French ruling clarifies

first_imgFrench ruling clarifiesOn 25 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Restructuring and redundancies are going to be very much on the minds of HRpeople over the next few weeks as world markets go into free fall following theattack on the World Trade Center. In this climate it is important thatemployers are able to consult with staff about lay-offs in a way that does notjeopardise the company’s competitive position even further. In view of this, a French court’s decision last week in a case taken bytrade unions against Marks & Spencer will be welcomed by employers facingredundancies in Europe. The court ruled the company’s works council was legallyvalid as a forum to consult on closure of stores in France. This decision willgive confidence to all employers with works councils, provided the councilsmeet the requirements of the Works Council Directive. The story is not yet over for M&S however. The retailer faces anothercase which will decide on the technicality of whether the way it communicatedstore closures amounted to an announcement or a proposal. So firms will stillhave to take care to follow the correct procedures when consulting with staffabout restructuring. It’s so good to talk when you are at work Does it really make much difference what your office environment is like?Step into the average media, advertising or high-tech company these days andyou’re likely to find yourself in a funky, open-plan space more like a coffeebar than a traditional office. And the similarity doesn’t end there. Some organisations are deliberatelyencouraging employees to break off from work to chat with colleagues. last_img read more

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2021-05-12

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Ocean mixing beneath Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, West Antarctica

first_imgIce shelves around Antarctica are vulnerable to an increase in ocean-driven melting, with the melt rate depending on ocean temperature and the strength of flow inside the ice-shelf cavities. We present measurements of velocity, temperature, salinity, turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rate, and thermal variance dissipation rate beneath Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, West Antarctica. These measurements were obtained by CTD, ADCP, and turbulence sensors mounted on an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The highest turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rate is found near the grounding line. The thermal variance dissipation rate increases closer to the ice-shelf base, with a maximum value found ∼0.5 m away from the ice. The measurements of turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rate near the ice are used to estimate basal melting of the ice shelf. The dissipation-rate-based melt rate estimates is sensitive to the stability correction parameter in the linear approximation of universal function of the Monin-Obukhov similarity theory for stratified boundary layers. We argue that our estimates of basal melting from dissipation rates are within a range of previous estimates of basal melting.last_img read more

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2021-05-09

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Ex Countrywide director launches new business

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Ex Countrywide director launches new business previous nextLand & New HomesEx Countrywide director launches new businessThe Negotiator27th December 20190156 Views Michael Stone, a newbuild property expert, has launched Stone Real Estate selling brand new, high-specification homes in excellent locations with amenities to match.The former Countrywide Director of Land and New Homes, Michael has an unrivalled knowledge of the new build sector with over fifteen years of experience, during which time he won the Sunday Times: Best New Homes Agency while at Greene & Co.Michael has now developed a business that is more dynamic, entrepreneurial and personal than the typical estate agency, challenging existing industry methods with innovative digital operational strategies that disrupt the traditional norms of the off-plan sales sector.Stone Real Estate combines this digitally disruptive approach with an extensive local knowledge of London with an emphasis on guiding buyers through the purchasing process to deliver a new homes offering that you won’t find anywhere else in the sector.Stone Real Estate currently operates within London and the commuter belt with aspirations to deliver their model on a national basis.Michael Stone Stone Real Estate land and new homes London December 27, 2019Jenny van BredaWhat’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

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2021-05-07

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Bakewell Ovens Ltd in firing line over ovens

first_imgBakers have complained to British Baker about problems with Lancashire bio mass wood pellet oven specialist Bakewell Ovens Ltd, which went into administration last September. One craft baker said he had bought a bio mass wood pellet burning oven from Bakewell Ovens, which had broken down repeatedly, and attempted repairs had been unsatisfactory. He said: “Each day the oven does not work costs me £500 in lost earnings. I reckon it has cost me £50,000 so far.”Bakewell Ovens director Colin Jones told British Baker that one dissatisfied customer was making trouble for the company and that he had good relations with everyone else he dealt with.Bakewell Ovens Ltd, previously known as P&R Bakery Services Ltd and Quayside Motor Company Ltd, appointed administrator Leonard Curtis on 25 September, after filing a notice of intention to do so on 10 September. Leonard Curtis sold the business and its assets for £15,000 to Bakewell Ovens UK Ltd, which was incorporated on 17 September 2009 and of which Colin Jones is also a director.They blamed “a general downturn in the economy and a lack of demand for the product during 2009” for their client’s difficulties. Creditors were owed £112,858.90, including just under £50,000 owed to HM Revenue & Customs. Colin Jones said Bakewell Ovens Ltd had sold six ovens and Bakewell Ovens UK Ltd had sold a further five, with a major supermarket chain now interested.last_img read more

