Proplastics Limited (PROL.zw) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgProplastics Limited (PROL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Proplastics Limited (PROL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Proplastics Limited (PROL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Proplastics Limited (PROL.zw)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileProplastics Limited manufactures and markets plastic pipes and fittings, specialising in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) pipes and related fittings. The pipes and fittings are manufactured for various applications in irrigation, water and sewer reticulation, mining, telecommunications and building construction. Proflo is responsible for the supply of PVC pressure pipes and fittings, and polyethylene pipes and fittings, which includes injection molded fittings, fabricated fittings and ball valves. Prodrain supplies sewer pipes and fittings, soil vent and waste pipes and fittings, borehole casings, electrical conducts and cable ducting and gutter systems for rain water. Proplastics Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Fear a recession? Here are the stocks I think might thrive

first_imgFear a recession? Here are the stocks I think might thrive Enter Your Email Address Paul Summers | Saturday, 28th March, 2020 See all posts by Paul Summers Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I don’t know about you but I’m struggling to find a reason for thinking that the UK economy will simply snap back to life once the coronovirus threat subsides. Despite massive financial stimulus on the government’s part, the sheer speed at which recent events have changed our behaviour will surely leave a big mark. This episode has cut fast and deep with investors too, a whole generation of whom have never witnessed markets bleed to this extent before.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…That’s not to say that all stocks will perform poorly during the most difficult times. Here are some that might do better than most.Bargain hunters and sinnersOf all the sectors most impacted by the outbreak, retailers feature near the top. With all but essential shops shut and some online operations being stood down (e.g., Next), it’s going to be a hard few months for companies of all sizes. Even when the lockdown lifts, shoppers will surely be more careful with their cash than ever before. One group that tends to do well during recessionary times, however, are discount stores. FTSE 250 firm B&M European Value Retail would be a good example. I also suspect that Primark-owner and top-tier member Associated British Foods will remain popular.The outlook for other sectors is unclear. The postponement of huge sporting events such as Euro 2020 and the Olympics, for example, will have a huge impact on betting firms in the near term but it may also dissuade some who like the occasional flutter from doing so during the nailed-on recession. For this reason, I suspect gambling firms might still be a risky bet going forward.Other sin stocks, such as tobacco firm Imperial Brands, could fare better. Aside from their addictive nature, smokers may regard their products as affordable ‘treats’ during stressful times. Despite pubs and clubs being closed, firms such as Diageo may be another beneficiary as more of us drink at home.Steady stocksOf course, there are less controversial stocks that should offer stability regardless of what the economy is doing. Within this category, you might include phamaceuticals, waste management firms, and funeral services. As such, businesses like GlaxoSmithKline, Biffa, and Dignity should all prove resilient.Having already benefited from panic-buying as the coronavirus outbreak worsened, supermarkets should be something of a safe haven too. My preference in this space would be Tesco, for its dominant market share.Given the UK’s devotion to our furry friends, those in the pet space could also be worth a look. Earlier this week, FTSE 250 firm Pets at Home stated that it would keep its stores, website, and veterinary practices open for owners to pick up “essential“ products and obtain emergency health care, underlining how demand for these things won’t suddenly disappear. Veterinary services provider CVS Group is another option.A word of cautionWhile most or all of the above should do better than most in troubled times, it’s worth mentioning that this will not necessarily translate into big share price gains. In reality, it may simply be that their value falls less than others.For this reason, it’s worth remembering that all but the most cautious of us should still consider quality growth stocks if we plan on staying in the market for many years to come.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of B&M European Value. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Associated British Foods, Diageo, Imperial Brands, and Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

This is why Royal Mail’s share price has soared to 2.5-year highs!

