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Lowering costs and clipping the red tape

first_imgTheConservative Party intends to slash business red tape by introducing aderegulation commission and resisting further European Union directives.Ifelected, the Tories would introduce a new body that would closely monitor andrestrict the costs of regulation.ShadowTrade and Industry Secretary David Heathcoat-Amory said, “Managers need tobe able to manage, so we need to get business costs down and clip red tape.”Wewant well-paid staff in secure employment, but realise that can’t be done bypassing a law. It has to be achieved by promoting the competitiveness andproductivity of British businesses, which are now more than ever exposed to thechill winds of international competition.”AConservative government would change the UK’s relationship with the EU. Itwould not ratify the Nice treaty and would insist on keeping a national veto onEuropean legislation.”TheEU economic model is characterised by a high level of so-called employment and socialprotection, but in fact it has led to high unemployment and the loss ofinternational competitiveness,” said Heathcoat-Amory.Thepromotion of business competitiveness is a key Conservative promise.Heathcoat-Amory claimed the productivity gap as measured by output per workerhad widened between the UK and France, Germany and America since 1997.Hesaid, “We would adopt a double approach. We want to reduce burdens torelease management time and to lighten business costs, and at the same timepromote training and skills through public agencies.”Businesstaxes would also be reduced. The climate change levy and IR35, the new tax ruleof subcontracted employees, would be abolished.Inthe workplace, Heathcoat-Amory is concerned that further legislation supportingwork-life balance practices could be dangerous to business.Hesaid, “The Government’s instinct is to reach for the legal button in therun up to the election, but all the costs will be borne by the companiesthemselves.”Ifa company loses its competitiveness and profitability and invests less as aresult, the long-term consequence will be fewer jobs. The best thing we can dofor the employee is to ensure that there is a continuous supply of good andwell-paid jobs in expanding British companies.”Heathcoat-Amorysays only a Conservative government would be sympathetic to business. “Wehave a government that doesn’t understand business. Few of them have everworked in any sort of commercial environment whatsoever. It is all a theory tothem.”Manifesto:at a glanceTaxand the economy– Public spending not to outstrip the growth of the economy– £8bn of tax cuts– No more “stealth” taxes– Cut fuel tax by 6p a litreBusiness– New deregulation commission to cut red tape– Promote business competitivenessEducation– 10,000 new teachers– Endowment for universitiesHealth– Increase in NHS funding– Increase staffing, but no figuresConstitution– Transfer power from central government to effective local councils– Strengthen parliamentary scrutiny of the governmentEurope– A more flexible European union – Vetro further transfers of power from Westminster to Brussels– Retention of the poundCrime– 6,000 extra police recruits– Less police bureaucracywww.conservatives.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Lowering costs and clipping the red tapeOn 22 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Ditch The Videogames This Winter Break

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Cure For Cabin FeverLooking for something fun to do with the kids over winter break? Wesselman Woods Nature Center is the place to be! The Naturalists have come up with some fun programs to break that cabin fever.Activities will include stories, crafts, animal meet and greets, and science activities. The Science of Frozen is one of the programs planned and will allow kids to explore the science of the winter wonders seen in the movie Frozen. Another program, Hootenanny, will have kids all “aflutter” while leaning about owls.Programs will take place at times through the days from Tuesday, December 27, through Friday December 30 at the Nature Center. All programs are included with Nature Center admission. Some programs are limited on participants, so pre-registration is offered by contacting the Nature Center at (812) 479-0771 or emailing Gena Garrett at [email protected] Schedule:Tuesday December 2710:00-11:00 – Toddling With Animals – ages 3 and under, limited to 15 children.11:30-12:00 – Craft: Tree Cookie Ornaments1:00-2:00 – Let’s Make Tracks – ages 8 and up, limited to 20 children.Wednesday, December 2810:00-11:00 – Hootenanny – recommended for ages 5-9, limited to 20 children.11:30-12:00 – Story Time & Animal Visit – recommended for ages 2-8, limited to 20 children.1:00-2:00 – Warm In The Wild – recommended for ages 4-9, limited to 20 children.Thursday, December 2910:00-11:00 – The Science of Frozen – ages 4 and up, limited to 20 children.11:30-12:00 – Craft: Glittering Gumball Ornaments1:00-2:30 – Spectacular Snowflakes – ages 8 and up, limited to 20 children.Friday, December 3010:00-11:00 – Animals In Winter – recommended for ages 5-9, limited to 20 children.11:30-12:00 – Story Time & Animal Visit – recommended for ages 2-8, limited to 20 children.1:00-2:00 – The Night Tree – recommended for ages 4-9, limited to 20 children.center_img last_img read more

