Sexist air controllers ad runs into some turbulence

first_img Previous Article Next Article National Air Traffic Control Services has been forced to apologise to staffafter a controversial recruitment advertisement placed in Loaded magazine wasaccused of being sexist. It features alongside adverts for cannabis seeds, sex lines and sex websitesin this month’s issue of the archetypal lads magazine. Entitled ‘Bird Watching’ it shows a picture of two men leering and askspotential applicants to “imagine the bird you’re talking to is a Boeing747,” adding “you have a rare knack for visualising information in3D”. David Luxton, national secretary of Prospect Union which representscontrollers, has sent a complaint to the NATS chief executive. “Airtraffic controllers are broad minded but this is clearly offensive and veryinsulting, especially to women. It’s so blatantly sexist. Air traffic controlis supposed to be a top class profession – not a top shelf one.” Management at NATS has published a hurried apology on the company intranetafter complaints from employees – 25 per cent of whom are female. A spokesman for NATS said it hoped to recruit 130 new controllers this yearand this was an attempt to attract younger staff. “While the intention was good, the advertisement and where it wasplaced in the magazine was not. We’ve apologised to our staff unreservedlybecause the advert was inappropriate,” he said. The news comes as another blow to the beleaguered service following staffingproblems, a pay dispute, computer failures and a disastrous move to its new£623m base at Swanwick. Sexist air controllers ad runs into some turbulenceOn 24 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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JOHNSTON, KATHRYN (nee: McCauley)

first_img82, passed away on January 31, 2017 at the Bayonne Medical Center. Kathryn was born in Jersey City and resided there until moving to Bayonne 50 years ago. She was a homemaker. Wife of the late Lt. Robert F. Johnston {Bayonne Police Department}. Mother of Thomas “TJ” Johnston and his Wife Kathleen, and the late Robert S. Johnston. Grandmother of Scott, Thomas, Brian, Juliette, and Andrew. Sister of Eddie, William, Donald, Raymond, James, Rose Marie, Virginia, Patsy, Dorothy, Barbara, and Anna. She is also survived by many Nieces, Nephews and Friends. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

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A simple country baker

first_imgMany of the stupid announcements by politicians must irritate you as much as they do me. That arch feminist – she from planet Pluto not Venus – Ms Patricia Hewitt, the then Minister for Trade and Industry who, to the best of my knowledge, has never started, run a business or even worked for a commercial company in her life – which is of course the perfect qualification to tell us how to run our companies – came out with such nonsense in a consultation paper that I can only conclude she had spent the previous 24 hours in a pub trying to prove it is good for you to drink for that period.Mind you, she is now Minister for Health, a logical career move after all day and night pub opening; it’s a case, I suppose, of supplying extra customers for the hospitals.She tells us that, if we give working mothers 12 months maternity leave, allow them to transfer part of it to their husbands or live-in partners and allow them to demand flexible working hours, it will be of great benefit to business. What planet does she live on? After all, if these were such great ideas, we in business would have done it years ago and the government would never need to coerce us into doing it; we would all be doing it to improve our bottom line.Naturally, being a politician, she has no idea of costs. All she knows is the public sector with its bloated staffing levels where, if half the staff were away – and they usually are – no one misses them. This government’s idea of consultation is listening to the public sector unions and the Confederation of British Industry, which represents the very large companies and apparently has no interest in the small companies.Next, they say to us: “We are listening.” Then they totally ignore our needs and do exactly what they were going to do anyway. The only solution I can see is for the private sector to give very serious thought before employing ladies of child-bearing age and to be grateful, for once, to the public sector, which can carry on employing them.The downside, even of the public sector employing all the ladies, is that next, they will be coming to us for even more taxes to pay for extra accommodation to build hundreds of crèches to put all their children in and to fund wages for staff to look after them because they want to be seen as caring employers.We uncaring employers, meanwhile, will either be working our staff and ourselves to death to pay the taxes for this madness or will have said, “No way! I will sell out to some other fool who wants to try and support the country.” Again, as always, the snag: even the supply of fools will dry up.Now I will confess that my views are slightly to the right of centre and, at the moment, are not fashionable to the tie-less brigade of modern politicians.However, fear not! One day, two and two will make four again; I lived through the crazy ’50s and mad ’70s, but the day of reckoning came, as it will – without doubt – come again. Tony Phillips is past president of the NAMB and is (allegedly) retired from running Janes Pantry with 10 shops in Gloucestershirelast_img read more

