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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Thisweek’s international news.EasternEuropean migration was exaggerated–The level of migrants moving from eastern to western European countries is atits lowest level since the period from 1989 to 1992, claims a report by theOECD. It said fears of mass migration from are exaggerated. In Eastern Europe,the Czech Republic and Hungary are the most popular countries that migrantslook for employment in, with Bulgaria and Romania the least attractive.  www.oecd.org‘Atwill’ staff sue dotcoms over false promises–Dotcom companies laying off staff in the US have been forced to paycompensation, even to employees without contracts, a report by the Society forHuman Resource Management has found. In theory, most staff affected are knownas “at will” employees and can be made redundant without explanation.But they might successfully sue their former employer if they can prove thecompany induced them to take a job by misrepresenting facts about its capitaland prospects.  www.shrm.orgMergeris not always the way to bank efficiency–Two-thirds of international bank mergers and acquisitions fail to achieve theirobjectives, according to a report by the International Labour Office. Thereport claims that the benefits of greater size and efficiency are being”nullified by increasing complexity and losses related to top-heavyorganisations, while the difficulties of adequately blending cultural and otherhuman factors in the integration of combined enterprises are oftenunderestimated”. Redundancies due to mergers and acquisition can alsoundermine operational capabilities and morale. www.ilo.org/communicationseToysputs an end to the Internet game–US-based Internet retailer eToys closed last week. More than 1,000 staff inCalifornia and Europe have been laid off and it ran up reported debts of £160m.The company was launched in 1997 and floated two years later. It closed its UKsite in January before filing for bankruptcy in February. InternationalOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Rent guarantee agency kicked out of TPO over £6,374 unpaid award

first_imgHome » News » Rent guarantee agency kicked out of TPO over £6,374 unpaid award previous nextRegulation & LawRent guarantee agency kicked out of TPO over £6,374 unpaid awardCase highlights the problems for landlords, agents and tenants when rent guarantee contracts go wrong.Nigel Lewis26th August 202001,210 Views Rent guarantee specialist The London Landlord has been expelled from TPO after refusing to pay an outstanding award of £6,374 and also failing to pay its membership renewal fees.The award came after TPO received a complaint from a landlord who let his property under a guaranteed rent contract to the agency, which then sub-let the property to a tenant.Following an issue with damp in the property, an argument arose between landlord and agent over where the damp camp from – tenant’s actions or a roof leak – and the issue went unresolved.Suspended paymentsThe agency suspended payments of guaranteed rent on the basis that the landlord was in breach of his repairing agreements.But TPO concluded that rent repayments should not have been stopped because the freeholder, not the landlord, was responsible for the roof and that any damp caused by the tenant was the agent’s responsibility.An award was made of £5,874 for unpaid guaranteed rent and £500 for aggravation, distress and inconvenience, totalling £6,374.The London Landlord failed to pay the award or its TPO renewal fees and has now been ejected.Its website is live but doesn’t feature any properties but the firm is still active according to Companies House, and TPO has not been able to confirm it has redress elsewhere, so it may be trading illegally. The firm has been referred to Trading Standards.Three agents have been expelled from TPO for non-payment of much lesser awards ranging from £140 to £700 for both sales and lettings service failures. These are Foremost Lettings in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hawksley Pearce in Chelmsford and Leftmove Estate Agents in Blackpool.Read more about rent guarantee contracts.The Property Ombudsman Scheme The London Landlord The London Landlord expulsion TPO August 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

