Santa Monicans mine modern dating for laughs

first_imgHomeFeaturedSanta Monicans mine modern dating for laughs Jan. 28, 2019 at 4:59 amFeaturedNewsSanta Monicans mine modern dating for laughsAngel Carreras2 years agoartsentertainmentSanta MonicaMalcomb, McGee, and Harrigan A reality TV director, an actor, and a former director of operations for events (such as the Academy Awards and American Idol) recently teamed together to create a Santa Monica-based comedy TV show about dating called ‘Swipe’. The show is an Always Sunny-esque comedy, chronicling the lives of three Santa Monicans looking for love. It’s a tightrope act of sweet and raunchy and is currently being shopped to networks. “I was feeling a little bit burnt out,” Michael Harrigan, co-founder of Handshake Productions and writer/director of Swipe said of his time before he wrote Swipe. Harrigan was working in reality TV, helping to produce shows such as MTV’s Undressed and the Ball family’s Ball in the Family. His heart, however, was in narrative, specifically, comedy.“I was working on a project in Lithuania and, I don’t know man, I was ready to pack it up and call it quits, move back to Chicago. But I had an Idea.”Harrigan wrote when he wasn’t producing. In over 20 years in Santa Monica and the Hollywood machine, he’s had hits and misses. This idea, he thought to himself, could be a hit. From lounging at local haunts such as Chez Jay and Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Harrigan would hear and witness dating situations: hookups, awkward meetups at the Pier, and yes, even dating stories involving Birds.  The common theme of these too-weird-to-be-true dating stories? Online dating.“Online dating is just… rife with potential,” he said with a laugh. “It’s endless where it can go– tone, genre, story, all of that.” With the kernel of a dating app show idea growing in his head, Harrigan feverishly fleshed out a show and a season-long outline, back in March 2018.Having been a purveyor of local watering holes, Harrigan was friendly with many Santa Monicans, including Eddie McGee, a one-legged actor who moonlighted as a bouncer for the time at Big Dean’s, who eventually became a co-founder of Handshake Productions. McGee was friendly with Harrigan and knew of his ambitions, putting him in contact with Russ Malcomb, a retired Santa Monica-based event producer looking to invest in TV. Malcomb was new to the TV scene outside of events and wanted to invest in something he believed in. “I told Mike, ‘I’ll tell you what I can do for you and you tell me what you can do for me’”, he said. “And he showed me this script.”Malcomb was initially turned off by the script, feeling it was too raunchy for his own tastes. After some nudging by Harrigan, Malcomb showed the script to his 30-year-old niece.“She loved it. She read it multiple times, laughing out loud. She just didn’t understand what Birds were,” Malcomb said with a laugh.Malcomb was on board and fronted some money for the production. ‘Swipe’ was officially in pre-production. After securing local shooting locations at Chez Jay and Big Dean’s, Malcomb and Harrigan assembled their local cast — Bryan Dodds as the adventurous bachelor Chris Mass, Taylor Owen as the girl-that-can-hang-with-the-boys Darby, and finally Eddie McGee, the bouncer/actor.Typically typecast for roles that focused on his handicap, McGee was ecstatic to land a role that focused on his acting abilities. “Being disabled is part of me but doesn’t define who I am, you know?  I’ve been a fan of Mike’s for a while and has this great grasp of characters. I knew we had something special here.”“We hit a home run with who we got in such a small amount of time,” Harrigan noted. “No one knew each other at all beforehand, but they all just clicked.”Due to looming schedule conflicts of actors and locations, shooting took place in a three-day span in July, during some of the hottest days of summer in Santa Monica.“It was brutal,” McGee said of the heat. “Even indoor locations … you can’t run the AC when shooting due to the sound and hum, we could only pump it up between camera setups. But everyone was fantastic, all cast and crew. We muscled through with smiles on our faces. We were proud of what we were making.” The show is now filmed and being shopped to networks. All three co-founders of Handshake don’t mind exactly where the show goes, though they hope for network or somewhere that’ll allow a good amount of creative control. No matter where Swipe lands or doesn’t, the trio know they experienced something special, in their own backyard of Santa Monica no less. Once in the can, a showing was held at Roundabout, a professional screening room, with an after-party at Solidarity. “Not the Roundabout in Burbank, the one here,” Malcomb said. “We wanted to keep it here, keep the local feel. Santa Monica is home and we love it here.”So what exactly do these staunch Santa Monicans hope audiences get from this show?They say they hope audiences — specifically Santa Monicans — will laugh hard and hopefully relate to the show’s content.“I liken it to an edgier ‘Three’s a Company’,  ‘Santa Monica Sex and the City’ if you will,” McGee says with a laugh.  “When you’re with your closest friends, you have those conversations about dating,” Harrigan added. “We all work and do things around town, we’re part of the Samo culture, and even the dating culture here is unique.  It’s hard to date here because everyone’s trying to do something, be something. But hey, it can be fun.”For more on Swipe and Handshake Productions, visit http://[email protected] :artsentertainmentSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentEarthTalk: What is the so-called Green New Deal?New scooter startup hopes to shine in already crowded marketplaceYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

