Pie producer Peter’s has opened a 45,000sq ft multi-temperature distribution depot to help it expand its distribution operation in London and the south east by more than 20%.The new facility in Sidcup has improved office and conference areas and increased storage and picking facilities for frozen, chilled and ambient goods. A purpose-made loading bay allows eight 7.5 tonnes dual-temperature vehicles to be loaded simultaneously. Neil Court-Johnston, MD of Peter’s Food Service division, said: “Our new depot should be seen as a powerful illustration of our commitment to growth. “Our ambition is clear – to develop the Peter’s brand within foodservice, work harder to ensure that we always meet our customers’ needs and grow our business through new sales channels. Our new distribution hub in Sidcup will play a pivotal role in helping us to achieve these objectives.”The new hub replaces Peter’s Greenwich depot, which was sold to make way for the Olympics development.>>Peter’s ramps up sporting contracts
As part of the Visiting Writers Series, Melissa Range read from her collection of poems titled “Scriptorium” at Saint Mary’s on Thursday.Range said she started writing when she was a young child as a way to help her make sense of the world around her and herself. Range said she was a fiction writer when she went to college, but soon discovered that her favorite part about writing was not so much the plot as it was writing imagery.“I think it happens that way for a lot of writers,” she said. “You start in one genre and then you end up in another.”Range said she was drawn to poetry because of the experience of working with language in the poetry form.“I like the possibilities for linguistic play that are expected in poetry,” she said. “You can play around with sound and rhythm and imagery.”Although she does not limit herself to more “traditional” styles of poetry, Range said she does tend to write in structured forms of poems as a way to challenge herself and bring out new ideas.“That sparks different ideas for me,” she said. “Especially when I’m having to rhyme something or repeat something, it forces me to think about new relationships between words, and when I’m thinking about new relationships between words, I’m led to new ideas. Working in poetic form causes me to write a different poem than I set out to write, and I like that because it means I had a new idea while I was writing. Rather than just writing what I already think, I write and discover something.”Another reason Range is drawn to poetry, she said, is poetry is a compact way of writing.“Poetry is the most concentrated kind of expression of language,” Range said. “It allows you to really have to come up with the most concise way to express something. … You end up speaking through metaphor, and that creates interesting new relationship between things.”Range, whose poetry deals with themes such as religion, violence, social justice, environmentalism and history, said she does a lot of research for her poems.“I had to do research … before I could figure out what I wanted to say,” she said. “My process involves a lot of gathering before I figure out where I’m going with that. What I’m looking for is some interesting little nugget of something that’s interesting that I want to explore.”Sound is also a big factor for her poetry, Range said.“My poetry, even when I’m not rhyming, there’s to be a lot of sound play, so I think of sound before I think of image,” she said.Range said literature is important as a way to connect with other people, especially in the political climate in America.“In a world where, increasingly, it seems like people are taking one extreme side or another and no one wants to talk and listen to each other, literature provides a different kind of space where a lot of different ideas can mingle together and we’re not asked to come down on one side or another,” she said. “We’re asked to understand other people. … Literature can teach us how to do that because we’re trying to empathize with people when we read about them.”Referencing poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, Range said literature and poetry are whispers while the rest of the world is making noise.“Poetry gives us something else, and I think that’s good for our souls,” she said.Range said any Saint Mary’s woman who wants to follow a passion — writing or any other discipline — should work hard to hold onto their dreams because while the world is making progress towards taking young women more seriously, there still is a long way to go.“Don’t let anyone take your gravity away from you,” she said. “When people talk down to you, they are trying to dismiss you and not take you seriously. Don’t let anyone ever do that to you. … There’s something you have to hang onto in yourself.”Tags: Melissa Range, Visiting Writers series
Image by Cara Birrittieri / Facebook.LAKEWOOD – Lakewood-Busti Police are looking for those responsible of vandalizing Lakewood Park.Image by Cara Birrittieri / Facebook.Officials say the vandalism took place Friday night.Photos posted online by former village mayor Cara Birrittieri show playground equipment, signs and trash cans were spray painted.Image by Cara Birrittieri / Facebook.Those who may have information, or security camera footage in the area, are asked to contact Lakewood-Busti Police at (716) 763-9563. Image by Cara Birrittieri / Facebook.