Corporate Buyers of Renewable Energy Get Louder—and More Diverse

first_imgThe momentum behind corporate demand for renewable energy is spreading rapidly, beyond the early-adopters to a wider range of companies.The one-stop-shop at Amazon and hand-made craft sellers at Etsy are finding common cause with the latte experts at Starbucks and the scientists at DuPont. Companies crisscrossing corporate America want the same thing: to meet their sustainability and business goals with cost-effective renewable power. “Businesses have a critical role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using cleaner energy sources, both of which are a critical component of our strategy to reduce environmental impact and generate substantial savings for our operations. By adopting these Principles, we are making progress on our journey, together with our customers, to achieve sustainability goals in the face of some of the world’s greatest resource challenges.” —Ron Cotterman, VP Sustainability, Sealed Air. In total, 43 companies have signed on to the Principles. Together, they need over 30 million megawatt hours of renewable energy in the United States – enough to power nearly 3 million homes—to meet their 2020 goals and far more in the long-term. Corporate Action Drives Change in Electricity MarketsMeanwhile, the early adopters are hardly standing still. Johnson & Johnson, a founding signatory of the Buyers’ Principles, met its 2015 renewable energy goals and is announcing a 20 percent renewable energy target for 2020 and a 100 percent goal in the long term. “As the world’s largest and most broadly-based health care company we understand the intrinsic link between a healthy environment and human health,” said Jed Richardson, the company’s global energy director. “Johnson & Johnson is proud to announce our new science-based climate goals and aspiration to power all of our facilities with renewable energy by 2050.”Signatories are also turning the demand for clean energy into action. This year, the corporate sector is on track to sign an unprecedented 40 percent of all publically announced utility-scale power purchase agreements for solar and wind projects in the United States, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.Equinix, one of the world’s largest data center companies, recently signed a power purchase agreement for a 105 MW solar project in California, to completely support its California facilities with renewable energy. “This PPA is a major milestone in achieving our long term goal of reaching 100 percent renewable power and it solidifies Equinix’s position as a global data center leader in sustainability,” said Karl Stromyer, president of Equinix Americas.Many of the companies on the Buyers Principles are directly contracting for renewables supply. Just this summer, Amazon, Cisco, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard announced power purchase agreements to support their operations as well. Today, Amazon, Etsy, Starbucks and DuPont join Microsoft, Equinix, Starwood, Intuit and Sealed Air as the latest corporations to align their support for the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles. “DuPont is both a large consumer of energy and a provider of materials into the solar, wind and energy storage markets. It not only aligns with our Core Values to sign onto the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, it also makes good business sense. We are joining a coalition of like-minded companies looking for new dialog and solutions for large-scale operations that over the long term will facilitate the purchase of renewable energy at competitive rates.” —Shelley Stewart, Vice President, DuPont Sourcing & Logistics and Chief Procurement Officercenter_img Access to longer-term contracts like these are a central component of the Buyers’ Principles. Companies also look for greater choice in procurement and purchasing options, streamlined third-party financing, and access to more cost-effective options and new projects that reduce emissions beyond business as usual. The Principles outline exactly what companies need from their energy suppliers to get affordable, clean energy to power their operations. They are also an open invitation to traditional utilities to collaborate in achieving these goals, which has historically been difficult.For example, Buyers’ Principles companies are working with the Edison Electric Institute, the association of investor-owned utilities, and with numerous local utilities across the country to find solutions and common ground on innovative products that deliver renewable energy and can be widely adopted. BuyersPrinciples.orgSince the Principles were created last year, the number of corporate signatories have more than tripled. As demand for renewable energy expands, so too are our efforts to facilitate further collaborations to open new markets for clean power. Today, the World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund are excited to announce – our new website and hub for the latest updates, resources, information and events for companies and utilities driving change in electricity markets throughout the United States. “Intuit is proud to be a member of the Renewable Buyers’ Principles Group. Intuit has set aggressive carbon reduction goals and a key strategy to achieve these reductions is through access to clean electricity for our facilities. This partnership is a significant step in the right direction for all of us to make a positive impact for the environment and our communities.” —Scott Beth, VP of Finance and Workplace, Intuit “We are meeting our commitment to be carbon neutral and to power our operations with 100 percent renewable energy. We are excited to support The Buyers’ Principles, which we believe will open new opportunities for cross-industry collaboration with utilities and suppliers, making renewable energy more affordable and accessible. We believe that the Buyers’ Principles will help accelerate access for companies of all sizes and deliver more options to the energy marketplace.” —Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoftlast_img read more

‘Man City the best team in world football!’

