Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday refuted banned spinner Danish Kaneria’s claims that he was not helped by the Board to get his life ban lifted in the spot-fixing scandal because he is a Hindu. Kaneria was banned for life in 2012 by the England and Wales Cricket Board.”If he was discriminated against at any time because of his religion he would not have played even one match for Pakistan,” PCB’s media director Amjad Hussain Bhatti said.”We strongly condemn the anti-PCB statement of Kaneria,” he added.KANERIA IN INDIA FOR RITUALSKaneria is in India with his family to perform religious rituals but his silence on when he intends to return home, has led to speculations he might seek help in India for his case.Kaneria added fuel to fire by telling India Today Television that PCB is not taking any interest in his case which forces him to use the word “discrimination” and gives rise to the feeling that he is “neglected for being a Hindu”.PCB VERY DISAPPOINTED”We are very disappointed at Kaneria’s statement. Because we didn’t ban him he was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board in the UK. And he was given all opportunity to appeal against the life ban,” Bhatti said.”Being a member of the ICC the PCB is obliged to implement the decision of the ECB as well,” he added.”Kaneria must not forget that he played 61 Tests and 18 One Day Internationals for Pakistan as a Hindu and things changed only after he was banned,” Bhatti recalled.advertisement’AMIR COMPARISON UNJUSTIFIED’He also said that Kaneria’s comparison of his case with that of Mohammad Amir was unjustified.”I say this because Amir has not only served his sentence but he admitted his mistake and completed his rehabilitation programme and only then he was allowed to represent Pakistan and play domestic cricket.”Kaneria, who was banned for life for spot-fixing in 2012, has yet to admit is guilt and has constantly proclaimed his innocence.According to Kaneria’s earlier statements, his involvement is yet to be proven in a court of law, but the Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board still maintain their life ban on him.The leg-spinner, only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan, last appeared in international cricket in late 2010 when Pakistan toured England.(With PTI inputs)
ATHENS — Greece says it has reached an agreement with former captain Giorgos Karagounis to join the national team staff, as the midfielder ends a playing career that included European Championship glory in 2004.The football association said the 37-year-old midfielder would work alongside new national coach Claudio Ranieri, but said details of his new position remained to be worked out.Karagounis ended his international career at the World Cup in Brazil, making his 139th appearance in the second-round penalty shootout loss to Costa Rica.It was unclear whether he would continue with club football after a second season at Fulham last year. A longtime star at Greek club Panathinaikos, Karagounis also played for Inter Milan and Benfica.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Roger Federer shut out John Isner in a tiebreaker — something that had never happened to the big-serving, 6-foot-10 American in an official, tour-level match — and won their fourth-round U.S. Open match 7-6 (0), 7-6 (6), 7-5.Federer broke in the last game, ending Isner’s streak of 110 consecutive service holds at Flushing Meadows over the last two years.Federer has not dropped a set on the way to a quarterfinal against No. 12 Richard Gasquet, who got past No. 6 Tomas Berdych 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 earlier.With losses by Isner and Donald Young, this is the 16th consecutive Grand Slam tournament without an American man in the quarterfinals. Isner and Andy Roddick made it that far at the 2011 U.S. Open.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MS Dhoni has informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he will be unavailable for two months and as a result, will be missing India’s tour of the West Indies next month as he is joining the para regiment for the next 2 months.Dhoni, who holds an honorary post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute regiment of the Territorial Army, had made this commitment even before the Cricket World Cup 2019. The MSK Prasad-led BCCI selection panel will meet on Sunday to announce the team.”We would like to clarify three things. MS Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Saturday.”The selection committee has always been clear on one issue. They have no right to tell anyone irrespective of their stature as to when they should call it quits but when it comes to team selection, it remains their domain.”India’s tour of the West Indies will begin with a three-match T20I series starting August 3. The teams will then play three ODIs and two Test matches between August 8-30.Dhoni meanwhile, has no immediate plans to retire from limited-overs international cricket despite the intense speculation surrounding his future, his longtime friend and business partner Arun Pandey said Friday.”He has no immediate plans to retire. The constant speculation over the future of a great player like him is unfortunate,” Pandey told PTI.advertisementMS Dhoni had a disappointing outing in the just-concluded Cricket World Cup 2019 in which he scored 273 runs in 9 match at an average of 45.50 including two fifties but it was once again his strike rate which became the talking point.Dhoni was criticised by fans and cricket pundits for being being