Fire service’s disappointment at talks failure

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first_imgFire service’s disappointment at talks failureOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Firefighters’employers are disappointed that the eight-day strike action over pay was notpostponed.Theemployers said talks were almost complete after agreeing a 16 per cent payincrease – taking basic pay to £25,000 a year by November 2003.Theparties also made agreements on overtime and the introduction of a moreflexible work system alongside the current ‘four on, four off’ shiftpattern.     However,the Government refused to fund the £80m needed to complete the deal.JimChrystie, spokesman for the Employers’ Organisation for Local Government, said:”We are very disappointed, there was no reason why the strikes should goahead as we were very close to an agreement.”Almosttwo-thirds of HR professionals do not support the strike, according toPersonneltoday.com’s barometer poll.Ofthe 252 votes, 160 were against the industrial action. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Agent behind tenant fees ban e-petition reveals what he thinks of government response

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first_imgFirstly, thanks to everyone who has supported our campaign so far. It shows the strength in our views and in my opinion outweighs the 4,700 [consultation process] responses on which the draft [Tenant Fees Bill] was based on.Do you think they made the 4,700 people who offered their feedback aware that their rents will be dramatically rising come 2019 (which has been widely acknowledged and wholly ignored)?Perhaps the government should take some feedback from the people who will be losing their jobs/businesses?And perhaps they should take some feedback from the people that will no longer be able to pass references because their affordability no longer meets the higher rents threshold which would you believe, has been acknowledged…and ignored.To say I am disappointed with the response would be a huge understatement and to be honest is a mockery to the hours committed to raising awareness and acquiring signatures.Tenant fees banAt no point does this response consider that a fee cap would be a fair and just solution nor do they make any attempt to explain as to why it would not be a fair and just solution –  instead admitting that enforcing a complete ban is an easier option for them.It seems the giants in the industry have bowed down to the legislation (even though this is still a draft) and given up entirely to the idea of a fee cap as opposed to a complete ban.We need more pressure from the top – it was clear to me that I would not get this when both ARLA and ZPG refused to help with my campaign.Which is more than I can say for Rightmove who just didn’t call back…With the lack of said support it looks like unless we hit the 100,000 signatures this is already a done deal and my final words would be good luck to all independent letting agents who have worked hard for their positions and for those who do not make it through this transitional period.I honestly wish you the very best in the future!Rob Farrelly is a founding partner in Essex agency Friend & Farrelly Property Services.Sign the e-petition here. Rob Farrelly tenant fees ban e-petition e-petition 206569 Friend &Farrelly February 21, 2018Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Hill, Harry Albert Lettings & Estates Harry Albert Lettings & Estates 22nd February 2018 at 4:06 pmWe have decided that, as the government really doesn’t want to entertain ideas that actually have the best interests of both of our clients at heart, landlords and tenants, we will favour our landlords and advise them to increase the rent propertionate to our tenant fees that we currently charge.This means tenants will be forced to pay more than our fees if they stay in the property longer than a year but unfortunately, we are not a charity and we simply cannot afford to absorb the costs, what with money laundering costs, redress scheme costs, the likelihood of being forced to pay for CMP by the likes of Property Mark who fail to reprimand their members who are convicted of offences (including Foxtons and Spicerhart).I guess the government has until 2019 to reconsider the damage they’re going to do to the tenants who live in properties owned by our landlord clients.We don’t want our tenants to be unfairly charged more than our tenant fees but the government wants an outright ban, increased rents is the only way we can absorb these costs.At least landlords are happy at increased rents and we earn more in management fees over time so as a for profit business, we’re happy too. Its just a shame its at the expense of our tenants.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Agent behind tenant fees ban e-petition reveals what he thinks of government response previous nextRegulation & LawAgent behind tenant fees ban e-petition reveals what he thinks of government responseThe young letting agent who started the e-petition signed by nearly 11,000 people calling for a cap rather than a ban vents his frustration at the result.Rob Farrelly21st February 20181 Comment2,351 Viewslast_img read more

