Thursday 3 March 2011 7:57 pm whatsapp KCS-content NEWS Corp yesterday won full approval to bid for the 61 per cent of Sky it does not already own.Culture minister Jeremy Hunt accepted an eleventh hour News Corp concession that it would spin-off Sky News into a separate, publicly-traded entity, in order to counter media plurality concerns.Hunt said he accepted the terms offered by News Corp after it addressed a string of issues raised by media regulator Ofcom.The decision will save the bid being subject to a lengthy Competition Commission ruling that would have lasted at least six months.Hunt said: “The undertakings offered would ensure that shareholdings in Sky News would remain unchanged, and indeed offer it more independence from News Corp than it currently has.“Throughout this process I have been very aware of the potential controversy surrounding this merger. Nothing is more precious to me than the free and independent press for which this country is famous the world over.”An Ofcom spokesman said: “We are pleased that News Corp has agreed in the proposed undertakings to place editorial independence and integrity at the heart of ‘NewCo’ and to underpin this with arrangements that secure full independent governance.”The decision was slammed by an alliance of media owners who say the move will give Murdoch too much power. A spokesman for the group, which includes Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers, Trinity Mirror, BT and the owners of The Daily Telegraph, said it is now considering challenging the ruling in the courts.Vince Cable, who was axed from the decision-making process after promising to “wage war” on Murdoch to an undercover reporter, declined to comment yesterday.The Murdoch empire has yet to be subject to a full Competition Commission for any of its media acquisitions. However, the Times newspapers have an independent editorial board in place.Last month Sky saw its profits soar 40 per cent year-on-year for its second fiscal quarter as it added an extra 140,000 new customers. Revenue for the period was up 15 per cent to £1.66bn. Net profit hit £179m. Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap News Corp wins right to make Sky bid Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp
House in Minamikarasuyama / atelier HAKO architects “COPY” Area: 78 m² Area: 78 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Atelier HAKO Architects Area Area of this architecture project Hiraoka structural engineers, Shin’itsu Hiraoka House in Minamikarasuyama / atelier HAKO architectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Minamikarasuyama / atelier HAKO architects 2013 Photographs: Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/462284/house-in-minamikarasuyama-atelier-hako-architects Clipboard Structural Engineer: Year: “COPY” 2013 Japan ArchDaily Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/462284/house-in-minamikarasuyama-atelier-hako-architects Clipboard Projects Save this picture!© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts+ 23 Share Architect In Charge:Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi SanoCity:SetagayaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Section BBRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. The house sit on a narrow and long site, while facing a vacant lot too tiny to build the building beyond the road in the front east side, and facing a pedestrian path in the back west side.Save this picture!© Shinsuke Kera / Urban ArtsIn the south long side, buildings like apartments might be built and might cause the lack of the privacy and the natural light of the house in the future, in spite of the good condition the metered parking offers now.Save this picture!© Shinsuke Kera / Urban ArtsThe dwelling units of two generations having the entrances each separate on the ground floor were stacked in the vertical, and the family living areas were placed the west side of the each house facing the tree of the pedestrian path.Save this picture!© Shinsuke Kera / Urban ArtsIn the front road side, a certain distance for a buffer to the passer and neighbors was kept by providing the open space that has full width of the site under the cantilever building.Save this picture!© Shinsuke Kera / Urban ArtsIn order to be able to live comfortably without being affected by the change of the neighbor’s situation, main openings were set up in the east and west side in the direction of the long axis of the house, and the terrace covered with glass was suspended in void as an element to incorporate natural light above living area on the upper floor.Save this picture!