Confirming the Big Bang: The Recent Decades

first_imgRequesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Guillermo GonzalezSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureGuillermo Gonzalez is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Washington. He has done post-doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin and at the University of Washington and has received fellowships, grants and awards from such institutions as NASA, the University of Washington, the Templeton Foundation, Sigma Xi (scientific research society) and the National Science Foundation.Follow GuillermoProfileWebsite Share Tagsage for the universeArno PenziasBig Bangblackbody spectrumCOBE satellitecosmic microwave background radiationcosmologydark matterdeuteriumgeneral relativityheliumHubble’s LawhydrogeninflationisotopeslithiumMilky Wayneutrino typesPlanck satellitesolar systemSteady State,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man In a previous post, I briefly reviewed the early debate among cosmologists over the interpretation of Hubble’s Law. The two leading theories were the Big Bang and Steady State, both based on general relativity (GR). The alternatives, including various flavors of “tired light,” avoided GR. The discovery of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation in 1964 effectively killed off Steady State.The Holy GrailThe presence of the CMB radiation was a straightforward prediction of the Big Bang theory. But there are many sources of radiation in the universe. How can we be sure the radiation Penzias and Wilson measured was the long-sought after Holy Grail of cosmology? For one thing, there are other aspects of the background radiation that can be measured. For example, astronomers measure the CMB radiation to be uniform across the whole sky. This is consistent with a cosmological origin and inconsistent with local sources like the Solar System and the Milky Way galaxy. They also measure the precise shape of its spectrum. The Big Bang very specifically requires the spectrum to be that of a blackbody, and that is precisely what is observed (see here and here). Alternative theories, such as “tired light,” are not compatible with a blackbody spectrum and are excluded with a very high degree of confidence.Fossil “Seeds”Although the CMB radiation is extremely smooth, Big Bang theory requires that it must display intensity fluctuations with location on the sky. The fluctuations are the fossil “seeds” of later structure formation. By the early 1980s cosmologists were predicting fluctuation amplitudes near one part in 10,000 to one part in 100,000, with the precise amount depending on how much dark matter was included. The fluctuations were observed for the first time in 1992 with the COBE satellite, favoring the predictions with dark matter.It’s not like dark matter was an ad hoc explanation for the magnitude of the observed CMB fluctuations. Dark matter had already been invoked (over 80 years ago!) first as an explanation for galaxy motions in clusters and later for the rotation curves of individual galaxies. Another Big Bang prediction concerns the abundances of the isotopes of the elements hydrogen, helium, and lithium. If you extrapolate the expansion of the universe backwards in time far enough, eventually you reach a point when the temperature and density of the matter were high enough for nuclear reactions to occur everywhere. The relative amounts of these light isotopes were predicted as early as 1948 by Ralph Alpher (see here and here). The calculations depend only on the ratio of the amount of ordinary matter to photons. The deuterium (heavy hydrogen) abundance is a particularly sensitive test of the Big Bang, and the latest measurements agree very well with the predicted value (see here and here).An Age for the Universe The Big Bang theory also gives us an age for the universe. The latest estimate, based on several cosmological observations, is 13.80 +/- 0.02 billion years. This can be compared to independent age estimates, such as the ages of the oldest stars. The most accurate stellar ages are obtained for stars in clusters. The oldest star clusters are about 12.7 billion years old, comfortably less than the age of the universe.From careful measurements of the intensity fluctuations in the CMB radiation, it is possible to set constraints on the number of neutrino types. The Planck satellite measurements indicate the number of types is three, in agreement with the results from particle accelerator experiments. Stringent Tests, High MarksI could go on describing additional confirmed predictions, but you get the idea. The Big Bang theory has passed a series of stringent tests with high marks. This doesn’t mean we have everything figured out. To be sure, there are some tensions between the Big Bang concordance model and observations of the Hubble constant and the primordial lithium abundance. In each case the observations are modestly in disagreement with the theory. And, it doesn’t mean that the Big Bang theory explains everything. For example, it doesn’t answer why matter particles outnumbered antimatter particles in the early universe. It could just be one of the fine-tuned initial conditions of the universe or it could entail new physics.In recent decades the Big Bang theory has been conjoined with Inflation theory to explain a few surprising observations. These include the uniformity of the CMB radiation and why the geometry of the universe is so close to flat. Inflation remains controversial. But it is a mistake to believe that overturning Inflation disproves the Big Bang. The Big Bang theory does not need Inflation. All the observations I described above would still point to the universe originating in a hot compact state. The observations that Inflation purports to explain can also be explained as fine-tuned initial conditions.What is truly remarkable is the fact that we can perform all these observational tests of cosmological models. It didn’t have to be this way. We live in an extravagantly measurable universe and close to the best time to measure it.Image credit: Planck satellite, by ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Physics, Earth & Space Confirming the Big Bang: The Recent DecadesGuillermo GonzalezMarch 7, 2019, 4:30 AM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Horse at PBIEC Tested and Found Negative for EHV-1

