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Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Business
A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for freelance workers.Gary Smith had worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years.Despite being VAT-registered and paying self-employed tax, he was entitled to workers' rights, the court ruled. The ruling will be closely read by others with similar disputes, many of whom work for firms in the so-called gig economy.An employment tribunal was "entitled to conclude" that Mr Smith was a worker, the court ruled.As a worker Mr Smith would be entitled to employment rights, such as holiday and sick pay.The Supreme Court ruling means that an employment tribunal can now proceed to examine his action against Pimlico Plumbers...
World Cup 2018: Frank Lampard says he is against the use of VAR at this summer's tournament

World Cup 2018: Frank Lampard says he is against the use of VAR at this summer's tournament

Sports
Frank Lampard has claimed VAR should not be used at this summer’s World Cup because football has "not got it nailed down yet".Lampard, who had a goal disallowed in England’s last-16 defeat to Germany in 2010, believes the new system is not fit for purpose at present. The former England midfielder and newly-appointed Derby boss said: “Goalline technology was a no brainer with that goal of mine. "But VAR is going to be a huge discussion point. It’s too early. We’ve not got it nailed down yet. "Different refs in different countries are having problems. We are not using it in the Premier League. "I just think we’re going to cause ourselves problems in the most important football tournament in the world. "I didn’t see it needing to be rushed. "The last ...
NIH study suggests opioid therapy not effective against chronic pain

NIH study suggests opioid therapy not effective against chronic pain

Health
May 25 (UPI) -- Opioid therapy may not always be effective against chronic pain and could lead to depression, according to a National Institutes of Health Study. The study was conducted by the NIH in collaboration with Montreal's McGill University and published Thursday in the medical journal Pain. Using laboratory rats, the research suggests that pain-induced changes in the brain's opioid receptor system can limit the effectiveness of therapy with the drugs. The study also demonstrates the impact of chronic pain on the brain and its relationship to depression. "We know that people with chronic pain have reduced availability of opioid receptors, the molecules opioid drugs bind to, in the brain," Dr. Mark Pitcher, a researcher at NIH and an author of the study, said in a press release. "W...
Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

Health
Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo's health minister announced. "The vaccination campaign begins tomorrow, Monday, in Mbandaka, capital of the province. It will target, first, the health staff, the contacts of the sick and the contacts of the contacts," Minister of Health Oly Ilunga told The Associated Press Sunday. The death toll of the current Ebola outbreak has risen to 26. Initially, the campaign will target 600 people, mainly medical staff, contacts of suspected cases, and those who have been in contact with the contacts, said Ilunga. Officials are working urgently to prevent the disease from spreading beyond Mbandaka, which lies on the Congo...
The case against the AT&T-Time Warner deal has gone badly

The case against the AT&T-Time Warner deal has gone badly

Finance
NEAR the end of the antitrust trial over AT&T’s $ 109bn acquisition of Time Warner, Richard Leon, the presiding judge, asked Randall Stephenson, chief executive of AT&T, what the pay-television market would look like in seven years’ time. Mr Stephenson mused in his folksy Oklahoma drawl that seven years ago his predictions for today would have missed “so hard” when it came to the decline of pay-TV and the rise of competition from Silicon Valley.The exchange sounds self-deprecating but it highlighted what AT&T argued was a crucial weakness in the government’s case. The Department of Justice, which is seeking to block the deal, has chiefly looked back to the past, not forward to a video and advertising market increasingly shaped by Netflix, Google an...