… in brief

first_img Previous Article Next Article This month’s news in briefFixed Term Employee Regulations in force The Fixed Term Employees Regulations came into force this month, making itillegal to treat staff on fixed-term contracts less favourably than theirpermanent counterparts. EEF wants skilled temps excluded from directive The Engineering Employers Federation is pushing for an amendment to theagency workers directive that would exclude highly paid, skilled temps from therules as long as they earn more than average earnings. Parceline delivers on move to cut payouts Postal company Parceline has slashed payouts for unfair dismissal by 80 percent after increasing manager training to help them handle disciplinary andgrievance issues more consistently and professionally. From 1997 to 1999 theaverage annual payout for claims was £67000 but this has now been cut to£13000. Companies lag behind with equality training Many employers are becoming complacent about equality and diversity and arefailing to keep up with legislation, according to a survey by law firm PinsentCurtis Biddle. More than 30 per cent of firms don’t review policies regularlyand only around 53 per cent provide diversity training. Temps directive ‘will damage business’ More than 70 per cent of employers believe the EU directive on temporaryworkers will damage their business. Seventy-nine per cent forecast it willincrease staffing costs and 68 per cent say they will use fewer temps,according to a survey by Personnel Today and Manpower. More than two-thirds saythey pay their temps the same or more than an equivalent permanent employee. Comments are closed. … in briefOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


Government must clarify the role of union learning reps

first_imgGovernment must clarify the role of union learning repsOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Legislation allowing trade unions to appoint union learning representativesin the workplace is due to come into force any time now. But for employers manyvital questions still remain unansweredImagine the following scenario. One of your employees tells you: “Iwant half a day with pay to go through my training requirements with John Smithnext week. OK?” John is one of your shopstewards, and you’ve only just received a letterfrom his union advising you that it has designated him as the union learningrepresentative (ULR) for your location. Now four managers come along tellingyou that they’ve had this request from the employee. So what do you do? It would be straight-forward if you had some guidance –but you don’t. The new law entitling trade unions to appoint ULRs in workplaceswhere they are recognised is due to come into effect this Spring, yet there isstill no guidance from the Government on how it is supposed to work (News, 25February). At the Employers Forum on Statute and Practice (EFSP), we hold sessionsdesigned to help practitioners understand what new laws require, and offeradvice to those who frame regulations to make the whole thing more practical. Normally, everyone wins. Members get advance warning of what is coming andraise any problems, the regulators are forewarned about unintendedconsequences, and the eventual legislation hits its target. But not this time. There was consultation a couple of years ago. Then,however, the Government was suggesting that ULRs might have a useful role toplay in tackling the real problem of adult literacy in the workforce, bothwithin and beyond the ranks of union members. The idea was that people who werefearful of admitting to their employer that they could not read or write, orlacked basic numeracy skills, might feel more confident about seeking thenecessary training with the support of a union representative. EFSP and others applauded this objective, but questioned whether this wasthe best way of attaining it, since research shows that such people typicallywork in small firms where unions are not recognised. These points were ignored.Instead, the legislation that emerged last year vastly extends the scope ofwhat the learning reps can do. Their role now seems to cover the completetraining agenda, at all skill levels. Another surprise was that theiractivities are to be limited to helping their own members. Since then, there has only been silence – except for an update of the Acascode on time off for trade union duties and activities. Acas has done the bestit can, but it cannot read the legislators’ minds. So vital practical questions remain unanswered. How many learningrepresentatives can a union appoint in a workplace? What are they going to do?Are they going to try to add training to the negotiating agenda? How muchtraining will they need to carry out their own role? What are they meant totalk to their members about? How often and for how long should members beentitled to see them? Can they commission staff training and, if so, at whoseexpense? Are there circumstances in which employers can turn down theirrequests for such training? It is all very worrying for employers. There is a mass of new legislationcoming through. The work-life balance changes – statutory paternity leave,adoption leave and the right to request flexible work – are imminent. So areregulations on equal pay questionnaires. Major proposals on information andconsultation are due this summer. TUPE revisions are promised. It will become unlawful to discriminate ongrounds of sexual orientation. And finally – and participants in our sessionsanticipate all sort of problems here – the Government must legislate to outlawdiscrimination on grounds of religion and belief (just in time for Christmas). In the short-term, let us hope that we get some guidance on ULRs. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


