Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Playing it straightOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today According to a recent court decision, discrimination because of sexualpreference is as valid as that of discrimination due to gender. Nick Hurleylooks at the issues employers should now consider to ensure that all employeesreceive equal treatmentBefore the recent case of MacDonald v Ministry of Defence, 2000, IRLR 748,UK courts had been generally reluctant to extend the protection of the SexDiscrimination Act 1975 (SDA) to claims of discrimination on the basis ofsexual orientation. This was demonstrated in the well-known case of Grant v South West Trains,1998, IRLR 206. In that case South West Trains refused to give a travel passproviding cheap travel to a (female) homosexual employee’s partner. Grant’semployer’s policy provided that “privilege tickets” would be grantedto “a married member of staff…” or to “one common law oppositesex spouse of staff…subject to a statutory declaration being made that ameaningful relationship has existed for a period of two years or more”.Grant applied for travel concessions for her female partner on the basis of a”meaningful relationship” for more than two years but the request wasrefused. Grant claimed that the refusal amounted to discrimination because theconcession would have been given to her partner if her partner had been male.The European Court of Justice however did not accept this. They held that thecondition (that the partner be of the opposite sex) was applied equally tomales and females and therefore was not discriminatory. This position was confirmed in the more recent case of Pearce v GoverningBody of Mayfield School, 2000, IRLR 548, which was decided just a few monthsbefore MacDonald. In this case the EAT held that homophobic abuse by pupils ofa lesbian teacher did not amount to sex discrimination under the SDA. The claimfailed on the basis that there was no evidence of less favourable treatment onthe grounds of sex, as a male homosexual teacher would have suffered similarabuse and treatment. The EAT said that there could be discrimination if the treatment of male andfemale homosexuals differed, but in this case the pupils were generallyhomophobic, not discriminating as against male and female homosexuals. In lightof both this decision and that in Grant it appeared that the legal position wasvery clear – provided an employer was equally intolerant of male and femalehomosexuals, a sex discrimination claim would not succeed. The case of MacDonald has however altered this and broken new ground.MacDonald was a flight lieutenant who had disclosed his sexuality during aninterview process for a new post, which required special security clearance. Hewas asked to resign his commission when his sexuality was revealed, but he refusedto do so and in consequence was dismissed by way of compulsory resignationunder Queen’s Regulation 2905, in March 1997. MacDonald complained that his dismissal amounted to unlawful sexdiscrimination and that he had been subjected to sexual harassment due to theMinistry of Defence’s vetting process. While the Ministry of Defence admittedthat he was dismissed because of his sexuality, they denied that this amountedto sex discrimination or that he had been sexually harassed. The employment tribunal dismissed MacDonald’s claims. However the ScottishEmployment Appeal Tribunal (SEAT) in Edinburgh went against all existing caselaw and found that he had been discriminated against on the grounds of hissexuality and that he had also been subjected to sexual harassment. In making their decision the SEAT took into account the case of Smith andGrady v UK, 1999, IRLR 734 in which the European Court of Human Rights decidedthat investigations by the Ministry of Defence into the homosexual orientationof members of the armed forces was a violation of their human rights underArticle 8 (right to respect for private and family life). Further, the SEAT held that the word “sex” in the SDA wasambiguous and should be interpreted to include “on grounds of sexual orientation”as well as meaning “gender”. The appropriate comparator thereforewhere a homosexual man is claiming discrimination relating to his sexualorientation, is a heterosexual woman. This interpretation is contrary to all existing UK case law and while itremains to be seen how courts and tribunals will interpret this case in thefuture, the significance for employers cannot be ignored. What is the practical effect of this for employers? Dismissals The most obvious