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Tech resources to help fundraisers amid the coronavirus outbreak

first_img4. Social wall from Walls.ioWalls.io is offering a free one-month social wall to all nonprofit organisations that need to use a social wall for communications related to the COVID-19 crisis.A social wall is a tool that helps you curate and present a range of social-media based content, in an attractive and easy to scan way.UK Fundraising has used walls.io’s tool for several years for its Fundraising Camp events.The offer is not available to existing customers.Free Social Walls for Nonprofits during Coronavirus Crisis Walls.io Offering Free Social Walls to Nonprofits Worldwide to Help You Engage and Communicate Efficiently around COVID-19 Howard Lake | 18 March 2020 | News 11. CircleLoop’s cloud-based phone serviceCircleLoop, a cloud-based phone system for businesses, will provide free business telephony to any charity currently facing remote working challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak.It operates as a self-service tool and works anywhere over the internet in desktop and mobile applications instead of using traditional desk-phones. The @newswhip folks have developed some seriously powerful tools for those looking to track and understand the spread of mis/disinf; they’re now formalising their support of public interest projects who can benefit from their (usually only commercially available) tech &intel ???? https://t.co/pGQwH7wGeY— Liz Carolan (@LizCarolan) March 11, 2020 Main image: Red heart on keyboard – photo: asharkyu on Shutterstock.com  447 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 2. NewswhipNot fundraising specifically but all NGOs benefit from efforts to tackle misinformation. Newswhip’s discounts for nonprofits might be useful for health organisations for example that have to counter misleading health information online, or indeed any nonprofit that faces trolling or widespread misinformation campaigns designed to hinder their work. Advertisement 3. The Coronavirus Tech HandbookCollaboration at its best, inspired by Ed Saperia, and built in very short order too.This is when I love the internet and people who work in the open. Thank you @nwspk https://t.co/7KwTq4c7tI— Lauren Currie OBE (@_laurencurrie_) March 12, 2020 5. Social media management tool Swat.ioSwat.io is offering free licenses for its social media management tool for charities and nonprofit organisations “to handle their social media communication during these difficult times”.Swat.io’s communication is primarily in German, so the info page and application form are in German, but the app itself is available in English. “If you have any questions at all, the Swat.io support team will be happy to help you.” Tech resources to help fundraisers amid the coronavirus outbreak To be clear, the above list is editorial. None of the above companies have paid to be listed.  448 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 7. Social media listening from SocialBakers.comSocialbakers help companies manage all their social media operations from just one hub.It is now offering NGOs (charities) free access to their platform, including its “now vital community management tools”, free of charge for the next six months. Specifically they are offering the Socialbakers Smart package with 5 Pages service until September 2020.To get started, just contact them at [email protected] center_img 12. NationBuilderNationBuilder is offering free software and services for the course of this period to those organising essential services andprovisioning emergency response for the global pandemic.You can find out more and activate your free account.You can also read their post about how NationBuilder can be useful. 9. Facebook WorkplaceFacebook Workplace is already used by charities such as RNIB, UNICEF and Comic Relief. It is available for free or at significant discount to all eligible charities under its Workplace for Good programme. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 1. Encrypt.meEncrypt.me is offering three months of its virtual private network (VPN) service for free, enabling you and your colleagues to connect securely. Nonprofits get access to paid @SlackHQ accounts for free. Communicate virtually with your team.Create channels for donors, volunteers, and your board.Integrate with Google Docs & more.#nonprofits https://t.co/sakBFa1H11— GiveWP (@GiveWP) March 21, 2020 13. SlackSlack has made changes to its Slack for Nonprofits Programme. Charities and nonprofits can now access free Standard and Plus upgrades for the next three months. Tagged with: coronavirus COVID-19 Digital FREE Technology 10. Hootsuite social media managementHootsuite will provide free access to its professional plan until 1 July 2020 to nonprofit organisations and small businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.Organisations can use Hootsuite to engage with their audiences, create content, manage crisis communications, and access a library of social media training courses free of charge.Ryan Holmes, CEO, Hootsuite, said: “We are also concerned about the profound impact on small business owners and nonprofits everywhere. These organisations are at the core of our communities. The people who bring us the products and services we love are the people most at risk of being directly impacted by the societal changes stemming from social distancing.”In addition Hootsuite has created an employee gift card matching programme in support of the communities around Hootsuite’s global offices. 8. Remote work platform SlackThe Slack for Charities programme offers free or discounted subscription upgrades to eligible organisations:• Standard subscription offers workspaces with 250 or fewer members a free upgrade and an 85% discount for workspaces above that size• Plus subscription offers workspaces of any size an 85% discount. A number of technology companies are offering free or discounted access to their tools to help charities and fundraisers. These are not specifically fundraising tools (we’re covering those elsewhere), but they are data, social media and security tools that might help charities in their new remote working setups.These are the tools we’ve come across first. Most of these are specifically offers for charities and nonprofits but we shall also include offers relevant to charities that are open to commercial organisations as well.We’ll update this page and/or link to other more comprehensive lists as we come across them. 6. Data tool Airtable“Part spreadsheet, part database” tool Airtable is offering three months free of its Pro version to “any humanitarian, non-political project using Airtable to help support COVID-19 response efforts”.Look in the comments of this LinkedIn announcement and you’ll also find a consultant offering free setup for Airtable.last_img read more