unable to accelerate the scoring rate in the death overs, especially in the matches against England and New Zealand, both of which India lost.Dhoni’s last international innings of 50 ended in heartbreak for the entire nation as he was run out with a brilliant direct hit from the deep by New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, effectively ending India’s hopes in the knock-out game.The 38-year-old former India captain has played 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20 Internationals so far. Dhoni has amassed 10,773 ODI runs at an average of over 50 while in Test cricket, he accumulated 4876 runs at 38.09.As a result of Dhoni’s failures with the bat, young Rishabh Pant is being looked at his successor in the limited-overs formats. The 21-year-old represented India at World Cup 2019 after being called in as Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket: Necessary to take practical decisionsAlso Read | MS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire, says longtime friendAlso Read | MS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay Jagdale
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Heskey questions Liverpool depth to overcome Man Cityby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey believes Liverpool lack the squad depth to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.Former Reds striker Heskey says Jurgen Klopp’s side will struggle if one of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah don’t score.”It’s a tall order because at this moment in time City have the best squad in terms of depth,” Heskey told Omnisport.”If you take certain players out of City they’ve always got someone who can step in and do a specific job, the way the manager wants him to do it.”Liverpool, if you take Salah, Mane or Firmino out, it’s not quite the same, whereas City have a better blend.”
Copenhagen: In Greenland, climate change isn’t just a danger to ecosystems but also a threat to history, as global warming is affecting archeological remains, according to a study published Thursday. There are more than 180,000 archaeological sites across the Arctic, some dating back thousands of years, and previously these were protected by the characteristics of the soil. “Because the degradation rate is directly controlled by the soil temperature and moisture content, rising air temperatures and changes in precipitation during the frost-free season may lead to a loss of organic key elements such as archaeological wood, bone and ancient DNA,” the report, published in the scientific journal Nature, stated. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe team behind the study, led by Jorgen Hollesen, has been examining seven different sites around the vast Arctic territory’s capital Nuuk, since 2016. In addition to organic elements, such as hair, feathers, shells and traces of flesh, some of the sites contain the ruins of Viking settlements. Projections used in the study, which are based on different warming scenarios, predict that average temperature could increase by up to 2.6 degrees Celsius, leading to “higher soil temperatures, a longer thaw season, and increased microbial activity within the organic layers”. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”Our results show that 30 to 70 per cent of the archaeological fraction of organic carbon (OC) could disappear within the next 80 years,” Hollesen told AFP. This means that these remains, some of which provide a unique insight into the lives of the first inhabitants of Greenland from around 2,500 BC, are at risk. When comparing their findings with previous surveys of the sites they found evidence of degradation already ongoing. “At some sites we did not find any intact bones or pieces of wood, suggesting that these have disintegrated within the last decades,” Hollesen said. Hollesen added that remains of organic material are being broken down by microbes, but their activity could be slowed down if precipitation increased. “More rainfall would be good and less rainfall, bad,” he said explaining that “if the organic layers remain wet less oxygen will be available for the microbes that degrade the organic materials”.
HALIFAX – Chorus Aviation Inc. says it has signed a deal to perform heavy maintenance work for Latvia’s airBaltic.Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.Under the deal, Jazz Technical Services will provide airframe maintenance for airBaltic’s 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft.The work will be done at its facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.Jazz Technical Services is focused on heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul of Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.It is a division of Jazz Aviation LP, which is owned by Chorus.Companies in this story: (TSX:CHR)
TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) says chief executive Jerry Storch is leaving the company and returning to his own consulting firm as of Nov. 1.Storch is a former CEO of Toys “R” Us who joined the Toronto-based retail company in January 2015, succeeding Richard Baker as HBC’s chief executive.Baker will re-assume the CEO’s duties on an interim basis while the company searches for a permanent replacement for Storch.Baker thanked Storch and said HBC’s team is focused on delivering a strong holiday season and getting the most value from its retail and real estate assets.Storch’s departure was announced after the Toronto Stock Exchange closed Friday. The stock was at $11.96 in Toronto prior to the announcement.
