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first_imgThese are difficult times for all of us, but if you can’t make it to your office or your job site due to Coronavirus restrictions, you can still stay in touch with all things demolition.During the coming weeks you can receive your industry news direct from all of these sources:Your weekly D&Ri e-newsletter that you are currently reading and the D&Ri pages of www.khl.comThe NEW Construction and COVID-19 rolling news update on the home page of www.khl.com – a regularly updated and easy to follow digest of how the crisis is affecting construction and demolition, including the latest from major contractors, equipment manufacturers and industry associationsAnd, starting soon, our special Coronavirus e-newsletter pulling together the major news from all KHL’s construction titles.More details to follow shortly – please make sure you stay informed.last_img read more

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Employment

first_imgCompensation – Final salary schemes – Unfair dismissal Aegon UK Corporate Services Ltd v S Roberts: CA (Civ Div) (Lords Justice Keene, Dyson, Elias): 21 July 2009 The appellant employer (X) appealed against a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Roberts v Aegon UK Corporate Services Ltd [2009] Pens LR 105) upholding an employment tribunal’s decision that its final salary pension scheme, of which the respondent former employee (R) had been a member, was a unique benefit and that there was a continuing loss of pension. Following R’s dismissal by X she had obtained employment with another company (J) at a higher salary and with a money purchase pension scheme. In calculating the compensation award, the tribunal had concluded that R’s subsequent employment brought to an end any possible loss-of-earnings claim. However, it found that the final salary pension scheme offered by X was a unique type of benefit, and that there was a continuing pension loss to R by reason of the less advantageous nature of J’s money purchase pension scheme. R received an award of compensation for unfair redundancy dismissal. X appealed against the award on the basis that the tribunal should not have separated the issues of earnings and pension because R’s higher salary at J offset her less favourable pension arrangements to such an extent that she was better off under the overall package provided by J. The Employment Appeal Tribunal rejected that argument. R submitted that it was a matter for the tribunal to assess the award of compensation and treat the various aspects of the benefits differently. Held: Benefits did not have specific status and were not unique. They were an important part of the remuneration package. The Employment Appeal Tribunal was not entitled to apply different tests to different aspects of the remuneration package. It had made an error of principle, Bentwood Bros (Manchester) Ltd v Shepherd [2003] EWCA Civ 380, (2003) ICR 1000 and Dench v Flynn & Partners [1998] IRLR 653 CA (Civ Div) considered. Appeal allowed.center_img Ian D Truscott QC (instructed by MacRoberts) for the appellant; Simon Plaut (instructed by ASB Law) for the respondent.last_img read more

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Chancery Lane attacks ‘deeply flawed’ MoJ legal aid proposals

first_imgThe Law Society has called on the Ministry of Justice to clarify its ‘incoherent’ and ‘deeply flawed’ consultation on criminal legal aid cuts. In a hard-hitting letter to legal aid minister Lord Bach, Law Society president Robert Heslett said the vagueness and uncertainty of the paper makes it impossible to respond to it coherently. The paper –Legal Aid: Funding Reforms – proposes cutting fees to duty solicitors and reducing Crown court defence barristers’ rates to bring them in line with prosecution fees. It also puts forward other reductions to payments made for advocacy and litigation in the Crown court. Heslett said the consultation paper ‘is so deeply flawed and so full of serious ambiguities and mutually contradictory statements that the Society is not reasonably able to understand what the proposals are, or the policy considerations that have led to them’. He questioned the rationality of the proposals and sought clarification on the policy aims behind them. ‘Until these are known, no respondee to the consultation is in a position to judge whether the proposals in the paper are the appropriate way of achieving these objectives,’ he said. He asked the MoJ to explain what it meant by the ‘oversubscription’ of the duty solicitor scheme, which it put forward as the rationale for the proposed cuts. ‘This is not a term that has any meaning in this context,’ he says. In relation to the proposed Crown court advocacy cuts, Heslett asked for details of the Crown Prosecution Scheme with which the defence rates are going to be harmonised, and when this would come into effect. ‘If exact parity in rates is not appropriate, what differential is appropriate. What are the limits in harmonisation, and when might the move towards harmonisation start?’ he asked. The consultation, published in August, closes on 12 November. The Law Society has asked for that period to be extended once the MoJ has clarified the proposals. Chancery Lane has also submitted a complaint to the consultation co-ordinator.last_img read more

