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January 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce is please to announce the 2009 – 2010 Top Ten Winter Events Award recipients. The winners, in chronological order are:CRAFT VERMONT – Fine Craft, Art, and Design – presented by Vermont Hand CraftersSouth Burlington-Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, November 19-22, 2009, Thurs. & Fri. 12-8 pm, Sat. 10-6 pm, Sun. 10-5 pm. At the CRAFT VERMONT – Fine Craft, Art, and Design Show you ll meet the artists and hear their stories, their inspiration, and their dedication to their craft. Shop over 130 booths of original, high quality, works in glass, ceramics, wood, and decorative fiber along with paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture and wearable art made by Vermont s finest artisans. This highly acclaimed annual event offers a wide range of contemporary and traditional items in all price ranges. Four-day Pass $7 valid for unlimited re-entry. www.vermonthandcrafters.com;(link is external) 802-373-5429. Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & MuseumWoodstock, November 27-29, 2009, 10-3 pmView how Thanksgiving was celebrated over 100 years ago; the Thanksgiving meal is prepared in the 1890 Farm House wood burning stove. Traditional cooking demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, farm tours, and hands-on Thanksgiving activities and programs for every age. Adults $11, seniors $10, children ages 5-15 $6, ages 3-4 $3. www.billingsfarm.org;(link is external) 802-457-2355.The Lights of ChristmasSouth Royalton, November 27, 2009 – January 5, 2010Be captivated by over 120,000 lights and heart-warming displays honoring the birth of Jesus Christ at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site. Two-night lighting ceremonies. Enjoy The Lights of Christmas with live nativity, free refreshments, and continuous holiday music. NEW: Get in the spirit of Christmas with concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – America s Choir with renowned guest performers such as Angela Lansbury and Walter Cronkite on DVD in cozy 40 seat theater. It is one hour and is nondenominational.  Free. 802-783-7742.First Night BurlingtonBurlington, December 31, 2009, Noon to midnight.Vermont s largest single day arts festival, whose mission is to bring the community together with an accessible, substance-free New Year s Eve celebration of the arts. Over 20,000 people attend at 23 sites in downtown Burlington. $15 buttons ($20 day of event), $2 tickets. www.firstnightburlington.com;(link is external) 802-863-6005.Winter Dew TourMount Snow (West Dover), February 4-7, 2010, 9-6 pm.Over 20,000 spectators and another 1,000,000 television viewers witnessed hometown girl Kelly Clark s winning halfpipe run at the 2009 competition, while pros like Simon Dumont and Shaun White battled for the coveted Dew Cup. Festival Village features interactive displays, giveaways, athlete signings and live music. Party with the pros at the ALLI-After-Dark parties! Visit allisports.com or mountsnow.com for more information. Free. www.mountsnow.com;(link is external) 800-245-SNOW.Snowflake Festival 2010Lyndon and East Burke area events, February 12-28, 2010The Lyndon/Burke Snowflake Festival is two weeks of non-stop family fun in the Lyndon/Burke area celebrating the best of winter in the Northeast Kingdom. Many events take place at Lyndon Outing Club, the oldest volunteer-run ski area in Vermont. Burke Mountain is a spectacular setting for lots of family fun throughout the festival. Join us for pancake breakfasts, torchlight ski parades, free horse drawn wagon rides, cross-country and alpine skiing and much more! Most events are free. www.lyndonvermont.com;(link is external) 802-626-9696.Montshire Museum Igloo BuildNorwich, February 15, 2010, 10:30 am – 3 pmLearn how to build an insulated, sturdy house, strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Join Dr. Bert Yankielun, author of How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Structures and learn the secrets of building with snow – from making the initial snow angel, to placing the final block on the dome, to sawing yourself out. Then try building your own igloo! Activities and presentations throughout the day. Free with Museum admission ($10 adults, $8 children 2-17, free for Montshire members and children under 2) www.montshire.org;(link is external) 802-649-2200.Middlebury Winter Carnival & Chili ContestMiddlebury, February 27, 2010, 2-5 pmThe Better Middlebury Partnership proudly presents the Middlebury Winter Carnival & Pro/Am Chili Contest! The streets of Middlebury will be alive with free chili, free live music and free treats for all! Last year 29 local restaurants served over 50 different kinds of chili! Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to enter – the public votes! Other activities include public skating, snowshoe races, an open house at the Middlebury Fire Station, dog sled demos, and a bonfire! Free. www.middbiz.org;(link is external) 802-388-4126.Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding ChampionshipsStratton Mountain, March 15-21, 2010The U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships have showcased the world s most progressive riding longer than any other snowboarding competition. For the 26th consecutive year, the competition will take place at Stratton Mountain Resort. Snowboarding s elite athletes like Shaun White, Danny Kass, Kelly Clark, and Hannah Teter are U.S. Open staples and compete in quarterpipe, halfpipe, and slopestyle events. The Open, which draws more than 20,000 fans, big name sponsors, snowboarding legends and international media, is free of charge to spectators. www.stratton.com;(link is external) 1-800-STRATTON.13th Green Mountain Film FestivalMontpelier, March 19-28, 2010Montpelier, in the heart of Vermont, provides the perfect setting for this intimate festival bringing together films and film makers from all over the world. Nearly 120 separate events over ten days, including interviews and discussions with film makers, writers, and other special guests from the world of film. Recent guests have included Oscar nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and  Memoirs of a Geisha), and NPR and LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan. $7-$8.50, some events free. Discounts available. www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org;(link is external) 802-262-3423.Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont s best activities, selected for their diversity and wide appeal. This year s winners display a wide-range of family-friendly activities and represent many different parts of the state.In order to qualify as a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event, events must appeal to out-of-state visitors as well as Vermonters; appeal to a diverse audience, including children and families; and due to the additional attention a Top Ten garners, the event must be able to accommodate an influx of visitors up to twice the normal count.last_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWith massive student loan debt, a tough job market and stagnant wages, millennials face an uphill battle when it comes to getting ahead. But the 75 million young people between the ages of 18 and 34 should not lose hope.If you are a millennial, you can learn crucial information that will help pad your savings. Even in today’s challenging economy, millennials have the power to take control of the present and create a bright financial future.From investing in the right stocks to finding ways to increase your income, here are nine ways today’s millennials can become tomorrow’s financially secure generation.1. Invest in Mutual FundsJumping into the stock market might seem overwhelming, but there are easy and inexpensive ways to get started. Millennials can start investing in mutual funds, which offer better diversification than individual stocks, said Katharine Perry, an associate financial consultant at Fort Pitt Capital Group. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

December 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThere’s a terrific scene in the movie Office Space when lead character Peter Gibbons is avoiding Bill Lumbergh (history’s all-time worst-ever boss) to get out of working over the weekend. Peering over the wall of his cubicle, Peter makes a dash for the door only to be surprise-blocked by Lumbergh and stuck with the dreaded weekend assignment.If you know the movie, you really can’t blame Peter for trying to avoid his boss. For the most part, however work environments that are blighted with a culture of avoidance are not primed for success. Particularly in credit unions, we’re talking about those where, for whatever reason, staff avoids interaction with staff (what some call the silo mentality) and particularly when staff avoids contact with members.Avoid contact with members? That’s crazy, you might think. Interacting with our members is the most important thing credit unions do. It drives growth, profitability and deeper relationships. These things are all true — however, in the course of mystery shops during marketing audits for credit union partners, we are continually surprised at just how many financial institutions (and it’s not just banks, friends, credit unions are guilty of this, as well) still tolerate a culture of avoidance with consumers.Here’s a fairly typical scenario. During a marketing audit we visit a competitor (banks and credit unions) assigned to us by the credit union with which we are working. Typical culture avoidance signs we see often include:A passive entry/greeting system. Too many credit unions rely on passive methods of interacting with members and potential members as they enter branches. We still see clipboard sign-in sheets. Occasionally we will see a computer terminal sign-in queue system or maybe even a tablet. While technology may be better than a hard copy sign in, the method is still passive. In other words, you are relying on members (and potential members who may have never been in a given branch location) to announce their entry to you. In the experience economy in which credit unions now operate, exactly the opposite should occur. Instead of asking members to meekly announce their entry to you, your staff should trumpet an authentic branded greeting anytime someone walks in. Members gift us with their trust and business. The least we can do is actively greet them when they walk in the door. Nothing is worse than walking into a retailer (credit unions included) and feeling unnoticed. If your credit union has a culture of avoidance that tolerates a passive greeting system, your member experience is far from cutting edge.Employees that lack basic business communication skills. Avoidance here can