at the guests’ uprights.With less than 15 minutes left to rumble, Antigua made a change to their midfield and attacking departments while Sheldon Holder was the other forward subbed into Guyana’s XI to replace Trayon Bobb.However, neither team were able to toggle the score any further which meant Antigua recorded their second win of the League.This win pushes Antigua to six points and into second place behind the leading team, Jamaica, which also have six points, but boast a superior goal difference. Guyana are third with three points, ahead of only Aruba, who are yet to secure a point. (Kizan Brumell)last_img read more