New Delhi: Supreme Court’s verdict on the Amrapali Group vindicated nearly 42,000 buyers who had their hard-earned money stuck in projects the real-estate group had promised to finish by 2014, at the latest. More than half a decade later, the Apex court decision to cancel the group’s RERA registration, asking the NBCC to take up all pending work has led to all vested parties breathing a huge sigh of relief, with the highest judicial authority in the nation recognising their grief. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Till yesterday (Monday) we had no hope. From there to where we are today (Tuesday) is something amazing. There is now hope and not just that, we are confident that the court will monitor the situation to make sure we get our dues, “Shweta Bharti, General Secretary of the Noida Extention Flat Owners’ Association, which approached the Apex court in 2017, said, talking to the Millennium Post. The NEFOWA general secretary had purchased a flat in Amrapali’s Centurion Park in 2011 and was supposed to get delivery of the unit in December 2013. “Six years on and now we are living on rent and also paying our EMIs,” Bharti said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRitesh Singh, an advocate by profession who booked a flat in Amrapali Dream Valley in Greater Noida West said, “Its good that ownership has been taken from the Amrapali group and given to NBCC. Undoubtedly, SC’s judgment is a win-win situation for all home buyers. However, I am worried as home buyers have been asked to pay their remaining dues within one month.” “The verdict is out but as an advocate, I would say that it will take some more time to get clarity on the matter as the court would require time to complete the legal process. I personally believe, if all goes well then it will take at least six months to start work on the projects,” Singh concluded.
2017 Pemberton Music Festival cancelled no automatic refunds for ticketholders2017 Pemberton Music Festival cancelled no automatic refunds for ticketholders
October 15, 2019October 15, 2019
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Documents obtained by Global News show that there will be no automatic refunds for tickets as “the festival is now in bankruptcy and has no ability to provide refunds for tickets purchased.”Ticketholders may file a proof of claim form with Ernst & Young, which is the festival’s trustee in bankruptcy. However, determining if a refund is applicable will not be known for several weeks.READ MORE The biggest music festival in B.C. has been cancelled.Global News has learned that the organizers of the Pemberton Music Festival have filed for bankruptcy.Breaking: 2017 Pemberton Music Festival canceled. Ernst & Young appointed trustee in bankruptcy. Details to follow. @GlobalBC @CKNW— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) May 18, 2017 Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
Rabat – Morocco is planning to modernize the energy use in hundreds of mosques across the country to follow green and eco-friendly standards. The project, a partnership between the Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation), aims to make at least 600 mosques throughout the country more energy efficient and to raise public awareness about renewables.Keeping in mind the standards and specifications required for green buildings, these mosques will be equipped with the latest green technologies by the end of 2017, such as energy-saving LED lighting, photovoltaic systems, and solar thermal plants to heat water. People working in these mosques will also be instructed in the use of green technologies. Through the mosques, the project aims to inspire eco-friendly initiatives in other areas of public life and create a self-sustaining market for energy services as well as generating new jobs. This 4 million EUR initiative, financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), aims to create at least 130 jobs in the country and improve the employability of Moroccan companies working in the renewables sector.The project supports local companies by offering training in the areas of performing installation and maintenance work in public building, corporate management and marketing. It will also be conducting analysis to identify market opportunities in the renewables sector as well as companies’ staffing requirements. The findings will then be fed back into training modules.GIZ has been working in Morocco since 1975. It has launched several projects to promote renewables in Morocco and help the kingdom introduce a model for developing a sustainable energy production system and supply.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
October 8, 2019October 8, 2019
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives adjourned late Friday without passing a federal spending bill that provides President Donald Trump with the $5 billion that he insists is needed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in addition to appropriations for government agencies. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi issued a joint statement Saturday saying, “Democrats have offered Republicans multiple proposals to keep the government open, including one that already passed the Senate unanimously, and all of which include funding for strong, sensible, and effective border security — not the president’s ineffective and expensive wall. If President Trump and Republicans choose to continue this Trump shutdown, the new House Democratic majority will swiftly pass legislation to re-open government in January.”Trump tweeted a video late Friday, saying “we’re going to have a shutdown. There’s nothing we can do about that.” The U.S. federal government has begun a partial shutdown of its operations, US media reports said.About a quarter of the government ran out of funds at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Washington time. More than 800,000 federal employees’ jobs have been disrupted and more than half of those employees are required to work without pay. Lawmakers had until midnight to enact a measure to keep the government fully funded.