outcome of this case is that when considering whether todismiss an employee, that employee’s sexual orientation cannot be a relevantfactor at any stage. In similar vein, when recruiting, an applicant should notbe rejected on the grounds of their sexual orientation. Benefits Benefits that are provided to employees’ heterosexual partners must now alsoapply to homosexual partners. For example, in the same situation as Grant, ifthe courts follow the case of MacDonald then concessionary travel benefits mustbe given to same sex partners if they are given to heterosexual partners. Thiswould also hold true in respect of other fringe benefits such as medical healthinsurance. Staff training It would be advisable for employers to revisit their equal opportunitiespolicy to include the fact that not only will the employer not toleratediscrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, but that individuals whodiscriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation or treat others lessfavourably on these grounds will be subject to disciplinary action. It is also prudent for managers to be afforded further training on how toimplement the policy properly as there is little benefit to an employer ofhaving such a policy, if managers are not clear on how it is to beadministered. Additionally, employers must be wary of taunts about an individual’s sexualorientation. While such taunts should never be tolerated, what some consider tobe “office banter” may now be not only inappropriate but also lead toa successful sex discrimination claim. An employer’s harassment policy shouldalso be reviewed to ensure that harassment based on sexual orientation isclearly included. How far does the MacDonald case go? Since MacDonald goes against all previous UK case law, there may be somethat argue that the case has not been correctly decided. And although thedecision cannot be ignored, it is worth noting that the case is currently beingappealed. It should also be noted that Pearce has appealed the EAT’s decisionand, at the time of writing this article, the case is being heard by the Courtof Appeal. It will be very interesting to see what decision this court willreach following the MacDonald decision. Even if MacDonald is overturned and Pearce’s appeal is dismissed, employerswill still have to take steps to prevent discrimination on grounds of sexualorientation. The EC framework directive for equal treatment in employment givesthe UK until 2003 to implement legislation, which among other things, coversthe prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation. So, with orwithout MacDonald – or Pearce – employment practices will have to change. Nick Hurley is a senior solicitor in Charles Russell’s Employment LawGroup Actions employers need to take– When recruiting an individual, the sexual orientation of that individualmust have no bearing on whether or not they are selected for interview and/orultimately appointed to a position.– When considering fringe benefits for employees, any benefit that anemployee’s heterosexual partner benefits from must also be given to same-sexpartners.– Equal opportunity and harassment policies should be revisited to ensurethey cover discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and state that anyemployee who discriminates on the grounds of sexual orientation will be subjectto the company’s disciplinary procedure.– Employers should consider what further training might be necessary, notonly to ensure that managers implement the equal opportunities policycorrectly, but also to encourage a change where necessary to prevent”office banter” relating to sexual orientation and homophobic abuse.
More safe homes will soon be available to Hoosier foster children due to a new law sponsored by State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).According to Sullivan, there are twice as many children in Indiana’s foster care system than there are available homes, in many cases due to the state’s drug epidemic and removal of more children from dangerous environments. As a result of this growing need for foster families, Sullivan sponsored legislation allowing foster parents to welcome up to six children in approved homes, helping young Hoosiers receive the support they need.“A growing number of Hoosier children are in need of safe and loving homes,” Sullivan said. “Under current law, foster parents can take in up to five children. Increasing this number to six will help more children find caring families and can better address the issue of siblings being separated.”Senate Enrolled Act 184 will go into effect on July 1, 2018.Sullivan said Hoosiers who want to learn more about becoming a foster parent, supporting foster families or adoption opportunities can visitwww.in.gov/dcs.