mean things like little to no eye contact, no effort to learn a member/potential member names, reading from brochures instead of relying on internal product knowledge and paying more attention to their computer screen or even (gasp!) cell phone than the person in front of them. Yes, this happens during mystery shops. The lack of eye contact and no/poor use of member name is bad enough. You might be surprised, however, how many times we see credit union frontline staff with either enough lack of product knowledge or confidence in their ability to discuss it so that they rely on the cheat sheet of reading from a brochure. This does not inspire confidence in consumers when it comes to your credit union. And yes, we still see some credit union frontline staff either glancing at or actually typing at their computers and looking at their cell phones rather than fully engaging with the member/potential member directly across from them. That’s not just rude — it’s 100% detrimental to your member experience. If your credit union has a culture of avoidance that tolerates a lack of basic business communication skills, your member experience is floundering.A culture-wide silo mentality. When back-office departments don’t want to talk to member-facing frontline staff. And vice versa. When lending won’t talk to marketing. When marketing won’t talk to human resources. When IT won’t talk to anybody. This is silo mentality. Who does it end up ultimately harming the most? You probably guessed it – the member. Your entire staff must understand that for an optimal member experience, they must break out of the silo mentality and open communication between all people. Progressive credit union cultures that thrive in a brand-centric environment often begin to lose “department blinders” altogether, seeing one team of however many people work at your credit union all striving for the member experience instead of a litany of individual departments only loosely connected and often lost in worlds of their own. If your credit union has a culture of avoidance that tolerates the silo mentality, good luck trying to keep up with your more forward-thinking competitors.A culture of avoidance, whether internally amongst staff/departments, externally in front of members or both does not bode well for the future of your credit union. A more direct, welcoming and inclusive brand culture of working internally and with members is the direction upon which growing credit unions focus. As a member or potential member, ask yourself this question – “Would I rather work with a credit union where the staff obviously relishes the relationship working with me, or would I prefer to find another financial institution that does?” 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Detailslast_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRead also: Explainer: What’s the new coronavirus saliva test, and how does it work?Previously, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that he had asked the Finance Ministry to subsidize rapid tests for travelers, especially public transportation users.People seeking to travel by airplanes and long-distance trains are required to submit negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid test results before being allowed to board.“We are currently asking the Finance Ministry to subsidize rapid tests for those who travel regularly,” he said earlier this month as quoted by kompas.com.Rapid tests, while faster, are less accurate than PCR tests, with a high possibility of false positives as well as false negatives.Topics : The Health Ministry has issued a circular setting a price ceiling of Rp 150,000 (US$10.41) for COVID-19 rapid tests, following numerous complaints over the high prices of such tests.The circular, dated Monday and signed by the ministry’s director-general for health services, Bambang Wibowo, states that all health facilities must adhere to the price ceiling.“The government needs to step in on the issue of rapid test prices so that the public do not feel like they are being taken advantage of for profit,” Bambang said in the circular.last_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOscar: a love of barbecue Oscar Farias was a joker, and an expert in the art of the “asado,” or grilling meat — an institution in Argentina.The 81-year-old former metal worker died alone in hospital in April, his family kept away by strict virus prevention protocols. “It was the most devastating and overwhelming thing,” says his daughter Monica, 45.She wasn’t even able to bring him a blanket when he called to say he was cold. They said their goodbyes on the phone.”When I told him we would go and eat a pizza and have some wine when he got better, we were really saying goodbye,” Monica says.She had to sign the authorization for his cremation without even seeing his coffin.She will keep in her mind an image of her father seen in a family photo — a happy man, grilling some meat, and listening to tango on the radio. Franklin’s coffee Victoria del Carmen says she still makes coffee every morning for her son Franklin Rivera, a Salvadoran photojournalist who was struck down by the virus at 52.When he was well, Rivera liked to use an exercise bike in his modest Ciudad Delgado house on the outskirts of the capital, San Salvador. Now, it sits unused. “No one can believe he is no longer with us,” says his sister Geraldina Juarez. “We can’t describe this