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

Repercussions of gender nonconformity

first_imgChildren in the U.S. whose activity choices, interests, and pretend play before age 11 fall outside those typically expressed by their biological sex face increased risk of being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused, and of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by early adulthood, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It is the first study to use a population-based sample to look at gender nonconformity as a risk factor for abuse.The study was published online Feb. 20 and will appear in the March 2012 print issue of Pediatrics.Parents need to be aware that discrimination against gender nonconformity affects one in 10 kids, affects kids at a very young age, and has lasting impacts on health. — Andrea Roberts“The abuse we examined was mostly perpetrated by parents or other adults in the home. Parents need to be aware that discrimination against gender nonconformity affects one in 10 kids, affects kids at a very young age, and has lasting impacts on health,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, a research associate in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH.PTSD has been linked to risky behavior such as engaging in unprotected sex, and also to physical symptoms such as cardiovascular problems and chronic pain.The researchers, led by Roberts and senior author S. Bryn Austin, associate professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH, and in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston, examined questionnaire data gathered from nearly 9,000 young adults (average age 23) who enrolled in the longitudinal Growing Up Today study in 1996. Respondents were asked in 2007 to recall their childhood experiences, including favorite toys and games, roles they took while playing, media characters they imitated or admired, and feelings of femininity and masculinity. They also were asked about physical, sexual, or emotional abuse they experienced and were screened for PTSD.Men who ranked in the top 10th percentile of childhood gender-nonconformity reported a higher prevalence of sexual and physical abuse before age 11 and psychological abuse between ages 11 and 17 compared with those below the median of nonconformity. Women in the top 10th percent reported a higher prevalence of all forms of abuse as children compared with those below the median of nonconformity. Rates of PTSD were almost twice as high among young adults who were gender nonconforming in childhood than among those who were not.The researchers also found that most children who were gender nonconforming were heterosexual in adulthood (85 percent), a finding reported for the first time in this study. “Our findings suggest that most of the intolerance toward gender nonconformity in children is targeted toward heterosexuals,” said Roberts.More research is needed to understand why gender nonconforming kids experience greater risk of abuse, and to develop interventions to prevent abuse, the researchers said. They recommend that pediatricians and school health providers consider abuse screening for this vulnerable population.Funding for the study was provided by the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