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2021-04-21

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Edme appoints Gary McIlwaine as production manager

first_imgIngredients supplier Edme has named Gary McIlwaine as its production manager.McIlwaine, who joined the business 15 years ago as a production operative, will head up a 35-strong production team. His role will be to ensure operations of the company’s mill, mixing plant, flaking plant and cereal in-take run smoothly. “Gary McIlwaine has spent many years working hard, being eager to learn and willing to take responsibility – huge congratulations,” said Edme operations and technical director Metin Fevzi.McIlwaine said his team would aim to develop the culture of the firm to support customers further.“There’s a positive work ethos at Edme, with people supporting each other to get jobs done and meet targets,” he said.“When you’re working with food, consistency, quality and safety are of the utmost concern. Everything has to be done to the highest standards. Thankfully, we have a fantastic team, and although my role has changed, I’ll be working with the same great people I know. I can’t wait to see what we achieve.”last_img read more

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2021-04-20

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Bruce Springsteen Shares Lead Single Off Forthcoming Solo Album, “Hello Sunshine” [Listen]

first_imgOn Thursday, Bruce Springsteen officially revealed his plans for his first new album in five years, to be titled, Western Stars. The new solo record is due out June 14th via Columbia Records. On Friday, Springsteen shared, “Hello Sunshine”, the lead single off of his forthcoming album.The album’s announcement on Thursday came after days of posting gradual visual hints to his social media accounts. The album marks Springsteen’s first collection of new, original songs since 2012’s Wrecking Ball. He had previously released an album of covers and re-worked originals, High Hopes, in 2014.As “The Boss” notes in a press release, “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It’s a jewel box of a record.”The announcement press release also notes that “13 tracks off ‘Western Stars’ encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.”Much like Springsteen’s previous two albums, Ron Aniello produced the project in addition to playing bass, keyboard and other instruments during the tracking sessions. Western Stars also features work from over 20 musicians, including original E Street Band keyboard player David Sancious and violinist Soozie Tyrell, as well as organist Charlie Giordano, who currently plays with the group. Jon Brion, who’s best known for his work with Kanye West and Fiona Apple, also contributed in playing celeste, Moog, and Farfisa to the album. Springsteen’s wife and E Street bandmate Patti Scialfa is responsible for the vocal arrangements on four songs and contributes her vocals on several others.Watch the lyric video for Springsteen’s new single “Hello Sunshine” below:Bruce Springsteen – “Hello Sunshine”[Video: Bruce Springsteen]Fans can head here to pre-order Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars album.last_img read more

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2021-03-02

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Seminarian to bike 1,150 miles for charity

first_imgTo spread the Catholic pro-life message, senior Stephen Barany, an undergraduate seminarian in Old College, will bike 1,150 miles from New Orleans to Chicago from May 21 to 29 with the charity Biking for Babies. According to a press release from the organization, Biking for Babies seeks to raise money for women in crisis pregnancies. In addition to biking 90 to 190 miles per day, the group of 10 riders will stop at parishes along the way to speak about the dignity of all life and campaign against abortion, according to the press release. “Biking for Babies is important because it is an opportunity to spread the good news of life,” Barany said. “It’s hard to believe, but people don’t often hear about the goodness of life.” Now in its fourth year, the Biking for Babies event hopes to gross $40,000, the press release stated. A major beneficiary of the fundraiser is the Women’s Care Center Foundation in South Bend, which, according to the press release, “offers pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, plus childbirth and newborn care classes and more.” However, Barany said the event is more than just a fundraiser. “Biking for Babies helps to build a culture open to life and practically provide for families who want to choose life,” Barany said. “Practically, the money we raise helps provide the means for women’s resource centers to continue their great work.” Biking for Babies was founded by Jimmy Becker and Mike Schaefer, University of Illinois alumni. Barany said Schaefer is one of his closest friends. Barany said he got involved with Biking for Babies last year by driving the support vehicle that accompanied the riders. “Last year, as the support driver, I saw the impact the ride had on the lives of individuals we met along the way,” he said. “People at parishes, gas stations and even grocery stores were excited for the work we were doing. They wanted to know more about us and do more for the pro-life cause.” Barany said his Catholic faith shapes his pro-life outlook. “I’d like to think that the life I lead is informed and shaped by the Easter message that Christ is risen,” he said. “I try never to forget John 10:10: ‘Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.’” Biking for Babies effectively publicizes the needs of women affected by crisis pregnancies through a pro-life lens, Barany said. “With public discussion so centered on policy, rights and economy, people forget the real issue at hand,” he said. “It’s not a matter of numbers and statistics. It’s about real people with real problems who need and deserve more than what society offers them. It’s about communicating the dignity of every life and honoring women by giving them a real chance to choose life.” Participating in Biking for Babies will truly make a difference in the lives of women affected by crisis pregnancies, Barany said. “I believe that Biking for Babies has the power to change and save lives,” he said. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t be involved.” For more information about Biking for Babies, visit bikingforbabies.com.last_img read more

