Blowing the whistle

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Blowing the whistleOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today The outcome of a recent employment tribunal could pave the way for claims ofunfair dismissal under the whistleblowing legislation – without the one yearservice required. Malcolm Pike looks at practical ways employers can protectthemselvesThere can be few employers who have not had to deal with breach of contractclaims from disgruntled former employees. Now imagine that in addition to theobvious claim under contract law, those employees also have a whole new causeof action for automatic unfair dismissal, with no service or age requirementand no cap on compensation. What is more, the employee can also claim interimrelief until the date of the hearing (likely to be several months in some areasof the country) which, if successful, would mean the employer must continue topay the dismissed employee their full wages during that period. With its controversial judgement in Parkins v Sodexho Ltd [2002] IRLR 109,the Employment Appeal Tribunal has made this unwelcome scenario a potentialreality. The case established that a worker can claim the protection of thePublic Interest Disclosure Act 1998 – or the ‘Whistleblowing Act’ as it hasbecome known – where the ‘protected disclosure’ in question is a breach of theemployment contract. When it came into force on 2 July 1999, the PIDA inserted new provisionsinto the Employment Rights Act 1996 to protect workers from dismissal or otherdetriment at the hands of their employers for disclosing information aboutcertain kinds of malpractice. The Act provides protection for employees byrendering automatically unfair the dismissal of an employee for having made a‘protected disclosure’. The statutory definition of ‘protected disclosure’includes any disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of theemployee or worker making the disclosure, ‘tends to showÉ that a person hasfailed to comply with any legal obligation to which he is subject’. The EAT’sbroad and employee-friendly interpretation established that this failure caninclude a breach of the employment contract. Parkins v Sodexho – the facts Mr Parkins was employed by Sodexho Ltd from 17 January 2000 until 28 April2000, when he was summarily dismissed. The reason for his dismissal, heclaimed, was that he had complained to Sodexho that there was no supervision onone of the sites where he worked. He said that, instead, he had to telephonehis day supervisor to inform him when he left at the end of his shift and ofany problems that he had encountered during the shift. He brought a claimbefore an employment tribunal arguing that Sodexho was legally obliged, underhis contract of employment, to arrange for him to report directly to on-sitesupervisors and that the company’s failure to do so not only amounted to abreach of contract but also to a breach of ‘any legal obligation’ under thePIDA. Since he did not have the necessary one year’s service to claim unfairdismissal in the usual way his argument that he was covered by the PIDA wascrucial. The tribunal’s decision – claim not in spirit of the legislation In the employment tribunal Mr Parkins’ argument was rejected. As thetribunal saw it, “[w]hile everybody is obliged to comply with contracts ofemployment, we do not consider that an allegation of breach of an employmentcontract in relation to the performance of duties comes within the letter orspirit of the statutory provision”. This is not a surprising view for thetribunal to take. As one of the promoters of the legislation, Lord Borrie, saidduring the committee stage of the Bill’s passage through Parliament:”[t]his Bill is meant to encourage any worker in any workplace whodiscovers a malpractice of some kind, whether it is financial, a breach ofsafety regulations or the commission of a criminal offence by the employer –several examples were given to me and several other noble Lords during secondreading – to disclose those matters in the public interest. It is not concernedwith a worker who wishes to disclose some malpractice for his own ends,possibly to try to gain a private advantage. As the title of the Bill clearlyindicates, it is concerned with the public interest’. So, an employee whomerely alleges breach of contract to contrive a claim for unfair dismissalshould fall outside the Act and should fail. That, surely, is what Parliamentintended and how most employers and workers would see it. The EAT decision – breaches of contract are caught Not so at the EAT. It allowed Parkins’ appeal and decided there is no reasonto distinguish a legal obligation which arises under an individual’s contractof employment from any other form of legal obligation. The EAT’s only comfort for employers, effectively