Yadav Singh case: Akhilesh govt paid ₹21 lakh as lawyers fee

first_imgThe Akhilesh Yadav government had paid ₹21.15 lakh as fee to senior lawyers of the Supreme Court engaged to save suspended Noida Chief Engineer Yadav Singh from facing CBI probe in graft and money laundering cases, according to an RTI response.As per the RTI information provided by Surendra Pal Singh, Special Secretary (Law), four senior lawyers were engaged by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government.Kapil Sibal was given a fee of ₹8.80 lakh, Harish Salve ₹5.00 lakh, Rakesh Dwivedi ₹4.05 lakh and Dinesh Dwivedi ₹3.30 lakh, taking the total to ₹21.25 lakh, claimed activist Nutan Thakur citing the response to her RTI plea.Yadav Singh was arrested by the CBI in February last year for allegedly abusing his official position in awarding contracts and causing wrongful loss to the government exchequer.The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth ₹19.92 crore in a money laundering case that involves the former Noida chief engineer.Activist Nutan had filed a PIL in Allahabad High Court in the matter. Its Lucknow bench had directed that the Yadav Singh case be transferred to CBI.The UP government had appealed against this order before the Supreme Court but it was dismissed at the first hearing itself on July 16, 2015.Nutan said it was “alarming” to note that the state government had “wasted” such a huge amount to save a “tainted person” like Yadav Singh and sought recovery of the public money from the pocket of the concerned public authorities.The ED had earlier registered two ECIRs (equivalent to an FIR) under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED cases have been registered on the basis of the FIR filed by the CBI.The CBI last year conducted searches at 12 locations in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad in connection with its probe against Singh over award of contracts related to Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna Expressway authorities. It had also seized files, documents, laptops, iPads and computers.After an Allahabad High Court order, the CBI had registered two cases against Singh and his family members for alleged corruption and amassing assets disproportionate to known sources of income.Singh’s case came to the fore after the Income Tax department first carried out searches against him and others on tax evasion charges.A scrutiny of ITRs and other connecting records reportedly revealed that during the period 2009-14, the total likely savings of the family of the then chief engineer was approximately ₹1.70 crore, whereas they were in possession of immovable property worth around ₹3.60 crore, CBI had said.“Besides, approximately ₹10 crore was allegedly recovered from one of his associates which reportedly belonged to the then chief engineer,” the CBI had said.An attachment of assets order under PMLA is aimed to deprive the accused from taking benefits from their ill-gotten wealth.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: The Deadly Allure of the Exotic

first_imgMales of a praying mantis native to New Zealand, Orthodera novaezealandiae, are more attracted to the cannibalistic females of an invasive species introduced in the 1970s, Miomantis caffra, than they are to the noncannibal females of their own kind, a new study suggests. In lab tests, a native male (smaller mantis in image) was placed in a Y-shaped maze whose branches contained a female of one species or the other. At the fork in the road, the male turned toward the invasive female in 11 out of 13 trials, researchers report online today in Biology Letters. Female mantises attract mates using odorous chemicals called pheromones, and the invaders’ pheromones may be more alluring or more abundantly released than the natives’, the scientists speculate. In other tests in which researchers left an M. caffra female with a native male for 16 hours, the males were killed and eaten almost 69% of the time. The oft-fatal attraction may explain why the native species is apparently in decline where the species coexist, the researchers say.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Organizers assure Philippines ready to host successful SEA Games

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “We assure the athletes, sports community and President Duterte that the preparations for the 30th SEA Games is now in full swing,” he said in a statement.Despite budget cuts — reportedly from P7.5 billion to P5 billion — the former senator and Foreign Affairs secretary said: “ We are unfazed and determined to make this successful. We are determined to pursue our task and responsibility which was given to us by President Rodrigo Duterte last year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe added that the Philippines will “mount the best SEA games in history for the sake of our athletes and the Filipino people is bigger than any other problem confronting us today.”By September, Cayetano said the sports facilities inside the New Clark City Sports Complex would be ready for use. The complex is intended to be used not only for this SEA Games but for future international meets. Philippines’ flagbearer Jordan Clarkson leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYMANILA, Philippines–Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday promised a successful staging of the biennial meet which the country is hosting Nov. 30-Dec. 11.The assurance came after news reports spread that the Philippine hosting is in peril due to lack of funds, something Cayetano vehemently denied.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other There are 523 events in 56 sports to be played in the Games including eSports which will debut in the meet.“PHISGOC has been successful in tapping private companies to sponsor the Games and augment its budget. The overwhelming support of the private partners boosts our efforts to facilitate event preparations,” Cayetano added.He also exhorted the national athletes to give it their all and not be affected by “unseen forces trying to break up this unity.”“To our athletes, pray for us and train well. Through your support, we will make it happen,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Lyceum-Cavite, St. Augustine Institute-Pampanga face off for NBTC Division II crownlast_img read more

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Sports Wrap: RCB, SRH battle for maiden IPL title; Kohli aims to breach 1000-run mark

first_imgVirat Kohli expects fierce battle between RCB and SRH in IPL finalVirat Kohli is not taking anything for granted and expects a fierce battle between his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL final.Can Virat Kohli breach 1000-run barrier this IPL season?Virat Kohli has so far scored 919 runs from 15 matches in this season of the Indian Premier League.Virat Kohli’s supernatural form might jinx RCB in final Virat Kohli, the highest run-scorer of this Indian Premier League season, will have to battle against the ‘Orange Cap jinx’ end up on the winning side on Sunday.Diego Simeone says future uncertain at Atletico after painful final loss Diego Simeone did not confirm whether he wanted to continue as Atletico Madrid coach after suffering a second agonising Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in three years.Novak Djokovic plans to compete at Rio Games despite Zika threatNovak Djokovic says canceling the Olympics “is unthinkable” and, “for the moment,” he is still planning to compete at the Rio de Janiero Games, despite worries about the Zika virus.last_img read more

