Polar science: bid for freely accessible biodiversity archive

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first_imgThe Southern Ocean is of unique ecological, biogeographic and political interest, as noted by your Editorial ‘The way ahead for polar science’ (Nature 457, 1057; 2009). Given the rate and potential catastrophic impact of global change on the Antarctic marine ecosystem, we agree that it is vital to have a mechanism for the exchange of relevant scientific information. Information about Antarctic marine biodiversity has to be widely published, instantly accessible and thoroughly checked, in order to enable timely, science-based management.last_img

Client Money Protection now compulsory for English letting agents – but how many are covered?

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first_imgHome » News » Client Money Protection now compulsory for English letting agents – but how many are covered? previous nextRegulation & LawClient Money Protection now compulsory for English letting agents – but how many are covered?CMP legislation has today become law and any agents not registered with one of the six schemes are now trading illegally.Nigel Lewis1st April 201902,213 Views England’s new Client Money Protection (CMP) legislation became law today and requires all letting agents in England to be members of a CMP scheme.Those who are not members are now trading illegally and face a fine of up to £5,000.Six organisations have been approved by the government to offer a CMP scheme including Client Money Protect, Money Shield, NALS, Propertymark, RICS and UKALA, which charge between £365 and £4,685 a year.These charges depend on an agency’s turnover and the size of the client funds they hold, or are offered as part of existing membership packages. All of them offer essentially the same service – to protect any money held by a letting agent on behalf of a landlord or tenant should the cash be misappropriated.Cases of letting agents who have stolen client funds or used them to prop up failing businesses are revealed on a regular basis, including most recently the case of a Bournemouth agent who misappropriated funds totalling £357,000 from clients.As well as joining a CMP scheme, letting agents must hold client money in a separate bank account, hold appropriate indemnity insurance and establish money handling procedures.“Following our successful campaign, spearheaded in Parliament by Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, and supported by 30 organisations including member agents, the other professional bodies for letting agents, tenant groups and landlord bodies, the Government ruled in favour of mandating CMP for all letting agents in England from Monday 1st April 2019,” says David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark.“Those who haven’t yet joined a scheme must sign up to one immediately. Propertymark has received formal Approval from the Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler MP, to operate a Government-authorised CMP scheme on behalf of its members, so they are all automatically covered. Those who aren’t part of a professional body can sign up to Money Shield, a straight-forward and cost-effective solution with formal Approval.” client money protection CMP April 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Applied physicists create building blocks for a new class of optical circuits

