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Two court cases test online free expression

first_img to go further February 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two court cases test online free expression March 17, 2021 Find out more Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Organisation News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth February 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts MalaysiaAsia – Pacific center_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of the charges against blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, also known as “RPK”, and human rights lawyer P. Uthayakumar, whose cases were heard in appeal hearings yesterday before the federal court in Putrajaya, the country’s highest court. Both Kamaruddin and Uthayakumar have run afoul of the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA), under which suspects can be held for two years without trial. “Both RPK and Uthayakumar are victims of a law that openly violates the right to free expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “RPK spent 56 days in detention at a minister’s pleasure. Uthayakumar is still being held in this manner in appalling conditions, and has been so for the past 426 days. If the judicial system dared to question what has happened, it would demonstrate some impartiality. We hope it can rise to the challenge posed by these cases.” Kamaruddin’s case was postponed yesterday until 17 February at the request of his seven lawyers, who have challenged the partiality of one of the three judges, Augustine Paul. At the next hearing, a new panel of judges will consider the interior minister’s appeal against a 7 November high court decision to free Kamaruddin, who had been held at the minister’s behest following his arrest on 12 September under article 73 (1) of the ISA for allegedly spreading confusion and insulting “the purity of Islam.” Kamaruddin edits the Internet Malaysia Today website (, in which he often criticises government policies. There are two other cases currently pending against him, one on a charge of defamation, and the other on a sedition charge. An hearing in the defamation case is to be heard before the Kuala Lumpur high court tomorrow. The federal court in Putrajaya yesterday rejected a request for the release of Uthayakumar for the second time. Held under the ISA since 13 December 2007, his case was heard at the same time as those of four other members of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). Uthayakumar is accused of violating the ISA by posting a letter he wrote to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on his website asking Brown to support a UN security council resolution condemning the Malaysian government’s “atrocities” and “persecution” of the country’s Hindu minority and referring the case to the International Criminal Court. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Uthayakumar, who is diabetic and has been mistreated while in detention. “Throughout these 14 months of my imprisonment under the ISA, my health condition has deteriorated,” he wrote in an open letter on 10 February that was posted online. “Sometime on or about January 2008, I believe I had suffered a silent heart attack at a time when I was denied my diabetic medication (…) sugar is being added to my food from time to time.” Follow the news on Malaysia News RSF_en News News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Donate Money For Preparation & Distribution Of Food To Downtrodden Persons Including Migrants: Madhya Pradesh HC Imposes Bail Condition

first_imgNews UpdatesDonate Money For Preparation & Distribution Of Food To Downtrodden Persons Including Migrants: Madhya Pradesh HC Imposes Bail Condition LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 May 2020 5:06 AMShare This – xJustice SA Dharmadhikari of the Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has set a new trend of directing the UTPs to donate money for preparation and distribution of food to poor and underprivileged sections of the society, as a precondition for bail. In as many as 17 bail orders passed between May 18 and May 22, the single–Judge directed the accused persons to deposit…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJustice SA Dharmadhikari of the Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has set a new trend of directing the UTPs to donate money for preparation and distribution of food to poor and underprivileged sections of the society, as a precondition for bail. In as many as 17 bail orders passed between May 18 and May 22, the single–Judge directed the accused persons to deposit a certain prescribed amount with the concerned District Collector “for utilization in preparation of food and its distribution to downtrodden persons including migrant labours, by any Government Agency/NGO.” The court made it clear that the benefit of bail shall be extended to the accused only after he/ she deposits the prescribed amount with the local Collector and obtain a receipt. Further, it directed the office of the Collector to maintain a separate account for such donations and utilize the same “for disbursement of food packets to the downtrodden people including migrant labours, by any Government Agency/NGO.” Other Bail Conditions This is not the first time that the MP High Court has evolved a peculiar bail condition during the pandemic situation. Register as Covid Warrior As reported earlier, the High Court has been directing few accused to register themselves as “COVID-19 Warriors” and work in the “COVID-19 Disaster Management”, as per directions of the concerned District Magistrate, as a pre-condition for bail. “Human resource in shape of young-aged Appellants could be utilized for the betterment of the society and to ward off the crises,” Justice Sheel Nagu had remarked while imposing this bail condition in one of the cases. Render Voluntary Service Similarly, Justice Prakash Shrivastava of the MP High Court had directed a grocery shop-owner, apprehended for lockdown violation, to render “voluntary services” for a week, as a precondition for bail. “The applicant will donate Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand) in the Prime Minister Cares Fund as voluntarily offered by him and will also do service as volunteer for a period of one week for at least three hours per day, as may be directed by the concerned SDM to whom he will duly inform this condition without any delay,” he had ordered. Install Aarogya Setu App Another frequent bail condition being imposed by the High Court is mandatory installation of the Aarogya Setu App. This bail condition has however been a subject matter of controversy in various quarters. Pioneer in the data laws regime Justice BN Srikrishna had remarked recently that mandating the use of Aarogya Setu app, in the absence of adequate safeguards, “causes more concern to citizens than benefit.” Contribute Towards PM CARES Fund Judges at the Gwalior bench are also regularly directing the accused to deposit certain prescribed amounts towards the PM CARES Fund. Significantly, this bail condition was held to be “improper” by the principal seat of the High Court. Holding that imposition of cash security or deposit of any amount for grant of bail is “unjust, irregular and improper”, Justice Sujoy Paul had set aside the bail condition imposed by a local court that the petitioners should deposit an amount of Rs 25,000/- each, towards the PM CARES Fund. Next Storylast_img read more

