Injuries can be sustained in everyday activities when we least expect it. A young man in Nottingham recently experienced this as his foot got stuck in an escalator in a shopping centre.
As a result of the incident he lost his toe. The shopping centre said that the escalators are well-maintained and that they will investigate what might have caused the man’s foot to get stuck. The specific escalator has been closed following the incident. (more…)
Petrol sales rose by 45% this week as motorists raced to follow Government advice in anticipation of a possible strike by fuel tanker drivers. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Officer responsible for contingency plans, has said that drivers would be well-advised to top up the petrol tanks of their cars and keep some extra petrol or diesel in a jerry can at home.
However, the panic buying of fuel may cause more problems for motorists than it solves. (more…)
Many married couples who discover that their marriage is not working struggle with the idea of getting divorced. This is particularly true because one party will have to take the blame for the marriage ending, as the divorce has to be the cause of one party’s questionable behaviour.
However, this adversarial system is now being called into question. The highest family law judge for England and Wales, Sir Nicholas Wall, has said that it is time for the law to change. The President of the high court’s family division has said that he considers that it would be appropriate to introduce a system of no-fault divorce. (more…)
It is being reported by various newspapers that a proposal to lift the ban on the filming of court cases by TV cameras in England and Wales will form part of the Queen’s Speech this May. A change in the law for this proposal will be needed, as two Acts of Parliament cover the ban at present.
Photography in court was banned under the Criminal Justice Act 1925, whereas section 9 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 disallows the use of tape recorders or sound recording equipment without the court’s permission. Furthermore, the 1981 act stipulates that publication of sound recordings taken in court will be treated as contempt. (more…)
Part IV: Interviews (II)
For the past three Wednesdays we have looked at how to write a CV, what to include in a covering letter and what is important to think about at an interview.
The last part of our ‘Back to Work’ blog series will look at how to prepare for unexpected and unconventional interview questions. We will also cover how interviewing techniques have changed over time. (more…)
The recent case of 21-year-old Swansea University student, Liam Stacey, jailed for 56 days for posting racist comments on his Twitter account, has highlighted the fact that users of this micro-blogging site can face legal consequences for the content of their posts.
Following the massive heart attack suffered by Fabrice Muamba during a football match last week, and the publicity surrounding that tragic event, Stacey tweeted several offensive comments about the Congolese-born Bolton Wanderers player. He was subsequently charged under the Crime and Disorder Act for making racially aggravated comments. (more…)
The video-game retailer ‘Game’ yesterday announced that more than 2,000 jobs will be cut as the company is going into administration. The company will now be managed by PwC, which has been appointed as administrator. This follows after the company’s shares stopped trading last week on the London Stock Exchange.
PwC saw no other option than shutting down close to 300 stores that were not bringing in sufficient cash flow. The remaining stores will operate as usual whilst PwC struggles with finding a buyer for the company. (more…)
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has had to back down over several of his spokespersons’ declarations yesterday, including one that said details of his private dinners with Conservative party donors would not be published.
The escalating row, regarding the degree of influence that might accompany large donations to the Conservative party, started when Conservative co-treasurer, Peter Cruddas, was forced to resign after being recorded by The Sunday Times newspaper claiming party donors could buy privileged access to Cameron for £250,000. (more…)
Simon Cowell, best-known for his role as judge on the television programme the X Factor, was left terrified on Saturday evening after he encountered a female burglar in his house.
Cowell is said to have heard a loud noise coming from his bathroom. When he went to investigate the cause of the nuisance he encountered a woman armed with a brick. (more…)
There is consternation from commentators and politicians regarding the implementation of UK abortion regulations, particularly those which cover doctors’ consent for the procedure. The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has now ordered a police inquiry into the matter after receiving results from an official investigation he instituted, carried out by the sector regulator – the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Newspapers are reporting that these results show that one in five abortion clinics may be breaking the law. The Abortion Act 1967, which covers England, Scotland and Wales, states that legal abortions can be carried out in specialised licensed clinics. (more…)