first_imgManchester City Manchester City the best team in world football, says Barton Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:45 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Manchester City v Leicester City Basel v Manchester City Basel Real Madrid v PSG UEFA Champions League The former City midfielder believes Pep Guardiola has moulded the team into the world’s best side Pep Guardiola has built the best team in world football at Manchester City, according to the club’s former midfielder Joey Barton.City are on track to win the quadruple, with Guardiola’s men 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League and through to the final of the Carabao Cup, where they will face Arsenal on February 25.A 4-0 thrashing of Basel on Tuesday – in which Leroy Sane returned from injury – leaves City with a foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while a trip to League One side Wigan Athletic awaits in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Barton, who started his career at City and played for the club between 2002 and 2007, says his former employers are the real deal.”Yeah no doubt about it. I think they’re the best team in world football,” Barton told Omnisport. “At this moment in time, there’s no better team in world football than them.”They’re going to have the league wrapped up here in the next 10 games, eight games. I think they’ll have it done with a couple of games to spare. They’re on for the quadruple at this moment in time.”I watched them live on Saturday [in a 5-1 victory over Leicester City], it’s going to be a good team that’s going to stop them. There’s some good teams in Europe and there’s some big hurdles for them to overcome but I think they’ve still got a couple of gears to find.”When they find them … they’re going to have players coming back from injury soon – Sane, Gabriel [Jesus], David Silva. I think they’re going to go on again and for me they’re the best side at this moment in time in world football, but I still think they’ve got to go and show that big-game experience.”City came unstuck against Monaco in the quarter-finals last season, with Leonardo Jardim’s men progressing on away goals after a wildly entertaining 6-6 aggregate draw.And Barton believes whether City can complete the quadruple will depend on how Guardiola’s side handle themselves on the big stage.”It takes an awful lot of bottle, pressure, handling the occasion, handling the moment,” Barton said.”City are relatively new in those terms in European football, but they’ve got all the capabilities to do it. It’s just whether can keep it all together under pressure.”It’s a challenge for PSG, it’s a challenge for Spurs if they progress, it’s a challenge for Man City if they get there. The likes of Barcelona, the likes of Bayern Munich, the likes of Man United, they’ve been there before, they’ve won European Cups.”For a lot of the sides – for Man City, for Spurs, for PSG – they haven’t and there’s a lot to be said for having walked the path before.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni changes wicketkeeping gloves, no army crest this time

first_img Next World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni changes wicketkeeping gloves, no army crest this timeWorld Cup 2019: MS Dhoni decided to change his wicketkeeping gloves after the ICC refused to let him sport the army insignia on his gloves.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 20:04 IST MS Dhoni sported different gloves during India vs Australia clash at World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was seen wearing a different pair of gloves after the row over the army insigniaICC denied permission to Dhoni to wear the army badge on his wicketkeeping glovesOn Sunday in India’s World Cup match vs Australia, MS Dhoni’s gloves had no army crestMS Dhoni wore a different pair of wicketkeeping gloves against Australia at The Oval after the ICC denied him permission to sport the army insignia on his gloves in World Cup 2019.A huge controversy had erupted after the ICC asked BCCI to get MS Dhoni to remove the army crest from his gloves. Fans in India were furious and the BCCI even wrote a letter to the world governing body seeking permission for MS Dhoni to continue wearing his gloves with the Balidan badge on them.However, the ICC said Dhoni could not be allowed to don the army badge on his gloves and the BCCI decided not to contest the ruling.MS Dhoni was seen sporting the Balidan badge during India’s World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. 4 days later, he wore a different pair of gloves without the Balidan badge.India cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar said rules are in place because they are meant to be followed. He said it did not matter what MS Dhoni wore on his gloves as long as he continued to effect those quick stumpings and take those brilliant catches.Former India football captain Baichung Bhutia said MS Dhoni’s gesture was heartwarming but he said ICC rules needed to be followed. However, S Sreesanth reckoned the ICC should apologise to India and MS Dhoni for dictating terms to the world’s richest cricketing nation.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Indian fan flaunts Balidaan Badge at The Oval after ICC says no to MS DhoniAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MS Dhonilast_img read more

Raheem Sterlings hattrick fires Manchester City to West Ham rout

first_imgLondon: Manchester City made a flying start to their Premier League title defence as Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick inspired a 5-0 demolition of West Ham on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side are bidding to become just the second club in the Premier League era to win three successive titles. And after Liverpool laid down an early marker with a 4-1 win against Norwich in the season’s opening game on Friday, the champions responded with a swaggering display of their own at the London Stadium. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBrazil forward Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring to repay Guardiola’s faith after the City manager picked him instead of the club’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero. Then Sterling took over, replicating his dynamic form of last season with a two classy finishes. Substitute Aguero bagged City’s fourth with a penalty after his first effort from the spot was saved, only for VAR to call for a retake after Lukasz Fabianski came off his line too soon. Sterling wrapped up his treble in the final moments as City showed they have no intention of conceding any early ground to European champions Liverpool, who finished just one point behind them last term. Guardiola had admitted before kick-off that City might have to do even better than last season to fend off Liverpool.last_img read more

