Dress codes under scrutiny after Jobcentre man victoryOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Employers should review their dress codes to ensure they are even-handed,following the victory of a Jobcentre employee who won the right not to have towear a tie to work. An employment tribunal ruled last month that Mark Thompson had beendiscriminated against by his employer because he was forced to wear a shirt andtie for work, while female staff were allowed to wear more casual attire, suchas t-shirts. Lawyers said although the case did not establish any firm precedents, itdoes illustrate the need to apply dress codes so they do not discriminateagainst either sex. “Differences between the sexes on individual items of a dress code willnot, in themselves, be discriminatory,” said Kerstie Steaping,discrimination solicitor at Addleshaw Booth. “Employers should look at theoverall effect of the dress code – consider whether it has a greater or lessfavourable impact on one group of employees.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm Get ready for a busy Saturday afternoon. Syracuse football travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston and No. 2 Florida State for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Then one hour later SU men’s basketball tips off against Colgate in the Carrier Dome.Follow along here for live updates from both events. Beat writer David Wilson is in Tallahassee and Stephen Bailey and Trevor Hass are in the Carrier Dome. They’ll have you covered all afternoon and into the night.
Editor’s note: David and Kayo Murakami Wood are building what they hope will be Ontario’s first certified Passive House on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. They are documenting their work at their blog, Wolfe Island Passive House. For a list of earlier posts in this series, see the sidebar below. BLOGS BY DAVID MURAKAMI WOOD A Performance ReportHeat Recovery VentilationSiding and a PorchReady for RoofingAdding the InsulationBuilding With Cross-Laminated TimberWindows, Doors, and UtilitiesThe EnvelopeWolfe Island Passive House — An Introduction No regrets on the fundamentalsThere is really nothing that has happened in this year of living in our new Passive House that has made us regret or rethink the building process or the big decisions we made in the design.The Zehnder ERV is a minor miracle. The air quality in the house is so good that it almost makes us forget the mold-infested air we used to put up with as normal in practically every other house we’ve ever lived in. It just keeps working in the background with minimal need for maintenance (occasional cleaning or replacement of filters).We still totally recommend using cross-laminated timber for the structure. However, we don’t think it’s necessary to use it for all interior walls. Combining CLT for the main structural walls, with more standard stick-frame and drywall for the other interior walls, would make for a more flexible design that would allow you to do things like changing your mind on where electrical sockets etc. go — and even where the walls themselves go.However, we know that Canadian manufacturers, at least in the east, are still not capable of doing the precise factory-cutting that we had done. Someone needs to make the necessary investment to do so, because CLT should be a standard material in home building here considering Canada’s timber resources and need for well-insulated homes in a world where we are at the end of the era of limitless oil and gas for heating. Were anyone to use Canadian CLT, however, you wouldn’t be limited, as we were, by the dimensions of shipping containers. You could be more flexible with your design. A lot of things in our design started from this, which meant we went down a certain route.We would still have the same advice for those considering using CLT as we had in this post back when it seemed that disaster was afflicting our build in January 2016: don’t start building in the fall in a climate like this, and do wrap your CLT structure in a breathable, water-proof housewrap as soon as it’s up. A problem with the porchThe second issue was noticed by Malcolm Isaacs, our Passive House consultant, in checking the performance report by Anthony Mach. He reckoned that the passive solar heat gain in winter is not as good as it was in the calculations we made. In other words, the house is not as warm as it could be. It’s not actually something we find uncomfortable, it’s more an optimum performance issue.The reason, we think, is that the downstairs porch roof overhang does not have quite the exact height, angle, and extension as in the original design. However, this means that to remedy the (small) differences, we’d almost have to rebuild the porch completely. There were at least two points at which things were changed in the design process that could have affected this, and as we were working not only with an architect and builder but also a Passive House design consultant and engineer, as well as a manufacturer (for the pre-fabricated CLT structure), there were even more communication issues to manage than in a normal build.These communication issues can be crucial and really, all calculations need to be checked and recalculated every time there is a change. And, of course, when you are working with any kind of pre-fab, there is a point after manufacturing has started that you can’t change anything about that any more and any changes from that point onwards have to be adaptations to what you’ve had manufactured.Had we known about the issue with passive solar heat gain, we probably would have had under-floor heating installed. In fact, we probably should have done that anyway as a kind of reserve. Had we done this, we probably wouldn’t have needed the little Thermolec air heating system we have as part of the ventilation system.We were assured