Learning to play for a win-win situation

first_img Previous Article Next Article Despiteinitial concerns, there is some evidence that training partnerships via theUnion Learning Reps scheme are having a beneficial effectTraining partnerships between companies and unions are providing employeeopportunities that go beyond basic skills tuition. At Metroline buses, trainingmanager Mick Hodges explains how its relationship with the Transport andGeneral Workers Union, (T&G) which began with courses including English asa second language, has grown into the provision of a Learning Bus, deliveringaccess to a dozen PCs for staff to use for learning activities at the company’sgarages. “The Learning Bus is used by drivers, engineers, cleaners, somemanagers and administrative staff,” says Hodges. “The trainingoffered is not really work related, but we benefit from offering it to currentstaff. We also send the bus out into the wider community, where it acts as auseful recruitment tool as well.” The development of Metroline’s training relationship mirrors the developingrole of Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) in the UK. According to RobbieGilbert, chief executive of the Employer’s Forum on Statue and Practice (EFSP)the idea of the ULR first emerged to address basic skills problems. However,with legislation in the Employment Act giving reps statutory and potentiallyexpanded responsibilities from April this year, Gilbert is concerned thatcompanies will find themselves saddled with a new union official, and littleidea of how to relate to them. “I don’t believe it has ever been thought through as to how the ULRswill work with the employer’s own provision of training, whether that bethrough Investors in People (IIP), individual learning plans or otherinitiatives,” says Gilbert. Lack of clarity exists regarding how much timethe ULR can spend on their activities, how much access to and influence onstaff they should have and even how learning records created and maintained bythe ULRs in the course of their work should be used, for example. Liz Smith, head of TUC learning services, dismisses these concerns,indicating that by the time the legislation comes into effect, there will beadvice and guidance on ULRs in the form of a revised Acas code, a TUC handbookand a guidebook for employers produced by the Department for Education andSkills. “This should not be a matter for confrontation,” says SusieParsons, chief executive of the Campaign for Learning. “It is abouteverybody doing the best for themselves. The employers can do what’s best fortheir businesses and unions are helping them realise that.” IIP chief executive Ruth Spellman, says: “Unions are less worried aboutpromoting training as a ‘win-win’ initiative for staff and their employer. Anycompany with a union can use that organisation to check what trainingopportunities are being offered and what kind of success training has.” The forthcoming legislation is not the only indication that the Governmentexpects unions to have increased involvement in raising the skills of theworkforce. The Union Learning Fund, set up in 1998 by the DfES, continues tofund initiatives and helped more than 28,000 people engage in learningactivities last year. The fund will become the responsibility of the LearningSkills Council (LSC) from this month. Liz Smith notes that funding is also available from the LSCs for smallerscale local initiatives, and that this kind of finance is frequently used aspump priming to release resources from elsewhere, including ‘matching funds’from the employer themselves. Company-matched cash At British Bakeries in Newcastle, money from the Union Learning Fund wasmatched by the company to establish a learning centre for its 280 employees.Patrick Hutchinson, a ULR from the Bakers, Food &Allied Workers Union, hasbeen seconded from the shopfloor to manage the centre on a full-time basis. “The learning centre has been a joint partnership between the union andthe company split down the middle,” he says. “The company’s side hasnot just been in cash – it has provided space for the centre to be setup.” With much of the course provision coming from Learndirect, the BritishBakeries centre provided a good business case for management as well asincreasing its workers’ skills. Four years ago, Gloucester City Services introduced an initiative to supportbasic skills among its predominantly manual workforce. According to Emma Bradley, personnel officer with the section which providesstreet cleansing operations, provision was originally designed and deliveredwith union involvement as part of the service’s appraisal system and worktowards IIP recognition. Interestingly, policy changes meant government financewas available to support the first year of the initiative and this currentyear, but for the interim period, the organisation provided the fundingrequired. Today, a dedicated classroom contains 10 computers for staff, plus access toa