Voice your fears over new parents’ rights

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Voice your fears over new parents’ rightsOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today The GreenPaper on work and parents might have been well trailed in the media in recentmonths, but there are still some real shocks in the document published lastweek. Paidpaternity leave, extended maternity leave, increased maternity pay – none ofthese was a surprise. What may stun employers are the proposals on workingpart-time and the plan to allow mothers and fathers to share any increase inexisting unpaid maternity leave equally between them. Majoremployers have striven to be more family-friendly, especially in a tight labourmarket. Men have always been the poorer relation in parenthood, so paidpaternity leave is welcomed by many big employers.Even so,businesses and HR professionals might not have been expecting the Green Paperto go quite as far as it has. The Government has set out a populist,family-friendly agenda in the run-up to the election, so there will be squealsof panic from organisations representing employers like the CBI. The endresult will be a watered down version – if it makes it on to the statute booksafter the election – but don’t bank on it. The HR profession has until 7 Marchto get its responses in to the DTI. So click on the DTI web site for a copy ofthe Green Paper and fill in the response form (www.dti.gov.uk/er/review.htm). Whathappens when a new father wants to take some of his partner’s unused maternityleave? Point out to the DTI the complicated logistics of checking with thecompany of the employee’s partner to find out how much leave she has left – andthis before you start thinking about cover for the father’s absence.It is thesort of complicated case that might make the Government think twice beforetrying to enshrine this aspect of family-friendly working in legislation. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Diversity, abundance and composition in macrofaunal molluscs from the Ross Sea (Antarctica): results of fine-mesh sampling along a latitudinal gradient

first_imgThe Latitudinal Gradient Program (2002–2011) aimed at understanding the marine and terrestrial ecosystems existing along the Victoria Land coast (Ross Sea), an area characterized by strong latitudinal clines in environmental factors. During the program’s voyage of the Italian RV “Italica” in 2004, a fine-mesh towed gear, the “Rauschert dredge”, was deployed for the first time at 18 stations in four latitudinal distinct shelf areas between ~71°S and ~74°S. The collected samples contained undescribed species and new records for the Ross Sea from a variety of different marine taxa. Here, we describe the molluscan fauna and investigate evidences for latitudinal effects on molluscan diversity, abundance and assemblage composition. No significant latitudinal trends were detected: while diversity did not vary significantly with latitude, species richness showed an apparent but non-significant decrease with increasing latitude. Beta-diversity was found to be high both within and between latitudinally distinct shelf areas. A large fraction (~20 %) of the collected molluscs corresponded to new species records for the Ross Sea or undescribed species. Rarity in Antarctic molluscan occurrences was confirmed, with singletons (i.e. species represented by only a single individual) accounting for a 22 % and uniques (i.e. species occurring in one sample only) for a 43.5 % of the total presence. Our study of the smaller macrofaunal benthic fraction showed that Antarctic marine research still has far to go to have robust reference baselines to measure possible changes in benthic communities, even in the case of the assumed well-known, well-sampled and well-studied group of Ross Sea shelf molluscs. We advocate the use of fine-mesh trawling gears for routine sampling activities in future Antarctic expeditions to assess the full marine biodiversity.last_img read more

Delta Girls Cross Country Team Wins Titan XC Title

first_imgOctober 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Delta Girls Cross Country Team Wins Titan XC Title Brad James Tags: Delta Cross Country Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Wednesday, Delta’s boys and girls cross country teams represented the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network at the Titan XC Meet hosted by Telos Academy at Lakeside Park.The Delta girls won the team title with 19 points while the boys placed second with 75 points behind first-place Pinnacle (68 points).Paige Curtis placed third for the Delta girls (21:47.70). Kayli Baker placed eighth overall for the Rabbits (22:29.40). Shayley Anderson placed 13th overall (23:49.10) while Brynnleigh Goodwin finished 17th (24:37.40).Summer Owens placed 19th (24:42.20) with Mollie Eldridge (27:03.80) and Millie Western (27:24.10) placed 27th and 28th respectively.Hannah Clark (31:07.80) and Lily Hardy (31:27.60) finished 36th and 37th respectively.For the boys, John McLaws placed first overall (17:26.10) and Joseph Bliss finished seventh (19:50.00).Gage Smith placed 14th (20:29.30) and Ian Knoeller placed 28th (21:02.30) for the Rabbits.Cesar Morales placed 39th (21:45.30) and Christopher Atkinson finished 42nd (22:05.50) while Cody Stephenson placed 64th overall (23:48.90).last_img read more

