8 top tips for bossing your PayrollBy SD Worx on 18 Nov 2020 in PROMOTED CONTENT, Latest News, Personnel Today, Payroll Make UK launches new Covid 19 HR & Legal Support Programme to protect businesses and safeguard jobsPROMOTED | Make UK has developed a new online suite of services to help manufacturers with the challenges of preparing… Furlough bonus guidance publishedThe government has published details of the one-off bonus that employers can claim if they keep previously furloughed employees on… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website The first peak of the pandemic has shifted the priorities of large and small businesses alike, making payroll a top concern for UK companies with employee wellbeing a close second, according to new research by Payroll & HR services provider, SD Worx.Whether you’re the one who saves the day in a crisis, problem-solves like a ninja or you’re already trailblazing your way to the top, you’ll know that payroll’s remit is evolving rapidly.Preparing for the future workforce, creating transparency, staying up to date with legislation, ensuring the right technology is in place whilst driving strategic change – there’s a lot to master when it comes to payroll, all the while staying productive and compliant.Are you up for the challenge? We hope so! But just in case you need a helping hand, we’ve whipped up this tantalising and satisfying list of eight ways to make payroll a piece of cake.Power to the peopleGiving employees access to their own Payroll & HR data is the way forward – let them take ownership of inputting key details and requesting leave through a 24/7 self-service platform or mobile app. Putting data at their fingertips not only makes your life easier, it’s what your people want.Interactive payslips are genius in terms of reducing or eliminating enquiries that would otherwise head your way, by up to 75%*. Not only does this self-service function give you some breathing space, it nurtures a transparent and open culture so payroll isn’t seen as the department of secret sorcery (although you may be viewed as a Payroll Wiz, which is a good thing).Empowering employees whilst you increase your own productivity by around 30%* means you can have your cake and eat it. Why be reactive when you can be proactive?Hungry for more? Download Making Payroll a Piece of Cake to read the other 7 tips and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a payroll boss.About SD Worx Related posts: New Research – How Leading Organisations are Responding to Coronavirus and Creating Lasting Cultural ChangePROMOTED | Coronavirus has affected businesses like never before and had a very human impact… Previous Article Next Article
Two leading bakeries in the Irish Republic have gone to court, with one accusing the other of deliberately copying its packaging and producing a ‘look-alike’ brown bread.McCambridge told the Commercial Court in Dublin that the alleged action by Joseph Brennan Bakeries was causing “grave concern”.Company chairman Michael McCambridge said its Irish Stone-Ground Wholewheat Bread, which had sales of more than €7.6m last year, was made with a unique recipe that had been in the McCambridge family for generations, and had distinctive packaging. But Brennan Bakeries, he claimed, had copied the packaging and was marketing and selling a ‘look-alike’ product, called Wholewheat Stone-Ground Sliced Brown Bread, “intended to confuse consumers and people in the grocery trade”. It was a deliberate infringement of copyright, and he had taken the court action to stop it, he said. He added the bakery had a history of “highly valuable” goodwill in relation to its packaging, which included the signature of company founder John McCambridge.Brennan Bakeries denies the claims made, but has still to present its side of the dispute. The case has been adjourned until July.
