Employers may still be responsible for ex-staff

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Employers may still be responsible for ex-staffOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Many employers feel that provided termination is properly dealt with, liability to ex-employees ceases once employment has ended. However, the post-termination acts and omissions of employers have been the focus of a number of recent Court of Appeal decisions, and they cannot afford to be complacent.Potential liability for post-employment events falls into two categories. First, the risk of statutory discrimination or victimisation claims. Second, liability under the general law in relation to the content of references.A number of Court of Appeal decisions within the last two years have consistently held that UK discrimination legislation and the Employment Rights Act, as currently drafted, do not cover acts which occur after employment has ended. In D’Souza v Lambeth Borough Council, 2001, EWCA Civ 794, the court held that the Race Relations Act did not protect an employee who alleged his former employer refused to reinstate him as a result of previous tribunal claims brought by him.Post-termination eventsThe Court of Appeal came to the same conclusion last year in Rhys-Harper v Relaxion Group plc, (2001, IRLR 460). Here, the Sex Discrimination Act was held not to cover an alleged incident of sexual harassment during an internal appeal following dismissal.More recently, three joined appeals in Jones v 3M Healthcare and others, (EAT/1099/00; EAT 1220/00; EAT/0714/00; EAT/ 1487/00), confirmed that, similarly, the Disability Discrimination Act does not entitle a former employee to complain of discrimination or victimisation based on post-termination events. Finally, in Fadipe v Reed Nursing Personnel, 2001,EWCA Civ 1885, the same conclusion was reached in relation to section 44 of the Employment Rights Act, which also protects employees from victimisation.Despite the Court of Appeal’s consistency in approach, there still remains doubt, however, about whether discrimination legislation is capable of covering post-termination events. There are two reasons for this. First, both D’Souza and Rhys-Harper are being appealed to the House of Lords. Second, the judgment of the European Court of Justice in Coote v Granada Hospitality Ltd, 1999, ICR 100, still leaves the door open for applicants to argue that, at least in relation to sex discrimination, post-termination events are covered by the Equal Treatment Directive.This case involves a successful victimisation claim arising out of an employer’s failure to provide a reference to a former employee who had brought a previous sex discrimination claim. The ECJ held that Article 6 of the Equal Treatment Directive covered Ms Coote’s claim.Perhaps as a symptom of the uncertainties surrounding post-termination statutory protection, the case law in relation to references has developed enormously in recent years. Employers are now obliged not only to ensure the accuracy of facts in a reference, but must also ensure that it is not misleading in any way and does not give an unfair overall impression of the individual.Whatever the outcome of the D’Souza and Rhys-Harper cases in the House of Lords, this is an area which needs legislative attention. The Government is currently reviewing discrimination legislation, and has a golden opportunity to clarify the responsibilities of employers in the post-termination period.In the meantime, employers should treat ex-employees on the same principles as apply during recruitment and employment.Points to considerl Liability to employees does not end with their employmentl References must be factually accurate and always give a true impressionl Remember that race, sex and disability discrimination legislation may still applyJonathan Chamberlain is a partner in the employment team at Wragge &Co Comments are closed. last_img read more

