£5k to spend? I’d buy this dividend stock and hold it until 2030

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! £5k to spend? I’d buy this dividend stock and hold it until 2030 Royston Wild | Monday, 10th February, 2020 | More on: STEM center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images Many parts of the UK economy are experiencing a bounce right now. There’s no doubt that the near-term Brexit certainty – that the UK would avoid a no deal withdrawal on 31 January – provided by the Conservatives’ general election victory has given plenty of businesses a spring in their step. The vanquishing of a left-wing Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party has gone some way to boosting confidence, too.It stands to reason that the jobs market has picked up in the wake of last month’s ballot, then. And what an improvement there has been. According to a joint report by KPMG and REC, “UK recruiters [have] signalled a further increase in permanent staff appointments in January amid reports of improved business confidence following the general election.”5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…January saw the first back-to-back rise in permanent staff appointments for more than a year, it says. What’s more, the total number of worker vacancies across the country rose at the quickest pace for 10 months last month. A slight dip in temporary staff billings muddied the waters but this can’t mask the fact that things are, broadly speaking, looking up.The market’s movingThat report would have made for particularly good reading for SThree (LSE: STEM). Why? Well, this recruiter’s ticker illustrates its focus on the niche areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And that KPMG and REC analysis shows that, while demand for permanent staff grew across nine out of 10 job categories in January, the rate of increase in vacancy numbers was particularly impressive in engineering. Growth here lagged only behind that seen in the accounting/financial segment.Don’t think that January’s uptick is a mere flash in the pan, though. There’s been a raft of data in recent months illustrating the rising strength of the domestic jobs market in recent months. Things are clearly looking good for SThree’s UK operations, then.A brilliant buyA word of caution, though. A disorderly Brexit has been averted in recent weeks, sure. But the spectre of the UK falling off the cliff edge remains in play for the end of 2020. Unless politicians hit the ground running with trade talks and show signs of steady progress it’s possible that the jobs market on these shores could start to stutter again.That’s not to say that I think that a bad Brexit outcome would spell disaster for SThree. Its leading position in specialist employment sectors provides it with better protection that many of its peers in the recruitment industry. The fact that it sources less than 15% of net fees from British clients provides it with extra peace of mind, too.Right now SThree trades on a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11.6 times and carries a bulging 4.1% dividend yield, too. At these prices I’d happily load up on its shares today. In fact, given its rising might in improving global markets I’d buy it right now and hold on until the end of the decade. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Johnson refuses to talk of Grand Slam yet

first_imgMartin Johnson refused to talk about a possible Grand Slam on Saturday despite England having played three and won three games so far in the RBS 6 Nations. England ground out a 17-9 win over Les Bleus at Twickenham, and manager Johnson is delighted with the progress his team has made since the corresponding fixture 12 months ago. But talk in his dressing room will go no further than the next round of matches, in which they face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup.“Talking about winning the Grand Slam would only be setting ourselves up for a fall,” said Johnson. “If you want to win things, talk about it only after the last game. At this stage we have to concentrate on Scotland.”The scores were level at 9-9 at half-time, largely thanks to England’s mistakes in the first half, but Johnson was pleased with the level of maturity the side showed to bounce back in the second half for the win. Ben Foden’s try in the 42nd minute showed England’s intent after the break, and France failed to score at all in the second half.“The good thing is if you’re not playing well you need to sort it out, and they did that,” continued Johnson. “The guys were very calm at half time. Sometimes you need to fight and graft it out. We got over our mistakes and they didn’t kill us, and that shows the growing maturity of the team.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “In every game you want a good performance but that’s not always realistic in Test rugby,” continued Tindall. “We lost control a bit in the first half and in that sense the game was a good comparison with South Africa (who beat England in November), but we have progressed since then.”England will be watching closely tomorrow as Scotland host Ireland at Murrayfield, as the Scots come to HQ in two weeks time, before they travel to Dublin for the final round of the championship, where they will hope to seal their first Grand Slam since 2003. LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: England manager, Martin Johnson looks on prior to the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) Stand-in skipper Mike Tindall has come under fire for his performances so far in the tournament, yet he is enjoying England’s new-found winning form.“It was a good, old-fashioned physical battle,” said Tindall. “The conditions weren’t good for handling but a good sign of progression was how calm the team were at half-time.last_img read more

Should you take your kids to see fireworks?

