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  • Sex bias ruling goes in favour of employers

    first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Relief for employers and the tribunal service came last week when a House ofLords ruling cancelled out an estimated 3,000 claims for sex discrimination.The cases have all been adjourned pending the final outcome of the long-runningSeymour-Smith and Perez case. This tested the two-year service period required to qualify for protectionfrom unfair dismissal.The claimants argued that the cut-off point, since reduced to one year,represented indirect sexual discrimination against women because men work forlonger periods.But in a final judgement the Lords ruled that the statistics did notconvincingly bear this out, and that it is justifiable for the Government tohave a service requirement so as to encourage recruitment. Sex bias ruling goes in favour of employersOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

  • Oregon replaces Washington in Pac-12 championship

    first_img Written by December 14, 2020 /Sports News – National Oregon replaces Washington in Pac-12 championship FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEzra Shaw/Getty ImagesBY: LEIGHTON SCHNEIDER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Oregon is replacing Washington in the Pac-12 championship game against USC, the conference announced on Monday. The Pac-12 Championship game will be played on Friday at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. Washington would have been under the 53-player minimum threshold because of positive coronavirus tests and isolation of players due to contact tracing. Washington had its last game cancelled against Oregon for the same reason. “Our goal every season is to win the Pac-12 Championship. I am so proud of the work our team and staff have put in to position ourselves to attain that goal,” said head coach Jimmy Lake in a statement. “Unfortunately, the virus is in our footprint. We have not been able to resume football activities and currently the entirety of one of our key position groups, deemed a critical position group by the Pac-12, is in quarantine. There is no path forward to practice or play this week. Our focus now is getting everyone healthy so we can resume football activities and prepare for a possible bowl game. We are crushed that we cannot bring home the Pac-12 trophy for our fans, staff and players.”Oregon, 3-2, finished with the second best record in the Pac-12 North division. USC, 5-0, finished first in the Pac-12 South division. The Ducks were scheduled to play Colorado this weekend. It is unclear if Colorado will have a new opponent. Oregon is the reigning Pac-12 champions having beat Utah 37-15 last year. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

  • JCRs cast a line for sustainable fish

    first_imgJCRs throughout Oxford have been calling for colleges to switch to sustainable fish as part of a major environmental campaign.Five colleges have already passed a motion mandating a member of the JCR to request that the college not serve unsustainably caught or endangered fish, and replace them with more sustainably caught species. Worcester, who voted to switch fish sources last term, were recently followed by Magdalen, Regents Park, St John’s and St Hugh’s.Hector Guinness, a Zoology student at Worcester, who has been helping to lead the campaign through the Oxford Environment Group said, “The aim is to have all college kitchens agree to stop serving fish from unsustainable sources by the end of this year.”A fact sheet accompanying the motion by Marica Haig, Worcester’s Environment representative and OUSU Biodiversity representative explains that fishing levels are currently at less than 1% of their 1977 levels. “The over exploitation of our oceans will mean that within our lifetimes the ecology of all seas will have shifted so dramatically that no edible fish species will survive to be of use to humans ever again,” she said.“We have two options – we could ‘hurry while stocks last’, and eat all we can while there are any left, or choose the sustainable future, and demand that kitchens in Oxford are not driving demand for unsustainably caught fish, and send a clear message that we want sustainably harvested fish, or no fish at all,” Haig continued.The proposal added that current over-exploitation does not mean that colleges will never be able to serve fish again. “The sea is a valuable natural resource that can provide some of our dietary requirements if it is harvested in an appropriate way using modern sustainable techniques.”The motion passed with little opposition from the Worcester JCR, despite concerns over the increased cost of buying sustainable fish. Haig explained that this had caused some objections from the Catering Manager. “He thought using sustainably sourced seafood would cause an increase in the cost of the meals which members of all the common rooms would object too, especially the SCR who are served cod and swordfish relatively frequently.”“However the college Dean fully supported the motion and encouraged me to talk directly to the Provost, who agreed that the SCR could live without these fish, and gave his support for the policy. Since then the Catering Manager has been looking into alternative species or sources, and any unsustainably sourced fish have been removed from the menu,” she said.Guinness recognised that the change may involve more effort from kitchen staff. “Some chefs seem to be worried about things getting more complicated for them, which is why the motion is phrased negatively rather than asking for specific alternatives,” he said.Haig has passed the motion and fact sheet on to Environment representatives across the University in the hope that more colleges will implement it. She said, “we are aiming to get as many colleges as possible to pass this motion as it is an important cause which could greatly benefit simply by raising awareness so that people start to think about where the fish they buy came from.”Regent’s Park passed the motion two weeks ago. Emmeline Smart, a third year Geographer and the JCR Environment representative said, “the motion was passed with only one person against and has been widely supported by members of Regent’s Park. Our kitchen staff have been very supportive and have changed the types of fish we use in college- they argue that they only used unsustainable fish before because students were unwilling to try different fish.”She encourages other colleges to do the same, saying, “This just shows how easy it is to raise awareness and make a difference on this issue.”College authorities at St John’s have also been enthusiastic to adopt the changes, and motions have been passed in both the JCR and MCR. The Catering Manager and Dean support the idea and are trying instigate changes in the SCR. Guinness said, “monkfish and swordfish have been taken off the list of choices for the guest dinners and the catering manager has a ‘good fish guide’ to follow when buying for hall generally.”Magdalen JCR has also passed the motion with no opposition. Environment and Ethics representative Jenny Chapman explained that she hoped the Hall Manager would not reject the initiative due to problems of expense. “There is no reason why it should be more expensive, it would just mean that our fish would come from elsewhere,” she said.he journal ‘Science’ has suggested that, if current trends continue, there will be a total marine collapse by 2050, with a loss of 90% of each species.last_img read more

