Where was the City on MLK day?

first_img 5 COMMENTS Mama Mia February 5, 2017 at 9:29 am UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply Greg, very will done article. To the commissioner, thank you for your attendance, but as you probably could easily see. The community appreciated your presence, but communities such as this need tangibles, such as being equitably represented in the city budget when you vote on resources for the entire city. While words are always appreciated, actions is what matters. Mullinax Ford has been VERY good to the city and Mullinax has demonstrated this through their generosity, of which the city need not show generosity, but their obligation as elected officials to be accountable to the people that elect them. Unfortunately, and in large part, the south side has to rise beyond its apathy as its participation in elections is the very reason they are treated as a second class City of Apopka citizen. There is hope however, there are commissioners that are independent thinkers and will challenge the City of Northside/Business Interest Apopka Mayor Joe, this give hope to all. By the way, Commissioner Velazquez, thank for your stick-to-it-ness on participation in the parade, just an fyi, MLK takes place on the same date every year, plan now to eliminate excuses in 2018.:-) Reply Commissioner Diane Velazquez You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia David Lowery Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! January 24, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. OpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq.Greg JacksonSitting on my couch in the comforts of my home, listening to the wind blow and watching the lightning flash as my family and I waited for the tornado watch to end, I was able to reflect on a few of the events from this past week. Locally, like most folks in Central Florida, I breathed a sigh of relief when the murderer, Markeith Loyd, was captured. I was equally astonished by the fact that not a single person claimed even a penny of the $125,000.00 Crime Line reward because no reliable “tips” came from the community. Politically, I watched with some interest the inauguration of our country’s 45th president, Donald Trump. I was intrigued by the unprecedented marches that were staged not only in the United States but across the globe to protest the election of President Trump. In sports, I saw my Dallas Cowboys fall out of Super Bowl contention and followed the back-and-forth banter of the former pound-for-pound boxing world champion, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, and UFC superstar, Conor McGregor, through UFC President, Dana White, as they posted about fighting for a combined $50 million-plus payday. I was amazed that they discussed this gargantuan amount of money for a pugilistic endeavor that will never happen as casually as some of us will ask a friend for a stick of gum.But, of all the week’s events, what stood out to me most, interestingly enough, is the City of Apopka’s snub of the 8th Annual Martin Luther King Day Parade. Not knowing the full situation, what I do know is that in years past the City of Apopka has contributed to and participated in the MLK Parade, which travels through the City of Apopka’s incorporated and unincorporated sections. Additionally, in previous years each member of the Commission has been provided a vehicle by the City to ride in the parade. Serving on the MLK Parade Committee for the fourth consecutive year, when I was handed the Parade Participant Rooster I was very surprised to see that the City of Apopka was not included. Thankfully, all but one commissioner was able to secure a vehicle to participate in the parade and the Vice Mayor took up the slack to offset any further embarrassment, but the question still remains as to what happened with the City’s official and much-needed support.While I fully understand budgetary considerations and the need to follow proper protocol in requesting municipal funds for community events, with an occasion as significant as the MLK Parade, which commemorates the life of one of the truly great leaders of the past 100 years, this was not the time to stand on “pomp and circumstance”. But rather, this was an opportunity to promote the idea and importance of “One Apopka” or “Apopka Beginnings and Endings with ‘A’”, by showing all that the City stands together with and recognizes all residents of Apopka, incorporated and unincorporated alike. I also suspect that there is a perfectly good explanation and a backstory as to the absence of the City of Apopka, but in a time when Apopka’s residents are fighting against a dual existence — North and South, old ideas and new ideas, Black/ Hispanic and White, etc. — I would rather see more of an effort to work together. Could you imagine an Apopka Christmas Parade without the City’s official presence or support? Well, I could not and I still cannot, but unfortunately, I witnessed such an absence at the MLK Parade and I can tell you I hope to never experience that disappointment again. So, no matter the politics, personal feelings or finances, I hope that all parties involved will come together and find a way to make every event in Apopka a great one, whether it be a parade, festival or Chili-CookOff (hint, hint). At this fragile time, Apopka cannot be bogged down with petty differences, every resident deserves to feel the support and “love” of those elected to represent and speak for them – in my humble opinion. Greg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat.center_img TAGS8th Annual MLK ParadeGreg JacksonMartin Luther King Previous articleAPD Captain Fernandez: “Red light cameras are about public safety”Next articlePrescribed burns benefit nature Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply In response to this article: I feel it should be noted the City Commissioners were well represented. As was our police department & fire department. I attended & proudly participated in the MLK parade. (This is 4th Year participating) with my husband, Ed driving his truck, I stood proudly on the bed of the truck. On the parade route, it was great to see one of our Commissioners sitting along the route with his wife & 3 girls. They were cheering for everyone participating in the parade. As for the cars, which are generously provided by Mullinax Ford, at no cost, to the participants in the parade. In fairness, arrangements were not made to have the cars for all the Commissioners. For my part, it did not deter my participation in the parade. After the parade, as it the tradition to continue the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, a community program is held at the John Bridges Center. I also attended this event in its entirety. I enjoy seeing our young community leaders celebrate this important day. This year, I was honored to see one of my favorite young community leader Joshua, hosting the event. To my friend, Greg Jackson, the City was well represented. On behalf of the City to Mullinax Ford, we thank them for providing cars, at no cost, to those community leaders who did use the cars in the parade. January 24, 2017 at 10:26 am January 25, 2017 at 11:51 am Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Greg, it sure looked like to me, the COA participated in the MLK parade. I don’t see the snub from the COA that you are speaking about. One only has to view the videos on the social media websites of the MLK parade to see that the COA was represented well by the Apopka Vice Mayor and the City of Apopka Commissioners present, and all the COA fire trucks with the sirens blaring, the COA employees present, the COA Chief of Police, the COA other police members present, etc. Now, as far as city cars being provided for the city council members to ride in the parade, as in the past, according to you, I don’t know anything about that, or if money was contributed by the city, as in the past, according to you, as I am not privy to that information, however it seems to me, in my opinion, for you to say that the city snubbed or didn’t participate in the MLK parade seems inaccurate to me. I try to keep an open mind when I read your opinions in your articles, but this article you wrote, seems unfair in my opinion. February 5, 2017 at 11:48 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Thank you Commissioner Velazquez for your response. Sue Kid, I’m sorry, I mean Mama Mia great script. Keep up the good work. The campaign will be here before you know it and you will be really writing scripts for Kilsheimer. Your black ops operation is going well… Lorita Sims Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