People hate downsizing out of their huge houses, research shows

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » People hate downsizing out of their huge houses, research shows previous nextHousing MarketPeople hate downsizing out of their huge houses, research showsEven if they don’t need the space, many owners of large homes are reluctant vendors, says My Home Move.The Negotiator16th August 20170806 Views Large family homes are very hard to leave – 43 per cent of UK homeowners experienced a sense of ‘sadness, grief or loss’ after moving house; while 83 per cent feel emotionally attached to their homes.New research from My Home Move found that 62 per cent of homeowners feel an immediate sense of ‘dread or nervousness’ at the thought of selling their home; a combination most acutely experienced by those aged 45+ (av.65.5 per cent).In comparison those aged 18 – 34 were the most ‘excited or happy’ at the thought of selling.Doug Crawford, CEO of My Home Move said, “There has been talk across the market, regarding the lack of stock and the need for people to downsize to free up family-sized homes. What hasn’t been discussed is the emotional attachment people have to their homes.“These buildings represent much more than bricks and mortar, they are the places where memories are made and hold enormous emotional value.A significant percentage of homeowners, especially regarding ‘downsizers’ have a sense of dread – and would rather stay put than face emotional upheaval.”Homeowners in Scotland and the South East are the most reluctant to sell their property, with both areas showing above national average percentages regarding ‘nervousness or dread’ (69.3 and 63.5 per cent).In comparison, homeowners in Wales are the most excited to sell their homes, within 23 per cent expressing this sentiment, closely followed by those in London, the North West, Northern Ireland and the East Midlands, which all rated over 20 per cent.property attachment downsizer shortage downsizing August 16, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USA: Wave-Predicting Technology on the Brink of Development

first_img View post tag: development View post tag: Brink Equipment & technology USA: Wave-Predicting Technology on the Brink of Development View post tag: Technology View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Wave-Predicting Technology on the Brink of Development View post tag: Wave-Predicting September 27, 2013 View post tag: ONR View post tag: News by topic Following sea-tests that concluded Sept. 18 off the California coast, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) and other partners see a future of predicting the strength and size of the next wave.The Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting (ESMF) system, a Future Naval Capability effort supported by ONR’s Sea Warfare and Weapons Department, seeks to provide sea-based forces with new capabilities for difficult operations like ship-to-ship transfer of personnel, vehicles or materiel-giving operators sea condition information at levels of accuracy never possible before.The system combines new hardware and software that will let Sailors and Marines know ship and wave movements up to 30 seconds before they actually happen, providing operators precious extra seconds to make adjustments to avoid collisions or other dangerous situations for the crew.“This is literally unchartered territory in sea-based operations,” said Dr. Paul Hess, program manager at ONR. “It’s like a window into the imminent future for the operators of ships and ship systems.“It could be a huge asset to joint force operations, to air-sea battlespace coordination, and to naval needs in the Pacific Rim.”The system will also provide up to a five-minute prediction window for a range of environmental conditions to help military operators decide Go/No-Go for operations.Finally, ESMF will predict ship movements on the water, including pitch, heave and roll. “Imagine the complexity of two ships making a simple transfer of materiel in a port, using, for instance, a crane,” said Hess. “Variations in wave strength, different hulls reacting differently in terms of pitch and roll, and many more factors are at work.“Now picture that same process not in port but on the open sea, with exponentially bigger waves, and you get the idea of how knowing what’s going to happen can make or break a successful operation.”The ESMF sea trials took place over a two-week period, using sensors, hardware and software placed aboard ONR-sponsored Research Vessel Melville. Data was taken from surface ship-based radar, laser identification detection and ranging, buoys and more.The fielded system will ultimately rely only on sensors installed on the ship.The effort supports guidance from Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert, whose Navigation Plan calls for developing new capabilities for ship operations, and supporting strategic efforts in the Pacific Rim.The monohull, single-ship tests on Melville are only a first step: In fiscal year 2015, ESMF tests should include multiple ships.“Ultimately this improvement in environmental sensing will lead to a dramatic increase in decision support and operator guidance,” said Hess. “The warfighter will have greater capabilities and options in operations-and that translates to more effective Sailors and Marines, and a safer force.”The ONR and NSWCCD research partnership includes university and industry teams from the University of Michigan; University of Washington; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; the Ohio State University; General Dynamics Applied Physical Sciences; and Aquaveo LLC.[mappress]Press Release, September 27, 2013 View post tag: usa View post tag: NSWCCD View post tag: Defense View post tag: New View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford slips behind LSE in rankings table