© Shinsuke Kera / Urban ArtsThe distribution of the brightness and the silhouette of the light shine in the interior space are changing variously throughout the year and the day every moment, in response to the angle of the natural light. Project gallerySee allShow lessThree Firms Shortlisted for MLK Jr. Memorial Library RenovationArchitecture NewsOlaya House / David Ramírez ArquitectosSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeAtelier HAKO ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSetagayaHousesJapanPublished on December 28, 2013Cite: “House in Minamikarasuyama / atelier HAKO architects ” 28 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Apartments BDP & SOM Reveal Plans For New Covent Garden MarketSave this projectSaveBDP & SOM Reveal Plans For New Covent Garden Market ArchDaily Save this picture!© BDPWritten by Rory Stott Share United Kingdom “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/508822/bdp-and-som-reveal-plans-for-new-covent-garden-market Clipboard CopyBDP and SOM have submitted plans for ‘The Garden’ a new market which will be the largest new development in the Nine Elms area around Battersea Power Station in London. The £2 billion plans replace the existing New Covent Garden Market, the UK’s largest fruit, vegetable and flower market, in addition to adding a mixed-use neighborhood of 3,000 homes and over 200,000 square feet of office and retail space.Working together, BDP and SOM have created a “seamless masterplan” which extends from the detailed design of the new market structure through to a new riverside park connecting Battersea Power Station to Kieran Timberlake’s US Embassy building.Read on for more on the designDan Smyth, director at BDP commented “our proposals for ‘The Garden’ raise the bar for wholesale market renewal in an urban setting, and celebrates both Market scale and Market pride. It provides a self-funded, flexible and future-proofed market for 200 businesses, an additional new indoor flower market and a lively new food quarter.”Bill Oliver, chief executive of the scheme’s developer St Modwen, praised the designs as “a hugely important step forward for this vital and complex regeneration project”, adding “we are now looking forward to working alongside Wandsworth Council to secure planning approval and, with Covent Garden Market Authority, to transform the area into a lively and exciting new quarter for London.”Providing the scheme receives planning permission, construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.ArchitectsBDP, SOMLocationThessaly Road, London SW8, United KingdomArea735000.0 ft2PhotographsBDPTree House / Taller Estilo ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsJohn Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building / Design Engine ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/508822/bdp-and-som-reveal-plans-for-new-covent-garden-market Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeBDPOfficeFollowSkidmore, Owings & MerrillOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsUnbuilt ProjectResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsCommercial ArchitectureRetailMarketLondonBattersea Power StationMasterplanRetailHousingResidentialUnited KingdomPublished on May 21, 2014Cite: Rory Stott. “BDP & SOM Reveal Plans For New Covent Garden Market” 21 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Backyard Painting Studio / Open Kaart Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/878247/backyard-painting-studio-open-kaart Clipboard Year: 2017 ArchDaily Save this picture!© Rufus de Vries+ 13 Share Area: 19 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Photographs CopyHouses•Woerden, The Netherlands Photographs: Rufus de Vries Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Open Kaart Area Area of this architecture project Backyard Painting Studio / Open KaartSave this projectSaveBackyard Painting Studio / Open Kaart Manufacturers: Platowood, Magnum, Magnum Heating, PrestylOther Participants :Wessel JonkerArchitect In Charge:Pieter GraaffCity:WoerdenCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rufus de VriesText description provided by the architects. The long cherished wish of a private painting studio became reality in the backyard. An unsightly shed grew to a light studio with attic. The side walls of the barn remained as witnesses for those who couldn’t believe this would be possible.Save this picture!AxonometricAfter renovating the house and garden, there was a simple shed waiting for a destination. At first glance, it offered little possibilities: it was small, did not have any insulation nor foundation and a leaking roof. In addition, the function as a storage space had to be retained. Even though, by replacing the roof and one of the facades for a light wooden volume, enough space was created to carry out the owner’s business – giving painting workshops – at home.By building on the existing shed, a studio with attic could be realized within a limited budget. Through the sophisticated detailing, the conservative local requirements are united with the desire to add an elegant building to the cluttered sea of sheds.Save this picture!© Rufus de VriesCo-creationThe clients have worked intensively with the project. Many design sessions have taken place at the kitchen table. The youngest son of the client made a model of the preliminary draft. A brother in law made a new stained glass window. Neighbours have been consulted early and expressed a positive attitude about the extra quality and possibilities introduced by the plan.Save this picture!