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Open-source software meets broad needs of robot-vision developers

first_imgRobotic vision electronics design for industry and Space 19 years into the New Millennium, there are a number of exciting and evolving electronic innovations taking place. Among them is the development of ‘intelligent’ robots for industry, especially in Smart Factories 3D vision gives robots guidance Many options exist for 3D machine vision, each addressing different application needs. calib3d, which provides basic geometry algorithms, camera calibration, object pose estimation, and more; video, which supports motion estimation, background subtraction, and object tracking algorithms; Written in C++, OpenCV is available with interfaces for C++, Python, Java, and Matlab and supports Windows, Linux, Android and Mac OS. Along with its support for single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) instruction sets, OpenCV provides CUDA-based GPU acceleration for many functions through its gpu module and OpenCL acceleration through its ocl module. Recently released, OpenCV 4.0 brings a number of performance improvements and capabilities including implementation of the popular Kinect Fusion algorithm.For its functionality, OpenCV can require a learning curve that exceeds the patience of developers looking to move quickly with robot vision. For these developers, Python-based SimpleCV [source] might be the answer. Built on OpenCV, SimpleCV provides the functionality required by advanced robot-vision developers but provides an accessible framework that helps less experienced developers explore basic machine vision functions with simple Python function calls. For example, developers can quickly implement commonly used functions such as image thresholding using a simple built-in method in the SimpleCV Image class (img.binarize() in listing below) and finally displaying the results shown in Figure 1.from SimpleCV import Image, Color, Display # Make a function that does a half and half image.def halfsies(left,right):    result = left    # crop the right image to be just the right side.    crop   = right.crop(right.width/2.0,0,right.width/2.0,right.height)    # now paste the crop on the left image.    result = result.blit(crop,(left.width/2,0))    # return the results.    return result# Load an image from imgur.img = Image(‘http://i.imgur.com/lfAeZ4n.png’)# binarize the image using a threshold of 90# and invert the results.output = img.binarize(90).invert()# create the side by side image.result = halfsies(img,output)# show the resulting image.result.show()# save the results to a file.result.save(‘juniperbinary.png’)Figure 1. Results of Python code listed above (Source: SimpleCV) Along with their basic image processing functions, OpenCV and SimpleCV implement a number of high-level image processing algorithms that robotic systems need to work with objects or operate safely within their physical environment. One of the fundamental data structures used in many of these computations is the point cloud – a collection of multi-dimensional data points that represent an object (Figure 2). Acquired from cameras, the point cloud of an object is used for fundamental robotic operations such as object identification, alignment, and fitting. For working with point clouds, the Point Cloud Library (PCL) [source] implements algorithms for filtering, fitting, keypoint extraction, segmentation, and much more.Figure 2. Point cloud data set for a basic torus. (Source: Wikimedia Commons/Kieff). Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. objdetect, which provides detection of objects and instances of predefined classes; 3D vision enhances robot opportunities Vision guided robotics (VGR) has long used 2D imaging, but the advent of cost-effective 3D is opening new application opportunities. This article is part of an AspenCore Special Project on vision guided robots. Robot vision applications can bring a complex set of requirements, but open-source libraries are ready to provide solutions for nearly every need. Developers can find open-source packages ranging from basic image processing and object recognition to motion planning and collision avoidance and more than can possibly be mentioned much less given their full due in a brief article. Nevertheless, here are some key open-source image-processing packages that can help developers implement sophisticated robot systems. (Note: this report focuses on libraries for more fundamental image-based algorithms and specifically excludes open-source software for AI-based robot vision.) No article on robot vision software can fail to highlight the Open Source Computer Vision Library (OpenCV) [source]. Among available open-source software packages, OpenCV is perhaps the most widely used and functionally rich. Implementing over 2,500 algorithms, the OpenCV distribution addresses image processing requirements in a series of modules, which includes the following among others: Designer’s Guide to Robot Vision Cameras Giving a robotic system vision requires the right camera selection. Here’s a guide to get you started. Continue Reading Previous IBASE: 2U network computing appliance with dual Intel Xeon scalable processorsNext Sensirion: wearable drug delivery IoT platform with integrated liquid flow sensor For working with the physical environment, developers can turn to individual techniques such as visual odometry implemented in the C++ library Libviso2 [source], which can determine position and orientation in milliseconds from stereo cameras, or the Visual Servoing Platform (ViSP) [source], which builds on multiple modules to implement vision-based methods for real-time robot-motion control (Figure 3).click for larger image Figure 3. Modular architecture of Visual Servoing Platform (ViSP). (Source: ViSP) Other methods combine multiple images, motion sensors, and other information in a process called simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). Systems such as Cartographer [source] implement the complex series of steps involved in SLAM processing, transforming data from cameras and inertial measurement sensors into position maps (Figure 4). Using these results, a robot can navigate a complex environment, building a map of its surroundings as it proceeds (Figure 5).click for larger image Figure 4. Cartographer draws on multiple modules to implement -time simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). (Source: Cartographer) Figure 5. Cartographer enables robots to map their surroundings. (Source: Cartographer) Developers can find open-source libraries that combine these specialized methods with a broad set of capabilities needed to address a wide range of robot vision requirements. The Mobile Robot Programming Toolkit (MRPT) [source] provides C++ libraries for SLAM, multidimensional geometry calculations, obstacle avoidance, camera calibration, and more. Another library, the NASA Vision Workbench [source], lets developers take advantage of the image-processing expertise of engineers and scientists in the Autonomous Systems and Robotics area at NASA Ames Research Center.Developers looking for more fundamental numerical libraries can find multiple open-source offerings. At the most fundamental level, the widely used C++ Boost library includes the Generic Image Library (GIL) [source] module for image processing. At a somewhat higher level, the VXL suite [source] comprises C++ core libraries including vil (image manipulation), vgl (geometry calculations), vnl (numeric processing of matrices and vectors), and others.Although C++ is the predominant language used in these various open-source libraries, developers working in other languages can find bindings or wrappers supporting their favorite languages and even native libraries. For example, BoofCV [source] is an open-source Java library that provides functionality ranging from low-level image processing, camera calibration, feature tracking, and object recognition. For Rust developers, the nalgebra library [source] supports linear algebra algorithms as well as specialized Rust libraries such as ncollide [source] for collision detection, pathfinding [source] for navigation, and more. Besides SimpleCV mentioned earlier, Python developers can find additional libraries. Implemented in C++ for speed, the Mahotas Python library [source] leverages numpy array processing to provide algorithms for thresholding, convolution, edge detection, segmentation, and more. The PythonRobotics library [source] implements algorithms for higher level vision-based functionality such as localization, mapping, collision avoidance, path planning, and path following.Finally, just as exposure to OpenCV is vital for any developer working on robot vision, recognition of another open-source package is required for any developer working on robot system software. The Robot Operating System (ROS) is a framework designed to simplify integration of open-source libraries and tools needed to create specific robot software applications working in programming languages including C++, Python, Java, Rust, and others. Although ROS is not an operating system (much less an RTOS), it serves as a communications and management middleware on Linux platforms including Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, and others.The ROS framework has nurtured a rich ecosystem comprising over 2,000 libraries all related to robot system design. In fact, developers can find ROS package for many of the software packages mentioned earlier, including OpenCV, PCL, Cartographer, and MRPT.Developers can find many worthy open-source libraries beyond the few mentioned here. Besides exploring web search results, developers can find hundreds of open-source robot vision offerings on github and other open-source repositories. For advanced users, robot vision continues to be an area of active research and many research papers on arXiv.org include links to related open-source software. In addition, research groups in academia, industry, and government often provide access to archival software that may suit specialized needs. Whatever the provider, open-source software provides a hugely rich set of libraries for every aspect of robot vision.Check out the other articles in this Vision-Guided Robotics Special Project: core, which defines basic data structures and functions used by all other modules; features2d, which provides feature detectors, descriptors, and descriptor matches; imgproc, which provides image processing functions including linear and non-linear image filtering, geometrical image transformations, color space conversion, histograms, and more; Applications for Vision-Guided Robots Perhaps the most significant recent developments regarding robotics have involved the combination of high-resolution imaging, artificial intelligence, and extreme processing capabilities. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT last_img read more