first_img Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. This is why Royal Mail’s share price has soared to 2.5-year highs! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royston Wild | Thursday, 11th February, 2021 | More on: RMG Investor appetite across UK share markets remains quite weak as fears over the public health emergency roll on. The FTSE 100 remains flattish around the 6,500 point marker while the FTSE 250’s dipped back below 21,000 points. But Britain’s oldest courier, Royal Mail (LSE: RMG), is having no such trouble attracting buyers in Thursday business.This FTSE 250 stock has roared 5% higher thanks to the release of some upbeat third-quarter financials. It keeps the UK share’s strong momentum going (Royal Mail has risen 155% in value over the past 12 months). And an intra-day high of 473p per share earlier was the company’s most expensive price since September 2018.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Royal Mail ups its revenue forecastsIn its bubbly statement, Royal Mail said that “an unprecedented third quarter” has prompted it to revise its full-year forecasts (to March 2021).Royal Mail said it anticipates revenues for the year to be “significantly beyond” the forecast £380m-£580m it suggested back in November. As a result, it now expects adjusted operating profit to be “well in excess” of £500m, it added.The courier said that stronger-than-expected trading in the third quarter and which had continued into January had prompted the revision. It added that its robust performance in that time had been “primarily driven by the reintroduction of nationwide Covid-19 restrictions, which was not built into our scenario from November.” It also said better letter volumes had boosted business in recent months.Group revenues rose 20% year on year in the December quarter. For the nine months to December turnover was up 13.5% at a shade over £9.31bn.E-commerce turbocharges parcel volumesThe 500-year-old company described the December quarter as its busiest ever in terms of British parcels traffic. Royal Mail shifted a mammoth 496m packages in that time, up 30% year on year. This drove revenues from its domestic parcels operations 43.3% higher.The UK share also enjoyed a strong increase in parcels volumes at its overseas GLS division in Q3. Traffic here surged 27% because of similar Covid-19 lockdowns in some of its territories. The unit shifted a whopping 228m packages in that time. And this propelled GLS’s revenue 29.4% higher year on year.Meanwhile Royal Mail saw volumes at its UK letters division fall 14% in the quarter. Revenue here dropped 8.5% on the year as a result. By comparison, letters volumes and turnover dropped 28% and 20.5% in the first six months of fiscal 2021.Non-executive chair Keith Williams said the strong third-quarter performance was “driven by online shopping and the peak Christmas period.” He noted that “our busiest day during the quarter saw 32% more parcels delivered than our busiest day during the first national lockdown in 2020.” Royal Mail shifted a staggering 11.7m parcels on that third-quarter day. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Useful Tips for Buying the Right String Trimmer

first_img TAGSFeaturesGardenhomeLawnLawncareMaintenanceString TrimmertipsTypesYard Previous articleThe top forex trading platforms for US tradersNext articleHow we kept families safe in 2020, and how your help is needed today Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Allen BrownMaintaining your garden requires the use of different tools and equipment. One of these tools is a string trimmer, which is also referred to as a weed trimmer. This garden tool has many names and does the job of cutting that unsettling unruly grass left out by a lawnmower after you’ve mowed your lawn. Such a device comes in handy more often than you might think it would.Before we check out the trimmers, we first need to analyze what your needs are. Analyzing important requirements and needed features can be done by taking a look at your priorities to see what would be the best choice.The Size of the YardIf the size of your yard is small, then it can easily be taken care of by a cordless, battery-powered string trimmer. A big sized yard would mean a trimmer that can complete the whole job in one go. Keep in mind that a larger trimmer may require an extra battery as well.Hindrance or ObstaclesManeuverability plays a huge role in selecting the best trimmer for you. If the place is easily maintainable, with basic, squared-off plant beds and trees, then a trimmer can easily be maneuvered to make sure it does the job perfectly. On the contrary, if the place you’re trimming is difficult, such as needing to navigate a swing set, or numerous corners, then the job becomes difficult as well. It’s not an easy job to make sure the cord doesn’t tangle, so for this purpose, a battery-powered or gas-powered trimmer would work better.Edging AreaAny basic model of string trimmer can edge an area. Edging an area is done by tilting the trimmer to provide better maneuverability and contact with the grass. If the edging area is more complex than simple, trimmer edger combo kits are now available to help make your job easy. These combo kits are recommended in order to give you the best experience and lawn care satisfaction.String TrimmersString trimmers are used for final touches. Without one, your lawn or mowing area will often look unfinished. These trimmers come in plenty of types, different models and designs, so you have the option to buy the model that’s most comfortable for you.Types of String TrimmersThere are three types of string trimmers. These three types have subtypes, different models, and designs that indicate their level of efficiency, reliability, maneuverability, and cost.1. Battery-PoweredA type of trimmer that uses a battery to function is a cordless electric trimmer. The battery-powered trimmer seems like a good choice because it provides enough runtime and power to complete the job of a normal household lawn. If the lawn is big, a spare battery can be taken and the job can be handled easily. Due to the new battery enhancements such as Lithium-ion batteries, it’s a good piece for your lawn collection. These types of string trimmers are quiet and are low maintenance.2. Gas-PoweredThese types of trimmers are great for a large yard because it has more power and greater runtime than a single battery. It’s also great for thick grasses and heavy bushes because gas-powered trimmers pack a punch. These use a specific mix of fuel and do have one drawback: while gas-powered trimmers are great for a big scope of work, their maintenance cost is higher than electrical trimmers. Gas-powered trimmers are good for edging sidewalks, driveways, and pruning weed.3. ElectricThese are corded trimmers, meaning they require a wire to be attached to any power source. Electric-powered trimmers are the cheapest of them all because they limit the usage due to the cord. These trimmers have enough power to work on an average lawn and they are lightweight and easy to maneuver.FeaturesAll string trimmer models have some common qualities, and a few other features which can make distinguishing them from one another a little easier. These features need to be taken into account before choosing the right trimmer for you. Some of these features are listed below:1. WeightMake sure to choose a trimmer that you can handle. If you’re not comfortable with the weight of the trimmer while using it, then there’s no point in getting the item.2. SoundAlthough trimmers make noise as you use them, too noisy trimmers are also not good. Noise output is a good factor to keep in mind before selecting your trimmer. For the noise factor, gas-powered trimmers are usually the loudest.3. Vibration FrequencyNobody wants to have numb hands after a quick mowing session. Gas-powered trimmers will leave your hands numb because of their immense vibration. If you’re drawn to gas-powered trimmers, look for the latest models and designs as these have anti-vibration technology in them. Lawn mowing has become an art. If you want what’s best for your lawn,  consider adding a string trimmer to your arsenal. String trimmers give final touches and are like a cherry on the top for every lawn. There are a variety of trimmers out in the market, so consider the above features in helping you choose what’s best, depending on your lawn size and needs. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

