Request for adjournment denied at SIPT LisaRaye coming soon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#lisaraey, #SIPTtrials, #tauwhare Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – October 16, 2017 – When the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team trial resumed this past week, there was an application to see the trial, adjourned. Jerome Lynch, QC and attorney for McAllister Hanchell explained that hurricane Irma caused damages to some of the defendants homes, including his own client, and with the communications breakdown, there had been limited opportunity for clients and attorneys to confer on the financial documents submitted by the prosecution just before the storm hit. The request for adjournment was denied by the judge and the trial continues. It is expected that soon to appear at the special trial to present evidence are ex-wife of former Premier Michael Misick, LisaRaye McCoy and former Governor, Richard Tauwhare. The crown’s case, which was due to be completed in November will now wrap up until later. You can read more on the costly trial in this week’s TCWN. Mike denied access to own money, said he is in ‘difficult’ times, will appeal CJs decisionlast_img read more

Playboy Editorial Operations Relocate to Los Angeles

first_imgThis latest move—initially reported by Time Out Chicago—is part of a continual shift west for Playboy. In 2009, the company closed its New York offices and relocated a number of its licensing, editorial and publishing positions to Chicago. The magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production, distribution and all other business operations were also outsourced to American Media Inc.’s Publishing Services division that year, in which the company’s interim CEO Jerome Kern told FOLIO: that the company had taken roughly $18 million in annual personnel-related costs out of the company, reducing headcount by 25 percent. In 2008, the company announced the elimination of 80 staff positions, as well as the closing of its DVD business. Playboy’s editor Jimmy Jellinek reportedly moved to Chicago in August. The company’s current CEO Scott Flanders also lives in Southern California. Earlier this year, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner took the company private at $6.15 per share, in a deal worth roughly $207 million.center_img Playboy magazine will relocate its editorial, art and photo departments from Chicago to Los Angeles in April 2012, ending an almost 60-year occupancy in its Midwest headquarters.“Some of the magazine’s employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition. Open key positions will be hired out of Los Angeles,” says Playboy Enterprises spokesperson Theresa Hennessey in a statement. She adds that no final decisions have been made regarding the remaining Chicago departments, which include human resources, public relations, legal, accounting and information technology.last_img read more

VW denies report of declining sales after emission scandal

first_imgVolkswagen denied a report that its sales have slumped since this month’s admission that it had understated the level of carbon dioxide emissions for some cars.German daily “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (“FAZ”) had reported on Saturday that Volkswagen’s sales were declining significantly, citing an unnamed dealer as saying business was “dead as a doornail”.”We cannot confirm the statement quoted in ‘FAZ’,” said a spokesman for Volkswagen in an emailed statement. “The feedback we are receiving from discussions with representatives of various dealerships across the country, as well as the numbers we have, paint a different picture of the situation in Germany.” VW said on 3 November it had understated the level of CO2 emissions from about 800,000 cars sold mainly in Europe, and consequently their fuel usage.That revelation deepened a crisis at Europe’s biggest carmaker which initially centered on software on up to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide that VW admitted vastly understated their actual emissions of smog-causing pollutant nitrogen oxide.Sales of Volkswagen-branded cars fell 5.3% in October, the first full month after the scandal erupted, a slightly steeper decline than September’s 4% drop.last_img read more