Fundraising Marketing in One

first_img  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraising Marketing in One AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Young Women’s Trust launches grants service to support women into work

first_img Young Women’s Trust has announced a new grants service to help young women find work.The service opened for applications on 6th June, and is aimed at women aged 18 to 30 on no or low pay. Through it, they will be able to apply for the tools, training, transport or technology they need to get a job or take their next step at work. Grants of up to £500 will be awarded on the basis of need. Successful applicants will receive the item they bid for, as opposed to the money.The service, designed by young women alongside charity staff, comes after Young Women’s Trust found that there were no readily available grants services that focus on young women, despite this group facing significant financial barriers to finding work.Grants given during the test phase included a camera and place on a photography course, a travel card to get to work, and an outfit for a job interview. Young women have also received funds to help them progress their own businesses.The grants service complements the charity’s existing Work It Out services for young women, which include employment coaching and job application feedback. Applicants have until Monday 17th July to get their bids in, through a simple application form on the Trust’s website.Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:“Young women want to work but they often face huge financial barriers. Transport and other basic costs can be prohibitive and prevent women even going for interviews. Setting up a business or attending a training course can be impossible without substantial savings. Sometimes young women don’t have a computer to apply for a job or an outfit for a job interview.“Young Women’s Trust’s new grants service will help young women to overcome those barriers and take the next step towards work. We have worked closely with young women to design and deliver the service, to ensure it meets their needs.” Melanie May | 8 June 2017 | News  120 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Young Women’s Trust launches grants service to support women into work Tagged with: grants trusts and foundationscenter_img  119 total views,  1 views today Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10last_img read more

