This week’s case round up

first_imgNonconsensual terminationCole vLondon Borough of Hackney IDS Brief 674 EATCole’s jobceased to exist following a reorganisation. Her options were either to take upa new position if a comparable job was available (which there was not) or toapply for other vacant posts. She could also opt for a severance package. Cole wastold she was not likely to be successful at interview for a vacant post but thecouncil omitted to inform her that she had priority rights in that regard.Believing any application for a vacant position would be unsuccessful, Coleasked to take voluntary redundancy and the council agreed. Cole thencomplained to the tribunal that she had been unfairly selected for redundancyand unfairly dismissed. The tribunal held there was no dismissal but rather amutual termination of the contract. If however, there had been a dismissal,Cole’s application for voluntary severance constituted a dismissal for “someother substantial reason” and the council had not acted unfairly.Colesuccessfully appealed to the EAT which held that but for the council’s decisionto reorganise Cole would not have applied for the severance payment. There wasno consensual termination, rather this was a dismissal by reason of redundancy. This week’s case round upOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.center_img Previous Article Next Article Ill-considered implicationsOsborne vValve (Engineering Services), unreported, November 2000 EATOsborne commencedtribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and breach ofcontract but shortly afterwards realised the breach of contract claim waslikely to exceed the tribunal’s £25,000 jurisdictional limit. She applied towithdraw that part of her claim in order to pursue the matter in the HighCourt. Thetribunal accepted her withdrawal and made an order dismissing the breach ofcontract claim. Osborne subsequently learned that the order for dismissalconstituted an adjudication on the merits of the breach of contract claim andby the principle of res judicata she would be prevented from bringing futureproceedings on the same matter. She sought a review of the decision but wasunsuccessful.On appeal,the EAT found that the chairman was aware of Osborne’s reason for withdrawingthe breach of contract claim, namely the transfer of the claim to another courtclaim but failed to properly consider the implications when making the orderfor “dismissal”. The appeal was allowed.last_img read more

Elephant seal genetic variation and the use of simulation models to investigate historical population bottlenecks

first_imgBecause the northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostrus) was heavily exploited during the 19th century, it experienced an extreme population bottleneck. Since then, under legislative protection in the United States and Mexico, northern elephant seals have recovered dramatically in number, although their genomic diversity was greatly reduced, apparently as a consequence of the bottleneck. In this study we investigated DNA sequence diversity in two mtDNA regions (the control region and 16S RNA) and found low genetic variation in the northern elephant seal: there were only two control region haplotypes (sequence difference = 1%), which was consistent with an extreme founder event in the recent history of the northern species. We also reaffirmed the lack of allozyme diversity in this species. In contrast, the southern elephant seal (M. leonina), which though similarly exploited never fell below 1,000 animals, had 23 control region mtDNA haplotypes (average sequence difference = 2.3%). To investigate the extent of the founder event in the northern elephant seal we devised a simulation model based on extensive demographic data. This allowed a statistical analysis of the likely outcome of bottlenecks of different size and duration. Given these historical data, our results indicate (within 95% confidence) a bottleneck of less than 30 seals and 20-year duration, or, if hunting was the primary pressure on the population, a single-year bottleneck of less than 20 seals.last_img read more

Distribution of Pareledone spp. (Octopodidae: Eledoninae) around South Georgia

first_imgSmall benthic octopodids of the genus Pareledone are commonly found around the shelf area of the sub-Antarctic island South Georgia but little is known about their biology. During three consecutive groundfish surveys in January-February 1994, September 1997 and January 2000, a total of 894 Pareledone spp. were caught in demersal trawl samples at depths of 107-440 m. Pareledone turqueti was the more abundant species and was found across the entire survey area around Shag Rocks and South Georgia, whereas P polymorpha was absent from the Shag Rocks area in 1994 and only single specimens were obtained in the subsequent surveys. In addition, five specimens of the rare octopodid Thaumeledone gunteri were caught from a deeper station (>350 in depth). The geographic and bathymetric distributions of these three species are discussed as is their reproductive biology.last_img read more

