Explaining his approach over the trip to Europe, he explains: “We want to see how many of them are competitors, how many of them want to win while giving everybody a chance at the same time. We’ve changed our squad every game (on day one). We’ve got two weeks away and we want to give everyone a chance. And we want these boys to push the ones in the 15s team. Related: Sevens survey raises player welfare concerns“We’re not a massive rugby playing nation. There’s six Premiership teams in Hong Kong and they are going for a 15s World Cup, the same as we have a sevens World Cup and then there’s the Asian Games which is huge to be involved in. Front line: Hong Kong’s first-choice sevens side in action Trip to Europe treated as an extended training camp for Hong Kong’s prospective Sevens World Cup stars LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hong Kong use Algarve 7s to prepare for Sevens World CupCompeting on several fronts has created some unique, but welcome issues for Hong Kong rugby.Last week Hong Kong’s 15s side moved a step closer to the 2019 Rugby World Cup after triumphing in the Asian Championships. They now go into home-and-away matches with Cook Island for the chance to compete in the four-team World Cup repechage, where the final place at Japan 2019.However, the Asian side are also preparing for the Sevens World Cup, in San Francisco in July. With so few athletes to select from, head coach Paul John has had to shuffle his pack while taking up the opportunity to play in tournaments in Europe.Related: The first ever Algarve 7s“Some of our players play sevens and 15s, so we’re playing tournaments now with those guys who don’t play 15s and try and build experience because we don’t play that many sevens tournaments,” John explained. “So we got the opportunity to come over to Europe and play on the Algarve this week and Amsterdam next week. It’s vital to play.”John’s side were the first to arrive in Portugal and will stay for a few days after all the other competitors, using the trip to put the players through their paces during a training camp. Hong Kong were inconsistent on the Algarve, but John has little concern as he casts his eyes further ahead. “So there are some guys who might be able to play in a 15s World Cup, sevens World Cup and an Asian Games. We understand that and at the moment we’re trying to make the base of sevens player in Hong Kong bigger. This is vital for that.”Rugby World’s Sevens World Cup coverage in association with Tudor Watch
September 22, 2016 at 1:43 am I thought they were going to discuss Commissioner Becker’s youth group tonight at the meeting. Isn’t that what they had said previously? That is what I thought. Commissioner Becker harped some back talk last time at the budget hearing about someone in the public comment period complaining about a program that was not even up and going and in the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, and that it was disconcerning to him. Did I spell that word right? I don’t feel like looking it up. Was Kyle back talking me? LOL…Kyle, you already know that your youth group is going to be approved, per the mayor and the others, and Glenn has already been told to put together a committee to pick the kids, and all that. The staffing costs will come out of this next budget. Let’s keep it real, Kyle………… Reply Yes, and also the elephant was in the room last night at the city council meeting……. Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mr. Hitt worked for the City of Apopka before. Can we assume he will be a potential double- dipper? LOL? Mama Mia Mama Mia Didn’t I hear someone talk about Clermont at the council meeting tonight, and making reference to making Apopka like Clermont or a comparison? Thought that is what I heard, not sure. If that was what I heard, then no, I don’t want Apopka to be anything like Clermont! OMG. I am familiar with how Clermont used to be and the nightmare it has become. I used to ride down highway 27 when there was not much of anything but orange groves, and a tourist fruit stand from highway 50 on down to Haines City area. That was where we were heading. And now, it is wall to wall cookie cutter style homes and rooftops as far as the eye and see. Get on one of the hills and that is all you can see in the horizon, wall to wall homes all alike, and no trees hardly. They have all been clear cut what was there other than groves. And it is the same way if you go down highway 50 also. A city that is ordinance crazy also, and where the citizens can’t squat without applying for a permit to do whatever. No, Apopka does not need to be like Clermont! September 22, 2016 at 2:07 am This concludes the city council meeting review of tonight’s meeting. Aren’t you all appreciative of my reviews? Mama Mia Mama Mia I am disappointed, yes, I repeat, I am disappointed. This is the latest phrase that has become so popular, LOL. I heard some others say it over and over, or in print, since that last budget hearing. Yes, I am disappointed……get used to