Written harassment

first_imgVerbal bullying can be caught by harassment laws. But suppose employees do it in writing? What is the Court of Appeal’s view on this type of behaviour?Some years ago, the House of Lords confirmed that the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA) could be used by employees against their employers. As this particular law was originally designed to combat stalkers not to provide further means of redress for disgruntled members of staff this was bad news. At that time, their Lordships ruled that:l the PHA covers any form of verbal harassment (no breach of discrimination law is necessary);l an employee need only show they have suffered two incidents of “anxiety or distress” caused by their employer;l there is no statutory defence available to a PHA claim;l employees have six years to bring a claim against you.Managers and staff should be instructed not to make oppressive and unacceptable comments in written communications, letters, email and text messages. Make it clear in your equal opportunities and dignity at work policy that any breaches of this rule will result in disciplinary action.l For a sample of our ’Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work Policy’, call 01920 468061last_img read more

US, Colombia Cooperate on Range of Issues

first_imgBy David Vergun / Department Of Defense / Edited by the Diálogo staff February 14, 2020 U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Colombia is the United States’ “closest partner in Latin America,” and that he looks forward to strengthening their defense relationship even more.Esper welcomed Colombia’s Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo to the Pentagon on February 7. Following the meeting, the two held a press briefing to discuss areas of cooperation between both nations.Esper highlighted the two nations’ shared, long, and rich history of cooperation around the world, including during the Korean War when Colombia deployed troops in support of the United Nations-led military effort to protect South Korea. Colombia, Ester continued, has also participated for decades in the multinational force and observers who are keeping the peace in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.The defense relationship was on display when Colombia hosted a joint army airborne exercise in January, he added. Esper said he and Trujillo would discuss more opportunities for future multilateral exercises in the region.Key to security in the region is resolving the crisis in Venezuela, where the Nicolás Maduro regime continues to violate its own people’s human rights, the secretary said.Terrorists, illicit trafficking groups, and unwelcome foreign influence exacerbate the situation, Esper said, adding that the U.S. and other nations are seeking a peaceful transition to democracy in Venezuela.“We are grateful for everything Colombia has done to assist Venezuelans fleeing Maduro’s oppression,” Esper said.The U.S. is also working with Colombia to curb cocaine production and trafficking. Esper noted an increase in illicit drugs eradication in 2019. He said the pace of that work continues this year.Esper said he also met with leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard to discuss how, in cooperation with the U.S. Defense Department, to support Colombia and other nations in counter-narcotics activity.Esper congratulated Trujillo and Colombia for becoming NATO’s first Latin American global partner in 2018. “This was a critical step toward improving your interoperability with the alliance and increasing your participation in exercises and military education. Meanwhile, NATO will greatly benefit from your experiences in counterterrorism and other military activities.”Trujillo thanked U.S. and Colombian service members and police for putting their lives on the line. “They are all heroes, and we owe them our eternal gratitude for providing the security that allows us to build and maintain our nations’ democratic values, freedom and human rights.”“The United States is Colombia’s most important and strategic partner,” the defense minister said. “The bilateral Colombia-U.S. relationship has historically been characterized by strong ties of friendship and cooperation on many fronts.”Trujillo said he shares with the U.S. the hope for a rapid transition to democracy in Venezuela, the eradication of illicit crops, and ending terrorism. He added that he looks forward to even more cooperation between the two nations’ militaries.last_img read more

This year, for the first time in history, we will realize 100 million overnight stays

