Alarm about bill that would increase police search powers in Northern Ireland

first_img News Receive email alerts United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Organisation News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a bill currently being discussed by the Parliamentary Assembly of Northern Ireland. Entitled the “Draft policing – Miscellaneous Provisions (Northern Ireland) Order 2007,” it would extend the powers of the police to search and seize documents. The organisation wrote yesterday to Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain warning him about the threats that this bill poses to press freedom and the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, and asking him to intervene to ensure that they do not materialise.“As you know, the work of journalists depends closely on their ability to protect the confidentiality of their sources,” the letter said. “This essential condition for investigative journalism is seriously threatened by this bill. The letter continued: “Under this law, the police would no longer have to produce such explicit evidence as they are currently required to show in order to obtain permission to carry out a search and seize documents. The new prerogatives would also allow them to confiscate documents or electronic files for a period of 48 hours, which could be extended to 96 hours if the files had to be translated or deciphered.Reporters Without Borders pointed out in the letter that journalists have been subject to harassment and threats and that controversial searches of premises and homes of journalists have taken place in recent years in Northern Ireland. “We are convinced that the adoption of this bill would do a great deal of harm to press freedom and the process of normalisation in this region,” the letter concluded.To find out more about this bill, read below an article written for Reporters Without Borders by british journalist Glyn Roberts :——————A bill is currently being discussed by the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland, entitled the Draft policing – Miscellaneous Provisions (Northern Ireland) Order, which would considerably extend the powers of the police to search for and seize documents and computer files.The proposed new police powers could eventually be extended throughout the United Kingdom. They are contained in Article 13 of UK draft legislation entitled Draft Policing (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007. The order is currently being circulated for public consultation until January 22, and will then require parliamentary approval, subject to any amendments.It is expected to come into effect by the spring or summer of this year. These enhanced powers relate only to Northern Ireland, but the national situation regarding the threat of serious crime and terrorism is under review, and a government official in Northern Ireland Office said she understood that consideration might be given to extending the measures throughout the UK in the future. She said: “The police have requested these powers.” There remained a threat of serious and organised crime and terrorism, and the police felt they needed these powers due to the increasingly sophisticated nature of some serious crime. Paul Goggins, the Northern Ireland minister with responsibility for security, told members of the region’s legislative assembly last week that police would not be able to “go around willy-nilly seeking documents. There has to be a rationale”. He said that, having examined such documents or files, an officer must have “a reasonable suspicion that a crime has taken place”. “We still feel that certain powers are needed to reflect the specific circumstances of Northern Ireland,” said Mr Goggins. “There’s a remaining threat, and it is that remaining threat that has to be taken seriously, whether that is in investigation of bomb-making equipment or in relation to organised criminality. It is a diminishing threat but it is still there, and the police have to have the powers to deal with it.”The proposed measures place less requirement upon police to demonstrate an explicit reason to suspect crime before they search for and seize records. Under the new powers, officers investigating a serious crime would be able to remove documents or electronic files from a property for examination. They could hold these for up to 48 hours to examine them, with the provision for a possible extension to 96 hours if necessary for reasons such as deciphering/translation.Journalists in Northern Ireland have protested at proposals to extend the powers of police to seize documents and computer files, saying the move could threaten press freedom and the protection of confidential sources of information. One local politician, Alex Attwood, security spokesman for the Social Democratic and Labour Party, says the plans could allow the police to “go into any building under a lawful search, and seize any document, even if there is no suspicion of that document being relevant to crime”.Séamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the London-based National Union of Journalists, said he would write a letter, expressing his concern, to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Peter Hain. “The NUJ has a particular concern at the abuse of searches because of our past experience of ‘fishing expeditions’ by securityforces in raids on the homes of reporters and photographers,” said Mr Dooley. “We have experienced such behaviour in the past where notebooks were unlawfully seized. There must be an onus on the security forces not just to obtain a lawful warrant but also to justify the need for seizure. That need must be based on firmly grounded suspicions.”In relation to journalists the NUJ has a particular concern because of the threat to confidential