Marking the 2002 commemoration of the International Year of Mountains, the United Nations Postal Administration today issued 12 stamps featuring famous peaks around the world.The stamps depict photographs of mountains in Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, the United States, Chile, Switzerland, Japan, Antarctica, India, New Zealand, Canada, Pakistan and Nepal.The images were shot by Yoshikazu Shirakawa, a national of Japan who has worked as a freelance photographer for three decades. Among his many activities – which have taken him to 139 countries – Mr. Shirakawa has photographed the Alps and the Himalayas on more than 20 expeditions. The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2002 the International Year of Mountains to increase awareness of the global importance of mountain ecosystems, which are the source of valuable resources as well as centres of culture and recreation.
The Bank of Canada is shown in Ottawa on April 12, 2009. FLICKR/d.neuman OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is once again facing the question of whether nudging down its already-low key interest rate will help soothe the country’s aching economy.Governor Stephen Poloz will make the central bank’s latest scheduled rate announcement Wednesday at a time of tumbling oil prices, a weak global economy and downgraded outlooks for Canadian growth.Poloz lowered the trend-setting rate twice in 2015 to 0.5 per cent to help blunt the blow of sliding oil prices. The first of those moves – almost a year ago to the day – was a surprise adjustment that blindsided markets.This time around, observers are divided on whether he will pull the trigger again – and whether he should.Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean falls into the camp of analysts who expect Poloz to stand pat – and said he believes he’d be wise to do so.This year, Poloz must once again consider falling oil prices, a weakening dollar and inflation at the lower end of the bank’s one- to two-per-cent target range.But things have also changed over the last 12 months, Jean said as he explained why he thinks Poloz should avoid using the primary tool in the central bank’s kit.Jean said the country now has a federal government that has pledged to stimulate the economy by investing in infrastructure by running deficits. Last year, the previous government was heading into an election striving to produce a balanced budget.Related stories:Federal finance minister says low oil, dollar add to importance of stimulusFive ways low oil prices and the falling loonie can affect the federal booksCanada must let negative forces behind low dollar, oil prices play out: PolozHe thinks the new Liberal government’s spending plans are expected to provide enough help to the economy to keep Poloz on the sidelines Wednesday.But he doesn’t expect Ottawa’s commitments, which also include a revamped child-benefits program and tax-bracket changes, to shield the economy from a rough ride in 2016 and 2017.“Those policies will help, but we have to face the fact that we’re going to suffer for a while,” Jean said.“There’s no way to really, fully offset that pain.”Earlier this month, Poloz spoke of the bumpy road ahead as he warned that the forces uncorked by the oil-price shock “simply must work themselves out.”Poloz’s comments led some to believe he would leave the rate untouched. But economic conditions – such as still-falling oil prices – have deteriorated since the speech, which was only a couple of weeks ago.Over the last week, many analysts have changed their positions – they now believe Poloz will cut.Emanuella Enenajor, senior economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research, was among the first prominent forecasters to switch her call.She predicts the Bank of Canada to lower the rate by 0.25 per cent and decrease its projection for 2016 real gross domestic product to 1.5 per cent, from two per cent. “In our view, this is a shock substantial enough to warrant another easing,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research wrote in a note to clients Tuesday that also speculated Poloz may be forced into action a second time this year.“If energy prices remain persistently low, one rate cut will not likely be enough to stimulate the economy back to a reasonable growth path.”Experts, including the International Monetary Fund, have downgraded their growth projections for Canada. The IMF dropped its 2017 forecast Tuesday to 2.1 per cent, from 2.4 per cent in October.Canada’s commodity-dependent economy has been walloped by falling prices – particularly in resource-rich Alberta, where bond rating agency Moody’s changed the outlook to negative from stable while retaining the province’s triple-A rating.A new report by the International Energy Agency warned that world oil prices could fall further because markets could drown in over-supply _ particularly as sanctions are lifted on Iran amid pessimism about the prospects of global demand.Lower oil prices, meanwhile, have also helped drag down the dollar.While the weaker loonie has some negative effects, such as driving up prices on some consumer products and the cost of travel to the United States, experts say it provides benefits for the economy overall.Poloz has described the flexible exchange rate, which tightly tracks the ups and downs of crude prices, as one of the “minor shock absorbers” that help limit the fallout for some segments of the economy. by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 19, 2016 4:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 20, 2016 at 3:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Canada weighing rate cut to help cushion commodity punch