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carletta Clyatt Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group. She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses … Web: www.omniagroup.com Details Whether or not it has been consciously identified, every company has a corporate culture. And while there’s no physical presence, it subtly influences the entire organization and drives the actions and decisions of your team. Maybe it’s characterized by change, and is therefore dynamic. Maybe it’s aggressive and focused on growth. Possibly, it is focused on being cutting edge, or branded by providing the best customer service. Or less positively, it is characterized by upheaval, unpredictability and chaos. Employees might define your culture as happy or hostile, as fast paced or plodding, as interactive or boring, so it can have a profound impact on employee satisfaction, engagement, everyday operations and the bottom line. Culture can, and should, be a mindful choice, though in many organizations it develops in response to management or industry changes. What creates a corporate culture? A company’s culture is generally dictated by leadership. When things are good, a corporate culture is created by vision, choice and planning. Management decides where they want the company to go and how they want it to get there. In less ideal situations, a corporate culture is created in reaction to something: fear of change, a quick response to industry shifts, a need for strict control. If it works, maintain it. When an organization has a clear vision about their culture, and the culture works, it’s much easier to use that to ensure positive growth and endure the tough times. Why? Because the employees know what is expected. They feel secure, and they feel included as contributors to their company’s successes. To maintain a successful corporate culture, it is important to: Create a mission statement: Identify the touchstone, the most important value or element of your company, and create a mission statement around it. Communicate your mission to all employees. Make sure it is more than words: Don’t just say it, have policies and procedures that back it up. Reward people whose actions support your company’s vision. Hire people who can fit in: Every employee brings a little something new and different to the table, but make sure the people you hire can agree to and fit in with your culture. Be prepared to change/grow: Times and situations change, struggling to maintain a culture that no longer works can create its own chaos. Be mindful of changes, communicate with members and employees and be flexible. If it doesn’t work, change it. A corporate culture marked by paranoia, low morale, high turnover and tight management restrictions doesn’t work. Such a situation results in unproductive employees, absenteeism and high recruiting and retraining costs. If you notice signs of a sickly corporate culture, there are some steps you can take to change it: Identify the problem(s): Talk to your employees in a safe environment and listen to them. Solicit anonymous feedback. Perform extensive exit interviews. Check out the highest turnover areas. Ask people what they would do to change it, and be prepared to implement viable solutions. Define where you want your company to be: Besides being profitable, what do you want for your organization? What do you want your customers to think of when they see your name? Create a mission statement, and communicate it your employees. Implement changes that will support your mission, and be prepared for some bumps in the road. Change isn’t easy, and some people will resist, but the dangers of maintaining the status quo might be far greater than the risks of trying new things. Discover current employees who can get you there, or coach them to be what you need. Hire people who will contribute to the change you want: Once you know where you are going, recruit people who share your vision. Need help training or hiring people to fit with your corporate culture? Contact your Omnia Client Advisor to review your cultural preferences and discuss training and hiring options.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport homeless shelter’s employees weren’t paid for months—and in one case, nearly two years—auditors found, prompting the Nassau County Comptroller to expand the review to all taxpayer-funded shelters.The audit of Eager to Serve, Inc.’s Sunshine Residence found hourly rates paid to employees were less than the rates mandated by the Living Wage Law—$15.50 an hour without health benefits, or $13.58 with health benefits—for 11 employees from 2012 to 2014 for a total of $4,899, according to the comptroller’s office.“The audit findings are not only very disturbing but may also underscore more extensive issues with the quality of housing provided to our neediest residents,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said. “We intend to open a more extensive audit of the Homeless Shelter Industry on the quality of shelter being provided with taxpayer money.”The county paid the Sunshine Residence more than $650,000 between 2012 and 2014, Maragos said. As a result of the audit’s findings, county officials worry that other homeless shelter funding has been misused.“We intend to fully comply with all rules, laws and mandates and have our attorneys and accountants regularly ensuring compliance,” Levada Felder, executive director of the Sunshine Residence, wrote in her response to the audit’s findings.Discrepancies were found between the numbers of hours employees worked based on their pay stubs versus the hours shown on timesheets, auditors found.Since the audit was completed, Felder started a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Sunshine Residence.In addition, she has posted a “Wish List” for the shelter, asking for people to serve the roles of volunteer coordinator, babysitter, carpenter, cleaners, decorators, gardeners, and painters and for donated goods which include bricks, car seats, a new computer, cribs, dishes, metro cards, office furniture and a working car.