Okinawans resist U.S. military bases

first_imgResistance is alive and well in Okinawa. Some 65,000 people rallied on June 19 in Naha, the island’s capital city, to protest the U.S. military presence on their island. Signs called for the withdrawal of Marines in the largest protest in 21 years against U.S. bases.This demonstration was sparked by the rape and murder of an Okinawan woman by a former U.S. Marine working at Kadena Air Base, a horrific but not uncommon occurrence. The Asia-Pacific Journal of July 1 said 120 rapes by U.S. military personnel had been reported in Okinawa since 1972. Notably, in 1995, 85,000 people protested the kidnapping and rape of a 12-year-old girl by three U.S. soldiers on the island and demanded closure of the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station.Instead, the U.S. and Japan agreed to move the Futenma base from Ginowan, a populous city, to a more remote site. But in 2010, 100,000 island residents strongly protested construction of a new base. Some 76 percent of the island’s residents dispute the relocation of Futenma base to the seaside village of Henoko, where the people are also vehemently against it.In February, tens of thousands of people circled the Parliament in Tokyo, while simultaneous protests were held in several other cities, all against the construction of a base in Henoko.The June 19 demonstration demanded that the base be moved off Okinawa altogether. This was echoed by Takeshi Onaga, Okinawa’s governor, who had rescinded permission for Futenma’s relocation. But the June 28 Japan Times reported that Onaga will not sue the central government over this issue. Moving the base has now been postponed until 2025 due to mass opposition.Serious crimes by U.S. troops and employees have ignited massive protests against U.S. bases on the island, putting a spotlight on the ever-present anger at and opposition to the U.S. military presence by the majority of Okinawans. This struggle is always ready to erupt. Five years after the 1995 mass actions, a historic 11-mile human chain encircled Kadena Air Base when then-President Bill Clinton visited Okinawa in July 2000.Two months of protests took place in 2010 demanding Futenma’s closure. On April 25 of that year, 100,000 Okinawans demanded all U.S. bases off the island. Two years later, on Sept. 9, once again 100,000 island residents rallied — this time against the U.S. installation of Osprey helicopters at Futenma, but they also sought the base’s permanent closure.‘A virtual military colony’“For many Okinawans, every crime is an affront that symbolizes resentment over the disproportionately large U.S. military presence in Okinawa,” admitted Stars and Stripes, a newspaper serving the U.S. military, on May 24. Residents call their country “a virtual military colony.”Okinawa makes up 1 percent of the landmass of Japan, yet it houses 74 percent of U.S. military facilities in that country. More than half the 47,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan are on the island. Washington gets worried when the movement against U.S. bases becomes activated, especially as the U.S. is accelerating its military presence in the region and seeks full collaboration with Tokyo.U.S. imperialism has increased its naval presence in the Western Pacific in its drive for regional domination. Washington has established closer ties with the Japanese government, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and asserts that its military presence on Okinawa is necessary to protect U.S. interests. Pentagon forces can be deployed from Okinawa to anywhere in the Pacific in under six hours. So Washington is intransigent about maintaining its bases there.At the same time, Abe, who represents the right-wing, militaristic arm of Japan’s capitalist establishment, has proposed legislation overturning the Japanese Constitution’s post-WWII peace clause. He is seeking to eliminate obstacles to further militarizing the country.U.S. war games aimed at ChinaWashington promotes these moves, the May 27 New York Times explained, “to deepen American diplomatic and military investment in the region, but needs the help of allies.” The countries’ joint strategy is aimed at subverting and confronting China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.On June 18, two U.S. aircraft carriers, 140 aircraft, six smaller warships and 12,000 sailors conducted war games in the Western Pacific, in a threat to China.  They were ostensibly conducted because of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, which is 7,000 miles from the U.S. mainland. Pentagon pressure on China has increased with that country’s economic development, which has raised hundreds of millions of Chinese people out of poverty.Abe’s militarism does not go unchallenged elsewhere in Japan. A growing anti-war movement there, including a new generation of youth, has mobilized strong demonstrations against his policies.But the biggest protests continue to be on Okinawa. Some 2,000 people demonstrated at Camp Foster on May 22, where Suzuyo Takzato, of Okinawa Women Act against Military Violence, said, “We seek the withdrawal of all bases and forces to ensure that people in Okinawa can live in peace.” (Japan Times, May 22)Thousands rallied outside Kadena Air Base on May 25, two days before President Barack Obama was scheduled to visit Hiroshima.  Protesters again called for the removal of all U.S. bases on Okinawa and decried a new base in Henoko. Because of mass pressure, Abe had to tell the U.S. to “take measures to prevent something like this from happening again.” He warned of rising anti-U.S. sentiment due to U.S. soldiers’ crimes, but omitted mention of the massive opposition to the Pentagon’s presence in Okinawa, careful to avoid jolting the U.S.-Japan alliance.Okinawa was the site of a horrific three-month battle during World War II, in which 100,000 islanders, 80,000 imperial Japanese soldiers and 12,000 U.S. troops died. When Okinawans commemorated that battle this June 23, they condemned construction of a new U.S. base on their land. They also called for drastic changes to the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, which gives the U.S. jurisdiction over cases involving crimes committed by its military personnel.U.S. bases opposed for 60 yearsJapan agreed to the U.S. occupation of Okinawa after World War II. In the mid-1950s, Washington saw the island as a strategic military outpost and starting building bases there, aimed at People’s China and the Soviet Union. The U.S. dispossessed thousands of Okinawan landowners to build 39 bases on 20 percent of the island’s land, but not without massive opposition.In 1972, the U.S. loosened its grip somewhat and turned the island over to Japanese government administration. However, to date, no land has been returned to its original owners and the U.S. military still has control over one-fifth of Okinawa, despite popular opposition.Okinawa is the largest island in the Ryukyu chain, 400 miles southwest of Japan, with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the East China Sea to the west. Japan’s Meiji government forcibly annexed the islands in 1879, quashing a strong people’s resistance.The Uchinanchu, as the Okinawans call themselves, have never ceded their sovereignty to Japan. Many of the island’s residents assert their right to self-determination as they demand the removal of all U.S. bases.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dalai Lama’s 70th birthday – Passing years bring no let-up in harsh curbs on press freedom

