Senior Haart branch manager reveals moment he was told of redundancy as he drove down motorway

first_imgA senior member of the Haart sales team has recounted the heart-wrenching story of being told he had lost his job with the company as he drove with his family along a motorway.Seth Oppong says he is not looking for sympathy but wants to highlight how ‘inhumane a business that calls itself the Spicerhaart family’ has treated him and some of the other 300 or more staff who lost their jobs summarily on Friday evening.Oppong (left) has been a Senior Branch Manager at Haart in Streatham, South London for the past three years and before that worked for Barnard Marcus as a Residential Sales Manager.“I was in my car on the motorway with my family heading to Brighton to deliver a package when my phone rang (being in the car my phone is connected to the Bluetooth so loud speaker)…” he says“It was my boss who simply said ‘Seth this is not a normal call’ and proceeded to read me a script making me aware that my contract of employment had been terminated with immediate effect“He went on to say he could not answer any questions and that someone would contact me next week but that he had to go, as he had a list of calls he needed to make…then put the phone down.“He did not ask where I was before he started talking and…I was in the car with my family on a motorway doing 50/60 mph.”Oppong received a mixed bag of responses to his postings on social media, including colleagues who wished his well in his hunt for a new job, as well as surviving Haart employees who supported the statement release yesterday by its CEO Paul Smith.Smith said he regretted the redundancies but revealed that his ‘hands were tied’ by the timings and scope of the government’s business rescue package proposals, and the severity of the downturn following the Coronavirus crisis.Read more about staff reactions to redundancies.seth oppong haart Paul Smith redundancies March 24, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Senior Haart branch manager reveals moment he was told of redundancy as he drove down motorway previous nextAgencies & PeopleSenior Haart branch manager reveals moment he was told of redundancy as he drove down motorwayExperienced and senior member of staff says he doesn’t want sympathy but is keen to highlight how he believes Haart was ‘inhumane’ when his boss told him about losing his job via ‘script’.Nigel Lewis24th March 202005,069 Viewslast_img read more

Tops Limiting Some Items To 2 Per Customer

first_imgJAMESTOWN — Tops is setting limits on some items in its stores.The following items are limited to two per customer, unless otherwise noted.Adult CareBaby FormulaBaby WipesBath Tissue, 4 roll pack or largerBig Pack ChickenBleach – 1 containerCereal – Four (4) boxesCleansing Flushable WipesCommercial breads and rolls (limit 4)Cough & ColdDiapersDisinfectant SpraysDisinfectant WipesFacial TissueFlour – One (1) package per customer. All brands, all sizes.Fresh ground beef, pork, chicken, and sausageFrozen Vegetables – Four (4) bagsHand SanitizerLaundry DetergentLiquid Dish DetergentOatmealPain RemediesPasta Sauce – Four (4) jarsPeanut ButterRubbing AlcoholSanitary ProtectionSugar- One (1) package per customer. All brands, all sizes.Along with this update, Tops says its bulk bin section is temporarily closed.The company says it is taking daily action to make sure more products are coming into its warehouses and stores. 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),OLD NEWS!!! Walmart, TOPS, ALDI’s Wegmans and yes TOPS have been doing this since the end of February…10 or 12 weeks ago….maybe WNY newsnow should try to keep up, instead of posting blatant advertising disguised as news….last_img read more

