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Uttar Pradesh police recruitment exam paper ‘leaked’

first_imgOnline examinations for the recruitment of police sub-inspectors in Uttar Pradesh were cancelled on Tuesday after the question papers were allegedly leaked.Director General of Police, Sulk Singh, directed the Special Task Force, that deals with organized crime, to probe the lapse.Expert teams have also been instructed to assist the STF in the probe, a police spokesperson said.The UP Police Recruitment and Promotion Board (UPPRPB) had scheduled online examinations for police recruitment from July 17 to July 31 across various centres in U.P.However, on Monday night several online users complained to the State government and police that the papers were allegedly leaked on social media.Looking into the matter, an additional secretary of the UPPRPB, that conducts the tests, issued a statement late on Monday informing candidates that the exams scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday have been cancelled due to “unavoidable technical reasons” till further notice.On Tuesday, the Board decided to cancel the entire process of recruitment, from July 17 to July 31, saying that reports of a leak had been brought to its notice.”The entire recruitment test process has been cancelled to maintain the propriety, fairness and transparency of the examination,” the Board said.Mr. Singh has directed the police recruitment board to register an FIR in the case.Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order, said the system of the agency had been “compromised”.”The Board informed us that the system of the agency, whose name we cannot disclose for confidential reasons, was reportedly hacked,” Mr. Kumar said.A case is expected to be registered at the cyber crime thana in Lucknow.The Board said it would inform candidates about the re-scheduled examinations through SMS and email soon, while the admission letter would be available for download on the Board’s website.The exams were being held to fill more than 3,200 posts and over a lakh candidates had applied.In its recent first budget, the Yogi Adityanath government in UP promised to recruit 33,000 police personnel, including 3,200 sub-inspectors. Over the next five years, the BJP government in the State has set itself a target of recruiting 1.25 lakh police personnel.UP, the most-populated state in the country with over 20 crore people, has a short-staffed police force with only 1,62, 783 police personnel. Last year, the Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) had lambasted the State government, then under the Samajwadi Party, for not doing enough to address the acute shortage of police personnel.For every lakh citizens, UP has only 81 policemen even as the sanctioned strength should have been 178. The national average is 136.42, which is way below the global standards.last_img read more

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7 railway staff suspended after train rolls down without engine in Odisha’s Titlagarh

first_imgSeven railway staff were suspended in connection with the lapses that led to the coaches of an Express train to travel a few km without engine in Odisha, a railway official said on April 8. While five railway staff were placed under suspension on Sunday morning, two had been suspended soon after the coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri Express rolled down at Titlagarh in Balangir district after detachment of engine on Saturday night, he said. The suspended staff included two engine drivers, three carriage repairing staff and two operating department employees, an East Coast Railway (ECoR) spokesman said.A possible disaster was averted after Ahmedabad-Puri Express train with 22 coaches rolled down without engine. The coaches travelled from Titlagarh station in Balangir district towards Kesinga in Kalahandi district after the engine was detached to be attached at the other end. All passengers were safe and the coaches were stopped by alert staff by putting stones and bringing the train to a halt, the spokesman said, adding the section from Titlagarh towards Kesinga has a downward slope.The incident happened apparently due to non-application of skid-brake on the wheels of the coaches by the staff deployed there. According to rules, the staff should have put the skids. “When engine is detached to be attached at the other end, coaches should be secured with skids at the wheels. In this case, it appears that skids were not placed properly. Facts will be known after detailed enquiry,” he said. DRM Sambalpur Jaideep Gupta has ordered a senior officer-level probe consisting of divisional heads of different departments. Soon after the incident, an engine was sent from Titlagarh to ferry the coaches, he said. ECoR General Manager Umesh Singh has sought immediate corrective action and stringent action in the incident. Strictest action will be initiated against any negligent act endangering safety of trains. Safety is non-negotiable and cannot be compromised with. Any Railway employee found guilty will be taken up severely, Singh said. In the wake of the incident, Chief Safety Officer of ECoR S.S.Mishra has advised a special safety drive at all stations in East Coast where engine reversal of mail and express trains takes place and also at terminals where trains terminate. Some of these stations are Talcher, Bhadrakh, Angul, Paradip, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri and Sambalpur.last_img read more

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Academy meeting on risky virus studies struggles to find common ground

first_imgScientists who met in Washington, D.C., earlier this week to debate the risks and benefits of dangerous virus experiments found little to agree on, except for two points: A moratorium on U.S. funding for certain experiments should probably not cover studies of the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), a novel virus infecting people in the Middle East; and both sides worried that the U.S. government’s plans to quantify the risks and benefits of these experiments in the next 6 months seems unrealistic.The 2-day meeting at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences is one step in a yearlong review that the U.S. government launched after imposing the research moratorium in October. Officials were responding to a debate about studies that modify the H5N1 avian flu and other risky flu strains to spread among ferrets, potentially making the bird viruses more dangerous to humans. Several accidents this year in federal high-containment labs heightened concerns that such gain-of-function (GOF) studies could result in a dangerous virus escaping the lab and touching off a pandemic. The ban is much broader, however: It covers about 18 projects on influenza, MERS, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) viruses that make these respiratory viruses more pathogenic or likely to spread in mammals.Former Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg, who chaired the symposium committee, compared the polarized debate over the GOF flu studies to the movie Groundhog Day, in which the main character wakes up and relives the same day over and over. 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But a few new voices chimed in. For example, Philip Dormitzer of Novartis Vaccines in Cambridge, Massachusetts, rebutted claims that vaccine manufacturers are not interested in the H5N1 studies. Such GOF studies can point to mutations that increase a virus’s fitness and therefore should not be included in a vaccine strain, Dormitzer said: “I do see potential utility.”And influenza researcher Robert Lamb of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, disputed claims by Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch that researchers studying risky bird flu viruses could substitute safer experiments, for example by using low-risk flu strains and doing modeling studies. To understand pathogenicity, “I don’t see any alternative to doing the ferret experiments,” Lamb said. Like Dormitzer, though, he said the benefits must be weighed against risks.Other speakers defended GOF studies of MERS and SARS coronaviruses. Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and others argued that their attempts to adapt the MERS virus to mice in order to develop an animal model for the virus are crucial for vaccine and drug studies. Nobody is attempting to alter the virus in ways that would make it spread more easily among people, which would be difficult to do, they said. Because of the ongoing MERS epidemic, “it is critical” that the funding ban be lifted for MERS, Baric said. At least one prominent voice on the anti-GOF side was convinced: Including coronaviruses in the ban “has muddied the waters. … Let’s take it out,” said Peter Hale of the Foundation for Vaccine Research in Washington, D.C.Baric and others also worried that the pause will have a chilling effect on young virologists. An online survey advertised on social media in the 2 days before the meeting by virologist Julie Pfeiffer of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found reason for concern. Of 126 virology students and postdocs who responded, 37% said the debate had made them less likely to study influenza, MER, or SARs. And 53% have changed or are thinking about changing their research plans.The symposium is supposed to feed into a broad risk-benefit analysis of GOF studies conducted by a contractor (see description here). The goal is to have the study completed in time to allow federal officials to develop a new policy for GOF studies and lift the moratorium by October 2015. But participants on both sides at the symposium worried that this plan seems rushed. Risk analysis expert Baruch Fischhoff of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, told ScienceInsider that it is not possible to do a quantitative analysis that quickly. “Somebody may need to use the numbers for political cover, but it will be meaningless,” he said.last_img read more