that it would be so warm anyway that underfloor heating wouldn’t make any difference. That’s not really true in practice but it’s warm enough so we aren’t complaining! Again, at this point it would mean substantial rebuilding (ripping up and relaying our lovely wooden floors) to do this. The lesson is: lay the underfloor heating even if you end up not using it. It’s better to have the possibility than not. There are some remaining problems. The first is a building envelope tightness issue due to a manufacturing fault. The Optiwin Motura sliding door, which was a prototype, has never sealed as tightly as it should, and last winter and this, we’ve resorted to sealing it up with gasketing and tape to maintain the building envelope.However, this is fixable: Optiwin has been as thorough and responsible as ever, and not only issued us a partial refund for the door but also provided a very detailed analysis of the fault and how to remedy it, which we will be putting into place in the spring. I don’t think anyone else considering using Optiwin needs to worry about this — as I said, our door was an early version and the current models are already better. Although there is always more to do, at the end of 2017 and after a year of living in our passive house, it’s a good time to reflect on the whole process.This place was the product of a shared dream between Kayo and I to create a sustainable and comfortable family house, and an experiment for all of those involved. Sitting here on a late December morning after a night when the temperature dropped to an unusually cold -24ºC (-11ºF), without wind-chill, and looking out on the sun shining on a half-metre of snow, while feeling totally comfortable inside at 21ºC (70ºF), we think we’ve achieved our dream and the experiment has been a success! We would even stand by the revised cost estimates we produced back in December 2015. The roof was probably too complicatedThe roof might also be something I would rethink were we starting again. We designed it to fulfill several functions: to be at a good angle for generating solar power in the shoulder seasons and winter, to provide shade for the upper-story windows in summer, and, of course, to be able to contain enough insulation.Originally, we were not going to use CLT panels for the roof, but the horror stories we heard about the practices of truss manufacturers around here convinced us to give it a go. With CLT roof panels, we got added structural strength, which will mean the weight of any number of solar panels is no problem. However, we had to have a floating rafter design (read this and this in order to retain the overhang.This looks beautiful but it was very complicated to engineer and caused the insulation installation to be much more difficult — cutting the wood-fiber insulation we used into exactly sized triangular sections was not easy (especially in the depths of winter). Had we started with CLT as our primary material, we might have made different decisions here: we could have gone for entirely different roof designs, and gone for ground-mounted solar panels, and considered other ways of shading. However, just aesthetically, I really like our roof and I like the fact that it goes against the grain of having roofs finish flush to the walls.In the end, we have a beautiful, sustainable, high-performance Passive House, which we love and which works. It was a long journey getting here but it was worth it. We will keep occasionally updating this blog with things that we are doing (we’ve still got to install a PV system in 2018, for a start) and performance updates, but in general there probably won’t be more than a post a month in 2018. And we’re always very happy to be contacted with questions from other people considering building sustainably. Small design issuesThe other remaining problems are small design issues that people thinking about building a Passive House, or even just any house, should note. The first is that although we really like our open-plan downstairs space, and visitors love it, Kayo would now want a more specific dedicated work area or work room. What we did design was inadequate. It’s difficult to see how we could have done this just by tweaking the design we have. So, if we were starting again, we would include this as one of the essential elements and design around it, as we did with the kitchen.The second minor element does relate more to Passive House design, and it is the way the entrance works. We have an amazing Austrian-manufactured Passive-House-certified front door from Tarredo. The only problem is that you still have to open it and once you open it, it doesn’t matter how insulated the door is.Of course, no one leaves the door open very long in winter in any house, but any heat loss is a problem in a Passive House in very cold climates. Back when we were still thinking about rebuilding our old house, we had designed what we referred to as an “air-lock” (like in space-ships), which was essentially an insulated porch outside the building shell. It had insulated doors to both outside and inside. Somehow, that element got lost when we moved to designing an entirely new house.I’d really recommend to anyone building a Passive House in a cold climate to think about this. Especially around the holiday season when you have people coming and going, the front door gets opened a lot more than you’d like from a Passive House point of view! The plus side is that the more parties you have, the more all those people in your house also heat it up. However, whichever way you are thinking about it, you have to factor people and behavior into your design.The good news is that this particular problem is easily resolved. We think what we will do is create a closed-in porch space outside the front door. We’ve got room. The only question is whether we make it permanent or seasonal and removable.
Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5s in its first weekend – a company record. But some people expected more, and now have to explain why Apple didn’t top their predictions. In reality, this isn’t that big a deal. The rest of the year matters a lot more. Compared to last year’s iPhone 4S launch, when Apple sold 4 million phones, 25% growth may seem disappointing. This is Apple, after all, and Wall Street is used to seeing the company blow past expectations, not come up short. (The iPhone 4S launch, if you recall, was more than twice as big as the iPhone 4 launch.) This number isn’t 10 million or even 8 million or 6 million, so some are saying that it’s “WORSE THAN EXPECTED” or “very disappointing”.So, yes, 5 million sales is below some estimates. But that really doesn’t mean much in the long run. Why not?First, for the real story, you need to think about supply and demand, and once again, demand surpassed supply. Apple stopped taking launch weekend pre-orders after only a short period of time, and many stores were sold out of various iPhone models throughout the weekend. We still don’t know how many iPhones Apple could have sold over the first weekend if it had unlimited supply, and we may never.Next, mobile is a complicated industry, where 2-year contracts often dictate purchase decisions. Apple sold almost twice as many phones over the past four quarters than it did the four quarters before that. Few of those people are already eligible to buy an iPhone 5 at a subsidized rate — it’ll be months before they can justify buying iPhone 5s. Anecdotally, I’ve also seen mentions that AT&T was being stingier about early upgrades this year than last year.Further, first-weekend sales just aren’t that important relative to an iPhone’s lifetime sales. For example, the 4 million iPhone 4Ss Apple sold on launch weekend last year represent just 3.5% of all iPhone shipments over the past four quarters. The 1.7 million iPhone 4s Apple sold opening weekend represented just 2.2% of the phones it would sell over five quarters before launching the iPhone 4S. It’s nice for Apple to sell 5 million iPhones in a weekend, but it’ll be more impressive if it can sell 200 million phones over the next year.Long story short: It’s a fun press release to see from Apple every year, but the iPhone 5’s real sales performance will be measured in months, quarters, and maybe even years, not weekends. It’s still crucial for Apple to sell a lot of them, but late-December sales will be a lot more important than mid-September sales.iPhone 5 line photo (cc) Blake Patterson via Flickr. Portions of this article were originally posted at SplatF. Tags:#Analysis#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dan frommer Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting All the other fighters have made their weights except for Adam Diu Abdulhamid and Prell Tupas who, coincidentally, will face each other in a junior welterweight bout.Abdulhamid weighed in at 149 lbs, which is nine lbs more than the 140-lb limit of his weight class and is even two lbs heavier than the welterweight limit.Tupas, meanwhile, weighed in at 144 lbs.https://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/400176484143367/ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Organizers assure Philippines ready to host successful SEA Games The winner between Dasmariñas and Demecillo will have a chance to face IBF World bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico who has a perfect record of 19-0.Dasmariñas is on a 10-fight winning streak while Demecillo has won four of his last five matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kenny Demecillo (117.5 lbs) and Michael Dasmariñas (118 lbs) make weight for their IBF World bantamweight title eliminator tomorrow at the Rising Stars card. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Michael Dasmariñas and Kenny Demecillo both made weight for their IBF World bantamweight title eliminator during the weigh-ins of Rising Stars Friday at Newport Mall.Dasmariñas (28-2-1) weighed in at the bantamweight limit of 118 lbs while Demecillo (14-4-2) was a shade lighter at 117.5 lbs.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRene Cuarto (105 lbs) and Samuel Salva (105 lbs) also made their weight for their IBF World minim weight title eliminator.Rene Cuarto (16-1-1) and Samuel Salva (16-0) also made weight after both hit the scales at 105 lbs for their IBF World minimum weight title eliminator.The winner between the two Filipino fighters will then face DeeJay Kriel (15-1-1) of South Africa.
