Is the Royal Dutch Shell share price a good buy?

first_img Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Kirsteen Mackay | Monday, 11th May, 2020 | More on: RDSB Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSB) shocked the energy world earlier this month when it cut its dividend in the wake of the oil crisis and coronavirus pandemic. The Shell share price plummeted following the announcement.Dividend cuts seem normal of late, given the unprecedented times we are living in. Nonetheless, Shell’s cut was surprising because it had an unblemished 75-year record of never having decreased its dividend. Its decision marked a severe change of pace for the oil industry.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Oil price volatilitySo why did it do it? Shell requires an oil price of around $36 a barrel to break even. Earlier this year, the price of oil approached $70 and many projections based future earnings on prices in this region or higher.Several factors then came into play, but the oil price has been below the break-even benchmark for several weeks now.In the US, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil price is the one that matters, but in the UK, it is the Brent Crude oil price, which is primarily sourced from the North Sea. Brent crude prices have been more resilient than WTI lately, but both tend to rise and fall in tandem. Brent Crude has been as low as $16, and at one point WTI went negative.The recent area lockdowns and travel bans have reduced global oil demand by nearly a third. Although the lockdowns are gradually being lifted, it is unlikely demand will return to pre-pandemic levels quickly.Lord Browne, former CEO of BP, recently said he expects WTI could see negative prices again in the coming months as futures contracts come to fruition and the storage dilemma continues to weigh heavily on the US shale industry.The severe fluctuations in the price of WTI will probably affect Shell’s US onshore production (but it is worth noting that it is the independent oil companies that are most at risk).Geopolitical tensionsPrior to the coronavirus outbreak, the US and China were embroiled in a trade war. The US had also ramped up tensions with Iran.Despite the world’s focus being on the coronavirus crisis, these geopolitical tensions are still running high.And the climate change crisis continues to put pressure on the industry too so oil companies will have to adapt to survive.Onwards and upwardsNevertheless, the oil industry is still necessary and will continue to be so for many decades to come (probably on a smaller scale than we are used to, but producing, nonetheless). This makes me wonder, which oil stock is best positioned to survive the turmoil and navigate the choppy waters successfully?Personally, I think Shell will be fine. The oil price is likely to climb as the US reins-in production. It has a price-to-earnings ratio of 10 which is half that of BP and around a suitable value point as advocated by Warren Buffett.If you are a long-term holder, with the ability to resist selling when the share price falls and to let the good times run, I think the Shell share price is a good buy.Although its dividend cut was a shocker, it has a 3.5% yield and a substantial track record. It will have a rough ride ahead, but I think for the long term that Shell will survive.center_img See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Is the Royal Dutch Shell share price a good buy? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Huynh Residence / Norman D. Ward architect