One57 is 90% sold: Extell announces Q1 sales

first_img Share via Shortlink Tags Extell’s Gary Barnett and One57 (Getty)This may be the year Gary Barnett’s groundbreaking Billionaires’ Row tower finally sells out.There are just five unsold units at One57 after two contracts were signed in the first quarter of 2021, according to a report filed with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange early Monday. That makes the project — the first supertall to rise along the southern edge of Central Park and break price records — 90 percent sold after years of slow sales.Across Extell Development’s entire portfolio, buyers signed contracts for $260 million worth of units during the first quarter, according to the report. Projects included in Israeli investors’ holdings only saw $190 million in contracts signed.The filing broke down the sales activity at the developer’s other high-profile projects.ADVERTISEMENTAt Central Park Tower, Barnett’s sequel to One57, there were 15 transactions — noted as “signed contracts and pending ones” — in the first three months of the year. Twenty contracts were signed at Brooklyn Point, which handed sales and marketing over to celebrity broker Ryan Serhant’s new firm in the fall. There were 10 contracts inked at One Manhattan Square on the Lower East Side, and eight contracts at Lofts at Pier Village at the Jersey Shore.Read moreOne57 made Billionaires’ Row. Will it now destroy it?One57 condo sells at record 51% lossBarnett secures $380M mezz financing for Central Park Tower Email Address* Extell also disclosed in the filing that it expects $250 million worth of contracts to be signed in April alone, $210 million of which would be at projects for which the developer issued Israeli bonds. The company attributed that uptick to New Yorkers returning to the city, a “rapid vaccination campaign” and price adjustments.“Potential buyers now recognize the opportunity in the U.S. real estate markets,” the filing states.Barnett noted in a separate statement that “we are one of few developers that can offer opportunities at various price points across the city and other markets throughout the country.”He pointed to The Kent, an 83-unit condo on the Upper East Side, where Extell is giving prospective buyers 20 percent off select apartments. The developer said there’s only one unit — a duplex penthouse — left at 1010 Park Avenue, and one unit at Four Seasons Vail.The announcement comes as Extell has been raising money and making sales of its own. In February, the developer sold a $300 million stake in a rental portfolio and a West 57th Street office building for $26.7 million. The month before, the company secured $380 million in mezzanine financing for Central Park Tower.Nationwide, home sales and prices have been surging since last year. Manhattan’s new development condo sales picked up last year and have remained strong year-to-date.Contact Erin Hudson Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Billionaires RowcondosExtell DevelopmentGary BarnettNYC Luxury Marketone57last_img read more

Kim Ng becomes first female general manager in MLB history

first_imgNovember 13, 2020 /Sports News – National Kim Ng becomes first female general manager in MLB history FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLarry Goren/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(MIAMI) — The Miami Marlins made a historic change to the lineup in their front office.Kim Ng was named general manager of the Miami Marlins, the organization announced Friday, becoming the first female and first Asian American general manager in the sport’s history.“I entered Major League Baseball as an intern and, after decades of determination, it is the honor of my career to lead the Miami Marlins as their next General Manager,” Ng, a longtime baseball executive who has been senior vice president for baseball operations for the MLB since 2011, said in a statement.“We are building for the long term in South Florida, developing a forward-thinking, collaborative, creative baseball operation made up of incredibly talented and dedicated staff who have, over the last few years, laid a great foundation for success,” she continued. “This challenge is one I don’t take lightly. When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a Major League team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals.” Making history by bringing a lifetime of excellence, Kim Ng steps to the helm as GM. #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/UrYESbjTHe— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 13, 2020 Written bycenter_img She is also believed to be the first woman hired to the general manager position by any of the professional men’s sports teams in the North American Major Leagues, the organization said in a press release.With over 30 years of experience in the sport, Ng has previously been with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and most recently spent the last nine years in the MLB Commissioner’s Office. Ng was long rumored to be a prime candidate to become the first female GM in the sport.She has a winning record with Marlins CEO and former Yankees great Derek Jeter, who played for the team when Ng was with the New York organization.“On behalf of principal owner Bruce Sherman and our entire ownership group, we look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins,” Jeter said in a statement. “Her leadership of our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained success. Additionally, her extensive work in expanding youth baseball and softball initiatives will enhance our efforts to grow the game among our local youth as we continue to make a positive impact on the South Florida community.”In their time together with the Yankees, Ng and Jeter notched three World Series wins, in 1998, 1999 and 2000.“My goal is now to bring championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans respect and deserve,” Ng said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundlast_img read more

