Michelin has been ranked No. 1 by Forbes magazine among the best large employers in the U.S. in 2018. As a sustainable mobility company, this recognition highlights Michelin’s commitment to providing a better way forward for its employees, customers and communities.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“At Michelin, our dedication to our workforce is best defined by two key words: We care,” said David Stafford, chief human resources officer for Michelin North America. “From candidate to new-hire to long-term employee, Michelin provides experiences that empower its people to make a difference and be proud of where they work. Michelin is honored by this recognition.”With more than 20,000 employees in the United States and Canada, Michelin is focused on the workforce of today and tomorrow. Michelin attracts high school and college students with hands-on learning experiences through its Youth Apprenticeship program, Technical Scholars program and other high-value internship and cooperative-education opportunities.“At Michelin, people come for a job but stay for a career,” said Stafford. “In an increasingly competitive job market, Michelin understands the value of providing training and career development, a culture that also attracts mid-career transfers to Michelin because they are seeking opportunities to grow and advance. In fact, up to 50 percent of managers in Michelin’s manufacturing locations were promoted from hourly positions.”In the annual listing from Forbes magazine, “America’s Best Large Employers” are ranked based on an independent survey from a sample of more than 30,000 U.S. employees working for companies with at least 1,000 people. Employees are given the opportunity to openly share anonymous feedback on a series of topics, including working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image.AdvertisementClick here to view the full report featured online.For more information on a career with Michelin, visit jobs.michelinman.com.
Sir Terry Pratchett’s proposals for a tribunal to license assisted dying will add a welcome and significant boost an idea we have long advocated. I would like to see a tribunal composed of an independent psychiatrist, a tribunal judge and a social worker. They would review the medical, psychiatric and social issues around a proposal that a person with an incurable illness could be cleared to use the services of doctors or others to assist in ending their life without incurring the risk of criminal sanctions. At the moment we are drifting towards creating a deliberate loophole in the criminal law in a fashion that we may well come to lament. An appropriately constituted tribunal would provide a forum in which individual cases could be judged in prospect. This is not an area in which one size fits all cases. Guy Otten, senior solicitor, Hempsons, Manchester
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Only a quarter of people who have suffered a personal injury are likely to claim, a new study has revealed. A poll by YouGov found the proportion of injury victims willing to claim had fallen since 2013, when it stood at 29%.Just over a third (35%) who had had an accident or illness, decided not to claim as they did not believe their ailment was bad enough to warrant compensation. A further 22% said they do not believe in claiming compensation and 9% believed their case was not strong enough to win.The results are based on a survey of 2,212 adults carried out in April, one year after the implementation of the Jackson reforms on personal injury claims.Around two-thirds of people (67%) said they had been approached or contacted by personal injury companies in the past year – a 5% rise on 2013.Unsolicited phone calls are now the most common way for PI companies to make contact, with 47% of people polled saying they had received a call in 2013 – a yearly rise of 7%. This was in contrast to the proportion of people reporting unsolicited text messages or emails, which dropped by around 5%.Of those contacted who made a claim, 13% had originally decided not to but were persuaded to change their mind. Around a third (36%) ignored the marketing and opted against making any claim.Tom Rees, research manager at YouGov, said it was too early to say whether the Jackson reforms had made a difference to the number of people making claims.However, he said that subtle changes have occurred over the past two years that show how the personal injury landscape is evolving. ‘While there are fewer claims being made, the level of contact from personal injury companies has been pretty steady.‘The type of contact is changing, though, with fewer people receiving unsolicited texts and emails but more being cold-called. Direct approaches do seem to be working, however, with a notable number of people choosing to pursue a claim after contact from a personal injury company.’
