Union fears over wider impact of Hovis mill closure

first_imgA proposal to close the Hovis flour mill in Southampton has put logistics jobs in Hampshire and Yorkshire under threat.Union chiefs have called for an urgent meeting with Hovis, which announced yesterday that it would be selling two of its flour mills to Whitworth Bros and revealed plans to close its Southampton mill. The company’s remaining mill, in Wellingborough, Northants, would continue to supply flour for the Hovis brand, it added.The closure of the Southampton site, described by Hovis as “significantly loss-making”, will result in the loss of up to 71 jobs at the mill along with 29 jobs in High Wycombe in central milling functions.As a result, warehouse and logistics operations in DHL Bawtry, in Yorkshire; DHL Southampton; and DSV Belfast will cease at the end of the year.“This is a serious blow to the workers and their families and, more generally, for the Southampton economy,” said Unite acting south east regional secretary Ian Woodland. “The mill has been operating for more than 80 years, so there is a lot of history here.“We are asking for an urgent meeting with the Hovis management to explore the business rationale for the proposed closure and to make the case strongly for a rethink on this decision.”Woodland claimed the Southampton site had lacked investment and refurbishment compared with the other Hovis sites across the UK.Unite said it was also concerned about the impact on workers at the warehouse and logistics operations.“We are digesting what this serious news will mean for our members at these three sites in Belfast, Southampton and Yorkshire, which are separate logistics companies working for Hovis,” stated Matt Drape, Unite national officer for logistics and road transport.DHL said its staff affected by the issue – 17 at the Bawtry site and 40 at the Southampton – had been informed of the situation and would enter into consultation with the company and union representatives to discuss their options, including redeploying to other DHL operations in the area.“Both DHL and Hovis stress that the proposed changes are based on commercial reasons and in no way reflect on the performance of the Southampton and Bawtry operations,” said the logistics operator.last_img read more

Protecting What’s Important

first_imgIf I were to ask you, what is the most important thing in your life?  Most of you would answer, your loved ones.If I said, assume your loved ones are safe and sound, sitting on a beach in Aruba, but there is a disaster happening at your house, right now. Fire, or maybe even more invasively, a burglary. What would you be most concerned about? I think most of you would say, your memories, and some would say your critical files and information.It is no different for the companies you work for. In your work life, the most important assets you have are your people and your data. Back to the home scenario; if I were to ask you how, when and where you are most concerned for your loved ones, memories and critical information, you would likely say: “what a silly question, All the Time, Everywhere and in Every situation.” When you think about work assets, we believe the answers to those questions are the same; you need your assets protected all of the time and in every situation, regardless of where they are.Let’s start with the people, just like your loved ones, you never want your people to be attacked, get a virus or be frightened about which street or dark alley into which they should or should not venture. Now let’s think about information….data.  Just as in your home life, how you generate your data and where you use or consume your data has drastically changed in recent years. At home, you were tied to physical photos, paper files, and largely kept your important data locked in a file box or safety deposit box. Today, your photos are digital, your data is on many different devices and is almost exclusively digital. The same is true for your work life. How many of you work outside of the office at least once a week? According to the Dell Future Workforce study in 2016, that number is 52 percent. Ten years ago, or even five, the number of you who did so would have been far less – almost approaching zero.As your employees use more diverse devices, work from almost anywhere, and expose themselves to physical and digital theft scenarios, you need protections in place to help protect your critical assets – and allow you to sleep at night. Your data must be protected at the point of creation, and stay protected when they are shared with partners, or even when they fall into the wrong hands. Wouldn’t you like to have visibility into where your data is being used, by whom, where and on what device?It is now possible to protect data to the file level – and not just when they are at rest on a device inside the network, but also when they’re in motion or in use, and sent outside of the corporate network. Imagine that your marketing team was working with a group of contractors and had to send information about future products to this group in order to develop launch materials. Now your upcoming product strategy is in the hands of temporary external workers. Risky, right? So what if you were able to control that data, determine who has access, apply policies and monitor the activity. This can be as general or as granular as you would like. For example, you want these contractors to have access to these documents to do the work, but when their contract was up next month, set an expiry so they can no longer access them after that date. You can also restrict cutting and pasting, printing or forwarding onwards. Feel more in control? This can all be done without hindering productivity.Dell Data Guardian is the next generation of file-level data encryption. It does exactly what I’ve described above – give organizations control and visibility over their data in addition to protecting it. Companies today need to be able to control who gets access to their data, monitor where the data is and how it is used, and be able to apply rights and policies so that only the right people can access it under the right circumstances. We are here to help. This is what we do every day.For more information, go to http://datasecurity.dell.comlast_img read more