first_img SIGN UP Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews A horse at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) has been tested and received a negative result for EHV-1. The horse was previously stabled in Barn 7 at the HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida, and due to that circumstance and an initial symptom of fever, the horse was proactively put into isolation by Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), management company of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, where the horse is competing.Saturday morning, ESP management met with Dr. Scott Swerdlin and Dr. Kathleen Timmons of Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Dr. Kit Miller, the horse’s treating veterinarian, and Dr. Cristina Anzures of the Florida Department of Agriculture to discuss the situation and what measurements would be taken.At thatpoint in time, the biosecurity protocols and restrictions listed below were still in place. However, while horses are still required to have a 48 hour health certificate, this can be a health statement on official letterhead of a licensed veterinarian and does not specifically have to be a State of Florida health certificate.The horse that was put into in isolation arrived at the PBIEC grounds on the evening of Monday, February 19. When the horse ran a fever on Friday afternoon, February 22, the horse’s personal vet, Dr. Kit Miller, contacted horse show management. Due to the horse’s proximity to the positive case in Ocala and initial fever symptom, on Friday Dr. Miller performed a swab and whole blood for PCR testing, which was sent to the EDS lab in Lexington, KY, along with the batch of samples from the horses still in quarantine in Ocala.On Friday afternoon, ESP management chose to move the horse into an isolated tent on PBIEC property without state recommendation. The horse and all of its equipment was moved to the isolated tent in “Pod F” of PBIEC property.Dr. Miller was contacted by the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Industry veterinarian, Dr. Cristina Anzures. Dr. Anzures arrived at PBIEC and was shown the the horse in isolation as well as the original tent where it was stabled. Quarantine was enacted on the two aisles of the original tent due to proximity to other horses in the tent.ESP placed a security guard at the aisles of the quarantined tent, a perimeter around the tent was formed, and biosecurity such as hand and foot sanitation was enforced.As of 3 p.m. today, Saturday, February 23, the results were received and found negative for the horse in isolation at PBIEC. The horse will stay in isolation until released by the State veterinarian.The quarantine at the original tent at PBIEC has been lifted upon Department of Agriculture recommendation.All of the horses that are still under quarantine in Barn 7 in Ocala had negative tests. The only horse that tested positive in Ocala is still being treated at the University of Florida.Equestrian Sport Productions would like to thank those involved with making responsible decisions for the safety of the horses at PBIEC and the timely and helpful coordination from the Florida Department of Agriculture.For those interested in more information on EHV-1, please visit to read an informational report by the University of California-Davis.Biosecurity Protocols and Restrictions Still In Place:Effective immediately, no horses will be allowed to enter PBIEC property (both WEF and GDF grounds at The Stadium) without a health certificate or statement of health on official licensed veterinarian letterhead within 48 hours of arriving. It is mandatorythat all horses shipping into the PBIEC (both WEF and GDF grounds at The Stadium) arrive during daylight hours.Those arriving at the PBIEC who need health certificates or statements of health can either call Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) to receive a current health certificate or can get one from the PBEC veterinarian on the grounds.ESP is asking all equestrians, especially those stabling off PBIEC property, to enact biosecurity protocols and be proactive and responsible for their horses, including daily temperature charts.There is currently no restriction on horses leaving the property.An integral part of a showing environment includes healthy horses. Exhibitors, especially those traveling long distances, can contribute to that healthy environment by following some basic recommendations listed below.1) A current negative coggins test. Please renew before it expires, and not just before it is necessary to leave the state. It is strongly recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) no sooner than 7 days prior and no later than 90 days prior to entering the show grounds. Most EHV-1 vaccines are only considered effective for 90 days. Check with your veterinarian about which vaccine you use.2) A health certificate or statement of health within 48 hours is required for all horses entering the property.All horses should be able to produce proof of vaccine, preferably labeled on these health certificates or statements. Those who need health certificates when they arrive can contact Palm Beach Equine Clinic at 561-793-1599 or contact the PBEC vet on the show grounds.3) You should be able to document your horses normal temperature before arrival. Please do not ship horses with elevated temperatures. It is recommended that you establish a log of temperatures taken at least twice daily. If there is an elevated temperature for more than a 24 hour period, please consult your local Veterinarian immediately.4) Every effort should be made to minimize stress and commingling of horses shipped long distances. Extra hours on a horse van, or moving from stable to stable, is the fastest way to compromise your horses’ and your neighbors’ horses’ health.5) Any horse on the show grounds with a fever of unknown origin or of suspicious origin must be reported to ESP, LLC Management. It is always better to err on the side safety. Isolation stalls will either be available on the grounds or at a local veterinary practice if the need arises.6) Please take the time to review equine good hygiene practices and express its importance to your groom in everyday careTHE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS POSTED ON THE HITS WEBSITE ON FEB. 23Florida EHV-1 Update, No New Cases Confirmed at HITS OcalaA horse competing at HITS Ocala was referred to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine after showing clinical neurological signs on February 20th. The horse subsequently tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), wild-type strain. Currently, the horse is in stable condition and continues to be treated at the University of Florida. There are no additional confirmed cases at this time.Within hours of the positive diagnosis, an informative meeting was held at HITS Ocala where trainers were encouraged to strengthen their bio-security measures. Diane Kitchen, DVM from the Department of Agriculture, several other veterinarians and Tom Struzzieri from HITS, took part in the meeting. Suggested precautions included taking all horses’ temperatures on a regular basis.Since the infected horse was diagnosed at the hospital, the following has transpired specific to HITS Ocala:Most importantly, the sick horse is stable and his condition has improved.Veterinarians at the horse show, under the watchful eye of Dr. Kitchen, have tested other horses that were either in direct contact with the infected horse, or who had a fever that was noticeably high. HITS is extremely happy to report that all tested samples have been reported negative.The horse show has quarantined all the horses that were stabled in Tent 7, where the originally infected horse was stabled.The horse show has continued and is in full swing. No restrictions on horses coming or going (except to and from the quarantined tent) are in place in any way.No restrictions on horses coming and going across Florida border are in place.As of Saturday, there is a quarantined tent at both Ocala and Wellington. Good bio-security measures are in place and are being strictly enforced in Ocala, and will continue through the three remaining weeks of shows.The Division of Animal Industry has begun a disease investigation, which includes the HITS show grounds in Ocala, the local index farm and multiple premises that have horses that may have been exposed to the positive horse. Currently, there are seven state quarantines in place. These quarantines include the index farm, Tent 7 at HITS and five additional premises in Florida; two farms in the Ocala area, one in Pinellas Park, one in St. Augustine and one in Wellington. At this point in the investigation there are no known exposed horses in other states.Additional movement requirements or restrictions have not been imposed by Florida or any other states at this time. Horse owners and trainers are advised to contact the venue of destination for any additional requirements prior to travel.The entire equine community should practice prudent bio-security and report any suspected cases of EHV-1. For reporting, call 850-410-0900 Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm and 1-800-342-5869 after hours and weekends.The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services with continue to work with HITS management, trainers and veterinarians to ensure proper safeguards are taken to prevent further spread of the disease.Frequent informational updates will be provided, so please continue to visit this website regularly. Tags: HITS, EHV-1, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, PBIEC, WEF, Equestrian Sport Productions, ESP, FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, HITS Ocala, Equine Herpes Virus, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Senate leader on tax policy seeks to increase capital gains taxes