BYLINE: Eckhard KuhlaEkonsult GmbH, GermanyINTRO: Development of an international information platform will allow all parties involved in cross-border rail freight operations to share dataTHE DEMAND for international freight movement in Europe is growing apace – except in the rail mode. There are many reasons for this, but a key element is rail’s failure to invest in advanced information technology at the same rate as other modes. There are still too many incompatible systems developed in parallel by national railways focused on their own local markets.The rail freight industry must transform itself into an integrated partner, like any other transport provider in the supply chain business. This will require the provision of real-time status information, and the capability to update it. The benchmark is the road transport sector, and it is clear that an ’IT gap’ is opening up.This information deficit mostly derives from the poor availability of data across borders, with built-in delays and no real-time access. It is a paradox that much of the relevant information, such as train location, already exists, but this is not being supplied to partner operators across a border. Over the last decade European railway companies have tried hard to close the IT gap, but without any major success. There are many reasons for this: different national software systems, too many interfaces, cultural issues and reliance on manual data input. But the most important failing is that the agreed rules and UIC specifications are not mandatory.To overcome this problem, through DG TREN the European Union is funding the development of a new information platform based on the latest IT specifications, including internet protocols and message broker systems. The CroBIT (Cross-Border Information Technology) project is being developed by a consortium including UIC, various railway IT departments, the Fraunhofer Institute and software companies. Most of the partners have already adopted best practice in their existing IT, which was a requirement laid down by the EU.Platform conceptThe single platform concept is intended to reduce drastically the number of interfaces required for international data processing. Instead of the traditional bilateral agreements between neighbouring railways, it reduces the information access to a single data channel for every partner. This is not a new idea: the Association of American Railroads’ information technology subsidiary Railinc already operates a similar platform for the US rail industry on a commercial basis. The CroBIT platform is intended to support both front and back office functions. Front office data is supplied and used by the various partners, including train operators, infrastructure managers, logistic service providers, terminal operators and government authorities (Fig 1). Internet access to the platform will be provided on the basis of a service contract, which will define access rights for each user. Every user will get specified rights from CroBIT, with data input and output protected by different rules, depending on the kind of service contract being paid for.Data provision is represented by the different product elements within CroBIT, such as:
WAGON maker Kockums Industrier announced at the end of June that it was paying SKr88·3m to acquire SweMaint, Sweden’s largest wagon repair and maintenance company, from state-owned Swedcarrier.Kokums also assumes SKr78·3m of SweMaint debt under the deal, which creates a combined group with around 360 employees and an annual turnover of SKr800m.SweMaint was spun off from the national railway company, and now operates nine workshops in southern and central Sweden, as well as mobile units for attending trackside incidents.?’SweMaint services and repairs the type of freight cars we build’, said Kockums Industrier Chief Executive Björn Widell. ‘We have the same customers. We also have the same challenge of helping our customers to bring about more efficient freight transport by rail. We also use the same technology and have the same suppliers and sub-contractors.’Widell said Kockums and SweMaint will be run as separate operations. ‘In the longer term we intend to develop interesting forms of co-operation, and also new offers for our customers.’
This competition closes at 23:59 GMT on Sunday 29th March 2020.Terms & Conditions Credit: 20th Century Fox Home EntertainmentFrom Academy Award-nominated filmmaker James Mangold, the masterful storyteller behind Walk the Line and Logan, comes a film inspired by a true-life drama about a powerful friendship that forever changed racing history. Le Mans ’66 is one of the most legendary tales in the history of motorsports and comes to 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and VOD today (23rd March).Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in Le Mans ’66, based on the true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.Starring alongside Matt Damon (The Martian) and Christian Bale (Vice) is Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Tracy Letts (Lady Bird), Josh Lucas (J Edgar), Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place), Remo Girone (Heaven), Ray McKinnon (The Blind Side).Le Mans ’66 is directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line, Logan). Produced by Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold. Written by the critically acclaimed brothers Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game) alongside Jason Keller (Escape Plan). Director of Photography is Phedon Papamichael (3:10 To Yuma).Le Mans ’66 is out now on Digital Download, 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and VOD.To celebrate the release, we have three DVD copies of the film to giveaway to three lucky winners! Enter below for a chance to win… The competition is open to all UK residents over the age of 13.Winners will be selected at random.By entering into the competition all entrants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.Entertainment Focus does not allow collective or proxy entries.Entertainment Focus reserves the right to change or withdraw this competition without notice.Entertainment Focus will not pass your details to any third parties and they will be used solely for communication regarding this competition.Winners will be notified via email or social media and prizes must be claimed within 5 working days.The supplier may change the prize offered without warning.There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.Entertainment Focus’ decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into.