first_img Nothing feels more American than watching fireworks on Independence Day. But is it okay to take your kids to 4th of July fireworks?Depending on the age of your child, you want to make sure you have prepared them in advance for watching fireworks. When it comes to fireworks and toddlers, the biggest concern is how the loud boom of explosives could potentially harm your child’s ears and hearing.According to the website for The Bump, if you can feel the vibration from the fireworks, you are in the danger zone. Firework noise can register over 150 decibels, more than a jackhammer (130 decibels), jet plane takeoff (120 decibels), and chainsaw (100 decibels), according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.So if your body is booming along with the explosions, it’s time to find you and your family another seat, with more distance from the action.According to Mother & Baby magazine, there are several ways to protect your child’s ears from fireworks.Use a pair of ear muffs.  You certainly have seen the kids of athletes wearing these during the Olympic trials.You can also buy baby ear plugs to insert into your baby’s ears.Try watching the display from inside your car to muffle the sound even more.Kids of any age can suffer sudden and permanent hearing loss from fireworks, according to Purdue University.If you ever have any concerns about your hearing, including pain or ringing in the ear, seek an evaluation from a certified audiologist. A list of local professionals is available at www.asha.org/profind.What ever you decide, take it slow and ease into the action. If things go well you can make it a tradition. But be sure to have an escape plan ready if things go south.  You can always enjoy the show on TV from the comfort of your couch. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSFireworkshearingkids Previous articleWhat Do You Say When Your Kids Ask about World Tragedies?Next articleIndependence Day: Important Trivia Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please see professional fireworks, leave it to trained and legal providers. Even they have losses. 791.012 Minimum fireworks safety standards.—The outdoor display of fireworks in this stateshall be governed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1123, Codefor Fireworks Display, 1995 Edition, approved by the American NationalStandards Institute. Any state, county, or municipal law, rule, or ordinance mayprovide for more stringent regulations for the outdoor display of fireworks, butin no event may any such law, rule, or ordinance provide for less stringentregulations for the outdoor display of fireworks. The division shall promulgaterules to carry out the provisions of this section. The Code for Fireworks Displayshall not govern the display of any fireworks on private, residential property andshall not govern the display of those items included under s. 791.01(4)(b) and (c)and authorized for sale thereunder.History.—s. 1, ch. 96-285.791.02 Sale of fireworks regulated; rules and regulations.—(1) Except as hereinafter provided it is unlawful for any person, firm, copartnership, orcorporation to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or USE or EXPLODE any fireworks;provided that the board of county commissioners shall have power to adopt reasonable rulesand regulations for the granting of permits for supervised public display of fireworks by fairassociations, amusement parks, and other organizations or groups of individuals when suchpublic display is to take place outside of any municipality; provided, further, that the governingbody of any municipality shall have power to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for thegranting of permits for supervised public display of fireworks within the boundaries of anymunicipality. Every such display shall be handled by a competent operator to be approved bythe chiefs of the police and fire departments of the municipality in which the display is to beheld, and shall be of such a character, and so located, discharged, or fired as in the opinion ofthe chief of the fire department, after proper inspection, shall not be hazardous to property orendanger any person. Application for permits shall be made in writing at least 15 days inadvance of the date of the display. After such privilege shall have been granted, sales,possession, use, and distribution of fireworks for such display shall be lawful for that purposeonly. No permit granted hereunder shall be transferable. 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Bernie Sanders’ campaign attracts multiple small online donations

