Merit pay push has little impact

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. About one-third of institutional investors have little or no interest inlinking directors’ pay to the performance of their business.The finding, revealed in a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, indicates thatthe government policy of self-regulation of directors’ pay is having littleimpact.This comes six months after the Department of Trade and Industry issued aconsultation paper on directors’ remuneration.It proposes that quoted companies be subject to more extensive disclosurerequirements and calls for clear links between directors’ pay and performance.Moira Conoley, a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Global HR Solutions,said, “Institutional investors are unlikely to support any demands fromthe Government for a push for performance-related remuneration until they haveclear evidence it will lead to superior business performance. Merit pay push has little impactOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Spain’s Endesa looking to speed up renewable energy investments in pandemic recovery efforts

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Utility Endesa SA said it could speed up investments in wind and solar power as the Spanish government emphasizes green spending to boost its economy, while the coronavirus is leading to only minor delays in its construction program.“The company has already resumed construction on all its renewable farm projects and remains fully committed to the investments envisaged in [its] strategic plan,” CEO José Bogas said May 4 in a statement on Endesa’s first quarter, which saw profits excluding extraordinary effects rise 59%.In February, the company announced it had more than 5 GW in new installations ready to be built, mostly over the next three years. Enel Green Power, the renewables arm of Italy’s Enel SpA, which also owns Endesa, announced April 27 that it had started building a 50-MW solar power plant in Spain’s Seville province.“We are even considering speeding up the planned investments, especially in wind and solar plants, to help jump-start the economy by creating jobs and generating wealth,” Bogas said.Spain has been among the hardest-hit countries in Europe by the coronavirus, but Bogas said on an earnings call that Endesa is expecting only minor delays with some renewables parts sourced from a Chinese equipment provider. This will delay capital expenditure in some smaller projects but not affect 2020 earnings, Bogas said.While renewables production rose considerably during the first quarter, thanks in part to a recovery in hydropower production, output from Endesa’s four remaining coal plants in Spain, with a combined capacity of nearly 4,600 MW, was about 90% lower than in the same period in 2019, Bogas said, dragging down total mainland production by 13%. The CEO reiterated that the market conditions for coal in Spain are “completely uneconomical” and “remain unfixable” due to structurally low gas and rising carbon prices, meaning Endesa would not reverse its decision to close the plants by the end of 2021.[Yannic Rack]More ($): Endesa’s renewables plans could accelerate, despite minor delays due to COVID-19 Spain’s Endesa looking to speed up renewable energy investments in pandemic recovery effortslast_img read more