Nigerian gov’t seeking to enact capital punishment law for kidnap crimes Man in handcuffs Masked thief threateningA 15-year-old Nigerian boy has been arrested for demanding a ransom from his father after staging his own kidnap with his friends in the central city of Jos, police said Friday.The teenager and four accomplices aged between 15 and 22, were apprehended by police last week, after demanding a 500 000 naira (1 250 euros) ransom from his distressed father.“It was staged perfectly”, Plateau State police chief Terna Tyopev told AFP.“We are detaining them to ascertain why they did it and whether they have been behind other kidnaps that have been occurring in the area,” he said.When the boys were asked why they staged the kidnap, they made “suspicious claims”, including that they wanted to buy clothes, Tyopev said.Days before the incident, the boy’s father had sold his car to raise money for school fees for his children and to pay household bills.From the sale the father earned the exact amount that the boys later demanded.“They called the father and told him his son was taken outside of the state and that if he called the police they would kill him,” Tyopev said.But the father still alerted the police, after his son had been “held” for days.Police said they used the telephone number of the alleged kidnappers to track them to a house in the same city.Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially in the oil-rich south and the northwest.Kidnappings in central Nigeria are rising, local police say, adding that security agencies are mounting joint efforts to tackle the problem.Related Nigerian boy accepted by 8 Ivy League schools 20 year old father tattoos his son’s face on his own
First, a summary of December and year-end dairy product numbers from the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC):advertisementadvertisementVolume basis: In December 2019, U.S. suppliers shipped 179,382 tons of milk powders, cheese, whey products, lactose and butterfat during the month, 14% more than December 2018. Southeast Asia provided an especially strong market.Looking at annual totals, U.S. cheese exports reached 357,910 tons in 2019, up 3% from the year before and the most in five years. Nonfat dry milk shipments were down 2% from the record level of 2018. However, sales improved markedly starting in September and were up 29% in the last four months of the year, once European Union intervention stocks were cleared. On the downside, total whey exports were down 18% from 2018, with China accounting for all of the overall decline.Value basis: Overall dairy product export value was up 8% in 2019, and over the last three years, the value of dairy exports has increased 25%. In December, exports to South America were a record-high $49.1 million, led by record shipments of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder to Colombia.Total milk solids basis: U.S. exports were equivalent to 15.2% of U.S. milk solids production in December (Table 1). Exports accounted for 14.5% of production in 2019, down from 15.7% in 2018. A strong finish helped propel the value of 2019 U.S. dairy product exports above $6 billion for the first time since 2014, and alfalfa hay exports set a new all-time annual high despite lower sales to China. In a separate report, the U.S. Department of Commerce estimated that while 2019 U.S. dairy exports were up 8% to $6 billion, the value of foreign dairy products imported into the U.S. was $3.1 billion, up 6% from 2018. Cheese imports were valued at $1.3 billion, up 2%.The growth in 2019 dairy exports came despite significant disruptions in trade, noted Michael Dykes, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). “This growth is a testament to America’s dairy industry, which continues to innovate, build new customer bases around the world, and deliver a high-quality product known for consistency, safety and deliciousness,” he said.Dairy heifer exports softerEditor’s note: This article has been updated from the original to include exporter comments.advertisementU.S. dairy heifer exports closed out 2019 softer after hitting a 12-month high in October, according to latest estimates from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. December exports totaled 989 head, below the monthly average for the year of 1,462.More than half (500 head) of December’s exports took up residence in Egypt, with 320 moving to Mexico and 161 to Canada.Tony Clayton, Clayton Agri-Marketing Inc., Jefferson City, Missouri, said the USDA numbers undercounted actual dairy heifer exports in December. He said his company alone exported 2,975 head to Egypt and knows of another company that sent 1,503 head to Egypt during the month.A shipment of 3,000 more heifers was sent to Egypt in January, although new cattle health protocols related to leukosis will likely close that market to more U.S. cattle, Clayton said. Clayton, who had just finished loading 1,384 heifers bound for Vietnam from the Port of Olympia, Washington, expects January shipments to that country to top 3,000 head. He said that higher costs related to clean-burning fuels are adding about 10% to shipping budgets.December’s sales pushed total 2019 dairy heifer exports to about 17,538 head, the lowest total since 2016. Top markets for the year were:advertisementMexico – 8,569Canada – 2,974Egypt – 2,003Pakistan – 1,752Vietnam –1,625Others (Kuwait, Kazakhastan, Columbia, Honduras, Thailand and Chile) – 615December dairy heifer exports were valued at about $1.7 million, raising the 2019 total to about $31.4 million.Gerardo Quaassdorff, T.K. Exports Inc., Boston, Virginia, said foreign demand for beef replacement heifers is high and should remain strong through 2020. The USDA reported 