the phrase! Commissioner Velazquez started a tradition and didn’t even intend to…..LOL. Reply September 22, 2016 at 1:34 am Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama Mia September 22, 2016 at 1:39 am TAGScommunity development directorJames HittMark Reggentin Previous articleNelson and Becker host Hoops for HopeNext articleDisasters? There’s an app for that… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Reply The Hitt man…..I am sure he has been referred to as the “hit man” ! I don’t remember him, but the name sounds familiar. I think that is because I hear the name of the UCF head honcho, Hitt. Hmmm, I wonder if they are related? Hope this guy doesn’t make the salary of the UCF Hitt! It is ridiculous what they pay him! Reply Reply Mama Mia Hey, when that lady from Senator Bill Nelson office whipped out those flat cardboard boxes stacked up at last night’s city council meeting……I thought pizza time! Whoopie…..pizza and wine time !!! LOL September 22, 2016 at 10:28 am September 22, 2016 at 1:30 am September 22, 2016 at 2:22 am Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 13 COMMENTS September 22, 2016 at 1:50 am Reply September 22, 2016 at 2:24 am Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia September 22, 2016 at 1:53 am September 22, 2016 at 1:45 am Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Votes 5-0 for Reggentin’s successorSo long Mark Reggentin, we hardly knew ye’.Reggentin, the Community Development Director for the City of Apopka for a little over six months, sent his letter of resignation to Mayor Joe Kilsheimer to take a job as Assistant City Manager of the City of Maitland. His last day will be September 29.Mark Reggintin “Mark has been extraordinarily helpful to the City of Apopka,” said Kilsheimer. “But he was offered a job he just couldn’t say no to. There were a lot of factors that went into his decision, but I think the one most appealing is that the City of Maitland is just two minutes from his house. We’re going to miss Mark, but we’re going to wish him well at the same time. We appreciate everything he has done for us.”Commissioner Kyle Becker was also appreciative of Reggentin’s performance.“In the short period of time that Mark has been here, he has either executed or set in motion a lot of things that are going to set up our city for success,” said Becker. “We will miss you Mark.”“It’s been a pleasure working with Mark,” said Commissioner Doug Bankson. “I was very disappointed to hear that he was leaving… so thank you for your service.”Reggentin was largely credited with being the chief negotiator during the City Center contract discussions with Taurus Southern Investments. It was a deal that at times looked shaky, but Reggentin was able to close it in a manner that allowed the City Council to vote 5-0 for the final development agreement.But as effective as Reggentin was in his six months in Apopka, his successor is already a hit with the City Council.James Hitt James Hitt is the Economic Development Director and Community Redevelopment Director for the City of Clermont. He worked in Clermont since 2005, but like Reggentin returning to Maitland, Hitt is returning home to Apopka.Hitt was the Senior Planner for the City of Apopka in the Community Development Department from 1992 until 2005. He also lives here. And as it turns out, he was on a very short list for this job six months ago.“When we looked at all the candidates, it came down to two – one was Mark and one was Jim,”said Kilsheimer. “When Mark said he was leaving for the City of Maitland, we quickly called Jim and asked if he was still interested and we were blessed to learn that he is… so I’m recommending to the Council that we confirm Jim as the new Community Development Director.”“I don’t think you could have picked a better man,” said Commissioner Billie Dean.The Council enthusiastically voted 5-0 to confirm Hitt. He begins work on September 30th. Well, as far as the council meeting tonight, it certainly is eye candy time when that one guy comes around from time to time. The one from the law firm that in order to work there, the unstated requirements of the job is, you have to be named Tom……Hahahaha! Yes I am married, but as I said, eye candy!!!!!! September 22, 2016 at 1:15 am Please enter your comment! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Senator Bill Nelson’s office presented American flags that had flown over the Capitol building to Christian Lamphere, the boy scout who did the 9/11 memorial at city hall, one to Commissioner Velazquez, and her husband, Ed, and to one of the city’s employee, I believe his name was Ray Marsh, hope I got that right, not sure. I just wish another flag had of been given to the city to put in the city’s museum. That was a grand gesture, and I know how much they all appreciate being given the honor of the triangle folded flags in the cases, and the special letters that came with them. I too have an American flag folded like that, it was my daddy’s flag off of his casket, from his military funeral. I need to get a case for my daddy’s flag. I still get extremely emotional at any military service when the taps and the 21 gun salute is given. I guess it will get to me the rest of my life, and I cannot help it, no matter how hard I try to not get emotional. I saw the hit man’s (Hitt) address on his resume. Does he live over there in the same subdivision as you-know-who in Apopka? Inquiring minds want to know? September 22, 2016 at 10:32 am Reply Yes, there was much kudos to the farewell of Mr. Regginten. Laughter, clapping, well-wishing, smiling, good-hearted chit chat. The works for Mr. Regginten and his replacement, Mr. Hitt. I thought now this is interesting, I was at the council meeting of when Commissioner Ruth and Commissioner Arrowsmith was leaving elected office, and it was there last time on the council, and there was NO kudos, no well wishes, no farewells, and clapping, no good- byes, smiling, good-hearted chit-chat, I mean NOTHING! Interesting. If one of them had not spoken up to speak, then the other one, it would have been goose egg…….NOTHING! And just look at how long one of them served, what was it? 39 years, is that correct? And the other one considered part of the mayor’s team? I think Mr. Regginten left because he wasn’t sent to Scotland and given the globe- trotting rights like at Mt. Dora, and like the rest of the council is doing…..globe trotting traveling! A lot of discussion about street lights for a new project of homes. All I know is I like the bright white street lights that cast a lot of light, and I hate those dull golden lights that don’t shine much light at all, and are spooky looking and make me think this is London at night, with misty fog around and the dull glow. Like those dull lights down Vick Road. I hate those kinds…..whatever they are. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply
About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: COVID-19 VAccinAid VaccinAid fundraising campaign aims to protect 2 billion worldwide against Covid-19 Supported by the NHS, leading faith groups including Church of England, Office of the Chief Rabbi and the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, businesses and celebrity supporters, the campaign aims to reach as many people across the UK as possible. VaccinAid and the ‘Give the World a Shot’ campaign was created by Mother.Steven Waugh, Interim Executive Director, UNICEF UK said:“The launch of VaccinAid comes at a historic moment for UNICEF in the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines around the world. Having so many organisations and high-profile individuals come together to show their support for the appeal gives us a real chance of unlocking vital funds that will enable UNICEF to fulfil its critical mission of protecting the world against Covid-19. I am incredibly excited to be asking the nation to ‘Give the World a Shot’ over the next few months, as here at UNICEF we know it will ultimately help save lives around the world.”David Harewood, UNICEF UK Ambassador commented:“Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel safe, no matter where they live, and the aim of the VaccinAid campaign is to protect everyone from Covid-19. I’ve seen the amazing lengths UNICEF goes to getting vaccines to those who need it the most. The sheer logistical operation of it all is staggering yet well established – but we can’t do it without the support of the public to fund this historic vaccine drive.” Melanie May | 23 March 2021 | News 503 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) and Crowdfunder have launched VaccinAid, a campaign calling on the public to ‘Give the World a Shot’ by donating to provide Covid-19 vaccines to others around the world.Crowdfunder initiated the idea behind vaccinaid.org after seeing a huge number of people who needed support due to the pandemic fundraising on their platform, with campaigning aiming to harness the public’s gratitude for the UK’s vaccine programme.The money raised will help UNICEF purchase and deliver nearly 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines this year, as well as tests and treatments, to 190 countries around the world through the global COVAX initiative. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3