first_imgSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is set to become chairman of the Senate Finance Committee next week after President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office. Harris’ tie-breaking vote will give Democrats the majority in a 50-50 Senate and will elevate Wyden, who previously was the ranking Democrat on the finance panel.One theme of Wyden’s committee agenda is to rebuild the American economy so that it “works for all Americans,” he told reporters on a Wednesday conference call.“That has to start with fixing the broken tax code and requiring millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share,” Wyden said.He said he is working on a proposal that would reform capital gains taxes on the “top 0.3% of taxpayers” by equalizing rates on wages and investment income, which is currently taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income, and minimizing the benefits of deferring taxes.“We need comprehensive capital gains reform,” Wyden said. “This is a kitchen-table issue.” But narrow Senate and House majorities for Democrats may limit their ability to advance tax proposals. In order to get around a Senate filibuster, which requires 60 votes for approval, Wyden could put high-priority tax provisions in a budget reconciliation bill, which only requires a majority vote.Even under reconciliation, all 50 Senate Democrats would have to support it. Keeping moderate Democrats, such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, on board depends on what’s in the reconciliation bill, said Palmer Schoening, chairman of the Family Business Coalition.“The key is to get the votes from the moderate Democrats,” Schoening said.Senate Democrats haven’t set a reconciliation strategy. “I’m working with the Democratic leadership to sort through the various issues related to reconciliation,” Wyden said. The incoming leader of the Senate tax-writing committee said one of his goals is to raise tax rates on capital gains to ensure wealthy Americans “pay their fair share” of taxes. A nurse taking care of coronavirus patients can’t defer paying her taxes, but a billionaire “can defer and defer and defer some more and then never pay any taxes at all,” Wyden said. “My plan would put an end to that. The revenue generated by ending the ability of the wealthy to pay what they want when they want to would preserve the Social Security system for decades to come, and there would be additional revenue for other priorities.”Wyden said he began formulating the capital gains tax plan last September and would introduce it in the coming months. His focus on raising investment taxes dovetails with Biden’s support for hiking them on Americans who earn more than $1 million, an idea he floated during his presidential campaign. Changing capital gains taxation could be a heavy lift because of the nuances of tax policy, said Jennifer Benda, shareholder at the law firm Hall Estill.“If you’re trying to fix our broken tax code, adding complexity doesn’t accomplish that goal, even if you push the complexity to the most wealthy,” Benda said. “It always trickles down to the less wealthy somehow.”Wyden offered a capital gains reform proposal in 2019 to equalize the treatment of wages and wealth. It’s not clear to how closely the proposal Wyden is working on now will resemble the previous effort.Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, said one of the challenges Wyden faces is that different treatment of wages and investments is baked into taxation.“There’s always been a recognition in the tax code that [taxing] the income on investments you bought with wage income would be some form of double taxation if there weren’t a different or lower rate,” Sepp said.An effort to raise taxes on the wealthy could hurt small businesses, Schoening said.“Successful U.S. family businesses who are competing against large corporations are concerned about being caught in the middle of Senate Democrats’ efforts to increase capital taxes,” he said. “Attempting to make the tax code more progressive by increasing taxes on capital will have the unintended consequence of hurting family businesses that are already struggling to stay afloat.”Wyden said he hadn’t determined what tax rate should be set for capital gains. “These are issues that need to be worked through.”last_img read more

