Aldi in five-year partnership to raise £5m for Teenage Cancer Trust

first_imgIf you have corporate partnerships, have you spotted companies preferring a longer partnership? If so, do comment below. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis48 Other charitable support from Aldi Aldi in five-year partnership to raise £5m for Teenage Cancer Trust Supermarket Aldi is embarking on its first five-year partnership with a UK charity by committing to raise £5 million for Teenage Cancer Trust.The move to a longer-term charity partnership will help Teenage Cancer Trust reach more 13-24 olds with cancer, half of whom do not have access to their specialist support and services.Aldi is the UK’s joint fifth largest supermarket with over 690 stores and over 29,000 employees. It expects to open another 70 stores this year. Yesterday it reported record sales for DecemberThe retailer will encourage its staff and customers to support the fundraising campaign. In addition it will utilise its national resources to support the charity. For example, it will match its regional depots with regional units in NHS hospitals “to provide the most meaningful local impact at national scale”.  Teenage Cancer Trust works in partnership with the NHS to provide highly-trained expert staff and specialist cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK. It is there from diagnosis, through treatment and after treatment. Mary Dunn, Communications Director at Aldi UK, said:“At Aldi, we ensure quality food is available at everyday low prices as we believe it shouldn’t be the right of a privileged few – and we feel the same about specialist care for young people facing cancer. That’s why we’re extremely proud to be supporting Teenage Cancer Trust through this sustained legacy partnership.“By committing to a five year relationship we can make a truly tangible impact and help close the gap between those who are supported as they face cancer and those currently out of the system”.  158 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis48 Howard Lake | 13 January 2017 | Newscenter_img Aldi’s carrier bags raised £775,000 for RSPB in just one year.Proceeds from the sale of Aldi’s carrier bags are donated to the RSPB as part of a partnership agreement. In the first year this raised £775,000 for the environment charity.Aldi’s Christmas 2016 TV advert supported Barnardo’s.Aldi is the official supermarket partner of Team GB, and has extended this commitment to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.In June 2016 Aldi UK teamed up with international development charity Farm Africa, in a three-year partnership to support young farmers in Kenya. The supermarket pledged to donate £260,000 to fund Growing Futures, a project to educate young people in sustainable agriculture, which is being run by Farm Africa in Kitale, Western Kenya.  Tagged with: charity of the year corporate  157 total views,  1 views today Albert Hall fundraising concertsAldi is the headline sponsor of Teenage Cancer Trust’s fundraising concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2017. Since 2000, these events have raised over £24 million for the charity, enabling it to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK.Kate Collins, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Teenage Cancer Trust, said:“We’re so pleased and proud to be partnering with our friends at Aldi. Together with Aldi’s staff and customers, we’re going to have loads of fun raising a significant amount of money to help ensure no young person faces cancer alone.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

IAC leader speaks on Guantanamo, secret U.S. prisons

first_imgSara FloundersInternational Action Center co-director Sara Flounders was interviewed by RT News on Jan. 29 regarding the trials held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; U.S. secret prisons; and the use of torture by the U.S. Her comments also included the case of Aafia Siddiqui and other Muslim political prisoners. The six-minute video segment can be seen at tinyurl.com/atf88t8.Pretrial hearings began at a war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo Bay on Jan. 28 for five defendants facing trial in the 9/11 attacks. Among them is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged “mastermind” of the attacks, who was tortured by waterboarding at least 183 times during his incarceration. Four others are charged with lesser crimes, and all five defendants have been in U.S. custody for a decade now.Flounders issued a background statement on behalf of the IAC Jan. 29 which put in context the current situation facing the 9/11 prisoners and others held by the U.S. around the world:“According to U.N. investigations in 2010 there [were] more than 27,000 prisoners held by the U.S. in more than 100 secret prisons around the world and on 17 ships as floating prisons. These are almost entirely Muslim prisoners.“According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, 92 percent of the prisoners held just at Guantanamo are not ‘Al-Qaeda fighters’ by the U.S. government’s own records, and 22 were under 18 years of age when captured.“Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the five now on trial at Guantanamo, was subjected to waterboard torture 183 times. He wore a camouflaged vest to court to make the point that he was once part of the U.S.-armed-and-paid mujahideen force in Afghanistan in the 1980s and the U.S. proxy army in Bosnia in 1990s. The U.S. can be expected to treat its proxy army in Syria and Libya in the same way.“U.S. government-targeted kidnappings and assassinations today continue through daily drone attacks with Hellfire missiles in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Mali and as far away as the Philippines. Again, thousands of civilians, including youth and women, are among the victims.“President Barack Obama had promised to close Guantanamo Prison as one of his first acts as president in 2009. Yesterday [Jan. 28] it was decided instead to close the office and eliminate the special envoy, Daniel Fried, whose role was to close the prison at Guantanamo. Fried’s role will now be to intensify the sanctions on Iran and Syria.“Close Guantanamo and ALL U.S. secret prisons! End the drone wars! End the sanctions!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Six Gambia Press Union journalists pardoned and released

