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ExxonMobil to lay off up to 300 people in Canada

first_img ExxonMobil global headquarters in Irving, Texas. Credit: ExxonMobil/ The US oil major ExxonMobil has unveiled plans to cut up to 300 jobs in Canada by the end of next year.The redundancies are part of its restructuring efforts to trim operating costs as energy demand and crude prices plummeted after the Covid-19 pandemic.The job cuts will include positions at Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil Canada and ExxonMobil Business Centre Canada, the company’s affiliates in the country.In a statement, ExxonMobil said: “Canada remains an important market for ExxonMobil; however, further actions are needed at this time to improve costs and ensure the corporation and its affiliates manage through these unprecedented market conditions.”The company added that the recent pandemic has increased the urgency of the efficiency work forcing ExxonMobil to trim its workforce.The step comes nearly a month after ExxonMobil confirmed around 1,900 redundancies in the US through a combination of voluntary and involuntary reductions. Primarily, the company’s management offices in Houston, Texas, will be affected by the decision.ExxonMobil plans to trim its global workforce by nearly 15%Last month, ExxonMobil said that it can reduce its global workforce by about 15%, a step that will make around 14,000 employees redundant including contractors.The company also announced more than $10bn in budget cuts this year.At the end of 2019, ExxonMobil had around 88,300 employees, including 13,300 contractors.Apart from ExxonMobil, several other oil majors have also reduced their staffing to pull up revenues in this challenging period.Royal Dutch Shell and BP are planning to axe up to 15% jobs, while Chevron planned cuts will amount to around 10%-15% of the workforce, reported Reuters.Earlier this month, ExxonMobil reportedly withdrew from a partnership with Energas that was formed to establish a liquefied natural gas import terminal in Pakistan. The move was also seen as a part of its ongoing efforts to reduce costs. The decision is part of an ongoing global review that seeks to reduce costs amid challenging market conditionslast_img read more

Retired Australian frigate leaves Sydney for scrapping

first_img Ex-HMAS Sydney, a former Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class frigate, left Sydney Harbour today to be towed to Western Australia for recycling.Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said the frigate will be recycled by Australian company Birdon Pty Ltd.“Ex-HMAS Sydney had an illustrious career during her 32 years in service with the Royal Australian Navy,” Mr Tehan said.“The Adelaide class frigate was involved in operations spanning the Middle East, East Timor, Fiji and the Solomon Islands and earned a Meritorious Unit Citation during the First Gulf War in 1991.“She was built at the Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Washington, USA, and commissioned there on 29 January 1983.“The former Sydney was decommissioned from the Royal Australian Navy on 7 November 2015 to make way for the Hobart class guided missile destroyers, which will provide Australia with an improved warfighting capability,” he said.Sydney’s journey from the Australian east coast to Henderson, Western Australia, will take up to 22 days.The Royal Australian Navy said the ship had been offered to States and Territories for use as a dive wreck, however, there was no interest in the ship, so the government decided to recycle her by scrapping. Retired Australian frigate leaves Sydney for scrapping View post tag: Royal Australian Navy May 18, 2017 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Retired Australian frigate leaves Sydney for scrapping View post tag: Adelaide class View post tag: HMAS Sydney Share this articlelast_img read more