Alma Mater emphasizes student unity

first_imgOne of the most hotly contested debates surrounding the 2013 Notre Dame football team leapt once more to the forefront of conversation Monday as team leaders and representatives from student government met to finalize the players’ decision to sing the Alma Mater after every home game, regardless of outcome.“The fact that this decision was not made by football players alone or by the students alone is a testament to how unified we can be as a student body,” Irish sophomore receiver Corey Robinson said. “The Alma Mater is as an avenue where we can stand together as a unified body and celebrate our common bond: love for Notre Dame.”Observer File Photo Robinson and Irish senior cornerback Matthias Farley represented the Unity Council, a group of football players elected from all class years that acts as liaison between the team and its coaching staff, Robinson said. They met with student body president Lauren Vidal, vice president Matthew Devine and Campus Ministry representative Grace Carroll, all seniors.Robinson, who also represents athletics in student government, said the Unity Council voted unanimously to sing the Alma Mater after every game, a decision that was “nearly unanimously” supported by the team as a whole and reflected the team’s desire to continue a relationship of mutual respect with fans in the student section and beyond.“We were really thinking of the entirety of Notre Dame nation when we made the decision,” Robinson said. “We chose to sing because we appreciate that it’s bigger than just us football players, even us students.“The bottom line is the Notre Dame community is a family,” he said. “Regardless of whether we are celebrating a win or grieving a loss, the most important thing is that we stay together. I can think of no better way to demonstrate this unconditional bond then singing the Alma Mater together after every home game.”The Unity Council made its decision independent of Irish coach Brian Kelly and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick, Robinson said. He said Kelly, Swarbrick and the coaching staff “encouraged” him to collaborate with student government in a “joint student effort” to address the issue.“Coach Kelly, his staff and Jack Swarbrick empowered us to make the decision as players,” Robinson said. “They were in communication with us throughout the decision making process and supported our decision as a team.”Farley said the team’s ability to freely determine this season’s Alma Mater policy demonstrated the commitment of players, coaches and administrators to honor the tradition as a way of connecting student-athletes to their peers.“I … think it’s incredible that Coach Kelly and Jack Swarbrick allowed us to make the decision for ourselves,” Farley said. “In my opinion, it makes the decision to continue singing the Alma Mater much more genuine and real coming from the team, especially when there could have been a lot of division amongst us.”Vidal, Devine and Carroll presented Robinson and Farley with a booklet containing student opinions on the Alma Mater to keep the players informed of their peers’ perspectives, Vidal said.“The books contain about 100 quotes from the students — each quote represents that student’s interpretation of the alma mater and what it means to them and our University,” she said.The statements in the booklet mirrored the enthusiasm for the tradition that Robinson and Farley expressed, often lauding the Alma Mater as a symbolic reminder of the values and community within the University as a whole.“Notre Dame values family, faith and community,” senior Shannon Hagedorn said in the booklet. “The players on the team are part of the family and the score at the end of a game played on a Saturday in the fall doesn’t change that fact.“… The Alma Mater is a symbol of our connection, our spirit and our strength in the light and in the dark. Allow the players to sing and sway with their brothers at the end of the day. We belong together.”Senior Kristen Parkinson, president of the Leprechaun Legion, likened the Alma Mater to “a celebration of the Notre Dame family.”“The Legion welcomes the return of this tradition, and we look forward to standing as a united student body, on- and off-the-field, on Saturday,” she said in an email.Controversy surrounding the singing of the Alma Mater first arose after several players left the field of Notre Dame Stadium following the team’s loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 28 without stopping at the student section to sing. The action sparked intense debate among students, alumni and fans, many of whom saw the former policy as equating community with winning alone.“To my understanding, the official policy last season was to not sing the Alma Mater after home losses,” Robinson said. “It was an issue that may have even been decided much earlier than last year, but since we hadn’t lost at home in two years, the policy was not well-known or practiced.”In a press conference Tuesday, Kelly said he raised the issue with the Unity Council and invited its members to revisit the policy.“I addressed it last year with the Unity Council,” he said. “We decided as a team that’s not what we wanted to do. This year we brought it back up to the Unity Council, and they voted that’s something that they wanted to do, so I’m all for what my team wants to do, and we will make that work.”Robinson said some players had expressed concern regarding previous incidents of students booing the team and throwing objects on the field, such as frozen marshmallows during the Nov. 23 game against BYU.“We understand that this is a intense game, but we hope to be treated with respect when we sing the Alma Mater with the student body and fans,” he said.Farley said the Unity Council primarily sought to promote “the respect of both the team for the fans and the fans for the team.”“I would hope that the student body will understand, just as we have, that the singing of the Alma Mater is bigger than all of us and really bonds us together,” he said. “I know that I can speak on the behalf of the team, and there won’t be any behavior issues on our part.”Tags: Alma mater, Brian Kelly, Corey Robinson, football, Jack Swarbrick, Lauren Vidal, Matthew Devine, Matthias Farleylast_img read more

Festival Gear for Good Times

first_imgPacking the right gear can make or break your festival experience. Load the car with these new essentials and you’ll be the envy of tent city.1. Sierra Designs DriDown Cal 30A sudden storm can quickly turn your unattended fest gear into a soggy mess. Reduce the risk by investing in the extremely lightweight Cal 30. It’s made with Sierra Designs innovative DriDown filling—fluffy 800-fill goose down treated with a hydrophobic polymer to keep moisture to a minimum. While not completely waterproof, the bag dries much faster than normal down and maintains better loft in humid conditions. Plus, at little more than a pound and extremely compact, it will quickly become your mainstay bag for any adventure.$419. sierradesigns.com2. Outdoor Research Growler ShirtStay comfortable and look great during long days of fest sweating in the Growler—a casual, short-sleeved shirt made with a performance-minded moisture-wicking nylon fabric to help you keep cool when the peak summer humidity becomes unbearable.$75. outdoorresearch.com3. Klean Kanteen Steel PintHelp make garbage cans overflowing with plastic beer cups a thing of the past. The Steel Pint from Klean Kanteen holds 16 ounces of your favorite ale, and when not in use, you can attach it to your belt with the convenient rubber ring and carabiner. Many regional festivals, including FloydFest and the Festy Experience, are including one of these cups with the price of admission—a noble effort to reduce the sizable footprint of multi-day events.$10. kleankanteen.com4. Eagles Nest Outfitters TwilightsDon’t stumble back to a dark campsite. Twilights deliver convenient illumination with a string of bright LEDs that will run for three straight days on two AA batteries.$20. eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com5. Patagonia Advocate StitchA lightweight slip-on that’s made for busting out your best dance moves, the vegan Advocate Stitch is a minimalist shoe that covers feet with a breathable microfiber, while a super-grippy recycled sole offers plenty of traction for long walks between stages. Available in styles for both men and women.$70. patagonia.com6. Alite Designs Mantis ChairLugging a large clunky camping chair around festival grounds is no fun, but you can take the Mantis from tent city to the main stage with no hassle. The nylon-seated chair has an extremely innovative collapsible pole design that offers simple set up, and it packs down to not much more than a handful—not bad for a chair that can hold someone weighing up to 250 pounds.$120. alitedesigns.com7. Jetboil Flash StoveLooking for an easy, no-hassle portable stove for the next overnighter? The Flash is an all-in-one burner and cooking vessel that lights with the click of a button. Two minutes later, you’ve got boiling water for coffee or food.$100. jetboil.comCheck out the rest of our Outdoor Festival Guide!last_img read more

