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

Emma Watson confirms Oxford rumours

first_imgEmma Watson has confirmed that she will spend the next academic year at Oxford.  She will return to Brown for the fourth and final year of her degree.The 21 year old has accepted an offer from Worcester College, which she will use to gain credits towards her English Literature major at the Ivy League institution. Brown requires students to complete just four semesters in residence, leaving Watson free to study some of the required 30 courses here.In response to speculation that she had abandoned her Brown course, Watson gave an interview to ‘The Virginia Pilot,’ stating, “I’m still a student at Brown. It’s just that I’ll spend my third year abroad — at Oxford. Then I’ll return to complete my last year.” This is a relatively common practice for American students, with Worcester alone accepting 15 visiting students each academic year.The actress will have full access to University resources, including the Bodleian libraries, but it is unclear if she will attend lectures.A Worcester official refused to comment on the nature of her course. An inside source stated that her fame had not been considered when she was offered a place, and it had been solely a matter of previous academic achievement.Watson will be a full member of Worcester JCR and has been assigned College Parents.last_img read more

What does the cycle for business continuity planning look like?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You’ve probably read it somewhere. Someone has probably told you. Chances are, you know that your credit union needs a business continuity plan, but you don’t remember exactly where you first heard it.Business continuity plans are necessary, robust plans of action. They help businesses like credit unions recover from interruptions, setbacks, and disasters. So, what does the business continuity cycle look like for credit unions?Business continuity plans identify potential risks and then outline processes designed to restore service and operations. But credit unions have so much to keep track of. It can be tough to know where to start.This look at the business continuity cycle should help you stay on course. continue reading »last_img read more