Fatal crash on Franklin Road

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first_imgA man died Sunday night after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree. (Photo provided by Jay Police Department)JAY – A man was found dead at a crash scene Sunday after officers responded to a call of “erratic driving.”On Feb. 14, around 11 p.m., officers were alerted to a vehicle that was reportedly going fast and operating erratically heading south on Route 133/Franklin Road from Farmington. The 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee was found shortly after just north of Lomie Rivers Road. Officer Rex Schweighofer discovered the vehicle, as well as 24-year-old Eban Johnston of Jay who died from the crash. Johnston reportedly went off the road while taking a slight turn, struck a tree and rolled over.The Jay Police Department was assisted by Wilton Police Department, Livermore Falls Police Department, Maine State Police, Auburn Police Department, Androscoggin County Sheriffs Department, Jay Fire Department and NorthStar Ambulance.last_img read more

Dell EMC Maintains ‘Commanding Market Share Lead’ in HPC Storage

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first_imgA new report from Intersect360 Research says Dell EMC maintains a commanding market share lead in high-performance storage and is also the leader in total HPC solutions revenue.The worldwide HPC storage market continues to grow, and once again Dell EMC is maintaining a significant market-share lead, according to a new report from Intersect360 Research.[1]“The HPC storage category grew to approximately $5.7 billion worldwide in 2018, up 1.0% from 2017,” Intersect 360 Research notes. “Dell EMC maintained a commanding market share lead, with above-average revenue growth.”Intersect360 Research defines HPC as the use of servers, clusters, and supercomputers — plus associated software, tools, components, storage, and services — for scientific, engineering, or analytical tasks that are particularly intensive in computation, memory usage or data management. The Dell EMC portfolio covers that entire spectrum of hardware, software and services for organizations that rely on HPC systems.In terms of the broader HPC market, Dell EMC continues to lead the category for combined HPC server and storage share. In addition, Dell EMC is closing in on HPE for the top spot in the HPC server market, and Dell EMC is the leader in total HPC solutions revenue, according to Intersect360 Research.[2]“HPE held the number-one position for HPC server revenue for the sixth straight year, but its gap over number-two Dell EMC has narrowed to a thin margin,” Intersect360 Research reports. “Dell EMC also has the number-one revenue share position for storage for HPC applications, ahead of number-two NetApp. Counting all products and services, Dell EMC is the leader in total HPC solutions revenue.”Findings like these suggest that Dell EMC is ideally positioned to serve as a trusted partner for the design, development and deployment of leading-edge HPC systems. That’s a point that Thierry Pellegrino, vice president of HPC at Dell EMC, underscores in a recent news release.“Organizations are increasingly using HPC and AI technology as tools to gain greater insight and value from their data,” Thierry says. “Getting started and using these technologies can be complex, so we’re focused on making it simpler for organizations of all sizes. We’ve engineered Dell EMC Ready Solutions as tested and validated configurations that help our customers more easily and quickly benefit from HPC and AI technologies to reach their ultimate goals.”[3]Key takeawaysIntersect360 Research determined:Dell EMC maintains a commanding market share lead in HPC storage.Dell EMC leads the category for combined HPC server and storage market share.Dell EMC is the leader in total HPC solutions revenue.To learn moreFor a closer look at the Intersect360 Research findings on the HPC storage markets, see the executive summary for the report “Worldwide High Performance Computing 2018 Total Market Model: Storage Revenue Shares.”For a look at the firm’s findings on the broader HPC market, see the news release “Intersect360 Research Releases Latest HPC Worldwide Market Numbers.”[1] Intersect360 Research, “Worldwide High Performance Computing 2018 Total Market Model: Storage Revenue Shares,” May 29, 2019[2] Intersect360 Research, “Intersect360 Research Releases Latest HPC Worldwide Market Numbers,” June 7, 2019[3] Dell Technologies, “Dell Technologies Simplifies Customers’ Path to Innovation with AI and High Performance Computing,” June 17, 2019last_img read more

