Case round-up

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Thisweek’s case round-up Noequal pay claim Lawrence and Others v Regent Office Care Ltd and Others, 2002, All ER(D) 84, ECJThiscase limits the extent to which an employee can use a comparator from adifferent employer to establish an equal pay claim. Theemployees – female cleaning and catering staff – were originally employed byNorth Yorkshire County Council. Some had previously established that their workwas equal in value to that of men employed by the council in other serviceareas.Aftera compulsory tendering process, the cleaning and catering services werecontracted out to private companies, which paid the employees at lower ratesthan the council.Anumber of female employees brought proceedings against their new employers,claiming that Article 141 EC entitled them to claim equal pay with malecomparators who remained employed by the council. The Court of Appeal referred the case to theEuropean Court of Justice, which held that where the differences in pay ofworkers of different sex, performing equalwork or work of equal value cannot beattributed to a single source, this does not fall within the scope of Article141, because no singlebody is responsible for theinequality and can restoreequal treatment. Case round-upOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Technologies for retrieving sediment cores in Antarctic subglacial settings

first_imgAccumulations of sediment beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet contain a range of physical and chemical proxies with the potential to document changes in ice sheet history and to identify and characterize life in subglacial settings. Retrieving subglacial sediments and sediment cores presents several unique challenges to existing technologies. This paper briefly reviews the history of sediment sampling in subglacial environments. It then outlines some of the technological challenges and constraints in developing the corers being used in sub-ice shelf settings (e.g. George VI Ice Shelf and Larsen Ice Shelf), under ice streams (e.g. Rutford Ice Stream), at or close to the grounding line (e.g. Whillans Ice Stream) and in subglacial lakes deep under the ice sheet (e.g. Lake Ellsworth). The key features of the corers designed to operate in each of these subglacial settings are described and illustrated together with comments on their deployment procedures.last_img read more

USA Gymnastics coach fired 3 days after being hired for contacting Aly Raisman

first_imgSeptember 1, 2018 /Sports News – National USA Gymnastics coach fired 3 days after being hired for contacting Aly Raisman FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWCPO(NEW YORK) — USA Gymnastics fired Mary Lee Tracy on Friday, just three days after she was appointed by the sport’s governing body to be its new elite development coordinator. The firing came after a whirlwind day in which Tracy admitted to contacting three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, first offered to resign and then recanted that offer.USA Gymnastics tweeted Friday evening it had “decided it would be best to move forward without Ms. Tracy in this role.”The dismissal came as a result of Tracy reaching out to Raisman, who is currently suing USA Gymnastics over its handling of the Larry Nassar case.Raisman was critical of Tracy’s hiring earlier in the week, calling her hiring a “profound disappointment.” The elite development coordinator is responsible for developing talent for the U.S. Olympic team.“USA Gymnastics has appointed someone who, in my view, supported Nassar, victim-shamed survivors, & has shown no willingness to learn from the past,” she tweeted. “This is a slap in the face for survivors, & further confirmation that nothing at @USAG has changed. What a profound disappointment!”In December 2016, following his arrest on three counts of criminal sexual conduct, Tracy defended Nassar, but later walked back those comments. Nassar pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in January on seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first degree. Raisman and scores of other gymnasts addressed Nassar in court during his sentencing hearing.“He had been someone that we all unfortunately had trusted and depended on, so when I was asked about my experience with him, that’s what I said,” Tracy told Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO on Thursday. “So I’m not denying that I said that. Would I say that anymore? Absolutely not. … The man is a monster. But at that moment, I looked at him like I would my dad or my brother.”Tracy posted Friday on Facebook that she attempted to contact Raisman and apologize to her, but hours later USA Gymnastics tweeted out that they asked Tracy to resign, because she inappropriately contacted a survivor.“In an attempt to move in our journey to more ‘transparency’ and openness, I need to explain why I have to resign,” Tracy wrote. “[USA Gymnastics President] Kerry P[erry] gave me two options, to resign or be removed because I tried to contact Aly to apologize and hope we could work together to make our sport better and learn from all of the mistakes of the past. I was never informed that I was not permitted to speak to Ali or any of the survivors!”Two hours later, she took back her resignation and said she “was pressured to make a decision” and was now “seeking counsel.”Sarah Hirshland, who took over as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee less than two weeks ago, threatened further shakeups for USA Gymnastics in a statement late Friday. Perry just took over as president earlier this year, but could be at risk of losing her job, The Associated Press reported.“As we close the day, I’m afraid I can offer nothing but disappointment,” Hirshland said in the statement. “Under the circumstances, we feel that the organization is struggling to manage its obligations effectively and it is time to consider making adjustments in the leadership.”Tracy was head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympics team, which famously won the gold medal in the team competition behind an injured Kerri Strug’s vault, and has owned Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy for 25 years. The elite gymnastics school has produced four Olympians, according to USA Gymnastics.Raisman, 24, has not competed at the elite level since the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but she has not officially retired. She was part of the United States’ gold medal-winning team in 2012 and 2016 and won gold in the floor exercise in 2012. She also owns two silver medals and a bronze.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