first_img News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information China’s continuing crackdown on press freedom and the right to information in Tibet concentrates above all on those who try to publish, distribute or read the exiled Dalai Lama’s writings, Reporters Without Borders said today on the eve of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s 70th birthday on 6 July.The Chinese authorities are relentless in their efforts to eliminate any sense of identity in the Tibetan population, closely monitoring and often punishing monasteries viewed as cultural centres supporting Tibetan autonomy and the leadership of the Dalai Lama, who lives in neighbouring India.Harsh repressive measures deprive millions of Tibetans of the right to be informed and to express themselves, Reporters Without Borders said.Tashi Gyaltsen, Lobsang Dhargay, Thoe Samden, Tsultrim Phelgay and Jampel Gyatso of Drakar Trezong monastery were arrested on 16 January and are now in a labour camp in Qinghai, near Xining, in northwestern China, serving sentences of two to three years of reeducation through work for publishing a newspaper containing poems and articles of a political nature.According to the Indian-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the Chinese authorities ban all publications, printed material, photocopies and distribution of audiovisual material that comes from abroad and advocates Tibetan independence. The official media regularly carry reminders of the ban. The Chinese propaganda department and the public security ministry have the job of enforcing these measures.Reporters Without Borders condemns the Chinese government’s use of national security laws to restrict the dissemination of news and information in Tibet. Articles 103 and 105 of the Chinese criminal code impose harsh penalties on those who incite “the breakdown of national unity” and the “subversion of state authority.”Nyima Tsering, for example, a former monk who taught Tibetan and Buddhism at Gyantse, was arrested in 2002 for distributing pro-independence documents. He was sentenced in June 2003 to five years in prison for threatening state security and is currently serving his sentence in Drapchi prison in Lhassa.Phuntsok Tsering, a 24-year-old monk from the Lhatse region, was arrested on 21 December 2001 for having a teaching book of the Dalai Lama in his possession. He is still detained.In October 2004, the authorities decreed that “Tibetan Journal,” a book by Chinese-language poet Woeser with favourable references to the Dalai Lama, contained “political errors.” The book was censored and Woeser was harassed by the authorities. She lost her job, home, health and retirement benefits. At the same time, she is unable to leave China because she has been denied a passport.It is an uphill struggle for Tibetans to get access to non-governmental information. All the news media are controlled by the Chinese Communist Party or state bodies. There are only a few underground publications produced by Tibetans, above all monks.Chinese and Tibetan journalists are forced to comply with state directives. Every year, the government gives them a lists of subjects to be covered as a priority. The authorities reiterated last year that reports and articles about the activities of international organisations in Tibet and demonstrations against the government were strictly banned. As regards religion, only articles about officially-approved religious expressions are permitted.The ubiquitous presence of party members in key management posts in the Tibetan media prevents any possibility of editorial freedom. Articles are subject to lengthy vetting procedures before they are published.The systematic use of the Chinese language in the media poses another major obstacle to Tibetan access to information. Qinghai TV has a very limited slot, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for Tibetan-language programmes. A 15-minute daily news bulletin in Tibetan is broadcast at 5 p.m. while the Chinese-language news programme goes out at 7 p.m., a peak viewing time.The production of original Tibetan-language programmes is virtually non-existent. Between 80 and 90 per cent of the programmes broadcast in Tibetan on Quinghai TV are dubbed versions of Chinese-language programmes.The US-based Radio Free Asia and Voice of America and the Indian-based Voice of Tibet are the main radio stations broadcasting Tibetan-language programming to Tibet, but they are systematically jammed.Thanks to the acquisition of ALLISS antennae made by the French company Thalès, the Chinese authorities have improved their jamming capabilities. Installed above all in the far northwestern city of Kashi, they are used to jam international radio signals.Radio Free Asia broadcasts on 10 different frequencies in an attempt to get round the censorship, but they are all systematically jammed by diffuse noise or music. The authorities recently installed new jamming towers in Pemba (in the Chamdo region) and since then residents have been unable to get Voice of America.The authorities have distributed new radio sets to the population in the Kardze region on the grounds that they are of better quality than the old ones. But they are preset and blocked on to a fixed bandwidth and cannot be tuned into international stations. April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figurescenter_img Organisation Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes July 5, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dalai Lama’s 70th birthday – Passing years bring no let-up in harsh curbs on press freedom ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Hazards mount for freedom of information in Morocco

