Capital Hotels Plc ( Q32017 Interim Report

Posted On Jul 12 2021 by

first_imgCapital Hotels Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Capital Hotels Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Capital Hotels Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Capital Hotels Plc (  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileCapital Hotels Plc owns and operates the Sheraton Abuja Hotel in Nigeria which includes quality accommodation, restaurants, apartments for letting, recreational facilities, a night club and a business/conference centre. The Sheraton Abuja Hotel opened in 1990 and has gained international repute as a premier hotel operation in Abuja in Nigeria. The hotel is geared for tourists and business people offering a wide range of facilities and services. The Sheraton Abuja Hotel boasts quality air-conditioned accommodation, a selection of excellent restaurants, an outdoor pool, tennis court and fitness centre, a business lounge, conference and meeting facilities, banquet halls and a popular night club. Capital Hotels Plc operates out of the hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. Capital Hotels Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Medtech Holdings Limited ( 2018 Abridged Report

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first_imgMedtech Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Medtech Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medtech Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medtech Holdings Limited (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileMedTech Holdings is a manufacturing, retail, distribution and services company in Zimbabwe. The company operates in three market segments; fast-moving consumer goods, medical supplies and manufacturing of light industrial products. The FMCG division manufactures and markets personal care products, and the medical division produces pharmaceutical products for the wholesale distribution to retail pharmacies. It also supplies products for laboratories and services education and healthcare institutions. MedTech has retail outlets in Harare and Bulawayo, and a manufacturing plant the produces petroleum jelly and glycerin, health, beauty and personal hygiene products and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products for the local Zimbabwe market aswell as for export to Mozambique and Zambia through its subsidiary Baines Imaging Group. MedTech Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Canada: Joint Assembly sent ‘forth for the love of the…

Posted On Jun 20 2021 by

first_img The historic Anglican-Lutheran Joint Assembly ended with a closing eucharist that combined the traditional shape of a eucharistic liturgy will creative innovations. Photo: Art Babych, Anglican Journal[Anglican Journal] The first-ever Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) ended with a flourish of beating drums, rousing hymns, and an exhortation to “go forth for the love of the world.”Drummers pounding djembes greeted the approximately 500 delegates as they gathered in the plenary hall for the Joint Assembly’s closing eucharist.  ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson began the service with an impromptu invitation to delegates to remove their different-coloured lanyards, which indicate their name and status at the gathering, so that during the liturgy “there is no delegate or visitor, Anglican or Lutheran, so we are one in Christ.”Like the Joint Assembly’s opening service, the closing celebration was an attempt to combine the traditional shape of a eucharistic liturgy will creative innovations.  Among them was the proclamation of the gospel, Luke’s story about the sending of the 70, which was set to music and sung as a duo by Montreal Lutheran delegate Charlotte Corwin and the Joint Assembly’s musician, Tim Piper.  “We, who have been gathering in this assembly in some multiple of 70 are the current wave,” Archbishop Fred Hiltz said in his sermon. “This is our moment in time. God has given this moment to us.”Hiltz urged his listeners to use that moment to go out and act on some of the issues on which the Joint Assembly took positions, like responsible resource extraction, access to clean water and affordable housing.“Our faith is not a private affair. It is a public faith. And our faith does take us into the arena of politics,” the primate said. “Our faith impels us to work for a just social order.”That theme was picked up in the prayers of the people, which were led by Canon William Cliff of the diocese of Huron. The petitions, prayed in an artistic, spokenword style and musically accompanied by a djembe and an Indonesian rainstick, also focused on the Joint Assembly’s focus on water, homelessness and exploitation of natural resources.The eucharistic prayer was the same original composition used at the opening liturgy, but this time sung by Bishop Susan Johnson.  A 40-voice choir of Joint Assembly delegates, clothed in a colourful array of T-shirts, led the gathering in singing hymns, which included the public debut of “Great God, Whose Story,” commissioned for the 2014 Anglican-Lutheran National Worship Conference in Edmonton.After communion, Algonquin elder Annie Smith-St. Georges, who last week welcomed Joint Assembly delegates to her First Nation’s traditional territory, bid them Godspeed.“I ask the Creator to guide you home safely now, to the directions that you are going to be heading: to the north, the east, the south, the west, to take you home to your families, to take you home to your loved ones,” Smith-St. Georges said.  She also led the gathering in a moment of silence in memory of those killed by Saturday’s devastating freight train derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.In their own dismissal, Archbishop Hiltz and Bishop Johnson stood side by side as they together offered the delegates a final blessing, invoking the Joint Assembly’s theme: “May you journey in hope towards a vision that brings us together for the love of the world.”Also coming back together was the 12-foot-tall inukshuk, which was dissembled during the opening eucharist to form the Joint Assembly’s altar, font and ambo.  By the end of the concluding hymn, the distinctively Canadian marker of a gathering place had been reassembled by a team of worship assistants, who encircled it with joined hands as the deacon dismissed the historic gathering with the words, “Go forth for the love of the world.” By Bruce MyersPosted Jul 8, 2013 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Community bake offs back on, confirms FSA

