In brief

first_imgIn briefOn 24 Aug 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefVocational skills shortage The Government’s aim of getting 50 per cent of students into highereducation by 2010 could damage business and heighten skills shortages, theBritish Chambers of Commerce (BCC) claims. Bill Midgley,president of the BCC, said business was suffering from an acute skills shortageand urgently needed more young people to pursue vocational routes, to takeapprenticeships and undertake work-based learning. www.britishchambers.org.ukPensions info left out Employers are missing a golden opportunity to sell themselves to prospectiveemployees by leaving pensions information out of job adverts. The TUC claimsthat less than one in 10 recruitment campaigns make any mention of pensionsdespite the fact that it is often a key element of the benefits package onoffer. TUC researchers discovered that out of a total of 1,519 adverts placed,only 101 (6.3 per cent) made any mention of pensions. www.tuc.org.ukWin an iPodMP3 player The EOC and Personnel Today want your views on issues regarding themanagement of pregnancy in the workplace. Your help could shape futurelegislation. Responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and will notbe linked to you or your organisation. Names will be included in a prize drawto win one of two fantastic iPod mini MP3 players. Totake part in the survey go to, http://b2bresearchonline.com/PTODPregnantlast_img read more

BSB reveals speaker line-up for autumn conference

first_imgSenior figures from Warrens Bakery, Bread Ahead and Roberts Bakery are among the key speakers at the British Society of Baking’s (BSB’s) autumn conference.The event takes place at the Heythrop Park Hotel & Resort in Enstone, Oxfordshire on 17 and 18 October. Driving business forward is the key theme of the conference.Global bakery challenges and trends are among the topics for discussion, as well as the future of food-to-go. Baking Industry Awards (BIA) winners also feature heavily, with presentations from 2017’s Rising Star Award winner Jessica Dalton and finalist Megan Roberts part of the line-up.“These are challenging times for bakers and for equipment and ingredient manufacturers. Both business and technology, however, offer many opportunities to those willing to look and plan ahead. To reflect this, we’ve put together an impressive team of speakers that all specialise in forward-thinking,” said BSB chairman Paul Turner.The full list of speakers is as follows:Stan Cauvain, one of the UK’s foremost bakery scientists and technologists, will look at pioneering solutions to global baking challenges and at global baking opportunities;Matthew Jones and Chris Malec from Bread Ahead will discuss their proposed Bakery Academy;Lin Carson, founder and CEO of BAKERpedia, the online digital resource for bakers, will talk about her launch in the US and expansion to the UK;Jonathan Scoffield, divisional marketing director of Greencore Food To Go will look at future growth in food-to-go;2017 BIA Rising Star winner Jessica Dalton and finalist Megan Roberts will discuss how they are both going further in baking;Stuart Spencer-Calnan, MD of Roberts Bakery will present a paper on the company’s next-generation bakery;Alex Martin, director of retail operations at Warrens Bakery (winner of the Craft Bakery Business Award at the 2018 Baking Industry Awards), will discuss the firm’s phenomenal growth in the past five years and its plans for this continued expansion;Matthew Verity, business unit director – chilled & bakery at Kantar Worldpanel will present the latest trends in bakery.Conference fees start at £137 for BSB members and £152 for non-members and are available via the BSB’s website.last_img read more

