News story: Jeremy Wright and Margot James to meet with US tech giants to discuss a safer internet

first_imgSecretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright, and Digital Minister Margot James are visiting the US this week to discuss how leading tech companies need to take more responsibility in tackling online harms to make the internet safer.During the visit they will be talking to some of the world’s biggest technology firms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple.Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: The meeting comes ahead of the Government’s upcoming Internet Safety White Paper, which will set out how a range of online harms will be tackled, while respecting freedom of expression and promoting innovation.The visit to the US also follows on from the recently published Cairncross report on the future of journalism, which recommends placing a ‘news quality obligation’ on large online platforms to improve people’s understanding of the source and trustworthiness of news articles. Tackling disinformation will be part of discussions in the US this week. I remain a firm believer that technology has the power to do good and positively impact our society. But it is clear that things need to change. With power comes responsibility and the time has come for the tech companies to be properly accountable.last_img read more

Press release: Threat of legal action leads to payment of fine over Humber incident

first_imgOn the 14th June 2018, the Master of a Russian oil tanker was fined a total of £25761.99 at Hull Magistrates Court for breaching the International Safety Management (ISM) Code in a prosecution brought by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).The Russian-registered 85m long tanker Tecoil Polaris arrived at Humber Port on the evening of June 5 2018 to load lubricating oil. Concerns were raised about the master and crew’s competency as the vessel approached and berthed at Immingham Docks, Humber.As a result the vessel was inspected by MCA Inspectors on the morning of 6 June 2018. They found a catalogue of deficiencies in navigation and safety equipment, together with significant non-compliance with the ISM Code. The vessel was subsequently detained and its safety certificate cancelled.The Master of the vessel was subsequently prosecuted to an offence of breaching the ISM Code. Captain Vitaliy Trofimov pleaded guilty to the offence. He was fined £1400 and ordered to pay £24,361.99 in costs. The court ordered that fines and costs were to be paid within 56 days but a follow-up hearing about non-payment was due to be held today ( 28 February) at Hull Magistrates Court.However, all fines and costs were paid in full by 3.30pm on 27 February avoiding the potential seizure of the vessel in settlement of the debt.Captain Andrew Phillips, enforcement officer with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: ‘This sends out a clear message: if you don’t pay your fines and costs, we will come after you and we will – if we have to – use the law to seize your vessel or other assets to cover it.last_img read more

Press release: Update from SAGE: Delay phase modelling

first_imgThe Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) met yesterday and reviewed the latest numbers of cases in the UK, updated modelling, interventions made by other countries, and proposals for monitoring and modelling the outbreak as it advances.The two major objectives were reiterated – save lives and reduce the peak of the epidemic to reduce the very considerable pressure on the NHS. This means examining interventions that can flatten the curve and those which ensure those most at risk are shielded.The review of the new data showed that as anticipated the epidemic is progressing and on that basis SAGE advised the next planned effective interventions (shielding the vulnerable and household isolation) will need to be instituted soon.SAGE is examining models of further interventions. SAGE also agreed that in line with good scientific practice the modelling and data considered by SAGE in future will be published.Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said: We are dealing with a very fast moving epidemic with emerging data from many disciplines and many complex decisions. Scientists across the world are helping each other, governments and society to deal with this international emergencylast_img read more

Guidance: DHSC agreement of balances: accounting group

first_imgThis guidance is for DHSC group bodies such as NHS England and NHS Improvement.The agreement of balances process seeks to identify all income and expenditure, transactions, and payable and receivable balances that arise from the contracts for the provision of goods and services between DHSC group bodies.last_img

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

first_imgThe document brings together guidance for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England.It covers: personal protective equipment clinically extremely vulnerable people and care groups hospital discharge and testing government support for social care information collection and governance national lockdown: stay at home guidance, which provides information about what you can and cannot do, now that England is in a period of national lockdown COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers Please read this guidance with: The government has published the COVID-19 response – spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how restrictions will be eased over time.Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. Find out what you can and cannot do.last_img read more