Mendoza highlights ethical business practices

first_imgMendoza College of Business will host its 19th annual Ethics Week, devoted to examining different facets of ethical business practices, from Feb 8. to 11. The week will include a variety events and several different speakers. Lauren Weldon Mendoza teaching professor Brian Levey said the week is also a continuation of the legacy of John Houck, a Notre Dame management professor who died in 1996. “Our last two deans were very fond of saying ‘Ethics is in our DNA,’ and so much of what we do today goes back to this quote from Fr. O’Hara [the first dean of the College], that the primary function of commerce is to serve mankind,” Levey said. “We think of it in terms of management and marketing and accounting and finance, but all of that ultimately is to serve mankind on some level and create something where there is nothing.”The week is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, and the events are free and open to the public. Levey said the events are aimed at the entire Notre Dame community, as well as the South Bend community. John D’Arcy, associate professor at the University of Delaware, will deliver a presentation titled, “Data Breach: Failures and Follow-ups,” at the Giovanini Commons in Mendoza on Monday at 12:30 p.m. D’Arcy is a former assistant professor for Mendoza.“His expertise is IT security and his particular topic is data breach,” Levey said. “He’s going to talk about things like the Target data breach, going back a few years ago – this was probably the biggest and earliest exposure of credit card information.” Larry Katzen, a former partner at the accounting firm Arthur Andersen, will speak about the collapse of the company Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Giovanini Commons.“ … The popular narrative about that company is it started as a firm of technical competence and integrity but somehow lost its way, leading to its demise,” Levey said. “Although the firm collapsed, he’s made it his mission in retirement to tell a competing narrative about the firm and the many people that went down with the ship — in his view — wrongfully. Eighty-five thousand people lost their jobs, and he’s on something of a mission to tell that story.”The keynote speaker for Ethics Week, Susan Ochs, will give her presentation Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Giovanini Commons. Ochs is a senior fellow and founder of the Better Banking Project and will speak on improving corporate ethical behavior. “Her focus is on organizational culture and, in particular, financial institutions, banks, investment banks, Wall Street,” Levey said. “One of the things she’s come upon when looking at banks is this notion of complexity. On Wall Street, folks seem to value complexity – the more complex the better. In most other walks of life, we try to keep things simple, and there seems to be some sort of bias toward complexity.”Ethics week closes Thursday night at 7 p.m. with a showing of the movie “Margin Call,” followed by a panel question-and-answer session in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza. The 2011 film follows people at an investment bank during the first 24-hour period of a financial crisis. “Each of the characters deals with this very practical, but also ethical, issue of what they should do,” Levey said. The panel following the film will include professional specialist Walter Clements, associate professional specialist Jessica McManus Warnell and senior management consulting major Kevin Frost.“Ethics and asking more of business is a hallmark of the Mendoza College of Business. Students have many opportunities to explore issues of ethics in business in and outside the classroom,” McManus Warnell said in an email. “Ethics Week is a chance for our Notre Dame community to come together and hear from experts in the field on key issues facing business today. These events allow us to hear from and discuss real-world implications of ethics in business — an important part of developing our own capacities to lead and serve.”Levey said Ethics Week is just a part of Mendoza’s dedication to making its students aware of ethical issues that arise in business. “We certainly have a reputation for ethics, and Ethics Week is just a part of that — it’s part of this ongoing and cumulative effort to expose students to ethical issues and raise their awareness, give them tools and hope it does some good in the long run.”Tags: business, Ethics week, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Will Be Adapted for the Big Screen

