Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is an oil palm plantation company in Ghana involved in growing and processing crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. The company is based at the Adum Banso Estate in Takoradi, Ghana. It owns over 5 000 hectares of oil palm plantations and processes crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. Brands include RBD Palm Oil and RBD Palm Olein. BOPP produces oil products for the Ghana market and for export to regions in West Africa. The company is also involved in refining fats and oils and owns the patent for technology that converts wasted food into nutritious food. BOPP is a subsidiary of Wilmar International Limited and Unilever Ghana has a stake in its business. Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Religious leaders seek inquiry into misuse of Pakistan blasphemy law

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ecumenical & Interreligious The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN [Ecumenical News International, Geneva] Christian, Muslim and Hindu leaders from Pakistan attending an international hearing on Pakistan’s blasphemy law said the law is leading to “blatant violations of human rights” and called for the government of Pakistan to investigate misuse of the law.About 90 participants from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, including Christian, Muslim and Hindu representatives from religious groups and human rights groups in Pakistan, attended the hearing at Geneva’s Ecumenical Centre from Sept. 17-19.“Tinkering with procedural amendments has not delivered,” said a communique issued on Sept. 19 “Therefore, we urge the government to constitute a competent Inquiry Commission immediately to look into the tragic consequences of the blasphemy law and suggest a way out of this difficult and embarrassing situation.”The International Hearing on Misuse of Blasphemy Law and Rights of Religious Minorities in Pakistan was hosted by the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA). It was called to analyze the rise of religious fundamentalism and extremism and to seek effective response to the mounting number of cases of abuse of religious minority rights in Pakistan.The law includes clauses making criticism or desecration of Islam or the Prophet Muhammad a crime, in some cases punishable by death. Participants were told by Pakistani church and human rights advocates that although the death penalty has not yet been carried out, accused persons have been killed by mobs or forced into hiding, even if acquitted of the charges against them.Commentators in Pakistan have said the law is often misused, and people falsely accused, in disputes over business or property rights. The latest case, of a teenage girl accused of allegedly burning pages of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, has caused widespread outcry.The hearing coincided with meetings in Geneva of the U.N. Human Rights Council and included time for participants to meet with ambassadors and country mission representatives to raise awareness of human rights abuses due to misuse of the law.The WCC’s General Secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, welcomed the declaration and committed the WCC to following up on recommendations that fall within the global church organization’s mandate.Bishop Samuel Azariah, Moderator of the Church of Pakistan and WCC Executive Committee member, declared the results of the hearing “a new beginning for us in Pakistan.” Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET center_img Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA Anglican Communion, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Religious leaders seek inquiry into misuse of Pakistan blasphemy law Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA By Kristine GreenawayPosted Sep 20, 2012 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more

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Tax-Effective Giving Website Reflects Gift Aid Change

first_img The Institute of Fundraising’s (‘Institute’) tax-effective giving website, www.tax-effectivegiving.org.uk, has been updated to comply with the changes to basic rate tax and Gift Aid administration as announced in the 2008 Budget.The website, a comprehensive online tax-effective giving resource centre, has also been fully updated to include information from the response to the Government’s Gift Aid consultation. Additional resources include:– Downloadable version of the updated tax-effective guide, Making Giving Go Further;– Updated Gift Aid calculator, reflecting how transitional relief will work;– New Did You Know? guide on transitional relief and the new simplifications to the administration of Gift Aid.Lee Grant, Tax-Effective Giving Project Manager at the Institute of Fundraising, says:“The practical resources the Institute has provided to charities to promote tax-effective giving to their donors and potential supporters now fully reflects the recent changes to Gift Aid. We have concentrated on providing resources with the most practical benefit to fundraisers, such as the Gift Aid calculator.”These new interactive resources are part of the Institute’s wider tax-effective giving programme offering support services to small charities across England, funded by the Office of the Third Sector. The Office of the Third Sector has committed a further three years of funding to the programme, ensuring the continuation of promotion of the Institute’s service, which includes:– TAX-EFFECTIVE GIVING HELPLINE – Call or email the tax-effective giving team (Call: 0845 458 4586 or email: [email protected]) with your queries and to find out what support is available.– TRAINING COURSES – Sign up for a place on our tax-effective giving training sessions, call the booking line on 0845 337 3801– FREE GUIDANCE MATERIALS – Order your free guide to tax-effective giving ‘Making Giving Go Further’ (available as a guide book or CD).– WEBSITE – For more information about the tax reliefs available to charities and how they work, visit www.tax-effectivegiving.org.uk.-ENDS-MEDIA QUERIESFor further information, please contact:Diana Mackie Tel. 020 7840 1027/ 07793 802 852Institute of Fundraising Press Office email: [email protected] TO EDITORS1. Institute of FundraisingThe Institute of Fundraising’s (www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk) mission is to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards setting and education, to deliver excellent fundraising. Members are supported through training, networking, the dissemination of best practice and representation on issues that affect the fundraising environment. The Institute of Fundraising is the largest individual representative body in the voluntary sector with 4500 Individual members and 280 Organisational members About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising legacies Technology Howard Lake | 15 April 2008 | News Tax-Effective Giving Website Reflects Gift Aid Changelast_img read more

