Unions demand action on equal rights for gay staff

first_imgUnions demand action on equal rights for gay staffOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Unions are calling for the immediate enactment of UK legislation to stampout discrimination against gay staff ahead of the EU’s law on equality in 2003.The Scottish Court of Session dealt a blow to equality in the workplace thismonth when it over- turned an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling. The courtstated the interpretation of “sex” in the Sex Discrimination Actconcerns gender, not sexual orientation. John Monks, general secretary of the TUC, said, “The decision isdisappointing because it confirms that existing sex discrimination laws cannotbe used to protect gay people who have been discriminated against. “Sadly, gay workers have another two years to wait before new Europeanlaws are introduced over here. But there is no need for further delay, as theGovernment could outlaw anti-gay discrimination at a stroke by bringing in anew UK law.” The controversial decision centres on the Macdonald v MoD case, whichinvolved an Army flight lieutenant who, during an interview for another role inthe forces, stated he was a homosexual. He was subsequently asked to resign andwhen he refused, he was sacked. The Government will have to implement the EU’s framework directive by theend of 2003, which will make it illegal for employers to discriminate againstemployees because of their sexuality. It puts HR in a difficult position, said Nick Hurley, solicitor at CharlesRussell. He said, “With the EC directive coming in two years’ time,employers still have to be careful about the situation. “The sensible course for all HR directors would be to stamp outdiscrimination now.” Bruce Warman, personnel director at Vauxhall, claimed that time is needed toaddress the issues properly. He said, “We need a definition of a couple.Pensions in final-salary schemes say that employees’ married partners continueto collect the money. This is not extended to non-married heterosexual couplesor gay couples, and because of this we cannot rush legislation through.” www.tuc.org.ukBy Paul Nelson Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

DARN/SuperDARN

first_imgThe Dual Auroral Radar Network (DARN) is a global-scale network of HF and VHF radars capable of sensing backscatter from ionospheric irregularities in the E and F-regions of the high-latitude ionosphere. Currently, the network consists of the STARE VHF radar system in northern Scandinavia, a northern-hemisphere, longitudinal chain of HF radars that is funded to extend from Saskatoon, Canada to central Finland, and a southern-hemisphere chain that is funded to include Halley Station, SANAE and Syowa Station in Antarctica. When all of the HF radars have been completed they will operate in pairs with common viewing areas so that the Doppler information contained in the backscattered signals may be combined to yield maps of high-latitude plasma convection and the convection electric field. In this paper, the evolution of DARN and particularly the development of its SuperDARN HF radar element is discussed. The DARN/SupperDARN network is particularly suited to studies of large-scale dynamical processes in the magnetosphere-ionosphere system, such as the evolution of the global configuration of the convection electric field under changing IMF conditions and the development and global extent of large-scale MHD waves in the magnetosphere-ionosphere cavity. A description of the HF radars within SuperDARN is given along with an overview of their existing and intended locations, intended start of operations, Principal Investigators, and sponsoring agencies. Finally, the operation of the DARN experiment within ISTP/GGS, the availability of data, and the form and availability of the Key Parameter files is discussed.last_img read more

64% of London tenants still target homeownership

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » 64% of London tenants still target homeownership previous nextHousing Market64% of London tenants still target homeownershipLatest measure of confidence and intent shows two thirds of London’s private tenants still want to own their own home, despite confidence dip.The Negotiator19th March 20180916 Views The Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (KFH) London Tenant Barometer 2018 has revealed private tenants living in London still hanker after buying their own home. Of those questioned, 64% would rather own than rent, with only 25% of tenants happy to stay in rental accommodation on a long-term basis.Despite the desire to move on from renting, confidence in this ever happening has decreased over the last year, with 52% saying their chance of getting on the property ladder has got worse.The snapshot of the largest private rental sector in the UK highlights how home ownership is still the goal in London, although 71% of the 2,000 respondents said they were happy living in a rented home.The desire to own a home does not appear to be diminishing among London’s renters and schemes like Help to Buy”.KFH’s Carol Pawsey says that despite incentives to facilitate home buying, affordability issues are keeping many tenants in rented accommodation: “The desire to own a home does not appear to be diminishing among London’s renters and schemes like Help to Buy, increased mortgage availability and changes to stamp duty have helped ease the path to ownership. But high buying costs mean many expect to rent for the foreseeable future and want a property that adequately meets their expectations.”Carol Pawsey – Kinleigh Folkard & HaywardOther key statistics included in the report include news that 48% of tenants expect their rent to rise over the next 12 months, and that the average monthly rent in London now stands at £1,600.Important to tenantsThose taking part in the survey were also asked to rank what was most important to them when they chose their current rental property in London, with price (77%) voted the number one concern. This was followed by location (65%), property size (51%) and proximity to transport links (47%). Of lesser importance were broadband speed (12%), good quality mobile phone signal (7%) and shared inclusive amenities (5%).KFH help to buy London London Tenant Barometer private rental sector private tenants Carol Pawsey The Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward March 19, 2018Chris SmedleyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Commander Removes Capt. Robert Marin from Command of USS Cowpens