Bluedrop Training & Simulation inks AOPS contract

first_img View post tag: Bluedrop Bluedrop Training & Simulation inks AOPS contract Share this article April 28, 2016 On April 28th Fleetway and Irving Shipbuilding announced a $15 million contract to Halifax-based company Bluedrop Training & Simulation for the design of the training and simulation software for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) vessels under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.To date, over $1 billion in AOPS contracts have been delivered to over 190 Canadian companies creating jobs and economic impact across Canada, including over $405 million in contracts to Nova Scotia companies. The AOPS vessels, currently under construction at the Halifax Shipyard, are the first ships to be built under the combat vessels package of the shipbuilding contract.“This contract with Bluedrop provides a significant investment in Nova Scotia, creating jobs and economic spin off in the province,” said Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding. “By investing here at home, Irving Shipbuilding can help ensure Canadian companies who are engaged in the shipbuilding industry remain competitive for years to come.” Bluedrop is a 100% Canadian owned small business with over 35 years of experience working with Canada’s Armed Forces. Their Halifax based facility, with its unique proximity to the Royal Canadian Navy and military bases, as well as universities, make it an ideal location for collaboration, field-testing and industry validation.Currently, Bluedrop’s Halifax office has 25 full and part-time employees dedicated to work on the AOPS project, including eight positions that were created as a direct result of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) contract. “Bluedrop is proud to be a part of this important project for Canada,” said Jean-Claude Siew, Vice-President, Technology and Simulation with Bluedrop Training & Simulation. “Our state-of-the-art virtual training and simulation centre here in Halifax is the only facility of its kind in Canada and will ensure our Navy has access to leading edge training technologies to prepare and train the future fleet.”The NSS is designed to create a future of certainty for Canada’s shipbuilding industry and the companies that support it. Over the life of the shipbuilding contract, Irving Shipbuilding is committed to investing in the greater marine industry across Canada to develop and grow National industry standards and capacity.[mappress mapid=”17796″]Image: Irving Shipbuildingcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Bluedrop Training & Simulation inks AOPS contract View post tag: AOPS Industry newslast_img read more

Chris Robinson Had Some Harsh Words For Both John Mayer And His Brother On Howard Stern

first_imgChris Robinson made his way onto the Howard Stern Show this morning, and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood frontman didn’t pull any punches during his 75-minute interview. During his conversation with Stern, Robinson found time to criticize John Mayer, his brother and Black Crowes cofounder Rich Robinson, the current state of the Grateful Dead, and more. However, it was not all negative, as Robinson shared funny and affectionate anecdotes about Warren Haynes, Gregg Allman, and Robert Plant, among others. Chris Robinson also spoke about his upbringing, including his father as a musician, and at points, was joined by his wife, Allison.To start off the interview, Robinson and Stern discussed Led Zeppelin and the guitarist’s relationship with Robert Plant over the years, particularly in attention to the fallout after naively revealing years ago that Steven Tyler and Robert Plant used backing tracks on tour and following The Black Crowes’ tour with Jimmy Page. The conversation took a more discrete turn later on, when Robinson shifted the conversation by saying, “Donald Trump is president, John Mayer’s in the Grateful Dead and my brother is in a Black Crowes tribute band.”Stern prompted Robinson to elaborate on his thoughts on John Mayer, with Robinson eventually adding “I’m not a big John Mayer fan. Jerry Garcia is a hero of mine. Everything that Jerry Garcia ever talked about or stood for, John Mayer is the antithesis. . . . [Mayer] knows all the licks, there’s nothing unique about his playing. Jerry was one of the most unique musicians in the world. Jerry never played anyone else’s licks and now here’s John Mayer playing everyone else’s licks.” Robinson also noted that “the Grateful Dead has turned into this giant nipple that everyone sucks off of to get money.”Robinson also reiterated his dislike of his brother, Rich Robinson, criticizing Rich’s songwriting skills. While Chris Robinson was more tempered in his feeling toward his other Black Crowes’ bandmates, he also stated that he would never perform with them again—even if the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.You can listen to the whole interview below, along with selected clips from the segment, including Robinson recounting meeting Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman and Allman’s less-than-enthusiastic greeting, below.For a more positive feel-good palette cleanser, you can also read our interview with Chris Robinson and the Grateful Dead taper, Betty Cantor-Jackson, here.last_img read more

Volumetric Imaging of Fish Locomotion

first_imgUsing a new form of laser imaging device, Brooke Flammang and colleagues at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology have discovered that “the dorsal and the anal fin make a great contribution to the caudal [tail fin] wake,” and thus are additional propellers, and not just stabilizers. A cichlid swims in the particles that the laser illuminates.last_img