IT layoffs Hyderabad High Court issues notice to Tech Mahindra for illegal

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … After Tech Mahindra hit the headlines last week for firing an employee over the phone, the recording of which went viral, the Hyderabad High Court has admitted a writ petition filed by four laid-off employees of the IT firm. The court has also issued a notice to the IT giant asking it to explain the unlawful job cuts.Not just the firm, Justice M S Ramachandra Rao has also issued notices to Telangana and its labour department officials and they now have three weeks to respond to the same, reported the Times of India. A Satyaprasad, the counsel for the laid off employees, told the court that Tech Mahindra in Hyderabad was carrying out mass layoffs and said that the Human Resources department was forcing the firm’s employees to resign.With this, Tech Mahindra has reportedly violated Sec 47(2) of Shops and Establishments Act, as per which an employee cannot be terminated if there is a pending petition with the Labour Commissioner.Now that the high court has issued the notice, the Forum of IT Professionals (ForIT), an organisation that works for the wellbeing of IT employees in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said that it was happy that such a step had been taken.”ForIT expresses its happiness that the High Court has taken cognisance of the IT retrenchments by admitting this writ petition. Issuing notices to Tech Mahindra is a positive development. We, the IT employees, need to realise that there are laws that protect our livelihoods, and we should fight to retain those rights,” Money Control quoted the organisation as saying.Tech Mahindra is yet to comment on the matter. An employee sits at the front desk inside Tech Mahindra office building in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileMeanwhile, Mahindra Group’s executive chairman Anand Mahindra apologised for the way the employee was fired. The HR representative had asked the employee to resign by 10 am the next day and said that the layoff was a part of the company’s restructuring plan. Even though the employee requested the representative to give him some more time, the HR told him that he needed to leave with immediate effect and cited the condition in the employment contract, which says that the employer can ask an employee to leave with immediate effect.”I want to add my personal apology. Our core value is to preserve the dignity of the individual & we’ll ensure this does not happen in future,” Mahindra tweeted, along with an CEO CP Gurnani’s apology, which said: “I deeply regret the way the HR rep & employee discussion was done. We have taken the right steps to ensure it doesn’t repeat in the future.” Tech Mahindra IT employee told to resign by 10am, call recording goes viralcenter_img Closelast_img read more

Amir Khosru freed on bail

first_imgStudent held over ‘telephone conversation’ with BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury. Photo: UNBThe High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury in two cases filed for ‘instigating’ the student movement over road safety and ‘conspiring’ against the state.An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafizand justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after the BNP leader surrendered before the court and prayed for bail in the cases.Of the cases, one was filed with Shahbagh police station in the capital and the other with Kotwali police station in Chattogram on 4 August.Khosru was sued as a reported audio clip of his telephonic conversation with a boy over intensifying the recent student movement went viral on Facebook and YouTube on 4 August.last_img read more

