Employees Face Discipline over Facebook

first_imgEmployees found misusing internet networking websites like Facebook or MySpace will face disciplinary hearings, it was warned earlier today.Local district councils, such as the Vale of the White Horse and Oxfordshire County Council have already put measures in place to prevent employees from accessing the site, but elsewhere, staff have been warned “we are watching you” as access remains unrestricted.Oxford City Councillor Dr Tia McGregor commented: “Employees have a responsibility not to waste time. I think some people are spending too much time on it.”The past five years have seen as many as 21 council employees disciplined on the grounds of internet misuse. Under a revised internet policy, some businesses are allowing networking websites were left open for employees to use, though the changes are being monitored to ensure that workers do not abuse the priviledge, with regular usage reports are being produced to ensure employers are aware of the situation.Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce spokesman Claire Prosser said: “These sites are highly addictive. Businesses are under enough pressure to become more efficient and issues such as this add to their already mounting workload.”last_img read more

BFP Wholesale sold to private equity group

first_imgLesaffre has sold UK food distributor BFP Wholesale to private equity consortium Zimt Holding for an undisclosed sum.Headquartered in Sevenoaks, BFP products are distributed to more than 4,000 customers throughout the UK including Krispy Kreme and Greggs. In 2013 BFP turned over £75m through the sale of 50,000 tonnes of ambient, chilled and frozen food.Nick Harris, managing director of BFP Wholesale, said: “In Zimt Holding we have found a strong partner that is fully aligned with our goals and has the resources to help us drive the next phase of the company’s development. Seasoned executives will join the board to support us in our strategy.”Marc Casier, Lesaffre’s general manager baking Western Europe, said: “The sale reflects a strategic choice to focus on our core activity of yeast production and sale and we are very pleased to have found an ambitious buyer for BFP.”The consortium, led by David Burresi and Sebastian Sipp, combines more than 70 years’ experience in private equity, M&A and senior management. Burresi said: “We are delighted to be partnering with BFP. With a strong management team and a well-established presence in the UK’s multi-billion-pound food distribution market, BFP is ideally positioned for growth. We look forward to supporting management in realising the company’s potential.”Sipp added: “BFP presents an exciting opportunity for accelerated growth in the years ahead. By deploying our significant operational and management expertise, we will be working closely with the management team to develop BFP’s purchasing and distribution processes and will invest in its personnel and information systems to enable the firm to take advantage of a fast-changing environment.”Lesaffre was advised by consumer advisory firm Leopold Capital Partners and Linklaters. Zimt Holding was advised by Addleshaw Goddard, with GE Capital providing financing.last_img read more

Rights of passage

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Fighting Drug Trafficking in Liberia

first_imgThe National Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last week reconfirmed its determination to halt drug trafficking in Liberia.  DEA Director General Anthony K. Souh stated resolutely and unequivocally that no one, including the most persistent and unscrupulous drug traffickers, will deter the Agency from its mission.We applaud Director General Souh and his staff for their determined and uncompromising stance and call on the Justice Ministry and the entire Security apparatus to combat this menace that threatens to harm our already traumatized post-war youth.There is no gainsaying (contradiction, denial) that drug abuse is dangerously harmful to any nation, especially the young, because the first thing it does is to destroy the mind.  The second harmful effect is to devastate   the spirit, by robbing people of their self confidence, even their faith in God, by giving them a totally false sense of empowerment, that once they are “high” they can do anything.One of the biggest threats illicit drugs imposes on society is indiscipline.  We all know what the civil war did to inflict indiscipline upon our youth, many of whom were drugged into becoming fighters at tender ages, some as young as eight, “messing” up almost for  good  their minds, bodies, spirits and behaviors.  This is the lost generation we have to deal with today—the younger generation that for the first time in our history is less educated than the older one.As the government, its Ministry of Education, the nation’s schools, colleges and universities, the parents themselves and all other stakeholders are struggling to revive and improve our failed   education system, we are now faced with this growing threat of drug trafficking by unscrupulous foreigners and their greedy and unpatriotic Liberian co-conspirators, who are determined to enrich themselves at the expense of  our already deprived and suffering people, especially the young.      Some of these corrupt and dangerous foreigners are so hell bent on continuing their drug trade and making money that they are trying to hide behind the allegation of “harassment” of a certain alien community.The only relief of the DEA in this case is to spread its dragnet and catch the culprits red-handed, expose them immediately to the police and the public and bring them to justice, so that they will have nothing else to hide behind but to face the music of prosecution for their pernicious (destructive) crime. In all of this the DEA Director General and his key staff have two other very serious challenges: first, to undertake a thorough self-examination to make sure there are NO ENEMIES WITHIN the Agency who would compromise its  integrity by conniving with the drug traffickers; and second, to watch keenly their partners among the Police, to ensure that the crusade against drug traffickers is not compromised.Why do we make such suggestions?  Why do we seem to be writing as though we are suspicious?  We are not.  There is only one reason: drug trafficking is an extremely tantalizing (tempting) business; and the traffickers will go to any length, spend any amount of money to prevent being exposed.  And who are their targets against exposure? The DEA people themselves and their partners in the Police or other security forces.  Everywhere in the world security forces have mechanisms that spy on one another, for the simple objective of making the system foolproof (infallible).  Haven’t we heard of Mexico, where the system is so corrupt that even judges are compromised?  The situation is so bad that many law enforcement officers and judges are often murdered.  But that is how powerful drug lords are allowed to become if they are not checked in time.Some people might tell us that this editorial is already belated, for the drug traffickers have by now entrenched themselves within the Liberian security system, and that key functionaries know what is going on, but are also benefitting handsomely from the trade and tend themselves to get “high”.We hope and pray that this is not true.  But we think it is important that the DEA takes seriously these suggestions and makes itself foolproof.  That is the only way they can contain this malicious menace in the country and help prepare this generation for constructive and capable engagement in national development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic dispatches Bjorn Fratangelo to reach 3rd round

