Dress-code rule provokes discrimination claim

first_imgA male Jobcentre employee is claiming sex discrimination over theorganisation’s dress code. The Department for Work and Pensions introduced a rule last year thatrequires all male staff to wear a shirt and tie to work. They need permissionfrom management to remove the tie, even in hot weather, and face disciplinaryaction if they do not comply. Matthew Thompson, an administrative worker at the Stockport Jobcentre, saidthe code was discriminatory, as women were not required to wear specific itemsof clothing. They were allowed to wear T-shirts, he added. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Dress-code rule provokes discrimination claimOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

NBA Finals: Durant out for Game 3, Thompson questionable

first_imgJune 5, 2019 /Sports News – National NBA Finals: Durant out for Game 3, Thompson questionable FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTuelekZa/iStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — As the Golden State Warriors face off against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday, they may be taking the court without two of their star players.Forward Kevin Durant, who strained his right calf during the Western Conference semifinals, won’t be playing, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters. And guard Klay Thompson, who strained his left hamstring in Game 2 of the Finals, is listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s game.Unlike Durant, Thompson was able to practice with the team on Tuesday. He told reporters whether or not he will take the court will be a “gametime decision.”Game 3 between the Warriors and Raptors will tip off at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The series is tied 1-1.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Shell to reduce spending to support financial stability amid coronavirus pandemic

first_img Royal Dutch Shell head office in The Netherlands. (Credit: P.L. van Till at nl.wikipedia) Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to reduce costs and spending to support the financial strength and resilience amid the coronavirus pandemic.The company said it has implemented a series of operational and financial initiatives required for the firm to be “well-positioned for the eventual economic recovery”.Shell is planning to reduce its capital expenditure for 2020 by $5bn, to $20bn or less from its originally planned spending of more than $25bn.Additionally, the company is planning to cut $3-4bn over the next 12 months compared to the previous year’s operating costs.Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said: “As well as protecting our staff and customers in this difficult time, we are also taking immediate steps to ensure the financial strength and resilience of our business.“The combination of steeply falling oil demand and rapidly increasing supply may be unique, but Shell has weathered market volatility many times in the past.“In these very tough conditions, I am very proud of our staff and contractors across the world for maintaining their focus on safe and reliable operations while also ensuring their own health and welfare and that of their families, communities and our customers.”Shell committed to continuing $10bn assets divestment programmeThe company, however, said it is committed to moving ahead with its divestment programme, which aims to sell more than $10bn of assets in 2019-20 although timing depends on market conditions.Moreover, Shell is planning to withdraw buyback of the next tranche of shares.In February 2020, Shell has completed the $1.2bn sale of the Martinez Refinery and associated logistics assets to PBF Energy’s subsidiary PBF Holding in California, US.The acquisition is expected to expand PBF Energy’s total throughput capacity to more than one million barrels per day (bpd). Shell embarks on a series of operational and financial initiatives and is committed to continuing $10bn assets divestment programmelast_img read more

Miss Ellie’s set for London expansion

first_imgMiss Ellie’s Coffee & Subs is looking to open up to 10 new sites in London in the next year, British Baker can reveal.The food-to-go business, which currently operates seven sites in the capital, including its latest outlet in Clapham Junction railway station, is also aiming to have between 20 and 25 branches within the next four to five years.Ameen Pirbai, joint owner of Miss Ellie’s, told British Baker: “Along with our current sites, we will have a couple more outlets coming up in such locations as Charing Cross and Woolwich and Arsenal.”He added that the company has received a lot of franchise enquiries online, around 80% of which come from the UK, and the remaining 20% are from individuals based internationally in locations such as Spain, Brazil, Ecuador and Germany.“The franchising opportunities are looking promising; we hope to do this and attend a franchise exhibition in mid-2014,” Pirbai added. “By that time we should have things finalised and we will be in a better position to offer this.”Miss Ellie’s operates in a variety of locations, including South Bank University, railway stations in Romford and Barking, as well as sites in Shepherds Bush, South Kensington and London Road. It serves a variety of wraps, sandwiches and paninis, along with hot drinks and snacks, with the business’ sourdough breads supplied by a local bakery.The business was set up more than 40 years ago and was run by Candian-born Jon Cox, along with his family, in South Kensington selling pre-packed sandwiches.last_img read more

CECL’s unintended consequences begin to surface

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of the first unintended consequences of CECL has surfaced only a few months after the issuance of the final standard.The current expected credit loss model, or CECL, is an accounting standard that will change the way banks account for losses on assets such as loans and securities. For loans, banks will move from an approach that books losses when they become likely to be incurred to one that books the expected lifetime of losses on the first day of origination. The standard may require banks to increase the amount of data they use in order to forecast loan performance and could cause some to change the way they model losses.Sydney Garmong, managing partner at Crowe Horwath and chair of the American Institute of CPAs’ depository institution expert panel, told a group of executives at the Crowe Horwath Bank Leadership and Profitability Improvement Conference on Aug. 15 that the credit loss change is the “biggest change in banking” in 40 years and promised it would be complicated. The change will also universally impact depository institutions.“Unless you’re the Treasury or Warren Buffett, you need to have an allowance,” she said. continue reading »last_img read more

