Letter

first_imgDear EditorI would like to alert you to a matter that should be of concern to the many bakers that use a small transit van to deliver their goods.The operation of large goods vehicles is covered by EU rules, which incorporate drivers’ hours, tachographs, rest periods and other exacting operating requirements.Vehicles 3.5 tonnes and below (transit type van and smaller) are exempt from the EU rules, but must be operated within ’domestic rules’, which are far less stringent and offer much more flexibility and simplicity than for large goods vehicles. These domestic rules have not altered fundamentally since the 1960s, but the Department of Transport (DOT) is now reviewing them. As it is a consultation, the rules may be: scrapped altogether; left as they are; or made more complex and stringent.I am part of the consultation process already, as I am a qualified transport manager and an operator of both large and small goods vehicles. We are well-known to the DOT and are members of the Freight Transport Association. But many bakers will be unaware of this review and the possible implications, restrictive and costly, that may arise from it.Some questions that may concern bakers if rules become more stringent include:Question 4: Should break requirements be introduced for drivers of goods vehicles in GB? In large goods vehicles the break requirements are 45 minutes after 4.5 hours’ driving, which must be taken as one 45-minute break or a 15-minute and a 30-minute break. When delivering with smaller vans to canteens and food shops in multi-drop operations, we find that our drivers take several smaller regular breaks – usually with their friendly customers at convenient times. It is rare that one of our van drivers would have 4.5 hours’ total driving time in a day anyway, because most of the work is spent loading and unloading. But how would the driver prove that they had not broken the rules?Question 9: Should weekly/fortnightly rest requirements be considered for drivers of goods vehicles? Large vehicle drivers must take a full day off every week and a full weekend’s (two continuous days’) rest every fortnight. If this is extended to small vans, the one-man baker may not be able to drive his van every second Saturday. Some bakers I know work every day (seven days) albeit only an hour or two on Sunday. If a baker has a buffet to nip down to the local village hall on the Saturday evening, he couldn’t drive the van himself if he also drives in the week.Question 13: Should the use of tachographs become mandatory for vehicles operating in scope of the domestic rules?New vehicles must have digital tachographs. To drive the van, the baker must have a personal digital tachograph smart card (individual for each and every driver) and a reading machine (computer) to analyse the cards, and keep records and maintenance. This effectively means that, in the event of staff shortages, it would not be possible to use a casual driver or for one of the bakery staff (without the tachograph card) to stand in.To respond to the consultation document visit: http://tinyurl.com/lc9o8r.John Foster, Fosters Bakerylast_img read more

Ivy Tech helping GM fill 1,000 ventilator manufacturing jobs

first_img Twitter Twitter By 95.3 MNC – April 27, 2020 0 249 Google+ WhatsApp Ivy Tech helping GM fill 1,000 ventilator manufacturing jobs Pinterest Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articleWhitmer: Construction may be next Michigan sector to restartNext articleMartin’s Super Markets offering free, same-day prescription delivery 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. (“Empty General Motors App Icon Container” by C_osset, Public Domain)  Ivy Tech Community College is assisting General Motors in its efforts to quickly fill more than 1,000 full- and part-time temporary jobs at its Kokomo plant to help current employees produce 30,000 ventilators by the end of August.Full- and part-time temporary manufacturing team member positions offer a starting wage of $16.67, and holiday pay and health care options are available after 90 days. A virtual job fair will be held at 11 a.m. May 6 to help applicants learn more about the opportunities. To register, visit: https://on.in.gov/vjfr4Employees must be able to perform repetitive sitting and standing precision assembly and test work for a minimum of eight to 10 hours per day. Saturday and Sunday work may be required.Part-timers on average work between 16 and 32 hours per week. For more information or to apply, visit https://applytogm.com.last_img read more