[Prenatal Sex Determination] Termination Of Female Foeticide Is Destruction Of Woman Of Future: Punjab & Haryana High Court [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[Prenatal Sex Determination] Termination Of Female Foeticide Is Destruction Of Woman Of Future: Punjab & Haryana High Court [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay2 Nov 2020 11:42 PMShare This – xExpressing its concern over the practice of prenatal sex determination, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Friday (30th October) observed that,”Considering the disdainful attitude of the society to a female child and use of diagnostic equipment for female foeticide Act was enacted to curb the pre-natal sex determination. Despite the specific legislation the menace of sex-based destruction…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginExpressing its concern over the practice of prenatal sex determination, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Friday (30th October) observed that,”Considering the disdainful attitude of the society to a female child and use of diagnostic equipment for female foeticide Act was enacted to curb the pre-natal sex determination. Despite the specific legislation the menace of sex-based destruction of foetus continues to plague the society”The Bench of Justice Avneesh Jhingan further observed,”The Constitution guarantees equality to genders but prenatal sex determination deprives a female foetus to come to this world. In a civilized society, the sex of the foetus cannot be a determining factor for having a lease of life to see this world, if permitted the consequences would be devastating, the civilization itself would be endangered.”The matter before the CourtA petition was filed for grant of pre-arrest bail in connection with FIR No. 226 dated 29.9.2020, under Sections 353, 186, 420 IPC and Sections 4, 5, 6, 23 and 29 of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.The police received secret information about the illegal activities being carried out under the Act. A team of doctors was associated for raiding the location.A decoy customer was deployed to get an ultrasound done, for determining the sex of the foetus. The payment was made through marked currency notes.Thereafter, the accused allegedly dramatised the conduct of ultrasound on the decoy customer and played a pre-recorded video (on an LCD) to show that ultrasound was being conducted in the name of sex determination.In the raid, LCD and the equipment for playing videos along with marked currency notes were seized.Arguments put forthThe counsel for the petitioner submitted that there was not even a single complaint by anyone. Moreover, it was argued that as no ultrasound machine was recovered from the premises, the provisions of the Act will not apply.It was also contended that there was no complaint against him by anyone. However, the Court did not accept this contention and observed that “the person who is in active participation against an enactment, in other words is a party to the illegal act, is not expected to come forward to make a police complaint”.The counsel for the State, on the other hand, opposed the grant of anticipatory bail and submitted that custodial interrogation is necessary as number of people have been defrauded.He further submitted that the allegations are serious; there is a recovery of marked currency and the equipment being projected to the customers as ultrasound machineCourt’s observationsThe Court observed that the argument of the petitioner that the provisions of the Act would not apply, as no ultrasound was conducted “does not enhance the case of the petitioner”.The Court remarked,”The fact remains that the assurance is given and the picture projected was that her ultrasound is being carried out. Even of decoy customer, the ultrasound gel was applied, the probe was put on her abdomen and thereafter video recording was played on the LCD.”Significantly, in the context of the present case, the Court observed,”Albeit the petitioner was not conducting ultrasound yet he had to give the result of sex determination as he was charging for the same, his conduct would determine the fate of the foetus.”Further, the Court perused Section 5 (1), 5 (2) and 6 of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.Section 5 (1) says that no pre-natal diagnostic procedure shall be carried without explaining the side effects to the pregnant lady and without obtaining her consent.Section 5 (2) states that the sex of the foetus shall not be communicated to the pregnant woman or her relatives or any other person by words, signs or in any other manner.Section 6 prohibits various centres to use the diagnostic techniques for determining the sex of the foetus.Notably, the Court opined,”Determination of sex of the foetus is a malaise which is affecting the society day in and day out. The desire to have a male child is an open secret. It has affected the gender ratio of the society… termination of female foeticide is destruction of woman of future. There cannot be a dispute on the fact that female has multi-facet role in society”Lastly, the Court said,”At the stage of grant of anticipatory bail, a prima facie case is to be seen and the matter is not to be decided finally. Considering the nature of allegations and the evidence collected, no case is made out for grant of anticipatory bail.”The petition was thus, dismissed.Case title – Hassan Mohd. Petitioner v. State of Haryana [CRM-M-34797 of 2020]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Gardai renew appeals following tragic road accidents over Christmas

