British Heart Foundation partners with The Recycling Factory

first_img Howard Lake | 29 February 2012 | News British Heart Foundation partners with The Recycling Factory Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Donated goods Recycling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  270 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 The Recycling Factory is now working with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to raise funds from empty inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and unwanted mobile phones.The charity will receive up to £4.50 for each cartridge that can be successfully recycled and up to £30 for every recyclable mobile phone. The partnership is expected to raise £75,000 this 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Journalist held on charge of collaborating with Taliban

first_img March 11, 2021 Find out more News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to explain the detention of Syed Rahman Bekore, the Wakht News agency’s correspondent in the eastern province of Kunar, for allegedly assisting rebel groups.A member of the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA), Bekore has been held ever since his arrest by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Jalalabad, the capital of the neighbouring province of Nangarhar, on 27 April.The NDS arrested two other journalists at the same time as Bekore but released them after four hours. Bekore, 50, was transferred to NDS headquarters in Kabul and then transferred back to the NDS detention centre in Jalalabad, where he is charged with collaborating with enemy countries and terrorists.“We call on the NDS to provide a clear explanation for the charges against Bekore and their basis,” said Réza Moïni, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk.“We understand the importance of the activities of those responsible for national security in a country threatened by terrorists, but detainees have rights that must be respected. Bekore must be allowed his right to have a lawyer and to receive visits from a delegation of representatives of journalists’ associations, as well as his family.”Many of Bekore’s fellow journalists and colleagues are unable to believe the charges. Farida Nekzad, the head of Wakht News, told Reporters Without Borders that he is “a very active and serious journalist, who comes from a well-known family of intellectuals.”Speaking on condition of anonymity, another journalist said: “Syed Rahman lived for 10 years in the Netherlands, returning in 2005 to help his country. He works for several media, writes remarkably well and has always defended democracy in Afghanistan. I don’t understand the charges. I’ve known him for years. “He added: “The only explanation for these accusation could be linked to his activities for one of the presidential election candidates. The rival camp may have been responsible for fabricating the charges against him.”NDS spokesman Lotfollah Mashal told Reporters Without Borders yesterday that Bekore has confessed to working with “the security services of a neighbouring country and carrying the money of this country’s consulate for the Taliban.” He is being denied his right to see a lawyer.Neekzad, AIJA president Khpolwak Sapai and a Reporters Without Borders representative had planned to visit Bekore at the NDS detention centre in Kabul today, only to be told at the last minute that “Bekore has been transferred to Jalalabad and the visit can be organized there.”The NDS spokesman added that the NDS had the right to “detain any terrorism suspect for an indefinite period” but as the case against Bekore was almost complete, he would be taken before a prosecutor on 17 May.The case recalls that of Hojatullah Mujadadi, a journalist who was arrested by the NDS during parliamentary elections in 2010 for allegedly collaborating with the Taliban. A court eventually acquitted Mujadadi on 19 January 2011 after proceedings marked by grave abuses and barefaced lies by certain officials. Follow the news on Afghanistan Organisation AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan June 2, 2021 Find out more May 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist held on charge of collaborating with Talibancenter_img News Help by sharing this information AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” May 3, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

US army and Iraqi police both urged to investigate deaths of two Reuters employees

