Fathers’ working week gets longer by the hour

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The number of hours fathers are working in an average week is on the rise,research by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) reveals. The survey finds that during 2001 a father’s average working week was 47.3hours, an increase of nearly 5 per cent on 1998 when fathers worked an averageof 45.1 hours a week. Sixty-six per cent of fathers were working more than 41 hours per week in2001, compared with 62 per cent three years earlier. The proportion of fathersworking overtime, paid or unpaid, also increased by 2 per cent from 51 per centto 53 per cent. Commenting on the figures, released on Father’s Day (16 June), EOCchairwoman Julie Mellor urged employers to put more emphasis on work-lifebalance policies to give dads a chance to spend more time with their children. “Father’s Day is an opportunity for families to celebratefatherhood,” she said. “But dads are dads all year long, not just onone special day. These figures suggest that many children are seeing less oftheir dad than they used to. This is really bad news for families. “Despite growing awareness of the importance of achieving a balancebetween work and family, men are still missing out on the opportunity to beinvolved in caring for their children, and children are missing out on havingtheir dad around. The challenge for employers is to enable dads to break out ofthe straitjacket of long and inflexible working hours.” www.eoc.org.uk Fathers’ working week gets longer by the hourOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Latitudinal extent of the January 2005 solar proton event in the Northern Hemisphere from satellite observations of hydroxyl

first_imgWe utilise hydroxyl observations from the MLS/Aura satellite instrument to study the latitudinal extent of particle forcing in the northern polar region during the January 2005 solar proton event. MLS is the first satellite instrument to observe HOx changes during such an event. We also predict the hydroxyl changes with respect to the magnetic latitude by the Sodankyla Ion and Neutral Chemistry model, estimating the variable magnetic cutoff energies for protons using a parameterisation based on magnetosphere modelling and the planetary magnetic index K-p. In the middle and lower mesosphere, HOx species are good indicators of the changes in the atmosphere during solar proton events, because they respond rapidly to both increases and decreases in proton forcing. Also, atmospheric transport has a negligible effect on HOx because of its short chemical lifetime. The observations indicate the boundary of the proton forcing and a transition region, from none to the ‘full’ effect, which ranges from about 57 to 64 degrees of magnetic latitude. When saturating the rigidity cutoff K-p at 6 in the model, as suggested by earlier studies using observations of cosmic radio noise absorption, the equatorward boundary of the transition region is offset by approximate to 2 degrees polewards compared with the data, thus the latitudinal extent of the proton forcing in the atmosphere is underestimated. However, the model predictions are in reasonable agreement with the MLS measurements when the K-p index is allowed to vary within its nominal range, i.e., from 1 to 9 in the cutoff calculation.last_img read more

LeBron James day-to-day with groin strain

first_img Written by December 26, 2018 /Sports News – National LeBron James day-to-day with groin strain FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — LeBron James suffered a strained left groin during his team’s Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors.The team announced on Thursday that James underwent an MRI to confirm the injury. He is expected to be listed as “day-to-day.”On Twitter, James posted that he had “dodged a bullet” and used the hashtag #BackInNoTime.James left the game in the third quarter after he said he “overextended” his groin while Warriors star Draymond Green poked the ball away from him. James said he “overextended” it further running to the defensive side of the court. He later told team medical staff that he “felt a pop.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Good news! Sellers think estate agents ARE good value for money

