Over 1,000 UK redundancies expected at G4S Cash Solutions

first_imgOver 1,000 UK redundancies expected at G4S Cash SolutionsBy Ashleigh Webber on 14 Jul 2020 in Collective redundancy, Coronavirus, Latest News, Job creation and losses, Personnel Today, Redundancy Two in five plan redundancies after furlough endsTwo in five (44%) organisations with staff on furlough say they will have to make some or all of their… Unemployment will rival early 1980s recession levels, top economist warnsThe Bank of England’s chief economist: ‘We’re going back to the 1980s basically.’ Previous Article Next Article Related posts: No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website ricochet64 / Shutterstock.com Security company G4S is planning to cut more than a quarter of jobs in its cash handling business amid the fall in cash transactions during the coronavirus crisis as people are encouraged to pay by card.The company has started a consultation process that could result in 1,150 redundancies across UK and Ireland, with the drivers of armoured vehicles who carry cash for businesses thought to be among those at risk.Redundancy selectionHow to ensure a fair redundancy selection processHow to approach redundancy as the furlough scheme winds downSurvivor’s guilt: supporting staff who have avoided redundancyIt said the drop in cash transactions was partly driven by an increase in contactless payments, which have been encouraged by many retailers to reduce the spread of Covid-19.However, G4S signalled that it was having problems shortly before the coronavirus lockdown when it reported a £91m loss for 2019.The company said it hopes to find alternative jobs within G4S for those affected by the redundancies at G4S Cash Solutions UK.“Following a review of our cash solutions operational footprint in the UK, we are proposing to reshape the business to better align it with the changing needs of our customers,” said G4S Cash Solutions UK managing director Paul van der Knaap.“Regrettably, this will result in a reduction in headcount and today we have entered into a period of consultation with affected staff.Roger Jenkins, national officer for the GMB union, said the cash industry was “on a knife edge”.“These cuts are devastating for our members and their families. GMB will fight to the end for every single job,” he said.Last week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warned that UK unemployment could reach almost 15% if there was a second wave of coronavirus infections, and could soar to 11.7% in Q3 2020 even if the epidemic is under control.Latest HR job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more human resources jobslast_img read more

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Expanded 9/11 Memorial in Indianapolis one year away

first_img Facebook Google+ By Network Indiana – September 11, 2020 0 303 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Facebook By TSgt Michael Holzworth [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons One year from now, you will likely be able to make the pilgrimage to an expanded 9 11 memorial in Indianapolis, which is now the Indiana 9 11 Memorial. For eight years the beams from the World Trade Center have reached toward the sky on West Ohio St., in downtown Indianapolis. The hope is that an expansion will make it a destination for all Hoosiers.“What we’re really interested in is to make sure that the generations that come after us, that they understand about why things happened,” said Brigadier General Stewart Goodwin,USAF (retired), exec. director of the Indiana War Memorials.“We’re in a time in our country where monuments have gotten a bad name because they didn’t meet a certain criteria. But, the fact is monuments are very important because they make physical records of what happened in our country.”The physical record for Indiana will be bigger and will contain a memorial to the members of the military who have been killed fighting terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, and a memorial to Lt. Gen Tim Maude, a Hoosier and the most senior Army officer killed in action since World War II.“He was the…deputy chief of staff for personnel for the entire Army. Think about that, active Guard and Reserve, this was the officer in charge of all those personnel matters for all of those soldiers,” said Goodwin, who grew up knowing Maude.Maude was killed when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon.Goodwin said a piece of Indiana limestone from the wall of the Pentagon will also be mounted in the new space.He said that for the first few years of the memorial’s existence the military was not memorialized, in favor of a focus on first responders. So, the Indiana War Memorials Commission did not take on the responsibility of oversight when asked.“We didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes,” said Goodwin.But, in 2016, the commission relented because of the 5,000 military members who had been killed in combat.“Adding the military aspect of this takes nothing away from the police, fire, and the emergency medical services folks. What they went through and what they did, they will always be heroes.”Goodwin asked that people who are interested join the commission for an event at 10 a.m. Friday, at the memorial. The goal is to raise $450,000 for the memorial upgrades and to unveil them for the 20th anniversary. IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Expanded 9/11 Memorial in Indianapolis one year away Previous articlePoll suggests support for Gov. Holcomb slippingNext articleMore than two dozen Greek houses at Purdue University ordered to quarantine Network Indianalast_img read more

