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Work safety failures not just HR’s fault

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first_img Comments are closed. One early, high-profile and successful prosecution of a major businessfigure under a proposed law of corporate killing could be followed by a slumpin the accident statistics as business priorities are reassessed across theeconomy. This statement is from an article by the TUC’s general secretary and willsend a shudder down the spines of senior HR people in large corporations. The offence of corporate killing is proposed in the draft Safety Billpromised by the Home Office to be included in early legislation of the newParliament (see p1). Still up for discussion is whether the legislation willforce companies to nominate a director to be personally responsible for healthand safety or whether it will be a collective board responsibility. Any HR director will welcome steps to improve health and safety in a companyto protect their staff and the public. And this piece of legislation will meancompanies will have to review their approach to health and safety policies,test that they work and ensure managers can enforce it. But it is unfair that HR directors should shoulder all the burden ofresponsibility and then take the blame and punishment when things godrastically wrong. Why should a personnel director be disqualified from actingin a management role or, even worse, go to jail? A safety disaster could beblamed on the finance director who did not agree to spending on safety, orpinned on an operations director who failed to control workplace risk, ratherthan an HR director who did not oversee safety induction training. The HRmanager can drive health and safety but the whole management board should takecollective responsibility for it. Related posts:No related photos. Work safety failures not just HR’s faultOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Crondall Energy partners with Pharis Energy on innovative pilot field development

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first_imgThe study will cover a range of development approaches for the Pilot field and includes the facilities, marine and subsea scope of work Image: Crondall Energy has partnered with Pharis Energy. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialist, has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver the Concept Select study for the operator’s heavy oil Pilot Field development in the Central North Sea.Pharis Energy hopes to become the first operator in the world to use steam flooding in a major offshore project – one of the concepts to be explored as part of Crondall Energy’s Concept Study.The study will cover a range of development approaches for the Pilot field and includes the facilities, marine and subsea scope of work. Crondall Energy’s engineers will develop and assess facilities and subsea configurations as well as various oil separation and artificial lift technologies to determine an optimum solution for the development.Crondall Energy’s Group Managing Director, Duncan Peace, said: “We are very pleased to continue our work with Pharis Energy on this exciting project and we welcome the confidence shown in our engineering teams to develop a commercially viable concept for the project. The breadth and complexity of this development play to the strengths of our multidisciplinary team and we look forward to progressing the study.”The Pilot field is located in block 21/27a of the UK central North Sea and is estimated to contain 230 MMbbls of proven plus probable oil-in-place, of which around 60 MMbbls will be recoverable in a waterflood scenario whilst 113 MMbbls could be expected to be recovered in a steam flood.Stephen Brown, Pharis Energy’s CEO, added: “We are delighted to be progressing the Pilot project and continuing our good working relationship with the folk at Crondall Energy. The Crondall Energy team not only know the theory of how to go about developing offshore oil fields but also really understand the practicalities of weaving the development concept together with the team of engineers, contractors, rig and vessel owners, consultants and suppliers, into a financeable project.”Crondall Energy previously supported the project by reviewing the CAPEX for the development. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

New ‘pro agent’ platform will help agents and developers take back control of their data

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first_imgHome » News » New ‘pro agent’ platform will help agents and developers take back control of their data previous nextProducts & ServicesNew ‘pro agent’ platform will help agents and developers take back control of their dataTwindig founder Anthony Codling says his new venture will democratise estate agents’ property listings and give consumers new home buying and selling tools.Sheila Manchester26th March 20200987 Views Former City housing market analyst Anthony Codling has officially launched a new business designed to help estate agents and developers take back control of their data and lessen the power of the property portals.Called Twindig, the online service will also offer home buyers and sellers a range of digital tools to help them manage the process of buying and selling a property.“Whilst portals play a vital role in the property market, they cannot pick up on the social cues that an estate agent or a housebuilder can,” says Codling.“They cannot expertly match the buyer and the seller like an estate agent can, they have never bought houses, sold houses, or ever helped someone buy or sell a house.”The ‘pro-estate agent’ platform, which has been in start-up mode since January, is Codling’s first project since parting company with Robert May and his property listing platform Rummage4 in November last year.Market analystCodling was the best-known market analyst for many years in the City specialising in housing working initially for a sting of high-profile firms including latterly, Jefferies.His new venture is no doubt a product of his years spent running a sceptical financial eye over companies such as Countrywide, Purplebricks and Rightmove.“Portals do not sell property, people sell property,” he says. “Estate agents and housebuilders have done, are doing and will continue to play the most important role in the cycle of renting, buying and selling homes.“Twindig is here to support the industry rather than cream excess profits from it. Twindig levels the playing field by democratising data and putting it securely back into the hands of those who need it the most rather than those who profit from it the most.”Visit Twindig.comRead more about Anthony Codling.Twindig Jefferies Anthony Codling rummage4 March 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Eat