first_img Authorities Commander Removes Capt. Robert Marin from Command of USS Cowpens Share this article Rear Adm. John R. Haley, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5, removed Capt. Robert Marin from command of USS Cowpens (CG 63) Feb. 10 while an investigation into inappropriate personal behavior is conducted.Capt. Paul Lyons, deputy commander, Destroyer Squadron 15, has assumed command of USS Cowpens pending the completion of the investigation.Marin has been temporarily assigned to Commander, Naval Forces Japan, pending the results of the investigation. Cowpens is currently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 13, 2012 View post tag: Commander View post tag: Cowpens View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander Removes Capt. Robert Marin from Command of USS Cowpens View post tag: Marin View post tag: Naval View post tag: Command View post tag: Capt February 13, 2012 View post tag: Robert View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Removeslast_img read more

Todays Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting Agenda

first_imgAGENDA Of Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersDecember 10, 2019, At 3:00 pm, In Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Ordinance CO.05-19-008: An Ordinance Amending Section 16.04.040 D, 17.12.30 C & 17.36.020 C of the Vanderburgh County CodeOrdinance CO.05-19-009: An Ordinance Amending Section 16.08.060 D of the Vanderburgh County CodeFinal Reading of Ordinance CO.12-19-028: Amending Ch. 2.40.040 E: Laboratory Services/Water Quality TestingFirst Reading of CO.: An Ordinance Amending Subpart 2.40.040 D of the Vanderburgh County Code: Tuberculosis Clinic FeesBoard AppointmentsVanderburgh County Towing ContractSouthwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. Employee Assistance Program Contract RenewalPublic Defender Agreement for Professional ServicesEconomic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, Inc. Grant AgreementSuperintendent of County Buildings: County Engineer Lease RenewalYouth Resources of Southwestern Indiana ContractThe ARC of Evansville Grant AgreementSanitary Sewer Agreement Public CommentAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Department Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessConsent ItemsApproval of November 19, 2019, Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesCounty Clerk October 2019 Monthly ReportCounty Auditor: Claims Voucher Reports: 11/18-11/22/19 & 11/25-11/29/19 & 12/2-12/6/19County Treasurer: October 2019 Monthly ReportWeights and Measures Oct. 16-Nov. 15 2019 ReportCounty Engineer: Department Reports and ClaimsTravel Request: Voter RegistrationCounty Coroner: Surplus RequestUNO November 2019 Reportlast_img read more

To sell Obamacare, officials should learn from state success stories

first_imgSelling the public on the insurance requirement in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — making sure people are aware of the opportunities and helping them find a plan — has proven to be a tremendous marketing challenge. So far, fewer than 10 percent of uninsured people in the U.S. have signed up for a plan through the federal health insurance exchange. However, several of the states that set up their own exchanges have provided bright spots during the ACA roll-out.Connecticut, through the quasi-state agency Access Health CT, has signed-up about 65 percent of the state’s uninsured people. John Quelch, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health, has co-authored a Harvard Business School case on Connecticut’s success story.“This is not like Field of Dreams, where if you build it they will come,” Quelch said in a Forbes magazine interview published July 16, 2014. “There are distinct categories of consumers, each of which needs to be addressed in a different way,” he said. This marketing approach helps policymakers ensure that the laws they write benefit those who need them. Read Full Storylast_img read more