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Capello: Juve did fantastic deal with Pogba

first_imgTransfers Capello: Juventus got a fantastic deal selling Paul Pogba at £89m Chris Burton 05:49 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Juventus Manchester United Serie A Premier League Paul Pogba The former Bianconeri boss has suggested that a man offloaded to Manchester United in 2016 has struggled to justify what was a record-breaking fee Former Juventus boss Fabio Capello claims the Serie A champions got “a fantastic deal” selling Paul Pogba to Manchester United for £89 million ($118m).After four years in Turin, the France international decided to return to Old Trafford for a second spell in the summer of 2016.The deal which took him back to England was the costliest in world football at the time, but the 25-year-old has struggled to justify that price tag amid constant criticism of his game and off-field activity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Capello believes Juve have been the biggest benefactors of the lucrative transfer, with the trophies having continued to roll in for the Bianconeri while Pogba has been found out for United and France.A man who spent six years with Juve as a player and two as a manager told Mediaset Premium: “The truth is that Pogba makes the difference in Italy, but not in England or on international duty.“That’s because with his physical strength, to us he seems impossible to control, but when he plays elsewhere, he becomes normal.“I’d say Juventus got themselves a fantastic deal by selling him at that price.”Pogba is currently in the process of trying to rediscover his spark while on international duty at World Cup 2018.He has made a positive start in Russia, but one former team-mate has been denied the opportunity to grace such a stage.Paulo Dybala, JuventusPaulo Dybala starred for Juve in 2017-18, netting 26 times, but was overlooked by Argentina and Capello believes the 24-year-old is paying the price for a lack of consistency.The Italian added: “Dybala is still a long way off [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.“He has to improve his consistency and the way he participates in the overall moves.“He always waits for the ball to come to him, but that’s because he plays in a strong team that lets him do anything he wants.“Dybala could’ve given Argentina something different, especially from distance, and I would’ve used him against Iceland.”last_img read more

