Innovation! New Cement Absorbs Air Pollution

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHow great is this?? It’s what I call, News to Enthuse… An Italian company has begun marketing a cement that is capable of absorbing pollution from vehicles.   Italcementi spent 10 years developing a product that is capable of reducing urban pollution by more than 40 percent. (Monsters and Critics) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Interpreters lose MoJ race bias challenge

first_imgThe Employment Tribunal did not ‘misdirect’ itself when it dismissed two interpreters’ claims for racial discrimination against the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Appeal has ruled.Lord Justice Underhill restored a 2013 Employment Tribunal decision to dismiss proceedings brought by Dr Windle, of Czech origin, and Mr Arada, of Algerian origin, against the ministry for racial discrimination contrary to part 5 of the Equality Act 2010, which prohibits discrimination against ‘employees’.The Court of Appeal was asked to consider whether the Employment Appeal Tribunal was right to find that the Employment Tribunal had ‘misdirected itself’ by treating the absence of an ‘umbrella’ contract as a relevant factor in the assessment of the claimants’ employment status.The judgment states that although Windle and Arada had done ‘a good deal of work’ for HM Courts and Tribunals Service, they did so only on a case-by-case basis.HMCTS was under no obligation to offer them work; nor were they obliged to accept it when offered. The interpreters were paid simply for work done, with no provision for holiday, sick pay, or pension. They considered themselves self-employed and were treated as such for tax purposes.Windle and Arada claimed that ‘in various respects’ their terms were less generous than those accorded to British Sign Language interpreters. The judgment states the background to the claims was HM Courts & Tribunals’ decision in 2011 to outsource the provision of interpreter services under a ‘framework agreement’ with Applied Language Services, but that it ‘does not affect the legal issue’.The ministry ‘took a preliminary point’ that the claimants were not its employees within the meaning of the act. However the interpreters argued that they were under a contract ‘personally to do work’.The Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled in 2014 that the tribunal had ‘misdirected’ itself and remitted the case to the Employment Tribunal.Allowing the ministry’s appeal against the EAT decision, Underhill said it seemed to him ‘a matter of common sense and common experience that the fact that a person supplying services is only doing so on an assignment-by-assignment basis may tend to indicate a degree of independence, or lack of subordination, in the relationship while at work which is incompatible with employee status even in the extended sense.’Of course it will not always do so, nor did the [tribunal] so suggest. Its relevance will depend on the particular facts of the case; but to exclude consideration of it in limine runs counter to the repeated message of the authorities that it is necessary to consider all the circumstances.’Lord Justice Lindblom and Lord Justice Jackson agreed with Underhill’s decision to allow the appeal.Underhill also praised barrister Mark Humphreys for representing the interpreters pro bono, through the Free Representation Unit, at the Employment Appeal Tribunal and in the Court of Appeal. The claimants were unrepresented at the Employment Tribunal.Underhill said: ‘The court is most grateful to him for doing so, as I am sure the claimants are also.’last_img read more

Aruhanai claim Elevala v’ball trophy

first_imgVolleyball BY KILA NAO A perfect display of class by the Pore Aruhani enabled them to claim the Elevala volleyball premiership trophy in the men’s A grade grand final clash with a convincing 3 to 1 set victory against Gadosisi on Saturday. The crowd was on their toes and were able to witness some great entertainment from two colorful senior men’s teams that displayed their skill levels on the court. It was more or less a one-man show from Aruhanai Captain Puka John who was unstoppable from the first whistle until the end of the show-down. They showed no mercy and were more composed from the word go and did not give any chances to their Gadosisi opponents from penetrating. The boys in green opened the campaign by winning 25-23 in the first set and went on to stop their opponents with a close 28-26 win in the second set. There was no sign of fatigue as they were determined to invade the court and show their opponents what it is like to play in the finals. Their onslaught led by power hitter John produced a lot of power spikes that was never picked. John was well supported by John Boge Reva, Arnold Joseph and Lohia Rarua (blockers) and setter Jelico Ovia. They dictated play by forcing their opponents imto making a lot of silly mistakes on the court. Gadosisi, despite having the experience hands of Morea Leo, Gavera Agalu, Adolf Lohia, Rarua Gavin, Frank Doura, Ao Leo and Maba Peter (setter), were treated like beginners on the block. But a change of play tactic by Aruhanai in the third set gave Gadosisi the advantage to spring up with formidable good spikes from Leo, Agalu, Gavin and Lohia who managed to put them back on the drawing board with close 25-23 win in the third set. The fourth was an even tussle with both sides exchanging power spikes and tight defensive blocks with the scores running neck to neck through the rally. However, it was Aruhanai’s John who stood tall to control the game with his tactical hits that allowed his side to win with a close 27-25 in fourth set to claim the premiership trophy. Aruhanai head coach, Morea Kamea said he was impressed with the players’ performance and the end result paid off fairly handsomely with a victory. “They played a real good catch up match to win in the entire four sets. We managed to come from behind and they executed the game plan very well,” said Kamea. In the men’s B grade premiership race, Hillside Kings defeated K-Makana in 3-1 sets (22-25, 28-26,25-19 and 25-23). In the women’s encounter, Wala Mix managed to hold off Pore Aruhanai with 3-1 set to claim the premiership trophy (25-19, 24-26, 25-11 and 25-22) In the women’s B grade race, Wala Mix beat Aruano with 3-1 set win (25-16, 16-25, 25-20 and 25-23).last_img read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga writes letter to Athletic Bilbao after Chelsea switch

first_img 09/08/2018 Kepa Arrizabalaga has published a goodbye letter after leaving Athletic Bilbao for Chelsea, in a world record 80 million euro move – he is the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football. “That doesn’t mean I forget Athletic’s values, the same ones I’ve followed for 15 years, and for that I have to thank the club and its supporters. “I want to thank Athletic for the love and respect they have instilled in me during these years and I’ll always take that with me. To all my teammates over the years and the ones I leave behind in the dressing room – you are the best. RELATED STORIES “But I want to let everyone know I have made the decision calmly and in a responsible way. It was not easy to leave everything I have worked for so many years, the exertion nd the experiences. “Today is the day I leave my Athletic home, it is a day of mixed feelings to leave the club I joined as a nine-year-old,” wrote Kepa. “It’s where I grew up as a person and a footballer, from when I was little, and I understand some fans will understand my decision and others won’t. La carta de despedida de Kepa al Athletic Athletic Bilbao confirm Kepa Arrizabalaga’s departure for Chelsea move “And finally, thanks to the fans. Every time I walked into San Mames I felt privileged and I noted your love and strength. I will always be in debt to what you have made me feel. Aupa Athletic!!” IN SPORT.ES Jesús Burgos Upd. on 10/08/2018 at 09:33 CEST “However, sometimes in football you have to take a step forward to face personal challenges and develop your career. I’ve analysed what is best for me so I consider the opportunity presented to me in signing for Chelsea is the best for my future.last_img read more