Case roundup

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Case roundupOn 7 May 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s case roundupAward for injury to feelings increased Doshoki v Draeger Limited EOR 104, April 2002, EAT Doshoki, an Iranian, was employed as a sales manager from June 1977 untilhis dismissal in March 1998. He brought a race discrimination claim, arguingthat his dismissal was on racial grounds and that he had been subjected tooccasional racial comments and taunts, such as “Shut up Aytollah” andbeing called an “Arab”. The tribunal dismissed the claim and heldthat the racial taunts did not amount to a detriment. The EAT allowed Doshoki’sappeal in respect of that finding. A new tribunal held that the remarksamounted to racial discrimination and awarded compensation for injury tofeelings of £750 on the basis that the remarks were not very serious. Doshokiappealed arguing the award was so perversely low as to constitute an error oflaw. The appeal was allowed. The EAT held £750 was a sum very close to the lowestend of the entire scale of awards for injury to feelings and by way ofcomparison, was a sum appropriate only for the very slightest physical injuryin a personal injuries claim. Moreover, the taunts were repeated from time totime over a period of four months and were hurtful and humiliating for Doshoki.It substituted £4,000 as an appropriate award. Size of organisation a relevant factor Golding v Klargester Environmental Limited [2002] All ER (D) 38, January2002, EAT Golding claimed his redundancy was unfair because there had been inadequateconsultation and no prior warning of dismissal. Klargester failed to enter aNotice of Appearance and at the hearing applied for an extension of time to dothis. The tribunal found that agreeing to the application would cause a furtherdelay and as Klargester was a large organisation, any finding of unfairdismissal and award for compensation was not likely to prove disastrousfinancially. The tribunal exercised its discretion and refused Klargester’sapplication, which meant it was unable to enter a defence. The tribunal thenconcluded that Golding had been unfairly dismissed and awarded compensation. Klargester appealed, arguing that when exercising its discretion thetribunal had erred by taking into account that Klargester was a largeorganisation enjoying economic success. The appeal was dismissed. The tribunalhad to take into account all relevant factors, weighing and balancing them oneagainst the other to reach a conclusion which was objectively justified on thegrounds of reason and justice. It was important to consider the prejudice to both parties, and the tribunalhad been entitled to consider Klargester’s financial circumstances whenreaching its decision. last_img

Are you bringing in quality leaders for the new year?

first_img Comments are closed. Are you bringing in quality leaders for the new year?On 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article With the start of the new year, many organisations will be looking toenhance their performance through the quality of their leadership. It is up toHR to set a good example and lead the wayWhat is your New Year’s resolution? Giving up smoking? Joining a gym? Orbreathing new life into your organisation, perhaps? If it is the latter, then you may be contemplating how to enhance yourorganisation’s performance through the quality of its leadership. The leadership challenges for organisations – particularly those operatingin a globally competitive market place – have continued to rise unabated duringthe last decade. New employment legislation, cultural change, the need to adopt best practiceand deliver results, have increased the range of skills and competencies whichleaders and managers are required to employ. A number of recent studies show that the perception among many employees isthat the quality of leadership is falling short. One of the key challenges fororganisations in 2003 – and for HR in particular – must be to enhance thequality of current and future leadership. We have to proactively create leadership programmes for senior managers, or,where they already exist, dispassionately review their effectiveness. It may benecessary to start again. Ask any member of a top management team whether they believe betterperformance could be achieved from their staff and they will invariably say‘yes’. Yet, when asked what proactive action is being taken by the organisation toextract that superior performance through better leadership, the response willbe vague. The challenge for HR must be to tap into their pool of talent by creatingthe environment, culture and opportunities that enable employees to reach theirfull potential. An obvious but important prerequisite in achieving this is theappropriate investment of resources in leadership development. A significanteffort and justification for securing the necessary resources are a must. Effective leadership is about creating a great organisation capable of sustainedperformance over many years, but developing world-class leaders is not a simpletask. There are many views of what the key ingredients to producing effectiveleaders are. One only has to look at the array of books on leadership in anyairport lounge, and it soon becomes apparent there is no quick and easy answer.When senior managers are asked to name the leaders they particularly admire,well-known names such as Nelson Mandela and Sir Richard Branson are oftenmentioned. The common qualities that make these individuals stand out include theability to motivate people and inspire a common vision. Personal credibility,drive, genuine interest in others, trust, communication and confidence, are allimportant as well. If these are some of the key traits of good leadership, the task for HR andthe organisation is to facilitate their practice. Good leadership is not the exclusive domain of senior management. It can andmust equally apply to other managers across the whole business. Apart fromcarrying out typical management responsibilities, they must also lead andinspire their teams on a daily basis. Equipping junior and middle managers as well as the more senior managementpopulation, undoubtedly helps to create a common, seamless culture. In many organisationswith poor leadership it is often evident that there is a clash in styles, witha variety of approaches co-existing at different levels. A key challenge ahead for the HR community is not just about facilitatingbetter leadership in the organisation, but also demonstrating good leadershipqualities and setting an example. This does mean an extra responsibility forHR, but it is no different from what the best have always done – leading fromthe front. It is difficult to ask others to do what we are not. The opportunity for HR to have a marked impact on organisational performanceis there for the taking, and leadership has to be near the top of the agenda in2003.By Saudagar Singh, HR director, npower Related posts:No related photos.last_img

