Staff accidents reduced by a third in four years

first_imgStaff accidents reduced by a third in four yearsOn 13 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Perth & Kinross Council has reduced the number of accidents among itsstaff by a third in four years. The council has achieved this by training its senior managers to improvetheir awareness of health and safety issues and creating a manual of its healthand safety procedures, which is distributed to all of its working sites. Council sites are given different risk ratings and those in the high-riskbracket, which include secondary schools and construction sites, are inspectedannually. Nearly 50 high risk site managers have been put through an internal safetycourse in the past two years. Directors from the council’s 12 service departments also have to present anannual report to the authority’s corporate health and safety committeeoutlining the achievements of the past year and the action plan for the next. Neil Doherty, health and safety adviser for the Scottish council, said,”The key element in the scheme’s success is the involvement and role ofthe elected members and council’s directors. This has shown that the councildoes take health and safety seriously.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

ZPG snaps up comparison website

first_imgUPDATE: Zoopla has today gained approval from the FCA to acquire Dot Zinc Limited, which operates the website. The sale will now go through on 1st October 2017.Also, at almost the same time the FCA approval was announced, ZPG revealed that its CEO Alex Chesterman today sold 4.25 million of his shares in the company, or approximately 1% of its issued share capital. The sale of the shares, which were sold at £3.63p each, will see Chesterman cash in just under £15.5 million.Original story starts:Zoopla parent company ZPG has bought financial products comparison website for £80m, prompting shares in ZPG to rise briefly by 7% after the announcement yesterday.The Cirencester-based company behind the website was set up in 2008 by CEO Chris Morling and, until now, had been one of the few independently-owned online comparison services for consumers buying financial products such as credit cards, insurance, mortgages, loans and investments.The FCA-regulated firm offers products from some 600 providers and attracts over two million visits a month to its website and has 50 staff and ten million registered users.The deal will see the company’s shareholders paid £20m in cash in December this year with a further £60m paid in cash or shares in 12 months time.Like previous acquisitions, ZPG’s cost of acquisition is generous – representing ten times the EBITDA of The deal has yet to be approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and will cost ZPG £2.5 to arrange and £4m a year in extra debt to has a healthy bank balance and revenues including £14m in the bank and a turnover of £24.7m and profits of £8m last year.The deal is part of the ongoing efforts by ZPG to use become a major vertically-integrated player in the UK property and financial services markets for consumers,” says Chris Morling (pictured, left.“I am very proud of what we have achieved over the last nine years. We have developed a strong brand and loyal following and are looking forward to the next phase of our growth. ZPG has led the way as an innovative digital consumer champion and we are looking forward to helping even more consumers make better-informed decisions as part of ZPG.” joins fellow comparison website within the ZPG stable, along with partnerships with online mortgage and home insurance products providers such as Trussle, Landbay, bricklane and chris morling Zoopla ZPG September 8, 2017Nigel 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 » ZPG snaps up comparison website previous nextProducts & ServicesZPG snaps up comparison website parent company pays £80m for one of UK’s most successful consumer-facing financial services companies.Nigel Lewis8th September 201701,109 Viewslast_img


