Oil firms get all-clear on subcontracted drivers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Oil company employers will continue to be able to use large numbers of subcontractors to drive tanker lorries from refineries, the DTI has confirmed.The oil industry feared that the Government would clamp down on the outsourcing practices after reports last week that companies lacked authority to send out tankers because they were driven by subcontractors rather than employees.But after the first meeting of the Fuel Taskforce last week, DTI Secretary Stephen Byers said, “Contrary to speculation we are not considering changes to the employment rights and responsibilities of employees in the oil sector. We have said on a number of occasions that the Employment Relations Act is the final piece of significant employment legislation for this Parliament. That remains the position.”BP Amoco said half of its 400 drivers are directly employed and the other half are employed by Excel Logistics. A spokesman for BP Amoco said it has full authority to send out the drivers but has chosen not to for safety reasons. “They are transporting 30,000 litres of highly flammable fuel, and the safety of our drivers is paramount,” he said. “These are not Ford Cortinas.”Both oil companies and union representatives hit back at protesters’ claims that the protests were peaceful. “There were missiles thrown at a number of cabs, tankers were followed en route and other vehicles cut in front of them,” the spokesman said. A spokeswoman for Texaco added, “We had a wry smile when we heard about these ‘peaceful’ protests. At Poole and Avonmouth, trucks had to turn back because exits were blockaded. Once they did cross the picket lines protesters tried to get into cabs.”Bill Morris, general secretary of the TGWU, said, “Drivers were told ‘We may not get you this time but we’ll get you next time.’”The fuel crisis tested HR departments across the country as they had to cope with staffing problems caused by the petrol shortages. (News, 19 September)Oil companies do not appear to be preparing their own contingency plans for the next threatened blockade of depots and refineries, due for 13 November. But they have pledged to cooperate with the Government. By Philip Whiteley Comments are closed. Oil firms get all-clear on subcontracted driversOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Construction concludes on Campus Crossroads, Jenkins and Nanovic Halls

first_imgNewly-constructed Jenkins Hall opens up a world of possibilities for R. Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the new Keough School of Global Affairs.Jenkins Hall, which will be the home of the newly-opened school, provides opportunities for students to get further engaged in their study of international politics, thanks to a new “mediation room,” which will allow students and faculty to observe diplomacy in action, Appleby said. “It’s a terrific educational facility that can double as a traditional classroom,” he said. “We intend to make the mediation room available to diplomats and mediators who are engaged in negotiating a peace agreement or settlement to end a conflict.”The completion of Jenkins Hall and its attached sister hall, Nanovic Hall, along with the completion Campus Crossroads Project — both of which will open before or during the 2017-18 school year — represent two of the culmination of two of the biggest construction projects in the University’s history.Jenkins Hall and Nanovic HallPerhaps the most iconic view of Notre Dame — more so than even those of Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto or Notre Dame Stadium — is the one visitors, students and faculty alike get of the Golden Dome when driving down Notre Dame Avenue.This year, when those taking in the view look to their right, they will get a glimpse of the University’s two newest academic halls: Nanovic and Jenkins Halls.Construction on this 185,000 square-foot building began June 1, 2015 and cost $72 million.Jenkins and Nanovic Hall will serve as a new focal point for the humanities at Notre Dame, with Jenkins Hall hosting the Keough School for Global Affairs, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, while Nanovic Hall will be home to the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the departments of Economics, Political Science and Sociology.Monica Caro, the director of operations at the Nanovic Institute, said the building will help bring together many of the disconnected segments of the humanities at Notre Dame.“It will bring in greater proximity to the arts corridor, which is developing with the Debartolo Center for the Performing Arts [and] the new architecture building,” she said. “Because much of our programming is incorporating the arts and humanities, so having those buildings in proximity and being closer to all of this activity is a wonderful activity for the institute and to be closer to the students at the core of the mission.”One of the central congregation points in the new building will be a forum, Appleby said.“[It’s] capable of seating 175 to 200 guests,” he said.  “The forum is an elegant and welcoming space in which to host distinguished speakers and special events.”Appleby said one of the key aspects of the new building was the integration labs which will help students engage in “design thinking, creating solutions to real-world problems” for organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Partners in Health.“Students work with that client for a year, researching the topic, testing interdisciplinary solutions in the I-Lab and eventually going into the field to engage the people on the ground,” Appleby said. “It’s an exciting venture into research-based problem solving at a professional level.”Campus CrossroadsWhen students walk into the first football game this year, they will notice quite a few changes to Notre Dame Stadium. In addition to a new video board, the stadium has a redesigned concourse with a new art-deco-inspired design and newly-installed benches. Emma Farnan | The Observer The new premium seats on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium includes a view of the Golden Dome and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.These additions to the stadium are part of the University’s larger Campus Crossroads project, meant to establish the stadium as the heart of campus by making it a space to congregate for students and faculty alike.The project — which broke ground on Nov. 19, 2014 and cost $505 million — is the largest building project in the University’s history and will contain 800,000 square feet of teaching, performance and social spaces.At the center of student life in “Crossroads” is the Duncan Student Center, which will open in the spring of 2018. Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said the project is the culmination of a “20-year dream for the University.”The five-floor building will include an innovation lounge, a graduate student lounge, a new fitness center and student eateries.Many student media outlets will be housed in the building, something of which Hoffmann Harding said she is especially proud.“For the first time … we will have our print publications, our radio stations and our student TV station all interacting with each other,” she said.Hoffmann Harding also said she is excited for a newly-integrated space for career services, which will be housed in the building.“When you come to recruit at the University of Notre Dame, you are recruiting all our students,” she said.  “We want to offer a common experience.”Above the student center will be Dahnke Ballroom, which will provide a space for student dances and other activities.In addition to the Duncan Student Center, the Campus Crossroads project included Corbett Family Hall, which will house the Anthropology and Psychology Departments and open in spring 2018.John McGreevy, the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said the building will help bring together the departments which were previously stretched across seven buildings.“For the first time ever, those faculty and students will be together,” he said. “They can move from the research lab … to the classroom to the faculty office. An integrated environment for the psychologists and the anthropologists that we’ve never had before.”Corbett Family Hall will also house a newly-integrated media studio, Dan Skendzel, the executive director of ND Studios, said.“This facility in an enterprise, campus-wide facility supporting academics, supporting faith production, supporting student productions, supporting athletics,” he said. “ … No other school in the country is thinking like that — it’s very much more segregated in higher education.”McGreevy said the new O’Neill Hall for Sacred Music, the final major student building constructed as part of Campus Crossroads, will also help students in the College of Arts and Letters — especially those studying music — with its recital and practice spaces.“We didn’t build a music building in the 20th century … and now we have one for the 21st century,” he said. “Music and our program in sacred music will have the opportunity to flourish in a way they’ve never had before.”Editor’s Note: Editor-in-Chief Ben Padanilam contributed to this report.Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the cost and square footage of the Campus Crossroads project. The Observer regrets this error. Tags: Campus Crossroads, Corbett Family Hall, duncan student center, Jenkins Hall, Keough School of Global Affairs, Nanovic Hall, O’Neill Hall, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Feb. 