sources posed by searches.”Mr Attwood had publicly criticised the proposals following a debate by the Northern Ireland legislative assembly’s policing and justice committee on Januray 8. He said: “How can you on the one hand normalise Northern Ireland society and on the other hand give the police this enormous power?” Mr Dooley said: “The NUJ shares Mr Atwood’s concerns at the proposed granting of extended powers of unrestricted seizure to the security forces. It would not be acceptable to grant powers of seizure, which take no account of the level of suspicion. The power to seize documents must not be abused, and care must be taken to ensure that the right to search is exercised only where there are grounds for suspicion.”He concluded that the “granting of unrestricted powers – far in excess of current anti-terror measures in England or Wales – cannot be justified at this time and would represent a serious assault on civil liberty”. to go further Follow the news on United Kingdom Journalists are concerned that the new powers will make it easier for police to conduct “fishing exercises” through the notes and computers of reporters and photographers – jeopardising press freedom and exposing journalists and their confidential contacts to potential threats. Two cases in recent years have drawn sharp protests from media workers.One website journalist, Anthony McIntyre, had his home raided in 2003 by police who took away his computer, disks and notebooks, saying they were looking for stolen documents. Mr McIntyre called it “political policing, censorship and a trawl for my contacts”. He got his property back after protesting that the raid was unlawful.Liam Clarke, the Northern Ireland editor of London’s Sunday Times, and his wife Kathryn Johnston had their home raided in 2003 after they published leaked transcripts of telephone conversations between a senior Republican politician and government officials. Mr Clarke says the authorities had sought to create a “chill factor” by using heavy-handed policing to stifle investigative reporting. But the couple complained to the Police Ombudsman who ruled the police action unlawful – leading, in September 2006, to a compensation payment by the police.Glyn Roberts United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing March 23, 2021 Find out more Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened News January 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alarm about bill that would increase police search powers in Northern Ireland News RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal RSF_en February 12, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Postal Service Gears Up for the Holidays with 7-Day Package Delivery in Pasadena

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The Postal Service kicked off the holiday shipping season today by announcing it will be delivering packages seven days a week in hundreds of cities across America starting Nov. 17 through Christmas Day, due to continued double digit package volume growth. Pasadena is one of the cities in the greater Los Angeles area included in the Postal Service’s Sunday delivery efforts.“The Postal Service ships more packages to more places than anyone else,” said Pasadena Postmaster George Morris. “During the holidays, we’re raising the bar with enhanced tracking and Sunday delivery providing excellent service and reliability that only Santa can compete with.”Sunday package delivery continues the commitment to provide customers superior service as the nation’s mail carrier responds to the increase in package business stemming from the growth in e-commerce.“Every household in America relies on us to get their packages in home for the holidays and we take great pride in taking on that responsibility,” said Morris. “We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to delivery for our customers.”Due to continued e-commerce growth and improvements to its Priority Mail product line, the Postal Service is expecting double-digit growth in its package business this holiday season, likely in the range of 450 to 470 million packages. That equates to roughly 12 to 14 percent growth over the same period last year.“This is truly our season at the Postal Service, it is crunch time,” said Morris. “We have stepped up our game to ensure America that USPS can be counted on to deliver their cards, gifts and letters in time for the holidays.”For expected delivery of holiday mail and packages by Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:• Dec. 2 – First-Class Mail International/Priority Mail International• Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International• Dec. 15 – Standard Post• Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed• Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)• Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express (domestic)Consumers can avoid holiday hassles by visiting usps.com — the Postal Service’s website that will help make mailing and shipping easier. Millions of customers will skip the trip to the Post Office altogether and take advantage of convenient online shipping this holiday season. Click-N-Ship and other online services allow customers to print shipping labels, order free Priority Mail boxes, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Subscribe Government Postal Service Gears Up for the Holidays with 7-Day Package Delivery in Pasadena Sunday deliveries through Christmas to help handle 450-470 million packages Published on Friday, November 7, 2014 | 10:59 amcenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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. Make a comment Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Community Newslast_img read more

Movember – will Limerick be crowned the hairiest county?