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first_imgBen Coffer gorges on piesTHE BE-MULLETED eighties pop duo Tears For Fears were wrong about so much, yet in one respect they were right on the button: this is, as they sang on the soundtrack to Donnie Darko, a mad world. And in such a mad world, there are few things which have any enduring significance. Popes die, promises made to Chancellors of the Exchequer are forgotten; even the royals we assumed would live in sin forever eventually do the right thing and tie the knot.Nonetheless, there remains a single area of modern life that is, like one of those towns on the retreating cliffs of Whitby, firmly immured against the salty tides of change: the Great English Pork Pie. Anything the world throws at it simply slides off its greasy pastry outer shell, disdained. The pie is a monument to empire. The pie is forever. The pie will be here after Armageddon to feed the cockroaches.The reason for this is simply that the pork pie is the perfect food, in no need of change. Its pastry crust speaks to a diner of infinite potential, obscuring what’s within and defying conventional conceptions of identity. “Don’t ever f**king judge me,” it proclaims, like those modern-day philosophers and renowned lovers of the pork pie, Slipknot. For who can say what lies beneath a crusty mask? While the ’Knot remain forever obscured by theirs, however, the ever-rewarding savoury simply teases until all is revealed with the first bite. Further mouthfuls continue to surprise, offering the full range of textural experiences: an average pie (if such a thing exists) provides the obvious moist chewiness, along with moments of unexpected and inexplicable crunch, and even the more unconventional quivering of the jelly.Such icons inevitably have detractors. There are those, for instance, who frown and tell me that the Pork Pie is too unhealthy to survive in a world where even McDonald’s sells salads. But so what if British meat is accepted worldwide as a breeding ground of BSE, Foot and Mouth, and myriad other plagues? No sane Englishman seriously expects a pork pie to contain real meat. It’s a scientific fact that a pie is 73% safer than a British steak. Pies: one; modern world: nil.“But that’s not the only reason they’re unhealthy,” retorts that insistent voice of modernity. “Pies are incredibly fattening.” Yes they are. And it’s an acknowledged truth that the majority of girls prefer larger men. Pies two; modern world: nil.Still, though, our whining contemporary society persists in its attempts to prove the invulnerable Pork Pie defunct, practically screaming, “Pies don’t actually taste very nice.” No, indeed they don’t. But to dwell on such points is really to misunderstand the ethos of the pork pie. This is a pastry that doesn’t care what people think. It doesn’t need your affirmation. It couldn’t give a toss whether or not you like how it tastes. Rather, it challenges you to eat it in spite of its blandness. This isn’t some nouveau riche foodstuff that wants to be loved. The great English Pork Pie is the aristocrat of the culinary world, and I but its humble serf.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

President delays Omkar vote

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first_imgA vote on Krishna Omkar’s proposals to change Union rules has been delayed until Thursday. If passed, the rule changes will overturn lifetime bans from running in Union elections. Omkar is currently subject to such a ban.The vote was originally going to take place yesterday but President Emily Partington proposed for it to be “requisitioned” until fifth week to “enable the general membership of the Union to have a chance to make their mind up about the changes.”However as Omkar will be in Delhi during fifth and sixth weeks for personal reasons, a compromise of fourth week has been reached.Minutes of the Emergency Standing Committee that voted on the delay show that Omkar criticised the move as being “for the political self-interests of Committee members.”He was referring to the elections due to take place at the end of this term, in which several members of the current Standing Committee are expected to contest the Union’s presidency.  Omkar believes that those members do not wish to stand against him in an election. Emily Partington admitted that the delay “could easily be construed as political”, but insisted that it was in the best interests of the society.“There is nothing detrimental to leaving it for a week,” she said.  “What would be worse would be looking back and saying we’ve rushed it through the chamber.”last_img read more

