Wednesday 15 December 2010 6:29 am Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof John Dunne whatsapp Retail sales are rising at their fastest pace in more than eight years as shoppers bring forward purchases before January’s increase in sales tax, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry showed.The CBI distributive trades survey’s December sales balance rose to +56 from +43 in November, the highest index level since April 2002. Analysts had forecast a fall to +35.The orders balance was the highest since December 1983, rising to +52 from +33, but the expected sales balance for January pointed to a decline in the headline index to +35, the lowest expected reading since July.“December’s strong survey balance is likely to capture spending being brought forward ahead of the January increase in value-added tax,” said CBI chief economic advisor Ian McCafferty.“Indeed retailers expect sales growth to lose some momentum in the New Year. We remain cautious about prospects for the retail sector further ahead, given ongoing uncertainty over the resilience of consumer spending,” McCafferty said.The survey showed strong growth in sales from clothing and non-specialised stores, as well as the fastest sales growth for hardware and DIY stories since the survey started in 1983. Share Tags: NULL Retail sales in strongest December growth for 8 years Show Comments ▼ whatsapp
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Future Foundation and Horwath Consulting’s report into charities’ use of the Internet, Virtual Promise, is launched this lunchtime at Bloomberg’s in the City of London. UK Fundraising will report later today. Meanwhile read Charities urged to exploit the net by Nicola Hill at SocietyGuardian. Virtual Promise report launched today Howard Lake | 15 February 2001 | News 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
RSF condemns court’s decision to keep Nabeel Rajab in detention The letter from 22 NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, urges the 50 governments to “speak out on Bahrain’s continued misuse of the judicial system to harass and silence human rights defenders, through charges that violate freedom of expression.”Among those addressed are the governments of France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. While the US State Department called for Nabeel Rajab’s release on 6 September, other governments have not done so. The 50 states addressed in the letter are all previous signatories of statements at the United Nations criticizing Bahrain’s ongoing human rights violations and calling for progress.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Al-Hussein, used his opening statement at the 33rd Human Rights Council this week to raise concern over Bahrain’s harassing and arresting human rights defenders. He cautioned Bahrain: “The past decade has demonstrated repeatedly and with punishing clarity exactly how disastrous the outcomes can be when a Government attempts to smash the voices of its people, instead of serving them.”Nabeel Rajab, the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, has been held in pre-trial detention since 13 June. During this time he has been held largely in solitary confinement, and his health has deteriorated as a result. Since 2011, Nabeel Rajab has faced multiple prosecutions and prison sentences for his vocal activism. He was subjected to a travel ban in 2014 and has been unable to leave the country. In his current trial, Nabeel Rajab faces charges including “insulting a statutory body”, “insulting a neighbouring country”, and “disseminating false rumours in time of war”. These are in relation to remarks he tweeted and retweeted on Twitter in 2015 relating to torture in Bahrain’s Jaw prison and the role of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in causing a humanitarian crisis in Yemen.Nabeel Rajab’s next court session has been set for 6 October, when he is expected to be sentenced.BackgroundNGOs and others have been urging action on Nabeel Rajab’s case since he was imprisoned in pre-trial detention in June. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy wrote to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on 7 September urging public action on Nabeel Rajab. On 2 September, 34 NGOs wrote a letter to the King of Bahrain calling for Nabeel Rajab’s release.In August, as part of an initiative organised by Index on Censorship, leading writers wrote a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May asking the UK government to call on Bahrain, their ally, to release Nabeel Rajab. They included playwright David Hare, author Monica Ali, comedian Shazia Mirza, MP Keir Starmer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses 15 September 2016 – Rights groups yesterday wrote to the governments of 50 states urging them to publicly call for the release of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, who faces up to 15 years’ imprisonment for comments he made on Twitter. Last week, Bahrain brought the new charge of “defaming the state” against him, after an op-ed was published under his name in The New York Times. RSF_en September 15, 2016 Bahrain: ‘Call for Nabeel Rajab’s release’, rights groups urge 50 governments Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bahrain July 13, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts News Organisation to go further
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Top StoriesSupreme Court Issues Notice And Seeks Response From Centre On Plea Seeking Capping of Prices of RT-PCR Tests Radhika Roy24 Nov 2020 6:17 AMShare This – xSupreme Court on Tuesday issued notice in a plea which seeks for the caping of the prices of RT-PCR tests, used to test suspected COVID patients, at Rs. 400, instead of the varying rates across the country. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde heard the submissions of Advocate Ajay Agarwal, who had filed the plea, and sought for a response from the Centre and the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court on Tuesday issued notice in a plea which seeks for the caping of the prices of RT-PCR tests, used to test suspected COVID patients, at Rs. 400, instead of the varying rates across the country. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde heard the submissions of Advocate Ajay Agarwal, who had filed the plea, and sought for a response from the Centre and the Health Ministry. Agarwal contended before the Bench that various hospitals across were charging exorbitant prices for the RT-PCR tests, whereas the actual cost of the test was merely Rs. 200. The Bench took the argument into consideration and issued notice. The matter has been tagged with a similar plea by Advocate Sachin Jain, which seeks for nationwide cost-related regulations for treatment of Coronavirus patients at private and corporate hospitals. Jain’s plea avers that the issue of cost regulations across the country to private and corporate entities for treatment of COVID19 patients was a matter of “urgent consideration” as many private hospitals were commercially exploiting patients suffering from the deadly virus “to make a fortune out of their miseries in the hour of national crisis”. It buttressed its averments by pointing to various reports of surging bills of COVID-19 patients and the resultant barrage on insurance companies for reimbursements. “It is submitted that if such inflated billing by the private hospitals can become a cause of concern for the insurance industry, what will be the plight of a common man who neither has a fat wallet nor an insurance cover to reimburse, in case, he requires hospitalization in a private hospital. It is a matter of grave concern that a large section of people in India still do not possess any insurance cover and are also not benefitted under any government health scheme.” – the petition reads.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
