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Breeden hurt as Xchanging PR push fails

first_img Show Comments ▼ HEDGE fund boss Richard Breeden was burned by a second support services company yesterday as a badly-timed PR move by Xchanging wiped 11 per cent from its market value.Breeden European Partners saw £158m shaved from its stake in the outsourcing provider as nervy investors fled the stock. Just a fortnight ago, Breeden crystallised a £30m loss by selling out of troubled support services firm Connaught, which is battling for survival in the face of government spending cuts.Shares in Xchanging fell 10.8 per cent to 110p after the market was spooked by an unexpected conference call in which chief executive David Andrews tried to dispel “baseless rumours” circulating about the company. Andrews insisted Xchanging’s accounting practices had been approved by its auditor, while finance director Richard Houghton said its profit and loss account had not been flattered by deferred income.Although the announcements were designed to reassure investors following the high-profile problems suffered by Connaught and Rok, many analysts missed the call as it coincided with results from Serco.Caroline de La Soujeole at Seymour Pierce said the board was right to fight back against gossip. “They just picked the wrong day to do it.”Mike Allen at Panmure Gordon said: “If a company in this market has to defend its accounting policy, it’s a bit of a recipe for disaster.” whatsapp whatsapp Wednesday 25 August 2010 9:01 pm KCS-content More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Breeden hurt as Xchanging PR push fails Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

10th year of Sainsbury’s Active Kids gets underway

first_img Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme is now open. Sainsbury’s customers can now collect vouchers in-store, online and at petrol stations and help registered schools, groups and clubs.The vouchers can be exchanged by these organisations for sports equipment and experiences, cooking equipment, and first aid supplies.Vouchers can be collected from now until 20 May. Advertisement Tagged with: Community fundraising corporate Sainsburys 10th anniversary opportunitiesSince 2005, Sainsbury’s has donated over £136 million worth of equipment and experiences. Currently over 51,000 nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, Scout and Guide groups and sports clubs are registered for Active Kids.To mark the tenth anniversary of Sainsbury’s Active Kids, there are a couple of new opportunities for organisationsThirty two organisations across the UK can win their order wishlist of kit, provided they create their order wishlist online by 28 February.Customers can also nominate an organisation online to win their wishlist, up to a value of prize value up to 15,000 Active Kids vouchers. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Active Kids Get Involved from Sainsburys on Vimeo.  50 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img 10th year of Sainsbury’s Active Kids gets underway AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AmbassadorsDavid Beckham is an Ambassador for Sainsbury’s Active Kids. He commented:“I love it when I hear that I’ve inspired a young person to try out sport, and that’s what Active Kids is all about.“Another reason why I’m delighted to be involved is the emphasis Active Kids places on inclusivity – which I’m passionate about. I believe that everyone should share an equal opportunity to enjoy sport and its many benefits.”Ellie Simmonds is also an Ambassador. She said:“I know how important it is to ensure that all children get the opportunity to get involved in sport whatever their situation. Their inclusion at school is the first step on what can be an exciting journey for young people, which could lead to a gold medal.” Mrs Jackson, Head Teacher at Gurnard Primary School on the Isle of Wight, said:“Joining Active Kids has made a massive difference to our teaching of the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. We’re delighted by the support from Sainsbury’s customers and it’s helped provide us with fantastic equipment and experiences which will last us for several years to come. We’re hoping to collect even more vouchers in this landmark 10th year of the scheme.” Howard Lake | 2 February 2014 | Newslast_img read more