Pride @ Work commemorates 25th anniversary

first_imgThis month marks the 50th anniversary of the heroic Stonewall Rebellion, an event being commemorated throughout the world. On June 20, the LGBTQ2S+ movement and the labor movement joined in celebrating another major milestone: the 25th anniversary of the founding of Pride at Work ([email protected]) — the LGBTQ2S+ Constituency Group of the AFL-CIO.The celebration was held at the AFL-CIO national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Representatives from more than a dozen labor organizations and LGBTQ2S+ civil rights groups came, including Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson, Trans Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and several board members of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance.Solidarity Awards were given to Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Shane Larson, former co-president of [email protected]; and Lambda Legal Staff Union-Communication Workers. Lambda Legal Staff organized in 2017.Part of the Stonewall [email protected] was founded in 1994 in New York City; its first convention took place during the Stonewall 25 commemoration.By that time there were groups in a number of cities advocating inside the labor movement for LGBT rights, as well as LGBT caucuses in several major unions. Lesbian and Gay Labor Alliance (Bay Area), Lesbian and Gay Labor Network (New York), Gay And Lesbian Labor Activists Network (New England) and others laid the foundation for Pride at Work.There was a great deal of misunderstanding in the labor movement around LGBT rights, from the top levels of leadership down to the rank and file. A historic step forward was the 1987 reception held at AFL-CIO headquarters during the weekend of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The late United Farm Workers President César Chávez addressed the march. Unions also marched and held receptions during the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. In 1994 the time was ripe to form a national organization to build mutual solidarity between the LGBT community and the labor movement. The convention established the organization, with a basic structure and a national executive board with regional representation. As the convention was nearing adjournment, a resolution was introduced to modify the name, Lesbian and Gay Labor Organization, to make it Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Labor Organization. Passing unanimously, this resolution was tremendously important at a time when the mainstream civil rights movement was slow to embrace trans liberation.The name Pride at Work was adopted at the first national board meeting.25 years of solidarityOne of [email protected]’s first campaigns as a fledgling organization was to pressure Chrysler to end anti-LGBT discrimination and add “sexual orientation” to the nondiscrimination clause in its contract with the United Auto Workers. The language was added in 1999 at Ford and General Motors as well as Chrysler, with domestic partner benefits granted a year later. Current contracts also cover “gender identity” and “gender expression.” In 1997 the AFL-CIO voted for [email protected] to become an official Constituency Group, joining the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement and APALA.Over the years [email protected] has supported many LGBTQ2S+ workers in and out of unions. Examples include supporting a worker at a Speedway gas station in Indiana who was fired for being gay, and challenging the state of Michigan over domestic partner benefits. The group has educated the labor movement on LGBTQ2S+ issues and educated the LGBTQ2S+ community on the need for unions. Since [email protected]’s founding, many out LGBTQ2S+ workers have been elected to union office, including Josette Jaramillo, president of the Colorado AFL-CIO; and Cal Noyce, former president of the Central Utah Federation of [email protected] has taken many progressive stands, from demanding freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal to endorsing the 2018 International Tribunal on U.S. Colonial Crimes in Puerto Rico. Most unions have advanced to a progressive position supporting LGBTQ2S+ rights and equality. On May 22 the United Federation of Teachers passed a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, pledging to “recommit ourselves to the timeless values of universal equality which uphold our movement toward LGBTQ liberation.”When [email protected] Chapters march in Labor Day and Pride parades, their banners are emblazoned with the timeless union slogan: “An injury to one is an injury to all.”Martha Grevatt is a founding member of Pride at Work and served on its national board from 1994 to 2001.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Provincial reporter hounded by courts