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Comic Relief raises record £74,360,207 on Red Nose Day

first_imgComic Relief raises record £74,360,207 on Red Nose Day Howard Lake | 19 March 2011 | News Tagged with: Events Research / statistics Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis said: “This is more than we ever believed we would raise. The generosity of the British public is staggering.”Red Nose Day typically raises many millions more than the amount raised on the night. Further donations will continue to be received, and the films shown last night will start to generate income themselves as many of the sketches are available for purchase and download from iTunes.www.rednoseday.com  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis * £1,375,037 raised by the nine Red Nose Desert Trekkers (Ronni Ancona,Craig David, Lorraine Kelly, Scott Mills, Olly Murs, Dermot O’Leary, Nadia Sawalha, Kara Tointon and Peter White) who all completed a 108 kilometre trek across the Kaisut Desert in northern Kenya.* £3,165,705 raised by Radio 1: £543,284 of this was raised in support of Scott Mills and the Desert Trekkers; and the remaining £2,622,421 was raised by Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave Vitty in their record breaking 52 hour marathon radio broadcast.The Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) will match Comic Relief’s commitment to spend £10 million improving health and education across Africa, thereby boosting the value of donations to the charity.BT handled 765,777 calls to the donation line during the live TV show. These reached a peak of 268 calls per second (16,080 calls per minute) at 21.50pm. BT coordinated around 10,000 volunteers at 129 call centres across the UK.center_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The sum for the 13th Red Nose Day includes:* £10,030,984 raised so far by Sainsbury’s, itself the biggest single donation ever received on the night of Red Nose Day.  Donations to Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day 2011 last night reached £74,360,207, the largest total reached on the night in the event’s 23 year history. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Episode 245 – Super Bowl LV Recap, NFL Awards

first_img2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ + posts Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ ReddIt Facebook printJack and Noah start this podcast off with a recap of Tampa Bay’s victory in Super Bowl LV and round out college basketball and other sports news. No NBA this episode, but it will return next time. Follow us @BlanketCovPod on Twitter and @blanketcoveragepodcast on Instagram for more news and updates! Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ ReddIt Facebook 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West TAGSawardsBaseballBasketballblanket coveragefootballjack wallaceKansas City ChiefsMVPNFLNFL Playoffsnoah parkerPatrick Mahomespodcastsoccersport analysissport newssportssuper bowlSuper Bowl LVTampa Bay BuccaneersTom Brady Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Twitter Linkedin TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Linkedin Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Previous articleWomen’s basketball comes from behind to defeat Kansas StateNext articlePopular West 7th Street bar has liquor license suspended after breaking COVID-19 guidelines Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jack Wallace Twitter 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC Eastlast_img read more

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Minister urged to move maternity hospital to Dooradoyle campus