Abuja Summit will help to end conspiracy of silence on HIVAIDS AnnanAbuja Summit will help to end conspiracy of silence on HIVAIDS Annan
October 6, 2019October 6, 2019
“The people are speaking out now, the conspiracy of silence is broken, and we need to have a comprehensive approach to the disease which combines the prevention and treatment,” Mr. Annan told reporters late on Monday in Accra, Ghana, where he stopped over for a brief personal visit to his home country before heading to the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases.The Secretary-General, who is to deliver a major action-oriented address to Summit on Thursday, stressed that the event offered African leaders an opportunity to “come together to join the fight against HIV/AIDS.”Mr. Annan said that in response to the epidemic, there had been a recent surge of attention — a “new energy and new engagement on the part of leaders on this continent and around the world.”He stressed that the United Nations was working with other partners from around the world — including the pharmaceutical companies, the donor community and global civil society — to tackle this epidemic. At the same time, he called for a “complete social mobilization at the national level.” Underscoring the need for active leadership to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, the Secretary-General pointed to Uganda and Senegal as successful examples of a proactive approach to the epidemic.Mr. Annan also noted that pharmaceutical companies have reduced the prices of their medications, but added that this alone was not enough. “We need to be able in our budget promises to give health a priority,” he noted, expressing hope that UN agencies could help governments to achieve that goal.
Towns Wolves use big second half to beat Rockets 10391Towns Wolves use big second half to beat Rockets 10391
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns helped erase a 14-point halftime deficit to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Houston Rockets 103-91 on Monday night.Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins had 16 points. The Rockets led by as many as 19 in the first half before Minnesota stormed back to take the lead for good in the third quarter.James Harden finished with 29 points, and Clint Capela added 24 for the Rockets. Houston went cold after halftime, scoring just nine points in the fourth quarter and 29 total in the second half.Minnesota clamped down on defence in the third quarter while shooting 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Houston shot just 38.1 per cent in the third quarter and connected on 2 of 11 from deep.Harden scored 14 of Houston’s 38 points in the second quarter as the Rockets pushed their lead to 14 at the half.Minnesota had three technical fouls in the first half. Towns received a technical after he thought he was fouled, and Robert Covington got one late in the second quarter. Jeff Teague was hit with a technical foul on a play in which he was fouled.After Houston scored 38 points in the second quarter, Minnesota answered with a 38-point quarter of its own. The Timberwolves tied it at 76 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Teague to cap a 15-3 run. Wiggins also hit a 3-pointer and had a block at the other end during the stretch. Minnesota took its first lead since 14-11 when Dario Saric hit a 3-pointer that made it 79-77.The Wolves grew their lead in the fourth quarter on a three-point play by Saric and a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Covington that made it 94-82.Harden hit a shot in the fourth that ended a 42-14 Timberwolves’ run over 14 1/2 minutes. The nine points in the fourth quarter was the fewest for the Rockets in any quarter this season.Monday marked the first time Minnesota and Houston faced off since last year’s playoffs. The Rockets beat the Timberwolves in five games, including a game that saw Houston score 50 points in a quarter at Target Center.TIP-INSRockets: Harden topped the 20-point mark for the 18th time this season. … Houston shot just 3 for 22 from 3-point range in the second half after hitting on 8 of 17 shots from deep in the first half. … Chris Paul scored a season-low five points.Timberwolves: The 38-point third quarter was the highest-scoring quarter in a second half all season for Minnesota. … Derrick Rose was held scoreless for the first time all season. He entered Monday’s game averaging 19.3 points per game. … Saric was 3 for 4 from deep. He was 4 for 19 from 3-point range in his previous six games.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Utah on Thursday night.Timberwolves: Host Charlotte on Wednesday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTyler Mason, The Associated Press
Ohio State mens volleyball set for first of 5 straight home gamesOhio State mens volleyball set for first of 5 straight home games