3 keys to rethinking member service

first_imgTimes are changing quickly when it comes to member services. It’s no secret that mobile has changed everything… Mobile has forced a rewriting of the rules. Credit union members today have become more empowered than ever to get what they want when they want it, and waiting is a thing of the past. We live in an age of personalization. According to Accenture, 11% of retail banking customers and 18% of millennial banking customers have completely switched banks in the past year. Mobile has enabled your members to immediately turn to a device to know, go, do and buy. This includes quickly finding new banking options. But mobile is just the beginning. Is your credit union preparing for the next revolution?Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home are examples of what credit unions should be preparing for in the next wave of member service technologies. Not because these technologies will change member behavior, rather members will become increasingly comfortable with allowing technology to assist in the management of their lives, including banking with your credit union.Alexa, the voice of Echo, was developed by Amazon’s Machine Learning Team as the beginning of their goal to make voice interfaces ubiquitous. This shouldn’t be unfamiliar to credit unions. After all, credit unions were among the leaders in interactive voice response (IVR) adoption in the 1980’s. IVR systems were once viewed in the realm of technology marvels. Ironically, member account management using an IVR today feels outdated. Understand, I’m not making a case to bring back or invest in new IVR software and hardware, rather drawing the connection between mobile and machine learning that will become critical to member service moving forward.The difference today with voice interfaces is their ability to answer questions and remember patterns. Machine Learning as a term sounds intimidating, however, think of it as data mining because that is exactly what it is. If you’re like most people, Apple’s Siri is a quick way to gather information, answer questions and get directions. As members begin to adopt new smart devices and embrace more natural ways to interact with them (like voice commands), their desire for instant information will only multiply. How can we as an industry possibly scale member experiences across all devices and ensure those messages are personalized?Here are three things to focus on as the technology revolution continues:Raise the bar on mobile. Credit unions need to deliver fast, relevant, meaningful member experiences. It’s important to lay the groundwork with mobile experiences that meet expectations. There are a lot of mobile app providers in the credit union space that sell on price and not necessarily technology. First, ensure meaningful, then consider cost. A poorly executed mobile solution might as well be a non-solution, forcing members to look elsewhere.Be smart with data. A better understanding of your members, coupled with automation, will enable personalization. Many technology providers will enter your credit union hoping to sell you solutions but remember their systems generally don’t contain the most important input to the member equation – data. Your credit union core software system is becoming increasingly important. It’s no longer just a transactional system, it is now a data warehouse. The ability to connect to this data and return relevant results will be foundational to your credit union’s success.Embrace the omnichannel. The leading credit unions will be those that can bridge the online and offline. A seamless experience across the member journey will be critical in building member loyalty and trust. Think about your favorite brands and how you interact with them; position your credit union to connect with your members on their terms.Technology, if implemented and positioned correctly, can help credit unions deliver the most useful member services. And as technology trends and member behavior change, be prepared to pivot to meet those needs. In most cases, your ability to incorporate new technologies will depend greatly on your technology partners. Choose wisely. Technology is changing the way we approach life and I like it. I believe the future is going to be very exciting, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this industry with all of you. 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Preston Packer Preston Packer is the Director of Sales & Marketing for FLEX. Preston has been with FLEX since 2000 and has worked in various sales management roles over that time. Preston’… Web: www.flexcutech.com Detailslast_img read more

Grow through digital marketing – Part two

first_imghad the opportunity to visit with James Robert Lay recently. He is the CEO at Digital Growth Institute. Below is our Q&A. This is Part Two of a two-part story. Part one can be found here.What are the top three things financial institutions should know when it comes to digital marketing?Number one, the consumer has changed. We are now in a 30-60-90 day buying cycle.Secondly, financial institutions must change. We recognize this can be scary. However, we have two choices as an industry: we can accept to change, or we can do nothing. If we do nothing then in 5-10 years we will be irrelevant.Finally, this stuff takes time. Digital marketing is not a campaign, and it’s not a project. It’s a cultural shift in how you think. You have to execute and optimize. The thought process is to take marketing from being a cost center to a profit center. We have to hold marketing to a higher level. We have to give marketers time to think and not run from campaign to campaign. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