first_imgPhoto: Juli Hansen / Shutterstock.com Advertisement  64 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital politics Research / statistics Howard Lake | 16 February 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Every US Presidential election campaign throws up a new example of successful digital fundraising. This time it is Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic Party nomination that is achieving some impressive results, in particular in terms of lower-value donations.Here are just a few of his digital fundraising achievements, as reported in Sanders’ online fundraising gives Clinton a run for her money:$6 million in the 24 hours after his New Hampshire victory$3 million after his narrow loss in Iowa$2 million on on day (Sept. 30)average donation is $27 – one hundredth of the legal maximum of $2,700, much lower than the average for Hilary Clinton’s campaign.ActBlue handled 2,689 donations per minute at one point. Its previous record was 781.in 2015 Sanders received 72% of his campaign donations from people who gave less than $200; Clinton received 16%.center_img More digital fundraising in US political campaigns:Barack Obama raises £7m in two weeks from donations of £3,000 or less (February 2008)Hilary Clinton’s online fundraising website “faster than Obama’s” (April 2007)Obama – world’s greatest fundraiser? (November 2008)Obama’s fundraising: amid the hype some serious analysis (November 2009)“Spam” for Bush fundraising online? (September 1999)Serious Money: Fundraising and Contributing in Presidential Nomination Campaigns (2007) Bernie Sanders’ campaign attracts multiple small online donations About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  63 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Pam Patenaude’s Advancement Sparks Industry Excitement

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Pam Patenaude’s Advancement Sparks Industry Excitement The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Pam Patenaude’s Advancement Sparks Industry Excitement Pam Patenaude was advanced by the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday afternoon as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, although she still must pass the Senate confirmation vote. The Senate Banking Committee vote took place in the Capital and was recorded by voice vote. Patenaude was received favorably by all members of the committee, aside from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who requested to be recorded as a no vote. Patenaude’s hearing and testimony with the Senate Banking committee took place on June 6 and her nomination was sent to the Senate on April 28. She has received much praise from organizations in the housing and mortgage industry since it was first announced that she was being considered for the position of Deputy Secretary. On June 5, just before her hearing, the The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) sent a letter to the Chair, Senator Mike Crapo and ranking member Sherrod Brown proclaiming the organization’s support of Patenaude’s nomination, saying she “has shown a deep understanding not only of federal housing programs but also of the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local government in delivering housing resources.” Patenaude currently serves as President of the J. Roland Terwilliger Foundation, and is no stranger to the HUD. Under the George W. Bush administration, she was the assistant secretary for community, planning, and development. Prior to that, she was Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, and earned her B.S. from Saint Anselm College and her Master of Science Community Economic Development degree from South New Hampshire University. Secretary Ben Carson, in an official statement on the nomination of Pam Patenaude as HUD Deputy Secretary, said: “Pam’s extensive knowledge of housing issues and dedicated service tooth’s Department under two previous administrations makes her an exceptional choice for the position of Deputy Secretary … She will bring a wealth of experience and steady leadership to HUD in her new role. I look forward to working with her to achieve more efficient and effective housing policies that create jobs, strengthen communities, and ensure safe, affordable housing for all Americans.” Tagged with: Deputy Secretary HUD The Fed Previous: Tight Inventory Drives Apartment Demand Sky-high Next: Mortgage Surveys Say It’s Time to Get a Mortgage in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 14, 2017 1,412 Views Share Save Deputy Secretary HUD The Fed 2017-06-14 Staff Writer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

TroyFest Student Art Show

