Leigh Day prepares Windrush group action

first_imgHome OfficeJamie Beagent, a partner in the firm’s human rights department, said the compensation scheme would need to ‘fully and fairly’ compensate every individual for the particular harm and loss they have suffered, including the loss of dignity.He said: ‘While we welcome the news that the government intends to set up a compensation scheme for these British citizens, we know very little more. We are also sceptical that such a scheme will adequately recompense our clients for what they have been through and what they have lost, and seems to be a failed crisis-management ploy.’We urge the government to provide further details, including a timeframe for the scheme, and if these are not adequate we will be bringing a group action, under the Human Rights Act, on behalf of these members of our society who have been treated so badly by a government which sought to make the rest of society hostile toward them.’Last week immigration specialists criticised the now departed home secretary Amber Rudd for suggesting that those who call a helpline to contact the Home Office do not need to instruct solicitors.The Law Society has urged the government to restore legal aid for immigration, after drawing attention to official figures that show an alarming drop in the number of people who receive publicly funded immigration help. Leigh Day has called on the Home Office to expedite a compensation scheme for people of the so-called ‘Windrush Generation’ as it prepares a potential group action over the effects of the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy.The human rights firm said today that it is investigating the potential of an action on behalf of a ‘number of people’. Issues facing them include being unlawfully detained and deported, losing jobs or employment rights, and being denied medical treatment, the firm said.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe sets up special courts for politically motivated crimes

first_imgThe government of Zimbabwe has set up special courts to try political crimes, ahead of a planned presidential election scheduled for later this year.“The judiciary in liaison with the police and other stakeholders has set up special courts throughout the country to speedily deal with politically motivated crimes,” Erasmus Makodza, a senior assistant commissioner, told reporters in the capital, Harare, on Monday.Since his rise to power in November 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has initiated a series of reforms in the southern African nation, including electoral reforms.Earlier this year, the Zimbabwean government announced that it would allow foreign observer envoys into the country for the presidential vote. Under former president Robert Mugabe, the observers – particularly from the West – were banned from the country, for allegedly being biased in their reports.Mnangagwa also pledged to re-engage the West as he seeks to rejuvenate the country’s battered economy.Mnangagwa in January also warned corrupt statesmen who had stashed stolen millions abroad to return the money, giving them a three-month window.Chief Justice Luke Malaba then announced that the judiciary would set up special courts in each of the country’s 10 provinces to tackle graft cases.This –the Mnangagwa administration hoped – would help eradicate corruption that had thrived under Mugabe.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Tunisia pole vault champion volunteers as a Doctor

first_imgEritrea confirms four more COVID-19 cases Related Somalia confirms 19 new COVID-19 cases dor FILE PHOTO: Dorra Mahfoudhi is a 27-year-old Tunisian African pole vault Champion./Getty Images.Dorra Mahfoudhi is a 27-year-old Tunisian African pole vault Champion. She’s continuing her training during the coronavirus lockdown and still finds time to help out as a volunteer doctor.Dorra is a former gymnastics champion. Her family moved to the capital city Tunis when she was 15. That’s when she fell in love with this sport discipline. Learning to vault was hard and winning domestic, regional and continental tournaments was even harder for the young champion.She narrates to CGTN’s Adnen Chaouachi.“I’ve been to many competitions. I won Arab championships and many African  championships from the Juniors to seniors. The last one was last year in August. It was the African games in Morocco. In this competition, I did my best with 4,31m. it’s the national record.”Ayed Berhayem is the national coach of the pole Vault Team. He’s trained hundreds of Tunisian champions. He says that working during the period of the general lockdown is the most challenging experience in his 30-year career.”The confinement and the lockdown have complicated the training of our champion. The easing of restrictions has allowed us to return to the training. We’re adapting the exercises to this natural environment. Champions must cope with challenges”In addition to her successful sporting career, Dorra is also a brilliant 5th year medical student. She pursues her studies at the prestigious faculty of medicine. She’s also volunteering with the emergency units of the COVID-19 task force.“Before the corona-crisis, I was dedicating all my time to my sports career. I was trying to qualify to the Tokyo Olympic Games. We analyze samples from people suspected with the coronavirus disease. The Thing  that helped me here which I took from my athletics career as a professional one is stress management. Like I can deal in big competitions with everything and manage my stress and in medical emergencies.”After a long day at the emergency services, the Tunisian athlete finds refuge in the forest of Rades, South of the capital city Tunis. This is where she trains and manages stress.Dorra Mahfoudhi has recently helped a woman give birth at home during the general lockdown. The talented lady has become an icon in the North African country. The Tunisian champion will continue saving lives as a medical worker, with focus on the Tokyo Olympics. Togo confirms first COVID-19 caselast_img read more

