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21Apr/21

Strike at Park Cakes over redundancies

first_imgAround 1,000 people, 95% of staff, took part in a one-day strike at Park Cake Bakeries in Oldham on Monday – the first strike since 1976 at the bakery.The Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers’ Union organised the 24-hour strike over redundancy plans.Some 400 staff are currently on a 90-day redundancy notice to the start of May, following the take-over of the bakery by Vision Capital. Roy Streeter, the union’s regional officer, said he was waiting to meet senior management and see how the debate could be moved forward. He said: “We do not want to put Park Cake at risk.We want to protect our members’ terms and conditions.”It is understood the dispute centres around the redundancy terms offered by the new owners, which, it is claimed, compare unfavourably with those previously in place with former owner Northern Foods. “Some members could lose as much as £20,000,” said Streeter.Park Cakes said in a statement: “The company was disappointed by the action taken by the Union. It was a 24-hour strike, which is now finished and our service to our retail customers was not affected.”Plans to make 90 job losses at Park Cakes’ second bakery in Bolton, which makes slab cakes for the major multiples, have been called off. The Oldham bakery’s main customer is Marks & Spencer.last_img read more

18Jan/21

Tarp Skunks Reveal Team Colors

first_imgPhoto Courtesy: Jamestown Tarp Skunks/FacebookJAMESTOWN – With their first season as the Jamestown Tarp Skunks starting in three months, the team revealed their colors on Wednesday. The team uniforms will consist of “Skunk Back Black”, “Stay Away Gray”, “Golden Boots Gold”, “Tarp Blue” and “Stink Green”.According to Jamestown Tarp Skunks’s, “Skunk Back Black” represents the skunk, “Stay Away Gray” represents not trying to get too close to a skunk, “Golden Boots Gold” for the rubber boots “Tarp Blue” for the home of the skunk and “Stink Green” symbolizes the skunk spray.Jamestown’s color palette revelation is the second team update this after the team unveiled the Russel E. Diethrick, Jr. logo at the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame 2020 ceremony on Monday. The Tarp Skunks will begin their 2020 regular season on May 29 for the first of a two-game series vs. the Capital City Reds.Capital City will be one of the four divisional opponents the Tarp Skunks will have, with the other three being the Geneva Red Wings, Saugerties Stallions and the Adirondack Trail Blazers. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),How freaking stupid. Even if u liked this sport. I wouldn’t buy anything, because of the stupid name.,Dang auto input. . I meant I not ulast_img read more

18Dec/20

Banks? We don’t need no stinking banks!

first_imgThat seems to be the attitude of many millennials based on the number of surveys that consistently report that those born between 1982 to 2000 are at best indifferent and at worst skeptical when it comes to financial institutions.For example, according to recent research conducted by Goldman-Sachs, 33% of millennials don’t think they will need a bank in the near future. In addition, 50% of the surveyed millennials are counting on tech startups to overhaul banks. Interestingly, this group is not only skeptical of banking, but profoundly impacted by the Great Recession. According to this survey, less than half of them have a credit card.This is consistent with what I’ve described in previous blogs: a generation that will make its banking relationship decisions in a vastly different way than any previous generation. In addition, this is a generation that is more than willing to scrap traditional banking models. After all, Facebook announced recently that it is debuting an App to allow its users to make account to account transfers. Can you imagine the previous generation so willing to transfer cash without breaking out the checkbook or walking down to the bank. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