first_img News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Kazakhstan to go further January 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information (Picture: RFE/RL) October 30, 2020 Find out more News Organisation KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia News News Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal February 5, 2021 Find out more Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her October 3, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial reporter hounded by courts Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by a provincial appeal court in the western city of Oral to uphold a lower court ruling under which newspaper reporter Lukpan Akhmedyarov would have to pay a local official 5 million tenges (30,000 euros) in damages.The press freedom organization urges Kazakhstan’s supreme court to overturn this ruling, especially as it would have a major intimidatory effect on independent and opposition media, which are being harassed more and more.The decision ordering Akhmedyarov to pay this exorbitant sum in damages was issued by the lower court on 20 July in a defamation case brought by Tlekkabyl Imashev, a high-ranking local official.Akhmedyarov is to receive the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism at a ceremony in Washington on 12 October. The prize is awarded jointly by Global Media Forum and Reporters Without Borders.——26.07.2012 – Court orders opposition journalist to pay regional official 30,000 eurosA Kazakh court on 20 July ordered the eminent opposition journalist LukpanAkhmedyarov, founder of the newspaper Uralskaya Nedelya, to pay a fineof 5 million tenge (approx. 30,000 euros) to the head of the internal politicaldepartment of the West Kazakhstan administrative district, Tlekkabyl Imashev.“We are disgusted by this disproportionate fine, which is clearly intended tostrangle the journalist financially,” Reporters Without Borders said.“He has barely recovered from his injuries. It is unacceptable that a journalistcan be convicted for having merely highlighted the family ties between politicalleaders. This persecution must end immediately. We call for the fine to beannulled and all the charges against Lukpan Akhmedyarov to be dropped.”In April, Akhmedyarov was seriously injured in a knife attack and spent nearly a month in hospital.The verdict, pronounced by Judge Batykgul Baimagambetova in No. 2 Courtin the north-western city of Uralsk, was in response to a complaint lodged byImashev against Akhmedyarov in April.The latter accused the journalist of trying to damage his reputation in an articleheadline “Brother, friend and cronyism” published on 2 February, in whichAkhmedyarov disclosed the family ties between Imashev and the former primeminister Imangali Tasmagambetov.A linguistics expert who examined the article concluded that no part of itimpugned the dignity or honour of the senior official. Furthermore, an expert from the committee that supervises the health service who was questioned about Imashev’s admission to hospital the day after the article appeared, said he had been on the waiting list for 10 days and his admission was not a result of a shock that he claimed to have suffered on reading the article.Akhmedyarov has lodged an appeal with the Kazakhstan Supreme Court, whichis expected to rule on the case in the next few months.last_img read more