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Marvin, Miele Year:  Photographs 2015 Houses Save this picture!© Charles Davis Smith+ 23 Share Studio Mud “COPY” Area:  2800 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Huynh Residence / Norman D. Ward architectSave this projectSaveHuynh Residence / Norman D. Ward architect United States City:Cedar HillCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Charles Davis SmithRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsCeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiWoodEGGERLaminatesText description provided by the architects. From the street the house appears to be three, single-story connected buildings that suggest a compound. The exterior surfaces of the units are different materials and colors accentuating the tripartite design. The main volume that faces the street and houses the public areas is clad in Leuders limestone, the others in stucco, one painted cream, the other left the natural gray with a sealer. The three units are staggered and offset by 10-feet, but are unified by a standing seam metal roof. A black cypress screen sets off the front door. Save this picture!© Charles Davis SmithThe south-facing entry courtyard is enclosed on three sides with two stone veneer bedroom pavilions and an entry wall sheathed with a cypress rain screen. Save this picture!DiagramThe interior is crafted to bring in light without sacrificing privacy. Two glass boxes flank the courtyard wall, act as “light containers” that diffuse light into the rooms rather than submit them to a direct blast of Texas sun. One box is placed to the northeast end of the entry hallway to capture morning light, the other to the southwest for the evening light. Save this picture!© Charles Davis SmithSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Charles Davis SmithA wall engages the glass volumes to create a visual buffer between the bedroom pavilions and living areas. Passage into the bedroom pavilions is through the glass boxes. Save this picture!© Charles Davis SmithThe low windows in the master bedroom and bathroom allow light to wash over the floors and provide privacy without the need for window coverings. They also allow an expanse of unpunctuated wall. Save this picture!© Charles Davis SmithThe home office is secluded while the reading alcove is elevated and projects from the house with three window walls.  It is a serene spot for reading or contemplation. Steps lead up to the glass-enclosed space, which opens to the northern daylight. The reading alcove is elevated above the exterior ground plane offering protected views into the tree canopy. Save this picture!© Charles Davis SmithProject gallerySee allShow lessBjarke Ingels, Rem Koolhaas to Feature in September Issue of WIRED UK, “THINK BIGGER”Architecture NewsExperts Fear Massive Losses of Historic Italian Architecture Following Magnitude 6.2…Architecture News Share Architects: Norman D. Ward architect Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeNorman D. Ward architectOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCedar HillUnited StatesPublished on August 25, 2016Cite: “Huynh Residence / Norman D. Ward architect” 25 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs:  Charles Davis Smith Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses•Cedar Hill, United States Huynh Residence / Norman D. Ward architect ArchDaily “COPY” Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard General Contractor: last_img read more

Hilton in the Community Foundation celebrates ten year anniversary with Winter Wonderland Ball

first_img Howard Lake | 10 December 2010 | News LONDON, ENGLAND, 11th DECEMBER 2010 – Hilton in the Community Foundation will be celebrating ten years of support for disadvantaged young people with a glamorous Winter Wonderland themed ball at the London Hilton on Park Lane.The black-tie event on Saturday 11th December is Hilton in the Community Foundation’s flagship annual fundraiser. The evening, generously sponsored by the Ability Group, includes a champagne reception, four-course gourmet dinner and first-class entertainment, including a unique festive performance from the cast of West-end hit show the Jersey Boys.Last year’s Ball made an incredible £370,000 in support of Hilton in the Community Foundation and the Muir Maxwell Trust. This year, to celebrate the charity’s anniversary year, all of the proceeds from the night will be channelled through the Foundation’s central grant fund to a range of deserving children’s charities. Since its inception in 2000 the charity has raised £9.365 million and has supported 898 charitable organisations, assisting more than 2.5 million young people worldwide.Dame Maureen Thomas, Hilton in the Community Foundation Trustee and Chair of the Ball committee, said: “This is always an important night in the Hilton in the Community Foundation calendar and this year promises to be an extra special evening in celebration of the charity’s ten year anniversary. As always there will be some fantastic entertainment on offer and we hope to raise a considerable sum from the evening to kick start our next decade of giving and assist even more young people that need our help”.The evening’s charity auction and raffle will include an array of exciting prizes including an all inclusive trip to see the Grammy’s, private lessons with stars from ITV’s Dancing on Ice and luxury Hilton holidays in Bali and the Maldives. A car will also be given away in the evening’s “heads and tails” game.Tickets are sold out for the exclusive event which will be attended by business leaders, premier corporate clients as well as celebrity guests. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  30 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Hilton in the Community Foundation celebrates ten year anniversary with Winter Wonderland Ball Tagged with: Events Londonlast_img read more