Trump isn’t crazy–he’s a capitalist

first_imgThe writer self-identifies as a person with mental illnesses.A common insult hurled at President Donald Trump by the liberal media is that he’s “crazy,” “insane” or “mentally ill.” But what is the impact of using such insults against a fascistic bigot?Calling Trump “mentally ill” implies that people with mental illnesses are inferior or that it’s shameful to have a mental illness. Capitalism already demonizes, ostracizes and discards people with mental illnesses. To call Trump mentally ill passively supports this oppressive system, which is inherently ableist.The capitalist class promotes ableism because they find it economically useful. People with disabilities may have more difficulty carrying out their labor, or they may require special accommodations to do so. The capitalist class, which values profit over people, seeks to streamline the labor process, to cut costs and maximize profits wherever possible.The needs of people with disabilities can throw a wrench in this simplification process. In fact, people’s disabilities are often defined and understood in business terms through what types of labor they hinder.The capitalist class promotes the idea that people with disabilities are “useless” because they get in the way of profits reaped through exploiting workers. A measure of their being “expendable” under capitalism is that people with disabilities, especially those of oppressed nationalities, are disproportionately targeted by police terror. Nearly half of people murdered by U.S. cops are identified as “disabled.” (tinyurl.com/zn79rup).Ableism cannot be anti-fascistIn a fascist system, in a last-ditch effort to save capitalism, all systems of oppressions are intensified to crush the working class and oppressed into submission. In Nazi Germany, an estimated 600,000 to 675,000 individuals were sterilized or killed under medical rationalizations. This included an estimated 250,000 people diagnosed by doctors as having schizophrenia. (tinyurl.com/hlpshjg)Nazis gave an ableist and racist reason for the genocidal extermination of people with disabilities, saying their deaths would “purify the Aryan race.” This bigoted rationale is called eugenics. The United States has a long history of ableism and eugenics, which was adapted by the Nazis. (tinyurl.com/o6bgjz8)In fact, the Nazi regime committed the crime of genocide against a wide range of people, from communists to Jews to Romani people to left-wing Christians to LGBTQ people to people with disabilities, in an effort to break all peoples’ political and worker resistance in the midst of the Germany’s collapsing capitalism.To demonize Trump as mentally ill is to fall into lockstep with fascism, capitalism and white supremacy, because ableism goes hand-in-hand with all three.Class interests, not personalitiesAbleist attacks on Trump are not only bigoted, they’re also unscientific and ahistorical. Marxists understand that imperialist capitalism isn’t about personalities or individuals, it’s a system. Analysis starts by understanding the social and economic relations that permeate all of society. Specifically, the history of society is that of a class struggle between the “haves” and the “have nots.”Liberalism says that personalities, individuals and policy are decisive in making history, rather than class struggle. Thus, liberals focus on Trump’s personality, rather than his class interests. Part of painting Trump as “mentally ill” is painting him as “irrational” as an individual.But Trump is a capitalist billionaire. From his perspective, there’s nothing irrational about his worldview! He acts in the interests of his class, the capitalists, just as we act in the interests of our class, the working class and oppressed.As long as capitalism exists, the ruling class will promote bigoted views, because it is in their class interest to target and divide the working class.Painting reactionaries as “crazy” or “irrational’ will not make them change either their behaviors or beliefs. These are tied by a thousand threads to the interests of the capitalist class.Attack from the leftAs revolutionary socialists, we must level our attacks on Trump from the left. It is crucial that we understand the class interests of Trump, Bannon and the Wall Street billionaires who increasingly support them.When we criticize our enemies from a reactionary perspective, rather than a revolutionary perspective, we only hurt ourselves. The ableist insults thrown at Trump distract us from the real reasons why Trump is bad. A similar distraction is the Russophobia and homophobia directed at the alleged Trump-Putin connection.That narrative only draws attention away from Trump’s and Bannon’s proto-fascist policy and the everyday violence of imperialist capitalism as a whole. The Democratic Party and the liberal media push this bigoted narrative because their primary goal is not to resist Trump. Rather, they want to save the corrupt Democratic Party establishment — and capitalism.Trump’s actions should be named what they are: white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ, anti-woman, warmongering and anti-worker!We have so many reasons to fight Trump, and none of these have to do with mental illness.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Thai journalist gets two years in prison for a tweet