REG to expand Geismar renewable diesel plant in US

first_img REG acquired the Geismar facility in 2014. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay) Renewable Energy Group (REG) has announced plans to expand the capacity of its Geismar renewable diesel plant in Louisiana, US.Construction on the expansion of the plant, which currently has a capacity to produce 250 million gallons annually, is expected to begin in mid to late 2021.Targeted to be completed in late 2023, the expanded plant will have a capacity to produce 340 million gallons of renewable diesel per year.REG president and CEO Cynthia (CJ) Warner said: “REG Geismar has proven to be a tremendous asset for our company and is a natural site for increasing production of our lower carbon renewable diesel.“The state of Louisiana and Ascension Parish have been great partners who encouraged us every step along the way as we developed our expansion plan.“They truly understand the broad economic and environmental benefits that renewable fuels provide, and we look forward to our continued partnership with them as we undertake this project.”Expansion of Geismar plant will require $825m in capital investmentREG acquired the Geismar facility, which was the first renewable diesel plant built in the US, in 2014.After acquiring the plant, the company made improvements to increase its initial 75 million gallon nameplate facility up to 90-million gallons per year.The biodiesel and renewable diesel producer now estimates that the expansion of the Geismar biorefinery would need an investment of $825m.The expansion project has secured support from Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards, who announced an incentive package that includes comprehensive workforce support and tax incentives.Currently, REG operates 13 biorefineries in the US and Europe.In July last year, the company announced the closing of its New Boston, Texas biorefinery due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty. The expansion project has secured support from Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwardslast_img

USS Underwood Concludes Composite Training Unit Exercise

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood Concludes Composite Training Unit Exercise May 1, 2012 Share this article View post tag: News by topic USS Underwood Concludes Composite Training Unit Exercise View post tag: Composite View post tag: Concludes View post tag: Training The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMTUEX) April 30 and is deploying to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.The ship participated in events for COMTUEX that simulated various situations, including combat-orientated exercises.“This was a great opportunity for us to get underway working in a multi-ship, complex warfare environment and set us up very well for success on deployment,” said Cmdr. Michael D. Brassuer, USS Underwood executive officer.The COMPTUEX included a live-fire gun exercise of the ship’s weapon systems, simulated missile attacks, small boat attacks, man overboard drills, underway replenishments, and ship boarding training by the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team. Underwood also sailed in formation with other U.S. Navy ships and practiced evasive maneuvers. These exercises were designed to be as true-to-life as possible.“It was realistic training,” said Brassuer. “I could see by the watch team’s reactions that they thought the scenarios were real.”One of the highlights of COMTUEX for Underwood was the VBSS ship boarding exercise. The team boarded a simulated “ship of interest”, USNS Hugo (TYL-8201), to search the vessel. They provided medical aid and engineering support during the simulation.“For COMTUEX, the VBSS team gets ready to be certified so that in case of emergencies, we can board vessels to search for any kind of contraband, such as illegal drugs and firearms,” said Electricians Mate 2nd Class Aldo Rodriguez, a member of the VBSS team aboard Underwood. “They just want us to be ready to go whenever we spot a suspicious ship in the area.”Underwood is deploying in support of Southern Seas 2012. Its first exercise will be UNITAS Pacific (UNITAS PAC), an exercise with foreign navies of South America, designed to practice security and stability operations. Crew members will also participate in community relation events while in port and will perform maritime security operations at sea.Underwood completed COMTUEX to gain qualifications required for its deployment.“It gave us a chance to come together as a team and get ready for deployment,” said Brassuer.UNITAS, Latin for “unity”, is the oldest maritime exercise conducted each year since 1959. The multinational exercise is focused on operating and training together in scenario-based environments, theater security operations, anti-terrorism and anti-narcotic operations. UNITAS also includes live-fire exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster response training.U.S. personnel are given the opportunity to work and train side-by-side with sailors of Latin American navies and build relationships. The relationships that develop from this exercise will help foster cooperation and understanding between participating countries.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) support U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 01, 2012; View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Unit View post tag: USS Underwood Training & Educationlast_img

