first_imgSarah MorrisGiles FoodsThe new national sales executive at chilled and frozen bakery products manufacturer Giles Foods is Sarah Morris, who has worked in the food industry for most of her career.In her new role, Morris will be responsible for looking after customers and developing the company’s business with wholesale distributors, food manufacturers and quick service restaurants, as well as major pub chains in the northern half of Britain and Ireland. She has previously worked with McCain Foods and McCormick Foods.Alex BattyCrantock BakeryCornwall’s Crantock Bakery has expanded its new product development (NPD) team with the appointment of Alex Batty as NPD technician. The move follows the appointment last year of NPD manager Becky Hornabrook, brought in to expand the company’s range of Cornish pasties and bake-off products. Batty is a food and nutrition graduate and his first task will be to review the company’s entire bakery range, including over 30 different varieties of pasty.Harold BinkDawn FoodsHarold Bink has been appointed product manager Europe with sweet bakery specialist Dawn Foods. Based in the Netherlands, Bink will be responsible for market research and testing a wide range of products, while also driving Dawn’s New product development forward. In addition, he will look after sales analysis throughout Europe.Bink joins Dawn from Panasonic Netherlands, where he worked as a sales manager and later product manager.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgDutch divestment Greencore Group is to sell its Dutch-based convenience foods business, Greencore Continental, to Convenience Foods Europe. Greencore Continental supplies sandwiches, chilled pizzas and chilled sauces to customers based in Continental Europe. It had a turnover of E58.2m (£48.6m) for the year ended 25 September 2009.Grocery growth Latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel have signalled positive growth from UK multiples for the 12 weeks to 11 July 2010. Grocery market growth reached 4.4% the highest since February as World Cup promotions and warm weather boosted sales. The Co-operative saw the strongest rise in this period, with year-on-year growth of 19.3%, while Iceland grew by 11.4%.New M&S plantMarks & Spencer has opened a new 1.1 million sq ft distribution centre on ProLogis Park Bradford, just off the M606. It will serve all M&S stores with ambient food from next year.McVitie’s rewardsUnited Biscuits UK is to launch a rewards scheme across 360 million packs of McVitie’s biscuits from 16 August. McVitie’s VIP Club will offer consumers the chance to claim tea-break treats or build up a collection of points in order to claim larger rewards.Ingredients initiativeButter brand Lurpak is inviting bakers and retailers to promote their wares on a new website, aiming to help consumers source good food ingredients. The Good Food Finder will allow both consumers and bakery business owners to submit their own food finds into the database. To get listed, go to read more

UMF students receive help for the holidays from campus and local community

first_imgGenerous UMF campus and local community members contributed 70 grocery gift cards to help students in need through the holidays. (Left to right) Scott Lavertu, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce; AJ Saulnier, UMF student from Wauregan, Conn. and key member of the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition; and Mark Pires, UMF sustainability coordinator and advisor to the Thrifty Beaver.FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington Thrifty Beaver and local communities are reaching out to UMF students who may need a little extra this year to help make ends meet. The Thrifty Beaver is a student-run campus food pantry and co-op whose mission is to help provide food and other essentials to students in need.With the holidays fast approaching, several UMF faculty, staff and alumni wanted to make sure students still in the area had the food they needed to stay healthy. They collected donations and used them to purchase 60, $20 gift cards at Food City, the local grocery store, which helped stretch the donation amount with a generous discount.Joining the effort, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce donated another 10 gift cards from the Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Program, a longstanding food drive named in honor of Gerry Wiles, a local resident known for his charitable work in the community.“The Gerry Wiles Food Basket Program is in its tenth year. The Chamber received monetary donations from 84 area businesses and individuals. The support was overwhelming this year, as was the need. Two significant contributions were received from the UMF Community; one from the UMF Student Athlete Advisory Council, and UMF staff and colleagues. It was a welcomed opportunity to be able to donate gift cards to students through the Thrifty Beaver,” said Scott Lavertu, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.The gift cards were delivered to the UMF food pantry and are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.“We are so grateful for the generosity of everyone involved in this endeavor,” said Mark Pires, UMF sustainability coordinator and advisor to the Thrifty Beaver. “So often, we see students in need who are putting in their best effort to meet these challenging times. Having the campus and community show they care about their health and wellness is a gift in itself.”The UMF Thrifty Beaver provides canned, frozen and non-perishable food to students with food insecurity. It also has a swap-shop with one-of-a-kind clothing and daily needs items. It is located on campus in room 004 in the Fusion Space on South Street. During the winter break, it is open Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m., with special hours this Saturday, Dec. 19, 3-8 p.m. and closed on Sat. Dec. 26. For more information see their Facebook page read more