first_img News RSF_en News News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Help by sharing this information to go further Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom August 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Gambia Newscenter_img September 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six Gambia Press Union journalists pardoned and released Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the six journalists – all members of the Gambia Press Union – who were given two-year jail sentences on sedition charges on 6 August were released yesterday evening from the prisons where they were being held, Mile Two and Mile Jeshwang, after receiving a pardon from President Yahya Jammeh.“The happy ending must not be allowed to eclipse the injustice these six leading journalists suffered,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Despite being innocent, they spent a month in prison, far from their families and, in some cases, at a danger to their lives because of poor health. We hope they can now be safely reunited with their families and colleagues and that, in the wake of this pardon, the president will now loosen the vice on the Gambian media.”The six GPU journalists were freed after the state TV station GRTS quoted the president’s office as saying they had been “pardoned” by the president. Reporters Without Borders has been told that President Jammeh’s grounds for issuing the pardon were to mark Ramadan.Relatives of the journalists talked today to Reporters Without Borders about their joy. “Last night, I could not believe it,” one said. “The ordeal is over,” another said. “We have been courageous and now we hope that the persecution will end.”The Banjul high court convicted the journalists on six charges ranging from defamation to “seditious publication” for issuing a joint statement on behalf of the GPU calling on President Jammeh to recognise his government’s responsibility for journalist Deyda Hydara’s murder in 2004. Read the GPU statement The six freed journalists are: – Sarata Jabbi-Dibba, Gambia Press Union vice-president- Emil Touray, GPU secretary-general- Pa Modou Fall, GPU treasurer- Pap Saine, publisher of the independent newspaper The Point and Reuters correspondent- Ebrima Sawaneh, The Point editor- Sam Sarr, editor of the opposition newspaper Foroyaa Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder January 27, 2020 Find out more GambiaAfrica GambiaAfrica July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

The Trouble With G-Fees: Industry Insights

first_img Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Guaranteed Fees 2019-05-15 Seth Welborn Subscribe Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Home / Daily Dose / The Trouble With G-Fees: Industry Insights Previous: Fannie Mae Announces $822M Non-Performing Loan Auction Next: The State of SFR Investments Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Guaranteed Fees The Trouble With G-Fees: Industry Insights Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago In an attempt to prevent increases in fees paid by individuals seeking a mortgage through the GSEs when those fees are used to fund unrelated federal spending, Senators David Perdue and Bob Menendez, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, released a bill to regulate the usage of guaranteed fees (G-Fees).“It’s time for Congress to cut the budget gimmicks and back-door tax hikes on middle class Americans,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Banking and Budget Committees, in a statement. “Any increase of guarantee fees should be used to protect taxpayers from mortgage losses, not as an artificial offset whenever Congress decides to spend more money. Ultimately, the federal government should budget responsibly for its needs, just like people in the real world.”The bill has received support from key real estate and mortgage experts. “The National Association of Realtors commends Senators David Perdue and Bob Menendez for taking action to secure America’s housing finance system,” said National Association of Realtors President John Smaby. “By preventing Congress from using GSE revenues to fund unrelated federal government spending, this legislation will help to protect taxpayers and countless potential homebuyers, ensuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can continue helping families and credit worthy individuals achieve the American Dream. This is the mission Congress outlined for the GSEs when they were first chartered, and NAR will continue working with Congress to support the critical role Fannie and Freddie play in our housing market.”“MBA applauds Senators Perdue and Menendez for their commitment to protect current and future homeowners from unnecessary costs,” said Mortgage Bankers Association President and CEO Bob Broeksmit. “Guarantee fees are a critical risk management tool used by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to protect against losses. Any increase of these fees that is not related to housing is effectively a tax on home ownership. MBA will continue to advocate on behalf of policies that both ensure a healthy real estate market and provide consumers with affordable, sustainable housing choices.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles May 15, 2019 944 Views last_img read more