Commentary: A Friendship That Moves Mountains

first_imgMarck 4, 2019, By John INDIANAPOLIS – Paul Farmer and Todd McCormack don’t need much encouragement to start teasing each other.They have been doing it for decades.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comThey started long before Farmer was a world-famous infectious disease doctor, Harvard University professor and subject of an award-winning book, Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” And long before McCormack was one of the driving forces behind sports programming powerhouse IMG.It began even before they became co-founders of Partners in Health, a $170 million-a-year organization that brings medical care to some of the poorest and most endangered places on earth.No, their pattern of joshing each other began 40 years ago, when they were freshmen at Duke University. They met when they moved into their dorm. They began a friendship that has saved lives around the globe.They take their work more seriously than they do their role in it.When I ask them, before an audience of students and community members at Franklin College, what drew them together, McCormack offers up a joke.Maybe it had something to do with the fact, he says, “that we both were dumped by our girlfriends on the same day” and needed to commiserate together.After the laughter dies down, Farmer and McCormack dive deeper. They say theirs began as a friendship of ideas. They traded books and arguments back and forth in a near-frenzy. They both had a passion for social justice.The moment, though, that they acknowledge a great seriousness of purpose, they revert to school-boy teasing again. Farmer reminds McCormack that he got the better grade in calculus. McCormack tweaks Farmer about picking up his dry cleaning.In many ways, theirs was an unlikely pairing.Farmer lived a large part of his childhood in a salvaged tuberculosis testing bus with his parents and five siblings. His father worked as a teacher, his mother as a cashier at a grocery store. They parked the bus in a trailer park in rural Florida.McCormack is a self-identified “rich kid from Cleveland.” When he was young, his family summered in Scotland, where he, a competitive golfer, played some of the finest courses in the world.The differences in their upbringing became source material for their teasing, but not an obstacle to their friendship.When Farmer found both great need and his life’s work in alleviating suffering and poverty in Haiti, he asked McCormack to help.They were young, not long out of college. With two other friends their age or younger and older Boston philanthropist Tom White, they founded Partners in Health.Out of that youthful initiative has grown an enterprise that has built hospitals, provided essential medical care and strengthened health-care systems in Haiti, in Peru, in Rwanda and elsewhere.They complemented each other. Farmer, in addition to being one of the finest medical minds of his generation, had a visionary’s gift for identifying need and determining hands-on ways to meet it. McCormack had a keen understanding of organization and finance.They understood each other.They trusted each other.When they set aside the joking, their reverence for each other is clear. McCormack speaks of Farmer’s “vision” and “commitment” in hushed tones. Farmer describes McCormack as “chivalrous.”To call them friends, Farmer continues, is misleading.“More like brothers,” he says.As they talk, I can’t help but think about the audacity of their lives.When they were young – so young – they set out to save lives and maybe even save the world. They both say that they and Partners in Health haven’t done enough, but the truth is that thousands – maybe even tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands – of people are alive today who wouldn’t have been if not for their efforts.What drives them?Faith.Much of that faith is religious, but much of it also is based in human beings’ ability to honor their best instincts.There’s a quote on the Partners in Health website. It’s from Margaret Mead, and it reads:“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has!”That was true 40 years ago when two college freshmen became friends.And, those friends say, it’s still true today.John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Harrods installs upmarket Tom Dixon sandwich shop

first_imgLondon’s Harrods department store has welcomed the opening of a high-end sandwich shop under furniture company Tom Dixon. The sandwich bar has been designed as a “chic and comfortable bolthole” within the world-renowned department store. The 152sq m space takes inspiration from classical London club interiors, with deep green, dark blue and burgundy featuring.Tom Dixon Sandwich is furnished with the latest brass lighting fixtures and upholstered club chairs, marble tables and metal screens, all from the Tom Dixon collection and sandwiched between the two Tom Dixon furniture concessions on the third floor.The shop will serve breakfast and an array of sandwiches for lunch. Breakfast items include soft boiled Clarence Court duck egg with Black Combe Ham soldiers (£5.90) and The Harrods bacon sandwich (£9.90).Lunch options range from a Welsh rarebit melted open Cheddar cheese sandwich (£11.90) or roasted Scottish beef, celeriac remoulade, horseradish and crispy shallots on a crusty roll (£12.90) to an open salmon sandwich with sweet pickled cucumber and dill butter in a soft glazed roll (£18.50).The shop also offers sharing plates of British cheese and British charcuterie (£14.90/£16.90) and three salad options.last_img read more