Relics of a complex triple junction in the Weddell Sea embayment, Antarctica

first_imgInterpretation of an airborne magnetic data compilation containing a key, new survey, together with re-tracked satellite gravity data from the WeddellSeaembayment (WSE), West Antarctica, suggests Rift–Rift–Rift triplejunction formation at the onset of Gondwana breakup in the Early Middle Jurassic. Acomplex system of northwest–southeast rifts was active contemporaneously with an east–west trending rift. This rift activity led to northward separation of the Falkland Plateau, and formation of the WeddellSea by sea floor spreading. Atypically, the Jurassic passive margin of Gondwana shows evidence for coeval extension in two directions and a large volume of interpreted magmatic material. This is consistent with initial doming above a mantle plume and we suggest that this resulted in the formation of atriplejunction. Magnetic anomalies indicate a series of faults perpendicular to igneous intrusions and extrusions with outlines that range in shape from lozenges to parallel ridges. They show remarkably good spatial correlation with free air gravity anomalies, even in areas of sea ice. We base a structural elements map and timing sequence for the events in the WSE during early Gondwana breakup on anomaly cross-cutting relationships.last_img read more


Ocean City Honors CERT Volunteers

first_img62015KatherineHilinskiOcean City 62015LeeRominieckiOcean View 42015RayKlotzPetersburg 172015BillVinalOcean City Members of the Ocean City-Upper Township Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) were recognized for their volunteerism at Thursday night’s City Council meeting in Ocean City. 32015GayleDavidsonOcean City 42015MarieDeGaetanoOcean City 102015FredericLittleOcean City 22015CodyCollinsOcean City 72015AmandaKilleOcean City 132015GaileRockeyOcean City 82015JosephLehmanOcean City 152015JohnSzczepaniakOcean City 92015ElizabethLehmanOcean Citycenter_img 122015JimPetkoOcean City YearFirstLastCity 22015RalphCooperOcean View 12015TracieBalkOcean City 112015ShamusMcManusOcean City 162015DeniseSzymanskiOcean City 12015MikeCapitoMarmara 32015ElisabethCoronaMarmora 52015JosephHeenanOcean City 142015Walter “Bud”Rockey IllOcean City 52015FrankRoachOcean View City Council in Ocean City took time out before its regular public meeting on Thursday (July 23) to thank members of its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).Ocean City’s team has more than 100 volunteers who are trained to assist the community in hurricanes, floods, blizzards and other events that require emergency response.“It’s an honor to be able to thank them for their volunteerism,” Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Donato said.A new class — the first to combine volunteers from Ocean City and Upper Township — recently completed a 12-week class. Their names are listed below.Because the two municipalities work closely together in disaster response — with Upper Township hosting evacuation shelters during Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene, for instance — the teams will now train together.“If it weren’t for the Ocean City and Upper Township people, our shelter plan would have been null and void,” Cape May County Emergency Management Coordinator Martin L. Pagliughi said.He said the county had no shelter plan at all when he first took on the duties a few years ago.Donato works with depuUty coordinators James Smith and Brian Hopely in Ocean City and Upper Township Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Morgan.last_img read more


Car Caress Offers Vets a Free Car Wash this Friday November 11th.