Neil Buxton of GFMS Metals Consulting says the copper bull market has been written off prematurely a number of times. This has come about primarily due to myriad supply disruptions, which led to final output being well below initial expectations. The easiest way to quantify the impact is to look at the mine utilisation figure that declined from an average of 92% in 2004 to 87.5% in 2007. According to the International Copper Study Group (ICSG), the rate fell to around 82% in Q1 of this year. Supply disruptions have continued since then – usually a combination of labour disputes and power-related issues – implying little improvement in the rate in Q2. Global demand in the first quarter was essentially flat at 4.556 Mt. Somewhat surprisingly, the data on the US and Japan show gains of around 3% year-on-year in Q1. This is at odds with most indicators within the automotive and construction sectors (key consuming markets), as well as the anecdotal evidence on these countries, which suggests that offtake is weak.Further supporting this view, Japanese copper wire and cable shipments fell 4.8% year-on-year in April to 70,500 t. The production of rolled products was unchanged in April at 86,300 t. Copper shipments by North American distributors fell by 10% year-on-year in May, due to the fall-off of demand for wire and pipe.ICSG has reported European (EU-15) demand down 8% year-on-year, however some of this can be attributed to destocking. Prysmian – the Italian cable and wire manufacturer reported a 3.4% rise in sales over Q1, attributed to an 11.3% rise in sales from its energy cable division. However, rather than showing healthy demand in Europe, the company attributed the rise as due to strong offtake from China, the Middle East and Russia in the high voltage cable sector.Activity in key copper consuming industries within China remains upbeat. Fixed asset investment continues to run around 25% ahead of last year. Automotive production up to May rose by 18.1% year-on-year. There were also double-digit gains in the output of electricity generation equipment (+12.7%), alternating current motors (+15.5%) and household goods output, such as washing machines (+18.5%) and refrigerators (+17.5%).However, the demand for copper cathode is more subdued than suggested by figures above. This reflects a combination of destocking and substitution triggered by high prices and a greater use of scrap. China’s copper cathode imports in May fell by 26% month-on-month and 19% year-on-year to 94,196 t. Judging by the latest preliminary data, this trend has continued in to June, with imports of refined copper dropping 12.6% month-on-month.Will sub-prime worries begin to overshadow production losses, he asks?Most of the economic and financial data suggests that conditions in the construction sector – the single largest market for copper – will get worse before it gets better. The credit crisis took another downward spiral with the problems at the US mortgage groups, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Even if the Fed, and US government provide support, it highlights that the credit crunch has still to fully unwind. Another factor that may curb copper demand growth is the potential for the weakness to spread to the non-residential sector, which has longer lead times and is less affected by hikes in short-term rates than the housing market.The bottom line is that the copper market will be increasingly reliant on supply disruptions to continue to support prices at their elevated levels of close to $8,500/t in mid July 2008. If the flow of bullish supply-side news begins to dry-up, the performance of some of the other base metals suggest that there is significant downside potential.In order to receive GFMS Metals Consulting’s latest detailed analysis on the copper market (or any of the other LME-traded metals) contained in The Base Metals Market Briefing please contact email@example.com
Johan SjostrandMT Melsungen Swedish goalie Johan Sjostrand extended his deal with MT Melsungen, the fourth team of German DKB Bundesliga in current season. The 30 years-old Scandi found himself in Kassel after many healthy problems which ruined his form last year.Sjostrand has great experience of playing at highest level with FC Barcelona and THW Kiel, but also national team.His new contract with Melsungen will expire in summer 2020. ← Previous Story Montpellier beat PSG for the French Cup Next Story → European Beach Handball Tour: Chardash & Greek-Brasilian triumph
Capcom officially announced the existence of Resident Evil 6 last month, with the game heading to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on November 20 this year. That’s a long time to wait, but also a great opportunity for Capcom to drip feed us new information about the game every month.We already knew that RE6 is set 10 years after the Raccoon City incident, and that it will see Leon and Chris team up for the first time. New characters were also promised, but not detailed at the launch announcement. However, today Capcom has revealed more about the game.We can now confirm that the main setting of the game will be a fictitious town called Lanshiang in China, with the action taking place in the year 2013. Alongside the main, known characters of Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield, the game includes, Helena Harper (secret service agent and president’s bodyguard), Ingrid Hunnigan (Field Operations Support for Leon), and the US president Adam Benford. But there’s also a mystery character who has yet to get a name. All we know is he’s a mercenary who likes to be paid for his work and that he’s been told, “he is the man to save the world.”While