first_imgLinkedin Email Advertisement Changing the face of mens health in Ireland  The lucky ladies and lads of Limerick can look forward to plenty of tickly kisses, as Movember, the charity that aims to change the face men’s health, returns for its sophomore year in Ireland. Mo Bros and celebs alike are gearing up for an assault on their upper lip.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Movember, the month formerly known as November involves ‘Mo Bros’, with support from ‘Mo Sistas’, growing a Mo (Australian slang for Tache) throughout the month, to raise money for Action Prostate Cancer, an initiative of the Irish cancer Society.Mo Bros are asked to be clean-shaven on Movember 1st and gain sponsorship for their Mo-mentous effort throughout the month whilst raising awareness of men’s health issues. Mo Bros and Mo Sistas can register at www.movember.com as individuals or as a team and become citizens of Movember.Last year, Movember’s first in Ireland, over 1,700 Mo Bros took part around the country, with the help of the Mo Sistas, and raised a phenomenal 370,000euro over the month. In its first year of Mo-growing, Ireland surpassed all other countries with donations per capita, with the average individual donation totalling 213euro. Movember 2009 looks to be even hairier with a host of celebrities also lending their faces for the month. Already signed up are Olympic boxing hero Kenny Egan, Niall Breslin from top Irish band The Blizzards and Richie Egan of Jape. Plus front man of band ‘Bitches With Wolves’, James O’Neill will also donate his face for the month. Original Mo Bro, Irish Rugby legend Donal Lenihan has pledged to be a Mo Mentor, offering Mo Bros advice and top tips on how to achieve a quiff upper lip.  A host of partners have come on board to support and reward Mo Bros and Sistas on their journey throughout the month including lads favourite Lynx who will be offering top tips on how to use the Lynx Mo Effect to the full effect and will have the luscious Lynx Minxs on hand to encourage Mo Bro’s with their growth throughout the month.Justin Coughlan, Co Founder of Movember said, “It’s great to be back in Ireland for Movember 2009. We were staggered by the positive response and unrivalled generosity from the Irish last year and we plan to build on this success and keep raising awareness about men’s health. Our aim still is to greatly reduce the incidences of prostate cancer in Ireland, and across the globe. This year is shaping up to be another great one as lots of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas donate their faces and time to spread awareness across the country”. John McCormack of the Irish Cancer Society commented, “The Irish Cancer Society greatly appreciates the ongoing support of the Movember campaign in Ireland. It is wonderful to see such a large following of support in the community in such a positive way. Our Movember partnership allows us to fundraise and drive awareness to even more men across the country. We are therefore urging men to support this important campaign and to grow and groom their Mos.” Movember events began in 2003 in Australia with 30 mates. By 2008, Movember had grown globally and was officially held in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, and Australia where 173,000 participants, known as ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sistas’ raised more than STG£14 million for men’s health, and a total of STG£30 million since the charity started. Prostate Cancer is the most common male cancer, and Irish men have a one in nine chance of developing prostate cancer during the course of their lifetime. Irish men are the most at risk in Europe with the national Cancer Registry of Ireland estimating there will be a 275 per cent increase in the incidence of prostate cancer by 2020. NewsLocal NewsMovember – will Limerick be crowned the hairiest county?By admin – October 21, 2009 716 Printcenter_img Twitter Previous articleVintage Fashion ShowNext articleRyanair pose new threat to Shannon admin WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Madras HC Invites Applications For Senior Designation By October 15; Urge SC To Fix Uniform Pattern For Minimum Age [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras HC Invites Applications For Senior Designation By October 15; Urge SC To Fix Uniform Pattern For Minimum Age [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Sep 2020 7:23 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court issued a notification inviting Applications/Proposals for the designation of Senior Advocates, latest by October 15, 2020. The notification has been issued under the Madras High Court Designation of Senior Advocates Rules, 2020, after the Permanent Committee, constituted under the said Rules, resolved to proceed with