first_imgOxbridge’s traditional domination of university rankings was called into question this week after the release of a new league table suggested LSE was the second best university in the UK.According to the latest statistics, compiled by the Good University Guide, poorer job prospects for Oxford graduates is the principle reason for this year’s slip down the table.Cambridge University, Oxford’s traditional rival, retained top spot.The rankings take into account a range of considerations, including research quality, entry standards, staff-to-student ratios, student satisfaction, and job prospects. 2012 is said to be the first year in which Oxford has been ousted from a place in the top two.LSE’s bid for second in the rankings was particularly boosted by the highest employment rate in the country: 87.8% of graduates were reportedly in ‘good jobs or further study’ within six months of leaving. By contrast, the same figure for Bolton University was 41.1%.Dr Bernard Kingston, chief writer for the latest guide, said, “the employment market for graduates remains challenging and this is reflected in the rankings. Some universities have been more successful than others in adapting to the new conditions.“What is beyond dispute is that all three institutions – Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Oxford – are outstanding in their fields’A spokesperson for the university suggested that Dr Kingston’s comments showed how small the differences were between the UK’s top three universities.Jonathan Black, Director of the Careers Service, said, ‘it is unclear what CUG do to the raw data as their score is not a measure of total employment but of ‘graduate level employment’ – though the specifics are unclear. We feel that total employment is the more important figure than some arbitrary definition of ‘graduate level’ employment.We recognise that LSE and Cambridge students study a different set of subjects. LSE (a much smaller institution) in particular is quite financially focused and their employment score in the CUG plummeted from 91% in 2010 to 82% in 2011, rebounding with the financial services industry to the 88% in this report. Oxford has been steady between 80% and 84% for the last 5 years.’One Economics student at the LSE, who said he would prefer to remain anonymous, intimated to Cherwell that the news would be greeted positively by LSE students.“We’ll be hitting Bridge in a big way tonight – London branch that is”, he continued.Robin Bhaduri, a first year chemist at Keble, remarked, ‘This is embarrassing, first the boat race and now this’. Tom Jesty, a music student at St Peter’s, was equally cryptic, stating “LSE? Don’t you mean LSD?” A historian at St Hugh’s claimed that the latest results were probably the work of a “bunch of liberals”.Taking the findings more seriously, however, was ex-student and moderately well-known cleric James Lockwood, who claimed that they “might signal the beginning of the end for Oxbridge’s dominance”.last_img read more

No support for Oxford-Cambridge expressway

first_imgThe need to reduce car use to tackle the climate emergency was a key factor in the decision. The motion explained that the rejection of an Expressway was also on the understanding that work on the East West Rail Link would be sped up. Bob Johnston, a Lib Dem councillor, said the council should reject the project because of its aim to become carbon neutral. The project would have a “huge carbon footprint” regardless of the chosen route. This move follows on from the council’s commitment to place the climate crisis at the heart of all their decisions. The motion sent to the government explained that an Expressway would be environmentally harmful. The council said it would still sup- port plans to boost jobs, housing and infrastructure in the county, namely through the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and England’s Economic Heart- land.center_img Labour councillor John Sanders said the planned Expressway “flies in the face of Oxfordshire’s commitment to reduce the use of the car.” In a letter to the government, the Oxfordshire County Council announced that they would not support the construction of a major road between Oxford and Cambridge. It said: “The development of the railway line will ensure the delivery of the growth and housing required, without the environmental impact of a road cutting across the centre of rural England.” A planned route for the expressway was to be published before the end of this year, but the general election has delayed it.last_img read more


first_imgpassed away on June 18, 2018, at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. Mrs. Paradine was born in Bayonne to the late Josephine (nee: Kennedy) and Patrick Allen and was a lifelong resident. Mrs. Paradine was predeceased by her husband, the late James Paradine. She is survived by her children, Lois Sichler, Jimmy Paradine and Judith Landis; her nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Patrick, John, Peter, Bobby and Rita Allen and Marie Pass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Mrs. Paradine’s name using the following link: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=5212254&pg=personal&fr_id=39300. Funeral arrangements by BAYONNE MEMORIAL HOME, 854 Avenue C.last_img read more

GasBuddy: Stimulus deal could mean increase in pump prices

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews WhatsApp Google+ By Jon Zimney – October 20, 2020 0 444 (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) Lawmakers are trying to pass another round of coronavirus relief legislation. If a deal gets done, GasBuddy says that could make gas prices increase in the immediate future. The opposite would be true if a deal is not done by the election.“It would bode positively on the economy and that could boost prices in the short term, although we’ll have to see what the details look like. It could get Americans back to work in some capacity. The big thing to look at is the airlines and some of the struggling sectors. Will there be any support for people who have lost their jobs?,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “If we do get a deal, we may see prices above the $2 per gallon mark for the majority of the winter, probably in the low $2 to $2.25.”DeHaan said unless a deal gets done, average gas prices will likely be at their current levels or drop for the fourth straight month.“Without the deal, we could see prices fall into the upper $1 range. I do expect demand to continue to drop, but the stimulus could offset that. We may continue to see us stuck in this territory until there’s a meaningful change in our COVID-19 outlook,” said DeHaan.Some stations could go through a price cycle this week since many didn’t have a price hike last week.“We could get a price cycle later this week or early next week since we didn’t get one last week, but it’s really not known. If you’re low on fuel, shop around and find one of those cheap stations,” said DeHaan. “Whatever you pay will be cheaper than what you were paying at this time last year.”GasBuddy says the statewide average for gas is $2.04 per gallon. At this time last year, the statewide average was $2.59.In South Bend, the average is currently $1.97, In Indianapolis it’s $1.99. It’s $2.03 in Fort Wayne and $2.05 in Evansville. Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ Twitter GasBuddy: Stimulus deal could mean increase in pump prices Previous articleMeetings set to inform residents about proposed Hivley railroad overpassNext articleCOVID-19 precautions in place for Indiana Gubernatorial Debate on 95.3 MNC Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Press release: Next Director of the CPS announced