  • UNITED STATES SENATOR MIKE BRAUN IS CCO ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON KEYNOTE…

    first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The United States Senator Mike Braun will be the City-County Observer keynote speaker for the “Annual Community Achievement Awards”  luncheon on October 25, 2019. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch will introduce United Senator Mike Braun.Braun was born in Jasper, Indiana, on March 24, 1954. He graduated from Jasper High School. Braun was a three-sport star athlete; he married his high school sweetheart, Maureen, who was a cheerleader. He attended the all-male Wabash College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and Harvard Business School, where he earned a master’s degreeAfter graduating from Harvard, Braun moved back to Indiana and joined his father’s business manufacturing truck bodies for farmers. When the economy of the mid-1980s hit farmers hard and his father’s business nearly went under, Braun steered the business in the more lucrative direction of selling truck accessories. The business subsequently grew from 15 employees to more than 300. In 1986 Braun and Daryl Rauscher acquired Meyer Body Inc., a manufacturer of truck bodies and distributor of truck parts and equipment. In 1995 Braun fully acquired the company. Meyer Body was renamed Meyer Distributing in 1999. Braun is its president and CEO.These years City-County Observer “Annual Community Achievement Awards” honorees are Margaret Koch, the Honorable Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judge Margaret  “Maggie” Lloyd, Christine Keck, Steve Hammer,  EPD Sergeant-Jason Cullum and President of the Vanderburgh County Commission-Ben Shoulders.Former Vanderburgh County Sheriff, past United States Congressmen and  Vectren Executive Brad Ellsworth, will be the Master Of Ceremonies for this event.This year’s awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begins at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 25, 2019.This year’s event is a sellout.last_img read more

  • MARGARET KOCH SELECTED AS A CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD WINNER FOR…