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_img Howard Lake | 6 September 2013 | News  6 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities can now have their cakes and income from them. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed that there is no ban on charity supporters or groups baking cakes or making jam and selling them at a school fete or charity event.It has ruled that community cake and bake sales are not covered by EU food hygiene laws. These included requiring cooks to hold food hygiene certificates. Concerns about these obligations had put some charity supporters off baking and selling cakes and jam at fundraising events.The FSA advises that “Homemade cakes should be safe to eat, as long as the people who make them follow good food hygiene advice and the cakes are stored and transported safely.” It gives some advice on how to prepare, store and transport such produce safely. It lists other advice for volunteers and community groups. Advertisement Community bake offs back on, confirms FSA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Salon’s sale sets standards for success

Posted On Jun 13 2021 by

first_imgFacebook Stories from the polls: Election Day in The109! Linkedin Twitter printThe scents of lavender, chamomile and acetone fill the air as the room hums with the sounds of buzzing machines, electric nail files and burbling water; and hanging over the window, a 50 percent off banner beckons passersby looking for pampering.The Westcliff shopping center off of West Biddison Street has added a nail salon to its lineup of businesses. ProfessioNails opened late January. Salon manager Lynh Pham offered 50 percent off all salon services. She said it was an effort to gain popularity from residents around the area.“We have been really busy since our opening day,” Pham said.When it comes to small businesses, nail salons are a fast growing segment. The country saw a 9.9 percent increase in the number of salons last year, according to Texas has the second-most nail salons with nearly 5,000 out of the almost 54,000 in the country.“Our main focus is cleanliness,” Pham said. “Every tool we use is new, and everything is sanitized before the customers sit down. We make sure our service is nice and friendly, and that will keep the customers happy.”In order to keep their salon organized, as well as their customers’ interest in mind, Lynh said ProfessioNails uses a computerized client record-keeping system. This records what their clients received at their last visit and when they should come back again.Only 24 percent of salons keep a count of what is purchased by a computerized client record-keeping system, 42 percent keep a client record card, and 9 percent do not keep records at all, according to“I am very pleased with my full set,” Philicia Shields, a first-time client of ProfessioNails and an employee around the Westcliff area, said. “It is in a convenient place for me to come after work and their service is really good, so I will be back pretty often.”The salon has eight employees that commute in from Arlington everyday. It has 12 massage pedicure chairs and eight manicure stations. They give a variety of manicure, pedicure and waxing options.Senior Megan Becker, kinesiology major at TCU, said, “this was really smart to have this sale when they’re this close to campus because tons of students are taking advantage of it now.”The sale ended Monday, but the salon hopes to continue to see success.“I know that the sale has brought most of them in, but we are hoping our service will keep them coming back,” Pham said.Libby Vincek is the 109’s police and neighborhood reporter. Email her at [email protected] As TCU celebrates a half-century of Greek life during homecoming weekend, those who were at TCU 50 years ago remember a time of controversy, change and long-lasting friendships.”It was just the most extraordinary period of my life,” said Ken Lawrence, a 1958 graduate. “Life on campus is so much more important than you realize.”Lawrence, who was part of the charter class for Phi Kappa Sigma, said the anniversary is a good time to commemorate a landmark in TCU’s history and rekindle old friendships. TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students ReddIt Facebook Previous articleSecond wave of winter expected to hit Fort WorthNext articleWinter storm falls short of weather predictions The 109 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The 109 The 109 + posts center_img TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students The 109 Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin Fort Worth braces for more severe weather Twitter ReddIt The 109 The 109 Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Home Cooked Meals Without the Hassle