Jenkins announces preliminary fall semester guidelines

first_imgIn preparation for the fall semester, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in an email Monday a list of guidelines and practices community members will be expected to follow as they return to campus.According to the University’s COVID-19 news website, a phased return of students to campus will begin July 27. Move-in for undergraduates will take place over a two-week period, Jenkins said, and more information will follow in the next few weeks from the Office of Residential Life.Welcome Weekend orientation for new students and their families is currently scheduled to take place in two sessions — the first from Aug. 3-4 and the second from Aug. 5-6 — according to the University’s Welcome Weekend website. There will be more events for students only following the conclusion of both programs, according to the website.Students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing “when in any University building in the company of others,” and outside when physical distancing is not possible. Jenkins also announced changes in the dining hall schedule and layouts to allow for distancing and other options for take-out meals designed to protect students.In terms of classes, Jenkins said learning spaces will be adapted for appropriate social distancing.“Courses that include labs, performances, travel and other unique requirements may be adjusted to accommodate protocols for physical distancing and online access,” Jenkins said.Community members will also be required to complete daily health screenings on campus and notify University Health Services if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Protocols for widespread testing will be announced in the next few weeks.“All students who report symptoms will be expected to follow the testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols established by Notre Dame and our local health officials should they become ill or are exposed to COVID-19,” Jenkins said.In-person gatherings which meet the University and health guidelines will be approved, and those which do not — including cocurricular and extracurricular activities — will be held virtually, Jenkins said. Notre Dame community members are also discouraged from personal travel away from campus except for special circumstances, and visitors on campus will be limited.In recognition of the stress and anxiety that can be caused by health and safety changes, Jenkins noted the University will increase mental health resources for students.“We will take steps to enhance the University’s mental health resources and to encourage us all to attend to this important aspect of our overall well-being,” Jenkins said.Jenkins said the current guidelines do not include all of the modifications students will see on campus for the fall semester, and as new information is announced, changes will be made appropriately to ensure the health and safety of the community.“Throughout the coming academic year, we will need to be creative, flexible, vigilant and unwavering in our commitment to caring for our own health and that of everyone around us,” Jenkins said.Tags: 2020 fall semester, COVID-19, John Jenkins, Office of Residential Life, virtual classeslast_img read more

3 thoughts for car buyers

first_img 542SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details If you or someone you care about is looking to buy a car, there are probably a hundred things you should consider. I’m not going to throw a hundred things at you, but I do want to throw out three things that you should think about before you sign your name for a new (or just new to you) automobile…Needs vs. Wants: What are you going to be using your new ride for? A long commute? Weekend trips to the mountains? These are just a couple of questions you should consider. A smart car might get incredible gas mileage during your 40-minute commute, but that little fella is pretty much worthless when it comes to a cargo space. Sure, you may be able to get a bag of groceries home, but what about that 30-gal trash can or 6-foot step ladder you wanted to get at Lowe’s? And a jeep might be a cool ride for a trip to the beach or mountains, but the sound of a soft-top rattling in the wind is going to get old quick if you have to spend time on the highway on your way to work every day. And don’t forget about things like Bluetooth connectivity and heated seats. You really need to sit down and weigh your options before getting too excited about what car looks the coolest.Monthly payments vs. Total price: So, you love the monthly payments, but are you really considering how much a new car is going to cost you by the time you’ve paid if off in six years? And maybe you’re a big fan of the total price you’re getting, but you know the monthly payments are going to take some sacrifice in your budget. Is that something you really want to deal with? And have you factored in other costs like insurance, gas, oil changes, tires, and preventative maintenance? Take your time and make a list so you can get a better idea of the true cost of your new ride.Know your car before you buy: The best advice I could give you before buying a new car is to get to know it before it’s yours. Do some research and see how other owners are feeling about their purchase. And always take a test drive. Don’t just ride up and down the boulevard. Put a few miles on it. Ride through parking lots. How does it ride? Is it only smooth on smooth roads? What’s it like going over a speed bump? Some cars let you feel everything, and that’s not ideal. When it comes time to buy, you shouldn’t be buying a mystery. It should feel like you’re bringing an old friend home.last_img read more