    first_imgMARGARET KOCH Selected As A City-County Observer “Outstanding Community Services Award” Winner For 2019The City-County Observer is proud to announce that Margaret Koch has been selected a City-County Observer “Outstanding Community Services Award” winner for 2019.Margaret is an extremely popular and very personable person that is extremely involved in every aspect of our community.She was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and has her parents to thank for teaching her the importance of stewardship and working to make the world a better place.  She moved to Evansville in the spring of 2000 and worked as a registered nurse for Visiting Nurse Plus, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and most recently Deaconess Hospital.  She and her husband, Kevin, have two wonderful and busy daughters who are 11 and 9 years old.  They both attend St. Bens Catholic school. Due to the needs of her family, Margaret made the decision in 2013, to become a full-time house spouse and community volunteer.  She is a Junior League of Evansville Sustainer, and it was with this amazing organization that she began honing her fundraising skills while working on several money-generating committees.  Since completing her seven-year stint with the Junior League, she has served on the boards of Ark Crisis Child Care Center and the Reitz Home Museum.  With both of these boards, she cultivated relationships within our community working to build partnerships with these wonderful organizations and our many individuals and corporate champions.  Presently she serves on the stewardship committee and pastoral council at St. Ben’s Cathedral, and helps raise money for the Summer Social and Holiday Luncheon.  She also is very involved with St. Ben’s School Mardi Gras committee where she focuses on raising sponsorship dollars that go toward the ongoing upkeep of this outstanding school along with updating technology and educational tools. She also is a member of the Evansville Museum board, where she helps with the annual gala and serves on the art committee.  She has been a member of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation Alliance Women’s Fund for the past two years and more recently joined 100+ Women Who Care.  She feels privileged to be a part of both of these groups of strong, giving women.  Her passions for animals, conservation, and FUN have been fulfilled with her role as a board member of the Evansville Zoological Society, which is the non-profit arm of Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden.  She perhaps a little too enthusiastically participated in a feasibility study and was subsequently asked to chair our zoo’s first-ever capital campaign in 2014.  She is so pleased with the outcome of the campaign so far when she and family enjoy the Engelbrecht Carousel and walk among the spectacular parakeets in the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Budgie Walkabout.  She invites you to visit the zoo and see these spectacular additions, thanks to the generosity of so many individual and corporate donors.  Margaret thrives on helping others and strives to make the world a better place.  She is so proud of the progress happening throughout Evansville and feels honored to be a part of it.  FOOTNOTE: This year’s awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B on October 25, 2019. The registration begins at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Ocean City Opens Bidding Process for Pickleball Courts

    first_imgA growing group of Pickleball players has found temporary spots to play at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center (above) and outdoors at the Ocean City Intermediate School.For the last six years a small but enthusiastic group of pickleball players has traversed the island in search of a good game.Whether indoors at the Ocean City Civic Center, on modified tennis courts at 18th Street or at the playground adjacent to the Ocean City Intermediate School, pickleballers have proven adept at changing with the times, packing up nets and paddles and setting up wherever — and whenever —they were able.But as interest in the sport has grown, so too has the group’s desire to find a permanent home.They moved one step closer to their goal on Thursday when City Council unanimously opened the bidding process for the creation of five dedicated pickleball courts at Shelter Road and Tennessee Avenue (which runs off Bay Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets).Local pickleball player and organizer Don Hepner is “thrilled” by the development.“It’s great news,” he said. “We really appreciate City Council and the Mayor getting this accomplished.”Pickleball, considered a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, has an estimated 400,000 active players according to the USA Pickleball Association.  The game is played with a plastic ball on a court about one-quarter the size of a tennis court, at 20 x 44 ft. Courts are painted in a similar fashion to tennis — with right and left service areas — but differ with the addition of a “non-volley” zone directly in front of the net, which itself ranges in height from 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches at center.  The game can be played as doubles or singles.Because there is less ground to cover the sport has proven particularly popular with youth and senior citizens alike.  “It’s included in gym class at Ocean City Intermediate School, and then at the other end of the spectrum, it’s really just a matter of conditioning,” according to Hepner.“We have a player from Egg Harbor Township who is 73, and he has won two gold medals [in pickleball] at the New Jersey Senior Games. You can play pickleball well into your eighties.  The only warning we give is that it can be extremely addicting,” he adds.That much is evident when considering a recent spike in local interest.  As little as three years ago, Hepner says, he and two others might have had difficulty finding a fourth player for a doubles match, but today the Ocean City pickleball community is more than 140 members strong.“It’s more like a pick-up basketball game,” according to Hepner. “You don’t need to reserve a court, you don’t need a partner and you really don’t even need equipment because we have loaner paddles.  Everyone is welcome.”Although the group has not yet worked out its official summer schedule, in past years more advanced players play on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while beginners play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “If you’ve never played before, that’s the perfect time to come,” Hepner says.  “There’s always somebody there. We will explain the rules and get you on your way.”The resolution, which also covers bidding for the resurfacing of the tennis courts at 18th Street, could yield results before summer’s end according to Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon.“If everything lines up, with great weather and no delays,” he said, “we have an optimistic timeline of late July.”last_img read more

