Vital health and safety information for small business start-ups can now befound on the Internet, courtesy of a partnership between IOSH and Norwich UnionRisk Services. A new website, www.safestartup.org, has been created to provide essentialguidance for small businesses on their health, safety and environmentalobligations. It is free to use and is supported by the Health and SafetyExecutive and Small Business Service. By interacting with a friendly website helper, known as “Alex”,users can learn about general principles and legal stipulations for health andsafety at work, and will eventually be able to explore the particularrequirements of their industry in further detail. The site provides guidance on welfare matters, insurance categories and riskassessment and examines the contents of a health and safety policy, allrelevant to the size and nature of the user’s organisation. The overall aim of www.safestartup.org is to provide a site which isinteractive, informative and user-friendly, enabling small and medium sizecompanies and business start-ups to meet their health and safetyresponsibilities right from the beginning. It is hoped that the site will gosome way in addressing the current situation in which, on average, the rate offatal and major injuries in small firms is almost double that for firmsemploying more than a thousand people. The site, which was launched in October to mark the start of the EuropeanWeek for Health and Safety at Work, will be developed further with the additionof extra criteria, including occupational health provision. Further informationabout safestartup.org can be found in a free leaflet available through theSmall Business Service, local Business Link operators and the Prince’s Trust. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Business start-ups can turn to Internet for adviceOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
Comments are closed. In briefOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. This month’s news in briefWhistleblowing comments We would like to make it clear that comments made by Rachael Heenan ofBeachcroft Wansbroughs in an article in our December issue on whistleblowing,were of a general nature and did not relate to any specific case. We apologisefor the inappropriate use of her comments and regret any embarrassment caused. Bill to curb ‘fat cat’ payments snubbed The DTI has snubbed a Tory bill aimed to curb excessive pay-offs fordirectors of underperforming companies. Secretary of State Patricia Hewitt decided not to back the Private Members’Bill proposed by MP Archie Norman (pictured), despite increasing controversyover payments for ‘fat cat failures’ and criticism from the Government itself. Young workers’ hours to be restricted The Government has announced amendments to the regulations on young workers.From 6 April, the working time of those aged 16 to 18 will be limited to 40hours a week and a maximum of eight hours a day. They will not be able to workat night. Tribunal compensation limits increased Employment tribunal compensation limits have increased. The maximum week’spay rises from £250 to £260, redundancy and basic unfair dismissal awards to amaximum of £7,800. Maximum compensation for unfair dismissal increases from£52,600 to £53,500. Pensions rights ‘should transfer under TUPE’ The majority of employers which responded to the Government’s consultationon pensions believe occupational pension rights should transfer under the TUPEregulations, reform of which has been pending for over a year. They also saidprotection should be flexible and legislation simple so that, for example,employers could pay a lump sum in compensation if it was not practicable tocontinue a scheme. Previous Article Next Article
ExxonMobil global headquarters in Texas, US. (Credit: ExxonMobil/Wikipedia) ExxonMobil is planning to layoff up to 1,600 jobs by the end of 2021, as part of its efforts to reduce costs and improve efficiency across its European operations.The move to reduce staffing levels across a number of European affiliates by the end of next year forms part of ExxonMobil’s extensive global review, which was outlined during the company’s second-quarter earnings call.ExxonMobil said that the country-specific impacts will be based on its local business footprint and market conditions.In a press statement, ExxonMobil: “Europe remains an important market for ExxonMobil, as evidenced by recent major investments.“However, significant actions are needed at this time to improve cost competitiveness and ensure the company manages through these unprecedented market conditions.”Proposed changes subject to consultation processesSubject to local information and consultation processes, the proposed changes are the result of the insight gained through reorganisations and work-process changes to help improve efficiency and reduce costs.The firm noted that the demand for its products has been impacted by the Covid-19, thus increasing the urgency of the efficiency work.Recently, ExxonMobil and Hess announced the final investment decision (FID) for the $9bn Payara development project, offshore Guyana, following the Guyanese government’s approval.The project involves the development of the Payara field in the Stabroek Block through the drilling of up to 41 wells at 10 drill centres. Of these, 20 will be production wells and the remaining 21 will be injection wells.First oil from the Payara development project is targeted for 2024. Production from the field is planned to be carried out using the Prosperity floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). The move to reduce staffing levels across a number of European affiliates by the end of next year forms part of the company’s extensive global review
Walking the white boardwalk at Second Street on Friday in Ocean City, NJ.A bright sun on Friday helped melt snow on some road surfaces, but with air temperatures topping out at 25 degrees, most of the six inches of snow that fell on Thursday stuck around.The winter storm and the cold snap is a reminder that winter won’t officially end for another two weeks.But the forecast for the weekend and coming week look much “balmier” — with highs each day in the 40s and no significant rain or snow on the way.See more images below.The battle of the frozen pipe continues in Ocean City — a water main break on the 400 block of Asbury Avenue sent fresh water bubbling up through cracks in the road, before New Jersey American Water Company crews arrived to fix it._____Sign up for free breaking news updates from Ocean City.Get Ocean City updates in your Facebook news feed. “Like” us._____The city plowed a strip of boardwalk between Fifth and 14th streets — but even that section remained icy on Friday.14th Street Pier on Friday.The beach at First Street on Friday.