The plant baker

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first_imgAccording to the food pundits, the snacking agenda for the year ahead is healthy eating. Well I have a problem with healthy eating; it’s all so negative, so depressing – you can’t eat this, you can’t eat that. It’s ’free-from’ this and ’low in’ that and definitely none of the other!There is something about healthy food that makes you feel slightly cheated; it’s as if the menu card has been written by a traffic warden; there’s no good news – only grief. You know that it’s not going to taste as good as ’real’ food, even before the first bite.Let’s turn the bakery healthy agenda into a host of positives; so, rather than claiming something is ’free from’ or ’low in’, can we say our food is ’full of’ or ’high in’.The problem (going negative again) is that it’s not that easy to come up with positive boasts about many baked goods. Even low-GI (Glycaemic Index) implies that we are getting less of something, when actually it’s about food making you feel fuller for longer – you actually get more!If we could pull it off, we could change more people’s perception of healthier foods for the better and get them to switch. We can promote the positive health in high-fibre and grain-enriched products; ’added oat bran’ says positive health. What about high in Omega 3 or Omega 5, or food enriched with plant sterols?There’s a well-known chocolate multi-national that has come up with positive proof that eating chocolate improves one’s sense of happiness and wellbeing. It can back up, with medical studies, what Mrs Foster has known for years. Admittedly, you have to be careful about making a health claim, because the food traffic wardens are watching, but it needn’t be that scientific. Many of our pastries have fresh fruit in them and we have just reduced the fat in our pastries by 10% and have not noticed a change in eating quality; we have made a cost-saving too. A ’more fruit, less fat’ boast is slightly positive.Our bakery is part of the national salt level survey; the authorities purchase our products regularly and test for salt. This goes in the national statistics and is reported back to us, with the hope that we will reduce levels – which we have. Last harvest change, the flour wasn’t taking up quite enough water and the salt levels in our bread went up; it’s obvious – all other things equal in a recipe, lower water means higher salt.Is it possible to make food sound positively healthy rather than negatively healthy? Someone out there in Bakerland must have some good suggestions. You should write to British Baker with your ideas. Here’s mine: ’Eating chocolate cream éclairs can promote short-term feelings of wellbeing’.Even joke spoof ones should be allowed, because laughing has been proven to make you live longer.* Fosters Bakery, based in Barnsley, south Yorkshire, supplies fresh and frozen products into major retailers, airlines and catererslast_img read more

Craft bakers offered practical advice on salt

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first_imgCraft bakers are to receive practical advice on how to meet government salt reduction targets for bread, as part of a Food Standards Agency (FSA) project.Information packs containing bread recipes, trouble-shooting tips and a measuring cup for salt are to be sent to craft bakers to help them reach the FSA’s 2010 and 2012 targets for salt levels in bread. Bakeries meeting the targets will be able to display ’conformance certificates’ in their shops to promote the health benefits of bread containing less salt.The packs are now being developed by the National Association of Master Bakers and the FSA, following extensive research into reducing salt levels in craft bread. Anthony Kindred, owner of London-based craft bakery Kin-dred’s, who worked on the project, said extensive test-baking had established it was relatively easy to cut salt levels in craft bread without affecting quality.Salt-on-flour weights of 1.5% (equivalent to the 2010 target of 1.1g of salt per 100g of bread) and 1.2% (the 2012 target of 1g of salt per 100g) can be achieved by reducing water content in dough, shorter proving times and temperature control, he said.last_img read more