first_img A screenshot from “Weekly Focus”, the information program Suchanee Cloitre now hosts on NBT World TV channel (image: Youtube – DB / RSF). Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years RSF_en News News August 21, 2020 Find out more UpdateSlightly less than a year after her conviction, Suchanee Cloitre was finally acquitted on appeal on Tuesday 27 October, 2020. In its ruling, the appeal court said: “As a member of the press and a citizen, the defendant has the right to investigate, criticize and give opinion that is in the public interest.” RSF hails a victory for press freedom but regrets that this journalist was initially convicted.In this David and Goliath case, the Lop Buri provincial court sided with Goliath, the poultry-rearing company Thammakaset, when it convicted Suchanee Cloitre of criminal defamation on 24 December as a result of the suit the company brought against her in August 2016, when she worked for Voice TV. Ever since the latest coup in 2014, Thailand’s military have imposed a relentless system for suppressing press freedom. The especially harsh defamation laws are often used to silence journalists who try to do their job. Two years in jail is the maximum sentence under Thailand’s criminal defamation laws. To avoid imprisonment pending the outcome of her appeal, Suchanee has had to pay bail of 75,000 baths (2,250 euros), the equivalent of six times the average monthly salary in Thailand. “We call on Lop Buri’s judges to recover a semblance of credibility by overturning Suchanee Cloitre’s absurd conviction on appeal,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This grossly unfair sentence has the hallmarks of a justice system that despises journalistic freedom and sides with the powerful. It seems to have the sole of intimidating all of Thailand’s journalists.” Relentless crackdown Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation ThailandAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Thailand is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. ThailandAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information June 12, 2020 Find out more December 26, 2019 – Updated on October 27, 2020 Thai journalist gets two years in prison for a tweet to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Thailand The suit was prompted by her tweet about a court decision ordering Thammakaset to compensate 14 migrant workers who had been forced to work up to 20 hours a day on the company’s chicken farms while being paid less than the minimum wage and no overtime. The company sued her on the grounds that she dared to describe the conditions as “slave labour” in her tweet. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the draconian two-year jail sentence that Thai journalist Suchanee Cloitre has just received for allegedly defaming an agribusiness company in the central province of Lop Buri in a tweet more than three years ago, and calls on Thailand’s justice system to overturn her conviction on appeal. Last March’s parliamentary elections were marred by serious pluralism violations and Voice TV, the channel for which Suchanee used to work, was shut down for two weeks during the campaign, as RSF reported at the time. News May 12, 2021 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more

PCC to Host Friday Community Town Hall with Rep. Adam Schiff

first_imgEducation PCC to Host Friday Community Town Hall with Rep. Adam Schiff STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 4:01 pm Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Subscribe 50 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Residents in Pasadena and beyond are invited to a virtual town hall this Friday with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena).Moderated by PCC Superintendent/President Erika Endrijonas, the conversation will include input from student leaders at the college and an update onCongressional activities in Washington from Rep. Schiff. The conversation is also expected to cover topics such as the federal CARES Act, movements toward returning to work and social activities, and online instruction.The event will take place on the Facebook Live channels for PCC (@PasadenaCityCollege) and Rep. Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff). Members of the public are encouraged to join the conversation by posting comments to the live streams.The town hall begins Friday, May 15, at 12 noon, and is expected to last one hour. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pasadenacitycollegeWhere: Online via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/pasadenacitycollege and https://www.facebook.com/repadamschiff. Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Are New Recording Fees Solving California’s Housing Issue?