tutor, offering individual support for employees who want to develop theirskills up to and beyond basic literacy and numeracy standards. “Some of our employees left school as soon as possible and camestraight into their job,” explains Bradley. “Now they want to improvetheir skills. They also want to be able to help their children with homework,so there have been benefits there too.” While Gilbert notes that trade unions do not have a substantial history oftaking a training role, it appears they are more than making up for lost time. Susie Parsons says many union leaders will take an active part in thisyear’s Learning at Work Day on May 15, taking job swaps and hoping to betterthe 750,000 staff and 4,000 organisations which took part last year. “Union activity in this area is making a difference,” says JacquiHenderson, chief executive of Central London Learning Skills Council. “Iforganisations can get union involvement in planning how training is to becarried out and what kind of methodology would be appropriate, you can get theright resources for the right people.” Positive outcome The emerging message seems to be that companies should take advantage of theunions’ passion for learning and establish good partnerships which have apositive knock-on outcome for both the organisation and individual staff. “We’ve always had a good relationship with the T&G, and thatrelationship has improved since we created the Learning Bus,” says MickHodges of Metroline. “I hope it continues into the future because itcertainly seems to work. We are able to talk to the union and discuss issuesrather than just confront each other.” Land Rover is working in partnership with no less than three unions to giveits staff training opportunities. However, while the Associate DevelopmentScheme (ADS) has been established and run with the help of Amicus MSF, the GMBand T&G unions, there are no Union Learning Reps involved and funding comesentirely from the company. ADS manager Sian Hewkin explains the scheme emerged from pay negotiations inNovember 2001. While the company pays an amount per head, the programme runsentirely independently of the company, with strict criteria that none of thetraining provided should have anything to do with the employees’ work for thecompany. “The scheme is run entirely as a staff benefit,” says Hewkin.”As long as an associate wants to take a structured course which meets ourcriteria, then we will encourage them to take up that learningopportunity.” Classroom resources are provided by the company, as well as throughpartnerships and links with external training organisations and local colleges.As a result, staff can take part in learning activities ranging from Spanishand driving lessons, to basic brick-laying and even salsa dancing. “A lot want to learn skills such as plumbing, so they can use theseskills at home,” notes Hewkin. “But the programme is also aboutgiving them new skills.” Not only do the unions take an active part in determining the provision oftraining through their presence on the ADS committee, they also provide auseful way of spreading awareness of the opportunities, both through shopstewards directing associates to the ADS resource and through hostingpresentations from ADS staff at union meetings. Key facts from the employment act 2002 Section 43 part 4 of the Employment Act 2002 provides:– The right to reasonable paid time off for Trade UnionLearning Representatives to ensure they are adequately trained to carry outtheir duties– Reasonable paid time off to carry out duties relating to ULRrole, including training needs analysis, arranging learning for members,promoting and informing members of training opportunities and consulting withthe employer about carrying out these activities– The trade union must notify the employer that a member isundergoing training to be a ULR and confirm in writing when that training iscompleteGood Relations – getting the mostfor training from Union partnerships   Break down barriers and create a good dialogue with theunion on training issues. Understand and articulate the training needs of the organisation asperceived by management and check these with the perception of unionrepresentatives. There may be hidden training needs that union representativescan perceive.Respect confidentiality. If a union representativehighlights a skill shortage, do not try to identify where the shortage lies orto address the problem through recruitment. Clarity in organisation. Establish exactly what itexpected from union reps, their duties and responsibilities. Be clear about howinformation on individual learners is going to be collected, used and stored.Share success. Celebrate new qualifications or courses through joint newsletters,meetings and even presentations. Related posts:No related photos. Learning to play for a win-win situationOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Damir Kreilach scores, Real Salt Lake beats Vancouver 1-0