6,853 beef heifers were exported in 2019, the highest annual total since 2014. Beef cattle are being sought to help fill an animal protein deficit resulting from the African swine fever outbreak in China, he noted.Despite the demand for protein, foreign sales of U.S. fat cattle remain a small market. One reason is that some emerging markets – mainly Muslim countries – want young bulls instead of steers.Alfalfa hay exports set new record highU.S. December 2019 alfalfa hay exports were the smallest since February, but the total was still enough to push total 2019 sales to a new record high. December shipments raised the 2019 total to 2.685 million metric tons, (MT), edging out the previous high of 2.661 million MT in 2017.Like alfalfa, December exports of other hay declined slightly in December to 115,199 MT. The 2019 total was about 1.393 million MT, up slightly from 2018 but still the second-lowest annual total in at least 15 years.Concerns over human health and the coronavirus in China are impacting hay shipping logistics, according to Christy Mastin, international sales manager with Eckenberg Farms Inc., Mattawa, Washington. In addition, conversion of ships to burn low-sulfur fuels results in several days in dry docks, impacting vessel schedules and port movement.For more on hay exports and market conditions, check out Progressive Forage’s Forage Market Insights update.Ag trade balanceOverall, December 2019 U.S. ag exports were valued at $11.85 billion, while ag imports were estimated at $10.75 billion, resulting in a $1.1 billion ag trade surplus.Calendar year 2019 exports hit $136.66 billion, and imports were estimated at $131.04 billion, leaving an ag trade surplus of about $5.64 billion for the year.Other dairy trade newsTo offset the negative impact of trade and tariff wars, the third and final 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payment – this one equal to 5 cents per hundredweight (cwt) on a dairy farmer’s annual milk production history – was distributed during the first week of February. In August 2019, eligible dairy farmers received an MFP payment of 10 cents per cwt on their annual production history. A second payment, equal to 5 cents per cwt, was distributed last November.Meeting with European agriculture and trade officials, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue warned the European Union must stop its aggressive use of geographical indications (GIs) as trade barriers in order to successfully negotiate a trade deal with the U.S. Officials with USDEC, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) said dismantling EU trade barriers must remain a top priority in negotiations with the EU. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com
admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by As we and our parents continue to age, staying at home may no longer be a viable option. Families need to find alternative senior living solutions and guidance in doing the right thing.I spent some time at a family weekend with my mom, who turned 90 just recently. I asked her if she had any regrets so far…her response was no. “I live each day with my memories and thoughts and love each one.” When people talk about my mom, they say all of the great adjectives: nurturer, loving, kind, giving, intelligent, caring, inspirational, and the list goes on and on. In my eyes, my mom is timeless. I have been blessed with her for all of my life. She still lives on her own in the same house that she and my dad bought in 1969; I was 6 months old.As I share this with you, I have been focusing on the topic of Senior Transition and how I handle this topic in my real estate business. This truly is a tribute to my mom. I want YOU and your family to be able to come to a place and gain knowledge about this topic. My parents are special and yours are, too.We offer FREE placement assistance and resources for senior living AT NO COST TO YOU.With my real estate experience of 30 years, I have chosen to expand services to offer help and planning with a Certified Senior Placement Specialist who has over 20 years of experience helping families during this time in their lives. We offer FREE placement assistance and resources for senior living AT NO COST TO YOU. What if one or both of your parents can no longer get up the stairs — or drive to the store? If finances are tight, an expensive remodeling job or a move closer to town may not be possible.It’s an awkward subject to bring up. But if you’re starting to worry about your parents, open the conversation now. The best time to make changes is well before a crisis happens.The experience of helping our parents or other loved ones as they age should not be stressful or chaotic. We offer placement assistance and resources for senior living. The goal for my real estate company has been to provide information and guidance to simplify and streamline the process of finding the right place for you and your family. Adding on the service that continues this mission to help your loved one reside with dignity and all necessary assistance during a senior transition makes sense!Let me share our valuable resources, including a checklist of the most important questions and answers to make the entire process less stressful and designed with your family in mind. Our mission is to partner with your families to ensure this time of transitional care is met with the compassion, direction, respect and to uncover all options that seniors deserve.Please watch the video below, where I explain this service a little more, and call me with any questions if and when you need me. I care and am always here.Always contact me and “Ask Annette” about any real estate question that you have here at the Farmington Voice.