first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE  the new tax reform act just passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on January 1, 2018, states that any non-profit organizations that pay it’s executives more than $1,000,000 per year that any amount over that figure will be assessed a 21% excise tax?  … the tax assessments are considered to be a non-deductible tax to the corporation? … the tax reform act states that non-profit or publicly traded corporation is responsible to pay for this tax, not the employee?  …local hospitals are non-profit entities and according to the IRS website, their CEO’s are paid more than $1,000,000 a year? …we wonder if that extra cost that our local hospitals pay in employee excise tax will be passed onto the patients?IS IT TRUE those who are dependent on taxation for survival tend to stay where the taxes that they don’t pay are high so they can get more free things?…high earning taxpayers on the other hand often take their money and leave for more favorable laws?…Florida, on the other hand, has welcomed 750,000 new residents to their no income tax refuge from places like Illinois?IS IT TRUE that on a nationwide basis the economics are looking much better with the official unemployment rate at historical lows and the stock, market, at all-time highs?…it should not be forgotten that we do still have 95 Million people of working age who for some reason are choosing not to participate in the workforce?IS IT TRUE that yesterday that “Hoosiers For Rokita” made some negative statements about Mike Braun and Luke Messer after they filed for the United States Senate seat?  … the negative statements made towards United States Senatorial candidates Mike Braum and Luke Messer was considered by many as an act of desperation by the members of the “Hoosiers For Rokita”?  …all three Republican primary candidates for the United States Senate are equally qualified and we hope that future campaigning for this office will be focused on the issues and not negative attacks on one another?IS IT TRUE that at the surprise of a bunch of supporters that the rumored candidate for congress Jonathan Weinzapfel has announced that it is not his time to run?…his three paragraph swan song sounded very much like a rewrite of his announcement in 2011 not to seek a third term as Mayor of Evansville?…this was welcome news to a host of people who remember all of the stunts this guy pulled as mayor including shoving the Ford Center down the taxpayers throats with a questionable study that stated it would be paying its own way by now?…that wasn’t even close as Weinzapfel’s Folly has become a tapeworm on City of Evansville’s budget?IS IT TRUE with Weinzapfel headed back to IVY Tech to continue his highly paid appointment that only leaves one elected official who was complicit in trying to sneakily remove the Homestead Tax Credit from the people of Vanderburgh County in a closed-door darn near illegal secret meeting?  …that Mr. Weinzapfel decision not to run for Congress seemly puts an end to the political career of the once considered “Golden Boy Of Local Politics”?IS IT TRUE the last official standing of the Homestead Tax Credit Bandidos is none other than current Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke who was in on that sneaky deal that Weinzapfel attempted to pull?IS IT TRUE we are told by people in the know that any candidate running for re-election that has wasted our tax dollars on questionable capital projects or voted on tax increases will have a problem of getting re-elected in future elections?IS IT TRUE we are being told that a couple members of the Evansville City Council may have finally realized that they may have been misled by the City Controller concerning the major financial shortfalls facing them in the upcoming 2018 city budget?  …that the former City Council President and Finance Chairmen John Friend-CPA prediction that starting in 2017 will be the beginning of major financial problems for the City of Evansville?  …it looks like Mr. Friends predictions may be spot on?IS IT TRUE all eyes are on the newly appointed City Council Finance Chairman Jonathan Weaver?  … it’s obvious that Mr. Weaver processes the ability to analysis un-needed and excessive spending requests from the City Administration?  …we wish him well in identifying and stopping some of the “pie in the sky” spending requests of Winenneke Administration?IS IT TRUE we have been told that the next CEO of the Area Chamber Of Commerce may be indeed someone who lives here locally?IS IT TRUE for the last several years the City of Evansville has been trying to develop about 8 to 10 parcels of land in the Second, Third, Sycamore and Vine streets areas in hopes it will attract a multi-million residential read more


first_img ×OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Congratulations to the 2016 Jets. The Jets finished in 1st Place while competing in the JCC of Bayonne Indoor Flag Football Jr. Division. From left to right are Anthony Baez, Jack Kruchkowski, Coach Jose Bieto, Aviv Talmor and Christian Benson.last_img

RH Hall to move to new premises

first_imgBakery equipment supplier RH Hall is moving to a new 23,000sq ft headquarters in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.There are plans to install a development kitchen at the site, which will showcase equipment and also become the Southern base for the Food Development Association (FDA). Opening in April, it will hold regular baking events and demonstrations.MD Ray Hall said the new HQ, close to the current site, would provide more office space for increasing staff numbers and greater warehousing. He added that this would enable the firm “to meet plans for continued expansion and increased product range holding”.last_img

