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New enquiry urged on 2nd anniversary of journalist Dmitri Zavadski’s disappearance

first_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Belarus The journalist’s body has still not been found and serious doubts remainabout the case, despite the conviction this year of several members of theinterior ministry’s special police force. to go further Receive email alerts July 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New enquiry urged on 2nd anniversary of journalist Dmitri Zavadski’s disappearance News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network called today for a new investigation into the disappearance of a young Belarus cameraman, Dmitri Zavadski, in Minsk on 7 July 2000. They noted that his body has still not been found and that serious doubts remained about the case despite the conviction this year of several members of the interior ministry’s Almaz special police, which guards the president.They said they would support all efforts by his family to establish who was responsible for the kidnapping and probable murder of the journalist and repeated their demand for an independent enquiry and the intervention of the Council of Europe.Zavadski was formerly the personal cameraman of President Alexander Lukashenko until 1996, when he resigned from the government-controlled TV station without the agreement of the authorities and joined the Russian station ORT. He was imprisoned for two months with an ORT colleague in 1997 after they reported on gaps in Belarus security along the country’s border with Lithuania.In 2000, they revealed that a former member of the Belarus interior ministry special police, Valery Ignatovitch, was working with independence fighters in Chechnya. Ignatovitch and two other members of the special police were convicted on 14 March this year of murdering five people and being responsible for the journalist’s disappearance. The Belarus authorities said Ignatovitch had killed Zavadski because he had reported his presence in Chechnya.Despite the plausibility of the suspected killer’s motive, many questions remain. A blanket of silence has fallen over the case since September 2000, when Vladimir Naumov, who set up the special police, was named interior minister. The court in Minsk curiously made no effort to look for the journalist’s body or establish the circumstances of his kidnapping and probable murder. No journalist has been able to meet those involved in the case or attend the court hearings. The Zavadski family were only occasionally summoned to give evidence in court. In a statement on 11 June last year, two former Belarus prosecution officials who had fled abroad – including Dmitri Petrushkevitch, who was in charge of the Zavadski case – accused the general prosecutor, Viktor Shayman, and the deputy head of the presidential office, Yuri Sivakov, of setting up a “death squad” in 1996, while they were respectively secretary of the national security council and minister of the interior. They said the squad was first told to eliminate underworld figures and then received more “political” missions. These accusations have never been investigated.last_img read more

Franchise programme to boost job creation

first_imgPrint SEVERAL new jobs are expected to be created for every franchise opened as a result of an initiative run by LIT and Limerick Chamber.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The National Franchise Centre opened above AIB on O’Connell Street in January and the first 22 participants of the FAST (Franchise Acceleration Start-up Training) programme graduated this week.The centre is believed to be the first of its kind in Europe. Nine of the graduates have set up their own business franchise as a direct result of the programme.It is expected that up to 500 jobs could be created in the next five years as businesses are set up by entrepreneurs emerging from the National Franchise Centre classes.Maria Kelly, CEO of Limerick Chamber, told the Limerick Post that the aim of the programme is to create small to medium enterprises in the mid west.“The aim is to stimulate employment, and Limerick Chamber partnered with LIT to come up with concept and make it a reality.“There are many ex Dell workers involved and some businesses are up and running already as a result of the programme. “A lot of what is taught centres around confidence in presenting and delivering pitches, which are invaluable in business”.One participant, Edel Waters, from Lissycasey, in Clare, told the Limerick Post that she has already set up her own franchise, having been made redundant in 2009.“I was made redundant from RR Donnelly as result of the Dell fall out and have been looking for employment ever since. “I got an email from the EGF (European Globalisation Fund) about this programme and it looked good, so I signed up.“I am now launching weight management classes, offering various programmes on nutrition and exercise, under the title Health Reach.“I made so many connections through the course, which showed us how to get where we want to be, including managing investments and time, and how to pick a contract and franchise to go with”.Every six month FAST programme is taking on 15 applicants and has the capacity to create up to 50 jobs over a three year period.Jan O’Sullivan, Minister of State for Trade and Development, said: “My role is to help to develop markets for Irish produced goods and services so that extra jobs are created at home.“Getting people back to work is the most effective way to solve our serious economic problems”.The programme is modelled on the Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Programme (LEAP) run at LIT.President of the institute of technology, Maria Hinfelaar, believes that “for every franchise opened following the programme, multiple jobs will be created”. Previous articleGovernment should keep control of strategic assets – UL expertNext articlePaving the way for the future admin Facebook WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Email Linkedin NewsLocal NewsFranchise programme to boost job creationBy admin – June 9, 2011 509 Advertisementlast_img read more