emptiness.”To try to fill the void, his family are drawn to a box full of his old press credentials, eager to see his face once again.Rivera’s slow decline from the coronavirus began with a throat ailment on June 22 and then a urinary tract infection.When he was finally diagnosed with COVID-19, he self-isolated at home.Juarez remembers how tired he became, saying: “He could no longer walk much. He spent his days on his deck chair, which he set up in the yard.”He died after a lightning storm hit the city, unable to get a doctor with the emergency services at full stretch.In the yard, the blue deck chair is still there, in the shade of a tree — empty.Gravediggers wearing protective suits prepare to bury the coffin of Izolina de Sousa, 85, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil’s biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 26, 2020. (REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli)Paulo: a guitar and a sofa Paulo Roberto’s blue guitar still hangs on the wall in his house in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. The small sofa where the 75-year-old liked to sit still bears his imprint.”He used to spend a lot of his time on this sofa in the living room to watch films, documentaries and take a nap,” said his wife Maria Candida Silveira.The pandemic has taken a tough toll on the family of Roberto, who died in June.Two of his four daughters contracted the virus, but only one lived to tell the tale. His 68-year-old wife fell gravely ill, but survived after a period in intensive care.Now Silveira finds it difficult to put his absence into words.”Sometimes you remember little details, moments we spent together, happy moments,” she said.”The memory of his music also remains, especially the old songs he loved to play and sing.”There is some consolation in knowing he was able to fulfill his dying wish: seeing his great-granddaughter Dudinha one more time. “I made a video call from my phone. He was sitting on the bed, laughing and playing with her over the phone. He managed to say goodbye to her,” she recalled. Hugo’s crucifix Hugo Lopez Camacho’s room stands as a monument to a humble life. A blanket decorated with a football motif covers his single bed. His pillowcase is embroidered with the phrase “I think of you.” A crucifix hangs on a brick wall. Lopez Camacho lived on the property of a primary school in a Mexico City neighborhood, where his father is the caretaker.He died in the same hospital where he had worked as an orderly for 14 years, wheeling patients to and from the surgical unit. He was 44.At first, it seemed like he had a bad cold or the flu. Lopez Camacho had headaches. Then he started having trouble breathing.He lost consciousness when he was hospitalized in late April. His mother never saw him again. He called when doctors said they would have to intubate him.”He knew what was going to happen,” his sister recalls.Mexico’s huge virus toll meant a backlog for funeral services, and the family had to wait for his remains to be handled.Aerial view of people attending a funeral at the Municipal Pantheon in Valle de Chalco, Mexico state, Mexico, on Thursday, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (AFP/PEDRO PARDO )They finally had to have him cremated, which was not their initial wish.And now they have to wait again, to be allowed to bury his ashes in the family crypt, along with those of his grandmother.center_img Topics : An untouched exercise bike, a guitar that has gone silent, an empty couch — these are just a few of the cherished possessions and everyday habits that tell the story of those who have died from COVID-19.The global pandemic has claimed nearly one million lives, about a third of those in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are bracing for a new wave.Across the region, AFP’s photographers met the families of several victims, who have been forced to contemplate the empty spaces their loved ones have left behind.last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPalacios has confirmed Arsenal are interested in him (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for the likes of Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi, as Emery targets an overhaul of his squad.But Arsenal’s efforts to lure big-name players to the Emirates is reportedly being hampered by their failure to qualify for the Champions League.A humiliating 4-1 defeat to Chelsea ended Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football next season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Palacios almost move to Real Madrid last summer (Picture: Getty)River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios has confirmed Arsenal are interested in signing him this summer.The 20-year-old has been tracked by Arsenal and Real Madrid in the last year and is considered one of the brightest prospects in South America.Real agreed a £20million deal with River Plate for Palacios last summer, before injury scuppered the move and Arsenal have been tipped as the new frontrunners.Asked about his future this week, Palacios revealed Arsenal were one of his suitors: ‘I’m proud clubs like Real Madrid and Arsenal are interested in me.’ADVERTISEMENT Exequiel Palacios confirms Arsenal interested in summer transfer Palacios has an £18m release clause (Picture: Getty)Though Real agreed a £20m fee last year, Palacios’s release clause stands at a reported £18m.