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first_imgImagine creating novel devices withamazing and exotic optical properties not found in nature — by simplyevaporating a droplet of particles on a surface.By chemically building clusters of nanospheres from a liquid, a team ofHarvard researchers, in collaboration with scientists at RiceUniversity, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University ofHouston, has developed just that.The finding, published in the latest issue of Science, demonstratessimple scalable devices that exhibit customizable optical propertiessuitable for applications ranging from highly sensitive sensors anddetectors to invisibility cloaks.Using particles consisting of concentric metallic and insulating shells,Jonathan Fan, a graduate student at the Harvard School of Engineeringand Applied Sciences (SEAS), his lead co-author Federico Capasso, RobertL. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior ResearchFellow in Electrical Engineering at SEAS, and Vinothan Manoharan,associate professor of chemical engineering and physics in SEAS andHarvard’s Physics department, devised a bottom-up, self-assemblyapproach to meet the design challenge.“A longstanding challenge in optical engineering has been to find waysto make structures of size much smaller than the wavelength that exhibitdesired and interesting properties,” says Fan. “At visible frequencies,these structures must be nanoscale.”In contrast, most nanoscale devices are fabricated using top-downapproaches, akin to how computer chips are manufactured. The smallestsizes that can be realized by such techniques are severely constrainedby the intrinsic limits of the fabrication process, such as thewavelength of light used in the process. Moreover, such methods arerestricted to planar geometries, are expensive, and require intenseinfrastructure such as cleanrooms.“With our bottom-up approach, we mimic the way nature creates innovativestructures, which exhibit extremely useful properties,” explainsCapasso. “Our nanoclusters behave as tiny optical circuits and could bethe basis of new technology such as detectors of single molecules,efficient and biologically compatible probes in cancer therapeutics, andoptical tweezers to manipulate and sort out nano-sized particles.Moreover, the fabrication process is much simpler and cheaper to carryout.”The researchers’ self-assembly method requires nothing more than a bitof mixing and drying. To form the clusters, the particles are firstcoated with a polymer, and a droplet of them is then evaporated on awater-repellent surface. In the process of evaporation, the particlespack together into small clusters. Using polymer spacers to separate thenanoparticles, the researchers were able to controllably achieve a twonanometer gap between the particles — far better resolution thantraditional top-down methods allow.Two types of resulting optical circuits are of considerable interest. Atrimer, comprising three equally-spaced particles, can support amagnetic response, an essential property of invisibility cloaks andmaterials that exhibit negative refractive index.“In essence, the trimer acts as a nanoscale resonator that can support acirculating loop of current at visible and near-infrared frequencies,”says Fan. “This structure functions as a nanoscale magnet at opticalfrequencies, something that natural materials cannot do.”Heptamers, or packed seven particle structures, exhibit almost noscattering for a narrow range of well-defined colors or wavelengths whenilluminated with white light. These sharp dips, known as Fanoresonances, arise from the interference of two modes of electronoscillations, a “bright” mode and a non-optically active “dark” mode, inthe nanoparticle.“Heptamers are very efficient at creating extremely intense electricfields localized in nanometer-size regions where molecules and nanoscaleparticles can be trapped, manipulated, and detected. Molecular sensingwould rely on detecting shifts in the narrow spectra dips,” says Capasso.Ultimately, all of the self-assembled circuit designs can be readilytuned by varying the geometry, how the particles are separated, and thechemical environment. In short, the new method allows a “tool kit” formanipulating “artificial molecules” in such a way to create opticalproperties at will, a feature the researchers expect is broadlygeneralizable to a host of other characteristics.Looking ahead, the researchers plan to work on achieving higher clusteryields and hope to assemble three-dimensional structures at themacroscale, a “holy grail” of materials science.“We are excited by the potentially scalability of the method,” saysManoharan. “Spheres are the easiest shapes to assemble as they can bereadily packed together. While we only demonstrated here planar particleclusters, our method can be extended to three-dimensional structures,something that a top-down approach would have difficulty doing.”Fan, Capasso, and Manoharan’s co-authors included Chihhui Wu and GennadyShvets of University of Texas at Austin; Jiming Bao of the University ofHouston; and Kui Bao, Rizia Bardhan, Naomi Halas, and Peter Norlander,all of Rice University.The researchers was supported by the National Science Foundation;the Air Force Office of Scientific Research; the U.S. Department ofDefense; the Robert A. Welch Foundation; and the Center for AdvancedSolar Photophysics, a U.S. Department of Energy Frontier ResearchCenter. The work was carried out at the Center for Nanoscale Systems atHarvard, a member of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.last_img read more

Jordan Steps Down

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first_imgC. Wayne Jordan, head of the University of Georgia Extension Service for the past eightyears, announced April 17 in Athens that he will leave the position May 1.Jordan will accept a new appointment within the College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.CAES Dean Gale Buchanan approved “with regret” Jordan’s request to end histerm as Associate Dean for Extension and Senior Associate Director of the UGA ExtensionService.On April 18, Buchanan announced Robert A. Isaac’s appointment as Interim Associate Deanfor Extension and Senior Associate Director, effective May 1.Jordan, whose academic and research background includes soil testing, pesticide residueanalysis and forage evaluation, will oversee the central operations of the AgriculturalServices Laboratory. He will direct construction, which will begin soon, to expand thelab.”As coordinator of the Agricultural Services Laboratories and professor on thestaff, Dr. Jordan will continue to make important contributions to the college and to theagricultural industry of Georgia,” Buchanan said.”During his tenure as head of the Cooperative Extension Service, he has facedextraordinary challenges,” he said. “(Jordan) skillfully led his agency througha drastic 33-percent cut in state resources while maintaining a high level of servicethroughout the state.”University President Charles B. Knapp expressed appreciation for Jordan’s”considerable contributions to the University of Georgia.”Knapp added, “Wayne Jordan has demonstrated outstanding administrative skills, andcare and concern for Extension Service employees while managing a severe cut inappropriations imposed by the General Assembly in 1991.”Knapp said he understands Jordan’s desire to seek this reassignment. But he expectsthat he “will continue to provide service to the college as it develops its plans forGeorgia’s agricultural industry in the 21st century.”Isaac has been Associate Director of Extension since 1993. He directed agriculture andnatural resources programs.He headed the Agricultural Services Lab from 1987 to 1992. He was an Extensionanalytical chemist in the Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Lab from 1968 to 1987.”Bob Isaac brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in agriculture to thisposition,” Buchanan said. “In this capacity, he will help focus our Extensionefforts to more effectively serve Georgia agriculture.”Isaac earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958 from the College of Charleston. His master’s(1962) and Ph.D. (1966) degrees in analytical chemistry are from Clemson University.”We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Isaac’s leadership skills andexperience to step into this important role,” said UGA President Charles B. Knapp.”During this interim period, I am confident that Extension Service programs will moveforward under his direction.”last_img read more

