Women’s unit and DTI to share equal ops duties

first_img Comments are closed. The Government has finally decided to split the responsibility for equalopportunities between the Cabinet Office’s Women and Equality Unit and the DTI.The unit will deal with women’s employment and pay, and the DTI is settingup Equality Direct – an advisory service on equal opportunity issues. John Philpott, the CIPD’s chief economist, criticised the Government fordragging its heels. He said, “Equal opportunities should have beenoutlined at the same time that ministerial responsibilities were announced, notat Parliament last week.” Alistair Darling, the Secretary of State for the Department of Work andPensions, attempted last week to clear up employers’ confusion over thestructure of his new department. Speaking a seminar held by think-tank IPPR, Darling said his departmentcombines the Employment Service with Social Services, signalling a new approachto welfare. He said, “Our main objective is to get people into work – thealternative is to damn another generation to being out of work. We need to getrid of the distinction between those signing on to work and those on benefits. Previous Article Next Article Women’s unit and DTI to share equal ops dutiesOn 10 Jul 2001 in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Midlands estate agency joins proptech rush with portal leads management launch

first_imgLeading midlands estate agency Nock Deighton has launched a self-funded proptech portal lead management tool that could, if it takes off as expected, one day be worth more than is property business, its boss has said.The venerable estate agency, which has its HQ in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, says its new proptech enables agents to automatically pre-qualify sales and lettings leads from portals via either email or phone.Many estate agencies have developed in-house tech for their own purposes but Nock Deighton, which is nearly 200 years old, is offering the new service to other agents.The company’s chairman Mike Nettleton says the idea came during lockdown when his teams were ‘drowning’ in leads from Rightmove and OTM.“One office had 1,500 rental leads from just 10 listings. It was unsustainable on every level so we decided to do something about it,” he says.Proptech launchNettleton has partnered with  long-time website provider, Leon Blair of iSEV, to create a joint prop-tech venture combining his agency expertise and insights on the front-end, with iSEV’s technology and support behind the scenes.Agents Response already has 43 other agents using the service already including Miles & Barr in Kent, SW agency Bradleys and Belvoir’s Midlands sub-brand Goodchilds.“I’m massively passionate about raising standards in the industry and I think Agent Response does that by weeding out tyre kickers among sales and lettings enquiries and also pre-qualifying those who are serious,” Nettleton (pictured) tells The Negotiator.He says Facebook was instrumental in creating the platform because it was while chatting with other agents in a group that he noticed some were sharing a pre-qualification form to handle portal leads. And to a degree Agent Response is an advanced, digital version of that.“I stumbled up on this as need rather than being a proptech firm backed by millions trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist,” he says.“The reality is that the portals send us too many leads and then moan that we don’t respond to them – so this is our solution to that problem, and it really works.”Find out more about Agent Response.agent response Mike nettleton Nock Deighton Estate Agents April 30, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’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 » Midlands estate agency joins proptech rush with portal leads management launch previous nextProptechMidlands estate agency joins proptech rush with portal leads management launchSeven-branch Nock Deighton says its new tech, if it takes off as expected, could soon dwarf its property sales and lettings business.Nigel Lewis30th April 20210738 Viewslast_img read more

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Streets crews installing speed humps to slow drivers in South Bend neighborhoods