first_imgNews Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” July 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US army and Iraqi police both urged to investigate deaths of two Reuters employees News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation to go further Reporters Without Borders today called on both the US army and the Iraqi police to investigate the deaths of a photographer and a driver employed by Reuters in Baghdad because of the contradictory accounts about the circumstances. If the responsibilities are not clearly established, suspicions will persist about the US army’s involvement. News IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reporters Without Borders today called on both the US army and the Iraqi police to investigate the deaths of a photographer and a driver employed by Reuters yesterday in Baghdad because of the contradictory accounts about the circumstances. Their deaths bring to six the number of Reuters employees killed since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003.“We are deeply saddened by the deaths of these two Reuters employees and we offer our most sincere condolences to their families and colleagues,” the press freedom organisation said. “An investigation must be quickly carried out by both the US army and the Iraqi police, who have a police post at Al-Rashad that is near where they were killed. If the circumstances and responsibilities are not clearly established, suspicions will persist about the US army’s involvement.”Photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in east Baghdad by gunfire of unclear origin. Witnesses said a rocket was fired from a US helicopter. But other sources told Reuters they could have been killed by a mortar shell fired by Iraqi militia members.Reuters chief executive Tom Glocer said: “Noor-Eldeen and Chmagh’s outstanding contribution to reporting on the unfolding events in Iraq has been vital. They stand alongside other colleagues in Reuters who have died doing a job that they believe in.”Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Khaled W. Hassan, 23, an Iraqi journalist employed by the New York Times, was gunned down as he was going to work today in the south Baghdad district of Saidiyah. He had worked for the New York Times for four years and was its second employee to be killed in Iraq. The press freedom organisation urges the Iraqi authorities to establish the exact circumstances of his death.Covering the war in Iraq is now the most dangerous job in the world for journalists. A total of 194 have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war. Reporters Without Borders is also without any word as to the fate of 14 Iraqi journalists who have been kidnapped, some of them more than a year ago. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan February 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iraqlast_img read more

Concern about reinforced online censorship law

first_img RSF_en September 27, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about reinforced online censorship law BangladeshAsia – Pacific News February 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls for the complete repeal of the 2006 Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act), which has been rendered even more draconian by amendments adopted in August.“This law, under which four bloggers and a human rights defender have been arrested and charged this year, is a tool for harassing netizens that violates the 2009 Freedom of Information Act,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The recent amendments permit even more arbitrary behaviour by the police and judicial authorities towards news providers.”Section 57 of the ICT law, as passed in 2006, criminalizes “publishing fake, obscene or defaming information in electronic form.” The amendments adopted in August allow the authorities to carry out arrests without a court warrant, prevent release on bail and raise the maximum sentence from 10 to 14 years in prison. The minimum remains at seven years.The amendments were adopted by presidential decree on 23 August as parliament was not sitting at the time. Although they are already in effect, the government is now seeking parliamentary approval.Reporters Without Borders added: “This repressive law enables the government to gag netizens and to arrest and detain them without legitimate grounds. It thereby helps to maintain a climate of fear among news providers.”Four bloggers – Asif Mohiuddin, Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Moshiur Rahman Biplob and Rasel Parvez – were taken into custody in two separate cases during the first three days of April for allegedly “blogging blasphemous articles against Islam and its Prophet Mohammed.”They were indicted earlier this month for “inflammatory write-ups and hurting religious sentiment” under Section 57. This makes them the first victims of the ICT Act since its amendment. Their trial is scheduled to start on 6 November.Also held under this act is Adilur Rahman Khan, the secretary of the Bangladeshi human rights organization Odhikar. He was arrested on 10 August and was transferred to Kashimpur prison three days later.Requests for his release on bail have been rejected three times – on 11 August, 9 September and 25 September. The next hearing is set for 21 October. A warrant for the arrest of the head of Odhikar, Nasiruddin Elan, was issued in the same case on 11 September.Khan and Elan are accused of publishing false information and doctored photos in a report released by Odhikar in May, and of thereby disrupting public order. According to the report, 61 people were killed during a police crackdown on protests by the Islamist group Hifazat-e Islam on 5 and 6 May in Dhaka, whereas the authorities claim that only 16 people were killed.The report was sent to organizations such as HRW, Special Rapporteur, Amnesty International and the Asian Human Rights Commission, but Odhikar refused to release the list of victims in Bangladesh out of concern for the families and because it wanted to be sure that a neutral commission of enquiry would be set up.Many organizations have condemned Khan’s detention and demanded his immediate release.Bangladesh is ranked 144th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Help by sharing this information News Organisation News Follow the news on Bangladeshcenter_img Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage to go further May 19, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Newslast_img read more