Fresh approach at Asda

first_imgAsda says its fresh bakery sales are up after a high-profile advertising campaign, featuring its in-store bakeries, started last week.A new fly-on-the-wall TV advertising campaign shows comedienne Victoria Wood, working in the in-store bakery at the Boldon store in South Tyneside.Bakery director Huw Edwards told British Baker that Asda is “very pleased” with the campaign, and sales are now very strong across the fresh baked department.The advert puts out the message that Asda has more to offer than low prices and that skilled Asda bakers bake fresh bread in its stores throughout the day, he said.Edwards commented: “We have always known we do well at bakery, and we are using the campaign to tell customers what we do. It’s about showing customers that we bake fresh and we have got expert colleagues out there. It’s really making a public statement. Fresh bread is available on the hour, every hour, from 8am to 8pm.”To hammer home the point, a brass ship’s bell is now being rung in-store every time fresh bread comes onto the shelves.The new adverts also see Asda’s ’More for you for less’ and ’Asda Price’ slogans replaced with the new strapline, ’There’s no place like Asda’.Edwards added that Asda had just made a “spring refresh” to its bakery range, with increased emphasis on healthy and extra special breads in the packaged breads area. New packaged organic cakes and Extra Special McVities cakes have been introduced, as well as a series of new products in the in-store bakery department. These include new 100g super cookies, supplied by BakeMark, priced at £1.28, in flavours including strawberries and cream. A new large, light fluffy Berliner-style doughnut has also been introduced, as has an additional range of deep-fill large plate fruit pies, in flavours including Morello cherry and strawberry and rhubarb.Asda also plans to bring back organic in-store bakery lines, revealed Edwards. It has one in-store bakery organic bread product and plans to extend the range soon.last_img

Food in the news

first_imgl World salt talks have been taking place in London. A salt reduction forum, hosted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the World Health Organization, looked at what is necessary to set up a successful salt reduction strategy. The link to the report will be made available on the FSA’s website: Cookery shows and documentaries are more influential than government healthy eating campaigns, according to the latest survey by YouGov SixthSense. Comments made by Health Minister Andrew Lansley at a conference in Brighton were critical of the ’Jamie Oliver’ approach to increasing public awareness of health and fitness. However, YouGov data revealed that only 10% of adults claim that their eating habits are influenced by government healthy eating campaigns. Twenty-one per cent said they were affected by celebrity and media influence.l The birthplace of drive-thru restaurants has decided to ban new drive-thrus opening in the area due to the widening effects on its residents’ waistbands, reported The Independent (World). Baldwin Park, California was home to the first drive-thru, which was opened by Harry Synder in 1948. The town, which measures around 6.5 square miles, now contains 17 drive-thrus, according to the newspaper.last_img

BIG Something Shares “Tumbleweed”, The Debut Single From Their New Album [Premiere]

first_imgIt’s been nothing but an upward trajectory for BIG Something, the six piece rockers based out of North Carolina. The band continues to make a name for themselves with high energy performances, uniquely crafted setlists, and sensational songwriting abilities, fusing influences of rock, funk, jazz and more for a sound wholly their own. As the band continues to take the scene by storm, fans were recently treated to the good news that BIG Something would be releasing a new album, Tumbleweed, in early 2017.Due out February 24th, the new album will be the fourth release from this exciting six-piece group. The album itself takes on a darker tone than the band’s previous works, as singer Nick MacDaniels mentions in his discussion of the new release. “Tumbleweed is a post apocalyptic desert trip. It’s a little darker and heavier in tone and subject matter than our previous albums, but there are also a few bright spots and upbeat moments too. With all eight tracks having been ‘road tested’ for the past couple years, it’s a really nice snapshot of our sound and catalogue.”To get fans excited about the new release, BIG Something has offered Live For Live Music the first taste! We’re delighted to premiere the album’s title track “Tumbleweed,” which you can stream in the player below.“‘Tumbleweed’ is the album’s title track and inspiration for the cover art,” says MacDaniels. “The name tumbleweed refers to the main character of the song who is fumbling aimlessly through a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland hallucinating on peyote. He’s telling himself to just keep moving in order to survive.” The band’s drummer Ben Vinograd adds, “I love this song because it showcases the dynamic all the players in our band can bring to the table. From the opening line on, everyone has a chance to shine.”The whole band has a chance to shine on Tumbleweed, including Ben Vinograd (drums), Doug Marshall (bass), Josh Kagel (keys, trumpet), Casey Cranford (saxophone, EWI), Jesse Henlsey (lead guitar), and Nick MacDaniels (vocals, guitar). Recorded at the beloved Echo Mountain Asheville studios with Grammy-nominated producer John Custer, we can’t wait for the new album to be released!BIG Something’s new album Tumbleweed is due out on February 24th, 2017, and you can pre-order the disc here. Check out the band’s upcoming tour schedule below, and head to their official website for any information you need!BIG Something Tour Dates12/29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club12/31 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre1/18 – Key West, FL @ Green Parrot1/19 – Key West, FL @ Green Parrot1/20 – 1/25 – Jam Cruise 151/26 – Savannah, GA @ Barrelhouse South1/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar1/28 – Greenville, SC @ Independent Public Alehouse2/2 – Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room2/3 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay2/4 – Nashville, TN @ 12th & Porter2/10 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern2/11 – Boone, NC @ The Local2/15 – New York, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery2/16 – Bridgeport, CT @ The Acoustic2/24 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger (CD Release Party)2/25 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger (CD Release Party)3/1 – Columbus, OH @ Scarlet & Grey3/9 – Jackson Hole, WY @ Pink Garter3/10 – Sandpoint, ID @ The Hive3/11 – Sandpoint, ID @ The Hive3/14 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre3/17 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ Schmiggity’s3/18 – Frisco, CO @ Barkley Ballroom3/21 – Avon, CO @ Agave3/22 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre3/23 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater3/24 – Telluride, CO @ The Sheridan Opera House3/25 – Telluride, CO @ The Sheridan Opera House3/26 – Winter Park, CO @ Ullrs Tavern5/5 – Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater7/27 – Floyd, VA @ FloydFest7/28 – Floyd, VA @ FloydFestlast_img