© Rufus de VriesTransformationIt has been chosen to leave 3 of the 4 walls of the barn. Within these limits a new wooden volume has been raised. The half-stone masonry is maintained, which expresses the relationship between old and new. The planks and slats of preserved wood give depth and rhythm to the simple volume Save this picture!© Rufus de VriesAll-electricThe interior is finished with multiplex plates in which led lights, rails for paintings and an infrared radiation panel are embedded. The floor is equipped with electric underfloor heating and the tap water is heated with an electric boiler. With this the studio is all-electric and energy efficient.Save this picture!© Rufus de VriesFutureThe attic is spacious enough to function as storage space and retreat at the same time. A tree in the garden offers privacy and a pleasant view through the dormer. The design took into account the option of expanding the studio later on with a bathroom. It can then serve as a tiny house for one of the sons or as a custody house for a future owner.The project shows how unexpected possibilities can be added to the backyard with modest means.Save this picture!© Rufus de VriesProject gallerySee allShow less25-Story, Trellised, Mixed Use Development to Improve Pedestrian Access in Downtown …Architecture NewsThe Power of Architectural Drawing: The Sketches That Saved St. Mark’sArticles Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officeOpen KaartOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoerdenThe NetherlandsPublished on August 24, 2017Cite: “Backyard Painting Studio / Open Kaart” 24 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
News BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on Brazil Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Based in Sobral, city in the northeastern state of Ceará, Wellington Macedo freelances for the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, ISTOÉ magazine, Agência Estado and FuturaPress. The 59 suits were all filed by school principals in the Sobral area between 19 and 27 September 2018 in reaction to a series of reports entitled “Educação do Mal” that he had posted on his YouTube channel during the previous two months. May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Reports The concerted and coordinated nature of the lawsuits suggest that Macedo is the victim of retaliation by the local government. The one lawyer representing all of the plaintiffs is the Sobral education department’s legal adviser. Each plaintiff is seeking 38,160 reais in damages. The total amount of damages sought is therefore 2,251,440 reais (530,000 euros). Brazil is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Defamation suits are often used by Brazilian officials to intimidate journalists. In 2016, a total of 37 separate libel suits were brought against employees of the Gazeta do Povo newspaper by 35 judges and two prosecutors in the southern state of Paraná over reports claiming they were receiving illegally large salaries. February 18, 2019 – Updated on February 19, 2019 Brazilian investigative reporter to face 59 simultaneous lawsuits Website editors Francisco Costa and Josi Gonçalves were also the targets of abusive libel suits in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte in 2016 after publishing a series of stories about local corruption. “We condemn the persecution of Wellington Macedo by the Sobral authorities,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The concerted nature of the lawsuits and the disproportionate amount of damages sought constitute an intimidation campaign designed to have a chilling effect and reduce this journalist to silence. This is a serious violation of the freedom to inform on a subject of the utmost public interest.” BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment April 15, 2021 Find out more Macedo’s reports exposed fraudulent practices in the system used to evaluate Sobral’s public education, which is regarded as one of the best in the country and is often cited as a model by local politicians. Sobral’s schools have been ranked among the best in Brazil in recent years. Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns local government persecution of Wellington Macedo, a journalist in northeastern Brazil who is due to appear in court tomorrow to face a total of 59 defamation suits in connection with his investigative reporting on the allegedly fraudulent methods used to evaluate local public education. RSF_en News Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Macedo’s “Educação do Mal” series of reports included interviews with Sobral school students and teachers who said they had participated in fraudulent tests in order to improve the overall score of the city’s schools in the national quality of education rankings.