Paraguay Modifies Defense Law to Fight Guerrillas

first_img Cartes has already sent a contingent of about 200 soldiers to EPP’s areas of operation in San Pedro and Concepción departments, located to the north of the country, in order to begin operations. On August 22, Paraguay’s Congress approved the modification of three sections of the Defense Law empowering the Executive branch to combat the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) that killed five cattle ranch guards on August 17 and 18. The Congress addressed the amendment in record time; the lower house approved it on August 21, and the Senate the following day, after it was officially introduced. By Dialogo August 26, 2013 A total of 29 senators approved the new law, while 11 opposed, five of whom were members of the leftist Frente Guasú (Frente Grande), headed by former president and former Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo, who is currently a senator. The so-called “militarization law” empowers President Horacio Cartes to use military forces in internal defense operations, without resorting to the State of Emergency rule. The legislation authorizes Cartes to use the Armed Forces to “confront any kind of external or internal threat that might endanger the country’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.” center_img To avoid abuse of power, the senators passed a section to empower the Congress “to decide on ceasing military intervention.” Minister of Interior Francisco de Vargas stated that the government’s objective “is to have a legal tool at hand to use military power, without the need to declare a state of emergency in cases such as the EPP’s attacks.” With the previous law, the President had to request approval from the state for state of emergency in order to mobilize military for homeland defense. Modifications were carried out after a three-hour debate, while minority sectors of the Senate opposed to grant “extraordinary powers” to the Executive. In addition to the killings perpetrated on August 17 and 18, two police stations in the area were attacked by the EPP.last_img read more

All fired up? 3 easy ways to tame your temper

first_imgBecause we are all human, we often experience a wide range of emotions. It’s okay to go with your feelings, as long as they don’t completely cloud your judgment. When your temper turns up, rational decision-making often goes out the window. Consider these three tricks for cooling off that hot temper.Walk awayIf you feel your blood pressure rising, the most effective action you can take is to step away from what’s causing you stress. Whether it’s a confrontation with a coworker or just something that is challenging you, leave things where they are and change the scenery. This will help clear your thoughts and get you in a more sensible state of mind.ReassessOnce your emotions are in check, think about why the person or situation caused you grief. Were you in the wrong and felt defensive or were you being too impatient? Chances are if you don’t deal with why you felt fired up, you will have the same reactions down the road. So, think about how you can approach things differently to come to a different (more positive) outcome.Let goIt is never a good idea to hold a grudge because harboring negativity will only cause continued tension. You don’t have to forget about what made your temper flare, but forgiving and moving on is incredibly powerful. So, take a walk, give it time, and move forward. 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Culture clash dooms Insignia merger bid

first_imgWould you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week.last_img

Newport outwits Petchey

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

UK says China committing ‘gross’ abuses against Uighurs

first_img“It is clear that there are gross, egregious human rights abuses going on… it is deeply, deeply troubling,” he told the BBC. “The reports and the human aspects of it… are reminiscent of something we have not seen for a long, long time, and this is from a leading member of the international community that wants to be taken seriously.”We want a positive relationship [with China], but we cannot see behavior like that and not call it out,” Raab added.His comments come as tensions between London and China are rising over a host of issues. Britain on Sunday accused Beijing of “gross, egregious human rights abuses” over its “deeply troubling” treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region.Rights groups and experts estimate that more than one million ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking minorities have been rounded up into a network of internment camps.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the reports of forced sterilizations and mass detentions in the predominantly Muslim region required international attention. Topics : Britain on Tuesday bowed to sustained pressure from Washington and ordered the phased removal of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.The two sides have also clashed over Beijing’s imposition of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong. ‘Resolute response’ The United States earlier this month slapped sanctions on senior Chinese officials, as it demanded an end to the “horrific” abuses against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang.Beijing swiftly responded with counter measures in one of the latest episodes in deteriorating US-China relations.Raab said he will update British lawmakers on Monday on the UK government’s next steps regarding Beijing’s draconian new law in Hong Kong.That will include announcing the outcome of a review of extradition arrangements with the former colonial territory.However, China’s ambassador to London warned Sunday that it will make a “resolute response” if Britain follows the US in sanctioning Chinese officials for the alleged abuses.”We never believe in unilateral sanctions, we believe the UN [United Nations] has the authority to impose sanctions,” Liu Xiaoming told the BBC.”If the UK government goes that far to impose sanctions on any individuals in China, China will certainly make resolute response to it.”Liu said he did not want to see “tit-for-tat” diplomatic skirmishes between Britain and Beijing, as was happening with the US.”I think [the] UK should have its own independent foreign policy rather than dance to the tune of the Americans like what happened to Huawei,” he added.last_img read more

