Image: E.ON has signed framework agreement with MVM Magyar Villamos Művek Zrt. and Opus Global Nyrt. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. E.ON SE completed the acquisition of RWE’s 76.8% stake in innogy. This transaction is a major step in our goal to become a company that shapes the future of energy with a visionary focus. Customers are at the centre of the new, decentralised energy world, those companies that best understand the customer and have the innovative edge will prevail. The new E.ON has a clear focus on intelligent networks and customer solutions, achieving a favourable position to become one of the innovative drivers of the energy transition in Europe and responds to the needs of nearly 50 million of its European customers. The company provides more than 70,000 professionals with jobs and exciting career options and offers shareholders attractive value and growth prospects.The new E.ON HungáriaToday we are announcing a series of agreements including a strategic asset swap which pave the way for the foundation of a new E.ON Hungária group, a company that will play an active part in the implementation of the national energy strategy of Hungary, offering smart, affordable and sustainable solutions as well as outstanding customer experience to all our Hungarian customers.Being an integral part of the international E.ON Group and sharing its vision, E.ON Hungária will continue to focus its activities on providing customer-focused innovative and convenient energy solutions and on operating intelligent power and gas distribution networks, contributing to the well-being and the competitiveness of Hungarian people and economy.Agreements and transaction stepsOn 18 September 2019, E.ON SE acquired a controlling stake in innogy SE. innogy is present on the Hungarian market as the majority shareholder of ELMU Nyrt. (“ELMU”) and ÉMÁSZ Nyrt. (“ÉMÁSZ”). On 2 October 2019, E.ON Hungária acquired the 27% stake held by EnBW in ELMU and ÉMÁSZ.On 3 October 2019, an umbrella agreement was signed between E.ON Beteiligungen GmbH, the sole shareholder of E.ON Hungária, and MVM Magyar Villamos Muvek Zrt. (a shareholder of ELMU Nyrt. and ÉMÁSZ Nyrt.) (“MVM”), and Opus Global Nyrt (“Opus”). Under this agreement, E.ON intends to acquire the shares owned by MVM in ELMU and ÉMÁSZ followed by a series of other transactional steps that will create a balanced and optimised portfolio in Hungary that also enables the swift integration of innogy’s assets.In order to optimise its business portfolio and to create the basis for more geographically focused operations E.ON Hungária will further execute the following strategic transactions according to the terms and conditions of the umbrella agreement, which are conditional upon the usual regulatory approvals and in some cases the legal integration of ELMU and ÉMÁSZ into E.ON Hungária:Sale of E.ON Tiszántúli Áramhálózati Zrt. power distribution business to Opus;Sale of ÉMÁSZ Hálózati Kft. power distribution business to MVM;Sale of 50% stake in Budapesti Dísz-és Közvilágítási Kft. public lighting business to MVM;MVM to purchase 25% minority stake in E.ON Hungária as a financial investor.Following the signing of the umbrella agreement, E.ON Hungária will commence the preparation necessary for the planned transactions. The final elements of the agreement are expected to close in 2021. Source: Company Press Release E.ON Hungária to optimise business portfolio through strategic asset swap to secure balanced, robust business operations
Leading cyber-safety activist Jennifer Perry has condemned OUSU VP for Women Sarah Pine’s campaign for speakers to boycott the Oxford Union as “intimidating” and “threatening”. Perry’s remarks came shortly before the cancellation of her own planned Oxford Union engagement today, a panel discussion on stalking and harassment, after only one audience member showed up to the Tuesday event.Perry was to be part of a panel including Dr. Emma Short, co-founder of the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research, Alexis Bowater, a campaigner against violence against women, and Harry Fletcher, a criminal justice expert and parliamentary campaigner. She told Cherwell that the event would be rescheduled for Michaelmas.Yesterday, Perry publicly expressed her disappointment in the Oxford Union boycott campaign organised by Sarah Pine and Helena Dollimore. The campaign calls for invited speakers to withdraw from Union commitments due to President Ben Sullivan’s arrest and subsequent release on bail on suspicion of rape and attempted rape.Perry told The Telegraph that she was subject to “an enormous amount of pressure” from Pine to cancel Tuesday’s panel, which Perry described as “directed at keeping primarily women safe”.Addressing Pine directly in her statement, Perry continued, “We simply do not understand why you believe it is in the interest of the students to stop them from hearing safety messages about stalking.”“It became apparent that [Sarah Pine’s] agenda wasn’t about keeping women safe and comfortable and coming to the talk. It was more that they wanted another speaker not attending the Union. I don’t want to be hijacked by someone else’s political campaign.”Perry’s condemnation of the boycott campaign comes just days after prominent philosopher A.C. Grayling defended his decision to speak at the Union.