Dark Star Orchestra has been a fan-favorite Grateful Dead-inspired act for decades. They are well-known road dogs, extensively and regularly touring the country and bringing their exacting recreations of specific Grateful Dead shows to the masses. Today, the band has announced 2019 spring tour dates.Focusing on the American Southeast, Dark Star Orchestra’s spring tour has them performing five shows in Florida, kicking off on March 28th, before weaving north and hitting key spots in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama through April 14th.However, before the spring, DSO has a winter tour ahead of them that will focus on the west coast, kicking off on February 7th in Seattle and winding down through Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona before ending in Beverly Hills on February 23rd.Ahead of all that, Dark Star Orchestra will host their seventh-annual Jamaican Jam in the Sand festival, taking place January 15th through 19th, 2019, in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Featuring a beachside stage and located at an all-inclusive resort, the destination festival boasts four nights of Dark Star Orchestra plus two sets of The Wailers and three sets from Green Leaf Rustlers.Then, DSO will return to Legend Valley Music Center (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, home to some of the largest outdoor Grateful Dead concerts) in Thornville, Ohio on May 24th through 26th, 2019 for the eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee. Along with DSO as the host band, the full lineup includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, and The Mighty Pines.Tickets for Spring Tour go on sale Friday, December 7th at 12 pm local time. For more information, head to the band’s website. DSO Spring 2019 Tour Dates:3/28 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live3/29 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre3/30 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater4/1 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues Orlando4/2 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon4/4 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall4/5 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/6 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/7 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City4/9 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works4/11 – Asheville, SC – The Orange Peel4/12 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte4/13 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz Theatre4/14 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake AmphitheaterView All Tour Dates
1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United can postpone Leicester’s party but not spoil it, according to Louis van Gaal.The Foxes travel to Old Trafford on Sunday where victory would give them a stunning first Premier League title.But United are also desperate for three points to close the five-point gap to Arsenal and Manchester City as they chase Champions League qualification.Van Gaal’s side have finally found some consistent winning form, claiming victory in six of their last seven matches to keep the pressure on in the league and reach the FA Cup final.Leicester are unbeaten in nine and the United boss has no doubt that they will end up lifting the trophy, with games against Everton and Chelsea still to come.He said: “I think we have to beat them because we are still in the race for fourth position. We cannot allow that they are the champions this weekend at Old Trafford.“I think they shall be the champions a week later. We don’t spoil the party, only postpone it a little bit.”Leicester’s remarkable season has stunned football, but Van Gaal insisted the Foxes’ exploits have not been a total shock to him.The Dutchman praised his opposite number Claudio Ranieri, whom he first battled against when the pair were at Barcelona and Valencia respectively in the late 1990s.Van Gaal said: “It was always difficult to beat his teams. He has always organised his teams very well.“I was the first that said that they could be the champions. For me it’s not any surprise. I’ve seen it many times and I believe in team building and this manager has done that with this team.“Of course they had the circumstances to play always with the same team, they didn’t play so many matches as the other teams in the Premier League, so it is always possible.“They have confirmed it and I think it is also good for the Premier League and for the sport of football that not always the same teams are the champion.”
The Carndonagh Musical Society are set to return to the Colgan hall stage with their 2019 production, Bugsy Malone, this April.Running from the 10th-14th of April, the production will mark the group’s first ever youth production, while a talented cast of over fifty young Inishowen performers, aged 9-19, are set to storm the stage.The 2019 production is directed by Aideen Doherty, with choreography by Jessica Peoples (Zona Dance Company) and musical direction by Maeve Byrne. Tickets are on sale from Monday the March 25 in Doherty’s Newsagents (Fintan’s), The Diamond, Carndonagh. Adults €12 and Children €8. The show runs nightly from Wednesday, April 10th to Sunday, April 14th. Doors open 6.45pm with curtain up at 7.30pm sharp. Booking is essential.For further information, see Carndonagh Musical Society on Facebook or contact [email protected] pupils set to star in new production of Bugsy Malone in Colgan Hall was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bugsy Malone
8 May 2014Politicians showed off their party colours at the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) national Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Thursday morning as the focus shifted from voting to counting in South Africa’s fifth democratic elections.The atmosphere at the centre was busy and jovial, with political party representatives keeping a close watch on the giant blue results screens, while others interacted with their competitors.The centre, which is shaped like a stock exchange trading floor, also serves as a base for journalists, political analysts and election observers.Just over 35 percent of votes had been counted by 9am, just 12 hours after polling stations closed at 9pm on Wednesday.The African National Congress (ANC) was leading the national election with over 2.8-million votes (59%), followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 1.2-million votes (26%) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – the new kid on the block in South African politics – with over 204 000 votes (4.2%).