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Employers’ alert after tribunal ruling on temps

first_imgEmployers’ alert after tribunal ruling on tempsOn 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Employers have been warned to examine their employment relationships withtemporary workers and the agencies that supply them following a landmarkdecision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The EAT ruled in favour of a temporary worker Dacas, who had claimed unfairdismissal after her contract with Wandsworth Borough Council, where she hadbeen working for six years on assignment through Brook Street Bureau, wasterminated without notice. Dacas’s claim for unfair dismissal was rejected by an employment tribunal onthe grounds that she was neither an employee of the agency nor an employee ofWandsworth Borough Council. The EAT overturned this decision in favour of Dacas, ruling that she had indeedbeen unfairly dismissed by the employment agency Brook Street Bureau. Makbool Javaid, partner at law firm DLA, said the decision showed thatcourts will increasingly look to the reality of the relationship betweenemployer and worker to determine whether there is a contract of employment or acontract to provide services. Javaid warned that in other cases, the EAT might well find that the employerrather than agency is the temporary worker’s actual ’employer’. “It is clear that the courts will not allow a situation to arise wherethe individual is left with no remedy and is caught in limbo, where neither theagency nor the employer has responsibility,” said Javaid. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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RRS Ernest Shackleton Assists Brazilian Navy Vessel

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today RRS Ernest Shackleton Assists Brazilian Navy Vessel View post tag: Brazilian April 16, 2012 View post tag: Shackleton View post tag: Assists View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: RRS RRS Ernest Shackleton Assists Brazilian Navy Vessel View post tag: Ernest Early on Easter Sunday morning (8th April), British Antarctic Survey ship RRS Ernest Shackleton was alerted to assist a Brazilian navy vessel Ary Rongel from thick pack ice in the north eastern end of Bransfield Straits near the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Peninsula.The Ary Rongel — an icebreaker and oceanographic research ship used for the Brazilian Antarctic Programme — was heading for Punta Arenas in Chile as she got stuck in the ice.The RRS Ernest Shackleton had been in contact with the Ary Rongel throughout the day advising the staff onboard via email and VHF radio. She finally reached the Ary Rongel that evening at around 8pm as the sun was setting. By using search lights, the Ary Rongel was then able to follow RRS Ernest Shackleton through the heavy pack ice throughout a very stormy night until the following morning as they reached Deception Island and open sea.Once out of the pack ice, the ships exchanged thank you gifts before continuing on their separate ways.RRS Ernest Shackleton Captain John Harper said:“A vessel in thick pack ice, with heavy ice accretion and bad weather is not a good position to be in. I think the Ary Rongel was as glad to see us as we were to assist her.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 16, 2012; Image: Rod Strachan, British Antarctic Survey View post tag: vessellast_img read more

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65th Annual Current Strategy Forum Underway

first_img View post tag: current As NWC’s capstone academic event, the two-day forum brings together distinguished guests and students to explore issues of strategic national importance. This year’s theme, “American Grand Strategy and Sea Power: Challenges and Choices,” focuses on challenging assumptions and undertaking a strategic assessment of the future.“We’ve gathered a diverse group of individuals here,” said Greenert. “Everyone from junior, mid and senior officers to scholars, civilians and retirees owns a piece of this [strategy] and we’re here right now to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”In his opening remarks, Greenert stressed upon leaders the importance of coming together regularly to ensure that the conversation to develop naval strategy doesn’t end at the completion of the event.“We need to come together periodically to keep the conversations and forums going so that we share more thoughts and ideas to develop these strategies,” said Greenert.For the first time in its 65-year history, CSF is being co-sponsored by the CNOs office for operations, plans and strategy. The underlying premise is to connect the fleet with the strategy being discussed.“A lot of what we’re doing is looking out to make sure we have the right mechanisms in place to develop future strategists for the Navy,” said Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., president, NWC. “Making sure that we are connected with the fleet, we can’t do that here without having a significant partnership with our OPNAV staff.”To bridge this connection, 25 junior officers from around the fleet and three midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy were invited to participate in the forum.“We are reinvigorating the way that we develop our strategy and it starts here,” said Rear Adm. James G. Foggo III, assistant deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy. “Our intent for this reinvigoration is to push strategic thinking down to the deckplates.”Day two of CSF convenes Wednesday, June 18.[mappress]Press Release, June 18, 2014; Image: Wikimedia Share this article June 18, 2014 View post tag: 65th View post tag: forum The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) kicked off the 65th annual Current Strategy Forum (CSF) with a keynote address from the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, June 17, at the NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. View post tag: americas View post tag: Annualcenter_img 65th Annual Current Strategy Forum Underway View post tag: strategy Back to overview,Home naval-today 65th Annual Current Strategy Forum Underway View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navylast_img read more