Late-Summer, Fall Fruits for Wild Garden

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first_imgI’ve often heard folks complain about two problems with fruit trees in their yards.One is that mammals or birds are eating the fruit. “How do we stop this?”they ask.The second goes like this: “Robert, I really think we ought to cut down that crabapple. The rotten fruit always makes such a mess on the lawn.”These problems say interesting things to a backyard wildlife habitat manager. Animalsare attracted to fruit, and some trees put out a lot.The alert wildlife manager sees these problems as a benefit. Fruit attracts wildlife.Late summer is when many fruits mature. These can attract interesting animals to yourwild garden. Now, as fall begins, is a good time to drive around suburbs, parks and wildplaces and get some good ideas on what kinds of fruiting trees and shrubs to plant.You can divide your options into falling fruit and holding fruit.One of my favorite falling fruits for September is the native American crab apple. Minestarted falling in early September. By October they will all be on the ground.Crab apples are hard, astringent little apples. They aren’t a favorite with deer,raccoons or other wildlife, but that makes them desirable in a way. They last a long timeon the ground, waiting to be eaten in times of shortage.Persimmons are also a good fruit for this time of year. Individual trees vary a lot asto when they fall.A nice, gooey, squashed persimmon lying on the ground attracts certain butterflies thatdon’t seem fond of flowers. The tawny emperor, hackberry butterfly, viceroy, red-spottedpurple and some other species will suck on rotten fallen fruit.Racoons, possums and deer also love them. So do mockingbirds.Pears and apples are also good options.For fruit that hangs on the tree, I like figs. Figs attract lots of insects.Fruit-eating beetles like the beautiful figeater love figs. So do certain wasps andhornets, along with butterflies.For fruit that hangs on the tree into the winter, try the Callaway crab. Mockingbirds,possums, crows and other flying and climbing creatures will feed on it. The fruit rarelyfalls to the ground.Some of the wild offspring of the Bradford pear have fruits big enough to attractwildlife. And they last and last on the tree.last_img read more

Braman Honored

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first_imgUniversity of Georgia professor Kris Braman has been named one of nine cohorts in the 2018-2019 Women’s Leadership Fellows Program at UGA.The Women’s Leadership Fellows are chosen from nominations submitted by deans and other senior administrators, as well as self-nominations. During the yearlong program, fellows will attend monthly meetings to learn from senior administrators on campus and visiting speakers from academia, business and other fields. The program, which was created in 2015 as part of the university’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, also features a concluding weekend retreat for more immersive learning.Braman, who heads UGA’s Department of Entomology,  joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty in 1989, working on the college’s campus in Griffin, Georgia. Her early research focused on pests and beneficial insects of turfgrasses and ornamentals in urban settings.In 2011, Braman was named director of the university’s Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in Griffin, working with the state’s green industry and UGA Cooperative Extension agents in urban areas to share research-based recommendations from UGA. Braman also taught undergraduate and graduate general entomology and biological control classes. She served as interim assistant dean of the UGA Griffin Campus from October 2014 through October 2015.Since being named department head in 2016, Braman continues to conduct research to keep her “grounded and cognizant of issues faculty face on a regular basis.” Now her research is entirely focused on pollinator health and conservation.“Leadership just became a natural extension of wanting to help other people and programs grow and succeed,” she said.Braman has served as president of both the Georgia Entomological Society and the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. Her numerous honors include the society’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology, the Georgia Green Industry Association’s Environmental Friend of the Industry Award and being named a “Distinguished Alumni” of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology.last_img read more

Value of assets seized in Jiwasraya case exceed the Rp 16.81 trillion state losses

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first_imgThe assets seized from the defendants range from cash, mutual funds, land to apartment units – all collected by investigators since the beginning of their probe on Dec. 17, assistant attorney general for general crimes Ali Mukartono said.Ali said the total value of the seized assets had exceeded the Rp 16.81 trillion in state losses incurred by Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement as audited by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) from 2008 to 2018.“We are trying our best to restore state losses caused by the [investment] mismanagement,” Ali said during a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs on Thursday.Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Trimedya Panjaitan applauded what he called progress in the AGO’s investigation. Topics : The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has seized Rp 18.5 trillion (US$ 1.32 million) in assets from six defendants standing trial in the PT Asuransi Jiwasraya corruption and money laundering case. The defendants include former Jiwasraya president director Hendrisman Rahim and two other former Jiwasraya executives – who are all accused of mismanaging premium revenue from the JS Saving Plan, one of Jiwasraya’s insurance products, by investing it in multiple assets. Three other defendants are executives of three different companies, including a publicly listed property firm, who are accused of manipulating Jiwasraya’s investment for personal gain.The alleged investment mismanagement resulted in the company’s failure to pay out Rp 16 trillion in matured policies due in February to its policyholders.center_img The AGO named last week 13 new suspects in the case — all investment management companies — for allegedly helping the six defendants launder the premium revenue collected by Jiwasraya from 2014 to 2018.It has also named a Financial Services Authority (OJK) official, identified as FH, a suspect in the case. He is suspected of abuse of power, which is believed to have paved the way for Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement during FH’s tenure as OJK department head of capital market monitoring from 2014 to 2017.Trimedya, however, suggested that the AGO also examine the liquidity of the assets so that it could easily convert them into cash to restore state losses.“Imagine if some of the land has been used by the defendants as collateral to get loans from banks. It would be really hard to convert them into cash,” he said.NasDem Party lawmaker Taufik Basari said the AGO should not only try to restore the state losses but also find a way to return all premiums that had been paid by JS Saving Plan policyholders.last_img read more

