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Staff consultation could backfire warns CIPD

first_imgStaff consultation could backfire warns CIPDOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Theforthcoming information and consultation legislation will be counter-productiveif it is used to force works councils on employers.Thatis the message from the CIPD in its response to consultation on thelegislation, which will ensure that companies consult with employees earlierand in more detail about issues which will affect their employment, such asredundancies and mergers.TheCIPD is calling for flexibility in the legislation, which comes into force asearly as 2005 for larger firms.DianeSinclair, lead adviser on public policy at the CIPD, fears that forcingorganisations to introduce bureaucratic structures such as works councils willbe counter-productive.Shebelieves they are often too remote to have a positive effect on staff involvement.The CIPD only wants work councils to be introduced if specifically requested byemployees.”TheGovernment should take a light touch on implementing the EU directive oninformation and consultation in the UK,” said Sinclair.”Itmust ensure the regulations maximise flexibility and allow organisations todevelop arrangements best suited to their circumstances. Legislation must notprescribe a one-size-fits-all structure which will not benefit either party.”www.cipd.co.uk Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Former Ute Filipo Mokofisi Abruptly Retires

first_img Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Filipo Mokifisi/Football/Green Bay Packers/NFL/Utah Utes May 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local Former Ute Filipo Mokofisi Abruptly Retires FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Green Bay, WI)  —  Another former Utah standout is hanging up his cleats.Filipo Mokofisi is retiring from football just two weeks after signing a rookie free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers.Mokofisi was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for the Utes.  He is the second former Ute to abruptly hang up his cleats in May.  Fellow D-tackle Lowell Lotulelei retired from football after being signed to a rookie free agent contract last week.last_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 12/18/18

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCleveland 92, Indiana 91Brooklyn 115, L.A. Lakers 110Atlanta 118, Washington 110Denver 126, Dallas 118NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEFlorida 5, Buffalo 2Philadelphia 3, Detroit 2Toronto 7, New Jersey 2NY Rangers 3, Anaheim 1San Jose 4, Minnesota 0Dallas 2, Calgary 0Chicago 2, Nashville 1St. Louis 4, Edmonton 1NY Islanders 3, Arizona 1Tampa Bay 5, Vancouver 2L.A. Kings 4, Winnipeg 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(1) Kansas 89, South Dakota 53(2) Duke 101, Princeton 50(8) Gonzaga 89, Texas-Arlington 55(14) Buffalo 71, Syracuse 59(15) Ohio St. 75, Youngstown St. 56(20) Marquette 92, North Dakota 66(23) Iowa 78, W. Carolina 60Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img December 19, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/18/18last_img read more

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Jersey City, Garfield teens arrested in light rail shooting in Hoboken

first_imgSHOOTING SUSPECTS BUSTED – An argument between two teens escalated into gun fire at the Ninth Street station of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail station on May 11. Both were arrested on May 23. ×SHOOTING SUSPECTS BUSTED – An argument between two teens escalated into gun fire at the Ninth Street station of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail station on May 11. Both were arrested on May 23. HOBOKEN – NJ Transit Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with shots being fired at the Ninth Street light rail station, located in Hoboken down the hill from Jersey City Heights, earlier this month.On Friday, May 11, at approximately 8:30 p.m., New Jersey Transit Police say that Anthony Aguilar, 19, of Garfield, and Zaire Batista, 18, of Jersey City, were allegedly involved in an ongoing dispute with an 18-year-old male that quickly escalated into shots being fired at the Ninth Street Station of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station in Hoboken. The two then fled the scene. No injuries were reported as a result of the gunfire.Both men were arrested in their respective homes. Aguilar was arrested Tuesday; Batista was arrested last Thursday.“The NJ Transit Police Department takes the safety and security of those on our transit system seriously and we investigate each criminal case fully until we find the perpetrator,’’ said NJ Transit Police Department Chief Christopher Trucillo. “We encourage everyone within the NJ Transit system that if they ‘See something, say something.’ Let this serve as a reminder to all that the New Jersey Transit Police Department will relentlessly pursue all leads, no matter how big or small.”Batista has been charged with criminal attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and several drug-related offenses.Aguilar has been charged with criminal attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.The two were remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending a hearing in Hudson County Central Judicial Processing Court.NJ Transit encourages customers to remain aware of their surroundings and to be the eyes and ears for law enforcement – If you see something, say something. To report a crime, suspicious activity or unattended packages contact the New Jersey Transit Police Department at 1-888-TIPS-NJT or send a text message to NJTPD (65873).last_img read more