She Loves Me, Starring Laura Benanti & More, Sets New Dates

first_img Laura Benanti View Comments Zachary Levi You’re going to have to wait a little longer for that “Vanilla Ice Cream!” The Broadway revival of She Loves Me, starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and more, will now begin previews on February 19, 2016 (instead of February 5) and officially open on March 17 (from March 3). Directed by Scott Ellis, the limited engagement will play through June 5 (instead of May 22) at Roundabout’s Studio 54.Featuring a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, She Loves Me follows Georg (Levi) and Amalia (Benanti), two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? The score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Romantic Atmosphere,” “Dear Friend” and “She Loves Me.”The musical comedy’s cast will also includue René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel and Michael McGrath.She Loves Me is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, whose story was also the basis for the 1940 James Stewart film The Shop Around the Corner and the 1998 Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan film You’ve Got Mail. Ellis directed Roundabout’s She Loves Me in 1993, which marked the first Broadway musical in the company’s history. The show was originally seen on the Great White Way in 1963 in a production helmed by Harold Prince.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. She Loves Mecenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Panama: Counter-narcotics fight is paying off

first_img PANAMA CITY, Panama – Thanks to Panama’s counter-narcotics investment of US$1.5 billion dollars since 2009, authorities seized 224.7 tons of drugs between 2009 and 2013. Between January and April, authorities seized 10.2 additional tons of drugs – mainly cocaine, marijuana and heroin – after 43.79 tons were confiscated during all of 2013, according to the National Integrated System for Criminal Statistics. “Drug trafficking is Panama’s greatest problem because [it uses the country to transfer] drugs from Colombia toward Honduras before the shipments are sent to the United States and Europe,” Minister for Public Security José Raúl Mulino said. The latest major seizure occurred during operation “Christ Lives” in early March, when Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) seized 1,525 kilograms of cocaine contained in 61 sacks which were thrown overboard by the crew of a vessel about 16 nautical miles northeast of Tigre Island. No arrests were made. “We’ve managed to secure the country against drug trafficking,” Mulino added. “This is due in large part to the cooperation strategies we have developed with [Colombia and the United States] for this international fight.” Particularly important is the information exchange through Panama and Colombia’s Binational Border Commission, according to Frank Ábrego, the managing director of the Panamanian National Border Service. “This intelligence and communication work with Colombian security forces has allowed us [since 2008] to provide peace of mind and security to law-abiding citizens in our border areas and throughout the country as a whole,” Ábrego said. “This is because of the major commitment and unquestioned support of Colombian civil servants in training our civil servants so our country and people don’t suffer in the same way as our cousins to the south have because of criminal activity.” Colombian operatives train their Panamanian counterparts in monitoring inaccessible areas used by drug traffickers. Operation MARTILLO also has been essential in Panama’s success in the fight against drug trafficking. The initiative, which includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, fights international criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit area. “The surveillance carried out by U.S. Coast Guard planes and patrol boats in the Central American region has been crucial for the success of the large drug seizures that we have carried out in recent years,” Mulino said. In 2010, Panama also signed a US$250 million bilateral cooperation agreement with Italy for the purchase of 19 radar systems, eight helicopters and a digital mapping system. Under this agreement, Panama received two patrol boats in April to bolster a counter-narcotics arsenal that features four speedboats that have patrolled the country’s coasts since 2013. With these vessels, security forces can react with greater speed and scope in seizure operations, according to SENAN Deputy Director Luis Ruiz. “[These] vessels, which are practically automated, [along with] aircraft equipped with night vision that fly much faster than traditional helicopters, have added to the success of the operations,” he added. Additionally, Panama has built 14 aeronaval stations nationwide since 2011. “Guarding our country by land, sea and air from organized crime is the main point of the construction of these bases,” Mulino added. Panama accounts for 50% of seizures of drugs heading toward the United States, according to Mulino. “In the area of security, [Panama] is one of the main regional partners in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime,” Gen. John Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), said in January during the inauguration of the Punta Coco aeronaval station in the Las Perlas archipelago that was funded with a US$3.5 million investment by the U.S. Mulino said the base completes Panama’s security cordon in the Pacific Ocean. “The main challenge for the future will be to continue to safeguard the land, sea, and air with the help of technological equipment in order to continue to fight this international scourge,” he added. *Correspondent Alma Solís contributed to this report. By Dialogo May 28, 2014last_img read more

Nominations sought for annual pro bono awards

first_imgNominations sought for annual pro bono awards September 15, 2003 Regular News Nominations sought for annual pro bono awardscenter_img Lawyers who donate services to the needy are being sought for public recognition by the Supreme Court and The Florida Bar.One lawyer from each judicial circuit and an out-of-state recipient will receive the Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. The chief justice will give the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award to the lawyer who is deemed an outstanding example of dedication to the legal needs of the poor.Nominations also are being solicited for the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation and the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award. The awards recognize a firm and a voluntary bar association that have provided significant pro bono legal assistance to individuals or groups which cannot otherwise afford legal services.Nominations may be made by any person or organization by contacting the circuit representative shown below. Nomination forms are available from the Bar’s Public Information Department, telephone (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669, or via e-mail at [email protected] or can be downloaded off the “What’s New” section of the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.Eligible lawyers must be licensed to practice in Florida and not be employed by an organization which primarily delivers free legal services to the poor. The nominee should be a lawyer who, with no expectation of receiving a fee, provides direct delivery of legal services in civil or criminal matters to a client or group that does not have the resources to hire counsel.The deadline is September 26.The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards were established in 1981 to recognize individual service in specific Florida judicial circuits.The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon, who died in 1982.The chief justice’s awards are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation conferring recognition of a state’s highest court on a firm and voluntary bar for pro bono services.last_img read more

Increasing non-interest income: 3 ways analytics can help

first_imgHistorically, credit unions’ major focus was on interest income earned from loans. Prior to 2010, it accounted for 80% of overall income and was plentiful enough to push other sources down the list of priorities.It’s a different environment today. Interest rates have remained low for the last decade, and regulatory changes are squeezing revenue in areas like interchange income. As a result, credit unions’ focus has strategically shifted toward boosting sources of non-interest income.Regardless of size, most credit unions have increasing non-interest income as a goal in 2020 – and fortunately, there are numerous opportunities for growth. Here are three ways we help credit unions achieve non-interest income growth.Lift interchange-income through increased credit card usage.Many credit unions are looking for ways to revive lagging interchange income after regulatory changes such as Dodd-Frank substantially reduced what they earn on debit card transactions. One logical and effective avenue is to increase members’ credit card usage – the interchange income can be more than four times higher for each transaction.Using data analytics, it’s possible to identity which segments of a CU’s membership are the most likely to migrate from debit to credit card usage. An extensive analysis that incorporates data mining techniques, an examination of spending habits and patterns, and identification of unengaged members can lay the groundwork for a sophisticated marketing strategy. Analytics enables CUs to offer personalized, relevant incentives that members will respond to.Introduce new and innovative rewards-based checking accounts. Loan-to-share ratios are increasing, and the financial product landscape is more competitive than ever. Credit unions are looking for ways to improve product offerings to attract attention and deliver superior member experience.Traditional checking accounts just aren’t producing the right results anymore. But with analytics-driven insights, credit unions can create new suites of fee driven products with the rewards-based structures that members’ want, which will also deliver the non-interest income benefits they need.CBC, a California based credit union, used data analytics to launch new checking products that were highly popular with members. The analysis enabled them to buck the trend of more no-fee products, and instead roll out a new suite of checking products that provided the freedom to choose services and add-ons for a small recurring fee. CBC doubled the account balances in its premium checking accounts and increased debit card spend by more than 25%.Offering Courtesy Pay and Overdraft ServicesMost credit unions offer features like overdraft protection and debit courtesy pay that allow members to use their debit cards even when they have an insufficient balance. These services provide an immediate value to members – for a fee that’s assessed only when it is used.Each CU has a segment that’s more likely to benefit from and use these services – but many members may not know it’s even available.  Using data analytics, a credit union identified members with the highest likelihood to opt-into overdraft programs and pay the corresponding fees. The credit union was then able to focus efforts on the 25% of its membership that had three times the probability of usage.The path to generating more non-interest income is made up of a series of steps. Make sure each step is data-driven, relevant, and impactful. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Suchit Shah Suchit Shah is the COO of CU Rise Analytics, a Virginia-based CUSO. CU Rise helps credit unions that want to focus their time and resources on the most advantageous strategies … Web: www.cu-rise.com Detailslast_img read more