Vermont Business Magazine releases Vermont 100+

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first_imgSome of the fastest-growing companies include AllEarth Renewables in Williston, which did not even make the list previously, but is now a $10 million dollar company, and Dealer.com of Burlington, which is now an $85 million company. In general, the revenue numbers of Vermont 100 companies experienced noticeable growth over the slump of 2009. In all, nearly 200 companies were ranked. Number of companies showing year-over-year growth of the Vermont 100.‘We have not witnessed so many of Vermont’s finest firms struggle so much over the last several years,’ said VBM Publisher John Boutin. ‘But there is resiliency here to the point of remarkable expansion and profits. We salute those companies who have done well despite this historically bad economic downturn. We also thank all the companies that participated and volunteered their financial results at a time when those results for some companies reflect so much pain. To us, it reveals a deep faith in what lies ahead.’ About Vermont Business MagazineSince 1972, VBM has been the leading source of statewide Vermont business news and data. It publishes every month, in addition to three annual publications: The Vermont Business & Manufacturers Directory (May), The Book of Lists (August), and the Ask the Experts/Business Profiles (December). VBM also sponsors or co-sponsors several business awards events: Vermont Centennial Business Awards (March); Best Places to Work in Vermont (April); Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award (May); Vermont SBA Small Business Person of the Year (June); 5x5x5 Growth Awards (September); and Vermont Rising Stars (November).  1National Life Group$1,540Montpelier2Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc$1,356.8Waterbury3Fletcher Allen Health Care$875Burlington4University of Vermont$579Burlington5Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont$552Montpelier6Casella Waste Systems Inc$522.3Rutland 7Pizzagalli Construction Company$373South Burlington8Central Vermont Public Service$342.1Rutland9Rutland Regional Medical Center$321.1Rutland10St Albans Cooperative Creamery Inc$320Saint Albans11Orvis Company Inc$300Sunderland12Champlain Oil Co, Inc$285South Burlington13Vermont Mutual Insurance Group$285Montpelier14Green Mountain Power Corp$249.4Colchester15Mack Group$228Arlington16SB Collins Inc$175Saint Albans17Velan Valve Corporation$152Williston18Seventh Generation$150Burlington19Heritage Automotive Group$148Burlington20Central Vermont Medical Center$137.2Barre21Southwestern Vermont Medical Center$130.3Bennington22MVP Health Care$130Williston23Union Mutual of Vermont Companies$113Montpelier24Vermont Electric Power Company$107Rutland25Vermont Gas Systems Inc$94.5Burlington26Okemo Mountain Resort$89.3Ludlow27BioTek Instruments$85Winooski28Dealer.com$85Burlington29GW Plastics Inc$85Bethel30King Arthur Flour Company$84.1Norwich31Harbour Industries Inc$80Shelburne32Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Inc$80Saint Johnsbury33Brattleboro Retreat$78Brattleboro34Engelberth Construction Inc$78Colchester35Saint Michael’s College$77Colchester36Northwestern Medical Center, Inc$73Saint Albans37North Country Hospital$72Newport38Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc$71.6Johnson39DEW Construction Corp$71Williston40The Vermont Agency$70Burlington41Poulin Grain, Inc$68Newport42Brattleboro Memorial Hospital$61.2Brattleboro43Land Air Express of New England LTD$60.4Williston44SD Ireland Concrete Construction Corp$60South Burlington45Porter Medical Center, Inc$59.9Middlebury46Gifford Medical Center$59Randolph47Springfield Medical Care Systems, Inc.