first_imgCar Caress Ocean City Location CAR CARESS, along with over 2,800 other car wash locations across the nations will provide FREE car washes to veterans and current military service personnel, under the Grace For Vets FREE Wash Program on Friday, November 11th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Washes will be given rain or shine at all Car Caress Locations in Ocean City & Marmora. The FREE washes are given to honor and recognize those that have and are serving in the armed forces.Grace For Vets was founded by Mike Mountz, former owner of Cloister Wash & Lube, in Ephrata, PA in 2004. Mountz vowed to find a way to honor veterans when he served and saw first-hand amputees and the seriously wounded at the Veterans Hospital in Valley Forge, PA. Several years after opening his first car wash, he started the Grace For Vets FREE Wash Program. With the help of car washes across the country who participate, more and more military servicemen and women are recognized each year through this program. “This day is not about the car wash operators who are providing the FREE washes, it’s about honoring and recognizing those that have and are serving and protecting our country, says Brian Coggins. It’s an exciting and emotional day for everyone. Our management team and employees look forward to giving back to those that have given so much.” Car Caress Locations: 1635 Haven Ave, Ocean City & 100 Stagecoach Rd, Marmora. To obtain more information call 609-398-8482 or visit www.carcaress.com or www.graceforvets.org.last_img read more


Frustration Mounts With Ocean City Drainage Project

first_imgWorkers and construction equipment are busy at the intersection of 32nd Street and Simpson Avenue for the drainage project. By Donald WittkowskiWhen Sheena DiStefano peers out from her home at the corner of 33rd Street and Simpson Avenue, she is confronted by a gauntlet of orange construction cones, detour signs and torn-up roads.She said the noise from the tractors, earthmovers and cement trucks is so loud that her 2-year-old daughter, Penelope, has trouble sleeping.DiStefano won’t dare allow Penelope to play on the front lawn for fear she would stray into a street now crawling with construction equipment.“Look at him fly by. He didn’t even bother to look when he went through the intersection,” DiStefano exclaimed of the driver of one earthmover that rumbled by her house, churning up rocks and dirt in its wake.The source of her anger is a seemingly never-ending $6.5 million road and drainage project that has disrupted the neighborhoods between 28th and 34th streets between West Avenue and the bay.“It’s absolutely horrible,” DiStefano said while sitting on her front porch, holding Penelope on her lap. “You can’t even drive around here or do anything else.”The view up 33rd Street from Simpson Avenue reveals a ripped-up road.Keenly aware of the frustration building in the normally quiet neighborhoods, Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials are working with the contractor to wrap up the delayed project as quickly as possible.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr, who represents the area under construction, believes that the general contractor, A.E. Stone Inc., of Egg Harbor Township, should never work for Ocean City again.“I don’t think this contractor should ever be used again,” Barr said in an interview Friday. “Their behavior, their performance, is unacceptable. I’ve had enough, the mayor has had enough and, most important, my constituents have had enough.”Barr made similar comments during a City Council meeting on May 24, when he publicly criticized the contractor for the way it has handled the project.“This is frustrating – in capital letters, in bold print and underlined 60 times,” he said at the meeting.When Barr called for more pressure to be put on the contractor, he was assured by City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson that Gillian’s administration is “holding their feet to the fire” to finish the project.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr is looking to pressure the construction contractor to wrap up the project as soon as possible.Gillian expressed his anger with the project on May 25 in his weekly “Mayor’s Corner” message that appears on the city’s website.“I can assure you that – aside from the neighbors who have put up with this major construction project for more than a year now – nobody is more frustrated with this failure to meet deadlines than I am,” Gillian said.“The city team is using every available tool to make sure the construction company meets its contractual obligation to finish this job quickly and properly,” the mayor added.In his interview, Barr said Council and the mayor’s office “are doing all we can to get to the finish line.”A call Friday to A.E. Stone’s corporate office seeking comment about the project was not returned.The drainage project started promising enough when it got underway last year. The goal was to dramatically reduce the amount of flooding that plagues the surrounding neighborhoods.The project’s boundaries are roughly 28th to 34th streets from West Avenue to Bay Avenue. Simpson and Haven avenues serve as the spines of the project.Construction consists of three major parts, including repaving the streets, installing new drainage pipes to replace some that are 40 to 60 years old and building three pumping stations.The pumping stations, a crucial component of the plan, will help remove storm water from the neighborhoods and channel it to drainage pipes leading to the bay.Residents have to deal with street closings and detours while the work continues in their neighborhoods.In March, Barr held a public meeting with the residents of the Fourth Ward to update them on the progress of the work. At that time, it appeared the road and drainage construction would be completed by Memorial Day. The pumping stations are expected to be done this summer.But the contractor has fallen behind schedule, Barr said.“They haven’t met their deadlines,” he said.Barr now hopes the road work and paving will be finished by mid-June, followed by completion of the pumping stations in July.In addition to having to endure the construction delays, Barr said the neighbors have also had to put up with piles of dirt and trash left behind by the work crews. He wants the construction areas properly cleaned up.Sheena DiStefano, meanwhile, is simply waiting for the construction to disappear so that her neighborhood can return to normal. As another noisy earthmover rolled past her house, she shook her head in disgust.“It’s a disaster out there,” she said.The hope is to complete the road construction and paving by mid-June.last_img read more