Amazonia Not Pristine

first_imgThe tropical rainforests of Brazil, once thought to be pristine habitats of noble savages, show evidence of mass reworking by humans for millennia.They gained global attention in the 1950s: naked tribes living deep in the rainforests of the Amazon River basin. They murdered Christian missionaries, including Jim Elliott, who had come to share food, medicine, and the gospel. Civilized people around the world felt either revulsion or fascination with these people. Were they noble savages living in harmony with nature? Were they less-evolved members of Homo sapiens? Or were they degenerate children of once-mighty civilizations?Conventional wisdom, exemplified by National Geographic, took the first view: they were misunderstood families of basically peaceful primitive humans who survived in a pristine world, living off the land with no need for clothes, permanent dwellings or western implements. How dare westerners intrude on their space with alien religious ideas! The missionaries were killed out of fear or misunderstanding, not out of western vices like hate or intolerance. Anthropologists, aghast at finding tribespeople with western clothes and iron pots, fought with developers pushing the remaining untouched people groups further into the jungle.The Disney-style, Hiawatha, Jungle-book portrayal of Amazonia is starting to come crashing down. Discoveries of massive earthworks throughout the jungle are revealing an ecology modified by cooperative societies on a massive scale for centuries. Forerunners of today’s naturist monkey-hunters must have been sophisticated exemplars of intelligent design. A paper in PNAS explains the shift in thinking:Amazonian rainforests once thought to be pristine wildernesses are increasingly known to have been inhabited by large populations before European contact. How and to what extent these societies impacted their landscape through deforestation and forest management is still controversial, particularly in the vast interfluvial [between-river] uplands that have been little studied. In Brazil, the groundbreaking discovery of hundreds of geometric earthworks by modern deforestation would seem to imply that this region was also deforested to a large extent in the past, challenging the apparent vulnerability of Amazonian forests to human land use. We reconstructed environmental evidence from the geoglyph region and found that earthworks were built within man-made forests that had been previously managed for millennia. In contrast, long-term, regional-scale deforestation is strictly a modern phenomenon.This is like turning off the lights in the Fantasyland Castle and watching the workers change out of their costumes, pick up their lunchboxes and walk to their Toyotas as they head for home. The storyland was fun while it lasted, but now back to the real world: people are just people, where you find them.Other media have echoed this major paradigm shift:Mysterious Amazonian Geoglyphs Were Built in Already-Altered Forests (Live Science).Hundreds of ancient earthworks built in the Amazon (press release from University of Exeter).Amazon forest ‘shaped by pre-Columbian indigenous peoples’ (BBC News)The articles show photographs of some of the geoglyphs that had long been hidden by trees. First uncovered in the 1980s, they take the shapes of squares, circles and other clearly-designed patterns not explainable by natural causes. Live Science quotes Jennifer Watling of University of São Paulo and University of Exeter, the lead author of the paper:“There’s been a very big debate circling for decades now about how pristine or man-made the Amazonian forests are,” Watling said. The new study suggests that humans have been altering these forests for about 4,000 years.The press release adds:Dr Watling said: “The fact that these sites lay hidden for centuries beneath mature rainforest really challenges the idea that Amazonian forests are ‘pristine ecosystems’.