News News LibyaMiddle East – North Africa September 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about two Tunisian journalists missing in eastern Libya News Follow the news on Libya On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom December 17, 2019 Find out more RSF_en February 23, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 24, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Chourabi is the host and producer of the programme “Dossiyates” for Tunisia’s First TV. He and Ktari, a photographer, went to Libya with the initial aim of covering the situation in the Tunisian-Libyan border region.After being detained by a militia in Brega, in eastern Libya, on 6 September, they were released a day later. According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, they went missing near Ajdabiya the next day (8 September). There has been no word from them since then.“We calls for the immediate and unconditional release of these two journalists,” said Olivia Gré, the head of the Reporters Without Borders bureau in Tunis. “The authorities and all those involved in the transitional process in Libya must do everything possible to ensure that they are able to return safely to Tunisia.”Gré added: “The Tunisian authorities must support the mediation that has been initiated in order to speed the release of these two men. Our organizations supports the Chourabi and Ktari Support Committee set up by the National Tunisian Journalists’ Syndicate (SNJT) and the Arab Institute for Human Rights (IADH).”First TV CEO Kais Mabrouk told Reporters Without Borders: “I assigned Sofiène Chourabi the task of going to Libya to purse his investigation. Sofiène is an investigative journalist who is well known for his professionalism.”Reporters Without Borders Libya bureau chief Barbara Néault said: “Like Chourabi and Ktari, many journalists have unfortunately been abducted in Libya since it descended into its current state of all-out security chaos. This is the latest in a grim series of acts of violence against media personnel. Many journalists have had to flee abroad because the threats to their safety are so great.” to go further Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the fate of Tunisian journalistsSofiène Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari, who went missing near Ajdabiya, in eastern Libya, on 8 September and were apparently abducted. RWB calls for their immediate release. Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest News Organisation
ABC News(PARADISE, Calif.) — Hundreds of people remain missing in the wake of a pair of deadly wildfires that have been burning across both ends of California. The two monstrous blazes, which both ignited earlier this month, have claimed at least 87 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that the remains of at least 64 people have been positively identified so far.The vast majority of the deaths — 84 in total — were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state’s history.The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County was down to 536 on Wednesday evening but back up to 605 on Thursday, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. That number is expected to fluctuate as officials continue to account for residents.“We haven’t taken the day off,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said in a video message on Thanksgiving Day. There were 820 people in the field continuing search and rescue efforts on Thursday, as well as over 100 law enforcement officers protecting the areas that have been evacuated due to the Camp Fire, according to Honea.A multiagency task force, at the request of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, has captured detailed aerial imagery maps of damaged properties in most of the burn areas in the town of Paradise, as well as video surveys and 360-degree drone panoramas of all major roads in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.Officials hope the maps will provide valuable information to the search and recovery teams on the ground, multiple agencies coordinating response and to the residents of the community impacted by the Camp Fire.“This has been a tough situation for all of us,” Honea said in his video message Thursday. “We’re in this together. We are Butte County strong.”Firefighters have made significant progress in containing both wildfires in recent days, and much-needed rain is expected to douse the scorched areas through Friday. However, heavy rain could bring new dangers to the burn scar areas in the form of flash floods and mudslides, which would hinder search and rescue efforts.The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the burn areas in Northern California.Here is more about the fires that have been devastating Northern and Southern California. The Camp Fire in Northern CaliforniaThe Camp Fire ignited Nov. 8 near Pulga, a tiny community in Butte County nestled in the Plumas National Forest. The blaze exploded as strong winds fanned the flames southwest, enveloping Paradise, a bucolic community of 27,000 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills.The fire has virtually decimated the entire town.Melissa Schuster, a Paradise town council member, said her house was among those leveled by the Camp Fire.“Our entire five-member council is homeless,” Schuster said in a Nov. 13 interview on ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast. “All of our houses have been destroyed.” The death toll from the Camp Fire increased to 84 on Thursday, after officials found still more bodies in the burned-out rubble of homes and melted cars, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, which has warned that the remains of some of the missing may never be recovered due to the severity of the fire.Thom Porter, chief of strategic planning for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the body count is expected to climb higher as search crews continue sifting through the destruction.“It is by far the most deadly single fire in California history and it’s going to get worse, unfortunately,” Porter has said of the Camp Fire.Many of the deaths have ocurred in Paradise.