By TIM KELLYJust days following Mayor Jay Gillian’s call for its help, the volunteer, non-profit organization OCNJ CARE is up and running, ready to serve local residents in need who’ve been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.Group Chairman Drew Fasy said the group’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OCNJCARE/ and its website www.ocnjcare.org have been updated and went live as of Friday afternoon.Those wishing to connect with the group may also do so through the city’s website at www.ocnj.us/ocnjcare by calling 609-399-6111 or emailing [email protected] .The group’s mission, Chairman Drew Fasy said, is to assist all those in the community affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as related business closings, quarantines and restrictions.“Anyone needing help is going to receive it,” Gillian said while announcing the group’s rebooting.OCNJ CARE had ceased operations several years following Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and helping virtually every known victim.“We never went away,” Fasy said. “We simply stopped operations because there was no longer a need.”But when New Jersey schools and most businesses were ordered closed indefinitely by Gov. Phil Murphy to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, it became clear the tourism-based Ocean City economy would be taking a hit and that lives would be affected.“Right now, the critical need is financial donations,” Fasy said. “That’s our big push right now. (In order to provide these services) we need some cash. We encourage all who can help us to join in and help our efforts financially.”The group’s charge, to provide food, transportation and other assistance to those in need, obviously costs money. Fasy appealed to those folks able and willing to donate to the cause to do so.The OCNJ CARE website was developed by Ken Wisnefski, founder and CEO of the digital marketing firm WebiMax. Wisnefski is also the majority owner of OCNJDaily.com.“I was more than happy to help in any way that I could,” Wisnefski, an Ocean City resident, said of OCNJ CARE.“Drew and the group did an amazing job after Sandy. We are lucky to have such a great group of people dedicated to helping the community,” Wisnefski added. “I applaud the Mayor for being proactive and getting this mobilized so quickly.”The re-tooled website includes contacts for the group including donations. Mailed donations may be sent to OCNJ CARE Project, Box 807, Ocean City, N.J. 08226.There are also online forms to apply for assistance and to volunteer.Among other services, to be determined on a case-by-case basis, the group is ready to:Assist at-risk populations (including older adults) in shopping, picking up medications or traveling to locations they’ve been advised to avoid.Cooking and delivering meals to anyone in need, including schoolchildren and older adults.Providing relief for families unable to meet basic needs.Fasy said there would also be a mental health component to the group’s assistance, as many of those affected by the coronavirus crisis have been stricken with anxiety and uncertainty about the future.“Sometimes, people just need someone to listen or to be there for reassurance,” Fasy said. “We plan to help out in any way we can, even if it’s just to let the at-risk people know they are not alone.”This is the food pantry that OCNJ CARE ran out of the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center post-Sandy. Drew Fasy, left, and Pastor Brian Roberts, the founders of OCNJ CARE, discuss plans to help the Ocean City community during a press conference after Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012.