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson prepares to serve the ball during a match against Lees-McRae Jan. 17 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter four matches on the road, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team is set to return to its home court and kick off a five-match homestead at St. John Arena.The No. 14 Buckeyes (4-5, 2-1) are scheduled to take on Saint Francis (3-3, 0-1) Sunday at 4 p.m. in the first game of the home slate.After dropping two consecutive matches against then-No. 1 Loyola, 3-0, and No. 12 Penn State, 3-1, on the road, the Buckeyes are looking forward to returning home.“The crowd is always in our favor, and is never a distraction while at home,” freshman setter Christy Blough said.Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said the home stretch will allow the team to channel its focus solely on the game.“It gives us an added comfort level and definitely adds an adrenaline boost when we play in front of our own fans. It’s a good thing we have a home stretch coming up because it will allow us to focus more on volleyball and less on the conditions we are playing in,” Henchy said.Blough said the Buckeyes are hoping to correct mistakes made against Penn State and perform with more consistency against the Red Flash.“We will be working on our serve receive and being able to play at a constant, high level for longer periods,” Blough said.The Buckeyes, however, were not lacking when it came to hitting and blocking, with five players reaching career-highs in the match against Penn State.Redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz tied a career-best with 20 kills and added three block assists.Blough tallied 45 assists for the Buckeyes, with two younger players finishing with career-high kill totals in redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous (12) and freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson (nine). Freshman outside hitter Gabriel Domecus also added 12 digs.Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary said although the loss against Penn State was disappointing, it had some bright spots.“Although the end result of the match was a loss, there were a lot of things we did well,” Neary said. “Our numbers in passing and kill percentage went way up and we really did a good job staying on task with our game plan, and we will use those things for our advantage in our match this weekend.”
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
Essequibo motorcyclist accidentThirty-year-old Balwant Mohabeer, a truck driver of Lot 52 Zorg, Essequibo Coast was on Thursday slapped with a causing death by dangerous driving charge, after he appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.He pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on February 5, 2017 he drove motor lorry GNN 6695 in a dangerous manner on the Airy Hall Public Road causing the death of 17-year-old Iftikar Ishmael.Dead: Iftikar IshmaelAt the time of the accident, Ishmael was riding motorcycle CC 2962 when he collided with the motor lorry.The prosecution stated that the motor lorry was proceeding west out of Man-Man Gas Station, located on the eastern side of the road, while the motorcyclist was said to be proceeding north along the western side of the road. He was said to be going at a fast pace when he lost control and rode onto the eastern carriageway, colliding with the front of the motor lorry’s left side.The teenager fell off the motorcycle, and received injuries about his body. He was picked up in an unconscious state by public-spirited citizens and rushed to the Suddie Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead by doctors.Dead: Ashuk DassThe truck driver was granted $600,000 bail on the condition that he report to the Suddie Police Station every Monday. The case will be called again on March 3.Meanwhile, the autopsies conducted on Iftikar Ishmael and pedestrian Askuk Dass, 56, of Adventure Village, who lost his life on February 6, around 19:30h when the driver of motor car PVV 4390 ran over him, revealed that they both died as a result of multiple injuries. The autopsies were conducted by Government pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh on Thursday at the Suddie Mortuary. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibo resident killed in accidentFebruary 8, 2017In “latest news”Driver slapped with causing death, DUI charges in Essequibo accidentDecember 22, 2016In “Court”3 years jail for Truck Driver who killed Agricola woman in accidentJune 19, 2015In “Crime”
September 22, 2019September 22, 2019
