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Severn Trent gives workers a computer for Christmas

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Severn Trent Water is to spend an estimated £2 million on giving its staffhome computers. The water company is making the investment to help educate and train itsstaff in computer and Internet skills. All of the firm’s 4,500 employees will be set a mid-December deadline tosign up for the voluntary scheme, which started last week and will cost eachemployee £12 a month for the use of the home computer. David Akers, employee relations manager at Severn Trent Water, said,”We hope to give as many of our staff as possible an early Christmaspresent and at the same time develop the skills of our workforce. “Business will be done more and more with computers and over the Web,especially with customers, so we want to make sure our staff have the necessaryskills. “Although the home computer is for personal and not work use, theindividual benefit for our staff will have a knock-on effect at work.” The initiative is also expected to improve short-term staff retention as thecomputers are on a three-year lease and any employee that leaves the company inthat period will be expected to pay the full £432 price or return the computer. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Severn Trent gives workers a computer for ChristmasOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Peraluminous granites in NE Palmer Land, Antarctic Peninsula: early Mesozoic crustal melting in a magmatic arc

first_imgA suite of Early Jurassic metaluminous to strongly peraluminous granitoids occupy a rear-arc position in Palmer Land, Antarctic Peninsula with respect to a Mesozoic–Cenozoic magmatic arc. Fractional crystallization of a range of mafic to silicic magmas yielded feldspar megacrystic granites, orthogneisses and foliated granodiorites. Leucogranites are strongly peraluminous and have the highest 87Sr/86Sr initial ratios of 0.7205–0.7208, somewhat lower than those of older paragneiss. Isotopic and elemental data are used to model generation of leucogranite magma by partial melting of paragneiss, followed by mixing of basalt magma with the crustal melt to form parent magmas of the rest of the granitoids. The crustal partial melting was a result of heat convected by the mafic magma, intruded into an extensional back-arc basin setting contemporaneous with the initial stages of Gondwana break-up. The mafic magma had relatively low 143Nd/144Nd ratios, distinct isotopically from the MORB-like basalt thought to represent the mantle input to granitoid genesis in the north western part of the Antarctic Peninsula. The nature of the mantle source(s) of the enriched basalt is uncertain, but it is isotopically similar to approximately contemporaneous basalts associated with the Karoo mantle plume.last_img read more

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Leading estate agent’s mortgage division wins major award

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Leading estate agent’s mortgage division wins major award previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeading estate agent’s mortgage division wins major awardArun Estate’s financial services arm is praised for its customer service by NatWest at its annual awards gala.The Negotiator22nd May 20190883 Views Mortgage Matters Direct, the mortgage arm of the Arun Estates Group, has been named one of the big winners in the inaugural NatWest Intermediary Solutions ‘Local Hero’ Mortgage Awards.Announced at a special presentation dinner in Birmingham’s Grade 1-listed Town Hall, these awards recognise mortgage advisers who have gone the extra mile to put customer needs and their local community at the heart of their operations.In addition to 12 regional categories, two nationwide awards were announced – with Mortgage Matters Direct taking the title of Best National Estate Agency.MMD’s Financial Services Managing Director, Keith Lovell, said: “We are enormously proud to receive this award. The aim of the Local Hero programme is to focus on businesses that not only do a lot of charity work in the communities they serve, but which also concentrate on getting the right outcomes for customers.The judging panel praised the extra effort we put into dealing with vulnerable customers, and in ensuring that all customers receive appropriate protection advice, to help them make mortgage decisions that are right for their individual circumstances.”Keith Lovell Mortgage Matters Direct ‘Local Hero’ awards Arun Estates Group May 22, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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SEN. MIKE BRAUN: In Case You Missed It