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JDF Joins Battle for Breast Cancer Cure

first_imgStory Highlights The JDF will be involved in the Jamaica Cancer Society’s (JCS) 5K Run/Walk this Saturday, October 26, under the theme: ‘Battling for a Cure’. Major Tanya Spence is a woman on a mission to fight breast cancer and raise awareness about the disease among members of the male-dominated Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the need to support those affected.It is with this in mind that she has engineered the involvement of the JDF in the Jamaica Cancer Society’s (JCS) 5K Run/Walk this Saturday, October 26, under the theme: ‘Battling for a Cure’.The self-described “officer and a lady” who has the distinction of being the first female Aide-De-Camp appointed to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in August 2011, told JIS News that it is the innate desire to nurture, which led her to champion the cause of the men and women of the army, whom she discovered, to have been suffering silently from the ravages of breast cancer, either directly or indirectly.She said that the JDF, which is male dominated and male influenced, was a good place to start because the focus of the JCS for this year was on enhancing male awareness.She noted that the female population in the JDF is less than three per cent and it is important for the women to be supported by the men and even for a short while have them stop and think about breast cancer.Captain Basil Jarrett, the JDF’s Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer, told JIS News that when Major Spence discovered that a number of soldiers and officers were touched in some way by cancer, either fighting their own battle with the disease or in solidarity with a close relative, the approval of the CDS was sought to create a support group allowing those affected to be able to deal with their experience as a part of a family unit.The CDS caught the vision and the JCS was approached and the JDF was “…welcomed with open arms”. He said that at least 100 soldiers and officers have agreed to participate in the event.The JDF has decided to set aside the standing orders as it relates to dress and deportment for the duration of the run/walk, and members of the force will exchange their camouflage jackets for pink shirts bearing the message: ‘Battling for a Cure’ – The Jamaica Defence Force Supports the Fight Against Breast Cancer.Captain Jarrett said that one major reason for this level of involvement of the JDF is to encourage men to remember that their wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters and daughters could be affected any time by the disease and they need to educate themselves about breast cancer.He said that the hope is to also encourage more men to get screened for cancer. He said that traditionally, Jamaican men did not look after themselves and generally wait until they were sick before going to the doctor.Carolind Graham, Chairperson of Jamaica Reach to Recovery, the support group for cancer survivors, has welcomed the involvement of the JDF. “We are so happy to have them on board and we welcome them as warriors against breast cancer,” she said.The 5k Run/Walk will get underway at 7:00 a.m. in the vicinity of Stadium East in Kingston. Participants will run/walk from Stadium East to Mountain View Avenue along Stanton Terrace to Fairview Avenue onto Lady Musgrave, to Old Hope Road. Then they will loop back to Stadium East, for the presentation of trophies and medals.This year, the target is to raise $3 million to help persons with breast cancer access the treatment and other medical interventions. Major Spence discovered that a number of soldiers and officers were touched in some way by cancer. Members of the force will exchange their camouflage jackets for pink shirts bearing the message: ‘Battling for a Cure’.last_img read more

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Government Committed to Providing High-Quality Education – Minister

first_img “Our objectives are, therefore, to maximise the percentage of Jamaican children aged three to 18 who have access and/or attachment to good-quality education, as well as to increase the number of Jamaican youth who have access to opportunities for governance and advocacy, continuing education, training and work experience,” he added. Story Highlights The Minister noted that significant strides have been made in the transformation of the education system, noting that the past 18 months have seen a number of major accomplishments under his watch through the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), which was established in 2004. As teachers and students prepare for the 2017-2018 academic year, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to providing high-quality care and education within an inclusive and enabling environment.This, he said, will ultimately help more of “our people” to be socially conscious and productive.The Minister was addressing educators on the final day of the 52nd Annual Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Conference at the Hilton Resort and Spa in St. James on August 23.“As we do this, we aim to reduce the number of children and youth at risk through public education and needs-based intervention programmes,” Senator Reid said.“Our objectives are, therefore, to maximise the percentage of Jamaican children aged three to 18 who have access and/or attachment to good-quality education, as well as to increase the number of Jamaican youth who have access to opportunities for governance and advocacy, continuing education, training and work experience,” he added.The Minister noted that significant strides have been made in the transformation of the education system, noting that the past 18 months have seen a number of major accomplishments under his watch through the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), which was established in 2004.“Under the ESTP programme, the new Administration advanced the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) and Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC) legislation, started the full implementation of the National Standards Curriculum and completed the new structure for a transformed Ministry,” he pointed out.The Minister said the Administration also recognises the need to intervene in the lives of children, even before they enter the formal early-childhood education system.“It is within this regard that the Ministry has budgeted $130 million to partner with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reactivate the Early Stimulation Programme for mother and child from birth to age three,” he said.The Programme, he said, has been revamped and is being implemented through the Early Childhood Commission (ECC). “We expect that by the end of this month (August 2017), just over 100 early-childhood institutions will have been certified,” Senator Reid explained.“The ECC has been crafting a strategy for the full transformation of the early childhood sector, to be rolled out in the new 2017/2018 school year,” the Minister noted.Senator Reid said it is also worth pointing out the significant improvement being shown by males in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) when compared to their female counterparts.“For the first time in five years, the male students had a higher mean percentage score (76.7%) in Language Arts for 2017 than that of the female students (68.5%),” the Minister added. As teachers and students prepare for the 2017-2018 academic year, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to providing high-quality care and education within an inclusive and enabling environment.last_img read more

