May 12

Firms fail to promote family-friendly policies

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Up to half the workforce is unaware of the work-life balance policies theircompanies offer, suggests research. A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation at six large employers inSheffield and Canterbury shows that staff often do not know about the policiesopen to them. The research into local government, supermarket and retail banking, carriedout by Sheffield Hallam and City Universities, found a lack of staff awareness,training, guidance and consultation about work-life issues. Managers claim demanding service delivery targets mean it is difficult toagree to unpaid leave and other requests for flexibility. The research found that one in five employees cares for a dependent adultand one in three cares for children. Sue Yeandle, co-author of the study, said: “Employers should clearly bedoing more to raise awareness of their family-friendly policies among theworkforce. “The need for better training as identified by many managers, is in howto implement those policies fairly, another area that needs to beaddressed.” A separate Joseph Rowntree Foundation report finds the majority ofdual-income families have one or both parents working outside normal nine tofive hours. Comments are closed. Firms fail to promote family-friendly policiesOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

May 12

Massive $9.2M townhouse tops Brooklyn’s luxury contracts

first_img280 Washington Avenue (Douglas Elliman)The most expensive townhouse that went into contract last week is big, even by Brooklyn standards.Thirty-five homes in the borough asking over $2 million went into contract last week, according to Compass’ weekly report. Of those, 18 were condos and 17 were townhouses.The total of those asking prices was $108 million, up from $97.5 million the week before.A 10,000-square-foot townhouse at 280 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill topped the list. The four-story home last had an asking price of $9.2 million, or $920 per square foot.The seven-bedroom, five-bathroom house sits on a 200-foot full block lot and features stained glass windows, a home theater and a temperature controlled wine cellar. It was built in 1887 and has since been restored.ADVERTISEMENTRead morePark Slope townhouses top Brooklyn’s luxury contracts $14M house topped Brooklyn’s luxury listings last week Brooklyn’s luxury market cooled last week Tags Full Name* Message* A 6,900-square-foot townhouse at 104 Prospect Park West in Park Slope was the second highest contract signed last week. It was priced at $6.5 million, or $943 per square foot. The early 20th century home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.Across all deals, the average discount dropped slightly to 3 percent last week and the median asking price was about $2.7 million. The average price per square foot was $1,222.Contact Cordilia James Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Email Address* brooklynLuxury Real EstateNYC Luxury MarketResidential Real Estatetownhouse marketlast_img read more

May 7

Stunning sea view suits Swiss bidder

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Stunning sea view suits Swiss bidder previous nextAgencies & PeopleStunning sea view suits Swiss bidderThe Negotiator8th June 20180270 Views A property which had been in the same family ownership for over 50 years has sold at Network Auctions’ April sale for £225,000 to a bidder who flew over from Switzerland specifically to bid on the lot.The three-bedroom non-standard construction property in a plot of approx. 0.42 acres located in Teignmouth, Devon attracted considerable pre-auction interest due to its superb sea views towards Lyme Bay. Guided at £175,000-£200,000 it created a hot bidding war between locals, Londoners and the eventual successful Swiss buyer, achieving £50,000 above its lower estimate.This property has coastal views to die for, people pay bonkers prices – multi million pound prices for these views!”Richard Worrall at Network Auctions, said, “This is a magnificent opportunity. The photos don’t even do the view justice; it has coastal views to die for. Just a few minutes around the corner people pay bonkers prices – multimillion pound prices – for these views. This bidder has snapped up an unbelievable opportunity for a fraction of the price to create the most stunning home with the most stunning views.“Bidders were attracted to this lot from all over the country and this successful sale reinforces our belief that expert local marketing combine with auctions on the London stage in the best way to achieve top prices.”Network Auction auction coastal property Swiss bidder June 8, 2018The 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 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 2021last_img read more