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first_imgPasadena Eats, The Dining Blog Home Cooked Meals Without the Hassle From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 1:15 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business Newscenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Cooking a nutritious meal after a long day at the office isn’t on the top of most people’s to-do lists. Instead of filling your plate with unhealthy take-out options or expensive, prepared meals, take the stress out of meal prep with Dream Dinners.I’ve been living the Dream Dinners lifestyle for eleven years,” said Stephanie Irey of Dream Dinners Pasadena. “It saves people a lot of time and is very convenient.”This unique meal-prep and cooking concept streamlines menu planning, shopping, prep-work and clean-up by moving the meal assembly process out of people’s kitchens and into Dream Dinners’ specially equipped stores. During your first visit, staff will guide you through your recipes and ensure that your dinners are chef-quality.“You control exactly which ingredients go into your meals and know that you’re getting fresh food,” she said.Choose your meals from a rotating menu of over seventeen different recipes each month and schedule your appointment online. In just about an hour you can prep a month of meals at a Dream Dinners kitchen. Irey adds, that you can adjust the amount of seasoning in your dishes and that the Pasadena store even has a soy meat substitute for vegetarians.Simply thaw and cook the meals you have assembled throughout the month – spend more time enjoying dinner with your loved ones instead of shopping, prepping and cooking. Irey adds that Dream Dinners has given her family an opportunity to share dinner together and reconnect after their busy days and has had similar feedback from her customers.In addition to helping families reconnect, Dream Dinners also gets involved in the community by hosting fundraisers for local schools and charities. Instead of ordering food from a restaurant, families come in and make their meals while benefitting community organizations.“Giving back is part of being a good community member,” said Irey.Dream Dinners has been in Pasadena for 11 years and is located at 1274 East Colorado Boulevard. Call (626) 796-7863 or visit for more details. More Cool Stuff 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a commentlast_img read more

Craig Varjabedian photograph exhibit

Posted On Jun 2 2021 by

first_img TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Museum of the Southwest Museum of the Southwest, 1705 W. Missouri Ave., Midland, has scheduled the exhibit “Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian,” through Sunday. The exhibition features eloquent photographs of White Sands National Monument by acclaimed photographer Varjabedian, who created these masterful images during a period of over five years as he explored the surrealistic landscape of White Sands, located in southeastern New Mexico. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 683-2882 or email [email protected] Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Previous article011519_Pet_of_the_week_03Next articleOdessa High-Midland High Girls Basketball Digital AIM Web Support Local News Craig Varjabedian photograph exhibit Facebooklast_img read more

San Juan mayor says that deaths following Hurricane Maria still haunt her

Posted On May 18 2021 by

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz called Tuesday’s announcement of new death toll estimates in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria “a day of collective mourning” for the weather-battered island.“It was a very painful day… but it came to put a number on what we already know – that the total death toll was not correct and that the government was not telling the truth,” Yulin Cruz told ABC News.Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health estimated that between Sept. 20 and Dec. 31, there were 4,645 “excess deaths,” according to the report in the New England Journal of Medicine.The researchers say the death toll may be more than 70 times the official estimate. Puerto Rico’s official government death toll currently stands at 64.“This number [is] for “when government don’t do what they are supposed to do,” the mayor said as she pointed to a hat bearing the numbers 4,645 as a reminder of the hurricane’s deadly toll. (flipped this sentence around).“It isn’t the smiles of the ones I got to that will haunt me forever, it is the pain of those we didn’t get to that will stick with me forever,” an emotional Yulin Cruz said.The Harvard report relied on household surveys to generate the estimate, which researchers said had a margin of error of plus or minus 3,852, meaning the actual number of deaths could be as low as 793 or as high as 8,498. However. Researchers said the likely figure is about 5,000. The mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital has been a fierce critic of the Trump administration. In the days following Maria, Trump visited the island and said “every death is a horror.“But if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here,” he continued, “sixteen versus literally thousands of people.” “Not one tweet from a man that tweets about the sunrise…to say, people of Puerto Rico, we are sorry, “ a frustrated Yulin Cruz said.“Don’t accept the blame, because Lord knows he is incapable of doing,” she said of Trump. “But just say sorry, I’m sorry that lives were lost.”The Atlantic hurricane season starts on Friday – something that Yulin Cruz says the island is not equipped to handle again.“Puerto Rico is not prepared…we’ve learned about the things we fell short and we are in a better position to handle them,” she said. “We hope that we do not have to handle them anymore,” she said.Her “4,645“ hat is just one of the small reminders she keeps more than eight months after Maria.“I wrote with chalk on my wall ‘NEVER AGAIN’ and the number 4,645,” she said.“These are people – grandparents and mothers and children that will never be able to live because others weren’t able to help them survive.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Q and A