J&K : SC Refuses to Entertain Plea Against 100% Domicile Reservation In Public Employment; Asks Petitioner To Move HC

first_imgTop StoriesJ&K : SC Refuses to Entertain Plea Against 100% Domicile Reservation In Public Employment; Asks Petitioner To Move HC Sanya Talwar14 July 2020 11:28 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to entertain a plea challenging 100% domicile reservation in public employment, prevalent in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta & Ravindra Bhat granted liberty to the Petitioner lawyer to approach the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir instead.The plea had been filed by Ladakh based lawyer Najmul…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to entertain a plea challenging 100% domicile reservation in public employment, prevalent in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta & Ravindra Bhat granted liberty to the Petitioner lawyer to approach the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir instead.The plea had been filed by Ladakh based lawyer Najmul Huda through Advocate Nishant Khatri (also a Petitioner), challenging Sections 3A, 5A, 6, 7 & 8 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act, 2020, as violative of Article 14, 16, 19 & 21 of the Constitution.The Petitioners contended that since abrogation of Article 370, the UT is equally subject to all laws and Supreme Court judgments that are applicable to the rest of the country. Therefore, if any reservation has to be granted in the UT on the basis of residence, the same may be done only in consonance with Article 16(3) of the Constitution.In this backdrop it is asserted, Section 5A of the Act which stipulates that no person shall be eligible for appointment to any post unless he is a domicile of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, would render the guarantee of equal opportunity under Article 16(3) “meaningless” and “illusory”.Significantly, this provision was inserted in the Act by way of an executive order passed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on March 31, 2020, in exercise of “powers to modify” under Section 96 of the Act.The Petitioners contended that,”Parliament has never delegated law making power of Article 16(3) of Constitution to the central government under Section-96 of J&K reorganization Act, 2019. Power Delegated under Section-96 was only for the purpose of facilitating the application of already prevailing law in former state of J&K or to make laws (which were applicable in rest of India) applicable to new Union territories of J&K and Ladakh. Every modification or adaption of any law shall be done in that reference only and not beyond.”The plea further pointed out that reservations contemplated in Article 16 should not exceed 50%.”100% reservation on the basis of domicile or residence is unambiguous violation of the law as it would render the guarantee of equal opportunity contained in Articles 16(1) and 16(2) wholly meaningless and illusory. Supreme Court has time and again made it clear that the reservations contemplated in Article 16 should not exceed 50%. Hence, 100% reservation for domicile of Union territory of J&K is clear cut violation of law laid down by Supreme court,” the plea states.On March 31, the Ministry issued the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of State Laws) Order 2020 which notified changes in the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act Section 5A of the Act stated that Level 4 posts will be reserved for domiciles.This was later modified on April 3, vide the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Second Order, 2020, which amended above said Section 5A to substitute “a post carrying a pay scale of not more than Level-4 (25500)” with “any post”. As a result, Section 5A now reads as : “Subject to the provisions of this Act, no person shall be eligible for appointment to any post unless he is a domicile of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir”Next Storylast_img read more