May 4

US donates 3 RHIBS, patrol boat to Bulgarian Navy

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today US donates 3 RHIBS, patrol boat to Bulgarian Navy Authorities The United States have donated four new vessels to the Bulgarian Navy which will be used for the defense of the country’s coastline.The three rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBS) and one patrol boat were formally delivered to Bulgaria by the US embassy in Bulgaria in a ceremony on August 3.On the same occasion, US Ambassador Eric Rubin and Bulgarian Navy Commander RADM Mitko Pеtev celebrated the Bulgarian Navy sailors graduating from the Patrol Craft Officer Coastal Course.The course, taught by instructors from the US Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School in Mississippi, certified the sailors to operate the new boats.The boats, equipment, and training are worth approximately 2 million, according to ambassador Rubin who added that Bulgaria was the first country in the Black Sea region to receive these force protection boats from the United States.“Today’s increasingly complex challenges and threats in the maritime domain, from terrorism, piracy, weapons trafficking, to illegal migration all require a professional maritime force ready to respond and adapt to a multitude of scenarios. Today’s graduates will play an important role in enhancing Bulgaria’s readiness to address these challenges,” ambassador Rubin said. View post tag: Bulgarian Navy View post tag: RHIB August 7, 2018 US donates 3 RHIBS, patrol boat to Bulgarian Navy View post tag: USlast_img read more

April 21

Starbucks tops poll of UK coffee shops

first_imgThe UK’s branded coffee chain market continues to expand rapidly, exceeding 3,000 outlets for the first time in May 2007 and an estimated £1.3 billion in turnover, according to new research from Allegra Strategies.Its report, UK Coffee Craze Continues, forecasts the coffee shop market will nearly double over the next decade to reach up to 6,000 outlets and turnover in excess of £2.5bn within seven to 10 years.Results from more than 6,300 telephone and face-to-face interviews with UK consumers revealed that they were visiting branded coffee chains more frequently than ever before. More than 11 million adults visit coffee shops at least once a week and more than 20 million at least once a month, the report said.Starbucks, with 540 shops, is the UK’s favourite coffee chain, with 27% of UK coffee shop visitors rating it as their favourite brand, said the report. Whitbread-owned Costa Coffee at 15%, M&S Café Revive at 10% and Caffè Nero at 7% are the next most popular.Costa Coffee is the UK’s fastest-growing coffee chain, with 555 outlets in April 2007 and a 24.7% share of the market, the research suggested. “Convenience of location” remains the most important reason consumers select a specific coffee shop and average customer spend has increased more than 5% a year over the past three years.UK consumers were also seeking a wider array of food and drink, including Fairtrade, organics and healthy options, and are eating and drinking more on-the-move, the findings suggested.last_img read more

April 21

Euro-pain in the bum

first_imgYes, we know it’s childish. We know it should be beneath us. But we couldn’t help sniggering at some of the exhibitors’ names at French bakery show Europain this week. Such schoolboy tittering is unbecoming, but to puerile Brit journalists, this is what visiting overseas trade events is all about.There was definitely an ’artisanal’ theme to the exhibition – with the emphasis very much on the second syllable of that word – with the likes of Pain “Paillasse” (what the quotation marks signify, we can only guess). Then there was Vulganus Spirals – we don’t even want to know what they make. But best of the rear-themed bunch was the exquisitely named Ars Pan.Others that tickled us included Lego Foods, which doesn’t make products from toy plastic bricks. Sinmag, which sounds like something you’d find on the top shelf of your newsagent. And Brabender, which we can only imagine is some kind of crossover between bakery equipment and womens’ underwear.last_img read more

April 21

Bio company scoops innovation award

first_imgCleveland Biotech has been named winner of the Field Service Innovation of the Year award at the 2008 Cooling Industry Awards. The accolade was given for the company’s Amnite L600 FridgeFree product, which is a biological solution for clearing gel build-up in the drains of commercial refrigeration units.“The awards recognise the achievements of companies pushing the boundaries of environmentally focused refrigeration and air conditioning,” commented Cleveland Biotech’s managing director Ben Hoskyns.Judges called the offending gel “one of the nastiest substances that you will come across in the refrigeration sector” and said Cleveland’s FridgeFree a solution that “frees up the engineer to fix refrigeration systems, not clear drains”. The solution works by disrupting the formulation of the gel-like substance.Cleveland Biotech provide natural solutions to the growing problems of pollution including those arising from the discharge of effluents and wastes into the environment.last_img read more