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Gardai renew appeals following tragic road accidents over Christmas RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Gardai in Donegal have renewed appeals following the tragic road accidents on Christmas week.Gardai are calling on the public to assist with investigations into the two seperate crashes involving Shaun Kelly from Lifford and Clarice Rice from Portsalon.As investigations continue into the cause of both accidents, Gardai are calling on the public to share dashcam footage from the times of the crashes or to provide any helpful information.Sarah-Jayne Tobin reports:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Twittercenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleRoadworks to begin tomorrow between Stranorlar and KillygordonNext articleCappry Rovers draw away at Kilmacrennan-FT Report & Reaction News Highland Pinterest Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 5, 2020 last_img read more

Indiana teen pleads not guilty in stabbing death of classmate pregnant with his child

first_imgSt. Joseph County Prosecutors Office(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — A 16-year-old Indiana high school football player arrested in the stabbing death of a classmate pregnant with his child pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday.Aaron Trejo, 16, is charged as an adult in the killing of 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang, who was six months pregnant. Her body, stabbed multiple times, was found in a dumpster near her home in Mishawaka, Indiana.Trejo was arraigned Tuesday afternoon via video conference in St. Joseph County Superior Court in South Bend and pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder and feticide.Trejo listened calmly as a judge read the charges against him before asking him to enter his plea.The judge ordered that he be held in jail without bond pending a Dec. 19 hearing.Trejo allegedly admitted to investigators that he stabbed Rouhselang in the heart with a knife Saturday night after they argued over her pregnancy, according to a charging document.He allegedly told police that he went to Rouhselang’s house with a knife “because he thought it would kill Breana quickly,” according to the charging document.“I took action….I took her life,” Trejo allegedly told police, the affidavit states.Roushelang’s mother woke up around 1 a.m. Sunday and became concerned when she didn’t find her daughter at home, according to the court documents. She went to Trejo’s home several blocks from her house, but Trejo said he didn’t know of Breana’s whereabouts.The mother then called the police to report her daughter missing, police said.An autopsy determined that Breana died from multiple stab wounds and that she had been strangled with her own scarf.Trejo allegedly told detectives that he planned for a week to kill Breana because she had waited to tell him about her pregnancy until it was too late for her to get an abortion, according to the charging document.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Setting the standard