The hunt for a lost book of Moses

first_img ‘Lens of Love’ focuses on justice Related The beauty of the book in all its forms The story might have ended there, except for the fact that 60 years later a Bedouin shepherd stumbled upon several ancient scrolls in a cave near the Dead Sea in the same general area where Shapira said his manuscript had been found. Many considered the newly discovered scrolls to be “the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century,” said Tigay, who during his Radcliffe fellowship is working on a book about antiquities looting in the Middle East after the Arab Spring uprising.To Tigay and others, the similarities between Shapira’s manuscript and the Dead Sea Scrolls were unmistakable.“Recall now that Shapira’s Deuteronomy was said to have been discovered in a cave, so too were the Dead Sea Scrolls. Shapira’s manuscript was full of departures from the traditional Biblical text, so too were the Dead Sea Scrolls. Shapira’s strips were found by Bedouins wandering the desert near the Dead Sea, so too were the Dead Sea Scrolls. Shapira’s manuscript was a copy of Deuteronomy. Among the Dead Sea Scrolls, Deuteronomy was the second most numerous book after Psalms.“Indeed, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls six decades after Shapira’s death have led some scholars to reopen the investigation of his strange Deuteronomy whose dismissal all those years earlier might have been tragically premature,” said Tigay. “It was even possible that Shapira had found the first Dead Sea Scroll 60 years before the rest. But there was a problem. In the 62 years between Shapira’s death and the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Shapira’s Deuteronomy had mysteriously disappeared.”,Tigay decided to try to find them. His travels took him to Israel, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, to “hidden storerooms in the Louvre,” “musty English attics,” and to a flooded gorge in Jordan where the scrolls were supposedly found. But after years of looking and with a book deadline looming, he was flailing. “I had no ending. I hardly had a beginning,” said Tigay. Then came a cryptic email from a stranger in Sydney, claiming to know the name of the person who came into possession of Shapira’s manuscript after they were thought to have disappeared. The note led Tigay on another trip halfway around the world.“I am happy to take any questions there are,” Tigay told the Radcliffe crowd after his prepared talk, “except for one.”Though the author stopped short of giving away the ending, he did offer insight into his process and his approach. “I was writing a book that I wanted people to feel like they couldn’t put down” he said. “I wanted it to feel like a mystery … in the end to me, it seemed like a great caper.”And somewhat surprisingly, he told his audience, as time went on he found himself partly hoping to learn that the scrolls were a hoax.“Even if it was completely fake from A to Z it was so creative, and so weird and ended up predicting the Dead Sea Scrolls, which no one had even fathomed at the time … the idea that [Shapira] might have come up with this thing on his own, out of his own mind, he would have been some kind of genius. It is so clever and so devious and so creative. And so by the end of this I found myself in some ways hoping that it was fake because that would speak volumes about the man.” Walton takes a critical look at how selective Bible interpretations justify injustices Don’t expect a straightforward answer from Chanan Tigay about the authenticity or even the existence of what was promoted as the earliest version of the fifth and final book of the Jewish Torah, known to Christians as the Book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament.As an author who spent years trying to unravel a juicy mystery and get it down on paper, Tigay wants you to read his book, “The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible,” to find the answer. But at a talk on Wednesday, the writer, journalist, and fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study offered listeners an enticing peek, describing how he landed on the story of the mysterious manuscript and about his years trying to track down the document — which, if proven authentic, would’ve shaken biblical scholarship as it indicated that “the Torah had changed and possibly … had been changed by human hands,” challenging claims of divine authorship, Tigay said.From the author’s description, it was a wild, Indiana Jones-type ride that included a competition to find the relic, false starts, dead ends, trips to far away places, and an ultimate breakthrough close to home. And it came about by chance. When Tigay mentioned at dinner one night several years ago that he was writing an article about an alleged discovery of Noah’s Ark, his father, a rabbi and Biblical scholar whose expertise is the study of Deuteronomy, told him the story of Moses Wilhelm Shapira, an antiquities dealer from Jerusalem who had found what he claimed was an important biblical artifact in the late 19th century.Tigay was hooked. In an interview from 2016 when his book was first published, he said that his obsession with Shapira grew until he “ended up falling in love with the guy … it was like I was dating this long-dead man, which was awkward, for my wife especially.”But in a way, it was understandable. Shapira was a rogue, a charmer, a largely self-taught scholar who craved legitimacy in the eyes of the academy, Tigay said. In 1883, he appeared on the doorstep of the British Museum requesting an astronomical sum for an ancient Hebrew text he described as the world’s oldest Bible scroll. Shapira’s reputation was somewhat mixed, and skeptical museum officials enlisted a Bible scholar to examine the find. The expert found “changes, omissions and additions to the traditional texts,” and radical alterations “to the Ten Commandments,” said Tigay, which had been “altered, moved around and added to.” In the end, the manuscript was deemed a fake, and a year later a humiliated Shapira took his life in Rotterdam at the age of 54. “I was writing a book that I wanted people to feel like they couldn’t put down. I wanted it to feel like a mystery … in the end to me, it seemed like a great caper.” — Chanan Tigaycenter_img First-year seminar gets students to explore some of Houghton Library’s rarest volumes Religious education through new eyes The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Illinois high school students use fashion, space, and travel to understand world faithslast_img read more