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic generated in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), 2,1 million arrivals (+7 percent) and 12 million overnight stays (+4 percent) were realized in Croatia in September. while from January to September, there were 17 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 97,2 million overnight stays (+12 percent).These are excellent results which certainly confirm that this will be the year in which Croatian tourism will realize 100 million overnight stays for the first time in history. “The data so far for this already record tourist year are the result of well-done preparation, well-thought-out marketing activities, an increasing number of quality tourist offers and joint cooperation of all stakeholders in the tourist system. I believe that the positive trends will continue until the end of the year and that we will once again confirm that Croatia today is one of the most popular tourist destinations that attracts more and more guests during all parts of the year. Our future success is based on continuous quality improvement and sustainable development. Each destination is part of the overall tourist story of Croatia and that is why it is extremely important to plan and think long-term at all levels so that tourism in the future can continue to develop and stimulate the economic development of entire communities.”Minister Cappelli pointed out.Director Staničić, on the other hand, emphasized the excellent results achieved in traditionally strong markets. “Germany is the country from which we are traditionally visited by the most tourists. However, this is a very large market from which we still have great potential, so we are extremely pleased with the results achieved so far, because for the first time in history we made 2.6 million arrivals from the German market. This result represents an increase of 16 percent for the first nine months, and we expect the continuation of positive trends for future periods. We are also recording excellent results in other markets, so who already has as many as six markets from which we have achieved more than 5 million overnight stays, and apart from Germany, these are Slovenia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Italy.”, Concluded director Staničić, adding that a significant share in the good results have domestic tourists who during the first nine months realized more than 11 million overnight stays.Photo: MaistraSeptember maintained positive trendsOf the total number of arrivals and overnight stays in September, foreign tourists realized 1,9 million arrivals (+8 percent) and 10,7 million overnight stays (+4 percent), and increases were also recorded by domestic tourists, which increased by 13 percent in overnight stays. Thus, in September, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (3,4 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (2,4 million overnight stays) and Kvarner (2 million overnight stays). They are followed by Zadar County with 1,4 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1,2 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 840 thousand overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 269 thousand overnight stays and Zagreb with 242 thousand overnight stays. In September, not counting the city of Zagreb, a total of 198 thousand overnight stays were realized on the continent (an increase of 6 percent), and the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Karlovac (60 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje (28 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek-Baranja County. 21 thousand overnight stays).During September, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (3,3 million overnight stays), Austria (1,1 million overnight stays), Slovenia (845 thousand overnight stays), the United Kingdom (733 thousand overnight stays) and Poland (700 thousand overnight stays). Out of the total number of overnight stays, most of them were realized in hotels (3,5 million overnight stays), household facilities (3,3 million overnight stays) and camps (2,2 million overnight stays), while in September the nautical charter realized 620 thousand overnight stays. +10 percent).Up to 100 million overnight stays by the end of the yearLooking at the period from January to September, foreign tourists made 15,3 million arrivals (+14 percent) and 86,2 million overnight stays (+12 percent), while domestic tourists also recorded increases with an increase of 8 percent in arrivals and 13 percent in overnight stays. In the period from January to September, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (26,7 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia County (18,3 million overnight stays) and Kvarner (17,9 million overnight stays). They are followed by Zadar County with 13,1 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 7,8 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 7 million overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 3,1 million overnight stays and Zagreb with 1,7 million overnight stays. 1,6 million overnight stays were realized on the continent (+16 percent), and the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Karlovac County (532 thousand overnight stays), Krapina-Zagorje County (249 thousand overnight stays) and Osijek-Baranja County (139 thousand overnight stays).During the first nine months, most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (19,9 million overnight stays), Slovenia (9,8 million overnight stays), Austria (7,3 million overnight stays), Poland (6,3 million overnight stays) and the Czech Republic (5,4, 34,2 million overnight stays), and the top destinations per night are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin and Umag. Out of the total number of overnight stays, most of them were realized in household facilities (22,2 million overnight stays), hotels (18,5 million overnight stays) and camps (3 million overnight stays), while in the first nine months 15 million were realized in nautical charter. overnight stays (+XNUMX percent).last_img read more

INDOT: Dearborn County Highway Closed Through Month

first_imgFor the second time in a week, a major road has been closed for repairs in Southeastern Indiana. State highway crews have closed State Road 262 between Dillsboro and Milton in Dearborn County after unstable soil conditions developed that threaten driver safety.INDOT officials noted that S.R. 262 pavement in the southbound lane had dropped nearly three inches in the past week. The embankment adjacent to the highway is undermining the roadbed and sliding toward the bottom of the slope.The state is retaining a specialty contractor to stabilize the slope through a process called soil nailing. A number of 20-foot steel shafts will be shot into the side of the embankment, INDOT said. Once the soil has been nailed, highway crews will determine what pavement repairs are needed.The road closure is expected to continue through the month.Drivers will not be able to commute through the closure site located approximately three miles south of U.S. Highway 50. Residents have access to their homes via S.R. 262 on either side of the barricades.INDOT closed a portion of U.S. 50 east of Brookville last week for emergency slide off repairs.last_img read more