From Sunday make dengue fight a mass movement Jain to agencies

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday asked all concerned agencies of Delhi and government departments to convert the fight against Dengue into a mass movement from Sunday onwards to ensure that mosquitoes which spread vector borne diseases – Dengue and Chikungunya – are not allowed to breed in the national Capital.On Friday, chairing a meeting of all government departments, civic agencies, Delhi Police, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Medical Superintendants of Delhi government hospitals, Delhi Police, DDA and other Boards etc, Jain said, “Beginning at 10 AM this Sunday onwards, let us all make an example by beginning from our homes itself. Delhi has controlled Dengue and Chikungunya very well over the last three years, let us do even better this time.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Health Minister said awareness for prevention of Dengue and Chikungunya must begin from the top and this mega-awareness campaign will be led by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself. “Checking our own homes and surroundings to ensure there are no sources of clean stagnant water in which Aedes Mosquitoes can breed does not take more than 10 minutes every Sunday,” Jain told the officers. He said the aim should be No breeding No Mosquitoes. The minister appealed to the officers to motivate their neighbours also for participating in this campaign. “If we remove sources of Dengue from our homes and neighbourhood then we are safe, let us all start with ourselves,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn the meeting a detailed presentation was made by Dr SM Raheja, Additional Director of Health Services, on the preparedness to deal with vector borne diseases. All the departments, agencies, Boards, Departments were instructed to give special emphasis to construction sites, which are one of the major sources of mosquitoes breeding. The Minister directed the MCDs in particular to ensure that all construction sites within their jurisdiction must be inspected twice every week. The Health Minister directed all the Medical Superintendants to ensure adequate stocks of Paracetamol and IV fluids for the next three months to be prepared to deal with any situation of vector borne diseases, if required.last_img read more

Interview General Hospitals Rebecca Herbst Talks Charity

first_imgLast week, not only was I given the opportunity to conduct my first celebrity interview over the phone, but it was with the most authentic and sweetest actresses I have ever had the pleasure to speak with, her name; Rebecca Herbst from General Hospital.Rebecca plays Nurse Elizabeth on the American soap opera General Hospital and is also Smile Train’s Seasons of Smiles Ambassador. As I awaited her call from sunny Southern California, I reflected upon a recent interview I did over the phone with a TV show based out of Ireland.During this interview the reporter wanted to speak to me regarding celebrity relief in NYC for Hurricane Sandy. When I did the interview, one question that stuck out to me was “Don’t you think when celebrities get involved with a charity, it takes away from the main cause?” I was stuck, I had no good answers. I knew what she was saying was valid, but I also knew that the effort that celebrities put into their charity work was something that should be admired and something that shouldn’t be overlooked; I had no words or witty rebuttal. Then I interviewed Rebecca, and everything made sense to me all over again.Rebecca has been working with Smile Train for almost 10 years. During her journey with Smile Train she has been helping create publicity for this charity and raise funds. When I asked her how she got involved with Smile Train, she said it just came natural to her. Her own children were most definitely the driving force behind her decision to create this partnership.“My friends and family don’t even get me gifts for holidays and my birthday anymore” she replied, after asking her how much money she has raised for Smile Train; “they all know how important this cause is to me, so rather than get me gifts, they all donate cash on my behalf”.That’s as real as it gets. Smile Train has a goal of reaching 1 million smiles and Rebecca filled me in that they are close to their goal and have already performed 800,000 procedures. The surgeries are done in less than 1 hour and cost less than $200!The work that Smile Train does, cannot be overlooked, but neither can the work that Rebecca Herbst is doing or the thousands of celebrities just like her, doing the same. Not only is she spreading the word and raising funds, but she is also educating the public and taking from her own pocket, which to me is the greatest act of kindness. She could sit on a platform and rant and rave about her charity work, but she doesn’t. She gets her hands dirty, she is committed, she is loyal, she is determined.To find out more about Rebecca Herbst and Smile Train check out or ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more