General Urology Surgeon

first_imgGeneral Urology SurgeonDepartment of Surgery, Division of Urology SurgeryUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineThe Division of Urology seeks applications for a urologistinterested in developing an outpatient and surgical practice ingeneral urology. The position will include practice time at theUniversity of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and theBaltimore Veterans Administration Hospital. Responsibilitiesinclude providing clinical care for urology patients, as well asproviding education and training for students and residents.Opportunities for basic and clinical research are available forinterested candidates.The School of Medicine is located in downtown Baltimore, Marylandnear the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards. UMSOM offers a full packageof benefits. Please send curriculum vitae, statement of academicand clinical interests and a list of three references to:Michael Naslund, MDProfessor and Chief, Division of UrologyUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine29 South Greene Street, Suite 500Baltimore, MD, [email protected] University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction Employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilitesand protected veterans are encouraged to apply.Further information about the Department of Surgery and School ofMedicine can be obtained at the following website: :Clinical care for urology patients, education and train medicalstudents and residents. Basic and clinical research activitieslast_img read more

NIPSCO scam targets La Porte County residents

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – July 22, 2020 0 649 Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twittercenter_img IndianaLocalNews Google+ (Photo Supplied/State of Massachusetts Government) Scammers claiming to be NIPSCO employees are making their rounds in La Porte County.That’s according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, who says last Friday, a man claiming to be a NIPSCO employee appeared at a house on Longwood Drive, stating he needed to trim some trees away from wires located on the property.ABC 57 News reports while the homeowner and the alleged employee walked through the residence to the backyard, another man entered the home and committed burglary.The first suspect was described as a white man, approximately 5’7″ or 5’8″, and wearing an orange or yellow shirt and hat.The second suspect was a black man described to be of medium height and a slender build.Police report the suspects were driving a black passenger vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet or Nissan, with tinted windows and chrome rims.If anyone has any information related to the suspects, or the burglary investigation, contact Deputy Austin Wells at [email protected] Porte County residents are also being reminded never to allow persons inside their home that have not made prior arrangements. TAGSinvestigationLa Porte CountyLongwood DriveNIPSOscam NIPSCO scam targets La Porte County residents Google+ Previous articleWhat does the Indiana Attorney General do?Next articleElkhart officer recovering from surgery after last week’s attack Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

What I miss most about campus since the pandemic…

first_img Gazette photographers record the life teeming along the waterway on the day’s margins People from the Harvard community share their favorite spots on campus History in a snap … or two Nine Harvard buildings, two photographers, 88 years apart A guide to Harvard’s toasty fireplaces Casual conversations in a crowded classroom or on a busy street. Visits to a favorite café or courtyard. They’re the daily pleasures we long took for granted around Harvard’s campus. But they’ll have to wait.While some students returned to campus last month amid safety protocols, others, along with most faculty and staff members, have been working remotely since last March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Harvard Square these days and it’s a lonely place, with plenty of parking. The University is functioning well, but there’s still much to miss amid the ongoing isolation and social distancing. Drawing from memories, we asked members of the Harvard community what they hope to see and do again, when COVID passes and we’re together again.,For many, the basics that made up our routines come up first. For Eboni Nash, a second-year master’s of theological studies student at Harvard Divinity School, that includes “packing my bag for class the night before [for] the crisp morning walks across campus” to be followed, at day’s end, by “community tea, gathering on the floor and conversing about various topics.” Now learning remotely from Denver, she writes, “I miss the color scheme of Cambridge, from the trees to the buildings: rustic, Gothic, and historically sound.”For Robert N. Stavins, A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development at the Kennedy School, the thing he yearns for is simple: “The classroom,” he says.,Little indulgences, once commonplace, are now recalled fondly as well. Fatimah Mateen, the American Repertory Theater’s co-company manager, finds herself pining for “the curly fries at Gutman [The Commons at Gutman Library] on a Friday.”What we really miss are not only these treats, but the spontaneity that made them possible. As assistant director of special events and partnerships at the A.R.T., Sarah Schofield-Mansur names not her own theater — dark for months — but her office’s proximity to the rest of the campus. High on her list of what she feels the lack of, she says, is “the ability to pop into Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East or one of the University’s incredible museums on a whim for a quick visit.”,Most of all, we miss the people. The immersion in a community, almost as much as particular friends or colleagues, comes up when we talk about what we long for. HDS’s Nash recalls “the smell of food and the sound of laughter” in the Smith Campus Center, as well as “late-night libraries, eerie as some may feel but in some way inherently welcoming.”,“The buzz of the Calderwood Courtyard at the Harvard Art Museums,” tops the list for Katherine “Kappy” Mintie, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. The courtyard, “a central gathering place on campus,” always made Mintie feel “energized by the conversations happening around me in that space,” she says. “From museum visitors gazing up at and admiring Carlos Amorales’s ‘Triangle Constellation’ sculpture to professors chatting with students over coffee in the cafe.”,Minoo Ghoreishi, A.L.B. ’19, an administrator at the Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center, reminisces about “the energy I got from being among people on campus.” She longs to “walk the hallways and see everyone to reinvigorate the sense of community I felt from being on campus.”Or, as Nash puts it, “I miss surviving with each of you.” A first-generation college student who identifies as a multiracial woman, Nash says what she craves most of all is “the feeling of belonging alongside others like me and unlike me. The scholarly freedom and support.”,Our longing for that support, that community, has only gained in importance as our country comes under attack. “In addition to the simple joy of being with friends and colleagues whose physical presence I have sorely missed, after this past week’s national display of barbarism, I am especially looking forward to the relief and privilege of being surrounded daily by the humane, erudite, and wise scholars, students, activists, administrators, and workers who populate the Harvard campus,” says Kerry A. Maloney, Harvard Divinity School chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life.“The first thing I’ll do when we’re back?” physics librarian Marina Werbeloff asks. “Probably go on a hugging spree with all the people I miss so much.” Life along the Charles from sunrise to sunset Finding the hearths that warm the heart The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Places we love Relatedlast_img read more

UVM College of Medicine names William Jeffries new senior associate dean for education

first_imgUniversity of Vermont College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin, M.D., has announced that following a national search, William B. Jeffries, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Senior Associate Dean for Education. Dr. Jeffries will assume this role on August 1, 2009, and will relocate to Vermont from Omaha, Nebraska, where he is the Associate Dean for Medical Education and Director of Academic Computing at Creighton University School of Medicine. Internationally recognized as an accomplished teacher, scholar and administrator, Dr. Jeffries has extensive experience in strategic institutional planning, curriculum design and technological innovation. Since 2001, he has been the chief academic officer in charge of the medical curriculum at Creighton University, overseeing ongoing revision of the curriculum and LCME accreditation, establishing new institutional policies and administrative structures, driving educational research and advancing technology in teaching and learning. He has played a leadership role in the planning of a new interprofessional clinical simulation center at Creighton University and has obtained a competitive grant to obtain state of the art mannequin simulators for clinical skills training. He has also led Creighton s efforts to develop affiliate clinical training sites, leading the establishment of remote clerkships in Phoenix, Arizona.Dr. Jeffries will replace Professor Emeritus of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Robert Low, Ph.D., who has served in the position in an interim capacity since December 2008, following Lewis First, M.D., Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, who stepped down from the role to become editor of the journal Pediatrics. Jeffries will have oversight for the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, including the expansion of clinical clerkship programs with academic medical center partner Fletcher Allen and with potential new affiliations outside Vermont. He will also have responsibility for Admissions and Student Affairs, playing a key role in attracting and recruiting top students.Dr. Jeffries has written and presented widely on medical education, and was invited to become one of two editors of the 5th edition of the Handbook for Medical Teachers, the classic guide for medical education. He has been actively engaged in medical student education for more than twenty years, teaching and directing courses across all four years of the curriculum, and was awarded the Golden Apple for Teaching in 2000. He served as co-investigator on several educational research grants, including a HRSA Center of Excellence grant designed to increase cultural competence in the curriculum. He also developed Creighton s Minority Summer Research Training Program and is currently a Co-investigator at Creighton s National Institute on Drug Abuse Center of Excellence for Physician Information. In addition to his involvement in medical education, Dr. Jeffries has had a productive career as a scientist, with research interests in the role of the kidneys and the autonomic nervous system in the regulation of blood pressure. He is a longtime member of the Council for High Blood Pressure of the American Heart Association, and was named a Fellow in 2001.A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Jeffries graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton (Pa.), and earned his master s and doctoral degrees in pharmacology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacology and served as senior research associate at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He then joined the Creighton University faculty in 1988, and was named Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Biomedical Sciences and Medicine in 1994. He became Interim Associate Dean for Medical Education in 2001, and was named to the permanent position in 2002.  Source: UVMlast_img read more