first_img Twitter Streets crews installing speed humps to slow drivers in South Bend neighborhoods Google+ Pinterest Previous articleHowmet Aerospace in LaPorte laying off hundreds of workersNext articleFamed Indianapolis touchdown tandem nominated together for Pro Football’s Hall 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – September 16, 2020 0 298 Facebook By Richard Drdul (Traffic Calming Flickr Photoset) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons The City of South Bend’s Department of Public Works has begun installing 13 new speed humps in residential areas.The following information about the speed humps was sent to 95.3 MNC from the city:Speed humps are one of several traffic calming measures used to reduce vehicle speeds and create safer streets. Although most neighborhoods have a posted speed limit of 30 mph or lower, many drivers frequently speed through these residential streets.“We reached out to residents to better understand their concerns and where the speed humps were needed,” says Kara Boyles, city engineer. “It is a physical and appropriate solution to reduce speeding, encourage responsible driving and enhance safety on residential streets.”The following locations were chosen based on neighborhood input and factors such as traffic volume and speed studies:Foster Street from Peashway Street to St. Vincent StreetLathrop Place between Riverside Drive and Inglewood PlaceLawrence Street from Peashway Street to St. Vincent StreetNapoleon Street from Lawrence Street to St. Louis BoulevardPokagon Street from Leeper Avenue to Lawrence StreetSouth Street from Michigan Street to Lincolnway EastDuring construction, the streets listed above will close for approximately two weeks while the speed humps are installed. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting.Speeding on residential streets is one of the most common concerns that the City receives from residents on a regular basis. Since 2015, the City has installed a variety of traffic calming measures and demonstrations such as speed humps, chicanes and traffic circles in residential neighborhoods.The City is already looking at other areas where traffic concerns have been documented in order to implement the next round of traffic calming measures. Traffic volumes, speed studies, site visits, surrounding area characteristics and a signed petition showing neighborhood support are some of the factors used to determine if a traffic calming measure is needed. Residents can submit traffic concerns in their neighborhoods by filling out a Traffic Concern Form at southbendin.gov/engineering. Twitter IndianaLocalNews Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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EXPLAINER: Myanmar, Burma and why the different names matter

first_imgWhen it comes to Myanmar, also known as Burma, a lot is contained in a name. The military upended years of quasi-democratic rule in Myanmar this week, with soldiers taking control of the country in a carefully orchestrated coup. But where exactly did the coup happen? Was it in Myanmar, as the the country is officially called these days? Or was it in Burma, the name used for generations and the one that Washington continues to use?  The answer is complicated. Because when it comes to Myanmar, pretty much everything is political. Including language.last_img read more

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05 Southern peas

first_imgVolume XXXIINumber 1Page 5 By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaGrowing southern peas is a great Southern tradition in the garden. Gardeners know these longtime mainstays as black-eyed peas, creams, crowders, field peas, cowpeas or just peas. Many horticulturists, including me, now know them as southernpeas — one word. But the editor of this article isn’t buying it.Southern peas are related to beans, soybeans and English peas, which all have one thing in common: their unusual ability to grab fertilizer out of thin air.That’s right. They’re able to take the nitrogen in the atmosphere and make it into fertilizer. Because of this, they can be grown on the poorest of soils.Since they make some of their own, they don’t require much added fertilizer. If your soil is reasonably fertile, you can probably get away without fertilizer, at least for the first time on new ground.They like warm weather, so wait for all danger of frost to have passed before planting. You can grow them in spring, summer or fall. Just be sure to plant early enough in the fall not to run into Jack Frost.Among the many types of southern peas, black-eyed peas have a “black” eye on the hilum, the point that attaches to the pod. Creams are white and develop a nice broth when you cook them. Crowders have large, brown seed “crowded” into the pod.Their long heritage in the South started in Africa. Southern peas were brought over by slaves. Their ease of growth made them ideal for poor folks to add to their diet.Stingers?Southern peas have one drawback: cowpea curculios. This insect probes the pods and lays eggs in the developing seeds. The growing curculio grub will eventually eat the infested seed.Old-time gardeners referred to these peas as “stung.” They wrongly thought they’d been stung by wasps. Folks would pick these peas out by hand and discard them before cooking.Wasps do congregate around southern peas, but they aren’t there to sting the pods. They’re gathering the nectar secreted by nectaries at the base of the pods.Gardeners can choose from many varieties of southern peas. Knuckle Purple Hull is a crowder (the peas fill the pod so well they look like knuckles) with a purple hull. Zipper Cream is a cream type that’s easy to shell, or zip out of the pod. Colossus, as the name indicates, is a very large pea. There’s even a southern pea with a green pea at maturity, called Genegreen.Southern peas can be harvested at different stages of maturity. Most gardeners pick them at the mature-green stage. This is when the pods are completely filled out, but before they become dry and hard.A little helpIf you grow a lot of peas, you may want to take them somewhere to be shelled. Many farmers markets, roadside marketers and feed-and-seed stores have shellers that can make quick work of this chore. In a few minutes, they can shell what would take you several hours.You can also harvest Southern peas when they’re fully mature, dry and hard. In this state, they’ll last much longer.In either case, mature-green or dry, you have to refrigerate them, because if any cowpea curculio larvae are in there, they’ll keep feeding on the peas, reproduce and eventually destroy them all.Southern peas are a great vegetable to grow, especially for first-time gardeners. The relatively large seeds are easy to handle and plant. They require very little fertilizer. And they grow well, even during the hottest part of the year.You can control curculios, too, with timely insecticide applications. Or you can always pick out the “stung” seeds after harvest.(George Boyhan is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Jericho Man Convicted of Scamming $5M from School