92-Year-Old Woman Detained With Four Kilos Of Cocaine Hidden On Her Body

first_imgBy Dialogo October 21, 2009 A 92-year-old woman and her companion have been detained in the Madrid-Barajas airport by officers of the Civil Guard, who seized 4,300 grams of narcotics hidden on various parts of the arrested woman’s body. According to a statement, the detentions took place on Friday following the arrival of a flight from São Paulo (Brazil). The attitude of one of the travelers on this flight, who was being transported in a wheelchair, aroused the suspicions of the police officers. The elderly woman and her companion were on their way to take a flight headed for the Spanish island of Tenerife, and when the officers moved to carry out the appropriate inspection, the companion began “a crazed flight.” According to sources, the elderly woman was subjected to a search, in the course of which it was discovered that she was carrying several packets with a weight of 4,300 grams of cocaine hidden on her body, for which reason she was detained. Immediately thereafter, a search was begun in Terminal 4 for the nonagenarian’s companion, a 44-year-old woman of Uruguayan nationality, who was trying to leave the Madrid airport and who was also arrested.last_img read more

Cops Seek Tips in Fatal Bay Shore Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a hit-and-run driver that killed an 83-year-old woman in Bay Shore.The victim was struck by a car that was heading eastbound on Main Street east of Brentwood Road at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, March 5, police said. The woman, who was hospitalized for a a severe head injury, died of her injuries on April 7, police said.Major Case Unit detectives identified the vehicle as a 1999-2002 gray Nissan Maxima, similar to the one in the picture they released. The passenger side mirror of the Nissan was recovered at the scene and may have since been replaced, authorities said.Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Benowa Waters mansion is the American dream

first_imgPat McCarthy and his daughters (left to right) Ainsley, 17, Ava, 13, and Lauren, 20, at their family’s dream home in Benowa Waters. Picture: Glenn HampsonCreating a dream home to accommodate a busy family of seven is no easy feat, but the McCarthys managed just that. Their Benowa Waters mansion has a long list of luxury inclusions, such as a 2500-bottle wine cellar and adjoining waterfront tasting room for the adults. And for the kids, the pool and tennis court were a hit. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoA tennis court is just one of the luxury inclusions. The family are selling 64-66 Charolais Cres, Benowa Waters, to downsize. Owners Pat and Penelope McCarthy built the lavish property at 64-66 Charolais Cres 14 years ago. “It was our dream home,” Mr McCarthy said. “We had five children ranging from five to 21 at the time and lived in Benowa Waters but were looking for a much bigger home to suit a growing family.“At the house, everyone has their own space to go and chill out, watch TV, play games, play outside, but there are also lots of communal family areas for us all to be together.” MORE NEWS: The secret to building a Gold Coast dream home MORE NEWS: Enchanting Tamborine Mountain cottage ready for next chapter The expressions of interest campaign ends on March 18. Mr McCarthy said tennis lessons had been a Saturday morning ritual, with a coach hosting lessons for the whole neighbourhood on their family’s court. “We also started the Halloween craze in Benowa Waters,” he said. With only two kids left at home, they decided it was now time for the family to downsize and are on the hunt for their next dream home. The expat Americans designed the luxury coastal house to have a Hamptons feel. “We are both from the Hamptons and brought a lot of that feel with us. We wanted the look and feel of the places we grew up,” he said. “It has a beautiful coastal feel and is a modern house for a large family that enjoys the waterfront lifestyle.”center_img The tasting room and wine cellar — wine not? Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Plenty of spots to entertain. The six-bedroom house sits on a 2015sq m lot and offers 60m of waterfrontage, with a pontoon that can hold a 20m vessel. There is a private sandy beach, a boat shed and numerous indoor and outdoor living and entertaining zones. Ray White Broadbeach duo Sam Guo and Julia Kuo are marketing the property, with the expressions of interest campaign closing on March 18. Pick up a copy of the Gold Coast Bulletin today to see the Coast’s top 50 dream homes.last_img read more