Colorado utility selects solar plus storage project to replace Drake coal-fired power plant

first_imgColorado utility selects solar plus storage project to replace Drake coal-fired power plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KOAA News:Colorado Springs Utilities customers will soon receive more of their electricity from the sun. The city-owned utility announced plans Wednesday for a 175-megawatt (MW) solar farm to be coupled with a 25 MW battery storage system, all built and installed by Boulder-based juwi Inc.“We are going to integrate the solar energy into the rest of our grid, and it can effectively provide energy for 55,000 homes in Colorado Springs,” said City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler, chair of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors.Coupling the solar array to a battery storage system adds resilience. Mark Marion, VP of Operations for juwi Inc. explained that system can still provide electricity overnight and on cloudy days. “The battery component gives some flexibility to Colorado Springs Utilities and how they manage their system,” explained Marion.The additional power will broaden the community’s renewable energy production to roughly 27% of Colorado Springs Utilities’ energy portfolio. It will also help to meet the new state-mandated 80% carbon reduction by the year 2030.In late June, the CSU Board passed an updated Integrated Energy Resource Plan that will speed up the decommissioning of the coal-fired Martin Drake power plant in downtown.“Because of that goal, we will be closing Drake Power Plant probably no later than 2023, and likely to be closed even sooner,” Gaebler said. “Coal is no longer cheap energy and so closing down that plant just makes financial sense for our ratepayers,” Gaebler added.[Andy Koen]More: New solar energy and battery facility coming to Colorado Springs Utilitieslast_img read more

National parks are opening across the country, but visitors should expect a ‘new normal’

first_imgThe American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day was scheduled to take place on June 6. But like just about everything these days, the in-person plans have been scrapped due to safety concerns caused by the coronavirus. Nevertheless, National Trails Day will go on and the public is encouraged to take actions from home that protect trails and public lands and ensure outdoor access for all. Daring rescue of hiker caught in whirlpool is captured on tape Across the country, national parks are opening their gates and welcoming visitors after a prolonged shutdown due to the coronavirus. But park visitors should expect a “new normal,” David Vela, Acting Park Service Director at Bryce Canyon, told the Associated Press. Depending on the park, a new normal could include closed facilities and some closed roads and trails. Visitors are encouraged to check park websites for the latest information on reopening. One way you can celebrate the day is by taking the #PublicLandsProtector Plege. The American Hiking Society is also asking the public to share on social media why access to trails and natural spaces are important. Photos tagged with #NationalTrailsDay and @AmericanHiking will be entered into a photo contest with a chance to win an outdoor gear prize package.  National parks are opening across the country, but visitors should expect a ‘new normal’ Stock Photo for Shenandoah National Parkcenter_img An off-duty officer’s quick thinking saved the life of a hiker in California over the weekend. California Highway Patrol Officer Brent Donley, who is trained in search and rescue, was hiking near Bass Lake in Madera County, CA, when he came upon a 24-year-old hiker who was trapped in a whirlpool. The hiker had tried to cross a waterway and had misjudged its velocity, becoming trapped in the whirlpool. Donley tied a strap from his backpack around a branch and threw it to the hiker. With the assistance of other hikers, Donley pulled the man to safety. “This… call could have ended very badly if not for his help,” said the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Some advocates for the parks, however, worry that the push to reopen is happening too soon and too fast. A park service document recently estimated that up to 40% of park staff may require isolation and 4% may require hospitalization. “Parks absolutely should not open until the safety of National Park Service employees, concession employees, volunteers and other partners, including those who work and live in gateway communities, can be ensured,” said Phil Francis, head of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.  National Trails Day moves onlinelast_img read more

NAFCU urges effective patent reform

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Writing ahead of a hearing today, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to enhance the language of patent reform legislation before the Committee in order to better curb deceptive demand letters.The committee holds a hearing today titled “S. 1137, “The PATENT Act – Finding Effective Solutions to Address Abusive Patent Practices.” Thaler commended the bill as an important first step, but emphasized that more must be done.“We believe further work must be done to enhance the language to curb deceptive demand letters, as well as work to ensure that meaningful opportunities exist for all sectors to challenge low quality patents and have them reviewed by experts at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for validity,” Thaler wrote in a letter to Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Grassley introduced the bill last month.Also last month, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee voted to advance draft legislation addressing patent demand letters titled, “Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act.” continue reading »last_img read more