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2021-01-26

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Saint Mary’s senior takes on national writing challenge

first_imgWriters across the country will turn the page on another year of NaNoWriMo — short for National Novel Writing Month — on Wednesday.Saint Mary’s senior Mary Brophy said she plans to participate in the month-long writing program.“It is a program where you are racing against yourself to write a novella-length story that is usually around 80 pages long,” she said.  “The cutoff is usually 50,000 words … and if you reach that at the end of the month then you get a series of prizes.”Brophy said she has participated in the program for a number of years.“This is my fifth year doing it,” she said. “I started as a junior in high school and I have been doing it ever since —except [for] sophomore year.”Ultimately, Brophy said, she decided to take on the challenge of NaNoWriMo in order to push herself. She said she used to write with a friend, who encouraged her to try the program.“[Writing novels] is something I really enjoy, so I thought that having the opportunity to really push myself would be a good idea,” she said.Year after year, Brophy said she continues to return to the program because she wants to continue to test her limits.“I decided it would be a good challenge for me to keep on doing it, over and over again [each year] to keep pushing my boundaries of what I think I can write in a certain amount of time,” she said.Brophy said the program has helped her get her ideas from her mind to the page, as the specific timeframe helps her to focus.“Having one month where I say this is the one thing I am going to focus on and then going through that entire story as much as I can is a good release for me to figure out how that story is going to work out.” she said “ … Having that basis there and being able to get out all of the ideas and figure out if the story is going to work at all is good for me.”The program is important for those who cannot start the process of sitting down and writing, Brophy said.“It is a great way for people to really practice their writing and also just to get ideas out,” she said. “I am the kind of person who thinks way too much about what I’m trying to write and I end up putting things off for forever because it never feels like the right time. NaNoWriMo is a great time to put aside those thoughts … and just get words out.”Tags: NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, writing challengelast_img read more

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2021-01-26

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Jamestown Man Charged With Possession Of Fentanyl Compound

first_imgShare: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) MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man was arrested Friday morning while allegedly in possession of 13 glassine envelopes containing approximately 2.6 grams of a fentanyl compound, according to the Jamestown Police Deparment.Police say they originally responded to the area of Foote Avenue for a report of a male wearing a dark hoodie was attempting to light an object on fire in the street.Officers reportedly discovered a man matching the description, later identified as 32-year-old William E. Jackson, Jr.Jackson, Jr. reportedly had an outstanding warrant out of the City of Dunkirk. He was taken to Jamestown City Jail on a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance before being released to Dunkirk PD on apperance tickets.last_img read more

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2021-01-18

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Alex Brightman Will Headline Lloyd Webber’s B’way-Bound School of Rock

first_img School of Rock – The Musical Broadway.com has learned that Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to publicly workshop his latest project, the Great White Way-bound stage adaptation of School of Rock, at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. The tryout will star Broadway alum Alex Brightman (no relation!). “We need feedback—the kind that comes from an audience, hopefully not our sound system,” said the composer in an email to invited theatergoers on May 29. Based on the hit 2003 movie of the same name, the concert staging will begin performances from next week.Brightman will play the lead role of Dewey; he has also been seen on Broadway in Big Fish, Matilda, Wicked and Glory Days. School of Rock is scheduled to begin previews on November 2 and officially open on December 6 at the Great White Way’s Winter Garden Theatre; no confirmation yet on casting for the Main Stem incarnation of the show.Directed by Les Miz’s Laurence Connor, the tuner will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. The film was penned by Mike White, directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.”It’s a wonderful movie about what the power of music can be for kids,” Lloyd Webber told Broadway.com in an exclusive interview (see below) about why he was attracted to the story. The theater legend went on to emphasize “that it’s Jack Black’s movie and it’s Mike White’s movie and Mike’s a terrific writer and I do not want in any way to make it a kind of Andrew Lloyd Webber show—it has to be true to the original for it to work.”School of Rock marks the first time Lloyd Webber has opened a show on Broadway before London since Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 View Comments Star Files Alex Brightmanlast_img read more

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2021-01-18

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