“I simply cannot, in all conscience, allow myself to act only on the basis of allegations and suspicions, or of conviction by the kangaroo court of opinion, or trial by press,” Grayling wrote in an open letter last week.Planned speakers Tawakkol Karman, Julie Meyer, Eric Whitacre, and the Secretary General of Interpol have nevertheless all pulled out of Union events in reaction to Pine and Dollimore’s campaign for a boycott.Responding to Perry’s denouncement of her campaign, Pine told The Telegraph, “It is regrettable that Jennifer turned down our request for an alternative venue that was bigger and wheelchair accessible which was at the same time and could have reached more people.”“However, we have a OUSU women’s campaign harassment and stalking working group which is meeting this week and I am proud to be a part of.”“I think Jennifer is right when she stresses the importance opening up discussions around stalking.”Oxford Union President Ben Sullivan told Cherwell, “I am glad that Ms Perry agrees that Ms Pine’s campaign to force speakers to boycott the Union is counterproductive and unnecessary. At this point no charges have been laid against me. I feel it would undermine the Union’s core values for a President to resign because of allegations. “This practice has precedence in the House of Commons. Last year the former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans was arrested after similar allegations but did not step down after his arrest. I can confirm that if I am charged however, like Mr Evans, I will resign immediately.”
The National Bakery School in Dublin is setting a precedent in Irish bakery education by starting a new baking degree course in September of this year.The three-year course will lead to a BSc qualification in Baking and Pastry Arts Management. According to Derek O’Brien, head of the school, it is designed to equip people to become professional managers in the industry.O’Brien said that bakers and pastry specialists need to have a combination of talents rolled into one – they need to be “artists, business visionaries, marketing experts and technologists”.Development of the course reflects rapidly changing consumer tastes in Ireland, he said. As people travel abroad more frequently and dine out more often, their tastes are now for speciality breads and Continental-style pastries.The course is in a modular format. Successful students who leave after the first or second year will be awarded a higher certificate. Those that complete the full three years will be awarded a BSc.The National Bakery School is part of the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Google+ Man wanted in connection with robbery, death in Terre Haute arrested in Plymouth Previous article$1,000 reward offered for the arrest shooting suspect connected to child’s deathNext articleFaster internet coming soon to rural parts of Indiana 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A man wanted by police on suspicion of murder in Terre Haute has been arrested in Plymouth.Terre Haute Police contacted deputies last last week on a tip that Jeffrey Recupido, 33, was staying in Plymouth, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.Deputies took him into custody in the parking lot of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center of Plymouth on active warrants for parole violation and armed robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.Recupido, who’s already back in Terre Haute, and two other people are facing charges connected to an armed robbery.The victim of that robbery has since died. Google+ Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – September 6, 2020 0 502
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) Photo: PixabayALBANY – Governor Cuomo says there’s not enough testing being done in the state, especially in places that house a lot of people.The governor said today the state needs to bring testing to scale across the board. His main concern remains nursing homes.“Nursing homes are the single biggest fear in all of this – vulnerable people in one place. It is the feeding frenzy for this virus despite everything we can do in the best efforts of people working in those nursing homes who are doing just a fantastic job,” Governor Cuomo said.More than 2,600 nursing home residents across the state have died as a result of the coronavirus.
View Comments Is it too early to sing “Fahoo Fores, Dahoo Dores?” Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas will return to Madison Square Garden this winter for a limited holiday engagement from December 5 through December 28. Tony winner Shuler Hensley will take on the role of the infamous green grump with additional cast members to be announced. Matt August will direct the production, which features choreography by Bob Richard.A Tony winner for his performance as Jud in Oklahoma!, Hensley’s additional Broadway credits include No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, Young Frankenstein, Tarzan and Les Miserables. Off-Broadway, Hensley starred as Charlie in The Whale.Based on the classic Dr. Seuss tale of the same name and featuring the music of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason, How the Grinch Stole Christmas tells the story of a green curmudgeon who lives on Mount Crumpit, just above Whoville. When the Grinch is disturbed by the loud Christmas celebrations going on in town, he tries to keep Christmas from happening by dressing as Santa Claus and stealing children’s gifts. The Grinch was originally conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego before transferring to Broadway’s Hilton Theatre on November 8, 2006. The show played Madison Square Garden previously in 2012.
As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of three new 3G cell sites in Ludlow. The new sites will enhance wireless coverage for area residents and businesses along Routes 100 and 103 as well as near the Okemo Mountain Resort, the Okemo Valley Golf Club, and the surrounding inns and shops in Ludlow center. With 3G speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.The new cell sites are part of AT&T’s ongoing effort to drive innovation and extend its 3G wireless network the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. It is also part of AT&T’s ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.”We’re seeing advanced smartphones driving up to 10 times the amount of usage of other devices on average,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T New England. “Despite these unprecedented increases in wireless data traffic, AT&T’s network investments and upgrades have enabled us to continue to deliver the nation’s fastest 3G network.”AT&T recently completed a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation’s fastest 3G network for even faster speeds. The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T’s network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with and enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future. Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available in 2010 and 2011 on a market by market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with our second initiative to dramatically increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic connections, adding capacity from cell sites to the AT&T backbone network.AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T offers 3G data roaming in more than 115 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews(link is external).*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates AT&T operating companies are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com(link is external). This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom(link is external) and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss(link is external). Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/ATT(link is external) to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at www.Facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz(link is external) to discover more about our small business services.© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 3G service not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsInformation set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.SOURCE AT&T Inc. LUDLOW, Vt., June 25, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Since when did civil forfeiture—you know, when the government comes and seizes your house—become hilarious? Since when did learning all the sobering facts about the unholy amount of hidden sugar in the food you eat hurt your stomach—from laughing too hard? The failure of the U.S. government to protect Afghani interpreters helping out in the war, net neutrality, when the hell did all of these otherwise dry and boring yet pressing issues replace fart jokes!?It happened the second that HBO gave British-now-also-American funnyman John Oliver his own show.Since last year the 37-year-old comedian, producer, writer, actor, television host and political satirist about as synonymous with his geeky-nerd facial expressions, bad teeth, tousled hair and frumpy suits as he is for his absolutely hilariously insightful take on everything from politics to current events is taking on the world—and the powers that be, and on Dec. 12, 2014, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury—by storm.His show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is must-see television for anyone who even remotely digs The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (which Oliver guest-hosted for several weeks so Stewart could work on Rosewater) and, as New York Times media columnist David Carr writes in his must-read Nov. 16 piece “John Oliver’s Complicated Fun Connects For HBO,” “already has an average audience—live and repeats—of four million people, equal to Real Time With Bill Maher and approaching the numbers that HBO comedies like Girls and Veep attract.”Additionally, says Carr, HBO’s weekly released clips of Last Week on YouTube have collectively tallied in the tens of millions.Anyone who’s ever sat in their pajamas cracking up to Oliver knows, however, his jokes don’t simply dissipate into thin air once he doles them out. Oliver transforms these mostly dark subjects to the point where, as one Press editor who watches his show explains, “You see them in a new light.”Oliver’s atypical comedy also has power. He mobilizes people, somehow bending and morphing that new knowledge spread through the vehicle of laughter into real, concrete action.Carr points out the example of Oliver’s skit on net neutrality:“After a string of jokes explaining the technology, the stakes and the power dynamics, Mr. Oliver concluded with a call to the underbelly of the Internet to urge the F.C.C. not to cave to moneyed interests and demand that the web remain a level playing field,” he writes.“‘We need you to get out there and for once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction!’” Carr quotes Oliver as telling viewers. “‘Seize your moment, my lovely trolls. Turn on your caps lock and fly, my pretties! Fly, fly, fly!’”And fly they did, says Carr:“The next day, the commission’s site went on tilt, with a message that read, ‘We’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with our comment system due to heavy traffic,’” he reports. “The day afterward, the National Cable Television Association, institutional opponents of increased regulation, happened to be meeting and screened Mr. Oliver’s bit.“‘They knew they had a problem,’” Carr quotes an anonymous industry veteran as explaining.Journalism? Rebel comedy? Simply Oliver’s own witty charm, good looks and simple observations!?All of the above!?!?Who knows the true secret of Oliver’s success? Does even he? One thing’s for sure, it’s a hilarity aimed at perhaps some of the most important, though often too-heavy, too-wordy, too-boring, too-complicated issues dictating our lives. He breaks them down, dismantles them into a sweet, tasty and addictive syrup which we can all dump over our heads, lick from our lips and face and slather each other in. Uh…. What?Pure magic.Magic that just might change our future, our world.“Whoa Tirana, ease down a wee bit, alright? Damn that is way too heavy for a blurb about an upcoming gig—a comedy act, no less, or even a Squawkler. Chill out a lil, will ya!?”Decide for yourself at this not-to-be-missed gig.Regardless, you’ll be laughing your ass off the whole night—and just might have a clearer perspective of some pretty heavy topics when you come out.Or you just might laugh your ass off lol.For more slap-happy gigs and amazing performances at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island Ear!NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50, $44.50. 8 p.m. December 12
5. New Parking GaragesOut of a $5 billion state surplus that will mostly be spent upstate, the governor proposed that Long Island get $150 million to offset the cost of building parking garages in the Ronkonkoma and Nassau hubs. Split from that pot will also be another parking garage in Westchester. The plan aims to help LIRR commuters and mixed-use development plans.4. Restoring Trust Between Communities and PoliceAlthough protests on Long Island in response to the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown weren’t as rowdy as those in New York City and Ferguson, Mo., they showed that some mistrust remains locally. To address these issues, Cuomo proposed a statewide Reconciliation Commission on police/community relations in certain neighborhoods, recruiting more minorities into careers in law enforcement and making publicly available race and ethnic data on police actions statewide. He also proposed allowing district attorneys to issue a grand jury report or a letter of fact in police cases where an unarmed civilian dies at the hands of police and appointing an independent monitor to review such cases with the option to recommend a special prosecutor. He also wants more funding for bullet-proof vests, body cameras and bullet-proof glass for patrol cars.3. Community College ReformNassau Community College, the largest of 30 such schools statewide, could see big changes under this plan along with Suffolk County Community College. Cuomo wants to create regional planning councils to ensure that the schools better prepare students for the workforce. The councils would set program development, enrollment and transfer goals, ultimately aimed at helping the next generation of workers get jobs.2. Government ReformIronically one day before State Assembly Sheldon Silver was arrested on federal corruption charges, Cuomo spent just 99 words—less than one percent—of his 10,323-word address discussing ways to reduce public corruption and increase public trust in politics. He proposed creating a pay commission to reduce the influence of money in state politics and tightening laws on how campaign funds can be spent. He also resubmitted a proposed public financing system—although a highly criticized pilot plan that the legislature approved last year applied only to a longtime advocate for the proposal, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, of Great Neck Plaza.1. Property Tax BreaksThis issue Cuomo proposed in a press conference at Hofsta University days before the State of the State. The plan, if approved, would give about 340,000 Long Islanders a $1,000 annual property tax credit—part of a $1.7-billion relief that would include more than a million homeowners statewide. Renters would see annual savings of $400, according to the governor. It would apply to taxpayers earning up to $150,000 whose property taxes exceed 6 percent of their income.While closing his sales pitch, the governor struck a conciliatory tone in an attempt to rally the public and state lawmakers around his plans. One of the anecdotes he used hit close to home.“Everybody came to us when we had Hurricane Sandy… and we’re just repaying the favor,” Cuomo said, quoting a Nassau County plow operator who drove 13 hours upstate to help Buffalo dig out from a November blizzard dubbed “Snowvember.” The plow driver was among those who received commemorative Buffalo coins as a thank you gift from the state. The token reads: “All for one and one for all.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]P[/dropcap]roperty tax breaks for 340,000 Long Islanders, more school funding and improving transportation options were among the ideas Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed Wednesday in his fifth annual State of the State address.The governor’s proposals were outlined in his speech before the state Legislature in Albany, detailing what he dubbed the “2015 Opportunity Agenda,” which also broke down his $142-billion budget plan.“What is the State of the State?” Cuomo asked rhetorically before answering his own question: “New York State is back and New York State is leading the way forward.”Aside from proposing to raise the minimum wage, stop prosecuting minors as adults and re-submitting his Women’s Equality Agenda bill, here is a breakdown of nine proposals that could impact Long Island.9. Airport EnhancementsCuomo floated a few ideas that aim to make flying easier for Long Islanders. He wants to build a $450 million AirTrain link between LaGuardia Airport and the Long Island Rail Road’s Mets-Willets Point Station. He also wants to make Republic Airport in East Farmingdale a tax-free zone to lure businesses into the surrounding area and ease traffic congestion at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports.8. More Trains in Penn StationThis one wasn’t mentioned in his speech, but was in the budget plan. It’s the proposal for Metro-North Railroad trains to start serving Penn Station, the nation’s busiest train station, where the LIRR, the nation’s busiest commuter railroad, already competes with Amtrak and New Jersey Transit for track space. Proponents say the $11 billion East Side Access project linking the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal will ease that congestion once those new tunnels linking LI and Manhattan open in 2023, but critics remain skeptical since the completion of that project has been repeatedly delayed.7. Better Storm PrepIn advance of the next weather emergency, Cuomo also wants to enhance coordination efforts with county, city and local municipalities. He called on the state’s emergency response experts to create stronger lines of communication with their counterparts in local governments. That way, local leaders with unique insight and expertise can bring their intimate knowledge of localities to better help state officials deal with weather emergencies.6. Education ReformUnderwhelmed by the state’s new teacher evaluation program rollout, Cuomo proposed 50-percent of the evaluations be based on students’ state test scores and that teachers get five consecutive years of effective ratings before earning tenure. Teachers’ unions balked. On the education front, the governor also proposed giving free tuition to the top SUNY or CUNY graduate program candidates who commit to teaching in New York for at least five years, giving students in failing schools a preference in the charter school lottery and he resubmitted the DREAM Act proposal, which would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for tuition assistance. He also proposed tripling the increase in school aid to $1.1 billion if the legislature approves his reforms.