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News story: A step forward for Sellafield’s most hazardous building

first_imgThe first transfer package to enter the silo was manufactured by Workington firm TSP Engineering and is one of nine original packages they have built and modified for Sellafield Ltd.TSP is currently competing with Cavendish Nuclear to build the next batch of 15 transfer packages; an advanced manufacturing contract worth tens of millions of pounds to British Industry. A waste transfer package has been lifted into the building for the first time.The 50-tonne package was safely placed onto one of three machines that will begin grabbing waste out of the building’s 22 silo compartments from next year.Originally constructed as six silos in the 1960’s and then extended three times, MSSS stores magnesium cladding or ‘swarf’ that was stripped from Magnox fuel prior to reprocessing.The swarf is stored underwater in the 16 metre-deep silos but over time the magnesium releases heat and hydrogen meaning the facility requires constant management and monitoring.Since the early 1990’s this type of waste has been immobilised in concrete instead as this makes it more passive and practical to manage.The radioactive inventory and lack of modern standards in the silo makes it the most complicated and highest-priority mission in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s estate.Preparations for removing the 11,000m3 of historic waste from the silos and placing them into safe, modern storage have been over twenty years in the making.Next year three 360 tonne Silo Emptying Plant (SEP) machines will start reaching in to the silos and removing the waste with a hydraulic grab.The waste will then be loaded into the shielded transfer packages and safely stored on the Sellafield site until a permanent geological disposal facility is constructed.Head of Programme for MSSS, Chris Halliwell, said: The transfer package is the essential link in the chain to safer storage. It’s a big moment to see it finally being attached to the SEP machine inside the silo. Never before have these two bits of machinery met inside the place where they’ll be carrying out our biggest job in hazard reduction.last_img read more

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Listen To Tedeschi Trucks Band’s First New Album In Three Years, ‘SIGNS’ [Full Album Stream]

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band is set to release their forthcoming studio album, SIGNS–the band’s first studio effort since 2016’s Let Me Get By–later this month on February 15th via Fantasy/Concord Records. Today, we get a first listen courtesy of NPR.The 11-track album was co-produced by TTB leader and guitarist Derek Trucks along with Jim Scott and Bobby Tis, and includes all original songs which were recorded live on two-inch analog tape at their Swamp Raga Studio. TTB brethren Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Doyle Bramhall II, and Marc Quiñones also appear on the record. Some of the tracks included on the album are titled, “Strengthen What Remains”, “Still Your Mind”, “All The World”, and “Hard Case”. The latter was written by Mike Mattison, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi, and was debuted as the album’s soulful lead single last month.During the recording process, the group lost several of their mentors: Leon Russell, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Trucks’ uncle and original Allman Brothers Band drummer, Butch Trucks, followed by Gregg Allman later that year.“How their passing affected me,” Trucks told NPR, “was that there was the wanting to do it right and wanting to carry on whatever parts I learned from them that I could carry on. The music they made was of a special time and place. I’m never going to recapture that stuff, but I’ve certainly been able to take the lessons I learned from them.”“Every time that Butch got on stage, he just aired it out and he gave it everything he had in his being, no matter how he was feeling or what mood he was in when he hit the stage. That was what was sacred to him,” Trucks continued. “With Gregg, he just had the mojo dripping off of him. Some of it was learned with his brother Duane [Allman], but some of it was just, he was born with a thing. There was an honesty and authenticity to what they did as musicians. You always want to make sure that you tap into that, and you want to avoid anything that kind of taints the well.”Today, NPR is offering the pre-release stream of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s new SIGNS record, which you can listen to here.In addition to their upcoming tour dates, Tedeschi Trucks Band will celebrate the official release of SIGNS with a show at Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday, February 20th. Tickets for the album release show at Brooklyn Academy of Music are on sale now. Every pair of tickets purchased for this show will come with a digital download of the new album.last_img read more