BVV doubles Pensionsfonds assets with SEB addition

first_imgThe DB plan assets cover the accrued benefits for around 6,000 beneficiaries.SEB said the “total costs” for the outsourcing were SEK891m (€85.9m).Prior to this outsourcing, BVV was already responsible for the administration of SEB’s German DB plans.“By taking on the pension liabilities we will take care of all administrative tasks and the pension assets,” said Helmut Aden, board member at BVV, in a press release.He explained that outsourcing pension plans had become more common over the past few years as “the difficult interest rate environment had increased the pressure on internally financed models”.Aden added that the increasing regulatory requirements was placing a growing administrative burden on companies with Direktzusagen, which are DB plans with benefits paid direct from company balance sheets.In July, Standard Chartered transferred its German pension plans to BVV. The Pensionsfonds is only one of the pension vehicles the BVV offers, the largest being its Pensionskasse.In total, the BVV group runs roughly €28bn in assets for companies from Germany’s financial and banking sector.For SEB, the transfer formed part of a restructuring of its German business. The Swedish banking group dissolved SEB AG in Germany in January 2018 and turned the operations into a branch of the SEB Group.In its annual report SEB said: “The purpose of the change is to simplify the reporting and administration of the German operations. The non-core business that was not transferred to the branch from SEB AG will be dismantled over time.” Swedish banking group SEB has outsourced its German defined benefit (DB) pension assets to the pension provider for the German financial sector, BVV.The transfer brings the BVV Pensionsfonds’ assets to almost €1bn, the company noted in a press release.The volume of the pension asset transfer was not disclosed but at the end of 2017 assets in the BVV Pensionsfonds stood at around €357m.BVV confirmed to IPE that it was “correct to assume the assets had almost doubled” since the transfer of SEB’s German pension plan.last_img read more

Fairytale home with modern wing

first_imgThe house has a Tudor facade.With a white stucco exterior and a pitched red terracotta roof Emma and Kris Whitehead knew they could turn this Tudor-style home at 388 Swann Rd, St Lucia, into something special. The older part a home is “like a hug”.“We loved the character and the style of the original property and also the potential the land offered,” Mrs Whitehead said.“We had two children who were very small at the time, so we could see that it was ideal for a young and growing family, although it should suit anybody in any walk of life.” The modern extension is bright and open.“Each room gives you a different feeling,” she said.“When you’re in the old house, you feel hugged, you get that feeling of protection.“But in the extension, there’s the expansive open-living, which is brilliant for summer time.“You can find the perfect place with what you’re feeling in that moment, and that’s kind of neat.”On the first level of the house is a formal lounge, study, sitting room, laundry, mudroom, the master suite, and an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The kitchen looks out to the pool.The upper level has four more bedrooms and a bathroom.While Mrs Whitehead said they designed the house as their forever home, she was now on a crusade to save other character properties.“I want to try and prevent houses from being bulldozed … keep the bones of what was there and just give it a facelift.” The house is being marketed by Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige and will go under the hammer at 10am June 29. The house at 388 Swann Rd, St Lucia, is set to go to auction.FROM a fairytale facade to a contemporary extension this house is captivating from the moment one steps across the threshold. The stairs leading from the entry to upstairs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe couple more than doubled the floorplan by adding an extension to the rear, and a deck.They sensitively restored the original part of the home, but consciously created a contemporary extension.When asked if she had a favourite area of the house, Mrs Whitehead said there was “no discrimination”.last_img read more

FIFA announce increased prize money for women’s World Cup

first_img“In reality, the changes actually signify an increase in the gap between men’s and women’s prize money. This regressive trend appears to contravene FIFA’s statutory commitment to gender equality.”In comparison, the prize money for this year’s 32-team men’s World Cup in Russia was $400 million, a $48 million increase from 2014. That included $38 million going to the winners, France.Next year’s World Cup will be staged in France from June 7 to July 7. The 2015 tournament, won by the United States, was the first women’s World Cup to involve 24 teams. Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | FIFA are to double the prize money on offer at the women’s World Cup in time for next year’s tournament in France, president Gianni Infantino confirmed on Friday.Speaking at the end of a FIFA Council meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali, Infantino confirmed an overall contribution of $50 million for the 24 participating nations.This is, he said, “more than three times the amount paid in 2015,” when the competition was held in Canada.“Concretely this means a 100 percent increase in prize money from 15 to $30 million,” Infantino added.The added funds also include $11.5 million to help teams organise friendly matches before the World Cup, as well as $8.5 million to reward clubs releasing players for the tournament.Nevertheless, players union FIFPro released a statement to say that much more needed to be done towards achieving gender equality.“Despite these changes football remains even further from the goal of equality for all World Cup players regardless of gender,” it said. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more