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A simple country baker

first_imgFlicking through some back issues of British Baker recently, I came across a point made by the editor Sylvia Macdonald. She argued in February that the Government pays little heed to comments made by trade associations with memberships of less than three thousand.This made me think – where does that leave the National Association of Master Bakers? I am a serving member of the NA board and, like every member, I have my own personal views, which in no way reflect those of the board. In my view, if we want to increase membership to include all craft bakers, the subscription rate has to be lower. This would mean, inevitably, that costs would have to be dramatically reduced. The only way this could be achieved would be by reviewing all the services the NA provides and charging members as and when they use them.No longer would it be possible for a service to be provided for the very few, paid for by the vast majority of members who have no need for it.This means probably providing only a few core services such as advice on employment law, keeping members up to date with current legislation and lobbying. In essence, the NA would become a service facilitator rather than provider. Inevitably, this would upset many stalwart long-term members, but I would suggest our businesses have had to change to survive, in many cases dramatically, and the same must go for the NA – change or perish.Like many, I believe the majority of members want the NA to survive as a group run for and by bakers. To do that and have any influence with Government, we must become larger and more inclusive. This inevitably will mean a comparatively low subscription rate. There will be those who say that by providing a high standard of service, members will be willing to pay for them. True, but not enough will – that is a fact of life. Unfortunately, wishful thinking does not increase membership. There could be the creation of a main board representing various food sectors and consisting of working representatives from each trade association. It could meet, say, once or twice a year. This means actual working members, not just the chief executives of each trade group. I have always believed that, unless you are at the coal face, it is easy to lose a sense of perspective. Just as a poor man who becomes rich forgets what it was like to be poor. Unless you have to meet a wage bill year in and year out, it is only too easy to come up with ways to spend money. I am always being told: “You must realise, Tony, running a trade association is different to running a business.” Well, I thought you still had to balance the books and not waste money. And surely you have to provide a service members want.I have often wondered that if a member knows nothing about running a trade association, how do those running one know my problems? Are they not one and the same? Oh well, that’s the price of being simple I suppose!last_img read more

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Cornish pasty firm to open drive-thru

first_imgA Cornish pasty drive-thru to open in the South West could be a world first. The Plymouth Herald reported the opening, which is set to launch at the end of June, after having been in the pipeline for around 18 months. Portreath Bakery’s drive-thru will open near Redruth, Cornwall on Wilson Way, Pool. It will feature a 100-seat restaurant, a gluten-free bakery and a state-of-the-art baker training facility. It will sell pasties, cream teas.Owner, and guest star of The Great British Bake-Off, Marion Symonds said: “The plans have been in the pipeline or 18 months and I am buzzing that it is nearing completion.”Symonds started working in bakeries when she was 14 and was awarded the pasty ambassador award at the 2015 World Pasty Championships for her work promoting the pasty in Europe and Mexico.She also owns a second bakery in Lanner, also in the Redruth area.last_img read more

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HD VIDEO RECAP: Dopapod Covers Pink Floyd, Encores With “I Believe I Can Fly” At The Vogue

first_imgLoad remaining images Last Saturday night, Dopapod continued their current tour with a performance at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN. With the announcement of a heat-long sabbatical at the end of 2017, Dopapod has been bringing an added energy and sense of significance to every performance on their lengthy Fall run, and the Indianapolis show was no exception.Dopapod Announces New Album, Fall Tour, And Year-Long HiatusIn addition to tried-and-true Dopapod jam vehicles and selections off the band’s recently released album MEGAGEM, guitarist Rob Compa, keyboardist Eli Winderman, bassist Chuck Jones, and drummer Neal “Fro” Evans bookended the entire second set with Pink Floyd‘s “Echoes”, and encored with a fan-favorite cover: R Kelly‘s inspirational 1996 hit “I Believe I Can Fly”.Thankfully, Phierce Photo‘s Keith Griner was there to capture the the magic–from vivid shots of lighting director Luke Stratton‘s beautiful light rig at work to an official HD recap video. You can check out both below:Watch Phierce Photo‘s official recap video of Dopapod’s 11/4/17 performance at The Vogue in Indianapolis below, via Keith Griner:Listen To Dopapod’s New Album, ‘MEGAGEM’ [Stream]Dopapod continues their tour tonight, Thursday, November 9th, at Milwaukee, WI’s Turner Hall, and rolls on through the weekend with shows in Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, and Morgantown, WV on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively. For a full list of upcoming Dopapod tour dates, or to grab tickets to an upcoming show, visit the band’s website.EXCLUSIVE: Dopapod’s Rob Compa Talks Allman Brothers, Phish, And Future Dopapod PlansPhierce Photo | Keith GrinerPhierce Photo | Keith GrinerPhierce Photo | Keith GrinerSETLIST: Dopapod | The Vogue Theatre | Indianapolis, IN | 11/4/17Set I: 8 Years Ended -> Bubble Brain, Mucho, Bahbi, Sleeping Giant -> BraindeadSet II: Echoes* -> Dracula’s Monk -> Freight Train Filled with Dynamite > Trickery, Plaese Haalp, New James -> Echoes*E: I Believe I Can Fly^*Pink Floyd cover^R Kelly Cover[Photos/Recap Video courtesy of Phierce Photo by Keith Griner; Instagram: @phiercephoto]last_img read more

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Industry group says 90GW of new wind capacity could be installed in Europe by 2023

first_imgIndustry group says 90GW of new wind capacity could be installed in Europe by 2023 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:The outlook for European wind power is clouded by uncertainty that threatens jobs and the EU’s ambitions for a ‘Green Deal’ to turbocharge climate action on the continent, WindEurope warned.The most likely central scenario of the industry body’s latest mid-term outlook expects Europe to add 90GW of new wind capacity between 2019 and 2023 – 72GW of it onshore – to reach a total of 277GW by then.But WindEurope said the wide variance between the central forecast, and the high and low scenarios on either side shows the huge impact, for better or worse, that key policy decisions will have on the sector’s mid-term fortunes – especially the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) that EU member states have to wrap up by the end of the year, but which have been slammed as lacking ambition in their draft forms.If EU member states turbocharge their NECPs then Europe could see 112GW added. If the NECPs remain unambitious and the type of permitting issues that have choked the market in Germany continue to dog the market, installations could be as low as 67GW.WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said the policy unknowns are putting the dampers on what should be a buoyant wind power market, given the imperatives of climate change and wind’s highly competitive cost of energy. But the policy headwinds are already taking their toll on national wind auctions, with tenders in Germany, Greece and France all heavily undersubscribed over the last year or so.Governments also need to come up with clear policies to support repowering of the huge amount of European wind nearing the end of its life, Dickson said.More: Europe set to add 90GW of new wind by 2023: WindEuropelast_img read more

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Chilean, Argentine Presidents Mark Peace Treaty With Pope

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2009 The presidents of Chile and Argentina marked with Pope Benedict XVI the 25th anniversary of a peace treaty signed between the former dictators of their countries with papal mediation. The pope told Michelle Bachelet and Cristina Kirchner that the treaty, which averted a looming border war, showed that “perseverance is always needed … to resolve differences by means of patient negotiations and necessary compromise.” Benedict’s predecessor John Paul II intervened as Argentine dictator Rafael Videla was threatening an invasion of disputed islands in the Beagle Channel, which his Chilean counterpart Augusto Pinochet vowed to resist. After mediation by Cardinal Antonio Samore, a treaty of peace and friendship was signed on November 24, 1984 in Rome, and John Paul II was hailed as the pope of peace when he visited the two countries in 1987. After the audience with Benedict, Bachelet and Kirchner laid a wreath at the late pope’s tomb in Saint Peter’s basilica.last_img read more

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Missing Homeless Woman Found Dead in Shirley

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Elizabeth FridenbergerA 25-year-old homeless woman who was reported missing last month was found dead in Shirley over the weekend, but investigators do not suspect foul play, Suffolk County police said.A family member of Elizabeth Fridenberger had reported her missing on March 15. Police released her photo to the media 10 days later.The victim, who was known as Beth, was found dead Saturday in a wooded area on Linden Avenue.Fridenberger had frequented the Mastic/Shirley area, which is where she was last seen.Investigators determined that her death was non-criminal.last_img read more

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2015 Hurricane Season Forecast as Below Normal

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Forecasters are predicting the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will be below normal, but officials urged coastal residents to remain prepared for a storm, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday.There’s a 70-percent likelihood of between six and 11 named storms with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher, three to six of which could become hurricanes with at least 74 mph winds and two potentially growing into major hurricanes reaching wind speeds of more than 111 mph, NOAA officials said.“Now is the time to start planning before hurricane season starts,” Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator, told reporters during a news conference in New Orleans.Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and peaks between late August and early September. Sullivan warned that even if the seasonal outlook is below normal, the tropical cyclones that do form will be just as dangerous. The long-term forecast does not predict where exactly the storms may reach landfall.NOAA officials also used the announcement to reminded the public of how to prepare for a storm. Such tactics include stocking enough food and water to last at least 72 hours, discuss a backup plan and meeting places with family, keep important papers in a safe place, avoiding floodwaters and checking on the elderly as well of those with special needs.The biggest reminder is that it’s neither the winds nor rain, but the storm surge associated with hurricanes that can prove most destructive and deadly. Attesting to that was New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, which still has areas recovering from Hurricane Katrina—the costliest in American history, with Sandy ranking second costliest.“We hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” he said.For more hurricane preparedness tips, visit Ready.Gov for information on preparing an emergency kit. Visit the humanesociety.org for details on how to prepare pets for emergencies, too.last_img read more

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