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Jericho man was convicted Thursday of conning a Christian missionary school in South Korea of $5.5 million that he spent on luxury cars and a Las Vegas gambling spree in 2011.A Manhattan federal jury found William Cosme guilty of identity theft and wire fraud following a week-long trial.“William Cosme duped and defrauded a South Korean international school out of $5.5 million, money the school needed to carry out its mission of educating children,” said Joon Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “Cosme then took this stolen money and spent it lavishly on himself, including on a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, and a Cadillac Escalade, not to mention a 110-day gambling spree.”Prosecutors said the 51-year-old claimed to operate a global private equity firm when brokered a deal to lend the school $55 million after the school deposited $5.5 million that he would invest on their behalf.Instead of investing the money, Cosme bought a $314,000 Lamborghini, a $287,000 Ferrari, a Cadillac Escalade, blew $200,000 at casinos, paid his girlfriend’s rent and other lavish spending, authorities said.He then made misrepresentations to the school’s leadership on why they didn’t receive their loan payments and concocted a scheme to convince the school that they defaulted on their agreement so he could keep the deposit, according to investigators.Cosme faces up to 20 years in federal prison, three years of supervised release and fines when he is sentenced on June 21 by Judge Loretta Preska.last_img read more

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March 2016 Credit Union Trends Report from CUNA Mutual Group

first_imgThe Credit Union Trends Report is a monthly “pulse check” on the state of the credit union marketplace, often placed in a historical context. The report is published and distributed by Steven Rick from CUNA Mutual Group. View Steven’s biography.March 2016Credit union used auto loan balances rose 1.3% in January, faster than the 0.8% pace set in January 2015, and rose 13.5% during the last 12 months. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The U.S. Left the Paris Climate Agreement. Others Are Pressing Ahead.