General strike: Greek workers respond to government’s attacks

first_imgIn big cities like Athens and Thessaloníki, and smaller ones like Larissa and Patras, workers in Greece struck and marched by the thousands Nov. 26 to defend workers’ wages and benefits. Their actions defied government restrictions, made under the pretext of responding to COVID-19, which limit gatherings of more than three people.Greek demonstrators, maintaining social distance, commemorate the 1973 Greek student revolt against the former military dictatorship.The Greek government has introduced bills into parliament, at the behest of big business, which require workers to accept a 10-hour work day while only getting paid for 8 hours, along with substantially lower wages and Sunday work. Social security will be privatized, along with public facilities such as transportation systems.A decade of austerity imposed by the IMF and the big European and U.S. banks has shrunk Greece’s economy by at least 25%. The impact of COVID-19 has produced a 10.5% drop in its GDP in 2020. The Greek capitalists need every euro they can extort from Greek workers.Dozens of union federations, labor centers and trade unions across the country went on strike, responding to the call from the All Workers Militant Front (PAME). Among them are federations of hospital doctors and other medical workers, construction workers, workers in the pharmaceutical industry, and the labor centers of Athens, Piraeus, Patras and dozens of other cities.The unions representing marine workers — particularly important in a country with so many islands — held a 24-hour nationwide strike in all ship categories, while the workers of the Athens urban transport also participated in the strike.PAME has demanded benefits — without terms and conditions — for all unemployed workers, revoking all illegal layoffs during this COVID-19 period and ending any further job furloughs. PAME and the unions supporting its call also demand no cuts in employment rights and a moratorium on bank payments, along with free electricity, gas, water and communication services for workers in quarantine.Health workers’ demandsProtesting health workers have demanded more hospital beds, including intensive care units, additional diagnostics and laboratory centers, as well as the mass recruitment of doctors of all specialties and nursing staff. A key demand is that the government ensure sufficient infrastructure and personal protective equipment.Greece held infections low during the first COVID-19 wave in Europe, with just hundreds of cases and dozens of deaths. However, starting at the end of October, cases and deaths began to spike. As of Nov. 29, Greece, whose population is just over 10 million, has 104,722 cases and 2,321 deaths, according to the Worldometer website.Videos and pictures, as posted on the PAME website and Flickr albums, show that the Nov. 26 protests complied with proper COVID-19 precautions. Protesters were masked and, except those carrying banners, observed proper distances.PAME is calling on all workers to react to the government and employer attack, to leave no one out of this struggle, to dismiss all fear, intimidation and pessimism and let the strike message reach everywhere, every workplace! (tinyurl.com/yylcnkoj)In November before the general strike, a struggle broke out around commemorating the 1973 occupation of Athens Polytechnic University. At that time,  a coalition of students and workers was protesting the military dictatorship led by army colonels, who had acted in a U.S.-NATO plot to seize power in April 1967.The military used tanks then to crush the university occupation, which had gained a tremendous amount of popular support. The reaction to this massacre led to the fall of the Colonels’ dictatorship in 1974.The commemoration of the Polytechnic occupation has drawn thousands of supporters in past years, but the current right-wing government tried to ban the traditional march from the Polytechnic to the U.S. embassy. A coalition of the social-democratic Syriza, which led the government from 2015 until July last year, the Greek Communist Party (KKE) and Mera25, founded by former finance minister Yannis Varoufakis, put up such a storm of protest that even the conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotaki had to lay a wreath at the Polytechnic.Greek workers continue to protest for their rights and lives despite the reactionary regime and the pandemic.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Draw Your Hero: Limerick man launches Children’s Art Competition to Celebrate…