British battleship HMS Royal Oak receives new ensign

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy British battleship HMS Royal Oak receives new ensign View post tag: WWII October 17, 2016 Authorities View post tag: HMS Royal Oak Back to overview,Home naval-today British battleship HMS Royal Oak receives new ensign Share this article Royal Navy clearance divers from HM Naval Base Clyde have changed the White Ensign on the wreck of HMS Royal Oak on the anniversary of its sinking on October 14, 1939.HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge Class battleship which came under attack from German U-Boat U-47 at Scapa Flow, Orkney. The warship was sunk with the loss of 834 lives and is now a registered war grave.Each year Royal Navy’s Northern Diving Group (NDG) are given permission to dive down to the wreck and change the White Ensign – the iconic flag of the Royal Navy – marking the sacrifice of those who gave their lives.This year the team were also given the duty of placing three memorial plaques within the Royal Oak.Two were in memory of crew members Marine Kenneth Edwin Hall and Able Seaman Stoker Joseph Paschal Wilkins, the third featured a photograph of Janet Yorke, whose brother perished in the sinking, and who recently passed away.On Thursday, October 13, NDG’s able seaman (diver) Stephen Kendrick and leading diver Craig MacMillan were given the honor, descending through the murky waters of Scapa Flow to place the Ensign and plaques.“It was an honour and a privilege to place the new Ensign and plaques on the war grave of HMS Royal Oak,” said Stephen Kendrick.“Throughout the diving there were very deep emotions running through my mind – from a sense of honour to great sorrow. I will always remember this moment. May they rest in peace and never be forgotten.”Great video of divers from #HMNBClyde on the wreck of HMS Royal Oak today in #ScapaFlow #Orkney #Scotland— RN in Scotland (@RNinScotland) October 14, 2016This year marks the 77th anniversary of the sinking and a ceremony was also held at the HMS Royal Oak Memorial in Scapa Flow on Friday, October 14, followed by a wreath-laying at sea above the wreck of the vessel.Royal Navy clearance divers are also the maritime bomb disposal experts and in March this year a team from NDG were called to Orkney to deal with an item of suspected ordnance located on the seabed.Upon examination the item was identified as a World War Two torpedo, thought to be a stray, fired at Royal Oak by the U47.Launched in 1914, HMS Royal Oak saw service during the First World War, with her first combat at the Battle of Jutland. In 1938 she was returned to the Home Fleet and was at Scapa Flow following the hunt for a German battleship in the North Sea.last_img