the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court issued a notification inviting Applications/Proposals for the designation of Senior Advocates, latest by October 15, 2020. The notification has been issued under the Madras High Court Designation of Senior Advocates Rules, 2020, after the Permanent Committee, constituted under the said Rules, resolved to proceed with the designation process. Interested Applications/ Proposals should be submitted to the Registrar (Judicial) of the High Court, between 10.30 am to 4.00 pm on any working day before the deadline, in six hard copies duly complying with all the provisions of the Rules along with a soft copy in Pen Drive. All applications received shall be processed and published by 31st October, 2020 in terms of Rule 6(3) of the Rules. In its meeting held on September 14, the Permanent Committee considered certain issues raised by the Tamil Nadu Senior Advocates Forum. 1) For instance, the Forum had asked the Committee to reconsider the decision of fixing a minimum age of 45 years for designation as a Senior Advocate. Accordingly, it has been resolved thus: “since there are variations in this regard in the Rules of designation of Senior Advocates in the High Courts throughout the country, it would be appropriate that an interim application is moved before the Hon’ble Apex Court for its consideration in this regard in the case of Indira Jaisingh v. Supreme Court of India and others [Writ Petition (C) No.454 of 2015], so as to make a request to the Court to give an indication for a uniform pattern to be applied, and in the event any orders are passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, or directions given, the matter shall be again placed before the Committee for consideration.” The Committee has now asked the Registrar Judicial to take appropriate steps for drafting of the application to be moved before the Apex Court. 2) Further, the Committee has clarified that “Standing Counsel” used in Rule 8(1)(f) does not mean to include either the learned Advocate General, or the learned Additional Advocate Generals of the State, or the learned Additional Solicitor General of India, as they do not file Vakalatnama/Memo of Appearance. The Committee has also intimated that it has received: 24 recommendations from Judges for designating Senior Advocates; 3 recommendations have been made by Senior Advocates; Inter alia, 6 applications received prior to notification of the Rules are pending since December, 2016. Click Here To Download Notification Click Here To Download MinutesNext Storylast_img read more

[Covid19] Patient Or His Relatives Shall Not Be Made To Run From Pillar To Post To Find Out Drug And Bed-Bombay High Court Issues Directions

first_imgNews Updates[Covid19] Patient Or His Relatives Shall Not Be Made To Run From Pillar To Post To Find Out Drug And Bed-Bombay High Court Issues Directions Sharmeen Hakim23 April 2021 11:00 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court has directed the State to ensure that anti-viral drug Remdesivir – is made available to patients at the hospital/Covid Centre itself without forcing them to run pillar to post, through a helpline number which must be operational 24/7.”To ensure the availability of the drug, a Nodal Agent with the helpline number with adequate staff at its disposal to undertake the supply of the drug at the required hospital/Covid center shall be appointed. It would be an absolute obligation on the part of the State to keep the helpline number in operation all over the State for 24 hours,”, the division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni ordered. The Court passed the order on a PIL on the Covid management in the State. The Bench, however, reminded citizens of their solemn duty towards society to arrest the spread of the virus, adding, their ‘neglect’ had contributed to the second wave. “..our concern is also to the duty of every citizen towards the society at large, which, in our opinion appears to have been neglected which is one of the reasons that the second wave has hit us… every legal right has a corresponding legal duty. If the fellow citizens fail to take all precautions and fail to discharge their duty towards society, it would certainly create further complications and make it difficult to arrest the spread of the pandemic. “It is high time that every citizen undertakes to discharge his solemn obligation towards society and refrain from indulging into such activities which would bring about a further surge in the spread of this deadly virus.”