News story: Government calls on shopworkers for views on violence at work

first_imgThe call for evidence seeks data relating to violence and abuse toward shop workers, including the extent to which incidents are linked to age-restricted sales of products like cigarettes and alcohol.It also asks for feedback on prevention and support, enforcement and the criminal justice system. This includes the effectiveness of the law and any barriers to reporting these crimes.The Home Office will consider the evidence and publish a response as swiftly as possible. The call for evidence follows a Ministerial roundtable with key industry leaders to discuss what can be done.Minister for Crime plans to protect shop workers from violenceIt is also supported by a package of measures to help raise awareness and encourage reporting of these crimes. This includes £50,000 of funding from the Home Office to the Association of Convenience Stores to run a communications campaign targeting the public and retail staff.Association of Convenience Stores chief executive James Lowman said: Shop staff play an important role in our communities, and it is clearly unacceptable that they should experience violent or abusive behaviour. Everyone has the right to feel safe at work and I know these crimes can have a significant impact on victims as well as retailers, customers and the wider community. I’d encourage anyone who has been affected to share their experience to helpshape our response to this issue. Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium said: Violence against employees is one of the most pressing issues retailers face. These crimes impact on the skilled, passionate and determined individuals who make the industry such a vibrant place; their families and loved ones; and the communities to which they contribute. That is why it is heartening to see the government move so fast to publish this call for evidence, showing how important an issue they think it is. We welcome this call for evidence and we encourage retailers and shop workers to share their experiences. Along with the campaign we are running with the Home Office to encourage these crimes to be reported, this call for evidence shows that Ministers want to face this problem head on.center_img The government has also published new guidance to help ensure businesses have a voice in the criminal justice system. Retailers should take this opportunity to tell their story and press for a better response to these crimes from the police and courts. The call is open for 12 weeks and asks organisations and individuals to contribute to the government’s understanding of the problem. Responses are particularly encouraged from retailers, trade associations and unions, as well as those working in the retail industry.The most recent Home Office Commercial Victimisation Survey estimated that in 2017, workers from the wholesale and retail sector suffered around 510,000 incidents of assaults and threats, more than twice the number recorded in 2016.Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Victoria Atkins, said:last_img read more

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first_imgEven people who don’t bid directly on jobs will find the program useful in estimating labor costs, time and task data and cost comparisons.The workshop is limited to the first 28 people who register. The $60 fee includes a copy of the $50 software, lunch the first day, refreshment breaks, handouts and instruction.The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 15. To learn more, call the UGA Extension Service horticulture office at (706) 542-2340. Bidding strategies.How to estimate both fixed and variable costs, including overhead and labor.How to structure bids in the form of a contract for presenting to clients.How computers make the bidding and estimating process more efficient and accurate.How to tailor “Hort Management” for their own business. For landscape managers, job bidding is tough. Bids have to be low enough to get jobs and high enough to turn a profit after covering costs. That makes cost estimating even more critical, especially for beginners who have no benchmark data to base their estimates on.A University of Georgia workshop in Athens March 21-22 will introduce managers to “Hort Management,” a computerized cost-estimating and job-bidding module the UGA faculty has developed.Participants don’t have to know anything about computers. With hands-on instruction, they will learn:last_img read more

Ithaca Fire Department warns swimmers of gorge dangers

first_img“A lot of folks think, ‘Well there’s deep water so I can swim here and I’ll be fine,’ but it might not be as deep as they think,” he said. “Even though it might not look like the water is moving that fast, there are unpredictable currents that pull people in so they can’t get out of the water.” ITHACA (WBNG) — The Ithaca Fire Department is warning anyone thinking about swimming in unauthorized swimming areas to make other plans. “I understand why you want to do it, but probably the best choice is to find another site that has lifeguards and is designed for people to go swim,” he said. Weinstein said he understands the appeal, but swimming in the gorges is just too dangerous. The departments say they have noticed an uptick in incidents involving swimmers in the city’s gorges this year, and have already made eight rescues. “Folks working here will tell you we’ve been in the gorges more this month than probably all of last summer,” said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Weinstein. But whatever the case may be, Weinstein said the Ithaca Fire Department is asking people to stay clear of the dams. Weinstein added injuries in the gorges can put first responders in danger. According to, swimming at Ithaca’s first and second dams along Six Mile Creek is prohibited by the city. Weinstein says the dams are off limits for a reason. While public swimming areas at Ithaca’s Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman State Parks are closed this weekend due to heavy rains, the parks are expected to re-open by Monday. “We have to hike into places that aren’t designed for occupancy, we have to use ropes, we have to use specialized equipment to get people out,” he said. “So before we can even get them medical care we have to get in there.” “I don’t blame you for wanting to go there,” he said. “I think they’re beautiful places, but you should pick a place that’s a little bit safer.” Weinstein said the uptick may be due to the coronavirus, as people are looki g for activities to dolast_img read more