Potential job losses at Roberts Bakery

first_imgUp to 49 jobs could be lost at Roberts Bakery in Northwich, after Frank Roberts and Sons announced it was entering into a period of consultation with staff.In March 2010, the bakery announced an £8.5m modernisation project at its Northwich site, which currently employs 814 staff. The bakery said the changes were being made as part of a business reorganisation project linked to the modernisation of equipment in certain parts of the bakery. MD Mike Braddock told British Baker: “We have invested in new infrastructure, including roads and despatch areas, and new equipment, such as bagging, slicing and basket-washing facilities.“The bread market is an increasingly tough environment to operate in. Wheat, fuel, gas, electric and oil prices have all gone up. It is vital we remain competitive to secure the long-term success of the company. “Changes are not likely to take place until September. We expect to lose between 10 and 49 jobs after consultation over voluntary redundancy, natural retirees and temporary staff has taken place.”The firm acquired Aldreds Bakery, and the central bakery of craft chain P&A Davies in June and October 2010 respectively. Braddock revealed that Aldreds, which makes morning goods for Sainsbury’s, Aldi and others is now breaking even and P&A Davies, which makes gluten-free rolls and savouries, is expected to break even shortly.>>Roberts loaves get new look>>Roberts snaps up central bakery of P & A Davies>>Roberts sees expanion with Aldreds expansionlast_img read more

News story: Crime news: improvements to Defence Solicitor Call Centre website

first_imgNew features are available on the DSCC website when viewing and making real time amendments to information about your firm.This means it is easier to make online changes yourself rather than requesting help from call centre staff.What are the new features?You can now: acceptance rates rota slots Wider benefits of DSCC websiteThe website has been running for more than 10 years. It allows providers to securely view and make real time changes to their firm’s records within the DSCC in-house case management system. This includes: access the website from your iPhone or android mobile using link below or iPad/tablet DSCC case records accepted by your firm in past year make a rota swap – both slots can now be amended at the same time and records updated instantly opt in or out for text messages rather than be asked on each call if this is required nominate a person for own client cases which should speed up deployment contact details How can I sign up?If you have not used the site before it is easy to sign up. Contact the DSCC either by email or through the site to request your login details using links below.Further informationDefence Solicitor Call Centre Online – secure access to DSCC records for providers with registered [email protected] – to email enquirieslast_img read more

Answering Tough Questions about Second Life

first_imgCybergirrl Oh, aka Aliza Sherman, recently put me on the proverbial hot seat with her “Five Questions in Five Minutes” on the Real Biz in SL Internet television show. It’s an SLCN.tv show entirely filmed in Second Life (machinima) that bills itself as part talk show, part tour.Past guests have included Millions of Us, an agency specializing in virtual worlds, Cisco and IBM. Watching the IBM interview, one observer found it quite entertaining to see a television anchor and her guest flying super-hero style throughout the tour. Cybergirrl and I did quite a bit of flying ourselves before teleporting to the SLCN studios for those five tough questions:What kind of investment is your company making in Second Life?What kind of return on your investment are you seeing?What are the metrics you are using to evaluate your Second Life initiative?Is it worth being in Second Life?How much longer do you plan to be in SL?One blogger watched it live and then mused on the variety of new media – “odd sequences from pownce [stet] to Second Life” – that combined to bring him into the audience.You can see the entire replay over in the Real Biz in SL archives, or you can check out the YouTube video below.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

GMP Seeks 25% Reduction in Renewable Energy Rate for Customers

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power has filed a request with the Public Service Board to lower the premium its customers can choose to pay to support the development of renewable energy in Vermont. Currently, under the GreenerGMP program, customers can opt to pay four cents per kilowatt hour more than their normal rate to help GMP support renewable energy projects. The company is requesting the fee be lowered to three cents per kWh. GreenerGMP gives our customers a way to act on their own commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By making it less expensive for them to participate, we hope more customers will join us in supporting new renewable projects right here in Vermont, said GMP president and chief executive officer Mary Powell.Green Mountain Power supports renewable projects by purchasing the power and the Renewable Energy Credits they generate. Because the cost to buy RECs has dropped, we want our GreenerGMP rate to reflect that, Ms. Powell said.Funds generated by GreenerGMP are used to support the methane gas project at the Moretown Landfill and biomass at the McNeil plant. In addition, beginning this spring, funds will support a farm-based methane digester in Westminster, Vermont.Under the GreenerGMP program, the Company purchases certified renewable Vermont resources equal to 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of a customer s electricity use as directed by the customer. Under the requested renewable energy rate of three cents per kWh, a residential customer with a $75 monthly bill would pay an additional $7.38 per month to have half his or her usage come from renewable energy.The Public Service Board is expected to make a decision on the request this spring.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.last_img read more