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Novak Djokovic of Serbia leaps in the air to play a backhand against Bjorn Fratangelo of the United States during their men’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPWorld number one Novak Djokovic shook off a nervy start to dispatch US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in straight sets Saturday to reach the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.Djokovic, playing his first match since winning a record seventh Australian Open title in January, was less than sharp in conceding an early break to his 128th-ranked rival.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Kyrgios said it wasn’t a matter of an emotional let-down in the wake of his first title in over a year.“I didn’t really have a problem getting up. I just didn’t play well today,” he said.“He’s an incredible competitor,” Kyrgios said. “He knows how to win tennis matches.”As men’s seeds swung into action after first-round byes, third-seeded Zverev advanced when Slovakian foe Martin Klizan retired with an ankle injury with the German leading 6-3, 2-0.‘Unbelievable’ Augur-AliassimeAction opened on stadium court with 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime powering past Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-4, 6-2, for his first win over a top-10 player.In a battle of two ATP young guns, 58th-ranked Auger-Aliassime came out firing, and his aggression paid off with a victory over 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who shot to prominence with a victory over Federer at the Australian Open.He moved into the top 10 for the first time with his runner-up finish to Federer in Dubai, where the Swiss great claimed a remarkable 100th career title.But Tsitsipas could find no answer to Auger-Aliassime, who broke early in the first to gain the upper hand and seized a 2-1 lead with the first of two breaks in the second.Auger-Aliassime saved all seven break points he faced — six of them in the first set.“It’s unbelievable,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I never expected to play that well today, to get my first top-10 win is special, against Stefanos who has been playing so well.” P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He broke back as Fratangelo served for the set to knot it at 5-5, and then raced to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker.Djokovic had to dig deep, however, when Fratangelo battled back to lead the tiebreaker 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAfter a double fault and a forehand error from the 25-year-old American, Djokovic suddenly had a set point, and once he’d pocketed the set, the second went all his way.“To be honest, I was a bit nervous in the beginning,” admitted Djokovic, who is going for a record sixth Indian Wells title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Auger-Aliassime, who next faces Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, is one of four teens in the draw, along with countryman Denis Shapovalov, Alexei Popyrin and lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic.Kecmanovic gained entry into the second round in place of injured fifth-seed Kevin Anderson.He made the most of his chance, beating Germany’s Maximilian Marterer, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the third round.At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over 11th-seeded Croatian Borna Coric.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Djokovic, currently tied with Roger Federer on five wins in the California desert, can also tie world number two Rafael Nadal’s record of 33 Masters 1000 titles.“I haven’t competed for over five weeks. I was a bit rusty in the first set. I was kind of waiting for him to do something with the ball rather than doing it myself.“I was lucky to get the first set. After that, things went better for me,” added Djokovic, who loped over to share a word with US great Pete Sampras in the stands after wrapping up the victory in one hour and 29 minutes.Djokovic next faces German Philipp Kohlschreiber, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Australian Nick Kyrgios.Kyrgios, seeded 31st, was coming off a scintillating run to the Mexico Open title in Acapulco, where he defeated Nadal, ninth-ranked John Isner and, in the final, third-ranked German Alexander Zverev.ADVERTISEMENT Venus Williams rallies to oust 3rd-seed Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells View commentslast_img read more

Stramaccioni Panathinaikos Coach

first_imgPanathinaikos, however, suffered a bad start to this season and failed to reach the money-spinning Champions League group stages, while falling behind Olympiacos at home. TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Panathinaikos’ soccer club has named former Inter Milan and Udinese boss Andrea Stramaccioni as its new coach in a bid to catch arch-rival Olympiacos in the Greek league.Strammaccioni, 39, signed a two-year deal to take over from Yiannis Anastasiou, who left by mutual consent as the revolving door of coaches in the Greek league continued.“I’m really happy and proud to be at this club,” Stramaccioni said in a statement on the club’s website. “I’m in the right place for the work I want to do and prove to the people who have brought me here that I can meet the demands required.“I do not want to make big promises; this is something I don’t do generally. The only thing I pledge is that I will give the best I can to take this club where it wants to go…“I am coming in mid-way during the season and this is difficult because there is no time but much work to be done – starts for the derby coming up fast.”Stramaccioni jumps right into it when the Greens take on Olympiacos on Nov. 21 as the Reds are pulling away in the league, leading their rivals by eight points.last_img read more

Providenciales Airport Reopens Today

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Airport opened today, PLS, providenciales international airport Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Providenciales Airport is to be reopened today at 11:00 AM.The airport, which was closed to the public- only offering emergency services- is to be fully operational today in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The tourism district of Grace Bay was resilient and stood strong in the face of the Category 5 Storm which produced extreme winds, heavy rainfall and intense storm surge across the islands.   Reports have indicated localized flooding, and damages to roofs, some property and landscape damage, and loss of electricity were experienced as a result of the Hurricane.   Fortunately, there have been no reports of loss of life.Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) is currently conducting assessments throughout the island and working with government and local relief agencies to ensure that other services are returned to normal as soon as possible. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp JetBlue lands today at PIA from Ft. Lauderdale JetBlue from Ft Lauderdale lands in Provo November 16 US Airways no more, last flight to TCI ‘emotional’last_img read more

Preholiday gift guide with Sima Cohen

first_img Posted: November 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sima Cohen joined us October 27th on Good Morning San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, November 3, 2018 Pre-holiday gift guide, with Sima Cohen Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more