acknowledging thepossibility of contrived claims from employees not qualified to claim unfairdismissal, was to make it clear that no claim would succeed unless theprincipal reason for the dismissal was a protected disclosure made by theemployee in good faith. The EAT added: “We anticipate that the difficulty for an employee toshow that that was likely to be the reason for his dismissal would be asdifficult a hurdle to surmount in this area as it has shown to be in the pastin other areas.” The issue of whether Mr Parkins was dismissed because he complained (as heargued) or because he refused to take orders (as Sodexho argued) was notresolved; the EAT remitted the issue to a freshly-constituted tribunal. It willbe interesting to see how robust a line that tribunal is able to take. Possible claims from private disputes The EAT’s decision to give a literal and therefore very wide interpretationto ‘legal obligation’ and extend it to breaches of the employment contract is,on the face of it, logical. After all, the employment contract is full of legalobligations. In Parkins, arguably, the nature of the breach of contract fellwithin the spirit of the whistleblowing legislation – a health and safetyobligation which had implications for the rest of the workforce. The problem with the decision arises from the fact the EAT, by its ownadmission, could not define the spirit of the legislation. Perhaps that was theunderlying reason it did not attempt to say which types of legal obligationsowed to employees under their employment contracts fall within the scope of thePIDA. The EAT’s failure to do that means we have no guidance on that issue yet.Meanwhile, employers risk whistleblowing claims arising out of a purely‘private’ dispute which has nothing to do with the wider public interest – forexample, an employee’s entitlement to wages or holiday. Clearly, this is notthe type of malpractice the whistleblowing legislation was intended to cover –in most cases the dispute will be of relevance only to the individual makingthe complaint. Policies and grievance procedures While the Parkins case concerned one particular type of protected disclosure– breach of a legal obligation – the range of qualifying disclosures is farwider. They include the commission of criminal offences, miscarriages ofjustice, the protection of health and safety and the protection of theenvironment. Complaints falling into any of these additional categories shouldbe dealt with under the employer’s whistleblowing policy, which should set outclearly to whom the complaint should be directed and how it will be addressed[see box]. The purpose of a whistleblowing policy is, primarily, to deter anddetect malpractice in the workplace and it should normally be kept separatefrom the normal grievance procedure, which is used to handle individual orgroup grievances. Despite the Parkins case, the grievance procedure will continue to be themore appropriate policy for handling the vast majority of complaints relatingto allegations of breach of contract. The contract of employment or thestatement of terms and conditions should identify the employer’s grievanceprocedure and specify the person to whom a complaint should be made in thefirst instance. Importantly, it should not be contractually binding, otherwiseany failure by the employer to follow it will amount to a breach of contractitself. Whistleblowing: practical steps to takeThe independent charity PublicConcern at Work offers the following useful guidance for employers.– Employers should make it clear that it is safe and acceptablefor workers to raise a concern they may have about misconduct or malpractice inthe organisation.– Where a worker raises a concern about a specifiedmalpractice, every effort should be made to ensure the employer responds (andcan show it has responded), rather than ‘shooting the messenger’.– It is in employers’ own interests to introduce effectivewhistleblowing procedures. This will not only help separate the message fromthe messenger but will also reduce the likelihood that a public disclosure willbe protected under the Act.– Where a protected disclosure has been made, employers shouldtake all reasonable steps to try and ensure that no colleague, manager or otherperson under its control victimises the whistleblower.– Confidentiality clauses in severance agreements andemployment contracts should be reviewed (since any such clause is void if itprecludes a protected disclosure).– Employers should review the terms and conditions in theirarrangements with contractors to ensure that those who work for key contractorsalso have access to the employer’s whistleblowing policy if the concern affectsit. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Merrill lifts Utah St. over Fresno St. 85-60 in MWC tourney