knowing who the characters are is welcomed, it’s the gameplay we’re most interested in, and Capcom looks to be taking things up a notch. As you’d expect, this is a game full of zombies, but in RE6 they will have three new abilities: running, jumping and weapon use. That’s right, no longer will the zombies slowly lumber towards you or do a quick shuffle, they’ll leap in a surprise attack or sprint after you. Weapon use hasn’t been fully explained, but based on the trailer above, it does include the ability to fire gune. However, RE6 is going to have zombies swinging baseball bats and other such close-quarters weaponry too.In terms of intelligent enemies, Capcom is serving up demons known as J’avo. They are creatures described as highly aggressive, capable of working in teams, and that can understand human speech. In other words, you’re going to die regularly when fighting them.Depending on your experience of previous games, you may be glad or concerned to hear Capcom is changing the control system. It is being classed as an evolution, and introduces the ability to shoot while moving as well as being able to slide and roll in any direction to cover points. Capcom is also promising “an enhanced melee attack.”Weapon-wielding zombies, a super aggressive demon enemy, and what sounds like a more fluid control system all look to be positive additions to the series. Now we just have to wait 9 months to get our hands on the game.
Until yesterday, the biggest project ever to raise money on Kickstarter was Double Fine and Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure. The game managed to make $1 million in 17 hours and 30 minutes. In its first 24 hours, the project received $1,064,652.05 with the original goal being a mere $400,000.That record was surpassed yesterday, July 10, when the Ouya Android games console went live on Kickstarter.The project was asking for pledges to reach a grand total of $950,000 in return for a new console that would retail for $99, run an Android OS, and guaranteed free-to-play games. Just 8 hours and 22 minutes later it had raised $1 million.By the end of the first 24 hours Ouya had received pledges totaling an astounding $2,589,687.77. That’s well over double what Double Fine Adventure achieved in the same period of time, and shows just how much support there is for a piece of hardware like this.We’re well into day two of the Ouya Kickstarter now and the money keeps coming. At time of writing the total stands at $3,102,055, which translates into 62,157 pre-orders for the console across all pledge levels.When Ouya first got announced it seemed likely there would be a lot of developer interest as it formed a nice way to build and test Android games. But clearly there’s a desire for the machine beyond just developers, and the backing so far suggests there is going to be a huge market for Ouya with gamers.Ouya also suggests the main consoles on the market, the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and soon the Wii U, are going to get some serious competition in the near future from cheap, alternative hardware. It will be interesting to watch the effect it has and how much market share machines like this can steal, much like smartphones are doing with handheld gaming devices at the moment.Read more at the Kickstarter Blog
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The SAE Youth Network Council of Oceania and Far East newly elected their executive committee and formed six sub committees at the recent SAE conference in Melbourne. “The purpose of developing these committees was to align the structure of our youth network council with a framework that was decided upon at the World SAE Youth Network Meeting, so that all regions could coordinate effectively in the global sphere,” says Coordinator of the SAE Youth Council, Elias Demourtzidis. “I walked away from the meeting knowing that we now had a structure that we can work within and can effectively communicate information between the network and also between the committee and the youth.” The members elected to the committee included Anthony Zorbas and Alexandra Livas (W.A) as deputy co-ordinators, Alex Belerhas (NSW) as treasurer, and Callie Kalimniou (VIC) as secretary. The sub committees formed included IT and technology, Communications, Cultural, Sports, Social, and Careers. The following council members were elected as heads for the new committees: Anthony Zorbas-IT and technology, Rebecca Kougellis (ACT)-Communications, Frank Conias (QLD)-Sports, Stelios Roumeliotis (NSW)-Social and Callie Kalimniou-Careers. “Each of the subcommittees have been delegated tasks to implement over the next few months,” says Demourtzidis. “For example one big emphasis is on communications via newsletters and the SAE website www.saeoceania.org.au, which we (the youth) will be updating very soon. SAE Youth in Greece are also launching a website: neasae.com which should happen this year and each region around the world will be given access”. Demourtzidis goes on to say that the Social sub committee will be continuing work on a national database of contacts to receive information from the SAE Youth. “So far we have approximately 500 contacts. There are a lot of young Greeks out there that have a lot to offer and I want them to join so that they can make a difference and also be part of what’s going on with all the special projects coming up. For example the NSW SAE youth committee is looking at running youth camps, Perth is looking at hosting some events by the river, and Victoria is in discussion of the pan Hellenic Games that will run later this year”. Also underpinning SAE Youth’s desire to grow is to gain approval for funding of these