first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Rail commuters may be too angry to enjoy the irony, but rail privatisationhas created a strong case not only for retaking public control of the railsystem, but for national pay bargaining too. We have learned – with a vengeance – that the fragmented rail system militatesagainst investment and efficiency. It has also created tensions over pay thatmake good industrial relations almost impossible. Passengers have borne delays, cancellations and overcrowded trains withremarkable patience. They now bear the brunt of rail strikes with more actionthreatened. The workforce may have a profound sense of grievance, but it iswrong that in a key public service the public should be pawns in a breakdown ofindustrial relations. And in this, as in all disputes, bad management has asfundamental a role as union militancy. What we are witnessing is as much a failure of good training, recruitment,remuneration and management as of negotiating strategy. At the heart of the payrow is the anger ordinary RMT members feel at the disparity between drivers’wages and their own. Boosting pay by forcing rival companies to match pay levels or lose staff ina tight labour market is not a new negotiating strategy. It was one of theoriginal reasons for collective pay bargaining. ASLEF proposes its return. But is there more than one way out of this maze? Although it is still theexception for employment relations to break down to the point of industrialaction, it highlights the need for a different approach. The Prime Minister has called on South West Trains and the RMT to appoint anindependent arbitrator. Neither side is keen. Meanwhile, the economicconsequences escalate. The Centre for Economics and Business Research reportsthat the South West Trains strike alone is estimated to cost £6.1m a day inlost gross domestic product, and to affect almost one in five of London’scommuters. These figures, combined with a seeming neglect for the public voice in thisdebate, make a case for the Government to review the merit of ‘public interest’mediation by an independent arbitrator to prevent or resolve industrialdisputes on key services. The existence of such a mechanism would force employee relations on to everyboard’s regular agenda. Union leaders may fear the loss of a key negotiatingtool but, in recent years, the modernising unions have proved their ability tobecome creative bargainers. If the union’s case is as strong as it claims, it has nothing to fear and alot to benefit from workplace practices in which industrial relations have a centralrole. It might even be the harbinger of a national bargaining system that wouldeliminate the discrepancies and inequities that have inflamed worker opinion. By Will Hutton, Chief executive, The Industrial Society Creative bargaining gets us back on trackOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

first_imgSBM Offshore ordered the MPF1 hull on speculation with SWS in July 2017, followed by several months of detailed engineering SBM’s first completed Fast4Ward hull arrives in Singapore. (Credit: SBM Offshore) After a journey of 2,300 nautical miles, the Fast4Ward® hull has safely arrived at Keppel yard in Singapore from China. This is SBM Offshore’s first generic hull, the Multi-Purpose Floater (MPF1) in its series of hulls currently under construction. This first, new build hull was completed by Chinese yard SWS in December and is part of our industry-changing, Fast4Ward® program. The hull’s arrival represents a significant milestone on the path to delivering the Company’s first standardized FPSO.The hull was completed in less than two years from first steel cut in March 2018. The MPF1 hull was allocated to the Liza Unity FPSO for offshore Guyana, following Final Investment Decision (FID) by ExxonMobil, Hess and CNOOC in May 2019. This milestone is in line with our client’s project schedule, which targets Liza Phase 2 start-up in early 2022. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

first_img Family Members Reunite on USS Eisenhower View post tag: Eisenhower View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Family Members View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy View post tag: Reunite View post tag: Naval Twenty-one crew members from aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) took a carrier on board delivery (COD) flight to aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) today to reunite with family members currently serving aboard Ike.Crew members from Enterprise toured the Ike and seized the opportunity to spend time with family members and spouses they had not seen for nearly five months.“Twenty-one of the twenty-two passengers aboard the COD had family members aboard Eisenhower,” said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Cheri R. Snaza, the leading chief petty officer of Enterprise’s medical department. “They ranged from spouses, brothers, sisters and cousins to uncles and nephews.”Snaza, whose husband is Command Master Chief Gregg Snaza, the command master chief aboard Eisenhower, thought it would be an auspicious undertaking to help arrange a rendezvous between crewmembers from Enterprise and their respective family members aboard Eisenhower.“Taking the Ike’s deployment into consideration, it was going to be a 13-month time period before we were going to be able to see our spouses or significant family members,” Snaza said. “My husband and I began chatting about how we could accomplish some kind of a cross-deck.”After coordination and communication between the two carriers’ commanding officers and operations departments, the visit was made possible.The visit to the Ike included a welcome aboard by Eisenhower’s commanding officer, a group photo, individual photos, and most importantly, time for family members to spend with each other.“We wanted each Sailor to get as much time as possible with their family member,” said Snaza. “Because we went over via COD, instead of a helicopter, we were able to afford the family members much more time with each other.” “As soon as I walked off of the COD, my cousin was there waiting with arms wide open,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Jacqueline M. Martinez, assigned to the Screwtops of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123. “The trip was phenomenal. I’m very thankful for the opportunity.”The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG)recently arrived in U.S. 5th Fleet, replacing the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, July 17, augmenting the presence of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (ECSG)in the region.Enterprise and Eisenhower are both currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 27, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article July 27, 2012 Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Family Members Reunite on USS Eisenhower last_img read more