first_img  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 5, 2018 2,852 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Deed Exemptions Fees Foreclosures Legislation Lenders Loan Low-income Property real estate Servicers title 2018-04-05 Radhika Ojha About Author: Michelle A. Mierzwa The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Joan C. Spaeder-Younkin Are New Recording Fees Solving California’s Housing Issue? Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Deed Exemptions Fees Foreclosures Legislation Lenders Loan Low-income Property real estate Servicers titlecenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Are New Recording Fees Solving California’s Housing Issue? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles California Senate Bill 2, the Building Homes and Jobs Act, attempts to address California’s housing dilemma by bringing in an estimated $250M annually via an additional $75 fee per recorded real estate document. Through February, the Act has generated roughly $90M.  The Act adds Government Code §27388.1, requiring a $75 fee per document, commencing January 1, 2018, for recording “of every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded . . . per each single transaction per parcel of real property.” The fee is capped at $225 for transactions recording multiple documents simultaneously. Section 27388.1(a)(1) defines “real estate instrument, paper, or notice” as “a document relating to real property,” including a list such as a deed, grant deed, trustee’s deed, deed of trust, reconveyance, quit claim deed, assignment of deed of trust, notice of default, etc. The statute does not limit the definition to a finite list; other real property related documents not specifically listed are subject to the fee unless an exception applies.What are the exceptions?Section 21388.1(a)(2) provides exceptions to the $75 fee, including transactions involving transfer/sale of property subject to documentary transfer tax under California Revenue and Taxation Code §11911. Section 2 of the Bill describes the intention of the exception as follows: “In order to promote housing and homeownership opportunities, the recording fee imposed by this act shall not be applied to any recording made in connection with a sale of real property. Purchasing a home is likely the largest purchase made by Californians, and it is the intent of this act to not increase transaction costs associated with these transfers.” Section 21388.1(a)(2) also provides an exception for transfer of property to a grantee who will occupy the dwelling as a principal residence. Thus, documents recorded on an owner-occupied property are exempt, but if it involves non-owner occupied property, the fee will be imposed.As a practical matter, County Recorders do not agree on which documents are subject to the fee or entitled to an exception, creating a challenge for loan servicers and lenders. To ease this challenge, title companies suggest that any exception must be described on the face of the document or a cover sheet when presented for recording. Interpreting the $225 fee capRegarding the $225 fee cap, documents in a single transaction are those presented together and related to the same parties and property. The Legislature’s imposition of the cap “per each single transaction per parcel of real property” suggests that the $225 fee limit is not intended to be for the life of a loan, but is a cap for all documents submitted simultaneously in one transaction. Trailing documents recorded days or weeks after other documents would not be included in the calculation of the $225 cap. Unfortunately, County Recorders also cannot agree on how the $225 limit should be applied, creating additional challenges for lenders.Practical Applications Practically, lenders and servicers may want to consider including in payoff demand statements an additional $150 in recording fees for a Substitution of Trustee and Full Reconveyance ($75.00 for each document “title”), necessary for the release of the loan. It is advised that such multipurpose documents will be assessed the fee for a document.The same applies to any foreclosure-related documents. In other words, the Act intended to help build low-income homes is doing so on the back of borrower’s facing foreclosure. Joan C. Spaeder-Younkin is a senior associate with Wright, Finlay & Zak. Since 1997 and has focused her legal career on consumer credit, business, and real estate litigation. As a seasoned litigator, she provides clients with efficient case management, guidance through the complexities of litigation, and creative solutions in a wide range of real estate disputes, while addressing the unique needs of each client.Spaeder-Younkin authored briefs in a published foreclosure decision affecting title after a foreclosure sale was deemed void, entitled Dimock v. Emerald Properties LLC, et al, (2000) 81 Cal. App. 4th 868. She has also briefed and argued many other various appeals involving judicial and non-judicial foreclosure issues. Spaeder-Younkin is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of California, including all of the U.S. District Courts within the State of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Michelle A. Mierzwa joined Wright, Finlay & Zak’s Compliance Division in 2015, providing loan originators, lenders, servicers, trustees and others in the mortgage industry with state and federal compliance and regulatory counsel. Since 1998, Her accomplishments include creating the legal department for one of the largest non-judicial foreclosure trustees in the Western U.S., the management and resolution of litigated matters through jury and bench trials and appellate practice, the coordination of compliance audits, and managing the California branch of a national law firm. Mierzwa served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the United Trustees Association (UTA) and is a member of the Legislative Committees of the California Mortgage Bankers Association and the UTA. She is licensed to practice in California and Washington. Previous: Increasing Delinquencies Among Lower-Income Borrowers Could Forecast Problems Next: Full Speed Ahead with Mortgage Techlast_img read more