$59Springfield48Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital$58.4Saint Johnsbury49Cooperative Insurance Companies$57Middlebury50Champlain Cable Corp$55Colchester51Global Resource Options, Inc$55White River Jct52Burlington Electric Department$54.3Burlington53HUBER+SUHNER, Inc$51Essex Junction54Bond Auto Parts Inc.$50.7Barre55Copley Hospital, Inc$49Morrisville56Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center$47.8Windsor57Rock of Ages Corporation$45.5Barre58NRG Systems Inc.$43.5Hinesburg59Castleton State College$43Castleton60Sonnax Industries$42.5Bellows Falls61Earth Brothers Ltd$41.3North Springfield62Cine Magnetics Video And Digital Laboratories$41Charlotte63iTech US Inc$40.5South Burlington64Smugglers’ Notch Resort$40Jeffersonville65Child Travel Services, Inc$37Colchester66GS Precision, Inc$35.2Brattleboro67SymQuest Group, Inc$33.4South Burlington68Twincraft, Inc$32.5Winooski69Autumn Harp Inc$32Essex Junction70Barry T Chouinard Inc$32Northfield71Control Technologies Inc$31Williston72Bread Loaf Corporation$30Middlebury73Hazelett Strip-Casting Corp$30Colchester74Simon Pearce (US) Inc.$29Windsor75Britton Lumber Company Inc$26.8Fairlee76VNA of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties$26.6Colchester77Hubbardton Forge Corporation$26.4Castleton78Mount Family Group, LTD$26Burlington79EF Wall and Associates$25Barre80Wright & Morrissey Inc$25Burlington81Vermont Composites, Inc$23Bennington82Small Dog Electronics$22.6Waitsfield83Vermont Precision Tools, Inc.$22.6Swanton84Instrumart$22Williston85New England Air Systems LLC$22Williston86North Hartland Tool Corp$21North Hartland87Chroma Technology Corp$19.2Bellows Falls88Offset House, Inc$19Essex89Whitman’s Feed Store, Inc$19North Bennington90Pizzagalli Properties LLC$18.6South Burlington91Hearthstone Quality Home Heating Products, Inc$18.5Morrisville92Neagley and Chase Construction Co$18.2South Burlington93Holstein Association USA$18Brattleboro94Macro International Inc$18Burlington95Vermont Heating & Ventilating$17Winooski96Naylor & Breen Builders Inc$16.8Brandon97Grace Cottage Hospital$16.2Townshend98PCM Image-Tek$15.9Springfield99Adecco$15.8South Burlington100Washington Electric Cooperative Inc$14.7East Montpelier101Hayes Ford Lincoln Mercury$14.1Newport102Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center$13.8South Burlington103Vermed Inc.$13.6Bellows Falls104Foster Motors$13.4Middlebury105Kalow Technologies Inc$13North Clarendon106Omega Optical, Inc$13Brattleboro107Westminster Cracker Company$13Rutland108Cersosimo Industries, Inc$12.9Brattleboro109SUI International, LTD$12.8Williston110Rice Lumber$12.7Shelburne111Granite Industries of Vermont, Inc$12.3Barre112MicroStrain, Inc$12Williston113Vermont Store Fixture Corporation$12Danby114Mobile Medical International Corporation$11.8Saint Johnsbury115Flex-A-Seal Inc.$11.5Essex Junction116ARC Mechanical Contractors$11Bradford117Logic Supply Inc$11South Burlington118Jager Di Paola Kemp Design$10.8Burlington119Southern Vermont College$10.8Bennington120All Earth Renewables$10.7Williston121Stowe Electric Dept$10.6Stowe122The Choice Care Card, LLC$10.2Waterbury Center123Preci-Manufacturing, Inc$9.9Winooski124Competitive Computing, Inc$9.7Colchester125Bennington Iron Works Inc$9.5Bennington126Hallam Associates, Inc$9.5South Burlington127Farm-Way$9.3Bradford128Windjammer Hospitality Group$9South Burlington129Connor Contracting, Inc$8.8Berlin130Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP$8.8South Burlington131TFM Construction$8.8Colchester132Dore & Whittier Architects$8.7South Burlington133CE Bradley Laboratories, Inc.