Although the holiday season is nearly over, every year we get the same problems. “A member of my staff has announced her husband has booked a week’s holiday”, but they haven’t gone through the right channel and it isn’t convenient.1. If you have Company Rules on how to book a holiday and they bypass these, then it is a disciplinary situation.2. If you have told them they cannot have the holiday and their reply is “Well it’s booked so I’m taking it anyway”, you must immediately put the following in writing:”Further to your request for holiday, I am sorry, but I am unable to grant this due to staff shortages/illness/heavy workload etc.”Should you go ahead and take this holiday, it will result in disciplinary action. Any ’sickness’ reported at this time will be scrutinised very carefully and will also lead to disciplinary action should this be found to be a false claim.I expect you to attend your normal duties on ./at.am/pm.”Do not go through the disciplinary procedure if you haven’t issued this letter BEFORE they take unauthorised leave.Remember the stable door and all that!Gill
Health store chain Holland & Barrett has today opened the country’s first-ever free-from concept store under the brand Holland & Barrett More. The move confirms its aim to become the UK’s largest free-from retailer, as the store in Chester will sell the largest range of free-from food available in the UK. One thousand products are already available online and through the high street store and the list will grow to more than 3,000 by the end of the year. All the main free-from categories defined in allergen legislation will be covered, from gluten and dairy to nuts, egg and fish.The Chester store is the first of more than 50 stores planned over the next two years. All free-from products will be available for home delivery from the Holland & Barrett website, where goods can be searched by allergen as well as food category.Peter Aldis, chief executive of NBTY Europe, owner of Holland & Barrett, said: “The speed of growth of free-from has seen it transform from what was once regarded as a nutritional niche into a mainstream shopping option.”YouGov data on where people buy free-from products shows we already do well in this market, scoring significantly ahead of Boots and very close to Waitrose and Morrisons.”We already have more high street stores than many of the big supermarkets, and the 50 new concept stores we have planned for the next two years will help ensure we can deliver against our ambition to become the largest free-from retailer in the UK.”Free-from marketAccording to Mintel, the UK free-from category continues to show strong growth, with market values doubling from 2009 to reach £365m in 2014, and forecast to grow by a further 50% by 2019 (to £550m). One in 10 new food products launched in 2014 were gluten-free, nearly double the number of two years ago.Aldis added: “With our heritage and market positioning, this is a natural territory for Holland & Barrett to lead. We are seeing a significant change in consumer trends in this market alongside an explosion of new free-from products, with many of those on our shelves being produced by small British businesses.”A 2014 YouGov survey found that one in five people in the UK consider themselves to have a food allergy or intolerance, up 5% since a previous survey in 2011 and 15% of UK households are avoiding gluten and wheat.
Source: Bells of LazonbyBells of Lazonby is extending its We Love Cake range with two nostalgia-inspired bakes.The new additions, which are debuting in Morrisons, are Rip Roaring Raspberry Ripple Slices and Totally Toffee Sticky Toffee Slices. Both are gluten-, wheat, and milk-free and have an rsp of £1.80 per four-pack with an introductory price of £1.50.We Love Cake was launched in Australia in 2018 and was given a refresh in 2019 with lower-sugar recipes and a new look. The Cumbrian bakery said the brand achieved sales of $1.4M AUD over the last 52 weeks with Australian retailer Coles.Following its growth there, the family bakery is now moving its focus to UK multiples.“Nostalgia is one of this year’s biggest food trends across multiple markets. Interestingly, in the UK we see craving for these comforting flavours and products amplified by times of uncertainty,” said Josh Boydell-Smith, head of brand and marketing at We Love Cake.The hand-finished cakes come in multi-packs of four. Its slices are packaged in twin-packs to maintain freshness without losing its small batch quality, it added.“This winter our focus is on taking the joy and brand loyalty we have created in foodservice and applying it to major multiple retail with Morrisons. Totally Toffee and Rip-Roaring Raspberry tap into shoppers seeking hyper-indulgence and great taste in the gluten-free space.”The cakes are registered with Coeliac UK and are suitable for those with coeliac disease. They are made in its We Love Cake bakery in Lazonby on the edge of the Lake District, Cumbria.
WNY News Now Stock Image.FREDONIA – A 19-year-old is accused of driving while intoxicated after Sheriff’s Deputies say he was observed traveling the wrong way in the roundabout at Route 60 and Route 20 in Fredonia this month.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says the young man was pulled over on Sunday, December 6 just after 1:30 a.m.Following an investigation into the incident, deputies arrested and charged him with DWI, DWI per se, and traveling in the wrong direction on a circular intersection.The man was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Fredonia Village Court to answer his charges at a later date. No one was injured or crashes were caused by the incident. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),In stories such as this, why are some names printed and others withheld? You identify this person as a 19 year old “man”. Why is his name not mentioned?