Why It is Disastrous To Conduct Any Exam Right Now

first_imgColumnsWhy It is Disastrous To Conduct Any Exam Right Now Alakh Alok Srivastava25 Aug 2020 4:29 AMShare This – xIn March, 2020, when our country hardly had 1000 COVID-19 cases, our Government decided to close the entire country and cancel all the exams. Today, when we have more than 31 Lakh COVID-19 cases and situation is worsening by every passing day, with an alarming addition of about 70,000 cases per day, the adamant decision of Government to compulsorily conduct all Exams/ Tests across…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn March, 2020, when our country hardly had 1000 COVID-19 cases, our Government decided to close the entire country and cancel all the exams. Today, when we have more than 31 Lakh COVID-19 cases and situation is worsening by every passing day, with an alarming addition of about 70,000 cases per day, the adamant decision of Government to compulsorily conduct all Exams/ Tests across India, is utterly shocking, extremely unfair and may lead to a Disaster, apart from being patently illegal and unconstitutional. “People are more scared of COVID-19 hassles than the COVID-19 itself” As per ICMR prediction, India is likely to see the peak of COVID-19 in the month of November, 2020. As per the Health Minister of India, the COVID-19 Vaccine is unlikely to come to India before December, 2020. Thus, India is likely to witness dangerous spurt of COVID-19 pandemic in the upcoming months. Conducting any Exam across India at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students and their family members at utmost risk and danger of anxiety, stress, disease and death. There is no denial that COVID-19 mortality rate is low. But at the ground level, common people are more scared of the hassles of COVID-19, than the COVID-19 itself. The situation of government hospitals, particularly in rural and sub-urban areas, is pathetic, to say the least. Even in the National Capital Delhi, the conditions in few government hospitals were so bad few months back that extremely disturbing images of piled up dead bodies emerged and even the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India had to take suo-motu cognizance of the issue. Private hospitals are anyways beyond reach of most of citizens because of their over expensive, unaffordable and exorbitant charges. It is pertinent to mention here that in a separate case, Hon’ble Supreme Court has also taken cognizance of the exorbitant amount being charged by many private hospitals, in the name of COVID-19 treatment. Then there are a plethora of other reasons, like, possibility of COVID-19 patients sent to quarantine centres, deprivation from job/ employment during the period of infection, psychological and social discrimination, treatment as outcast and other hassles of COVID-19, due to which the common people of India, including the majority of the students and their family members, are under huge mental stress, anxiety and depression. “Problems of Divyangs completely overlooked” The government authorities, while deciding to compulsorily conduct various Exams/ Tests in the upcoming times, have miserably failed to take into account the heart wrenching plight of the specially abled (Divyang) students/ aspirants, who are facing utmost difficulties and harassments, while commuting to the Exam Centres and while appearing in the Exams. Worst hardship is of the Visually Impaired students/ aspirants, who rely upon Physical Touch even for walking or for their other day to day activities. Plights of such students have been shockingly ignored by the authorities. “Double Whammy of Flood and COVID-19” Almost all Exams/ Tests, which are scheduled to be conducted now, are otherwise conducted in the pre-monsoon/ summer season and that is for a reason. Today, many states like Assam, Bihar, North-Eastern States, Gujarat, Odisha etc. are witnessing incessant flood which has killed more than hundreds of people and has badly affected more than 100 Districts of India. Then there are many hilly areas of Uttarakhand/ Himachal Pradesh etc., which are facing deadly landslides. Many other states and even metropolitan cities are facing severe crisis due to excessive rain. The double whammy of COVID-19 and Flood/ Rain has virtually made it impossible for many students/ aspirants to even step out of their house, leave aside appearing in these exams. “Educational Institutions Closed due to Unlock – 3 Guidelines” As per Unlock-3 Guidelines dated 29.07.2020, schools, colleges, libraries, educational and coaching institutions are continuously closed till 31.08.2020. Thus, many of the aspirants have been deprived from adequate preparation of the upcoming Exams. Furthermore, many aspirants are not having access to daily Newspapers and many of them can’t afford to subscribe to e-papers. Thus, due to restricted availability and/or non-availability of public resources due to COVID-19 pandemic, many sincere aspirants are at a disadvantageous position as of today. “Digital Divide” Aspirants belonging to Rural Areas, North Eastern States and Jammu and Kashmir are having huge lack of internet access and thus they are unable to even prepare for the upcoming Exams online. Considering the vast Digital Divide in our country, it is unfair to conduct any Exam presently, otherwise it would deprive many less privileged aspirants from fair and equal opportunity. The authorities have further overlooked the Possibility of Hacking/ Tampering with the result, lack of safety etc. with respect to the proposed online exams, which are another areas of concern. “Less Number of Exam Centres” In most of the upcoming Exams/ Tests, the Examination Centres are not provided to the students in their home town or even in their neighbouring districts. Ideally, there should be at least one Exam Centre of every National Level exam, in every District of India. But on the contrary, there are many students whose Examination Centres are 1000 KMs apart from their present place of residence. Moreover, many aspirants have returned back to their hometowns due to COVID-19 crisis. Such students are unable to travel due to restricted Rail/ Air/ Road Travel and due to COVID-19 and thus they are being deprived from life time opportunity of appearing in these Exams, which is unfortunate and unjust. Due to non-availability of Exam Centres in their home towns, many aspirants are facing unimaginable hardship due to non-availability of or unsafe health conditions in, the PG accommodation/ hostels/ hotels etc., where they are forced to stay with their family members, once they are travelling to an outstation Examination Centre. “Airborne and asymptomatic COVID-19” COVID-19 has been found to be airborne and in many cases, it is asymptomatic. This is increasing the possibility of its spurt at the large gatherings of students/ their parents at the Exam Centre. Thus, there is another strong likelihood that many of the aspirants may firstly get infected at the Exam Centres and later on may infect their old aged grandparents, young siblings and other family members, at their homes, which is likely to ultimately lead to a Disaster, if the upcoming large-scale Exams are not immediately postponed/ cancelled. “Lockdown still in many parts of the country” The Authorities have further overlooked that many districts/ municipal bodies are still imposing Complete Lockdown in their respective areas. Many big cities have several containment zones. Free movement of students are restricted in such areas, causing lot of harassment. “Suicide Cases” Due to the upcoming Exams during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, many young students are going through huge mental stress, anxiety and depression and even few disturbing reports of students committing suicides due to anxiety of the Exams, have also come, which is heart wrenching and disheartening. “SOPs only on paper” In the cases of various recent Examinations/ Tests, it has been seen that the authorities are unable to implement the SOPs on the ground, in large scale gatherings. “Violation of Article 21 – Right to Life” Hon’ble Supreme Court has held in a plethora of Judgments that “Right to Life” under Article 21 of Constitution of India, includes within its purview, the “Right to Health”. The decision of the authorities to conduct various exams/ tests despite COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, is flagrantly violative of “Right to Health” and “Right to Life” of the Lakhs of aspirants/ students and their family members. “Violation of Article 14 – Right to Equality” The decision of the Government authorities to conduct Exams at such perilous times, is further violative of the fundamental right to equality of the students on many counts. Many students are deprived from appearing in the upcoming exams due to COVID-19 pandemic and/ or deadly flood, which is direct violation of their Article 14 Rights. Many students, who would ultimately appear in these Exams, will have to appear with extreme level of mental stress and anxiety and thus they would not be able to appear in these Exams with free mind, like their predecessors. “Difficulty in wearing Masks for 5-6 Hours” The students would be required to wear the Masks for more than 5-6 hours on the date of examinations and thus would be forced to reduced oxygen level, resulting into slowed down brain function and thus it is even in the interest of justice to cancel these Exams in the interest of health of the students. “IITs and NLUs cancelled Exams” Premier institutions such as IITs & NLUs have done away with final year exams and have evaluated their final year students on the basis of past performance and additional parameters where ever applicable, keeping in mind the health (mental and physical), safety and future of the students in mind. “Haves and Have-Nots” On one hand, the physical examinations are extremely risky and threatening to the health and safety of the concerned students and on the other hand, conducting online examination will amount to depriving various underprivileged students from appearing in the said examinations due to non-access to computers, non-access to high speed Internet, technical glitches, poor internet infrastructure in rural areas etc. The biggest sufferers of the upcoming Exams amid COVID-19 pandemic are the students belonging to the middle class and/or lower middle class. The privileged may still appear in these Exams, without worrying about transport, accommodation, expenses, health and safety. But, the under-privileged students will be forced to suffer utmost injustice and deprivations. Such class-based discrimination must be avoided. “No Consultation with Experts” The Decision to conduct exams in such dangerous times, seems to have been taken in utterly arbitrary and whimsical manner, even without consulting other important stakeholders, like Health experts, Doctors, Teachers, Students, etc. and thus the entire genesis of the said Decision, is erroneous. “Conclusion – My sincere Appeal” Academic interest of few students cannot and must not outweigh the right to health and right to life of a larger section of students and their family members. The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let COVID-19 Crisis subside and then only conduct these Exams, in order to save lives of the students and their parents. For those exams, which form basis to job opportunities and/ or higher studies, the degrees/ final marksheets should be immediately awarded on the basis of the assessment of past performance. For every exam, some or other mechanism may be devised but end of the day, no student/ aspirant should be forced to appear in any exam till COVID-19 curve is flattened. I sincerely request the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to immediately intervene and save our young students, who are the future of India.Views are personal only.(Author is an Advocate On Record at Supreme Court of India)[The author has filed various writ petitions for candidates against UGC Guidelines and Against conducting NEET/JEET/ ICAI, AIAPGET & ICSE Exams during this pandemic] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Donegal heritage projects to share funding pot of €140,000