first_imgHowthe Northern Ireland Civil Service Occupational Health Service became the firstOH department in Northern Ireland to pick up a prestigious award, by PatriciaMcQuillanInDecember 2002, the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) Occupational HealthService (OHS) became the first group within the Northern Ireland Department ofHealth, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) to achieve a Steps toExcellence quality award.TheOHS is a branch within the public health, medical and allied group of DHSSPSand provides a comprehensive OH service to all NICS departments and associatedagencies – approximately 30,000 employees.Justover half of the employees are men, with women predominating in the junioradministration grades, with one-third of staff aged over 45.Almost30 per cent of employees work in clerical posts, with 20 per cent insupervisory and management and 19 per cent in professional and technicalgrades. Prison officers account for 10 per cent of employees, industrialsnumber around 3,000, typists and miscellaneous posts form a small percentageand just over 250 staff are employed in senior administration posts.Medicaladvisory services are provided to a range of non-departmental and statutorypublic bodies. These include: civil service, teachers, and health servicepension schemes and medical advice on driver licensing for the Driver andVehicle Licensing Agency Northern Ireland.TheNICS OHS is a multidisciplinary organisation comprising medical, nursing andadministrative staff.DrKen Addley, director, heads up the team, with four part-time and three full-timemedical officers, one senior OH nurse specialist, five OH nurse specialists anda medical suite nurse.TheNICS chief welfare officer post sits within OHS, as does the workplace healthimprovement programme co-ordinator post. In addition, there is a team of 12administrators.Staffare experienced and highly-trained in either occupational medicine, nursing,health and safety, health promotion, financial management or administration.Workof the OHSThemain work of OHS includes giving OH advice and support to NICSdepartments/agencies.Thisincludes recruitment and placement assessments; sickness absence and return towork guidance; recommending rehabilitation and Disability Discrimination Act(DDA) adjustments after illness/injury; carrying out ill health retirementassessments and conducting a range of health surveillance and special jobfitness assessments. OHS is also involved in providing OH and health policyguidance.Theunit also takes the lead in the NICS workplace health improvement programme andruns a lifestyle and physical activity assessment (LPAA) programme on afull-time basis.TheLPAA programme is the key health promotion initiative delivered by OHS forcivil service departments and agencies and is based on the Fitech System, acomputerised, scientifically-validated system. To date, more than 6,000assessments have been carried out.Afollow-up research programme, measuring the impact the programme has onaffecting and maintaining lifestyle changes six months on, has been carriedout, and the findings published in a reputable medical journal.Theprogramme also won joint third prize in the 1999 UK Fitech/Occupational HealthSafety and Environment Awards.OHScontinues to carry out research in OH and workplace health promotion. Inaddition, OHS is a validated unit for training occupational medical and nursingprofessionals.QualityawardNorthernIreland Quality Awards Steps to Excellence scheme is a recognition programmefor Northern Ireland public sector organisations, to be assessed against theEuropean Foundation Quality Management (EFQM) Business Excellence Model. Thescheme has been designed by the Northern Ireland Centre for Competitiveness,and encourages the pursuit of excellence throughout the public sector.1OHSinitially committed to the programme in August 2001 and the first stage was tocomplete a comprehensive submission document outlining how the organisation hadaddressed the nine criteria of the EFQM Excellence Model.2 Workto compile the formal submission was taken forward by an in-housemultidisciplinary team, comprising a medical officer, a nurse and twoadministrative staff.Theteam quickly recognised the major commitment and effort required tosuccessfully complete such a project within the allotted timescale.Alot of hard work went into putting together the 79-page submission, which wasvery focussed, tracing the history of OHS from 1993 and highlighting the manyimprovement initiatives introduced since then.Thedocument also contained a diverse range of trend data covering areas such asperformance results; staff attitude, customer satisfaction ratings and so on,and highlighted how OHS was performing against each of the nine EFQM ExcellenceModel criteria.Thesubmission was invaluable in helping the team of external assessors gain a morein-depth understanding of the role that OHS performs in supporting NICSorganisations and staff.Acomprehensive portfolio of evidence containing key documents such as businessplans, annual reports and so on was also made available to the externalassessors.Throughoutthe process, all members of OHS staff were kept informed of progress throughmonthly team briefing sessions as well as specially-arranged awarenesspresentations. Some members of staff were also given a copy of the finalsubmission document.Thesubmission was forwarded to the NI Centre for Competitiveness in September 2002and was analysed by a team of trained external, independent assessors whovisited OHS in November 2002.KenAddley, the OHS director, and the OHS management team, delivered a presentationoutlining the broad range of services offered by OHS; the challenges faced bythe organisation and how it was responding.Theassessors carried out detailed interviews with eight members of staff as wellas speaking informally with others. The visit ended with a further in-depthdiscussion with the director and management team. Afterthe visit, the assessors presented their findings to a separate panel of judgesin the Centre for Competitiveness who decided on the level of recognition, ifany, to be given.Thereare three levels: bronze, silver or gold. Each level relates to the number ofpoints allocated through the assessment process.Adetailed feedback report outlining the organisation’s performance against theEFQM model including comments highlighting strengths and areas for improvementwas also given to each participating organisation.Onreceiving the gold award, Addley said: “OHS staff can feel justifiably proud ofthis achievement and I would like to thank everyone for their contribution tothis success.