27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carletta Clyatt Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group. She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses … Web: www.omniagroup.com Details Some managers have no problem with conflict (some even seem to like it!). They dive into any situation without worrying about hurt feelings or repercussions. For other managers, it’s more challenging. Addressing an employee performance issue or pointing out mistakes makes them edgy. The idea of a friendly little discussion leading to a confrontation stops them in their tracks. Maybe they like their employees personally, and don’t like making people mad. Maybe they worry about being slapped with a law suit for saying the wrong thing, or stepping outside of the boundaries of HR guidelines.Unfortunately, conflict will arise in any leadership position; people and their lives are interesting and unpredictable, as are the credit unions that employ them. Growth, stressors, staff changes, procedure changes and bad placements can all cause contention within the branch.If conflict is really not your forte, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t subconsciously doing things to avoid it. Let’s say you notice some obvious performance issues from your most recent hire… we’ll call him Milton. (Sorry to all you Miltons out there).Here are some signs you might be dodging the problem:You spend as much, or more, energy checking over Milton’s work or doing it yourself than you do on your own job.You’ve started assigning Milton only work you know he won’t mess up. “Milton, we’ve noticed your killer stapling skills. We’ve got all these papers that need to be put together, so…” And, of course, you get him his very own red Swingline for the job.You find yourself justifying Milton’s actions or blaming them on yourself, “Well, I never specifically told Milton he couldn’t open a sushi bar in the break room.” which leads to…You’ve recently rewritten your department’s policies to prohibit very specific actions.For example: “Employees are prohibited from opening a sushi bar in the break room.”You send frequent memos and reminders to all, but they really only apply to Milton.For example: “Reminder: Thong bathing suits are not appropriate work attire, even on casual Fridays.”You’ve recently taken to traversing the department work area, ninja-style, performing complicated duck-and-cover moves and shoulder rolls to avoid contact with Milton.You’ve begun practicing “break-up” speeches with Milton:“Look, we need to talk. In the beginning, everything was great. I could tell you cared and we made a commitment, but things have changed. We are drifting apart. We have different needs. You seem to need to post on Facebook and shop online for sneakers every day, and I need you to do your freakin’ job. Maybe we should start seeing less of each other. It’s not me, it’s you.”Confrontations are no fun, but if you find yourself sidestepping problems to avoid being a “bad guy” you might want to consider this: Are you sure you aren’t being a “bad guy” anyway?Chances are pretty good your best employees have noticed the problems too and need to step up their game to pick up Milton’s slack. By not addressing matters quickly, you’re putting undue stress on those whose work you value.By adding new or more stringent rules, you run the risk of punishing good performers and having more confrontations down the road: More rules = more rules to break.As a manager, your time is more costly; you aren’t doing your company any favors by not doing your manager-stuff.So what do you do?1) Know your company’s discipline policies. If it comes to a write-up, retraining, or termination, you’ll want to know you are handling matters properly.2) If possible, head it off at the pass: If you notice problems with a new employee, the sooner you step in, the better. Correct, retrain, and give examples. This isn’t even contentious… just part of the learning process for any new hire.3) Be proactive: Like anything unpleasant, the dread is usually worse than the conflict itself. Address the problem immediately and specifically.4) Keep it unemotional: You don’t dislike the person, just their actions (ok, you might dislike the person, but that’s irrelevant). Facts are easier. “You were supposed to do X, you did Y. Please stop.”5) Document, document, document: Oh and did I say document? Put everything in writing. The HR/Legal department will thank you for it if matters escalate.