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Peanut Research Proposals

first_imgThe Peanut Innovation Lab has issued requests for proposals in two new areas of inquiry: nutrition and gender/youth.Both nutrition and gender/youth are important areas of research in the five-year Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut, which began this year when the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded management responsibilities to the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The lab previously issued a call for projects focusing on peanut variety improvements and value-added gains.In the area of nutrition, peanuts are an important food in the fight against malnutrition. Because peanuts are produced and consumed around the world, it is a principal source of vegetable protein and fat. The legume is a key ingredient in ready-to-use therapeutic and supplementary foods used by UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and others for community-based treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition.Each year, mounting scientific evidence shows that eating peanuts has other nutritional and health benefits. With highly digestible protein, high-quality fats and many important micronutrients, peanuts increasingly appear to be one of nature’s superfoods and seem to help people control chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.Research might include how to increase consumption through traditional dishes or new products; how to improve processing to increase nutrition and health benefits; and how peanuts can be used even more effectively to stave off malnutrition through school-lunch programs or selecting for nutrient-rich varieties.   For these nutrition-focused projects, the Peanut Innovation Lab is particularly interested in collaborations with other nutrition-focused projects and institutions. In particular, the U.S. Peanut Institute (www.peanut-institute.org) has agreed to consider jointly funding at least one competitive research project in the area of nutrition. Priority areas for joint funding include research that addresses nutritional benefits of local processing and novel peanut-based foods. Selected projects will need to indicate a clear dual benefit to the U.S. and the target country.Collaborations with other Feed the Future Innovation Labs, the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (and other CGIAR research programs), CGIAR centers, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and other USAID initiatives are encouraged, especially where these leverage funding from the respective programs.In the area of gender, research is important because peanuts are often considered a “woman’s crop,” especially in the developing world. While that saying means different things to different people, it is important to understand the roles women, men and youth play in the peanut value chain.Whether people diversify their diet often depends on how much control women have on the household resources and income, as well as their education and ability to make social and behavioral changes. Women often prepare the family’s meals, but men are more likely to control income and thus must participate or make a decision to eat certain foods that could otherwise produce income for the family.Women also encounter marketing and value chain barriers because gender seclusion restricts their access to markets, they have less access to technology and they may have less control of income as agriculture becomes more commercialized. There is a worldwide gender assumption that women take less risk than men.In regions like sub-Saharan Africa, young people (under the age of 25) make up more than half of the population. They are the future of farming, but have limited access to land and may be drawn to an urban life. There is a need to find strategies to make farming exciting and profitable for them.A webinar will be held July 16, 2018, to answer questions specific to these requests for proposal. Concept notes are due Aug. 3, 2018. Those projects selected from concept notes should submit a full proposal by Aug. 31, 2018. To learn more about the RFPs, go to the Work With Us page of the Peanut Innovation Lab’s website.last_img read more

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7 surprising ways summer will cost you

first_imgWe all know that summer comes with expenses — higher-priced fuel fill-ups, increased electricity bills from running the A/C nonstop (mine doesn’t get a rest from, like, March to October; thank you, first-world luxuries), and sky-high hotel rates. But there are other items that see an uptick during vacation season that you might not immediately recognize. Here’s a list to watch with your wallet.1. Bottled WaterWe loooove to wag our fingers at others for buying bottled water — because get a reusable bottle already! — but we also understand that sometimes it’s necessary. Like when it’s hot as lava outside and you’re about to have a heat stroke because you forgot your reusable bottle at home. While it may seem innocuous enough to pick up a bottle at your local convenience store now and then, that’s not usually how it goes down — especially if you have kids.According to money-saving expert Nedalee Thomas, who also happens to be CEO of a water-filtration company, a family of four will spend a whopping $1,600 on bottled water a year. Uh, come again? continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NCUA reduces CUSO info requirements for call reports