​AkademikerPension suspends Macquarie again amid new concerns

first_imgBut in June 2019, AkademikerPension then lifted those investment restrictions, declaring itself satisfied the bank disapproved of its own prior behaviour, had not been involved in similar cases since then and had revised its tax policy to prohibit speculation on dividend tax payments.According to the new report by DR, a department at the bank worked in 2011 and 2012 to deliberately design a model to make it possible to reclaim tax several times from the same Danish share dividends.Macquarie staff are currently being investigated in Germany in connection with historical cases of refunds of dividend withholding tax.Jens Munch Holst, chief executive officer of AkademikerPension, said: “The information provided by Børsen and DR indicates that Macquarie in 2012 was looking for a model to be able to cheat with dividend tax against the Danish state.“This is new information for us, and if the information is correct, we will of course take a firm distance,” he said. Jens Munch Holst, AkademikerPensionFor now, Munch Holst said the pension fund was asking Macquarie’s management for an explanation, and quarantining the stock until it received this.AkademikerPension said it currently had DKK52m invested in Macquarie equities, as well as more than DKK800m in infrastructure investments managed by the bank.Anders Schelde, the pension fund’s CIO, told IPE the quarantine meant it could not enter into new unlisted infrastructure investments with Macquarie, but that it would keep existing unlisted investments and let them run off.“Even if we had excluded Macquarie we would have kept the unlisted investments until run off, as it is too costly to sell them in the secondary market,” he said.Meanwhile, ATP, Denmark’s largest pension fund, told IPE its policy regarding Macquarie had not changed since 2018 when allegations against the bank relating to the Cum-Ex scandal had been highlighted in Denmark.“It remains our policy not to make any new investments in Macquarie or enter into business cooperation with them,” said a spokesman for the fund.However, the pension fund is still involved with Macquarie as a business partner within the TDC investment.The ATP spokesman said revelations in the latest investigative reports did not change anything for ATP.“But it does show that it was right to stop further engagements with the bank,” he added.He said ATP had decided at the end of last year to put a stop to the critical dialogue it had been conducting with Macquarie over the issue, because the pension fund had been unable to get the answers it wanted.PFA told Børsen last week that the new information in its report was worrying and that it would include it in the critical dialogue it was already having with Macquarie about the bank’s involvement in dividend tax cases.“Macquarie is on our watch list and we will not enter into any new cooperation with them until we have been assured that they have provided all available information and that they are no longer in any way involved in cases of unjustified recovery of dividend tax,” the pension provider told the Danish paper.“It remains our policy not to make any new investments in Macquarie or enter into business cooperation with them”ATPAt PensionDanmark, CIO Claus Stampe told IPE the pension fund had a small investment in an infrastructure fund managed by Macquarie, which was now in the process of unwinding its holdings.“There are no plans to enter into new business arrangements with Macquarie,” he said.Labour-market pension fund Sampension said it had almost DKK6.5m invested in Macquarie shares, but was closely monitoring the company regarding its tax practices.“If we find that they are resuming any unwanted behaviour, the road to exclusion is very short,” the fund’s head of equities Philip Jagd told IPE. “So far, however, we are holding on to our position,” he said.Danica Pension told IPE it had sold all its investments in Macquarie.When asked for comment, Macquarie declined to respond to AkademikerPension’s quarantine decision, but provided IPE with the response it had previously given Børsen in relation to its news investigation.In that response, Macquarie said the memo cited by Børsen had been “consistent with market practice at the time, whereby many banks were seeking opinions on dividend trading strategies.”“Macquarie has previously stated that it only conducted these types of strategies on the basis of confirmatory legal advice. No such strategy was authorised by Macquarie in relation to Denmark,” the bank said.“Where we get things wrong or when rules or expectations change, we are always willing to resolve any problems and change our approach. Macquarie regrets our historical involvement and we have taken steps to ensure that this type of activity no longer happens,” the bank said in the response.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. New revelations about controversial dividend arbitrage practices at Macquarie have prompted another move by a Danish pension fund to distance itself from the Australian bank – while ATP said the latest reports vindicate its two-year-old policy of not investing in the bank.Akademiker Pension, which recently changed its name from MP Pension, announced it is putting Macquarie back into investment quarantine – a status which precludes new investments for six months – following recent disclosures by financial daily Børsen and national broadcaster DR about the bank’s role in a long-running international dividend tax scandal.The pension fund already quarantined the Australian bank in 2018 when the furore over its historical role in the Cum-Ex scandal originally gripped Denmark.Danes had been particularly outraged because Macquarie was a major shareholder in the former national telecoms company TDC through its investment partnership with Danish pension funds ATP, PFA and PKA.last_img read more