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Province Making Progress on Water for Life Strategy

first_img “Water plays a vital role in the lives of Nova Scotians, but not just for our health: it is critically important for our environment and our economy, and contributes in many ways to the quality of life in the province,” said Graham Daborn, emeritus professor, Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research, and chair, Nova Scotia Water Advisory Group. “We have made progress since the water strategy was released over a year ago, and we look forward to even greater steps forward in the coming years.” Nova Scotia is home to more than 13,000 kilometres of coastline, thousands of lakes, numerous river systems, wetlands and groundwater resources. Developing a comprehensive water resources management strategy was a commitment of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. Canada Water Week runs until Sunday, March 25. For more information on the water strategy progress report or Water for Life, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water . The province is making progress in its efforts to ensure water is valued and protected. A progress report released today, March 23, during Canada Water Week, highlights achievements of the first year of Nova Scotia’s water resource management strategy, called Water for Life. The strategy was released in December 2010. “Nova Scotians understand the importance of clean water to our health, our environment and our economy,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Through our water resource management strategy, we’re taking steps to ensure it is carefully managed and protected.” The Water for Life strategy outlined 29 actions to be completed over 10 years. The progress report groups the actions into three categories focusing on understanding the quality and quantity of our water, protecting our water, and engaging others in caring for our water resources. The progress report highlights successes to date, including: the launch of the Nova Scotia Water Portal website enhancing water quality and quantity monitoring networks updating drinking water treatment standards developing the Nova Scotia Watershed Assessment Program, in partnership with Dalhousie University developing a water monitoring field kit and certification program at Saint Mary’s University as part of the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network engaging youth in water stewardship activities around the provincelast_img read more

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Exski coach Bertrand Charest to learn fate on sex charges

first_imgSAINT-JEROME, Que. – A Quebec judge will hand down verdicts today in the case of a former national ski coach accused of sexual assault and breach of trust involving some of his students.Bertrand Charest was tried this year on 57 charges involving 12 alleged victims who were between the ages of 12 and 19.They all took the stand during a trial before Quebec court Judge Sylvain Lepine in Saint-Jerome, north of Montreal.The charges against the 52-year-old are in connection with alleged crimes from the 1990s in Quebec and other locations such as Whistler, B.C., New Zealand and the United States.The alleged offences occurred both before and during Charest’s stint with Alpine Canada’s women’s development team between 1996 and 1998.Charest, who has been in custody since his arrest in March 2015, did not testify at the trial.Several of the alleged victims testified they had sexual relationships with Charest, with many saying he was controlling and manipulative toward the athletes whose careers he managed.Some of them said they felt they were in love with Charest at the time but eventually came to believe they had been manipulated.Charest, who has been in custody since his arrest in March 2015, did not testify at the trial.But one of his lawyers told reporters at the end of the proceedings that, while Charest didn’t deny having had sex with some of the girls, the accused disagreed with his portrayal by the Crown and his alleged victims.“There were sexual relationships between Mr. Charest and certain of the (alleged) victims,” Antonio Cabral said in March.“What Mr. Charest wasn’t ready to admit was that this was a generalized behaviour and that it was generalized with 12 (alleged) victims as is reported in the charges.”Cabral said Charest believed the sex he had with the young skiers was consensual.last_img read more

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ExNortel brass get vindication after not guilty ruling at Nortel fraud trial