Today, Lettuce has revealed a number of 2019 summer tour dates throughout New England.Lettuce will open up their seven-night run of shows with a performance at Plymouth, NH’s Flying Monkey on July 16th, followed by a stop at Westerly, RI’s Paddy’s Beach Club on July 19th, and a previously announced appearance at Jay, VT’s Jeezum Crow Festival on July 20th. The band will continue with a two-night run at Nantucket, MA’s Chicken Box on July 23rd and 24th; Beverly, MA’s The Cabot on July 25th; and Portland, ME’s State Theatre on July 26th.A fan pre-sale for Lettuce’s newly announced shows is currently underway here. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 22nd.For more information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to Lettuce’s website.Lettuce 2019 New England Summer Tour Dates:7/16 – Plymouth, NH – The Flying Monkey7//19 – Westerly, RI – Paddy’s Beach Club7/20 – Jay, VT – Jeezum Crow Festival7/23 – Nantucket, MA – The Chicken Box7/24 – Nantucket, MA – The Chicken Box7/25 – Beverly, MA – The Cabot7/26 – Portland, ME – State TheatreView Tour Dates
In the entrance to Harvard Law School’s Langdell Hall is a marble statue of long-ago professor Joseph Story, who is reputed to have saved legal studies at the University from an early demise. Only one student was enrolled at the Law School for the 1828-29 academic year. Story himself — who arrived in August 1829 as the first Dane Professor of Law — claimed there were none. At the time, Harvard Law School (HLS) — founded in 1817 — was barely a decade old.So it is for a good reason that generations of students have rubbed the forward left toe of the marble statue for luck. Without Story, a charismatic teacher and a sitting Supreme Court judge, the story of Harvard’s school of law — so celebrated today — would have been a short one.This fall, visitors to Langdell Hall have an opportunity to take a deeper look at the professor who saved a School. “A Storied Legacy: Correspondence and Early Writings of Joseph Story” is an exhibit of letters and manuscripts on display through Dec. 7 in the Harvard Law School Library’s Caspersen Room. (The room is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.)Viewers can read a few original letters in Story’s neat, compact hand. The missives relate to the law, but spill over into political commentary. “We are falling on evil times,” the jurist wrote in 1837 to John Pittman, a Rhode Island judge. “I greatly fear we are approaching a dissolution of the union … if our present state of hostile feeling continues.” It was a prescient look at the coming Civil War — but Story was already an old hand at the underlying issue, having delivered an anti-slavery speech in 1820.Viewers can read a few original letters in Story’s neat, compact hand. The missives relate to the law, but spill over into political commentary.Exhibit-goers can also look at two open pages from an astonishing enterprise he began in 1808, while still in his 20s: a digest of items from American and international law. It came at a time when — as one scholar wrote — Story was eager to describe “an autonomous science of law.” In the tiniest of script, the future jurist summarizes precedents, doctrines, opinions, and statutes under headings like “Admiralty,” “Poor,” “Slaves,” and “Merchant.”Story drew on the three resulting volumes, completed in 1812, for the rest of his life. They were a touchstone for his prolific legal writing. (By the time of his death, Story — a best-seller in his day — was making $10,000 a year just from his books.)The Caspersen Room exhibit, in two long glass cases, is modest. But it is a material entry point to a much larger collection, the Joseph Story Digital Suite. Internet visitors can’t rub a statue’s marble toe, or peer at the reality of Story’s precise handwriting. But they can access the three-volume digest of law he labored over until a year after joining the Supreme Court in 1811, at age 32. (Story was the youngest judge ever to be named, a record that still stands.)The digital suite also includes Story’s official papers (1796-1845) and his 21-year correspondence with Pittman, a federal district court judge. That fruitful spate of letters offers a rare glimpse into the workings of these early federal courts. (In Story’s time, Supreme Court justices oversaw these courts, and rode the circuit twice a year. Story’s circuit included Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island — states he used as laboratories of legal reform, according to the exhibit.)There are other digitized images of Story in the suite too — from the Art and Visual Materials Collection at the Harvard Law Library, from Special Collections at the Harvard Fine Arts Library, and from the Portrait and Clock Collections at the Harvard Art Museums.Rare books curator Karen S. Beck, manager of the library’s Historical & Special Collections, assembled the digital suite, along with Curator of Digital Collections Margaret S. Peachy. The two look forward to the Story digital suite growing — augmented by a reader community that adds tags, transcriptions, and personal collections