first_imgOctober 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local Damir Kreilach scores, Real Salt Lake beats Vancouver 1-0 Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Damir Kreilach scored in the 28th minute and Nick Rimando made five saves for his 10th shutout of the season in Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday in the regular-season finale.Corey Baird put a shot on net, Kreilach took the ball on his head and bounced it past goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau.Real Salt Lake finished the regular season 16-13-5.Crepeau made three saves for the Whitecaps (8-16-10). Tags: Damir Kreilach/MLS/Real Salt Lakelast_img

WC Rowe boss takes the top accolade at BIA09

first_imgTuesday night’s Baking Industry Awards saw WC Rowe’s MD Alan Pearce walk away with the prestigious title of Baker of the Year, in the Vandemoortele-sponsored category.The 1930s-themed event at the Park Lane Hilton, London was a great success. Darren and Lilia from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing dazzled the guests when they took to the dance floor to perform three different sets throughout the evening.Celebrity host for the night Ronnie Corbett kept the audience of 800 entertained with his comedy routine, explaining that, as the son of a baker, he had been brought up in a bakery family, and even dabbles with a bit of home baking himself.List of the winners:Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortele – Alan Pearce, WC RoweBritish Baker Award for Special Achievement – Colin Lomax, Rank HovisThe Achievement in Bakery Training Award, sponsored by Rich’s – Robert Pashley of Coopland & Son (Scarborough)The Innovation Award, sponsored by Asda – Genius Gluten-Free Loaf, United Central BakeriesBakery Supplier of the Year category, sponsored by Sainsbury’s – Rich Products, Gail Lindsay The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by BakeMark – Burns the Bread, Terri PetherbridgeIn-Store Bakery Award, sponsored by Scobie & McIntosh – Morrisons’ Hilmore Lane store in Grimsby, Steve MumbyCelebration Cake Maker of the Year, sponsored by renshawnapier – David McClymont, Lightbody Celebration Cakes.Trainee Baker of the Year, sponsored by Improve and the National Skills Academy – John Ruddock, Coopland & Son (Scarborough)Artisanal Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by Morrisons – Organic Wild White, Hobbs House BakeryThe Craft Business Award, sponsored by Rank Hovis – The Bread Factory, Tom MolnarBakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by ADM Milling – Kensey Foods, Des KingsleyFor the full story see British Baker’s 11 September issue.last_img read more

IU Law Prof: President Trump could have tough court battle

first_imgIndianaLocalNews By Network Indiana – November 10, 2020 1 193 Google+ Previous articleMan arrested after drug-and-booze fueled crash in Porter CountyNext articleAll Indiana BMV branches closed on Wednesday for Veterans Day Network Indiana WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest IU Law Prof: President Trump could have tough court battle Twittercenter_img President Trump may have a tough time with his possible effort to take each election grievance to court. But, the system is made for it and there is time before the inauguration, said Nicholas Almendares, an assistant professor with Indiana University’s law school.“Each court challenge is about a particular thing,” said Almendares. “These 900 ballots in this one county in Pennsylvania were accepted after this one deadline,” he said, as an example.Almendares said the tedium is the reason Trump may have a tough battle. It’s because there may be many small battles.He said that Trump also might not get exactly what he’s looking for from the courts.“The kinds of things a court could do, what we would call remedies, are awkward for court. Throwing out ballots doesn’t feel great. You can’t really reorder an election,” he said.But, if the president does not want to concede, and insists on taking each case to court, Almendares said there is time.“The system is totally comfortable with this. Joe Biden wouldn’t become president tomorrow, no matter what. We wait ’til inauguration day. So, we kind of have time to go through all this.”He said, again, that the cases are small, and so the time through the court system may not be long.“I haven’t seen one that’s come across the news feed that’s like, oh this is a really thorny issue that’s gonna take months and months to unravel.”Almanderas stressed that anything could change, and there might end up being a large legal challenge, or a court could decide they’d like to hear the cases and provide a legal remedy. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ (“Trump, Pentagon leaders honor 9/11 victims” by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CC BY 2.0)last_img read more

Full Audio Of Vulfpeck’s Funky Brooklyn Bowl Opener Has Emerged [Listen/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Vulfpeck Brooklyn Bowl 9/8/16 Last night marked the funky return of Vulfpeck to the Brooklyn Bowl, kicking off a three-night run at the famed Brooklyn, NY venue. Anticipation was high coming into the show, as the band delivered an exciting performance just one night prior at SummerStage in NYC’s Central Park. True to form, Vulfpeck brought out many special guests, delighting fans with material new and old for an unforgettable night.At different times, the band brought out guitarist Cory Wong, keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Joey Dosik, trombonist Melissa Gardiner, percussion master Richie Rodriguez, vocal powerhouse Antwaun Stanley, and drummer Bernard Purdie. You can read the full review here, as written by the Vulfpack creator Kendall Deflin, but we wanted to share a little something special with our readers.Thanks to taper Eric McRoberts, we can stream some full audio from last night’s exciting Brooklyn Bowl run opener. Check out the full stream here, and see below for a beautiful gallery of images as taken by Patrick Hughes/Faces of Festivals. Enjoy the grooves!* w/ Bernard Purdie – [email protected] w/ Melissa Gardiner – Trombone# w/ Antwaun Stanley – Vocals% w/ Joey Dosik – Keys / Vocals / SaxophonePro-shot video has also emerged, courtesy of micapaw groove:last_img read more

