Awards recognise equal pay champs

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Awards recognise equal pay champsOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Women will be able to identify employers offering them equal pay under a newaward scheme launched by minister for women Barbara Roche. The Castle Award will be given to employers and individuals who are leadersin promoting equal opportunity and pay issues. Roche also announced an extra £270,000 to identify and spread best practicein advancing women in the workplace. “The pay gap is getting narrower year-on-year but this is not solely amatter for Government. What is also needed is a cultural change amongstemployers so they properly value women’s contribution to their organisation’ssuccess,” said Roche. “Women looking for a job want to know their employer will value theirskills and experience and working parents want to know that they won’t miss outon opportunities at work, if for example they attend their child’s school play.The Castle Awards are named after Barbara Castle, who introduced the EqualPay act in 1970. read more

Breather to liquidate 400 on-demand offices

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Breather’s Bryan Murphy (LinkedIn, iStock)Breather, a startup that rents office space by the day, has run out of air.The Montreal-based company plans to shutter more than 400 locations in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. In some cases, it will assign outposts to third parties, who will close them to repay the company’s creditors, the Globe and Mail reported.“Breather, in its current form as an operator, doesn’t make sense, and, to be frank, I’m not sure it ever made sense,” CEO Bryan Murphy said. “I want to be like Airbnb,” he said, and pivot to an online platform that lets users rent flex-space operated by others.Read moreBreather explores sale or capital raise Breather launches membership program Breather, which has raised $112 million from investors since 2012, furloughed most of its 120 employees this spring, but the company recently said it had started to bring them back. In October, Breather pivoted to a membership model. But a month later, it reportedly hired bankers to explore a capital raise or sale.Last week, Breather laid off most of its staff, giving former employees between two and six weeks’ worth of severance, according to Commercial Observer.The co-working sector has suffered since the onset of the pandemic. With a pay-as-you-go model, Breather offered an even more flexible model than rivals WeWork, Industrious and Knotel.But a former Breather employee told CO that competition between the companies inflated office rents in the most desirable neighborhoods, and Breather may have overpaid for some locations. Last week, IGS Realty sued Breather over nearly $91,000 in unpaid rent at 334 West 37th Street.For its part, Knotel is facing a string of lawsuits over rent and is looking to reduce its footprint.[Globe and Mail] — E.B. SolomontContact E.B. Solomont Message*center_img Email Address* Share via Shortlink TagsbreatherCo-workingoffice marketlast_img read more

Pore-water signal of marine ice-sheets

first_imgThe pore-water signal left behind by a glacier overriding a porous medium is considered. Important processes are infiltration, tracer diffusion, radio-active decay, penetration of freezing fronts and erosion and deposition. Our knowledge of the basal hydrology of glaciers is so incomplete that we are not able to determine on theoretical grounds how much water should infiltrate the ground; water can drain through aquifers to the margin, through the aquifer to sub-glacial channels, or entirely at the glacier bed. Infiltration could be negligible or affect the whole depth of the aquifer. Diffusion is limited by the tortuosity parameter, which as yet is poorly explained by theory. Diffusion over 20,000 years may only affect a depth of 10 m, which means that the relevant areas are readily accessible by cores but are likely to have been disturbed by surface effects. The influence of sedimentation and unstable tracers is discernible but sometimes difficult to distinguish from the effects of the glaciation history. First steps in an observation programme should be the establishment of the typical depth to which marine sediments are affected. This will constrain the basal hydrology, and reduce the number of possible scenarios.last_img read more