“Thisaward is recognition for many years of hard work by staff at all levels whohave helped OHS develop into an organisation associated with continuousimprovement.”Headded: “By applying for recognition, we have gained an impartial, externalperspective on how the organisation is performing and we shall continue tobuild on our strengths and look for ways to enhance the service we provide.“Butit doesn’t end there – we need to continue to unite with staff and clientgroups to build on this success.“Icongratulate all my staff for their hard work over many years which hascontributed to and been reflected in achieving this award – it is anendorsement of our commitment to multidisciplinary teamworking”.Thequality journeyVariousgovernment initiatives in the early 1990s encouraged the public sector to adopta more business-like approach and become more performance and customer focused.Thisacted as a change agent for our department, leading to a review of itsorganisational structure with the aim of becoming more efficient and effective,better able to meet the requirement of its customers.Aboard was set up in 1994 to fulfil a strategic management role and oversee theoperation of the OHS on behalf of the NICS. Business goals were defined,performance feedback assessed and staff provided with defined areas ofresponsibility and accountability.AnOHS management team was established representing the three disciplines withinOHS, medicine, nursing and administration, and acts as a steering group dealingwith operational issues, quality control and financial management.Since1994, considerable efforts have been made within OHS to improve all aspects ofthe organisation including: streamlining work processes; securing manpower;developing multidisciplinary teams with varied and designated responsibilities,and managing information through a bespoke IT system. Acontinuous improvement programme was launched for all of NICS in 1995. OHSmanagement saw this as a further opportunity to build on the good work alreadydone in-house and fully embraced this service-wide initiative, recognising thatimportant issues still needed to be addressed in the quest for quality andeffective teamwork. Thekey elements to be addressed by OHS to achieve quality and effective teamworkusing continuous improvement principles were: –Improving communication with customers–Introducing and validating organisational performance and customer satisfactionmeasures–Creating client focused teams–Addressing staff development issues –Putting in place mechanisms to monitor and review all activities Detailsof some of the key issues and how they were taken forward are:–Communication with clientsAnOHS user group was set up in December 1994. This is a customer liaison forumthat aims to help establish and maintain OHS responsive to the user needs in anatmosphere of mutual co-operation. The group meets quarterly.–Organisational performance and customer satisfaction measuresCustomersatisfaction measures were introduced, based on the concept of defining whocustomers are, what they want, how those demands are to be met by the serviceand how that process is evaluated and improved.Havingidentified our customers, we then had to consider those areas of performancethat were key to our success. They were operational and financial performance;customer satisfaction and staff development.TheOHS User Group in its role as a customer liaison forum in consultation with ourmanagement team and with the agreement of the OHS board, were and areinstrumental in developing and validating the key organisational performanceand customer satisfaction measures.–Client-focused multidisciplinary teamsFollowingdiscussion with customers, the work of the unit was reorganised to introducedefined responsibility areas.Thesewere seen as having a number of benefits, including giving ownership of work,empowerment and ongoing continuity to specific individual members of the OHSteam.–Staff developmentGettingthe best from employees was further enhanced with the creation of a staffdevelopment policy.Itaims to provide all members of the team with access to opportunities to developtheir skills in line with the competencies of their post; a means to recogniseand develop their potential; the opportunity to be fully involved in the workof the OHS and to contribute to meeting its business objectives by producingwork of the highest standard.Havingintroduced a range of improvement initiatives, OHS was keen to find some way ofmeasuring what the organisation had achieved, with a view to consolidatingstrengths and highlighting further areas for improvement. The Steps toExcellence programme offered that facility.ConclusionHasit been all worth it? Simply, yes. Our customers tell us they are satisfied andwe now have external validation of what we do. However, despite achieving thegold award, OHS recognises that it cannot be complacent and work is alreadyunder way to take on board recommendations for improvement identified in thefeedback report.OHScommends this process to others and is happy to share its experience.PatriciaMcQuillan RGN, OHN, BSc(Hons)References:1.Steps to Excellence, NI Centre for Competitiveness, Belfast2.European Foundation for Quality Management, Previous Article Next Article Setting the standardOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