News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor June 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two new cases of violence against journalists in southern Turkey News April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn of two new cases of violence against journalists in the south of the country in the past week as courts in Ankara, Istanbul and elsewhere were sentencing other journalists to serve long jail terms or pay disproportionate amounts in damages in defamation suits.Shots were fired at Mehmet Ali Ünal, the owner of the local newspaper Türkbeleni in the southwestern town of Manavgat, from a distance of 100 metres on 16 June as he was fetching a document from his car, which was parked outside the newspaper. None of the shots hit Ünal but one of them left an impact on the wall of the newspaper’s office.The gunmen fled in a waiting car immediately after firing the shots. Six spent cartridges were found at the scene. Ünal said he thought the attack was linked to articles that had been published in the newspaper but he declined to go into detail. The police said they were investigating the shooting.Veysel Polat, the owner of the newspaper Gap Gündemi, was attacked by four or five men as he was entered a car park in a shopping mall in the southeastern city of Sanliurfa at around 7 p.m. on 14 June and was hospitalised with injuries to the face. A supporter of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Polat said he did not know his assailants.Reporters Without Borders condemns these attacks and hopes that those responsible will be identified and brought to justice. The press freedom organisation also deplores the lack of progress in the investigation into the murder of Cihan Hayirsevener, the editor of the newspaper Güney Marmara’da Yasam, on 18 December 2009. Six months have gone by but no trial has taken place and the suspected perpetrators are still at large.It is time to end the prevailing impunity for those who use violence against journalists. Press freedom is a fundamental right and the judicial system must play its part in protecting it. RSF_en News Follow the news on Turkey Organisation Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Receive email alerts Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia
Community News 250 Gourmet Turkeys Prepped, Cooked By Local Chef and Volunteers for Thanksgiving Charity Event Story and Photography by BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 4:12 pm Make a comment The Pasadena Convention Center and Centerplate prepared 250 turkeys in-house on Monday and Tuesday at the Pasadena Convention Center to support Union Station Homeless Services’ annual “Dinner-in-the Park” on Thanksgiving day.The Pasadena Convention Center and Centerplate are thrilled to support this great cause by preparing turkeys,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “We applaud Union Station’s work to serve thousands of meals to the hungry and homeless during the holiday season and are pleased to participate in such a worthwhile cause.”The event is expected to feed thousands in an operation that is made possible with the help of several hundred volunteers and key partners, according to a press release.Centerplate is the exclusive provider of food and beverage at the Pasadena Convention Center and along with its Executive Chef Arnold Preciado, the operation was joined by approximately 20 volunteers and USHS staff to oversee the turkey prep in the Convention Center’s underground kitchen.“What’s unique is that we get to feed people who are in need. We’ve been doing this for about three years now and it’s just a great thing to do to help out the community,” said Preciado.The turkey team cooked, sliced and stored all 250 turkeys during a span of two separate eight hour days.The turkeys are marinated with a secret house dressing sprinkled with salt and pepper to complete the the gourmet touch that Preciado said is the tastiest combination.“We have plenty of food so we make sure—weeks and days ahead of time— that everything is prepared accordingly. The best part about it is we make it good,” said USHS Chef Joanne Simmons.Turkey prep volunteers were excited to be a part of the team.“One hand helps the other. That’s how I see this. It all comes back,” said volunteer Floreen Rooks.Making good food in good company is what it’s all about, according to Preciado.“I feel like we’re making a big difference. The volunteers come in and see what we do and I think it just speaks for itself what we do here,” said Preciado.“Dinner in the Park” kicks off on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Central Park located at 275 South Raymond Ave. Food will be distributed on the corner of Del Mar and Fair Oaks.Store bought pies are welcome and can be delivered to 412 S. Raymond Ave before the event or may be dropped off at Central Park on Thanksgiving morning (drop off area is on the southern parking strip of Fair Oaks just north of Del Mar Blvd.)For more information, visit http://unionstationhs.org/event/dip16/ 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Kerry<5854.280 Lowest number of new Covid 19 cases since mid-December 7-day incidence 91.45-day moving average 633 Facebook Laois<512247.9210 Roscommon<57114.774 Google+ WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic 294,550 people have received their first dose141,345 people have received their second dose Louth2126265.4342 The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “While the low number of cases reported today may be attributable to a weekend effect, it is nevertheless very welcome and represents the lowest number of cases reported on a single day since mid-December.