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first_imgThe second-seeded Aggies will now play the No. 4 seed San Diego State Aztecs in the Mountain West Championship Saturday at 4:00 PM MDT with a trip to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Written by Tags: Mountain West/Mountain West Tournament/Sam Merrill/Utah State Aggies Basketball Abel Porter had 11 points for Utah State (27-6). Neemias Queta added 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Deshon Taylor, whose 18 points per game heading into the matchup ranked second on the Bulldogs, scored only 6 points on 2-of-13 shooting. March 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local Merrill lifts Utah St. over Fresno St. 85-60 in MWC tourney Nate Grimes scored a career-high 21 points and had three blocks for the Bulldogs (23-9). Braxton Huggins added 11 points. Noah Blackwell had 10 points. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill had 22 points as Utah State easily beat Fresno State 85-60 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament semifinals on Friday night. Diogo Brito added 20 points for the Aggies. Brito also had seven rebounds for the Aggies. Associated Presslast_img read more

Comment: Free Speech at the Union?

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first_imgUnfortunately, Tryl began this defence by asserting “these people are not being given a platform to extol their views”. Hold on, I thought giving them a platform was the whole point, so we could, metaphorically of course, kick the shit out of them? Wasn’t Dr Evan Harris speaking “to say that no platform policies are wrong”? Tryl’s desperate attempts to explain himself bordered on some sort of rhetorical imitation of the Keystone Cops, rushing around and falling into and over moral justifications and arguments while the villains of the piece, Irving and Griffin, stand around grinning at just how much they’ve got away with. The point, surely, is that free speech should never have been the issue. In the context of Tryl’s monumental misjudgement, the two opposing positions have major problems: if you limit free speech, you deny yourself the opportunity to expose evil and fallacious opinions and defeat them in measured debate, the whole justification for the exercise; if you do not limit free speech, you seem forced into the position of agreeing with the BNP about their justification to air such views. The right to freedom of speech does not mean the right to be given a particular platform or venue for abhorrent views. The BNP have the right, which they exercise in the face of strong and fair criticism, to air party political broadcasts and publish political literature; that is the freedom of speech deemed appropriate for a democracy. We must not forget that, however awful much of what they say is, they do represent the views of a thankfully small element of this country. But that right need not be extended any further. A final thought: if Tryl really wanted to expose views and crush in debates, rather than get his fifteen minutes, maybe he should have invited Irving and Griffin to debate the motion “This House believes the Holocaust is a lie”. I imagine they would be a lot slower to jump onto our once-venerated platform then. “The Oxford Union believes first and foremost in freedom of speech: nothing more, nothing less.” This assertion, from the Union’s own website, serves to awaken some faint echo of a time when the Union was much more than a socially-elitist drinking club and engaged in debates which not only mattered but set precedents, stirred up intellectual responses, and changed history. I fear, however, that it also provided some kind of impetus for Luke Tryl’s ill-conceived and pathetically executed Free Speech Forum. Few people would, I believe, disagree that once invitations had been issued to David Irving and Nick Griffin, it was impossible for the Union to rescind them without looking cowardly, ridiculous, and, indeed, against the freedom of speech. In passing, the fact that for many outside the University community, the actions and views of the Union are taken as representative of the entire student body is a sad reflection on the media, eager to play to stereotypes, and an impotent OUSU, unable to convince the wider public that we are not simply a bunch of arrogant ‘toffs’ (incidentally I heard a Labour City Councillor use this word to describe the Union hierarchy at the protest and recoiled from the ham-fisted use of class politics – such a stupid way to weaken the argument). The whole problem with Tryl’s Forum was the totally confused rationale provided for welcoming two convicted Holocaust deniers into the chamber of the world’s most respected debating society. In his statement to Union members, again from the Union website, Tryl is at pains to point out that “pushing the views of these people underground achieves nothing” and cites Home Office Minister Tony McNulty’s line that the intention should be “to crush these people in debate” (sorry, another parenthetical insert: I read McNulty’s line and heard anti-Fascist protesters screaming “fascist scum” and “smash the BNP”; try googling Himmler, Jews & crush). last_img read more