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPolitical division is due to Clinton’s lossOur political discourse has gone off the rail. In my 76 years, I have never seen such hate and division in America as exists today. Methinks it has a lot to do with the fact that the “Queen” did not win the White House.Incidentally, insofar as the popular vote is concerned, the two most liberal states in our union (New York and California) gave that to her. Discounting those two, Trump won the popular vote by 3,137,877 votes. Look it up.In addition, he won the majority of individual states. That’s why we have the Electoral College, folks. Our forefathers knew what they were doing. Words have meaning, or should have. Sadly there are dozens of similar recent PC word substitutes: Google, “Substitute PC words.” “When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom.” — ConfuciusClyde MaughanRotterdam The Washington establishment and mainstream media have had their worlds rocked. The deplorables and WalMart shoppers did that. Partisan politics aside, it appears that Schumer, Pelosi, Gillibrand, Booker, Feinstein and their kind want our country to fail. Their mantra is divide, deny and obstruct.By the way, it astounds me that The Gazette shows little editorial balance. I have to assume the newspaper’s headline writer has worn out his thesaurus.Jim CallahanBallston Spa Cuomo policies are why people leave NYMy husband posted a letter in this paper a few weeks ago as to why people are leaving New York. It’s apparent that Gov. Andrew Cuomo only goes with his own progressive thoughts on all matters.I’m surprised he actually admitted it’s more than the weather.  It’s something most people in this state (upstate) understand. But we do not count, as we only pay ridiculous taxes.His progressive spending and over-the-top laws are driving out not only the wealthy, but many in the middle class. Every time they hurt the honest person and do nothing to the criminal class with gun control, more people move out to go to a free state. How much of our money was wasted in Puerto Rico to get Andy tons of air time? How did he pay for that new bridge with Cuomo plastered all over it?Why does everything that happens in this state get him bloviating about it, and how much he is doing to help out? He is on the air more than Sen. Chuck Schumer, and that is certainly a major accomplishment. Hey Andy, let the people that actually take care of big emergencies like snowstorms and floods. They know things a lot better than a big-mouth New York City boy does.Barbra J DeMarcoHadleyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Get back to the real meaning of wordsIt’s interesting to see The Gazette discuss the problem of gambling, rather than the problem of gaming. (Mr. Precious and Ms. Foss, first page of Sections A & C, Daily Gazette, Feb 7.)Well, who in the media would refer to gaming as a problem? Still, if we were to return to the original meaning of words, we would again see the word “pornographic”  used for “adult,” “race” for “ethnicity,” and even the color blue again associated with Republican (and red for Democratic), as it was for 100 years until one recent day the PC media quietly reversed the colors. (“Red” fell out of favor, e.g., Red China, red communism.)last_img read more

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Cricket News Exclusive – The power of brand MS Dhoni, explained by Arun Pandey

first_img New Delhi: Behind every successful man, there is a woman. That is the age-old adage when one defines success. However, in the case of former India skipper MS Dhoni this phrase can be twisted in this way. Behind every successful man, there is a woman and a best friend. The world knows about Sakshi Dhoni and the role she has played in Dhoni’s success. However, silently, in the entire journey, one man has silently ensured that Dhoni is a colossus. Arun Pandey, the owner of Rhiti Sports Management, has ensured that the wicketkeeper-batsman from Ranchi is the biggest sports brands India has produced. In an exclusive chat with News Nation, Pandey spoke about the dynamics of branding, sports management and shared an unknown anecdote on Dhoni and his personality.“I remember in the early part of 2002 when Dhoni was in Delhi playing domestic cricket. He was put up in my house and one night, he went out with a friend on a bike. On the way, he decided to pack a burger and a coke for me. In those days, if you were caught in the South Extension red light, you would be stuck in hellish traffic for close to an hour. Despite getting stuck in traffic, he still held on to that packet and sat behind patiently. He gave it to me when I had not even asked for it. That showed how humble and genuine he is as a personality,” Pandey said. MS Dhoni has helped Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles.MS Dhoni has won the World T20, ICC World Cup and Champions Trophy as skipper.Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, India reached the No.1 ranking in Tests for the first time in 2009. From such humble beginnings, Dhoni has become the greatest cricketer and biggest brand that India has seen. From winning all three ICC trophies to being touted as the greatest captain of all time, Dhoni has seen comparisons with another great name in Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, who is considered the original gold standard when it came to batting, was also a colossus when it came to branding as a sportsman. However, Pandey is clear cut on who is the bigger sportsman when it came to a brand.