first_imgBeginning with the Sept. 30 reporting cycle, the NCUA said Monday it will require less CUSO information from credit unions on their call reports.Going forward, credit unions will only be required to submit aggregate CUSO loan and investment information on their call reports. All other required information is now being collected directly from CUSOs through the agency’s CUSO Registry, according to the NCUA.The NCUA announcement was welcomed by NACUSO, CUNA and NAFCU.Jack M Antonini, president/CEO of NACUSO, said his organization is very pleased with the NCUA’s decision to decrease the reporting burden on credit unions. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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PODCAST: Beyond the logo

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A brand refresh involves much more than changing your logo or adding billboards.“That’s literally the last thing you do, and it takes the least amount of time,” says Anne Norman, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at UW Credit Union in Madison, Wis.  “The research, strategic choices, and internal executive team alignment are the most crucial and most time consuming to set yourself up to do the fun, sexy stuff everybody gets to see.”The $2.8 billion asset credit union recently unveiled a new brand identity and tagline, “Here For Every You,” built around supporting members at every step of their life’s journey, Norman says.“You can’t get to the point with a creative agency where you’re talking about things like color, type face, and iconography if you don’t have a clear, solid foundation of what you are and who you’re serving,” she says.last_img read more

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China’s recent H5N1 cases raise transmission questions