“While we continue to make good progress in Ireland, globally in the past week, the number of cases of COVID-19 has increased for the first time in 7 weeks. We must not allow this virus the opportunity to do the same here. Please hold firm to the public health advice and together we can continue to protect and build on the progress we have made over the last 2 months"ENDS//*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 220,630 confirmed cases reflects this. Google+ Wicklow9998.3140 CountyToday's cases (to midnight 01Mar2021)5 day moving average (to midnight 01Mar2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (16Feb2021 to 01Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (16Feb2021 to 01Mar2021) Ireland359633201.29,580 Meath1930224.1437 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Carlow<58180.9103 Homepage BannerNews As of 8am today, 498 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 116 are in ICU. 28 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.As of February 27th, 435,895 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: Limerick1134273.5533 Sligo<5377.851 Dublin159255271.13,653 Twitter Clare610140.6167 Tipperary<518191.8306 Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 01 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) Previous articleEvening News, Sport and Obituaries on Tuesday March 2ndNext articleCook takes charge at Ipswich News Highland Monaghan56206.9127 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Wexford6879.5119 **County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated. Longford1014396.3162 Leitrim01124.840 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Kildare1326229.2510 By News Highland - March 2, 2021 Waterford77179.9209 Twitter Cork152466.3360 Pinterest ~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers. Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Donegal<524191304 Westmeath2517274.9244 Pinterest WhatsApp Offaly<522401.5313 359 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Republic this evening, the lowest figure since mid-December.14 deaths were confirmed, three of them in March, 10 in February and one in November.Less than five of the new cases were in Donegal, which has a 14 day incidence rate of 191 per 100,000 people, compared to the national figure of 201.There have now been 220,630 Covid 19 cases confirmed since the pandemic began, with 4,333 Covid related deaths.Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThe Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 14 additional deaths related to COVID-19.3 deaths occurred in March, 10 in February and 1 in November.There has been a total of 4,333 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight, Monday 1st March, the HPSC has been notified of 359 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 220,630* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.Of the cases notified today:157 are men / 193 are female66% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 34 years old159 in Dublin, 25 in Westmeath, 21 in Louth, 21 in Galway, 19 in Meath and the remaining 114 cases are spread across 19 other counties**. Kilkenny0377.677 Galway2139236.8611 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cavan56157.5120 Mayo717220.7288 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
Looks like business as usual?On 3 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today The sweeping clauses of The Human Rights Act may tempt a few more people to sue their employers. But its long-term impact may be more subtle, argues Stephen OverellIf employers want to know how The Human Rights Act, which came into force yesterday (2 October), will affect them, some clues could be gleaned from organisations in Scotland.In May last year, Scotland incorporated the bulk of the European Convention on Human Rights into the legislation on Scottish devolution. A year later, it looked at the results. In the first year of its operation 587 cases were brought. Of these, only 17 were successful.South of the border, amid predictions of “a nightmare” from The Sun and one law firm setting up “a combat unit” to help employers battle “an avalanche” of cases, it is important to stress there are plenty of sceptics, too. Dominic Johnson, the head of the employment relations group at the CBI, accused the legal profession of stirring up concern, dismissing it as “a lot of silliness” in the air. Rachel Dineley, partner in the employment department of Beachcroft Wansbroughs, believes there may be a considerable number of claims that use parts of the Act, but most will be “misconceived and hopeless”. The TUC thinks unions should not be getting over-excited. Even Stonewall, the gay rights lobbying organisation, which in theory has a lot to gain from the Human Rights Act because it may grant protection from discrimination to homosexuals for the first time in British law, complains of “a lot of hot air”. “A lot of it is entirely open to interpretation. It depends where the judiciary is at on these subjects,” says spokesman Sebastian Sandys. All this might come as some consolation to HR professionals – but only some. Many will see the Act as just another law for staff to use against them. “If an unfair dismissal claim fails then the Human Rights Act is another avenue and another piece of legislation under which to pursue a claim,” as Gillian Doughty, personnel coordinator of plastic packaging company RPC Containers, puts it.