City to Consider Revoking Pasadena Bar’s Permit Over Alleged Violations

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Make a comment 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.center_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday City officials are planning a hearing this week to consider revoking the alcohol license of a German beer bar and restaurant in Pasadena over repeated allegations of violations, such as staying open too late, playing ,music beyond authorized hours and failing to provide a security guard.A Planning and Community Development Department hearing officer is scheduled to consider pulling the conditional use permit of Der Wolfskopf, also known as Der Wolf, 72 North Fair Oaks Ave., at the upcoming meeting on Wednesday.“In response to community complaints indicating that Der Wolfskopf has been operating into the late hours and selling alcohol, the Pasadena Police Department and the Code Compliance Division conducted inspections,” according to a city staff report, which recommends revoking the business’ permit.“The inspections revealed several violations to the conditions of approval of the CUP. The complaints were received and inspections were conducted while the State of California and City of Pasadena’s “safer-at-home” orders were in effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the city report.The business had suspended indoor services and was offering only patio dining, according to its Facebook page.Representatives of the business could not be reached for comment Monday.Police and code enforcement officials observed the business selling alcohol after 1 a.m. and remaining open after 1:30 a.m., in violation of city code on May 16, June 27 and July 4, officials allege.“Complaints received by the public indicated that at times Der Wolfskopf was operating until 5:00 a.m.,” according to the staff report.Officials found food service was not available while alcohol was being served, in violation of city code, on May 16, June 27 and July 4, according to the report.While the business’ permit requires at least one licensed and uniformed security guard for every 20 patrons present between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., police and code enforcement officials found no security on duty on the night’s of June 27 and July 4, the report states.And the bar was accused of playing music beyond the permitted time of 1 a.m. on May 16, June 27 and July 4.With respect to the allegations regarding noise issues, the city zoning administrator determined “the use allowed by the CUP has become detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare, and the manner of operation is creating a public nuisance,” the staff report said. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News 27 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeauty Government City to Consider Revoking Pasadena Bar’s Permit Over Alleged Violations By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, July 13, 2020 | 12:23 pm Subscribelast_img read more

‘In Public Place, You Are Teasing Young Girl?’: Supreme Court Denies Anticipatory Bail To Sexual Harassment Accused In FIR U/S 354 IPC

first_imgTop Stories’In Public Place, You Are Teasing Young Girl?’: Supreme Court Denies Anticipatory Bail To Sexual Harassment Accused In FIR U/S 354 IPC Mehal Jain1 Dec 2020 10:54 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the plea for anticipatory bail to an accused in a case of eve-teasing, where FIR under section 354, IPC (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) had come to be registered.The bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao was hearing a SLP against the January 21 decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court refusing anticipatory bail…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the plea for anticipatory bail to an accused in a case of eve-teasing, where FIR under section 354, IPC (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) had come to be registered.The bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao was hearing a SLP against the January 21 decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court refusing anticipatory bail to the petitioner in connection with the FIR in case under Sections 354, 506 (criminal intimidation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 34 IPC. “In fact, it is a case wherein a young girl, who was accompanied by her family members was subjected to eve-teasing and indecent remarks. As per the allegations in the FIR, when the petitioner was misbehaving and passing inappropriate remarks, he was confronted by the complainant, however, he did not even hesitate to reveal his name and address and threatened the complainant to do whatever he wanted to”, the High Court had noted in the impugned judgment.”It is a case under sections 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) at best. Not 354 simpliciter. These offences are all bailable. 354 has been added only to make the whole transaction non-bailable. There was no danger of bodily harm, no criminal force or assault. At most, there may have been some indecent remarks”, it was urged by the counsel for the petitioner on Tuesday.”In a public place in Jalandhar, you are teasing a young girl, threatening her family? Make your arguments at the time of regular bail. You are not entitled to anticipatory bail!”, observed the bench, also comprising Justice Hemant Gupta.Ultimately, the bench dismissed the SLP.Next Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: 75% of New Yorkers must work from home