New car registrations in Donegal down almost 10% during 2020

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook New car registrations in Donegal down almost 10% during 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Previous articleMinister says LUH staff will be offered vaccine within the weekNext articleGritters to be deployed again this afternoon News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Twitter Google+center_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – January 4, 2021 The total number of new car registrations in Donegal during 2020 was down almost 10% compared to figures from 2019.According to latest figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, the number of new registrations in the county last year was 2101 compared to 2331 the previous year.Nationally, new car registrations dropped 25% last year.Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General says new car sales are now at recession levels.The registration of imported cars was down by almost 30% with 79,969 cars registered.Diesel remains the most popular engine type at 42% while hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid accounted for a combined 19% of the total number of cars registered in 2020. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Changes due under the Employment Act

first_imgChanges due under the Employment ActOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today NicholaEvans from law firm Rowe Cohen outlines the main changes to workplacelegislation being introduced as part of the Employment Act from 6 April Flexible working From 6 April 2003 Employees with a clear responsibility for raising a child under the age ofsix (or 18 if the child is disabled) will have the right to ask their employerto seriously consider a request for more flexible working hours. The employer must change the working hours (or give a reasonable writtenexplanation as to why this has not been done) within six weeks, or face thepossibility of the case being brought before an employment tribunal. To qualify, the parent/carer must have clocked up six months’ (26 weeks)service. Equal pay questionnaire From 6 April 2003 Staff will be able to serve their employer with a questionnaire to establishwhether they are in a position to make a claim under the Equal Pay Act. They may ask for specific information about a ‘comparator’ – someone ofeither sex who does, or did, the same kind of job. Employers are legallyobliged to reply within eight weeks. The questionnaires are voluntary, but employers that ignore requests arelikely to be penalised at an employment tribunal. Maternity From 6 April 2003 Ordinary maternity leave will be extended from 18 to 26 weeks. Additional maternity leave is extended from 15 to 26 weeks, running from theend of ordinary maternity leave. To qualify for additional maternity leave, it will only be necessary to haveworked for the six months (26 weeks) leading up to the 25th week of pregnancy.Previously, this qualification period was one year. The statutory maternity pay entitlement period has been extended from 18 to26 weeks. Statutory maternity, paternity and adoptive pay will be £100 perweek. There will also be 26 weeks paid and 26 weeks unpaid leave for adoptiveparents. Paternity From 6 April 2003 Under the Act, new fathers will have the option of taking one or twoconsecutive weeks off as paternity leave within eight weeks (56 days) of thebirth. To qualify for paternity leave, the employee must have clocked up sixmonths’ (26 weeks) service by the 25th week of the pregnancy. Statutory paternity pay will also be £100 per week. Union learning representatives Expected May 2003 The Act introduces a new statutory right to paid time off for union learningrepresentatives (ULRs) to help them promote workplace learning. Employers are still waiting for final guidance on the statutory rights forULRs, which is expected to come into force in May. There has been concern that the statutory rights for ULRs could lead toclashes with company training policies. The DTI is currently correcting the ULR draft code, which is due to gobefore the House of Commons tomorrow (2 April), and before the House of Lordson 9 April. Grievances and discipline Expected April 2004 The final decision is still pending, but it is expected that from springnext year, new rules will come into effect encouraging employers and staff toresolve workplace disputes without resorting to litigation, using internalgrievance procedures. Employment tribunals will take into account failure by either party to useinternal procedures when making decisions. The Department for Trade and Industry is also expected to introduce minimumstandards for disciplinary and grievance procedures that employers must meet,which will be included in employees’ contracts. In the meantime, to avoid the eventual risk of being deemed unfair whendismissing an employee, it is advisable to include details and descriptions ofdisciplinary procedures and grievance channels in all staff contracts ofemployment. Feedback from the profession on the impact of the employment actJanice Cook, HR director, NCH”The key things for us are the flexible workingprovisions. Two-thirds of our employees are part-time, so we already have mostof the facilities in place to let staff choose different working hours.”The Government hasn’t gone far enough on paternity leave,and I don’t think it has done enough to help working parents.”Clare Smith, HR director, LeonardCheshire “Generally speaking, the voluntary sector will find therewill be relatively little impact. We have been offering flexible working andfamily-friendly hours for a long time now.”We are ahead of the legislation to a certain extent, andtry to be as flexible as possible. However, because of the specific rules, weare writing a handbook for managers on how to deal with the Act.”It can be open to very wide interpretation, and goodemployers will go with the spirit of the laws, whereas bad employers will stickto the letter and carry on as they are.”Equal pay questionnaires are long and confusing, and willbe difficult for the majority of employees to understand. I’m extremelyconcerned about confidentiality, and would only reveal an individual’s earningsunder extreme circumstances.”We are also very disappointed that people who care forelderly or disabled relatives are not included.”Lesley Cotton, director ofpersonnel and development at retailer Morgan “We are carrying out training for line managers to helpraise awareness of the changes. These managers take the requests, so it isessential that they are up-skilled.”I think the legislation just formalises the process thatmany large companies already have in place. If it’s right for the individualand the employer then it makes sense, but if it isn’t, employers can refuse. “I think it will take away the fear of asking, and HRshould see this as a positive move.”Paul Pagliari, HR director, Scottish Water”We already have a number of staff working flexibly. Itmakes good business sense, so we are happy to listen to requests from otherworkers.”Equal pay questionnaires could be more difficult becausewe have merged three water authorities into one organisation, but we arecurrently working on a system to review pay across the group.”The bureaucratic burden always seems to be on theemployer, which could be expensive and time-consuming. The measures areadvantageous, but there is a cost.”Caroline Wilson, HR director,Eversheds”Because our workforce is 65 per cent female, we have tomake sure we are really family-friendly. We already invite staff to requestchanges to the way they work and have had around 50 applications in the pastsix months, 90 per cent of which have been approved.”I think most employers will get to grips with this andrealise it makes good business sense.”Ed Hildebrandt, personnel manager,Panasonic business systems UK”We have been developing a flexible working policy for awhile now to ensure we meet the requirements. It won’t be a huge change becausewe already offer a range of flexible policies, such as job sharing, term-timehours and homeworking.”The challenge for HR will be getting buy-in from linemanagers and getting them to think if jobs can be done better in a differentway.”The legislation will put a structure around flexibility,but I think the business case is the strongest motivator.”My concern is that it might raise the expectations ofsome people, because employers can refuse requests if the business case isn’tstrong enough.”Debbie McCallion, HR director forNorth West Europe, Intentia”The only concern I have is that it [the right for parentsto request flexible working] will start to over-formalise the process too much.Good employers already allow flexibility, and I wouldn’t want this to becometoo bureaucratic.”We have been happy to consider requests for the past fewyears, so we do feel prepared. It is a very positive thing, because if peoplehave a better balance at work, they perform better.”My fear is that employers might not respond properly andlose tribunals because they have considered it fairly, but not followed theexact procedure.”Martin Hinchliffe, HR director,Welcome Break”Some sectors will find it easier than others to implementand we are pretty fortunate in that we are a 24-hour company. “I think that it will lead to more tribunals as there willbe pinch-points for many organisations.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Regent’s Park go meat-free one day a week

