UK balance of payments narrows as GDP grows

first_img The UK’s balance of payments narrowed to £7.38bn between April and June official figures have shown.According to the e Office for National Statistics (ONS) Britain’s deficit with the rest of the world narrowed to £7.383bn from an upwardly revised £11.298bn in the first quarter.Meanwhile Britain’s economy grew at its fastest pace in nine years in the second quarter of 2010 and growth in the first three months of the year was revised slightly higher, by the ONS. It said gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.2 per cent in the three months to June, confirming an estimate published last month and in line with economists’ forecasts.The annual rate of growth was also unrevised at 1.7 per cent, as expected.Growth in the first three months of the year was edged higher to 0.4 per cent from the previous estimate of 0.3 per cent.Construction output surged 9.5 percent during the second quarter, its fastest rate of expansion since 1963 as it caught up after winter disruption.Manufacturing grew one per cent on the month and services output was up 0.6 per cent. whatsapp whatsapp Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tuesday 28 September 2010 4:51 am center_img John Dunne UK balance of payments narrows as GDP grows Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

XLMedia upbeat on full-year targets as growth slows in H1

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter XLMedia upbeat on full-year targets as growth slows in H1 24th September 2018 | By contenteditor Affiliate leader’s CEO praises “solid” performance in tough market Topics: Finance Tags: Online Gamblingcenter_img XLMedia chief executive Ory Weihs has said that the company expects to meet its profit expectations for the full-year despite seeing a reduction in growth across a number of key financials in the six months to the end of June. Revenue in the first half totalled $59.1m (£45.2m/€50.4m), down from $67.9m in the corresponding period last year. Gross profit also dropped from $35.3m to $33.5m while adjusted EBITDA slipped from $22.8m to $20.9m. Weihs (pictured) said the results represent a “solid profit performance” for the firm, adding that the company had to contend with “regulatory pressures and challenging market conditions” in the online gaming market during the period.In a statement issued to iGamingBusiness.com, XLMedia cited the closure of the Australian online casino market at the end of 2017, as well as uncertainty over regulation in key European markets such as Germany and changes to gambling advertising regulations in the UK. XLMedia said European Union GDPR regulation, which became effective in May 2018, is also applicable across a number of its territories. Optimism over full-year profit goals will come as a boost to XLMedia, which in June saw shares tumble after it issued a profit warning. Its current share price of around 106p is more than 50% down on its peak of 220p last December“The group produced a solid profit performance in the first half, albeit against a backdrop of regulatory pressures and challenging market conditions in the online gambling sector,” Weihs said. “However, we are now seeing positive signals and expect to meet profit expectations for the full year.” Weihs also pointed out a number of key highlights in the first half, such as the firm’s acquisition of UK online bingo comparison platform WhichBingo for $10.5m XLMedia also snapped up Finnish gambling related informational websites for $18m in the period, as well as three US personal finance informational websites for $5.9m. The company followed this up with the purchase of US personal finance website Investorjunkie.com shortly after the end of the period. Weihs added: “Since the beginning of this year we have been focusing on implementing our strategy and executing acquisitions in order to accelerate growth, allocating over $45m of capital for acquisitions. “Our newly acquired assets perform as expected and we are confident they will deliver a strong return.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Financelast_img read more

Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgScoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileScoa Nigeria Plc is a conglomerate company in Nigeria specialising in turnkey projects in the technology, infrastructure, farming, water engineering, food technologies and telecommunication sectors. Projects include the supply, construction, installation and maintenance of power generation and air-conditioning systems, home/office systems, security systems, electrical systems and fire prevention/industrial safety systems. Scoa Nigeria Plc distributes and services a range of passenger vehicles, trucks, buses and trailers and provides services for fleet management, trade-ins, vehicle leasing, providing drivers and service and repairs. Turnkey projects in the hospital and healthcare sector includes supplying and servicing hospital equipment and providing medical training services in the area of magnetic resonance, computed topography, cardiovascular, x-rays, radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and cardiac resuscitation. Scoa Nigeria Plc manages centres for physiotherapy and dentistry and a laboratory to diagnose and treat terminal illnesses and heart and neurological diseases. Scoa Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of Fadoul Group. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Scoa Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/539032/leeuw-house-nu-architectuuratelier Clipboard Area:  290 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Year:  Belgium Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelierSave this projectSaveLeeuw House / NU architectuuratelier “COPY” Houses 2014 Products used in this ProjectSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoSave this picture!© Stijn BollaertText description provided by the architects. This project concerns a new family house designed according to the passive house standard. It’s a compact home that acts as a catalyst of heat. To do this, the exterior finish has a dark tint, and the metal structure is completely detached from the skin to prevent heat loss. Sandwich panels, normally used in industrial buildings (fridges), are used as insulation . Despite its considerable thickness (25 cm) and the numerous preparatory details it induces, implementation will be quick and easy.Save this picture!SectionIndoor climate and ventilation are completely controlled, with almost no other source of heat except for the energy stored in materials and redelivered slowly at night. The North facade is relatively closed, this in contrast to the South and West high glazed glazing which unfolds at the corner of the building. Where the sun is stronger, a setback of the glazing protects against glare and overheating. Implementing the detached metal structure, the parking basement in concrete and the skin in sandwich panel also allows easy future upgrading.Save this picture!© Stijn BollaertExternal expression of this villa seems to clearly define a distinction between night and day-volume. However, inside, a scenography unfolds and the different functions can be found on different levels with interesting inter-relations. Without falling into the syndrome of a Tupperware energy home with superfluous technological novelties, this house demonstrates that spatial and visual relationships can be realized by going into direct dialogue with the surrounding context. A barn quietly anchored in the landscape.Save this picture!© Stijn BollaertProject gallerySee allShow lessOrandajima House Community Centre / Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko KawakitaSelected ProjectsBOX 298 Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos AssociadosSelected Projects Share Architects: NU architectuuratelier Area Area of this architecture project Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier CopyHouses•Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/539032/leeuw-house-nu-architectuuratelier Clipboard Save this picture!© Stijn Bollaert+ 22 Share Photographs:  Stijn Bollaert Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: FAKRO Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description ArchDaily Projects CopyAbout this officeNU architectuuratelierOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSint-Pieters-LeeuwBelgiumPublished on August 22, 2014Cite: “Leeuw House / NU architectuuratelier” 22 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeArmchairsAndreu WorldGrand Raglan – Lounge ChairSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesPlantingSikaGreen RoofsStonesCosentinoSilestone Surfaces – Ethereal CollectionMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 8″Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesFranken-SchotterFacade Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodGustafsWood Cladding in St. Erik Eye HospitalLightsKKDCLighting – Groove FLEXMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY”last_img read more