. The Court was hearing the PIL filed by advocate Sneha Marjadi on the shortage of ‘Remdesivir’; shortage of supply of oxygen, problems related to bed management, and problems about the Covid-19 tests namely the “RT-PCR” and “Rapid Antigen” tests. Should they video record to show the test was denied? During the hearing on Thursday, the BMC, represented by Senior Advocate Anil Sakhare, denied there was a delay in getting RT-PCR Tests and dismissed the petitioner’s husband’s case, where he was asked to produce a private doctor’s prescription to get tested at a government hospital as a ‘misunderstanding’. How do we disbelieve these versions of advocates of this court? We are also hearing this? It is coming to such a point that everyone will have to ask for an RT-PCR test on camera to prove it was denied, CJ Datta observed. Based on the petitioner’s recommendation, the bench directed the State to consider granting permission to more laboratories. The State is directed to consider granting permission to more laboratories to undertake the RT-PCR tests and Rapid Antigen Tests, who would work as per the protocol involving the ICMR and the NABL. A decision in that regard be taken within one week from today and the eligible laboratories/centers be granted such permissions to undertake the RT-PCR tests and Rapid Antigen TestsOxygen The petitioner, represented by advocates Arshil Shah and Simil Purohit submitted that was a shortage in the availability of Oxygen throughout the State, and cited various social media posts and news reports to demonstrate the shortage. Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni appearing on behalf of the State said that there are 6,86,000 active covid patients in Maharashtra, out of which 78,000 patients require oxygen. The State’s present requirement of 1500 metric tones of oxygen per day, was being met by its production of 1200 MT and importing Oxygen from other States based on the MoHFW’s order dated April 18, 2021. He mentioned a projected need for nearly 2000 MT of Oxygen, candidly admitting that there may be a shortfall in the future. He argued that Maharashtra was the first state to import Oxygen through Roll-on/roll-off trains (RORO) and to divert nearly 100% Oxygen production for medical purposes. In its order, the Bench directed the State to set up a mechanism by which specific needs at different places/hospitals can be identified and supply can be accordingly regulated. Data on smokers who died of Covid We direct the Central Government and the State Government to place on record the response and the data in regard to the victims of Covid-19 who were addicted to smokingDirections(1) In so far as the supply of drug Remdesivir is concerned, the respondents are directed to take all possible steps to make available such drug to the Covid -19 affected patients in the following manner:(i) The patient or his relatives shall not be made to run from pillar to post to find out/locate the drug.(ii) The drug should be made available to the concerned patient at the hospital/Covid center where he is being treated. (iii) To ensure the availability of the drug a Nodal Agent with the helpline number with adequate staff at its disposal to undertake the supply of the drug at the required hospital/Covid center shall be appointed.(iv) It would be an absolute obligation on the part of the State to keep the helpline number in operation all over the State for 24 hours.(2) The State is directed to consider granting permission to more laboratories to undertake the RT-PCR tests and Rapid Antigen Tests, who would work as per the protocol involving the ICMR and the NABL. A decision in that regard be taken within one week from today and the eligible laboratories/centers be granted such permissions to undertake the RT-PCR tests and Rapid Antigen Tests. (3) We direct the Central Government and the State Government to place on record the response and the data in regard to the victims of Covid-19 who were addicted to smoking; (4) We direct the State Government to establish a portal and a helpline number concerning the availability of different category of beds in Government hospitals, Municipal Corporation hospitals and private hospitals, so as to bring about a situation that no patient is deprived of treatment, for want of bed. (5) We direct the State Government that all measures be taken to increase and regulate the supply of oxygen to all the government and private hospitals in the State and at the earliest notify a mechanism so that the specific needs at different places/hospitals can be identified and supply can be accordingly regulated. Click Hear To Download/Read OrderTagsBombay High Court Covid19 Second Wave Maharastra Government Justice Dipankar Datta Justice GS Kulkarni Next Storylast_img read more

Cockhill Bridge officially opened by Taoiseach