first_imgEmail RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement TAGSartDraw Your HeroKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print LimerickNewsDraw Your Hero: Limerick man launches Children’s Art Competition to Celebrate the Heroes Taking Action against Covid-19By Meghann Scully – April 11, 2020 963 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LIMERICK local and Virgin Media employee, Eamonn Lunn, has launched an art competition called  ‘Draw your Hero’, designed to recognise people who are working tirelessly to bring Ireland through the Covid-19 pandemic. Draw your Hero is based on the theme “Not all superheroes wear capes”, inspired by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s March address to the nation and is open to children aged between 6 and 14 years old across Ireland. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The competition will run from April 8th – June 2nd , with judging taking place from June 3rd – August 3rd, 2020.Lunn is encouraging children to submit artwork of the superhero in their lives, whether it’s their parent who’s a medical professional on the frontline, their sibling who’s keeping shelves stocked in our local supermarkets, or their grandparent who is social distancing. Lunn explains, “Heroes come in many forms and this competition is a way to inspire and share children’s creative flair, while also acknowledging the heroes who are taking incredible action and standing strong in the face of adversity.“In short, it could be anyone in your daily life or community who deserves a thank-you for everything they are doing in these difficult times.” Lunn said.  The competition will run across four age categories: i) 6-7 years old; ii) 8-9 years old; iii) 10-11 years old and iv) 12-14 years old.Participants must submit their artwork in A4 or A3, alongside a 200 word description or a 30 second video outlining why they’ve chosen their hero and what makes them so special.Pictures can have serious or fun themes and the more colour the better. With prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and the winners, and their artwork, will also be showcased to the nation in a special segment on Virgin Media Television’s Ireland AM.“Not all superheroes wear capes, some wear scrubs and gowns”. This sentence from the Taoiseach’s address resonated with Lunn who set to work building the competition from this statement, to highlight the many different professions and people who are working tirelessly to bring Ireland through this time.“I, like many others, have been humbled by the efforts of our fellow country men, women and children in the past few weeks and in my own small way wish to recognise their efforts”.Following the Draw your Hero competition, there will be an exhibition of the children’s work and a special awards night to acknowledge every part our superheroes are playing in getting Ireland through this crisis.The Head of the Limerick School of Art and Design, Mike Fitzpatrick, has offered the college gallery for the event. Mr Fitzpatrick will also chair the judging panel with more judges being announced in the coming weeks.To learn more about the Draw Your Hero competition, visit the website at http://drawyourhero.ie/center_img Facebook Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Previous articleHelp Kids With Cancer Overcome Obstacles With an Obstacle Course at Home #Obstacles4PlayNext articleSVP calls on phone and internet companies to follow lead of energy suppliers in halting disconnections during Covid-19 crisis Meghann Scully Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

Tractor and trailer stolen from property in Dungloe

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Tractor and trailer stolen from property in Dungloe Pinterest Facebook Twitter Twitter Google+ Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – December 15, 2020 Google+ Previous articleInvestigation launched into attempted burglary at local filling stationNext articlePeople urged to check property for suspect in attempted burglary News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme A tractor and trailer has been stolen from a property in Dungloe.Milford Gardaí are investigating the burglary which happened at some stage between Saturday the 5th of December at Midday and Saturday the 12th of December at 3.30pm.The lock was cut on the entrance gate to the property and the lock on the shed adjoining the house was also cut.A tractor, 78 DL 166, a red Massey Ferguson and a trailer were stolen from the shed.Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have observed the removal of the tractor and trailer from the property or to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident or the current location of the tractor to contact Gardaí in Milford on 074-9153060 or call the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.If anyone was in that area and had a dash cam and they believe that they may have captured the tractor and trailer on it, Gardai would like to hear from them also. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

Cross border councils to take joint approach on spread of Covid

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – October 3, 2020 Pinterest Donegal County Council along with Derry City and Strabane District Council have agreed to take a cross border approach in a bid to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in the North West.The region has seen a drastic increase in cases over the past number of weeks with incidence rates in Donegal, Derry and Strabane among the highest nationally.Michaela Clarke has more:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/micweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furthercenter_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Cross border councils to take joint approach on spread of Covid WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Previous articleDonegal Deputy lodges complaint over Eir’s lack of customer responseNext articleGardai attend public order incident in Gortlee area News Highland Twitter Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

BANNER YEAR: 2015 proves prosperous for City of Brundidge

first_img Email the author BANNER YEAR: 2015 proves prosperous for City of Brundidge By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell “The city was able to add new jobs for our citizens and the surrounding area with the expansion of our two food processors,” the mayor said. “At the same time, we were able to announce a few food manufacturer in Magnolia Vegetable Processors.”The city purchased 222 acres of land on the CSX Railroad that will be home to the new plant.“The project should add close to 75 new jobs in the coming years,” Ramage said. “The land purchased by the city will have as its source of repayment the land tax abatements that matured in 2014 from Walmart DC.” Latest Stories The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library’s longtime librarian Jean Carroll retired and Teresa Trawick was hired as the new librarian.“The library continues to be an outstanding asset for our community,” Ramage said.The city’s recreation department has been contracted to the Pike County Board of Education and broke records with the number of people participating in 2015.“This partnership has benefited our students by giving them the opportunity to play various sports under excellent supervision,” Ramage said.The Alabama Tourism Department named the city’s original folklife play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” as one of the state’s Top Ten events for 2015. The city’s annual Peanut Butter Festival was recognized in the tourism department’s promotion guide.The Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival in January was also recognized. The annual festival attracted nearly 1,000 people from seven states. Also, more than 700 students from the local schools had an opportunity to attend a storytelling concert.“The city has been approved and work should start on the sidewalks along S.A. Graham Boulevard and Galloway Road in early 2016,” Ramage said. “The sidewalks will make it safer for citizens that walk on these busy streets.”The mayor said Brundidge was also fortunate enough to receive several grants to improve the infrastructure in Brundidge and assist in the expansion of local industries.“All in all, 2015 was a good year for Brundidge,” Ramage said. “We are looking forward to another successful year as other projects are on the drawing board and as we look to more investments in our community.”center_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content EZTEC Solutions was one of the new businesses that helped revitalize downtown Brundidge in 2015. The coffee shop and Internet cafe, pictured at top, brought new owners and new customers to the downtown retail area.The year 2015 was a good year for the City of Brundidge. Maybe even a banner year, said Major Jimmy Ramage.“We had an outstanding year in 2015 with several events that will have a long-term effect on the people that live and work in Brundidge,” Ramage said. “The city’s highlights were felt in many areas. The city was able to refinance its $6,600,000 prior utility fund debt into a shorter term, lower interest rate that will assist the city by having additional funds available for the general fund. This will save the city millions of dollars over the next 13 years.”Ramage said in the refinancing, the city was able to get $500,000 released that was being held in reserve in the old issue. These funds will be used to reduce the city’s debt on the industrial land purchased in 2015. You Might Like Road woes hit home Messenger PHotos/Michael SHipmaHeavy rains during the past week have causes washes and road damage to nearly two dozen roads throughout… read more Print Article The City of Brundidge was granted a $2 million loan at 2.25 percent interest from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management that will be used to upgrade its entire wastewater system. The upgrade will give existing industries the opportunity for future expansion, Ramage said.“These funds will give the city a lower payment than could have been issued from adding this project to our refinancing in the utility fund,” he said.“The city saw some excellent additions and new ownership to our downtown retail area with Eeztec, Collier’s on Main, Three Frogz and Jackson Hardware. These projects will kickoff 2016. We also saw an increase in sales tax over 2014 which was a very positive and encouraging sign.” Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Thursday, December 31, 2015last_img read more