events from the Greek government. “We are trying to work towards something tangible as the more youths we represent, the more funding we are likely to get”. Demourtzidis underscores the importance of the 2009 Pan Hellenic Games, which will be held later this year in Melbourne at a date to be confirmed within a month. “I want to encourage youth to get involved; it’s a fantastic event and we should back it and ensure that it happens every year”. The Pan Hellenic Games is a mini version of the Olympic games for young Greeks across Australia, consisting of both a sporting competition and a cultural performance component. Emmanuel Lambou, President of the SAE Youth Committee Victoria and Tasmania indicates that sponsorship is critical to the success of the games. “The larger the games, the greater the requirement becomes for funding to ensure we can cater for a spectacle of the magnitude and excellence we expect, hope and plan to stage. It is imperative that all Greeks in Melbourne get behind us and support the games”. Following on from the SAE conference, an open meeting has been called to discuss the re-vamping of the Pan Hellenic games on Thursday 26th February at Greek Community building (cnr Lonsdale and Russell Streets, Melbourne) at 6.30pm 2nd Floor. If you would like to contribute your ideas or get involved feel free to just turn up or contact Emmanuel Lambou on 0407 673 344 for further information. Alternatively if you would like more information about getting involved in or sponsoring the games, or would like to join SAE youth database, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Law firm Leigh Day has today (27 August 2019) announced that it will bring legal challenges against the UK government for age discrimation in relation to public sector pensions for teachers and doctors.The case relates to changes made to pension arrangements across the public sector, which came into force on 1 April 2015. This saw employees born after a certain date being moved into an alternative, less beneficial pension schemes, while protecting older staff, within 10 years of retirement, by allowing them to remain in the original arrangement.Aside from the age discrimination implications, Leigh Day has also noted that increased diversity in certain public sector professions in recent years has resulted in a higher proportion of female and ethnic minority employees being affected by these changes.This case follows the success of the firm’s similar actions on behalf of judges and firefighters. On 27 June 2019, the Supreme Court rejected the government’s petition to appeal a December 2018 Court of Appeal ruling that the Ministry of Justice had discriminated against judges on the grounds of age, race and equal pay.In addition, on 2 August 2019, Leigh Day announced that the government had acknowledged that its treatment of police officers following changes to pensions schemes in April 2015 was discriminatory. This followed a legal challenge brought by the firm on behalf of 13,500 police officers born after 1 April 1967.Nigel Mackay, partner at Leigh Day, said: “We believe the government is short-changing hundreds of thousands of hardworking doctors and teachers.“Public sector pension schemes have been known to provide better than average benefits to reflect the valuable contribution that those in the public sector make to society. However, the changes made by the government have unfairly left younger public sector workers out of pocket.“As a result of the Supreme Court ruling in June, the government has [run] out of options in relation to those judges and firefighters who have brought claims. However, it has not made any commitments to remedy the issue for any judges or firefighters who have not brought claims, or any other public sector workers, including doctors or teachers, that have been affected by the same changes to their pension policy.”
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends a joint news conference with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh. Reuters file photoBritain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson has arrived in the United States to meet close advisers to President-elect Donald Trump and senior Congressional leaders to discuss ties between the countries.Last June’s vote to leave the European Union has left Britain facing some of the most complicated negotiations since World War Two, with the country keen to deepen ties with the United States and other nations to show that Brexit will not diminish its standing in the world.Johnson’s visit, which was not flagged in advance, is part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategy to improve relations with Trump’s team after the president-elect irritated the government by saying that outspoken anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage would be a good choice for Britain’s ambassador to Washington.May’s two most senior aides made a secret trip to the United States last month.“Following the successful meeting last month between the Prime Minister’s chiefs of staff and President-elect Donald Trump’s team, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is undertaking a short visit to the U.S. for meetings with close advisers to the president-elect and senior Congressional leaders,” a spokesman for Britain’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.“The discussions will be focused on UK-U.S. relations and other foreign policy matters.”May had told Sky News earlier in the day that she was sure that Britain and the United States would build on their close ties and that their “special relationship” would endure despite describing some of his comments about women as “unacceptable”.
