News story: Carillion: what’s happening now

first_img helping people facing redundancy to write CVs and find jobs providing general information about benefits helping people to find the right training and learn new skills helping with costs like travel to work expenses. We know that this is a troubling time for Carillion’s workers and businesses that were in Carillion’s supply chain.The government’s priority is to make sure all public services Carillion provided continue to run smoothly. We have put our plans into action to ensure all public sector services continue unaffected. No major disruptions have been reported and we will continue to monitor the situation. We will continue to pay workers on public sector contracts.Financial support for businessesHMRC will provide practical advice and guidance to those affected through its Business Payment Support Service (BPSS). The BPSS connects businesses with HMRC staff who can offer practical help and advice on a wide range of tax problems, providing a fast and sympathetic route to agreeing the best way forward and addressing immediate concerns with practical solutions.Working with banks to help small businessesBusiness Secretary Greg Clark, Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen, and Small Business Minister Andrew Griffiths, met banks on 17 January 2018 to seek assurances that they will support small businesses affected by Carillion’s liquidation.Lenders are contacting customers and, where appropriate, are putting in place emergency measures, including overdraft extensions, payment holidays and fee waivers to ensure those facing short term issues can be helped to stay on track.This ensured small businesses exposed to the liquidation of Carillion are given the support they need.Minimising disruption to apprentices’ training programmesWe are committed to funding every apprentice that has already started their apprenticeship programme through to its completion. We have taken steps to protect learners by transferring the training of Carillion apprentices to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), and we are grateful to CITB for helping us ensure learners can continue to gain the skills they need.We will continue to work closely with the CITB to support apprentices to remain in existing placements or to find new employment with other local organisations so they can complete their training.PensionsFor those already receiving their pension, you will continue to be paid.We know that some people will be concerned about their pensions, so if you need free and impartial advice we would recommend that you call The Pensions Advisory Service on 0300 123 1047.We’ve also set up a special additional helpline with the Pensions Advisory Service for members of Carillion’s pension schemes: 0800 7561012.Keeping public services runningOur primary responsibility has always been keep our essential public services running safely. Government is providing the necessary funding required by the Official Receiver to maintain public services. Staff that are engaged on public sector contracts continue to come to work and will continue to be paid.Worried about your job?JobCentre Plus, through its Rapid Response Service, stands ready to support any employee affected by this announcement.Support could include:last_img read more

Lady Gaga Bought Frank Zappa’s House To “Restore” It And To Record New Music

first_imgRecently, Lady Gaga sat down with Howard Stern to discuss, among other topics, her recent purchase of Frank Zappa‘s mansion in the Hollywood Hills. Fans of the legendary guitarist/composer/genius were concerned that Lady Gaga might tarnish the many historical elements of Zappa’s home, namely the famous recording studio dubbed the “Utility Muffin Research Kitchen”, where Zappa recorded several of his most accomplished and revered. However, fans can breathe easy, as Gaga discusses her desire to restore the studio without replacing the original elements that make it so unique.In the interview, Gaga claims that: “[t]he house is very special and magical. His studio is in it, and I get to keep the [sound] board! You should have seen me while I was looking at the house. The realtors would be like, ‘No pictures!’ and I’m in there, photographing the compressors…it’s mystical to me that the music he made travelled through this board…the idea is to restore it and help it to be in its best condition and kind of leave it the way that it is and hear the sound that comes out. There’s two studios, the whole basement is recording studios, and it’s absolutely stunning and beautiful and amazing and it sounds incredible… I’ll use it for both [recording and living], you know I have a lot of friends that make music like Mark Ronson, Josh Homme.”Listen to this 90-second clip from the full interview below.Sounds like the “Utility Muffin Research Kitchen” studio is in good hands with Lady Gaga!See Lady Gaga on tour – all dates can be found here![H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Students participate in ‘Happiest 5K on the planet’

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Kate Everett The Color Run provided Notre Dame students and South Bend residents with the opportunity to participate in “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” in South Bend on Saturday. The 3.1-mile loop began and ended at Four Winds Field took runners through four color zones in the downtown area where volunteers stood ready to throw colored powder at participants.Freshman Sydney Keller said the run took longer to complete than a regular 5K.“It took longer because every time we reached a point on the course that had paint, we would stop and walk through just so we could get as much paint on ourselves as we could,” she said. “But we had to try to keep our faces away from the paint. Otherwise, it would be hard to see for a minute, and your mouth would be powdery and taste like cornstarch.”Freshman Claire Gaffney said she volunteered for the Color Run and spent the day throwing blue-colored powder at the runners from one of the color zones. She said she was recruited to participate through her dorm, which was one of several residence halls and student organizations who sent groups to volunteer.Photo courtesy of Julia Murray “McGlinn, my dorm, organized a group to volunteer, and many of the upperclassmen raved about how fun it was to throw paint at people and motivate them to finish the race,” she said. “Volunteering at the Color Run was a blast. Everyone was so excited to be there, and there was such a diverse group of runners. By the end I looked like a smurf. I would definitely volunteer again.”Junior Alyssa Armendariz said she volunteered for the run through the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).“I’ve wanted to volunteer or run the race for the past two years but was unable to due to football games,” she said. “So this year when I found out SWE was taking a group I jumped on the opportunity to finally volunteer.”Armendariz said she felt her time was well spent despite the early morning start and overall time commitment involved with the race.“Even though we had to get up extremely early and it was chilly before the sun rose, it was so worth it,” she said. “The Color Run is such a unique race. It’s a fantastic way to make running more enjoyable, and you get a souvenir tie-dyed shirt.”Tags: 5K, Color Run, volunteerlast_img read more