Colombian ELN Frees Kidnapped Woman

first_img After her release, the former hostage was transported by land on an ICRC vehicle to Saravena, where she was “reunited with her family,” the report stated, adding that so far in 2013, the ICRC “has facilitated the release of 12 people.” On May 21, the Colombian guerrilla group National Liberation Army (ELN) handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) a Colombian woman who had been kidnapped in August 2012, the humanitarian organization reported. By Dialogo May 23, 2013 “In a rural area of Fortul municipality, Arauca department (on the border with Venezuela), [a woman] was handed to the ICRC’s humanitarian mission,” a communiqué stated, without identifying the 29-year-old released hostage. The release occurred after Colombian authorities reported on May 21 that they were investigating the presumed kidnapping of two Spanish nationals, which might have occurred on May 17 in the department of La Guajira, located in the northeast border with Venezuela. center_img According to the local media, the kidnapped Spanish citizens are Ángel Sánchez Hernández and María Concepción Marlaska, the latter presumably related to Spanish judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska. “The woman is in good general health,” said Anne Silvie Linder, chief of the ICRC office in Saravena, citing the statement in which neither the circumstances, nor the reasons why the ELN freed the woman were explained. The ELN, Colombia’s second largest guerrilla group with 2,500 members, is still holding a Canadian engineer who was taken hostage in a remote rural area of Bolívar department in January.last_img read more

Lagging contenders: How credit unions can catch up in data and analytics – Part 1

first_imgThe message has been ringing load and clear throughout the credit union industry for years: make better use of data and analytics or lose “member share” to more progressive CU peers or (horrors!) banks and fintech startups.Despite the warning cries, the proportion of credit unions embracing this trend is (horrifyingly!) low.A recent McKinsey & Company report emphasizes the fact that many industries are achieving only a fraction of their “digital potential”. However, the report observes, “In the United States, the information and communications technology sector, media, financial services, and professional services are surging ahead…”. This means other players in the marketplace served by credit unions have a big head start.Credit unions that have been sitting on the sidelines can wait no longer. To get off the bench, these organizations need to ask:What are the basic questions about the organization’s strategic direction that cannot be answered today?How can existing data be better “generated, collected, and organized”?What data outside the organization would be useful?What skillsets are missing internally and to what degree can they (or should they) be outsourced?Once “insights” are uncovered from analytics, what are the practical steps to leveraging them to create value? continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

RESEARCH IN ZADAR: Guests from cruise ships spend 55 euros a day, most spent in Solana in Nin as much as 248 euros