first_imgStudents at Regent’s Park will have have one meat-free day a week, starting from next term, after the JCR passed a referendum last weekend.The referendum, which lasted from Friday to Monday evening, asked, “should the college kitchens go meat-and-fish-free for breakfast, lunch and dinner one day a week, while retaining two options?” The college voted 65.7% in favour, with 30.8% voting no and 3.5% abstaining.The college ordinarily provides two choices for every meal, one of them being vegetarian, and now for one day a week both options will be vegetarian. The arrangement will start from the beginning of Hilary and there will be a forum at the end of term to assess how students and fellows felt it went.The reaction from Regent’s students was, as the result suggested, largely positive. One third year theology student praised the initiative, “I think it’s great when the whole college gets together and rallies around an issue like this one.” Another commented that despite not being a vegetarian or indeed a lover of “any greens”, he appreciated and supported the environmental arguments.Regent’s Treasurer Will Yates commented, “It’s not often we get to gauge the feelings of the whole community on a matter like this and I think the community has made a firm statement of its values and beliefs.”Others were slightly less positive. One first year complained to Cherwell that he’d prefer the college to concentrate on serving food at weekends than trying this new scheme.JCR President Will Obeney commented, “Regent’s has a healthy history of progressiveness, from being one of the first colleges to fly the Rainbow Flag, to ensuring everybody receives the same food at formal halls. This referendum shows the college understand the unsustainability of our current diets, and the need for change.”Somerville JCR voted last year to establish meat-free Mondays, only to see the MCR reject the motion and the plan was abandoned. Wadham  meanwhile is well known for its sometimes-problematic relationship with veganism. Having established meat-free Mondays in 2010, in which only vegetarian meals were served for Monday dinner, it withdrew its support in 2012 by a margin of only five votes. This was then reversed in Hilary of this year, when Wadhamites voted to re-implement the measure.The Wadham student union voted during Trinity term in favour of the extreme measure of having vegan food five days a week. This was also soon-after revoked with the college saying they had no plans to serve vegan-only food.  Then SU President of Wadham College Anya Metzer told the Cherwell, “ I am very pleased to see other colleges promoting meat-free diets and hope to see this movement gross across Oxford. Cutting down meat consumption is an easy way to make a difference and with college-catering on board it is even easier.” Meatless Mondays is an international campaign designed to encourage people to eat less meat for environmental and health reasons. A recent Oxford study found that cutting to meat three days a week would save 45,000 lives as well as save the NHS £1.2 billion a year.Regent’s decision comes on the back of the on-going ‘veggiepledge’: an Oxford University Student Union initiative to get students to turn vegan or vegetarian for some or all of November. The scheme has seen 250 students from over twenty colleges sign up. Xavier Cohen, OUSU’s Environment & Ethics officer, told the Cherwell that “It’s fantastic to hear that Regent’s have voted to back a meat-free day. I strongly get the sense that, with things like the success of #VeggiePledge, a shift is taking place in the university community towards the active encouragement of more vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.“But I think we still need to be discussing this more. The ethical and environmental concerns behind eating less in the way of animal products are rarely discussed in the public eye because they’re never seen to be topical. Though hopefully, with things like #VeggiePledge and this meat-free day at Regent’s, we’ll be seeing more in the way of this in our own local discourse.”Students at other colleges seemed slightly more resistant to give up their steaks just yet. One first year PPEist at New College commented that while he wouldn’t mind giving up the meat, “the more choice the better”.last_img read more