Has HSE set stress standards too high?

first_imgThe HSE is getting tough with organisations that fail to take staff stressseriously, but if its draft standards on managing stress go ahead, will theyprove too hard to enforce? Ben Willmott reportsThe Health and Safety Executive’s unprecedented decision to order an NHS trustto improve the way it tackles stress should ring alarm bells for employers. West Dorset Hospitals NHS Trust has been given until 15 December to reducethe stress its staff are under or face legal action under the Health and Safetyat Work Act – and potentially unlimited fines. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued an ‘improvement order’ againstthe trust after investigating a written complaint by a former employee aboutalleged bullying and the trust’s long-hours culture. It is the first time the HSE has started enforcement action against any bigemployer over stress, and illustrates the priority the body is placing ondealing with the growing problem. The move is taken against a backdrop of the HSE’s development of new stressmanagement standards that will spell out employers’ responsibilities in dealingwith the issue (see ‘What HR needs to know’, below right). These reflect the HSE’s increasing concern about stress at work, highlightedby its latest figures, which reveal the number of days taken off due to stressdoubled in just five years from 6.5 million in 1996 to 13.5 million in 2001. Research just published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment (CIPD) shows stress is the biggest cause of long-term sicknessabsence for white collar staff, and the second biggest cause for manualworkers. Mike Emmott, employee relations’ expert at the CIPD, is in no doubt that theHSE’s action signals a more proactive role for the regulatory body in trying toreduce the scale of the problem. “I think this signals a sea change in how stress is tackled. The HSE isunder increasing pressure from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC). Itschairman Bill Callaghan has impeccable union credentials and stress has becomea political issue. “The Government is interested in areas where it can demonstrate itscommitment to promoting employee well-being. As a result, there is pressure onthe HSE to do something about stress that goes beyond [just] issuing advice ongood practice.” While Emmott understands what has led the HSE to take its hardline approachto tackling stress, he has real concerns about the draft stress managementstandards. He believes that in their current form the standards are tooprescriptive, and will be difficult to apply consistently across all types oforganisations. The CIPD is to meet the HSE this autumn to discuss the standards andhighlight its concerns about implementation. The CBI is also unhappy about the HSE’s radical change of approach and remainsunconvinced that the stress management standards are the best way forward. Janet Asherson, head of health and safety at the CBI, believes the HSE’sexisting best practice stress guidance is sufficient and a regulatory approachis unnecessary. “Most organisations have procedures already embedded through managementsystems and personnel policies,” she said. “There are concerns thatthe hardline enforcement action being taken could create more stress within anorganisation than the [original] problem itself. It is every employer’s rightto challenge the law if it feels it has been wrongly targeted,” she said. Asherson is highly critical of the HSE’s draft management standards.”Stress is a handy label to cover many of the tensions surrounding modernlife. But it is very difficult to measure and difficult to evaluate theappropriate action to take. “We do not believe the draft management standards published recentlyare founded on science. They contain subjective score levels that are farhigher than most employee satisfaction results on any employment issue. I wouldlike to know if, as an organisation, the HSE would pass these standards.” Christine Owen, head of health management consulting at Mercer HumanResource Consulting, agrees the HSE’s latest move places a significant addedburden on employers. “It is no easy task to develop a practical process to assess workplacestress, which is why the HSE has taken so long to issue guidance on thematter,” she said. “But there is a real danger that employers couldundertake an isolated stress audit and identify problems but not solutions.Raising employee awareness of workplace stress without the resources to takecorrective action is likely to stoke the fire and cause employee relationsproblems.” However, Bob Tyler, HR director at chemical manufacturer Rhodia, thinks theHSE’s action is a natural progression in the widening of the health and safetyregulatory environment. He is confident his company will be able to comply withthe HSE’s stress management standards and believes good employers have nothingto fear from a tougher enforcement regime. Tyler said the HSE’s proactive approach to tackling stress was more in linewith Europe, where work inspectors in France and Germany are already much morerigorous in how they assess stress in the workplace. Rhodia has a biannual staff attitudes survey which Tyler believes could befine-tuned to ask questions relating to the HSE’s work stressors as part of arisk assessment. The HSE defended its decision to issue the improvement notice to the WestDorset Hospitals NHS Trust, stating that one of its priorities is to stoppeople getting ill at work through stress. A spokesperson for the HSE said the trust’s management had reactedpositively to the improvement notice and would be using the body’s draftmanagement standards to address issues raised. She emphasised the standardswere still at the draft stage and there would be full public consultation onthem next year. According to the TUC and public service union Unison, the HSE’s tougherstance on stress is long overdue. Hugh Robertson, head of health and safety atUnison, said: “The HSE has produced good guidance on how to manage stressin the workplace and tries to work with employers to help them resolve problems.If organisations ignore the guidance, the HSE has no alternative but to takeaction,” There is one thing that all are agreed on: stress is a serious issue forboth staff and employers and must be tackled. However, the jury is still out onthe best way to do this. NHS star gradings will include focus on stressNHS HR director Andrew Foster (right)would not comment on the specific case of West Dorset but said the NHS took theissue of stress very seriously.”We already have a system in place which looks atstress-related issues as part of the Improving Working Lives initiative, whereexternal teams of inspectors ask staff focus groups at NHS trusts about variousaspects of their working lives,” he said.He confirmed the Commission for Health Improvement, which isresponsible for setting NHS star ratings, is to include specific questions onstress in its service-wide staff attitudes survey this winter.”This would make the focus more explicitly about stressand consider issues such as workload and management style,” said Foster.What HR needs to knowThe HSE is currently piloting draft stress management standards among agroup of 24 private and public sector organisations.  As drafted, they are based on the HSE’s six causes of stress,identified in its guide Tackling Work-Related Stress and cover demand, control,support, relationships, role and change.– Organisations satisfy the first three standards (demand, control and support)if 85 per cent of staff surveyed indicate they are happy with their work inthese areas.– The remaining three standards are achieved if 65 per cent of staffsurveyed report they are satisfied– HSE inspectors are being trained to help them assess stress in theworkplace.Once the pilot scheme is finished, there will be a full consultation overthe standardswww.hse.org.uk Previous Article Next Article Has HSE set stress standards too high?On 19 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. 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Will homes be next? Rightmove trials online offers and contract exchange for commercial properties