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the increasing violations of freedom of news and information in Morocco. Some journalists, such as Ali Lmrabet, are targets of sustained harassment for criticizing certain political leaders or for tackling subjects that directly or indirectly affect King Mohammed. “Moroccan journalists must be allowed to work freely,” the press freedom organization said. “Abuses committed by some elements of the security and intelligence services are a cause for concern. We call on the Moroccan government and local authorities in Tetouan to do all in their power to protect Ali Lmrabet and put an end to the campaign of harassment that the journalist is suffering for simply exercising freedom of expression.” News Related documents CP Arabic MoroccoPDF – 39.27 KB Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Receive email alertscenter_img October 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hazards mount for freedom of information in Morocco News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Lmrabet, who runs the news website DemainOnline.com, says he has been the target of new threats and intimidation since he published an article on 31 July that referred to the presence at the London Olympics of General Hosni Benslimane, who is wanted for questioning by a French judge investigating the case of Mehdi Ben Barka. Ben Barka was a Moroccan dissident who disappeared from the streets of Paris more than 40 years ago. The journalist said he had been assaulted on several occasions. On 12 August, for example, he was beaten for no good reason by three unidentified men who stole his identity card and some money. According to the journalist, the attackers were plainclothes policemen.A day earlier, a man tried to enter his house about 1 a.m. Lmrabet made complaints in both cases, but no action was taken by the Tetouan police. On 17 September, several people climbed on to the terrace of his house to film him and his family. “Early in the morning, to my great surprise, an armada of officials including several plainclothes police officers and two intelligence agents led by the local administrator, violated our privacy by climbing on to my terrace to film me and family,” he reported.Lmrabet was set upon by one of the intruders, who snatched his camera, and threatened and insulted him.In another case, proceedings were launched against the news portal Yabiladi.com for defamation by the head of the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad over an article about his travel expenses that was published on the site.The first hearing in the trial was due to be held today at a court in the Casablanca district of Ain Sebaa. The official is demanding damages of 500,000 dirhams (about 45,000 euros), a large sum in Moroccan terms. Reporters Without Borders also notes that on 4 October the Moroccan government arbitrarily decided to strip the Agence France-Presse reporter Omar Brouksy of his press accreditation for allegedly writing “an unprofessional dispatch about the partial legislative election in Tangiers”. These cases are part of the difficult climate faced by journalists in Morocco, which is ranked 138th of 179 countries in the 2011/2012 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters without Borders. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Short change