Economic Update examines COVID-19 impact on CU members

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA’s latest Economic Update video addresses the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on consumer financial well-being and credit unions’ response.During the presentation, CUNA Senior Policy Analyst Samira Salem discusses recent Morning Consult and CUNA/American Association of Credit Union League survey findings.The Morning Consult survey results include information on the following:How have consumers been financially impacted by the pandemic?How are adult consumers coping financially?What kinds of support would they find most helpful at this time?Salem also looks at the results to date of an ongoing CUNA/American Association of Credit Union Leagues survey on how credit unions are responding to support their members’ financial well-being during the pandemic. She finds that credit unions’ pandemic responses line up with consumer financial needs identified in the Morning Consult survey. These include:last_img read more

USDA to cut back BSE testing program

first_img Citing an analysis of the US surveillance program released in April, Johanns said, “Experts believe that in an adult cattle population of 42 million we might find four to seven animals with BSE.” With BSE that rare and with the SRM ban in place, the risk of BSE-contaminated beef getting into the food supply is “virtually nonexistent.” “To put it simply, we’ve accomplished our enhanced surveillance goals, and it’s time to move forward with a level of surveillance that corresponds to the very low level of BSE in this country,” he added. In a news release, he stated that the reduced testing program “will maintain our ability to detect BSE, [and] provide assurance that our interlocking safeguards are successfully preventing BSE.” In response to questions, Johanns said the USDA told the nation’s trading partners about the testing cutback in advance. He also said it would have been “enormously disingenuous, if not downright dishonest” if the USDA had waited until the foreign markets reopened and then reduced the testing program. “Both the Alabama and the Texas cows had a slightly different prion” with a higher molecular weight than in previous cases, he said. He added that researchers are working to find out what that means. Starting as early as late August, testing will be reduced to about 40,000 cattle a year, or about 110 a week, Johanns announced. The reduced testing program—similar to what was done before the expansion—will cost about $8 million a year, versus about $52 million a year currently, he said. “From the regulatory standpoint we’re considering those to be two cases of BSE. But we feel very comfortable that our existing program provides the appropriate level of protection,” regardless of the type of prion involved, DeHaven said. About 759,000 cattle, or more than 1,000 cattle per day, have been tested since the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanded BSE surveillance in June 2004, Johanns said at a news conference. Two cases were found during that time, in addition to the first US case discovered in 2003. The plan to reduce testing comes as Japan prepares to resume importing US beef, long banned because of BSE worries, and as the USDA tries to reopen South Korea and China to American beef. Japan has been inspecting US beef processing plants this month and, if the results are satisfactory, is expected to resume imports of beef from cattle younger than 20 months. Jul 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government’s expanded testing program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) will be cut back soon, having shown that the nation has “no significant BSE problem,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said today. But he also said the USDA will consider any findings about Canada’s latest BSE case before making any changes in the import rules. The latest case was in a 4-year-old cow, born years after a ban on putting recycled cattle protein into cattle feed took effect in 1997. The testing program was expanded in response to the first BSE case in 2003, with the aim of determining the disease’s prevalence. The government originally proposed to test about 275,000 cattle over 12 to 18 months, but the program now has lasted more than 25 months.center_img Johanns stressed that the testing program is not a food safety program but rather a way to assess the prevalence of BSE. The key to protecting food safety is removing the specified risk materials (SRM)—cattle parts such as the brain and spinal cord, which are likely to carry the BSE agent if an animal is infected, he said. Removal of SRM from carcasses of cattle older than 30 months has been required since early 2004. Jun 8, 2004, CIDRAP News story “No BSE found in first week of expanded testing” Also at the news conference, Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the USDA is considering relaxing restrictions on imports of live Canadian cattle. Canada recently identified its sixth BSE case. DeHaven also commented on recent reports that the two latest US BSE cases involved a different “strain” of prion protein from that seen in the first case and in European cases. Johanns said that testing 40,000 cattle a year is 10 times as many as recommended in the science-based guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The USDA will continue to test cattle from high-risk populations and from a variety of places around the country, he said. Because of BSE concerns, the only live Canadian cattle allowed into the United States are those destined for slaughter before reaching the age of 30 months. In response to a question, DeHaven said the USDA is considering allowing older cattle to be imported, because the Canadian system for preventing BSE “mirrors what we have in the US.” See also: Jul 20 USDA news release To the suggestion that the current level of testing should continue indefinitely, Johanns said, “There simply is no scientific justification for doing so. . . . The reality is this: there is no significant BSE problem in the United States. And after all this surveillance I am able to say there never was. We’ve proved that with our enhanced surveillance.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Dec. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStefanik defense of Trump ignores plot In explaining her “no” vote on impeachment Dec. 18, Rep. Elise Stefanik said that the case against the president was “easily disproven” because security assistance and aid was eventually provided to Ukraine and because there was no investigation into the Bidens conducted.Trump didn’t get the result he wanted, so he’s off the hook?For those watching holiday reruns, it’s like arguing that the burglars in “Home Alone” didn’t commit any crimes because they didn’t succeed in making off with any of the McCallisters’ stuff.Like Harry and Marv, the president and Giuliani bungled their operation and got burned and humiliated as a result.But their failures don’t exonerate them of the crimes they did commit.Extortion, solicitation and conspiracy are crimes themselves, whether or not they attain desired ends.Stefanik’s “explanation” evades the serious charges in the case. The 2019 Arctic Report card https://arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card/Report-Card-2019 has just been issued.The report says: “Warming air temperatures are driving changes in the Arctic environment that affect ecosystems and communities on a regional and global scale.”According to Matthew Druckenmiller from the National Snow and Ice Data Center ,“… thawing of permafrost may now be acting to accelerate global climate change.” He indicates that melting permafrost brings about further change as it releases more carbon into the air.We have family in Alaska where we lived in the 1970s and ’80s. What happens there affects us, not just because of the family connection, but because of what it means to our weather here in New York or any of the other places in the country where we have family and friends.When we lived in the Arctic, seeing the amount of ice on the ocean and walking on the permafrost every day made it seem like it would be there forever. Now we know, more than 30 years later, that things were beginning to change even then. We just couldn’t see it.Serious climate changes are happening in faraway places where we can’t see them. That doesn’t mean they aren’t happening.Florence CarnahanSchenectady There have been many sequels to “Home Alone,” but I’d like to see one where Stefanik volunteers to drive a getaway car for Harry and Marv.Janette SchueNiskayunaMcConnell vows not to honor his oathWhen the United States Senate sits as the jury for impeachment, its oath is very different: “I solemnly swear (or affirm) that in all things appertaining to the trial of ____, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help me God.”So, when the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he is in lock-step with the president, he has violated the oath before he even takes it.Sadly, elected officials are more interested in getting re-elected than doing their jobs and serving the public interest.Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayunaThe writer is a former town justice.center_img Climate change not always visible to allIf you look at the globe you can see that it’s round, a facsimile of our planet Earth. There’s no line that stops what happens in one place from impacting what happens in another. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Australian golfing great Peter Senior selling Gold Coast mansion