All-Star Musicians Tapped For NOLA Crawfish Festival Between Jazz Fest Weekends

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first_imgNOLA Crawfish King and Live for Live Music are thrilled to present the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival, bringing together some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, food, and craft beer at a brand new home of Central City BBQ. Taking place in the days between Jazz Fest weekends, May 1-3, NOLA Crawfish Festival promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom. Featuring some of the most prominent artists to emerge from the Crescent City along with national favorites, this year’s talent includes George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, and many more in various unique supergroup formations.The festival will bring together a trifecta of Southeast Louisiana perfection – the absolute best crawfish, live music, and beer the city has to offer. The full roster of artists includes George Porter, Jr., Jon Cleary, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Eric Krasno, John “Papa” Gros, Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Ivan Neville, Nigel Hall, June Yamagishi, Corey Henry, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins, Raymond Weber, Cris Jacobs, Raw Oyster Cult, Terence Higgins, Khris Royal, Boukou Groove, Eric Lindell, Simon Lott, Joe Ashlar and Organ Freeman. Anticipate various super jams, exciting collaborations and surprise sit-ins, all in true New Orleans fashion.The festival will run from 3 PM to 10 PM each day. Attendees can enjoy over 5,000 pounds of hot boiled crawfish prepared on-site by Chris “Shaggy” Davis and his NOLA Crawfish King staff, ice-cold beer from NOLA Brewing Company, and critically acclaimed barbecue from Central City BBQ. The three-day event will conclude with the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off, where twenty teams will compete for the best crawfish boil determined by a panel of NOLA celebrity judges.General admission includes one beer and a guaranteed minimum of two pounds of crawfish, complete with all the fixings. BBQ dishes will also be available for purchase. Single day passes will be available, but a three-day pass is the best way to enjoy the full hometown experience. A limited amount of Super VIP passes will also be available, allowing full 360° access to a festival experience that you will never forget.A portion of all ticket proceeds will go to The CAN’d Aid Foundation‘s “Send Me A Friend“ program, which was launched in partnership with Anders Osborne to provide newly-sober musicians and music industry professionals a support network to enable them to get back to work.More information and tickets are available here. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. This event is rain or shine.Daily Breakdowns5/1:Khris Royal & Dark Matter + special guestsGood Enough For Good Times (Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Simon Lott & Joe Ashlar)Eric LindellNeville Jacobs (Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs, Tony Hall, Brady Blade)5/2:Boukou GrooveAlvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory With Luther DickinsonMVP (Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins & Raymond Weber)NCF Funk Squad (Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., John Medeski & Terence Higgins)5/3:Organ FreemanRaw Oyster CultCorey Henry & The Treme FunktetCrawfish Fest All Stars (George Porter Jr., John “Papa” Gros, June Yamagishi, Terence Higgins) + special guests TicketsGA Includes:-Music-2 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-1 specialty brew per day (21+)VIP Single-Day Includes:-Music-5 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-3 specialty brews per day (21+)-1 BBQ platter each day-Limited edition event poster-Private outdoor VIP hang area with bar access-No-wait VIP entrance-VIP viewing area (at one stage)VIP Three-Day Includes:-Music-5 lbs. hot boiled crawfish w/ fixins’ per day-4 specialty brews per day (21+)-1 BBQ platter each day-Free signed limited edition event poster-Private outdoor VIP Hang Area W/ Bar access-No-wait VIP entrance-VIP Viewing Area (at one stage)-Artist Meet ‘n’ Greet each day W/Headliner-1 free Ticket to Nola Crawfish Kings 17th Annual Jazz Fest Crawfish Bash W/Erica Falls on May 7th Just outside the gates of Jazz Fest-1 Free Ticket to All 3 NCF after showsSuper VIP Includes:-Everything from VIP 3 Day Pass-Open bar all 3 days-BBQ Platter each day-Backstage Access-Personal concierge service-1 free Ticket to Nola Crawfish Kings 17th Annual Jazz Fest Crawfish Bash W/Erica Falls on May 7th Just outside the gates of Jazz Fest-1 Free Ticket to All 3 NCF after showsMore info/tickets available here.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Releases Soundboard From The First Night Of Their Colorado Run

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first_imgFor Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s 38th installment of Taper Tuesdays, the band has just released soundboard audio from their performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on April 28th. Their sold-out Ogden performance came ahead of their arena debut at Colorado’s 1st Bank Center with Medeski, Martin, & Wood, a performance that was originally scheduled for Red Rocks Amphitheatre but changed last minute due to weather concerns. During their Friday show at the Ogden, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead put on a fiery and high-spirited performance for fans, hinting that while the weather was not ideal, they had no plans of slowing down.Now For Something Completely Different: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Spectacular Arena Debut [Full Audio]Highlights of the night included the “Viola Lee Blues” toward the start of the first set, which included a duo jam from Joe Russo and Marco Benevento; the debut of a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tell Me, Momma” sung by Scott Metzger; Almost Dead’s ever-popular cover of “Atlantic City”; the tail-end of the second set (“Dancing In the Streets,” Medeski, Martin, & Wood’s “Bubblehouse,” and “Franklin’s Tower”) featuring multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie on sax; and the final encore of “U.S. Blues.” You can read Live For Live Music’s full play-by-play of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance at the Ogden Theatre, including pictures and videos, here. The group returns to Colorado (unfortunately sans bassist Dave Dreiwitz, though with the addition of the legendary Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers and Dead & CO in his stead) for their rescheduled Red Rocks debut on Thursday, August 31st.[Photo: Andrew Rios] Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 4/28/2017Set One (9:15PM – 10:31PM): Jackstraw > Truckin’ @, Viola Lee Blues #-> Here Comes Sunshine Jam $ -> Viola Lee Blues Reprise -> Tell Me, Momma % (SM) > China Cat Sunflower > Atlantic City -> Jam ^ -> I Know You RiderSet Two (11:00PM – 12:10AM ish): Jam -> Lost Sailor -> Saint Of Circumstance &, Scarlet Begonias -> Keeping It Simple -> Fire On The Mountain, Dancing In The Streets * -> Bubblehouse * + -> Dancing In The Streets Reprise * ## -> Franklins Tower *Encore: US Blues $$Notes: @ – With an Other One Tease (Band) & a “Reveille” (Traditional) Tease (SM); # – With a “Duo Jam”; $ – First Time Played By Almost Dead; % – Bob Dylan Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead; ^ – With Teases / Jams of “You Don’t Love Me” (Willie Cobb / Allman Brothers Band) and China Cat Sunflower (Band); & – With a “Sowing the Seeds of Love” (Tears for Fears) Jam (I THINK); * – With Stuart Bogie on Sax; + – Medeski Martin & Wood Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead; ## – With a DD Bass Solo; $$ – With Stuart Bogie on Clarinetlast_img read more

Yonder Mountain String Band Announces 2019 Spring Tour

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first_imgFive-piece bluegrass outfit  Yonder Mountain String Band has announced an 18-date spring tour, with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Fireside Collective, and Dangermuffin offering support on select tour dates. YMSB recently celebrated a triumphant milestone, as the band played their 2000th show last year.Yonder Mountain String Band will kick off their spring tour with a performance at Iowa City, IA’s Blue Moose Tap House on March 7th, followed by stops at Minneapolis, MN’s First Avenue (3/8); Madison, WI’s The Sylvee (3/9); Chicago, IL’s Thalia Hall (3/10); Cincinnati, OH’s 20th Century Theater (3/13); Indianapolis, IN’s Vogue Theatre (3/14); Cleveland, OH’s House of Blues (3/15); State College, PA’s State Theatre (3/16); and Charleston, WV’s Mountain Stage Radio Show on March 17th.Following a 10-day break, the band will pick things back up at Pensacola, FL’s Vinyl Music Hall on March 27th, followed by performances at New Orleans, LA’s Tipitina’s (3/28); Austin, TX’s Historic Scoot Inn (3/29); Dallas, TX’s Granada Theater (3/30); Santa Fe, NM’s Meow Wolf (4/2); Flagstaff, AZ’s Orpheum Theater (4/4); Los Angeles, CA’s Troubadour (4/5); Solana Beach, CA’s Belly Up (4/6); and a tour-closing show at Santa Barbara, CA’s Soho Restaurant & Music Venue on April 7th.For a full list of Yonder Mountain String Band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Yonder Mountain String Band 2019 Spring Tour Dates:Thur 3/7Iowa City, IABlue Moose Tap House $Fri 3/8Minneapolis, MNFirst Ave & 7th $Sat 3/9Madison, WIThe Sylvee $Sun 3/10Chicago, ILThalia Hall %Wed 3/13Cincinnati, OH20th Century Theater %Thu 3/14Indianapolis, INThe Vogue Theatre %Fri 3/15Cleveland, OHHouse of Blues %Sat 3/16State College, PAState Theatre %Sun 3/17Charleston, WVMountain Stage Radio Show %Wed 3/27Pensacola, FLVinyl Music Hall #Thur 3/28New Orleans, LATipitina’s #Fri 3/29Austin, TXHistoric Scoot Inn #Sat 3/30Dallas, TXGranada Theater #Tues 4/2Santa Fe, NMMeow Wolf Santa Fe #Thur 4/4Flagstaff, AZOrpheum Theater #Fri 4/5Los Angeles, CATroubadour #Sat 4/6Solana Beach, CABelly Up #Sun 4/7Santa Barbara, CASoho Restaurant & Music Venue #$ with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades AND Fireside Collective% with Fireside Collective# with DangermuffinView All Tour Dateslast_img read more