Ex-Nortel brass get ‘vindication’ after not guilty ruling at Nortel fraud trial TORONTO – The former top brass at Nortel Networks said they finally got “vindication” Monday after being found not guilty of fraud, nearly a decade after being accused of manipulating financial records at the fallen Canadian technology giant.Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco acquitted ex-CEO Frank Dunn, ex-CFO Douglas Beatty and ex-controller Michael Gollogly because he was “not satisfied” the evidence showed the men had “deliberately misrepresented” the finances at the now-defunct telecom company in 2002 and 2003.“The criminal trial is based on evidence,” he told a packed Toronto courtroom. “The decision I make is based on that evidence and nothing else.”Following the not guilty verdicts, the former executives jumped to their feet to hug family members and their lawyers.Marrocco’s 145-page ruling concludes one of the largest and most complex trials in Canadian corporate history.Since beginning last January, court has heard from numerous witnesses, and saw more than 600 exhibits entered as evidence, including financial statements, internal emails and memos.Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly each had faced two counts of fraud — one count of defrauding the public and one count of defrauding Nortel Networks Corp.The Crown had alleged that the men participated in a book-cooking scheme designed to trigger $12.8 million in bonuses and stocks for themselves while they were at the helm of Nortel.They were fired from the beleaguered firm in 2004.All three had pleaded not guilty to the charges.In a statement, Dunn, the former head of Nortel, said he was “grateful to have received vindication.”“For a very long time, integrity has been the foundation of Nortel Networks’ corporate governance and business practices,” he said in the statement after declining to speak to the media outside the courthouse.“The documentary evidence and testimony re-affirmed this core value that I witnessed over my 28 years with the company.”The former head of finances at the company, Beatty, smiled and replied, “Yes, I am,” when asked if he was happy to be moving on with his life.His lawyer, Greg Lafontaine said the ruling reinforces that there was no wrongdoing at the troubled telecom company when his client and the co-defendants were in charge.“It’s a great judgment. It’s a complete vindication of Mr. Beatty,” he said.“There was no fraud at Nortel. No fraud at Nortel at all.”Sharon Lavine, who represented Gollogly, said the Marrocco made a “clear decision,” but added the turmoil of the trial has taken an “immeasurable emotional toll” on her client.The Crown says it will not comment on the case, as it now has 30 days to decide whether it will appeal.Greg Draper, who heads investigative and forensic services at chartered accountancy and business consulting firm MNP, says that the burden of proof was difficult to meet in this case.“To prove that there was not just intention to do the conduct, moving the money and making the financial statements that were made, but to do it with a criminal purpose to defraud shareholders and the corporation is difficult to prove,” he said.“It certainly sounds like in this case, there wasn’t evidence to support that.”Draper said Marrocco, who was the lead prosecutor in the Bre-X Securties case, was correct in ruling that accounting practices at major corporations can be interpretive and not based on steadfast rules.“Accounting principles are just that, they’re principles. They’re not rules. There is room for management judgment and that is expected and necessary for the orderly overall operation for a corporation the size of what Nortel was at the time,” he said.“You can apply those judgments. Sometimes there is specific documentation in support of it, sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes it is a discussion across the desk.”At its height, Nortel employed more than 90,000 workers worldwide and was worth nearly $300 billion. During the technology boom in 1999-2000, it was one of Canada’s most valuable companies, with its shares peaking at $124.50.In the years that followed the accounting scandal, the company’s shares nose dived to penny-stock status amid falling sales, large debts, and a gamut of legal issues.In 2009, Nortel filed for bankruptcy in North America and Europe, shedding thousands of jobs. Since then, it has sold its remaining businesses piecemeal to various buyers for more than US$7.8 billion, one of largest asset sales in Canadian history.At trial, Crown prosecutors tried to prove that Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly were complicit in releasing accruals — money set aside to cover future liabilities — onto Nortel’s balance sheets during quarters that needed to show the company was turning a profit when it wasn’t.The Crown argued that this practice, which was kept from the board of directors and the firm’s investors, generated return-to-profitability bonuses for themselves even though the company was in the red.In his judgment, Marrocco said the decision to only release $80 million in excess accruals when it had $189 million to boost numbers during the company’s first quarter of 2003 were not out of the ordinary.This policy did not lead to misrepresenting Nortel’s “financial results to the investing public or Nortel’s audit committee or Nortel’s board of directors,” he wrote.Marrocco concluded the company’s statements were restated twice in one quarter to reflect differences of opinion in accounting practices, not as an effort to cover up fraud.Although the judge found that genuine accrued liabilities were not released when they should have been nor adjusted when they should have been, he was “not satisfied that any or all of the accused understood the extent of the excess accrued liabilities on Nortel’s balance sheet.”Furthermore, the amount was immaterial to the finances of such a large company, and even if they were not released, the executives would’ve received their profit bonuses anyway, Marrocco told the court.At trial, Dunn’s lawyer said his client approved the accounting at the telecom equipment maker but should not be held responsible if the figures given to him were inaccurate. At the time, Dunn was preoccupied with trying to save the company and trusted that the balance sheets were correct when he approved them, argued the defence.“I am satisfied that non-cash impacting excess accrued liabilities on the balance sheet were not a priority,” the judge wrote in his decision.The Crown also alleged that Nortel’s own accountants were aware of $303 million in cash reserves that were held without a legitimate reason as part of a “cookie-jar accounting scheme.”Ramy Elitzur, a professor with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, says the Nortel verdict has the potential to make prosecutors and law enforcement think twice about pursuing white-collar crime cases.The verdict came on the same day that mediation talks on the distribution of nearly $9 billion in assets from the now-bankrupt Nortel began in Toronto.The week-long proceedings, headed by Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler, are part of an effort to settle the company’s creditor claims in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2013 6:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Womenswear retailer Jacob files for bankruptcy set to close all 92 stores

by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2014 2:40 pm MDT MONTREAL – Women’s clothing retailer Jacob Inc. has filed for bankruptcy and will be liquidating inventory at all 92 of its stores across Canada in the coming weeks.The Montreal-based company has been under creditor protection since November 2010 and underwent operational restructuring. But the company says it was unable to make the business profitable or to find new financiers.In a release issued on Tuesday, the company cited the challenging economy plus the influx of new international retailers to the Canadian marketplace among the factors leading to the company’s inability to overcome its financial challenges.“Although we did not achieve the desired result, I am proud of the passion and dedication that the Jacob team showcased over these past few years while trying to bring the company back to financial health,” president and founder Joey Basmaji said in a statement.“I would like to sincerely thank each employee and business partner that contributed to our success during these 35 wonderful years. I hope that the remaining Canadian retailers will get through these difficult economic times.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Jacob clothing store is shown in Montreal, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Women’s clothing retailer Jacob Inc. has filed for bankruptcy and will be liquidating inventory at all 92 of its stores across Canada in the coming weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Womenswear retailer Jacob files for bankruptcy, set to close all 92 stores read more

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Teenager arrested after deaths of woman and young child in Ipswich

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. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after a woman and young child died at a property in Ipswich.Police said they were called by East of England Ambulance Service at 5pm on Wednesday after a woman’s body was found at an address in Swinburne Road.A young child also discovered at the address was treated by paramedics but died at the scene, Suffolk Police said.The force said next of kin for both of the victims have been informed.The arrested teenager has been taken to Martlesham police station for questioning.It is understood he has not been detained on suspicion of murder or manslaughter.Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward. read more