Pet photo contest deadline extended until August 11

first_img Entering a pet is simple. Mail an 8×10 photo of the pet with the owner’s name, address and phone number, the pet’s name and the $10 entry fee to HSPC P.O. Box 296, Troy, AL 36081 or drop the entry off at The Little Framery, Troy Antiques, Guynn’s Income Tax and Bookkeeping Services in Troy; Jinrights Hillside Antiques on U.S. Highway 231 south of Troy; and EEZTEC in Brundidge.Voting may be done at the same mailing address or at the same locations. Votes are only $1 each. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Extending the deadline until August 11 squeezes the voting time for the later entries so all pet owners are encouraged to get those entries in as early as possible to allow for more time to vote on that special pet.Brockmann said the annual Pet Photo Contest is the HSPC’s annual fundraiser that supports its spay/neuter program.“The more entries we have and the more votes that are cast, the more dollars the HSPC will have in support of our spay/neuter program,” she said. Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 29, 2017 By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip Email the author Come on folks! It only takes a few minutes to enter your pet in the Humane Society of Pike County’s 2018 Pet Photo Contest so why procrastinate?The original deadline for entry is midnight July 31 and the clock in winding down with 40-something entries. “But at least 66 entries are needed to fill the 2018 Pet Photo Calendar so we are extending the deadline for entry until midnight Friday, August 11 to give pet owners more time to enter their pets,” said Donna Brockmann, HSPC president. “Voting will still close at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 19. This date and time are firm because we have to get our results to the printer in order to get our 2018 Pet Photo Calendars here in plenty of time for Christmas and the New Year.” Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits This spring, the HSPC allocated $12,000 for its spay/neuter program. That means there will be fewer abused, neglected and abandoned dogs and cats in Pike County. “The best way to control the unwanted dog and cat populations is to have pets spayed/neutered,” Brockmann said. “The HSPC encourages all pet owners to help make the 2018 Pet Photo Contest the biggest and best ever. With the extended deadline, there is time to make it happen.” Print Article You Might Like Thief stealing water from county fire hydrants The Pike County Water Authority Board of Directors is asking county residents to help keep an eye out for anyone… read more Sponsored Content Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Pet photo contest deadline extended until August 11 By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Prevent use of NDAs for discrimination and harassment cover-ups, say MPs

first_imgPrevent use of NDAs for discrimination and harassment cover-ups, say MPsBy Ashleigh Webber on 11 Jun 2019 in Sexual harassment, Non-disclosure agreements, Latest News, Confidentiality, Bullying and harassment, Personnel Today, Discrimination Previous Article Next Article Diversity & Inclusion: Sign up to our free e-newsletter nowPersonnel Today’s fastest growing email newsletter focuses on all aspects of diversity and inclusion.Subscribe below to receive the latest… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Websitecenter_img Image: Shutterstock Non-disclosure agreements should not be used to prevent employees from discussing allegations of discrimination and harassment with other staff, while any new laws governing their use should still protect victims’ right to “move on with their lives”, MPs have said.Maria Miller, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, said the current use of NDAs in settling allegations of harassment is “at best murky” and sometimes a “convenient vehicle for covering up unlawful activity with legally sanctioned secrecy”.Non-disclosure agreementsPutting a stop to the misuse of NDAsAcademics forced to sign NDAs to cover up bullying and harassment allegationsAllegations of unlawful discrimination are often not investigated properly by employers, The use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases report notes, while many staff do not pursue their case at an employment tribunal due to cost and time pressures. This means some feel they have little choice but to sign a confidentiality agreement.Miller said it was particularly concerning that confidentiality was being traded for things that employers should be providing as standard, such as references and remedial action to tackle discrimination.“After signing an NDA, many individuals find it difficult to work in the same sector again. Some suffer emotional and psychological damage as a result of their experiences, which can affect their ability to work and move on. There is also the financial penalty of losing a job and bringing a case against an employer,” she said.“Some organisations now routinely settle employment disputes without the use of NDAs. We have put forward a range of measures to ensure more follow suit.”A consultation into banning the use of confidentiality clauses in covering up workplace harassment and discrimination closed in the spring, with feedback still being analysed, but the committee’s report calls for tighter controls to prevent inappropriate and unlawful behaviour. These include:new legislation ensuring that NDAs cannot prevent “legitimate discussion” of allegations among employees, which would allow staff to gather evidence to support claims of harassment or discriminationthe use of standard, plain English and non-derogatory language in confidentiality clauses, if they are used in settlement agreements. Such clauses should also specify what information can and cannot be shared and with whomstrengthening corporate governance requirements to make sure employers meet their responsibilities to protect staff from discrimination and harassmentorganisations naming a senior manager at board level to oversee anti-discrimination and harassment policies and procedures and the use of NDAsincreasing compensation for victims, to encourage organisations to tackle harassmentincreasing the time limit for bringing a claim to an employment tribunal from three months to six months, andrequiring employers to pay the costs employees encounter when seeking legal advice.Employment lawyers said it was good news that the committee had not proposed a blanket ban on NDAs, and welcomed the recommendations to improve clarity around how they should be used.Melanie Stancliffe, employment partner at Irwin Mitchell, noted that ordering employers to pick up legal costs for a victim who has made a successful claim at a tribunal would be significant.“Complex sex discrimination claims can be extremely expensive and many employees don’t have the resources to pursue them. If awards were increased and costs awarded, more solicitors may offer the sorts of ‘no win no fee’ arrangements common in personal injury claims. This is likely to encourage more victims to bring claims,” she said.“Most employers will also make a contribution towards the employee’s legal costs of taking advice. These are rarely sufficient to cover the costs and it’s interesting that the committee suggests costs should reflect the actual cost of providing advice and should be made even if the employee then decides not to sign the agreement.”Beth Hale, a partner at CM Murray, said making employment tribunals more accessible was vital to ensure that the justice system worked.However, the TUC said small tweaks to the law around NDAs would not be enough to stamp out sexual harassment.“More than half of women in the UK have been sexually harassed at work. Sexual harassment has a huge impact on women’s careers and lives so the committee is right to call for radical change, “ said general secretary Frances O’Grady.“The government must change the law to put the responsibility for preventing harassment on employers, not victims. This would shift the burden of tackling sexual harassment away from the victims. And it would help end toxic workplace cultures that silence those who’ve been harassed.”Head of HR jobs on Personnel TodayBrowse more Head of HR jobs Related posts:last_img read more