November 06, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare, Human Services, Press Release, PSA, Public Health Encourages all to visit healthcare.gov for more information and to sign up before Dec. 15Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that open enrollment for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is taking place now through December 15.“The enrollment period is shorter this year, so whether you’re enrolling in a plan for the first time, looking to change your plan, or want to see what your options are, go to healthcare.gov to find out what plan is right for you and your family,” Governor Wolf said.Open enrollment has some changes this year, including:The open enrollment period is November 1 to December 15 (in the past, open enrollment ended January 31).Funding for open enrollment and consumer help has been reduced.Healthcare.gov will be down from midnight – noon on most Sundays for maintenance during the open enrollment period.There is a concern that the shorter enrollment period and the reduced funding for open enrollment will decrease the number of people signing up for health insurance. This year Pennsylvania recorded a record-low uninsured rate of 5.6 percent.“We want to continue with the success of record-low rates of uninsured,” Governor Wolf said. “To help ease some of the concerns, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department partnered with insurance plans, healthcare providers, consumer advocates and others to develop common messaging and coordinated plans to help people enroll.”To find out more, visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s open enrollment page, with myriad information, including a Consumers’ Checkbook plan comparison tool that takes you through a few simple steps to find the right medical plan, including comparisons of every medical plan available ON and OFF Exchange, compared on total estimated cost (not just premiums or deductibles) and more. Consumers can also use the tool to find out if they can get help paying for coverage.The site also includes a “How to Buy Health Insurance” guide and video, and 10 Things to Know about Open Enrollment, including that the Affordable Care Act is still law, so benefits and consumer protections are still in place and you may still have to pay a penalty if you do not purchase coverage for 2018; four out of five people qualify for financial assistances; and consumers should use caution when shopping as some companies use misleading marketing to state or imply they are ACA-compliant when they are not.“The Insurance Department put together a comprehensive package of information for consumers and I encourage all Pennsylvanians shopping for health insurance to visit the department’s site for information and any help needed as they make this important decision for themselves and their families,” Governor Wolf said. Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians of Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
The home at 39 Craigmont St, Tarragindi. Picture: supplied.SIX formal offers in six days was all it took for a basic brick home in tightly-held Tarragindi to sell for $30,000 more than its asking price.The three-bedroom home at 39 Craigmont St was advertised for sale for offers over $669,000, but sold to a cash unconditional buyer for $703,000.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Selling agent Craig Bullen of REMAX First Residential said the buyer was an owner occupier who had missed out on several properties before this one.Mr Bullen said the market in the area was experiencing a shortage of stock and strong demand.“In 15 years in the industry I have not witnessed such a shortage of listings and strong demand from purchasers,” he said.Situated in a quiet street in a leafy pocket of Tarragindi, opposite a park with direct access to bikeways, the lowset home is on a 631sq m block and has renovation potential.The home’s generously sized rooms, multiple living areas and large amounts of storage space made it attractive to growing families and professional couples.It is also in the Wellers Hill State School catchment area.
Parker Drilling’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, Christopher Weber, has informed the company that he would be leaving effective June 21, 2017.The U.S. drilling services provider said on Monday that Weber would be leaving to become executive vice president and chief financial officer at Halliburton Company.Weber was selected as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the company in 2013. Before Parker Drilling, he served as vice president and treasurer of Ensco.The company added that Jon-Al Duplantier, Parker Drilling’s senior VP, chief administrative officer, and general counsel, was appointed to serve as interim CFO and would manage the CFO responsibilities in addition to his current responsibilities until a replacement is named.Duplantier has been with Parker Drilling since September 2009, when he joined the company as vice president and general counsel. In 2012 he was promoted to SVP, and in 2013 he took on the additional role of chief administrative officer.He currently oversees the company’s legal and compliance, internal audit, human resources, supply chain, quality, health, safety, security and environment, aviation, and risk management organizations.Before joining Parker, Duplantier served in several U.S. and international legal and management roles of expanding scope and responsibility over a 17-year career at ConocoPhillips.Gary Rich, the company’s chairman, president, and CEO, said: “We thank Chris for his many contributions to Parker Drilling and wish him and his family well as he continues his career. We appreciate Jon-Al stepping in on an interim basis, and we are confident his 22 years of energy industry experience as a respected and trusted leader.”
Offshore shipbuilder Vard has found a buyer for a diving support and construction vessel (DSCV) previously ordered by the now bankrupt subsea operator Harkand Group. VARD 3 03; Source: VardVard informed last Friday it had signed a sales and purchase agreement (SPA) for the sale of diving support and construction vessel previously contracted by Harkand Group. The SPA was signed with an undisclosed international customer, Vard said.The original contract with Harkand had been announced on December 30, 2013, followed by an announcement in May 2016 when the company was notified that Harkand had entered into administration. Vard has now cancelled the original contract with Harkand’s administration to facilitate entering into the new agreement.Vard explained that the sale of the vessel will allow it to reduce the capital employed by eliminating a vessel from its inventory and reduce its liabilities by reimbursing the related construction loan with a direct benefit from lower financial charges going forward.As an additional consequence of the reimbursement of the construction loan, the company will benefit from the release of the cash posted as collateral in favor of the lending bank with a correspondent positive impact on the liquidity position of the company.The vessel is of a VARD 3 03 design, specially designed and equipped for diving and subsea operation duties. The vessel is outfitted with a 250 ton offshore crane and a twin bell 18 man saturation diving system, supporting split level diving operations to a maximum diving depth of 300 meters.Delivery is scheduled from Vard Søviknes in 1Q 2019, and the vessel will in the meantime be finalized, tested and prepared for operations.
The Chinese government has dispatched a team of 257 soldiers for a 12-month United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia.The soldiers left Beijing for Liberia on Monday morning.They are the first team of the 18th batch of Chinese peacekeepers sent on tour since 2003 when China joined the peacekeeping mission in Liberia under the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1509. The second team is scheduled to set off o September 17.The 18 batch has a total of 508 soldiers, consisting of a 275-member engineering battalion, a 190-member transport battalion and a 43-member medical team.All the member soldiers are drawn from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Beijing Military Area Command.Their mission includes infrastructure work such as roads and bridges constructions, residential areas repairs, maintenance and repairs of the country’s airports and reconditioning power and water facilities.The soldiers are also tasked with transporting materials and personnel, providing medical services, contagious and epidemic disease prevention and control.The first batch of the 17th battalion will return to China on September 9 after handing over their work to their successors, after which the second batch will return on September 18.