Equity markets boosting assets at Dutch investment funds, regulator says

first_imgThe combined assets of Dutch investment funds increased by 4.5%, or €29.3bn, to a new record of almost €700bn over the second quarter, due in particular to rising equity markets, according to De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).The Dutch regulator said the total quarterly return on investments, including interest and dividends, was 4.2%, the highest since the first quarter of 2012.Equity holdings increased by 7.8%, on the back of a 5.6% return on investments, it said, adding that net investment in equity amounted to €3.6bn, including €1.8bn in emerging markets.Investment in property funds increased by €1.2bn. By contrast, investment institutions divested €2.4bn from fixed income funds, €200m from mixed funds and €900m from hedge funds, continuing divestment strategies put in place during the first quarter, the DNB said.Despite the divestment from fixed income funds, the asset class returned 3.2% over the period.The DNB also reported positive results for property funds (2.8%), hedge funds (2.2%) and “other” funds (€5.1%).The regulator said the level of assets had climbed to a record level for the fourth consecutive quarter.last_img read more

Brightline Expects to Double Ridership with Three New South Florida Stations

first_imgBrightline executive say they expect to more than double the system’s annual ridership in coming years with the addition of stations at Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami.According to the company’s recent financial filing, “We believe the three new stations … will contribute over 2 million incremental annual passengers once ridership at these stations ramps up and stabilizes.”The high-speed rail line, which is still being re-branded as Virgin Trains USA, considers the three new stations to be top priorities as it also builds a 170-mile rail extension to Orlando International Airport.Company spokesman Ben Porritt says Brightline determined the passenger figures from “independent and internal ridership studies in addition to traffic software and traffic patterns,” and also based on when the stations become operational and have established track records.Brightline currently has stations in downtown West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.It is now pursuing marketing partnerships with cruise lines, as the financial filing states, “A large number of cruise passengers originate from points north of Miami and are potential customers for our new train-to-port product.”PortMiami’s cruise passenger traffic is projected to increase from 5.6 million in 2018 to more than 9 million within the next five years.The rail system carried 701,061 riders through last month, according to the filing. That number is more than double the 340,456 passengers from the same period last year.The company has reached preliminary agreements with Miami-Dade County for its new Aventura and PortMiami stations. In addition, the Boca Raton City Council voted unanimously last month to pursue an agreement with Brightline to build a station in the city’s business and shopping district. As part of that deal, the city would pay for a parking garage.Neither the company nor the city mentioned cost figures for the planned Boca Raton station.Brightline says Miami-Dade County will spend about $77 million to buy land and build the Aventura station.As for the PortMiami station, Brightline says it would build the facility on an acre of land for which the company would pay the county millions in rent, according to a memorandum from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to commissioners.last_img read more

Sheriff John Williams killed in front of his son, police say

first_imgOfficials are now saying Lowndes County Alabama Sheriff John Williams was shot in front of his son.The sheriff was shot after he approached a truck and asked the driver to turn down his music.The suspect, 18-year-old William Chase Johnson, is the son of a Montgomery County Deputy.Police arrested him several hours later when he returned to the scene.Johnson made his first court appearance Monday where he was charged with murder and denied bond.A Crenshaw County judge has placed a gag order on the case, prohibiting anyone associated with the case from making any statements at this time.last_img