first_imgVIII.RESOLUTION DOCKET I.INTRODUCTION G-2017-19 Attachment: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare R-2017-23 Attachment: VI.COMMITTEE REPORTS B.CARRY OVER 2017 ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS B.2018 YOUTH GRANT APPLICATIONS will be available beginning January 1, 2018 online at www.evansville.in.gov/youthgrants or during regular office hours in the City Clerk’s Office in room 314 of the Civic Center.  Application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2018. G-2017-36 Attachment: G-2017-39 Attachment: B.ORDINANCE R-2017-25 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 4707 Jackson Avenue Petitioner: Kyle Lutz Owner: Kyle Lutz Requested Change: C4 to R2 Ward: 1 McGinn Representative: Kyle Lutz C-2017-31 Attachment: R-2017-28 Attachment: R-2017-26 Attachment: III.REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS R-2017-27 Attachment: XI.ADJOURNMENT B.RESOLUTION C-2017-30 A Resolution Memorializing Evansville Memorial’s State Championship in Girls Soccer Sponsor(s): Mosby Resolution Docket President Mosby 12/11/2017 A.RESOLUTION C-2017-29 A Resolution Approving an Agreement Concerning Legal Representation Sponsor(s): Mosby, Elpers Discussion Led By: President Mosby 12/11/2017 II.APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDA VII.REGULAR AGENDA:  SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS A.ORDINANCE G-2017-39 An Ordinance Creating Chapter 10.55 (Residential Permit Parking) of the Evansville Municipal Code Sponsor(s): Brinkmeyer Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Brinkmeyer 1/8/2018 IV.SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY X.COMMITTEE REPORTS C.BOARD & COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS B.ORDINANCE G-2017-36 An Ordinance Granting a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for the Operation of Taxicabs for the Year 2018 – River City Yellow Cab Co., Inc. Sponsor(s): Brinkmeyer Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Brinkmeyer 12/11/2017 V.CONSENT AGENDA:  FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS R-2017-22 Attachment: A.2018 CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE G-2017-38 Attachment: C.ORDINANCE G-2017-38 An Ordinance Granting a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for the Operation of Taxicabs for the Year 2018 – Dave’s Taxi Service Sponsor(s): Brinkmeyer Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Brinkmeyer 12/11/2017 C-2017-30 Attachment: D.RESOLUTION C-2017-32 A Resolution Memorializing Evansville Memorial’s State Championship in Football Sponsor(s): Mosby, Elpers, Weaver Resolution Docket President Mosby 12/11/2017 CITY COUNCIL  MEETINGDECEMBER 11, 2017  at 5:30 P.M.AGENDA C-2017-32 Attachment: C.RESOLUTION C-2017-31 A Resolution Memorializing Evansville Memorial’s State Championship in Boys Soccer Sponsor(s): Mosby Resolution Docket President Mosby 12/11/2017 C.ORDINANCE R-2017-26 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 1209 E. Oregon Street Petitioner: J & L McElroy Holdings LLC Owner: Joseph & Lisa McElroy Requested Change: CO2 to C4 w/ UDC Ward: 3 Hayden Representative: Lisa McElroy D.ORDINANCE R-2017-27 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 65 -67 Adams Avenue Petitioner: Claire Ballard Owner: Evansville Brownfields Corporation Requested Change: C4 w/ UDC to R2 Ward: 4 Robinson Representative: Claire Ballard D.ORDINANCE R-2017-22 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 3400 Lincoln Avenue Petitioner: St. Vincent Hospital Owner: Evansville State Hospital Requested Change: R1 to C2 Ward: 3 Hayden Representative: Brenda Owens, Sign Crafters Inc. E.ORDINANCE R-2017-28 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 1108 Stanley Avenue Petitioner: Lewis Tuggle Owner: Lewis Tuggle Requested Change: M2 to R3 Ward: 3 Hayden Representative: Lewis Tuggle C-2017-29 Attachment: R-2017-25 Attachment: A.THE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council will be Monday, January 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. IX.MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS E.ORDINANCE R-2017-23 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 3000 W. Maryland Street Petitioner: JR & R Enterprises, LLC Owner: JR & R Enterprises, LLC Requested Change: R1 to R3 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Jamie Rasure, JR & R Enterprises, LLC A.ORDINANCE G-2017-19 An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code by Establishing an Overlay Zone in the West Franklin Street Area Relaxing Certain Parking Requirements Sponsor(s): Weaver, Mosby Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Brinkmeyer 12/11/2017 D.ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESSlast_img read more