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Previous articleCouncils begin to appoint CathaoirleachsNext articleCalls for clarity on 2-week self-isolation period for travellers News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – June 10, 2020 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews Pinterestcenter_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Thirteen heritage projects in Donegal are to share a funding pot of €140,000.Among the highlights include €80,000 for repairs to St Eunan’s Cathedral Raphoe while €10,000 is being awarded for works to the house where playwright Brian Friel based his world renowned play Dancing at Lughnasa.The funding is being sanctioned under the Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme.The full list of projects benefiting are:Cathedral Church of St Eunan, Raphoe Renewal of roof coverings with natural slate; repairs to external walling; repair and renewal of defective roof flashings and roof abutments; new rainwater goods €80,000The Guildhall, Ramelton, Roof repair, structures & coverings including leadwork. Conservation Report/Management Plan €5,000Upper Main Street, Letterkenny retail outlet, Roof repair, structures & coverings including leadwork €5,000P Mulligan & Sons Ltd Building, Ballyshannon, External joinery repair €6,000Portnason House, Ballyshannon Rainwater goods repair/replacement €6,000Old Coast Guard Station, Killybegs Coast Guard station, Historic window glass conservation/protection €3,000The Old Fort Inn, Greencastle External repairs to Martello tower €7,000The Laurels, Gortnamucklagh, Glenties Roof repair, structures & coverings including leadwork and joinery €10,000The Battery, Rathmullan External wall repair €5,000Faherna, Culdaff Reinstatement of architectural features €2,500Lifford Old Courthouse, The Diamond, Lifford External joinery repair €3,000Taughboyne Church of Ireland Parish Church, St Johnston Replacement of outdated services €2,500Robertson’s School House, St Catherine’s Road, Killybegs Roof repair, structures & coverings including leadwork and joinery €5,000 Donegal heritage projects to share funding pot of €140,000 Facebooklast_img read more