H1N1 cases in health workers show need for protection

first_imgJun 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An analysis of novel H1N1 influenza cases in healthcare workers in the early weeks of the epidemic shows that half of them were probably infected on the job, and most of those weren’t using respiratory protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Among 26 cases for which detailed information was available, 13 of the healthcare personnel (HCP) were believed to have been infected in a healthcare setting, the CDC said. Only three of the infected workers reported using a surgical mask or an N-95 respirator.The findings suggest that health workers are being infected both at work and in the community and that healthcare facilities need to reinforce messages about current infection control recommendations, the CDC said in the Jun 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Part of the problem is that potentially infectious patients aren’t always being identified as soon as they arrive at a clinical or hospital, so medical workers are not promptly alerted about the need to don protective garb, CDC officials said at a news briefing today.Exposure factorsThe CDC had received reports of 48 novel flu infections in HCP by May 13, and 26 of those included detailed information about possible exposures to the virus. Two of the 26 workers were hospitalized, but none required intensive care, and all recovered.Six of the 26 workers reported caring for a patient with H1N1 flu, and another six cared for a patient with a respiratory illness, the CDC said. Six workers reported close contact with someone who had the virus or a respiratory illness, and four had traveled recently to Mexico.Of the 13 personnel judged likely to have been infected at work, 12 probably or possibly caught the virus from a patient, and the other person probably was infected by another healthcare worker, the CDC reported.As for the other 13 personnel, 11 were believed to have been infected outside work, and the other two had no reported exposures either on or off the job.Among the 12 people believed to have been infected by patients, 11 gave information on their use of personal protective equipment (PPE) while working. Only three of these reported always using a surgical mask or an N-95 respirator. Five reported always wearing gloves, but none reported consistent use of eye protection. Nor did any worker report always using gloves, gown, and a mask or respirator.However, the findings do not prove that the workers were infected because they didn’t use PPE, the report states.Infection control recommendationsBecause of the lack of a vaccine and limited data on the novel virus’s behavior, the CDC currently recommends that at-risk HCP use N-95 respirators, eye protection, and contact precautions, in addition to the usual infection control precautions for seasonal flu, the report notes. The latter include vaccination, isolation of patients in single rooms, and standard and droplet precautions.Among the barriers to the use of proper infection control precautions, the CDC says, is failure to recognize patients and activities that warrant such precautions. Dr. Michael Bell commented at today’s news briefing. He is associate director for infection control in the CDC’s Divisionof Healthcare and Quality Promotion, National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases.”Probably the single most important thing is that infectious patients be identified at the front door,” whether in a hospital or an outpatient clinic, Bell said.He added later, “One of the patterns we’re beginning to see is that healthcare facilities are not promptly identifying potentially infectious patients.” In normal circumstances, with no indication that PPE is needed, “there’s no way to expect those personnel to do this consistently. That identification of a potentially infectious patient’s first step is absolutely essential for this to work.”The number of novel flu infections in people involved in healthcare has grown to 81 since May 13, Bell reported. He said the CDC does not have detailed information on the additional cases, but there are no signs of a “sudden increase or an alarming change in pattern.””We are not seeing anything to indicate that HCP are overly represented among cases in this country,” he added.The MMWR article says that about 4% of confirmed and probable H1N1 cases in adults up to May 13 were in HCP, whereas about 9% of working adults in the United States work in healthcare.Disease severity in young peopleIn other comments at today’s briefing, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, deputy director of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said the robust immune response of young people may have something to do with the finding that the virus is hitting younger people harder than older groups. Last week Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, said most of the severe and fatal cases are occurring in people between 30 and 50.In response to a question, Jernigan noted that older people may have some protection from the virus because of previous exposures to other H1N1 viruses, distant relatives of the new strain.”In terms of the younger individuals, it may be that the severity of the disease is due to the robust immune response of younger individuals,” he added. “But at this point we don’t have any specific information to tease that out. But I would say that the serology supports the notion that there may be protection among older individuals, and the severity of the disease, notably in Mexico City, suggests that the robust immune response in the younger may be responsible for the severity.”On another topic, Jernigan said it’s too early to tell whether the novel H1N1 viruses will crowd out seasonal flu viruses and become predominant in the southern hemisphere’s current flu season. He said the data from some areas suggest that the novel virus is becoming dominant, but some laboratories are testing only for that strain, so the true picture isn’t clear. In some other areas where surveillance has been done for a long time, authorities are finding that the novel virus is predominant but that seasonal strains are also circulating, he said.”Right now we don’t have enough information to say that there is a replacement occurring, and at this point we’re expecting that there’ll be multiple subtypes circulating this fall,” he said.See also: Transcripts of CDC press briefings on novel H1N1 fluhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/press/last_img read more