first_imgFootnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab-Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so. “Right Jab-Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so.Today’s “Readers Poll’ question is: Are you please with the overall economic progress of North Main Street since it’s been renovated?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgWilliam J. McMahon, Jr., 78, of Ocean City, NJ passed away at his home after a brief battle with lung cancer on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Born in Philadelphia, PA to the late William J. and Margaret (nee Smyth) McMahon, Bill was a 1959 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management from LaSalle College in 1965.Bill enjoyed a long career in the insurance industry, starting in the mailroom at General Accident in Philadelphia.  Having always dreamed of living at the shore, Bill moved the family to Ocean City & purchased Chattin-Halliday Insurance Services, now the McMahon Insurance Agency. Bill worked tirelessly to grow the agency with integrity & honesty. He was active in St. Augustine’s Church having served in many capacities, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2560, Past President of Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, active in Marriage Encounter and teaching Pre-Cana & had served on the board of the Cape May County MUA. Bill enjoyed skiing, golfing, sailing and spending time with his family. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Sandy (nee Mary Sandra Bennis) and seven children: Colleen (Janalynn Jones), Maura (Robert Primus), Bridget (Tom Nealis), Billy (Anita), Michael (Danielle), Patrick (Kate) and Brian (Meghan) and 13 grandchildren: Conal, Ronan, Jake, Maggie, Fiona, Grace, Erin, Nora, Chloe, Cullen, Mairead, Claire and Diarmuid. He is also survived by his siblings, Joseph of Deerfield Beach, FL; Margie Walker of Erie, PA; and Mary of Newark, DE; and brother-in-law, Paul Marshall of Philadelphia, PA and many nieces and nephews.A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 11 o’clock from St. Augustine’s R. C. Church of St. Damien Parish, 13th Street at Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 9 o’clock until time of Mass. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Clermont, NJ. The family suggests memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to either For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation 620 W Germantown Pike, Suite 250, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 or Covenant House, 227 North South Carolina Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.Condolences for the family may be left at www.godfreyfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

first_imgWhen doctors and dentists condemn white bread, they are told occasionally by bakers that they do not know what they are talking about; when faddists cry out for “mother’s” bread, attempts are made to show them that baker’s bread is the superior product. At all times, whatever the complaint, the utmost patience is extended towards the complainant. In fact, many a baker’s roundsman, to keep a customer who takes a few loaves a week, has to put up with rudeness that would cause the average docker or shipyard worker to drop his tools at a moment’s notice. And now the President of the American Bakers’ Convention has come along to press a button that illuminates all these shadows. “As the days go by,” he has said, “I am reaching a definite conviction that most of our troubles are not troubles at all, but misunderstandings.” Some of us came to the same conclusion a good many years ago.last_img read more

first_imgJoint venture Olenex has announced an agreement with New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) to supply ADM and Asian agribusiness group Wilmar International with fully traceable, certified palm oil in Europe.The palm oil will be sourced from NBPOL’s Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified plantations, and will be supplied from NBPOL’s refinery in Liverpool to Wilmar’s Brake facility in Germany, and ADM’s Pura Food operations in London.According to Olenex, the agreement ensure unprecendened supply chain co-operation, and offers the widest range of palm oil fractions to date.It also increases the total supply of sustainable palm oil for the UK food market to 350,000 tonnes per year – more than 60% of the UK’s annual palm oil market for food applications.Alan Chaytor, executive director, NewBPOL, said: “By New Britain Palm Oil supplying to versatile facilities like Wilmar’s Brake, as well as Pura Foods and ADM’s Hamburg, this agreement will help food companies and retailers deliver on their targets of only using 100% sustainable palm oil in the future.”Richard Benyon, natural environment and fisheries minister, said: “Palm oil from unsustainable plantations causes deforestation and destroys the habitats of endangered species like the orangutan. We welcome this initiative, which makes it easier for manufacturers to do the right thing. It will help us move towards the target of 100% sustainable palm oil in the UK by 2015.”Olenex – a joint venture between Archer Daniels Midland Company and Wilmar International, was established last year for the sale and marketing of refined vegetable oils and fats.last_img read more