Health Department Confirms 8 More Cases of COVID-19 in Pasadena, Total Now 33

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 37 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Government Health Department Confirms 8 More Cases of COVID-19 in Pasadena, Total Now 33 10 die as County records highest number of virus deaths in one day; no local fatalities reported By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 2:51 pm Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena confirmed eight more cases of the Coronavirus on Tuesday as the number increased from 25 to 33, according to Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian.The city still has not recorded any deaths related to the virus.The news came one day after Health Director Ying Ying Goh updated the Pasadena City Council.On Monday the city reported 10 additional cases.On Monday, Pasadena Health Director Ying Ying Goh said that nearly half of Huntington Hospitals 70 ventilators are currently in use.Goh told the City Council on Monday that 28 of the ventilators are currently in use at the hospital.According to Goh, 19 patients at Huntington Hospital are infected with the Coronavirus. Two Pasadena patients are at Huntington Hospital along with seven others who are not from Pasadena.According to City Manager Steve Mermell, the city can get an additional 100 ventilators.Local officials met with officials from the hospital last week to form a surge plan just in case local numbers rapidly increase.So far, 170 people have been tested for the virus about 10-11 percent have tested positive and 47 people are awaiting test results.According to Dr. Goh, the 10 percent rate is about what the rest of LA County is experiencing.Hospitals around the country are struggling to find more ventilators.According to Time Magazine, California had about 7,500 ventilators across the state’s hospital systems at the beginning of the pandemic. State officials want to get another 10,000, but so far have added only 4,252.The state received about 170 broken ventilators from the federal government. They have been sent to a company to be repaired.There are at least 151 cases of the Coronavirus in Pasadena and nearby cities according to figures released on Tuesday afternoon by the LA County Health Department.Nearby Glendale has 76 confirmed cases. Alhambra has 13 cases of infection. Arcadia has 10 confirmed cases of infection.La Canada-Flintridge has eight cases, while South Pasadena and San Gabriel each has 6. Monrovia has 5 cases.The county did not report numbers for nearby Altadena.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 10 new deaths and 548 new cases of the Coronavirus on Tuesday as the county reached 3011 cases of infection.“This is the highest daily number of deaths we’ve reported to date, and our hearts go out to every family who has experienced loss related to this pandemic,” said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County public health director. “Though we expect to continue to see a rise in positive COVID-19 cases and sadly, deaths in the weeks to come, it is crucial that we continue to stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing if we must go out for essential services, self-isolate when we are sick, and self-quarantine if exposed to someone who is sick. We are all in this together.”Additional information regarding some of the new cases is pending further investigation. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 890 new cases.Pasadena has its own health department and so far that agency has reported no deaths. Community News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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“Agni Pariksha For CBI”: Madras High Court Directs Crime Branch To Investigate About 100Kg Gold Missing From CBI Custody