Philippine election and U.S. imperialism

first_imgIn the years following the Spanish-American War of 1898, U.S. imperialism consolidated its political, economic and military domination over Spain’s former colony, the Philippines.The Philippine revolution had begun in earnest in 1896 as a guerilla movement against the Spanish empire. The U.S. posed as the “savior” of the people from Spanish rule, promising to usher in “democracy and liberty.” Betrayal, arrogance and subterfuge led to subjugation, despite the heroic efforts of those resisting imperialism and racism.The yoke of neocolonialism went hand in hand with feudalism and a comprador ruling class. Although Philippine nationalists fought heroically against U.S. subjugation and for authentic independence and self-determination, neocolonialism remained in the saddle.The U.S. military led a brutal pacification campaign to quell a rebellion that eventually claimed 1.5 million lives. Using tactics similar to what they did later in Vietnam, they created “strategic hamlets,” or reconcentrados. Water boarding and a scorched earth policy were the trademarks of imperialist occupation. (Bobby Tuazon, Bulatat.com)Expanding the policies of Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine from the Western Hemisphere to Asia, this burst of U.S. aggression around the turn of the century also led to the exploitation of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Hawaii for their natural resources and cheap labor. The Philippines and Hawaii would serve as a bridgehead for U.S. economic hegemony in the Asian-Pacific — what is now called “Pivoting to Asia.”The Philippines became a virtual aircraft carrier for the U.S. military in order to guarantee U.S. control throughout the Pacific. The U.S. also made sure to create and nurture a comprador and feudal elite government that would build up the armed forces of the Philippines and a large police force to oppress the people.World War II and its aftermathThe Japanese invasion of the Philippines during World War II led to an anti-colonial resistance movement headed by Hukbalahap Mapagpalaya ng Bayan, the People’s Liberation Army. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines, they fought the Japanese heroically. The PLA attempt to form an alliance against Japanese rule with the U.S. Armed Forces Far East was rejected. The anti-imperialist movement had to procure its weapons from Japanese soldiers and by raiding ammunition dumps.By 1946 the PLA numbered 15,000 fighters. When the Philippines gained formal independence from the U.S. in 1947, it was on the basis of neocolonialism, allowing U.S. Naval, Air Force and Army bases throughout the islands. A pacification program as well as a counterinsurgency policy by U.S.-backed President Ramon Magsaysay hurt the movement, especially when a minority of the CPP opted for electoral struggle.The further decline of the agrarian economy, massive inflation, obscene corruption and nepotism were hallmarks of Magsaysay’s successors. President Ferdinand Marcos ruled as virtual dictator for 21 years starting in 1965. He imposed nine years of martial law, beginning in September 1972, and sponsored the Bagong Lipunan (New Society), which for all practical purposes was a neo-fascist manifesto that outlawed strikes and muzzled the press.Afraid of rising opposition to Marcos and a possible split in the military, Ronald Reagan himself told Marcos to step down in 1986. The U.S. finally opted for a more liberal-sounding and pliable candidate, Corazon Aquino.In December 1968, Jose Maria Sison reestablished the Communist Party of the Philippines. The CPP received its impetus from the massive popular unrest in the country, especially among the peasantry. In March 1969, the New People’s Army was established from the remnants of the old Hukbalahap. And in 1973 a broad popular organization was established called the National Democratic Front.Election of DuterteThis year, the Philippine presidential elections in May caused tremors in the capitalist world, especially in the U.S. The winner, Rodrigo Duterte, a “shoot from the hip” populist, describes himself as “the first president of the left.” (The Guardian, May 10) U.S. imperialism regards him as an unknown quantity, especially after a record voter turnout of more than 80 percent of Filipinos.What is critical to the U.S. military is the “Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,” signed in 2014 with the previous Philippine government. After years of mass opposition, the Pentagon was forced to evacuate its bases in the Philippines in 1991. The EDCA allowed the U.S. to use its former military bases as staging areas, consistent with the “Pivot to Asia” of the current Obama administration.Duterte, however, has voiced opposition to the EDCA, as well as the “visiting forces” agreement regarding U.S. military cooperation with the Philippines.Professor Jose Maria Sison, chairperson of the International League of Peoples Struggle and political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, said the following about the recent elections:“Apparently foreign monopoly interests and the local oligarchy of big compradors and landlords have advised the Aquino government that it was a better choice to desist from electoral fraud and avoid the risk of widespread and uncontrollable civil strife. They are confident that the Duterte presidency would still be financially and politically manageable by using as a lever the underdevelopment and poverty of the Philippines and the huge foreign debt and total public debt of the Philippines, amounting to more than U.S. $77 billion and Php 164 trillion respectively. …“The CPP has challenged Duterte to assert the national sovereignty of the Filipino people and defend the territorial integrity of the Philippines, to let the toiling masses of workers and peasants empower themselves against the oligarchs, to develop the Philippine economy through national industrialization and genuine land reform, to promote a patriotic and progressive culture, expand the public school system, and foster international solidarity for peace and development.” (tinyurl.com/hq4mscm)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2020 NFL Season Preview – Part 2 (NFC, Super Bowl LV Predictions)

first_imgJack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Twitter 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Facebook printIn this season’s special, Jack and Noah dive into the 2020 NFL season with all the previews and changes related to COVID-19, stadiums and uniforms. With Part 2, we go through NFC team previews before finishing with way-too-early Super Bowl LV predictions. Follow us @BlanketCovPod on Twitter and @blanketcoveragepodcast on Instagram! Linkedin Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special + posts 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Previous articleProfessors participate in Scholar Strike to advocate for racial justiceNext article2020 College Football Season Preview Special Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West ReddIt Linkedin TAGS2020blanket coveragefootballjack wallacenfcNFLnoah parkerpodcastspecialsportssuper bowl 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallace Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Facebooklast_img read more