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CRFS Develops Passive 3D Tracking System to Detect Aircrafts & Drones

first_imgCRFS, a global leader in RF spectrum monitoring, management and geolocation solutions, will launch its passive 3D airborne tracking system, RFeye AirDefense, at the 56th AOC Symposium in Washington DC on the 28 of October.Developed to passively detect and geolocate airborne targets using their RF transmissions, the RFeye AirDefense provides the military with covert surveillance of their airspace for situational awareness, silently augmenting existing Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS). Both military and civilian aircrafts transmit RF signals for voice communication, navigation, tactical data links and radar. The RFeye AirDefense system uses these transmissions to accurately detect the signal, locate its position in three dimensions and determine the probable flight path for individual aircraft, independent of the number that may be operating in the area. The practical advantage of RFeye AirDefense is its ability to detect hostile aircraft and UAS without them being aware they are being tracked. This can provide essential covert intelligence on enemy activity and also augment radar systems by providing a long-range warning of incoming threats to enable radar cuing or provide coverage overlap.The ability to derive course, speed, and altitude from a geolocated signal of interest is often considered the holy grail of the airborne SIGINT community. Just from these pieces of data, this system can help analysts determine the origin, platform type, bearing to estimated target and even intent.RFeye AirDefense uses a ground-based network of intelligent RFeye receivers linked to management and geolocation software to enable real-time monitoring and tracking of airborne targets over an extremely wide airspace. The same network and sensors can also provide general RF environment situational awareness and terrestrial emitter geolocation. The system can be used for standalone situational awareness or as an integrated element in a system of systems for complete air defense. Applications range from operational in-theatre use to training and testing. Click here to learn more about the RFeye AirDefense System.last_img read more

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Central Services through to domonoes final

first_imgCentral Service stormed their way into the final of the Banks DIH Limited ‘President’s Cup’ Inter-Department Domino Championship after defeating Pre-Sellers and Power Generation Monday in the semi-finals. Played at the Thirst Park Sports Club, Central Service recorded an impressive score of 84 games. Pre-Sellers finished on 72 games and earned their place in the final as the third place team.Power Generation was eliminated after ending on 65 games. Central Service and Pre-Sellers will now oppose Trisco, who had earned a bye to the final.Power Generation started brightly in the match, recording 14 games while Central Service and Pre-Sellers ended on 13 and 12 correspondingly. Pre-Sellers then took the lead in the second round, tallying 13 games to end on 26. Central Service scored 10 games to finish on 23, while Power Generation tallied a meager three games to conclude on 17.It was from this point that Central Service took control of the match, scoring an impressive 16 games to end on 39 in round three. Pre-Sellers and Power Generation ended on 35 and 28 respectively.Central Service extended their lead in the fourth sitting, amassing 16 games once more to sit on 55 games. Pre-Sellers and Power Generation lagged behind on 45 and 38 games respectively. Pre-Sellers reduced the deficit in the fifth round, scoring 16 games to enter the final stanza on 61 games. Central Service recorded 14 games to finish on 69, while Power Generation battled to 53.Central Service sealed the result in the final round, as they registered 15 games. Power Generation and Pre-Sellers scored 10 and nine games each.Winner of the tournament will receive five cases of Guinness and a championship trophy while the runners-up will pocket five cases of Banks Beer and the respective accolade. The third place finisher will pocket five cases of Malta and the corresponding trophy.last_img read more