Buyers should be forced to take out property fraud insurance, says lawyer involved in landmark case

first_imgHome » News » Buyers should be forced to take out property fraud insurance, says lawyer involved in landmark case previous nextRegulation & LawBuyers should be forced to take out property fraud insurance, says lawyer involved in landmark caseSteven Porter, whose legal firm is representing client P&P Properties in property fraud appeal case heard last week, says it’s the only way to square the circle.Nigel Lewis7th March 201802,206 Views As the conveyancing industry prepares to hear the outcome of the appeal in a landmark property fraud liability case, the legal firm representing one of the vendors in involved has called for all property buyers to be forced to take out fraud insurance.“I do think [it] would be sensible to look at the possibility of making it compulsory for buyers to take out fraud insurance on every transaction,” says Steven Porter, Partner at JPC Law (pictured, below).“The cost, as matters stand, is relatively small and with compulsory insurance the premiums may even become cheaper due to the economy of scale.”The appeal concerns two key test cases. Conveyancing solicitors Mishcon De Reya and Owen White & Catlin were sued by their buyer clients after fake vendors fraudulently sold properties and received the funds before the problem was spotted.Mishcon De Reya and Owen White & Catline lost the initial property fraud case and went to appeal, which was heard last week. A decision is expected any day.Steven says that if the two buyers involved in the appeal – Dreamvar and his client P&P Properties – had taken out fraud insurance “it would have meant that both would have been recompensed relatively quickly for their losses thus avoiding not only the considerable and unexpected financial strain but also the anxiety and stress caused by a situation in which they are blameless,” he says.The controversial case has revealed the shortcomings of the conveyancing process, which leaves vendors, agents and their solicitors open to property and identity fraud.It was also claimed last week in court by the Law Society that if the conveyancers lose the appeal, many smaller legal firms will be priced out of the property market. Insurance companies, who have always viewed conveyancers as high risk, would increase their premiums, it was claimed.Read more about property fraud Mishcon vs Dreamvar Owen White & Catline Partner at JPC Law conveyancing fraud teven Porter March 7, 2018Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Bill Could Remove Financial Barriers For Students

first_imgBecause every student should be able to take advantage of these experiences regardless of their family’s financial situation, a bill I supported would exempt students’ income earned through these programs from their families’ eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.This legislation also comes at a time when Indiana needs to strengthen and grow its workforce to meet employers’ demands.House Bill 1009 is a win-win for young Hoosiers and Indiana’s workforce as it breaks barriers for low-income families and supports a solid pipeline of skilled employees to keep the state’s economic momentum moving forward. Bill Could Remove Financial Barriers For Students by Wendy McNamaraSome students may turn down valuable experiences, such as paid internships, apprenticeships, and work-based programs because the income they earn could put their families at risk of losing their benefits. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Premier announces further disposal

first_imgPremier Foods has announced it has reached an agreement to sell its four Irish brands – Gateaux, Chivers, McDonnells and the Erin licence – to The Boyne Valley Group for €41.4 million (£34.7m).It comes the week after an announcement that Premier was selling its Brookes Avana business to 2 Sisters Food Group for a cash consideration of £30m.Premier said the move represents a further step in the Group’s strategy to focus investment behind eight ‘power brands’, which include Hovis and Mr Kipling. Chivers is Ireland’s third largest ambient dessert brand, while Chivers Jelly is the second largest jam brand on the market, according to Premier. Gateaux manufactures 20 types of traditional cakes. McDonnells manufactures Supernoodles and curry sauce, while Erin is a trademark of Erin Foods Ltd, and Premier Foods produces soups under the licence.Michael Clarke, chief executive officer, Premier Foods said: “The sale of these Irish Brands will enable us to focus on supporting our Power Brands in line with our overall strategy. Coming hard on the heels of the announcement of the Brookes Avana sale agreement, this underlines our determination to streamline the business to help restore profitable growth quickly.”Premier Foods Ireland forms part of the Group’s Grocery division and is the fifth largest supplier of ambient groceries to the Irish market.>>Premier agrees Brookes Avana salelast_img read more