About Beth Hale & Pooja Dasgupta Beth Hale is partner and general counsel and Pooja Dasgupta is an associate at CM Murray How to take precautions to avoid a toxic work environmentBy Beth Hale & Pooja Dasgupta on 20 Feb 2019 in Sexual harassment, Corporate governance, Equality & diversity, Latest News, Bullying and harassment, Personnel Today, Human rights, Violence at work, Whistleblowing View all posts by Beth Hale & Pooja Dasgupta → No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website An independent review of work practices at Amnesty International found the charity did not live up to its valuesAijaz Rahi/AP/REX/Shutterstock Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What practical measures can employers take to foster a healthy and open environment, ask Beth Hale and Pooja Dasgupta? A recent review of Amnesty International’s working practices, undertaken by KonTerra Group, found that the charity had a “toxic” work culture. It revealed that there had been widespread bullying, public humiliation, discrimination and abuses of power within the organisation.Dealing with misconductCharity scandal: can employers inform others about misconduct? Line manager briefing: MisconductNot only that, but it uncovered an adversarial culture, failures in management and pressures of workload significantly contributed to wellbeing issues, which is particularly surprising given Amnesty’s mission; namely, campaigning to end abuses of human rights.Tragically, the report was commissioned after two Amnesty staff members, Gaëtan Mootoo and Rosalind McGregor, killed themselves last year. Troublingly, a review undertaken following Mr Mootoo’s death found that “a serious failure of management” had contributed to his death.Amnesty is not the only charitable organisation under scrutiny – only last month an independent review into conduct at Oxfam deemed it a “toxic work environment” where bullying went unreported.Culture concernsAlthough the situation it describes appears extreme, the Amnesty report should give all employers pause for thought. What can employers do to avoid similar issues in their own workplace and what should employees who have concerns about workplace culture do?Employees with similar concerns should initially refer to their employer’s policies on raising issues; for example, any grievance and anti-bullying and harassment/dignity at work policies. In the absence of such policies, they should speak to their line manager or HR about any mistreatment without delay, perhaps initially on an informal basis, depending on the circumstances and particular sensitivities.It is vital for employees to speak up, if they feel able, to avoid matters being repeatedly swept under the carpet. It is also a good idea for employees to keep a record of events to support their account in any future investigation.While matters may be resolved on a relatively informal basis, it is often worthwhile for employees to seek legal advice at an early stage; for example, in respect of whistleblowing protection, if they are contemplating disclosing details of any malpractice within their organisation.Risk and reputationFrom an employer’s perspective, businesses should already be taking active steps to prevent discrimination and other misconduct in the workplace, in accordance with their legal obligations.Failings such as those highlighted in the Amnesty report could mean exposure to a variety of claims, including in relation to discrimination, breach of contract, constructive dismissal, harassment (including potential criminal liability) and personal injury.The reputational impact can be equally damaging – and seeking to implement a wholesale change in culture can be extremely challenging. Prevention is far easier than cure. Businesses should consider the following:Implement and maintain robust policies and procedures that encourage alleged victims to raise their concerns and offer reassurance that their concerns will be dealt with properly and without risk of backlashEnsure that staff receive effective training on policies and company values, also focusing on the consequences of non-compliance – it is important that this should not just be treated as a tick-box exerciseConsider delivering enhanced training for senior staff members, highlighting potential individual, criminal and regulatory liabilities; and possibly separate training on bystander reporting, encouraging those who witness wrongdoing to speak up, creating a culture of opennessPromote staff wellbeing – consider specific training directed at managing work-related stress so that situations likely to cause stress and symptoms of stress can be easily identified; offer support through occupational health or confidential counselling; consider introducing health-related benefits such as access to a wellbeing programme or gym membershipMonitor staff wellbeing, and equality and diversity – support this by undertaking audits and spot checks.If, despite taking appropriate preventative measures, allegations are raised internally regarding discrimination or other wrongdoing, those with relevant authority should properly consider the employer’s duty to investigate and any further obligations they might have – from an employment law, criminal and potentially regulatory perspective.Be sensitive and offer supportThese situations require a considerable level of sensitivity, both from the perspective of the complainant and the alleged perpetrator, and employers should consider offering counselling or additional support to all parties involved in an investigation. There may also be issues regarding confidentiality and employers should consider seeking specialist advice regarding managing internal and external communications concerning workplace disputes.Unfortunately, there will be numerous businesses to whom the issues at Amnesty seem sadly familiar.For these businesses, it would be advisable to consider undertaking a comprehensive review of their working practices and prepare a robust reform plan. However, it is important to remember that businesses can, and should, always take steps to prevent matters from reaching this point.It is not acceptable for companies to feign ignorance, particularly considering their own exposure to vicarious liability and reputational damage, and senior management should be mindful of their responsibilities to lead from the front.Furthermore, taking an active interest in the wellbeing of their employees will inevitably be of long-term benefit to both the affected individuals and their employers, hopefully boosting productivity and morale. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.