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Risk Management and Loss Prevention in the Quick-Service Restaurant Environment

first_imgOur mission at McDonald’s is to deliver your food with fast, accurate, and friendly service. Serving our customers with the expected speed requires the highly coordinated actions of our management team and crew. Satisfying surges of customers during peak times is repeated several times each and every day.Orders are taken from several points at the front counter and the drive-thru. The kitchen crew is busy making the food as others are filling the orders and still others are cleaning, mopping, wiping tables, collecting trash, and performing a multitude of tasks. How is risk management and loss prevention handled in such an environment?All the activity is carefully coordinated, but in our industry, when the pace of work increases, the opportunity for accidents increases. Worker’s compensation claims along with reported customer accidents tend to increase in our industry with the peak times of business. There are more employees and more customers in the building or on the premises during those times. In addition to keeping our employees safe and secure from accidents, the reductions of accidents and their associated cost also affects the profitability of the restaurant, including insurance premiums.- Sponsor – So, what do we do about it?Timely ReportingThe comprehensive safety and loss prevention program at McDonald’s begins with the accurate and timely reporting of accident claims. Timely reporting of the incident allows quick response by our third-party administrator.The health and safety of our employees and customers is paramount. The third-party administrator’s involvement ensures the quick and proper treatment of any injury that may occur. An adjustor is assigned to handle all aspects of the claim and has responsibility for working with the employee and the preferred medical provider as well as the customer and their needs.McDonald’s has agreements in place with preferred medical providers to provide the best care at a reasonable cost. The agreements with these preferred medical providers help reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency room, so that emergency rooms at hospitals are reserved for emergencies only. In order to get the claim into the hands of the professional adjuster as quickly as possible, the restaurant management team calls in the claim within 24 hours of occurrence.Trend AnalysisUnderstanding the claims information collected by the third-party administrator is important in identifying risk management and loss prevention trends and determining action steps. The data can indicate patterns of particular causes and types of accidents. It can also indicate patterns regarding the frequency or severity of claims as well as time of day, day of the week, or specific location within the restaurant or on the premises. The data is shared with operations personnel along with action-oriented solutions. Resources can then be applied to correct any issues or conditions responsible for the accident trends.Restaurant Reviews, Audits, and InspectionsSafety reviews are conducted in multiple ways—by a restaurant safety representative, the management team, outsourced to professional safety inspectors, risk management representatives, and/or security managers. It is imperative to identify the root cause of the accidents that occur and inspect the premises for unsafe conditions, practices, and compliance of safety policy and procedure.The restaurant safety reviews and inspections are designed to identify these risk management and loss prevention causes and conditions. If needed, an action plan is then prepared to address the issues and provide solutions and resources. It is important to train the management team and crew.Outsourced inspections also include the review of play areas for children, food safety, and policy and procedures for the handling of chemicals in the restaurants.Proactive InterventionSome of the proactive measures taken to address root causes include the following:Slip-Resistant Shoes—All corporately owned McDonald’s now require the management and crew to wear slip-resistant shoes. The shoes are ordered for the employee and are considered part of their uniform. Slip-resistant shoes have been a proven proactive measure for the reduction of employee slip-and-fall accidents in the restaurant.Floor Mats—Slip-resistant floor mats may be used near the dish sink in the kitchen, in front of kitchen ice machines, and in walk-in coolers and freezers. Mats have also been effective in slip-and-fall prevention in the dining room when placed inside entrance doors and in front of self-service beverage areas and ice machines.Properly Cleaned Floors—Employees are trained to quickly clean up any spills that occur. They are also trained to place wet-floor signs by the mopped areas in the dining room of the restaurant to advise our customers of the freshly mopped floors.The crew is also trained to use separate buckets and mops when cleaning the kitchen and dining room so that dirt and grease mopped up in the kitchen are not transferred from the kitchen to the dining room. The proper concentration of approved cleaner is used with hot water. Training also includes frequent changing of the water and cleaning solution in the mop buckets.Proper Use of Safety Tools—As mentioned above, wet-floor signs may be placed about the spilled area or freshly mopped floor. The hot grills require scraping and cleaning. A specially designed tool is used to keep hands and fingers away from the hot grill surface.Hot oil must also be filtered, drained, and replaced regularly. Hot shortening accidents while filtering can cause severe burns. The proper safety tools when draining the hot oil include face shields, special gloves, and aprons.Proactive Messages—Each corporate-owned restaurant receives a monthly poster with proactive safety messages and instructions and risk management and loss prevention talking points for training.Restaurant Safety Committees—Restaurant safety representatives establish a restaurant safety committee with active participation and representation of various positions, authority levels, and responsibilities. It is important to have restaurant maintenance represented on the committee. The safety committee may design a lesson plan for a particular month, and discuss action items for the restaurant. The committees are encouraged to review their particular accident claims, identify the root causes, and discuss the training and communications with the rest of the restaurant management and crew.Return to Work and Modified Duty—The contributions of our employees are greatly valued. We want injured employees to continue to be productive members of the restaurant team, despite work