first_imgDebbie Baptiste, mother of Colten Boushie, holds a photo of her son during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 14, 2018. (Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Twitter The case sparked racial tensions, rallies and hateful online comments, and Saskatchewan-raised Hubbard, who is Cree, recalls being stunned by news of his death while driving with her son and nephew, who were both nine at the time.She first felt grief for the family and then wondered, “What is this going to mean for the young boys in my life?”“I just kept looking at them and thinking, ‘How are you going to be viewed when you’re 22?”‘ Hubbard, an associate professor at the University of Alberta, said in a recent phone interview.“The social media response to celebrating a young person’s death was just so disgusting. It’s like, ‘Is that really how we’re viewed?”‘Hubbard ended up making a personal documentary about the case. “Nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up” makes its world premiere Thursday as the opening-night film for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which runs through May 5.The film will also screen at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver, which runs May 2-12.Hubbard narrates and appears in the doc, which looks at the inequity and racism in the Canadian legal system that came to light through the trial, and the Boushie family’s pursuit of justice.The director, writer and producer also puts the lens on her own life as she examines the history of colonialism on the Prairies and what kind of future is in store for her son and nephews.The word “nipawistamasowin” in the film title means “a small group of people standing up for themselves or standing up on behalf of the larger group,” said Hubbard.Hubbard is from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty Four Territory and has ties to Thunderchild First Nation in Treaty Six Territory.In the film she explains she was adopted and raised by a homesteading family in southern Saskatchewan.Her birth dad, whom she got to know as a teen, lives on Red Pheasant and is married to Colten’s aunt. And Colten’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, is married to Hubbard’s cousin. But Hubbard said she wasn’t close with the Boushie family before making the doc.Hubbard wasn’t even looking to make a film when Boushie was killed. She had just finished the acclaimed documentary “Birth of a Family” and was busy with that, she noted.But she was so struck by what had happened, she felt compelled to document it.After speaking with the National Film Board of Canada, which produced “Birth of a Family,” she realized her upbringing in Saskatchewan could help contribute to the doc as it looked at stereotypes, oppression and pervasive, ingrained thinking in the media, movies and education system.“I think sometimes you acknowledge, living as an Indigenous or person of colour in this country, people live with racism and people deal with it and acknowledge it. But to come to terms that that could be celebrated — I started to cry telling my producer this and she said, ‘This is really powerful.”‘Hubbard said she hopes the film will help draw attention to the Boushie family’s suggestions for changes to the legal justice system to address issues including jury selection.“This is the time — and it was the time 10 years ago, it was the time 20 years ago, it was the time 30 years ago,” said Hubbard, who also wrote and directed the 2004 doc “Two Worlds Colliding.”“I just want my boy and every other person’s Indigenous child to be safe and free to walk on our own land. It’s that simple.”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Documentary filmmaker Tasha Hubbard didn’t know Colten Boushie, but when she heard about the killing of the young Indigenous man, it was all she could think about.Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation, died from a gunshot to the back of his head after the vehicle he was in with friends drove onto a rural farm property near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.Last year a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally when he was trying to scare off young people who were on his property.last_img read more

Braid The final lethal pipeline threat — a Liberal minority

As this federal election campaign slips deeper into uncertainty, an awful realization dawns in the east.The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will never be built unless a majority government is elected.After Justin Trudeau’s blackface fiasco, polls show the Liberals and Conservatives are virtually tied, making a minority very likely.To govern, either big-party leader would have to strike a deal with Jagmeet Singh’s NDP and, possibly, Elizabeth May’s Greens.Singh and May would both demand cancellation of the pipeline as a condition of supporting a minority.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives couldn’t consider support from the NDP unless the condition were dropped. Singh couldn’t dream of dropping it.Not that they could live with each other under any circumstances. We can forget that pairing.The pipeline’s future — or lack of it — could well come down to a Trudeau minority propped up by these ardent anti-pipeline parties.After the Liberals gave the pipeline a second approval in February, Singh said:“Once again, I am calling on the Trudeau government to abandon the Trans Mountain expansion, fully overhaul the NEB review process, and finally live up to its promises that its most important relationship is its relationship with Indigenous Peoples.”And on Monday, Singh told the CBC’s Vassy Kapelos that any province objecting to any national project crossing its territory should have an absolute veto. If that happens, we might as well sell Canada for parts.May, meanwhile, says the Greens would veto any pipeline, large or small, now and forever.Anybody who doesn’t think the Liberals would slide away from the pipeline, even after spending $4.5 billion to buy it, fails to grasp their determination to stay in power.Pipeline support in the Liberal caucus is uneasy enough even now. With a clutch of new MPs, it could be even weaker. The conflict could perhaps be fudged in some cynical fashion. For instance, a Liberal minority government could say that to accommodate NDP concerns, the project would have to meet a variety of new, impossible conditions.The meaning would be clear — no pipeline expansion in the term of yet another government, and probably never.The implications are dire both for Alberta’s economy and national unity. Anger would reach levels undreamed of in this province.But Scheer and the Conservatives have new hope. They know, just as the Liberals do, that Trudeau is only one scandal away from handing them a solid victory.His trust level has fallen. Wary forgiveness seems widespread, but more trouble could shatter it overnight.On Monday, Premier Jason Kenney painted Trudeau as a national embarrassment.“I think it’s becoming more clear by the day that we need a new government and a new prime minister,” he told reporters.“We need a prime minister of whom we can be proud, a prime minister who understands the life of ordinary Canadians, like Andrew Scheer, who grew up in a family where they didn’t own a car, in a modest townhouse.”Kenney was obviously playing on Trudeau’s own admission that his “layers of privilege” as the son of a former prime minister contributed to his “massive blind spot.”Kenney called Scheer “a person of profound respect who would never embarrass this country either here or abroad.”“I found the revelations about the prime minister’s penchant for blackface frankly bizarre,” the premier continued.“He is trying to blame this on society — that we must learn from this.“No, prime minister, this is about you, not us. I’m 51 years old, I’ve hardly lived a sheltered existence, and I’ve never seen anybody ever do that.”Of course, Alberta Liberals can argue that with another majority they will build Trans Mountain.But they’ve had a solid majority for four years now, and the hurdles keep popping up.The project faces six new court challenges. B.C. has been told to review its provincial agreement. The opposition seems more strident every day.Now the final, project-killing threat — an NDP-backed minority — grows ever more likely.Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Calgary Herald.dbraid@postmedia.comTwitter: @DonBraidFacebook: Don Braid Politics Steel pipe to be used in the Trans Mountain oil pipeline construction lies at a stockpile site in Kamloops, B.C. Dennis Owen/Reuters files read more