18Nov/20

Experts study behavior of H5N1 virus in Vietnam, China

first_imgJun 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – As poultry were being culled in China and Vietnam to prevent further spread of avian influenza outbreaks this week, international experts were visiting both countries to better understand how the H5N1 virus is behaving.Ducks in central Vietnam were being culled after authorities discovered that one-fifth of the waterfowl in Quang Tri province carry the H5N1 virus, China’s Xinhau news service reported today, basing the story on a Vietnamese newspaper, Saigon Liberation. More than 23,000 birds have already been culled in 38 infected flocks, with another 144 flocks untested, Xinhua reported.As many as 120,000 to 150,000 birds may be culled, according to a report today by the Vietnamese news service Thanh Nien News, which also cited the Saigon Liberation as its source.In response to the outbreaks, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry extended an existing ban on egg incubation for breeding poultry and building new waterfowl or quail flocks through February 2006, according to the Vietnam News Service (VNS). In addition, the country’s state bank has asked that commercial banks refuse loans to farmers and businesses that produce breeding poultry and waterfowl, VNS reported today.This is the second outbreak in Vietnamese poultry in about a week. Prior to that, the country had been free of bird outbreaks since April, Xinhua reported. However, human cases of H5N1 infection have continued without a major break since mid-December 2004.Possible and confirmed human H5N1 infections in Vietnam are the focus of intense study by a visiting team of experts from Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report today. The team of about half a dozen virologists and epidemiologists is investigating whether the H5N1 virus has changed in ways that make a flu pandemic more likely.The team is working in Vietnam at the government’s request, Maria Cheng, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman, told the CP.Their tasks include studying clusters of cases to determine the extent of human-to-human transmission and analyzing tests on hundreds of stored human blood samples that may indicate scores of undetected human H5N1 infections, the CP reported.Those findings are questionable because they relied on the Western blot test, which is not the gold standard for flu testing, the CP story said.Authorities are negotiating to transfer the blood samples to a site where appropriate tests can be performed—a lab with the biosafety rating to conduct neutralization assays considered the gold standard for flu testing, the CP reported.In China, international experts sent by the WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) were studying the H5N1 outbreak in Qinghai province this week and recently received approval to do the same in neighboring Xinjiang province, the International Herald Tribune reported yesterday.China has had three avian outbreaks of H5N1 in recent weeks, including one this week that involved the deaths of 180 ducks and geese, according to its reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). In all, at least 1,490 birds were culled, according to a Jun 21 story by Agence France-Presse (AFP).Authorities are also pressuring China for details of farmers’ reported use of the human antiviral drug amantadine to control and prevent poultry outbreaks of H5N1. Scrutiny has extended to questions over whether China has used oseltamivir, one of a newer class of human antiviral drugs, on poultry, the CP reported on Jun 23.The WHO asked China to investigate whether farmers have used oseltamivir in poultry, and the FAO has urged China to prevent such use, the CP story said. Several countries are stockpiling oseltamivir for use in the event of a flu pandemic. Current strains of H5N1 are resistant to amantadine, but it could also be useful in a pandemic, depending on the nature of the pandemic virus, experts say.A spokesman for the company that makes oseltamivir, Roche, said the company doesn’t sell the product to agro-chemical businesses, the CP story said.The report quoted WHO spokesman Dick Thompson as saying, “It’s clear to us that the [Chinese] Ministry of Health shares our concerns about this and they understand the importance of . . . the possible use of this antiviral in agriculture, that it might force or speed [development of] a resistant strain.”last_img read more

12Aug/20

Trump Likens Impeachment Inquiry To A “Lynching”

first_imgPresident Trump likens the House impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.” He tweeted the controversial reference this morning and said Democrats are denying him due process, fairness or any legal rights. Trump added — “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here…But we will WIN!” The African American lawmaker asked — “Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you?” Rush demanded that Trump delete his tweet. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush fired back on Twitter, saying — “You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?”last_img read more

12Aug/20

Uber Driver Facing Criminal Charges After Accidentally Shooting Teen Passenger

first_imgA Florida teenager is hurt after a bizarre incident during an Uber ride.The 15-year-old Broward County girl was accidentally shot in the ankle by her Uber driver last weekend as he was trying to holster his gun.The driver, Adrian Harper is charged with culpable negligence. A member of our well regulated militia (and @Uber driver) moves his loaded gun with passengers in his car. He fires the gun and shoots a 15 year old girl through her ankle and heel. https://t.co/nm9k549Nt5— WellRegulatedMilitia (@Well_Regulated_) October 22, 2019 Also, Uber has cut ties with Harper because the company doesn’t allow drivers to carry guns or give rides to unaccompanied minors.last_img read more

12Aug/20

NWS Predicts Stormy, Windy Weekend for Palm Beach County

first_imgPalm Beach County can expect wet weather through the weekend before we dry out as Christmas approaches, according to the National Weather Service.A low-pressure system that is developing in the Gulf of Mexico could cause storms and tornadoes in South Florida beginning on Saturday. The NWS in Miami predicts we will see severe storms, heavy rain and flooding through Sunday.East winds of 15 mph are expected throughout weekend, with high gusts into the low 30s on Saturday night. Wind speeds should fall on Sunday morning to a high between 10 and 15 mph.Marine conditions will include wind speeds as high as 35 knots all weekend. The weather service issued a gale watch for the Atlantic that began Thursday night, and advises that the risk of rip currents in the ocean will remain high into next week.NWS meteorologist Larry Kelly says waves will remain in the range of 7 to 9 feet during the weekend, before subsiding early next week.Graphic courtesy: WPEC/CBS12Another cold front is forecast to reach our region Monday morning, with temperatures dropping into the upper 50s and low 60s near Lake Okeechobee. Temperatures along the Atlantic coast should be warmer, with the high Monday expected to be in the 70s.The cold front will extend into Tuesday. Morning temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 50s and low 60s, rising to the 70s as the day progresses. Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day should remain sunny.last_img read more

12Aug/20

Florida Senator files bill that would make day after Halloween a school holiday

first_imgFlorida Senator Annette Taddeo filed a bill on Monday that, if passed, would make the day after Halloween a school holiday.The bill would require district school boards to designate the day after Halloween as a school holiday, unless Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday.If the bill passe it would go into effect on July 1, 2020.last_img