Employment tribunal claims plummeted in the last quarter of 2013, reflecting the impact of the introduction of tribunal fees in July, figures published today reveal.The number of claims fell 79% in the final quarter of last year to 9,801 compared with the same period in 2012, and dropped 75% on the third quarter of 2013.In July the government introduced fees of £160 to issue a claim, rising to £250 depending on the type of claim, with further hearing fees of between £230 and £950.Richard Fox, head of employment law at London firm Kingsley Napley and chair of the Employment Lawyers Association, said: ‘It is now clear that many employees have been deterred from bringing tribunal claims since fees were introduced last year.‘If employees no longer feel able to defend their interests via tribunal proceedings, they may look to do so in other ways – such as by turning to trade unions to fight their corner.’Last month the High Court dismissed trade union Unison’s legal challenge to the introduction of tribunal fees.Giving judgment in Unison v Lord Chancellor Lord Justice Moses (pictured) and Mr Justice Irwin described the union’s argument as ‘premature’ and said that ‘the evidence at this stage lacks that robustness necessary to overturn the regime’.Unison said it intends to take the case to the Court of Appeal to consider its arguments further, in particular its claim that the fees will have a disproportionate impact on women.Dave Prentis, the union’s general secretary, said the new figures were ‘shocking’. He said ‘the disastrous effect of tribunal fees is now blatantly obvious. The introduction of fees was unfair and they should be dropped. Money should never be a barrier to justice, so it is deeply disturbing that this is exactly what is happening for thousands of workers since the fees were introduced.’
GERMANY: Eight ‘pseudolite’ signal generators which are being installed at Siemens Mobility’s Wegberg-Wildenrath railway test centre will allow practical trials of railway applications of the Galileo satellite navigation system before the real signals are available in 2013. Signal generators on 50 m masts will provide a Galileo signal across the 35 ha site. This will enable testing of applications such as train tracking and automatic shunting to be carried out in a secure environment with 28 km of track, including a depot and forested areas. Satellite location has often been proposed as a basis for automatic train protection, but according to Siemens the high degree of reliability required cannot be met using current systems such as GPS, which lack integrity information and an operating guarantee. Galileo is intended to change this. Wegberg-Wildenrath is one of two ground transport Galileo test sites being developed under the GALILEOabove project. The installation is part of the RailGATE project, being undertaken by RWTH Aachen University with funding from Germany’s Ministry of Economics & Technology. Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended the launch of work to develop the DB Eco Rail Center at Kirchmöser in Brandenburg on August 10. DB Chief Executive Dr Rüdiger Grube said the long-term goal of the research facility is to offer ‘emission free’ vehicles on non-electrified lines. The partners are Alstom, Bombardier, German aerospace centre DLR, Enertrag, Fachhochschule Brandenburg, Linde, Siemens, Solon, Tognum, VDEI and Voith Turbo.
Algeria: Alstom is to supply kits for 26 Citadis trams which the Cital joint venture is to assemble in Annaba for use in Sétif. The €85m order forms part of a framework signed in 2012 by Cital and Entreprise du Métro d’Alger for the supply of Citadis trams to several cities. Austria: On February 1 Bombardier announced that its Traxx AC3 Last Mile locomotive had been approved for use in Austria, following Germany and Switzerland. Bangladesh: Indonesian Export Financing Agency has signed a US$20·1m loan agreement with state rolling stock manufacturer INKA to support the supply of vehicles to Bangladesh. Belarus: On February 9 Pesa signed a contract to supply BC with a further four Type 730M DMUs this year, with an option for another four which would be delivered in 2017. Bulgaria: MŽO Perov and CZ Loko have modernised three ex-BDZ Škoda 68E2 electric locos purchased by TBD-Tovarni Prevozi EAD, which is owned by the TEC Bobov Dol power station where they will haul coal trains. Czech Republic: Pars Nova has won a KC102m contract to refurbish 12 Bmto double-deck coaches for Praha suburban lines, which will enable the withdrawal of Class 451/452 EMUs dating back to the 1960s. The first of 20 Class 741.7 diesel-electric locomotives which CZ Loko is to supply for ArcelorMittal’s Ostrava steelworks under a 10-year leasing and servicing deal was handed over on January 28. A complete rebuild of the KD-built Class 740/742 produced in the 1970s and 1980s, the 100 km/h. Class 741.7 has a Caterpillar 3508C engine rated at 1 000 kW, AC-DC transmission and electronic controls. Europe: GySEV has bought 26 Bmz coaches from ÖBB for €9·9m. Metrowagonmash has awarded CAF contracts to supply gearboxes