“We immediately wanted to know whether the region was already forested when the geoglyphs were built, and to what extent people impacted the landscape to build these earthworks.”Even though the purposes of the structures remains unknown, the design is unmistakable. Researchers see evidence that large tracts were burned down to make clearings, but the rainforest modifications were done in a purposeful and controlled manner:Instead of burning large tracts of forest – either for geoglyph construction or agricultural practices – people transformed their environment by concentrating on economically valuable tree species such as palms, creating a kind of ‘prehistoric supermarket’ of useful forest products. The team found tantalizing evidence to suggest that the biodiversity of some of Acre’s remaining forests may have a strong legacy of these ancient ‘agroforestry’ practices.In other words, intelligent design is evident not just in the geoglyphs themselves, but in modifications of the forest species for the purpose and intent of the humans living there. The “legacy” of the forest today is different than it would have been if left to the unguided forces of nature.In addition to these evidences, the archaeologists found decorated pots that had been smashed, perhaps for ritual purposes. Watling thinks that people gathered at the geoglyph sites sporadically, at special times of the year for ceremonies or when coming to the ‘prehistoric supermarket’ for supplies. One thing is clear: “There’s loads of them,” Watling said of the earthworks. “And we don’t really know why.”Update 3/03/17: On The Conversation, Chris O. Hunt, a “cultural paleoecologist,” describes how science is often dictated by our political biases:When I started doing fieldwork in Borneo 17 years ago, most people thought of tropical forests as wildernesses, hostile to civilised human life and home only to vagrant, primitive people. Major textbooks portrayed these forests as largely unchanging over several million years.This mindset suited common political goals, previously for imperial expansion and more lately for corporate development. Logging, ranching, mining and dam construction were seen as bringing better lives to impoverished (and inferior) hunter-gatherers and small-scale farmers.But is he right to blame imperialists and businessmen? It could be argued that Darwinian materialists were expecting to find primitive people in remote wilderness areas, incapable of large-scale modification of their environments. Maybe he should look in the mirror and see what political biases are making him draw his own conclusions. All the while, he infers intelligent design from the evidence of forest modifications, but if he’s like most of his colleagues, he would probably abjure any association with the ID movement. Most certainly he would want to distance himself from the early Social Darwinists who exterminated primitive people on the grounds they were less evolved than white Europeans.Some principles of intelligent design theory are clear from this story. You don’t have to know who the designer was. You don’t have to know what the purpose was. All you need to establish a design inference is that an intentional modification of nature occurred that required foresight, intelligence and controlled execution. First, you rule out chance. Then, you rule out natural law. What you are left with is an intelligent cause. The design inference is robust; science uses it all the time. Archaeology is a perfect example. There’s no reason to rule it out for the earth, the universe or the DNA code when applying the same logic.Another implication of this story is that today’s tribes-people are degenerates from a once-great civilization. They are not noble savages, living peacefully with nature, even though they have gotten by for centuries with little in the way of tools. They obviously have the skills they need to live; they can climb trees, create poison darts, and find monkeys to shoot. They can grow their favorite crop. But their ancestors had organized societies, capable of modifying the landscape in big ways with cooperative effort. The BBC News estimates 8-10 million natives lived in Amazonia before Europeans arrived, but many were decimated by diseases they brought. Even so, the survivors could have remembered the technology they inherited.It’s also interesting that the archaeologists trace back the habitation to only a few thousands of years— not tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands. The timeline fits the Biblical record for the history of man.We need to look at the living descendants differently than we have been taught. They are not on the evolutionary path of Progress. They have regressed due to sin and forgetting their Maker. They live getting drunk and drugged, fighting with their neighbors, killing some who come to help them. Jim Elliott was right; they need the gospel.For a historical look at the “rise and fall of Progress,” see chapter 21 in Tom Bethell’s new book, Darwin’s House of Cards. Victorians were so drunk on the elixir of Progress they couldn’t think straight. Darwinism was born in that era. Now, environmentalists view man as the enemy of the earth. Yet Darwinism remains! Time to ditch natural selection. (Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Virgin Mobile targets South Africa