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Report recommends suspending Zimbabwe diamond trade from Kimberly Process

first_imgFive months after the release, in March 2009, of Partnership Africa Canada’s (PAC) report Zimbabwe’s diamond trade, Zimbabwe, Diamonds and the Wrong Side of History, PAC welcomes the recommendation from the Kimberley Process (KP) Zimbabwe Review Mission team to suspend Zimbabwe from the KP, the world diamond regulatory body. According to PAC, the recently publicised report of the Mission team confirmed the findings of PAC’s report, including massive diamond smuggling and the murder of scores of artisanal diamond miners by the Zimbabwe military in October 2008 to gain control of the Marange Diamond Fields in eastern Zimbabwe. Revenues from Zimbabwe’s diamonds are helping to prop up Robert Mugabe’s repressive and violent regime and the military seem bent on keeping control of the Marange diamonds for their own personal needs, regardless of the needs of the local population.PAC believes that diamonds will not be the linchpin of any economic revival in Zimbabwe. “Total diamond exports from Zimbabwe for the whole of 2008 were a mere $33 million, and therefore the necessary embargo by the KP on Zimbabwe’s diamonds will not undermine any future economic recovery,” says Bernard Taylor, Executive Director of PAC. “Arguments to the contrary by Zimbabwe’s political leaders that diamonds are key to Zimbabwe’s economic revival, are based on deliberately inflated diamond production levels and are simply smoke and mirrors,” he says.PAC has been calling for the suspension of Zimbabwe from the KP since December 2008, following the first reports of human right abuses, together with other indications that Zimbabwe had lost control of its diamond industry. “Without aiming to harm the country, suspension is one of the only tools the KP has to encourage member countries to undertake the necessary reforms to meet the KP Certification Scheme minimum requirements and thereby rejoin the world diamond regulatory body,” argues Susanne Emond, of PAC.PAC also repeats its call for the KP to develop a clear and actionable protocol on gross human rights abuse in the management of a member’s diamond industry. “The onus is on the members of the KP to take vigorous action to prevent tainted diamonds from entering the world’s clean diamond stream,” says Taylor. “Zimbabwe is the test for the KP to show the world it cares about human rights and is working to keep consumer confidence in the purity of diamonds.”last_img read more

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Roscrea allboys boarding school to close after 112 years

first_imgRoscrea all-boys boarding school to close after 112 years The school, which has seen a dramatic drop in enrolment in the past few years, will gradually close over the next few years. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Feb 17th 2017, 5:57 PM 25 Comments He offered his best wishes to staff, students and the school community as they began the “difficult process” of the gradual closure of the school.Read: UCC student dies after contracting meningitisRead: Theresa May didn’t look too impressed with a student’s Lego robot Image: Mount St Joseph Abbey AN ALL-BOYS BOARDING school has announced it’s to gradually close because of a significant drop in the number of enrolments.In the past ten years, there has been a 45% decrease in student enrolments at Cistercian College “undoubtedly exacerbated” by the recession, according to a statement by the abbot of the college, Richard Purcell.“The reality is that in the 20 years up to 2009, the college had an average enrolment of 300 boys. The current enrolment is 167. Indications were that enrolment for 2017/2018 would have been about 150.”Purcell says that running the college on this number of enrolments is not possible.What this means for studentsFrom the beginning of the next academic year (in August/September of this year), there will be no classes for first, third and fourth/Transition Year students. These students will be transferred to other schools, according to Purcell.Discussions will begin to ask second and fifth year students and their parents whether classes should continue until the end of the next academic year (June 2018).The school assures that the announcement won’t affect this academic year.Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe said that the closure of Cistercian College “will be deeply felt in our diocese”. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3245986 23,964 Views Source: Brendan McKeogh/Twitter Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5:57 PM From the sliotar to the oval ball, Joe Canning’s nephew continues Roscrea’s GAA connection (via @the42_ie) https://t.co/u2QzXBfUqm— Brendan McKeogh (@TFO77) February 16, 2017 Image: Mount St Joseph Abbey For over a century, the contribution, and now the legacy, of the Cistercian College in the areas of Catholic education, in sport, in politics and public service, in business as well as in other key facets of Irish life, has been immense and is deeply appreciated throughout the Diocese of Killaloe and much further afield. Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Dix parcs naturels marins pour la France en 2013

first_imgDix parcs naturels marins pour la France en 2013En 2011, trois parcs naturels marins devraient voir le jour. D’ici 2013, dix devraient être mis en place pour remplir l’objectif du Grenelle de l’environnement.Le Golfe du Lion et les estuaires de la Gironde et Picards vont voir apparaître trois des dix parcs naturels marins dont la France doit se doter d’ici 2013. La ministre de l’Ecologie indique que “ces parcs s’inscrivent dans l’objectif du Grenelle de la mer de 2009 de protéger la biodiversité marine par la création d’aires marines protégées”, comme le rappelle Sciences et Avenir.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Le parc créé à l’ouest du Golfe du Lion, sur la Côte Vermeille, abritera plus de 1.200 espèces animales et près de 500 espèces végétales sous-marines. Quant au parc des Estuaires Picards, il comptera 20 espèces différentes de mammifères marins, 30 espèces d’oiseaux et plus de 1.200 espèces d’invertébrés. Enfin, le parc des Glorieuses situé dans l’estuaire de la Gironde devra protéger la faune et les habitats des divers animaux qui s’y trouvent tout en protégeant un couloir marin emprunté par les tortues Luths.Pour l’heure, la France ne compte que deux parcs marins, respectivement situés à la pointe du Finistère et à Mayotte (océan Indien). Outre les trois qui vont se créer dans le courant de l’année, la ministre a annoncé la création de trois autres parcs marins en 2012. De plus, la semaine prochaine, le parc marin franco-italien des Bouches de Bonifacio sera inauguré.Grâce à ces espaces protégés, il devient plus facile de connaître et de protéger les milieux marins tout en mettant en place des activités maritimes qui entrent dans le cadre du développement durable.Le 11 février 2011 à 16:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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IEC Chairman Elected In Sub-Regional Electoral Commission’s Steering Committee