“The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now,” Schuster said om Nov. 13, holding back tears. “In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don’t know at this moment and that’s something that has to be determined before people can move back in.” The Camp Fire, which has scorched a total of 153,336 acres in Butte County, was 95 percent contained Thursday night as thousands of exhausted firefighters worked around the clock to quell the inferno, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.More than 18,600 structures have been destroyed by the blaze.Two prison inmate firefighters were among a total of three firefighters who have been injured while battling the Camp Fire, officials told ABC News.Last week, Gov. Brown toured the devastation caused by the Camp Fire along with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.“This is one of the worst disasters I’ve ever seen in my career, hands down,” Long told reporters at the scene Nov. 14. The Woolsey Fire in Southern CaliforniaThe Woolsey Fire also ignited Nov. 8 near the city of Simi Valley in Ventura County and rapidly spread south to Los Angeles County. The wind-driven flames jumped the 101 Freeway before sweeping through the celebrity enclaves of Malibu and Calabasas.The entire city of Malibu and a sprawling naval base near the seaside city of Oxnard were among the areas under mandatory evacuation orders, as officials warned the blaze could potentially spread all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Evacuation orders have since been lifted for some areas, including parts of Malibu, as firefighters successfully stretched containment levels.The Woolsey Fire, which has torched a total of 96,949 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, was fully contained by Wednesday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.In all, 1,500 structures have been destroyed and another 341 have been damaged. The blaze burned down a portion of Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills known as “Western Town,” where hundreds of movies and television shows, including HBO’s “Westworld,” have been filmed, dating back to the 1920s.The Woolsey Fire has been blamed for the deaths of at least three people, and three firefighters sustained injuries while battling the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. A public health emergencyU.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has declared a public health emergency in California, where the wildfires forced the evacuation of at least two hospitals and eight other health facilities.“We are working closely with state health authorities and monitoring the needs of healthcare facilities to provide whatever they may need to save lives and protect health,” Azar said in a Nov. 14 statement. “This declaration will help ensure that Americans who are threatened by these dangerous wildfires and who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have continuous access to the care they need.”The smoke from the flames descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities. Smoke advisories were issued for the affected region amid concerns that smoke from the fires could present a “significant health threat” for people with asthma and other lung conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Residents were advised to stay indoors as much as possible and to wear a protective mask when venturing outside.Berkeley Earth, a California-based nonprofit that analyzes air quality in real-time, ranked San Francisco, Stockton and Sacramento as the world’s three “most polluted cities” on Nov. 16.Meanwhile, there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter in Butte County housing evacuees, according to Lisa Almaguer, public information officer for Butte County Public Health.People who are ill at the shelter have been taken to a separate location, are using separate restroom facilities and are being cared for by public health experts, according to Almaguer, who said the presence of the contagious virus is “not uncommon,” especially at this time of year and “with hundreds of people living in close quarters.” President Trump tours unprecedented devastationPresident Donald Trump arrived in California on Nov. 17 to survey the scene of surreal devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.The president stopped first in the town of Paradise, where he called the damage “total devastation.”“We’ve never seen anything like this in California, we’ve never seen anything like this yet. It’s like total devastation,” Trump told reporters. “I think people have to see this really to understand it.” The president later visited Malibu to tour the destruction from the Woolsey Fire.Trump pledged federal assistance to California following his visit, just days after he threatened to withhold funds from the state due to what he described as “gross mismanagement of forests.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. EU directive to increase employees’ rights could be law by next yearOn 13 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today The European Commission’sproposals to force all employers with more than 50 staff to consult theirworkforce on key business decisions could become law in Europe by next year. A European directive onconsultation and information is due to be discussed at a meeting of the socialaffairs ministers of the European Council on 7 May 2001. Sweden, which assumedthe European Union presidency in January, has put the directive firmly on theEU’s agenda. Advocates of the directive suchas the European Parliament Socialist Group are pressing the commission for aEuropean law on information and consultation for all firms by next year.Germany and the UK havepersistently blocked the directive, drafted by the European Commission in 1998.At present, only firms with more than 1,000 staff and employing more than 150in two or more countries have to consult with staff through European workscouncils.Convener of the EuropeanParliament Socialist Group on employment Stephen Hughes said, “Germany isnow ready to vote for a common position. With German and Danish ministers nowbacking the law, Ireland and the UK do not constitute a sufficient blockingminority.”The CBI, however, argues thatthere is little possibility of the EU directive on information and consultationbecoming enshrined in UK law. Simon Blake, employee relations policy