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE the balance sheet of City states that the City’s assets”. On January 1, 2011, the aggregate capital assets of Evansville as reported by the State Board of Accounts was $1,343,000,000 and as reported January 1, 2017 the aggregate total was $1,575,000,000 as increase of $232,000,000?IS IT TRUE it looks like Mayor Winnecke increases our debt/lease obligations by $348,000,000 while only increase our assets base by $232,000,000. Question: what happened to the differences between the net increases of debt/lease and the corresponding increase in assets a mere $116,000,000. IS IT TRUE we can’t wait for City Council Financial Chairman Dan McGinn (R) to give us an accurate breakdown concerning the status of financial condition of the City of Evansville during the upcoming budget hearings? …we hope Mr. McGinn will be ready to defend the budget figures he presents to City Council because several financial experts will be there to verify them?Todays “Readers Poll” question is a repeat from earlier this week that we felt worth reposting. The question is; Do you feel that the City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn needs to sit the record straight concerning the true financial status of the City? IS IT TRUE that during 2015 some of the elected officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico got a bee in their bonnet to propose an downtown arena to replace the perfectly good arena called The Pit where the University of New Mexico plays basketball? …the capacity of The Pit is 15,411 for basketball and 13,480 for concerts? …one of the assertions made by some of the council members who wanted a new arena bad is that The Pit is too small to ever get the good big concerts and that if they would build an arena with a capacity of over 20,000 for concerts that big bands like Rush and Metallica would sign up to play Albuquerque?IS IT TRUE except for the claim that 13,480 was too small to attract the big bands the folks in Albuquerque were pulling the same hollow claims that the former Mayor of Evansville and his minions were claiming back in 2006 when they were cramming the new arena down people’s throats? …the Evansville arena folks said if the roof trusses were stronger that the big bands would come to Evansville even though the Ford Center will have less capacity than Roberts Stadium did? …to hear the Albuquerque group claim that they need a new arena for the big acts because 13,480 is too small sort of makes the Evansville arenaholics look like either liars or fools?IS IT TRUE we will leave it up to our readers to decide if it is a scarlet letter of a liar or a dunce cap that is appropriate for the people that promoted building a new arena here in Evansville?IS IT TRUE Louisville has proved that a 20,000+ seat arena in a metro area of over 1 million will draw the big acts?…what Albuquerque needs to decide is if it is worth $300 Million to see a couple of big acts per year?…in 2016 the project was put on hold by some people smarter that the cram down artists of Evansville?…there is still a posse that is pushing the same old line about new arena equaling big acts just like the did in Evansville?…it is a crony capitalist’s fantasy to have political leaders who have no sense of how to manage money?IS IT TRUE we will leave it up to our readers to decide if it is a scarlet letter of a liar or a dunce cap that is appropriate for the people promoted building a new arena here in Evansville?IS IT TRUE CCO poster called Meter Maid posted the following posts we felt worth repeating? …he posted the following comments:
Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have teamed up to form a Mardi Gras marching krewe that will make its debut during this year’s Carnival festivities. Dubbed the Krewe du Kanaval (a reference to the Haitian word for “carnival”), the group will parade through New Orleans’ historic French Quarter on Tuesday, February 6, just one week before Mardi Gras Day.The celebration will kick off at Preservation Hall—home of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band—at 2pm before swinging to New Orleans’ famed Congo Square for a free, three-hour block party. Once that wraps up, the procession will make its way to French Quarter music venue One Eyed Jacks for the Rhum and Drums Kanaval Ball, where