Case round up in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This month’s case round up in briefTUPE and undertakings comprised of a single employeeThe EAT confirmed a single employee can be an ‘economic undertaking’ for thepurpose of TUPE. An argument that subsequent ECJ case law had overruled thecase of Schmidt on this point was rejected. (Dudley Bower Building Services v Lowe and Others, EAT) Comparators in sex and race discrimination cases The House of Lords has reiterated that in sex and race discrimination cases,it is essential to correctly identify the appropriate comparator. In this case,complaints were made about appraisals carried out by the applicant, a chiefinspector of police. Her right to continue carrying out appraisals was removed.The tribunal wrongly upheld her complaint of sex discrimination byconsidering her treatment compared with that of male colleagues, whose right toconduct appraisals had not been removed. The proper comparison should have been with male colleagues who’d hadcomplaints made about them. The comparator’s circumstances must not be‘materially different’ to the applicant’s. (Shamoon v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, HL) Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Case round up in briefOn 2 Apr 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Landlords: the only way is Essex!

first_imgThe east London borough of Havering offers London’s highest rental yield at 8.3 per cent, says London estate agent Portico whose research used their Interactive Yield Map to drill down each London borough on a street level to find the highest potential yields in the capital.Their data shows that London’s highest yield of 8.3per cent was found in Havering, in the Romford postcode area around Whybridge Junior School. Average monthly rental prices for a two bedroom flat in the area is just £1,156 – £600 less than London’s average monthly rental price of £1,756.The outer London boroughs offered the highest yields, with areas in Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Redbridge and Bromley achieving yields of six per cent. Chadwell Heath in Barking and Dagenham – where Crossrail services launch in 2019 – offer a 7.6per cent yield, with an average monthly rent of £1,278.In inner London, Greenwich has the strongest rental returns and the most affordable monthly rent, with a six per cent yield around North Greenwich station, where the average monthly rental price is £1,477.Yields range from around 2-4 per cent in prime central London, with the highest around the World’s End Estate in Kensington and Chelsea (3.8per cent), or the northern end of Finchley Road in the borough of Westminster (4.8 per cent).Robert Nichols, Managing Director, Portico, said, “Transport links are key. London’s commuting tenants want to be within close proximity of a Tube, so look for properties near new developments such as Crossrail and Crossrail 2.“Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Bexley – which will soon have stations on the Elizabeth line – are key investment hotspots where landlords are achieving extremely impressive yields.”investment London Havering London investment properties landlords Essex Yield Map October 6, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Landlords: the only way is Essex! previous nextHousing MarketLandlords: the only way is Essex!The Negotiator6th October 20160589 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford academic caught in Russia ‘fake news’ row

first_imgAn Oxford University academic has expressed his concern over “misappropriation” after an interview he gave to a Russian-backed news agency was used as part of an ongoing row over the United States’ military policy.In an inteview with the online site Radio Sputnik published last week, Dr Michael Robillard, a post-doctoral researcher at the Oxford Uehiro Centre, highlighted “ethical concerns” with the alleged US Special Operations Command programme to develop so-called ‘super soldiers’—human beings enhanced through eugenics and genetic engineering. The US project reportedly intends to “push the limits” of human performance using nutritional supplements and performance enhancing drugs.Yet Robillard, a former combat soldier in the US Army, has since raised concern that his comments may have been “misappropriated” by Sputnik—a Russian-backed news agency—to serve its military political aims.“In this present age of ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ […] the pervasiveness of factual distortions are at an all time high,” Robillard exclusively told Cherwell.He expressed his “worry” over “the potential for state and non-state actors to manipulate our thoughts and actions or simply bamboozle us into a state of continual confusion”.Robillard said: “Academics and scholars now find themselves in a very vulnerable position when it comes to their ideas becoming distorted and/or misappropriated for ends that they never intended.” “Accordingly—and as I’ve just learned through personal experience this past week—scholars must be more vigilant and active in deliberately managing the distributuion of their ideas to the world.”Sputnik’s chief, Dmitry Kiselyov, has described the outlet as intended to counter the “aggressive propaganda that is now being fed to the world.” However, the news outlet has been labled by Foreign Policy as the “BuzzFeed of propaganda.”A paper released in 2016 by the Centre for European Policy Analysis, a think tank, described Sputnik as “propaganda in a new orbit”, claiming that its output “appears to be not balanced, but the exact opposite: one-sided hostility to the mainstream.”Attention has focused on Russia’s state-owned media organisations, which also include the broadcaster RT, after American intelligence agencies judged with “high confidence” in January that Russia had led a campaign to “undermine public faith in the US democratic process.”Robillard recommends that scholars “take more active efforts to engage in the public sphere, to vet media outlets more aggressively, and to make a more robust presence on social media. Media training for scholars for these new platforms could also be highly useful.”Sputnik was contacted for comment.last_img read more