first_imgnarvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of a new respiratory virus that began in China just three months ago has tightened its grip around Europe and North America.The novel coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19, has spread to every continent except Antarctica as well as every single European country, infecting more than 222,600 people globally and killing at least 9,115 of them, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. While China still compromises the bulk of the world’s cases and fatalities, that proportion is shrinking by the day as the outbreak appears to ease up there and intensify abroad.There are 9,415 diagnosed cases in the U.S., spanning all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. At least 153 people have died in the U.S., according to ABC News’ count.Here’s how the news is unfolding Thursday. All times Eastern:11:06 a.m.: Prince Albert II of Monaco tests positive for COVID-19Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for COVID-19. A statement posted to the palace’s Facebook account says his condition “does not cause concern.”The statement says the prince, who is the son of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly, is working from his private apartment and taking containment measures to limit contact with others. 10:50 a.m.: 75% of New Yorkers must work from homeAs cases increase in New York state, no more than 25% of employees can be in the workplace at the same time, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated. The other 75% must work from home.There are 4,152 people in New York diagnosed with coronavirus, though Cuomo cautioned that there’s many others who have the virus but haven’t been tested.Of those diagnosed in the state, 19% are in hospitals, he said.Cuomo chastised the young people still flocking to beaches for spring break, calling it “so unintelligent and reckless I can’t even begin to express it.”Cuomo also announced some economic relief for New Yorkers.“If you are not working, if you are working only part-time, we’re going to have the banks and financial institutions waive mortgage payments for 90 days,” the governor said.10:02 a.m.: White House aims to send most US adults $1,000, Mnuchin says The White House is working to send $1,000 dollar checks to most adult Americans and an additional $500 per child, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo in a phone interview.These checks would be part of the trillion dollar plan for “phase 3,” which would be the third stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in response to COVID-19.Mnuchin said another round of identical payments would be sent out in another six weeks if the country was still experiencing a national emergency. 8:25 a.m. ‘This is absolutely serious,’ U.S. surgeon general warnsU.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is urging young Americans to take the novel coronavirus pandemic more seriously and cooperate with health precautions, as throngs of college students were seen crowding beaches and bars for spring break. “This is absolutely serious. People are dying,” Adams told ABC News in an interview Thursday on Good Morning America.“Think about your grandmother, think about your grandfather,” he added. ” You’re spreading disease and that could be what ultimately kills them.” Adams advised all Americans — young and old — to restrict non-essential travel, to stay home from work if possible and to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. “If we all do that across the country, then we can have our trajectory like China which overnight, good news, reported no new domestic cases,” he said. “Italy looks like the worst case scenario and it’s why we are ringing the alarm, why we’re telling America to take this seriously. But we have a better case scenario and China is reassuring. China shows us that if we do this, then in six to eight weeks we will hit our peak and start to come back down again.”The surgeon general emphasized that everyone has a role to play in fighting the epidemic and “little things that you do add up to big changes over time.” “If you are negligent, if you don’t practice good hygiene, if you go out and spread disease to someone else, then it can add up over time,” he said. “But good behaviors add up over time and what I tell people is, I want everyone to act as if you have the virus. Whenever you’re interacting with someone else, just imagine you have the virus and act as if you want to protect them or that they have the virus and you want to protect from getting it.”When asked about the frustration surrounding the lack of diagnostic tests for COVID-19, Adams said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “was never designed to provide millions of tests.” “What we’re really focused on now is making sure people who are at highest risk, including our health care workers, critically important, and people who have symptoms can get tested,” he said. “Thousands more tests this week, tens of thousands increasing by the day, and we’re not where we want to be but we feel like we’re moving in the right direction.” “Unfortunately, people who are asymptomatic or don’t really need to be tested based on priorities are out there getting tests and clogging up the lines,” he added. “Then our older people and sicker people, our health care workers won’t be able to get that testing.”7:51 a.m. CDC releases new data showing young patients are being hospitalized, tooOut of 508 patients known to be hospitalized for novel coronavirus in the United States, a decent portion of them were actually relatively young, according to data released late Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The new data shows that 20 percent of those 508 hospitalizations were patients who ranged in age from 20 to 44. Another 18 percent were between the ages of 45 and 54.COVID-19 is still significantly more dangerous for older people, with 80 percent of deaths associated with adults over the age of 65. But the new data is noteworthy considering evidence that young people may be taking warnings about social distancing less seriously. The more younger people who require hospitalization, the less resources there are for the older patients who are more likely to die from the disease.6:56 a.m. 50 new infections per hour in Iran, health ministry spokesman saysA spokesman for Iran’s health ministry revealed Thursday just how badly the novel coronavirus is ravaging his country.Kianoush Jahanpour said on Twitter that 50 people are contracting COVID-19 every hour in Iran, with one person dying from the disease every 10 minutes.