first_img DVR This B’way-Bound Duo March 11, check local listings Don’t you love your DVR? Us too. Especially when Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, the latest guest stars of After Midnight (who will debut March 18), visit Ellen. They’re slated to perform a song from their new album, Love, Marriage, & Divorce, and maybe they’ll even sing something from the show. Or, who knows, maybe they’ll belt a few tunes accompanied by a ska metal band. Daytime TV is an unpredictable beast, after all. Cheer For the Italian Stallion March 13 at The Winter Garden Theatre  The musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning boxing drama Rocky officially bows, starring Andy Karl as the Italian Stallion and Broadway newcomer Margo Seibert as his timid, beret-wearing gal, Adrian. It’s got all the grit and heart of the original film, plus some gorgeous songs and an in-your-face boxing ring that you have to see to believe. Also, ice skating, turtles, and lots of meat. Click for tickets! Make an Effort for Second Stage March 10 at Second Stage Theatre Hey, it’s a benefit! Wait, where are you going?! Unlike most benefits, which involve somber speeches, stuffy attire and snobby dowagers, this one for Second Stage’s 35th anniversary looks like a blast. Comedian Annabelle Gurwitch takes the stage in an adaption of her new book, I See You Made an Effort, a humorous look at turning 50. Even better, she’s brought Alice Ripley, Gina Gershon, Judy Gold and other talented ladies to juice things up. Click for tickets! Clink Glasses with Klendez March 10 at 54 Below Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena (Wicked, Dogfight) are pairing up again, this time to “celebrate the music they love and their friendship.” That is too adorable, right? Oh, Klendez! The evening is directed Dogfight scribe Peter Duchan and features musical direction by Dogfight and Wicked alum Bryan Perri (Unfortunately, those guys don’t have a cool, blended nickname). Click for tickets! Have a Spanking Good Laugh March 12 at the Elektra Theatre So, you read Fifty Shades of Grey, (on your Kindle so no one the bus would know) and joined the scads of readers—including your grandma—who are gaga for it. The movie isn’t coming out for another year, and who knows when the theme park will open. What to do? Check out the official debut of the riotous parody 50 Shades! The Musical, featuring whips, chains and laughs. Don’t forget to bring Nana. Click for tickets! Hey, remember back in January when you made that New Year’s resolution to go out and do more stuff? It’s horribly cold outside for what seems like the millionth day in a row, but don’t settle for a bad TV movie when there’s so much to see and do in New York City. This week, Rocky enters the Broadway ring, Klendez reunites underground, and a sexy musical parody of a popular book opens off-Broadway (no, not the Bible). Here’s our must-see list! View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgSome plants are safe to put in the ground now if you just can’t wait for warmerweather. “Check your lawn mower and make sure it’s ready for the mowing season,” McLaurinsaid. “If your grass is growing now, it’s not too early to start mowing.” One good outdoor activity for the preplanting season is to ready the mower. “Our last frost date in the Athens area is about April 10,” said Wayne McLaurin, aUniversity of Georgia Extension Service horticulturist. “We still have a chance of frostfor the next two to three weeks.” “You can plant potatoes now, or lettuce, cabbage or any of the cole crops,” McLaurinsaid. “They will withstand a lot more cold that tomatoes, peppers or other vegetables.” “You can plant the first of April,” he said, “but you’re still facing the risk of one lastfrost. So check the long-range weather forecast.” For almost everything else, it’s smart to wait until mid-April to early-May to plant. Temperatures in the 70s in early March are enough to lure any red-blooded gardenerinto the yard, but your plants could pay the price. Remember the March blizzard of1993?center_img The last frost date is calculated by using long-term data to develop an average. The lastfrost date could be later than that. If the soil isn’t warm enough to encourage root growth, the plant will just sit. Then itbecomes vulnerable to root rot and other root-damaging diseases. There is still plenty for gardeners to do outside to take advantage of warm spring days. “You can start to get the soil worked up,” McLaurin said. “You can sharpen tools,make sure all your equipment is running smoothly, buy fertilizer and starting checkingout where the good plants and seeds are available.” “Another problem gardeners face is the soil isn’t warm yet,” McLaurin said. “It’sgoing to take some 85-degree days to get the soil warmed so the roots will grow.” Spring fever is going around. Don’t catch it yet.last_img read more