first_img I am honoured to be the next Director of Public Prosecutions. I am grateful to Alison Saunders for her service and look forward to building on her legacy. This is a challenging time for the CPS, with the rise in complex cases and negative publicity about its handling of disclosure in some cases. I have seen first-hand the sterling work of the CPS and I am determined to restore public trust in all of its work. I am very pleased to announce that Max Hill will be the next Director of Public Prosecutions. Mr Hill is a distinguished and extremely experienced Queen’s Counsel who has demonstrated a profound commitment both to the criminal justice system and to public service. I am very grateful to him for taking on these onerous responsibilities. I am confident that he will be a good and collaborative leader of the Crown Prosecution Service and a principled and strongly independent chief prosecutor. The public will rightly expect nothing less. He will now build on the achievements of Alison Saunders to whom I am grateful for her 32 years of public service. The role of DPP is difficult and requires exceptional qualities of judgement and character. I am looking forward to working with the new Director. Commenting on his appointment, Max Hill said: As set out in the Criminal Justice Act 1987, the Attorney General appoints the DPP.The process to recruit the next DPP began under the previous Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP. It was completed and approved by the new Attorney General after his appointment on 9 July. The current DPP will serve her full five year term, which is due to end in October 2018.Max Hill QC Biography:Max Hill QC is Head of Red Lion Chambers and, since March 2017, the current Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. He is also the former Leader of the South Eastern Circuit (2014-16) and Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (2011-12). Whilst unable to advise or appear in terrorism related cases during his tenure as Independent Reviewer, Max maintains a heavyweight crime practice, defending and prosecuting in a number of complex cases of homicide, violent crime and high value fraud and corporate crime. He also has extensive advisory experience both nationally and internationally. Max has been instructed in many of the most significant and high-profile murder trials in recent years, including the second set of trials concerning the killing of Damilola Taylor, and the London bombings of 2005. Murder cases include R v Long (2015), R v Campbell and others (2014-5) and R v O’Driscoll (2014).Max defends in substantial fraud cases, including tax fraud. In fraud, he was instructed for the defence in the SFO Forex (Foreign Exchange) investigation and the long-running SFO pharmaceutical cartel case. His terrorism cases include R v Bourgass and others (the ricin conspiracy), R v Ibrahim and others (the 21/7 bombers), R v Ali and others and R v Girma and others (the 21/7 follow-on trials). He appeared for the Government in the Binyam Mohamed case in the Administrative Court. He acted for the Metropolitan Police in the Inquests into the 7th July London bombings. Most recently he prosecuted a London taxi driver and bomb-maker for the killing of a US soldier in R v Sardar (2015). He also prosecuted two men who gave sums of money to the Paris and Brussels terror suspect Abrini, engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism. Max appeared as lead prosecution counsel, alongside Michelle Nelson, in Channel 4’s The Trial (2017) in which real juries, together with actual barristers and judges, tried a fictional Murder case in order to explore the workings of the jury system. The Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC MP, has today (24 July) announced that Max Hill QC has been appointed as the next Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Leading barrister Max Hill will leave his posts as Head of Red Lion Chambers and Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation to lead the CPS. His tenure as DPP will begin on 1st November for a renewable term of 5 years.Max Hill brings a unique combination of legal expertise and public service at the highest levels, demonstrated most recently through his role as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. He is also the former Leader of the South Eastern Circuit (2014-16) and Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (2011-12). Whilst unable to advise or appear in terrorism related cases during his tenure as Independent Reviewer, Max maintains a heavyweight crime practice, defending and prosecuting in a number of complex cases of homicide, violent crime and high value fraud and corporate crime. He also has extensive advisory experience both nationally and internationally. Max has been instructed in many of the most significant and high-profile murder trials in recent years, including the second set of trials concerning the killing of Damilola Taylor and the London bombings of 2005.Max Hill was appointed by the Attorney General after a rigorous and open competition, overseen by a Civil Service Commissioner.Commenting on the appointment, the Attorney General said:last_img read more