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Amarinder seeks WB support for shifting to alternative crops

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought the World Bank’s technological and financial support to help the State’s farmers shift from the conventional wheat-paddy cycle to a diversified cropping pattern, aimed at income enhancement and water conservation.At a meeting with a World Bank delegation, led by Dr. Juergen Voegele, Global Director, Agriculture and Water, the Chief Minister said that encouraged by the State government’s programmes, many farmers were adopting alternative crops by shunning wheat and paddy cultivation. “They need technological and financial support, which the World Bank could provide,” he said.Capt. Amarinder directed the State agriculture department to come out with a blueprint of crop diversification and ground water saving projects for submission to the World Bank, for their technological and financial support.During the meeting, which focused on the critical issues of crop diversification to enhance farmers’ income and check water depletion, the Chief Minister also urged the World Bank to provide support for promotion of fruit and livestock exports in Punjab, as it had done in Uzbekistan.Farm subsidiesHe mooted decoupling of farm subsidies from production, and underlined the need for an efficient marketing mechanism to incentivise farmers towards crop diversification, and said the World Bank could support the State government’s programmes in this regard. He also stressed the importance of enlargement of the existing farm support mechanism, for which procurement of alternative crops such as maize, cotton and sugarcane by the Union government at the minimum support price was vital, he said.The issue of stubble burning also came up during the meeting and the Chief Minister said the farmers needed to be incentivise through cost compensation by the central government to make the campaign against the harmful practice a success.Mr. Voegele, according to the Punjab government’s statement, lauded the State’s initiatives like ‘Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao’ and assured the Chief Minister of full support from the World Bank in his efforts towards crop diversification and water conservation.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Ayodhya split on predictable lines

first_imgThe Supreme Court verdict on the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi land dispute has left the people of Ayodhya divided on predictable lines. The Hindu populace celebrated the order but it triggered a sense of dejection among the Muslim community of Faizabad-Ayodhya.The contrasting moods could be gauged as one walked through the different localities of the heavily guarded district on Saturday.The Hindu population of the town and district welcomed the judgment as vindication of their religious beliefs and expressed the hope that the construction of a Ram temple would augur a new wave of development. The minority community, while honouring the court decision, felt it had failed to deliver justice to them.A home for Ram LallaIn the vicinity of the disputed site, several members of the Hindu community rejoiced in the streets, chanting “Jai Shri Ram!” and distributed sweets. Ramji Nigam, who has a shoe shop near the Hanuman Garhi temple, burst into cheers as soon as the verdict flashed on his TV screen. “All of Ayodhya’s troubles will now disappear,” he said. “Justice has happened.”Prakash Gaud,who sells puja items near the makeshift Ram temple, said, a Ram Mandir would provide a big boost to business. “More people will now start coming to Ayodhya. I feel personally happy too. Now Ram Lalla will move from a tent to his rightful palace,” he said.As most of the areas in the vicinity of the disputed site were barricaded and vehicle entry barred, the civilian presence was noticeably thin. However, darshan (paying obeisance) went on as usual at the main temples with devotees trickling in through the day.Several Hindus, while expressing satisfaction at the verdict, also felt it was a sensible to award an alternate land to the Muslim side.Across town, the Purani Sabzi Mandi, a densely-populated locality in the heart of Faizabad wore a deserted look with Muslims preferring to keep their shops and stores shut as a precaution. The feast to be organised on the occasion of Barawafat (the birthday of Prophet Mohammad) on Sunday was cancelled as a gesture of mourning.Mohammad Ahmed, a clothes trader, was one of the few persons walking around the empty and silent lanes. While expressing disappointment at the verdict, he, however, said it came with the bargain of peace. “If the decision was other way round, there would have been a lot of bloodshed,” he reasoned.Mohammad Shariq, who owns a lock shop in Raqabganj, said the verdict was based on “faith” rather than a title suit but accepted it as a reality of being a member of a ‘minority’.“The moment I heard on the television that five acres would be given to Muslims for a mosque, I shut the news. Tears rolled down my face,” Mr. Shariq said. Like many Muslims The Hindu spoke to, Mr. Shariq also said the court case about the land where the Babri Masjid stood till December 6, 1992, was a matter of “justice” and not religion for them. They argued that if the apex court had divided the disputed land equally between the two main sides, that would have been more acceptable to them.last_img read more