The prediction Nicolas Pepe made about Olivier Giroud and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph

first_imgAubameyang and Pepe came away from Wembley with FA Cup winners’ medals (Picture: Getty)The Gunners held on to their advantage against a 10-man Chelsea side following Mateo Kovacic’s sending off to get their hands on the trophy for a record 14th time to strengthen their status as the most successful team in the history of the competition. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal forward Pepe had one of his better games since arriving from Lille last summer and looked to have scored a sublime equaliser in the first half before it became clear Ainsley Maitland-Niles was in an offside position in the build-up to the strike.And while the Ivorian has had a mixed debut campaign in England, he was never in any doubt that he would be on the winning team at Wembley. Olivier Giroud left Wembley empty handed just as Nicolas Pepe predicted (Picture: Getty)A new video has emerged which shows just how confident Nicolas Pepe felt about securing victory heading into Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash with Chelsea. Frank Lampard’s men dominated the early stages at an empty Wembley on Saturday evening and took the lead through Christian Pulisic, who continued his remarkable run of form to score his fifth goal in all competitions since the season restarted.But it was Pulisic’s former Borussia Dortmund team-mate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who stole the headlines as he fired home from the penalty spot to level midway through the first half before beating Willy Caballero with an exquisite dinked finish in the 67th minute. The prediction Nicolas Pepe made about Olivier Giroud and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph Pepe picked up his first piece of silverware with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)In a short video taken on Snapchat prior to the match, Pepe vowed to get the better of Chelsea and made a promise that the final would be about him and Aubameyang rather than ex-Arsenal striker Giroud.‘Tomorrow we qualify for the Europa League,’ he said.‘I don’t want to hear about Chelsea, Olivier Giroud – tomorrow, it’s Aubameyang, Pepe.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 3 Aug 2020 9:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kSharescenter_img Advertisement Much of the talk following Saturday night’s showpiece surrounded the future of Arsenal’s talisman, Aubameyang, with the Gabon international out of contract in less than 12 months’ time. ‘I am really not thinking about this now I really just want to enjoy with the guys and take the trophy now,’ Aubameyang told BT Sport shortly after the final whistle.‘I think everyone gave their best for the team today, we deserved it. ‘The journey has been long, great evening, I will enjoy all night for sure, I had this inspiration.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal head coach Mikel Arteta urged Aubameyang to stay on at the club and become a legend alongside the likes of Thierry Henry and Ian Wright. Asked about the striker’s winning goal, Arteta said: ‘It’s the most difficult thing in football, that’s for sure, and he makes it simple – look at the second goal he scored.‘We always had incredible strikers at this football club and Auba deserves to be named and compared with the big names.‘By winning trophies he will be closer to that and the longer he stays there as well.‘Hopefully we can have him for more time.’Will Aubameyang still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Martin Keown makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prediction after Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over ChelseaMORE: Arsene Wenger picks his two favourites to win this year’s Champions League Nicolas Pepe with a promise on Friday ahead of the FA Cup final: “Tomorrow we qualify for the Europa League. I don’t want to hear about Chelsea, Olivier Giroud – tomorrow, it’s Aubameyang. Pepe.” 👀😂 #afc pic.twitter.com/5EQ8axjSm7— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 2, 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

Sovereign mansion comes with all the bells and whistles for a good party

first_img12 Westminster CourtThe kitchen now has two ovens, motorised cabinets, a granite island bench and sleek black finishes including a black chrome sink and tapware. A built-in Nespresso coffee machine tops it all off. The home includes a library, private courtyard, media room with projector and speaker system and lounge room with a customised pop-up TV cabinet. “It is a really modern home and we have kept the style pretty neutral,” Mrs Saunders said.“My daughters and I love interior design so we usually create spaces together. 12 Westminster Court“David and I have four kids and eight grandchildren so when we were looking for a home on the Gold Coast we knew it had to be big enough to fit them all in,” Mrs Saunders said.“We moved to Hollywell from Sydney before we found this house.”The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home has soaring ceilings, a voided entry and a number of living spaces. 12 Westminster CourtA WEDDING, a few surprise birthday parties and nine family Christmases were hosted at ease in this waterfront home, described as an entertainer’s dream. Located on the prestigious Sovereign Islands, 12 Westminster Court comes with everything needed for a good party, according to owners Liz and David Saunders. 12 Westminster Court“We didn’t need to do much with the home when we bought it but we have recently renovated the kitchen,” Mrs Saunders said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It is one of the most important parts of entertaining. When you’re hosting a lot of parties you need a great kitchen.” 12 Westminster Court“I’m a very outdoors kind of person; I think I spend more time outside on the daybed than anywhere else.“The boys and I like to go out on the boat on the weekends and this home has been really good for wanting to have a lifestyle on water.“There are always jet skis whizzing past and boats … It is just constant entertainment here.”12 Westminster Court Sovereign Islands5 5 2Price: $2.498 millionInspection: Saturday, 1.15pm-2.00pm Agents: Bryan Tuck and Sabrina Chen, Ray White BroadbeachFeatures: Private courtyard, swimming pool, jetty and pontoonlast_img read more