“One cannot compare Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni when it came to branding. Can you compare god to a disciple? For me, Tendulkar is the ultimate god. Dhoni is his disciple,” Pandey gushed with excitement.Pandey, who was himself a state-level cricketer and played First Class cricket representing Bihar and Jharkhand, spoke about how he made the plunge into sports management. “My policy is that if I do something, it has to be really good. I knew I had my limitations in cricket but I was passionate about branding and sports management. Of course, I do not have an MBA degree from Harvard or other prestigious institutions. However, I had the passion and I wanted to give 100 per cent to this and that is why I plunged into this field,” Pandey said.When Pandey started Rhiti Sports in 2007, India had still not opened the doors to digitalisation and social media. In the space of 12 years, Pandey admits that the entire landscape has changed comprehensively. “Increased digitilisation and social media have given a different dimension to branding and sports management. Digitalisation is a boon and it has helped us easily. When it comes to social media, it has given increased interaction with the fans and made the celebrity come closer to the audience,” Pandey said.Digitalisation and social media boom have seen Rhiti Sports get into other avenues, notably in fitness, football with regards to Chennaiyin FC and uniquely, into their new golfing venture Golf 7. When asked as to why take on a niche sport like golf, Pandey said, “The awareness for golf is growing in India. We are 30-40 years behind Europe when it comes to development and in creating great talent but we are ensuring that the interest level is built up.”Pandey also expressed positivity when asked about the scene of sports management in India. “There is massive potential in the country. I can only see an upward trend when it comes to sports management and the way how this field will develop in the next few years,” Pandey said. The 40-year-old, however, highlighted one basic problem when it came to this field. “The lack of professionalism in India is a major problem when it comes to sports management development,” Pandey rued.With Rhiti Sports making big strides in this field, the company has become a case study for success in sports management in the country. Pandey outlined the basic mantras to people who would want to take this field up in the near future. “Commitment, Passion and 100 per cent focus. These are the basic mantras for people who want to gain success in this field,” Pandey said. These three factors are the same characteristics which Dhoni embodies every single time he steps on to the playing field. Safe to say, he has acquired success. That too, plenty of it. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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German Multinational Injects N7bn into Nigerian Economy

first_imgGboyega AkinsanmiGerman multinational, Beiersdorf Global, has said that it has invested N7 billion in the domestic economy of Nigeria in the last 18 months despite heinous economic crisis and intractable security challenges the country has been contending with recently. Also, the global skin-care giant has disclosed that over 150 jobs have directly been created while more than 1,000 indirect jobs had been created indirectly with the injection of N7 billion into the Nigerian economy.An Executive Board member for Americas, Russia, India, Middle East & Africa, Mr. Stefan De Loecker, disclosed this at the unveiling of the firm’s Nigerian office and production centre in Alausa, Lagos recently.De Loecker unveiled the company’s Nigerian office alongside Country Manager of Beiersdorf Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Harrison, and Executive Secretary of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Ms. Yewande Sadiku, among others.After the inauguration, De Loecker disclosed that Beiersdorf “has invested N7 billion in Nigeria. We have also created over 150 direct employment placements. We are going to create more jobs in the future”.The board member explained that the fund was basically invested in setting up a subsidiary of Beiersdorf Global in Alausa, Ikeja and constructing its production centre in Matori, Mushin.He said Beiersdorf “has set its production centre in Nigeria already. The production site is ready. We have done test-running. Currently, we are importing our products. But by September, we will start production”.“Beiersdorf Global has been in Nigeria for over 50 years as a brand. But we believe that the best way to serve our consumers is really to be in Nigeria. The market size of Nigeria is huge.“Nigeria will become 14th largest market in the world by 2050. What we do now is commercialise the international range of Nigeria here in Nigeria. We can look at the right range or the right format. We can assure Nigeria of good quality,” the board member explained.At the inauguration, Harrison said he was excited about the prospect the future holds for Beiersdorf Nigeria, thereby promising to delight its teeming customers with strong brand and product innovation.The country manager said the investment emphasised how important the Nigerian market “is for Beiersdorf. The government has continuously supported us as part of the industrialisation initiative, and today we will like to express our gratitude to all those responsible”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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