first_imgDivision: Advanced Technology Cores (80001031)Department: Advanced Technology Cores (90002575)Employment Duration: Full-timeBaylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:Baylor ( ) isrecognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health sciencecenters and is known for excellence in education, research, andhealthcare and community service. Located in the heart of theworld’s largest medical center ( Texas MedicalCenter ), Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational,healthcare and research affiliates ( Baylor Affiliates).SummaryThe Small Animal MRI Core( Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is hiring a junior facultymember to serve as the Technical Director of the Core. Thecandidate should have demonstrated expertise in small animal MRI,especially data analysis. The candidate will be responsible fordeveloping, implementing, evaluating and applying MRI imageacquisition and analysis techniques. The faculty appointment willbe in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and thecandidate will report to Robia Pautler, Ph.D., the AcademicDirector of the Small Animal MRI Core. The position is fullysupported by funds from BCM’s Advanced Technology Coresprogram.The Core is funded by an NIH S10 fund and contains a Bruker BioSpec9.4 T horizontal bore MRI scanner. The candidate will work withcore users to develop and optimize MR protocols to meet the needsof new and ongoing projects. These projects span a broad range ofcutting-edge basic and translational biological research, includingcerebral blood flow, tumor volume assessment, 19F MRI, restingstate fMRI and CEST (chemical exchange saturation transfer). Thedevelopment of a synergistic, independent research program is alsostrongly encouraged.Job Responsibilities:Duties and Responsibilities:• Implement and optimize acquisition techniques and processingpipelines for small animal imaging• Train small animal MRI users in specialized procedures andtheoretical concepts to ensure project successaJob Qualifications:Requirements:• PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline (MR Physics,neuroscience, mathematics, engineering, computer science,biophysics or other physical sciences)• Experience with small animal MRI or spectroscopy• Strong collaborative abilitiesPreferred Qualifications:• Experience with Bruker small animal MRI scanners• Experience with independent writing of grant proposals,scientific conference abstracts and journal papers• Teaching, mentoring and supervision experience in the field ofMRIBaylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.405CA; CHlast_img

Allied shuts Reading bakery

first_imgAllied Bakeries has closed its Reading bakery, which once employed 196 staff, following a strategic review of its UK bakery operations.The company shut the distribution depot and manufacturing plant on the Viscount Way site last month, and it closed the remaining plant this week.The decision to close was “regrettable but necessary as the Reading site is not suitable for future development,” Allied Bakeries said in a statement. It needed to move production to sites which are bigger and have greater capacity, it said.A consultation process with employees on the closure began in November 2005.Allied said: “This has not been an easy decision and in no way reflects the efforts and commitment of our employees at the site.” Allied Bakeries thanked employees for their support.last_img

Pretty Lights Announces Two-Night New Year’s Run With Live Band In NOLA

first_imgNew Orleans is about to have a heavy dose of lights, as famed DJ Pretty Lights has just announced a two-night New Year’s run with his funky live band. With Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Chris Karns and Alvin Ford, Jr. meshing beautifully as the PL Live Band, there’s no limit to this group’s musical potential.The shows will take place from December 30-31, and will be held at the famed Mardi Gras World Ballroom in New Orleans, LA. Ticket information can be found here.[Photo by Visual Suplex Media And Design]last_img