ACE Aviation to shift stock listing to junior market as part of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ACE Aviation to shift stock listing to junior market as part of liquidation by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2012 8:22 am MDT MONTREAL – ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (TSX:ACE) says it’s preparing to move its stock listing from Canada’s largest stock market to the NEX board of the TSX Venture Exchange.The company expects the transfer will occur on Sept. 17, assuming the plan gets approval from NEX — part of the same group that owns the Toronto Stock Exchange.ACE is a Montreal-based holding company that was created in 2003 as part of the court-supervised restructuring of Air Canada. ACE is being dissolved now that its subsidiaries, including the airline, have been spun off or sold.As a result, the Toronto Stock Exchange has advised ACE that it no longer meets the TSX listing requirements. It said ACE shares would be delisted by the close of business on Sept. 14.They closed at $2.75 on Friday, with less than 7,000 traded in the week from July 9 to 13. read more

Police who use position for sexual gain may face new criminal sanctions

first_imgNew criminal sanctions aimed at targeting police who use their position for sexual gain are being considered as an investigation revealed the potential scale of abuse.More than 150 cases of alleged sexual misconduct are currently being investigated by forces across England and Wales, while 400 complaints have been made in five years, it has been revealed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In terms of prevalence, my impression is that most of the forces have had some sort of investigation into these serious crimesDetective Superintendent Ray Marley Retired West Midlands Police sergeant Allan Richards was convicted of 40 sex offences against children as young as eight this week Detective Superintendent Ray Marley, the standards manager for the College of Policing, told the paper “most” of the 43 forces in England and Wales have had “some sort of investigation into these serious crimes, where there has been abuse of position relating to a vulnerable person”.He said when compared with the 124,000 total number of officers, the number of cases was low but added: ​“These cases, where you have got vulnerable people and abuse of them from within the service… are grossly inappropriate and have a significant impact on public confidence.”The Law Commission, which reviews and recommends reform of law to Government, launched its second public consultation on the law of misconduct at the beginning of September.A spokesman for the Commission said:  “We are currently out to consultation and are keen to hear views.”Our proposals clearly seek to take into account this issue and a number of case studies are included in the consultation. We also ask the question about whether there should be wider reform of the Sexual Offences Act in relation to sexual exploitation of vulnerable people more generally.” The figures, which were revealed by The Times following a series of Freedom of Information requests, include officers who have been accused of raping victims after they reported a crime. Some of the alleged offences, which also include harassment and sexual assault, took place in police stations.The investigation by the paper also revealed some officers faced minor sanctions for serious alleged sexual misconduct, while others resigned from their posts before misconduct hearings were organised.It comes as The Law Commission revealed it was debating whether the law of misconduct in public office should be strengthened in relation to officers who abuse their position.The Times was told a law punishing police officers who embark on relationships with victims of crime is being considered. Retired West Midlands Police sergeant Allan Richards was convicted of 40 sex offences against children as young as eight this weekCredit: West Midlands Police This week, retired West Midlands Police sergeant Allan Richards was convicted of 40 sex offences against children as young as eight in a catalogue of abuse spanning four decades.Birmingham Crown Court heard Richards twice used his trusted position to lure youngsters to a police station and attacked his first victim when he was running a football team as a teenage Scout leader in the 1970s.The 54-year-old was convicted on Friday of carrying out nine indecent assaults against six boys aged between 11 and 15 at camps, swimming baths and other locations, between 1982 and 2003.For the first time it was also be reported that Richards had already been found guilty earlier this year of a further 31 sex offences against other boys, including two rapes, going back as far as the 1970s. These cases have a significant impact on public confidenceDetective Superintendent Ray Marleylast_img read more