Posted On May 12 2021 by

first_imgQ and AOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The employment law team at Boodle Hatfield answer questions on workplaceissuesFlexible working rights Q I have heard the Government is going to introduce new legislation aboutflexible working. Will this mean that employees will have a right to insist onworking part-time? A In November 2001, the Government announced that it proposed tointroduce the right for parents to request part time or flexible hours. Theproposed legislation is the result of an investigation undertaken by the Workand Parents Task Force into how to meet parents’ desire for more flexible workpatterns in a way which is compatible with business efficiency. However, thelegislation will only allow parents the right to request part time work. Itwill not give them the right to insist on part-time working. The main points of the proposed legislation are: 1. Only employees with a minimum of six months’ service, who are parents ofchildren under six or disabled children under 18, will be entitled to requestpart-time hours, and only for the care of the child. 2. All employers, regardless of size, will have to consider requests forflexible working in accordance with a procedural framework which is, insummary, as follows: – The parent makes a request in writing, setting out the working patternthey want and how it can be made to work. – The employer considers the business case for accepting or refusing therequest. – A meeting is held within four weeks to consider the request, at which theparent will have the right to be accompanied – as in disciplinary/grievancehearings. – The employee should use the employer’s grievance procedure if they haveany complaints. – The employer should write to the parent with a decision within two weeksof the meeting. If the request is rejected, the parent will not be able to makea further request until one year has expired. The parent has the right toappeal the decision in writing within two weeks. 3. If an employer does not comply with these procedural steps, the parentwill be able to raise a grievance, ask Acas to intervene with mediation or,ultimately, bring a claim to an employment tribunal, with compensation possiblycapped at four weeks pay. However, a tribunal can only consider: – Whether the procedure has been properly carried out. – Whether the business case has been explained to the parent. – Whether, if a parent has challenged any facts, these facts are true. 4. If a tribunal does find any procedural or factual defects, it can sendthe case back to the employer to reconsider and award compensation to theparent. However, so long as the employer has established a business case forthe refusal (the kind of reasons that the new legislation gives for employersto justify rejecting a request to work part-time are the burden of additionalcosts to the business, inability to meet customer demands, etc) and held theappropriate meetings, the tribunal will not be able to examine the employer’sreasoning or conclusion behind their decision. Therefore, if employers takethese steps it is unlikely that a parent will have any real scope to challengethe refusal of their request work part-time. Sonia Velton Disciplinary procedures Q What will the impact be of new statutory disciplinary procedures? A Next year, the Government’s Employment Bill will introducestatutory disciplinary and dismissal procedures (DDPs) which would become partof every contract of employment. In short, employers intent on dismissing any employee will have to set out,in writing, a statement of the relevant issues to the employee, have a meetingon the subject, and allow the employee, if he or she wishes, to appeal. Once anemployer has complied with these formalities, it may be hard for an applicantto show that his or her dismissal was procedurally unfair. The proposals are not entirely clear as to how they would work in practice,but it seems that either party not complying with those obligations will be inbreach of contract and may be prevented from bringing or defending proceedingsin the tribunal. This could mean that an employer dismissing an individual inbreach of the DDP will find that all post-termination restrictions (egnon-competes) will be unenforceable. Any dismissal which ignores theseprocedures is likely to be automatically unfair, with a minimum compensatoryaward of four weeks’ pay for the employee. The employment tribunal will also beobliged to increase (or decrease where appropriate) any compensation awarded bybetween 10 per cent and 50 per cent. The proposals appear to favour the employer by giving employees less scopeto claim any dismissal was procedurally unfair. There will also be greaterhurdles for applicants in bringing tribunal proceedings by virtue of theobligation to appeal against a disciplinary decision, or raise a grievance,before instituting such proceedings. James Lynas Easing the burden of stress Q I have heard that a case on stress has been decided recently, makingthings easier for employers. What are the main practical implications of thiscase for employers? A The case is Sutherland v Hatton and it was a Court of Appealdecision and thus a very authoritative ruling. The main points are: – Do not assume that any particular job makes people more or less vulnerableto stress and/or psychiatric illness, although employers ought to pay properattention to the risk assessments which they should be compiling under thehealth and safety legislation. – If any issue occurs which might give rise to any concerns over whether anemployee is stressed, the first thing an employer should do is talkconfidentially to the employee. Broaching the situation will give protection tothe employer both in terms of making it more difficult to show that theemployer was negligent, and also gives the employer most chance properly toconsider reasonable adjustments under the DDA. This decision seems to suggest that if an employee tells the employerinformation about his or her medical condition, this