Freeze frame for pasties

first_imgWest Cornwall Pasty Co has given its customers the chance to buy its pasties in a frozen format to take away and bake at home. The move comes on the back of customer requests to be able to purchase the pasties to eat when they want.”For some time now, we have been inundated with customers asking for frozen pasties to take away and bake at home, so we’re delighted that this is now possible,” said chief executive Richard Nieto. “And to help keep the pasties frozen for much longer, we have introduced our specially designed insulated freezer bag.”The range of 20 pasties available from the retailer includes the traditional steak pasty, as well as lamb and mint, pork and apple, salmon, and chicken balti.Vegetarian options are also available, for example cheese, tomato and basil and wholemeal vegetable pasties.The pasties will be supplied with full baking instructions and will be available from all of West Cornwall’s 71 outlets.www.westcornwallpasty.co.uklast_img read more


Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Releases Soundboard From December Boston Show [Listen]

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared the official soundboard for their exceptional show at the House of Blues Boston from earlier in the month! As one of the tightest bands currently playing the sounds of the Grateful Dead, unsurprisingly, their December 2nd show treated fans to a bunch of crowd pleasers, including a “Brown Eyed Women” that teased Quiet Riot’s “Come On Feel the Noize” and a 32-minute “Terrapin Suite.” The show also marked their first time playing “Uncle John’s Band Reprise” since 2014 at Gathering of the Vibes and their first time busting out “Not Fade Away Reprise,” which closed the show, since early 2015 in Boulder, CO.However, it may be non-Dead songs that end up being the most notable of the night. In anticipation of Joe Russo and Marco Benevento bringing back the Benevento Russo Duo for Jam Cruise in January, the show at the House of Blues also saw Almost Dead debut two Benevento Russo Duo originals including “My Pet Goat” and “9×9.”Enjoy the full show below, courtesy of the band and Eric McRoberts.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | House Of Blues | Boston, MA | 12/2/16Set 1 (9:16PM – 10:21PM):01. The Music Never Stopped @ (SM) ->02. China Cat Sunflower (TH) ->03. Touch of Grey (TH)04. Black Throated Wind # (SM) >05. Jack Straw (SM & TH)06. Ruben & Cherise $ (TH) ->07. I Know You Rider (All)Set 2 (10:53PM – ~1:00AM):01. Althea % (TH) ->02. Duo Jam ->03. Good Lovin (SM) ->04. Terrapin Station Jam ++ ->05. My Pet Goat Jam ^ ->06. Terrapin Suite & (TH) >07. Uncle Johns Band (All) ->08. 9×9 Jam * ->09. Uncle Johns Band Reprise + (All)10. He’s Gone (TH/All) ->11. Saint Of Circumstance @@ (SM)Encore:12. Ophelia (SM) >13. Not Fade Away ## (All) ->14. Brown Eyed Women %% ->15. Not Fade Away Reprise $$ (All)@ – With The Eleven Tease (SM), unfinished# – With a Jack Straw Jam (Band)$ – With China->Rider Transition Teases (TH) & a “Waltz #1” (Elliot Smith) Tease (MB)% – With an “All of My Love” (Led Zeppelin) Tease (MB) a++ – First time played since 2015-07-05 High Sierra, a gap of 49 shows.^ – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Benevento Russo Duo Original, not the complete song& – With Ruben & Cherise Teases (Band)* – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Benevento Russo Duo Original, not the complete song+ – First time played since 2014-08-01 Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT, a gap of 84 [email protected]@ – With Ruben & Cherise and Terrapin Station Teases (Band)## – With GDTRFB Teases (SM) and “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) Teases (Band)%% – With a “Come On Feel The Noize” (Quiet Riot) Tease (JR)$$ – First time played since 2015-02-16 Boulder, CO, a gap of 66 shows, With a “Hey Bulldog” Jam (Band)last_img read more


