Tagged with: environment FREE 774 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 To get the trees, which are available in packs of 50, community groups need to register on the TCV site. The tree packs are predetermined with varieties that best suit a particular growing environment and all are recommended UK varieties. The packs on offer are: Pack 1. Parkland. 10 x English Oak, 10 x Common Alder, 10 x Beech (common), 10 x Silver Birch and 10 x HornbeamPack 2. Large Garden. 10 x Downy Birch, 10 x Mountain Ash/Rowan, 10 x Sessile Oak, 10 x Wild Cherry, and 10 x Field MaplePack 3. Small Garden. 10 x Mountain Ash/Rowan, 10 x Bird Cherry, 10 x Hazel, 10 x Common Crab Apple and 10 x Grey WillowPack 4. Wildlife & Shrubs. 50 trees – a mix of Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Common Dogwood and Goat Willow (This pack contains some hedgerow varieties, but is not a pure hedgerow pack)Orders are limited to a maximum of 19 packs – 950 trees – in total. TCV and OVO Energy are offering free trees to community groups to help them do their bit for the environment with applications open for the 2019/2020 I Dig Trees programme.Anyone can apply for the free trees on behalf of community groups, schools, parklands, or any green space with public access providing they have the landowner’s permission and TCV and OVO Energy are also offering tree planting events for volunteers up and down the UK. With the tree planting season starting this month, the I Dig Trees Project is now in its fifth year, and has 350,000 trees available for planting this season, which will take it to over one million trees distributed across the UK so far. Melanie May | 8 November 2019 | News Free trees on offer from TCV & OVO Energy 773 total views, 2 views today
New sexual harassment suit against McDonald’sJamelia Fairley and Ashley Reddick, who worked for several years at McDonald’s in Sanford, Fla., filed a class-action lawsuit against the company alleging a widespread pattern of sexual harassment of 5,000 women workers at the company’s 100 stores throughout the state. In addition to $500 million in damages, their ultimate goal is to fundamentally change the way McDonald’s handles sexual harassment at all of its 14,000 stores across the country. The suit, which specifically demands “effective worker-centered antiharassment policies and procedures and training” for both lower- and upper-level McDonald’s managers, is backed by Fight For $15 and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.Because all McDonald’s stores in the state of Florida are owned by the company, this suit strips the global fast food giant of a legal shield that it has used to stop other suits in the past. Because 9 out of 10 McDonald’s are franchises, the parent company has always claimed it is not responsible for labor violations in those stores. Even though the Trump Department of Labor restored the anti-worker definition of “joint employers” on Jan. 12 (Workers World, Jan. 23), in Florida the company is solely responsible for working conditions in all its stores.Both women, who were trying to provide for their families while earning peanuts, were harassed by co-workers and clients alike. When both complained, managers retaliated by cutting their hours, and eventually Reddick was fired. Allynn Umel, organizing director for Fight For $15, compared McDonald’s failure to protect workers and stop sexual harassment on the job with the lack of safety protections for workers during the pandemic. (In These Times, April 13) To support this struggle, sign the petition at metoomcdonalds.org. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Wis. Carpenters strike against increased mandatory overtimeThe 350 members of Carpenters Local 1733 went on strike after their contract at Masonite Architecture in Marshfield, Wis., expired March 31, because the company demanded a mandatory third weekend of overtime a month. The workers “do not want to give up all their weekends to work. Bottom line,” Greg Coenen, Local 1733 business representative, told waow.com on April 8. But when the company finally changed mandatory overtime to three six-hour Saturdays a month, the workers, who make doors, agreed to go back to work on April 13.Reform needed for H-2A farm workers visa programA new report released April 9 by Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM), a migrant workers’ rights organization in the U.S. and Mexico, documents extensive labor abuses in the U.S. H-2A visa program. “Ripe for Reform: Abuse of Agricultural Workers in the H-2A Visa Program” is based on in-depth interviews with 100 workers across Mexico who came to the U.S. on these visas in the last four years. The program was expanded in 2019 for a record 256,667 workers. All surveyed workers experienced at least one serious legal violation, and 94 percent experienced three or more.The study documents discrimination, sexual harassment, wage theft and health and safety violations by employers with little or no way for workers to report violations and gain redress. The report exposes that the abuse of H-2A workers is not the product of a few “bad apple” employers. Rather, the program offers workers virtually no bargaining power, so they are vulnerable to abuse. The economically coercive practices inherent in the system make it difficult for workers to protect themselves. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program’s systemic flaws exacerbate workers’ vulnerability to the virus.Descended from early 20th century U.S. agricultural labor practices, the H-2A program’s shortcomings combine the historical exclusion of farmworkers from federal labor protections, rooted in racist Jim Crow policies, with lax federal oversight and worker coercion. The report argues that “without reform, the number of workers suffering abuse will only get larger, and already anemic government oversight will prove even less effective.” The report recommends legislative and regulatory changes to improve the program, as well as a totally revamped model to prioritize the human rights of H-2A workers and their families and elevate labor standards for all workers. (Workday Minnesota, April 10)
Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Google+ Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Search volunteers have ended another day of searching for missing Carrick man David Maguire.The father of two has been missing since New Years Day.Weather conditions were said to be terrible today, and the search was concentrated on the town area and rivers as result.Meanwhile a mass was held on the pier this afternoon which was attended by family and friends, along with searchers.PP Fr Francis McAteer says David Maguires families spirits have been uplifted by the communities response:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/frfran.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – January 7, 2015 Google+ Homepage BannerNews Previous articleProperty tax deadline extended until FridayNext articlePolice appeal for information after woman seriously injured in Omagh crash News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterest Carrick search ends for another day with no sign of David Maguire
The hub – available at tcfdhub.org – also provides material to companies regarding how to conduct scenario analysis for different global warming outlooks.Messenger said that looking at scenarios in 15-20 years’ time would help businesses to explain and prepare strategies for different “potential avenues”, and enable them to change course when needed.CDSB, an international organisation aiming to advance environmental reporting, recently aligned its reporting framework with the TCFD recommendations.So far, CDSB has gathered reports, standards, legislation, regulations, frameworks, research papers, tools, webinars and guidance for the hub, covering various core aspects of the TCFD recommendations: governance, strategy, risk management, metrics, and targets.The TCFD guidance was published last year as a reporting framework for companies. Case studies of firms that have piloted the TCFD recommendations will be added to the hub in the next few months.More than 250 organisations have declared their support for the TCFD recommendations so far. The Task Force is chaired by Michael Bloomberg and was established by the chair of the Financial Stability Board, Bank of England governor Mark Carney. Its recommendations are voluntary. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) has launched an online “Knowledge Hub” aimed at helping companies to implement its recommendations.The hub provides companies with resources on how to integrate climate management in their business, disclose climate information, and become resilient against risks arising from transitioning to a low-carbon economy.Simon Messenger, managing director at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), which also backed the Knowledge Hub launch, said that while a full embedding of the guidance into a business’ corporate governance and business model could take several years, it was critical for businesses as investors would assess the climate-risk profile of companies in their investments.“The investment community is increasingly starting to understand that organisations which will in the short, medium or long-term provide the best returns will be those best prepared for the future world in terms of the impact that climate will have on them,” Messenger said.