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HMAS Choules first Australian ship to switch to Windows 10

first_img View post tag: Project Jackstay June 28, 2017 Royal Australian Navy’s Bay-class landing ship HMAS Choules is the Australian Navy ship to switch to a Windows 10-based system as part of an effort to modernize the fleet information environment.The Royal Australian Navy Fleet’s information and communication technology systems are being improved after successful trials onboard HMAS Choules.Project Jackstay, named after the traditional method of transferring provisions and people at sea, is giving better computer capabilities to vessels by moving to a contemporary, Windows 10-based system allowing faster access to modern applications and software, delivering significantly improved business processes as well as providing the Fleet with modern applications and services.Commander Defence Strategic Communications, Brigadier Murray Thompson said the implementation in a complex environment was of particular note.“This was an enormously complex task and indeed is a first, not just for the Navy, but the entire Department of Defence, in fielding a Windows 10 environment for our deployed elements,” Brigadier Thompson said.Project Jackstay provides a range of benefits including faster operation, a more stable operating system, and an array of useful new software options to streamline ships’ activities and enhanced cyber security.Choules commanding officer Commander Dave Graham said he was impressed with the improved co-ordination between his departments as a result of the trial, which has also provided the opportunity for crew members to be involved in the development stage.“Our communication and information systems sailors are ‘doers’; they pro-actively want to learn more to use the systems better and help other crew members come up to speed,” he said.According to the Australian Navy, Project Jackstay is set to be rolled out in stages over the next two years. Authorities HMAS Choules first Australian Navy ship to switch to Windows 10-based system View post tag: HMAS Choules Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Choules first Australian Navy ship to switch to Windows 10-based system View post tag: Royal Australian Navylast_img read more