Ongoing strong outlook for China according to Macquarie

first_imgMacquarie hosted its 2008 China Commodities Conference last week and has provided a summary of some of the main presentations from the week. Most speakers highlighted the ongoing strong outlook for the Chinese economy both in the short and the medium term with little impact being felt from the US slowdown; in fact, domestic demand in construction appears to be slightly faster than last year. It was felt that the negative impact from the earthquake in Sichuan will be minimal and that it should be slightly positive for 2009 demand as a result of rebuilding.There was a variety of views on the impact of industrial closures for environmental and other reasons around the time of the Beijing Olympics (starting August 8). Despite all the speculation and conjecture, nothing firm has been issued by the government regarding actual closures. Some speakers opined that up to 100 Mt/y of steel capacity within a 300 km radius of Beijing could be closed for up to three months, losing 20 Mt of steel production. Others thought this was way too high and highlighted likely reductions in explosives supplies to Chinese mines (partly for terrorist reasons), which would create coal and iron ore shortages. On balance, Macquarie thinks the actual impacts will be minimal but more likely to be bullish (reducing supplies of materials more than demand) for commodity prices.Presentations on the whole were bullish for coal (coking and thermal) and steel prices and slightly negative for short-term iron ore spot prices. Speakers were bearish on short-term developments in the nickel market (due to stainless production cuts), but prices are below marginal costs of production of nickel pig iron so the downside is limited. Short-term aluminium, zinc and copper looked a little weaker but the medium-term prospects for aluminium (due to rising costs) and copper (due to a bounce in demand after de-stocking) remain strong.last_img read more

Husqvarna Lawn Mowers Controlled by iPhone

first_imgMowing the lawn can be a pain. Not too many people look forward to going outside in the sun and pushing a lawnmower around their yard for hours making sure the grass is even and trimmed. Well, thanks to Husqvarna, now you can sit on the porch or stay inside where it’s nice and air conditioned, and send a robot to do the work for you. All you have to do is keep an eye on the little guy on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad and guide him around your lawn. The Husqvarna 260 ACX lawn mower comes with GPS on-board, and with the My Automower app for iOS, you can watch your lawn mower’s position on a Google Map as the little bot moves around your lawn. You can program a path for the mower, or control it live in real-time. You can even run quick diagnostics on the mower and check its overall health and status. The 260 ACX can mow 1.4 acres before needing to recharge, and when it’s out of juice it’ll head back to base to plug itself in. If something gets in its way or it stops for some reason, the mower will even text you to let you know it’s encountered a problem. It’s clearly not going to replace a riding mower for that guy who seems to cut his lawn every weekend, but if you’d rather sit on the porch and sip lemonade while the bot does the hard work, the 260 ACX is the lawn mower for you.AdChoices广告last_img read more

The iPhone 5 wont launch with Samsung memory inside

first_imgThe relationship between Apple and Samsung must at best be very tense. With Apple getting a court to agree that Samsung has been copying its designs, and then issuing a billion dollar payout, it’s easy to see why. But Apple isn’t just stopping at suing Samsung, it’s also reducing orders with the South Korean company.According to “an industry source” who wished to remain nameless, the first batch of iPhone 5 smartphones Apple ships won’t use memory (NAND or DRAM) supplied by Samsung. Samsung easily has the capacity, but Apple has instead decided to use three other manufacturers to meet demand. Those companies being Elpida Memory, SK Hynix, and Toshiba.It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that this is a retaliation on the part of Apple, but that seems unlikely. Apple is just ensuring it has multiple suppliers in case something goes wrong and manufacturing slows down or stops at one of them. Apparently Samsung is still on the supplier list, but just not near enough to the top to get an iPhone 5 memory order. And Samsung isn’t going to mind as it means more memory to use in its popular handsets and tablets.You do have to wonder, though, if Apple hadn’t taken issue with Samsung’s devices would it have been first on the list for memory supplier?Both companies are in the business of making money, and if Apple needs a part Samsung can reliably supply cheaper than anyone else, they will source those parts from Samsung. And vice versa, Samsung isn’t going to stop advertising its manufacturing abilities and trying to get Apple contracts.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