for metro trains being built for Moscow and wheelsets for the refurbishment of Budapest metro cars. Uralvagonzavod has begun producing 1 435 mm gauge axles certified for the European market. An undisclosed customer has ordered 4 000 BA-002 axles, with an initial 350 to be delivered this year. On January 29 Siemens announced a contract to supply Lokomotion with eight Vectron multi-system electric locomotives from spring 2017, saying the freight operator was the 20th customer for the Vectron and the order included the 300th to be sold. They are to be deployed on cross-border traffic between Germany, Austria and Italy, and will be equipped with ETCS as well as national train protection systems France: On February 16 Bombardier announced that SNCF had placed a €34m order for an additional four eight-car Regio 2N double-deck EMUs, financed by the Bretagne region and to be delivered in 2019. Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region has acquired six CAF Class 61 DMUs from SFM of Spain. Following modifications including steps to permit boarding from low platforms, the two-car DMUs are expected to enter service on the metre gauge Nice — Digne route in 2017. Germany: Alstom is to supply Metrans Rail with two Prima H3 diesel-battery hybrid shunting locos for use at the Port of Hamburg, and will maintain them for 10 years. Liebherr Transportation Systems is to supply Bombardier with 40 passenger saloon and 20 cab air-conditioning units for 10 Class 430 S-Bahn EMUs to be used in Stuttgart. International: Evraz NTMK has begun production of solid-rolled 920 mm BA 314 and BA 005 wagon wheels for the European market, after Czech research institute VUZ certified the production process as being compliant with TSI requirements. The steelmaker plans to launch production for the North American market this year. Japan: Kawasaki Heavy Industries is to supply 18 Series 9000 EMUs with Toshiba electrical equipment to Nishi-Nippon Railroad by March 2017 for use on the 78 km Tenjin Omuta Line. Kazakhstan: An agreement has been signed for the EKZ factory (p22) to become a significant supplier of onboard transformers to Alstom. Production is planned to start this year and reach 200 transformers/year. Lithuania: The first of seven Pesa 730ML DMUs which LG has ordered to replace locomotive-hauled trains on the Vilnius – Klaipda route was unveiled in Vilnius on February 15. The 140 km/h three-car units are similar to DMUs that Pesa has supplied to Belarus, but with an upgraded interior suitable for the 3 h 45 min journey. Philippines: Hyundai Rotem is to supply 36 three-car trainsets, as well as signalling, communications and power supplies, for metro line MRT7 in Manila under a 530bn won contract. Portugal: EMEF is to maintain 35 Metro do Porto Eurotram light rail vehicles under a €10·6m contract which covers medium-term maintenance and has an option for a further five vehicles. Russia: PK Transportnye Systemy has presented a prototype tram it is building for Yevpatoria at its new facility at Tver Carriage Works. The 20·5 m long, 2300 mm wide multi-articulated Type 71-922 Varyah tram is designed for metre-gauge networks. VM-Trans has ordered up to 3000 open and hopper wagons for delivery from United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant in 2016-17. Metrowagonmash has awarded Dellner a contract to supply crash energy absorbing couplers for 96 eight-car trainsets it is building for the Moscow metro. Uralvagonzavod subsidiary Uraltransmash has agreed a leasing deal to suply the city of Vladikavkaz with 10 Type 71-407 single-section trams. Transmashholding is to supply 30 Type 71-801 trams to Rostov-na-Donu. Brunswick Rail has entered into two previously-announced sale and lease back agreements with Alfa-Leasing. The first is worth 2·3bn roubles and covers 3398 wagons previously subject to pledge under a syndicated facility which has now been repaid. The second is worth 1·6bn roubles and relates to 2700 wagons. Brunswick has an option to repurchase the wagons. South Africa: Alstom, Bombardier, CRRC, Mizana, DCD Rolling Stock, Transnet Engineering and Siemens have expressed interest in supplying 12 additional EMUs for Gautrain. Sweden: Boliden has ordered a further 14 Kiruna Wagon side dumper ore wagons, which will be a slightly modified version of 33 supplied previously, with a lighter bottom to increase capacity. Switzerland: SBB has awarded a consortium of Windhoff and Dräger Safety a SFr38m contract to supply three LRZ18 firefighting and rescue trainsets by the end of 2018. They will be based at Genève, Melide and Brig to cover the CEVA line, Ceneri base tunnel and the Lötschberg and Simplon tunnels. UK: Rock Rail Ltd has entered the rolling stock market with the signing of a £200m deal to finance the 25 six-car Siemens Desiro EMUs ordered by Govia Thameslink Railway for Great Northern suburban services (RG 2.16 p19). Equity is being provided by Standard Life Investments and debt by Aviva Investors. USA: Maryland Transit Administration has awarded Bombardier a $36·8m contract to overhaul 63 MARC III double-deck coaches.