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Good news! Sellers think estate agents ARE good value for money previous nextAgencies & PeopleGood news! Sellers think estate agents ARE good value for moneyGetAgent research says 84% of vendors support traditional agents and that majority now believe fees are good value for money.Sheila Manchester3rd June 201901,511 Views It’s official! Traditional estate agents in the UK do provide good value for money despite the current slower market conditions, according to new research.84% of home sellers surveyed by estate agents’ comparison site GetAgent said that they used a traditional estate agent with 69% feeling the fee they paid represented good value for money. When asked to rate the service level provided while selling out of 10, the average score by those surveyed was a seven.However, wider market conditions are impacting home seller sentiment when it comes to price achieved and the time to sell, the poll results suggest. Just 40% of sellers achieved the sold price they wanted for their property, with 30% almost achieving the right price while a further 30% felt the price achieved didn’t meet expectations.63% of home sellers also felt that the transaction took too long, with 35% feeling it took the right amount of time and just 2% selling quicker than expected.When asked if they were likely to move again, 36% stated they were not planning another move, while 26% don’t plan to move for 10 years or more and 14% aren’t intending to repeat the process for five to 10 years.“While a low fixed fee may have seemed like the future of home selling and many may have sold successfully via that model, a number of high-profile company collapses along with a consistent string of customer service failures has seen the market share of online agents fail to live up to expectation,’ he pointed out,’ says Colby Short, CEO GetAgent (pictured, left).“Previously, the commission fee charged by traditional estate agents was seen as too high. I think the consumer is now starting to realise that you get what you pay for. To pay a few thousand pounds in commission to achieve a higher sold price while securing a buyer in current market conditions is ultimately much better value for money than a few hundred up front and no sale achieved at the end of it,’ he explained.Read more about GetAgent.GetAgent Sebastien Powell Sheila Manchester Colby Short Thum-Bonnano estate agents June 3, 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

Press release: Zac Goldsmith announced as Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference champion

first_img The British public care deeply about this issue, and UK aid is working to eradicate the trade in illegal wildlife which fuels corruption and insecurity. This is a win for developing countries, a win for the UK and a win for our planet. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook But wildlife crime does not respect borders. We must share skills and expertise worldwide. That’s why the London conference will be crucial in tackling international issues that allow the vile and illegal trade in wildlife to continue. The illegal wildlife trade is not only taking countless species to the brink of extinction, it is a serious organised crime and fuels some of the world’s worst organisations. The UK has led global efforts to tackle it, but the problem continues to grow and now is the time for us to significantly step up our efforts. I am thrilled to have been asked to play a part in making that happen. The Illegal Wildlife Trade is a serious criminal industry, estimated to be worth between £7 billion and £17 billion a year.The UK government has committed £26 million to tackle the Illegal Wildlife Trade. This includes around £14 million through the joint DFID/Defra Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund. The fund has been allocated to 47 projects since 2015 and demonstrates the UK government’s commitment to tackling the wider illegal trade in wildlife. Projects that have received support encourage the development of sustainable livelihoods, strengthening law enforcement, ensuring effective legal frameworks and reducing demand for products made from illegal flora and fauna.Mr Goldsmith has campaigned for many years on issues related to animal welfare through the Ecologist Magazine, which he edited for a decade, and as an MP since 2010. He is a member of the Environment Audit Committee and during his political career animal welfare has been a strong focus for him.The Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference will be co-hosted by the FCO, Defra and DFID between 11 and 12 October.Further information International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: The London conference is a once in a generation opportunity to produce a seismic shift in global attitudes to better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. Media enquiries Zac Goldsmith MP said: Protecting endangered species and tackling the criminal activity that threatens them also delivers opportunities for people to be lifted out of poverty. Zac will bring tremendous energy and drive to this new role. Through his extensive knowledge and experience of working with international environmental groups I am sure he will help to make the conference a huge success. We are introducing one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory sales and showing global leadership through international funding for enforcement projects. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Zac has the extensive knowledge of, and passion for, environmental issues to make the London Illegal Wildlife Conference 2018 in October as ambitious and successful as possible. On Tuesday 3 July, the government announced that Zac Goldsmith MP will play a key role in the preparations for an international conference about the illegal wildlife trade.As Champion for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference being hosted in London in October, Mr Goldsmith will help bring together global leaders, the private sector and wildlife experts in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, building support and partnerships among external stakeholders before the conference.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Email [email protected]last_img read more