SUU Men’s Basketball Officially Adds Martell Williams Out of Las Vegas

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Monday, it was confirmed that Southern Utah men’s basketball has officially added Martell Williams to the program.While this news initially emerged in July, this was confirmed Monday.We’re excited to announce that #LvPunishers Martel Williams of @SilveradoHSLV has committed to Southern Utah University. #BigSkyConference #BigSkyMBB#TBirdNation #LetEmKnow#DaPunishersProcess— Las Vegas Punishers (@LvPunishers) August 17, 2020The 6-3 185-pound graduate of Silverado High School of Las Vegas averaged 22.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season for the Skyhawks.Thunderbirds head coach Todd Simon, a former assistant at UNLV has capitalized upon his Las Vegas connections to create a northbound Interstate 15 pipeline to SUU.Simon, who is 53-78 (.405) entering his fifth season as the Thunderbirds’ head coach, has now had four native Las Vegans on his squad since taking the program over in 2016-17. Tags: Martell Williams/SUU Men’s Basketball August 17, 2020 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Officially Adds Martell Williams Out of Las Vegas Written bylast_img read more

United Biscuits rumoured for stock market flotation

first_imgMcVitie’s brand owner United Biscuits is expected to float on the stock market this autumn with a value of £1.5bn.Rumours of a sale have been circulating for months and many companies are believed to have expressed an interest including Kellogg’s, Weetabix the Campbell Soup Co and Chinese investment firm Hony Capital, alongside an unnamed strategic partner.There has been speculation that that Blackstone and PAI Partners the consortium that acquired United Biscuits in 2006, could be preparing a possible IPO or sale at the end of this year. The private equity owners failed to sell the business in 2010.A stock market flotation is considered the most likely option by industry experts.Upon getting in touch, United Biscuits declined to comment on the rumour.last_img

Shiver Me Triple-Timbers: Phish Delivers 12 Tour Debuts In Syracuse Sunday Scorcher [Recap]

first_imgLoad remaining images Vermont jammers Phish wrapped up a tour through the Northeast tonight, hitting the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY at the end of a long string of performances. After starting the summer in the Midwest, Phish toured from Philadelphia to Saratoga Springs, through Portland, ME, Mansfield, MA, and Hartford, CT. With one more show for Northeast fans this summer, the old ‘Never Miss A Sunday Show’ adage rang true.The show was filled with highlights, including the opener of “The Landlady.” Separated from “Punch You In The Eye” for the first time last summer, the instrumental has been warmly welcomed ever since, and made its first appearance of summer 2016 to start the show. After a fun “Blaze On,” Trey Anastasio took a moment to acknowledge Jon Fishman’s hometown of Syracuse. They then played two Fishman originals, including the classic “Ha Ha Ha” and the second-ever “Friends.”The set was ultimately packed with nine tour debuts, including “Landlady” and “Ha Ha Ha” mentioned above. The other six include “Destiny Unbound,” “The Mango Song,” “Timber” (the Halloween instrumental, which delightfully included a version of the classic “Timber (Jerry)” in the middle), Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “The Ballad Of Curtis Loew,” Mike Gordon-led “Mound,” the Fuego track “Winterqueen,” and the finale, a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold as Love.” The first set also featured some great work on “Tube,” “My Friend, My Friend” and “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan,” only adding to the heat of the set.More tour debuts highlighted the second set, including the opening cover of The Who’s “Drowned.” The set kept the jams flowing with “Twist,” “Waste,” “Piper,” “Simple,” and the band’s new second set favorite “Breath and Burning.” None of the tunes really stretched too far from the box, but the overall flow was strong. The band played a quick and fun “Rocky Top,” their first of the summer and first since 1/2/15 (46 shows), before introducing their second Halloween instrumental of the night, “Martian Monster.” Anastasio again played the Marimba Lumina during “Monster,” as he did at SPAC, while McConnell and Gordon again switched instruments.“Golgi Apparatus” came next, before the band finished off the set with a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein.” McConnell had played his keytar towards the end of set one, and finally got to feature it for the rocking set closer, and the 12th tour debut of the night. “Character Zero” came out for a familiar encore,  putting a great finish to an awesome show.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography, as well as the setlist.Setlist: Phish at Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY – 7/10/16Set 1: The Landlady, Blaze On, Ha Ha Ha, Friends, Tube, Destiny Unbound > My Friend, My Friend > The Mango Song > Timber > Timber (Jerry) > Timber, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > Mound, Winterqueen, Bold As LoveSet 2: Drowned > Twist > Waste > Piper > Simple > Breath and Burning, Rocky Top > Martian Monster[1] > Golgi Apparatus > FrankensteinEncore: Character Zero[1] Trey on Marimba Lumina; Mike on guitar; Page on bass.Notes: Martian Monster featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on guitar, and Page on bass.last_img read more