of Story-related material. (The creation of the digital suite is also credited to Steve Chapman, project manager, Digital Lab; Andy Silva, Web developer; Lindsay Dumas, digital projects assistant; and Ed Moloy, curator of modern manuscripts.)Still, the exhibit — with its real paper and ink and red stains from sealing wax — has power. If you go, look to the left of the cases to see a Gilbert Stuart portrait of a very young Joseph Story. Most images of him show a bespectacled and balding older man. Stuart seizes a moment when Story looks brash and athletic, and has a full, smooth, ruddy face and a strong jaw.The exhibit — with its real paper and ink and red stains from sealing wax — has power. If you go, look to the left of the cases to see a Gilbert Stuart portrait of a very young Joseph Story. Most images of him show a bespectacled and balding older man. Stuart seizes a moment when Story looks brash and athletic, and has a full, smooth, ruddy face and a strong jaw.It was painted not long after Story went through the fire of legal studies himself — a period he recalled with horror. Story graduated from Harvard College in 1798 and moved back to his native Marblehead, Mass., to read the law with a practitioner. He broke his head on “Coke on Littleton,” the first volume of a stodgy but seminal 17th-century legal treatise on the common law by Sir Edward Coke, who was hardly known as a stylist. “I took it up,” recalled Story in an autobiographical sketch, “and after trying it day after day with very little success I set myself down and wept bitterly.”Story was admitted to the bar in 1801, but fancied himself a poet as well as a lawyer. The two sides converged in “The Power of Solitude” (1804), a two-part poem with careful summaries and copious footnotes.Luckily for Harvard, Story fell in love with the law. A motto over the mantelpiece in the grand Caspersen Room gets to the core of the Story story, and the power the past can still have in the present. Ironically, it’s from the pen of Sir Edward Coke. “Out of the ould fields,” he wrote, “must spring and grow the new corne.”An engraving of Joseph Story by John Cheney.
Photo courtesy of the University archives For the students who met him, University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh was a powerful and memorable presence.Sophomore Andrew Lehmer met Hesburgh, who died Thursday at the age of 97, during his freshman year after attending a Latino retreat.“It was crazy how impactful his presence was,” Lehmer said. “You could sense every word meant something bigger.”Lehmer said he asked the former University president, civil rights activist, diplomat and priest what he could do to make his own life as meaningful as Hesburgh’s.“He told me ‘be a good Catholic,’” he said. “Obviously, that can be taken a lot of ways, but I’m trying to figure it out by actively pursuing the faith and keeping what he said in the back of my mind.”Sophomore Mary White, the president of Pasquerilla East Hall (PE), said a group of PE residents were supposed to meet with Hesburgh on Thursday afternoon. She said the dorm-wide response to the invitation to see Hesburgh was so overwhelming that the coordinators limited the visit to upperclassmen, though the meeting was eventually cancelled.To meet Hesburgh was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, White said.“It served as an integral Notre Dame experience,” she said. “It was something you would go on to tell your children about.”Junior Diego Valenzuela visited Hesburgh with his section of Stanford Hall last year, to talk with Hesburgh and hear his stories.“Just being in his presence was just unbelievable because this man has accomplished so much and done so many great things for Notre Dame and the United States and Catholics everywhere,” Valenzuela said.Late in his life, Hesburgh lost most of his sight as well as most of his mobility, but his mind remained sharp and his speaking powerful. Junior Jesse Hamilton said each time Hesburgh spoke to his ROTC class, he would be slowly led onstage.“It was such a slow, ginger process to get him up to the podium, and as soon as he spoke, he spoke with such clarity and sharpness,” Hamilton said. “It was incredible just to see how all of his mind was there and all the love he had for us. Any words that came out of his mouth, you knew were genuine, and just the couple times I met him, he inspired me to be the best Christian I can be, the best leader I can be. He will be greatly missed.”But for all his accomplishments — as a University president, as a leader in civil rights and Catholic education — and gravitas, students were struck by his congeniality and concern for each individual student.Junior Anthony Barrett also visited Hesburgh with his section from Stanford Hall. Barrett said the former president asked for each person’s name, hometown and major.