first_imgDuring their stay on land, respondents spent the most in cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants, and given the short time they stay in the destination, their average personal consumption is relatively high. Guests from cruises spend an average of 55 euros a day, and leave the most money in Solana Nin – as much as 248 euros, according to a study by the Department of Tourism and Communication Sciences of the University of Zadar from July to October 2019 on tourists who cruise sailed by boat to the Zadar port of Gaženica, reports Antena Zadar. The respondents are originally from Germany, Great Britain and Spain, which is partly due to the established cruise lines that dock in the city of Zadar. Respondents are mostly older which is in line with typical tourists traveling by this type of transport. Also, these are mostly experienced cruise users who are staying in Croatia and Zadar for the first time, so it can be concluded that they prefer this form of tourist travel and choose routes on which they have not sailed during their cruises so far, “said prof. dr. sc. Božena Krce Miočić. This interesting research, which was presented to the tourist public in Zadar yesterday, was conducted with a semi-structured survey questionnaire and had the characteristics of a survey, and according to the authors the results outline the profile, behavior and attitudes of cruise tourists included in the sample. The random sample of respondents included 1.315 respondents over the age of 18, who during the landing in the port of Zadar visited the old town of Zadar or realized some of the offered excursions in Zadar County and other neighboring counties. Slightly more than half of the surveyed guests visited the Zadar Peninsula, and attractive destinations, as they say, were the Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks, the royal town of Nin and the Zrmanja River.  “The overall satisfaction and impression of the surveyed tourists is at a very high level, which means that they would recommend the visited destination to their friends and relatives. Most guests would like to visit Zadar and other destinations they have visited again, primarily to enjoy the peace and preserved environment, gastronomy and cultural heritage. However, despite the positive impression of the surveyed cruise tourists, it should be emphasized that there are still elements of supply that need to be continuously improved to meet this specific segment of tourist demand, “concluded the authors of the research team of the Department of Tourism and Communication Sciences, University of Zadar. . Solana Nin This research is important when we take into account how 124 cruisers with as many as 182.682 passengers sailed into Gaženica, Zadar’s passenger port, which was declared the world’s best cruise port last year. A tour of the old town or some other tourist location in the vicinity of Zadar was usually motivated by new experiences, attractions primarily the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun but also cultural and natural heritage and the desire to feel and experience the atmosphere of the destination. Source: Antenna Zadar It is also interesting that the guests from the cruise ship mostly bought in Solana in Nin, where they spent an average of 248 euros per person, which is the result of the fact that the surveyed guests had enough time to buy but also attractive offers of Solana that is tailored to tourists. An interesting fact is that guests from cruise ships on the Zadar Peninsula spend an average of 43,27 euros, and during the survey they also stated the shortcomings whose solution would result in significantly higher consumption. Namely, tourists complained about the insufficient number of exchange offices, the inability to pay by card and payment in euros, and the insufficient number of sellers in stores that can serve a larger group of guests in a short time. Zadar now has an unequivocal indicator of what needs to be done to increase the consumption of cruise guests and I can learn a lot from this data.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShutdown a costly deal for taxpayers“Excuse me,”  a congressman told a reporter, “The people who don’t receive their pay during the shutdown will receive it later on.”This shutdown could mean 400,000 furloughed workers not paid. Some TSA workers earn in the range of $25,000 to $38,000. Seasonal park rangers earn $15 per hour; a supervisor might earn a decent $80,000. Of course, the congressman who made this comment could be earning a lifetime salary of $174,000. He didn’t mention that furloughed people can apply for unemployment benefits. Funny, the bills keep coming,, whether or not you are paid. I believe that we taxpayers have paid late fees for furloughed people before.If I understand the situation properly, because some of our elected officials are doing what some of us citizens want done — not building a wall all along our southern border — people will not get their wages.We taxpayers might need to pay extra unemployment benefits for the furloughed workers if the shutdown goes on long enough, on top of the requested $5 billion for a wall. Personally, I want to use the $1.3 billion that was already offered to Trump for border security for additional judges to speed the processing of asylum seekers. Let’s get the people screened and processed rather than taxpayers paying for food and housing while they wait in holding stations. As recent shooters were American-born, not foreign thugs, sorry, a wall won’t help our security.Janice WalzScotia Affordable care for pre-existing illness New Year’s Eve cartoon was biasedI was surprised, and disappointed of your decision to print the very biased cartoon on New Year’s Eve. It was far below, what I considered, your moral fiber. Sad indeed. God Bless America.Vince Alescio Clifton Park  Wall is a backwards solution to problemPresident Trump says we need a wall to protect our borders. We don’t. Trump is equating the need for border security with the need for a wall. We need the former; we don’t need the latter. Building a wall is a medieval solution to a 21st-century problem. In the Middle Ages, people built walls and moats to protect them from invaders. In the early days of our country, people built walls around forts and military posts for protection. We are well beyond that now. Since those days, there have been great technological advances. We have helicopters, drones and satellites; we can detect rockets and missiles as soon as they are launched. Surely, we can come up with a better solution for border security than a wall. Immigration reform and border security are complex problems requiring a great deal of thought and some compromises. Building a wall is a simplistic, archaic solution to a complex problem. We need to look forward, not backward. Peter SparanoGuilderland Definition of private land is pretty clearThe Gazette’s Dec. 27 editorial stated, “use of waterways on private land is open to wide interpretation.” This begs the question: Why?  