first_imgRightmove has for the first time enabled buyers to make direct offers for properties and digitally exchange contracts via its website.But the portal is only trialling the service among a selected few of its listed commercial properties for the next six months.The service is being provided by Clicktopurchase for properties marketed by estate agency Singer Veille.Visitors to Rightmove can view its properties within the portal’s commercial section, submit offers for them and also digitally exchange contracts.Offers may also be submitted by private treaty, ‘best offers’ or during a real-time auction, depending upon the method of sale selected by the selling agent and vendor.The properties range from a £20 million office building in Mayfair to a £300,000 retail unit in Yorkshire.House salesAs The Negotiator revealed in December last year, Clicktopurchase has also been used to sell houses, so in theory its service could be offered among Rightmove’s residential listings.Clicktopurchase is a buying and selling platform that enables a legally binding exchange of contracts online.Property worth £225 million has been bought via the blockchain-based platform since it was launched both in the UK and Ireland.“Trialling a route to this technology through Rightmove will give potential buyers the chance to do everything online, from property search to legal exchange” says Rightmove’s Head of Commercial Alex Solomon (left).“By offering this to the UK’s biggest commercial property audience we’ll find out how much of an appetite there is for a solution like this.” rightmove direct selling Rightmove singer veille Clicktopurchase Commercial property July 5, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsCambell Evans, Evans Bros Evans Bros 5th July 2019 at 2:59 pmWell well; what a surprise. I bet there will be hundreds if not thousands of High Street agents moaning about this, so it will be interesting to know what percentage of those moaners signed up to OnTheMarket from the start.Log in to ReplyKathy Britton, Brittons Lettings Brittons Lettings 5th July 2019 at 2:15 pmIn my opinion this is not good news for the future of all the high street estate agents!Most residential estate agents are already unhappy with Rightmove.co.uk always dictating prices etc. making many moving over to alternative property portals in order to achieve better value for money. No doubt Rightmove will be thinking of going forward with this proposal if its commercial trial is successful and will introduce this for the residential listings in the future so agents should be ready for this potential scenario.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Will homes be next? Rightmove trials online offers and contract exchange for commercial properties previous nextProducts & ServicesWill homes be next? Rightmove trials online offers and contract exchange for commercial propertiesThe portal’s decision to trial ‘selling’ commercial properties online via its website may be one small step, but is likely to worry residential agents.Nigel Lewis5th July 20192 Comments3,103 Viewslast_img read more