“He would say something kind to each person,” Barrett said. “He’s done so much for us as a school, on a large level, and he also still took the time to get to know people on an individual level. That’s the kind of person that we should all aspire to be.”Junior Paul Coletti said he first met Hesburgh in front of the library named for him during a scavenger hunt in his freshman orientation weekend. Hesburgh stopped and spoke with the group.Later, Colletti became a University tour guide. During a tour Thursday, the day Hesburgh died, he told a group about Hesburgh’s accomplishments.“I told the girl who I was touring about how students are sometimes even called up to read to him, if they’re studying on the upper floors of the library, and she turned to her dad, and she was like, ‘I want to come here,’” he said. “… Little did I know.“He was a great University president. He was probably the closest thing to a living saint that I ever was in a picture with and shook hands with. He was certainly good for the University, but also good for Catholics everywhere.”Many students who never met Hesburgh also felt his influence. Junior Erin Bishop said in the days after his death, she kept thinking about his decision to make Notre Dame co-educational.“Without him, none of us would be here,” she said. “There would be no women here. That thought just keeps going through my head, you know? Without him, this wouldn’t be my life, and this is such a big part of my life. The University is really going to miss him. And I hope that they choose to celebrate his life rather than mourn his loss.”Junior Bryan Ricketts, student body president-elect, said he went to the 13th floor of the library after Hesburgh’s death to see his office. He said Hesburgh was instrumental in making Notre Dame co-ed and a premier research institution, and he looks to him for inspiration as a leader.“I hadn’t had the chance to speak to him after being elected; it was something I was hoping to do with the team,” Ricketts said. “He’s such an inspiration and left such a legacy.”Freshman Gabriel Gaspar never got the chance to meet Hesburgh, but when he heard of his death Thursday, he, like dozens of other students, headed to the Grotto to pay his respects.“He’s really affected a lot of people here,” he said. “Everyone I talk to, like my first week here, Fr. Hesburgh came up, like, ‘you should definitely meet him.’ He’s someone who can change your life. He’s someone who truly represents Notre Dame and really brings the meaning of it to this entire school.”Grotto candles were rearranged to spell “TED,” and people left a cigar and notes in candle holders. The gathering at the Grotto on Thursday also included an impromptu rendition of the Alma Mater. Freshman Will Lederer, who attended the event, said Hesburgh inspired a sense of community among Notre Dame students.“For the six months I’ve been here, I don’t think I’ve felt this way yet,” Letterer said. “Just the community, the service and the gratitude we owe Fr. Hesburgh, and the outpouring of support is just truly inspiring. It’s really heartwarming. I’m glad I was here.”Tags: Remembering Father Hesburgh, Student reactions
The Notre Dame men’s basketball team cinches another victory. The fans are cheering, the student section goes wild and the band belts out a song of success. On and off the court, people wrap their arms around one another and begin to sway in anticipation of singing the alma mater.This celebratory gathering is tradition, as is having performances by the Notre Dame Pom Squad. Singing the alma mater is one of Saint Mary’s sophomore Claire Holman’s favorite things about being on the Notre Dame Pom Squad, she said.“We get to stand in front of everyone, and it’s having the whole team behind us and the student section in front of us,” Holman said. “Everyone’s there. The band’s there and cheer’s next to us. It’s a cool feeling, everyone coming together and singing those words. That’s a little part of it, but I love that.”Though the team is based at Notre Dame, it has members from both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame. The Pom Squad performs at men’s basketball home games, football pep rallies and other community events, Holman said.Senior Hannah Hoody said in an email friends and family members encouraged her to try out for the team, and has been a member for three years.“This opportunity is a privilege since we are a student-run club who is allowed the chance to perform and cheer on the Irish during sporting events,” she said. “It is also an opportunity to continue dancing throughout college. It’s also an amazing opportunity to make new friends and become close with your team members allowing you to form friendships that last forever.”It is these friendships that make being on the team exciting senior Becca Gunter said. Even though this is Gunter’s first year on the team, she said she has already made lasting friendships through the squad.“(My favorite thing about the team) is how close all of us are,” Gunter said. “There’s 11 of us, and we’re having practice three or four times a week and dancing at all of the games together. We all are doing what we love, and we’re getting to do it together.”Holman said it was through another friendship that she heard about the Pom Squad. After hearing about the team, she said she knew it was a team she wanted to be part of.