Help line managers deliver diversity

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR managers were last week given a wake-up call about the progress they aremaking on changing behaviours and attitudes towards diversity. Jon Whiteley, head of diversity for occupational psychologists Pearn Kandola,told 90 HR managers and diversity specialists attending the conference thatthey were “too blasé” about the impact they make on business. He said the profession had talked about and acted on diversity strategiesfor several years, yet in reality, it had not made a difference. “Business leaders are saying: is there any change actually taking placedown the line? Line managers are saying: ‘I want to do it but help me’.Organisations are getting frustrated because the commitment and investment hasnot led to progress,” he said. Whiteley believes HR is good at getting business leaders to authorise andsponsor their diversity initiatives, but poor at getting line managers toreinforce, own it and acquire the right skills. “Line managers are the catalysts for change. That’s how we getdiversity into the wiring and plumbing of an organisation,” he said.”If we reinforce diversity behaviour at every level, it stands a one intwo chance of success.” Too many organisations were “chucking diversity training” at theproblem instead of embedding diversity policies and practice into businessplans and performance management. Delegates heard from Satya Kartara, the Royal Mail’s new director ofdiversity, who is working hard to mainstream diversity as an integral part oforganisational daily life. The plan has top-level support from its CEO Adam Crozier and chairman AllanLeighton, but has a mountain to climb in changing behaviour. Kartara’s team hopes to transform the culture at the beleaguered Royal Mailwithin two years by using an aggressive approach to tackling widespreadbullying and harassment. Effort is being concentrated on developing skilledmanagers, challenging troublemakers, intro-ducing new procedures andpartnership with unions. Confidential helplines, independent investigators, diversity champions andheavy monitoring are all part of the campaign. By Jane Kingwww.pearnkandola.comFeedback from the professionJon Whitely, head of diversity, PearnKandola and former equality manager, Lloyds/TSB”Being in equality/diversity is a very lonely job. I callit a Billy-No-Mates job because nobody wants to talk to you unless there’s aproblem.  “I wonder ifwe [diversity managers] are not a bit selfish at times. We’ve got powerful databut are not convincing others to tap into it. We could be more open with thestuff we know and could share that information.”David Benwell, corporate diversityassociate, BAE Systems”Being at board level is not always an attractive place tobe. Many women are not interested in getting there.” Binna Kandola, managing partner,Pearn Kandola”Managing diversity effectively makes you a bettermanager.”Satya Kartara, director ofdiversity, Royal Mail”Diversity is about leadership. To provide leadership, youneed to give a sense of direction, give a sense of what the future vision willlook, feel and sound like.” Related posts:No related photos. Help line managers deliver diversityOn 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Security guard called ‘honey’ by manager wins £10k in sex discrimination case