NLSIU Not A State University; Govt Funding ‘Very Minuscule’ : University Tells Karnataka HC

first_imgNews UpdatesNLSIU Not A State University; Govt Funding ‘Very Minuscule’ : University Tells Karnataka HC Mustafa Plumber27 Aug 2020 8:18 AMShare This – xThe National Law School of India University on Thursday informed the Karnataka High Court that it is not a ‘State university’ as is being contended by the State of Karnataka. Senior Advocate Uday Holla appearing for the Institution submitted : “The submission of the state government that NLSIU is a State University is not correct.” He relied on section 3 of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe National Law School of India University on Thursday informed the Karnataka High Court that it is not a ‘State university’ as is being contended by the State of Karnataka.  Senior Advocate Uday Holla appearing for the Institution submitted : “The submission of the state government that NLSIU is a State University is not correct.” He relied on section 3 of the Karnataka Universities Act, which specifies which are the Universities which are deemed universities. It also specifies that Managlore, Bangalore, Gulbarga and Mysore Universities, are State Universities. Secondly, the Karnataka State Law University Act, section 6 (II) (iv) excludes the NLS from the ambit of the Act. The submission was made during the hearing of a batch of petitions challenging the 25 percent domicile reservation introduced by the state government on April 27, for Karnataka Students. A division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice Ravi V Hosmani was informed by the University that the Executive Council has not passed any resolution on providing the reservation and left it to the court to decide. Holla said “The University said as of date apply the Amendment Act, subject to the decision of the court.” Holla also gave details about the budgetary allocation of the University. “Total budgetary estimate for this year is Rs 30 crore. We get funds from various sources. Major source is the efe we collect from students for regular courses as well as distance education courses. We also get institutional fees for projects we get. State funding is ‘very minuscule’. This year it is Rs 50 lakh. In the last 16 years on an average from the state we have received 50 lakh annually.” In response to the query of the court on how the 25 percent reservation is allocated and how the 5 percent concession of marks is given to Karnataka Students. Holla clarified that “No candidate will get marks beyond the ‘total marks’ of the exam after being given the concession marks under the reservation.” He concluded by saying “We (NLSIU) are conducting Kannada classes for the first time this year. It is not that the University is against Kannadigas or Karnataka, we even offered to the state to do the reservation in a phased manner.” Adv Lakshmi Menon appearing for the Consortium of National Law Universities told the Court that an interim order at this stage will affect the applicants. Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadgi will make his submission on August 31. In March, the Karnataka State Assembly passed the National Law School Of India (Amendment) Act, 2020, which received the Karnataka Governor’s assent on April 27. As per this amendment, NLSIU should reserve horizontally twenty-five percent of seats for ‘students of Karnataka’. The amendment inserts the following proviso in Section 4 of the National Law School of India Act :- “Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act and the regulations made thereunder, the school shall reserve horizontally twenty-five percent of seats for students of Karnataka.” As per the explanation of this section, “student of Karnataka” means a student who has studied in any one of the recognized educational institutions in the State for a period of not less than ten years preceding to the qualifying examination.”Report about previous hearings may be read here :’Domicile Reservation Goes Against Objective Of National Law School’: Bar Council Of India Tells Karnataka HC ‘It Will Only Help Students Of Elite Schools’: Karnataka HC Asks State To Clarify Who Will Benefit From NLSIU Domicile Reservation Next Storylast_img read more