first_imgFormer professional golfer Peter Senior is selling his Hope Island house, complete with its own putting green. Picture Glenn HampsonONE of Australia’s all-time golfing greats Peter Senior is teeing up to sell his Gold Coast mansion — complete with a putting green.Senior, who retired last year after an illustrious four-decade career, has put his luxury Hope Island waterfront home on the market at $3.6 million.Fancy a putt? Picture Glenn HampsonHe bought the vacant block of land in the gated estate with wife June in 2009 before they built their dream house.“My wife and I were over in America as I was still playing golf and my friend Joe Hanna who is a builder wanted something to do.“We wanted something different and so he did up all of these elaborate plans.”“It was our fourth house at Hope Island,” Senior said.Former professional golfer Peter Senior practices on his putting green. Picture Glenn HampsonThe end result included an array of luxury living areas, theatre, family room, pool, spa, barbecue pavilion, pontoon and putting green.“I told Joe I didn’t want any grass but because I’ve been involved in golf for so long he thought it would be funny to put in a putting green,” Senior said.“It was great as it was just something that filled that area.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I used to go down there and putt in the late afternoon — it came in pretty handy before I left to go to the US.”From the front, the property at 2204 Taromeo Court, Hope Island portrays a stylish vibe.Being on tour meant the Seniors only ever occupied the house for two to three months a year.“We would leave at the end of February and return in November,” he said.The property comes complete with a pool.Senior managed 34 tournament victories around the globe during his four-decade career.In all, he won $16.6 million in current Australian dollar values from golf.The couple plans to remain at Hope Island with golf still very much a part of Senior’s life.“I still play a few small events on the Legends (over 50s) tour,” he said.Inside the stylish abode.Professionals — Vertullo Real Estate agent Rob Casbolt is marketing the residence.“In my opinion, it is the architectural design combined with the exceptional level of finishes that make the home stand out from the crowd,” Mr Casbolt said.The water vista.More sports stars’ homes…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-28:768d892651d8b5592914cb22 Player Element ID: vjs_video_773 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00 Related videoslast_img read more