the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, several Haitian musicians, and Arcade Fire leaders Win Butler and Regine Chassagne are slated to perform.Krewe du Kanaval is the latest way that Arcade Fire have embraced the Mardi Gras spirit of New Orleans, a city that Butler and Chassagne have called home since 2014. The indie rock giants joined forces with the Preservation Hall guys for a David Bowie parade after the rock legend passed away in 2016, and they used a Mardi Gras parade as the backdrop for the video for their 2017 single, “Electric Blue.”However, Krewe du Kanaval will celebrate Haiti as much as New Orleans. Membership fees for the group start at a pricey $1,000, with all proceeds going to a KANPE, a nonprofit aid organization that works on health, agriculture and education issues in Haiti. The group was founded by Chassagne, who was raised in Montreal by Haitian immigrant parents that fled the country during the Duvalier dictatorship of the 1960s.[Photo: Emily Ferretti]
Deadheads and Jerry Garcia fans will soon get the chance to relive the Jerry Garcia Band‘s electric (and acoustic) performances at French’s Camp from 1987, 1989, and 1991, as they will all be included on the forthcoming six-CD box set, Electric On The Eel. The JGB live compilation is scheduled to arrive on March 15th via Round Records.The three electric performances were recorded at the picturesque outdoor venue located Piercy, California beginning in 1987, and continued as a summer tradition known as “Eel River” in the years to follow. The lineup for the performances those years included Melvin Seals on keyboards, John Kahn on bass, David Kemper on drums, and Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch on backing vocals. The box set will also include the band’s Acoustic On The Eel performance from August 29th, 1987 via bonus disc for fans who purchase the compilation via their local independent record store or through the Jerry Garcia website (while supplies last).Ahead of Electric On The Eel‘s impending release, JamBase has premiered a tender take on “Mission In The Rain”, played on June 10th, 1989. “Mission In The Rain” was only played five times by the Grateful Dead, with Jerry Garcia Band playing the tune off of Garcia’s 1976 solo album, Reflections, over 200 times live. According to Dead.net, Garcia explained in an interview, “‘Mission in the Rain’ is… a song that might be about me. It’s my life; it’s like a little piece of my life.”Listen to “Mission In The Rain” off of JGB’s forthcoming Electric On The Eel box set below:Jerry Garcia Band – “Mission In The Rain”[Audio: Jerry Garcia]Fans can head over to the Garcia Family Provisions website to see all the various package options and pre-order the album prior to its mid-March arrival. Fans can also reference the list below to see the full box set tracklisting.Electric on the Eel TracklistingAugust 29, 1987Disc 1, Set 11. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)2. Forever Young3. Get Out Of My Life Woman4. Run For The Roses5. And It Stoned Me6. My Sisters And Brothers7. DealDisc 2, Set 21. The Harder They Come2. I Shall Be Released3. Think4. Evangeline5. Gomorrah6. Let It Rock7. That Lucky Old Sun8. Tangled Up In BlueJune 10, 1989Disc 3, Set 11. I’ll Take A Melody2. They Love Each Other3. Get Out Of My Life Woman4. Run For The Roses5. Stop That Train6. Mission In The Rain7. My Sisters And Brothers8. DealDisc 4, Set 21. The Harder They Come2. Waiting For A Miracle3. I Shall Be Released4. Think5. I Hope It Won’t Be This Way Always6. Don’t Let Go7. Evangeline8. That Lucky Old Sun9. Tangled Up In BlueAugust 10, 1991Disc 5, Set 11. The Way You Do The Things You Do2. And It Stoned Me3. You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie)4. Waiting For A Miracle5. Struggling Man6. My Sisters And Brothers7. DealDisc 6, Set 21. Shining Star2. Think3. Lay Down Sally4. Twilight5. See What Love Can Do6. Lazy Bones7. Everybody Needs Somebody To LoveView All Tour Dates
At the Feb. 29 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members approved proposals for a Ph.D. program in education and to change the schedule of regular meetings of the Faculty in the Rules of Faculty Procedure. They also heard reviews regarding the timing of concentration choice and undergraduate secondary fields and an update on changes to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ conflict of interest policy.The Council next meets on March 21. The Faculty next meets on March 6. The preliminary deadline for the March 27 meeting of the Faculty is March 13 at noon.