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnai Emery is planning a big summer, but will have to spend within his means due to a restricted transfer budget.The Spaniard reportedly has a transfer kitty as small as £45m and will have to offload some first-team players to raise further funds. Commentcenter_img Coral BarryWednesday 5 Jun 2019 11:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link467Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIn a press conference on 9 July this year, Ocado CEO Tim Steiner faced a question on Waitrose and its new online partner.“My only comment on Waitrose is I wish them luck,” he said. If anything it was surprising he should comment on a competitor at all.What journalists didn’t know was that less than a week earlier, Ocado had obtained two search orders against Today Development Partners – the company helping Waitrose – and its founder and CEO Jonathan Faiman.Explosive court documents revealed in the High Court of Justice Business and Property Courts now allege that the search orders led to the recovery, while Faiman was on his way to a meeting with Waitrose, of ‘highly confidential’ Ocado documents he had ‘no legitimate means of acquiring’.The court documents go on to make a number of further allegations claiming that Faiman – a co-founder of Ocado, who went to the same school as Steiner, but left in 2010 – was using this information to set up a rival firm. In response, Faiman has issued a counter-claim for hundreds of millions of pounds, alleging that it lost the Waitrose contract as a result of wrongful actions by Ocado. So what exactly do the court documents allege? Here is what each party in the case claims.OcadoThe two claimants, Ocado Group plc and Ocado Central Services Ltd, allege that since at least June 2018, Faiman and Jonathan Hillary, at the time Ocado’s logistics development and engineering director, have been ‘engaged in an unlawful course of conduct aimed at enabling them to profit at the claimants’ expense’.Hillary and ‘potentially others unknown’ supplied Faiman, a co-founder of Ocado who left as COO in 2010, having been Hillary’s line manager, with ‘confidential financial and operational data about the Ocado business’ it is alleged.Faiman and TDP are alleged to have ‘made use of that data in their own business models’.In July 2018, Faiman and Hillary are alleged to have met M&S CEO Steve Rowe after proposing an online venture. Both Faiman and Hillary attended under pseudonyms, with Faiman going only under the name ‘Jon’.Subsequent meetings with M&S took place between July and October 2018, during which Faiman is said to have proposed ‘an online food ordering and delivery platform which was to be an improved version of the Ocado platform’. On at least one occasion, Faiman is alleged to have requested that the meeting take place in a room without windows.He is alleged to have indicated that TDP had up-to-date confidential information about Ocado’s business, and showed a spreadsheet including Ocado’s costs for acquiring new customers, as well as customer orders per year, van drops per delivery run, units per hour, and hourly labour costs.Of particular concern to Ocado appears to be a spreadsheet model for an ‘immediacy proposition’ that was ‘very similar’ to the Ocado Zoom service announced in February this year, which at the time was confidential.At a meeting with M&S in September 2018, Faiman is alleged to have asked everyone except M&S strategy director Melanie Smith to leave the room before offering to show her ‘current financial and management information relating to the Ocado business’, which she declined.The industrial espionage is not alleged to have ended there. In April 2019, after those talks had ended and M&S announced its new joint venture with Ocado, Hillary allegedly gave Faiman a ‘backpack full of confidential documents relating to the Ocado business’.It was not until 3 and 4 July 2019 that Ocado obtained the two search orders against the defendants. Faiman was found ‘in possession of highly sensitive documents’ belonging to Ocado while on his way to a meeting with Waitrose, with whom TDP had recently announced a partnership with the stated intention of building Waitrose.com into a £1bn business in three years. The documents included a draft copy of the Ocado/M&S contract, which was ‘highly confidential’.Faiman is alleged to have asked the supervising solicitor to walk around the block with him while he explained the search order. During that time Faiman’s driver is alleged to have placed two cases into his car and driven away.The driver is also alleged to have given a laptop and documents ‘within the scope of the search order’ to a receptionist at the hotel at which Faiman was staying.Hillary is alleged to have been in possession of documents that ‘should have been returned to Ocado when he had given his notice of resignation around six weeks earlier’.Hillary is also alleged to have reset his mobile phone to wipe the contents before returning it to Ocado on leaving. Following the searches, a lawyer acting for TDP is alleged to have deleted an ‘entire communications platform that had been used by a small number of individuals’ including Faiman and Hillary.Ocado is seeking ‘damages and/or equitable compensation accordingly’ along with ‘an account of profits earned by the defendants as a result of their breaches of confidence’.Faiman and TDPJonathan Faiman alleges the search orders were