“In terms of this information, make a conscious decision about travel, traffic, transportation, and sightseeing,” Jahanpour tweeted.More than 17,360 people in Iran have been infected with the new virus and 1,135 of them have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Iran has the third-highest national total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world.Iran’s deputy health minister, Alireza Raisi, urged residents on Wednesday to “please follow the guidelines and stay at home.”6:30 a.m. EU’s Brexit negotiator tests positiveThe European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Michael Barnier, a French politician serving as the European Commission’s Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, made the announcement on Twitter.“I am doing well and in good spirits. I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team,” Barnier tweeted. “For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together.”I would like to inform you that I have tested positive for #COVID19. I am doing well and in good spirits. I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team.For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together.— Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) March 19, 2020Barnier was scheduled to hold talks over a future trade deal between Britain and the European Union on Wednesday with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser, David Frost. But the negotiations were cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.Although the United Kingdom formally left the European Union on Jan. 31, the country is in a Brexit transition period as both sides work to agree on a trade deal before the end-of-year deadline.4:40 a.m. Honolulu denies two cruise ships from disembarkingPassengers and crew aboard two cruise ships set to dock in Honolulu won’t be allowed to disembark in Hawaii’s capital, officials said, even though there are no positive coronavirus cases on either vessel.State authorities and cruise line officials previously said passengers and crew would be allowed to leave the ships at Honolulu Harbor. But on Tuesday, Hawaii Gov. David Ige asked visitors to postpone their travel to the island state for at least 30 days as part of efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The two vessels were already at sea at the time.Now, the ships will only be allowed entry to refuel and restock on food and supplies. The Maasdam, operated by Holland America Line, is scheduled to arrive at Honolulu Harbor on Friday and depart the following day. The Norwegian Jewel, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, is scheduled to arrive Sunday.“The health and safety of all people in Hawaii is always at the forefront of operational decisions. Presently, all state resources are focused and directed towards containing the spread of COVID-19. Allowing more than 2,500 passengers and crew to disembark will further strain these resources,” Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay said in a statement Wednesday night. “HDOT and the State are allowing the ships to dock at Honolulu Harbor so they may refuel and restock. Neither ship had originally planned to make Hawaii its final port and both will carry on to mainland destinations, where more resources can be marshaled to handle the passengers and crew properly.”4:09 a.m. Virus shuts down Las Vegas air traffic control towerThe air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has temporarily closed after an air traffic controller tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.The Las Vegas Terminal Radar Approach Control has assumed control of the airspace. McCarran International Airport remains open and operations will continue at a reduced rate until the situation is resolved.The FAA continues to maintain close contact with airports, airlines and other stakeholders during the situation, a spokesperson told ABC News.“The safety of our staff and the traveling public is the FAA’s top priority,” the spokesperson said in a statement late Wednesday. “Our controllers, inspectors and others with critical safety or security sensitive roles are essential components of our national airspace.”3:50 a.m. Half of the world’s student population out of schoolMore than 861.7 million children and youth — roughly half of the world’s student population — are not attending school as 107 countries enforce nationwide closures of educational institutions in an attempt to contain the coronavirus pandemic, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.An additional 12 countries have implemented localized school closures and, should these become nationwide, millions of more students will be impacted, UNESCO warned.2:30 a.m. China reports no new domestic transmissions for 1st time since outbreak beganChina’s mainland has reported no new domestic transmissions of the novel coronavirus for the first time since the outbreak started — a major milestone in the country’s fight against the epidemic.The Chinese National Health Commission said on Thursday that there were 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the mainland during Wednesday, but all were imported from overseas. There were no new cases of any kind reported during Wednesday in the city of Wuhan nor its surrounding Hubei province, the original epicenter of the virus outbreak.The newly identified virus first emerged in Wuhan back in December and, within weeks, the city was reporting thousands of new infections daily at the height of the country’s epidemic. Overall, China has reported more than 81,000 confirmed cases, mostly in Hubei province.Earlier this month, Chinese state media reported that the last of a dozen makeshift hospitals built to house coronavirus patients in Wuhan had wrapped up operations and officially closed. The first groups of Chinese medical teams who were deployed to Wuhan to assist with the outbreak began leaving on Tuesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