restrictions. Getting injured employees back to work must be a component in a comprehensive company safety program. Coordinating with doctors, health clinics, and managed-care facilities to get our employees back to work is a priority.To return employees back to work quickly, jobs are modified to accommodate many physical restrictions. If restrictions involve not standing for prolonged hours, the employee maybe supplied a stool. If a restriction involves a lifting-weight restriction, a job or task may be found to accommodate it. Managers are trained to understand the ramifications of injured employees not getting back to work as quickly as possible. While the injury of any employee is taken seriously and every effort is made to provide them with the best possible care, we want them to continue to be a productive member of the restaurant team, even with their restrictions.The return-to-work and modified-duty programs also benefit the company by decreasing lost time due to injury, improving staffing issues, increasing morale, reducing medical costs, and limiting litigation.e-LearningThe most progressive, proactive, and contemporary training program at the restaurant level has been the development of online training modules. The program is presented in a choice of English or Spanish. The modules are interactive and test the learning of the employee as they progress through the training material.The training material presents an orientation to the company and foundation areas of restaurant operations, including security and safety, hospitality, cleanliness and sanitation, maintenance, and information pertinent to the service and food production activities.The safety portion of the training material provides instruction on accident prevention. The key message repeated throughout the training module is “…no work is so important that it needs to be done in an unsafe manner.”Measurement and AccountabilityAfter inspections are completed, recommendations are made for improvement and the safety committees become active. The question then becomes: whom do we hold accountable and how do we measure our success?Accountability Because responsibility for safety is the responsibility of multiple individuals in various management capacities, accountability is shared.Divisional Risk Managers—In corporate-owned McDonald’s restaurants, divisional risk managers are held accountable for the reduction of accident claims frequency and severity for their assigned division of approximately 2,000 to 2,500 restaurants. They work closely with the third-party administrator and preferred medical providers along with various levels of restaurant operations, human resources, and the security and safety department.Risk managers are also instrumental in providing the training and education materials presented at the operations supervision and restaurant levels in all corporate-owned restaurants.Security Managers—As the risk management and loss prevention departments become more closely aligned, it has synergized many of the same goals and objectives in reducing losses and making a positive contribution to the safety of our employees and customers. Security managers are now an integral part of the safety initiatives in the restaurants. They conduct reviews and develop action plans for improvement. Security managers are also held accountable for the reduction of frequency and severity of accident claims as well as the overall safety performance in their assigned regions.Restaurant Operations—Restaurant operations is held accountable for the improvement of accident claims frequency and severity, from the restaurant management staff ascending through every level of restaurant supervision. The restaurant teams are responsible for the restaurant crew safety and security training using periodic training materials, e-learning modules, and teaching safe operations of restaurant equipment. They are also responsible for reporting accident claims within 24 hours, and the follow-up and correction of any deficiencies found in outside inspections or audits.Measurement It is vitally important to measure results. We do this in a variety of ways.Claims Review—One of the most important aspects in the success of the risk management and loss prevention program at McDonald’s is the relationship with our third-party administrator. They handle every aspect of claims management, following McDonald’s protocols, and provide us with comprehensive information that allows us to understand how accidents occur. This gives us the data necessary to develop protocols to help reduce accidents.Fraud—Quick-service restaurants are susceptible to possible fraudulent accident claims. Every claim is reported to the third-party administrator and the claim is investigated according to established protocols. Any suspicious or major claim may be reviewed by a team consisting of the claims adjuster, restaurant supervision, security, and the divisional risk manager.Most corporate-owned restaurants are equipped with the latest technology in digital cameras and recorders. Protocols have been established for covert surveillance for suspicious workers’ compensation claims. If a claim is proven to be fraudulent, the investigation moves to the next step, potentially resulting in the loss of applicable medical benefits, termination of employment, and possible prosecution.Fraudulent claims by the public are turned over to counsel and possibly to local law enforcement.Rewards and RecognitionRewards and recognition have been used effectively at McDonald’s to improve and/or maintain high levels of performance. Public recognition of crew, restaurant managers, and supervisors at meetings and conventions add emphasis to the safety program and reward the behavior that prevents accidents and saves insurance premium dollars.Restaurant crew, managers, and supervisors are rewarded in a variety of ways for excellent performance in safety. This serves to reinforce the safety initiatives continually to train, educate, and communicate safe working habits to our restaurant crew and management teams and create a safe, pleasant environment for our customers as well.Working safely in a quick-service restaurant during the height of the lunch rush is challenging. Our mission is to give our customers a pleasant experience every time and be their favorite place to eat. They want their order to be accurate and they want it fast.The key to a sound risk management and loss prevention program is to have well-trained employees working safely in a safe environment, no matter the speed. All of the key components described above have to be coordinated and embedded into the established culture, because at McDonald’s—Safety is No Accident.This article was originally published in 2006 and was updated April 12, 2016.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?