LED lights shine on “Word of Life” mural

first_imgLast Spring, the popular “Word of Life” mural on the south side of Hesburgh Library was updated with new energy-efficient LED lights, said Paul Kempf, director of Utilities at Notre Dame. new lighting is part of the $10 million Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) project, begun in 2008 to support conservation initiatives, Kempf said. “[The ECM project] has had two phases … The second phase has been very focused on lighting,” Kempf said. “We’ve basically gone through all of campus with an eye towards replacing incandescent light bulbs … and large-diameter fluorescent light bulbs. We’ve upgraded almost 80 buildings on campus with new lighting technology.” The mural, originally illuminated with outdated mercury vapor lighting, also visually benefits from the new lighting provided by LED technology, Kempf said. “The LEDs give better uniformity than [the mural] had before, as far as how it illuminates the whole mural, and you get a better color rendering,” Kempf said, “The LED lighting is more akin to natural lighting and you see truer colors.” Kempf said another ongoing sustainability project involves updating the “sight lights” that illuminate the sidewalks and roads on campus, which also benefit from LED technology. “The LED also has a great advantage — that it’s a light that you can shape and direct much more than you can the older sources … We’re lighting the ground instead of lighting the sky and there’s less glare … less light pollution,” Kempf said. Energy savings from the use of LED lights also benefits the University financially, Kempf said. “It has a cost benefit to the University,” he said. “It has allowed the University to take the savings we’ve generated and actually roll it right back into the program and let us keep doing more and more by reinvesting in [the ECM project]. And that’s a logical approach to conservation or sustainability, to do the things that have an economic payback first.” Heather Christophersen, director of Sustainability at Notre Dame, said she also supports these new energy-efficient transitions. “The new lights save energy, which causes us to produce less carbon, which is one of our major goals — to reduce the carbon footprint of campus,” Christophersen said. Christophersen said she would like to see other campus icons receive sustainable lighting updates in the near future. “It would be really cool to change the lighting on the Dome to LED lights to make it, at night, have less of a green color and more true,” Christophersen said. The LED lights for the mural were a donation from Musco Lighting, with whom the University has had a long-time partnership in lighting campus locations, Christophersen said. Christophersen said she also hopes the new mural lighting will have an impact that reaches farther than the boundaries of campus. “I think changing to these more efficient types of lights on such a visible campus landmark that so many people know about and look at, it will help hopefully remind people how they can save energy in their own lives,” Christophersen said.last_img read more

Alleged FARC Guerrilla Turns Himself In to Ecuadorean Military Personnel

first_imgBy Dialogo January 13, 2011 An alleged Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla has deserted and turned himself in to Ecuadorean military personnel, an Ecuadorean Army officer announced in remarks made public by the broadcast network Teleamazonas. “He appeared at the Chical detachment and stated that he was deserting from the FARC,” said Julio César Barragán, commander of the Galo Molina Battalion garrisoned in the Andean city of Tulcán (in northern Ecuador, on the border with Colombia). The alleged subversive was a member of the FARC’s Mariscal Sucre [Marshal Sucre] Front, which operates across from the border town of Chical, in the province of Carchi (of which Tulcán is the capital), and deserted in response to death threats from his own comrades, according to the Teleamazonas report.last_img read more

Book sales soar as French lockdown eases

first_imgEven so, overall, sales were 60 percent down compared the corresponding period in 2019.Despite the proliferation of online reading groups during the lockdown, the French publishing industry has been badly hit, with publishers claiming that revenues have dropped by 80 percent. France has more independent bookshops than almost any other European country, with a fixed price system protecting them from discounting by online giants like Amazon. But with publishing reeling in the wake of the virus, Culture Minister Franck Riester said Friday that he was working on an aid package for the industry. Topics : Book sales in France have soared since the country began to ease its lockdown, rocketing more than 230 percent in a week, a survey showed Monday.A study for the trade weekly Livres Hebdo found that from May 11 to 17 bookshops did a roaring trade, with readers desperate to stock up while public libraries remained shut.Many French bookshops had partially reopened in the last weeks of the country’s strict eight-week confinement for takeaway or click and collect sales.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces First Approvals of Loans for the Diverse Business Financing Initiative, Promoting Economic Growth Through Diversity