Sharon’s new party focuses on Palestinian statehood

first_imgJERUSALEM – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s new centrist party on Monday declared Palestinian statehood as a central goal, and Israel signaled it would drop a threat to ban Jerusalem’s Palestinians from voting in their parliamentary election. The signs of a moderate line for present and future political moves were tempered, however, by an announcement of new Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. The latest building, disclosed in newspaper ads published Monday seeking bids from contractors, would violate Israel’s commitments under the U.S.-backed road map peace plan. The plans include 228 homes in the settlements of Beitar Illit and Efrat – both near Jerusalem. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Sharon aide Raanan Gissin said plans for the latest construction began more than five years ago. He said the construction would be in settlements that Israel plans to retain after a final peace settlement with the Palestinians. “These are the large settlement blocs; they will be strengthened,” he said. The road map calls for a freeze on all settlement construction in the West Bank, which the Palestinians claim as part of a future state. Since accepting the plan in June 2003, Israel has continued to expand settlements. The Palestinians also have not carried out their initial road map obligation to disarm militant groups. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the expansion and urged the U.S. to intervene. U.S. Embassy spokesmen in Israel were not available for comment. The settlement plans came as Sharon’s new political party, Kadima, signaled it is ready to hand over more West Bank territory to the Palestinians and work toward an independent Palestinian state after Israeli elections March 28. Opinion polls forecast a strong victory by Sharon’s bloc. On Monday, doctors disclosed that Sharon, 77, will have to undergo a procedure to close a tiny hole in his heart. The announcement that the defect led to the mild stroke he suffered Dec. 18 drew further attention in the election campaign to Sharon’s health. Sharon left the hard-line Likud Party last month to form Kadima, saying he would have more freedom to negotiate a peace deal. Many Likud members remain furious with Sharon over his withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank in September. A draft of Kadima’s election platform published Monday called for conceding more land to the Palestinians as part of peace talks culminating in a Palestinian state. The talks would be based on the road map, which endorses a Palestinian state but says its borders must be reached through negotiations. “The basic tenet of the peace process is two national states,” says the platform. Party spokesman Lior Chorev said the draft, detailed in the daily newspaper Maariv, was to be approved by next week. Also Monday, Israeli officials said the government may drop its opposition to allowing Palestinian residents of Jerusalem to vote in next month’s Palestinian elections. Israel threatened last week to bar voting in east Jerusalem since the Islamic group Hamas is participating, a warning that infuriated the Palestinians and led to threats to cancel the election and blame Israel. Control of Jerusalem is one of the central disputes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pieta House issue warning regarding sponsorship card scam

first_imgThe public has been warned to remain vigilant regarding a scam involving fake sponsorship cards to Pieta House. Not a whole lot of information about the scam has been released, but the mental health service has warned that they have received a number of calls regarding scammers using fake sponsorship cards over the past few days.A statement issued by Pieta House has urged people to be on their toes, and not to be caught out by the scam. The statement reads: “Important! We’ve received reports of bogus collections in the Galway area using fake sponsor cards.“If fundraising for Pieta House you must get written permission & carry the letter whilst fundraising. Please request sight of this letter if you suspect collections to be fraudulent.”Pieta House issue warning regarding sponsorship card scam  was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Pieta Houescamlast_img read more

Humboldt State softball rallies in game two to pick up doubleheader split against Chico State

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Following a 2-0 loss to its arch-rivals in the opening game of Monday’s California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader, the Humboldt State softball team’s dugout was quiet as can be.HSU head coach Shelli Sarchett simply had one question for her team.“I kind of asked the team ‘Are you guys scared? Because you’re playing like it, you’re swinging like it,’” Sarchett recalled.With a stern talking to from their coach, the Jacks found a way to respond. What was …last_img