Four Corners: Surfing on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York THE BOARD SHAPERAs the buzzing shrieks of a track saw dissipate, Tommy Bunger emerges from behind a door covered in sawdust. His hands worn and tough, he lowers the respirator from his mouth and introduces himself. A second-generation surfboard maker, or “shaper,” as he calls himself, the 39-year-old has been crafting beauty out of fiberglass for nearly 20 years. It’s a family tradition. Tommy follows in the footsteps of his father Charlie, the owner of Bunger Surf Shop in Babylon. “I grew up surfing,” he says, leaning against a graffiti-ridden wall inside his factory, a dual garage-studio attached to an industrial complex off Sunrise Highway. Their family-run shop opened in 1962—the Bunger’s original factory burning down in the late 1980s and Tommy taking over shaping duties in the mid 1990s. “It’s been in my family for so long, since my father used to be a shaper,” Tommy says, in between stacking boards he’s planning on working on later. “Building the boards is a satisfaction you get out of making something that is mass-produced these days.” Tommy takes pride in seeing his creations enjoyed by kids and adults alike new to surfing. “[The boards] are all-custom, so you see people out there surfing, knowing that somebody’s getting a board that’s quality made right here on Long Island.”THE SHOP OWNERDave Juan stands across from a row of surfboards propped up against a red brick wall at the back of Unsound Surf on East Park Avenue in Long Beach and attempts to explain the reasons for his shop’s success. “We’ve been around so long that we know so many of our customers,” the 37-year-old says. “Kids know they can come here, hang out and say, ‘What’s up!’” Pausing abruptly mid-sentence, he cracks a smile and greets a customer named Sean, who rushes over. A surfer for more than 20 years, Juan recalls that he bought his first board from his friend’s brother for $60 and hasn’t looked back. He and co-owner Mike Nelson opened Unsound in 1997. Floor space normally housing more boards, wetsuits and a host of surfing-related gear was laid bare due to Superstorm Sandy’s devastating wrath. Juan hopes to have the shop operating at peak condition by mid-month, when Unsound celebrates its grand re-opening. “The entire store was gutted, from ceiling to floor,” he says. “Mostly everything was gone.” Asked what he values most about running what has become a neighborhood institution, he joyfully explains: “The best is just seeing kids happy when they come in with their parents to get their first board!” He adds, “The smile on the kid’s face, that’s the best thing. There’s nothing better than that.”THE SURF INSTRUCTORElliot Zuckerman was exposed to surfing when he was just 3 years old. By the time he turned 10, he was catching waves at New York’s beaches during the summer and the winter. Now 59, Zuckerman credits his father and godfather for showing him the way. “As soon as I was able to walk, they put me on a surfboard, and I haven’t stopped since,” he says. Zuckerman’s passion for the sport and his knack for teaching others led him to start his own surfing school, Surf2Live, in 1978. Since then, it’s become an institution, of which Zuckerman is extremely proud. “I saw the ease that I was able to teach people a sport that I seriously love, and it just grew from there,” he says, from his large beach estate overlooking the northern coast of Puerto Rico. Besides the Long Beach native’s love for hometown surf, Zuckerman admits to being smitten by the flexibility of instructing vacationers in the warmer Caribbean climate during off-season. “Here, this is considered the East Coast’s Hawaii, the waves break on very shallow reefs and there’s a million variations on the breaks,” he says. Zuckerman also founded nonprofit Surfer’s Way, which has been exposing special needs children to the surfing lifestyle for almost 20 years. “It takes a long time to really get proficient at this sport,” he says. “But if you stick with it…anybody will be able to learn.”Photo by Matt ClarkTHE PRO SURFERTJ Gumiela, 22, shakes the water from his wetsuit and, with board in hand, leaps out of the frothy ocean of LI’s South Shore to meet a photographer. Born in Long Beach, Gumiela says he’s been surfing since he was six. “At first…I was boogie boarding,” he says. “I would stand on my boogie board, and my dad was like, ‘Oh, it looks like I’ve got to get him a surfboard now.’” In 2005, Gumiela became the first New Yorker to win the youth division of the Eastern Surfing Association East Coast Championships; he was just 15. “No one knew who I was, I was just some kid from New York,” he says. “I went through about 12 heats and ended up winning the event.” Gumiela had just returned from surfing in Hawaii; he annually visits Puerto Rico. But he says he has a soft spot for his hometown surf. “We don’t have waves every day, but when we do, they’re really good waves,” he says. Gumiela currently has five professional sponsors. Aside from competing, he also works at Skudin Surf, an all-ages surf school. When teaching kids, Gumiela recalls when he was their age. “People would say, ‘Oh, you surf in New York! Are there even any waves there?’” he laughs. “Now, people are going to know that there are waves in New York!”last_img read more