first_imgWolf Administration Announces First Approvals of Loans for the Diverse Business Financing Initiative, Promoting Economic Growth Through Diversity September 25, 2017 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) recently announced the first approvals of loans for the Diverse Business Financing Initiative, designed to empower minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, disabled-owned, and LGBT-owned businesses to grow and thrive. This initiative is in keeping with Governor Wolf’s Executive Order 2015-11, “Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy.”“Diversity, inclusion and small business opportunities are essential to ensuring Pennsylvanians have jobs and our economy is thriving,” Governor Wolf said. “All economic indicators right now point more and more toward the fact that strong economic growth is tied to the success of diverse businesses and I’m especially proud to see my executive order carried out by DCED and its local partners in such a way to make diversity and inclusion a local economic initiative.”DCED solicited proposals from its local economic development partners throughout the state to determine how best to meet the goal of supporting diverse business owners in the various geographic regions of the commonwealth. The department determined that the best approach to deliver growth capital to small diverse businesses is to administer portions of revolving loan funds to local economic development organizations, which will then dedicate those funds solely for relending to small diverse businesses that they interact with every day.“The Diverse Business Financing Initiative is about more than just being the right thing to do,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “It’s about giving Pennsylvania the competitive edge we need in an increasingly competitive marketplace by ensuring access to crucial resources for all business owners, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, and disabled or veteran status.”The initiative will capitalize local revolving loan funds with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA) and the Pennsylvania Community Development Bank (PCD Bank). In addition, partners will have access to accounts to initiate loans through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) to diverse businesses targeted by this initiative.The first Diverse Business Financing Initiative investments to local development organizations for relending to local diverse businesses, made at PMBDA, PCD Bank, and PEDFA board meetings last week, were as follows::The Allentown Economic Development Corporation in Lehigh County, approved for a $300,000 PMBDA loan;The Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland, approved for a $125,000 PMBDA loan and a $125,000 PEDFA loan;The Progress Fund in Westmoreland County, approved for a $250,000 PMBDA loan and a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;Bridgeway Capital in Allegheny County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan and a $125,000 PEDFA loan;Community First Fund in Lancaster County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;FINANTA in Philadelphia County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;Greater Berks Development Fund in Berks County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;JARI Growth Fund in Cambria County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan;MetroAction in Lackawanna County, approved for a $250,000 PCD Bank loan; andBucks County Economic Development Corporation, approved for $250,000 PEDFA loan.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Swiss to vote on pension reform in September

first_imgNext, Switzerland’s population will decide on the reform package in a binding referendum on 24 September.A public vote is necessary because part of the reform requires an amendment to the country’s constitution. Through an increase in VAT, every person retiring from the day the reform comes into effect is to be granted a CHF70 (€57) top-up payment to compensate for cuts under the new pension framework.The Green party, GLP, changed its mind at the last minute to accept the reform package in parliament.They remained critical of the top-up payment to first pillar pensions, but said it should be up to the people to decide this question.In a vote on a similar general pension top-up in autumn last year, the people had rejected the left-wing initiative “AHVplus”.However, on 24 September Swiss people will not only be able to vote for or against the increase in VAT for pension payments, but also on the whole package.This means the reform package as a whole could still be toppled as unions, employer representatives, and parties have already started to campaign ahead of the referendum.Major points of the reform – apart from the top-up – are a lower conversion rate for second pillar Pensionskassen, and an increase to the retirement age for women. By a very narrow margin the Swiss parliament voted “yes” to the pension reform package ‘Altersvorsorge 2020’ (AV2020).The law was passed by the lower chamber, the Nationalrat, in the final vote today. There were 100 votes in favour, 93 against, and one abstention.At the same time the upper chamber, the Ständerat, also accepted the law with votes of 27 in favour to 18 against.Yesterday in a preliminary vote 101 MPs voted in favour of the changes, meaning the necessary majority was only just reached. In the final vote, just a simple majority was needed.last_img read more