first_imgThe costs of climate disasters have grown. Banks and investors have begun to turn away from fossil fuels as the price of renewable energy drops precipitously. Not least, key United States allies have rushed to stake out their own climate action targets. Britain, the European Union, Japan and South Korea have all said they would aim to neutralize their own emissions of planet-warming gases by 2050. And, in a shrewd move to outshine whoever is the next occupant of the White House, China, too, announced its own net-zero ambitions.“The rest of the world has confirmed it will not stop action on climate change,” said Lois M. Young, the ambassador of Belize to the United Nations who, as chairwoman of the Alliance of Small Island States, represents some of the countries most vulnerable to sea level rise.Ms. Young said she hoped the United States would recommit to the Paris deal in order to minimize the worst climate risks facing countries like hers. “That the country that has contributed the most to climate change is now formally outside of the Paris Agreement, and may remain so for at least the next four years, is an appalling thought,” she said. It was not lost on Ms. Ribera, a veteran of international climate negotiations, that Washington has flip-flopped before, notably on the Kyoto Protocol. The United States joined that global climate treaty in 1997 under the Clinton administration and withdrew in 2001 under President George W. Bush. Mr. Biden has said he would spend $2 trillion over four years to rapidly move away from coal, oil and gas, and has set a goal of eliminating fossil fuel emissions from electricity generation by 2035. By midcentury, Mr. Biden has vowed, the entire United States economy will be carbon neutral.That, combined with pledges from other nations, could make it realistic to meet the Paris Agreement goal of holding global temperatures to safe levels. The accord is structured around a kind of global peer pressure. Every country sets its own targets for slowing down its emissions growth, or, in the case of industrialized economies, reducing emissions.Mr. Biden has made no specific promises regarding the Paris Agreement, other than that he would recommit the United States to its goals and “go much further.” He has said he would “lead an effort to get every major country to ramp up their ambition of their domestic climate targets” and “stop countries from cheating.”Currently the United States is about halfway to meeting the Paris Agreement goal set by Mr. Obama to cut emissions about 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. A Biden administration would be expected to develop a new target by the time leaders meet for a United Nations climate summit in Glasgow slated for November of 2021.It remains unclear whether Mr. Trump in a second term might rally other countries to undermine the Paris Agreement, or whether a Biden administration would successfully lean on other countries. As of Wednesday, the United States presidential outcome remained unclear, and with it, the future of what role the United States will play in addressing climate change. If President Trump wins, the United States will almost certainly remain out of the accord for at least the next four years, making it difficult, if not impossible, to slow the rise of global temperatures.If former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins, he would bring the United States back in as early as February 2021. But rejoining the Paris Agreement will be the easy part. The United States would find that it has a lot of catching up to do to both reduce emissions and rebuild trust with its international allies.Teresa Ribera, Spain’s environment minister, said the election results would demonstrate whether the United States becomes “a confrontational power or a constructive power” on climate change.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Many countries, Ms. Ribera said, are eager to have the United States re-engaged in the Paris deal. But they also are wary about promises from Washington that it can’t keep, and are prepared to continue taking action on their own if necessary.center_img – Advertisement – “Credibility is something very difficult to earn and very easy to lose,” Ms. Ribera said. “The recovery of credibility could take some time.”Todd Stern, who served as climate change envoy under President Barack Obama, echoed that. After four years of an American president who denounced the Paris Agreement and mocked climate science, he said, it won’t be easy to suddenly make demands of other nations.“I think the most important thing for the United States is to come out very strong and decisively on the domestic side,” Mr. Stern said. “We have to demonstrate that this really is a very high priority and that the new president is moving full speed ahead.”Mr. Stern said rebuilding trust would require broad diplomatic outreach and aggressive climate action domestically. The American ability to do that depends not only on who is the next president but also on the composition of the Senate, which remains in the balance, too.According to Carbon Brief, a climate analysis site, the announcements by the European Union, China, Japan and South Korea put nearly half of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions under net-zero emissions targets, which means they would eliminate as much climate pollution as they emit into the atmosphere.That is, of course, minus the United States.“The world has moved on,” said Byford Tsang, who follows climate diplomacy for the London-based research organization E3G. “This election wouldn’t change the direction of global climate action, but it can change the pace of global climate action.” President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, who has echoed Mr. Trump’s dismissal of climate science, is unlikely to change his stance, though, some analysts said. Mr. Biden could exert greater pressure on Mr. Bolsonaro on environmental degradation and human rights.India, for its part, is unlikely to overnight shed its appetite for coal power, though a Biden administration could nudge India to accelerate its expansion of renewable energy, which is where investors are headed anyway.“The market case is working irrespective of Biden or Trump,” said Samir Saran, president of the Observer Research Foundation, a research group in New Delhi. “Of course strong leadership catalyzes this.”Saber Chowdhury, a member of Parliament in Bangladesh who has attended international climate talks for a decade, said he hoped a renewed United States commitment to climate action would spur greater financing for poor countries and access to new technologies to switch from dirty to clean energy.President Obama pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund designed to help poor countries address climate change. It delivered $1 billion of the promised funding before President Trump stopped the payments.“America is swimming against the current,” Mr. Chowdhury said. “There is a growing realization that time is running out.” WASHINGTON — At the stroke of midnight Wednesday, when the United States became the only country to formally quit the Paris Agreement, the global accord designed to avert catastrophic climate change, it fulfilled a campaign promise that Donald J. Trump made four years ago.But a lot has happened in those four years.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Joe Manganiello Debuts a Blue Mohawk for ’Justice League’ Role