The Edge Digital Photography/Getty ImagesThe Senate Judiciary Committee released thousands of documents Wednesday related to its investigation about a Trump Tower meeting in 2016 between top Donald Trump aides and a delegation of Russians who promised to help their campaign.The Senate Judiciary Committee released more than 2,500 pages of documents on Wednesday related to its investigation about a meeting in 2016 between top Donald Trump aides and a delegation of Russians who promised to help their campaign.The material, which includes interview transcripts and other “exhibits,” is available here.The transcripts and notes reaffirm accounts of the meeting that people involved have already given — that Donald Trump Jr. and his compatriots sought “dirt” offered them on Hillary Clinton and received some political intelligence tip but nothing as explosive as they’d hoped.The June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower is one of several known contacts between Trump campaign workers and people connected with the Russian government at a time when Russia was waging a campaign of active measures against the 2016 presidential campaign.Trump Jr. convened the meeting with his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and the campaign’s then-chairman, Paul Manafort. He did so after receiving emails that described an outreach, via a series of intermediaries, from Russia’s top federal prosecutor, Yuri Chaika, offering help to the Trump campaign.President Trump and Trump Jr. initially said the meeting was about “adoptions,” then modified their stories after Trump Jr. released the email thread in which he received his offer of help from the Russians. Share Members of Congress and the Justice Department are investigating. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, authorized the release of the new material following interviews or other interactions with several of the people involved with the Trump Tower meeting.The House intelligence committee cited Trump Jr.’s denials in completing its report about the Russia imbroglio with a finding that there had been no collusion between the Trump camp and the Russian active measures.President Trump has cited that finding and argued that the continuing investigations in Congress and by the Justice Department are just a “witch hunt.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Share Martin do Nascimento/KUTUT Austin tennis coach Michael Center allegedly was paid to recruit a student who didn’t play tennis in order to get him admitted to the school.UT Austin men’s tennis coach Michael Center has been charged with mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud in a wide-ranging, multimillion-dollar college admissions scandal.Center was paid $100,000 in 2015 to recruit a California student who didn’t play tennis, securing his admission to UT, according to a criminal complaint.Federal authorities say William Singer, who runs a California-based admissions consulting firm, is at the center of the $25-million scheme in which wealthy clients paid him to either rig standardized test scores or recruit students with falsified athletic records. Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said at a press conference today that Singer ensured admission for students to Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Wake Forest and UT Austin “not on their merits, but through fraud.”According to the complaint, Michael Fox, a Houston man who was also indicted for conspiracy to commit racketeering, emailed Center in November 2014 to shore up the possibility of falsely recruiting the student. Center responded, “I read his application and researched his high school … [l]ooks like he goes to very high end school.”The complaint alleges Center was paid in installments arranged by Fox. Singer, who pleaded guilty today to a handful of felonies and is cooperating with the FBI’s investigation, allegedly met with Center in 2015 and gave him $60,000 in cash in a parking lot.UT Austin said in a statement that authorities notified the school this morning “that we were victims of an organized criminal effort involving admissions.”“We have just become aware of charges against our Men’s Tennis Coach Michael Center and he will be placed on administrative leave until further notice while we gather information,” UT said. “We are cooperating fully with the investigation. Integrity in admissions is vital to the academic and ethical standards of our university.”Center has coached UT Tennis for 18 seasons and has led the Longhorns to as many NCAA Championship appearances, including three in the Final Four. In 2007, he was named College Coach of the Year by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Houston test administrator also involved in admissions scandalNiki Williams, an assistant teacher at a Houston high school and a test administrator for the College Board and ACT, has been charged with racketeering conspiracy in the wide-sweeping college admissions scandal.According to a release from the Department of Justice, Singer helped his clients cheat on the SAT and ACT exams at two test centers, including a public high school in Houston and a private college prep school in West Hollywood, California:“At those test centers, Singer had established relationships with test administrators Niki Williams and Igor Dvorskiy, respectively, who accepted bribes of as much as $10,000 per test in order to facilitate the cheating scheme. Specifically, Williams and Dvorskiy allowed a third individual, typically [Mark] Riddell, to take the exams in place of the students, to give the students the correct answers during the exams, or to correct the students’ answers after they completed the exams.”Read the complaint against Center, below:View Fullscreen This is a developing story. It was originally published on https://www.kut.org/ with additional reporting by Houston Public Media’s digital team.
A look at TAILS – Privacy oriented GNU/Linux Distribution by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on September 12, 2017 in Linux – 10 commentsIt’s no secret that using GNU/Linux is generally safer than using Microsoft Windows, however, there are specific distributions of GNU/Linux that are even more focused on privacy and safety than the usual distros like Ubuntu. In a previous article, I showed of Qubes OS; and now it’s time to look at TAILS.What is TAILS?The Amensic Incognito Live System, is a Debian based distribution that routes all internet traffic through the TOR network, and leaves no trace of its existence or anything done on the system when the machine is shut down. The obvious aim in this, is to aid in keeping the user anonymous and private. Tails is not installed to a users computer, but instead is run strictly as a LiveUSB / LiveDVD.TAILS does not utilize the host machines Hard Disk at all, and is loaded entirely into RAM. When a machine is shut down, the data that is stored in RAM disappears over the course of a few minutes, essentially leaving no trace of whatever had been done. Granted, there is a method of attack known as a Cold Boot Attack, where data is extracted from RAM before it has had a chance to disappear, but TAILS has you covered on that front too; the TAILS website says,“To prevent this attack, the data in RAM is overwritten by random data when shutting down Tails. This erases all traces from your session on that computer.”There are numerous other security minded applications found in a Tails install, which the website lists as:Pidgin preconfigured with OTR for Off-the-Record MessagingOnionShare for anonymous filesharingThunderbird email client with Enigmail for OpenPGP supportLiferea feed aggregatorGobby for collaborative text writingAircrack-ng for wireless network auditingElectrum, an easy-to-use bitcoin clientLUKS and GNOME Disks to install and use encrypted storage devices, for example USB sticksGnuPG, the GNU implementation of OpenPGP for email and data encyption and signingMonkeysign, a tool for OpenPGP key signing and exchangePWGen, a strong password generatorShamir’s Secret Sharing using gfshare and ssssFlorence virtual keyboard as a countermeasure against hardware keyloggersMAT to anonymize metadata in filesKeePassX password managerGtkHash to calculate checksumsKeyringer, a command line tool to encrypt secrets shared through GitPaperkey a command line tool to back up OpenPGP secret keys on paperMore applications can easily be installed as well, since Tails is based on Debian Stable, and has full access to the repositories. However, keep in mind that anything installed will disappear once the machine is shut down.Installing Tails is not quite as simple as installing other distributions, and the method is a little different depending on if you’re using Windows, Ubuntu/Debian/Mint or other forms of GNU/Linux. For full instructions on how to install Tails, check out the guide found here.So…Why would I want to use Tails anyway?Tails is ideal for keeping yourself and your activities hidden as previously stated, which is absolutely perfect for those who want to do their best to have ‘big brother’ unable to spy on their activities, as much as possible. Another major use of Tails is to avoid censorship in places where internet use is carefully monitored; because Tails routes ALL internet traffic through TOR, you can be assured that you are able to freely surf the internet.Tails is also used by some journalists, agencies, and whistleblowers. Edward Snowden for example, was using Tails to communicate with Glen Greenwald and others, when he released his famous leaks of classified information. The point being, that for those who are extremely privacy conscious, Tails is definitely worth looking at, even if you feel you have ‘nothing to hide’, having the peace of mind of knowing that if you DO ever need something like this; it’s easily accessible.SummaryArticle NameA look at TAILS – Privacy oriented GNU/Linux DistributionDescriptionThe Amensic Incognito Live System, is a Debian based distribution that routes all internet traffic through the TOR network, and leaves no trace of its existence or anything done on the system when the machine is shut down.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement