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Head of Acas hopeful of a fire dispute deal

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first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The head of Acas is optimistic that the firefighters dispute can be resolvedthrough arbitration, despite the announcement of more strike action last week. Rita Donaghy, chair of Acas, told Personnel Today that resolving suchentrenched disputes takes time, especially with the added pressure of such acomplex deal. “Sometimes it can take a very long time to resolve these disputes,because you always have a consultative period [while members consider theagreement] after a settlement is reached.” She added: “The future of the fire service is at stake here and bothsides care passionately about it. But there’s a huge set of complex factors onboth sides.” The Acas chief said her team had managed to persuade both sides to resumetalks after they appeared to have broken down earlier this month. “You canonly get people along when both sides see possibilities. We’ve been workinghard behind the scenes gradually persuading both sides,” she added. Donaghy remains upbeat on resolution although the two sides had not evenbeen in the same building at the same time until last Tuesday when talks brokedown again. The Fire Brigades Union, led by general secretary Andy Gilchrist, was due tostart a 24-hour dispute today after it rejected the employers’ offer of an 11per cent increase over three years linked to modernisation proposals in theBain report. Donaghy said industrial relations in the fire service have not been poorhistorically and both sides were anxious to find a settlement. “Ironicallyenough, I wouldn’t say there’s a particularly bad relationship between the twosides. “They’ve had some blow ups recently but as an industry it’s not as badas others we’ve known,” she said. By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Article Head of Acas hopeful of a fire dispute dealOn 21 Jan 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Stamp Duty rise driving landlords to spend on upgrades not portfolio expansion, says Countrywide

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first_imgThree times as many landlords are upgrading their properties instead of buying new ones than three years ago, research by Countrywide reveals.This is yet another sign that the government’s recent extra 3% Stamp Duty on buy-to-let properties is forcing landlords to change their business plans.The company says that nearly 10,000 of its landlords remortgaged their properties last year to fund an upgrade, more than three times as many as did in 2016.And one in ten of Countrywide’s landlords in England who remortgaged over the past 12 months did so to upgrade their properties.In London the average spend was £35,470, three times more than in Yorkshire & The Humber where they withdrew £11,150. The UK average was £22,850.“A record number of landlords are re-mortgaging to release money to spend on their properties instead of trading up,” says Johnny Morris, Research Director at Countrywide (pictured, left).The company has also recently said that the Stamp Duty will “bite harder over the next three years, making profit more susceptible to landlords’ levels of borrowing” and  leading to more highly-geared landlords selling up.The Countrywide research also reveals what proportion of landlords remortgage every year. Based on the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ ownership figures per mortgaged landlord, approximately a third of landlords remortgage their properties every year.Rent risesRents continue to rise, Countrywide says, particularly so in the West Midlands where they increased by 2.8% year-on-year as well as Wales and Greater London (both +2.1%). The average in the UK for a rental property is £951 pcm.“Average rents grew in seven out of eight regions across Great Britain, with Scotland being the only region to see falls,” says Johnny Morris.“Rental growth during the first quarter of this year stands at 2.1%, 0.5% faster than the same period in 2017, as low stock levels continue to drive growth.”   Johnny Morris landlords re-remortgaging buy-to-let Countrywide April 16, 2018Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Stamp Duty rise driving landlords to spend on upgrades not portfolio expansion, says Countrywide previous nextHousing MarketStamp Duty rise driving landlords to spend on upgrades not portfolio expansion, says CountrywideFigures from agency giant reveal yet another unintended consequence of the government’s desire to squeeze landlords financially.Nigel Lewis16th April 20180817 Viewslast_img read more

Union to ballot staff at Maple Leaf for strike

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first_imgStaff at the Maple Leaf bakery plant in Walsall are to be balloted on industrial action, following a breakdown in negotiations over pay rates.John Higgins, regional officer of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, said that balloting would begin on 22 June. He told British Baker: “Our members have been told to sign new contracts at lower rates. We have advised them to sign, but with a letter of protest. However, this has been rejected by management.”A company spokesman for Maple Leaf said: “We are in ongoing discussions with our staff and are hopeful of a settlement. So far we have received no notification from the union of their intention to ballot for a mandate to call a strike.”In a letter sent to workers at the Walsall unit, published in the Express & Star, plant manager Dave Martin said: “Our site is unprofitable and our products are uncompetitive. Altering the rates will provide both flexibility and competitiveness to our site, which, in turn, will improve our volume and revenue […].”In the event that individuals refuse to agree to the rates, the company will need to consider terminating those individuals’ employment.”last_img read more

The Motet, The Werks, Kung Fu, and Manic Focus to Headline 2017 Phunkberry Festival

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first_imgPhunkberry Music Festival will be bringing the funk to Ozarks this May, with a festival in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The three-day event falls over May 4th through 6th, and is welcoming a solid line-up of some of our favorite funk and jam acts. With the festival’s newly dropped line-up announcement, attendees can look forward to headliners The Motet, The Werks, Manic Focus, and Kung Fu. The festival will also be welcoming Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Juno What, and Sons of F.U.N.K., an ensemble serving as a Parliament Funkadelic alumni reunion, among others.You can peep the full initial line-up announcement and purchase tickets via the Phunkberry Music Festival’s website.last_img

Chautauqua County Health Department Investigating New COVID-19 Cluster

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department says they are looking into a new cluster of COVID-19 cases.Leaders report at least 11 people over the past week were infected after attending a private event in northern Chautauqua County.No other information was released about the investigation. WNY News Now will continue to follow this story and bring updates online at WNYNewsNow.com and on our mobile app.On Thursday a dozen new cases of the virus were reported in the county, with 128 people now actively sickened with the virus. Of the new cases, five are in Dunkirk, with two in Clymer and one in Jamestown, Lakewood, Fredonia, Brocton and Silver Creek.Out of the active cases, ten are employees and 44 are residents of Tanglewood Manor’s outbreak. A total of 8 employees and 42 residents of the facility have since recovered.There are now 16 people in the hospital locally because of COVID-19, that number down two from Wednesday’s update.To date 783 people have recovered from the virus with 13 related deaths and 924 cases total.last_img read more