Ag leader goes to Montgomery

first_img Email the author Print Article Ag leader goes to Montgomery You Might Like Maxine Ellen Fields Maxine Ellen Fields, age 86, a resident of Elmore, AL died Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at her home. Funeral services… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Published 9:18 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2011 “Every two years, each participating county selects an emerging leader in agriculture through an application process. The applicants can be directly or indirectly involved in some field of agriculture. Some of the class members are farmers and others are involved in related fields of agriculture.”The 2009-11 Agricultural Leaders For Alabama class will graduate in December and Pritchett said the program has been beneficial to her, as a teacher and as an emerging leader in the field of agriculture.“This program has been a great learning experience because we have learned about issues facing agriculture in the near future, about business in general and we’ve had opportunities to develop our leadership skills,” Pritchett said. “One important issue that we are facing is that of migrant workers. The immigration bill will have a great affect on the workforce that is struggling to plant and harvest crops with a shortage of workers.”Pritchett said the Forever Wild program will be debated because it is affecting farmland availability because private land is being used for hunting and other forms of recreation.center_img “Monica and I had an opportunity to meet with our area legislators about issues that affect agriculture and the state budget process,” Pritchett said. “We heard the state-of-the-state address by Gov. Robert Bentley and our class had a special meeting with State Treasure Young Boozer.”Pritchett said other meetings were held with Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillan and Alabama Department of Environmental Management Director Lance LeFleur.“Agricultural Leaders For Alabama is a two-year program and each class has about 20 members,” Pritchett said. By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Participants in the Agricultural Leaders For Alabama program recently attended a three-day program on state government in Montgomery. The leaders included Kelly Pritchett of Pike County and Monica Carroll of Dale County. From left are Agriculture Leaders For Alabama Program Director Mitt Walker, Pritchett, Carroll and A.L.F.A. Program Director Brandon Moore.Two leaders in the field of agriculture who are a part of the Pike County community attended in a three-day program on state government in Montgomery last week.Kelly Pritchett of Pike County and Monica Carroll of Dale County are participants in the Agricultural Leaders For Alabama program, which is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation.Pritchett is an instructor at the Agriscience and Technology Center Academy at Goshen High School and Carroll is a member of the Pioneer Farmers Market in Troy. Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “The cost of farm land is being driven up and, too, there is less land to farm,” Pritchett said.“There are many issues that will have an impact on Alabama agriculture in the near future and, as leaders in agriculture, we will have to face them.”last_img read more

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in on criminal charges

first_imgTim Boxer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police in New York City Friday morning to face criminal charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.The charges against Weinstein will not be revealed until he appears in court but the disgraced movie producer is expected to be charged with raping a woman and forcing another to perform oral sex, law enforcement sources told ABC News.The criminal sex act charge stems from an allegation brought by Lucia Evans, who has said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during what she thought would be a casting call. The rape charge stems from an allegation by a woman who has not been publicly identified.Evans told The New Yorker magazine last year that in 2004, Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him.Weinstein, 66, has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct and has been investigated by the New York Police Department, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Los Angeles Police Department and U.K. authorities. He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.Still, consequences for Weinstein were swift and severe: Immediately after the first allegations emerged last October, he was terminated by his production company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His personal life imploded too: Weinstein’s wife of more than a decade, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, announced that she was leaving him. Their divorce has yet to be finalized.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HR Hartley

first_imgDiscarding sick pay is not the remedyPeople get sick. It is a fact of life. Our bodies are engines and they aresubject to breaking down once in a while. So the idea of sweeping away sick payaltogether is just crazy. What would you rather have? Sick people staggering into the office or factoryto liberally spread their germs around, under-perform and wheeze overcustomers, or sick people who stay at home until they get better and can getback to doing a good job? Of course there are people who say they’re sick when they’re not. There arepeople who take a day off in the name of illness to watch the footie, goskydiving, or get over a hangover – a smattering of people without aconscience, who feel someone else owes them a living. But in my 25 years ofworking experience, it is only the minority who are out to take advantage oftheir employers. So why punish the majority, the goodies? If HR is concerned about sick leave– and the truckload of correspondence about the subject in this magazine aloneindicates that we are – then we need to do more to deter the baddies. For starters, there’s the usual: employment contracts should clearly statehow many sick days a person is entitled to, and when someone needs a doctor’scertificate as proof of illness. But maybe we should also challenge serial sickie-throwers,for example, and train managers to stand up to them. We could state that oursick leave policy will not be abused, and how we will measure abuse. We couldintroduce ’emergency days’ that allow staff to legitimately take a day off todeal with an unexpected occurrence. Because there must be other ways aroundthis problem. Hartley is an HR director at large Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR HartleyOn 22 Jun 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Challenges ahead for Alaska oil drilling, despite controversial green light