Latest “Junk” Research Further Exposed

first_imgAssessing the Australian StudyNational Review Online 6 June 2013“Children of same-sex parents are happier and have healthier familial relationships than their peers with parents in straight relationships,” or so says what is purported to be the world’s largest study on the children of same-sex parents. As always in this domain, I read the early media input about this with immediate interest — and a bit of skepticism, too, given the glowing, confident enthusiasm displayed online. So I went fishing for more information about the interim report — not readily locatable yet — and about the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS) in general, and found information about its methodology here. To summarize (and quote from) it:Initial recruitment will involve convenience sampling and snowball recruitment techniques. . . . This will include advertisements and media releases in gay and lesbian press, flyers at gay and lesbian social and support groups, and investigator attendance at gay and lesbian community events. . . . Primarily recruitment will be through emails posted on gay and lesbian community email lists aimed at same-sex parenting. This will include, but not be limited to, Gay Dads Australia and the Rainbow Families Council of Victoria.The ACHESS, about which I’m sure we’ll hear a great deal over the next few days and weeks, is thus a lot like the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), except that it’s larger and more recent in its generation. I realize that 500 cases is not a number to scoff at, and that such populations are a small minority to begin with. But until social scientists decide to do the difficult, expensive work of locating gay parents through random, population-based sampling strategies — and ones that do not “give away” the primary research question(s) up front — we simply cannot know whether claims like “no differences” or “healthier and happier than” this or that group are true, valid, and on target. Why? Because nonrandom samples are not a representative reflection of the population as a whole, but rather an image of those who actively pursue participating in the study (for whatever reason, which may matter). Who knows — the ACHESS sample of parents and children could be just like the average gay or lesbian household in Australia. I have my doubts, but it’s an unanswerable question.While noting the possibility of bias in such a sampling approach, the ACHESS architects assert that this is “not possible to overcome due to the hidden nature of the same-sex attracted population in Australia.” How hidden are they if the sampling design simply floated emails and flyers and attracted over 500 participants? “Hidden” here is shorthand for difficult to locate randomly. Difficult, but not impossible. Difficult equals expensive. But a random sample design is the gold standard in large-scale social science. And in a politically charged environment such as gay parenting, the public would do well to demand nothing less than the best-quality research designs. Snowball sampling — where motivated friends ask their own friends to participate — doesn’t cut it.Another cause for some healthy skepticism is the same reason I suggested that it was time to retire the NLLFS. Simply put, its participants are likely very aware of the political import of the study topic, and an unknown number of them probably signed up for that very reason. As a result, I’m just not sure I trust their self-reports, which may be subject to considerable “social desirability bias,” or the tendency to portray oneself on surveys as better than one actually is. Again, it’s unknowable here. But I think the temptation to do so in this sample, and on this topic, could be elevated. All the more reason to do a random study that doesn’t advertise its intentions beforehand.All these concerns are why the survey I oversaw, the New Family Structures Study (NFSS), elected to talk to the children after they had grown up, to skip the parents entirely to ensure a more independent assessment, to not broadcast our key research questions in the title or initial screener questionnaire, and to locate them randomly in a large population-based sample. “Junk science” it is not. But its initial results, as well as follow-up analyses in response to criticism, certainly differ from those in Australia making the headlines today.Finally, a note about children born via assisted reproductive technology (ART) or adoption, which no doubt make up a significant share of the ACHESS. A central reason that could set this non-random group apart from “average” others — even if data were collected randomly and independently — is the expense involved in acquiring them. If you’re talking about ART or adoption, you’re talking about parents with notable means — money and commitment. That is, when children are not born in the usual way — via the products of vaginal sexual intercourse, half of which are unplanned (but not necessarily unwanted) — it implies an initial outlay of wealth to adopt or donor conceive that is not consonant with the average heterosexual couple’s life or experience. (A random sample of average Australian parents appears to have been the comparison group in this “interim” report.) In other words, there are no unplanned or unwanted pregnancies among monogamous gay and lesbian couples, and that matters. But “diminished kinship” remains — meaning at least one parent lacks a biological tie to the child — and that matters for child development, too, at least on average.In the era the NFSS investigated, ART births appear to have been much less common. Nor did its nationally representative, population-based sample reveal very many stably coupled same-sex households with children. Things could be different today. But I stand by the NFSS — and always will — because it captured the social reality of the era it studied: the growing-up years of people ages 18 to 39 today. The ACHESS and the NLLFS capture some sort of reality — perhaps subject to significant social-desirability bias — among a self-selected elite of participants who were actively recruited to take part in a study loaded with possible political import. But given the limitations outlined here, what we can learn from it about the overall population of same-sex households with children — which is what the media headlines convey — is pretty modest. We learn what’s possible, not necessarily what’s probable.– Mark Regnerus is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a research associate with the university’s Population Research Center. He is also the principal investigator of the New Family Structures Study. read more