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Dockwise wins USD42 million in near-term contracts

first_imgDockwise Shipping, in association with industry partners, is to transport the drilling rigs Great Drill Chetna, Seajacks Kraken, Ocean Quest, and Offshore Intrepid to their new assignments in India, Halifax, Brazil and the Middle East Gulf respectively.On behalf of various other clients, Dockwise Shipping has been contracted to transport dredging equipment to Japan, accommodation jack-ups to Rotterdam, derrick and jack-up barges to Angola and Rotterdam as well as patrol boats to Italy. Almost all projects are for execution in the first half of 2009.André Goedée, Chief Executive, Dockwise, said: “This is encouraging news and proof of continuing good market conditions in the first half of 2009 with no discernible change from the fourth quarter of 2008. We see the market for drilling rig transportation in good health, and also the market for other maritime and industrial equipment. This good start to the year will help Dockwise sustain the generation of free cash flows to reduce our net debt level – a priority for the current year.”last_img read more

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St Kitts-Nevis police probe death of two sisters

first_imgThe police in St. Kitts-Nevis said one person is assisting their investigations as they probe the murders of two sisters in the quiet Key’s Village community on Thursday.Police said that Jemilia and Jemisha Finch were killed in a gully area near a basketball court.“Both sisters were allegedly hacked to death by a young man from the Keys area. One of the sisters was apparently the girlfriend of the perpetrator,” the police said in a statement.Media reports said that the women were between the ages 19 and 20, and one was a member of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force and recently became a mother.The police have given no motive for the killings.last_img read more

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Over 740 people in DR Congo infected with Ebola since outbreak…

first_imgChildren at risk in DR Congo Ebola outbreak – UNICEF DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared over WHO emergency committee to meet on DR Congo’s Ebola outbreakcenter_img More than 740 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been infected with Ebola since its outbreak was declared in the country six months ago.According to the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) 30 percent of those infected were children.The latest Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo is the country’s 10th, and is considered to be its worst breakout ever. . It is also the world’s second largest Ebola outbreak in history after the one in West Africa in 2014-2016.More than 460 people have died from the disease, as response continues to be hampered by insecurity issues, frequent movements of people in the affected areas and resistance from some communities.“While we have been able to largely control the disease in Mangina, Beni and Komanda, the virus continues to spread in the Butembo area, largely because of insecurity and population movement,” UNICEF Representative in the DR Congo DR. Gianfranco Rotigliano said.“We are scaling up our response and deploying additional staff in the health zones of Butembo and Katwa, where 65 per cent of the new Ebola cases in the last three weeks have occurred.”Before the DR Congo presidential election held on 30 December, the response work was halted in some areas due to insecurity, but it resumed earlier this year.Ending the deadly outbreak will be one of the biggest challenges for new President Felix Tshisekedi who won that vote.Relatedlast_img read more

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Voting rights will be protected says PM Skerrit

first_imgLocalNews Voting rights will be protected says PM Skerrit by: – November 6, 2018 Share Share Tweet 130 Views   one commentcenter_img Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritVoting Rights for Dominicans living abroad will remain protected under the constitution of Dominica.That is according to Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit.Mr. Skerrit made this remark while addressing the Diaspora Forum held at the Goodwill Parish Hall on Thursday.He noted that voting is a fundamental right, which should be available to all qualified persons.“As long as I am Prime Minister of Dominica, we shall defend your rights under the Constitution of Dominica to vote in Dominica’s election. We will defend your rights because it is a right. And there is no institution in this country that has any legal or constitutional authority to remove your name on the voters list unless you are a dead person in Dominica,” he stated.He went on to describe voting as a fundamental right noting that “people are dying to vote, people shed blood to vote, and we want to go back to the days where only land owners could vote in Dominica. No way.”“We are making progress, and we have to be progressive in our thinking and we cannot go back to the old days. Those who want to go back to the old days will stay where they are, and we will continue to move forward,” Mr. Skerrit added. Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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Farm Bureau wants farmer input on dairy revenue insurance proposal