Aalborg Handbold: Pedersen, Aggefors – Smarason 2, Wiesmach 2, Barthold 2, Larsen M. 1, Hesselund, Hald 6, Saugstrup 2, Holst 4, Ellebaek, Jotic 2, Atlason, Meinby, Antonsen 1, Juul-Lassen 2 (2) Telekom Veszprém: Mikler – Manaskov 2, Schuch, Ilic 3, Tönnesen 2, Gajic 3, Nilsson 3, Accambray, Ugalde 1, Marguc 3 (1), Ancsin 3, Terzic, Blagotinsek 3, Jamali, Lékai 7 5.Kiel6213139:1535 STANDINGS: Hungarian Telekom Veszprem kept the leading position at VELUX EHF Champions League Group B by routine home victory over Danish Aalborg Handbold 30:24 (16:10). After small break due EHF week of the national teams, Ljubomir Vranjes extended winning run on the bench of one of the biggest favorites for winning EHF CL trophy in Cologne next May.Mate Lekai continued with good performance. Domestic playmaker netted seven goals for the new success of his team.Telekom Veszprém – Aalborg Handbold 30:24 (16:10) 4.Meshkov Brest6213162:1645 2.Paris SG5401151:1368 1.Telekom Veszprem6510184:16411 aalborg handboldTelekom Veszprem PHOTO: Telekom Veszprem, Vörös Dávid 3.Flensburg-H.6321168:1578 7.Celje6114180:1963 6.Vive Kielce5122141:1374 8.Aalborg6105155:1732 ← Previous Story African Championship 2018 in Gabon with 10 teams Next Story → Landin’s night in Brest – First away win for THW Kiel
Militant hardliners or Nazis How those challenging the status quo are labelledMilitant hardliners or Nazis How those challenging the status quo are labelled
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Monday 26 Feb 2018, 6:30 AM 20,722 Views Short URL Assistant professor of history, Gonzaga University, Washington ‘Militant, hard-liners or Nazis’ – How those challenging the status quo are labelled Language is used in a manipulative way to make one side of the debate seem practical and free of ideological bias and the other side as completely unreasonable. Caoimhín De Barra https://jrnl.ie/3865737 Share257 Tweet Email1 Feb 26th 2018, 6:31 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE HUNGARIAN SOCIOLOGIST Karl Mannheim observed that at the core of any public debate is a clash of two ideologies. One is usually the dominant ideology, supporting the status quo, while the other is the challenging ideology, which seeks to bring about some kind of change.The reason the dominant ideology is usually so successful, according to Mannheim, is precisely its ability to deny that it is an ideology at all. Supporters of it insist that their position is based on nothing more than cool reason and logic, while accusing their opponents of being irrational fanatics who are incapable of clear-headed thinking.I was reminded of this in hearing about comments recently made by Pat Kenny during his morning show on Newstalk. He recalled driving through West Cork a few years ago and noticing that in the lead up to a bad series of bends, there was a sign saying “Go Mall” to tell motorists to slow down.Kenny felt that this would likely lead American tourists to think that they were approaching a shopping mall rather than a dangerous stretch of road, and blamed this potential confusion on “quite militant Irish language activists”.‘Hardline zealots’This is exactly the kind of thing Mannheim was referring to. Kenny felt that he was simply raising a practical concern. Of course, in order for this problem to arise, we must assume that Americans will believe that yellow road warning signs have been repurposed to notify them, through pidgin English, that they have stumbled upon a shopping metropolis in the wilds of the Múscraí Gaeltacht.We also must assume that there were no other signs in English. Signs solely in Irish do exist in the Gaeltacht, but they are almost always in addition to, rather than in replacement of, the regular road signs we find across Ireland.But it was Kenny’s choice of the word “militant” to describe Irish language supporters that was most interesting. This automatically labels those who might disagree with Kenny as aggressive, hardline zealots, lacking the cool, detached logical worldview of people like himself.There is a well-worn path used to discredit supporters of the Irish language. People depict them as frothing at the mouth in their eagerness to impose their wicked totalitarian nightmare upon us all. Those who oppose them, of course, are imagined as entirely sensible and rational, completely free of anything so sordid as an “ideology”.Dominant ideologiesThis kind of language is not confined to the Irish language debate. In fact, anyone who seeks to challenge some social norm is likely to be on the receiving end of it. Feminism is an ideology that seeks to change the position of women in society relative to men. What do those who disagree label them? Militants and Feminazis, people who think irrationally because of their blind hatred of men.We see similar language in Scotland on the question of independence. It isn’t a coincidence that opponents of the SNP use the derogatory name “Nats” to discredit them.Indeed, Britain has given us a wonderful example of how dominant ideologies mask their presence in two monumental referendums they recently held, on the question of Scottish independence in 2014, and the Brexit vote in 2016.The 2014 referendum was a contest between two different nationalisms, British