Extremely critical fire risk in California as Arctic cold heads for Northeast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — As firefighters continue battling blazes in California that have claimed at least 44 lives, conditions in Southern California have worsened.In San Diego County, the fire risk on Tuesday is extremely critical, the highest level issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.“Vary rapid fire growth, extreme fire behavior is expected,” according to a report by the National Weather Service. “Explosive fire growth is possible with any fire starts.”Wind gusts in and around San Diego topped 80 mph Monday night, as a strong Santa Ana Wind event is underway in Southern California that will continue into Wednesday. A high-wind warning continues Tuesday in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, with gusts from 40 to 60 mph. In some places, it will be as high as 70 mph.Relative humidity will remain dangerously low — 3 percent to 8 percent — meaning the red flag warning remains in effect.Elsewhere in the U.S., a storm system is moving through the East Coast, bringing severe weather, including snow farther inland. A tornado watch has been issued in North Carolina until later Tuesday morning.That storm will shift into northern New England and leave the U.S. later Tuesday. Winter weather advisories are expected to continue as western Pennsylvania, New York and New England could see more than half a foot of snow.Following that storm system is a bitter Arctic blast that’s taking aim at the Northeast, dropping Wednesday morning wind chills into the single digits in some parts.A new storm expected to form along the Gulf Coast on Wednesday also is expected to make an impact along the East Coast, with heavy rain and thunderstorms.By Thursday afternoon or evening, that system will be moving into the mid-Atlantic, also delivering sleet and snow, which could continue into Friday morning.Coastal flooding is possible from New Jersey to Maine. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Data file: Employment tribunbal disputes

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Data file: Employment tribunbal disputesOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today The latest in a series of articles that give the basics on key areas ofemployment legislation. This issue we look at employment tribunbal disputesThe hard facts Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations2001 These new regulations come into force on 16 July 2001 and bring in a newrange of issues for employer and employee when a claim is pursued in thetribunal. The intention behind the changes is that tribunals should activelymanage cases to a conclusion more quickly and efficiently. The main changes include: – A new overriding objective similar to that in use in County Courtprocedure – The introduction of case management powers – The increase of the fee payable to continue with a claim following a pre-hearingreview from £150 to £500 – The increase in costs that may be awarded without assessment from £500 to£10,000 – A new rule to allow tribunals to direct cases are heard in private when thereis a national security issue – The ability to lodge claims previously submitted in a number of ET1s in asingle document. www.legislation.hmso.gov.ukAlternative Dispute Resolution Acas Arbitration Scheme This new procedure was introduced in the Employment Rights (DisputeResolution) Act 1998. It is only applicable to unfair dismissal claims. The main provisions are: – Both parties must agree to arbitration – Evidence is not given on oath – There is no right of appeal except in respect of “seriousirregularity” in the arbitrator’s conduct, hearing of the case or aboutthe award made. Advantages: – Likely to be quicker than an employment tribunal– Proceedings are held in private and – Awards made are confidential. www.acas.org.uk/arbitrationMediation This is available for most litigation disputes and may be a good optionwhen: – The claim is of high value and of a sensitive nature – The issues are highly complex or involve international law. Reading around the subject – The DTI has produced a useful commentary on the main changes resultingfrom the employment tribunal regulations: www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/et.htm– The Acas website has access to a full copy of the Arbitration Schemetogether with a guide and introduction to the provisions: www.acas.org.uk/arbitration– The Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) provides a useful source ofinformation on mediation including “myths and facts”,”appropriate cases”, a news update and an online fee calculator: www.cedr.co.ukIn the news “Arbitrator to handle unfair dismissals” – The Daily Telegraph, 19February 2001 last_img read more