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article More D&I jobs No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Websitecenter_img Security guard called ‘honey’ by manager wins £10k in sex discrimination caseBy Ashleigh Webber on 24 Sep 2020 in Latest News, Constructive dismissal, Sex discrimination, Personnel Today, Discrimination, Dismissal, Employment tribunals, Part time working, Unfair dismissal Shutterstock A store security guard who was repeatedly called ‘honey’ by her manager, had her hours reduced and was denied the ability to take holiday has won more than £10,000 at an employment tribunal for sexual harassment, direct sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.Peta Jessemey was employed by Lodge Services as a part-time store detective in Superdrug stores across Essex and Suffolk.Recent sex discrimination cases‘Old boys’ network’: Sales exec wins sexism case against tech firmFinancial whistleblower wins £75k payout in sex discrimination caseEmbassy secretary awarded £400,000 for ‘spiteful’ sex discriminationShe complained that her manager, Rod Tolmie, repeatedly behaved in a sexist manner towards her; talked over her; indicated that male security guards would do a better job than her; and refused to authorise the holiday she and other part-time security staff were legally entitled to receive.She left the company in 2014. Her claim originally came before the tribunal that year and was struck out for non-payment of fees, but she reapplied to have her case heard after tribunal fees were ruled unlawful. The case was heard earlier this year.Jessemey transferred to Lodge Services via a Tupe transfer in 2012, after the company took over the Superdrug contract. She was contracted to receive an additional hour’s wages if she was scheduled worked at the Clacton and Ipswich stores, due to the length of time it took her to travel there, but when she raised this Tolmie said he would not pay her travel time, accused her of fraud, and threatened to report her to the police if she complained to HR.Tolmie regularly called Jessemey “honey”, which the tribunal agreed directly related to her gender, and behaved in a “disdainful” way when she was assaulted while doing her job, stating that a male guard would be better suited to the role than she was.The company failed to progress the complaints she made about these issues, among others.Employment judge Martin Warren, who heard the case at the Bury St Edmunds employment tribunal, said in his judgment: “Addressing women as ‘honey’ is patronising, demeaning and degrading. Mr Tolmie did not address men as ‘honey’. It is clearly related to gender.“All the instances of talking over others in the evidence, albeit much of that hearsay, are in relation to conversations with women. Mr Tolmie’s tendency was to talk over women and have less regard to what they had to say. It is a tendency that is therefore related to gender.”In 2014 Tolmie visited the claimant’s place of work to carry out a performance review. When she indicated that she wanted to be a trainer, Tolmie was alleged to have told her it was good that she had not wanted to be a manager because she did not have the right skill set, indicated she would be no good at being a trainer, and claimed her aspiration was “ambitious”.Tolmie was also alleged to have visited the stores Jessemey worked at while she was not working in an attempt to convince her colleagues that a male security guard would perform the role better than her.During the course of her employment she saw her hours cut from 24 hours per week to the equivalent of 12 per week. The tribunal agreed this was akin to constructive unfair dismissal, even though Jessemey had resigned from the role herself. It was also considered direct discrimination based on sex because of Tolmie’s attitude to women.Jessemey claimed that she and other part-time security staff were told to swap shifts so that they could go on holiday, rather than book time off. Tolmie said this would mean they would get a payment in lieu of holiday pay at the end of the financial year, but Jessemey said this was never received. The tribunal described this as unlawful and a breach of contract.The tribunal ordered the respondent to pay Jessemey a total of £10,906.22 in compensation, including awards for holiday pay, injury to feelings, travel pay, loss of statutory rights, travelling expenses to attend a job interview, loss of earnings and a basic award for unfair dismissal.A spokesperson for Superdrug said: “We are aware of the recent settlement between the external security provider, Lodge Services, and a security guard who was employed by this third party supplier. Superdrug has not worked with Lodge services since 2016.”D&I opportunities currently on PT Jobslast_img read more