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Just One More Time

first_img“Just one more time.”You know those words likely in the same capacity as I do, that infamous phrase you or one of your friends has said right before doing something borderline stupid which, more often than not, ends in either total embarrassment, injury, or both.“Just one more time” is right up there with “Hey, watch this.”It never ends well.Let me tell you about the last time I said “Just one more time” to myself.It was the day after Ocoee Fest outside of Chattanooga, Tenn. I didn’t know anyone to paddle with, but I refused to leave without hopping in my boat and at least getting on the water for a little bit. My solution? Hell Hole.I’m by no means a playboater. I have a playboat, yes (a pretty yellow Dagger Jitsu that reminds me of a fat banana). I can sometimes, very occasionally, catch a wave and surf it for a second, but I’m no playboater.There’s a reason Hell Hole has its name. Steep, turbulent, and kinda wild, if you’re not getting worked by the hole itself, you’re likely getting trampled by the herd of commercial rafts charging downriver. Doesn’t sound very appealing to an amateur playboater, right? But with roadside access, good eddies, a (relatively) clean washout, and early Sunday hours on my side, I thought to myself, “What do I have to lose?”Surprisingly, or maybe not (as it was the Sunday after the festival), there were no kayakers parked at Hell Hole when I pulled in with the Jeep and Go. I thought I’d misunderstood the directions a boater had given me that morning, so I walked down to the river to check it out. Normally, Hell Hole is packed with kayakers sitting in both eddies, waiting their turn to surf. But today, with the exception of a few tourists and commercial photographers, the place was empty.I looked down at my watch. It was almost 11a.m.I told myself I’d surf until noon which would give me plenty of time to pack up and hit the road and (shockingly) be on time to meet my friends in Knoxville. I wasn’t feeling particularly excited to just park and play, but I wasn’t dreading it either. I know how my surf attempts usually go. I paddle into the feature, don’t make it the first few times, get really frustrated, charge hard, make it, surf for about a millisecond, get power-window-shaded, roll up with my helmet half off my face, and then sit in the eddy trying to re-orient myself.In all, I normally have a good time, even if I repeat that process for an hour.Which, is exactly what I did.I tried to plug my bow down a few times and throw a loop. That, of course, only increased my violent window shades. After the first few runs, water was pouring out of my nostrils like a broken faucet, but I was actually having fun getting worked. Finally, after nearly a half hour of being the sole source of entertainment for the crowds standing on the bank, a few paddlers floated downstream and stopped to play at the feature. Their surfs were a little longer than mine, but not much better, so I relaxed a little more, finding hilarity in our useless attempts to throw ends down in the churning hole.I pulled off to the side and got out onto the bank, emptying the water that had accumulated in my boat. I sat there for a minute on the rocks, watching the rafts come crashing through and cheering on the kayakers that stopped to surf. I looked down at my watch – it was already 11:45am.Just one more time, I told myself as I cranked on the back brace. After all, I was on the river left side of the river and my Jeep was parked on river right. The only logical way to get to my car would be to surf over there.Which I did.And then I swam.I don’t really remember how it happened. I do remember having a pretty decent surf, flipping, carping my roll once, twice, three times, then sliding upside down over the first ledge of the rapid behind Hell Hole. At that point, I’d run out of breath, lost my grip on my paddle, and was just done.I pulled my skirt and gargled for air as I surfaced, sandwiched in between my boat and paddle. I watched my Freewaters float downstream away from me, but I couldn’t have cared less. A kind boater in a red Jefe helped nudge my floating shit show into the eddy at the bottom, told me he’d set my flip flops on the side of the road if he saw them, then peeled back out to join his crew.I began my walk of shame up the bank, struggling to avoid the broken shards of beer bottles that littered the leaf-strewn ground. When I finally wiggled my way to the top, I hoisted my boat on my shoulder, took a deep breath in, and tried to shake it off.Everybody swims, I told myself.At least, that’s what everybody says every time I swim.I sucked in my pride and began walking back to the car, delicately placing each bare foot on the smoothest patch of gravel. I had floated quite a ways downstream, and as the sound of rushing whitewater and voices cheering returned, I increasingly became more self-conscious.DCIM101GOPROEspecially when I realized that I was on the wrong side of the river.A bridge crosses the river, right over Hell Hole and into Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) property. Once you cross that bridge, the entire left side of the river is bordered with a seven-foot barrier of chain link fencing. Of course, I walked up that side of the bank and found myself trapped inside the chain link fencing. No one was around to unlock the gate for me.I sighed. Could this get any more embarrassing?I launched my boat and paddle over the gate, too annoyed to care how much plastic the chain link fence scraped from the bottom. I climbed up and followed my gear, disregarding the incredulous stares I got from the tourists that lined the bank. My skirt snagged on the gate as I jumped down, sending me flying back into the chain link fence instead of landing gracefully on my feet like a cat.As if that wasn’t humiliating enough, a guy with a professional-grade camera and a beefy tripod came walking up the trail behind me.“Man, I caught every bit of that action! Front and center!”I don’t think I even humored him with a reply. I threw my boat on the Go, took off my skirt and PFD, and drove to Knoxville in sopping wet clothes and a soggy attitude to match.###Please, help me feel better about myself and share your “Just one more time” stories. I know you’ve been there, don’t be shy. We can revel in our embarrassment together. But maybe, per this awesome blog post I recently read on 7 Strange Questions That Will Help You Find Your Life Purpose, embarrassing yourself isn’t so bad after all.last_img read more

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North Amityville Man Convicted of Murdering Girlfriend