$8.5North Brattleboro134Stewart Construction Inc$8.3Essex Junction135Acrylic Designs Inc$8.2North Springfield136Beans Mobile Homes Inc$8Lyndonville137Grafton Village Cheese Co, LLC$8Brattleboro138Homestead Design, Inc.$8Essex Junction139JA Morrissey, Inc$7.8Burlington140HA Manosh Corp$7.5Morrisville141McKernon Group, Inc$7.5Brandon142CCS Constructors LLC$7.4Morrisville143ReArch Company, LLC$7.4South Burlington144Vermont Public Radio$7.1Colchester145Spherion$7South Burlington146VHB$7North Ferrisburgh147DuBois & King, Inc$6.9Randolph148Spates Construction, Inc$6.9Derby149Twinstate/Voice.Data.Video, Inc$6.8Colchester150Lyndon Woodworking Inc$6.5Lyndon151GeoDesign Inc$6.4Windsor152Anichini Inc$6Tunbridge153Reynolds & Son Inc$6South Barre154Vermont Public Television$5.8Colchester155Cole Electric, Inc$5.6East Thetford156Advanced Illumination, Inc$5.5Rochester157Bates & Murray Inc$5.5Barre158College of St Joseph$5.5Rutland159Redstone Commercial Group$5.5Burlington160Wright Construction Co, Inc$5.5Mount Holly161Nathaniel Group Inc$5.3Vergennes162Northwoods Excavating Inc$5.3Thetford Center163Lovejoy Tool Co, Inc$5.1Springfield164Monument Farms, Inc$5.1Weybridge165Champlain Valley Exposition$5Essex Junction166TPW Management LLC$5Mancester Center167Dock Doctors, The$4.7Ferrisburgh168Martin’s Hardware & Building Supply Inc$4.5Bristol169ASIC North Inc$4.3Williston170Reliance Steel, Inc$4.3Colchester171Walker Construction, Inc$4.2Waterbury Center172Vermont Equipment Supply$4.1New Haven173Geiger Of Austria, Inc$4Middlebury174Kittell, Branagan & Sargent$4St Albans175Franklin August Trading, Inc$3.8Williston176SBE, Inc$3.8Barre177Creative Labels of Vermont, Inc$3.6Winooski178Davis Contracting Service$3.6Hardwick179Downeast Trading Co Inc$3.5Middlebury180EME Management$3.5North Springfield181The Buckley Company, LLC$3.5Colchester182Neil H Daniels, Inc$3.4Ascutney183HEB Manufacturing Co, Inc$3.3Chelsea184Homestead Landscaping$3.2Bondville185Aldrich + Elliott, P.C.$3.1Essex Junction 186The RehabGYM Inc$3.1Williston187Denis White Interior Contractors,  Inc$3Williston188Repro Digital & Champlain Valley Printing$3Winooski The ranking was expanded beyond just 100 companies in the 1990s to allow for more diversity within industry categories. Now we use a $3 million cutoff for the list. All Vermont-based companies and stand-alone subsidiaries qualify. The Vermont 100+ About the Vermont 100+This is our 24th annual Vermont 100+. In January 1987, we ran our first Vermont 100 ranking of the largest Vermont-based companies, predicated on 1986 revenues. Since then there have been only three companies that have been Number One: C&S Wholesale Grocers, National Life Group and Fletcher Allen Healthcare. Rank    Company        Revenues ($ Million) Vermont Business Magazine,National Life Group of Montpelier continues to show remarkable resiliency through the economic downturn as it once again shows revenue growth in 2010, as revealed in Vermont Business Magazine’s annual Vermont 100+ ranking of the largest Vermont-based companies.VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH WCAX TVMeanwhile, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters of Waterbury joined National Life as the state’s second billion dollar company, as listed in VBM’s January 2011 issue. GMCR showed remarkable growth, most notably through its recent acquisitions of coffee companies on the West Coast and in Canada. – 30 –last_img read more