Harvard stem cell researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have taken a critical step toward discovering in the relatively near future a drug to control cystic fibrosis (CF), a fatal lung disease that claims about 500 lives each year, with 1,000 new cases diagnosed annually.Beginning with the skin cells of patients with CF, Jayaraj Rajagopal and colleagues first created induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, and then used those cells to create human disease-specific functioning lung epithelium, the tissue that lines the airways and is the site of the most lethal aspect of CF, where the genes cause irreversible lung disease and inexorable respiratory failure.That tissue, which researchers now can grow in unlimited quantities in the laboratory, contains the delta-508 mutation, the gene responsible for about 70 percent of all CF cases and 90 percent of the ones in the United States. The tissue also contains the G551D mutation, a gene that is involved in about 2 percent of CF cases, and the one cause of the disease for which there is now a drug.The work is featured on the cover of this week’s journal Cell Stem Cell, which appeared online today. Postdoctoral fellow Hongmei Mou is first author on the paper, and Rajagopal is the senior author.Mou credits learning the underlying developmental biology in mice as the key to making tremendous progress in only two years. “I was able to apply these lessons to the iPS cell systems,” she said. “I was pleasantly surprised the research went so fast, and it makes me excited to think important things are within reach. It opens up the door to identifying new small molecules [drugs] to treat lung disease.”Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), said, “This work makes it possible to produce millions of cells for drug screening, and for the first time human patients’ cells can be used as the target.”Melton, who is also co-chair of Harvard’s inter-School Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (SCRB) and is the Xander University Professor, added, “I would expect to see rapid progress in this area now that human cells, the very cells that are defective in the disease, can be used for screening.”Rajagopal said that “the key to our success was the ecosystem of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and MGH. HSCI investigators pioneered the strategies we used, helped us at the bench, and gave us advice on how to combine our knowledge of lung development with their exciting new platforms. Indeed, we also enjoyed a wonderful collaboration with Darrell Kotton’s lab at Boston University that was able to convert mouse cells into lung tissue. These interactions really helped fuel us ahead.”The epithelial tissue created by Rajagopal and his colleagues at the MGH Center for Regenerative Medicine also provides researchers with the same cells that are involved in a number of common lung conditions, including asthma, lung cancer, and chronic bronchitis, and may hasten the development of new insights and treatments into those conditions as well.“We’re not talking about a cure for CF; we’re talking about a drug that hits the major problem in the disease. This is the enabling technology that will allow that to happen in a matter of years,” said Rajagopal, a Harvard Medical School assistant professor.Rajagopal, who also is a physician trained as a pulmonologist, the specialty that treats CF patients, said that “when we talk about research and advances, donors and patients ask: ‘When? How soon?’ And we usually hesitate to answer. But we now have every single piece we need for the final push. So I have every hope that we’ll have a therapy in a matter of years.”Cystic fibrosis, which used to claim its victims in infancy or early childhood, has evolved into a killer of those in their 30s because treatments of the infections that characterize the disease have improved. But despite those advances, there has been little progress in treating the underlying condition that affects the vast majority of patients: a defect in a single gene that interferes with the fluid balance in the surface layers of the airways, and leads to a thickening of mucus, difficulty breathing, and repeated infections and hospitalizations.The discovery and recent FDA approval of the drug Ivacaftor, which corrects the G551D defect seen in about 2 percent of CF patients, has served as a proof of concept to demonstrate that the disease can be attacked with a conventional molecular treatment. In fact, Ivacaftor was found by screening thousands of drugs on a far less than ideal cell line. In the end, many drugs that functioned well on this cell line proved ineffective when used on genuine human airway tissue. Genuine human airway tissue is the gold standard prior to drugs being tested clinically, but it has been extremely difficult to obtain the tissue from patients, and when it could be obtained, it rarely survived long in the lab — all of which created a major bottleneck in screening for a therapy.But by creating iPS cells that contain the entire genome of a CF patient, and directing those cells to develop into lung progenitor cells, which then develop into epithelium, the group appears to have solved this key problem.Rajagopal, who did his own postdoctoral fellowship in Melton’s laboratory during the first half of the past decade after completing his training in pulmonary medicine, said that having both the G551D and 508 genes in the epithelial tissue provides a way to prove that the tissue will be effective in testing drugs against CF.“We’ve created the perfect cell line to show that the drug out there that works against G551D mutation works in this system, and then we’re in business to screen for a drug against delta 508,” he said. “We’ll know soon that the cell line works. We know it makes bona fide airway epithelium, and we’ll have the proof of principle that the drug responds properly to the only known drug. We think this is the near-ideal tissue platform to find a drug for the majority of CF.”Rajagopal’s lab has created numerous other cell lines to further show that a CF drug that works in one patient should work in others, and to see whether this will be an area that allows a more personalized approach to medicine.“I’m most looking forward to working with the community of pulmonologists that concentrate in CF to generate therapies. This is occurring more than two decades after the remarkable work that identified the CF gene. Looking forward, I’m very excited that CF may lead the way in lung disease once more, by demonstrating that our iPS platform can be used to probe the diseases that are much less well understood. CF has more than two decades of great biology behind it. The reason we chose to attack this disease first was because of that pioneering work that lets us use our system with a very firm foundation,” Rajagopal said.