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GREGG/HALE PROPOSE $3.2 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare GARY, IND. – With an eye toward the future, today John Gregg, Democratic candidate for governor unveiled a comprehensive, fiscally responsible plan to invest $3.2 billion in Indiana’s infrastructure over the next 10 years, without raising taxes.Announced at the Gary/Chicago International Airport, the Gregg/Hale Infrastructure Plan addresses both the short and long-term needs of the state’s crumbling infrastructure network and re-purposes existing state dollars to make new investments in the state’s roads, airports, railroads and maritime ports that will generate an estimated 54,600 new Hoosier jobs.“This plan represents a long-term intermodal infrastructure strategy for Indiana,” said Gregg, a former university president and House speaker. “We have so many opportunities that we are missing. While interest rates are so low, let’s utilize some of the existing dollars the state has squirreled away to not only repair roads and bridges, but to make strategic investments that will spur business growth and improve the quality of life in communities statewide.”Specifically, the Gregg/Hale plan includes:• Creating the Hoosier State Infrastructure Bank to Support Local Projects.  Under the Gregg/Hale plan, $200 million from the existing $500 million Next Generation Trust Fund would be used to establish the Hoosier State Infrastructure Bank (HSIB). Modeled after New Jersey’s Local Aid Infrastructure Fund, the HSIB will act as a revolving loan fund supplying low-interest loans to support high priority local projects. Eligible projects include local roads, bridges or other infrastructure repair work, new construction, planning fees and projects that improve a community’s quality of life including bike paths, sidewalks, mass transit and building broadband access and capacity. These funds would be provided in addition to what is already distributed to local governments.• $3 Billion in Long-Term Funding for State and Local Projects. To begin addressing Indiana’s long term infrastructure needs, the Gregg/Hale plan calls for using the remaining balance in the Next Generation Trust Fund, or $300 million, to leverage bonds of up to $3 billion for new local and state projects that are critical to future economic growth and development. The bonds will be paid by future federal highway distribution dollars.• Establishing an Infrastructure Roundtable with Private Sector Experts. As governor, Gregg will establish a permanent board composed of industry experts and charge them with researching long-term state and local infrastructure needs. The board will develop long-term recommendations on repairs, new builds and financing options; review the Indiana Department of Transportation’s organizational structure and make recommendations for improvements; create a statewide infrastructure inventory to help prioritize future replacements and identify funding; establish a formula for deciding the optimal time for road and bridge repair and; create a statewide repair and resurfacing plan based on this information.• Greater Transparency and an Open, Searchable Infrastructure Database. As a part of the Gregg/Hale administration commitment to open government, Gregg will instruct INDOT to include various GIS maps, databases and other related information on the state’s open data portal so Hoosiers can search by road or bridge name to see the condition of the asset.• Increasing Intermodal Opportunities. The Gregg/Hale administration will create a temporary commission of intermodal experts to study the needs of businesses not met in other states and develop a plan for building the capacity to bring more infrastructure, economic investment and jobs to Indiana, including additional rail lines throughout and investments in the state’s ports.• Return Local Control, Resources to Local Government. In addition to low interest loans available through the HSIB, a Gregg/Hale administration will designate a portion of the money in the HSIB for locals grants, distributed on the basis of need. It will encourage local governments to “swap” federal dollars with state dollars giving them much needed flexibility in local road and bridge budgets.• Addressing Indiana’s Long Term Water Needs. Understanding that Indiana will need at least an additional $16 billion over the next 20 years to fix our outdated water infrastructure, a Gregg/Hale administration will begin by mapping and prioritizing the state’s needs and providing local governments access to the HSIB for water infrastructure improvement projects. The Gregg/Hale campaign will be outlining a more detailed strategy for tackling this unique crisis later this summer.“Neglecting our infrastructure for so long has not only hurt Hoosier families that have had to foot the bill for expensive vehicle repairs, it has impacted our businesses and made Indiana a less desirable and efficient place to grow and create jobs,” added Hale, a former executive with Kiwanis International. “We can turn that around, but it’s going to take new leadership, new priorities and a willingness to work across the aisle. John Gregg and I are ready to do that.”To view the entire Gregg/Hale Infrastructure Plan, please visit www.greggforgovernor.com/issues.For more information on John Gregg, Christina Hale or their campaign please visit www.greggforgovernor.com or call 317-510-1876. Proposal Puts Major Moves Dollars To Use Nowlast_img read more

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Press release: UK and US further collaboration in science and innovation by deepening ties in medical technology

first_imgMarking one year on from the UK signing a landmark Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement with the US, Science Minister Sam Gyimah has visited Boston, Houston and Washington DC to meet disruptive businesses, hear from innovators and announce a further research partnership in medical technology.The minister confirmed a winter fact-finding mission with UK experts from the life sciences sector set to visit Texas to seek out opportunities for global innovation. Both the UK and Texas have a stellar reputation in the life sciences and the US state is home to America’s leading cancer hospital. During the November visit, businesses and academics will explore new access to US markets for more UK innovators.A total of 17% of UK research and development investment is financed from abroad, and the modern Industrial Strategy commits to keeping the UK connected to other leading international sources of ideas and learn about advances being made around the world.Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: Science Minister Sam Gyimah has visited Boston, Houston and Washington DC marking one year on from the signing of the landmark science and technology accord following his return, he confirmed a new fact-finding mission to Texas for UK businesses and academics to open up opportunities to the UK Life Sciences sector during the visit, the minister met with leading academic institutions, innovative businesses and tech disruptors to learn first-hand how the US supports innovation The minister used the opportunity to learn how leading academic and business partnerships between the UK and the US are commercialising technology. One example being the partnership between the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, which is developing research programmes to generate new ideas and encourage entrepreneurship that improve productivity and competitiveness.During the trip the minister met: Science has no borders. By collaborating with our US colleagues, we are pooling our power to find the answers to the biggest science questions of today and making the most of the inventions of tomorrow. Building on our reputation as a global force in science is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy and we will continue to learn with and from international innovators to push new boundaries. LearnLaunch and its member community to learn about the emerging Education Technology in Boston aerospace start-ups in Houston and NASA’s senior leaders at the Johnson Space Centre and in DC to promote UK investment in aerospace and to highlight our ambitions for the UK space sector the Challenger Education Centre about how we can work together to use space to inspire and challenge more young people to take up stem subjects National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST) where he discussed the vital role that science and technological standards play in supporting US innovationlast_img read more

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On-the-go bakery style could be the future say consumers

first_imgResearch has found an increased potential for on-the-go bakery snacks after many consumers now replace a three-meals-a-day routine with regular smaller eats. Puratos’ Taste Tomorrow study stated that customers appreciate “flexibility, mobility and speed” to fit in with their eating habits.They predicted that, with consumers expecting to spend even more time at work and on the road, in the future, food will become more portable, come in single portions and will become easier to eat.The study statistics showed 53% of Europeans believed convenient and portable food would be more important in the future.Puratos pointed to the opportunity this offers to create bite-sized items in single portions and more convenient packaging.Forty-two per cent of Europeans also believed that delivering fresh bread to work or home was an “interesting concept” – providing opportunity to expand into mobile selling concepts.In Europe, research found that nearly one-quarter (24%) of people ate patisserie or chocolate on-the-go on a regular basis, but less than one in five ate bread or pastry in this way.Check our infographic for a breakdown of the stats from Puratos. THE FUTURE OF BAKERY CONCEPTS | Create Infographicslast_img read more

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Radcliffe welcomes Boston students for justice-focused workshop

first_imgHarvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was one of seven Boston-area higher education institutions to host Boston Public School students on Aug. 5­–9 as part of the Summer of HOPE Institute.Radcliffe, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Juvenile Alternative Resolution Program of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, designed a curriculum focused on socio-emotional learning, personal narrative, and the concepts of justice and injustice.The workshop reflected Radcliffe’s new strategic plan, Radcliffe Engaged, which channels Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin’s vision of active engagement between institutions of higher learning and local communities. Radcliffe convened facilitators and guest speakers from across Harvard to work with BPS students to build a community of trust and respect, engage in difficult conversations, explore one another’s stories, and delve into examples of activism from the “Papers of Angela Y. Davis,” now housed at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.Facilitators and guest speakers included Melissa Bartholomew, a racial justice fellow and instructor in ministry at Harvard Divinity School; Jarrett Drake, a doctoral candidate in the department of anthropology in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; David Harris, managing director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School; Shawon Jackson, an M.P.P. candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and an M.B.A. candidate at Stanford University; Tracie Jones, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE); David Knight, a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago who holds a master’s from HGSE; Nicole Morris, a master’s candidate at Harvard Divinity School; Darien Pollock, a doctoral candidate in the department of philosophy in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Kaia Stern, Radcliffe’s first practitioner-in-residence and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Education; and Aysha Upchurch, director of HipHopEx and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Education.Students started the week by offering definitions of justice and injustice and imagining ways to build a more just world, exploring their ideas through music. The students analyzed videos and lyrics by Carrie Underwood, Beyoncé, and Dead Prez, which led to a debate on art and activism.Later, students connected Davis’ writings to their own values, drawing on such sources as “Get It Together: An Open Letter to Black High School Students from Angela Davis, Marin County Jail, March 23, 1971” to examine history through a contemporary lens. In the letter, Davis writes, “Our people, and particularly you, my youth, are growing conscious of our power, our strength.” Decades later, her questions for young people have lost none of their immediacy: What will you do with your voice and freedom? How will your voices help us move toward a world where we can all be free? Read Full Storylast_img read more