USCG Rescues Two Men Off Galveston Jetties

first_img View post tag: rescues View post tag: News by topic View post tag: two Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Rescues Two Men Off Galveston Jetties Share this article View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval October 14, 2014 View post tag: Navy Follow @navaltodaycenter_img View post tag: Galveston Jetties Two men were rescued off the Galveston Jetties by a US Coast Guard aircrew after their sailboat became lodged on the rocks Monday morning. View post tag: USCG View post tag: off View post tag: Men Authorities USCG Rescues Two Men Off Galveston Jetties The men called Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders at 6:05 a.m. and reported they had run aground at the tip of the south jetty. Station Galveston boatcrews arrived at about 6:45 a.m., but were unable to rescue the men since they were on the rocks.The watchstanders deployed an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew, which arrived on scene at 7:41 a.m. They were able to hoist both the men off the rocks and deliver them to an awaiting EMS crew at Scholes International Airport. One of the men was treated for minor injuries by EMS and they were released.The sailboat drifted off the rocks and began sinking. It came to rest on the bottom just after 9 a.m., about 250 yards south of the north jetty at position 29°20’37.4″N 94°40’54.4″W. The mast is sticking out of the water about 10 feet, but it is outside the ship channel.[mappress]Press Release, October 14, 2014; Image: USCGlast_img read more

Sugar-coated doughnuts are consumers’ favourite

first_imgPlain sugar-topped doughnuts are the most popular variety, according to new research from Dawn Foods.The bakery manufacturer surveyed the general public, in the run-up to National Doughnut Week (11-18 May), on their doughnut eating preferences.It found that most consumers are likely to have a doughnut as an afternoon pick-me-up (54%), while ‘tea-time’ was their second preference and mid-morning the third. However, only 2.4% of consumers fancied doughnuts for breakfast, unlike the Americans, said Dawn.In terms of the type of doughnut favoured, for ring doughnuts, the most popular was plain sugar-topped, (32%), with glazed (25%) second, followed by icing and sprinkles (22%) and chocolate (15%).When it came to round doughnuts, plain sugar was the clear winner with 53% of the votes, with chocolate icing the runner up with 18%. However there was a less-than-clear distinction when it came to the choice between round and ring doughnuts, with consumers split 52%/48% respectively.Jam stood out as the top filling with 47% of the votes, with custard and chocolate custard coming in a combined second place, with 16% and 13% respectively. Fruit fillings registered a combined total of 18%, with apple the most popular. Dawn also quizzed its respondents on whether they had any ideas for new fillings for round doughnuts. Among the suggestions were Nutella, blueberry, and rhubarb and custard.last_img read more

Celebration Cake Business of the Year 2020

first_imgWhile the pretty and inviting shop is not back to full capacity since Covid-19 hit, Brown is confident about the future and that investment in training for her brilliant team and herself will continue to deliver results.“Most of the cakes we make are personal to the customer. We ask for lots of details from our customers and aspire to create cakes which reflect the person whose celebration it is,” says Natasha Brown, owner of Brown’s Handcrafted Cakes.Though the bakery’s most popular cake flavour is vanilla sponge, it also offers an array of other flavours including lemon, chocolate, Baileys and Champagne, as well as fruit cake.The wit, energy, skill and stunning creative design impact of its cake submitted for the final round of judging was, according to the judges, a credit to Brown and her team who helped create the masterpiece.“We are passionate about creating bespoke cakes and invest a lot of time obtaining the detail required to truly personalise a cake. Figures and models play a big role in our cakes as we have keen interests in modelling techniques,” she adds.Brown’s robust approach to business and future planning, which has delivered double digit year-on-year growth, was also praised by the judges.Her shop offers a warm and inviting environment for customers to relax and talk through their dream cakes. It should come as no surprise that one of Brown’s next big plans is to offer afternoon teas and – of course – cake.We’ll leave the last word with the judges who said the people of Rochdale and the surrounding area were very lucky to have a celebration cake business like Brown’s on their doorstep. Finalist: Julie’s Cake in a BoxJulie Rogerson’s cake studio is based in Beverley, East Yorkshire and specialises in big, bold statement cakes for customers looking for something a little bit different.She tends to make carved cakes, which can be decorated to resemble customers’ favourite animals, toys, teddies, vehicles and faux food or drinks. They are often airbrushed for a more realistic effect.“With my more focused approach to the style of cakes I produce, I intend to become the ‘go to’ cake maker for these larger, more unusual styled cakes,” says Rogerson.Over the past year, Julie’s Cake in a Box has been growing steadily, helped by Rogerson’s regular appearances on BBC Radio Humberside’s Breakfast Show as well as her social media activity, sharing behind the scenes images of cakes as they are being creating on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.In the next year or so, she plans to employ an assistant and expand her corporate work. Sponsored by Finalist: Cakes by CarinaIn 2019, turnover at Cakes by Carina doubled, helped by Carina Storkey’s active marketing to the wedding market via social media.Social media, as well as fellow industry bakers and cake artists, also help Storkey keep up to date with trends and new design ideas.The bakery accommodates a range of styles of cake craft, including sculpted carved cakes, buttercream and hand painted designs.When Covid-19 hit, Storkey took the opportunity to rebrand and opted to start to buy supplies in bulk – something she will continue to do when life and business returns to normal as it has reduced her production costs.She will also continue to offer the treat boxes of decorated cookies, cake slices and cake pops, which are sold via her website, available to post to customers all over the country.center_img Winner: Brown’s Handcrafted CakesBrown’s Handcrafted Cakes was opened 10 years ago in Rochdale by Natasha Brown and in a normal trading year, is a bustling emporium with a team of six staff. This Baking Industry Awards category is aimed at celebration cake businesses of all sizes, with judges looking for cake artistry, awareness of trends, customer service and marketing initiatives.As part of the entry criteria, the businesses shortlisted were asked to create a secret garden-themed celebration cake which demonstrates their skills.last_img read more