first_img Comments are closed. Short changeOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The draft directive on temporary workers has created a furore among industryleaders and politicians. But what do those at the sharp end of staff planningthink it will mean for business? Compiled by Nic PatonKeith FaulknerDirector, ManpowerA large number of temporary jobs may carry the same job title as peopleworking permanently in another part of the business. But often the structure is modified compared with those jobs, so a keyquestion will be: is there going to be a general comparison against the samenamed job or will it have to be more specific? At the moment, a lot of shorter temporary assignments arise from decisionsmade at a relatively junior level, so there will have to be an assessment ofmanagers’ ability at that level. It is quite likely that a few employers will put in quite draconian methodsto make sure employees are never used for more than four or six weeks, so thatthey will lose the benefit of continuity and there will be a great successionof waves of temporary staff coming in every four weeks. If you get a piece of legislation like this, that many organisations feelmakes no sense, then employers are more likely to try to get around it. It mayrequire a whole raft of bureaucracy. It is very difficult to understand why it is that Europe still does notaccept that temporary work is a legitimate and different form of employment inits own right. The EU assumes that the only model of employment is the long-term perm-anentemployee. The permanent job, fixed-term employment that this legislation isimposing is not to the benefit of many agency or indeed to temporary workersthemselves. User companies will incur extra costs because they will have to put newsystems in place. It will also put a great deal of emphasis on the agencies, which will eitherhave to increase their charges or narrow their margins, so reducing the moneythey have to invest in temporary staff. It will drive the users and theindustry in completely different directions and reduce competitiveness. We are not arguing that there should not be similar protection, but underthis new model, you could have a situation where you have 20 different terms ofemployment dictated by 20 different users. It should also be remembered that at this stage the directive is still adraft, people are too often presenting it as a fait accompli. Martin CouchmanDeputy chief executive, British Hospitality AssociationAgency workers in the hospitalityindustry tend to be used for one-off events, such as running a banquet in onehotel one night before moving on to another location for the next.If the directive stays as it is and only applies to workers whoare employed for six weeks or more, then I do not think it will have a majoreffect. I suspect the real problem will be less in changes to terms andconditions and more in whether it adds bureaucracy and costs. How, forinstance, do you make sure agency staff working for just one night know of anypermanent vacancies?Bob EdwardsPersonnel manager, Bristol Water Most of the people we have on agencyterms are with us for less than six weeks. Those that are with us longer will be on the same pay rates andwill often end up being employed by us anyway. My concern with the legislation is not the principle, but thatit may be made so difficult that you have to jump through hoops to comply. Often more effort goes into proving you are complying than inthe complying itself.If we can make comparisons on overall terms and conditions that’sfine, but not if we have to go through each one bit by bit.Mike YoungUK HR director, AvayaIf you are looking at the low pay endof the market, it is understandable why you might want to offer people more protectionfrom unscrupulous traders, but for the IT end of the market it is different. The hourly rate for these guys will almost certainly be higherthan that of the in-house person. If we had to bring in additional benefits youmight see those rates being cut, which in turn might reduce the availability ofpeople in that kind of work. In my experience, contractors prefer theflexibility of their work, while employers like having a resource they can turnon and off. Anything restrictive which adds costs will reduce flexibility onboth sides.Diane SinclairLead adviser on public policy, CIPDThe biggest risk is that it willrestrict choice about how people want to participate within the labour market. Some believe there will be more agency workers because agencywork will be more attractive, but we don’t know whether the increase will bemet by increased demand. Currently, agency work is often used as a quick response to aneed. But if the user organisation has to become involved in more bureaucracyin identifying the right terms and conditions of each agency worker, there is arisk it might use fewer agency staff. A lot will depend on the fine text. last_img read more

Air Products invest $2bn in coal-to-methanol production facility in Indonesia

first_imgThe facility is expected to produce nearly two million tonnes per year of methanol from nearly six million tonnes per year of coal The facility will feature Air Products proprietary Syngas Solutions dry-feed gasifier. (Credit: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures) US-based industrial gases company Air Products has announced an investment of $2bn to build a coal-to-methanol production facility in Bengalon, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.For the project, the company has signed long-term on-site contract with two Indonesian companies.Bakrie Capital Indonesia, part of the Bakrie Group, and Ithaca Resources, part of the AP Investment, have agreed to supply the coal feedstock for the project under the long-term on-site contract.The plant is designed to convert coal to syngas for methanol production from coal.Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC), one of the two coal mining facilities of Bakrie Group, and Kaltim Nusantara Coal, the coal mining license held by AP Investment, will supply coal to the plant.The two companies have also committed to offtake the methanol production for sale within Indonesia.Air Products chairman, president and chief executive officer said: “As Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Indonesia is committed to reduce its energy imports and efficiently convert abundant coal resources into high-value products.“We are proud to have been awarded another world-scale gasification project, where we will deploy our capital, technology and operational expertise to help Indonesia meet these important goals. This is another example of our long-term strategy to deploy capital into high-return strategic industrial gas projects.”The methanol facility to come online in 2024To produce methanol for Bakrie and Ithaca, Air Products will invest to build, own and operate the air separation, gasification, syngas clean-up, utilities and methanol production assets.The facility will feature Air Products proprietary Syngas Solutions dry-feed gasifier.Expected to come online in 2024, the facility will be able to produce nearly two million tons per year of methanol from nearly six million tons per year of coal.In April, Air Products completed the acquisition of five operating stream methane reformer (SMR) hydrogen production plants from PBF Energy for $530m.last_img read more