Haiti appeared to have escaped the worst of Hurricane Irma as it barreled across its northern coastline Thursday, although experts cautioned that the vulnerable nation remains in a danger zone.The country’s head of Civil Protection, Dr Jerry Chandler was still apprehensive, however. Too early to say we’re safe“It’s still too early to say we’re safe. We are still in the dangerous area,” Chandler said. “We are getting reports [but] no major incidents thus far. But we are still looking out.”The storm blew off rooftops, flooded parts of Ouanaminthe in northeast Haiti and caused at least one national road connecting the north and center pars of the country to be impassable, but early reports revealed that Irma did not cause the kind of damage and flooding many had feared. Water rising“The water is rising in some places, but we don’t yet have flooding,” Cap-Haitien Mayor Yvrose Pierre said late Thursday as the city continued to experience rain and strong wind gusts on and off throughout the day.Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced he had formed a commission to “rapidly” report on the storm within the next 24 to 48 hours. Lafontant made the announcement during an evening press conference at his official residence as cabinet members sought to blunt criticism that they were not prepared for the potentially catastrophic weather event.Earlier in the day as the storm approached Haiti, Pierre and several other mayors said they were forced to dip into their meager coffers to stock shelters. They contradicted central government officials who reported having sent container-loads of food, and bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment to respond to blocked roads in the five regions most likely to feel the brunt of Irma.
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Matt Loede PARMA, OHIO – After three one-sided affairs in the opening day of the Bruce Anderson Memorial Hockey Tournament, the final game was anything but, with the Avon Eagles squeaking out a 3-1 win over the Amherst Steele Comets in a close knit battle.Amherst, making their return to the GCHSHL, went toe to toe with the Eagles all afternoon, taking Avon who went 22-10 last season to the limit to the very end.The Eagles came out shooing and were able to get the first goal of the afternoon, as Alex Provenza found the back of the net to give Avon a 1-0 lead 4:54 into the opening period.The first period ended with Amherst controlling the shots on goal 7-2, but still trailing 1-0. Most of the period was a back and forth affair with neither team able to gain much of an edge.The second period was much of the game, as both teams struggled getting shots on goal, and neither team able to find the net in the second period.The scoreless 15 minutes saw the Eagles continue to lead 1-0 as we went into the final period of the afternoon.Avon’s defense again was able to keep the Comets off the board, and they finally secured a two-goal lead when Conner Wing scored at the 7:56 mark to make it 2-0.The Comets would not go quietly, as they came back and got it back to within one as Sophomore forward Ryan George found the back of the net with 1:23 left to make it a nail bitter.Amherst pulled the goalie Zac Boesel, and the Eagles were able to score an empty net goal to close out the scoring and put the game away at 3-1.Senior forward Zach Zwiercki scored the final goal of the day, giving the Eagles and win and helping them move on as they will take on Chagrin Falls at 7:45pm Saturday night.The Comets will take on Twinsburg at 9:30pm Saturday night. Click Below to see Photos from Avon’s two-goal win over the Comets. Pages: 1 2 Related TopicsAmherst CometsAvon EaglesBruce Anderson Memorial Hockey Tournament Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s syphilis outbreak is growing, with cases that more than doubled in 2019 to 2018. The Alaska Department of Health an Social Services HIV / STD Program said that this is the largest number of syphilis cases they have reported in a single year. Overall, combined rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are at all-time highs, both in Alaska and the nation. Nationally, syphilis rates have increased almost every year since 2001. Sexually transmitted disease can have severe health consequences. The Alaska Section of Epidemiology Bulletin issued on Thursday emphasizes the drivers for the increase and notes several contributing factors, such as more infection among heterosexual men and women, and some of those infected reporting illicit drug use and homelessness. The increase in case reports among women raises the risk that a mother could pass the infection on to her baby during pregnancy. The Bulletin details the syphilis outbreak in Alaska and recommendations for care. The current syphilis outbreak in Alaska was first declared in 2018. During 2018, 114 cases of syphilis were reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. In 2019, that number jumped to 242 cases, a 112% increase in cases in a single year. 86% of the cases were newly acquired and considered “infectious.” When left untreated, syphilis can affect the heart, brain and other organs in the body. Many factors contribute to syphilis transmission, including methamphetamine and/or heroin use (33% of patients reported use), a history of incarceration within 12 months (28%), and homelessness (24%).