Words as well as drawings

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Read our full Commencement coverage.Héctor Tarrido-Picart will leave the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) with a dual degree, a master’s in both landscape architecture and urban design. He also finds joy in literature and is fascinated by rich urban landscapes.He arrived in the fall of 2012 with a bachelor’s in architecture from Cornell University and four years of experience at a Boston engineering firm. What followed were three grueling years of seminars, critiques, studios, competitions, and, for the budding writer, a busy round of deadlines for design and policy publications.“It’s time to start slowing down,” said Tarrido-Picart, half-joking. “I’m 30 now. I can’t keep going at this speed.” It’s time to calm down too. “There’s an impulse, unfortunately, in the world of architecture and design, to be critical,” he said, but he added his father’s advice from long ago: “There’s more wisdom to be gained by listening.”As a boy in San Juan, Tarrido-Picart watched his father make custom windows and doors for Puerto Rico’s design and architecture communities. He also watched his father help restore some of the oldest buildings in the Americas.“I was exposed to craft,” both historic and contemporary, Tarrido-Picart said. “Strong formative years, with good teachers,” he said, created a second thread of inspiration that drew him toward design and architecture: literature.Landscape-rich, street-centered, city-delving writers such as Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Alejo Carpentier, Laura Restrepo, Mayra Santos-Febres, and Julio Cortázar provided him with a sense of Latin America before he had seen much of it.“You cannot capture the richness of a city in a drawing or a pretty picture,” he said. “Only words can capture that.” When he finally visited Mexico City, as a junior in college, “it felt like the city I had read about.”His favorite cities are complex, historically layered, culturally diverse urban spaces like Mexico City, New Orleans, the “salsa New York” beyond Manhattan, and, most of all, his native San Juan, rich in hurricane-resilient lagoons and mangrove swamps, and in stories from its black and mulatto residents. Tarrido-Picart, like Puerto Rican writers Eduardo Lalo and José Luis González, celebrates the city’s literary and ecological richness.A new kind of richness was the goal of his multimedia thesis, “Remote Sensing in Mumbai.” In one slum, Tarrido-Picart used smartphone apps to get video, audio, and readouts from an electronic sensor, a seismometer, and a long-wave infrared camera. This “co-occurrence of different data points,” he said, mapped unseen patterns of land use and social activity around landscapes of mango, coconut palm, and banyan trees.“We are trained to visually understand a place,” said Tarrido-Picart of architects and landscape designers. But his methodology of tree-centered sensory mapping, now memorialized in a primer, documents urban landscapes in a novel way.Once president of GSD’s African-American Student Union, Tarrido-Picart has one main wish for his new professions: inclusion. With so few students of color in design and architecture, he said, “There’s an immense opportunity not being taken — the cultural richness that everybody brings to the table.”last_img read more