VIDEO: PCU Arlington Docks in Norfolk Homeport for First Time

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Homeport Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: PCU Arlington Docks in Norfolk Homeport for First Time View post tag: Naval View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: docks View post tag: time Precommissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) arrived in her Norfolk homeport March 22, in advance of an April 6, commissioning.A special salute by more than 30 Arlington County, Va., and Pentagon first responders welcomed the crew of the multi-mission, amphibious ship as she pulled in pierside.Alongside Sailors’ family and friends were members of the ship’s namesake Police Department, Fire Department and other emergency services personnel who were the initial responders at the Pentagon immediately following the 9-11 attack.The ship was named in remembrance of the 184 heroes and victims who died that morning in Arlington. “I look forward to boarding the ship I have heard so much about and knowing what it represents,” said Arlington County Police Department Capt. Kevin Reardon, also a member of the commissioning committee.Arlington crewmembers met Reardon and other first responders at the ship’s christening two years ago and again during the 10th anniversary of 9-11 in Washington, D.C. After pulling in, they welcomed these heroes aboard, to see their new ship. “The first responders have been tremendously supportive throughout the last two years,” said the ship’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darren Nelson. “To be able to present to them their ship is an awesome occasion. For many Sailors, this is a very emotional event.”Arlington is the second of three ships named in remembrance of 9-11. The first, USS New York (LPD 21), was commissioned in her namesake city in November 2009, and completed a nine-month deployment last December.Precommissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25), which honors the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, who were killed when the plane crashed in Somerset County, Penn., is under construction in New Orleans’ Avondale shipyard.The newest addition to the fleet, Arlington and its crew are a tangible tribute to honor the victims, heroes, and survivors. Her strength and fortitude are not only reflected in the ship’s crest and motto, but in the fact that her crew of 400 Sailors and Marines have worked diligently to ensure she is ready to execute the mission of the Navy, representing America – and Arlington County, around the world.Although this is the first time for the ship at her homeport, many of the ship’s crew will be returning to Norfolk, having spent months – and in some cases years – in Pascagoula, Miss., where the amphibious transport dock ship has been under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipyard since the keel was laid in December 2008.Hundreds of family members were waiting at Naval Station Norfolk’s Pier 14 when the ship pulled in.“This homecoming’s going to be so special to us,” said Command Ombudsman Marcia Hovey, “knowing all the hours of work and training, and the months and years of separation all of our Sailors and Marines have put into making her the best ship she can be.”Already developing a strong reputation for top-notch performance, the hard work and dedication of the crew was made evident when they aced Crew Certification Phase II, Light-Off Assessment and Antiterrorism Basic Phase Verification, scoring significantly higher than the fleet averages.Last year, Arlington Sailors performed more than 4,800 hours of community service, topping 56 Navy commands to earn the Commander, Navy Region Middle Atlantic Community Service of the Year Award.“The crew is performing beyond my greatest expectations,” Nelson said. “It’s great seeing a new crew learning their jobs quickly and then performing those jobs to the highest standards by taking ownership of their ship right from the start.”A new chapter for the ship and her crew will begin with an April 6 commissioning ceremony at Naval Station, Norfolk. The eighth in the San Antonio class of ships, Arlington is designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessel ever put to sea. The ship combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and will be capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 27, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Arlington Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: first View post tag: US VIDEO: PCU Arlington Docks in Norfolk Homeport for First Time View post tag: PCU March 27, 2013last_img read more

Australia boosting local industry in defense projects

first_img Australia seeking to maximize local industry content in defense projects View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia seeking to maximize local industry content in defense projects Share this article The Australian government is changing its tendering process in an effort to increase the involvement of Australian companies in defense projects.“We are changing the process companies undergo when responding to tenders for defence equipment,” Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said announcing the changes.“The Australian Industry Capability Plan Template has been strengthened in line with Government’s defence industry policy of maximising Australian industry involvement in meeting Australia’s defense capability goals, creating thousands of long-term jobs across the country and economic growth.Under the new plan, defense companies will have to outline how and where they will involve Australian industry, before their bid is even considered.The minister said changes have been made to explicitly address the tenderer’s strategy for maximising Australian industry involvement, maximised inclusion and evidence of having positively engaged Australian small to medium enterprises and indigenous business enterprises”We have already used the new template in our Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate requests for tender and are now rolling it out across all relevant materiel procurements,” Pyne said.Minister Pyne said this improved approach to Australian industry content is aligned with the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Program and the Defence Industry Policy Statem June 29, 2017last_img read more

Extinction Rebellion holds parody of University Encaenia ceremony

first_imgEncaenia is the ceremony at which the University of Oxfordawards honorary degrees to distinguished men and women and celebrates itsbenefactors. Demonstrators took part in a parody of the event, entitled ‘Insania’,walking from Radcliffe Square to Broad Street. The activists’ own procession mimicked the award ceremony,by featuring awards for David Attenborough and climate change activist GretaThunberg. Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman, Hazel Dawe, said: “The Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford has told students that ‘Divestment will not have any tangible impact against climate change; it’s better to focus on research and green campus initiatives. This is muddled thinking and ignores the fact that the university’s international reputation requires it to show leadership and divest from fossil fuels.” At the ceremony, eight people were awarded honorary degrees,including Professor Sir Simon Wessely, of the Royal Society of Medicine, andYo-Yo Ma, a world-renowned cellist.center_img Last week, on a day reserved for the prestigious Encaenia ceremony, Extinction Rebellion took to the streets of Oxford to raise awareness of climate change. Oxford University has been contacted for comment. Before the walk began, activists crowded Catte Street, along which the academics walked to the ceremony, chanting “shame, shame, shame on you.”last_img read more