wrongly obtained on the basis they were needed to ‘avoid very serious harm to their business’, even though Ocado could ‘not at the time of the search orders identify any harm’.He claims the information upon which the search orders were granted was ‘unlawfully obtained from Marks & Spencer’, since the negotiations of the previous year were subject to non-disclosure agreements.He claims it was as a result of these ‘wrongful actions’ that Waitrose terminated its agreement with TDP in July. Faiman and TDP are countersuing Ocado for ‘hundreds of millions’ in damages.In its reply, Ocado claims that any loss is not a consequence of an NDA breach but of TDP’s ’wrongdoing’.Of the M&S meetings, Faiman and TDP say pseudonyms were provided by M&S. Ocado’s reply says it was at Faiman’s request.Faiman and TDP claim ‘the ground floor of M&S’s Paddington offices is largely glass, and Mr Faiman may have requested a meeting on one of the other floors… pursuant to his general concern to keep the discussions confidential’.The defence also alleges that, because M&S was simultaneously in talks with Ocado, and market rumours suggested Ocado CEO Tim Steiner had previously monitored Waitrose’s calls, Faiman advised Rowe to ‘be cautious in his communications’. In its reply Ocado denies any such rumour existed and calls it an attempt by Faiman ‘to cast Mr Steiner in as poor a light as possible’.The defence claims that Rowe said he and M&S chairman Archie Norman should acquire ’burner phones’, understood to mean ‘pay-as-you-go’ phones without a named account. (M&S refutes this allegation and has stated that neither Rowe nor Norman purchased or used any type of phone as is alleged in relation to the matter.)TDP and Faiman admit that in around April 2019 Hillary provided a folder of documents, including the M&S contract, in response to a request by Faiman for ‘general assistance and/or advice in relation to how a third party supplier agreement with Waitrose might be structured’.It’s denied the information was of ‘any commercial value’.The communications platform was deleted because it was ‘much less effective than had been hoped, and the system was very rarely used’.TDP and Faiman claim Ocado has been unable to show any significant loss or damage arising from the complaint nor how the defendants made any profit from it.It’s claimed TDP’s technology would not have been a version of Ocado’s, which Faiman ‘considers suffers from a number of serious deficiencies’ – something Ocado in its reply says he has not demonstrated.TDP and Faiman also dispute the confidentiality of material, and claim Ocado has not properly identified what exactly is confidential and why. It’s claimed information about customer behaviour such as average items per basket, average basket value and number of customer orders per week is published in annual report and accounts. Ocado says in its response that not all the information contained in the documents is publicly available.HillaryJonathan Hillary admits breaching his contract of employment and duties of confidence owed to Ocado by disclosing its confidential documents to Faiman.But he claims the actions have caused Ocado no loss and he has made no profit. He agreed in May 2019 to work as TDP’s COO as soon as he was ‘lawfully able to do so’ but has not to date taken up the role and was dismissed by Ocado on 1 August.He said ‘nothing of significance’ in the M&S meeting in July last year, did not consider himself to be representing Faiman or TDP, and did not know why pseudonyms were used.He reset his phone before returning it to Ocado to ‘clear personal data’.Ocado documents were retained inadvertently following his resignation.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council should give the new working group for reforming the agency a remit that allows it to increase public scrutiny and civil society engagement, Transparency International said.“The stakes are too high for the entire planet for the IMO to continue to operate as a closed shop,” Rueben Lifuka, vice-chair of Transparency International pointed out.Transparency International is concerned that the UK, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Panama, United Arab Emirates and United States could hamper reform at the IMO. Last month, they signed and submitted an official document to the IMO warning that “further expansion of access to information” about the agency “could lead to outside influence”.“Unfortunately the International Maritime Organization is far too susceptible to disproportionate influence from private interests and certain member states, meaning that there could be obstacles to meeting the targets for emissions reduction set earlier this year,” Lifuka said. “This is why we want to see governance reform at the IMO. The agency needs to move towards a more open and transparent way of operating, with greater opportunities for public scrutiny and civil society engagement,” he added.Transparency International’s assessment of the IMO’s governance structure published in July 2018 found a number of flaws in the IMO’s governance, including a disproportionate influence of private industry and an unequal influence of certain member states in the policymaking process. The report also highlighted a significant lack of delegate accountability, with the public often unable to find out their national delegation’s position in debates and negotiations.Following the publication of the report, the IMO established a working group for reforming the governance of the agency, which regulates global shipping and has a crucial role to play in combatting climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.In April 2018, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008, consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.The IMO Council will set the terms of reference for the working group at its next meeting to be held from November 19 to 23, 2018.last_img read more