Watch Willie Nelson and Jimmy Kimmel Drink Whiskey, Talk About Girls, Animal Fights, & More

first_imgBy far the coolest 83-year old any of us know, country star and American hero Willie Nelson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to participate in a skit titled “3 Ridiculous Questions” with the show host. Though, Kimmel managed to slip in an additional question or two.The two imbibed on some Crown Royal while Nelson responded to questions, such as “What would you really say to all of the girls you’ve loved before?” and “If you were going to die fighting an animal, what animal would you want it to be?”The octogenarian proves himself to be as sharp as ever in the skit, which was taped in conjunction with the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards. Watch the full skit below:last_img

‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio

first_img‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Midwest Energy News:Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid.ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required.“It allows you to inject the solar on the customer side of the meter prior to getting into the home,” said Michael Shonka, a solar installer who has put the new equipment in a half-dozen homes in the Omaha area. “This means we can cut out $1,000 to $2,000 worth of cost in the system because you don’t need electricians to go through foundations trying to get to the service panel, and you don’t need to rearrange the panel.”Some people know it as “plug and play” solar.The ConnectDER “collar” plugs into the meter socket, typically on the outside of the house, and then the meter plugs into the ConnectDER, meaning that the solar panels’ inverter connects directly with the meter without having to go through the household service panel.In Nebraska, the Omaha Public Power District approved the equipment this past summer, and the Lincoln Electric System is now evaluating it. In Ohio, utilities in Tipp City, Yellow Springs and Westerville permit the new technology, as do about a dozen other utilities from Vermont to California and Hawaii.Shonka said he is “always looking for innovations in the industry,” and heard about ConnectDER at an industry meeting.“I recognized this as being a problem because every time I went to do an installation, I ran into issues with how to make the electrical connection.” The last few feet of wiring, he said, “are very expensive. You have to get through foundations, run wire in conduit through the inside of the house, rearrange the circuit-breaker box.”Marketing the product is time-consuming, said ConnectDER’s product manager, Jon Knauer, because, “Each new market that we want to sell it into requires utility approval. Over time that gets easier, because once we have a couple utilities sign off, the others tend to follow along. We’re still in the phase of opening up new markets.”He’s hopeful that in the Midwest, with its numerous municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives, the technology may spread more rapidly than in other regions.Smaller non-profit utilities “make decisions fairly quickly. The (Omaha Public Power District) approved it in a month or two, which isn’t very long. And there are a lot of statewide municipal or co-op associations that you can take the product to and say, ‘This group of utilities similar to you are doing this, and maybe you should think about doing the same.’”More: New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installationlast_img read more

Powder Dreams

first_imgIs it too early start waxing the skis for ski season? I’m not sure why, but I’m seriously itching for winter to be here. Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer. I love the fall. I’m looking forward to that transitional season too. But for some reason, I’ve had this recurring dream that I’m hip deep in backcountry powder eating a frozen granola bar and giggling. It’s almost enough for me to find a set of rollerblades and trekking poles and find the steepest hill in a desperate attempt to simulate the ski “stoke.” We’re a good four months out from seeing any snow in our region, so it’s probably too early to start checking the various weather channels and webcams for incoming snow storms. But here’s a little vid that might get you psyched for what winter could hold. last_img read more