first_imgBy Dee Allen, Pike Liberal Arts School. Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Category Grades K-2 Drawing: 1st – Robert Patrick – CC 2nd – ZaLaiya (need last name) – TES 3rd – Ellis Adamson – CC Painting: 1st – Kevin Branch – CC 2nd – Jax Stalnaker – CC 3rd – Evan Doan – CC Printmaking: 1st – Kevin Brandy – CC 2nd – Molly Coleman – CC Mixed Media: 1st – Matthew Green – TES 2nd – Ella Rhodes – TES 3rd – Emilee Regher – CC Sculpture: 1st – Graham Dixon – CC 2nd – Jack Key – TES 3rd – Ellis Adamson – CC 3rd – Harper Jacobs – CC Grade K-2 BEST OF SHOW – Brendyn Williams (Chicks) TECategory Grades 3-5 Drawing: 1st – Lynleigh Ramero- CC 2nd – Heenam Patel – TES 3rd – Brea Swindall – CC Painting: 1st – Mileigh Long – PLAS 2nd – Ryan Swindall- CC 3rd – Emaleigh Grissom – Quest Academy Cont. Category Grades 3-5 Printmaking: 1st – Coley Fuller – CC 2nd – Maddie Carmody – TES 3rd – Becca Ann Oliver- CC Mixed Media: 1st – Gabe Roberts- CC 2nd – Rachel Worley – Higher Aim Academy 3rd – Emma Hobert – CC Sculpture: 1st – Drew Worley – Higher Aim Academy 2nd – Bennett (need last name) -TES 3rd – Emma Hobert – CC Grade 3-5 BEST OF SHOW – Maddie Colman (fruit) CC Category Grades 6-8 Drawing: 1st – Evie Kate Lindsey- CHMS 2nd – Adi Ryan – CHMS 3rd – Lola Drinkwater – CHMS Painting: 1st – Sofia Valencia – CHMS 2nd – Brooklyn Moran – CHMS 3rd – Allison Weed – CHMS Printmaking: 1st – Brooklyn Moran – CHMS 2nd – Adi Ryan – CHMS 3rd – Ivie Tice – CHMS Mixed Media: 1st – Brooklyn Moran – CHMS 2nd – Sawyer Keck – CHMS 3rd – Raylee McLendon – TESCategory Grades 6-8 Sculpture: 1st – Eavie Kate Lindsey – CHMS 2nd – Addison Armstrong – CHMS 3rd – Will Walker – TES Photography: 1st – Adria Joachim (Baby) Day Spring Academy 2nd – Adria Joachim (Dandelion) Day Spring Academy 3rd – Adria Joachim (Bird) Day Spring Academy Grades 6-8 BEST OF SHOW – Sofia Valencia (mixed media flower) CHMS Category Grades 9-10 Drawing: 1st – Keisha Patel – CHHS 2nd – Marley Norris – CHHS 3rd – Maggie Hardin – PLAS Printmaking: 1st – Britton Paul – PLAS 2nd – Cailyn Riley – PLAS 3rd – Slade Renfroe – PLAS Mixed Media: 1st – Car’mari Burney – CHHS 2nd – Hannah Sparrow – CHHS Sculpture: 1st – Mary Sampson Dunn – CHHS 2nd – Aralyn Berry – CHHS 3rd – Malasia McCoullough – CHHS Grade 9-10 BEST OF SHOW – Mary Samson Dunn (War is Hell) – CHHS Category Grades 11-12 Drawing: 1st – Emma Earles – CHHS 2nd – Amy Prieto – CHHS 3rd – Brady Huner – CHHS Cont. Category Grades 11-12 Painting: 1st – Belle Bullard – CHHS 2nd – Piper Jones – CHHS 3rd – Grace Thomas – PLAS Printmaking: 1st – Hope Thomas – PLAS 2nd – Grace Thomas – PLAS 3rd – Dee Allen – PLAS Mixed Media: 1st – Amy Prieto – CHHS 2nd – Brooke McLendon – CHHS 3rd – Caleb Watkins – CHHS Sculpture: 1st – Elizabeth Tuttle – CHHS Photography: 1st – Emma Earles (fire) CHHS 2nd – Emma Earles (portrait) CHHS 3rd – Belle Bullard – CHHS Computer Image: 1st – Emma Earles – CHHS Grades 11-12 BEST OF SHOW – Emma Earles (breakfast photo) – CHHS Art without Boundaries CHHS Best of each Artist – 1st Place Ribbon Aralyn Berry – Painting with multi colors & black lines) Ragan Robertson , oil pastel portrait. You Might Like TroyFest Student Art Show Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 8:16 pm Friday, April 16, 2021 By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “There have been so many challenges over the past year, with education being one of the hard-hit areas,” Smith said. Many students have been virtual this year, and teachers have had to face several new obstacles during this Covid-19 pandemic.“I really believe that a student art show is great for lifting spirits and bringing a little normal back into our lives and the TroyFest Student Art Show is one of the best.”The 2021 TroyFest Student Art Show is sponsored by Lawrence Hardware in Troy. Winners selected for annual TroyFest Student Art Show The Johnson Center for the Arts is hosting the 2021 TroyFest Student Art Show that features more than 250 works… read more By Jaine Treadwell Skip Print Article Email the author Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Any time there is a competition, there are winners. But never any losers in the Annual TroyFest Student Art Show.“Any time you compete and do your best, you cannot lose,” said Pam Smith, curator of the TroyFest Student Art Show. “You learn from the experience and you are better for it.”So, every student in grades K-12 who competed in the 2021 TroyFest Student Art Show is a winner, Smith said. Brenda Campbell, Johnson Center for the Arts director, expressed appreciation to the management of Lawrence Hardware for its support of the arts and the annual TroyFest Student Art Show, to the supporting art teachers and all of the participating students.The student artwork is exhibited at the Johnson Center for the Arts through May 15. The JCA will be open during TroyFest from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on April 24, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 25. Regular hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Monday through Friday. Admission is free.Everyone is invited to visit the TroyFest Student Art Show and enjoy the remarkable talent of Pike County’s young artists, Campbell said.And the winners are: Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