first_img As Dems debate, let’s remember that Trump has already remade judiciary for decades to comeSenator Mike BraunFox NewsJune 26, 2019https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/sen-mike-braun-democrats-debate-trump-judiciaryAs Democrats descend on Miami for their first presidential debate, it’s a good time to reflect on the fact that President Trump has kept his promise to nominate great conservative judges, with the Senate approving 125 judges since Trump took office — including 40 since I’ve been in the U.S. Senate.Shortly after assuming his duties at the White House, Trump hit a home-run by selecting conservative Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch has been a steadfast defender of the Constitution over the last two years. It’s also great to have a voice on the court who comes from Middle America instead of the East Coast, like nearly all of our other Supreme Court justices.A year later, Trump nominated the conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The night of his nomination, Senator Elizabeth Warren was already on the steps of the Supreme Court opposing this highly qualified nominee.As time passed, Democrats— including my opponent, Democratic former Sen. Joe Donnelly — lined up to smear Kavanaugh, but unlike any president before him, Trump stood by his nominee when the going got tough, which sent a bolt of energy to my campaign in Indiana.As I sprinted down the homestretch of my campaign, Hoosiers were proud that I had the courage to support a nominee who was falsely accused of wrongdoing and promised to interpret the Constitution as it was written instead of legislating from the bench.On the circuit court level, President Trump has appointed nearly one-third of the judges on the Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits. Additionally, the infamous liberal Ninth Circuit is slowly returning to sanity. President Trump has nominated enough judges that almost half of that court will faithfully interpret the Constitution.In terms of district courts, the Senate has approved 82 district judges — including 29 since I’ve taken office. I’m incredibly proud to have supported the confirmation of fellow Hoosier Holly A. Brady from Fort Wayne to serve as a United States district judge for the Northern District of Indiana.For an entrepreneur who has spent his entire career creating jobs, I can assure you that leaving my business to help President Trump confirm conservative judges is well worth my decision to run for office and a great use of the Senate’s time, given how dysfunctional Washington can be.Finally, for viewers who tune in to the first Democrat debate, it shouldn’t be lost on them that President Trump has already remade the judiciary, moving our country away from activist judges and toward individuals who will uphold the Constitution. It’s another important reason to re-elect President Trump and maintain our Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Man dies at Notre Dame Stadium

first_imgA 76-year-old man died after going into cardiac arrest during the Notre Dame-USC football game at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night, according to an email from University spokesperson Dennis Brown.The St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office confirmed the man was Stephen Briley of Midway, Utah, according to a report from WNDU.Briley went into cardiac arrest at about 8:10 p.m. and paramedics from Notre Dame and the South Bend Fire Department tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful, according to the email.The University “extends its deepest condolences to the family,” the email said. Tags: cardiac arrest, Death, Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame-USClast_img

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Corn course

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaManaging corn for profit in 2006 will be the focus of the annual Corn Short Course and Georgia Corn Growers Association meeting Jan. 26 in Tifton, Ga.University of Georgia and U.S. Department of Agriculture specialists will speak on irrigation research, insect control, fertility, weed management and marketing corn in 2006.Registration is $5 before event or $10 at the door. A sponsored lunch is included.The short course and meeting will be at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. For more information, contact your county UGA Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Or call (229) 386-3416.last_img

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Nassau Sewage Plant Fix Funding Feud Drags On

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bay Park Sewage Treatment PlantNassau County lawmakers failed to reach an agreement Monday to borrow $360 million to fix the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant electrical system, which has been running on temporary repairs since Superstorm Sandy.Democrats in the Republican-controlled legislature argued over the funds with aides for County Executive Ed Mangano, who has requested $722 million to fix and upgrade the plant, before voting down the borrowing—then tabled the measure, meaning it will be taken up again at another meeting.“I’ve heard a lot of discussion about our side delaying the process,” said Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), the Democratic legislative minority leader. “There was money allotted in previous years. We’re trying to figure out what happened to that money.”Abrahams was referring to $357 million in borrowing that was authorized but never spent on prior sewage plant projects. He and fellow Democrats grilled Mangano administration officials about that and why the $262 million the legislature passed three weeks ago wasn’t brought before the Nassau Interim Finance Authority for final approval last week.Timothy Sullivan, the deputy county executive for finance, said that contractors are still bidding on the projects approved by the legislature last month, but NIFA needs specific pricing weeks in advance of their next meeting before that New York State-appointed fiscal control board signs off on the measure.As for using the $357 million in previously approved borrowing for new repair projects, he said: “My understanding is that that would be illegal,” citing state local finance law.Department of Public Works officials were unsuccessful in convincing the Democratic hold-outs of how perilous the situation is at the plant, which flooded homes and waterways with sewage and was offline for more than a month after Sandy.“Without a fully functioning electrical system, the Bay Park plant is in peril every day,” said Rich Millet, the deputy commissioner of the public works department. “Different parts of it fail every day.”The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to reimburse the county for most of the repairs.Environmentalists with Vision Long Island, Operation SPLASH (short for Stop Polluting Littering And Save Harbors) and Citizens Campaign for the Environment urged lawmakers to put aside the politics for the sake of residents, 500,000 of whom are served by the plant.“What this looks like is a mess,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of CCE. “Cross examining people here doesn’t look to be too fruitful… It doesn’t look like we’ve made much progress today.”The legislature is scheduled to have holds its committee meeting Sept. 9 and its next full legislative meeting Sept. 23, although Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) alluded to the issue being taken up again soon.last_img read more

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Flanders Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Flanders man was sentenced Thursday to 12 ½ to 25 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 56-year old woman in Hampton Bays last year.Joseph Perez was convicted last month at Suffolk County court of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter in the death of Donna Sartori.“Because of you Joseph Perez, and your reckless drinking and driving, my sister’s life was cut short,” the victim’s sister, Debra Fox, said before the 31-year-old man was sentenced.Prosecutors said Perez was driving his Ford pickup truck westbound on Montauk Highway when he crashed into a parked car and then the victim’s car as she delivered newspapers at 4:15 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2014.Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene. Perez was found to have a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent after a night of bar hopping with friends, authorities said.last_img read more