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Kevin Roberts to succeed James Sutherland as Cricket Australia CEO

first_imgKevin Roberts, the face of Cricket Australia during toxic negotiations for a new pay deal with players, will succeed long-serving James Sutherland as the board’s CEO later this month.A former first class batsman for New South Wales with a strong corporate background, the 46-year-old Roberts has been Sutherland’s deputy for a number of years since joining the CA board as an independent director in 2012.Roberts beat out a number of credentialled candidates, including board director John Harnden, who organised the successful 2015 World Cup co-hosted with New Zealand, and former New South Wales cricket chairman John Warn.He takes over CA at a sensitive time, amid reviews into the board’s governance and the culture of the men’s team whose reputation was left in tatters by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.A former Adidas executive, Roberts is best known to the public as CA’s lead negotiator in pay talks with players that grew increasingly poisoned and led to the boycott of a tour last year.CA’s insistence on ending a 20-year revenue-sharing model proved a colossal miscalculation, and players ended up refusing to deal with Roberts.They were only coaxed back to the table once Sutherland joined the talks late and agreed to continue the revenue-share.Roberts told a media conference in Melbourne on Wednesday that he would be paying players’ union boss Alistair Nicholson “the respect” of a phone call later in the day.But he added that plenty of relationship-building had already been occurring behind the scenes.”There’s no doubt it was a challenging situation,” he said of the pay dispute.advertisement”But we move forward, we learn and we make commitments as to how we grow the game and how we develop relationships.”I’ll head up to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) to meet with the Australian men’s team and coaching staff and also catch up with the women’s team,” he added.Tim Paine-captained Australia are set to play Pakistan in a two-test series in the Gulf nation starting next week.The Australian Cricketers’ Association said its chairman Greg Dyer wished Roberts well on his appointment but his comments suggested lingering distrust between players and the board.”This is a critical time for Australian cricket,” Dyer said in a statement.”The cricket public need to reconnect with the game and this will begin with CA being open, fair and transparent in order to regain their trust.”The on and off field events of the past 18 months have created an expectation that a number of things will need to change.”Just as the players have been held accountable, we also expect that CA will be fully accountable in taking the difficult steps required to restore the reputation of the game.”Sutherland, in charge since 2001, announced in June that he had given CA a year’s notice of his intention to step down but Roberts will formally take over the role later this month when confirmed at the board’s annual general meeting.Roberts will have big shoes to fill, with Sutherland having helped turn the game into a commercial powerhouse in one of the world’s most crowded sports markets, securing a string of lucrative broadcast deals and ushering in the popular Twenty20 ‘Big Bash’ league in 2011.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Heroes to many Support offered to Humboldt students after bus crash kills

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – Attention in the Saskatchewan town where 15 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team were killed in a bus crash is turning to supporting students as they return to school without some of their classmates.Kevin Garinger, director of education for the Horizon School Division and president of the Broncos, said schools were closed Monday after the junior hockey team’s bus collided with a semi truck northeast of Saskatoon on Friday.Classes resumed Tuesday but Garinger says the focus will be on the well-being of students and staff rather than the daily curriculum.Five of the junior hockey players were students and three others were former students, he said. Some teachers and staff even billeted the players, he said.“These were our kids,” Garinger said, choking back tears. “These athletes are and were heroes to many and, in them, our students see shining examples of the young adults and athletes they’re dreaming of growing up to be.”He says a crisis response team is in place and counselling is being offered to anyone who needs it.“In the days to come, our students will require a great deal of support and love to cope with this loss,” Garinger said. “None of us are alone.”The school division will continually assess the needs of the community and shift the focus accordingly.“We haven’t determined how long these supports will need to be here,” said Greg Chatlin, director of education for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. “I do anticipate that we will need to be present for quite some time.“The gravity of the wounds varies from student to student. Some have lost a local hero. Some have lost a classmate, a friend, a neighbour, while closer still, some have lost a brother, a son or a father.”The Broncos junior team was heading to Nipawin on Friday when the crash occurred at an intersection north of Tisdale, Sask. RCMP say 15 people died in the crash and 14 were injured.As of Monday, two people had been released from hospital and, of the dozen that remained, four were listed in critical condition.Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice apologized Monday after authorities mixed up the identities of one of the deceased and one of the survivors in the crash.The coroner’s office mistook the body of 18-year-old goalie Parker Tobin for that of Xavier Labelle. Labelle is injured but alive, and Tobin is among those who died. Both families have asked for privacy while they are “grieving together.”Premier Scott Moe apologized for the mix-up Tuesday and said the province will take whatever recommendations come out of the various reviews and investigations taking place.“I don’t know how you could ever prepare for something of this proportion, of this scope of this accident, the severity of this accident and I apologize unreservedly for what happened.”last_img read more

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The Hollywood Reporter 100 The Most Powerful People in Entertainment 2018