first_imgNews Updates”Agni Pariksha For CBI”: Madras High Court Directs Crime Branch To Investigate About 100Kg Gold Missing From CBI Custody LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 Dec 2020 12:18 AMShare This – xHigh Court rejected the contention that the prestige of the CBI would come down, if investigation is done by the local police.The Madras High Court has directed the Crime Branch to probe about the missing 100 Kg gold from CBI custody.Justice PN Prakash rejected the CBI’s request to direct the CBI of the neighbouring State or the National Investigating Agency to conduct the investigation in this regard.According to liquidator for Surana Corporation Limited, CBI had seized 400.47 kgs. of gold in connection with…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court has directed the Crime Branch to probe about the missing 100 Kg gold from CBI custody.Justice PN Prakash rejected the CBI’s request to direct the CBI of the neighbouring State or the National Investigating Agency to conduct the investigation in this regard.According to liquidator for Surana Corporation Limited, CBI had seized 400.47 kgs. of gold in connection with the investigation against the officials of Minerals & Metals Trading Corporation of India  and Surana Corporation Limited  on the allegation that MMTC had shown undue favour to Surana, who were importing gold and silver. Pursuant to NCLT direction to return the Gold to the liquidator (as criminal cases were withdrawn), the CBI, along with the representatives of all the banks and Surana, inventorised the gold that was kept in the vaults of Surana. It was found that there was a shortage of 103.864 kgs. of gold. In these circumstances, the liquidator approached the High Court seeking a direction to CBI to return 103.864 Kgs of gold.While considering this petition, the court asked the CBI why no FIR was registered for theft in this regard. The CBI’s Special Public Prosecutor submitted that an internal enquiry is being conducted by the CBI and that under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, the CBI does not have the authority to register a theft case, which falls within the domain of the local police.He requested the Court to give a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for theft and conduct investigation since the prestige of the CBI would come down, if investigation is done by the local police.  Justice PN Prakash observed:”This Court cannot subscribe to this view, because, the law does not sanction such an inference. All policemen have to be trusted and it does not lie in the mouth of one to say that the CBI have special horns, whereas, the local police have only a tail…It may be an Agni Pariksha for the CBI, but, that cannot be helped. If their hands are clean, like Sita, they may come out brighter, if not they would have to face the music.The court observed that the averments with regard to weight in a panchanama cannot be taken lightly, especially in a case of this nature when the difference is not a few grams, but, a whopping one lakh grams. The Court, therefore, directed CB-CID of State to conduct an investigation in this regard. The bench said:”First, the alleged shortfall of 103.97 kgs. of gold could be a genuine mistake as contended by the CBI, or Secondly, the CBI officials, in collusion, with the panchas and others, may have illegally dealt with the gold while maintaining the weight of the gold as 400 kgs. in the seizure mahazar, as a shortfall therein would have made Surana cry foul. The third possibility is that the CBI officials, in collusion with Surana and others, may have permitted Surana to deal with 100 and odd kgs. of gold after effecting the seizure of 400 kgs. This Court is not expressing any opinion on these possibilities. Suffice it to say that a free and fair investigation is, therefore, imperative to unearth the truth in this case.”Case: C.Ramasubramaniam vs. Inspector of Police, Central Bureau of Investigation [W.P.No.14030 of 2020 ]Advocate Vipin Warrior for petitioner.Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Absence minded