“It’s always important to kick off fast out of the blocks,” ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told SAnews. Dressed in a yellow, black and green ANC party T-shirt, khakhi pants and a black jacket, Mantashe expressed confidence in how the party had fared. “I think we’ve kicked out of the blocks very fast and I think we should keep the momentum.”Dressed warmly in a purple coat, DA leader Helen Zille was also present at the results centre, which was abuzz with excitement as results continued to pour in. Zille said that although there had been some “hiccups”, the elections had gone off as smoothly as could be expected.Representatives of the EFF, dressed in their trademark red berets and some in red jumpers, could be seen conducting interviews with the various media houses stationed at the centre.Earlier, Mantashe went to “check how the fighters are doing”, and could be seen exchanging banter with them.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Recessed can lights have gained a reputation as the go-to fixture for inexpensive downlighting. But they have their drawbacks. When placed in an upper ceiling and not sealed and insulated, they can bleed energy. When improperly insulated, they can present a fire hazard.One answer from Philips, released this week, is an ultra-thin surface-mount LED fixture designed to look like a recessed can when viewed from below. Measuring only 5/8 inch deep, the SlimSurface LED can be mounted in a shallow electrical box (see Image #2, below). If the installer specifies an airtight box (or implements a few simple air-sealing steps), the SlimSurface fixture will leak much less air than most recessed cans.To create a uniform glow, Philips places LEDs at the edge of the fixture, relying on a specially designed lens to distribute the light (what they call their Edgelit technology). This approach is is similar to that used in their SlimStyle LED light bulbs, which were introduced earlier this year.The SlimSurface is available as a square (either 4-inch or 6-inch) or round (5-inch or 7-inch) luminaire. The fully-integrated fixture (the LED itself is not replaceable) is has a rated life of 50,000 hours.The fixture comes in two color temperatures (2,700 K and 3,000 K); two lumen levels (630 and 980); and two color rendering indexes (80 CRI or 90 CRI). RELATED ARTICLES Canned Lighting ConundrumBan the CanMartin’s 10 Rules of LightingLED Lights Brighten Our Nearly Completed Home Recessed Can Lights It can be dimmed to 10 percent using ELV (electronic low voltage)-type dimmers. The light is also Energy-Star certified, using as little at 10 watts of power and producing 70 lumens per watt.The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the new light, which will be available from lighting distributors beginning on October 23, starts at $40.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Oslo-based BW LPG has submitted the names of three director candidates to stand for election at Dorian LPG’s 2018 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.The company said it intends to file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, accompanied by a WHITE proxy card, in connection with Dorian’s 2018 Annual Meeting.The move was made as a part of BW LPG’s takeover takeover attempt of Dorian. On May 29, 2018, BW LPG proposed to combine with Dorian in an all-stock transaction, under which Dorian shareholders would have received 2.05 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share.After its initial proposal got rejected, the company increased its all-stock proposal to combine with Dorian on July 9, under which Dorian shareholders would receive 2.12 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share.“Since announcing our proposal to combine with Dorian, the feedback we have received from a significant percentage of Dorian’s shareholders has been overwhelmingly positive, including a recent public letter of support from SEACOR Holdings, one of Dorian’s largest shareholders,” Martin Ackermann, BW LPG Chief Executive Officer, said.Ackermann explained that, due to Dorian’s continued refusal to engage with the company on the proposed combination, BW LPG have decided to go directly to shareholders with their director nominees, namely, Baudoin Lorans, Ouma Sananikone and Jeffrey Schwarz.Based on BW LPG’s current price of NOK 34.06 per share and an NOK/USD exchange rate of 8.13 as of July 13, 2018, BW LPG’s proposal to combine with Dorian values each Dorian share at USD USD 8.88 per share, representing a 28% premium to Dorian’s unaffected share price of USD USD 6.96 as of May 25, 2018, the last trading day prior to the announcement of BW LPG’s initial proposal, and a premium of 19% to the long-term historical exchange ratio of Dorian and BW LPG since Dorian’s IPO.
New Delhi: Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) on Friday reported a 81.39 per cent decline in consolidated net profit at Rs 102.68 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019. The company had posted a profit of Rs 551.96 crore in the same period a year ago. Revenue from operations declined to Rs 14,820.89 crore during April-June period as compared with Rs 15,907.53 crore in corresponding period last year, SAIL said in a regulatory filing. “The domestic steel industry has witnessed subdued demand during the first quarter of the financial year compared to corresponding period last year,” SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said in a separate statement. However, he said, with the government announcing planned investments in steel intensive sectors including infrastructure and construction, a positive impact can be expected for the industry for the rest of the financial year. During June quarter, SAIL’s crude steel output was at 3.930 million tonne (MT) as compared to 4.945 MT in the same period of 2018-19.
WASHINGTON – The rate on 30-year fixed-rate U.S. mortgages slipped to 3.93 per cent this week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home loan rate was down from 3.94 per cent last week and 4.16 per cent a year ago.The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, popular with those refinancing their homes, was unchanged this week at 3.36 per cent. It was 3.37 per cent a year ago.The rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 3.36 per cent from 3.35 per cent last week and 3.19 per cent a year ago.On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the third time in 2017. “The market had already priced in the rate hike, so long-term interest rates, including mortgage rates, hardly moved,” said Len Kiefer, a Freddie Mac economist.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year home loans also remained at 0.5 point. The fee on an adjustable five-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.3 point.