first_imgAfter stumbles including 2017’s Geostorm, Ellison’s banner landed another hit with Mission: Impossible — Fallout, which saw a franchise-high $61.5 million domestic debut in July and has earned $761 million worldwide. Ellison, 35, is staying in the Tom Cruise business with the Top Gun sequel and has teamed with Netflix on 6 Underground.WHEN I WANT TO TRULY UNPLUG, I … “Go flying.”THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “Time with friends and family.”I’M STILL INTIMIDATED BY Bill ClintonWHAT’S USUALLY PLAYING IN MY CAR “Country music.”IF I COULD STEAL ANYONE’S ROLODEX … David GeffenTHE NICEST PERSON IN HOLLYWOOD IS … “The memory of Tom Sherak.” 97 – Jon M. Chu – Director/producer ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Advertisement 94 – Michael B. Jordan – Actor/producerMichael B. Jordan (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) In 2017, the 56-year-old had double flops with American Made and The Mummy, but Mission: Impossible — Fallout and its franchise-best $761 million haul put him back in the action hero cockpit — a handy place to be for 2020’s Top Gun: Maverick. Advertisement Login/Register With: Clockwise from top left: Bob Iger, Tiffany Haddish, Jon M. Chu, Donald Glover, Channing Dungey and Ryan Reynolds Farrow earned his place on this list by rewriting its highest ranks: His persistence in bringing to light accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct by Hollywood titans has set off an industry earthquake, earning him hero status and media stardom (including a multi-doc deal at HBO), not to mention awards (no less than a Pulitzer, along with Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, for reporting that uncovered decades of predation by Harvey Weinstein, spurring the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements). His first report about Leslie Moonves in July, detailing accusations of misconduct and retaliation by the CBS chief, was a body blow. His second, containing far more serious allegations, served to dispatch one of the most powerful execs in media. And Farrow, 30, is not done; his book Catch and Kill will detail just how far the powerful will go to silence and terrorize victims.MY FOCUS FOR 2019 “I can barely think past my next deadline, please stop stressing me out with this 2019 talk.”THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “Hopefully, increasingly: impunity.”WHEN I WANT TO TRULY UNPLUG, I … “Lose terribly at Mario Kart.”99 – Elisabeth Moss – Actor/producerElisabeth Moss (Austin Hargrave)Thanks to a portfolio that includes Mad Men, Top of the Lake and The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she is two-time 2017 Emmy winner and a hands-on producer, Moss, 36, has become the undisputed “Queen of Peak TV.” Now, she’s leveraging that status into film roles (see her forthcoming mob drama The Kitchen, opposite Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy) and TV passion projects (Hulu’s already released dance doc, Ballet Now).FICTIONAL CHARACTER I IDENTIFY WITH  “Any Salinger character.”THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU  “More sleep.”WHAT’S USUALLY PLAYING IN MY CAR  “Max Richter or Rihanna.”I’M STARSTRUCK BY Ann DowdWHEN I WANT TO TRULY UNPLUG, I … “Watch The Office or anything by Armando Iannucci.” He took on his first villain role in Marvel’s Black Panther ($1.3 billion worldwide) and reprises his Adonis Johnson for Warner Bros.’ Creed II (Nov. 21), but the 31-year-old also is taking the lead as a change agent, working with WarnerMedia on the creation of its companywide inclusion policy. His film Just Mercy (he’ll star and produce) will be the first project made under the new policy.THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “Satisfaction. That comes from taking the power you have and using it to empower others.”IF I COULD STEAL ANYONE’S ROLODEX … Barack ObamaWHEN I WANT TO TRULY UNPLUG, I … “Travel. But more on a realistic day-to-day level, I’ll play a video game to unwind and clear my head.”THE NICEST PERSON IN HOLLYWOOD IS … Will Smith 95 – Joe and Anthony Russo – Filmmakers/principalsJoe and Anthony Russo (Desiree Navarro/Getty Images) Profiles written by Paul Bond, Rebecca Ford, Stephen Galloway, Mia Galuppo, Lesley Goldberg, Marisa Guthrie, Natalie Jarvey, Gregg Kilday, Borys Kit, Pamela McClintock, Michael O’Connell, Lacey Rose, Bryn Elise Sandberg, Tatiana Siegel, Rebecca Sun and Benjamin Svetkey.100 – Ronan Farrow – JournalistRonan Farrow (Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Newscom) Facebook Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger remains the most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. But his dominance is one of the few things that hasn’t changed since THR published 2017’s list of Hollywood’s most influential figures. Along with Disney-Fox, 2018 saw AT&T win a judge’s blessing to acquire Time Warner, spawning new entity WarnerMedia — whose chief, John Stankey, arrives at No. 4. There were the milestones: Filmmakers Ryan Coogler (No. 93) and Jon M. Chu (No. 97) brought inclusive movies to the multiplex, smashing records along the way. And there are the movements: #MeToo and Time’s Up drove a reckoning. Out of work, and off the THR 100, are John Lasseter, Roy Price, Brett Ratner and, just this month, Leslie Moonves. His spot has gone to Ronan Farrow, whose reporting took the CBS chief down.Along with Farrow, there are 34 people making their first appearance on the THR 100, many of them female and diverse — including stars (summer 2017 breakout Tiffany Haddish, No. 79), producers (LeBron James, No. 75), execs (Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura, No. 9) and creators (Kenya Barris, No. 81). White men still make up 70 percent of this list — but the sands are shifting, more rapidly and more unpredictably than ever, as THR takes stock of Hollywood power now. Jon M. Chu (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Even as they jump into the next Avengers movie (Infinity War will likely be 2018’s highest grosser), Joe, 47, and Anthony, 48, are pouring attention on AGBO — their Huayi Brothers Media-backed studio shoots Chris Hemsworth thriller Dhaka this fall. They’re prepping the release of Assassination Nation (which AGBO and Neon bought at Sundance) and developing an international TV event series for Amazon.THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “Empathy.”IF I COULD STEAL ANYONE’S ROLODEX … “Hildaur Neilson [inventor of the rolodex].”WE’RE STILL INTIMIDATED BY “The guy in the booth at Gate 4 at Warner Bros.”THE NICEST PERSON IN HOLLYWOOD IS … “The other guy in the booth at Gate 4 at Warner Bros. (Note: Hope this doesn’t cause any complications for the guys in the booth at Gate 4 at Warner Bros.)” Methodology: During a months-long process, editors compiled the THR 100 based on the size and reach of a person’s purview, the success of his or her projects since 2017’s list, the power to get a project made (company ownership helps) and the ineffables: heat, clout and intangible indicators of influence gleaned from conversations with top insiders (not to mention THR’s daily reporting). Advertisement Riding high on his record-breaking Warner Bros.’ romcom Crazy Rich Asians($188 million), he’ll next direct the adaptation of In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical. Chu, 38, is also set to direct and exec produce a series inspired by 11-year-old investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak for Apple.I’M STARSTRUCK BY “Lin-Manuel Miranda. I should get over it since we are working together, but I still talk like an idiot around him because I’m so distracted by his aura.”SOMEONE IN THE INDUSTRY WHO HAS MORE POWER THAN PEOPLE MIGHT EXPECT “Twitter has more power than people might expect because it’s not just fanboys complaining about what they want in the next comic book movie; it’s our whole culture demanding what we want from the movie industry itself. The movements that have begun through social media have changed the whole landscape of movies and our business in the past several years, and it’s only gaining momentum.”THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “True love and true friends.”WHAT’S USUALLY PLAYING IN MY CAR “Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, or some bad best of the ’90s mix.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 98 – David Ellison – CEO, SkydanceDavid Ellison (Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images) 96 – Tom Cruise – Actor/producerTom Cruise (Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images) Twitterlast_img read more