Ballot stuffed in 33 out of 50 constituencies at night before voting

first_imgTIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman addresses a media conference at the TIB office in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on 15 January. Photo: CollectedTransparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has found evidences of vote rgging in 47 out of 50 constituencies the anti-corruption watchdog monitored during the holding of 30 December parliamentary polls.TIB has observed that the law enforcement and the administration had collaborated with the process through participation or silence.It has suggested that there should be a “judicial inquiry” into the massive irregularities committed in the 11th national elections.Ballot boxes were stuffed in 33 constituencies in the previous night before the election while 41 constituencies saw casting of fake votes at the polling stations, according to TIB’s report titled ‘Overview of 11th parliamentary elections’ published at its office on Tuesday.In the 50 constituencies that the TIB used as sample for reporting quality of the elections, it was found that the administration and law enforcers played a “silent role” in 42 constituencies during the voting. The voters were restricted or driven out of the polling stations in 21 constituencies, the TIB report pointed out.”In many cases, the voters couldn’t cast their votes freely,” TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said at the launch of the preliminary report.“The law enforcement agencies, a section of officials of the administration and election officials behaved in a biased manner during the elections. This is a gross violation of law, devoid of any ethics.”However, election commissioner Rafiqul Islam dismissed the TIB findings, saying that it is imaginary and predetermined. “Since TIB calls it, preliminary report, it’s imaginary,” he argued, in his reaction to the TIB report.Before the release of the TIB report, a number of international groups and organisations called the tainted and rigged while the country’s opposition including the BNP and new coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front rejected the election results, alleging massive irregularities.The opposition candidates were intimidated by the law enforcers and the ruling party men in as many as 44 constituencies, the TIB report said.On the voting day, the TIB report said, polling booths were forcibly captured in 30 constituencies, voters forced to vote in favour of a specific symbol in 26 seats and polling agents of the opposition parties not given entry into 29 seats.Of the 50 seats, ballots were stuffed in the box prior to the start of the vote in 20 constituencies and ballot papers were finished in 22 constituencies before conclusion of the vote, according to the report.Flawed ElectionTIB said the election was participatory, but far from being fair.It pointed finger at the election commission for failing to play due role in many cases.”The EC failed to give equal opportunity for all the political parties to hold rallies and processions, carry out electoral campaign and to give the opposition leaders and activists required safety and security,” observed the TIB.It added, the commission failed to play its due role in preventing the ruling party men from violating electoral code of conduct.Moreover, the report pointed out, imposing various restrictions on election observers and media professionals, blocking 3G and 4G network and restricting the vehicular movement also made the election questionable.TIB trustee board chairperson Sultana Kamal addresses a media conference at the TIB office in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on 15 January. Photo: CollectedVarious activities of the ruling Awami League and its alliance partners influenced the course of the electoral game, the TIB report said.It further listed that not dissolving parliament before the election, carrying out election campaign through implementation of various development projects with public money, preventing the opposition men from campaigning by means of filing cases and arresting them put adverse impact on the election.The TIB report referred to blanket arrest of the opposition leaders and activists despite the prime minister’s assurance of ‘no fresh arrest’ during the dialogue with opposition coalition Jatiya Oikya Front. Such actions, the report observed, had stopped the opposition from carrying out election campaign.The report mentioned that the attacks on opposition candidates and activists during the campaign created an uneven field for them ahead of the elections.The TIB found that the ruling party men were actively engaged in campaigning in all the 50 seats.In many cases, it observed, the administration and law enforcers were used in the campaign. And in some cases, the law enforcement and the public themselves joined the campaign alongside the ruling party men.AL candidates spent more in campaignTIB’s analysis of campaign spending shows that each candidate spent around Tk 7.76 million for campaign — from days before the announcement of polls schedule to the election day.The average amount is three times more than the limit — Tk 2.5 million for each candidate of a constituency — set by the election commission.Candidates of the ruling AL spent more, on average five times higher than the EC’s threshold while the independent candidates spent the least, according to the TIB report.Iftekharuzzaman termed the parliamentary elections “partially inclusive” but said the disproportion in electoral campaign was huge.The TIB executive director also said the violation of the election code of conduct was rampant. The election commission was also not free from the violating the code.“The role of the election commission was surely shameful and questionable and the role of law enforcing agencies was controversial as well. And that is why the election is questionable. It can be said that this was an unprecedented election, the results of which was discussed as unbelievable.”In this context, he demanded a judicial inquiry into the allegations brought about the 11th parliamentary elections for “ensuring moral position and boosting confidence of the government.”TIB trustee board chairperson Sultana Kamal said, “There were many mistakes in the way the election was conducted. This is why we hope the commission will analyse the validity of the mistakes to try to avoid its repetition in the next elections. Because we want to see that the representatives truly elected by the people are getting the chances the rule the country.”She said, “The teaching of this election for the democratic process is, the lack of level-playing field will make the election questionable and controversial. This makes people suspicious about how far the elected representatives will take care of the interest of the people.”Recommendations for fair pollsThe TIB made six points of recommendations at the media conference to make the parliamentary election of the country fair and effective.Those are: effective steps based on objective investigation into the allegations of multifaceted violation of code of conduct; analysis of the EC failure in stopping the violation and its publishing, and taking the allegations into cognisance, government initiative for judiciary investigation; enactment of law to appoint non-party election commissioners; making all the stakeholders including the EC, administration and law enforcement unbiased and free of partisan influence for holding a free and fair election under a party government; and digitisation of the electoral process and congenial atmosphere for polls observers and the media.The research was conducted to analyse how far the EC, political parties/coalition and their candidates, administration, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders complied with laws and rules to carry out their duties as well as to estimate the money spent in campaign by candidates.The report was prepared based on information and observation of the candidates, party leaders and activists, returning officers and other election officials, law enforcement agency officials, election tribunal officials, journalists and voters as well as data collected from the field between November 2018 and 10 January 2019.The full report will be published later.The report was presented by the senior programme manager of TIB’s research and policy department Shahzada M Akram. Other members of the research team were programme managers Juliet Rosetti, Taslima Akhter, Biswajit Kumar Das and assistant programme manager Nazmul Huda Mina.TIB adviser (executive management) Sumaiya Khair and policy department director Mohammad Rafiqul Hasan were also present at the media briefing.last_img read more