Translating Technology – Turning Bits and Bytes into Business Benefits

first_imgWhen people ask what most excites me about working for the largest privately owned technology company in the world, they are often surprised to hear that my answer focuses not so much on IT itself, but rather the vision emerging technologies are capable of providing to those companies willing to think innovatively.In the age of digital transformation, the human/machine partnership has opened vast new channels for organizations to push the boundaries of what technology can do to help them expand their corporate reach. But this can only be accomplished when decision makers are able to properly read the blueprint for turning the chaos at the center of digital disruption into opportunity, and that means teaching them to focus not on what technology is, but what it can achieve within their organization once properly integrated.Struggling with the pace of changeTo be sure, committing to a successful digital transformation can be a daunting task for members of the C Suite, who must by necessity keep one eye focused on making sure the lights stay on. As an April 2018 IT transformation maturity study commissioned by Dell EMC and conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) illustrates, the majority of today’s organizations recognize the power of emerging technologies to increase their bottom line, but are unsure as to which solutions will give them the best return on investment. The study showed that transformed organizations are more than 2x as likely to report exceeding their FY2017 revenue goals, contributing to a 2.5x greater likelihood to believe they are in a strong competitive position. And yet, a majority of companies surveyed around the world say they lack the transformation needed to remain competitive with more agile and advanced industry peers.So why the disparity? To put it bluntly, most modern organizations still think of IT in yesterday’s terms – as a provider of email, networking, data storage and backups. But when properly understood, today’s technology is capable of so much more. The wealth of possibilities at the heart of the human/machine partnership have transformed IT from a simple service provider into a trusted business partner capable of reinventing business models, extending an organization’s reach and influencing long-term strategies. In many ways, modern IT has so deeply integrated itself into today’s market that every company is in some way a software company, regardless of the goods and services it offers or the field it is in. Take banking, for example. Who uses paper cheques  anymore? And soon, who will use cash? Before we know it, everything will be done online.From science fiction to strategic solutionsThe chaos brought about by digital disruption has led to a culture of confusion among executive decision makers. They are increasingly aware that once futuristic solutions such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and machine learning are now coming into their own as field-tested tools capable of ushering in new methods for productivity. However, they are unsure how to incorporate this potential into their business. This is where we at Dell Technologies come in, and this is where my job gets interesting.In order for an organization’s C Suite to understand the true potential behind these cutting edge solutions, we as IT providers must translate these technologies into tangibles that represent the ways in which they can specifically benefit our customers. To do this, we help them to create and realize innovative business ideas through the use of coded software that sits on solid hardware foundations. Rather than asking what a particular technology does, we want our customers to think about what they wish to accomplish, and then devise new ways of orchestrating emerging IT solutions to realize their goal.A great example of this is Columbia Sportswear, who wanted to drive their time-to-market for customer inspired clothes by increasing their ability to collaborate between design and production departments across different sites. To help them do this, Dell EMC and VMware worked with Columbia to successfully modernize its infrastructure and take advantage of an array of new initiatives in 3D modeling, shared via the cloud. As a result, they can now get a product from their suggestion box to shop shelves in under two weeks.Similarly, Bottling Investments Group (BIG), a part of Coca-Cola, wanted to create greater transparency and standards across its worldwide network of franchise bottlers that manufacture, package, merchandise and distribute Coca-Cola products to millions of consumers. By transitioning its SAP applications to the Virtustream Enterprise Cloud, DellEMC helped BIG devise a customized system where its bottlers can now literally “pay by the drink,” granting each individual entity direct control over managing its own costs as well as full transparency into its data.Locally here in the UK, we are committed to helping both businesses and the Public Sector build new offerings based on technology, modernize processes using technology, and create new customer experiences through the use of technology. The possibilities are limitless.Making the most of the human/machine collaborationWhen most of us look at an airplane, we do not think of the series of engines, ailerons and rudders that go into how it flies. Instead, we focus on where that plane will take us on the next step of our journey.For modern organizations, the same can be said of emerging technologies. By investing in the future and partnering with machines and the solutions that power them, forward thinking companies will find themselves perfectly positioned to push the boundaries of what IT can do. In doing so, they will themselves be prepared to reap the benefits of what technology can do for them, be it in terms of furthering the company’s reach or bolstering its bottom line.This enables both parties – us as a technology provider, and our customers who use these solutions to extend their vision – to drive one another to achieve something that is greater than the sum of its parts. And that is what any good partnership is about.I find that incredibly satisfying.last_img read more