Gauging the right response in case of gross misconduct

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Alternatives to dismissal should be explored in disciplinary cases when thestaff member concerned has an unblemished record at work. Law firm Evershedsreports on this and a range of other employment law cases that have recentlycome to judgementUnfair Dismissal Wilson v Ethicon, IDS Brief 655, EAT What is the correct test of reasonableness? Wilson was suspended for gross misconduct after failing to carry out arequired testing procedure on the assembly line where she worked. Ethiconobtained statements from two witnesses and Wilson was dismissed. Her internalappeal was unsuccessful, as was her unfair dismissal claim. The tribunalapplied the Burchell test and concluded Ethicon’s investigation was reasonableand the dismissal fell within the band of reasonable responses. Wilson appealed. The EAT held that the tribunal had merely satisfied itselfthat Ethicon’s investigation was adequate but had failed to consider thereasonableness overall of the decision to dismiss as required by the case ofHaddon. Taking into account Wilson’s long-standing, unblemished work record,Ethicon and the tribunal should have considered whether there were alternativesto dismissal. The EAT remitted the case to a differently constituted tribunalfor a re-hearing. ReferencesChief Constable of West Yorkshire v Khan, unreported, February 2000,Court of Appeal Victimisation and references Khan, a police sergeant, brought a race discrimination claim after failingto secure promotion. But before this was heard he applied for promotion withanother police force. In accordance with normal procedures, that force requesteda reference and details of Khan’s appraisals. The chief constable refused tocomply with the request in case this prejudiced the tribunal claim. Khan wasnot appointed to the new post. Khan amended his tribunal claim to include victimisation and this was upheldeven though his race discrimination claim was dismissed. The EAT upheld thetribunal’s findings and the chief constable appealed unsuccessfully to theCourt of Appeal. The test to be applied was the objective “but for” test and theintention to give less favourable treatment, irrespective of a conscious motiveto discriminate. The court held that but for the tribunal proceedings areference would have been provided and Khan had been treated less favourably bycommencing those proceedings. The correct approach was to compare Khan’streatment with that of an employee requesting a reference rather than withsomeone who had brought proceedings against their employer. TSB v Harris, IRLR March 2000, EAT Care needed when providing references Employers must exercise reasonable care in preparing references and mustensure they are accurate as well as fair in the overall impression they create.After receiving a final written warning, Harris looked for alternativeemployment. She was offered a job with Prudential notwithstanding herdisciplinary record. TSB gave a reference. It contained no assessment of Harris’s ability orcharacter but stated 17 complaints had been made against her, most of whichwere still being investigated. Prudential’s offer was withdrawn. TSB had informed Harris of only twocomplaints and she had never been given the chance to respond to the others.She resigned and successfully claimed constructive dismissal. The tribunal held that TSB was in fundamental breach of the implied term ofmutual trust and confidence in providing a reference which mentioned complaintsnot drawn to Harris’s attention and which were misleading and potentiallydestructive to her career. While the reference was accurate it was not fair. The EAT upheld thetribunal’s decision. Pregnancy British Airways (European Operations) v Moore and Botterill IDS Brief 657EAT Providing alternative work If there is a risk to the health of a pregnant employee an employer isobliged to offer suitable alternative work on terms not substantially lessfavourable or to suspend the employee on full pay. As cabin crew, Moore andBotterill were entitled to flying allowances but these were not paid when thecabin crew was grounded. They became pregnant and in accordance with theircontracts were transferred to ground work. This meant they