zoom The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has taken over management and operations at the Malalag port to upgrade the terminal to international standards.Under a Memorandum of Agreement signed at the end of June 2017, the PPA and the local government of Malalag formalized the transfer which would further cement Davao’s claim as the third major international gateway in the country.“With PPA now at the helm, much bigger infrastructure development for the terminal is in the offing to spur economic growth not only in Malalag but play a vital role in the economic boom in the province of Davao del Sur,” Jay Daniel R. Santiago, PPA General Manager, said.“The Mayor already agreed to the proposed development of Malalag port, which will start at the end of this year, with an initial cost of PHP 500 million (USD 9.8 million),” Santiago added.The local government unit (LGU) of Malalag yielded the operations of the port to the PPA in order to give the terminal the much-needed facelift as it has been underdeveloped since the port was devolved to the LGU in May 2000.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. will re-launch three of its flagship brands starting in April in what the company calls the “most ambitious brand renovation” in its more than one-hundred-year history.“I would say that of all the commercial activity underway in our business, the single initiative that I am most proud of and excited about right now is the brand strategy work that we’ve pursued in 2017, and it’s near launch time, ready for the second quarter of this year,” CEO Michael McCain said Wednesday during a conference call with analysts after the company released its fourth-quarter earnings results.The company underwent a rigorous approach to understanding consumer behaviour and demand, he said, and worked to align the Maple Leaf, Schneiders and Swift packaged meat brands to target those spaces.“We’ve got a unique opportunity to drive category growth across our entire prepared meats portfolio.”The Maple Leaf brand, for example, will focus on the so-called responsible parenting demographic, which constitutes about a third of total demand for prepared meats.“These consumers are looking for natural food with nothing artificial. They’re looking for clean and simple ingredients, real food and they want family-friendly flavours,” McCain said.Schneiders will target about a quarter of the demand that comes from consumers looking for authentic and indulgent food, he said, while Swift will target the third of the market driven by the quick-fix diner, who is motivated by convenience and value.The company expects to enter the market with new packaging around April, McCain said, and will further discuss the initiative and roll out plans after its first quarter of this financial year ends.The company delivered “solid” results for its final quarter of 2017 and the full year, said Irene Nattel, an analyst with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.Maple Leaf reported a quarterly profit of $59.1 million or 47 cents per share compared with $76.2 million or 57 cents per share in the same quarter a year prior.The company announced it would raise its quarterly dividend from 11 cents per share to 13 cents.Sales in the quarter ended Dec. 31 totalled $876.8 million, up from $828.2 million in the last three months of 2016.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned 41 cents per share, up from an adjusted profit of 31 cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of 39 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)
LONDON – Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat?Newly released Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counsellor to the country’s embassy in Moscow.But the 47-year-old Australian’s new career in international affairs was nipped in the bud when British authorities vetoed his diplomatic status, effectively blocking him from taking up the post in Russia.The files were made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorean opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla, who opposes her government’s decision to grant Assange nationality. They largely corroborate a recent Guardian newspaper report that Ecuador attempted the elaborate manoeuvr to get Assange to Moscow just before Christmas last year.Russian diplomats called the Guardian’s story “fake news,” but the government files show Assange briefly was made “political counsellor” to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow and eligible for a monthly salary pegged at $2,000.Ecuador also applied for a diplomatic ID card, the documents show, but the plan appears to have fallen apart with the British veto.A letter dated December 21, 2017 from Britain’s Foreign Office said U.K. officials “do not consider Mr. Julian Assange to be an acceptable member of the mission.”An eight-page memo to Vintimilla summing up the episode noted that Assange’s position as counsellor was scrapped