Digging in the Yard, it’s child’s play

first_imgStudents digging for Harvard’s earliest roots in the Yard this summer have uncovered evidence of a group invisible in the public image of the male-dominated institution that Harvard was in the 1800s: children.Students participating in the biennial Archaeology of Harvard Yard Summer School course unearthed a fragment of a doll’s head, one of the first indications of the presence of children at what, in the 1800s, was an institution where male students were taught by male faculty.But class instructors Diana Loren, instructor in anthropology and associate curator in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Christina Hodge, senior curatorial assistant at the Peabody, said that women were an important part of the Harvard community, albeit in support roles — cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry — so it makes sense that children were here as well.With just a fragment to go on, though, the two said it’s impossible to know the doll’s exact history. While it might have belonged to the child of a woman working at Harvard, it could have just as easily belonged to a faculty member’s child or even to a child from the community playing in the Yard. Still, they said, it highlights the importance of archaeology as a way to understand not just the myth of Harvard, but the reality of the place for those who lived here every day.“It’s unusual; we didn’t have anything related to children here,” Loren said. “That’s the untold story of 19th century Harvard.”The course is the first part of what will be two classes digging in the Yard this year. The summer’s finds were displayed Wednesday (Aug. 3). After Summer School wraps up, Harvard College students will resume digging during the fall term. The ultimate goal is to reach the remains of what appeared to be a foundation trench of the Indian College uncovered during the last dig, in 2009.The Indian College was among Harvard’s first buildings and an early fulfillment of the College’s original charter, dedicating the institution to educating colonial and Indian youths alike.Students digging this summer uncovered a variety of items, including glass fragments, a door latch, building materials such as brick and slate from a roof, and more evidence of smoking on campus in the form of pipe stems and bowls.Though the students’ limited time allowed them to dig only to layers dated to the 1800s, some of the materials uncovered were much older, including a pipe bowl dated to between 1620 and 1660, which likely became mixed with younger material during building activities on the site. In fact, Loren said, there is evidence of what was likely a trash pit on the site, since the soil is more lightly colored and artifacts and building materials appear to be jumbled in that location.Students said they enjoyed the summer experience, which included research in the Harvard archives for a midterm paper about the life of a student from the 1700s or 1800s.Colleen Skipper, who works in computer support at Harvard, said the class was the first time she had conducted archaeology. She enjoyed both the fieldwork and the archival research. The student she wrote about was at Harvard during the “butter rebellion,” a student protest during the 1700s over rancid butter served at meals.“I thought it was brilliant,” Skipper said of the class experience.Julia Boshyk, a student from McGill University, said she came to summer school at Harvard to get some hands-on experience, which, as an anthropology major, was particularly valuable to her.“It’s a good introduction to field work,” Boshyk said.Kathleen Milster, a medical technologist at Tufts Medical Center, said she is intrigued by both the history and by the personal stories that they’ve uncovered. During her archival work, she wrote about a student named John Page, whose diary she found in the Harvard archives.“I love the stories, and I love the evidence of the people,” Milster said.last_img