received only basicpay, not flying allowances. The tribunal held that although BA had offered alternative ground work, theterms were substantially less favourable because the flying allowances were notpaid and so BA had not complied with its statutory obligations. BA argued the flying allowances were to cover expenses and did notconstitute pay, but the tribunal disagreed and the EAT upheld the tribunal’sdecision that female cabin crew had not been offered suitable alternativeemployment. RedundancyPellowe v Pendragon, IRLB 634, EAT Can enhanced redundancy entitlements be implied? Following a Tupe transfer, Pellowe’s employment transferred from Lex toPendragon which subsequently made her redundant. She received her statutoryredundancy entitlement but brought a breach of contract claim on the basis thatunder her contract with Lex she was entitled to an enhanced payment. She argued that for 20 years Lex had a policy of making enhanced paymentscalculated in accordance with a multiplier set out in the management manual. Moreover, the employee handbook contained a statement that compensationwould be paid to redundant employees. The tribunal dismissed Pellowe’s claim because there was no expresscontractual term giving rise to an enhanced payment and no term could beimplied by custom or practice. Pellowe’s appeal to the EAT was unsuccessful. The manual was an instructionmanual for managers; it had not been formally circulated to employees and didnot impose a contractual obligation to make enhanced redundancy payments. Discrimination Murphy v Sheffield Hallam University, IRLB 635, EAT Causation and disability discrimination Murphy, who was deaf, applied for a position at the university and referredto his disability on the application form. His first interview was adjournedbecause the university failed to arrange for a sign interpreter to attend. Following the resumed interview Murphy was not offered the job and hebrought a disability claim. Although the tribunal held that he had beendiscriminated against at the first interview, due to the university’s failureto arrange for a sign interpreter to attend, and awarded him £2,500, it heldthat Murphy’s disability played no part in the decision to appoint anotherindividual, who was not disabled. The tribunal accepted the university’sassessment that the other candidate was the best. Murphy appealed,unsuccessfully, to the EAT which held he had not established the necessarycausative link between his disability and the decision not to offer him thejob. Accordingly, Murphy’s disability was not an effective and predominantcause of his less favourable treatment. TNT Express Worldwide (UK) v Brown (unreported), April 2000, Court ofAppeal Who is the appropriate comparator in a race case? Brown brought a race bias claim against TNT and asked permission to taketime off work to meet his adviser. His request was refused and he was told inwriting he would be subject to disciplinary proceedings and dismissal if hefailed to attend work. Brown was summarily dismissed after ignoring theinstructions and meeting the adviser. The tribunal upheld Brown’s additional claims of unfair dismissal andvictimisation because he had been treated less favourably than another employeewho had brought a claim (unrelated to race) against TNT. The EAT dismissed TNT’s appeal, as did the Court of Appeal. It held that thedecision in Khan (opposite) established the correct approach for identifyingthe appropriate comparator. It was necessary to look at what was requestedrather than the reason for the request to ascertain how it should be treated;an employee at TNT giving advance notice was normally granted a leave ofabsence. The Court of Appeal agreed that the dismissal and refusal to allow the timeoff was tainted by bias. Driskel v Peninsula Business Services and others, IRLB 636, EAT Inappropriate remarks can constitute discrimination The day before Driskel’s interview with her male head of department (MrHuss) he recommended she wear revealing clothes if she wanted to persuade himto give her the job. She ignored this suggestion, left the interview before itwas finished and complained of sexual harassment. The tribunal held that Driskel had suffered no detriment, Huss’s remarkswere flippant and she had not complained about previous incidents. Thedismissal was fair for some other substantial reason; the impasse meant thateither Driskel or Huss had to leave. On appeal the EAT held that the tribunal should consider the sex of both thecomplainant and discriminator. Huss was heterosexual and his vulgar remarks tomen were not intimidatory but they were to Driskel, whose dignity was underminedby the remarks. The appeal was allowed against Peninsula and Huss only and the