Remote work and parenting – employee engagement is key

first_imgEvery company in the nation should want to help working-parent employees through this particularly difficult time. But the real question is, how?  How can we as credit unions step in to support our employees’ increasingly complex lives?For those preparing to return to the office, months of working at home likely revealed, perhaps unexpectedly, that presence at the office is not a necessary requirement for productivity. Providing employees with the ability to blend work from home and office, managed by a schedule of their own making, can provide a helpful and meaningful level of choice, decision-making, and empowerment.To build trustworthiness and provide transparency, conduct listening sessions to learn about the needs of employees … then act on that feedback! Some staff will need very little support while others may feel out of touch, unsupported and/or under appreciated.We need to be proactive in asking employees what they need in order to be successful in remote work and balancing family/schooling obligations. I will add that while discussions center on parents managing work from home and childcare/schooling, this also applies to employees who may now be caring for a parent or loved one, and are also in need of flexibility and accommodations to meet their caregiving obligations.By engaging with employees, we allow them to have a voice in the policy decision-making.Consider this, if long-term, remote work is the trend, companies are going to save 30% – 40% of their income on office space because we don’t need that anymore. Maybe we need to explore how we allocate those dollars to support employees.Companies could provide childcare benefits and perks, help pay for grocery delivery and house cleaning. In other words, funds to help support the scaffolding that parents need to keep their complex lives going.In this new abnormal, parents will need more childcare options than before. According to a July 2020 study of 550 US companies by Willis Towers Watson, less than one-third of employers have childcare plans for working-parent employees who are returning to work. Employers can assist parents by leveraging benefit providers or even crowdsourcing curated lists of local tutors and accessible resources that give them a place to start.It is also important to foster socioemotional support and a sense of community. It takes a village and parents just want to know they’re not alone in this struggle. Build touch points for others in the credit union to share their parenting experiences and demonstrate vulnerability.This can be accomplished by: Creating a Parent ERG (Employee Resource Group), bringing in expert facilitators to help normalize stressors and talk through unique circumstances, and/or providing 1:1 counseling and parent/family therapy, even for employees who aren’t on your health plan.Get CreativeRemote social interaction is too often overlooked. Structuring virtual social calls, and even optional small in-person gatherings with proper social distancing can go a long way toward addressing the need for social time. Here are a few ideas to consider:Virtual lunch buddies to encourage taking a break: Too often we push through or are distracted by family obligations. Having a lunch buddy forces us to take a break and also offers that social interaction and check-in opportunity.Virtual yoga/exercise classes: This can create team cohesion by having department or branch contests engaging in physical activity … further promoting wellness.Walking meetings: These are short meetings where teams are on the phone and outside, walking … around the block, at a park, etc. The goal is to encourage connection, breaking up the routine and also promotes staying active.Stipends for lunch delivery: Many larger credit unions (or sponsor/business park) offer subsidized cafeterias. With remote work, this is no longer an option. Friday Virtual Pizza Night (Family Friendly): My husband’s team hosted a virtual cooking class. This was designed as a family friendly event. A local chef led the class, the company reimbursed employees for all supplies needed, even wine! We huddled around the computer with our kids and made pizza dough from scratch, cooked our pizzas and engaged in fun discussion, adults and kids alike. Pokemon and Minecraft were common themes.The point is, think outside the box and make the most of the situation – engaging employee in the process. It is also important to keep in mind that many if not all work-related family events have also been sidelined. So if you can, as I shared above, look for ways to bring that into the mix.Finally, offering encouragement and emotional support is something leaders can and should do whether in-office or remotely. You can simply ask, “How is this new arrangement working out for you?” and “Are we having the right amount and format of check-in meetings?” This will invite input and opportunities for listening and learning.Bottomline, those organizations that have missed the mark on extending empathy and understanding are those who have failed to acknowledge that a disruption to typical caregiving plans will continue to persist for an unknown time period; and those who have continued to manage by counting time at a desk rather than results delivered.There are no easy answers to navigating the current reality of balancing remote work and parenting, no clarity on what the best decisions are or even the timeline in question. There is one certainty – this crisis has presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent the workplace. Things that might once have seemed impossible have proven surprisingly doable. With collaboration essential to innovation, the ideas shared here will hopefully enable you and your credit union to not only survive, but thrive. Let’s replace the fear of the unknown with curiosity and work towards solutions to define our path forward. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Carr Alison currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Your Credit Union Partner. In this capacity she supports: Community Development & Outreach Initiatives, Business Development, Speaking/Training Engagements, Strategic Partnerships and … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Guest Column: Can a president be indicted under the Constitution?