‘Vast’ litigation potentialBarristers are often heard to say that the Act has “vast potential” for litigation. And it is easy to see what they mean. Does the obligation to wear a tie to work – or conversely not to wear a nose ring when at work – constitute a breach of freedom of expression (Article 10 of the European Convention)? Does the use of surveillance equipment constitute a breach of the right to privacy (Article 8)? Do all religious groups now have an absolute right to time off for religious observance (Article 9)? Jews, Sikhs and Gypsies have been held by UK courts to come within the scope of the Race Relations Act 1976. Rastafarians, however, have not. Are they now protected? Is not the fact that legal aid is not granted to employers to take a case to an employment tribunal a breach of the right of access to justice (Article 6)?But on the other hand, while there is doubtless fascinating potential for litigators, there are also strong grounds for thinking the world will be much like it was before the vague, sweeping, clauses of the Act came in. Qualified rightsFirst of all, the rights are qualified. Article 8 deals with respect for family and private life. But the right can be transgressed if “the interference is legal and needed for national security, public safety, the economy or for the prevention of disorder or crime, the protection of health or morals, or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.” So an employer seeking to justify the use of CCTV or interference with e-mail would rely on the fact that while the individuals’ rights may have been breached, the breach was necessary to protect the freedom of others – that is, itself.Second, the rights are not new. The European Convention on Human Rights was written in 1951. Britain was not only a signatory but what is sometimes forgotten is that Britain played a leading role in creating it. Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, chief British war crimes prosecutor at Nuremberg, drafted the initial document. British people have been able to enforce Convention rights since then but they could not do so in the UK courts; if they wanted to use them they had to go to Strasbourg. What the Act does is in effect bring the rights home to Britain. The suspicion is that the geographical closeness of the rights will increase the number of people choosing to use them.Third, there are big questions surrounding precedents. Many lawyers argue that the decisions of the European Court have been very difficult to turn into serviceable case law – for example, articles 9 and 10 of the Convention, which cover freedom of thought, conscience and religion. In one case, a Turkish army judge was retired for holding fundamentalist religious views. The court decided he did not have his human rights breached because, on adopting a military career, he accepted limitations on his freedom. But a German teacher who was sacked for her Communist party activities, despite no criticism of her work, was held to have faced unwarranted interference in her rights. Interpreting the lawIt should be stressed that the ability of the Act to alter UK employment law is very restricted. Courts and tribunals are public bodies and so are under an obligation to interpret law in a way that is compatible with the Convention. If they cannot, UK law takes precedence. Some courts can issue something called a “declaration of incompatibility” but employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal cannot. Barrister Daniel Barnett says there could even be arguments over whether disputes surrounding a contract of employment are covered by the Convention at all outside the public sector. He argues that the law deems employment contracts a “function of a private nature”. Therefore, the Convention may not apply to any employment contract dispute in the private sector – including “hybrid” bodies such as Railtrack, the BBC or the New Millennium Experience Company. The Act may lure a few more people into “having a go”, so it could affect the number of cases brought. But there appear to be strong grounds for believing a lot will fail. Employment partner at Lewis Silkin James Davies, and many other lawyers, believe its impact will not be so much on the actual law or the behaviour of employers but argues it will have a profound impact on the “culture” of employment tribunals. “Over time, it will have an effect on what tribunals see as reasonable and justified,” he says. Scenarios: How the Human Rights Act could affect employmentScenario A retail company has been suffering pilfering from the till and suspects a particular employee. It wants to set up CCTV