After-School Snacks

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of Georgia After a long day at school, most kids head straight for therefrigerator or the cupboard when they get home. But are theafter-school snacks they’re grabbing the best choices? “Students tend to reach for cookies and chips,” said JanBaggarly, an extension service agent with the University ofGeorgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “And withroughly 7 million American students on their own at home afterschool, that’s a lot of chips.”Eating healthy To help children make healthy snack choices, Baggarlyrecommends parents keep plenty of healthy snack alternatives onhand. “A nutritious snack provides food from at least one of theFood Guide Pyramid food groups and, at the same time, isn’t toohigh in fat, sugar or salt,” Baggarly said. Children are growing fast. And they’re usually more activethan adults. So they have to eat more calories and more often,she said, to supply the energy they need to stay healthy andactive. “Often children don’t get all the nutrition they need fromeating regular meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, so snacksbecome essential,” she said. “Making healthy snacks available forkids after school is a great way to keep their energy levels upand not spoil their dinner. Snacks should be planned for and notsomething that just happens.”Attack alternatives But which snacks are the best choices? Baggarly offers thesesuggestions: cheese and crackers, peanut butter and jellysandwiches, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, cold cereal, fresh anddried fruits, raw vegetables and dips made from low-fatingredients, popcorn, graham crackers and vanilla wafers. “Cookies don’t have to be eliminated from the list,” shesaid. “Just make sure they’re made using low-fat ingredients.” One way to reduce fat in cookies is by using applesauce inplace of shortening when making oatmeal cookies. This alterationalone cuts the fat by one-third. After-school beverages can also add extra calories to achild’s diet. “After-school snacks should not be accompanied by sugardrinks like Kool-Aid, soft drinks or those labeled as fruitdrinks,” Baggarly said. “Fruit juices made from real fruit willsay so on the label.” Milk is an excellent after-school choice. “And today you canbuy it in a variety of flavors, which helps its appeal,” shesaid.Food safety As with all food preparation, after-school foods should bemade safe to eat. “Parents need to establish safe food-handling practices andset guidelines on what snacks their children can prepare,”Baggarly said. For safety’s sake, children should be taught these safe-foodpractices: * Keep counters and tables clean. (Place books and book bagssomewhere else.) * Always wash hands before making or eating a snack. And useclean plates and utensils. * Wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them. * Put refrigerated items back in the refrigerator after yoursnack is ready. * Reheat leftovers thoroughly until steamy. Encourage children to eat at the kitchen table, too,Baggarly said. “There will be less chance of choking, and they will be moreaware of what and how much they’re eating,” she said. “It willalso cut down on spills.”Let kids pick Baggarly says involving children in shopping and preparinghealthy snack alternatives will aid in the eating frenzy thatfollows the bus home every day. “This will help them feel involved, and they may startmaking healthier choices when you’re not around, like during theschool day,” she said.last_img read more

Rising from recession

first_imgThe recession ended in spring/summer 2009, but who can tell? The U.S. government hasn’t officially declared the recession over, but graphs put out by the Federal Reserve Board clearly show the recession ended last summer. While the recession is almost surely over for economists, most people are sure they are still in it. What is the difference? When will the economy be better in ways we can see? The reason things still feel bad is because the recession ends when the economy hits the bottom. We will have to go up for a while before it actually starts to feel much better. Economic fluRight now is like the third day with the flu: you’re not getting worse, you might be a little better, but you still feel horrible. That is the condition of current economy: bouncing back a little, but still definitely on bed rest and very weak from the ravages of recession. The first part of the recession might have felt like good times if you still had your job and the first part of the recovery will feel bad until your personal circumstances improve – you get a new job, a raise, something to make your financial future feel more secure.Employment has ticked up, but unemployment won’t come down much any time soon. There was no average income growth in February, although income and consumer spending have been slowly increasing for the last five months. I suspect it will probably be late 2011 or 2012 before we feel sure of the recovery and all the “worries” are behind us. At that point, economist will say we have been in recovery or expansion mode for two years, but for most people the recovery will just start to feel real at that point. It would take Georgia 18 months of strong job growth to bring unemployment down to more reasonable levels. After people who lost jobs get new ones, it takes them a while to pay off increased debts and re-establish enough savings to feel financially stable. The same goes for businesses that have suffered for the last two years. They need a while to regain customers and build their sales back to past levels.Slow, steady recoveryThe State of Georgia has cut its budget from $22 billion to about $16 billion over the last 3 years. It will probably take 2 years of moderate recovery for the state budget to recover enough for education and many other important state agencies to regain some semblance of adequate funding. Even then, we will still be nowhere near the level of state government we had in 2007. The reality today is that there is no point in thinking about how long it will take to get back to where we were. The economic losses of this recession are permanent because they come from a permanent, or at least fairly long-term, shift in the ability to use debt to finance real estate, corporate deal making and state government expansion. When coupled with what appears to be permanently higher energy prices and enormous federal government deficits, there is no prospect for a recovery strong enough to regain the lost economic growth quickly. Eventually our economy will be as big and strong as it was, but when that happens doesn’t really matter. We need to start looking forward from here rather than back to 2006 or 2007. We should accept that we will grow slowly from here and adjust our lifestyles and government programs to fit the current economy and the moderate growth to come. (Jeffrey Dorfman is an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In Part I of his series, Rising from Recession, Dorfman explains how the recession started. In Part II he points to sure signs that the recession is over.)last_img read more