Step out of the way for younger leadersPolitical history is littered with names of people who never acknowledged or accepted that their time had come and gone. Their careers dissolved from leadership and even statesmanship into a desperate battle to maintain power and influence at any price. The United States has Lyndon Baines Johnson to thank for repealing civil service mandatory retirement at age 70.Combined with the refusal to set congressional term limits, it has led to a self-serving, career-minded, dysfunctional government that has crippled and discredited America in the eyes of its citizens and the world. Nancy Pelosi is the penultimate example of a Baby Boomer politician who must step aside to allow the younger generations to chart the future of our country. She’s a smug despot diva who will continue to promote acrimony and stalemate in a drive to impose her agenda upon Congress and the country. There’s no hesitation to devour the young to satisfy her lust for power.If necessary, she will sacrifice the futures of congressional freshman by coercing them into becoming her warriors by proxy. Participation in the democratic process will continue to be discouraged, and cynicism and apathy will prevail. On behalf of the American people, I demand, not request reform. Whose job is it to enforce federal laws Don’t see the bias in factual headlinesI have to admit that I got quite a good laugh at Bill Denison’s Dec. 31 letter complaining that a headline announcing that the Trump Foundation is a sham without also claiming that the Clinton Foundation is a sham proves bias on the part of The Gazette. Well, Bill, it’s the new year. Why don’t you try to correct the bias in other similar headlines like “Japan Surrenders” or even “Trump Wins.” That should occupy you for a while.Polly WindelsBallston Lake I see that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using our money to perform the federal function of keeping Ellis Island open during the government shutdown.So I guess it is OK now for the governors of the Southern border states to enforce federal immigration laws. Or maybe Mr. Cuomo is misappropriating our funds. Seems like it must be one or the other.Michael ReillySchenectady The recent ruling outlawing the Affordable Care Act has me worried. I have a personal reason for being an advocate for insurance coverage of a pre-existing illness.After over 30 years teaching and 20 plus years of healthy retirement I have been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease. If untreated it would eventually cause me to be wheelchair-bound. One of the most effective treatments for the disease is monthly infusions of IVIG, a blood-based derivative. I’m now on a monthly schedule of infusions at Albany Med. They have kept the disease in check and have moderated the symptoms.The downside of the treatment is the $175,000 yearly cost. My Group Medicare Advantage program covers most of this expense. Without this insurance, I would either be destitute, wheelchair-bound or both. I’m sure if given the option, an insurance company would either deny me coverage of my pre-existing condition or the premiums would be so high I could ill afford to pay them.For the thousands upon thousands of Americans suffering from a pre-existing illness, we must fight to continue their affordable insurance coverage. We must not accept anything less. Keep in mind, some day you may be in need of such insurance for a pre-existing illness.Charles RiellyAltamont After all, the rise of Donald Trump is partially due to the lack of confidence in the will and the ability of Congress to govern in the best interest of the United States and the American people.Mark RahnScotia With regard to ‘private property,’ the words can’t be any clearer. “Private property is land or belongings owned by a person or group and kept for their exclusive use.” Everyone understands the meaning. Some people want courts or legislators to change clear-meaning words to new meanings they like better.So ‘free speech’ might become ‘hate speech’; ‘mandatory insurance’ might become ‘a tax’; or one person’s ‘private property’ might become ‘the people’s boating commons.’The same people who want to interpret away other people’s private property rights wouldn’t dream of doing it to their own. If plain-meaning laws can be interpreted away, then they become arbitrary and capricious. They lose meaning and damage the social contract. The result is anarchy, the absence of rule of law.Our basic law, the U.S. Constitution, has also been interpreted to mangle the document’s clear-meaning words some political interests find inconvenient. So the nation becomes increasingly ungovernable. To paraphrase, the devil is in the interpretation.Werner HetznerCohoesThe writer is the communications director for the Capital District Libertarian Party.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

PREMIUMGovt defends jobs law despite opposition

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Omnibus-Law-on-Job-Creation economy labor-rights environment fitch-solutions Kadin JPMorgan Forgot Password ? Eleven ministers in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration convened on Wednesday, lining up to defend the controversial Job Creation Law in a joint press briefing broadcast live from the Coordinating Economic Ministry’s conference room, despite public unease about the newly passed law.Ministers representing various portfolios from finance to labor and small businesses and the environment joined the briefing, each of them speaking from behind their masks as concern rose among the public about the implications of the law, passed on Monday by the House of Representatives. The omnibus law, which revises more than 79 laws and eliminates thousands of previous provisions, is aimed at boosting investment and creating jobs in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.“We believe it’s important to provide the right information so as to avoid misinf… Google Facebook Topics : Log in with your social accountlast_img read more