and Scottish. But that is not how it was depicted in the media. British nationalism, by virtue of supporting the status quo, was able to blend into the background. Its supporters depicted themselves as inclusive, enlightened, fiscally responsible, outward looking and tolerant people. On the other hand, they painted independence advocates as xenophobic, parochial, economically hair-brained extremists.But in 2016, British nationalism was the ideology seeking to overturn the status quo, and was visible to the naked eye. Broadly speaking, the principles upon which one would argue against Scottish independence and against a British withdrawal from the European Union are very similar. But many of those who opposed Scottish independence made an about-face upon these principles that they supposedly based their opposition on.‘Enlightened high ground’ All of the major supporters of Brexit today, like Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg, were opponents of Scottish independence in 2014. This shows that their views were never shaped entirely by logic or rationality, but rather always had a significant ideological bent. In 2014, Johnson wrote prior to the independence vote that the Scots “have yet to think through the horrific financial and constitutional implications of…divorce.” Mercifully, he would never make a mistake like that himself.The point is, if you closely examine those who have claimed the enlightened high ground for themselves, their level-headedness can be something of a mirage. Try tracking some of those people who refer to feminists as militant Nazis. You will often find them organizing, without any apparent sense of irony, coordinated attacks against those they disagree with on the message boards of 4chan.So remember the teachings of Mannheim the next time you see someone throwing around the word “militant”. They might not be quite as free of ideology as they would have you believe.Caoimhín De Barra is Assistant Professor for Irish History and Culture at Drew University, New Jersey.Read: ’There’s a deep-rooted hatred toward the indigenous culture of Ireland, above all its language’> 73 Comments By Caoimhín De Barra
Five arrested and €230000 worth of drugs seized in major operation inFive arrested and €230000 worth of drugs seized in major operation in
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
19,580 Views Image: Garda Press Office http://jrnl.ie/3264321 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share18 Tweet Email No Comments Source: Garda Press OfficeFollow-up searches were carried out in counties Kildare and Cork. A planned search of a premises was carried out in Caragh, Naas, where three kilos of amphetamine and an amount of cash was seized. Two men, 51 and 29, were arrested and are currently detained under Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Naas Garda Station.Gardaí also searched a house and a van in Glounthaune Village, Cork and recovered cocaine, 1,500 ecstasy tablets and MDMA with a combined total of €85,000. A man, 32, and a woman, 29, were arrested at the scene. They were both detained at Mayfield Garda Station under Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.The woman was released from Garda custody without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The man was charged in connection with the investigation and is due to appear before Cork District Court tomorrow morning.Read: Public asked to avoid St James’s Hospital emergency department due to ‘unusually high’ demand By Paul Hosford Short URL Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 10:01 PM Image: Garda Press Office Feb 28th 2017, 10:01 PM Five arrested and €230,000 worth of drugs seized in major operation in three counties The seizures began this afternoon when Gardaí stopped and searched a car on the M8. GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED five people and seized €230,000 worth of drugs in three counties.As part of Operation Minstrel, an intelligence-led operation targeting drug trafficking activities by organised criminals, gardaí attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, assisted by Anglesea Street Divisional Drugs Unit, Cork and uniformed gardaí from Naas and Portlaoise, seized cannabis herb with an estimated value of €100,000, cocaine, ecstasy and MDMA with a combined total of €85,000 and amphetamine valued at €45,000, pending analysis.Five people were arrested, four men and a woman.The seizures began this afternoon when Gardaí stopped and searched a car on the M8 motorway close to Portlaoise. Five kilos of cannabis herb, with an estimated value of €100,000, was discovered and seized.One man, aged 35, was arrested at the scene. He was detained at Portlaoise Garda Station under Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 and charged in connection with the investigation. He is due to appear before Carlow District Court tomorrow morning.