View Comments Clinton the Musical Wish you could have a permanent reminder of 1992, when scrunchies are in, mullets are out, Baywatch is a hit and Time Magazine’s Man of the Year is Bill Clinton? Well, now you can! Clinton the Musical will release a cast recording on Ghostlight Records later this year. Starring Kerry Butler, Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon, the production is playing at New World Stages.Clinton The Musical, which features a book by Michael and Paul Hodge and a score by Paul, explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: “WJ,” the wholesome, intelligent one, and “Billy,” the randy, charming one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton at their side, the two handle issues from The White House to Whitewater, the sax to the sex, social security to social climbers, and in the process make history. Maybe. Dan Knechtges directs.Additional cast members include Judy Gold, John Treacy Egan, Veronica J. Kuehn, Kevin Zak, Kara Guy, Dale Hensley, Rob Richardson and Gretchen Wylder. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Related Shows
By Dialogo May 31, 2012 A homemade submersible with the capacity to transport up to five tons of drugs was seized by the Colombian Navy near the port of Buenaventura (on the Pacific, in southwestern Colombia). The submersible, 7.5 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, is the first of its kind found in Colombia this year, but a total of 76 have been found since the first one was seized in 1993, the Navy specified. According to that institution, the submersible found near Buenaventura is an unmanned vessel that submerges in order to be towed by boats, making it difficult to detect while at sea. Near the location where the submersible was found, Navy units also found a go-fast boat with the capacity to transport up to ten tons of drugs. Drug traffickers use the Colombian Pacific coast especially for the manufacture of illegal vessels, due to its marshlands and areas with constant rain, low tides that enable the production and stockpiling of drugs, and high tides that facilitate the departure of the vessels. Of the total vessels seized from drug-trafficking organizations since 1993, 59 were found in the Pacific, two of which were classified as fully submersible, because they had the specifications to travel long distances underwater. The Colombian Navy indicated that in 2011, 33 percent of the 74 tons of cocaine seized were transported on speedboats, while 17 percent of the drugs were found on fully and partially submersible vessels. Very good work, I am pleased on the one hand by your work, but please be careful: people involved in those actions are dangerous. I am afraid, I am fearful about my family. They do the same here. I do not want bad things to happen, I wish you the best, as if you were my brothers and my children, or nephews or grandchildren, I ask God to protect you, because with you work you protect other people.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An eastbound Long Island Rail Road fatally train stuck a person on the tracks in Saint James on Monday morning.The victim was hit shortly after 11 a.m. by the 10:05 a.m. train from Hicksville due in Port Jefferson at 11:10 a.m., according to the LIRR.The train was cancelled and service was temporarily suspended in both directions on the Port Jefferson Branch while MTA Police investigators are on the scene.The identity of the victim was not immediately available.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This post has been updated to include a response from National Heritage Academies.A couple of years ago, auditors looked at the books of a charter school in Buffalo, New York, and were taken aback by what they found. Like all charter schools, Buffalo United Charter School is funded with taxpayer dollars. The school is also a nonprofit. But as the New York State auditors wrote, Buffalo United was sending ” virtually all of the School’s revenues” directly to a for-profit company hired to handle its day-to-day operations.Charter schools often hire companies to handle their accounting and management functions. Sometimes the companies even take the lead in hiring teachers, finding a school building, and handling school finances.In the case of Buffalo United, the auditors found that the school board had little idea about exactly how the company—a large management firm called National Heritage Academies—was spending the school’s money. The school’s board still had to approve overall budgets, but it appeared to accept the company’s numbers with few questions. The signoff was “essentially meaningless,” the auditors wrote.In the charter-school sector, this arrangement is known as a “sweeps” contract because nearly all of a school’s public dollars—anywhere from 95 to 100 percent—is “swept” into a charter-management company.The contracts are an example of how the charter schools sometimes cede control of public dollars to private companies that have no legal obligation to act in the best interests of the schools or taxpayers. When the agreement is with a for-profit firm like National Heritage Academies, it’s also a chance for such firms to turn taxpayer money into tidy profits.“It’s really just a pass-through for for-profit entities,” said Eric Hall, an attorney in Colorado Springs who specializes in work with charter schools and has come across many sweeps contracts. “In what sense is that a nonprofit endeavor? It’s not.”Neither National Heritage Academies nor the Buffalo United board responded to requests for comment. (Update: NHA spokeswoman Jennifer Hoff said in an emailed statement, “Our approach relieves our partner boards of all financial, operational, and academic risks—a significant burden that ultimately defeats many charter schools. Freed from burdens like fundraising, our partner boards can focus on governance and oversight 2026 NHA and its partner schools comply fully with state and federal laws, authorizer oversight requirements, and education department regulations—including everything related to transparency.”)While relationships between charter schools and management companies have started to come under scrutiny, sweeps contracts have received little attention. Schools have agreed to such setups with both nonprofit and for-profit management companies, but it’s not clear how often. Nobody appears to be keeping track.What is clear is that it can be hard for regulators and even schools themselves to follow the money when nearly all of it goes into the accounts of a private company.