Sunny Hvar and the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia signed a new amendment to the Collective Agreement

first_imgIn recent years, Sunny Hvar records the best results and the longest season in the history of the company, launches a new investment cycle and creates new jobs in one of the most developed tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, while the 2018 season, although still lasting, is the most successful ever, reports from Sunny Hvar and point out that behind excellent business results are their employees.”Sunčani Hvar bases its success on highly motivated and productive human resources, so the achieved business results each year are accompanied by significant investments in improving the compensation packages of all team members, in accordance with the human resources development strategy.” emphasize from Sunny Hvar.And that this is not only in the context of PR and just an empty story, says the fact that in 2018 Sunčani Hvar surprised its employees at the beginning of the season when, in addition to increasing the minimum basic salary, provided additional salary growth for 18 jobs to 12%. “Taking into account the long-term human resources management strategy which is on the one hand focused on the development of talented individuals who turn business experience into a successful career, and on the other hand to encourage satisfaction and motivation of all employees who recognize the company as a place for safe seasonal work. for the second time in a year, it increased salaries, thus exceeding employee expectations. ” they pointed out from Sunny Hvar.As of September 1, 2018, in cooperation with the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services, the Company’s Management Board announced the entry into force of a new Tariff Annex that includes another tariff increase for 20 jobs and guarantees additional salary growth for employees up to 8%. .In October 2018, an additional increase in the minimum basic salary will be applied, and taking into account the salary increases from the beginning of the season, Sunčani Hvar has provided all its team members with a total salary increase of 3% to 20%. Additionally, in July and August, all employees received cash prizes in the amount of HRK 500 net per month due to the achieved business results, and the same is expected for all employees this year and in September!The package that employees receive in Sunčani Hvar is not only reduced to salary but also takes into account the aspect of overall satisfaction through investments in accommodation facilities and food for employees, additional free facilities in accommodation facilities, regular working hours, providing a day off, training and education, and additional benefits of 50% discount in the company’s restaurants and bars.“Permanent Seasonal” ProgramThis year, Sunčani Hvar is also launching a “permanent season” program, a measure of active employment policy implemented by the company in cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service, and offering employees who enter the program financial stability throughout the year will be presented to employees in the coming period. Given that the response of seasonal employees is exceptional, Sunčani Hvar will use the maximum legal number of contracts for “permanent seasonal workers” and sign over 140 of them, they point out from Sunčani Hvar and add “Statistics showing that more than 60% of the total number of seasonal employees are seasonal returnees, and the fact that more than 50% of new candidates apply for jobs on the recommendation of seasonal returnees are real indicators of successful human resource management strategies and satisfaction of all team members. “The only solution to the problem of labor shortage is to improve working conditions and increase wages, there is no other quality and sustainable alternative.last_img read more

Falconer: we do not need national high-rise policy

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Indonesians surprised at other countries being better prepared for pandemic: Survey

first_imgOnly 1 in 5 Indonesians, or 20 percent, said they were “angry and frustrated” as the world went through the coronavirus crisis. However, Indonesians top the list as being the most surprised at how much better prepared other nations were in tackling the pandemic, with 70 percent expressing such a view.Blackbox Research founder and CEO David Black said the sentiment was a result of Indonesian authorities’ slow response during the early stages of the pandemic as well as the country’s limited testing capabilities compared to its Southeast Asian counterparts.”With neighboring countries like Singapore and Malaysia starting to identify cases as early as January, we can see why Indonesians are reflecting on how quickly other countries kicked into gear with the pandemic, as compared to Indonesia, which only took action in early March,” David said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Indonesia, which now has recorded more than 15,000 coronavirus cases and more than 1,000 fatalities, reported its first two cases on March 2. Indonesians are “fairly satisfied” with their country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, yet they are the most “surprised” at how other countries are better prepared to face the global health crisis, a global survey has found.The survey, conducted by Singapore’s social research agency Blackbox Research and digital market research company Toluna from April 3 to April 19, gives Indonesia a relatively high index score of 48 points — slightly above the global average of 45 points — in COVID-19 crisis performance.The score ranks Indonesia ninth globally and seventh within the Asian region. The survey was carried out online and involved more than 12,500 respondents aged 18 to 80 across 23 countries. China comes out on top with a score of 85, as most of its citizens rated the country’s performance “favorably”, followed by Vietnam with a score of 77 and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India, both scoring 59 in the index.Read also: Bali’s Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses runningThe survey noted that New Zealand with 56 points was the only Western nation with an index score above the global average, showing that “citizens in Western countries are generally less satisfied with their countries’ performances.”Japan ranks last in the survey, with an index score of 16 due to its perceived poor political performance and business leadership, among other things, according to Blackbox Research’s poll.On the other hand, only seven of the 23 countries’ political leaders were rated highly for their coronavirus crisis response by at least 50 percent of their respective citizens. For Indonesia, the percentage stood at 37 percent, or below the global average of 40 percent. Most Indonesians were also dissatisfied with businesses performances during the pandemic, as only 29 percent of them felt business leaders had responded favorably to the health crisis, which is slightly above the global average of 28 percent.“Economies all around the world have been dealt a huge blow from COVID-19, and Indonesia, as Southeast Asia’s largest economy, has seen the halting of businesses and reported its weakest pace since 2001,” Black said.”While the Indonesian government has taken decisive measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19, the expectations of a looming recession and workers hard hit by layoffs and forced unpaid leave have led to the general sentiment that business leaders are not stepping up to the crisis.”He underlined that COVID-19 was not the first and might not be the last global pandemic and therefore leaders had to consider the lasting implications of the crisis in order to emerge from it “stronger and more resilient”.Three things people most want to see once the current crisis is over were a full economic recovery in six months, healthcare reforms and better use of technology for contract-tracing, Black added.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf: Nellie Bly Scholarship Program Will Help at Least 25,000 Students Afford College