  • Bakers feel trading pinch

    first_imgCraft bakers are feeling the pinch from the current economic squeeze, with some reporting a dip in lunchtime trade.Custom from builders and other workmen is particularly down, say independent bakers.”Usually we’d have builders pull-up outside the shop for their 10 o’clock break and throughout the day, but we’ve noticed a difference,” said Steve Woodruff, manager of Woodruffs Bakery in Southampton. “It’s had most effect on our takeaway trade – pies, pasties and sandwiches.”Peter Cook, baker at Ludlow-based Price & Sons, said: “When you’re doing lots of sandwiches, rolls, pies and pasties, builders are your ideal customers, so if building work isn’t happening, it will have an effect.”last_img read more

  • Reporting in Is ’clean label’ clean?

    first_imgAs the Soil Association prepares for its processing standards review, two aspects of the relationship between food producers and consumers seem paramount: trust and transparency. The former requires the latter. Food scares in the past 20 years damaged trust in conventional producers and encouraged people to seek organic alternatives, based on honest-to-goodness principles and verified by open standards.You cannot buy trust while disguising what really goes into your product – a point perhaps missed by lavish advertising, which insists that today’s bread is as good as ever, in defiance of research showing that modern wheat may have markedly fewer micro-nutrients than the varieties grown 100 years ago.When consumers realise that ’clean label’ is industry-speak for ’may contain undeclared enzymes, some produced by GM methods’, they yearn for simple, honest bread. The Real Bread Campaign, launched by Sustain last November and supported by the Soil Association, exists to increase the enjoyment of just such bread. It is building a web-based Real Bread Finder that enables people to locate bakers selling the real thing, defined as appropriately fermented bread, made without additives. In future, it will team craft bakers up with schools to spread baking skills and awareness of a noble profession.l The Soil Association, supported by the Daylesford Foundation, is launching 300 Organic Farm School courses over the next two years, including a number of courses on bread baking. Real bakers are sharing their knowledge openly, knowing that an enthusiastic home baker can tell the difference between the real and the prettily presented.www.soilassociation.org/organicfarmschoollast_img read more

  • Time to change the menu

    first_imgWith global population expected to increase by about 2.5 billion by 2050 even while climate change hits farmlands with shifting rainfall and temperatures, it may be time to rethink what we eat and how we produce food, according to a Harvard Medical School instructor and authority on environmental change and human health.Samuel Myers, instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), laid out evidence that the global food supply system is already showing cracks. Add those people and throw in the effects of climate change and — although it’s not time to panic — it may be time to be concerned, Myers said.Myers, who spoke as part of the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s “Food for Thought” lecture series Tuesday (Feb. 23), said that the 20th century’s “green revolution” in agriculture made use of new farming techniques, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and new crop strains to increase the global food supply dramatically and make a liar out of Thomas Malthus, who famously predicted that population growth would outstrip the expanding food supply.Myers pointed out, however, that even one of the fathers of the green revolution, Norman Borlaug, who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, said burgeoning agriculture would buy only a few decades of food security against continued population growth.In recent years, humans have appropriated more land and water to feed themselves, until now between a third and a half of all ecosystem yield is used for human food production. Humans use roughly half of all ice-free, non-desert land and half of accessible fresh water, much of that for agriculture.Despite that massive use of the Earth’s resources, humanity still fails to feed itself adequately. The inequities in the global food network hit a dubious milestone last year, authorities say, for the first time passing the mark of 1 billion people who go to bed hungry nightly.Even before population growth and climate change are considered, the current agricultural system is already under siege, Myers said. Much arable land is lost each year to erosion, salinization, and desertification. Fresh water is increasingly drawn from nonrenewable sources, such as melting glaciers and slowly draining subterranean aquifers. Three hundred million Chinese and Indians are living on what Myers termed “fossil water,” deposited underground in the ancient past. One estimate suggests that 3 billion people will live amid water scarcity by 2025.“We are already coming against very sharp constraints in the use of water,” Myers said.Other concerns include agricultural pollution, fisheries depletion (fish catches peaked in the 1980s), and biodiversity loss, Myers said.With a global population surge, the spread of Western-style diets, and the rise of an international middle class demanding higher-quality foods, Myers said that growers may need to double global food production by 2050 to meet demand. That would require a tripling of water for irrigation using current methods, something that Myers said was impossible.While the effects of climate shifts are uncertain, some — such as changing rainfall patterns, snowpack timing, and glacier melt — could hurt agriculture. In addition, Myers said, recent research has shown that plant production can decline when temperatures increase, leading to less-efficient food production at a time when more is needed. The 2003 European heat wave, for example, did more than kill many people. It cut agricultural yield by 20 to 36 percent.Despite the gloomy outlook, however, Myers said he is optimistic that such challenges will yet be solved. New technologies, plant breeds, and agricultural techniques can be devised to conserve water and boost productivity. And even as we rethink how our food is produced, we may also need to rethink what it is that we eat. Either way, he said, it’s important to get the conversation started now.last_img read more