Critical collections

first_imgMore than a century ago, when botanists and naturalists were in the field collecting plant and animal specimens, they couldn’t have imagined that scientists would one day be able to extract DNA from samples to understand how plants and animals are related to one another.They couldn’t have imagined that their collections could one day shed light on the effects of global climate change, or the emergence and spread of pathogens, the spread of fungal-driven amphibian extinction, or the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing pollution in the U.S.And the fact that they couldn’t have predicted those uses, said Emily Meineke, a postdoctoral researcher working in the lab of Charles Davis, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and director of the Harvard University Herbaria, shows exactly why such collections need to be preserved for future generations.“In 200 years, we have no idea what technology will be available and what people will be able to use these specimens for,” she said. “They contain a wealth of hidden data that we might not even understand exists in our lifetime, so there’s a practical element to keeping and preserving them.”That’s precisely the argument Meineke, Davis, T. Jonathan Davies from the University of British Columbia, and Barnabas Daru from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, are making in a Nov. 19 special issue of Philosophical Transactions B.The four served as co-editors of the issue, which is dedicated to exploring the creative ways in which researchers have made use of biological collections around the world and to advocating for their continued preservation.“The main theme of the issue is using museum collections to understand global change,” Meineke explained. “The idea is that a growing number of studies use museum specimens for this sort of thing, but we’re still at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we can do. “[The collections] contain a wealth of hidden data that we might not even understand exists in our lifetime, so there’s a practical element to keeping and preserving them.” — Emily Meineke “We want to make the argument that these collections basically bookend the Anthropocene,” she continued. “So I think the ideal outcome would be for each person who reads this — from fundamental biologists who are asking questions about the history of life on Earth to people who are on the ground working in conservation — to think about how collections might be used to move their field forward, because I think these really are a gold mine that we haven’t tapped into yet.”In an example from the series of papers in the issue, Daru described a novel method to study microbial diversity from museum collections.“It is increasingly appreciated that plant microbiomes can influence key aspects of plant biology, but we know so little about the historic distribution of microbes associated with plants,” Daru explained. “This limits our understanding of how microbial diversity responds to global change. Herbarium records are an underused resource that hold the promise of aiding our understanding of how microbial communities respond to the rapid shifts in climate due to human activity. These plant microbes play key crucial roles for plants, including the promotion of plant growth and protection from herbivores.”,In their article, the researchers show that their findings have the potential to unlock an exciting historical resource — that is, the holdings of plant microbes in herbaria worldwide.Despite their value, Meineke said, biological collections are threatened in a number of ways.Earlier this year, a fire tore through Brazil’s National Museum, destroying millions of specimens, and last year budget problems forced the University of Louisiana in Monroe to announce plans to dispose of millions of fish and plant specimens unless a new home could be found. While dozens of institutions stepped up to ward off the collections’ destruction, Meineke said both stories point to the challenges of maintaining such specimens.“Especially in the age of digitization, we can take images of a specimen and transcribe its metadata about where and when it was collected, and so then you have this online representation of specimens, so institutions may feel they can get rid of these collections in favor of investing space and money elsewhere,” she said. “When something like the tragedy in Brazil happens, having digital representations of specimens is great — you still have at least some of the data that was available. But digitization doesn’t preserve DNA or all the intricate measurements you can make of the morphology of an organism, so we are trying to make the argument for the centrality of the physical specimen as the thing we need to focus on and preserve.”Working with biological collections isn’t always easy, Meineke said — it requires understanding and overcoming collector biases, ensuring proper coverage read more