No need to lump coach with kid photo

first_imgThe decision to put information regarding Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake varsity girls’ lacrosse coach Jake McHerron’s suspension at BH-BL under the picture of his daughter and her teammates made an unforgivable mistake. For shame.Jackie LochnerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

SE Asians consider emergency powers, Singapore carrier grounds fleet

first_imgSoutheast Asian countries considered more emergency powers on Monday to tackle the threat of the coronavirus as Singapore Airlines said it was grounding almost all of fleet in the face of the “greatest challenge” it has ever faced.The virus has infected about 3,700 people across Southeast Asia, with nearly 100 deaths, more than half of them in the region’s most populous country, Indonesia.The Philippines has confirmed 396 cases and 33 deaths. But health officials acknowledge limited testing for the coronavirus means, that like Indonesia, its already overstretched health system could be facing far more infections than the numbers indicate. The Philippines was the first Southeast Asian country to adopt lockdown measures, with borders closed to foreigners and tens of millions of people in home quarantine.But more are following suit as cases soar, with Vietnam and Malaysia deploying soldiers to help with quarantines or to enforce curbs on travel and gatherings.Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the government may consider extending movement restrictions by up to two weeks, and would announce more economic stimulus to soften the blow from the coronavirus and weak oil prices.Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, has joined Thailand and Cambodia in shutting bars, cinemas and entertainment spots.Thailand reported 122 new cases on Monday, taking its total to 721, a health ministry spokesman said.Global travel hub Singapore, the small but most economically advance country in the region, announced on Sunday a ban on short-term visits and even on transit stops, after a surge of imported cases, most in people returning from Europe and the United States.Singapore reported 23 new cases on Sunday taking its tally to 455.The scale of the disruption was brought home when Singapore Airlines said it was cutting capacity by 96% and grounding almost all of its fleet.Shares of the airline, majority owned by Singapore state investor Temasek, fell more than 9%, outstripping losses in the broader market, which was down 7% and on track for its biggest daily drop since October 2008.Globally, there are now more than 337,500 cases of coronavirus and more than 14,650 deaths related to it, according to a Reuters tally. Topics :center_img Governments are scrambling to raise their defenses with border closures, entry bans and lockdowns.The Philippine Congress held a special session to consider allowing the government powers including taking control of private utilities, telecoms and transport operators or businesses in the public interest, and forcing hotels and other venues to accommodate medical workers or quarantine people.”It is a step we were reluctant to take, but the circumstances and the experience of nations worldwide convinced us that we have no other choice,” Duterte’s Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea told a near-empty Congress, with most lawmakers streaming the session at home.Duterte’s has a supermajority in both chambers, so the bill is expected to pass, although the opposition is concerned about the scope of the powers and potential for abuse.last_img read more