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Antarctic fragility a reminder of importance of success in Copenhagen – Ban

1 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged action on two fronts ahead of next week’s United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen as he marked the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty and commended European ministers for their work with the UN. In a video address, the Secretary-General said that international cooperation in and for Antarctica provides an example for all. The Antarctic Treaty, signed by 47 countries, set aside the continent as a scientific preserve, established freedom of scientific investigation and banned military activity. “I urge you to do your part to ensure that this month’s conference in Copenhagen lays the foundation for a legally binding climate treaty,” said the Secretary-General.“Commercial activities, in particular unsustainable fishing, adverse impacts of tourism and biological prospecting, could jeopardize the integrity of the fragile Antarctic ecosystem. But the greatest threat is climate change,” he added.Meanwhile, at the ministerial council meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Athens, the Secretary-General called the bloc “an invaluable partner of the United Nations” and urged ministers to do their part to make Copenhagen a success. “I look forward to new initiatives emanating from the long-standing cooperation among the OSCE, the UN Environmental Programme, the UN Development Programme and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), under the umbrella of the Environment and Security Initiative.” In a statement delivered on his behalf by Ján Kubiš, Executive Secretary of UNECE, the Secretary-General added that the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia works with the OSCE to tackle climate change and manage shared resources, such as water.“The relationship between the OSCE and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has continued to be exemplary. By joining forces to promote cross-border economic and environmental cooperation, the two are addressing a variety of socio-economic drivers of potential conflict,” the statement read. read more

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Proponents behind Northern Gateway ask for threeyear extension

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Proponents behind Northern Gateway ask for three-year extension by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2016 10:15 am MDT CALGARY – The proponents behind the Northern Gateway pipeline are asking the National Energy Board for three more years to start building the controversial project.Northern Gateway and 31 aboriginal equity partners say they need the time to secure legal and regulatory certainty and continue consultations with First Nations and Metis communities.Currently, Enbridge is required to start construction by the end of this year as one of the 209 conditions attached to the 2014 federal approval of the project.The $6.5 billion pipeline would carry an average of 525,000 barrels of oil from near Edmonton to the deepwater port of Kitimat, B.C., and help open up Alberta oilsands crude to international markets.The pipeline has faced stiff opposition from some First Nations groups and others who have voice environmental concerns about the project.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to formalizing a ban on tanker traffic on B.C.’s north coast that some say could derail the project. read more

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Comeback effort falls short as OSU falls to Penn State 42

Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate during a 4-1 win against Rutgers on Oct. 25, 2014, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team headed to University Park fresh off the heels of its first win of the season, a 1-0 victory at home against the Northwestern Wildcats where they dominated possession. They looked to carry that momentum with them as they took on Penn State on Tuesday night, but fell shortThe Nittany Lions quickly brought the Buckeyes back to reality, scoring on their very first shot in the first minute of the game en route to a 4-2 victory over OSU.The game was a tale of two very different halves, the first of which was all Penn State.Just 47 seconds into the match, the Nittany Lions were able to find the back of the net on a shot by senior midfielder Mason Klerks from 19 yards out on an assist from senior forward Connor Maloney.Both Klerks and Maloney played an extensive role in Penn State’s dominating first period.In the 26th minute, Klerks would put one through again on a header off a free kick from Maloney, his second goal of the night and second of the season.Maloney would finish with three assists and a goal, coming on the strength of a penalty kick in the 28th minute.After the first 45 minutes of play, Penn State held a 4-0 lead, despite OSU having the advantage in shots at 7-5 and corner kicks at 7-0.In the second half, the Buckeyes were able to start to put things together.In the 66th minute, senior defender Austin Bergstrom was able to bury a penalty kick to get the Buckeyes on the board, his first goal of the season.Ohio State was again able to beat Penn State’s freshman goalkeeper Arie Ammann when sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed placed a nice arching shot into the left of the net from 25 yards out.In the end, the Buckeyes comeback efforts would not be enough to erase their early deficit. They outshot Penn State 12-7 with an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks, but walked away with their fifth loss of the yearIt was a rough match for Ohio State redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, who before the match was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Siegfried recorded his first career shutout in the win over Northwestern.The Buckeyes will play their third Big Ten contest in a row when they take on Rutgers this Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Buckeye brainteasers Ohio State vs No 14 Nebraska