first_img– Advertisement – One person commented, “Love the blue Mohawk!! You wear it well!” While another wrote, “You are the ONLY man who could make this look sexy.”Meanwhile, others are wondering what his wife Sofia Vergara thinks of the new ‘do. “I have to know. How does Sophia like the look?” one person asked. Someone else replied, “I’m wondering that as well. 😂”Joe Manganiello Debut a Blue Mohawk and Fans Have a Lot of ThoughtsJoe Manganiello. Matt Baron/ShutterstockMany are speculating that this drastic change is for his role as Deathstroke — also known as Slade Wilson — in the Justice League Snyder Cut. This comes after a source told Collider.com that the actor would be returning to shoot a whole new four-hour episodic for HBO Max after appearing in the credits of the 2017 Justice League film.- Advertisement – However, one fan noticed the Magic Mike star’s similarity to another iconic movie character. “Omg!!!!! You look like Hades from Disney’s Hercules!!!!!😂💙” They aren’t wrong! Who knows, maybe he’ll bring back this look for a live-action remake!It’s clear Manganiello isn’t afraid of a bold hair style. Back in 2016 he was nearly completely unrecognizable in a throwback pic he shared of himself sporting bleach blond locks. He took to Twitter to defend the old style, writing, “For the record, Slim Shady was ’97. I had Em by a year with the blonde. @dennisrodman on the other hand…”- Advertisement – We must admit, we love a man who isn’t afraid to take style risks. Even if they aren’t always the right choices.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Joe Manganiello Debut a Blue Mohawk and Fans Have a Lot of ThoughtsCourtesy of Joe Manganiello/InstagramNew ‘do, whose this? Joe Manganiello debuted a blue mohawk for his upcoming role in Justice League Snyder Cut — and he actually totally pulls it off!On Wednesday, November 4, the 43-year-old posted a pic of himself to Instagram in the gym rocking a totally new haircut and color. “Time to go to work…” he wrote in the accompanying caption. And fans could not get enough.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Dutch regulator identifies 30 more ‘vulnerable’ pension funds

first_imgShe added that the 13 industry-wide schemes on the new list, as well as the company pension funds with a guaranteed pension, would follow soon.Last year, the supervisor produced a list of 60 vulnerable schemes, based on financial, organisational and governance criteria.Since then, 30 of those pension funds have been wound up, while four managed to tackle their problems and have subsequently been removed from the DNB’s list, Goverse said.She said she expected the number and scale of industry-wide schemes that would be liquidated to increase.In 2007, the combined value transfer of pension assets was €2bn. That amount increased to €9bn in 2014, when the number of schemes that liquidated was actually lower, according to the supervisory head.Goverse added that the current pace of 30-40 liquidations a year was likely to continue.She suggested that the requirements of the new financial assessment framework (FTK), the new legislation for pensions communication and the new pensions vehicle APF might also encourage pension funds to wind up.Goverse said even pension funds that were not on the DNB’s initial list had volunteered to take part in the first full discussions, and that all schemes that considered liquidation would be welcome to join the scheduled sessions.At the moment, there are approximately 360 pension funds remaining in the Netherlands. Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has identified another 30 “potentially vulnerable” pension funds, it said.Speaking at an event organised by IPE sister publication PensioenPro, Liesbeth Goverse, the DNB’s supervisory head of smaller pension funds, said the 30 schemes would be invited for a plenary discussion with the regulator and be asked have to submit an analysis on their future.Depending on the outcome, additional discussions with individual pension funds will follow, she said.According to Goverse, the non-reinsured schemes in the group have already been invited for a round-table discussion at the end of March.last_img read more

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