Solicitor can sue firm as employee after ‘informal’ partnership rejected

first_imgA solicitor introduced to an elevated role in her former firm through a historic partnership agreement can make an employment claim as an employee, a tribunal has ruled.Employment Judge Blackwell ruled that Ella Millett was an employee for six years with east Midlands firm Sheltons, during which time the business was acquired by EHL Solicitors. The judgment means the private client solicitor can pursue a claim of constructive dismissal against the successor practice.The tribunal heard that Millett approached the Sheltons senior partner in 2013 concerning a promotion, shortly after the firm had become an LLP. The three equity partners were nearing the end of their careers and looking for exit strategies, which included a possible merger.An exchange of emails followed between the senior partner and Millett, during which he referred to the structure of the partnership as being ‘somewhat informal’ and carried over from terms of partnership agreements from many years ago.Millett drafted a modern form of agreement but it was never adopted by either party.The tribunal heard that during this time Millett, despite references to a partnership of sorts, was not required to make a capital contribution and was therefore not an equity partner.She completed a tax return for 2013/14 on the basis of self-employment and was held out from early 2013 as a partner to the outside world.It was submitted by EHL Solicitors that took an ‘active hand’ in the management of Sheltons, but she told the tribunal she was not involved in discussions with the partnership’s accountants.The judge said the Sheltons existing partners believed any disagreement with Millett would be solved by a discussion, but this changed when the firm was acquired in 2016.The judge said Millett and her senior partner were not in accordance with what the 2013 agreement meant, but it was the intention of her boss that she should have a guaranteed salary and was therefore employed.The judge dismissed the defendant’s plea to have the case struck out, saying the claimant’s evidence needed to be heard by a full tribunal.In a statement, EHL Solicitors said: ‘This was a preliminary hearing to determine the previous employment status of the claimant at a firm we acquired in 2016. We inherited an ongoing position and have acted in good faith throughout.‘As is noted in the decision, the claimant had previously filed her tax affairs as a self-employed partner, prior to subsequently issuing proceedings in the tribunal on the basis of having held continuous employment status throughout. Due to this contradiction, a preliminary hearing was held to clarify this previous status, pending substantive hearing. The tribunal has determined that, contrary to the tax position as filed, the claimant was in fact an employee throughout.‘With regards to the substantive claims made by the claimant, we consider that these have no merit and intend to defend them robustly.’last_img read more