September 27, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNZ Herald 1 April 2015Parents are getting two more weeks of paid leave after having a baby from today – but it is still less than a third of what mothers want.Paid parental leave is increasing from 14 weeks to 16 weeks in the first of two steps, with a second step to 18 weeks due next April.But the Growing Up in NZ study of about 7000 babies born in Auckland and Waikato in 2009-10 found that the median leave that mothers wanted was a full year.Instead, 37 per cent went back to work within nine months. Most (71 per cent) of those said they went back because they “needed the money”.This forced early return worries some child advocates. Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says we should “provide what financial support we can for parents to remain at home for as long as they can”.“The best person to bring up your children is you,” he says.A bill by Labour MP Sue Moroney to extend paid parental leave to six months, which would have roughly doubled the $170 million annual cost of the scheme, was voted down by the Government in February on the grounds it was unaffordable.But politics is unpredictable, as Northland voters found last month when the Government found $69 million to replace 10 one-lane bridges. The debate about support for parents seems bound to continue.How we stack upThis is partly because our 14 weeks of paid leave, until now, was near the bottom end of a scale which goes up to 39 weeks in Britain, 16 months in Sweden and just over three years in Slovakia. By next year we will catch up to the 18-week OECD average.But our low ranking is also because our payment rate remains capped at just $504 a week, which is less than the $590 you would earn in 40 hours on the minimum wage of $14.75 an hour from today.Australia pays mothers for 18 weeks at the full minimum wage of A$16.87 an hour ($17.36). Partners also get two weeks’ pay at the same rate, whereas NZ partners get no paid leave unless the mother transfers some of her entitlement.Britain pays mothers 90 per cent of their previous earnings for six weeks but only 138.18 ($271) a week after that. Sweden’s social insurance payments, which can be split between mothers and fathers, pay 80 per cent of previous earnings for 13 months and then $194 a week.Australia’s Tony Abbott proposed paying mothers 100 per cent of their previous incomes, up to a cap, but dropped the idea because of the cost.However, paid parental leave is only part of the support for new babies in most countries.In New Zealand only 42 per cent of new babies’ mothers got paid parental leave in 2012 because they had to have worked for the same employer for at least six months up to the birth. Only 0.8 per cent of the mothers who got paid leave transferred any of it to their partners.Another 25 per cent of mothers received an income-tested parental tax credit of up to $150 a week for eight weeks. From today that increases to $220 a week for 10 weeks.Parents of the other third of babies get nothing, because either they don’t apply, their incomes are too high, or they are beneficiaries, who are excluded because both schemes aim to encourage mothers to work.In Australia, all parents who didn’t qualify for paid parental leave received a baby bonus of A$5000 up to 2013, but Mr Abbott has cut that to A$514 ($529) upfront plus an income-tested “newborn supplement” of up to A$119 ($122) a week for 13 weeks, adding up to a total of about the same as the NZ tax credit.Working mothersNew Zealand has had a relatively high employment rate for women in two-parent families, but one of the lowest rates for sole parents in the developed world. However, this is changing dramatically. The proportion of partnered mothers in, or seeking, paid work has been rising slowly for many years. Those in, or seeking, work with preschool-aged children grew from 56.9 per cent in 2001 to 59.1 per cent in 2006, but fell to 58.2 per cent in 2013 as jobs dried up in the recession.In contrast solo mothers, who were much less likely than partnered mothers to be in paid work 20 years ago, have almost caught up. Across all children under 18, the paid work participation gap between partnered mothers and solo mothers has closed from 19 percentage points in 1994 to 3.5 points last year. The gap widened in the first years of recession but has closed strongly in the past three years because of more jobs and more pressure from Work and Income.Solo mums with preschoolers who are in, or seeking, paid work rose through the recession from 41.1 per cent in 2001 to 42.2 per cent in 2006 to 46.3 per cent in 2013. More than a third (37.1 per cent) of all mothers of babies under 1, and 56.9 per cent of mothers of 1-year-olds, are now in, or seeking, paid work. One result is that 15.3 per cent of babies under 1 and 43 per cent of 1-year-olds are in early childhood education.The futureThe signs are we have pushed mothers