UPDATED: Super Bowl Halftime Show Will Reportedly Not Feature Prince Hologram

first_imgUPDATE: After the rumor that Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime performance would feature a hologram of Prince was met with widespread criticism from family, friends, and fans, percussionist Sheila E. took her concerns to J.T. himself. “Family, I spoke w/ Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans,” Sheila E. wrote in a tweet last night, after she saved the day. “I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram.”As Consequence of Sound points out, Prince denied any interest in performing alongside a holograph of a deceased musician in an interview with Guitar World in 1998. “Certainly not,” he responded to the idea. “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic. And I am not a demon.”To relive Prince’s magical 2007 performance, click here.Justin Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night, marking the pop star’s first appearance at the big game since his infamous 2004 collaboration with Janet Jackson. In typical Internet fashion, the upcoming show has led to plenty of speculation, including rumors that Timberlake will team up with Jackson once again. Others have even theorized that an *NSYNC reunion is the works, which is within the realm of possibility considering the Super Bowl got Destiny’s Child back together when Beyoncé headlined in 2013.However, TMZ reports that neither of those rumors will come to fruition when Timberlake takes the stage in Minneapolis. According to the celebrity gossip site, one big surprise that fans can expect to see on Sunday night is a hologram honoring hometown hero and former Super Bowl halftime show performer Prince, who died of an accidental opioid overdose at age 57 in April 2016.TMZ’s report is light on details, so there’s no telling if the hologram will be used for a tasteful tribute or something more akin to Coachella’s digital resurrection of Tupac in 2012. Either way, the publication does have reason to believe that there will be a whole lot of fireworks–both literal and metaphorical–at U.S. Bank Stadium when defending champions the New England Patriots go to head-to-head with the Philadelphia Eagles.[h/t – TMZ]last_img read more

Beck Releases New Music Video For “Colors”, The Title Track Off His 2017 LP [Watch]

first_imgLast October, alternative rocker Beck released his long-awaited thirteenth studio album, Colors. Colors sees Beck fuse the dreaminess of his 2014 release, Morning Phase, with the electronic looping and rhythms of his ’90s works. Though Morning Phase won him a Grammy award for Best Album, Beck never intended for the 2014 release to be so successful. In a 2016 Rolling Stone interview, Beck said that the album was only released “just so we would have something out, because we were going on tour.”Similarly, when asked about the writing and recording process behind 2017’s Colors, Beck said, “There’s a substratum to a lot of the songs—songs within other songs, choruses that became bridges… It’s not far from how I made my first couple of records.”Almost exactly a year from Colors release, Beck has just unveiled a new music video for the title track, directed by Edgar Wright, who was most recently commended for his crime/thriller flick, Baby Driver. The new music video features Beck, actress Alison Brie, and a crew of dancers in full-body blue suits (not to be confused with Blue Man Group), with some well-thought-out choreographic work. The video is a true testament to Beck’s avant-garde style, with dashes of colorful psychedelia sprinkled in.Watch Beck’s new music video for “Colors” below:Beck – “Colors” (Official Music Video)[Video: Beck]The only upcoming appearance slated for Beck is a headlining slot at Memphis’s Mempho Music Festival, this upcoming Saturday, October 6th.For more information on this weekend’s Mempho Music Festival, please visit their website.[H/T]last_img read more