Call Congress, oppose gun loopholes

first_imgDear Editor:Over the coming weeks, PACs, special interest groups, and members of Congress will be pushing two innocuously named pieces of legislation from their agenda: HR 2406, Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR), and HR 38, the SHARE Act. These bills would maintain loopholes that circumvent the background checks required to buy silencers, and allow people to publicly carry concealed weapons in any state, as long as their home states’ laws would allow it.Many will say that to discuss gun safety legislation right now is opportunist, given the massacre in Las Vegas. We disagree. The horrific truth is that we’ve seen this before. We’ve seen this eight times this year alone. Innocent people have been killed in one of the grisliest ways imaginable, and “thoughts and prayers” are not enough. But when it comes time to do something concrete, to make sure Americans can go to concerts, and movies, and kids can go to school, the gun lobby says that would be taking advantage of the situation. We can discuss these issues academically and ideologically, but the fact is Americans are dying.It is our right and our patriotic duty to those killed and those we can still save to make sure our laws don’t empower people who put Americans in their crosshairs. Please, call your members of Congress and ask them to vote “No” on the upcoming silencer and CCR legislation. We can and will do better. Emily Ball Jabbour, HobokenEytan Stern Weber, Jersey CityMembers of Hudson County Chapter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in Americalast_img read more

Alleged sexual assault at Hoboken High School

first_imgHOBOKEN–According to News12 New Jersey, four teenagers are facing charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault at Hoboken High School.They report that a 17 year-old female student was allegedly sexually assaulted in one of the rooms at the high school on Nov. 30 when the victim was allegedly forced into the room and then forced to perform a sex act on one of the boys.The incident was reportedly captured on the school’s surveillance video, showing the victim being pushed into the room. One of the teens’ cellphones allegedly recorded the incident.We will have much more information on this story later on Wednesday.last_img read more

Broccoli Samurai Premieres New Song “Venetian Handbag” In Studio Session [Video]

first_imgCleveland, OH jamtronica act Broccoli Samurai has released live video of “Venetian Handbag” from their Level Up Studio sessions. The funky melodic number, rife with jazz-laden grooves, witnesses the band at peak performance. The quartet of Ryan Hodson (keyboards), Cameron Bickley (drums), Zachary Wolfe Nagi-Schehl (bass), and Michael Vincent (guitar), are ready for a big year in 2017, as they will make their way across the U.S.The group will hit the road for a lengthy Spring tour beginning March 3rd in Cincinnati, OH, that will take them through April 22nd in Norfolk, VA. They will join acts such as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Big Something, ELM, Tropidelic, UV Hippo, and more on select dates. L4LM is thrilled to premiere Broccoli Samurai’s new video for “Venetian Handbag,” which you can watch below:[Cover Photo via Broccoli Samurai’s Facebook page]last_img read more

The Rolling Stones Announce 2019 “No Filter” U.S. Tour

first_imgFollowing teases and heavy speculation over the past few months, The Rolling Stones have announced their 2019 “No Filter” U.S. stadium tour, which includes 13 coast-to-coast scheduled performances.The Stones will kick off the tour at Miami Gardens, FL’s Hard Rock Stadium on April 20th, 2019, followed by a second Florida performance at Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Field on April 24th. The band will then head west, with stops at Houston, TX’s NRG Stadium (4/28); Glendale, AZ’s State Farm Stadium (5/7); Pasadena, CA’s Rose Bowl (5/11); Santa Clara, CA’s Levi’s Stadium (5/18); Seattle, WA’s CenturyLink Field (5/22); and Denver, CO’s Broncos Stadium at Mile High (5/26).The Rolling Stones will then head back east with performances at Washington, D.C.’s FedExField on May 31st; Philadelphia, PA’s Lincoln Financial Field on June 4th; Foxboro, MA’s Gillette Stadium on June 8th; and East Rutherford, NJ’s MetLife Stadium on June 13th. As of press time, The Rolling Stones will wrap up their “No Filter” tour with a performance at Chicago, IL’s Soldier Field on June 21st.The Rolling Stones’ upcoming tour will mark the band’s first extended run of shows in the U.S. since 2015’s “Zip Code” tour, though they played Desert Trip in Indio, California, two Las Vegas arena gigs, and two private shows in 2016.Mick Jagger said in a statement, “It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the States, the energy is always amazing!” Keith Richards added, “I’ve always loved playing the states. It’s a great crowd.”There will be a special fan pre-sale on Wednesday, November 28th at 10 a.m. local time here. Fans who would like access to the pre-sale need to enter their information here by 9 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, November 27th, and will be emailed a code the day before the pre-sale begins.Tickets go on sale to the general public next Friday, November 30th at 10:00 a.m. local time.For more information on ticketing and The Rolling Stones’ upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.Rolling Stones No Filter Tour:April 20th, 2019 – Miami Gardens, FL @ Hard Rock StadiumApril 24th – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank FieldApril 28th – Houston, [email protected] NRG StadiumMay 7th – Glendale, AZ @ State Farm StadiumMay 11th – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose BowlMay 18th – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s StadiumMay 22nd – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink FieldMay 26th – Denver, CO @ Broncos Stadium at Mile HighMay 31st – Washington, D.C. @ FedExFieldJune 4th – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial FieldJune 8th – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette StadiumJune 13th – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife StadiumJune 21st – Chicago, IL @ Soldier FieldView All Tour Dates[via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