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
On Sunday 21 July, the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the Greek Democritus League, the Ethnic Community Radio Station 3ZZZ (Greek Broadcasting Committee), the Greek Australian Cultural League and the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis will celebrate the life of Ploutarchos Deliyiannis at the Panarcadian Association Hall in North Melbourne. Tributes will be paid by representatives of the hosting organisations, and will include video exhibits and a musical program. Refreshments provided. When: Sunday 21 July, at 3.00 pm Where: Panarcadian Association Hall, 570 Victoria Street, North Melbourne Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La mise à jour du Blackberry Playbook retardée à lannée prochaineLa mise à jour du Blackberry Playbook retardée à lannée prochaine
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
La mise à jour du Blackberry Playbook retardée à l’année prochaine !Les utilisateurs de produits de RIM (Research In Motion) ne sont décidemment pas gâtés. Après les pannes liées aux terminaux Blacberry, les excuses publiques du Président de RIM et les logiciels offerts…C’est au tour des possesseurs de tablettes Playbook de faire la triste mine, du fait de deux annonces qui ne va pas leur faire plaisir.La première concerne le système d’exploitation de la tablette. Promis à être mis à niveau avant la fin de l’année, RIM a annoncé qu’elle voulait que cette nouvelle mouture de l’OS soit parfaite, pour les développeurs et pour les utilisateurs, et propose aux sociétés ayant fait confiance aux produits de la marque d’effectuer une béta test pour être sûr d’un rendu optimal. Résultat des courses, ce nouvel OS est annoncé pour février 2012. Mais ce n’est pas tout !À lire aussiBlackberry 10 se dévoile peu à peuRIM a également annoncé que l’un des logiciels phare de ses gammes, Blackberry Messenger (ou BBM, pour les intimes) ne serait pas fourni dans le nouveau système d’exploitation. Que cela soit en entreprise ou en déplacement particulier, BBM (l’équivalent de Imessage d’Apple) permet de communiquer entre Blacberry de façon gratuite. Les utilisateurs voulant l’utiliser devront donc passer par leurs terminaux mobiles qui, connectés à leurs tablettes leur permettraient d’utiliser le précieux software.Plus qu’une perte, l’absence de BBM sur tablette c’est un peu une gageure pour RIM, qui devra vite remédier à cet “oubli” sous peine de voir ses utilisateurs professionnels changer de camp.Le 26 octobre 2011 à 11:18 • Maxime Lambert
Government introduces recruitment and retention allowance for judgesGovernment introduces recruitment and retention allowance for judges
September 15, 2019September 15, 2019
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has introduced a new temporary allowance for High Court, Circuit and Upper Tribunal judges in order to improve retention and recruitment.The policy, which was announced on Wednesday 5 June 2019, will award an allowance at 25% of base salary for High Court judges, while Circuit and Upper Tribunal judges who are eligible for the judiciary’s new pension scheme will be able to receive an allowance at 15% of their basic pay. This will replace the existing allowance set at 11% of base salary for High Court judges.The MOJ predicts that around a quarter of the 1,850 salaried judges in England and Wales will be eligible for the new allowances, with approximately 60 judges able to receive the higher 25% level.The government has also confirmed a 2% pay increase for all members of the judiciary in 2019-2020.The new measures have been implemented in response to a review by the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB), an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Cabinet Office, which provides independent advice to the prime minister, lord chancellor, secretary of state for defence, secretary of state for health and home secretary on the pay of senior civil servants, the judiciary, senior officers of the armed forces, certain senior managers in the NHS, police and crime commissioners and chief police officers.The review, which was submitted last October, identified a significant recruitment and retention issue within the judiciary, particularly at senior levels. It reported that new judges joining the judiciary from private practice could experience pay cuts of up to two-thirds. In conjunction with this, more than 10% of High Court judicial positions are currently vacant, according to the MOJ, while the Chancery Division, which deals with major commercial cases, is 20% understaffed; this is expected to rise to 40% by the end of 2019.The introduction of the new allowances aims to resolve the judiciary’s immediate retirement issue until a long-term, pension-based solution can be implemented for all judges.However, the allowances are below the SSRB’s recommendation of a 32% permanent salary increase for High Court judges and a 22% pay rise for Circuit and Upper Tribunal judges covered by the new 2015 pension scheme.David Gauke, lord chancellor, said: “Our judges are a cornerstone of our democratic society; their experience draws billions of pounds worth of business to the UK, and without them people cannot get justice.“We have reached a critical point. There are too many vacancies and with the retirement of many judges looming, we must act now before we see a serious impact on our courts and tribunals.“Judges are in a unique position and, once they join the bench, are not permitted to return to practice. Without the best legal minds in these seats, everyone that uses our courts will suffer, as will our international reputation.“This temporary allowance, pending long-term pension scheme change, will enable us to continue to attract the brightest and best and prevent delays to potentially life-changing decisions.”
September 9, 2019September 9, 2019
The Air Force, Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers have worked together to rescue a man who found himself on a deflating raft in Cook Inlet near Anchorage.The Coast Guard got a request for help Tuesday evening from troopers who reported the man was in trouble. That agency launched a helicopter crew from Kodiak.Then the Air Force advised that it had both a plane and a Black Hawk helicopter about five minutes away.Coast Guard Petty Officer Diana Honings says the Black Hawk crew used the helicopter’s rotor wash to push the man’s deflating raft to shore, where he was met by troopers. They flew him to a hospital for evaluation.
September 3, 2019September 3, 2019
Chief justice Surendra Kumar SinhaChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, who is now on a month-long leave, has reportedly written a letter to the president, Abdul Hamid, apprising him that he is going abroad.Talking to Prothom Alo, law minister Anisul Huq said he has come to know from the secretary of his ministry about the letter of the chief justice.“When we go abroad, we need to obtain a GO [government order]. In the same manner, the chief justice needs to obtain a GO as well. I’ve heard that he sent a letter seeking GO,” said the law minister.A law ministry official said the chief justice in his letter stated he would stay abroad from 13 October to 10 November.Earlier on 2 October, law and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq said chief justice SK Sinha applied for one month’s leave on health grounds.But the Supreme Court Bar Association and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have alleged that the government has sent the chief justice on forced leave.The chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, apparently strained his relations with the ruling leadership including the prime minister and the law minister through the 16th amendment annulment verdict which scrapped parliament’s power to sack judges.Rumours in the political arena have it that the government is forcibly sending the chief justice abroad on the pretext of medical treatment.
Thats Not The Chinese Consulate Calling You Phone Scam Hits HoustonThats Not The Chinese Consulate Calling You Phone Scam Hits Houston
September 2, 2019September 2, 2019
Many in Houston are receiving calls where someone speaking in a Chinese language says you need to send them money. The callers give a variety of reasons — from a fine you have to pay to picking up a package at the local consulate.However, the Chinese consulate says it never ask for money over the phone. The Houston Chinese consulate issued a warning on their website.“Scammers like to use these things that we know, things that are in the news, or things that we know have authority, because they lend some credibility and they sound just enough to make us go ‘oh, well maybe that’s right and I certainly don’t want to be in trouble I better take care of this,’” said Pati Poss of the Federal Trade Commission. The scam hit new New York City mid-April. A New York Police Officer told WNYC victims in the city lost somewhere near $3 million dollars to the scam since last December. Houston officials say they don’t have numbers on losses in Texas. Share
300 mph New Land Speed Record for a Hydrogen Powered Vehicle300 mph New Land Speed Record for a Hydrogen Powered Vehicle
August 31, 2019August 31, 2019
Image source: Ray the Rat via blog.buckeyebullet.com Citation: 300 mph: New Land Speed Record for a Hydrogen Powered Vehicle (2009, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-mph-hydrogen-powered-vehicle.html The speed test took place at the Bonneville Speedway at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. This is a location often used to test land speeds. This car is the first hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle to break the 300 mph mark. (Note: The streamliner that Jesse James used to make land speed history did not go the entire distance of the Flying Kilometer event. And it didn’t break 200 mph.) In order to receive a certification of a record, a vehicle must sustain speeds for more than a mile, two times within an hour. The Buckeye Bullet 2 managed this feat.Ohio State University is no stranger to setting land speed records with alternative energy vehicles. OSU’s original Buckeye Bullet set the record as the first electric vehicle to go 300 mph. Of course, there is a difference between building a car for speed, and building one that provides sustained speed and power over a longer distance. The good news, though, is that commuter cars don’t need to go 300 mph. The fact that it is possible could lead to more interest in all-electric and hydrogen-fueled vehicles in the future.© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — One of the complaints that many have with regard to vehicles powered by alternative energy is the fact that they don’t really have a lot of speed. However, this does not necessarily have to be the case. Last week, a group of engineering students set a land speed record for a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuels cells. The car that was able to break 300 mph is the Buckeye Bullet 2. 80-mph electric car to go on sale this summer in the US This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further
New measurement with deuterium nucleus confirms proton radius puzzle is realNew measurement with deuterium nucleus confirms proton radius puzzle is real
August 31, 2019August 31, 2019
A large team made up of researchers from across the globe has repeated experiments conducted several years ago that showed a different radius for a proton when it was orbited by a muon as opposed to an electron—a finding dubbed the proton radius puzzle—using a deuterium nucleus this time and has found the same puzzle. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the experiments they conducted, what they found and offer a few possible ideas to help dispel the notion that the puzzle indicates that there may be some problems with the Standard Model. Explore further More information: R. Pohl et al, Laser spectroscopy of muonic deuterium, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf2468AbstractThe deuteron is the simplest compound nucleus, composed of one proton and one neutron. Deuteron properties such as the root-mean-square charge radius rd and the polarizability serve as important benchmarks for understanding the nuclear forces and structure. Muonic deuterium μd is the exotic atom formed by a deuteron and a negative muon μ–. We measured three 2S-2P transitions in μd and obtain rd = 2.12562(78) fm, which is 2.7 times more accurate but 7.5σ smaller than the CODATA-2010 value rd = 2.1424(21) fm. The μd value is also 3.5σ smaller than the rd value from electronic deuterium spectroscopy. The smaller rd, when combined with the electronic isotope shift, yields a “small” proton radius rp, similar to the one from muonic hydrogen, amplifying the proton radius puzzle.Press release © 2016 Phys.org Citation: New measurement with deuterium nucleus confirms proton radius puzzle is real (2016, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-deuterium-nucleus-proton-radius-puzzle.html Scientists have been able to calculate the radius of a proton (0.88 ± 0.01 femtometers) for some time using the charge of the electron that orbits around it and doing so has helped confirm theories regarding the Standard Model. But, in trying to improve the accuracy of the measurement by using a negatively charged muon (which orbits closer to the proton), researchers at the Max Planck Institute back in 2010 found a different radius—one that was 7 deviations from what was considered the official value. This proton radius puzzle has had physicists scratching their heads ever since because it suggests there is an error in the Standard Model somewhere. Over the past six years various researchers have offered theories to solve the puzzle, most of which have involved ways to preserve the Standard Model, but to date, the puzzle still remains.In this latest effort the researchers sought to gain more insight into the problem by adding another piece to the puzzle, a neutron, i.e. by using a deuterium nucleus. Their thinking was that the presence of the neutron would change the way that electrons and muons perceived the proton charge. They report that they found that the measurement they made of the radius of the proton was still different from that found with just an electron and proton, by approximately 7.5 sigma.The results by the team offer no new explanations for the measurement discrepancies—it remains a puzzle, but they do offer some possible avenues for further investigation, e.g. ways to improve measurements and forcing muons to interact with the protons to see if there might be any evidence of an unknown force at work. The quark structure of the proton. There are two up quarks in it and one down quark. The strong force is mediated by gluons (wavey). The strong force has three types of charges, the so-called red, green and the blue. Note that the choice of green for the down quark is arbitrary; the “color charge” is thought of as circulating among the three quarks. Credit: Arpad Horvath/Wikipedia Journal information: Science Proton radius puzzle may be solved by quantum gravity This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
BlackBerry Updates Software Offers Access to Android AppsBlackBerry Updates Software Offers Access to Android Apps
August 30, 2019August 30, 2019
February 19, 2015 BlackBerry rolled out a major software update on Thursday, allowing users of its entire suite of BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z10, Q10 and Z30 to access Android applications, and a host of other features, including Blend.The company said the BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 gives users the ability to access both the BlackBerry World appstore and the Amazon Appstore that provides access to a host of Android applications previously unavailable on the BlackBerry platform.In addition, BlackBerry said the new software will allow its users to access its new BlackBerry Blend feature that impressed many, when it was unveiled last year.The Blend feature lets users get message notifications, read and respond to work and personal email, text and other messages, while also accessing files, calendars, contacts and other media, on whatever device one is using. It works across a host of operating systems including Apple’s Mac OS, Microsoft’s Windows platform and tablets powered by Google Inc’s Android software.The software upgrade will also introduce the new BlackBerry Assistant, a digital assistant that can be used with voice or text command to help users manage email, contacts, calendar and other applications. It rivals offerings such as Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s S Voice.BlackBerry said subject to carrier approvals, the software upgrade will begin to roll out to customers around the world, starting Thursday.(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by David Gregorio) 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.