“We’re not confident that sweeps contracts allow [charters schools and regulators] to fully fulfill their public functions,” said Alex Medler, who leads policy and advocacy work at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, a trade group for charter regulators. The organization discourages the arrangements. “We think this is an issue that needs attention.”Officials have gotten glimpses of questionable spending by some firms using “sweeps” contracts.Take the case of Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School, another National Heritage Academies school. In 2012, state auditors tried to track the $10 million in public funding given to the school, only to conclude they were ” unable to determine … the extent to which the $10 million of annual public funding provided to the school was actually used to benefit its students.” From what auditors could tell, the school was paying above-market rent for its building, which in turn is owned by a subsidiary of National Heritage Academies. They also had concerns about equipment charges.The auditors couldn’t ultimately tell whether the charges were reasonable because National Heritage Academies refused to share the relevant financial details. The firm also refused to provide detailed documentation for $1.6 million in costs recorded as corporate services, claiming the information was proprietary, according to the audit. The board president of Brooklyn Excelsior did not respond to our request for comment.While the auditors in New York were disturbed by what they found, they could do little more than issue reports with advisory recommendations. “We can’t audit the management company,” said Brian Butry, a spokesman for New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.In Michigan, where NHA is the largest charter-school operator, state education regulators have voiced similar frustrations about the degree to which these private firms are shielded from having to answer to the public about how money is spent.“I can’t FOIA National Heritage Academies,” said Casandra Ulbrich, Vice President of the Michigan State Board of Education, referring to the right to request public documents from public agencies. “I don’t know who they’re subcontracting with, I don’t know if they’re bid out. I don’t know if there are any conflicts of interest. This is information we as taxpayers don’t have a right to.”Last year, Ulbrich and the State Board of Education had called for more transparency to be brought to the financial dealings of charter-management firms. They specifically asked the legislature to outlaw sweeps contracts. “Unfortunately,” Ulbrich said, “it fell on deaf ears.”The Internal Revenue Service has questioned some cases of sweeps contracts, but has not taken a consistent stand on whether the contracts are appropriate.It’s not just charter regulators and auditors that have reason to be wary of such setups. Some charter-school boards that signed sweeps contracts have found themselves shut out of the operations of their own schools.In Ohio, ten charter-school boards sued their management firm, White Hat Management, in 2010 after they couldn’t get answers to basic questions about why their schools’ performance lagged and how the school’s money was spent.Even so, it was a challenge for the schools to take back control. After handing over the bulk of their money to White Hat for years, the schools had little money of their own, said Karen Hockstad, an attorney who’s been representing the school boards in continuing litigation.“Their hands are tied. They don’t have the money to build brand new infrastructure and get new desks and books and anything else,” said Hockstad. White Hat Management did not return a request for comment.Some charter-school regulators—recognizing their limited authority over charter-management companies—are beginning to push back, requiring schools to get more information from management firms. Still, that hasn’t stopped some management companies from putting up a fight.Regulators in the District of Columbia are seeking more legal authority over management firms after two recent scandals. The DC Public Charter School Board has asked the city council to pass legislation that would allow access to the books of management companies under certain conditions. So far, that effort has gone nowhere.Related coverage: Read about how a chain of charter schools is channeling millions of public education dollars to for-profit companies controlled by the schools’ founder.If you have information about charter schools and their profits or oversight 2014 or any other tips 2014 email us at [email protected] is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.
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“These tax incentives are given to stabilize the economy, as well as to boost purchasing power and productivity,” Ihsan told reporters during a press briefing on Thursday.The incentives will take the form of individual income tax exemptions, import tax deferral and corporate income tax cuts from 25 percent to 22 percent this year and to 20 percent starting 2022, among other incentives, for almost all business sectors.According to the ministry’s data, the trade sector received more than 50 percent of the incentives, followed by manufacturing, services as well as food and beverage.Around 150,000 individual taxpayers have received individual income tax exemption, while nearly 200,000 micro, small and medium enterprises received the government’s relief. The Indonesian government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$49.3 billion) worth of COVID-19 spending to boost economic growth and strengthen the healthcare system amid the pandemic. This includes Rp 120.61 trillion allocated by the government to provide tax relief for individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic.Read also: Indonesia increases COVID-19 budget again amid soaring deficitThe coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the country’s economy, which government officials expect to contract 0.4 percent this year under a worst-case scenario or grow by 1 percent under the baseline scenario. Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.97 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first quarter, the weakest rate since 2001.At the same time, the government has been struggling to collect more revenue to fund its cash-strapped budget as the COVID-19 pandemic hits almost all business sectors. Ministry data show that state revenue this year has reached Rp 664.3 trillion as of May, down 9 percent yoy, as tax income dropped 10.8 percent yoy to Rp 444.6 trillion.The government expects this year’s budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent as it ramps up spending to fight the coronavirus amid slumping income.Topics : Nearly 400,000 individual and corporate taxpayers have applied for tax incentives as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted economic activity, according to the tax office.The Taxation Directorate General’s director for tax compliance and income, Ihsan Priyawibawa, said the government had agreed to grant the incentives to 360,818 or 93 percent of the applicants, adding that the office had rejected the rest of the applications over administrative issues.Read also: Six tech firms ready to collect VAT, Finance Ministry says