On appeal

first_imgOn appealOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Continuing our regular series on the implications of recent significantcases. Gareth Brahams, senior solicitor at Lewis Silkin, looks at the issuesCancellation of share options “irrational” Mallone v BPB Industries – Court of Appeal, 19 February 2002, unreportedMallone was dismissed from his position as managing director of BPB’sItalian subsidiary in November 1995. At that time, he held a substantial numberof share options in BPB that had been awarded each year from 1990 to 1994 underthe terms of BPB’s senior execution share option scheme. Under the rules of the scheme, options held by an executive who ceased to beemployed by BPB could be exercised during the six months after the thirdanniversary of them being granted. This was subject to an ‘absolute discretion’on the part of BPB directors to allow only a fraction of those options to beexercised. The fraction consisted of a denominator of 36 and a numerator to bechosen by the directors. On the day of Mallone’s dismissal, the directors purported to cancel hisshare options in full by determining the numerator of the fraction to beapplied to any exercise by him of the options, as zero. This decision was notnotified to Mallone. He only became aware of it when his request in September1997 to exercise his options was refused. The High Court upheld Mallone’s claim for breach of contract, ruling thatalthough the contract purported to give the directors an absolute discretion inrelation to the options, they still had to exercise that discretion rationally.In cancelling the options, they had failed to do so. Dismissing BPB’s appeal, the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’sconclusion that the directors’ exercise of discretion was irrational. Inconsidering the fraction to be applied to the options, the directors wereobliged to bear in mind that they were dealing with vested property rights thathad been awarded because of Mallone’s good service. The court said there wasnothing in the circumstances of his dismissal that warranted him being divestedof those accrued rights. This ruling is significant for two reasons. First, it is the first time theCourt of Appeal has confirmed that there is no such thing as an ‘absolute’discretion. An employer exercising a discretion will be in breach of contractif no reasonable employer would have exercised the discretion in that way.Second, this is the first case in which the principle of ‘irrationality’ hasbeen applied to share options as opposed to discretionary contractual bonuses(for example, Clark v Nomura International [2000] IRLR 766). Withdrawn complaint could be resurrected Rothschild Asset Management v Ako – Court of Appeal, 1 March 2002,unreported Ako brought an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and racediscrimination against Rothschild, which she subsequently withdrew. Thetribunal issued a standard order dismissing the claim on withdrawal by theapplicant. Ako withdrew the claim because she realised she should have claimed not onlyagainst Rothschild but also against another company that was a possibletransferee of the relevant part of the business under Tupe. Within a week, shehad issued a fresh claim naming both companies as respondents. The issue was whether the legal doctrine of res judicata prevented Ako frompursuing the second claim. Res judicata prevents people from re-litigatingcases (or issues in cases) on which there has already been a decision by acourt or tribunal. A previous case suggested that once a tribunal claim is dismissed onwithdrawal by the applicant, it cannot be raised again (Barber v StaffordshireCounty Council [1996] ICR 379). In Ako’s case, however, the Court of Appeal held that she should bepermitted to proceed with her second claim. The key point was that she had notintended to abandon her claim altogether by withdrawing the first application.Rather, she wanted to discontinue the proceedings so she could reframe herapplication correctly. The court said that the position was similar to that in another recent case,Sajid v Sussex Muslim Society [2002] IRLR 113, in which res judicata was heldnot to apply. In that case, the applicant had withdrawn an employment tribunalcomplaint for breach of contract but expressly reserved the right to reissuethe claim in the High Court. The main point to come from these cases is that the reason applicantswithdraw complaints is the critical factor in determining whether they areblocked from issuing fresh proceedings. Employer not liable for racist comment Haringey Council (Haringey Design Partnership Directorate of Technical& Environmental Services) v Al-Azzawi – EAT, IDS Brief 703, p7 Al-Azzawi was an architect of Iraqi Arabic origin employed by HaringeyCouncil. He complained that, at a discussion about an upcoming quiz evening, acolleague had referred to ‘bloody Arabs’ whom he claimed had disrupted theevent the previous year. Having investigated the matter, the council gave thecolleague a written warning for misconduct that stood for two months, and madehim write an apology to Al-Azzawi. Al-Azzawi subsequently brought a complaint of race discrimination alleging,among other things, that the council was liable for the racist remark. Thetribunal upheld this part of the claim and awarded £8,000 compensation. On the council’s appeal, the EAT said the issue was whether the council hadtaken such steps as were reasonably practicable to prevent the discriminatorycomment. The tribunal had wrongly focused on events after the incident – thatis, the disciplinary process and what was thought to be a lenient penalty.According to the EAT, these matters were irrelevant to the question of thecouncil’s liability. The tribunal had in fact found that the council had a comprehensive equalopportunities policy in place and had provided training courses on racial awarenessfor its employees (including the wrongdoer in question). Moreover, the tribunal had expressly stated that the council had done morethan pay lip service to the issue of racial equality. The EAT concluded thatthe council had taken all reasonable steps to prevent the racist remark and socould not be held liable for it. This decision provides a useful reminder of the practical measures thatemployers need to have in place to avoid ‘vicarious’ liability fordiscriminatory acts by their employees under the Race Relations Act 1976. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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US Navy contracts NG, L3 for NGJ work