Man charged with failing to render aid after fatal collision

first_img Twitter Facebook Previous article080217 Wonder Girls Camp 2 File photoNext articleResilience defines ag community in wake of natural disasters Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img Pinterest Man charged with failing to render aid after fatal collision Local News Pinterest Jose Angel Ramirez A 46-year-old Odessa man was arrested early Thursday morning after he was reportedly involved in a three-vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.Jose Angel Ramirez was charged with failure to stop and render aid involving death, a second-degree felony, and criminal negligent homicide, a state jail felony.The fatal collision happened at 9:57 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of University Boulevard and Bonham Avenue, an Odessa Police Department press release detailed.Ramirez was reportedly driving a 2013 Ford F-350 west on University Boulevard. Kolby Ray Tavarez, 18, of Odessa was driving a 2014 Dodge Challenger west on University Boulevard behind the F-350.Felix John Jaramillo, 48, of Odessa was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on University Boulevard, the release stated. The F-350 reportedly failed to yield the right of way while turning left onto Bonham Avenue and collided with the motorcycle, causing it to skid into the Challenger.Ramirez failed to stop and render aid and left the scene, the release detailed. Jaramillo was transported to Medical Center Hospital and was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.Next of kin were notified and there were no other injuries reported, the release stated.Ramirez was located at 1:47 a.m. in the 3500 block of Andrews Highway and was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center, the release detailed.No bond amounts had been set as of Thursday afternoon, jail records showed. WhatsApplast_img read more

Gauhati HC, Subordinate Courts To Resume Physical Hearings On Experimental Basis From Oct 19 [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesGauhati HC, Subordinate Courts To Resume Physical Hearings On Experimental Basis From Oct 19 [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 Oct 2020 6:23 AMShare This – xTaking into consideration the request of different Bar Associations and in view of the Unlock Guidelines, the Gauhati High Court has decided to resume physical hearing in all Courts in the state, in a phased manner. Physical courts will function in a phased manner on an “experimental basis” from October 19, 2020, by observing necessary safety protocols and after installing…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking into consideration the request of different Bar Associations and in view of the Unlock Guidelines, the Gauhati High Court has decided to resume physical hearing in all Courts in the state, in a phased manner. Physical courts will function in a phased manner on an “experimental basis” from October 19, 2020, by observing necessary safety protocols and after installing protective measures in the court rooms. Apart from urgent cases, the subordinate Courts may take up the following category of cases: District & Sessions Judge/Addl. District & Sessions Judge Hearing of Bail Application u/s 438/439 of Cr.P.C.Criminal Revision/Criminal Appeals.Recording of evidence in cases where sitting/former MPs/MLAs are accused persons.Recording of statement of accused persons u/s 313 of Cr.P.C. by invoking sub-section (5) of Section 313 Cr.P.C.Recording of evidence of MO/IO/Judicial Magistrates through video conferencing.Succession Matters.Civil Appeals.Submission of Examination-in-chief on affidavit.Cross examination of witnesses before Advocate Commissioner by maintaining Covid-19 protocols.Injunction Matters.Arbitration Matters.Arguments. MACTs Submission of Examination-in-chief on affidavit.Cases pending for framing of issues in which the opposite parties have already filed WS.Cases pending for argument.Cases pending for defence witness but the Insurance Company is not willing to adduce any defence witness can be posted for argument.Cases pending for miscellaneous hearing in which physical involvement of litigants is not necessary.Issue of Cheques to the claimants by maintaining Covid-19 protocols. Family Courts Civil and Criminal Execution cases.Maintenance pendente iite cases.Petitions seeking interim maintenance.Enhancement/reduction/cancellation of maintenance allowance cases.Withdrawal/compromise petitions.Cases relating to u/s 125 Cr.P.C.Submission of Examination-in-chief on affidavit.Cases fixed for framing of issues. Special Judge, Assam/ Special Judge, CBI/Special Judge, NIA Cases that are at the stage of final argument/judgment.Bail hearing, other Misc. Cases and petition hearings. Labour court/Industrial Tribunal Cases fixed for framing of issues.Submission of examination-in-chief on affidavits.Cases fixed for arguments Chief Judicial Magistrate/Addl. Chief Judicial Magistrate/JIMFC Bail ApplicationsZimma PetitionRecording of evidence in cases where sitting/former MPs/MLAs are accused persons.Recording of statement of accused persons u/s 313 of Cr.P.C. by invoking sub-section 5 of Section 313 Cr.P.C.Maintenance ApplicationsApplication for Protection order under the Protection of women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.Recording of statements u/s 164 of Cr.P.Cc. of the victims and confession of statements of the accused persons.Recording of evidence of M.O./1.0./through video conferencingSubmission of examination-in-chief on affidavits in cases u/s 138 of NI Act.Cases at the stage of arguments. Principal Magistrate (Juvenile Justice Board) Bail ApplicationsZimma PetitionApplication for preliminary assessment of CCL |Cases at the stage of arguments. Civil Judge/ Munsiff Title Appeals/Misc. AppealsMiscellaneous Applications filed under various provisions of Code of Civil ProcedureInjunction MattersExecution Matters where urgent stay is requiredSubmission of examination-in-chief on affidavitsCases at the stage of argumentsCross examination of witnesses before Advocate Commissioner by maintaining Covid-19 protocols. Continuation of the limited physical court functioning of the District Courts will be reviewed by the High Court in the 2nd week of November, 2020. Click Here To Download Notification Click Here To Download Press NoteSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