Former letting agent and TV reality star jailed after burglary spree

first_imgA former letting agent and TV reality star has been jailed for 30 months after tricking other agents into giving him keys to properties for fake viewings, and then stealing items while the tenants were at work.Ben Papantoniou (pictured, right), who until March ran the Hampstead branch of London agent Benham & Reeves Lettings, appeared in the 2010 TV reality show Seven Days.The show documented 18 people in Notting Hill during eight episodes and in Ben’s case followed him as he chased lettings leads and women around the area.On his LinkedIn profile Ben also claims to be a shareholder in Purplebricks, have his own lettings company – which is registered with Companies House but dissolved in January this year – and that he also worked at several high profile London letting agents.Letting agentAfter Ben left Benham & Reeves Lettings in March this year he continued to pose as an employee and tricked staff at nearby branches of Knight Frank, Chestertons, Foxtons and KFH to give him keys to rental properties.Local paper the Ham & High reports that he then went on a month-long crime spree, burgling four properties in and around Notting Hill from June 9th onwards, taking currency worth £3,000 and dozens of personal items including jewellery and a watch.“We keep a tight control of our keys,” Vidhur Mehra of Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings told the paper.“Our understanding is that Ben fraudulently posed as an employee of Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings sometime after he had left our company.”It is also reported that Foxtons has subsequently compensated the tenants involved in their property.“We’ve reviewed our security procedures as a result of this isolated incident and re-affirmed the importance of extra vigilance to our front office staff,” a spokesperson said.Similar statements were also made by spokespeople from Chestertons and KFH. Knight Frank declined to comment.  Ben Papantoniou Benham Reeves October 5, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Former letting agent and TV reality star jailed after burglary spree previous nextFormer letting agent and TV reality star jailed after burglary spreeBen Papantoniou pretended he worked for Benham & Reeves despite having left the company, and tricked local agents into giving him keys to rental properties.Nigel lewis5th October 201702,005 Viewslast_img read more

Four landlords quit market and sold up per branch last month

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Four landlords quit market and sold up per branch last month previous nextHousing MarketFour landlords quit market and sold up per branch last monthLatest ARLA figures also reveal that figure is even higher in London, and that across England available rental stock is down 4%.Nigel Lewis1st February 20191 Comment2,556 Views The number of London landlords selling their properties and exiting the buy-to-let market hit six per branch during December last year, latest research by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has revealed.Its December Private Rented Sector report says the average across England remained at four landlords quitting per branch and that the supply of rented properties is  down 4% year-on-year.Fewer landlords are quitting the market outside London. ARLA says on average three landlords sold their homes per branch in the North East, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England and the South West.“Over the last few years, landlords across the country have been pushed out of the market by increasing costs and legislation, and new investors have been deterred from entering,” says David Cox (left), Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark.“The issue has particularly intensified in the capital which may be the result of landlords starting to receive their first tax bill incorporating the increase in taxes from the Mortgage Interest Relief changes which came into force last tax year.”ARLA predicts a difficult year ahead for the capital’s private rented sector following Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announcement that he wants to introduce rent controls.“Tenants will face more competition for properties, which will push up rents on good-quality, well-managed properties, and leave the vulnerable and low-income people which rent controls are designed to help in the hands of rogue and criminal operators,” says Cox.Rental revealHousing Minister Heather Wheeler (right) has revealed that the government is about to announce its latest proposals on the PRS.Following the recent consultation, Wheeler said in response to a question yesterday in parliament from Shadow Minister for housing Kate Hollern: “We will be bringing forward proposals that make the system work for both tenants and landlords and provide more information shortly”.lettings Kate Hollern heather wheeler ARLA Association of Residential Letting Agents David Cox February 1, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 4th February 2019 at 9:42 amWhy was I the only one that predicted this? I even told the Housing Minister in person! Wait until landlords get he fee ban too – then watch them leave in droves. Totally idiotic, along with all those big agents and “professional” letting bodies that supported it, rather than have a pair and say it’s dumb to attack the PRS and landlords that provide a service. Good landlords should be encouraged, not forced out!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

‘Missing AML guidance will make it difficult to secure estate agency prosecutions’

first_imgHome » News » ‘Missing AML guidance will make it difficult to secure estate agency prosecutions’ previous nextRegulation & Law‘Missing AML guidance will make it difficult to secure estate agency prosecutions’Legal experts David Smith and Lee Adams say the industry and particularly letting agents are waiting on guidance on many aspects of AML.Nigel Lewis14th January 20211 Comment1,322 Views Just before the end of 2020, the government published its updated money laundering risk assessment. This was the first risk assessment to include high value lettings agency, which was brought within the scope of AML regulation by 5MLD. It also comprehensively updates the estate agency risk assessment.The estate agency assessment notes that the risk in estate agency continues to rise, especially in super-prime property, that is property in the top 5% of value in an area.Although given that the risk assessment also states that the “full scale of laundering … is unknown” it is unclear how the increasing risk has been calculated. The level of compliance is also low with the assessment stating that in 2019 only half of estate agents were registered.Anecdotally, we suspect that the level of compliance in the letting sector is even lower.The guidance on the application of 5MLD remains outstanding, nearly a year after implementation. This is of particular concern to lettings agents as the regulations are very unclear as to when the obligations to do checks apply in relation to prospective tenants.It is inevitable that prosecutions will be taken against estate and letting agents. However, given the lack of full guidance, the unclear approach in the regulations and the uncertain level of risk in the risk assessment, such prosecutions are not the easy case that the government might think.When prosecutions happen, they will likely be brought under regulation 86 of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017.Regulation 86 sets out a serious criminal offence, in relation to which a conviction may result in a term of imprisonment of up to two years, a fine, or both. In deciding whether someone has committed an offence, the court must decide whether relevant guidance has been followed.This is not a very clear statement as relevant guidance includes any guidance issued by the Financial Conduct Authority or any other relevant supervisory authority or appropriate body approved by the Treasury.A defence may be established if the accused person took all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid committing the offence. This seems sufficiently wide to be helpful to defendants but there exists the problem of what magistrates and jurors will consider to be ‘all reasonable steps’ and ‘all due diligence’ in the absence of a body of case law to draw on, as is the case now.David Smith is a partners at legal firm JMW and Lee Adams (left) is its Head of London and Business Crime and Regulation partnerJMW Solicitors money laundering AML David Smith January 14, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 14th January 2021 at 3:50 pmIf AML in a single transaction, eg, sale and purchase touches – agent, solicitor, lender, x 2, that is six lots of AML x 1.4M possible sales transactions a year (not completions) plus lettings, plus mortgage business – we are getting on for 10M AML touch points. But HMRC successfully prosecuted 2 or 3 agents last year … this is not regulation, this is not even scratching the surface. Again – legislation with no policing.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

PONDERING THE REGRETTABLE HISTORY OF TAXATION

first_imgPONDERING THE REGRETTABLE HISTORY OF TAXATIONBy Tom PurcellAh, the campaign season.That’s when the Republican presidential candidate promises to lower taxes and the Democrat candidate promises to increase them —- which makes me ponder the history of taxation in America.The income tax began in Britain way back in 1842. By 1861, it came to America. Americans paid it to help finance the Civil War, but come 1871 —- six years after the war —- the tax was finally repealed.Some politicians, however, took a liking to it. They tried for the next 20 years to have it reinstated. But the Supreme Court shot down the income tax as unconstitutional.In 1913, income tax supporters had their way. The 16th amendment was passed and the income tax was signed into law.Here’s how it worked: Only those who earned more than $3,000 —- a lot of money in those days —- had to pay. And they only had to pay about 1 percent. (The highest bracket was only 7 percent at that time for those who earned $500,000.) As you well know, these low tax rates didn’t last.By 1918, the top rate —- the highest rate imposed on the highest earners —- rose to a whopping 77 percent. Why? So America could finance World War I. And did the rates drop back to pre-war levels when the war ended?Nope. The top rate fell from 77 percent to 25 percent —- 17 points higher than it was before the war.Then Franklin Delano Big Government came to town. The top rate shot back up to 78 percent by 1936.By the 1940s, another war came along and the top rate shot up to 94 percent. And did taxes go down following the war?Nope. This time the top rate stayed above 90 percent —- well into the early 1960s.Then John F. Kennedy got elected and reduced the top rate from 90 percent to 70 percent under the Tax Act of 1964. His reductions spurred economic growth.And when politicians realized that lower taxes resulted in more growth and productivity, they eagerly reduced income taxes, right?Wrong. The income tax wasn’t reduced again until 1980 when Ronald Reagan took over. In 1981 the top rate was reduced to 50 percent. In 1986, in return for elimination of loopholes, the top rate was reduced to 28 percent.Over the past 20-plus years, there were some slight adjustments to tax rates under President George H.W. Bush, who raised them, President Bill Clinton, who raised them again, President George W. Bush, who lowered them, and President Barack Obama, who increased them again.In any event, our top income tax rate stands at 39 percent and our corporate income tax rate stands at 35 percent, among the highest corporate rates in the world.Donald Trump promises to lower the top income-tax rate to 33 percent and the corporate rate to 15 percent, whereas Hillary Clinton wants to increase the top income tax rate to 45 percent and hasn’t issued a plan on the corporate tax rate —- except to say the rich need to pay more.Regardless of what either will do, hardworking Americans will continue paying massive taxes.In addition to income taxes, we pay taxes on gas, utilities and phone usage. We pay property, sales and transfer taxes.Our states, counties and municipalities tax us.Tally it all up and you’ll discover that 50 cents of every dollar we earn goes toward taxes —- a percentage that isn’t likely to change much regardless who the next president is.Which is why I ponder our regrettable history of taxation during presidential campaigns every four years.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Judge Grants Curry’s Request For Special Prosecutor In Hill Groping Investigation

first_img Olivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.com 3 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img A Marion Superior judge has approved Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry’s request to appoint a special prosecutor to assist the Indiana Inspector General with an ongoing investigation into groping allegations made against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.Judge Lisa Borges granted Curry’s motion to appoint a special prosecutor on Monday, one week after an internal memorandum detailing a legislative investigation into the allegations against Hill were leaked to the media. According to the memo — which was prepared by Indianapolis law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP at the request of the state’s legislative leaders — Hill allegedly slid his hands down Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon’s back and onto her bare buttocks twice. Reardon, however, has since said she recoiled before Hill could allegedly grope her a second time.The memo also includes accounts from five legislative staffers who either witnessed Hill’s alleged misconduct or who claim to be victims themselves. One alleged victim, Senate minority communications director Gabrielle McLemore, has alleged Hill rubbed her back without her permission.In the days after the memo’s leak, House Speaker Brian Bosma, Senate President pro tem David Long and Gov. Eric Holcomb, all Republicans, called for Hill’s resignation. Bosma and Long also called on the state’s Inspector General to open an investigation, which has since been done.Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Curry said he has “no substantive information” about the allegations other than what has been reported in the media, and that no investigation has been filed with his office. However, in order to avoid the appearance of impropriety, Curry said he filed for a special prosecutor because Hill’s office acts as counsel to Curry’s office.Pursuant to Indiana Code section 33-23-13-3, the Attorney General’s Office is required to represent an elected prosecutor in certain civil matters. Hill is currently representing Curry in two civil matters pursuant to that statute, including a challenge to Indiana’s civil forfeiture law that is pending before the Indiana Supreme Court and the most recent Planned Parenthood federal lawsuit challenging an Indiana abortion law.“We are a client of the Attorney General’s Office, and it would be entirely inappropriate for our office then to turn around and participate in a criminal investigation of the Attorney General,” Curry said. “When the information came to light last week, I had no doubt whatsoever that we could not be involved in any criminal investigation.”Curry said he made the decision to move for a special prosecutor after consulting with his office and the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, which has a panel of “senior prosecutors” — retired elected prosecutors or chief deputy prosecutors — who would not be precluded from serving as special prosecutor in any investigation against Hill. He also said he was contacted by the Inspector General’s office on July 3, the day after the allegations were leaked, to learn what his role in any investigation might be. As he told reporters on Tuesday, Curry said he told the IG’s office that he would be precluded from involvement with any investigation.The special prosecutor who is appointed to confer with the Inspector General’s office throughout the investigation will have the ultimate say as to whether criminal charges should be filed against Hill, Curry said. Both Reardon, a Munster Democrat, and Rep. Linda Lawson, another northern Indiana House Democrat who has worked as a sex crimes police officer, have said the alleged groping incident could be considered sexual battery. Curry said that offense, if charged, would be a Level 5 felony, but Hill’s sexual intent in allegedly touching Reardon would have to be proven.The Democratic prosecutor declined to join the chorus of state leaders calling for Hill’s resignation and also declined to say whether he thinks Hill committed a crime. For his part, the Republican Attorney General has vowed to stay in office and has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. Hill has also criticized the legislative investigation into those allegations, saying he was never contacted by an investigator and did not learn of the complaints — which were first reported to Bosma in mid-May — until June 29.Hill released a statement on Friday demanding that Curry’s office conduct a new investigation into the allegations, then repeated more general calls for a “proper” investigation at a Monday press conference.“Justice gains its integrity through the protection of individual rights, such that every single person will be afforded due process of law. And that means fairness,” Hill said Monday. “And yet, somehow, that protection, that standard of fairness, that benefit of the doubt, that presumption of innocence until proven guilty has escaped my grasp. I never dreamed this could happen to me.”While Curry agreed Hill is presumed innocent until proven guilty, he also said due process only applies to criminal investigations and the taking of property, so due process rights were not implicated during the legislative investigation.Though he cannot participate in the IG’s investigation, Curry said he has facilitated communication between the Inspector General’s Office and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sex Crimes Unit.A special prosecutor has yet to be appointed, but Curry said it would not be very long before a decision is made.For more on the investigation into the groping allegations against Hill, read the July 11 issue of Indiana Lawyer.last_img read more

Space Still Available in Boardwalk Art Show August 1 to 3

first_imgThe Boardwalk Art Show in Ocean City, NJ.The Ocean City Arts Center will sponsor the 52nd annual Boardwalk Art Show from August 1 through August 3.More than 60 artists from throughout the East Coast will sell two-dimensional art in the mediums of watercolor, acryclic, oil, drawings, hand-pulled prints and photography. The show will run on the Boardwalk from Eighth to 11th streets, from 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.Spaces for artists are $125 for three days and are still available by calling (609) 399-7628.Prizes are a Purchase Award, which will become part of the Art Center’s permanent collection; Best of Show for $500; the Aubrey W. Dutton Memorial Mayor’s Choice Award for $200; Second Place for $350; Third Place for $250; and three Honorable Mention Awards for $100 each. The Memorial award is being presented by Mr. Dutton’s children because he enjoyed many years participating in the show.Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin said, “Many of our artists have been in the show for more than a decade. We have an artist from Lancaster, Pa., who has participated in the show for more than 40 years and she is coming back this year. This show is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to purchase art at a discounted price because there is no gallery commission.”The Ocean City Arts Center was created as a result of the outstanding response for the Boardwalk Art Show. The City of Ocean City realized how much interest there was by local residents and visitors in viewing art and art education. For further information, call (609) 399-7628 or visit www.oceancityartscenter.org.last_img read more

Patisserie Holdings fined £60k after mouse droppings found in bakery

first_imgPatisserie Holdings has been fined £60k after inspectors found mouse droppings at a bakery.The business was also ordered to pay £5,690 in costs at Birmingham magistrates court after earlier pleading guilty to four offences under the Food Hygiene and Safety Regulations 2013.Magistrates were told that the bakery in Hall Green, which makes products for Patisserie Holdings’ Druckers brand, was closed for four days in June last year following a routine food hygiene inspection by the Environmental Health Team from Birmingham City council.Patisserie Holdings said it was “disappointed” the council found a shortfall in hygiene standards during their inspection.“We take seriously its responsibilities to ensure the highest standards of food hygiene are maintained at its bakery at all times,” it added.The business said it had now brought in a number of improvements to ensure the bakery maintained “the highest standards of food hygiene”.Councillor Barbara Dring, chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “People should be able to have confidence in the safety of the food served and cleanliness of any food business in Birmingham – regardless of whether it’s a factory, retailer or restaurant.”last_img read more