Jimmy Savile Compensation Claims Begin [15th Oct 2012]
It has been revealed that a number of women who were allegedly abused by Jimmy Savile are taking a case for compensation against the BBC and Stoke Mandeville Hospital to court. A personal injury lawyer, Liz Dux has said that she has been contacted by a number of the women involved who want to sue. She will be alleging that the BBC and the hospital failed in their duty of care to these women when they were very young. She claims that the institutions could be vicariously liable for the actions of the TV presenter and radio personality. This case would be further strengthened by the fact that some people had suspicions about Savile's behaviour. Dux feels that she has a good chance of success because the stories have been corroborated, each story is similar and there are witnesses. All she needs to prove is that Savile was working as an agent for the BBC to make the BBC liable. Child abuse cases are not hampered by the usual three year cut off for legal action.
Jimmy Savile's alleged victims set to sue BBC And Stoke Mandeville hospital - www.guardian.co.uk
Savile abuse claims span six decades - www.independent.co.uk
O2 mobile customers have once again been hit by an outage of service which lasted for one day for many but extended into three days for others. The company has said that the technical issue which meant that 10% of their customers were unable to make or receive calls, texts or access Internet data has been resolved. However many customers are still complaining of a poor service. O2 have said that there was a backlog of people getting back onto servers since the problem was fixed. Customers were told to switch off their phone and turn it back on again. The company has been asked if it will be compensating their customers for the outage, as they did the last time this happened. They have said that there will be no compensation package offered in this case and that at the moment their priority was getting everyone back into full service. Despite these issues, O2 is one of the public's favourite mobile operators with the least number of complaints according to Ofcom.
O2 apologises for mobile service outage - www.guardian.co.uk
O2 outage enters fourth day for a small number of customers - www.mobilenewscwp.co.uk
A proposed cull of badgers has been branded as mindless by top UK animal disease scientists despite the fact that the government is wanting it to go ahead, not least to cut down on the amount of compensation they are paying to farmers for cattle with TB. In 2011 there were 26,000 cattle killed because of infection with TB which is carried by badgers. This cost £90m in compensation. In it thought that this cost could be reduced by up to 16% with an intensive and widespread cull over many years. However scientists are claiming that one third of the badger population could be killed despite there being no evidence to suggest that this would mean fewer cattle being infected. A spokesperson from Defra has said that their evidence shows that the right sort of culling can reduce the spread of the disease and they have done trials to show this. However experts have pointed out that culling badgers just leads to higher proportion having the disease and could even lead to the death of infant badgers because lactating mothers have been targeted.
Badger cull mindless say scientists - www.guardian.co.uk
Badger cull is costly and mindless say top scientists - www.theweek.co.uk
A police dog handler who was separated from her dog due to her pregnancy has received £9,000 in compensation plus overtime payments due to her hurt feelings. Katherine Keohane had trained the dog and was separated from it when it was put to work with another officer while she was pregnant. There had been concerns that the dog had not worked at all during her last pregnancy and had stayed at home with her during her maternity leave. The police claimed that the dog was a valuable resource and that they had a shortage of dogs at the time. Keohane sued for pregnancy discrimination and hurt feelings and she had fears that this may have affected her future earning potential. The Taxpayer Alliance has hit out at the compensation ruling and point out that a police dog is not a pet, but should be treated as a resource. They suggest that this payment is undermining the hard work of other officers. Keohane was given another dog to use during her pregnancy. It was suggested that changes to flexible working conditions were used as an excuse to take the first dog from her.
£11,000 for pregnant officer after police dog taken away - www.metro.co.uk
Police handler Katherine Keohane - www.ibtimes.co.uk
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