CONSUMER ALERT: Double Check Before You Write A Check

first_img Attorney General Curtis Hill warns Hoosiers to be cautious when donating to relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian.“Hoosiers are generous people,” Attorney General Hill said. “They need to know about potential scams that could ensnare those trying to help victims of Hurricane Dorian. Don’t let scammers stop you from donating, but be sure to research organizations before giving them money. Double check before you write a check.”Donors should stay vigilant toward possible fraudulent solicitations made via emails or phone calls. They should be on the lookout for unscrupulous individuals posing as charities. Donate on your terms. Don’t feel you have to agree to donate during a telephone solicitation or by responding to an email. You can politely but firmly end a telephone call, or just not respond to an email solicitation, then research the charity before agreeing to donate. Then, if you’re comfortable giving to the charity, you can contact the charity directly to make the donation.  Here are some tips:Search online for the cause you care about — like “hurricane relief” or “homeless kids” — plus phrases like “best charity” or “highly rated charity.” Once you find a specific charity you’re considering giving to, search its name plus “complaint,” “review,” “rating,” or “scam.” If you find red flags, it might be best to find another organization. Before you donate through an online portal that lets you choose from a list of charities, read the article Donating Through an Online Giving Portal, available at FTC.gov/Charity. It explains how these online giving portals work.After you’ve donated, always review your bank account and credit card statements closely to make sure you’re only charged the amount you intended to donate. It’s good practice to keep a record of all donations.As always, consumers who believe they are the victims of scam attempts are asked to report them to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-382-5516 or going online at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2347.htm and clicking the “File a Complaint” box at the bottom of the page.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare If you’re considering giving to a crowdfunding effort (for example, through GoFundMe) examine the background and expertise of the individual or group raising money and the exact path of the funds. You may be able to instead donate directly to a local organization in the area affected. See what your state’s charity regulator has to say about the charity. In Indiana, it’s the Attorney General’s Office. From another state?  Look it up at nasconet.org.center_img Check out the charity’s website. Does it give information about the programs you want to support, or how it uses donations? How much of your donation will go directly to support the programs you care about? If you can’t find detailed information about a charity’s mission and programs, be suspicious. Use one of these organizations to help you research charities: BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, and GuideStar.last_img read more