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Facebook By News Highland – September 11, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Previous articleTaoiseach told vital road projects for Donegal must be deliveredNext articleSIPOC ethics hearing against Cllr O’Donnell commences News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Cockhill Bridge officially opened by Taoiseach Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter The new €3 million Cockhill Bridge in Inishowen has been officially opened today by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.This new bridge spans 28 meters with a 7 meter wide carriageway and two walkways and replaces the 200 year old bridge which is being retained to serve as a new pedestrian and cycle crossing of the river.At the opening today, Government Chief Whip Minister Joe McHugh said; “There’s been a campaign for a new bridge at Cockhill for about 65 years. And Fine Gael in Government have delivered it.”He added; “Donegal is the only county with three major roadworks ongoing. We pumped somewhere in the region of €20million into Inishowen, including on repairs to roads and bridges and sports clubs like Cockhill Celtic, all in the wake of last year’s floods.Minister McHugh said; “We are the first Government to see the need in Inishowen and to do something about it. Cockhill Bridge will be a symbol of that and this Government’s commitment to the region.” Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Older staff need flexible work options

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Employers must start providing better working conditions and provisions forolder employees or face difficulties in recruiting replacement staff in thefuture. Two separate reports show that changes are needed to build an olderworkforce because of Britain’s ageing population and the reduction in youngpeople available for work. Despite this, too few companies are addressing the impact of an ageingdemographic – even though the proportion of the population aged 50 and overwill rise from 33 per cent to 41 per cent in the next 25 years. The Barclays survey, undertaken by Third Age Research, suggests employeesare more likely to work on after retirement age if companies offer a flexibleworking environment, part-time work or less pressurised roles. The removal of tax penalties, and the introduction of cash incentives toreward loyalty, would also help employers persuade more staff to stay on atwork for longer. However, a separate report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation warns thatpolicy measures enabling people to work past retirement must not force peopleto “work until they drop”. It says financial incentives would achieve little unless other barriers,including age discrimination and negative attitudes, are removed so olderpeople could stay in the labour market longer. Sam Mercer, director of the Employers Forum on Age, said introducing a fewpolicies was not enough because a major culture change was required. “If we are going to work longer, we have to start working in adifferent way. There needs to be flexible options for older staff and the restof the workforce,” she said. Related posts:No related photos. Older staff need flexible work optionsOn 9 Dec 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Hewitt outlines business benefits of age diversity

first_img Previous Article Next Article What help can the Government give to employers dealing with an ageing workforce? Any practical guidance or incentives? There are clear benefits for businesses with mixed-age workforces: they can expect a broader range of skills and experience, lower staff turnover, and higher morale from their employees. To raise awareness of these benefits, the Department for Work and Pensions already runs a campaign called Age Positive to inform employers, recruiters and individuals about age discrimination in the workplace.A practical guide for businesses, called Age Diversity At Work, is also available online (www.agepositive.gov.uk). The guide sets the standard for employers in terms of good practices in recruitment, selection, training, promotion, redundancy and retirement. Since the guidance was first published in 1999, research shows that the number of employers specifying age when hiring staff has halved. Age Positive also sponsors a category in the annual Personnel Today Awards.Are UK employers behind their counterparts in Europe on tackling the effects of changing demographics? We are constantly talking to our European colleagues about their experiences of age discrimination. The message we often get back is that the UK is ahead of the game in terms of raising awareness with employers and helping them prepare for the changes in the law in 2006.What’s your impression of the public sector versus private sector on older workers? I think there are some great pioneers on both sides. Employers from both the public and private sectors are supporting us by becoming Age Positive champions and sharing their experiences. They come from all