back to work sooner than most want to, and that society may be ready for a swing back to more support to enable mothers and fathers to stay home longer.The Growing Up in NZ study found 46 per cent of mothers who returned to paid work in their babies’ first nine months said they “enjoyed working and wanted to return to paid work”. That needs to be considered alongside the 71 per cent who said they simply “needed the money”.But a 2007 Labour Department evaluation of paid parental leave, the only evaluation of the scheme that has been done, also asked mothers for their main reason for not taking the full 12 months of parental leave allowed by law (only 14 weeks of which was paid). When asked for that main reason, 61 per cent said “financial pressure” and only 7 per cent said they “felt ready to return to work” or “wanted adult company”.Only 17 per cent said their “ideal” would be to go back to work within six months, 8 per cent said their ideal would be between seven and 11 months, and 70 per cent said their ideal would be at least a year.A 2011 report by former Children’s Commissioner John Angus warned that placing babies and toddlers in formal childcare risked exposing them to infections and disrupting the “attachment” to a steady caregiver that infants need as a safe base.He found that infants and toddlers could form attachments to childcare workers just as they did with their parents, but that only happened in centres with low staff turnover and where each infant was assigned to a single primary carer. He recommended “more support for parental care of those under 12 months old”.His successor, Dr Wills, set up an expert group on child poverty which recommended a universal child payment for all preschool children that would reduce gradually as children get closer to school age and become income-tested after that. The payment would “support a parent to stay at home during infancy”.“The problem with paid parental leave is that it doesn’t get to non-working parents, and of course their children are at much greater risk,” Dr Wills says. “So in many ways supporting those poorer parents is a more cost-effective investment.”Child Forum founder Dr Sarah Farqhuar suggests the Government should pay parents directly all, or even half, of what it pays on early childhood education and childcare subsidies to “make it more affordable for more parents to stay home for the first year or to choose to use it for childcare”.Although the Government rejected Ms Moroney’s bill, Prime Minister John Key said in February that the May 21 Budget would contain measures “to help families and children in material hardship”.“As a first step, the Government will look hard at the billions of dollars already spent on vulnerable families and children to determine how this could be better used,” he said.But he added: “Our focus will continue to be on getting parents into fulltime work because this is widely acknowledged to be the best way to raise children out of poverty.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11426102NZ behind in paid parental leaveStuff co.nz 1 April 2015Parents taking time off work to care for their children will have more money in their pockets – but compared with those in other developed countries they are getting a rough deal.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/67570569/NZ-behind-in-parental-leavelast_img read more

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first_imgNZ Herald 7 March 2018Family First Comment: “The 31-year-old suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome [EDS], a genetic connective-tissue disorder that is progressive and incurable. But Black does not want to die. And she does not want doctors suggesting death as an option to her, especially on her darkest days. “I personally have seen over 20 specialists through my local district health board. If I was asked to consider my options as things progress by even a handful of these, I would certainly feel very pressured to consider euthanasia.””Yep – vulnerable people can live without euthanasia Kylee Black has already had end of life conversations with doctors.The 31-year-old suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome [EDS], a genetic connective-tissue disorder that is progressive and incurable.But Black does not want to die. And she does not want doctors suggesting death as an option to her, especially on her darkest days.“I personally have seen over 20 specialists through my local district health board. If I was asked to consider my options as things progress by even a handful of these, I would certainly feel very pressured to consider euthanasia.”Black is talking about the End of Life Choice Bill, currently before Parliament, which if passed into law would make her eligible to choose to die legally.A video campaign dubbed #MyLifeMyChoice, launched last month to support Act Party leader David Seymour’s bill, focuses on people with terminal illnesses.However Black wants to highlight how the bill could affect a disabled person.Of greatest alarm to Black and the disability sector is the inclusion in the bill of people with grievous and irremediable medical conditions.Black is not alone when she says this term is ambiguous and vague, and opens disabled people up to pressure and even coercion to end their lives early.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12008219Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more