Shareholders to push Australia’s AGL Energy for quicker coal power exit plan

first_imgShareholders to push Australia’s AGL Energy for quicker coal power exit plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:AGL Energy will face increased pressure from shareholders to accelerate the closure of two of its largest coal-fired power stations, including the Bayswater power station in NSW and the brown coal fueled Loy Yang A power station in Victoria.A shareholder motion calling for the expedited closure timeline has been lodged by shareholder advocacy group Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR), which has cited AGL’s own modelling which suggests that in order to meet goals to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, the power stations need to close by 2036.AGL has indicated that it expects to close the 2,225MW Loy Yang A power station, one of Australia’s most emissions intensive power stations and one of only a few remaining that still uses brown coal, in 2048.AGL also operates the 1,680 megawatt Liddell power station, which is scheduled to close in April 2023. In the past year, more than 80 per cent of its power supply came from coal.Of particular concern to the shareholder group is AGL’s growing expenditure on “sustaining” its existing power station assets, which has increased from an estimated $154 million in 2013, to an expected $592 million in 2020, an almost four-fold increase.“Investors must question whether this expenditure is in the long-term interests of shareholders,” ACCR’s director of climate and environment Dan Gocher said. “Prudent capital allocation is a fiduciary responsibility of AGL to its investors. ‘Sustaining’ capital expenditure has grown from 25% of total capital expenditure in FY2013 to 72% (estimated) in FY2020. This allocation of capital expenditure suggests AGL is maintaining its coal-fired power stations at the expense of accelerating its transition.”[Michael Mazengarb]More: AGL faces call from activist shareholders to accelerate exit from coal powerlast_img read more

Three keys for your credit union employee experience in 2021

first_imgThis is placeholder text 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: Details This post is currently collecting data…center_img It’s been said so many times it’s almost clichéd: “Our people are our most important asset.” However, just because something, by repetition, may be clichéd does not mean it isn’t true. The year 2020 taught us many lessons, a pillar of which is, indeed, the quality of a credit union’s employee base is absolutely critical.This year put everyone, including credit union employees, through the wringer. Ultimately, the credit unions that continue to focus on the employee experience are those which will continue to reap the benefits of this investment in people. Consider the three key concepts for your credit union employee experience in 2021.Be visible and greet your team.This can be a challenge for credit union leadership in the best of times. We can wall ourselves off from the rest of the credit union and run the risk of developing a “silo mentality.” Credit union leaders must work hard to overcome this, especially during adverse times. Your team is looking to its leaders for inspiration and the high-bar which is set. This means finding ways to be visible (even if that is increased digital visibility with off-site/remote staff) and keeping a high profile. Important elements of visibility like greeting, eye contact, and even a friendly smile can show through lingering elements of the pandemic including social distancing and facemasks. When you are visible to your staff, so is your brand and culture.Deliver and focus on praise over correction.All proactive credit union leaders with an eye on the employee experience should look for ways to “catch people doing good” and not just the gotcha that comes with correction during challenging experiences. While correction and redirection will certainly continue to be a part of developing employees, credit union leaders that think the bigger picture will find ways and opportunities to deliver and focus on praise much more often than correction. Praise is contagious and not only impacts the individual receiving it but the teammates around them. When you develop and deliver a culture of praise, your staff and members reap the benefits.Demonstrate the link between work and fulfillment.The majority of staff look for ways to link the time they put in and the paycheck they earn with a greater sense of fulfillment. Credit unions that work on developing brand and member experience are particularly engineered for this type of emotional connection. Your staff need and are looking for ways to connect the time and effort they put in at work with a larger benefit; something that flows out into the people and communities you serve. When staff realize their efforts have a greater impact than merely transactional and that the work they do has a positive ripple effect on human hearts around them, they are much more likely to buy long-term into your brand and member experience. Find ways, through member and employee stories, to illustrate this link between work and a greater sense of life fulfillment. Make sharing and celebrating these stories a regular part of your internal and external culture. While there are plenty of additional important elements in developing an overall powerful and rewarding credit union employee experience, focusing on visibility, praise and work fulfillment is a great trio on which to start. Your credit union employees, brand and member experience all benefit from this focus on your people. An internal culture of wellness is an overflowing cup that eventually spills out into the members and communities your credit union serves.last_img read more

