The Met Office have issued a heatwave warning as temperatures in Liverpool are due to reach almost 30 degrees. Issued on Monday morning , the level 2 warning is valid until 6pm on Thursday and forecasters have warned that there is an 80% chance of heatwave conditions over the next few days. Many basked in 22 and 23 degrees C temperatures last weekend, with scores of people out enjoying the sunshine - particularly after England beat Panama 6-1. But it looks like it will be hotting up even further, with the mercury rising to above 30 degrees C in some places, as Britain will see its highest temperatures so far this year. Today the warm weather continues with 23 degrees C and sun and cloud expected throughout the day and a warm night is also in store at 20 degrees C. However tomorrow is when the heatwave really kicks in, with temperatures climbing to 28 degrees C - reaching their peak at around 2pm. But what exactly is a heatwave? According to Manchester Evening News , this is what you … [Read more...] about What does a heatwave warning from the Met Office actually mean?
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We're officially in the midst of a heatwave - and most of us are loving it. But for people who are not fortunate enough to work somewhere that's air conditioned, things can get a little uncomfortable. So we've had a look at what the law says about people working in hot conditions. Although The Health and Safety Executive have not given a maximum or minimum temperature for the workplace as some places always have very high temperatures – such as glass works and foundries. But, for those who don't work in those kind of conditions, here is what they have said about how hot is too hot to work. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 lay down particular requirements for most aspects of the working environment. Regulation 7 deals specifically with the temperature in indoor workplaces and states that: 'During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.' The meaning of 'reasonable', of course, would be very different … [Read more...] about Too hot to work? How hot it can get before you can stop working
There isn't actually a legally defined maximum or minimum temperature for the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive, who issue the guidelines, say this would be unreasonable as some workplaces can expect very high temperatures - for example glass works and foundries. But assuming you DON'T work in a glass works or a foundry, here's what they have to say... The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 lay down particular requirements for most aspects of the working environment. Regulation 7 deals specifically with the temperature in indoor workplaces and states that: ‘During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.’ The meaning of 'reasonable', of course, would be very different on a market stall to in a bakery. The law does say that if 'a significant number of employees are complaining about thermal discomfort' then it's the employer's responsibility to carry out a risk assessment, and act on its results. … [Read more...] about How hot does it have to be to leave work?
The detention and release of anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder in Spain has again cast an unfavourable spotlight on Russia. Police in Madrid picked up Mr Browder on a warrant issued by Russia before setting him free on the advice of Interpol's secretary general Jurgen Stock in Lyon, France. The former investment fund boss, born in Chicago but of British nationality, believes he was detained by order of the Kremlin on false tax evasion accusations as revenge for his work with US Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act. Read more Putin critic Browder detained in Spain after Russian arrest warrant But what is that law and how does it relate to President Vladimir Putin? The Russia and Modova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnistsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 takes its shortened name from Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered a tangled web of tax fraud in 2008 involving 23 companies and $230m linked to high-ranking officials … [Read more...] about What is the Magnitsky Act and how does it relate to a British anti-corruption campaigner’s arrest in Spain?
Recently, households all over Switzerland received bulky envelopes stuffed with ballot papers and information about the country's upcoming referendum. This is a regular occurrence in Switzerland where direct democracy is a key feature of the political landscape. But how does the process work? Who can vote? And how are the issues to be voted on chosen? Here we take a look at the key features of the Swiss system where supreme sovereignty resides with the people. How often do referendums take place? Swiss people vote in referendums up to four times a year. They vote on around 15 federal proposals and also cast their ballot on issues affecting individual cantons at the same time. Who can vote? All Swiss citizens aged 18 or over can vote, including Swiss citizens registered as living abroad. Around 5.3 million voters are eligible to take part in the next vote set for June 10th. That is a little under two thirds of all people living in Switzerland. A French-language government … [Read more...] about How Switzerland’s direct democracy system works