first_imgIn October, AFBF/AFBIS plan to submit a final proposal for the Dairy-Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) policy to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC).advertisementadvertisementRead: What is Farm Bureau’s Dairy-Revenue Protection? Dairy-RP would protect against unexpected declines in milk prices or state-level milk production that reduces the revenue on the farm during a quarter. This policy would be in addition to margin insurance and protection programs, including the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) and the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy), currently available to dairy farmers through the USDA.Under the program, farmers purchasing Dairy-RP would have the option to determine how the value of milk is determined in their policy:• The Class Price Option would allow a farmer to choose a milk value based on a mix of Class III and Class IV milk futures prices. Dairy-RP under this option provides revenue protection based on an index of state-level revenue constructed with Class III and Class IV milk prices and the state USDA National Ag Statistics all-milk yield. The producer can choose the percent of Class III and Class IV used to establish their price guarantee per hundredweight (cwt) to tailor to their operation based on utilization.• The Component Option is revenue protection based on milk component production, including butterfat, protein and other milk solids. The producer can select the desired butterfat and protein percentages. The other milk solids percentage is fixed at 5.7 percent.advertisementUnder either option, the dairy farmer would also choose the time period (only quarterly policies are available), how many pounds of milk to cover during a quarter, and how much income protection to buy (from 70 to 95 percent).The nine-question survey asks questions related to herd size, percentage of feed grown on the farm, as well as questions related to producer interest in milk markets, risk management and participation in MPP-Dairy or LGM-Dairy.Find the survey online here.   The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and its insurance affiliate, the American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS), are preparing a final proposal to create a new dairy income insurance policy. To get producer input, AFBF/AFBSIS is conducting an on-line survey, seeking dairy farmer opinions on the proposed revenue protection insurance products. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

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Top 3 Surprising Cleveland Indians of the First Half

first_img Payton Vince Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com. Related Topicscenter_img Let’s start it off this way, if you were to tell anyone that the Cleveland Indians would be in first place with a 51-32 record, people would probably look at you as if you were crazy. Throw in the fact that the Indians also set a franchise record for the longest win streak of 14 games , people would say that you are an eager Cleveland sports fan. OH YEAH and I forgot to mention that MICHAEL BRANTLEY hasn’t played more than 11 games this season. There are many reasons as to why this is happening, one of them being that players are exceeding expectations and stepping up when needed.Here are my Top 3 Surprising Players of the First Half.3.) Lonnie ChisenhallIf early in the first half of 2015 you would have told me that Chisenhall would be playing Right Field, I’d probably give you a funny look. If you would have told me that in 2016 he would be batting over .300 and fitting nicely in the order , I’d possibly bet you he wouldn’t. Thankfully I didn’t bet anyone because if I did, I would be losing that bet. Chisenhall in RF and has shown that he has a great arm for the outfield. Include the fact that he is throwing up number of .311 for an average , 5 homers, and 25 RBIs he is coming along nicely and helping this years Indians out a good amount offensively.2.) Tyler NaquinNaquin is easily a surprise. Someone that was sent down back when Brantley was coming back from injury, Naquin is back in the Majors and I think there is a strong possibility that he might stay. Naquin is batting .313 , has hit 7 homers, and has 19 RBIs , oh and by the way he is only a rookie. Naquin might be well known for his golfing homeruns but he is someone to get excited about for the future.1.) Jose RamirezThe biggest surprise of the First Half is this man. Ramirez was not expected to do this, this year. The Indians had the idea that if they bring in Juan Uribe, that move can possibly help out Ramirez because he would have a mentor with the same background as him. Jose developed into a utility man this offseason, which the Indians needed with the departure of Mike Aviles. Ramirez is batting .299 , 4 homers, and 34 RBIs , he also has an average of .355 with Runners in Scoring Position.The First Half has had plenty of surprises and I am sure that the Second Half will also.Who has been your First Half surprises? Do you agree with me? Tweet at me @PaytonVince and give me your input.last_img read more