Photo: Eric Frommer / CC BY-SA 2.0NASHVILLE – Two-time Grammy winner John Prine, known for such songs as Sam Stone and Paradise, has died from COVID-19 complications.Prine was born Oct. 10, 1946, in Maynard, Ill. He was discovered by Kris Kristopherson and idolized by Bob Dylan.Prine charted 15 albums in the Billboard Top 200 and was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame.His family announced last week that he was in serious condition in Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Hometown: La Vega, Dominican Republic “I met Stephen Adly Guirgis at LAByrinth and I’m blessed he kept me around. I played Oswaldo in the first workshop, and one day I got the call offering me the role at Atlantic. I tried to stay calm, but as soon as I hung up, I screamed, ‘Woohoo, I got it!’ Then I picked up my daughter and kissed her.” Stage & Screen Cred: After performing at LAByrinth Theater Company and Center Stage New York, Almanzar starred in Between Riverside and Crazy at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He is pursuing his Master’s degree at the Actors Studio Drama School and plays dad to four-year-old Viviana. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 “In Riverside, I don’t even notice we’re on a rotating turntable. I’m so involved in the world. It’s more of a challenge trying to ride the subway to get there. That feels like I’m surfing. The stage is a piece of cake compared to that!” Related Shows Current Role: Almanzar reprises the role of ex-con and reformed junk-food junkie Oswaldo, a troubled young man trying to turn his life around in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy at Second Stage. Age: “Between 25 and 35.” Between Riverside and Crazy “I joined the marines after high school—met my recruiter on a Friday and the next Friday, I was gone. When 9/11 happened, I went to Iraq, and I was part of the NATO missions in Kosovo and Macedonia. It was tough, going to war. I experienced a lot of stuff not everybody does, but it made me stronger.” “There was a lot of gang culture at my school, so my father transferred me to LaGuardia Community College, where they have an international high school in the basement. They had a drama program, and I did it for a semester—it was just fun and something to keep me away from bad influences.” “My daughter Viviana is the greatest actor I’ve ever seen in my life. She does Frozen characters, Disney characters… She has all these funny facial expressions. She’s gonna be a great actor if she decides to do it. She has a knack for entertainment, she’s the life of the party.” View Comments “Moving to Queens at 13 from the Dominican Republic was very much a culture shock. I didn’t know the language at all. I learned English by watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin Lawrence. Picked it up in six months.”
New York Power Authority to upgrade Niagara Power Project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Buffalo News: ALBANY – The New York Power Authority will invest $1.1 billion in a massive modernization effort at the Niagara Power Project, the state’s largest producer of electricity.The 15-year commitment is the largest single investment in the agency’s history, according to Gil C. Quiniones, the power authority’s president and CEO.The authority owns the Lewiston facility, which was the western world’s largest hydropower plant when it opened in 1961. It’s still the second most productive hydroelectric plant in the nation and is a crucial source of power for New York and seven other states.But the equipment in the plant is showing its age. Some of it has never been replaced.“Starting this program right now…puts us in a good situation where we’re not at risk for any imminent failures that could be catastrophic going forward,” said Joseph Kessler, the authority’s executive vice president and chief operating officer for utility operations.“If we delay it any longer, we feel we’re putting ourselves at risk,” Kessler told the authority’s Board of Trustees, which approved the work Tuesday.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in a statement announcing the investment Wednesday, said the project will help the state meet its ambitious plans to transition to a carbon-free energy system throughout New York by 2040.“It’s something we’re proud of as well as excited about,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.More: $1.1B Niagara Power Project upgrade is NYPA’s biggest investment ever