cameras to gather enough evidence to dismiss.Advice To be safe, the employer needs to let staff know it reserves the right to use CCTV – for example, a clause expressly stating this in a document such as a staff handbook. If it uses covert surveillance, that could be regarded as intrusive under the terms of the Act. If, however, the justification was existing fraud, tribunals – which are normally quite uncomfortable about covert surveillance – may regard the action as reasonable.Scenario A senior executive claims that the excessive hours he feels forced to work compromise his rights to family life under Article 8 on respect for private and family life.Advice This issue is muddled up not only with the Working Time laws (whether consent had been granted) but also with the implied duty on an employer to maintain trust and confidence in a relationship. If it went to a tribunal over dismissal for refusing an instruction or breach of contract, the tribunal would look at the Act in assessing what is “reasonable and proportionate”. It is on such cases as this that the Act could be “indirectly influential”.Scenario An employee is vociferous in expounding views denying that the Holocaust took place and defending the record of the Third Reich. He claims he is passed over for promotion and claims Article 10 on freedom of expression in his support.Advice Freedom of expression is not a blanket right and does not allow an individual to exercise it by infringing the freedom of others. The employer has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment, one that is free from offence on the basis of race.Source: Jane Mann, chairwoman of the Employment Lawyer’s Association and head of employment at Fox Williams
The Covered Market has launched a new project to boost its global profile, following a £50,000 Heritage Lottery fund grant.The new initiative, organised by charity Oxford Muse, the Oxfordshire Town Chambers Network and Oxford Civic Society, is called ‘Who Is Oxford’s Covered Market?’ and aims to increase the market’s presence online.An exhibition about market traders is also planned to take place at the Museum of Oxford in 18 months’ time. It will feature traditional photo portraits and unique portraits created by charity Oxford Muse.Ratana Brooker, who owns “Thena” and “Red Opia” in the market, told Cherwell “I think the Covered Market is the most important thing in Oxford.”Butcher Ian Pavier said, “I think it’s a good opportunity to take this historic market into the 21st century while at the same time making sure that it keeps its old-world charm.”
Paul Harrison, Professor of Psychiatry, University Oxford, Theme Lead – NIHR Oxford Health BRC, who led the study, said: “People have been worried that COVID-19 survivors will be at greater risk of mental health problems, and our findings in a large and detailed study show this to be likely. Services need to be ready to provide care, especially since our results are likely to be underestimates of the actual number of cases. We urgently need research to investigate the causes and identify new treatments.” Across the UK in 2019, there were over 16,000 patients in psychiatric inpatient units. In a similar manner to the pandemic’s care home crisis, shared spaces and overcrowding, as well as a lack of PPE, have intensified the likelihood of contracting the virus and created an environment for coronavirus to spread rapidly. Paired with the increased vulnerability of patients due to medical and lifestyle factors, this greatly increases the risk to patients. Some medications used to treat mental health conditions have been proven to suppress the immune system and give the patient side effects which exacerbate their vulnerability to coronavirus. Antipsychotic medication such as Clozapine can lower white blood cell counts by over 15%, thereby significantly reducing immunity. This is in addition to other side effects such as diabetes, obesity and respiratory depression, which are known to be coronavirus risk factors. Research by the University of Oxford has also reported that those with pre-existing psychiatric disorders are 65% more likely to develop coronavirus. A new study shows that 20% of those who contract coronavirus are diagnosed with a mental health illness within 3 months. This is about twice as likely as for other groups of patients over the same period. 1 in 4 had not had a psychiatric diagnosis before COVID-19. Dr Max Taquet, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, who conducted the analyses, remarked: “This finding was unexpected and needs investigation. In the meantime, having a psychiatric disorder should be added to the list of risk factors for COVID-19.” The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) is conducting further studies to establish the link, but so far have observed a correlation which have been attributed to a variety of factors: medications, residential facilities, behavioural, and lifestyle factors all interact to increase occurrences and severity of coronavirus.