April 20

Walmart, Sam’s Club locations to administer COVID-19 vaccines

first_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ (Photo supplied/Berrien County Health Department) Hoosiers can soon schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations throughout the state.Beginning February 12, eligible customers can schedule their shot via the Walmart and Sam’s Club websites. Vaccines will be available to those who meet the current phase of vaccine eligibility in Indiana.More than 1,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in 22 states are receiving federal vaccine allocations this week, through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.Vaccine supply and eligibility will vary based on state and local guidelines, and you do not have to be a member of Sam’s Club to sign-up for an appointment.For a list of Walmart stores in each state administering the vaccine, click here. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Walmart, Sam’s Club locations to administer COVID-19 vaccines By Brooklyne Beatty – February 10, 2021 0 251 TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19IndianapandemicSam’s Clubvaccinationsvaccineswalmart Previous articleElkhart philanthropy group donates $10K to e-learning organizationNext articleOfficial: Big Ten men’s basketball tournament will move to Indianapolis Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

December 20

Drug Traffickers Pollute and Deforest Peruvian Coca-Producing Valley

first_imgBy Dialogo August 25, 2010 Polluted rivers and increasing deforestation are the consequences of drug trafficking in the chief coca-producing valley of the southeastern Peruvian jungle, placed under military control due to the presence of remnants of the Shining Path guerrilla group. The panorama is cause for concern, since every year from 7,400 to 8,000 hectares are degraded by drug traffickers in the Valley of the Ene and Apurímac Rivers (VRAE), out of 34,072 km2 in the swathe of jungle that runs through four departments in the center and south of the country, the authorities affirmed. “Animal and plant species of great economic value are being lost,” said Fernán Valer, secretary of a government program aimed at encouraging alternative crops in the VRAE, in place of coca leaf, the raw material for the production of cocaine, speaking to the foreign press, which visited this region of the country by government invitation. The problem is accentuated by the fact that chemical substances, such as sulphuric acid and ammonia, among others used to produce the drug, are disposed of in the water sources and rivers of the region, the official specified in Pichari, a district of the VRAE in the department of Ayacucho. This pollution, Valer indicated, has caused increased illnesses among the people of this broad valley, such as anemia, hepatitis, typhoid fever, and others that especially affect the children of the Asháninka, an Amazonian ethnic group, who live in the region. Coca fields in the VRAE have jumped from 14,300 hectares in 2003 to 17,486 hectares last year, an increase of 455 hectares of coca cultivation per year, Valer noted, on the basis of data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Most recently, the traffickers have turned to the “use of agricultural chemicals and phytohormones” that modify the coca plants, in order to make them more resistant to pests and diseases and also in order to obtain up to four crops a year, Valer indicated. Peru is estimated to produce 304 tons of cocaine a year, putting it in second place behind Colombia. “Seventy-six percent of this drug comes from the VRAE, where it has generated an underground economy with a volume of 880 million dollars a year,” Valer emphasized. The VRAE is the home of 330,000 people engaged in agricultural activity, but “the sad part is that quite a large percentage of this population focuses its activities around planting coca,” the government official admitted. “We are all conscious of the fact that the blemish of drug trafficking has to be eradicated by the reason of force or by the force of reason,” Valer maintained. “The armed forces make it possible to give confidence to the population and tighten the screws on the drug traffickers, who maintain an alliance with Shining Path in order to sow chaos,” he added. Narco-terrorist is the word coined by the government to define the alliance between drug traffickers and the groups considered remnants of the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path, who use the jungle of the VRAE as one of their refuges.last_img read more

December 18

The first thing you should do with your paycheck after getting a raise

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The average worker can expect about a 3 percent pay raise in 2015, according to a 2014/2015 compensation planning survey released by consultancy Mercer. While that’s good news for many employees, getting a raise is only half the battle. The other half? Knowing what to do with it.The worst thing you can do is increase your level of existing debt by financing something new, like a car or boat, or even a house, before you’re ready. “Increasing the money you spend on lifestyle choices, like going out to dinner more or taking another vacation, don’t usually benefit us in the long term or give us more financial peace,” said Andrew McFadden, certified financial planner and founder of Panoramic Financial Advice.But I Want to Use My Salary Raise to Have Some Fun!There’s nothing wrong with spending some of your raise. McFadden suggests a 50-50 split. “Balance the reward with delaying gratification by paying down debt,” he said. “Use 50 percent toward discretionary spending so you get to realize some of that raise upfront, but then use the other half to reach your financial goal.” continue reading »last_img read more