Tocolo Cantina: Upscale Mexican in Garden City

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chef Alexis Samayoa worries that patrons will expect stereotypical Mexican food when visiting his restaurant in Garden City, Tocolo Cantina. Busy Long Islanders, he fears, will favor a quick and easy taco or burrito over his upscale fare.Samayoa recently opened his 98-seat hotspot in hopes that locals have discovered a sense of pleasure in eating, especially flavors from south of the border. But, as I walked in and found a table in the dining room adorned with retro wood paneling, green copper and tile, I realized that a glimmer of the chef’s New York City inspired food flair has found its way to the isle.The Yucateco ($12), a mango, habanero chile, red onion and red bell pepper guacamole, which hit the table first, was split with a friend over homemade chips. They are warm and magical. A pleasant surprise to start the evening.A large, 10-seat-wide bar stood against the opposite wall, stocked with an abundance of tequila, mezcal, gin, vodka and other spirits, making the restaurant seem even larger at first glance from my corner booth. I skipped the margaritas after only sips and traded in for the chef’s special “happy juice,” a sweet sangria that hits the mark.One party at the center communal table seemed to be having a similar epiphany with pitchers in abundance. The manager tells us the cork board panels above are meant to counter the noisy buzz, which tends to fill new restaurants. The steady flow of wandering nomads from Westbury Plaza can surely be counted on to test their new soundproof ceiling.Tangy arugula ($11) and tenderly sweet green kale salads ($12) are placed on the table by our waitress, who remained attentive throughout the meal with tidbits of information about co-owners Lloyd Rosenman, Todd Birnbaum and Coby Rejwan, whose earlier years in northern California inspired the photography on the walls.I can see the chef spotted me from the open kitchen already and watches as I bite into one of a pair of lamb tacos ($12)—perhaps my favorite dish of the evening. I ask the waitress for the recipe, but am told it may be too difficult for the average home cook to prepare. Alas, the secret remains just that.The chicken ($9) and al pastor ($9) tacos are also nice, but the latter is better and more flavorful. I am still reeling from the lamb tacos and the slice of pineapple which topped the al pastor tacos minutes into the next entree. Every ingredient is chosen specifically for its ability to enhance its counterparts and the pineapple, which burst with flavor in my mouth, was imported from Hawaii for its intensity.Samayoa attributes years of tutelage under WD-50 chef Wylie Dufresne, and Empellón’s Alex Stupak, for the bold splashy tastes and presentation on display at his restaurant.And so, I’m expecting a scallop ($14) and snapper ceviche ($14) next, to match the previous dish’s efforts but am underwhelmed by their subtlety despite the array of beautiful colors that fill the plate. The prickly pear crunch is a bit off putting for non-native eaters alongside the tender scallops, which are in the dishes defense, cooked perfectly, but yearning for the bite that tends to accustom bolder ceviches. The snapper is acidic and has a kick—balanced only by slices of cool avocado.I could forego the fact that the blue corn tortilla quesadilla ($11) with chihuahua cheese, green chillies and salsa pasilla (a smoky, somewhat fruity Oaxacan sauce), didn’t have chicken in it after biting into some of the better and more authentic quesadillas I’ve had in my life. Perhaps Tocolo Cantina is Long Island’s most authentic Mexican restaurant?A somewhat messy dish followed by another messy fundidos tray was enough for me to be covered in a bevy of sauces. Not an unpleasant experience.The rest of my party made haste of the larger plates, setting their sights on dessert even after being delivered a platter of hanger steak ($28) and fideos ($28), what seems to be a Mexican paella of fried noodle, chorizo, clams and shrimp. I pick the shellfish off for myself, nearly mistaking the large shrimp for prawns.No one said no to the tres leches cake ($8), a delicate dessert with tender mango and kiwi sprinkled over its top, or the churros ($8). With the check were two complimentary hot chocolate shots, not meant to be an actual gulp, but a sweet end to a filling feast.Tocolo Cantina, 920 Old Country Rd., Garden City. 516-222-0060. tocolocantina.comVERY GOOD LOCALE Quite large, and inviting 98-seat restaurant that caters to larger parties with booths that ring around the corners of the restaurant and two larger communal tables for parties. Seats are available at tables for smaller parties of two. Full wheelchair access.PRICE POINT Prices range from $8-$12 for small plates and $18-$31 for larger entrees. All desserts are fixed at $8 each.RECOMMENDATIONS Yucateco, snapper ceviche, quesadilla, lamb tacos, al pastor tacos, pollo asado, parilla, churros, and tres leches. To drink: “happy juice” sangria, Mango Habanero Margarita and Smokey Y El Bandito.HOURS Lunch: Sunday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner: Sunday to Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m.RATING Excellent, Very Good, Good, Decent, Not Worth Visiting.last_img read more