Letting agency fined £50,000 over safety failures at two HMOs

first_imgA letting agency which is also an HMO landlord has been fined £50,000 after admitting 18 offences relating in particular to fire safety.Lettings of London Ltd, which his based in a business park in South Barnet, North London, has been fined £42,596 and told to pay costs of £10,626 plus a victim surcharge of £170 over two HMOs it operated in Hatfield, Hertfordshire that council officers inspected last year following complaints.The properties on Goldings Crescent were found to lack working fire alarms or fire blankets, broken self-closing fire doors and emergency lighting and several dangerous features including loose stonework and rusted metal handrails.Letting agencyThe huge fine, which is the second of its kind to be charged by the council this year against an HMO landlord, was levied despite Lettings of London claiming at Stevenage Magistrates Court that the properties were in an overall good state of repair and regularly inspected.“These were serious breaches of the law and could have led to severe injury or worse,” said Simone Russell, corporate director at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (left).“Everyone should feel confident when renting a in Welwyn Hatfield and it’s important that we send a clear message to the small number of landlords who compromise the safety of their tenants – we will always act to protect our residents.”The council runs PAL, a voluntary accreditation scheme for lettings agents and landlords established in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, through which tenants can find properties available to rent from accredited providers.HMO House in Multiple Occupation Lettings of London Ltd HMO landlord fine April 23, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Letting agency fined £50,000 over safety failures at two HMOs previous nextRegulation & LawLetting agency fined £50,000 over safety failures at two HMOsCompany based in North London which operated two properties in Hertfordshire admits 18 offences.Nigel Lewis23rd April 201902,794 Viewslast_img read more

UK: Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Largs Bay Receives Firmin Sword of Peace Award

first_img View post tag: Royal View post tag: Navy View post tag: Largs December 15, 2011 View post tag: Sword View post tag: Auxiliary View post tag: award Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Largs Bay Receives Firmin Sword of Peace Award View post tag: Bay Share this article View post tag: Firmincenter_img View post tag: Naval Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Largs Bay has won the Firmin Sword of Peace for her role in the Haiti disaster relief effort last year.RFA Largs Bay supplied hundreds of tonnes of rations and equipment to Haiti after a terrible earthquake struck the Caribbean island last year.The ship, which has since been purchased by Australia, won the Firmin Sword of Peace for making the most valuable contribution to humanitarian causes.Largs Bay was sent by the British Government after more than 230,000 people were killed in the Caribbean territory of Haiti in January 2010.At a recent ceremony in Portland, the Royal Navy’s Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, said:“There is no doubt in my mind at all that the teamwork and sheer determination displayed by the ship’s company of RFA Largs Bay saved many lives and your help continues to make a difference to the people of Haiti.”When the hurricane struck, the ship was on an operational exercise in the Arctic Circle. She was rapidly reconfigured to provide humanitarian disaster relief and sailed from Southampton.When she arrived at the capital, Port-au-Prince, Largs Bay combined the ship’s ability to position close to shore with the skills of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment to enable landing craft from the ship to cross the final stretch of water to the beach.Working with American personnel Largs Bay delivered 430 tonnes of supplies and 165 tonnes of rations, which equated to 389,000 meals. Meanwhile engineers worked ashore to repair generators and to rewire key administrative and public service buildings.In the midst of this the ship’s company also managed to raise £10,500 for the Disasters Emergency Committee by running the distance from the UK to Haiti on the ship’s running machines.Captain Ian Johnson, Commanding Officer of RFA Largs Bay, said:“When I consider the previous recipients of this award and their fantastic achievements I feel extremely honoured to accept it on behalf of all who served on RFA Largs Bay during the Haiti relief effort in 2010.”The award is made for valuable contribution to humanitarian causes by developing and strengthening good relations with the inhabitants of any community whether in the UK or overseas.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 15, 2011; Image: mod View post tag: News by topic UK: Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Largs Bay Receives Firmin Sword of Peace Award View post tag: receives Authorities View post tag: ship View post tag: fleet View post tag: Peacelast_img read more