Boardroom feud at Uni spin-out company

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first_imgOxford’s £600m spin-out, Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), has been shaken by boardroom disputes with two key figures leaving the venture. Patrick Pichette, former Google chief financial officer, stepped down as chairman this month, following Charles Conn who left his position as chief executive in November. OSI is one of 62 spin-out companies Oxford produced in 2007-2016, the most of any university. It previously attracted controversy due to investment from Chinese tech company Huawei, which ended after the University suspended donations and sponsorship from the company. Backed by South Africa’s richest woman, Magda Wierzycka, Braavos has become the OSI’s largest shareholder in the last sixth months. The investment fund has seen its holding in the company rise to 20%, after buying shares from Neil Woodford. If an Oxford academic starts a company, the University takes as much as a 50% stake, with half of that given to OSI. OSI stated that Pichette stepped down “to focus on his other international commitments,” though sources claim that a “misalignment in views” was behind his decision. The Telegraph reported that the disagreements arose from the emergence of South African company Braavos Capital as an investor. Jim Wilkinson, interim chief executive at OSI, said: “While the last few months have seen changes to our board and executive team, our strategy has always remained the same – to identify and develop cutting edge science and technology from the University and create and grow world-leading companies.” A former Rhodes scholar at Balliol, Conn said: “I wish to thank management and the board for the opportunity to serve OSI for the last year and look forward to the company’s next phase of growth.” Entrepreneur Hermann Hauser has criticised this system. In 2017 he said: “It’s a double whammy that Oxford suffers from. One is this monopoly that the university asks for. But then they have done this deal with OSI where they basically pledged all the IP to a single fund, preventing competition in spinouts, which is always bad.” He will be succeeded by Chris Chambers, an OSI board member and investor. OSI is Britain’s largest university spin-out company, with its funds being used to invest in science and technology companies. This is unlike other universities, where it is optional to work with venture funds. last_img read more

HOT JOBS IN EVANSVILLE AREA

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first_imgIndiana Legal Services, Inc. 4.3/5 rating   10 reviews  – Evansville, IN Nov 25 Easily apply A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. We are hiring for a front counter associate…. Pinehaven Health and Rehabilitation Center 3400 Stocker Drive Evansville, IN 47720 Pinehaven Health and Rehabilitation Center is a Long Term Care facility… Easily apply Part-time Sales Assistant – Evansville, IN NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS – Evansville, IN Position is 25-30 hours weekly, and schedule is flexible. Dream Center Evansville seeks to hire a talented and motivated part-time administrative assistant…. Administrative Assistant Nov 27 Business Office Manager Office Manager/Paralegal/Ombudsman Confidental Company – Mount Vernon, IN *Job Summary* Requirements include: Secretarial duties mail log banking/finance knowledge strong computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Box,… Maintains positive patient oriented services in the provision of medical office services to the patient, family members, visitors and physicians in the office… Ability and desire to work the required part-time, 5 hours per week schedule. Estimated Travel Percentage (%):…. Easily apply Nov 24 Always growing dog boarding, training, grooming facility…..ADDING TO OUR TEAM! Job includes kennel work and receptionist tasks. Must be dependable, self… Administrative Assistant Pine Haven Health & Rehabilitation Center – Evansville, IN FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Easily apply Please send a résumé and cover letter, containing salary requirements, and contact information for three professional references, to:…. Easily apply Front Desk Associate AIG 3.7/5 rating   3,529 reviews  – Evansville, IN Sponsored Most weeks will be 25 to 30 hours a week. Non-profit organization looking for a detail oriented person for an Administrative assistant position…. Eyecare Consultants has an opening for front desk receptionist. This position facilitates the patient registration and check-in process of the medical office… $12 – $15 an hour Doggie Do Right – Fort Branch, IN Nov 25 Sponsored Deaconess Health System 3.7/5 rating   444 reviews  – Evansville, INcenter_img Nov 28 Tri-State Orthopaedic Surgeons – Evansville, IN $10 – $13 an hour Nov 26 HOT JOBS IN EVANSVILLE AREA Easily apply Easily apply Easily apply COMPETITIVE WAGES Pinehaven Health and Rehabilitation Center 3400 Stocker Drive Evansville, IN 47720 Pinehaven Health and Rehabilitation Center is a Long… Dream Center Evansville – Evansville, IN Pine Haven Health & Rehabilitation Center – Evansville, IN Responsive employer Shamrock Engineering 3.5/5 rating   4 reviews  – Evansville, IN Front Desk Receptionist Kennel Assistant/Receptionist Nov 27 FULL TIME RECEPTIONIST/ADMINISTRATOR OFFICE Medical Front Desk Receptionist $23,000 – $25,000 a year $18.50 – $21.50 an hour Nov 22 Easily apply ‌ Easily apply Nov 22 EyeCare Consultants – Evansville, IN PC Quest, Inc. – Evansville, IN Medical Office Assistant Sponsored Receptionist EVENING SHIFT Flexibility to work between the hours of 6:30am and 6:30pm, as well as some Saturdays. Front Desk Receptionist Job Description Form 10.32…. Administrative Assistant/Receptionist Currently looking for a Receptionist office. The candidate will direct company calls and complete basic clerical tasks as well as establish and maintain a… Easily applylast_img read more