sectors and sizes of companies – from small and medium-sized local manufacturing and engineering companies, to household names such as Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Barclays. These businesses have come to realise that a successful workforce has a mix of ages. There are also some great public sector organisations leading the way – for example, Norfolk Police Constabulary and Barnsley Council in England, Bridgend Council in Wales, and Aberdeen Council in Scotland – which make business decisions that don’t discriminate on age.Are you surprised by our exclusive research findings?The research findings are not surprising. All the discussions we’ve had with stakeholders have highlighted the same issues and indicated some similar responses.They all show that, while most people think age discrimination is a problem, they also think that older people can and do contribute valuably to our companies and our economy. So there are negative perceptions that we need to change, but I expect culture change to happen as companies become more aware of the changes to the law that are on the horizon.Do you think more should be done to educate chief executives and the board about age issues? Our work on age issues so far has shown a broad range of opinions on how to handle the issue of age discrimination, so I think it’s definitely something most CEOs are aware of. What businesses have handled age diversity well? Asda is a classic example of a very high-profile company that has taken the lead on being positive about older employees. In fact, it is reported to be the UK’s biggest employer of the over-50s. It says that being positive about the recruitment of older workers has actually helped to increase its productivity.A firm called Hunters Estate Agents, based in Yorkshire, is another excellent example, because it has tried out things such as flexible retirement and job-sharing for older workers. It recognises that it’s increasingly important for companies’ reputations that they be known as age-diverse organisations. It is also another supporter of the Age Positive campaign.There are hundreds of firms out there – small and large – embracing progressive policies on age and it’s incredibly difficult to single a couple of them out. I think the lesson for firms here is that being ‘age positive’ is not a burden on businesses. In fact, it can be a real boon, and it’s better to be ahead of the game than to wait until the law changes in 2006. Related posts:No related photos. Hewitt outlines business benefits of age diversityBy Michael Millar on 26 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Allow ‘formal offers’ to be included in Stamp Duty holiday, says Propertymark

first_imgPropertymark has launched its manifesto for both the sales and lettings industries ahead of Rishi Sunak’s 3rd March Spring budget including a call for the Stamp Duty holiday to be extended.Its Chief Policy Advisor Mark Hayward says the organisation is particularly worried by HM Treasury’s refusal so far to modify or extend the stamp duty holiday because it could cause “thousands of sales to fall at the final hurdle and have a knock on and drastic effect on the housing market which has recovered well from the Covid-19 slump.”The trade association has some ideas up its sleeve for the Chancellor to ruminate on.This includes extending the deadline past 31st March but also allowing transactions to be included in the Stamp Duty holiday that have a formal offer on the table prior to 31st March which has been passed to solicitors to prepare for exchange.Overstretched“Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic many potential buyers are in a proceedable position but waiting for conveyancing, mortgage offers and searches from overstretched local authorities to be returned,” says its manifesto.Other proposals in the Propertymark manifesto include an extension to the Help to Buy scheme for first time buyers should be extended, raise the Local Housing Allowance and establish a fund to help both landlords and tenants clear the rapidly-growing rent arrears debt mountain.“It’s been an unprecedented year for everyone and this includes the housing sector,” says Hayward (pictured).“The property market has remained remarkably resilient during the lockdown periods so far and the Government has prioritised a functioning property market.“But there is still progress to be made and we’re calling upon the government to make these recommended changes in order to continue to support agents, landlords, consumers and the wider housing market.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak Mark Hayward propertymark February 3, 2021Nigel Lewis5 commentsMervin Xavier, Xavi Xavi 4th February 2021 at 12:36 pmFormal offers are not legally binding in England. A memorandum of sale means nothing from a legal perspective. So, none of the ideas above are just not implementable.