AGDC Names New Chair, President

first_imgFritz Krusen was appointed as interim President of the corporation. Krusen joined AGDC in October 2014 as Vice President of Alaska LNG. In a release, the Board said he has had “primary technical and project management responsibility over AGDC’s participation in the Alaska LNG export project.” Other positions were also awarded to new members, since most of the Board has been replaced since Governor Bill Walker took office. Hugh Short was elected Vice-Chairman and Joey Merrick as Secretary-Treasurer. Krusen’s career in the oil and gas industry spanned 36 years, including 25 years specifically in LNG. He spent six years as the head engineer at ConocoPhillips’ Kenai LNG plant and four years as that company’s Project Manager for Alaska Gas Commercialization. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Several new officers were named to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) board of directors during their Friday meeting. Dave Cruz was elected as Chairman of the Board after serving as Acting Board Chair and President following the November 20th resignation of Dan Fauske.last_img read more

Tigers clash only available on Robins TV

first_imgIt is a chance for supporters for watch on the first time since Dean Holden took over as the club’s interim head coach on Saturday evening, and the match is only available to watch on Robins TV – with coverage starting from 5pm – as it will not be shown on Sky Sports’ Red Button facility.Season Card holders who are yet to redeem their unique voucher sent to them via email still can, giving them access to each of City’s five scheduled remaining league games.All non-Season Card holders are able to purchase a £10 matchday pass, which is only valid for Wednesday night’s fixture. Non-Season Card holders should note that only those City matches not selected for broadcast by Sky Sports are available.Fans who subscribe can enjoy all the benefits of the Robins TV Live matchday production, which includes a pre-match show with Taylor Moore, half-time analysis, post-match reaction and the game itself inclusive of commentary and replays.Head to the Robins TV website, login with your Bristol Sport Club Account, head to the packages page and select your matchday pass.If you’re already logged in, simply head directly to the packages page here.Tune in at 5pm tomorrow for exclusive City matchday coverage.LOGIN TO ROBINS TV NOWlast_img read more

Bachinger, Soeda advance; Kamke ousts #8 seed Andujar

first_imgUdomchoke was up 5-3 in the first-set tiebreaker but missed his chance serve out the first set. The momentum then went to Bachinger, who continued to attack the Thai player with powerful serves, and broke twice for a 5-2 lead in the second set.  Udomchoke managed to get one break back, however, Bachinger proved too strong for Udomchoke as the German held and broke the Thai opponent again to close the match. Bachinger finished with eight aces and just one double fault for the match.The Munich native, who is ranked #98 awaits the winner of the match between #3 seed Gilles Simon and Yen-Hsun Lu to be played tonight.In other second-round matches in the day session, Tobias Kamke of Germany followed his countryman to the quarter-final round, routing #8 Spaniard Pablo Andujar in a near-whitewash 6-0 6-1 in just 58 minutes.The German, who reached his first career semi-final in Newport in July, will face Japanese qualifier Go Soeda in the quarter-finals. Soeda came from behind to edge Karol Beck of Slovakia in a 3-6 7-6(0) 7-6(4) victory. German Mathias Bachinger posted his first back-to-back match wins on the ATP World Tour after beating local favourite Danai Udomchoke 7-6(5) 6-3 at the PTT Thailand Open 2011 on Wednesday. The Thai veteran felt he had his best chance to reach the quarter-finals for the first time after defeating #6 seed Fabio Fognini on Monday. However, he admitted putting too much pressure on himself to play well like in the first round and that was why his first serve did not click.“I was mostly on the defensive end when I played second serves and I could not move as well as I am used to during rallies,” said Udomchoke, who is ranked #217.last_img read more

Lang Lang best in show

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson Lang Lang Show has been described as holding “one of the best” cattle shows in country Victoria…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img