first_imgAbsence mindedOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Dealing with persistent absenteeism can be a real headache for personnelmanagers who must tiptoe their way around medical reports, disciplinaryprocedures and, of course, the Disability Discrimination Act. Ian Yongediagnoses some of the most troublesome problems that can ariseScenario 1Mr Wellbeloved is the newly appointed personnel officer of Plumbum Oscillans& Co, makers of widgets. His first case is Mr Pettifog, a key employee, whohas been repeatedly absent with a number of unrelated and obscure conditions,the last being caused by a bungee jump which went wrong. Pettifog has receivedwarnings that his attendance must improve. It has not. Pettifog refuses toagree to a medical report and so in some trepidation and under pressure fromthe management, Wellbeloved dismisses him. Pettifog goes to a tribunal andcomplains of unfair dismissal but to Wellbeloved’s relief he loses. Ian Yonge comments:  Atribunal in a similar case ruled that it would be placing too heavy a burden onan employer to carry out a formal medical investigation. No further examinationby a doctor could have helped them, and such an investigation would not havebeen fruitful bearing in mind the intermittent nature and different causes ofhis absences. Even if a medical report could have been of assistance, if theemployee refuses to agree to it, this should not mean that the company cannot actwithout one. Scenario 2Thus emboldened Wellbeloved acts decisively when he receives a medicalcertificate for an employee who has previously had an impeccable sicknessrecord. The certificate says he is suffering from angina pectoris. Wellbelovedlooks this up in the medical dictionary, decides the employee’s illness isterminal and dismisses him. Ian Yonge comments:  This timethe tribunal is likely to find the dismissal was unfair, as the company shouldhave invited the employee to submit to a further medical examination. The firstcase is a strong one because the decision has been taken on employment groundsand clearly Pettifog’s absences have become commercially damaging. The secondis not, because Wellbeloved has acted as doctor, which is not within his sphereof knowledge. Scenario 3Ms Sharp has been off work for several weeks. Wellbeloved decides that MsSharp is never going to come back and so, to save the statutory notice money hewould have to pay if he dismissed her, writes to her without any discussion orwarning. Wellbeloved says that the employment contract is terminated byfrustration, ie because of circumstances, but through no fault of either party.She goes to the tribunal and wins. Ian Yonge comments:  Frustration should only be claimed in the rarest of circumstances.It is only in the case of a devastating, catastrophic illness from which thereis no possible chance of a meaningful recovery that a tribunal would hold thatit was reasonable to terminate a contract on such grounds. Where there is a possibility that the employee may be able to return and iftheir absence is not commercially damaging, the tribunal will undoubtedlydecide this kind of action constitutes unfair dismissal. Not to consult with anemployee will often be fatal to the employer, and just assuming that there isno explanation or mitigating factor the employee can put forward is equivalentto dismissing for misconduct without going through a warning procedure. Scenario 4Wellbeloved is startled to see Mr Whiney, who has provided a current andgenuine sick note, taking part in a demonstration organised by the NationalUnion of Master Widget Makers, on television. Wellbeloved is not sure what todo, as there is a sickness note but in the end decides to end the employment. Ian Yonge comments:  The Courtof Appeal has ruled that even where there is a sick note. If in fact there isevidence that the employee is fit for work then dismissal could well bejustified. The court ruled “It cannot be said that it is not reasonablefor employers to go behind a sick note, if employees are doing things away frombusiness which suggest they are fit for work, then that is a matter whichconcerns employers.” Scenario 5The managing director says he wants to dismiss Miss Flat for poorattendance. However, the union has said that the reason for the regularabsences is an ongoing medical problem. Wellbeloved looks at her pattern ofabsence and decides he can dismiss on medical grounds. The company loses theresulting tribunal case. Ian Yonge comments:  Thecompany might have been able to dismiss on either conduct (absence) or medicalgrounds. The dismissal was unfair because they did not go through adisciplinary procedure for poor attendance. Neither did they obtain a medicalreport on her underlying condition, which was the reason for the absences. Wellbelovedhas fallen between two stools. Scenario 6To avoid a compensation payment, the company agrees with the tribunalreinstatement order and Miss Flat comes back to work. For a time all goesfairly well. Then she complains of stress brought on by the need to increasethe production of widgets, and nausea caused by fumes in the productionprocess. She is advised to go to her doctor and get medication. She does this but hersymptoms become worse and one day Miss Flat becomes confused on the productionline and bodges a run of widgets. She asks for a different job, perhaps as a quality control officer, a postthat does not exist at Plumbum. Mr Wellbeloved knows his DisabilityDiscrimination Act and is sure he is not obliged to create an artificial job,and thus turns down her request. He also turns down her request for anair-conditioned sterile work section to be built. Mr Wellbeloved now believesthe situation is clear-cut. Miss Flat is a whinger, she has been paid to go toher doctor but still she gets worse. Her employment should be terminated. MissFlat returns to the employment tribunal. It is held that the dismissal isunfair. Ian Yonge comments:  Wellbeloved has made no effort to consider whether there were anymitigating factors or whether the working environment was a possible cause.Fumes in the production process caused the nausea, so the company was to blame.In addition, the company has a duty to take care of the mental health oftheir staff. While the company did not have to create a job, or go to inordinate lengthsunder the DDA, it should have made reasonable efforts to accommodate Miss Flat.Wellbeloved should have considered whether a slight change in workingconditions or another existing post in the company would have been suitable. Scenario 7At this point Mr Wellbeloved goes on long-term sick leave and in due coursegoes onto the company’s long-term disability policy. Shortly after, themanaging director adds up the cost of the tribunal awards made during MrWellbeloved’s tenure. Noting that he is now beyond the six month period afterwhich the employment of senior executives can be terminated for ill health, heends the employment. Mr Wellbeloved’s insured disability payments then stop, as he is no longeran employee. He takes the company to court, and is awarded a suitably massivesum in compensation which keeps him going nicely, until he can claim hisill-health early retirement pension. Ian Yonge comments:  Byterminating Wellbeloved’s contract the company has stopped him receiving acontractual entitlement and he is thus entitled to compensation for breach ofcontract. It can be costly to dismiss employees on long-term sickness cover. Ian Yonge is an employment law specialist with consultancy William MMercer Sick notes – Though warnings are not relevant in sickness terminations, consultationis. – Consider suitable alternative employment. – Consider disability discrimination and make reasonable efforts toaccommodate requests for adjustments. – Where employees could be dismissed for either misconduct or sickness,follow the correct procedure. – Only in very rare circumstances should a contract be treated asfrustrated. – Never act as doctor. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Problem corner