first_imgThe House of Representatives has issued Articles of Impeachment – the first step in the process – at least 19 times, including against two U.S. Presidents: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Other instances include one U.S. Senator, a Cabinet member, and 15 federal judges.In at least three of those cases — the 1986 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Harry Claiborne of Nevada, the 1989 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Walter Nixon of Mississippi, and the 2009 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent of Texas — the judges remained on the bench following criminal convictions and were only impeached after refusing to leave office.   There are two recent prominent cases in which federal criminal charges – indictments – were brought against sitting federal officers without impeachment proceedings ever having occurred.In 2014, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm was indicted on multiple felony counts, pleading guilty to one. He later resigned his office. In 2015, Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted. His trial ended in a mistrial. He remains in office.The most well known example, though, is Spiro Agnew, vice president under President Richard Nixon.Agnew went so far as to file a motion in court arguing that a sitting vice president could not be indicted.Ultimately, Agnew pleaded no contest to a felony charge of tax evasion and resigned his office the same day.  The text of the Constitution makes only one special accommodation for the president regarding impeachment: “[T]he Chief Justice shall preside” at his impeachment trial. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes The actual words of the Constitution have barely been mentioned. Let’s go to the source, the actual words of the Constitution.  A constitutional discussion must begin with the Impeachment Clause: “Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office or honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”The clause mentions both impeachment and indictment.It does not explicitly state that impeachment must come first, but the clause does discuss impeachment before it discusses indictment.By discussing impeachment first, did the constitutional framers intend to preclude indictment prior to the impeachment process? Or, having limited the penalties that can be imposed through the impeachment process, does the clause simply make clear that the official subject to impeachment also remains subject to the criminal process?Other provisions of the Constitution and past practice suggest the latter.The impeachment power extends beyond the president to include the vice president and “all civil Officers of the United States.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Sunday GazetteAs we enter the 13th month of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, there has been a great deal of chatter in recent weeks about whether a sitting president can be indicted.That is, can criminal charges be brought against a sitting president? Donald Trump’s legal team, most prominently Rudy Giuliani, all say no.There may be strong public policy reasons not to indict a sitting president. The special counsel’s mandate may not permit it.But what of the Constitution? Does the Constitution allow it?  Political commentators have tended to focus on the nature of the president’s office and the structure of government. There is no other reference to the president regarding impeachment or indictment. This is all the more notable because the text of the Constitution does provide a limited immunity for members of Congress.“They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same.”In other words, the framers of the Constitution did not want members of Congress hauled off in cuffs while in session.The text of the Constitution does not include similar protection for a sitting president.If a president cannot face criminal charges, that conclusion must be based upon something other than the words of the Constitution.  Hermes Fernandez is senior partner, Bond at Schoeneck & King, PLLC, in Albany. He is a former assistant counsel to Gov. Mario Cuomo; former attorney, Civil Division, U.S. Justice Department, Washington, D.C. (Main Justice); and past vice president of the New York State Bar Association.last_img read more

Disrupted, anxious, worried: Indonesian children speak up about their pandemic experience