Murderous Militia Goup Dismantled In Brazil

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first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2009 Brazilian police said they have dismantled a vigilante militia that operated in the shantytowns ringing this metropolis and is suspected of more than 100 homicides. Federal, civil and military police in Rio de Janeiro took part in the operation, which led to the arrest of 10 members of the illegal armed group known as Bonde do Jura, led by a rogue police officer identified as Juraci Prudencio, a police spokesman told the state-run Agencia Brasil news agency. The police official said the vigilante militia – the largest in the area – was made up of nine military police, an ex-cop with that same force and four private security guards. He said the group was active in several shantytowns on Rio’s northern outskirts and was involved in the illegal sale of gas, pirated pay TV connections and unauthorized security and passenger transport, noting that the militia had 60 vehicles in operation. Bonde do Jura is considered responsible for the deaths of 100 people, including members of rival militias, witnesses to their crimes, local shantytown residents and a police officer who was reportedly shot almost 50 times. Police said their investigation also revealed the group had close ties to another militia led by former state lawmaker Natalino Guimaraes, currently behind bars. Rio de Janeiro’s militias, illegal armed groups made up mainly of police and ex-police, were originally formed to fight drug-trafficking gangs in the “favelas,” or shantytowns. These illegal groups, which have expelled drug gangs from some favelas, are accused of running protection rackets and levying taxes on basic goods coming into those slums. Frequent clashes between rival drug gangs and between the criminal groups and the police have turned Rio de Janeiro into one of Brazil’s most violent cities. A report released last year by a U.N. special envoy said that the vigilante militias were responsible for one in five killings in the city. The report by Philip Alston also found that there is “a significant problem with on-duty police (in Rio and throughout Brazil) using excessive force and committing extrajudicial executions in illegal and counterproductive efforts to combat crime.”last_img read more

2019-2020 Executive Committee members announced at CUNA Technology Council Conference

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first_img The 2019-2020 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee was officially announced at the 24th Annual CUNA Technology Council Conference Sept. 11-14 in Chicago.For more information on becoming a member of CUNA Councils, visit cunacouncils.org.The 2019-2020 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee includes:Chris Saneda, chair, senior executive vice president/chief operating officer, Virginia CUCaroline Martorano, vice chair, director operation & support, BCU continue reading » Back row (left to right): Richard Roark, Willis Chang, Caroline Martorano, Fernando Ortega, Joey Rudisill, Randy Stolp. Front row (left to right): Chris Saneda, Murali Krishnan, Alex Barker, Samantha Amburgey, Jim Phillips. Not pictured: Idrees Rafiq and Mark Reed.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jurors from Breonna Taylor grand jury shed light on trial lies

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first_imgFollowing the announcement, an anonymous juror identified as “Grand Juror #1” by attorney Kevin Glogower said that the grand jury not only disagreed that certain actions taken by the police that night were justified, but that it was never given the opportunity to indict any officer for homicide.“I came out of my chair and said he just lied,” Juror #1 told VICE on how he responded to the announcement of no charges. He then filed a motion to allow the 12 jurors to speak publicly about what happened during the trial. In a rare incident of grand jury records being made public, a judge ruled that records could be released in order for jury panelists to speak publicly about the case, Daily Kos reported. Days after the motion was approved, a second juror confirmed Juror #1’s statement that charges to consider were limited.- Advertisement – Juror #2 added that he believed Kenneth Walker’s recollection of the incident (Walker, who was Taylor’s boyfriend, said the police did not knock or announce themselves before forcing their way into Taylor’s apartment, and that he fired his gun thinking they were intruders). “Each of the officers had a different story,” he said. “The only time when their story came together was when they said three phrases: ‘I don’t know,’ ‘I don’t remember,’ and ‘I’m not sure.’” He added that each also tapped their fingers on the desk after saying these phrases. “They had holes in their stories [and] they had holes in their holes.”While it is unclear if other jurors will also speak out about lies and inconsistencies present at the trial, both Juror #1 and Juror #2 have been consistent in their stories contradicting Cameron’s lies. Cameron initially tried to stop records from being released, then issued a statement last month claiming that the trial was conducted lawfully and he is “fine with the jurors speaking and making their position known.” As more of the trial inconsistencies become known and Cameron’s lies are exposed, we can only hope that Taylor will receive the justice she rightfully deserves. Both jurors spoke to VICE Media Wednesday to give some insight into how the trial took place; one even brought a notebook with notes taken during the trial. His notes depicted not only how he responded to the evidence presented, but how he processed it, giving a glimpse into how the jurors were thinking during the trial.“Cameron did not give a choice with this and we did not agree with anything he said,” the anonymous juror identified by VICE as Juror #2 said. “But I had my notes with me because I need for these people to understand I didn’t do this.”Looking at the notebook, VICE noted the phrase “covering up.” When asked about this, the juror explained that he felt the Public Integrity Unit present at the trial acted like defense attorneys for the police, giving them “softball questions” in addition to interpreting what they should be saying.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

What is ‘sweetener’? Savory provision introduced in omnibus jobs bill

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first_imgTopics : The sweetener will be paid one time only if the bill becomes law and is to be paid to employees working before the law takes effect.Read also: Omnibus bills submitted to House, public remains in dark”This will be a reward for workers,” Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah told reporters after a meeting with House of Representatives’ Commission IX overseeing manpower in Jakarta on Wednesday.The government submitted the long-awaited draft to the House on Wednesday afternoon after failing to meet its own deadline several times. If passed into law, the omnibus bill will amend more than a thousand articles in about 80 prevailing laws and is expected to attract more investment to help stimulate the country’s sluggish economy. Labor unions have voiced their objection to the bill, which has provisions overhauling the Labor Law, saying it will undermine their rights.The bill caps the compensation for laid-off workers at eight months of salary for 21 years of service from 10 months of salary for 24 years of service.The sweetener provision will not be applied to micro and small businesses.Read also: Palace operatives scramble to lobby labor groups over omnibus bill”We have communicated with employers and decided to rule out small businesses because not every employer is able to provide workers with sweeteners,” said Ida.According to Law No. 20/2008 on micro, small and medium businesses, micro businesses are those that have a maximum of Rp 300 million (US$21,900) of annual sales while small businesses are those that have annual sales between Rp 300 million and Rp 2.5 billion.center_img The government will make it compulsory for employers to provide bonuses or so-called “sweeteners” to reward employees in the omnibus bill on job creation.The draft of the bill, obtained by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, stipulates that employers must give the reward to improve worker welfare.Businesses would be required to provide a bonus equal to one month of salary to those who have worked for less than three years at the company, a two-month salary bonus to those who have worked between three and six years, a three-month salary to those who have worked between six and nine years, a four-month salary to those who have worked between nine and 12 years and a five-month salary for workers with a tenure of more than 12 years.last_img read more

S.Korea eases social distancing curbs amid COVID-19 downtrend

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first_imgSouth Korea said on Sunday it will begin social distancing rules on Monday, allowing the reopening of nightly entertainment facilities and sports fixtures, as new coronavirus cases have been edging lower in recent weeks.Daily infections of the virus that causes COVID-19 have largely been in the double digits over the past two weeks, down from as many as 440 during outbreaks following a church and a political rally in August. Those prompted authorities to tighten curbs on gatherings and some businesses.The eased rules mean entertainment facilities such as nightclubs and karaoke bars can reopen and limited audiences will be allowed at sports matches such as the popular Korea Baseball Organization League, as long as they comply with anti-virus guidelines. But some stricter rules will be kept in the heavily populated Seoul area and high-risk venues including religious gatherings and door-to-door sales businesses, the government said.”We will lower the level of social distancing nationwide but maintain the controls on risk factors such as the door-to-door sales industry,” Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting.”Many citizens are feeling fatigue over prolonged distancing, and we also took its negative impact on the economy into consideration.”The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 58 cases as of Saturday midnight, bringing total infections to 24,606, with 432 deaths.Of the new cases, 46 were domestically transmitted, mostly from greater Seoul, where small clusters continue to emerge from churches, door-to-door sales firms and medical institutions. Topics :last_img read more