EAT acceptedthat the dismissal was fair. TupeUniversity of Oxford v Humphreys and Associated Examining Board, IRLB635, CA Objections to business transfers Regulation 5(4) of Tupe enables staff to object to working for the proposedtransferee but there is no deemed dismissal. Regulation 5(5) enables staff toresign and claim constructive dismissal if the transfer results in substantialand detrimental changes to working conditions. Humphreys objected to the university’s proposed transfer of his contract toAEB because it would result in substantial changes to his detriment. Thetransfer went ahead and Humphreys resigned, bringing a High Court claim fordamages. The university applied, and failed, to have the claim struck out, relying onregulation 5(4) and arguing that liability passed to AEB on the transfer. The Court of Appeal held that the reason for Humphrey’s objection was thesubstantial and detrimental change to his working conditions rather than aparticular objection to working for AEB. His objection prevented the transfer of his contract to AEB and without thetransfer of the contract, liability did not transfer but remained with theuniversity. ContractsSecurity Facilities Division v Hayes and others (unreported), March 2000,Court of Appeal Construction of contractual documents Hayes and his colleagues were employed as electricians by SFD and becausetheir work required them to spend nights away they were paid a flat rate nightsubsistence allowance. SFD unilaterally reduced the allowance by about 15 percent and Hayes started proceedings to recover the difference between the oldand the new rates. The High Court upheld the claim on the basis that SFD had no right to varythe rates. On the true construction of the contractual documents, whichincluded a staff handbook and travelling code, there was an express contractualentitlement to the fixed-rate allowance. SFD’s appeal to the Court of Appeal was unsuccessful. The court held that aterm could not be implied enabling SFD unilaterally to vary the rate of theallowance even if the variation covered the actual costs incurred and employeeswere reimbursed their expenses in full. If the parties had intended for SFD to be allowed unilaterally to vary theflat rate there would have been an express provision for it. Gauging the right response in case of gross misconductOn 1 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Utah downs Rockets 100-89, Harden leaves game in 4th

first_imgOctober 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah downs Rockets 100-89, Harden leaves game in 4th Written by Tags: Basketball/James Harden/NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 100-89 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in a game James Harden left with an apparent injury.The Rockets got within five points midway through the fourth quarter but Harden headed to the locker room soon after and didn’t return. It was unclear how he was injured or what the problem was and the team didn’t immediately provide on update on his condition.With Harden out the game, the Jazz regained control, scoring the next 10 points to make it 94-79 and cruise to the victory.Harden scored 29 points and Carmelo Anthony had a season-high 22 for the Rockets, who were missing two starters. Chris Paul finished up a two-game suspension for his role in a fight with the Lakers last week and James Ennis sat out with a strained right hamstring.Eric Gordon made his second straight start in place of Paul and Michael Carter-Williams made his first start of the season with Ennis on the bench.Utah got this season’s series with Houston off on a good note after the Rockets beat the Jazz 4-1 in the Western Conference semifinals after winning all four regular-season meetings.The Jazz had a 15-point lead early in the fourth after scoring the first six points of the quarter. Houston got going after that, scoring the next seven points, with the first four from Clint Capela and a 3 from Anthony to make it 81-75 with about nine minutes left.Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with less than eight minutes to go to leave the Jazz up by nine. Harden re-entered the game soon after that and made a jump shot after a steal by P.J. Tucker. Tucker grabbed another steal on the next possession and dished it to Harden, who found Capela ahead of the defense for a slam dunk that cut the lead to 84-79 and had Jazz coach Quin Snyder calling for a timeout as Harden implored the crowd to get louder.The Jazz led by eight at halftime after holding Houston to just 15 points in the second quarter and had pushed the lead to 16 midway through the third after a 3-pointer by Joe Ingles. The Rockets went on a 10-4 run after that, capped by a steal by