first_imgAs the government reallocates most of its resources to the mitigation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, children from across the archipelago have spoken up to raise concerns regarding their right to education and protection during these unprecedented times.Speaking in an online forum held by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and Plan International Indonesia Foundation (Plan Indonesia), several children shared their aspirations regarding access to health care, protection from any form of violence, access to online learning, as well as child marriage.A recent study conducted by Plan Indonesia showed that the current health emergency had had a significant impact on children. Access to education, for instance, has been disrupted as a result of physical distancing measures. Furthermore, children are also prone to heightened levels of anxiety, fear and worry the study found.Girls with disabilities from marginalized communities have also been affected by the so-called “secondary impacts” of the outbreak due to their age, gender and other related factors, according to the report.Read also: COVID-19 killed more than 200 young children, Indonesian pediatricians suspectThe children involved in the forum represented several children’s organizations from various regions across the country, including the national and regional chapters of the Children’s Forum, Youth Coalition for Girls (YCG) in Riau, as well as Plan Indonesia’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) in Jakarta and East Nusa Tenggara. Plan Indonesia executive director Dini Widiastuti said in a statement that she expected the forum to serve as a bridge between children and the government.Around 50 children from various regions in Indonesia take part in online hearings with the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and Plan International Indonesia Foundation on June 25, 2020. They talked about various issues related to children’s rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of Plan Indonesia/-)“We support children in making their voices heard by the state commission, with the hope that they will be taken into account in the policy-making process and evaluation of policies in the context of protection and fulfillment of children’s rights, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dini said.KPAI deputy chairperson Rita Pranawati conveyed her appreciation for the forum.“I am proud to see Indonesian children can deliver recommendations directly to the KPAI and will be used as a cornerstone of the KPAI in providing policy input to the government. Your passion encourages us to realize equal protection and empowerment of children throughout Indonesia,” Rita said.Topics :last_img read more

Online discounts best way to boost sales amid slump in purchasing power, analysts say

first_imgTopics : “The trend will continue this year, but we expect sales volume to go down due to people’s declining purchasing power,” he said during a webinar on Tuesday, adding that holidays including Christmas and Valentine’s Day also saw slight increases in online sales.“That is why e-commerce platforms should still utilize these days for promotional events,” he said.Mulya went on to say that while many people have seen a loss of income due to pay cuts, furloughs and lay-offs during the pandemic, some people have disposable income, as remote working enables them to save on transportation and apparel spending.Household spending, which accounts for more than half of gross domestic product (GDP), fell 5.51 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter, as the economy contracted 5.32 percent for the first time since 1999. A recent survey conducted by the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia (UI) in collaboration with ride-hailing firm Gojek showed that 85 percent of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) surveyed had seen a decrease in sales between March and June.However, according to a survey by management consulting company Redseer in May, Indonesia’s e-commerce sector is projected to grow 50 percent yoy to reach $35 billion this year from $23 billion in 2019, as the pandemic creates a new normal in shopping habits.The survey also found that around 30 percent of the survey respondents said they were new to online marketplaces, 40 percent of whom said they would continue to use e-commerce after the pandemic was over.Kredivo general manager Lily Suriani also said that discounts were valued by consumers as many waited for prices to drop before buying certain items.She went on to say that consumers were now increasing their basket sizes on e-commerce platforms, especially millennial and Gen Z buyers, who account for 85 percent of online transactions.However, Lily also said older generations also showed confidence in e-commerce, as people on average made purchases on online shops 17 to 20 times annually regardless of age group.“People are now more confident in using e-commerce even to buy gadgets and automobiles. I think this trend will continue,” she told the press.However, Indonesia E-Commerce Association (idEA) chairman Ignatius Untung said that e-commerce platforms should not go overboard in giving out discounts, as it was not a sustainable business strategy.“The pandemic has pushed people to stay indoors and turn to e-commerce for shopping. So even without discounts, e-commerce has gained good traction,” he said.Kredivo Marketing and Alliances head Indina Andamari Said that around 70 percent of the platform’s loans went to e-commerce payments and to cater to the growing number of online shoppers.The company is aiming for 80 percent of its loans to be disbursed for online shop payments this year.“We also plan to create a new loan product for small and medium enterprises [SMEs], but we are still formulating it,” she said.The company has reported it has almost 2 million active users, an increase of 42 percent since January.center_img Discounts and promotional events will be important to lure consumers to e-commerce platforms amid a decline in purchasing power during the pandemic, expert and business player have stated.Katadata Insight Center research director Mulya Amri said that historically, promotional events such as last year’s Single’s Day in November as well as Harbolnas (National Online Shopping Day) in December 2019, increased online sales by 3.7 times and 5.3 times, respectively.The figures are based on a joint study between media and research firm Katadata and credit lending app Kredivo that looked at 10 million e-commerce transaction by the app’s users last year.last_img read more