How’s the roster looking for this weekend? Keeping track of the comings and goings of suspended and previously suspended OSU players has been quite a chore lately. Despite being scheduled to return to the Buckeyes this weekend after serving a five-game suspension that was originally administered in December 2010, senior receiver DeVier Posey and senior running back Dan Herron will remain suspended for an additional NCAA violation. Posey and Herron were overpaid by a former OSU booster for work they did not do. Sophomore offensive lineman Marcus Hall, who committed the same violation, is the latest Buckeye to be suspended and will miss the Nebraska game. Senior left tackle Mike Adams and senior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are returning from five-game suspensions and will dress for the game Saturday. On the team’s latest depth chart, released to media on Tuesday, Adams is listed as the starter at left tackle and figures to provide some much-needed help for OSU’s offensive line. Thomas is not listed on the depth chart, but first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said he expects the player to seeing the field against Nebraska. Sophomore wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown is expected to return after missing the Buckeyes’ previous three contests. What’s the key to the game for OSU? Protect the quarterbacks and keep the stingy defense coming. The Buckeyes’ quarterback play was criticized after last Saturday’s 10-7 loss to Michigan State. Criticism should be reserved until we see a combination play calls from the coaching stuff that allow freshman Braxton Miller to get in a passing rhythm along protection from the offensive line, however. Miller and senior quarterback Joe Bauserman have been sacked 14 times in the last three games while sustaining other jarring hits — few quarterbacks can succeed in those conditions. With Brown back at receiver for OSU, conditions are ripe for Miller to air it out at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend. The Buckeyes’ defense is ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten and carried more than its share of the load in last weekend’s loss to the Spartans. OSU forced three turnovers, held Sparty to 10 points and a similar performance on Saturday could help lead to an upset victory in the Cornhuskers’ first Big Ten home game. What players on Nebraska could hurt the Buckeyes? The Buckeyes better come ready to stop the run on Saturday because junior running back Rex Burkhead and sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez have their sights set on OSU. Burkhead and Martinez have combined for 16 rushing touchdowns and 998 yards on the ground. When Martinez drops back to pass, he’s a serviceable signal-caller for the Cornhuskers. Martinez has completed 54-of-107 pass attempts for 823 yards and four touchdowns. Burkhead and Martinez are quite the one-two punch. Nebraska doesn’t appear to have one dominant wide receiver, though its receiving corps is large as 13 players have caught passes for the Cornhuskers this season. Look for Burkhead to pound the rock, Martinez to air it out to one of his many receiving targets and, if he doesn’t find a target that suits him, he’ll tuck the ball and run. What’s the key matchup for this game? Nebraska’s rushing offense, ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten, is set to take on OSU’s No. 3-ranked rushing defense in the conference. The Cornhuskers have rushed for 1,249 yards through five games, good enough for 250 yards per game and 18 touchdowns. By comparison, the Buckeyes have allowed only 94 yards per game and two touchdowns on the ground this season. Saturday’s game could become a nasty battle in the trenches between the two teams. Will OSU win its first-ever trip to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.? The simple fact is that the 2011 season has already been a down year for the Buckeyes in some respects. OSU still has everything to play for, but the loss to MSU doesn’t leave Buckeye Nation with much reason to believe a turnaround is on the horizon. Anyone that traveled to see the Buckeyes play at Wisconsin last year can be certain that home field advantage is a very real factor in every college football game. Nebraska will have a rowdy, sold out stadium supporting them on Saturday, so OSU will have to contend with that in addition to a talented Nebraska team. One thing is certain: Having seen Nebraska play Wisconsin, we’ll have a clearer picture about how OSU will stack up against the Badgers, the current favorite to win the Leaders Division. OSU’s Big Ten outlook won’t be good after this weekend, though. It’s going to be one wild night in Lincoln this Saturday, and students and citizens alike will celebrate into the night when the Cornhuskers send OSU packing. Final score prediction: Nebraska 31, Ohio State 13 read more

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Meet Martin Jarmond the man behind football scheduling

OSU Executive Assosicate Athletic Director Martin Jarmond in an interview with The Lantern Sept. 21 at the Fawcett Center. Credit: Hayden Grove / Lantern TV Sports directorOn the outskirts of campus, high above Ohio State’s sprawling array of athletics facilities, sits the office where the gridiron contests held at Ohio Stadium are dreamed up years in advance of when fans will take to the stands.This office — this epicenter of Buckeye football imagination — houses Martin Jarmond, the executive associate athletic director at OSU, and a series of whiteboards, where current and future OSU football schedules are written out in black marker. Jarmond’s position doesn’t necessarily require him to be responsible for each of those schedules, though. Instead, he specifically asked to create them when he was hired in 2009 at the athletics administration department. “Quite honestly, I think I probably asked (vice president and athletic director Gene Smith) if I could do that. I think I did,” Jarmond said, a half-smile on his face. “(Football scheduling) was something that was really important to me, that I said I really wanted to do and tackle and help him accomplish the vision he wants to accomplish.”So far, Smith said he has been more than pleased with his decision to allow Jarmond to handle the scheduling, along with his other responsibilities as an athletic administrator. “Martin has developed into an outstanding athletic administrator. He continues to differentiate himself as a leader,” Smith said in an email. “His background as a collegiate athlete, and various roles in athletic administration strengthens his opportunity to reach his goal of becoming an athletic director.”Jarmond played basketball while attending the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. While his boss might understand the daily grind that Jarmond goes through to put the Buckeyes’ football schedule together, not all OSU or college football fans do.Jarmond said there are many variables and challenges that are presented in creating a football schedule, and he calls planning for the Buckeyes “the process.” It begins with Smith and the desires he spells out for Jarmond. “His (scheduling strategy) that he’s outlined is at least trying to have a top 10-team opponent every year, then a top 25, top 30-type opponent and then maybe a top 50 or what you can attract,” Jarmond said. “It’s mostly about what you can attract.”With his boss sketching the scheduling outline, specifically tailored to feature big-time, out-of-conference opponents, it’s Jarmond’s responsibility to color within the proverbial lines. “The way we do it is from a competitive standpoint,” Jarmond said. “I look at data from the last five years. I try to look at teams, schools, how they’ve done, their coaching, their philosophy, their offense, their defense and that kind of thing.”That research manifests itself in the form of a list of schools that both Jarmond and Smith believe will aptly play the role of an OSU opponent. That list can include a wide array of schools, each of which is put through additional rigors that include the potential national relevance of a future matchup, the effect that a game against that school will have on recruiting and even the institution’s proximity to an OSU fan base. Those factors in turn lead to churning out another list. OSU Executive Assosicate Athletic Director Martin Jarmond highlights future OSU football schedules Sept. 21 at the Fawcett Center.Credit: Hayden Grove / Lantern TV Sports directorThis list is the one where the next step of the scheduling process begins: the phone calls. It was amidst these phone calls and negotiations that Jarmond said he faced a surprising challenge in his early days as an OSU administrator. Getting opponents to Columbus was a challenge — one he did not expect. “I think — naively — I was probably thinking because we’re Ohio State, it would just be very easy and everybody would want to play us and it would be easy to work things through,” Jarmond said. “It’s not like, ‘Wow, we’d love to come to Columbus in front of 107,000.’ I thought it was going to be that way — it’s not really that way.”And some opponents might not want to spend money traveling to a city where they could potentially lose. The lack of desire to travel to Columbus makes things harder for Jarmond in scheduling opponents, along with the other factors that make it a tough job. Jarmond already has to account for things like an expanded Big Ten schedule (to nine from eight games per season in 2016) and the College Football Playoff that will take into account strength of schedule more so than the old BCS system did. These things are an added burden for Jarmond and are only lengthening planning lead time, forcing schedules until 2020 to be planned now.“It’s an inventory issue, if you’re trying to schedule stronger, you need to go ahead and do what you can do now before (other schools say), ‘Hey, we can’t play you because we don’t have anything available,’” Jarmond said. “Everything is just kind of accelerated and you have to kind of project out and where teams are going to be.” In the past, Jarmond admitted that this advanced planning has harmed OSU, with teams like California projecting well at the initial time of scheduling before taking a dive in relevancy prior to the two schools playing, but he tries to avoid those issues recurring in the future.“It’s an inexact science, but what I try to do is use the data as much as I can on where you’ve been to kind of give us an idea of where you may be,” Jarmond said. “It’s like the stock market. You look at past performance and you try to project on that.”Lately, Jarmond — with some added motivation from Smith and the fans who have bashed OSU’s football non-conference scheduling over the years — has been pressing to bolster OSU’s future schedules. Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com said that’s something OSU has been forced to do, thanks to a weakened Big Ten conference.“(The Buckeyes) don’t get any quality wins in the Big Ten because the Big Ten doesn’t really have any premier opponents,” Wasserman said. “Going undefeated in the Big Ten may be enough to get to the playoff, but maybe when they play a team like Oklahoma and slip up, bolstering their schedule is a really smart thing to do. You’re going to have quality wins in the future with the games they’ve scheduled.”Oklahoma is just one of the schools Jarmond has added to the schedule, but there are plenty of other out-of-conference games gracing that whiteboard on his wall.Notre Dame, Boston College, Oregon State, Oregon, Texas and Texas Christian are all future opponents and it’s these additions that provide Jarmond with confidence in the work he’s done. “I would put our scheduling (from) 2016 and out compared to anybody,” Jarmond said, glancing at the board. “You tell me another school right now that has BC, Texas and Notre Dame in the same year.”When the Buckeyes take on the Bearcats on Saturday, fans might not pay much attention to the effort and work that went into scheduling an in-state rivalry game. They’ll be watching to see if the Buckeyes can hold back Cincinnati’s redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel, or whether OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett can win yet another Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.While Jarmond will certainly be watching the same action, he’ll have a different view of the game — one that few others in Ohio Stadium will have. He’ll be watching planning come to life upon the turf. read more

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G4S staff suspended after claims of abuse on detainees at immigration removal

first_imgConcerns were raised in the latest inspection, which revealed four men had been held there for more than two years and that the average length of detention had increased from 28 to 48 days.The report also highlighted issues with the “stark and impersonal” residential units and unsatisfactory sanitary facilities, leading detainees to feel they were being held in prison.But overall, the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke in March said it was an “encouraging” inspection. Brook House immigration centre can hold more than 500 menCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Jerry Petherick, managing director for custodial and detention services, said: “There is no place for the type of conduct described in the allegations anywhere in G4S.”Such behaviour is not representative of the many G4S colleagues who do a great job, often in difficult and challenging circumstances, across the country.”We have not yet been provided with the recorded evidence which forms the basis of the allegations and it is inappropriate for me to pre-judge the outcome of our investigation.”Once we have seen the evidence and concluded the investigation, I will ensure that we take the appropriate action. We continue to focus on the care and wellbeing of detainees at Brook House.” Nine staff have been suspended from a G4S immigration centre after claims of abuse and assaults against detainees.An investigation has also been launched into allegations by the BBC’s Panorama of “chaos, incompetence and abuse” at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick.The programme claims to have undercover footage showing officers “mocking, abusing and even assaulting detainees” at the facility, where drugs are allegedly “rife”.G4S said nine staff have been suspended pending further investigation. Brook House was deemed “reasonably good” in all four healthy establishment tests – safety, respect, activities and preparation for removal or release.The episode is due to air on BBC One at 9pm on Monday.It is the latest in a number of scandals to hit the security company, which is responsible for five prisons in England and Wales.Panorama uncovered alleged abuse and mistreatment of youngsters at a G4S youth detention centre in Kent last year.Medway Secure Training Centre was later judged inadequate by Ofsted inspectors who found young inmates were able to watch sexually-explicit content on television.Another G4S facility HMP Birmingham was hit by riots in December 2016, some of the worst in a UK prison in years. Brook House is one of two immigration centres run by G4S in the UK and has capacity for 508 men.center_img Inspectors have since found half of inmates feel unsafe at the jail, which has been plagued by drugs and violence. Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Detainees abused, self-harm widespread & drug use rife. Our full investigation is on Monday, 9pm on BBC One. https://t.co/U58yOxwEa6 pic.twitter.com/W5FJcnbCLD— Panorama 🌐 (@BBCPanorama) September 1, 2017 BBC Panorama claims to have footage of officers ‘mocking, abusing and even assaulting detainees’ at Brook HouseCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Boart Longyear sells South African manufacturing operations