Ice in their veins

first_imgThere’s little in hockey that Harvard coach Ted Donato ’91 hasn’t done.His 2016 men’s squad is the defending Eastern College Athletic Conference champion (and current Ivy League co-champ) ahead of Friday’s semifinal match-up against St. Lawrence at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.As a Harvard player Donato lifted the NCAA championship trophy in 1989; he has been head coach since 2004. In between, he competed in the 1992 Olympics in France, and spent 13 seasons in the National Hockey League, nine with the Boston Bruins, collecting 150 goals and 197 assists across his career.But this year, one element has felt new to him: coaching his son, freshman forward — and future Bruin — Ryan Donato. “I’m still learning, to be quite honest,” the elder Donato said. “It’s still a work in progress.”Quick to the puck When Ted Donato was growing up, his father, Michael, coached baseball, basketball, and football at now-defunct Roslindale High School. Ted and his three brothers (two older, one younger) went to their dad’s games to root for the Rossie Tigers, and played hockey and baseball on their home turf — first Hyde Park, then Dedham. Donato attended high school at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury. A high-scoring left wing, he led the school to two state championships, catching the attention of the Bruins, who selected him in the fifth round of the 1987 draft.“I was more excited to get picked in the fifth round by Boston than I would have had I got picked in the third round by anybody else,” Donato recalled. “It was a different day and age,” with fewer NHL teams, fewer Americans playing for them, and fewer national broadcasts of games. Going pro had long been “a dream of mine,” Donato said, “but it wasn’t something that I shared a lot with others,” because it didn’t seem realistic. To get that chance with the Bruins was more than he could have hoped for. “It was really all about playing for the hometown team.”Donato plays against Colgate at Bright Hockey Center on February 20, 2016 in Boston. Photo by Elan Kawesch/Harvard UniversityBut first, Donato would play college hockey, and help Harvard capture a national title, the school’s first in any sport since 1904. He was the Frozen Four MVP that postseason, and went on to become team captain.“I have great memories of that time at Harvard, both on and off the ice,” said Donato. “I still remain close friends with all my roommates, and many classmates.” Those relationships, he added, “last longer than just the hockey memories.”The oldest of Donato’s four children, Ryan grew up going to his dad’s games on Causeway Street, and in “pretty much every building” in the NHL, he recalled. He got to meet Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara, among other Bruins stars, and he once sat on the bench during an All-Star skills competition.Moreover, Ryan got professional-level pointers from his father on drives home after his youth-league games in Scituate.“Whether positive or negative,” Ryan said, “I take whatever he has as advice, [and] it’s worked out so far.”As a junior at Brookline’s Dexter School, Ryan notched 37 goals and 41 assists in 30 games, helping lead his team to the finals of its conference tournament. Once again, the Bruins drafted a Donato, picking Ryan in the second round of the 2014 draft. He, too, would go to college first.Coach-dad, player-son At Harvard, Ted and Ryan Donato have had to navigate the coach-player relationship for the first time.“It has its perks, but to be honest, he does have a tendency to make an example of me first,” said Ryan. “But that comes with the territory, and I’ve had a good time so far.”“There’s probably some awkward moments that you really can’t prepare for,” his father said. “I’ve tried to come down on the side of, any gray areas, going the opposite way and being tougher on him, or holding him to higher standards. But it’s never an easy challenge, trying to separate being a coach and a father at the same time. So I think: Just try to be a coach at the rink, and then in the downtime try to connect with him more as his dad.”Donato talks with his father, Harvard hockey coach Ted Donato, a former Crimson player and later a Boston Bruin. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAsked if he inherited any of his father’s hockey traits, Ryan said he tries to emulate the “second effort, the grit and hard work” that marked Ted Donato’s career.To the same question, Ted answered, “There are probably some similarities in puck-handling, but I think his skills and his skill set are unique to him.”As far as genes go, Ted said with a laugh, “My wife [Jeannine] went to Villanova and was a soccer player there. She says he gets all his athleticism from her.”He added seriously that Jeannine — and sports wives and mothers in general — don’t get enough credit. Thinking back to when he was playing in the NHL while Ryan was playing youth hockey, Ted said that “sometimes when guys play pro sports, the lesser-known secret is that Mom ends up doing a lot of the driving” to and from practices and games, among other duties.With all this athletic ability and knowledge in his blood and upbringing, it’s natural to wonder: Might Ryan Donato go on to be a coach some day?“Right now, I try to not think about that,” Ryan answered. “But you’d always like to give back to the game, so potentially, one day.”“He’s been around it enough to know some of the positives and negatives that come with the coaching profession,” Ted said. “But I like to think that he’s going to choose his own path, whatever that might be.”last_img read more