Another Major Milestone for PhilaPort

first_imgGovernor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey yesterday joined federal, state, and local leaders in celebration of the recent arrival of the first two super post-Panamax cranes at PhilaPort, celebrating another major milestone spurred by the governor’s port development plan.“My administration is working hard to invest critical dollars in improvements at PhilaPort, so that we can create thousands of jobs and grow the economy of this region, and the entire commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Deepening the Delaware is one of the most substantial job creation opportunities that Southeastern Pennsylvania has had in decades,” added Senator Casey. “For years it was a distant goal, but because of the dedication of this community, it is becoming a reality. I have been a proud partner in this effort and have worked to secure $271 million in federal funding for the deepening project. I look forward to PhilaPort’s continued growth in the years ahead.”The arrival of the cranes marks another significant milestone since the governor announced his plan to invest more than $300 million in PhilaPort’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment in 2016, according to the official statement from the Governor Wolf’s office.Since implementing the infrastructure improvement plan the port realized record breaking cargo volumes and nearly 20 percent container growth in 2017, and just last month welcomed the arrival of the largest container vessel to ever call at the Port.Development is slated to continue through 2020 and is projected to support thousands of jobs and generate an increase of more than $100 million in state and local tax revenues annually.[mappress mapid=”25185″]last_img read more

Bulldogs Harriers Get Season Underway

first_imgThe Boys and Girls Batesville High School Cross Country team opened up their season on a very hot and humid night as they hosted the 4-way meet against North Decatur, South Decatur and Greensburg.The boys took the course first with a pretty dominate victory as they won by scoring only 18 points with Greensburg coming in second at 60.  North Decatur took third at 70 and South Decatur finished it up with 91.  Batesville claimed 10 out of the top 15 spots including the top finisher.  They were Josh Myers leading the rest of the field by 24 points crossing the line at 18:23.  Adam Moster took the 2nd spot at 18:47.  Batesville then claimed places 4-9 as they came through one right after another within a 10 second span starting at 19:39 and led by freshman Dillon Murray. He was followed by teammates Joseph Choi, Christopher Laymon, John Thompson, Quinten Gowdy and Nathan Eckstein. Also placing in the top 15 for the Bulldogs were Luke Esser at 12th and Charlie Laymon, 13th.  Congratulations on a great opening meet for the 2017 season boys!The girls came up just a little short to the Greensburg Pirates as they battled back and forth in the top 10 places.  But it was Greensburg who won the fight this time as they scored 24 points to Batesville’s 32.  North Decatur came in the 3rd at 82 and South Decatur was incomplete.  So in the top 9 spots the battle was between Batesville and Greensburg with Greensburg’s Brenner Hannah out kicking Batesville’s Liz Loichinger for the victory as they crossed the line at 20:55 and 21:10 respectively.  Greensburg claimed the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th spots as Batesville’s Haylee Harmeyer came in 4th, Emma Gausman, 6th and Audrey Weigel, 9th.  Also placing in the top 15 for Batesville was Audrey Maupin, 11th, Cheyenne Laker, 12th and Trysta Vierling, 13th. Great job ladies!Batesville will get another good week of training in as they do not compete again until next Saturday where they will travel to Rushville for their big invitational, usually competing with over 20 teams in their division.  Great start to the 2017 season and best of luck next Saturday!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Nunley named executive director of Main Street Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Main Street Greensburg Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Terrah Nunley has been hired as the organization’s new Executive Director.  Ms. Nunley graduated from Winchester Community High School in Randolph County, Indiana; from Vincennes University with an Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies; and from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies.  She worked previously in the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office; with the State of Indiana in the Department of Child Services Child Support Bureau; and most recently at ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust in Batesville.Ms. Nunley moved to Greensburg five years ago and is a resident of the Downtown District.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels, and was previously a member of the Main Street Greensburg Board, where she was an integral member of the Promotions Committee and volunteer at the 2018 Tenderloin Throwdown.She is an enthusiastic supporter of small business, and is dedicated to affecting positive change in our community.  Her duties as Executive Director for Main Street Greensburg will require her to promote economic development in the Downtown District, be an advocate for businesses and business owners, research and pursue grant opportunities for Main Street Greensburg and the City of Greensburg, oversee the organization’s Façade Grant and Small Business Revolving Loan programs, as well as maintain and plan events hosted by Main Street Greensburg, including the Farmers’ Market, the Tenderloin Throwdown, the Market to Meal alleyway dinner, and the Holiday Walk.The Main Street Greensburg Board of Directors trusts that Ms. Nunley’s education, work history, enthusiasm, volunteer experience, and community involvement have prepared her for this vitally important position. The Board is confident that she possesses the operational and communication skills, as well as leadership ability to take Main Street Greensburg to great heights in the future.  We are excited to see where she will help lead our organization and our community. Submitted by Main Street Greensburglast_img read more