adviserfor the CBI, said, “There has been a sustained campaign ofrumour-mongering by proponents of the directive. We know that the members ofthe blocking minority such as Germany, the UK and Denmark remain opposed to thedirective. I think it is highly unlikely that the directive will be passed nextyear.” The CBI is strongly opposed to thedirective being incorporated into UK law. Blake said, “Our first objectionis on the grounds of principle. We already have legislation in place whichgoverns transnational issues such as the European Works Councils directive. “Second, the directive woulddamage good practice in employee relations. It will ride roughshod overpractices that companies already have in place by forcing a ‘one size fits all’policy on them.”The Government argues forsubsidiarity over employee consultation, with these matters being dealt with anational level. The Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederation of Europe(Unice) supports this stance. Social affairs director Therese De Liederkerkesaid, “Legislation on information and consultation in purely national firmsshould not be regulated at a European level. All European countries havepolicies in place which cover employee consultation and this directive willupset national industrial relations policies.” The CIPD also opposes thedirective. Diane Sinclair, employee relations adviser for the CIPD, said,”Our position is that effective involvement is based on trust.”By Karen Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article
ITS TIME FOR ANNA HARGIS TO TAKE ON CITY BUDGET SHORTFALLSThings don’t seem quite right at our Civic Center these days, They’re especially out of kilter on alternating Mondays at City Council meetings, when 1st Ward Councilman Dan McGinn chairs the finance meetings. The City Council majority is Democratic, but Council President Missy Mosby (D) chose a Republican retired attorney for that powerful position on the City Council. We wonder what led her to make that decision. Maybe it was to emphasize the “collaborative” nature of her relationship with Mayor Winnecke and his wife. But to be totally honest we just he don’t understand her thinking in this matter .When the public tunes in on those City Council meetings every other Monday, they see money shuffled between accounts to cover expenditures, with plans to replace the juggled funds from yet-to-be collected payments. Whats amazing is that Finance Chairman Dan McGinn rarely questions City Controller Russ Lloyd’s when he states that everything will come out okay in the end.We can’t help but remember McGinn’s tenure as Mesker Park Zoo Director. Amazonia was his pet project, he assured us it would turn the zoo’s finances around if we support this project. We been told that he produced a six-figure cost over-run on the project. We are now told that the Zoo is losing hundred of thousands of dollars every year, due in large part of the unexpected annual upkeep of the Amazonia. We now understand why many of our readers worry about Mr. McGinn’s financial judgement.Also, we can’t help but wonder if Ms. Mosby felt the need to appoint a Republican to be Finance Chairman why didn’t she choose 3rd Ward Councilwomen Anna Hargis. Mrs. Hargis is a CPA and during last election she promised the voters that she will serve as a financial watchdog for the taxpayers but so far has failed to deliver on that promise. We think its time for Mrs.Hargis to start challenging the deficient spending practices of the Winnecke administration.In the upcoming 2017 budget hearings we hope that Anna Hargis, CPA will start challenging the city deficient spending practices and do a better job in questioning the continued waste of our hard earned tax dollars.Bottom line, we have become more concerned about the City’s finances with the passing of every City Council meeting, and urge all of our readers to keep a closer eye on what is being done with our hard earned tax dollars.We have a gut feeling that the city finances are in bad shape. We feel that City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn or City Controller Lloyd, Jr may not be giving the taxpayers of this community a true and accurate picture of our financial condition maybe Anne Hargis, CPA will. .FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Dear Friends,Ocean City learned last week that our community has achieved Class 5 in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS).That means all policy holders in Ocean City now receive a 25 percent discount on their flood insurance. The CRS program rewards towns that take action to make properties less vulnerable to flooding. The new rating means Ocean City’s 17,019 policy holders collectively save more than $2.8 million every year – an average savings of $165 per participating home. Any policy that renews after May 1, 2016 will see the savings.Ocean City has a Floodplain Management Committee made up of city team members, community members and experts working to suggest new building regulations, flood protection measures, educational efforts and other activities to reduce the potential risk of flood damage. Ocean City joins 13 other New Jersey communities at Class 5, the lowest (best) attained by any municipality in the state. The team is already hard at work on actions that could lead to a Class 4 rating, which would deliver another 5 percent savings. We should all applaud their success and wish them the best in their continued efforts.Opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games are tonight, and the Route 52 causeway bridges will be lit in red, white and blue. I want to wish all our nation’s athletes a safe and successful Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Finally, I’d like to remind everybody that Ocean City will host a Green Fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday (Aug. 8) on the Ocean City Music Pier. The community-wide event is sponsored by Ocean City in conjunction with the Environmental Commission and is designed to educate and encourage people of all ages to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. I hope you all get a chance to attend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorCheck on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts. Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian