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14 Charged Under Health and Safety Act This Year

first_imgAs part of its efforts to promote safer workplaces and to reduce injury and accident rates in Nova Scotia, the Department of Labour and Workforce Development has charged 14 parties with 41 infractions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act this year. The charges range from failing to provide information to an occupational health and safety officer to not taking reasonable measures to ensure the health and safety of people at a workplace. “Last year, 32 workers did not come home and 7,200 loss-time injuries were reported to the Workers’ Compensation Board. These numbers are unacceptable,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “Under our leadership, we want workplace health and safety to be forever on the minds of each and every person.” Ms. More acknowledged that 2009 was the first time in a decade that loss-time injuries fell below 8,000 but, she said, there is still room for improvement. “Any workplace death or injury is one too many,” said Ms. More. As of June 30, the department had been advised of six workplace deaths during the first half of this year. “Our efforts to reduce workplace injuries and fatalities include a mix of education, rewards and enforcement,” said Jim LeBlanc, executive director of the department’s Occupational Health and Safety Division. Starting in September, occupational health and safety will be part of the Grade 9 public school curriculum. In January, the department introduced administrative penalties to reinforce to employers and employees that they share a responsibility to keep workplaces safe. When a provincial health and safety officer issues orders, an administrator determines whether a fine should be imposed. The fine reflects the level of authority the person holds on the work site, past convictions or penalties, and the potential for injury. As of June 11, there were 230 administrative penalties issued, ranging from $100 to $2,000. Of those, 216 penalties were levied against employers, eight against employees, and six against owners, supervisors, self-employed people, contractors and service providers. This year’s prosecutions and convictions include: On May 31, 10 charges were laid against RMSEnergy Ltd., Rotor Mechanical Services Ltd., and three owners and employees of the companies, related to the deaths of Kyle Elliott and Mandi Balagot in July 2009. On May 7, Divco Canada Limited and Southeast Drywall Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that employees were familiar with health and safety hazards at the workplace. In September 2007, an employee fell through an unsecured skylight opening and sustained critical injuries. Divco was fined $18,700 and Southeast Drywall was fined $12,600. The fines include a judicial order for each company to contribute $8,000 to the Minister’s Education Trust Fund. On April 14, charges were laid against Sepracor Canada (Nova Scotia) Limited, after an investigation into the Oct. 7, 2008 death of employee Roland Daigle.last_img read more

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Legal advocate takes up case of First Nations woman locked in Turkish

first_img(The Bakırköy prison in Istanbul where Charman Smith is serving a nine-year sentence for drug trafficking.)Shirley McLean APTN News SundayA Yukon woman from the Carcross First Nation who is currently in a Turkish prison now has a legal advocate fighting for her return to Canada.Tracy White has been in contact with the Canadian consulate in Turkey and is now getting briefed on the well being of the 38-year-old Charman Smith. After getting off the phone with officials, White sighs with relief after receiving news that the consulate has just completed one its visits with Smith earlier in the day and she has agreed to allow her to advocate and speak on her behalf.“It’s going to provide her with the opportunity to leave Turkey and come back to Canada,” White told APTN News.Smith has been in the Bakırköy women’s prison in Istanbul since May of 2016 for charges of drug trafficking.She was convicted and sentenced to nine years in the facility for women and children.For months now White and her daughter Bobbie Novak, who used to work with Smith, have worried about her safety and well-being.(Bobbie Novak, left, and Tracy White. Photo: Shirley McLean/APTN)They say she suffers from epilepsy and a cognitive brain disorder.“I’ve witnessed her having really bad seizures that would last a long time,” said Novak. “They were really scary to watch.”She said Smith was seeing a medical specialist when she left Canada in 2016.The only knowledge they had about Smith was that in May of last year she was travelling to Egypt with someone she met online for a holiday – and then she ended up in a Turkish prison on drug charges.Novak said Smith is a trusting person and believes she was duped by someone she met online and used as a mule to transport drugs back into Canada.“She had fallen prey to different email scams, phone scams she definitely has a history of being vulnerable in this way,” she said.“And she mentioned that she was going on vacation that she was excited to see this man nothing outside of excited to go we told her Charman be careful you’ve been duped into similar situations “White said, “there seems to be a real veil of silence over this it as to why I can’t say I’ve heard rumours I’ve heard stories, nothing concrete, no one I know has really looked into and the family certainly doesn’t speak of it.”Up until now, the Canadian consulate wasn’t much help either because of privacy issues.Until late last week when one of Smith’s immediate family members contacted White.“They want to remain anonymous for their own reasons and they asked me to look into it and up until that point, I had no idea what part of turkey or what prison she was in,” she said.The family member also shared some details of a letter sent by Smith.White was told she is hungry and she didn’t’ have any money to buy extra food or any type of feminine sanitary products.White said the conditions of the prison is horrendous and believes basic needs are not being met.She said the family member told her that she was very hungry that she didn’t have any type of sanitary products that she needed money to purchase these things to purchase extra foods soap.“I was told that the family member has sent her money on at least three occasions but that money never made it to her,” said White.“Then they sent a care package and the prison officials confiscated saying it wasn’t allowed because those products can be purchased in the jail.”The Canadian consulate official told White that Smith has seen medical personnel in Turkey and that she is receiving some medication.But the official added that with every visit, the consulate has to intervene with prison officials in making sure that things are up to par even her general living conditions.White believes the prison conditions Smith is in are horrendous.Now that more information is being shared with the Canadian officials in Turkey White said the consulate is providing some money to help Smith purchase from the prison’s canteen.White also wonders why she and a small group of Smith’s friends are the only ones actively seeking to help her.“I am shocked,” she said. “But I know for myself personally if I had my daughter in a foreign prison I would be sending her money and everything in my power to get her out “White and her daughter have created a Facebook page titled Please Help to Bring Charman Home with the hopes of raising awareness and to put some pressure to get Charman transferred back to Canada.According to the Global Affairs website, if a Canadian breaks the law of another country, they are subject to that country’s judicial system.“Global Affairs Canada can neither protect you from the consequences of your actions nor override the decisions of local authorities,” the website states.Canada has a treaty with Turkey to transfer prisoners which enables Canadians to serve out their sentences in a prison in Canada – but the process can only be initiated by the prisoner and both countries have to agree to the transfer.White has spoken to a Turkish lawyer and said there is hope for Smith.He’s scheduled to visit her within days and will work on starting the process for the transfer.“Speaking with him he has experience in this he has done other foreign transfers he feels no way will Turkey oppose it,” she said.But she said the lawyer will need to be paid and she is now seeking financial help.“We started a page on her Facebook like a go fund me we haven’t had much success with that but the fees aren’t going to be astronomical. White believes now is the time for Smith’s First Nation to help.Carcross Tagish First Nation has told APTN they will be making phone calls to their lawyers to seek advice on how they can assist getting Smith home.Through the Canadian consulate officer, Smith relayed a message back to White.She said she is grateful for all the work being done because she feels abandonedsmclean@aptn.calast_img read more

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Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes shortly after takeoff, all 157 on board killed

first_imgADDIS ABABA: An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from the capital Sunday morning killing all 157 thought to be on board, according to statements from the airline and the state broadcaster. There were no immediate details on what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November. The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, widely considered the best-managed airline in Africa, calls itself Africa’s largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent. The airline’s statement said 149 passengers and eight crew members were thought to be on the plane that crashed six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on its way to Kenya’s capital. The crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of Addis Ababa, at 8:44 am. It was carrying passengers from more than 30 countries, the airline’s CEO told journalists. He said they included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, eight Americans, seven British citizens, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians, four people from Slovakia, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis. Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen each had one citizen onboard. Four of those on board were listed as using United Nations passports and their nationalities were not immediately clear. Records show that the plane was new. The last deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was in 2010 when the plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Beirut killing all 90 people on board. Sunday’s crash comes as the country’s reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to open up the airline and other sectors to foreign investment in a major transformation of the state-centred economy.last_img read more

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Sarath Kumara gets bail Sarath Weerawansa remanded

Meanwhile the Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered that Sarath Weerawansa, brother of former Minister Wimal Weerawansa be further remanded.Weerawansa was arrested recently over allegations he misused a Government vehicle when his brother was a Minister in the former Government. (Colombo Gazette) The Negombo High Court today granted bail to former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne.Gunaratne was in remand custody after being arrested over an incident in 2002 in which a UNP supporter was killed.

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Ohio State womens volleyball looking to end Wisconsins winning streak

OSU sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Christopher Slack, Lantern PhotographerThe first time the Ohio State women’s volleyball team took on Wisconsin this season, it was looking to get even after falling to the Badgers in the NCAA tournament last year.This go-around, the No. 16 Buckeyes (22-7, 11-6) are looking to end No. 10 Wisconsin’s (21-6, 13-4) nine-game winning streak — which began nearly a month ago on Oct. 23 — in Madison on Sunday at 2 p.m.The Badgers have been particularly tough on their home floor, boasting an 11-2 record in the Wisconsin Field House this season.“We’ve got to remind ourselves that we’re pretty good,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “But on the road in the Big Ten, you have to find another level and really circle the wagons together.”A number of players have helped fuel Wisconsin’s hot streak, but at the center of it all is junior setter Lauren Carlini, a 2014 first-team All-American and a preseason all-Big Ten selection.Carlini currently ranks first in the conference and seventh in the country in assists per set (11.78). The last two weeks, she’s been named the Big Ten’s setter of the week, an award she’s won six times in her college career.Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said simply hitting the ball at Carlini can be effective in getting the Badgers out of rhythm.“A lot of times, you think of playing it at her, taking them out of system, taking her out of being able to set the ball and run the offense,” she said.The Buckeyes also want to “serve tough and get them out of system so we can read her easier,” sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree said.Getting better at the service line has been a point of emphasis for Carlston’s team in recent weeks, and he’s starting to see some improvement.“We’re having moments, we’ve just got to do more of them and be a little bit more consistent,” he said.Carlston’s squad will not only have its hands full in dealing with one of the nation’s top setters but will also have to defend against one of the better blocking teams in the country, led by freshman middle blocker Tionna Williams (1.32 blocks per set) and junior middle blocker Haleigh Nelson (1.27).Against the third-best blocking team in the conference, Carlston is looking for some better play from his offense, which has gone through cold spells at times during the last month.“We’re getting a little predictable in terms of where we’re hitting the ball,” he said. “We’ve got to change up our shots and mix up what we’re giving teams.”Building postseason momentumIn the latest RPI rankings, OSU came in at No. 10, which leaves it in good standing to be one of the 16 teams to host the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament.With only three games left in the regular season, OSU is trying to close the season out strong, not only to get home-court advantage in the first two rounds of the tournament but also to build some momentum going into the postseason.“Every single team in the country is trying to do that right now and just figure themselves out before going into the tournament,” Goree said.The Buckeyes have won just four of their last nine matches, but they’re hoping Wednesday’s road win over Iowa is what they needed to get back on track.“We’ve had a little lull, but I think we’re building it up and we’re getting our team confidence back,” Schirmer said.What’s next?OSU is set to play its final regular season game away from St. John Arena when it travels to meet Big Ten-leading Minnesota, which defeated the Buckeyes in five sets in each team’s conference opener on Sept. 23. The Wednesday match is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. read more

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Mildmannered Braxton Miller for 2012 Heisman Trophy

Campaign season isn’t over yet – not as far as college football is concerned, anyway. Americans are digging political lawn signage out of their front lawns, but college football fans are digging in for what could be a contentious and heated Heisman Trophy debate. Many pundits claim that Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein is the frontrunner for college football’s top honor. Others are riding the wave of positive momentum that Oregon senior running back Kenjon Barner provided after his 321-yard, five-touchdown performance last Saturday against USC. I propose a new deal. America needs an Ohio State player back on stage at the New York Downtown Athletic Club hoisting the Heisman Trophy. Buckeye sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller is the man to do it. Just look at Miller’s record, err, statistics. The quarterback has served Buckeye Nation admirably, completing 124-of-218 passes for 1,753 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Diversity is important for any candidate in an election – candidates must be well-versed in many different subjects and issues. Miller is as diverse as it gets in college football – after the ball is snapped to him in the shotgun formation, can anyone really say for sure what he’ll do with the ball? He’s as likely to zip a pinpoint-accurate pass into a receiver (like he did during Saturday’s 52-22 win against Illinois) as he is to take over the game with his feet (such as he did against Nebraska on Oct. 6 when he ran for a career-best 186 yards). Favorable rankings based on his statistics are surely a sign of Miller’s zeal for country – he ranks 15th in America with more than 116 rushing yards per game. He’s also just the third quarterback in the history of the Big Ten Conference – the conference of America’s heartland – to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Miller’s well-rounded: He ranks 22nd nationally in total offense with 291.9 yards per game. He’s modest, too. During a Tuesday teleconference, OSU football’s humble signal-caller said he tried to avoid thinking about personal accolades. “I really don’t pay attention to that,” Miller said. “I try not to talk about it, I don’t really like talking about myself.” Shy though he may be, Miller will lead, and said as much on Monday. “(I think it’s my) leadership,” Miller said of his improvement from the 2011 season to present day. “Coming from last year, I didn’t really know how to take that role. But this year I’m building on it and getting better at it each and every week.” His leadership shines through in his rushing ability. Compared to his opponents, Miller is a responsible rusher whereas players like Klein are wasteful. Miller has rushed for 468 more yards than Klein on just 45 more carries. Miller takes the ball for 6.3 yards per carry. Barner has run for more yards on fewer carries than Miller – 1,295 yards on 179 carries – but he isn’t versatile like OSU’s fearless leader. Miller has accounted for 27 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. A pundit’s “logic” might suggest that a quarterback whose team is banned from the postseason is a pariah, that no Heisman voter would touch him. Minus the chance to pad his stats in a conference championship game, they say, Miller’s resume will be lacking. Defy that logic at every turn and, with clear eyes and full hearts, give credit to this most deserving Heisman candidate. As former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt might say, Miller is the man in the arena, in a literal sense as well as the way which he originally intended when he spoke the words on April 23, 1910. As Roosevelt said, the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena -a man who spends himself in a worthy cause. The 2012 season is Miller’s worthy cause, and his performance is more than worthy of the Heisman. If Miller fails, he’ll do so daring greatly, but his daring should be recognized by voters and rewarded. The choice for the 2012 Heisman Trophy is simple: It’s Miller, stupid. read more

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Every medal won by Team GB at the Rio Olympics

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Candidates with a twist

first_imgThe 2010 Federal election will see a number of Greek candidates run for smaller political parties or as independents. We’d like to restore ethics and put politicians in parliament who actually represent people rather than parties, which is the way it is now.18 year old Benjamin Walsh, who is of Hellenic descent, is the youngest candidate running in this year’s federal election. He is standing for the Liberal Democrats Party (LDP) seat of Deakin, Victoria and says he represents the Hellenic vote. Mr Walsh attends the Greek school of the parish of St. Vasillios in Coburg and is studying year 12 VCE Greek. He told Neos Kosmos he believes Hellenic contributions to the world and to Australian society and culture have been considerable and that he would lobby for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum. “I myself am an advocate for the teaching of the Greek language in the schooling system and I attend the Greek school at St. Vasillios because the Greek program at my school lost funding.” “I feel that the Greek community at large would appreciate knowing they have an option to choose an advocate for Australian Hellenism in this election,” he said, adding that the LDP are strong advocates for liberty, freedom, democracy and the individual right to choice. Abraham Seviloglou is also running as an independent candidate in the seat of Deakin. The major parties have lost touch with normal people, Mr Seviloglou said, which is why many of them are not enrolled to vote. He said job security still has not been addressed, and small businesses have been overlooked. The independent candidate believes that Tony Abbott’s proposed tax cut for small businesses (from 30 percent to 28.5 percent) would only affect incorporated businesses or businesses that are a company. “Not all businesses are set up as proprietary limited companies, there are some that are sole traders which is simply you as a person, you have a business,” he said. Mr Seviloglou said sole traders pay the same tax as a normal person and would be paying a lot more tax than a company. “The small fruiterer or newsagent wouldn’t be getting these tax cuts that any of the parties are promising,” he said. “If Labor or Liberal get in there will be no change in the small trader; they’re pawns for bigger companies so the big companies can get concessions but they try and get the vote from the small business person who is not really benefiting.” He wants increased funding for public schools, which he says have been starved at the expense of the very big private schools. “I think education is very important… Education is what is needed to get a country forward, if you don’t have education you don’t have entrepreneurship you can’t have small businesses because no one has got any good ideas,” he said. “You’ve got to broaden your mind, if you look around you’ll notice all the high-tech countries, like South Korea, Singapore, or even Germany once upon a time, they are all very education minded and they’re the ones that have successes, even though they don’t have the resources; they have the brains.” Mr Seviloglou said his three highest priorities are help for small businesses, affordable housing, and reducing and managing the cost of living. Manny Poularas is running for the Christian Democratic Party in the seat of McMahon in NSW. His main priorities are health reforms; better hospitals, border protection – meaning “controlled migration”, job creation, Australian ownership and national self-sufficiency. The CDP are committed to high ethical standards, which Mr Poularas says have declined in politics in the last 55 years, since he moved to Australia. “We’d like to restore ethics and put politicians in parliament who actually represent people rather than parties, which is the way it is now,” he told Neos Kosmos. Mr Poularas, who speaks six languages and understands two more, said inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum was important. “Greek as a language is very important for anyone who wants to understand the new testament, etymology, science, especially biology,” he said, adding that the origin of many scientific and political words comes from Greek language. “There are many benefits for studying and learning Greek, when you’re learning Greek you’re actually learning English.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Languages on the up in primary schools

first_imgMore than 225,000 students in Victorian primary schools are learning a language, up from 200,000 since last year. In the past two years there has been a 30 per cent increase in students taking on a language, according to figures from the Education Department. Asian languages are leading the charge, with a 20 per cent rise in students taking on an Asian language in the last year. Mandarin is up by 34.4 per cent, Indonesian up by 13.7 per cent and Japanese 9 per cent.While Italian is still the most widely taught language in the state, its enrolment numbers are down by almost 1 per cent.The number of students studying a language is set to skyrocket from next year when all prep students begin compulsory language education.The initiative will see students learn a language other than English until year 10, and will have certain benchmarks to meet to get a proficiency certificate. All preps starting next year will be given a passport-style book to track their progress until grade three, with teachers stamping their milestones.Passports will be available in the eight most widely taught languages – Italian, Indonesian, French, Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish and Greek.Greek has been seeing a slight rise in primary school student numbers, with 2,579 students enrolled in 2013, up from 2103 in 2012.Greek is taught in only 1.6 per cent of Victorian schools despite there being 252,217 people with Greek heritage living in Victoria. Thirteen primary schools and eight high schools offer the language. A total of 4,355 students in government primary and secondary schools were taught Greek as a second language.Three-quarters of government primary schools were already offering languages in 2014, with many more expected to start programs for the first time next year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Kitchen fire quickly contained in Vancouver home

first_imgFirefighters responded Saturday morning to a structure fire near Heritage High School in Orchards.The Vancouver Fire Department received a call at 10:41 a.m. of smoke coming from a residence at 14207 N.E. 81st St., said Pete Adams, a firefighter/paramedic and spokesman for the department.Adams said firefighters did a quick walk around the house when they arrived. They found the smoke and fire “isolated to the kitchen.”It is possible the homeowner had used an extinguisher on the fire, Adams said, but noted he could not confirm that at the time. He said he could confirm that the fire was quickly extinguished and “contained to the stovetop.”Adams said firefighters checked for extension of the fire but found none. “It didn’t extend to the cabinets.”The cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated by the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s office.Adams said no one was injured in the fire and no one was displaced from their homelast_img read more

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Hodgson praises Palaces Schlupp

first_imgThe 26-year-old winger has been playing very well recently with Crystal Palace, and the team’s manager wanted to recognize that.Winger Jeffrey Schlupp scored in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup Fifth Round.And thanks to his goal, the team will play in the Quarterfinals for the second time in 23 years.This is why Palace boss Roy Hodgson took some time off to praise his footballer.“He’s been fantastic this season, especially these last games,” the manager was quoted by The Standard.“It was another important goal, his fifth and that’s not bad coming from midfield, playing in a position where he has to do a lot of defending.”“It was a cracking goal, to run from two yards in your own half, hold the ball that long, hold off challenges then strike it as well as he did was a great start for us,” he added.Schlupp is a German-born Ghanian footballer who came out of the Leicester City youth system.He played for the Foxes from 2010 to 2017, with a small loan to Brentford in 2011.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But he was bought by Crystal Palace on the summer of 2017, where he is enjoying good progress.“We obviously knew if we got past this round, we’d be in a good position to get to Wembley,” Schlupp added.“Of course this is a special tournament and hopefully with the luck of the draw we might get a ‘lesser’ team, if that’s what you want to call it, to have a better chance of getting through.”“But obviously any trip to Wembley is special and hopefully we can do that,” the winger concluded.That winning feeling! 🎉Our Crystal Palace hospitality ticket winner @twitisme had a blast being shown around the ground, having a fabulous meal at Speroni’s restaurant along with the best seats in the house 👍We hope you enjoyed it Wayne! 😃#CPFC pic.twitter.com/WMIuWwsXlZ— Otto Van (@ottovanuk) February 15, 2019last_img read more

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TSB to share £28m pay award among staff

first_imgTSB is to recognise staff with a £28 million pay award as part of the organisation’s annual short-term incentive plan.The TSB Award, which is available for all employees from the chief executive officer to front line staff, rewards both business and individual performance based on set targets and key performance indicators.The bank’s remuneration committee has approved a TSB Award totalling more than £28 million for 2016 in recognition of the organisation’s business performance over the year.All employees who have an ‘on track’ performance rating will receive an award worth 12.5% of their base salary in March 2017. Employees who have an outstanding ‘pioneer’ performance rating will receive up to double that amount.Through the TSB Award, the bank aims to provide an award worth 10% of base salary for ‘on target’ staff, which may be increased to 15% of base salary if warranted by corporate performance. Employees with a ‘pioneer’ performance rating can receive a possible 30% of their base salary as a pay award, set at a maximum of two times the core award.The final level of the TSB Award is based on corporate measures such as customer outcomes, financial resilience metrics and the achievement of business objectives, while individual performance is assessed by whether an employee has met their minimum performance criteria, such as customer service targets, to receive an ‘on track’ rating, or excelled to reach a ‘pioneer’ rating.Paul Pester, chief executive officer at TSB, said: “I’m delighted that our partners will share in this success with the TSB Award paying out 12.5% of basic salary, equivalent to more than six weeks’ pay, and over £28 million in total.”last_img read more

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Marketing Firm 33Across Aims for Publishers with Tynt Acquisition

first_img33Across’s social graph consists of 200 million+ users. “We narrow how brands can interpret the graph in order to understand how to best market their businesses in a social environment. We call that the ‘brand graph’,” says Allie Kline, VP of marketing with 33Across. The company currently partners with over 350 brands, such as Visa and Jones New York. Through the graph, the company tracks potential audience size, audience behaviors (content consumption patterns, video shares, etc.), shared interest among audience users and audience demographics. 33Across provides the social graph for free, and monetizes through media purchase and creating campaigns for clients on the web. According to Kline, Tynt’s suite of services is a natural extension of 33Across’s mission.“Tynt’s technology is better than the others out there, and their distribution is hugely substantial,” she says. “They’ve been providing a free service to publishers, and also layering on analytics that extract intelligence out of digital data and providing that back to a constituent. That is consistent with what we do.” In a stock-based transaction, “social graph” marketer 33Across purchases Tynt Multimedia. Tynt, used by 500,000 publishers, provides a free tool set that allows publishers to track the copy and paste actions of content among users, as well as social sharing and keyword activity. Working with Tynt, 33Across hopes to break from the “buy” into the “sell” sector in the publishing industry. “We do believe that now, with Tynt as part of our family, we’ll be able to serve media to individuals,” says Kline. “If we see any of those individuals on any of our own publishers’ sites and on any of the Tynt publishing sites, we’ll certainly prioritize those relationships and try to drive incremental revenue to those groups.” Tynt’s staff will join the 33Across team, and 33Across will acquire Tynt’s technology, patents, analytics and toolsets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.last_img read more

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Public Service Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Marine Corps Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Georgia Public Service Commission this week approved the construction of a 46-megawatt solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, marking the fifth Georgia military installation slated to host a new solar farm.The Marine Corps is still negotiating a final deal with Georgia Power, which will construct the facility at the southwestern Georgia installation and distribute the power generated to its customers, reported the Albany Herald.Contracts for solar facilities at Forts Gordon, Stewart and Benning, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay have already been approved. Georgia Power will construct all of those projects. The Marine Corps plant will be completed by the end of 2016 and have a 35-year life, commission officials said.The project will further the Marine Corps’ goals for shifting to renewable energy sources and improving energy security. It also could improve the base’s standing in a future BRAC round, according to Commissioner Doug Everett. “We hope these projects at our Georgia military bases will also offset any future plans for base closures,” Everett said.With recent drops in the cost of building solar facilities, Georgia Power was able to meet the commission’s requirement that the cost of new energy plants not exceed the utility’s avoided costs, according to the story.“The commission is proud to be able to play a role in improving national security, increasing energy independence and supporting our Georgia bases,” said Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton.last_img read more

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AEI Air Force Most at Risk of Losing Milcon Money for Border

first_img ADC AUTHOR A new interactive map from the American Enterprise Institute shows which military construction projects are most likely to have their funding impacted by the President’s order to build a border wall.AEI’s analysis said the Air Force would likely be hit the hardest.It also said the bulk of the projects at risk of being delayed are in just 15 states and Puerto Rico, but 15 other states also have projects on the at-risk list.DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smithlast_img

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1700 arrested in Bangladesh antidrug drive

first_imgLogo of arrestBangladesh has arrested 1,700 suspected drug traffickers in a major sweep as authorities try to curb a booming trade in methamphetamine along the country’s borders.Police urged drug dealers to surrender their drug stashes-most notably of “yaba”, a popular street pill made up of caffeine and methamphetamine-or face the full force of the law.Of those arrested in a little over a week, more than 1,400 had already been charged with drug trafficking by local courts.“I advise the retailers, dealers and smugglers to abandon their remaining stocks near our camps. That would be good for them,” said Benazir Ahmed, director general of the Rapid Action Battalion police unit which mainly carried out the raids.“This is a menace and we hope we’ll overcome it together.”Bangladesh has been struggling to control a huge surge in yaba crossing its southeastern border from Myanmar, where the cheap pills are manufactured by the hundreds of millions.Officials say the bulk of the drugs entering Bangladesh last year were brought by Rohingya refugees fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar.The drugs were being stashed on fishing boats bringing the persecuted civilians into Bangladesh. Some refugees were being used as mules, officials say.Authorities last year seized a record 40 million yaba pills but said an estimated 250-300 million others managed to enter the market.This year nine million yaba tablets were seized in less than three months as the refugee influx reached its peak. Nearly two million pills were discovered in a single haul.A director at the narcotics control department predicted that $600 million worth of yaba could be sold on Bangladesh’s streets this year.Authorities want to elevate yaba to a Class A banned substance, meaning traffickers would face the death penalty instead of life behind bars.last_img read more

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Justice Department Sues Halliburton To Stop Acquisition Of Baker Hughes

first_imgThe Justice Department has sued to stop Houston-based Halliburton from acquiring crosstown competitor Baker Hughes. The deal would combine two of the world’s three leading oilfield service providers. It would create a bigger rival to Schlumberger Limited, though Schlumberger would remain the industry leader.University of Houston Professor Ed Hirs said they’re a little late.“They let these two companies get to be as large as they are, so combined they will control huge chunks of the oil service market,” Hirs said. “Where have they been the last dozen years while these companies have been acquiring other rivals?”Justice Department officials say in their lawsuit that the Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal threatens to raise prices and eliminate competition.The suit was filed in federal court in Delaware, where both companies are incorporated.Halliburton and Baker Hughes announced their plan to combine in November 2014, shortly after oil prices began to fall. The Justice Department says the deal was valued at $34 billion.The companies issued a joint statement on Wednesday stating that they “intend to vigorously contest the DOJ’s effort to block their pending merger.” Sharelast_img read more

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MCU News The Russos Tease Bucky Fans Brie Larson Lifts More

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News We always knew Brie Larson would make a fantastic Captain Marvel, but after this, she might be able to become a superhero for real. Becoming a superhero looks like hard work. I think I’ll stick to watching/reading about them.Elizabeth Olsen in Avengers: Age of Ultron (Photo via Marvel)With Infinity War and Avengers 4 changing so much about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the impending sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney, the possibilities are wide open. At this point, it’s not a question of if the X-Men will join the MCU, it’s when. And since the Avengers has a hero among its ranks that’s also part of the X-Men in the comics; it’s natural to wonder whether she’d jump teams when the sale goes through. According to actress Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlet Witch is probably staying where she is.In an appearance on Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino, Olsen said she didn’t think the addition of the X-Men to the MCU would override the story they’ve already told. “I don’t think so because we’ve gone so far to create a non X-Men universe backstory for my character. And now, it’s the reason I’m connected to the Vision, because the [Infinity Stone] in his head is the Stone that gave me my powers. So we really leap into the Stones,” she said.So though she’s a mutant in the comics, the movies have tweaked her story to the point where she’s not one in the MCU. Even if the X-Men do join the rest of Marvel’s superheroes, that’s not likely to change. But hey, at least they’d be able to say the word “mutant” again, instead of awkwardly dancing around it. Or trying to make Inhumans a thing again.Hayley Atwell in Agent Carter (Photo via Marvel)With all these contracts expiring, we naturally assume we’ll never see certain characters again. A whole bunch of the original movie Avengers are leaving the series. That’s a big deal, but it can be just as exciting to think about who’s going to stay. Remember, these movies are expensive moving comic books. Even characters we thought we’d never see again always have a chance of coming back. Like Hayley Atwell’s Agent Carter, for example.Though an elderly Peggy Carter died in Captain America: Civil War, Atwell isn’t so sure her time in the MCU is over just yet. In an interview with Parade, the actress was asked if an MCU comeback was in her future. She says it’s a possibility.“Because it’s a genre-specific superhero piece, I’m sure anything could happen. It’s such a huge world. I do think there’s something in the completion of the fact that they’re doing their back-to-back Avengers at the moment, which will complete an era, so I can’t see how that would be. But that’s what’s remarkable about Marvel is they keep going. Each film tends to further what they’re doing, so I wouldn’t rule it out,” she said.That’s the beauty of comic books. No one is ever truly dead. And even if they are, there’s always time travel and alternate universes. Or just a plain old flashback. Captain Marvel takes place in the 1990s, a good 20 years before Agent Carter dies. We know a slightly younger and more… eyeful Nick Fury will figure heavily into the movie’s plot. If he’s around, why wouldn’t Agent Carter be? Then there’s always the possibility of time travel. We Got This Covered speculates that Avengers 4 will take the superheroes back in time, and there are film sets that appear to show a World War II setting. If Carter were in that movie, she’d probably already know she’s making a comeback… but the secrecy of the MCU is such that she’d have to give a vague non-committal answer like that whether she was in the movie or not.We’ll just have to find out over the next two years of Marvel movies. Between Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, we have a fantastic year ahead of us. #NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/mFzzWyYocS— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 9, 2018Look at that. You see what they do to us? No context, no reference to what movie this image may or may not be referring to. Just enough to make our hearts stop while scrolling through Twitter. It’s a drawing of Bucky Barnes in the style of the character posters from Avengers: Infinity War. And he’s holding Captain America’s Shield. What could this mean?! It could be nothing. This could be a piece of fan-art that the Russo’s found cool, so they put it on Twitter because they knew it would mess with us like this.But it could not be nothing. It could be a hint. These are the directors of the next two Avengers movies. They are part of a very small group of people who know what’s going to happen next. And they love reminding the rest of us of that fact with vague non-hints like this. We know from the trailer that Captain American goes up against Thanos solo at one point. We’ve all scene that shot of Thanos slamming his fist down on Cap’s shield. And we know that Chris Evans is leaving after Avengers 4. It’s all but guaranteed there’s going to be a new Captain America when this is all over, and Bucky is a likely candidate. It’s happened in the comics. When Steve Rogers died in the Civil War arc, Bucky took up the shield.Of course the character’s appearance at the end of Black Panther led many to another theory. In that scene, a group of Wakandan kids called him “White Wolf,” the name of a different character in Marvel comics. One whose story aligns closely enough with Bucky’s in the movies that it’s plausible they’d combine the two. If that’s the case, it might make more sense for Sam Wilson to take on the Captain America name, as he did during the Marvel Now relaunch. And that was a really good run, so it’s no wonder fans want to see it replicated in the movies. If this tweet is a hint though, and Bucky is going to be Captain America, it would make sense if White Wolf just turns out to be the nickname given to him in Wakanda.Whatever’s going to happen, we don’t have too much longer to wait. At least some of our questions will be answered as early as April 27.Beyond Infinity War, another Marvel movie we can’t wait to see is Captain Marvel. Tiny details have been trickling out of Marvel Studios, but its star has been thoroughly documenting one aspect of the movie. Brie Larson has been posting videos of her training to Instagram. If you ever wanted to know just how much work it takes to become a superhero, her videos give you a small, intimidating idea. On Sunday, she posted a series of videos involving what looks like a crazy amount of weight. We’re so close to Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters, we know we can’t expect much in the way of reveals. Not with the movie so soon. All that’s really left to do is see it at the end of this month. And still, because they love nothing more than watching us all freakout, directors Anthony and Joe Russo just casually drop little maybe-hints. Like this one that may point to a possible future for Bucky after Steve Rogers hangs up his shield. Voluntarily or not.center_img Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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