first_img Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Related Shows View Comments Take good care of our baby! Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is heading to a movie theater near you, produced by Tom Hanks’ production company and released by Sony Pictures. The New York Times reports that Douglas McGrath, who wrote the book for the show, will pen the screenplay. Casting has not been announced; Chilina Kennedy recently took over from Tony winner Jessie Mueller as King on the Great White Way.The movie adaptation will also be produced by Paul Blake, the Broadway incarnation’s lead producer, along with Mamma Mia! film producer Gary Goetzman.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production, directed by Marc Bruni, currently also features Scott J. Campbell as Gerry Goffin, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Jessica Keenan Wynn as Cynthia Weil, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. The tuner has also recently opened in London’s West End. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly | Blue Lining 101 with Drew Fuller of Redington

first_imgEditors Note: As a brand ambassador for Redington, Drew Fuller spends much of his time combing the small, wild trout streams that criss cross the mountains of the North Carolina High Country. In this week’s installment of ‘Fridays on the Fly’ he shares his secrets for a method of fly fishing known as Blue Lining and recounts a recent experience helping Redington film the latest episode of their ‘Find Your Water’ series. There’s nothing better than scrambling around boulders and up waterfalls in pursuit of wild trout. Trout are plentiful in the North Carolina high country whether you’re into fishing stocked waters, nearby tailwaters, lakes, or my personal favorite—the small nameless streams.People often refer to fishing these small streams as “blue lining.” Blue lining is a favorite amongst Appalachian fly fishermen because the fish are always wild, often untouched, and very abundant.A lot of our creeks are steep and fairly demanding to traverse, which makes for great pocket water. In my opinion it is these less accessible creeks that provide the best fishing.In the North Carolina High County, where I do a lot of my fishing, it’s fairly easy to find remote creeks that support wild browns, rainbows, and native brook trout. I’ve located a lot of my favorites simply by searching maps and Google Earth. Generally speaking, the further you are from people the better it gets.While the fish are easy enough to find, catching them can be another story. Wild trout are well known for being extremely easy to spook.For best results, I’ll try to conceal myself behind obstacles and keep a low profile in general.The fish aren’t very picky about the fly but much more so the presentation. You can consistently fish a dry fly year around in these small creeks with lots of success.So if you are able to stay hidden, get a decent cast, and stay out of the trees, the trout can’t resist.The average fish size ranges from around 6 to 10 inches, with a handful of 10+ inchers. Though rare, some of the streams can support wild trout in the upper teens and 20+ inch range.For casting in these narrow runs and fighting the little fish I prefer to use a short little 2 weight fiberglass rod. It’s hard to beat fighting nice wild fish in some very tight creeks. The amount of action you get and fish you can catch in a day on the secluded blue lines is what keeps me going back!Redington is currently releasing episodes for season 2 of the “Find Your Water” online series. From 2-weights to spey rods, the series will cover a wide range of different fly fishing related episodes. As an ambassador for the brand, I was fortunate enough to be featured in the latest episode.We dragged the KGB Productions crew up and down a few scenic blue lines and around some other local water. It’s hard enough scaling the creeks and not spooking the fish without all the extra gear and crew. But with a little patience and teamwork, everything worked out great.Unfortunately, we were very limited as to how much filming we could get in before the rain set in, making the smaller water unfishable. It was an honor to show those guys around and to be able to represent Appalachian blue lining for Redington’s Find Your Water series. Given the circumstances, I still couldn’t be any happier about how the episode turned out!More from Fridays on the Fly:last_img read more

New Zealand prepares to enter lockdown as coronavirus cases double

first_imgTopics : New Zealand said on Monday it will move to its highest alert level imposing self-isolation, with all-non-essential services, schools and offices to be shut over the next 48 hours as the number of coronavirus cases more than double.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said these decisions will place the most significant restriction on New Zealanders’ movements in modern history, but it was needed to save lives and slow the virus.”We are all now preparing to go into self isolation as a nation,” Ardern said in a news conference. She added that without these measures tens of thousands of New Zealanders could die. The number of coronavirus cases in New Zealand shot up to 102, more than double since Friday, as the country reported 36 new infections. New Zealand has had no deaths.Ardern said the cabinet agreed that effective immediately, the country of 5 million people would move into alert level 3 nationwide, and after 48 hours it will be at the highest level 4. New Zealand has already closed its borders to foreigners.Ardern said all bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries, playgrounds and any other place where the public congregate must close their face-to-face function.She said supermarkets, doctors, pharmacies, service stations, access to essential banking services will all be available throughout New Zealand at every alert level.center_img “If you do not have immediate needs, do not go to the supermarket. It will be there for you today, tomorrow, and the day after that,” she added.The move comes after neighboring Australia, which has thousands of COVID-19 cases, started lockdown measures on Monday, but has stopped short of self-isolation.New Zealand’s bourse reacted immediately to the announcement plunging 10% to biggest intraday percentage drop ever.Finance Minister Grant Robertson said all rents will be freezed and the government will announce further support for the economy in the coming days.”To be absolutely clear we are now asking all New Zealanders who are outside essential services to stay at home, and to stop all interactions with others outside of those in your household,” Ardern said.Schools will be closed from Tuesday, except for children of essential workers such as our doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. Schools will close entirely from midnight Wednesday.All indoor and outdoor events will be cancelled. All workplaces were asked to implement alternative ways of working.Public transport will shut for everyone outside of people working in essential services.To stop community transmission these measures will need to be in place for 4 weeks, said Ardern.New Zealand’s opposition National Party said it had put on hold its campaign for a general election on Sept 19. Ardern said there was no impact on the election for now.Of the new cases, two are being treated as related to community transmission, Ministry of Health’s Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a news conference on Monday.More than half the cases are directly related to overseas travel, while most of the remainder are close contacts of a previously confirmed case or associated with an event where there were confirmed cases, he said. last_img read more

Indonesia’s COVID-19 testing positivity remains far above WHO standard for ‘new normal’

first_imgIndonesia has seen an increase in its COVID-19 positivity rate – the percentage of those tested found to be infected – in the past month, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said on Tuesday.The country recorded a national positivity rate average of 14 percent, an 0.7 percent increase from July.”The national average positivity rate is about 14 percent,” Wiku said in a press conference on Tuesday. The country’s positivity rate far exceeds the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 5 percent for entering the “new normal”.Wiku also said the country had fallen far short of WHO’s recommended testing rate.”WHO recommends performing one test per 1,000 population per week, meaning with a population of around 260 million people, Indonesia needs to conduct 267,700 tests per week,” Wiku said. “However, we were only able to test 95,463 people in the past week, 35.6 percent of the testing rate recommended by WHO.”Wiku said the government was working hard to increase the PCR testing rate by improving its laboratories’ testing capacity.”We’ll increase the capacity of the 320 laboratories [that are running PCR tests] by improving human resources and working hours efficiency so that they can perform optimum testing,” he said.Indonesia recorded on Tuesday 2,447 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 157,859, with 112.867 recoveries and 6.858 fatalities. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Teekay Extends Petrojarl Banff FPSO Employment for One Year

first_imgBermuda-based shipping group Teekay Corporation has entered into an agreement to extend the employment of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO unit in the North Sea for a period of one year.Under the deal with a subsidiary of Canadian Natural Resources (CNR), the FPSO unit will continue working on the Banff field until the end of August 2020.The company said that the contract was agreed at substantially similar terms to the current deal, which includes an upside component linked to oil prices and oil/gas production.“We are pleased to announce this important FPSO contract extension for the Petrojarl Banff, which extends the production of the fields in the North Sea, and we are committed to work together with CNR to maximize production in the future,” Kenneth Hvid, Teekay’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