can be usually accepted onface value, unless there is something which clearly shows it is wrong. This ishelpful for employers, as it may do away with some of the need to get medicalinformation, in terms of negligence and just possibly for DDA cases. As a result of the consultation with the individual, the employer shouldstrongly consider any adjustments which might be made (‘without movingmountains’), both to satisfy the duty to make reasonable adjustments should theperson turn out to be disabled, and also in order to avoid any claim ofnegligence. However, this case makes it clear that an employer would not beobliged to dismiss or demote an individual if they wanted to continue doingtheir current job. Offering confidential counselling, leading to referrals where necessary,appears to be almost now a complete defence against a negligence claim. Wherefinancially possible, all employers should strongly consider adding thisbenefit to employees’ packages. However, it might be important for employersnot to know both what is discussed in these confidential counselling sessionsbut also the fact they are taking place at all – to avoid some implication ofknowledge of disability under the rather stringent disability case law. When faced with a problem of psychiatric illness/stress, employers shouldtake whatever steps are reasonable, without going overboard. Steps which have adramatic and potentially detrimental impact on other employees are unlikely tobe reasonable, and thus unlikely to be obligatory for an employer to take. Russell Brimelow Quality time with children Q The Government has said that it is committed to ensuring employees canspend more time with their young children. What exactly is it proposing andwhen are we going to see legislation? A The Employment Bill, published on 8 November 2001, introduces newrights to paternity leave and adoption leave as well as extending the currentrights to maternity leave. The main changes are: Ordinary maternity leave will be extended to six months (an increase on thecurrent 18 weeks) and additional maternity leave will also be extended to sixmonths. The Government proposes that SMP will be paid at a rate of £100 perweek, from April 2003, for the whole period of ordinary maternity leave (exceptthe first six weeks when employees will receive 90 per cent of their pay). Thisis a significant increase on the current standard rate of SMP which is £62.20and lasts only for 18 weeks including the first six weeks. The new right to paternity leave means that usually the father will beentitled to a single period of two weeks paternity leave to be taken within 56days of the child’s birth, or the date of the child’s placement for adoption.Where a child is adopted, parents will have to decide whether to receivestatutory paternity pay as they would also be entitled to the new right tostatutory adoption pay. Adoption leave will be another new right, mirroring extended maternity leave.An adoptive parent with at least six months service will have the right to takesix months ordinary adoption leave followed by six months additional adoptionleave. It is intended that the full six months of ordinary adoption leave will,after the first six weeks, be paid at the same rate as SMP and statutorypaternity pay. Where the adoptive parents are married, only one of them canelect to receive statutory adoption pay. The right to adoption leave will notapply to foster parents adopting children already living with them orstep-parents adopting their spouse’s offspring. The right to statutory paternity pay and adoption pay will arise where anemployee has been employed for a continuous period of at least 26 weeks beforethe week preceding the 14th week before the expected week of childbirth – thesame as SMP. These rights are expected to come into force in April 2003. Karen Ozzard The perils of e-mail Q What e-mail problems do I need to look out for? A Most people assume discrimination issues are the only ones theyneed to be aware of when monitoring their e-mail systems. In fact, employerscan face criminal liability for a variety of offences. Under the Defamation Act 1996, employers will be liable for defamatorystatements made by employees on work systems. Because e-mails leave a permanentrecord, they can trigger libel actions. Even internal communications willqualify as ‘publications’ for these purposes. Also, employees who forward obscene material, which includes both sexualmaterial and violent images, can be guilty of transmitting obscene material forthe purposes of the Obscene Publications Act 1959. In this context,transmission is viewed as including electronic transmission. Although it is nota criminal offence to access and download pornography – although it may beoffensive and constitute harassment – the distribution of such material is acriminal offence. Another problem can be ‘flame-mail’ – rude, unnecessary, sarcastic orsexually or racially unacceptable e-mails. Although this may sometimes be areflection of an autocratic management style, messages which amount toharassment on at least two occasions, or cause a person to fear violence, willbe a criminal offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Thislegislation allows harassment to become an offence, even if it wasunintentional. Aggressive e-mails can also lead to a breakdown in trust and confidence andlead to increased illness absence and constructive dismissal claims. Employers also need to be aware of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act1994, which makes it illegal to intentionally cause harassment, alarm ordistress by using threatening, abusive or insulting language or behaviour, ordisplaying any message which is threatening, abusive or insulting. Clearly, this can include both on screen messages and printed material. Asmight be expected, employers can be vicariously liable for these types ofoffences so careful thought in the preparation of e-mail and internet policiesis worth the time and effort. Warren Wayne last_img read more