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Probe into Italy virus response looks into preparedness plan

first_imgROME (AP) — Prosecutors from northern Italy have traveled to Rome to question the health minister and others as part of their broadening investigation into whether to lay any criminal blame for Italy’s horrific coronavirus toll. Back in June, Bergamo prosecutors questioned Premier Giuseppe Conte, Health Minister Roberto Speranza and other top officials about the delayed lockdown in two Bergamo towns where infections were reported in the early days of the outbreak. Their probe has now expanded to look into Italy’s preparedness going into the pandemic, investigators say. A scandal over a spiked World Health Organization report into Italy’s response has revealed that the health ministry’s influenza pandemic plan hadn’t been updated since 2006.last_img read more

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02 Important resistance

first_img Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 2 By William Terry Kelley Georgia Extension Service There was a time a gardener could simply plant the same tomato or squash variety year after year with no problem. It usually tasted great, was easy to grow or was an heirloom variety handed down over the generations. Those days are increasingly gone. More and more pesticides are removed from the market every year, and home gardeners have fewer options to control diseases and insects. It seems that more plant diseases become problematic each year. The need for varieties to be resistant gets more important all the time. Unfortunately, those old heirloom varieties and many of the best tasting ones have little or no resistance to plant diseases. But with more disease pressure and fewer pesticide options, using varieties resistant to plant diseases is often the only option the gardener has to turn to.Chief disesase Chief among these diseases is tomato spotted wilt virus. Not a problem in Georgia until just a few years ago, TSWV has become the arch nemesis of the home gardener. This virus is a serious problem for commercial tomato growers. But it’s an even greater curse in the garden. TSWV is transmitted by thrips to the tomato plant. The virus is harbored by so many plant species it doesn’t have trouble being available to attack tomatoes almost anywhere in the state. The commercial grower has some pesticide options to manage thrips, although they are of questionable effectiveness. Famrers can use tools such as reflective plastic mulches, too, to deter thrips invasions. Over large fields, these mulches can confuse thrips and cause them to avoid the tomato fields. However, the home grower almost never has such options. Fortunately, researchers have begun developing some tomato varieties that are resistant to TSWV.Resistant options About the only two gardeners can get now are similar varieties called “BHN 444” and “BHN 555.” Both were developed by BHN Genetics. The 555 variety is primarily for use in a fall or late-summer crop, since it’s a heat-set variety. BHN 444 is more of a shipping-type tomato than a garden variety. It generally won’t have a usual tomato shape until it’s almost mature, and it takes its time getting ripe. It may not have the flavor or texture of your usual “Better Boy” or “Rutgers,” but it may indeed be the only way you can successfully grow fresh tomatoes in the garden. A couple of newer varieties may have better flavor and shape, but don’t look for them this season. Hopefully, continued research will yield more of these resistant varieties.Squash susceptible, too Much the same is true for squash. Four main viruses affect squash. On yellow squash, it’s easily distinguishable by the green coloration in the fruit. Some varieties now have resistance to two, three or even four of these viruses. Some varieties are not resistant, but contain the “precocious gene” which masks the green coloration in yellow squash. They still get the virus, but they don’t show the symptoms. Many of these resistant varieties are on the market today. Gardeners can tell which are resistant or tolerant to virus by reading the variety descriptions in the seed catalogs. Not all seed companies market these varieties, so you may have to shop around. There are other diseases to which varieties may be resistant.Price of resistance Often, the price of having varietal resistance is the loss of some quality or flavor characteristics. However, plant breeders are constantly working to improve quality and include resistance. Varietal resistance will become an ever-increasing part of vegetable gardeners’ weapons against those dreaded disease pests.last_img read more