first_imgBoart Longyear is selling certain of its sub-Saharan African operations to Tranter Energy and Mining Services, a subsidiary of Tranter Holdings. The business, to be renamed Tranter Rock Drills, consists of Boart Longyear’s percussive rock drills and hard rock tools product lines for sub-Saharan Africa as well as all manufacturing operations in Roodepoort, South Africa. The business generated some $14 million in revenues in 2008. Boart Longyear will continue to supply rock drills and hard rock tools outside of the sub-Saharan Africa region, and under the terms of the sale, Tranter Rock Drills will become Boart Longyear’s exclusive supplier of rock drills for a two-year period. Craig Kipp, CEO, commented, “The sale of this part of our sub-Saharan Africa business is consistent with our ongoing strategy to divest select non-core assets. We have also taken actions to transfer the manufacturing of several product lines to outsourced suppliers. As a result of this transaction, we are able to remain in the rock drill business outside of Africa with improved production flexibility and reduced fixed costs. This will allow us to supply high-quality rock drills to our global customers.”Johannesburg will remain as the sub-Saharan Africa regional sales headquarters for Boart Longyear along with its distribution point for the region for exploration drilling products as well as drill rigs and consumables for the construction, overburden and percussive drilling industries.Boart Longyear is a 120-year-old global organisation registered in Adelaide, Australia, and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices and operations in Asia Pacific, North and South America, Europe and Africa. The company is a leading provider of drilling services and drilling products for the global mining industry, and also has a substantial presence in drilling for other purposes, including water exploration, environmental and oil sands exploration. With 2008 sales of over $1.8 billion and about 7,000 employees worldwide, the company conducts contract drilling services in more than 35 countries and provides mining products to customers in over 100 countries.Tranter Holdings is a black owned and managed investment company, registered in South Africa that has a focus on the mining and energy industries in Sub-Saharan Africa. It currently owns investments in several resources companies. Tranter Rock Drills will be its second acquisition in its energy and mining services subsidiary.last_img read more

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Google pays Apple 1 billion to be search default

first_imgIt seemed like an impressive win for Mozilla when the new three-year, $900 million deal with Google was announced. The Foundation derives the bulk of its funding from that search deal and in return Google gets billions of search hits. But that deal may pale in comparison to what Google pays Apple.According to one analyst, they could be coughing up as much as $1 billion to be the default search engine in Safari on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac systems. There’s plenty of number-crunching that went on to arrive at this figure, but there’s many reasons to believe it’s at least in the ballpark. No phone has been more sought-after than the iPhone since its debut, and the same is true of tablets and the iPad.Business Insider brings a little hyperbole into the equation, saying that if the iPad continues to grow that it’ll surpass PCs in 5 years — at which point an Apple switch to another search provider could be devastating for Google. They base this speculation on the recent news that iPhoto has dropped Google Maps as a location provider, which some feel is an indication that Apple no longer needs Google at all.Would such a move really crush Google? No, of course not. BI is ignoring the insanely rapid growth of both Android and Chrome — where Google is, and always will be the default search option. There’s also a new generation of Google TV boxes on the way. While it would certainly make a dent if Apple signed on with Bing, Google would be just fine on its own. It’s still the only search engine people use as a verb in conversation, after all.More at Business Insiderlast_img read more

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Stop Gun Violence Campaign launched by Youth Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Aug 2015 – The score of seizing two guns by TCI Police officers came just hours after the Ministry of Youth announced a joint effort to rid the TCI of gun violence. The Stop the Gun Violence Rally and Campaign was announced in a press release last night and includes a team comprising of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Youth Affairs Akierra Missick; ASP Wayne Jones of the Police Force; President of TCI Firearm Sport Club, Lewis Smith; Senior Program Officer at Youth Affairs, Nixon Dickenson and Checkmate TCI Production Company. The campaign is nationwide and will work to reduce gun violence. Rallies, social media, TV and Radio Public Service Announcements, outreach on the streets and job fairs are all avenues through which the Minister says she hopes to reach the youth in particular with a message of ‘no more guns.’ The campaign launches in September and was announced to help commemorate UN International Youth Day, which is today. Youth Parliament Launched; Looking for Passionate people Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ASP Wayne Jones of the Police Force, campaign, Checkmate TCI Production Company, Deputy Premier and Minister of Youth Affairs Akierra Missick, gun violence, Lewis Smith, nixon dickenson, President of TCI Firearm Sport Club, Senior Program Officer at Youth Affairs, UN international youth day, youth ministercenter_img Recommended for you Youth Department spearheading anti-violence workshop for Boyslast_img read more

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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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TeraRecon is opening a European datacenter for its iNtuition Cloud.This European node will be automatically selected when users access their iNtuition Cloud account from a location closer, in network terms, to the new datacenter, ensuring optimal performance.The node is hosted in a secure datacenter at the hub of Frankfurt’s banking community, with excellent network connectivity directly to the European Internet backbone. It is equipped with the world-class security features as demanded by the Frankfurt banking community.Concurrent with the commissioning of the Frankfurt datacenter, the global network has been upgraded with the latest release of the iNtuition Cloud software. It has new features to automate anonymization upon upload, to support compressed upload and to simplify DICOM integration with existing image management systems in-house. 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Supreme court opens hearings into civil servants pay cuts

first_imgThe supreme court on Monday held its first hearing on the appeals filed by the state against three administrative court decisions reversing civil servants’ pay cuts imposed around six years ago at a time when Cyprus hovered on the brink of economic collapse.Earlier this month, the state also filed a request to suspend execution of the decisions.The state has also asked for the appeals to be expedited and to be heard by the full bench of 13 judges. Currently, the appeals as filed are being examined by a three-bench court.In March 29 decisions, the administrative court had ruled that a freeze on incremental pay rises, a 3 per cent contribution to pensions, and a reduction in civil servants’ pay was in violation of article 23 of the constitution regarding the protection of the right to property.This applied to civil servants as well as persons employed in the broader public sector, such as semi-governmental organisations.As such the pay reductions were deemed null and void and the applicants entitled to compensation.During Monday’s proceedings lawyers representing the civil servants argued in court that a circular that has since been issued by the finance ministry – instructing all civil service bodies to withhold payment of compensation pending the appeals – is unlawful.Various estimates have been cited on how much the decisions might cost the state should the administrative court’s ruling be upheld.The most conservative scenario sees a few million euros as immediate backpay, compensating only those civil servants who sued, plus €200m annually from restoring full salaries to all civil servants.The fiscal consolidation measures affecting exclusively the public sector, passed by parliament before Cyprus agreed the terms of its 2013 bailout with international creditors, included a general wage and hiring freeze, a 10 per cent drop in hiring salaries, and a permanent up-to 12.5 per cent reduction in pay.On top came an extraordinary levy on wages in both the private and public sector which was phased out in 2016.The measures helped bring down the government’s staff expenses to €2.2bn in 2015 from €2.9bn in 2011. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more