At-a-glance guide to the new data protection monitoring code

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. At-a-glance guide to the new data protection monitoring codeOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Mark Mansell and Lucy Baldwinson from law firm Allen & Overy outlinewhat you need to do to comply with the monitoring codeThe monitoring section of the Data Protection Code was released byInformation Commissioner Richard Thomas last week. What do you need to do tocomply? Employers must take steps to comply with this Code if they carry out anyworkplace monitoring that goes beyond one individual simply watching another.If monitoring involves manual recording or automated processing of personalinformation it must be carried out fairly and lawfully. There is no singledefinition of monitoring, but it can include activities such as taping phonecalls for training purposes, or checking workers’ e-mails and internet use foraccess to pornography. As an immediate response to the Code, employers should do a quick audit oftheir monitoring activities. They should then conduct an impact assessment toestablish whether their monitoring is lawful in terms of data protectioncompliance. This assessment involves the following steps: – Identify the purpose(s) of monitoring and the benefits it is likely todeliver – Identify any likely adverse impact – Consider alternatives to monitoring or less intrusive ways it could becarried out – Take into account obligations arising from monitoring, such as notifyingstaff about monitoring arrangements, keeping the gathered information secure,and the implications of individuals’ rights to accessing collected information – Judge whether monitoring is justified Employers should also double-check that staff are aware of the nature,extent and reasons for monitoring, unless covert monitoring can be justified. The general approach under the Code is that employers can carry outworkplace monitoring provided the right balance is struck between the legitimateexpectations of staff and the interests of employers. How do you go about managing compliance on a long-term basis? The nature and size of the organisation will influence what is reasonable toexpect of the systems employers put in place to manage data protectioncompliance. The new Data Protection Code’s recommendations include thefollowing: – Designate one person to take responsibility for ensuring employmentpolicies and procedures comply with data protection legislation – Carry out a personal data audit to highlight any gaps in data protectioncompliance that need to be remedied – Ensure line managers and staff are made aware of their data protectionresponsibilities and potential liabilities through guidance notes and training – Check the firm has a valid and up-to-date notification in the InformationCommissioner’s register of data controllers – Consult workers and/or staff representatives, where appropriate, over thedevelopment of employment practices and policies that involve processingpersonal information about workers – Conduct an impact assessment to ensure all monitoring activities are fairand lawful We often record our workers’ phone calls for training purposes. Can wecontinue to do this under the Code? Yes, but certain conditions must be satisfied. Recording staff telephonecalls (as well as intercepting e-mails, in the course of transmission) issubject to the Regulatory of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIP) and the LawfulBusiness Practice Regulations (LBP Regulations), as well as data protectionlegislation. Provided the call is being monitored for training purposes andworkers have been notified in advance, recording will be allowed under RIP andthe LBP Regulations. For the purposes of data protection, the Code recommends carrying out animpact assessment to determine whether the benefits justify the adverse impact.If so, inform workers about the nature and extent of monitoring. In addition,the Code requires those making calls to/receiving calls from workers to be informedof any monitoring and its purpose, unless this is obvious. This could be doneby a recorded message, or by staff telling callers that their conversations maybe monitored. Can we read workers’ e-mails when they are away to make sure thatbusiness-related issues are not left to languish unattended? Yes, but the Code advises that if it is necessary to check e-mail accountsin a worker’s absence, make sure they know this will happen. Where practicable,the Code recommends that those sending e-mails to staff are also made aware ofany monitoring and the purpose behind it. The employer is advised to encourage the use of a marking system to helpprotect private or personal communications. Where possible, monitoring shouldbe confined to the address or ‘subject’ of an e-mail. The Code requiresemployers to avoid opening e-mails, particularly those that are clearly privateor personal, unless there is a valid and defined reason to examine the content.We would like to monitor internet use as there have been severalinstances of staff downloading pornography. Can we do this? Yes, the Code does permit the monitoring of internet access. However, itrecommends carrying out an impact assessment to ensure the benefits are notoutweighed by any adverse impact. It also requires staff to be informed of thenature and extent of all internet monitoring, as well as the extent to whichinformation about internet use is retained and for how long. Generally, it is advisable to set out explicitly in a policy document whatis permitted use and abuse of an employer’s internet and communicationsfacilities. The Code gives guidance on the basic contents that should beincluded in a communications policy. There is a suspicion that some staff are buying and selling drugs in thetoilets. Can we install a secret camera to catch them? What happens if wenotice some other misconduct in the course of filming? According to the Code, covert monitoring should only be used in exceptionalcircumstances, such as where there are grounds for suspecting criminal orequivalent malpractice. It must be strictly targeted at obtaining evidencewithin a set timeframe, and should normally be authorised by senior management.Covert monitoring in private places, such as toilets or a private office, iseven more restrictive under the Code, as it requires this should be confined tocases of suspicion of serious crime, where there is also an intention toinvolve the police. A suspicion of drug dealing is likely to equate tosuspicion of a serious crime. Any other information collected in the course of covert monitoring should bedisregarded according to the Code, unless it reveals information that noreasonable employer could be expected to ignore – for example where it concernsother criminal activity or equivalent malpractice. Can we obtain workers’ consent to all forms of monitoring with or withouttheir prior knowledge? The Code is moving away from using consent as a means of justifyingmonitoring. This reflects the European approach which stipulates that consentmust be ‘freely given’. The Code recognises this may not always be the case inthe employment context, and consent can be withdrawn at any time. Accordingly, it may be safer for employers to ensure that their monitoringactivities can be justified on the basis of an impact assessment – in whichcase consent is generally not needed to monitor staff. What happens if an employer’s activities don’t comply with the Code? The Code sets out the Information Commissioner’s recommendations as to how thelegal requirements of the DPA 1998 can be satisfied. However, there may bealternative ways of meeting these obligations that are not contained in theCode. Non-compliance does not mean automatic non-compliance with the DPA 1998.Only breaches of the DPA 1998 will trigger enforcement action. However, if the employer does not take any steps towards data protectioncompliance, there is a strong likelihood that it will be breaking the law. www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk Comments are closed. 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Good response to job ads spooks MI5 paymasters