IS IT TRUE JANUARY 25, 2017

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first_imgIS IT TRUE The Crossroads Community Church said attendance for their Easter service has declined so much that they will be moving out of the Ford Center?…the 2016 event at the Ford Center drew about 7,300 people after having drawn 10,000 people back in the days when the Easter service was held at Roberts Stadium?…Ford Center’s location as “inconvenient” due to a shortage of nearby parking according to Crossroads officials?…the church also cited excessive costs as a catalyst for the decision to vacate the Ford Center?…this is not the first time that convenience and costs have been cited for reasons to leave the Ford Center?…similar reasons were given by the former hockey team the Evansville Icemen for their decision to leave?IS IT TRUE it seems as though an effort is being mobilized to expand the Vanderburgh County Jail so more prisoners can be housed at the present location?…Vanderburgh County has been renting cells across the river in Henderson off and on for many years because we have more prisoners than cells?…while expanding the jail may have become necessary due to overcrowding, this is a pathetic reflection on our community?…at a time when we have a billion dollars in sewer problems, archaic water pipes, decaying sidewalks, and enough potholes to start a farm, the lawless among us are causing us to squander good taxpayer dollars on more jail cells?…this is just plain sad?IS IT TRUE yesterday City Council President Missy Mosby and County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave had a political war of words concerning a County Commission resolution to increase income taxes to pay for the jail expansion? …Ms Mosby charged that Mrs. Musgrave wasn’t being transparent concerning her support of the tax increase resolution? …Mosby also charged that County Commissioners are pushing this proposal for a vote without properly discussing it in public?  …we find Mrs. Musgrave response to Mosby charge of her not being transparent extremely entertaining? … Musgrave statement that Ms Mosby didn’t understand the use of the word transparent seemly was spot on since the discussion of the tax increase resolution to expand the jail by the Commissioners was held in public? …It’s obvious that Ms Mosby should not take Mrs. Musgrave head on in a political decision because it will prove to be a no win situation for her?IS IT TRUE that our old friend Mole #3 tells us that a couple members of the Evansville City Council may be quietly conspiring to take an additional 2% of the Homestead Tax Credit for 2017?…we have seen this sort of thing before back in 2009 when the City County Observer exposed a sneaky meeting called by former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel to take the whole thing away?…since that coup was averted Vanderburgh County homeowners have save over $50 Million that these politicians would have certainly squandered on some fun and games nonsense?…we have to ask what it is about penguins, ball fields, and jaguars that our elected, city officials like more than hard working human beings?IS IT TRUE in better news, Toyota is expanding their Princeton operation and will be creating an additional 400 jobs?…this will be a good shot in the arm for the local economy?FOOTNOTE: Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke quietly gave his permission to increase the local income tax from the current 1% to 1.25% to help fund the jail renovation?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Blues Traveler Celebrate 30th Year at Ocean City Music Pier