first_imgMUHAMMED S. BAHAlieu Momar Njie, Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), has been elected as the 2nd Vice President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions at the 6th Biennial General Assembly in Abuja.The new 5-member Steering Committee is expected to serve the regional body for the next two years (2019-2021) according to ECOWAS Official site.The ECONEC ended with the following decisions:  Adoption of the Activity and Financial Reports of the past two years;Respecting the principle of the linguistic balance (Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone) as enshrined in its statues.Dr. Maria do Rosario Lopes Pereira Goncalves, Chair of CNE of Cabo Verde was elected as the President. She takes over from Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC, and other members are Mr. Newton Ahmed Barry, Chair of CENI, Burkina Faso as the 1st Vice President, Mr. Alieu Momarr Njai, Chair of IEC the Gambia as 2nd Vice President, Mr. Amadou Ba, Chair CENI, Mali as Treasurer and Madam Jean Mensa, Chair EC Ghana as Deputy Treasurer.According to a publication on the official site, The Permanent Secretary of the Network and the Head of the ECOWAS Electoral Assistance Division (EAD), Mr. Sourou Francis Gabriel Oke, will assist the Steering Committee.The Regional Network is the umbrella organization of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in West Africa founded in 2008 to promote free, fair and credible elections.Part of its objectives is to promote free and credible elections in West Africa and to strengthen public confidence in the electoral process through free and credible electoral procedures.The next regular Biennial General Assembly of ECONEC will take place in Praia, Cabo Verde in 2021.last_img read more

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Fire in Provo no one hurt

first_img Related Items:Fire, leeward estate, provo, tranquility lane Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – Magnetic Media received reports of a structure fire at #16 Tranquility Lane in Leeward Estate early Thursday morning.Fire Department, Police and Medical unit battled the blaze. Several people were treated for smoke inhalation. Breaking: Fire at Providenciales’ Dump Long Island fire extinguished Energy Town Meeting for Provolast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE BDO to present benefits overview at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgAccountancy and business advisory organisation BDO will discuss the basic principles around employee benefits programmes at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Debbie Thomson (pictured), head of HR operations at BDO Services, will present the session Back to benefits basics, alongside Dominic Cole-Morgan, group reward and employee policy director at Standard Life, on Tuesday 11 October.The conference session aims to provide an overview of benefits for those who are new to the industry or are in the process of implementing a benefits programme for the first time.During the session, Thomson will examine the key areas organisations should consider when developing a benefits programme, including: alignment to culture; business and people objectives; understanding your people; benefit design and structure; engagement and communication; and the arguments for keeping it simple.Thomson said: “The takeaway [for those attending the session] would be that no one answer fits all.“[I hope] that each individual goes away with either confirmation that the thinking they are already doing is right, and/or they would take away one thing that either surprises them or that they haven’t thought of before.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London. Register to attend for free and view the full conference programme.last_img read more

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Audi recalls 23000 Q3 SUVs for turn signal problems

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The problem stems from the LED headlights. An “incorrect software configuration,” as Audi puts it, may not cause a warning light to illuminate if one of the LED front turn signals fails to work. This puts the vehicle in violation of FMVSS 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment.” A lack of a front turn signal and its subsequent warning light may cause a vehicle to change lanes without suitable notification to other drivers, which may increase the risk of a crash. Audi pointed out in its recall documents that, while the LED headlight is a “lifetime” part with a very low failure rate, its lack of FMVSS compliance nevertheless requires a recall.Thankfully, the fix is pretty easy. Since it’s a software problem, Audi technicians will take the recalled vehicles and apply a software-based fix. This should only take about an hour to complete, and like all recall work, it will be performed free of charge. Owners should expect to receive recall notifications in the mail, and the recall itself is expected to kick off in mid-July. 0 Audi 3:46 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2016 Audi Q3 Quattro Prestige (pictures) 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice Post a comment More about 2016 Audi Q3 Quattrocenter_img Crossovers Car Industry 2016 Audi Q3 Prestige Quattro Tags 30 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Review • 2016 Audi’s Q3: A solid performer facing very stiff competition (review) Audi Enlarge ImageIn the meantime, make extra sure that drivers in other lanes know your intentions before committing to a lane change. It’s also worth noting that the rear and mirror-mounted turn signals will still function if the one in the headlight fails. Audi Every vehicle on the road in the US must conform to a battery of regulations known as the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. One FMVSS violation, even if it seems like it’s barely a problem at all, can spur a vehicle recall. A small bunch of compact Audi crossovers are currently under recall for such a violation.Audi has issued a recall for 23,241 examples of the 2016-2018 Q3 compact crossover. All of the vehicles included in this recall are equipped with LED headlights. It is unclear if there is a specific batch of VINs or production dates that this recall applies to. More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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