Gardaí warn modifications dangerous and illegal after Dublin truck found with spikes

first_imgThe driver of the truck was required to remove them before continuing. Dangerously Modified Truck. Further details click Driver said ‘It looks cool’ but this poses a serious risk— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) June 7, 2017 Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 7:15 PM GARDAÍ ARE WARNING all road users that altering any vehicle is highly dangerous and illegal.It comes after a officers came across a truck in Dublin with spikes on the wheels. Gardaí said:Whilst the driver thought ‘It looks cool’ this poses a serious risk to cyclists, pedestrians and all other road users. By Cliodhna Russell Jun 7th 2017, 7:15 PM 74 Comments 45,475 Views Short URL Share62 Tweet Email3 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Gardaí are appealing to anyone who encounters a modified truck or vehicle to report the incident to gardaí.Read: Male drivers rack up penalty points twice as often as women over a decade> Gardaí warn modifications dangerous and illegal after Dublin truck found with spikes Officers say this poses a serious risk to cyclists, pedestrians and all other road users. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Coalition buoyed by stress test results

first_imgPrime minister Antonis Samaras and deputy prime minister Evangelos Venizelos will resume talks this week in preparation of the troika review, buoyed by the positive results from the bank stress tests on the weekend.The fact that the European Central Bank assessment showed Greek lenders needing no new capital is seen by the government as a vindication of its bailout exit strategy.The coalition aims to rid itself of its loan agreement at the end of this year by using some 11.5 billion euros left over in the state-run recapitalisation fund to create a precautionary credit line that would support Greece borrowing from the markets.Prime Minister Samaras certainly appeared upbeat in his comments, ahead of Oxi Day anniversary commemorations.“The sacrifices made by everyone are already starting to produced tangible results,” he said. “We have made a start and nobody can stop us now. The victory that will arise from this relentless battle will be for all Greeks.”The coalition also believes that the stress test results provide it with ammunition to use against SYRIZA, which questioned whether the ECB’s assessment provided a full picture of the state of Greek banking sector.“We can all see now that SYRIZA is saddened by the fact that Greeks’ deposits are safe,” said government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi on Monday.“After the successful assessment of the Greek banking system, it is evident what would have happened if SYRIZA had a chance to implement its proposals,” said New Democracy spokeswoman Anna Asimakopoulou.SYRIZA responded by accusing the government of having run out of credible arguments and limiting itself to “scaremongering and cheap nonsense.” The leftists, instead, focused on the enduring problem regarding the lack of liquidity for Greek businesses.“I do not share in the celebrations about the stress tests,” said SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis.“We will see in due course if this leads to a strengthening of the real economy.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gerrard Morelos link is a big compliment

first_imgRangers boss Steven Gerrard has highlighted the interest in Alfredo Morelos as a big compliment to the club and the Colombian forward.Reports circulating in the media claims Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City are both front-runners for the 22-year-old this summer.Morelos has netted 28 goals in all competitions this season for Rangers to keep them in contention for top honours this season.“I am sure it is flattering for Alfredo. I think it is a big compliment for him. It shows that he is in terrific form and he is in a great place,” Gerrard told Sky.“In terms of me, nothing changes. I love working with the player, he puts a smile on my face when I am out of bed and on my way to training to work with him because he is such a top, top player.”Morelos who signed a new deal with Rangers last September recently revealed to a Colombian radio station he was aware of the potential suitors monitoring his progress.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.But Gerrard claimed he was delighted with the recognition, even if it increases the chances of him leaving.🎥 Steven Gerrard spoke about Alfredo Morelos at today’s press conference.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 7, 2019He added: “The interest and the speculation is not going to go away.“That is something that we have to live with but we certainly see it is a compliment because I would be more concerned and more worried if no one was interested in my players.”last_img read more

Student at Longview school had knife not gun

first_imgLONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Longview police say a student initially thought to have displayed a handgun in a Longview high school cafeteria was really carrying a knife.Capt. Jim Duscha says the boy flashed a large “Rambo-style” knife Wednesday morning, then snapped it back into a plastic holster. The officer tells the Daily News of Longview that other students mistook the sound for a magazine being loaded into a gun and they alerted Mark Morris High School officials. That prompted a widespread lockdown of Longview schools and Lower Columbia College.Police arrested a 15-year-old boy a short time later as he walked along a road. The officer says the knife was recovered later but he did not know where it was found. The unidentified teen was booked into a juvenile detention center for possession of a dangerous weapon, unlawful use of a weapon and obstructing a police officer. Longview Superintendent Suzanne Cusick says the school lockdowns were later lifted.last_img read more