first_imgThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?You are here: HomeDigital MarketingThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready? The California Consumer Privacy Act – or CCPA – creates strict new requirements and processes for all brands that sell to consumers in California. Join OptiMine CEO Matt Voda as he explains how CCPA will impact your marketing , including potential problems and accuracy issues around multi-touch attribution. You’ll hear best practices and options to move forward and improve your marketing measurement, even in the face of expanded consumer privacy regulations across the U.S.Attend this webinar and learn:The specific CCPA rights and requirements that will impact all brandsFinancial and compliance risks brands now face – and how to reduce themHow the CCPA will impact common types of marketing measurementFind out how to reduce the financial and compliance risks brands now face. Register today for “CCPA Goes Live in Weeks: Is your marketing measurement ready?” presented by Optimine. The post The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready? appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready? Posted on 14th December 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019Machine learning for next-best offers11th December 2019last_img read more

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Youth Trans Tasman Selectors

first_imgThe selector’s appointments will be made for the selection of the teams for this series only. Two (2) selectors will be appointed, one to assist the Boys the other to assist the selection of the Girls team.Please click on the attachment to read the rest of this document. Related Filesyouth_selectors_memo-pdflast_img

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a month agoWolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentum

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentumby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves wing-back Adama Traore says they can build momentum with a Carabao Cup win over Reading tonight.Wolves go into the tie on the gap of their draw with Crystal Palace.Traore told the club’s website: “It will be important to build momentum, but whether it’s against Reading or whether it’s against anyone else, we always want to win.“It was the same against Crystal Palace – we got a point, but for everyone, we wanted to win. In any game, and whatever is the team, we go out to work and win.“But even if we don’t win games, we always have a positive mind. We have no excuses not to win games, and this is why we fight and work to do it.”On showing character at Selhurst Park, he continued: “It was a tough game and we wanted more, but we stayed in shape, we worked hard, and we kept believing – that is the important thing.“We had a lot of chances to score, the first-half in particular, but we didn’t finish it, so we have to think about the positive things, but we have to keep working, we have to improve in our game and we showed we can do it.“When you have chances and the goalie does well or it’s not going in, you get frustrated, but you have to keep going, keep believing and even if we have one man less, two men less, we will keep fighting together.” last_img read more

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