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A North Amityville man has been convicted of helping an alleged gunman fatally shoot his 30-year-old girlfriend in the apartment the couple shared inside a Halloween supply store three years ago.A Suffolk County jury found Joseph DeFelice, 34, guilty Thursday of second-degree murder, hindering prosecution and criminal facilitation.Prosecutors have said DeFelice collaborated with 36-year-old David Newbeck of Massapequa in killing Mandy Jo Jenkins in August 2010 after Jenkins filed identity theft charges against Newsbeck’s girlfriend, Jennifer Russini.Newbeck has pleaded not guilty to the same charges as DeFelice and is slated to be tried separately. Russini is serving prison time for the identity theft and criminal possession of a forged instrument.Police had apprehended DeFelice and Newbeck after each fled the state. Each has been held without bail since being brought back to Long Island to face the charges.DeFelice had given investigators a half dozen different versions of the story of Jenkins’ disappearance before police discovered her remains in North Lindenhurst months after the murder, authorities have said.He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 13 before Judge John Toomey.last_img read more

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USDA names chicken plants with Salmonella problems

first_img “FSIS intends to post updated results of completed Salmonella verification sample sets for young chicken slaughter establishments on or about the 15th of each month, beginning in April 2008,” the agency said in its announcement of the move last week. “Each month’s posting will replace that of the previous month.” Feb 6 CIDRAP News story “USDA to name poultry plants with Salmonella problems” See also: The FSIS’s current policy is to name the facilities in categories 2 and 3. Thirteen different poultry companies are represented by the chicken plants named by the FSIS. Pilgrim’s Pride has five plants on the list, while Tyson Foods has four. Five facilities appear on both the FSIS list and the Food and Water Watch list. Four of those are listed by the FSIS as category 2 plants, meaning that between 10% and 20% of recent samples were contaminated. But their appearance on the consumer group list signals they had more than 20% contamination at some point in the last 2 years. The plants listed are in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The two that failed the standard are a Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. facility in Ellijay, Ga., and a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Center, Tex., according to the FSIS. Only two plants actually failed to meet the USDA’s standard for Salmonella in chicken: a maximum of 20% of samples contaminated. At the other 19 plants, between 10% and 20% of recent samples had Salmonella, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Apr 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – As expected, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week began publishing the names of broiler chicken plants that have had trouble with Salmonella, listing 21 facilities where more than 10% of samples were found contaminated in recent tests. The naming of the 21 plants came on the heels of a report in which the consumer group Food and Water Watch listed 27 broiler chicken facilities in 17 states that failed at least one round of Salmonella testing between January 2006 and January 2008 by having a contamination rate higher than 20%. The nonprofit group used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the information from the FSIS. An FSIS spokesperson declined to comment on the Food and Water Watch report. The Food and Water Watch report takes issue with that approach, saying that good performance in one round of sampling is no guarantee of continued success. The group’s findings show “that passing in one test period does not mean that contamination levels won’t increase beyond the performance standard in the next period,” the report states. Risk-based samplingUnder the risk-based sampling policy, the frequency of FSIS sampling is based on performance category. Category 1 facilities are tested at least once every 2 years and category 2 facilities at least annually, while category 3 plants may be tested several times a year, USDA officials have said. The group called on the USDA to publish Salmonella testing results for all chicken plants and to seek legislation to make its Salmonella standards legally enforceable. The organization also urged the agency not to reduce the frequency of sampling at plants that have the lowest contamination rates. “Such results undercut the position of FSIS that passing facilities should not be retested for 12 to 24 months,” the report adds. “With no government oversight and enforcement, previously good plants may allow themselves to produce unsafe food over extended periods of time, which obviously threatens consumer health and safety.” Food and Water Watch report, titled “More Foul Fowl” The USDA had said in January that it would begin listing facilities with higher Salmonella rates on Mar 28. The move is part of a control initiative the USDA first announced about 2 years ago, after several years of increasing contamination rates. About 16% of broiler chicken samples tested positive for Salmonella in 2005. The initiative includes a “risk-based” sampling program, in which FSIS focuses more of its sampling on plants that have higher Salmonella levels. For example, it says, a Perdue Farms facility in Kentucky failed Salmonella testing in February 2007, with 32 positive samples out of 51 tested, up from 9 of 51 (a passing score) in December 2005. FSIS announcement about publication of chicken plants in performance categories 2 and 3http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/Salmonella_Verification_Testing_Program/index.asp The agency began naming broiler plants first because they have had the most trouble with Salmonella, but it is considering publishing results for facilities that produce other poultry and meat products, officials said. Three-tier rating systemThe FSIS sorts chicken plants into three categories according to their Salmonella test results as compared with the USDA’s 20% standard. Facilities that limit Salmonella to half of that standard (10%) or less in the last two sets of samples are put in category 1. Those that have Salmonella in more than 10% but fewer than 20% of samples are in category 2, and those that exceed 20% are in category 3. A set is a series of samples collected at one site on successive operating days—51 days in the case of broiler chickens.last_img read more