Gold Coast family swap rural home for one near the ocean

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first_imgA family snapped up no. 16 Back St, Biggera Waters at auction last week.A YOUNG family will trade their rural lifestyle for one on the coastline after snapping up a waterfront home at auction.The Maudsland residents offered $1.2 million to secure the Biggera Waters property on Back St.They were one of four registered bidders vying for the property’s keys at an in-room auction event on Tuesday night. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 An interested buyer from Sydney flew up to attend the auction.Mr Booth said the young family were determined to make the house theirs.“The water for them was a big reason,” he said.The double-storey residence fronts the canal and is a short walk to the Broadwater.It has high vaulted ceilings, an open floorplan, louvre windows and modern fixtures and fittings.The gourmet-style granite kitchen has a butler’s pantry while an upstairs balcony offers sweeping views of the picturesque canal.An entertainment deck and pool in the backyard overlook the water.The sellers built it as a “forever” home but never lived in it.“They bought the land and then they built the property on it,” Mr Booth said.Despite the downturn seen in property markets across the country, particularly Melbourne and Sydney, Mr Booth said the Gold Coast’s was performing quite well. MORE NEWS: New suburb in the running to become Coast’s most expensive [email protected] He said the Ray White Sovereign Islands office had recorded several million-dollar sales in the past few months.This includes an Arundel house that sold for $1.115 million in March, an Ephraim Island penthouse that fetched $1,927,500 in January as well as a Sovereign Islands mansion that was snapped up for $2.2 million in January. Mr Booth said a string of other properties had sold before auction, which showed there was still competition in the market.“I think there’s a lot of activity around at the moment, I think (the Coast) is bucking the trend, from my perspective,” he said.“It’s been a good start to the year.”center_img The near-new home hasn’t been lived in.Ray White Sovereign Islands agent Mitchell Booth said while it was the only property to sell under the hammer, many of the others had sold prior or were being negotiated with buyers after the event.“We had a really good turn out,” he said.“We had nine (properties) and of the nine, three of them had sold prior to auction.”Mr Booth said the five-bedroom Biggera Waters property, which was on the market for about a month before selling, attracted prospective buyers in droves.“We had 48 groups come through the property,” he said.“We had a group from Sydney fly up prior to the auction too.”The bidding started at $900,000 before quickly climbing to $1.2 million when the hammer came down. MORE NEWS: Waterfront home a real class act Four registered bidders were vying for the keys at auction on Tuesday night.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago They were attracted to the home’s waterfront position. It sold for $1.2 million under the hammer.last_img read more

GasLog Partners secures two LNG charter deals

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first_imgImage courtesy of GasLogNew York-listed GasLog Partners, a unit of LNG shipper GasLog, said it had entered into two charter deals with an unnamed new customer.The deal includes options for an additional two charters.Under the new deals, GasLog Partners will charter the 155,000-cbm tri-fuel diesel electric LNG carrier GasLog Santiago for a period of three and a half years begining in the third quarter od 2018, it said in its statement on Friday.The carrier built in 2013 is currently on a multi-year time charter with a unit of Shell through July 2018.The vessel will undergo a scheduled drydocking during the second quarter of 2018, at which time the company intends to enhance the vessel’s future marketability through the installation of a reliquefaction module ahead of commencing its new charter, the statement said.As part of the second charter deal, the MLP will charter a 145,000-cbm steam vessel, either Methane Jane Elizabeth or Methane Alison Victoria, for one year starting in the fourth quarter of 2019.The two vessels built in 2006 and 2007, respectively, are currently also on a time charter with a unit of Shell. Methane Jane Elizabeth’s charter ends in October 2019 while Methane Alison Victoria’s charter concludes in December 2019.The unnamed charterer has options to extend the GasLog Santiago charter for up to an additional seven years and the steam vessel charter for up to an additional four years, both at “escalating rates”, GasLog Partners said.Andy Orekar, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog Partners said in the statement he was pleased to announce the signing of these charter agreements with a new, “high-quality counterparty.”“These charters will provide continuous employment for GasLog Santiago and either Methane Jane Elizabeth or Methane Alison Victoria, increase the partnership’s contracted revenue visibility, diversify our customer base and support our year-on-year distribution growth guidance of 5% to 7% in 2018,” Orekar added.last_img read more

Dec. County Lincoln day dinner canceled

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first_imgGreensburg, IN— Decatur County Republican Party Chairman Nate Harter has announced today that the April 24 Decatur County Lincoln Day Dinner featuring U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has been canceled in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Harter said, “The devastation caused by COVID-19 has been real in Decatur County, costing people their health, and in too many cases, their lives. We cannot in good conscience continue to plan for a gathering of 1,000 or more to celebrate our conservative principles- at least not until the crisis has passed.”“Watching our community rally together gives me confidence that we will revisit hosting this event for southeastern Indiana in the coming months. Until that time, my team will of course be issuing refunds of tickets already purchased, automatically and with no process required. We will continue to discuss the possibility of rescheduling with Senator Cruz, who has been very gracious during this trying time. Stay tuned to our page on Facebook, Decatur County Republican Party for more information and updates about this event and other party functions.”Lincoln Day Dinners are annual Republican Party fundraisers held in counties across America. Once rescheduled, this year’s Decatur County Lincoln Day Dinner will be held in the county seat of Greensburg, located halfway between Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and in close proximity to Louisville, Dayton, and Columbus.Donations to offset the initial outlay costs of deposits and event planning may be directed to the Decatur County Republican Party, P.O. Box 181, Greensburg, IN 47240.last_img read more

Nadal, Raonic, Others Hit Q’finals

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first_imgGrigor Dimitrov beat injury-hit Denis Istomin to progress, and will face David Goffin, who overcame eighth seed Dominic Thiem.Nadal, who has struggled with injuries, is seeking his first major since claiming his 14th Grand Slam at the 2014 French Open.He had difficulty converting break points – six of 17 – but clinched victory over Monfils with his second match point, on the sixth seed’s serve.The Spaniard had cruised through the first two sets, but lost the third and was a break down in the fourth before sealing victory in two hours and 56 minutes.“Now I feel a little bit tired. But probably tomorrow [Tuesday] a bit better and hopefully after tomorrow perfect,” said Nadal, who is in his 30th major quarter-final, but first since Paris in 2015.“Against Milos Raonic I just need to play very, very well. He is the third player in the world, he beat me a couple of weeks ago in Brisbane and is a top player with an amazing serve.”Wimbledon finalist Raonic, 26, has reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the third consecutive year.Playing with a high fever, he rallied from 5-1 down in the first-set tie-breaker to win the opening set, but was then broken twice in the second.The 13th seed Bautista Agut then began to falter in the third set, when the roof at Hisense Arena was closed because of rain, and he later had to call for a trainer for a leg problem.Raonic duly took the third set and needed only 26 minutes to see out the fourth to win the match.“I was very fortunate to get through,” said Raonic, who hit 75 winners but also 55 unforced errors, including nine double faults.“There were moments where it wasn’t looking so good.”Bulgarian 15th seed Dimitrov, 25, came from behind to win 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-1 as Novak Djokovic’s conqueror Istomin struggled with a leg problem.Istomin, the bespectacled world number 117 from Uzbekistan, showed the effects of a demanding tournament.“Denis deserves all the credit for an unbelievable tournament, he has been on fire and he was striking the ball so well early in the match,” said Dimitrov.Goffin had earlier become the first Belgian man to reach the Melbourne last eight by beating Austrian Thiem.The 26-year-old 11th seed won 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-2 in soaring temperatures.Meanwhile, Johanna Konta faces the toughest task in tennis to beat Serena Williams, but she may have a secret weapon.Konta’s new coach Wim Fissette has guided all four of his previous charges to victories over Williams, and claims he knows how to make the Briton his fifth.Under Fissette, Kim Clijsters ousted Williams en route to winning the US Open in 2009, Sabine Lisicki beat her at Wimbledon in 2013, Simona Halep conceded just two games when she won at the WTA Championships in 2014 and last year, Victoria Azarenka overcame the American in the final at Indian Wells.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AUSTRALIAN OPENFormer champion, Rafael Nadal reached the 2017 Australian Open quarter-finals with a hard-fought four-set victory over Gael Monfils.The 30-year-old Spaniard, who is seeded ninth and won the tournament in 2009, beat the Frenchman 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4.Nadal will face third seed Milos Raonic – who beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut – in the last eight tomorrow..Canadian Raonic, the highest seed left in the men’s singles, came through 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-4 6-1 against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.last_img read more