first_img8 December 2005South Africans will soon see a new player in the cellular industry.Local telecommunications company Cell C and Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile are to launch a joint venture in the first half of 2006: a Virgin Mobile branded service over Cell C’s network.The joint venture, which will launch in the first half of 2006, will be known as Virgin Mobile South Africa.‘Key market’“South Africa is a key market for Virgin and a country that I personally love very much,” said Virgin Mobile president Sir Richard Branson.“I am looking forward to coming to South Africa to launch this exciting new business next year.“Our partnership with Cell C will bring a new approach to the mobile market and will be a refreshing alternative from the bland offerings of other players,” he said.Enhanced competitionCell C CEO Talaat Laham said his company was “pleased to be bringing an international brand of the stature of Virgin Mobile to further enhance competition in South Africa.“Cell C constantly seeks to introduce new products and services into the South African market. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Virgin.”Virtual networkBoth companiss are newcomers in their respective markets.Virgin began operating a virtual network in 1999, offering comunications services over T-mobile’s cellular network. The company has almost five million customers in Britain.Cell C was the third South African cellular operator to be granted a licence, and began operating in 2001.The Cell C-Virgin Mobile announcement comes only a month after another British cellular company, Vodafone, announced its intention to increase its stake in the South African reporterlast_img read more

SA’s finances all in order

first_imgSouth Africa’s financial policy is sound and the country is in shape to weather the storm of the current financial crisis. (Image: DHD Multimedia gallery) Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel chairing an International Monetary Fund meeting. (Image: International Monetary Fund )Janine ErasmusSouth African Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel, admired the world over for his intelligent and successful financial strategies, announced his medium term budget policy statement on 21 October 2008. In it he revealed government’s economic priorities and forecasts for the three-year period to 2010.In his speech Manuel noted that the current global financial crisis was a storm whose ferocity could not have been expected – but he also commented optimistically that he and his department had seen it coming for years and had taken appropriate action beforehand by keeping financial policies focused on long-term growth and broad-based development.“We can say to our people: Liduduma lidlule! The thunder will pass,” said Manuel. “We can say to our people: our finances are in order, our banks are sound, our investment plans are in place, our course is firmly directed at our long-term growth and development challenges, and we will ride out this storm, whatever it takes, together, on the strength of a vision and a plan of action that we share.”While there was no avoiding the storm, said Manuel, he predicted just two more years of downward-adjusted growth for South Africa, with GDP growth slowing from 5.1% in 2007 to 3.7% in 2008 and 3.0% in 2009. From 2010 growth is expected to accelerate to 4%.The global economy was still uncertain, however, and Manuel envisioned two scenarios – one a deep and lingering recession in developed economies that will result in a reduction in international trade, the other a period of international co-ordination and adjustment followed by more balanced growth. He noted that the forecast for South Africa was based on the latter scenario.Weathering the stormSouth Africa’s low level of foreign debt and prudent fiscal policy-making over the last decade gives the country’s economy the means to weather the global storm, said Manuel. He added that according to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, who conducted a financial stability assessment in April and May 2008, South Africa’s financial system is fundamentally sound and its financial sector regulatory framework is sophisticated, modern and effective.The country will not be immune from effects such as reduced demand for exports, and a volatile exchange rate, however.Manuel also said that the global crisis has resulted in banks losing faith in each other and therefore inter-bank lending has collapsed. In countries that have relied heavily on foreign capital, banks are not cushioned against this effect and are suffering. South Africa’s banks, assured Manuel, are healthy, fully functional and competitive. The World Competitiveness Report, compiled by the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development, ranked the soundness of South Africa’s banks at 15 on the list, above both the US and the fabled banks of Switzerland.Infrastructure a priorityContinued investment into infrastructure development remains a high priority and is crucial to sustain the momentum of growth. Manuel emphasised that government will continue to improve and expand public services, will invest in essential infrastructure, and will support initiatives that target job creation and poverty reduction.By the 2011/2012 financial year government would be allocating almost 11% of its total spending budget to capital investment, which currently stands at 9.5% of total government spending.Manuel named a number of priorities that will be addressed by Cabinet during the forthcoming medium-term financial period. These include education and skills development; improving the provision of healthcare; investing in the criminal justice system in order to reduce high crime levels – here Manuel specified an increase in the number of police, and enhanced investigative capacity; investment in public transport and essential services; and support for those in rural areas, especially emerging farmers.While service delivery and infrastructure took the lion’s share of the budget, Manuel also announced that South Africa’s 12.4-million welfare recipients would get a monthly R20 ($1.75) increase, with immediate effect.Public capital investment stands at an amount of more than R600-billion ($53-billion) for the next three years, while adjustments of R59-billion ($6-billion) over the same period have been allocated for higher salaries and other costs associated with inflation.An additional R25.9-billion ($2-billion) will be spent on public capital investment in the 2008/09 financial year, bringing the total estimated amount to R635.5-billion ($56-bllion). The additional amount comprises R2.4-billion ($176 000) for approved roll-overs from the previous budget; R11.2-billion($963 000) for unforeseen expenditure; R200-million ($17-million) for unallocated amounts announced in the main 2008 budget; R7.7-billon ($700 000) for costs relating to higher than anticipated inflation; R1.3-billion ($175 000) for emergency situations; R500-million ($44-million) for self-financing expenditure; and R2.7-billion ($250 000) for costs relating to state debt.National power utility Eskom is to receive R10-billion ($875 000) in 2008 and a further R50-billion ($5-billion) thereafter for its capital spending programme, which will be disbursed over the next three years. Funds are also to be allocated towards increased energy efficiency, reducing electricity demand, supporting renewable energy sources and providing complementary funding for cogeneration projects.Managing the country’s purse stringsThe Minister of Finance tables his national budget every year in February. As the financial year runs from April to March, the Minister also makes a budget policy announcement in the middle of the financial year. Here government’s economic forecast and budget priorities for the next three years are set out so that provinces, municipalities and departments can plan their budgets accordingly.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. 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Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More