“I first knew about it from my friend in high school who’s on it,” Holman said. “I was on dance team in high school with her, and I loved it so much. I loved the idea of a team and everything. When I knew they had something like that at Notre Dame that let Saint Mary’s girls be on it, I was like, ‘I need to be on this team.’”Holman said she has made lasting relationships through the team and encourages anyone who is thinking about trying out this semester to do so.“It’s seriously one of the best teams I’ve ever been on,” she said. “It is a lot, but practice, going to it, it doesn’t feel like a practice. It feels like all of us hanging out, doing what we love. It’s so fun. I love it so much. Anyone really should try out for it. Poms is the best.”Tags: Dance, nd pom squad, Notre Dame, Pom Squad, poms, Saint Mary’s dance team
Student government vice president Patrick McGuire — who also chairs the student senate at its weekly meetings — has tried to let the senators themselves guide the meetings this year. The more self-guided senate has been prolific in passing resolutions.“Last year, there were a total [of] 33 resolutions,” McGuire said. “But we’ve already passed 31 this year, and it’s only halfway through the term. That just shows the work the senators are putting in, and I believe at this time last year, there had been about nine to 10 resolutions.”A large chunk of these resolutions were significant in their effects, McGuire said. Senate has passed resolutions on a wide range of topics this year.“The senators have done a really good job focusing on big issues too,” McGuire said. “So whether that’s writing resolutions and passing resolutions providing feedback on University decisions, like the residence policies rolled out in the spring, meeting with administrators or even policy changes, like constitutionally requiring GreeNDot for newly enumerated leaders.”There hasn’t been one particular focus of the senate this year, but a few topics in particular have been discussed in more depth than others. In particular, financial issues over the summer culminated in the cancellation of the Midnight Express and has led to a focus on financial reform and more accountability standards for the student union.“When the decision was made to cancel the Midnight Express, we realized that the past two student administrations hadn’t budgeted for it which actually caused a $30,000 debt at the end of last term,” McGuire said. “[This] led me and Karen Kennedy, our advisor [to the senate], to think about what are the accountability standards for student government and for student organizations as a whole, and why are we able to kind of go $30,000 into debt and have no consequences?”The senate met this semester with senior Christine Arcoleo, the student union treasurer, in at least four different meetings to either go over the finances of the student union, how the Financial Management Board works and the best way to go about implementing accountability standards.“Christine’s presentations on people over- or under-spending their budgets showed us that there’s just as much of a problem with people over-spending as under-spending, which then led to the resolution creating more robust accountability standards,” McGuire said.Many of the subjects the senate discussed this year have been taken up by other departments in the student union, such as the Midnight Express and issues related to new residential policies.One other major field the senate worked on this year involved gender relations. The senate passed legislation requiring GreeNDot training for all leaders, and McGuire hopes they will work on reforming the nondiscrimination clause.In the future, McGuire hopes senators will work more in smaller groups that focus on particular subjects that interest them and their dorm communities. He would also like the senate to provide more feedback on the administration.“What I would really want for next semester is for individual senators to identify particular areas that they’re passionate about, and work with other senators to make those policy like goals a reality,” McGuire said. “I would love to see continued feedback on things that the administration is doing … and on other campus events or policy changes, but I also think that having the senate provide feedback on things that student government is doing.” The student senate this year has done a good job fine-tuning a lot of the smaller issues with the Constitution and student union as a whole. They passed two pieces of significant legislation — requiring officials to undergo GreeNDot training and reforming financial accountability. However, the senate has been slow to address ongoing issues such as residential policies and recent protests about parietals and hate speech on campus. After examining these issues, they have instead elected to allow other bodies address these problems. As people will move on from one issue to the next, trying to address issues in a reasonable amount of time is paramount to maintaining institutional momentum.Grade: B+Tags: ND student senate, Patrick McGuire, Student Government Insider 2019