LONDON, England (CMC) – Three months after he announced his resignation as West Indies head coach, Stuart Law has been reflecting on his tenure at the regional side, pointing to the Windies’ first Test victory over England in 17 years as the highlight of his tenure.Law’s last series in charge was the tour of India last month when West Indies lost the Test, ODI and T20 series.“Not just winning it, but getting the boys back up into a mental space after the first Test where we got absolutely walloped, and then to come out and outplay England in all facets was an amazing achievement,” Law said of the team’s five-wicket win over England in the second Test at Leeds last year.“I didn’t have to do a hell of a lot. The boys were hurt; and I just highlight certain things that were being said back home, and by certain people in the media in England. I said, ‘These people don’t think you’re good enough.“You’ve just got to go out there and prove you are. I believe you are. Everyone in this room thinks you are good enough. So get out there and show them.’”West Indies were hammered in the first Test at Birmingham by an innings and 209 runs but then chased down 322 on the final day to pull off an astonishing victory in the second Test.Law succeeded Phil Simmons as head coach two years ago after the former was sacked by West Indies administrators over “differences in culture and strategic approach”.Simmons led the team to victory in the ICC T20 World Cup in India in 2016, and prior to that he played a key role in Ireland’s rise as a non-Test-playing nation. However, clashes with Windies bosses over selection, as well as his views challenging the Board, resulted in his demise after 18 months on the job.In an interview with Cricbuzz, Law noted that one of his challenges was effecting a cultural change within the team.“It was quite evident that there was a cultural change that needed to take place. The hardest thing to change is culture,” the Australian pointed out.“In my first couple of months in charge, you could realise that the players aren’t fit. Niggling injuries were preventing players from performing at their very best on the ground. Our work ethic probably wasn’t where we needed it to be. That was the first change: to try and get the mindset around that.”Law said he prioritised discipline and stressed the importance of communication.“From the outset I said, I want to see us as a family, and in a family, if someone’s not doing what they should be doing, they should get told,” he explained.“An open, honest conversation is not to hurt; it’s to help you get better. That’s the first thing I tried to instil – the family aspect to it. From there, it was just installing a little bit of discipline here and there. I didn’t want to go in and change ten things in the first week, but one thing in ten weeks.“Then add another thing. And then all of a sudden, one thing leads to three and another in the next week.”He continued: “For me, it was to find something that’s working. The first step was try to get the boys fitter and stronger; to cope with the amount of cricket that they’re playing; then try and install that underneath the (international) level, so when they come up to us, they’re already fit and strong, so that they’re not doing their fitness and strength work on the road while playing cricket.”Law acknowledged that the foundation in the Caribbean needed to be laid at the junior level. However, some schools have stopped their cricket programmes as they prioritise education over sport.Nevertheless he remained hopeful.“If they can still instil the love of it back in the juniors and the young kids, it would help. There has to be a system in place,” he said.“It would be nice to get an academy up and running, whichever island it’s on. An academy where young players of note can come and do a three-month programme for fitness and strength, first and foremost, rather than cricket skill.“They’ve all got cricket skill. They’re natural athletes. But to get the functional strength and anaerobic capacity is what made the great West Indian team stand out from the rest. They were fitter than everyone else. Now the rest of the world has caught up and gone past. Now everyone knows that if you’re not fit, you’re not going to play.”At the time of his appointment Law was given a mandate to improve the results of the West Indies, but he endured a difficult period with the team.He won only six of his Tests in charge, and picked up series wins against minnows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the six tours he has overseen.Law will take up the new post of head coach at Middlesex CCC in the New Year.
Baba Rahman and Mikel start for Chelsea in the Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at the Britannia Stadium, where Blues keeper Asmir Begovic faces his former club.Mikel starts in midfield, where Chelsea are without the suspended Nemanja Matic, while Baba gets a chance to impress at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta making way. Kurt Zouma is again deployed at right-back. There is also a starting place for Oscar, who replaces Cesc Fabregas, while Loic Remy is among the substitutes after shaking off an injury.AdChoices广告Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross makes his first appearance of the season after overcoming a back injury.Striker Mame Biram Diouf, who has been on compassionate leave, also returns for the Potters.Stoke: Butland; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Muniesa; Whelan, Adam; Diouff, Afellay, Arnautovic; Walters.Subs: Given, Ireland, Odemwingie, Wilson, Sidwell, Shaqiri, Crouch. Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Djilobodji, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy, Remy. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook