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Part-time judges ‘out of time’ to claim pension rights

first_imgA group of part-time judges has been refused permission to bring claims for better pensions after a judge ruled they were out of time.The claims were brought after the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that part-time judges are ‘workers for the purpose of the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000’, enabling part-time recorder Dermod O’Brien to win his fight to claim a full pension. Miller & Others v The Ministry of Justice went to the Employment Appeal Tribunal after an employment tribunal ruled in January 2014 that the part-time judges were out of time to bring a case. At the first hearing, the claimants argued that there would have been no point bringing the claim before a final decision was made in O’Brien, which they said was a test case. They also said that the MoJ had issued a moratorium in 2013 preventing the need for potential claimants to lodge ‘protective’ claims.But employment judge John MacMillan said the claimants were sophisticated litigants and would have known that as part-timers they had no access to the MoJ’s pension scheme. The judge also said they would have known that if they had a claim, a limitation period would apply.The tribunal judgment commented: ‘It seems that we have a large crowd of onlookers knowing that if the outsider wins they will benefit greatly but, doubting his chances of success, they wait until he unexpectedly pips the favourite at the post only to object when the bookmaker refuses to accept bets on the entirely understandable grounds that the race is over!’On appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the claimants argued that MacMillan did not ‘balance off’ the fact that O’Brien was a test case, and said he did not properly consider the reasons for the MoJ’s moratorium, namely that the tribunal would have been swamped if claimants had issued their claims in time.But in the appeal tribunal Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing DBE (pictured) dismissed this argument, pointing out that the claims were already ‘well out of time’ by the time the moratorium was issued in 2013.She said: ‘The issue is not whether […] it would have been “just and equitable” to have a flood of claims before the moratorium, but not after it was published. The issue is whether it was just and equitable for time to be extended for those who should have made claims before the moratorium was published.’Laing also said she would not accept the argument that the employment tribunal should have considered what would have happened had the claims been issued in time.She said: ‘The likelihood (if it be one) that a claim issued within a limitation period would have been stayed is neither here nor there, nor is the fact that if all claims had been issued in time, there would have been a flood of them.’She ruled the employment tribunal was right to refuse to extend time, and dismissed the part-time judges’ appeal.last_img read more

Qorvo Develops Point-of-Care Diagnostic Platform using its Acoustic Resonator Technology

first_imgQorvo has announced the development of a veterinary point-of-care (POC) diagnostic platform for Zomedica Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Zomedica). The Zomedica TRUFORMA POC platform, based on Qorvo’s acoustic resonators have now completed final verification. TheTRUFORMA platform uses Qorvo’s differentiated sensors, derived from the fundamental bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technology that is deployed in approximately 2 billion devices worldwide. In this new POC application, Qorvo combines expertise in RF devices, microfluidics, and medical test platform integration. Qorvo Biotechnologies LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qorvo US, Inc. had signed a development and supply agreement in 2018 with Zomedica for its POC platform to be tested for veterinary use. Under the agreement, Qorvo is responsible for developing the POC diagnostic instrument and related assay cartridges, while Zomedica is responsible for the validation, marketing and sale of the assays, instruments, and related assay cartridges.James Klein, president of Qorvo Infrastructure and Defense Products, commented that this milestone is the culmination of six years of intensive research, development, and application of their proven RF technology to fast and accurate point-of-care diagnostics. While their focus has been on the immunoassay market, they see the potential to use this capability for molecular diagnostics, enabling a dual-use POC platform for rapid and accurate identification of infectious diseases in humans including viral pathogens.Using acoustic resonators introduces a compelling and proven technology to the veterinary diagnostics market, offering a differentiated detection technique from existing optical or fluorescence methods. Qorvo’s acoustic-resonator-based POC solution testing indicates higher sensitivity than these traditional detection methods, offering performance and accuracy at the point-of-care that is similar to central lab testing.The Qorvo testing platform is an investigational technology currently limited to investigational use and is not available for sale.last_img read more

Lake Erie League Title at stake as Bedford hosts Lorain

first_img Ruben joins us this fall to cover High School football. He is an avid and passionate fan of all Cleveland sports. A graduate of Lincoln-West High School many, many years ago, Ruben then went on to serve our country in the US Navy. He was a mentor and coach for the Old Brooklyn Little League and coached basketball at the CYO level. Related TopicsBedford BearcatsLELLorain Titans The Lake Erie League title is at stake on Friday night at Bedford Bearcat Stadium as the Titans of Lorain Senior High visit the Bearcats of Bedford. Lorain won last year’s battle 42-7This year both teams come in with high- octane offenses evidenced by Lorain’s 41 ppg to 43 ppg for Bedford.Lorain is led by QB Justin Sturgill, who for the season has thrown for 1131 yards with 18 TD and only one interception.Tyshawn Lighty with 554 receiving yards and 11 TDS lead the wide receiving corps, and the Titan running game is in good hands behind RB Daylin Dower who has rushed for 1011 yards and 12 TDS.Lorain boasts one of the areas big time defenses led by Antonio Wyatt and Dakota Mincy, the Titans have allowed a paltry 17 points per game.The Bedford Bearcats however are no slouches on the offensive end either. They are led by QB Emmanuel Jenkins who has thrown for 1515 yards, most to outstanding WR Davion Johnson, 968 receiving yards, who will most likely reach the century mark this week.The Bearcat running attack features Kenny Wilkins who with 955 yards should reach the thousand yard plateau himself. The Bearcat defense allows 23 ppg.This game could possibly come down to which defense holds last, with an LEL title at stake, this should be one of NE Ohio’s better games this weekend.NEOSPORTSINSIDERS will be there for all the in game updates and scores.center_img Ruben Rodriguezlast_img read more

Twins Fall 4-3 to Royals

first_img 720p HD 1080p HD Auto (360p) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56892 KANSAS CITY, KS — The Kansas City Royals took on the Minnesota Twins last (Friday) night in Kansas.Minnesota fell 4-3 to the Royals.Royals catcher, Salvador Perez had an RBI triple in the eighth inning. Perez also scored the go-ahead run on Omar Infante’s sacrifice fly.center_img About Connatix V56892 360p 1/1 The Twins face Kansas City again this (Saturday) evening at 5:30 p.m. Tune into AM 1240 WJON for full coverage of tonight’s game.last_img read more