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first_imgby Matt KoellingHas it really been over a quarter-century since an up-and-coming New Jersey jam-band named Blues Traveler founded H.O.R.D.E. Festival, which boasted like-minded acts such as Phish, Spin Doctors, and Widespread Panic? While seemingly hard to believe, time is a thief.  Some sights and sounds before the show around the Ocean City Music Pier would’ve felt familiar outside an amphitheater in Summer 1992. Phish tour t-shirts, tie-dye, Grateful Dead’s “Big Railroad Blues” playing inside the men’s room. Rain came down out on the boardwalk, but didn’t appear to dampen spirits.Inside, other signs signified the passage of time. Chris Barron, lead singer of Spin Doctors, was the evening’s opening act. He is perhaps best known for two things: that band’s early-90’s hits, plus his trademark shock of red-hair and beard in accompanying videos. Nowadays, that red is a close-cropped gray.  Yet performing a solo acoustic set, and later joining Blues Traveler for a scat-singing duet with front-man John Popper, Barron’s voice remained. More accurately his voice, following a scary vocal paralysis in 1999 that left him unable to speak above a whisper for years, has been fully regained.Barron’s appreciation for surviving that storm to be back now doing what he loves was palpable, despite stormy weather outside. “Chris Barron and I have known each other since we were 16 years old, we met in English class back in Princeton, New Jersey. We literally learned how to write together”, gushed Popper, “How many people you can say that about? I truly love that guy.” Conversely, Barron professed, “I’d like to thank Blues Traveler for inviting me to move up to New York City with them when I was 19, and basically bestowing my entire career upon me”.The crowd was mainly there to see Popper and Company, but also showed appreciation for their longtime friend, particularly on familiar Spin Doctors’ singles like “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes”. The latter garnered a clapping, full-throated, a capella call-and-response performance by the crowd on the final chorus. Barron spent the whole time between sets at the merch table, autographing the 17 remaining vinyl copies of his recent solo album, snapping photos with every fan who approached him.As the houselights dimmed and Blues Traveler made their way to the stage, a growing roar rose from the back of the venue to the front. It got louder as the final piece of the puzzle, John Popper, emerged last, before proclaiming “Ocean City, New Jersey! This was where Brooklyn Bob Sheehan lived. So this is like coming home for us”. They then launched into a raw new rocker entitled “Wolf Is Bumpin”, as Popper informed the enthusiastic crowd this was the first time it would be played live in their home state.New material from a legacy act can be a dodgy proposition, but the veteran band may have a heater on their hands with “Wolf”.  The song being battle-tested enough for deployment as an opener is testament to that. Three others from a forthcoming October ’18 album entitled Hurry Up & Hang Around didn’t generate quite the same level of fieriness, but were wisely sprinkled between old favorites like “Runaround” and “But Anyway” to prevent the show from losing pace.The “Brooklyn Bob Sheehan” Popper referenced was Blues Traveler’s original bassist, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 1999. A framed photo of Sheehan sat by an amp onstage, a tribute to an old friend as makeshift shrine.  The surviving members (Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, drummer Brendan Hill) made a group decision to carry on back then. The three have remained together ever since. They didn’t look far to find Sheehan’s successor on bass, enlisting Kinchla’s younger brother Tad. Once Ben Wilson joined in 2000 as the full-time keyboard player, this lineup has remained intact for 18 years.With a band history stretching thirty years, it’s almost surprising to see how much they still appear to enjoy playing and interacting with each other. Kinchla, whose infectious grin diffuses his Bunyan-esque looming lumberjack size, played the role of cheerleader all night. Anyone in the first few rows on stage right, despite his being off-mic, could hear him exhorting and encouraging the crowd all night. Kinchala punctuated an arm waved above his head, or pump of a fist, with many a “C’Mon!” or “Alright!”.Little brother Tad attacked his bass with real virtuosity, particularly during a breakneck-speed rhythm section exercise with Hill, bridging fan favorites “Save His Soul” and “Dropping Some NYC” with a cover of the Charlie Daniels Band’s “Devil Went Down to Georgia”.  On keys, Wilson helped filled out their sound, even taking a lead vocal turn on the band’s encore cover of the ZZ Top classic “LeGrange”.The guy fans truly come out to see, since Blues Traveler’s inception, is lead-singer/harmonica-maestro Popper. The man who sings “Mountain Wins Again” was once a mountain of a man. He’d ballooned to 400 pounds by 1999. Gastric-bypass surgery, following a near-fatal heart attack, led to losing a lot of weight in order to survive. Popper made a passing reference onstage Monday night to separating his shoulder in a recent fall, but that didn’t seem to inhibit him during the band’s two-plus-hour performance. His trademark harmonica has lost zero of its ballyhooed power or dexterity. Vocally, particularly on set-closing favorite “The Hook”, there was a few hints of struggle. Speculating, this may have led to Wilson singing lead on the encore.In dialogue between songs, Popper did take a circuitous route or two telling old war stories, a few not fit for print here. But before he ever veered too far off course, an audible response from a member of his adoring flock got the big man back on the task at hand. This gave the evening an authentic feel, like a bunch of old Jersey friends resuming an ongoing conversation. Minor hiccups aside, a packed house of paying customers seemed to leave fully satisfied.  After thirty years of recording and touring, sometimes the greatest gift a band can share with its longtime fans is that they’ve both survived.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Share Pro-Shot Weather Report Cover With Big Gigantic [Watch]