Almost $400k given to local non-profits as COVID-19 Community Response Fund ends

first_imgWelch added the last round of grant funding had gone specifically to childcare organizations to acquire PPE and cleaning supplies. Additionally, another microgrant was given to CHOW to help address food insecurity. The United Way of Broome County was one of the organizations involved in the efforts, and its executive director told 12 News their work is far from over. The COVID-19 Community Response Fund Alliance was created back in March to address the economic and social problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the alliance announced it was no longer accepting applications for the program. “The needs that were always there, are still there, as well as new and emerging needs and increasing needs in the areas that were always there; childcare certainly comes to mind, food insecurity certainly,” said LoriAnne Welch.center_img (WBNG) — Even as one program comes to a close, the Southern Tier community is doubling down on its efforts to help those less fortunate. In total, the group said it distributed $387,563.52 in grants to 55 area non-profits.last_img read more

St Paul’s picked for £100m Yorkshire business park

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Aveo Durack has completed its integrated retirement community

first_imgAveo Group has completed its flagship integrated retirement living community in Brisbane’s south — Aveo Durack.ONE of the largest retirement communities in Queensland has just completed its flagship integrated retirement living community in Brisbane’s south.Aveo Group has unveiled its $36 million aged care home at Aveo Durack, meaning the community now offers residents the full spectrum of care in one location.Aveo Group Integrated Retirement Communities executive general manager Jason Eldering said the addition of the facility complemented the current range of independent living options, offering a community for life to its residents. Aveo Durack.Aveo Durack is set within 34 hectares of natural bushland and lush gardens and located 17 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. It features a new community centre, on-site medical centre (UQ Health Care), allied health, hairdressing salon, restaurant, lounge, library, tennis court, bowling green, fitness centre, croquet green and swimming pool.Aveo Durack has a range of two and three-bedroom independent Living Units starting from $234,000.Aveo Group currently homes 13,000 residents in 90 retirement villages across Australia. Aveo Durack.Mr Eldering said it was important that the village amenities, such as the $1.8 million new community centre and restaurant, went above and beyond expectations.“Community living brings people together and provides an opportunity for shared experiences. It’s at the heart of everything we do,” he said.“We know that providing a diverse range of retirement options is increasingly important to our current and future residents. “More than ever, we’re finding that older Australians are looking for retirement options that allow them make the most of their retirement — whether that’s pursuing new hobbies, travelling or making new friends, retirement communities need to provide more than just a ‘roof over your head.’”center_img Aveo Durack.“Aveo Durack is one of our most popular communities and we’ve invested more than $66 million into reinvigorating the existing structures and developing brand new retirement living, care and leisure facilities within the community,” Mr Eldering said.“Aveo Durack is our flagship integrated retirement community and has grown to include 629 residences across independent Living Units and Serviced Apartments, in addition to the 123 beds in our brand new aged care home.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agolast_img read more

Aibel doing final preparations on two Sverdrup platforms

first_imgTwo platforms for the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup development off Norway are now at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund, Norway, following the arrival of the riser platform from South Korea. The first of the two, the drilling platform, was built by Aibel. Following the integration of three modules that constitute the drilling platform in Klosterfjorden in September 2017, the platform was moved to Haugesund where it was moored over autumn and winter for installation completion.The drilling platform was joined by the riser platform on Wednesday, Aibel said on Thursday. The second of the two platforms was built by Samsung Heavy’s shipyard in South Korea. Its journey to Norway started in late February.Both platforms are now undergoing the final preparations at Aibel’s yard before sailaway to the Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.Aibel will install two cranes on the riser platform before it heads to the field later this month. Aibel’s work includes hoisting and installing the two cranes, which is an operation that will take two to three days. Each crane measures 69 x 18.5 meters and weighs 182 tons.Bjørn Tollefsen, Aibel EVP Modifications and Yard Services, said: “It is the first time in history we have two big platforms at the yard at the same time, and it is a fantastic sight. Also, when you get to see two of the four Johan Sverdrup platforms together like this, it is a rather unique preview of how it is going to look out on the field.”According to plan, the finished drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field will leave Aibel’s yard in Haugesund in the turn of the month May/June.Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf with expected resources of between 2.1—3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalents. Production start for Phase One is planned for late 2019.Back in March, Statoil proceeded with maturing Phase 2 for the investment decision and submission of the plan for development and operation (PDO) in the second half of 2018. Statoil also awarded FEED contracts for Phase 2 to Aker Solution, Kværner, and Siemens.In April, Statoil moved ahead with its Phase 2 plans by awarding a contract for modifications of the riser platform and the field center for the Johan Sverdrup development to a joint venture between Aker Solutions and Kvaerner. Aibel was awarded more work on the project with a contract for the construction of the processing platform topside.Phase 2 of the giant Johan Sverdrup development is scheduled to come on stream in 2022.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more