Groups on both sides of abortion debate bring their messages to Parliament

first_img“They’ll want to see the final legislation once that process is complete, this is a matter for them though, I hope it’s given due consideration but I don’t know how people will choose to vote,” Jacinda Ardern said.National MP Agnes Loheni accepted the petition from Gina Sunderland of March for Life NZ. Ms Loheni said she wanted to focus on supporting mothers before and after birth, and pregnant women who did not know where to turn. She was joined by National MPs Simeon Brown, Melissa Lee, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Alfred Ngaro, Paula Garcia and Chris Penk and Labour MP Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/groups-both-sides-abortion-debate-bring-their-messages-parliamentProtesters call for abortion to be removed from Crimes ActRadio NZ News 23 July 2019Hundreds of people marched to Parliament today calling for reform of New Zealand’s abortion laws, as Cabinet prepares to consider a bill that would remove abortion from the Crimes Act.Currently, the law allows for abortion to be performed only to save the life of the mother, or to preserve her physical or mental health – and only if the procedure is approved by two doctors or consultants.While the pro-choice march was underway, a petition against the proposed law change with 13,000 signatures was presented to MPs.Michelle Kaufman from Family Life International, a pro-life lobby group, said she was disappointed the government was even considering decriminalising abortion.All unborn children need to be protected from the first moment of their existence, she said.“They’re deserving of life, they have a right to life. Without the right to life we have no other rights. They’re as deserving of protection just as a born child is deserving of protection, and care, and support. To be honest, women and families need protecting from abortion.”READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/395044/protesters-call-for-abortion-to-be-removed-from-crimes-actWomens rights to an abortionTe Ao Māori News 23 July 2019Women’s sovereignty over their own bodies was the call today from the hundreds who showed up at parliament grounds in support of women’s reproductive rights.The protesters gathered today want to see significant changes to laws pertaining to abortion.  However, some disagree.Brian Whitaker of Kāpiti Voice of Life says, “We’re opposed to it just being a health issue because killing a baby is not the same as having an appendix or a tonsil [removed] or any other of those health issues.”Whitaker is adamant that the issue is the health of the foetus.“We live in a society which always regards the killing of children as a crime. That’s why its in the Crimes Act,” he says.READ MORE: https://teaomaori.news/womens-rights-abortion TVNZ One News 23 July 2019Family First Comment: “The whole nation needs to be doing some soul searching, MPs need to be doing some soul searching because it’s here they have the power to change things. We don’t want to see it changed, we don’t want to see it liberalised because women already have access to abortion up to 20 weeks.” – Gina Sunderland#PushBack#ChooseLifeGroup on both sides of the abortion issue brought their message to Parliament today, as the proposed law around abortion law reform makes progress. “The whole nation needs to be doing some soul searching, MPs need to be doing some soul searching because it’s here they have the power to change things. We don’t want to see it changed, we don’t want to see it liberalised because women already have access to abortion up to 20 weeks.”center_img This morning, a petition was presented with 13,000 signatures against the Government’s proposed relaxation of abortion laws. This afternoon, about 200 protesters marched to Parliament calling for abortion to be removed from the Crimes Act and treated as a health issue.Today the Prime Minister said options for reform were still under discussion with the Government, after the draft of the abortion law went to Cabinet committee. “I want people to do a little bit of soul searching about this,” Ms Sunderland said.last_img read more