Vermont receives $756K in carbon credits, governor announces $188,000 in Climate Change Grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced Vermont has received $756,000 in the latest round of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and that 17 energy efficiency projects across the state have received $188,000 in the first round of funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program.Vermont is one of 10 states in the Northeast to participate in the auction process. Power producers must buy the credits to offset their CO2 production. Vermont has been allocated 1.2 million credits a year. A Vermont Public Service Board panel will determine how the money is spent for energy efficiency programs. Vermont can be proud of its leadership role on the issue of climate change, the Governor said. All told, the emissions savings from these projects is the equivalent of not burning 25,000 gallons of heating oil or not driving 500,000 miles a year. The funding for this initiative comes from the first installment of Vermont s $1.8 million, five-year settlement payout against American Electric Power Corp., the nation s largest operator of coal-fired power plants. The grant program will fund another round of projects in late spring. The deadline to apply is May 1.center_img From Brattleboro to Wells River and from Burlington to Poultney, the renewable energy and efficiency projects announced by the governor on Friday will reduce a combined 270 tons of carbon emissions annually, while boosting Vermont s local economy with investments and lower fuel costs. The projects include:Rumney School in Middlesex: $12,000 to seal and insulate the school. Annual emissions reduction 22 tons.Town of Waterbury: $12,000 to replace boilers at the town offices, town library and wastewater treatment facility. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.CarShare Vermont, Burlington: $12,000 toward the purchase of a hybrid automobile. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Williston: $12,000 to insulate, weatherize and replace lighting and sensor controls. Annual emissions reduction 14 tons.Enosburg Elementary School: $12,000 to replace all light fixtures in the school. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Westford: $5,580 for weatherization and upgrades to lighting and HVAC. Annual emissions reduction 3 tons.Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington: $11,108 to replace the boiler. Annual emissions reduction 8 tons.SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group), ThetfordCenter: $12,000 for weatherization and training. Annual emissions reduction 2 tons.Randolph Area Community Development Corp.: $12,000 for efficient lighting, solar hot water and new windows at Joslyn House, affordable shared senior housing, and Ayers Brook Center preschool.Community Climate Action: $12,000 for Mow Down Pollution mower exchange program in Brattleboro and Upper Valley communities. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.Calais Elementary School: $12,000 to replace inefficient lighting. Annual emissions reduction 25 tons.Poultney Village: $12,000 to replace the water pump in its village water system. Annual emissions reduction 9 tons.Bristol Elementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting in 30 classrooms, three hallways and two offices. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Blue Mountain Supervisory Union, WellsRiver: $12,000 for a photovoltaic system. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.HartlandElementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 31 tons.Brattleboro Union High School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 24.5 tons.Town of Dorset: $3,960 for weatherization of the town offices. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.last_img read more

Federal and state energy regulators to meet in Vermont July 14

first_imgThe National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR www.napsr.org(link is external) ), a non-profit organization that serves to promote natural gas and propane safety, will hold its Eastern Regional Meeting in Essex Junction on July 14, 2010.  State and federal regulators will be joined by Vermont energy executives to discuss a variety of emerging issues, according to Hans Mertens, Director of Engineering Services at the Vermont Department of Public Service and current NAPSR Chairman.The keynote address will be delivered by Vermont Public Service Board Commissioner David Coen, who serves as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC www.naruc.org(link is external) ). NARUC represents the State public service commissioners that regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, telecommunications, gas, water, and transportation. Coen will focus on NARUC and the industry, with an emphasis on the state-federal partnership.Coen said, “With Congress and the Administration debating profound changes to our utility landscape, our role as State regulators will be critical to ensuring consumer protection and reliable service. We as a nation are facing changing times, and regulators must remain focused on the public interest.”Coen’s service to the utility industry and to Vermont was recognized with a special presentation made on behalf of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch. Coen is an active NARUC member, as demonstrated through his participation on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and his service as a Vice Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee, Chairman of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Board of Directors, and a member of NARUC’s Electricity, Gas, and Finance and Technology committees. President Coen also serves on the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal and the Task Force on Climate Policy. Coen has served as a PSB commissioner since 1995.Also speaking on the 14th is the Chair of the Connecticut Public Utility Commission, Kevin Del Gobbo. He will present an analysis of the February 2010 Kleen Energy Generation Plant explosion.  This incident has had a profound impact on the industry. Six people were killed and more than 30 were injured as a result of a natural gas explosion that severely damaged a nearly completed $1 billion facility.Source: Vermont DPS. 7.12.2010last_img read more

CUNA for hearing record: Breach debate must be all about protecting consumers

first_imgCUNA submitted a strong statement, both solo and jointly with its coalition partners, this week to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on the issue of data security. The committee held its first hearing on data security topic since the massive Target data breach in late 2013, and CUNA’s letters were sent for the hearing’s record.“We encourage you to ignore the excuses, attempts to pass blame and efforts to make this a fight between business sectors,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote. “The debate on data security should be about protecting sensitive financial information, ensuring consumers feel confident that their data is secure, whether it’s where they shop, or at their financial institution.”Nussle added that credit union responses to protect members in the wake of a breach, such as reissuing cards and notification, do not come without costs and can make a significant difference in the bottom line of not-for-profit institutions. This could interfere with the ability to offer services to members.Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chair of the committee, said it is time for Congress to step up and make progress when it comes to protecting consumers. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Without passion, is your credit union just a bank?