first_imgJan 21, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – China’s recent spike in human H5N1 avian influenza cases appears to lack the hallmark of nearby poultry outbreaks, a development that some public health officials worry could signal asymptomatic infections in birds.Veterinary experts, however, suggest the pattern could point to surveillance gaps or the consequences of routine vaccination.China has reported four human cases so far this year, three of them fatal. According to World Health Organization (WHO) reports:The 16-year-old boy from Hunan province who died yesterday had been exposed to sick and dead poultry.Investigators found that a 19-year-old girl from Beijing who died on Jan 5 had contact with poultry before she got sick, but they did not say if the birds were ill.Authorities are still investigating the virus source in the other two cases, a 2-year-old girl from Shanxi province who is in critical condition and a 27-year-old woman from Shandong province who died on Jan 17.The country’s agriculture ministry said on Jan 18 after the 2-year-old’s infection was confirmed that no H5N1 outbreaks have been detected in Shanxi or Hunan provinces, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported yesterday.York Chow, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, has called on China to release more epidemiologic information on the recent human infections and said that an apparent lack of poultry outbreak reports against the backdrop of human cases raises questions about a possible change in the virus or that asymptomatic H5N1-infected chickens might be contributing to the spread of the virus.Chinese officials have said they have found no evidence that the virus has mutated to allow easier human-to-human transmission, according to media reports.Monitoring billions of birdsThis isn’t the first time that health officials have voiced their suspicions about asymptomatic poultry infections in China. In 2006, Zhong Nanshan, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases, suggested that two victims might have caught the virus from chickens that were carrying it asymptomatically (see link to CIDRAP News story, below).Avian influenza experts say the size and nature of China’s poultry population creates a difficult surveillance task. Jan Slingenbergh, a senior animal health officer for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told CIDRAP News that China has roughly 4.6 billion chickens, 700 million ducks, and 300 million geese that are distributed somewhat unevenly throughout the country.He said the ducks gravitate toward the double-crop rice growing areas in southern and southeastern China, which are thought to be the main risk areas because the H5N1 virus keeps circulating in ducks. Geese head toward single-crop rice growing areas in the less rainy northeastern and extreme western part of China, Slingenbergh added.Meanwhile, he said chicken are kept everywhere people live, particularly in urban areas and coastal ports.Slingenbergh links the low level of poultry outbreak reports to China’s poultry vaccination policy. “The entire national flock is kept under a rigid vaccination blanket amounting to 11 billion applications per annum,” he said.He said he doubts that the H5N1 in China is evolving toward a low-pathogenic virus. “Vaccination creates a rather sparse geospatial mosaic of susceptibles, which may even enhance the pathogenicity level,” he said, adding that evidence from Vietnam, where most Chinese viruses spread to, suggests that the virulence increased between 2002 and 2007 when measured by infecting and gauging shedding in young mallards.Vincent Martin, a senior technical adviser in the FAO’s Beijing office, told CIDRAP News that Chinese officials obtain a lot of samples from farms and live bird markets each year to monitor asymptomatic H5N1 infections among the birds. “Regularly, they find the virus but do not detect any outbreak in the surrounding areas,” he said.However, a combination of factors makes detecting the virus difficult, Martin said. Several strains of the virus are circulating in China, and ducks can excrete the virus without showing symptoms or only exhibiting mild ones.In addition, suboptimal vaccination can mask the symptoms without stopping viral shedding.More intensive surveillance and monitoring efforts are needed in China to detect new outbreaks and identify viral circulation that is going unnoticed, Martin said, “to avoid a situation where humans serve as sentinels and reveal infection in birds.””The concern is, therefore, that the current surveillance is unable to provide a complete picture of the [high-pathogenic avian influenza] epidemiological situation in domestic birds and should be strengthened and improved in order to meet the challenge we are currently facing,” he said.Three Chinese government ministries yesterday issued a joint order for local health, agriculture, and commerce offices to work together to improve surveillance and management of the country’s live poultry markets, Xinhua, China’s state news agency reported today. The government urged local offices to close live poultry markets in urban areas, if possible, or disinfect the markets daily if they can’t be shuttered. The offices were also ordered to conduct daily surveillance and reporting and collaborate when they detect the H5N1 virus.The role of poultry vaccinationLes Sims, from Australia’s Asia-Pacific Veterinary Information Services and a consultant to the FAO, said though humans are once again acting as sentinels for infections in poultry, so far there is no evidence to support asymptomatic disease as the reason for absence of reported poultry outbreaks in China.”Vaccination will alter the clinical appearance of disease if the flock is infected, but on a flock basis, some disease will be detected. Infection is not silent,” he said. He added that infected vaccinated flocks, for example, have lower mortality rates with fewer birds showing classical symptoms of the disease.”If vaccines are used, veterinary and medical authorities have to accept that one of the signals they used to rely on for detecting infection in poultry—high mortality—needs to be modified,” Sims said.Infected poultry can still shed small amounts of the virus, even when the vaccine is a good match and the birds are vaccinated properly, he said. “This has always been the case and so can’t explain the current situation in China.”The issue of less severe infections in vaccinated poultry is creating negative sentiments about the measure, Sims said, but he added that China has maintained a close match between the circulating strains and the vaccine antigen, which greatly diminishes the viral load in poultry.”The benefits of vaccination in reducing viral load need to be considered and balanced against the changes in disease appearance that will occur if a vaccinated flock is infected,” he said. “The situation in China would almost certainly be much worse if vaccination was not used.”Sims said he’s not surprised that some poultry infections go undetected, given the size and make-up of China’s poultry population, along with the modified appearance of the disease in vaccinated poultry. He suspects, though, that under-reporting of the disease might be one factor that keeps the number of outbreak reports low. Farmers who raise poultry for their livelihood have little incentive to report the disease.A seasonal surge in poultry and human H5N1 cases in the winter isn’t unexpected, he said. “Winter peaks have been seen previously and are probably linked to the increased trade in poultry for various festivals and enhanced viral survival due to cooler conditions,” Sims said.See also:Jan 19 WHO statementJan 19 CIDRAP News story “China reports 3 H5N1 cases, 1 death”Mar 8, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Nine-year-old is China’s 10th avian flu victim”last_img read more

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