A boost to international learning

first_imgSetting up a Harvard program overseas is no mean feat. It requires air travel to meet collaborators, scout locations, and ensure that students have opportunities to interact with local people. It also demands consideration of potential risks in sending students to unfamiliar places.The President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences (PIFIE) was established to help faculty members meet those challenges, with the aim of fostering and expanding the international offerings available to Harvard students.The fund, established as part of David Rockefeller’s $100 million gift in 2008 to foster undergraduate experience abroad, provides support for faculty members to create meaningful international programs. It offers grants of between $5,000 and $60,000 for exploratory or site planning visits, to develop or implement a new international program, or to provide renewal funding for past applicants.“Extended periods abroad have given our students new insights and directions in their academic careers and expanded the ways in which their future professional lives take form,” said Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister. “The innovation funds have [also] provided a means by which faculty can examine their fields in new ways with undergraduates.”This year’s awards include renewal funding for one program, extension funding for two, and seed funding for four new programs. The renewal was for a program that History Professor Caroline Elkins is developing in Tanzania and that had been switched from Mombasa, Kenya. The two extension grants went to Alain Viel, a senior lecturer in molecular and cellular biology, for a program in Shanghai, and to David Cutler, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, and Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, for a global health program in Rwanda.The new funding, some of which fostered programs that began this summer, includes work on filmmaking in Berlin, history and society in South Africa, language and culture in Paris, and a global partnership in engineering with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.Evelyn Hu, Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering, is working in partnership with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to give students an opportunity to experience engineering innovation in a team-based, global context. Hu said the funding allowed her to travel to Hong Kong to discuss details of the program in person with collaborators, which is critical to creating a shared understanding of how best to craft the program.“The PIFIE was important in so many ways. The existence of the program raises consciousness about Harvard’s interest in promoting new kinds of collaborative international experiences,” Hu said. “The seed funding helps to make possible those important first steps in putting a program together, and also sends an important message to our partner institution about the depth of commitment that Harvard has in realizing such new programs.”For John and Jean Comaroff, professors of African and African American Studies and of anthropology, the funding was critical in their efforts to create a meaningful, but also complex, program that was offered to Harvard students for the first time this summer.The program requires residences in two cities in South Africa, Cape Town and Johannesburg, a teaching safari through a game park the size of Israel, stays in a remote African chiefdom, where students live in different villages in homes without electricity or running water, as well as several short field trips.“Quite simply, we could not have set it up without that fund money,” Jean Comaroff said. “Setting up the arrangements in each place, equipping the staff and students for the field trips, putting in place security protections, and many other things besides required a great deal of preparatory work and considerable expense, all of which was covered by the fund.”For Eric Rentschler, the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Berlin is a seminal place to understand modernity and modern history. Rentschler used the funds to create a film study program in Berlin that has students learning the city’s history, analyzing some 20 films featuring the city, interacting with members of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin, and making their own films about the city.Berlin “remains, to this day and for many reasons, a remarkable metropolis that reflects the workings of history in a plethora of different guises,” Rentschler said.Virginie Greene, chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and her colleagues have taught an eight-week summer program in Paris for several years. They are hoping to offer a term-time program to extend the summer experience and to allow further research projects and immersion.“Paris is still the first, or one of the first, destinations for Harvard students going abroad,” Greene said. “There has been a long love affair between Americans and Paris for quite a while, and students … may also appreciate the fact that this very old city is today as cosmopolitan as New York, but in a French way.”last_img read more