first_img View post tag: EA-18G Photo: US Navy file photo of an EA-18G Growler View post tag: NGJ View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Northrop Grumman The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman and L3 Technologies contracts worth $35.1 million to demonstrate existing technologies for the low-band frequency jammer, the second increment of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program.The NGJ system will augment, and ultimately replace the EA-18G Growler aircraft’s aging ALQ-99 tactical jammer with advanced airborne electronic attack capabilities for defeating increasingly advanced and capable threats.Developed in three frequency-focused increments – high-band, mid-band and low-band – NGJ will be capable of jamming multiple radar signals at the same time, including surveillance and air-defense radars.“Northrop Grumman will deliver a mature, low-risk and exceedingly capable solution for Next Generation Jammer Low Band that outpaces evolving threats and enables the Navy’s speed-to-fleet path,” Thomas Jones, vice president and general manager, airborne C4ISR systems, Northrop Grumman, commented.“NGJ-LB is a critical piece of the overall NGJ system in that it focuses on the denial, degradation, deception and disruption of our adversaries’ abilities to gain an advantage in that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum,” said Capt. Michael Orr, PMA-234 program manager. “It delivers to the warfighter significant improvements in power, advanced jamming techniques, and jamming effectiveness over the legacy ALQ-99 system.”Each “demonstration of existing technologies” contract has a 20-month period of performance, during which the NGJ-LB team will assess the technological maturity of L3 Technologies and Northrop Grumman’s existing technologies in order to inform future NGJ-LB capability development, as well as define the NGJ-LB acquisition strategy. Share this articlelast_img read more