Starbucks Apologizes for Asking Officers to Leave or Move

first_imgSupporters of the police have already launched a #boycottstarbucks campaign on Twitter.However, critics of that boycott effort say the campaign ignores alleged racist police behavior and police brutality that have recently made some people feel unsafe around officers. Starbucks is apologizing, after an employee at one of its stores in Tempe, Arizona, reportedly asked six police officers to leave or to change their location in the store when another customer reported feeling unsafe.In a statement, the company says it has “deep respect for the Tempe Police Department” and was apologizing “for any misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place” during the incident, which took place July 4.According to the Tempe Officers’ Association, the officers had purchased their drinks and were standing together, when the barista made the request on behalf of the other customer.Association President Rob Ferraro said in a tweet, “This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”last_img read more

Thompson clocks fast 60m in Glasgow

first_imgJamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson clocked 7.14 seconds for third place in the women’s 60m heat at the Glasgow Indoors Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena a short while ago. Thompson, who finished second in the 200m at the World Championships in Beijing last August, crossed the line behind world 200m champion Dafne Schippers (Netherlands), who clocked 7.11 and Trinidadian Michelle – Lee Ahye (7.14). The result means that Thompson is now the fastest Jamaican over the distance so far this season. The final takes place at 9:32am Jamaica time.last_img

Half-time: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1

first_imgGervinho’s classy turn and finish denied Chelsea a half-time lead in a thrilling London derby at the Emirates Stadium.A clever hooked finish from Fernando Torres looked like giving the Premier League leaders a half-time advantage against the unbeaten Gunners until Gervinho struck three minutes before the break.The Blues had an encouraging start, dominating the early possession and threatening through a tame David Luiz free-kick and a decent Torres run and cross.The hosts responded with a Santi Cazorla shot that flew well over the bar and also had a couple of ambitious penalty claims turned down.But the visitors were on top and went ahead through Torres.The Spaniard ignored the close attentions of Laurent Koscielny, kept his focus on the ball from a Juan Mata free-kick and managed to cleverly steer a first-time right-foot volley in at the near post.Moments later he should have made it 2-0 after robbing Koscielny and bearing down on goal, but he delayed his finish and the big centre-back was able to get back and put Torres off.Chelsea continued to have the upper hand but failed to make the most of their dominance against an Arsenal side who seemed to struggled to cope with an injury to Abou Diaby.But Gervinho’s quality finish from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross drew them level to set up an intriguing second half.Chelsea (4-3-2-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Terry; Ramires, Mikel, Hazard; Mata, Oscar; Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Former fan favorite Sonny Gray pitches for Reds Wednesday night against A’s

first_imgOAKLAND — Sonny Gray can still hear Athletics fans chanting his name.“I think it was the 2013 playoff game and they started doing the `Sonny’ chant when I was walking off the field and that’s something to this day is probably one of the cooler things I’ve experienced as a baseball player,” Gray said Tuesday from the visiting dugout as the Athletics opened a six-game homestand with three games against the Cincinnati Reds.Gray is 29 but looks as youthful as ever. He is pitching far better than …last_img