5 October 2020Voice merged into Community on 1 October 2020. Please note that Voice ceased to exist from 1 October 2020 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.24 August 2020An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of Voice to Community was received by the Certification Officer on 19 August 2020.28 January 2020Independent Democratic Union merged into Community on 27 January 2020. Please note the Independent Democratic Union ceased to exist from 27 January 2020 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.11 November 2019An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of Independent Democratic Union to Community was received by the Certification Officer on 8 November 2019.2 July 2019Bluechip Staff Association merged into Community on 2 July 2019. Please note that Bluechip Staff Association ceased to exist from 2 July 2019 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.24 May 2019An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of Bluechip Staff Association to Community was received by the Certification Officer on 16 May 2019.1 May 2018NACO merged into USDAW on 1 May 2018. Please note that NACO ceased to exist from 1 May 2018 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.1 February 2018Staff Union West Bromwich Building Society merged into Community on 1 February 2018. Please note that Staff Union West Bromwich Building Society ceased to exist from 1 February 2018 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.19 December 2017An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of Staff Union West Bromwich Building Society (SUWBBS) to Community was received by the Certification Officer on 18 December 2017.1 September 2017Association of Teachers and Lecturers and National Union of Teachers amalgamated to form National Education Union on 1 September 2017. Please note that both Association of Teachers and Lecturers and National Union of Teachers ceased to exist from 1 September 2017 and have been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.2 May 2017An application to register the Instrument of Amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and theNational Union of Teachers was received by the Certification Officer on 25 April 2017.23 January 2017The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) merged into Unite the Union on 1 January 2017. Please note that UCATT ceased to exist from 1 January 2017 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer20 January 2017UFS merged into Community on 1 January 2017. Please note that UFS ceased to exist from 1 January 2017 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.20 January 2017Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union merged into Prospect on 1 January 2017. Please note that Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union ceased to exist from 1 January 2017 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.1 December 2016An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of UFS to Community was received by the Certification Officer on 17 November 2016.9 November 2016The Association of Principal fire Officers (APFO) merged into Prospect on 7 November 2016. Please note that APFO ceased to exist from 6 November 2016 and has been removed from the list of trade union maintained by the Certification Officer.24 October 2016An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union to Prospect was received by the Certification Officer on 18 October 2016.19 June 2015The Staff Association of Bank of Baroda (UK Region) merged into Unite the Union on 19 June 2015. Please note that the Staff Association of Bank of Baroda (UK Region) ceased to exist from 18 June 2015 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.7 May 2015An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of the Staff Association of Bank of Baroda (UK Region) to Unite the Union was received by the Certification Officer on 7 May 2015.5 May 2015Unity merged into GMB on 16 April 2015. Please note that Unity ceased to exist from 15 April 2015 and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.21 November 2014Yorkshire Independent Staff Association (YISA) merged into Aegis the Union on 21 November 2014. Please note that YISA ceased to exist from 20 November and has been removed from the list of trade unions maintained by the Certification Officer.3 November 2014The Instrument of Transfer in respect of the merger of the British Association of Colliery Management – Technical Energy and Administrative Management (BACM-TEAM) to Prospect was registered by the Certification Officer on 3 November 2014. The Instrument comes into effect on 3 November 2014.BACM-TEAM ceased to exist with effect from the date of registration of the Instrument and its name has been removed the Certification Officer’s list of trade unions.3 October 2014An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of YISA (Yorkshire Independent Staff Association) to Aegis was received by the Certification Officer on 3 October 2014.17 September 2014An application to register the Instrument of Transfer of British Association of Colliery Management – Technical Energy and Administrative Management (BACM-TEAM) to Prospect was received by the Certification Officer on 17 September 2014.