Nitrogen form influences the response of Deschampsia antarctica to dark septate root endophytes

first_imgFungi with dematiaceous septate hyphae, termed dark septate endophytes (DSE), are common in plant roots, particularly in cold-stressed habitats, but their effects on their host plants remain obscure. Here, we report a study that assessed the effects of six DSE on the growth and nutrient balance of Deschampsia antarctica when plants were supplied with the same amount of nitrogen in organic (casein hydrolysate) or inorganic (ammonium sulphate) form under controlled conditions. After 60 days, the DSE, that had each been isolated from D. antarctica and which analyses of internal transcribed spacer and large subunit regions indicated were similar to members of the Helotiales (Oculimacula yallundae, Mollisia and Tapesia spp.) and unassigned anamorphic ascomycetes, typically had no effect on, or reduced by 33-71%, shoot and root dry weights relative to uninoculated controls when plants had been supplied with nitrogen in inorganic form. In contrast, the DSE usually enhanced shoot and root dry weights by 51-247% when plants had been supplied with organic nitrogen. In the presence of inorganic nitrogen, only sporadic effects of DSE were recorded on shoot and root nitrogen or phosphorus concentrations, whereas in the presence of organic nitrogen, three to six of the DSE isolates increased shoot and root nitrogen and phosphorus contents. Most of the isolates decreased the phosphorus concentrations of shoots and roots when plants had been supplied with nitrogen in organic form. Our data suggest that DSE are able to mineralise peptides and amino acids in the rhizosphere, making nitrogen more freely available to roots.last_img read more

Keel laid for US Navy’s 70th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

first_img View post tag: USS Carl M. Levin Share this article View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class Shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) on February 1 hosted a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) at its shipyard in Bath, Maine.Sen. Levin and the ship’s sponsors, his three daughters, Kate Levin Markel, Erica Levin, and Laura Levin, authenticated the keel by etching their initials into the keel plate to symbolically recognize the joining of modular components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship construction.“We are honored to be celebrating this milestone with Sen. Levin, Mrs. Levin, their daughters, and so many distinguished guests,” said Capt. Casey Moton, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “This has been a special occasion to lay the keel for our Nation’s 70th Arleigh Burke destroyer, and to do so with a namesake that shares the same sense of purpose and commitment to service as our sailors.”The ship’s namesake served in the US Senate for 36 years from 1979-2015. As the longest serving senator in Michigan state history, Levin became a staunch supporter of the armed services through his work and leadership as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.DDG 120 will be built in the Flight IIA configuration with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability. Delivery to the fleet is planned for Fiscal Year 2021.In addition to Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), BIW has four additional Arleigh Burke class destroyers under construction – Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124) and Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), as well as the Zumwalt class destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).BIW is under contract for an additional six Arleigh Burke class destroyers that will all be constructed in the Flight III configuration with enhanced air and missile defense capabilities.center_img View post tag: US Navy View post tag: GDBIWlast_img read more