  • Stop and listen before planning this year

    first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Details For many of you, it’s strategic planning season – that time of year where you venture off to some exotic resort (or the local Hampton Inn) with the Board on a Saturday and chart the future of the credit union. Next, many of you, unfortunately, will transition into what some call “amnesia season” where we gradually forget everything we defined in strategic planning and slip back into day-to-day survival mode. It’s definitely not intentional but it certainly does happen to the best of us.Not only does your strategic success suffer but, most importantly, so does the success of your members and employees. One vital step you can take to help guard against this loss of focus is to base your tactical plans squarely on the current near-term needs of those employees and members. And a great way to crystalize this focus is through a culture assessment. In short, clearly identifying what’s working and not working in your regular member interactions. Identify what you need to do more frequently and better to make members and staff as happy as possible in the foreseeable future.“When you ask employees for their opinion, they’re usually very forthcoming with their thoughts, pain points, observations and ideas,” says Jayne Hitman, National Relationship Manager at CUNA’s Creating member Loyalty. “Gathering the voice of your employees can become the catalyst for higher retention, increased efficiencies, improved morale, greater employee loyalty, and increased member service.”When completing this assessment of your culture, focus primarily on three critical aspects:Member Perspective – even if you have a current VOM (Voice of the Member) in place, make sure to incorporate more of their “voices” into this assessment. Ask your employees what they hear from members. We all know that many members are not shy about expressing what they don’t like about their experiences with your credit union. Well, let’s make sure we capture those perspectives from the employees. After all, they’re the ones who have to endure the brunt of that feedback on a regular basis. But, don’t just be negative – capture the positive things staff hears from members, as well.Ease-of-Use – ask employees about their frustrations with their day-to-day performance. What’s keeping them from being optimally successful? What would they like to do more of? If they could change one thing, what would it be? Some of this will derive from the previous aspect – the member perspective – but others will come straight from the employees’ frustrations about your inefficient processes and operations. If a Loan Officer is frustrated with all the manual paperwork in your process, there’s a good chance your member is frustrated, too. If a Universal Teller is frustrated by how long a simple transaction takes, your member is probably equally frustrated. Etc.Employee Engagement – maintain your finger on the pulse of your employees, especially your member-facing ones. We all know how damaging turnover is to our credit union’s performance and that members don’t like talking to strange faces every time they come in or call. This assessment is an opportunity to catch those issues that become “dis-engagers” – the seemingly small things that’ll eventually lead employees to leave. Ask them about issues like teamwork, autonomy, recognition, coaching, and development … issues that are fundamental contributors to a highly engaged workforce. Learn how well you’re doing now so you can make modifications before it’s too late.“It’s amazing how when you have an honest conversation, really listen and encourage dialogue how much your employees will open up and share from their heart,” says Hitman. “If you’re not gathering the voice of your employees you run the risk of wasting time, efforts, and resources on those strategic and tactical plans.” Your culture assessment should consist of multiple components, including anonymous surveys and focus groups, and you should attempt to hear from every employee. When analyzing the results of your assessment, look for significant gaps in some very decisive areas of your organization:Front line to back officeOne branch to the nextContact Center to the branchesTop performers to low performersManagers to their direct reportsExecutives to everyone elseMembers to executivesStratifying the assessment is these ways will allow you to truly see the hottest of the hot-button issues and prioritize your tactical plans so you focus first on the issues that will drive the most positive and significant results. So, before investing heavily in any new technology or training initiative or culture transformation, capture the perspective of your employees and members. The assessment will take a little time to do (and, of course, there’s a right way and wrong way to do it) but it’ll be time well-spent because of the rich and actionable data that’ll be produced. Further, you’ll be showing your employees and, ultimately, members that you care about their perspective and success.If you need help or advice on how to complete this critical assessment process, let’s talk. My firm has worked with credit unions of every shape and size and conducted hundreds of these assessments. We’d be happy to get you on the right track with yours. We can be reached at www.fi-strategies.com/contact-us/ .last_img read more