Contract loss burdens Rowe’s employees

first_imgW.C.Rowe has announced that it will be making a number of redundancies following a major contract loss.The Penryn-based bakery firm was believed to be making around 40 members of staff redundant, with speculation surrounding the contract loss believed to be with a major supermarket chain, as previously reported in The Falmouth Packet.A company spokesperson was unable to confirm who the contract loss was with, but stated that less than 40 jobs would be affected by the move. Rowe’s currently employs around 500 staff and has 20 of its own retail outlets and six Asda concessions in the South West and south of England,Rowe’s released a statement, which said: “We can confirm that due to the loss of a significant production contract at our bakery on Kernick Industrial Estate in Penryn, we are currently in the process of realigning staff numbers to make sure they are in line with production volumes. We regret that this has lead to some redundancies from the Kernick site, which mainly produces our breads and sweet products.“As a proudly Cornish company of over 60 years we are committed to creating and maintaining local jobs. We currently employ over 500 people, mostly in Cornwall, therefore we have not taken any of these difficult decisions regarding redundancies lightly. We have redeployed a number of people to one of the growth areas of the business, namely our bakery on the Bickland Industrial Estate in Falmouth, which produces all of our pasties and other savoury products. We have ambitious growth plans for of this part of our business and hope to continue creating new local jobs.”The Cornish bakery set out a five-year development strategy last July, proposing to expand its manufacturing facilities and take over a new industrial unit on Bickland Industrial Estate.Alan Pearce, managing director of Rowe’s, told British Baker: “Expanding our production facilities is a key part of our five-year growth strategy. With the Cornish pasty being granted PGI status, we have a unique opportunity to increase the output of our genuine Cornish pasties, both for our own retail units in the south west and to our trade customers throughout the UK.last_img read more

New deadline for NAMB competition

first_imgThe deadline for entries to the National Association of Master Bakers’ (NAMB) upcoming bakery competition has been extended.The event takes place at the Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fair on Sunday, 7 April at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WorcestershireBakers now have until 4 April to enter the competition, which has three categories: celebration cake, traditional sponge sandwich and young trainee.The winner of the young trainee category will receive training at the Hobbs House Bakery, home to Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers – Tom and Henry Herbert.Other stage presentations taking place on the day include practical demonstrations led by Sandra Monger, Celebration Cake Maker of the Year 2012, and Dawn Foods.To register free for the event, visit www.bakersandbutchersfair.co.uk.To enter the competition see: http://www.bakersfair.co.uk/module/acms_paymentProcess?payment_process=60last_img read more

Morrisons makes “solid start” to new financial year

first_imgMorrisons today claimed it had made a “solid start” to its new financial year – despite posting a like-for-like sales decline of 1.8%.It said total sales had risen slightly by 0.8%, excluding fuel.During the quarter six further stores were opened including two Morrisons M locals and 80 convenience stores were added to the pipeline. They are on track to meet their target of having 100 convenience stores open by the end of the year, with 20 opening in the first half.The Fresh Format concept continues to be tailored to new and existing stores and will have been implemented in over 40% of the estate by the end of the current financial year.Dalton Philips, chief executive, said:  “Our promotions have been more innovative and we are explaining Morrisons points of difference more effectively.“These efforts were further reinforced by the horsemeat scandal which helped drive increasing customer recognition of Morrisons unique supply chain and approach to meat sourcing. They now understand the Morrisons is best placed to sell food that is what it says it is.”last_img read more

Sandwich firm on minimum wage shaming list

first_imgA sandwich firm is among 70 firms named and shamed by the government, which have failed to pay the minimum wage.Under the new naming regime, as part of a minimum wage crackdown, HMRC found that Mr S Partridge and Ms M Shead, trading as Cobblers Fine Sandwiches & Pastries, Wakefield, neglected to pay £1,003.83 to a worker.Stephen Partridge told British Baker that the situation came about after the company got confused between employing someone as part of an apprenticeship scheme or a youth contract scheme, after another company supplied them with the worker.Partridge said: “We emailed saying we would pay her £3 an hour and they never objected to that. It wasn’t until we sent out paperwork off that we were told it was wrong, we got confused between apprenticeship and contract money. Everything is settled now.”Between the 70 employers, the businesses owed workers a total of over £157,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £70,000.Business minister Jo Swinson said: “Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable. Naming and shaming gives a clear warning to employers who ignore the rules, that they will face reputational consequences, as well as financial penalties of up to £20,000, if they don’t pay the minimum wage.”We are legislating through the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill so that this penalty can be applied to each underpaid worker rather than per employer.“We are helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them as well as raising awareness to make sure workers are paid fairly in the first place.”Also on the list were two coffee shop businesses and two pizza companies.Workers union calls for actionGMB, the UK’s general workers union has since called for the named directors to be denied further directorships.It has also said that enforcement rules be changed so that trade unions can make complaints to HMRC on behalf of members.Martin Smith, GMB national organiser, said: “As part of the public disgracing for the firms named, GMB is calling for the directors of these companies to be placed on a ‘wage offenders register’ at Companies House and be deemed an unfit person to hold any further directorships.“We are expecting the recommendation from the Low Pay Commission any time now on the uprating of the national minimum wage from £6.50.“There is bucket-loads of evidence that an uplift of at least 50p per hour would help the low-paid and start to stimulate the economy and that all the big firms, including the retailers, can afford it.”The government has named 92 employers since the new naming regime came into force in October 2013. They had total arrears of over £316,000 and total penalties of over £111,000.last_img read more