first_imgMark Dorgan from PA Consulting Group, advises on and delivers people andorganisational change programmesProblem: My organisation is committed to improving HR servicedelivery and reducing costs through e-HR. How can I identify the righttechnology for my business and ensure the expected benefits are realised? Answer: Ensure you pinpoint the technologies that will add the mostvalue to your organisation in the context of your HR strategy. To do this, youneed to create a structured assessment process that gives a framework forviewing the options. Without such a framework, you will have to rely on thoseput forward by the systems’ vendors. It will also help HR and your ITdepartment to work together to achieve a common goal. A useful framework for thinking about the options available to you is anemployee life-cycle map, which shows the phases the employee goes through inyour company from attraction, to performance management and development, andfinally exit and retirement. Although much will be generic, aspects may beunique to your employment environment. For example, you may have a highemployee turnover rate and thus require a focus on e-recruitment, or perhapsyou have remote workers that require a focus one-learning technologies. Eachstep in the life-cycle implies a set of support actions from the company. Thisframework will provide a view of current activities, staffing and, withactivity-based costing, an understanding of the cost savings that will bedelivered. You can then go one step further to consider how you want to change orimprove the service provided. Critically, however, you must remember that e-HRshould be approached as a change, rather than an IT implementation project. Therefore, you need to ensure robust change, that project managementdisciplines are applied and that business expectations are managed, as e-HRprogrammes typically result in incremental improvement, rather than an endsolution in one leap. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Problem cornerOn 4 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Snow Women’s Volleyball Earns All-Region XVIII Honors

first_img Brad James November 8, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s Volleyball Earns All-Region XVIII Honors FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Various Snow College women’s volleyball standouts received All-Region XVIII honors as the Region XVIII volleyball championship tournament commenced at the Horne Activity Center Friday. Those who received honors are listed below:REGION XVIII PLAYER OF THE YEARSnow College freshman Lydia Montague has been named the Region 18 Player of the Year and a first-team All-Region selection. Montague, a 6-1 middle blocker from Lehi, Utah, led the region and ranked 12th nationally with a season-high hitting efficiency of .394. She registered a team-high 280 kills on the season, averaging 2.72 kills per set. She was also credited with a team leading 100 blocks.Twice named the Scenic West Player of the Week, Montague had eight matches with 10 or more kills, including a season-high 21 kills against Eastern Arizona. She also collected 19 kills in the Badgers’ 3-1 win at Western Wyoming and 17 kills against nationally-ranked Glendale.Montague is the second Snow College player in the past three seasons to earn Region 18 Player-of-the-Year honors.ALL-REGION FIRST TEAMFreshman right-side hitter Korrin Thornock earned Region XVIII first-team honors after totaling 242 kills on the season, and was credited with a .238 hitting efficiency on the season. Thornock, a 6-1, six-rotation player was also credited with 200 digs and 74 blocks. The Spanish Fork HS alum was twice named the Scenic West Player of the Week during the season, recorded 10 or more kills 12 different times during the season, and was credited with a season-high 14 kills against No. 2 Miami Dade.ALL-REGION SECOND TEAMFreshman setter Ellee Anderson recorded 960 assists on the season, averaging 8.81 assists per set. Her assist total ranked second in the region and 17th nationally. Anderson also ranked seventh nationally with a region-best 61 service aces. Used in both a 5-1 and 6-2 offensive system, Anderson was also credited with 207 digs and 22 blocks.ALL-REGION HONORABLE MENTIONSophomores Andreanna McKee and Savannah Tanner earned All-Region honorable mention honors. McKee ranked third on the Snow roster with 250 kills. She averaged 2.4 kills per set and hit an impressive .261 on the season. Tanner led the Badgers with 351 digs, averaging 3.3 digs per set. Tanner also ranked second on the Snow College roster wth 36 aces.REGION XVIII COACH OF THE YEARAfter leading the Badgers to a school record 30 wins on the season, including an undefeated mark of 10-0 in conference play, and the team’s first outright conference championship since 1986 , Snow College head coach Jeff Reynolds was named the Region 18 Coach of the Year. Reynolds has posted a record of 103-23 (.817) in just four seasons at the helm of the Snow College program, averaging 25.8 wins per season. Snow finished the regular season ranked No. 5 in the nation, marking the team’s highest final national ranking in school history. Written by Tags: Snow Volleyballlast_img read more

USS Gabrielle Giffords first LCS to employ integrated NSM

first_imgUSS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) recently became the first US Navy littoral combat ship to launch the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) in an integrated setup.Gabrielle Giffords’ launch of the NSM is different from the one performed by USS Coronado in 2014 in that the missile system aboard LCS 10 is coupled with the ship’s combat system while Coronado’s demonstration was performed from a bolt-on launcher set up on the ship’s flight deck.The integrated missile launch took place Oct. 1 during exercise Pacific Griffin, a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the US and Republic of Singapore navies.“Today was a terrific accomplishment for USS Gabrielle Giffords crew and the Navy’s LCS class,” said Cmdr. Matthew Lehmann, commanding officer. “I am very proud of all the teamwork that led to the successful launch of the NSM.”The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles away. The stealthy missile flies at sea-skimming altitude, has terrain-following capability and uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting in challenging conditions. It meets the US Navy’s over-the-horizon requirements for survivability against high-end threats, demonstrated lethality, easy upgrades and long-range strike capability.All Independence-variant LCS are to be equipped with the missiles.Photo: US NavyGabrielle Giffords, on its maiden deployment, arrived in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility Sept. 16, for a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. This marks the first time two LCS have deployed to the Indo-Pacific region simultaneously.Gabrielle Giffords is the fifth LCS to deploy to US 7th Fleet, following USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the currently-deployed USS Montgomery (LCS 8). View post tag: USS Gabrielle Giffords View post tag: US Navy View post tag: NSM Share this article View post tag: LCS Photo: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

Extension Specialist- Plant Pathology

first_imgProvides educational leadership in the development, implementation,management, and evaluation of research based, integrative statewideExtension programs that meet the needs of limited-resource andsocially-disadvantaged audiences. Delivers training and educationalsupport materials for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)agents and their clientele/customers in plant pathology, consistentwith the philosophy, policy and overall mission, goals andeducational objectives of Cooperative Extension at North CarolinaA&T State University. This position works both individually andcollaboratively to plan, deliver, and assess the effectiveness ofExtension programs relating to plant pathology. The selectedcandidate will be able to secure external research funding forprograms to engage underserved and limited-resource audiences inthe revitalization and profitability of small farms. This positionprovides: 1) innovative leadership in planning, implementing, andevaluating statewide educational programs that address the needs ofsmall, part-time, and limited resource farm audiences related toplant pathological programs that help small farmers identify andcontrol diseases, and minimize the negative effect of plantdisease; 2) leadership in identifying and conducting staffdevelopment opportunities, training and technical assistance inplant pathology and related areas for Extension professionals,paraprofessionals and non-Extension persons; 3) curricula-likedocuments and program accomplishment reports to share with internaland external audiences and assistance with marketing theorganization and its impacts; 4) collaboration with College ofAgriculture & Environmental Sciences (CAES) faculty, otherExtension specialists, and research scientists to develop relevantresearch-based plant pathology program initiatives; and 5)promotion of diversity within Extension programs and withaudiences. The Extension Specialist, Plant Pathology reports to theAssistant Extension Administrator – Agriculture and NaturalResources of Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T.last_img read more