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 4th February 2021 at 6:24 pmSorry Im afraid I don’t agree. As long as the vendors lawyer proves that a contract was sent to the buyers lawyers its totally implantable. Backed by the memo,. No buyer is going to try to skirt the system if they havent agreed to buy anything yet!Log in to ReplyDavid Jabbari | Solicitor | Founder and CEO of Muve | [email protected] |, Muve Muve 4th February 2021 at 11:50 amWe’d just need some clarity around the meaning of formal offer – perhaps better linked to the issuing of a Memorandum of Sale?Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 4th February 2021 at 9:13 am100% best optionIf its agreed and proceeding BEFORE 31/3 the buyers should be given the same benefitProof provided by agents sales memo and vendors lawyer confirming submission of contract to buyers lawyers#schimples#comeonrishiLog in to ReplyAdam McHenry, Cadman Homes Cadman Homes 4th February 2021 at 10:02 amI agree, I think I put this on a thread on the last article on the negotiator or property industry eye. Contacted sales must be allowed to go through!Log in to ReplyWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Allow ‘formal offers’ to be included in Stamp Duty holiday, says Propertymark previous nextHousing MarketAllow ‘formal offers’ to be included in Stamp Duty holiday, says PropertymarkProposal is within trade association’s manifesto ahead of Rishi Sunak’s 3rd March Spring budget.Nigel Lewis3rd February 20215 Comments33,552 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford students branded ‘boring’ after latest Varsity trip

first_imgDespite early worries about the lack of snow in Val Thorens, last week’s Varsity Ski Trip went ahead successfully. This year’s trip did not see a repeat of last year’s ‘Valley Rally’ which gained notoreity in the national press for the scandalous behaviour of students. Students had expressed worries about the weather in the run up to the trip, as milder temperatures saw a distinct lack of snowfall in the week before departure. However, a last minute change in the weather meant that by the end of the week the snow depth had reached 130cm. Worcester College Varsity Trip Rep Matt Henshaw said that “as the coaches started arriving the whole resort was brown” but that despite being  “very fine cut … the snow situation ended up being awesome.”There were still some issues with the weather with the heavy snowfall causing problems with visibility. Third year PPE student Oscar Hutchinson described the middle of the trip as “four days of whiteout”. Because of the bad snow conditions, some events, such as the Red Bull Homerun, were called off. Second year student, Matija Vlatkovic, who had wanted to compete in the crowded downhill race, described this as a “real shame”. However, weather trouble was unable to dampen enthusiasm for the social side of the trip. Oscar Hutchinson said that the weather conditions would have “mattered more if the focus had been on the skiing itself, but … there were lots of people around in VarCity and in the town so it wasn’t too bad.” Second year Univ student, Esme Hicks agreed, commenting, “Varsity is about both skiing and socialising so even with little snow, you’re bound to have fun.”Students were treated to an entertainment line-up that included Ms. Dynamite, DJ Fresh, and Basement Jaxx, in addition to a Live Music Night, a Comedy Night, a Swap/Crewdate evening and a Silent Disco.The Oxbridge trip also included several opportunities for the two universities to compete in sporting events. While the tabs triumphed in the main Varsity Ski Race the Cuppers competition was won by the team Trinity College, Oxford. Oriel fresher, Jamie Reid, who got the fastest Oxford time commented, ‘The races were a lot of fun. After falling in the first run I kissed goodbye to the overall individual cup, and frustratingly I got the quickest time on the second run.’ He added, ‘Next year and we’ll have them.’ Conspicuously absent from this year’s trip was the controversial “Valley Rally”. The challenge, which saw teams take part in “outrageous” tasks as they competed to win a free holiday, received bad publicity in the press last year.  Some students felt that this could have been part of the reason that this year’s Varsity Trip was without major scandal. An Off-The-Piste Rep who had assisted organising other university ski trips told one student that the Oxbridge trip was very sophisticated when compared to other universities from the UK, saying that “Oxbridge really is pretty boring.”The Varsity Ski Trip had sold out in record time this year; with over 3000 Oxbridge students attending, it is the biggest student-run snowsports event in the world.Âlast_img read more