first_img March 04, 2020 Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Governor Tom Wolf is visiting Kutztown University and East Stroudsburg University today to discuss how his innovative Nellie Bly Scholarship Program would help at least 25,000 students in the state’s university system achieve their dream of earning a college degree while graduating with less debt and building lives in Pennsylvania. The visits are part of the governor’s tour of all 14 state-owned universities.“There is a student loan debt crisis across our country. It’s a burden on young people and their families that can last for years and holds them back,” said Governor Wolf. “The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program will help young people to build lives in our communities rather than struggling to pay student loan bills every month.“The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program fills the gap after other aid programs so thousands of students can afford college at our world-class state system. With less college debt, graduates can buy a car and a home, start a family and save for retirement. The program also strengthens our 14 public universities and creates a talented labor force that Pennsylvania needs to thrive.”The Nellie Bly Scholarship is a needs-based, last-dollar-in program. The scholarship would apply after a student’s Pell Grant and other state grants to enroll in one of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities.To be eligible, students must enroll full-time in a PASSHE undergraduate program and qualify for a federal subsidized student loan. Students must commit to live in Pennsylvania after graduation for the same number of years they received the scholarship. If a student leaves the state early, they must repay the money. The program will be funded by repurposing revenues from the Horse Racing Development Fund annually.“We are very thankful to Governor Wolf for his support of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education,” said Kutztown University President Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Ph.D. “His proposed Nellie Bly Scholarship would enhance Kutztown University’s mission of providing a high-quality education to students with financial constraints by allowing them to graduate on time and with less debt. It also provides incentives to remain in the commonwealth upon graduation and, like so many other KU and State System graduates, contribute to our workforce and communities.”The governor will visit East Stroudsburg University later today to talk with students and university leaders about the need for the scholarship program.“At East Stroudsburg University, our number one priority is student success,” said ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. “However, the students’ path to achieving academic goals is often riddled with challenges, particularly financial. We, as an institution, have been listening to their struggles and are working very hard to increase the number of scholarships we offer each year to ease the financial burden. Governor Wolf’s proposed Nellie Bly Scholarship would certainly enhance our efforts and help students across the Commonwealth to achieve personal success that will ultimately benefit Pennsylvania and the vital workforce produced by our State System institutions.”The scholarship is named in honor of Nellie Bly, an Armstrong County native born in 1864. Bly attended the Indiana Normal School, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but left due to the cost. Bly became a pioneering journalist who helped to force reforms to the mental health care system in the early 20th century.Nearly a century later, higher education remains too expensive for many low-income and middle-class families. The student loan debt for Pennsylvania residents is $68 billion, among the highest in the nation, averaging more than $37,000 per student.In addition to the $204 million for the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, the governor’s budget invests in higher education with $12.9 million to support PASSHE’s system redesign and a $60 million increase for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, which serves more than 130,000 students and will increase the maximum award to $4,700.The governor is visiting all 14 PASSHE universities to highlight the importance of the program for the future of the students and the state. The governor has already made stops at Lock Haven and West Chester universities.The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth with 95,000 students. The university system includes Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester. Governor Wolf: Nellie Bly Scholarship Program Will Help at Least 25,000 Students Afford Collegecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more