Indonesian businesses ramp up cybersecurity budget amid rampant attacks

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first_imgIndonesian companies plan to increase their cybersecurity budget this year amid the high number of cyberattacks during the pandemic, signalling a growing awareness and commitment in digital safety, a survey by a cybersecurity company shows.US-based Palo Alto Networks stated that, based on the firm’s survey in February, around 84 percent of Indonesian companies planned to raise their IT budget this year, 44 percent of which would allocate more than half of their IT budget to cybersecurity investment.The number of companies in Indonesia committed to increasing the IT budget is higher than the ASEAN average of 73 percent. In May, three Indonesian e-commerce platforms, including Tokopedia, reportedly experienced data breaches in which their customers’ details were stolen, which were then sold on the dark web.A report by American tech company Microsoft, titled Security Endpoint Threat Report 2019, stated that developing countries, including Indonesia, were most vulnerable to malware and ransomware threats in 2019.Read also: IBM advises tighter cybersecurity in new remote work eraIn line with the finding, the survey revealed that most of the companies considered having antimalware and antivirus software as the most important cybersecurity tools.“Companies are overwhelmed by the complexity of multiple security tools. They need a single platform that can give them integrated protection from cyberattacks,” he said. “But as Indonesian companies increase their cybersecurity investment, there is a willingness to fix this and become more confident.”However, despite efforts to enhance their security, 44 percent of Indonesian companies still lack confidence in their cybersecurity investments.Surung said the reason for the lack of confidence was that companies were doubtful in their employees’ cybersecurity awareness, or the fact that their security infrastructure was outdated as well as a lack of end-to-end protection.Palo Alto Network’s survey also showed that companies considered digital payment and e-commerce platforms as the top window for attackers to take advantage of. The reason was both platforms contained much financial data that hackers could immediately use for personal gain, Surung added.According to Bank Indonesia, electronic transactions increased to Rp 15 trillion (US$1 billion) in May compared to Rp 12.8 trillion in the same period last year. Meanwhile, the central bank recorded e-commerce transactions growing 26 percent during the pandemic.Surung stated that 39 percent of companies were most concerned about losing their external data such as user information, while 37 percent were worried about internal data loss such as employees’ personal data.E-commerce platform Blibli.com senior manager of information security Ricky Setiadi told The Jakarta Post on July 17 that malware and phishing attacks were some of the main threats Blibli continuously took precautions for, as both were potential entrance points for further data breaches.“The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to cybersecurity risk profiles that diverge from those seen during normal conditions,” he said. “Therefore, we have adapted our budgets to conduct the necessary system and protocol upgrades to address the shift in risk profiles and maintain the integrity of our security systems.”Similarly, e-wallet provider LinkAja chief technology officer Arman Hazairin said in an e-mail on July 16 that the company also experienced increased transactions during the pandemic, which led to added supervising and preventive measures to increase cybersecurity.“This means allocating more resources, including funds, people and time, for cybersecurity,” he said.While e-wallet platform DANA refused to comment on its cybersecurity budget, the company’s communication vice president Steve Saerang said that it was already equipped with an artificial intelligence-based risk engine to analyze unusual transactions and biometric verification as fraud prevention measures.Topics : “Almost all companies in the country have put cybersecurity as their business enabler in this digital era,” said Palo Alto Networks Indonesia country manager Surung Sinamo in a press briefing on July 15. “This shows that we are moving on the right track in terms of digital safety awareness.”He went on to say that the top reasons these companies increased their budget were to tackle the growing number of sophisticated cyberattacks, upgrade their existing security framework and keep up with competitors.“Attackers are now using artificial intelligence, so it is important for businesses to start relying on automation such as machine learning for security,” he said, adding that one of Palo Alto Network’s banking clients had seen a 200 percent increase in cyberattacks during COVID-19 compared to usual.Indonesia recorded more than 88 million cyberattacks during the first four months of the year, with more than half of the cyberattacks being malware and phishing scams, according to the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN).last_img read more

Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal: Lys Mousset strikes from close-range to down Gunners

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first_imgAdvertisement Lys Mousset struck from close-range (Picture: Getty)Sheffield United claimed their biggest scalp yet on their return to the Premier League after a spirited display against Arsenal at Bramall Lane.Lys Mousset, making his first start for the club since joining from Bournemouth, struck from close-range on the half-hour mark in what proved to be the only goal of the game.The Blades started on the front foot and tested Arsenal’s back four with a new look front line that contained Mousset and David McGoldrick for the first time this season.Chris Wilder has been delighted with his side’s defensive displays so far this term but he’s admitted work needs to be done in attack, where they’d managed just eight goals in eight games before tonight’s clash.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut they grabbed their ninth when Mousset tapped in from Jack O’Connell’s knockdown from a corner after 30 minutes in Yorkshire. Emery’s side were well below-par (Picture: Getty)It was a deserved lead for the Blades and it highlighted Arsenal’s ongoing weakness from set pieces as Mousset found himself unmarked just three yards out.Unai Emery again overlooked Mesut Ozil, who was not part of Arsenal’s 18-man matchday squad for the fourth match running.A midfield three of Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi produced little in the first half but Nicolas Pepe – the Gunners’ brightest spark – missed a sitter to put his side ahead when he failed to connect with a blazed cross across the box.Dani Ceballos was introduced at half-time and Arsenal lifted the intensity, even if clear chances were proving hard to come by. Comment Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal: Lys Mousset strikes from close-range to down Gunnerscenter_img It was a frustrating night for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)But as Arsenal streamed forward, United found space on the counter-attack and the hosts twice went close through John Fleck.The Gunners had around 75% possession after the restart but openings were scarce against a resolute and compact United defence.A win would have put Arsenal into third but once again supporters will be questioning the direction Emery is taking the club.MORE: Patrice Evra confirms ‘important talks’ with Manchester United over role at the club Sean KearnsMonday 21 Oct 2019 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link268Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Wärtsilä to Carry Out World’s 1st Hybrid Retrofit for Short Sea Vessel

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first_imgIn December 2018, Finnish technology company Wärtsilä inked an agreement with Norwegian shipping company Hagland Shipping AS for a hybrid retrofit installation onboard Hagland Captain, a general cargo vessel. As informed, it will be the first project of its kind ever in short sea shipping applications.The installation of a Wärtsilä battery hybrid propulsion solution is expected to significantly enhance the ship’s environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise.According to the company, included in the solution are a shore power connection to provide power for loading/unloading operations and for battery charging, a new reduction gear with power take-off (PTO) and power take-in (PTI) technology, and a Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR).It is estimated that the total reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions after the retrofit could be as much as 80 to 90 percent, while overall fuel cost savings are expected to be in the range of 5 to 10 percent.In addition, the battery capacity will be sufficient to sail in and out of harbor on electric power for approximately 30 minutes, which will effectively reduce noise and pollution levels in the vicinity of the harbor.The project is in response to a collaborative agreement between Hagland Shipping and NOAH AS, the Norwegian environment and resource company, whereby the shipping of materials to the island of Langøya in Norway is required to be via environmentally sound vessels. Non-profit NGO, Bellona, has also given its input to the project concept.“We believe our mutual project will have a considerable impact in the market and will further the environmental drive towards sustainable solutions in short sea shipping,” Oivind Wendelboe Aanensen, COO, Hagland Shipping AS, commented.“Environmental considerations are increasingly important for fleet owners around the world. The need for the latest smart marine technologies has been seen for some time already in deep sea shipping, and this project is evidence that the need also exists in short sea transportation,” Paul Kohle, Director, Sales & Sales Support, Asset Management Services, Wärtsilä Marine, said.“Wärtsilä is responding to these developments with its Smart Marine Ecosystem approach, which through the use of high levels of digitalisation and connectivity, is creating greater efficiencies, increased safety, and more sustainable solutions,” Kohle added.The company’s hybrid solutions are based on a ‘first-of-its-kind’ fully integrated hybrid power module which combines engines, an energy storage system using batteries, and power electronics optimized to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS).Image Courtesy: Hagland Shipping AS. An impression of how the ‘Hagland Captain’ will look after the retrofit.last_img read more