Watch Government Shutdown Temporarily Ends Amid Protests In Downtown Houston

first_img Share President Trump announced Friday a temporary end to the government shutdown, which means federal workers in Houston will soon receive back pay. But the relief couldn’t come soon enough, as federal workers missed their second paycheck on Friday. Many have had to dip into savings, use food pantries and borrow money to survive the government shutdown. “I had to take out a loan just to pay my bills,” said NASA management analyst Vanessa Jordan. Hours before Trump’s announcement, Jordan joined dozens of protesters and furloughed workers to rally against the shutdown at Senator Ted Cruz’s office in downtown Houston.“I don’t want to lose my house. I have a mortgage to pay,” she said. “Imagine what our Christmas was like being furloughed just days before Christmas?”– / 2Furloughed Johnson Space Center project manager Creig Rhodes also protested the shutdown. “Right now I’m tapping into my savings which will probably run out in a couple weeks,” Rhodes said. The government shutdown is the longest in the history of the United States, reaching day 35 on Friday.last_img read more

Nickel78 confirmed to be doubly magic

first_img 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. © 2017 Phys.org More information: A. Welker et al. Binding Energy of Cu79 : Probing the Structure of the Doubly Magic Ni78 from Only One Proton Away, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.192502 L. Olivier et al. Persistence of the Z=28 Shell Gap Around Ni78 : First Spectroscopy of Cu79, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.192501 Explore further In the world of physics, magic numbers describe protons or neutrons in orbital shells separated by the greatest energy gaps. When both protons and neutrons are magic, the nucleus is deemed doubly magic. In their never-ending search to understand matter, scientists have studied magic and doubly magic nuclei and found some to be particularly difficult to pin down. Nickel-78 is a prime example. Study has been hampered by its tendency to be short lived and the difficulty in producing it at all. In this new effort, both teams have resorted to tricks to show that it is, indeed, doubly magic.In the first approach, the team led by Olivier used a knockout reaction to eject a proton from a zinc-80 projectile, resulting in a copper-79 nucleus. They then used shell model calculations to show that copper-79 could be characterized as a doubly magic nickel-78 nucleus with an added proton. In the second approach, the team measured the mass of the copper isotopes in a chain from copper-75 to 79 using technology at CERN. They used what they found to show that copper-79 can be characterized as an individual proton sitting atop a doubly magic nickel-78 core.While the methods used by the second team were quite different, the results were in agreement—nickel-78 is, indeed, doubly magic. This is not the end of the story, however, because both studies involved indirect approaches. Thus, nickel-78 will not be considered proven as doubly magic until it can be shown directly. To do that, some future research team will need to produce it in a lab in a way that allows for direct testing. Nickel-78 is a ‘doubly magic’ isotope, supercomputing calculations confirmcenter_img (Phys.org)—Two teams of researchers working independently of one another and using wildly different approaches have confirmed nickel-78 to be doubly magic. In the first effort, an international team led by Louis Olivier with the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics produced a copper-79 nucleus and used it as a framework for describing nickel-78. In the second effort, a team with members from across Europe approached the problem by using an advanced weighing technique. Both teams have published their results in the journal Physical Review Letters. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Nickel-78 confirmed to be doubly magic (2017, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-nickel-doubly-magic.html Occupation levels from the PFSDG-U calculation given in total numbers of protons and neutrons along the copper chain (for even N). Credit: (c) Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.192502last_img read more