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In teleconferenced meeting, Jokowi orders govt to divert $2.66 billion to COVID-19 relief

first_imgHe added that at least Rp 40 trillion (US$2.66 billion) initially prepared for business trips and officials’ meetings, could be disbursed to the people to maintain their purchasing power.   Jokowi also pinned his hopes on his flagship village fund program to maintain purchasing power. At least Rp 72 trillion of the funds could be used to prioritize labor-intensive public works projects or other productive programs, he said.In addition to that, relevant institutions had also been asked to immediately start the disbursement of government social assistance to low-income households through the Family Hope Program.The Social Affairs Ministry had allocated around Rp 31.3 trillion for the program this year, Antara reported. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called on governments worldwide to join forces and roll out aggressive financial support for the coronavirus-infected global economy, including direct payments to workers and businesses.Given the “acute shocks” hitting economies, consumers and businesses, IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said, “policymakers will need to implement substantial targeted fiscal, monetary and financial market measures to help affected households and businesses”.The measures could include “cash transfers, wage subsidies and tax relief” as well as interest rate cuts and financial market support by central banks, she added.The IMF has warned that the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak would slow growth in the world economy to below the 2.9 percent posted last year.As of Monday, Indonesia had reported 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, five of which ended in death. (vny/nal)Topics : “Budgets related to business trips and gatherings, [which should be suspended during the coronavirus threat], can be used to help the people [particularly low-income ones such as] laborers, farmers, fishermen, as well as micro and small enterprises,” the President said.center_img President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed all ministries to limit their budget spending, so the money can be allocated to maintain people’s purchasing power during the COVID-19 pandemic. The instruction was conveyed during a teleconferenced Cabinet meeting on Monday, part of the administration’s efforts to encourage social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the city of Pittsburgh’s status as a distressed municipality under Act 47 is terminated. Pittsburgh is the second city and 14th municipality to exit the program.“This turnaround wasn’t easy – it took a lot of hard work, a lot of collaboration, and yes, some constructive arguments about where the city was headed, but in the face of it all, Pittsburgh stood united – desperately working to improve its stability and its financial health,” said Governor Wolf.  “Pittsburgh’s recovery has captured the attention of the nation, and, frankly, the world. We’ve transformed a rust belt city that was a symbol of economic decline into one of the most dynamic examples of innovation for the new economy in the world. My administration has been proud to support your efforts and will continue to do so in the years ahead.”In a ceremony at the City-County Building, Governor Wolf joined Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, city officials, local legislators, economic development officials, and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Davin, who issued a formal determination letter finding that termination of the city’s distressed status was appropriate under Section 255.1 of Act 47. Secretary Davin made the decision after a thorough review of the city’s audits, financial data, and the record from a public hearing held on December 20, 2017.“I want to thank Governor Wolf and DCED for this announcement, and especially city residents and workers for all their patience and sacrifices the past 14 years,” Mayor Peduto said. “Act 47 was the tool we needed to bring our financial house in order and pave the way for Pittsburgh’s economic resurgence. Now our challenge is to continue building upon the fiscal discipline it taught us.”Pittsburgh has operated under Act 47 status for 14 years, entering on December 29, 2003. In the last few weeks, Secretary Davin reviewed documentation and evidence that was presented during the December 20 public hearing. The findings indicated that, bolstered by careful budget governance and a recent surge in the city’s technology and medical sectors, the city has stabilized its finances, and now operates with healthy surpluses that are projected to continue. It also reported the city’s debt service is reasonable and manageable when compared with the overall budget, and that city administrators have developed a strategy for fiscal management that pays for the necessary city services such public safety and public works, funds employee pensions plans, invests in capital improvements, and controls costs.“When Governor Wolf appointed me to this position, he set forth several priorities for my agency, one of which was to make sure Pittsburgh had the necessary support from Harrisburg to exit Act 47,” Secretary Davin said. “I’m extremely proud of our team and everyone here in the city who worked with energy, focus, and determination to get us to this point today.”Since 2015, five municipalities, including Pittsburgh, have recovered from distressed status. Others include Altoona, Blair County, Plymouth, Luzerne County; Nanticoke, Luzerne County; and Clairton, Allegheny County.The Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, Act 47 of 1987, was enacted to provide a broad-based program of fiscal management oversight, technical assistance, planning and financial aid to municipalities experiencing severe fiscal distress.For more information on Act 47, visit the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services at the Department of Community and Economic Development. February 12, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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