How to get happy

first_imgWhat makes Derek and Sissela Bok happy? Family tops the list. Sharing in each other’s work also ranks high.The former Harvard president and his wife, a current Harvard fellow, offered their perspectives on happiness, the impact it has on teaching, and their approaches to well-being in political and philosophical contexts, during a discussion on Tuesday (Sept. 28) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).Howard Gardner, the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, moderated the discussion.The couple is well-schooled in the topic. Derek Bok recently penned “The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn From the New Research on Well-Being,” while his wife Sissela is the author of “Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science.”In addition to family, the Boks said they revel in each other’s opinions and intuitions. Reviewing and editing each other’s work, sharing ideas and insights, and discussing books and articles is also rewarding, they agreed. Derek Bok said he was grateful to be able to draw on his wife’s vast knowledge of fields such as philosophy, literature, and psychology, calling that “hugely helpful” in his own work.Responding to a question about the role that media can play in people’s happiness, Sissela Bok, a senior visiting fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, said children as early as age 2 have a capacity for empathy and concern for others. “That can be either fostered or it can be eroded and worn down,” she said, “by the messages that come from the culture.”Children, she argued, have to resist messages from media that inundate them with visions of happiness and violence, and learn to “be skeptical” from an early age.Derek Bok said the overall conclusion drawn from his research concerns what fundamentally makes people happy. It’s ultimately not a flush bank account that sits at the true center of happiness, he said, but what people do that brings lasting joy.“On the whole, the things that happy people do and the things that make you happy tend to be things that are good for society and good for other people,” said Bok, such as being active in your community, being in a strong marriage, and engaging in “senseless acts of kindness.”In relating happiness to the academic realm, Derek Bok said less attention should be placed on the drive to develop a competitive workforce, and more should be geared toward creating a better-rounded education.Developing “ skills in the workplace comes at the expense of things that make people happier, like art and music and civic engagement … exercise, sports, and athletic pursuits,” said Bok.In colleges, teachers need to do a better job of informing students about “different professions, different vocations, different callings, and what we know about the effect they have on happiness.” Professional schools too should do more than just teach facts, but offer their students a vision of how they can “achieve a real sense of self-worth and fulfillment in a profession.”last_img read more

New study shows volcanic ash from Iceland can be deposited in European Alps and captured in ice core record

first_img Read Full Story Major volcanic eruptions in Iceland have disrupted flights and affected communications throughout Europe and the Northern Atlantic in recent years, making headlines worldwide. Large volcanic eruptions are known to alter climate for extended periods of time by releasing massive clouds of ash and gases into the stratosphere which can lower surface temperature — by blocking the sun — or alter precipitation patterns.Despite the broad geographic impact of such events, until now scientists believed that particles ejected from Icelandic volcanoes do not reach the European Alps due to the relatively large distance from the source. All ice cores collected in the Alps until now have shown no distinct layer of volcanic particles (tephra).A new article just published shows that—with a large enough volcanic eruption, under certain atmospheric conditions—ash can reach the European Alps and be captured in the ice record. The article, first-authored by Harvard undergraduate Matthew Luongo ’17, is the result of a partnerships between the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard (SoHP), and the Climate Change Institute (CCI) at the University of Maine, where Luongo was trained by world-renowned volcanologist, Professor Andrei Kurbatov.This discovery indicates that SoHP-CCI researchers can now study how similar eruptions have affected climate and weather patterns for at least the last 2,000 years. Drilling and collecting ice cores from glaciers is a time-tested method of studying past climate conditions. This article analyzed a core from the Colle Gnifetti glacier, in the Swiss-Italian Alps.A recent SoHP-CCI expedition collected the Colle Gnifetti core. The data obtained from it represent the highest resolution climate and pollution record in existence thanks to the use of a next-generation laser ablation ICP-MS system, at the W. M. Keck Laser Facility at CCI. With this record, SoHP-CCI scientists and historians are studying climate and pollution patterns from every year for the last two millennia, in most cases even reaching further precision within a year.Using a scanning electron microscope with energy-dispersive spectrometry, Luongo analyzed filtered, insoluble particles obtained by melting ice chips. He identified six in a layer dated to the nineteenth century. Analyzing their geochemical signature allowed the authors to conclude that the ash originated from a single volcanic eruption, likely Icelandic in origin. Luongo narrated his experience in the SoHP blog.This discovery of volcanic ash in the Colle Gnifetti ice core is highly significant because tephra, when geochemically matched to a certain eruption, allows precise dating of its ice layer. Other, similar volcanic markers within the core will help refine the dating of each layer. The study thus shows how the Colle Gnifetti ice record will contribute to our understanding of the climatic impact of volcanic eruptions in the past, informing our understanding of the future.The research was funded by the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Elizabeth Rausing, the W. M. Keck Foundation, the National Science Foundation, SoHP, and CCI. It was published in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.last_img read more