Spirit gets nod to use Maersk jack-up for Oda production wells

first_imgE&P company Spirit Energy has received consent from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Maersk Interceptor rig on the Oda field offshore Norway. Spirit Energy, formed through combination of Centrica’s E&P business with Bayerngas Norge, is the operator of the Oda field, which is its first development project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The offshore safety watchdog informed on Wednesday that Spirit Energy had received the consent to use the Maersk Interceptor jack-up rig to drill production wells on the Oda field.The consent covers drilling of wells 8/10-B-1 H, 8/10-B-2 H and 8/10-B-3 H. Water depth at the site is 66 meters.Oda belongs to production license 405, and is currently in development. Oda’s plan for development and operations was submitted to Norwegian authorities in November 2016 and approved in May 2017.The field is in the southern part of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, ten kilometers east of Ula. It is being developed using a subsea template with two production wells tied back to the Ula field and an injection well for pressure support.According to the safety agency, the drilling operations are scheduled to begin on April 15, 2018, and estimated to last 226 days in total.Maersk Interceptor is a jack-up drilling rig, delivered by the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in 2014. Owned and operated by Maersk Drilling Norge, the rig received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in December 2014.It is worth reminding that Spirit Energy has recently passed the offshore safety audit of its project management for the development of the Oda field with flying colors. Namely, the audit identified no regulatory non-conformities nor improvement points.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

‘There are also risks’ – specialist says medicinal cannabis not a wonder drug

first_imgTVNZ One News 30 June 2017Family First Comment: Medical specialist Dr Stephen Childs said it was important to know both the risks and the benefits of medicinal cannabis. “In a few conditions it has been found to be a benefit, but there are also risks.” He said among the risk factors were increased mental health, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, heart attacks, strokes and respiratory illnesses…. But he said the current laws around the controlled medication enabled factors like addiction to be taken into account. Yep. That’s why the Green’s bill is dumb. www.saynopetodope.org.nzCampaigners for medicinal cannabis recently celebrated a win, with the government making the drug more accessible.But those on the other side of the debate say it’s not a wonder drug, and just because using it may make people feel better, that’s not a reason for it to be prescribed.Medical specialist Dr Stephen Childs said it was important to know both the risks and the benefits of medicinal cannabis.“In a few conditions it has been found to be a benefit, but there are also risks.” He said among the risk factors were increased mental health, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, heart attacks, strokes and respiratory illnesses. Dr Childs said in some, but not all cases it is “very effective”.center_img “There are things we can derive from the marijuana plant that probably will be a benefit.”READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/there-also-risks-specialist-says-medicinal-cannabis-not-wonder-druglast_img read more

Egypt Investigating the Cause of the Russian Airline Crash amidst Terrorism…

first_imgEgyptian authorities have dismissed claims by the Islamic state (ISIL) affiliates in Egypt that they had ‘brought down’ the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai killing 224 people on board.Egyptian officials are investigating the scene of the crash that left no survivors. With the black box located, Russians and Egyptians have formed a joint committee to establish the cause of the crash of the Russian Airbus 321.The Terrorists groups do not have the means to target passenger planes according to a security and military expert in Cairo. This is in response to ISIL announcement on a video posted on its website stating that the terrorist group had attacked the plane in retaliation to the Russian airstrikes on ISIL in Syria.Earlier reports by the government had ruled out terrorist attack. Initially there had also been reports that the pilot had contacted Cairo Airport requesting an emergency landing citing technical malfunction on board before the plane disappeared from the radar seconds later.Egyptian government has deployed 80 ambulances and helicopters to transport the victims’ bodies to suez and morgues in Cairo.See Also: All passengers aboard Russian airliner killed in Sinai crashlast_img read more