Carter-Williams and 3-pointer by Tucker to cut the lead to 68-58 with about four minutes left in the quarter.Utah extended the lead to 11 late in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder and was up 75-66 entering the fourth.TIP-INSJazz: Raul Neto missed his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury. … Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 13 rebounds. … Ingles added 11 points.Rockets: Centers Nene (right calf tightness) and Zhou Qi (left knee sprain), and forward Marquese Chriss (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Anthony hadn’t scored more than nine points in any of the first three games.UP NEXTJazz: Visit New Orleans on Saturday.Rockets: Host Clippers on Friday. Associated Presslast_img read more

BYU’s Sione Takitaki drafted in 3rd round of NFL Draft

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (April 26, 2018) — BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 17th pick of the third round and 80th selection overall in the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday taking place in Nashville, Tennessee. A team captain, Takitaki earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors in 2018 after helping the Cougars defeat No. 6 Wisconsin and finished his season setting a BYU bowl record with career-best 19 tackles in BYU’s bowl victory. He was named to the All-Bowl Team by both USA Today and Sports Illustrated. A Phil Steele All-Independent First Team honoree, Takitaki also led BYU in both unassisted (74) and assisted (44) tackles in 2018 and recorded nine tackles for loss, three sacks, four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. A native of Fontana, California, Takitaki was BYU’s top tackler in 2018, ranking 31st in the nation with 118 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 238-pound linebacker was an athletic and versatile defender for the Cougars, playing both outside and middle linebacker positions as well as defensive end during his career at BYU. Following the season, Takitaki participated in both the Reese’s Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine game, where he earned All-Shrine Team honors by The Draft Network for his outstanding play.  Takitaki joins Warner as the only BYU linebackers to be selected in the third round of the annual draft. They join Kyle Van Noy (2014, 2nd Round, Detroit), Rob Morris (2000, 1st Round, Indianapolis) and Todd Shell (1984, 1st Round, San Francisco) as BYU linebackers who have been drafted in one of the first three rounds. Historically, Takitaki is the 15th BYU linebacker to be selected in the NFL draft.  With his selection, Takitaki becomes the fifth Cougar linebacker and 17th BYU defender to be selected in one of the opening three rounds of the annual NFL Draft.  Overall, the 6-foot-1, 238-pound linebacker is the 38th BYU player to be taken in one of the first three rounds and the 18th former Cougar to be a third-round pick.  The last BYU player taken in the third round was linebacker Fred Warner, who went 70th overall to the San Francisco 49ers in the last year’s draft. Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Cleveland Browns/NFL/NFL Draft/Sione Takitaki “I very excited for Sione,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “He will fit perfectly with his talents in Cleveland with a really good coaching staff. Sione is a versatile athlete and really took advantage of his experience playing three different positions for us. He will just continue to get better.” A BYU player has been selected each of the past four years and in six of the last seven drafts. The Cougars have been represented in 46 of the last 50 drafts and in 65 of the 84 conducted overall. Takitaki is the 142nd former BYU player to be drafted by the NFL. An additional 189 Cougars have received NFL opportunities as free agents entering this year’s free agency signings.   April 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU’s Sione Takitaki drafted in 3rd round of NFL Draft Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Shelton helps Northern Arizona hold off Southern Utah 75-72

first_img Associated Press January 16, 2020 /Sports News – Local Shelton helps Northern Arizona hold off Southern Utah 75-72 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCameron Shelton made a pair of free throws with four seconds left as Northern Arizona held off Southern Utah 75-72.Dre Marin missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Thunderbirds.Shelton and Bernie Andre each finished with 19 points for the Lumberjacks.Cameron Oluyitan scored 22 points to lead Southern Utah. Tags: Big Sky/Cameron Shelton/Northern Arizona Lumberjacks/SUU Thunderbirds Basketballlast_img read more