Tank spills 220000 gallons of asphalt oil in west Vancouver

first_imgEnvironmental regulators were notified Wednesday of an estimated 220,000-gallon oil spill contained inside a Vancouver asphalt plant. Workers discovered the spill around 7 a.m. Wednesday at Albina Asphalt, 1300 W. Eighth St. The plant’s company president, Jeff Arntson, said the spill occurred some time after 5:30 a.m., when workers selling a load of asphalt saw no problems with the tank. “We’re attempting to recover as much of it as we can while it’s still flowing,” Arntson said.The Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency and the Department of Ecology were notified, along with the neighboring Port of Vancouver. The floor of the tank evidently failed, forming a hole, which spilled hot asphalt oil into a containment area, said SWCAA executive director Bob Elliott. The oil flowed downhill, forming a pool about 2 feet deep.“It’s a large enough quantity it’s going to take some considerable effort on the part of Albina Asphalt and their contractor to clean up the site,” Elliott said. “At this point in time, it’s not clear how long the cleanup will take.”The liquid asphalt is contained inside the property, which is surrounded by a dike, Elliott said.Elliott said the odor released by the spill was minimal. However, residents in the surrounding neighborhoods described the smell as strong. Jamie McClure, who lives around Lincoln Avenue and West 19th Street in the Hough neighborhood, said it “smelled like someone was burning a tire in their wood stove.”Linda Kent, spokeswoman with the Department of Ecology, said that 20,000 to 30,000 gallons will be vacuumed into other tanks on site. Once the rest solidifies, it will be removed with excavators and front loaders. Kent said that it’s too soon to determine whether any soil absorbed the liquid. If so, it will have to be removed as well.last_img read more

Government is committed to waive SHG loans Minister Peddireddy

first_imgChittoor: The YSRCP government has fulfilled 80 per cent promises of the Navaratnalu assurances, said Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy while addressing a public meeting in Pulicherla mandal on Saturday. The Minister made it clear that his government is committed to waive Rs 27,800 crore loans of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in the State. Already, Rs 1,800 crore on interest of SHG loans had waived, he said. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Peddireddy mentioned that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy alone had offered 50 per cent ministerial berths to Kapu, BC, SC, ST and Minorities. The Minister assured to people that the State government would implement 100 per cent fee reimbursement for students of BC, SC, ST and Minorities. He recalled several minority students have become doctors and engineers due to the assistance from the government. He criticised the TDP government for miserably failing to protect the interests of BC sections in the State. Earlier, the Minister distributed the assets to beneficiaries in Somala mandal.last_img read more

Egovernance of govt schools leads to nowhere

first_imgHyderabad: Launching mobile apps in the name of e-governance and digital governance seem to be the new facade by different wings under the State Education Department (SED). According to sources, the School Education Department, Telangana Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) and Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) have been competing with each other in roping in the private companies for developing mobile apps. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us However, lack of configuring reporting standards and protocols from different wings functioning under each one of the boards not able to achieve the intended purpose. In turn, the new initiatives are serving the intended purpose partly are becoming redundant. For example, the State School Education Department (SSED) has to collect the attendance data of the students in the government-run schools across the State. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, sources in the SSED said, there are three kinds of channels through which the department gets data from the schools, Mandal Education Officers (MEOs) and District Education Officers (DEOs). Firstly, the school headmasters use mobile-based short message service to send the attendance data of students and teachers, including the mid-day meal attendance to the local MEOs. In turn, the MEOs sends the same to the DEOs. Advertise With Us From there, it reaches to the Commissioner of School Education. Secondly, there are Cluster Resource Persons (CRPs) at the mandal level. The CRPs in-person visit the schools allotted to them every day. They collect the attendance of the students and teachers and send the same to the MEOs. The third layer of tool available for reporting is that the schools can use the Telangana State Integrated School Management System (TSISMS), a web-based app. However, all three modes of reporting are not free from constraints. The HMs and CRPs cannot send SMS reports in the absence of mobile network signals. The CRPs cannot visit more than one or two schools allotted to them in a day given the radius of jurisdiction. Lack of internet and erratic power supply make it tough to send reports from the remote areas. It was against this backdrop that the SSED launched T-Haazaru, a mobile-based attendance system. School headmasters have to enter details of teachers and boys and girls attended the school at 10.30 am on any given working day. Failing, action will be taken against the headmasters. But, “What if, the mobile signals’ are not available? What if, the headmasters manipulate attendance figures? Telangana State United Teachers Federation secretary Chava Ravi said, “Except collecting statistics, it would not solve any of the constraints faced earlier.” This makes the T-Haazaru, the fourth layer that only works in the areas where mobile network signals are available.last_img read more