McCormick drops bid for Premier Foods

first_imgUS spice brand McCormick has walked away from talks to buy Mr Kipling-maker Premier Foods after examining its books.It said that, after conducting a due diligence review of Premier’s affairs, it was unable to make an offer the “Premier board would recommend”.Shares in Premier Foods have fallen by over 25% this morning off the back of the announcement.Premier has previously turned down offers of 52p, 60p and 65p from McCormick, before letting the US suitor take a look at its books and pension obligations.Premier has acknowledged McCormick’s announcement, but remained bullish, predicting a “strong future” for an “independent Premier Foods”. It also highlighted the benefit of its co-operation agreement with Japanese noodle firm Nissin, which will see it distribute its products in the UK while seeing the availability of its wares increase in key overseas markets.In a statement, McCormick said: “McCormick has, after careful consideration, concluded that it would not be able to propose a price that would be recommended by the board of Premier Foods while also delivering appropriate returns for McCormick shareholders. Accordingly, McCormick has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Premier Foods.”Here is how the story has played out over the last few months:…Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.New Gallery 2016/4/1321 January – Premier Foods records virtually static 0.1% Q3 sales growth, though sweet treats grew 6.5%originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 610height 34312 Febraury – McCormick makes its first offer for Premier, valuing the company at 52p per shareoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 480height 48014 March – McCormick makes a second offer for Premier at 60p per sharecameramake Phase Oneheight 1360orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS6 originaldate 11/25/2015 9:59:03 PMwidth 1138cameramodel IQ25023 March – Premier Foods publicly announces its rejection of both offers, saying they undervalue the companyoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 938height 52830 March – McCormick makes a third offer for Premier at 65p a share, which is rejected the next dayoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 1280height 7936 April – Premier reveals it has held “constructive” discussions with McCormickoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 276height 27613 April – McCormick walks away from talks with Premier Foods. The end?originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 600height 600last_img read more

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Calls Out Bandmates About Album Delays

first_imgTool‘s forthcoming album—if we can truly call it that—has been in the works for a very long time. So long, in fact, that many fans have begun to doubt it will ever come at all. At least, many of them were doubting it until a spate of exciting developments brought some fire back to the Toolverse earlier this year.Those doubting fans got another indication that Tool’s long-awaited album is on the way this weekend when the progressive metal giants headlined Wisconsin’s Northern Invasion festival. Alternative Nation reports that Sunday night’s show found frontman Maynard James Keenan imploring his bandmates—drummer Danny Carey, bassist Justin Chancellor, and guitarist Adam Jones—to finish recording their parts of the new album so he could get down to recording his vocal tracks.“I’m afraid of bananas, and other forms of fruit, because eventually you wonderful people are going to run out of fucking patience. So I beg you Danny, Adam, and Justin, please finish your parts so I can finish mine.”The on-stage declaration is the latest sign that Tool’s new album is finally on the horizon, but it isn’t the first. Last month, Tool released their first new music in over decade as part of a promo video advertising a series of music clinics hosted by Carey, Chancellor, and Jones. The instrumental segment wasn’t a complete song, but it was enough to get fans salivating. Then, on the first stop of the aforementioned music clinic tour, Carey, Chancellor, and Jones revealed that every song on the forthcoming album will be more than 10 minutes long.Of course, all of these developments took place a couple of months after Tool announced that the recording process for their next record was underway in earnest. And just in case fans had their doubts about that, members of the band confirmed it via Instagram.[H/T – Alternative Nation]last_img read more