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first_imgTo close out 2016, The String Cheese Incident held down the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO with some exciting collaborations. One such collaboration saw SCI work with the electronic duo Big Gigantic for a “Big Gigantic Incident” set on December 29th.As String Cheese gears up for a new album release and upcoming tour, the band dug into their archives and shared a video from that Big Gigantic Incident performance. With help from Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, the six members of String Cheese put down a rocking rendition of “Black Market” by Weather Report.Check out the cover in this new pro-shot video, shared below.last_img

Jackson petitions for reinstatement

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first_img February 1, 2006 Regular News Jackson petitions for reinstatement Jackson petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10(b), Marvin Preston Jackson of Brandon has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.The court suspended Jackson from the practice of law for three years in an October 1, 1998, order in in case numbers 92,676 and 93,671, for violating rules regarding honesty; competent representation; reasonable diligence; keeping a client reasonably informed; explaining a matter to the client; trust accounting; giving the client information to make informed decisions regarding the representation; dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and failure to respond in writing to The Florida Bar.Jackson was further suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year, consecutive to the above mentioned three year suspension, by an August 24, 2000, order in case number SCOO-479, for violating rules regarding diligence; failure to keep a client reasonably informed; upon termination of representation, failure to take reasonable steps to protect a client’s interest; and failure to respond to The Florida Bar.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Jackson’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Joy Ann Demas, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607-5958, phone (800) 940-4759.last_img read more

GRC lessons learned from the Titanic

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first_img continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The demise of the “unsinkable” Titanic serves as a timeless lesson to credit unions about potential pitfalls they might not see coming, says Michael Rasmussen, principal of GRC 20/20 Research.Credit union governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) provides a framework for diligently monitoring a multiplicity of influences that could disrupt sound operating models and strategies—an approach that might have prevented one of history’s most famous disasters.“The analogy here is that we are complicated business with many working parts, and their many areas where things can go wrong,” says Rasmussen, who addressed a general session at CUNA’s Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance Leadership Institute in Denver. “We need to see the big picture and the interconnectedness of risk.”The Titanic was hailed as unsinkable; prior to its tragic maiden voyage, captain E.J. Smith stated, “Never in our history have we harnessed such formidable technology.”last_img read more