first_img 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Details Are you passionate about your Credit Union? “Yes” you say? Would the people you work with agree with you? Can you think of 3-4 ways that your passion comes through? If you are uniquely wired and passionate about the credit union movement as a whole, this should be easy!But in the end, does “passion” really matter? Is this one of those feel-good words that motivational speakers like to cram down our throats to make us feel good? Yuck. Of all things, I don’t want to have feelings or opinions … and definitely not strong ones. It is better to keep your head down and do as you are told, right? Many feel this way.I say passion matters! It is everything! It is extremely difficult (sometimes impossible) to lead people if you don’t have a clear impassioned feeling about your mission, your work and the future. I submit to you that a passionless credit union is like a sleepwalker, able to do the job, but without any sense of a higher call, purpose or emotion. Handling tasks and transactions are done almost robotically.Sounds like a bank…It is said that the secret to success in sales is the ability to transfer your own strongly held beliefs to the person you are selling to. How does this happen? First you have to truly believe that what you are providing is special and of great and unique value. Then you must bring your passion to the party so that your excitement is felt by the person you are talking to. There is almost an arc of electric current that moves from one person to the other when passion is involved. In real life, so few people speak with passion that when you find one who is – then you, me and everyone else – is drawn to them. Whether you sell a product to a member, or an idea to management or your staff, if you don’t believe it in your gut, you can’t bring the passion. Conversely, if you know you are right and believe it to your core, let your passion do the talking for you.Personally, I am passionate about helping couples who seek domestic and/or international adoption. I work tirelessly in my off-hours helping as I can to assist them. It comes easy to me. You see, I am an adoptive parent. I have a passion for it. As a company, MARQUIS is just as passionate about delivering provable marketing results. When you believe something in your heart with such urgency, it is easy to find the passion. When you deliver provable marketing results to your management, you will feel the pride and excitement and it will carry the day. Results matter!But passion only comes from a deeply held personal belief in something special, something extremely rare and unique. What makes your credit union different enough that you see it, feel it, and believe it to your core? Without this, it is impossible to manufacture passion. That said, you can be passionate about doing a good job and others will know this about you. But this doesn’t enable you to lead the charge – it only means that you can be counted on to complete a task.Why are you passionate about your credit union? The answer to this question is the key to your success and the success of your credit union in 2016 and beyond.Without passion, is your credit union just a bank?last_img read more

PREMIUMUnions, groups brave COVID-19, police threat to protest Job Creation Law

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account COVID-19 worker-unions labor-union said-iqbal KSPI nining-elitos omnibus-law omnibus-bill-on-job-creation RUU-cilaka RUU-cipta-kerja Google The passage of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation on Monday in a House of Representatives plenary session has been met with widespread opposition from labor groups and civil society organizations, despite the risk of coronavirus transmission and the threat of a crackdown from the National Police.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) had said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies to express their opposition to the passage of the omnibus bill across Indonesia.“As of today, we ask the permission [of the authorities and factory owners] for these three days to use our constitutional right [to express] our strong rejection of the passage of the job creation bill,” KSPI president Said Iqbal told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He said the nationwide strike was largely concentrated in the industria… Linkedinlast_img read more

Jamestown announces IMCA Modified sanction for 2016

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. (Dec. 24) – Christmas came a day early for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers in North Dakota. Jamestown Speedway owner Keith Veil announced the division would headline regular Saturday race programs at the ¼-mile high-banked clay oval beginning next season.Opening night for the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season is scheduled for May 14. Jamestown will be part of IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region.Jamestown had sanctioned the division with WISSOTA since 1988. Veil told the Jamestown Sun that the move to IMCA had been in the works for at least the last four years, citing the growing number of sanctioned tracks in western North Dakota and neighboring Minnesota. Red River Valley Speedway at West Fargo announced earlier in the week it would re-open with sanctioned Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on weekly cards. Both affordability of the IMCA class and the ease drivers had in moving up to the class were also factors.“As a race track promoter, we’re a marketing agency and we sell to a certain group of people. The fact is we currently have a driver cry for IMCA A-mods,” Veil told the Sun. “Secondly, there’s the market area, and with Fargo re-opening as an IMCA track, it places us right in the middle of IMCA racing territory.” “One of the greatest fears we have is to be on an island,” he added.Track officials met with Modified drivers earlier this month to further discuss the switch and Veil believes most of the drivers who’d raced with WISSOTA would compete under the IMCA banner in 2016. IMCA sanctioned four weekly shows at Jamestown this season, including the 44th annual Stampede special in September. Veteran Marlyn Seidler earned the first-ever IMCA championship awarded there. “Jamestown is going to be a perfect fit with the area tracks that are already sanctioned,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard said. “Any time we can sanction a track with a rich history and tradition like Jamestown, it’s good for IMCA and it’s good for our drivers.”last_img read more