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Pregnant nurse dies of COVID-19; Baby survives

first_imgUK’s National Health Service is reporting that authorities were forced to perform an emergency C-Section on a pregnant nurse after the nurse succumbed to complications due to the coronavirus.28-year-old Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust passed away on Sunday after testing positive for the virus on April 5th, according to reports.David Carter, CEO of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spoke about Mary saying the death was extremely sad:“Mary worked here for five years and was a highly valued and loved member of our team, a fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this Trust,” Carter said Wednesday.“She tested positive for COVID-19 after being tested on 5th of April and was admitted to the hospital on the 7th April. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mary’s family and friends at this sad time. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time,” he continued.While they have asked for the family’s privacy at this time, officials did report that the child is doing “very well.”At least 27 NHS workers are among the 13,700 people who have died of coronavirus in the UK. AnotherA GoFundMe page that was set up to support Agyapong’s husband and their baby has raised around £117,000 (about $146,000,) in 24/hrs time. The original goal was to raise £2,000 (about $2,500).last_img read more

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New Partnership Forms Family Justice Center In Thurston County

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Prosecutor’s OfficeOLYMPIA –Thurston County Clerk Betty Gould, Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza, Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim, and the Executive Director of the Family Support Center Schelli Slaughter, are pleased to announce a new partnership, the Thurston County Family Justice Center.  The Family Justice Center will provide advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in criminal cases, assist with civil protection orders and civil family law matters, and provide referrals to social and other support services.Staff from the County Prosecutor’s Office, the County Clerk, and the County Sheriff’s Office will be available to assist clients at the Family Support Center building, which is less than two blocks from the Olympia Transit Center at 108 State Street.  Staff from the Northwest Justice Project and the Family Support Center of South Sound will also be located at the new center.“We are proud to welcome the Thurston County Family Justice Center to the Family Support Center both as a partner and as a new service provider in our building,” says Schelli Slaughter, Executive Director of the Family Support Center.  “The Family Support Center was founded to strengthen families in our community by offering an array of collaborative, coordinated, client-centered services under one roof.  The Thurston County Family Justice Center perfectly complements this best practice model and will fulfill a critical need for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who seek co-located services.”The Thurston County Family Justice Center gathers together law enforcement, legal experts, victim advocates and social service providers in one place, making it easier for domestic violence and sexual assault victims to begin to rebuild their lives with protection orders, emergency housing, child care resources, and other legal and social services.   A recent client said, “It has been two years since my assault.  All the professionals connected with the Family Justice Center have continued to help me through the healing process and now I am back to being myself.”“It’s important to have a collaborative and coordinated approach for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking cases,” said Jon Tunheim, Prosecuting Attorney. “Victims may become intimidated and discouraged if they are forced to go to six or eight different places and talk to a dozen different people to get basic help. Having one office in downtown Olympia makes it easier for victims to access the justice they deserve and rebuild their lives.”  The Thurston County Family Justice Center also offers monthly outreach clinics in Rochester and Yelm.WHAT:           Thurston County Family Justice CenterWHEN:           Regular business hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.WHERE:         108 State Avenue S.W., Olympia, WA 98501, 2nd FloorPHONE:    360 915-8940For more information about the new Thurston County Family Justice Center and information about services and assistance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, visit the Thurston County Family Justice Center web page at www.thurstoncountyfjc.org.last_img read more

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