a few days later.WikiLeaks did not return messages. The British Foreign Office and the Russian Embassy in London declined to comment.Assange’s relationship with Russian authorities has been the subject of intense scrutiny following the 2016 U.S. election, when Russian spies are alleged to have handed WikiLeaks leaked emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign in a bid to help elect her rival, Donald Trump.Assange has denied receiving the files from the Russian government or backing the Trump campaign, despite a growing body of evidence suggesting he received material directly from Russia’s military intelligence agency and co-ordinated media strategy with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Last month, the AP published internal WikiLeaks files showing Assange tried to move to Russia as early as 2010.___Online:The Ecuadorean government’s letter to Vintimilla: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004881-Carta-Canciller.htmlInternal Ecuadorean government documents: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004882-Annexes.htmlThe AP’s WikiLeaks files: https://www.documentcloud.org/search/projectid:40593-WikiLeaks____Raphael Satter can be reached on: http://raphaelsatter.com
PARIS — The Latest on France protests (all times local):1 p.m.French left-wing opposition parties are seeking a no-confidence vote in President Emmanuel Macron’s government amid growing protests and fears of violence.The Socialist Party, far-left Defiant France and the Communist Party are setting aside their divisions and promising to submit the request to the lower house of parliament, or National Assembly, on Monday. The assembly would hold a no-confidence motion within 48 hours of the request.The left-wing parties alone don’t have nearly enough votes to bring down the government, since Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move party has a strong majority in the 577-seat house. But they are trying to attract support from other opposition forces.The move is a new swipe at Macron and his government, dramatically weakened by weeks of “yellow vest” protests.The government is trying to calm tensions but with little success. The transport minister met Thursday with truckers’ unions but they maintained their promise to go on strike Sunday.___9:50 a.m.Paris police and store owners are bracing for new violence at protests Saturday, despite President Emmanuel Macron’s surrender over a fuel tax hike that unleashed weeks of unrest.Police unions and local authorities are holding emergency meetings Thursday to strategize — while disparate groups of protesters are sharing plans on social networks and chat groups.After the worst rioting in Paris in decades last weekend, many shops and restaurants in the centre of the capital are expected to shut down Saturday, fearing a repeat of the violence.Macron on Wednesday agreed to abandon the fuel tax hike, but protesters’ demands have now expanded to other issues.Protesting students are disrupting schools and universities Thursday, and drivers are still blocking roads around France, now demanding broader tax cuts and government aid.4?¸??:?:w??:??The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Aspiring professional chef and Dawson Creek resident Jen Jenkins is sadly out of contention for the title of Masterchef Canada, after she was eliminated on last night’s episode.Jenkins first cracked the Top 12 during the show’s season premiere in April. The 28-year-old stay-at-home mom had managed to make the Top 7 of the show’s competition, which featured the return of contestant Kaegan Donnelly from Vancouver after he won a redemption challenge. The eight amateur chefs were split into two teams to create a three-course tasting menu inspired by the Group of Seven for seven Order of Canada recipients. Sadly, the Red Team ended up rallying after nearly falling apart to beat Jenkins’ team in the challenge, meaning the team’s four members now had to stave off elimination. The four had to compete in the Pressure Test / Replication Challenge, which involved replicating oysters prepared three different ways. The first was a Japanese-inspired sake poached oyster with Asian pear slaw and shelled lobster claw. The second was a raw oyster topped with mignonette sauce, champagne jelly, and red tobiko, and the third was an oyster Rockefeller with béchamel spinach purée, sautéed oyster mushrooms with panko crumbs. Marissa Leon-John ended up winning an impromptu oyster-shucking contest, meaning Jenkins was up against Donnelly and Beccy Stables in the final challenge, which she sadly lost. Despite being eliminated from the show, Jenkins’ future in the culinary industry looks incredibly promising. Jenkins and her family will be moving to Ontario later this year after she was accepted to the Stratford Chefs School. Jenkins said that she’ll begin her studies next fall, with the goal of achieving her dream of being paid to do what she loves: cook delicious food.