Open Networking – The Foundation for Future-Ready IT

first_imgWe all have heard of the often used phrase that technology is experiencing exponential growth with the common reference point being Moore’s Law – the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months.  During the first session of some university courses I’ve taught, I ask students to describe common technologies from 10 years ago.  Then we compare that to today’s widespread use of technologies like wireless Internet, smartphones, social networking and its pretty eye opening.Today’s business world is experiencing a similar feeling when taking snapshots of technology advancements and how they need to adapt in almost real-time.  IT data centers are being challenged on a daily basis from advancements like virtualization, changing workflows, new methods like containers and more.Unfortunately, there is one critical infrastructure within data centers that isn’t keeping up – the network.  Organizations are struggling with the rapid technology change and user demand while still running and managing outdated, inflexible, proprietary network infrastructures.  A good analogy is handling modern traffic flows in and out of major metropolitan centers using the highway system of the 1960’s.  Good luck.Open Networking and WhyIt departments need to take a closer look at their data center network infrastructure and ask some serious questions.  Am I in control of my network or is it (and my networking vendor) in control of me?  Does my network allow me to take advantage of the rapid technology innovation I’m seeing in areas like network virtualization, cloud and orchestration?  Can I pick and choose best-of-breed solutions that help me specifically address my unique needs?  If not, it might be time to look at open networking solutions.Open networking is a new approach for network infrastructures where the data center switch hardware is disaggregated from the operating system software.  It also incorporates key standardized technologies like off-the-shelf merchant silicon and the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) that provide a cost-effective environment for installing different network OS’s on the same hardware platform.By adopting open networking solutions into their data center, organizations can ensure they are positioned for optimum choice of field-proven switching hardware, network operating systems and open source tools and applications.  By taking this initial step they can bring innovation back to their network infrastructure, while also laying a clear path to a software-defined, future-ready network environment.Dell: A leader in Open NetworkingDell was the first major networking vendor to introduce the concept of open networking with the announcement of our support of Cumulus Networks’ Cumulus Linux OS on our switching platforms in January of 2014.  Since then we have introduced over 7 new open 1GbE to 100GbE networking platforms, added 3rd party OS partners like Big Switch Networks, Pluribus Networks, and IP Infusion, and helped hundreds of customers implement open networking solutions in their data centers.Dell Networking was able to accomplish this major feat through our existing experience as a market-leading networking vendor, participation in global standards organizations like OpenCompute, OpenDaylight, Open Networking Foundation and Ethernet Alliance, and a proven history of leveraging component standardization and openness with our computing products.  We were recently acknowledged in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking as the only major networking vendor in the visionary quadrant.  And this is just the beginning.SummaryIt’s doubtful that we’ll see a slowdown of innovation and technology advancements anytime in the near future.  Change is here to stay.  Doesn’t it make sense to start now with transitioning your data center infrastructure to open networking?  It’s a win-win proposition to help satisfy today’s growing demands on your network while also paving the way to a software-defined environment of the future.last_img

Group considers relevant student initiatives

first_imgOn Wednesday evening, the Student Senate convened in LaFortune Student Center to discuss relevant issues and initiatives to the Notre Dame community.“We’re really focusing on trying to get the computer science class initiative through, [because] it would be a really positive thing,” Keough Hall senator and junior Kevin Coleman said.Passed unanimously by the Senate, the resolution will propose an introductory computer science course to the administration, which would fulfill a core-curriculum requirement for science.“This is something that, say, if you were a non-engineering major, it could still be helpful to know HTML or Java … I could really foresee this becoming a reality, and a really positive change,” Alumni Hall senator and sophomore Scott Moore said.Cavanaugh Hall senator and sophomore Ashley Calvani, proposed a reform to the grab-and-go paper bags.“It’s an annoyance to use those brown paper bags all the time, so perhaps we eliminate them and use reusable bags to carry around all the time and use in place of the brown paper bags,” Calvani said.The initiative suggests a reusable bag given to first year students at orientation. The reusable bags would be used each time a student utilized the grab-and-go service in the dining hall.“This could be super effective for those who use grab-and-go as their daily routine,” senior Matt Devine, student body vice president, said.“This could be a really great thing particularly at the grassroots level, and those would want to do it would do it,” Moore said.Student body president and senior Lauren Vidal gave an update on the new Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (O’SNAP) pilot program.“They’re adding two new dispatchers to the O’SNAP program in order to promote efficiency within the pilot program,” Vidal said.Ridership went up significantly in November and December to nearly 1,000 riders per month, which almost triples the number of riders Safe Walk ever accommodated in a similar period.A number of events, such as hall elections in two weeks and Hall of the Year presentations in slightly over a month, are highly anticipated by members of the Senate.“It’s the only thing [I’ll say] but it’s the most important thing … the Fisher Regatta is officially 73 days away,” Fisher senator and junior Grant Humphreys said.The meeting concluded with a prayer in honor of Daniel Kim, the Notre Dame sophomore who recently passed away.“This is a true tragedy for the Notre Dame community … though [I] did not know Daniel personally, from what I have learned, he was a genuinely, genuinely kind human being who truly cared for his friends and family,” Vidal said.Tags: ashley calvani, computer science class initiative, grant humphreys, kevin coleman, Lauren Vidal, Matt Devine, scott moore, Senate, senate discusses initiatives, student senatelast_img