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Connecting your brand with millennial influencers

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Social responsibility. Millennials are all about organizations (including your bank or credit union) that are into social activism. Brands that take part in their communities and work for the betterment of the people that live there are more likely to connect with millennial influencers who are then more likely to talk them up in a positive way to their friends and family. continue reading » A recent article in AdWeek magazine highlighted the importance of connecting brands with influential millennial consumers. By influential, the article means those that are more likely to express and share praises and criticisms of brands online with their peers. Think individuals that do a lot of Facebook posting, Twitter tweets, Instagram pictures, YouTube videos and online reviews. They are the creators of online brand recognition and their actions must be both respected and monitored by banks and credit unions.While the article mentions six ways to connect with these influencers, we will briefly touch upon three.Quality over quantity. Millennial influencers tend to be more critical of brands that blast them with too much information. Rather, they look for quality content over a barrage of sales pitches. Seek to interact with these millennial influencers through messages that create positive experiences, such as education, that influencers in turn share with their online and off-line peer groups.Application point: reach out to Millennial consumers with pieces that focus on education rather than an overt sales pitch.last_img read more

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Most are comfortable not banking with you

first_imgMost people are happy with their present bank or credit union. Here’s a stat to prove it. According to a 2017 American Bankers Association survey, nine in ten Americans rate their bank’s service as good or excellent. They go on to say that a “customer-centric model” that emphasizes “user-friendly experiences” is key to meeting consumer expectations.Well, duh!However, we can also look at a global survey by FIS that reports only 23% of consumers believe their bank is meeting their expectations. So which is it? Here’s the kicker: Consumers are only happy with what they know to be happy with.If you seek to win new members or customers, you have to say with clarity specific reasons why. Why should people do business with you and not the competition? If there is no perceived difference in value, give meaning to why people should bank with you.Let’s take a look at the world of breads, cheeses and meats – sub sandwiches. Subway, Jimmy John’s, Firehouse and Jersey Mike’s each have their own brand attitude. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

first_imgThis apartment at 14/154 Musgrave Ave, Southport, is listed for rent at $430 per week.“There’s good rental return on it so it’s a good investment,” Mr Brown said.“But I’m going to live in it for a few years first.”Buyers agent Tony Coughran, of Gold Coast Property Advisors, said the key to making long term savings was to make sure mortgage repayments were affordable.“As long as you get into the market at an affordable and comfortable level, you can’t go wrong,” Mr Coughran said.“As the rents go up and the mortgage repayments stay the same, it’s bridging that gap.“Don’t look back in 20 years time and say, ‘I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve’ while our prices are tangible and affordable.” This apartment at 32103/9 Lawson St, Southport, is listed for $429,000. This home at 9 Learning St, Coomera is listed for rent at $430 per week.He said people who only planned to live on the Coast for a short time were better off renting, as well as those in a tight financial position.“If they were an investor, it’s a different scenario altogether,” Mr Newlands said.“They do need to be able to show that they have an income to show they can manage that mortgage.”While there were plenty of variables, he said in many cases it was cheaper to buy, especially with interest rates low.Eddy Brown recently bought a property at Mermaid Waters and plans to rent it out for more than his weekly mortgage repayment.He is paying $350 a week on the $387,000 property, which he said was rented out for $390 about a year ago. This home at 14 Cassia Drive, Coomera, is listed on the market for $429,000 to $469,000.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agocenter_img It’s tough finding affordable rental properties on the Gold Coast.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said demand for rental properties was outstripping supply, which was leading to the increase.“The rental demand has come from people migrating here, (there’s) plenty of construction work here too,” he said.Mr Henderson said stamp duty increases and more stringent requirements from banks were driving investors away, further restricting the supply of rental properties.“All of that has led to a tightening of investors getting into the market,” Mr Henderson said.REIQ’s latest Market Monitor has the Coast rental vacancy at just 1.1 per cent.Mr Henderson said buyers were better off making a purchase as soon as they could.“The sooner you do it, the better it is for your long-term financial situation,” he said.“But it depends specifically on what type of area you’re looking at.”REIQ director John Newlands said location was just one of the factors prospective buyers needed to consider before taking the plunge. It’s cheaper to rent than buy in some of the Gold Coast’s suburbs.LOW interest rates and a shortage of rental properties has made it cheaper to buy than to rent in many Gold Coast suburbs.CoreLogic data shows the median rent on the Coast is $499 while the median property value is $533,950 (units and houses).A weekly repayment on a mortgage of this value is $453, based on a 3.5 per cent interest rate and a 20 per cent deposit, a saving of $46 per week on the rental cost.last_img read more