Pirates Results At Brown County Talon Relays

first_img4x1600m relay: 6th, 20:06.84 – Reid McClintic, Kevin Johnson, Louis Moore, Jared Hasselbring; 110mHurdles: 5th Collin Springmeyer 17.94; 8th Vincent Pavy 18.96; 4x100m relay: 5th, 47.90 – Shawn Partlow, Vincent Pavy, Luke Lozier, Zach Pokrzywinski; Distance Medley Relay: 6th, 11:31.69 – McClintic (1200m), Daimon Austion (400m), Hunter Butz (800m), Johnson (1600m); 4x400m relay: 6th, 3:46.68 – Jadrian Woods, Moore, Butz, Austin; 3200m run: PR for Kyran Luken in 12:09.79; 4x200m relay: 5th, 1:40.88 – Pavy, Woods, Austin, Devin Imel; 4x100m Throwers relay: 5th, 57.40 -Cody Bauer, Landon Diekhoff, Dylan Cain, Jesse Hunter; Sprint Medley relay: 4th, 1:45.64 – Pavy (100m), Lozier (100m), Pokrzywinski (200m), Woods (400m)4x800m relay: 5th, 9:05.99 – McClintic, Johnson, Butz, HasselbringHigh Jump: 3rd, Pokrzywinski/Lozier; Long Jump: 6th, Pokrzywinski/Partlow; 8th, Lozier, Hunter; Discus: 6th, Tanner Yonts/Cain; Pole Vault: 5th, Eric Lowe/Charlie Pumphrey.Final Team Scores1. Columbus North 1112. Bedford North Lawrence 80.53. Silver Creek 774. Terre Haute North 765. Crown Point 746. Brown County 62.57. Terre Haute South 588. Greensburg 529. Heritage Christian 4410. Providence Cristo Rey 1111. Seymour 4The squad will be in action on Tuesday when they host Franklin Community and celebrate Senior Night.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers. The Lady Pirates traveled to Nashville for the Brown County Talon Relays Saturday morning and came away with a Runner Up finish only 3 points behind the Champion Columbus North Bulldogs. The Greensburg Girls placed in 16 of the 17 contested events they competed in with many top performances. The only event the ladies did not score in was the shuttle hurdle relay in which they did not have an entry.Ashlynn Meyer defended her 2016 individual 100 Hurdle title without a single competitor coming close to her stride. Other Champions included Lily Grimes (111′ PR) and Erin Browning (109’1.5) with a combined 220’1.5″ discus throw and Rylie Smith (14’6) and Jaylin Hampton (14’1) adding up to a 28’7″ long jump.Champions100 Hurdles – Ashlynn MeyerDiscus – Lily Grimes & Erin BrowningLong Jump – Rylie Smith & Jaylin HamptonRunner Up ChampionsShot Put – Lily Grimes & Erin Browning6400m Relay – Julia Ankney, Morgan Winkler, Charlotte Anderson, Reagan WhiteDistance Medley Relay – Cathy Newhart, Kayla Davis, Julia Ankney, Cami JonesThrowers 400 Relay – Allison Ralston, Kailee Kidd, Lily Grimes, Erin Browning3rd Place 3200m – Cathy Newhart800m Relay – Montana Whitaker, Koregan Kidd, Arie Hampton, Mary West4th Place100 Hurdles – Rylie SmithHigh Jump – Arie Hampton & Erika FixmerSprint Medley Relay – Mary West, Jaylin Hampton, Montana Whitaker, Rylie Smith3200m Relay – Cathy Newhart, Morgan Winkler, Julia Ankney, Cami Jones5th PlacePole Vault – Koregan Kidd & Mikayla Markland400m Relay – Rylie Smith, Mary West, Jaylin Hampton, Ashlynn Meyer6th Place 1600m Relay – Cami Jones, Jaylin Hampton, Kayla Davis, Julia AnkneyThe Lady Pirates will compete again next Tuesday at home against Franklin Community after Senior Night. We will be honoring our 5 seniors: Thrower Erin Browning, High Jumper Arie Hampton, Hurdler/Long Jumper Rylie Smith and Managers Emma Overmeyer and Emma Taylor.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.The Greensburg Boys Track and Field team traveled to Brown County to compete in the Talon Relays Saturday. Thankfully the rain missed the meet, but the wind and some cooler temperatures prevailed throughout the day.Overall the Pirates competed well but did not finish as high as we would have wanted coming in 8th with 52 points. Columbus North was the team champion with 111 points.Events and point scorers for the Pirates were:last_img read more