first_imgIt’s your filmmaking news roundup! Hear all about the new cameras from RED and Sony, new drones (and recalled ones), robots, stabilizers, and more!A ton of stuff happened. No need to summarize, let’s get to the goods. Here’s all the filmmaking news you might have missed.Adobe’s Project VoCo Will Change the Future of Editing AudioAdobe’s Project VoCo is a new audio editing software that allows you to edit speech the same way Photoshop allows you to edit images. It allows you to insert new words into interviews, offering the same cadence, pace, voice, and tone. For video editors, it could save hours of editing the perfect VO audio.Read all about Project VoCo in this PremiumBeat article.Bad Karma: GoPro Recalls Their DroneGoPro has recalled all 2500 Karmas sold (and all of the drones they haven’t yet sold) due to a “performance issue related to a loss of power during operation.” There were a small number of cases in which the drones lost power and fell out of the sky. The drone was only on the market sixteen days before being pulled from the shelves.Read more about the GoPro recall here.DJI Announces 3 New Professional Drones (and PremiumBeat is Giving Away a Mavic Pro!)In other drone news, DJI has announced three new professional video drones — the Inspire 2, M600 Pro, and Phantom 4 Pro. These announcement come weeks after DJI announced the new Mavic Pro — which you can win in PremiumBeat’s Aerial Filmmaker Giveaway in collaboration with more about the new DJI drones here. Enter the PremiumBeat Mavic Pro giveaway here.Microsoft Surface Studio vs. Apple MacBook ProImage via AppleIn news you have probably heard plenty of, Microsoft released the Surface Studio days before Apple announced the latest MacBook Pro. Microsoft wound up stealing all the thunder, and it turns out their launch video was shot by a robot!Image via Microsoft / Motorized PrecisionRead more about the Surface Studio and MacBook Pro here. Go behind the scenes of the Surface Studio launch video and see the KIRA robot in this PremiumBeat exclusive.RED 8K Super35 Helium Sensor Comes to the Epic and WeaponImage via REDFollowing RED’s announcement of the HELIUM 8K sensor, the company has now announced two new 8K cameras — the new RED EPIC-W and WEAPON 8K. Both cameras have the DSMC2 form factor, and RED is sweetening the deal for current RED owners (and those on waiting lists) with the ability to upgrade to a new 8K sensor package.Read more about the 8K RED cameras on PremiumBeat.Sony FS7 IIAnother new camera headed to stores is the upgraded Sony FS7 II. The camera adds an Electronic Variable ND filter, lever lock-type E-mount, and support for Sony’s A-mount.Read more about the updates to the FS7 II here.Freefly Systems Announces the MoVI ProFreefly Systems announced the latest MoVI, the new MoVI Pro. The stabilization system has become one of the most in-demand devices on sets, constantly being used to capture incredible footage in films like Straight Outta Compton and shows like Into the Badlands.  Take a look at the MoVI Pro, which features a weight reduction, internal cable routing, shorter boot time, and some much needed feet for you to set the rig down on the ground. The handheld bundle will set you back $6500.Read more about the MoVI Pro over on No Film School.Video Copilot’s FX Console After Effects PluginThe FX Console toolset allows you to type in effects or presets to apply them directly to any layer. A keyboard shortcut pulls up the console, eliminating time wasted searching for effects. It allow users to customize the tools to their needs.Read more about the new Video Copilot plugin on RocketStock.Final Cut Pro X Gets a Major Overhaul, Somehow Isn’t Named Final Cut Pro 11Image via AppleAlongside the new MacBook Pro, Apple quietly announced a new version of Final Cut Pro. Still considered FCPX, the NLE features a total overhaul. They showed off the new machine by running the latest version of Final Cut Pro — 10.3, which is surprising, as it would have made sense to announce it as a whole new version of Final Cut Pro. Those of you who remember the days of FCP7 will be happy to see a much more familiar Final Cut Pro.Read more about the Final Cut Pro update and new features here on PremiumBeat.Vimeo to Announce Subscription Video Streaming ServiceImage via VimeoIn an expected move following on the company’s On-Demand service, Vimeo plans to announce a new subscription streaming service.Unlike other video platforms which focus on building celebrities and influencers, Vimeo is home to the world’s best behind the camera talent – emerging filmmakers, editors and directors. — Joey Levin, Vimeo interim CEOLevin went on to name some Vimeo shorts that have been nominated for Academy Awards, and the very popular High Maintenance series that was picked up by HBO.Read more about Vimeo’s plans on The Verge.Got any filmmaking news that we missed? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

10 months agoShearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!

first_imgShearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer blasted Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday.In the closing stages of the first-half, Alli was played through on goal only to be adjudged by the linesman.However, as the referee blew his whistle for the infringement, Pickford dangerously dived two-footed into his England team-mate in a tackle that could have led to a serious injury.Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals during his career, did not hold back on his opinion of the incident.He tweeted: “Disgusting challenge from @JPickford1 on @dele_official. Should have been a red card. Pickford lucky Dele didn’t react.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoJack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from struggling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from strugglingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says Aston Villa are “so far away from struggling” in their return to the Premier League.The Villians recorded a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, pushing them up to 15th on the Premier League table.Critics still believe Villa will be amongst the teams battling relegation, but Grealish begs to differ.”The manager told me before the game he wanted me to get a tap in, more than anything,” Grealish told the Birmingham Mail. “I told him after it wasn’t a tap in! It was actually a hard finish at the time.”I’m so happy to get the goal but the only thing I wanted was the win. It has been coming for a long time.”I sat down with Christian (Purslow) on Friday night and we had a chat. I was saying how sometimes you see things on social media and people talk about us, saying we are struggling. I think we are so far away from struggling. We have been unreal if anything”If you look at our games the only one we have struggled with is Spurs, where we should have lost. The rest of the games we have only lost by one goal. To get the win just tops it off.” last_img read more