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ABP draws on neuromarketing to ‘revolutionise’ member communications

first_img“Everything is changing in pensions, so we want members to be aware about it, recognise whether they need to take action, and what to do.”Besides changes in pension rules made by regulators, there are a number of legal practicalities which members should be reminded of, said Vonken.For example, in the Netherlands, when two people move in together, they need to nominate their partner as their pension beneficiary by agreeing a living-together contract and registering the partner in the pension plan. Otherwise, the partner will not have a claim on any benefits if the member dies.Similarly, when people change jobs and, consequently, their pension fund, they can choose to transfer the accrued value at their previous pension fund to their new pension fund.The work was carried out by a research agency with 40 volunteers, a relatively high number for neurological research.Volunteers were placed in a scanner and given 118 statements about pensions, each together with a picture.Individual statements were shown only for a brief time, to focus on the individual’s subconscious reaction.The scan showed which parts of the brain showed activity while assimilating which piece of information. Positive emotional reactions included desire, expectation and trust, while negative responses included fear, anger and disgust.The research found that people will only take action (read information, nominate someone or become a subscriber to the newsletter, say) when the balance of emotions is positive and when people perceive the stimuli they see as appealing.“In general,” Vonken said, “the results showed that, in their communications with members, pension funds have to focus on positive associations with pensions.“For instance, rather than warn how important saving for a pension is, we should emphasise how people who save can enjoy their pension later on.”The concept of pensions as a whole was perceived negatively by the research subjects.However, the fact there is a uniform pension overview (UPO) – an annual statement of expected retirement income and death benefits, which all Dutch pension funds send to members in standardised form – was perceived favourably.ABP says this may be because it is personally applicable, uniform and regular.People find information about their own pension relevant, said Vonken, but sometimes they need extra motivation to actually do something about it.The extra motivation can be based on positive associations with pensions and retirement and the right wording and imaging.The research also highlighted the effects on people’s subconscious of intrinsic motivation – such as feeling good about being well prepared for the future right now by subscribing to the newsletter – and extrinsic motivation – for instance, inducements such as offering the chance to win an iPad to members who subscribe to the newsletter of their pension fund.The results showed that the right intrinsic motivation was as effective as extrinsic motivation because it gave people a sense of wellbeing.Extrinsic motivations are also likely to wear off over time.And, according to Vonken, a lot of small changes can make a big difference.For instance, the subject line in an email newsletter can increase the number of people who read it and go to the pension fund’s website, thus getting informed.“ABP and the pension fund industry believe it’s their job to make people more aware of their finances,” said Vonken.“We can help them become aware of it and support them with information, as a result of which they might take the necessary actions to make sure they are well prepared for their retirement.”ABP’s marketing and communications teams are now being trained to convert the research results into practical improvements to their campaigns.Besides the substance of information, the presentation and layout of documents can also play a role, especially in terms of making the UPO more relevant to members.ABP is currently working on this aspect of the research as well. Dutch pension fund ABP has carried out specially commissioned neuromarketing research to make its communications to members more effective.Neuromarketing is the study of how people react subconsciously and emotionally to external stimuli, such as written information or pictures, by monitoring brain activity.It also measures emotional responses, so can be a useful tool in giving advertising or marketing messages more impact.Joyce Vonken, marketing intelligence specialist at ABP’s administration agency APG, said: “Around 95% of decisions people make are made subconsciously. We wanted to know how pension fund communication influences people’s subconscious emotions and associations, how effective the communication is and how we can improve it.last_img read more

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