first_imgGood response to job ads spooks MI5 paymastersOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today More than 4,000 people have reportedly answered the Government’s call formore secret agents to help with the UK’s ongoing fight against terrorism. The would-be spies present the recruitment agency being used by MI5 with ahuge challenge in selecting the right people and filtering out unsuitableapplicants. Diversity will also be a key issue, with foreign language speakers andethnic minorities thought to be desperately needed in the fight againstAl-Queda. Earlier this month, home secretary David Blunkett announced a majorrecruitment drive at MI5 which is now looking to hire an extra 1,000intelligence officers. However, former MI5 intelligence officer and whistleblower David Shaylercriticised the agency’s HR practices and claims its upper class image is welljustified. “Intelligence officers tend to be public school and Oxbridgeeducated,” he said. He said the entire HR function should be outsourced to improve the way MI5deals with personnel issues. www.mi5.gov.ukTo see our special feature on MI5 go to www.personneltoday.com/goto/22906How spooky can you get?Have you got what it takes to be an MI5 spook? With the Government lookingfor 1,000 extra intelligence officers, Personnel Today has teamed up withpsychometric testing experts Personality Assessment Solutions to devise a testto identify if you’ve got the aptitude to serve queen and country in secret.We have studied the websites of MI5 to try to identify whatpersonality traits and behaviours are associated with success in the‘intelligence’ community. We then related those traits and behaviours to ‘TheBig Five Personality Model’ and created a short test to measure them.Although we can’t promise respondents an actual job at MI5we’ve got the next best thing. The person with the closest match to a secretservice recruit can either enjoy a 007-style BMW driving experience atRockingham race course or be pampered like a Bond girl on a deluxe spa day.Think you’ve got what it takes? Thentake the test. GO TO www.testsonthenet.com/mi5.htmFor terms and conditions visit: www.personneltoday.com/goto/22907 Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more