Raiders belong to Derek Carr in 2019, and they always did

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.ALAMEDA — The clock starts now.All the ticking that was supposedly going on around draft time regarding the future of Derek Carr with the Raiders was nonsense, speculation devoid of logic and common sense.Carr had adapted and learned coach Jon Gruden’s system of football well enough that there was no thought given to drafting an immediate replacement. Certainly not after a single season, and under a coach who has no track …last_img

Plants Use Electrical Sunscreen

first_imgPerhaps only a scientist, or a kid, would worry about how a plant doesn’t get sunburn, but it took elaborate scientific work for six months to find the answer.  EurekAlert told about research at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State that found how plants get rid of excess solar energy.  They use carotenoids, molecules responsible for the yellow color of fruits and vegetables, like electrical wires to convey excess electrons safely away from their light-harvesting machines: “Carotenoids act as ‘wires’ to carry away the extra sunlight energy in the form of unwanted electrons, somehow wicking away the extra electrons across long distances from locations that could damage plant tissues and photosynthesis.”    It’s no wonder these wires were not found earlier.  They are a “miniscule 2.8 nanometers long and less than a single nanometer thick, or about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.”  Carotenoids are not particularly conductive, but exceed the specifications required by the plant.  The surprise was that these molecules are able to shuttle the electrons across their surfaces without becoming oxidized themselves.  The new work sheds light on the process of photoprotection, “an intricate internal defense mechanism, … which acts like sunscreen to ward off the sun’s harmful rays.”  See also our 01/24/2005 entry on photoprotection, “one of Nature’s supreme examples of nanoscale engineering.”Do a word search in this article for anything about evolution.  We got “word not found.”  The research was not motivated by or benefited by evolutionary speculation.  The scientists just wanted “to more fully understand how photosynthesis works.”  Students use similar motivation in auto shop without assuming car engines evolved from rocks.    Notice where this research came from: the Biodesign Research Institute at U of A, whose starting point is “exploring the remarkable structure and function of living systems…. Inspired by nature and powered by collaboration, our bold new approach ensures that discoveries are rapidly translated into real-world benefits.”  (We left out the sentence in the middle that made no sense: “From microbes to man, these systems have been honed by thousands of years of natural selection.”  At least thousands is down from millions, and the sentence could be interpreted to mean that the systems were already present.)  Anyway, good research is flowing from another of the popular new interdisciplinary academic centers seeking to understand and apply biological design (05/13/2006, 06/25/2005).  The Darwin Party has nothing to offer this new trend in biodesign research and should get out of the way.  This is intelligent design science at work: stimulating and productive.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New United ticket does not include cabin baggage

first_imgThe move by the US full service airlines to give passengers “choice’’ has hit a new level with United Airlines offering a basic economy ticket that restricts carry-on and does not guarantee families can sit together.The new tickets mean passengers will receive an automated seat assignment at check-in, will be able to take on just one small personal item and will not be eligible for upgrades.They will be the last to board, unless they have frequent flyer status, and the tickets will not be able to be used in an interline arrangement or combined with normal economy fares.Passengers will be allowed to take on board a small personal item such as a shoulder bag, backpack or laptop bag.“Full-size carry-on bags are not allowed unless you’re a Premier member, a primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card, or a Star Alliance Gold member,’’ the airline says on its website. “Basic Economy fares have the same checked baggage policies as regular Economy tickets.‘’The airline also warns that people travelling in groups may not be able to sit together and that the automatic seat assignment cannot be changed.It said the new fares were aimed at further meeting customers’ needs and providing more options to price-sensitive travellers.“Customers have told us that they want more choice and Basic Economy delivers just that,” said Julia Haywood, executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “By offering low fares while also offering the experience of traveling on our outstanding network, with a variety of onboard amenities and great customer service, we are giving our customers an additional travel option from what United offers today.”The move by the US full-service carrier to offer tickets which do not include carry-on comes as cabin baggage has become an increasing problem after airlines started charging for checked luggage.It is aimed at preventing the migration of passengers to low-cost carriers and part of an increasing trend by service airlines to differentiate services and cabins as ancillary revenues – the charges outside the cost of ticket —  becomes more important.However, the trend has also seen airlines under the spotlight of competition regulators because the confusing nature of the choices has not always been spelled out clearly to passengers.last_img read more