Master in Animal Sciences graduate degree offered at OSU

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University is offering a new Master in Animal Sciences graduate degree. This program is different from a typical Master of Sciences (MS) in that research is not required and it is a non-thesis program. Acceptance into the program is similar to the other graduate programs in that an application must be submitted to the OSU Graduate School (, and after its review, the application is forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Animal Sciences for review. Requirements include a minimum of 3.0 GPA and a Graduate Records Examination score of at least 300. Admission decisions also are determined by availability of space in the program, availability of an advisor, and their area of interest.Students accepted into the program must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours, complete a final exam in the form of either a comprehensive written exam, professional project, research proposal, or a culminating paper, and present an exit seminar. The credit hours for the program must include the following:Core Courses  (9 cr hr) Specialization (choose one area; 11-12 cr hr)Animal SciencesNutritionMeat ScienceElectives (13-14 cr hr)This graduate program is aimed at individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and competence at the graduate level in preparation for entering the industry, attending professional school, or becoming an academic or outreach educator. The courses are not offered online, thus students need to travel to campus for the instruction, and standard tuition fees for graduate school apply. With research not being required, the program is more flexible than the traditional MS program. For additional information, contact Ms. Sarah Hancock, Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Animal Sciences, 110J Animal Science, 2029 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-688-1087,[email protected]last_img read more

MindMixer Helps Citizens Engage With Their Communities

first_imgHow many times have you had a brainstorm on how to improve your local community? What about that dangerous intersection that needs more warning lights? Or an idea that could help your city become a magnet for fill-in-the-blank activities? Head to MindMixer, a platform that is helping organizations communicate more effectively with their communities.One of the biggest roadblocks to implementing local community ideas is finding resources in city government or local organizations who might be able to help. More importantly, how can you involve like-minded individuals in the discussion? MindMixer = A New Type Of Civic Engagement PlatformA new type of civic engagement platform – like MindMixer – can help. MindMixer is in essence a “virtual town hall,” a community forum where constituents can meet to discuss issues and share ideas. (Here’s an overview of how MindMixer works.)Without time and location constraints, citizens can conveniently share ideas while managers gain community insights. According to the 2012 CivicPlus Digital Citizen Engagement survey, 40% of citizens want to provide input on municipal government.From Los Angeles To CalgaryMindMixer COO Nathan Preheim tells me that the company has attracted more than 300 communities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, plus its first Canadian client, the city of Calgary. Among civic, education and healthcare organizations that are using the service to engage their communities, the governor of Colorado is using it to better engage his entire state.Here are a few examples of how municipals governments are using MindMixer:Orlando, FL: When residents were asked how much more they would be willing to pay to have half of their food sourced from local farms, 36% of respondents said they would pay 10% more, and 22% said they’d pay 5% more. While the response rate was low, it shows the potential of civic engagement as the use of these platforms increases.Boulder, CO:InspireBoulder held a Reusable Bag Design Competition on the MindMixer site. The winning design is set to be used on 30,000 reusable grocery bags to be distributed by the city.Park City, UT: One resident’s idea to implement a community composting program became a reality when Park City’s Environmental Sustainability Manager approved the concept, which is similar to an ordinance passed by the city of San Francisco. Tags:#community#Government#Non-Profits MindMixer Buys VoterTideMindMixer recently acquired VoterTide, a social media intelligence company that specializes in activating audiences who follow hot topics for political campaigns, non-profits and special-interest groups. Preheim says the company’s thinking was, “How can we use social media to help our clients better engage topics?”All existing clients will have access to Votertide audiences. Going forward, adds Preheim, “We are in the process of building an application framework, called Community Insights.”Given the current pressure to shrink governments, the populace will have to take more active roles in the governance of their communities. Platforms like MindMixer could make it easier for people to take on and succees in those new roles. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos michael tchongcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more