first_img TAGSCllr Tomas HannonMusic Limerickuniversity hospital limerick WhatsApp Twitter Management at most overcrowded and most COVID-hit hospital apologise to patients ‘waiting over 100 hours’ for a bed Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days Email 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL Linkedin Print Facebookcenter_img Previous articleCampaign launched in blaze of turf sodsNext articleWeekend GAA betting tips with Paddy Power Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group NewsLocal NewsMinister urged to move maternity hospital to Dooradoyle campusBy Alan Jacques – March 27, 2014 827 Labour councillor Tomas HannonHEALTH Minister James Reilly has been asked to speed up the relocation of the regional maternity hospital from its current site on Limerick’s Ennis Road to the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) campus in Dooradoyle.Labour Party City Councillor Tom Hannon submitted a motion at County Hall this Monday calling for the Maternity Hospital to be relocated at Dooradoyle as a matter of priority in order to provide “safer care for the mothers of the mid-west region”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As the largest of the country’s 19 maternity units, the Ennis Road hospital delivers between 4,500 and 5,000 babies annually — around seven per cent of the national total.Cllr Hannon pointed out that it has neither an intensive care unit, a high dependency unit or proper X-ray facilities.“It is the only maternity unit in the country without a blood bank on site. Given the frequency of serious haemorrhages in obstetric care, this represents a hazard to patient safety. Critically-ill mothers have to be shipped regularly by emergency ambulance across town to avail of these facilities in Dooradoyle — and are consequently separated from their newborn babies, possibly for several days,” claimed Cllr Hannon.“A site has been set aside in Dooradoyle but it awaits the go-ahead and funding from central government and the HSE. In addition to the lack of critical care facilities, the standard of accommodation for mothers is from a different age when there was not the same knowledge and concern about hospital-acquired infections,” he added.Claiming that four mothers are obliged to share a single shower and toilet in a public post-natal ward, he warned of the “considerable risk of transmission of infection”, leaving aside the obvious concerns about privacy and comfort.“The medical staff who provide maternity services are spread very thinly over numerous sites in the region. This makes it very difficult to operate the service efficiently and safely,” he said.He calculated that an investment of €150 million to build a new maternity hospital on the main site would create between 1000 and 1500 construction jobs and could reduce the government deficit by up to €30 million  a year.“If the new maternity hospital included beds and facilities for elective and emergency gynaecology services, it would alleviate the persistent problem of over-crowding at UHL. The money for the new maternity hospital could be raised through a specially-marketed offering of the National Solidarity Bonds,” he suggesteded.Seconding the motion, Cllr Brigid Teefy (IND) said extra facilities have been “very badly needed” at the maternity for years.Cllr James Collins (FF) also supported the motion and said he believed centralising the maternity at UHL made sense. Advertisement Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limericklast_img read more

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Yamaha Expands Power Pay Program

first_img Previous articleFew retirement plans offer alternatives within target-date funds, PGIM study findsNext articleGlobal Location-based Marketing Services Industry to Reach $134.5 Billion by 2027 (COVID-19 Revised) – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook TAGS  KENNESAW, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– Yamaha Marine today announced the expansion of Power Pay, a contingency program that provides a cash bonus to Yamaha anglers who place in sanctioned salt and freshwater tournaments. For the 2021 season, Yamaha adds 68 new competitive fishing events, enhances the payout bonus amounts and broadens the eligibility requirements to eligible anglers who own a Yamaha outboard with a warranty start date within the 60 months prior to registering for Power Pay. “The rules no longer require Power Pay anglers to be the original outboard owners. Now, Power Pay eligibility is open to second, third and even fourth Yamaha owners as long as the outboard has been warranty registered within the stated time,” said Connor Megan, Senior Regional Marketing Specialist, Yamaha Marine Engine Systems. “The first year of the program was a tremendous success with hundreds of qualified anglers winning nearly $140,000 in Power Pay bonus money despite the difficult situations created by COVID-19. We think 2021 will be even bigger.” Introduced in the fall of 2019, Power Pay gives anglers the opportunity to receive compensation for running eligible Yamaha outboards. Eligible anglers running Yamaha outboards can sign up for the program by visiting yamahapowerpay.com. All applicants are required to accept and adhere to the Yamaha Angler Code of Ethics before completing the registration for the program. Once registered, the highest placing angler in specified Power Pay sanctioned tournaments that meets all eligibility requirements will be compensated by Yamaha accordingly. New tournaments for 2021 include the MLF Bass Pro Tour, Bass Champs Texas, Carolina Bass Challenge, Texas Team Trail ®, Nichols Team Series Oklahoma, Phoenix BFL Regionals, EFL™ Redfish Contender Series and EFL™ Redfish Tour. Additional eligible Power Pay tournaments and trails include the Bassmaster Classic ®, Bassmaster ® Angler of the Year, Bassmaster Opens, B.A.S.S. Nation ®, Bassmaster Elites, Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School series, A.B.A. Bass Pro Shops ® Open Series, Alabama Bass Trail, MWC, The National Walleye Tour ®, AIM ® Walleye, Kingfish Cup and Flatsmasters ®. For more information and complete terms and conditions about Power Pay, visit yamahapowerpay.com. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited by law. Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Engine Systems, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA ® ’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com. REMEMBER to always observe all applicable boating laws. Never drink and drive. Dress properly with a USCG-approved personal floatation device and protective gear. © 2020 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. All rights reserved. This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only and are not intended to be an endorsement. Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Nation are registered trademarks of B.A.S.S. LLC. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005082/en/ CONTACT: Melissa Boudoux Manager, Communications Yamaha U.S. Marine Engine Systems Office: (770) 701-3269 Mobile: (404) 381-7593 Melissa—[email protected] Neal Wheaton Wilder+Wheaton for Yamaha U.S Marine Engine Systems Mobile: (404) 317-0698 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA GEORGIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER SPORTS SPORTS SENIORS MARITIME TRANSPORT MEN FISHING CONSUMER OUTDOORS SOURCE: Yamaha Marine Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 08:30 AM/DISC: 01/27/2021 08:31 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005082/en Yamaha Expands Power Pay Program Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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EU leaders agree to extend Brexit until May 22nd

first_img Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday March 21stNext articleFunerals of three teenagers to take place in Tyrone News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 By News Highland – March 21, 2019 Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook EU leaders agree to extend Brexit until May 22nd AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 EU leaders have agreed to extend Brexit until May 22nd – the day before European elections start.But it’s conditioned on the UK passing the withdrawal deal next month.The delay is not as long as the UK leader had wanted, she was hoping for it to be put off until the end of June.Speaking in Brussels Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has played down fears of a no deal Brexit – saying Britain can stop that:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/varadkar5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Deputy Pearse Doherty on new Covid-19 Committee

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Deputy Pearse Doherty on new Covid-19 Committee News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleStormont to be briefed on “roadmap to a new normality”Next articleINMO warn imminent shortage of nurses must be averted News Highland Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ The new Oireachtas Covid-19 committee will meet today for the first time.Its 19 members will aim to scrutinise the actions of government and other authorities in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.Today’s sitting will involve the election of a chairperson and a programme of work will be established.Donegal TD Pearse Doherty is one of the members of the committee. By News Highland – May 12, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Letters of the week: time-wasters should cough up

first_imgKeep tribunals in perspectiveHow myheart bleeds for those poor firms who are forced to attend employmenttribunals. It’s as if none of them ever faces a legal challenge except fromdisgruntled ex-staff with no case. The CBIshould be ashamed of itself for supporting tougher rules on time-wasters (News,21 November). Most firms face legal challenges every day that have nothing todo with employment.There is asimple reason why employment tribunals have become time-consuming andexpensive: the increasing use of barristers and solicitors to prepare andpresent cases. I knowemployment law has become embroiled in regulation, but it’s not rocket science.Such activity is all down to laziness – it’s easier to hand the case to a legalexpert. Personnel staff have become further removed from the sharp end; now,there’s a real danger of lawyers becoming involved at even earlier stages inthe employment process. We’ve beenconned into believing that the only way to win a tribunal is to bat harder thanthe opposition. So in troop the barrister, the instructing solicitor andassistants, all of whom have to justify their role – and be paid. But who arethey facing? Non-represented tribunal applicants or, at worst, a trade unionofficial. Hardly justifies all this legal firepower, does it?If we wantthe tribunal process to be more efficient, we should review the need forexpensive legal advice and stop pointing the finger at a few off-the-wallapplicants. The fault can easily be laid at the employer, who ratchets up costsfor no good reason.JimHoggartReading Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. I ampleased that some form of risk is likely to be introduced for applicants atemployment tribunals (News, 21 November).Since theincrease of the upper limit of awards at tribunal, many disgruntled formeremployees see the tribunal system as an easy option for financial gain. Often,firms will make a commercial settlement on applications that bear littleresemblance to the actual circumstances of dismissal. While this makes goodshort-term business sense on an individual case basis, it does not bear up inthe long term. It just encourages others to follow suit and try a claim – anyclaim.Thissituation constipates the tribunal system, increases costs for business andunjustly tarnishes the genuine applicants, serving no one’s interests.There hasto be some consideration for the level of potential award against applicantsand their assets, although the proposal for a maximum of £5,000 will not coverthe costs of a professionally run defence by a respondent. A figure double thiswould be more realistic given the employer’s true costs – and the fact thatawards against applicants at the maximum level are likely to be few. Awards areone matter; recovery another – and no doubt another day in court. Ifintroduced, this initiative will be most welcome. It will not end all of ourfrustrations, although it should at least reduce the number of time-wastingclaims.ChrisSharpeHumanresources managerEuropean Helpdesks Weneed to focus on the key issuesThe answerto your question “Will the proposed DTI measures help prevent frivolousclaims?” (News, 21 November) is yes – and about time, too. I’m withCMS Cameron McKenna’s John Renz when he says, “It is the process that costs usso much time and money. It means we have to take our eye off the ball and endup managing failure.” Whenemployers dismiss for good reason, and do it properly, that should be it.Manufacturing in the UK for export markets is being devastated by the strengthof sterling and needs to keep focused on success to have any chance ofsurvival.EricAnderson.Viae-mail Letters of the week: time-wasters should cough upOn 5 Dec 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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