Leader says Serbia is proud to give citizens Chinese vaccine

first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s leader says he is proud his country became the first in Europe to give its population the COVID-19 vaccine product made in China. President Aleksandar Vucic expressed his gratitude to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday for the 1 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine delivered to Serbia. Vucic said that by receiving the jabs, “the citizens of our country expressed deep trust in the Chinese vaccine and with that also in the Chinese state and Chinese experts.” Last year, Vucic kissed the Chinese flag when China delivered masks and other protective equipment and he criticized the European Union for an alleged lack of solidarity at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Pipelines Say They See Benefits in Expanding Existing Assets

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Some of North America’s biggest new pipeline projects are already in the ground.As environmentalists and local activists make it extraordinarily difficult to build new oil and gas lines, energy companies are working around the opposition by supersizing old pipes that already crisscross parts of the continent.Executives at some of the biggest pipeline operators in the U.S. and Canada, including Enbridge Inc. and Kinder Morgan Inc say they pivoted to the strategy as plans for new pipelines came under attack. For decades, new pipeline projects rarely drew attention, much less ire. “We used to just show up with a map,” said Al Monaco, president and chief executive of Enbridge. “Now we engage with the local communities and indigenous groups early and often.”In recent years, groups with a goal of keeping fossil fuels in the ground have joined forces with Native American activists, landowners and other local opponents to stall numerous projects. Most notable among these was TransCanada Corp.’s much-debated Keystone XL pipeline for transporting Canadian crude southward.Skipping new lines—and the environmental reviews and taking of land by eminent domain that they often require—and instead working under existing permits and rights of way is just common sense, pipeline executives say. Mr. Monaco said the expansions also minimize impacts to land and the environment in addition to being cheaper. “Once the pipe is in the ground, you can do a lot of things: reverse flows, expand it, optimize it,” he added.More ($): Pipelines See Benefits In Expanding Existing Assets Pipelines Say They See Benefits in Expanding Existing Assetslast_img read more

Offshore wind, battery storage expected to play key role in Japan’s decarbonization efforts

first_imgOffshore wind, battery storage expected to play key role in Japan’s decarbonization efforts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Japan will promote the use of offshore wind generation and battery storage in its new effort to become carbon neutral by 2050, according to a government official, indicating how the nation might change its policies to meet the ambitious goal.The world’s fifth-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, which is expected to formally announce the emissions pledge Monday, is aligning itself with commitments made by other major economies including the European Union and China, after lagging peers through its continued reliance on coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel.The new policy could have far-reaching effects across the third-largest economy that is home to major auto and technology manufacturers. The country will need to transition much of its infrastructure to meet the new carbon targets as it remains deeply reliant on oil, coal and gas. Earlier this month, Japan started reviewing its basic energy plan with a focus on how to change its long-term power mix.Using ammonia and hydrogen as alternatives to coal and liquefied natural gas will also be a part of the push, according to the government official, who asked not to be identified because the plan isn’t public. A spokeswoman at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the powerful ministry that oversees the country’s industry and energy sectors, wasn’t immediately able to comment.There are signs industry and government are already looking at ways to replace dirtier generation with cleaner technologies. Japan’s offshore wind capacity could jump to 90 gigawatts by 2050, which is equivalent to 60% of the fossil fuel and nuclear facilities expected to close by that time, Shigehito Nakamura, managing director at the Japan Wind Power Association, said last month.The commitment comes on the coattails of other efforts by the Japanese government to curb its carbon footprint, such as plans to shut more than 100 inefficient coal power plants and tightening rules that support sending the country’s coal technology overseas. Japan has faced increased scrutiny for policies that support coal-fired generation as investors and governments step up efforts to combat climate change.[Aya Takada and Stephen Stapczynski]More: Japan to use wind, batteries to meet lofty 2050 carbon goallast_img read more

Senator warns of tough times

first_imgSenator warns of tough times September 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Senator warns of tough times Senior EditorA state senator painted a sobering picture of recent policy decisions made by the legislature, as well as budget challenges facing lawmakers.Sen. Dennis L. Jones, R-Seminole, spoke at a joint August 22 luncheon of the boards of governors of The Florida Bar and its Young Lawyers Division. Both boards were meeting in Clearwater Beach for their first business meetings of the 2003-04 Bar year.Jones, the majority leader, noted that even before the session starts next spring, the state faces an expected $2 billion shortfall, and it hasn’t helped that lawmakers have used one-time revenues to patch budget holes for the past two years.That $2 billion figure includes about $500 million to continue implementing the class size amendment approved by voters in 2002, $625 million for the Pre-K education amendment approved the same year, an undetermined amount to begin building the high-speed rail, and hundreds of millions when the state takes over more funding of the trial courts from the counties, due to Revision 7, he said.The state is likely to cut other funding for counties to make up for new spending on the courts, Jones said, but he cautioned the overall picture for funding of the third branch is not rosy.He noted this year the legislature did not fund any of the 56 new judges requested by the Florida Supreme Court, and cut $13 million in other funding for the courts, mostly in staff, administration, and attorney ad litem programs.And despite a variety of budget shifts and tactics, the budget approved earlier this year “did not meet the needs of the state,” Jones said.He said he had a three-page list of important needs that were not funded, and he cited several examples:• State university and community colleges received no funding for enrollment growth.• The state cut matching funds for challenge grants for higher education, which has cost millions in gifts that have been rescinded or placed on hold.• Funding for public education was increased minimally on paper but after inflation, paying for enrollment growth, and other costs, most school boards had less money. Jones noted that Pinellas County had an effective $20 million reduction in funding, which resulted in several layoffs.• 10,000 families with autistic children are on waiting lists for home services that will cost $10,000 to $15,000 per child. Jones said if those families give up waiting and turn their kids over to state custody, those costs would be $85,000 to $100,000 per child.On policy matters, Jones said insurance matters seemed to dominate the regular and special sessions.It began with calls for nursing home insurance reform. But Jones said the legislature addressed that issue last year and there was an agreement that no further laws would be passed until the effect of those changes could be determined.After haggling for the entire regular session, in a special session the legislature did pass a complete rewrite of the workers’ compensation system, which Jones said had among the highest rates in the country and lowest benefits for injured workers.The impact, he said, is a projected 11 percent reduction in rates. Of that, 9 percent is projected savings on attorneys’ fees and 2 percent from reduced benefits for injured workers.“That’s basically the bill we passed,” Jones said. “If that will be held constitutional, I don’t know. We passed that and the governor signed it.”Another rewrite came in the automobile personal injury protection insurance area. Lawmakers heard testimony that fraud was so prevalent with PIP that it amounted to 25 percent of the average automobile insurance premium.The final bill prescribed several solutions, including data collection and reporting systems, and sunsetted the measure in October 2007. Jones said the Senate was losing patience with the no-fault system that uses the PIP program.“The Senate president [Sen. Jim King, R-Jacksonville] said if we can’t fix it, then flush it,” Jones added. “If by 2007 this hasn’t improved, it will go away and we won’t have no fault in this state.”Of course, the biggest insurance issue came over medical malpractice premiums, and Jones, a chiropractor, headed up the Senate’s efforts.“It’s basically a bill that at this point apparently nobody likes,” Jones said. “I don’t know if it will be held constitutional or not. There are lots of parts of that bill that I do not like. . . . “I still have problems saying one shoe fits all. We do have litigation in this state, because we do have cases of medical malpractice.”One of the holdups was Gov. Jeb Bush’s adherence to a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages, although there were never more than 10 votes in the Senate for that position, Jones said. He also said many of the claims about the medical malpractice “crisis” evaporated when the Senate put witnesses under oath.And Jones remains skeptical that a crisis exists. He noted that in the past 10 years, only 673 medical malpractice claims had been filed in Pinellas County, and only 23 resulted in verdicts that exceeded $1 million. He added, “A lot of the rhetoric you read about these large awards just isn’t true.”As for the future, Jones noted the legislature will be back in October to consider legislation on parental notification when minor women seek abortions “and then we’re back in the budget crunch.”Lawmakers will be meeting two to three weeks each in January and February, he said, to get ready for the regular session, which begins in March.last_img read more