Mortgage possession claims rise

Posted On May 7 2021 by

first_imgData from the Ministry of Justice reveals that mortgage possession claims have risen by 37 per cent.This follows a three-year period of stability before an initial increase in Q4 2018. Mortgage orders, warrants and repossessions have grown by 42%, 19% and 11% respectively, relative to Q1 2018.The North West of England (namely Pendle, Blackpool, Hyndburn and Wyre) reported an increased frequency of mortgage possession claims compared to other regions. Luton, Liverpool, Croydon and Birmingham were also in the highest 25.IS THE LANDLORD EXODUS TO BLAME? Mark Pilling, MD, Spicerhaart Corporate Sales says that many landlords who have given notice to tenants are now suffering as these tenants stop paying and that residential possessions will continue to rise as borrowers run out of options. “The latest statistics reveal that buy to let possessions are down, but arrears are up. As a result of recent regulatory changes, there are many private landlords looking to get out of the sector – this rise could be down to the fact that some tenants who have been given notice are now not making their rent payments.“In terms of residential mortgages, arrears are down slightly – although those in arrears of 10% or more remain fairly static – but possessions are up by 10%, a fairly significant increase. And while they are still not at the levels seen after the financial crisis, they are slowly creeping up.“I think we will see these residential possession numbers continue to increase every quarter, ballooning at the end of the year as borrowers start to run out of options. While forbearance is still an option for some, lenders need to look at all the circumstances of each customer and get the right strategy in place.IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANY OF USCo-founder of Property Solvers, and author of the Stop Repossession Guide, Ruban Selvanayagam said, “Despite historically low interest rates and a much stricter approach to lending, this data demonstrates that the risks of falling into mortgage default never really went away. Although it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause, we often find that illness, unemployment, divorce or excessive consumer debt all come into play. The truth is that any of us could fall into such a situation.”PRE-ACTION PROTOCOL“Lenders are governed by the Mortgages and Home Finance: Conduct of Business Sourcebook and must adhere to what’s known as the pre-action protocol.  This essentially means that they have a legal obligation to treat homeowners fairly and discuss their financial situation in an honest manner.“As a borrower, you must also be given a sufficient amount of time to clear your arrears. We always urge people to communicate regularly with their lender. Burying your head in the sand will only make matters worse. If you can pay down at least some of what you owe and work towards clearing the arrears, you’ll be ok.”Ruban Selvanayagam Mark Pilling mortgage possession claims Sheila Manchester Spicehaart Corporate Sales Stop Repossession Guide May 10, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Mortgage possession claims rise previous nextHousing MarketMortgage possession claims riseFollowing three years of stability there has been a dramatic rise in mortgage possession claims with both owner-occupier and buy-to-let loans.Sheila Manchester10th May 201901,371 Viewslast_img read more