first_imgAlaska presents a challenging environment for oil drillingAdded to that is the practical difficulty – and associated high operational costs – of working in a logistically-challenging environment. “In the event of successful discoveries, there is also the issue of the new infrastructure needed for development,” said Lara.“This is in a region where weather conditions provide only a few months for an optimal work environment and where the cost of projects increase as the weather worsens.”But while the operational conditions may deter some companies from interest in the ANWR, others with experience in the Alaskan region may consider it a risk worth taking.“Although some major oil companies have left Alaska, other big players still remain, together with smaller, regionally-focused operators,” Lara added.“These companies have the expertise to explore and drill in the region and can be genuinely interested in expanding their acreage. In any case, potential production from the ANWR will take no less than ten years to materialise assuming no delays due to legal setbacks. It is surely a long-term bet that can make economic sense to some operators, even with its inherent risks.” US presidential election could add further complicationThe decision this week signs off a process set in motion by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which authorised leasing rights on a 1.56 million-acre section of the ANWR’s Coastal Plain region.Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said: “Congress directed us to hold lease sales in the ANWR Coastal Plain, and we have taken a significant step in meeting our obligations by determining where and under what conditions the oil and gas development program will occur.”Under the new rules, two leasing sales, no less than 400,000 acres each, must be made before the end of 2024. Secretary Bernhardt has suggested the first of these auctions could take place before the end of this year.But with a presidential election due in November, political factors could prove an additional hurdle on the path to opening up the ANWR. Democratic nominee Joe Biden – who is running a clean energy manifesto in stark contrast to President Trump’s continued commitment to fossil fuels – has pledged to oppose drilling in the Alaskan wildlife refuge if elected.“What might be most troubling for potential investors is the environmental and legal procedures that are inevitably becoming more and more influenced by the political agenda of the US,” said Lara. Environmental pushback and industry downturn threaten to disrupt Trump administration plans to open up protected Alaska wilderness to oil exploration The ANWR is estimated to hold between four and 12 billion barrels of recoverable oil reserves The road to oil and gas production in the Alaska Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) will not be straightforward, despite the decision this week to open the area up to drilling activities.On Monday (17 August), the US Interior Department formalised a leasing programme that will auction off drilling rights for the formerly-protected region, marking a victory for the Trump administration which has long coveted its oil potential to boost the president’s domestic energy agenda.But with oil and gas producers strapped for cash amid the worst industry downturn on record, and mounting global pressure to move away from fossil-fuel dependence as the climate crisis grows more urgent, the market conditions for exploring a difficult new region are far from ideal.“The recoverable reserves from within the ANWR will require additional exploration and appraisal, which, in the current investment climate, is an expenditure few operators can afford,” said GlobalData’s senior oil and gas analyst Adrian Lara.Current estimates of up to 11.8 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the Alaska ANWR are based on geological assessments and seismic data that is four decades old, he added, meaning “more drilling is needed to reduce uncertainties regarding the size and quality of the resource”. Legal challenges on the horizonEfforts to open up the ANWR to oil exploration have been underway since the 1980s under the Republican administration of Ronald Reagan, but until now the vast 19.3 million-acre wilderness, which is home to polar bears, migrating birds and herds of caribou, has been kept off limits by Democratic lawmakers.Environmentalists and native Alaskan groups have promised to appeal the decision in court, setting up the prospect of a lengthy legal battle that could further disrupt the process.“We will continue to fight this at every turn, in the courts, in Congress and in the corporate boardrooms,” warned Adam Kolton, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League. “Any oil company that would seek to drill in the Arctic Refuge will face enormous reputational, legal and financial risks.”Gina McCarthy, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, added: “The Trump administration never stops pushing to drill in the Arctic Refuge – and we will never stop suing them. The reckless, relentless boosting of the oil industry will irrevocably damage this cherished place and compound the global climate crisis.”The American Petroleum Institute (API) welcomed the decision, however, saying it would create well-paying jobs and a new revenue stream for Alaska. Senior vice president at the trade group, Frank Macchiarola, added: “Our industry will continue to build on its long track record of partnering with wildlife organisations and local communities in the state to implement strong environmental protections while leveraging new technology to safely and responsibly develop these important energy resources.Last week, the Trump administration scored another contentious victory in its push to boost the US oil and gas industry. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed a relaxation of regulations on methane emissions for oil and gas companies that effectively releases them from the obligation of monitoring and controlling the release of the greenhouse gas in their operations.last_img read more